Phonography Libretto

PHONOGRAPHY
Libretto





Original VITAL labels



1. Melbourne (3:25)
recorded February 4, 1976
[instrumental]
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
2. Explanation of Artist (:31)
recorded February 1976
[spoken word]
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
3. Goodbye Piano (2:36)
recorded November 5, 1975
Goodbye piano - you're too overweight for me to take you with me
Into the hills, where rings are round the collar
They tell me not to worry 'bout the dollars
If it were not for you, I wouldn't bother, so
Goodbye piano, you're so out of tune that I assume you're dead
Goodbye piano, cause you're so old I should have sold instead
Goodbye piano, you're so out of tune that I assume you're dead
Goodbye piano! It was glorious knowing you the past month or two
But as usual, they're sending me away
because I cannot supply the money they want
But wherever I go I know I'll meet your brothers and sisters
And of course they would gladly let me play their boards all day long
Now you rest right here, okay?
You rest right here like a good little set of keys should
And don't let anyone give you a whipping as long as you live, okay?
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
4. Explanation of Listener (:50)
recorded 1975
[spoken word]
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
5. California Rhythm (3:42)
recorded April 14, 1975
California rhythm
I haven't been there for years
It takes American man too long to get there from here (yay!)
I dig a California season
And you can be by my side
We start a beautiful car and go for a beautiful ride
And if you feel all right with me,
we'll have a real good night for free
Automobile invited, she'll excite us three
Oh if only we could be in California
I dig a California rhythm
And dancing around undressed
But unfortunately young man, I can't go out west
Baby don't cry tonight
you'll burn your eyes
Baby don't cry in the night
there's others of lovers in California rhythm
California rhythm
We probably won't go for years
It takes a lonely ol' man of wealth to get there from here
Baby don't cry tonight
it's not your size
Baby don't cry in the night
there's not one last lover in California rhythm
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
6. I've Begun To Fall in Love (2:05)
recorded May 6, 1975
Carolynn will you come?
Carolynn will you come?
I've begun to fall in love
Carolynn give you fun,
Carolynn give you fun
I've begun to fall in love
Carolynn will you come?
Carolynn will you come?
My heart is swollen up with you
it's all so very new
Carolynn will you come?
Carolynn will you come?
I've begun to fall in love
Carolynn will you come?
Carolynn will you come?
My heart is overflowing now
I'm satisfied somehow
Carolynn will you come?
Carolynn will you come?
I've begun to fall in love
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
7. The Spot (1:19)
recorded February 1976
[spoken word]
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
8. I Want You in My Life (2:25)
recorded January 3, 1976
I love you but I'm angry
I want you in my life
I need you to be true
I want you in my life
I see you too often
Most every twilight
I had you to talk to
I want you in my life
Hold the phone for a minute
you can hold me closely in it
I love you, girl
Hold my hand for a second
You can hold you breath, I reckon
I reckon, girl
Hold this guitar, be careful
Can't you see I've got my hair full
Of heartbreak, girl
I love you so badly
I burn up my light
I miss you to turn to
I want you in my life
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
9. I Wish I Could Sing (4:08)
recorded February 4, 1976
I wish I could sing lullabys to you
can you teach me how?
All I do is talk a melody
but it don't come out a rhapsody
Cover up your ears if you can
you don't know how bad I am
I wish I was Bing, young at 24
entertaining now
When I try to sing a melody
they all throw tomatoes at me
Listen to Sinatra and see
God didn't give that to me
I escaped the draft by my ear
I told them I couldn't hear
Tony Orlando won't teach me
Nobody thinks they can reach me
I wish I could sing on the radio
I could teach me how
All I do is talk a melody
But it don't come out a recipe
I wish I could sing lullabys to you
I wish I could sing lullabys to you
I wish I could sing just as good as you
I wish I could sing harmonies for you
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
10. Theme from A.G (1:20)
(Earle Hagen - Herbert Spencer)
Recorded March 26, 1975
Copyright Larrabee Music (BMI)

11. The Voice (:44)
recorded February 1976
[spoken word]
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
12. Showing Shadows (3:02)
recorded March 16, 1975
Once upon a time there lived a fancy babe
Dressed in shine and ju-ju undertow
Just about to break within a passing day
She was showing shadows
would the morning know?
No no no no no
All around the world there was an interest, yeah
Those with richer circumstance would come
Just upon arrival they would form a line
She was showing shadows
Would the music go?
No no no no no
How about a big one? she would ask you then
On the screen the graphics would not move
Put your money there inside the estrus box
She was showing shadows
would the Texaco?
No no no no no
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
13. She Don't Know What To Do With Herself (3:22)
recorded May 3, 1975
There's a girl over there sittin' up in the chair
I would not be caring if she didn't keep on staring at me hair
Here she comes walking fast with her head in a cast
I should be excited but I'm not all that delighted with her
She don't know what to do with herself
She don't know how to see
She is boring and talks to herself
She don't know a thing about me
As she talks to my ear, I don't know why I'm here
Everything she's stated is usually related to me hair
Though she looks very nice, she could use some advice
No one sees the glory of her formulated story, pity
All she needs is a boy who can show her the ropes
I hope
All she needs is some dope
All she needs is some hope
Now she's gone back to school 'cause she hates ridicule
I could see her crying as I shouted out "goodbye forever"
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
14. The Lariat Wressed Posing Hour (3:52)
recorded February 1976
[spoken word] LIBRETTO
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)

15. I Not Listening (3:14)
recorded January 2, 1974
Fortunate Cookie - no, that's not cool
Most of us don't particularly go school
I not listening to you
I not missing no view
Take my woman down past the gate
Kitty Rivals, no comment left to make
I not listening to you
I not kidding too
Speaker Kitchel catch me write
Disincluded, you thought you'd see me tonight
I not listening to you,
I not listening to me
I not listening to anybody here
You can keep it
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
16. Mr. Nashville (1:36)
recorded February 1976
[spoken word]
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
17. Moons (5:49)
recorded January 12, 1974
Mister Moon, as you sit there enjoying your own glow
I am one of very few souls you'd really like to know
Moon, now that you tell us that your friendly night is here
I shall tell my friends that tonight you're very clear
Yes, I'm gonna tell those who are near
Mister Moon, though you arrived, my friends are all asleep
And so I sit upon a hill so very far beneath
Moon, I can't recall when your light has been so free
I guess you can see me smiling - that is, if you can really see
Yes, I wonder what moons be
Mister Moon, if it wasn't for sunlight, I'd visit you till end
But since it's time to leave - my bed, it can just pretend
Moon, I'll see you later to t-t-talk and sing along
But I'll be damned if I can see that make believe is wrong
So I'll just imagine along
Copyright H.P. Music/Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)

Bonus Tracks
18. Welcome To London (:56)
recorded August 26, 1975
[spoken word]
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
19. You and Me (2:47)
recorded July 9, 1975
You and me at eleven o'clock
try to lengthen the time
Cause I love you and I love you
and I really hate to go
But at least by now you know I'm your boy
You and me at eleven o'clock
listen to our last song
Cause I love you and I love you
and I really hate to go
Every day I love you more, lovely chicken
I wish that I could stay all the day
You and me at the curfew hour
I don't want you to cry
Cause I love you and I'll miss you
Cause I really hate to go
But at least by now you know I'm your boy
Don't want to get you in trouble, oh no no
Don't want to see you in shambles
Standing up at eleven o'clock
wipe the tears from your eyes
Cause I love you and I love you
And I really hate to go
Cause I realize it so, you and me
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
20. Wayne Wayne Go Away (4:50)
recorded February 19, 1975
I took my love onto the beach
We swam alone until he came
It got so bad I had to tell him
Wayne Wayne, go away
you don't belong here
In nineteen hundred seventy-two
There was a boy much bigger than you
He used to smile and stick out his tongue
Remember he was so very young
I took my love onto the beach
We swam alone out of his reach
It got so deep I had to tell him
Wayne Wayne, go away
you don't belong here
His mother never gave him a spank
He was a boy as big as a tank
I should have gave him some of my fist
But Mama Mama wouldn't like this
He had a big black tire to float
It made him look like Jupiter's boat
He used to say he liked eating shark
And like a tree he knew how to bark
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
21. Forecast (2:00)
recorded February 24, 1975
Will it snow snow snow?
I don't know know know
Will the weather be forever?
You won't know till you wake up and see tomorrow
Barometa pressure's down fifty percent
cause the raindrop index is high
Expect a temperature of 80 below
you can kiss your thermometer bye
Coldfront, warmfront, drinkin' the rain
Till the oceanic bottle is dry
Hurricane Betsy is at it again
you could call it rejuvenation
No such thing as a fair sky
cold showers aren't too much fun
Lightning zaps and thunder claps
and the stars have eaten the sun
Bob Lobertini has frozen his weenie
and the clouds are gettin' too think
Smoke 'n' fog 'n' foke 'n' smog
don't this weatherman kick?
And everytime the day change, try to rearrange
Somethin' tells me I'm gettin' sick
Differential time zone 79
the air pressure is nearly on ten
Numbers in mud on the radar, bud
yesterday's with us again
High humidity, my stupidity
perspiration killed five men
Don't go outside
Will the weather be forever?
You won't know till you wake up and die tomorrow
You won't know till you wake up and die
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
22. Why Should I Love You
recorded March 18, 1975
I am stuck here with a bottle of beer
and I love you
You have been gone with him far too much long
and I care
Why should I love you
asthma chazza doo (I wanna sing)
Why should I love you
Yeah uh-huh alright come on
Nobody told me that you could be cold
so I loved you
Just how you talked to me
just how we walked as a pair
Why should I love you
now you're never true (I wanna sing)
Why should I love you
yeah uh-huh alright come on
Every night of lies, I wanna cry
Falling, my friend
She won't compromise, I wanna die
Suicide won't do, so...
I'll go away so you can't hear me say
that I love you
Then you will see what it's like without me
in your hair
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
23. Dates (4:59)
recorded April 1973
Mrs. Josianna Smith, now now
Can I have a kiss, now now
Love you anyway, now now
Can I spend today, now now, with you?
I took her to the liquor store
She smiled, she was asking for
the best I could get
So I gave her some promises
Josianna come, now now
Serve you little rum, now now
Mrs. Deboreah Jones, now now
Call you on the phone, now now
Love you anyway, now now
Physically play, now now, with you
I took her to the movie show
She smiled and she made me
lift her skirt to her head
So I made her some promises
Deborah please, now now
Lemme see you tease, now now
Who is left to ask, now now
Lemme make a pass, now now
Love me anyway, now now
Don't know what to say, now now, to you
Bom dooby dooby wah
I need just a little bit more
close the door
I can't make no more promises
Say me no promises
say me no promises
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
24. Hobbies Galore (4:10)
recorded May 28, 1975
Nobody's here, quiet soft air
Play solitarian life
I notice my hands giving me loud applause
If you're a goat, you don't mind
Gee, it's good to be home, hobbies galore
Don't you engage in a craft?
Don't you like it alone, locked behind doors
Take a test, do your best
passing the grade every time
Busy in love, cutting out stuff
Writing the melodies light
Ten pounds a day isn't the kind of bread
One would expect to be mine
But there's always home, hobbies galore
Why doesn't somebody talk?
Don't you like me a lot, locked behind doors
Where you at? Where'm I at?
Walking the floor over you
You, you, I'm going through
I'm going to
Display my hobbies galore just for you
Nobody's here, what do I care?
Painting a musical night
Y'throwing me away, apathy blinded you
Just when my hobbies are right
Gee, it's good to be home, hobbies galore
So much to do I forget
Don't you think you can help, locked behind doors
Do your part, fill your heart
Steal something else that is new
New, new, I'm growing through
I'm going to
Display my hobbies galore just for you
Copyright Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP)
25. Because We're the Dig (5:15)
(Victor Lovera)
recorded June 2, 1975
Copyright Food To Eat


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