Honesty Folk EP

by Self Proclaimed Narcissist

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    Each pressing of this album has a different mana symbol on it from the game, Magic: the Gathering, which corresponds with the bonus track that is attached to it.

    The Swamp variant features a cover of "90lb Wuss" by Weston Payne re-titled "200lb Wuss". The inserts were printed by Driftwood Records, the CDs were burned and screen printed by Weston Payne, and the albums were numbered and assembled by myself.

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5/26 Update: You may have noticed a few different album covers in existence for this album. That's because the Mana Symbol (from Magic: the Gathering) that makes the cover corresponds with the bonus track on that variant of the album. The Mountain variant is the "no bonus track" version.


Original Text: I recorded all of these songs "live" with three mics in my living room. I recorded it this way to give it a more raw, authentic, and most importantly, HONEST sound. Afterall, this is the Honesty Folk EP. The sound clips were added post-recording.

Sound Clip in "Fantasy" from Season 1 of the Walking Dead.

Sound Clip in "Trainwreck" from Season 4 of Breaking Bad.

Bonus Track learned, recorded, and mixed by Adam Heinrichsen in Garage Band in a three hour time span. It's a little rough and that's the way we like it.

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released April 20, 2012

All music and lyrics by Erik Carson. Drums on the bonus track by Adam Heinrichsen. "Mirages of Friendship" lyric in Surgical Extraction accidentally ripped off of Modest Mouse due to my love for Magic. There are several references to Magic: the Gathering in these lyrics.

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Track Name: Surgical Extraction
Half-Step Capo 0

everyday I wake up just in time to watch the sun go down
everyday i wake up with no meaning to be found
everyday I wake up, it's not a blessing as it sounds
and I don't wish to wake up anymore in my hometown

so I will grab my guitar
and put it in the trunk of my car
and I will drive far far FAR away from here

until the gas I can no longer afford
so I will walk fifty five more
until my feet are sore sore sore

and when the day becomes night
you will all transform

and these mirages of friendship
are all gone

Yeah, these mirages of friendship
are gone gone gone

and from this surgical extraction
I guess I'll crawl home

Untap upkeep then draw my card
tap seven land then summon Karn
neg three exiling me
Track Name: 90 lb. Wuss
half-step capo 0

every city and every state is only as a good as the people you know
every city and every state is only as a good as the friends you have made

So I love Missouri and hate Jacksonville but love New York maybe one day I will
Colorado is colorful with a wild herd of buffalo and
though Montana's beautiful and lovely the folks I've met are more than ugly
I want to love Washington but an arctic chill continuously
creeps up my spine and infuses with my ice cage
I try to rip it out in this subzero temperature but I am a
ninety pound wuss suffering at the hands of a romanticized past
that I no longer remember
that I no longer remember

every city and every state is only as a good as the people you know
every city and every state is only as a good as the friends you have made

And while I may hate Texas I love most the Texans I have met
The midwest flies their bison pride high even though they are all liars
and california is overrated yet contains some of my favorite people
My heart will always be property of Oregon
My heart will always be property of Oregon
I hate America but would not live anywhere but here

every city and every state is only as a good as the people you know
every city and every state is only as a good as the friends you have made

and while I may be a Christian, I've never liked the church
and while I may be a Christian, I've never liked the church
and while I may be a Christian, I've never liked the church
and while I may be a Christian, I've never liked the church
so if you hate me strictly based on my Christian faith
then I am afraid you've completely missed the point of punk rock and community
then I am afraid you've completely missed the point of punk rock and community
Track Name: Shallow Water
half-step capo 0

me ex lovers are animals, synthetic by nature
assembled by left over scrap metal encased in carbon tissue
in the absolute coldest of weather
i abuse the trust betstowed upon this fraudulent pack leader by
injecting their veins full of CLOGGING CHEMICAL
when they beg for more gasoline and water to quench their thirst

Claiming ownership of this rotting carcass you've taken down to reveal the hidden black engulfing
MY, BROWN, EYES
Scavenging your left over memories for the ones I can't forget but you can't remember

I use these shallow metaphors to describe the shallow of pain
of slowly drowning myself in this shallow water

I immerse myself in fiction, the fiction that this life
is fictitiously followed by a life after this

And while it very well may be a fact that the life after this
does infact exist, I can't help but think that

every belief I've ever felt without a shadow of doubt is
bullshit

but I believe I believe I believe I believe
that there is someone who is bigger than me
Track Name: I Am Narcissist
half-step capo 0

C Am G F Fm

sometimes i argue with myself
inside my mind
about how i feel about the ones that i love
and sometimes it ain't so kind

and it makes them feel bad when they stumble upon
the words inside my mind
and i feel so bad that they feel so sad
i am ashamed

somedays i ponder if i am
schizophrenic
like my mother was when she abandoned me
i wonder if it's hereditary

but i'm too lazy to even wiki it
assuming the internet even still exists
i'll tell you i'm an altruist but if you google my name says
"i am narcissist"

but if you know me at all you already know that
i will fail you
so don't rely on me just ask
the ones who aren't with me

anymore
Track Name: Fantasy
capo 4 half-step

I'm haunted by the memento's
of the ghost now three years gone
and I cannot honestly tell you that
I ever moved on.

and I'm living in this fantasy that
the world that we're living in
is a world within my own head
that is not real

while in reality
I'm living in the hospital
bed and you're there
holding my hand

with my grandfather
's hand on your shoulder
you're telling me "it'll be alright.
Erik... Please, just wake

up from this coma
you've been in an accident
and I like to think that I'm
wiggling my toes

everytime that you speak to me
to tell you that I'm listening
to tell you that I'm still here,
I am still here

but I know that's not reality
it's just some flawed fantasy
my grandfather's dead/gone
and you're just a ghost

I'm haunted by the memento's
of the ghost now three years gone
and I cannot honestly tell you that
I ever moved on.

I never moved on

"have I ever mentioned how i lost my wife?"
"cancer, wasn't it?"
"yeah, i dragged her to every doctor, every test... and after all the surgeries, the chemo's, she was ready, she accepted it, you know? but I never could. and I've spent the last few years so angry. I felt so cheated."

the walking dead
season 1, episode 5
9:25-10:10
Dale
Track Name: Trainwreck
B Ab Db Gb B Eb capo 0

every word i sing
must not be intelligible
for if it were
this tree would be ripped from this
earth by the tornado
of judgement that is you

every action that i take
is a slow moving trainwreck
and every action that i fake
is a slow moving trainwreck
reaching out for an artichoke comprised of helium
ever fleeting

Breaking Bad Season 4 Episode 7 - Problem Dog - 34ish min in
Conversation between 12 Steps guy and Jesse during a meeting about Judging and beating yourself up.

and i can't let go of your memory
and i can't let go