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On the Measure of Love and Distance

by Strangelove Labs

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US-101 05:01
It's hard to tell the hills from the clouds today Maybe I'll take a wrong turn, discover heaven's just another suburb Choking though the Novato Narrows Commuters weaving into my lane, but I won't hold 'em to blame 'Cause I got nothing but time today I'm just rolling along, blasting my favorite songs Checking out the old Redwood Highway Eucalyptus has spread, controlled burn up ahead CHORUS And it all seems a bit too easy With the windows rolled down, soaking up all the December sun Makes me feel a bit queasy Are the pieces falling into place or am I falling to pieces The bridge materializes in front of me Trusting that the whole span is there, heading south without a care I'm driving into oblivion There's a toll coming up soon, but for now I'm enjoying the view CHORUS Among the Camrys and the Kias I seem to be the only Pontiac I'm feeling out of whack Like a pine among the palms And the traffic's setting such a frantic pace I'm feeling out of place CHORUS
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Bay Bridge 04:03
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Martha, oh Martha, on your perch in your pagoda The children and tourists they all wanna go to Vine Street in Avondale, the Cincinnati Zoo The only place that they can see a specimen like you Martha, I wonder, do pigeons ever dream? And if They do, I wonder, what visions do you see? A ribbon, a mile wide across the Midwest sky A ripple blotting out the sun for hours at a time? Or do they take you back to the Petoskey nesting grounds Where men with nets and boys with clubs are lurking all around Smoked and shucked, poked and plucked, shipped off in one great glut And you try to open up your eyes to find they've been sewn shut Or maybe you dream of meeting someone else like you A fine feathered friend with whom to share a gentle coo You've lived a long time now, at least for a pigeon So close your eyes, there's time yet for one final pigeon vision Martha, when you fall from your perch in your pagoda I know where your tiny lifeless body's gonna go to The children and tourists on the nation's mall Will see you and ponder the great cruelty of it all A monument to senselessness A shrine to our shortsightedness A permanent exhibit
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Hello distant stranger, I've been wonderin' where you've been I missin', I'm kissin', your arms as they draw so near Your shadow has me guessin', is what I see a façade To dance with, romance with, my gut's tellin' me that it's too hard I've been quite mistaken, of what I have been chasin' The silly things, the careless dreams of you Welcome back my darlin', I've been dreamin' of you so long, Driftin', reminiscin', the time when I heard our song The door way was wide open, for you to come back and play You tease me, believe me, I've got a few things I've got to say I've been quite mistakin', of what I have been chasin' The silly things, the careless dreams of you You knock at my door, do I really want more? I've got to stop and think, maybe I need a drink Was I wastin' my time, thinkin' I was first in line? I didn't see the truth, even with all this proof Your news ain't so good, I don't think I should So please I release your disease Goodbye distant stranger, you're not wanted here anymore You're twisted, you've persisted now I think you better head toward the door Freedom brings me pleasure, no more reason for you to stay Look out now, I'm sayin', "Ciao" Lookin' forward to a brand new day I've been quite mistakin, of what I have been chasin The silly things, the careles dreams of you....are over
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The Hoax 03:36
You've been called into question When I survey this wreck In my expert opinion Your authenticity's suspect Every promise that you made Every passionate decree Every whisper in the dark Was just a forgery, forgery, forgery, forgery CHORUS: You can take all your love Stamp it in a plate of brass Hold a press conference, yeah, But that won't make it true I trust you 'bout as much As Sir Francis Drake's fake plaque Sir Francis Drake's fake plaque If you every find my heart While you're cleaning out your trunk Do me a favor and just fling it Go on and treat it like junk Don't bother calling a museum Or keep it hermetically enshrined Leave it lying on the roadside For someone else to find, else to find, else to find, else to find CHORUS Be it known to all men And by the grace of God That I declare her majesty Unfaithful and untrue You really messed up You know you should have fessed up Before it got so out of hand Before I went and fell for you CHORUS
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I'm such a fool and your words were so cruel, and the love that you showed me was so thin The feelings I had were majority sad, and all you could do was show me a grin I think I learned my lesson, 'cause you were just pretendin' To like me, to spite me, so you could just look good When you're awake all you do is just take, all my energy is left bone dry Taking advantage and causing a rampage, my heart exhales a giant sigh I think I learned my lesson, 'cause you were just pretendin' To like me, to spite me, so you could just look good There is a time and a place, when you can let go of the race To be the best, man there is, but I won't swoon for you no more Take off your coat full of ego and gloat, 'cause there no more room for that over here Go look inside of your heart full of pride, and unlock your hidden box of fear I think I learned my lesson, 'cause you were just pretendin' To like me, to spite me, so you could just look good Leave you games behind you, move along with your view I've moved on form you, don't need your bad news Anymore......
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i've got a handheld baby She never wants to be set down i've got a handheld baby She cries when i'm not around i've got a handheld baby my feet are sore, my wrists are shot i've got a handheld baby my back's tied in one big knot CHORUS When will you ever go down? When will you ever go down, my darling? Not to interrupt But the sun's coming up And I wonder, will you ever go down? i've got a handheld baby she likes to flail her arms around i've got a handheld baby you can try, but she won't be bound i've got a handheld baby She has a sixth sense 'bout her bassinet i've got a handheld baby the thought causes her to fret CHORUS i've got a hand-held baby I wrote this song with just one arm i've got a hand-held baby At least i know she's safe from hasrm i've got a hand-held baby for you alone, i stay up past 3 i've got a hand-held baby that's how much you mean to me CHORUS

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Our debut full-length album. We're excited to submit it for peer review.

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released May 30, 2015

Bill Chapin
Vocals, bouzouki & mandolin

Lauren Minis
Vocals & ukulele

Josh Stolaroff
Vocals, keyboards, drums

Recorded and mixed by Strangelove Labs at their secret testing facility in Oakland, CA, except tracks 3 and 6, recorded at Petting Zoo Studio of Oakland, CA. Mastered by Ben Bernstein of Petting Zoo Studio.

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Strangelove Labs Oakland, California

For almost a year, ominous rumors have been privately circulating among high-level Western leaders that a trio of musicians were at work on the ultimate musical weapon: A crossbreed of vintage keyboard sounds with oddball stringed instruments, built on vocal harmonies and pop grooves as pure and natural as our precious bodily fluids. ... more

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