21st Century American

by Jedediah Parish

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released April 2, 2002

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Born in the United States in the late 60s.

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Track Name: A Train Named Hiawatha
through the rain across the fruited plain rolls a rolling locomotive train Red Cloud Nebraska Blue Earth Minnesota Grayville Illinois to Greenville Maine

Rueben takes a rail from Devil's Lake hops the Hiawatha in St. Paul Sulfur, Oklahoma El Dorado and La Plata through Missouri like a cannonball

and it goes and goes swiftly down the track through the day that glows to the night so black...blaack

near the pond in Voltage, Oregon ends the line from Seneca to Burns take the 180 north to Enterprise and Echo twisting like Snake River as it turns

Newport News East St Louis blues Vernal Utah buried under snow Antlers Oklahoma Armour South Dakota Luna County in New Mexico

and it goes and goes swiftly down the track through the day that glows to the night so black...blaack

through the rain across the fruited plain west from Crater Lake to Pantaloon southbound to the stable east to Abe and Able northbound to the center of the moon

and it goes and goes swiftly down the track through the day that glows to the night so black...blaack
Track Name: Last Night's Dream
last night i came crawling on all fours scratching at your window scratching at the door

light thickening pulse quickening i'm puzzled by you

sparks sparkling shapes sharping i'm stunned by the view

in the yellow shadow of the moon i could hear you hum this melancholy tune

light thickening pulse quickening i'm stunned by the view

sparks sparkling shapes sharping i'm puzzled by you

from the bath to the bed in a towel from awake (a wake?) to a dream in the woods enjoy the ride enjoy the ride

in the court of the wild screeching owl in the brambles with dragons and birds enjoy the ride enjoy the ride

ooh
Track Name: Underground Juke Joint
when you hear that rooster crow and your stuff is brewing you can hear them miles below rattling around

when the bones begin to bounce on the jungle gym subway two miles down they bay like hounds rattling around

jump up and grind one curvy line jump up and grind

in a forest nowhere bound where the moss is misty you can feel them undergound rattling around

when the moon turns red as blood and the sky is orange they're the cause of the quivering mud rattling around

jump up and grind one curvy line jump up and grind

under the candy corn rug of rusted leaves under the floorboards down where the pawprints lead where they make that where they make that where they make that where they make that where they make that where they make that that that sound

jump up and grind one curvy line jump up and grind
Track Name: Rotary Phone
out of the clouds comes a fistful of rain down to the subway onto the train straight to your cell for the latest word over the river and to the birds

as a rotary phone spins back in position rotary phone TWilight 5-5431

the sun breaks through on the avenue polish our fangs and we buckle our shoes trailing the ass pants for seven blocks ghosts of the hoop skirts and bobby sox

as a rotary phone spins back in position row row row SUnset 5-5431

left to right from track to track two steps forward one step back til one more day i s all you want one more day is all you want

hold your breath and hope to die til it looks you in the eye and one more day i s all you want one more day is all you want

one more day is all you want

cold enough now you can see your breath one bone explorer has just turned left as one bell rings and your bubble bursts pumpkin remains on november 1st

as a rotary phone spins back in position ro ro rotary CIrcle 5-5431
Track Name: Clawfoot Tub
well, early last sunday i was staining her deck when i stained my head and the back of my neck i asked her where's the sink so i can wash my face she smiled at me and said i know a better place

rub a dub dub in the clawfoot tub she had a ten gallon jug of exfoliating scrub when i asked her where a fella might go and clean up she stripped me and she stuck me in the tub

she had a colorful assortment of glycerine bars and a soap made of pumice from the planet Mars lavender verbena for a healthy glow and a lotion whose function i do not know

rub a dub dub in the clawfoot tub she had a ten gallon jug of exfoliating scrub when i asked her where a fella might go and clean up she stripped me and she stuck me in the tub

sprirulina algae hot green tea simplized Hi Fi Vitamin C fruity biomatric scruff bright red sea salt buff

with her stuff spread out on the bath mat rug she reached into the water and she pulled up the plug she powdered me with talcom and she blew my nose and wrapped me in a towel like swaddling clothes

rub a dub dub in the clawfoot tub she had a ten gallon jug of exfoliating scrub when i asked her where a fella might go and clean up she stripped me and she stuck me in the tub
Track Name: A Train Named Ninety-Three
train train train strut and fret gnash and wail pray for rain train run run you out of town train run run you over train run run you out of town train run run you over

place your bet chase your tail rack your brain train run run you out of town train run run you over train run run you out of town train run run you over

through the purple mountains comes the shiny ninety three it's raining stars yellow fruit shaken from a tree

drunk with blood blind with rage stained with stains train run run you out of town train run run you over train run run you out of town train run run you over
Track Name: Remote Control Giant
right away you impressed me with you iron jaws your thick twelve foot welded frame and sharpened diamond claws

as you scrape straight down Milk Street big baboon style paws we're caught between run and scream and pure parade applause

hot blood red eyes full flood light size light up the sky it's never night at that rare height

then i saw -i could see you- trapped behind a pole a dwarf with a brass spyglass and thin remote control

hot blood red eyes full flood light size light up the sky never night at that rare height

i can see you i can see i can see you i can see

hot blood red eyes full flood light size light up the sky it's never night at that rare height

i can see you i can see
Track Name: Eventide Clockworks
i shake my silver bells the lights turn green light green again down on the ocean floor the sound of two low violins

yes

and on the fruited plain i do the snake and shed my skin stretched out upon the grass until the silver bells again

and there's a fire burning softly in the center of the moon and it may not burn forever but it won't blow out too soon and there's a wind that blows us forward as we float content to drift somersaulting backward tumbling so swift

to the bright blue light bright blue light

all the trees on Locust Lane begin to bend their bony limbs the sky is darkroom red stuck with a million silver pins

the clouds come crawling in the lights turn green light green again up in the outer space the sound of two low violins

and there's a fire burning softly in the center of the moon and it may not burn forever but it won't blow out too soon and there's a wind that blows us forward as we float content to drift somersaulting backward tumbling so swift

to the bright blue light bright blue light
Track Name: A Ship Named Eclipse
hot rum and Arabic gum and red lamp oil the salty sea when it starts to boil brown sugar Cantonese tea on my fingertips as the sun shines down on the ship Eclipse

one day when i finally stand on true dry land i will wash the stain of life from these dirty hands that rooster out in the yard is a siren song that bright green land we once saw is gone

one day when i finally stand on true dry land i will wash the stain of life from these dirty hands and when the waves turn to smoke and the sky turns white the foghorn blows and we shake goodnight one day when i finally stand on true dry land i will wash the stain of life
Track Name: Bad Dream Blues
bones will turn to dust dust will blow away cat will say meow dog will have his day

please, please, please please don't let me die

now there's voices in the air the moon is shining bright death's put on his boots he's riding hard tonight

please, please, please please don't let me die

now i can see him down the road i know he means me harm open up your door hold me in your arms

please, please, please please don't let me die
Track Name: Memories Are Just A Day Away
strut and fret gnash and wail ride your troubles out on a rail cuz i'm waiting (he's waiting)

place your bets chase your tail fortune's winds are filling your sails and i'm waiting (he's waiting)

draw your breath and jump for joy every girl and every boy memories are just a day away

don't just sit there in a daze staring at the amber waves let the world at large think what it may

take a boat take a train take a B-8 single jet plane i'm waiting (he's waiting)

tighten your grip loosen your belt all good things eventually melt and i'm waiting (he's waiting)

draw your breath and jump for joy every girl and every boy memories are just a day away

don't just sit there in a daze drowning in the amber waves let the world at large think what it may

take a boat take a train take a V-8 single jet plane i'm waiting (bbbmbmb)

drawr another breath jump for joy every girl and every boy memories are just a day away