Mayday! [YouTube demo]

by Stephan Nance

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If the double-row
Eighteen-cylinder
Air-cooled
Radial engine
Is not enough to tip you off
Before he slips you off the needle
Drops you into
Unstitched space
The wasteland
Which henceforth shall be referred to as
Your place—

The captain lives by the sword, and
the captain loves by the sword; when
the captain dies by the sword, he'll
leave you trapped in the cockpit,
crying out "Mayday!"—

When a Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher
Aeriel courtship
Nose dives in a blitzkrieg
From that Whiskey Delta
You can tell the backyard bomber
Never helmed a cargo crate
He croaks out undoing and doom
To the wishful safety net
You jeopardized your life to loom—

The captain lives by the sword, and
the captain loves by the sword; once
you elope with the captain, you'll
leave on a sordid honeymoon
trapped in the cockpit,
crying out "Mayday!"—

Always the last
Never the least
Always the fast
Never the feast
Always the cult of domesticity
Always the jolts of electricity
Always surpassed
Never decreased
Always amassed
Never released
Always the past controls your mind
Never the peace you hoped to God you'd finally find—

The captain lives by the sword, and
the captain loves by the sword; and
when he dies by the sword
he will reward you
for your obedience
for your countenance
has woven in
at every turn—
even as the back
even as the back
of the hand—
even as the back
even as the back
of the hand
still burns—
even as the back
even as the back
of the hand
still burns
from the last airstrike—

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released July 11, 2016
Music & lyrics by Stephan Nance

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Stephan Nance Eugene, Oregon

I'm Stephan Nance. I'm a singer-songwriter based in Eugene, Oregon. You can call my music poetic piano rock.

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