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by Mortimer Nova (2006)

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Mortimer Nova's debut album and most successful release to date.

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released June 6, 2006

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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 Bully
capo 2

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wrapped in blankets
waiting for the endless swirl
spiral downward
out of control, out of control
line up for the firing squad
with thousands more
out of service
time to go, time to go

headless venting
bottled up and overexposed
antiquated, it's trivial, so trivial
check out for the day is old
but you say more
pushed far over
test the road, test the road

you can't put both your shoes on at the same time
it's a fool who thinks karma is right by his side
when the sun explodes and it's time to wait outside
don't pretend to be weary you'll be buried alive

bite the lemon peel and spit it away
spinning balls of yarn to catch the next prey
croatoan settlers lost in the fray
seedless memories start washing away

you can't put both your shoes on at the same time
it's a fool who thinks karma is right by his side
when the sun explodes and it's time to wait outside
don't pretend to be weary you'll be buried alive
Track Name: Piper of Rats
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shadows on the, wall of reason
staring back at me, with maternal infancy
terra firma, hard to swallow
to ground eternity, and molest reality

feelings complicated
from the whistle at the gate
the key is just too late
breathings acclimated
the piper of rats has come
to burn your apartment down

shut your curtains, lock your doors
the fearless on the stilts, knocking on your window sill
alabaster, ever after
the colors drive me mad, and bring back what i once had

feelings complicated
from the whistle at the gate
the key is just too late
breathings acclimated
the piper of rats has come
to burn your apartment down
Track Name: Dicembre Piu Difettoso
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succumbing to temptation
seems to be my biggest weakness
mishandling situations yah yeah yah
i can be held accountable, a million times again
and again and again

i can see you on my doorstep but you can't come in
i can feel you breathing on my neck but you can't touch me
i can hear you crying on the phone but i won't pick up

queen of emasculation
so suited that it's you
your so avid with control, yah yeah yah
and you treat me with such irreverence
again and again and again

i can see you on my doorstep but you can't come in
i can feel you breathing on my neck but you can't touch me
i can hear you crying on the phone but i won't pick up

you can't touch what you don't see
Track Name: Revenge of Dona Maria
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to function is almost impossible with the spinning words rattling
without a hit to calm them feelings overcome
and the angel that tries to push it away gets murdered
and control is once again destroyed
and this seems like every day it gets worse
so i sit and watch the rain fall and hope it goes away
but 12 long hours set the circle of another day

another 10 pounds gone
convenient that it's lost
the clock goes winding down
suggested tragedy

i cut my wrists to save myself
so every day i have a personal reminder of my mistakes
wrapping hands around your throat where i used to kiss your neck
squinting to pull the image clear just distorts the picture more
you'll be there when i denounce the existence of me
driving through this ocean town only makes my heart beat harder
and we can't recollect what the problem was
so welcome home

another 10 pounds gone
convenient that it's lost
the clock goes winding down
suggested tragedy

sinking in the sand, break away
i know i can't be right, break away

when you have no expectations, you can't be let down
when you have no expectations, you can't be let down

peeling hearts like apples
you shouldn't be allowed to breed
words so misconstrued
some prescriptions can't be filled
Track Name: Diagonals of the Pawn
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from where we were in the past
in the future instead of ignoring a
woman screaming for help
will we jump in to hurt her

realize that when you walk past someone
or park next to someone at a light
they would kill your mother before making eye contact

if you could see inside of the hearts
of everyone you met
could you bring yourself to fall in love
in love

you can call someone anything you want
as long as you touch them on the shoulder
and smile, a smile

intelligence would be stronger
if people would stop holding your hand
and just let you fall on your face

if you could see inside of the hearts
of everyone you met
could you bring yourself to fall in love
in love

with every year you add
you lose some in social graces
so what good is
a reputation

if you could see inside of the hearts
of everyone you met
could you bring yourself to fall in love
in love
Track Name: Last of the Mermaids
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dance for me one last time
in the morning i have to go
you can't wait up all night
while i watch the snow
wailing beauty
lost beneath me
trails are melting
i still can't see

last i kissed you
and you never know
how i've missed you
feelings never show

are there things i've forgotten
did you ever really know
was i too inhibited
has the morning let me go
perfect angel
miles from me
come up to my
homesick city

last i kissed you
and you never know
how i've missed you
feelings never show

sink with me
to the bottom of the ocean
and watch your problems
drift away
they drift away
Track Name: Pair of Threes
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the lines we draw around ourselves
to watch the faceless go

a heart in carbonite can't breathe
or see the lucid glow

that's why we look so hard
and speak the name of true love

this harmony won't last
i've given you everything
Track Name: Last Time You'll Say Goodbye
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i survived all you wanted
i provide early sunsets
until you try, until you, come give away
wheels of time, roll away

softened sky rolling skyline
cautioned eyes captured lost time
until you try, until you, can get away
patience tried, not today

waiting for the day to come down
waiting for the night to wake up
gazing out keeps me falling back on you
back on you

say i love you for the last time
Track Name: Ayane
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deep down i know
she'll always blame me
for letting you go
she concluded
that i threatened your life at home

will you go home
and beat your wife
until she screams for her life
how can you feel
never losing the person that made you cry

emily, embrace the sea
and say goodbye
emily's growing disease
left me to die

what if your place
in death
was based on
the last thoughts
in your life
and what if your last thought was
i'm dying
i'm dying

emily, embrace the sea
and say goodbye
emily's growing disease
left me to die
Track Name: Suspect Fled the Scene
old friend, your horse is ready to ride when morning comes from this church town where damning rumors drip from holy tongues. it won't go away. fever to find the scapegoat fast and fix the blame. i know you never meant to leave the way you came. looking down from that stain glass steeple they'll never know why you had to run. ride as fast as you can; they're shooting to kill
Track Name: Caught With a Smoking Gun
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leaves may fall but branches always stay intact
when routine becomes excitement you disappear
imagine a place where you can mend your broken dreams
one more day or once a week

mom i'm sorry i have gone and let you down
dad i'm sorry i have broke my bond with you
using discretion only to scratch the surface
one more day or once a week

ashes to ashes we fall down
worth living underground
i can't ignore the signs and
i can't forgive this time

there go the house pets
they've run away again
can't build a fence for two

she cries in the corner
where'd my baby go
so long, adieu