Putting things on top of other things

by The Imaginary Suitcase

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More stuff out of The Imaginary Suitcase. This time it's punchier, more biting, introducing new instruments (harmonica, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, classical guitar, e-bow), but true to the same obsessions and brooding feelings you seem to have enjoyed so far...

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released February 27, 2013

All words & music: Laurent Leemans except Wayfaring stranger trad., arr. Laurent Leemans

All vocals and instruments: Laurent Leemans except horn by Jean-Baptiste Delneuville

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The Imaginary Suitcase Halle, Belgium

Grumpy Belgian singer-songwriter voicing his considerations about life, death, and the confusing bits inbetween.

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Track Name: Flakes
Silence is a dead man in the back of a car
All your well-willing friends tell you nothing but lies
And I know it is hard to believe my dears
But one day will come when we'll be stripped of our masks

And silence brings death in the head of a man
Who is sitting on his desk, talking to his chair
And e hardly believes that what he has done
Was full of contempt, betrayal, treachery and woe

In silence the leavces of september fall down
And go back to the dust where they did come from
They are caught in a flow, there's nothing to be done
They don't try to resist;neither do my hopes

All we can say, well, it will be denied
I think somethinf is lost, not for a while
What can we say, well, life will go on
Sowing pieces of us all along that road
As we're slowly fading away
Track Name: The punchline
Want it, get it, feel it, lose it baby
I know all of your dirty tricks honey
You gotta to stay or crak the whip hey hey
It doesn't really hurt anyway
You ask the question now you answer it
You wouldn't even hear me when I quit
Want it, get it, spoil it, throw it away
But I won't take responsibility

You wanna stir up trouble
You wanna cause a fight
You want a pile of rubble
You think it proves you right

You ask the question now you answer it
You wouldn't even hear me when I quit
Want it, get it, spoil it, throw it away
But I won't take responsibility
Want it, get it, feel it, lose it baby
I know all of your dirty tricks honey
You gotta to stay or crak the whip hey hey
It doesn't really hurt anyway

You want some more trouble
You want another fight
You wanna make it double
To double-prove you right

Whatever you got up your sleeve
I'm standing here wide to receive
You cannot reach me anymore
I see the other side of the door

You wanna know what I have up my sleeve?
Are you ready to be decieved?

Fly away, come on fly
Lying wide awake
Gone so far, far away
Track Name: Frozen feathers
I did not pay attention the first time you told
What makes you think I'd listen now?
Your tender trap has been so very overblown
What makes you think it'll work this time?
Your fingers they are still dancing upon my lips
But they don't feel the way they did
It seems tomorrow we'll be dancing on another tune
But we don't know the title yet

I don't care what you say anymore
You have fooled me a few times before
And though my hands and feet they are sore
If you look for me, I will be by the door

You really should downplay your parade of antics
There is no audience for you here
Put on your warpaint and do the routines as before
But don't expect another cheer

I can see myself fall down so slowly
I am getting wiser as I get lowly
I do not want your arms around me
I just want to get out of this house

The chilly wind will not deter me from the path I choose
The frost ahead of me is warmer than what I lose
The razor's edge is getting nearer nearer to me
Walking on thin ice is still better than remaining here

I sometimes wish I never was born
After such a long time feeling torn
I got carried away by the storm
And I will be better off alone.
Track Name: Zombie for you
I got drunk again
For it slightly eases the pain
It helps forget your face
Your toxic embrace
The never ending rain

How could such sweetness
Turn so quickly to bitterness?
A sinister refrain
A back-breaking pain
A gloomy distress

It started as love
Lasted a year or two
Now it's fear of the cold
I'm not so bold
I'm a junkie for you
It started as love
Lasted a month or two
Now it's fear of the dark
As the night demons bark
I'm a zombie for you

I'm damned if I don't
I'm even more damned if I do
But there's no way around it
I cannot escape it
I'm so stuck with you

Life could be so sweet
Instead of feeling incomplete
But you made your choice
And there were no two meanings
In the sound of your voice

It started as love
Lasted a week or two
Now it's fear of the cold
I'm not so bold
I'm a junkie for you
It started as love
Lasted a day or two
Now it's fear of the dark
As the night demons bark
I'm a zombie for you

You know, when you dumped me
You hurt me real bad
Real deep, up the...
But you knwo what?
Let bygones be bygones
It does not do to dwell on bad feelings

Wait, it's not true...

In fact I do
I wish your hair will fall off
I hope all your socks will smell
I hope you get holes in yoçur underwear
I hope all your shoes will be too small
I hope everybody lets you down the way you did with me
I hope you get sick
I hope you get leper
And if you finally die
Well I will not be sad
There will be no tears running down those cheeks of mine
In fact I will be glad
You have no idea how much I will be glad!
Track Name: Blink
Don't you dare turn your back on me
I am not the kind that you use and abuse at your whim
Don't you dare turn your head away
Look at me straight in the eyes and listen to what I have to stay
Do you remember when you gave your life for me?
I remember the words I said to you
Do you remember when you shed your blood for me?
I remember the tears cried for you

There are too many people in my house
Who think they have the right to wipe the soles of their shoes on my face
There are way too many people
Who think that I am just a repository for their waste
There's no one to blame but myself for this
I've allowed it to endure for far too long
I will clean this closet with an iron fist
So no one will dare treat me wrong

Don't pretend you know how I feel
For you it's never over, but for us, when it's done, it is gone
Once a wise man told me with the strangest grin
A good foe is ablessing for the soul
He will teach you more than a friend ever will
He'll fortify your temper and make it bold
Track Name: To want you
Was it something that I said?
Did it make you feel this way?
If I could I would retrace my steps back from the start
Was it something that you said?
I forgot it anyway
Wish there was a place where we could find a safety haven
'Cause I want you
I still need you
I would feed you
If I had to

Take a look down from the sky
Could you just remember why
All this feral love has gone into water and ashes
This is so obscure to me
I am just to blind to see
What the pattern may be, can you bear a torch for me please?
'Cause I want you
Though I hate you
I still crave you
I just have to

Wavering like a drunkard
Sharp like a forest fire
Scribbling meaningless words
Spurred by a deep desire
Trynig to attract your gaze
Like a restless child
Your eyes they set me ablaze
For I won't behave nice
No, i just cannot
No, I just will not
Track Name: Black holes
She's written on the skin of my eyelids
And she never lies
She's carved in the flesh of my heart now
And we can never part
he stands firm in the cold wind
Without fear or disdain
For when black holes have swallowed the universe
Her beauty will remain

We'll dance on the sun and the moon yeah
Like gods on the loose
We'll watch over worlds and futures
And spare the ones we choose
Her eyes cast shadows one me
Her hair's a dark flame
And I swoon in the wake of her mercy
For I'm feeling so lame

The features on your face get blurry
Your hand disappears from view
And all that was once gay and happy
Is slowly turning blue
Oh, but it feels like many years
Have been taken of my back
Feels like a weight off my heels
No more do my bones crack

You gave me tour life for to bury
Just to get rid of you
You made it so peaceful and easy
Yes I'm afraid it's true
Oh and now I can't do nothing
To steer away from this bane
The last straw we had is now breaking
Yet your beauty, it will remain

The words that we say sound so hazy
I cannot hold you back
I'm scared by the light of day
By the wailing voices in my head