Me & Other People

by Jerome Rankine

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1.
These Ruins 03:06
She'll hold the artifact aloft She'll brush it off Beneath the dust of centuries She'll see the keys She'll see the ending that we chose These ruins will testify All our shame preserved beneath the nascent sea How long are we here tonight? I can't shake the thought that we could be a while, yet They'll find the stadiums' remains Expensive graves They'll wonder how we passed our time But will they find that we were fading for so long? These ruins will testify All our shame preserved beneath the nascent sea How long are we here tonight? I can't shake the thought that we could be a while, yet If you don't feel it, is it real? If you can't see it, is it real?
2.
Cover Letter 02:47
To Whom It May Concern, I'm reaching out with interest In the Associate Producer position Here's me in a nutshell: It's mango juice, insomnia, and pondering the human condition My thoughts are overcooked and my music's where I put 'em It's dope, it doesn't matter who listens Here's me in a nutshell: It's escoveitch and Oregon and all that Murakami has written 'Cause hand on heart 'Cause hand on heart I love 'Cause hand on heart I love to lose To Whom It May Concern, I'm reaching out with interest In the Associate Producer position My thoughts are overcooked in the Moleskine where I put 'em It's dope, it doesn't matter who reads it Is my value just what I produce? We're not following all the same rules And hand on heart I lose
3.
Steal from the store Sunday, just show up As we eat your food for thought Then on Sunday just show up For the ground floor astronaut Cheat on the score Sunday just show up We'll defile the offering box And that was on a Northwest night so soaking wet And that was when I hit the brakes with glacier legs And that was when I bent the door beyond repair And that was when I brushed the pine out of her hair And that was when I offered thanks to all who'd care And that was when I had no wheels to get nowhere
4.
Why not do what you want? Why not say what you mean? Why not try? Let your mistakes wash out You want to rage at the gods? Climb the pantheon walls Give them what for It's cool, I'll drive It's fine to lose your mind Once in a while It's fine It's ok I won't say one word Why return to before? Take a match to the score Why not fly? Let your mistakes drift off The grace is everlasting It's ok I won't say You want to rage at the gods? Climb the pantheon walls Give them what for It's cool, I'll drive It's fine to lose your mind Once in a while Alright?
5.
It's So Us 02:30
I will never get over Whatever we are It's so us Climb all over each other To keep what we've got It's so us
6.
Zeroes 03:49
They will sacrifice us to their king Although they don't dare speak its name It all falls apart if they say They won't save us even if we beg Even if we could be saved It all falls apart if they say Behind their eyes it's just Nothing Stay alert, don't underestimate Imagine the strength that it takes To be burning and not even care A covenant to feel Nothing I stood quiet They monetized my skeleton Try to take fire You get the raptor and rock, no Heracles Why is this on my tab? They're the ones that broke it I stood quiet The world said Nothing
7.
Clique 01:36
It was outrageous A single clique and I was gone Women and children Save yourselves I'm taking aim no matter what Moral fiber in a wired basement Tell each other we're alone, face it Fingers tired from the clout chasing Fame waits in the shadows Coward, face me
8.
Visualize for me, Dear, a storm Cauterized For you, Dear, a song Fantasize with you just this once Worth a try For you, Dear, a song Waves of white, the pull and the churn If we survive, For you, Dear, a song In the sea between continents One is cold, one warm Build a bridge from the middle out Both the shores in fog Understand singularity As a last disguise Couldn't see you outside of me But it's easier now
9.
Wolf Threads 02:57
Trouble in uniform Trouble with camouflage dreams Lost and misguided ones Red in the eyes for a cardboard cutout of me Just let us get home To curl and implode Trouble in uniform Trouble with cellophane skin The power to vanish us Holstered beside every cardboard cutout of him Just let us get home To curl and implode
10.
Blind Enough 03:26
Are you thinking me a message? Are you hoping for the best for me? Are you standing at the tunnel mouth Blowing kisses from across the sea? Why did you run when the cops came? You seem so different, so articulate Built the ship to sail you home I just figured you'd miss me by now Do yourself a favor, leave off We're closed We're toast We'll show 'em all Why did you run when the cops came? Ok, I get it but don't paint me with it Why did you run when the cops came? I'm blind enough that I see both sides of this Wasn't scared to walk alone I just figured you'd miss me by now
11.
Dark Souls 03:42
Everyone's doing more than me, but None of us are doing a damn thing It's hard to measure up Is this the whole thing winding down? Where are we winding up? It's hard to measure up We get the things that we ask for Planet-sized things that you drop on me How can we fight something that's so big? Broken sword hilt and my wits only Ocean approaches and we're dozing Lords forgive us Will it still hurt if we're caught slowly? We want to be a force for good It's hard to give up on It's hard to get back to We're all we ever were I would love to project a new face It's hard to measure up In the fire we found our names, In the water we lost them again It's hard to measure up What is this thing that you left loaded? Pulled out the pin but we can't throw it We want to be a force for good It's hard to give up on It's hard to get back to We're all we ever were

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released September 9, 2021

performed and produced by Jerome Rankine
cover art by Noah Lawrence-Holder
thanks A, J, C, K

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