Beauty

by Mother McKenzie

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*Beautiful cover art by Andres Anchondo.

These twelve tracks were meticulously chosen from a session of about forty recorded songs. Made solely by Wyatt McKenzie and Seán O'Callaghan, the project began when the duo decided to do covers of Simon and Garfunkel and traditional Irish folk songs. From this, the duo had the idea to do a covers album. But, it was a rich and inspiring few months that drove Wyatt to not only make covers of songs by close friends, but also to sing many new (and old) songs of his own. This is the result; a full length LP of mostly original songs and a few covers.

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released June 29, 2014

Wyatt McKenzie: vox, guitars, keys, programming, bass, whistles etc.
Seán O'Callaghan: vox, keys, ideas, programming

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Track Name: Beauty
My Laura is the sea
With all beauty, there comes treachery
With rolling waves and sea blue eyes
She calls to me through neon nights
She calls to me through painted stars
And the distant noise of car alarms
She holds me in her skinny arms
My Laura is the sea
With all beauty, there comes treachery
Hold me in a star gripped gaze
The neon nights and sun-bleached days
Her many mysterious, perplexing ways
The sun beats us down with its brutal white rays
Let’s take off our clothes and let death have its way
My Laura is the sea
With all beauty, there comes treachery
Drain my wallet helplessly dry
I’ll get evicted and search endlessly through the night
No glimpse of your face when I’m knocked to the ground
You’re only around when my wallet’s around
More star gazed boys left to drain in this town
My Laura is the sea
With all beauty, there comes treachery
Is this thing they call love just a futile myth?
Does it really exist? Or did it ever exist?
Did we make it like we made God to pass the time and gives us hope
When there’s really not much hope, it’s just that lies help us cope
That’s why we made fairy tales and invented magic tricks
To cover the truth of how dismal life is
My Laura is the sea
With all beauty, there comes treachery
Track Name: San Francisco
She sucked her way to the bay of San Francisco
She stood on the Golden Gate Bridge, looked out on the waves
How they rose and crashed so far beneath her
She closed her eyes and a thousand sad photographs displayed
Of you and me girl, trading each other's clothes
Your mom owned a thousand black wigs, a thousand perfumes
A head rush of chemical smells, we laid in her bedroom
Of leopard skin sheets and a dozen sad mirrors to look into

Not I haven't slept in weeks, your ghost keeps haunting my sheets
The bedroom is so cold and nothing happens when I turn up
The heat

Oh I was tangled in your warm bones, I was woven in your pillow
I said "think of me each lonely night when you lay down to sleep
And that warm lifeless rush that rose over us like a raincloud"
Falling together hardly felt like falling to me
And with our cloths at our ankles, our cigarettes burned in slow motion
The stars disappeared, the sky was a deep fuzzy drain
That vast empty space that stretched between both of our chest
When I begged you to take care of yourself and you begged the same
And we parted ways

She sucked her way to the bay of San Francisco
She stood on the Golden Gate Bridge and took a deep breath
It was late October, the sun was beginning to set
She said a prayer for the lonely ones
And jumped right in
Track Name: Sick Blood
Got sick blood
Nervous pools of toxic sludge
Got sick veins
Filthy hallways of black mud
My white trash queen
She comes adorned in thrift store garb
Guilt tripping me "the cops will comes if you knock too hard"

She's been due
For a visit to the dentist since 1986
And I got a feeling
There's more insects in this joint
Than just my nervous ticks
But I've got the shakes
And I just can't help
The occasional twitch
My stuttered words
My ruined skin's permanent itch

Toss me out,
The cop's patrol these sun bleached streets
In plain disguise, young Mexican boy's been spying on me
But I don't give a fuck, I'd cruise these streets in six inch heels
I must just crave the way that alienation feels

"You're a white boy, you look too loved
You must got a cruel heart
All that love flushed down the drain
Just for your selfish art
Waiting for success with that wooden bod
And all it's gutted strings
Seems no different at all
Than living pornography"

I gotta admit that lately I'm plagued
With homicidal thoughts
I'd kill my two timing lover
I'd make arrangements for her funeral to be bombed
All her relatives, and her affairs, and her twisted friends
Won't get a full night's rest
Until the air's parachuted with their mangled limbs

Gotta cruel heart
Gotta real cruel heart
Track Name: Fun
Remember all the fun we used to have?
Remember all the fun we used to have?
Lost and floating in between
Wakefulness and dreams
Like two helium balloons bound by no string

You procured seven dollars from your mom
"Let's get some wine and wander drunk beneath the moon"
The darkness made us shiver and your skin looked painted silver
Illuminated by the pale forces of night

And if I needed to be held onto real tight
I knew your seven digits like my hand
Recall our favorite public pool
So many nights we climbed its gate
That's where you first took off your clothes
And stood so brave

Remember all the fun we used to have?
Remember all the fun we used to have?
Lost and floating in between
Being in our teens and our twenties
Like a fence caught on a lost, torn pair of Jeans

The warm sound of vinyl filled your room
The crackle of the needle on the wax
Paul Simon's voice would whisper words
Dedicated just to us
Your naked breast in my hand cupped
My fatal crush

You made me chase you past the neon and stained streets
And still I chased you up to mountain tops, my breath
Was trying to catch up with itself
Was there enough room in my chest?
To reach you, finally reach you in the end

Reward me with your head against my chest
The day grew old and retired into night
Your bedroom lit by candle light
Wished I could crawl into your eyes
And fall asleep there for the rest of my sad life

Remember all the fun we used to have?
Remember all the fun we used to have?
All the games we used to play
And all the drugs we used to do
I'll never love another girl as much as you
I'll never love another girl as much as you
Track Name: High School Girls
It's a sin to dress her up in that catholic plaid
Is it only a man's dark thoughts that make him a bad man?
If the good lord can read my mind than I guess I'm damned

She'll tease me with those cruel green eyes
Oh yeah she knows
She's the princess of my neighborhood
Look how green she glows
Sitting on her grassy lawn blowing dandelions
When I come home

To chase her would be an unethical endeavor
But high school girls ain't high school girls forever

She told me in a note, her birthday's finally coming up
I'm not a patient man, that's only a couple months
Guide me lord, we both know how bad this could end up

The sun will arise, igniting her honey blonde
Don't look when she gets undressed by her open window there
Even though she calls for you to, she's always beckoning you
To go there

To chase her would be an unethical endeavor
But high school girls ain't high school girls forever

My whole life I rise up real high and than I just explode
Like a human roman candle, I just turned twenty six years old
But I was as young as her when the fire lit my wick and I let go

So helpless over my desires clawing deep within
I'm lost within her, lost within that deep emerald green
Look she snaps her little fingers
Waited on by every man

But to chase her would be an unethical endeavor
Thank God high school girls ain't high school girls ain't
High school girls forever

If you got something good, savor it, it won't last forever
Hell not even college girls are college girls forever
Track Name: Thee Soul's lost Journey
Rise like an angel before me
Rise like an angel and burn
I watched you with your pigeon feather's blazing
My life had never taken such a turn

I followed endless highway lines at dusk
They blurred together, something powerful and warm
And as I watched your light descending from the sky
All my life I've wished that I could be that strong

This is my soul's lost journey
This is my sou's dark journey

He found her on the last night
She would see him
He stood there twiddling pockets with his thumbs
They watched the shooting stars explode all night
Still pretending they were innocent and young

"Let me inside the palace of your skin babe
Or let me sleep upon the pillows of your chest
My eyes have laid awake a thousand years
I've swam the ocean for you, lie me down to rest"

This is my soul's lost journey
This is my soul's dark journey
Track Name: Push Me Away
You're always pushing me away
What can I do? What can I say
When will you finally learn it's okay
Just let me in, don't be afraid

Push all you want, I'm here to stay
Just let me in, don't be afraid

I just want to prove to you, it's okay
Just let me in, don't be afraid
Just let me in, don't be afraid