The Children's War

by The Aether Tree

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released March 25, 2009

Donovan Tousignant - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, percussion
Lonnie Chapman - drums, vocals
Carrie Walker and Amanda Craven - guest vocals

Art by Donovan Tousignant
Design by Carrie Walker
Engineered by Brandon Drury at Echo Echo

Special thanks to Exel Chacon

(c) 2009 The Aether Tree

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The Aether Tree Columbia, Missouri

The Aether Tree was an experimental post-metal band that made music in Missouri from 2008 to 2014. Their third and final album Sleeper was released February 1st, 2015.

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Track Name: Peppermint
Peppermint-

I had peppermint for breakfast
There was an inch of snow on the ground
I thought I was infected, but I was the one
Infecting those around me
I grew a year in a day
But even those who grow a year in a day are not
One second closer to god
I have better friends, a better life, better things to do
But none of these better things can bind my blood in my veins
One day later when the wrapper was discarded I was blind
One week later when the trash was taken away I was alone
One month later when I finally got a taste I was comatose
And six months later when the stripes were gone I was dry
And one year later when the peppermint was gone, I had gone goodbye
And the snow turns red
And the world turns into a peppermint
And the snow turns red
And the world turns into a peppermint
I discerned the disease
Track Name: Osos Sin Ojos
Osos Sin Ojos-

All the earth gets smaller
caramelizing carbonizing
We are cleansed diamonds in the rough
Romanticizing artistic dying
But I don't want to be brightly shining
Conniving I want to burn to be breathed
Kill you all while you can still be redeemed
Bears without eyes
Admonish you
To abscond your
Excrescence
Are you sure that you're worth
Protecting, perfecting?
Did you really think you could turn your
Stone speech into my love for free?
Well I don't want to be the one bearing
Bad news but it seems
I'm combusting by the fire you started
You'll be redeemed
Bears without eyes
Admonish you
To abscond your
Excrescence
Los osos sin ojos estan buscandote
Y no tienen miedo para el fuego en tu corazon
Frenetically frolicking
The boy was forged out of steam
Recoiling like a rainbow the smith was smote
Ungrateful, the boy bled dry blankets blameless
But full of hope
So grab the scissors and run
It's time to get some caramel in the cut
And we'll find out just what
Colour is the cancer
All the earth gets smaller
Caramelizing, carbonizing
We are cleansed blades in the peppermint
Candy taken from a baby
Are you sure that you're worth
The scissors in your hand, the caramel in your cuts?
Can you really wear these colors with pride?
Porque los osos sin ojos
No tienen miedos
Tus tijeras son hojas
Somos hojas
Track Name: Lucy
Lucy

Suburbia, land that I love
Land where talking heads
Fought for my hand
In unholy covenants
Suburbia, land where I grew up
Land where my parents
Fought for my hand
In unholy covenants
Track Name: The Children's War
The Children's War

Once upon a time, guns upon a temple
Snuffed the life of the child
Framed in film to be enjoyed by their bureaucrats
And you just know this will sell the next can of coke
But don't you know? There's no coke machines in heaven
Touched upon the neck, love couldn't save her
Sunk, the sobs and screams and feverdreams
Were framed in film to be enjoyed by their bureaucrats
And you just know this will sell the next can of coke
But don't you know? There's no coke machines in heaven
I'm sorry but mommy prolly ain't gonna get the gifts
I'm sorry but mommy prolly won't want the chocolate
After she's heard that they're covered in your innocence
And I'm sorry but mommy prolly won't wanna waste no time
I'm sorry but mommy prolly won't want your daddy alive
After she's sure that he's not worth protecting
And I'm sorry but mommy's prolly gonna punch you full of holes
Will you take that knife and trace my life onto my traumatized eyes?
Take that knife and twist in my side and spin my fears into life
You know sometimes I think it just might be just about the right time
For me to make the biggest mistake of my life
You know sometimes I think it just might be just about the right time
For me to make the biggest mistake of my life
Will you take that knife and trace my life onto my traumatized eyes?
Take that knife and twist in my side and spin my fears into life
Oh gimme that knife I'm begging you
We'll frame it in film for you to view
And when the tears come
I hope they carry you away to the river
Track Name: Ya No Sangra La Hija
Ya No Sangra La Hija

Staring at the water looking for a spark
You won't see the lightning til you turn the lights off
Put your tongue to the river you'll taste the heartbeat
Racing to the thunder of gods shuffling feet
Staring at the static does it make you grow
Like a tree in the sun?
Reaching up to bury your branches in the sky
Like the bullet brought to bear in her brain
After she told me that god is in the rain
Los osos venian
Con corazones acorazados y dientes incendios
Tu estaba sonadora pero hecha de
Hojas
Staring at my hands looking for the power
I used to feel in my fingers
But now I'm just another fish in the reapers creel
Should the bear break my back with one big bite I'll be brought out
Of this world to the astral mists
Where I'll hide and hope you lied when you said you'd
Never never ever forget me
But in your dreams beyond the gate under the shade tree
In the place where we first kissed you'll find me there and I'll
Say the things that matter
But judging by the laughter of the lark
No hay algo que puedan cambiar que
Los osos venian
Con corazones acorazados y dientes incendios
Tu estaba sonadora pero hecha de
Hojas
If I could wish one wish I'd wish this kiss
Would take us to the bottom
And out the other side of the riverbed
We would never ever need to breathe again
Who needs to breathe when you die with a friend?
I said, who needs to breathe when you die with a friend?
Air is for people who are alone
Like you.
Staring at her face looking for the spark
That was supposed to be divine but in my heart of hearts
I know I've been deceived
God was there watching when you slipped through me
Los osos venian
Con corazones acorazados y dientes incendios
Tu estaba sonadora pero hecha de
Hojas
And I'm sorry but mommy's probably gonna become a bureaucrat
And bury her last knife in the sand
For the next mother of a son of a war to stab
The son and bring him to
The floor
Track Name: Lolita
Lolita-

Lolita. Recuerdas cuando bailabamos en la lluvia,
Y me llamaste tu osito?
Lolita. Muerta todavía sonreías con el cariño del sol
No puedes verme, ni sentir mi aliento
Pero me conoces-yo cumplo mis promesas
Lolita. Recuerdas cuando nos besamos en el bosque?
Antes que los osos o la guerra vinieron
Lolita. Tu muerte robó el cariño de mi cara,
Robó la convicción de mis manos
No puedo ver tu alma, ni sentir tu dios
Pero me conoces-yo cumplo mis promesas
Hay espinas en mis venas, y mis ojas
Pero yo tengo tijeras, yo tengo tijeras
Yo la cortare las espinas de mi sangre
Para ti mi osita, para ti mi Lolita
Porque me conoces-yo cumplo mis promesas
Track Name: Pain Passion Perseverence
Pain, Passion, Perseverance-

Fourteen lashes across my back make me feel like I have scraped the sun
Fourteen licks of flame dance cross my back
Until the moon comes up
And the sun leaves it's tears in my eye
Fourteen lips across her face make me reel under accusations
Fourteen needles will dance cross my arm
Until I make confession
And I fear I just might
Tell me of the pain, the crushing, and the prickly things
Tell me of the breathless moment right before you broke
Tell me the people and their pensive sympathy
Tell me of the breathless moment right before you broke
Brittle I breathe deep, breathe in the bracken
It weaves it's way from my lungs to where I was cracking
Then laughing I cry and hacking up flies
The scars from my back gleam in my eyes
Fourteen daggers and fourteen knives are not enough
To end my life
You gave me the pain that lit the spark
That gave me the passion that led me to march
Which gave me the perseverance that made me immortal
And now I know that though this line across my palm
May seem like the longest mile I have ever walked
My blood will not fall far from my arm
My blood will flow into the soul of the one who holds my heart
I already told you...I already told you...I already told you...I already told you...
Fourteen daggers and fourteen knives are not enough to take my life
Track Name: Prayer of the Prey
Prayer of the Prey-

We'll never beat the moon to the sunrise
Like rabbits hasting away from hawks
But we'll never be too slow to catch our deaths
Like logs wasting away under moss
And I will be remembered only in some words
In a paper I never did read
I will be forgotten in the breadth of a breath
I never did breathe
We'll never beat the hawks to the horizon
Like the last victim in the coliseum
But we'll never be too slow to catch our breath
Like the unflinching widow in the mausoleum
And I will be remembered only in some words
In a paper I never did read
I will be forgotten in the breadth of a breath
I never did breathe
We'll never beat the moss to the end of the earth
Like boxed box turtles bracken born and timid
But we'll never be too slow to catch ourselves
Like kids stealing cookies guilty and unafraid
And I will be remembered only in some words
In a paper I never did read
I will be forgotten in the breadth of a breath
I never did breathe