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written performed recorded by Jon Ragel

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released 21 January 2014

Jon Ragel: vocals, drums, percussion, tenor saxophone, turntable, guitars, and keys (Waldorf Pulse, Hammond M1, Prophet 08)

album cover photo by Elementary Photography

special thanks:

Beth Ragel, Jason Sievers, Benjy Rickard, Jared Mees, Josh Ravitz, Tender Loving Empire, Bridgetown Breaks, Radiation City, Y La Bamba, and Hosannas

turntable grabs:

"/The Chase/" contains sample of "Find It Of Use" by Radiation City from the album Cool Nightmare (Tender Loving Empire - TLE-034LP)

"/The Plan/" contains sample from "Wash Of Noise" by Radiation City off of Animals In The Meridian (Tender Loving Empire - TLE-038)

"Tall Man" contains sample of "Bendito" by Y La Bamba off of Court The Storm (Tender Loving Empire - TLE-032LP)

"Automaton" contains sample of "Analog Synth Tones" off of Bridgetown Breaks [volume 1]

"National Vow Song" contains sample of "Isla De Hierva Buena" by Y La Bamba from the album Lupon (Tender Loving Empire - TLE-025LP)

"/The Swim/" contains sample of "Aqua Marine" by Hosannas from the album Song Force Crystal (sohitek - SHTLP 001)

"12/31" contains sample of "Opposite People" by Hosannas from the album Song Force Crystal (sohitek - SHTLP 001)

"So Close" contains sample of "Guilty's Guilty" by Hosannas from the album Song Force Crystals (sohitek - SHTLP 001)

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Track Name: West, US
consider where I'm from
ocean forest mountain desert plane
and what I see
we seem to be
two sided
too divided
too crowded to agree

drive all day
look for a
quiet place to stay
here in the western U S A

who do you trust
don't try to trick me
you can't see through me
I don't repeat this to anyone I trust
you can't see through me
you've got your own reflection down
tell me who you trust
don't try to trick me
you can't see through me
I don't repeat this to anyone I trust
you can't see through me
you're burning your own time

gonna cut some ties

and watch as it starts to sink
and quickly learn
to live without it

gonna cut some ties

drive all day
drive all day
drive all day
drive all day
drive all day
drive all day
drive all day
drive all
Track Name: /The Chase/
there's this story of unrequited want
says something supernatural's taunting me
another tale about nothing to do
another role played by another fool

I set
my hook
hope you
give it try
one line
one hook
come on come on
bite

there's this man he says he'll give you a voice
makes it sound like he's gifting you some kind of choice
brother brother
that's what he swears
brother brother
just standing there

so here we are and does it matter how
here we are what are we gonna do now
without each other what do we have left

I set
my hook
hope you
give it try
one line
one hook
come on come on
bite

my grandfather standing in a line
hands worn from a Montana mine

other grandfather with some remorse
decorated in Ohio's Air Force

(and I can't and I can't and I can't)
can't stop searching across western states
just searching
wind in my face
(choose a direction)
there's nowhere to go
(pick a direction)
then circle home

then circle home
Track Name: /The Plan/
I'm sorry for the fooling things I've done
I'm sorry for the fooling things I've done
at the cornered edges of the earth
there's a tether pulling me back home

two notes moving together
two notes moving to stay in time
two notes bending together
two notes bending to harmonize

and I'll admit I never really had a plan
music's the only thing I want to understand
but everything here I have is yours

two notes moving together
two notes moving to stay in time
two notes bending together
two notes bending to harmonize
Track Name: Tall Man
how can we cull the lies of the tall man
one hand one hand washes the other hand

go right by the minutes go right by
on and on
go right by the minutes go right by
then they're gone

young man young man some day you'll understand
young man young man some day you'll understand

this is the way it's always been done
this is the way it's always been done
Track Name: Automaton
love you to
whatever end
I'm by your side
till the end
need some space
or some time
to yourself
I understand

I understand
just tell me why
I understand
just tell me why
do you beat yourself
down inside

I don't need to see another human face
photo-chopped
don't want to hear another voice of an automaton

just want to see all of your flaws
show me all of your imperfections

don't mean to be
some kind of judge
of how you choose to make your way
I'm no judge
I'm no judge
I'll respect you no matter what

I'm no judge
I know you do what you feel is right
but why do you beat yourself
down inside

I don't need to see another human face
photo-chopped
don't want to hear another voice of an automaton

just want to see all of your flaws
show me all of your imperfections

just want to see all of your flaws
show me all of your imperfections
Track Name: National Vow Song
vow number one
no matter what
always make time to make a song about your time
vow number two
remember vow number one
even when bills are just pulling you under

take both my hands
unsteady as they are
none can break these tireless bonds apart

vow number three
don't be ashamed
your income can't make you forget where you came from
vow number four
don't ever doubt
take the time to reaffirm all your vows

take both my hands
unsteady as they are
none can break these tireless bonds apart

(when will all our circumstances become more equitable)
I don't know
(when will all of our homes start to appreciate again)
I don't know
(when will the government stop taking and start working for free)
I don't know
(when will other countries resume worshipping at our feet)
I don't care about that
I don't care about that
I don't care about that
no more

vow number five
no matter what
don't change the song to try and change your poor fortunes
vow number six
no matter how
pick at the puzzle till you figure it out
Track Name: 1/1
as for the feeling
haunting in
we're all directionless every now and then

as for the feeling
haunting on
it can be swept aside

the downbeat the marching drive
new sounds new sounds to try
the downbeat the march again
flip it repeat and then

make the music
that's all we have
make the music
that's all we have
if you want to be defiant of your doubting half

the downbeat the marching drive
new sounds new sounds to try
the downbeat the march again
flip it repeat and then

awake
make the music make the music
awake
make the music make the music
awake
make the music make the music
awake
make the music make the music

make the music
make the music
make the music
make the music
make the music
make the music
make the music
make the music
Track Name: 12/31
I got a story
what's it about
I don't know

I got a story
what's it about
I don't know

I don't know
I don't know

happy new year
happy new year
happy new year
happy new year

happy new year
happy new year
happy new year
happy new year
Track Name: So Close
on leaving
on living
on taking on
taking on grief
where leaves spin
where leaves spin
across the backdropped grey sky glowing

so close
so close
we pull
it near
to feel
to feel
to steal
another way

oh tell me
oh tell me
do you see the branches stirring
where its arms bend
its arms bend
to embrace the mystery

I've seen mountains
oh mountains
crumble down this valley
where the wind
is revealed in
soft stream just rippling

so close
so close
we pull
it near
to feel
to feel
to steal
another way

so tell me
oh tell me
do you see the branches stirring
and the leaves spin
the leaves spin
across the backdropped grey sky glowing

I've seen mountains
I've seen mountains
crumble down this valley
and the wind
is revealed in
soft stream just rippling