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Condition of Air

by George Korein and the Spleen

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Give yourself up to what's cold and crisp Give yourself up to what's hot and dry Give yourself up in the humidity In the ether we can all fly and fall The seasons tenderly tenderize a mind Disparate presents connected by air Notice time leaving us behind We don't take comfort there Somewhere there's a ritual that binds us in suspense Somewhere there's air that rips your soul out and dangles it in front of your face for fun They sell it for exorbitant prices To true connoisseurs, i guess i'm one Give me some air in rationed amounts and i'll be your friend for a limited time I'll breath some air to crisp your flesh You'll be indelibly marked, regrettably so The slow air hits my face, with no deliberate force, and nothing is nigh
They say you're only free in dreams and dreaming is free These episodic visitations from outside reality But what if my dreams are stupid and mundane I'm punished for deeming dreams another dead-end game I've stopped paying attention to my dreams I no longer found them useful or interesting They are almost worthless to try to describe But all the more reason they should be privately prized This one solipsism is even over my line This one solipsism i've decided to deny Because the fruits gleaned with lucid control Are so internal as to seem merely autoerotic But there was this one dream a long time ago A car with no driver alone on the road It was perfectly still, asphalt flew under wheels I was a disembodied spectator in awe I guess you had to be there
I was entertained I shouldn't complain I was entertained You can write that on my grave Fell into some reveries Some of my best memories I was entertained The iceberg tip Sustained me for decades I read by the shaft of sun That lands in my cave Sometimes I'm barely there But I still love the air As I fixed my gaze On sounds and words So I shall On coins or birds It's a matter Of survival I am entertained
Keeping my perception broom clean Sobriety I decided Has enough highs and lows for me
Living in a past that's not worth living in The future's coming fast and soon I'll be giving in Time doesn't last when you don't have any discipline
Dreamnose 03:32
don't snatch it before i love it black, black, come in the rainbow the other night i had a dream in which i was crying because i was so grateful for the sun for rising each day
One summer cool, one summer scorching Unseasonable swings in odd proportion Autumn justified our apprehension Weeks upon weeks of torrential drenching The sky heaved Like you would not believe It heaved again We could not get relief The sky heaved Offering no reprieve It heaved again Heaping helpings of grey grief The winter came, deluge of snow The clouds menstruated with heavy flow We were buried for weeks, immobilized And when we thawed out, surprise surprise Next winter was no winter at all More like a mild and mellow fall Spring was long and beautiful First heat brought out the cannibals
On a nighttime highway drive All you see on either side Dark trees against dark skies Seems like darkness worldwide On a nighttime highway drive All you see on either side Dark trees against dark skies Dark feel from when you were a child You could ride forever Never knowing who you are Until you realize it is too late And you have gone too far It is too late to go back home So you lay beneath dark trees alone Listening to the world moan And wondering "why go on" As if you'd never see the dawn
The sky is overcast There is liberty one I am standing next to a soda machine That isn't there anymore "Is it Frank's? Thanks!" I'm alone in front of an old garage Which would later would be new Nothing good, nothing bad Everything is true Reality is a Philadelphia day Really in reality it's exactly that way Reality is a Philadelphia day Reality can be okay Reality is a Philadelphia day Reality is the way


If you're looking for the "pop single", it's track 2.


released October 7, 2012

Recorded in Philadelphia mostly in 2012, but some parts go back as far as 2006 and most of the lyrics to "Dark Trees Dark Skies" go back to 2000.

All songs written by George Korein. All the lyrics to "Dreamnose" except "The other night I had a dream..." by Hattie Walsh-Korein, age 3. Travis helped with the verse progression of "The Sky Heaved".

Produced by George Korein and Barry Knob.

Recorded and mixed by Barry Knob and George Korein at Retro City Studios and elsewhere.

Additional recording on "The Sky Heaved", "Living in a Past" and "Sobriety I Decided" by Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording.

Mastered by Mark Trewella at Full Circle Mastering

Paintbrush guitar on "You'd Have To Be In My Dream", ominous verse rumbles and irie chanks on "The Sky Heaved", co-tambourine and backing vox on "Sobriety I Decided" by Travis Woodson.

Drums on "Living in a Past" by Ricardo Lagomasino.




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