Machine Under Its Own Spell

by Corpus Callosum

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD in a jewel case, with fold-out artwork by Hannah Blair and photograph by Heather Hryciw.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Machine Under Its Own Spell via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • 11x14 Poster
    Poster/Print + Digital Album

    For those who like to have something to hang on a wall we have made a run of posters of the incredible photograph by Heather Hryciw that was originally in the CD booklet. Staged at Sutro Baths in San Francisco, this photo was shot as a 4x5 positive using the very Deardorff camera you see in the frame. Corpus Callosum members pictured (front to back) are Stevie Hryciw, Zach Michels, Dax Tran-Caffee and Avery Burke.

    With the purchase of this 11x14 poster (which we will mail to you), you also receive a free digital download of "Machine Under Its Own Spell" in the file format of your choosing (we will email you a download code).

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Hymnal 02:55
to the rise of the day when out I can climb find the sun in her sky puts her veil upon me and the heat of the dirt is the alms that I keep while the coins they collect in the depth of a bed that's the breadth of a grave where I'll be swallowed by sleep till the rise of the day ...
you were born with you heart split in four that's what you'll tell them when they ask you why you frown and you just like the view from the floor that's what you'll tell them when they ask you why you're down and we've all gone insane 'cause we're all gonna die we all know, but we don't know why and there's nothing but tombstones where the railroad tracks should be it's such a tragedy that good steel just rusts like that and the mayor of our town's downtown playing chess alone out in the rain to the whistle of the train and at night, he sleeps on the railroad track and we've all gone insane 'cause we're all gonna die we all know, but we don't know why and through your makeup your age begins to show you're really much too young for the things you do, you know and the hummingbirds make their home in my eyes and your teeth pepper the floor and your heart makes food for the flies and I nest in your chest of drawers and we've all gone insane 'cause we're all gonna die we all know, but we don't know why
forgive me if I never call would you hold it against me? forgive me if I never call would you hold it against me if I took you apart? I am an X-ray beam of your heart and what a glorious day when I die I know they'll be waiting to see angel wings sprout out of me oh, my little cherub you float so close to the ground to shed your snowy snake skin down on me oh, my little black shadow is leaning awkwardly on the wall oh, my little black shadow you aren't so little after all forgive me if I never call would you hold it against me? oh, my lilly white milky moon has risen from its grave oh, my little soft bed of coals for you and me to come and lay one, two, three you and me
well you give me your cigarettes and you tell me to drive and then you hit me until I give you one and I know some people they need their cigarettes but you tell me to hit you back and you smile when you're tasting blood put a rosary around your neck wash your hands clean and we will skate to the house where you were born where your uncle, he was sick where your mother said to you that the disease, it was spread that his disease, it was spread to punish the ungodly his disease it was spread how can we deny it? when all of his friends are dead when all of his friends have died how can we deny it? so you push away and you say well, I have slept with a girl, Dax I know I have it and you should run while you can I know you're tired of my face I think you should get me drunk and drown me in your bathtub and I wish you'd hit me harder put a rosary around your neck and try to go to school put a rosary around your neck fill up all your books with pictures of your dream girl and Becky says you've got to concentrate Becky says that you're a star Becky says that you don't need friends and it's ok to be a lesbian but at night you call your sister she hasn't come home and she is out with the boy who chose your twin over you but everyone wants to hold your hand they are telling you to say everything is gonna be... and your stepmother's mother speaks one sunny Easter morning from behind her black cigarettes from behind two hundred pounds from between two electrical scars on her temples that pills are what saved her they are necessary for life you need to keep taking your Luvox, honey and that's the extent of her advice put a rosary around your neck and I wish I had you back
Descarte's daughter is now resting at the bottom of the sea just the soul that's in control of the gears of a machine just the hand of man stepping in where the hand of God should have been so they threw Descartes' daughter down into the water and now she lies below the waves if logic is the difference between animals and man as she was going overboard, she was heard to say I think, therefore I am Descartes' daugher was the apple of the mind of her father and the product of the hands of a genius clockwork maker well, she ain't no procreation she's just automation just the winding of a spring that brings forth life's imitation one wonders, is there a heaven for machines? one wonders, has she finally gone to pieces? resting at the bottom with a rust that sleeps and the ticking of a tock in a breast that never ceases
swing, hangman, swing your rope swing it for a while think I see my mother coming and she's rode for many a mile have you come to see me hung? have you come to pay my fee? yes, I've come to see you hung and swing from the gallows tree ... such a piece of work is man so easy to undo what I wouldn't give right now to trade places with you and it took nails, one, two, three to crucify the lord all you're gonna need for me is one short length of cord


released May 20, 2005


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