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released January 11, 2015



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former new york mayor Chicago, Illinois

...echoes of a retired civil servant...


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Track Name: best friend
standing at the end of the road
talking back and forth in code
you're not wearing any clothes

older brother crashed the car
now he's got a brand new car
sister's buried in the park

make believe you're at the fair
silhouettes in summer air
can't find best friend anywhere
Track Name: cottonmouth
you've got cotton in your mouth
you say you're moving to the south
back into your childhood home
even though you're fully grown

back to where you first were married
back to where your dogs are buried
back to where the kids were born
back to where the water's warm

you're speaking with an accent now
you let the flora change your mouth
you let the fauna tell you how
to cut your hair or grow it out

all your friends forgot your name
even i forgot your name
how could i forget your name?

where did you grow up?
Track Name: keep it
if you're going to the east coast baby
remember to cut off all of your hair
tie it in to a plastic bag
and leave it with me here
i'll keep it for you

if you're going to the west coast sweetheart
plant a seed in my outstretched hand
when it finally grows into a flower
i'll plant my body in the sand
and keep it for you
Track Name: méxico, d.f.
over the border
in the synagogue

open the door
to let the ghosts walk in
see them shed their skin

the rain is falling
on these catholic streets

your mother's calling
in her favors now
her favorite daughter

light a candle every night

over the border, that's where you'll find her