by Victory Shoes

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Thanks Marky Mark for saxophone on "Katahdin," Kay Say for screaming his mousey little lungs out on "Witch Blood," Mars Bar & Otherry for laughs on "Find Me Something That Isn't" and "Intersecting Spirals," and Shannon for storytelling on "Or is it I who ties the reef knots to my feet?"

Everything else I wrote and recorded alone over a period of way too long in five bedrooms, three basements, one kitchen, one bathroom, two living rooms, a forest, and two university buildings.

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released January 20, 2014



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Track Name: Katahdin
It felt like the first time that I saw your face in years.
The blindfold falls, the physical world disappears.
"Oh my God," crying, "please don't go."
Lost my word, Katahdin. I need you to know.

Even if I adore you, can't take you to the riverside and hold your hand. They're showing me that maybe it's not so bad to be.
I've been thinking of you and I. It's been a really long time.
It's out. Her body won the war.
Track Name: Witch Blood
Our love, the rain, goes away.
In case the rain grows, I will steal your smile and I will bite my tongue.

(Not bored, not sad, dead.)

Every waking day is the same thing.
My body stays put but my colors are changing.

Can you remember forgetting your native tongue?
Track Name: Pedestals
Ants scare me away, even when your heart sings, and I am not full grown.

Damn near impossible to know // Swear I can see the air, it's slowly moving. Disrepair is known. Still I would be your bby. Darkened before, now you softly whisper, "there's something wrong with me." Cold water cut your ungrown feet. Still I would be your bby.

Maybe one day we'll get it off of you,
But I am not full grown.
Track Name: Nesting
Shy away from loveless, restless chatter.
Nobody stays around.
It doesn't matter.

Maybe this time around I'll learn what not to do anymore.
Track Name: Find Me Something That Isn't
Will I always need a reflection of my own mangled mind to call a home? Will I ever grow? Fill the cup, the sides grow taller.

Ignore it and it will never go away, I've been waking up less each day.

In four weeks time you'll learn that I am unfit for your love. I fumble fright 'til down is up. It's in my blood. Fill the cup, the sides grow taller.
Track Name: Was Not Me Speaking
I made mistakes that've changed my brain // Intermittent outbursts of emotional decay.

Short term it took me home to a simpler head, but I could not forget. The truth grows larger 'til the lie is dead.

Believe I owe it to Tyler to stay reminded that I was born to be alive.
Existence is motherly, valuable, kind.
I would've stopped smiling if you would've died.
Track Name: Accidents Happen On Purpose
It's nice to see // It's nice to be

Bleed up and ride it home.
In five years you'll wake up in the same old bed you made ten years ago.
Before I get carried away, I know.
You're not listening now.

I don't know that I'd be colored misted gold to have that same dream again.
Thinking and staring and thinking and staring and thinking and staring.
I don't know.
Track Name: Brotherly
I regret every word out of my mouth.
I think I'm creeping people out.
I miss belonging and the south.
Why did I come here?
Track Name: Fumblegrot
Eleven tabs well spent, twelve hours dry heaving on a train. Ought to look a little closer before I throw my friends away. Bottled up and made a monster when there's no one left to love, I'll always be.

Spelled out trouble with your footsteps, I'm leaving claw prints in the sand. The sudden rush to my gut when I got to you right says something that I can't. I'd be a man strapped to an arm chair with his pages falling out if it were me.

Ninety minutes of unlawful searches by four policemen and one brown dog. Maybe frisk me one more time, sir. Maybe that'll get you off.
Stick your hands into my pockets, I bet that'll scare me good. I hope you



great day.
Track Name: Or is it I who ties the reef knots to my feet?
Tall, thin, white, misplaced laughter. On the interstate to be alone. Can you hear the flowers? Cold eats coward's old, the feeling grows.

"Run away! Escape! Ignore it! Sleep until you've reached the familiar Spring," crossed off and shot to where you are to taste your smile and hear you sing.
Track Name: Intersecting Spirals
Still overcome by the thought of it, take me away.

We're going different ways and that's okay.