Rice Cakes for the Unsettled

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written, performed, recorded and mixed by Johnson Cochran, January-March 2016

mastered by Steven Ross

art and layout by Morgan Hayden and Stephen Hoogewerf

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released March 31, 2016

many thanks to: Steve Ross, Andrew Clarkson, James Li, Daniel Hickey, Jordan Petersen, Morgan Hayden, Stephen Hoogewerf, all the members of Morningside, and the Dream Club.

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Track Name: Country Rock Purgatory
Are you leaving
Oh you wispy hair
With countdown eyes
Watching the skies
Pardoned by astronauts
As you fly

The ugly advantages
Of populating space
The detached toilet seat
And trying to embrace
The predictable onslaught
Of other-world talk
Talking of better lands
Don't you understand?
That everything stays
Right here

Discarded novelist
Lately I'm not a saint
Tell me the half-truths
And birds-eye tales
A runaway
Braving the microwaves
And paraphrased grace
Who somehow arrives
at this bed
You know I'm listening
I'm listening
Track Name: Idolatrous Biologists
The town civil war statue
Over petty crime and merchandise
Seems an unlikely hero
Like a soldier from a sci-fi serial
Redesigned by a team
Of caffeinated pacifists
Thrown like a lance
By racist historians
Loved or hated
No more

Where I come from
They carve confederate generals
Into the mountains
Are they worried we forgot?
My heritage is perpetually holding me
Over an open flame
Whispering sweet nothings
And in my dreams
I'm a bird-like hominid
But I'm encaged
By idolatrous biologists
And all I want to do is fly
Track Name: Ohio Psychos
Lucifer's parking lot
The gate is open
I went to take back
My middle finger
You were in love
Haunting the bird men
Here come the bitter boys
Here come the bands

They're only searching
For a place they never found in time
They're only searching
For a place the cops
Won't take their names
I am a statue
You hack into someone
You remember
You can tell by the curve of my tongue

Maritime sidewalks
Lost in the brine
Ohio psychos
Motorcycle whine
Back to the alleys
Where I slip
Into my old ways
Singing the song of everyone
To the birds

They're only searching
For places they never found in time
They're only searching
For a place the cops
Won't take their names
I am a statue
You hack into someone
You remember
You can tell by the curve of my tongue
Track Name: Lane Boy
And when you train a lane-boy
Promise me no one was harmed
Show me his dark blue mornings
Show me his capital relay

Juvenile lifers under the hot lights
Chased by their fathers' eyes
Isn't the burnout a beautiful
Glistening

And when you save a lane-boy
Promise him something you can't
Something like chains and vapor
I know this time is over

Energy that passes under all time
Pent-up and alkaline
Pocket-fulls of edibles
And joyous shrieking

Something like chains and vapor
Track Name: Nobody Knows What The Hell They're Doing
Now you see
Everyone is incorrect
Dancing past their chance
Making up romance
I want to know
What you're drinking
I want to know
What you're thinking

You and me
Make it up
You and me
Is that enough

Come on friends who care
Forget those who don't
There are things I'll do
And there are things I won't
I'm ready for a new brain
I'm ready to fire an anomaly
There is another act following
There is another act following

You and me
Make it up
You and me
Is that enough

Now you see
Everyone is incorrect
Dancing past their chance
Making up romance
I want to know
What you're drinking
I want to know
What you're thinking

You and me
Make it up
You and me
That's enough