Infinite Regression

by The Special Pillow

supported by
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 USD  or more

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 7 The Special Pillow releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of 1921, World's Finest, Sleeping Weird, A Billion Years Ago, Hudson River Dreamboat, At the Earth's Core, and Infinite Regression. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $18.20 USD or more (35% OFF)

     

1.
To No Avail 02:32
You say that you believe that you can fly You tell me I can make it if I try Tell me the check is in the mail I’m following your breadcrumb trail I’m keeping on to no avail Tell me that promised land is up ahead That war is over and that punk’s not dead Teaspooned a tunnel out of jail To drink from your unholy grail I’m pressing on to no avail Everyone Should dream some stupid dream Till dreamtime’s done
2.
Your diary key swallowed impulsively but not by me I lived the Reader’s Digest version My Christmas tree festooned with frippery haphazardly devouring your best tree surgeon ************************* Our family curse wasn’t written in free verse We’ve got it made in retrograde Our family jewels melt into tepid pools We’ve got it made in retrograde *************************** So far off-track I’m bringing backward back My direct station’s closed on days that end in y (and “why not”)
3.
Workaround 02:59
Splish, splash You were casting your curse in the bath Engraved in Latin, cause it had to last Meanwhile the cursed tongue curled up and died A spit spun By a little dog inside a wheel Although it may prepare the perfect meal’s A canine wound to kitchen pride But what’s a Baskerville without a hound? Well, I’ve been working on a workaround Wherein the one that turns the spit’s not me And it’s another Frankenstein unbound But, I’ve been working on a workaround Where I’m the one that sets your curses free Ding dong But the song’s wrong, the queen is alive And the bees are thriving in the hive And their honey is the kind you steal Double down dog dare There’s no blood on the moon I’m running round a Neolithic tomb Just like a little dog inside a wheel But what’s a Baskerville without a hound? Well, I’ve been working on a workaround Wherein the one that turns the spit’s not me And it’s another Frankenstein unbound But, I’ve been working on a workaround Where I’m the one that sets your curses free
4.
On the day before the holiday You might have to rent a car I might leave the office early we might have to travel far **************** The third of July we’re on our way but not on time. They’ll leave us behind out of our hands The third of July ****************** It might be a traffic nightmare There might be a flight delay we might wait around the airport and run out of things to say **************** The third of July we’re on our way but not on time. They’ll leave us behind out of our hands The third of July
5.
Ouroboros of distress, what’s your source of bitterness? Let me guess: Has the universe declined to fall in line with your demands? [mine all mine, so fall in line] ******************** You’re heading toward the point of infinite regression You never reach the point of ultimate regret You’re holding on to hope for divine intercession Mad at the world because it hasn’t happened yet *************************** Little engine of dismay, what’s your problem of the day? It’s okay if the universe decides to fall in line with your demands [it’s not mine, don’t cross that line] ******************** You’re heading toward the point of infinite regression You never reach the point of ultimate regret You’re holding on to hope for divine intercession Mad at the world because it hasn’t happened yet
6.
I found a pet plastic moonrock wrapped up in a life-size map of the world You saw a sign on the Sunrise Deli wall: “Olive Loaf No More” I don’t know why you didn’t try harder And I don’t know why you would But when you decide to tell me the reason It better be something good Some fine Canadian whisky Tuesday night at the sports bar, faking it Don’t save all your party time for the weekend You might not last that long I don’t know why you didn’t try harder And I don’t know why you would But when you decide to tell me the reason It better be something good
7.
Love’s a bubble bath Lunch a fatted calf Boredom’s a machine when I’m staring at the screen Life’s a bar of soap Death’s and antelope Boredom’s a machine when I’m staring at the screen Truth is a massage Cheese, aussi fromage Boredom’s a machine and I’m staring at the screen
8.
Cold comfort in the summertime Patio-side screwcap wine Once demonic, twice divine At the wrong end of the line ***************** Once you get started, I can’t wait for it to stop Counting ceiling tiles And unwinding like a clock ******************** Warm welcome for the winter’s tale: Aspirin and pale brown ale There used to be a trace, a trail Now it’s just a dot, dot, dot ***************** Once you get started, I can’t wait for it to stop Eating toilet paper And unwinding like a clock Once I get started, You can’t wait for it to stop Counting ceiling tiles And unwinding like a clock
9.
10.
Coming Soon 07:00
The moment everything is fine Is coming soon some afternoon The time when everything aligns Is down the line But coming soon... *********************** You thought the time would come When you’d make hay from all the gunk That drags you down down down And you will The memory of golden pain Just like a sack of golden grain Is grist for the mill *********************** well I could learn to be contented with the life I’ve got or I could find a box of money in a parking lot or I could mess up everything then try and start again It’s coming soon but I don’t know when well I could learn to be contented with the life I’ve got or I could find a box of money in a parking lot or I could wait and wait and wait, just like I’m waiting now It’s coming soon but I don’t know how
11.
Pressed in a nest with plastic leaves The mockingbird is blocked From clucking at the clock with disapproval Dressed in a vest with drastic sleeves You stamp around the stump Until I get around to its removal ************************** But you can tell that I don’t get around And I can’t see you, airlocked and earthbound ************************************* Beneath a moldy chestnut tree the village smithy lies a jug of wine a loaf of bread and so on And from the plastic orange grove the mocking bird departs But doesn’t leave me anything to go on ************************** And you can tell that I don’t get around But I can’t see you, airlocked and earthbound
12.
The golden days of yore Were never such a bore And now it’s gonna be the same sad story as every time before Boy blunder torn asunder A song will drag you under You say you wonder why it didn’t work, but I don’t wonder Bad luck, bad living And the march of time I don’t know how to stop But I know where to draw the line When everything seems great The fickle fist of fate Says everything’s too much Too soon Too lame Too bad Too late When skies are overcast does light shine from the past? And do you have to be the worst to thirst or be the best to last? Bad luck, bad living And the march of time I don’t know how to stop But I know where to draw the line
13.
14.
15.
16.
Everyone Should dream some stupid dream Till dreamtime’s done

credits

released August 29, 2014

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, a few guitars, percussion
Katie Gentile: violin, viola, vocals, percussion
Peter Stuart: lots of guitars, bass, vocals, electric sitar, mandola, percussion
Peter Walsh: drums, percussion, vocals

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

Mastered by Mitch Rackin

Design by Bonnie Shelden

Thanks: Antietam, Ken Cushman, Amy Herzog, Georgina Keenan, Music Building Room 502 crew, Retrofret, everyone at The Seaside Lounge (especially Charles Burst for tambourine on “Workaround”), Rob Weisberg

www.specialpillow.com
Zofko, 41 First St. #3G, Hoboken, NJ 07030

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

The Special Pillow Hoboken, New Jersey

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

contact / help

Contact The Special Pillow

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

The Special Pillow recommends:

If you like The Special Pillow, you may also like: