Last Year

by Magical Trash

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"Last Year" is a compilation of tracks pulled from a series of twelve EPs written and recorded during each month of 2016. Recording these EPs started as a personal challenge but quickly became a carthartic form of journalling for a year spent moving abroad, from Portland, OR to Amsterdam, NL, and witnessing the chaos and helplessness felt during (and after) the 2016 US elections from afar.

This collection of songs represents some of the best of the series, edited and remixed into a cohesive whole.

Thanks for listening.

<3,
Mark

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released September 1, 2017

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Track Name: Another River
Taking sides, taking sides
We're not talking, we just duck and hide

Keep it in, keep in stride
Your neighbor's on the other line

Hide your keys, hide your soul
Your uncle's on the other shore

Taking strides, taking strides
We're talking, but it's mostly lies

Keep it in, keep in stride
Your neighbor's on the other line

Hide your keys, hide your soul
Your uncle's on the other shore

Keep in time, keep in tune
You're hiding in another room

Following, following
But you just can't get through to them
Track Name: Sundaze
Set up, on a sunny day
There's nothing going in our brains
Plug in the microwave
Tune in, tune in and tune out

I've got something on my mind
I've got nothing on my mind

It's going fine
It's going alright
Track Name: Dormouse
This one has just got to live on
Found a place and that's where you belong
Around you, the winds have shifted
But in here you can hold on till it's lifted
Approaching quickly at the borders
On your island close your eyes and ignore them

You know you've done nothing wrong
This one has just got to live on

Around you, the winds have shifted
But in here you can hold on till it's lifted
Approaching quickly at the borders
On your island close your eyes and ignore them
Track Name: Anticipation/Survival
It grows inside
You can't hide
Cross the lines
Made in old times

You will survive
You will survive

It changes shape
Into a face
You cross the lines
Made in old times

You will survive
You will survive

Now it's here
You disappear
Now new times
Have drawn new lines

You will survive
You will survive
Track Name: Bored
Matchstick on the floor
Pick up, write the score
Telephones won't work
Anymore

Tell me what I'm for
I won't ask for more

Letters on a board
Rearrange the word
My wants are deferred
Desire to subvert

I am really bored
Walking out that door
Track Name: Don't Despair
Another day in alone
Too much time on your phone

Another big one today
Are your friends all okay?

Don't let go

Don't be scared
Don't be sad
Call your mom
Call your dad
Leave the house
Take a hike
Read a book
Ride a bike
Get a job
Go to school
Go to work
Learn the rules
Get in shape
Work it out
Clear your mind
Kill some doubt
Plan a trip
Swim some laps
Plan your life
Wear a hat
Write a letter
Check the mail
Pay a bill
Eat some kale
Don't despair
Don't despair

Another day in alone
Too much time on your phone

There's a big one everyday
Tell your friends you're okay

Don't let go

Don't be mad
Don't be stressed
Close your eyes
Count to ten
Come unglued
Write a song
Shout it out
Just be wrong
Buy a coffee
Lay in the grass
Get hyper
Get relaxed
Quit your job
Buy a condo
Quit your band
Buy a condo
Move to the coast
Sell your shit
Drink a smoothie
Buy some more shit
Don't despair
Don't despair
Track Name: Ought
We took a vote
For peace again
We said no
"Then who'd take the blame"

Thought for thought
Naught for naught
There's no comparison
Between will and ought

Consensus is in
There was a choice
We wouldn't change
For those who don't have a voice

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