Unfulfilled Shopping Carts Syndrome

by John Tabacco

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THE WAY I SEE IT I believe that we go back to when were just clams Our orbits made to line up no matter where we stand A sort of knock off package deal like Barbie and Ken I’m sorry but that’s just the way I see it
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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…
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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!)
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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?)
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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…
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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?
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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
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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!
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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

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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 visual artist.

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

For more info : www.johntabacco.net
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