The Tropics Of Phenomenon

by Dragging an Ox through Water

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I would understand, but I would not go quietly. these familiarities: I have corroded their centers. I will set a germ: the best one I can see. and help it thrive the best that I know how. I will not burn any more of my houses in the hope of preparing myself for a home.
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took a look on the way down and I saw you took a look on the way up and it was true I saw nothing, nothing but you and I was real happy about it you were a silver on my tree a hole for ice-fishing, a book of mystery you were an acorn in a sunny place and I was real happy to see you. you were a trouble I never took before you were a darkness come scrambling at my door a foreign body dividing into three a blossom I swallowed in the night what's on TV I haven't slept in days oh my honey, a hundred thousand ways you were a snowbank with barley sticking through I was a witness to everything here I used to hang around catching visions like a passive blood antenna. catching visions all around. now I sing in sound we could stay a while and signal song together we could travel out of town you were a snowbank with barley sticking through a stained glass window, a gnawing at my shoe I pulled a branch for you before the dawn could ring I pulled a branch for you always
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04:57
loved a lot in this world and some of it was desperate love. some of it was calm love. and the grass has grown up over all of it and sewn it to the ground the grass, the ground claim everything my blue extension cord is gone my dreams are itchy and my fingernails are long buy a house, you don't have to go anywhere you still have places to go you still have to go places you still have to mow the lawn play dice with smiles you lay smiles on everyone you have dream shit all over your face your face is smiling in the dreams of everyone bottle of wine got lost in every lawn your face turned to dice in my dream your smile was four your ex-boyfriend was rattling on my front steps baby, sometimes the words can't feel right baby, the words can't always feel right arm yourself with words against the memories of words clean a house but you don't live there long something else takes hold clears a shell, and you hope you held it well clean a house and stay your whole life long the words become a song to fill a shell and you know you sing it well
5.
03:48
you are a clever songbird singing a clever song birds cannot resist. and there will be more of you, there will be more of you, til everything but you is what's forgotten. and then won't you know what's been rotten. break all of your teeth on the ledge of antiquity. every last love may torment you until there's another. you must stop recoiling from everything before it happens. oh forsake faith, forsake dignity, you are not these. oh forsake faith, forsake dignity, you are not these. oh honeybee in december, you can only hide the things that you think you are. the musculature you're not watching will tell the truth for you. against your behalf the world records its records. the visions upon whose behalf you defend your defenses, they will not extend any gratitude for all your trouble. oh forsake faith, forsake dignity, you are not these. oh forsake faith, forsake dignity, this is not all.
6.
that'll be the cattle-back upon whuch I'll place my gamble and there'll be a apple tree sprung from the grave I put my odds in and the kingdom of the cloud, it is a reasoned observation you believe beyond your mealy eyes you believe beyond your pumping sperm you believe beyond the cuteness of conviction there is trouble there is trials there is walls and there is whiles there is everything in styles and you're a problem for the customs of your kind you have adopted houses and homonculi it's in your eye the persecution for the ones who got you by and when the story supercedes the bullet hole in your right hand you can laugh and know that someone understands and that the kingdom of the cloud is not of man the cattle back, the apple tree, the poker chip were never part of any plan and you rely upon the graces of imagined observation you rely beyond the prices of your customs you rely beyond the customs of your kind there is pints of blood to dry you will grow grotesque and blithe there is leafs and there is birdsongs in your spine tapestries and meningitis rivers wide you have adopted horses and homonculi.
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lilacs sprang from these apes' brains. shut down all U.S. torture facilities.
8.
Oh the devil's prayer is in your heart all the good things in your life how quickly you defend them as if you were owed them Oh a cloven hand guards all the sad songs to keep them private to cradle the injuries and nurture them into wounds but I will not be destroyed by the quest for faults I will open my arms to the tropics of phenomenon there are so many ways to read the scales and it's worthwhile to see the numbers as just shapes sometimes. Oh a haunted hand, a busted tooth, you must steer them through the moonlight, a birth of shells, the morning bells is not begot by begging promises oh crooked smile a crucible you must rise to face the new dawn love is welcoming your strength is hidden in the newness of an unknown day.
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when I can't get you out of my skull that's when I realize I should have been an EMT then I write a song about it can't really write songs it's too weird and when you can't take anymore of it I will back off completely into the distant distant distance and when you can't help your crying I will understand because I have cried like that too but it was a long time ago this is what it's like i guess the stillness of not thinking straight or straightening the longest line and you could take your pick of pears I would bend the buckled branch fingers, fairness, everything and when you can't take anymore of it I will back off completely into the distant distant distance and when you can't help your crying I will understand because I have cried like that too but it was a long time ago

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1. Awesome Vistas, 2008, 12" vinyl - is.gd/qxytyZ
2. Freedom To Spend, 2009, CD - is.gd/sMz7te
3. Sweet Dreams Press, 2010, CD - is.gd/HExBqZ (‡)



(‡): additional tracks from Sweet Dreams re-release can be heard here: soundcloud.com/dragginganox/sets/sweetdreamstropics

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released October 4, 2008

Album cover art by Dana Dart-McLean (danadartmclean.com), Printed by Neil at Monoroid (www.monoroid.com).
source field recordings for "Earthen Airlock" by Sarah Meadows (www.sarah-meadows.com) in Kentucky.
All other instruments, playing, recording, engineering, by Brian.
Mastered at John Golden Mastering.

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