Clear Out Your Guilt

by The Dead Ends

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released June 26, 2011

All songs © 2011 Loud Poetry music, ASCAP.
All songs written and performed by The Dead Ends.
All rights reserved.

Recorded, Produced, and Mixed by Daniel King in Auburn, Alabama.

Mastered by Chris Bethea in Florence, Alabama.

All lyrics by Will Fargason, except for the line, "Father I have committed," which is from the book The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.
Cover photo, layout, and design by Will Fargason.
Piano in “The Smell of Honeysuckle” by Micah Thomas.
Gang vocals in “Stray Dog (Get Along)” by Paul Richtmyer, Micah Thomas, Cody Boss, Daniel King, and Will Fargason.

The Dead Ends are:
Will Fargason (vocals, guitar)
Cody Boss (bass, guitar, vocals)
Jordan Haden (drums)

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Track Name: Blue Ruin (Yeah)
Lips part pleading:
words for free.
Next destination
guarantee.
I read all of your
warning signs,
and fortunately my eyes
went blind.

Yeah.

Lipstick clippings
smeared on the wall—
a holy scripture
for one and all.
I’ll read you
my favorite verse;
it’s hidden unwritten
in her purse.

It’s moving way too fast now
with no chance to slow down.
The future’s forecast I can’t tell…

Yeah.

Tired eyes trying
to make me laugh.
Pedestal math missed
making a map.
Your hand holds mine,
tell me we’ll be fine.
But I see the doubt
dripping from your eyes.

It’s moving way too fast now
With no chance to slow down
The future’s forecast I can’t tell…

Yeah.
Track Name: Candle
I saw the outside inside
in a plant by the window.
It was growing backwards
from leaf to branch to seedling.

I prayed to God: would You take
the darkness away?

You cut me off from the vine
in your perfect time.
I wasn't bearing any fruit,
so I was of no use.

Her eyes were gold-plated lockets
like a snow-covered casket.
I’ll do all that I’m able.
Don’t be a drowning candle.

I prayed to God: would You take
her darkness away?
Track Name: Stray Dog (Get Along)
I’m tired of you
always following me
to wherever it is that I’ll be
like a stray dog—needy.
Use your heart to see.
Get along without me.

I’m sick of the
constant lack of apathy,
the grueling pace of consistency,
and the past still haunting me.
Use your mind to breathe,
and get along without me.

Here you’ll be:
motives underneath,
with knives in your teeth,
begging on your knees.
Open the door and leave.
Get along without me.

Get along.
Track Name: Resolution
Every step I take's
leading me to the question:
where do I go
when I don’t listen?

Every move I make’s
leading me to a decision,
but where the hell is my
resolution?

Every love you chase’s
followed by apprehension
like you’re prescribed
a new prescription.

Every distant ideal
seems an illusion
and my self-hood
will never have completion.

The sky is
painted red
like I tried
to shoot it dead.

The sun is
burning quickly out
within the shadow
of a doubt.

Every choice made
is followed by indecision:
I’m already writing
my revision.

But my good friend
I failed to mention
that you can’t escape
the human condition.

Sorry that I acted
out a pretension,
but I was under
a different impression.

All of my wishes
are broken.
Is this what it means
to be a Christian?

The sky is
painted red
like I tried
to shoot it dead.

The sun is
burning quickly out
within the shadow
of a doubt.

I saw four
tornadoes
at top and bottom
funneling.

We ran to hide
underground,
against the grey
sky screaming loud.
Track Name: The Smell of Honeysuckle
“It didn’t slip in, I swear.”
Don’t put those walls up ‘round me.
I’m tired and I just want to sleep.
“It didn’t slip in, I swear.”

It’s a little lie,
just a disguise,
to hide my face.

Look in your eyes.
Tell that I’m
not alright.

Oh, Caddy,
how could you do
this to me?

Think of the family,
the family,
and me.

“It didn’t slip in, I swear.”
Father, I have committed…
Put your hands around my throat.
“It didn’t slip in, I swear.”

It’s a little lie,
just a disguise,
to hid my shame.

This disgrace,
I can’t take.
It’s the family name.

I don’t know why,
I don’t know why,
but I have to die.

I’ve tied these bricks
onto my feet,
now watch me sink.

It did. It slipped in, I swear.
I hope that you rot in hell.

Oh, Caddy...(caddie).
Track Name: Sister and Brother
Every day ends the same:
another torn, written page.
Identity is a narrative
that you must read backwards (until…)

I heard someone in the house,
laughing, digging trenches.
I dreamed of snakes in my bedroom
that broke into pieces.

I can’t explain these visions
that I see every night.
Sister, get in the car
and drive, drive, drive, drive.

Fill my cup back up
with my favorite poison.
I need to feel young again
and shake off this feeling.

I’m afraid you ruined us
and sabotaged our building.
As of late I’ve seen my fate:
my head, set on a silver plate.

I can’t explain these visions
that I see every night.
Sister, get in the car
and drive, drive, drive, drive.

It's over, done, and buried.