Curators of Earth

by Joseph Airport

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released September 20, 2016

All songs by Joseph Airport
©2016 Tsunami Patrol Music

Joseph Airport is Jereme Sanborn, Matthew Cutter, Ben Penry, Joe Patterson, Jason Short and Dan Nolan

Blake Stenning: Bass
Dan Nolan: Bass (track 10)
John Toerner: Alto sax (track 12)
Suzanne Turner: Backing vocals (track 18)

Recorded and mixed at Joseph Airport
Track 10 recorded and engineered by Tobin Sprout at Moonflower Studio in Leland, Michigan
Track 17 mixed by Blake Stenning

Lovingly fucked with by Peopleperson in Dayton, Ohio

Cover painting by Dan Patterson

Thanks: Robert Pollard, Rockathon Records, Joseph Airport Records, Rectangle Creep, Girls of the Big 10, Chinese Notebook, YOU




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Track Name: Fooligans
You’ve got chainmail
Would you mind if we entered your mind?

It would be great
If good things would happen

But we’re just
Jockeying for perdition
We’re fooligans
Happy to butt heads
Track Name: Static Line Jumper
I pulled the cord out
I got the washout
Felt the pressure drop
Couldn’t get a word out
Earth was coming fast
Timing crackerjack

And I broke my legs
And I broke my legs
I broke my legs

Jumpsuit rippling
Heard the pencil snap
Track Name: The Original And Notorious Nancy McNiven
Cycling goggles leave grit on her cheeks
She’s been tooling around on that thing for weeks
On the motorbike given unto her care
By an estranged husband late of Bellaire

Hitches up her skirts
So the pipes don’t ignite ‘em
Blasting down Edsel
Where coppers can’t find ‘em

And she peels out in the speakeasy
She’s vaulting from chairs and dealing out dares
Like a madwoman

And she downs exactly what whiskey she’s given
She’s the original and notorious Nancy McNiven
Track Name: Joseph Imports
Ellis Island 1936
Stick close to cousin Henrik
He knows all the tricks
To get us through
So we don’t end up
In that room

Down through the decades
To present day
Joseph Imports rolls that way
Cargo truck on the way

New York City ‘38
Our wares never second-rate
Bringing in the tunes
And charismatic singers
So they don’t end up
On the loom

Down through the decades
To present day
Joseph Imports rolls that way
Euro-luxuries every day
Track Name: Taste Bugs
False-spring knuckleheads

Fishnet spazztecs
Ratify artistic intents

When the taste bugs fly

Chewing all that cud
Sucking all the blood
Live wire locusts
Neon taste bugs
Termite empire
It’s all about the buzz

Teach your larvae well
Then you drive them from the hill
Track Name: Your Yard Is Full Of Nutrients
Track Name: Your Roman Nose
Let your forehead’s
Crowfoot creases
Cross the bridge
Furrowed in dissension

Let the noble line
Of your Roman nose
Run true
In stately declension

Pupils hot
Philosopher’s volute
To the point
Of your Roman nose

Get your neck straight
Wattles quiver
Bare your teeth
Your violent intentions

Let the noble line
Of your Roman nose
Run true
In stately declension
Track Name: Ancient Enzymes
Cody’s many whippings
Drove him west
Beyond billboards and
Death Valley

They banded together

Green sheen on the ocean
Where Cody’s tribe will dwell
Only time will swell

They banded together
Track Name: I'm Taking A Duplicate
Meet me in Sydney
You know your plan
Is easier than that

So don’t try to sell it
We can’t change the program
To accomplish the mission

Dropping hell to revive the letter
That doesn’t understand coincidental
Meet me in Sydney
Track Name: Total Honesty Confidante
I need a total honesty confidante
For tears not meant for the pillow
One with Australian proportions
And a purple lawn bra
And mockery 360 24-7

You deliver the four-word throat chop
Townshend is not alone
Track Name: The Optimistic Guest
Track Name: Jump Shot Jeans Suite
We’re sipping it down
Filtered by the seams
Of red stripes on the calf
And the jam between toes

Got quite a nice bouquet
Gymsock chardonnay

Our tongues curl for a drop
Of rich and cloying slop
Gymsock chardonnay

He’s ruling the paint
It’s talk to the hand
Get in your grill
Wade into the stands

King of the paint!
No greater reward
Taller than mountain
Sharper than sword

He’s ruling the paint
He’s shutting it down
He’s driving them out
He’s bringing it round

Pulling shit out of a fire
And making it fly
That’s why they called him Skyhook

Boxed out
Zone defense/coverage

Triple double
Take it up the middle
Defensively responsible
And a tiger in the lane

Freeshot prince
Toeing the foul line
Track Name: Joseph Hairport
There’s nobody here to get
Your head out the back
They practiced 1… 2… 3…
For all the right reasons

Sometimes I can’t see the narrow view
But I know she’s a friend to you
What’s something in those eyes?
Not something I can answer

Checking out the terminal map
It’s a very modern hairport
Eminently accessible
Escalator salons
Track Name: Let's Never Wedding Again
I’ve got a bike
For this water fountain
A Lady Lada
Radio station

Take the courtesy van
From the Gemini Diner
I live in a computer
On a seven-digit timer

He’s a big-time broheim
He’s running red lights
It’s nothing like the movie
Let’s never wedding again
Track Name: I Made A Rope Out Of You
I made a rope out of you
Braided the hemp
Tied up my dreams of you
The dreams that you sent

I tied a knot into you
Cinched up the cord
Tamped down my dreams of you
Once I got bored

I made a rope out of you
I cut the cord into two
Track Name: League Math
The coaches were looking
Then it morphed into
A six-footer or a 10-footer
Everybody else notices
League math

For 2,000 miles
And a turtleneck around the shirt
Available on the vagabond thread
But never saw him at dessert time
Snap-snap like that
They’d snap-snap like that
Everybody else notices
League math

Here today
Shuttered at the beginning
But it’s going right
He had a lot of traveling calls
But he’s a really good football player
Just not a sportsman
Just not a sportsman
Disguised as fungible
League math
Track Name: I Should Have Gone To Film School
Wasted my time
Nose in the books
Making up words and
Dreaming up hooks

All flights are delayed today
On the psychedelic runway
I should have gone to film school

Frames-per-second spell truth
I was making up words
Approximating pictures
Not aiming fingers and thumbs
To frame compositions

I should have gone to film school
Track Name: Stowaway In The Overhead Bin
Don’t you wanna sit next to me?
Hold this while I put it together
All that I heard
I gave the earth for

And his eyeglasses
And these are for you
How did this part get on here?

You’re happy—so sit down and eat

These contents are sundry
And liable to shift
Track Name: Malevoline
O malevoline
O malevoline
On twin six-lane blacktop
We’re evil
We’re speed
O malevoline
Track Name: Your Specs Are Meaningless
Your specifications mean nothing to me
I can’t even read them
I can’t even see

Last night I couldn’t get it on
This morning I couldn’t get it off

But it’s the trial of leaping
That leaves us profound
Down to tuck and a cough
Let me take you down to the tombs below
It’ll be just like it was at Amontillado

We can settle this
Brick by brick
My friend
My brother
Surely you can see
Your specifications mean nothing to me
Track Name: How To Take A Punch
Why tap dance around the inevitable?
Opened up to the luminous world

In all shades of white
Your heart is a paintbrush
And I the buffoon who never saw it coming
Twelve haymakers in
The game show of hands

Transmitting these collisions to Uneven Steven

Reaching for a grail
As the canvas rushes up
Overwhelming to porcelain stamina
I’ve only got one ghost to give

Facing off against the runts
When you’ve faced ’em down enough
It’s how to take a punch