Daughters & Daggers

by The Enigmatic Foe

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released 01 August 2015

This album is dedicated to Dr. J.W. Colinger

The Enigmatic Foe is...
Jared Colinger- vocals, guitar, bass, piano, synths, programming

Additional Musicians:
Mike Perez- drums, programming, synths
Josh Dooley- guitar on “Dirty Little Plastic"
Laurel Dye- piano on “Everyone’s Girl"
Frank Lenz- string arrangements
Alwyn Wright- violin
Ina Veli- violin
Brianna Bandy- viola
Ginger Murphy- cello

All songs written by Jared Colinger (c) 2015 (ASCAP)
Recorded and Produced by The Enigmatic Foe, Mike Perez and Josh Molen
Mixed by The Enigmatic Foe and Josh Molen
Mastered by Josh Molen at Mojo Studios
Art Direction & Design by Christopher Street

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The Enigmatic Foe Knoxville, Tennessee

With sharp lyrics, the playful pop bite of the best of the 70s and 80s, and the kind of self-deprecation usually reserved for a Woody Allen movie, Jared Colinger's lyrics run the gamut from the joy of new love to disillusionment with the old, from wanting to like yourself to being afraid of what we have in our minds. ... more

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Track Name: Diary of Girls
like some botched surgery, broken torn and bruised
or a patchwork quilt stitched with an awkward hit and miss

it’s some twisted flipbook of failure
stapled, crumpled, scribbled, and taped up
you are one of the pages in my diary of girls

like some hazy hangover stained in broken glass
details sketchy and sordid oft recounted in verse

it’s some twisted flipbook of failure
ripped out, pasted, Xeroxed, e-mailed
naked, brutal, faithless, repenting
I might get a song from the torment
you are one of the pages in my diary of girls
Track Name: Cute Assassin
I don’t think I’ll ever know what it was
maybe some cruel joke
did you get off on it?
did you get off on it by checking me off your list?

I’m just one of your boys
that you take and mess around
drowning in your bedroom eyes
it should come as no surprise

cute assassin killed me in the dark

when you wrapped your legs around mine
what was on your mind
by some perverse nature I ignore signal
as we spill our hearts upon the bed

I regret telling you you were everything to me
bittersweet memories I can not erase

cute assassin killed me in the dark
Track Name: Neon Service
on nights like these I need a light
on nights like these I need a call
and somewhere in the darkness
it flickers on

at times like these I need a drink
at times like these I need my meds
for all regrets and indiscretion
you’ll find the neon

the things we do in the dark
the things we do when no one looks
just lose yourself in the glowing
engulfed in neon
Track Name: Dirty Little Plastic
the look on your face
you know what is on my mind
i've waited all day to get home to you

i think i'm almost out of breath
to give the kiss of life to you
you're begging for me
on your hands and knees

dirty little plastic

i know what you want
you've been a bad girl
though you can't even speak
your mouth does more than enough

every night i get the urge to squeeze you tight
i'll hold you in my arms 'til we both explode
but before round 2 i'll patch you up

dirty little plastic

i think i'm almost out of breath
to give the kiss of life to you
you're begging for me
on your hands and knees

dirty little plastic
Track Name: Your Girlfriend
we need to talk about your girlfriend
I think she has a thing for me
I really don’t know when it started
but she woke up right next to me

she says you don’t appreciate or listen to the things she says
or take the extra steps to show you care
I’m gonna steal your girlfriend

you could consider this a dick-move
she was off-limits from the get go
I never made it far by guessing
she made it clear just by undressing

you never want her when she’s there or notice when she cuts her hair
you never comment on her clothes unless they end up on the floor
she says you always come home late
repeated reasons seem too fake
the texts, the calls from random broads
a different perfume you adore

(she doesn’t need you)
I’m gonna steal your girlfriend
Track Name: Human Disease
it’s been coming for a long time
there’s no stopping now, there’s no stopping now
the emotion is a trigger
every face becomes the finger

some would say it makes us weak, makes us do crazy things (oh)
some don’t know what it’s for, only seems to make us poor
for the cost of give and take is a big mistake

pressing pen point against paper
documenting the human disease
tell your boyfriend, girl or lover
that you just caught the human disease

it’s been coming for a long time
there’s no stopping now, there’s no stopping now
the emotion is a trigger
every face becomes the finger

some believe in first sight
it can vanish in the night
if you base it on the lust
it returns to dust

from the awkward to the ugly
everyone needs the human disease
pick your poison, pick your posy
infect and spread the human disease
Track Name: Flawed Memories
there’s a memory of you in the back of my mind
and i pray with age, you’ll fade with time
there’s a memory of us spilling secrets and trust
due to too much drink
it still hurts to think

every single thought
every single thing has a little sting
when i think of us
the days and nights are hard
my memories are flawed

there’s a memory of me in the passenger seat
curiosity got the best of
there’s a memory of lust that begins to rust
thinking it would last
now it haunts my past

every single thought
every single thing has a little sting
when i think of us
the days and nights are hard
my memories are flawed
Track Name: Everyone's Girl
I wonder about the human mind
what throws us in each others arms
and baby, do you mean what you said
when everyone’s at your door

just like the territorial beast
we all race to claim what’s ours
wanting to be the very first
as we all flock to you

I hope you’re not everyone’s girl

I wonder if everything will change
for everyone else who hangs with you
am I just another boy
or the one for you

I hope you’re not everyone’s girl
Track Name: We Were Never Friends
let me count the ways my dear
for I fear you never knew
or had a clue to why we failed

open up and speak your mind
mind you, I have to be asked
for I have to know you care
this is why we failed

we were never friends

so you save it all for them
lovers aren’t supposed to know
aren’t we supposed to be f.f.

looking back I’m still surprised
at what possessed me from the start
because the groundwork wasn’t there
I had to break your heart

we were never friends
Track Name: The Rules
I assume you know the rules
and read the regulations
girl I know you do
just throw clothes on the floor
I don’t think you will need them
with what we’re about to do

can’t you see when everything is said and done
this charade was only for a bit of fun
as per the rules, we’re not supposed to get attached
why make this hard
you know that I can’t call you back
you know what this was

don’t make me break the rules
I’m a lover and a player
girl you know it’s true
though I’ve been hurt before
you can’t use it as fodder
for something I won’t do

be discreet, keep it underneath the sheets
if they must know, just say it was the best you had
as per the rules, we’re not supposed to get attached
which makes this hard
because I want to call you back
I knew what this was
Track Name: Building Houses
I built a house, built on sand
mixed with silt, no cement
and it lasted for a year
‘til the tide took it back
‘til the tide took it back

I tried again with gravel base
sticks and mud and duct tape
though it got me through the month
the wind took it back
the wind took it back

compensating for shortcomings
you never know what is or is to be
do your best, prep for disaster
and pray the walls will hold

battered by the wrath of nature
my emotion leaves me bare
so I gather shreds of my faith
as I try to plug the holes

I built myself, built with bricks
with no doors or windows
and it should last for awhile
at least until I die