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released June 1, 2016

Written and recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Producer and Sound Engineer: Pouya Hamidi
Percussionist (including donkey jaw and glass bottles in Track 1): Adam Campbell
Track 3 features "S/he's got the Whole World in Her/His Hands," an American Spiritual song.

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Track Name: Misplaced Misfortune
My dear precious daughter
I have somethin' to tell ya
You won't like this story one bit

There once was a god
He was quite the forgetful one
He left stuff everywhere you see
Don't even mention his keys

He left a couple of coins here
He left a four-leaf clover there
But most of all he left misfortune lie around

And then he blamed misplaced misfortune
Plagues unattended left in corners
99:1 - A perfect ratio
But if you ask me, my dear daughter
Misplaced misfortune is but an excuse

The god I refer to
Didn't get it wrong, don't get me wrong
He wouldn't get offended by my song

He soon met a goddess
She was another forgetful one
And she, too, let the air and seas gang dry

And then she blamed misplaced misfortune
Plagues unattended left in corners
99:1 - A perfect ratio
But if you ask me, my dear daughter
Misplaced misfortune is just an excuse
Track Name: Potatoes
Potatoes
Tater Potatoes
Not for sailors
Or for haters
Track Name: Whole/Half
I put my whole heart out there
And got half of it back
Those half-hearted souls that swallowed me whole

Instead a hole was put in my heart
Without a fresh start
Those whole-hearted tears that flowed inside out

But I try
It's not good enough

And I'd die
To have the opportunity to make
My whole heart a half
If I could just take it easy like you do

Bless your half heart
God bless your half heart
You sing with half your passion
You dance with one eye watching

Bless your half heart
God bless your half heart
It's half-true, half the time, half the portion, half the sweet
You might as well discard that half

I was your better or worse half
Or so I thought
The glass was half empty this whole damn time

Those tears you shed at half-mast
Was all a symbol
A pin that you put on the front of your coat

And I'd lie
And you'd see right through me

And I'd buy you out of a situation
If I could with all my courage

Bless your half heart (She's got the whole world in her hands)
God bless your half heart (She's got the whole world in her hands)
You sing with one eye watching
You dance with half your passion

Bless your half heart (She's got the whole world in her hands)
God bless your half heart (She's got the whole world in her hands)
It's half-true, half the time, half the portion, half the sweet
You might as well discard that half
You might want to share it with me
You might as well live with a half heart
Track Name: Occupied
Hey, how it's goin' downtown?
It's been a while since we've spoken
I don't got a lot to tell you
I don't got a lot of time for arts and crafts and lemonade
It's the chilled kind
It's the chilled time
Gotta come with a rhyme
And a reason for a riesling
'Cause I don't wanna talk with a conscious mind
Get in line

These days I'm so occupied with
Reading
Twiddling my thumbs
Listening to music
Singing in the shower
Fiddling with my phone
Doing the Charleston
Writing a good song
Finding the remote
Shining the mirror
Cleaning my boots
Throwing out the pens that have run out of ink

These days I'm so occupied with
Me
Track Name: Reduced for Quick Sale
It's all right
It's okay
I'm sorry
I don't need to pass through
No problem
I'm sorry
Pardon me
While I don't get what I want

You can have it, taste it, savour it while you can
I don't need to feel it, have it, taste it, savour it while I can't

Reduced for Quick Sale
At a cheaper price than your leading retailer
Cheaper, cheapened, cheap price
It's such a cheap tale

Reduced for Quick Sale
At the cheapest price of all leading retailers
Cheaper, cheapened, cheap price
It's not such a problem
Track Name: Tiny
Tiny men
There are tiny men on your dress
Mom's not doing the laundry this time, so don't stress about the tiny men

Tiny wound
There's a tiny would inside your chest
Mom's doing the dishes so go ahead to the movies and heal that tiny wound

Tiny smile
There's a tiny smile on your face (and his)
Mom's telling you to go for it this time so don't wipe off that tiny smile

For that tiny smile
Can heal that tiny wound
and fend off those tiny men

And one of those tiny men
May make a tiny womb
So you won't have that tiny wound
And she'll have a tiny smile

Tiny smile

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