Animal Pragmatist EP

by Katie Kuffel

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released November 26, 2013

all music and lyrics by Katie Kuffel

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Katie Kuffel Seattle, Washington

Katie Kuffel is singer-songwriter currently residing in Seattle. With a contemporary sound that draws from blues, jazz and folk music, she is creating innovative, and thoughtful material. Her background in classical cello and jazz piano allows her to blend her complex lyrics into a sound that is entirely unique. ... more

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Track Name: Remedy
I've been sippin' at this heat alone for a while
And I can't help but wonder what bumble singed me with hunger
Have I always been one to play with fire
My mistakes were a stove, burning hot as the coals
I raked myself over, and over, and over
Those warnings I spurned 'cause my fingers still yearn
For a heat 'cause all I'm feelin' are embers

And then I remember I'm my own worst remedy
For I poisoned every comfort and I swallow all my needs
And I know in my shy unruly way
I cheapen all my love by throwin' all my pain away

I've been slippin' with these patchwork arms of mine
Through the hallows of my own invention
For a heart's always a heart, ably beats itself apart
In that manic art of pain prevention

Still loneliness clings, hits like a pendulum swing
But swimmin' off kilter's the only way I've ever known
That dry spell drove me sideways, upturned and I was waylaid
But that road was ruined better pave a new one on my own

But then I remember I'm my own worst remedy
For I poisoned every comfort and I swallow all my needs
And I know in my shy unruly way
I cheapen all my love by throwin' all my pain away
Track Name: Reactor, Contractor
I'm the reactor and contractor, mitigator of disaster
So sure to be mature but always ending it with laughter
For crucial is my art of a jester playing parts
Where scowls reassure and my teeth they tear apart

But woe is one who's sharp of tongue
And bears the barrel of the gun
To her own heart

My circular pantomime is not for those who tread with tides
I try to tie these trials of mine but threads they break and unwind me
And I must say that on the stage I could be lovely in the way
A marionette listens, mimics and obeys

But woe am I who only cries when mirrors are full as my own sighs
I'm fine, I'm fine!
Peel me down anyways!

It would take the might of man to hold me down and take my hand
For tentative and full of sand is this body I command
So I'll sleep in my own faults scrape these crags and fall apart
Dragged to dust by nothing but the skipping beat of my own heart
Track Name: Embers
I hear it's quite easy to slip under my skin
Pull out and repaint the sort of person I've been
But all it takes is the weight of a dress on the floor
For me to no recognize my face anymore

And the hollow taste on the back of my tongue
Has filled me up full to the brim, and I'm done
Don't feed me anymore! My soul's been sick for days
So please clinging clock won't you tick this time away

I think I remember there was smoke on my breath
From the mouth of a flame who had burnt out my chest
And I believe sleep would come easy if I were one of those folks
Who was made of a mightier mettle than most

And to say that I'm not trying man, that must be a joke
'Cause every kite that I try flying feels like it's tied to my throat
I know these words won't come easy 'cause my lungs move so fast
Am I fishing for trouble with no lifelines to cast
And I feel beaten to rubble from that overhand clash
I need some time, a day, a couple is that too much to ask?
Track Name: Porcelain Stain
The first time my voice ever sang
My heart got chipped like a porcelain stain
How balmy the burn that burrowed in my palm
My nights were soft and lonely
And my days went on too long

I grew up hearing my neck looked lovely concave
So I stooped and stuttered simply stowed my sympathy away
Life's a pill I swallowed dry but I'd sip the sea to soak my pride
I was a daughter to the slaughter, please don't make me food for fodder
Can someone tell me how long I've been mixing oil and water

I met a man with a fist for a hand
He had a tantalizing tendency for breaking all my plans
But to be hurt and to be strong
I'm the dichotomy of song
The loneliest of conquerors who's battled on her own
But no one can even tell me for whose sins do I atone
Track Name: Animal Pragmatist
What's the use of this self-infiltration
My mind's meditations
when all that I do is sing songs of you?
But you were illuminated
My my mutilated
Sight of your person
My own constructed version
But I was learning and re-learning
Who I was, what I was yearnin' for anyways

I was an animal pragmatist
young, naive, always guided by consequence
And you were the trigger
And I was shot straight through from the start
For my practical actions bled dissatisfaction
When I passively gave you my heart

Because the first time you look upon yourself
Through the lens, through the glass of somebody else
All you see is the weight of your hunched frame
From that grotesque truth every person has to tame
That realization was the tar at my feet
So I lashed out thrashing false words between my teeth
And in that decay I breathed and bereaved
I became the wretched form I thought you saw me to be
Track Name: Unsetting Fires (Circus)
I've had quite a time of it as of late
Unsleeping sideways my dreams a slithering snake
These bones that I've grown and this skin that I'm in seem shaky at best
Can I even say I gave it my all? I guess...

I'm no stone-throwing martyr my heart's just left my chest
So I'll swallow my voice to save what's left

Because I'm better than fine just give me some time
And I'll laugh myself to sleep
I've been unsetting fires and trippin' on wires
An actress or liar of peace
I say I'm okay take me at my word
You can't worry 'bout something you haven't heard
So I'll snarl and sneer when I need you near
I'm scared I'm not self-assured

It's been quite a harrowing start
A heroine's arrow like a poisonous dart
Whatever I touch never grows back
Can I find greener pastures while picking up slack?

I hear going forward's a crawl not a race
But time's blowin' past me at a breakneck pace
So I'll dig in my heels and hold on for a while
Fake it and make it, go out with a smile

Because I'm better than fine just give me some time
And I'll laugh myself to sleep
I've been unsetting fires and trippin' on wires
An actress or liar of peace
I say I'm okay take me at my word
You can't worry 'bout something you haven't heard
So I'll snarl and sneer when I need you near
I'm scared I'm not self-assured