Dissections - lyric sheet

 
 
 
 

FACIAL POLYGRAPH XVIA (text by Fay Wang)

still, empty, vacant. 
release, poised, drifting off. 
peace, mellow, silent.

what if it feels 
what if I fail

the fear, the pain, the hidden intensity...

happiness or truth 
bitterness or lies 
Never both

Slow down the actions 
Look carefully
Past the voices
Listen precisely

Can you sense the minute shivers 
desperation running up and down 
behind the splendid smiles

What will it be like to blind your eyes
What will it be like to mute your ears
What will it be like to mechanize your face
What will it be like to restructure your body

Pressing Issues (text by Paul Kerekes)

Pressing issues


permission (text by Brendon Randall-Myers)

can we talk in secret codes 
can we talk about our dads
can you draw me a diagram
can i draw you into my maze

can i undress you without my hands
can i tie you down to the bed
can you show me where it hurts 
can you let me into your head

you’re mine now
little boy

can i take away everything you had
can you give me all your teeth
can i extract the sickness from your body
can i take it into me

you let me in
you must have wanted this

can you tell me you love me 
as i take off your skin
can you hold me close and comfort me
as i break all your fingers

can i look behind your eyes
can i take you apart
can i show you what’s inside you
open up your beating heart

you’re mine now
little boy 

you let me in
you must have wanted this

can i bury you under a bridge
can leave you in an unmarked grave
can i pretend we never met

othering (text by Brendon Randall-Myers)

i invented an other you
so i could feed my amnesia
someone i could never know
someone to fear
someone i could never be

someone far away watching the sky rain hands
sleeping on the train covered in plastic bags

everything is so much easier 
when i don’t see you as a human being

when i touched you the first thing i felt in you
was the same fear i feel in myself 
saw the same ambition, the same need
to get far away, but never leave

everything is so much easier 
when i don’t see you as a human being

empathy takes a kind of violence when
all you have is walls
this fear is a fuse i lit and
you and me are a bomb

you and me are a loaded gun
you and me are a broken wave
you and me are our amnesia
you and me are a patch of light
a patch of light

A demonstration (text by Daniel Schlosberg)

i. the cause

the cause
the cause of breathing
the cause of swallowing
the cause of coughing
the cause of yawning
the cause of sneezing
the cause of vomiting
the cause of tickling
the cause of fever
the cause of lust
the cause of yawning
the cause of sneezing
the cause of sleep
the cause of shivering
the cause of hunger
the cause of the movement of the heart
the cause of wonder
the cause of madness
the cause of breathing
the cause of dreaming
the cause of tears
the cause of wonder
the cause of madness
the cause of hunger
the cause of tears
the cause of 

ii. where the soul is

describe the nature of the organs
how the five senses are servants of the soul
write where the soul is