What's the Procedure

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(J. Senior)

Train stalled at the station
Terminal is down the line
Stamp these papers first
and don’t forget to sign

What’s the procedure

What’s the government number

And where, if not ’27,

Do you grandparents come from

And when were they married

and did they have other names?

Has this been notarized
This isn’t very clear

Type in here your first

Trip into the maze

Stefan takes your tickets

and forgets you’re ever here

Destination Adminstration
Lost in the Tunnels

Order your certificates
Date this version first

File now and send it back

A bureaucratic prayer

Officer’s in the way
Authorization everyday
Ask that man again
Why I am still here

Keith from Six Feet Under

Is on platform number 9
Waiting for the guards
To move us on the line

Destination Adminstration
Lost in the Tunnels


from Motel Queens, track released June 1, 2016
James Senior



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The Canary Birds Marquette, Michigan

The Canary Birds is a haunting sound from the Northern forests of Lake Superior. The songs are about micro emotional peaks in the forgotten towns of the Great Lakes.

The musical style is the tradition of baritone singers like David Bowie Scott Walker and Nick Cave. The sonic atmospheres is like Portishead, Massive Attack and Mike Oldfield.
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