Sonic Dreamer

by Thomas Truax

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1.
I had an itch in Wichita Turned to a pain in Spain Thought I had it cured in Aberdeen But now it's comin' round again With your chrysanthemum eyes And your nuclear glow You just forget what you were taught You just let it show, just let it show... I've got a beehive heart oo-oo-oo0-oo-oo-ooo This daily grindin' does my mind in but I've Gotta pay those bills Get up, strap that cross to my back and Play the boss man's mule Can't wait to see you Sunday With your stigma and your style I get so charged around you My shoes come untied while I'm standin' still I've got a beehive heart oo-oo-oo0-oo-oo-ooo You're the circling black cat And I'm the birthday goldfish that Didn't quite get all those candles out But honey I'm still making this wish That all your planets line up in a row And that your parents learn to let you go And when you're lyin' in your bed 'cause you're feelin' low I hope the silver moon shines through your window I've got a beehive heart oo-oo-oo0-oo-oo-ooo
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We come together it's an elevated train and that's a fine place to be She's got me singing like a little tweety bird at the top of a cuckoo tree It's all happening now Hang on to your hats Magpie flies with silver dollar, hole in pocket starts to holler "In this dark I'm blind!" The room is warm and buzzin' tell me are we really cousins? I don't mind if you don't mind Hey have you ever had a little voice way deep inside you screamin '"Dear God help me out!"? It's not a noble remedy the dope the doctor gives me but I'm different than I thought Not always like I want to be sometimes I'm different than I thought (Chorus) This sea of Derby chimneys looks just like a cemetery, wonder who lives underground Blue lights flicker madly as it turns 'em into zombies they don't move or make a sound But somethin's 'bout to happen there's a whistlin' and a cracklin' and the whole town's blown a fuse! And gradually the families start emerging from their dormantories settin' up the barbecues (Chorus)
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I had an off day so I took a day off Called in to work and I gave 'em a cough I drank by the river, had a chat with my liver Weren't we the luckiest man alive? I sat on a swingset and thought of those things that Were ten times as good when I shared them with her Like coffee, ice cream, Tate Modern museum And chasing those bats after dark CHORUS: I find it kind of strange Though she says nothing's changed It always rains on Sundays It always rains on Sundays It always rains on Sundays Since she's been away As we often did we just walked around and marveled at all of the things that we found The tide was so low so that we could go below And walk on the dry river bed We picked the best shells and stones The ones that sparkled and shone We kissed and we wondered whose were those bones? We saw tucked away some cardboard hideaways Homeless houses with river views My room had become our aquarium The world outside, our planetarium When we went to the steam fair It was like a dream there In the carnival air we just didn't have a care But now she's gone off to New York City Temporarily to study I hope she makes friends and finds company But in the end I hope mostly that she'll come back to me Come back to me In the end I hope mostly that she'll come back to me (Chorus repeats)
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What's the matter with my grey matter? What's the matter with my grey matter today? Isn't it strange to be estranged Deranged, changed, rearranged And all because when you clasped onto her hand it just dissolved into sand What was the name of that film again? And sorry what's your name again? Don't show your fear and the bite wont puncture the skin (Chorus) Have you ever found yourself an unfounded fear? I'm telling you man, they're growing them out of every crack around here Maybe I need more therapy, but that would cost more money And if I had more money would I really need more therapy? (Chorus) Stackin 'em up, knockin 'em down again... The firmament over the infirmary holds firm and dry But inside these walls the rain seems to fall all day I wish you'd come visit, I feel like an idiot without you The drawing and discussions and sing-ins mean nothing without you The drawing and discussions and sing-ins mean nothing without you
5.
Emergency landing, uncharted island Can you believe what the captain said "Keep your heads on little chickens keep your heads on No one in my party's gonna end up dead" But we look so white against the black of night And we wear our shaking nerves like jackets of fright Can you hear that rhythm as they beat their bones And we've got no reception on our mobile phones Luke is peelin' off a leech and countin' his luck But if we stand here in the sand we are surely sitting ducks Look over there from where the smoke is issuin' He says it may be human but it smells like chicken The trees are all aflutter with the fireflies But the way they move together may be human eyes But we've got to go in because they've got our woman The cannibals have kidnapped our Nicole Kidman
6.
Who says that only children play As Gin and Ginger light the way Your finger lingers in her clay She sighs a sigh that breaks the break of day Out the window blows the sigh And through the old oak tree it flys Through the bees and past the birds Who twitter as they tweet their words They feel something between their legs There'll soon be eggs, there'll soon be eggs Such is the nature of the sigh The sigh that rides on wind and sea tonight It teases ladies having tea Under umbrellas by the sea It slips in and out of their slips They giggle as they sip their sips It plays upon the seamen's sails It teases them like siren's wales The jellyfish they undulate The dolphins mate and procreate And when it lands upon Japan The sigh it boards a rush hour train It whispers to the business men Enticing them with racy thoughts of sin And later when they're with their wives Their sex lives take on whole new lives Such is the nature of the sigh The sigh that rides on wind and sea tonight It bounces off an aerial Which broadcasts out its magic spell To highest heaven, deepest hell Your little girl climbs from her well today
7.
Balancing on a bouncing wire While juggling bowling pins on fire Touch the tears of the town crier He swears his mother was a liar He swears his mother was a liar As trusty as a fortune teller Marry me or fall away Umbrella break the sunlight spray Lets sleep beneath the canopy Of a shady summer tree Awakened by a broken dream Things aren't always what they seem chorus: Aren't we part of the same world? I would hold you if you were cold The strongbox has gone orange with rust I know no longer what to trust Descending like a wingless bird I feel invisible, unheard I'd hoped you'd lend a helping hand Or maybe just a kindly word Aren't we part of the same world? I would hold you if you were cold
8.
Dear wise old elderberry Wont you share with me your story? Could it be as melancholy as mine? You have lived through such a span of seasons Bright a while but then what's the reason It tends to go so cold and dark in wintertime? Human advice says put your best foot forward But being rooted you're just reaching upward Even though you lost some limbs for a power line You stand your ground and bloom so bright and fine Bright and fine, bright and fine... But then your leaves fall Like you're crying You go all skeletal Looks like you're dying Do you know even now that spring will come And you'll be born again? Sometimes I wonder if you're not a dormant rocket That any day you'll blast out of your magnetic socket The ground will shake, your roots will smoke Your squirrels will fly A burst, a boom, some crackling grass And you'll shoot into the sky Bright and fine, bright and fine...
9.
We're living in a tangle of electrical cable Drinking til we're Caned unable under the table It's all bottled up it's just gotta come out If you've gotta vomit do it on a canvas make it shout: POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST MODERN oh yeah! Alright. The corpse in the hall well it started smelling weird So we moved it outside then the neighbors they were scared of us We're POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST POST MODERN oh yeah! I walked through the museum and it opened up a dream So I turned it round again and put it in a magazine because I'm POST... Just loafing round the gardens like the old Victorians You're lying on the cracked marble under the fountain Just watching those clouds roll and hoping they'll open Then all those little rosy cherubs will come flying in And the whispering begins They'll witness as we sin They'll be telling all their friends Word'll get back to Heaven It's easier to be anachronistic than it is to find the time to make This time your own Make this time your own Listen to your beer listen to your beer... I wonder what Duchamp would say I wonder if he'd stop to say "Check mate baby you've got nothing new to say because you're POST...
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Hawaiian breezes blow the snow around The Tiki gods are here to mend my mind Dear God please help me am I going blind? Park Slope is snowing in the summer time You're beautiful you make me naturally high So beautiful you make me want to cry Oh yes I drank myself to outer space But you, you'll get me back to Astor Place You're fish and bamboo under neon light You are a spring roll on an autumn night Your light is on and there is no one in Pull to the curb and now your door's open Feels like I have been waiting years for you The others all passed by and left me blue You know for me you are the only one So lonely taxi come on take me home

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"Strangely addictive and enchanting...one of the most imaginative and innovative releases this year". - Melissa York, Supersweet.org

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released July 7, 2010

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Thomas Truax London, UK

"Thomas Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with all things lunar. He travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made with bike wheels and a souped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable guitar 'Hank'.
"Inventive and Romantic" -TimeOut
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