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Track Name: Zoe Gray - My Typewriter and Me
i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just my typewriter and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just the old ache of heartbreak, the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just the memories of friends, the old ache of heartbreak, the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just delusions of grandeur, self-doubt for forever, the memories of friends, the old ache of heartbreak, the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just unending in the background, humming in my head, just a thousand little signals that i might have just misread, just the thought that if i screw it up i’m wasting what i’ve got, just the need i have to think of every thing i’ve never thought,
just delusions of grandeur, self-doubt for forever, the memories of friends, the old ache of heartbreak, the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just a softness in my heart, and my fingertips are cold, just a dream i have of living in a cottage when i’m old, just a reconciliation of reality and wants, just doodles on my palm of my indiana haunts,
and unending in the background, humming in my head, just a thousand little signals that i might have just misread, just the thought that if i screw it up i’m wasting what i’ve got, just the need i have to think of every thing i’ve never thought,
just delusions of grandeur, self-doubt for forever, the memories of friends, the old ache of heartbreak, the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
i like to sit alone on my roof, writing
just a cool line from hamlet, a rhyme that i like, and the scars on my finger from crashing my bike,
just a softness in my heart, and my fingertips are cold, just a dream i have of living in a cottage when i’m old, just a reconciliation of reality and wants, just doodles on my palm of my indiana haunts,
and unending in the background, humming in my head, just a thousand little signals that i might have just misread, just the thought that if i screw it up i’m wasting what i’ve got, just the need i have to think of every thing i’ve never thought,
just delusions of grandeur, self-doubt for forever, the memories of friends, the old ache of heartbreak, the song caught in my head, the quiver of the trees, the taste of the sun,
my typewriter, and me

just my typewriter, and me
Track Name: Faster Jackalope - Send Me Off
Did I run too far?

Honestly,
Fix me up like Anna Lee
Did The Beach Boys naturally
Like a healing balm

With a kiss on both my eyelids send me off

Essentially
I will rise eventually
Whatever the adventure be
I will stumble on

With a love tap on my backside
And a kiss on both my eyelids send me off

Usually
I am lent at usury
To the girl who used to be
Better than dull me

With a squeeze around my ribcage
And a love tap on my backside
And a kiss on both my eyelids send me off

Maybe
You will know the real me
Just before you kill me
Quite deservedly

With a knife in my aorta
And a squeeze around my ribcage
And a love tap on my backside
And a kiss on both my eyelids send me off
Track Name: Mandibles - The Witching Hour
I wake up at the witching hour
At once my thoughts belong to you
Between our windows, a view most dower
There is but one thing I can do

Crossing the familiar street
I’ll knock at last upon your door

When jobs and parents move away
And with them I must go as well
Though all my being longs to stay
I’ll ne’er forget the place you dwell

I’ll take the over crowded bus
To traipse by foot a mile more
Crossing the familiar street
To knock at last upon your door.

When beckoned by our education
Farther still we have to part
Yet at every spring vacation
I must follow home my heart

O’er the country I will fly
Touching down in hopes we meet
Take the over crowded bus
To traipse by foot a mile more
Crossing the familiar street
To knock at last upon your door.

If life and work and love were simple
I’d have moved home long ago
But jobs that pay off debts that cripple
Scant reside where love would grow

Climb aboard the jersey train
And make the trip without a fuss
O’er the country I will fly
Touching down in hopes we meet
And take the over crowded bus
To traipse by foot a mile more
Crossing the familiar street
To knock at last upon your door.

The witching hour’s memories
That linger in my mind
Create a joyous reverie
That conjures more in kind:

Of travel under fading starlight
Winking in the inky sky.
Climb aboard the jersey train
And make the trip without a fuss
O’er the country I will fly
Touching down in hopes we meet
And take the over crowded bus
To traipse by foot a mile more
Crossing the familiar street
To knock at last upon your door.

Finally as life is lead
Day by day into the grave
I rise in darkness from my bed
To seek the love I’ve always craved.

I’ll wake up at the witching hour
To take the taxi, small and plain,
And travel under fading starlight
Winking in the inky sky.
Climb aboard the jersey train
And make the trip without a fuss
O’er the country I will fly
Touching down in hopes we meet
And take the over crowded bus
To traipse by foot a mile more
Crossing the familiar street
To knock at last upon your door.

Finally the door is opened
Finally your face I see
The parting spell of past act’s broken
We are joined in reverie
Track Name: Third Cat - Feel My Trouble
just like any other kid
dreamed of being a star
but I never really did
get all that far.

growing old at this dead-end job
Monday night headed out to the bar
and I'll have a shot of Jack

make it a double
I don't want to feel my trouble.

Tuesday night headed out to the bar
and I'll have a Tom Collins
and a shot of Jack

make it a double
I don't want to feel my trouble.

going nowhere at this nothing job
Wednesday night headed out to the bar
I'll have a whole bottle of Cabernet
and a Tom Collins
and a shot of Jack

make it a double
I don't want to feel my trouble.

Thursday night headed out to the bar
I'll have a couple IPAs
and a whole bottle of Cabernet
and a Tom Collins
and a shot of Jack

(instrumental break)

growing old at this dead-end job
Friday night headed out to the bar
I'll have a few Moscow Mules
and a couple IPAs
and a whole bottle of Cabernet
and a Tom Collins
and a shot of Jack

make it a double
I don't want to feel my trouble.
Track Name: Micah Sommersmith - You Like Me (SHADOW)
Brian caught you staring at me
Staring at me across the classroom
And that’s how Brian knows that you like me

And Natalie got a note from Brian
While Mr. Leigh was rambling about something
That Brian caught you staring at me
Staring at me across the classroom
And that’s how Natalie knows that you like me

And Marlon heard while playing hopscotch
Right between the six and seven
That Natalie got a note from Brian
While Mr. Leigh was rambling about something
That Brian caught you staring at me
Staring at me across the classroom
And that’s how Marlon knows that you like me

And Glenny read a Sharpie scrawl
Scribbled on a bathroom stall
That Marlon heard while playing hopscotch
Right between the six and seven
That Natalie got a note from Brian
While Mr. Leigh was rambling about something
That Brian caught you staring at me
Staring at me across the classroom
And that’s how Glenny knows that you like me

And Zoe heard in general music
While tuning up her ukulele
That Glenny read a Sharpie scrawl
Scribbled on a bathroom stall
That Marlon heard while playing hopscotch
Right between the six and seven
That Natalie got a note from Brian
While Mr. Leigh was rambling about something
That Brian caught you staring at me
Staring at me across the classroom
And that’s how Zoe knows that you like me

And Zoe stopped me in the hallway
With a conspiratorial whisper
That she had heard in general music
While tuning up her ukulele
That Glenny read a Sharpie scrawl
Scribbled on a bathroom stall
That Marlon heard while playing hopscotch
Right between the six and seven
That Natalie got a note from Brian
While Mr. Leigh was rambling about something
That Brian caught you staring at me
Staring at me across the classroom
And that’s how Brian
And that’s how Natalie
And that’s how Marlon
And that’s how Glenny
And that’s how Zoe
And that’s how I know
That you like me
Track Name: Jocko Homomorphism - On the Beach (SHADOW)
Nothing to do but head for the bar,
As we wait for the toxic cloud.
We didn't drop the first atom bomb,
And we only won by default.

There's a radio station in the US of A,
And you know I'm all about that noise.
So everybody in the submarine,
I'm sure my baby will be fine. (You bet?)

They're dead here, John.
How bout we head back and race to the death?
Let's get on dry land, before the captain sinks the ship.
Honey, have you seen my cyanide?

Nothing to d-d-d but head for the "Bob,"
As we wait for the toxic cloud.
Didn't we drop the first atom b-b-b-bomb?
And we only won by defauf.

You know I'm all about that radio,
You know I'm all about that noise.
So everybody in this rhombus,
I'm sure my baby will be She-Ra.

They're John here, John.
How bout we head back and race to the john?
Let's get on the captain, before the captain ships John.
Track Name: Vom Vorton - One Turkey Sandwich (SHADOW)
it's the office christmas party
and I'm feeling faint-hearted
everyone knows everyone
but I only just started
and the people are so friendly
I just want to impress
but I don't know what to order
and I'm not sure how to dress

I'll just have a taste of brandy
and a few slices of cheese
a small glass of wine
and a single turkey sandwich, please

the CEO has said he'll buy
the whole office a beer
and there's tons of enthusiastic
young people here
and I don't want to look old
I don't want them to think
that because I'm over thirty
I've forgotten how to drink

I'll take a half of bitter
and a slice of christmas cake
load my plate with just as many
sprouts as it will take
I'll have a taste of brandy
and a few slices of cheese
a small glass of wine
and a single turkey sandwich, please

the alcohol is kicking in
I'm starting to relax
I'm bombarding my colleagues
with anecdotes and facts
some are making excuses
fleeing for their cars
but I'm pulling out my wallet
and I'm back off to the bar

I'll have six pints of lager
and finish the mince pies
I'll buy shots for my table
even though it’s not wise
I'll take a half of bitter
and a slice of christmas cake
load my plate with just as many
sprouts as it will take
I'll have a taste of brandy
and a few slices of cheese
a small glass of wine
and a single turkey sandwich, please

they’ve got fear in their eyes
they all wear a shocked expression
I think it’s fair to say…
I have made an impression

I've got food in my hair
and sick on my shirt
I'm dancing on the table
til my feet start to hurt
I've had six pints of lager
and I finished the mince pies
I bought shots for my table
even though it wasn't wise
I had a half of bitter
and a slice of christmas cake
loaded my plate with just as many
sprouts as it would take
I had a taste of brandy
and a few slices of cheese
a small glass of wine
and a single turkey sandwich, please
Track Name: Brian Gray - The Yeast Song (SHADOW)
We’re on a trip aboard a ship to salvage humankind
We gotta not go out of our collective freakin’ mind
So give a yelp and drink to help the colony survive (Wooo!)
'Cause that’s the ruse we choose to use to keep the yeast alive!

We’re on a trip aboard a ship to salvage humankind
We gotta not go out of our collective freakin’ mind
So give a yelp and drink to help the colony survive (Wooo!)
…We mill the malted barley grain until the gristy bits remain
…A properly heated water splash converts the starch into a mash
And that’s the ruse we choose to use to keep the yeast alive!

We’re on a trip aboard a ship to salvage humankind
We gotta not go out of our collective freakin’ mind
So give a yelp and drink to help the colony survive (Wooo!)
…We mill the malted barley grain until the gristy bits remain
…A properly heated water splash converts the starch into a mash
…The lautering yields a sweetened musk and separates the wort from husk
…We boil and boil until she stops extractin’ bitter from the hops
And that’s the ruse we choose to use to keep the yeast alive!

We’re on a trip aboard a ship to salvage humankind
We gotta not go out of our collective freakin’ mind
So give a yelp and drink to help the colony survive (Wooo!)
…We mill the malted barley grain until the gristy bits remain
…A properly heated water splash converts the starch into a mash
…The lautering yields a sweetened musk and separates the wort from husk
…We boil and boil until she stops extractin’ bitter from the hops
…Now it’s time for coolin’ down and makin’ sure ain’t no hops aroun’
…Give ‘er the yeast and make with ventin’ cause now’s the time to start fermentin’
And that’s the ruse we choose to use to keep the yeast alive!

We’re on a trip aboard a ship to salvage humankind
We gotta not go out of our collective freakin’ mind
So give a yelp and drink to help the colony survive (Wooo!)
…We mill the malted barley grain until the gristy bits remain
…A properly heated water splash converts the starch into a mash
…The lautering yields a sweetened musk and separates the wort from husk
…We boil and boil until she stops extractin’ bitter from the hops
…Now it’s time for coolin’ down and makin’ sure ain’t no hops aroun’
…Give ‘er the yeast and make with ventin’ cause now’s the time to start fermentin’
…Then more yeast is gettin’ busy makin’ the lager nice an fizzy
…Finally it’s time to dwell ‘er in the cellar gettin’ meller
And that’s the ruse we choose to use to keep the yeast alive!
Track Name: Good Guy Sôjàbé - Nightcrawler (SHADOW)
ONE STEP CLOSER IN LINE STEP CLOSER IN LINE STEP CLOSER IN LINE TO LOSE
LEAVE THE OTHERS BEHIND LEAVE THE OTHERS BEHIND LEAVE THE OTHERS BEHIND TO PROVE
DESENSITISED DESENSITISED DESENSITISED BY NEWS
YOU'RE OUT OF TIME YOU'RE OUT OF TIME YOU'RE OUT OF TIME TO CHOOSE
THIS HATE WILL BURN THIS HATE WILL BURN THIS HATE WILL BURN RIGHT THROUGH
YOU'RE PARALYSED YOU'RE PARALYSED YOU'RE PARALYSED ANEW

DOWN COME THE TEETH OF THE NIGHT
THE HOLLOW IN FALSE LIGHT
A WHIP CRACK ON YOUR SPINE
DOWN COME THE TEETH OF THE NIGHT

STRETCH THE SKIN ON THE WHEEL
THE BLOOD DOESN'T BURN IT HEALS
THE PSYCHOPATH NO LONGER FEELS
HIS PASSION FOR YOU REVEALED
Track Name: Menage A Tune - Let's Have Lunch (SHADOW)
Let’s have lunch at The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

I’ll just have some salad,
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

Just a plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad,
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

I’ll add a few tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

Cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

A pinch of shredded cheese for flavor and
A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

Then a few bits of ham to savor, with
Some shredded cheese for flavor, and
A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

Ranch dressing next!
On my
Bits of ham to savor, with
Some shredded cheese for flavor, and
A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

That prime rib table’s real close by
I’ll just have one small slice
Ranch dressing next!
On my
Bits of ham to savor, with
Some shredded cheese for flavor, and
A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

I’ll need some mashed potatoes
With gravy over all
Since that prime rib table’s real close by
I’ll just have one small slice
Ranch dressing next!
On my
Bits of ham to savor, with
Some shredded cheese for flavor, and
A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar

I’ll finish up with chocolate cake, and ice cream on the side
Since I’ve been eating healthy I deserve a small reward
I just took mashed potatoes, with gravy over all
That prime rib table’s real close by
I’ll just have one small slice
Ranch dressing next!
On my
Bits of ham to savor, with
Some shredded cheese for flavor, and
A couple garlic croutons shouldn’t mess my diet up, along with
Broccoli and cauliflower-those are healthy foods!
And cucumbers are good for you
Along with those tomatoes
Atop my plate of lettuce, since
I’m just having salad
Cuz I don’t wanna get fat, when
We have lunch at
The Country Kitchen self-serve salad bar


I don’t get why I’m still fat- I only had a salad!
At the country kitchen self serve salad bar!

Maybe I eat too much lettuce...
Track Name: Glen Raphael - If the Climate Changes (SHADOW)
If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause flood...and drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause massive earthquakes, flood and drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause giant squid migration, massive earthquakes, flood and drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause costly food, giant squid migration, massive earthquakes, flood and drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause polar bears will drown, costly food, giant squid migration, massive earthquakes, flood and drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause children won’t know snow, polar bears will drown, costly food, giant squid migration, massive earthquakes, flood and drought

If the climate changes that will cause many many wrong things bad things if the climate changes that will cause brain eating amoeba, children won’t know snow, polar bears will drown, costly food, giant squid migration, massive earthquakes, flood and drought
Track Name: Glenny - So Alive (SHADOW)
You make me feel so alive

You are the beating of my (drums)


You make me feel so alive

I hope my nerves don’t start (bass)

You are the beating of my heart


You make me feel so alive

My intellect does not know (acoustic)

I hope my nerves don’t start to show

You are the beating of my


You make me feel so alive

This energy is now (theremin)

My intellect does not know how

I hope my nerves don’t start

You are the beating of my heart


You make me feel so alive

These new ideas can make (glock)

This energy is now awake

My intellect does not know

I hope my nerves don’t start to show

You are the beating of my

You make me feel so alive


My sorrow is all but through (no more mellotron)

My wonderment begins too (oohs Ahs)


You make me feel so Alive

I’m shaken to my deep (tambo)

My wonderment begins to steep


You make me feel so alive

This love can grow a step (mandy)

I’m shaken to my deepest depths

My wonderment begins to…


My sorrow is now all but through

I’m sliding off and on (slide)

This love can grow a step beyond

I’m shaken to my deep

My wonderment begins to steep


You make me feel so alive

Do you have any feedback? (e-bow)

I’m sliding off and on the track

This love can grow a step

I’m shaken to my deepest depths

My wonderment begins to…

My sorrow is now all but through



Do you have any feedback?

I’m sliding off and on the track

This love can grow a step

I’m shaken to my deepest depths

My wonderment begins to…

My sorrow is now all but through

These new ideas can make

This energy is now awake

My intellect does not know

I hope my nerves don’t start to show

You are the beating of my

You make me feel so alive

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