Animals In The Median

by Radiation City

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Recorded at Dick’s cabin in Trout Lake, WA, Rachel and Brian’s farm in Winlock, WA, the Starfucker hole up in Astoria, OR, the Greenhouse, the Killingsworth and Albina Apts. and various other homes in PDX, OR.

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released May 21, 2013

with thanks and love to family and friends, Sonny, Adam, Josh, Riles, Barra, Justin, Rachael, Brian, Matt, John, TLE, Vin, Jessi, and Kevvy D.

Radiation City is Lizzy Ellison, Cameron Spies, Randy Bemrose, Matt Rafferty and Patti King. All songs written and arranged by Radiation City (additional writing contribution on Wash of Noise from Josh Hodges). Produced and Engineered by: Cameron Spies and Randy Bemrose. Mixed by: Sonny DiPerri and Radiation City at Jackpot! Recording Studio. Mastered by: Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering. Album design and layout by Andy Carlson, Cameron Spies, and Lizzy Ellison.

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Track Name: Zombies
out on the lawn, you could see something was wrong
habit is such, that it lumbers along
the neighbors all talk, they’re shaking up the walk
enter the fear, never ever would have dreamed of being caught
finer today
is the sun on your unbitten leg

how can we get down, when everybody’s lying on the ground
bullets under beds, where are the pistols? they cannot be found
so oh oh so alone with them around

out in the sun where the light shades us from harm
waiting for luck, for the river to dry up
darker you say, is the night that they’ll take us away
now we can get down
cause everybody’s living underground
buried in their beds where are the pistols planted in the mounds

so oh oh so alone now that they’re not around
oh oh oh so lonely now
Track Name: So Long
as bloody as the moon too funny too soon
could swoon but instead it’s ok
to get a kind of apathy that only you could wrap with ease
and give it to us on holiday
and under all the scrutiny as moody as you too can be
this mutiny is barely a phase
so pray tell say you’ll crack the gate
for a break in the way it’s arranged

so long to the notion of gentle gesticulation
the salt in the air is a prayer you can taste

take my hand and give it to the parrots and the picketers
you wouldn’t want it if it was gold,
so you plant it in a soil of clay and oil
and it’s clear the more the water boils
the longer that position would hold
and then you cried into a river
cause you heard it in a song
but it didn’t feel better
if not plenty wrong
so give it away, give it a day, or string it along

so long to the notion of gentle gesticulation
the salt in the air is a prayer you can taste
Track Name: Wash Of Noise
I’ve got a proposition
why don’t we change positions?
I’ll take your physical prowess
you take this rabbit hat from me.
while we’re in this position,
exchanging definitions
I’d like a song to keep my memory intact.
am I high on fumes,
or do you feel it too?
this wash of noise that’s calling me to you

it’s everything, you’ll see
we’ll make it out,
there’s no doubt about it
Track Name: Food
losing all the time, you’re such a brave bug on a light bulb
losing all the time, you’re such a brave bug on a light bulb

I happened to forget you had anatomy
you took out your eyes
for me to see better
once or twice you’ve come to me ‘cause I don’t invite
enough of you babe
to have fun and stay
o o

losing all the time, you’re such a brave bug on a light bulb
cunning never ever failed you, girl, so get clever

now your mouth is whole
it’s incomplete, was stole
a recurring dream of sleep beneath the sheets
having much to learn
a constant curve to turn
a mask made well becomes a shell
to hide the burn

driving every mile inside a paper mache lion
going home is sort of hopeless
Track Name: Foreign Bodies
don’t look now
summer soul will bring you down
only one act
begs for another bow
when the morning is ripe
with a changing mind
and the water, water, water
is so fine
we will go

go outside
the sky is falling down
I can see you flying a kite
girl that’s why
there’s time for us now
tanya, tanya, tanya
you make it so easy

so don’t look now you
won’t always be around
hazy heart beats
take us to higher ground
and the water, water, water
is so high
you’re the only one
the first and the last of your kind
to say we’ll go

you’re the only one
go outside
the sky is falling down
you’re the only one
I can see you
flying a kite
ooh you’re the only one
girl that’s wise
there’s time, there will be time
Track Name: Wary Eyes
go and wear it out
your wary eyes
you’ve got it all
you’ve got it all
go and wear it out
your wary eyes
you’ve got it all
you’ve got it all
oh oh oh oh...
Track Name: L A Beach
holy holler, in the water
salt and sand erodes your blistered feet
holy holler, what a daughter
leave her breathing underneath the shallow sea
oxygen is running thin
the icicles grow back here on shore

coming out for the day
you brought no blanket for us to lay upon
said your home was the sea
did you mean to say me
do you mean to say with medicine
and everything else you put inside my pocket
I’m not better now
nothing figured out
I’m not better now
Track Name: Entropia
caught sewing this for miles
not knowing ever changing greens and the reds
all the vandals have their own way
Track Name: Buckminsterfullerene
cold is night
to a bold new light
oh you’re settled in
bloodstream medicine child
hold your reticent babe
close to your breastbone and smile
you golden god of fables
what could not be real
endless parallels, though you hide it well
so nothing today can stay the same for me
you hollow log, immeasured
you genius cracked, so forever
you’ve got it all
you lucky dog
how so smitten to lick at wounds bitten with lips
three fine fingers the look was so near to the touch
(count the blessings on your table)
gone stare out into night got it wrong about time
time, such a fickle line
lines, lines, just capricious lies
lies, lies, lie in wayward time
and in a day’s week every salt’s gone to seed
a garden shed mistook for turbulent seas
so blown out the 30 way today for me
you’re ruling law
you’re genius cracked
you’ve got it all
you lucky dog
Track Name: Summer Rain
loose ends, like the jelly bloom in dark bays
you said you were over being blue
come back, stave away the greyer greys
with new shades from underneath the sea
where balene sleep

I wanted to be your Eden
I wanted to be your Eve
I just wanted to be your good girl
but then I grew into a man
can’t make land, from under water
can’t find water up here on dry land

new stems of the lily from the dark clay
till blue dawn would see you hide your bloom away
I won’t let you get too far away from me
come back

I just wanted to be your good girl
but then I grew into a man
can’t make land, from under water
can’t find water up here on dry land
As if none had come before us
In somebody else’s plan
Track Name: Lark
this is a lark, this is a larger monster
loving you like you love a good fight,
these unkempt yards make it hard and harder
you rake the leaves, as if to say you won’t stay

take out your knife
cut deep and wide
if you’ve got to let it bleed

this is a lark, this is a darker feather
you make the flight to make it right
it’s not a show of bleeding hearts
buried in the dark above our homes

sleep away the night the day
steal away to a corner of this maze
Track Name: Call Me
hold on to me, that’s all I’ll ask of you
call out to me, that is all I will need