Hardest of Hearts

by Don Paris Schlotman

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What does it mean to be human?

A minimalist exploration of love, lust, revolution, destruction, and creation.

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released October 2, 2014

Written, performed, and produced by Don Paris Schlotman
Co-produced and engineered by E.W. Harris
Mastered by Nick Ciavatta at Friggin Fabulous Productions

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Don Paris Schlotman Brooklyn, New York

Funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns, Don Paris Schlotman is a Brooklyn-based musician. Most recently fronting wavegaze rock duo called Dolphins Don't Love on vocals and electric guitar.

Don was born in a freak accident, the seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. He plays music the way some people fall over, and his artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future.
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Track Name: Vaporize the Sun
Long ago it was told
Someday there'd be a one
To come to earth
And vaporize the sun
Dear, I don't
Eradicate for fun
Don't fear
The day is not yet done
But the ending has begun

Please understand
I'm just a volunteer
Sent from a world
whose cries you'll never hear
The end has begun
We all must persevere

It was long foretold
Earth would be the one
To spread, to grow
Infecting with your guns
To prod, to probe
Supplanting everyone
In the known universe
I must end your run
Before it has begun

I have gone
When you awake
Oh my love I must
Destroy the human race
I know it's not just
But it is your fate
This is your resting place

Long ago it was told
That I would be the one
To come to earth
And vaporize your sun
Track Name: Civil Service
I think that we can make it, make it
I know I can't fake it, fake it
To you / It's what I do
Got to keep everything comin'
Keep this here engine hummin'
True / It's what we do / I do it for you

We got to keep things going and
Rolling on the line
But we don't make the sun
Come up and shine
We're only humans
workin' overtime / Over time

Don't want to make you nervous
With my dedicated civil service
To you/ It's paid in fool
Got to keep everything current
Keep everything fair and observant
In due / Time for you / I do it for you

We got to keep things goin'
Growing on the vine
But we don't make the sun
Come up and shine
We're only simple people
working on a rhyme / Over time

Don't wanna be your judge and jury
Don't wanna make your mama worry
'Bout you / It's what she do
Just wanna slow down the hurry
'Cause the lines are fast and blurry
For you / It makes you blue / I do it for you

We make it fun and keep it
Going all the time
But we don't make it happen
In your daily grind
We're only people working
All the time / All the time

I think that we can make it, make it
True
Track Name: Ingrained In DNA
You thought you had control
Ingrained in their DNA
But you didn't know
That life won't be contained
It crashes through barriers
Nature finds a way

Life is chaos
Anything at all can and does happen
Non-linear equations
And strange attraction

So preoccupied with
Whether or not they could
That they didn't stop
To think if they should
The lack of humility before nature
That's being displayed here, oh...
It staggers me!
Oh! It staggers me

God help us
We're in the hands of engineers
Things are a bit different
Than you and I had feared
They're a lot worse

God creates dinosaurs
God destroys dinosaurs
God creates man
Man destroys God
Man creates dinosaurs
And dinosaurs eat man
And woman inherits the earth

(shh! Don't move!)
Do-you-think-she-saurus?
She's, uh... tenacious
Track Name: Permanent
We came up from the ocean
We came up and sometimes
The ocean comes up to see

Look around, you'll see here it comes again
Seek higher ground; the ocean's not your friend
Make a sound to savor 'til the end
If it's bound it will be bound again

We came down from the tree tops
We came down and sometimes
Trees fall down on me

Look around, it's coming back again
Go to ground, the forest ain't your friend
Make a sound to pass on at the end
And if it's found it will be found again

We went up to the mountain
We went up and sometimes
The mountain comes down on me

Look around, it's coming down again
Shakey ground, the mountain's not your friend
Safe and sound, gotta make it to the end
If it's bound, it will be bound again

We lay down in the valley
We lay down and sometimes
Another comes up to see

Look around, it's permanent my friend
Holy ground, don't matter in the end
Make a sound to share with those who bend
If it's found, it will be found again
Track Name: Stratosphere
You can plainly see the curve
Of the earth from up here
As we're zooming past
The things we left behind are so dear
Trace a moving arc
A fugue in the dark
Headed for the sun
To sink into the ocean
Drink a blackout potion
And be done

Remember every minute
As we spin it from our fear
Enveloping our cares
A packet shooting through the stratosphere
Their questions missed the mark
As we fled on through the dark
Hiding from the sun
Headed for our home
Star-crossed and alone
The spell is done

How can we live with a crime
If we can't stand by it
How can we go on thinking that
Nothing's all right
When nothing's all right

You can surely see the pain
Of gaining this information
Burn the whistle blowers
And serve them up for mastication
So can we be surprised
That we're now running for our lives
Lurking in the sun
To sink into the ocean
Drink a blackout potion
And be done

How can we live with a crime
If we can't stand by it
How can we go on thinking that
Nothing's all right
When nothing's all right
Track Name: Revolver
Let's play a game
Just you and I
Pretend that nothing's the same
In the blink of an eye

Send the cream to the top
Overturn the soil
Burn all the crops
Let's put the pot to a boil

A turn of the trick
A stir of the stew
It's making me sick
How's by you?

Say we're all at fault
Every deed we do
So spin closed the vaults
And tighten the screw

It's turning out all right
It's turning out all right
Despite these blurred lines
That ruin my sight
When you say
That you can't get by
Track Name: Green is the Color of Dreams
My dream started innocently enough
I was in a cafe being served a tall glass of
Room temperature red wine
The Burgundy spilling into my cup
Into my glass; swirling, air mixing
The waitress shoots me a smile
Her gaze holds mine
I can't look away
I find myself entranced
By her face, by the wine, by time

Still within my dream:
I am traversing a large, open
Arid emptiness
Nothing but caked and baked soil
Miles around me
The earth crackled, the sun withering
Everything it touches

As I walk, my feet break
The brittle crust of the earth
And I sink to my knees
The warm mud oozes up to my calves
Holds me fast
I cannot move, I can barely think
The sun drives me mad
On the horizon, I see her: the waitress

She is a demon
In the blink of an eye
She crosses vast
Space and time
She is instantly
In front of me
Still holding
Her ewer of wine

She reaches out, opens my jaw
With her clawed hand
And slowly begins pulling out
All of my teeth
One by one
I am helpless
I cannot move, cannot stop her
From removing my teeth

When she has removed the very last tooth
She smiles, her hand cupping my chin
Slowly lifts my face up to her

And she says: "Now. Now you are free
Now you are free from the shackles
Of the past, of time, of space

I wake with a cold sweat and I start

And I begin my day
Track Name: A Glass of Chartreuse
Well he tracked you
Down from an old postmark
Like a gumshoe
Renowned for clever remarks
I can't blame you
As such for the lack of repentance
Cause the pain of the crime
Is much worse than the time
Of the sentence

Darling what's the use?
That you've come all this way
For a glass of chartreuse?

So I built you
Up from the wreckage I found
And I filled you
A cup to turn over your crown
I can't blame you
As such for the lack of reproach
Cause the odds of the book
Are much worse than they look
On approach

Darling what's the use?
Don't come all this way
For just a glass of chartreuse

So you drained it
In the span of a single swallow
Like he feigned it
A man with a heart so callow
I can't blame you
As such for the lack of elation
Cause the pain in your life
A smoking forty-five
conflagration

Darling what's the use?
You didn't come all this way
For just a glass of chartreuse
Track Name: Bloodlust
I got these great big eyes
All the better to take you completely in
And I've got these great big hands
All the better to tenderize you with

Come a little closer, I'm gonna...
Come a little closer, I'm gonna eat you up

And I've got this great big heart
Filled with bloodlust for you
And I've got this great big mouth
Gonna savor every drop, every bone,
and every sinew

Come a little closer, I'm gonna...
Come a little closer, I'm gonna eat you up

Cause when you're gone
It's like a stone in my stomach
Cause when you leave
It's like a rock in my heart
Cause when you're gone
It's like you cut me
Wide
Open
And leave me for dead
Track Name: Hardest of Hearts
If someone were to try to define
The staggered state of my history
Then they might just try to describe
The gnarled shape of an old maple tree
Which had been struck in it's prime
Earning a scar of solid permanency
By a lighting bolt from the sky
That crashed like the beautiful sea
But there in the pitch of its heart
Somewhere down in the deep
Is practiced the strongest of arts
In the dark like the love between you and me

Suddenly the flaw in my bole
Which had knotted me so concussively
Didn't seem so hard to console
Enshrined in my inner sacristy
As years passed I grew to enfold
The strength that the whorl had given to me
My branches reached for the glow
Sunlight giving strength to feed
But there in the pith of my heart
Somewhere down in the deep mystery
Is practiced the darkest of arts
Strong like the love between you and me

Someday the tractor will cough to life
And roll over the hill to come for me
Thus ending all of my strife
As my rotting roots are pulled so free
Free of the stony soil and free of the knife
Free of the burrowing in my cavities
The freshest air on my core feels so right
Sweeter than any lasting memory
But there in the pit of my art
No longer enrobed in strata of me
Is exposed the hardest of hearts
In the light like the love between you and me
Is exposed the hardest of hearts
And it's strong like the love between you and me
Track Name: Solyaris
The ebb and flow
Of the ebon sea
Is this apparition really you
Or is it part of me?
Seeking a remedy
For immortality

And it's already invaded my soul
It's already invaded my soul

The common coin
To purchase things
The leveler of shepherds and kings
But the fool is wise to certain things
Sleep is death
For human beings

And it's already invaded my soul
It's already invaded my soul

For I have lost
The ability to sleep
Where I have no fear, or
Hope or troubled bliss
We don't need new worlds to keep
We just need a mirror
Love's entangled kiss
You're not a woman
And you're not a human being

I can feel as deep as anything
Understand as deep as anything
I am just a simulation, yes I may be
But I am becoming a human being
I am becoming a human being
Track Name: A Grain of Salt
A glimmer of light
Cuts through the room
In the back of the run down shack
That's home to my gloom
A spark at night
Enlivens the tomb
In the depths of this ancient debt
That I must exhume

We're gonna roam
Cut us some slack
We're gonna make it home
We're gonna come back
Way too soon

A grain of salt
One for every year
That passes through the glass
That we shed in fear
It ain't our fault
This much is clear
So quit all this squawkin'
Run away with me dear

We're gonna roam
Cut us some slack
We're gonna make it home
Yeah we're gonna come back
Way too soon

The shadow of earth
Slices the moon
Echoes of the sun
The source of our doom
The spectre of life
Smiles like a loon
The same one that fuels our run
Hastens our bloom
A grain of salt
One for every year
That falls through the glass
We shed in tears
but it ain't our fault
That much is clear
So lets quit this squawkin'
Run away with me dear

We're gonna roam
Now cut us some slack
We're gonna make it home
But we're gonna come back
Way too soon