Colossus

by Everson Poe

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all proceeds for the first two months this album is on sale will go to benefit the center on halsted, which provides the LGBTQ community of chicago with everything from volleyball, dance performances and cooking classes to rapid HIV testing, group therapy and vocational training. find out more at www.centeronhalsted.org

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released March 14, 2013

everson poe is maxwell j shults & norine mcgrath
with matt walker & terrance clinton dick.
all songs written, produced, recorded, & mixed by maxwell.
matt’s drums recorded by mike tholen at raxtrax.
terrance recorded his own vocals at home.
“interference” audio and still (from portion of video filmed by maxwell) used by permission of laura thompson.
layout & design by maxwell. backgrounds from lost&taken.com
maxwell & norine photographed by maxwell.
self-portrait photography by ellie lane: ellie-lane-imagery.tumblr.com
illustration by justine lee hirten: mangycoyote.tumblr.com

special thanks to norine, kylee, nina, terrance, matt, justine, ellie, laura, & sarah.

the original versions of these songs were created as a reward for those who contributed at least $100 to my kickstarter project in 2011, and i would like to thank them all for helping inspire the origins of this album.

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Everson Poe Chicago, Illinois

Maxwell has been making music as Everson Poe since 2006, in many different genres and for many different reasons. The newest Everson Poe album is a departure from the previous venture into more pop-infused territory, and brings the music to a new plane of darkness and beauty. ... more

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Track Name: The Colossus
[we’re borne of the earth
assembled from dust + stone
towering up from the ground below
we’re borne of the earth
but of our own accord
masters of our own fate]

(galloping hooves
the muscles contract
this steed possesses
that which i lack
borne of the sky
with air in my lungs
i will ride and ride
until they come
churning the dirt
burning my hands
i will dig and dig
with my face in the sand
when the rapture begins
i’ll reach up my arms
and pull the gods down)

[a rider approaches]
(this tower before me is shaped like a man)
[and ascends my stony limbs]
(i climb and climb, hand over hand)
[as i step, the earth does tremble]
(the movements do shake me, but i will not fall)
[he seeks the mark upon my skin]
(this sword as my ally, the mark in its thrall)

[we’re borne of the earth
witness to all that is
omnipotent but alone
borne of the earth
darkness our only kin
our weakness, in sunlight, is exposed]

(thunderous steps
the muscles contract
this beast can’t shake me
off its back
blind to the truth
and bound to the lie
succumbed to the gospel
they were defied
borne of the sky
the sun is my guide
the gods will fall
or take my life
the rapture has come
the end of all days
i believe that i can save us)

[with sword in hand]
(the sunlight flows through me, strengthening me)
[the mark does glow]
(with all of my might, i vanquish thee)
[he plunges deep]
(the sword in my hands, my task is complete)
[my dark blood flows]
(but darkness creeps inside of me)

(what is this darkness in me?
i’ll pry it out, i will be clean)

[the sky will fall
the earth will crack]
(i will raise up my sword and fight)
[the hearts of men
will all turn black]
(i will turn every stone to dust)

[we will rain death upon you]
(i will rain death upon you)
Track Name: The Sinner And The Saint
a wish made flesh and slowly left to rot
wasted youth on monuments of lust

never had a reason
never could remember
never found such pleasure
never caught the fever

her righteous standing (can not penetrate his skin)
her broken heart (bound with vows of solitude)
her only purpose (save the child, save the world)
her final breath (bear the burden of her task)
his gilded fingers (find their way into her hair)
his silver tongue (bound with secrets of his past)
his only purpose (sow the seed and fill the void)
his last request (bear the burden of his crimes)

a wish made stone and slowly left to fade
wasted life on tributes to the damned

never was a martyr
never went to heaven
never made a difference
never birthed the savior

her righteous standing (can not penetrate his skin)
her broken heart (bound with vows of solitude)
her only purpose (save the child, save the world)
her final breath (bear the burden of her task)
his gilded fingers (find their way into her hair)
his silver tongue (bound with secrets of his past)
his only purpose (sow the seed and fill the void)
his last request (bear the burden of his crimes)
Track Name: The Queen Of The Great Depression
confronted with the prospect
of coming face to face
with all the violence of my past
she is an event to me
she’s not a human being
she took control of me so fast

the scars of indiscretions
reminders of the path
that nearly brought me to an end
false love and hidden pretense
that brought me to my knees
afraid to be alone again

i was the queen of the great depression
my throne locked deep in the castle’s keep
i bore no heirs, i had no ambition
but for death to come calling me

an angel of the forest
you came to rescue me
and took the pain out from my eyes
awakened from a slumber
the strength inside of me
you showed me how to be alive

i was the queen of the great depression
my throne locked deep in the castle’s keep
i bore no heirs, i had no ambition
but for death to come calling me

my soul is calling to you
you are my spirit guide
i’ll be forever by your side
Track Name: The Ballad Of Ruby Wilder
[are you still in there, girlie?
all dressed up with no place to go but down
you are your own destruction
the consequence will find you out somehow
i can’t wait to tear into you
like a predator stalking its prey
we both know only i can save you
but first you must escape]

[are you still in there, girlie?
let’s get you dolled up, it’s your big debut
oh, we’re gonna dance
hard to run in heels, broken and bruised
i can’t wait to tear into you
i’m the fisherman, you’re the fish
there’s the door if you want to run
but here’s the gun if i want to shoot]

(it was her god damn birthday
she was a kid
don’t try to turn this on me
i know what you did
the door was always open
but i couldn’t step through
you made the monster in me
oh, what did i do?)

[count to twenty, i’m coming back for you]

(i must have counted to twenty a thousand times
i am a killer, on trial for my crimes
you are the monster, you turned me into you
but i’ll walk out the door, silent and confused)
Track Name: Interference
“every 127 seconds, someone in the united states is sexually assaulted”
Track Name: The Usher And The Prince
[i know there’s magic in your veins]
(a family tree of gnarled oak)
[passed down, in blood, from kin to kin]
(as dark as blackest eyes aflame)
[with every prophet in his house]
(the tattoo all along your spine)
[skin cracked and dry like walls within]
(you’ll bring about the end of days)
[meander through the corridors]
(the withered flesh of our dear prince)
[so lost inside your tragic mind]
(stretched taut across his bony face)
[the incantations hidden deep]
(he’ll rise up from his broken throne)
[among the ruins for me to find]
(and cast the spell to seal your fate)

centuries old
this war still rages on
countless battles
where swords were never drawn
the omega
ascends to take her place
the great destroyer
this world will end in flames

the myth of gods
the curse of men
the usher brings the end
Track Name: The Avatar And The Fire Lord
(fire)

the comet draws near
the source of our fire
the elements in our favor
for this we did aspire

beg for forgiveness
from enemies old
the children of fire
have powers untold

(water)

the moon rises high
the sun in its path
sing your prayers
they’ll be your last
black out the sky
blot out the sun
your powers decline
the battle is won

we’ll grant forgiveness
to enemies old
the children of water
have compassion untold

(earth)

the earth will shake
our feet will lead the way

(air)

elements within my grasp
power only i can master
with the strength of all combined
i ascend, my spirit guides

i control everything
balance reigns inside of me
with my journey now complete
the fire lord will bow to me
Track Name: The Velvet
static
stagnant
my muscles betray their master
stolen
sterile
she left a hole inside me
filter
falter
these stitches can not hold me
broken
bleeding
my insides are disconnected wires

the velvet warms and binds
the gloaming swallows whole
my dead are piled high
and buried in the snow

perfect
poison
infected with your substance
captor
killer
could you be my savior?
lover
liar
child of the serpent
demon
devil
this trail of bodies leads to us

the velvet warms and binds
the gloaming swallows whole
my dead are piled high
and buried in the snow

there is nothing but furious silence

sorrow is like the ocean
and sometimes i wish my heart would stop