VIGNETTES

by Exquisite Corps

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Sophomore album by Exquisite Corps
Recorded and mixed by Ira Skinner at Alley Avenue Studios
Mastered by Tony Lash at the Magic Closet
All songs written by Exquisite Corps
Copyright 2014 EXCORPS MUSIC (ASCAP)

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released 16 September 2014

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Exquisite Corps Sacramento, California

In typical rock’n’roll fashion, Exquisite Corps emerged from a downtown garage in the spring of 2011. Beginning as a sextet, they have since proved to be anything but a typical band. With an original vision encompassing the lush power of a string trio (cello & two violins) melded with an indie rock trio (guitar, bass & drums) the band has evolved on the road into a full-fledged psych-art rock band ... more

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Track Name: Caught in a Wave
I took the North West passage.
I saw the devil on acid.
It left a film on my glasses.
It looked like cinders and ashes.

The woods were brutal and savage.
And the drugs kept coming in flashes.
I felt the world on its axis.
It slowly spins around a massive star.

I’m caught in a wave
and its taking me higher.
I’m caught in a wave
and its bringing me farther.
I can’t help the way
that you’re taking me higher.
I can’t help the way
that you’re bringing me farther out.


Cold where the wind blows.
Go where the wind blows.
Go where the wind blows.
Gone where the blows.
Track Name: Floodlights
I feel the flood light fantasy taking hold.
Brushing the wind from her hair
to see her breath in the cold.

She put the shape of her voice
in the sultriest whisper,
And her face in the lustiest look
to come hither.

Ah, man.

She’s gonna burn it up,
the places you’re safe and warm.
She’s gonna kick it up a notch
‘till your comforts are gone.
Another notch and you won’t last long.
Another notch might be the last straw.

With the shape of her voice
in the sultriest whisper,
and her face in the lustiest look
to come hither…

Ah, man.

Chase it and taste it,
her lips get me wasted
I’m turned around, I’m getting dizzy
Embrace it,
the stain that you just can’t erase.
It ain’t coming out. It's permanent.
Yet it feels so amazing.
The temperature’s raising,
it burns.

Ah, man.
Track Name: F.O.M.O.
I saw your body rise from the river.
It was glistening like a gem from the mountain
as you rose into the sun like a fountain of love.


I can’t get enough of you.
I can’t get enough of the way you love me, too,
the way you hold me
when there’s just these tender two bodies
nestled as one.


I was wrapped up in my shit
but now I say fuck it
‘cause there’s just no room for it
in this moment with my friends and lovers,
here tonight,
around this fire
living the good life.


So come on and
get blissed out
before you miss out
on what’s happening now.


I was wrapped up in my shit
but now I say fuck it
‘cause there’s just no room for it
in this moment with my friends and lovers,
here tonight,
around this fire
under the moonlight.


So come on
and get blissed out
before you miss out
on what’s happening now.
Track Name: Broken Petals
I’m falling slow in the gently broken petals of the rose.
I’ve been crushed like velvet.
I can’t help it.
I wish you’d walk me home
because I feel lost.
Tied up, twisted, stuck, irrational.
But if my words are wings,
then I believe that soon they’ll lift me home.

Half the time we’ve wasted our lives
pining, moaning, pacing back and forth.
How can we make up for lost time by
standing, talking, wishing….
Listen, listen…..

I’ve had enough of just waiting for nothing when nothing comes.

Everyone’s gossiping.
My ears are burning and
I can’t make them stop.
It’s a spreading cancer and
there’s no answers,
only questions.

Well our last breath could be any second.
Why waste it by wishing…
Listen, listen….

I’ve had enough of just waiting for nothing when nothing comes.

Oh, but something comes….
Track Name: Ripples Repeating
Like sifting sand,
time gets away from you,
it washes away from you.
Sleight of hand.
What a trick of the eye can do,
shifting your point of view, now.

Take these days
as a lesson in certitude
striking a chord in you.
Above the fray,
free to do what you want to do,
its lifting the weight from you now,
Lifting the weight from you now.
Weightless and shaped like a cloud.
Ripples repeating the sound.

At a break neck pace
There’s just choices there’s no mistakes.
in the ways that you undertake.
Give and take.
Push and pull
from that chord in you.
Its lifting the weight from you now,
Lifting the weight from you now.
Weightless and shaped like a cloud,
ripples repeating the sound.

Out of the night and into the mood.
Something so strange has happened to you.
But each piece of your soul
is covered in joy,
where nothing’s created
but nothing’s destroyed.
Track Name: Feeling Green
With our intentions
we’re moving mountains,
impressions building cities that seed from a dream.
With forces flowing
from deep in the ocean,
from deep in the forest,
and pouring its love into me.

A spark has scattered
our minds through matter,
it pulls and gathers
thoughts in a magnetic ring.
With strings a-humming,
buried in silence,
bursting with music
and born of an eternal spring.

Walking tall.
Feeling green.
Moving free.
Track Name: Elegant Bones
Lights are dim in a strange, strange city.
Two planes and a car ride from home.
At the bar, another ginger and whiskey.
Fuel the fire, help me ride out the storm.

A naked room and a busted T.V.
Spattered stains on the carpet below.
Its like my mind its awful dirty and dizzy,
and populated with impossible ghosts.

And my heart burns down every rational thought.
And my mind reels in and out of every rational thought.

I pace the streets because I can’t get sleepy.
I walk for miles with her elegant bones.
She’s got those lips that’ll suck the dark from the evening.
She’s got those pupils staring right through your soul.

I reach for you its so automatic.
I reach for you like a hawk in the night.
You’ve got my pulse in machine gun static.
You’ve got my pulse raising up with the tide.

And my heart burns down every rational thought.
And my mind reels in and out of every rational thought.
Track Name: Memento Manifesto
Forget the stressful life that surrounds your apartment.
Forget the sleepless nights.
Today we’re sleeping in.

You get wound up so tight
that you’re bound to cave right in.
But it’s your only life
so just breathe it in.


We found our way through
the dead end, dense, dark maze.
We stretch our eyes
to see the light of day.

A precious ounce of time
is all the time we really need.
‘Cause it’s your only life
so just breath with me.


We will go where we want
and where we want to be is here,
with you,
now,
in this space.
To be happy….
Just imagine it.

And we will do what we want
and what we want to do is this,
with you,
now,
in this space.
To be happy…
Just imagine it.
Track Name: Existential Workingman's Blues
You can pass the time with a wish
trying to make it out.
You can grind the nine to five down
until your calloused fingers bleed.
It’s getting harder to be
what you really need
when the hours are filled paying bills,
trying to make ends meet.

Don’t let it kick you down
into a ruthless, hardened man.
Don’t let it paralyze you
until all you want is a coffin full of greed.
It’s getting harder to see
what you really need (when you’re)
too tired to care,
blank stare,
like you’re walking in your sleep.

If this is the truth, it’s coming down…

Are you the picture perfect poster child
of the narcissistic breed (who’ll)
trample underfoot anyone with
such a pathologic speed.
Its getting harder to breathe
when the air is so thin,
when you know the ship is sinking,
when the walls are caving in.

If this is the truth, it’s coming down and taking root.

But we can reap tomorrow what’s sown today
where our lives are shining through the haze.
We can reap tomorrow what’s sown today
and I’ll feel so unfettered, free.

In my periphal vision,
in the side-long distance,
while the world keeps spinning
on this cruel existence,
I feel an existential tug
coarsing in my blood.

Don’t let it kick you down
into a ruthless, hardened man.
Don’t let it paralyze you
until all you want is a coffin full of greed.
It’s getting harder to breathe
when the air is so thin,
when you know the ship is sinking,
when the walls are caving in.

If this is the truth, its coming down…

Will I be waking up tomorrow
still singing these blues….
Track Name: Calm Collective Feeling
Wandering
Wondering
Climbing out of a dream.

Wake up
Wide eyed
Staring through this bright night.

Wandering
Wondering
thoughts that keep me company.

Wide eyed
Waving goodbye
to summer’s whitewashed memory.

Flashing
Fleeting
Car lights acrossed the ceiling.
The hushed sounds of your breathing.
A calm collected feeling.

Wandering
Wondering
Climbing out of a dream.

Wide eyed
Waving goodbye
to summer’s whitewashed memory.

Flashing
Fleeting
Car lights acrossed the ceiling.
The hushed sounds of your breathing.
A calm collected feeling.