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Beyond Calculation

by The Austerity Program

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Song 31 02:17
Song 30 03:49
Did I ever tell you guys All of you who listen to this band About the meanest guy that ever is Or ever was? ‘Bout four feet tall and pale Known as Jake to his friends Which means that no one has ever made the mistake To call him Jake There’s about a thousand ways I could demonstrate that he’s poison Motherfucker creeps around like a human snake Fangs and all (Spitting in the food Pissing in the pool Yelling at the blind Acting like it’s cool Preying on the weak He’s fucking cruel) Did I ever tell you guys All about Jacob St. Claire? Absolute evil if there ever was And there is Kills the lawn Freaks the dog Curdles the milk with a stare from 15 feet (ad lib) Until the scumbag comes walking up And then it’s Jacob, Jacob Get the fuck away But he keeps coming around But he keeps coming around You beg him Plead him Scream until you bleed But he keeps coming around He will keep coming around There is no love For you, Your mom your dad or any of your friends <Jacob> My name is Jacob I guess you’ve all heard of me My reputation does precede Yet again I’m not a lying man I won’t deny what’s been said All these awful stories that folks repeat again and again Oh I’m hated Always scorned Always cast away, always pushed aside Always me again and again Ever since I was born I’ve been despised It’s pain and rejection Again and again But I can promise you this If you’d only give me a chance Walk with me Take my hand, I would Get you Take you Burn you and break you Again and again and again and again and again
Song 39 03:55
Come morning the goddess of vengeance is up Her daily production: Typing destruction, A list of instructions To Whom It Concerns Her choosing is always precise She hits send. It connects And gets posted to all of the world And if your name is on it You'll curse your bad luck of your fate But that's your mistake - the decision is hers You go to a tailor Suit out in your best Calls to your family Square up your debts Stop after Mass to receive your Last Rites 'Cause there's an appointment you're keeping tonight There's no time for talk and bullshit There's only time for goodbye
Song 33 06:45
Swallowing pilings in the harbor Erasing sand down at the shore Sealing the airways in the tunnels The water's rising up And the reckoning is patient A total saturation of field and home Absent of pity or emotion The water bleeds across the floor You can gather what you will in ragged desperation It doesn't matter when the rain begins to pour Beyond all calculation The flood is waiting I'm singing out across the decades Strapped to remember what I can I will sing a warning Like a beacon in the morning All accounts are settled when the water takes the land Like tidal modulation when the moon is full There is a gravitation to the water's pull A story of creation running on in reverse
Song 32 05:32
North It’s the only direction North It’s the only direction That’s real Lost my home to the bank last year Drove my car to the white frontier Tossed my keys away as I shouldered up my pack And it’s been weeks since I’ve had shit to eat I’ve been Pulling grass I am on my knees Out under the midnight sun You just open up your arms To fly away
Song 35 04:22
Out here on the Spanish Main You can set yourself up pretty Once you get a feeling for the land We bugger the pirates we catch Kill the Indios like rabbits Send our scraps back to the kind And worry Isn’t anything at all Rum pours from the sugar cane And virgins every night Right Run the land with your descendants Plant your seed in fertile soil I’ll stake My course Saddled on an armored horse Fire coming down from a hill Fire coming down from a hill You learn from Mother Nature To take what you can haul The lion and the antelope Don’t bother with a score You take it from a bastard Of the likes they’ve never seen To never underestimate How murder makes it clear What you mean We have set our ships to burning Tell my sons I’m not returning They can keep their land and titles Eunuchs for their Roman idols I’ll stake My course Saddled on an armored horse Fire coming down from a hill Fire coming down from a hill Fire coming down from a hill Blood pouring down from a mountain
Song 36 05:35
Carolyn comes back from the bar She’s not steady but oh She’s ready to go She knows that gasoline will settle What the bourbon never can Covers the basement and soaks the attic floor. Kids are with her mother and there Isn’t any other soul To see her as she’s coming down the stairs Take her name out of your phone Drop her from your list of targets Cast her file out to the wind Carolyn won’t answer any more You can hardly call it living If you’re only passing time How you waste what you’ve been given Years build out of days just slipping by And you think you’ve seen it all And you goddam surely know You’ve seen it all She leaves her children with a scar Gone blurry like a pixelated star They’re too young to remember. Deep in the night she sets a fire From floor to roof It’s billowing down Burning the dark away to Beat back those who’ve seen it all
Song 37 05:56
Tonight I made a vow inside To keep this home where I’ve been living To beat back all of those who try And steal what little I’ve been given Though I’m told to drop my pride And leave this fight I’ll never win They won’t take this place from me ‘cause I’m not ready to go. Tonight I’m on a lonely ride To meet a man I’ve never seen An architect of reasons why The winner gets to keep on winning And though his words will pour like wine To teach me how it has to be He won’t have his way with me ‘cause I’m not ready to go Tonight I hold my fingers tight To all that I’ve been fighting for ‘cause it won’t matter that I’m right When they come kicking at my door When the sun gives up its light To night and rain and freezing wind They’ll say through their poison teeth That they won’t quit But I don’t care Don’t you put your hands on me ‘Cause I ‘m not ready to go


released June 17, 2014

Recorded by The Austerity Program in November, 2013 at Kerguelen Studio. Mastered by John Golden.




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