Raise Your Glass & Collapse LP

by Royal Chant

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released May 5, 2011

Raise Your Glass & Collapse was written & performed by Royal Chant. Recorded & Mixed by Shane Fahey at Megaphon Studios*. Mastered by William Bowden.

* Coughing Fits & Sea Chanty were recorded & mixed by Wayne Connolly.
* Syndrome was recorded by Wayne Connolly and mixed by Shane Fahey.

Art is by Ray for Artist Union

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Track Name: Hey Hey
Hey Hey

Venom apologies and curses out the window
your words they follow me and slip into my steps
and into shadows.
When there’s nothing left to burn,
I come home.

Hey Hey! Alright! Oh My! We’re cracking on past sundown
and when we see first light we find who’s left
and who’s been left out.
When there’s nowhere left to turn,
I come home

Will you meet me on the other side?
I’m sure that you will wait for me.
Will you meet me on the other side?
I’m sure that you will wait for me.
I come home.

Oh God, this isn’t here and I’m not happening,
riots & rumours & it’s all too much
and it’s all too soon.
When there’s no one left to hurt,
I come home.

Will you meet me on the other side?
I’m sure that you will wait for me.
Will you meet me on the other side?
I’m sure that you will wait for me.
I come home.
Track Name: Shatters Alright
Shatters Alright

A book of names in fragments
a memory in tatters
you came, you went
you know how things get
and I breathed and it was shattered

alright, alright, alright, alright
I admit it’s getting late
alright, alright, alright, alright
You know I know what you mean

It’s so real I don’t believe it
these halos and hallucinations
a compliment,
I spit my heart instead
it’s so real I don’t believe it

alright, alright, alright, alright
I admit it’s getting late
alright, alright, alright, alright
You know I know what you mean

coz it’s not love unless you’re shaking
it’s not love without the abrasions
it’s not love unless you’re tangled up in me
an nobody knows nothing
but I think we’re onto something
it’s not love unless you’re hanging over me
tangled up in me

So we sing to calm the dead
as we let the living sleep
you came, you went
you know how things get
it’s so real I don’t believe it

alright, alright, alright, alright
I admit it’s getting late
alright, alright, alright, alright
You know I know what you mean

coz it’s not love unless you’re shaking
it’s not love without abrasions
it’s not love unless you’re tangled up in me
an nobody knows nothing
but I think we’re onto something
it’s not love unless you’re hanging over me
tangled up in me

alright, alright, alright, alright
I know....
Track Name: Petrograd
Petrograd

with no past that we can speak of
well off the scene and off the map
it’s an old-fashioned street revival
and we’re dancing in the trash

and they told us to get lost
so we ran away instead
where everything is forbidden
but everything is forgiven
and it’s Petrograd
and it’s Petrograd

go along, to get along
go along, and going wrong
go along, just to get along
go on and going wrong
and on and on and on and on....

so hang on tight coz I don’t want to lose you
as we go over these railroad tracks
and the naked mannequins
and the burned out army vans
and it’s Petrograd
and it’s Petrograd
and we’re dancing in the trash
Track Name: Ghosts
Ghosts

Chaos is no accident
something I can count on to exist
you never know what’s coming ‘round the bend
but you know it when it hits
time goes fast and then it slows and all the while
I’m walking with your ghost

Every word that falls from my lips
is ripped from the back of my throat
the things that everybody knows
are the things we say we don’t
and on and on and so it goes and all the while
I’m walking with your ghost

[invisible....invisible]

I’m not sure what day it is
it wouldn’t matter if I did

and it doesn’t add up
it doesn’t add up
it doesn’t and don’t you dare believe them
when they say it does
just when you think the devil’s done
he comes along and shakes things up
and all I will and all I won’t and all the while
I’m walking with your ghost
Track Name: Coughing Fits
coughing fits

not running away so much as being run off
and we’re not afraid as much as we are lost
beautiful and lonely
beautiful and lonely

tired of being kicked out and asked where we’ve been
you’re thin as a rail, my love, but thicker than thieves
beautiful and lonely
beautiful and lonely
make-up shops and morphine shots, everybody wants to feel pretty
my escort’s got her wings....can you say the same thing?
can you say the same thing?

not running away so much as being run off
and we’re not afraid of anything or anyone
success never tastes so sweet as when you’re out of luck and out of league
you’re thin as a rail, you’re tougher than nails and we’re thicker than thieves
beautiful and lonely
beautiful and lonely
coughing fits and raw kissed lips, I never said the end would be pretty
my escort’s got her wings....can you say the same thing?
can you say the same thing?
Track Name: Bored Awake
Bored Awake

If I’m bored, I must be awake
they’re calling out for blood, and that’s what they expect
I gave you a warning, under my breath
I gave you a warning, in my head…

You’re talking with your hands, and it’s keeping me awake
we are creatures of habit, so many habits we have to tame
I gave you a warning, in my head
I gave you a warning, under my breath

There’s nothing wrong with talking just to talk
there’s nothing wrong with talking to the walls
there’s nothing wrong with talking just to talk
there’s nothing wrong with talking to the walls


on and on and on and on and on…
on and on and on and on and on…

There’s a full moon out tonight, and I’m half asleep
you’re talking with your hands, and I can’t hear myself think
I gave you a warning, you ran away instead
I gave you a warning, under my breath

There’s nothing wrong with talking to the walls
there’s nothing wrong with talking just to talk
there’s nothing wrong with talking just to talk
there’s nothing wrong with talking to the walls

on and on and on and on and on….
on and on and on and on and on….
on and on and on and on and on….
Track Name: A Series Of Sighs
A Series Of Sighs

She used to say she could tell when I was angry
by the look that I had on my face.
She sez you don’t look anybody in the eye,
but you don’t look away.
When the words come out crystal clearly,
while your mouth twists itself into strange shapes
And you’re acting just a little too sincerely
and you’re keeping your facts a little too straight

Walk into the room and nobody notices you
and nobody remembers your face.
You’re in the mood to be anonymous
and we all know better than to use our real names.
And the talk is so cheap that it can’t help but be
anything other than straight.
So many different conversations
but we’re all talking about the same things.

Life begins as a series of expectations
and a list of our declarations
it’s one long pull of accumulation
in the end it’s all one big miscalculation
a series of sighs…
Track Name: Syndrome
syndrome

The psychosis/and the rage
your heart’s broken/and you want some cocaine
your skin is crawling and the walls won’t stay in place
this Magnan’s heartache

impatient to bore me again
hesistation only gets in the way
I wanna break something I’ll break myself instead
and I want, and I want, I want it form it takes

it’s easier to love what you hate
it’s easier to love what you pay
an easy lover
an easy lover
it’s easier to love what you…

I’m so embarrassed I could die and you could kill me again
I’m so embarrassed I could die and you could kill me again
Don’t leave me now...don’t leave me now
whatever forever fuck it forget her

it’s easier to love what you hate
it’s easier to love what you pay
an easy lover
an easy lover
it’s easier to love what you…
Track Name: [other]
[other]

it’s broken but it works
disappointing in return
half truths in equal measure
the answer is sot the answer
dirty looks and compliment
but we know which ones they really meant
and I just can’t help
kicking kicking kicking myself

don’t talk, don’t breathe
don’t stop, don’t think
just try for me...

and we might be a little shaky at first
and maybe it’s more than just our nerves
with such big gestures
our failures look like successes
the comfort of chronic fatigue
immediate concerns are of no concern to me
irrational thoughts were made for times such as these

don’t talk, don’t breathe
don’t stop, don’t think
just try for me...

just try for me....
Track Name: Sea Chanty
Sea Chanty

When I was a young man
well I cast myself to sea
to seek my fame and fortune
or see what fortune made of me
it wrapped it’s arms around me
just to spit me out between clenched teeth
and a second chance in a sunburned land
is all that’s left to me
hey....

Have you ever been so embarrassed
that you’re secretly impressed?
But you can’t help yourself
as that long sweet smile
makes it’s way across your lips

I like the sound
of well-said, empty threats.
I fill the night
at the top of lungs
with my dying breath

Have you ever been so proud
you should be ashamed?
But you can’t help yourself
coz you know it’s the only time
it’s gonna be this way.

We’re tired of being broke.
We’re tired of being a joke.
And all I ask of you
is O Good Lord
let me die with my good name.

When I was a young man
well I cast myself to sea
to seek my fame and fortune
or see what fortune made of me
it wrapped it’s arms around me
just to spit me out between clenched teeth
and a second chance in a sunburned land
is all that’s left to me
hey...