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This is the oldest song on the album by far. I wrote it in 1994 and originally recorded it with just acoustic guitar accompaniment. I originally wrote the lyric to be about a lazy 20-something. We called them "slackers" back then. But during the recording of the original demo something rather poetic happened. Just as I finally got to the end a good take, my late cat Zoot came up to me and meowed as I played the last note. "A perfect take ruined," I thought. Then I realized that the song could just as easily be about a lazy cat.


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.


from Get Lost (2005), released May 1, 2005
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Adam Rabin


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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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