RTR​-​001

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    Second pressing on standard weight black vinyl released September 2014. Redesigned mixed-media cover art and liner notes. Bear sticker included.

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  • RTR-001 - 1st Pressing Randomly Mixed Color Vinyl
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    Side A contains the 6 songs that are "Alta California." Side B contains 6 singles from various recording sessions. Pressed onto 12" randomly mixed color vinyl.

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released February 5, 2013

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Track Name: Tengo Mi Vida En Mi Vida
TENGO MI VIDA EN MI VIDA
Soon as I laid the final brick I asked the girl to be my only
It wasn't much more than adobe and some straw
But we could watch the sun go down on the sierra
I couldn't wait to make the girl my wife
And start out on our brand new life in Alta California
I can't imagine anything better

Tengo mi vida en mi vida
Y todos noches de pasion
Tengo mi vida en mi vida, amiga
Siempre en mi corazon

All the way from Mexico my family came by foot
To see me married off and celebrate the beginning
All my mother could do was cry and father passed around his pipe
And everyone was overjoyed and raising their glasses in the air

Tengo mi vida en mi vida
Y todos noches de pasion
Tengo mi vida en mi vida, amiga
Siempre en mi corazon
Track Name: The Hill
THE HILL
From my window I can see up the hill
To the North are men pretending to kill
Big guns bright lights shake the house at night

On the frontier we have plentiful sunshine
And I'm sort of unaware of the time
But I obsessively count syllable rhymes by line

I spend my time taking care of the animals
But my lady has to work at a desk
It keeps pushing her emotionally, endlessly

Every week I'm learning how to express myself
And every morning I look up at the hill
And I try my best my weight I pull

More than anything I strive for a full life
Because I don't know how many days I will get
I will die but I'm not finished yet
Track Name: New Road To Nowhere
NEW ROAD TO NOWHERE
I don't have much sympathy for the people here
I'm a collision course of death and misery
I've been wasted away because of some sad delusion
That I will have revenge is just a fantasy
Didn't try to resist this I laid down on the ground
I open handedly accepted what was after me
I could easily be another person here
And though I recognized myself it was not all of me

Lives away, I was stunned that day my world was taken from me
I cursed the state that certified my fate
I'd seen them taken

Somewhere in my retreat I heard a message from my children and the love of my life
Travelling back up north I heard a message from my children and the love of my life
They said no killing in the homestead gentlemen rode through town unannounced
And made sure everyone knew that you are true and proper citizens
And welcome to stay here indefinitely
Get home now, rise again.
Track Name: My Choice
MY CHOICE
If I could do this year over again I would have just stayed home
I never should have tried to represent myself behind a flag wearing a uniform
So I will go on foot back to the center of what's relevant to me
They can call this place whatever they'd like
I can't bring myself to leave here

Don't feel bad for me
Because I raised my hands above my head when I was threatened
And I stood for nothing and I learned no lessons
I'll never want to fight again for somebody's ideas
This place is little more than words on paper

If I could do this year over again I would have burned that government letter up
And never looked back and had plenty of food down in my cellar
For the winter and the spring and the summer and maybe into next year
But I'm alive and have the chance to start again
Richer in humility and poorer in friends by increments

Don't feel bad for me
Because I raised my hands above my head when I was threatened
And I stood for nothing and I learned no lessons
I'll never want to fight again for somebody's ideas
This place is little more than words on paper
I chose to walk away from my allegiance in a black location of a burned out territory
Made my own surrender unconditionally
Now more civil and a lot less military
Track Name: Sun Faded Pictures
SUN FADED PICTURES
Well before the rival I was here
And later I tried to sort it all out from the mess that you made
Catching rays of sun late in the year
Still quiet mornings when groups of collection took all they could bear

On my way I have grown
This is a survival song

I was with the first to volunteer
To find that all the expendable pieces were carried away
Coming to a lessening of fear
Sheltering others in need of protection when times are severe

On my way I have grown
This is a survival song
Track Name: Tape Machine
TAPE MACHINE
I made some music cause I
Can choose the frequencies I like
Understand them well enough to make my own

And I turn it up when I play it back
And I think real hard
Til I'm blue in head

I saved a record of my youth that's kept by magnets
Cased in plastic locked indoors and free from static
Filed by number in my attic

Dress it up when I play it back
And I think real hard til I'm blue in head

On my own the digits of the counter roll me back
To where I left the marker on my drum track
On my Teac
I miss the whining of the wheel in motion liberation
Only intervening seasons stopped the demonstrations

I made some music cause I became a human
And I understand it well enough to make my own
If all the echoes in the Earth can be arranged so can I
Track Name: To The Stars
TO THE STARS
Wish I could stay up this high but I’ve a feeling below it all that keeps calling me back to it even as I run from it. It puts a strain on my soul. I’m more comfortable doing it down in easier registers because that’s where my home is.
High above the Earth. Floating. Falling apart.
I started streaking to white as I burned up in the atmosphere on my way into nothingness and my way out of here. I taught the preacher to mess with me. Alone in his misery bus undoing his legacy because that is my onus.
Track Name: Declining Numbers
There are no words!
Track Name: Wired
WIRED
How long can we go on under a lie? My mind is not for sale or lease until some things begin to change. I was the last to die of age and time. Remember me and do what's right.
Track Name: Out Of The Shadows
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Carried all my life inside my head on climbs both up and back. I’m coming to accept that I am digging in this dirt for what I breathed into the new day out of the shadows. I picked up after strangers. I negotiated dangers to the lives and limbs of my loved ones. A kinship divided by degrees.
Making my defenses, branches fashioned into knives and arrows, shot into their backs instead of standing off my action as I breathed into the new day out of the shadows. I picked up after strangers. I negotiated dangers to the lives and limbs of my loved ones. A kinship divided by degrees.
Track Name: Prison Gates Afloat
PRISON GATES AFLOAT
You might be paralyzed to try and find the wicked me. I stay at home and I’m in school at university. I got a job and saved my money like they told me to and I don’t bother anybody ever.
I’ll never prove that they were looking for a syndicate. Some anti-matter on the corner in the thick of it. Arresting officers admit it’s just a little bit. Barely enough to get the cuffs and the rain begins.
Look, I don’t mean to complain but no one deserves this shit. Scared to death and did things I won’t admit. Shivered on the perch of the precipice. Staring at the tidal wave out in the distance. Standing in the way and holding on.
They’re going to gather around the prison gates so they don’t float away. They’re piled up on the prison gates.
I was screaming in the night but there was no reply. I lost my friend under the river and I think she died. There isn’t anything to eat and not an end in sight. I’m thinking no one’s on the case and rain persists.
Look, I don’t mean to complain but no one deserves this shit. Scared to death and did things I won’t admit. Shivered on the perch of the precipice. Staring at the tidal wave out in the distance. Standing in the way and holding on.
They’re going to gather around the prison gates so they don’t float away. They’re piled up on the prison gates. You see the warden ain’t around here, no way.