Standing Outside a Broken Telephone Booth with Change in My Hand

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A one-hit wonder from the '90s, the Primitive Radio Gods. I love this melodramatic alternative ballad. In some of the darkest moments in my life, this song always seemed to come on at just the right time.

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Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines
An old friend calls and tells us where to meet
Her plane takes off from Baltimore
And touches down on Bourbon Street

We sit outside and argue all night long
About a God we've never seen
But never fails to side with me
Sunday comes and all the papers say
Ma Teresa's joined the mob
And happy with her full time job

Am I alive or thoughts that drift away?
Does summer come for everyone?
Can humans do as prophets say?
And if I die before I learn to speak
Can money pay for all the days
I lived awake but half asleep?

A life is time, they teach you growing up
The second sticking killed us all
A million years before the fall
You ride the waves and don't ask where they go
You swim like Lions through the crest
And bathe yourself on Zebra flesh

I've been downhearted baby
I've been downhearted baby
Ever since the day we met, ever since the day we met

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from Secondhand Living, released November 26, 2016

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Jesus on the Moon Puyallup, Washington

Jesus on the Moon is a collection of lo-fi songs I've been recording in basements, garages, and bedrooms since 2005. Recently, Derek Reed joined the ranks and, with the help of a drum machine, we've started to bring the songs to the stage.

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