Empire

by Dizzy Twin

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The Rules of the Game If you’ve got a clever hand You will never need a man It’s trick or trade Then twist the blade If your eyes are open wide You get to see what you can find First keep them peeled Then seal the deal If they come to take you, you just turn your head and pray Duck into the crowd and melt until you fade away Set it up and knock it down Let the top spin round and round You never know which way it goes Load the deck and deal the hand They devil knows just where you stand The odds are stacked he’s got your back If they come to take you, you just turn your head and pray Duck into the crowd and melt until you fade away If you want to stay free, then just listen to me The rules of the game never change Your self-respect it cannot sway If a little man must have his way Just make him pay, day by day The bargain is your luck holds fast As long as you outwit your past The quicker you go, the less that they’ll know If they come to take you, you just turn your head and pray Duck into the crowd and melt until you fade away If you want to stay free, then just listen to me The rules of the game never change The rules of the game never change The rules of the game never change
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The Ballad of Ophelia Kincade Little we know how strange things come to pass She sat in his lap and started to laugh The spell that he wove was hypnotic and wild Seen as it was through the eyes of a child The Hippodrome rang and echoed with light Camels and ostriches raced through the night Where Kensington Gardens gave way to the Serpentine Bridge The Long Water whispered “Give me your original sin” Ophelia Kincade Vanished in the penny arcade Oh no, she never knew enough to be afraid She won’t stay in her grave She won’t stay He pressed upon her, to her great surprise Stars hanging silently beyond her eyes Once he was done, his beast was still not appeased His hands found her slim white neck and started to squeeze Ophelia Kincade Vanished in the penny arcade Oh no, she never knew enough to be afraid She won’t stay in her grave She won’t stay Back from the dead with a coin in her mouth Vendetta persists like a storm from the south Brimstone will rain, don’t say that you haven’t been warned Hell hath no fury like a young girl forlorn
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A Circus Tale From the first she had peculiar tastes All tied up into a 22-inch waist Her teeth were sharp and could cut through solid bone Her predilection to excess would not leave her alone Come and see her Ladies, Gents, now step right up Amazing and atrocious, if you dare Savage fever-dreams grew inside her head Scarlet billowed, streamed, multiplied and spread Gypsy caravan circus travelling show Said “Come away with me, my dear, and leave your life of woe” Come and see her Ladies, Gents, now step right up Amazing and atrocious, if you dare On the night, the midwife swore she wouldn’t tell (No one can know) The family curse had struck again (Where can this poor girl go?) Welcome to the Freak Show! Only a sixpence! Thrills and frights await you, if you dare! Come, Step This Way! Behold- Half Girl, Half Beast!!!! Amazing and atrocious, if you dare Come and see her, drop a penny in the cup You must see the girl born with a tail Then girl born with a tail
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04:00
Chlorodyne It starts so precisely Trickle in to still the pain Underneath my ribs, where fear and fury live Douse my burning heart with kerosene Drop by drop…. Awash in tar and feathers I am drowning in my bed Drop by drop by drop it calls my name They say that God forgives all sins But I have no forgiveness for him Drop by drop…. Despite a sweet sensation, I am bitter to the bone Clawing at this cross to float again Forsaking all the colors and longing to go blind Blue heaven I adore you chlorodyne They say that God forgives all sins But I have no forgiveness for him A cure for life A phantom itch A painted wife lost in a darkened ditch Chlorodyne
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03:39
Lucky I can’t believe it went straight to Hell But then again nothing ends so well Although you never know Which way these things will go Start your step on a crooked line I always knew that my luck could change For it to stick would be very strange In bounty we will reap, or in penance we will weep The axe could fall on the left or right Stick with me, I’m lucky Take a tip from a sinking ship Don’t close your eyes or you’ll lose your grip Keep your rivals close, for it’s them you need the most Don’t give them room for a decent swing Stick with me, I’m lucky Nothing gained but a heart attack Blow a kiss and you bounce right back Only heaven knows how far this thing will go Always headed for crash and burn Always headed for crash and burn You’d think with my form one day I’d learn Always headed for crash and burn
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Fortune’s Favour I kissed his cheek so very lightly I barely touched his skin at all A passing glance just caught his fancy That’s all it took to deal his fall It’s only dangerous if you’re scared Fortune favours those who dare I let my perfume go and find him And then I whispered in his ear It’s only dangerous if you’re scared Fortune favours those who dare What have you got to lose For a good time? I will take all that I can find Seemed like a good idea at the time Seemed like a good idea at the time
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04:26
St. Cecilia Remember when we ruled the world, my darling Free of fear and full of righteous wrath We tried to put the world to rights, my darling We burned down all the minefields in our path I can see you in your prime, my darling I hear all the songs we used to play I can see your head thrown back Pounding like a heart attack Fierce and full of fury in the fray You left as you came Naked and in flames Set free from every claim Only your fame remains I must swallow bitterness, my darling Justice is a privilege with a cost St. Cecilia shelter me Lead me from this misery Help me let go all that I have lost I have seen endings that forced a new start Angel of Mercy shoots straight through the heart Bleeding the wound clean can drain a girl dry Put up a good fight then vanish on high See you on the other side, my darling It’s nice to know you’re saving me a place The downfall of a mastermind Kindness made you drunk as wine Although you’re gone, I still see your face
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05:26
Empire Raise your glass It’s the last Drink we take Together Meet my eyes Now open wide Smash the glass Eternal Remember when we had a plan You would be my man And the world bloomed wide Once you have wept at the feet of your idols Down on your knees at the bottom of the stairs Only then can you hope to defeat all your rivals Rise to become the monster you once feared Head back, laughing at the mood swings Held aloft by moth wings All we had was time We said we would build an Empire We came alive like nerve fire All the trains would run on time Raise your glass It’s the last Drink we take Together Remember when we had a plan You would be my man And the world bloomed wide We said we would build an Empire We came alive like nerve fire All the trains would run on time Head back, laughing at the mood swings Held aloft by moth wings All we had was time We said we would build an Empire We came alive like nerve fire All the trains would run on time

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A sonic visitation to the whatcould'vebeen Victorian underworld of London...

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released August 1, 2018

Paul Simmans
Mia d'Bruzzi

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Dizzy Twin San Francisco, California

Dizzy Twin is a project created in San Francisco by UK transplant Paul Simmans (Gone to Ground) and freak-about-town Mia d’Bruzzi (Frightwig, Mudwimin, Gone to Ground, Mama Mia d’Bruzzi). The music splashes through saucy guitar cabaret fiascos, circus tales, and murder revenge ballads. Listen for mature themes with a fearless grin and a knowing wink. A naughty pleasure, but not a guilty one- ... more

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