LOUNGING IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

Electric Bonsai Band - Yellow Tail 10009

The Age of Reason
Lounging in the Belly of the Beast
Learning to Breathe
After The Flood
Angry Young Man
Suffer in the Name of Love

15 Minutes of Fame
Why Would I Lie?
The Airplane: Part Two
Politically Correct
Big Fish
Happy Endings (Romeo and Juliet)

Epilogue (Doug at the Gates of Hell)


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The Age of Reason

And so you slept through the Age of Reason
And you stepped into someone's art
And you leapt at the chance to please them
Just to tear them all apart
And as you crept from behind the curtain
Just a spoiler from the start
You picked the ones who looked uncertain
Did you have to be so smart

And so you build some
You break some
You kill some
You save some
You spill from
The bottom of the heart

Would it really put your standing on the line
To take a sip of pleasure time to time
Spitting out frustration line by line
That's not tasting art, that's wasting time
Chewing up the scenery is fine
But that's not tasting art

And as they tried to extend their reach
And disappeared before your eyes
You showed that those who can't do teach
And those who can't teach criticize



Lounging in the Belly of the Beast

I am older than my parents
When I first thought they were old
I am weaker than the weakest kids I teased
I am keeping up appearances
I'm falling from the fold
I am suffering from some middle-aged disease

I am tired to distraction
I am wired to the bed
I'm a part of the machinery I use
I am old and out of action
I am fat and over fed
And I'm waiting for some disappointing news

I am greater than the pieces
I am smaller than the whole
I am less and less for wear to say the least
I am scrounging through the creases
For an old remote control
I am lounging in the belly of the beast

I am lost in these commercials
I am plastered on these walls
I am missing too much sleep to make a scene
I am wrestling with inertia
I am resting on my laurels
And I'm testing all my waters in between

I am folded up and fallow
I am cold and undefined
I am molding this expression on my face
I'm a little short of shallow
I'm a coward by design
And I'm taking up an awful lot of space

I am greater than the pieces
I am smaller than the whole
I am less and less for wear to say the least
I am scrounging through the creases
For an old remote control
I am lounging in the belly of the beast

I am learning by attrition
I am trying to resist
I'm avoiding indecision
I am always making lists
I'm unsung and unexciting
I am sliding into slaughter
I'm not even writing
I'm just putting words in order

I am whining on the surface
I am whining underneath
I'm a window on a soul that isn't there
I am dying for a purpose
I am lying through my teeth
And I'm trying to remember if I care

I am greater than the pieces
I am smaller than the whole
I am wondering will the wonders ever cease
As the sound of me increases
I'll be found here in this hole
I am lounging in the belly of the beast



Learning to Breathe

Learning to breathe under water
Floating would surely mean death
Saving my bones
From the piles of stones on the steps
Watching their sons and their daughters
Curious and cautious and clean
Mourning young lovers
On covers of news magazines

Learning to walk, learning to run
Learning to take what I've come to receive
Under the wire, under the gun
Learning to breathe

All of this ice on the river
Presses me onwards towards Spring
Lost in whatever
A change in the weather might bring
Waiting for God to deliver
Ashes to ashes I go
Looking for traces
Of faces that I used to know

Learning to walk, learning to run
Learning to hate what I've come to believe
Under the wire, under the gun
Learning to breathe

Let me go down to the ocean
Wash away all of this fear
Face the affliction
In every predictable tear
Maybe some magical potion
Can save me from all of this skin
Let me reach out
So that somebody out might reach in

Learning to walk, learning to run
Learning that faith isn't all it should be
Everything dies
Under the sun
But I'm learning to breathe



After The Flood

Like her mother before her
And her mother before
Throw the child at the world
It'll come back for more
She can take it out on you
That's the curse of the weak
Throw the child at the world
Hope it lands upon its feet

Once the river starts
Rising over banks
Spilling over dams
Threatening the town
Some with stronger hearts
Run for higher ground
Some will be saved.....

Take a child left alone
From a child left behind
Keep her pressed to the breast
She'll be easier to find
Leave the line with some slack
It's a lesson she learned
Turn a turtle on it's back
And it's there when you return

Once the river starts
Rising over banks
Spilling over dams
Threatening the town
Some with stronger hearts
Run for higher ground
Some will be saved
Someone will drown

You always drink from that cup
You always drink from that cup
You always drink from that cup
And look what you've found
You always drink from that cup
You know this will swallow you up
You always drink from that cup
That's a lot to keep down

Said the fly to the spider
Though I could be wrong
This is really fine work
But the webbing's too strong
That's her mother's affair
That's her favorite song
She's got plenty to spare
So she'll pass it along

Once the river's dry
Once the threat is gone
Once the road is safe
Once the troops arrive
Some with tired eyes
Fade like fireflies
Some fall behind
Someone survives

You always drink from that cup
You always drink from that cup
You always drink from that cup
You keep coming around
You always drink from that cup
You know this will swallow you up
You always drink from that cup
That's a lot to keep down

Like her mother before her
And her mother before
Throw the child at the world
It'll come back for more



Angry Young Man

To light the fire and point the blame
To stand up front and fan the fame
To rally troops who call my name
Oh that'll never happen to me

To throw my fist into the air
To cross those lines, to toss my hair
And stand just left of Che Guevara
Oh that'll never happen to me

Oh to be that angry young man
Huddled masses galore
Spread around on the floor
Like they all understand
To be that angry young man
Teaching words to the songs
Keep them singing along
Give yourselves a big hand
Oh to be that angry young man

To spit these words 'bout war and cars
And learn three chords on this guitar
An honest man can go so far
Oh that'll never happen to me

To take this note that's in my head
And sing it 'til it's sung to death
And do it all in just one breath
Oh that'll never happen to me

Oh to be that angry young man
No musicians allowed
Throwing picks to the crowd
It's a tiny demand
To be that angry young man
Breaking strings for effect
That's what they all expect
I just do what I can
Oh to be that angry young man

Liven up the hallowed halls
Angry Young Man
Grab the tiger by the balls
Angry Young Man
Freedom is its' own reward and
Volume is a sacred sword
So play another minor chord
You Angry Young Man

Oh to be that angry young man
Two or three days of growth
And a folk singers oath
It's the law of the land
To be that angry young man
Get your records to sell
Learn to painlessly yell
Try to cry on command

To be that angry young man
Preaching words to forget
'Til the end of my set
It's a popular plan
To be that angry young man
Pick a topical cause
Learn to milk the applause
Isn't politics grand
Oh to be that angry young man



Suffer in the Name of Love

They found your car at Laguardia Airport
But the dogs lost the scent in the air
And the man who held the door
Said he wasn't even sure if you were there
And the blood that they found on the driveway
Was the same as the blood on the seat
So they sent out every man
But the searches were abandoned in the heat

They waited for a call that never came
And the fascination faded with the fame
'Til there was very little left except a name
The family name

You left the bills and a pile of papers
But the checks made them all disappear
The poverty would fade
As the policies were paid and debts were cleared
And your children say grace every evening
With your name whispered under their breath
A better way to live
That you could only give to them in death

And every time the telephone would ring
They'd wonder 'bout the news that it might bring
You know that they would give back everything

Nobody should feel that kind of pain
Maybe you'd have found another way
Nothing falls that far
Look at where you are
Take a look at where you are today
Keeping it together's hard enough
Families are made of sterner stuff
Where'd you get that pride
To keep it all inside
And suffer in the name of love

They found your car at Laguardia Airport
But the family went on with their lives
They put away the fear
It's a wonder how the spirit survives
And the times that you thought of returning
Were the times you were filled with regret
But you never placed the call
And the memories were all that you could get

They waited for a voice that never came
And filed away the anger and the blame
But every night she whispers out your name

Nobody should feel that kind of pain
Maybe you'd have found another way
Nothing goes as planned
Look at where you stand
Take a look at where you stand today
Keeping it together's hard enough
Families are made of sterner stuff
You filled the veins with ice
To make that sacrifice
And suffer in the name of love

No one else could help you with this plot
And everyone deserves another shot
It's hard to leave a trail that isn't hot
And leave behind the only thing you've got
Every other place is filled with fear
You struggle just to keep the vision clear
You can not take the chance to come too near
The hardest thing to do is disappear

Nobody should feel that kind of pain
Waiting for a stranger to explain
Nothing falls that fast
Look at what has passed
Take a look at what has passed this way
Keeping it together's hard enough
Sorry that you had to be so rough
To do what you have done
You're not the only one
To suffer in the name of love



15 Minutes of Fame

So you came in two by two
'Cause that's what you were told
And you hung out up on deck
'Cause it smelled down in the hold
What you gonna do?
What you gonna do when it's up to you?
So it rained for forty days
And forty nights complete
But you had a lot of time to kill
And plenty there to eat
What you gonna do?
What you gonna do when it's up to you?

You had 15 minutes of fame
Only 15 minutes of fame
Only 15 minutes and you blew it all the same
You had 15 minutes of fame

They came to you at night
And they shared a little wine
Said if you ever thought of moving out
Then this might be the time
What you gonna do?
What you gonna do when it's up to you?
So you rounded up the kids
And you emptied out the vault
And you headed out with something sweet
Who ended up as salt
What you gonna do?
What you gonna do when it's up to you?

You had 15 minutes of fame
Only 15 minutes of fame
Only 15 minutes and you blew it all the same
You had 15 minutes of fame

And I heard you told the teacher
'bout the miracle child
Said he was turning all the milk into wine
But your teacher got so tired
Of your terrible whining
That she put you at the end of the line
So the little boy messiah
Turned his cheek to his friend
Said there's a lesson that you really should learn
If you're gonna get bought
And you're gonna get caught
Then I'm afraid that you're going to burn

So you parted the Red Sea
'Cause that's where you were heading
And it was such a lovely afternoon
But such a boring setting
What you gonna do?
What you gonna do when it's up to you?
So you thought that you were free
But tell me what you proved
A thousand years have passed
And you're still tired from the move
What you gonna do?



Why Would I Lie?

He must've been a coward
To have filled you with such fear
It takes a lot of power
To keep someone so near
So you settle in to mine another vein
And everywhere you look, you look the same
If I could only take away the pain
I'd take the pain

Why would I lie?

You talk about the weather
Cause it's something you can see
You say that every silver lining
Is tarnished underneath
Now I have seen you with the pillow to your face
Dreaming of a child's fall from grace
All of this emotion's out of place
It's out of place

Why would I lie?
Why would I lie to you?

You can stay forever
I never left, I never will
After all that you've been through
You can hold me closer
I will hold you closer still
That's the one thing I can do

You must've really loved him
To give him so much youth
But you fill the heart with nothing
And the body follows suit
Now I have watched you keep a harbor out of reach
Swimming through another endless speech
One more lover washed up on the beach
Into the breach

Why would I lie?
Why would I lie to you?



The Airplane: Part Two

As the plane went down I wondered how would I behave
Judged by this, the last performance that I gave
I could pull the lever down
And maybe make a difference
I could show the passengers
The path of least resistance
I was never one of those afraid to fly
After all we're all on earth to live and die
Maybe I'd feel better
If all my affairs were settled
Hovering above the ground
In something big and metal

No one knows exactly how this feels
Waiting for the grinding of the wheels
Thinking this was not the best of final meals

All our trays are locked and all our baggage stowed
I'm strapped in beside an extra heavy load
How am I supposed to save him
I am only mortal
This is not a person who could
Make it through the portal
Maybe I have earned this hand that I've been dealt
After all, I know I'm not exactly svelte
I was never quite the kind
To choose mind over matter
All those extra peanuts
Could have really made me fatter

No one told me this would not be hard
Dropping in on some suburban yard
Now I wish that I had read the card

We are flying...We are flying
We are flying...We are dying

Looking at the faces on this final flight
I am so surprised I found the time to write
The music doesn't really flow
It's kind of hard to hum it
If they didn't check my things
I'm sure that I could strum it
Still it's not so bad,
It's being written as I plummet

We are flying...We are flying
We are flying...We are dying



Politically Correct

Don't call me blind
I can see more than you can see
If you don't mind
It's just another part of me
From time to time
You've got to push society
If you want to believe you're a member

Don't call me slow
Don't call me stupid or unfit
If that is so
That is the long and short of it
I've room to grow
It doesnt bother me a bit
I don't need a public defender

Don't call me fat
It's beyond my control
Don't blame the log for the fire
Imagine that
It's just more me to hold
Down in my soul
There's a thin man's desire

Don't call me black
Don't call me Indian or Chinese
That's an attack
And I'm not any one of these
Run with the pack
There are a million more to please
And you know that you'll have to surrender

Don't call me small
I'm the right size for me
Don't blame the view on the mirror
If I should fall
This is just where to be
Down by your knees
Where the ground is much nearer

Don't call me blonde
Don't call me pale
Don't call me old
Don't call me male
Don't call me weak
Don't call me tall
Don't call me smart
Don't call me anything at all

Don't call me crippled
And don't call me lame
Don't blame the prince for the fable
A flower's a flower whatever the name
I'm not to blame
If we're differently abled

Don't call me blind
I can see more than you can see
If you don't mind
It's just another part of me
Don't waste my time
This is my opportunity
I think you'll find
This is the perfect place to be



Big Fish

He's a big fish in a small pond
And he's eaten everything,
Eaten everything in sight
Making circle after circle
Looking for a big fish fight

But this small pond's just a small pond
And every other fish,
Every other fish steers clear
Circled wagons, boarded windows
Every time big fish is near

Now he could move to deeper waters
He could find another shore
He could set his sights on some exotic dish
But the waters that run deepest
Have their big fish by the score
So he'd end up just another fish

He's a big fish in a small pond
And he likes to think that that's,
Likes to think that
That's the way God planned it
And a big fish in a small pond
Sometimes seems to come up empty handed

He could get a little nosy
He could try to change his stance
He could throw another coin and make a wish
But if he stays where it is cozy
And he never takes the chance
He will always be the biggest fish

Big Fish, Small Pond

 


Happy Endings (Romeo and Juliet)

Juliet was waiting
Romeo was late as usual
And Juliet was worried that someone had found him
She knew he'd make it there somehow
But wondered where for art he now*
That everything was falling down around them
Maybe beyond the castle walls
Maybe another lover calls
Maybe he's wandering the halls
Or doesn't love her after all

Juliet worked hard to keep her Romeo in hiding
'Cause she knew if they were caught
She couldn't lie about him
Who knew she carried such a torch
That when he show up on the porch
She said she thought that she would die without him
Maybe he worried when she said
Maybe they'd both be better dead
Maybe they'd find a place to wed
Maybe they'd find them there in bed

Seems like a happy ending
Must be a happy ending
Here is a happy ending
This is as happy as it gets
Looks like a happy ending
Must be a happy ending
This is a happy ending
For Romeo and Juliet

Juliet was lucky
'Cause she never had a phone that didn't ring
Never went searching for the land o' plenty
Romeo was really quite the catch
If heaven ever made a match
That is the one that I'd most likely envy
Maybe a lover comes along
Maybe in story or in song
Maybe the heart is really strong
A million lemmings can't be wrong

Seems like a happy ending
Must be a happy ending
Here is a happy ending
This is as happy as it gets
Looks like a happy ending
Must be a happy ending
This is a happy ending
For Romeo and Juliet

You know you really should have seen them
Capulet and Montague
And so their parents came between them
Isn't that what parents do?
I wonder if I could have been there
I wonder where the passion ends
Can love be even simpler yet
Than Romeo and Juliet
Whats a little death among friends?

Juliet was dying
Romeo was there beside her
Just exactly as hed promised on the balcony
She knew it happened pretty fast
That they had found their peace at last
But couldn't overlook the irony
Some people know with just a look
Their lives will end up storybook
They knew exactly what it took
The moment Romeo was hooked

Seems like a happy ending
Must be a happy ending
Here is a happy ending
This is as happy as it gets
Looks like a happy ending
Must be a happy ending
This is a happy ending
For Romeo and Juliet

*Yes...I know it means why!


Epilogue (Doug at the Gates of Hell)

An old Jewish woman, who had been very observant and faithful her entire life, lay on her death-bed surrounded by her family. Feeling her time was approaching, she called for the rabbi who, as he came close to hear her whispered last wishes, was surprised to see the beads around her neck. Golde, the rabbi cried out. Why are you wearing a rosary? The old woman looked up at the rabbi and sighed: What if they're right?

I've had religion all my life
And now that life is gone
I'm face to face into the light
And I guess I'm moving on
Just an ordinary life
An ordinary soul

I'll miss the mornings with my wife
The nights we spent alone
All those perfect little fights
In our perfect little home
Just an ordinary wife
I will miss her growing old

Thank you for the flowers
They were just the perfect touch
And I'm sorry for the phone calls
Have they hurt you very much
Keep an eye out on my mother
This is sure to take it's toll

I've had religion come and go
But kept it in my heart
And if that heart was beating slow
Well, at least it played a part
Just an ordinary heart
Didn't have the fight

And I've tried to practice what I preach
But only preach a bit
And if that light is out of reach
Well, I guess I'll handle it
Just an ordinary light
We never kissed good-bye

Could I ask you for a favor
Even though it's not our way
Sing a psalm or light a candle
Say a prayer for me today
Just in case I wasn't chosen
And the Catholics were right

I've kept religion in it's place
So hard and resolute
I see you've found the perfect space
And you found my favorite suit
Just an ordinary place
Can I watch you breathe?

All those notches on the belt
Those diets on display
I took a pill or two myself
And I'm here now anyway
Just an ordinary day
Do you have to leave?

Keep it singular and simple
With nothing underneath
And let my epitaph be something
That my children will receive
Here lies a man who will believe
When it's convenient to believe


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