Low Hum

by Joplin Rice

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L. this is perfect while sober, but even better while intoxicated.
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Delaney Epperson I can't stop listening to Perfect Coils. I could listen to him sing that song all day. Favorite track: Perfect Coils.
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Recorded 28 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015

This Album is Dedicated to No One.

BUY CASSETTES OF LOW HUM HERE: practicerecords.bandcamp.com/album/low-hum

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released January 13, 2015

All Songs Written by Joplin Rice
Voices/Instruments by Joplin Rice
Recorded/Produced/Not Properly Mastered by Joplin Rice

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Joplin Rice Lexington, Kentucky

Joplin Rice is a songwriter living in Lexington, Kentucky.
He has released numerous other albums both under his own name and as Ezra Triste.
Every band he forms dies.

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Track Name: Arrow
i made it halloween last week midsummer
with my grief and dreamless slumber
& i'm an arrow in the dirt
but happiness don't call when it's worse

i can't see the difference now
dead on a rival's doorstep

i made a million things last week & i love them
but no one can ever touch them
i'm not leaving here soon
but loneliness don't call from this room

i can't hear the ringing now
dead on arrival's doorstep

i made it halloween last week midsummer
with my grief and endless slumber
Track Name: Lucky Man
i was spent like a shell
like a humble imitation
of a greater incarnation of myself
i was lit like a burning car
it was nothing i just saw you &
i thought that i would ask you how you are

there's no other ending
since i stopped pretending
no one cares for a lucky man
i'll arrest myself with a bloody hand
i'll deny the ones i love with my last breath
OK amen

i was hit: i could crawl
the extent of my involvement
isn't clear to me as far as i recall
i was new like a box of blades
like a bullet never fired
growing tired of the echoes its repaid

there's no other ending
since i stopped pretending
no one cares for a lucky man
i'll arrest myself with a bloody hand
i'll deny the ones i love with my last breath
OK amen
Track Name: Know It's Not
when i wake up i feel it crawling through my hair
i think that the devil put it there
all my friends say that i shouldn't care
i think that the devil put me here
breathing smoke & then i'm sweating on the stairs
i think that the devil put them there
i walk up behind but i don't stare
i think that the devil put you there

but i am not the famous imitator
wait-till-later/see-if-we-can-make-it
kind of man
so if there's something better, good
i think i can forget her leaving one more time
if it's the last
but i know it's not

am i dreaming of her when i wake up scared?
i think that the devil put her there
all the things i swore i'd never share
i think that the devil put them there
in september when the sunlight isn't there
i know that the devil combs her hair
i know that the devil says her prayers
i know that the devil doesn't care

but i am not the famous imitator
wait-till-later/see-if-we-can-make-it
kind of man
so if there's something better, good
i think i can forget her leaving one more time
if it's the last
but i know it's not
Track Name: Fair
everything is fair
everyone can change
you're wasting all your time
dying inside
& no one even cares

it has to be the cold
driving you insane
just wait until the spring
& you'll be smiling
& nobody will know

everything is fair
everyone can change
you're wasting all your time
dying inside
& no one even cares
Track Name: Perfect Coils
i got caught by the firing squad
they were high on pills & you led them all
i couldn't find your number to call
to make reparations
& you led me around downtown
abandoned abrasive

the smell of burning metal coils
autumn sunlight so disloyal
freezing all that's left inside my veins
let's have a talk about intentions
but first i thought that i would mention
hating myself now just ain't the same

they gave my relative a different death
in a high school gym by the cool kid steps
over-under twice works best
if you're really trying
& we left her right where she hung
'cause everyone's dying

the smell of burning metal coils
summer smiles so disloyal
bleeding burning blushing handsomely
let's have a chat about rejection
save ourselves from resurrection
dream a perfect prison fantasy
Track Name: Regret
it's a simple regret:
i wish i'd stayed
that's about it
the specifics i forget
except the bodies in my bed

sleep with your suffocation
awake with a hollow hand
i am what i can't stop

i used to tremble at the thought
now it's just a feeling i forgot
i'm not afraid to be alone
& that's what scares me because i know
that there's nothing in between
what i do & what i think
it's simple regret:
i couldn't wait
that's about it

sleep with your suffocation
awake with a hollow hand
i am what i can't stop
Track Name: Fangs
would you care if i was in this like i said?
if i was there
if i was dead
if i was trying
i could quit if i'd admit how much i like it
it's not real
i just feel
alone without

do you still believe that putting up a christmas tree
will get you everything that you want?
let your fangs sink deeper
hide your heart from jealous creatures
ring around the remnants of our relatives
& send a card
to remind me we're apart
& when the devil's at the door
i'll tell him you don't live here anymore

would you care if i was in this like i said?
if i was there
if i was dead
if i was trying
i can't say if i'll ever get away
it's all luck
keep it up
& we'll see

do you still believe that putting up a christmas tree
will get you everything that you want?
let your fangs sink deeper
hide your heart from jealous creatures
ring around the remnants of our relatives
& send a card
to remind me we're apart
& when the devil's at the door
i'll tell him you don't live here anymore
Track Name: Coffee
i saw you buying records with your boyfriend
i just hid behind the shelf
started crying to myself

i saw you drinking coffee: you were laughing
was he telling you a joke
or did you see me leave alone?

i saw you but it wasn't
but they all are
who's that dressing in your clothes?
it's the bitter one who knows
who's that wearing your old hair?
you're my girlfriend
i don't care
i don't care

in a million moments dead
frozen corpses in my head
& i used to be so smart
but my brains they fell apart

in a million moments done
frozen corpses in the sun
& that's how we ended up
i could never get enough
Track Name: Pull & Punch
we are paralyzed at looks
we are wasted light on you
we are married to our crooks
we are made to fight our truth

we are terrified that what we have
will go away before we can
convince ourselves that it will help
when we're alone with no one else
i can't run but i can see
far enough in front of me
tomorrow maybe i'll get well
run back home & never tell
i'll never tell

we don't care to pull & punch
in a way it's fine to do
we are paralyzed at once
we are light not wasted yet

we are terrified that what we have
will go away before we can
convince ourselves that it will help
when we're alone with no one else
i can't run but i can see
far enough in front of me
tomorrow maybe i'll get well
run back home & never tell
i'll never tell
Track Name: Haunt Me
could you play that song again?
i know you don't like your friends
things are good, i'm hoping more
isn't that what waiting's for?
but she don't wait alone
& everybody knows

things are moving so fast
& i'm catching on last
would you haunt me if you died today?
would you haunt me if you died today?

there's a spectre in my skin
& i know who let him in
bleeding rings & flaming wheels
when you leave they seem so real
i can't be alone
dangerously consoled

things are moving so fast
& i'm catching on last
would you haunt me if you died today?
would you haunt me if you died today?
Track Name: Parking Lot Waltz
i blow smoke back home
i take ticking time bomb tambourine crescendoes
endocrine releases into shaky muddy puddle people

i increase my dose
i encompass infinite indifference when decisions
end up tipping in your favor you're my favorite one

i invent my oath
i disguise my only unbecoming features
feverishly feeling something distant but inviting
get away