Sharpest Words

by The Dead Languages

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about

These songs were recorded by 1 dude in a bedroom with 1 microphone (a beat-up SM58) over the course of 2 years with the help of 16 amazing musicians.

Two years is a long time for 5 songs. But in order to get them to sound the way they do with the resources we had, two years is what it took. And this album was a full-time job, with many weeks taking 60-70 hours of (unpaid) work.

Download this music, let it grow on you, pass it along. There are a ton of hidden sounds that only reveal themselves after multiple listens. We'd love for you to experience them.

credits

released 18 December 2011
The Dead Languages are:

Camila Ballario, singer
Mike Ziethlow, songwriter

Featuring John Allen, Michael Louis Austin, Jacob Casad, Curtis Freimark, Mason Ian, Adam Knaff, Jimmy Reed, and Wayne Sermon.

With special help from Bruce Alan, Gary Coveney, Kellen Kroll, and Kevin Mayer.

And additional assistance from Nathan Mahan, Aaron Soave, and Jeff Webb.

Please visit Facebook.com/JustAllianceMusic, Reverbnation.com/MichaelLouisAustin, Soundcloud.com/Sindividual, AtlasTakesAim.com, TheEnglishChannel.net, ImagineDragonsMusic.com, BruceAlan.com, Myspace.com/ElliotSzaboMusic, and Reverbnation.com/KellenKroll for more from these artists.

Album cover photo, "Birds in Flight" by Lori Nix, copyright 2001, reprinted with permission. More of Lori's work can be found at LoriNix.net

Full album credits and album artwork are available in the pay-what-you'd-like album download at TheDeadLanguages.com

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Track Name: Who Can Command the Channels of the Heart?
Who can command the channels of the heart?
Who can see through its murky depths
To the bottom where the rocks make their nest?

And who can grab the reins of unbridled ardor?
Who can steer her to her be---eh-ed?
And who can give her body re---eh-est?

It takes one to know one...
And no one knows anyone!

It takes one to know one...
And no one knows anyone!

Who can command the channels of the heart?
Who can navigate its terrible ways,
Drawn down dark and narrowed straits?

And who can unlock its secrets from their chambers?
Who can climb the unassailable wall... where
All who try are condemned to fall?

It takes one to know one...
And no one knows anyone!

It takes one to know one...
And no one knows anyone!

It takes one to know one...
And no one knows anyone!

It takes one to know one...
And no one knows anyone!
Track Name: More Than Bone
Well it was brave of you
To go out alone,
To come here all alone.

And it was brave of you
To stay and stand your ground,
To not back down.

Your neighbors prayed for you
While you were all laid up -
Though it was all your fault.

And no one prayed for me
Though you put me out.
You pulled me down.

Those were the sharpest words!
They cut through more than bone!
Those were the sharpest words!
They cut through more than bone...

Now I can't shake the words
From your bloodied mouth;
Just keep coming out.

Someone please speak to me!
Wake me from my thoughts.
Face what I have wronged.

Those were the sharpest words!
They cut through more than bone!
Those were the sharpest words!
They cut through more than bone...

Ohh...

La-da-da-da-da-da... x 3
Track Name: The Specter In My Eye
Every day I face the same questions;
There is no answer,
Only smoke / from a smoldered fire.

And every night I walk these same halls
And find only mirrors,
And your ghost / that comes in time.

You are the specter in my eye-eye-eye-eye...

You... came to my room
Like a ghost / I'd known,
Though kept from my view.

And I... was plagued many nights
Alone / in my room
By the specter of you.

If there was only a way,
I'd take the moments I gave and
Though they were wrong, / I'd make them right.

If there was only a chance,
Know that gladly I'd take it;
And hold you close / through ' the night.

You are the specter in my eye-eye-eye-eye...

You... came to my room
Like a ghost / I'd known,
Though kept from my view.

And I... was plagued many nights
Alone / in my room
By the specter of you.

{4x Instrumental Bridge}

{Refrain}

{Ooh... Oo-oo-oo-ooh... x 2}
Track Name: Only Love Can Bring Us Down
I can't get into your head and I
Can't get you out!
These days I'm just sick of just hanging around.

When will you leave me baby, I can't
Figure it out...
It's about time for you to break it down.

Only love can bring us down...
Only love can bring us down...
Only love can bring us down...
Alright now!

I've been feeling bad for many
Sad long hours.
I went to the doctor, he told me to bre-ea-eathe.

I can't sleep, I can't think, I can't feel
Without you around.
I've been losing my mind over you losing me!

Only love can bring us down...
Only love can bring us down...
Only love can bring us down...
Alright now!

Wake up! Wake up!
It's no illusion, babe.
Break up! Break up!
And I'm gonna lose ya babe, yeah.
And I can't take it no mo-ore!!

Only love can bring us down...
Only love can bring us down...
Only love can bring us down...
Alright now!

Only love can bring us down, honey!
Only love can bring us down, suga!
Only, only, only lonely love can bring us down!

{Repeat out}
Track Name: Cold World
It's a cold world out there.
It's a cold, cruel world out there.
Yeah, it's a cold world out there.
It's a cold, cruel world out there.

Waking up,
Don't be late for school.
Gather your books and things,
Come down from your room.

When the bell rings
You can free your soul.
Faster than ravens' wings
Fly away home.

'Cos it's a cold world out there.
Yeah it's a cold, cruel world out there.
And it's a cold world out there.
It's a cold, cruel world out there.

Rush around,
Don't be late for work.
The shower goes cold again.
The coffee gets burned.

Cry your eyes
At the end of the day.
The patrons made such a mess...
And went on their way.

'Cos it's a cold world out there.
Yeah it's a cold, cruel world out there.
And it's a cold world out there.
It's a cold, cruel world out there.