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released December 13, 2011

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Track Name: Animals
Give off your wool-mouth and sharpen your gums,
Throw back the sawhorse with newspaper paws
We were talking to animals, animals.

The weather in autumn is moving toward frost,
We fumble with nets for the things that we've lost
We were talking like animals, animals.

If someone could watch us and translate our laws,
Governor Will-Nill elected because
Vincent the Tiger's asleep on his arms
Call in the doctor and don't do no harm
We were talking like animals, animals.

We hide on hillsides and eat things for fun,
We float like horseflies on ribbons of love
Bullets of honey to sweeten the bluff

We were singing like animals, animals.
Track Name: Bulletin The Gator
Bulletin the gator's mouth don't close
He blinks his eyes and rubs his nose and says
"Call me but a witness

"Down the underground went the arsonist
He spun around and shook his fist and said
'I don't know what I did!'"

The curlers and their kids, the lobster bracelets
Hey, hey! Watch them go away
Hey! Watch them go away
A messy waxen hymns, the crinoline, she
Hey, hey! Goes away
Hey! Watch them go away
Throw the violins, the vinyls and the bins
Go! Watch them go away
Hey! Watch them go away

Hello operator, the fire department made its case am I too late to say, "I don't know what I did"?
Connect me to the state I can clear my name
I know myself, I'm not to blame I say
I don't know what I did
No, I don't know what I did.
Track Name: Little Mouse
How I never care, how I'm never there
How you'll never know, how I love you so

But hold your doses, you'll fall too fast

The band you bring caroling
Hello little mouse on the tambourine
You paint upon a color screen
While the sparrows sing

The coroner's letter came too late
And so he tagged a pillowcase

So hold your doses, you'll fall too fast

Horace Roundabout is dead
How the mourners lined his bed
A letter to a love-in-law
"Lover, tear the covers off"

Watch your head up there
Watch your balance, dear
Won't you sing along?
Or we'll sing alone.
Track Name: Neighbors
Money sat on the floor with its tummy rumbling
Give it some more, it don't beg free

It grows without a whimper, the garden on its seeds
And children heat their tempers, and rock at racehorse speeds

For money flat on the floor with its belly crumbling
Give it some more, you can't make me

The strangers come in strange cars, then burn the yard away
The neighbors all are cunning, and taxmen stand in place

For money out on the roof with its thumb beating hungry
Give me some or you can't keep me

The doctor fills his pockets with papers, pills, and things
Then when he wants for money his fingers stretch and sing
Track Name: Interlude I
Hey mother did I desert you? Hey brother did I desert you?
Hey father did I desert you? Hey sister did I desert you?

Night is grey under covers
I'm awake, so are others.
Track Name: We On The Radio
I don't need no situation, I don't need no god or nation, please
I know not even why.
The fortune came from West Virginia, said "For sure there's some good in ya", see?
I know not even why.
Sire, we inquire, "What's the matter? Why so cold?"
A whistle-blower and a sinner cleans his hands before his dinner, see?
I know not even why,
No, I know not even why.

Hey brother Paul, I heard that you saw me
Up against a wall, singing "We're on the radio"
Hey son-in-law, I've something to show you
Guns and arrows drawn, such a sight to see on the radio

Broadcast to all ages, taken through the stages,
Away we go

Fires gives me tires, makes me tired, makes me old.

Hey City Judge, how do you find me?
Am I just in love? Or is that behind me?
And does this shit blind me?

Choirs give out flyers, watch the wires seeing songs

Tell us when you're hard of hearing
Tell us that the mic's endearing, please
I know not even why
No I know not even why
Track Name: The Bee-Girl & The Choir
Go down to Carolina
Be nice, a little kinder
The bee-girl caught mosquitoes
My girl sings what we know
Hats off to me and you.

Fall down, Carolina
The forest's full of fire
The showers for me and you.

It's all that I want to be and all that I'd ever do
Throwing the tail of me and chasing it through the woods.

Lay down little lion
Calm your grinnin' smilin'

It's all that I want to be and all that I could ever do
Chewing the head of me and chasing it to the tooth

Lay down, Carolina
We'll be nice, a little kinder
The bee-girl and the choir
Will all sing a little softer, quiet, softer.
Track Name: Interlude II
I'm bound, I'm bound for-giveness
I'm bound, I'm bound away
Somebody's gone screaming down the hall
Shouting finally morning has broken
Track Name: Strangedove
I can feel the decades in the air
I can feel the death that's in the air
I can feel the water everywhere
Can't you feel the water everywhere?

Hey I know it, hey I know, I know

That echo in the air
Don't you hear the stories in the air?
I can feel the death from everywhere
I can feel the water everywhere

Hey I know it, hey I know, I know

That siren in the air
I can feel the shouting in the air
I can feel the panic everywhere
I can feel the water everywhere

Hey I know it, hey I know, I know

These shipmates in the air
Off the boat and flying through the air
I can feel the message everywhere
I can feel the water everywhere

Hey I know it, hey I know, I know
Track Name: Boris' Theme
Honey's eyes are gold
Honey's eyes are double-fold and twisted through my head
Again and again they wrap around the dead
Like honey purring.

There's fire from the air
There's embers barely settled and they're dancing everywhere
We dare, how we dare to call the whole thing terrible.

There's a conversation that we had
There's a lump of pillows in my bed.

Baby's lips are done
The finger on the trigger now it's time to get things done
Bend, go and bend that's how you win someone.

Darling, dance around the stone
All these birds are pigeon-toed and dancing through my head
Again, oh again they shake those hips my blue jean baby

There's a conversation that we had
There's a lump of pillows in my bed.
I will play the nurse if you play dead
We will drop pianos, ammos, yes sirs, on your heads.
Track Name: The Vultures (Oh, How Lovely Was The Evening)
Oh, how lovely was the evening?
Round the wheel the wilds a-runnin'
Mum the river singing, humming
"We'll keep the vultures dying"
The afternoon bread's left crumbs in our beds.

Jillian within the forest
Struck a stone and broke her poor wrist
Buried in the ground the lame appendage
And became a tree of bended branches
The garden of leaves we built from our knees.

But then storm it poured upon us
And we sang the howling chorus
Fires came then flood to the forest
The vultures cried and flew above us.

So you and I will die adored
Thrown around the willful rapids
"Who of us is truly horrid?"
Sings the vultures ended chorus.
Track Name: The Arsonist
A cannonball shot to bits my bedroom wall
Said "Don't be such a know-it-all"
And left me with the moon.

Alcohol, guns, and dressings down the hall
A fire-pistol on the wall
I'm going to need it soon.

Crazy, I'm so crazy
Crazy, don't think me --
I often am, often not
Feeling floors getting hot

Providence, you've shown me foul temperaments
Until I've had enough of it
I'm going to fetch the moon.

Summer rain reminding me of ankle pain
Twisting words and more again
It's going to leave me on a sprain
It's going to leave me soon.

Watch the strange dove
It's all I've heard of

Serenades shower from your mum's champagne
Read again the whiskey grain
I'm going to love you just the same
I'm going to love you soon.

Watch the strange dove
It's all I've heard of
I'm out of sorts, love
It's all I've heard of
Striking matches
Till one catches.

Morning bells fill my head like oyster shells
Whispering "The oceans swells,
It's going to reach you"
I know it's going to reach me
I know it's going to drown me soon.
Track Name: Town
I joined the business years ago
You joined the circus, now I know.

If in a chart I read your name
If in a crowd you caught my face
I'll meet you when the seasons change
And we go back to town.

My only act of tumbling
My acrobatic gambling
And somersaults in a honey sea
The Seagram ship goes sailing.

I'm fond of paper folded fans
They turn the air to jubilance.