Irrelevant (2009)

by Mailbox

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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 ...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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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about

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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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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