Flight of the Knife

by Bryan Scary

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solobod0r
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solobod0r I recall hearing a couple of tracks from this album years ago and going back this year to hear it in its entirety was the best things i could have done this year .. this album is such an inspiration to me and its universe pushed me to want to create more and more. Favorite track: Son of Stab.
musicalmelon
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musicalmelon Such a whimsical album! The art is beautiful and I just love all the connections to flying. It is so hard to choose a favorite, so I stuck with the one that started it all for me :) Favorite track: Venus Ambassador.
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Yossi Levanon probably the most underrated artist in the world; I can hardly believe I'm the only Bandcamp member supporting this excellent album... Favorite track: Imitation of the Sky.
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1.
Enter Airship Valentine The Station Master's son Who was never very capable of trying Taken for a Tommy Fool Or Someone to ignore He put all his aspirations into flying But did he ever guess he might, get to fly the Knife!!? For every year they told the tale An airship that could never fail The sharpest blade to ever sail To float against their current lives To feed their dreams and fill their skies A flight to rise above the knives "Fly to the moon and go back in time Sit on the wave of a cloud" A message to our Sir Valentine From somewhere up above The sum of our lives, could this be the Flight of the Knife??!!! And so he made his way into a city made of Fire-Trees Seeking evidence of supernatural soaring Led beyond the pale into an oceanic brain Where a purple rain of rockets took to pouring And on the edge of sound and sight - he overtook the Knife!!! One sleepy summer's afternoon The sun got stuck behind the moon A hush fell down before the boom And soaring from their left to right A blazing trail of roaring light Our Airship and his flying Knife! Diving and dancing between the breeze Climbing a ladder of clouds And no one below him could believe That one so disavowed Could turn things to rights And bring home the Flight of the Knife And so he flew into the blue Oh Airship what's become of you!!?? You've really made the grade, you're going to join the ranks today So go and take your place......... BREAK AWAY!!!!
2.
“Venus Ambassador, give us a sign Can this really be the borderline? Venus Ambassador, is this end? Are you ever coming back again?” Stranded At the station On his way to the United Nations Buoyancy depleting Would he make it to the meeting? When outside in the night sky By the red light and the do-or-die sign A fluttering of blue - Unit Seven made their move, Caught him in the groove, signed the papers No escaping from the mess they’re making! Venus Ambassador’s alright Venus Ambassador’s alright From out of the sky to the capitol of the State Venus Ambassador’s alright Venus Ambassador’s alright He’s an innocent man in the wink of an evil fate Passing out the hours In the courtroom of a world gone sour Judge says: “He’s a menace, this ambassador from Venice” “VENUS!” says the hero In a language made of ones and zeroes Laughter and dismay, his sympathizers fade away The passion leaves the play To walk a plank made by a cruel company of fools Venus Ambassador’s alright Venus Ambassador’s alright It’s the trial of year and he hasn’t a tear to waste Venus Ambassador’s alright Venus Ambassador’s alright He wired to his crew back on Blue-Planet-Two too late JUDGE: “Venus Ambassador, you have been sentenced to death…FOR BEING YOURSELF!!!!” “Venus Ambassador, give us a sign Can this really be the borderline Venus Ambassador, is this end – are you ever coming back again? Venus Ambassador, it’s getting late The crowd is growing at the killing gate Venus Ambassador, we’ll set you free But if you won’t agree to be….we’ll meet you at infinity.”
3.
Say a word for the foreign legions She was once the apple of their eye Susie on high – no more than a memory as the years go passing by Susie on high She was once our lover, now we cry: THIS IS THE MOURNING OF SUSIE HIGH Will we find another butterfly? THIS IS THE MOURNING OF SUSIE HIGH Did you think she’d live forever? (Did you think the Gods would let her?) Living lighter than a feather? (HA! My little go-getter…) She was never very shy - Susie High! A walking imitation of the sky Susie made up a big invention Famous for the things that made her fly Susie on high – mechanical mistress, wings a-light in darkest sky Susie on high A champion of aeronautic minds THIS IS THE MOURNING OF SUSIE HIGH Yet another sparrow left behind THIS IS THE MOURNING OF SUSIE HIGH She tried to fly beyond the ocean (causing such a big commotion) They played the tape in slower motion (so amazing! such devotion!) And then she fell into the Rhine – Susie High! A walking imitation of the sky ANNOUNCER: “Downwards you go when you follow the rainbow Ambition’s a bastard afoot at your table The Queen of our hearts - hardly more than a fable The Queen of all lies….SUSIE HIGH!!!!! LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK: “Ah Susie – we believed in ya, we trusted ya But you let us down. And now – we’re crying our eyes out for ya!” So every bird that ever chances (into our erotic glances) Might be Susie back to Kansas (is she ours or is she Oz?) And if you flap your wings you just might fly Susie High – A walking imitation of the sky.
4.
High above a city made of rubber lovers A detective, undercover, is on a mission of urgency Well what other reason could it be? Seems that recently a string of broken ceilings, Stolen pictures, shady dealings Have been pinned on our favorite foe Now we’ll see what he’s made of! She’s a rose in reverse bloom She’s the fateful hand of doom She’s La Madame on the Moon Playing tunes for you When the stars chase out the day And the phantom hours await She is tuning up to play Play her tunes for you Playing tunes for you…. A serenade of old familiar gloom To stick it in the bourgeoisie and screw None of the bad men disapprove Who is La Madame on the Moon? He can spot her through the stormiest of weather His binoculars are leather Tailor-made by the chief of staff to weed out La Madame And he’s after her on chimneys and across the tops of bridges Down the steepest chapel ridges With a pattern dexterity he will whip out his radar… She’s a ladle to your spoon She’s a nuking sonic croon She’s La Madame on the Moon Playing tunes for you She’s the anarchist of air Not to say a maiden fair Never compliment her hair! Playing tunes for you… Her favorite apparatus is the lute But lately she’s been practicing the flute All concentration on our ruin Who is La Madame on the Moon? She could be standing right next to you!!!!!
5.
Wandering through the living desert seeking a limb That I could rest my head upon and let my thoughts begin I’d never seen another feather before so elaborately patterned My senses were shattered to the floor I asked it what its name was and it answered with ease As it swung itself in rhythm through a crack in the breeze But did it understand my reason for crying When it shot through a hole in the sky? And haven’t you heard? The Fire-Tree Bird is leaving today (What did you say?) He’s losing his mind, and leaving behind A fiery world (It’s so absurd) But if you’d prefer, The Fire-Tree Bird Was only a part of your mind Seek and then maybe you’ll find yet another one (Make no mistake for Fire-Tree’s sake) Searching to the end of every rope in the stars But it didn’t leave a note or send a heavenly card I read the patterns apprehending the wall Was I searching for feathers on the fall? And haven’t you heard? The Fire-Tree Bird is leaving today (What did you say?) He’s losing his mind, and leaving behind A fiery world (It’s so absurd) And if you’d prefer, The Fire-Tree Bird Was only a part of your mind Seek and then maybe you’ll find yet another one (Make no mistake for sanity’s sake)
6.
Bought a ticket on The Hidden Cloud for a voyage to the sun It had only just begun when I found out I’d been left behind Sent adrift among the crooked parts That were once the greatest ships Trying hard to get a grip before I fell apart and lost my mind When a flash from the sky took my mind from my eyes And the world went spinning out of time When I woke up, I felt broke up, and I noticed I had changed A transformation of the brain A shiny face, a change of pace, and now… I’m never gonna be the same!!!! Hello, Hello, It’s Me, It’s Me I’m the Sky-Ship Thunder-Man I can’t believe the things I see And I’ll beat them if I can The Universal Appetite is living on the land I’m looking at the world through a window The Sky’s falling but it’s just the same to me Fighting lions high above the world With a cosmic iron bow And the people down below hardly notice that they’re being saved So goodbye to the fools, and the man in the moon They’ve done wrong Cause they don’t appreciate me when I take the stage I was made for the blue, but I’m tired of the view And my frame of mind is changing too So I’ll fade out, blow the flame out, and they’ll see what happens then! See the starting of the end For the sky’s a bore without the loving of a Thunder-Man!!!! Hello, Hello, It’s Me, It’s Me I’m the Sky-Ship Thunder-Man I can’t believe the things I see And I’ll beat them if I can The Universal Appetite is living on the land I’m looking at the world through a window The Sky’s falling but it’s just the same to me “Say a word for Sky-Ship Thunder-Man Guess we didn’t really understand Now it seems he’s gone and left us Wandering slowly out of our skies Cut the chord and severed the ties A Sky-Ship disappears, now we fear SONIC BOOM!”
7.
Doctor Brain – can it be? My mind’s expanding in the new commotion Astronautic Poetry You built a supersonic love explosion!!! Ride a roller-coaster, use your ray-gun to clock it You’re 30,000 miles away… Take a ride on the Purple Rocket A ride on the Purple Rocket Please don’t try to stop it – it’s insane! My Oh My, Me oh Me Just took a ride on the Purple Rocket It’s a modern mystery To blow the fuses out of every socket Ride across the airwaves on a violet carpet You’re 40,000 miles away! Take a ride on the Purple Rocket A ride on the Purple Rocket Please don’t try to stop it – it’s insane!
8.
Born on a mountain in the year of 20-who-knows-when Wandered his days alone, the emblem of a broken man Torn from his mother – before she stopped her heart, He said, “If you cast this tragedy, then what’s my part?” Fought in the first of what would soon become a wheel of war Watched as his comrades did a waltz upon the killing floor Looked to the heavens on a cloudy night When what should overtake him but The Zero Light “There is a light they call The Zero Light And it’s shining just for me There is a light they call The Zero Light And it’s the only light I see And I will follow it forever as my followers will grow Through the deserts, through the valleys, Through the cities we will go Oh the die is cast and where they fall We’re never going to know So fall in line for The Zero!” Grew into a great success, The Zero Light a household name Can’t say which was more sublime – the hair on his face, or his fame? Leading his people, to the end of time And no one even asked him what he hoped to find Then one day another cloudy night grew to a violent roar A flash of something mighty bright did force him to the killing floor Some say he was broken, some say he died of fright But everybody knew it was The Zero Light “There is a light they call The Zero Light And it’s shining just for me There is a light they call The Zero Light It’s the only light I see And we will do our best to share the light With everyone we meet Our hero gone, we still walk on From sea to shining sea So wave your banners high and unto you we shall bestow Free membership to The Zero!”
9.
Mama Waits 02:45
Down the hallway of the ‘Stellar Lounge Bomber John waves a gun around “Everyone get on your knees If you sneeze, I will make a louder sound!” All of the legs grow one half shorter Scraping the floor in mortar torture but my… MAMA WAITS MAMA WAITS PAPA PARTICIPATES Straight up like a weed, we believe She decrees not to plant herself Bomber squints his eyes, strokes his chin Asks her if she’s had her medicine As snickers, they ripple through the victims Nobody knows just what’s her mission and my… MAMA WAITS MAMA WAITS PAPA PARTICIPATES For a hundred years she was our favorite old maid She never liked to look into the shade She had a motto that went: “Save Yourself” We never thought it worked that well Papa grabs her arm to drag her down When she says, “I’ve had it up to here!” Points her finger like a gun, turns to run Like we know we’d never dare As Bomber reviews the situation The sirens take away his concentration
10.
Son of Stab 03:35
All of a sudden a Stab at the Sun overcomes him!
11.
Look into the microscope at any major city by the sea There you’ll find the missing link between missed opportunity and me Going into overdrive I underwhelm the world Without my charms I have set the course to fail A ship without a sail tends to roll away I look up Clouds of white inside my paper cup And though it’s undeniable it’s so absurd Trying to get to heaven on a little bird Trying to get to heaven on a bird Have you ever watched a life go spinning down an omnipresent drain? Can you spare a dime to help alleviate a burning-barrel brain? Pushing through the afternoon With nothing but these rags upon my back I am waiting for a break The world I will forsake when I take the reigns! I look up Clouds of white inside my paper cup And though it’s undeniable it’s so absurd Trying to get to heaven on a little bird Trying to get to heaven on a bird “I will go to Heaven on a Bird” Heaven on a Bird (it’s such a flight to see…) Heaven on a Bird (is it reality?) Heaven on a Bird (wouldn’t you really love?) Heaven on a Bird (To go the place above, master the flying dove, you could be anything - up on a little wing!)
12.
Do you remember the Flight of the Knife That caused the ultimate sensation Taking the hearts of the whole united nation? Well they discovered the Flight of the Knife Was nothing more than an illusion A trick on the mind’s appetite for new delusion Heroes are everywhere, running our races But no one understands about Flying Aces He was the sum of our lives – that was the Flight of the Knife! But he messed with our wrong and right And now he’s living such a lonely, lonely life They called it the Flight of Knife And probably will do so for always But they can’t erase what was shouted down our hallways Stories are everywhere, plotting our courses But don’t forget the presence of rotten sources He was the sum of our lives – that was the Flight of the Knife! And though we buy what we’re sold We owe it to our angels never to ignore the wise… Do you remember the Flight of the Knife That caused the ultimate sensation BREAKING the hearts of the whole united nation? Well that was the Flight of the Knife And you can give it to the dreamers to put in a frame But I’ll steer you right: FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE KNIFE.

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The recorded debut of Scary's touring band, The Shredding Tears, crafted with producer Brian McTear in Philadelphia. Inspired by Pynchon's "Against the Day," the album tells tall tales of airships and innocence lost, bookended by the legend of Airship Valentine. 'Twas released on Black & Greene Records in 2008. "Find your own way to The Knife."

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released April 1, 2008

Mike Acreman: Keys/Vocals
Brian Bauer: Drums
Graham Norwood: Guitar/Vocals
David Ostrem: Bass
Bryan Scary: Vocals/Keys

Liz Hanley played violin on IMITATION OF THE SKY
Dan Scofield played Saxophone on FLIGHT OF THE KNIFE (PART TWO)

Produced by Brian McTear and BSST
Engineered by Brian McTear and Amy Morrissy at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia, PA
Assistant Engineer: John Low
Additional Engineering by Max Feldman
Mastered by Paul Hammond and Paul Sinclair at Fat City Studios in Blue Bell, PA
Album artwork and design by Hunter Nelson and Albert Thrower

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