Damndest

by The Ready Stance

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released June 1, 2012

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Track Name: Rancho Cristo
Where the sprawl meets the suburbs
Subdivisions meet the farms
Build a hacienda
In the style of Escobar

In the business early
Moving bales from Mexico
Medellin eventually
Pack figurines with blow

Launder in the Caymans
Through Geneva, Panama
Retire after scrapes with death
His partners and the law

Late night TV preacher
Revelation touches him
Reject the past
Retain the cash
The sinner’s born again

RANCHO CRISTO
SILOS HIGH
CHAPTER, VERSES
PAINTED ON THE SIDE
RANCHO CRISTO
STABLES , POOLS
REVERENT REVEREND
DIVINE TOOL

Call the flock to worship every
Sunday in the barn
Build a congregation as
Donations fill the jar

Land across the highway
Start construction day and night
Less a church, more a city
Touchdown Jesus
Neon lights
Track Name: Wrecking Ball
So your high school smile has fallen
Down below your knees
Coke lines you did don’t
have much significance

HEY MRS GALANTRO DID THEY
TREAT YOU LIKE A MYSTERY GIRL
ALL YOUR DIAMONDS AND PEARLS
IN YOUR TRAILER PARK WORLD
I CAN SEE THE WRECKING BALL

Spinning lightly to confuse
Now there’s nothing left to use
Except your
Tired, weathered hands

Jan Vincent’s on the tube
Longball and retro glow
And the canyon facial cream
Is running down in the extreme

HEY MRS GALANTRO DID THEY
TREAT YOU LIKE A
MYSTERY GIRL
ALL YOUR DIAMONDS AND PEARLS
IN YOUR PAPERBACK WORLD
I CAN SEE THE WRECKING BALL

Spinning lightly to confuse
Now there’s nothing left
to use
Track Name: Long Arm
Should have thought it through
Before they left it up to you
Last best hope
retrograde reality

Shanghai commandeer
Exploit anger and our fear
Pretext of convenience
Self-ordained divinity

EXTEND THE LONG ARM
OF THE LAW
CAN’T REACH AS FAR AS WE WOULD FALL
WRITING’S ON THE WALL

Rile up the rabble with more
patriotic prattle
Platform any indecency
Vilify objection for the
sake of our protection
Shout down dissension to
ensure democracy

EXTEND THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW
CAN’T REACH AS FAR AS WE WOULD FALL
GUNBOAT CONVERSE DIPLOMACY
AND IT ALL SEEMED LIKE A BAD DREAM

Should have thought it through
Before they left it up to you
Last gasp for morality
Track Name: Disgruntled
For the second time, in as many days
light shone
Through the walls of my place
They’re beaming rays
They control me
through the phone
So I step to the window
In Sheepskin chaps
a beard of bees
Guns drawn
And a bone to pick with you

NEVER WAS ONE TO GO
OVERLOOKED, UNSEEN
THEY’LL FIND A LETTER IN MY POCKET
EXPLAINING EVERYTHING

For the seventh time in as many hours
I drove
Round the place where you work
Counting beans
and deciding who stays on
Then I burst through the doorway
with hair ablaze
and a live hand grenade
And a bone to pick with you.
Track Name: Smiley
Smiley’s got a scar
From his earlobe to his lip
Recalls exactly how he slipped

But Eleanor likes it
Makes him look so tough
Lucky for her you know
It always gets her off
HE LIKES IT ROUGH
SMILEY

And he’s got a stump
Where a finger used to be
Working the press too carelessly

But, she doesn’t mind it
Says he’s man enough for her
Lucky for both, you know
They know what gets them off

SHE LIKES IT ROUGH
SMILEY
Track Name: Very Necessary
It’s come and you’re gone
Final machinations of an
overhaul
And it breaks
our hearts
A utopia these years and now it
falls apart

YOU’RE SO VERY
NECESSARY
NOW

It’s here
the worst
Amid your speculations on
who exits first
And who
could believe
You would be the ones to leave
the rest aggrieved

All the while—the while you run—to leave

You rationalize
Some pastoral existence on the
Other side
And we’ll hope the best
But we both know some things never get confessed
Track Name: Marathon
He always felt a little awkward asking
to check the oil
A little meek about his price
Plug a tire for you

A Dodge Dart pulls in around lunchtime on a
Sunday afternoon
He nods, hey how you doing
And what can I do for you?

THEN HIS OWN VOICE
ANSWERS BACK
FILL IT UP, IF YOU PLEASE
HEY—SON OF A BITCH
ARE YOU MAKING FUN OF ME?

It’s harelip versus harelip
Down at the Marathon
He’d wipe his wounds and wonder
If he had judged him wrong
Track Name: Real America
Radio Caller will
show the host
He’s learned the most
A loyal devotee
He doesn’t falter
each word echoes
Prior shows
in faithful mimicry

DERIDE
CONTRIVE
THIS
REAL AMERICA

Radio pundit
so smugly boasts
he’s coast to coast
brand enlightening
He only does it
so public knows
They’re in the throes
of such vast conspiracies

DERIDE
CONTRIVE
DIVIDE
THIS
REAL AMERICA

Radio caller wants
the host to know
They’re simpatico
Patriotically
Track Name: Steamship Moselle
The latest modern marvel
Conveyed by fire—steam
Swiftest new example
Makes port in Queen City
Eager Captain crowing
Come about— turn upstream
Call more black coal for stoking
Boiler swollen at the seam

Retiring to his stateroom
Commotion beckons to the deck
Stroll topside witness landfall
Well-worn bible at his breast
Port of Cincinnati
Stands starboard in repose
Reverend offers blessings as
Colossal boiler blows

GOD BLESS THIS SHIP
LAST WORDS TO LEAVE HIS MOUTH
MOSELLE EXPLODES
ELIJAH NORTH GOES FORTH
VAULTED, CATAPULTED, DUE SOUTH

Among the decking, planks, debris
strewn over Southbank sand
Remains discovered
Unscathed bible in his hand
Track Name: Little Carmel
Try to trace the roots along
Melungeon family tree
Each branch divides in triad
Settler, slave, Cherokee
Outcast, exiled miles behind
Some seaside colony
Legend holds in manifold
Dash Turk or Portuguese

LITTLE ENGLISH LITTLE DUTCH
LITTLE COLORED – JUST A TOUCH
LITTLE GIBSON – LITTLE GOINS
LITTLE CARMEL IN THE LOINS

Carmel, as scripture tells
Or confections, just misspelled
The name belies implicit lines
Lines of ancestry

An encampment still, just as before
One flashing light- Old general store
They say the Musics up and left
Left and gone away

WASHBURNS MOUNTAIN
ROCKY FORK CREEK
LAND PROVIDING
BOUNTIFULLY
HOMESTEAD HERE TO
LIVE IN PEACE
Track Name: Glow
Gig was academy’s formal
Introductions made
Eyes drawn, like moth to candle
If he may be clichéd

THE FIRST TIME EVER SAW HER
KNEW LIKE HE’D NEVER KNOWN
FIRST TIME HE EVER SAW HER
HE WOULD SAY SHE GLOWS

Come fall , awaited orbit
Gel now underway
Strikes then he could grow to adore
On come the accolades

Eclipse, Dark star obscures
Momentary fade to grey
In time all would emerge
Enhanced by those
Beautiful babies