Tabacco & Kearns : Repeat After Listening

by John Tabacco

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about

It started off with me just sending some musical ideas to Peter Kearns through the internet. If he liked an idea, he'd come up with a way to finish it and then once we agreed on a lyrical direction, the rest was a piece of cake. It doesn't matter if we are 10,000 miles away from each other. We are both disciplined enough to stick with an idea and see it to it's completion. So this is a collection of songs mostly written over a period of a year, recorded and mixed either on Long Island, NY or Christchurch, NZ. There are plenty of other musical morsels we've exchanged just waiting to see the light of day. Stay tuned for those. In the meanwhile, take a listen. A repeated listen if you are so inclined.
-JT

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released October 14, 2014

Produced, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Tabacco and Kearns
Recorded at Suburban Hermit Studios II, Stony Brook, NY and
Christchurch, NZ

Peter Kearns : Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Programming
John Tabacco : Vocals. Keyboards, Guitar, Programming
Susan DeVita : Background vocals
Anthony Pomes : Bass, Electric guitar, Woody Allen impersonation
Design : Farben Fosfeen Art Works

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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: Dalai Lama Town
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: Lemon Whirl
LEMON WHIRL

I'm brainstorming new recreation
So casually I'll throw you this idea
It kept jumping out from my list of things for a past time
In the spring time

A lemon whirl could make us happy
A lemon whirl might set us free
There's nothing like candy quite frankly in your down time
To ease the mind

The blood behind your cheeks is draining
And paint you a reluctant volunteer
But think of it as just a new accessory for your collection
Of confection

A lemon whirl could make us happy
A lemon whirl might set us free
Sometimes there's no food in the pantry in your down time
To ease the mind

But diamonds and bling and fashion magazines
Are all you seem to want to understand
But let me turn your nights on so you can see
The kind of whirl you're missing with this man
Yeah, the kind of whirl you're missing

There's nothing like candy quite frankly in your down time
To ease the mind

A lemon whirl could make us happy
A lemon whirl might set us free
A little extra candy is dandy in your down time
To ease the mind

I'm gonna get real close so you can hear what I'm saying.
Hum...

Me
You
And a lemon whirl
Me
You
And a lemon whirl
Me
You
And a lemon whirl
Me
You
And a lemon whirl
Me
You
And a lemon whirl
Me
You
And a lemon whirl

SD: Seriously? Ha,ha,ha

In a lemon whirl
Me
You
And a lemon whirl
Track Name: Free Man
FREE MAN

Little sister wave goodbye
I ain't comin' back no more
Little sister don't you cry
Save your tears and close the door

I'm gonna be a free man
Lay my bones on rolling water
I'm gonna be a free man
Watch me rove across them borders

Oh the places I will go
In my favorite ramblin' shoes 
Have my Winter Fresh™ in tow
While I shake the hand of someone new

I'm gonna be a free man
Lay my bones on rolling water
I'm gonna be a free man
Watch me rove across them borders
Just wanna be a free man
Though I'm full of rules I can't escape 
Like a thorn in the side
It keeps you occupied
It keeps you occupied

The world is mine to fill my head
until my memory’s almost full
Little sister before I’m dead
I’d like to ride that golden bull

I'm gonna be a free man
Lay my bones on rolling water
I'm gonna be a free man
Watch me rove across them borders

Just wanna be a free man
Though I'm full of rules I can't escape
Like a thorn in the side

It keeps you occupied
Ahhhh hah Ahhh
It Keeps You Occupied
It Keeps You Occupied
I just wanna ride etc…
Track Name: Diamond Dancing
DIAMOND DANCING

My friend I know that look upon your face
When a woman walks into your space
Before you know it, you'll be interlaced
I'll tell ya...

She'll be :
Diamond dancing
She'll have your new future all mapped out
Diamond dancing away over the fictional rainbow

I know this time is gonna be for real
I'm at the other side of the wheel
Like I've forgotten what it is to feel
I'm sitting on my hands while you are

Diamond dancing
She's got your new future all worked out
Diamond dancing away over the fictional rainbow

Here she comes
You know it
The first chance she gets she'll be there in your face my friend
To organize your new wardrobe

Hey, I see you're now a mainstream fan
You've turned into a different man
I bet you never played no Steely Dan!
Ah, I knew it!
'Cause now you're

Diamond dancing
You've got your new future all mapped out
Diamond dancing away over the fictional rainbow

Here she comes
You know it
Every chance she get's she'll be there in your face
And then she'll fix a price for you piano

He's headin' for a new world of his own making.
Dreamin' and hoping for a better time and place where the grass is greener.


Diamond dancing
She's got your new future all mapped out
Diamond dancing away
And never seen again
Diamond dancing
You got you new future all worked out

Diamond dancing away

Here she comes
And there you go
The friend I used to know
Never seen again
Track Name: Look Out For John Cleese
LOOK OUT FOR JOHN CLEESE

Look out

Look out for John Cleese

Working on “The Week That Was”

He wrote some jokes for David Frost

There on the BBC, boy

Minus the law diploma

Revered by his dad 
who tried to give the squeeze



Look out

Look out for John Cleese

A thing I bet you didn't know
 before the "Flying Circus" show

His name was really Cheese (Yeah, that‘ s right)

His family didn't like it
It didn't seem right to have a surname reflecting the acrid

Reviews might be rabid with standards set so high

So he spent a long time...



Locked up in some room

With Graham Chapman every day

Avoiding any weak cliche

Searching for the laugh to finally send us 'round the bend

Doubling over with a ruptured spleen



But after that it wasn't too long before our Johnny started getting restless

He left the “Python” show
 but stayed for “Life Of Brian” and
“The Holy Grail”



Look out
Look out

Look out for John Cleese!

There had to be another way

A charming place for you to stay

Located in Torquay, boy

Long lists of cheese aromas
 were putting him in a coma


Silly walking or an angry distress
He owns it whatever the roll

So tell me he won't come to an end

‘Cause that would leave a Cleese shaped hole

So look out for John Cleese
Look out for John Cleese
Look out for John Cleese, please!
Look out for John Cleese
Boy!
Track Name: Ugly Fucker
U.F.

Dr. Frankenstein : It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!

Look at that ugly fucker what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above
Look at that ugly fucker he’s got the kind of face
that only a mother could love

Look at that ugly fucker what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above
Look at that fuckin nutter inside his basket case
And once is more than enough

But good fortune fell upon him by the way of Circus Roads

They put him in a cage and dressed him up in retro clothes

And soon a wealthy watcher saw potential in this freak

Got’em plastered in the tabloids, TV shows and frosted wheat

Now all us ugly wee folk have a new a hero we adore

And those perfect looking airheads are the ones we now ignore

Look at that ugly fucker what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above
Look at that ugly fucker he’s got the kind of face
that only a mother could love

Look at that ugly fucker what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above

Oh, man...

Look at that fuckin nutter inside his basket case
And once…

Hang on. Hang on. We need back story here.

He came up in the 60's, the flower power age
And every other week he had another banner to wave
He had a plan to infiltrate the presidential suite
But every time he tried they kicked his ass back on the street
No one could believe it, they had to look away

UGLY MOTHER FUCKER!
He did well!

W.A. : Don't worry about me sweetheart. I'm like a cat. I'll always wind up on my feet.

Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker

JT : This is what Kearns has got me coin' nowadays...

Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Look at that ugly fucker
Track Name: The Drive In's On Fire
THE DRIVE IN'S ON FIRE

We've parked this baby blue Thunderbird for the last five nights

And I've found that cheese pizza with double feature is your biggest desire

From the moment the lion roars you're glued to every single scene

But there's no doubt about it - tonight we must live without it

I'm sad to say the drive-in's on fire


But down Lover's Lane the sky looks wonderful

And the dashboard's sweet refrain plays in living color

I know you love a mystery by low beam light

But they delayed the screening for another evening

The drive-in's on fire


It's been so pleasing getting to know you

But I want to know you even more

“I hold in my hand three matches
from the stages of your fine, fine super fine career”…

But down Lover's Lane the stars look wonderful

And the dashboard's sweet refrain sings in living color

It gets so hot in here that the oxygen almost ignites

With only a murmur of Lana Turner and fuzzy dice on a wire

So in case we get home late we could say we ran out of gasoline

So we can stay in our bubble and get in trouble

Yeah, the drive-in's on fire…
Track Name: Your Effervescent Presence
YOUR EFFERVESCENT PRESENCE



There's a feeling in my heart
 that I can't explain

I feel it taking over me
 when I hear your name


So many times I was lost in the undertone

With just the perfect mime

Of the bathroom mirror clone


I was much too blind
Caught up in my rules

You didn't roll my way

I thought that wasn't cool


You gave your time but my mood was monotone
Until I changed my mind
And the truth was set in stone

Your effervescent presence 
filling up my room

I swear your hot can make my cold melt down

In your effervescent presence 
I can't stay immune

The way I sense you first

Then you materialize

I shouldn't be surprised





Sometimes you'd try to talk
 but I would never hear
Then you began to turn my head
 and alter the atmosphere


And now my heart’s in full blown flood
When you’re here in flesh and blood
The physical is real
But it doesn't have the feel of...

Your effervescent presence 
filling up my room

I swear your hot can make my cold melt down

In your effervescent presence
 I can't stay immune

The way I feel you first




Then you materialize

It truly electrifies
Then you materialize

It truly electrifies

I shouldn't be surprised

Your effervescent presence
Your effervescent presence
Your effervescent presence
Your effervescent presence
Your effervescent presence





Track Name: Shady's Tinted Kylix
SHADY'S TINTED KYLIX

Oh when my body floats astray
I weave through the railings past the wax coryfee
Alone – a single chromosome
I drift from low to high
And all things are known when
Shady’s tinted kylix fills my soul

Oh as my ceiling spins in green
I wanna analyze it but I escape the stream that soaks over all my bones
Like tongues that slide on ice
It’s all paraphrased when Shady’s tinted kylix fills my soul

I’m overcome by the base amoeba
I’m going out so I guess I’ll see ya

Who knows exactly where I’ll go
It’s hard to be precise
But my spirit needs to stroll when Shady’s tinted kylix fills my soul
Oh, Shady’s tinted kylix fills my soul
Oh, oh, oh!
Oh...
Track Name: Release Me
RELEASE ME

If I put my hands up so I can see the backs
And bring down the thumbs together
It’s like a painting with perspective it seems to go on and on forever
A gateway to an undiscovered world view

Release me
My mirror image is my only friend
Hand in hand with isolation
It’s not enough to hear my echo send back a cry

Believe me
I’ve put an end to that rejected child
He had enough of alienation
Back me up and lead me into the wild
I won’t mind

If I could tumble through the looking glass in a graceful animation
Like a time rip into another past an eternal circulation
I’d find the secret to how I could both stay and go

Release me
My mirror image is my only friend
Believe me
I’ve put an end to that rejected child
He had enough of alienation
Back me up and lead me into the wild
I won’t mind

I won't mind

Release me
Release me
Release me etc...
Track Name: The End Of The Beginning
THE END OF THE BEGINNING

You killed the blind man in your county
Though he could see the fight ahead

Coming up the pike at lightning speed where warriors once tread

But you were too concerned with all the money
that funded lies of your beliefs

And now for the first time you are helpless

And there is no relief


The end of the beginning

No more visions no more seeds
The end of the beginning
Life became the cancer
To fulfill your spiritual needs


And though you - you still remember music

The sweetness singing in your my mind

Is now just a noise to mute the crying
Don’t you wish that you were blind?

And maybe all will be forgiven someday

As the bigger picture finally comes clear

For now we all wait in our prisons
Starving out our fears

The end of the beginning

No more visions no more seeds
The end of the beginning
Life became the cancer to fulfill your spiritual needs


Yaw agnio gsi cram...

Yeah, the time will come...
Track Name: U.F. (radio friendly version)
U.F.

Dr. Frankenstein : It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!

Look at that ugly f@#$%^ what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above
Look at that ugly f@#$%^ he’s got the kind of face
that only a mother could love

Look at that ugly f@#$%^ what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above
Look at that f@#$%^ nutter inside his basket case
And once is more than enough

But good fortune fell upon him by the way of Circus Roads

They put him in a cage and dressed him up in retro clothes

And soon a wealthy watcher saw potential in this freak

Got’em plastered in the tabloids, TV shows and frosted wheat

Now all us ugly wee folk have a new a hero we adore

And those perfect looking airheads are the ones we now ignore

Look at that ugly f@#$%^ what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above
Look at that ugly f@#$%^ he’s got the kind of face
that only a mother could love

Look at that ugly f f@#$%^ what happened to him
Was he cursed by the heavens above

Oh, man...

Look at that f@#$%^ nutter inside his basket case
And once…

Hang on. Hang on. We need back story here.

He came up in the 60's, the flower power age
And every other week he had another banner to wave
He had a plan to infiltrate the presidential suite
But every time he tried they kicked his ass back on the street
No one could believe it, they had to look away

UGLY MOTHER F@#$%^!
He did well!

W.A. : Don't worry about me sweetheart. I'm like a cat. I'll always wind up on my feet.

Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^

JT : This is what Kearns has got me coin' nowadays...

Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^
Look at that ugly f@#$%^