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released September 14, 2004

2004 Saddle Creek

all songs © grammar out of context (sesac) • administered by Bug

Wet From Birth written and performed by The Faint with additional help from:
Nate Walcott - string and horn arrangements, trumpet • Tracy Sands - cello • Clark Potter - viola • Kim Salistean - violin • Donna Carnes - violin • Nate LeFeber - trombone • Scott French - tuba • Maria Taylor - vocals • Orenda Fink - vocals

"How Could I Forget" and "I Disappear" contain an interpolation of "There Goes My Love, There Goes My Life," written by Hatch, Clark and Ballay. Published by Welbeck/Sony ATV administered in U.S. and Canada by Universal Music; rest of the world Sony ATV.

"Southern Belles In London Sing" contains an interpolation of
"Rememberance Day" written by Steve Hovington as performed by B-Movie. U.S. publishing by Robert Jo L.L.C. rest of the world publishing by International Music Network.

Artwork/layout by The Faint except the girl and fetus by Seth Johnson

recorded, engineered and produced by Mike Mogis and The Faint at Presto! Recording Studios and The Orifice

Mastered by Doug VanSloun at Studio B in Omaha

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Track Name: Desperate Guys
was it more than attraction and a physical lust?
her loins my imagination that first inconceivable touch
that i was planning, i mean wishing
how embarrassed i'd been if you knew what i was thinking

and whoa when it started my first thought was love
and not just lust
cause when i heard you speak i felt warm
in the evening i saw you
you were warming the bass up your hair covered your face up
i was acting indifferent at the merch booth putting on makeup

we met up at a party on a swamp on a yacht
i spun the helm but we were docked
i cross my fingers but i didn't beg
cause i knew you knew cause
i knew you knew i liked you
but i figured desperate guys never had a chance with you

close to you wishing we're conjoined at the tongue
can you hear me thinking
i should stop
i crossed my fingers but i didn't beg
cause i knew you knew
cause i knew you knew i liked you
i knew you knew it
but i figured desperate guys never had a chance with you
Track Name: How Could I Forget?
introverted boy
you are not interesting boy
you think you're intellectual
but no one's talking to you now

i might be an introvert
to you the shallow fashionista
deep as any paper plate
dressed just like the girl beside you

how could i forget a waste of cloth
of course i do remember
on the back deck drunk and awkward
i think we accidently met

i know you've got someplace to get to?
and i REALLY got to get some place
remember when i said that vincent
had some tickets for me yeah..(laughing snottily a bit).

how could i forget
a waste of breath?
of course i do remember
all the things you said were pointless
now you go on dropping names

but i kind of dig you.
Track Name: I Disappear
i disappeared
i lost control
my body's moving
all on it's own
i watched myself walk away
a foreign spirit
took my place

an empty stare
it's eyes are dull
stole my essence
it's riding my pulse
burst of black
breath of smoke
i disappeared
i lost control
i disappeared

how could i resist?
it's all i wanted
now i guess i've got it
why it happened i don't know
hope this doesn't last forever
Track Name: Southern Belles In London Sing
scarlet boots
the kiss of death
patience and
the end of it

blended angels
whispered love
countdown til
it's gone for long

velvet voices
haunting slow
darkened notes with
bright decor

georgian femmes are gone for weeks
southern belles in london sing

i'm staring down the epply gate
2 more days before the plane arrives
and you'll be standing here with your smile
i'm carving up the lobby seats
i'm pushing down the caffeine drinks
checking the arrival screens for yours

a hundred feet above the landing
there's a girl gliding down
she's floating toward me now
her sleeves are all stretching out
and the jet is following behind

london skids a grinding halt
last night left to spend apart
your bags are packed by now for home
stories of the tour unfold
the booking agents broken nose
butting heads with creeping dolts
georgian femmes are gone for weeks
southern belles in london sing
Track Name: Erection
it's the scene from a movie
it's an isle at the store
it's the view of a canyon
the sound of a sword
it's an orchard of peaches
your wife in the shower
while you wait for appointments
or as you walk through the bar

oh, uh oh. erection

you know it's not only love dear
that can flip the switch up
you know it probably should be
maybe god fucked it up

oh, uh oh. erection

boiled up like a tower
a monument in the park
its the cock of a rifle
a memory in the dark

you tried to keep it a secret
but know the worlds gonna know
you tried for perfection
but then, oh, uh oh, erection
Track Name: Paranoiattack
the news has got me paranoid
papers and the news reports
casualties of every war
the anchor people keeping score
the weapons now are chemicals
in water and in air above
in circulating envelopes
in powder through the postal routes

the threat of a disease is here
we nipped it once without a cure
it took forever 'til it stopped
through mandatory needle shots
they gave us all a little dose
to teach our bodies how to cope
finally when we had it licked
some terrorists are back with it

the propaganda's working now
i'm falling for it hook and reel
i'm stocking up on medicine
buying tape to seal us up in
paranoia

paranoiattack
paranoiawar
paranoia sinks like a bomb
paranoiathreat
paranoiaffects
paranoia drops
bombs

paranoia
Track Name: Dropkick the Punks
1,2,3,4
5,6,7,8
viscous counter pop erosion
revolution 101

dropkick the punks
we want a change
blaspheme the pop
call out the freaks
pay off the jockeys
then call the cops
queue up the news reporting
company trucks

hoist the antenna
pirate the waves
dust off the tables and broadcast the plates
amp the fly trap plant called venus
and jab a cold fork in the speaker

ah we're force fed
pop culture's shit
were staying up late
thinking "what the fuck is this?"
Track Name: Phone Call
i've seen you a while now
long enough to be close
there are some things about you
i should know i still don't
with all the questions we didn't ask
our conversations could never last
our moments alone were scarce and few
it was just easier to hide the truth

if all of our secrets were exposed
would we be sharing the same bed
how about if i broke the silence first
could i hear what you're thinking in your head?

i need to be talked to
i need to be touched
i need you to hold me
i need to feel loved

and if i could open up to you
maybe i could open you up

but instead i got the phone call
just thought i'd call to let you know
i want to be alone all night again
phone call
just thought i'd call to let you know
I think I want to be alone all night again

with all the questions we didn't ask
our conversations could never last
i need to be talked to
i need to be touched
i need you to hold me
i need to feel loved
and if i could open up to you
maybe you could open up to me
we do all the things that lovers do
i've been meaning to tell you how i feel
Track Name: Symptom Finger
don't admit you're sick let your fit body bury it
the faintness that you feel is nothing permanent
don't buy the sickness on T.V.
you want your health they want the fee
you see the ads and start to think "i feel it coming on"
no no target market television
telepharmavangelism symptom finger
i'm gonna shut it off gonna down all the power
i'm a doctor today i'm curing viewers by thousands

don't admit you're sick let your fit body bury it
the faintness that you feel is nothing permanent
you open up and let them in it's nothing conscious
what is this? i feel a burning in my eye
it's from the television lights
slow, slow it down, wait now decide
okay, i'm gonna shut it off down all the power
i'm a doctor today i'm curing viewers by thousands

do you have to get the shit they sell?
the pills that fix the way to feel
now that they've shown you what to get
you feel it coming on
low, low, lowdown high paid primetime capsule maker
sickness lover i'm gonna shut it off down all the power
i'm a doctor today i'm curing viewers by thousands
Track Name: Birth
in the beginning there was semen
in a deep mouth of flesh
at the crest i travelled
on a wave of fertile mess
through a tunnel of mucous
and on toward a vault
with tourists and traffic
i just paced myself.
not "I" as my whole self
just the half that i had
before greeting the rest
of my better half.
a connection was made
through the shared love of science
and vows were taken
a seed was hired
a cavern of fluid
brought shape to my hide
in the months that remained
till the time of my life.
i thrashed for the reason
of spilling from the crack
to the palms of a doctor
to a towel full of scraps
my brains wouldn't fit
through her organ of sex
an incision was made
with a scalpel and masks
i should have noticed the beauty
and not how it hurt
wet like a cherry
in the bloodbath of birth.