Forty Days and Forty Nights with the Bon Mots

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released November 5, 2007

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The Bon Mots Chicago, Illinois

SPIN: Bon Mots are one of the most promising new bands out there. A-

JIM DEROGATIS: Jangly psychedelic/power-pop draws on Byrds and Zombies but rises to the top of this always-overcrowded genre by virtue of strong songwriting, swirling production.

AMPLIFIER: Understated irony frequently underscores bittersweet melodies.

ALL MUSIC GUIDE: Bon Mots just may be Chicago's best-kept secret.
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Track Name: Walk to California
Walk to California

Give me one good reason
Why I shouldn't be getting my suntan on
Well seasoned but you better believe it
I'm not done having my fun
Up all night to prove it
What's the point if you're not going to use it

I'm not tired not sleepy
If you ever wake up come down and see me
Yeah we'll get high
I'm not standing in your line

Le Raconteur, le boulevardier
The extra savoir faire - what can I say
Dead soon so I dress well now
For that long holiday in the clouds
Not like I didn't warn ya
Might just walk to California

Can you tell that my nerves are shot
You know I don't go to sleep
So I'm not getting up
First generation lazy
There's a lot that rhymes
I'm going with crazy
It's not like I didn't warn ya
Said I might just walk to California

First generation lazy flag
That I live under, it's calling to me
Fruit's in the blender mail's returned to sender
Baby that's how I got free
Not like I didn't warn ya
Might just walk to California
Track Name: Past or Present
As you lie in the soft light
of the street and the new night
I could stare for a lifetime
And I have deep in my mind

As we wait for the sunrise
I get lost deep in your eyes
If I wake you'd be nowhere around
But a lost memory found

And the years that separate past and present
Fade away
And this is where I want to stay

Looking back on to these times
This could all be in my mind
Or a dream all about my favorite girl
And the old times

If you're here then I am here and
If it's memory I am there
And you must be there too

As you lie in the soft light
Of the street and the new night
I could stare for a lifetime
And I have deep in my mind
Track Name: On Her Telephone
On Her Telephone

There's a lovely girl
Waiting on a sign
At the traffic light
Think she's had enough
Rolls her window up
Trying hard just to keep it inside

Seems like a stupid game
How the lights never change
Colors all look the same
Waited far too long
Rolls her window down
Thinks it's time to quit this town

Through the long fell length of the light
Baby's all alone
Like a fool that can never decide
She's on her telephone
Baby's all alone

All the things he said
That she can't recall
But she can feel it all
When she thinks on it
Doesn't make much sense
There's a lot left to forget

Isn't it a pity?
Isn't it pretty to think so?

Through the long fell length of the light
Baby's all alone
Like a fool that can never decide
She's on her telephone
Baby's all alone
Track Name: Reasons, Dear
Spring is here
I see it through my window
It's washing round my door
Spilling cross the floor
And you remain unmoved
And ask if there's a punch line to this joke
Tell when to laugh
I'll tell you when to laugh dear

Don't be trite
You can give in now or fix the fight dear
Either way it's the same you say
Love is blind or there's a reason you've been hard to find dear
Either way it's the same you say

All is lost unless we take the high road
And use what we have left
Before they take the rest
And we remain unmoved
Providing them with punchlines for their jokes
And waiting for the laugh
But no one really dances here

Don't be droll
You can give in now or gain control dear
Either way it's the same you say

Just as the southern front crashes headlong into the northern clipper
We'll drown with open mouths
gazing up at the sky in awe and cursing the rain

Don't be coy
You can give in now or make some noise dear
Either way it's the same you say
Love is blind or there's a reason you've been hard to find dear
Either way it's the same you say
Track Name: Breathing Backwards
Breathing Backwards

There's a spray of flowers
Done up in black and white
This bouquet of hours
Well it means much less now than it might
Giving trash can orders
In an alley with a broken light
I can't see very clearly but
I can feel my way
All right
Hiding in plain sight

Breathing backwards
Spitting out facts that you think I don't know
Took you a long time baby
Just to tell me so
Got the keys to disaster
Little bit faster than you wanted to go
Took me a long time baby
But it's time to blow

In the desert of the real
With all my wrong desire
Standing by the ruins of a dream
Where everything's on fire
Is it wicked not to care
That everything's a lie?
I can't think too clearly
But I can feel my way
All right
Hiding in plain sight

Breathing backwards
Spitting out facts that you think I don't know
Took you a long time baby
Just to tell me so
Got the keys to disaster
Little bit faster than you wanted to go
Took me a long time baby
But it's time to blow
Track Name: Festival Girls
Summer breeze blows from the lake to the shore in the nighttime
Refreshes the air for the common kind
And as the city wake from its hour of sleep
You find yourself walking home down the same street
An hour before you were indiscreet
And you paid in full when you bought your time
And they rode for free

What will you do for fun
With the festival girls who've come along
And wait by the door of your flat in the cool dewy morn

Time ain't cheap
And you could make a killing selling yours to the white man
Keeping it cool every way you can
And as you're waking up in the afternoon light
You take mimosas by the pool with a cat fight
To be so desired is a rare delight
This is a dream that just cam true
But who's dreaming about you?

What will you do for fun
With the festival girls who've come and gone
And nobody's willing to wait for your love to come down?

And everybody's eager to please the man who can please himself
Because you've done it first doesn't mean that it's not original
When some dude in a much cooler shirt does it better than you
So much better than you

Arthritic knees mentholated lips and a month in a deep freeze
It's hard not to over-think in times like these
But things are looking up I think the pagans were right
I think we're finally breaking even with daylight
And maybe get out of my house tonight
Who you'd like to find who you hope to see
Who you really want to be
Track Name: Sirens
Sirens

In the shallows
Taking water
Throwing it back
You want to follow
Sea is waving
Sirens wailing
Rip the tide
Your canvas failing

The horizon keeps rising
Up on the rocks
Capsizing

Tied to the masthead
Hearing everything she said
Under tow and dread
Sinking feeling
Sky is screaming
Oceans of black
Your crew is reeling

The horizon keeps rising
Up on the rock
Capsizing

This is the song
That you can't hear
this is the song
That only you can hear
Hear it
Track Name: Last Time
And for the last time
There is no last time
There is no last time
And all we've been through
It's surprising what we do
Disregarding all we knew

And if it feels right
Then it's alright
Yes it's alright
And yeah it burns clean
With the heat of kerosene
And a damage left unseen

And what finally makes it fair
You don't care
And I"m wondering if this is
All there is

And misunderstood or wrong
I've never felt so good
So come on
Just make it easy baby
And give in
To this thing we've made
Called love
Track Name: Feels So Rong
Feels So Rong

Lit a candle just for us
Turned around and I blew it up
Before you ripped me limb from limb
Got an answer to everything
Still can't get the bird to sing
A love song

Feels so rong
Must be rong
It's been going on
Too long

It's not too bad
Not gonna get to know ya
Things we might've had
Not the Casanova
Not so sad
But I'm really not coming over
Things we might've had
But we'll throw it over

With the castanets and the Cuban heel
Still can't get the girl to feel
All that much at all
Almost criminal
How you shake that thing
Nature's candy, you're bringing
It all down

You thought I wanted you
To worship me
I just want what used to be
When you loved me

Trace a line with my jail fingers
BIrds start singing
The day is breaking
So steal home

Feels so rong
Must be rong
It's been going on
Too long
Track Name: Man of Leisure
I can see you are a genuine man leisure
With chess and Go, Goethe and Rousseau
Alone and reverent of the time that makes a man

You can learn a lot from one man's pleasure
Liqueurs and Proust brandy and the truth
About the causes of the twilight of the class

You are not the things you know
You are behavior that you show
And fortunes aren't built on regret
Rather on the blood and sweat
Which doesn't even have to be your own

Your aristocratic instincts are your measure
Your season fall your syndrome Stendahl
In awe of all this beauty that you'll never own

I can see you are a genuine man of leisure
For all we know we'll forgive Rousseau
Alone and reverent in the time that makes a man
Track Name: Snow
Snow

Heard a story from your father
About the times that went before
Passed down from their fathers
Never saw it, so you can't be sure

Before the world was underwater
When the sea still touched the shore
Before the curse was upon us
A hundred years before you were born

Doesn't snow here anymore
Solid sheet of rain outside your door

Fields of white lying under
Black sky lit by a thousand stars
Choked out by the clouds
Coughed up from a million cars

Planting cedars on the mountain
Digging holes, hiding in the ground
Sowing salt in the forest
Sitting silent while the rain comes down

In the land
Of nobody knows how it happened
That's how it happened
We're in the land
Of sticking our heads into the sand
That's how it happened

Purple berries in your pocket
Drifting through uncharted hours
Before the world was underwater
Wehe the sea still touched the shore

Doesn't snow here anymore
Solid sheet of rain outside your door
Track Name: Emily's Birds
The skies return to
A deceptive reasoning
A blue mistake
That only June can make

And it always gets me
It just seems so plausible
I'm a captive willing
To change what I perceive
So I can believe
This is not fleeting

And it's always ending
And it always starts again
And a falling seed
Bears witness to its end
And leaves portend
That which is fleeting

As these borrowed days go by
I'm just trying to
Be here now
In this time
With you

And it always gets me
It just seems so plausible
I'm a captive willing
To change what I perceive
So I can believe
This is not fleeting
Track Name: Lily
Lily oh Lily
Forgive me I"m really
Not usually so far above
Lily oh Lily
Forgive me I'm silly in love

Everything I recall
Started in sterile halls
Just a bit later than planned
Despite all the crying
I swear I'm not lying
Your coming out party was grand

Slightly hypnotic
Though monosyllabic
Your words are what I'm dreaming of
Lily oh Lily
Forgive me I'm silly in love

And she's fine at night
With the twinkling stars
And the glow-worms
Afire

Lily oh Lily
Forgive me I"m really
Not usually so far above
Lily oh Lily
Forgive me I'm silly in love