Harsh Forever

by Dana Telsrow

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credits

released May 11, 2018

written, arranged, and produced by Dana Telsrow

Musicians:

Dana Telsrow - Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Synths
Alex Sadnik - Soprano, Alto & Tenor Saxophones
David Moyer - Baritone Saxophone
Kris Tiner - Trumpet
Danny T. Levin - Trombone, Euphonium
Ryan Smith - Soprano (1), Alto (1), Tenor (3), Flute, Clarinet
Justin LeDuc - Drums (1, 4, 5, 8)
David Hurlin - Drums (2, 3, 6)
Eric Hurlin - Clavinet, Rhodes, Farfisa (2, 3, 6)
Blake Shaw - Upright Bass, Background Vocals (8)
Dan Padley - Electric Guitar (7)
Elizabeth Moen - Background Vocals, Claps (6)
Arin Eaton - Background Vocals, Claps (6)
Tommy Boynton - Background Vocals (3,8)
Derek Muse Lambert - Background Vocals (3,8)
Ryan Stier - Background Vocals (3,8)

Engineered and mixed by Dana Telsrow
Flat Black Studios
Lone Tree, Iowa

Horn Section Session:
Engineer/Producer - Chris Schlarb
Assistant Engineer - Arin Mueller
BIG EGO Studios
Long Beach, California

Mastered by Todd Rittmann
Shy Diamond
Chicago, Illinois

Additional thanks:
Doug Telsrow, Luke Tweedy, Brendan Spengler

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Dana Telsrow Iowa City, Iowa

It’s only hearsay, but Dana T is the bandleader for a late-night talk show that films in an alternate universe Studio 54. Carl Sagan is a guest every night. Catering is mostly dragonfruit. It’s all very casual, yet very intense.

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Track Name: Harsh Forever
You might think you’re blinded by pain
just because the doors shut they don’t have to stay that way
You’re not makin’ fool of yourself
You’re just sayin’ that forever is a harsh feelin’

To be called
By our portmanteau
Is to belong
To your empathos

The closer you get to anything
It gets bigger and the outside cosmos pushed away
If I took a Magnifying Glass
Shoot the sun ray super concentrated certain death
I tip your hourglass around
watch the sand slip and the castle we built fall right down

To be called
By our portmanteau
Is to belong
To your empathos
Track Name: NSA (Better Than You Know Yourself)
mourning stay at home
that’s the past I know
people get their sadnesses to go
Call in sick from bed
have a fit for show
they can see your every move just go

NSA
spying every day
hearing everything I say

where is the black tape?
Opaque bond
over the camera, always on

Scrolling down my neck
Vertebrae digest
They project onto plain text/cut cords
Data to a T
Filed away on me
They recommend the things that I should see

NSA
spying every day
hearing everything I say

where is the black tape?
Opaque bond
over the camera, always on
Track Name: A Million Earths in the Sun
A billion cells fit in my thumb,
in seven years my body re-becomes.
A million earths fit in the sun
so I can't believe in only-ones.

A trillion times a trillion and one,
is in infinitely less than infinite and one
A million earths fit in the sun
so I can't believe in only-ones.
Track Name: One Lifetime
I want my skin to tear easy
like my granddad’s did
pulling weeds on his knees
refilling the seeds
all the birds can come and feed
solving crosswords while I eat
peacefully
each morning

take my memories,
just scraps in a book,
drown them in the
water on my brain.
Like my grandmother
waits to go home every day
wanting for her legs to take
Her home again

Keep my fingers strong
like you did for her
played the piano
ever-freely on
the day that she died
A hundred years will fly right by
Silent films and owls at night
one lifetime
Track Name: Ritual of My Earth
Creature of habit
Tatted and rabid
Patterns printed in leaflets
Briefly scattered
A notice needed
Neatly folded
Two weeks in advance of
Disrupted re-done-did
Goodbye buzz cola
Nail biting no more
Sins of another feather
Hot earth's core
Does the end have an end,
A Question posed of hell,
If my day gets done to plan
Then certainly it does

Wake up to walk in
With something in my hands
Ritual of my Earth
It’s Mother's Day again
Track Name: Don't Let Me Live Forever
When the time come take me
Please don't let me live forever
I don't wanna live forever
This body wasn't made
To be in the cloud

End of life don't shake me
all them Kilobytes don't make me
Zipped up gigabytes can’t fake me
Don't upload my consciousness
Into the cloud

Burn me into the ground
Turn into a tree
fall time come around
the crunch you hear is me

When the time come tuck me in
go on let me sleep forever
All of my beliefs be severed
there must be a way to live
beyond a Doubt

Now I be confessing
Every time we learn a lesson
Every time we feel regression
we get farther from the world
beyond a Doubt
Track Name: Be Nice to Yourself
Be nice to yourself when you’ve got no one else to hear.

Airin' out my worries best I can
Blowin’ smoke rings anger second hand
What is there to worry about when you’re near
Present nature of a presence oh so dear
Never Fear

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