Hundred Year Flood

by Nicolas Peter Eichen

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four songs I wrote in the first half of 2016 about turning off the heat, ruminant livestock, and waiting for something to happen.
recorded in my basement in boone in september 2016
album art by reece rose

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released July 25, 2016

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Ecclesiastes 1:9

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Track Name: Birthing Rocks
birthing rocks and digging holes
wrapping binding round
staining sheets and clothes
mirror holds tall but I feel short
holy sinking thinking my mind has lost its pull
and I
hope you see right through me
I
know that it's not hard
the roads they're all crawling
to that creeping column
and I've seen your drawings
I thought it might happen
I hope that it tears you apart
rotary phone white curling cord
wrapped around your arms
the veins begin form
I cut it right out at the source
and kept in a cooler
we kept out on the porch
and I
hope you see right through me
and I
know that it's not hard
the roads they're all crawling
to that creeping column
and I've seen your drawings
I thought i might happen
I hope they tear out your heart

and I
hope you see right through me
I
know that it's not hard
the roads they're all crawling
to that creeping column
and I've seen your drawings
I thought it might happen
I think I was fucked from the start
Track Name: St. Francis Preaching to the Birds
the hens they weren't laying
so I thought I'd let you in
the baseboards weren't heating
I could hear them click
I couldn't feel it on my skin
but I see God
in the beaks of birds
every hundred years
but I'm pretty sure
if I looked inside
I'd find
guts and worms
Track Name: Animal Husbandry
I'm drunk on a sunday
and that surely is a sin
the boy with the eyes of a goat
is at my window again
and I put holes in my walls
with some skull of a buck
I sit alone in my room
I say your name I push my luck

Lilys in the kitchen pushing rocks through snake bites in her ears
she says "won't you say something to me I haven't heard you speak in years"
I say "can't we put on a record I don't feel much like talking these days
i'm much too afraid I'll lose my voice or give it away"

your ears are long and I'm sleeping on
the ground now that it's not so cold outside
will you stick around if spring floods this town
drowning debutante down down down
they sang kumbaya wrote it on the wall
but I still don't feel anything at all

I'm drunk on a sunday
and that surely is a sin
the boy with the horns of a goat
breaks through my window again
he chews my bedsheets
spits them out
like some cud he can't stomach
over and over again
I can't break from it

your ears are long and I'm sleeping on
the ground now that it's not so cold outside
will you stick around if spring floods this town
drowning debutante down down down
they sang kumbaya wrote it on the wall
but I still don't feel anything at all
mirror holds tall
but I still feel small
feeling our bodies
breaking down

you say that you love me
but I still feel ugly
I'll be the one who lays you down like tile
Track Name: Diogenes Shouting From a Barrel
alabaster busts of teachers and people that wanted nothing more than for me to be
something
nothing
shower curtain I drew your face on both sides
it's crude and ugly but you don't mind
I still spent the time

I'm looking for an
honest man
I'm looking for him

If we establish markets in India I'll do my part in it
I'll buy some shit
shower curtain I drew your face on both sides
it's crude and ugly but you don't mind
I still spent the time

I'm looking for an
honest man
I'm looking for him
what will it take for you to leave me alone
we're not the same I think you know
a vertebrae left out of line
but I stand up straight my postures fine
whys it so hard
to wait so long
whys it so hard
when you wait so long