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Bend and Color

by El Campo

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Exitos Mixtos (free) 05:11
The song in his hand is nearly his last one There's room for a righteous man, dead, on his throne He holds, too, a candle He'll wait for the light to land on something he's made Or burn up his hand, and burn up the place One old reaper, one yellow Charolais One spring, one old coyote, and still One songbird, weary the rain, who lights on my windowsill Cannot trust, as the candle's defined him In rest for a righteous man, surely alone In light that'll bend and color him, then Some lightning, some flooding in town Some hail, wrecking the cane Some storm cloud that reached o'er the land, in morning, was gone again
Gilt-Edge (free) 04:44
This elder brother had a hide of stone Turned to preaching despite his disposition His little brother, favored second son Of an Ulster Irishman One ordinary weekend, 1991 Had lit out drinking on a canyon run Mirro canteen of Tokay wine, he left the road And took out a dozen junipers or so In his blue Eldorado, eight months behind First Bank of Goodnight The old boy died just as he hit the bottom Blood in his eyes, or red dashboard lights Llano Estacado, a sinking down As like as not Beloved Son, Volunteer Fireman The blood in his eyes, the red dashboard lights This elder brother made the drive alone Came up through Sweetwater from San Antone His Scofield bible’s golden pages shone Like a pearl-handled gun
Deceiver (free) 04:05
Not long after the rail came the town went all to hell Not long after, the rains came and swole the town’s empty well Long after this man hadn’t anybody else He believed her, received her Long after the mail came we found him by hisself Not long after, the river washed his place all to hell Long afterward, there stood a willow, carved and bent Deceiver Till they came with a writ They came with a backhoe Come summer, son You won’t know this was anyone’s
Pink Bubble (free) 03:08
He stares down the road as she floats Like a pink bubble From the stoop of the world she chose And the weeping willow She planted the spring it rained Now, down it bows 'Neath the wind’s weight And the sound it makes Changes everything
Exit Music (free) 00:54
Mother died in labor in a Salvation Army bed Whelping stepdaddy’s kid Leaving us nothing but pink depressionware Leaving now, meet you there


released May 9, 2017

recorded, mixed, and mastered by Lucas Oswald, '16-'17, various localities.

written by Jerid Reed Morris.

played by Morris, Charlie Cruz, Nicholas Richman, and Rodolfo Villarreal III.

extra playing by D. T. Buffkin.

rear cover pen & watercolor by Whitney Badillo.


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El Campo Austin, Texas

TX folk rock: Charlie, Jerid, Nick & Rudy.

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