Actual Animal

by Glenn Case

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1.
History is written by the ones who win the war and that's for sure Overwhelm, divide and conquer No consideration what we're fighting for There's the edge (there's the edge) We're on the brink (We're on the brink) Barely here (Barely here) Not quite extinct (Not quite extinct) But, not far off (But, not far off) Numbered days (Numbered days) Vanishing (Vanishing) Within the haze (Within the haze) And this is feeling too familiar Almost like we've been here before... 'Cause I'm an actual animal In case you didn't know And the blood will flow We'll be reaping what we sow Yeah, I'm an animal And I've lost control Yes, the story's old Countless times that it's been told Taking what's not ours Because it's there Because we can Because we must When you've taken everything there is to take Then all you're left with is just dust And you'll be standing (You'll be standing) At the end (At the end) What was the cost? (What was the cost?) What did you win? (What did you win?) There's nothing left (There's nothing left) Of consequence (of consequence) Just a husk (Just a desk) Barren and dead (Barren and dead) And this is feeling too familiar Almost like we've been here before... 'Cause I'm an actual animal In case you didn't know And the blood will flow We'll be reaping what we sow Yeah, I'm an animal And I've lost control Yes, the story's old Countless times that it's been told Domesticated is so overrated Play this song when they say come along till they hate it Just released to the streets, I'm a mutt with a beat Unleashing the beast, on the hunt for some meat This is three ring action, don't know what y'all planning When I start expanding like a rapping Ganon Wanna run with a sloth? Yo, I could be lazier Ex called me sly as a fox, only crazier Bane of a neat freak, she on the hot seat Shaking the chain link, hope that she pick me I am pretending I'm a higher being Nothing can shake manifest destiny Never throw the race, no way, I throw punches Ruling over every blade of grass the light touches Overrule judges, ending discussions Fat cat living to max, I'm so luscious Like it raw never been a dispute I never felt that it was worth it living under a boot Dodging heat when ya shoot, I got a new attitude What you expect me to do? I'm just an ape in a suit Yeah, believe me I'm an animal In case you didn't know And the blood will flow We'll be reaping what we sow Yeah, I'm an animal And I've lost control Yes, the story's old Countless times that it's been told Yeah, I'm an animal Wild and difficult I'm the end result Try to tame me - I'll revolt
2.
03:12
In my mind It would seem there isn't that much time But I find It is way more fun to fly blind We could both worry about what's next Honestly, I'm not that stressed 'Cause there's no rush Focus on both love and trust There's no rush Take our time and just be us Yes, indeed In this life there are no guarantees And I concede It's passing by at frightening speed We could both worry and be concerned Or make misery wait its turn 'Cause there's no rush Focus on both love and trust There's no rush Take our time and just be us So much could happen and I understand I prefer laughing as long as we can Sometimes it sucks But all in all There is no rush We could both worry and be concerned Or make misery wait its turn 'Cause there's no rush Focus on both love and trust There's no rush Take our time and just be us 'Cause there's no rush Focus on both love and trust There's no rush Take our time and just be us
3.
Honey, I'm leaving For the 3,000th time My bags are all packed It's inconvenient I know you don't want me to go I'll be back It's accurate to say that I have been away More often than I would like And I know you understand to the fullest extent that you can And I hope that someday you might From time to time it's not right When I add up all those nights Did I miss your life? Another evening out on the road and far away from my home Change of the seasons Don't know how often time and I both have flown It's accurate to say that I have been away More often than I would like And I know you understand to the fullest extent that you can And I hope that someday you might From time to time it's not right When I add up all those nights Did I miss your life?
4.
Stripes that I've had are all forged to my skin They all tell a tale, but where to begin? Seems that I'm rambling now Repeating myself by the sound of words so familiar to me They circle around A vase on the table, the flowers are fresh Lilacs and orchids if I had a guess I'm at a loss for details My memory tries and it fails To reach an establishing shot It's to no avail Tiger bourdeaux Pour me a glass, I'll sip slow Tonight I am free with nowhere to be My ear is all yours So, say what you feel No pressure at all So, be real Or just pretend and I'll be your friend It's up to you It's strange, but it's true Honestly, it is your call No ulterior motives at all Things might work out, and maybe they won't and these days I'm not really leaning on hope For all that I've thought and I've felt The best thing to do for yourself Is playing the best given hand with the cards that you're dealt Tiger bourdeaux Pour me a glass, I'll sip slow Tonight I am free with nowhere to be My ear is all yours So, say what you feel No pressure at all So, be real Or just pretend and I'll be your friend It's up to you It's strange, but it's true Honestly, it is your call No ulterior motives at all Da da da da Da da da da da Da da da da Da da da da da Da da da da da Da da da Da da da da Da da da Da da da da da da da Da da da da da Tiger bourdeaux Pour me a glass, I'll sip slow Tonight I am free with nowhere to be My ear is all yours So, say what you feel No pressure at all So, be real Or just pretend and I'll be your friend It's up to you It's strange, but it's true Honestly, it is your call No ulterior motives at all
5.
How now blue chicken You know that things don't go the way you'd expect You've been inflicting Some kind of havoc on my mind and I'm a wreck Way back when I had it all figured out And I wasn't worried 'bout what might have been Aw, but things take a turn for the worst and at first I did not comprehend And right now is not like back then What is fiction What is fact Wake me when it stops I would never need a map Now I know I know that I'm lost How now blue chicken You know that things don't go the way you'd expect You've been inflicting Some kind of havoc on my mind and I'm a wreck I was confident I didn't have any doubt Oh, so sure what the future would hold And now that tomorrow is here, it's not clear and I feel insecure Nothing's ever been quite like this before What is fiction What is fact Wake me when it stops I would never need a map Now I know I know that I'm lost How now blue chicken You know that things don't go the way you'd expect You've been inflicting Some kind of havoc on my mind and I'm a wreck Some kind of havoc on my mind and I'm a wreck Some kind of havoc on my mind and I'm a wreck How now How now How now How now How now How now
6.
What naturally occurs Things fall apart and they're gradually worse Prone to decay but it gets some help Won't automatically fix itself It's a matter of time And by design Gravity wins and you fall There's abrasions and tears That go unrepaired It's entropy for all Softening all that once was tough Breaking things down to absorb it up Tough to say what's in control Precious little will be left whole It's a matter of time And by design Gravity wins and you fall There's abrasions and tears That go unrepaired It's entropy for all And it borders on molecular disorder And it's chaos instead No clear path we can tread Just what lies ahead And it's good to have a plan As long as you can adapt to trends And most beginnings lead to ends That part of it does make sense It's a matter of time And by design Gravity wins and you fall There's abrasions and tears That go unrepaired It's entropy for all So, when you might ask How long things will ask It's entropy for all
7.
You talk in your sleep It's just what you do There's no way to know if what you're saying is true 'cause when you wake up the words are news to you But if you know Then tell me so At night confessions leave your mouth And it's not so much what you said so much as what's left out When I lay down you lie in our bed I imagine the dream that plays in your head I fill in the gaps and it fills me with dread But if you know Then tell me so At night confessions leave your mouth And it's not so much what you said so much as what's left out I take your word but it's still difficult to take And I know it's not the same when you're awake You commit to omit At night confessions leave your mouth And it's not so much what you said so much as what's left out At night confessions leave your mouth And it's not so much what you said so much as what's left
8.
Back before it was all turned to scrap The horizon would stretch to the ends of the map She'll spend her days lying in bed With a book in her face, and a roof overhead But, that can't replace the spray on her face Wind in her hair (Yo ho, yo ho) (Yo ho, yo ho) There is no reply and no sweet lullaby can take the ache (Yo ho, yo ho) (Yo ho, yo ho) The entire crew was at her command With a compass to guide, and the wheel in her hand But, there's no more journeying towards the unknown Now, she's anchored in place with the comforts of home But, that can't replace the spray on her face Wind in her hair (Yo ho, yo ho) (Yo ho, yo ho) There is no reply and no sweet lullaby can take the ache (Yo ho, yo ho) (Yo ho, yo ho) To the icy depths Where her heart was left To the icy depths There's a hidden chest in her ship laid to rest The seas were rough, the ship was off course and a lamp overturned from the wave's massive force And all was lost, the ship was ablaze Now she soaks in the tub, dreams of happier days But, that can't replace the spray on her face Wind in her hair (Yo ho, yo ho) (Yo ho, yo ho) There is no reply and no sweet lullaby can take the ache (Yo ho, yo ho) (Yo ho, yo ho) To the icy depths Where her heart was left To the icy depths There's a hidden chest in her ship laid to rest
9.
03:55
Time's a curse The tale is told But there are worse things than growing old How distorted is your soul? What have you done? What can you say? Dorian Gray The painting shows the truth you hid away Dorian Gray No conscience A kind of test Where pleasure's the only quest When beauty hides the grotesque What have you done? What can you say? Dorian Gray The painting shows the truth you hid away Dorian Gray You sought good times at any cost Until no lines could not be crossed You went too far and all is lost What have you done? What can you say? Dorian Gray The painting shows the truth you hid away Dorian Gray
10.
My past is blackmail and it's treated as such I didn't like myself so much There were reasons, we'll just keep it at that And I'm still learning to laugh There were the times I felt alone and afraid I cursed myself out for mistakes that I made There's countless times when I couldn't connect I see it in retrospect But TL;DR I never knew it was so complicated It's tough to parse and even tougher to explain But in a nutshell - I am glad I waited I'm approaching something close to sane I've a streak where I am mean to myself I recognize it, but it couldn't be helped I know the things I've seen, the way that I've felt I'm hitting below the belt I've had a habit of remaining in spite and believing that the critics were right Never knowing what I want out of life And I'm punch drunk from the fight But TL;DR I never knew it was so complicated It's tough to parse and even tougher to explain But in a nutshell - I am glad I waited I'm approaching something close to sane Let me break it down for you and let me break it down for me too I'm sure you won't approve and that's nothing new Writing rhymes in class Never focused on the task at hand I understand, but I don't wear a good mask I'm see-through, and we do whatever we need to To deceive you, with a read through you'll believe too But mostly 'cause you don't pay attention If you did it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to make it make sense when I'm bored out of my mind, and blind to find a decent design of how and why it's even worth my time Fine Speak if you must, let's discuss but you don't have my respect and you won't have my trust I never let a fear of what's to come just paralyze me I get ahead of peers it's such a pun to pair up wisely Skate by and hate myself in the process I've got this, but nevertheless I can't watch this An optimist? Sure, with the hand that's dealt But ultimately stacking the deck against myself I never knew it was so complicated It's tough to parse and even tougher to explain But in a nutshell - I am glad I waited I'm approaching something close to I never knew it was so complicated It's tough to parse and even tougher to explain But in a nutshell - I am glad I waited I'm approaching something close to I'm approaching something close to sane
11.
Don't deny Don't just disagree with me in spite What's it like having those advantages in life? It's alright Every asshole does get by easy Yeah, I know Some of us will have a tougher road Even so Others won't know which way they should go High or low Every asshole does get by easy Ask yourself "Does this apply to me or maybe you?" And it helps if you don't give a shit what others do Yeah, it's true Every asshole does get by easy Here one comes I know it's kind of hard to hold your tongue Old or young Always looking out for number one It's how it's done Every asshole does get by easy Tally-ho! There's a misconception of control That's the goal You question if they even have a soul And I should know Every asshole does get by easy
12.
I wanna laugh but don't think I can it doesn't jive with the story's plan C'mon and do the tragedy! (oh yeah) C'mon and do the tragedy! And it's not easy to stay content Because I know how it all must end C'mon and do the tragedy! (oh yeah) I know it's a catastrophe And every role has it's place in the face of a smile or a frown For every choice that will pass there's a mask I'm not breaking new ground I know we all have our part to play 'cause being happy it so passe' C'mon and do the tragedy! That's the way it has to be And every role has it's place in the face of a smile or a frown For every choice that will pass there's a mask I'm not breaking new ground I wanna laugh but don't think I can I wanna laugh but don't think I can it doesn't jive with the story's plan C'mon and do the tragedy! (oh yeah) C'mon and do the tragedy! C'mon and do the tragedy! C'mon, C'mon

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released June 14, 2018

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Glenn Case Spokane, Washington

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