The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton Lyrics - Beck

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Ashes of ancients
The nations repainted
The chain gang chatelaine
Changing the station
The theme song playing
The anthem of normal
The horrible fanfare
The horns get distorted
On a public announcement
The towns are impounded
Where order resounded
Cowards towered around it
Power line buzzards
Surveilling the night
Talons in flight
The fake horizons ignite

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Banality lives where hysteria kills
Civilian jungles with malaria pills
Animals bleed to buy a star from the night
Avenue kids wear a scar like a stripe
Send up a signal to the heavenly rescue
When the poison's coming from the person you're next to
Let the voltage of thought pull the plug from the wound
Cos if the soul is a symptom the condition is you


They know it's a letterbomb hand me down
This thought is a perjury blindfold
When she crawls from the Himalayan rain
With her birds of prey and her weapons on the fire

She's riding a landslide down to me
She's cutting the shackles off of me
She's shaking the dead birds from the trees
She's takin' the only air I breathe

Iron lungs and a plate glass sermon
Don't call it death on the installment plan

She pulling the armor from my back
And raking the coals over the tracks
And taking the knife out from the stack
She's bringing the blood that I had back

She's coming to see it's all a sin
Coming to see the sun again
Coming to wash it off again
Coming to see her self again
Coming to see her self again
Coming to wash it off again



(weather report, woman's voice)
The ?/ reports from the ?? radio station
for 0400 GMT
NW 4
Slight showers
70 minutes
1 thousand and ten falling slowly
??? away
SWS 3 resent rain, 7 miles
1 thousand and 7
rising while slowly
Lowick, W4 resent showers
16 miles, 1 thousand and 2, rising slowly

(Talking:person one)
"I picture like an illuminated manuscript, ya know. made by monks, they hand do them ???... you'd have to have them hand done... each time" (stammering) "like change depending on what mood your in... like the best...or depending on like when you listen from a different age... could mean somethin' different"
(Talking:person two)
"I don't like it when they change" "....it....frightens me"
(Talking:person one)
"you want them to stay the same"
(Talking:person two)
"It makes me feel like someones pushing me from below...tryin' to put me... turn me over and put me down" "that's what it makes me feel like when they change."
"it has to tell you how to live... it (stammering) has, is an instruction guide. Subtle. It doesn't push. It nudges. It entices..or suduces. It has to encompass the whole world. Everything that has been. That is. And will be.
(Talking:person one)
thats.. thats true
(Talking:person two)
"..AND could take it into space. And that's why you build a space ship. Because ultimately that's what space travel is all about. Was sending up ships from earth into space. And not just in some space shuttle thats got all the foam comming off of it. You need your own, glowing, ya know multi-colored.... space ship. It would be inside the space ship and also the space ship. You know what I'm saying?
Like an exoskeleton.






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