Personae

by The Ivory Sleep

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released September 5, 2016

Produced & Recorded by Nigel Tung
All songs written by Nigel Tung
All lyrics written by Nigel Tung

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Progressive/Post-Hardcore/Pop/Rock Band from Vancouver, B.C.

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Track Name: Anaphora
And I remember the dress you wore
It was blue as the shore and the sky I adore
Do you remember it?
Do you remember us?

And I remember where we sat on the beach
In perfect view of two lovers consummated by the sea
Do you remember them?
Do you remember us?

And I remember the scent of your skin
While kissing every single inch of the heaven above your chin
Do you remember me?
Do you remember us?

And I remember your eyes like fire
Burning my charcoal soul with a heart of a liar
Do you remember me?
Do you remember us?

And I remember the countless nights I spent
On the edge of my bed with my head in my hands
Believing that I caused everything to fall apart

And I remember swearing if you did this to me
I would immortalize you the best way I could
Do you remember me?
Do you remember us?

Do you remember us?
Track Name: Let Me In
Tell me, tell me, leading lady
Can you see your beauty fading
Underneath that facade you wear so well?
Tell me

So tell me, tell me, baby, baby
Did you like all of those pet names
Even though you hate that romantic shit?

You're right; I over-react
So oblige me with your truths and facts
And don't you just love making a scene?
You're not an actress; you're a drama queen

Do you act and dress up to pretend
You are someone who you're not?
Does it make you sick to see what you become?

What would it take for you to get over yourself and start to listen
To the words I'm trying to say?
Won't you just...

What would you do if you listened to these songs?
Would you tell them I'm wrong?
Would you tell them I'm wrong?
You can't save face behind a mask

What would it take for you to get over yourself and start to listen
To the words I'm dying to say?
Won't you just...

Let me in
Let me in
Won't you just
Let me in
Let me in

So!
(Tell me, tell me)
All the reasons why it's alright
When you broke my heart and broke my boundaries
And now I'm petty?
At least I'm not a hypocrite

(Tell me, tell me)
How it feels when someone hurts you
(Just to hurt me, Just to hurt me)
Well now, who's wrong?
Who do you think you are?

What would you say if you listened to these songs?
Would you tell them I'm wrong?
Would you tell them I'm wrong?
You can't save face behind a mask
Let me in, let me in, let me in!

Let me in
Let me in
Won't you just
Let me in
Let me in
Track Name: Personae I: A Concubine's Confessional
Blue lights keep me from sleep
I lie here waiting to hear back from you, sweetie
So who are you exactly trying to please
Is it me, or your clothes tangled with his sheets?

So won’t you show some honesty tonight?
So won’t you show some honesty tonight?

Tonight
Tonight…
Track Name: Personae II: The Bawdy Burlesque
I made mistakes in my life but none of them
Can compare to coming here again
Your room is like a stage, and we’re the performers
Of this passion play

It seems like I forgot my lines again
Your houselights dim, open your red curtains
Your boys are waiting to see
Their beloved belle of the burlesque

Mistress, won’t you undress
All your lies and all your dirty secrets
After all, whips and cuffs
Do require only just a little bit of trust

Do your loyalties lie on their backs like you
Making other plans, jumping from man to man
The boys holler your name like ambulances
They’re not coming to safe you

So you want success? Well here’s what I did
I signed a deal with the devil on my shoulder
You already sold your body
So what harm could a little soul do?

Mistress, won’t you undress
All your lies and all your dirty secrets
After all, whips and cuffs
Do require only just a little bit of trust

You’re a demon doing a devil’s job
What’s wrong, were your hands not dirty enough?
After all, causing pain
Is to you only fun and games

The boys holler your name
They won’t save your life
The boys holler your name
They won’t save your life
The boys holler your name
They won’t save your life
The boys holler your name
They won’t save your life

Mistress, won’t you undress
All your lies and all your dirty secrets
After all, whips and cuffs
Do require only just a little bit of trust

You’re a demon doing a devil’s job
What’s wrong, were your hands not dirty enough?
After all, causing pain
Is to you only fun and games
Track Name: Jaded Jasmine
Jaded Jasmine lies in her bed alone
With a paper-thin paperback romance
She must’ve read a thousand times before

Discrete sighs roll out from lips
She must’ve kissed a thousand times before
Oh she knows how to get what she wants
Yet her needs are tangled up in knots

Who says she can have too much
Of a good thing, of a good thing?
When her heart, it starves to feel
Anything at all

Jaded Jasmine stays awake all night
Closely watching the same old films
She must’ve seen a thousand times before
And when the credits are rolling, she’s on the screen
In this moment of pure vulnerability

Who says she can have too much
Of a good thing, of a good thing?
When her heart, it starves to feel
Anything at all

Who says she can have too much
Of a good thing, of a good thing?
When her heart, it starves to feel
Anything at all

She must’ve heard this, she must’ve heard this
She must’ve heard this a thousand times before
A thousand times before, a thousand times before

Somewhere in her treasured chest
A heart of gold is collecting dust
Like the medals on her vanity
That are all just starting to rust

Somewhere in her treasured chest
My heart of gold is collecting dust
I’m still hanging from her vanity
And I’m just starting to rust
Who says she can have too much
Of a good thing, of a good thing?
When her heart, it starves to feel
Anything at all

Who says she can have too much
Of a good thing, of a good thing?
When her heart, it starves to feel
Anything at all

Her heart is screaming, her heart is screaming
Her heart is screaming, her heart is screaming

Jaded Jasmine has lost all her self-worth
She must’ve tried a thousand times before
Searching for the love she deserves
Track Name: Your Shadow Grows
Southern belles, and voodoo spells
Follow the forest's call when your charms all run out

So if you're missing rain then go fly away
Oh, I wished you would've stayed
So if you hate the rain don't ever show your face here again

What are you running from?
Isn't it obvious that you're keeping all of your flaws out of sight
While you appear in light
Your shadow grows

Dance with witches in sacrificial rite
Vipers kiss on my lips 'til they turn black as night

So if you're missing rain then go fly away
Oh, I wished you would've stayed
Pushing pins and needles through the eyes of your doll

What are you running from?
Isn't it obvious that you're keeping all of your flaws out of sight
While you appear in light
Your shadow grows

Jinxes and hexes on my tongue
Screaming curses from my lungs
While your sweetheart's gone sour
I've grown bitter

Jinxes and hexes on my tongue
Screaming curses from my lungs
While your sweetheart's gone sour
I've grown bitter

What are you running from?
Isn't it obvious that you're keeping all of your flaws out of sight
While you appear in light
Your shadow grows
Track Name: To The Father Of A Divorced Daughter
Pardon me, sir, I know we’ve never met
But I know you like the back of your daughter’s hand
The same hand I’d love to wed someday

So I’ll ask you now and formally
Father could you spare your blessing to me?

To the father of a divorced daughter,
You have my word that I’ll never think to leave her
The same way you left her alone with her mother

And I promise I won’t be a weekend lover
She’ll only see every Saturday and Sunday just like her…

Father, I don’t mind
If it takes her sometime to learn to love again
I can wait forever
Unlike her father

I met her mother’s new partner
She knows he a good man; he’s nothing like her father
I wonder if she fears that every man in her life will leave her

I’m afraid that she can’t love me back
Just like the man she once called…

Father, I don’t mind
If it takes her sometime to learn to love again
I can wait forever
Unlike her father

(She looks just like her old man)
Track Name: Azure
Caught in a trap
That I can't free myself from its grasp
How she crawls up my spine
While she takes her sweet time
Devouring me

And I see how she
Always looks at me with those eyes
Like a starving spider contemplating a fly
Would she use it against me
If I told her that I'm sinking
Deeply Into her azure eyes?

She bites a guilty conscience into me
Now the music I heard from you are static frequencies
Those melodies I once knew hum softly
When she tears my heart in two

And I see how she
Always looks at me with those eyes
Like a starving spider contemplating a fly
Would she use it against me
If I told her that I'm sinking
Deeply Into her azure eyes?

A scream comes from my desperate lungs
Entertaining death as she comes
So I see
How she

And I see how she
Always looks at me with those eyes
Like a starving spider contemplating a fly
Would she use it against me
If I told her that I'm sinking
Deeply Into her azure eyes?
Track Name: Night Owls & Early Birds
It's hard to wake up on the right side of the bed
When you're gone and there's nothing left

One more kiss goodnight
One more kiss goodbye
It's a lie I'm starting to believe

Morning never comes softly to night owls
And early birds get the best of it
When you're living either by the sun or the moon
Love and dream with stars above you

Morning never comes softly to night owls
And early birds get the best of it
When you're living either by the sun or the moon
Love and dream with stars above you