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The Bone Rodeo

by Yankee Longstraw

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1.
Prelude 01:20
2.
Lyrics by Andrew Krolikowski Her eyes are blue like stillborn skies they might just miscarry my mind Like cloud-talkers keep truth confined in two dimensions all the time But we are not so flat, my love, lines plateau when hearts just go. Poised and ready to attack, I'll be strapped when the son of a bitch comes back. I'm a paleontologist, I've got a bone to pick with history. Like all the fossilized, canonized saints make commonplace of misery. But we are not so flat, my love, lines plateau when hearts just go. Poised and ready to attack, I'll be strapped when the son of a bitch comes back. ...just take it all. just keep it all, why don't you? I can't take it with me anyway. it's ok. I came to town to kill you, and I still intend to.
3.
2:22 02:34
Lyrics by Jason Briggs: Well it's 2:22 and I'm thinking of who Can save me from myself. Nothing short of Christ or the Man in White Can provide me with some help. The game is on, it's gonna be alright Mother Mary's gonna save me from the night Well I walked up to you and we started to screw, Man, I was really high. Then you knocked me down, Right down to the ground. I got dirt in my eyes. It was so wrong, but it felt so right Brother Luke is gonna save me from the night. Well it's 2:22, and I'm thinking of you. Well it's 4:44, and I'm drunk on the floor. Well it's 2:22, and there's nothing to do. Well it's 4:44, and I'm walking out the door.
4.
Lyrics by Andrew Krolikowski You pack your bags and you'll leave town A small betrayal to your folks around if they ask where you're going why don't you tell them underground? You left your face in the bathroom sink You left your heart in last night's drinks Oh I love how you'll kill yourself to make your life feel worth living. There's a sunshower at the magic hour Beauty even my simple eyes can see Oh Sunflower, don't you go calling me a coward Just keep on feeding my crippled mind your seed Because we really are a lot alike Some yellow plumage and a black inside We treat our bodies like canaries in a coal mine. I'll be the stranger on your desolate street. I'll be the killer in your mind's backseat Oh, whatever infamy it takes for you to remember me. You make me feel like a kid again You make me feel like a grown man I'll keep singing words you just won't understand... ...But I don't think I'll ever be able to write you a love song without fucking it up.
5.
Lyrics by Andrew Krolikowski Once upon a Waterloo You gave into those drugs you do. I could have been your pioneer, But the sun went down too soon, And now it's dark outside and I won't survive If nature has Her way. You're the townsfolk to my Frankenstein, You burn my best mistakes. But once upon a Waterloo I lifted a gun an artist drew and aimed it right towards my head and said, "Honey...I'll be with you soon, In the afterlife or the bar tonight whichever one comes first. My sober soul will drive you home, I'll be your knight in the shining hearse. But once upon a Waterloo, That's when I fell in love with you. Once upon a Waterloo is when I fell in love with you."
6.
Lyrics by Gary O'Keefe I went to war like a young man should, Heard some stories of brotherhood And I wonder if it shows. They gave me an extra 4,000 miles Between where I live and where I'll die And I want to know where it goes It's all that you can do to say you're free To be yourself inside of all you see. The understudies in the government mall Were issuing tickets to a movie called "The Saving of My Soul" And I'm just standing here in the hall Awaiting the return of it all To a place I might know.
7.
Lyrics by Andrew Krolikowski You're always talking about the wars you won About "The Needle and the Damage Done" You're always riding off into the sun All sorts of horses and guns Still waiting on a call that never comes From an old friend to come hit my drum Waiting on an audience to sing along Apparently they don't know this song. I can dance like a marionette Strung out with a cigarette And a butterfly net I guess that makes us friends. I can dance like a married man Strung up by my curly hairs In a butterfly net I guess that makes us friends. I got a dead pan face and a dead man's grace Oh, how I'd like to meet the me you see Who keeps you up all night, worried for my life It's strange how you make small talk to make sure I'm still alive.
8.
To Brittany 02:53
Lyrics by Derek Smith and Andrew Krolikowski Ordinary and everything's scary I've got no money, but I've got a canary I've got a friend she said "Don't be wary, Your nature's impervious to debt." It's another expression about blank expressions, Another joke about running engines And everyone's happy and everyone's laughing Except the Ozone Layer I will wait outside. Brittany, set me right. Ordinarily I'm the scary one, But you're a dreamcatcher to all you're after. All I know is my dreams came to an end when I woke up this morning. Meet me there tonight. Your dreams could set me right. There's something romantic about dead Romantics And dreams of starving to death in a panic And everyone's worried in love Completely unaware of anything.
9.
Our History 02:57
Lyrics by Michael McManus Keep yourself in shape and you'll go far Have diamond rings and fancy cars If not for yesterday, tomorrow's gone Close your eyes, now we've begun See nothing at all wrong Go out the back way through the rest of the world. Keep your motives safe, your family far You wouldn't want them to get hurt. I opened my ears today, what he said I heard What makes him think I'm any better? See nothing at all wrong Go out the back way through the rest of the world. The opinionated fly on the wall says you're a mess And thinks your head's too small When the day is over, What have you learned?
10.
Lyrics by Gary O'Keefe and Andrew Krolikowski Here I stand, as I watch you ride away Shadows cast from the gallows pole Like a cross on the Lord's Day ....But the Governor's gonna call And I'll be back to remove you from your earthly chains I know what you've done weighs heavy on your heart So I'll give you a head start. ....But the Governor's gonna call And I never stole nor killed and I thought I believed in good will I never understood but you taught me good, We all got it in us to kill ....But the Governor's gonna call Now I ain't yet formulated no plans nor schemes But I know by the grace of God You'll be dead 'fore I hang from these beams ....But the Governor's gonna call I know where a tree falls a new one may grow We're bound to fall down and out But maybe something purer will sprout. ....But the Governor's gonna call ....the Governor's gonna call ....the Governor's gonna call ....the Governor's gonna call ....the Governor's gonna call ....the Governor's gonna call....
11.
Lyrics by Andrew Krolikowski Honey, it's a shark-bait mind, Yeah, the junkyard kind. Your fossil-filled attic, your cobwebbed compromise. Put a little force in it. Make love without consent And watch your all knowing god avert his eyes to the truth that was built upon itself that rejected anybody else. I often wish that I had died when I was young, that way, I'd never have to disappoint no one. It's playing on a static screen coming from the ghost machine. You'll trade for good nightmares against all your bad dreams. No, my heroes weren't saints but they went down anyway, All laid down as martyrs for nothing but martyrdom's sake. To the fear they would succumb. Without seeing all the things they could become. But I still wish that I had died when i was young. That way, I'd never have to disappoint no one. The future turned out not so different from the past. All the best get stoned to death.

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released December 23, 2012

Yankee Longstraw is:

Andrew Krolikowski
Derek Smith
Jason Briggs
Gary O'Keefe
Michael McManus

Produced and Mixed by Gary O'Keefe
Mastered by Ray Marte
Artwork by Sami O'Keefe

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