Zero Sum Defeater

by Other Houses

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released December 7, 2016

Morgan Enos - all instruments and vocals
Cover art by Trevor Brolin

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Other Houses New York

Power pop band in San Luis Obispo, CA and Brooklyn, NY with the voice of Morgan Enos.

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Track Name: Zero Sum Defeater
Up all night with fearful company.
They say that what was written out
The zero sum will eat.

Let my bird be heard, though he's hard to reach.
Write the song, I'll sing it wrong.
It's harder to retreat.

Are you kidding me? That cuckoo has his cake?
I'll let the Zero Sum Defeater have his say.

Light me up, demon in the weeds
Too circumspect to pack it up
And leave the factory.

And, what's your right to pile that up on me?
Irrelevant, so duly claim
You'll try me out at everything

All black, slicked-back and all-around provoking me,
I'll let the Zero Sum Defeater have his day.
He's addressing, down-dressing me to fail again.
I'll let the Zero Sum Defeater come my way.

My bird referred to the enemy.

Are you kidding me? That cuckoo has his cake?
I'll let the Zero Sum Defeater have his say.
He's addressing, down-dressing me to fail again.
I'll let the Zero Sum Defeater come my way.
Track Name: The Chessmaster's Back
The chessmaster's back.
He's the lone guitar, raking all the best.
He's gone to the deck
For a couple drags in lonesome, feathered hat.

You know he's around.
You know he's astounding.
He'll have your game down pat.

All my senses turned around.
It's no substitute, he'll hang you in advance.

The chessmaster's strapped
From a thousand tears, the years I rant about.
And what's up with your friends,
That you talk about, they don't show up.

Anyway...
He's back.
You know he's attacking.
You know he's a stallion.
He'll have your game down pat.

Sell my clothes out to the state
'Cause he's out in mink, maroon, in jackets,
I'm brokenhearted at the shrink.
It's no substitute, he'll hang you in advance.

You know he's around.
You know you're a match.
You know he's impressive.

FOR A.N.
Track Name: Frequent Kids
I can't explain it. It's all at stake.
I watched as the waiter wheeled away.

Knight on a wire knights himself.

Sarah sings
"You've gotta learn better,
Counting everyone in the world."
Sarah sings
"You've gotta work faster.
Frequent kids are freaking out."

What repetition will rewind?
Isn't it quicker to piss and whine?
Hit the floor, don't qualify.

Sarah sings
"You've gotta learn better,
Counting everyone in the world."
Sarah sings
"You've gotta learn better.
Frequent kids are freaking out."

And when I wheel and wind away, will it be strange?

Sarah sings
"You've gotta learn better,
Counting everyone in the world."
Sarah sings
"You've gotta work faster.
Frequent kids are freaking out."

Sarah sings.
Track Name: Cherry Street Strange
Cherry says it's time to leave,
But I'm waiting on the second scene.

I don't wanna be a mentor,
I don't wanna lose the Big Star,
So I'm waking in the rafters.

It says we're gonna beat the odds
On the tablet that they're written on,
So I sleep a little faster,
Put my hand on the projector
On the last rung on the ladder.

My God, I'm cracking up.
He's drunk among your friends.

Crying out to cut my latch,
And you're dreaming that your jaw's detached.

What a funny angle.
It's the code for a disaster
To even step outside your building.

So, we're spit out down Cherry Street,
With Edie, in a limousine,
SMSing the amassed crowd,
Drinking gin and tonic,
In all-black and sunglasses.

My God, I'm cracking up.
He called you violent.

My God, I'm cracking up.

FOR B.E.
Track Name: Try Everything
Try everything.
Take stock of the bad stag party in crisis.
Try everything
'Til it makes you run sick.

Free-fall like cedar fire in motion.
Maybe find a trailer.
You trip, then you will trail down.

Try everything.
Take note of the joking way you're threatened.

Try everything, every drink that they double down.
Try everything til the bad, sad tapestry's down.

Try everything.
When the strange light seizes, then you make your motion.
Try everything.
Make the President sick.

Try everything when the fern is handed to you.
Try everything, they'll be so disappointed in you!

Try everything
Try everything
Try everything.
Track Name: Strange Luxury
Unfinished crochet, green macrame
With a whole lot of junk on the floor.
The candle is calm, it moves you along.
Call it a strange luxury.

The window is bare, the princess won't care.
So, play it all close to the chest.
The world is desired like hot copper wire.
Call it a known enemy.

Hey, you're all balanced on excellent scales.
Love is a bone in the sea.
Nothing's the matter, you whine all night long.
Call it a strange luxury.

You ran into Mom, you said you were wrong
But I think she's as guilty as me,
So, take the tapestry down,
And call up the out-of-work clowns
That don't bother you here.

Marianne, Allison.

Hey, you just slid out on an impossible rail.
Love is two apples left out.
The terminal waits, we're vacationing.
Call it a strange luxury.

Nothing's the matter, you whine all night long.
Call it a strange luxury.