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The Bluff

by Let's Pet

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late in your house hidden in the darkness of your room i watch your peaceful slumber and under my breath softly croon "i can't love you when you breathe, can't bear those tender eyes to see" the pillow flattens across your face your flailing arms grasp toward the bedside table to your right as if to grab mementos for the impending endless night your hand it comes to rest upon a poem he wrote you as he fawned you're soon to join him in the grave And we went down into the alleyway That’s when I realized there’s nothing left to say But I had something on my mind That’s when we sang I had a boyfriend, always looking after him I had a girlfriend, always looking after her I had a boyfriend, always looking after him I had a girlfriend, always looking after her I had a boyfriend, always looking after him I had a girlfriend, always looking after her You knew just what you wanted from me And now I try but there’s nothing like deceit I know I’m happier than I would ever be I’ll float away
Tony was such a quiet boy He seemed content with his life Said he’d go to school and take hold Making friends and try to find his way He had a rat skull for a toy And made instruments at his home His cynicism started growing old And his keyboards started baring bones Tony’s mother knew something was wrong When neighbors burned crosses in her yard Where Tony never stood Tony the Bone Collector Stories say he kept a friend locked up And injected her with fertility drugs The baby came and he boiled it in a pot His landlord found its bones on the roof Tony’s band mates never had a chance Giving into the musical romance Yet Tony never lied Tony the Bone Collector
I’m not one for self-delusion So I admit, it was an awful way to die Held underwater Eyes gazing up Into the eyes of the one you love Hold you til the struggling subsides You lost yourself in the rising tide I’m not one for self-destruction But I’ve longed for so long in your arms to die To follow you gently Into the cold Into these waters that claim our souls Hold you til the trembling subsides We lost ourselves in this rising tide
His Madness 04:57
We should’ve run away But we stayed in here We held on to our shame It was all we had The fabric of our family Was only rags and filth You should’ve seen us acting in the tragic play His madness In the crashing waves Drown in the crashing waves
The Bluff 04:55
I miss you I miss you Though your words were untrue I miss you Into the night you came into my heart Without a doubt we took daddy’s car To the bluff we drove with pure intention There was a guy who asked me to throw my scarf I fell down and didn’t see your car The lights were bright and blinded me from thinking I didn’t see you My mind was full of rage Fear of failure Blinded by my haste On the ground I lay without any pain Gazing look from your eyes let me know you were to blame One last scream before I simply went away Into the night you came into my heart With the rageful youth our love fell apart Crying eyes can never bring this story to a close I didn’t see you My mind was full of rage Fear of failure Blinded by my haste You said you love me / I said I love you And now I’m dead / And now you're dead
No more time, we’ve run out It’s okay, we had a fine life We lived our lives without consequence But now that’s done, it’s time to die now Man’s failed run is at its end now We had our fun, filled with misery Our willful ignorance, our fatal flaw But now that’s done, it’s time to die now It’s the end of the world
A palace of steel and concrete A windowless trough in which we feed Mechanical jaws of mercy Fed a diet of those deserving Breeding families of drones Breathing seeds that must be sown Towers built on simple premise Scratch the itch that compels us Manifest in our consumption Is a cruelty seeking function Echoed screams of gratitude That echo verisimilitude She’s wishing her daughter goodbye As conveyers pull her deeper inside To the mercy she was born to The consumption she was born to The air escapes from her lungs The fear that subsumed her soon to be done As the flesh is flayed from the bone Flesh is flayed clean off of the bone
Whistle Test 07:13
You and I we’re alright, we’re alright Together we fall and rise What they know is wrong, is wrong Together we breathe and live Truth wins out in the end, in the end Together we fight and win What we love is right, is right Together we fall and rise Truth wins out in the end, in the end Together we fight and win


written and performed by Let's Pet

Billy Baumann - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Daniel Staackmann - guitar, keyboards
Lisa Shelley de Brauw - drums, chimes, vocals
Trevor Shelley de Brauw - bass, synth, vocals

Let's Pet was formed by ex-Teith members Lisa, Billy, and Trevor and augmented by their friend Dan Staackmann. The quartet picked up the melodic threads of Teith and carried them as far as they'd go, focusing more on songwriting and arranging than the paint-peeling layers of noise and chaos that characterized their former outlet. But whereas the sounds were sweet and melancholic, the lyrics had a morbid fixation on death, murder, and suffering.

The album was recorded by Che Arthur in 2012. Despite the lack of release plans or a label, documentation of the songs felt necessary at that moment because Trevor and Lisa were expecting their first child and knew there would be an extended break for the band as they adjusted to their new lives. For a variety of reasons Let's Pet never fully bounced back from that break, but fortunately the recordings remain.


released February 22, 2019

recorded and mixed by Che Arthur in 2012
mastered by Carl Saff in 2018
artwork by Billy Baumann for Delicious Design League


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