He'll Leave No Stone Unharmed

by Arno Loriaux

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1.
It ain’t your fault It never is It’s all so perfectly understandable you had to leave me with that kiss goodnight I should have known that you was crazy from the way a black cat changed your mind And as you shook your broken tailbone I followed you inside We’re out of phase It’s crystal clear And I don’t need no ball to see it Nor a signal from beyond the stratosphere My sky is overcast with storm clouds and my trenches flood with fear And there ain’t much here for comfort But it’s all so comfortably familiar It ain’t your fault It never is It’s all so perfectly understandable you had to leave me with that Judas kiss So I hear that you’re in love with Jesus but these lamentations they ain’t His While he was busy raisin’ dead folks I wrote you this Your foreign tongue what a strange delight I dithered in detachment, and as for you, girl, you put up quite a fight, quite a fight I think you bruised my intuition and you blackened my mind’s eye If I were to stick my dick inside you would that bring me closer to your light
2.
03:33
Nothing wounds the heart quite like beauty does And I think I’ve been out carrying that cross, that cross of your beauty long enough That’s why I’m gonna have to kill you Lord, ’cause your beauty wounds my poor old achin’ heart ’s gonna be rumble as I tumble into them caverns of my mind piece of paper in my left hand, got some verses in my right and they fight, Lord knows how they fight And them paper cuts get deeper with every doggone verse I write If I promise never to be bad again Can I have just one more shot at bein’ your loverman Nothing makes me bleed like summertime When livin’ should be easy, Lord knows I tried I tried hard to let the sunshine in But it had me sweatin’ like a pig and Lord, it done burn my poor old sore skin It’s a bad case of melancholy, that’s what that crooked doctor said Now the best that I can think of is tie the poor thing to his bed Feed him love, feed him nothing but sweet love That’s my professional opinion I wish you all the very best of luck If I promise never to look back again Can I have just one more shot at bein’ your loverman
3.
03:16
I’ve been tryin’ to run into you but I only ran into myself And the force of that head-on collision girl, it split my skull in half it did split my skull in half Just around the corner from where you live And where you had to tell me you had no love to give It seems to me you were just in time to cash my salvage-fee But obviously that was not quite what you had planned for me ‘Cause you’ve been tryin’ to get rid of me ever since you broke that promise to yourself And ever since I’ve been sittin’ here, watch the dust pile upon myself like a book upon a shelf Now you praise my courage and you wish me luck Funny way of saying that you don’t give a fuck Why can’t you see I got no purpose for all that faith in me But if you’d stay I’d overlook your false apostasy
4.
Don’t flatter yourself like that You should have known by now that’s what I’m here for Don’t flatter yourself I can do you cheaper than you can do yourself I’m your shiny polyester help and I gladly present to you everything I was too lame to do for myself Don’t lower yourself like that Know what you’re in for as you know what you’re out for Don’t lower yourself From eye-to-eye to an eye for an eye in just the blink of an eye Lay down, curl up and die like the cheap little miserable fuck you are Show me your smile and I will show you my scar, it’s a deal Don’t be flattering me like that You best think hard on just what you go and wish for Don’t be flattering me You’ll flip my psycho-switch and stitch by stitch all hell will break loose There won’t be nothing left of me you can use for your little pretty, pretty string of pearls You snap you fingers and you sent me back to my world   Don’t be barkin’ so vigorously You crazy hound dog, you picked the wrong tree Don’t be barkin’ all wild and crazy You’ll wake the neighbors and their set to keep her safe from harm Now you’ve unleashed your pathological charm on her what else are they to do but aim their automatic rifles at you and go click, bang
5.
I gunned down your chaperone You see, I really needed us to be alone I gunned down your chaperone Now the motherfucker’s dead and gone I told him not to interfere I said I got mighty important business with her I told him not to interfere I said hey you, get the fuck on out of here But did he listen, no, no, no when I told him it was time to go Did he listen, no, no, no He said why, I said ‘cause the fuck I say so I asked him once, I was being nice I furnished him with free advice I asked him once and then I asked him twice Three strikes you’re out, it’s time to die Now I’m not the type to be easily triggered Usually I can handle myself pretty good But this piece of work, he sure had it coming So I laid him down right where he stood Do not kneel beside him, love He was dead weight we had to get rid of No, do not kneel beside him, love and sob and cry and go all soft Do not mourn and spoil the fun that I had when I emptied out my gun Do not mourn and spoil the fun, morning brings another sun   Do not dress yourself in black, see that won’t bring the bad bitch back Do not dress yourself in black Let me buy you a wedding dress instead You will thank me later, of this I’m sure If he were some sickness, then I’d be the cure You’ll thank me later, of this I’m sure And you’ll wish it were my ring you wore Now I’m not the type to be easily triggered Usually I can handle myself pretty well But this motherfucker, he sure had it coming Bloodstains to this day mark the spot that he fell
6.
Baby please don’t kill yourself it would only make things worse It’s gonna leave me with a sense of guilt and some considerable grief, of course You see, God’s just testing 1, 2, 3 God is testing you and me And it ain’t for you to wonder why or try unravel His great mystery So don’t hold a grudge should He grind your bones to dust You can cry, if you really must But don’t go kick up a fuss Some say there’ll be hell to pay Some say heaven’s out there callin’ Me, I don’t mind much either way I know them hard rains will keep a-fallin’ But should He rain on your parade; We can share my little battered umbrella Let me gallantly hold it over your head You see, I’m just that kind of… guy So don’t you be alarmed I checked my demons, they’re all unarmed While God, with all his heavenly charm He will leave no stone unharmed Me, I never claimed to be anything more than a one-trick pony Saddle up, love, smack me good if you think there’s a new trick you can show me   Love, rest assured, I how much it hurts And I pray that you have a say in this unholy world
7.
05:17
He couldn’t tell you if his life were to depend on it And it makes him kind of nervous now that it actually might Could it be he loves her more then he loves to fall in love Of this much he is certain, he loves her more than life But ain’t that a hollow phrase all too easily uttered with his guts on the floor and his mind in the gutter See, the Liquid Man he can’t be bothered with her siren song no more It’s the very love itself that’s corrupted, ripped and rotten to the core He tried hard to prove he don’t need anyone Till finally there was no one around to prove it to You’d find him goin’ round the block as he walked his solitude ever closely shadowed by the fits he threw If he’d tip his hand on his unrighteous intentions She would hit the roof, boys only to come down relentlessly on Liquid Man He can’t be bothered to talk about the state he’s in See him dribble by, watch him liquefy There ain’t no stopping once it begins Dressed all fit to kill, sharp as a razorblade Parting the waters by the way that he sinks His mouth filled with sand His heart all full of rocks Yet hope’s slow poison, she slipped it in his drink And he stood there till his toes bled, his shoes a size too small With his skin turned inside out and his back glued to the wall Now Liquid Man he can’t be bothered with her glory anymore It’s that same old blinding light he’s been trying to put it out for once and all It’s that same old difference Shiny ribbons wrapped around the same old box It’s the same old tragic senseless motion moving everything that fucks   He’s the Liquid Man, see his solid plans all splash as he is tryin’ to leave It’s a bad, bad case of poets fever Obviously Five Believers I could make it without you, honey if I just did not feel so all alone
8.
If you gather round me children, a story I will tell About a big old bad bipolar bear the Arctic knew him well He was strolling the North Pole where many a friend he had But the ice below his big white paws was full of tiny cracks He was thinking about penguins and the funny way they walk And nighttime slowly turned to day as of himself he talked As he hopscotched cross the icebergs While whistling a merry tune so full of it, and of himself and crazy as a loon He was bold and bound for glory, he never paid them cracks no mind Some say what an unfortunate accident Some say it served him right See, one day God was thinking wasn’t pride a deadly sin Yeah, I think I read that somewhere in that big old book that I’m in So like Moses sent the locust on my divine command My flock will melt the icecaps and make your misery end No sooner said that done did descend his holy wrath And the cracks, they swallowed Mr. Bear in about a second flat He landed on the south side He landed with a thud can’t help thinking I’m there but for the grace of God Well, the moral of the story, the moral of this song is simply that one should never be where one does not belong
9.
Caught with his hand in the pussy jar Cryin’ mama please let me explain This ain’t remotely what it’s looking like and anyhow I have been framed Why, ain’t it in you to surpass yourself Really, is your pain that good Would a tiny spark get through to you if lightning struck you were you stood She came and you saw But what’d you conquer man, fuck all You came and she saw how she’s got you by the balls Now she ceaselessly badgered him At the crack of dawn the man just cracked She harassed him on that witness stand till he was happy to confess Not a solid bone left in his frame Feelin’ fit to decompose He don’t think he’s up for anymore So he just blurts out all he knows Catch as catch can Half a suitor, half a man And while I commence I know where this story ends Caught with his hand in the pussy jar Cryin’ mama, please let me explain See, this here girl don’t mean a thing to me I mean, I don’t even know her name   Ain’t that right, why don’t you tell her Jane I mean that’s Jane as in Jane Doe How I fell victim to your ruthlessness and your convincing one-girl show A voice from afar cried all’s fair in love and war Did I stretch that too far when I pierced you through the heart There’s a little truth in every word But there ain’t much hope in blame And I’ve grown tired of your private war Weary of your waiting game I ain’t gonna argue wrong or right, won’t pass judgment on your deeds And if I ever turn my back on you it will be with a heart that bleeds
10.
I kept throwing lumps of me at you a heedless man’s bait And then I let you off the hook again and you swiftly finned away I kept throwing lumps of me into your pond of idle hope And you, you lovely duckling threw me just enough rope For me to hang myself with while you hang on every word So ill-at-ease, yet eloquently singing like a bird Singing like a bird, or more precise a sitting duck A cross-eyed marksman’s target practice three shots for a buck I can give you what you want But that ain’t what you need I will turn you inside out But I won’t sing you to sleep Resentment you may feel for me is stemming from remorse You eager beaver busy bee You’re beating a dead horse  Resentment you may feel for me is stemming from your own resentment of your boundaries and how fuzzy they’ve become The thought it cast a shadow made you feel weak in the knees The finger that you’re pointing now in fact belongs to me No, baby you’re no angel There ain’t no way you can please everybody out there so just stick to pleasing me ‘Cause I can give you what you want though it ain’t quite what you need I will turn you upside down but won’t sing you to sleep
11.
I’m sorry I’ve forsaken you I never will again Hush child, dry your eyes I’m your heavy weather friend Skies all overcast with never-ending threat Lights out, drawn in to that liquid dark again Don’t you know that It’s ‘cause of the light over your head them shivery shadows arise I’m sorry I’ve forsaken you I never will again Hard luck, hard head and my heartache tied my hands I know there’s men ablaze in wars that can’t be won Unborn cut down before their life’s begun There’s a light on casting these grim apparitions that are scaring the life out of you Don’t you let them pull the wool over your eyes Force-fed artifacts The kindness of mankind   Lover you make me wanna be a better man Hold on, let go and be my own best friend There’s a light on casting these grim apparitions that are scaring the life out of me
12.
05:12
O gypsy drifter your features bold and fierce If I let you get away I’ll be spinnin’ in my grave before my time O gypsy sorceress You got me in a spell And if I survive the ride I probably will die of bliss, o how I love you, love you I swear it’s bound to get me killed Woman, I’ve loved you for so long now I’m afraid I always will O foxy she-wolf you nurtured me with care And you tore me limb to limb told me sink or learn to swim As I grasped for air O foxy she-wolf You’re crying for the moon And the moon it cries for you ‘cause it aches just as I do for what was lost   I love you, love you I swear it’s bound to get me killed Woman, I’ve loved you for so long now I’m afraid I always will O crazy mamma unfathomable twists got us tangled in this dance with matchless circumstance But hey, what’s new O crazy mama you threw me quite a curve I straight threw it back at you Here, catch twenty-two But logic’s overrated Ain’t it the heart that must prevail Woman, I’ve loved you for so long, now Lord knows I always will O tattooed sailor your maelstrom swept me in In your torrent I will die but the sea will be my bride And I’ll be king, Queen Jade

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released March 15, 2012

Arno Loriaux - Vocals & Guitar
Daan van Diest - Drums
Hans Custers- Double Bass
Jan van Bijnen - Dobro, Lapsteel, Mandolin, Accodion
Sonja Markowski - Vocals
Simone Manuputty - Violin
Djoeke Reijsiger - Cello

All songs written by Arno Loriaux
Produced by Paul Fitzpatrick & Arno Loriaux

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