Shiny Bombs

by andy santospago

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Baby Sue/LMNOP writes of my first album: "complex modern pop with classic pop overtones. [Andy Santospago's] tunes combine some of the best elements from the past (early melodic pop bands from the 1960s and 1970s) with the more heady, effervescent elements of the present (complex musical passages and the multi-layering that technology allows)."

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released 06 May 2011

This album was produced by Chris Rude and Steve Mayone, it features Dave Smits, Michael Hayes, Jacqueline Francis, Rose Polenzani, Jess Tardy, Adam Rothberg, Zack Hickman, Amy Fairchild, Jeffrey Simmons, Larry Buckley, Tom Megan and other outstanding musicians. All songs by Andrew Santospago except “Smithsonian” co-written by Andrew Santospago and Steve Mayone and “Shines on brightly”, written by Procol Harum.

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Track Name: My delivery
i've got stories, some fit for sharing
from seed to flower they've stuck to me
perhaps one day the words will come easy
in a moment of clarity

I’ll give you my best
my wit and my passion
lighten your heart if you'll listen to me
just give me some time while I get my bearings and work on my deliv ery

i've got speeches in primitive stages
the tip of my tongue poised to break free
piercing, peppery elocution
directed safely away from me

I’ll stir up the crowd
with phonetic combinations
invoke the ideals of equality
just give me some time while I get my bearings
and work on my delivery

getting good stuff done comes easy to some
the rest they got bleed and cry
bucket of sweat ain’t you had enough yet
what wouldn’t you give for a sharper knife

i've got tunes suited for blaring
from mountain tops to the handheld pc
in the right time the songs will flow through me
like pollen through a window screen

No Doppler effect will bring me down baby
when they tear down the boulevard blasting me
but give me some time while I get my bearings
and work on my delivery
Track Name: Shine on brightly
My prussian-blue electric clocks
Alarm bell rings, it will not stop
And I can see no end in sight
And search in vain by candlelight
For some long road that goes nowhere
For some signpost that is not there
And even my befuddled brain
Is shining brightly, quite insane

The chandelier is in full swing
As gifts for me the three kings bring
Of myrrh and frankincense, Im told,
And fat old buddhas carved in gold
And though it seems they smile with glee
I know in truth they envy me
And watch as my befuddled brain
Shines on brightly quite insane

Above all else confusion reigns
And though I ask no-one explains
My eunuch friend has been and gone
He said that I must soldier on
And though the ferris wheel spins round
My tongue it seems has run aground
And croaks as my befuddled brain
Shines on brightly, quite insane
Track Name: You and everything
disparage and shock but please don't bore us
revenge is a dish best served verse/chorus
and bridges that burn behind you glowing fire engine red
tear open the envelope and say it
we'll sing along as you play it
oblivious to the cold black barrel pointing at my head

when you find cause to doubt me
just write a juvenile song about me
bitter notes that grew eclipsing you and everything

distorted with fears and wounded years
the circus mirror skews your reflection too
and I don't want to see, I'm afraid to see

you say it's not made for me to savor
I credit myself with undue favor
I probably think the song is about me
should I blush or take offense?

when I find cause to doubt you
I'll write a juvenile song about you
bitter notes that grew eclipsing you and everything
Track Name: Text and drive
Killing two birds to get the best of both worlds,
big shoes and a crown
and what's scarier then a king or a clown?
Looking to score some
It's either bliss or boredom, a dance of the depraved, the police tape limbo a jig on a grave
When multi tasking trauma finds you pre-occupied

Take the bait
With luck you just might win it
The money's great
But there's no music in it
Just be one thing that isn’t nothing
Bleeding time you divide yourself

It’s semiformal, approximating normal
you exhale and try to forget what they say bout the blink of an eye
Choose what serves you, the path that deserves you
When directed off a cliff
You pause and reflect on the greater what if
Its no use asking as you fall to the other side

Take the bait
With luck you just might win it
The money's great
But there's no music in it
Just be one thing that isn’t nothing
Bleeding time you divide yourself
Track Name: Faces
Flotsam in the data stream
Sometimes it feels like a dream
And all your faces are on my team
my friends it’s true

Everybody made the list
they can't claim I was remiss
as long as I barely exist I’m there for you

An open book thrust right before your eyes
Just like Baba O’Reilly we don’t need to apologize

Did you see the update today
well tomorow's gonna blow you away

All they’re really tryin’ to say is i'm fond of you
Should you feel there’s something amiss
Perhaps you’ll take comfort in this
as long as I barely exist I’m there for you

Hide me, like me both sides of the coin
Baby it’s free and anyone can join

Oh dear friend allow the application please
Testament to true loves elasticity

Should you feel there’s something amiss
Perhaps you’ll take comfort in this
as long as I barely exist I’m there for you
Track Name: Parasite
Blood sucking parasite tries with all its might
to pierce the unprotected flesh between my neck and shoulder
it doesn’t care I’m not really there
only living when it takes life from me
doesn’t know animosity
couldn’t care if I’ll ever be free

guns, lawn mowing machines polio vaccines
things that make the world a better place for us all
see you at the mall beside the waterfall
throw our dimes and nickels then we’ll make a wish
for parasites to up and die
and provide some wings to fly

burdened with the badgering and leeching til the dawn
struggling with the hardships that they’ve got
I guess I’m pretty lucky compared with some of them
could be sympathetic but I’m not

because I’ve seen in visions and in dreams
The gory glory of the coming of the lord
Spider webs from head to toe
Kick and scream but they won’t let you go
No
Track Name: So much better here
Why do you live there
in that god forsaken place?
how can you live there
with all the comforts of deep space?

Snow covered valleys Snow covered hills
pure isolation, the sheer lack of thrills?
why do you live there
don’t you know it’s so much better here?

why do you live there
in that city of beggary and grime?
how can you grin and bear
the pollution and the crime?

the stimulation, utilities
limitless access to drugs and disease?
why do you live there
Don’t you know it’s so much better here?

Island life’s a butter knife into a coconut
The tourist dime may float your lime, keep duck tape on the hut
But for the ones you serve hatred slowly burns
Mopeds and fanny packs everywhere you turn
Some people never learn

why do you live there
in that suburban tomb?
what’s with the lawn care
and kids so uniformly groomed?

The strip mall values, the potpourri
Juicy gossip of adultery?
why do you live there
don’t you know it’s so much better
we all know it’s so much better
everything is so much better here
Track Name: Simple, happy
When it seems there's nothing good to rely upon
Feeling defiled by droppings from above
Of a kind only thriving in misery,
Which could be a good that I don't understand
I won't indulge the curiosity
Cause you’re the one good thing
I’m simple and happy
You’re lovely

I know it's been said before more eloquently
by someone smarter then me
It's a message worth redundancy
Cause you’re the one good thing
I’m simple and happy
You’re lovely

Apparently nothings perfect and if it were
Wouldn’t we miss the bitter sweet my dear
I believe you can bring out the best in me
And our friends they surely understand
with a little help I’ll always see
That loves the one good thing
I’m simple and happy
You’re lovely
Track Name: Smithsonian
Jesus jumped the shark in the final season
Patty shook the snakes and the gave us all a reason
To tie one on and fall off the embankment
refusing to spill a drop

Atom smashers came and shiny bombs would glisten
luddites complained but the fat men wouldn’t listen
Cheech & Chong, bubbling bongs
And victory gardens overflowed

Inspiration paved the way for many miles of pavement
So I am getting around today to all exhibitions


Tiny violins Jamestown wasn’t fun
Hall of presidents, Hessian swords & guns
Lincolns hat telling me something about
Brown VS board of education

Inspiration paved the way for miles and miles of pavement
So I am getting around today to all exhibitions
Track Name: Fier tornado
young lovers tell me you're not too old
to gaze with wonder and treasure dreams of gold
if you're forgotten it's done with no bad will
you’re under the radar over there over the hill

the seasoned elders pointing the way
to a distant valley where i'll lay to rest one day
i'm not ready for pushing daffodils
that bloom in the tall grass over the hill

wake up go to bed
fire tornado burns the days away
they say it’s in my head
I’m only ancient because you choose to feel that way

the edge serrated
blunted obtuse
valves are leaking from decades of abuse
our love’s a candle I hope will burn until
walk fall together over the hill

wake up go to bed
fire tornado burns the years away
or is it in my head
only ancient because I choose to feel that way

The spark is fading and your parading years behind the style
The vibe you’re feeling might be appealing but it’s buried in the file.
Our mouth and nose and eyes are closed and nobodies listening to you at all.
Track Name: Happy farm
it was a happy farm, nothing was wrong
the pigs were rolling, the mice were fat and strong
a simple plow boy could have made the observation
a steady downward spiral, creeping sensation

there was a feisty rooster crowing disapproval
his beaked head rolled by upon its swift removal
now no one makes a sound but never is there silence
with crashing thunder and the clamoring violence

its gone terribly awry
said the furrowed brow of a spotless Holstein cow
a needle on the hide, leery eye open wide
a scarecrow lost inside the raging sea of flames

a toppled lantern, an alibi
billowing smoke pitched in to cloak the lie
insiders tell us it's under investigation
the happy farm is closed for renovation
Track Name: Capo verde
Pretty Margarita never will give me the time
I’m only just another on the assembly line

In a laboratory coat and a hair net of white
Insuring quality control for the products on site

No praise and adulation when she hangs up her gloves
Exceeding expectations is just what she does

I deliberately fumble so as to make her appear
And tell her I wish I were the pencil behind her left ear

She scolds me very gently, tells me for what it is worth
She might not refuse me if I were the last man on earth

No praise and adulation when she hangs up her gloves
Exceeding expectations is just what she does

night falls on the factory and the black smoke hangs
I see the faint glow of a dusty jewel from capo verde through the treacherous waves
Track Name: My catapult (ode to Bernie)
I trust you as far as I could throw you
That’s why I brought my catapult
There's an island town called oblivion
It’s quiet there off-season
Step inside enjoy the ride
the other side is waiting for you

Your laughter has been called infectious
that's why I wear a mask and gloves
in a house of cards there's a balance sheet
no one can see say's bankruptcy
you're the sort that kills for sport
with cohorts cackling at your side

your memory will ripple and remain
in the eyes of the shareholders you loved
reflecting torches and flame
your effigy will rain upon us ashes from above

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder
that's why I brought a 10 foot pole
you're the oil spill to our flaming wreck
a bible for the drowning man
so set sail white collar jail has your mail
we've signed the goodbye card