home recordings III

by braden gates

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brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyl brachydactyl brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyly day my baby she was born this way her pollex is short her temper is too when she gets heated there is nothing to do you'll never lose a thumb war that's a guarantee brachydactyl brachydactyl brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyl brachydactyl brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyly day my baby she was born this way friendly bobby dove has similar digits beats me at scrabble and again at cribbage she says, 'megan fox has the same thumbs as me' brachydactyl brachydactyl brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyl brachydactyl brachydactyly dee brachydactyly dee brachydactyly day my baby she was born this way
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i'm up from drinking coffee too late in the day going through old photographs trying to fill a frame watching british television hoping for a laugh pulling at the curtains for a darker shade of black thinkin' on the senior this morning who flipped me the bird on account of a traffic indiscretion that occurred i took that wrinkled finger as my cross to bear i hope that ornery oompa-loompa is feeling lighter than air i've slipped into tomorrow the world's oscillating beat days tumble together like a tug of war defeat i've come to know some grace in accepting a role there is the rope and the one who pulls i settled on the picture i took of you last fall sitting on the end of my bed holding a basketball beneath your shirt against your belly as if carrying a child i looked at you and laughed and thought 'that would be wild' and i wonder if that senior this morning has a baby of his own maybe she don't answer when he calls her on the phone and i've got something beneath my shirt it's not a ball or a boy it's a heart weighed down by grief but still filled up with joy i've slipped into tomorrow the world's oscillating beat days tumble together like a tug of war defeat i've come to know some grace in accepting a role there is the rope and the one who pulls
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he broke both his arms falling off of a building he climbed while higher than the american flag on the fourth of july cleaned him self up, enough to know better you can hear him today reading traffic and weather on the radio waves rides across town on two-wheeler built to go fast knows the only way forward is learning to let go of the past sometimes it's heavy, or light as a feather i hear it in the way he reads traffic and weather on the radio waves you don't know what you've got til you don't have it ain't nothing for sure but death and taxes, weather and traffic i don't need much, don't do a lot of askin' tryin' to wrap my brain around death and taxes, weather and traffic cars go vroom and thunder goes boom and rain goes splash look at us all just runnin' around trying to make a little cash i've been staring at the wall listening to records i got 'em playing over the traffic and weather on the radio waves you don't know what you've got til you don't have it ain't nothing for sure but death and taxes, weather and traffic i don't need much, don't do a lot of askin' tryin' to wrap my brain around death and taxes, weather and traffic
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she swerves left she swerves right we may not may make it home tonight cross my fingers say my prayers by the grace of god that we get there i can smell it on her breath with listerine and cigarettes i know not i would have ever thunk the school bus driver to be drunk we do not leave this world alive we do what we need to survive could be right could be wrong could mean drinkin' on the job
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bag of cukes 02:20
i've got a bag of cukes i've got a bag of cukes i feel like a king, i feel like a duke i've got a bag of cukes i rule the duchy of the cumbers i rule the duchy of the cumbers i eat 'em all day, i eat 'em in my slumber i rule the duchy of the slumbers crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch.... grandpa don't drink water or juice grandpa don't drink water or juice he stays hydrated by suckin' on cukes grandpa don't drink water or juice sometimes you can use 'em as a toy sometimes you can use 'em as a toy you don't have to eat 'em to get a little joy sometimes you can use 'em as a toy crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch
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acorn hill 01:14

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some dork songs i've been carrying around
and some fiddle tunes
the question is
should one pursue perfection
or embrace imperfection
maybe both

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released December 11, 2020

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