Half Hours With the Lower Creatures

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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about

The title of the old marine biology book that is this album's (near) namesake said everything to me about who we are. I know that "Lower Creatures" refers to invertebrates. But it reminded me that we (humans) always have to be at least a rung up the ladder from something else, even if it's a jellyfish, hah! It's a disease that leads to things like war (which happened to be going on in Iraq and Afghanistan when I wrote this album). Crazy, and unfortunately for some, fatal.

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released June 1, 2008

all songs/music by rachel taylor brown. recorded with jeff stuart saltzman who also mixed and helped in myriad ways. most instruments played by rachel w/ jeff playing the next most (instruments). mastered by jeff lipton. album art by katie taylor. please see songs for details on players.

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Rachel Taylor Brown Portland, Oregon

Rachel was born and lives in Portland with her beloved husband Jay and makes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs you can sometimes dance to.

She sees loads of ugly and beauty in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

She records with audio midwife and dear friend Jeff Stuart Saltzman and his cats.

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Track Name: hemocult/i care about you
ooooo
Track Name: you're alright sorla one
you're alright
this'll only hurt a bit
you're alright
nothing you can do for it

you're alright
of course you feel a little strange
you're alright
everything is gonna change

i could wish a different kind of story
mainly one that you could read until the very end
ooo-ooo
ooo-ooo

you're alright
oh the one i love the best
get a little rest
Track Name: stagg field
tritium, iridium
elements that make a bomb
he's taking his lithium
and turning the reactor on
only a brainiac would know what to do with this
open a maniac and you can see on and on and on forever

heavy uranium
under radiated grass
feed the geranium
and walk your unprotected ass
to the gymnasium
next to the football field
dig a little hole and then
you can see on and on and on forever

little sick guinea pig
losing lunch, losing hair
in a wig, guinea pig
nothing growing under there
only a brainiac would know what to do with this
open a maniac and you can see on and on and on forever
Track Name: passion
they're showing the fake hand of christ
there's a fake nail, too
there's a fake true cross that the nail goes through
through the hand through the cross through the lens through the head
through the skin of the living
through the not-to-be dead

crying "see, don't you get it?
see the blood, see the gore?
this is why, this is what he was for"

they're spilling the fake blood of christ
on the deaf and dumb
if the shock don't bring them to kingdom come
the shame will
through the hoops through the snares through the narrow door
through the land of the living
to the Evermore

crying "see, don't you get it?
see the blood, see the gore?
this is why, this is what"

some people need a sacrifice
some gods do too
and an us and a them and a chosen few
and the whips and the nails and the spear and sword
and the happy end
and the dreadful Lord

oh see the face of man in god
and of god in man
and begin to see where it all began
through the pen through the Book through the blood incurred
through the holy wars
and through the deadly Word

and ain't it awful to get it
see the blood, see the gore
wonder why this is what we are for

some people need a sacrifice
some gods do too
Track Name: abraham and isaac
did abraham say anything
to isaac, like "i'm killing you today
better bring a coat
it looks like rain"

"i'm sorry i've been less than clear
i tried to say i'm killing you today
but it felt so awkward
don't run away"

"i couldn't have a better son
i love you so i'm killing you today
you always hurt the one you love
and i love you so i'm killing you today"

"don't look at me--don't look that way
i didn't plan on killing you today
god's the one who wants it"

"i thought--a goat, some vegetables,
oh anything but killing you"

"i couldn't have a better son
i love you
you always hurt the one you love
and i love you"

this hurts me more than it hurts you
Track Name: b.s. (beautiful savior)
gather all your boys and girls
all your sons and daughters
send them to the Holy Land
drop them in the water

(one, two, three)

see you've got a daughter, too
she is sweet and swarthy
our god sayeth unto you, "have no gods before me"

(one, two, three)

close your eyes
the night is softly sleeping
all the bombs are safe in daddy's keeping
even you were fashioned in His image
even you
even you
some of you
Track Name: another dead soldier in fallujah
saw a little sliver of a story about your boy
if you blinked you would miss it
and it looked anyway like a million stories
we've seen before

snow is falling, and pretty,
and all the toys that you wrapped are just sitting
in a pile on the floor, like a million stories

"he's a good kid" you say
like he hasn't gone away

saw the little sliver of a story about your boy
you were brave and forgiving
but you looked like you never would look the same way at snow again
Track Name: mette in madagascar
mette took a boat across the sea then wrote to me
"the flowers here are beautiful, i hope you say your prayers like a good girl
like a good girl"

old white lady in madagascar
carrying jesus over the species
carrying species over to jesus
old white lady

mette took a boat across the sea then wrote to me
"the flowers here are beautiful, i hope you say your prayers like a good girl
like a good girl"
Track Name: vireo
you're a little hard to see
the color of the trunk, the tree
not a winner, what's your worth?
scraping bugs from the earth
vireo

well, i heard you moved to town
up on alder, underground
with a gray and solitary wife
and your sick dad
vireo

maybe i could come to you
you could always say no
even when i'm at the door
you don't have to
vireo
Track Name: this is a song
this is a song for
someone i love i
kicked in the gut i
punched in the eye
this is a song for
someone i love for
someone i love

this is a song for
didn't deserve it
this is a song for
better than i
this is a song for
someone i love for
someone i love
someone i love
someone i love
someone i love
someone i love