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Track Name: No Time To Waste
you’ve got no time to waste
it seems you’re very important
you’ve got a lot to do
all things that waste your time

there’s no time to spend your wealth
there’s no time to concentrate on your health
there’s no time to see your friends
they’re busy anyway and soon it will be the end

are you satisfied
yeah sure you’re gettin’ by
but you buried your soul deep inside of you
Track Name: Orlando's Hot Breath
you said the breeze off lake adair
feels like orlando’s hot breath on your neck
you even wanted to compare
so i exhaled my breath close to your neck
you said yep, it’s just like that

should we jump into a cold river, risk a hiding alligator
hike along a path, watch for rattlesnakes taking a nap
in the heat i don’t have much to say
except maybe let’s find the shade
dig a hole, hibernate and wait til winter comes

you said the breeze off lake adair
feels like orlando’s hot breath on your neck
you even wanted to compare
so i exhaled my breath close to your neck
you said yep, it’s just like that
Track Name: Treehouse Song
down the railroad tracks, thru the hobo camps
follow it to the woods, look for fresh tracks
past the grapevine monsters and the elderberries
try not to scare the ducks, be so very still

and practice being human for a couple hours
build a fort, watch out for snakes
know that you have power to be free
there’s not much that you need

you have to go to work the next day
i’m sorry that life has to be that way
we work to live, somethings got to give

down the railroad tracks, thru the hobo camps
follow it to the woods, look for fresh tracks
past the grapevine monsters and the elderberries
try not to scare the ducks, be so very still

and practice being human for a couple hours
build a fort, watch out for snakes
know that you have power to be free
there’s not much that you need
Track Name: Not Above
we are not apart from the grass that grows
we are not safe from the wind that blows
we are not above
we are upon the dirt
to our dependency we must be alert

attention stolen for things that don’t matter
distractions of paychecks and bills
all your time to benefit another
is this what you wanted, do you feel filled
perhaps depression is a sign you know something’s wrong
tap into those feelings, what is it you long for
look to the birds of the air
look to the flowers of the field

everything is moving too fast for you
who needs sleep when you can have caffeine
social lubrications turning to abuse
who needs a life when you can watch a screen
every intersection holds the remnants of a crash
see your life flash before you in the shards of glass
look to the birds of the air
look to the flowers of the field

at first this life didn’t seem so harmful
but following the threads i learned the truth
every option implicates another
technology or life, what would you choose
every interstate’s a graveyard for the furry ones
born into car culture, forced to murder them
look to the birds of the air
look to the flowers before they disappear

we are not apart from the grass that grows
we are not safe from the wind that blows
we are not above
we are upon the dirt
to our dependency we must be alert
Track Name: Tin Roof
i love when the rain falls down on our tin roof
i can barely hear me, much less you
i’m scared when the lightning strikes not far away
but i’d rather go out like that than other ways

and i don’t know what’s going to happen here
and i don’t know how to get rid of this fear
and i can’t stop thinking what will the world be like in 10 years

when was the last time you had a real conversation
without judgements or assumptions typed into machines
and when was the last time you sat in pure silence
with another, or just with yourself

and everyday we are losing things
creatures and skills we can’t get back again
and i can’t stop thinking what was the world like way back when

i love when the power disconnects in the storm
it connects me to power i was given when i was born
Track Name: Lamentations; that childhood patch of woods that no longer exists
i woke to the shaking
thought the worst and found
everything you were
laid waste to the ground
i thought you could hold out
i thought you’d see it through
you made us feel many miles away
it’s what we needed
it’s what you gave to us
a way of sobriety in a world fucked up
truly a light in this world of darkness
signposts i have not forgotten
now the kids must reach farther to realize
hope to god they can survive this
Track Name: Transport
i picked you up for a 30 minute drive to the psych ward
the patch on my shoulder says i am important
and you have to do what i say
the uniform says do what i say
the baker act says do what i say

a grown up man you are crying
say you weren’t trying to kill yourself
only trying to kill the pain of existing
you can’t pay your rent, your friends are on drugs
your family’s across the world and they are suffering
and the jobs you work are mind numbing
in order to work them we must numb your mind
with anti-depressants for your chemical imbalance
but you are not imbalanced, you are sane
in an insane world

i picked you up for a 30 minute drive to the psych ward
and if you aren’t crazy, well soon you surely will be
you said i asked more questions than the doctor ever did
and i seemed to care more
yet i am only your transport
and i have no say in what happens to you
but i can give you the code for the back door
to slip out of the psych ward
Track Name: Deep in the Forest
deep in the forest, i made a vow
to always, always live in the now
to say hello to the flowers that grow
and know this is my home
i know this is my home

no pie in the sky with whipped cream on top
but i can find cherries in the tree tops
black berry brambles and squirrels that ramble
this ain’t a bad place to call home
this ain’t a bad place to call home

but i’m finding it hard to keep my vow
the concrete’s a plenty, the cities are loud
they’re begging me to make plans for my death
and this is what they call life
well this is not what i call life

the forest she forgives me
i’ve strayed more times that a hive has bees
sweet honey’s flowin’, there’s food a growin’
i know this is my home
i know this is my home

deep in the forest, i made a vow
to always, always live in the now
to say hello to the flowers that grow
and know this is my home
i know this is my home
Track Name: Changing Face
i love the sorrow of your changing face
i love the depth and presence within you
you never hide from truth
you never water it down
thick as it is, paint the paste upon your skin
let it guide you
let the information seep through it into your bones
into your soul, into your changing face
Track Name: Forced Friend
i met you in the wilderness where you were pure and free
i met you in the wilderness and took you home with me

i took you from the wilderness and tamed you as my own
i took you from the wilderness and made a prison cell your home

oh where to go from here
we gaze on the wilderness with so much fear
and if i let you go you might die
but it’s better friend than never being alive

i left you in the wilderness where you were pure and free
i left you in the wilderness and went home hands empty
Track Name: Watchin' the World through a Screen
you’re watching the world through a screen
there’s always something in between you and what’s happening
direct experience is hard to find
technology, symbols, and signs
telling us what to think, what to buy, and how to comb our hair
what to drink, when to lie, numb our senses so we don’t care
we’ll watch the pavement grow

we’ll watch it on a screen, watch the world die
the headlines will tell us it’s all fine
the system is at work, in our defense against the earth
if we’ll watch the pavement grow

some say it’s neutral
they say it’s how you use it
i say that’s bullshit
this technology exists to serve the rich
and keep down the poor, keep us distracted and uninformed
so we’ll watch the pavement grow
we’ll watch it on our phones
Track Name: Power Dynamics
i am so sick and tired of people treatin’ other people badly
because they think they are above them

it’s in our history, it’s in our foundation
it’s in the air we breathe, most obvious in poverty
it’s in the hospitals, the prison, and the church
it’s in our neighborhoods, our friendships, and our work

i expect it in some places
but i’m disappointed when i see it in safe spaces
it seems in every scene there’s titles to gain
spoken or unspoken, there is fame
we climb the ladder like it’s a game

i am so sick and tired of people treatin’ other people badly
because they think they are above them

maybe its the cops, maybe its the herbalists
maybe its the punks, there’s so much entitlement
i’m not sayin’ it’s all equal
some are worse by definition
but if we’re looking like them, what does that say

i am so sick and tired of people treatin’ other people badly
because they think they are above them

i know your baggage is heavy
i know because mine is heavy
i know your baggage is heavy

i am so sick and tired
Track Name: Acquaintance
you’ll never be more than an acquaintance
because i won’t mediate with a substance
what if all you had were sober words

i know you’ve been taught to lean on the drink in your hand
i know you’ve been taught to lean on the smoke in your lungs

it’s no excuse to be unaccountable
it’s no excuse for your blurred sense of boundaries
it’s no excuse for coerced relations
it’s no excuse for your apathy

you’re no longer a threat to those who enslave you
just to the ones who love you

you’ll never be more than an acquaintance
because i won’t mediate with a substance
what if all you had were sober words
Track Name: Long Road
my dear it seems we’re traveling a long long road
miles yet from finding our home
we headed with our packs of sorrow
asking god for time to borrow
as we search, as we thirst for you

my friend think back to when we met awhile ago
our minds were young, our hearts were oh so full
when all went wrong we wrote our vows
in the early morning hours
as we search, as we thirst for you

my love it seems the road ahead is not so smooth
the concrete’s cracking, the flowers are breaking through
continue on with packs of sorrow
for yesterday and for tomorrow
as we search, as we thirst for you

we set off with our packs on foot
and we told them that
we were put here to learn how to love
they begged us please don’t go that way
for surely there’d be hell to pay
but we knew we’d find you there

when all is said and done
will you feel good about it
when all is said and done
make sure you feel good about it
feel good about what you’ve done
Track Name: Solidago
solidago flowers they are yellow, they are bright
present in the autumn time, when dying is in sight
leaves turn brown, fall to the ground
yellow flowers they are all around
to remind us of the brightness we’ve left behind
to remind us of the brightness that lies ahead