Night Danger

by Alien Boys

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1.
hey – can everyone hear me out for a second? i just want to make sure that we’re all on the same page – or at least close to it, anyway... this is a preface to the inalienable truths – in what i have to say ‘cause each person, each voice – a tool – and i am but a blade not to cut you or others down or to divide, but simply cut away to expose within our lives the things that bind us to each other, and collectively we say: support and unify! speak up, act out, arise! speak up!
2.
Night Danger 02:31
i’ve thought about it before about a million times the crawling under my skin, the silence in my mind i’ve gotten close to that place, felt cement on my chest before it pulled me under, I drew another breath felt every anxious blood cell answer out to your call you spoke your truth to them, sung it our standing tall and even when he stalked you, and he did what was done it could not silence all the fire in your lungs try to take us away! try to make us abstain! try to silence us, we’ll stay - we’ll say... they thought that something happened in their community the threat of stranger danger less a reality so when this violence happens in our society why do we lobby silence and insecurity? unlearn defeatist notions that nothing can be done we should be armed with all forms of resilience congregate openly and speak together as one point to our predators and get them on the run! try to take us away! try to make us abstain! try to silence us, we’ll stay - we’ll say... NIGHT DANGER i’ve thought about it before about a million times the crawling under my skin, the silence in my mind i’ve gotten close to that place, felt cement on my chest before it pulled me under I drew another breath it took 11 years for that “justice” to be served but it will never match pain given unreserved some days i wish it all just relied upon our words but until then I’ll take every chance to be heard
3.
Bender 03:04
who here could use a drink, drown out the sirens my eyes half closed and red like the horizon my skin pricks, and my jaw twists, and the failing light of day promises me soon it will all go away... oh, satisfaction here beyond a doubt taking the easiest of all the routes to feel anything but trapped within this skin so confining and there is not a price i wouldn’t pay cause we’re all looking for the easy way to forget ourselves – and numbness seems to drown out my lived violence and there was nothing left for you to do oh, but pour another drink or two and there was nothing to figure out from all these pieces that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground from all this excess i was always falling – i was always falling on the ground, on the ground, i was falling on the ground oh there is no one that is more devout pray at the altar with an open mouth purge out all these spirits – confessions in the stalls of a bathroom and when it’s hard to keep my vision straight and i can’t remember my very name that’s when i’ll forget every regret that i’ve had before now and there was nothing left for me to do oh, but have another bump or two and there was nothing to think about cause i’m in pieces that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground from all this excess that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground, on the ground, i was falling on the ground so now the bar is closed, but i’m not done and you are looking like the only one who is on my level, sinking faster with every passing second and before i am sure that this is right i ask you if you want to spend the night because being full is much better than being empty handed and there was nothing left for me to prove my mind was still, my body making moves and there was nothing left – i had blacked out... cause i’m in pieces that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground from all this excess that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground from all this violence that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground from... i don’t like this that are always falling – that are always falling on the ground, on the ground, i was falling on the ground
4.
Dogs 02:39
well i should have seen it coming that storm was rolling in and you’re one of those fair weather friends cost/ gain analysis reveals the fix i need it comes from me that’s too much to ask and after all this time of me being faithfully, devotedly canined against your side... DOGS and now where have you gone? you left me on the lawn, tied to this stake, out in the rain, muzzled and choking on this chain! so maybe i fell off that wagon again found myself hospitalized and immobilized broken and bereft needing you to be there needing anyone to be there was too much to ask and after all this time you would rather tell me from a good safe distance to deal with this alone and now where have you gone? you left me on the lawn tied to this stake out in the rain muzzled and choking on this chain! no rewards for bad habits the only tricks and treats that i do deeply upset you – go lay down, girl. go lay down! well it seems that my addiction has caused so much friction between us tinfoil and flaps, like shrapnel, lead back to my body at the scene there road killed, blood spilled! and now all i have is shame poured into my veins mistreatment will not help me i’ll hot shot my way straight to hell and now where have you gone? you left me on the lawn tied to this stake out in the rain muzzled and choking on this chain! and now where have you gone? you left me on the lawn tied to this stake out in the rain muzzled and choking on this chain!
5.
tell it once again, take a big breath now tell us how it felt when the shadow choked you out did it have a name, and did they ever doubt that reality may not be what they think it is about but there was something in the way so heavy on my skin wanting to be let in // the weight of steel mistakes when the silence hits, it’s an orchestra of screams yell yourself awake from these graphic , lucid dreams swallow, smoke, and shoot away these visions by all means tell yourself – yet once again – this isn’t what it seems but there was something in the way so heavy on my tongue wanting to come undone // hate this self: medicate are you even in there, is anybody home? your face is scabbed and picked and sunken – hollowed polished stone no one understands this, and no one wants to know the struggle that you go through is for you to face alone and there has always been something in the distance there whispering in the back of my mind // to try // to die there was a time when i could have been myself but now all i want to be //away from this // away from me something in the way i – something in the way i – something I could have been that day but there was nothing left of me – nothing left of me, i – nothing left of me, i – nothing left for me to be, just that that day – and there was nothing left of, nothing left of me.
6.
Free Birds 02:44
oh how’d I come to feel this way? tried to surround myself with people like you and me, oh baby – all I got were empty head games left to play when I decided to move to the city it was for the feeling of conscious community, but now all I feel is that I’ve never been more isolated! now you all feel so far away and there was nothing left for me to say or you to hear – just need some distance, dear I couldn’t help myself, fumbled toward that ledge and fell go on and ask about my day – stare vacantly into the empty space between my lips, honey come on and tell me it’ll be okay there’s just no hiding from all the constant misinformation that we’re given with this media, so overwhelmed by the choices we don’t get to make now you all feel so far away and there was nothing left for me to say or you to hear – just need some distance, dear I couldn’t help myself, fumbled toward that ledge and fell and now all that we do to relate is have these consumptive practices we agreed to hate now how can we change these things if we can’t even see straight there is no hiding from all of this weight that bares down on my chest and the constant animosity that builds inside me as we are all alienated and you all feel so far away and there was nothing left for me to say or you to hear – just need some distance, dear and you all feel so far away now you feel so far away yeah, you all feel so far away
7.
Mother Chaos 02:43
couldn’t hear it – couldn’t see it a refusal to believe it you reacted as though it was for you did it please you to respond to our requests with threats of death (and) social tests that others may follow through close your eyes and close your minds your tongues are all serrated knives how did it ever come to this how did we become so remiss your power comes from the censorship we allow you to exploit couldn’t choose to just ignore you anti-intellectual school new edition – old submission – bits to chew the intention – pure invention – saying all we need is ascension from the chaos to hierarchies you could prove close your eyes and close your minds your tongues are all serrated knives how did it ever come to this how did we become so remiss your power comes from the censorship we allow you to exploit it’s in fashion – be impassioned say we weaponized compassion it’s alarming how disarming it can be when you listen to ‘pay contrition’ respect the individualism don’t agree? that’s fine with me – but hear me out close your eyes and close your minds your tongues are all serrated knives how did it ever come to this how did we become so remiss your power comes from the censorship we allow you to exploit we objectify the world, and we objectify those in it, because we objectify ourselves – objectify ourselves and in this – the missing of a point, the missing of a mark, the missing of another voice lost to the violence of silence in another man’s version of what my body is made for is there any way i can reach you in the fray?
8.
oh have you all taken the bait? what is it that you are afraid of – that you would rather choose to fleece yourselves of all your agency? and is this the place where i embrace my ability to stand up here and shout, “we must force the people to be free” – insinuating that it is me who knows best, and speak my absolutes as truths as though i have a final answer and as though i too couldn’t become a monster... too many people to lead in a fight there was no hope standing naked on the frontlines too many people vanish in the night who could have stopped those hands that dragged them clear out of sight and who will dare to break on through the instituted illusions that left us impressed with our own strong songs of alleged democracy? and in this world, there are two kinds of liberty – one of them stemming from positivity where revolutionaries believe that people have to be transformed – coerced to become the better, rational beings that their leaders want them to be – and the other? negativity – where we can all do what we want willingly (and within reason) there’s governance, but not dictatorship rule but we have become fools and think that economic freedom is something to be believed in – like it’s the equivalent to political freedom – and it isn’t too many people whose bodies enslaved make up the mass of products that you buy to satiate too many people in lost unmarked graves whose bones should echo stories of the lives that they gave and now we’re in neo-con hell consumers are the individuals and everyone seems pacified by all the lies bought to uphold. and what are we supposed to do if all attempts at revolution will end up in tyrannical rule? if there’s always coercion – always another version of truth – who is this for anyway? is it for you? or you? it’s not for me. too many people to lead in a fight there was no hope standing naked on the frontlines too many people vanish in the night who could have stopped those hands that dragged them clear out of sight too many people, whose bodies enslaved make up the mass of products that you buy to satiate too many people in lost unmarked graves whose bones should echo stories of the lives that they gave
9.
do you ever stop to ask how bodies vanish from space from places we belong leaving without a trace without the open knowledge or rallying support from fellow citizens without police reports? “what gender are they, honey?” “what sexuality?” and “how did they present in their communities?” “did they lead a risky lifestyle?” “how did they get their pay?” and all these questions put against them get put on display “they probably ran away – found another place to stay that isn’t here and don’t you worry about it now they don’t just disappear When you go out to a nightclub, do you ever look around and wonder “is this safe?” have you had to hit the ground? does walking in the street with a loved one hand in hand make you do shoulder checks – because you feel demands from eyes that pry and as you, “why do you act this way?” have you ever been cornered no chance to walk away countless taken from us and more murdered every day I’ll tell you something it takes strength to be out in this way so we resist to this day refuse to be still incite/ the right/ disrupt and break apart the shame that seeks to leave us in the dark while men were disappearing, toronto’s cops declined to properly assess how all their lives aligned “he was a quiet man” and “he had kids and a wife” as though either of those exempted him from crime a track record of violence and a hateful assault but he was old and white – surely it’s not his fault and it was only after 8 mother fucking years that they would have confirmed all of their darkest fears and i couldn’t look away – when they posted the picture of his face that day, that was frozen, in death he lay, so still he lay, silenced, without a name – a victim of everyone else’s fucking blame oh I can’t look away – no, I see it this way. I’ll rage with silent fear, the pain I feel for no, i couldn’t look away – cause I see it this way – so I’ll try to erase my fear and stand up here and tell them all I feel for this every day
10.
oh can you feel it heavy, thickening up the air – they said it reeked of filth and claimed a war on fruit she bared eradicate the drugs, well they eradicated her because her words expressed that revolution should occur isn’t wild how the structural violence that is acted on drug users is built to keep them out of sight and social machinery of this oppression exists because its end goal is silence and it’s built to keep them out of mind and our politicians pretend social conditions don’t play into the mission of keep the war on the poor active all intersections – people’s social locations – affect whether they’ll make it out of these places alive or in body bags Billie stood in defiance, refused to play their games they sent in Jimmy Fletcher to try to destroy her name convictions made her unable to play in cabarets no places left to sing, no play to play for Lady Day she triedto show them all that she was being framed she checked herself into a place where she thought she’d be safe at 44 they came, locked her to the hospital bed a few cents in the band, fifteen 50s strapped to her leg and isn’t something how the basic assumption is that drug users often have a moral failure to get over addiction’s a choice they should not have a voice because the only remorse they feel is when they are left without help cold turkey tactics meant to torture our addicts lead to future suspicions around anything that claims its treatment body count rises and the overdose crisis is a direct side effect of the bullshit war on drugs that’s rooted in all this othering the harder the enforcement, the harder come the drugs – criminalize us and institutionalize stigma the harder the enforcement, the harder come the drugs – criminalize us and mercilessly destroy us all

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released January 31, 2019

Recorded by Jesse Gander at Rain City Recording. Mastered by Stuart McKillop. Cover photo by George Derrick. Released by Desolate Records.

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