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Yes, I changed this song drastically. It needed it. It's like one of those inside-back-cover pictures from Mad Magazine. It's a fun picture when it's big. But when you fold it up and cover the parts you don't need, it extra awesome.

It's now a stream-of-consciousness piece instead of a labored mish-mosh of half-written pieces. If you have the old version and like it better, well, fine.

I'm cool either way. It's all good.


a) Ookie Ookie

Ookie Ookie ooo...

b) A Man

The way to a man's heart
is through his stomach

But, you can't tell a man
by his clothes

The way to his soul
ain't through his eyes

No, the only way there
is through his nose

c) Maybe So, Maybe Not

They found the tomb of a great architect
But the tomb looked empty so they had their doubts
And then the lightbulb burned away
So they couldn't see that the bulb had burned out

And if we never see what's behind the door
And if we never know for sure
And if we never find out what's in the box
That doesn't mean we need to change all the locks

Maybe our language is random and queer
but we just end up hearing what we want to hear

I don't believe the truth is right up our sleeve
Everyone believes what they're going to believe

d) The Lightbulb


e) Nose

Noses come and noses go
and the summer does too
Maybe the sun won't set today
I should be so lucky so should you

Maybe my sundial needs to be wound
Maybe the Earth is not round
Maybe, maybe, maybe so
Maybe, just maybe nobody knows

f) The Flood

The space between your toes
is a place where nobody goes

The tube between your legs
leads to the basket for your eggs

The air between your ears
is where they see your fears

The blood insides your heart
is the flood you had to start

g) Maybe Not, Maybe So

OK, maybe not, but I sure had fun
and that can not be denied.

OK, maybe so, but I would not know.
But at least I can say I tried.


from What's In The Box? (2000), released June 20, 2000
written and performed by 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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