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by Rural Carrier

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Mountain Dew
Bible Belt Buckle
For Loner

Rolled Change
Radio Demo
Dead Bird


released December 19, 2014

written and produced June – December 2014:
Jacob Koestler in Athens, Ohio

recorded 22–24 October in Springfield, Ohio
& 12–14 December 2014 in Athens, Ohio:
Jacob Koestler - guitar, organ & vox
Evan Offenberger - drums
Matt Waite - the bass

mastered December 2014:
Chris Lee in Chicago, Illinois

as a cassette tape and digital release:
My Idea of Fun in Johnstown, Everywhere
Catalog # MIF290



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Track Name: Mountain Dew
Hold it loose enough to toss it if it reels around.

Caress its neck. It purrs in a backward loop.
Prod it, knead it, pull it's skin to find it's what you didn't know.
Full of gears and contraband, broken on the kitchen floor.

These hills bleed the past.
This present rapes its image.
Strip it down to a rotten heart.
Stop beating for me.

Hold it on its side to know which way it ticks.
Track Name: For Loner
sleepless on your back with one eye out
or they'll reach in and grab it
halfway out the door, paralyzed with fear
they'll try to teach you the old ways
they'll only use big words
your head drifts off the bus, crowded, lonely and wrank
it's not a matter of if,
rather a matter of when now
halfway to the roof with a better view
from here, they look tiny
repeated nothing

on a ship that's out of range
swimming air that's cold and strange
you've been lost before
never really seen by them
holding on with one hand
while the other folds into a fist
bottled up with swelling seams
holding onto broken dreams
you've seen TV shows
and you know grayer days
if you sever the head the chews and eats
another one grows in its place

it's better the wrong way
Track Name: Rolled Change
Fall out until it feels right.
I know, I know. It's alright.
Something's better down the way.

Jonzin for the ride of your life.
Lowlife on the side of the road.
Track Name: Dead Bird
nothing to do but stand, backs against the wall
chain link

if the road is flooded turn around