Welcome to Washington

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Welcome to Washington is collection of songs about the history and environment of Washington State.

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released July 1, 2013

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Track Name: Scablands
So named for their resemblance to
partly healed wounds cut deep into
the epidermis of the earth
a satellite image now confirms

Father of Neo-Catastrophism
Father of Neo-Catastrophism birth


What you can see that you can’t explain
What you can be that you can’t explain
Inside of me flooding inundate
And your cellular memory just accepts its fate

What you can be that you can’t explain
570 miles above me can you feel this pain?
Our landscape irrevocable changed
And your cellular memory just accepts its fate

500 cubic miles burst through
the remnants of the ice barrier
with almost unfathomable force
massive boulders
granite with no source

What you can see that you can’t explain
What you can be that you can’t explain
Inside of me flooding inundate
And your cellular memory just accepts its fate

What you can be that you can’t explain
570 miles above me can you feel this pain?
Our landscape irrevocable changed
And your cellular memory just accepts its fate

Its fate

Let the observer take the wings of the morning to the uttermost parts of the earth, he will nowhere find its likeness.
Track Name: Anax Junius
What do u call me?
I know you’ve got a name for this
What do u cost me?
I know you’ve got a pain for it
And where you’re paper thin
You move so fast you dart alight
And where you're solid
You hide the spirit of a fight

I’ve got a place I’ve got a place
Where you can think all that you are
I’ve got a name that you can say
I heard you whisper in the dark
Erase it

I saw you crawling
300 million years ignite
Atmosphere calling
The warmth evokes our ancient flight
From Grass Lake slip away
Abandon everything you know
Survival in our eyes
We'll become predators not prey

I’ve got a place I’ve got a place
That's better than our words
I’ve got a name that you can say
It's one I think that you have heard
Erase it
Track Name: The (ever-elusive) NW Passage
Ships in the water
Charting the coastline
Seeking a clue, a passage-way

Shoals reefs and sand bars
Thick Fog obscures stars

Pictures of places
that you could take me
Hope -myth –cartography

Storms, pirates, gold, ice,
Thieves scurvy, silk, spice

What makes it so hard to see
3000 miles of impassible geography
What makes it so hard to feel
The crush of the glacier before you see its real

I’m Juan de Fuca from Valeriano
In my Caravela I will see

Shoals reefs and sand bars
Thick Fog obscures stars

I’m captain James cook
Charting the coastline
Markets of Asia
Tempting me

Storms, pirates, gold, ice,
Thieves scurvy, silk, spice

Where did you go what did you seek there?
Did you hesitate?
Does something tell you there is a purpose for both time and place?
Does the elusive highway call to you through time and space?
Could you return the way you came or have you lost your way?
Track Name: George Washington Bush
In the dream
I'm in the battle of new Orleans
from beneath the cotton and the dead bodies
Black Hawk looks up and laughs

Isabelle Missouri’s starting to look like hell
With steady rain & seldom death knells
Boys can bloom & breathe

And you can take it
But the red white blue can you shake it?
Break it you can break it
North by NW
And you'll find the place you saw inside your mind

Clay County
We'll leave behind with all her death & greed
The silver stowed we're off to new valleys
Where her destiny meets ours
Who's to say
What will come to pass another day
Wagons roll on to emerald & jade
Beyond the grip of "liberty"

And you can take it
But the red white blue can you shake it?
Break it you can break it
North by NW
And you'll build the place you saw inside your mind
Track Name: Narcissa Harbinger
Where are we now, and who are we that we should be thus blessed of the Lord?
We arrived from Walla Walla to a house with a good fireplace, and floor
No windows or door except blankets still my heart truly leaped for joy
At the comfort of the fire
Though we had neither table, bedstead or straw,

Our boards are sawed by hand
Ground's high where our house stands
We're here as God’s right hand
In our ways we gift this man

It is a lovely situation And how many are wanted from the east
To come into the highways & hedges & compel sinners into the feast
This rising tide upon our pathway creates a path that widens at our feet
Our greatest wish to be His herald, doorkeeper, harbinger, we bespeak

Our boards are sawed by hand
Ground's high where our house stands
We're here as God’s right hand
In our ways we gift this man
Track Name: The Tacoma Method
Company town
Terminus of
North Pacific Railroad
A committee of 15

Alpha Opera House
Resolution
And the Newspaper war
Finally broke into the street

Delay is just weakness
Unpardonable sin and the
Governor nowhere
A mob in raincoats ever in his heart

Mow Lung, Sing Lee, Hop Lee, Goon Gau
Yuen Nome, Jam Kee, Yon Fong,
Wing Sing, Quong Chong Yuen, Mee Nome, Tai Wo Tong

Delay is just weakness
Unpardonable sin and the
Governor nowhere a mob in raincoats ever in his heart

Company town
Terminus of
American dream
A committee, a machine
Burning tenements on
The wharf-ashen homes
Pay the ticket to ride
The Lake View Junction
Tracks you lay

The shrieking shop whistles
Clubs threats & pistols
And the governor nowhere
A mob in raincoats ever in our hearts
Track Name: Armistice Day
That cold & dark November day
The sun fights to burn the rain away
The boy scouts march & the band it plays
1919 Armistice parade

Armistice Day
Armistice Day Parade

Children watch n the leaves they fall
Soldiers march to the crowds applause
But a warning issued late yesterday
Sparked workers to seek Smith’s legal aid

“Defend what’s yours-you have the right”
Hill, house, Hotel,
Wait for the fight
Not thinking that this wreckless raid
Would rain down hell as part of the Armistice day parade

Armistice Day
Armistice Day Parade

The Skookumchuck ends Everest's run
Belt roundhis neck
His face a drum
Dragged back to town when the lights go black the townsfolk know that he won’t b back
Chehalis draw my spirit N
Neuwakum skookumchuck black satson
Come wishkah Hoquiam
Join our cause an injury to one is the concern of all.
Track Name: Pacific Chorus Frog Meets Blue Heron
You are a keystone
I hear your voice when I am alone
You call me to you near the window
And oh the glory of God that’s inside you

My senses don’t lie
Your song it calls to me from on high
Above the house
Down from grey sky
Soon I’ll be feeding on what is inside you
In death you speak to me
Your cells rise up and move my heartbeat
Just a breath separates us
What separates us now?

You whispered once then
Between the fern and rhododendron
That I would be your only true friend
But the ephemeral pond is behind me.

My senses don’t lie
Your song It calls me from on high
Above the house
Down from Grey sky
Soon I’ll be feeding on what’s left inside you
In death you speak to me
Your cells rise up and move my heartbeat
Just a breath separates us
What separates us now?
Track Name: Hanford: the paradox of possibility
Sagebrush, steppe & talus slopes
Riparian, black cottonwood hopes
Basalt outcrops, bunch grass and forbs
Whitefish sturgeon you absorb me

And what is it what is it,
What is it I want from you?
Irrevocable answer: That our ways will continue
And what is it what is it,
That can make our dreams come true?
Radionuclide I love you
As long as I subdue you

Is it loneliness or lust?
I cling to parts of rust or dust
Flee these sterile vats at last
Through the air ethereal gas

And what is it what is it,
What is it I want from you?
Irrevocable answer: That our ways will continue
And what is it what is it,
That can make our dreams come true?
Radionuclide I love you
As long as I subdue you

I crave your cool touch to my heat
Colombia pathway set me free
My beauty transforms what I see
2-6 hours I’m released

Fuel element failures reactor purge launch me into the universe
Grasses sedges reeds and rush
Routine operations
Rabbit brush
Cows and corn and milk and lungs
Pulsing blood and cells and dust
Soaring eagle in the sky nothing can stop me only time.
Track Name: Green River Killer
I'm bad I'm bad
And I don't know why
I'm sad I'm sad
And I don't know why
I'm mad I'm mad but I know why
They lure me to their bodies, then trap me inside

The pickup rolls up Pacific Highway
"Come on for a ride, I'll take you someplace."
Her hair flies all around my face
Coursing through my body
God's wrath and God's hate

Kimmie Kai, Mary, Delores my dear
I saw you walking, the sky was so clear
Shaunda Patricia & April don't fear
Just meet me at the playground
No one else is here

Oh try as I may
We'll go down to Green River
She'll go down to stay

Mothers & brothers & & sisters in tow
Her body weighs heavy with their
Worry & woe

The winds push towering Douglas Fir
Beyond the banks, green aquifers
She'll sleep all night beneath skies so gray
Rolling down Green River
Man's wrath & man's hate

Kimmie Kai, Mary, Delores my dear
I saw you walking, the sky was so clear
Shaunda Patricia & April don't fear
Just meet me at the playground
No one else is here

Oh the words stuck in our head
From the magazines, newspaper, tv & web
Oh the bitch-whores they make
We'll go down to Green River
Wash our sins away
Track Name: The Cascades Will Save Us (if nothing else)
We’re gonna drive through the Cascades tonight
The pass is open
Scintillate flashing shine
Whispering absolution to obscured twilight
You know it…
And our escape is hushed by curling snow
It’s lifting up the van and its cargo
And when I open up the sliding door
You know it

Whatever I owe
You know I ‘m good for it
Years in the glow
Sound a humming memory

Up into the snow
Animate this carapace
Exhale where he stands
Breath blanket man
You own it
You know it

Mountains mark, survey my wrongs
I sang a hollow shell a song
With nothing there but skin and hair
Inside no conscience buried there

Crag and water falling fast
I’ll stop the car so I can ask
What I can do to right this wrong
To treat this twisted broken song

We’re gonna drive through the Cascades tonight
The pass will close behind
And blankets bright
Will whisper absolution to obscured twilight
You know it

And your escape is hushed by curling snow
It’s lifting up the van and its cargo
And when I open up the sliding door
You know it

Whatever I owe
You know I ‘m good for it
Years in the glow
Sound a humming memory

Up into the snow
Animate this carapace
Exhale where he stands
breath blanket man
You own it
You know it
Track Name: Grocery Store Seduction
Slow cart, full heart, blank stares, no charge
Car don’t take me to the Grocery Outlet
Eggs, milk, weird juice, beans, rice, fears loose
Car don’t take me to the Grocery Outlet
Ground beef, drum sticks, lemonade mix
Car don’t take me to the Grocery Outlet

Come ride the conveyor belt to the check out girl
My life is all piled here
I can widen it with the vast array of stuff I get
I’m plugged in but juice won’t flow,
It’s not my outlet though it feel like it.
I’m plugged in but juice wont flow…

Chips, beer, ice cream, canned fruit, my dreams,
Car don’t take me to the Grocery Outlet
Bleach wipes, stain guard, pushing so hard
Car don’t take me to the Grocery Outlet

Come ride the conveyor belt to the check out girl
My life is all piled here
I can widen it with the vast array of stuff I get
I’m plugged in but juice won’t flow,
It’s not my outlet though it feel like it.
I’m plugged in but juice won’t flow…
Track Name: Bout Night at Skateland
Roll me out, with the pack I breathe
Where mismatched worlds, they can't get to me
I watch her break away then recede
The faith I have helps me wait and see

She's coming around again
Rolling around the bend
She's coming around again
Rolling around the bend

And in the morning you create anew
This 3-D puzzle I've been dropped into
They say it's old, but I feel it new
The edge us taking me back to you

She's coming around again
Rolling around the bend
She's coming around again
Rolling around the bend

I stepped outside, got a penalty
But back-blocking, no you did not see
Tonight everyone wants to crash into me
Just keep me close, within 20 ft

She's coming around again
Rolling around the bend
She's coming around again
Rolling around the bend x2
Track Name: King Claudius in King County
What’re you sprinkling in my ear?
“For free friends, live chat and photos click here”
And she’s all wrapped up in an American flag
If you don’t click now, you know you’re gonna feel bad

Kill steal , death cash, take want
You know it’s coming coming
Cut stab, pull wrack, doll face
She’s got you running running

Behind bar codes feel more
You know their cunning cunning
Sign for free more slave store
You sleep their gunnin’ gunnin’

What are you pouring in my drink?
When all is said and done I’ll need a quality shrink
If I could just make the switch and use my promo code
I could save enough to start again buy a new soul

Kill steal , death cash, take want
You know it’s coming coming
Cut stab, pull wrack, doll face
She’s got you running running

Behind bar codes feel more
You know their cunning cunning
Sign for free more slave store
You sleep their gunnin’ gunnin’
Track Name: When the Blanket Descends
When the blanket descends we all know it’s the end
Of the fire and the shine
Of the heat and the fine

When the blanket descends
When the blanket descends
We all know how it ends
When the blanket descends


When the blanket descends its snowy grey blooms
Grace the sky in the town
And the light filters down

When the blanket descends
When the blanket descends
We all know how it ends
When the blanket descends

Cover me cover me cover me
Will you let me be what I want to be
In your shelter in your doom
In the sanctity of the tomb

Cover me cover me cover me
Will you let me be who I want to be
In your shelter in your doom
In the dull damp dark that looms

When the blanket descends
Pushing plumes of the past
To your windowsill view
So the old becomes new

When the blanket descends
When the blanket descends
We all know how it ends
When the blanket descends

When the blanket descends
Oh monotonous trend
And you doubt all the stars
Until night, when stone parts

When the blanket descends
When the blanket descends
We all know how it ends
When the blanket descends
Cover me cover me cover me
Will you let me be what I want to be
In your shelter in your doom
In the sanctity of the tomb

Cover me cover me cover me
Will you let me be who I want to be
In your shelter in your doom
In the dull damp dark that looms
Track Name: From Olympia to Москва
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep
Me from pretend democracy
She goes hard she goes hard she goes hard
And I’m hailing Mary full of grace
Can you get me out of this fucked up place
My name they’re trying to erase
She goes hard she goes hard she goes hard

Every monster has a heart &
In the aortic valve, that’s where she is
And the heart pumps secret message
Oxygen to the hands legs,
You can breathe now, you can see now, you can feel now
In her blood we live
Immaculate Heart

Angel of God, my guardian dear
To whom God’s love commits me here,
The sacrosanct dollar still I fear
But she goes hard,she goes hard she goes hard

Yea, though I walk through the shadow of death,
My sold, spirit bereft
I will fear no man despite this theft

Every monster has a heart &
In the aortic valve, that’s where she is
And the heart pumps secret message
Oxygen to the hands legs,
You can breathe now, you can see now, you can feel now
In her blood we live
Immaculate Heart

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