• Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Handmade casing with premium watercolor paper, hand-stamped minimalist artwork with guache color added by finger. Individualized and rare!

    Cost covers BOTH June 2012 releases, The Saltpeter Wars and Desert EP, in one double-CD case.

    Includes unlimited streaming of the saltpeter wars via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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how the old fuckers came
cocked guns, drawn blades
signed our mountains, dear, with their incision
chiseled out a cold dark
tools chipping at my heart
bound it by their profits and provisions

all of my mountains dear
gutted and naked here
headless and naked here
trembling naked here, with tubes right through you

darling at your window there
said, “I love this mountain air.”
but you were harboring the men with guns
and kissing you, holding your hips,
I swear I felt the cold grip
of a blade that didn’t exist until it was drawn

darling my heart’s been rent
on your blade again
on your shape again
on your face again
but the last time I outdrew you

hallelu, hallelu
and we go to the mines
we play our spades just right
the canary coughs
and we work for the man
o my sweet clementine
I count knots in our rope

darling, they didn’t leave us much
rockbed, stifftouch
jobs they use to spin war to the papers
we’re chiseling out a tunnel here
you turn in the gutted air
and ask me if I believe you gave them harbor

well I can’t remember the sky
and you got no alibi
(or do you?)


from the saltpeter wars, released June 18, 2012




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