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Hermaphrodite

by Jes Kramer

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1.
Love and You 03:32
Love is nothing more than anger channeled into something you think is more productive And love is nothing more than fear of being alone forever. I will be alone forever And you changed no mind here. You were nothing more than anger made up into something you think is more seductive And you were nothing more than tempting like split second thoughts of jumping into traffic You changed no mind no here
2.
Help me, Maury. I was born confused. Help me, Maury, I was born alone or so I thought until, so I thought until, so I thought until The armies rise up, spears in the air They're marching in rhythm, they're far from scared Their armor is polished and there's a slight glare Marching together, they're no longer scared of you Hey Maury, we're no longer confused We have healed after being used and we have learned to use ourselves and we have learned to march together Hey Maury, we're uniting today We've forgiven everyone in every way and we have even forgiven ourselves for being born the way we were The armies rise up, spears in the air They're marching in rhythm, they're far from scared Their armor is polished and there's a slight glare Marching together, they're no longer scared of you We have even forgiven ourselves for being born the way we were
3.
There's a man working hard to make you a new heart You send him weekly checks to his factory downtown He's working overtime on your family's dime To make sure that it beats right and fits inside your cavity When the day finally comes, you take your husband and son And drive the station wagon to the envelope's address But there is no factory - just an empty mailbox And notice of eviction on brightly colored paper And you say "curse the day I ever learned to trust you and curse the day I ever learned to need." Time won't heal shit. Time won't heal shit. Time won't heal shit. You broke down, you cursed the day (Time won't heal shit) You should have done it yourself (Time won't heal shit) If you had wanted it done right (Time won't heal shit) You should have done it yourself (Time won't heal shit)
4.
Even though we ought to do it right We don't and we smile and we laugh about it Even though we ought to spend the night We drink and sneak out and bathe in the street lights You are my par No hole in one And that's perfect I still have won Those lists, I've burned Quit adding points For thoughts and words and limber joints
5.
Shut up and watch the young girl dance succumb to her belly dance trance You've been searching far too long for truth in a homemade airstream turkey Your husband's gone with your silverware They're in a better place, yeah, it's holy there A more violent place, it's true But what can you expect from Jerusalem? When all is said and done, we made it all up All the wars and blood, we made it all up Religion is blasphemy. I finally see The seventh veil fall and now my mind is free
6.
Sincerity 04:03
Start in the middle, work your way out out out Space getting dark. Soon it will be solid solid. Those P's and B's stand no chance now Big R's, little e's, yeah this wasn't easy easy Nod your head Start on the outside, work your way in in in Some say it's too late. You've said nothing yet yet yet. Don't say it's fine. Don't say it's serious. Don't break the silence with your pointlessness. Nod your head, nod your head. You aren't listening. Nod your head, nod your head. No, you weren't thinking. It's too late to start. It's too early to stop. You are full of mind-blowing questions. It's too late to start. It's too early to stop. All those plagiarized, mind-blowing questions. Nod your head, nod your head. You aren't listening. Nod your head, nod your head. No you weren't thinking
7.
Trains 03:04
I wish I could promise to be here forever I wish I could promise a siamese life But I just can't lie to you, wonderful friend of mine I just can't tell you it will be all right one, two, three, four We'll just ride the train some more to connect your town to mine five, six, seven, eight It's so hard to anticipate the changes that will leave us far apart Your digits tattooed on my hand as we drive opposite directions Please don't forget me Your photos on my laptop hard drive Your voice singing rounds with mine Please don't forget me one, two, three, four We'll just ride the train some more to connect your town to mine five, six, seven, eight It's so hard to anticipate the changes that will leave us far apart
8.
Hello dear. I'm up. Hello. Let's start strong. It's bright out, I know. Get your glasses on. You make me want to stay. Hey hey. Fight to the death. Dance til the dawn. Jazzercise class replaces slow songs. You make me want to stay. Hey hey. Things won't always be so lonely Let's enjoy this while we can Make your bed and meet me later In the bingo room at ten Grab your walker, let's start rolling There's a cab waiting outside All our friends, they may be gone now But we've still got you and I
9.
Dear I've learned to love your cheek bones and the way they protrude from your face But you have learned to hate them. Sad, we never could agree on our disgrace And I have learned to love the way your hair falls as the wind blows it from your ears And I have even learned to love the days when you were all frowns these three years The world got beautiful for you, got beautiful for you With summer shorts and shoes, picnics at the zoo And all you have to do is Do you notice all the people staring at the warthog staring at the sun? It seems strange to a girl in glasses why the glare would appeal to anyone Things won't always be so perfect if you never let the battles end But I swear if you take two steps back You will see the sun shining with me, friend The world got beautiful for you, got beautiful for you With summer shorts and shoes, picnics at the zoo And all you have to do is look
10.
Urge me, pushing. Yes I get the message. I can't push back hard enough to change the way things are. You haven't said a word I understand since "Hello." Nothing keeps you here. Chains dissolve like your sins. God, let me in. And she shouts "They'll never catch me. I am finally free." And she shouts "I am finally free" Wind around the wings is dying slowly. Walkways clogged with things to get you through the night, through the night. Attendants laugh at the pilot's jokes as you think of birthdays and past warm kisses. God, let me in. Millions and millions and millions and millions and millions, millions and millions of waves collide.
11.
Houses in the country all go boom and implode from your room as I wait outside Everyone we know is on the street watching with bare feet. It's ten degrees below. Even when it snows they can smell the fertilizer burning on our stove. Even when it snows we can see the ashes of the homes we used to know. Mama used to tell us of her dreams of cows and tire swings, and summers without drought Now there are just men without their teeth and other ugly things. Cow shit and grey clouds. Even when it snows they can smell the fertilizer burning on our stove. Even when it snows we can see the ashes of the homes we used to know. He said "one more time and I'm taking the pot off. One more time and I'm shutting them down. Daddy can't lose another job and Mama can't get her face stuck in a frown. One more time and I'm taking the over mitt, throwing it out of the back door. One more time, I swear little sister, Daddy won't get high anymore." Houses in the country all go boom and implode from your room as I wait outside Everyone we know is on the street watching with bare feet. It's ten degrees below. Even when it snows they can smell the fertilizer burning on our stove. Even when it snows we can see the ashes of the homes we used to know
12.
They say it might be more than me that killed that girl out on the street They say my brain made me violent by glowing in different ways They told me I should go to sleep So they can watch just how I dream They hooked me to wires to see Just whether I'm to blame I pray I'm not a robot When I close my eyes at night I pray I'm not a robot When I close my eyes at night I've read books on psychology That tell me just how people think like manuals to VCR's or other machinery They claim they found what causes hate They plan to get rid of it But tell me. When did people become so damn predictable? I pray I'm not a robot when I close my eyes at night I pray I'm not a robot when I close my eyes at night
13.
Sundry 04:01
Life has handed us lemons Life has handed us much worse But with both, we're expected to make something that works Times when words can't find ways out Of our paralyzed mouths are met with stiff optimism that we'll make it out somehow Much worse makes hearts hurt Hurt hearts make wet shirts But I'll keep walking 'til you find a place to sundry Much worse makes hearts hurt Hurt hearts make wet shirts But I'll keep walking 'til you find a place to sundry If I make it out of here I'll know that you were my wings If I make it out of here I'll lose my voice as I sing If I make it out of here I'll know that you were my wings If I make it out of here I'll lose my voice as I sing

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Recorded between the Focus Media studio in Detroit, MI and my mom's basement. All songs recorded by Beth Bombara except "Hermaphrodite," "Sincerity," and parts of "If You Had Wanted It Done Right."

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released December 6, 2008

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Jes Kramer Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jes Kramer is a one-woman band from Grand Rapids, MI. Using a combination of keyboards, guitar, vocals, and a loop pedal, she weaves her songs layer by layer into something incredibly personal, yet comforting. WYCE named her Outstanding Female Performer of the Year at the 2012 Jammies. ... more

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