hard feet, wet ground, long lines, storm cloud
full mind, resigned, part of a crowd
the mud, the pain, the load, the rain
glass eyes conceal the strain, the fear

give me a line, i'll walk you'll find
to lengths and time, by strength and tine
i walk a road as long as life
i bear the load alone, confined

confused, abused, i don't refuse
i bear what's there without despair
get on, get off, i'm your vessel
trained and coached, i won't rebel

my burden free to go about
their purpose granted by my route
the turning world rests on my heels
that kick the dust and spin the wheels
through seas of violence i'm the ground
i am a beacon through the clouds

i am the ox who broke my chains, so i could fly away

i'm calm, i wait, i'll pull the weight
by ones, then tens, expand the rate
upon my carriage congregate
let the whole world become my freight

i worry now that i have drawn
a load too great to carry on
my frame will bend under this girth
my feet will sink into the earth

i stop to breathe, to take a break
to scan the crowd that is my wake
i see a life without the ache
and wonder if it was a mistake

to get these people off my back
to stop and let my mind relax
i see a bird sail through the sky
life is a storm and i'm the eye
the only gain to me is loss
so get them off, just get them off

so one by one i let them go
all the things that i've ever known
the anchors fall out of my head
i can't look back at what i've shed

the tears are pouring from my eyes
those little weights i try to cry
to shake the earth and leave behind
i see things like i've never seen
become someone i've never been

by no i've dropped so many things
it's like i've grown a pair of wings
my mind supine, the kiss of sky
so fresh, so close, it seems that i can fly

where is the ox that left and got away
i flew away from all the pain of stress and tears
tear the sun and moon and split the sky
into the sky the light the peace of mind to find
find the beast and set a golden yoke
the yoke of life is there behind the clouds
then cloud his mind with trust and hopes and fears
of fear that keeps our feet tied to the ground
and ground the beast, a knot upon his head
my head is clear and heaven feels so close
to close around his neck, cover his face
my face is warm with tears that come from joy
enjoy the work, it's what keeps you alive
i feel alive for the first time, i want to stay
to stay with will a part of humankind
a kind wind blows me further from my chains

chain this beast
i am free
back to work
can't catch me
set the stocks
cut my ties
lock the locks
say goodbye

you can't fly, because you are an ox
i can fly because i am an ox

12" VINYL - OUT OF PRESS - BUY ON ITUNES Year of the Ox @ Fucked Up Discography Vocals by Pink Eyes, Bass by Mustard Gas, Guitars by 10,000 Marbles, Gulag and Young Governor, Drums by G. Beat. Recorded November 16-19, 2009 by Jon Drew at Giant Studios, Toronto. Mixed by Jon at Central Audio, Toronto. Produced by Fucked Up and Jon Drew. Written and Performed by Fucked Up. Lyrics by 10,000 Marbles. A-side art by Susan Gale. Design and Layout by 10,000 Marbles and Mustard Gas. Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering May 2010. Published by Rats Love Music for Hidden World Enterprises Incorporated. Additional Players: Vocals by Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus) Strings by Old Strings, New Puppets, featuring Boris Kupesic (violin), Diane Leung (viola) and Elspeth Poole (cello). Released by Merge Records MRG391 https://www.mergerecords.com/

12" VINYL - OUT OF PRESS - BUY ON ITUNES

Year of the Ox @ Fucked Up Discography

Vocals by Pink Eyes, Bass by Mustard Gas, Guitars by 10,000 Marbles, Gulag and Young Governor, Drums by G. Beat. Recorded November 16-19, 2009 by Jon Drew at Giant Studios, Toronto. Mixed by Jon at Central Audio, Toronto. Produced by Fucked Up and Jon Drew. Written and Performed by Fucked Up. Lyrics by 10,000 Marbles. A-side art by Susan Gale. Design and Layout by 10,000 Marbles and Mustard Gas. Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering May 2010. Published by Rats Love Music for Hidden World Enterprises Incorporated.

Additional Players:
Vocals by Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus)
Strings by Old Strings, New Puppets, featuring Boris Kupesic (violin), Diane Leung (viola) and Elspeth Poole (cello).

Released by Merge Records
MRG391
https://www.mergerecords.com/