Strange Vibrations

by Tin Tin Can

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Recorded at Magnetic Studios in Pontiac, MI
Engineered by Mark Baykian
Mixed by David Allen of Skihaus
Mastered by Carl Saff

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released March 13, 2012

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Track Name: Year of the Rat
We were born in a blackout, year of the rat / We made a pact with our blood and a thumbtack / you came over me slowly like a raincloud / I would have doubted it only if I knew how / maybe if I forget about you I could do what I want / we scrawled our names in the paint of every street sign / and in your green eyes I composed a plot line / that night we touched skin I swear I saw the light bend / I should have said it right there, I should have said it then / maybe if I forget about you I could do what I want.
Track Name: City Lights
Look outside to the black-wood tree / Caleb’s in a pine-box six feet deep / when I left for the city, thought I’d see him again / could someone tell my friends that I love them? / if there’s something I love and something I hate / it’s a pretty good bet it’s the same damn thing / that’s why my mom’s cleaning blinds while my brother and I get high in the basement all night / I don’t want to die here / I don’t want to die with the kettle on the fire and the crackling of the wood / there’s dogs in the backyard digging through the wreckage / everyone you love, everyone you’ve ever loved is buried by the black-wood tree / tried to find peace but I got to tired and the dogs kept snapping their teeth at the fire / and the flames grew high as I closed my eyes / dreamt of the city lights / city lights / I don’t want to die here / I don’t want to die in a stranger’s home / the taxicabs were like animals, wild and in heat / the blinking lights from the crosswalk signs led me throught the steets / and though I was within myself /
when I looked down I saw myself / with one great flash the buildings fell / I got down on my knees / city lights, shine on me.
Track Name: C'mon Michael
C’mon Michael / feed me language / touch your body / strange vibrations come over me / I want to lie in-between the spaces of your teeth / to hear you breathing silently / C’mon Michael / fear the bible / Holy Moses down the Nile / we’ll sprout legs and get to walking / Speak in tongues with brand new lungs / and the worst I ever knew is the world we’ve been born into / and the curse is not the fruit, but the false promise of returning to the garden / C’mon Michael / strike the match stick / make the bed then burn the mattress right underneath our bodies as we sleep / the flames will haunt our dreams like flashing lights deep in our brains / C’mon Michael / fight survival / just like Lot’s wife in a salt pile / skin may crack like broken glass / if the markets crash don’t look back / and the worst I ever knew is the world we’ve been born into / and the curse is not the fruit but the false promise of returning to the garden.
Track Name: Marie Antoinette
You were like Marie Antoinette / you held good taste above all else / we were driving down the interstate when you said eat cake / and like a knife held to my neck / you touched my leg and then undressed / and the highway trees bent low and wept / and then they sang: let it rain / let it rain / let it rain / if I showed you love / if I made you God / you’d have it rain on everyone / the storm clouds rolled up over us / the windshield wipers wouldn’t work / so I ran the car off of the road into the woods /the songbirds scattered as we crashed / through broken branches / broken glass danced off your skin and you looked scared but I just laughed / I sang : let it rain / let it rain / let it rain / if I showed you love / if I made you God / you’d have it rain on everyone.
Track Name: Wrecking Ball
I was standing in the hall when that wrecking ball crashed through the wall and took Coraline out / she was dead upon arrival so we toasted our survival and gargled champagne in our mouths / and Anthony was grooming his moustache in the dining room when schrapnel caught the notches of his spine / and the blood down his back it wasn’t red, no, it was black / and I sure got a kick out of that / wait’ll I get my hands around your neck / The minister was sitting in the kitchen sucking lemons / we all lined up to watch him perform an exorcism / then a hipster apparition, a girl from West Virginia, stood up, undressed, and then kissed him / Oh, his retinas went white / yeah the minister went blind / we danced around like assholes kicking shrapnel in his eyes / until our temples turned to horns and our feet they were transformed into fetlocks and hooves / it was awful / it was good / wait’ll I get my hands around your neck / well, if hell is a condition we were certainly born with it so we might as well start digging up dirt / and if we happen to strike oil we’ll be millionaires by morning / how ‘bout that? / well, how ‘bout that? / and then Ryan he showed up in his beat up pick-up truck / and he drew an 8.6 upon the door as he came in / then he asked for our attention / religiously we listened to all of his opinions on the state of Rock n Roll bands / and then right there on the scene the tastemaker became our king / we’d always come to him before we ever started singing / if you follow in his likeness / bow down to his highness /he will bring you life / just ask Coraline - she’s fine / wait’ll I get my hands around your neck / well, if hell is a condition we were certainly born with it so we might as well start digging up dirt / and if we happen to strike oil, we’ll be millionaires by morning / how ‘bout that? / well, how ‘bout that? / and if the devil wants commission we could cut him 10 percent / as long as everything we touch keeps turning gold / and if it don’t I guess it don’t but we still got you by the throat / and we’re gonna hold you there until you choke.
Track Name: Orbital Planes
The stars act deranged circling orbital planes / clearly misguided / transfixed in their ways / down in the grass we stared up at the vastness of space / traced shapes / and got wasted on sunshine / a voice filled the sky as we danced round the fire / it said, everything ends. It must end where it started. / then all of the galaxies, churning like factories / pulled to the center where everything dies / every night, I guess the moon changes it’s phase / maybe our hearts do the same / you know that I really can’t say / Jesus Louise, when will these hearts of ours cease to beat? / do they exist just to pump blood? or maybe that’s - is that love? / we predicted eclipses with radios tuned / right to the center but nothing came through / an airplane blinked like a star going wild / so we fled to the wilderness / listening for police sirens / up in the canopy animals sang / projecting their voices throughout outer space / we joined in the chant wondering how we’d survive / and we prayed to the center where everything dies / every night, I guess the moon changes it’s phase / maybe our hearts do the same / you know that I really can’t say / Jesus Louise, when will these hearts of ours cease to beat? / do they exist just to pump blood?
Track Name: What Fireworks
Oh, Sylvia, step out of the rain / you don’t have to get so soaked / I’m just happy to see you / at my front door / at my front door / I’ll take the blame / I’ll walk on glass / if you’ll only come inside / we can read our fortunes in tea leaves / in tea leaves / was it you who said that’s how we get to perfection? / said that you made it to the black hills / and the miner’s lights were like stars / how you slept on a coal bank and watched fireworks / what fireworks? / if you don’t want my money / give it to somebody who gives a damn.
Track Name: God Ain't to Blame
If God ain’t to blame then I guess I must blame myself / yes, I must blame myself / ain’t that a shame? / if God ain’t to blame then I guess I must blame myself / yes, I must blame myself / ain’t that a shame? / if God ain’t to blame and it’s all made of chemicals / magical spiraling / helixes driving it right through our irises / well, are you lonelier now then you were right before we began this conversation?
Track Name: Friends and Family
All of my friends and my family / they are all ghosts / and they live in the walls of my home / each night as I turn out the lights I can feel in my bones / how they hover above me / claim that they love me / then hide in my blood ‘til I start to wake up / (Our voices they glide through your veins) / and you say I’m a selfish man / (Oh no) / I’m a selfish man / (Oh no) / such a selfish man / (Take and you take and you take and you take.) / (By dawn we return to the walls) / and each morning that’s howI wake / (Oh no.) / as a selfish man / (Oh no.) / such a selfish man / (Take and you take and you take and you take.) / daylight I drive between white lines stretched over the road / and you speak through the static / haunting the dial of my radio / with eyes open wide I feel violent / but when eyes are closed / I can let myself wander into the comfort / of people and places I’ve known / (Our voices they glide through your veins) / and you say I’m a selfish man / (Oh no) / am I a selfish man? / (Oh no) / such a selfish man / (Take and you take and you take and you take.) / (By dawn we return to the walls) / and each morning that’s how I wake / (Oh no.) / as a selfish man / (Oh no.) / such a selfish man / (Take and you take and you take and you take.) / don’t cry for me babe / dig a hole in the earth / I’ll stare up at the pine-cones / while I’m covered with dirt / one day we’ll all ride in that long golden hearse / if the core of the sun is the place that we’re from / is it also the place we return?