Caps Lock Classics: “Lion Skin” by Hands Like Houses

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Caps Lock Classics began from an infrequent but immutable desire to show off the songs and more that give me chills and resonate down to my marrow. These “classics” vary in genre and significance – even language – but they’re all dear to me in their own ways.

“Lion Skin” by Hands Like Houses ft. Tyler Carter and Jonny Craig

Been a while since I shared some music with y’all, I know, but trust me – this is a good one. Which is why it’s a classic.

Hands Like Houses sprang into my life by complete chance about two years ago, and I haven’t looked back ever since. Their debut album slings around sound like it wants to devastate you, so it should come as no surprise that that’s exactly what “Lion Skin” does – devastate me.

Every. Single. Time.

The instrumentation is simply ingenious and there’s lyricism to match. Bringing it all together are the vocals, which are prolly my favorite thing in the way that a parent might be forced to choose a favorite child with a gun held to their head when, in reality, all those kids are favorites.

So, though the lyrics and musicianship are all astounding on their own, the fact that Trenton Woodley’s voice not only reminded me of two favorites in post-hardcore – Tyler Carter and Jonny Craig – but also merged with them so well still makes me giddy every time I listen to the layers.

Add to that, HLH is on their third album now and they’re still as amazing to listen to – if not more so – I can safely count these musicians among my all-times.

Lyrics:

I wonder, can you daydream at night?
Lying awake, I’ve had too much time.
I’m watching picture shows in the shadows
Dance for the crowd tonight.
Imagination is such a vivid place to hide,
While stars watch over you.

Through silent homes
The lights are out, but I walk these halls,
The way I’ve walked before,
Sleeping, with saints and apparitions between the walls.
The lights are out, but I walk these halls,
I promised not to wake you, so I’ll walk light, just so you can hear

The rats in the roof and termites in the ceiling.
We’ll hear everything except what we need to hear.
Sleeplessness is for the restless, and I’m just fine,
Left to wander, aimless in unconsciousness.

There’s spiders crawling from the corners of my eyes.
Let them weave their little webs to snatch the sunlight from the lens.
I’m staring at the ceiling ’cause I’m fed up with the sight.
Weigh my eyelids back to sleep, sealed by silken silver threads,
While stars watch over you.

Through silent homes
The lights are out, but I walk these halls,
The way I’ve walked before,
Sleeping, with saints and apparitions between the walls.
The lights are out, but I walk these halls.
Cast the sheep out of your mind,
Count the wolves and we’ll sleep tonight.

I stumble in and I stumble out of unfamiliar rooms in foreign houses,
But I’m at home, a ghost that has left behind his sheets,
Unrequited, until I wake up somewhere I know that I’ve never been.

I’ll stay ’til sleep takes over you.
And I’ll walk while stars watch over you.

Through silent homes
The lights are out, but I walk these halls,
The way I’ve walked before,
Sleeping, with saints and apparitions between the walls.

The lights are out, but I walk these halls,
The way I’ve walked before,
Sleeping, with saints and apparitions between the walls.

The lights are out, but I walk these halls.
Cast the sheep out of your mind,
Count the wolves and we’ll sleep tonight.

 

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