Hooray for the Bad Guy!

by King Toad

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Recorded & assembled over the past 13 years or so using a variety of multi-track & field recording devices; pieced together in my room in Iowa City.

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released October 10, 2011

Written & performed by King Toad, except where otherwise noted.
Big thanks to: My Moms, A-Bow, Neil & Gwen Carlill, Richard LaMartina, M.J., The Brothers Howe, Rev. Stangl, all the fine people at 4 North Psychiatric Ward in Mercy Hospital.

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Making a noise and multi-tracking it since 199something, mostly here in my room/s in Iowa City, IA.

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Track Name: Oh, Dear People
Oh, dear people, you make me bored with myself
And I was bored with myself anyway, OK
Let's just go downtown & get a bite to eat
And make fun of what we see along the way
The demons they can feel but they don't feel pain
They just want to have a good time all the time
And me I'm living off of gas stations & vending machines
And this life is d-d-d-dumb but it's mine
All the air you've been breathing out
It has circled around the world
And all the time you've just been standing here
Well your breath's already seen the world
You can see the shape of your gods in the sky
But not your hand in front of your face, I know
And if I look to far I'm gonna burn myself
On places I never meant to go
Places I never wanted to go
Places I wasn't meant to go
All the air you've been breathing out
It has dispersed around the world
And all the life you've just been wasting here
Well your breath's already seen the world
Track Name: A Torturous Ride
Well you were checking me out
I was checking out myself in the mirror
And I could finally see cuz it
Couldn't have been made any clearer
I'm in for a torturous ride
For the rest of my life, maybe longer
Even now as you're checking me out
And I'm checking out myself in the mirror
Lah dah dah dah dah...
Well you were checking me out
I was checking out myself in the mirror
And I finally realized with me in front of my eyes
What's my secret
Well I can make you feel dumb
Even when I am wrong, that's a talent
Even now as you're checking me out
I'm just checking me out in the mirror
Lah dah dah dah
Track Name: Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Hush hush, sweet Charlotte
Things aren't quite as bad as they seem
Been pushed round too often, yes
But you haven't let them bury your dreams

Drawn around what you haven't done yet
Focused on what's already gone
Hidden like there's nobody wants you
Fading like a phantom at dawn

Hush hush, sweet Charlotte
Please don't let them rattle your brains
Been lied to too often, yes
Now your world seems so unbearably strange

You fight to keep the things that you're used to
Frightened by unstoppable change
There's people close to you who will use you, yes
But you mustn't let it happen again

Floating in the fog of your impossible past
You are sure you know the answers to what you're too scared to ask
Trapped inside the horror of the things you have seen
Now you're waiting for the flood to come and wash it all clean

Hush hush, sweet Charlotte
Things aren't quite as bad as they seem
Been misled too often, yes
Now let's show them what insanity means
Track Name: Far Away
I'm a bonafide, certified child of Gawd
Like every mother-lovin-hubbard
Ha ha charade you are
Take it to the edge & give you what you need
Whenever you want cuz
I am here in front of you & I'm here behind you yeah
And if you want to be the one to go
I know you will stay
I am here in front of you & I'm here behind you
I thought that I might have forgot
I was all like, "Oh shit, I should have made a list
I gonna forget & I did so now this."
I am here in front of you & I'm here behind you
Well maybe you're not looking or maybe you're
Far away, too far away
Track Name: Gone
Walking 'round stoned on my way to work
The leaves have gone orange & my heart is full
I've got coins in my pocket so I could take the bus
But when I got to the corner I just wanted to walk
Walking 'round stoned on my way to work
The leaves have gone red & my heart is full
I've got quarters in my pocket so I could take the bus
But when I got to the corner I just wanted to walk
Well how about some reconciliation?
How about just 10 more minutes in bed?
How does the body grow old when we're not aging?
And how can you say we're at rest?
How about some instant gratification?
How about just 5 more minutes of sleep?
How does the body grow old when we're not changing?
And how can you say that we're free?
Track Name: Day Glo
The past are days we have survived
Not to be funny just for the record
And how the days just passed you by
It wasn't funny, I know cuz you said so

Anyway you seemed to mean it
And I was successful in salvaging pieces of
Anything that seems to matter it seems can hurt you

But I saw you laughing in Dayglo Technicolor

The blades and pills and all their time
Mean more to me now still less than they used to
And all the times we stayed alive
Mean more to them than whatever we do now

But either way we stay the same
And leave our mark the way we found it
On the outside or stuck within
It makes no difference

But I saw you laughing in Dayglo Technicolor
Track Name: Swallow Your Plans
You watched the cars come & go
They moved along in rows as the daylight quickly waned
You felt the cold on your face
Held your scarf in place & quickly buried the day's remains

They'll find you standing there
You squint your eyes & think
You never will be left behind again

You're out there on your own
20 years from home
I will be standing on the corner in the rain

The dim light shines in the hall
As you watch your body fall
Through the doorway toward the kitchen sink and
The water falls into your hands
You swallow all your plans and
Everything you hate will drown in your mouth

Nobody follows me home
I will remind you that
I never will be left behind, and when

You're out there on your own
Shouting through the phone
I will be standing on the corner in the rain

And when you're on the window ledge
Moving closer towards the edge
I will be hiding in the corners of your brain

You want the lightning, not the thunder
You're scared to move because you might go under
Where were you when you woke up today?
When you woke up today?
When you woke up today?
Or did you wake up today?

And I go ahhhh.....

You're out there on your own
All your thoughts are overgrown
I will be burning my umbrella in the rain

And when you hear the final call
They need someone to take the fall but you said
You would never be that way again, no no
Not that way again, no no
Not that way again, no no
No no no
Track Name: The Wayside
Gold flecks on the ground
Strobe past the eyes & scroll under the feet
It gets cold
The wind holds you down
Light gives way to dark & we're pressed where they meet
The buzzing wall of giants fell
And we've all got something to throw by the wayside
The buzzing wall of giants fell
You know we were here & you know we can't stay
Track Name: Drown & Rise
I can feel the drown & rising
I can feel the drown & rising
Lover lover got the sex appeal
Lover lover got the sex appeal
Lover lover got the sex appeal
I can feel as the anger's rising
I can feel as the fear is rising
I can feel as the drowning is rising in me
I can feel as the fear is rising
Fear is rising, fear is rising
...the sex appeal
Lover lover got the sex appeal
Lover got the sex...
I can feel as the...
Rise & fall
I can feel as the drowning rising
I can feel the drown & rising
Track Name: Happy & Evil
You can take back whatever you want of yours
And I don't think you have much that belongs to me
I can't say that I never meant to hurt no one
But I can say that it wasn't my priority
There's no reason at all
There's no reason at all

I am curious about your thoughts on universal justice
I enjoy hearing some of what you have to say
Whether I believe you is secondary to the point
Tomorrow I'll forget what your point was anyway
There's no reason at all
There's no reason at all

I am happy & evil
I am happy & evil
I am happy & evil & that disproves you all

You can think whatever you like of them
It might hurt them but they hurt anyway
And meanwhile, in the time it takes to break your body & mind
I'll begin another flawless day

I am happy & evil
I am happy & evil
I am happy & evil & that disproves you all

God is watching but It's helpless to stop this
God is watching but It's helpless to stop this
God is watching but It's helpless to stop this
Your God is watching but It's helpless to stop Me
Your God is watching but It's helpless to stop Me now
Track Name: The Letter
When the curtain rises the noise from a projectile is heard
And a cry, "oh my god!"
It falls in a heap on the ground and she follows
Fires in fast succession into its prostrate body
Stretched out flat with its face on the ground

Then the sound of a click, the six chambers are empty
It looks at the revolver and lets it be dropped with its hand
And with a fall of eyes on the body they become enormous
Like beginning out of its head
Like they be getting out of its head

A glance of horror inherits its face
It gives a shiver as it looks at the dead man
And then on and on he is gone life goes on
And then on and on he is gone

Such a melancholy air has settled in on this place forever
Our star has killed her one true love
Or something like it, something hard to get over

Holding murder and adultery grimly at bay
She's still the champ, she can just grin and bear it, the end
All this death and deceit
Something well worth it to see
Bring it with it'd make a swell movie

Presenting Mr. Herbert Marshall as the murdered lover
In the year of our Lord 19 and 29
And then eleven years later make the picture again
Mr. Marshall reborn as the husband this time

But there's a new set of rules, a new code to obey
We got that old time religion setting in on the brain
So tell your lurid, unscrupulous tale once again
But this time it'll be an eye for an eye in the end, Amen

Such a wrong-headed life we just cannot abide
You want to make it make it right, Bette Davis has to die
Track Name: Of Human Bondage
A picture perfect unkind
This world is lifetimes away from me
She says "I don't mind" and the words defeat me
Fingers trace the pulse that keeps me moving

You've been so sweet to me all day
It makes it so much easier to say
I guess I'm bound to help you til I won't
I guess I'm bound to like you more than anything until I don't

Hit the volume/rewind
Take two and it all unfolds again
They say that the pain fades with time
We're getting older but we're still not smarter

People all so pleased to be alive
To this day I can't imagine why
I guess I'm bound to miss you for a time
I guess I'm bound to grasp for some relief of any kind

A gentleman in every sense of the word
Yeah that's as maybe but what's the use
When all you hear is "oh, you should be more like so"

A single moment in time
This life is eons away from me
I say I don't mind but why should you believe me
Thanks just the same I guess I've found my reasons
It all seemed so much easier some time
Turned out there was nothing much to find
I guess I'm bound to brave another day
I guess the horrors of the flesh are all we are anyway
Track Name: Home
Home, could it be upside or down?
Could it be here in this town?
Rainbow flag painted brown
by the dust and debris that coats everything.

Home, on the palm of your hand
map leads to right where you stand.
Molecules drifting say,
"Remember, people like us are wrong all the time you know."

Home, used to be the USSR,
used to be half way too far.
Could it be wherever you are?
No that's the stars in your eyes
reminding you of your

Home, could it be touched in the head?
Could it be better off dead?
Does it remember what you said
and does it hold a grudge?

Home, does it work just like you planned?
Know it like the back of my hand
but I never did understand
what that means 'cause when I walk the streets
I look down.

Does it come out in the night?
Does it change shape in the light?
Does it tell you might equals right,
giving you the fight of your life?

Buries you deep in the sand,
takes your food, bites your hand.
Make your very last stand
for the place you call

Home, could it be upside or down?
Could it be here in this town?
Rainbow flag painted brown
by the dust & debris, it coats everything.

Home, on the palm of your hand,
map leads to right where you stand.
Molecules drifting say,
"Remember, people like us are wrong all the time you know."

Home, used to be the USSR.
Is it really always so far?
Could it be wherever you are?
No that's the stars in your eyes
reminding you of your home.
Track Name: Politchmiov
OK, well...

Leto took it hard when she heard the sound of
Her name taken in vain
I have trouble with the middle ground though
That's where they tell me it's best to be

Your life is just a myth
They told you when you were small
But you certainly seem convinced
That you really do exist


Now polish me off
Go ahead, polish me off

This is something that I can't feel and
I don't mind that
I don't think so

Polish me off
Yes polish me off
Track Name: When & Why
Asshole has to die
Asshole has to die
When don't know how
But we know when & why
Asshole has to die
Track Name: 2 Charlies
You... you... you... Charlie
You can't lose-a me, Charlie
You can't lose-a me, boy
You can't lose-a me, Charlie
You can't lose-a me, boy

I went rowing & my gal went too
Down on the river when the boat broke through
Every time she turn around, she says it's so funny,
"You can't lose-a me, Charlie
You can't lose-a me boy"

Hoke & Sheep they went to the pastor
Hoke said to Sheep, "You better move a little faster"
Every time he turn around he says it so funny,
"You can't lose-a me, Charlie
You can't lose-a me, boy"

Me & my buddy went down the road
Trying to get some money to buy a gourd
You gotta have a gourd to drink water out of
You can't lose-a me, Charlie
You can't lose-a me, boy

Green corn, green corn
Green corn, come along, Charlie
Green corn, come along, Charlie
Green corn green corn come along, Charlie
Green corn green corn come along, Charlie

All I want in this creation:
Littie biddie wife & a TV station
Three lil fiddies to call me papa
One named Sally & one named Daisy
One named Betty & one named Daisy
One gonna scream to drive me crazy

Green corn, green corn
Green corn, come along, Charlie
Green corn, come along, Charlie
Green corn, green corn
Track Name: Before Them
When you rise in the morning
Scratch your sleepy head
When you fall in the evening
Forget all the things you said

Like you were before them
Like you were before
Life goes on before them
As if you were before

When you're nothing close to haunted
Death seems such a game
When you're broken & unwanted
Cells still work the same, pretty much

Like you were before them
As if you were before
Life goes on before them
Like you were before
Like you were before
As if you were before
Like you were before
Track Name: Calm
Eyes fixed on the sea
Five minutes at least
The effect seems to be relating
Calm

Eyes fixed on the floor
Five minutes or more
Bought & pictured unseen
Still it remains
Calm
Track Name: Shock Corridor
Shock Corridoridor
9 million civilian gas masks
Half a waffle
White smoke for the new pope
Shock Corridoridor

Daisy Clover
Til you're overthrown
We gonna get it done

See it alone
Find it alone
Go it alone or what
Keep it alone
Leave it alone
Lose it alone or what
Waste it alone
Break it alone

This space does not hold its ground

The loudest thing I'll hear all year
(I don't like this place at all, sorry I ever came in here)
Where's my body buddy?

This space does not hold its ground

(Sorry I ever came in here)
Lay the one wheel from one into the other going
One wheel from one into the other, find that
One wheel, one into the other find the
One wheel, one into the other
One wheel, one into the other
Find that one
Track Name: Roll Me Over (Reprise)
Roll me over & over again