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These are my selection of the best (or at least most completed) non-collaborative tracks from 50/90 2012. Many will still be tweaked over the next several months, but this is how they stood at the end of September 2012. Less finished tracks have been moved to "Odds And Ends", and a few have been unceremoniously cut loose.

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released June 5, 2012

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Track Name: Keep It Loose
Keep it loose
you got to keep it loose
it's no use
you got to keep it loose
if your sphincter's getting tight
you're never gonna get it right
keep it loose

keep it loose
you got to keep it loose
in your shoes
I'd try to keep it loose
why you gotta get so tense
it doesn't make a lick of sense
keep it loose
let me tell you 'bout it

don't let everything concern you
it will just come back and burn you
don't bottle up your doubt, just let it out

keep it loose
you got to keep it loose
don't be obtuse
c'mon and keep it loose
they say you gotta catch the herd
but don't believe a single word
keep it loose
Track Name: Everything's Crazy Right Now
My phone keeps on ringing
I keep on letting it go
if something's exploded, I really don't wanna know
what are you expecting
you look like you're having a cow
I'd sure love to help you, but
Everything's Crazy Right Now

I know you need me
I picked up your distress call
the peasants are revolting
they've got your back to the wall
I really feel for you
as much as my time will allow
but you're on your own, son
Everything's Crazy Right Now

I'd love to help you clean this up
I'd like to throw you a bone
but it seems so unlikely
'cause I got a mess of my own

I'd love to help you hose this down
I'd like to cut you a break
but it's not gonna happen
'cause I've had all I can take

Yeah you can keep on calling
fat lot of good it'll do
in fact just leave a message
maybe I'll get back to you
You'll be first in line
when hell freezes over somehow
'til then you'll be waiting
Everything's Crazy Right Now

Maybe we'll catch up
as soon as this crap settles down
but I wouldn't count in it
Everything's Crazy Right Now
Track Name: I Won't Be Joining You
Haven't you taken it... a little too far

And it's all downhill, once the ball gets rolling
I have had my fill in the end
it's a useless thing you've got no way of controlling
You can ride it time and again
say amen
but I won't be joining you

Haven't you pushed me... a little too far

And it's all a game, and you think you're only playing
while you point the blame like a gun
It's so clear to me, you don't think about what you're saying
or the finish line of what you've begun
so when you've won
I won't be...

Haven't you taken it... a little too far

This is not a war, and I'm not a poor civilian
you can't push around those who don't care
Just a few of you up against the lonely millions
you can choose up sides, but you'd best beware
when you're deciding what's "fair"
I won't be joining you
Track Name: She Popped Out
She popped out
and I couldn't think of my own name
my mouth was open but no words came
when she popped out

She popped out
I've never seen such a big surprise
not just me but all the other guys
when she popped out

now there's no more in between
the things I saw
can't be unseen

She popped out
and the world was spinning upside down
thought my brain was gonna come unwound
when she popped out

I can't forget that lovely sight
it's in my head
when I turn out the light

She popped out
of the window and she stole my heart
now we're never gonna be apart
since she popped out
since she popped out
since she popped out
Track Name: After The Credits Roll
We crossed paths by serendipity
a lucky day for me
sometimes it's good to be... me
our stories twined, but only for a while
now that time is up
now we've filled the cup
I'm not ready, to continue
I won't go on without you

After the credits roll
and you walk out the door
back to your own life
will I be in it
after the credits roll
after the story's told
and a new one starts
can I begin it

The reasons why we fell into alliance
that peculiar science
out of the blue appliance
they're all gone, now it's just you and me
what reason do we need, when we've planted the seed
now I'm ready, let's keep going
let's see where this thing leads

After the credits roll
and you walk out the door
back to your own life
will I be in it
after the credits roll
after the story's told
and a new one starts
can I begin it

what random chance has thrown together
might get torn asunder
who can tell, don't break the spell
I've fallen under
Track Name: Get Up
That alarm clock goes off every morning
my arms and legs feel like they're made of lead
wanna hit that clock with a hammer
close my eyes again
then I hear that voice, in my head

it says
get up, get up, get up, get up
get up, get up, get up
we got things to do
we got things to do

I wish I knew whose voice I'm hearing
one of these days I'll track 'em down
then I'll hit 'em with a hammer
'bout a million times
and I'll never tire, of that crunching sound

get up, get up, get up, get up
get up, get up, get up
we got things to do
we got things to do

Leave me alone
I'll kill you, man
OK, OK
I'm gettin' up
If you try to motivate me
you're really gonna hate me
but I admit I need you now, now

get up, get up, get up, get up
get up, get up, get up
we got things to do
we got things to do
Track Name: Pouring Down
Do you remember when the rain came pouring down

Look across these fields
that used to be so green
they grew up so tall
beat all you ever seen
enough to feed my family
and everyone around
now all I see out that window
is dead and dry and brown

Do you remember when the rain came pouring down
do you remember listening to it hit the ground
I'd give anything I have to hear that sound
Do you remember when the rain came pouring down

Look across my land
that's everything I own
that's my childrens' future
turning into stone
I don't know what's in store for them
but they'll go far away
I'll be on this barren farm
forever and a day

Do you remember when the rain came pouring down
do you remember listening to it hit the ground
I'd give anything I have to hear that sound
Do you remember when the rain came pouring down

Look across these fields
this is all I've got
now it's so much nothing
and I've almost forgot
how happy our lives used to be
before this goddamned drought
some folks are escaping
for me there's no way out

Do you remember when the rain came pouring down
do you remember listening to it hit the ground
I'd give anything I have to hear that sound
Do you remember when the rain came pouring down

Do you remember when the rain came pouring down
Track Name: That Was Unpleasant
there are places
a smart man doesn't go
many facts that
he pretends not to know
there are subjects
you and i should not discuss
we won't change each others' minds
it's not worth the fuss

that was unpleasant
let's not do that again
that was unpleasant
let's not do that again

there are paths that
a wise man doesn't take
repeated mistakes that
he's never gonna make
all these arguments
they don't need to be rehashed
let's take our foot off the gas
before the crash

(chorus)
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that was unpleasant (x3)
let's not do that again

(solo)

there are words that
a careful man won't use
or fight the battles
that he'd never choose
let's you and i
indicate we've learned
don't play with fire
don't get burned

(chorus)
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that was unpleasant (x3)
let's not do that again
Track Name: The Devil On My Shoulder
It's not my fault, I got some bad advice
it was not my idea to end up here
I've got voices that warn me or entice
that only I hear, one in each ear

The angel on my shoulder
says the bottle won't treat me like it should
the angel on my shoulder
says the pipe'll do you no good
but the devil on my shoulder
he says hit it again
oh, I don't know why, but the devil always wins

It's not my fault, my guidance went astray
it was late at night, I just stepped out for a bite
next thing I know, I'm trying to walk a line
there's a flashing light, I guess I swerved to the right

The angel on my shoulder
says the bottle won't treat me like it should
the angel on my shoulder
says the pipe'll do you no good
but the devil on my shoulder
he says hit it again
oh, I don't know why, but the devil always wins
Track Name: Down In The Gutter
You can walk dirty streets
like a tourist on the beach
and you might just walk away squeaky clean
you can visit my side
like it's just another thrill ride
go home with nothing more than what you've seen

Well I said what I said
it was not all in your head
but your face looks so puzzled
did I stutter?
you can forget what I say
go on your merry way
or you can join me
down in the gutter

you take in my life
with a fascinated eye
but so far it's just a pool to dip your toes in
you want a little more
every time you walk through my door
when the walls you live behind start to close in

Well I said what I said
it was not all in your head
but your face looks so puzzled
did I stutter?
you can forget what I say
go on your merry way
or you can join me
down in the gutter

[phantom bridge]
It's time to take a chance
what are you afraid of?
haven't you figured out
what I'm made of
Track Name: I'm Not Eating My Heart Out
I see your eyes, when I close mine
but I'm not bothered, I'm doing fine
it's hard to forget you, but lord knows I'll try
it won't be easy but I'll get by
the word will turn I, won't crash and burn I'll,
get on with my life

I'm not eating my heart out
I don't do it every day
I'm not eating my heart out
though it might look that way
I'm not eating my heart out
but I can see it in your eye
you don't believe it
you don't believe it

I see a face returning my stare
I know the features but nobody's there
it's no surprise, that's how the day starts
until I convince me I'm not falling apart
the world will spin I'll, pick up a pen I'll
write down the reasons why

I'm not eating my heart out
I don't do it every day
I'm not eating my heart out
though it might look that way
I'm not eating my heart out
but I can see it in your eye
you don't believe it
you don't believe it

I turn my back to the mirror
'cause I can't convince myself
the future never gets clearer
a story I'll never sell

The word will turn I, won't crash and burn I'll
get on with my life

I'm not eating my heart out
I don't do it every day
I'm not eating my heart out
though it might look that way
I'm not eating my heart out
but I can see it in your eye
you don't believe it
you don't believe it
Track Name: You're So Overdone
You're so overdone
see the dance has just begun
You're so overdone
gotta give it up for you

You're so overdone
and impossible to shun
You're so overdone
gotta give it up for you

When it's time to tussle
you'll make all the fuss-le
and when outrage is due
it's time for you

You're so overdone
that it sucks out all the fun
You're so overdone
gotta give it up for you

When debate veers off the course
you'll be on your horse
charging into Waterloo
it's time for you

You're so overdone
bet that ego weighs a ton
You're so overdone
gotta give it up for you

Oh, you're so overdone...
Track Name: Halfway Serious
How far will I go
will my string of evasiveness grow
I can't see the start
from where I am, must be going too far
but I can't hit the brakes
can't count high enough to tally the stakes

If I was halfway serious
if I could straighten up
I wouldn't act so mysterious
don't bother waiting up

I stand at the door
can't decide what I'm standing there for
to let you in, or keep you out
wish I knew, the results are in doubt
if I could, I'd avoid
a situation that could leave me destroyed

If I was halfway serious
if I could straighten up
I wouldn't act so mysterious
don't bother waiting up

I've kept you at arms length
longer than you should've allowed
if it's now or never
and I do nothing, I'd rather have never than now

If I was halfway serious
if I could straighten up
I wouldn't act so mysterious
don't bother waiting up
Track Name: Into The Night
It's been a job
it's been a ride
It's been everything, and more besides
sometimes we got it wrong
sometimes we got it right
but for now we'll disappear
into the night

it's been a joy
it's been a chore
I'm glad it's over, but I still want more
I know that in a while
We'll be ready for the light
but for now we'll disappear
into the night

Maybe it's all for nothing
if you look at it that way
but I know it made us happy
today

It's been a gas
it's been for real
now the time has come to set the seal
I'd do it all again
next time we'll get it right
but for now we'll disappear
into the night