H​-​Town

by Triangle Exception

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about

The songs form a narrative, though the tracks are out of order, for musical reasons. Otto looks for a pharmacological silver bullet - and gets more than he bargains for.

The complete album download contains a remedy for deciphering track order.

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released February 1, 2009

Performed by Doug Darrell and Steve Wonchoba, except track 3, Bryan Beller on bass; and track 7, Don Jones on harmonica.
Mixed by Doug and Steve
Mastered by Marc Moss at Target Studios

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Track Name: Dr. Armadillo
Hexapro — Dr Armadillo called it in
You won’t often see me moping
But sometimes I have to force a grin

Hexapro — come on over here give us a hug
When confronted by heated rhetoric
I just shrug

The side effects, though severe, are thankfully rare
It’s in that tiny print right up there
I can’t dwell on the time that I’ve spent
Stuck in a feedback loop
Losses severed
A modicum of sanity recouped

Hexapro — take me down
Suppress my inner devil
And compress my inner clown

Hexapro — my serotonin can’t escape now
I can’t say that it’s made me all that hazy
There’s little that seems to faze me now
Track Name: Wake Up And Close Your Eyes
Wake up and close your eyes
We’re gonna tell you what you think of this
Wake up and close your eyes
We’re gonna tell you you can’t stand for this

It’s us against them
We’ll support you all as long as you don’t
Ever try to speak your mind or cross the line
Now here’s your candidate
That we’re behind (he’s one of our kind)
It’s our agenda comprehended

Wake up and close your eyes …

There’s so much to wail about
Your day in / day out (we’ve laid it all out)
We’ll get you grinding here another year
We need you to defend us
Here’s some truths to bend to recommend us
To any remaining not complaining
Wake up and close your eyes …

Wake up and close your eyes
We’re gonna help you chase your fears away
Wake up and close your eyes
We’re gonna make you waste your years away

All the respect you’ve earned is lost by your demand for it
Controlled by leaders with approval ratings of dictatorships
If you could only see the irony of it all

Wake up and close your eyes …
Track Name: Views Divided
Don’t let the views divide
Don’t take a side
Just disregard it
From mutually enraged
Now on the same page
As when we started
Let’s go score some brew and hit the links

You’re gonna tell me what you need to hear
You’re gonna Alexander Bell me and chew my ear
I finally take it
I can no longer shake all the rhetoric away
(“Teacher getting tossed because she wore a cross
A bunch of hippies gonna hug a guy who rips them off”)
There must be something further to it
Than what you heard someone say

Ain’t got no way to deny
Ain’t gonna even try
It seems you’ve made up your mind
Tunnel vision blind

Don’t let the views divide …

You’re gonna tell me what you need to hear
You’re gonna spoil our commute just to chew my ear
I guess I have to take it
I can’t bail out at 80 and roll away
(“Every other nation does it better than us
In Cuba, Moore was unstaged and spontaneous”)
Can’t be all there is to it
What you heard someone say

Ain’t got no way to deny
Ain’t gonna even try
It seems you’ve made up your mind
Tunnel vision blind

Don’t let the views divide …
Track Name: Behind The Scenes (Acoustic Melody)
Let’s give the band a rest
They’ve been playing for so long
And it would give me a chance to have you hear my song
Reside behind these keys
Not part of the flashy scene
Out of the spotlight keeping my fingers clean

I make my impression
And remember this I will
I’ve been granted a concession
I can let my emotions spill
In an acoustic melody

The slow point of the show
To some it’s a nice new form
To many more it’s the calm before the storm
You’re waiting anxiously
For the true stars to reappear
But nobody knows I’m the one who got them here

In a moment I’ll return
To be the man behind the scenes
My dark insides will yearn
For ends to justify the means
The melody line I write
Will be recognized by few
But when I go to sleep tonight
I’ll at least have played for you
An acoustic melody
Track Name: Mopy Rick
(instrumental)
Track Name: Olive Juice Pt. I
Now I tend to avoid all that
But I learned it all too late
Flew past the point of failsafe

Olive Juice: Yeah, a pre-adolescent concoction
Designed to convey a misleading intent
Though far enough removed from our adolescence
We adopted it ’cause it looked like exactly what we meant

It’s no use
I’ll never get back my Olive Juice
So there goes your proof
I’ll carry around this burden of truth

There’s that inner monologue
The one to which I give the credit
For directing the course of
My quick decisions, clear thinking, bold action
But eventually I realized
That sometimes that direction is flawed
(And worse yet irrevocable)
These false crises, useless restlessness, tragic action
Track Name: Lights, Camera, Paranoia
I haven’t defeated it yet
But I’ve figured out more about that which makes it tick

The lights, cameras, paranoia
All contribute to that which makes you feel licked

My time remaining is limited here
Keep this up and soon you’ll be dealing with Rick

My recollection clearer now
She was headed back to the parlor tricked
Track Name: You Take The Bridge
You take the bridge
You take the bridge, you take the bridge
Otto, my worthy doppelganger, and Doctor A,
This final favor I will lend
You take the bridge
Let the churning steel and concrete and water
Provide alleviating end
You take the bridge, you take the bridge
Track Name: For A Good Cause
I stop in my tracks
After I walk past the table
Seems a year to the day I got that fireplace out back

Stick the ticket in the cup
Cram ‘em in the ones you want
Remind the bank types that they’re not the only ones in the building

The drawing is drawing near
Liquidated electronic gear
Got to try to redirect
Away from what I select

Walk right past the basket that contains the coffee machine
I got one
The paintings, I just don’t think so
There’s a GPS looking up at me and it wants to guide me

Stick the ticket in the cup …

I’m quickly starting to despise
Every smiling face that claims each prize
Not the way that I has planned it
Walking away empty-handed
Track Name: Olive Juice Pt. II
We found a place to stay
We’ll be here every day
And over time we’d learn to walk alone
We walked alone

A.M. 1:05 — sleep deprived
The TV comes alive
The mindless lines from 90’s idols cancelled long ago
Maybe they know

And it’s no use
I’ll never get back my Olive Juice
And there goes your proof
I’ll carry around this burden of truth

I want to find a hideaway to waste away
Hoping to fan the fire for life I’ve chased away
Maybe the time’s arrived, I’ve run as far as I can go
Another day I’d run away but now I know

It’s no use
I’ll never get back my Olive Juice
Track Name: hat. Advocacy
hat.
Stop listening to this Scheiße now
And go buy hat.
Track Name: Conformity [REMIX]
She works on the factory line
But she jealously guards the dark truth
Hidden true identity
Assumed simple given name – Ruth

Who’s to say what I’ve become
When we’ll soon be divided when the slaughter’s begun
Who’s to think what to bother to do
What I anticipate to argue with you
Conformity you know it’s true

Fabricated death
Meth lab fire
Realized that she was hunted
By Bruce – assassin for hire

All I can do is just sit here and stare
At the colorful lights that shimmer in your hair
But I can’t understand what the fuss is about
If there’s something on your mind just say it out loud
Conformity is taking me out
Conformity is all I’m about
Conformity – and now I go out
Out!
Track Name: The Foreigner [REMIX]
As strong as a one man show you stare
Looking out to the air
Try as you will to catch any little flicker of light
Nothing’s there
And though you lay your claims as plain as day
They don’t pay much heed to the words that you say
You’re more than they ever hoped to be
What you think about is all that you see

You’re a lost man but you’ve found your way
You’re a lonely man but you’re on your way
You’re a tired man but you’ve found your way
You’re a blind man but you’re here to stay

Someday you’ll rise to the top of the world with your eyes
A vision they can’t comprehend
Simply another way to visualize
All they hide from the world in your mind
All they hide
Your reality is a fantasy
But it’s stronger than their reality

You’re a lost man …

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