Divorce EP

by ELMS

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released 14 January 2013

All songs written and performed by Alex Unger, with
percussion on "Ring Finger" and "Brilliant" by Emmott Clancy.
"Brilliant" contains elements from "Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986" by W.S. Burroughs.

Engineered and mixed by Alex Unger at House of Wands, 2011 - 2012.
Mastering and additional mixing by Andy Pryde, October 2012.

Bonus material engineered and mixed by Alex Unger at House of Wands, May 2013. Mastering and additional mixing by Andy Pryde, May 2013.

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ELMS is the solo project of Alex Unger (ex-Dead Elm Society of Canada, ex-Burnt Norton), based out of Peterborough, Ontario.

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Track Name: I Gave Up (On You)
I have a name for you
that you will never hear
a clever string of words
entirely undeserved

oh dear
you know I didn't want to
but I gave up on you

and you have a new dress I hear
that I will never see
a trifling detail I'm sure
but it turns me blue, it makes me weak

oh dear
you know I didn't want to
but I gave up on you
Track Name: Ring Finger
I can remember the days when there wasn't
a ring on this finger
my hand appeared rough and unloved
alone and unlettered
wild and unfettered
ahead of my time
when I met you
all those years ago
I set my heart's course
against the breakers
that guarded your heart's ports

as if the sea
was any more safe
than the lakes
you had left for that place

these foolish hands
how could they know
these foolish hands
they let themselves get trapped in your hands

a life set towards the
search for a meaning
between four walls and a ceiling
to find the answers inside
that uncomfortable comfort
our silence at night
or the walk to the store
or an afternoon gardening
wishing for more
oh why won't she touch me
I just want her to hold me
like she did before

oh I could run myself through
for hoping that you'd- no
the knives are all sharpened
but what good could it do

to teach these hands
raised upon score and screen
these foolish hands
they begged to become trapped in your hands

mistrust
worn like a black bandana
so you'll never have to see these eyes
shine again

withdraw
to a safe distance
so these ears
will never hear you call me friend

cauterize
this missing finger
what's a ring anyway
but a gaping hole

catherine, queen of swords
your fortune calls
and you have
dutifully fulfilled your role
Track Name: Savages
makeup for your freckles
surgery for scars
you can hide every mistake you made
I still know who you are

Diana, a fire for you

a bandage round my ribs
a splint against my thigh
I can make every mistake you made
till I can't look you in the eye
this body was born dry tinder
while you were raised to be a flame

Diana, on fire for you
Diana, a fire for you
Track Name: Brilliant (After Burroughs)
clever
no, wait
more like brilliant
a mind like cut crystal
that glitters and blinds
every surface reflecting
an impatience and skilllessness
a true lack of ambition
disorder and carelessness

if I tried to run how far would I get
somehow I know you're not through with me yet
you were always a headache and always a
bore

and heat
blood on the bed sheets
a mouth like a gavel
that bitters and binds us
to smiles and kindness
those hallmarks of lust
the extended hand
that I've learned to trust

and if I tried to run how far would I get
something inside of me is not done with you yet
you were always a headache and always a bore
thanks for the last and greatest betrayal
of the last and greatest of human dreams
I've got your number and you've got my number
joined forever never to be torn asunder
it would take a saint not to be angry
you'd have to be heartless not to feel betrayed
Track Name: (No Such Thing As) A Clean Break
calm the horses
and hold the reins
I warned you this might come one day
oh I know
it's hard to go
but now it's your life or this home
with its gardens you grew
oh it breaks me in two
to know just what I've done to you
it's hard to believe
that we'll never see
our little farm again

but the storm clouds in the sky
reflected in your eyes
they know that you know
that I was a marked man from the get-go
but still you wanted my wedding ring
and I would give you anything

and by the fire's light
that same spark fills your eyes
it shows that you know that
I was a marked man from the first note
but still you wanted a life with me
a country home with orange trees
with morning mists and mid-day tea
and evenings spent between fresh sheets
and all the pleasures a life could bring
and I would give you everything
Track Name: I Gave Up (On You) (ELECTRO)
2013 Live Electronic Version

I have a name for you
that you will never hear
a clever string of words
entirely undeserved

oh dear
you know I didn't want to
but I gave up on you

and you have a new dress I hear
that I will never see
a trifling detail I'm sure
but it turns me blue, it makes me weak

oh dear
you know I didn't want to
but I gave up on you
Track Name: Ring Finger (ELECTRO)
2013 Live Electronic Version

I can remember the days when there wasn't
a ring on this finger
my hand appeared rough and unloved
alone and unlettered
wild and unfettered
ahead of my time
when I met you
all those years ago
I set my heart's course
against the breakers
that guarded your heart's ports

as if the sea
was any more safe
than the lakes
you had left for that place

these foolish hands
how could they know
these foolish hands
they let themselves get trapped in your hands

a life set towards the
search for a meaning
between four walls and a ceiling
to find the answers inside
that uncomfortable comfort
our silence at night
or the walk to the store
or an afternoon gardening
wishing for more
oh why won't she touch me
I just want her to hold me
like she did before

oh I could run myself through
for hoping that you'd- no
the knives are all sharpened
but what good could it do

to teach these hands
raised upon score and screen
these foolish hands
they begged to become trapped in your hands

mistrust
worn like a black bandana
so you'll never have to see these eyes
shine again

withdraw
to a safe distance
so these ears
will never hear you call me friend

cauterize
this missing finger
what's a ring anyway
but a gaping hole

catherine, queen of swords
your fortune calls
and you have
dutifully fulfilled your role
Track Name: Savages (ELECTRO)
2013 Live Electronic Version

makeup for your freckles
surgery for scars
you can hide every mistake you made
I still know who you are

Diana, a fire for you

a bandage round my ribs
a splint against my thigh
I can make every mistake you made
till I can't look you in the eye
this body was born dry tinder
while you were raised to be a flame

Diana, on fire for you
Diana, a fire for you
Track Name: Brilliant (After Burroughs) (ELECTRO)
2013 Live Electronic Version

clever
no, wait
more like brilliant
a mind like cut crystal
that glitters and blinds
every surface reflecting
an impatience and skilllessness
a true lack of ambition
disorder and carelessness

if I tried to run how far would I get
somehow I know you're not through with me yet
you were always a headache and always a
bore

and heat
blood on the bed sheets
a mouth like a gavel
that bitters and binds us
to smiles and kindness
those hallmarks of lust
the extended hand
that I've learned to trust

and if I tried to run how far would I get
something inside of me is not done with you yet
you were always a headache and always a bore
thanks for the last and greatest betrayal
of the last and greatest of human dreams
I've got your number and you've got my number
joined forever never to be torn asunder
it would take a saint not to be angry
you'd have to be heartless not to feel betrayed
Track Name: (No Such Thing As) A Clean Break (ELECTRO)
2013 Live Electronic Version

calm the horses
and hold the reins
I warned you this might come one day
oh I know
it's hard to go
but now it's your life or this home
with its gardens you grew
oh it breaks me in two
to know just what I've done to you
it's hard to believe
that we'll never see
our little farm again

but the storm clouds in the sky
reflected in your eyes
they know that you know
that I was a marked man from the get-go
but still you wanted my wedding ring
and I would give you anything

and by the fire's light
that same spark fills your eyes
it shows that you know that
I was a marked man from the first note
but still you wanted a life with me
a country home with orange trees
with morning mists and mid-day tea
and evenings spent between fresh sheets
and all the pleasures a life could bring
and I would give you everything