Joseph Airport Is Reeling 'Round The Punch Bowl

by Joseph Airport

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released April 1, 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

Tobin Sprout: Drums on "Green Eyes" and strings on "Soul Harvest"
Peopleperson: Guitar on "Inkblot Rembrandt"

Recorded and mixed at Joseph Airport, Feb. 5–6 2016, except:
Track 5 mixed by Peopleperson
Tracks 10 and 17 recorded and engineered by Tobin Sprout at Moonflower Studio in Leland, Michigan

Lovingly fucked with by Peopleperson in Dayton, Ohio

Tobin Sprout appears courtesy of Petrified Fish Records

Cover photo by Shonda Mckinney-Short

Thanks: Tobin, John Sanborn MD, Andrea, The Wind




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Track Name: Unhappily Ever After
I was the burning wick in your hurricane
Now I’m an old meal wrapped in cellophane

I was a bright blue sky
You were my aeroplane

Now you’re the lightning and
I’m just a weather vane
Track Name: We've Got Tinnitus
Who can it be ringing in our ears?
Cochlear reaction resulting from no stimulus

Drenched in decibels
Phantom whine in the neurosphere
We’ve got tinnitus so bad

We’ve got tinnitus
Track Name: Crappy Dracula
Crappy Dracula
Stalkin’ through the old oak trees
Crappy Dracula
Keep your nasty fang from me
Crappy Dracula
Track Name: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Notebook
We got a book but it wasn’t big enough
We got some ice but it wasn’t frigid enough
We got the peppers but they were not hot enough
To form the spice for your 4-year sendoff

We placed you on the pedestal bud
Prepared to record all your brilliant exploits

But you soon went beyond
What the pundits predicted

We got the bottle but it wasn’t proof enough
We got the baggie but it wasn’t croost enough
We got the party bus smokin' hot for us
With buckets of ice and greased poles
Track Name: Inkblot Rembrandt
Your speckled pointillescent face
Black dots and spatter patterns

Drip drip so goes the ink
It’s quite a problem don’t you think?
Three singers in perfect harmony

The spectacles peddler in his purple turban
Stoning St. Stephen in a history painting

Tobit and Anna contemplate the kid
Old men do combat o’er imagined slights
Under the gaze of inkblot Rembrandt
Track Name: Everlasting Flask
The vessel is a device
The device is a loophole
The loophole is open but
Open means death

Death goes as far as spring
Spring has no witness
Witness to the execution
An execution of Buicks

Buicks cruising on air glide
The glide that’s rearranged
A flask that’s never dry
Track Name: Try Chemistry
One house in escrow
Is worth two in the face
Covalent bonds
Breaking amino chains
Free the slave molecule
From the office
From the blotter—

Try chemistry
When you’re feeling jejune
Sophistry only gets you so far
You’re chemistry
When you’re sidled up to me

Try chemistry
To depress blooms in June
Breaking amino chains
From the office
From the blotter—
Track Name: Jack Of Legs
Jack of legs came to town
Reeling ’round the punch bowl
Telling tales with a bit of red
And a fair bit of tol-lol

The guns of Dorchester Heights
Midnight earthworks and
Howe put to flight

Our ship has run aground
Join this jig and reel
Farewell O you ladies of Yorktown
We’ll pass the rum around
The syllabub

Spinning yarns at the Publick House
Dancing on the Fiddler’s Green
Hudson cannons blast like yesterday
The fate of New York
Had us all sighing
Howe’s return and revenge on Long Island

Our wagon’s hit a rut
We languish in a field
Farewell O you brothers of mine
Drop a line when you’ve got the time

Fire burns to the coals
Speaking softly in the gleam
The end of the Great Pretender
Cornwallis entreats to surrender
Track Name: (With This) My Journal
Lyrics adapted from
"The Disclosure Of Alex Starchild"
by Jeff Wolfe
Track Name: What Do You Do When Green Eyes Don't?
What do you do when green eyes don’t?
What can you see when sightseers won’t?
How do the trails materialize when you cut the ties?
Where do you draw the line
When you’re always flying off the handle?
What do you see when eyes flicker?

What do you want
When green eyes leave?

Trails still materialize once you’ve cut the ties
Once you’ve drawn the line
Once you decide what to do
When green eyes don’t
Track Name: Playing Tag With Our Neuroses
I’m afraid of you and
You’re afraid of everything
We’re playing tag with our neuroses

You ask me why
The hell would I ever sing?
We’re playing tag with our neuroses
Track Name: Carly Is The Coolest
Carly is the coolest
Cute and scary
Like a bunch of bees
Whipping the honey

As wax combs resolve
Into perfect hexagrams
Carly is the coolest
She stops hearts and starts fights
And buckles periwinkle-skinned knees

Grey ideas floating at dusk
In senile patterns through the trees
Forget anything else
These drones are the cruelest
And Carly is the coolest
Track Name: Defective Fiction
There’s no mystery
It’s a beach read
Lousy with adverb
"So" and "then"
Spreading ripples

Defective fiction
When he’s down on our house
Defective fiction
Defective down on our house
When it’s hot you find shade

Gray blue seafoam so relaxing
Ink stains bargain basement
It’s not worth much
But it keeps the pot boiling
Track Name: Psychological Baggage Claim
Been 98 minutes
Still no sign of the carousel
We’re waiting for Sam and Gus
As the sun comes up
At the psychological baggage claim

I’d just as soon leave it behind
Be free of the crushing weight
Of my baggage

But there’s so much in there that I need
Would be so hard to replace
Let’s give it a few more minutes
At the psychological baggage claim
Track Name: Meat Of The Mother
Naturally occurring meat of the mother
Now I understand why dinosaurs
Ate each other

Flesh of mussels on a bed of snails

Anticipating visits from Neil Fungus and family
I’m under the door
She’s eyeing Monopoly
She kisses like Christmas
And missus missives
I’d swim through fire
Track Name: Figure-Four Wedlock
The US matrimony just hit an iceberg
This isn’t a home
It’s a coliseum
A museum for wedlock’s bruises

A mausoleum of
Unspoken slights and abuses
We started to grapple
The moment we left the chapel

Now ’til death do we deadlock
In figure-four wedlock
Who are you really
Behind that mask?
Track Name: Meet Me At The Soul Harvest
Invitation from the reaper
When the nights are cold
Mornings gray and dim
And orange is on the ground

We’re at the soul harvest
With a banjo and a scalpel
At the soul harvest
With the jug and a body bag

Come join the washboard player
When he strikes the louvers
Dance a jig with clickety spoons
Just wait until it’s over

Invitation from the reaper
When nights are cold
There’s a looped rope hanging
From the hayloft
Track Name: Telepathic Fluencies
I. Maintain Your Spines

Rogue specimens
In the endocrine shitstorm
Let us maintain your spines

Adrenal clans
Let go of your egos
Your pheromone lassos

And speak with your eloquent minds

II. Explorriors

Enslaved spirits of the inane asylum
Replace your wiring with vines

Explorriors return to the jungle
The primordial language we bungled

As mortality’s watch unwinds
Track Name: Ghost Man On Second
From Far Rockaway to Buffalo
Pop flies are trying out wings
Soaring over the majestic grandeur of things
They leapt off the bat

MCs and rhymes on the bleachers
Busted-up chalk for the teachers
The glory of the diamond awaits
The ghost man on second

Birds 15 deep on the tarmac
Aviation specters strike out the phantasms’
Love of 5-tool players
Haunting us since birth in our protean layers

Failed autopilots taunt teachers
Earning their wings in the bleachers
The glory of the diamond awaits
Track Name: E-Maul
Send it to me via e-maul
Most visceral communication
You have got maul!
Track Name: When They Thaw
They’re not counting cryogenic sheep
They’re plotting in their sleep
While we sow what they reap
Making our plans for French Friday

There’s hemlock in the soufflé
They’re serving for Bastille Day

You best be quick on the draw
When they thaw