by Francine

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Massive Thanks to Brendan Haley & Jon Lupfer


released June 13, 2006

Paul Simonoff
Albert Gualtieri
Steve Scully
Sean Connelly
Clayton Scoble

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Steve Scully & Francine

Additional recording by Rafi Sofer
Ugly But Rakish & Beatrice mixed by Rafi Sofer
Mastered by Matt Azevedo at M Works

Photography by Wiliam H. Coaldrake
Back photo by Allison Hewey
Art Direction by Jay Walsh for



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Track Name: Stood
you reel in the fly
but it’s still
so you splash it instead
dilate your days
and you can steer clear of what was unfed
chocolate on the tray
the young ones yawned before they fled
your shot would come in third
but what you stood to show
nobody said
Track Name: Zeros And Ones
one cruel summer had gone
narrowing down – a dot – a receding boat
that now was clearly out of range
a candle and bed
southbound and certainly
not good as gold
sometime during the fall
happening on a whistle in a winter coat
that now was clearly mine it came
a sound overhead
southbound and certain
comforting and so cold
if you had one too many faces
one too few hearts
you’d bring em through the turnstiles
sadder exhibition park
and while you’d never submit your numbers off the cuff
maybe your math is bad
or maybe you were never
loved enough
and they’ll keep taking your
money if you don’t understand,
go home because the word is out
you’re out one suit hand after hand
Track Name: Connectionless
sir, the nascent bits have claimed you
as one of their own
and the basin’s starry and feral and
just as certainly now your home
when the NiCads ran down far too
far for memories to
stay had you ever
taken a child to
your chest or did
you just go away
steady now obvious
as a dime
fountainwards ten
tries though none of them try
you’ll make them yourself
while wading out
you’re a ring topology
and you blink to recognize
will you go to erin
or are you still resigned and disorganized
steady now
obvious as a dime
fountainwards ten tries though none of them try
you’ll make them yourself
steady now
think it’s better connectionless
Track Name: 7 Gulls
seven gulls are staring you down as you’re leaving
the dock–side bar
you’re thinking replay
of a terrible film you’d seen before
but you’re hoping no
want to keep your vision into your graying years
to study the features
of the face that belongs to your one true love
escalator’s empty there’s no sign of god
Track Name: Daysucker
cold on the tongue of your darling
no radio can be made out
still modulation on her face
cool numberless and out of place
so you learned to shift lefthanded at night
so you could memorize her fingers in
your right
and now you overexpose until it’s pale
led away and bled out through the mail
suddenly you were the day sucker
leaving me with three day weeks
you don’t want nobody to stay?
it could have been the most amazing
i’ll break your market long before it crashes
burn your clothes and swallow the ashes
underexpose until it’s black
led away and put down round the back
and you’ll pray to remain undefeated
you’ll say anything to retrieve it
and sell what it takes to go unnamed
sell what it takes to go unnamed
Track Name: Ugly But Rakish
in the van we sang along to dolby
and settled on the best
the golden age of wireless
in the van we sailed route 360
and headed off to bed like it was nothing
we were out of dimension
you told me, you told me
this wouldn’t matter
bright and right all along
when you told me
this wouldn’t matter
by the last bar
wished upon a coinstar
the lanes just merged to one
and shayne got married in the sun
take the long view
sail if you want to
we’ll sing along to ben
like it was nothing
i am ugly but rakish desperately tired
a mobius bad trace won’t be rewired
i missed you the most
i am gladly mistaken picking up speed
i am stirred but not shaken learning to read
i missed you the most
i am live in the water rising in rings
love that braniac’s daughter whenever she sings
still i missed you the most
Track Name: Wells
rough arrangements
inventorying your wiles
then it’s b wells MD seashells
moss trail stretching green for miles
here comes
here comes your memory vindictive old faithful
shamelessly calling attention while it’s able
and we would do the same
here comes your memory predictive ungrateful
illuminating the guests pulled up to the table
and we would do the same so don’t think i won’t ring to
call to ask you don’t think i won’t ring to ask to call
you sugarbear
Track Name: Lakeshore Gold
grass gets long – russell field closed for a while
they’re gonna beautify it good
galvie metal replaces wood
and nobody talks much anymore
pin your face and favorite books in the air
you’re pretty and busy and lonely too
i bet minehan knew one of you
you called to say hi
lakeshore gold
rendering your tiny type in bold
fold into a plane
give it to the wind again
grass gets cut and russell field opens its arms
stupid grin came back today
driving range with P & J
and nobody talks much anymore
Track Name: Penn Station
what do you get when you call
out loud you only get what
you circuit bend out of skin
home-sick and kind of homely
oh no we had no occasion wicked as this
to pay for one goodbye at penn station
a kiss an asterisk an omission driven business
to bid you godspeed and luck at penn station i guess
what do you get when you blow
off every place you went to
picnic for one in a field
this is the place we sent you
so circle the streets when you don’t
know better but stop when you do
taste each others teeth in our throats
long after the credits are through
Track Name: Storrow Drivers
caleb’s been ranging wide
through out-skirt desert side
walkabout sunburnt pride
the grackles gather like luckless offspring
it’s a wonder that they keep up
saw that elliott could not
wiser to get out than stop
give em spikes and nadirs and moguls and ridges
it’s a long way back from how you’re making due
10 mph over
will storrow drivers ever notice the view?
better beige than blue
you led her off-stage but knew
a stand-in is just that
answered your page and threw
your back out filming over your shoulder
extension cord leading out from the laundry room
sweet nell, defending the snow fort well past june
tv dinners’ll keep for a year or two
Track Name: Airshow
formations are flown then come apart
fuel goes up when it should not
steeper than recommended when
stabilizers fail to defend
we’re out at the air show
where something is bound to go
rivettingly wrong
so meet me at the air show
where something is bound to go
wonderfully wrong
inverted v
dials disagree
tarmac innocents are free
to decide to run or to ignite
and hold their hands and lighters up high
caught in the slipstream it’s end over end
it’s an optical stunt it’s a ruse
visible nylon strings give away
that we’re faking the news
Track Name: John Drake
hey john drake
counting days
make your way to the room in the basement
and scale embassy ledges fail
and the rover’s at sea
Track Name: Beatrice
beatrice beware
he’ll come to you with his
black and starless hair on fire
though it’s not as if
he’s a bad egg he means well
beatrice don’t stare
don’t make me rhyme you – know – what
with desire
though it’s not as if
I’m a bad egg I mean well
beatrice my love
you get to gatherings so ungodly early
and that’s why
this irc channel burned 900 days
beatrice that shirt
is kind of embarrassingly girly
though it’s not
as if you’re a bad egg
you mean well
you’re not a bad egg

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