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The cherry stone
The marble rolls
The ashtray stains consume me
Zero percent on all my mail
Ooooh . . . they see right through me
My tattered vest
My Sunday best
The Lord will have to approve me
My pants are creased
I’m tucking in my tails
I can’t afford to ruin these
The pencil shavings
The sourballs
The paperclip dispenser
They cheer me up
I know they’re always there
I know they won’t desert me
Oh, I’m looking fine
I bump and grind
Right here in my apartment
Come on in. You know the pears are ripe
We’ll take them from the parchment
And I said shards
The Big Wheel’s in the yard
Grown over in the weeds
We should clean up one day
And your son
Standing among the ruins
Look at all he’s done
We should meet up one day
And I said scarred
The blue rabbit tattoo
Still jumping for the clouds
Oh, how much did you pay?
Your name inside my book
We always understood
Things could get strange this way
And I said shards
The Big Wheel’s in the yard
Grown over in the weeds
We should clean up one day


from We Already Have Birds That Sing, released April 13, 2014
Produced by Kenny Siegal and Life in a Blender

Don Rauf: vocals
Dave Moody: cello
Mark Lerner: bass, backing vocals
Al Houghton: guitar, backing vocals
Ken Meyer: drums, cymbals, sound effects
Rebecca Weiner Tompkins: violin

All songs © 2014 by Don Rauf/Life in a Blender (Stingy Brim Publishing/ascap)
Recorded at Old Soul Studios, Catskill, NY by Kenny Siegal on a crisp fall weekend in 2013.

Otto Hauser: additional percussion
Kim Nicholas: trumpet
Sam Newsome: trombone
Bill Ylitalo: alto sax and former plumber at CBGBs
Horn and string arrangements by Mark Lerner


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For over 30 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle. ... more

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