Ruin Value

by Hex Map

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released June 12, 2013

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Hex Map Boston, Massachusetts

Hex Map on record is Mike and Nick. Hex Map in the flesh is Mike and Nick and Evan and Scott.

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Track Name: The Black River
Follow the path to the edge of the river
Ambush a raft at the edge of the river
Slaughtered and left on the bank of the river
Searching for tracks on the bank of the river

They won't let go.

You don’t know my name
You don’t know my name
You won't know my name
You won't know my name
Track Name: November 17
Morning will arrive
and erase you
Warnings, danger signs
I tell myself but I never know.

I reach out with a fist
Dissolve it to the wrist
This is alright when the ink dries
I write down a list
Of things I could have missed
This is alright; it's airtight

Frozen overnight
I slept through
Only half surprised
Tell your friends but no one will ever know.

I reach out with a fist
Dissolve it to the wrist
This is alright when the ink dries
Cool air and bare trees
Frost and dead leaves
Wrap yourself up tight as the year dies

I won't lie, I don't mind at all
I won't lie, I don't mind at all
Track Name: The Bunker
There's frost on the window
It's warmer here
In concrete and steel architecture
Below the surface

You're somewhere here, I know
The corridors all look the same
And I'll find you

It's cold outside
But it's safe in here
In the bunker
We know everybody dies
And I'm killing them
In the bunker
I will look into your eyes
I will look into your eyes

There's a trail of uniformed victims
Carefully hidden
In shadows and out of your sight
Security cameras are all malfunctioning tonight

You're somewhere here, I know
The corridors all look the same
I feel you near

And I'll find you

It's cold outside
But it's safe in here
In the bunker
We know everybody dies
And I'm killing them
In the bunker
I will look into your eyes
I will look into your eyes

And I'll find you
Track Name: Rat King
You tore a mountain down to loose stone
and dug us a hole.
A blackened sky above a death zone
I want you to know.

Tails tied and senseless
Tails tied and senseless

You threw your lot in with a black hole.
I want you to know.
You pissed in circles with your eyes closed.
I want you to know.

You traded the health of your kids
Drunk from the gas pump, building a pipeline
Burning your own house down from the inside.
Traded the health of your kids
Sandbagged elections, legislated for profit
Fucked up the future and made yourself rich off it
But you traded the health of your kids.

Tails tied and senseless
Tails tied and senseless
Tails tied and senseless
Track Name: Two Executions
Erase the Antarctic circle, and spill out a tranquil, tepid sea.
How many simulations run before you’re in one?

Every breath inside you is working its way out of your lungs,
Pushing itself into open space to dissipate.

What goes under the surface and what is left?

The future is being invented, and it’s a lie.
So what are you gonna do when it eats you alive?

A shimmering plastic island, afloat on a petrochemical sea.
Polymer compounds drift in wakes, undecaying, and left as your estate.

One last silent message, writ in a language no one speaks,
Someday the now and the then will connect: a line drawn back, dividing

What went under the surface from what is left.

This could have been prevented; now it’s inscribed.
So what are you gonna do when it eats you alive?
Track Name: Coral Castles
Hieroglyphic illustration, granite scratched
Archeology of knowing,
Generations going back, asleep at last
Beneath your feet and slowly turning.
They were here, but they aren't here anymore.
Disappeared underneath the forest floor

Au revoir
Au revoir

Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into rivers,
Into autumn cities long forgotten as the seasons crept over buildings, over water:
"You were here but you aren't here anymore.
And everything that you did has been done before."

This holy figure, carved from a single polished piece of heavy stone;
This giant idol, plated in copper: fallen down, its pieces sold.

This ruined castle, built by a massive threatened mob of flesh and bone;
This ancient temple, thrice reconstructed: flooded, burned and overgrown.

This hallowed ritual, born of a fistful of words on apocryphal stones;
This global system, unseen network; files of compiled code.

This buried city, self-guided funeral tour.
Pulled from your pocket, it'll never speak again.
It'll never speak again.

This mighty kingdom sunk to the ocean floor.
Lost, or illusion? You'll never sleep again.
You'll never sleep again.

Au revoir
Au revoir

Under the surface? Asleep in a furnace?
I don't know.
Track Name: Caverns
You’ll find me there
Where water carved us long ago
You’ll find me where
The air is stale and the phosphors glow
If you feel your way
Among the stones and along the clay
You will find
A path washed over long ago

And if you don’t hear the sound
That/of echoes in the caverns
The path turns around

And if you follow me down
Into the caverns
I promise you won’t drown
I promise you

You’ll find me there
Where rivers run through land below
You’ll find me where
The world is dark and the moss won’t grow
If you feel your way
If you don’t slip, and if you don’t break
You will find
A torch that burned out long ago

And if you don’t hear the sound
That/of echoes in the caverns
The path turns around

And if you follow me down
Into the caverns
I promise you won’t drown
I promise you

No time, you fear,
To rest your head,
Or turn and go back home

The stagnant air,
The darkest night
The deepest, blackest hole

Now drawing close
a quiet place
a message carved in stone

a frozen sound:
"Let go of me now"
"Let go of me now"
"Let go"