Music Box Orphans

by John Tabacco

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about

This CD is a collection of songs that never made their way to a "proper" album. They were just "one offs". In some cases there was not enough available space on a single CD to include them. Some pieces just had to be cut. Could have been a mistake. I can't be objective. In any event, they make interesting bedfellows here.

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released July 24, 2016

JT : Lead vocal, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Programming, Recordist, Mixing
Jim Dexter : Guitars on "Dexter Goes Animal"
Meryl Mathews : Keyboard on "Dexter Goes Animal"
Marci Geller : Lead Vocal on "Only In A Dream"
Gian DiMauro : Lead vocal and keyboard on "Downtime No.1
Programming on "No Use Waiting Around"
Nick DiMauro : Back up on "No Use Waiting Around"
Anthony Pomes : Lead guitar on "Downtime #1", Bass and Guitar on Dali Lama Town (Stripped).
Peter Kearns : Vocals on Dali Lama Town (Stripped)
MIke Keneally : Guitar on "It's Just A Black Guitar"
Gerry Palisi : Guitar on "It's Just A Black Guitar"
Mr. Caroleo : Voice on "Cilla-Sigh-Been-Gum Piano"

Recorded at Suburban Hermit Studios 1, St. James, NY
Suburban Hermit Studios 2, Stony Brook, NY
21 Millbrook Ave, Stony Brook
Backdoor Studios, Huntington Station, NY
Sonic Underground Studios, Stony Brook, NY
Sa3 Mastering
Design : Farben Fosfeen Art Werks

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John Tabacco Stony Brook, New York

John Tabacco is a composer, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and graphic artist.

Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined.

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Track Name: My Friends Have Left Me / Hedge Don't Give Yourself The Finger
MY FRIENDS HAVE LEFT ME / HEDGE DON’T GIVE YOURSELF THE FINGER

My friends have left me
My friends s have quietly slipped away
My friends have left me
No goodbyes for us to say

I’m worthless trash from nowhere

My friends have left me
My friends have all been driven home
My friends have left me
I’m such a fool
I never phoned

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Hedge Don’t Give Yourself The Finger
Hedge Don’t Give Yourself The Finger
Hedge You may not be a swinger
But there’s a joint I know where you’d belong
It’s a little box I’ve got on my front lawn

Hedge
Say now Hedge
Hedge?

Hedge Don’t Give Yourself The Finger
Hedge Don’t Give Yourself The Finger
Hedge You may not be a swinger
Or something anyone could understand
But even a box is worth a second hand
In this universal plan

Hedge Don’t Give Yourself The Finger
Give yourself a wrench
Hedge Don’t Give Yourself The Finger
Give yourself a wrench
Give yourself some hedge...hedge...

hedge
Track Name: Bleaker and Bleaker
BLEAKER AND BLEAKER

I used to be one to complain
If it's not one thing it's the another
A broken record told my story
Bleaker - and getting bleaker

Putting up with someone's crap
Well it never made me a martyr
I tried to take a stand and fight back
But the forces of dark hit back harder

It's not that way for every kid
But destiny is unforgiving
If misery is your companion
Then misery is your companion

The flowers bloom the ivy grows - they shoot up all around me
Makes a pretty picture to cover up the fact I'm a loser in this life

And just when I think I'm in the clear thing get
Bleaker - and bleaker

One day I just dropped my sorrow had some fun in the sun
Stopped living in fear of tomorrow where I felt the worse was yet to come

I used to be the one to complain
But slowly I couldn't be bothered
Let this misery consume me
Bleaker and bleaker

Resigned to the fact and shrugging it off...
Track Name: No Use Waiting Around
NO USE WAITING AROUND

Well I used to spend a lot of time
Being patient - hoping my dreams would come true
That magic moment never did arrive
I was just getting older and lazy

There’s no use waiting around
I’ve been through this film before
When the world starts holding me down
I am up and out the door

I took a chance the day I saw her face
Right there and then I just knew I shouldn’t resist
It seemed so perfect and she said so too
But in my space she just kept on teasing

There’s no use waiting around
I’ve been through this film before
When the world starts holding me down
I am up and out the door
There’s no use waiting around

You can wait all your life - for the right person
You can wait all your life - for the right reason
Or you can spend living life like it’s the last day you’re breathing
Like it’s the last day you’re singing
Don’t catch yourself waiting around
That’s such a waste of time - such a waste of time
And time you can never get back

A sketchy line is not so hard to paint
But you erased me before the lines were drawn
I don’t know why but I can hear a voice
It is laughing and telling me deeply...

There’s no use waiting around
You’ve been through this film before
When the world starts holding you down
You can climb another floor

There’s no use waiting around
Track Name: Dalia Lama Town (Stripped)
DALAI LAMA TOWN

Wait around for years or search a lifetime

The perfect punch line may never hit you back

The joke is that each moment is for living

Until the writer types “fade to black” 


From sun to moon

The sky is there
It never takes a bow

From night to noon

The big affair
Is rockin’ whether you are around


Movin’ down thru Dalai Lama Town
 (Dalai Lama Town)

Hoping to find my reality way beyond the clouds

Movin’ down – my last decision – leave my past behind

Sikh in Dalai Lama Town

Dalai Lama town


To question is the best of all religions

Surprised as pigeons when they finally hit the fan

That’s when we need a dose of Instant Karma

To free the farmer from a field of sand 


From sun to moon
The sky is there

It never takes a bow

From night to noon

The whole affair
Is rockin’ whether you are around


Movin’ down thru Dalai Lama Town
 (Dalai Lama Town
)
Hoping to find my reality way beyond the clouds

Movin’ down – my last decision – leave my past behind

Sikh in Dalai Lama Town

Or some exotic phrase that means the same



Crush all boxes 

Don’t play the fool

Everything you think – you "am" 

Tell the bastard trying to keep you a slave

That you’ve got other plans

From sun to moon

The sky is there

It never takes a bow

From night to noon

The whole affair
Is rockin’ whether you are around



Movin’ down thru Dalai Lama Town
 (Dalai Lama Town)

Hoping to find my reality way beyond the ground

Movin’ down – my last decision – leave my past behind

Sikh in Dalai Lama Town

Where dunderheads and wise men pray in line

They say it makes a difference when ya die



That remains to be seen

That remains to be seen

That remains to be seen

That remains to be seen

That remains to be seen

 

 


Track Name: Downtime No. 1 (JT Version)
DOWN TIME

Get on the highway and head for the shore
Catch my reflection in the sky
I got this feeling I’ve been here before but I don't know why
could it be that…

Down time headin' 'round again
When I try to reach real high someone always moves the sky
Down time and I'm found again maybe it's not that tragic...
Cokes on the dashboard and sun in our eyes
Who could ever want for more?

Some say we're children just filled with surprised and laughing like before but I know that...

Down time headin' 'round again
When I try to reach real high someone always moves the sky
Down time and I'm found again - maybe it's not that tragic...
Down time headin' 'round again
Missed the cradle when it fell
Another day is shot to hell
Down time and I’m found again
Maybe it's not that tragic...

Blind ambition got me no where fast
Heard the phone ring but I missed my calling

Took a new step made it last
We're strangers in paradise tonight

Down time headin' 'round again
When I try to reach real high someone always moves the sky
Down time and I'm found again
maybe it's not that tragic...
down time headin' 'round again
Missed the cradle when it fell
Another day is shot to hell
Down time and I’m found again maybe it's not that tragic...
Down time
down time
down time
down time
Track Name: Where Is It Safe?
The original version had lyrics. Something about a girl named Elliptical Katie. That version is on a cassette somewhere in the ether.

Paul Michael Barkan says this piece reminds him of a tune the Allman Brothers would do because of the harmony guitar line. I’m not an Allman Brothers fanatic so I don’t know. It's origins actually stem from a strange sci- fi 50's tune I wrote called "I Am A Drill" (an Akai recording later redone in the 90’s and used for background music under the dialog Nick DiMauro and I do just before the song I Remember Easter). The vocals in the intro were inspired by Nick DiMauro’s piece "Sections of Eight". The guitar used was my way out of tune Washburn. (How I wish I were a decent guitar player.) The second half of this piece had vocals with bizarre lyrics about some sexy woman named “Elliptical Katy” but when I laid the drum machine pattern to tape I didn't put enough measures in, so it ended abruptly. It’s the “We Believe It So Well” syndrome again.

Note : Some of the chord progression in this tune inspired the 50's tune I wrote with Peter Kearns in 2013, entitled "The Drive In 's On Fire"
Track Name: I Don't Need Heaven
I DON'T NEED HEAVEN

I never felt the tinge of the jealous quiver
Never saw a shallow wave in your eye
Never had the need to pursue your secrets
Never thought you had something to hide

You're the kind of friend who puts me up and on a limb
But only to redeem my sense of worth
You're the kind of friend who makes the devil wear a grin
But only when you wanna make a pleasure out of sin

That's why, I don't need heaven at all
Since I found you in my soul
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to keep me whole
I don't need heaven at all
Found myself a better dream
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to fill the seams

No heaven
Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Never had the urge to deny your freedom
Never tried to force you in my shoes
Never felt the threat after disagreements
Never cherished one so heavenly true

You're the kind of friend who puts me up and on a limb
But only to reveal the gifts of life
You're the kind of friend who makes the devil wear a grin
But only when you wanna make a pleasure out of sin

That's why, I don't need heaven at all
Since I found you in my soul
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to keep me whole
I don't need heaven at all
Found myself a better dream
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to fill the seams

Then you showed me why to live
You showed me why
And how to give

You're the kind of friend who puts me up and on a limb
But only to reveal the gifts of life
You're the kind of friend who makes the devil wear a grin
But only when you wanna make a pleasure out of sin

That's why, I don't need heaven at all
Since I found you in my soul
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to keep me whole
I don't need heaven at all
Found myself a better dream
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to fill the seams
I don't need heaven at all
Found myself a better dream
Don't need no heaven at all
Only you to fill the seams

And that's the way the song ends...
Track Name: I've Got Other Plans
I'VE GOT OTHER PLANS IN MY MIND

It's alright
It's alright
I've got other plans in my mind
I can hear the sound of your photograph crackling inside the fireplace
Thoughts of living a perfect life seem some where far out in space

It's alright
It's alright
If you won't see me tonight
It's alright
It's alright
If you won't see me tonight

There's a blade of steel in a paper fight
And a prison without a cell
Deep emotions in candle light
Well maybe this is the perfect hell
But I know that I can be saved
“If an I” take the road that's already paved
My subconscious can lead me clear
When I'm goin' down and trouble's in the way

It's alright
babe it's alright
If you won’t see me tonight

‘Cause I know that I can be saved
“If an I” take the road that's already paved
My subconscious can lead me clear
When I'm goin' down and trouble's in the way

It's alright
It's alright
If you won't see me tonight
It's alright
Babe, it's alright
I've got other plans in my mind
It's alright
It's alright
If you won't see me tonight
It's alright
Babe, it's alright
I've got other dreams in my mind
Track Name: Don't Look Back
DON'T LOOK BACK

When the weather's right
Senses unfurl bringing back a picture
Of another place
Not a happy world but one that really hurt you

It's enough to make you crash
And it's hard to let it be
It's enough to make you crash yeah...
And spread that hurt to me

SO DON'T LOOK BACK
LIVIN' IS WASTED WHEN YOU DWELL IN THE PAST
DON'T LOOK BACK
CARRY THE GOOD TIMES SO THE FUTURE CAN LAST
DON'T LOOK BACK
(If only for good times...)

Now if you spend your nights
Thinkin' of what was and how you could have changed it
And it's like a crime
Just lettin' out a laugh when homages are spoken

Better take a look around
There's a future fun and free
Better take a look around yeah...
And share that fun with me

SO DON'T LOOK BACK
LIVIN' IS WASTED WHEN YOU DWELL IN THE PAST
DON'T LOOK BACK
CARRY THE GOOD TIMES SO THE FUTURE CAN LAST
DON'T LOOK BACK

Just blow out the candles
Bury the scandals
There's only room for NOW
DON'T LOOK BACK

(scat verse)


SO DON'T LOOK BACK
LIVIN' IS WASTED WHEN YOU DWELL IN THE PAST
DON'T LOOK BACK
GOTTA CARRY THE GOOD TIMES SO THE FUTURE CAN LAST
DON'T LOOK BACK
Track Name: Only In A Dream
ONLY IN A DREAM

Come to me in a dream
Or is this reality?
Wordless pictures sung in a song
They seek to touch me
To breathe the breath I drink
Explore the inner walls of my society

It's hard to sleep at night
The fear of transportation keeps me clinging to
The bed
The Earth
The womb

It's hard to speak about
When I myself have questioned the actuality of what I think is real
What is the distinction on which I've based my life
My own reflection
Is this what I must be?

IT'S ONLY IN A DREAM
ALL THESE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING ME
IT'S ONLY IN A DREAM
WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES I CAN HEAR THAT VOICE WITHIN

I cannot speak with them
They only speak to me
I don't recall their words
Their signs
Their dreams
Their songs

But every time they come for me
I recognize their faces
And then the light grows dim
And I know that they will return
Sometimes they sing to me as I fade away
What's their reality?
Do I reflect their needs?

IT'S ONLY IN A DREAM
ALL THESE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING ME
IT'S ONLY IN A DREAM
ALL THESE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING ME
IT'S ONLY IN A DREAM
WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES I CAN HEAR A VOICE FROM WITHIN
CLOSE MY EYES I CAN HEAR A VOICE FROM WITHIN

They come to me in a dream
Or is this reality?
Wordless pictures sung in a song
They seek to touch me
To breathe the breath I drink
Explore the inner walls of my society
Explore the inner walls of my society
Explore the inner walls of my society
Track Name: Time For Tea In My Hole
TIME FOR TEA IN MY HOLE

Shake out your spinal fluid
Wake Up, the calcium's gone
Get lost you homely druid
Steam tax you hairy

Carbon is an ugly sight
What you look like can't be right
Step aside you're in my light
I can't bare your ugly face
Market your name tag pencils (RENDA!)
Park it - your jaded ties
Lock it - your sinned utensils
Hock it - you nasty...

Blacken teeth chew blacken meat
Slacken mind eat acid rain
Broken back there's no receipt
Crack my skull I own no brain

Take my wife please
Keep her bottom warm
Hold her tight - soft squeeze
Before she takes away my form

I hope she wouldn't do that to me
No!
Time for tea in my hole
Time for tea in my hole
Time for tea in my hole
In my hole...
Track Name: Cilla-Sigh-Been-Gum Piano
CILLA-SIGH-BEEN-GUM-PIANO

V.C. :
So this devil goes around... He looks big and bad - urrrr -
He's got the - urrrrrrr... But my god, he's got no teeth.
The worst thing he could do is gum you to death!
Track Name: Exploding Nuts
Y : I’ve got a story.

X : Go.

Y : Well you know back when I was a newlywed...This was back in the late 40s, I was working as a telephone operator at a factory that made different colored pens for each holiday. You know like a green pen for St. Paddy’s day. Red for Christmas. Orange for Easter. Well, that was just a cover. What they primarily produced were deadly plastic nuts.

X : Deadly plastic nuts?

Y : Yeah, underground they had a plant that made like umm, toy acorns, walnuts, cashews with lethal explosives in them. Basically, they were a military decoy sort of thing they tried to use to fool the Nazis during World War Two. You could throw a dozen under a tree and poof goes the unsuspecting Nazi.

X : This is news to me.

Y : Yeah. Well, it didn’t work out and they swept the whole operation under the rug. You see, the army didn’t account for the massive squirrel population in Germany. Soon there were these exploding tree rodents everywhere. The squirrel remains eventually spread disease to just about anyone. Rabies and all sorts of foul sicknesses infecting millions, with no discrimination. But I digress.
Track Name: Born An American
BORN AN AMERICAN

My daddy worked his whole life in a coal mine
I watched him wipe his sweat from his brow
My mama worked all day and then she raised her kids
They had no time to sit back and be proud
And now I ask myself - well, how can I convince them?

Well, I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child
Well, I've got room in my heart to give to all the children of the world
That's the way of the red, white and blue

I said my grand dad sailed across from a distant land
He only had his spirit and his cross
He sailed across with others who were different faiths
They all were searching for a common cause
And now he looks at me and he can't understand

I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child
Yeah, I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child
But I've got room in my heart to give to all the children of the world
That's the way of the red, white and blue

We have our differences but together we must stand

I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child
Yeah, I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child

I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child
Yeah, I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their
Proud to be their child

I was born an American
I was born an American
I was born an American
And I'm proud to be their child!

I was born an American
I was born an American
I was born an American
I was born an American
I was born an American
I was born an American
Track Name: Rabbits Don't Know What They Are
RABBITS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE

Rabbits don’t know what they are
Hop hop hop hop
Ya can’t teach one to play guitar
Ah ah ah ah
They don’t care about 7 sharp 9 chords
They don’t care unless ya play one pretty loud
They don’t care about 7 sharp 9 chords
They get scared when ya dump’em in a crowd

Rabbits don’t know what they are
Hop hop hop hop
Ya can’t teach one to be a Czar
Ah ah ah ah

Rabbits don’t know what they are
And maybe for the better.
Rabbit’s foot in your car
A wasted good luck
Rabbits don’t know what they are
And maybe for the better.
Gotta rabbit’s foot in your car
Easter Bunny Blues!
Track Name: Hedge's Dark Cloud Appendage
HEDGE'S DARK CLOUD APPENDAGE

Hedge...

Mark Clouds he's a Novocaine.
He can rust your slacks
Mark Clouds watch his acid rain eat through your favorite trout

Mark Clouds he's a Novocaine.
He can rust your slacks
Mark Clouds watch his acid rain eat through your favorite trout

Mark Clouds he's a Novocaine.
He can rust your slacks

Hedge...

I say, Hedge don't eat that trout!
Don't give yourself the finger!

Mark Clouds : Now!

Phillip : Hahahahah

Mark Clouds : Hey, give me back my bobo chute!

Phillip : Hahahahah

Mark Clouds : Give it back now!

Phillip : No!

Mark Clouds : You bastard!

Phillip : Ahhhhhh

Mark Clouds : Gimmie that!

Phillip : No!

Mark Clouds : Ehh!

The Priest : Alright, what's going on? Who took out all the...
Who's behind the altar over there?

-Phillip laughs - (sync tone screams)

The Priest : It's like the bug from Wiliamsburg or something.
What, what's going on?
Track Name: Nobody Mattered
NOBODY MATTERED

So a voice is crying below a shattered dome
And oh, there’s no denying
An open wound is waiting to be sewn
Who knows what pain we’re feeling
Can’t tell, the nerves are gone
So fast, the end is nearing
As the film rewinds and medics leave the show

The sand on the hill top is falling
The sand on the hill top is God
the sand on our shoes are recalling
The greatest thrill we’ve ever known

Nobody mattered
We all went together
I saw the flash in the sky
Xmas was fun but next one will be better
No second guess (I’m not depressed)
Next one will be better

So, the earth is slowing
And so, the sun will roar
Above, a star is calling But sorry we don’t live here anymore

The sand on the hill top is falling
The sand on the hill top is God
the sand on our shoes are recalling
The greatest lie we’ve ever known

Well, nobody mattered
We all went together
I saw the flash in the sky
Xmas was fun but next one will be better
No second guess (No, I’m not depressed)
Next one will be better
Track Name: When The Iceman -A- Cometh
WHEN THE ICEMAN-A-COMETH

When the Iceman -a-cometh it's a very strange day
Leaves a trail of sparkles in the sky
It conjures up confusion in a buzz kill way
"Invitation only" won't apply

When the Iceman -a-cometh it's a very sad day
Remnants from our past will be hard to fine
But Lucy, Desi, Fred and Ethyl might tell'em who we were
Just a little blue watering hole
Third planet from a star