Unfulfilled Shopping Carts Syndrome

by John Tabacco

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about

I produced the material on Unfulfilled Shopping Carts Syndrome from
2011 - 2013 (with two exceptions).

This CD was officially released on Muffin Records
www.muffinrecordsproductions.com

Most of the lyrics were inspired by my on again off again relationship with Susan DeVita. A relationship that taught me a lot about myself and made me re-examine what it is to truly love another person. I still have a space in my heart for Susan and I suspect we will always be the closest of friends for at least another week, a life time or however the story goes here on Earth. I know. Nobody cares. But there it is.

credits

released November 8, 2014

JT : Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Bass, Programming
Patricia Amendolia : Backups, Voice
Susan DeVita : Ending vocals on Beefalo / Inthrax Montage
(samples taken from the Susan DeVita songs “Queen of Dramamine” and “Monkey Dreams” by permission from Mr. Chichooli Music
Jim Dexter : Electric guitar on the end of Beefalo / Inthrax Montage
Dan Erlich : Bass, Drum programming
Joe Gioglio : Guitars
Barry Hartglass : Fretless bass
Danny Lipsitiz : Saxophone
Peter Kearns : Keyboard on the ending of Flaxseed / Inthrax Montage,
Backups and Harmonies

Recorded / Mixed by JT at Suburban Hermit Studios II, Stony Brook, NY
Recording medium : Logic Pro, Motu
SA3 Mastering
CD Design-Photoshop™ manipulations : Farben Fosfeen Artwerks
Back of tray card : “Favors” : Miniature created by Catherine Tabacco
Inner tray card is “Broken Venus Without Shell” by Catherine Tabacco

Record deal : Reinhard Preuss c/o Muffin Records Productions

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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: Let's Build A Ship
LET'S BUILD A SHIP

Making mistakes was my sole occupation
‘Till I met you that fateful day at the station
You bumped me on to that rail
And I fell head over heals
Sooner than later I was gonna get you
Even though your better sense wouldn’t let you
But now we’re here on this lagoon…
And I know what we can do

Let’s build a ship at the bottom of the ocean
Why wait around for the storms to come
Let’s build a ship out of love out of faith and devotion
And things that are undefined
Let’s build a ship at the bottom of the ocean
I gotta hunch it’ll save us time
Hoist up the sails and forget about the notion
That love is gonna last forever
That we’ll always be together
It’s a lie…

Still I enjoy the anticipation
Of finding out new things without explanation
You put me into a spin
When you kiss your fellow friends
My darling - my dearest... Happy Valentines!
The end is in sight and everything we did together
will be forgotten like nothing ever happened
Doomed to oblivion from the very start
Let’s build a ship at the bottom of the ocean
I gotta hunch it’ll save us time
Hoist up the sails and forget about the notion
That love is gonna last forever
That we’ll always be together
It’s a lie… It’s a lie

Let’s build a ship at the bottom of the ocean
Why wait around for the storms to come
Let’s build a ship out of love out of faith and devotion
And things that are undefined
Let’s build a ship at the bottom of the ocean
I gotta hunch it’ll save us time
Hoist up the sails and forget about the notion
That love is gonna last forever
That we’ll always be together
It’s a lie…
Track Name: Paper Thin
PAPER THIN

I thought we had much more to say
but I can see now that this ain’t true
A cell phone rings our talk is over
Time’s up, the scene is through
Well the one mistake I made was to open up to you
Now every word comes back to haunt me
I guess it’s nothing new – (shit happens)

You might only trust yourself
but leave some room for doubt
You might only trust yourself
but when the truth comes out
You start to wonder – could it be me?
Did our insecurities hanging there do us in?
Is the bond between us lovers more or less paper thin?

We stand here on the stage with nothin’
but promises and wasted dreams
Do you remember we were once just babies
Our lifeline slates were clean
If I knew back then how things would turn out for the
worst I would have cloistered my life away
Avoid the pain of love’s illusion
Un-dig myself this early grave

You might only trust yourself
but when the truth comes out
You start to wonder – could it be me?
Did our insecurities hanging there do us in?
Is the bond between us lovers more or less...

Is there something to be learned from this?
Or is it all just hit and miss
You can’t decide so you take the risk
Fooled again by another kiss
You’ll be together, forever
For some that does exist and you can win the lotto…

Trish the TV lottery lady :
And tonight’s winning numbers are 47 the next 11 the
next 7 the next 4 the next 3 and finally 1.
Are you the lucky winner?
Well if not... better luck next life!

You might only trust yourself
but leave some room for doubt
You might only trust yourself
but when the truth comes out
You start to wonder – could it be me?
Did our insecurities hanging there do us in?
Is the bond between us lovers more or less paper thin?

Paper thin
Paper thin
Paper thin
Track Name: Heaven Is Easy
HEAVEN IS EASY

If you should only give me heartache
Then I should give it back to you
I see no reason to feel lousy
Based on the lousy things you do
Well the laws have been passed
No more screaming on my cell phone
I will hang up and make it my last
conversation with you that day
Don’t need the aggravation!

Heaven isn’t always far away
Heaven is so easy when you’re willing to shut
out the negative
Heaven isn’t always far away
Heaven...
all you’ve got to do is shut out the negative
Shut out the negative spawn

You often cry of "no commitment"
When your whole life remains untied
You say my love for you is empty
But the truth you can’t deny
Well who else will put up with your mood swings
And critical tongue that too often breaks the
boundaries of taste
So please forgive me now, I’m cutting the strings
Don’t need this aggravation

Heaven isn’t always far away
Heaven is so easy when you’re willing to shut
out the negative
Heaven isn’t always far away
Heaven...
all you’ve got to do is shut out the negative
Shut out the negative spawn


Pseudo mantra :

Peace and happiness awaits you child
Peace and happiness awaits you child
Peace and happiness awaits you child
Peace and happiness awaits you child
Track Name: Easier To Love
EASIER TO LOVE

If you saw what I see
It might catch you a little bit off guard
Because I know how hard you are
on yourself - Yes I know – Yes I know
If you heard what I hear
Echoing of memories and pain
But don’t you know it’s no good being hard yourself
Don’t you know - Don’t you know?

You’re easier to love my friend
When you loosen up the load
You share your gifts and touch us with your smile
You’re easier to love my friend
When your drop the over tones
And take the blinders off before you speak
The heavy cloud above you is a fake

If you knew what I know
All those judgments wouldn’t stand a chance
It’s because you’re good
That you are hard on yourself
Can’t you see? Can’t you see

You’re easier to love my friend
When you loosen up the load
You share your gifts and touch us with your smile
You’re easier to love my friend
When your drop the over tones
And take the blinders off before you speak
The heavy cloud above you is a fake

When you try to lock it up it doesn’t die it doesn’t cry
It never stops it never slows it never goes away
It never fades until you
See it isn’t you it isn’t me
it definitely isn’t true - It isn’t true

If you knew what I know
All those judgments wouldn’t stand a chance
It’s because you’re good
That you are hard on yourself
Can’t you see? Can’t you see

You’re easier to love my friend
When you loosen up the load
You share your gifts and touch us with your smile
You’re easier to love my friend
When your drop the over tones
Share your gifts and stay with us for a while
You’re easier to love my friend
When you let the demon go
And take the blinders off before you speak
The heavy cloud above you is a fake
Track Name: Why, Why Mess With Me?
WHY? WHY MESS WITH ME?

Why? Why Mess With Me?
There are better ways to spend your time
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Can’t you think of something more divine?

As if the pressure of my job isn’t enough
(I’m so wound up )
Ya a gotta plague me with the end of the world
Ya send your new age freaks to bug me always asking for my dime
When all I want is just to be with my girl
I did nothing wrong I always followed every rule
I tried to help others help themselves
But then you come along with your righteous attitude sayin’
Everything I do is never enough for you!

Why? Why Mess With Me?
There are better ways to spend your time
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Can’t you think of something more divine?

If I’m feeling pretty normal you are sure to make me sick
You do enjoy to see me suffer inside
You leave my gas tank well on empty and the spare tire flat
Just to see how long it takes for a ride

Why? Why Mess With Me?
There are better ways to spend your time
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Can’t you think of something more divine?

If I need to print an email or just wanna save a song
You can bet you’ll get the hard drive to crash
When I’m sitting with my honey and about to make my move
You will make me break out in a rash - Ohhhh!
I did nothing wrong I always followed every rule
I tried to help others help themselves
But then you come along with your evil attitude sayin’
Everything I do is never enough for you!

Why? Why Mess With Me?
There are better ways to spend your time
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Can’t you think of something more divine?
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Why? Why Mess With Me?
Why? Why Mess With Me?
I really wanna know
I really wanna know
Actually, I really don’t wanna know!
Track Name: She'd Be Home Right Now
SHE'D BE HOME RIGHT NOW

No goodbyes she is on her way
She is on that flight leaving yesterday
No goodbyes
She be gone for good
If you had the balls she might have understood

She’d be home right now

So it seems you never took her offer
You had the chance before the first world war
But you clammed up once again

Well that’s a pattern you’ve been doing often
Like since the day you learned to say your prayers
And stand up straight for the pledge of allegiance

Did you think your false commitments
Could carry you through her real time shipments of love
Are you dumb?

No goodbyes she is on her way
She is on that flight leaving yesterday
No goodbyes she be gone for good
If you had the balls she might have understood

She’d be home right now
She’d be home right now
She’d be home right now

She’d be home right now
She’d be home right now

Glancing through your rear view mirror
Will never bring her any nearer
Ya too damn scared to live life while you can
Make a stand

No goodbyes she is on her way
She is on that flight leaving yesterday
No goodbyes she be gone for good
If you had the balls she might have understood

She’d be home right now

No goodbyes she is on her way
She is on that flight leaving yesterday
No goodbyes she be gone for good
If you had the balls she might have understood
Track Name: Falling In Love For All The Wrong Reasons
FALLING IN LOVE FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS

I know I am blind
I know I get had
But I kind of like it
It makes me get mad
It gives me a reason to break all my plates
And then buy some new ones before every date

Falling in love for all the wrong reasons is what I like to do
Falling in love for all the wrong reasons gives me reason to sing the blues
I do it again and again and again what a trip

Some weasel their way straight to my heart
Lawd, I’m so damn easy they can tell from the start
I get lost in your eyes while you pick all my locks
I never see it coming it’s always a shock

Falling in love for all the wrong reasons is what I like to do
Falling in love for all the wrong reasons gives me reason to sing the blues
I do it again and again and again what a trip

I think of the promises that were made to me
I think of the dreams I’ve had destroyed
Somehow I wake up feeling energized again
Ready to be play the sucker one time more

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy -
This boy is sick!

Falling in love for all the wrong reasons is what I like to do
Falling in love for all the wrong reasons gives me reason to sing the blues
Falling in love for all the wrong reasons
Like leaving a lace loose on my shoe
I do it again and again and again and I trip!
Track Name: D.T.F.M / Wake Me When It's Over
DIAMONDS AND TRINKETS, FASHION MAGAZINES*

Diamonds and trinkets, fashion magazines
Are all you really seem to understand
I wish I could relate to you some other way
But I guess I’d have to be another man
And another man is what you’re needing
Another man is what you crave
Another man who doesn’t mind feeding insecurities
On his knees…

WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER

Diamond promises await
So much for trusting your honey
So you leave it up to fate
And now he took all of your money

Well he sleeps like a prince
He had you thoroughly convinced
Then you hit bottom and there ain’t no net
You’re easy to forget
Wake me when it’s over

You were so gullible that night he swept you onto his bed
Selling you tears and romance
Such and easy mark to see - you had coming - so did he
You lost all your life lines - what a dumb ass!

Well he sleeps like a prince
He had you thoroughly convinced
Then you hit bottom and there ain’t no net
You’re easy to forget
Yeah, you hit bottom
Too late for regrets
The stink of his shadow is all that you get
Wake me when it’s over

So they say you live and learn
In your case we’ll make an exception
When I’m your number one concern
It’s time you pawn off your confessions

Well I sleep like a prince, I got ya thoroughly convinced
Then you hit bottom and there ain’t no net
You’re easy to forget
Yeah, you hit bottom
Too late for regrets
The stink of my shadow is all that you get
I’ll wake you when it’s over
It’s over

Take a leap
Take a powder
Take a leap
Take a powder
Take a leap
Take a powder
Take a leap
Take a powder

E-Ziggy Liebt
E-Ziggy Liedin
Track Name: Unending Waltz
UNENDING WALTZ

Here we are, right where we started
And yet we’re so far from home.
There on the ocean floor, we laid out a promise
A refuge beneath the foam.
We never thought that we’d be in this song,
But disappointment is never rehearsed
And I don’t rely on an chorus and you don’t rely on this verse

This is the sound of our unending waltz,
Dance of the quagmire adds wounds to the salt
Under the waves where we run out of air - if you care
We can swim in the dark alone if we choose . . .

We used to talk and have conversations about all we thought we knew
But time is a renegade, it slips far beyond us
It steps on us like an old shoe.
We always felt that we’d hope for the best,
But no one plans what to do with the worst
And you always loved a good chorus,
And I always dug a cryptic verse

This is the sound of our unending waltz,
Dance of the quagmire adds wounds to the salt
Under the waves where we run out of air - if you care -
We can swim in the dark alone if we choose . . .
This is the sound of our unending waltz,
Dance of the quagmire adds wounds to the salt
Under the clock where the seconds tick by and-oh how they fly
We can drown on the ark alone
We can drown on the ark alone
What’s to lose?
Track Name: Ditch The Ring
DITCH THE RING

Ditch the ring and run the other way
Forgo this life commitment
People change
Bliss is just a passing phase

Ditch the ring freedom is the way
For go the marriage papers
What’s the point?
You’re only gonna fight behind closed doors

It started off sweet and sexy with a rush
Head over heels and soirees
Blinded by kisses, hopes for the perfect life
The “sue –age” of man and wife

Ditch the ring and run the other way
Forgo this life commitment
People change, bliss is just a passing phase
Ditch the ring – freedom is the way
Fore go the marriage papers
What’s the point you’re only gonna feed some
lawyers lives

Sure there are moments...
Tender and loving ones
worth all the struggle and lies
But lovers should be friends
with an open end policy
‘Cause you never know who you’ll meet
Track Name: There's A Drone Out There
THERE'S A DRONE OUT THERE (mantra)

There’s a drone out there man
Yeah, you’d think you’d know better
Than to air dirty laundry in Trafalgar Square...

There’s a drone out there man
Yeah, you’d think you’d know better
Than to air dirty laundry in Trafalgar Square... etc...

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar
Trafalgar
Trafalgar Square

(BOOM!)
Track Name: Hate Divides / Love Multiplies
HATE DIVIDES - LOVE MULTIPLIES

Many people say you gotta love one another
in order to survive this place.
Sometimes I know you wonderin'
if it’s just a bunch of nothing
wasted on the human race
You don’t know if love is all it’s cracked up to be
You don’t know - But I do know that when you lie
next to me I feel good!

Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s simple mathematics at that
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s seems to be a natural fact
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s simple mathematics at best
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s seems to be a natural fact
Don’t you know? (Don’t you know?)
You may not understand it
You may just blow it off
You may just think that love’s a lie
I guess it’s all perspective
Ya make it your elective
to ignore what stares you in the eye
You don’t know if love is just a word used in fairy tales
You don’t know but I know that when I hold you
at night it feels so good!

Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s simple mathematics at that
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s seems to be a natural fact
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s simple mathematics at best
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s seems to be a natural fact
Don’t you know? (Don’t you know?)

Hate divides, Love multiplies
since the day we came to be
It’s a miracle the math falls into place
like some clockwork destiny
I used to have doubts
I ain’t got any doubts no more

Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s simple mathematics at that
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s seems to be a natural fact
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s simple mathematics at best
Hate divides while Love multiplies
It’s seems to be a natural fact
Don’t you know? (Don’t you know?)
Track Name: Open Up (Lost and Found)
OPEN UP (LOST AND FOUND)

Open up - you might get lucky
That’s the charm of this lonely town
Open up - you might find someone
You left at the lost & found
Left at the lost and found…

Karma says you know what comes around
will deal you the pain or the pleasure
But Papa says that when our work is done
our actions become the treasure

One brick at a time might seem an endless task to some
But know the sun still shines,
though clouds may rain & thunder

Open up - you might get lucky
That’s the charm of this lonely town
Open up - you might find someone
You left at the lost & found
Left at the lost and found…

One brick at a time might seem an endless task to some
But know the sun still shines,
though clouds may rain & thunder

Open up – you might get lucky –
That’s the charm of this lonely road
Open up you might find somebody
Who’s willin’ to share your load
Open up - you might get lucky
That’s the charm of this lonely town
Open up - you might find someone
You left at the lost & found
Left at the lost and found…
Track Name: Flame You Carry
FLAME YOU CARRY

There's a time for singing
A time to pitch a tent
A time for making money just enough to pay the rent
In a place she never wanted
That wasn't heaven sent
Pardon, but is that a flame you carry?

The battle between youth and age
She faces every year
Poverty, injustice, indifference and the fears
Of someday living in a cardboard box - in back of Sears
In the distance she hears a familiar song
But something 'bout it rubs her wrong

The roofing in her Garden City house is made of the finest slate
Worth more than all the paychecks that I've made since I was eight
I'm thinking of maybe taking up my own collection plate
'Cause starving sure dampens the flame I carry
Starving sure dampens the flame I carry

I know a girl who killed a man for singing American Pie
Took on a whole new meaning - "This'll be the day I die."
She said the song went on too long it wasted too much time
Well pardon, but is that a flame you carry?
Track Name: Fading Away In Slumber
FADING AWAY IN SLUMBER

Hey, kid, why you always cryin' with that photograph?
Hey, kid, sometimes you gotta smile and let out a laugh.
Hey, kid, it's not like we are dealing with the end of all we know
Hey, kid, there's a time and place for healing,
You just have to let her go

Fading away in slumber, lettin' her rest in peace
(fading away)
Fading away in slumber, hopin' she found relief
(fading away)
Take it from a friend : Life is for the living

It’s ok, we’re all human beings in the here and now
It’s ok, the present feeds the future when the past allows
It's ok, don't let fears and misconceptions tell the story on your face.
It’s ok, to re-write her best intentions even though she fell from grace

Fading away in slumber, lettin' her rest in peace
(fading away)
Fading away in slumber, hopin' she found relief
(fading away)
Take it from a friend : Life is for the living

Fate is dealing the numbers
You may not understand how they fall
Just remember your time together has brought you where you are
And though she’s among the stars, someday you will be too

Fading away in slumber, lettin' her rest in peace
(fading away)
Fading away in slumber, hopin' she found relief
(fading away)
Take it from a friend : Life is for the living
Track Name: Flaxseed Beefalo / Margret Inthrax Montage
FLAXSEED BEEFALO / MARGRET INTHRAX MONTAGE

“Hello, my name is Flaxseed Beefalo”.

Mr. Caroleo:
Jesus Croast!

Margret Inthrax:
Stop calling me Jesus! I told you once - bread
levitation is out of my range... Stop it! ...I am not
related to Jesus. Only in the calamine sense of
the word. Help!.... Haty Hot Chatty Cathy
Calamine Chutney en Bem Nimples! Zip......
squat.......beep! There it is..... you governmental
remote viewing bitch. Clearly I am no longer in
control of my faculties! Having a hard time right
now breathing. It feels like Mercury in here and
not in a good way. I am stuck! Glued to this center
peed. Ouch! Ouch! These painful seizures bubbling
beneath my wisdom teeth are excruciating.
Crucifying me. I said Stop calling me Jesus. I’d
rather be Margret at this point! I can not take it.

Mr. Caroleo :
Jesus Croast!

Margret Inthrax :
Please stop calling me Jesus! Give it a break.
Bebebebebebebebeb

Susan DeVita :
CLAMRADIO!

A young JT :
Too many zex. Too many checks. Just too many zex!

Flaxseed Beefalo :
Hello my name is Flax Seed Beefalo. I am a pair of pliers.
Won’t you please lick my hairy leg? I get upset every day.
I need to shower my pits. Why is it I can not see my face
after a bag of ice cream hits it? Is this a rational lobster
bib? Please do not hurt me. I am having my period. Here
is to the nipple teasers who define this country as an
under lining belly flop with syrup on top. Mojo syllable
snake candle makers regard us as an off shoot of a diabolical
conspiracy that originated in Bea Arthur Cleveland’s fur hat deposits.
This uncomfortable myth has been perpetuated continually through out the New Jersey empire and with the help of fly pecked wing nut
do dee haters it’s been configured as a deep American
truth. I’m so tired of having to regulate my physical
sutures just to enjoy a perfectly normal piece of mind
within moral parameters such as Guild - Premco and
Lush Lush. Haven’t I been a good boy? Minding my own
bath tub with little resistance to fart heads who try to initiate
cold fusion as a way of life without respecting an ounce of my moral oxymorons.
Hello, my name is Flaxseed Beefalo.

JT :
There’s a drone out there man! You know you’d think you’d
know better than to air dirty laundry in Trafalgar Square.

Ear vs Mouth (an old FM radio broadcast) :
Tick tock, tick tock (pop) Oh, my...(gurgle)

JT : (Quoting the song “Dreaming of”) :
For you and I have magical ties.

Susan DeVita :
Floating stars in jelly jars...

JT :
For you and I have magical ties.

Susan DeVita :
They’re nothing but monkey dreams!
Track Name: The Unfulfilled Shopping Cart Waltz
When you need to find a cure for your broken heart
Take no heed, don't look too hard
There's nothing in your cart
UNFULFILLMENT is always around the bend
True love - an illusion - a lie we're fed
You're on your own 'till your body drops dead
Then who knows what happens next