I Misc. You

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What a stroke of luck! Five new friends and an invite to their pub. All the beers that I can drink, Tony didn't even complain when I threw up in his sink. I've been blacking out again. That neon green drink is great, but god dammit it stings. My wife would be worried that I didn't come home If I had either of those things. I woke up in a snow bank I can't find my shirt or my shoes My breath is completely rank. But my dreams last night were so nice My friends were all there to protect me from the cruel ice And I know they'll always look out for me.
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Just after sunrise A soft red glow warms my eyes My dreams survive Until your voices arrive You just want me to know another night has passed and you're still here If from back in time came an iteration of mine to behold this sight he'd not believe his watery eyes A sudden sound Informs that you've fallen down Sideways to the ground As though you were structurally unsound You just want me to know another night has passed and you're still here for me
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Obsessed with the rules, we learned them all Programmed every one into vast machines Meticulous toil, we will fill the gaps This is science, this is flawless science Wish I could shut it off But it's told me that's not the choice I'll make Possibilities have collapsed into eventualities Fly on paper now, compound eyes are glued to this screen This is science, this is flawless science
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Blood gushes from the wound The cut is wide and deep And before I turn around He falls to his knees A clear song rings in the blade When steel meets hardened steel I hear the sound of wood that breaks A sword cuts through my shield I drop the shield and grab my axe A weapon in each fist The first blow makes the helmet crack The axe cut to the teeth I rip the axe from the head Covered in blood and brains Leave the body lying dead Ready to strike again Sword in my hand, axe on my side Valhall awaits me, soon I will die Bear skin on my back, wolf jaw on my head Valhall awaits me when I'm dead I raise my axe above my head My eyes stare in furious rage Yet more blood will be shed This is a victorious day Blood gushes from the wound The cut is wide and deep As I turn around I fall to my knees Sword in my hand, axe on my side Valhall awaits me, soon I will die Bear skin on my back, wolf jaw on my head Valhall awaits me when I'm dead
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Smoke floats mischievously from a chimney Where halfway up a structural mishap has caused a twenty degree bend Most things that we've done today have been impossible We'll come back tomorrow to do them all again, lest we not believe ourselves Tell me, why can't this place be real? God damn adult responsibilities Tell me, how soon can we come back? Next week I'm pretty sure I'll be free This breakfast sucks but I could not care less I'll smile in my chair at crooked beams overhead and forget about those eggs There's snow on every rooftop, and I'm in short sleeves outside I'll take out a second mortgage to keep paying for this ride Never thought I would look forward to standing around in lines This place is the either greatest or it's just a sugar high Tell me, why can't this place be real? God damn adult responsibilities Tell me, how soon can we come back? Next week I'm pretty sure I'll be free

about

While my first two Annelids releases were both themed albums, I Misc. You is simply a collection of random/orphaned recordings from the past 4-5 years that I've compiled into an EP. Here are a few words about what led to the creation of these songs:

- Everything's Coming Up Malloy! was written and recorded on Dec. 11th, 2008 as a result of a challenge posed by my friend John to write a song based on this wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Malloy. It's actually one of my favorite Annelids songs, and one of the first things I chose to perform live with this project.

- Hauling Sound was an unfinished outtake from my Binomial Nomenclature LP. It was actually one of the first songs I completed musically for the album, but I was never happy with my attempts at adding vocals to the track so it was eventually abandoned. I returned to the song three years later and finally finished it.

- Lasertime Forest was recorded as a test of the sensitivity of a new microphone I bought in early 2009. All the parts were recorded very softly from rather far away, using techniques like finger-desk-tapping-percussion, and unplugged-bass-with-its-headstock-pressed-against-the-wall-amplification. The loudest part of the recording was Hugo, just a kitten at the time, walking onto my desk and mewing.

- The Perfect Machine is from early 2011, and was also the result of experimenting with newly acquired recording equipment. I traded a combo amp for a looping pedal, and recorded all the parts in this song with voice and acoustic guitar through the pedal. It uses a set of lyrics that were originally written in 2008 and never found a home on Binomial Nomenclature.

- Valhall Awaits Me is a cover of an Amon Amarth song and was the proof-of-concept track for an EP of death metal covers I had planned to record. I recorded it in late 2011 and liked how the song came out, but ultimately lost interest in continuing with the entire EP.

- I Put on My Robe and Wizard Hat was written and recorded on March 17th, 2012 after finding the opening mandolin riff in a folder of unused ideas while compiling the songs for this EP.

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released March 20, 2012

Recorded/Mastered: Azimuth Mastering
All Songs written by Bill Henderson, except Valhall Awaits Me, by Amon Amarth.
All tracks arranged and performed by Bill Henderson, copyright 2008-2012.

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