hella zen

by Erin Jorgensen

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guitar | Brett Netson
cello | Lori Goldston
trumpet | Ahamefule Oluo


released April 12, 2015

Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Julian Martlew
Produced by Julian Martlew
Cover photo by Chelsea Williams



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Track Name: Morphology
it started as an accident and turned into a sign
a vision of the ending of the days when things were fine
it started out with color and it started out with war
a vision of the ending of the things that came before

a time for looking out to see a pyramid of light
a time for desperation in the middle of the night
time for getting by when you don't understand the words
time for standing silently amid the silent birds

and now it's been a thousand days and nothing much has changed
i don't make decisions i just try to rearrange
acting like a prophet but i haven't got a clue
and you know i'll do anything you really want me to
Track Name: Antigravity Machine
you built a world to make yourself feel worse
your beautiful obsession has become a curse
and used to be you'd think that this might hurt a little bit
but you know it doesn't take very long till you get used to it

all the little statues set up in the yard
is that what made you think it shouldn't have to be so hard?
all your little thoughts go, vanish in the air
they'll go and leave you wondering, were they ever really there?

so let me reach oblivion i want to change my mind
there's so many things i want to leave behind
and anyway, of course you know, people will say that
but happiness ain't really where it's at

Track Name: Extraordinary Landscapes
you live in a landscape filled with mines
you spend all your days looking for signs
did you really think it would be as beautiful as this?

you live in a landscape that looks a lot like mine
you spend all your nights dreaming of extraordinary times
but you've got to stop your looking for a perfect way out of this

i live in a landscape, i don't know what it is
i spend all my time looking for the things i miss
i try to make it out but i'm not sure what i see

so don't do something wonderful
do something small
Track Name: The Richest Man in Russia
my dearest friend
i am the richest man in russia
you're walking through
a field of grass
you sleep beneath
the overpass

forget the things
you thought you knew
your deepest wish
is coming true

my dearest friend
i am the richest man in russia

it's not because
i am unkind
it's just because
i read your mind
forget the things
you think you feel
the time has come
let's make a deal

my dearest friend
i am the richest man in russia
Track Name: interlude
when the world was fine
you thought you found the perfect state of mind
lying all the time for nothing
when the world was new
you thought those things couldn't happen to you
they happen all the time for nothing
and now you look so different
and i don't understand how it got that way
and you do what you want to do
if you want to go, go
if you want to stay, stay

and you see nothing now.
Track Name: Underground Missile Silo
driving out on highway 9
past the do not enter sign
buried deep beneath the ground
take a flashlight going down

far beyond the light of day
build a fire to light your way
echoing inside the hall
write your name up on the wall

many miles into the earth
wonder what your life is worth
and your thoughts are cold and clear
wonder what you're doing here

they closed it down after the war
and you can't get there anymore
that way closed for me but i
found a new way to get high
Track Name: Falling Stars in the Desert
nothing is as good as this
out here where the thunder is
you can lie beneath the planes at night
underneath the flashing light

nothing is as loud as this
out here where the runway is
and the world looks like another place
out here at the air force base

no one else for miles around
flying at the speed of sound
and you know there must be more than this
but you're not sure where it is

you can lie beneath a flying plane
you can stay till nothing seems the same

and the summer night is dark and hot
come back to the life that you forgot
up above you see the flashing lights
but from down below they all look something like
falling stars in the desert
Track Name: Prayer for Losers
please, lord
help me get my shit together
Track Name: After Pushkin
you met them in the dark
alone for miles around
you heard their voices singing in a universe of sound

and you forget your dreams
and you forget desire
you take the heart out from your chest
replacing it with fire

you're talking in your sleep
you'll live like this for years
hallucinations in your eyes
and ringing in your ears

and you must fight for this
you take the world replace it with the world that must exist
and you must fight for this