What You Say and What You Mean

by Remember Karen

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released November 10, 2017

Nick - voice, guitar
Erica - voice, bass guitar
Logan - guitar
Jessica - drums

Space Echo on 6 - Jack Shirley

Recorded, mixed, and mastered in 2017 by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA

Music by Remember Karen
Words by Nick
Collage by Remember Karen

Thank you: Kurt Rohde, Jack Shirley, Tim Allen, Barak Weinstein, Margaret, Loretta, Andy, Gary, the Dame, Kittle, Kevin Steen, Brandon Thacker, Landis Velazquez, Solene Lejosne, Jacob Groopman, Sally Glynn, David Groopman, Brian Justice, Mike and Sandy, Scrim, Tsar Czar, Evan Greenwald, and the proverbial Karen in all of us.

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Track Name: Invisible Geography
passing your glances my way scratch into your arms the codes of the day grasping at straws and through with it all throw down your cards and see how they fall dreaming of hallways at 5am imagine my shock as i try to pretend we’ll all die young without knowing why an hour in public puts tears in your eyes i’ll toss you a line next time you feel fine burned all the maps in fiery july blue is a poison that i really don’t mind i’ll toss you a line next time you feel fine are you now or have you ever been are you now or have you ever been are you now or have you ever been a member of the run-of-the-mill invisible geography
Track Name: Afternoon Waking Life
in the beginning it was down hill from there now I’m mining your quarry maybe we’ll meet in the square it’s just raw material for cliff-hanging serials the titles looked beautiful I couldn’t proceed i’ll be a coal mine a ship in your fleet hoping for end times i thought about it all week you and your afternoon waking life there in modesto you were so unimpressed-o whose green remembered hills iceland and fire drills speed heals slow kills keep that in mind i’ll be a coal mine a ship in your fleet hoping for end times i thought about it all week you and your afternoon waking life you’re after my days and nights and into my waking life
Track Name: Goals and Means
barbarism begins in the choir i used to think that all was your empire but it’s not i used to think that fires in the mission were started by confusion and not fission oh yeah there’s no cohesion there’s no cohesion between what you say and what you mean from the age of seventeen i wonder if you’ve read about it i wonder if you’ve thought about it have you felt dread about it i have i have goals and means what’s in your head and what’s between your legs respectively i waited so long i waited so long the bus never arrived and they couldn’t tell which branches you felled they shrugged themselves into the next life i waited so long i waited so long to see the fruits of your labours with a capital L till everything’s swell they’ll have nothing to tell you i guess it’s all here do you feel small here
Track Name: Slide Collection
your ghost always sits in a suburban chair traces of the not-yet in a parking lot while the not-any-more fumbles around setting the stage in a strip mall you’ve got what i want and i’ve got what you want and you’ve got what i want and I’ve got what you want too he’s into leather talks about the weather i’m into violets you’re into violence i want to put you in my slide collection i’m feeling better upon reflection living in the spectacle society i’m at the light box you’re what’s in the frame you’ve got what i want and i’ve got what you want and you’ve got what i want and I’ve got what you want too he’s into leather talks about the weather i’m into violets you’re into violence i want to put you in my slide collection i’m feeling better upon reflection in this new guilded age i’m at the light box and you’re what’s in the frame
Track Name: What a Great Time!
i found a body on the tracks but nothing feels different in my life today it’s just like yesterday we’re building our careers looks like my future’s here my foot’s a paper weight my skin is a lampshade how inconvenient for you i heard the bad news there’s a short delay going into the tube what a great time what a great time we’ve had here on a fault line on a fault line break off this year if you’re inclined if you’re inclined pull yourself near what a great time what a great time we’ve had here i found an inkling on the cusp of your faded white tee shirt it says you are here i want to be here with you too what a great time we’ve had making demands i want to drive you home and draw up a plan what a great time what a great time we’ve had here on a fault line on a fault line break off this year if you’re inclined if you’re inclined pull yourself near what a great time what a great time we’ve had here drop a black postcard in my di-rec-tion make me the mother of your insurrection all i want all i want is a cold dark room I accuse ted hughes i accuse ted hughes sylvia i’m coming home for the holidays sylvia i’m coming home to you today don’t blow out the pilot light don’t blow out the pilot light i accuse ted hughes i accuse ted hughes
Track Name: Long 20th Century Boy
cling to what’s left of the invisible safety net that led you on now you’re not here soldier on forget what they told you your voice means nothing on the internet scream intoyour pillow where does the time go there’s no difference i know that i’ll miss you but i don't know if i'll come back strung out on a blue light i don't know if i'll come back walking on ice you'll pay the price your soles are gone there gone depressed and aimless too you're the long 20th century boy the longest century isn't over the longest century hasn't ended i know that i'll miss you but i don't know if i'll come back strung out on a blue light i don't know if i'll come back walking on ice you'll pay the price your soles are gone they're gone depressed and aimless too you're the long 20th century boy at your vacant chair i feel envy i know you said there's nothing but frost and thoreau
Track Name: Alameda (Likes Ike)
sleepless wide-eyed perceptive penury means poverty when you go downtown waving hello ready the post-cards you'll send they'll keep them locked in their boxes of lies intersection of your navel and material flaws i'm sad hospitalize me i'm sad euthanize me all the agonies you suffer could be ended with a heart attack don't forget about your mother when she's gone she won't be back you found death in life magazine a skull face with a smile so go to the days of resistance knowing nothing but style stuck on the way out of here stranded for indefinite years marriage is weird history's near nobody's queer because they're all the same intersection of gdp and the blood in your veins everyone is the same i don't know why i came all the agonies you suffer could be ended with a heart attack don't forget about your mother when she's gone she won't be back you found death in life magazine a skull face with a smile so go to the days of resistance knowing nothing but style i really really want you to go there i really really want you to show me i really want you to notice i really really want you to take me for a ride on alameda island everyone knows it's the sting in your eye
Track Name: Tidings
red means forward in berlin home and homeland are at odds again stumble through the stacks after work i don't know you but you look like a jerk the police are gunning them down down in the streets the police are gunning them down down in the streets do you know what rilke meant when he said what he said i'm sad without reason malaise is in season again i watched a film with the world on a wire warehouse industrial make eyes inquire okay another night another freeway cut the fence by the bay another night another freeway cut the fence by the bay no matter how far we back away from our teens the scene will never see itself a tv screen if the street that you live on is brining you down take the street that you live on and burn it to the ground
Track Name: The Midwest is Boring
i don't know what i like about your anarcho bloc i don't know what to say i can't function anyway i haven't read capital it's too long too long too long too long you think you get it but you're wrong you're wrong you're wrong you're wrong what's your interest in the midwest i can see from afar there's no ocean to tell you how small you are i'm not for you or against you or the things you say i can't see you i don't know you i think that that's okay don't hate yourself don't hate yourself i'm doing it for you i feel like such a bore i feel like such a bore i feel like such a bore i was feeling real bad so i spent the day on the floor cutting up newspaper i stole from the store but it said nothing to me about my life just market street schizo husbands and their wives what's your interest in the midwest i can see from afar there's no ocean to tell you how small you are there's no ocean ambulance chaser it makes you such a bore makes you such a bore don't hate yourself don't hate yourself i'm doing it for you i feel like such a bore i feel like such a bore i feel like such a bore
Track Name: Economy Island
you and your kind don't forget to remind yourself you're doing fine it would be fine too constructing a quantum with you show me your insides show me your insides i know they're out there your insides you make me feel wistful in a way that i like american novels and toxic events what a fright white noise sonic gloves the money we spent in the black sky above at your apartment in stockton your radio's talking eternity's knocking it won't follow you if you just wheel your bike down the platform you're a commodity in volume one but the other commodities they have all the fun they have all the fun wheel your bike down the platform you're running scared but there's nobody there

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