Get Lost (2005)

by Mailbox

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The Pieces 02:46
Where could I have put it It was here a minute ago I don't know how I lost it I've been searching high and low When I was young my mother told me, "You better watch yourself or else you might end up without a clue." She cast her spell upon me and made me into what I am They say two heads are better than one but only one makes you a man When I was young my father told me, "You better get in the game or else you're gonna go blind." Now that I have figured out all the rules to this game You jump in the ppol Right after school And never take the blame And then the doctor tells you, "Son, this really won't hurt a bit." You take out all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle and you try to make them fit you try to make them fit and when you do...
Disappear 03:00
Aiming to get high and up late Not that it's been so long Rising through the smoke that it makes better hold on Maybe I should put on my skates It's time to look alive now Signed up for a slippery fate and I'm sinking ... sinking down I don't know where I go half the time But I get there With a wham who I am disappears Now he's gone, gone, so long Laserproof but not overplayed It's nothing you can ride on Giving all my memories away Now they're all gone ... all gone I dont care if I'm where I belong 'Cause I'm somewhere All because who I was disappeared Now he's gone Ask me if I've been away Really was it so long Did you miss me or was I delayed? If you came with, you'd be there by now In the end I'm not anyone here So I'm leaving All because who I was disappeared Now he's gone
Snow 03:38
One time in a little town she called me up to say The snow might bring me down if it doesn't go away Ten feet beneath the snow A candle lights a room My shovel, where did it go It's right next to the broom I step out into the cold Make a path to the street Through the snow I lost my sense of time in the snow bank by the shed You drove up just in time To see me hit my head The sun is in disguise When clouds of Winter pass There's the sunshine in your eyes When I made you laugh You step out into the cold Walk the path I just made Through the snow Was that really so hard? Or was it just a passing thing? Is it really the snow or something buried deep within? One time in a little town We sat beneath the snow If the candle burned away She forgot and let it go
Die 03:19
A rodent scurries across the floor You just stand there holding open the door You let him in so get him out Just don't stand there staring or he'll Stay without a doubt "It's just a mouse", you say, "Just a mouse" Well, it's in my house and you just stand there 'Cause you don't want to die He sleeps in your bed, nibbles your toes You just lay there. Do you care, do you know? You dream of the ocean, you dream of the beach You dream of the sunshine while the tide takes your feet Asleep and sublime with no track of time A meaningless crime, well tell me, Is that the way you want to die? Where have you been? Where did you go? Where have you been and why don't you know? A rodent scurries, out the door On it's way, cos you were such a bore No one to play with, nobody home Just some signs of life holding up your bones The grand designs of the leading minds The best of times and the dreams we run after They all seem to die, they all seem to die.
The castrator breathes in a toothless mirage Did psychedelic injury to the wheel of fromage It withered and spun in a cascade of bees That stung and splattered the landscape with cheese I wiped you off and I read from your skin Hieroglyphics of pleasure right above your shin I understand nothing of faith and belief Just the timeless wisdom etched on your teeth We carried a suitcase of abstract dismay It stretched out our arms and it pulled the wrong way We let go in silence and left as it crawled Right through our bodies and over a wall I'm fragrant beneath you and glow like a shock We channel the brilliance of aphids and rocks The pirate he wants us to give him our jewels But he'll never survive the stampede of mules.
Micronesia 08:19
Though he was an ancient man Wrapped in mummy tape When the bandage was unravelled We saw a tropical landscape We stepped into his torso Made like nothing wasn't wrong And heard the ringing of a gong Great leaves of palm Endless beach's sand Iguanas in the bushes Feeding from my hand Coconut milk shake Melting in the sun Island paradise inside A body aged three thousand and one She lay in solitude On a coast that wasn't there She made an angel in the sand And threw the sun back into the air She needs a coral necklace And a seaweed woven blanket Several million nightlights And a turtle in a basket Great leaves of palm Endless beach's sand Iguanas in the bushes Feeding from my hand Coconut milk shake Melting in the sun Island paradise inside A body aged three thousand and one Line her up some sea gulls Make everything just right So all the maiden's wishes Can be made true tonight
You're riding tall and free You're riding through the town The finish line is all you see You keep my blinders down I take it all in stride I never show a tear You're sure you'll get the break then you'll be in the clear I think it's time you were under the horse Then you'd see life from the other side and something more than just the prize You're always on the move You've never had a doubt I'm giving you the truth Just look me in the mouth I have the sense to see What's happened to you You're falling apart But I can't be the glue You'll run but not for long You'll trail but never last I won't be saddled down I'm leaving for greener pastures
Out on the edge of town When they let the sun go down Masquerade into your mind Now and then they're so inclined But once they sense they've got you Hanging out in Maccu Piccu There is a light come bubblin up from behind Way inside the Dolphin Forrest Simmer Down through waves of sawdust Floating around through leaves unnoticed Way inside the Dolphin Forest Way inside the Dolphin Forest Nearby the road on out As they keep us all in doubt Put it all out of your mind You must leave it all behind And once they sense they know you Understand their little voodoo There is a light come bubbling up from behind Way inside the Dolphin Forrest Simmer Down through waves of sawdust Floating around through leaves unnoticed Way inside the Dolphin Forest Way inside the Dolphin Forest
Too Late 04:40
This is not my corner, this is not my scene Bobby was my right-hand, now he's upstate keeping clean I'll cover him this last time but never more again That's no way to play me, that's no way to be a friend I guess it was my fault. I coulda took the wrap Now it's got me thinking, who sent Bobby down Bunny's just too stupid, Mack was out of town Joey's like a brother, he dealt me in the game Oliver's our Buttons, but could he be to blame? That's when I realized, you don't never trust a cop But it was too late, it was too late Bobby's in the cooler but Ollie's on the slate If time was not an arrow or a shadow in the haze I'd go back to the time Of simple older days Now I'm playing back the evening Over in my head I think we could've made it If stayed at home instead But it was too late, it was too late Someone had to fish, someone had to be the bait When did Joey Halfpint pull the razor from his hat? It must have been while I was working Oliver the Rat Ollie saw it coming over my right ear But he was gagged and tied-up and swallowed up by fear I looked into his eyes and saw the razor's glare But it was too late, it was too late The last thing I saw was my head on a plate
Stories 05:10
Gray in the trees Weeds on the lawn No one rings the bell All your things are gone Door's open wide Wind blows through the hall Shadows play outside With moonlight on the wall Dust on the chair Sitting in the den Creaks in the stairs You'll never hear again Stories of a home Crawl beneath the floor Ghosts of the past Won't haunt you anymore


With Get Lost, I wanted to focus on piano-based songwriting and a more live band sound. This is what Mailbox is now and, even though some of these songs are several years old, I find them all very exciting. I'm pushing myself to write more about what I know whether directly or symbolically.

As always, I had a great team of players and writers to bounce ideas off and collaborate with. Greg Skillman's classic surrealism finds a new kind of home on the strangely-erotic "The Stampede of Mules," the epic "Micronesia" and the purely fantastic "Dolphin Forest." Long-time friends and co-conspirators Scott Stout, Chris Combs and Jeff Margolis contributed a lyric each. Jeff also joined in with Vermont bandmates Chris Johnston and Jay Ekis to keep the grooves lively and ever-changing. Sara Rabin enchants the "Dolphin Forest" with her sweet voice.

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The assemblage of players this time around is impressive. Tracks such as the Joe Jackson-inspired "Disappear" and "Too Late" ... stand out for the accomplished musicianship of Rabin, bassist Jeff Margolis and guitarist Jay Ekis. Their synergy, anchored by Chris Johnson's percussion work, could dominate a room. Rabin's voice is wobbly and boyish, but he does not embrace that simplicity.

[Rabin] recorded and engineered the project at home with impressive results. In fact, home-recording connoisseurs should pick up the disc as an exemplar of the craft.

The closing portions of the record's lithe 10 tracks provide a welcome deviation from the front end's conventional piano-rock aesthetic. "Dolphin Forest," though lyrically psychedelic and theatrically awkward, is framed by a winsomely melodic vocal duet with Adam and Sara Rabin.

Get Lost is a worthy delivery from one of the region's boldly idiosyncratic songwriters.


released May 1, 2005

written and performed by Adam Rabin with Greg Skillman, Jeff Margolis, Chris Combs, Scott Stout, Chris Johnston, Jay Ekis and Sara Rabin. Cover art by Martha Hull.
Remixed and remastered 2020.


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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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