Mirror Lane

by Alek Rein

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1.
I sprinkled salt around my house Nailed horseshoe to the frontdoor Abracadabras through the night Dandelion tea with liquor Dressed all of my mirrors in velvet Put all your photos face down Books by experts on fengshui Bought them on a store downtown Still you got in Silent like a snake would Crawling between What I had misunderstood As being lust-lust-lust... No one know what to tell me No one has an evil eye Exorcists they come and go Leave their undergarments behind Still you got in Silent like a snake would Crawling between What I had misunderstood As being lust-lust-lust... I wake up everyday On a bed floating down The river of doom Still you got in Silent like a snake would Crawling between What I had misunderstood As being lust-lust-lust...
2.
In the smoke of the factories one sees The Spirit of Man caged in a tin can And the old rubber tires they swing to and fro Wastelands are better over TV shows All the people that I knew, they all withdrew Into stances which don't compromise I see a funnel right under my feet And the elite slides first into the prize I've been lost since I first looked at a map I've been lost since I first looked at a map The dogs keep managing the parking lot and I've got The Spirit of Man caged in a tin can The matches pile next to the bank, another rank of peacocks grown just to be overthrown I've been lost since I first looked at a map I've been lost since I first looked at a map Radio-waves are giving me chills No love letters, I'm cluttered with bills Some say it's the stress, some say it's the times But the lower you get, the higher they climb Ahead of you Ahead of you Ahead of you! The Spirit of Man caged in a tin can The Spirit of Man caged in a tin can The Spirit of Man caged in a tin can The Spirit of Man caged in a tin can
3.
Mirror Lane 03:07
Burn out the sun and live longer than you're supposed to Leave some space for exceptions in your case like we do Dust on the mirror ain't no change for turnstyle Until you get a hang of it, it might take you a while It takes a couple of mistakes to make it right I would help you if I could but you're already too bright Dust on the mirror ain't no change for turnstyle Until you get a hang of it, it might take you a while Mirror, Mirror Lane Something I can't explain Woooooo! Burn out the sun and live longer than you're supposed to Leave some space for exceptions in your case like we do Dust on the mirror ain't no change for turnstyle Until you get a hang of it, it might take you a while Dust on the mirror ain't no change for turnstyle Until you get a hang of it, it might take you a while Mirror, Mirror Lane Something I can't explain Woooooo!
4.
Outrage 06:13
This mortal shock stretches on top Of a fascinated twin While the sober one stares at the gun As she grins Oh this accident of love and consent Keeps me up in the night And the following day it all turns someway Into get up fright It's an outrage It's an outrage I've seen many things but nothing swings Like the Nolan Chart People pushed around some get face down On their hearts Oh this accident of misgovernment Keeps me up in the night And the following day it all turns someway Into get up fright It's an outrage It's an outrage Ask me now, "Would you leave town today?" Can't you see? My feet are on their way We won't take anymore of this abuse We picked the fruit now give us our due juice It's an outrage It's an outrage It's an outrage It's an outrage
5.
In our pack of wolves there's no single leader Not a single bitch has to be a good breeder And every single night is a killing spree Freedom without risk what good could that be In our pack of wolves we don't carry the shame We know each others' bodies better than our names We don't have a clear goal worth spoiling the means We left all those behind buried under our jeans/genes Can you hear us howling In the East we strive Can you hear us calling You're the ones who survive While few Do the real living! In our pack of wolves there's plenty of time We cracked the hourglass and the rhyme was surpassed In our pack of wolves we don't carry the shame We know each others' bodies better than our names Can you hear us howling In the East we strive Can you hear us calling You're the ones who survive While few Do the real living! The sand shifted twice The clocks became dice The shirts were unbuttoned The souls were uncluttered The kids were alright Peasants became knights The Queen was overthrown And we were left alone To get her together To get her together To get her together To get her together Can you hear us howling In the East we strive Can you hear us calling You're the ones who survive While few Do the real living!
6.
From behind the hills of hay Came the children looking for a place to play Summer died of poison stings Must've been the fireworks and other things I knew that your falcon drew The chariot of avarice through morning dew While you curved your back to read The serial numbers printed on the poppy seeds And all the people look the same When the fields are dancing to the march of flames Oh Vermillion Bird of the South Keep on charting kingdoms hidden in the clouds In the clouds In the clouds In the clouds! All riddles and mysteries Have their answers tossed into the burning trees Haven't you heard of the great news? Science tells us that they're running out of clues And all the people look the same When the fields are dancing to the march of flames Oh Vermillion Bird of the South Keep on charting kingdoms hidden in the clouds In the clouds In the clouds In the clouds! Don't deny your intuition Don't succumb to superstition Please! Oh please Tell her that you love her now Tell her that tomorrow there'll be clouds And rain And that your kisses Are all in vain But that you'd do it all the same Over and over again That you'd do it all the same Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!
7.
Magic Fiddle 03:12
I was going out of town To try my luck in the sunny South In the train I met a man He said "You better, better, better have a plan!" "Why, why? Why should I care? I've got a whistle and a beat and a snare!" "My, my, your innocence hurts... That song won't work with this kind of birds! You better Use your head if you want to get closer Use your hands if you want to get dirty Use your fist if you want to get bolder Use your friends if you want to get older" So I went down to the South With a new lesson in my mouth Something, something, something just new Something that can put is through All these pyramids and different layers But without using the old prayers "Why, why? Why should I care? I've got a whistle and a beat and a snare!" "My, my, your innocence hurts... That song won't work with this kind of birds! You better Use your head if you want to get closer Use your hands if you want to get dirty Use your fist if you want to get bolder Use your friends if you want to get older" In the middle I got the riddle I gotta use my magic fiddle I gotta turn it into an arrow and bow And maybe then I can defeat the law
8.
I could get you things that you couldn't have I could show you places inside your head I could tell you stories you couldn't follow I could get you food that you couldn't swallow I could tell you things that would make you blush I could make you question why all the rush I could tell people about your true self I could buy everything you got for sale I want to get my pay With a tiger skin over my shoulder Please get some extra film for this one I want to get my pay With a tiger skin over my shoulder Please get some extra film for this one I could open the cage and set you free If you could live well without having me Dressing these dogma drenched costumes over and over Everyone's trying to get us to sing lower and lower I want to get my pay With a tiger skin over my shoulder Please get some extra film for this one I want to get my pay With a tiger skin over my shoulder Please get some extra film for this one ... I'm an outdoors person myself Never liked books stacked up in shelves Until Sinopa came and scratched at the door With his muddy paws on the carpet floor If you dare to seek The wonders beyond the Triple Divide Peak Just don't get lost in yourself Specially in nobody else ... I want to get my pay With a tiger skin over my shoulder Please get some extra film for this one I want to get my pay With a tiger skin over my shoulder Please get some extra film for this one

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released September 30, 2016

Alexandre Rendeiro (voice and guitars)
Guilherme Canhão (bass)
Luís Barros (drums)

Recorded by Filipe Sambado at Interpress, Lisbon
Mixed by Eduardo Vinhas at Golden Pony Studios, Lisbon
Mastered by Steven Berson at Total Sonic Media, NYC
Executive Production by Sérgio Hydalgo and Marcos Silva
Artwork by Ana Baliza and Alexandre Rendeiro
Released by Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, 2016

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Alek Rein Lisboa, Portugal

Alek Rein is a character created by Oriano (Alexandre Rendeiro), according to the concept of heteronym coined by the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Oriano interprets Alek Rein's songs, lending his voice and guitar arrangements.

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