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Nephew in the Wild

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1.
You don’t call me ever on the phone Am I supposed to listen to Thin Lizzy & get high on my own? I went by the restaurant Becky said 
you don’t work there anymore She said one guy too many made a pass at you 
& you walked out the door You dropped your apron in the parking lot & never came back for your last paycheck I don’t see you ever at the bar I’m always on the lookout 
for your busted ass Windstar Your name’s off your buzzer There’s no welcome mat
 sitting outside your door
 Your neighbor said the landlord raised the rent ‘til you wouldn’t pay it anymore You cleared the whole place out in a single night & you were up & gone before it was light You used to get so mad
 I couldn’t take you serious 
I’d make one stupid joke 
& you’d act furious
 You even warned me once
 that you’d get out somehow 
I guess you’re somewhere laughing now Wild one wild one where’d you go? Wild one wild one where’d you go? Trisha please come home
2.
On my way home from Traverse City 
I hit a moose it wasn’t pretty
 Walked til I found a Citgo payphone down the road & I called your house it’s the only number that I know You picked up & said this is surprising 
I stood in the dark apologizing 
for the cheap way I ended our good thing
 & I asked if you would call a tow truck for me I walked up the road in the direction 
of the hatchback I just had wrecked & 
I thought of last night the fight we had in there 
& I thought of the way the light looked in your hair I expected to find the beast embedded 
in the windshield the way I’d left it 
but there was just blood & glass on the smashed hood I guess he came to & ran back through the wood
3.
On the train to your hometown 
at stranger’s side on Christmas Eve Dozing in the window seat 
your laundry in your lap
 Your brother’s pick-up truck is in the lot engine running Steady snow the dog’s asleep 
your mom complains about the tree Cousins come at dinnertime 
with babies & partners
 You’ll talk about your job or talk about your apartment
 On the bed where you first slept 
with your husband at seventeen
 Read your yearbooks back to front
 with TV on & your skirt off
 & counted all of your teachers who were younger than you now
4.
Pamela 02:57
Your dad was seventeen 
& dumb as a drum machine 
A star & a goat 
on a chain at his throat 
Sold acid & mescaline 
but even when he was clean
 he still had the smell of weed in his coat You were named after a fake I.D. Smaller than you should be
 with eyes just as black as the sea Your mom was sixteen
 & sweeter than saccharine
 Always said her prayers
 unless he was there 
She worked at Dairy Queen 
& no matter how she cleaned
 she still had the smell of death in her hair You were born into a world of sin You are the devil’s kin
 The sign of the beast on your skin You have come to fulfill a prophecy To level humanity
 & burn everything that you see
5.
Troubled water
 I’ve got six feet in my house
 Baby daughter 
with goldfish in her mouth
 Got your letter
 You want a Christmas in Milwaukee I’ve got trouble enough I’ve got trouble enough Bells are ringing 
I’ve been drinking all my cheer Fill the tumbler 
when the spirit’s cold in here
 If I’m the good one
 Brother it’s by default
 The folks in their graves
 have been doing summersaults I’ve got trouble enough I’ve got trouble enough Chevy Nova
 rusted out underneath They broke the window took the radio & wreath Drove the long way 
just listening to the breeze I’ve got trouble enough I’ve got trouble enough I’ve got trouble enough I’ve got trouble enough
6.
Summon Satan 02:23
You had tried to summon Satan but screwed up the incantation & left an open portal 
on your parents’ kitchen wall & the demons you released that day have stayed with you you along your way Screaming in your ear 
Kill them all You can worry about the future You can worry about the past You can worry about how long this curse is going to last You were walking through the park one night angry looking for a fight
 when you heard a busker
 playing accordion You stuck him twice & down he fell Sealed your passage straight to hell & you knew at once 
that you would kill again You can worry about the future You can worry about the past You can worry about how long this loneliness will last You can worry about the future You can worry about the past You can worry about how long this curse is going to last
7.
My love for you
 It’s not an atom bomb 
My love for you
 It’s not a lightning storm My love for you
 It’s like a puppy underfoot Better watch my step
 You know I could trample it My love for you
 It’s not a movie script
 Doesn’t make sense
 To my friends when I describe it My love for you
 Is quiet and it’s sweet
 Better keep you close 
You know you’re my family My love for you It’s a small thing My love for you It’s a real thing
8.
Most of the snow’s melted it’s just lumps of ice & plastic bags strewn in the yard
 I’d go & get us a bottle of wine 
but I’m pretty sure that they card Lansing is ugly it smells like a bus
 but it’s better than where we came from & you’re the only girl I can talk to You’re the only other girl from back home You got a job & you got me one too
 & we hated our jobs pretty bad 
but there was this one boy we both thought was cute This Hessian dishwasher named Chad
 & I took him home knowing you liked him first & you cussed me out on the phone
 Now you won’t even talk to me
 & you’re the only other girl from back home I ran into Case-Man an hour ago
 He was just passing through town 
He said this junior took gasoline cans 
& she burned our old high school down 
& I ran out to find you I looked everywhere though you said to leave you alone
 But you’re the only person that I thought should know
 You’re the only other girl from back home You’re the one single person I wanted to tell We’re the only two girls from back home
9.
Alicia
 she married young
 The year she was widowed she had a son 
On Christmas 
or when you’d pass through You’d bring Danzig records for your nephew In hard times 
kids grow up fast
 Please be there for him your sister would ask
 He’s trouble
 just like you were
 With girls & with teachers Without a father Like you
 when you were a child
 A young nephew out in the wild At sixteen
 he dropped out of school Took off with some jewelry his dad’s coat & tools
 He called you
 from the bus depot 
With his girlfriend pregnant & nowhere to go You told him
 that he should go home 
& said you were sorry 
& hung up the phone Then no one 
heard from him at all When Alicia came crying you didn’t mention his call Like you
 when you were a child
 Your nephew’s out in the wild
10.
Kitty Winn 05:31
We got married in September
 The baby came the next December So I got off the road
 It’s the longest I’ve been home since I remember I wake up earlier these days 
to dress the kid & fix her eggs Then we’ll walk down to the park if it’s nice out There’s a swing set where she plays I’m not out looking for something I haven’t found
 You won’t see me around I’ve got a family now I used to drive all night no stopping like a Batman with no Robin
 & then sometime around dawn
 I’d wake up with my seatbelt on to some cop knocking I’ve seen a lot of wrecks & burnouts
 & nights the crowds just didn’t turn out & I’ve drunk myself so ill
 & nearly got myself killed
 more times than I would care to count I’m not out looking for something I haven’t found 
You won’t see me around
 I’ve got a family now I watched The Exorcist again & recognized Kitty Winn 
from The Panic At Needle Park with Al Pacino She played his girlfriend It felt like seeing an old friend 
the way I wondered where she’d been As I sat & pet the cat
 with my wife’s head on my lap
 on the sofa in the den I’m not out looking for something I haven’t found
 You won’t see me around
 I’ve got a family now

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PopMatters' #1 Indie Pop album of 2015!

The second album from Owen Ashworth's post-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone bedroom pop project. Ten depressing songs about Michigan, Satan, Christmas, missing persons, arson & parenthood.

"★★★★" - MOJO Magazine

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released August 21, 2015

Owen Ashworth: autoharp, bass, drums, drum machines,
electric piano, Omnichord, piano, sampler & vocals
with
Mike Adams: melody synthesizer (4), drums (9)
Nick Ammerman: autoharp (7)
Edward Crouse: bass (7)
Howard Draper: lap steel guitar (3)
Emma Hospelhorn: bass (2)
Nicholas Krgovich: backing vocals (6), synthesizer (10)
Mat Sweet: guitar (9)
Jody Weinmann: Omnichord & vocals (7)

All songs by Owen Ashworth (BMI) except "My Love for You Is like a Puppy Underfoot," music by Owen Ashwoth (BMI), lyrics by Jody Weinmann (BMI)

Recorded by Owen Ashworth between August 2014 & February 2015 at Advance Basement, Oak Park, IL, except for some elements of “My Love for You Is Like a Puppy Underfoot,” which were recorded in October 2011.

Mike Adams, Howard Draper, Nicholas Krgovich, & Mat Sweet recorded their performances in the privacy of their own homes.

Produced by Owen Ashworth
Mixed by Owen Ashworth & Matthew Barnhart
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Cover art by Todd Freeman
Design by Jan Lankisch

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