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This is not an album per se, it's just a place to put some odd tracks that may come and go, some of which may go on to other albums. But if you want to treat it as an album, feel free.

[FURTHER NOTE - At this point, this is now a holding pen for demos that I intend to redo, and things that didn't fit anywhere else. Unless you're itching to hear some shakily sung/played demos, I'd listen to some of the other albums here...]

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released May 28, 2010

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Track Name: Temple Of Solace
So long
I can't stay in one place
too long
all good things go to waste
I know my good things will never last
I've learned all too well, the lessons of my past
I'm pretty sure they'll never call us
to the temple of solace

So long
think it's time for me to
move on
I just don't believe you
I could never make myself ignore
all these verses, I've sung 'em all before
I'm pretty sure they'll never call us
to the temple of solace

So long
I'm out before everything can go wrong
it all gets out of hand
I tell you this, 'cause you're my friend
I know exactly how this story ends
I'm pretty sure they'll never call us
to the temple of solace
Track Name: Feeling Down
You've had such a tough day
and you can't keep on carrying this load
I don't know if you realize
you've got more friends than you will ever know

So when you feel you're at your limit
and you're about to come unwound
just remember that you've always got an option
call me up when you're feeling down

You've had a really hard time
and the road's so long you just can't see the end
you just can't get started
call my number and we'll get on track again
Track Name: Goodbye Everybody
15 years, I've been here 15 years
it's had its ups, it's had its downs, I had my share of beers
but I was not expecting, the pink slip in my inbox
they're here to shove me out the door, and then they'll change the locks

So goodbye everybody
it's been nice working with you all
you've got my cell phone number
feel free to give me a call
anytime at all, anytime at all

15 years, I worked here 15 years
but now it's done, I gotta run, guess I'll be shifting gears
my termination's now complete, but it's not over yet
I've left a few mementos, the kind you won't forget

chorus

I got no farewell luncheon, no eating drinking binge
but that's OK, the only lunch I want is sweet revenge

15 years, I've wasted 15 years
but I'm not going quietly, despite how it appears
strategically placed charges, await my cell phone call
some pops, a rumble, buildings crumble
see you in Hell, to all
as you fall

goodbye everybody
it's been nice knowing you all
forget my cell phone number
you're never gonna call
anytime at all, anytime at all
Track Name: My Most Trusted Friend
You knew all about me
no one knew me any better, I suppose
And I didn't get it
I had no sense of suspicion, to let you so close
there was nobody didn't know how the story would end
my most trusted friend
stabbed me in the back again

I didn't know you
I thought I did, and it never occurred I was wrong
I heard the stories
I foolishly ignored the warnings, I went along
there was nobody didn't know how the story would end
my most trusted friend
stabbed me in the back again

I wouldn't listen to those who tried to help me out
I thought I knew better
I carried on with no doubts

Then you dropped the hammer
you left my confidence shattered in shards on the ground
now I've learned my lesson
I'll never let someone else like you beat me down
there was nobody didn't know how the story would end
my most trusted friend
stabbed me in the back again
Track Name: Storm Warning
It takes two
if you wanna fight
me and you
do it every night
and every time I think
it's clearing up
the clouds come rolling in
what was I thinking of

And I wake up every morning
to a storm warning

It take two
to make the thunder roll
you make lightning
I get hit by the bolt
so I make the rain pour down
to wash you out
and the hurricane forgets
what it was all about

And I wake up every morning
to a storm warning

and every time I think
it's clearing up
the clouds come rolling in
what was I thinking of

And I wake up every morning
to a storm warning
Track Name: In Another Life
In a world where every Y in the road
you could turn both ways
whatever's possible is happening somewhere
just an event in someone else's day
who went the other way
who could have been me

And in another life, you've fallen
in another life, you'd still be free
in another life, there'd still be a chance
that you could be with me

In a time where every great decision
has been made both yes and no
and I could pick out all the twist and turnings
that would lead to where I want to be
the path that would lead
to where you chose not to leave

chorus

That's where I want to be
the path that would lead
to where you chose not to leave

chorus
Track Name: He's Dead, Jim
Such a simple mission, what could go amiss?
but Ensign Tucker had to go and touch that stupid rock
that turned his cheese to Swiss, what warning signs did I miss?

He’s dead, Jim - oh, you've got to try and save him
He’s dead, Jim - I’m sure those holes will scab
He’s dead, Jim - you’re supposed to be a freakin' doctor
I count on you to bail me out, when my leadership goes south

Another alien life form, I just want to say hello, hello
and maybe I can screw it if it looks like it’s a girl
but it looked at Crewman Lou, its eyes lit up, and he turned to goo

He’s dead, Jim - get a shovel, we can scoop him up
He’s dead, Jim - I’ve got a bucket here
He’s dead, Jim - we’ll slosh him up to sick bay
so you can get him on his feet, assuming you can find them

We can take a man apart, down to the molecule
and beam him half a million miles, and he’ll usually get through
sometimes he’ll have a new goatee, but he’s basically intact
so if we transport this glob of Lou, why can’t it bring him back?
my name is mud at Starfleet (you've lost your mind)
at least give it a shot (you've gone insane)
don't look at me that way, Bones (you're freakin' crazy)
don't look at me like that

And that’s the truth your honor, some people died, it’s sad
these things are bound to happen when you’re on a five year mission
some breakage will occur, it’s a shame my own physician won’t concur

He’s dead, Jim - Bones, why’d you have to rat me out?
He’s dead, Jim - that's why I had to shoot the judge
He’s dead, Jim - he was gonna put me in the stockade
I got a ship to run, this phaser’s not on stun

He’s dead, Jim - some people are expendable
He’s dead, Jim - it’s not like they’re anyone
He’s dead, Jim - I’m surrounded by incompetents
He’s dead, Jim - It’s not my fault, it’s not my fault…
Track Name: The Birds Of The Air
The birds of the air
have no attention to spare
for all the petty problems underneath
the birds of the sky
are satisfied just to fly
they don't need to figure out who to believe

You and me, we'll never be that free
too busy sorting out what's in our heads

The worms in the ground
have no causes to pound
and they're more scared of sidewalks than of you
the bees in the hive
don't care that you are alive
if they're left alone, they've got better things to do

Both of us, we worry about too much
we micromanage everything we've got

the birds of the air
they don't decide what to wear
and if they understood, they'd laugh at us
the birds of the wind
have no ideas to defend
nothing about which to scream and cuss
don't have to pay the rent, and that's a plus
the birds of the air
don't care
about us
Track Name: The Color Of Nowhere
I can see you, in the dimming light
I can see you, you are trying to take flight
but we're doomed to stay on the ground
doomed to stay where we are found
I can see you, though it's getting dark
I still see you, you're trying to embark
but everything appears to be askew
the shades and the wavelengths are untrue

It's the color of nowhere

It's so dark now, but I can see the glow
in the dark now, there's something I should know
some important fact that I forgot
that makes us remain where we should not
in the dark now, that's where we're gonna stay
in the dark now, reality decays
it might be where we live, but it's not home
a picture in negative, the hues all overblown

It's the color of nowhere

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-- As yet unrecorded bridge --

The images twist you
I never noticed you were gone
I barely recall you, although it was all you
I was too colorblind to know it's wrong
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Track Name: Raise The Roof
Monday through Friday
every day is just the same
but when the weekend comes
it's time to light the flame

Raise the roof, it's time to raise the roof
Raise the roof, it's time to raise the roof

9AM to 5PM (I know, I said "5AM" on one of the vocals - I was in a hurry...)
it's time to do the work
but when that time is over
it's time to go berserk

Raise the roof, it's time to raise the roof
Raise the roof, it's time to raise the roof

You can have my daytime
you can tell me what to do
but when I go home
I ain't listening to you

Raise the roof, it's time to raise the roof
Raise the roof, it's time to raise the roof (ad nauseum...)
Track Name: Drunk
I was drunk when I met you
so I just could not let you
walk away, without making my worst pitch
I was drunk when you saw me
babbling how you sould call me
up sometime, you must have found it rich

but you didn't laugh
although you had every reason
you didn't laugh
you pretended not to see it, when I fell

I was drunk when I met you
but I could not forget you
and I hoped, that I'd get a second chance
I was drunk, but now I'm sober
and I hope you'll think it over
'cause I swear, this time I'll be wearing pants
I was drunk...

you didn't laugh
when I tripped over the throw rug
well maybe you laughed, a little bit
but who could blame ya?

I was drunk, I was stupid
but you know I'm only human
give me a shot
I think I'll grow on you
I'll grow on you.
Track Name: Do Not Disturb
do not disturb the ones who are above you
do not disturb the ones who are below
there's always someone who doesn't want to hear from you
nobody wants to know

do not disturb the ones who walk beside you
do not disturb the ones who walk away
just let 'em walk on by, God forbid you catch their eye
you shouldn't change their day

don't notice me
nothing here to see
just a random face
in a crowd of random faces

do not disturb the ones who make decisions
do not disturb the ones whose every word
could maybe change your life, but I know they won't change mine
don't worry 'bout me, I'm already disturbed

do not disturb the ones who mind your business
do not disturb the rumors that you've heard
'cause none of them are true, if they were, what would you do
don't worry 'bout me, I'm already disturbed
don't worry 'bout me, I'm already disturbed
Track Name: Pain In The Neck
It's been bugging me forever, since I was 35
lately it gets even worse, like stabbing me with knives
can't turn and look behind me, I can barely move my head
one unforeseen accident from being paralyzed or dead

now everyday living
knocks me on my back
I can't live how I want to
my life is a wreck, my life is a wreck
from this pain in my neck

they're gonna slice me open, from shoulderblade to chin
shove aside my tender innards, then they'll reach right in
replace the bony problem, with titanium
then sew me back together, 'cause that might help me some

now everyday living
knocks me on my back
I can't live how I want to
my life is a wreck, my life is a wreck
from this pain in my neck

I’ve got decades ahead of me
how will they be stacked
so many questions unanswered
what can I expect, what can I expect
from this pain in my neck

the operation’s over, they’ve finally sent me home
can’t speak above a whisper, I can’t talk on the phone
three months in a neck brace, it doesn’t sound like fun
then we repeat the process, I’m back where I’ve begun
Track Name: Six In A Row
There you are again
in the very same spot that you've been
every day, every day for a week
this sequence of events will repeat
but I don't mind
it gets better every time

One day's an accident, two is again
three days a fluke, and the fourth is a trend
the fifth is suggestive, but oh
I saw you six in a row
I saw you six in a row
I saw you six in a row
This is something, this is something real
This is something, this is something real
This is something, this is something real

Gotta have a plan
gotta do everything that I can
gotta do it fast
cause tomorrow you might not be back
so the die will be cast
can't let this opportunity pass

One day's an accident, two is again
three days a fluke, and the fourth is a trend
the fifth is suggestive, but oh
I saw you six in a row
I saw you six in a row
I saw you six in a row
This is something, this is something real
This is something, this is something real
This is something, this is something real

Here we go now
on with the show now
a mistake, I'm never gonna know now
I'm committed to this sin
gonna dive right in

One day's an accident, two is again
three days a fluke, and the fourth is a trend
the fifth is suggestive, but oh
I saw you six in a row
I saw you six in a row
I saw you six in a row
This is something, this is something real
This is something, this is something real
This is something, this is something real
This is something real...
Track Name: Masquerade
Hours fly, watching the embers die
I've always heard that life's what you make it
you judge a man by the path that he's taken
what kind of man would have chosen

This masquerade
when we've both betrayed
the facade we've portrayed

Time stands still, maybe it always will
has anyone got what it takes to break out
when the alternative's so hard to make out
I guess it's safest to carry on

This masquerade
when we've both betrayed
the facade we've portrayed

Living the past is just like the future
there's too much pain to tear out the suture
it's so much less effort to maintain

This masquerade
when we've both betrayed
the facade we've portrayed
Track Name: Jangled
All you have to do is catch my eye
just one little glance as you walk by
I lose my train of thought, and I'm a mess
I walk into the wall, I fail the test

Jangled, you get me jangled
baby what's your angle
when you look at me that way
Jangled, you get me jangled
I'm so entangled
but I'm ready come what may

You're a risky girl to be around
You're so bad for my health, I keep falling down
I don't watch where I go, it's sad but true
I just cannot take my eyes off you

Jangled, you get me jangled
baby what's your angle
when you look at me that way
Jangled, you get me jangled
I'm so entangled
but I'm ready come what may

I get a nervous disposition
when you walk in the room
how did I get in this position
will it lead me to my doom

Jangled, you get me jangled
baby what's your angle
when you look at me that way
Jangled, you get me jangled
I'm so entangled
but I'm ready come what may
Track Name: I'm Allergic To Modern Life (NSFW)
I spent sven hours talking on my cell
got a bad case of phone neck, I'm not doing well
I can't hack much more information overload
if you tell me one more opinion, my brain might explode

I can't shut off my head at night
it's buzzing like a hive
guess I'd better face the facts, I'm allergic to modern life
don't want no more problems
don't want no more strife
guess I'd better face the facts, I'm allergic to modern life

I've got so much ADD, can't focus on anything
that's why I'm always so confused, don't know what's happening
if your bowels are irritable like mine, man I with you luck
and I think I got the Tourette's, cause I can't stop saying fuck

I can't shut off my head at night
it's buzzing like a hive
guess I'd better face the facts, I'm allergic to modern life
don't want no more problems
don't want no more strife
guess I'd better face the facts, I'm allergic to modern life

Wish I was still bipolar, I'm quadripolar now
can't tolersate lactose or glutin, everything I love is out
the modern ill I wish I had, sex addiction might be fun
it's not hat I can't get enough, I can't get me none

I can't shut off my head at night
it's buzzing like a hive
guess I'd better face the facts, I'm allergic to modern life
don't want no more problems
don't want no more strife
guess I'd better face the facts, I'm allergic to modern life
Track Name: There's Not Enough Soap In The World
You were a saint
the rest of us sinners
you could separate the losers
and make them all winners
but you stepped down off the mount
now you're down for the count
right here in the mud
with all us beginners

There's not enough soap in the world
to get yourself clean
there's not enough drugs in the world
to make you forget the things you've seen
you can't be above it anymore
you can't unopen the door
There's not enough soap in the world
to get yourself clean

You should have stayed
up in the tower
you see your utopia
but you don't have the power
your hands were always bound
can you hear that sound
that's the sound of the clock
striking the hour

There's not enough soap in the world
to get yourself clean
there's not enough drugs in the world
to make you forget the things you've seen
you can't be above it anymore
you can't unopen the door
There's not enough soap in the world
to get yourself clean

There's not enough soap
there's not enough powder
to get the stink off of you
no matter what you do

There's not enough soap in the world
to get yourself clean
there's not enough drugs in the world
to make you forget the things you've seen
you can't be above it anymore
you can't unopen the door
There's not enough soap in the world
to get yourself clean
Track Name: When I Was Young
You would think this would get easier
you'd get used to it, you'd get used to it
every call, I think "please be her"
do you get used to it, I'm not used to it

It's not like it's my first go round
I should be used to it, shouldn't I be used to it
but it hurts more every time I hit the ground
I'll never get used to it, why can't I get used to it

Every breath did not demand a scientist
When I was young, when I was young
I suppose I'd have gotten over this
When I was young, when I was young
but I'm not young... anymore

Hearts get crushed every other day
I should be used to it, ever so used to it
but I think this time I'm down to stay
I'm not used to it, I'm so not used to it

Every breath did not demand a scientist
When I was young, when I was young
I suppose I'd have gotten over this
When I was young, when I was young
but I'm not...

You would think this would get easier
you'd get used to it, shouldn't I be used ot it
please make my apologies to her
I'll never get used to it, I'll never get...

Every breath did not demand a scientist
When I was young, when I was young
I suppose I'd have gotten over this
When I was young, when I was young
but I'm not young... anymore