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Artefacts (You'll Never See)

from Dick Tracy Must Die by Crime and the Forces of Evil



Do you want to hear a scary story? Do you want to hear a tale of horrors without reason? Perhaps an account of kicking at a lost past, or a mystery with answers which are not always forthcoming? Come in, sit down, make yourself comfortable. Have an apple - do you prefer poison, or razor? Ah, well, then, try this dusting of legend, in the form of a duet with ghosts.

The spoken-word intro sets the table; this song is the first course. Enjoy.


when you go into the hill town
find the places that they kept you,
where now everything is empty,
as if though it'd ever been --
and the buildings are like theatre
sets abandoned ever after,
everything leans just a little,
over roads three-quarter scale

no one comes to give you letters
there's no money in a card --
no one offers explanations
to girls wandering the streets
when you find a yellowed paper
dated nineteen seventy
it's been sitting there forever
artefacts you'll never see

black obelisk stands guard before
the rusty green and metal bridge
whose creaking wooden roadway
never carried any cars
there's a long way 'round this river,
takes you through the city gate;
best be gone from here by dark,
you think, some thirty years too late


emptiness in every building
signs propped up against walls
some have windows boarded over
hiding nothing inside
and when on the midnights dreary
play iniquitous games, they cry
"each trial an act of love and trust"
amongst other claims



brick and concrete and a tower
carved in to a twisted house
fifty-seven stairs of climbing
hoping no one will see
'round the back where you can enter,
past machines left in rain,
metal walls reflect the camera's light
but nothing remains


sometimes when you are seeking explanations that're due
you'll find no one's left to meet you


from Dick Tracy Must Die, released March 3, 2011


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We are one bunch of seriously pissed-off elves, writing the songs of the supervillains. Enjoy our rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, or our GeoIP-driven heat ray. It's up to you.

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