Music

Lucky Penny

by Tony Xenos

Released 2006
Released 2006
Listeners will stumble into this happy accident of outtakes and B-sides from Xenos’s earlier projects, energized by his new foray into electronic looping and mixing, creating the layered soundscape that would come to define his live performances.
  • 04:46 Lyrics Snowmen and Knit Hats

    Snowmen and Knit Hats

     

    Could you just tell me what's wrong?

    Before I make up answer of my own

    And it's not like I'll make you go walk some line

    Don't be like lonely people who never smile

     

    And I'd buy you a pencil from Berlin

    Except that it's a place I've never been

    And I'd buy you a hair tie for your braids

    But you'd just probably lose it anyway

     

    Chorus:

    I'm sorry to wake you

    Would you mind if I crashed on your floor

    I have been staring at the ceiling in my own bed

    I'm not very sleepy now

    There's too much in my head

     

    Dress me up and make me remember

    Snowmen and knit hats in December

    No one should forget to have their fun

    That's why I'm still a little kid to most everyone

     

    With $40 and a car

    I never thought in a day I'd drive that far

    So much for those promised souvenirs

    But I spent four hours remembering seven years

     

    Chorus

     

    It's 2:30 in the morning

    And I have just been given my final warning

    I wonder if someone will beat me up

    Lately I've been wondering about a lot of stuff

     

    A fight has broken out once again

    Between a little clueless girl and three so-called me

    The sound echoes so softly in the this room

    I think I'll head to be though pretty soon

     

    Chorus

     

    Run outside right now

    While you've still got time

    Because you never know when something's gonna blow

     

  • 02:35 Lyrics Love Song Part I

    Love Song Part I

     

    How far do I have to go before I know

    That she loves me

    Just what do I have to do to make her see

    That this is really me

     

    Because I am right down to bare floor

    And I can't take this anymore

    So if you happen to have some time

    Get on the phone and drop me a line

     

    I'm getting oh so lonely without you

    Yeah I'm getting oh so lonely without you

     

    Sometimes I just don't know what to do to impress you

    Sometimes I just don't know if what I say is OK

     

    I'm just afraid by the end of the day

    I will have nothing left to say

    So if you happen to have some time

    Get on the phone and drop me a line

     

    I'm getting oh so lonely without you

    Yeah I'm getting oh so lonely without you

     

  • 04:09 Lyrics Fast Trains and Roller Coasters

    Fast Trains and Roller Coasters

     

    I don't envy you but I look up to you

    It's best if trash is left unsaid

    So you have finally found it

    You were always wound around it

    Sometimes a string's just got to break

    It's gotta break

     

    Chorus:

    Fast trains and roller coasters won't get us any closer

    To conversational talking

    Though I have yet to see it 

    I will be forced to believe it

    You shook me up 

    You made me sing

     

    Whispering almost shaking

    Now four years in the making

    Did you ever stop to take a breath?

    So much for heated distance

    It's suffocating, for instance

    Nature has stringent boundaries

    Boundaries

     

    Chorus

     

    We all assume we know better

    We are all assuming we know everything

    The truth is we don't hold ourselves to the letter

    Do you think we've all gone and figured it out?

     

    Those of us with more to prove

    Bestow our hopes on you

    We rely on hope to pull us along

    Sometimes a calloused outside 

    Hides that we all are tongue-tied

    We lose our minds in secrecy 

    Certainly

     

    Chorus (x2)

     

  • 03:41 Lyrics Where the Humans Are

    Where the Humans Are

     

    There must be a plane where the humans are

    Where everyone could be sensible

    And act sensibly 

    There not waiting for a miracle to arrive

    To protect them from the danger they cannot describe

    Here' we go again

    Nothing's happening

     

    There must be a plane where they all just know

    Where everyone is held accountable

    And punished accordingly

    There not trading in there will to persist

    In exchange for some angels that do not exist

    Here we go again

    Nothing's happening

     

    There must be a plane between sound and sight

    Where everything is either black or white

    No colors between

    We're not throwing up our hands in disgust

    We're just waiting for the real one that we can trust

    Here we go again

    Nothing's happening

     

    We all just play pretend

    When we want to see what clearly is not

    We trade it all in 

    Now look what we've got

     

  • 02:45 Lyrics My Attention from Me

    My Attention from Me

    I should be quiet someone might hear 
    Me singing a song behind the closed door up here
    The fan’s blowing air that I can finally breathe 
    The heat has retired and soon so will we
    Like those innate souls-finagled, it signals change

    Despite the commotion from noisy machines 
    You blink your eyes twice and I know what you mean
    There is no paper on which to scribble these lines 
    I think of your hand and place it in mine

    I know I live, I know I give too much in the way of never minding 
    Now I’m finding myself asleep
    I haven’t opened my eyes in weeks
    And it’s taken this lesson to get my attention from me

    I should be weary someone might conceive 
    That I have all but vanished and left a shell of me
    But before we go running with inane thoughts like these
    Remember I’ve not abandoned, I’m merely sorry

    I know I live, I know I give too much in the way of never minding
    Now I’m finding myself like those innate souls-finagled, 
    It signals opening my eyes to see
    But no slight intervention will keep my attention from me

  • 03:25 Lyrics The Day to Day

    The Day to Day

     

    They say, "Why do you even...?"

    Cuz they're stuck and I want to know

    Told, pulled, and wasted

    Afraid that we'll face it

    Steal away the curtain 

    I want to see who made it

     

    They say, "You think it's simple"

    How do you even begin to stand yourself?

    Told, pulled, and wasted

    Afraid that we'll face it

    Steal away the curtain 

    I want to see who made it

    Stale confusion

    Reminding me of the life I am losing

     

    I don't want the day to day

    I want the truth stained on my cloths

    I want my understanding shown

    I want you to know that I'm thinking

     

    They say, "Why do you even...?"

    And I'm stuck and I want to know

    Told, pulled, and wasted

    Afraid that we'll face it

    Steal away the curtain 

    I want to see who made it

    Stale confusion

    Reminding me of the life I am losing

     

    I don't want the day to day

    I want the truth stained on my cloths

    I want my understanding shown

    I want you to know I'm thinking

  • 03:39 Lyrics A Ring to Revolve Around

    A Ring to Revolve Around

     

    Say you will

    Say you will

    And I cannot light up your fuse

    And I will not see all the music that you've been dancing to

     

    Say you do

    Say you'll do it

    You say you've nothing to prove

    But I think, in fact, that you do

    In your heart you know this to be true

     

    Listen here we can break this down

    To the parts of conversation we continually revolve around

     

    I know you can

    I know you can

    That's one tiny fragment for me

    Will then allow us both to see

    The girl that I love become free

     

    Listen here we can break this down

    To the parts of conversation we continually revolve around

    And the differences we return to

    Will ever make us stronger

    As the years will see us older

    Friendship will keep us young

     

    And I think that I have hypothetically hypothesized this enough

    So I, I think will

    Yes I , I think I will

    But just a few matters to work through

    I know what you want me to do

    And I will not disappoint you

     

    Listen here we work out right

    I promise before too long you will have your special night

    But that ring around your finger

    Will not make us stronger

    As the years will see us older

    Friendship will keep us bound

     

  • 05:15 Lyrics Penny Market

    Penny Market

     

    Where have you been?

    You’re heart’s on the outside

    Wear it on the inside for me

     

    Place yourself into this frame

    Will your image fade?

    Or will it remain?

    Will you fight it

    If a brutal wind sweeps you away

     

    I’ve been listening closely

    I’ve been realizing slowly

    I’ve been singing your name

     

    You know now

    My heart’s in the right place

    There is but one way for me

     

    And you know now

    That talk of conviction

    Brings less apprehension with it now

     

    I’ve been listening closely

    I’ve been realizing slowly

    I’ve been singing your name

     

    I’ve been listening closely

    I’ve been realizing slowly

    I’ve been singing your name (over and over again)

     

    Will you fight it

    If a brutal wind sweeps you away

     

     

  • 04:11 Lyrics Thin Enough to Reach

    Thin Enough to Reach

     

    I've been asleep and I can hardly stand it

    But I'll be awake sooner than you think

    I'll break out

    I'll break in

    I"ll be the only one left standing

    Let me out

    Let me in

    The only one left breathing

     

    Reaching out

    I see innocence for now

    Reaching in

    I'm what you could've been

    I'll break out

    I'll break in

    I'll be the only one left standing

    Let me out

    Let me in

    I'll be the only one left breathing

     

    If you blow out the candle

    You're wasting your breath

    Let me out

    I'll be the only one left standing

    Let me out

    Let me in

    I'll be the only one left breathing

     

    I'm not gone

    I've been here all along

    Misled you

    Let me show you truth

    I'll break out

    To break in

    I'll be the only one left standing

    Let me out

    Let me in

    I'll be the only one left breathing

NOTES
Originally released by Manasseh Records in collaboration with Jim Harris. Snowmen and Knit Hats was recorded and mixed by Bernie Nau @ Peachfork Studio. Penny Market and A Ring to Revolve Around were recorded and mixed by Rob Powell. All other songs were recorded and mixed by Bryan Gibson. The album was mastered by Rob Powell. Tony Xenos wrote and performed the songs. Additional performances by Jef Shilt, Geoff Osterland, Bryan Gibson, Rob Powell, and Jason …
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Birthday

by Tony Xenos

Released 2004
EFB Records
Released 2004
EFB Records
Returning to the lush harmonies and soaring melodies that launched his college pop-rock band, The Cactus Pears, Xenos laces equal parts sweetness and disaffection throughout this smart collection of bright rhythmic wanderings.
  • 01:16 Birthday
  • 04:34 Lyrics Killing Time for a Better Now

    Killing Time for a Better Now

    Marty says he's just killing time
    He's got this trick tucked away in his pocket
    This is just the first page of a great big book written by him
    Marty's waitin' for his ride to come to pick him up and take him away to Neverland
    Marty says he's just killing time but he's got this big hole inside his pocket

    What he doesn't notice is his dream slipping through a hole he should just sit down and mend
    Marty's old enough to make his own decisions
    Marty knows everything
    He says he's just...

    Chorus:

    Killing time for a better now
    Saving up some money for the big trip south
    We're tiptoeing around something much greater
    Check the map, I think we're almost there, I swear

    Marty says he is not the only one with a passive wait-and-see look in his eye
    Marty says that they're all fed up and soon he'll be the answer to their silent prayers

    Marty looks at life through distorted reality
    This is now sickened by his own sorry state
    Marty's sane enough to make his own decisions
    Marty's far from knowing everything
    He says he's just...

    Chorus

    Marty's trying just as hard as he can to make his faded dream come true
    Marty's sane enough to make his vision seen
    Marty's a lot like me
    He's says he's just...

    Chorus x2

  • 03:35 Lyrics W

    W

    9 hours of frustration
    You ask me if I can help out?
    I put in my time here
    I’m not sticking around right now

    It’s not enough this knot tightens with every single deplorable day
    It’s not right I sit and take this cuz you can’t do your job the right way

    You can kick yourself in the mouth
    I’ve had enough and your not helping me out

    Chorus:

    I’m sorry your life didn’t turn out the way that you planned
    But there’s a hell of a lot of people here who can’t quite understand
    How someone like you could end up at the top
    When all you ever do is fuck up

    I can’t even begin to start
    I think I’m about to start to finish
    I think I’m about to lose it
    I think I’m about to find a road and use it

    You can grit my dust in your teeth
    This place is shit and all you are is a feeb ( I wish you would leave)

    Chorus

    I’m living for the paycheck
    I'm not sticking out my neck
    I’m not taking this home
    I’m not alone

    In thinking that you can abuse us and use us for free
    Well, your own now 
    You’re not getting any help from me
    With every two-faced smile you’ve slowly crossed the line
    I won’t be laughing with you this time

    I’m sorry my life didn’t turn out like I thought
    But there’s a hell of a lot of life left to throw up my hands and give up
    It will kill me to grow old here in this place
    Running around like rats in the race

  • 04:23 Lyrics Super Hero

    Super Hero

    You’re always listening to what you hear
    What would you do if you had no ears?
    I know we may have the same shoes
    What you don’t realize is we don’t have the same moods

    Is this really something you have to do?
    Would you do the same with anything put in front of you?
    Don’t underestimate where you are at anytime

    Chorus:

    I want to go where daisies grow through the snow
    I want to be in a winter with leaves still on the trees
    I want to ride though an ocean and come out the other side
    I want to be some superhero like the ones on my TV

    Someday I’ll be standing there 
    I’ll be waiting ‘til somebody looks up to me
    If I keep walking I’ll come out the other side
    Someday I’ll be standing on a mountain where
    I can see everything

    I want to be--hey
    I don’t really mean it
    I’m sorry for running away

    I wake up each morning to a loud senseless radio
    And he is yelling 
    It doesn’t mean I am listening though
    Is this really something that you have to do?
    Would you do the same with anything put in front of you?
    Don’t underestimate where you are at anytime

    Chorus

    I want to be--hey
    I don’t really mean it
    I’m sorry for running away

  • 03:00 Lyrics Bee Shoes

    Bee Shoes

    Remember when that angel’d sing
    Remember that crack in the backyard
    Remember an offering is what you should’ve been thinking
    But you we off in a daze 
    We could tell by the face you made
    Couldn’t quite tell if you’d comprehend
    That’s about when we lost you then

    Break apart that riddled lock and let yourself inside
    We’ve obviously noticed you’re alive
    Remember when that angel’d sing
    Remember that crack in the backyard

    Don’t believe a word they say
    Don’t let it out; keep it in
    They’ll flatten your heart, tear out your bones
    And then they’ll be after your skin
    Don’t fantasize
    Don’t sympathize 
    Don’t say it out of fear
    The future is irrelevant if you can’t get there from here

    Remember when that angel’d sing
    Remember that crack in the backyard
    Remember an offering is what you should’ve been thinking
    But you we off in a daze 
    We could tell by the face you made
    Couldn’t quite tell if you’d comprehend
    That’s about when we lost you then

    Break apart that riddled lock and let yourself inside
    We’ve obviously noticed you’re alive
    Remember when that angel’d sing
    Remember that crack in the backyard

    The hillsides are worn jagged
    We’re left on a precipice-steep
    We melted the ice
    Now we’re standing in blood knee-deep
    Before we domesticate another unsuspecting race
    The smile is wiped clean off another naive American face

    Remember when that angel’d sing
    Remember that crack in the backyard
    Remember an offering is what you should’ve been thinking
    But you we off in a daze 
    We could tell by the face you made
    Couldn’t quite tell if you’d comprehend
    That’s about when we lost you then
    Remember that crack in the backyard
    Remember when that angel’d sing
    It's what you should've been thinking

  • 03:56 Lyrics Ted's World

    Ted’s World

    I’ve seen 10,000 lazy mothers talking nonsense on a park bench
    I’ve seen 300 biased fathers making decisions for a nation
    You haven’t changed my mind at all 
    I still fit right where I belong
    Right here in my chair, I’ll see it all

    Yes, I’ve seen a shooting star in the night time that needed it most
    Yes, I’ve read 200 stories half of which I didn’t understand
    You haven’t changed my mind at all
    I still fit right where I belong
    Hey man, you’re not small

    Chorus:

    You see that guy waiting for a train
    He’s done his hard time Ted
    As a smile crosses his face he knows his life was not a waste

    Inside your outside is your inside
    Besides you are now
    Stay I’m here

    I’ve had 15 ardent friendships ending with a school year
    I’ll pick up 15 more in the fall but lose them again in time for summer

    I know philosophy runs in circles
    I know that I run with it
    I hope this thing is not a race

    Chorus

    What makes this that?
    What makes that there?
    What makes this here?
    Who put you there?
    This is a place but I don’t know where

    Chorus

    I’ve seen the tops of many mountains
    The bottoms of many boots
    I’ve seen the working and the willing overcome what they could’ve been
    You haven’t changed my mind at all
    You’ve trapped yourself inside your walls
    Hey Ted, you are small

    Chorus x2

  • 02:08 Lyrics 11 O'clock News

    11 o’clock news

    I don’t get it
    Forget it
    Won’t bother me ‘less I let it
    If we get through this one then the consequence is better

    Cuz we’re thinkin’ of a future, that suits ya’
    Lookin’ back on this and sayin’,”Hey I wish I knew ya’”
    My words are comin’ fast I can’t keep track
    But that doesn’t mean that I got a certain lack of strength
    Cuz I’ll go to any length
    To fill up these boots
    To fill up these shoes
    To get my name on the 11 o’clock news

    I’m not talkin’ about a brand new sitcom
    I’m talkin’ about something that you can get lit on

    I don’t get it
    Forget it
    Won’t bother me ‘less I let it
    If we get through this one then the consequence is better

    How can you say that right to my face?
    How can you say that you need more space?
    What’s up with the sudden so problematic?
    What’s up with my girl causin’ so much static?
    I thought we had this bullshit well off behind us
    I guess I should have known that it would come and find us
    It’d be too good if I knew what was happening
    I never get the full slice, I just get a sampling

    I don’t get it
    Forget it
    Won’t bother me ‘less I let it
    If we get through this one then the consequence is better
    I don’t get it
    Forget it
    Won’t bother me ‘less I let it
    If we get through this one then the consequence is better

    She says, “Ah nah, I’m not all bad”
    Ya’ got yer hair in a tizzy now yer all mad
    I know what will happen we’ll first start to fight 
    We’ll kiss and make up and then I’ll spend the night
    But it won’t always stay this way
    It’s just a matter of time before I wear out my stay

    I don’t get it
    Forget it
    Won’t bother me ‘less I let it
    If we get through this one then the consequence is better

  • 04:39 Lyrics Dodgin' Cars

    Dodgin’ Cars

    Look me up when these lives are ours
    I’ll be here in the highway dodgin’ cars
    Look me up when these lives are ours
    I’ll be here in the highway dodgin’cars

    Doo Doo Doo Doo
    You’re surrounded by a light (hope you found the one you like)
    Your feet are off the ground
    And space is inside-out

    Get up!

    Look, see what we have not yet found
    It’s cheap levitation 
    We will come back down
    Look me up when these lives are ours
    I’ll be here in the highway dodgin’ cars

    Doo Doo Doo Doo
    You’re surrounded by a light (hope you found the one you like)
    Your feet are off the ground
    And space is inside-out

    We are broken, calloused, fearless (3 times)
    Doo Doo Doo Doo, etc.

    Your new race car will not slow down
    So I’m pushing you over
    Who’s the rider now?
    Look me up when these lives are ours
    I’ll be here in the highway dodgin’ cars

  • 01:18 Lyrics Toula's Sakoula

    Toula’s Sakoula

    Toula, Toula, Toula what’s in your handbag?
    Toula, Toula, Toula what’s in your handbag?
    Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!
    To you! To you! To you!
    Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!
    To you! To you! To you!
    Do you have two beans in your handbag?

    Toula, Toula, Toula give me your handbag
    Toula, Toula, Toula give me your handbag
    No! No! No!
    One-eyed little hooligan
    No! No! No!
    Black cat
    Now I will catch you and now I will boil you
    Tou - la
    Tou - la
    Tou - la! Tou - la! Tou - la! Tou - la!

    Toula, what do you have inside your handbag?

  • 03:40 Lyrics It's About

    It’s About

    It’s all about courtroom antics
    Biophysics, semantics
    Anti-punctual liaisons limited less with a ton less stations
    You matter but your team must produce, produce, process less
    Complex, next
    Like a pendulum swinging or the vain less modest
    It’s all about visions, decisions, physicians, and religions
    It’s all about trailer park camaraderie and teenage snobbery
    It’s all about this is your planet
    Goddamn it! I mean it! I’ve seen it!
    Moving in and out our space
    Get it out of my face

    Chorus:

    You don’t want me on your side
    You wouldn’t have it and you’d be wasting time
    You don’t want me on your side
    You wouldn’t have it and you’d be out of line
    You don’t want me on your side
    This is what happens when we collide
    How does it feel to loose your spine?
    You’ve got it all figured out?
    Maybe you should figure this in

    Distaste, distort, disagree with the plan
    Well man, here’s a detour meet you at the seashore
    Where she sells beat-up T-cells for a quarter a pop on a pastel backdrop
    She looks so calm that I think that I might stop
    Flippant speech or a mismatched breach of contact between
    What is the median?
    What is the mode?
    What is the mean?
    Can you resurrect the son?
    Can you prove there was one?
    Working for the boss, the bad-ass force now corporation endorsed

    Chorus

    It’s all about eliminating symptoms rearranging time and space to eradicate victims
    It’s not about sitting down quietly
    It’s about pushing back your opponent
    About swallowing regret and not showing it
    Like living in a mansion and not owning it

  • 02:57 Lyrics My Attention from Me

    My Attention from Me

    I should be quiet someone might hear 
    Me singing a song behind the closed door up here
    The fan’s blowing air that I can finally breathe 
    The heat has retired and soon so will we
    Like those innate souls-finagled, it signals change

    Despite the commotion from noisy machines 
    You blink your eyes twice and I know what you mean
    There is no paper on which to scribble these lines 
    I think of your hand and place it in mine

    I know I live, I know I give too much in the way of never minding 
    Now I’m finding myself asleep
    I haven’t opened my eyes in weeks
    And now it’s taken this lesson to get my attention from me

    I should be weary someone might conceive 
    That I have all but vanished and left a shell of me
    But before we go running with inane thoughts like these
    Remember I’ve not abandoned, I’m merely sorry

    I know I live, I know I give too much in the way of never minding
    Now I’m finding myself like those innate souls-finagled, 
    It signals me opening my eyes to see
    But no slight intervention will keep my attention from me

  • 04:09 Lyrics Defeating the Drama

    Defeating the Drama (Carnival of Images)

    Finding a shred of relief scattered across 25 years
    Hold the candle to the light and burn up what’s left of your sight
    Your weakness discovered a trace of the line
    The division of self-preservation that you hide behind

    I peered out from the inside and said this was not rooted in pride
    A shudder shook through me, a force both illusive and free
    Chipping this weight from your shoulders, what will I find?
    Reveal a frozen desire not yet refined?

    A carnival of images
    Turning fact into fiction is just what I was thinking
    Not saying or perhaps not relaying
    It’s a struggle in balancing:
    Defeating the drama for me

    We step cautiously now
    Wondering where we’ll come out
    Then fall back into fear
    Days later we full-circle here

    The cell barring our freedom is all that remains
    But we’re reaching out for the trigger to loosen our chains

    A carnival of images
    Turning fact into fiction is just what I was thinking
    Not saying or perhaps not relaying
    It’s a struggle in balancing:
    Defeating the drama for me--
    Reflections of cowardice is really just what it is

    It is just this

  • 01:29 Lyrics Good Night

    Good Night

    Now it’s time for me to go away
    But I’ll be back again some other day
    So if you happen to hear a faint melody
    It’s me on the bench in the park beneath the oak trees

    Out where the moon and the stars they shine so bright
    And if you didn’t look up you wouldn’t even know it was night
    So why don’t come over and sit down and listen a while
    I might just make you think a bit
    I might just make you smile

    Remember I’m where the moon and the stars they shine so bright
    But this is the end of the show 
    I’m sorry, I gotta go
    Good night

NOTES
Birthday was recorded at 3 Elliot St. Studios, Athens, Ohio by Christopher Pyle and mixed by Tony Xenos and Christopher Pyle. Mastered by Chris Weibel. Duplication by Oasis CD Manufacturing. Artwork and design by Tony Xenos, Courtney Klayko, and T. Saunders. Photography by Rick Fatica.

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by Tony Xenos

Released 2000
EFB Records
Released 2000
EFB Records
By turns intimate and driving, acerbic and searching, this acoustic collage of youthful regret and longing is anchored by Xenos’s strong melodic ear, a sweet mix of styles, and, as the title suggests, a prescient discomfort at the coming digital age.
  • 02:26 Reflector
  • 02:47 Lyrics Go! Spacecar

    Go! Spacecar

    Rhyming my head off doin just what I please
    I’m not Eminem
    I’m not the Beasties
    Got a brand new style coming up from A-Town
    Turnin some heads cuz my lyrics are so down
    I’m not sayin I’m a great MC just yet
    But the more I keep on, the hotter I’ll get
    Got the #1 formula for the hip-hop sensation
    I keep the buzz words straight up in rotation

    You can’t keep it
    Lock up it
    You can’t see it
    You can feel it
    You can steal it for a moment
    You can love it

    Rubberband racer goin the distance
    Doin the damage like nobody’s business
    Got no wax tracks no fly turntables
    My samples come clean from my floor deck Mabel
    Enough about me let’s get on to you
    Ya better be taping ya feet getting ready to move
    I’m Tony the Tiger getting ready to pounce
    Get on your feet and get ready to bounce

    You are so loud 
    You are sobering
    You are so green
    You are flowering

    Been round the world not guitar in hand
    Everybody’s got a style and I know where I stand
    I got no excuse for not getting out
    I was busy shooting vibes isn’t that what it’s about
    I was reeling to the left I was being held back
    Even though it was me writing all the phat tracks
    I’m sick of waiting for them they keep bringing me down
    I’m gonna do it myself 
    I’m bustin out of this town

    You are so loud
    You are sobering
    You are so green
    You are flowering

  • 04:29 Lyrics Contentment and the Planetary Cause

    Contentment & the Planetary Cause

    Unlikely story we have invented
    Purpose? 
    We're scratching at the surface of the planetary cause

    I am not content with these means and ends

    Convenience is up
    It's never a shock to know that we'll sustain ourselves no matter what
    If you've paid attention
    You know the afore mentioned has been formulated ever so carefully

    I am not content with these means and ends
    It's not enough to want to live
    Is it too much to know where we're headed?

    I am not content with these means and ends
    It's not enough to want to live
    Is it too much to know where we're headed?

    Unlikely story we have invented

  • 02:07 Lyrics R.E.M. Poster Song

    R.E.M. Poster Song

    There's a broom in the corner
    There's a map on the wall
    There's a globe on the floor 
    But most important of all 
    Is my Green World Tour 1989 R.E.M. poster

    It's just above my globe and it's next to my map
    It's caddy-corner to my stereo rack
    It's the Green World Tour 1989 R.E.M. poster

    Hey Michael what were you on
    When you named your album Green and you painted it brown?
    Just the things you think about when you're looking at
    The Green World Tour 1989 R.E.M. poster

    I think different, different than them
    I'da put a dot after the "m" in R.E.M.
    On my Green World Tour 1989 R.E.M. poster

    Solo

    Now for the finale I'll rhyme their names
    With odd sounding words that sound kinda lame
    Buy the Mike Stipe, cherry Berry, Mills chills, good-luck Buck
    Green World Tour 1989 R.E.M. poster

    Printed in England

  • 02:25 Cosmonaut
  • 04:21 Lyrics Velocity

    Velocity

    You let me down again
    Why should I have thought you would be any different?
    Take your place with the rest
    I'm sure you'll fit right in (right in)

    Don't wait just pass her by 
    We've been out of range for days
    Don't think, just let it alone
    At no specific time I'm at home
    I withdraw; I'm compelled to leave wherever I find myself

    You let me down, so what
    This is not about what I want
    It was never but I talked myself into thinking it couldn't be any better (better)

    Don't wait
    It'll pass you by
    One moment your everything just dies
    Don't think this is everything I feel
    It's easier to hate than to deal
    I swear, I've gone to every corner to get you out of my head

    Chorus:
    I get up
    Knocked right down 
    Now my everything shifts a little
    All I can think of is me, me, me
    Sorry to say I'm so selfish but we all are
    I give up
    I give up

    You let me down again
    I refused to ever see it coming
    I got caught in the avalanche
    Too good to be true, too caught up in you (in you)

    Don't say you're over it so soon
    Then again, I was the only one who was not matched
    From the beginning I could see the final catch

    Chorus:

  • 02:33 Lyrics Whatever Everything

    Whatever Everything

    Out of myself I am clearly out of my mind
    This has occurred now the millionth, bazillionth time
    If I trace back to the matter I'd get caught in the latter or now

    You said it'd be better to wait 
    Look where I am now 
    This isn't helping at all
    It'd be better if we didn't regret this whole thing
    Look where we are now 
    This isn't helping at all
    I'm a clown on a spring
    Whatever everything

    You say it'll get better
    It doesn't get better fast enough ever
    An hour, a day, a month?
    This is taking forever

    You said that this would be tough
    You have no fucking clue
    This is decaying love
    Circles and rings
    Whatever everything
    My brain is killing me
    I've been thinking so much I can't sleep

    This is just what I get
    I should catch it before I commit
    I was all I was cracked up to be and now I've left for sure

    You said it'll be better this way
    You could even care less what I have to say
    Princes and kings
    Whatever everything
    Whatever everything
    Whatever everything

  • 03:38 Lyrics Courier Text Reply

    Courier Text Reply

    To hell with the sentiments
    I'm not up for that now
    Illustrious, it was yes was us
    I'm not up for that now
    Yes the months went fast
    I won't argue with that
    But months to come 
    This is bad

    Have I been misconstrued or have I been misleading you?

    Do we see eye-to-eye?
    Courier text reply
    Inadequate
    We speak italicized, cauterized
    I hesitate to open up this vein
    I fear it will still take place

    I will be around 
    When all of these others drown in self aright and quick change
    All the advice you hear will mean nothing dear
    If you do not believe it yourself
    I'm here to help
    I refuse to imagine myself in future space
    I fear it will not take shape

    How can I convince you that I am not that bad?

  • 03:53 Lyrics Sleep Pristine

    Sleep Pristine

    Sleep pristine
    So that every eager camera captures every little candid picture
    You thought was yours alone
    You thought you were safe at home

    Sweet, pristine
    Now that every eager bastard's out to get you in his photo lens
    With or without your say
    You can't ever get away (even if you run)

    Eager to please
    They've got every bit of trash I bet you've seen it on the TV set
    And you are not amused
    They're using your life as food

    Wake up pristine
    Confused about what you could've been and what you are is what you 
    wanted then
    What you are now is a bitter wreck
    You just haven't noticed yet (maybe you should run)

    Sleep pristine 
    So that every eager glance they give is shattered to the motive
    Sleep pristine
    How can I sleep pristine?

  • 02:53 #3 Pancakes (short stack mix)
  • 02:47 Lyrics Sweet Rider

    Sweet Rider

    Come to the carnival and step up; I'll guess your age
    It's a hoax, ya think it's a hoax, you think it's a hoax
    You think it's a guess, guess, guess, guess.

    What have they taught you in those schools?
    What have they planted in your head over your feet outta the blue outta your mmmmind?

    mmmmmm Yee Haw
    mmmmmm

    Have you planned for your future?
    Have you planned for your mistakes?
    Have you had a moment to yourself?
    Do you do it to do it?
    Do you do it for your sssself?
    to keep it together
    to say this is as far as it goes
    Not one more moment, a minute
    Best keep it quiet while the record is spinning

    mmmmmm Yee Haw
    mmmmmm

    I'm, uh, so far, uh, so so
    I'm a kkeeper
    I'm a tock, tock, tic, tic hypertime jumper
    I'm a swweet rider

    (breakdown)

    Come to the carnival
    Step up and act your age
    It's a trick, you think it's a trick, you know it's a trip
    You got it now go, go, go, go

    What have they taught you in those schools?
    What have they planted in your skin?
    Scanning your skin, scanning for life, scanning like: beep, beep

    mmmmmm Yee Haw
    mmmmmm Yeeee Haw
    mmmmmm

  • 06:25 Lyrics A Way of Tracking Me

    A Way of Tracking Me

    With my G.P.S. I know where I am
    By some infra-electromagnetic pulse in me
    The satellite above allows me to breathe
    It's a way of tracking me
    It's a way of tracking me
    It's a way of reducing my life to a blip on a screen

    With my PIII I traverse the Earth
    Through some fiber optic T-1 info line
    A network closing the gap between space and time
    It's a way of tracking me
    It's a way of tracking me
    It's a way of reducing my life to a blip on a screen

    We have devised a plan designed to withstand
    Colossal cataclysmic, benign and repetitious fairy tale logistics
    This is all we get?
    I don't believe it
    This is all we get? 
    I don't believe it

    Will I wake up released?
    Will I wake up and lose everything?
    Will I face the machine?
    We'll just wait and see

    With my PCS I communicate with God
    Through airways cluttered by intricate mazes of sound
    Blasting antigravity, binary techno clouds
    It's a way of tracking me
    It's a way of tracking me
    It's a way of reducing my life to a blip on a screen

    We have devised a plan designed to withstand
    Colossal cataclysmic, benign and repetitious fairy tale logistics
    This is all we get?
    I don't believe it
    This is all we get? 
    I don't believe it

  • 01:57 Lyrics Firecracker

    Firecracker

    How do you dream?
    I bet your eyes sparkle even when you're fast asleep
    I saw you first 
    I hope that I can remember all the words
    That keep you sound asleep and safely next to me

    You heard it first from me
    It came out so effortlessly
    I can't believe all this wonder could be smiling at me
    If on a bed of daisies how would you sleep?
    And if you had it your way 
    Would you ever had picked me?

    Now I don't have to miss
    Lucky me, I found this 
    All along in front of my face
    You're a firecracker exploding in outer space
    I hope that I can remember all the words
    To keep you sound asleep, safely next to me

  • 02:56 Lyrics Green Rubber Boots

    Green Rubber Boots

    I made a promise
    I can't keep it
    I'm wide awake now 
    I'm not sleepin'
    I'm gonna take out the big boys
    That's what I do best
    I'm gonna break it on down and get this shit off my chest

    I'm not in the mood for this ping-ponging around
    I'm not building me up so you can break me down now
    I'm layin' my cards face up on the table
    My lickity-split, quick wit's young and able

    Why'd I catch you hangin' at the CP gig?
    Did you even have a clue into just what you did?
    You think we're gonna go back to the way when w me?
    It ain't gonna happen
    This is just what you get

    Cuz you can't expect the jockey to come right back
    Especially when his horse has been kicked off the track
    What did you expect, some compassion from me?
    I was fine on my own
    This is just what I need

    I'm done beatin' my fists 'til my knuckles are purple
    I'm not interested in expanding my friendship circle
    It come down to this, the decision you make
    I'm not goin' our for coffee unless it's a date

    Schenectady 
    Electricity
    It's about time we rethink
    Keep the moment in the moment 

    Did I mention I made a promise
    I can't keep it 
    I'm wide awake now
    I'm not sleepin'
    I'm gonna bust up the band that's been jammin' my mind
    I got some tricks in the mix to keep it all on time

    The street ain't gettin' crowded 
    You can clean up the mess
    Done takin shit from the man like I'm alive to impress
    I'm takin times outta my day to get back to the roots
    I feel the beat tapped out under my green rubber boots

    Schenectady 
    Electricity
    It's about time we rethink
    Keep the moment in the moment 

    Did I mention it ain't up to me to keep the records in check
    I've been dealin' out guilt since back the day that you left
    It's time a lesson was learned to pick up and move on
    One day I'll look back from the moon like Mr. Neil Armstrong

    Schenectady 
    Electricity
    It's about time we rethink
    Keep the moment in the moment

  • 01:52 Lyrics Dust Bunnies

    Where are my car keys?

    Are they in my pocket?

    Are they under the table?

    Are they in the dust bunnies?

    Dust bunnies

    Dust bunnies are my friends

    Do you like salad?

    or taco sauce?

    Let's wrap burritos

    Where is my orangutan?

    God dang it.

  • 01:30 How We Sleep
  • 04:50 Lyrics Wicked Living

    Wicked Living

    Who will line their cars up for such an empty sight?
    Too unlucky for armistice and broken sticks
    Too late to be revived
    Only will the fickle and the feeble at mind
    Only will the fickle and the feeble at mind

    Chorus:

    When they come to take me life will then embrace me
    All this weight is hanging heavy on the line
    All this wonder waiting 
    Me anticipating what will come of me refined?
    Who will change their mind?

    Only will the fickle and the feeble at mind
    Only will the fickle and the feeble at mind
    Only will the fickle and the feeble at mind
    Only will the fickle and the feeble at mind

    It's likely lonelier for those who stay behind
    Try to look when your eyes are closed
    How wicked are we living?
    Will we all survive?
    Only will the willing and their wicked minds
    Only will the willing and their wicked minds

    Chorus

    Only will the willing and their wicked minds
    Only will the willful and their wicked minds
    Only will the willing and their wicked minds
    Only will the willing and their wicked minds

    Two untired hands will wait to hold me tight
    And if I am not mistaken with my creation
    I will be divine
    Only will the knowing only know in their hearts
    Only will the knowing only know in their hearts

    When they come to take me life will then embrace me
    All this weight is hanging heavy on the line
    All this wonder waiting 
    Me anticipating what will come of me refined?
    Who will change my mind?

    Only will the knowing only know in their hearts
    Only will the knowing only know in their hearts
    Only will the knowing only know in their hearts
    Only will the knowing only know in their hearts

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NOTES
Try Autopilot was (mostly) recorded by Billy Rhinehart and Bruce Dalzell at B and B Knucklehead Studios and by Chris Pyle at 3 Elliot St. Studio. Chris Weibel mastered the album.
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