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lyrics

SPIRAL KNELLS
One after the other —
Climb and fall
Over and under,
On endless conveyor belt ladders,
Ringing in a spiral knell,
Within a fury of concentric circles.

Surely when you're on top,
You're on bottom.
Or reverse the negative —
View it from the other way around.

Up on an infinite stairway,
Always up,
Never down (down is up),
Never up (up is down),
Always down,
In ouroboroic haste —
Somewhere going nowhere.

Slow circles in search of a flicker,
As louder suns
Reflect in a hall of mirrors —
Open and endless,
Nearness too distant,
As always and a moment.

Everything and nothing
In inviolable and splendid disarray.
Or ordered in mysterious, symmetrical,
And simple kinds of ways.
Each a single, certain, prescient
Contradiction of a present
Furling to unfold.

On and off (and off and on),
And often never (never often)
Just the same.
Endings to beginnings to the end,
And over and under and over again.

All such strong and fragile threads,
Whirling in a bid
To forget and know.

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from The Knells, released November 19, 2013
words and music by Andrew McKenna Lee
© 2013 by Still Sound Music (ASCAP) New York, NY

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The Knells New York

The Knells are an art rock band from Brooklyn, NY. Drawing inspiration from over 1000 years of western classical music and deftly fusing it with the worlds of progressive, psychedelic, and experimental rock, their music “is a must for those seeking untamed new musical hybrids” (The Daily Beast). ... more

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