El Cento

by El Cento

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1.
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
2.
Citizen 03:21
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
3.
Daylight 04:59
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Anna Lee 03:52
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
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Book 03:36
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...
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Fuzzy Light 04:15
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
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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
10.
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
11.
Beast 03:47
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
12.
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
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credits

released April 26, 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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