Words in Order

by Gerald Murnane

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Mongoloid 00:57
Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid Happier than you and me Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid And it determined what he could see Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid One chromosome too many Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid And it determined what he could see And he wore a hat And he had a job And he brought home the bacon So that no one knew He was a mongoloid, mongoloid His friends were unaware Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid Nobody even cared Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid One chromosome too many Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid And it determined what he could see And he wore a hat And he had a job And he brought home the bacon So that no one knew
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Knuckles the dog what a very good dog you are You're the best dog of all the other dogs by far Raised to run the greyhound tracks, down on the puppy farm Retired and he's now devoted to protecting people from harm Too slow to compete, they sent you away to the glue factory Saved by a handicapped boy, now everyone knows that boy was me I am a blind and palsied boy Condemned to life in this wheelchair Other kids will not play with me But Knuckles the dog you were always there Knuckles goes to the nursing home to visit the elderly Abandoned by their own children Knuckles lifts them from their misery Knuckles the dog what a very good dog you are You're the best dog of all the other dogs by far Knuckles the dog won't hunt, he respects all forms of life Dying now in my arms He saved me bravely and gave his life Brought down by an assassin's bullet that was meant for me Knuckles the dog who helps people now you are forever free Knuckles the dog what a very good dog you were Knuckles the dog what a very good dog you were Knuckles the dog, knuckles he goes with you when you explore Just pull his leash and go for a walk he's your dog for sure Knuckles the dog what a very very very very very good you were

about

'I don't know what to say. This is one of the most surreal, hilarious, entertaining, strangely moving things I've heard in forever. I guess I'm just kind of gobsmacked by it.' -Alec Dewar, thisissplice.co.uk

If Bob Dylan can win the Nobel Prize for Literature then Gerald Murnane can release a record. The author best known for not being known has, briefly, stopped tending bar to showcase his talents as a vocalist, performing renditions of his own work as well as the work of Thomas Hardy, Hungarian poet Dezső Kosztolányi, DEVO and Killdozer, with accompaniment in a variety of contemporary musical styles.

The centrepiece of the album is a completely new work - a 1,600-word palindrome written by Murnane over the course of six months in 2006. Murnane recites the palindrome over a constantly shifting sixteen-minute minimalist musical score composed entirely from the letters of his own name, translated into musical notes by simple substitution code.

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Words in Order is available on 180g audiophile vinyl, with a gatefold sleeve reproducing the original pages of the palindrome, in a limited, signed edition of 300 with included voucher for free MP3/FLAC download. Purchase the physical edition from Readings bookstores at www.readings.com.au/products/25620066/words-in-order in Australia (overseas postage is available).
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credits

released June 4, 2018

All music composed and performed by Chris Gregory
Kate James: flute on ‘Do Good, Dog-God, o Do, Oh God!’
‘Mongoloid’ words by Mark Allen Mothersbaugh from the album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
‘In the Cemetery’, ‘At the Drapers’ and ‘Are You Digging on My Grave?’ words by Thomas Hardy ‘A Plea to Those Who Survive Me’ words by Kosztolányi Dezső
‘Knuckles the Dog (Who Helps People)’ words by Michael Gerald from the album Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat by Killdozer

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