i've seen a ghost

by casimir frederic coquette kaplan

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bunch of demos i've recorded over the last three years or so, lost most of the masters so i can't remix them so what the hell, sorry if the quality is shitty but computers man what can you do

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released June 17, 2013

all songs written/performed by cfck except where noted
thanks to my roommates for putting up with the racket
cover drawing by pamela fillion, sorry i had to mangle it

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casimir frederic coquette kaplan Montreal, Québec

i'm your jagged ball of nonsense
fingernails dripping from my lips

also i'm in a band: www.boyfriends.horse

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Track Name: i've seen a ghost
whenever i see your face
i feel a bit down
cause when i come to your place
you imitate a frown

i've got ghosts on the brain

so you may be my lady
i will still cut my sleeve for you
so you may be stuck with me
that doesn't mean i don't love you

i've got ghosts on the brain
Track Name: ring around the apple patch
ring around the apple patch
six games forfeited to
six games forfeited to darkened noon
you're the one i wanna catch
can we stop running in
can we stop running in circles soon
draw a line and make a match
what's a boy on his recess
a boy on his recess to do
hang a locket on a latch
no one's looking in here
no one's looking in here for us two

no one is watching no one is watching
no one is watching us
no one is watching no one is watching

set a rabbit for a trap
we'll sit counting waiting
sitting counting waiting for the moon
who can read a blackened map
can't be sure we ever
can't be sure we ever make it through
i'm the shadow at your back
i'm still something like the
i'm still something like the boy you knew
if it's soft here in the black
we can sleep here maybe
we can sleep here all the way til june

and when we wake up and when we come out
there will be no sky
but you and i know when we are swinging
that we can still go high
no one is watching no one is watching
no one is watching us
no one is watching no one is watching
no one is watching us

ring around the apple patch
six games forfeited to dark
Track Name: lena lingard
lena turn your ear to the west
toward the nebraska prairie
you can't hear me singing i bet
but i can see you laughing
lena would you make me a dress
and i will quiet the puppy
let your sleepy purple eyes rest
while lincoln's softly singing

i've been far from home
but i've been finding prairie grass in my pockets
i've been alone but i still have it
your basket

maybe i could win you
though you don't know me and i don't know you

lena let's go see a new play
i'd like to see you weeping
walk with me some time this sunday
the colonel is beseeching
i would read a poem if i may
though greek can be misleading
i have to leave one of these days
but i'll be there this evening

i've heard all about the other girls
but i've not been to california
please don't marry lena
i'll never look at purple the same way
Track Name: theresa
thoughts are products of contentment
that's why i have no thoughts this moment
all that i have are memories
of dimly remembered uncertainties

wade through a sea of hearts and limbs
so dimly remembered above the din
their speak your shoulders his hands their eyes
half truths and deeply ingrained lies
borders mean more than poems can
when every breath tries to understand
you'll learn it's easy to believe things
you never considered questioning
Track Name: mercy
in plaintive sighs you sang to me
your shape and your dimensions
you left yourself printed in air
as clear as a reflection
you walk between two walls made of
slowly unfreezing water
you stood atop my molten feet
and sang away the hours

show me the mountain to which i'll retreat
i beseech you have mercy on me

i have a sense you're not the rule
nor simply the exception
i'll never fall asleep again
but under your direction
your eyes are like fermented peach
their gentle apprehension
quiet as ripples on a lake
i'll trust in your intentions

you don't understand it isn't up to me
you have deprived me of any agency
show me the mountain to which i'll retreat
i beseech you have mercy on me
Track Name: oh experience!
that moment when the act of being audible is just enough to do you in
the candles in the lanterns
that instant when your most capricious teacher oh experience! is giggling
could be the moons of saturn
you know she knows a lot of fancy adjectives to keep you from the bedroom door
you have got my attention
and teacher's punning on your name with some new made-up word that means the kitchen floor
this issue's not mine to mention

i've got writers i can reference too
and i've got quips like GET THEE TO A GROWLERY
but by now i've lost you

there's no one word or crime that can encompass all the things that i've been driven to
a story i could sell you
had i the drive i'd eschew rhyme and invent words enough to make it clear to you
a sordid tale that concerns you
but language is inadequate as evidenced by your incessant pleading eyes
and yet still i can't help it
that gaze that stays my lips from their true object so it's up to you kisses or lies
why must you make me say it?

i've got films that i can reference too
and i've got lines like I WISH I NEVER MET YOU
but by now i've lost you

sing your words but this please consider
citric acid in a clean mouth tastes bitter
you've fought hard for your insular existence
but one day you'll wish you could pay for impatience
and forgive the witless
and stay off the shit list
CAUSE ONE DAY YOU'LL ACTUALLY MISS US
Track Name: sobering up in taipei
do you have some extra time
you can have what's left of mine
hop a train we'll find some place
you should see the look on your face

maybe i'm not a little bit wiser
but i wasn't afraid to speak
maybe i'm not a little bit wiser
so much the better

this city sleeps i'm sure it does
it doesn't mean a thing to us