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New Ways of Letting Go

by Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs

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1.
when the city goes from busy day to quiet night and the bright lights come on around the walkway by the pier everybody knows me on an iron bench the fishermen have left a trace in the silvery shine of fallen scales like mesolites everybody knows me I do my work a hundred milligrams is all I need on my dark and dented workbench something burns so that mother shouts down you'll kill us all before you're done everybody knows me I do my work a hundred milligrams....
2.
walk me around the imperial town say what they say I'm gonna do something everyone wears a venereal crown say what they say I'm breaking through today haymaker market you better work it harder seven times round the church of a martyred saint and the bells they will ring for the party starter they'll use his name to name the avenue bury the money in buckets of milk say what they say I'm gonna do something everyone's wrapping their hands up in silk say what they say I'm breaking through today haymaker market you better work it harder seven times round the church of a martyred saint and the bells they will ring for the party starter they'll use his name to name the avenue hey hey haymaker market you better work it harder seven times round the church of a martyred saint and the bells they will ring for the party starter they'll use his name to name the avenue
3.
a meeting by the old bandshell at the end of woodland dell if butterfield's and baker's says it's just as well it will be just as well I hate the way you dream of getting old and so what did you come here for to mucky up the object floor butterfield's and baker's isn't just some store it is so much more I love the way they dream of getting old aah aahh I love the way they dream of getting old aah aahh so cut across the old estate and meet me by the woodland gate butterfield's and baker's makes you demonstrate on the other man
4.
The shepherd’s purse from Yamaguchi Hall Is coming up beside the garden wall it scattered a thousand seeds around my careful garden beds from the hill behind my shed it’s been a windy season just like I said it was certain to spread They say they like to eat its winter greens And paint them in their little wispy scenes And scatter a thousand seeds around my careful garden beds from their hill behind my shed it’s been a windy season just like I said it was certain to spread everyone's getting some all the way out to dixon so it is I suppose they planted them in rows! and scattered a thousand seeds around my careful garden beds from their hill behind my shed it’s been a windy season just like I said it was certain to spread scatter a thousand seeds around my careful garden beds…
5.
Red Violins 03:20
words I know how to say I feel everything so forlorn and resounding that's over my head red violins melting down all of mother's coins till I can see right through to the bottom that's under my feet red violins humma humma humma who will be sorry for all the double dead there in the ocean of slaves all getting lost in rhyme we're breaking up rocks by commander's tent tonight we're gonna play red violins!
6.
come walk with me out to the guard wall and put your little hand in my hand let's not talk about everyone leaving today see there are times when even breaking glass rings soft and clean like little bells and from this distance it almost could be a mazurka you can spin around and remember things you can touch your face and keep speaking you can kiss the stones and say rescue me on the arm of a burning city on the arm of a burning city when you used to dance in your parlors your hands made all the candles dance too while out in the snow my policemen were keeping you safe now follow me through your brick wasteland and feel winds where there used to be rooms and taste the sweet and confusing perfume of destruction you can spin around and remember things you can touch your face and keep speaking you can hit the stones and say rescue me on the arm of a burning city on the arm of a burning city here all of your important books would be sewn into sumptuous leather and gold and stacked up waiting to leave on the evening trains how many now wish that they could send someone safe bound up in some other skin to the warm lamplight that graces places of study you can spin around and remember things you can touch your face and keep speaking you can kiss the stones and say rescue me on the arm of a burning city on the arm of a burning city don't ever foget calahora you cut off his lips and you burnt both his hands and you cut out his tongue and you burnt up his body alive and I watched you in groups so uncertain your sad futures like sweets in your mouths as your mandolin bands labored beneath my old arches you can spin around and remember things you can touch your face and keep speaking you can kiss the stones and say rescue me on the arm of a burning city…
7.
Elm Yellows 03:31
you've walked that path many times to where the boathouse is tangled in moorlines we paddled out around the mark to where the loosestrife comes up from the dark sick trees all along these pathside berms and signs to tell you all about botanical terms like elm yellows it wasn't here where it went wrong when the leafhoppers carried their song in early spring leaves going brown might be months before they finally come down sick trees all along these pathside berms and signs to tell you all about botanical terms like elm yellows rosy rosy rosy winter morning sun shining every one hanging on hangin the rangers worked for months and months they cut them down and they cored out the stumps they planted saplings and wrapped them in sails and took the signs down beside all the trails sick trees all along these pathside berms and signs to tell you all about botanical terms like elm yellows
8.
can you tell me if your thoughts are clear can you get up there? don't you worry bout the noise round here this is anywhere jet black birds if that's a feather then your hands are wrong that is called a hand that's a voice you've got it's not birdsong do you understand? jet black birds and they want to see you drown drown drown and they want to bring you down down down and they want to see you drown drown drown and they want to bring you down down down and they want to see you drown drown drown jet black birds...
9.
caffeine mae she tells it like it is and then walks away minding her own business and she won't say anything unless it's what she means in my room I've got hard to find machines and I make em bloom when I'm in my dreams I get everywhere all on my own mind power oh my hands my hands all the little bones are turning the institute is burning nighttime I'm supposed to be sleeping in my bed but it's streets I'm running through everything's gone red is that caffeine mae oh my god I think that she is dead oh my hands my hands all the little bones are turning the institute is burning ahhh oh my hands my hands all the little bones are turning the institute is burning
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Far Rockaway 03:41
hurry back my precious one it's time for you to be my son you're so sincere so get my gun and use it on someone here's what you need to know I got shot walking in far rockaway oh that woman boy she ain't worth a damn search the town for workers boy and find one that you can destroy the method that you should employ is to shoot him and when the sirens wail and they nail you in that gunsmoke cloud put up your hands and say I did it boys I dig it bos I dig it boys here's what you need to know I got shot walking in far rockaway oh that woman boy she ain't worth a damn if I'm gone and you're in jail she'll feel it boy, she'll weep and wail
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Phainopepla 03:50
running running running through the dark time with bright things sleeping sleeping sleeping dreaming of mistletoe where they went do not know did not fly down to the water walking walking walking with a red shine and heavy steps where he went do not know when I flew she lay in the water she lay in the water

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released August 15, 2006

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