Stop Sign

from by House of Stairs

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Your compliments don’t compliment me
In the night when you’re lonely I’d rather not read your mind
Your wish lists don’t wish to list me
I am no remedy for the pen that you keep alive

Your embrace doesn’t embrace me
The warmth you perceive sends shivering through my spine
Your release doesn’t release me
The troubles of your day simply shifted to greet my night

How many words does it take to forget your lines
How many digs how many twining vines
How many drops does it take to dilute the signs

That say stop to borders unraveling by a thread
That say stop to a storyline disappearing under
Tides of imagination gone awry
For the pupils are blind to the sides of their neck
As wily bolts give life to a current that forges
Loving eyes, a heart prize
But my volition never breathed in this night

Your silence doesn’t silence the hissing
Or the recreant rattle that follows its lead
Your blanket doesn’t blanket my trembling
I’m still soiled by decrees dripping disdain from your lofty streams

Maria’s rain remains on my plain
My feet are blistered by a binding walk of shame
I serve a sentence while I’m the last to blame
Pardon me

When will a dam give me air to hang and dry
When will the wolf face the thread of moirai
When will the kindred crimson drip away from signs

That say stop to burials muffling voices still unheard
That say stop to morality blurring quietly under the
fifth that pleads for redaction of the word

As the vandalized have no bounds that protect
While barless cells give life to a prison that has
No timeline, a penalized
Imagination forges hell from both sides


from STEP ONE - EP, track released June 10, 2015
Holly Pyle, vocals
Garrison Jones, keys
Stephen Avalos, drums

Music by Stephen Avalos, Garrison Jones and Holly Pyle
Lyrics by Holly Pyle
Recorded and mixed by Van Ruskin, Phoenix AZ
Produced by House of Stairs



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House of Stairs Phoenix, Arizona

House of Stairs is a jazz-based collective that draw from funk, soul and pop influences to create a distinct progressive soundscape. Inspired by the visual innovations of M.C. Escher, House of Stairs exploring multi-faceted interactions between harmony, meter and lyrics that are both compelling and imaginative. ... more


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