On Flat Earth

by Herbert Walker

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1.
Sidewalks spit up names of old carving hands they don't read the same as they did When I got home my head started to drone and I couldn't go back like this. How have you been- How is your head- My how you've changed- where did my friend go? Til the drudge of my week set fire to my Friday which burned through my weekend left a hole in my ceiling then the empty space just filled up with noise like mom's early hush from the traffic outside. Darling depression you're some kind of inertia and my blanket's ripped from under I saw from bed airplanes over head coming so close but never touch down The ohm of the microwave, hum of my A/C, noise I don't like and some how I need.
2.
Summer's here and this house is a balloon, some island I fear, some faraway corner of a room, some blind bridge between two empty bellies, someone to love and hate, someone beyond luck and mistakes. Isn't this great- all the muscle it must take to validate your pain, like digging up worms. Summer's here and this house is a balloon, some island I fear, some faraway corner of a room. This effort to be alive, some common goal, some common drive, driving round and round late at night. Nice, isn't this nice- some comfort in blindness, some kind of kindred hate, we'll all be extinct- and I'm digging up worms, plowing flat earth. Last night I went on a walk to free my self from myself and every step in the dark just led from where to where else. This glorified center of the world, and some overstated math says good good good good good good good good good good good good good. I just want to tell you that I love you the way that all the clouds tell me its cloudy the same way all the rain tells me its wet just like how the bloom tells me its spring, it may be May again and again.
3.
Balcony 04:49
For a minute I thought that I had it- just kidding I barely grabbed it. If someone's listening, I think they'd find it boring. Everything's beautiful here- even our diseases. How do I learn from my mistakes if I haven't made them yet? I feel wholeheartedly blank like some grand granite idea. Maybe we're trying too hard trying to make this all last maybe I'm taking too big too big of a bite. My brain's a parking garage and everything's beautiful here- but it could be better. Getting really good at finding out how much enough is. I feel wholeheartedly blank like some grand granite idea. Every time we crash is 'cause we went to fast, and what you got last night is something that you might owe the next morning. O look at the view, nothing you can't choose, just a world of fruit rushing up to you, falling off the balcony. And I ate my glad til I'm doped and fat, free of hurt and bad and there's something left- something that I'm lacking. I feel wholeheartedly blank, like some grand granite idea.
4.
Doggo 04:34
I'm just like a dog; in front when we walk, I don't own me, I don't own a thing. Language mistaken for convenience suddenly I'm lost in a place I thought I knew best. Now all I hear are animal sounds I can count the animal types. We're only half made- what are these silly bags we walk around in, and if it doesn't end, where does it go? I'm just like a dog; heaven is the park, every day's a happy new year. I admit I lost it when you came in- all this time spent figuring out how big forever is. Now all I hear are animal sounds, I can count the animal types. We're only half made- why do the plants look so alien at night? Not sure how they smell, but they taste good, though.
5.
Interlude 00:57
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Eat Forever 03:20
7.
I'm locked, got a lot, lot locking me A whole lot stopping me I'm not stopping see. I'm loved, got a lot, lot of love for me I'm so in love with me, I'm loving selfishly. I'm top, on top of some monster singing 'I left my friends at the bottom of his feet.' I figured there would be time for my regretting but now's good for the getting. I'm dead on the back of his head these green grass pastures and sour patches of laughter, said 'I am immortal, yes I am immortal.' I wrote to my god my request and he forwarded it. I figured there would be time for my regretting but now's good for the getting.
8.
Long Arms 05:59
Everyone's famous easy to feel uninvited and aimless an animal in the lawn turned into a woman wore an expression I couldn't pin down Boredom is death as days are long arms I want to wrap them wrap them around you. Here's how it starts so many ways for us to fall apart too many days spent waiting for not much too many days on auto-pilot and it almost makes more sense to live in the past; plenty more space and friends and the jokes laugh back. And I feel like a fly stuck between window and blind wanna live like this forever in this photo album. No you're not pathetic -even your failures they're all amazing. What are the chances what are the chances you get what you wanted? Just let me hold you this time I won't drop it. Here's how it starts so many ways for us to fall apart too many days spent waiting for not much too many days on auto pilot. and it almost makes more sense to live in the past plenty more space and friends and the jokes laugh back and the future's so bright such a burning white light wanna live like this forever in this photo album.
9.
Max 04:37
I've lived here for years but I haven't moved in yet always thought I'd be somewhere somewhere better better than here. The boxes are all tables now the ones outside were rained on I couldn't tell you what's in them always thought I'd throw them out. Guess who's stuck stuck in two two places and never here not here, not right now. And please meet my roommate my sorry old friend, the nights we spend in our hot car the same one we showed up in, You dressed in all the good parts I made tallies of the bad ones, there's such a great selection there's always one to laugh at like how I'm stuck into two places and never here not here, not right now. And you said, you said like you always did advice I needed live life with the living before it's all a real, real, really long time ago and I can't even imagine that but soon I wont have to. A real, real, really long time ago, a real, real, really long line to wait in I'm still waiting and I'm starting to think that there's no consolation gift.
10.
Consolation 05:31
I've lived here for years but I haven't moved in yet always thought I'd be somewhere somewhere better better than here. The boxes are all tables now the ones outside were rained on I couldn't tell you what's in them always thought I'd throw them out. Guess who's stuck stuck in two two places and never here not here, not right now. And please meet my roommate my sorry old friend, the nights we spend in our hot car the same one we showed up in, You dressed in all the good parts I made tallies of the bad ones, there's such a great selection there's always one to laugh at like how I'm stuck into two places and never here not here, not right now. And you said, you said like you always did advice I needed live life with the living before it's all a real, real, really long time ago and I can't even imagine that but soon I wont have to. A real, real, really long time ago, a real, real, really long line to wait in I'm still waiting and I'm starting to think that there's no consolation gift.

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released May 17, 2018

This album was written by members of Herbert Walker.
It was recorded and mixed by Eamon Ford at Audile Collective, and mastered by Greg Lloyd.
Special guests on this record, in no particular order, are:
Allyson Wuenschel, viola; Joshua Hill, violin; Josh Bennett, clarinet; Luciana Gallo, cello; & Rhys Kelso, trombone.

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