North by Nowhere (2006)

TRACK LIST
1. Blind 
2. Deeper 
3. Free Tonight 
4. When Machines Eat 
5. Ham Fisted 
6. Run Girl Run 
7. Seven Ways to Say Muffler 
8. All My Life 
9. Acolyte 
10. Boomerang 
11. Keep On


CREDITS
Mary Beth Kite, vocals; Matt Kite, music, vocals, lyrics. Horns, loops, and additional percussion by Scott Ross. Produced by Scott Ross. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Ross at Elliott Bay Recording Co. (Seattle, WA). Cover photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS Image ID 11749). Special thanks to Bill Perez, Tommy Thew, Steve Miller, and the Cannavaro family. ©2006 Gargantuan Records/TWUBBA Music (ASCAP). 


REVIEWS
"Born in 1993 during Seattle's vast wave of Nirvana-inspired gloom and doom, The Whole Bolivian Army strolled far from the well-worn path, opting instead for poppy hooks and flowing instrumentation. With their seventh LP, husband and wife Matt and Mary Beth Kite prove that there will always be room in our hearts for catchy pop. North by Nowhere hammers out a searing collection of simple pop ditties, their subject matter veering into love ('Deeper'), frightening anguish ('All My Life,' 'Ham Fisted'), and the quirks of the English language ('Seven Ways to Say Muffler'). With a blend of mellow electro-pop, distorted guitar, and Mary Beth's biting, bluesy vocals, the adult contemporary set will find the record appealing..." 
— Katie Sauro, Seattle Sound Magazine, June 2006

Blind 

all hail the power 
the broken crown 
streets paved with flowers 
statues coming down 

we couldn't see 

all hail the melody 
bricks and mortar 
streets drowned in ecstasy 
quarter by quarter 

we couldn't see 

all hail the desert 
rivers run dry 
streets littered with money 
blowin' sky high


Deeper 

all I am I owe half to you 
all I dream I dream next to you 
you are my reed 
you are my reed song 
you are my reed 
you are my reed song 

take me . . . deeper 

the way the sky explodes, it burns for us 
the breeze that touches our skin, it sings for us 
you are my reed 
you are my reed song 
you are my reed 
you are my reed song 

take me . . . deeper 
take me . . . deeper 
take me -- all of me


Free Tonight 

Who are you—are we—to break the best in me? 
Who are you—are we—to chase it back in me? 
And I'm free tonight. 
I saw you fall—undone—shattered by "the One." 
I knew we'd fall—undone—trying to reach the sun. 
And I'm free tonight. 
And I'm free tonight. 
I warned you, I told you, 
I can't live like this. 
I hoped to, I hoped to, 
escape with a kiss. 
Who am I—am I—to never show you why? 
I hoped you'd see—you'd see—the very best in me. 
And I'm free tonight. 
And I'm free tonight. 
And I'm free tonight. 
And I'm free tonight. 


When Machines Eat 

when machines eat 
they eat me 
when they run right 
they run me 
shut me down now 
power down please 
pull the plug on me 
control alt. delete 

ooh, I lost my appetite 
the drool, the drain, the way they drone 
ooh, I lost my memory 
the meal, the meat, the way they moan 

when machines eat 
they eat me 
when they save time 
they steal it from me 
shut me down now 
turn me off 
pull the plug on me 
make it stop 

ooh, I lost my appetite 
the drool, the drone, the way they drain 
ooh, I lost my memory 
the gorge, the grind, the gulping pain 

when machines eat 

drown the Internet 
gore the screen 
blind the motherboard 
disable and wean 

when machines build 
they build me 
when they breathe in 
they choke me 
shut me down now 
power down please 
when machines eat 
control alt. delete


Ham Fisted 

I'm naked 
these are my breasts 
this is my scar 
this is what's left 

I'm stupid 
this is my pain 
these are my fists 
again and again 

I'm special 
this is my proof 
this is my faith 
this must be truth 

God-given 
it is no wonder 
I am the one 
they are the other 

I don't care what you're looking for 
I'm no better than I was before 

goose-stepping all over ground zero 
mock-lighting -- he's our hero… 

I'm lying 
this I can see 
this I can feel 
this I can breathe 

I'm broken 
this is my plea 
this is my song 
this isn't me


Run Girl Run 

my head hurts 
I'm hungry 
I miss you 
feel empty 

I own these lungs 
I own these bones 
everything I need 
to carry me home 

I'm not the type to stand still 
I'm not the type to slow down 
I'm not the type to stop 
until I'm falling down 
slowly it rises to me - ground 
softly it whispers…

run girl run 

I dream this trail 
I dream these woods 
everything I need 
to be who I could 

I'm not the type to give up 
I'm not the type to slow down 
I'm not the type to stop 
until I'm falling down 
slowly it rises to me - ground 
softly it whispers… 

run girl run 

pick myself up 
pick my feet up 

Seven Ways to Say Muffler 

she's wearing her muffler 
her tasteful chest protector 
a furry beaver stole 
too lovely, her choker 

let go of my neckpiece, she says 
my sage-green neckerchief, she says 
my broken babushka, she says 
the mantle of my thief 

seven ways to say muffler


All My Life 

it's happening again 
it's more than I can take 
I wait too long to sleep 
I wait too long to wake 

the sun is sinking 
the night is screaming 
another moment slips free 

all my life I've been a second behind 
an hour late, a day I can't find 
all my life I've been waiting for now 
the chance to change, to learn somehow 

the moment is here 
it's everything I fear 
it's only perfection 
early detection 

the sun is sinking 
the night is screaming 
another moment for me 

all my life I've been a second behind 
an hour late, a day I can't find 
all my life I've been waiting for now 
the chance to change, to learn somehow 

it's happening again 
but I won't give in this time 
I'll meet the future here 
I'll make these seconds mine 

the sun is rising 
the night is lifting 
another moment for free


Acolyte 

Here we kneel at the altar, 
and listen to the faithful whisper. 
They made a witch out of me, see. 

You press your guilt against me, 
and hope I'll relieve you again. 
You made a witch out of me, see. 

Not here, not now. 
I can't fill your need. 
Not here, not ever. 
You won't spill your seed. 

You stole the sun out of me, 
and offered it to the priests. 
They made a man out of you, too. 

You found the needle in your lap, 
and searched my skin for a tap. 
I made a man out of you, too. 

And I couldn't feel you coming. 
And you-you never heard me leave. 

Not here, not now. 
I can't help you feed. 
Not here, not ever. 
You won't spill your seed. 

I love the way you pray. 
I love the way you kneel. 
I love the way you say, 
"It's time we make a deal." 
I love the way you kneel. 
I love the way you sin. 
I love the way you steal 
the truth you made from tin. 
I love the way you sin. 
I love the way you kneel. 
I love when you begin. 
"It's time we make a deal."


Boomerang

Every single day 
I work the earth that strengthens me 
And I don't mind 
The sweat I lose 
Every single day 
My knees - they bind the soil to me 
And I don't mind 
The truth I've found 

Every single night 
I watch the mouths that worship you 
And I don't mind 
The hypocrisy 
Every single night 
I walk the walls that circle me 
And I don't mind 
The secrets they keep 

All roads - they lead back 
Lead back to you 
All saints - they fall down 
Fall down for you 
I found my way back 
I fell down 
I fell down for you 

Every thought denied 
It creeps its way back into us 
And I don't mind 
The shadow on the ground 
Every good intention 
I struggle to keep a hold of it 
And I don't mind 
The discipline demanded 

All roads - they lead back 
Lead back to you 
All saints - they fall down 
Fall down for you 
I found my way back 
I fell down 
I fell down for you 

Let me weep 
Let me sing 
Let me make 
My own mistakes 
Let me jump 
Let me land 
Let me break 
Whatever it takes 

Every time we speak 
We hear our voices echo back 
And I don't mind 
The boomerang effect 
Every time I wake 
I wonder where the hell I am 
And I don't mind… 

All roads - they lead back 
Lead back to you 
All saints - they fall down 
Fall down for you 
I found my way back 
I fell down 
I fell down for you


Keep On 

There's nothing that says 
We have to keep going 
There's nothing to keep us from stopping 

There's nobody here 
Nobody listening 
Nobody to hold a candle 

But we keep on 
And we keep on 
And we keep on 
Looking 
For the sky to open up 
For the rain to cover us 
For the sun to burn us clean 
For the wind to break us free 

There's nothing that says 
We have to make good 
There's nothing that says we're finished 

There's nobody here 
Nobody listening 
Nobody to hold us up 

I know to close my eyes and ears to you 
To crack in half the things you do to me 
I know to keep my head above the mud 
To speak the truth and hold it here to see 
I know, I know, I know, I know 

There's only so much 
That we can do ourselves 
There's only so much we can feel 

There's nobody here 
Nobody listening 
Nobody to hide behind

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