The Boundary Stones

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Mike Janssen — banjo, vocals
Steve Kane — bass, guitar
Mark Kennedy — guitar, vocals
Dave Lesser — guitar, bass, vocals

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released September 23, 2015

recorded by Mark McInerney at Beta House in Washington, D.C.

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The Boundary Stones Washington, D.C.

All strummers, no drummers. Indie folk.

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Track Name: Sean
His name was Sean
He did me wrong
He sold me prawns
And he moved on

He moved on
So I wrote this song
In his crayons
And I'm datin' his mom

I'm datin' his mom

Those darn tiger prawns
Are in the waterways
We've got to round them up
And send them on their way

Penaeus monodon
Coming our way from the East
Put them on ice in your fridge
And neutralize the beast

I'm the crustacean king
And I know everything
About maternal flings
And wedding rings

Prawns in the sound
Get him back to this town
And when he's around
It's goin' down

It's goin' down

Datin' Sean's mom
She's the queen of the prawns
Am I just a pawn
What have I spawned

I should have known that they were prawns
They were way too long
But I keep buyin' prawns
And I know it's wrong

Sean
You did me wrong
And the tiger prawns
Keep comin' on

Sean
It won't be long
You'll be eaten up
By what you've spawned

Sean
Track Name: Microsoft Word (Is Having Problems)
Microsoft Word is having problems
And it won't be coming around today
You thought you'd have all your documents
Laid out before you in a nice array

But you were wrong; you've got a problem
To start your day
You'll have to go over to your neighbors
And you'll say

Microsoft Word is having problems
Can I use your computer; would that be okay
Microsoft Word is having problems
And I can't get to my files today

Here we go

Hey, here's a tip
Don't take advice from a paper clip
Hey, here's a tip
Don't take advice from a paper clip

Microsoft Word is having problems
Can I use your computer; would that be okay
Microsoft Word is having problems
And I can't get to my files today

They'll let you in with a warm smile
And a cup of tea
You'll start a new business selling bath salts
Internationally

Microsoft Word is having problems
But that's all right and you had a good day
You've got a new business and you won't need to use
Microsoft Word any more anyway

Microsoft Word is having problems
But that's all right and you had a good day
You've got a new business and you won't need to use
Microsoft Word any more anyway
Track Name: Brothers of Maps
Brothers of maps, brothers of maps
Be gone
Brothers of maps, brothers of maps
Be gone

Northwest took its chances on the trade of sugar cane
Northeast made alliances with the Algonquin
Southeast had access to the bay
Southwest disappeared into the Old Dominion

Brothers of maps, brothers of maps
Be gone
Brothers of maps, brothers of maps
Stay strong

Brothers of maps, who could they be
Brothers of maps of Washington, D.C.
Brothers of maps, who could they be
Brothers of maps, they are you and me

Brothers of maps, brothers of maps
Be gone
Brothers of maps, brothers of maps
Stay strong

In the year of 2012 the brothers rose again
To exorcise the Pentagon of every bloody sin
The fountains all overflowed with hundred-dollar gin
And generals were liberated to walk among their fellow men
Track Name: Jellyfish in a Black Hole
Jellyfish gets younger as the days go by
It's aging backward, turritopsis dohrnii
Through its noble simplicity
Could we achieve immortality

Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole

Black holes growing way out in space
Maybe one's expanding somewhere near this place
Don't get too close or you could slip away
Oh how embarrassing; what would the neighbors say

Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole

You see me slowing down
But I don't know it
To me it's all the same
And I don't show it
I don't see any jellyfish
In this hole I'm in
Gonna have to learn to fall
While I forget to swim

Shedding off the years while it's floating in the sea
Jellyfish can solve the most vexing mystery
I'd like to know the secret so death could not detain us
But I'm not sure how I feel about my mouth becoming my anus

Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole
Jellyfish in a black hole

Got it, got it, got it, got it
Track Name: Sullen Sally
Hats off to you Sullen Sally
I don’t care if you don’t look gladly
We’re here to say it ain’t sappy
That life sure ain’t give you no candy

You’ve never met me and I’ve never met you
You’ve never seen me but I’ve always seen you
Husbandless, childless, prophetless, and ugly

Hats off to you Sullen Sally
I don’t care if you don’t look gladly
Some day you’re gonna come in handy
When it’s okay to feel gladly

Family lore tends to wear at your brittle lines
Faces they captured fade into formless eyes
And hands that worked and bent and broke
And silently you hoped, and silently you broke

Hats off to you Sullen Sally
I don’t care if you don’t look gladly
Some day you’re gonna come in handy
Pushing, pushing up dandies
Track Name: Palimpsest
What's the worth, the worth to you
Semblance of truth
Dusty palimpsest
It gets so hard to digest

Can't write over the way you looked
When the sun was bare and the fish was hooked
The chance was near and the water rose
Over the path you took, I was the one you chose

But now no one knows

What's the worth, the worth to you
Of a better attitude
An inclination toward the sun
Going on fooling everyone

What's the worth, the worth to you
Semblance of truth
Dusty palimpsest
It gets so hard to digest

And I could read you the book we wrote
But it's better closed on a minor note
Words are new, meanings different now
And I can't remember anyhow

Where anything grows

What's the worth, the worth to you
Of a better attitude
An inclination toward the sun
Going on fooling everyone
Track Name: Cupcake Man
I eat a cupcake when I'm walkin' through the door
I eat a cupcake when I'm lyin' on the floor
There's a cupcake in the kitchen, don't you know
You can have it but you have to let me know

'Cause I'm a cupcake man
I'm gonna eat a cupcake
I'm a cupcake man
I'm gonna eat a cupcake

Someday I'll have a cupcake store
I wouldn't want for cupcakes anymore
I'll have a mixer and a knife for my icing
Oh my cupcake store, it would be so enticing

How will I know
What kind to make
There are so many kinds
For heaven's sake

I'm a cupcake man (how I love 'em)
I'm gonna make a cupcake
I'm a cupcake man (from the oven)
I'm gonna make a cupcake

Every cupcake you'll ever imagine
It won't be enough
Lay off of that stuff

Every cupcake you give to the world
Is a cupcake of love
A miraculous pearl

Cupcake man (how I love 'em)
I'm gonna make a cupcake
I'm a Cupcake man (by the dozen)
I'm gonna make a cupcake if I can
Track Name: The Library Song
I will check it out
I will check it out for you
I will check it out
I will check it out for you

Got a house I do not need
With lots of books I do not read

So I will check it out
I will check it out for you
And I will check it out
I will check it out for you

I noticed that you lost your pants
I've got a book which deals with that

You spend your days
Sleeping in the house of knowledge
Reminds me of oh
So many days in college

And on and on my conviction grows
That I won't you see you at this show

So I'm gonna check it out and give it to you
It's the only way for my lies to seep through
Track Name: Fenugreek
You can drive for miles toward the horizon
The bleak mirages at night Orion

Tell me what’s the purpose if you’re not forgotten
The luminaries are picking cotton

How do you know where the chips are gonna fall?
Everything I say is a lie
Shoes on the wire look about my size

On the final broadcast they cut the wires
Did you hear the message? Did you feel inspired?

How do you know where the chips are gonna fall?
Everything I say is a lie
Shoes on the wire look about my size
Track Name: Shanty
I can raise the bridges and round up all the snakes
And when I get back home you’ll have dredged up all the lakes
I can cut the barley and you can bale the hay
Together we will work until we’re broken as we lay

And I don’t know, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, what we build
Beyond the hills and in my head
Something hungers for my death

Lately the 3 Ws, they all seem to fail
We winnow and we weed and work all to no avail
Now we’re standing in the road trying to hitch a ride
I go to lift your arm but I need water in my spine
The land for me, it seems to be, I have chosen wrong
I’m gone to sea; my legacy, it lies beyond the storm

And I don’t know, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, where we go
But I am me and you are thee
And that’s the way it’s got to be

I’m drinking oh-so much these days I’ve got a yellow mind
It colors all I do so that I color all the time
My fingers fail as we set sail, my nerves are all adrift
There’s bodies in the sea and monsters in the mist

But soon we reach a better land
And build a bridge of helping hands
On we march that we may find
If life goes on beyond the horizon