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1.
The Birds 03:43
Desexed and unwound asleep without a sound Desexed and unwound breathing sweet freedom from the pound When the birds come back North, we will track them down at dawn Wage a war on every hunter, barking louder till they’re gone So all the bugs in the dirt, digging it down to Earth, can ride on Desexed and unwound asleep without a sound Desexed and unwound breathing sweet freedom from the pound When the birds come back North we will track them down at dawn Wage a war on every hunter, biting muskets till they’re gone So all the bugs in the dirt, digging it down to Earth, can ride on To all the bugs in the dirt, living for what its worth- right on Heed these six words my friend: “preserve the drake, preserve the hen,” or you will remember when we served for the birds
2.
Bloodletting 03:31
Spring was a time for change What else can be accomplished in the time that it takes birdsong to reach coda? Bloodletting on the side of a stream Ice was swirling in the soda like a mid-summer night’s dream but it- it was only Spring Spring was a time for war The kind where no-one even asks what they started fighting for Senseless violence and all the bloodshed Missiles dancing in the clouds that waterboarded roofs below Peace and love were nice while they lasted, but now its time to lock and load Spring is done, Summer’s begun Lets everyone collapse under the heat of the sun Spring is done, the battle’s been won Everyone survived the unloading of guns
3.
I was walking down a lonely road the only one some people know, but not me I knew maybe two or three but on that road I was as happy as a flea chewing on the back of some young puppy until I was introduced to thee and thus began true love’s territory I was sliding down a rocky slope I’d been climbing without a rope, without fear cause I could see the peak was near but when you said “Hello,” I could hear the sound of a flagpole plunging deep into frozen ground It felt like no-one else in the room was around It’s how true love’s territory was found
4.
Clocktower 07:09
Locked out of the clocktower on a late night Autumn walk I was hoping for some time alone to clear my thoughts and unwind Neighbor stopped to talk, something about construction on the block I was thinking “I don’t really mind, I don’t really like to drive” but I lacked the strength to simply stand there and disagree Everyone’s aways searching for that easy camaraderie Could have climbed the marble stairs Pulled on all the levers that they keep up there Guarded by the mice who never have any plans Dancing to the music of the ticking hands Working hard then soon enough I’m climbing the ranks Just beneath the one who operates the cranks Whispers of a secret plot to turn back time they’re dripping from the leaders down through the pipeline They’re saying that it’s simple, you have to close your eyes then this is what you do: Realize the past, the present, and the future all are inside you Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock
5.
Here comes the snow again, is it still cold? You know it’s best not to believe in everything you’re told Some things change and something’s gotta give Some people do the dance with death just to learn how to live Here comes the snow Here comes the snow again, is it still white? Some things can appear differently under a different light and there’s a different darkness, one that I’ve seen for sure I’ve seen it dulling out the brightest things and cutting right to the core they don’t shine no more Here comes the snow So I guess I’m heading out now, into the cold white snow Gonna find that new kind of light, that different glow It seems so close now, can you feel it in your cheeks? See it lighting up the darkest parts Melting the snow beneath your feet Here comes the snow
6.
I was down I was down on my luck felt like I’d been hit by karma like a ten ton truck I was talk, talk, talking talking loud just for fun I said “I’d walk right into an exploding sun” Yet I floss for the future I floss to teach the kids my ways I floss like it’s important I floss every single day That seems like a lot, well could it be it’s too much? Even something good for you can turn into a crutch I was laugh, laugh, laughing Laughing right at the void I knew I had no choice, some things just can’t be destroyed So I floss for the future I floss to teach the kids my ways I floss, it’s so important that I’m flossing every single day I went to the doc, said “Can you tell me the truth, is it worth it to floss or just a myth from my youth?” Room went silent, she stared straight ahead, looked me right in the eyes and this is what she said Yeah, this is what she said She said: “Needle it through, pull it too, you know you’ve got to do what they tell you to- floss” I floss for the future I floss to teach the kids my ways I floss, I’m so important I’m flossing for remaining days “Needle it through, pull it too, you know you’ve got to do what they tell you to- floss”
7.
Thick Fog 04:25
(Instrumental)
8.
Walking Back 03:25
I was walking back Trying to find something I lost running in the tall grass Like a needle in a stack A tourist trap Somewhere far off the beaten path Using a memory as a map back there Ah, you could feel the heat Of a thousand breaths A thousand tiny cries rising up begging for mercy sweet Though I’d been gentle in my step To the bugs below, I was a giant I meant certain death The unplanned violence of a quest laid bare Oh, you could see the steam Just up ahead and it must have been It must have been from something that’s boiling beneath And you could march up to the spring When the fog is thick, you take a dip, no-one will see a thing Split the bill, you keep the change
9.
No Money 04:27
No money for sugar No money for cream I’ve been dancing in the dark I’ve been running down a dream I’ve been running up that hill, but floating back down in a stream I’ve heard love in the music I’ve heard love is all you need My love’s living like a refugee Love falling but not free Love living on a prayer and to who remains unclear So everyone stay present now, more presence is what we need Gather round, stay close friends Come and hear our creed: When it’s been a long winter, it’s sure to be a hot spring It’s gonna be a hot spring
10.
I think I might boil some cabbage down tonight with the torso of a human and a horse’s appetite I think I ought put some carrots in my pot and some red potatoes too, thats how you make a stew I think I should set fire to some wood Go run and tell the town, there’s plenty to go around Tell the good and the bad ones too, everyone deserves some stew even you

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Hot Spring. Pick it up, flip through the leafy pages, right back to where you left off...Trail Guides, Hints, and Riddles...is the title of every chapter. ”Preserve the drake, preserve the hen”... listen with one eye open.

“It’s sort of an ode to the constant underlying cosmic weirdness of everything and going through the cycles again and again and trying to stay sharp even in the face of guaranteed defeat,”
Radcliffe says. They’re heading back out with him, Everyone Else is, Radcliffe’s trustworthy companions: Ben Austin (cello), Grant Engstrom (lead guitar), Tina Scarpello (vocals), and Jack Schemenauer (percussion), with the addition of Pat Lyons playing the pedal steel guitar. Hot Spring was recorded by the band and handed off to JJ Golden, to safely wedge the message in the wire, a modern day telegraph affair.

It is a plea, a please-be-present appeal. Hot Spring is mystical, mythical, recursive, a handbook for the losers—more lightheartedly, the sharers, still looking to keep quick. It’s exploring those Great Outdoors again. Something’s building up....right on schedule and coming back around. Been brewing all along, maybe. ‘Cause, remember what happened last time? You can hear it in every song. There’s an omnipresent sense of trying to sort through dealings with the creature, nymphs, echo, angel, reflection of all things existential.

Worse comes to worst: look and laugh at the void and echo: tick tock
tick tock
tick tock.

-Nathan Dragon

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released May 17, 2019

Produced by SR with help from EE
Additional tracking (Mellotron, Farfisa, Baldwin Fun Machine) done with Ben Brasil at Chicago Electric Piano Co.
Mastered by JJ Golden
Album Artwork by Anwar Mahdi

EE appears as:

Ben Austin- Cello
Grant Engstrom- Lead Guitar
Pat Lyons- Pedal Steel
Tina Scarpello- Vocals
Jack Schemenauer- Percussion

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