Elephino (1998)

by Mailbox

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No Elbows 02:59
I decided long ago to pick a god with no elbows So he couldn't wrap around me like he oughtta should Just clap like a seal and turn blood into wood I decided long ago to pick a chick with no elbows So she couldn't wrap around me like she oughtta should Just clap like a seal and long arm my wood I'm in a tie with my dark side right now Lost all my muscles inside. Holy cow! I decided just today to have my elbows sent away So I couldn't wrap around you like I oughtta should Just clap like a seal and stare at my wood
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I chanced upon sweet Lissa Six years old today Walking with her elephant up Cran De Lo Pablo Way I asked her "How's your horsey" And she looked at me with a laugh She said, "Sir, this ain't no horsey! 'Tis truly a moose that I have!" Well, lo, behold and my goodness, I squinted my eyes to see "Sweet Lissa I beg your pardon, So what kind's your chimpanzee?" She stomped with mild impatience And let out a hefty sigh "My falcon will attack your head and pluck out your faulty eye!" "Lissa, you are just a girl A young and innocent miss, But the pet you walk's not talking, And you don't know what animal it is." "Antelope?" I said, "An antelope? Then pray, where is his snout?" She said, "A schnauzer's counter-snout Inverts when turned inside out!" "Lissa, you are just a girl A young and innocent miss, But the pet you walk's not talking, And you don't know what animal it is." Sweet Lissa, you are a pickle And I tire of your silly talk You dare to doubt a wise man's eyes, And don't know the animal you walk "Sir you are no wise man, And you should get out of the biz No one knows what it be, But the animal knows what it is."
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When she walked into a room She turned it into Mars She turned ice cream parlors into bars Violins into guitars How I wish I knew where you are What's ever become of Julie? When she went to the zoo She turned lions into cats Alligators into welcome mats Flamingos into bats How I wish I knew where you were at What's ever become of Julie? Julie - I never knew anyone quite like you Julie - I never knew anyone could do what you do Julie - Could you turn me into something, too? Turn me into someone new. When she walked out of my life She turned it into tears She turned days into years and loving into fears How I wish that you were here What's ever become of Julie? Julie - I never knew anyone quite like you Julie - I never knew anyone could do what you do Julie - Could you turn me into something, too? Turn me into someone new. Julie - I just went back to the zoo Julie - I was hoping I'd run into you There you were, a chameleon Then, I became one, too You've turned me into something new.
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Henry's Tea Party was smart and gay No one fought and no one got sick From moldy old crumpets or from cream For everyone, Henry had tea. Henry The Mouse's Tea Party was planned It was a revel unparallaled. He did all the things that a good mouse should do. He ordered fresh crumpets. He bought fresh cream. But when Henry sought guests he got lost in the list of mice who live in those parts And Henry drank tea alone in his heart. Henry knew the mice all but loved them none. The one he called friend was a cat outside his wall Henry grey and small Cat big and white And Henry wanted the cat to tea But there are things done and there are things not And Henry drank tea alone in his heart. Henry called the mice who made him ill and queasy. He made a long list He invited them all The mice came to Henry's They sat and they sipped and they ate they talked and the cat just wanted to sit and sip (or maybe just sit) But there are things done and there are things not and Henry knew better 'cause Henry was smart But there are things done and there are things not and the cat wanted a friend but Henry was smart Smart Henry drank tea alone in his heart.
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I filled up my knapsack with kneecaps and knick-knacks and knivings and knurls of knights I once knew I jumped in my jumbled and juggled up junker with junto of jubilant jurists named Judah So call me your knight-errant call me your burgeon Call me a Juggernaut or just call me your surgeon We squirmed in our square-rig so squalid and squamous with squids and squilla and squinty-eyed squirrels Our xyloid xebec had xanthic xylographs as we xailed the xeven xeas So call me a xylophone, call me your burgeon Call me a squib-o-phone or just call me your surgeon For 23 days and 23 nights We ate all the fish that gave us a bite But biting us harder than any fish can was the bite of desire to set site of land We missed all our families, We missed all our friends Back in our homeland where life may soon end It seems that our children, our cattle, and our wives Are dying from something, they're dropping like flies Rather do, rather do, rather do I do Let us sail on save further ado 'Cos all that I see when I cover my eyes is the land over sea where the jellyfish lies I once read a book, I know it was true it told of the magic of jellyfish spoo And now tis but I and my mateys of three In the name of our land we've set out to sea Wave after wave we were looking for shore To look for the cretin who carries the cure The first mate cried, "Ay! Land Ho! I see ya! Behold the fish that secretes panacea!" Rather do, rather do, rather do I do Let us sail on save further ado 'Cos all that I see when I open my eyes is the land over sea where the jellyfish lies Our maritime marvel marooned in a marsh We marched toward the mascot to make marinette But the fish got quite fistic and fiesty and fistled But we fishers fissioned that fish into fisc Call me a mariner or call me your burgeon Call me a fisherman or just call your surgeon We hovered back home to a hero's hurray! (HURRAY!!!) Peasants and princes they pranced in parade They summoned a speech shedding salutant sobs I jestfully jeered, "It's just'a my job!"
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Zoo Du Jour 05:59
Remember the time I climbed a tree I saw you and your ball of string? Remember the time you found a world And crowned yourself the almighty king? I threw you down a walkie-talkie just so we could keep in touch I said, "Your majesty, what is new?" You said, "Oh, not much, how about you?" Remember the time we laughed a laugh for at least a week and a half? Laughed all day and laughed all night Didn't sleep a wink or eat a bite And as the time went on Nothing reall zoo Just to cater to folks like you It just might give us something to do At least for a day or maybe even two. So we set up in our backyard land Nailed down any pets that we had on hand We bought a spot on Channel 1 And opened the gates to anyone who would come Oh, what a lovely day The zoo was full of noise we made The zoo was cool but no one stayed Then as the time went on Something had to change inside The animals were caged inside Remember the time I climbed a tree And read a book on how to sing? Remember the time you found a world In your stupid ball of string? ...come up and meet me in my apple tree bring a rake and a trampoline...
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Trying to move, he was trying to prove That he knew what he knew, like he was cutting it smooth But the pigs in a poke just laughed at his joke That he knew what he knew and the piggy was broke And that's when he saw this muddied up scrawl: "Make sense of it and Keep it to Yourself Make sense of it and you won't bug anyone else" But the piggy was fine, he had lots of time And he did what he did 'cos it wasn't a crime Yeah, piggy had class just letting time pass And he did what he did, y'all can kiss his ass Then the words came again - like porcine zen "Make sense of it and Keep it to Yourself Make sense of it and you won't bug anyone else" He opened the door, hoofs to the floor He thought what he thought, a smug and smirking boar He just stared at their snouts up in the air But this little piggy he didn't care He made sense of it and kept it to himself He made sense of it so he wouldn't bug anyone else.
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Doodolplex 00:31
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Bugs 03:12
I torture bugs with my magnifying glass I like to watch them squirm They turn red and then they turn black Those little bugs they can't fight back. Gramps attracts bugs because he smells funny They're waiting for him to croak They fly into his mouth and into eyes But, at least he gets his exercise Now, I stick bugs to my wall with pins When they're not even dead I laugh when they try to escape Then, I stick them to my face with tape
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The Fish 02:01
Late at night, I sit awake and think about a thought I wonder if it was worth the trouble for the trifles I had bought "Well, can you prove substantially that I am not a fish?" "I'm not so sure that I can." Replied the silver dish The dish was laden with lovely things Foods to please the eye And the more I think of eating some The more I start to cry and I cry... "Why the tears my lad?" Asked a turquoise albatross "Is there anything worth gaining That's greater than the loss?"
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Doodle 11:45
Doodle says Hello Doodle is my pet poodle He spends his days at poolside and he likes his biscuit streudel Say Hello to Doodle Let's be courteous now Doodle don't eat cheesesteak, 'cos Doodle don't like cow. Doodle know no prejudice He stands at 2 foot 5 Doodle sleeps at will, Please say Hi! doodle do what will do doodle do what doodle will do! The world serves it's own needs, I know that I've got mine Doodle's lead a good life putting on his welding mask Doodle's got his blueprint, Doodle's got his task Don't you question Doodle, he hasn't had his fill Doodle's one of one, he's got no time to kill For days and nights worked Doodle, Not a drop of sweat or cry Doodle likes his rocketship Just say Bye! doodle do what will do doodle do what doodle will do! The world serves it's own needs, I know that I've got mine Doodle knows the great life now Doodle is way past Mars Tickertape in from NASA Doodle says ... "It's full of stars"

about

Remix/remaster of 1998 album with bonus tracks. And a pony. And a lollipop.

Many people who have heard my older music have suggested I make a kids album. Sigh. I have never had any interest in this but I understand where these people are coming from. Elephino is my response. The music is fun and sing-songy but I had nothing lyrical to say that would qualify as being suitable for children. I want to talk about our dangerous views of gods and women, of our need to define things that don't wish to be defined, of letting love or friendship slip away out of fear.

OK, I'll admit some of the songs are just plain silly. I mean, dogs building rocket ships?

This album is definitely a product of my distant past but I have fond memories of recording it. Duncan, David and Greg all came by Sara's and my place over the course of a year helping me piece things together and fill out the sound. We had a real "writer's room" kind of vibe going on. Lots of laughing and nonsense. The album was just the vessel for some brilliant idea sharing.

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"Mailbox has done it again. Their second CD, Elephino, is a refreshing blend of synths, acoustic guitars, and vocals that almost make sense. The CD starts off with Camille Saint-Saens' famous 'The Carnival of the Animals,' which sets the stage for Mailbox's zany feel ... This CD is a refreshing break from the roar of Marshall stacks and all those rockers who take themselves way too seriously. The song 'Bugs' has polka beats, fast paced vocals, and grumpy old men. 'No Elbows' toys with thoughts of gods and girlfriends without elbows-just think how many things you couldn't do without elbows. The last song, 'Doodle,' is my favorite on the album. It tells of the voyage of a super-intelligent poodle who builds rocket ships out of tin foil and cheese whiz, presented in a PBS documentary style. Its catchy chorus 'Doodle do what Doodle will do' and cheesy folk disco rhythms have been chasing each other around in my brain ever since I first heard the CD. So build yourself a rocket ship and go see Mailbox!" Izzy Maxwell - The Noise - Rock Around Boston - November 1998

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released February 2, 1998

written and performed by Adam Rabin with Greg Skillman, Sara Rabin, David Delaney and Duncan Pflaster

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Adam Rabin Burlington

Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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