The Work That Tools Do

by City Counselor

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1.
02:29
He doesn’t ask because he doesn’t want to know more He doesn’t ask because he doesn’t care about you He doesn’t ask because he doesn’t think you could say no He became a fine invention, but are you Prepared for the work that Tools do? Excavation Demands Reclamation Do you, do you Do you notice the effort? Do you, do you See him making it, too? Do you, do you Do you notice the effort? Do you, do you, do you? Do you, do you Do you notice the effort? Do you, do you See him making it, too? Do you, do you Do you notice the effort? Do you, do you, do you? Is he, is he, is he making an effort? Is he, is he, is he making an effort? Is he, is he, is he making an effort? Is he making an effort? Is he making an effort? Is he making an effort?
2.
03:32
It's not an inevitability Instead: predictability Who was it this time? How many this time? (Too many, too much) I don't want your thoughts and prayers I don't want a good guy with a gun It's still a gun I don't want to need protection I don't want a good guy If there's still a smoking gun I don't want to read the news today (No, no, no, no) But it will find me some other way (It always does) Where was it this time? How young were they this time? (Too many, too much) It's not an inevitability (Say it again) It's not an inevitability (Say it again) Say it again, say it again Say it again, say it: Too many, too much Too many, too much I don't want your thoughts and prayers I don't want a good guy with a gun It's still a gun I don't want to need protection I don't want a good guy IT'S STILL A F------ GUN! All I want is fewer guns (DUH!) All I want is fewer guns (DUH!) No more guns No more guns No more guns No more guns No more guns!
3.
Your edifice is a monologue Cities grow dull from your sightly din A conversation involves listening The skyline now your soliloquy Intransigence and eviction Luxury, out of reach Your advertised opulence deceives While paving in place of community Building blocks should be left for a child Building blocks should be left to an architect Building blocks should be left for a child Building blocks should be left to an architect Left for a child Left to an architect
4.
03:05
Oh, professor What's in my grasp Is in your heart and mind a lot Doesn't matter that I'm Only a stranger on the bus Oh, professor What's on my mind or on my screen Doesn't seem to meet the Caring that you need Well, feel what you need to feel, Dr. Pepper Feel what you need to feel, Dr. Pepper Oh, professor What you confess is what it seems: You're bursting at the seams Oh, the porousness you said that you feel Feel it flooding in Sopping like a sponge Well, feel what you need to feel, Dr. Pepper Feel what you need to feel, Dr. Pepper Feel what you need to feel, Dr. Pepper Feel what you need to feel, Dr. Pepper Do what you need to do, Dr. Pepper Do what you need to do, Dr. Pepper To see what you want to see, Dr. Pepper See what you want to see, Dr. Pepper
5.
You want me to Listen to you, then please Say something new Don’t misconstrue Logical blight Your hate ignited, what Sources I cite Would calm your needless fight? You want me To explicate, it’s Not complicated You can’t see You’ve been debunked Because you haven’t sought the answers On your own You say there’s too few to Impose a big change on you You’re scared for what you Think it means for you Omneity perceived Autonomy razed by Your demanding yet Unrecognizing gaze You feel need To qualify when She is a woman Don’t ask me To justify your Misogyny She is a woman She is a woman She is a woman She is a woman She is a woman She is a woman She is a woman She is a woman
6.
03:35
You never hide your tracks You make it almost easy to believe That you won’t get away Oooh, get away You never quite became the master of What you’re selling, yet you’ll Get away with it Get away (get away, get away) Get away (get away, get away, ooh!) Get away (get away, get away) You claim to know it all You claim to have done it all You brag about your impending downfall You say you’ll power through You say you will be vindicated – true You’ll get away with it Get away (get away, get away) Get away (get away, get away, ooh!) Get away (get away, get away) Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Mull it over Mull it over Mull it over You never hold your tongue You say whatever’s running through your mind And you won’t let it go – ever let it go You never feel you get the credit That you are due, but you Deny it when you do Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good Great is not good

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released October 12, 2018

All songs written and performed by City Counselor:
Nicky Steves on keys and lead vocals
Amy Hager on keys and vocals
Jared Hemming on drums and vocals
Antoine Martinneau on bass guitar and vocals

Additional vocals on Don’t Ask by Jacob Mullis.

Don’t Ask, GUNS!, Commander Tantrum, and Mull It Over composed as part of the 2018 Cedar Commissions at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Pepper composed as part of Summer Muses at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Drums and bass recorded at Future Condo Recording Studio by Jordan Bleau. Vocals and synthesizers recorded at Fort Nono. Mixed by Jordan Bleau at Coach’s Court. Mastered by Peter Larkin at Lighthouse Santa Fe, NM.

Illustrations by Jenny Hansen. Design by Nicky Steves.

Special thanks to the Cedar Cultural Center and the Walker Art Center for providing financial and artistic support, without which this album would not be possible. Thanks to the Committee of the Whole (Hilary James, Tyler Croat, Mariel Oliveira, Sarah Sanchez, Bobby Sanchez, Antoine Martinneau, Jared Hemming, Cat Hammond, Jacob Mullis, Amy Hager, Nikki Pfeifer, Carlisle Evans Peck, and Katharine Seggerman) for materializing these songs in their first incarnation. Personal gratitude to Katharine Seggerman, Mitra Jalali Nelson, Diana Ky, Tiffany Polk, Alex Griffin, Louie Dangit, Vicki Seymour, Matthew Sandstedt, Sam Frederick, Mustafa Jumale, Jenny Hansen, the Leingang family, Jacob Mullis, Jared Isabella, Kord Petrik, Ben Schurr, Johnny Fantastic, Sylvia and the team at Radio K, Tommy Boynton, Emmy Carter, Alana Horton.

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