Nellie McKay Jukebox

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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:16 pm

REALLY
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Get Away From Me," © 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

am i sad
not sad enough
really
am i mad
not mad enough
clearly
am i complacent
completely
lacking in sincerity
yes indeed i am

am i tough
not tough enough
really
am i rough
not rough enough
nearly
am i lying here
on the ground
watching you get pushed around
yes indeed i am
really

i don't know why
i'm such a wimp
i realize
i'm just your pimp
but what can i do
what can i do

i feel small
not small enough
really
i feel lame and circumspect
i feel your pain and yet
i feel sympathy
empathy
it's just that i'm super busy right now
really

i don't know why
i'm such a shit
i realize
this doesn't help a bit
but what can i do
what can i do

i feel bad
not bad enough
really
i feel angry and upset
i could write you a small check
look i wish you luck
and here's your buck
it's just that i'm a yuppie fuck
yes indeed i am
really
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:16 pm

MOTHER OF PEARL
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

feminists don't have a sense of humor
feminists just want to be alone
feminists spread vicious lies and rumor
they have a tumor on their funny bone
they say
child molestation isn't funny
rape and degradation's just a crime
[lighten up ladies]
rampant prostitution
sex for money
[what's wrong with that?]
can't these chicks do anything but whine
dance break

[take it off!]
they say
cheap objectification isn't witty
[it's hot!]
equal work and wages worth the fight
[sing us a new one]
on-demand abortion every city
[okay, no gun control]
won't these women ever get a life
feminists don't have a sense of humor
[poor hillary!]
feminists and vegetarians
feminists spread vicious lies and rumor
they're far too sensitive to ever be a ham
that's why these feminists just need to find a man
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:17 pm

OVERSURE
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

have you got some time
have you got some spine
have you got something to begin with
or are you in a sinwich
have you got some nerve
have you got some verve
have you got something to depend on
or do you fender bend on
and if you say no
do you mean to go
down below the earth
with nothing
now you've got my name
and you've got my fame
have you got something to remind you
of who you used to be
or are you happy being me

moonlight and roses
starlight and fairytales that won't come true
good news
for those who pine away
the day comes shinin through
kittens high-hattin
sittin on satin with a host who's catnip fond
for those who seize the day
the way is paved beyond-er
I didn't know
the world was like this
if i'd a known
then i'd be psychic
if i had a clue
then maybe i'd be blue as a mockingbird
why do you think she laughs so much
i didn't know
i had such problems
if i'd a known
then i'd a solved them
but looking down the road
the oklahoma toad's beckoning to me
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:17 pm

GIN RUMMY
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

wake up in a small cafe
sweatshop in the sunshine
set sail and you're far away
never using force
cold coffee or cabernet
brick-hoppin' the daydream
shoe drops and you're bound to pay
gotta stay the course
you just wanna get
you don't wanna give
you may forget but you'll never forgive
and what is the point of live and let live
if they're stealin your cup of joe
it's a slick sham
hot damn
you wind up in a toe jam
you better scram fast, sam
the quicksand's gettin close

say it again if you will
have you got the nerve to give it up at the beginning
and does it hurt you
does it hurt you
does it hurt you
does it hurt you

my time was a miracle
insipid and satirical
a madrigal of lyrical twists
in the fist of a christmas invitational
crisp and informational
it seemed like a good idea at the time
why cry mister magpie
i spy kofi
fee i mean
see i mean
freedom ain't cheap i mean
the first test address
no such thing as good press
the best dressed messer in a washington dc

say it again if you will
have you got the nerve to give it up at the beginning
and does it hurt you
does it hurt you
does it hurt you
does it hurt you
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:17 pm

LIVIN
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

oh livin's a bunch of shit, shitin's a part of livin
fartin's a friend a shitin aye and so we carry on
bring me a clarinet
get me a big brown derby
buy me a lie a whale wide and sing a winter song
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:18 pm

IDENTITY THEFT
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

because i'm tired of maturity
airport insecurity
runnin from the thought police
fightin with the go-betweens
hold up let me steal a breath
cause we're dealin with identity theft
you need an education
i don't see why i got to
you need a good degree
as to assimilate
so little time
so much to be bored by
if no one trod along harvard lawn
no one'd make a nuclear bomb
they don't teach you how to care
empathisin if you dare
euthanize your sense of fair play
better to obey
no child is free
why it's queasy to see
is that an elementary or a penitentiary
huh geez
get off my back
beat it
take it to town
man idiots go to college to get dumbed down
oh
it leaves you bereft
oh
identity theft
i may be wrong
i don't know why
i may be wrong but i'll try
because i'm sick of the insanity
watchin horny manatee
feelin like a libertine
dealin with the death machine
hold em up
it's a street arrest
and we're dealin with identity theft
you need a publication
i don't see why i got to
you need a press release
as to assimilate
journo-fascist profiteers
pornotastic pioneers
bonbonbastic puppeteers
get away from me
how can you write what we read
that ain't my reality
you disabuse humanity
humility
and fealty
oh you guess you got an edge
hiding your hedge from the feds
puttin down the little veg
ignorance is a right
not a privilege
i'm finished done and had it
and while you fucks are at it
as far as i'm concerned
pluto's still a planet
oh
you die a quick death
oh
identity theft
i may be wrong
i don't know why
i may be wrong but i'll try
because i'm sick of all the sabotage
where's my female entourage
lookin for some kinda closure
all i'm findin is ray bolger
hold up
hell yeah i'll confess
cause we're dealin with identity theft
you need an occupation
i don't see why i got to
you need a boss to please
blah blah blah blah blah you're late
yakety yak
don't look wack
nellie you're a heart attack
murder murder on the wall
who's the butchest one of all
where'd you get that vegan dress
a flea market
oops i forgot
you design for target
shun violence and religion
don't ever play with nuns
but i punched a man on broadway just to watch him cry
every guy i went to try said i fight him but i can't think way
bent unhinged
and singed
i cringe to watch the main event
but in the end
there's no success like revenge
oh
it leaves you bereft
oh
identity theft
i may be wrong
i don't know why
i may be wrong but i'll try
because i'm tired of hypocrisy
is it them or is it me
if jesus christ is left in ruin
satan buddy how you doin
hold em up it's a street arrest
and we're dealin with identity theft
because i'm tired of being sweet and nice
fuck you once and fuck you twice
show your passport
get that stamp
funny like a nazi camp
hold em up
hell yeah i'll confess
cause we're dealin with identity theft
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:18 pm

GALLEON
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

saturday night in the men's ensemble dressing room
startin a fight in the men's ensemble lair
beware of dreams come true
it means you have to share a room
but tell em i'll be there
it's saturday night
they said we're one big family
but i'm just duckin tangerines
and lookin for my gun
it's saturday night
there's lots of hate and jealous fear and there's no favored nations here
now where's my elf ears gone
it's saturday night
saturday night in the men's ensemble dressing room
watchin the fight in the men's ensemble lair
you may escape the cage
but then you have to share a stage
and tell em i'll be there
it's saturday night
and now back to our new high school
cuz they got me wrong
yeah they got me wrong again
and although you're all talentless fools
can't we get along
can't we get along my friends
i got to be free
i got to for me
and if you can't see well that's enough
that's all that i need
to see you're all insecure
pedicured fucks
it's saturday night

it's saturday night
and now's the time to vindicate
tomorrow's just a matinee
and then we settle scores
it's saturday night
just one more week and then i'm done
just one more piece of chewing gum
and i don't care no more
it's saturday night
saturday night in the men's ensemble dressing room
startin a fight in the men's ensemble lair
you may escape the crypt
but keep your distance from all scripts
because before you're even aware
you'll be there
it's saturday night

it's saturday night
saturday night in the men's ensemble dressing room
startin a fight in the men's ensemble lair
it's saturday night

[omitted:
the wind blasts and the water flows
as the winter closes
at dawn of newborn spring
as each festering light explodes
there's a thorn that grows
in the sun so sweltering
this manifest bore
a blistering sore
long splintering war-torn country massacre
of blood and blue brains
please let the rain break and watch them away
it's saturday night
it's saturday night]
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:19 pm

POLITAN
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

santa maria can you hear me
i've got no reason to live
they say i've been lucky
but it's all relative
won't you make it easy
i've got to erase all the pain
they say it's behind me
but it keeps coming back

but if you knew my love
then you would see my love
never meant to interfere with all your plans
and if you cannot see
why don't you come for me
and escape me to the world of politan

lo que la noche se hace
a la manana parace

policeman please arrest me
i'd rather live in a jail
than have to stay out here
where everything fails
won't you give me something
i'll pay you awfully well
i will reimburse you
if you'll just make the deal

but if you knew my love
then you would see my love
never meant to interfere with all your plans
and if you cannot see
why don't you come for me
and escape me to the world of politan

you gotta say i'm an island
in the pacific
as miss o'day would say the view's terrific
the moral of the story is a doozy
dizzy parade

you gotta say i'm an island
oh you can't fake it
no if everybody knew the way to make it
the laurel and the glory would be taken
man i'd be made
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:19 pm

TESTIFY
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

as we approach fair weather
as we entertain our maiden endeavor
round us still the chorus beats
the schools
the streets
there's always danger there
for men will divest
only to a certain point
for each divines their own experience
and to our own
we must attest
they say authority's essential
they are insincere
they say discipline is fundamental
you will persevere
and when you've lost your fear
then that's when you must
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin

testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin

as you pack the tools of past illusions
you have lost your nerve
set them near you lest they cause confusion
keep some in reserve
to get what you deserve
you're gonna have to
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin

mama you got me my corduroy jeans
do your own laundry if you want them clean
mama the workload they're puttin me through
like i don't know
mama you got me my history books
yeah and i thought me i'd take me a look
but doesn't matter what you do or say because it ain't my history anyway

feast or famine you're cryin at the disco
you have lost your way
the peace they were plannin died in san francisco
floating on the bay
just close your eyes and pray
then stand up straight and testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
testify
raise your hands up to the sky
clouds are comin closer but a don't you cry because you ain't got time just keep on strivin testifyin
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Re: Nellie McKay Jukebox

Postby admin » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:20 pm

ZOMBIE
by Nellie McKay
Copyright Notice: Nellie McKay, "Obligatory Villagers," © 2007 Hungry Mouse Records

should you plan to travel way down south
woman to woman
i gotta tell you bout a curse
the curse that rose out of the deep green swamp
it hollers murder
and it makes you jump
and then it says
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah

when i was younger just a little girl
lennon glasses and a ponytail
uh huh
my mama told me honey pack your trunk
we're goin to mississippi do the bayou bump
where they say
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie yeah yeah yeah yea

one day i set out for a walk
the path soon grew quite dark
i saw my shadow runnin faster
hurry
slow mo
comin after me
after me
and it said
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa whoa yeah

but zombie don't have to dance
and zombie don't dance at your command
but zombie don't have to wait
so come on
do the voodoo shake
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah

one day i set out for a walk
the path soon grew quite dark
i saw my shadow runnin faster
hurry
slow mo
comin after me
after me
and it said
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa whoa yeah

the sun is shinin and you're feelin fine
when you pass the mason-dixie line
the forest echoes and the treeleaves snap
hey what's that sound
spin around
who dat
then they say
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie yeah yeah yeah yeah
do the zombie zombie whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie whoa whoa yeah
do the zombie
do the zombie zombie zombie
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