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Recorded and mixed at the Magpie Cage, Baltimore MD (
Recording engineered by J. Robbins and Matt Redenbo, mixed by J.
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio (
original music and lyrics © 1992 Jawbox (Robbins, Barbot, Coletta, Wade), A-1 Maintenance Music BMI

An old Jawbox song with which I always felt I had unfinished business. Lyrics and arrangement have been revised. This version is for Bandcamp only and NOT destined for the full-length.


I sunk my eyes in static
who taught me how to see it
now there's no sign of her at hand
so I'm through looking at it
my head is splitting, trying
to read the name that she abandoned
I'm lying when I say
it doesn't mean that much to me
glad in my way
to see her struggle free
O my sister, my only sister
you twisted free, resisted
while I just stayed here wishing
and you don't think I understand
how your stockade's in splinters
your childhood's bitter winter
no love could possibly withstand
I'm lying when I say
it doesn't mean that much to me
glad in my way
to see you struggle free
O my sister, my only sister
pinned down but unexamined
I held your example, sampled
through static eyes and compromise
they never saw it coming
they never held a candle
but I never wondered, I knew why


from Our Own Devices, released October 10, 2016
J. Robbins - voice, guitars, etc
Brooks Harlan - bass guitar
Peter Moffett - drums



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J. Robbins Baltimore, Maryland

J. Robbins has been the singer/guitarist and principal songwriter in several DC-and-Baltimore-area post-punk rock bands since the late 1980s, most notably Jawbox and Burning Airlines. He is also owner and operator of the Magpie Cage recording studio in Baltimore MD. ... more

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