Outside My Paygrade

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Painted me a picture in the atrium. I chased you out because it was after hours. Running with a flashlight underneath the freeway. I caught you by surprise in a supermarket. Sold the painting last week. Got a hudnred and fifty from a bidding war. Skimped on the packaging and sent it off. Not suprised when it was damaged. I had to give all of the money back after I'd spent it on a back issue of my mother's favorite magazine. It had an article that mentioned my father's role in an artist colony. I probably could have gotten it for less, but I was flush and feeling sentimental. I remember your voice fromt he county jail. The phones there crackled and you sounded strung out and thin, a man made of tin. Just a reflection of a friend. They'd set the bail outside my pay grade, so that's where you are, I figure, today.


from Rowboat, released March 31, 2017



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The Hat and Cowboy Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Hat and Cowboy is the name of Robert Martin's non-instrumental solo material. You can find his instrumental solo material under the name LETTTERS, and his non-solo band material at Complexes.

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