And How!

by Minor Poet

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released August 25, 2017

Album written, performed, and recorded by Andrew Carter. Recorded in summer, 2016, in a makeshift basement studio
Mixed by Alex de Jong
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side
Photography by Kathryn Carney

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Track Name: Plot Devices
Separating what you want and what you need
Count the seconds we arrive until we leave
I toss pennies in the fountain of your grief
I blow dust in your eyes to keep your arms out of reach

Separating how I hunt and how I feed
Crouching quiet in the bushes while you speak
I plant seeds in your head, watch them spring up to life
Harvest in the home, under pale moonlight

Can’t you see the plot devices, in the stories I tell to justify
My incessant need to compromise. Ill disappear if I self-actualize any further

Separating every word from what it means
You interpret my intentions as you please
I’ve been learning languages you don’t know
I’ve been hiding messages underneath of your nose

Separating superstitions from beliefs
We collectively, unconsciously agree
I was in the mirror stage, reading palms for my pay
Patterns in the tea that you threw in my face

When the sun shines down on the nothing new
You know I’m only trying to have a little fun with you
For lack of anything that I’d rather do
You know I’m only trying to have a little fun with you
Track Name: River Days
Here comes your river days, here comes your afternoon gin-and-tonic haze
Here comes your grow-your-beard-out-and-stop-trying phase
It’s a miracle you even know your name

Here comes the third world war, you swear it’s happening outside of your door
Here comes the woman you love
But she’ll never be more
It’s a miracle she even knows your name

You know there’s no point in trying
To get off your island
There’s nowhere to go

And now you realize the earth is a circle
A permanent ripple
There’s never been more

Than just the river flowing,
Slowly filling your brain

Here comes your river days, here comes your season of perpetual waste
Here comes your throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater phase
It’s a miracle you even know your name

Here comes the gattling gun, hits like a feeling that you’ll never outrun
Here comes the woman you love, loose from the web you spun
It’s a miracle she even knows your name
Track Name: Judith Beheading Holofernes
Trying to make sense of Samuel Beckett
Or my third time trying to start Infinite Jest
In the Japanese gardens at the art museum
I’m distracted by the patterns on your dress
I seem to always be looking through the window

Waiting for the hard rain, predicted by my Iphone
So I can cancel all my plans

Judith beheading Holofernes
Tattooed on my girlfriend’s back
I watch her lotus flower sprawled out on the bed
Writing her thesis on the things that I lack
Track Name: Citronella Bonfire
If our words came to life
We would string them up like lights
Overhead, of our bed,
To cure the nagging sense of dread
If our wrongs turned to rights
We would build a holy shrine
For the games that we play
Ceremonious and staid

I love the doors that lead to corners of your mind
I love the citronella bonfire in your eyes

(In your eyes) a ballet,
The Balanchine serenade
Til they roll back inside
Protect a fleeting sense of pride
If our souls turn away
And it’s us that they betray
May they find what they seek
In all the trails of fever dreams
Track Name: Sudoku, and Enlightenment
Two games of Sudoku later
Its only 12 o’clock
What was it I said I’d do today?
I’ve already forgot
I put a Neil Young record on
And float along the lazy river
What was it I said I’d do today?
I’ve already forgot

Enlightenment is the realization, on my cigarette break
That nothing ever changes
Enlightenment is my first clear thought, at the bottom of a two dollar coffee cup
When will the next one come?

Two lonely games of solitaire later
I only seem to lose
Who was it I said I be today?
As if I ever choose
I put an Alfred Hitchcock film on
And give in to my introspective nature
Who was it I said I’d be today, as if I ever choose
Enlightenment is a destination
That I’ve never been before
I found the brochure on your floor
Track Name: Last To Know/Meadow Park
Remembering the time you went and tore down all the curtains and cried
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, please break your glass to catch my fall
cause I’m the last to know.”
“Why would you even try to give me hope?”

I escaped into the backyard and I had a smoke to calm me down
When I heard you smashing plates against the wall
In your Chinese silk red robe singing,
“I’m the last to know, why would you even try to give me hope?”

And just like Evelyn McHale, you never looked so peaceful ‘til you fell through the air
And left him walking in circles round Meadow Park
Waiting on a ghost that would haunt his heart
And just before the moment you hit
Time expands and traps you in an infinite split
That leaves him walking in circles round Meadow Park
Waiting on a ghost that would haunt his heart

He never truly understood, the way the colors changed every time that he looked
At the photo of you sitting on a bench in Meadow Park
Waiting on a ghost that would haunt your heart
He bows his head in silent relief
And gives into the schaudenfraude of penitent priests
That saw you sitting on a bench in Meadow Park
Waiting on a ghost that would haunt your heart
Track Name: Illusion of Balance
I was lying when I told you
That everything was good, I was doing fine
I prefer to be obtuse in my absent excuse
For the feelings that I can’t describe
See I was fully formed when I crawled out
Of prehistoric holes in your subconscious mind
Stare into the void til it stares back
And shows us something there we don’t want to find

We wait for nothing to happen
Why disrupt the illusion of balance?
Confuse conviction with action
Why disrupt the illusion of balance?

I called you Kafkaesque but that failed to impress you
You just laughed and said I used the word wrong
There’s a poorly shuffled deck that you tied ‘round my neck
It grips me tighter as you drag me along
See I was fully formed when I jumped out of
Helicopters circling round the damage below
Stare into the void til it stares back
And shows us something there we don’t want to know
Track Name: Vertigo
You wear all your pearls
To the “end of the world” themed party at Suzanne’s
Who swears that her girls
Were probably switched out at birth
In a cruel game of chance

But every time I turn my head too fast
The room starts spinning
By the time it comes back to a stop
I’ve lost the meaning

It’s just a little bit of vertigo
Welling up inside of me
It’s just a little bit of vertigo
And I think it’ll never leave

Jimmy and Kim ran away on a whim
And got married at the beach
We stood in the sand and you had one in the hand
Worth two, so to speak
Track Name: Unfamiliar Hymn
You appeared in a dream
And sang an unfamiliar hymn
It was soft and sweet
It’s a pity I won’t remember it

Oh no
Tell me how high will your garden grow

We spread your ashes in the sea
And sang an unfamiliar hymn
It was soft and sweet
It’s a pity you were not there to hear it

You appeared in a dream
And told me not to be afraid
Cause in the belly of the beast
There’s a coat of arms you carved into its veins
Track Name: Lillian, Falling Apart
Lillian, the rose of my lifetime
I bring you the spoils of my heart
Suffering with your suffragette heroes
And studying the meaning of art

I knew I had to have you from the start
It’s safe to say, by now I’m falling apart

Lillian, the clichés abound
In the story of the first time we met
I saw you reading murakami in the café
and snickering at my shortness of breath

Well I guess that’s how these things tend to get
It’s safe to safe to say, by now there’s nothing left

Alone with you, or alone by myself
A point of view comes into focus when I get
Alone with you, a sensation that I crash into
Why won’t you let me be?

Love is for the birds

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