The Edge of the Western World

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    Following three 7"s, Great Apes' debut full length, THREAD, will be released this fall on Asian Man Records. The lyrical and musical material on Thread was inspired by and pieced together from written conversations and interviews with close friends. The individuals who contributed spun narratives based on their own experiences and expressed their ideologies regarding subject matter they deemed important. Essentially, each song represents a different person.
    Co-released with Side With Us Records.
    1. Seventeen Years
    2. Arms of Catastrophe
    3. Yellow Ribbon
    4. Everything is Everything
    5. The Fine Art of Holtzing
    6. Vial of Life
    7. The Edge of Western World
    8. Withering Heights
    9. San Quentin
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a validation, repose, a homage

the greatest times are not ornate

sometimes I forget they are serene moments where

history and future draw a line through present on a city street



it’s happening tonight 

driving a taxi sitting on the beach in dark



“well, this isn’t going to make you rich,” he says

“surround yourself with the wealthy and play golf.”

(and I know he’s right) that this life won’t pay

the spare cab lurches and bounces down 

Marina to Diamond Heights



I sit the stoic therapist because I have nothing to say

and at end of session he’s in tears - oh, the ruin of his life



I choose relative poverty

and the sound of the ocean

the waves crash, but I can’t see them through

the fog that blankets the edge of the western world



glass towers give way to pastel cubes out here

American thought pushed to the water on wagon trains

rail lines and ships – steam rollers will make you mad



I will be here again and again

I will always hear the waves, but I will never see them crash

the city at sleep: empty boulevards and wisps of fog in wind

memories of love gone



and the promise of loves to come

intersection, hope, goodnight



I choose relative poverty

and the sound of the ocean

the waves crash, but I can’t see them through

the fog that blankets the edge of the western world


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from Thread, released September 17, 2013

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