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Fulcrum + Lever

by F - E T H E R

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"I heard a bone snap when I was only about nine.
The laws of gravitation were in abeyance a while,
but not long before they taught me a lesson.
In Tuffskin jeans like a Japanese Hessian,
I was 70 pounds, learning to fly.
I knew I couldn't do it if I didn't try.
We called it 'the field' where we used to hang out;
a field of alfalfa behind the back of our house.
With a slice of an old oak tree
and a 12 ft. plank
put the board on top
'We've got flying machine!'
Oh my god we could teeter on this
or build a lever that could shoot me into orbital space.
I'd seen the circus, I know how they do it:
with bent knees you got to jump like you would from a trampoline.

We would set up the ladder and the heaviest kid,
he would climb up top and count down like a rocket ship
to fire me up.
He'd get to t-minus zero before he'd jump.
And i was shot high in a vertical catapult,
straight up and down.
I remember the view from over top of the house.
Gravity seems weak until you look down
I got in position. I had impeccable form.
If the judges were present they'd be
holding up score cards
with 9's and 10's,
unless I lose a couple points for the landing I did.
I heard a loud snap but it didn't hurt.
I looked at the neighbourhood; It looked like earth,
but everybody's acting weird. Are they out of meds?
Ate a peanut butter sandwich in a hospital bed.
I started noticing...
[strange phenomenon.]
I started noticing...
[strange phenomenon.]

[Is this planet the same one that I been on?]
[Everybody's bizarre and irrational.]
[Even nurses on the clock seem a bit off.]
[Strange phenomenon.]
[Everybody's deranged they all wondered what
happened the day that I fell from the sky.]
[If nobody changed then it must be..]


released May 29, 2020
Original song written by The Faint.
Covered by f-ether.
Produced by Skyler Heck.
Mastered by Brad Smalling at Evergroove Studio.
Album cover and design by Stefan Lopez.


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