I Fail at Everything - NaSoAlMo 2014

by Raymond the Sparrow

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I did it! You can hear people talking and walking around in the background, but I did it. I made an album.

Written and recorded in the month of November 2014 for International Solo Album Month. www.nasoalmo.org

If you download the album, you'll get two bonus tracks of me fucking around on the piano.

I guess I don't fail at everything.

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released December 1, 2014

Keyboard, ukulele, vocals by June Owatari.
Random breathing, talking, and steps around the house by RC Krueger and Will Hagan.

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Raymond the Sparrow San Diego, California

Started as an homage to her favorite science fiction stories, Raymond the Sparrow is a pop ukulele outfit donned by June Owatari. Her early songs revolved mainly around her favorite episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, but with the start of the Song-a-Week challenge in 2014, she has expanded her topics to more mundane things like life and death on Earth. ... more

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Track Name: In the Middle of the Night
In the middle of the night she said, hello my friend, hello my friend
With the full moon high above us, we'll sing together again, we'll sing together again

This cigarette tastes so much better shared with you
The feel of your hands in my hair makes me shiver anew

The cherry of your lips make me nervous, make me nervous
We watched the sun rise up, it's over she said, it's over she said

Midnight blue to washed out white is dangerous, too dangerous
The harshness of the light makes this impossible, impossible.

This morning brings reality right back to you.
As you walk away do you regret the things you do?

This cigarette tasted so much better shared with you.
I miss the sky at dusk, with all that purple and blue.

This cigarette tastes so much better shared with you.
As you walk away do you regret the things you do?
Track Name: My Favorite Mug
I'm so tired of being the nagging bitch
I'm so tired of making your sandwich

I'm tired of this shit

I'm so angry you took my last cigarette.
I'm so angry you left my car in a mess.

I'm tired of this shit.
But I really can't deal with it.

I'm so sad my favorite mug is gone.
shards of it still find the soles of my feet

because you never swept it up
and I've since given up
asking you to find
me another mug
Track Name: Parasite
I was walking through the store today
when the ticking of the clock started to take
over my head like a parasite
inside my head

my arms and legs and lips are on automatic
my smile is fake and i can't help it
my fingers slip
giving you the change

parasite in my head, please stop
you're making me, breaking me down
parasite in my head, please stop
you're making me, breaking me up
you're breaking me up

And I stand here and shiver
Wrapped up in this wet blanket
As my house burns away
from me

I have to get away
but the fog won't clear
with this parasite
in my ear

parasite in my head, please stop
you're making me, breaking me down
parasite in my head, please stop
you're making me, breaking me up
you're breaking me up

I was walking through the store today
when the ticking of the clock started to take
over my head like a parasite
inside my head

my arms and legs and lips are on automatic
my smile is fake and i can't help it
my fingers slip
giving you the change

parasite in my head
you're making me, breaking me down
parasite in my head
you're making me, breaking me up
Track Name: Teapot
The teapot screams and I cannot move
I just don't know what to do
And everybody moves around me
Like an art show piece that's too ugly

Please ignore me, there's nothing you can do
When I'm stuck in this mood.
And when the sirens come you'll see,
this art show piece is bleeding.

The teapot screams and I cannot move
I just don't know what to do
And everybody moves around me
Like an art show piece that's too ugly

And when the sirens come you'll see,
this art show piece is bleeding.
Track Name: Trash
There's not much to see,
just a selfish kid and you.
If you're here for me,
then who's there for you?

I'm too selfish to help you.
You'd be better off without.
And if you left me alone right now
you'd say good riddance to me.

'Cause I'm trash.
Just so much garbage that I won't take out.
'cause I'm trash.
I chew myself up and spit myself out.

'Cause I'm trash.
You'd be better off without.
'Cause I'm trash.
Just so much garbage that I won't take out.

There's no reason for you to stay
in these shackles of my life.
The only key to your freedom
is to leave me behind.

'Cause I'm trash.
Just so much garbage that I won't take out.
'cause I'm trash.
I chew myself up and spit myself out.

There's not much to see.
Just a selfish kid and you.
If you're here for me
then who's there for you?

So I'll let you go now.
Don't worry about me.
Don't be afraid to move along.
These lines will set you free.
Track Name: Calligraphy
Each line on my wrist is a letter to you.
Each stroke is a sin that I cannot bear.
Disappointed looks send me straight to hell.
This calligraphy has a demonic air.

The tick of the clock is following me,
getting louder and louder, I can barely breathe.
I hide my head in the water.
All my friends are laughing but I cannot hear.

Did your receive the message? please tell me you did!
This signal has to get through to you.
Can I count on you to read between the lines?
How are you to save me otherwise?
Track Name: Cafe Glass
The conversation's changing
and I'm not sure which feels worse.
Everything comes in waves
pounding on me 'til it hurts.

Arguments that never happened
are the only things I Hear.
Voices bouncing in my head,
they're all wishing me dead.

This calendar
is the only way I know
that the years have passed me by
or I'm standing still otherwise.

Through the cafe glass,
palm trees wave at me.
Silent cars driving right by
and I hide the tears in my eyes.
Track Name: Then I Puke
I slammed my hand in the door the other day on your front porch.
Swollen knuckles and blue nails are reminders of youth gone by.
Entropy is catching up to me, stopping me right in my tracks.
With tears in my eyes I try to laugh but then I puke.

As my nails fall off tonight I think of that night months ago.
You smiled at me and said things will be just fine.
But then you disappeared where I cannot follow.
Weddings don't have monopolies on death do us part.

I never made it to say goodbye to you.
I hope you don't mind as I cry in my room all alone.
My nail has since grown back but when will my heart do the same?
With tears in my eyes I try to laugh but then I puke.