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02:10
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01:46
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02:34
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02:28

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mr brown warm edition

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released June 12, 2017

all songs written & performed by annie umbanhowar and asher white, except track 3 by asher white
all words by annie
most music by asher

recorded by asher in basement march - june 2017, except for track 6
recorded by annie in bed july 2015 + then poisoned w aux vocals in june 2017

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Track Name: nap
context killer, chiller, may 25
filling out a checklist, every day drags by
passing time, i just pass out, the heatwave sticks
tired of being tired of being sick
sidewalk sweeper, sleeper, 8 pm sun
check the weather, i know i’m not the only one
who’s tired of being tired of being here
night at lighthouse chamomile post stale beer

you will outgrow the things you know, you cannot cling like drowning
construction on the streets with every step a hammer ringing
you will outgrow the place you live, you cannot stay forever
it’s all exhausted, it’s only natural

thought depriver, driver, dirt on your feet
“get me home alright? i gotta make it through these weeks”
the warning lights communicating fireflies
things that take a short time to live and die

you will outgrow the things you know, you cannot cling like drowning
construction on the streets with every step a hammer ringing
you will outgrow the place you live, you cannot stay forever
it’s all exhausted, it’s only natural
Track Name: standing outside
i’m escaping the tightness of a new friend’s hand
pinned in the heat from people’s bodies as we stand the
crowd collapses
i come to outside
still clutching lapses in memory and pride

i’ll be ok, just gotta take a walk
orange nightlight saturates the city block
serenading, i guess tonight i’ll be
off-key and stumbling in the alley

the most lovely night!
Track Name: marathoner
burdock root and dandelion
as silver as the hair of some
marathoner, and the roots she kicks up
as she runs in the early
early on when i was small
i had a love for her slightness and strength
and the curly hair, most of all
holding the tide in the curve of a spring

early june i leap from bed and run down to the beach
soak my feet, spit away the bitterness
sliver of a marathon
and bile like burdock taken underneath the tongue
Track Name: amish butter
give yourself what is good
the rest will follow after
health and popularity
and you will multiply
i gave myself walks in the evening
patience like a mother gives
and all the amish butter i could buy

could i follow in the steps
of you i knew so briefly?
through the woods and deserts through
the freedom and free love
end up in a house up north
the surfaces composed of
trinkets from your travels and
the clean pastoral sun
Track Name: little don
i took a tadpole from the lake
held it softly
thought about how easy it would be
to tip my hand up to my mouth and take it into my
body

i went out on a bright march day and climbed up the hill
tried not to think of the way the night burst forward, wild then still
i found a tadpole in the lake
held it softly
extremities almost burst forth
from its soft gold like soft gold metal
almost froglike but not quite
body
Track Name: return
7:30, witching hour
first night back in town
laughing at the door
sun went down early

when i get where i’m bound
will i dress for parties
like you did
in your early thirties?
unpacking, button-down
new hat from the bookstore
bedside mirror purple eyed
i don’t think i see you

but i do in my style
and small friendly habits
amber beads, thinning hair
flair for the dramatic

i
know
for
a
fact