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hollow, moribund. suicide? tomorrow, I kneel beside my only child and bargain for my life eyes closed confused by triptophan play alive arms folded, hands tied in spirals round my throat like “please just tell me why” go to sleep count your blessings one for me one for my tender love my love can’t sleep with every blessing, the curse deepens hold my tender love to my lead heart my love put me to sleep with every blessing, the curse deepens hold my ten shallow, I’m breathing pressure from my chest cuz there my tender lies
cake 03:47
I did good (sure did) Did good, good god I made sure Sure thing, not that hard I did good Did good, good god I made sure Sure thing, not that hard Once I did, they knew, good god Cuz I did good, did good, not that hard I turn the oven Fetch my ingredients Beat em down and heat em up, gotta Get mine, cake time Bake a cake I can teach you how Gonna crack a couple eggs and trample couple flours Need a cake got the taste for power just bake one Cake’s done I laid low The line went dark Hundred thou My god, I made out Once I’m back, they’ll have to factor that Hundred thou Not sorry, cash me out
summon the sun in so go in power pour me one in a qualified mug i’m on a quest to make something count on second thought a second cup if you don’t mind i wanna feel like I could jump a mile i wanna feel like I could climb a building up high where the clouds don’t dare flying, it’s office hours crack me one sunnyside up toast to what we could become second thought a second egg please darline i wanna burst right out my shell i wanna soar over all the buildings gonna climb and the wind just lifts me higher and I can’t come down
easy 03:23
This is easy I’m in love with you So whatever you do Do it easy And love will be easy This is simple I don’t think about it much But whenever I want her love I just tell her so Cuz love could be that simple I bet you wonder where we go at night Kiss goodbye, and life gets harder Everybody works, each with our own type Get through and you’ll find it easier next time Next time a little less crying This is simple I don’t think about it much But whenever I want her love I just tell her so Cuz love could be that simple
bite down 01:40
baby you make me bite down Jaw’s tight Teeth are grinding to a halt I’ll keep the struggle up On the furniture and proud So I bite down Baby I’ll holdyou Arm’s up Run in circles til we drop Let’s get to dressing up Someone in the mirror you’ll like And I’ll bite down You got tools got boots with heels on em You got height that’s right so I bite down You’re getting rude cuz you’re too cool to care So turn, give us a stare, for rude babies everywhere
open arms 05:06
stone knees cloudy eyes ocean deep mountain wide sun rises wind blows sky opens roots hold open arms in the morning open arms to the waking star in the stone and the water its heart beats alike ocean deep, mountain wide flowing leaves rooted mind hundred rings thousand lifetimes open arms in the sunlight open arms underneath the ground from the soil and the water as the needs arise ocean deep, mountain wide open arms to the sunlight but open arms to the darkest clouds from the fire to the frost flood or siege alike ocean deep, mountain wide when the heart slows and the grounds frozen however low the sun’ll reach in the sky ocean deep, mountain wide the wind will blow and the clouds will close over my head I will hold my arms out sure as the sun, alive ocean deep, mountain wide
shift red 03:58
star in the sky what do you see worlds around me young light who holds your heart of all of these children every one tells me "in every rock on every shore, beats the heart of our glowing sun." when darkness surrounds the hearts last beat gaze fixed eastward rise in peace star in the sky what have you seen wars in silence with every rise and inevitable fall heaves the chest of their glowing sun and as they turn to the desert and drown shift red, smouldering out rise in peace
Along the length Of your shoulderblade The whole of your life extends Run my fingertips across the seam Balance on a razor edge of other possibilities Rest my love, turn away Brace for what comes next I wonder what you’re thinking now I wonder if we couldn’t have counted on your lucky scars Short of breath No regrets Just keep her safe and warm How many she’s left to take I don’t want to know But every last breath is a miracle Brace for the final one I wonder if we couldn’t have counted on em Cuz everything you are was in doubt Until you got your scars I wonder how we’ll pay the debt down Promise that you’ll wear them proud Our lucky scars


this album is special to me because all the songs were born and raised around the same time. i made about 20 snippets from scratch in january 2019, then herded them toward completion over the next year. many died along the way and ultimately the album felt best with the 8 songs i've left, for anyone willing to listen.


released April 9, 2020

vocals - elvis otto, kasey foster, leslie beukelman, elena lewis, sol lewis
drums - matt walker
bass - alan berliant
percussions - matt rezetko
mix/engineer/master - rollin weary
everything else - charlie otto


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