II

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II; Songs About One Thing or Another is a thought album. Old thoughts, new thoughts, red thoughts blue thoughts, II pieces together the comedy and the tragedy, the friend and the enemy, the open, the closed, the man and the woman into sack of dichotomies only to rip it open and conjure a third, more real, more better, more fuck the narrative, less lonely side of the coin.

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released January 23, 2016

All songs performed, recorded, and mixed by Mim Stoner
Special thanks to all those who have inspired and encouraged me. I know who you are even if you don't.

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Track Name: Back to this Hole
Came back to this hole
Thinking God Bless the USA
Thinking Aunt Jemima married Uncle Sam
Thinking in their sweet union
They conceived the Lord
And that's how all this blessing began

My tuber/
My night shade/
My roots/
And my country/
And my spade.

Came back to this hole
I was
Sick of potatoes
Sick of you and
Sick of me

Came back to this sack
OH
That I was born from
Back to the home
Of the Brave and the Free

And I'm deathly aware
Of the dents in my piety
They
Do not compare
With the garden Variety
They
Cuss and they cloy and they
Spud up the bones
That war destroyed

Came back to this hole
Just-a looking for some sugar honey
Looking for a place to lay my head
We tapped up dry
Aint no starch to be scared up
Darlin'
Said our prayers and
Went to bed

My tuber/
My night shade/
My roots/
And my country/
And my spade.
Track Name: Catherine
So she says
I love you
Just so
Your heart
And see her through

I only trust
What I can chew
Like stone
I crush them
Till they're true

Oh Catherine/Not you too
Ohh Catherine/Not you too

I close the wall
My four friends breathe
I know them all
Like enemies

Oh Catherine/Not you too

But if you wanna turn him in his grave
Cross him like he died up there
You can say Dear God, I Pray!
But I fear you don't hear what I say

Oh Catherine/Not you too
Ohh Catherine/Not you too

It came a dirge
An epithet
Have you not heard
That I'm upset?
Of course you have!
We've chewed the fat!
Grown hoarse and destitute on that!
Oh Catherine.

And cowardice has a hard time
With a pen
He's in he's in
He's out again
You can't win
This way my friend
Oh Catherine/Catherine
Ohh Catherine/Catherine

So says she all hail your cud
All hail your feed
All hail your mud

Oh Catherine/Not you too
Ohh Catherine/Not you too
Oh Catherine/Catherine
Oh Catherine/Catherine
Oh Catherine.
Catherine.
Track Name: Sweet Chariot
Swing low my dear
Ain't nothing to fear
Just my bone and my body against you

I feel you boy
And hear your point but
We've got a winter to get through

{mmm}

I'm up all night
Sweet Moses!
Oh Sister do you read me?

No I'm strapped to the page
Of the cage I made
Looking for delivery

{mmm}

Swing low, Sweet Chariot over me
Swing low, Sweet Chariot over me
Swing low! Sweet Chariot
Over me.
Comin' for to carry me free.
Track Name: Old Edge
There on the Old Edge
Plundering under
We were some Self-Humpty
Wagers of War
We bore our Yolks
To the Tune of the floor
And the Crack of Thunder

We both knew
We both knew
And Loved it
Shell-shocked we
Deviled our Time 'tween the
Bleed and the Bite
'Tween the Edge
And the Plummet

We walked a Fine line
Wild and Untamed
Some say that we Cut our
Bodies to Form
More like we cut
To the Eye of the Storm
Stood there to be Unmade

Old Ash in the Ashtray
Hard-boiled little Body
Got me in my Egg-shape
Cannonballed

Made me Disincarnate
Put me in the Party
I'm a tall Glass of too Much
Much too much Rain

We both Knew
And we both found it
Lovely
Retching up Bullets to Plates
We were White in the Face
But we had that Young Comradery
Comradery!

Took it upon myself to Git
Now I don't know you Anymore
I lost my Edge I lost my Shit
And I forget how it was Before

Swiss holes in my Memory
Don't know if I'm Sorry
Don't know if I Should Be
Are you Mad

Left you in the Ashtray
Hard-boiled little Body
Cracked up in your Egg-shape
Are you Ashamed
Track Name: Interlude
I am a roven one
I have a fork in my lung
Does that make me anyone?

Don't you tell me true.

What of my rendering?
What of that knife in my skin?
Does that make me anything?

Don't you tell me true.

Me and my golden hair.
Me and my spoon of distaste.
Does that get me anywhere?

Don't you tell me true.
Don't you tell me true.
Track Name: KaKaKaboom
Empty Room/Kakakaboom
I can't decide to run and hide
To stay and light the fuse

So lay me down easily
Lay me down and let me be
And lay yourself right next to me
We'll wait and we'll smile and we'll bleed
We'll wait and we'll smile and we'll bleed

And hold me close to you
I don't know what else to do
If I survive the great divide
I'll wait and decide when we're two

Empty room/me and you
Now that's the catch
Someone already lit the match
That set our violent swoon a'turning
Oh that set our silent room a'burning
Oh that set the bomb of my heart on its edge for you
That set us off like that

So lay me down easily
Lay me down and let me be
And lay yourself right next to me
We'll wait and we'll smile and we'll bleed
Track Name: 1995 (Women Who Refuse the Moon)
I came word of mouth
Someone said in '95
I came tumbling out
All was well
I was alive but
Babe in bassinnet
Makes architecture shift uneasy
One whole town in the Midwest
Crumbled down my birthday evening

I read rubble like a palm or
Like a page of
Our Bodies Our Hells
I knew we were not satisfied
I knew we'd have to satisfy ourselves

So lend me your old river anyhow!
If I can't burn 'em down
Then I'll flood 'em out
This old thing of lumber
Was once my house
I've tried all the doors
But I'm not allowed.

{{Ain't it fun driving when you know the way?
Take me anywhere/do anything I know my place
Everything is fertile if you lick it right
And put it in your face}}

After a long time I'm ok.

Moved into a bigger bedroom
So I could hold myself
In more space alone I-
Never loved it here
But here's the only place I
Ever called home I
Don't wanna disabuse you now
But you know that you've
Got everything wrong

But you can't hear it from me anyway

I was growing up good
At least that's what my mom would say
I did just like I should
Now what'll they say of the love we make
And from that loving come to bloom
"Women" who refuse the moon! and
"Men" in fishnets and high-heeled shoes!
When I dream my dreams are huge!*
*When I dream my dreams are mine
When I dream my dreams are infantine!

So lend me your old river anyhow
If I can't burn 'em down
Then I'll flood 'em out
This whole thing of lumber
Was once my house
I've tried all the doors
But I'm not allowed