America

by Catherine Feeny

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A bold and haunting statement about a nation on a precipice, "America" deftly juxtaposes the fragile beauty of hope with the menace of arrogance and corruption.

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released 17 September 2012
ALBUM CREDITS:
Produced by Sebastian Rogers. Engineered by David Etlinger and Sebastian Rogers at Bungalow 9 in Portland, Or. Mixed by Sebastian Rogers at the Magic Closet in Portland, Or, except track 2, mixed by Tony Lash. Mastered by Tony Lash at Mandible.

Matt Carson -- Upright bass, Electric bass, Banjo, Additional percussion on tracks 2, 6 & 9, Hammond pedals on track 8

Nate Crockett-- Violin, Viola, Trombone, Banjo on tracks 4 & 5, Electric bass on track 6, Hammond organ and Mandolin on track 2, Beatbox on track 9

Daniel Dixon-- Electric guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Drum machine, Auto harp, Glockenspiel, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer organ, Backing vocals on tracks 7 & 8

Caleb "Josh Machine" Heinz-- Electric bass on track 5.

Andrew Stonestreet-- Backing vocals on tracks 2, 3 and 4, Piano on track 9

Sebastian Rogers-- Acoustic guitar, Electric bass on track 2, Backing vocals on track 6, 7 & 8

Catherine Feeny-- Vocals, Ukelele, Hammond organ on track 4


Songs written by Catherine Feeny, Year of the Rabbit (ASCAP), except track 2, written by Catherine Feeny and Sebastian Rogers, track 3, written by Catherine Feeny and Daniel Dixon, and track 10 written by Anais Mitchell, Candid Music Publishing. Strings arranged by Nate Crockett.

Cover photo by Ashley Gilbertson. Inside photo by Parker Fitzgerald. Album design by Ashley Marcu.

Prodigious thanks to: Ted Feeny, Julie Upward, Lee Pittmon, Teri McKenzie, Jena Lassiter, Matthew & Lisa Tamura, Steve Forster, Peg & Bill, Norah & Rodney, Dawn & Dave, Chris & Penny, Emma & Matt, Sarah Mente, our friends at Union Seminary, Buck Bin Nasty, Booker, Jeanette Trexler, Tyree, Pete & Deanna, William & Kat, Donald & Renata, Van & Sylvia, Josh Butler, Josh Swann@Paradigm, Lauren Ross and Terrorbird, Ian hudson@Dreams Music, Myriam Boone, Fred Marechal, Pieter Brabant, Anna Blair, Elizabeth Connors, Nate Grubbs, Dan Eberly, Danny O'Hanlon, Ian Watts, Chris Hermsen, Sean Gregor, Chris Johnedis, Sam Adams, Alex Bone, Robbie LeBlanc, Tom McRae, Ciro Romano, Ashley Marcu, Ashley Gilbertson, Parker Fitzgerald, Tony Lash, and the beauties who recorded this album with me: David, Josh, Daniel, Nate, Andrew, Matt and my husband Sebastian (whose imagination, enthusiasm and dedication are profound). To Eve Ensler, Chris Hedges, Michael Moore, Cornell West, Naomi Klein and Riverside Church, thanks for the courage. And finally, love and gratitude to all who have shared friendship, inspiration, humor and support, not least, the many who offered kindness while we were at Occupy Wall Street.   

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Catherine Feeny Portland, Oregon

Feeny's music has been featured in the film "Running with Scissors," as well as successful television series' "The O.C." and "One Tree Hill." She has toured extensively, supporting the likes of The Indigo Girls, John Prine and Wilco. After signing with EMI UK in 2006, Feeny re-located to Portland,OR to make music independently. ... more

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Track Name: Police State
How they move? In packs
Set the stage in shadow
Steeling for the second act

And we can't see the bodies
Just the hands
Brandishing a stick and
Waiting for the next command

Calling all souls
Before it's too late
Lie in the way of the police state

Who are you protecting,
Who do you serve?
Twitching like the scalpel
Touched a nerve

Kept me in my seat
Didn't know my back was bent
Until I tried to stand up straight

You're a very strong man
You've got a very long reach
How we move? In packs

Calling all souls
Before it's too late
Lie in the way of the police state

Enemy combatant, prisoner of war
There isn't any difference anymore

Calling all souls
Track Name: Fourth of July
Let's go gather bottles
So we can get drunk for the holiday
Got some roman candles
To help us celebrate

I wanna make some loud noises
Set something off
Get something going and then
Watch it blow up

Joey he ain't coming, don't know where he got to
Hopped a train in Boise and I ain't seen him since
Said he had lead on a job he might do
Said he had a brother who was gonna take him in

I wanna make some loud noises
Set something off
Light it on fire and then
Watch it blow up

I am the whistle before the explosion
I am the heat that makes powder expand
Some days I wake up lucky
Today I am the queen of the damned

Something to empty
Something to swallow
Something to burn out
Someone to follow

I wanna make some loud noises
Piss someone off
Get a fight going and then
Watch it blow up
Make it blow up

Something to empty
Something to swallow
Something to burn out
Someone to follow
Track Name: Marginalized Limb
One leg said to the other
I cannot stand it brother
Your step is long, your gait is wide
I'm always on the losing side

One eye said to the other
Was once you were my lover
Now you only look away
I don't see why you even stay

One arm thus it spoke to me
I am not whole, you are not free
We cannot move exactly as we please
The marginalized limb

One tooth said to another
It's hardly worth the bother
Up and down and all we get
Is dark, decay and emptiness

One leg said to the other
I'll not escape you brother
Every time I make a stride
I find you standing by my side

One arm thus it spoke to me
I am not whole, you are not free
We cannot move exactly as we please
Lung and liver
Tongue and heart
A body of complaining parts
A family that is tearing at the seams

The marginalized limb
Track Name: Spill it all Over the Ground
Gonna spill it all over the ground
See what it looks like
Gonna spill it all into the sea
See what I done

Swallow it and cut it up
Tell you what it looks like
Draw you a simple picture
Before I run

Oh but I missed
All the prettyness
Oh it's delicate
Too late now

Gonna spill it all over the ground
See what it looks like
Gonna spill it all into the sea
See what I done

And this what that you had once
You won't have no more
But you won't know just when
Has the taking begun

Oh but I missed
All the prettyness
Oh it's delicate
Too late now

We come, we come, we come in peace
Track Name: United
United

We lay where we lay
Our bodies and blood in the way
Of all you aim to control
Of all you hope to have and to hold

We are united

We have slept for so long
Pushing away the truths we have known
We are one, hook and line
And if you sink to the bottom
I'm sinking at the same time

We are united

You are already on our side
There is but one, when you awake you will find
We'll leave the death of our theft and neglect behind us
Celebrate life, honor the ties that bind us

We are united
Track Name: Map of America
Looking at a map of America
And I hear your voice in my head
Singing every word that I'm thinking
Humming every thought that I had

Meaning well and doing well are different
Says the table full of debris
Left over from breakfast
When you were sitting next to me

How do you know when it's ready
How do you know when it's right?
Plugged all the numbers in
But the answer comes out different every time

Looking at a map of America
And I can see just where we are
And I count myself lucky
To have made it this far

You know me, I would've traded places
with a million people at a million times
And a million would've wanted what I had

How do you know when it's ready
How do you know when it's right?
Plugged all the numbers in
But the answer comes out different every time

Maybe it's different every time
Track Name: Bay Ocean
Bay ocean bay ocean
Won't you set her free
My love in a house that fell into the sea
I find it in pieces washed up on the beach

Hairbrush of bone hidden half in the sand
Balustrade where she once lay her sweet hand
Frame with no picture
A door and a key
Bay ocean bay ocean
Let her back to me

I see we were wrong to put our trust in you
For you will do things that a man could not do
Fury and force to deliver it well
I'd sooner pact with the devil in hell

Bay ocean bay ocean
Let her back to me
What use have you for her broken body?
Crackled and sparkled when she was alive
Bay ocean let me lay her down now she's died

Late when sleep takes me I'm caught in your squall
A man with no arms and no throat left to call
A voice I remember like no other one says
She took me to pay for the damage you've done
Track Name: Hide You Here
I can hide you here
They don't know to be looking yet
Anyway they won't find you here
Come in now, your hair's all wet

I don't need a reason
I don't need a word

Thought you'd be gone by now
Whisked away on a plane
You got left behind somehow
By ones you thought were your friends

I don't need a reason
I don't need a word
I could comprehend it
The moment that I heard

Evil is a funny thing
Gets inside your bones
Fiddles with your switches
You mustn't stand too close

I don't need a reason
I don't need a word
I knew why you did it

The moment that I heard
Track Name: Empires Fall
I watched your bus as it pulled away from the station
I thought I saw your hand pressed to the glass
Five fingers spread out in panic or supplication
I wish I knew but I never ask

And there you go
Trapped like a bird in formation
Empires fall
I'll be here when you return

When I first looked at the picture I didn't notice
Something was missing that used to be part of your face
A question that lived in between your eyes and your hairline
Heaviness moved in and settled in its place

I know you
Caught like a kid in the crossfire
Empires fall
I'll be here when you return

There you stood
Lost like a word in translation
Empires fall
I'll be here when you return