A Silver Tongue For A Steel Heart

by Mortimer Nova (2015)

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"An upbeat, unsettling reality check from this Tampa based indie ensemble" ... "From the fun to the sad, from the heroic to the tragic, 'A Silver Tongue For A Steel Heart' is the best thing Mortimer Nova has ever put out."

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released January 1, 2015

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Mortimer Nova Tampa, Florida

Mortimer Nova is an experimental indie / anti-folk / indietronic group fronted by Michael Vilches based out of the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Mortimer Nova was ranked #14 on Non-Hollywood's "25 Indie Music Artists Worth Paying For" poll in 2014.

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Track Name: The Lad Is A Reptile
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and then for no reason at all
there's the cocked head of confusion
vomiting a stream of consciousness
a conversation with your house pet
woah woah woah
discernible only in a state of mind
trailing your instinct
perpetuated by failure
and sleep deprived insanity
woah woah woah

but then is it something we tell
something we've written down
foreign screams too loud to silence
too hard to ignore
set the house on fire

the understood "we" of it all
sharing this mind with satan
barking obscenities
leading to desperate conclusions
woah woah woah
don't stop at that light
those signs aren't meant for you
writing that list of regrets
only leads to a single answer
woah woah woah

but then is it something we tell
something we've written down
foreign screams too loud to silence
too hard to ignore
set the house on fire

tonight, it's raining flames
no one lived and now i'm free

the neighborhood gathered around
making forked tongue accusations
and those memories, so unsettling
pushed their way back into vision
woah woah woah

but then is it something we tell
something we've written down
foreign screams too loud to silence
too hard to ignore
set the house on fire
Track Name: Alpha Lemming
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run, run, run, run away
to an open placid congregation, where i
cleave and steal all that i hate
til i bleed and fester my creation
choked and starved amalgamation
such a stumbled crumbled sacrilegious
intuitive simpleton homelessness
but we can't stop wanting it all

covert mitigation
total annihilation
feed your needs
and bleed for me

with a gun, gun, gun, gun today
you command controlled emasculation, in a
world of impure postulation
let the kids control your imagination
let the superhero babies choke their friends
let the movie star class control the trends
let the world come down with mind control
'cause you won't stop wanting it all

covert mitigation
total annihilation
feed your needs
and bleed for me
rebel and fake your death
before the bullet hits your chest
feed your needs
and bleed, bleed, bleed, for me
Track Name: Rigidly Flippant And Shameless
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take three steps
you won't have to look back
it's all so dark
i'm all alone up here and i can't breathe
am i up or am i down, it's eerily serene

the last red tide x4

the last chapter of a book i have never read
the fire is almost out, but it's just out of reach
a satin gown so soft, a stain that won't come out
everything must pass, in front of me
the shouting in the dark, the strings i see and feel
is anything i love, even real

the last red tide x4

wander through your ghost, i can steal you the most
and i can feel your breath, through the serpent in my chest
hide behind the clay, please come out and play
is that blood or is that sweat, on the nape of your neck
try to run away, you want get very far
so a salute to my countrymen, salute behind the bars

the last red tide x6
Track Name: Gracious
capo 3
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the children were so wired
their eyes were going wild
it must have fueled the fire
and burned them all alive

no, don't you touch me

i see my lover in the kitchen
moving so fast on a mission
i can't help but pay attention

woah oh oh
woah oh woah oh
woah oh oh

i'm a pinata
you beat me to gain more
and i fall apart
while you scramble on the floor

no, don't you touch me

is it your day job or our love life
are you a fling or potential wife
am i just wasting both our time

you think you're so much better
don't you touch me, don't you touch me
Track Name: Rosio
capo 7
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i feel so insightful
but i can't feel my tongue
and i can't hear my thoughts
i bite the hand that feeds my mind
and cut the hand that comes
to close to be helpful
revenge of the traitor
that once washed my feet
and sat by my side
imaginary words
imaginary words
imaginary words

salvation for the weak
is all in what you believe
professor fairy tale
can spread a million seeds

the screw that held the ship together
has gotten lost at sea
and the captain pulls his flag up high
for the passengers to see
you don't have to be a millionaire
to feel wealthy
imaginary words
imaginary words
imaginary words

you don't need a map
to know x marks the spot
you don't know what it is
until it's gone
oh oh oh
Track Name: To Choke
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your skin bleeds
you can't help but cry
at your lost beliefs, you
say goodbye

tread the ocean, part the sea
i can't believe what you ask of me
tear the skin until it screams
and cries

your fingernails are broken
your wheelbarrows full
nothings left but the wind through the door
when we reconvene, i'm still unable
your lips are pouring poetry

tread the ocean, part the sea
i can't believe what you ask of me
tear the skin until it screams
and cries

why are you so cold
why are you so cold
why are you so golden
so golden

so you transcend
you can't self prepare
your parents understand
don't hold your breath
don't hold your breath
or you might choke
choke

so this is the end
thought it might have come late
you are cursed, you're protected, you're significant

so you transcend
you can't prepare yourself
don't hold your breath
you might choke
choke
Track Name: Just Like Water
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soon the night sky will collapse and kill us with a ceiling of light
making everything you believe in a catastrophic irony
we believe what we perceive to be correct disregarding
something standing, hardly breathing, staring at us behind our backs

you go through me just like water
motivated by something hotter
complications but you've got her
don't forget she's still your daughter

we adapt accordingly to situations we don't know
determined by our personality traits that stand out dominant
under all these sheets i can still see the lights from the falling sky
your timing is impeccable and if you read this then it's too late

you go through me just like water
motivated by something hotter
complications but you've got her
don't forget she's still your daughter

i was just calling to see if anyone was home
Track Name: The Collector
don't stop healing up in the brand age
close the comics in the newspaper pages
sentimental fallacy's the second door on the right
1 more door and you will find the lion and kitten fight
where's my mom i need her hunting knife it's
time for work in this brain damage life
open ended product is a gift for the mercy age
slip up now you'll only find a management murder case

carnivore
creator
carnival
creature

cold elation
crimes of fiction
clever hatred
come to the core of addiction

n-n-n-no x4

get the shovel and dig up the working bland
black mark red a, x's all on you hands
overburdened overworked children work overnight
put the hamster to the wheel and you'll never run out of light

overload

get your mommy to tie your shoelaces
rev your engine burn the flag at the races
loco lobo eating so many faces
drop your hand show me all 5 of your aces
convoluted answers are the magistrates carousel
letters in the bronze on the curve of the liberty bell
if you find the fires just to hot then you're toasting your toes in hell
in hell
in hell

is it fact, is it fiction
is it broke, or is is friction

overload
Track Name: Someone's Telling Lies
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someone's telling lies which i despise
but i know you're telling lies
you're telling lies

when i was just a child
i'd swim for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles

for fear of being caught
in a trap you made yourself
you're telling lies
it won't be long
until it's gone, and wrapped you up
in your tangled threads, your twisted web
you're telling lies

when i was in my teens
i'd run for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles

and now, we both know the answer to this simple question
an awful ending for an ignorant example of humanity
at it's best

now that i am a man, now that i've lived my life
i drive for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Track Name: Prime Meridian
capo 3

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i used to feel life was tragedy after tragedy
such a teacher you taught me i was wrong
i would drink too much but you'd still take me home
and lay with me and make sure i fell asleep
so i'm writing this song and it's just for you
out of thanks and all my good intent

this is unexpected though i should have it seen from miles away
i can't think any more about you, there's nothing left to cut
i keep asking myself is this real or just a nightmare
i keep looking for you, but you're not around

i craved for something save me from myself
such a teacher you taught me how to feel
realization can be such a ton of bricks
causing abrupt endings bent from my mistakes
we lay together, your body molds to mine
and now i feel you're the reason i exist

and i'm missing you
and all that you do
in a perfect world
dreams can come true

this is unexpected though i should've seen it from miles away
i can't think any more about you, there's nothing left to cut
i keep asking myself is this real or just a nightmare
i keep looking for you, but you're not around
Track Name: Needless
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when i need a little bop bop bop
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah
and i have to take a walk walk walk
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah
so i can get a little pop pop pop
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah
and i feel the shivers stop stop stop
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah

i'm needless, no need for
feelings, not that i
feel them, i'm all alone
alone

when i always watch the clock clock clock
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah
can't get passed my mental block block block
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah
and i wanna throw a rock rock rock
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah
you grab my hand and have me stop stop stop
oh ohhh, oh woah oh woah

i'm needless, but i've got
feelings, though i don't
feel them, i'm all alone
alone

you're my dreamer
soul retriever
my believer

you helped me get back to the top top top
oh ohhh (off the floor), oh woah oh woah (on that ladder)
and got me away from the hop hop hop
oh ohhh (say no more), oh woah oh woah (say no more)
feels so good to not be hot hot hot
oh ohhh (no more bleeding), oh woah oh woah (no more tears)
you gave my life another shot shot shot
oh ohhh (because you love me), oh woah oh woah (is why i love you)

i'm needless, but i've got
feelings, and i can
feel them, i'm not alone
alone

you're my dreamer (because you love me)
soul retriever (is why i love you)
my believer
Track Name: Confessions Of An Armenian Late Bloomer
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i'll count to 3 while you hold your breath
and let it sit there on the top of your tongue
i found your letter but it must be for someone else
and it's too late, you're falling short

it's an odd number and i'm the one left out
sometimes people can't read between the lines

i guess i'll go if that's what you want
i've lost trust but i should be used to it by now
completely irrational and so hard to swallow
if you go looking then i promise i'll be there

it's an odd number and i'm the one left out
sometimes people can't read between the lines

knocks on the windows
locks on the gate
keeping my eyes shut
stilling my hand
feelings regressing
time has stopped
Track Name: Terrestrialis
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do you recall the teacher
the one who called you a creature
he's gone and passed away
but the memory runs so much deeper

but alas, what's done is done
through the glass, you and i are one
the hallmark pain that won't wash away
but you were the one with the gun

you carried all this hatred
and you were told you were demented
your peers barbs haven't gone away so
the fate of everyone has been cemented

but alas, what's done is done
through the glass, you and i are one
the hallmark pain that won't wash away
but you were the one with the gun

live as one (live as one)
in the stratosphere (so far away)
i'm calling out in desperation
a simpleton (simpleton)
a catastrophe (so wretched)
i'm calling out in desperation

you're taking credit for the things
that you suspect you are to blame for
and i hate to be the one to break it but
the shock was too much for him to take
you're not a murderer
and you made a mistake
when you step too far
you've sealed your fate

but alas, what's done is done
through the glass, you and i are one
the hallmark pain that won't wash away
but you were the one with the gun

so do you recall the teacher
the one who always tried to reach you
he's gone and passed away and
you've turned into the creature
Track Name: Familiarity
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why can't you just shut up
you're giving me a headache
you act so calm and asinine

you're always first to argue
without the grounds to back it
without your knees you can't walk far

but for some reason i still hold your hand, i still hold your hand
and unexplainably i kiss you goodnight, i kiss you goodnight

i will always love you
til something better comes
and i will never leave you
unless you drive me to

why must you talk so loud
and chew my ear off
when it's my question you find silence

but when you're crying, i still hold you tight, i still hold you tight
and unexplainably i still smell your hair, i still smell your hair

i will always love you
til something better comes
and i will never leave you
unless you drive me to
Track Name: Afterthought Of Grievance
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our hands so tight
you crying and reaching for air
your legs spread wide
the same way that had put us there

our bodies intertwine
is that what you call love
to feel alive
sometimes it isn't enough

where is my isaac, i had laid before me
reached out in the dark, blocking the sun
calloused and manic, unplanned catastrophe
her life's the epitome of imperfection

we spend this time
looking so hard to find a shred of hope
but we should
focus on looking for help

where is my isaac, i had laid before me
reached out in the dark, blocking the sun
calloused and manic, unplanned catastrophe
her life's the epitome of imperfection

bless your filthy wicked heart
i'm an eel fit for a whore
Track Name: Made My Bed
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when things go badly
do you blame yourself
when mischief haunts you
do you engage yourself

i made my bed
now i lie in it

when you're possessive
do you shame yourself
when you're aggressive
do you contain yourself

hold my hand
and i'll hold yours back

i made my bed
now i lie in it

when you reach self loathing
and it all seems lost
remember someone loves you
and go back to bed

hold my hand
and i'll hold yours back
Track Name: Illumination
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the will, of the harbinger
to pass along all of the blame
blame your teachers, blame the news
blame your parents, give them more pills
we can disappear, if we shave all of our hair off and
knock out all our teeth and shave our fingers off

warp with me, 'cause you've got nowhere else to go
warp with me, 'cause there's nothing above or below

when you've got nothing to say
say it loud because truth is a muted point
how can your bury your head in the sand
if the hourglass always turns
the only infinite resource is human ignorance
and humanity's need to be blind
how do you explain color to a blind man
how do you explain color to a dog

what will you do, when your government
runs our intelligence dry
and murders all the intellects
what will you do when truth is a lie
believe in your police state
or feed off all of your hate
hand away all of your secrets
or feed on the cement

commit yourself to the militia
or commit yourself a crime
or commit yourself to the institution
for coloring, outside, the lines

do you feel the spot light
or can you feel enlightened
'cause your spot lights a police light
so are you also frightened
waste your time with reruns
waste your time with shows
some of us will be outside
watching the towers implode
warp with me, 'cause you've got nowhere else to go
warp with me, 'cause there's nothing above or below
Track Name: Before The Last Time
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when the sun wakes up
and the light of day comes in
you'll keep me coming back to you
back to you
you'll be my eyes, we'll make it through
until that time, it's me and you

love, love
your heartbeat fits me like a glove
fingers poke and pull the sand
until the day you understand
i'll make it once, and we begin our

love, love
the heat fills covers from above
there's only skin, there's only lust
there's only we, there's only trust
there's only time, there's only us

love, love
before the night there's only us
love, love
we'll break the day and fall in love

and as the sun slowly descends
we separate and make amends
you're rapid breathing, i'm condemned
to sink and fall, to melt away
until tomorrow, save today
say i love you, fade away

oh, oh, fade away
say i love you, fade away
oh, fade away
until tomorrow, save today
say i love you, fade away