What in Bob's Name

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Track 7 off of "A Mouth May Grow", the forthcoming full-length. I'll be doing pre-orders in the next week, so you can also grab this then (along with the other ten official tracks, and a little extra bonus song for those who grab the whole thing).


Go with old Impatiens, bursting coiled and green
with your brothers bruised like summer
pale petals on your cheeks
Go, and take your quick words with you
teach me nothing more

Sweet, your brothers went and brought you a slow, barbed snail
But what's that happy scent they caught you?
What in god's name is that smell?
Iron swimming on your shins in old mosquito swells
teach me nothing else

Your whip
your whistle
your history of hot needles:
can I cast them off?
Can I - can I - can I go?

And can I please be brave?
And can I treat these comforts (like pepper,
like all sharper things) as a trade?
I'll raze our house and wave the dust away

But give me just one dripping plum, give me a July bath
and I will drag my tongue down every surface and each salty back
And I will let you plunder no good ground again
but give me what I had

my whip
my whistle
my history of hot needles
and I will cast them off
I will go


released May 11, 2017
Written by Nika Aila States
Engineered and produced by James Riotto

Nika Aila States: guitar, vox
James Riotto: bass
Rob Shelton: keys
Andrew Maguire: drums, mallets, percussion



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by Nika Aila States

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