Dawn​/​/​Dust

by Mouse and Banjo

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irena_rukavichkina
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irena_rukavichkina Ms. Mouse i really fall in love with your music! This is music for my heart! A big thanks for you, and all your friends, for making this miracle. Awesome album, awesome vocal, awesome playing! COOL! :3

Irena. From Russia, with love.

P.S. I'm MtF queer too... ;) Favorite track: Break in the dam.
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docsavvy One of the best albums I've come across in a long time. Started playing the banjo about two months ago and my youtube adventures led me to Mouse and Banjo and I gotta say, killer diller pumpkin filler! Awesome possum cherry blossom! Soo happy, just what I needed in life. Favorite track: Mountains.
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meeko This album has a lot of variety, much more than one usually hears in this genre. It's one of those albums that are best enjoyed listening to it in its entirety, as the each song flows nicely into the next, and I was left with a sense that I had just went on an intimate journey with the singer when I finished. Each song is very well crafted, and each song has a unique feeling and tone. Mouse And Banjo are a rare gem in the world of folk punk. A beautiful album, I highly recommend it!
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about

A period of change, transition, and growth. Dawn//Dust is the culmination of my creativity from 2016. As the year ends, I reflect on how each track represents a stage in my identity, from angst and worry, to acceptance and enlightenment. Dawn//Dust combines my love for oldtime, folkpunk, and a new-found appreciation for doom.

Huge thanks to all of those involved in this project. In these trying times, where marginalized people everywhere are being threatened, it is especially important for communities to come together. Thanks to:

Moony Marrow, for recording, mixing, mastering, and pushing me creatively. I've been such a huge fan of your music since the first Blues House show in SE Portland. Always an inspiration, always a friend

Al Danger, for giving me the confidence and support to complete this project. I met you at a time of my life when so much was in flux, and in you I found grounding. To forever being queer, playing music, and every-day Bons. Love you lil bird

Xander, for creating the absolutely stunning album art. Your style inspired me from the moment I saw you post your sketches.

Danielle, for crafting the gorgeous Mouse and Banjo text banner. You have such a delicate hand, and you are so beautiful

Emily, for showing me how to work a printing press, and having the patience to hash out some rough feelings.

Izzy, for being my Canadian muse, and helping me craft my identity with your beautiful inky fingers.

Piper, for pushing me to explore gender in ways I never thought possible, and for giving me grounding safety and support when I needed it the most

Bug, for giving me a place to call home in Vancouver, and for always being an excellent human. I look up to you more than you'll ever know.

credits

released December 20, 2016

Sasha Eve - guitar, banjo, accordion, vox
Al Danger - guitar, vox (Scout, I went down to Georgie, Do you remember?)
Moony Marrow - bass

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Mouse and Banjo Portland, Oregon

Born by a river, raised by the ocean. Currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, organizing with radical anarcho-queer folks, grappling with emotions, and pursuing anti-oppressive ideals.

Always learning, always growing

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Track Name: Break in the dam
I sing for you, I sing for me
I sing for you, I sing for me
all of these words are dead
all of them wander in my head

all of these seeds that we have sown
left fallen, rotten to the bone
I find these words no home

How could I find myself alone (x5)
Track Name: Mountains
Thick as mud
left out cracked and frozen in the night
forming shapes we knew not to
we knew not to be right

I killed a spider
and I took from it it's eyes
but before it left this world
it spoke of our demise

Foxgloves fade from pink to white
tell me things will be alright
foxgloves fade from white to back
tell me there's no coming back

They told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke
they told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke
Track Name: Scout
I was born down by the river back in 1991
by the time that I could walk I knew I couldn't be your son
and I never felt just right
I'll always have your face but we will never be alike

I'm not a boy scout, I'm not a little league star
I'm a tiny little mouse who sings and plays guitar
and the further that you push me the further I will go
Dad I wrote this song for you
because I thought that you should know

We moved to Massachusetts back in 2003
and the ocean was my mother and my fathers were the trees
and they raised me on their own
they were all I had 'cause you were never home

I'm not a boy scout, but I like to play with cedars and the pines
maybe you would understand me if you only had the time
and the further that you push me the further I will go
Dad I wrote this song for you
because I thought that you should know

You drove me down to Philly back in 2009
and you asked if there was anything you could do at the time
so I threw you a bone
I moved back north and then out west, and I'm never coming home

I'm not a boy scout but I'm searching for someone who understands
and if you want me back, I can't be your little man
and the further that you push me, the further I will go
Dad I wrote this song for you
because I thought that you should know
Track Name: Coming home
I've been on the run from what I can't see
it's beside in the shadows
for a month I've been coming home
learning to love myself

Do you remember last month, when I saw myself
picked apart my face and fell to pieces
for a month, I've been coming home
learning to love myself

why can't I leave myself alone
why can't I find myself a home
why can't I leave myself alone
why can't I find myself a home
Track Name: Guest upon this ground
Standing bodies make a wall
and on their backs we stand so tall
and the best thing for me to do
is to shine the light on you

unlearning all my hateful past
on this earth we claimed we'd found
treading lightly with respect
I'm a guest upon this ground

Lock their bodies to machines
and they will keep their water clean
from the men who come to take their land and say that it's their right
hallelujah praise the folks who fight

unlearning all my hateful past
on this earth we claimed we'd found
treading light with respect
I'm a guest upon this ground
Track Name: Mountains pt. 2
I sing for you I sing for me
I sing for you I sing for me
all of these words are dead
all of them wander in my head

they told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke
they told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke

all of these seeds that we have sown
left fallen rotten to the bone
I find these words no home
how could I find myself alone (x5)

they told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke
they told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke

they told of mountain folk
of our demise they spoke
(x5)
Track Name: My body's in a war against me
Do you remember when I was twelve, and you were just 13
I used to wear your dresses and you always wore my jeans
helped me paint my face, cause that wasn't yer thing
and we had no say in what was happening

Our bodies were blank slates, naked and bare
'till someone said your ass looked big and that they'd always stare
and hair kept growing, where hair just shouldn't grow
I thought that that was normal, but inside I'd always know

but sometimes, when I close my eyes
I'd see what I world where kids weren't codified
and if I try to forget
maybe I just won't remember

that my body's in a war against me
and I'd like to say I'm winning, but we'll had to wait and see
Track Name: Ice
All the warmth has left my soul
left me buried in the cold
moving forward by candlelight
giving up my will to fight

and all my darkest dreams are coming true
poisoning my mind with thoughts of you
and I try to find a place where I feel cold
burying our thoughts of growing old

Walking on a bridge of ice
and every step I take is timid and light
and when the leaves fall, and they turn to rot
well it's the whispers of the mother and it's all I got
well it's the whispers of the mother and it's all I got

All the warmth has left my soul
left me buried in the cold
Track Name: I went down to Georgia (Lost dog street band cover)
Oh when I went down to Georgia, I was on the fence
'bout whether I was coming home
and I know now, better than before
I don't know, lord, what I'm looking for

In his red red rocking chair sitting on the porch
picking as the bottle runs dry
and I go there for the free beer
I don't know lord, what I'm doing here

There's a train waiting as I walk tracks
Freddy a-callin' me
so I climbed on, bottle in my hand
why I left, lord, I'll never understand

So I took that ride back to Tennessee
through the dark, the wind, and the rain
I call that a ride, the depths of the wind
goes to show you just can't win

Singin' oh my Caroline, I never should have left
and you shoulda never stayed with me, gal
and I know now, there's two ways to be
live in love, or die in misery

Oh when I went down to Georgia, I was on the fence
'bout whether I was coming home
and I know now, better than before
I don't know, lord, what I'm looking for
and I know now, better than before
I don't know, lord, what I'm looking for
Track Name: Do you remember (Mouthwings cover)
Do you remember Longbeach
where charred driftwood makes a home
let's stay the night here
come on help me build a fire

Can you feel the strong coast of the tide
crashing and splashing off of the rock
well head into your skin
to all the threads of your sweater

Do you remember, because it's all that I can remember
Do you remember, because it's all that I can remember

So many evenings spent by rivers
where the condos they we building always crept higher than the moon
I wanna hold these words in my mouth
I want to tell you something that I dare not speak aloud

Do you remember, because it's all that I can remember
Do you remember, because it's all that I can remember

Where will ya be next winter
how much in postage should I put aside fer you?
please pick up yer pen, dear
send me something to hold onto and to know that your still here because I
can't tell if it's the season
that's making it so easy to list all of the reasons that I miss you

Do you remember, because it's all that I can remember
Do you remember, because it's all that I can remember