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Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

by Deafheaven

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In a dark tunnel New dawn approaching With a sphere of light ever glowing Let it go as it grows on forever And we breathe it in And then the world will grow And then the world will know of you, Of all things love, of all things true
Honeycomb 11:04
Shadows extend east And cortazar stares at women shuffling by Who blot their lips from violent men and say “god bless you” I sulk with pause And loving mariachi soars against The red and yellow tents of strangers Gifting geese the ends of bread 8, 12, 13 hours and the people keep Fighting for sleep, for rest… I’m reluctant to stay sad Life beyond is a field a flowers My love is a nervous child Lapping from the glowing lagoon Of their presence My love is a bulging, blue-faced fool Hung from the throat By sunflower stems
Staring out onto the earthly pottery of existence, Climbing light vines to heaven Clay ribbons descend, Swirl downward against metallic swell Go sail charmer, altruist Who immersed in thickets, Hugged in cloth, Evolves into charcoal Is worshipped by the drifting macaw, The lady finch They swoop and croon through the air, Dip their feathers in the death paste of ash water I have wondered about the language of flowers And you, elaborate mosaic, greeting me Gentle, the swamp takes my ankles On and on we choke on an everlasting Handsome night My lover’s blood rushes right through me Wild, fantastic
Near 05:28
Thought I saw you there Wishing you were near Can I rest for awhile?
Glint 10:57
Listening to muffled footsteps of those brushing, Reaching grasses Seeing the last letters of my name, faded and shy… Imagining us clasping hands in holiday Imagining you growing older, Somehow more beautiful, Surrounded by your children and children’s children The midnight blue of your calmness like evening Chamomile, peppermint. Eyes as morning rosewater I’m shrinking into your gown, tearing the pink linen Of your belly, burying into your abdomen, and Sewing the seam of your skin
Night People 04:07
Biblical sky speckled with flame, Do you hold your mother’s eyes from Wetting the earth? From weeping for those Who reward fame to absolutes of war? Or for heroic myths provided to children Married into ferocity? They instead witness themselves And the black sand of your body slipped through… I found myself at your side I spied along the concrete canvas, a woman Her eyes brimming with vacancy And bear hugging barbiturates, Her head rolled from faint shoulders And skipped three times Each thud sprouting a fountain of splashing gold
With all life profane, The ladles cradling streams of Buttermilk current stretch out, And alabaster lips unseal So I may recall the soft timbre of whisper In its stillness When a fawn stumbles into the raid, Honeydew high and deep in afterglow, Mind swarming on purple sand verbena, I forgive its delusion, Caress its world view super bloom, Shelter canary yellow eyes, Then search to pin the legs of the stalking dog that Lends its teeth to sticky, sad bedlam War cries quake through lurching light I bury a blade between its ribs, Bear hug the soft canine frame, Then smear ash on its brow All who have forgotten remember now


released July 13, 2018

Recorded live to tape at 25th street recording
In Oakland, CA in February 2018
Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered
By Jack Shirley

On Ordinary Corrupt Human Love,
Deafheaven is George Clarke – Kerry McCoy – Daniel Tracy – Shiv Mehra – Chris Johnson

Management – Cathy Pellow, Sargent House

Art Direction and design – Nick Steinhardt
Photography – Sean Stout

All music and lyrics written and produced
By Deafheaven

Additional vocals and production on “night people”
By Chelsea Wolfe and Ben Chisholm

Spoken word on “you without end” read
By Nadia Kury, taken from excerpts of the short
Story “black and borax” by Tom McElravey


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