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Mint Extract City

by Jes Kramer

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All of the memories leaking like factory smoke out the side of my head/ written to memories, toy beats, and yellow keys stopped smoking months before you left/ All I can do is get up when you're gone and make up what went wrong in my head/ All I can do is fess up to the songs and hope right won't go wrong once again/ Piles of worn out jeans, dim lit computer screens, framing the place where I live/ Weeks since I last went home, lost beeping telephones, showing what I've left to give/ All I can do is get up when it's dawn and lay back on the lawn holding breaths/ All I can do is work hard to be strong and work hard to move on, not digress/ 50 years of shaking lies will pay off when I realize, one morning, when I wake up, I'm not scared/ and all those nights that I called home just hoping not to be alone, they'll all seem like one leap that brought me here/ and then I'll be glad that I'm here
Town Fire 01:23
I had a dream that we were in love/ or at least that's how you made it sound/ as you spoke on the phone to your grandpa back home/ explaining why you weren't around/ And when I awoke my bed was in flames/ so I ran out the door to the street/ where all of the houses were burning the same/ and all of the people were fleeing/ as I stood on the ashes of all that I'd known I remembered the smile on your face/ and for half of a second my body felt warm that night/ for half of a second my body felt warm that night
Faces 02:42
I haven't slept since unskinned knees/ have to be back in time for peace/ wish I could call and say "you're right/ I live in a mint extract city"/ The greyest sky I've ever seen/ peaks through my breath at Lovell St/ If she were right, then I'll come clean/ I guess I just never stopped running/ from the risks and from the circles/ filled with pen five long years ago/ Faces take places of faces/ I'm tripping over my laces/ ripping holes in my jeans, splitting lips on the street/ but not stopping to see the knots tied at my feet
You never lost me, no/ And I know you'll never go/ You never lost me, no/ not for a little while/ not as I walked away/ not as the bottle slipped/ and cracked one million ways/ not as I drowned my heart/ in some bad choice I made/ not as I stayed the night/ in some other bed/ not as I drove so fast/ I couldn't hear my head/ you never lost me, no/ 'cause I know you'll never go
This is the second time I've been here/ this time there is so much less flesh/ and through the window where I'm sitting/ I see you no more/ I see you no less/ This is the first time I did not dream/ that you were right here next to me/ so maybe that boy serves a purpose/ maybe distractions set us free/ I'm taking that crown from my heart/ back on my head, back on my head/ I'm taking that crown from my heart/ back on my head, back on my head/ I've been seeing home in fractions/ remembering when wholes turned to halves/ since then I have lived in sevenths/ scattered so far from the heartland/ I'm taking that crown from my heart/ back on my head, back on my head/ I'm taking that crown from my heart/ back on my head, back on my head


Released by Curious Lacunae on cassette tape as a split with Lovestranger MD. Hear his side here: lovestrangermd.bandcamp.com/album/mint-extract-city-ep-split-with-jes-kramer The Jes Kramer side of the tape was recorded by Kit Hamon. Both sides pay tribute to the city of Kalamazoo.


released March 26, 2010


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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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