Stalemate

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released February 27, 2014

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"Stalemate"

Words and Music by Kevin Vonesper
except (1), music by Kevin Vonesper & Rachel Krause

Produced and Recorded by Kevin Vonesper and Kris Halpern
at Vonesper Studios, Astoria, NY

Additional Recording by Keith Rankin at Evil Kitty Studios, The Colony, TX

Mixed by Kevin Vonesper and Kris Halpern
with assistance of Flam (Mindsweve Studios), Philip Aitken & Scott
Machover (Better Luck Dead Man)

Mastered by Michael A. Judeh for DeadScratch Productions

Performed and Arranged by Vonesper:

Meg Doxy: All Vocals (except where noted)
Kevin Vonesper: Bass, Programming, Keyboards.
Kris Halpern: All Guitars (except where noted)
Rachel Krauss & Rebecca Schlappish: Violins
Sam Oatts: Horns (3, 4), Voices (10, 11)
Erica Xenne: Piano (10, 11)
Ed Joseph Maximilian Norey III: Additional Guitars (3, 6, 12), Vocals (12)
Daltron Jobson: Guitar solos (6, 7), Additional rhythm guitars (7)
Keith Rankin: Guitar solo (11)
Krztoff: Additional lead vocals (7), Background vocals and noise (10)
Lou Are: Screams, Voices (7, 8, 9, 13)
Tibbie X: Additional lead vocals (9)
Eddie Cooper: Background vocals (2, 12)
Evan Kleinman: Screams (13)
Greg Engbrecht: Vocal percussion (11)
and
Bill Manspeaker: (6)

Artwork Created by: Kevin Vonesper & Kris Halpern
Logo Art: Demetrius Felder (with design by Kevin Vonesper, Janice Garingo & Victoria Stewart)
Photography and Cover: Dwayne Burgess

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Track Name: Contempt on the Dance Floor
You never wanted to be my mortal enemy,
but the broken stares just confirms what we knew
An from where I can see it's like a car crash mystery of love affairs
Your face confirms what is true

Here for observing contempt on the dance floor
The green fairy and I, we can see you:
Drinking, Dancing, Bumping, Grinding
Moving, Grooving, Tripping, Dipping
Shaking, Breaking, Feigning, Waning
We can see your eyes are shifting

It isn't easy to be caught up in the energy from behind the wall
Built up, you brought him with you
And wouldn't you agree, even to disagree
Minds are melting; at least I have the best view

Here for observing contempt on the dance floor
The green fairy and I, we can see you:
Drinking, Dancing, Bumping, Grinding
Moving, Grooving, Tripping, Dipping
Shaking, Breaking, Feigning, Waning
We can see your eyes are shifting

Now how do we greet this dark calamity
Standing there, you are so very see through
A big problem indeed - Get out before there are casualties
If you dare
Your face confirms what is true!

Here for observing contempt on the dance floor
The green fairy and I, we can see you:
Drinking, Dancing, Bumping, Grinding
Moving, Grooving, Tripping, Dipping
Shaking, Breaking, Feigning, Waning
We can see your eyes are shifting
Track Name: Gazed
Dreams still remind me of pale skin and black long hair
Intoxicating aroma puts my mind in a coma)
Wide eyes to stare
My heart still shudders when I hear your name
No one else is the same

You want me, you taunt me, I want to be whatever you need me to be
Then you would turn so cold, like the falling snow
Time is going so slow
Maybe I should just let you go

Unfinished drawing in my closet is a reflection of our time
A painted memory getting pushed farther away
You push me farther away
A ghost still haunts me
The day was black, you had caught my attention
Blue eyes had gazed on perfection

You want me, you taunt me, I want to be whatever you need me to be
Then you would turn so cold, like the falling snow
Maybe I should just let you go...
Time is going so slow...
Track Name: Getaway
The silence means that we will waste another day
It feels so far though you’re just 15 miles away
We’re getting older as I fight to find a way
A resolution to start off a new decade

Trade in that ego for some time of smiles and bliss
Sense of adventure can be tasted in
Your kiss...
...is...
...poison, and I...
will get away from this

I know why I feel this way
That we have to go on a getaway
Had it been another time or place
We could have escaped

The road is paved so we can leave today
Just pick me up and we can drive so far away
Forget the times that we could only reminisce
On all the time that we never should have missed
Your poison lips!
Let’s get away from this!

I know why I feel this way
That we have to go on a getaway
Had it been another time or place
We could have escaped

Time seems frozen!
Life is stolen!
Lips of poison!
Tell me why you don’t even try
We gotta get away...

Don’t know why I feel this way
Now I’m feelin’ that I’ve have to get away
Now that I’ve had my taste
This memory it won’t erase

I know why I feel this way
That we have to go on a getaway
Had it been another time or place
We could have escaped

I know why I feel this way
That we have to go on a getaway
Had it been another time or place
We could have escaped
Track Name: (blue star)
(follow it over the Tappan Zee Bridge)
Track Name: Electric Blue
Magnetic pull through sliding doors
Something about the electric blue decor
Kidnapped soul fantasy scenario replayed forever with this song on the streeo
Go!

Batcave initiation
Antagonistic, ill intentions
A part of me was taken with you
I just don't understand anything that you do,
No!

Where did you come from?
Why are we here drawing in closer without even a fear?
It is such a mystery
Energy through us like flowing electricity

These magic moments of time
How it's what's keeping us alive
Like an instinct beamed from space
I don't know how it got to this place

Where did you come from?
Why are we here drawing in closer without even a fear?
It is such a mystery
Energy through us like flowing electricity
Track Name: Obituaries
I always look to see if you're in the obituaries
To fulfill my wildest why-have-you-not-seen-me theories
But your face is never there so I guess that you still breathe
So I conclude that you just like to suffer

And I tried, oh how I tried...
...I've so tried, but you love to suffer

I'm looking to see because it might just put my mind at ease
I have a lot of why-have-you-not-called-me fantasies
So far, no luck, so I can guess that your heart still beats
So I conclude you love to make me suffer

And I tried, oh, how I've tried...
...I've so tried but you love to suffer

Let me hear you breathe
Let me see you smile again
Let me hear you breathe
Will you let me listen to your heartbeat?
Track Name: P.O.V.
You don't know the things I'd do to you
I wish you could look up from my point of view

You are no longer the girl I thought I knew
Just bring your body, I will provide taboo

I want to fuck you senseless
Track Name: Taboo
I want to gouge out your eyes so you can never see the mess you made
I want to lick up your thighs, slice of life from my razor blade
I want to tear off your ears, you will never hear me say your name again
Cause the makeup to smear, burning passion that can't be abstained
Seal up your sense of smell, steal the scent in the air that turns you on
Lick the flames of my hell, burning you up from dusk till dawn
I want to rip out your tongue so you will never get to taste my sweat again
A desire so young intensity too bright it can't sustain
I want to ice up your skin to match the coldness in your heart
Numb the agony when you won't know when we're together or apart

I want to fuck you senseless
Track Name: (the ghost of) 21-17
You can't kill the ghost of 21-17
Protect yourself and let me free
Obsession v. reality

Can't clear a room of memory
Protect yourself and fall for me
This might be better on out knees

"Hey!" she'd say,
"I think I'll disappear today"
You can't scrape the marks off the wall
You scream my name but never call

Hey! Confess!
You're slipping into nothingness
I know your scent anywhere
I see your skin and feel your stare

"Ah you make me imagine such debauched and decadent things"
"And all the world falls down among her melting Icarus wings"

Excuse me Mistress,
Long time since I've heard from you
Wicked enchantress...
Torturing temptress...
We never got to have one last caress

Stumble down the hall and remember
He slaps my face and kisses my lips
A red velvet box of memories of the things chosen to be missed
Dark dreams so vast and vivid
At your feet, hands tangled in dark hair
This is our cross to bear

(you always hear me say your name...)
Track Name: One Last Kiss
If we're alive tomorrow could we dance naked in the rain
Sing away our sorrows, sweat away our pain
And if I died tomorrow, would you dance naked on my grave
Let us seize the moment, take in everything

Said you cared, said you loved, but where are those thoughts now
In repair, in your stare, let's make sure we figure out how
Everything we have could be so perfect
At least will you let me give you one last kiss

Let's Take Everything in Now
Don't leave anything out now
It's no time for a breakdown
Take everything, and take it now

Why can't you tell me all of your thoughts now
I'm sure you know it's no time for a breakdown

Lets get high in your eyes and this time no goodbyes
Let's create a new state, no one else can relate

And let's both be happy
And we'll all be happy
Track Name: Strangers
I get nervous when I talk to strangers
I get excited when I talk to strangers
The night's so young, so much we can do

It's getting late and it's time for danger
Enter the night, on my worst behavior
I'm excited because this person's not you

So say what you need to say to me
Close the door and lose the key
Tonight I turn my mind off from you

The sky is dark so it's time for danger
You're not around and I talk to strangers
Now there is nothing that I won't do...

I'm out alone and I crave stimulation
My mind is fresh, accepting temptation
It's an adventure that I pursue
Body of sin, I need some salvation
I don't know my final destination
I'm looking for trouble to get into

The sky is dark so it's time for danger
You're not around and I talk to strangers
Now there is nothing that I won't do...
Track Name: Stalemate
So many times I want to say "Fuck You!," but you're never around for it
Pushing things to the limit in this push and pull relationship

So many times you wanted to reach out but I never know about it
Pulling things past the limit in this push and pull relationship

Continue down the path of self-destruction, you're going to die so lonely
Counting down the days does no good when that day never comes
3 years and counting, baby
Stalemate.
Nobody has won

So many times I've tried to pull you out , my rope is shorter than your pit
Pushing yourself back down in it in this push and pull relationship

So many times you push to not exist leaving me hanging in the noose
Kaboom! You made a direct hit in this push and pull relationship

Continue down the path of self-destruction, you're going to die so slowly
Counting down the days does no good when that day never comes
3 years and counting, baby
Stalemate.
Nobody has won

You push...I pull...

Pushing things past the limit, pulled into your blackest hole
Pushing things past the limit, time has taken it's toll