Donkey Donkey

by Rokenri

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released May 27, 2016

ROKENRI IS

Matt Evans - drums, keyboards, vocals, noise
Trevor Wilson - bass, keyboards, penny whistle, percussion, vocals, noise
Ethan Woods - guitar, keyboards, noise, vocals

with

J.J. Beck - piano, keyboards, percussion, noise
Michael Chinworth - keybaords, noise, vocals
Steven Markow - guitar, noise

Donkey Donkey was recorded and mixed by J.J. Beck, Michael Chinworth, and Rokenri at Akin Studios in Hoosick Falls, NY and various houses in Brooklyn, NY. It was mastered by Heba Kadry of Timeless Mastering in Brooklyn, NY.

The album artwork was created by Addison Hertzberger.

Rokenri would like to give a special thanks to the following people, who donated their hard-earned money to help make this project a reality:

Ben Seretan, Danny DiDomenico, Gedney Barclay, Bruce Woods, Mary Sonnichsen, Alice Tolan-Mee, Jon Logan, Jon Burkland, Emily Call, RIchard Aufrichtig, Tom Howe, Lydia Chrisman, Eliza Mckelway, Jenny Rohn, Ryan Albert, Ezra Lowrey, Peter Endriss, Asa Horvitz, Jesse Rifkin, Heather Bradley, Laura Oden, Ivan Trevino, Emma Hurst, Sarah Lowe, Claire Stiefel, Leslie Cuyjet, Greg Ruben, a mysterious Alan, Cassidy Davis, Pat Hull, Michael Chinworth, Ben Zucker, Bull Whip, Jaime Boddorff, Kelly Ward, Judi Woods, Katie Page, Susan Olson, Jackelyn Lozano, a mysterious Michael, Gale Stafford, Will Lulofs, Leah Dagen, Jessieh Ruth Averitt, Garren Volper, Lisa Koeneman, Alex Polubiec, Suzanne Lipton, Vivian Robbins, Bruce Goldberg, JJ Beck, Taylor Rose Thompson, Lindsay Sandwald, Bahar Baharloo, Rikki Barney, Jen Schwartz, Hillary Chase, Michael Zimmer, Riley Skinner, Pepito Wheezy, John Eagle, Chelsea Harlan, Mark Van S., Jack Randall, Forrester Hambrecht, Pat Swoboda, Emma Claire Goodman, Maia Friedman, Rebecca Blumenthal, Becky Kendall, The Johnstone Fund, Nicholas Bradford, Emine Boyner Kursat, Ryan Field, Stanley Wong, Dan Miller, Elizabeth Clark, Jonah Lipsky, Grace Chang, Anne S., Jesse Lee, Benedict Kupstas, Suzanne Porath, Andrew Duff, Kathy Prentki, Bob Singley, Anastasia Clarke, Alma Carmina Márquez, Insiyah Mohammad, Kitty Brazelton, Brad Johnson, Ally Reith, Harris Mercer, Bobby DeLanghe, Rachel Prentki, Barry Saunders, Taylor Morrison, Jared Meier, Brandy Rounds, Liam Dailey, Ali Van, Brenden Turney, Steven Markow, Kristi Trujillo, C. E. Gerndt Jr., Rain Messier, Tara Elliott, Sandra Sonnichsen, Melody Medina, Martin Zimmermann, Veronika Matunin, Jeremy Knowles, Jo-Anne Hyun, Alison Moritz, Carrying Flowers, Stuart Watson, Michael Hammond, Jeremy Bloom, Dee Hamid, Mario Santana, Lauren Gurney, Jeff Palmer, Emily Climer, Ruth Nelson, Tom Bogdan, Amy Garapic, Chris Faroe, Alice Woods, Eissa Saeed, Lauren Alicia Lisante, Kirsten, Holly, Kwame N. Akosah, Richard Upchurch, Jordan Slocum, Kate Ladenheim, Bruce Farnsworth, and Laraine Gordon, Sheila Wyne, Carson Moody, and Nick Brooke.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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Track Name: Rock Tight
rock tight set in the few
nothing to do
i wait for the evening laughter
to wrap me in blue

guaranteed i'm folding in too
what do i do
there are beds and pillows
what do i do

calm hand reaches me pull
wish i were cool
tempt the sunshine's strokes and kisses
by the length of the pool

paralyzed shaken in stew
i'm wanting to do
but the screens are holding tightly
what do i do

late night tell the deep fry
no more tonight
click the pinwheel's lazy wonders
for a glimpse of a thigh

evening breeze set up the sky
she looked so fine
i want to hold it in
was it linger drawn across my skin
stated poorly once was she a
half drawn angel
missing all your loving features
my memory is swept in the wind
Track Name: Sullied Tide
comet song break the old church i was not afraid when the guns went flaccid took my breath back from them foreign ties that strangle them

calling card right in front of me couldn't make the granite bark like a dog yours was stone pillared down placate in the needing game

tell the right i am overwhelmed with empty reasons you looked back salty pitch just admit you like my easy pace its not too much to say out loud

how will i know
that the chains have
pulled my hands in front of the airless sky
where is my place is it
in the sullied tide
your tide

where's the place i can hide away all my thoughts scattered in the black sand airport coat rolls away when i become a slimy bug

pull the noose in the dark of the stadium beat on your wooden drum when the war has begun it's too much to handle could i

change your mind with a magazine fifteen drums beat us down careful sights one sweet town i am wanting nothing but the warmth of bed and tickles of the grass along my toes your hands in my hair all day long

how will i know
that the chains have
pulled my hands in front of the airless sky
where is my place is it
in the sullied tide
your tide
Track Name: Modern Ways
modern ways
calming to my modern ways
locking hearts in modern ways
sew the soul in modern ways

tear in the touch hold
i am taught in ammo
send to the light course
voices held from mine they're born in

modern ways
calming to my modern ways
locking hearts in modern ways
sew the soul in modern ways

no come say
you took your time in my cold i break off
hell is my
pause terrible i find none and wake on to

modern ways
calming to my modern ways
locking hearts in modern ways
sew the soul in modern ways

why were you distant
proximal to my cold bed i
need you this instant
temper kind your mind

you took your time in my cold i break off
hell is my
pause terrible i find none and wake on
perish none
to be gone
i am sold
to the pawn

i need to believe in a time where touch of woven fabric shook
the kiss from your timid curl

i need to believe in a place where the walls are carved with anxious hands
good news for our runny selves

i need to believe in a hold that will take me from the hide of
modern ways
Track Name: Eventide
i'll stay
i've felled my walls my habits
justify my long days
at night i'll soar my muscles fade away
tossed aside i won't hide
all my skin that breathes again
in my head
i hear you say
that you trust i'll know what must
guide me through all of my days
i'm leaving

you go
out to the bar on feet just like mine
no more your corner
you were afraid but now you walk alone
pulled by the hands that
grope your sides set your stride
mouthing your words you strain to say
i'm leaving

go now fold out you tried to wear your head on your shoulders

you'll catch me in the eventide
ever tried
i'll wear my parents hide
i'm leaving

slow now flounder you try to fall in bed but you recover

and so
the docile ones will find their inner fight
in my skunk hour
i'll find my way the calm of the night
please don't believe
when they say you're not my friend
we share it all in our insides

go now fold out you try and wear your head on your shoulders

and you know that towers fall
but bugs still crawl
i've got your back for the rest of my life i swear

slow now flounder you try to fall in bed but you recover

you know
Track Name: Marco Polo
where are my car i stutter
arm in arm
all i could
stomach was
pickled back
friend or foe

i am the gun the rudder
pulling friend
hand in hand
dicking my
armpit cold
such a loss
wasting my hog days

and when it all breaks down
i'm alone and time keeps rolling down

am i a marco polo

i'm alone and time keeps rolling down
Track Name: Love Takes Time
logged like a cloth
filled with iodine
i boiled up
was lost within the brine

i will lay all day
the vapors rise and fall
so pierce the neck
and watch the babies crawl away

everyone's an android
waiting for the asteroid

the glove was sewn
with satin in the twine
the steady hand
is of a different mind

i will lay all day
the vapors rise and fall
so pierce the neck
and watch the babies crawl away

love takes time
Track Name: Your Arms Are Real
your arms are real

i am not waiting
for my feline thoughts to flight away

my arms are real

kiss them in morning
i am not one to take off

will you dig with me
i'm stepping on staggers i move to feel
i'm steeping on strangers who here is real
i told them to sunshine scrape for their meal
is it real

lore the flowered arm

i'm wrapped up in snowfall
the salt licked indigo
washes the ocean
the handheld undertow
the clown's face the spire
the ferris wheel's fire
burnt out long ago
hold me completely
in the midnight snow
Track Name: Sugar Day
water bent on my stroke and back
it's a sugar day to cool off
drink it up when it turns the sky blue

walk a mile 'til the sander's fall
he's the kind that winks his shoes on
was it him in the steam mirror

i could lay in the towel and grass
watch the dogs lick the stainless handrail
climb a limb with my endless fingers

scan the line for a fellow's fall
spare the change it will all work out
skip along its the happy empty

fell around to the city beat
in the park there's a thousand balls
i guess that's the outline of pavement

heard the laughter of a passing car
well there's a shot at kissing wonder
an empty field and a clap of thunder

what's that feeling when i'm alone
i get a cold i twist my sheets up
could i ever make it go

there are too many blades to grow
i can't pick it's my greatest ripper
what will make my machine wake up
is now the time that i could fool my days away

final shots of the grainy toes
they're the ones that i'm holding dearly
got to pace for the tidal shuffle

asleep in my neighbor's lawn
a cartoon would scare me screaming
but this is the calmer's plane

care the night in my lover's hand
whispered by the lucky wind
good notes from a faraway family

play a card it's your turn to go
gather your friend in the den of the one bed
brick withers through the painted glass

what to do at the end of time
i cannot figure out how to move my mouth in rhyme
cannot fathom the infinite line
and if i were true what would be my crime

and what's the deal with all this space
all these people within every place
everyone is chattered up
everyone is i don't know i give up

but again i hold onto the strings that sing to me
so when the darkness falls i know they're there for me

filler up on the cluttered shelf
i could button the endless catalog
blister on the back of an angle

were you a part of me
well yeah that once was the question
come on body you know the answer to that