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1.
I remind myself of myself long ago / before I could drive, before I could vote / All of the time, holding a grudge / before I knew people could die just because / Shot from a sling, head full of buzz / I knew what I liked was not very much / High at the time, tied to the grid / Always afraid of those normal American kids • Oh all of my spirit leaked like a cut / I knew what I needed would never be enough / I was too high to change my bid / always afraid to be a normal American kid • Always hated normal American • Empty summer days / Lightning crazed and cracked like an egg / High behind the garden shed / Painting myself as a normal American kid • I always hated it • High as high as high can loom / Under the sheets in my bedroom / I was as high as high can get / Always afraid of the normal American kids • Oh bongs and jams and carpeted vans / Hate everything I don’t understand / High times tightening the lid / Had to get away from those normal American kids / Always hated those normal American kids / Always hated those normal American kids
2.
I never been alone, long enough to know, if I ever was a child / I was tied up like a boat, unbuttoned like a coat / Set free for a while • Well I jumped to jolt my clumsy blood / While my white, green eyes / Cry like a window pane / Can my cold heart change even out of spite? • I slump behind my brain / A haunted stain never fades / I hunt for the kind of pain I can take / And I cry like a window pane / Can my cold heart change over night / So I won’t ever want to touch your heart too much / or hold you too tight • I slump behind my brain / A haunted stain will never fade / I hunt for the kind of pain I can take • I never was alone long enough to know if I ever was a child
3.
04:16
I know that I’m unknowing / I’m never totally right / I’m going to walk away slowly / Instead I bid you good night / Another good bye, I’m going to cry / Cry cry cry cry all day • Whatever you’re withholding / I never said it was good / If I could sell it by the dozen / I’d never dare but you would / I know that you would, I’m aware that you could / Cry cry cry cry all day / Cry all night • I had a hole in my heart, I had a “company” me / Kept me whole-y from rolling / Someone into something like me / Something like me, you don’t want to be / I cry cry cry cry all day / I cry all night / I cry all day • And I cry cry cry cry all day / Cry all night / at the open mic / I sing and I stall / I fall on the knife • However there’s another / Another future to fight / I never took it so seriously / oh it was serious all right / Watch them all fight, but you can’t fight it / And I’ll cry, cry all day / Cry all night / Cry all day / Cry all night / all day • And now the hounds are calling / I see the world I find / I’m sick of your affliction but you’re just a smart ass and blind • Out of the light / Now be kind / Cry cry cry cry all day / all night / into the light / into the light / into the light
4.
03:24
When you’re in some bad light / In the climbing flood / And you kneel before them / It’s common sense / It’s practical / Lay low / One moment I beg / I bolt / On a thousand legs / What you can’t say swallow / at the moment I’m bored / Buried more and more and more and more • I slam my finger in the door of love / God damn the judging / Stranger judge • All I want, all that I want • A burning bush or / A button to push / A chance encounter / with common sense / common sense
5.
03:02
Oh I can’t say what qualifies as pain / So transfixed by the wavering flame / Mortal kings of each grade and grain erased / Oh I’m blessed • The slant may rain knows my door / Tambourines my floor in four / Laughs and shakes my folded face where Jesus mowed my lawn • Fame has legs, blazing chrome / Amputate but it’s never quite gone / Rakes in clover shown like snakes shine over rate my crime • Why kill a man when you can drive him crazy / Why make it end when my amusement always depends on the joke / Won’t you lend me my punchline • As a favor, can you be entertained so that / day I can savor whatever remains / Of hurricanes too rattled to romance massive plates of circumstances
6.
Where you gonna go in your winter coat / I wonder what you’re hiding cause it’s not too cold / It’s already too late / Somebody’s gonna get you • And if I hold you to tight, someone else won’t get to • Ohhhh wouldn’t you know it, I keep it rolling / Considering no one punching a path / Facing the blast and the moon and the math / But you still never know where your soul is attached / Oh, wouldn’t you know it, ah wouldn’t you know it • I’m so confused / I can’t move / I can’t even try / I hope you find / Someone to lose, someday • Now where you gonna go like a cobra coiled / Sweating in a sweater, you’ve got too much style / But you’re never alone, someday they’re gonna get you • I hope you find / Someone to lose, someday / I hope you find / I hope you find / Someone to lose, someday
7.
03:00
My mother says I’m great / And it always makes me sad / I don’t think she’s being nice / I really think she believes that / So now I bend my days around the people, other people obey / Whoah / So sad it’s nothing, happiness depends on who you blame • I gather things can change / So maybe she’s asleep in her grave / She gave her body to science / So I’m not sure what’s in her place / Maybe roses or Tanqueray™ • So sad it’s nothing, happiness depends on who you blame • I know the dead still listen / She sings a part of every refrain / Under the weight of the living pointing a finger with no eyes to aim whoah • So sad it’s nothing, it’s absolutely nothing / So sad it’s nothing, it’s absolutely nothing / So sad it’s nothing, happiness depends on who you blame
8.
02:50
The tavern where you worked / was cold and dark as a cavern / You kept quarters in your shirt but I never could just have them / You always made me sweep / around every fly and floozie / Under booths and bums asleep / waking up they’d ask you “who’s he?” / Behind a glass without a glance / “my daughter’s boy,” you would say / While I stood there in a trance / listening to the jukebox play
9.
02:18
Locator sees me swaying through the catacombs / Locator hears me whispering in my home / Even when the waves are falling, beating me into diamonds / Even when the wheels are whining / Even when the wheels are whining, something in the sky can find me / I x8, hide x8 / Here below x4 / Oh no, Locator it is I • Even when I run I’m crawling / Even through the walls and blinds and / Even when the wheels are whining x3 / something in the sky can find me / I x8, hide x8 / Here below x4 / I love Locator everywhere I go / I tell Locator everything it wants to know
10.
Some long for the past, others dream of at last / Days continue, multiply multitudes / I wonder who destroys when no one is left, rejoice / All our statues, lullabies and rented rooms / Distances no one will go for instances no one can know / I say good night, leave the room unsatisfied / like a child, I lie / Almost alone, not quite • Crowded avenues / Homeless in tennis shoes / Sometimes I wish to set free the things that still matter to me • Days continue like a knife might intrude / I wonder who destroys / when nothing is left, rejoice.
11.
Have you seen any mention / It’s been quiet in detention all week / Is that so? • I saw the winter party person candidate, give a sermon / Shook his fist, like this. / Is that so? • And everyone sat as blank as a cake and in love / like a stupid lump of clay / Is that so? • I know a good armageddon might have made my day, that day / Is that so? / We aren’t the world / We aren’t the children / But you’re my safety girl • And you know we could go spend ourselves like money / Let’s pretend we’re hundred dollar bills / Is that so? • And complain everyday there’s a spider in my soup / Tired of my opinion, like everybody else / Is that so? • We aren’t the world / We aren’t the children / But you’re my safety girl • Like so / Is that so? • We aren’t the world / We aren’t the children / But you’re my safety girl
12.
Sometimes when I’m fading / I fight to stay awake / Here I lie, come and take me • I’ll go / I will go so far / Just to say goodbye • My my in my opinion / I try, I huff and I puff • Why am I in my skin again / Well, I don’t know / How it works so I / Just say goodbye • Sometimes I see sorry faces / I don’t think I qualify / Be kind as the nights embrace us / Oh, oh, we tried so hard / Oh, as if I have answers / Oh, we tried so hard / Just say goodbye

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released September 9, 2016

Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche,
Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline, Pat Sansone
Produced by Jeff Tweedy and Tom Schick
Recorded at the Loft, Chicago, IL
Engineered by Tom Schick
Assistant engineer & studio manager: Mark Greenberg
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
All songs performed by Wilco
Additional drums by Spencer Tweedy
All songs written by Jeff Tweedy (Words Ampersand Music BMI, administered by BMG Rights Management)
Design by Jeff Tweedy, Sheila Sachs, and Mark Greenberg with Sammy Tweedy
Original art by Joan Cornellá
Management: Tony Margherita with Benjamin Levin, Brandy Breaux-Sinkins, Crystal Myers, Ryan Marian, and Camille Fantasia for TMM, Easthampton, MA and Chicago, IL
Legal: Josh Grier and Jaime Herman for Sloss Law Co. New York, NY
Financial: Peter Fairly for Cohn Reznick, New York, NY
Booking: Frank Riley for High Road Touring, Sausalito, CA
European booking: Paul Boswell for Free Trade Agency, London, UK
Publicity: Deb Bernardini for dBpm Records, Easthampton, MA
Road & technical assistance: Stan Doty, Matrix MacNamara, Jared Dottorelli, Andy Nemcik, Josh Goldsmith, Eric Frankhouser, Ashley “PK” Mogayzel, Jeremy Roth, Ashwin Deepankar, Jan Mengeling, Zach Nagy, Lance Powell, John “Woody” Woodland, Warner Swain.

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