Vicious Dunks

by Vicious Dunk

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1.
Hand 03:18
And I catch my face shining back in the microwave door Oh yeah, that’s what I look like now Don’t look that old way anymore Stayin’ up all night trying on nice clothes that I tore So these are my memories Guess that’s what I chose to store But how long can I sing the same old song How long can I sing the same old song How many words have you heard for “it’s going wrong”? And I catch myself staring up from the spot I stand Oh yeah that’s what my mind rests on That’s the line drawn in the sand And my voice sticks swift in the midst of an infinite chant it says do what you want with your voice Just match your voice up to your hand And how long can I sing an unfamiliar song? How long can I sing an unfamiliar song? Hoping my mind is clear and my lungs are strong And I catch myself tricked that the crickets are saying amen An old song but one to live by Maybe I can be like them And I come from a numbness that I never knew as a friend You can fight off these specters forever Glad to see myself again
2.
Bug 03:50
Sounds nice I guess, Jacob wrestles with his mess Jacob wrestles with the best Shadows dance across the west I’ll know me then After I shed and jettison And merge with my imagining A gardener, a citizen Rocks on the pane, You said how can I make this plain? ah, how can I make this plain? You can’t do shit up in your brain How stung I felt Said you can take it up with hell You can take it up with hell Middle fingers parallel I don’t see this bug ever leaving me I can be your bug. You said oh please, that’s just a story And a convenient one. I’m good, no more- Don’t you open up that door Don’t you open up that door Don’t you open up that door I made this mess and I'm the one who knows it best I'm the one who knows it best and I'm the one who gets it dressed I don’t see this bug ever leaving me It will be my bug You said “maybe, but don’t you stay sorry Don’t you dare give up” [muttering] I don’t see this bug ever leaving me I will be your bug. You said I believe you and there's much more to you Than a weevil, bud
3.
Misery 03:51
Prairie burns, stem to seed That’s what happened to you and me Wild grass grows from the char Spring feels so very far away from me It’s misery I dug a rut around the border And that contained the fire sort of You took my hand hesitantly And that’s the way I watched you walk away from me It’s misery It comes around year to year I feel again what’s always here Tended what grew, ignored the weeds I tend to sew these things I reap they stay with me In misery Stay with me in misery Away from me, my misery Hyacinth unfurls its leaves The worm within the robin’s beak is squirmingly In misery
4.
tyfctts 03:01
There were some things to fix My playing there was not so hot And I think later on my strings were shot Or maybe I just had a spell It's hard to tell Results were clear I wish some other night was the night that you were here You should have heard it when We played it in my living room like my whole spirit was born anew Or anyway we played it well I wish you'd tell Me this was bad I forgot to ask you About the kind of day you've had Isn't performance so contrived I gripe to hide my wide ego Thank you for coming to the show The thing I meant to say Is that I read The Argonauts Just a little, more done than not Kinda boring without the golden fleece Thats tongue-in-cheek About the title I didn't eat all day Might try to grab a bite The room was awfully full Don't we all seem so far away? It's strange to me that people stay So present though the past exists ...that's not quite it Think I'm just tired Catch me before you leave I'd like to say goodbye I wanted things that words won't bring my choice of words less so Thank you for coming to the show
5.
Most of It 02:41
Talk to me, Talk to me I've been through it all too Well, most of it oh god there's so many things I'll never go through Rest your eyes, rest your eyes there's no danger in the night yeah I know Some things are easy enough for me to say, alright To love you better I gotta know me better If I can't know me better what do I lose? I was feeling far away you were lying beside me I could not take what's inside of you and make it what's inside of me I know what's apart from me now how can I be of use? Might have to do what you don't have to do Got my hand on my chest in the search for a heartbeat and that's how it goes now when I can't sleep Have I turned away? Have I cowered from mystery? Because evil crawls into my mind that's not been in my history I know what's a part of me now Is it part of you too? I'm not gonna do what I'm not gonna do. To love me better you've gotta know me better If you can't know me better
6.
Stitch my heart or switch my skin I see the spiral, I fall in again “Most of it you’ll never know” Come the sirens through the burr oaks I feel myself become obscure Break the silence with a "yeah, sure" Not all truth needs to be sung out An impacted tooth gets dug out You're missing, are you listening? Wrecked with echoes bouncing inside of me Past selves built their temples there All the altars now are lawn chairs I love you more than I will do more than Endless performing Endless reforming
7.
Box Elder 02:38
Lying on the dry grass in the dry heat Twirling a helicopter leaf from a boxelder tree Thinking this is what it was to be fourteen Reading to keep my mind off ant colonies beneath Am I changing? is it changing me? Crossing Western with a soreness in me It’s just the memory of a memory Feeling the sweat on my back start to creep Back in my body, a new pain in my knee Am I changing? Is it changing me? Watching everything at once like a volley Of arrows, like a jet engine, like bees Wondering if this arugula is too old to eat And if I’ll ever run down blood-stained streets Am I changing? Is it changing me? Carving out safe space for a family Wondering when it hit the fallen tree that it would petrify by the water seeping I can avoid that certainty If I’m changing, if it’s changing me

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Every song a vicious dunk.

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released December 6, 2019

Vicious Dunk is Jake Pollock and Patrick Budde

Jake: Songs, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keys (tyfctts)
Patrick: Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Casio Digital Guitar, Keys, Synths, Drums

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Patrick at Preserve Records
September - November 2019.

Album art by Ella Pennington

special thanks to beth h, matt b, gaby f, josh s, sammy z, jake z, will s., and adam g among others!

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