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Day 1 01:12
To all deflowered women and men I see your ceremony coming In bloom You're looking weary and used I'm just a shadow in your view Coming And when I see you I light up like a grocery aisle Stop saving face when I'm like whatever comes out, comes out This boat is filling up with water
Day 2 01:32
Day 3 01:13
Zuleyka I love to watch you work Zuly with those Puerto Rican eyes Big as baseballs Oh it kills me Who wants a drink? How can I serve you, Chinatown patrons of this karaoke bar? While I'm around the corner, those Korean women, they'll sell me the flowers I buy to take you out Zuly, promise me When we make up all of the money We'll buy us a pick up and leave this town
Day 4 01:20
Pegasus come out to play Tell me if I did something wrong Did my sneakers kick at your wings? Just two days ago, we rode towards the sun Oh pegasus, you're my silver lining Oh pegasus, you're my golden thread Oh pegasus, you're all that I wanted Oh pegasus, just come back to bed
Day 5 01:17
I wake to find you bathed and dressed I guess it's no secret, that sharing this bed Isn't working Remember that time a bird flew in our house? We accidentally killed it, trying to get it to fly back out And for some reason, I am thinking of this now With you in that door way leaving
Day 6 02:10
Your boyish reassurance is not reassuring And I need it And all of my devotion turns violent When you go to her, don't expect to come home to me I can't get you off my mind I can't get you off in general Doesn't help that I'm a loser And every woman seems so beautiful Love me, love me
Day 7 01:36
If you think I'm sexy you should say it now (just say I'm sexy) I'm not the kind to sit around and wait I know you're scared to feel so much so fast (so much so fast) Why bear your weapons if you're not promising to bleed Get that heart On my tide Cause Oregon girls never carry an umbrella Even when it looks like it's going to rain Oh this Oregon girl, never carries an umbrella Cause Oregon girls used to raining everyday
Day 8 01:08
Take off all your clothes and stand right there for a minute Do you ever look at me and wonder if this is it? Or if it's a memory, you are remembering a long time from now
Day 9 02:18
I work a day job, I work a night job, I work inbetween jobs everyday Amphetamine salts, you get me off, in the worst kind of way This calls for some drugs Drugs, drugs (Oh my god you are just like your father, oh my god you are just like your father)
Day 10 01:24
Dad brought the rock down on its head Deer head Splitting its skull open in half Open And the blood shone like VHS tape out of its skull and its severed leg It was the right thing to do And if purity was quantified, divide it in half each year you're alive I was happier before Not quite sure why it was right
Day 11 00:38
Dreamed a million dreams last night So forgive me if I seem weird
Day 12 01:23
Oh one of these days when the work week gets low I am taking you out to the movies And buying everything you want with the money Tell me I did good baby You're proud of my eight bucks an hour You don't need all of that big shit You just want seats by the aisle
Day 13 00:55
You look kind of different with your hair like that I admire the way you look at your new woman
Day 14 01:03
No man, no woman, no dog, or gun Will ever make you feel safe as a woman
Day 15 02:04
Day 16 01:02
Jeffrey's last Christmas, we let him go outside The dog was slowly dying but we wanted him alive For just one more holiday season, before we put him down Jeffrey's last Christmas, we kept calling out his name But he never came back to us, so a Christmas dog he remains It was Jeffrey's last Christmas
Day 17 01:02
Summer unfurls our honeymoon stage Did you really think those awful things you said? The heat is causing me to sweat every mental complex I have ever had Sleeping between you and the AC window unit
Day 18 01:02
Oh my sweet companion You should leave me behind I'm sewn to this harp, and I'm rotting Waiting for the band to support my lifestyle And I can't wait to see what you grow up to be When you grow up
Day 19 00:38
Financial security isn't something that's within my reach Look at the moon, look at the moon, look at the moon
Day 20 01:03
My heart is an emporium Love for sale deals, deals, deals
Day 21 00:40
Sue was chewing black gum after giving head I was on the back porch chewing cherry Bubblicious
Day 22 01:14
Six, six, six Sixteen year old kids hudled around the grocery lot "He punched out my teeth," so you said So did the evidence; the blood and the dent in the car door from your head I'm still ashamed don't say to be quiet More embarrassing is that I forgave him
Day 23 02:04
Liz Phair "Chopsticks" cover
Day 24 00:34
Day 25 01:26
I love the way they love each other Why can't you love me like that? With a complimentary facial formatting and perfectly suited astrological signs I hate it when you leave the house Why are we always watching TV? When did we get so boring? Why don't you ever reach for me in bed why don't we ever go out (even to like a Chilis or something) It's nice to get out of the house
Day 26 01:11
Day 27 00:23
Won't you please leave that tree in the yard the fuck alone
Day 28 01:20
Dreaming restaurant dreams where too many people keep coming in And you're there, you don't know half of what I feel When you tell me to close my eyes It's an actors' game where you envision someone that you have done wrong And say that you're sorry til the guilt is gone
Day 29 01:24
I don't feel much of anything I think squirrels are breeding in my ceiling I hear my roommates making love upstairs I'll hang myself in the kitchen that'll show them to keep it down
Day 30 00:51
I wish I could keep you from abusing yourself for no reason


I had just finished writing and recording a record with my band Little Big League (littlebigleague.bandcamp.com) and was experiencing difficulty writing new material. The band wasn't really doing anything because we were exhausted. We weren't playing many shows to save up for touring a lot when the record came out.

On May 30th I had a dumpling party at my house where I invited all of my friends to come over and make dumplings. We set up Christmas lights in my backyard and all sat around a lawn table drinking beer and scooping small spoons from a big pot of stuffing and folding them into little dumpling wrappers. I invited Rachel Gagliardi from Slutever and we talked a lot about feeling stuck creatively. I suggested that we start a blog. The conceit was that we wrote, recorded and posted one song every day for the month of June. Two days later there was:

The most important part of the blog was learning how to practice forgiveness. This Isabel Allende quote I read on some blog-- "show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too." that seemed relevant too. Instead of sitting down and creating a list of rules (I've written too many songs in the key of D, no more finger picking, no verse chorus structure, etc. etc.) that completely inhibited me from writing, I just had the pressure of needing to have a finished product by the end of the day to motivate me. Despite my busy work schedule, social obligations, even if I only had ten minutes of free time during the day, they would be spent making sure I got my post for the day.

While there are definitely songs I find completely unlistenable and all around awful, I was very happy with a lot of the material I produced. I plan on developing quite a few with LBL for our second LP. I highly recommend the project to anyone who is feeling creatively uninspired. Habituation is the key.

The album is made up of 28 originals and two covers Day 15 is PAWS' "Sore Tummy", Day 23 is a Liz Phair's "Chopsticks".

Here is a list of some of my favorite tracks from the project:
Day 5, Day 6, Day 10, Day 22, Day 28, Day 30

Dan Hughes made my album cover, Ben Pubusky made my banner!

special thanks to: Peter Bradley my bestest friend who makes me so brave and so powerful, Ian Dykstra my twin Machine, Rachel Gagliardi the coolest girl in Philadelphia.


released June 1, 2013

all songs written and recorded by Michelle Zauner


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