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1.
ALPHABETLAND 02:58
Tearing up the sidewalks pouring wet cement Erasing your initials alphabet wrecked I watched you pour white gasoline to cover up your scent Burned your name to cinders alphabet wrecked blue you wear like martyr blue atom bomb bruises, cold war flu A blind streak of light tearing through the pines electric non-fiction alphabet mine Molten river riding high like a fever in the shine No more words for you alphabet mine blue you wear like martyr blue atom bomb bruises, cold war flu OH MERCURY, YOU SHOULD SKATE ON SILVER BLADES, FIGURE EIGHTS ON A FROZEN LAKE Tearing up the sidewalk pouring wet cement erasing your initials alphabet wrecked Molten river riding high fever in the shine No more words for you alphabet mine, alphabet mine, alphabet mine
2.
Free 02:14
my words are fire my fist is raised I got a question you can’t answer you hurt my sister w/ a doctor’s hand w/ boiling water & blowing sand lemme go free don’t tell me I can’t lemme go free to a promised land the church is burning bullets are flying you hurt my sister she didn’t do nothing the sky is fire the rocks are sighing it’s all so quiet at the end
3.
Water & Wine 02:39
The divine that defines us The evil that divides us There’s a heaven & a hell And there’s an, “oh well” Who gets passed to head of the line Who gets water & who gets wine There’s a heaven and there’s a never There’s no tomorrow only forever Yellow accordion plays a smart little tune Bandstand fever lighting the moon Drink stampede don’t leave your stamp on me Desert dust flying free Secondhand seconds spin the clock Why don’t something make it stop There’s a heaven and there’s a never There’s no tomorrow only forever The divine that defines us The evil that divides us There’s a heaven & a hell And there’s a live to tell Who has to wait at the end of the line Who gets water & who gets wine
4.
Strange Life 02:34
you’re good tonight you’re cool & white you ask me inside cuz I got no place to hide this is the way we had planned I gotta fever in my hands I’m a thief w/ a wooden head your skin’s smooth as molten lead you’ve got a diamond touch you know way too much this is the way we had planned . . . you fill me up w/ TV ink much too much for me to think drive me up to electric heights no control, you’re mine tonight this is the way we had planned I gotta fever in my hands
5.
Wind up a top It spins ‘til it drops It spins fast Hit the gas That’s me falling That’s my calling It’s been a strange day A strange night A strange day, a strange life I’m going where you didn’t go Where you couldn’t or wouldn’t go All that you would would never know Where the plastic flowers grow Where the wooden crossed go On side of the road It’s been a strange life Over & over overkill Hazard lights standing still Green light on the window sill Mile marker sixty-seven Light at the end of the tunnel vision Avoid collision It’s been a strange day A strange night A strange day, a strange life
6.
We’re gonna go to Cannery Row We’re gonna flop at No Hotel We’re gonna get drunk as hell We’re gonna go to Cannery Row We’re gonna find Mack and Doc We’re gonna go to Cannery Row Delta 88 Delta 88 Nightmare Cannery Row where are the bums all gone Main Street kind, beer milk shake It’s a cute resort with dads and moms Staring at us and making fun Nothing to do on cannery Row Nowhere to go on Cannery Row Down an alley doorway sign Dancing pages they can’t find The book’s still true Hey look Steinbeck! The bums are back in our Delta 88 Delta 88 Nightmare We’re gonna go to Cannery Row We’re gonna flop at No Hotel We’re gonna get drunk as hell We’re gonna go to Cannery Row We’re gonna find Mack and Doc We’re gonna go to Cannery Row Delta 88 Delta 88 Nightmare
7.
I could have been star chambered On the tree of rock’n’roll life Or maybe a railroad wife I was railroaded once or twice I might’ve dodged a bullet chambered In the alley running for my life I’m sure that I dodged a knife I finally learned my lesson once or twice A million years ago I took a chance & let it all unravel slow I bet on odd ‘Til I broke even Then I just had to go I could’ve been things I don’t remember A double-crossing wife I was in another life I’ve been buried once or twice I played sixteen bars and what did I get Another town over & covered in sweat Almost run over w/ another hanover & drunker in debt A million years ago . . . Where did i put my wings I can never find those things Now I’m running, running late I might be stuck here at my gate Though you may be dearly departed Dearly departed I’m just getting started
8.
I watched snowflakes melt on leather cold & young ago the road goes on forever the jukebox told me so barmaid woman friendly men handsome & manly almost I forget me and the lonely where I’m going I wish I was someone else someone I don’t even know I wish I was somewhere else making angels in the snow small town stars are bright hi-beams bright my sad old car has died I’ll have to hitch a ride He downshifts his beautiful rig the door steams open & I climb in I wish I was someone else . . . “I’m Duane, nice to meet you.’ ‘Nice to meet me too’, I say He asks me where I’m going I point to the sky “Lead the way angel”, Duane says as the radio sings they scraped me off that two lane my arms spread wide as wings I wish I was someone else someone I don’t even know I wish I was somewhere else making angels in the snow
9.
I gotta a couple of words to say for all you strong & silent types who don’t talk to the girls they want to love though it means their life I’ll say this next time you get stuck and the words won’t come “your eyes are blue as the coals that burn in you black corsage.” I’ll talk for you under the balcony in blue I’ll talk for you ‘cause Cyrano deBerger’s back I’m gonna listen carefully to hear what our Roxanne will say and though I love her twenty time more I would never say “I should be the rouge & the color on your cheeks.” instead I just make you look good and be so discreet. I got ten arms for you ten hearts all beating blue this ain’t a lie this ain’t behind Cyrano deBerger’s back
10.
beats keep beating my brains in everyone’s talking so loud why can’t we stop for a minute & pull away from the crowd what gives us the right to be so loud this silent night guzzling tequila & spilling cups of coffee one lover died but another is hoping chimes are chiming for hearts that are broken goodbye year, goodbye please don’t make us cry so long year, so long we’ll sing you out w/ a song goodbye year, goodbye the party started at noon o’clock might go ’til the break of dawn brother & sister pretend to be lovers everyone’s so careful not to let on it’s been good, it’s been bad oh so happy, awful sad chocked so full for less than empty my bank account is down & out and overdrawn I could go on & on & on goodbye year, goodbye
11.
Hearts are breaking for hearts that are broken So eat, drink, and be merry For tomorrow we die Or maybe next Tuesday For those of us without a battle flag to fly Though we are no less noble or brave Because we can still wave goodbye We have all the time in the world Until the limitless possibilities Of youthful infinity Turn into mortality But that’s after a long, fun struggle Of watching everyone Not me and not you – Suddenly go pale Some failed to live up to life Some trailed behind their own comet tails Some wailed and cried out to God To no avail And some got impaled by speeding metal And infected needles But I’m here And you’re here And why do we still care enough about Or even too much To make words In the hope that someone in the future will hear History is just one lost language after another, After another And when they’re all taken together We still can’t decipher the past Or decode the future We’re just lost without a map We are dust It’s true And to dust we shall return Me and you But it was fun while it lasted All the time in the world Turns out Not to be that much

about

While everyone is social distancing, closing ranks and donning masks while they shop, life can seem somewhat surreal to the senses. Yet, through all of the chaos, one thing is constant, music brings us together. Now, on the 40th Anniversary of the landmark, Los Angeles, and 35 years since the original band have released an album – X, one of the greatest Punk Rock bands in music history, releases ALPHABETLAND today via Bandcamp. The original foursome - Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake have now made the album available for fans to purchase and by adapting to this moment, X continues to embody the same spirit they did when they began in 1977.

“When your heart is broken you think every song is about that. These songs were written in the last 18 months & it blows my mind how timely they are,” explained John Doe. “We all want our family, friends & fans to hear our records as soon as it's finished. This time we could do that. Thanks to Fat Possum & our audience.”

The bands record label, Fat Possum, listened and agreed. Plans were quickly set in motion to release the new music via Bandcamp and have said they're working to get the record available elsewhere as quickly as possible.

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released April 22, 2020

Billy Zoom; guitar, saxaphone, piano
DJ Bonebrake; drums, percussion
Exene Cervenka; vocals
John Doe; bass, vocals

Produced by Rob Schnapf
Engineered by Rob Schnapf & Matt Schuessler

Mastered by Mark Chalecki @ Little Red Book Mastering

Cover by Wayne White
layout by Scotty Roller

Additional guitar on All The Time In The World: Robby Krieger
Rob Schnapf, additional guitar

Recorded at Sunset Sound, in Hollywood, CA & Mant Sound in Glassel Park, CA in 2019 & 2020

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X Los Angeles, California

Formed in 1977, X quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in the first wave of LA's flourishing punk scene; becoming legendary leaders of a punk generation. In 2020 - they released their first new album in 35 years, ALPHABETLAND

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