RTR​-​001

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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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1.
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
2.
The Hill 03:05
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
3.
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.
4.
My Choice 03:57
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
5.
Crow Creek 02:43
6.
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
7.
Tape Machine 02:23
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
8.
To The Stars 02:18
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.
9.
There are no words!
10.
Wired 03:24
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.
11.
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.
12.
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.

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released February 5, 2013

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