Ransom Notes (Single)

by Other Families

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Recorded and Produced by Jesse Manou at The Other Families Recording Company.

Side A - Ransom Notes
Side B - Alright (Kendrick Lamar Cover)


released June 2, 2016

Lyrics by Zach Buck
Composition by Jesse Manou




Other Families Toronto, Ontario

We are Other Families, an electronic DIY/punk collective with a taste for noise, spoken-word, and onstage theatrics. We are self-made, self-produced and we've independently released everything we've put out. Our live show is a loud and violent barrage of sound and vision that incorporates costumes, props, dramatic segments and awkward lapses of confusion and disorientation. Join the family. ... more

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Track Name: Ransom Notes

animals do take some sympathy on men.
a praying mantis-- yes,

symbol blade.

Here’s nothing
only the stairs.
Blisters sequin symmetry

Calm down.

This armour caresses me a little bit. It’s serpentine,
and glows within a neon sign.

What’s crouching at the foot of my bed,
distinguished guest? I’m ashamed!

I ripped off the side of hurricanes
saw the patience in my

Life’s a feast for animals,
passionate as we go.

Turn the lantern of your face.

Flies careen into the wall
like helicopters gone a--

I’ll carry I’ll carry my own.
god knows you’re a good person, rag.

My body’s a mailbox for ransom notes.

and everybody loves the sunshine.

god knows you’re a good person, rag,

and pictures other people take.
But in my mind there’s a fire,
i don’t recognize

your face.

So shake your knives--
look at my satellite dish…
as I go back and
dust away the traces of your entrance.

Here the dust is trapped,
now all the angels go a-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Your face!

Doll duck under.
He blinks black.
He built a house for us out of japanese crepe paper on fire in the forests of glass.

Birds trade lives
so the dragonflies become lizards and they search in the footprints for traces of


Distinguished guest!
animals do take some sympathy on men, cannibal.
A praying mantis yes.

My body’s a mailbox for ransom notes
and pictures other people take,
winds change with my mind and scrape
what never was away:
more furniture for a home I’ll chase
to the ends of the earth.

The word of the day is hours.
pulling weeds from the ground’s wall where they’re
anchored and pale, more civil
than you sink. In sunburst
clay clouds stripe the sky
like a couch where airports
Chill pills spill and climb
out of the cracks. A line
of pink caulking, like
long intestines, goes round
the house in a divot the worm coils,half-coils
its organ the hornet throbs, prey
of the sinks swallow. discovering insects the word of the day is ours, for free, a gazelle coloured rainbow crinkle


Suspect, dust the traces of your entrance off the carpet.
We’re peeking through the gloom.
Everything under the sun is too
Track Name: ALRIGHT _[Kendrick RESET_
Alls my lifes I stare at lights-- living.

Alls my lifes shine!

Not colourblind, Nawh!

But fucked up vision, YUH!

Nazareth, I'm fucked up.
Homie you fucked up
But if G-d got us then we gon' be alright.
We gon' be alright. Alright.

So when I rise up, I realize it’s me you’re lookin in the
Eyes of, cuz i’m the rival. And I feast on sin,
Don’t think that there’s been another being in history
That’s quite so evil as me-- my confession,
I’m just required-- it’s relative, I’m made of spiders,
cant believe it’s time again, let’s battle god and abbadon and men,
the crowd loves it, yes yes,
They’re at my ankles in a fuck fest

Need need need need
Enormous being, magnificent.
Blotting out the sun with a soft deliverance-- yep.

But you know
We been up and down before,
when our pride was low
Lookin' out the club like, "Where do we go?"
So the child of swords brings light to the world of animals
I’m at the preacher’s door
His knees getting weak his gun might blow
But he gonna be alright. Alright? Alright.
But he gon' be alright.

OK, what’s the time? 1:00. It’s the middle of the day,
So why’s it getting dark?
He said hey my name is Lucy, I’m your dog.
Call me adversary buddy, beelzebub.
Fear and fight complete denial.
Keep that island i’ve got my own
violence. I prophesy: bet you can’t believe all the shit that i see bustin out of the seams of my one bright blind eye, got that cyclops vision!
I’m such a sick fuck, yeah cuz,
got that glitter itty bitty shining pretty little thingy yeah really such a lovely lantern bug in the center of my chest ‘cause that’s wilin, that’s wilin, uh, just stylin--

Yah you know
We’ve been up and down before,
when our pride was low
Lookin' out the club like where do we go.
I’m the underscore, kicking up the beat of the overlord.
Forevermore, an open door to kiss me, and you’re gonna be alright. Alright.

OUTRO: Kendrick Lamar, from "Alright" -- Top Dawg/Aftermath/ Interscope

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