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Last Companion

by Max Gowan

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1.
Boots 02:34
I spent a week living out my fables and I forgot my name Took out my teeth as an un-thanked favor but I forgot my pain I take my meals on an off-white placemat and put myself to bed I watch the clock with an old time vengeance And when it runs out I’m gonna make it out my head Across the coast with their eyes rolled backwards they say the end is near They place their bets on the ever-after, but all my chips are here I’ve been the boots and the beat-down doormat, I still don’t know what’s best At curtain call when the last shoe drops down They take your money, they take you for what you got left
2.
Snakes 03:12
I was heading for the mountains, I was running from my oldest foes This attack that they've been mounting has got me on my toes Money moving in and out, there was not a single question posed Got mixed up in the wrong hands, now someone's asking for my head to roll This time when the snakes come by, they smile but they're not gun shy Hide a little bit longer Oh if you turn me in, I'll tread but I can't quite swim Hide a little bit longer now I was phoning to my family, dropping quarters everywhere I go Something nipping at me heels now, I gotta let you know Heard a knock on my door, hand outstretched asking what I'm waiting for Got a blunt knife in the other, you're not gonna hear me call no more This time when the snakes come by, they smile but they're not gun shy Hide a little bit longer Oh if you turn me in, I'll tread but I can't quite swim Hide a little bit longer now
3.
Ocean 03:31
All the cars racing past this couch we laid here in the grass And I don’t ask why, you’re leaving but you take your time Upside is always gonna get me high Come in love, come in hate, let’s bury this another way The light’s not going dim, you shut your eyes it won’t get in Upside is always gonna get me down You were on the island now you’re in the ocean You were in the picture now you’re in the album Common sense tells me this is something I can never fix But I watch like a dog, waiting on a scrap to drop Upside is always gonna get me high You were on the island now you’re in the ocean You were in the picture now you’re in the album You were on the island now you’re in the ocean You were in the picture now you’re just the problem
4.
On A Word 03:39
What’s lost gets found along the way, even when you lose somebody But you can’t stay home today All over town they find a way, even when the light keeps dimming All of them went out today, everyone got up today But I don’t care at all One missed my direction now the other starts to fall And I won’t go back now on a word In taking time I traded mine I can feel the good stuff slipping Far away from my old world, far away from my design But I don’t care at all One missed my direction now the other starts to fall And I won’t go back now on a word
5.
Tracing 04:14
I hug the guardrails on the road sometimes I skim the sides now, get my racing stripes I’ll stick the landing or I’ll learn to fly Took me up so high, nearly lost an eye No one believes me, what I saw that night No conversation could explain it right I turned a corner, saw a great big light Took a stranger up to the world above I can see your shape tracing through the air But when you’re right, you’re really right I’m not getting any higher It was a trick, it was the light it was something in my mind’s eye I need a gun, I need a prayer maybe i could see a pastor But when I talk, it comes out wrong like I’m telling you a lie
6.
7.
My Kind 03:56
Sometime last spring I'm talking to a friend Shadows mark time, we leave the porch and go for a drive Pull over take a walk through the vines This time last year I saw her everyday He says unfazed, I never see a lump in his throat He carries all the boulders he knows Asks me what's new (I'm barely getting through) I saw the job gets tiresome but I'm doing fine Sending wishes back to you and your kind I drive back home, by now it's getting light I know it's trite, I'm feeling like the worst of my kind I'm feeling like the worst of my kind I do not know why you've got a hold on me But you got a hold on me But you got a hold on me Half of the time this is what I pantomime Pointing at something alive Pointing at something alive
8.
Tommygun 03:23
Terry talks like a tommygun But he hits like a morning dove When I ask what the neighbors did Laughs and grins like a Christmas kid and says that he knows Climbed up on a telephone wire Said the end times are coming Took a spill, only broke a couple bones No steady check, he’d love for judgement day to come I’m packing all my things at once They say the time is finally here I’ve got enough for 50 days now I can’t leave without him, so he’s slumped around my neck There’s not a car out on the highway Nobody knows except for me We beat the rush to the hills now All the way he’s laughing, points at all the things he sees Not in my head, but in my heart I know that’s my Tommygun
9.
Am I gonna beat this drum forever I’m in my way, bound to my polite charade everyday Never gonna learn that age old lesson An old time friend told me I’ll be swept away in the end I’m not gonna leave you now I said I’m not gonna leave you now But the tiny pitter patters of my heart, they don’t say why And you’ve been a gracious host this winter To let me in Kept me from the ice and the rain and the wind And I gotta ask that stupid question Are you all in Constant strangers all the time coming in I’m not gonna leave you now I said I’m not gonna leave you now But the tiny pitter patters of my heart, they don’t say why

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released June 19, 2020

ZT142 ~ Z Tapes Records ~ 2020

Album photo taken by Anthony Holten

Mixed and Mastered by Andrew Scott

Recorded at home and various other locations by me

String and horn arrangements and recording on Track 5 by Daniel Sohn

Strings and horns on track 5 played by:
Nora Marris - violin, viola
Bobo Liang - cello
Jacob Niederman - alto sax
Ben Siciliano - tenor sax
Jason Steuerwald - trumpet

Drumming on track 5 by Elise Jaffe

Saxophone on track 6 by Brad De Ramon

Additional Synthesizer on track 6 by Robbie Green

Additional guitar on track 7 and track 8 by Nate Wagner

Additional vocals and french horn by Caroline White on track 7

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