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The Figure of the Dance

from Baudelaire by The End Times Spasm Band

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Elizabeth wrote this one before the band even formed. Our original banjo player disliked it, so it sat unopened on the shelf until we tried to record it for HIGH WIRE LOVER. That version just didn't work, but now we're glad we waited. Ryan and Andy add exactly the touch that was missing on our previous attempt.


Two lovers, entangled
Spin oh-so-contrarily,
And the spaces between the steps
Mean more than the arching of feet.

Lips parted, unspeaking.
Words would only betray the hush,
And the figure of the modern dance
Means nothing to no one but us.

You could say that it's foolish or more
To measure the substance of love
And undress it's form.
But just when you think it might grow
To hold it at arm's length just so
And resist the tension.

O, hope those moments do no harm
And pray
That those steps take you safely home once more
In each other's arms.


from Baudelaire, released April 11, 2015
Words/music by Elizabeth Helms (Dallying Automata Music, ASCAP).

Lyndsy Rae: vocals
Elizabeth Helms: electric guitar
Andy Rice: upright bass
Ryan Holquist: drums




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