FLESH EATER

by Bradley Hathaway

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released April 14, 2017

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Track Name: Be She In the Spirit
"Be She In the Spirit"

between her legs is a river
where the sinners go to pray
they speak in tongues
they dip their hands
to wash their sins away

he goes to her in the black of night
he goes to her in the day
he goes to her like a little boy goes to his mother and hopes that everything is okay

above her head a halo
from the ceiling light’s glow
she bites her lip
she grabs his wrists
and she rides him slow

be she spirit
be she flesh
this man he doesn’t know
forty days forty nights
and such a long long way to go
Track Name: He Is Behind Her
"He Is Behind Her"

he is behind her
his favorite place to be
they are facing the same direction she is bent over
they are on their knees

you see he doesn't want to see her
and she doesn't want to be seen
they are both very well aware of the kind of game they are playing

with every thrash and thrust
every penetrating lust
something dies inside of him
some beauty some trust

like David he wants to be a man after God's own heart
but like David he is finding his whole world is falling apart
so he gives it to her hard like an animal
bites her back like a cannibal

and with every thrash and thrust
penetrating lust
something dies inside of him
some beauty some trust

sweat all over their bodies
now she's pressed against the wall
her shoulders golden from the light in the hall
where he is going very few dare to tread
gouge out your eyeballs son
let the dead bury their own dead

with every thrash and thrust
penetrating lust
something dies inside of him
some beauty some trust

there's a place in North Dakota
where his mind likes to go
on a lake on a prairie surrounded by willows
no one’s around just the spirit in the breeze
no shame anywhere only joy and peace
Track Name: Haunted
"Haunted"

she puts me in her mouth
holds me in her hands
I'm smoking a cigarette ash on her back
here we go again

there's something dying in this world
it’s a long time coming since before I was born

a tornado a hurricane
a crouching angry panther bleeding in the corner
it's hard to explain

I’m haunted
I’m haunted
everywhere I go
I’m haunted
I’m haunted
Son of Mary Son of Joe

on a cross hang my sins
on the body of a man innocent
I see that cross that man my sin
in the shape of her back in the curve of her hips

I’m haunted
I’m haunted
everywhere I go
I’m haunted
I’m haunted
Son of Mary Son of Joe

she's on her knees but I ain't
I'm off in the clouds I’m in the sky man
I’m in outer space

she wipes off her mouth
stands to her feet
looks me in the eyes
but we don't speak

He's standing in the corner
He pours me a drink
He looks me in the eye
but we don't speak

I’m haunted
everywhere I go
I’m haunted
I’m haunted
Son of Mary Son of Joe
Track Name: Naked
"Naked"

I have seen you in the winter wearing your favorite coat
I have seen you in the summer shade drinking a Coke
I have seen you dancing to music that could not be heard
I have you seen you with your binoculars scanning the skies for birds

I have seen you up close
I have seen you far from
I have seen you reading Kerouac to cure your wanderlust
I have seen you swearing
seen you bow your head to pray
I have seen you in so many extraordinarily ordinary ways

and now I want to see you naked

I have seen you in the movies with popcorn on your lap
I have seen your tired eyes as you awaken from a nap
I have seen you rising from a community swimming pool
I have seen you tenderly taking off your mother’s favorite jewels

and now I want to see you naked

I want to see you naked as a deer in a field
as a fish swimming in a bright blue stream untroubled and still
I want to see you naked as a sky without a cloud
as the sun and the moon and the stars above as a nun without a shroud
I want to see you naked as the day you were born wrapped in nothing but the violent love which pushed you forward
I want to see you naked as a novel with no pages
I want to see you naked as a thousand empty cages
I want to see you naked as a conception of thought
I want to see you naked yeah I’d like that a lot
I want to see you naked and I do not want to wait
For the sun could explode and the Earth catch fire and then it’s too late

I want to see you naked glorious unadorned
unassuming unforgiving unashamed and pure
Track Name: Good Friday
"Good Friday"

let me tell you a story
there’s a moth on the window
naked woman in his bed
it's the anniversary of his savior's death

like Lazarus in the tomb
like the Messiah himself
he’s wrapped inside the sheets just wishing he was someplace else

ah but here she is
willing
but all he can think about is Him
running around the underworld with a set of keys

he said I don't know if you know what kind of man I am
I think it’s probably best that you leave
then she kisses his forehead
wraps her legs around him
then he’s walking on the water
then he’s drowning in the sea

he asks her do you know what day it is
she replies Friday
he asks do you know who Jesus is?
she replies doesn't everybody

he said no no no
can we have this conversation?
how do I explain it?
I’m obsessed by Him
He is definitely my fascination

she says yeah yeah yeah no
this isn’t the time for that
in fact you need to learn to compartmentalize
and not keep mixing all these whites and blacks

so he lays her on her back
and he gives it to her in every way she asks

the end
Track Name: Nathanael
"Nathanael"

she wets her fingers with her lips
and puts them into mine
I see heaven open up
I see my father sigh

there are birds outside
but they do not sing
they sit on the windowsill look inside
watch and wait expectantly
I push myself against her mango thighs
I rub my cheek onto her collarbone
and I cover up her eyes

and I wonder Nathanael
after your soul was laid bare
before you died a martyr’s death
and were caught up into the air
did you ever think of giving up
did you ever just not care

yeah I don't love this woman
but if I wanted to I could
but she would see my heart
and know that I'm no good

we finish making love
and I hold her in my arms
any tenderness or affections I had for her have come and gone
for this reason a man shall leave home
I fall asleep
naked and alone
Track Name: Goddamn
"Goddamn"

I ran my fingers through your hair
like all the others before
but I could no affections
no I want something more

I traced your tattoos with my fingertips
like I heard once in a song
but I could feel no impression
I think something's wrong

oh that I could see you as they do
a treasure box full of gifts
but all I see from you
are the things that I can get

there is no love between us
what kind of man have I become
if you could see the thoughts in my brain
baby you would run

if the devil is a lion
and Jesus is a lamb
why can’t they lay together
after the trumpet sounds

is there really a lake of fire
where the bad people go
and the worms eat out their brains
and their skin just stays aglow

Goddamn all the wrongs I've done
in my whole life
Goddamn all the things I've tried to do
that did not come out right

forgive me in the morning
for what I will do tonight
forgive me somewhere down the line
just please before I die
Track Name: He Fucked
"He Fucked"

he fucked a lot of women and for that he’s ashamed
but when he fucked all those women he was whispering one name

Jesus Jesus Jesus save me from myself
Jesus Jesus Jesus I love you and no one else

he saw their fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters hanging on the wall
he licked their sweat he pulled their hair watched their breasts rise and fall

Jesus Jesus Jesus save me from myself
Jesus Jesus Jesus I love you and no one else

he fucked them when he was sober
he fucked them when he was drunk
he fucked them when they wanted gentle
he fucked them when they wanted rough
he fucked them in the evening
he fucked them in the day
he fucked them Kama Sutra
fucked them every single way

he took them to the moon and back he melted them like lava
he was lover he was daddy they were nothing they were momma
they were broken and fleeting forever repeating they were weird they were home they were warm they were cold

they were acceptance rejection rainbows reflections lightning river frightening mystical maniacal hysterical palpable

be still be still
no no no no yes

Jesus Jesus Jesus save me from myself
Jesus Jesus Jesus I love you and no one else

he thought of the one that got away
he thought of the ones that stayed
he thought of a man in a robe
in a big old river who looked up to the sky and prayed

Jesus Jesus Jesus save us from ourselves
Jesus Jesus Jesus we love you and no one else

he thought about the way it was
he thought about the way it is
he thought about their hearts
and thought about his
Track Name: Penelope
"Penelope"

I passed that spot where we made love once out on the creek
where you took off your blouse and walked around and asked if anyone could see
my body is older but my memories are staying young
and all these women since but you’re still the one

there’s a valley in a field where I like to go sometimes
I like to watch the sun the birds and smell the coming night
if you were here I’d tell you all the things I never did before
I’d tell you all the things that I was sorry for
I’d tell you all of that and more

and so it goes
so it goes

some cling to familiar and find comfort in what they know
others go off into the distance and get lost in the things they don’t
there’s a goodness in this world but there’s a badness in me
try hard as I might I like to feel the heat
but the Lord is on His throne and the incense is burning now
and the creatures are singing Holy Holy Holy and the kings lay down their crowns

there’s truth and there’s lie
and all the things in between
that have me running standing still
and trapped inside a dream

and so it goes
so it goes