Tell Me Why Then!

by John Tabacco

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about

The majority of the pieces on this CD were recorded from late 1996 through 1997. Remnants of the three previous solo discs also peak their way through the sound-scape tapestry providing yet more confounding continuity to my already esoteric, musical puzzle. There were a bunch of songs from this period that did not make this collection. They were left unfinished due to an increase of interest regarding SA3™ technology. Two of them (Call Me In The Morning and King Of Preachers) actually were started in late 1996 but were not completed until 2004. Many others would eventually be realized on CDs between 1999 - 2001.

Also, around this time, sleeping in the vocal booth became a nightmare. I used to crash on a futon that sat low to the ground. At night a subtle, cold breeze would seep through the bottom of the vocal booth door (probably picking up various clientele and feline mold) and quietly sneak into my nose. I’d wake up with a soar / dry throat and a sharp pain in my sinuses. Real sharp - like a mad devil beast drilling tin foil into my upper teeth! It was awful. I’d just be pacing back and forth down in the studio at four in the morning crying for relief just wishing someone would comfort me; totally not fun and certainly not conducive to recording and singing. In fact, several times I seriously pondered suicide but those thoughts were constantly thwarted by an enthusiastic Bob Ball phone call i.e “John, it’s Bob!”

On the positive side, Sound Archeology™ like I mentioned before was starting to make some noise in the audio world. Canada’s Audiophilia Magazine did a great interview with Bob Ball and we received a positive review in Hi-Fi Choice Magazine (a British magazine). The SA3 RISC Process was developed at this time and this was the first album that was mastered with it. It sounded 47% better than the previous CDs Bob and I mastered, so of course with the help of Bob’s infinite patience I remastered them all again. It did sound better though. In fact, we would soon meet with the legendary Les Paul, Rolling Stones producer Rob Fraboni and Mr. Keith Richards because of the improvement in sound. It finally seemed like things were looking up. And speaking of up:

This collection is dedicated to those who pray we don’t get obliterated by a big screaming asteroid.
I suppose the time will come. When it does, hopefully we can avoid it - JT 11/9/97

credits

released September 7, 2014

Natural Technical Scoop:

Recorded and Mixed at Sonic Underground Recording Studios 1992-97
All engineering, mixing, editing etc. by JT except
Tell Me Why Then -Mixed by Bob Ball (courtesy of Sound Archeology™)
Rikki 95 - Produced, Arranged by JT & Meryl Mathews for F.G.L. Productions

Re-Mastering: Bob Ball and JT - Sound Archeology™ saric

Art Work and Layout - Arty Rukidin © 1993- 97 by Farben Fosfeen Art
Cover Photo by Ed Muller, Little Harbor Studios, Port Jefferson, NY
Charlotte Photo Courtesy of Sirka Louca and Heide Kastner

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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: The World Doesn't Revolve Around That Way
THE WORLD DOESN’T REVOLVE AROUND THAT WAY

You think you’re in command but you’re crazy
The world doesn’t revolve around that way
You think you’ll get away with it easy
But the world doesn’t revolve around that way
No the world doesn’t revolve around that way

You could be poor - you can be red
Or you could mess up your lover’s bed
What do you care - what does it bring
It doesn’t mean much in the scheme of things
Back off crazy - get away - don’t make me spit in your eye
Ya better back off crazy what you say just makes my
genitals dry

Oh you could be straight - or you could be green
Or you could chop off your in between
Nobody cares - nobody sees
And what you don’t mean doesn’t matter to me

Hey all the times you lied the world went on sailing
Goodbye! - nothing matters take a look...

You will never - you will never - you will never lose the pain
You will never or maybe ever find exactly who’s to blame

You could be square - or you could be wheel
Or you could jerk off on howard beal
Nobody cares - nobody tells
And nobody wants another c-block cell

Oh take me I’m crazy...I said oh... bake me I’m crazy

Somewhere near the center...
everything makes sense

Oh... take me I’m crazy ...I said oh... bake me I’m crazy

*Yeah you throwin’ the back fish into the water baby.
You know what I’m sayin? A Little Brute Colgna for ya.
Ah give it up!


Hey all the times you lied the world went on sailing
Goodbye! - nothing matters... take a look...

You will never - you will never - you will never lose the pain
You will never or maybe ever find exactly who’s to blame

You could be straight - or you could be green
Or you could chop off your in between
Nobody cares - nobody sees
And what you don’t mean doesn’t matter to me

Would You Like To See My Snot Collection?

Would You Like To See My Snot Infections?

Well For Xmas Could I Be Your Boogie Man?

Oh take me I’m crazy
I said oh, bake me I’m crazy...

Somewhere...everything makes sense




JT: LEAD VOCALS, ALL PROGRAMMING
Track Name: Tell Me Why Then!
TELL ME WHY THEN!

When I wake up in the morning
I’m safe and warm
I got food and lots of shelter from the cold
And I got friends to keep me busy with UFOs
It’s a cozy kind of norm

Tell me why then - do I feel this way
I worry over nothing on a dime
Tell me why then - if everything’s ok
I’m really not that happy
I need something to break

Looking back at all the situations up to now
I’ve have had a fairly easy history
Pretty healthy -
Maybe out of shape a tiny “skidge”
But my life has been a breeze

Tell me why then - do i feel this way
I worry over nothing all the time
Tell me why then - if everything’s ok
I’m really not that happy now
I’m not too satisfied
Is that what keeps me moving till I die?
Die Die Die. Till I Die!!!
Track Name: Open Your Eyes
OPEN YOUR EYES

There in the darkness when your world is crumbling down
Dive into the deepest crack where a photon belt is found
And you might find me waiting with open arms
And if you lose your vision I’ll help you file collision

Open your eyes I’m standing right before you
Don’t look surprised, be sure to check behind you
and down...
All around

Here in your margarita where all your secrets drown
Make sure that you say a prayer before you suck it down
‘Cause you might find me floating with open arms
Soaking up your last confession
Maybe you will learn the lesson if you...

Open your eyes, I’m standing right before you
Don’t look surprised, be sure to check behind you
Open your eyes, the ship is passing by you
You’re late
Oh what a waste!

You’ve got a smoke detector for when a fog appears
Spray paint your bike reflector
It’s clear...yeah you’re weird...yeah you’re weird!

You bought a new perspective
Just like the old perspective
It keeps you disinfected - but you still feel rejected
You bought a new perspective
Just like the old perspective
It keeps you disinfected - but you still feel rejected!!!

Well open your eyes, I’m standing right before you
Don’t look surprised, the ship is passing by you
Open your eyes, I’m landing right beside you
Don’t look surprised, the ship is passing by you
You’re late
Oh ain’t it great?
Well open your eyes etc...
Track Name: Club Algeria
CLUB ALGERIA

When the reign is over and the crown is off your head
And the fear of being washed up is at hand
Keep an eye on endings - they can dial in your sleep
But don’t accept the charges when they call

Under the gun?
The shelter that you’ve been praying for
Is under the sign - just three blocks down past the credit store
(Still gotta a place for ya)

Club Algeria just as cool as it ‘s always been
Club interior bare your soul and a little skin
Club Algeria

I recall the troubles that I had in younger times
When a friend could not be counted on one hand
Then a voice from inside called my name
Son rejoice - come in - release your pain
And meet the other side of Life

Under the gun - the answer that I was looking for
Was under the sign just 3 blocks down past the liquor store
(Still gotta a place for ya)

Club Algeria just as cool as it used to be
Club interior - bare your soul with some dignity
Club Algeria - Egypt waits for your rosaries
Club Algeria -

Sweet music drawn from sacred scriptures
Dancing rug to rug
Poor outside losers live so empty
Disconnected from our SMPTE code...

Glad to see your face here
I believe I know your name
Yes I’ve got a gold solution for your tears

Under the gun? -
Ms. Wheel of Fortune will take the floor
Under the sign
You won’t believe what we have in store
(Still gotta a place for ya)

Club Algeria just as cool as it’s always been
Club interior bare your soul and a little skin
Club Algeria just as smooth as it used to be
Club Interior - Egypt cries for your rosaries

Special guitar Tuning for this piece :
C#G# D# G# A# D#
Track Name: Zombies It's Alright
ZOMBIES IT’S ALRIGHT

These words are just a mere distraction
Pure evil from the big machine
And this song is more a private action
From one who wonders what they mean

Live forever - bright and sunny
Crushes ice and filters on it's own
Makes things whiter and it's natural
Makes you strong and strengthens up your bones

Zombies it's all right
Sister is there to shelter you
Zombies it's all right
Father is there to keep you in (line)

For the children - In their interest
A proper bible puts them right on track
Cut some programs - Raise the taxes
For all to prosper we must all give it back

Zombies it's all right
Sister is there to shelter you
Zombies it's all right
Father is there to keep you in line
It's all right... It's all right

Well these words are just a mere distraction
Strip off the wax and study the facts
And this song is more a private action
Against all the greed and fiction that's needed to fool
The fools who believe the rich must know better
Well they couldn't give a flyin' rat’s ass about us at all!

Healthy testing - Smart and wholesome
We can learn to build a safer world
For the future - here's the answer
One more explosion and we'll have a cure

Zombies it's all right
Sister is there to shelter you
Zombies it's all right
Father is there to keep you in (line)
Zombies it's all right
Sister is there to show you the light
Well it's all right
Here comes a stable full of frozen pies...
to eat!
These words were for your own protection
Pure goodness from the big machine
And this song was just a private action
From someone who knows not what he means...
(From Slipcode)
Track Name: Bounce It Here
BOUNCE IT HERE!

Live it and love it and teach it and pump it
Yeah and live it and love it again
Live it and love it and teach it and pump it
Yeah and live it and love it again
Live it and love it and teach it and pump it
Yeah and live it and love it again
Live it and love it and teach it and bounce it here!

KG / KB: chill dialogue...

Smell it and cook it and sell it and eat it
Yeah and Smell it and Cook it Again
Smell it and cook it and sell it and eat iT
Yeah and Smell it and Cook it Again
Smell it and cook it and sell it and eat it
Yeah and Smell it and Cook it Again
Smell it and cook it and sell it and bounce it here!

KG / KB:
More chill “conversating” and “give me all your money” ...


BOUNCE!

Goonfed Bulkeraser Chalkmeat Palumbra spews:

Ah Rayzon, Rayzon. You entirely too filthy Rayzon. No
bastard freak of mine without prior phoning shall invade my near sighted “Blah-Hair” beyond what swells in thine own utero. For I am come and my will at arms length and that of the Lord hadth granted me double exposure to paste a final sink trap to this incestuous linkage.
WHAT IS THIS?
Hooper from Jaws replies: Tiger Shark!
Mr. Stromboli:
Ah what?
WHAT IS THIS?

“Doo Wop Diddy Up” etc...

Live it and love it and teach it and pump it
Yeah and live it and love it again
Live it and love it and teach it and pump it
Yeah and live it and love it again
Live it and love it and teach it and pump it
Yeah and live it and love it again
Live it and love it and teach it and bounce it here!

The Priest (pretending he’s Captain Beefheart) describes his feelings about the whole situation:
Opus petroleum swoggled in fractured dispersements
bubble rap slooping off the surrounding clip cards and corky containments. I knew right away that a randy wire of heated ozone exasperation would throttle and thruttle in my own existential eroticism...

Live it and love it and teach it and
Bounce it here!
Track Name: You Think I'm Out Of My Mind
YOU THINK I’M OUT OF MY MIND

You think I’m out of my mind
Tell something I don’t know already
You think I’m way out of line
Tell me what I haven’t weighed already

I guess everybody’s got their point of view
I’ll keep to mine - leave yours to you
But when we’re here
There’s always a small hidden agenda
Conspiracies can sometimes come in twos
You think I’m out of my mind
Tell something I don’t know already
You think I’m way out of line
Tell me what I haven’t weighed already

You say you’re a friend of mine
Then you cut me into tiny jagged pieces
Break the bread - pour some wine
Patch me up and point out all the creases

Well It’s gotten stupid
Where I can’t even speak my mind
And tell you things I’d really love to do
And I keep wondering why
I keep falling for you baby
I keep calling for you baby
Well maybe I’m in love!

Nah...That’s not it... Definitely not it.
‘Cause I know that everything you know is wrong.

You think I’m out of my mind
Tell something I don’t know already
You think I’m way out of line
Tell me what I haven’t weighed already

You think I’m out of my mind
Tell something I don’t know already
You think I’m way out of line
Tell me what I haven’t weighed already

You say you’re a friend of mine
Grease the palm then rob me blind
Eat my bread and spill the wine
And cut me into pieces...

You say you’re a friend of mine
Grease the palm then rob me blind
Eat my bread and spill the wine
And cut me into pieces etc…
Track Name: Gotta Go Now
GOTTA GO NOW

You say you're a bumblebee and I say you're a bat
You voted republican and I don't go for that

Well maybe it's time we call it quits
And go our separate ways
Maybe it's time we close our lips
There's nothin' more to say

Gotta go now
Gotta make some new mistakes
Gotta go now
Where happiness awaits

You say there's a holy land and I say that there's not
You get all religimus and I become a snot

Well maybe it's time we call it quits
And go our separate ways
Maybe it's time we close our lips
There's nothin' more to say but

Gotta go now
Gotta make some new mistakes
Gotta go now
The taxi cab awaits

Hiss goes the kitty as I pack for the city
In a dream I had
In goes the coin for another broken meter
And it makes me mad

And I'm off to feelin' trapped again by your embrace
And I can never find the right words or the time or place
To tell you why...

Well maybe it's time we call it quits
And go our separate ways
Maybe it's time we close our lips
There's nothin' left to say but

Gotta go now
Gotta make some new mistakes
Gotta go now
Where happiness awaits

Vista allocation from the lunch box committee
Can you tell me where I should go? etc...
Track Name: Oh, Wow It's You Again
OH WOW, IT’S YOU AGAIN

When I'm sure you're gone at last
I make believe that I have no past
I make a cheer and wipe away all the tears
Take another room - Find another friend
And when I feel that you're not real
I stop and then

Oh wow, it's you again
How odd I should meet you here
Oh wow, it's you again
You haunt me - You taunt me
Why don't you disappear?

This hotel had a view
One brick wall and shades of blue
I paid my bill and started over again
I flipped another penny - counted up to ten
I let her rip just like a gypsy dog and then

( chorus )

In this warm foreign place
There's not one familiar face
It seems this time I left myself far behind
I write another letter I know I'll never send
I lock the door and walk out for some air
and then...

Oh wow, it's you again
How odd I should meet you here
Oh wow, it's you again
You haunt me - You taunt me
Why don't you disappear?

*In my head it seems so easy
to work the pieces in
We had much in common you and I
But the picture becomes ugly
As the truth solidifies
And just when I should realize
That it's me I've got to find...

Oh wow, it's you again
How odd I should meet you here
Oh wow, it's you again
You haunt me - You taunt me
Why don't you disappear?

Words & Music © 1970 by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
Published by MCA Universal Pub. - All rights reserved.
*Additional lyrics and melody by John Tabacco (sesac)
Track Name: Why? I Don't Know
WHY? I DON’T KNOW

All I want is you but all I see are complications
It’s not like I can blow them off pretending that they simply don’t exist
All I need is you but every turn is a reservation
Why? - I don’t know
Every time the world says yes
I find some dumb excuse to shut us down
I turn dark and hide
When the opportunity arises
to commit to you my love
The words don’t connect with my eyes...
All I want to do is live a peaceful life together
Why, is that so hard?
Why?
I don’t know...
I don’ t know!
Track Name: I Need A Sweet Revelation
I NEED A SWEET REVELATION

Gone fishin - my mission:

To change these raccoon eyes
Deep dishin - just wishin’ to catch me one big fry
But my neck keeps breakin’
My back is achin’
And stress is in my bones
My thoughts keep switchin’
My brain keeps itchin’
It’s a complicated world
Like an oyster in a pearl

I need a sweet revelation
Fill me with stars that make heaven shine
Send me a sweet consolation
This waiting around is waste of time
Now that I’m free I’ve been lost on the wire

Quick shower -
Take a powder and freshen up my clothes
Big hour at the tower to meet my angel rose
But my mind is flirtin’ with why I’m hurtin’
And how the world’s unfair
And all my prayin’ just finds me sayin’
It’s complicated life -
Like a spoon within a knife

-(chorus)-

Now that I’m free I’ve been lost like a child
And all that I feel is heartache
Now that I see that a friend is worthwhile
I’m ready to ditch this heartbreak
Erase this mother rifle that tries to keep me stifled
A sweet revelation
Either put up or shut up but please...
Do Something!
Track Name: Charlotte Doesn't Care / Yo'Chill,Chill, Let Me Out And Watch You Fly
CHARLOTTE DOESN’T CARE

Jump down and scratch the sofa
And run just as fast as
When you pull your hand from a stove
Her nose is cold
But Charlotte’s unaware
She’s into mischief and she’ll get away
No, Charlotte doesn’t care
She’s small
Charlotte doesn’t care
As long as she’s got a moth to bully by the stairs
She will slice it with her sharp nails
And lick it on the rug
See a sun flair
Get distracted - forget to eat the bug
Is that a rubber band next to the chair?
Charlotte doesn’t care
As long as she’s got dry food
The same she eats each day
It makes me wonder how she stands it
But she won’t complain
Though sometimes she will cry
When no one’s around to rub her belly
Lazy Happy Charlotte - Life is in the now
It’s all a blur to this fur ridden lynx
But what she’s thinks, may be slightly more advanced than a cow
And she can sure chase her tail a lot faster
But Charlotte doesn’t care
No, Charlotte’s unaware
Unless a ghost is on the stairs
She’s small.
I like tiny Charlotte

This cat doesn’t ask me
to make cassettes. You know what I’m sayin’?
Track Name: Oh My Darlings
OH MY DARLINGS

The energy is gone - it's over
We pulled the final plug the other night
Hangin' by a thread for light years
Eventually we gave into the fight
Where are the dreams that we planted?
None of the seeds survived
All of us left broken hearted
When the heat wave arrived

Memories up flames, - it's crazy
And the family ties have all been broke
Try to filter out the pain, - it's endless
We blew away the only hope we had
So many friends have departed
I can only guess where they have gone
So many things that were started
Will they ever be done?

Oh my darlings
Wait until the sun can shine again once more
Oh my darlings
Treasures await behind that old back door

I wish that I could wake up -
And suddenly realize it's been a dream
Find us like the first time
x'ing out the negativity's
I still don't regard any moment
As wasted time in the lives of fools
I still believe there's a reason
For the crazy things we do

Oh my darlings
Wait until the sun can shine again once more
Oh my darlings
Treasures await behind that old back door
Oh my darlings - Oh my darlings
Oh my darlings

Well equal rights and rocket ships
and holidays and paintings,
Promises of movie deals and waiting around...
In the dark remains of faith I sit and wonder
Where would we be now?
If everybody cared...
If everybody shared the common light
Track Name: The Time Will Come
THE TIME WILL COME

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...
But just before you give it up
Remember what will be

Because the time will come
When the sun will close it’s eyes
And the memories of this world will be forgotten

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
‘Cause promises were broken
Better take a look around
You’ve got friends and love that’s real
Better take a look around yeah...
And be grateful for the suffering
You don’t have to feel

‘Cause the time will come
When the sun will close it’s eyes
And the memories of this world will be forgotten
Yes the time will come
When they’ll be no need for living
In that time we’ll be
In a place that’s more forgiving of ourselves
Blow out the candles
Go ‘head and bury the scandals now
Just Blow out the candles
For There's only room for now
There's only room for NOW!

-(chorus)-
Track Name: Oh, A Hat / There's A Hole In The City / Husky Little Fellow
THERE'S A HOLE N THE CITY

They got a hole in the city
It's a very big hole from hell
And there ain't no breakfast waitin' down below

Friggin' hole in the city
Not a very nice place to dwell
But at least for now all the parking's free

Manhattan's all but gone
Until the air gets clear I gotta honk my horn

They got a hole in the city
Friggin' hole in the city
Not much more to tell