December 8th, 2008 | by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Dragging An Ox Through Water, "Aces," Rebukes! 7"

     
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1IMG_1880 I've said it before and I'll say it now (and likely again in the future): I love the internet! Maybe a little too much lately. A lot too much lately. I thought the disappearance of the TV from my living room would be a new start and open my schedule up for more noble pursuits such as taking up reading things other than Wikipedia again or finishing long-gestating projects I've had in my head, among other things. But alas the internet is a powerful tool. There's always something more to read and download—and, regardless of moments of divine inspiration, I just cannot tear myself away from my Macbook. Still, each day I come across websites so rewarding that I can forgive myself for failing to wash my hair yet again due to being trapped in front of the screen, such as discovering the lyrics to Dragging an Ox Through Water tune "Aces" in the early morning a few days ago.

There are plenty of times I've been urged to pursue lyrics to songs in an effort to fully understand the emotions put forth or the motivation behind creating the track in the first place. If it's not in an entry on the band's MySpace page it's very unlikely to be found elsewhere. Thankfully, that isn't the case for "Aces" thanks to the site Music for Dozens.

In "Aces," the pangs of reality and lust are as taut as the guitar strings Brian Mumford plucks. I'd been able to read the impassioned contempt regardless of consequence in the line: "Am I gonna be held to the fire for wishing your boyfriend dead?" And a lot can be gathered from his delivery alone, but it wasn't enough for me to understand the full concept of "Aces." Luckily on MFDZ, not only are the full lowercase lyrics laid out by Mumford, but an instant explanation as well:

you can read a lot of books about evolution and still be totally amazed by how you get so horny that you don't know what to do with yourself.


Opening with a gasp, the tales begins:
aces
walking down through dismal places
washing soot off of their faces
different animals and races

we are set apart the moment we use more than what we are
for something more than becoming merely more of what we are

you looked so hot with your sock torn halfway off your leg
am i gonna be held to the fire for wishing your boyfriend dead?
and i wish i could know you as more than a shape or a sign
for what you are
or may well be
or may well be

ages
in a dream about my darling
my thumbs were fins and i was snarling
you were there and you were watching something happening

it wasn't me and i could tell that you were someone else
white flowers: it was chance that i was happening as well
and we have nothing but the time in common here my dove
but if that's all we may as well assume that it's enough

you looked so hot with your sock torn halfway off your leg
am i gonna be held to the fire for wishing your boyfriend dead?
and i wish i could know you as more than a shape or a sign
for what you are
or may well be
or may well be


[audio:Aces.mp3]

Links:
"Aces" on MFDZ
Dragging an Ox Through WaterSpace
Dragging an Ox Through Water on Blogspot

Photo by Nilina Mason-Campbell
 
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