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Turn It Up

by Wayne & Rodney

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1.
Julie, do you like me? Do you like my shitty body? Do my poorly fitting blue jeans make you smile? Do you like my lousy paintings? Does my poetry depress you? Can I stay at your place for a while? I’ve never been the most pragmatic man Financial steadiness eludes But when the future feels so far away Present happiness precludes Julie, do you like me? Do you like my shitty body? Do my poorly fitting blue jeans make you smile? Do you like my lousy paintings? Do my poetry impress you? Can I stay at your place for a while? A not so secret tip for lasting love Is to be deluded the same way Certain virtues you agree to see Certain faults explained away Julie, do you like me? Do you like my shitty body? Do my poorly fitting blue jeans make you smile? Do you like my lousy paintings? Does my poetry depress you? Can I stay at your place for a while?
2.
Turn It Up 00:50
3.
We will find some horses true Drive them through the night Branches slap our faces red And that won’t halt our flight Crawl into a shelter near To try and keep us safe and warm! But the sun is never coming back We live in darkness now And though we run with all our might No one can figure how We'll ever have a home again Instead of running from a storm We are running from a storm We are running from a Check the rations thoroughly We won't have time again To pause and choose our destiny Or wonder if and when We picked a plan to run away And to that plan we must conform! So when your doubts arise again Extinguish them with force Thinking is a luxury and One we can't endorse We only have one purpose now And that is running from a storm We are running from a storm When we’re safe again, I swear (run, my love) I’ll never make mistakes again, I’ll care (run, my love) To take the time to always love you true (run, my love) And turn my head to face the skies of blue (run, my love) I will look right in your eyes (run, my love) And feel instead of always analyze (run, my love) I will love so plain and clear (run, my love) When our lives are free from fear (run, my love) But hush the hope that’s in your mind It makes you shine too bright They'll sniff the budding happiness And steal us in the night They’ll find our flimsy hiding place They’ll be upon us in a swarm! Set aside the future tense Keep your hearing wide Inertia is a great expense And one we can’t abide I fear the walls are closing in We are running from a storm We are running from a storm We are running When we’re safe again, I swear (run, my love) I’ll never make mistakes again, I’ll care (run, my love) To take the time to always love you true (run, my love) And turn my head to face the skies of blue (run, my love) I will look right in your eyes (run. my love) And feel instead of always analyze (run, my love) I will love so plain and clear (run, my love) When our lives are free from fear (run, my love) Keep our gazes pointed down Race the horses straight ahead Go without our meals for now Feast upon our inner dread Treat our bodies like machines Living deep inside our brains Never stop because of fear Or dark or sleep or sleet or rain When they see us streaking by And wonder what we’re running from They’ll get their answer soon enough Something wicked this way comes Then the time for talking’s done When the fear arrives Then they will then begin to run It will become their lives Will this darkness ever end? Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! We are running from a storm We are running from a storm We are running from a storm
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I Never Will 03:19
Holding my head up high A bird took my hat in the sky Hope I meet a girl that comes close to you But I know that I never will We had some tea to drink My dreams disappear down the sink Hope I meet a girl that comes close to you But I know that I never will Ba pa da da da Ba pa da da da Ba pa da da da Ba pa da da da I whistle while I head to my work to keep it all from going berserk I hope I meet a girl that can make me feel like you do and I hope you change your mind and come a-running back to me and apologize But I know that you never will Ba pa da da da Ba pa da da da Ba pa da da da Ba pa da da da You left with that mirror in the fall I still look at that place on the wall I hope I meet a girl that can move me so like you do and i hope you change your mind and come a-running back to me and apologize But I know that you never will
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Nashua 03:36
Pack your suitcase and start the car They won’t know we’re gone Two states over, it’s not far We’ll arrive at dawn Once we get there, take my hand No one else decides the way All this fanfare to understand All the things we want to say Nashua See the sun in your town The boulevards, the avant garde Hear the sound of Nashua Jilted lovers are on the prowl To prove how they've been wronged They force confessions and call the foul But they can't write our song All the trumpets start to sound You can see them shine, and then A blessed jury gathers round And says to call you mine Nashua See the sun in your town What’s been has been, we’ll start again Hear the sound of Nashua Once we get there, take my hand No one else decides the way All this fanfare to understand All the things we want to say Nashua See the sun in your town The boulevards, the avant garde Hear the sound of Nashua Nashua See the sun in your town What’s been has been, we’ll start again Hear the sound of Nashua
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I was defeated, my head knocked to the floor My subjects crying, shaken to the core Was this my ending? My final tragic storm? No I simply needed to totally transform Tell the peasantry that I’m comprised of squares Prepare the garrison to minimize their stares No more will curvature compromise my stride Too long has softness hollowed out my pride The noblest nobleman will never match my airs Yes, tell the peasantry that I’m comprised of squares We all face moments, that force us to decide Do we have what it takes? Will we abandon pride? Will we squeeze our soul until our true name it intones? Will we shift atoms? Will we melt our very bones? Tell the peasantry that I’m comprised of squares No vulnerabilities exposed amongst my wares All the other shapes will cry with deep remorse When my geometry displays its lines of force The noblest nobleman will never match my airs Yes, tell the peasantry that I’m comprised of squares All the other shapes I've been before Would not predict the shape I’m in Prepare the throne room! I now approach the stairs! My dedication I won’t need to declare! My newfound certainty will cower all my foes And leave them thrashing in envy’s mighty throes I will sit undisturbed by any coming storm I am majestic now in content and in form! Begone with dreadful fears, cast out my baseless cares And tell the peasantry that I’m comprised of squares
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She’s a hard easy rocker She excels in the paint You won’t remember her number She’s a thrift-store saint Oh yeah She’s a hard easy Rocker She excels in the paint There’s no predicting her thunder She’ll make a fire engine faint Oh yeah “Other” her at your very own peril A super nova in your aged oak barrel You know you’d better be moving on But you’re already too far gone She’s a Hard Easy Rocker She’s really filthy on the pitch Her boyfriend’s not a talker It’s an interesting sitch Oh yeah She’s a Hard Easy Rocker She’s really filthy on the pitch Another reason for a bender Another season in a ditch Oh yeah You’re living a cock-rock cliche At your age that shit ain’t gonna play You both wish you’d just go away But you have something really clever to say. And of course she’s floats right into the show Her plus one is a gal you wanna know All three of you are having a ball, but, You know, none of this matters at all
8.
All I want Is for you To miss Me forever A longing Nostalgia From which you Never sever My friends advise I let this go And move along I know their words are true So I agree To be healthy But only if I know you never do Be happy Find lovers All I ask Is think of me for years I curse you With memories Of me so Happy they bring tears The night we danced The vows we spoke A misplaced glance The rules we broke An errant kiss A drunken spiel Surprise duet A lousy meal I don’t ask For kingdoms Where the serfs Call me clever All I want Is for you To miss Me forever My friends advise I let this go And move along I know their words are true So I agree To be healthy But only if I know you never do
9.
Let’s eviscerate our last resort So no options remain I’m so weary of measured retorts Let’s just go and burn our terrain Let’s asphyxiate our final plan Let’s not give it a try The dam she won’t hold, the levies won’t stand Let’s blow this thing to the sky No more questioning nights Where we lie that we still have control It’s not that I want to fight But I think that we’ve earned our parole It’s time to be free of all this Let’s collect what we’re owed We’ll give up on our view of ourselves And let our egos explode No more questioning nights Where we lie that we still have control We know we can’t make it right Let’s at least give back what we stole Let’s evaporate our final hope Let’s fly through the skies! Let’s measure out plenty of rope Let’s stare into our eyes! Let’s eviscerate our last resort No more options remain At long last, let our love be cut short Let our defeat have its reign Let our defeat have its reign!
10.
Some people are planets You take time to explore You dream about colonizing You map their ocean floors Some people are comets Who seem to recur They’re gone, they’re here, they're gone again Their love is bright but never sure There’s a sadness I feel tonight That weighs me down like a stone And there’s not a star in the sky That could make me feel less alone Cause I’m lonely for the man I thought I’d be Anyone with an ounce of compassion Will say you can’t waste your time Living life like it’s a book to be read Pleasing critics with a story sublime But show me a person who doesn’t Have a dream of them self A vision of lands they might conquer Or trophies to fill their shelf I know the morning sunrise Will make everything look alright But tonight I have the misfortune Of seeing myself in the harshest light And I’m lonely for the man I thought I’d be Sometimes I’m hungry for The taste of my regrets I guess that means this round’s on me I’ll even buy the cigarettes I don’t miss the people who’ve left me I see them in the stars Or the worlds I’ll never return to I still have memories, I still have scars But I’m lonely for the man I thought I’d be And I’m lonely for the man I thought I’d be
11.
I swore I’d never see your face again I said I’d never speak your name I started looking for another love, but My heart still wants you all the same My heart it doesn’t have a memory It won’t assign you any blame It can’t believe that you don’t love me, so My heart still wants you all the same My heart still wants you all the same, my love It doesn’t understand the game It doesn’t matter how you hurt it so My heart still wants you all the same My brain is ready to indict our love There’s sins it’s ready to proclaim My brain is ready now to rise above, but My heart still wants you all the same I keep hoping that I’ll wake one day And find you vanished from my mind But every morning I just miss you more I think I’ll miss you for all time I swore I’d never see your face again I said I’d never speak your name I started looking for another love, but My heart still wants you all the same
12.
There’s a weakened sailor man who’s juicing from a can The Vatican’s the purest office in the land Italiano’s safe now l'amour is banned from the house You know who’d really love that talking mouse? Call me on my cat Call my on my cat in Princeton Call me on my cat Call me on my cat and I’ll say It’s 1929 It’s 1929 Everybody’s Jake Jake Problem solved Yugoslavia is a thing Trostsky’s safe in hiding biding like a king Wars are policed and under Geneva’s control Who’d snatch that Byrd that flew across the south pole? Call me on my cat Call me on my cat in Princeton Call me on my cat Call me on my cat and I’ll say It’s 1929 It’s 1929 Everybody’s Jake Jake Call me on my cat Call my on my cat in Princeton Call me on my cat Call me on my cat and I’ll say It’s 1929 It’s 1929 Everybody’s Jake Jake

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Written Sept 2019 - June 2020, ish?
Written by Will and Joel.
Produced and arranged by Joel.
Mixed by Jason Murgo, who did drums sometimes also.

Sincere thanks to our wonderful friends and every band we tried to copy.

Making this was so much fun. Everyone: start a band, make an album.

Will wants to thank Mel Cowan who lent him a guitar four years ago and said they could rent a studio to work out his songs for fun, and the small group of friends who listened to early tracks (Kevin, Brian, James, Dave, Mary, Julie) and said they were good.

Joel will thank people too but he is traveling right now and Will couldn't wait to fill this out.

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released July 8, 2020

All music performed by Joel except where noted below.

Jason Murgo: drums on Turn it Up, Storm, Nashua, Hard Easy Rocker and Everybody's Jake
Michael Cassady: piano on Squares.
Eliza Skinner: backing vocals on All I Want
Mary Birdsong: backing vocals on Nashua
Will Hines: rhythm guitar on Julie

Mixed by Jason Murgo

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Wayne & Rodney Los Angeles, California

Wayne & Rodney is, perhaps confusingly, Will Hines and Joel Spence. Will brought some songs to Joel, and asked him to produce them. Instead, they made a band.

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