(ill YAY' mee) n.
award-winning percussive rock-folk from Baltimore, MD

Strain.
This tune was on the Fifth Circle (2006) and you can pick it up on Amazon or iTunes

incomplete and left undone
the chord fragmented
left unsung
city-born and city-bred
I'll be lucky if I end up quick city dead

the rats all mutter in the gutter
in the sewer and the rush
as they rat race home
as a beast of burden I can carry my weight
maybe I try too hard

Back in the woods on a wood-lot trail
working hard like an animal should be
I write my songs in a backwoods bedroom
I ignore the snore of the clockgear
and I've been dead for the past six days
that's more than Lazarus ever could claim
back from the dead now look at me
I'm as strong as I ever thought I could be.

some people are better off dead
some people shouldn't try so hard
if they could then they would
but they can't so they won't
so you know you can rest here
so you know you can rest here
don't let them step on what these others
now could become
no no no!

maybe it's the clock gear
that keeps my blood going
and here I thought it was my anger or my rage
or my father or my sex drive, SOMETHING
but maybe it's the fear of the gear
and accompanying arm
and the passage of time
age and life, vitality, strife
maybe it's the blood that keeps the heart pumping

some people can't be left behind
now that they've tried so hard
Just cause they haven't doesn't mean that they won't
so you know you can rest here
so you know you can rest here
don't let them bring down the bird
that you now have become
no no no!

so they think they can break you
maybe you believe that they can
I know that they tried so fucking hard on me
but I found the direction I was headed
when I took a left turning
at the wrong right turn
spent a year light-headed
now I'm better threaded
together we will overcome

this isn't what you're here for
you were meant to go somewhere
never what you were meant to do
you never should have had to deal with all this
STRAIN

incomplete and left undone
the chord fragmented
but at least it's sung
city-born and city-bred
looks like I'm dying
that slow suburban death

the rats all mutter in the gutter
in the sewer and the rush
as they rat race home
as a beast of burden I can carry your weight
maybe I can help you
home

© rob hinkal

Albums:
i love you And I Miss You | Jumpstarting the Bus | the Grave | Strength in Hare | Clockwork Wooden Mouse Dreams | Wingsweep/Wingswept | Bulldozer Not Included | Myxomatosis Failed | on Luck on Fumes on Spit on Love | Myxomatosis Took Its Toll | Upholstered Fortress | the fifth circle | Between Lover & Twilight | A Gift For Saint Cecilia | Samples | Another Life / Another Live | A Message in the Mess Vol. 1 | cicada



A Perfect Day
Allergy
Argonauts
Asher's Prayer
Ask For Me
Asparagus
Baliset
Bearclaw's Mule
bRIDGE
Bulldozer
Chalk Pit
Choke Cherry
Coal Boulder
the Coffeehouse
Common Song
Counting
Crazy As A Good Thing
Credit
Cricket Hunt
Deep in the AM
Didn't Take It Down
Draw You In
Drift
Drown
Elephant Joke
Embers
Even Now
For Everyone a Reckoning
For Your Sake
Friday
Gaze
Georgetown
this Gift
Glom of Nit
Good Heart
Growing Home
Hands
HARM
Hum
Illinois is Overflowing
In the Water
Leave Me Lonely
Letters from the Front
Looking Back
LooseN
Love a Girl Gone
Lower Thank You
the MARC
the March of the Rabbit
Matador
Molotov Swell
My Awesome Fawm Song
Natural 20
Negative Space
No Blue Left
No Place is Home
Ode to a Heat Vent
oh Damn
Oklahoma Revival (1933)
Oracle
Peat Ice
Pine
Pocketing
Pollock
Protest Song
PUSH
rearview
the Revenge of the Mouse King
Revolutions Per Minute
Rob's Lament
Samples
Save Berlin
Seat
Scene
Secret Surgery
Selkie
Sever
Silent Little Bells
Simile Blue
Slight Departure
Sorry If
Speaking Louder Now
Spinning
Spiral
Spiral Notebook
Spring
Stay Close
Steel
Storm
Strain
the Sundress Song
Swan Song
Terms
Toll
Trouble
U-X
VA29
Valeri
the Vow Song
We Must Be Ships
the Weight
Well Plumbed
Will
the Winter Bride
the Worm Song
Wreckingball
You Never Answer
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