All Things Small Produce A Spark

by Westside Daredevils

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about

our first legitimate album! we tracked this over a year or so on a roland 1880 digital recorder, some of it at the superdrag studio and much of it at gray's apartment. we borrowed this beautiful neumann condenser mic to do the vocals, kept it an uncomfortably long time and then accidentally broke the stand clip. that's just the kind of friends we are.

we released it in 2002 on lynnpoint records (lynnpoint.com), jeff bills' upstart label which later became a sort of knoxville music repository site. despite what we now consider "charmingly amateurish" execution, a lot of folks seemed to dig it, so we got a van and started hitting the road. hilarity ensued.

free to download. enjoy!

credits

released April 15, 2002

lineup:
brandon (bass)
brett (guitar, vox)
gray (guitar, keys, vox)
jeff (guitar, keys, vox)
moe (drums)

all songs written, recorded and mixed by westside daredevils
mastered by seva at soundcurrent mastering in knoxville, tn

© 2002 bad grammar command music

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Track Name: Andrea
andrea started a band
but she did not understand
she wanted to be as cool as she can
you better not touch that letter
you better not touch that dial

all the girls started to shout
when the pity poetry starts
with every word bouncing back from their hearts
as if she'd never learned the difference
between precocious and precious

andrea's dying her hair back to red
and then strangely enough
even all of the boys did
she'll never remove the tattoo that she drew
on her right shoulder blade
you know it's not enough to say

andrea sat on the stage
wet with blood, sweat, and bitter rage
wondering why she felt old for her age
when all the girls said they loved her
like she'd been left for dead

andrea's dying her hair back to red
and then strangely enough
even all of the boys did
she'll never remove the tattoo that she drew
on her right shoulder blade
you know it's not enough to say

all your dreams are gone
never will you sing no more
you know you've got the right thing going on

andrea's dying her hair back to red
and then strangely enough
even all of the boys did
she'll never remove the tattoo that she drew
on her right shoulder blade
you know it's not enough to say

all your dreams are gone
never will you sing no more
you know you've got the right thing going on
Track Name: Darling Currency
there's no feel of emergency
yeah, yeah, yeah
there's no sense of urgency
yeah, yeah, yeah
capture perfect smiling sharing
every mile these wheels are baring
wearing down in the dirty sea
yeah, yeah, yeah

there's no cord that we can't sever
yeah, yeah, yeah
there's no pressure down here in the never
yeah, yeah, yeah
nothing bores you like complacent
second nature born in a basement
wearing down in the carpet forever
yeah, yeah, yeah

so rise up darling currency
yeah, yeah, yeah
pour out into the world with me
yeah, yeah, yeah
veneration comfort zero
someone's got to be the hero
but there's no feel of emergency
yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah
Track Name: Camera Religion
this ain't no daytime television
there ain't no reason for you
to behave so
this ain't no camera religion
this epic monologue ain't gonna
save the show, oh no
that girl's got no soul

september gurl it's january
you sucked out all the attention
awhile ago
so hostile, so unnecessary
whatever, ain't that something
if you say so, oh no
that girl's got no soul

who would be the one to stop you
babe you're on a roll

you break my heart tearjerk derision
you played this part out hard
like an old pro
this ain't no daytime television
there ain't no reason for you
to behave so, oh no
that girl's got no soul
Track Name: London Forces
penelope waits outside making love where it shouldn't be
and everyone looks on as she points her wand at me
girl the summer sun goes with you
when it's cold outside

answer's a suburban home, two kids and a diamond ring
it's good enough for everyone else but it's not good enough for me
girl the summer sun goes with you
but not today

positive bonds on a negative charge
london forces for three
but i'm so excited to be
penelope, ann and me

sitting on ann's bed conversation is all subtext
giggling at stupid jokes wondering what happens next
girl the summer sun goes with you
but not today

positive bonds on a negative charge
london forces for three
but i'm so excited to be
penelope, ann and me

penelope, ann and me
penelope, ann and me
penelope and ann you will
never get away from me

drugs that make libidos dance and words that leave cheeks red
rolled up in a crystal ball as we three lie in bed
girl the summer sun goes with you
when it's cold outside

drinking wine by candlelight post tete-a-tete-a-tete
penelope, ann and me asleep with no regrets
girl the summer sun goes with you
but not today

positive bonds on a negative charge
london forces for three
but i'm so excited to be
penelope, ann and me

penelope, ann and me
penelope, ann and me
penelope and ann you will
never get away from me
Track Name: Miner's Shortwave
cold mine down below
all things small refuse to grow
solid state radio
still won't save you
from the wages of a daughter lover
as you dig out the mother
deep and slow

drop a charge down the well
all things small refuse to sell
never hear the warning bell
as the blast hits
and the pieces won't receive the care
that you'd love to share
and rust like hell

now you're back in the dark
all things small produce a spark
just can't wait for the bark
flip the on switch
and you'll spread your message through the air
that you'd love to share
Track Name: Careful Tom
careful tom or you might get caught looking
at her face now
careful tom or you might get caught looking
out of place now

it's not an invitation between the best of friends
careful tom, it leads to the end

careful tom, man i like your style
it's the highest praise now
careful tom, in the meanwhile
can you unlock your gaze now


it's not an invitation between the best of friends
careful tom, it leads to the end
it's not an invitation between the best of friends
careful tom, it leads to the end
careful tom, it leads to the end
careful tom, it leads to the end
Track Name: Strange You Haven't Fled
as callous as she is
as evil as she talks to him
she covers up her smiles
so her laugh will be more haunting
and she's done up all her hair
in secondary modern
for the last great bash
to what's left of his honor

and they both collapse in bed
so tired out from talking
when she turns to him and says
"how dare you be so loving
well i wouldn't touch you now
not while no one's looking"

i forgive you son
little boys break all the rules
while little girls keep waiting for them
i forgive you son
and the writing on the wall
spells such a bleak tomorrow

in the privacy of pain
he manifests indifference
for the suffering of slaves
and the parasites within them
and the peasants and the knaves
go dancing round the kingdom
god save the queen
of conspicuous consumption

to his credit he's well made
that's just what they'll all say
when they bury him alive
and spit upon his grave
with blood upon their hands
and smiles across their faces

i forgive you son
little boys break all the rules
while little girls keep waiting for them
i forgive you son
and the writing on the wall
spells such a bleak tomorrow

she'll take the stage to demonstrate
and do the two-step on your back
now you know how everyone feels
now that the joke's on you

now he could've been a saint
he could've been a real man
but he's slumped down in her chair
leching lolita
while she's out there on the prowl
turning lovers into martyrs

i forgive you son
little boys break all the rules
while little girls keep waiting for them
i forgive you son
and the writing on the wall
spells such a bleak tomorrow
Track Name: Mind's Cold Sweat
rainy days and dread-filled nights go by
sleeping on your couch
watch the world go by

vanishing into what i can't see
a vision incomplete
a glass eye out of focus

no i don't think we'll ever be even
i couldn't breathe enough
for the both of us to say
i'm leaving

times have come when you must be awake
dreams become a drought
factories of doubt
careful with the lights that you let shine
they're dimming in the mind
for eyes that burn like spotlights

no i don't think we'll ever be even
i couldn't breathe enough
for the both of us to say
i'm leaving

the ticker's there to keep you honest
a soul-searching farce
as you drift in the river of the mind's cold sweat

all hemmed in you cannot leave
where bitterness concedes
to such unlucky matter

no i don't think we'll ever be even
i couldn't breathe enough
for the both of us to say
i'm leaving
Track Name: Heroes and Zeroes
i'm held together with duct tape and bubblegum
the whole of which is not much more than the sum of its parts
it's an art i can't disclose
nobody knows, nobody knows, nobody knows

i keep my head on straight with caffeine and nicotine
keep it lean but that's just the breaks of the game
and i'm tame 'til i get to the throes
nobody knows, nobody knows, nobody knows

i'm standing down
but i'm still around
heroes and zeroes and me
i'd just as soon we let them be

i occupy my time with loose lips and battleships
and i try to let all the chips fall where they may
and i say in rhyme what i can't say in prose
nobody knows, nobody knows, nobody knows
Track Name: We Miss Him So
he's gonna do it but he's not thought through about it
he's seeing everything through everyone's eyes
everyone has said they've got something new to tell you
but it's all about the same thing twice

we miss him so, we miss him so

paris is the reason 'cause they saw it on the television
culling bits and pieces from the hedonist's life
and in their perfect towns with their perfect children
choirs turn to riots scorching everything in sight

we miss him so, we miss him so

know you got something to say, man
can't believe a thing that you see
help me

the meek and the defective, captured and collected
on the whim of deleterious minds
for the rest of us it might be a good idea
to be anesthetized sometimes

we miss him so, we miss him so


know you got something to say, man
can't believe a thing that you see
help me

suddenly there's no breath, there's no feeling
reaped rewards of seeds long sewn
in defeat we will bleed for no mercy
we're sailing on our way back home

we miss him so, we miss him so
Track Name: She's A Disguise
there's a place you can go to stay
where i can visit you every day
in the land of the though decay
sometimes it's better that way

there's a place you can get along
with all the kids from the bauhaus songs
ornamental lawn goth is wrong
but dead souls hide in the day

there's a face under all those paints
a compliment under all the complaints
a choir girl under all the restraints
who knows even saints have to pray

she's a disguise, she's a disguise
she's a disguise, she'll change the color of her eyes