The Oxwhal

by You Big Ox

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released March 10, 2016

music by Derek Donley
lyrics and art by Derek Donley and Nicole Pasco
additional vocals on 4 and 7 by Charles Elliott
cats amongst the ruins

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You Big Ox Los Angeles, California

My name is Derek. I play the drums and guitars. I have 2 cats. Pizza should never have more than 3 toppings. Cycling and backcountry camping are the best things in life. I don't fuck with carbonated drinks, never have.

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Track Name: The Pachyderm
He roams on foot and he lives on, the land provides, creates protection
He roams on foot, the land provides, devastation, and then deprives

His main concern is conservation

With friction from the fire bow, the sustenance ignites
bringing on hallucinations, the dead becoming alive

Is this familiar? we danced around the fire
the world can burn behind us, underneath the moon

We are the same, and this feels right
ones and zeros are your eyes, set the traps and we’ll survive
watch the sun pass us by, ones and zeros are your eyes

Is this familiar? we only disappoint
Track Name: Luminous Vessel
Set adrift into blackened seas overcasted
where there is no communication, radio silence
North is somewhere beyond the cries from aft

These rough seas, hoist the sails
Clouds color the dome, hoist the sails of forgiveness
Desperate Destroyer
Clouds color the dome, hoist the sails of forgiveness
the color in dreams is desolate

Drifting into the unknown, we trust that the compass is true
the beach is luminescent
We are here adrift, into the unknown, we trust that the compass is true
Track Name: Meat Sleeper
We wear our human masks, we decorate our silent hearts
the distance that we travel on, calculated life

Lie awake in the night, with our troubled hearts
This is a symbol of sacrifice

We sleep, We breathe
We wear our human masks, we desecrate our silent hearts

The distance we travel is calculated, passing trees, knots and these, endlessly, the canopy is a collective
I spent a lot years watching country here, watching all this shit die off
This is a product of a lot of blood and guts
And now we hang our meat by the fire and thatch our hearts with broken glass
The distance we travel is calculated, passing trees, knots and these, endlessly, the canopy is a collective
Now I’m the King of all this shit and guts, I lie awake at night in the darkest hours
Track Name: I'm not meant to be here
Mutations too slow to perceive, the future is now.
Mutations becoming disease, melt into the void
over and over this pushes back time

Run your finger through the piles, lift the skin and separate bones

Pour your drinks into the fire, watch the flames give way to coals
slice the flesh against the grain, run your finger through the pile
watch the coals burst into flames, dead slow and no wake

Thoughts are circular and when they collide
all the tissues dissolve in the light in the fire
but the smoke on their wings is preventing safe flight
currents are above us but our hearts are way down below

Pour the drinks into the fire, watch the flames give way to coals
roasted marrow from the bones, glowing fire
Run your finger through the pile, will the coals provide the light
the theory abides

Your thoughts are circular, your prayers mirror the ether and the soul
Our hearts are the currents above and below, thoughts of forgiveness realized

Watch the coals burst into flames, run your finger the piles, separate
sliced flesh against the grain, marrow from the bone, dead slow and no wake
Track Name: Where the river used to flow
I shift my gaze, to the ocean fronts and swells
The seas will recognize our faces, our faces of contemplation

Hold your head in your hands, we chase the shade, and hide our faces from the sun
Hold your head in your hands, we taste the same, the flesh upon our bones bleeds red

Follow the moons like astronauts
Follow the leaves that make you there
Follow the birds that know their way back
Shadows of spirits dance on the walls
Where the river used to flow
Track Name: Natural Forms
suddenly faceless
cult of suicide by freeze and shatter
pieces of the bodies like shards of glass will freeze
crystallized detritus, breathe in ancient dust
Track Name: Artificial Ruins
I exist in the timber and the floods of light, I am digital and analyzed
Consider this a monolith, we are in disguise the movers of light
We are synthesis mechanized, life imitates life
Love everything, breathe in life, scents of the feathers read in ones and zeros
Consider this a monolith, we are in disguise shifting in time
We are synthesis, mechanized, scents of the feathers read in ones and zeros

Shadows on the wall, reflections of death, at this altitude, the hues inflate and exhume
Shadows on the wall, reflections of life and, the stars and ash, sewn into the sky

Monolith of death in the sky, far from it’s casted shadows, is this synthesis?
Icons of faith and dismemberment, casted shadows, is this synthesis?
Reflections of life, sewn into the sky, the ruins covered in ash, the hues inflate in your eyes