Pharmacist

by COYOL

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Watters wrote the lyrics to “Pharmacist” while living in a converted artist loft in downtown LA's Skid Row. It is an area of shocking paradox; people living in cardboard 'homes' under the shadow of massive bank buildings, men in suits stepping over the sleeping homeless on their way to work. "Pharmacist" is a snapshot into this world through the lens of Watters' own insomnia and anxiety disorder, which he was suffering from at the time. This prompted lyrics like “Give me a pill to pop/I need a pharmacist/I need a surgeon for my mind / There’s all these images and video footage/stuck in rapid, rapid rewind.” Interestingly, Chapman’s father is a pharmacist in Bakersfield. The artwork accompanying “Pharmacist” is by Mariana Blanco and depicts two fractured, overlayed images discovered by the artist at estate sales. The video for 'Pharmacist' was shot on Chapman's family farm in Bakersfield

lyrics

the cold cold harbor i went swimming in
elegant so elegant
itd not be so bad to be buried beneath
the warmth of your leather jacket

are you a pelican a penguin
or a partridge in a tree
do you adhere to the absolute
or preach possibility

give me a pill to pop
i need a pharmacist
i need a surgeon for my mind
theres all these images and video footage
stuck in rapid rapid rewind

wasnt it these streets
wasnt it this church
we walked past in the rain
why are these police looking so hurt
are they afraid of a parade?

oh my forehead pressed in the pillowcase
my ears are full of bells
is that an elephant in the old staircase
are those sirens wishing me well?

give me a pill to pop
i need a pharmacist
i need a surgeon for my mind
theres all these images and video footage
stuck in rapid rapid rewind

i heard a whispered cure steam from a lava bed
with the sea boiling all around
beneath a piano bench full of written words
in a junkyard i had found

there was a music box a dancer on top
and i wound it up so tight
that the spring snapped and her head fell off
in a kaleidoscope of light

when they come theyll come in guns blazing
isnt that what they always say theyll do?
i awake tired and im always strangling
my heart obsidian for you

there is darkness round my neck
my heart is brass and melting quick
i need the forgiveness of the ignorant
but theres no simple cure or answer for it

give me a pill to pop
i need a pharmacist
i need a surgeon for my mind
theres all these images and video footage
stuck in rapid rapid rewin

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released March 20, 2011

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COYOL Los Angeles, California

COYOL is a collision of the old Southwest and the new Los Angeles. A seemingly contradictory duo, COYOL is a beautiful juxtaposition between polished and poignant vocalist, Celeigh Champan, and unrefined, avant-garde artist, John Isaac Watters.

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