At the Earth's Core

by The Special Pillow

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released August 18, 2016

Songs by Dan Cuddy (c) Superb Rain Songs (BMI), administered by Rough Trade Publishing

Arranged and performed by the Special Pillow:

Dan Cuddy: vocals, bass, keyboards, moon guitar, melodica, slide whistle, cowbell

Katie Gentile: violin, viola, vocals

Peter Stuart: all kindsa guitars, vocals, six-string and eight-string bass, mandola, mandocello, electric sitar

Eric Marc Cohen: drums, percussion, vocals

Debby Schwartz: vocals, tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9


Recorded and mixed by Mitch Rackin at The Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY • Mastered by Mitch Rackin

Design by Bonnie Shelden

Thanks a million: Rob Weisberg, Georgina Keenan (angry woman with a bullhorn). Ken Cushman, Retrofret, Joe Belock, and WFMU in general.

Special thanks to Yo La Tengo for the jetpack and Sleepyhead for the life raft.

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Track Name: At the Earth's Core
Is there no love in this world any more?
Are there no dinosaurs at the Earth’s core?

What good is my jet pack if you don’t love me?
What good is my mole car if you don’t love me?

And is the love that lived inside of me
Now twenty-thousand leagues under the sea?

What good is my death ray if you don’t love me?
What good is my life raft if you don’t love me?
Track Name: Un-Free Associate
Un-free associate
That’s inappropriate
Let’s disassociate right now

If you want a dispensation
Better try another station

I don’t know what you mean by that
I don’t understand you
And I can’t use my imagination

Un-free associate
That’s inappropriate
Let’s disassociate right now

If you want emancipation
Contemplate regurgitation

I don’t know what you mean by that
I don’t understand you
And I can’t use my imagination

I can’t use my imagination
Track Name: An Overwhelming No
Can I get a witness?
That’s an overwhelming NO
I can smell it every time you mention
Flood insurance
Life extension

Oh
Is the head that fed me married to the mud?
Is the lede I buried thinner than my blood?

Does it make a difference?
That’s an overwhelming NO
I can taste it in the tears you cry
For Sound Exchange and Spotify

And Oh
Is the Spy Who Bugged Me handy with a knife?
Is the social wetwork slices of your life?

Can I get a witness?
Does it make a difference?
Is it bad for business?
Shall I light some incense?
Track Name: (We Will Never) Split the Difference
If I ever got a handle
On the handle of your door
I would wax me up a mustache
And give myself a guided tour

Well, the handlebar was tender
Just as tender as the night
If I knew you were a termite
I would offer you a bite

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But we will never split the difference
We will never meet halfway
You don’t have to rub it in, though
And I don’t have to seize the day
******************************
I’ve got gift for wishful fiction
And the gist of ancient lore
You might want to write this part down
If you haven’t done before

***********************
We will never split the difference
We will never meet halfway
You don’t have to rub it in, though
And I don’t have to seize the day
Track Name: Dangling and Dying
low down on the totem pole of importance
lowest branch on the tree of destiny
I’ll keep hanging round just dangling and dying
cause you’re not dangling next to me

last drop in the gravy boat of existence
last stop on the bus to misery
I’ll keep hanging round just dangling and dying
cause you’re not dangling next to me

that may sound negative
but positivity’s
not a good look for me
I’ll catch you on the flip side

top drawer in the armoire of oblivion
top star in the antimatter galaxy
I’ll keep hanging round just dangling and dying
cause you’re not dangling next to me
Track Name: All That We Say (and Don't Say)
We walk on a cold night
Ice under the streetlight

And on the way home
We’ll find ourselves alone
Everything goes away

All that we say and don’t say

We walk on a warm night
Spring under the streetlight

And on the way home
We’ll find ourselves alone
Everything goes away

All that we say and don’t say
Track Name: The Challenge of Getting "Out There"
Like baking soda on a bee-sting
You know it’s a sure thing
You know that it works just like a charm

Like flies in Kool-Aid on a warm night
You know that you’ve got it right
You’re on your way to buy the farm
*********************************************
Go to the store
And bang on the door,
Up to the challenge
Of getting out there

Fall on the floor
Exactly where you are,
Forget the challenge
Of getting out there

Like yellow jackets in a dollhouse
You look for a nylon blouse
When you want to wear the best

A praying mantis lives in the milk box
You know how a queen talks
When she lures you to her nest

Go to the store
And bang on the door,
Up to the challenge
Of getting out there

Fall on the floor
Exactly where you are,
Forget the challenge
Of getting out there
Track Name: Mystery Train 3000
This train is out of service
Only the wall side will open
Because of a police action
Because of a signal problem

After an earlier incident
After an earlier incident

This is the train to Hoboken
Only the floor side will open
Because of a Newark drawbridge
Because of a sick passenger

After an earlier incident
After an earlier incident

This train is bound for mystery
That train is ancient history
Track Name: Rightfully Left
It’s over like a draft
Over like a kill
Over like a comb-over
Overdone and still
It isn’t over
********************
It’s still around and bathed in eerie light
Yes, it’s risen from the grave and now it’s bathed in eerie light
And it was rightfully left on the wrong side of right

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It’s over like an overdub
Over like a shot
Over like an overnight bag
Over, but guess what?
It isn’t over
***************************************
It’s still around and bathed in eerie light
Yes, it’s risen from the grave and now it’s bathed in eerie light
And it was rightfully left on the wrong side of right