TOXOPLASMA GANDHI

by roethke

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this is an ep about some things

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released March 12, 2016

written and performed by shannon harden.
mixing and additional synth and drum programming by jedidiah foster.
album art by soren häxan and shannon harden.


this album would not have been possible without the invaluable friendship and assistance of anamieke quinn, jedidiah foster, and emmanuel tripodis.

also the internet and the muses. thanks guys.

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Track Name: Bad Aspect
looked to charts of synastry
for release of what could never be
instead i saw the one thing that i didn't want to see
a conjunction
you're the venus, and the pluto?
hell, that's me

we got a bad aspect
a not-so-very-rad aspect
the kind of love the old dead poets called tragic
it's a very very very very very bad aspect

neptune-saturn angles
leaving all our lives in tangles
because a pull like this can't be explained
you can call it a triangle
you can let the plot line dangle
but this life takes three to tango
or our next one will be the same

we got a bad aspect
a not so very rad aspect
the kind of love the old dead poets called tragic
it's a very very very very very bad aspect

glanced at your chart natally
checking if there was anything particularly interesting
but ignorance was bliss, you see
you've got your venus and your pluto conjunct less than one degree

you've got that bad aspect
the kind of violence and the strife and maybe murder your wife
sort of very very very very very bad aspect
the kind of life the old dead poets called tragic
it's a very very very very very bad aspect

a bad bad bad bad bad bad aspect
Track Name: Solar Sailor
hand in the dark
too damp for a spark
the captain steered this ship
too far off the mark
i'm waiting alone
i'll never get home
this is the last chapter
in this waterlogged tome

i'm gonna die at the bottom of the ocean
but it's not gonna be because i drowned
yeah i'm stuck here
but i'm still breathing
i survived when the ship went down

i survived
Track Name: Bit by Bit
if you follow the path into the woods
there are bugs, you might get bit
there's no avoiding it
and now it is done
so suck it up
embrace the itch
bit by bit

if you go wandering off in the desert
and the cacti sting your trip
there's no avoiding it
and now it is done
so pull the needles out
from where they stick
embrace the itch
bit by bit

and if you can't take the sight of blood
don't worry, i got this
lifelong mosquito in my ear
i was always the bugs' first pick
embrace the itch
bit by bit
Track Name: Angel Street
i don't know what the deal
is between you and me and everything
but i'm beginning to feel
like maybe i've done some deep misunderstanding
and i have gotta be real
i don't have too much to go on
just a feeling
while you're making me the heel
a fool in the dark
i swear
those lights were dancing

maybe the dreams we have
that we wake from, but still leave us shaking for weeks
are exactly the kinds of dreams
that we needed to see what we needed to see
and maybe
maybe nothing we ever do
is gonna be a dream come true
so tell me:
does that feel like a relief to you?
it doesn't to me
it doesn't to me

and i have gotta be real
i don't have too much to go on
just a feeling
while you're making me the heel
a fool in the dark
i swear
those lights were dancing
Track Name: Different Waters
they say if you fall
if you fall
in a river
(in a river)
well then
you just learn to swim
with the current
it won't kill ya
(it won't kill ya)

someday
maybe
you'll
understand this
(understand this)
but
for right now
you just gotta stand here and take it
but don't take it
lying down

you drove
all the way
to the
other ocean
and then
ended up never even dipping
a toe in