El Cento

by El Cento

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credits

released 26 April 2011

El Cento is:
Don Cento - vocals, guitars, synthesizers
Earl Darling - drums, percussion
Dave Prez - bass

Guest starring:
Rich Martin - piano on “Such Little People”, “I am the Stereo” and “Daylight”
Joe Cripps - percussion on “Kids in Japan”
Justin Smith - background vocals on “Book”

Produced by Stuart Sikes and Don Cento
Engineered and mixed by Stuart Sikes at Elmwood Recording, Oak Cliff, TX
Piano engineered by Aaron Kelley at Edge of the World, Dallas, TX
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Photographed by Lee Setty

All songs written by Don Cento (BMI) except:
“Kids in Japan” - music by Don Cento, Earl Darling (BMI) and Dave Prez, lyrics by Don Cento
“Anna Lee” - music by Don Cento, lyrics by Don Cento and Rich Martin (ASCAP)

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El Cento Austin, Texas

Don Cento - vocals, guitars
Earl Darling - drums
Dave Prez - bass

El Cento is a three-piece Rock and Roll band from Austin, TX.
El Cento produces Massively Spartan Rock ‘n’Roll.
El Cento wants you to enjoy the spaces betweenthe notes as much as you enjoy the notes.
El Cento has been trying to call you all daylong, but El Cento does no
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Track Name: Kids in Japan
No business being out late
I lost my feeling for the night
These aren't my streets and these aren't my bars
These unfamiliar neon lights
I feel myself retreating
I feel the snapping of a drum
The sound is close but the song is far away
I don't know what you have become

CHORUS
Hey! Hey kids in Japan
You speak a language that I can't understand
Hey! Hey, kids in Japan
I am - I am the missing man

The sound of lighting
The taste of fire
There's something there sleeping underneath the weeds
Let's burn it down and steal the seeds

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Everybody everybody everybody
Send out your prayers to the missing man
Spare what you can
Hold a good thought for the missing man
I know I am

VERSE 3
The eastern summit
The shortest way down
Don't know why I am surprised
Everybody's got to pay a price
Track Name: Citizen
CITIZEN

Big road leading me nowhere
Each town look exactly the same
I spy an exit where live could be easy
Unto your census I shall add my name

I will be your citizen
I will be your citizen
Your Thomas and your Edison
Your fever and your medicine
Alright

Help wanted. Inquire
Part time just to pick up a trade
I’ll turn your ground for whatever you pay me
Unto your landscape I shall add my blade

Hick towns got no emotion
All the heart and all the spirit of a skeleton
Seen just one you’ve seen them all
Fit too tight they fit too small
Move along move along
You got to move along
You got to move
Track Name: Daylight
DAYLIGHT

Catalog some recent dreams
The one about the snake
Terrifying basilisk
Killed it with a rake
Wake up! It’s early
Is there anybody there?
Wake up! It’s early
Daylight, daylight

I feel like the knife
Slicing through the night

Did anyone ever get you down?
If anyone ever gets you down
Sleep to the East, it comes around
Daylight, daylight.

I don’t need life in my veins, I need it in my bones
I don’t need to sleep all day if I’m sleeping all alone
Wake up! It’s early
I’ve got some place to be
Wake up! It’s early
Daylight, daylight

I feel like the knife
Slicing through the night

It is me but it isn’t me and everyone is there
Vision gets blurry Around the edges
Like grease on the lens and everyone is happy
Don’t wake up, child, it’s a new kind of dream
Don’t wake up, child, it’s a new kind of dream
Don’t wake up, child, it’s a new kind of dream
Don’t wake up, child, it’s a new kind of dream
Track Name: What I Should Do
WHAT I SHOULD DO

Have you seen the slowest hour?
The one before the sun
Take a walk and taste the quiet
Leave it on your tongue
Carry it though the day
When peace of mind is hard to find
Tap your teeth to shake out the blues

What I Should Do

Settle down and take it easy
We’re moving much too fast
Shaky hands and shaky neurons
Shudder and collapse
If wind wasn’t meant to unwind
And broken bones would knit and sew
if they find the time

What I Should Do

Something, Something’s gotta set us apart
Something, Something’s gotta set us apart

If wind wasn’t meant to unwind
And broken bones would knit and sew
if they find the time

What I Should Do

Something, Something’s gotta set us apart
Something, Something’s gotta set us apart

Set us apart
Track Name: I am the Stereo
I AM THE STEREO

I took the fire to the mountain
Mountain took it to the sea
There was a moment where it disappeared from sight
But fire made it back to me

I’m looking for an open window
So I can get a better view
I raise my arm like cheap antenna
Tuning into something new

You are the signal, I am the stereo
I am the camera, You are the video
Don’t turn the sound down
Keep it nice and loud
You are the signal
I am the stereo - Don’t turn me down

I took the fire to the valley
Valley took it to the sky
I had a picture in mind I couldn’t reach:
One thousand towers standing by

I was a broken down transistor
In need of service and repair
Without a signal I was up and down the dial
Pulling static from the air

Wired or wireless or bakelight
Tired of being out of range
You got to reach me
You got to reach me
Track Name: Anna Lee
ANNA LEE

A Rabbit ear would fit you just fine
Alert the media and watch it unwind
Anna Lee - Where’d you get that TV?
Anna Lee - Don’t sit so close to the screen

You’re gonna dig the channels you get
Sex and weather, you’re gonna get wet
Anna Lee - Everyone’s been on TV
And you see - It doesn’t mean anything to me

Don’t want to wake up (I MIGHT JUST WAKE UP)
Don’t want to wake up (I’M SLEEPGINg NOW)
Somebody left the TV on

Turn off your stories, look in the glass
There’s a glow but that feeling will pass
Anna Lee - Getting burned DVDs
Anna Lee - Don’t stare so hard at the screen

A pretty young face we’ll never forget
Be a baby if you wanna get hit
Anna Lee - Everyone’s been on TV
And you see - It doesn’t mean anything to me
Track Name: Book
BOOK

This book don’t need no cover
This book don’t need no words
don’t need no table of contents
Book just needs it’s pages turned

Bookmark put hands on paper
Quick sneak peek hide
You’RE Checking it out
Flip pages with moistened finger
Book says “Please, Book want!”
It’s a real live...

A real live book (It’s alive, it’s alive)
A real live book (It’s alive, it’s alive)
A real live book (It’s alive, it’s alive)

This book don’t need no paper
This book don’t need no spine
Don’t need no fancy binding
Book just needs another line

Ideas get Book the stake
Gotta lie lie lie
To put the flame out.
Mainstream with pretty pictures
Book says “Please, Book want!”
It’s a real live...

Read me - I am every story
Read me - Get all the latest gossip
Read me - I am just words and pictures
What will you see?
What will you take from me?

This book don’t need no title
This book don’t need no end
It don’t need don’t need don’t need don’t need don’t...
Track Name: Fuzzy Light
FUZZY LIGHT

There was a light
A fuzzy kind of floating light
Moving up and down
Everybody cried and listened to the sound
But that don’t matter now
They got a place they call Heaven
It’s open all night long (Unpack and move right in)
They got it figured out
They got the finest sounds
That you can’t live without

Hey hey hey hey - Fuzzy Light

The light grows dim
Our fuzzy little pseudonym
He shrugged and sighed
Everybody cheered and everybody cried
But that don’t matter now
They got a place they call Heaven
Unpack and move right in
They got it figured out
They got the finest sounds
That you can’t live without

Now that’s something
Now ain’t that something
Now that’s something
Now ain’t that something

Recall our light
Our fuzzy little friendly light
He’s disappeared
Everybody cried and everybody cheered
Take a look around
You wonder why this is heaven
You got a long time

THey got the finest sounds
That you can’t live withou
Track Name: Gitchy Young Boots
GITCHY YOUNG BOOTS

I feel like I should leave you alone
I feel like I should hang up the phone
But all the numbers look the same and every letter spells your name
I’ll try to reach you at home

Your friends say that I’m coming on strong
And I shouldn’t bother tagging along
But I don’t want to be the guy that sits at home and wonders why
The number that you gave me was wrong

Every stitch and every buttonhook has got me occupied
What you wear between your toes and knees has my mind untied

Gitchy Young Boots

In a second you were standing right there
Sneak a peek, take a look, take a stare
I barely have the nerve to speak; my tongue is wired to my cheek
My lungs have run out of air

I hear you walking, hear your footsteps marching in time
A two-inch heel and black leather confident shine
If I could find out, find out what you want me to say
Maybe the sound of your boots wouldn’t fade away

I tried everything I knew
But I’m stuck with my boring shoes
Nothing seems to get get me through
To your gitchy
Track Name: Such Little People
SUCH LITTLE PEOPLE

We are such little people
We have such little brains
The tiniest thought can set off
A heartbomb of giant pain
Keep the blast self-contained

Big life - terrifying place to be left alone
Headcase - tripping over worries in the great unknown
Set it all down in stone
Searching for the perfect rhyme

Strange sounds - would you love me more if I were a ghost?
Why not - terrify the one that you trust the most
My head is splitting right in two
Spilling/Spitting out a perfect blue

Little people - crawing ’round in my mind
Tiny people - having such a good time
They’re building tiny homes and tiny schools and tiny prisons
They’re building roads and bridges, tiny highways, filling stations
Someday I’ll kick them out and knock it down and plant some flowers
Track Name: Beast
BEAST

I don’t want to be right
It’s more fun being wrong
But I don’t feel like a beast today
Keep a lid on my tongue
Take steps to fix everything
Make a motor that hums

I’m too tall to be your baby brother
I got some big ideas won’t fit in your hand
Everybody’s got a situation
Everybody’s got their own little custom plan

Take a look at the kid
See him play his guitar
Making words that don’t add up right
More than a little bizarre
Take stock of everything
Did he push it too far?

Who’s that laughing?
I must’ve missed the punchline
Those jokes are out of fashion
You can catch up on the rewind
Turn the tables over, you’re not just getting older
You’re getting tired, getting scare and you have only just begun
Track Name: Tide In, Tide Out
TIDE In, Tide Out

Tide in Tide out
Let the moon shout
Tide in Tide out
Tide in Tide out

I work a junk called Nightsong
Her sheet is full of melodies
I stir the ghosts of tranquil waters
Sail ’em away and set ’em free
They shake me, shake me like a spider can
Shake me, shake me like a one-armed man

I cannot think or sleep here
The water’s growing much too rough
Deliver me my spyglass
And I’ll search for calmer stuff
Lash me, tie me to the tallest mast
Loose me only when the storm has passed

It’s time to find the sounds
It’s time to find the sounds
It’s time to find the sounds