At the Earth's Core

by The Special Pillow

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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?
2.
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
3.
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?
4.
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 *********************** 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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
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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
10.
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 ************************************** 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
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credits

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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For the past two decades, The Special Pillow have operated from the margins of the marginal, creating a distinctive string- driven sound—a heady brew encompassing concise ’60s-flavored pop gems, dreamy psychedelic reveries, and a propulsive drive redolent of the antipodean indie acts of the ‘80s. ... more

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