Hardest of Hearts

by Don Paris Schlotman

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Permanent 04:37
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
5.
Stratosphere 02:58
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
6.
Revolver 03:38
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Bloodlust 05:51
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
10.
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
11.
Solyaris 04:32
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
12.
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

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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 playing bass in neo-noir band Toshio, and fronting wavegaze rock band Dolphins Don't Love on vocals and electric guitar.

The seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. Plays music the way some people fall over. His artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future.
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