Chowchilla

by Kearney

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about

this is an album about two people driving from chowchilla, ca to the mexican border. they have very little in common, apart from the fact that they both escaped from the central california women's facility in chowchilla, ca. there are 12 songs on this album, all written and produced by kearney. 10 of the songs are sung by one of the two people in the car. 1 of the songs is sung by someone else. 1 of the songs is sung by nobody.

1. CALM DOWN -- this is a song about having an anxiety attack in a car, and realizing that the person driving does not know how to help you when you're having an anxiety attack in a car
2. INTRO -- this is a song about a town in california
3. FRESNO -- this is a song about trusting someone who's older than you, because they're older and you're younger
4. QUICK STOP IN NEEDLES -- this is a song about having to trust someone who's younger than you, even though you're older and they're younger
5. SATELLITE RADIO -- this is a song about someone inconsiderately making it difficult for you to drown them out with the volume knob
6. CHINO -- this is a song about heat
7. INTERLUDE -- this is a song about wanting to go somewhere else
8. 1976 -- this is a song about something bad that happened a long time ago, somewhere else
9. BAKERSFIELD -- this is a song about finding someone as sad as you are, and doing your best to cling to them while the ship sinks
10. THE GHOST -- this is a song about guilt
11. PALINDROME ROAD -- this is a song about how when you try to drive from chowchilla, ca to the mexican border, you realize that every highway in california loops back in on itself, which makes it very hard to leave california
12. END -- this is a song about crying, because you're finally happy, while the ship sinks

if you listen to CHOWCHILLA while driving through california, CHOWCHILLA will become as long as your drive
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released April 9, 2016

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Kearney Vancouver, British Columbia

my name is evan, my band is Kearney, i am presently the sole member of the band but i am accepting online applications

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Track Name: Calm Down
you just love highways like this
two lanes, straight fucking shot
you just love taking your hands off the wheel
you love it when my palms get hot

it's easier at night
with the low beams off
'cause we can see the brake lights for miles

your face looks better
lit by the distant red
than it has in awhile

where did that knife go?
the one you brought to protect me from something?
how many things would have to go wrong?
for me to turn and see you slumping
down down down

and your head
hits the wheel
first time you've touched it since Bakersfield

and your foot's on the gas
and we swerve into the horizon
and goddamn it I hope it doesn't last
Track Name: Intro
take a knife to California
split it into two
somewhere in the middle
that's where i'd find you

out where the ocean is but a distant dream
out where the sunlight positively beams
out where the dead ones always go

out where it never snows
chowchilla

in 2005
chowchilla had 20 consecutive cloudy, rainy days
and if that's not enough
then let's all raise our voice in praise

out by this den of tranquility
the central california women's facility
tell me a story that rhymes

tell me a story of the old
days in chowchilla
Track Name: Fresno
you look at me and i smile
'cause i don't know what else to do
you say you haven't been this far south
since 1972

and you say it's gonna be
about seven hours 'til we're free
and you turn back to the road
and i believe you

your hair is matted against your skin
all damp with sweat
i wanna reach out and touch you but we
don't know each other that well yet

and you say it's gonna be
about seven hours 'til we see
our new lives coming fast
and i believe you
Track Name: Quick Stop in Needles
so we go
slowly
so we keep
our thoughts to ourselves

so it's hard
nobody cares that it's hard
so we knock
all the product off the shelves

i can't trust you with the gun
if his legs don't work then he can't run

so you run
quickly
so i try
to drown out the screaming

it doesn't work
i knew it wouldn't
we shut the door
and it's night so the low light's beaming

i can't trust you with anything
we turn up the radio and try to sing
Track Name: Satellite Radio
stop talking to me like
i'm your mother
i have never met your mother and you
say i'm in another state of mind

that reminds you of when
you were just a girl
staring at the world
through a fogged up backseat window

so let's go
somewhere far away from here
let's hope
these objects are closer than they appear

don't tell me that you
miss the inside
we are never going back and we
will not throw away how we've tried

how we've lied
how you've cried
please stop crying
just this once please stop crying

so let's go
somewhere far away from here
let's hope
these objects are closer than they appear

please stop crying
please stop crying
please stop crying
Track Name: Chino
close your eyes westward
remember the breeze
keep on stumbling forward
you'll miss the desert for the trees

just because we trace the line
doesn't mean we'll be fine

count the seconds always
dream of anaheim
you want to know about the old days
and it's past your bedtime

just because you won't sleep
doesn't mean i need to keep you awake
Track Name: Interlude
what would you say to another game of
truth or dare
the popcorn's in the microwave and i'm
losing my hair

and i know it isn't fair
but do you even care?

what would you say to another way of
making friends
we can't wait for a better day so let's
jump in the deep end

and i know your tendencies
shooting down my shopping sprees

let's dust off the VCR
let's black out all the lights
we are who we are
on every sleepless night

what would you say to one last story
before bed
this scary movie's way too gory
for my pretty little head

and i wonder if she'll live
or if her grip will give

what would you say about me if i
never came back
and will you hear me shouting
while you get your payback

and i wonder if you'll see
you're never getting away from me

let's dust off the VCR
let's black out all the lights
we are who we are
on every sleepless night
Track Name: 1976
it's been a while since i've felt my skull
the throbbing's unimaginable
i think it happens when my heart beats too fast
but who can blame me, with your foot there on the gas

and i will be
forever somewhere you can't see
i'll find the key
you'll bring it right to me

it's so cute the way you make your plans
balled up ransom notes and an old moving van
eleven hours 'til we disembark
you're risking the whole pot that i'm scared of the dark

but I will be
forever somewhere you can't see
i'll find the key
you'll bring it right to me

it really pains me to see you like this
i wish you all the best in prison
crane your neck to the stars every night
see how we've arisen

and you leave the way you came in
there's nothing worse than a loser convinced he's gonna win
we stack the mattresses high
joke's on you, i am not gonna die

cause i will be
forever somewhere you can't see
i found the key
you brought it right to me

we stack the mattresses high
i am not gonna die
crying in this cage
ms. brown always said
i was resourceful for my age
Track Name: Bakersfield
they're detonating every last explosive
that they set at my foundation
and i'm a house crumbling to the ground
way up north they can feel the vibration

they're picking through the rubble when they find
two skeletons in a bunker down deep
testing their heads on the others' shoulder
i couldn't tell you which one was me

and we'll be okay
as long as we stay where we need to stay

waiting for the other one to heal
in bakersfield, in bakersfield

they're dusting off and clearing out the trash
that they made when they found us
and the newspapers all want an interview
but we can't talk and they're oblivious

they're shipping us back where we belong
to a museum, somewhere far away
ket the record show that we both survived
we kept each other warm until this fateful day

and we'll stay okay
as long as we stay where we need to stay

waiting for the other one to heal
in bakersfield, in bakersfield
Track Name: The Ghost
things get clearer
in the rearview mirror
like that guy standing by the roadsign
down the street

and when i recognize his figure
i get light on my feet
a composite sketch of a bad memory
made totally complete

so i scream
and when i scream
i scream at you

taste of whiskey on my lips
another one of my silly tricks
like that day when i ran away
i never did write you that letter

and i can feel you watching me
as the tires get wetter and wetter
and you'll never forgive me
but at least you're in someplace better

so i scream
and when i scream
i scream for you
Track Name: Palindrome Road
seven hours
seven hours
seven hours
seven

have you ever felt like maybe one of these days you'd go out on a walk
and find yourself tracing circles around the block in sidewalk chalk
screaming at the edge of the dome
and dreaming of the day you'll crawl back home

it feels like you'll never break through no matter how hard you try
loop back to the start and wait for all the trees to die
and notice all the roadsigns
and notice how they point down to that single fucking line

remember fresno
remember bakersfield
remember where we go
or let me take the wheel

and we'll steal the sunset
snatch it from the sky
just to prove
that we already passed this road by

one second
one second
one second
one

if we pull off the road which i assume we'll often have to do
will we be in mexico or will we still be passing through
just circling the drain
and we'd slip into the pipe if it weren't for this chain

tugging on our collars and locking all the doors
you think you've done enough well the audience wants more
and if we're in hell then just give it to me straight
we've got driving to do i don't want to be late

remember chino
remember bakersfield
remember where we go
or let me take the wheel

and we'll feel our bodies
dissolve into the dirt
take a knife to California
tell me where it hurts

you just love highways like this
Track Name: End
it's been a bad couple years
when we pull into the parking lot
there's no reason to spend the night
but it's all we've got
and up in the room
i remember what it means
it's a silly kinda metaphor
but at least it reads
the light, the light
stabbing through the blinds
makes black lines
on my face
the sun, the sun
is setting now
but the lines
don't seem to erase
i just sit there
and you sit there too
we don't have to say a thing
It's just me and you
and your arm around my neck
It's the best thing i've ever felt
i love you