by Governess

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    A reissue of the debut album by Washington, DC's GOVERNESS via Buffalo, NY’s Radical Empathy Records. First recorded in 2016, the album was originally released as a limited run cassette on SISTER POLYGON. Available now re-mastered and for the first time on vinyl. RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2017

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    Released 9/2016 on Sister Polygon Records -8 song cassette, run of 100. comes with download code.

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8 song cassette w/ download card available from Sister Polygon Records


released September 30, 2016

Recorded & produced by Lurch
Winter 2016 in Washington, DC



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Governess Washington, D.C.

August 26th - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong w/ Puff Pieces, TK Echo

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Track Name: Broken Glass
science was my savior until i turned 9. i thought i wanted a test tube baby. mix it up, wait and see, break the glass out comes me. k-i-s-s-i-n-g i'm not sitting in that tree. broken glass. science was my traitor after i turned 12. when hormones waged a bloody war. passing notes, hallway fights, call waiting on long nights, k-i-s-s-i-n-g i don't want a pregnancy.
Track Name: Severance
a palm reader told me i'd meet my true love. the shapes of hearts and spades she has spun have hung and undone me. when we call an end to all the time we spend, i will try and pretend i am not angry. time can bend all maps will end i leave when i am done. uncareful, dissolute, i answer to no one. touch death, eat lust and wrap around breath. coil up in darkness and shed. you were just like me.
Track Name: Elegy
nurture, nature, doesn't matter, some things never grow. death delivered one day, broken and unknown. she slipped away. selfish, selfless, doesn't matter. lose a life untried. death delivered one day, big and bleak and bright. she slipped away.
Track Name: Control Top
safe, functional, selfless, elegant, creative. healthy, seething, violent. don't worry about a thing. hold me tightly, control top. patient, conscious, well read in current events. how can a full home feel so empty?
Track Name: Animals
stress is high and my brain is fried. animals walk among us, animals eat their young. now you're no one and he is two. now you're no one and he is too. now you're no one and he is two and she makes three. scrape the bottom of every list. i am, no i am not built for this. call it what you want but you know we ain't free.
Track Name: Daytime
what do you do? cookin' sick cures, stamp down dinner, eat dead dishes, bathin' ripped hearts, cut off clean hands. some days i'd rather stay in bed. comb they is do, slumber by is who. and my heart is full of glass. mercy cleanin', orphan playdate, drinking mirrors, finding downward, packin' worry.
Track Name: Zipless
don't want no ties to sever, don't wanna be put aside. don't wanna say forever-ever knuckle scab studded hands drive me wild. come over for me. there is no we. don't wanna talk about it. don't wanna take it slow, don't wanna say forever-ever, girls who eat men like air drive me wild.
Track Name: Patterns
if there's an answer you won't find it, ants out of place dragging in my head. memories run through the doorway, wrapped in fear, a stench i'll never shed. tell me what to do, issue me your small commands, give me all your thoughts, i will take you down this hole on fire. burn, bleed to the other side, bliss won't last 'til the morning. let 'em go fucking runaways, they can't ever understand this feeling. yes i get it, a reminder. now i lick my wounds in front of liars. no one noticed how i got here. now in sleep my dreams are worn and tired.