Brother Islands

by East Brother Light Station

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released September 20, 2011

EBLS:
Frankie Koeller
Glenn Otis Brown
Michael Mott
Quarterbar
Sikwaya Condon

1, 3, 8, 9, 11 engineered by Sean Lennon 07/2009; 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 engineered by Paul Tumelo at Wildplum 05/2010; overdubs engineered by Sikwaya Condon & EBLS at Thunder Bunker 2009-10; Mixed by Sikwaya Condon & EBLS

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East Brother Light Station Oakland, California

Like their namesake, East Brother Light Station guide those adrift to terra firma. Like their namesake, Brother Islands make odd kin. Side-mouth drinking men of the sea, prey of mermaid and siren, deft with astrolabe and long of keel.

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Track Name: Longhorns Yeah!
cubicle halls, fake southern drawls
I call the meeting to order by the vending machines

mystery malls, cavity walls
I wear my pantses to the dances at the local Vets' hall

I wanna know: why'd you move to Texas?
Track Name: The Fall
I ask the price before I buy
My days play out like foreign sitcoms

and all these cities named by men who killed for god
will leave poor ruins and sink, forgotten in the sand

but you and I were happy here
we lay and laughed
quiet in the shade

The fall was swift
we came undone
we fled the towns in long columns

descending one and all like locusts on the fields
and when there was no more we turned upon ourselves

but you and I were happy here
we lay and laughed
quiet in the shade
Track Name: Mockingbirds
don't look now
the mockingbirds arrive
matriculating downward pouring out and
pooling deep inside this crumbling urban core

and here they perch
fledglings, interlopers
stumbling drunken in a world
they've read so very much about

yeah don't look now
the mockingbirds arrive again, again
just in time for autumn, hoarding baubles
squawking loudly at each other through the night

but let them sing
for songs too often change
or lose their meaning
and I've forgotten how to give this one a voice

and one by one
most will settle down
under threat of ruin
shorn of highs and shorn of lows
efficient to the core
until the ruthless day
wears its groove into their souls
Track Name: Strange Strange
one by one we fell into orbit
soft and warm
we watched it all happen

and I get this strange strange weightless sea change
at the apex turning round
I float outside my third floor window
watch the endless row of lights go down

and strange ambitions float away
and all I'm left with is endless day
and soft at sea I sit at watch as
strange ambitions drift away

the lights went down
and didn't come back on
we filled our tubs while the water still ran

then we were woken by gunfire
in the distance not too far away
in the morning soldiers filled the streets
to keep the peace and stayed and stayed

and strange ambitions float away
and all I'm left with is endless day
and soft at sea I sit at watch as
strange ambitions drift away