Sounds of the Hunchback Whale

by Phantom Tails

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released July 6, 2010

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Phantom Tails Minneapolis, Minnesota

Phantom Tails are a deep-space doom-funk quartet hailing from Minneapolis, MN. Using vintage drum machines, analog synthesizers, fuzzed-out bass, and commanding guitar, they have developed a distinctive sound that makes you think and dance simultaneously. ... more

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Track Name: Within the Belly of the Whale
Only a crack in the sky
It was only a trick of the eye
it was a darkened street
where I was struck by lightning
or just the holy ghost
well with no will or forsight
I was compelled forth
to the mouth of the river
where I dived right in
got swept off with the current

Well I was swallowed up
alive

I was a messenger
it was bestowed upon me
I was a vehicle
for some demon's scheme
right there at the bottom
there submerged in the deep
within the belly of a whale
I will drown while it sleeps

Well I was swallowed up
alive
Track Name: All Good Things
Anticipation
No I can"t wait
Obedience
Oh that cruel snake
I'm so mangy in the start
I'll be the best in show

I taste the breeze
no I can't wait
I wanna get there
eventually
Well all good things go by
right before my eyes
right before my
all good things go

I smell the ground
the pathways of down below
cuz I"m curious where they go
the stump magician wags an eye

I see prizes right before my eyes
I wanna lick them
unconsciously

All good things go by
right before my eyes
right before my
all good things go
Track Name: Real Savage
I'll strip you til you're paper thin
I'll climb you like a wall
when I find you
you won't run away
but I'll chase you down the hall
and you'll put you're arms around me
and then you'll flicker on
and tell me that your body is not your own

but hey, no one's asking
yes, yes my darklings it's true
but only because you're enchanted

There were signals all around me
we were flying much too fast
if the pilot missed a single step
I'd fly right through the glass
skimming water
missing mountains
breaking past the speed of sound
when the ceiling finally falls
our bodies shatter
one and all

but hey, no one's counting
yes, yes my darklings it's true
but only because you're enchanted

let me in
let me out
let me circle round the house
let you climb me like a wall
and we all fall down
Track Name: The Oven of Romance
I found myself without a home
so I wandered off into the brush
leaving a trail of crumbs behind
which the animals consumed
and I was lost without my broom

Came across a maiden sweeping off a stoop
I stole a glance so galantly
but then it left me in a trance
woke up in the oven of romance

Dear lila,
what are you waiting for
I'm tied up
let's go to the moon

Vestiges of spiders on the sheets
increments of saccharine injected in my sleep

In all her captivating ways
she foils the most prurient gaze
I was confused
I was aloof
don't speak your mind while falling off the roof

Dear lila,
what are you waiting for
I'm tied up
let's go to the moon
Track Name: Streetsweepers
Webs in the sky in an eagle's eye
and asking the ground how to elevate the lines

Face down at the edge of a growling storm
where the garden was and now all the wasteland swarms

They drive right over us
all by the light of the night
they feed on traces
that were left by the side of the road
they consume all excess
or they find it an follow it home

We watch the street in an instants eye
We turn the wheels of alchemy
alright

Make no distinction it's all refuseable
dispose
dispose

All the rats and anemones the wasteland claims as it's own
Or the streetcar passengers that fell off the side of the rails
the streetsweepers mercifully collect and insert in the stove

The wheels glide serpentine
engines leonine roar
they comb the city, or what's left
by the light of the night