Wear It

by Everson Poe

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released August 2, 2016

written, performed, produced, recorded, & mixed by maxwell j shults at hell's half acre studio except as noted
mastered by wade alin at standard mastering
cover photograph by caitlin aase
design by nina helene hirten

thank you: dan, jon, & mac; nina; norine; caitlin; wade; my sisters, kylee & justine; mom & dad; and my wife, sarah—i made this album as a gift for you

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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: pharaoh
you drank all that pretty poison
when all you needed was a tiny drop
your blood promise broken softly
as you wait for your heart to stop
a little vial with a little secret
a purple flower with a deadly bloom
you made your bed and you’ll never leave it
swathed in the sheets of your sullen tomb

you don’t deserve to be saved
(you know you did this to yourself)

you fell in love with your pretty poison
a quick escape from the life you’ve led
there’s no cure for selfish cowards
there’s no hope for the living dead
a dark heart with a darker secret
a purple bruise with a deadly bloom
your fate sealed with a broken promise
and your eyes have become a tomb

you don’t deserve to be saved
(you know you did this to yourself)

to gaze upon you
is to view the grim visage of death
you’re far more than a childish nightmare
you’re a phantom from the depths
how often do you watch me sleeping?
your head upon my breast
the rasps of your breathing timed
with the rise and fall of my chest

you don’t deserve to be saved
(you know you did this to yourself)

i know it’s inevitable
you’ll creep into my bed
i know it’s inevitable
you’ll crawl inside my head
scratching at the inside of my skull
i can feel you behind my eyes
i know by heart the exact moment
at which i lost hope
Track Name: adore
lips on mine tonight
i lost my control
i never thought i'd meet you
skin on skin, soul on soul
summer keeps coming more and more
i swore i'd never give it up
but there goes my pride
i've given into you
you're satisfied

i adore
my adore

colors change
you stay the same
i'm melted
i know you felt it
lean farther in
honey honey, you win

night winding down
hands are covered mouth
world can't hear our sounds
who could care when it's our world now?

don't lose my stare
backwards against the wall
hard to keep together
pick you up light as a feather

i adore
my adore

i lost my mind still coming
i lost my mind still coming
i lost my mind still coming
stay for me boy keep wanting
Track Name: rockwell resurrection
carried your body
down to the rockwell tracks
maybe the third rail
would have the power to bring you back

city-bought current
to re-calcify your bones
light up your skeleton
then we’d both walk home

and as i laid you down, i saw a dead rabbit that had been there for weeks. it must have gotten electrocuted itself, because its fur was so hard, charred, and sharp-looking that no amount of rain or getting constantly run over by bullet trains could alter its form. it looked strong, petrified not in the sense that it was scared, but in the way trees get petrified: immortal, un-moving, and turned to stone in its afterlife. if the CTA did that to a rabbit, then maybe it could do that to you.

reborn in the night
under sodium lights
friends and family in sight
hold tight, they’re all waiting for you

follow the torch
to your spot on the porch
man, i know that you’re scorched
no gore, they’re all waiting for you

remember when
you got to do it again
man, this isn’t the end
my friend, they’re all waiting for you

back from the dead
so you can sleep in your bed
the powdering of the lead
homestead, we’re all waiting for you

stumbled to your feet
and something in you broke
started talking backwards
as your eyes began to smoke

i should’ve known that something was wrong when i looked down at the tracks and saw gears—tiny pieces from an iPod or a flip-phone or hell, even a walkman—that had gotten smashed between the rail and the gravel long ago. the tiny plastic mechanisms melted into your skin as the electricity coursed through you. maybe it was our fault that you weren’t the same. our fault that the outdated shards dripped into your body to disrupt whatever resurrection was taking place. our fault that you would pull a "pet sematary" and come back to us haunted. but we still managed to get you home, and we were better for it.

reborn in the night
under sodium lights
friends and family in sight
hold tight, they’re all waiting for you

follow the torch
to your spot on the porch
man, i know that you’re scorched
no gore, they’re all waiting for you

remember when
you got to do it again
man, this isn’t the end
my friend, they’re all waiting for you

back from the dead
so you can sleep in your bed
the powdering of the lead
homestead, we’re all waiting for you

welcome home
(i think you've got it)
welcome home
(they're all waiting for you)

southport
paulina
addison
irving park
montrose
damen
western
rockwell

i was late for the doctor that day, so i ran to catch the train. it was raining out, and i slipped on the platform. my right headphone hit the wood and cracked. i lost my iPod, but i can still hear the ringing in my ears.
Track Name: the black lodge
oh, i can hear you breathing
oh, i can feel you seethe
no, i will not submit beneath your fists
you're just a skeleton to me
(to me)

i see your face in mine as if i wear a mask
a veil of flesh to hide all the sins of your past
perched on the bedpost, an owl in this wilderness
when did this room become a forest?
(to me)

when you see me
i won't be me
take a breath and
breathe in to me
now

i put my trust in you as if you were my guide
inept and impotent you only tried to hide
perched on a treetop, an owl in this wilderness
there is a mirror within this forest

when you see me
i won't be me
take a breath and
breathe in to me
now

you bound yourself to me
in this ancient ceremony
you made me think
that i just can't breathe without you

i can't foresee
a life that's free of madness
you made me think
that i can't be whole without you

you made me bleed
you burned the pyre so bright
you'll never leave
and i just can't breathe without you gone

i just can't breathe without you gone
i just can't breathe without you gone
Track Name: event horizon
show me the way to
the edges of your dream
give me your heart
i’ll tell you what i've seen

interstellar storms
inside

thunderous clouds
and stars
collide

let me take
you away
far away
to the edge of space

and now we’re floating towards the end
event horizon
moving at the speed of light
into the silence

the universe is
a fraction of your love
caught in a drift
of stardust from above

take my hand
and we
will fly

the sound of your voice
multiplies

let me take
you away
far away
to the edge of space

and now we’re floating towards the end
event horizon
moving at the speed of light
into the silence
into the silence
Track Name: blindfolds
so distant the time when I carried you with me
the measure of our hearts beating quietly in tune
an earthquake cracks the spine, shakes the faith I had in you
no longer full up, no longer full of love

i loved you when you were song
i loved you when you spoke to my heart
i loved you why's it been so long
breaks the measure of my love, the measure of my heart

never a part of the conversation
all the others tied their blindfolds to their faces

you've gone through a metamorphosis,
you’ve listened to your soul and it’s carried you away
to fields to a plane of existence no one knows
i was forced to change my ways

so naïve, so innocent, so young
and at the beginning…
at the beginning…

i loved you when you were song
i loved you when you spoke to my heart
i loved you why's it been so long
breaks the measure of my love, breaks the measure of my heart
Track Name: monument ii
a tower stood where trees once grew
a wooden frame of sturdy build
the birds did roost upon its peak
until the tower fell to ruins

and now a structure stands again
built not by youth but wisdom’s hand
a monument not tall, but firm
with strength that very few shall earn

how can i be all you need?
wounds will never cease to bleed
underneath the skin it stings
i haven’t strength for anything

the magpie stalks its latent prey
a loosened thread upon your hem
unraveled from your ragged frame
and sewn into her nest of gems

wring out the anguish from your hands
un-stitch the thread within your heart
pull taut and pierce the needle's eye
and tear the nest of lies apart

how can i provide for you?
how can we support this brood?
how can i repair this wing?
i haven't strength for anything

you’ll never let me fall
your hands will never slip
hold them upon my heart
and never loose your grip

you’ve built a wondrous nest
and planted many seeds
the roots hold fast in soil
and bring us all we need

waiting silently to be proven wrong
how can i speak when filled with so much doubt?
the wind will howl its lonesome song
and the flame of fear that burns in me will forever be snuffed out

this monument will stand
Track Name: wear it
i'll bury my face in you
breathe in deep
until you fill my lungs
and i sleep

you've brought
an end
to the reign
of a thousand tortures left unspoken

i love your scent on me
i'll wear it like a mask
but i'm not hiding
anymore

i want your blood in me
i'll hold it in my hands
i'll drink like i can't live
without it

i need your hands on me
to pull and scratch and soothe
you are my salvation

i'll put my trust in you
bury it deep
until i fill your heart
and you sleep

i'll mix my blood with yours
we'll be clean
so sweetly intoxicating

i love your scent on me
i'll wear it like a mask
but i'm not hiding
anymore

i want your blood in me
i'll hold it in my hands
i'll drink like i can't live
without it

i need your hands on me
to pull and scratch and soothe
you are my salvation

i love your scent on me
i'll wear it like a mask
but i'm not hiding
anymore

i want your blood in me
i want my blood in you