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The thirteenth Danger Painters album

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released February 28, 2019

Kevin Lay - Vocals, Loops and all Lyrics
Michael Barron - Guitars, Xylophone & Vocals
Bob Boilen - Synth, Guitar, Electric Mandolin, Aural Voodoo
Terry Baker - Bass

Written and recorded in 4 locations between February 1 and
February 28, 2019, in response to the 2019 rpm challenge
Produced and mixed by Bob Boilen
Special Thanks to Nick Koumoutseas
Cover design and artwork by Michael Barron

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Danger Painters Washington, D.C.

Danger Painters is Michael Barron, Bob Boilen, William X Harvey and Kevin Lay. Their musical Heritage dates back to the seminal 70s-80s DC music scene, including Tiny Desk Unit, Fuji's Navy and Rhoda & The Bad Seeds.
The band members met in DC but now live in Maryland, New York and Rhode Island, collaborating via the internet and very rarely meeting in one place to perform in public.
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Track Name: Double Elvis
Double Elvis

Hail, hail
Flickering hatchet
Hands throwing shade
You threw that look
If I could catch it
I’d have it made

Peering flattening
Into mosaic
Carpet threading
Threading cadence
That’s where we’re heading

You’re not like anybody else
Not even your double
One leg outta this world
And hand on the throttle
Let’s go – baby let’s go

Re-re-reflecting
Solarizing patchwork
Souls have landed
The souls running righteous

Earning yearning
Yanking the sun around
Revealing and deep
And
Unending

You’re not like anybody else
Not even your double
One leg outta this world
And hand on the throttle
Let’s go – baby let’s go
Track Name: What We Had
What We Had

Frozen red brick
And solitary cars
Cemetery cars
Empty cars just warmin’ up
Let’s warm it up

There’s rusty barrels
Inside other rusty barrels
All tipped over
Next to broken rails
And fallen trees
So many fallen trees
What are we gonna do with these

Now there’s something we forgot
And we could have remembered
It so easily
Whatever it is that they think they got
It doesn’t please me
Next to what we had
Next to what we had

Disused and out of season
Unloved and unlovable
There’s that saloon on the side of the hill
Where I get my fill
Wrapped against the cold
Like a broken truck
My secret’s told my secret’s told
My truck’s been sold   Rocks in rows
And stones in beds
Waters still and rushing

Sticks and stones
And kids in bed
Heart so full it’s crushing
We go poking
Round in dead leaves
For junction boxes
Gone grey as foxes
Hiding in the weeds

Last century’s detritus
The no more farm farmhouse
The danger hi voltage
The shiny little city man
The dusty little country woman
Their faces stark as fields
Head buried in the brush
Hearts choked with vines

This land is gone
This land is gone
God knows I miss America
Track Name: Now Change
Now Change

I’m under 13
And I don’t know what I want
Sometimes I’m all fruit roll-ups
Sometimes Taylor in the dark

I’m spoken of
Not spoken to
Staring in stunned silence
Sharing silence
Shared action

I stand here like a misdemeanor
So relatively small
But I really mean it
Don’t try to fix it
I’m 2 x 6 it
Or 2 x 5½
Don’t laugh

When you’re a big girl
Everyone’s a speck
You take up all the room
You gasp up all the oxygen
And act like you don’t care
It’s only air

Where’s all the too skinny girls
Skinny as all heck
Who get mistaken for canes and chairs
Looking like a spare
After the ball
After all

I dislike uncertainty
Cuz I’m sure I won’t like it
Yet I’m sparkin’
On urgency
Now change
Now change

I’m under 13
But I don’t know what I want
Sometimes I’m all hot pockets
Sometimes it’s mommy in the dark
C’mon change
Track Name: That Never Happened
That Never Happened

Bring on the 13 graces
Show us your animal
A little growl might be sufficient
If it’s more than occasional

Bring on the eyes so limpid
Show us you can cooperate
Show us anything that’s actual
As you drive me to the airport

But we know that never happened
No matter how hard we dream
Or how blue were our highways
Where is everything

Pull on the old church bell
Is it really that simple
Or any alarm that you’ve invented
Just keep your hands visible

Pull my leg dear but be convincing
And don’t show it if you’re injured
Or if you’ve stopped remembering
Anywhere that you’ve been

But we know that never happened
No matter how hard we dream
Or how true were our highways
Where is everything
Track Name: Wonder
Wonder

As you stand in the door
I’d do nearly anything
To kiss your neck
And I’d give even more
To do it again and again

Your Adam’s apple
The real forbidden fruit
Bobbing for apples
My new and only pursuit

My dark little angel
Your black blade eyelashes
Cut to the core
In the raking light
They cut some more

My so-called Black Irish
My so-called cuppa tea
As your beard becomes illuminated
Your lips
Become an unlocked key

I’ll take the wonder
I’ll take the certainty
I’ll take whatever
You can give me
For all eternity

As you stand in the door
I’d do nearly anything
To kiss your neck
And I’d give even more
To do it again and again
Track Name: Poison Earrings
Poison Earrings

Miss Sweeney undercover
Is mission impossible - anymore
Put a rock in your show
To throw off the watchables

As you move thru the region
With more arms
Than allegiance
Meet me in the house
In the Queen Anne Style
I know I know
No one does that – anymore

Meet me at the border
Near the cardboard guardhouse
Keep your ID in your head
And your hands by your side

Keep these in your bag
They’re combs for your hair
Take this letter and mail it
To yourself
The next time you’re there

Keep these in your bag
They’re combs for your hair
Take this letter and mail it
To yourself
The next time you’re there

As we hold on sweetly
And pair into each others eyes
This is the double double cross
The combs are tainted
And the letter’s imbued
And my gift of poison earrings
The least I could do

Isn’t love romantic
I still find it to be true
Isn’t love just the end
Just look what it did to you
Just look what it did to you
Track Name: Lachrimae
Lachrimae

Tears
Nothing but tears
Tears
What are we gonna do about us

My dear
Whose hand is my love
My fear
That your hand should ever leave mine

My world
Shattered at the center
My heart
A dark place it enters
For the rest of its days

To the end
Nothing but tears
Tears
What are we gonna do about us

I cry – into my hands
I leave – to walk the hollow lands
I remain – alone
Not only alone
But alone without you
Just in tears
Track Name: Mandobird
Mandobird

Well the Mando
Is a pretty bird
And will raise you like their own
With no plan to leave
Till it’s the right time to leave you
Till it’s your turn to fly

Well you played songs
For nothing
And you’ve played songs
For gain
O the joy that you bring
Whatsoever you sing
Everybody sings along

Well you bet that guy
Your Chevy
And he raised you
His Ford
Now you’re both
Pitchin pennies
‘gainst the back of the church
Cryin’ why me lord

Well the Mando
Is a pretty bird
And it watches as you try
The good job you’ve done
The good man you are
Bring a tear to your daddy’s eye
Track Name: It Begins
It Begins

It begins
At the end
Or somewhere near the end

It begins
At the end
Or somewhere near the end

Terra Terra Terra

Circle moon
Cycle back
Circle back for the attack

Circle moon
Cycle back
Circle back for the attack

Terra Terra Terra

Last Night
I had a dream
It was 13 coaches long

Last Night
I had a dream
It was 13 coaches long

Cutting land
Peeling miles
Disappearing from sight

Terra Terra Terra Terra Terra

Last night
I heard a drone
It was 39 years long

Last night
I heard a drone
It was 39 years long

Hauling fog
In vast amounts
Evaporating in light

O ah Terra
O ah Terra
O ah
Terra
Track Name: It's Been a Minute
It’s Been a Minute

We Teach our daughters
To raise their fists in the air
To make the truckers
Blow their horns

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