The World is in the Work

by Dina Maccabee

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1.
The world is in the work You put you work into the world
2.
Go Ahead 03:39
Well I thought you’d understand That I come with open hands Now you hide behind your guns Did you think that I would run? Go ahead, use me, work me Go ahead, you can’t hurt me Go ahead, beat me, bleed me Go ahead, you can’t hurt me You would think I might I have known You could love just what you own Think your might can make you right Not if I refuse to fight Go ahead, use me, work me Go ahead, but you can’t hurt me Go ahead, beat me, bleed me Go ahead, you can’t hurt me Ha ha ha... Here is what you might have had Does it really seem so bad? But you’re programmed to defend Up until the bitter end Go ahead, use me, work me Go ahead, but you can’t hurt me Go ahead, beat me, bleed me Go ahead, you can’t hurt me
3.
Garbage 04:55
Late last night I was thinking all about how we fight But we never clear it out All the crap piled up between us now Don't you think There's a number we could call And have someone bring a truck and drive it all Out of here All the garbage we let fall All the garbage we let fall Envelopes crumpled into balls Post it notes that said you called That never made it to the wall All the garbage we let fall You would say You never really raised your voice Anyway, I was the one who made the noise But that's a lie You're always yelling with your eyes No one means To be the one who can't admit They never clean, they'd rather live in their own shit But look at us I bet we'll never come to grips With all the garbage we let fall Decomposing, unresolved Out of date, beyond recall The biggest landfill of them all Is full of garbage we let fall Envelopes crumpled into balls Post it notes that said you called That never made it to the wall All the garbage we let fall
4.
even when the stars align jewels in the clockwork of time perfect and pure and happy to shine even when the stars align they’re still a million miles from me still a million miles too far to feel their gravity still a million miles when all the concrete is down laid under the feet of my town when wheels on busses go round and round when all the concrete is down and i’m a million miles away still a million miles i feel the soil suffocate still a million miles even the trees in the snow remember the leaves they’ve let go perfect and tall and ready to grow even for trees in the snow the spring still feels like miles away still a million miles and you’re still a million miles away still a million miles
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Push Me 03:00
Push me I'll push you back Chase me I'm the one to catch And if you beat me at my own game Then please defeat me, we'll play again
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Give or Take 03:19
Give or take me You'll forsake me Make provisions now You'll survive somehow If I was too rough Or pushed you too much It's only that I see The possibilities It might take all night So bring your flashlight But in the morning you'll be free Sunday morning Was never your thing But I've been wasting time Since 1969 So when you're a grown up Your clothes fit, your hair is cut Remember how it feels To go head over heels It might take all night So bring your flashlight But in the morning you'll be free
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A little kitten nose at my fingers The ringing of the bells on the porch The rumble of the old air conditioning The rattle of your keys in the door When I try to be kind to myself When I aim to be honest I still wish I could be someone else Someone fearless Afternoon inside the museum Pictures from inside other minds Do they know I have walked by their sadness And I have left them behind When I try to spend time by myself When I need not to need you Paint a picture inside of someone else Someone fearless Someone fearless
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The U U R 04:35
The you you are The me I'll be The he he was To her at least The I I've been The me I'll be The you you were When we were we The them we fear The us we know The you I feel The me you see

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released August 25, 2017

All songs by Dina Maccabee
Dina Maccabee: Viola, vocals, processing.

Recorded by Rob Christiansen
at JC Studios, Jersey City, NJ, on April 2, 2017
Produced by Dina Maccabee
Mixed by Rob Christiansen and Danny O'Brien
Mastered by Jon Cohrs at Spleenless Mastering
Artwork by Andrew Maguire

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Dina Maccabee is best known for her violin and viola playing and singing with Ramon & Jessica, Real Vocal String Quartet, and Julia Holter. The musical for which she wrote the score, Sweet Land, runs April 29 - May 28 in St. Paul, MN.

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