Hysterical

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Record Details

Released:
2011

01. Same Mistake
02. Hysterical
03. Misspent Youth
04. Maniac
05. Into Your Alien Arms
06. In A Motel
07. Yesterday, Never
08. Idiot
09. Siesta (For Snake)
10. Ketamine and Ecstasy
11. The Witness’ Dull Surprise
12. Adam’s Plane

 

 

 

 

01. Same Mistake

On an open road and a virgin kick to chaos
With an angel tattooed to her inner thigh
Wild eyes reflected and the neon sign, I did not ask for love
Merely the same mistage

Don’t be a fool with that your useless plastic pistol
On my signal we will drop our stupid cause and disappear into the night
As it stands we’re trading potions to be swallowed whole
We make the same mistake

What to imply?
Have you picked a part?
Staying in the action
Where’s the action?
Here we are drawing straws, taking sides when we aren’t
Letting up and letting go
Letting up
Letting go

Manacles and endless lists on a shelf
Our wealth it will be squandered
By sudden gusts of cold wind, cars rusting below the bridge
And shouts behind the factory at first frightening
But they’re just kids beginning
To make the same mistakes

On an open road
On an open road
On an open road
We make the same mistake

 

02. Hysterical

Here comes the newest apparition
To set fire to all the flowers
Now I should have known it was you who would call
When vainly I escaped into the ever-changing rapids
To your boat with a sign which read “get in and hold on”

Hysterical
Calls for luck
Heal the weak
We should just grow up

And so I hid behind the dishes in the night
Until you woke to find me trembling like an emasculated dog
There is no sense in even trying to track the weather pattern
Is it better to leave than to blindly hold on?

Hysterical
Calls for luck
Heal the weak
We should just…

Let me out
Of the rain
Let me down
I want to make the last mistake

Hysterical
Calls for luck
Heal the weak
We should just grow up

 

03. Misspent Youth

The glory of a misspent youth
Chasing tire stains in muted thunder
Trading sex for drugs
And my Ophelia does not drown
She just barely hangs on

Now driving drunk in Daddy’s car
Honey, I won’t spoil the ending
But see that bend up in the road
Didn’t it seem that the night was a little too quiet

When it seems your subjects have all forgotten you
I need you to pretend that you are mine
And the water is just deep enough to take another chance
But the river doesn’t want you tonight

The engine was not built to last
And there’s a permanence to the memory of a bruise
But I still take it on the chin
For you

You are not alone here
But you ain’t helping me none
Disabled motorist in the road I have become one

 

04. Maniac

Maniac
Don’t say it ain’t nothin’
When I can see it in your eyes
Of course ceremonial weakness led to them hard drugs
But don’t ask me if I understand what is good for me tonight

Can’t you see it’s harmless?
A little light justice
Some say so long, how could you?
Some say come sit here by the fire
I will just wave goodbye to ordinary people’s awkward situations
Officer, you can take me but leave my daughter alone

We could sit around forever, mama,
And find there are no stars in the sky
And we could page through all our haunted diary thoughts
I miss the way you stare at me as if I were a memory

Villain, statue of marble,
I don’t want to touch no dark thoughts anymore, let me leave them alone,
Now and then safe and sound and send the clowns to document
With words and photos
A brain on fire, a slashed summer tire
We all need somewhere to go

There’s some way out of this silent film I’ve been living in
But my mind got stuck and I froze upon the burning coals
In another man’s ritual

05. Into Your Alien Arms

Strangled caravan
Frustrated world-receiver
Space shuttle set down
In front of my mobile home
Where’s the city plan?
Right there, undocumented
Our first encounter
Was criminally left off

I’ve fallen into your alien arms
I’ve never felt so good so lost before

Do you remember when
I had that fever?
The walls were crumbling
The wheels were coming off
Let’s just get some sand
Now I’m standing naked too
With your parachute billowing around all our unborn thoughts

I’ve fallen into your alien arms
I’ve never felt so good so lost before

What is my motivation?

To find some modern lover?
It seems that human nature too swallowed me whole
What is my motivation?
To find some modern lover?

 

06. In A Motel

And so I left when I was just a boy
I swore I’d simply do it all over again
And now up the hill with the snow-bit blue-tipped fingers, blood from falling
But I can’t go back there no more

In frozen poses, venues lined with pillows
Atlas shouldered some silly blunder or other
You ask for more than this
But I don’t know what more than this is

Is it a motel?
With a fashion magazine?
In between towns
I was thinking about my mother
And I wished ill upon myself

Rachel don’t come around here no more
I hear she’s living in Montana with her brother
I wish her the best
And I hope she can forget me

But the ghost that comes around is a dead-ringer for her
I see her in my nightmares discussing modern literature
With her hands around my neck

In a motel
With a fashion magazine
In between towns
I was thinking about my mother
And I wished ill upon myself

 

07. Yesterday, Never

Misunderstood, I’ll bet, and you will ask me to answer
what I can’t know
It’s safe to say I wasn’t with you then
And it is hard to tell if I am now
It is hard to tell if I am now

The scientist tracked the wild beast through the jungle
And straight to your door
You shot it dead and you took its head and put it
high upon your wall

In your article
How did you put it?
You had me ’round your finger, did you?
Microphone, sick spit on it,
Make me feel no shame for a moment
Yesterday never was
Yesterday never was
Yesterday, never

 

08. Idiot

A comet’s tail
A hairy star, you swimming
To an island peeking through the sea
On a quiet night
You left your devoted husband
And ran around like you was young again

But the devil don’t care what you do
The only one who cares is you

From a cirrus cloud
You got so far away and how could you’ve expected
me to see you?
The sun will go down
And surely as the day ends
You will lose control again

But the devil don’t care what you do
The only one who cares is you

Damnable
My impatience is unforgivable
You better escape while you can
But uncertainty it has tied you to this rock
Now the needle draws no blood

But the devil don’t care what you do
The only one who cares is you

 

09. Siesta (For Snake)

Human shit and cigarettes
And weekends away in the city
Far too far gone to well say
It seems today’s like any other day

You just call me up
To tell me you’re gone when I already know
You can’t stand it any longer

A Mexican engineer
Who told me I should do some running
Before it gets too goddamn late
Now stealing cars in Guanajuato

The drag queen comes to the window
She says I’d been told you had already gone
Why don’t you stay a little longer?

Shutting
Shutting
Shutting down
Closing up for awhile
Shutting
Shutting
Shutting down
Forget me now

Human shit and cigarettes
And weekends away in the city
Far too far gone to well say
It seems today’s like any other day

 

10. Ketamine and Ecstasy

Ketamine and ecstasy
Your words are hanging in the trees
While the university just rises
Your last pursuit now deaf and mute
It seems that I will have to do
Me trying to hold onto you and you trying not to put up a fight

Have I become a stranger to this country?
Was there ever even any country at all?
I want what you want of this you can be sure
Here comes the rain again
To wash away what we have learned

We’ll find each other substitutes
And loose the dogs upon their shoes
You say the car can steer itself tonight
Morning arrives with the nightmare clouds
Devouring the after-hour crowd
Anyone can see we’re meant to be where we don’t really belong

Have I become a stranger to this country?
Was there ever even any country at all?
I want what you want of this you can be sure
Here comes the rain again
To wash away what we have learned

 

11. The Witness’ Dull Surprise

Oh well, the rain it never stops here
Is it strange that I no longer see the hand in front of my face?
Just short of longing for the past
And short of asking for forgiveness
You read my palm and suggested that I find a new apartment
All of our sleepless nights came crashing through the window

Now you know
What it means to fly
Now you understand
The witness’ dull surprise

My dear, just show me where it hurts
And I’ll draw blood and make it better,
I will do anything.
Turns out the man with all the answers
Wrote from inside the asylum
And I guess we should have figured
as his poems contained no letters
He wrote, “All of my sleepless nights
came crashing through the window.”

Now you know
What it means to fly
Now you understand

With the tears and old acquaintances
And waiting for the pulse to quicken,
Waiting for the day when things turn
Out as you had imagined, the wait

And I had only just begun to speak with my broken memory

Oh well, the rain it never stops here
Is it strange that I know longer see the hand in front of my face?

12. Adam’s Plane

When Adam’s plane went down in Rome
I thought I was the last to see him
Standing all alone on the sidewalk
Maybe I was too young to know
Maybe I saw a bit of me in him
And in the strange wind whipping all around us
We began ordinary citizens
Washed up and so what?
Born late
Too late
God, it seems we’ve been stumbling a bit

When Adam’s plane went down in France
I just covered up his body
I’ll admit I didn’t know what I was doing
Maybe I should have looked ahead
Or lived only for the moment
With a bit of red wine, he stumbled in to meet me
Who am I to complain?
Washed up and so what?
Born late
Too late
God, it seems we’ve been stumbling a bit but

Adam says, “I’m fine.”

When Adam’s plane went down in Oklahoma
I had nearly forgotten all about him
There was no blood
He had no holes cut through him
Still I looked away
Let me try to explain
He’s still alive and he’s haunting me
We may end caged animals
God, it seems we’ve been stumbling a bit but
Adam says, “I’m fine.”

In a way, we looked over our shoulders
In a way, made it hard for ourselves
In the sky is a bird that considers
Where to fly and nobody else
In a way, we were old to begin with
In a way, made it hard for ourselves
In the sky is a bird that considers
Where to fly and nobody else