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I was the best dancer in Switzerland.
They didn't want me to stay.
Could see it in their eyes.
Not worth picking a fight at the time.
I graze here among dandelions.
Sometimes weeds get confused.
Well, just like flowers in May,
The summer comes, blown away.

Just say, “A friend of a friend sent me”
If you're still feeling trapped.
Emotion just underground
And stuck in a vent.
I'm powder kegs beneath dagger trees.
I'm fireworks on the bridge
And every day here like these
Are only days not like that.

Well supersize that scotch.
Killing the cells I don't wanna need and numbing that look in my mind.
I'm standing over the edge.
I'm on a bridge to integrity and leaving the weeds all behind.
I'm getting ready to cross this time.

Voulez-vous rester, monsieur, ici sur ce pont?
Préférez-vous, mon ami, traverser ce pont?
Avez-vous des ailes et du feu dans votre sang?
Pensez-vous qu'on doit laisser les mauvaises herbes, cependant...

Avez-vous, monsieur des regrets ou des sentiments
Laissez-les emprisonner, et affamés, au bas du pont.
Si vous avez des poches blues profondes et pleines du monde,
Vous risquez, monsieur, de tomber par dessus ce pont.

Well this story's getting so cold.
Acoustics are so different at night but my hearing's just fine.
Metamorphosis was a lot less fun the first time around
And I’m finally picking the fight.
I'm stuck out here in the tide, trying hard to swim back in to you
And leave all the weeds all behind.
Trying hard not to drown,
I guess I’m gonna just have to see now
If I shoulda jumped in.
I shoulda learned how to swim.


from Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees, track released February 21, 2012
Lyrics and Music by Trakan

Trakan – Vocals, Guitars
Heather Perry – Vocals, Bass
Pat Trakan – Bells
Chris Warren – Drums



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With rock-forward energy and surprise instrumentation throughout, Trakan's dynamic new release is a trip through the phantoms, weeds, and cabdrivers of Trakan's psyche. Bilingual English/French paint surreal backdrops for his agitated growl (think Frank Black, Tom Waits). Female vocals sweeten the tension, alongside notable performances from Rocco Labriolla (Joe Pug) and Deanna Varagona (Lambchop) ... more

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