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Thirteen Orphans

by Stenobot

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Maud was a young girl with a spirit strong and kind Playing in Haugh Wood where the river meets the Wye She came upon a helpless creature small and green Lost and alone she took the poor defenseless beast under her wing Soon Maud discovered what a creature she had found They formed a bond she knew her kin would not allow Maud was forbade to take the creature in her care She didn't listen and she hid him in a lair
Fray 04:21
Lightning will strike me for what I have done I am the East Wind and West is the sun Following close like a moth to the flame For all these sins there is no one to blame but myself Even if I win I'll be lost in the fray Even if I fail I'll be lost in the fray Even if I run I'll be lost in the fray There is no escape I am lost in the fray We desecrated the seeds that were sown There is no word for the fruit that was born We are not gods, this is not science We're stubborn and flawed, people are dying In the name of science Even if I win I'll be lost in the fray Even if I fail I'll be lost in the fray Even if I run I'll be lost in the fray There is no escape I am lost in the fray
Nia's Dream 03:37
Restless and sleepless entropy Disperse chaotic energy Boredom will get the best of me Misery does love company I see… Autogyros in the air Rocketships that go to heaven Shooting stars that have no end I hear… all the earth in unison Building a hiding place between Your world and mine and everything Where we can go is up to me Living a dream within a dream I see… Airship pirate skeletons Turbines crashing into earth Satellites and aliens I hear… all the world in unison
Once upon a time there was a little girl, brighter than the sunshine Then one day the grey clouds covered up the sky, her brightness turned to night time Where oh where can her brightness be? Without her we can barely see Everything is sad and cold and bleak Where oh where can her brightness be? So her friends, determined, went to look for her, they set out on a journey Every nook and cranny, no stone left unturned, until they came up empty Where oh where can her brightness be? Without her we can barely see We will search every land and sea Where oh where can her brightness be? Tired from their journey, they returned home, discouraged, and without that which they sought. But not without hope. They stayed by their friend's side, day and night, her light dimming like the evening sun. Each night, they hoped and prayed and begged and pleaded, even when all seemed lost. Till one morning, out the window and under a tree, they noticed something. A magical locket with a faded light, barely shining, fighting to make itself known through the dirt and the leaves. Where it came from, they did not know. They quickly gathered the locket and brought it to their friend, clasped it around her neck, and together, they brought her brightness back into this world. Where oh where will her brightness be? It will shine wherever she may be We will follow any land and sea Where oh where will her brightness be?
Falling through the cracks of repetition Playing in a field of mistakes Swimming in a sea of resonance Sinking down, Struggling against the undercurrent Flailing 'round drowning in a sea of resonance Swimming in a sea of resonance Living in a world of repercussions Playing in a field of mistakes
Metronome 03:14
We communicate at frequencies that twist and bend the sense of time A metronome develops a mind of its own when we can't see Rarely spoken, always broken, until we look away How these things can heal themselves We present ourselves in binary Refuel our shame repeatedly Zeroes and ones we will inject To simplify our injuries Rarely spoken, always broken, until we look away How these things can heal themselves
Shark Flower 03:15
Love came by from the riversmoke When the leaves were fresh on the tree, But I cut my heart on the blackjack oak Before they fell on me. The leaves are green in the early Spring, They are brown as linsey now, I did not ask for a wedding-ring From the wind in the bending bough. Lightly, lightly, leaves of the wild, Fall lightly on my care, I am not the first to go with child Because of the blowing air. Cold and cold and cold again Cold in the Blackjack's arms The good girl sleeps with the gospel word To keep her honor warm Good girls sleep in their modesty, Bad girls sleep in their shame, But I must sleep in the hollow tree Till my child can have a name. I'll feed him milk out of my own breast And call him Whistling Jack, And his dad'll bring him a partridge nest, Just as soon as his dad comes back. He's going to act like a hound let loose When he comes from the blackjack tree, And he's going to walk in proud shoes All over Tennessee.
Mysterious unknown Each night our minds are thrown Our bodies not our own What wonders will be shown?
Spring forth O well Sing about the well That the princes dug and the nobles sank The nobles with scepters and staffs
In The End 03:57
Manifested fears, these are the things of my dreams Neither waking nor sleeping, some place in between When I closed my eyes I could not see the seams Wake up wondering what will tomorrow bring? Standing at the edge, the darkness was so deep If I die I pray the Lord my soul to keep In the mornng always looking for a way out Hoping that my waking eyes can tell lightness from the dark In the end there is love Everywhere hope is not Like the stars up above Shining down around us
As Maud grew older, she was shunned by her own ilk Meanwhile, her dragon slowly lost his taste for milk All the town's livestock disappearing one by one Maud stayed beside him, not for duty, but a deep and hidden love Deep in the darkness, in the corner of her eye Something was moving like a storm cloud in the night Fiery and sharp the pitchforks glimmered from the flames Maud's love was stronger than their concentrated hate Maud raised her sword and ran ahead with great resolve Then something came to pass she never could have thought Gone was the helpless creature long ago she'd found Left was a frightful beast whose savage knew no bounds First light of morning showed the hillside scorched and red Neither the beast nor Maud were found among the dead
Welcome Home 05:48
Wandering wolves will seek Out the oppressed and weak They masquerade as sheep Digging their hooks in deep Words are a quenching drink Truthful or poisoning Where must the heart find peace? Ask and you shall receive One day they'll find you You're ripe for the picking they can tell Their kindness will blind you Welcome home One day they'll find you Make no mistake, they'll bleed you dry Their words are designed to Feel like home Wandering sheep are we Trapped here in terror's keep If I die in my sleep What will become of me? One day he'll find you Destined to live a life of joy It's love that will bind you Welcome home One day he'll find you knowing he knew you all along His word was designed to Bring us home


Thirteen Orphans follows the footsteps of its predecessor, Sink Or Swim We'll Go Together, layering Game Boy, guitars, homemade synths, vocals, and other strange instruments to create a sprawling landscape of music. Join Stenobot as he weaves together stories, sounds, and experiences into a captivating and ambitious collection of work.

Download the album to receive all 14 songs, as well as one of Stenobot's LSDJ SAV files. (The SAV file has a .PNG extension. You'll need to manually change the file extension to ".SAV" before loading it onto your Game Boy cartridge.)


released January 29, 2013




Stenobot Seattle, Washington

Although Game Boy is at the heart of Stenobot's music, it's a combination of various strange instruments and quiet melodies that make up the whole. As one third of Supercommuter, Stenobot applies his formula to hip hop. As a solo artist, he takes it somewhere undefinable. ... more

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