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Retirement 00:43
Please stay away from physical labor It's bringing you quickly nowhere As long as you're breathing You'll barely break even Crunch numbers on spreadsheets And safely retreat To a field knit with wires And retire
Love is there beneath the frost line Love is there above the tree line Love is there by your side Peace unto thee be multiplied You are a gift to me A constant epiphany So I'll give my gifts to you Communal and in solitude Love is there . . . I am a gift to you A fountain of revenue So I'll keep your gifts to me Forgiveness and apologies Love is there . . . If we are a gift and God is love How could we not receive more than enough? Love is there . . .
Downstairs 02:35
The Latchkey Kids say The Ladies of the Church are Shouting at The Man Upstairs They are saying prayers For enough pots of coffee Cookies for an army And kool-aid for The Latchkey Kids The Ladies of the Church say The Latchkey Kids are Shouting at The Man Upstairs They aren't saying prayers They are cursing like sailors Stealing from their neighbors And singing with the Ladies of the Church
Masterpiece 01:39
Stick out your tongue And show me your teeth Fold your upper lip All underneath Hold onto your breath until You barely can breathe Gimme a face Smile scary wide And show me your gums Puff out your cheeks And suck on your thumb Bang on your head Like a bongo drum Gimme a face Squinch up your nose And wiggle your ears Fill up your eyes With crocodile tears Don't move a whisker For a couple of years Gimme a face Find it and fight it And frame it and freeze Bend back and breakdance Spin and say cheese Stuck on the fridge You're a masterpiece Gimme a face
Prayin' hands Jumping off a rock ledge Prayin' hands Chopping through the water Prayin' hands Swimming like a shark fin Prayin' hands Diving down deep and praying
Bedtime 02:17
Open both your eyes and take turns winking at the sky Peddle both your feet as if you're riding on a bike Put your hands together while you wave them in the air But do not fall asleep while in prayer The world is upside down, it's like your walking on the ceiling Or lying on your side until your arm has lost all feeling Roll onto your stomach like you're crawling in a cave But do not fall asleep while you pray Whisper like you're yelling and you can't disturb your neighbor Or use a foreign accent that is iffy to decipher Mumble like there's marbles if you gather what I'm saying But do not fall asleep while you are praying
The Flood 01:17
God gave Noah that rainbow sign But everybody died first, everybody died Saved some animals and I'm not proud 'Cause everybody drownded, everybody drowned What should we do with a message like this? Put it on a flannelgraph and teach it to the kids
Don't go telling no one Don't know not where to begin I ain't going to not love you again I don't never need someone This can't be no way to get by Man there ain't no way I'll be alright I shouldn't neither stay here Nor not go away or give up Boy this isn't not positively love
In Passing 05:33
Every once and a while Someone comes to mind I only ever encountered A couple of times Reflect on what we did And somewhat reminisce I wonder where they are And if we'll pass again Or even recognize That we had shared a bond This is what remains And now we're moving on


released July 21, 2016

Mixed by Andy Deitrich
Mastered by Peter Andreadis for All City Mastering

Janelle LAH vocals: In Passing

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