May Contain Nuts

by KeyboardRodent

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KeyboardRodent's (a.k.a. Nicholas Tanski's) first original album with vocals, after 10 albums of instrumental music. Comes with 9 bonus tracks (over a half-an-hour more music).

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released July 1, 2011

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Track Name: Around and Around
Stay still,
Can't shoot you if you're swerving
Easy kill,
unworthy and deserving
Uphill,
be careful you don't hurt yourself

All the settings are just right
A switchboard of blinking lights
Distilled down to black or white
This is how I spend my night

Ultrasound,
spinning 'round in circles
Up and down
any way the wind blows
Face the ground
I still chase you
'round and 'round

Can't see
something in my way
Silly me,
my radar display
Would be
finally free from this place

Would things be different if I said 'yes'?
Ease my burden of distress
How did I get in this mess?
I wish I knew, well nevertheless...

I know,
keep this fight civil
Although
my heart's already shriveled
What's that sound?
I still chase you
'round and 'round

Don't think I'm getting soft just 'cause I'm getting old
Don't think I like it warm just 'cause I hate it cold

Ultrasound,
spinning 'round in circles
Up and down
any way the wind blows
Face the ground
I still chase you
'round and 'round

I know,
keep this fight civil
Although
my heart's already shriveled
What's that sound?
I still chase you
'round and 'round

Ultrasound,
spinning 'round in circles
Up and down
any way the wind blows
Face the ground
I still chase you
'round and 'round

I know,
keep this fight civil
Although
my heart's already shriveled
What's that sound?
I still chase you
'round and 'round

Ultrasound,
spinning 'round in circles
Up and down
any way the wind blows
Face the ground
I still chase you
'round and 'round
Track Name: Plus One
Waiting around for the feds to come down
and tell us what our orders are today
Somebody said we're worth more to them dead
but now I wonder if that's true

Everybody's out and about,
nobody is what they say they are
We are all fully aware
that you're all aware of the truth

Everybody else is out with the counter-rhythm
Nobody knows where it goes, but it's safe for now
This here is quite a place we're become,
everyone weighs their weight plus one

Go for a swim in the dream that I'm in
I created it all by myself
Nobody knows about me and it shows,
but I can't blame it all on them

My real name is such a surprise
not to say that I don't like that
Keeping things like that to myself
is why everybody likes me

Everybody else is out with the counter-rhythm
Nobody knows where it goes, but it's safe for now
This here is quite a place we're become,
everyone weighs their weight plus one

Somewhere out there, there's a guy who needs more in living
Somewhere out there, there's a name that needs something else
Nobody knows why it is, but it's just the facts:
everyone weighs their weight plus one

(Floating through space
is easier when you can't do it)

Everybody else is out with the counter-rhythm
Nobody knows where it goes, but it's safe for now
This here is quite a place we're become,
everyone weighs their weight plus one

I don't know your name but mine is the same;
we must have been separated at birth
I don't know why my love makes them cry
but I don't worry about that

Somewhere in outer space,
aliens are laughing at us
You can hear them if you try
Listen closely late at night

Everybody else is out with the counter-rhythm
Nobody knows where it goes, but it's safe for now
This here is quite a place we're become,
everyone weighs their weight plus one

Somewhere out there, there's a guy who needs more in living
Somewhere out there, there's a name that needs something else
Nobody knows why it is, but it's just the facts:
everyone weighs their weight plus one

Everybody else is out with the counter-rhythm
Nobody knows where it goes, but it's safe for now
This here is quite a place we're become,
everyone weighs their weight plus one

Somewhere out there, there's a guy who needs more in living
Somewhere out there, there's a name that needs something else
Nobody knows why it is, but it's just the facts:
everyone weighs their weight plus one
Track Name: Every Time You Leave
12 o'clock,
still waiting
I think it just turned to 1

Still waiting,
the window
It looked the same last time I looked

Possible,
probable
I never told you how I felt

Similar,
so different
but alike in many ways

I can see the pathway ahead
I always think you're dead
every time you leave

Terrible,
horrible
but kind of nice also

Keep moving,
standing still
too much like December

A moment,
2 seconds
Can't keep this up for long at all

Still waiting,
still hoping
I know that this is foolish

Take the easy route instead
I always think that you're dead
every time you leave

I don't know where you are
Somebody towed away your car
Track Name: Otherwise
Something is chasing me
I don't know what it is but
It's something you can't see
though something you can't miss and
I know it's faster than I've ever been and

I don't know what it wants with me
though I can take a guess
A disenfranchised guarantee
that I can't take unless
I somehow get away though that doesn't seem likely

Otherwise, I'm
Otherwise, I'm

Tell me what I should say
I cannot feel my lungs, I
can't use them anyway
Screams of joy or remain unsung
I somehow think I'd be better off. I

don't think I have the strength
or brains or bones or heart to
outrun the focal length
I knew this from the start but
something within me told me to run 'cause

Otherwise, I'm
Otherwise, I'm

Hurry, it's gaining
only seconds remaining
It knows I'm almost through
If it worked for me, it'll work for you

I think my leg is numb
it's not really working now, it
started here on my thumb
Can't help but wonder how the
rest of them will take this news. You

could try to at least pretend
you care about the outcome
You call yourself a friend?
Can't hear you over the drum
I should think about running faster

Otherwise, I'm
Otherwise, I'm
Otherwise, I'm
'cause otherwise, I'm screwed
Track Name: Naval Mine
Write this down:
I'm watching you
What you hear is not ADR

Plan your route
and follow through
Don't call normal what is quite bizarre

Take your hand
and brush away
any trace of your right of way

Maybe your closest friend
is not what he seems
Maybe he's still alive,
but kept only in your dreams

Just avoid
the naval mine
Out to sea, out to protect the shore

Just forget
the bottom line and
don't think about it anymore

What's that noise,
that clicking sound?
Don't tell me you don't hear it too

Close your eyes,
now turn around
Let's see if the clock is pointing at you

Take your ring
and walk towards me
If you're blind, just pretend you can see

Maybe your childhood dream
is not what you thought
Maybe you keep it alive,
afraid of how bad it got

Just avoid
the naval mine
Out to sea, out to protect the shore

Just forget
the bottom line and
don't think about it anymore

Not to fear,
the worst has passed
This is not just the eye of the storm

Take a bow,
fear unsurpassed
You are bad at being misinformed

Take your hand
and brush away
any trace of your right of way

Maybe your closest friend
is not what he seems
Maybe he's still alive,
but kept only in your dreams

Just avoid
the naval mine
Out to sea, out to protect the shore

What's yours is yours,
what's mine is mine
I'll be okay, just give me some time
Track Name: Mr. Adjective
Hiding in the dark,
knowing he's around here
A lightening bolt question mark
with an ability I don't have

Is it the way I dress,
or the way I look or seem or taste?
He'd prefer if I said 'yes',
but that doesn't change my mind

Most go either way,
but he remains on the side
Unfortunately for me,
immortality is not implied with Mr. Adjective

I don't know his name
but it begins with a letter
Colors from a video game
that I don't recognize

I don't want to leave
and I think that's what he likes about it
With nothing up my sleeve,
I vanish without a trace

Most can go without
I guess he's not one of them
I don't even know what this is about
but that doesn't mean I don't know Mr. Adjective

He's out there waiting for me
I can't stay in here all day
Why is red all I see?
I guess he just went away
What's that sound?

Where am I?
Why can't I move?
What's that thumping sound?
Does this mean that you've...?
Track Name: Paper Napkin Empire Fortune
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I'm sorry for your loss
I'm afraid your dear old uncle isn't with us anymore

It really was a blessing,
he was so ill
It's times like these we must focus on the good

So, allow me
to tell you the good news
I'm pleased to tell you that you are the heir (to a)

Paper napkin empire fortune
Paper napkin empire fortune

20 million dollars will be sent to your account
Plus, there's 5% of every pack we sell from now

I've crunched the numbers,
carried all the 1s,
rounded up and rounded off and the check has been signed

I'm sure you've
heard of Johnson Brand®,
making quality napkins since 1985

Paper napkin empire fortune
Paper napkin empire fortune
Paper napkin empire fortune
Yes, it is
Paper napkin empire fortune

Well, Mr. Johnson
the business is shored up
I'm sure your dear old uncle would be so proud of you

I know you'll miss him
all of us will too
Although you never met, I'm sure your love was strong

Paper napkin empire fortune
Paper napkin empire fortune
Paper napkin empire fortune
Yes, it is. It's a
Paper napkin empire fortune
Track Name: Feline
The floor
down where your claws are pressed
Ignore
a tearful final request

I could have sworn I heard you sigh
as you draw out this last goodbye

Feline, oh feline
My poisoned dream
Somehow you see through my lies

Feline, oh feline
It's no surprise
That you'd see the ending
through slitted eyes

Grin
just to keep me in my place
Wherein
the demons are mine to face

I thought you might have been the one
but I guess you're just in this for fun

Feline, oh feline
My silenced scream
You're sure to keep me alone

Feline, oh feline
The truth is shown
Act like it's me who's not grown

I know my place
It's written all over your face

Take my paw
Wouldn't want to break nature's law

Feline, oh feline
My biggest foe
Just take me somewhere that's near

Feline, oh feline
Where will I go?
I can feel nothing but fear

Feline, oh feline
I must confess
I kind of like what you see

Feline, oh feline
Why must we go?
Can't you get someone but me?
Track Name: Take Me Home
Somewhere in the depths of my brain
we enter nostalgia's domain
Warm feelings of memory, life

Golden sunset and early night
the tall buildings and moving lights
Cold, walking, and most of all - home

Vague pictures and images,
sounds, feelings, and thoughts
All distilled down to a
single sound, echoing somewhere in the dark

Not much there,
but what remains
is stronger than anything else
In the end,
from where you roam
dear metal frame,
take me home

Walking home and the end of the ride,
camera recording inside
Don't know which way to go

Trying to catch my interest back then
I think it's something different again
I only see dusk

Don't wake me up,
I'd be much happier asleep
I can hear your heart beat,
so why can't I hear mine?

Not much there,
but what remains
is stronger than anything else
In the end,
from where you roam
dear metal frame,

The colors are all I recall
And sometimes it's nothing at all
A dead end to something I enjoy,
the problems that my memories destroy

Not much there,
but what remains
is stronger than anything else
In the end,
from where you roam
dear metal frame,
take me home
Track Name: Koff
Purple, rock, interior particles
skull and cross bones, power plants, hospitals
Grinning face and vacant eyes
Don't underestimate surprise

Circle, sphere, like tiny volcanoes
eyes that spin, it can't be sane, oh
don't forget it's two big eyes
Is he your friend or your demise?

Floating up and down
Upside-down, his smile's a frown
Don't get too close, he could go off
Hold your breath...
Koff

Outward, upward, small explosions
Less material, rock, erosion
Grinning, grinning, kinda creepy
Feel light headed, kind of sleepy

Staring, simple, downward motion
Like he's bobbing in the ocean
Is he looking at me or you?
Does he even have a point of view?

Floating up and down
Upside-down, his smile's a frown
Don't get too close, he could go off
Hold your breath...
He tells me him name
The danger still remains
Just stay quiet, don't tick him off
Close your eyes...
Koff

Slowly, surely, step away
Don't turn your back or DNA
Just keep moving, don't let him focus
There's a chance he might not notice

Start to run, just don't look back
We won't survive if he attacks
I'm sorry for the bad I've done
Oh, shit...run

*BOOM!*
Track Name: AutoFocus
I've had enough
I think I'm leaving now
I've got better things to do

Pack my stuff,
call myself a cab
get me far away from you

Like a hungry predator,
didn't take you long to strike
Didn't matter what I was;
you see everyone alike

I guess you think
just because there are more of you,
we wouldn't stick up for ourselves
Looks like you're wrong,
and I'll tell you something else:
we're not alone

Life's much easier with autofocus on

Here I was,
about to leave my house
when you happened to walk by

Talk to me,
tell me how it feels
to see life through a compound eye

Unruly expiration date
It's messing with my perception
I know you probably don't care
bound to your self-deception

I guess you think
just because there are more of you,
we wouldn't stick up for ourselves
Looks like you're wrong,
and I'll tell you something else:
we're not alone

Life's much easier with autofocus on

Low on batteries
How can this be?

How do I look?
Good enough for you?
Well, great news 'cause I don't care

I know your type,
always on the move
and making all of us aware

It took a heart attack to see
but I think I understand
Though the window's cracked a bit,
it's still under my command

I guess you think
just because there are more of you,
we wouldn't stick up for ourselves
Looks like you're wrong,
and I'll tell you something else:
we're not alone

Life's much easier with autofocus

I guess you think
just because there are more of you,
we wouldn't stick up for ourselves
Looks like you're wrong,
and I'll tell you something else:
we're not alone

Life's much easier with autofocus
Life's much easier with autofocus
Life's much easier with autofocus on
Track Name: Abused In an Embrace (Watch Yourself)
This can go either way,
depends how you want to play it
If I'm the predator and you're the prey,
should you fight or just submit?

I could be your only contentment,
hold you when you're scared
Or easily the source of resentment,
waiting to catch you unprepared

How much can you trust the one
in step with all the rest?
Too close to the enemy,
considering how you're dressed

I'm the raindrops and you're the cloud
You're the performer and I'm the crowd
You're an actor but I'm myself
Two words: watch yourself

You already know my case,
but your dreams have made you doubt
Seeing truth in my face,
you've no tools to figure it out

In your macabre position,
you think you have my heart
But was there a larger mission
in my head from the start?

With risks this big,
you know I hold the cards
I've dug deep and figured out
the secrets your heart guards

I'm the raindrops and you're the cloud
You're the performer and I'm the crowd
You're an actor but I'm myself
Two words: watch yourself

You know there's a dark, scary world I can't hide
Always worried you'll just wake up inside (forever)

I'm the raindrops and you're the cloud
You're the performer and I'm the crowd
You're an actor but I'm myself
Two words: watch your...

I'm the raindrops and you're the cloud
You're the performer and I'm the crowd
You're an actor but I'm myself
Two words: watch yourself
Track Name: I Know You
I wish I knew the question;
I think I know the answer
Take this as my confession
Now I just want to talk

I promise I won't hurt you
Don't be afraid, I'm harmless
Don't need you to be see-through,
Just clear enough to see

You think you shouldn't trust me,
You think you want to run
You want to do this later,
Not as safe without the sun

You feel as though you know me, but
not enough to let your guard down
You know a place of danger
Where 'running' is a noun

It's hard to spot the difference
A shake, a squeak, a segment
Between mistake and brilliance,
you call this nightmare home

You think you shouldn't trust me,
You think you're still afraid
You think you'd like to go back
To when this all was made

I'm standing, always there
in the background of your heart
and of the nearby trees
I know the difference and I still choose, never wrong
and I know you

Behind the threat of teardrops,
I hear the hope of silence
Amid the sound of full-stop,
Whatever's wrong is gone

I know you know the story
I know you know I wrote it
The shyness and the glory
now belong to you

You think you know the question
You think that you should ask
Your mind is filled with difference
You slowly drop the mask

I'm standing, always there
in the background of your heart
and of the nearby trees
I know the difference and I still choose, never wrong
and I know you

Waiting in the darkness,
afraid of everything
Standing on the cliffside,
just waiting for wings

I'm standing, always there
in the background of your heart
and of the nearby trees
I know the difference and I still choose, never wrong
and I know you

I'm standing, always there
in the background of your heart
and of the nearby trees
I have the feeling you know my feelings, only hope
and I know...