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Track Name: I-5
There’s an eggshell frying on my brain
I’m trying to remember my own name
We've seen this movie, I know how ends
So why even bother to pretend?

There's a streetlight shining in your eye
We’ll measure our power by horse
There's a street race on Black Mountain Road
We’ll follow the map of the course
And settle this tonight, of course

I drive
On I-5

There’s a fried egg on the windowpane
The acid rain is burning a hole
Stick your tongue out, sugar in a cube
Red flags on your checkered past

The telephone wires are the staff
The birds perching there are the notes
Pedal to the metal driving fast
To speed up the music on the go
Ready, steady, let’s go

I drive
On I-5

Is this real or pretend?
Ah, and is this the end?
Will we come back again?
As what we despise?
Til we change our minds?
This is what as I think about as I…

I drive
On I-5
Track Name: I Saw It First
I’ve never seen it
I don’t believe it’s living or could even survive
I’ve never seen it
Where has it been for years and is it even alive?

Can I learn it by name?
Even yell out the same to a person that is driving by?
Can I tell all my friends up and around the bend?
Cross my heart on it and hope to die?

I saw it first
You’d have to wake too early, birdie
To get this worm

Is there anyone out there listening?
Why do they leave us all alone?
I’ve got a heart-shaped hole that’s missing
I guess I’d really like to know
It’s fun, but not that fun
Behind the sun, we’ll never know

I saw it first
You’d have to wake too early, birdie
To get this worm
Track Name: Triple Vision
Double vision, triple vision
Face glued to your television
Activision, long division
Stuck inside your subdivision
Supervision, indecision
Is it all that you envisioned?
Narcissism, nihilism
Cure myself with hypnotism

Double my vision
With double mint gum
This television is making me dumb
I triple my vision
And trip on my head
I fall down the stairs then
I wake up in bed

Love to say da-da
Dadaism da-da-da

Magnetism, mechanism
I think I have astigmatism
Communism, darwinism
Criticize the criticism
Optimism, pessimism
Think I’ll have an aneurysm
Exorcism, gnosticism
Is it all revisionism?

Double my vision
With double mint gum
This television is making me dumb
I triple my vision
And trip on my head
I fall down the stairs then
I wake up in bed

Love to say da-da
Dadaism da-da-da

Do I have your attention?
Or did I forget to mention?
Voiced from another dimension
Like a knife to cut through
All the tension

Double my vision
With double mint gum
This television is making me dumb
I triple my vision
And trip on my head
I fall down the stairs then
I wake up in bed

Love to say da-da
Dadaism da-da-da
Track Name: Ghosties
I have a girl that never is around
I have a friend who never is in town

Brush my habit off; chewing all my nails
Walking the streets looking extra pale

I have a girl but I'm never around
I have a friend who never makes a sound

Oh please
I’ve always got my ghosty
Oh jeez
I’ll always want my ghosty
Oh me
At least I know we’re ghosties
At least
At least I’ve got my ghosty

I have a girl but I'm never around
I have a friend who never makes a sound

Oh please
I’ve always got my ghosty
Oh jeez
I’ll always want my ghosty
Oh me
At least I know we’re ghosties
At least
At least I’ve got my ghosty

I see your raccoon eyes in the headlights
Anybody can be anyone
Our sun-bleached bones in the moonlight
Still warm from the afternoon sun

Oh please
I’ve always got my ghosty
Oh jeez
I’ll always want my ghosty
Oh me
At least I know we’re ghosties
At least
At least I’ve got my ghosty
Track Name: My Ninth Life
Way down below us
I know this to be true
Way up above us
Enough of this point of view

Beat my head up against the wall
Staring down at an empty hall

I’m on my ninth life

Inside by body
My blood turns to dust

Fish, wine, and bread loaves
Yet my skin turns to rust

Beat my bones up against the wall
Staring down at an empty hall

I’m on my ninth life

The path to the stairway is paved with all good intentions
Oh but it’s still out of order for heaven’s sake
The feast and the famine will force you to reexamine
This lifelong game of backgammon here that we play

I’m on my ninth life
Track Name: Let's Get Something to Eat
I don’t wanna be wet towel
I don’t wanna be a sunburn, man
I don’t wanna be a lonely howl
I don’t wanna be your spray on tan

This might sound crazy but it came out of my head
This might seem lazy but how can you not, not nod your head?

Let’s get something to eat

I don’t wanna be your laundry soap
I don’t wanna be a tucked in shirt
I don’t wanna be your only hope
I don’t wanna seem desperate

This might seem weird but it came out in one piece
How can you deny a gift as given to thee?

Let’s get something to eat

I don’t wanna be your pink eye
I don’t wanna be your evening look
I don’t wanna be that guy
Brain out my nose with an Egyptian hook

This might sound crazy but it came out of my head
This might seem lazy but how can you not lose your head?

Let’s get something to eat

Rattle my doubts around in my skull
Hoping that push won’t come to pull
Stuck inside my own head again
But I’m still on the outside looking in

Let’s get something to eat
Track Name: Skirball Center Drive
You share a sign with Mulholland Dr.
Seems no one is going your way
Get off at Sunset Blvd
Always seeking fortune and fame
You’ll never even be Sepulveda Blvd.
But that’s ok
My little Skirball Center Dr.
Only a detour will send them your way

Skirball Center Drive
You look just like those other roads with the sun in my eyes
You throw me for a left turn but let’s compromise
Skirball Center Drive

You share a sign with Mulholland Dr
They drive the other way in their cars
Get off at Sunset Blvd
To rub elbows with the stars
You’ll never even be Sepulveda Blvd
But that’s just fine
My little Skirball Center Drive
You’re the sore thumb on star-studded sign

Skirball Center Drive
You look just like those other roads with the sun in my eyes
You throw me for a left turn but let’s compromise
Skirball Center Drive

You’ll always be the middle of the road
No one is screaming your name
You’ll never have a movie named after you
But you’ll make the menu at a sushi restaurant

Skirball Center Drive
You don’t need the fame that those other names provide
You’re looking for the recognition that’s hard to find
Skirball Center Drive
Track Name: Don't You Never Not Ever Let Me Down Again
I was taking a walk by myself
It’s not what the meaning is in the book on the shelf
It’s metaphysical or metaphorical?
Allegorical? Or something else?
I’m just taking a walk by myself

Don’t you never not ever let me down again
Don’t you never not ever let me down again
I know you better not ever don’t ever let me down again
Don’t you never not ever let me down again

I was taking a ride with my best friend
It’s not what you think the meaning is in the end
It’s metaphysical or metaphorical?
Allegorical? Or something else?
I just want to take a ride with my best friend

Don’t you never not ever let me down again
Don’t you never not ever let me down again
I know you better not ever don’t ever let me down again
Don’t you never not ever let me down again

For the first time I can tell you
How I really want to feel
And I hope it lasts forever
If you believe that love is real

Don’t you never not ever let me down again
Don’t you never not ever let me down again
I know you better not ever don’t ever let me down again
Don’t you never not ever let me down again
Track Name: Pop-O-Matic
The world is in trouble
It’s invading my personal bubble
But with sun in your eyes
You’ll see it like is if you squint right
In the cardboard sleeve it fits just right
Are you leading me on?
Are you leading me on and on and on?

It’s automatic with your four on the floor
It’s copacetic and on the bathroom floor
It’s pop-o-matic, bubble about to burst
I am ecstatic and now back to the verse

This girl is trouble
She’s demolishing my walls to rubble
But with sun in my eyes
You’ll see it like is if I squint right
In the cardboard sleeve it fits just right
Are you reading ahead? I’ve just lost my head

It’s automatic with your four on the floor
It’s copacetic and on the bathroom floor
It’s pop-o-matic, bubble about to switch
The TV is static and now onto the bridge

The harder you fall, you’ll fall to pieces
The longer you wait, you’ll rest in pieces
So now you’re Hindu and you will say ‘namaste’
If that’s what you’re into then I’m sorry that I say
I never get out and I’m sorry when I stay home alone

It’s automatic with your four on the floor
It’s copacetic and on the bathroom floor
It’s pop-a-matic, bubble about to pop
It’s anticlimactic, so let’s finish this up
Track Name: Taco Tuesday Song
Til next Tuesday I will be your mean
Til next Tuesday I’ll take you by the hand

We’ll sit in our booth
And drink sweet drinks
Then we’ll floss our tooths
And dream sweet dreams

Taco Tuesday Song
Taco Tuesday Song
Until the hot sauce is gone
I’ll be your Taco Tuesday Song

Til next Tuesday I'll make other plans
Til next Tuesday I will understand

We’ll sit in our booth
And drink sweet drinks
Then we’ll floss our tooths
And dream sweet dreams

Taco Tuesday Song
Taco Tuesday Song
Until the hot sauce is gone
I’ll be your Taco Tuesday Song