Irrelevant (2009)

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This is my mid-thirties. I'm too old to be fresh and too young to be a classic. Irrelevant. I couldn't be happier.

These tracks were recorded between 2005 and 2009. Each song was written and recorded as one-off projects -- this wasn't recorded as an album. Having moved across the country and back during these four years I wasn't able to focus on any single project so I just took each idea as it came.

I didn't let myself phone anything in, though. I pushed myself to try different vocal techniques and spent more time honing the instrument parts. That said, almost all of these tracks were each written and recorded within a week which was the biggest change in style for me. I wrote (both lyrics and music) more instinctively than ever before.

These weren't written for any live band or theater production and I never had any plans to push this to radio stations or newspapers. It's irrelevant. Enjoy.

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released April 20, 2009

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Mailbox is Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Adam Rabin and whomever he can rope into sharing in his unique musical vision.

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Track Name: Hit the Ground
I hear you saying again
that it's all looking up from here
But i ain't buying it man
because it's not what it appears
what it appears

I know that look that you have
when you try to bring me down
But i won't break your fall
when you hit the
hit hit hit the ground

As sure as the silkworm weaves
it's shearing white wisps of floss
I'll wrap a thread around my head for every word you've said
like so much cocoonist's gauze
cocoonist's gauze

I'm aloft in the willow's wilts
suspended by my meshy shroud
This sleep so far sticks both to trunk and twigs
Will you weep when it hits the
hits the hits the hits the ground?

One mile away from you is further than you can see
One mile away from you
is still too close
still too close for me

All those dutch with their diamonds
have been forgiven by time
All those dutch with their diamonds
can't hold a canary
hold a canary to mine

I hear you talking again
but you don't make a single sound
Your words fall out of your mouth
and then just hit the ground ...
Track Name: We Were Not Meant to Be
Why don't you ask me again?
I said once more
She just stared at the ceiling
And I at the floor

Suspended in mid-air
holding close
All that's left between us
is what we wanted most

I still don't know
if we were not meant to be
But time always shows us
what we were meant to see

But the ticking clocks have gone silent
So we have to figure it out on our own

And so she asked me again
but just once more
The answer fell from my mouth
and onto the floor

And the love that we had just fell silent
And the love that we had we were left to feel on our own

like two ticking clocks slightly out of time
We'd crafted a new heart just beating like a chime
And that was the beginning of the life we had
And that was the beginning of the life we had

like two ticking clocks slightly out of time
We'd crafted a new heart just beating like a chime
And that was the beginning of the life we had
And that was the beginning of the life we had

But the ticking clocks had gone silent
So we have to figure it out on our own

I still don't know
if we were not meant to be
But time always shows us
what we were meant to see
Track Name: Interesting Times
In his quarters he got the orders
And headed into town
He'll be a hero, just count to zero
He won't let anyone down

In the wreckage he sent the message
And headed on his way
He's better dead, he'll check his schedule
What's another day

Reggie must be loving it
Making lemons out of limes
Reggie knows nothing if
Interesting times

She praised the cow and took her vow
and never spoke a word
Evermore, the greatest story
no one ever heard

Lucia now takes slumber with
the sympathetic mimes
Lucia now know nothing if
Interesting times

What's another day?
What's another day gone by?
What's the perfect crime?
Living in these interesting times.

The clock tower never lies
The bell it always chimes
Now we know nothing if
Interesting times
Track Name: Apples for Eyes
Apples for eyes
Drawn in
I'm lost in those
Apples for eyes

Apples for eyes
I should just walk away
That would be wise

Apples for eyes
Wide open now
like you're
full of surprise

Don't look away
Don't turn around
I just want to be sure

But don't look at me
it's too clear to see
That I am lost in your...

Apples for eyes
Drawn in
I'm lost in those
Apples for eyes
break off the stem
where another seed lies

Don't look away
Don't turn around
I just want to be sure

But don't look at me
it's too clear to see
That I ... am lost ... in your-

Apples for eyes
Drawn in
I'm lost in those
Apples for eyes
Track Name: Ran Away to Paris
What are you waiting for?
Look for an open door
Look at you standing there
Why don't we catch some air?

Run away
Don't wait another day
Come fly with me
We'll run away to gay Paris

They're starting to board
All of your baggage's stored
Learn French in the air
You'll know it when we get there

comment allez-vous?
Bonjour. Enchante.
Madame, sil vous plait
parlez-vous un peu d'anglais

Every time you go
You never want to leave
Every time we go
We never want to leave

Du gateau?
Oui, C'est une bonne idee
Est-ce que vous êtes ivre?
Mon Dieu, comme vos enfants sont laids

Ran away to Paris ... fade
Track Name: The Sniper
I took a pot shot at the mayor
because my momma wouldn't change my diaper
it turned me into a sniper
now i'm facing the electric chair
ooo my momma didn't love me
now the state's gonna kill me
my momma didn't love me
now the state's gonna kill me
Track Name: We Keep Them Alive
My my compromise
one more little dreamer
never time for wider eyes
but always time for leaving

Why, why cast aside
the one thing you needed
keeping you from suicide
your doubts do your breathing

We keep them alive
for no reason I know
We keep them inside
just as well, I suppose

Left side, angel tried
wishes it was easy
on the right, the devil fights
to keep his world from freezing

One sign left you blind
to any way but home
two fears: the dark and tears,
are everything you own.
Track Name: Late For a Funeral
Goodbye to you my dearest friend
I guess I won't see you again

I'm taking a moment of silence for today
to pray that it won't slip away

I won't spend another moment
on wondering why
the first day of the rest of my life was yesterday
and it almost passed me by

If I'm late for a funeral
you won't need to throw me a bone
you won't need to get on the phone
If I'm for a funeral
I'll be happy it's not my own


I'm taking my time. I'm taking it all.
The sky could be waiting to fall

And when that cursed day decides to arrive
I'll be able to say I'm alive
Track Name: Keep It To Yourself
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.