Motion and Rest

by The Fourth Wall

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released 04 January 2012
Produced by Manny Nieto and Stephen Agustin
Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Manny Nieto and Shane Smith
(except "Beware the Furnace" recorded by Stephen Agustin, mixed by Manny Nieto and Shane Smith)
Mastered by Shane Smith

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The Fourth Wall Portland, Oregon

The Fourth Wall is a rock band currently residing in Portland. Consisting of members Stephen Agustin, Kasey Shun, Paul Brittain, and Max Lilien, The Fourth Wall's sound can be described as lyrically driven melodic rock infused with experimental noises. ... more

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Track Name: The Big Bang Phenomenon
I was born
Now existence is taking my life
Tell me, how do I waste my time?
What’s required?
What’s it mean to survive?
If the cosmic collisions align,
Tell me, wouldn’t I still be dying?
We’ve found our flaw
And it’s our ability to see that we’re flawed

I opened my mouth
Now the vultures are stealing my lines
Tell me, how do I set them right?
If there are no rights, time is a bottle of wine
If the preachers are picking me dry,
Tell me, why can’t I just rewind?
I’ve got a regret
And it’s that it’s so easy to regret

It don’t take much
To fall completely in love with a lie
Tell me why she’s always in mind?
She was a movement in time
Now she’s waving goodbye
And her absence is making me cry
Tell me, how do I fit her in time?
Track Name: Reductio Ad Absurdum
God save the bitter sweet you always taste
When you love her, you fear the poetry on your face
Crave a clean slate, but you’re always dirtying up the glass
‘Cause it hurts bad to have no hand in what will pass

You wept with devils who beheld your hand as you beheld the dawn
And you saw her teeth in the aftermath of some brutal chance
And in your heart you traded every love you ever had
For some ruined land that laughs at the labor of your hands

God damn the sweet romance of an empty heart
‘Cause you held it dear when she closed her eyes and disappeared
And you love yourself only when you hate everything you were
And it hurts bad to have no hand in what will last
Track Name: Portrait
In a busy part of town
Fifty feet above the ground
In a corner of my room
There’s a photograph of you

Accidental and volatile
Your eyes were closed that time you smiled
As if you hid some kind of fire
All your passions growing wild

Out of reach
Out of reach until the end

In the middle of the night
In a dream harrowed and vile
In the heat-waves of your mind
You paint my portrait black and white
Two open windows for the eyes
History books for pearly whites
You didn’t add the wrinkled lines
You didn’t add the wasted time

We will leave
We will leave
We will leave
We will leave before the end

The world’s a spiral of collapsing images
For every body a burning building
But in the hallways of our synaptic basilica
I could be a child, maybe something beautiful

We will leave
We will leave
We will leave
We will leave before the end
Track Name: The Second Hand
You were coming after me
Now all I see is your back
I’d measured all I’ve seen
Now I’m losing track

I’m tumbling down along with the sound of the second hand

I’ve let you down before
Now I can’t have you back
Each movement is a fatal wound
That God won’t let me have

I’m tumbling down along with the sound of the second hand
Track Name: Beware the Furnace
Beware the furnace
Beware the fire
Makes you feel like you’re alive, child
Makes you feel like you’re alive

Beware her beauty
Beware her eyes
Makes you feel like you could die, child
Makes you feel like you could die

The fool takes all his gold
And builds for him a home

Beware the silence
Every mirror is a knife
Makes you feel like you’ve got time, child
Makes you feel like you’ve got time

Beware her tears
Beware remorse
It’ll make you pray for war, child
It’ll make you pray for war

The wise man has no gold
Just a vessel and the sea

Beware the furnace
Beware her smile
It makes you feel alive, child
Makes you feel like you’re alive
Track Name: Anywhere Is Anywhere
You felt it
The temples crashing down
Became a quivering of sound

You lost sight
In the noises of her mouth
Now your feet can’t find the ground

You had a pulse then
When you were younger than your sins
Now you’re brushing off your death

Now “anywhere is anywhere” is on your breath
Still it’s her scent that’s forming stanzas in your throat

And you tried hard
To make the virtues in your head
Love the treason in your chest

And you witnessed
Her figure growing thin
As space would conquer it

When she was a small speck, she made you squint
Now you close your eyes, she’s infinite
You kept a close watch on the corners, now they don’t exist

No they don’t exist

You had a reason,
But it was kidnapped from its throne
Replaced with an unknown

You lost sight
In the chemical effects
From the poison in her hips

You felt it
Your logic crashing down
When they put her in the ground

Now “anywhere is anywhere” is on your breath
Still it’s her voice running circles ‘round your head
Now “anything is everything” is ‘round your neck
You kept a close eye on the corners now they don’t exist.
Track Name: Anna
It takes its time, Anna
And it never forgets
It’s lived too long and it loves you the best
If you need a world, Anna
I have one prepared
Where we needn’t be lonely and we needn’t be scared

Tonight my thought’s got you
In a Victorian dress,
Prettier than the rest
They have built for you
A palace made of gold
And it follows you where you go

It fights its wars, Anna
And it’s never known less
It’s had its time, now it wants all the rest
If you need a world, Anna
I’ve let one grow wild
Each year that goes by, it loves you all the while

Your memory’s clothed in years
Now I’m watching it undress,
Prettier than the rest
Your coals I often rake
But you only turn to flame
Under the guillotine blade

It fights its wars, Anna
And it’s never known less
It’s had its time, now it wants all the rest
If you need a world, Anna
I’ve let one grow wild
Each year that goes by, it loves you all the while
Track Name: The Illusion of Philosophers and Fools
The times have got me worried
That we’ll die before we can begin
With each moment at war with the next

Should I fracture my existence,
Live every second in a different cage?
Our bodies will be in ruins by the time we escape

What an awful way to go
Any way we go
We burned our bridges slow
Tried to own what we thought we could know
And if there is no way to know
If the parts will make a whole,
Honey, don't be fearful
Till I go, I will love you the most

There was a time when you loved me
Even though I couldn’t love you back
And I made you curse the heavens as I cursed the land

The crime of my honesty
Was a burden that I couldn’t bear
Our world was cracked in two and neither made sense

What an awful way to go
Any way you go
We set fire to the words we wrote
Tried to save what we couldn’t know
And if there is no way to know
When I’ll miss you and when I won’t,
Darling don’t be fearful
When you go, I always miss you the most

The only place we’re really safe
Is in a far and distant state
I could wait
I hope I can wait
I was asking too much when I asked for things to align
In time
In time

All these contradicting planes
Make it hard for one to remain
I’ll remain
I’ve got to remain
Was I asking too much when I asked for you to be mine
In time?
In time?

There was a time when I loved you
And I couldn’t make you love me back
I lost all my freedom the moment you wept

I became opposing waveforms
A revolt against time and space
When you left, I couldn’t leave and I couldn’t stay

What an awful way to go
Any way you go
We set a match to the unknown
Now there’s nothing we’ve been missing more
And if there is no way to know
When I love you and when I don’t,
Honey, don’t be fearful
When I go, I’ll have loved you the most
Track Name: The Eternal Return
Chasing after some purer sights,
You lost the good reasons why
To make up your mind was to amputate your rights
It pulled blue ribbons from your skies

Pummeled down by some ruthless writ
You lost the good part of it
You suffered the bureaucracy of your lonely mind
And you lost the fight

The flood of contradictions filled up your eyes
Those waters were holy and purified
You begged for a savior in the crashing of lights
And that time would strip you clean

But could you let die
All the reasons you hold your head high?

And happiness is a final puzzle
Where sane men go to lose their minds

Running swiftly from your lover’s death
You killed the world that took you in
You’d sooner die of thirst than believe that it still hurts,
But her laughter is still swimming in your bed

Swallowed up by your father’s lights
You weathered through the darkest nights
It’s a crumbling fortress, where all memory abides
Till she sets it right

Do you still miss the thoughts you crucified?
Does her golden hair still get in your eyes?
Are you flooding your breast with those innocent lies?
But you entertain the ghosts when you cry

Still you raise high
The wilderness you found in those wet eyes

And a great love is the final battle
Where good men go to die

Those violent misconceptions became your bride
And the youth in her smile was ruined with time
And your skeleton of reason, where did it fly?
You hoped it would strip you clean
Track Name: The Beloved, Forgotten, and Acquitted
We were bloody ruins
In the belly of time
Our bones reached for heaven
Our bodies made us die

The cold winds passed through us
We were running for our lives
I saw the color of her skin
In the bright blood of the dusk
But she is buried so thickly
The forests have overgrown

We were violent rebuttals
Digested by the beast of time
Our skin longed for affection
Our love made us die

The cold winds passed through us
Our skin fractured and cried
I felt the black hole of her eyes
In the bright blood of a dying sky
But she is buried with honor
Under the salt-waters of my mind
Track Name: When the Half-Gods Go
Passing through
Is all you ever do
I don’t ever get the chance to know you

Your wings are on fire
It’s a long way down
But if you turn your world over, you turn it around

You thought you were trapped
Isolated in the past
But you obliterate the clocks with every moment you pass

Your memory is by my side,
But you can’t go in my stead
It’s the hardest way to go, but it’s the only way we know

Passing through
Is all we ever do
But the time we spend is always bigger when it ends