Pretense and Bombast

by Christopher Pellnat

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released 01 January 2010

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Track Name: I Made a Circle (and I don't know why)
I Made a Circle (and I don't know why)

I made a circle and I don't know why
A circle of stone, you can see it from the sky
You can ask my how, but don't ask why
I made a circle and I don't know why

Sit on the throne in the middle for a while
A throne made of stone, you're the queen of the wild
Hold court with your friends just like a child
Sit on the throne in the middle for a while

You can come from the North, the South, West or the East
There's four ways in that I know of at least
I've got my ideas, but I don't know what it means
You can come from the North, the South, West or the East
Track Name: Suburbs of Paradise
Suburbs of Paradise

Well the road not taken always beckons that's for sure
And the road you're on just brings you where you've been before
I don't know what's up or down - it doesn't matter in the end
I just want to go downtown - where the lights are bright but I can't get in
Living in the suburbs of paradise

I tried the road of excess and the straight and narrow path
And the road in between in the aftermath
But the roads are all the same - they all just beat around the bush
And the voice that will call your name - might just be a whispered hush
Living in the suburbs of paradise

Down the street they sing in holy harmony
The air just breathes with the energy
But the cars keep rolling by - blasting obscene radio
Oblivious drivers drive - and a mind thinks them as they go
Living in the suburbs of paradise
Track Name: Over and Over Again
Over and Over Again

Don't know if we're taking the high road
But I know that we've traveled a hard road
They say we must carry this burden
Until we get back to the garden

The world reboots crazy each morning
The bad guys are always re-spawning
If you get a clear shot you should take it
But if it's a trap you must break it

Over and over again
Laughing at all of our plans
Can't tell your foe from your friend
Over and over again

Sometimes I come off with attitude
But really I'm just an awkward dude
The world order is re-arranging
Or is it just me that is changing?


Over and over again
Laughing at all of our plans
Can't tell your foe from your friend
Over and over again
Track Name: If I Don't Get the Blues
If I Don't Get the Blues

The October trees are turning every color but blue
But I'll take it from the sky if that's what I have to do
I don't know why I'm so happy with all this bad news
And I'll go crazy if I don't get the blues

All my visions of gold have turned to worthless junk
A normal reaction would be to fall into a funk
But there's no tears falling down onto my shoes
And I'll go crazy if I don't get the blues

Bad news is falling down just like acid rain
I'm getting drenched but I don't feel any pain
I'm sinking but I'm smiling like I just can't lose
And I'll go crazy if I don't get the blues
Track Name: The Bane of My Existence Is My Heart
The Bane of My Existence Is My Heart

I should have left when she took off her wedding ring
I had no right to be there from the start
But her ring was just the first thing she removed
And the bane of my existence is my heart

She's the latest star in my grand drama
My friends don't know quite why I gave her the part
Now I wonder what the hell I was thinking
And the bane of my existence is my heart

There's fewer of us here each passing year
And the ones that are still here have grown apart
And every single breath is a gift from God
And the bane of my existence is my heart

Some get old and tired of the world
Others learn to make a brand new start
Some are young forever in the grave
And the bane of my existence is my heart
Track Name: Red Hearts
Red Hearts

Red hearts orange stars yellow moons and green clovers
A leprechaun gave me a box so come on over
He tells me that my life is going to change
That everything will be rearranged
That’s just what I prayed for
So why don’t you stay for

Red hearts orange stars yellow moons and green clovers
I’m just about to dig in so come on over
A man can’t live on just vitamins and iron
And I’m going to need some heat to start a fire
You’re just what I prayed for
So why don’t you stay for

Red hearts orange stars yellow moons and green clovers
It’s a cartoon world out there so come on over
Let’s start our day off right
By declaring the end of the night
Well isn’t that what we prayed for?
So why don’t you stay for

Red hearts orange stars yellow moons and green clovers
I’ve got an extra bowl for you so come on over
I hope I’m not assuming too much
But I figured you’d be staying for lunch
Sometimes you get more than you pray for
So why don’t you stay for a while?
Track Name: Drinking Wine Straight from the Bottle
Drinking Wine Straight From the Bottle

What does it mean when you've gone and lost touch
With the people who shaped you in your formative years
You finally get together got nothing to say
Plenty of laughter but you need some tears
Well you were the one who had to get on that train
I saw you wave goodbye in the pouring rain
But that's all in the past now you've got no one to blame

When you're drinking wine straight from the bottle
drinking wine straight from the bottle
drinking wine straight from the bottle

Why does it seem like the weight of the world
Is pushing against you just like a knife?
You finally thought you could lay back a while
but now you find you're in the fight of your life
Well you took your best shot at fortune and fame
I saw you hit rock bottom when you lost the game
But take a look around now you've got no one to blame

When you're drinking wine straight from the bottle
drinking wine straight from the bottle
drinking wine straight from the bottle

Why does it seem like you used to care more
About whittling away at the things you don't know?
You kind of gave up on the universe
Found yourself a corner just hoe your row
Well you can tell maple from pine by the grain
I saw you save a spider before he went down the drain
But being good and smart means you've got no one to blame

When you're drinking wine straight from the bottle
drinking wine straight from the bottle
drinking wine straight from the bottle
Track Name: Necessary Evils
Necessary Evils

I tell you the sky means trouble
Apocalyptic tornado clouds
It's instinct drives us down to the cellar
Return of the sun draws us out

When I was young I felt older
Now that I'm old I feel young
Ready to really believe now
Lennon's proposition on love

Well I'm searching every day but nobody knows the way
And necessary evils are less needed every day

I tell you she looks like trouble
The kind of trouble every man dreams of
It's instinct drives us down to the gutter
And nobody knows what it means love

Well I'm searching every day but nobody knows the way
And necessary evils are less needed every day
Track Name: Sugar and Salt
Sugar and Salt

That woman's got a smile like sugar
a smile like sugar
a smile like sugar and salt
And when she speaks she sounds like sugar
sounds like sugar
sounds like sugar and salt
Be careful when it rains now sugar
It rains now sugar
It rains now sugar and salt
Sweet little one like a pretzel you twist me
A sign of affection would really assist me
The starry sky is all spilled sugar
It's all spilled sugar
It's all spilled sugar and salt
Track Name: You're So Beautiful Making Your Escape
You're So Beautiful Making Your Escape

If you swallow the key and you walk down the hall
They may have suspicions but they'll never know
Their cell phones are beeping they're texting the news
The odds have all changed now that you're walking through
Your strength is detachment their world is a dream
That you can see through like a warbling stream

You're so beautiful making your escape
When you break these chains and fly I pray that you won't break
This heart

We sat at the table while everyone laughed
But all I could feel was the cold blowing draft
Coming in through the windows and under the doors
But you weren't disturbed you were calming the storms
Of your mother and brother and crazy aunt Jane
The house was surrounded but you weren't afraid
You knew that the key was still safely hid
It was hard to swallow but I'm glad that I did

You're so beautiful making your escape
When you break these chains and fly I pray that you won't break
This heart

I can't think of a name for the thing we just did
A younger man might not have known how to shed
The need for excuses the need to explain
I gave all that up when I boarded your train

You're so beautiful making your escape
When you break these chains and fly I pray that you won't break
This heart
Track Name: Anything at All
Anything at All

I'm circling back to the things that I know
Because the things that life's been showing me are only so-so
And the race to the top is just a reason to die
Before you're in your grave you're a stiff waving goodbye

This is a dead end - I'm taking the wheel
I'm backing up onto the highway so I can feel

Anything at all
Anything at all

I used to know God and I used to know man
I used to think that everyone would someday understand
But the wisdom is gone, now it seems so unreal
I don't know if I'm capable of making you feel

Anything at all
Anything at all

So I'm circling back to the things that I know
Because the things that life's been showing me are only so-so

Anything at all
Anything at all