Love, Death & Vegetables

by Flavia Faas

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1.
could someone hit me in the face i've seen so many happy days of laughter don't know what to cry about what to sing out loud 'cause happy songs don't make you cry don't make you want to curl up and die or sigh with sympathy which probably means they're meaningless maybe it's best not to sing at all i have no man who beats me repeatedly i have no painful childhood memories i'm not on drugs i've not been raped, or murdered seven times i feel just fine maybe if i speak in metaphors that don't make sense- the cat will open up the door for me instead and you'll believe it's art and scratch your chin
2.
good morning, mister did you have a good night? was the pillow all right? did the minions chase away your bad dreams? that must have been a hell of a fight you'd better poach them some eggs and make the most exquisite breakfast- you'll ever make and then you can tell me, mister benedict, how's your daughter doing? is she dancing in the sun, with the wind in her back or is she dancing in an alley to score some crack she is so blessed to have another seven mouths to feed isn't breeding on her nest all she'll really need how long does she have left to live is she still in school or did she run away from home did she run away from home yet tell me, mister benedict, how's your daughter doing? good morning, mister did you sleep well as well? are you still under the spell you're doing a good job? i don't think every boy and girl finds it equally swell, if you ask them, but, oh well, you can just lock them up and after you've done that you can tell me, mister president, how's your daughter doing? as they say in Russia "Mary, Mary, become a feminist" Mary, Mary, make them remember this do they not have a clue what they are doing to you go ahead and call their bluff and scream your head off "off with their heads" before we run away from home we didn't run away from home (yet) tell me, mother Mary, how are your daughters doing (now)?
3.
Wake Me Up 02:22
wake me up before i make a bed of concrete and let the walls consume me just dreams don't do the trick so wake me up wake me up before the sun sets in the deep sea i let the walls consume me just dreams don't do the trick so wake me up i want to be close to you but could the walls be a little thicker- i'm getting bigger all the time this side is mine i want to be near to you but don't want to hear you, you're queer just put some sugar in my cup, but don't wake me up my love is not in a picture my love is not in a word my love is in your face and in voices that can be heard wireless kisses don't make wireless babies what do we need the most? well, let me make a toast to real, warm loving why is this elementary business so far away from home? hang on, i'm on the phone, can you shut up? come on, wake up
4.
Fish Fight 02:49
you make me feel like i'm a bad person you make me feel like i do nothing right your voice, it resonates in my bowels do we have to fight like this? i have known long before this was a match made by dada i am a fish and you're an animal don't try to squeeze me so tight romance in concrete laughter in hate show me your sweetness before it's too late i'm addicted you make me feel like i'm a bad person you make me feel like i do nothing right your voice, it resonates in my bowels do we have to fight like this?
5.
Just In Case 01:14
no time to worry about the present who knows what's up next in case of fire in case of rain in case there'll be a future in case i'll grow old in case i'll die young i'll triple my efforts and minimise my time just in case
6.
children's menu, children's menu what shall we put on the children's menu? children's menu, children's menu which one shall we eat today? Tim and Hans are naughty little boys they fight over sweets and they cry over toys their shrilly high voices send chills down my spine i'd know what to do with them, if they were mine children's menu, children's menu who shall we put on the children's menu? children's menu, children's menu which one shall we eat today? rosie is sad and can not stop to whine just because she is six doesn't make that fine if she has some sense, she'll grow up very soon or i'll have her for lunch at noon oh, poor mothers, i know you feel it too do not be ashamed, it's perfectly natural let's open up our hearts and speak of this taboo i'm sure we will agree on what is best for all to do children's menu, children's menu who shall we put on the children's menu? children's menu, children's menu which one shall we eat today?
7.
Moon 03:50
there's a little house outside the city outside of your mind there's no place you'd rather go to i can tell by the angle of your nose there's a secret in the corner you've seen it in your dreams are you awake now or are you asleep? it's all the same here all your dreams are true on the dark side of the moon spinning circles, spiralling in no answers on the floor no handle on the door quit staring at the light, you'll go blind i'll take you to the dark side of the moon twinkle, twinkle, little eyes don't ever give up hope don't ever lose your twinkle
8.
Wrong 02:50
i wish there was a god to blame for your sorrow i'd kill it for you i wish there were some bones to break to ease your pain but no revenge could be sweet enough to soothe this bitterness so just cry tonight and hope for tomorrow karma, speak to me explain yourself why don't you go punish someone else because you've got it wrong you've got it wrong Jesus, or whoever claims the prize watch out for me, you'd better sleep with open eyes
9.
hijs de gieren tot we zwieren en nooit meer naar huis gaan valt er hier nog wat te vieren wachtend op de nieuwe maan ver van onder komt de donder ingewanden trekken krom vlijtig hopen op een wonder alle kinderen waaien om the end is near, or so i hear over and over again but never clear if we should fear gods or men beschuitje varen, theetje drinken het einde van de wereld rond met een drijfveer kan je niet zinken vogels blijven aan de grond home i can't wait to come home krijg de hik, het is een valstrik spinnen lopen niet meer het regent hoedjes van de schrik natte voeten in de weer
10.
Stront 01:18
we denken aan morgen zonder zorgen en voelen ons geborgen in een weiland vol met stront sluiten wij nu een verbond om te blijven zitten op ons kont (poep en blubber)
11.
you should have gone by now there's no one else around they will keep you safe you should have gone by now the old soy sauce stain on your shirt is shaped like an airplane they're calling out my name you should go now one step, one step, one step come outside to play one step, one step, one step feel free to stay for as long as you like come on, move your feet one step, one step, one step the smell's so sweet and soon you'll taste the taste of madness a bloody tear in your mouth is telling you to stop but is it worth the risk to let your bubble pop...? these creatures are my friends, at least that's what they claim maybe it's time for me to take the blame myself for messing up this perfectly fine day with songs of facial hair that's swimming in the Spree i'll try to fight them with Cassie's kick and stab and then i'll bite them i can not feel my feet i should've gone by now one step, one step, one step come outside to play one step, one step, one step feel free to stay for as long as you like come on, move your feet one step, one step, one step the smell's so sweet and soon you'll taste the taste of madness a bloody tear in your mouth is telling you to stop but is it worth the risk to let your bubble pop...?
12.
keep on smiling, you're number one no need to worry, no harm done time we've got plenty and it heals all wounds so i tell you to keep on smiling so i swallow my pride and down your mess put my mask back on clench my fists and bury my feet must keep standing in the storm but even statues break, you know even statues fall come a little closer to this side do i need to be a bitch to be taken into consideration? no rules apply i'll be all right come a little closer to this side come a little closer but i swallow my pride and down your mess put my mask back on clench my fists and bury my feet must keep standing in the storm but even statues break, you know even statues fall little steps across the line trying to bend it little steps can be no crime just keep on stretching keep on stretching keep on stretching but even rubber breaks, you know got rid of my pride i want out of your mess put my coat back on inflate myself and get some rest sail out of the storm so long
13.
I Am Useful 03:00
sometimes i wish i'd be more useful without perception of what is use sometimes i wish i'd be more beautiful but then, without knowing just what i would choose the grass is always greener on the other side, but honestly, i prefer blue and i haven't seen that with you, yet so i take a trip to the ocean, where the seagulls cry i like to think they're cries of joy- for getting to hang around in the sky all the time sometimes i think i'm very useful so good that i can do nothing at all i couldn't think of a thing more beautiful than staying here with you and watch the stars fall and climb back up and fall do you feel superiorly useful going to work every day and saving up for tomorrow? i happen to think you're very beautiful so let's take a stroll the grass is pretty green on this side so each time i feel blue i should go swimming with you we'll take a trip to the ocean, where the seagulls cry i know that they're cries of joy for getting to hang around in the sky all the time oh yes, i feel so useful so good that i can do nothing at all i couldn't think of a thing more beautiful than staying here with you and watch the stars fall and climb back up and fall
14.
Cassie 03:25
Cassie is insane but i love her all the same the way she moves improves the solar system she teaches tang su hok to ferocious old socks because you never know what comes around the next corner it's kick, two three, stab, five six -don't forget to smile- jump, eight nine, bat your eyes wait carefully, viciously always a surprise i hope it isn't too late for the medicine Cassie has a taste for ocean bottom waste she could eat at least a two-master for breakfast the way that her hair shimmers in the light as she chews, it makes me melt inside it's kick, two three, stab, five six -don't forget to smile- jump, eight nine, bat your eyes wait carefully, viciously always a surprise i hope it isn't too late for the medicine one night i asked her out to question her about where she got that pretty smile of hers and she said- ... "all right then" i replied "that makes perfect sense, i never knew it was really all that simple" she took me by the hand and threw me in the air and that is how we started our five hours dancing it's kick, two three, stab, five six -don't forget to smile- jump, eight nine, bat your eyes wait carefully, viciously always a surprise i hope it isn't too late for the medicine Cassie is insane but i love her all the same the way she moves improves the solar system

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released September 22, 2013

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefan Osadzinski at Future Sound Amsterdam, 2013.
(except "Lief": recorded by Flavia Faas)
Produced and arranged by Stefan Osadzinski and Flavia Faas
Music and lyrics written and performed by Flavia Faas
except:
Bass - Joav Richartz
Trombone - Niek Melchers
Violin - Ute Apfelstedt

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