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Code Girl

by Mary Halvorson

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released March 30, 2018

Code Girl is:
Amirtha Kidambi - voice
Ambrose Akinmusire - trumpet
Mary Halvorson - guitar
Michael Formanek - bass
Tomas Fujiwara - drums

All music and lyrics by Mary Halvorson (BMI)

Recorded December 16th and 17th, 2016 at Firehouse 12
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Nick Lloyd
Graphic Design by Megan Craig
Produced by Mary Halvorson, David Breskin, and Nick Lloyd


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Track Name: My Mind I Find In Time
i have here in my rotation
it is not predictable my mind
potential to deal a dangerous lie
it is not predictable my mind
and if i disappear it is for this
it is not predictable my mind

enormous in its attempts
the pull is still here i find
lost in spectacular performance
the pull is still here i find
past the division the joy of forgetting
the pull is still here i find

status is an obstacle
reconstruction is required in time
the storm that sends us smoking
reconstruction is required in time
into some other life or another
reconstruction is required in time
Track Name: Possibility Of Lightning
nerves strike the death of a wife
her arms spread apart
yielding the revolving sky
this splendid object is
swallowed by your voice

deceptive euphoria
she remains stretched
by the force of your breath
the vulture star
ignores the receding wave

sound only comes after death
to lull to sleep
a misunderstanding
when pluto’s tears
melt into song
Track Name: Storm Cloud
do not forget your head
in the back of your mind
landslides bury the gold
landslides bury the gold

children passing notes
a rug placed on the floor
blown by eastern wind
blown by eastern wind

form rising from steam
exhausting one’s own choir
salty droplets cloud you
salty droplets cloud you

a butterfly on display
the beauty of its wings
punctured by a pin
punctured by a pin

the clearing of the storm
finds extra ordinary lives
pulsing behind the blood
pulsing behind the blood
Track Name: Pretty Mountain
these days i drink less coffee
and have less laughing to do
but often recall the lavish roars
we chalked up on the road

inside the country’s blurry nights
the divine unfamiliar places
aglow through driving windows
best distorted by the rain

the decade since was lost
to telescopic motion
repeating colorless faces
big deal pretty mountain

these days there’s no real light here
it’s mostly sharply dull
and certainly none will appear again
so wondrously out of so little
big deal pretty mountain

for Trevor and Troy
Track Name: In The Second Before
tangent to
the intense
quiet power
already there
in the second before
it reaches the eternal
of your hands and feet
you may not know
that it’s easy
but his voice comes
out of the sound
of the million people
we are known
to discard
Track Name: Accurate Hit
pass through
comforting threads
fierce sleep
inside breath
double pocket
split mental
cross eyed
upgrade spirit

carpet door
same mistake
case sensitive
thought free
however used
static weakness
rigid dismantling
another rebel

original error
terminal insides
searing body
multiple envy
internal voltage
triggering events
break control
remove threat
Track Name: The Beast
focus on the other
each of them
without falling
and or closing
and or finding
your time

her magnitude
catches flame
it must be
the stars
they all shrink
and or try

the beast
the ramp
you smile vaguely
then retreat

and or crawling
and or loping
in the dark

toward the edge
of the dive
copper on liquid
it must be
the stars

you roll down
a small hill
on the other side
Track Name: The Unexpected Natural Phenomenon
trying to breathe
while in water
only small pockets
of air
in the sky

in the water
does laughing make you

when you die
at least it’s from a laugh
not a

you shrink
before the massive
expanse of patchy
patchy patchy

for Sterno
Track Name: And
you squeezed the background out
with your hand
Track Name: Deepest Similar
my most recent experiences
reflected in the short space of time
when i so precisely arrived
astonished in all that i wanted
it was only perfect

if you have not completed
an announcement of trust in me
refer to the bad person
and recognize me in the old
from another point of view

deepest similar
i mention our failure
a chord in our debacle
i did not think of remorse or guilt
because my understanding was not available

my i have hid the score well
i may develop slowly if you want
so i am once again
small with my old friend
Track Name: Drop The Needle
is this the end i ask
i fly or could have flown
relief flowering the quiet
scarf of my last breath

a motorcycle silver lipstick
put on silver red lips
a series of false eyelashes
none of them would fit

people bury their wishes
i am none of them
a good bird in an earlier life
in a vicious cycle of birds

one might drop the needle
an entire song transcends
repeat a twirling hypnotic
melody in descending order

deep mud can’t see my shoes
in perfect harmony
our arms try touching
but we do not kiss

are you taking part
i could not be instead
are you taking part
i could not be instead

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