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Roots & Crowns


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along your skin lost my language black lip and red carnation safe house safe tap shoes break union station marble wrapped in malpractice quiet in the sway

oooosing to me pink and sour

PINK & SOUR

oooodrop down drop down de-sung ribcages shelter wound river languid husk of old jet sweet light tavern in the morning taxi driver silent hard long hands

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kill the kitchen kitchen light

oooodrop down drop down

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safe house dead trying to whisper a soft vaccination cotton in the calm along your side lost my language on sand and smoke foundation loose in the sway sing to me pink and sour

ooookill the kitchen kitchen light

Rutili, Becker, Adamik, Massarella, Deck

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Rutili, G. Sherman

SPIDER'S House

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peel and age

fingerings lost

familiar peace

in the motions of

in the pain

our hands sit just as you are

raindrops tremble and wait to freeze on spiders house

lost in the crime carry the choir age and peel the circle around the brawl divides in frozen rain on spider’s house pulling you wrong in soft belief and midnight finish a violent quiet freeze

after the quiet bleeds peel and age familiar peace in the pain

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SUNDAY NOISES emptying yourself for sleep soft bones a skeletal stretch of drive skinny arms your white dress comes cigarette teeth by now the eye you lost in the crusades is planted in the sand kneeling by wait to reap another sight this where you leave behind your brush fires and wedding day our ethiopian bones the pictures and the pills remember when this was the ocean tiny rivers

catacomb wine a Chinese actor loses heart

bleed the map the eye you lost in the crusades

tricks the light legs entwined brick on pedal chain on wheel

is planted in the sand

warm from the machines fixing

just about to flower ready and wetroot crown sweet ever on/ bones and bread tenderness here we are held and carried the afterlife saints and angels sex lives switch wives

Rutili, Becker, Adamik, Massarella

a belly what’s never seen the sun

A CHINESE ACTOR

root crown sweet ever on trust came slanted made no mention bones and bread tenderness a dim head light arrives friction breathe tenderness trust came slanted legs entwined brick on pedal chain on wheel bones and bread tenderness here we are held and carried hot blind fight empty armor dim head light arrives Rutili, Becker, Adamik, Massarella, Deck

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scratched and bit crawl out of the faultline this book is the mask on the bride circle til the engine dies tail high let it lay burn our dead shin high it’s almost surgical the way you shatter when you hit the water drawn on the window steam claws on sleep addiction •8•

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Rutili, Becker

this conversation is the dust on anything slow and green burn our dead this unwilling is the way you shatter when you hit the water

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•• OUR KITTEN SEES GHOSTS

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When all the numbers swim together/ And all the shadows settle/ When doors forced open shut again a flytrap and a petal/ My eyes burn and claws rush in to fill them/ And in the morning after the night/ I fall in love with the light/ It is so clear I realize/ And here at last I have my eyes/ When all the figures sound retreat/ The soft skin starts to shrivel/ When dreams made real become less sweet/ The orchid and the metal/ My sex turns and claws rush in to fill them/ And in the morning after the night/ I fall in love with the light/ It is so pure I can arrive without the fear of seeing my eyes/ When all the characters full size/ And every moon is level/ When all the spirits burn in lies/ As center grief by steel/ My eyes burn and claws rush in to fill them/ And in the morning after the night/ I fall in love with the light/ It is so clear I realize and now at last I have my eyes/ psychic TV

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BURNED BY THE CHRISTIANS wire

sung

in the teeth

throated air

while we

down your spine

warm twine

crown cooks light

while we breathe

we wolfed and whale

skip

bellied on

notes and bless

we shone down blinder and winterless days

where you been

lost a black ocean recline

we lose days

held under your tongue like a tiny stone paid and gone Rutili

broke hearts are whole or burned by the christians recline held under your tongue like a tiny stone carried home

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sons and mothers red hand rise side door bones belly and limbs mudslide daughter wrung sweet wine nail and dime a glasswork heart yolk and scotch mask and bed mudslide daughter sons and mothers orchard orchard BLACK METAL VALENTINE

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mask and bed ice on dancers broken feet spit and shine black metal valentine mudslide daughter side door bones not for mine black metal valentine tiny wrens to take the dinner from your teeth black metal valentine Rutili, Becker, Adamik, Massarella, Deck

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Water dissolvin’ into water

A head asleep upon a lap

Animal dream, animal tongue Animal medicine

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Rose petal ear Water dissolvin’ into water

A head asleep upon a lap

Water dissolvin’ into water A head asleep upon a lap

Rutili

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3 LEGGED ANIMAL

hands fit together like medicine butterfly itch on a bottle rocket tail everything is bleeding shake the glass out of your hair spell your name in broken teeth 3 legged animals shut their sweet eyes lick your scars and grow wings sleep for me sleepless dream for me dreamless hands bleed together fine sweat off your makeup peel and wait in washed out gold ease back warm electric chair leave your memories we’re almost new sleep for me sleepless dream for me dreamless Rutili

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IF YOU WOULD candy glass sun on red tile this winter bed lives and breathes winter bed could do so much if you Rutili, Becker, Adamik

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Recorded and mixed Brian Deck Recorded by Michael Krassner, Jim McGranahan, Andy Bosnak at 4Deuces [Chicago], Angeles Drake’s Warehouse [Long Beach], Nico’s House [Phoenix], Western Sound Lab [Los Angeles] and by Califone [At Home In the Wilderness]. Wil’s Bass Recorded by Ron Gruenche at New Future Vintage Studios [Oakland] joe adamik Drum Kit, Bass Clarinet, Wurlizer, Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, Dr. Sample, Bells, Melodica, Prepared Metalphone jim becker Violin, Banjo, Vocals, Guitars,Bass, Loops, Electronics, Percussion, Xylophone, cajun Accordion, Mandolin, Kalimba] ben massarella Batterie; Lensdrum, Pistons, Zuni Rattles, Shu{3}Lai{2} Bao{3}Treasure Counting Sticks, Bronze Fork, Gourds, Shakers, Glass, Oak Chimes, Ribbon Crasher] tim rutili Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Electronics, Field Recordings, Organ, Synthesizers, Banjo, Loops, Bowed Balalika brian deck Synth, Electronic Manipulation, Vibraphone, Organ michael krassner Harmonica, Loops, Electronics wil hendricks Bass alan scalpone Trumpet michael mcginley Trombone anthony gilbert Viola

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Roots & Crowns Booklet