Sometimes

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This is the kind of album where I feel like the album description should have a definition for the word "sometimes", which is exactly why it doesn't have that. Thank you for your support.

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released November 18, 2018

SOMETIMES THE CAT features APRIL FRIEDMAN on the INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS.

ALSO APPEARING ON THIS RECORD:
Lesley Price - bass on "My Hands Weren't Mine", "IRL", "Deep End Girlfriend", "All Tried Up"

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY APRIL. NO EXCEPTIONS THIS TIME.
RECORDED, PRODUCED, MIXED, AND MASTERED BY APRIL
IN EUGENE & MISSOULA, APRIL–OCTOBER 2018.

ARTWORK AND DESIGN BY APRIL.
EVERYTHING BY APRIL, OK?

SWEET THANKS TO:
Charlie, Floyd, Alyssa, Autumn, Lesley, Haley, Joe, Noah, Naomi, Badgie, Lily, Nonnie, all you cool kids and cadets.

LOVE & REGRET:
>:V

Dress Dress Dress Recordings
GRR 042

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Track Name: Opening Band
I'm not here to see you
I'm only waiting 'til you get off of the stage now
So play through your songs and let's get this over with
You can sing me a story
Tell me all about your life, now
No, I don't even care, but that don't mean you shouldn't try

I'm gonna rock some common sense and pop my earplugs in
'Cause I'm not gonna lose my hearing for the opening band
I ain't gonna get all in it, and sing my heart out then
'Cause I'm not gonna waste my vocal cords on the opening band
Oh, no, I can't
Track Name: Working-Class Skeleton
Fly sits in the drink
Sipping drips of water down from the sink
And it knows there's just a few days left of its life
That's what it chooses to do
But how about you?

There comes a time when you need to learn to decide
Someday maybe I'll show you how to decide

But where's your working-class skeleton, your working-class skeleton?
Where's your working-class skeleton now?
Crawling from its coffin, is it in the basement room?
In your tomb, where's your skeleton now?

Kid sits on the hill
Sipping drips of water down from the sill
And she knows there's no more time for complaining
But she's got no other choice
And her throat swallows her voice

There comes a time when you need to learn to decide
Someday maybe I'll show you how to decide

But where's your working-class skeleton, your working-class skeleton?
Where's your working-class skeleton now?
Crawling from its coffin, is it in the basement room?
In your tomb, where's your skeleton now?

And you know your bones are somewhere inside
(know your bones are somewhere inside)
You know your bones fell out when you died
And you know your bones are somewhere outside
(know your bones are somewhere outside)
And your bones put themselves on the line
And you know your bones are somewhere inside
(know your bones are somewhere inside)
You know your bones fell out when you died
And you know your bones are somewhere outside
(know your bones are somewhere outside)
And your bones put themselves on the line
And you know your bones are somewhere inside
(know your bones are somewhere inside)
You know your bones fell out when you died
And you know your bones are somewhere outside
(know your bones are somewhere outside)
And your bones put themselves on the line
And you know your bones are somewhere inside
(know your bones are somewhere inside)
You know your bones fell out when you died
And you know your bones are somewhere
Track Name: Cast Iron
Metallurgy was never my strong suit in school
I never got good grades in trying to make this shit
Just happened naturally, woke up and one day it was there
It's not a problem, I kinda like it
Even if you don't

I'm cast iron
Not even your vorpal blade pierce my exoskeleton
I'd really have to want to let you in
But I don't
Yeah, I'm cast iron
Not even tactical strikes could break the hold
I have on the harbour, the ships are trapped
No nautical or ground route in or out
We'll starve to death between these walls
Before we let you in

Something about it was forgettable
Something about it was forgetting, regretting, you know
Something about it was immutable
It's in the past, it'll never last, I was open
I'm not open no more
I'm not open no more
(This is it, kids)

I'm cast iron
Not even your vorpal blade pierce my exoskeleton
I'd really have to want to let you in
But I don't
Yeah, I'm cast iron
Not even tactical strikes could break the hold
I have on the harbour, the ships are trapped
No nautical or ground route in or out
We'll starve to death between these walls
I'm adamantium
Something like unobtanium
I'm a ten-foot thick sheet of stainless steel
And I'm not gonna let you in
No, I'm never gonna let you in
Stand at the door, wait for a thousand years
No, kid, I'll never ever let you in
I'll never ever let you in
I'll live a life of debauchery, of sin
And look you in the eye on the day that I die
And I'll still never let you in
No, no, I'll never let you in
I couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't, didn't let you in
Clap my hands and my cast iron pots and pans together
Never ever let you in
Track Name: My Hands Weren't Mine
I woke up lost inside my head
Thirty-nine past ten
And I rolled the body out from my bed
And I remembered something it said

Well, I looked around and found the light
The switch flicked up, and right
Took a moment to adjust my sight
Then I looked down at my hands and my hands, they weren't mine

Well, I looked up and down the body
In the full-size mirror on my bedroom door
And I didn't quite know what to think then
Maybe already too far gone

I can't remember the last night my hands were mine
All I remember is the morning after
When I stared at my fingers in the light through the blinds
And I knew that my hands weren't mine

I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands, they weren't mine

I'm never ever ever gonna do it again
Yeah, that's what I said, what I thought that I meant
But you know I'm just gonna do it again
I forget, I don't care, unimpressed, I'm a wreck

When you set yourself up for failure, you'll find it's hard to succeed
When the walls start closing in on you, it's hard to know what you need
And whenever someone asked me, I'd always say I'm fine
I couldn't bring myself to tell you:

I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands, they weren't mine

Oh, the nails aren't cracked and bleeding
At least not most of the time
It's like gloves of skin my fingers are in
When I look at these hands of mine

I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands weren't mine
I looked down at my hands, and my hands, they weren't mine
Track Name: Jimmy Carter Hat
I can't remember a year ago
I can't remember last night
Somewhere in the furniture I swear I had myself
But I lost it with the crumbs between the cracks

Take less here for granted
Take yourself away

You don't need the things you have
The silk pajamas, the leather jacket
You don't need the anorak
Your mama's socks, dad's knife collection

Think about your bedtime
Hat hair's in the past

You don't need your silver spoon
Your mixtapes and Gorilla Glue
I never was in love with you
I only loved your hat (I only, only, only loved your hat)

You'll throw out all your nice knit caps
And all that's left is the stack of other hats
You'll toss out all the baseball caps
And all that's left is a rack that's full of hats
You'll chuck out every pillbox hat
And all that's left is your Jimmy Carter hat
And all that's left is your Jimmy Carter hat
And all that's left is your Jimmy Carter hat
And all you'll wear is your Jimmy Carter hat
Track Name: Skin & Bones
I can feel my skin and bones
They're moving all around and changing up my geometry
Mountains turn to molehills, molehills turn to mountains
Sittin' sippin' Kool-Aid pouring down from the fountain, no no
There has got to be a catch
I know better than to hold my breath
There has got to be a catch
There's no one this cool on the internet

I'm feeling green and I don't know why
Blowing kisses up to the sky
It's not the happiest day
But I'll take what I can get
There has got to be a catch
Not the deadliest but some kind of do-not-pass
There has got to be a catch
No matter how you do the math, do the math
Track Name: IRL
The me you see on TV
Well, that's not me
It's a girl with the same name and the same face
No, I'm not replaced, we take up the same space
And the time and the place and the means and the ways
Are akimbo, displaced, and you still don't know me

The kid who lives on websites
Well, she's alight
When you get her on something, another poor forum
Or chatroom, or wiki, Tumblr, Twitter's delight
And her posts, they aren't humble, they boast and they bite
And I tremble in fright 'cause I still don't know me

I stand in front of the mirror and I see her
Anonymous alibi, the people's façade
Bathroom in a hotel, up near the top
Dissociate off the balcony, right out the window
IRL? No, I've never heard of her

That bitch you met on the net
Well, you know she's a mess
Lives without regrets, don't say you're impressed
It's easy enough if you get what's important
And the rest of the book is just omens and portents
Climb west, raise your sail, you'll net fish by the morning

I stand in front of the mirror and I see her
Anonymous alibi, the people's façade
Bathroom in a hotel, up near the top
Dissociate off the balcony, right out the window
IRL? No, I've never heard of her

Never really thought about how to log out
If I reject my reality and substitute unknowns
I'll stand here alone and I don't know where I'm goin'
And if I press eject, then what will happen next?

Sometimes when I stand up and walk away
I leave a part of myself there, in the room
God loves the way that I move
She tells me her secrets when I lie awake every night
In my life, in my real life

The me you see on your screen
Well, that's just me
I've been taking a break from my life as my face
But I'm back in my place and I'm here in my way
If you ask me to stay, I won't know what to say
I persist, yeah, I'll always be here

I stand in front of the mirror and I see her...
Track Name: Deep End Girlfriend
I'm going off the deep end, my friend
Live life a little crazier
Do things I wouldn't do
They'll be like, "That was you?"
And I'll say, "Yeah, I've given up"

I'm going off the deep end, my friend
Since now I've nothing left to lose
I'll take up morning jogs
Find out just what I want
I guess I don't give a fuck

But I could be your deep end girlfriend
Settle down in the bottom of the pool
Your deep end girlfriend
And you could be my deep end girlfriend
Deep end girlfriend
Deep end girlfriend too

I'm going off the deep end, my friend
And I'm taking shit more seriously
My collar buttons up
No, don't give me that guff
We all gotta do what we gotta do

I'm going off the deep end, incensed
At where decisions I make lead me
Oh, yeah, I'm diving down
To where the fishes drown
And I'm crushed, and I'm crushed, and I'm crushed

But I could be your deep end girlfriend
Settle down in the bottom of the pool
Your deep end girlfriend
And you could be my deep end girlfriend
Deep end girlfriend
Deep end boyfriend
Deep end girlfriend

Love, love, lovely, please don't forgive me
I've got to be held accountable for the batshit things I do
Don't, don't, don't tell me that you love me
'Cause I know, but that won't fix the problem
When I'm hanging over the deep

It's been so long since I've taken a dip in the memory pool
My head goes down underwater, and the water's fresh and cool
I wait a moment or two, yeah, I've got nothing to lose
Well, until I see you, and then I'm up, up, gasping for air
I didn't realise you'd be there

So I'm going off the deep end, my friend
And I've never felt better
Do things I might not like
I still don't, but that's fine
But I can say that I know what's up

I'm going off the deep end, intending
To get a little smarter
To go a little farther
I'd like to think I've wisened up
But of course that's just what I want

But I could be your deep end girlfriend
Settle down in the bottom of the pool
Your deep end girlfriend
And you could be my deep end girlfriend
Deep end girlfriend
Deep end boyfriend
Deep end girlfriend too
Track Name: All Tried Up
Life's a phenom who doesn't know her purpose
Arraigned, arrived alone
Holes in her sneakers, a kettle on the burner
And she's thinking about Bushwick Boulevard

And time sits still for her again
Her pocketbook and a fountain pen
Unwilling but not overly upset
She likes girls, hates Percocet

She sits on the bleachers, watch the sun go down
A Happy Cleaners business card
Overreaching could be her greatest fear
But she's gotta make some new friends here somehow

And space breathes out around her again
Her collar's short and her cuffs are trim
Thinking over her earthly place
She's in love, but she hides her face

But she's given all she's got
Every why to every what
And she don't know what she's done
When she's all tried up
Track Name: Rectangle the Cat
Rectangle the cat, rectangle the cat
She knows where all her corners are at
People say she's a square but she knows that they're wrong
And they're only jealous of her songs

Rectangle the cat, rectangle the cat
You could beat her up if you need someone else on the mat
Or some other line from a song
If the chorus is strong and the verses aren't wrong
Well, she'll tug at our heartstrings all night long

Rectangle the cat, Jimmy Carter hat
Alucard, I swear, thought you were better than that
Always the dog, nevertheless the frog
¿Cuántos años tienes, y tú me quieres aprovechar?

A la-la-la-la, I swear, I swear to God
I swear, I swear to frog
I'm shaping up to be somebody important
Take a number, take a seat, ¡derretir, derretir, derretir, derretir!
Track Name: Three Musketeers
First quarter sits on the sill, tells me all about myself
How it was for a decade or more, how it flipped from tails to heads
Through a thin layer of dust, the sun beams down, the sun beams down
Look at where we are now

Second quarter is somewhere in the bowl, stand up high
Pointed north, more prepared than you would ever realise
Hold it to the incandescence, watch it glow, watch it glow
Outdoing so and so

Third and final quarter comes from dollar short
Perhaps the brightest future with result after result
Dotting edges nickel patterns, light reflects, light reflects
Don't you ever forget you're the best

And one by one they triangulate through the slot
And one by one they give it what they got
Reverberate elastic, cut through the age of plastic
Together, apart, take the world by storm
Track Name: Mythologized
My face encased in amber
My teeth are showing, hair not growing, stopped in time
My hands bent back, palms are open
Looks like I'm wanting something, and I can't believe my hands were mine

And there's little I want less
Than the grim prospect of legacy, for your children's children to know me
And I'm thinking of a way to put this best
But maybe I just don't wanna be remembered

My guts encased in wood
All I used to hide is there for all to see and all to judge
My brain in formaldehyde on the table
Watch as the neurons fire, but we don't know what they mean

And there's little I want more
Than the bitter truths of living rotting away under the sun
And I'd like to settle the score
By running the numbers down

My arms, encased in stone
Reach out to nothing now, my fossil's in this shape
My chest stuck out, chin to the sky
Don't know what took me out but we know from whence it came

And there's little I'd have known
Than the crushing weight of heartsick suckers, press me into the mud
And I wouldn't ask for a throne
Just a glass cage away from the windows

I, no, I
Live, and then I'll
I'm surprised
I'm surprised
Track Name: Kill & Eat
God gave me teeth for a reason
But he can't make me want to use them
My hunger's at the back of my throat
But I can't, no I can't, no I can't, please I can't
God gave me teeth for a reason
But he can't make me want to use them
My hunger's at the back of my throat
But I can't, no I can't, no I can't, please I can't

I don't want God to know my name
I just want to put my head down
But I want to see this whole green Earth before I die
So I've got to stand exposed on the bluffs of Iowa
If He sees me, I don't know what'll happen

God make me kill, I don't want to
Gotta grab a rabbit, vole, or shrew
My hands wrapped around its throat
But I can't, no I can't, no I can't, please I can't
God make me kill, I don't want to
Gotta grab a rabbit, vole, or shrew
My hands wrapped around its throat
But I can't, no I can't, no I can't, please I can't

Maybe it's just my fault
Maybe I'm just an evil person
And God looks down from Heaven on Hell and He tells me
That nothing really matters, just turned out that way
And I say, "What the Hell?"

"Lord Whom for Sing the Angels"
This is the song that people sing in church, I think
(This is the song of God:)
I don't know, never been there

Praise Be To God
He Gave Us Teeth
Get Up From Your Knees
And Then Kill & Eat

God, I'll do anything for you
God, I'll do whatever you need me to
God, I'm so sorry I don't believe
But God, if I kill & eat, please don't punish me
'Cause that's what God told me
He told me to kill & eat anything I like, long as it's clean
God, I don't love you
But I could learn to, I could learn to
God, I didn't plan for this
God, I couldn't help myself
God, the end comes too soon
God? God?
God, salt in the open wound
God, under the blood moon
God, I don't believe in you
God, I don't believe in you
God, I'll do anything for you

Praise Be To God
He Gave Us Teeth
Get Up From Your Knees
And Then Kill & Eat
Track Name: TFW
Cut your losses:
When you awake, get out of bed and walk away and close that door
Unaccosted, and don't leave yourself a possibility for more
Don't leave yourself time to regret it
'Cause the morning after is how they get ya

Salad days, they let you forgive your mistakes
Feel no shame, girl, even though I guess you one-night-stood her up
Open book, you know, you don't need to have all the answers
You're young yet, and you've got so much to learn

Eight o'clock it's, and her breathing next to you
It shifts the blankets, and you can't get away unless you wake her
Brace for impact, prepare for an awkward conversation
Soon it's over but for now you must endure

It's the morning after you can't forget, yeah
It's the awful moments that linger on
It's the kickback you pay on your Judgment Day
But hey, what's done is done
And now you know for now on