DECALOGUE

by i.e. kokoro

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1.
Barefoot, your feet on my lap Dragging your nails on the floor of the cab Knowing all of the lines have been crossed Not sure what it means, but I think that you lost Painted your face red and blue If not for your smile, they’d mistake me for you Cause your grandfather died on that hill If you’re not careful I’m sure that you will Rested your head on the dash You want me to leave but you’re too scared to ask When I put both my hands round your neck Can’t say a thing, cause you want to be blessed. I slammed my head On the back of your head Said “God bless the land, America!” (God Bless America, Land that I love Stand beside her And guide her Through the night with a light from above From the mountains To the prairies To the oceans, what with foam God Bless America! Land that I owe!) I slammed my head On the back of your head Said “God bless the land, America!”
2.
Don’t kill the messenger With the gobsmacked parable Standing in for the creditor, I’ve got a debt to pay In a blinding storm I came Tongue-tied for an evil gain Spouting lies for a selfish way I’ve got a debt to pay I didn’t mean to hurt you, I didn’t mean to force your hand I didn’t mean to cost you, I didn’t mean to make demands I didn’t know, I didn’t know, I didn’t know On the street where you let me be Crying melancholy melodies While I’m nursing the wounds I keep I’ve got a debt to pay Crucify on the balcony For the sinner you’ve made of me I’m not sure what the cost will be But, got a debt to pay I didn’t mean to hurt you, I didn’t mean to force your hand I didn’t mean to cost you, I didn’t mean to make demands I didn’t know, I didn’t know, I didn’t know
3.
I found your door Come in, come in I steal your soil Begin, begin And I take your wife, like you do And you pay my price, like a fool I build my home Where you live, you live I found your gold That you hid, you hid And I sold your soul for a bid And I left you cold when I did And I sold your soul for a bid And I left you cold when I did And I left you cold when I did And I left you cold when I did (How can you sleep? How can you dream? How can you be On stolen beds?)
4.
And I swore it on the Bible I will bring about rival! I am not afraid, it’s the choice that I have made. It’s the path that I will take. Listen to me, dear, Denial is the key to our survival You are not ashamed, it’s the choice that you have made It’s the path that you will take And everything seemed brighter where you are Like I could touch the stars Your love could heal my heart And I could smell the sweetness of your breath The rising in your chest The helplessness I kept So you made your way to libel But did you swear it on the Bible? When I kiss your lips Is it love that I detect, or taste of your contempt? But everything seemed brighter where you are Like I could touch the stars Your love could heal my heart And I could smell the sweetness of your breath The rising in your chest The helplessness I kept
5.
You made the table but you were not able to stay Well you tried to be strong while I wrestled your cup away Night burned the candle down, every guest was delayed And my coffee got cold, so I buried my head in champagne Quick cake, the cable’s out, there’s no reprieve or restraint And I’m talking too much to the ghosts of an empty estate Made like a thief, I was screaming your name Every lamp that I passed spilled the blood of the lamb who was slain (I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe) Every breath With my gun at your head, And my knee on your chest And your face in my hands Every sigh From your sad, stubborn life, With my knife in your side And the splint in my eye Now I’m crawling into the holes and the gaps in your skin You’ve got nowhere to hide but the space where the light can get in If your children should live, on your back the whole world would remain Every cut that I made drew the blood of the lamb who was slain Every breath With my gun at your head And my knee on your chest, And your face in my hands Every sigh From your sad, stubborn life, With my knife in your side And the splint in my eye Cry to some God in a tower above Can’t you hear the plea? (I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe)
6.
Washed your head and combed your hair Busted lip, you didn’t care They could not let it go They could not let it go Your mother cried and gnashed her teeth Your father tried, he couldn’t sleep He could not let it go He could not let it go (There was a man who had two sons The younger one said to his father, “Please give me my share!” He took his property, money and let himself out, Yes, the boy, then he got out of there, got out of there) When you found a long lost friend Strung you out and made you thin You could not let it go You could not let it go Broke and also broken down I made a way to make you found I could not let you go I could not let you go (Climb up to the top and make yourself feel better and buy all you want and you’ll make yourself better The better you become the more that you’ll fall The devil will defeat you and soon you’ll succumb When you make your way back, you’ll be treated just like You had never defected, we’ll love you again We will have a feast and celebrate for the son of mine Was dead but now he is alive again! He is alive again! He is alive again! He is alive again!)
7.
Labor on, cut your teeth Feed the dogs, tend the sheep Work for cheap, oh. Work for cheap, oh. Soldier on, do not sleep Pay the bills, clean and sweep Talk is cheap, oh. Talk is cheap, oh. Talk is cheap, oh. Talk is cheap, oh. You never told me What’s the point of giving up? I’ve toiled my hands to dust I’ve toiled myself to rust Talk is cheap, oh. Talk is cheap, oh. Talk is cheap, oh. Talk is cheap, oh.
8.
When you were born I knew your name before you felt your mother’s arms I knew your head, your hands, your heart When you called with sudden cry and sudden fall you claimed you’d come you didn’t want to died alone and you you you don’t know my name Oh my love if you could feel the way I felt about you now you might understand my pain So when you call with sudden burst and needless blows I take you in with all your vanity and woes and you you you don’t know my name
9.
I took the ark and brought it to your house The emblem of a living god it was And in the morning light you toppled on the floor, I put you up and asked for more. I made a feast to drink and eat I cut your hair I washed your feet And in the morning light you toppled on the floor, I put you up and asked for more How lovely is the symbol of our pride! How lovely is the symbol of our fight! How lovely is the symbol of our light! How lovely is the symbol of our might! I cleaned you up and covered you with gold I prayed to you and laid you in the fold And in the morning light you toppled on the floor, I picked you up and asked for more. How lovely is the symbol of our pride! How lovely is the symbol of our fight! How lovely is the symbol of our light! How lovely is the symbol of our might!
10.
Whether you grow So I go Scatter my seed around Do you know That I’m not done When you’re done with me? You will grow tall as a tree From that seed You will see You will see You will see Whether you grow So I go Scatter my seed around For all For all

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DECALOGUE was written, composed, and recorded over the course of 10 days in a 9x10 room in Chicago’s South Loop, a true labor of love begotten from the city of big shoulders. Each song is written to correspond with a law from the Ten Commandments, arguably the best known (and, at times, divisively used) collection of moral/religious laws of all time.

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released July 13, 2018

All songs by Kelly Reed ©2018

Co-Writing Credit (VII: For Our Lovers): Sam Wadsworth
Produced by Kelly Reed & Bob Davidson
Recorded in Chicago, IL
Album mastered by John McCaig

Piano, Synth, Vocals: Kelly Reed
Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Sam Wadsworth

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i.e. kokoro Chicago, Illinois

i.e. kokoro is Chicago-based musician, Kelly Reed. With crafted lyrics and thoughtful compositions, her musical sensibilities have been likened to artists such as Emily Haines, Susanne Sundfør, and Cat Power. Her music explores the complexities of what it means to be human, creating sonic landscapes that deal in the universal experiences of truth, pain, loss, love and, ultimately, hope. ... more

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