Is This a Joke?

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released August 15, 2014

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Hold on Photon Helena, Alabama

Sean Glass is a lawnchair balloonist and live action lunatic from Helena, AL. His style draws deeply from blues, folk, science and existentialism. Check out the official site for more info. Or not. It's amazing you even read this.

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Track Name: An Atrocious Love (Let's Be Ugly Together)
One is always
A little more than the other
(de)pends on the angle
and time of day
When you were little
They called you a monkey
And I was ridiculed just the same

Found each other in the jungle
you asked if I knew how to play
We were not a beautiful couple
But it felt just right to say

Let's be ugly together
hold my hand you goofy freak
Let's be ugly together
And it won't matter
what anyone else thinks

Every night on the tv
those pretty people sell us things
It must be easier to lie to yourself
With magic lights and editing

Let's be ugly together
hold my hand you goofy freak
Let's be ugly together
an atrocious love
That's you and me

We'll get older and uglier
that's a solid guarantee
love ain't always pretty
but it's just about all you need

so let's be ugly together
hold my hand you goofy freak
let's be ugly together
and it won't matter what anyone else thinks
Track Name: Sweet Little Dreams
I try to keep myself
entertained
Gotta a new toy now
But it's all the same
No matter what I get into
There's nothing
Like sweet little dreams of you

My life's an accretion
Of accidents and snacks
The moments that make sense
never really last
But I keep this dumb belief
That one day it all just clicks
Used to have a remote
But I don't know where it is
Think i'll just go back through
My sweet little dreams of you
sweet little dreams of you

I'll never be self sufficient
I can barely tie my shoes
but hard times can't last forever
And we'll make it through
Long as I've got
as long as I've got
long as I've got my
sweet little dreams of you
Track Name: Wooden Kimono
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Dm / Gm
Dm / A / Ab / G / F / Dm
Bb / F / Bb / F
Bb / F / A~~

Dm
Well he made quite a livin sellin coffins
Gm
and he felt bad about it but not too often
Dm
people say hello then adios
A Ab G F Dm
Oh oh oh wooden kimono
Dm
with a nice long list of previous ailments
Gm
no one was surpised he was gone
Dm
what they didn't expect so nobody thought to check
A Ab G F Dm
was the receipt, on the sale, of his home
Dm
she had loooong legs and a short temper
Gm
tunnel vision and bedroom eyes
Dm
said the nastiest things in the nicest way~~
A Ab G F Dm
her first hello his last goodbye

Bb F (tap)
Well life is good and that is fine
Bb F
But I need a better reason to stay in line
Bb
Well here's one for the money
F A Ab G F Dm
Two for the show..oh oh oh wooden kimono
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Bb F
Well life is good and that is~~ fine
Bb F
But I need a better reason to stay in line
Bb
Well here's one with the money
F A Ab G F Dm
she didn't know...oh oh oh wooden kimono
Dm
Kept a zip drive in his pocket
Gm
With a map to a link that showed
Dm
how he hid all those explosives
A Ab G F Dm
underneath that velvet fold

Bb F
right when the house went up
Bb F
it began to rain
Bb F A Ab G F Dm
timing, oh timing, timing is everything
Track Name: All We Get
D
G D
D
G D
D/ C G
D /C G
D / c g
D a7 ~~ la da da da da

Some poor guy gets killed out
on the freeway
We complain about how
we're late for work
People all got problems
But maybe the mistake
Is everyone thinks theirs are
The worst in the world

Legally
No one gives a rip
Luckily
We are fine with this

Something needs to happen
Cause something needs to happen
By the time we notice we're already old
you should write your theory
on a little napkin
put it in your pocket
to save for your nose

We keep hopin
We keep having dreams
The world will make sense
Despite everything

Doing all that we can just to fill a moment
anything can happen but what can be done
time's a mountain lion and we're a meat parade
you and me and that guy out here in the sun

It will hit you
Like a ton of bricks
Here for a moment
and that is all we get
that is all we get

Some poor guy gets killed out
on the freeway
We all bitch about how
we're late for work
Track Name: Cupcake Catie
Cupcake catie
Cupcake catie
Cupcake catie
Sweet as she can be

She's got too much money
too much money
too much money
To be seen with me
Aww Cupcake catie
Cupcake catie
Cupcake catie
Maybe she ain't so sweet

She likes conversation
She's a conversator
I try to conversate her
She won't listen to me
well let's see

(Chuck Berry Solo)

Aww Cupcake catie
Cupcake catie
Cupcake catie
You old bag of fleas
Track Name: We'll See How it Goes
She met a man through work
She thought it might work out
What she didn't know
He never shut his mouth
He talked about the loans
He talked about amounts
He talked about the crap on the news
that no one cares about

Will they make it
nobody knows
he bought her a sandwich
We'll see how it goes

Danny's got a new one
it don't make no difference to me
Soon as he starts talkin
They find a reason to leave
but this one won't be
till he's six feet below
she's got a plan for that insurance money
we'll see how it goes

He takes his vitamins
She drinks to excess
they're both losing themselves
With this time and age mess
where accidents happen
even if some are provoked
today's another short story

we'll see how it goes
Track Name: Is This a Joke?
Right when you walk in
I'm amused
Who is that goofy man
You're standin next to
He must have money
He must be funny
He's funny lookin
That's the truth

I wanna know
how can a guy like that
do so well
Without a gun to your back
Or some kind of magic spell
where he paid to have his heart broke
Are we all on tv
Is this a joke

I need the details
How someone like you awoke
In the light of the morning
next to that monkey lookin dope
He must be hunnngry
or know how to cook
maybe a ghostwriter
for one of those best selling books

how does it work
he must know how to dance
without some secret moves
he ain't got a chinaman's chance

la ta da la da da la da ta da da etc...
COME ON NOW..

(SOLO)

Every story has a place
I was workin up front and said
How can I help you today
Butterflies in my throat
when you said I'll have a sweet tea
And my brother
Your brother?
Yes, my brother
Will have
A coke
Track Name: I'm Gonna Smack My Baby
all I wanna do
is knock her down
Sweep her feet
lay her on the ground
Gonna sneak up on her
And smack her good
She says I'd better not
But that usually means I should

Whenever we start to fight
If I can lay her out we'll usually be alright
It's obvious there's nothin she can do
When her eyes are closed they can't be cruel

I'm gonna smack my baby
gonna knock her down
I'm gonna smack my baby
knock her out right now

Now how in the hell can you talk like this
Well, she really deserves one on the lips
Now that I got your attention
Guess there's no more pretending
I'm gonna smack my baby
I'm gonna knock her down
knock her out right now
I'm gonna smack my baby
with a kiss.
Track Name: Melt
save some money
save some grief
don't believe everything you think
our universe
far as we can see
is written in invisible ink
and it melts
melts
into make believe

There's no shortage of good days
But good lives are hard to come by
Best thing, best thing your brain does
Is convince you that it's right
all the time
all the time we need
just to melt
melt
into make believe

nobody lives in a linear fashion
somedays I'm six years old
just tryin to go somewhere
kickin' the can down the road
comic tragic magic
it is all these things
and it melts
melts
into make believe
Track Name: As Long as You Do
A D A
A D A
D Bm A
E D A

D A
D A E A

It's not important that anybody knows who you are
It's not important that anybody cares
It's not important that anybody has the time
as long as you do

It's not important that anybody notice the stars
it's not important that anybody sees that far
it's not important that anybody ever try
as long as you do

Only takes a second
to learn yourself the lesson of a lifetime
Don't get too worn out when there's no shadow
on the doubt because you'll be fine
you'll be fine

It's not important that anything could be a lie
and there's often no way to prove otherwise
far as we know the world is a finite slide
and we're along for the ride

SOLO

It only takes a second
to learn yourself the lesson of a lifetime
Don't get too worn out when there's no shadow
on the doubt because you'll be fine
you'll be fine

think back on how things were for you...
in 17-hundred and 42...
that's what it will be like...
when it's over