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Lay for June

by Old Earth

Lay for June 32:41


"Julija May, Julia Joy"

Won't find hope, won't find grace,
Won't find a ray in the dark, or The Call

This is one you will miss, they put it on the fence

"brittle, crushed"

Won't find something that fills in the holes,
Won't find it broke, won't find it broke

Won't find the colors and won't find the smoke,
Won't find the rails and won't find the road

When the cage starts to rattle it shakes all your bones,
filled in the role and pitched down a hole

Sung to a tower that echoes the home,
"Don't knock the boat as long as it floats"

On down the row and on down the road
Killed on the row and killed on the road

"Ship to Ship (rough running)"

Don't die on this boat!
Take it ashore, and burn the ribs

Out of sight, out in smoke, out of it, home

But it wasn't a boat!
It was a whale, singing harbor songs

What have you done with that sail?
Is it the sheet on your bed?

Only bound to make,
Only half awake,
Only as it's told

I'm on the hardest road,
I'm on the hardest row

"trace parts (you, me, & us)"

In case,

the dust is all that's left of us
underneath the growing rust

And in case
(this is something I can't take)

I can't find a lie
and leave it where it lays,
not when all but haste
was lost along the way, in case...

"Nothing Gives Way"

Here came that breath from the cave
Here came that thing that you hold over and over again, and
Here came that thing that you fold,
Here came that thing that you fold over and over again,


"All No Few Many Any"

It was the fall-
blame it on the roof,
don't blame it on us

led, closed, involved

You count those stars from the roof, but a light becomes mine
when I'm holding my eyes to the ground

"Woke Down"


"book to book (crooked on both sides)"

Didn't you love all the other men?

Didn't you love a man who sang it blue?

Didn't you love all the other men?

So I slept with books in bed, piles of books in bed,

Why do they always cut down the tallest tree? Good Lord.

"Named- for, or belonging to"

Won't find comfort in day

You know what comes when you call its name

You know what comes when you dance in the forest at night

"one Eye at a time"

Always in need of a tension
Always in need of a help
Always in need of affection
Always in need of a well

If we say it's so, that makes it so!

Always in need of intention
Always in need of a help

"Read and Keep"

You should've paid attention,
all of the caves gave a cause for the sound

You should've paid attention,
"This is not mine, this is not what I am"

Hide it in the middle of the day!

"that thing
that haunts
that whole day"


"When I started walking, it was light out"

Cut from the line, aging from the wrong kind of time,
and what of those ruins we climbed?

Oh how I miss you, Darlin' I miss you

tree after tree, and
page after page
sea after sea, and
wave after wave, like we were bound to break...

"near Nothing"

Mom, it's me

Mom, it's ME

When the wind finally caught up, in a place that I'd never name...

Some things are just too good

"unbonded, unbroken"

There's no kind of right mind for this.

Don't get excited!

Close your eyes and sit down,

Leave the calls alone



released February 24, 2016


Music recorded in single continuous 32-minute take, overdubbed vocals.

Written by Umhoefer, featuring Jarrett

Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by Evans at Antisleep Audio

Art by Morgan~ jamie-morgan.com

Self-Published via Arrow Girl



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Old Earth Portland, Oregon

"Folk rock with strong elements of avant-classical music"
- SF Deli Magazine

Included in The Journal Sentinel's "20 Best Milwaukee Songs and Albums of the 2010s"

"Tonal delight, packed with experience . . . He sounds enchanting" - NME

Songs by Todd Umhoefer

(photo by Ryan Bieber)
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