The Boundary Stones

by The Boundary Stones

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1.
Sean 03:19
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Sullen Sally 02:42
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
6.
Palimpsest 02:35
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
7.
Cupcake Man 01:47
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
8.
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
9.
Fenugreek 03:36
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
10.
Shanty 03:46
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

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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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