The Seduction of Kansas Album Lyrics

1. Jesus’ Son

 

God Came To Me In A Dream And Told Me That I’m Jesus’ Son

I Know This World Is Mean It’s Lucky I’m The Chosen One

I Walked On Eggshells Backwards This Secret On My Face

But Now The Earth Calls Me I’m Feral I’m A Smoking Gun

 

Back Before The Sky Screamed I Didn’t Know I Was Someone

Pinkness Of My Feelings A Big And Wet And Waiting Tongue

The Day I Walked On Water The Shrapnel Ricocheted

Said, “Baby Give It To Me, Savior I’m How The West Was Won”

 

CHORUS

I Am Jesus’ Son

I Sparkle Like The Setting Sun

I Am Jesus’ Son

I’m Young And Dumb And Full Of Cum

I Am Jesus’ Son 

I Think I Want To Hurt Someone

I Am Jesus’ Son 

I Think I’m Gonna Hurt Someone

 

Mushroom Clouds, Hot Debris

I Knew Exactly What I’d Done

Mucus Air Burning Green An Opalescent Magnificence 

Ghost Written By A Prophet The Shape That I Could Take

Automatic, Obscene, A Feral Silver Smoking Gun

 

 

CHORUS 

 

 

2. The Seduction Of Kansas

 

Bloodthirsty Cherub Choir From The Cornfields You Sing To Me

All To The Farmhouse Born, Majestic Kansan Progeny

 

Senator, News Anchor, Superman, And Dorothy

All Of The Sunday Dress Mothers Caress Your Face And Say

 

It’s The Last Picture Show All The Cowboys They Get Ready

For A Drawn Out Charismatic Parody Of What A Country Thought It Used To Be

 

Ciphers Of The State 

Saw The Summer Of Mercy

Wichita Lineman, In The Stadium They’re Screaming

 

CHORUS

 

“It’s You, I’m The One Who Loves You, It’s True, I’m The One Who Loves You” (Repeat)

White Castle Pizza Hut And Even Applebee’s

Before The Koch Brothers The First Airplane Factory

Skywards Always Looking

What’s That Bellwether Indicating? 

All Of The Sunday Dress Mothers Caress Your Face And Say

 

CHORUS

 

3. Youtube Sartre

 

A Little Youtube Sartre Says

There’s No Way To Overthrow The Bourgeoisie 

Except Tossing A Hand Grenade Into Your Society

 

CHORUS

 

Don’t Believe Don’t Believe

Don’t Believe Yourself To Be

A Virtuous Thief

Or Virtuous About Anything

Don’t Believe Don’t Believe

Don’t Believe Yourself To Be

 

Peter Fonda’s USA

Motorbiking Bedfellows With Pinochet

Baby Boomer Please Don't Play

Personal Freedom’s Always Been Ugly 

 

CHORUS

 

Sometimes I Miss Those Childish Insecurities

My Shallow Feelings Of Superiority

We’re Hell And The Handbasket, Aren’t We?

 

 

4.  I’m Clean (Daniele)

 

The Temptation 

Has Always Been Has Always Been

What Lies Behind The Ice 

The Hot-blooded Tramp Inside Your Mind

 

Wear White Gloves

But I’m No Saint

Thought I Was Grace Kelly 

But Just You Wait

Yeah I’m That Bitch

Your White Witch

Na Na Na Na (Etc)

 

PRE-CHORUS

 

Clean Clear And Cold Through And Through

All These Disgusting Things You Do You Do

 

CHORUS

 

Cause I'm Clean

You’re Free

Please Act Upon Me

No Agency Or Complexity

Not A Single Feeling Inside Of Me

 

Tempted You With Turkish Delight

Just To Make You See The Death Inside

Ice So Cold, A Mirror It Makes

Forced To See Yourself Inside These Stakes

 

PRE-CHORUS

 

Clean Clear And Cold Through And Through

All These Disgusting Things You Do You Do

 

CHORUS

 

But Not Me 

I’m Clean 

Blank Slate Just Begging

A Face Without Ambiguity

Not A Single Mark That Mars Me

 

BRIDGE 

 

The Bashful Smile That Begged Please No

The Hands That Still Wanted To Know

There Was Never A Fire

Never Desire

I Killed Myself To Make You See

Your Own Perversity

 

CHORUS X2 

 

Cause I'm Clean

You're Free

Please Act Upon Me

No Agency Or Complexity

Not A Single Feeling Inside Of Me

 

Cause I'm Clean

You're Free

Blank Slate Just Begging

A Face Without Ambiguity

Not A Single Mark That Mars Me

 

 

5. Ice Cream  (Katie/Janel/Daniele)

 

What Kind Of Invitation Do You Need?

A Gold Plated “Qui Vive” ?

A Bitter “Qui Vive”?

In This Language, I Am Not Me

I Am The Sentry

 

CHORUS

 

Invitation Incantation Arrow Indicator Get Away From Me No Scream With Me Incantation

When I Scream

A Gold Plated Steed

Red Carpeted Steed

Ceaseless Beast

You Hear “Punish Me”

 

CHORUS

 

Get Away From Me 

I Scream

Get Away From Me

I Scream

 

 

6. Good Time Charlie

 

Like All Great Pornography

This Story Is Touching

It’s Something I Wanna See

For Good Time Charlie

 

Black And Gold Tile

Champagne Flute

Sauna Water Dirtying 

The Birthday Suits

 

Charlie Says, “turn Up That Tv!

There’s Something I Wanna See”

In Vegas, The Topless Genuflect In The Jacuzzi

For Good Time Charlie

 

Five O’clock Shadow

A Desert Landscape

The Party Politician 

Has A Hero’s Face

Fight The Red Army 

Save The Human Race

 

He’s  An Implacable Machine

She’s Naked On The Mezzanine

A Lady In Waiting, But, Charlie, The Mujahideen

And Joanne, Your Queen

Good Time Charlie

 

Helen Of Troy, Your Helicopter Lands

An Honor Is To Serve At Your Command

 

CHORUS

 

Congressman And Goldenrod

Will Weaponize The Forgotten

Because, They Say, We Worship The Same God

 

Years From Now He’s Gonna Be

Half Drunk In His Office On Fine Whiskey

Do You Cry For Joanne Or Afghanistan, Charlie?

Contrition Is A Great American, Charlie

 

Good Vs Evil Of Stories We Tell

 

We’re The Ones Who Never Ever Go To Hell

It’s Not The Stock And Trade We Sell

The Hollywood And Entertaining Kinds Of Pell-mell

 

 

7. 68 Screen (Daniele)

 

Ideas - You’ve Projected On Me

Images - You Use To Cover Me

The Bright Light That Obscures My Being

 

I Would Tear Myself In Half 

To Destroy The Screen That’s Got You Rapt

 

Wrapped Up In These Ideas Of Me

You’ve Projected On Me

Imposed Upon Me

Wrapped Up In These Images You See

They’re Not Part Of Me, Not Part Of Me

 

It’s Your Movie

You Wrote Starred And Directed It

I May Only Be Your Muse

But I’m Necessary

 

8. Not Perceived (Digital Release Only)

 

When I’m Alone / Always Feel Like Somebody’s In My Home

Somewhere Far Away / Watching Me Like I’m On Stage

So Forgive Me / If I Come Off A Little Uneasy

I Am Afraid It’s A Job Hazard Of This Reality

 

 

I’m Uneasy About Anything That Might Perceive Me

Keep Your Eyes Closed / Parts Of My Soul Your Vision Cannot Go

I’m A Landing For Sailing Ships Misunderstanding

Shores Are My Clothes / Respectfully, Some Things You Will Not Know

 

CHORUS

 

See Is To Be / That’s Your Deity

I Need Release / Invisible, Some Kind Of Free

 

In My Own Home / Breathing Easy In A Blindfold

I’m An Unknown / Haunted House Made Of Marrow And Bones

I’m On Fire / Hoping When The Light Expires 

Nobody Sees / Not Perceived, Some Kind Of Free

 

CHORUS

 

9. Control Freak

 

Said You’re Looking Good Cause I’m A Control Freak

And Yeah, I Think You Should Wear That Skirt With No Briefs, Cause

That’s What Pleases Me (X2)

Good Girl, Tightrope Walking

 

You’re Out Of The Woods, Dorothy

I’m Your Control Freak

I’m Your “No Place Like Home,”

Bed Sheets Tucking You To Sleep, Cause

 

That’s What Pleases Me (X2)

Good Girl, Tightrope Walking

I Feel Misunderstood Like I’m Some Kind Of Enemy

When I’m The One In Charge Of All The Things That Make You Happy

 

Yeah, It’s All On Me, I’m The One Who Makes You Happy

Good Girl, Tightrope Walking

 

(Drum Solo)

 

Good Girl, Good Girl X8

 

 

10. Carol

 

Walk In Silently Pass Through  My Front Door 

Without Recourse / Without Recourse

 

You’re Not An Officer Anymore

 

To Answer Your Question I Was Jogging To A Strip Mall

I Felt Nothing At All / Nothing I Can Recall

Besides A Dollar Tree, Sears And Thai Bistro

 

CHORUS

 

You Start To Get This Rhythm Once A Century

Is Age A Barrier To Intimacy?

Do You Believe In Vision, Free Elections Or Feeling?

 

BRIDGE

 

I’m A Polygraph, I’m A Brick Wall

I’m A Mirrored Disco Ball, I’m A Disco Ball

You’re Not An Officer Anymore

 

CHORUS

 

11. Interlude: I Dream This Dream In Which My Body Is My Own

 

I Am Trying To Find A Form For All Of These Feelings. One Day When I Do, I Will Crack My Head Open And Pour The Hot Ore Of My Being Into This Mold. And When It Has Cooled And My Body Is Empty And Dead, It Will Remain, Out There In The World, Hard And Clear And Legible And Unambiguous. I Dream This Dream In Which My Body Is My Own. A Thing I Made, A Thing With Meaning, A Meaning I Have Created, A Meaning Under My Own Control, Even After I Am Dead. I Have This Dream Over And Over Again. I Re-dream It Daily In Cumulative Iterations With Every Step, Every Hit, Every Stroke, Every Word, And With Each Movement It Recedes Further And Further Into The Horizon.

 

12. Texas Instruments

 

This Place Was Once Underwater Then Inhabitants

Came To Name The Land Called Texas Their Own Word For Friends

 

CHORUS

 

Give Us The Sound And Give Us The Silence (X4)

 

Spanish Conquest Got The Caddo, And Then Mexicans

Tonkowa Fought Wichita Then White Americans

They Got Texas Then USA Began

Military Military Tell Me Of Your Friends

 

CHORUS

 

Give Us The Sound And Give Us The Silence (X4)

 

V1 (Extended)

 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE

 

The Hubris Of Propriety / Macy’s Day Parade History

Puff Your Chest Up So We Can See / Who Bought The Books You Read (X2)

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