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released September 10, 2013

produced, engineered, mixed
by mike mogis @ arc studios (nov-dec '12)
assistant engineer: bobby rubalcava

mastered by doug van sloun @ focus mastering

horn arrangements: adam schatz
horns: brandon lerbs, tommy van den berg, sweet willie karpf, andrew beckstrom
string arrangements: nate walcott
strings: frank seligman, tracy dunn, keith plenert, phyllis duncan

MAN MAN be
honus honus and pow pow
with...

jamey "t. moth" robinson: assorted synth squiggles, bass bops, celeste, backing vox
2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13

adam "brown sugar" schatz: assorted sax, key tinkling, backing vox, monster mouth, sugar
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13

mike mogis: assorted guitar/bass wizardry
2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13

susan sanchez: omfg luscious vox
2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13

a.j. mogis: upright bass 3, 5, 6
kara nelson: equally luscious vox 2, 6
nate walcott: trumpet solo/arrangement 6
shono murphy: night moves, radness
mark henkel: dreamy german, snore martyr


music by ryan kattner & christopher sean powell
@ kielbasatron music (ascap)

lyrics by ryan kattner
on oni pond written in amherst, ma (jan-may '12) & philadelphia (july-sept '12)

management: ravenhouse ltd
US booking: jim romeo (ground control touring)
legal: paul sommerstein, esq

design/layout: trevor hernandez
artwork: andrea wan


thank you to our mothers, fathers, family, friends, fans, the man man posse, christina yee (heart), mary smull, mike mogis, andrea wan, pattner & greg, percy, creegs, anna, nikki, juan & westy, nam & oscar, shilpa ray, ben, aldo buffone for the many years of support/floorspace (creative & crashing), and everyone who played on this album. we love you, you make us tick, this heart won’t die. be brave.

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Track Name: Pink Wonton
it's the way that your kiss condemns me
it makes me feel like I'm in guantanamo
iodine where your fingertips tore me
you treated me like a feral animal
poor percy rotting in the amazon
a doomed man lost in limbo
has a better chance in hell than i do
of keeping cool
too uncouth for you
from the udder to the mouth
we're all bidding our time
from the uterus to the ground
& our hearts are cunning
like a lizard in the sun
when they want something
like poison pink wonton
throw you under a bus
grind your teeth to dust
you hide in the dark
& you suck your thumb
i shave my head
as you bury all your baggage
in the bed of another dumb cock-smith
i don't sleep just to dull my memories
of how you love like an overseer's horsewhip
waterboard me with call me maybe
looping on an endless repeat
ain't got nothing on the kiss you gave me
so cruel so sweet
too uncouth for you
from the udder to the mouth
we're all bidding our time
from the uterus to the ground
& our hearts are cunning
like a lizard in the sun
when they want something
like poison pink wonton
throw you under a bus
grind your teeth to dust
you hide in the dark
& you suck your
bang bang pow
bang bang pow
bang bang pow
bang bang grrr
bang bang pow
bang bang pow
bang bang pow
bang
you're dead
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
pink wonton
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
ooh what's you're popo making
& our hearts are cunning
like a lizard in the sun
when they want something
like poison pink wonton
& our hearts are cunning
like a lizard in the sun
throw you under a bus
grind your teeth to dust
you hide in the dark
& you suck your thumb
Track Name: End Boss
wolf crisscross dying lawns
sniffs hard on garbage can
watch baby sleeping long
thru the window
thru the moon-glow
wolf squeeze thru cellar doors
paws pad on open floors
claws slide up carpet stairs
watch baby sleeping long
wolf snake thru a sea of toys
teeth grind out a soothing song
watch baby toss & turning
evil gets what
evil wants yeah
where's your gloom at
where's your doom at
will you harness the 667
are you dreaming
of young danzig
will he harness the 666
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent your hell
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent your health
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent your hell
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent yourself
wolf cuts loose in the barrio
lemon vodka mixed with churros
scratched the 8 ball watching girls blow
thru the window
thru the moon-glow
baby dance inside his belly
grooving to a cumbia beat
teethes out a soothing melody
evil gets what
evil wants yeah
where's your gloom at
where's your doom at
will you harness the 667
are you dreaming
of young danzig
will he harness the 666
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent yourself
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent yourself
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent yourself
if you won't reinvent yourself
you can't circumvent yourself
Track Name: Head On (Hold On To Your Heart)
there's a knock at your door
you don't even recognize the stranger
it's you from before trying to warn you
all about the dangers
there's a hole in your head
at least that's what everybody's guessing
it's why you're always misread
it's why you sleep
but you never feel rested
you never get your rest in
hold onto your heart
hold it high above flood waters
hold onto your heart
never let nobody drag it under
hold onto your heart
even when your body's bitter
hold onto your heart
never let nobody take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over from you
there's a call on the phone
you don't even recognize the number
it's an old episode of trying to put
the lightening on the monster
of the life you have led
that is always a mess
are you dreaming of death
are there ghosts in your chest
are you always so restless
yes you are
is that hard
hold onto your heart
hold it high above flood waters
hold onto your heart
never let nobody drag it under
hold onto your heart
even when your body's bitter
hold onto your heart
never let nobody take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over from you
is it all a game
of bait & switch your brains
& follow your leaders to hell
is it all the same vein of insane
as drinking from a poisoned well
& i need new skin
for this old skeleton of mine
'cause this one that i'm in
has let me down once again over time
& i need new skin
for this old skeleton of mine
'cause this one that i'm in
has let me down once again over time
hold onto your heart
hold it high above flood waters
hold onto your heart
never let nobody drag it under
hold onto your heart
even when the whole world's bitter
hold onto your heart
never let nobody take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over
ever it take it over from you
Track Name: King Shiv
woke up feeling like
it puts the lotion in the basket
can you even recall the times
before your pheromones
took your common sense hostage
& left you in the rain to dry
& if you've ever gotten
everything that you wanted
well wouldn't that be some king shit
but as the case would have it
well you certainly haven't
you been hand to mouthing every step of it
all the old timers in the neighborhood swear
that you're cursed
with a face people hate
but every single one of them's
an endless variation
of popeye raised on lead paint
& all the woulda coulda shoulda
didn't 'cause my buddy's over
get to it when this here is done
repeated time & time again
it grows into a second skin
i can't believe there even could be
a secret life between your eyes
that i don't seem to see
are you satisfied with waiting here
for heaven forever
a secret life between your eyes
that i don't seem to see
are you satisfied with waiting here
for heaven forever
waiting for your schemes
only weakens all the seams
all the scenes that you've spun in the dark
& who wants weak desires
waitin' for 'em in the wings
after years of leathering your scars
& all the woulda coulda shoulda
didn't 'cause my buddy's over
get to it when this here is done
repeated time & time again
it grows into a second skin
i can't believe there even could be
a secret life between your eyes
that i don't seem to see
are you satisfied with waiting here
for heaven forever
a secret life between your eyes
that i don't seem to see
are you satisfied with waiting here
for heaven forever
a secret life between your eyes
that i don't seem to see
are you satisfied with waiting here
for heaven forever
a secret life between your eyes
that i don't seem to see
are you satisfied with waiting here
for heaven forever
heaven forever
heaven forever
heaven forever
heaven forever
heaven for never
Track Name: Loot My Body
have you learned nothing at all
when the curtain comes crashing down
will it miss ya will it crush ya
will you bend like a little bitch
under pressure
will your friend's come along & say
oh i knew him before he was a puddle
in hindsight i dig him this way
in this format as a puddle
feel free to loot my body
just take whatever you want
feel free to loot my body
just take whatever you need
feel free to loot my body
just take whatever you want
but please don't start a band
post apocalyptic babe will you be my
post apocalyptic babe will you be the light
no
have you learned nothing at all
when the city comes crashing down
will it miss ya will it crush ya
will you shatter like a fissure
under pressure
will your friends come along & say
well i knew him before he was trouble
in the big scope better this way
it's a fine choice life as a puddle
feel free to loot my body
just take whatever
feel free to loot my body
just take whatever you want
feel free to loot my body
just take whatever you want
but please don't start a band
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot my body
feel free to loot it all
have you learned nothing at all
when the curtain comes crashing down
will it miss ya will it crush ya
will you bend like a little bitch
under pressure
will your friend's come along & say
oh i knew him before he was a puddle
in hindsight i dig him this way
Track Name: Deep Cover
deep cover
it's not a place
it's a state of mind
to have your heart go incognito
& hide away for awhile
deep cover
it's a holiday
from the landslides you create
to have your heart
take a second breath or two
before your troubles
they always find you
the love you find
oh it never seems to last
nomadic lifestyle's
firmly stepping on the gas
the harder you shove 'em off
the harder they shove right back
the heart is a motherfucker
i'm positive of that
so deep cover
it's not a place
it's a state of mind
to have your heart go incognito
& hide away for awhile
deep cover
it's a holiday
from the landslides you create
to have your heart
take a second breath or two
before your troubles
they always find you
Track Name: Pyramids
i know just what you are
it's not a bowl of ice-cream
it's not a conflict diamond
or a double scoop of saline
i know just what you want
it's what we all desire
it's not a foxy lover
or the call of higher powers
i smash my crystal ball
i burn my tarot cards
cause i can't hit the notes i use to
pyramids of money
silhouetting in your dreams
pyramids of money
that you'll probably never see
it's true
i don't need no PHD
to show me that my flaws run deep
we'll burn our merit badges at night
i don't need no EMT
to show me how my heart should beat
we'll earn our merit badges at night
i know just what you are
it's not a burmese pony
it's not a dying death-wish
or a child that raised by kony
i know just what you want
it's what we all desire
it's not a call for peace
or knocking down the ivory towers
i smash my crystal ball
i burn my tarot cards
cause i can't hit the notes i use to
i can't hit the notes i want to
pyramids of money
silhouetting in your dreams
pyramids of money
pirouetting in your dreams
pyramids of money
that you'll probably never see
it's true
i know just what you are
it's not a bowl of ice-cream
it's not a conflict diamond
or a double scoop of saline
i know just what you want
it's what we all desire
it's not a foxy lover
or the call of higher powers
i smash my crystal ball
i burn my tarot cards
i know just what you are
it's not a burmese pony
it's not a dying death-wish
or a child that raised by kony
i know just what you want
it's what we all desire
it's not a call for peace
or knocking down the ivory towers
i smash my crystal ball
i burn my tarot cards
i know just what you are
i know just what you are
i know just what you are
i know just what you are
Track Name: Sparks
you ain't too certain
your heart can spark a flame again
prepare yourself, repair yourself
you waste all your memories
your love, your luck, your beauty sleep
building all those barriers
don't you know they never work
building all those barriers
to try to keep away the hurt
& i never believed that your heart
was ever missing
even though the alibi that you had
was so goddamn convincing
you ain't too certain
your heart can spark a flame again
prepare yourself, repair yourself
you waste all your energy
your love, your luck, your beauty sleep
building all those barriers
to try to keep away the hurt
building all those barriers
don't you know they never work
& i never believed that your heart
was ever missing
even though the alibi that you had
was so goddamn convincing
hit in the head with a giant rolling pin
sometimes the pain
will help you remember when
your heart was young
before it got stepped on
inside you feel a ticking time bomb
just tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick ticking
hit in the head with a giant rolling pin
sometimes the pain
will help you remember when
hit in the head with a giant rolling pin
when your heart was young
before it got stepped on
inside you feel a ticking time bomb just
tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
repair yourself
repair yourself
repair yourself
repair yourself
Again
Track Name: Paul's Grotesque
he eats an avocado
writes novels on her navel
climbs out her bedroom window
while she's asleep
she speaks of venom cobras
dark matter, supernovas
cars crashes & tsunamis
that bring the rain
he talks with great bravado
drinks baby shirley temples
fights with a palm of marbles
does it hurt does it hurt
she squeeze the honey bottle
on an overripe tomato
don't care when all the ants go
right up her skirt
nobody knows where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody knows where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
they met one summer party
eating bánh mi with the cabbies
throwing empties at the police
oh how they laughed
she cut a smokey figure
she splintered in his fingers
so deep that even tweezers
couldn't pull her out
they dance in tiny halos
like moths around a candle
or atoms too unstable
but they don't care
nobody knows where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody knows where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
will you leave a healthy corpse
will you beat a dying horse
will you leave the headlights on
will you write a swan song
will you get eulogized
will you have apologized
were you running high tonight
will you even care
nobody know where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody know where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody know where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody know where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody know where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
nobody know where the time goes
where the grind grows
nobody knows
Track Name: Fangs
& every time she tries to find
the kind of love that won't leave her behind
she ends up feeling like some sort of
shadow on the wall
raised & braised on mysticism
like jesus flesh & cataclysmic
punishment for following
the hunger her pleasure creates
she falls down stairs completely aware
it'll tarnish her beauty
beyond all repair
the bruises that blossom
remind her she's human
she hates that more than the fact
she hides her fangs
behind her back
she slips them in
when no one's watching
pretends to laugh
at the boxes she's been born in
she hides her fang out in the open
hoping somebody will steal them
& her
when she was young she held a fantasy
of being the female steve mcqueen
careening an ancient motorcycle
thru the throngs of those she hates
the spirit of sperm it haunts her thoughts
like harnesses for golden swans
her belly deserves a future much brighter
than a hovel for a squatter
she chews her fingers down to the bone
whenever she feels her life's outta control
she plays the piano, it sounds like tornadoes
but who will tell her the truth
i won't
she hides her fangs behind her back
she slips them in when no one's watching
pretends to laugh
at the boxes she's been born in
she hides her fangs out in the open
hoping somebody will steal them
& her
every time she tries to find
the kind of love that won't leave her behind
she ends up feeling like some sort of
shadow on the wall
& i wish that i could provide
the kind of weapons money won't buy
together we'd go hunting thru
the hallows of our hearts
& kill the things
that keep us down
& cut the strings
to which our fears seem bound
& kiss the flicker of the flames
that burn us out
from within
Track Name: Curtains
you might somehow be redeemed
even though your heathen days
are long gone
& the need to be redeemed
is such a boring thing to want
caved in, hibernating
waiting for the sun
to come along
& dry you out
& hang you from a cloud
Track Name: Born Tight
catch a tiger by the toe
& when it bites you don't let go
you bite it back so it knows
that you're wild
& you're born on a tight rope
build a fortress up on a hill
find a love that fits the bill
sometimes it never will
so you burn it down & you notch the kill
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
be brave
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
be brave
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
be brave
mama mama
mama mama mama
can't help you now
you wear your fears
up on your shoulders
like a bird with the weight of a boulder
will you pretend the pretense is over
or will you let your anger smolder
when my mind gets old & decrepit
& my heart forgets how to forgive
hide a bullet in my nose
& whisper that
i was born on a tight rope
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
be brave
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
be brave
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
be brave
mama mama mama mama mama
can't help you now
& the only thing that i ever learned
to be true was that...
be brave
be brave
girls just wanna have fun
be brave
girls just wanna have fun
be brave
girls just wanna have fun
be brave
girls just wanna have fun
be brave
be brave
be brave