No Knell Nor Knavery

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This has been in the workshop for a while now, it's gonna feel strange not working on it anymore, goodbye little musical baby.

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released May 29, 2015

All music composed, performed and recorded by Leroy Birch

Additional vocals on Minutia Pt. II by Max Cole

Artwork by Leroy Birch

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Alkali Fly Melbourne, Australia

A solo artist from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Doing the things and having a time.

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Track Name: At The Bottom Of Rushall
Carved through the underside a northern station,
Sits a tunnel ever orange, cheating grey moth camouflage,
Spawning out each entry mouth,
Bicycle bells, white LEDs introduce their master,
And next position, just one way,
They will be forced to hear me,

They are forced,

Hailing from a steel caged light,
Great Arachnid casts a web across the frame,
Snatching all life mid-flight,
She knows not of dark nor rest,
Only the burn over her head,
Ablaze, the roar of perpetuity,
Know this was a trade, this was a choice,

She made a choice,

Thick the amethyst webs grow,
My mind now vexed in night and lo,
I skulk a city laced with calloused unknown,
Are off-white streetlights still my theme,
Or is it time to make a scene?
There is this one spark that’s been lighting up on me,

Once in my thoughts, now in my speech,
Once in my hopes, now in my dreams,

No wait, I’ve forgotten,
Where do I go?
Oh wait, I’ve forgotten,
Where do I go?

Where do I go?
Track Name: In The Poet's Grass
I breathe in, you’re in my arms, I’m all for you,
Under Redwoods, the wave crashes all around,
All around,
Look to your right and your left,
It is written, we digress,

Occluded eyes, delusional mind were mine,
For years and years,
The internal voice spoke like spitfires caught in nose dive,
A sequence of choice,
But now I’m revived, even if this might the last,
Tale for sometime,
Plans are set and partners are paired though for right now,
Let’s drop this nonsense, let’s go for a ride,

I breathe in, you’re in my arms, I’m all for you,
Under Redwoods, the wave crashes all around,
All around,
Look to your right and your left,
It is written, we digress.
Track Name: Black As Bitumen
Silence shooter, you should know,
That I’m the order in these parts,
I hate to be the one to tell you but look outside,
It’s getting dark,
If they would wish of me discreet,
Then I’m the one to be baby,

But don’t listen,
The soothsayer's sick of selling dead predictions,
And I am not the tear, I’m the incision,
But we can lay the charm player,
We can seal the pressure,
Let’s pack it up and push on out the pistons,
If you wanna wear me down, by all means,
Wear my crown,

Then please villain speak, why am I so appalled?
For when in fact the truth is all but lies seem so small,

Captain stand down, a lunar cross-hatched glow,
Lights the path we’re strolling round,
Sing with me now, as there will come a time where,
You know, we won’t aloud,

Cut through the chatter with a whisper then you quiet,
You’re still looking my way, don’t deny it,
Heart stings, say it, you’re heart stings,
Heart stings, say it,
So if you ever tire of this guise sweet and innocent,
Let me out and show off that old soul as black as bitumen,
Heart stings, say it, you’re heart stings,
Heart stings, say it,

No I am not the tear, I’m the incision.
Track Name: Cataplasm
My awning breaks the fall of light rain,
And this flash blue says optic nerve is wrecked,
‘Of soul through sense, and sense through soul’ you wrote,
Do tell then Wilde, where do I go with both?
No this is not in peacetime,
Be there psalm or song?
Thought trail coiled, diced and spread like preserve,
Leave me, please,

My shadow detached whilst I was lost,
Stashed my psyche then pawned it off,
It comes when beckoned, to weak to call,
With wrought iron thoughts I raze these walls,
And set a course through the binary spiral,
My binary spiral,

Can’t convalesce in clear conscious,
Go mold yourself in menace or bathe in lead,
No poultice for the open sore,
Or fervent words of vitriol,
To you I swear it, oh I saw,
The place that they are taking us, but there is nothing,
There is nothing there,

One, trudge across the marsh,
Two, build a shelter there,
Three, let thoughts, like rain, fall down,
Or like crows, fly overhead,
Four, tempting to hold on,
Learn fast to stay your hand,
No aid waits at your door,
There was once, there is no more,
For all the rooms in which you slept,
Only one will stay untouched for you,

I’m bedridden, the frame it floats,
A short exile, one self imposed,
I know no short way round,
And as this creature kicks and rears,

Time is surely drawing near for me to go.
Track Name: Linen Sea
Outside the store fronts, on a buzzing street,
Or in the gallery with no ceiling,
Beckon my brood of dreams, spanning foul to farce,
Though it is they and I, who are worlds apart,

Are you Omega? Do you just wanna make sure?
Try our secure line, right behind your eyes,
Forever leaning toward your love,
How could one ever get enough,
Night swallows whole, acts pile up,
And just when I am on my way I wake,
And they break down,
Lord, we will believe anything,
Orange sky, let it fall,
This whole scene stops and stares,
Stream through the crowd, through the air,
Try to remind them,
But when projections speak, who is truly listening?

Care of fifteen newborns and thirty wings,
In less than one week, now these nights brings,
Oh so blessed, oh so hopeless,
For some it’s sell now, others hoard,
I left mine on a hill, facing north,
It’s been done to death, just focus,

You’d better watch out,
Them witches gonna drag you down,
You fell so easily,
And when did you decide,
You’re gonna spend a fifth of your life,
In these false memories?
I don’t know how,
A witch is gonna talk me down,
When I’m shooting across the clouds,
I’ve made my peace,
The tunnels will be strong and lead,
To the warm Linen Sea,

Are you Omega?
Do you just wanna make sure?
Track Name: Flouros
I stand at these gates aplomb,
Charged up, engaged,
If and when it comes,
I don’t need you to break me off another bite,
Of bright eyes, fool’s gold,
When you stole every story you sold,

So tell them all a secret, you could never be left out,
Or left alone, I just wanna let you know,

Phosphenes shimmer on my eyes tonight,
Go on and latch to a breather,
Red velvet, truth hides behind,
From a room of believers,
Let go sweet thing, it’s just about time,
Soon to be lost in the ether,
And no soul to salvage, sorry reaper,
And where is max when you need her..

There, I swore I saw you,
I saw you there.
Track Name: Spinifex
These words climb forth,
From their cracked and closing throat,
Though they will not cease or desist ‘till I choke,
Rise to freezing heights, of Venus’ glow,
From northern air,
A sum of sharp souls,
Leaning to slip through the desert,
Under blanket of night, black ink sky,
Could grasp reach forth and put this pale light out?
On no, not at all,
We’re all a touch short to be talking like we’re tall,

No matter how lightly they tread,
They’ll be punctured, scratched,
And scathed by Spinifex,

Just don’t say, ‘I was lost’,You were right here,
I won’t say, ‘I was lost’, I was right here,

These words are nought,
Save for empty, all for rent rooms,
To be filled with what thoughts you desire at this time,
Design what you choose and remind yourself,
Your eyes alone will determine the view,

These words climb forth,
From their cracked and closing throat,
Though they will not cease or desist ‘till I choke,
These words are nought,
Save for empty, all for rent rooms,
To be filled with what thoughts you desire at this time,
Design what you choose and remind yourself,
Your eyes alone will determine the view.
Track Name: Minutia Pt. II
I’d tell all that I place, it’s true,
If words hadn’t lost their weight so long ago,
Now there is nothing that I haven’t seen,
Come set respective dark aside,
We move with such direction far too well,
To spend our time reliving past lives,

All concede and let go,
Relinquish control,
To let one’s spirit rise and burdens fall,
Now at most, you will see it all,
For good and ill I know,
Come what may,

For me to make it all the way across,
To land in peace, the other side,
Please stay, light of my life,
Having lost track in such warmth, so free,
I feel there’s nothing that I now need,
No resistance, no audience,

Soon above this night sky,
Will rise a burning sun,
And maybe your shadow meld with mine,
Until my days are done,

At most, you will see it all.
Track Name: A Lesson In Star Pickets
There’s an issue with openly verbalising between men,
But for you I say this,
Oh eldest, brother and leader,
One word spoken worth ten from another,
Bravery abounds, justified and proud,
Honorary old soul of the earth,
In lining up last, you’ve proven your worth,
Ten times ten times ten times over,
Do you know?

Now we’re older, I’m no bolder,
And it seems I don’t see you at all,
When you’re out there, please take take care,
And know, I adore your soul,

Like that time I was young fighting the seascape,
Drowning and ashamed, when I looked around,
To find you swimming my way,
Like that time we were kids,
That glass cabinet came falling,
You ran right over, rolled right next to me,
And with bleeding hands,
You held it whilst I crawled away,

Better me, better you,
Better, my attitude,
I’m not the same, and brother’s the change,
And oh I love your ways,
Better me, better you,
Better, my attitude,
I’m not the same, and brother’s the change,
And oh I praise your name,

Now we’re older, I’m no bolder,
And it seems I don’t see you at all,
When you’re out there, please take take care,
And know, I adore your soul,
Track Name: Night
Harrietville’s a still place,
Especially after such a long drive,
On the road I owned up to how I feel,
Regarding you and I,
Truth be told, before that day,
I was planning on an exit out of your life,
Yes I wrapped this leather around my arm,
A reminder not to contact you,
But no, it went awry,

Through the course of this night,
You’ll come to me, six or seven times,
I’m buried in this old man’s bed,
And in my dreams you lay down by my side,
I am overwhelmed and underdressed,
Right next to your light shining smile,
When I wake from slumber,
My heart informs me you might be my wife,

And oh I think it’s right.
Track Name: Primary Colours
I stroll these grounds,
On a chilled and thoughtful midnight,
With fish-bone ferns, with moss in place of grass,
Overhead the wind takes shots,
At old and mystic ghost gums,
And just as soon as I’m lost,
I feel like I’ve returned,

As I live and breathe,

Hanging lanterns glow,
In blazing primary colours,
The path takes twists and turns,
Under branches joining hands,
I come across a marble guard,
With a gem encrusted hilt,
And as I cross his path, he talks slow and clear,

And he says,
‘Mind how you speak, doubt breeds like disease’,

I find you in the back fields,
Wide eyes of ice-fire,
One flooded bridge, One saline kiss,
Now the drones of man, rise and shake the ground,
But as you draw near, the earth, it falls away,
And all I see is you,

Please know that I would never,
Never wish to bring harm to you,
My one eternal love,
So then forgive me on days restless,
I’ll forever strive to keep them bound,
Few and far between.
Track Name: No Knell Nor Knavery
Seemingly born straight into autumn years,
Resigned to chasing cold and quiet outskirts,
Locked in place, in a clearing man made,
Set to glide inside the lavender haze,

I don’t need one goddamn thing,
More than rain, tall trees and a life with you,
But we don’t need to move the same,
Just as long as each day you’re coming home to me,

So should my quixotism run bone dry,
Just know I gladly gave it all to you,
Even in dark days one memory maintains,
A first kiss, morning warmth, green sage,

So I don’t need one goddamn thing,
More than rain, tall trees and a life with you,
But we don’t need to move the same,
Just as long as each day you’re coming home to me,

‘Cause I can say lately,
I’ve heard no knell nor knavery,

Proht, pateilae loghk,
Tjretska, vas mim loghk,

If I’m irretrievable, that’s immaterial,
When, in standing beside the one, for once,
I can say lately, I’ve heard no knell nor knavery,


Proht, pateilae loghk,
Tjretska, vas mim loghk,