The Birdcage

by Struwwelpeter

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The fifth LP from Struwwelpeter, AKA Bristol-based producer Ben Mitchell.
Produced entirely using Propellerhead Reason.


released May 18, 2015

Composed, performed and produced by Ben Mitchell
©2015 Ben Mitchell



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Struwwelpeter Bristol, UK

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Track Name: Act Right
Sometime you step out of line
You forget yourself
You're lacking stealth
And someday those cute things you say
Will bite you in your ass
You're lacking class

And I'm not one to suffer fools
I'm not one to humor tools
You've already taken this too far
There's a major disparity
Between what you think we see
And who you really are

It's a major conceit, you're what just not to be
It's depressing to see that you think I'd be a fan
Not just to be a piece of shit, but to revel in it
It's amazing to me that you call yourself a man

Somehow people still allow
Your fatuous shit
Too much of it
And somewhere you'll be unprepared
And you'll be out of luck
Until then we're stuck

And if I could be there when you
Realise you're finally through
I would be a happy man indeed
It's not going to last that long
You already know you're wrong
This can't proceed

Real men know how to hold tight
Real men know how to act right

I'll be here to watch the tears
It's unraveling
The day will come when you'll be done
You're just stalling
I'm so tired of being fired up
Over nothing
Because you're nothing
You know you're nothing

And if you think that you're better off this way
Then I've got nothing to say
I'll let you wallow in the bullshit you create
You're an irrelevance and not a lot more
You even up your own score
The day you implode is a day we'll celebrate
Track Name: Something New
Wish you'd stay far away
This has fast become a private hell
Never say you're okay
Even if you were, I'd never tell
Pacified, nothing to hide
Keep me calm, give me peace of mind
I'll stare at you, it's all I can do

Talk to me pleasantly
I'll pretend to open up to you
What you see, blatantly
There's no guessing what we both could do
I'm afraid that you might hesitate
There's no need to let the hope shine through

And I know it's not the answer
That you were looking for
But I feel it's for the best
You don't need me anymore
Open up so many doors
Suspect you've been here before
(You kinda bug me)

I'm okay, sunny day
Did you think I didn't notice you?
What to say? Messing around this way
But I hope we both find something new

Price to pay, if I may
'Cause you know it's not exactly true
What to say? Messing around this way
It's my special kind of magic
That starts off fine and then winds up tragic
I hope we both find something new
Track Name: Unfairly Maligned
Clear summer sky
A backdrop for a beautiful lie
It's better to lose than to not try
Run through my synonyms for 'goodbye'
Until I run dry

Dark winter day
It's the least comforting shade of grey
The tether breaks and I drift away
It's not an ending, just a delay

Now catch your breath
Float beyond life and death
Then lose your mind
Leave us behind
Unfairly maligned

I'm in the past
The dreams of time gone by that don't last
The pleasant days are fading too fast
Despite how many I had amassed
Outshined and outclassed

In my defense
I'm a man with more senses than sense
I don't feel enough to be incensed
I'm giving up on my last pretense

It's a strange kind of comfort
That can ease you in
An experimentation
An adaptable sin
It's the hope you hold onto
In the strength of the light
I'll be pointing and laughing
When you give up the fight

I hear applause
Although I doubt it's for a just cause
A chilling sense of paradise lost
The sudden emptiness is the cost
Track Name: Far Away
Far away from prying eyes
I escape the world I create
Stepping back from this ball of lies
We'll be fine, just towing the line

Like a dream
There's a chance we'll do wonderful things
Like a charm
There's a chance that we'll emerge unharmed

Just 'cause the rain is drying up
It doesn't mean the sun is coming out
It doesn't mean that there's a shred of doubt
What goes around comes around

Sell a lie to amassed fools
Can't explain how it's so contained
Stay with me, follow your own rules
Itching teeth, so raw underneath

Like a choice
There's a chance we'll one day find our voice
Like a joke
There's a chance that we both misspoke

Break in half, finally laugh
There's no reason you can't follow your path
Break away, have your day
You can hold your own
Promise we can meet halfway

Far away...
Track Name: High Midnight
The world was ours
We had the earth, the air, the stars
And it was glorious, so victorious
Until today I've had to watch it fade away
You just devour all your power

I take it back
I hope and pray this fades to black
Erase my memory of who I used to be
I'm seldom wrong, it's not my choice to move along
I prefer violence to this silence

You're afraid of the mess that you made
They'd laugh if they saw you
I'm amazed, feel like I'm in a daze
I can't help but laugh too

You're not alone here
You're still afraid
(High midnight...)
Track Name: Into The Birdcage
Come into my thoughts
It's clear that we ought to be
Thinking way more clearly
Let's rationalize
We're cutting all ties from here
Kick ourselves into gear

I'll be waiting in line, debating
Whether or not I've got something to hide
Simple pleasures in simple weather
Love me or leave me, just try to decide

Take me into the birdcage
And shoot me in the head
If I'm twitching and screaming
Shoot me again, make sure I'm dead

Take me down a peg
I've been way too negative
There's too much to forgive
Break my face in half
It's good for a laugh or two
Smiling as I turn blue

In a while I'll be all smiles
Reach out my hand and you slap it away
My summation, I'm your creation
A common or garden variety day

I have to smile and laugh at everything you say
I have to grin and bear the nightmare either way
I'm okay
(Today's just another day)

It takes a while to die in style
Break out the silver and give me a light
Combinations of sweet impatience
I'm too frustrated to sleep through the night
Track Name: Common Sense
I've been on eggshells every night
I'm out of steam, I'm out of fight
I'm here to make amends
There is a reason you're still around
Won't rock the boat, won't make a sound
That's just common sense

Indecipherable but you hear me anyway
Always know what you should never say
Indistinguishable, we could find ourselves in trouble
If we let our expectations rule the day
There'll be hell to pay

You could be happy wearing my skin
Peel it off and slither in
See the world through my eyes
Better to risk and know how to live
Than wait for something else to give
I'm here to compromise

Walking on eggshells
Tiptoeing around the lie
I have no malice
I'm hardly ever that guy
So take my hand and let's fly
Do or die, you and I

And that's just common sense...
Track Name: Intolerable You
What you think is beautiful troubles me
What you're wishing for makes me so uneasy
Like a dream where I cannot breathe
There's a kind of sad anger in your eyes
As the temperature drops the waters rise
One more lie and I'll empathize

And I'm never this open, never this honest
Never this terrified of what I know
So I never stop hoping, never find solace
Yet strangely mesmerized
Where do we go from here?

Whenever you act like we're enemies
I don't have the patience to tolerate these
Frailties and acrimonies
If I reached for your hand you'd pull it up
If I opened up you'd be on the attack
It's the last thing you'd ever lack

And although exciting
Your soul is frightening to me
It's so loud yet silent
So cowed yet violent
Yet sweet...

I'm afraid to say I'm not ready yet
I'm afraid to admit I have some regret
I'm upset by your silhouette

And I'll never stop feeling
Glad to be here
Track Name: Festival Safety Crew #72
I'm center-stage, I'll be waiting here an age
Barrier pressed against my ribcage
Hours to go 'til the band I'm here for start the show
90,000 metalheads behind me, don't you know?

Safety crew are coming through
Bring us water, block the view
Facing me is #72
Hair aflame, she has no name
Glassy eyes, she stands unfazed
My angel will get me through today

Festival safety crew #72
I think I love you
It's not surprising
Your sweet face is mesmerizing

The blazing heat turns my brain to rancid meat
Slowing down but can't admit defeat
Choking on air and clumps of unwashed hair
And when all's lost I look up and she's there

I think I have to admit I'm getting too old of this
Passed the days of the drugs and moshpits
Throwing water in my face; never had a sweeter taste
And she does it with such loving grace

They carry lesser men away
But I've got stamina today
This day will be the greatest of my life
If I last 'til the end, I just hope that I survive

Although my spine is crushed
And my ribcage is dust
You know I really must
Endure and stay
I won't move 'til Faith No More play
Track Name: Mumblecore
You're kind of irrelevant
You set your own precedent
Invented success
Feel superior to all of the rest of us
Despite everything you do
No-one really thinks of you
Until you complain
Then the whole cycle's repeated again

So wake up, you're not refined
Just wake up, you're no great mind
Please wake up
Nobody finds you divine anytime

I fear you'll never be convinced
Of just where your real place is
You're barely aware
Take it so personal when life is unfair
And you want everybody to love you
And find you so riveting
You never say anything of consequence
Talking for hours without making sense

So shut it, nobody cares
Just shut it, I really despair
Please shut it, answer our prayers
And don't share your affairs

Don't stop me if you've heard this one before
Obviously you don't know you're just a bore
Everyone sees this but you
We can't take anymore

But no, you just keep on signing in
Put on your phoney skin
Entitlement reigns
Your self-importance coursing through your veins
Track Name: Invisible
I'm remembering the gossiping, the pretty things
I'm reminiscing on fine cuisine and sweet feelings

Though I wonder if it matters now I'm gone?
What good are memories you'll never pass along?

I'm invisible...

I would like to see wherever we were meant to be
Stare at your coffee, impatiently waiting for me
Was I ever here? I'll disappear, I'm in the clear
I won't shed a tear, won't have no fear, both far and near

I know it's never gonna matter either way
What good are recollections predestined to fade?

I may not be alive
But I'm still standing here in front of you
Can you see me?
I didn't think so

I am memory...