Puppies Are Nature's Rainbows

by Dr. Something

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1.
Marvin Cone 02:53
The oily clouds last night reminded me of Marvin Cone And all his paintings of big sky at the Cedar Rapids art museum, I wondered, was he ever jealous of Grant Wood For being much more famous than him, While rendering an Iowa thunderhead as none other could? The war they used to call great, and his skills as a Francophone Brought him to France in the army, then art school in Montpellier, But soon he left the warm shores of South France, Went back to Cedar Rapids again, Became a local hero and stayed there for the rest of his life As a Regionalist, his work was the cream of the crop, Vibrant landscapes and skyscapes, and dark farmhouse corridors, And how I wish the rolling hills of his heartland Still looked as he had captured them, And not just ADM signs in a monoculture ocean of corn
2.
Life Inside 01:49
Rest in your cave in the sky, It breathes hollow and dry, Silent ghost by your side Chilly chassis of chrome Helps you feel right at home, Keep life safely inside Life inside, death in light Parsing the glow for a sign Someone’s on the other side Of these vacant, noisy wires, But they’ve no shits left to give It’s your own hell to live, Your own stifled desire Life inside, death in light
3.
Any day in Clackamas, a junkie enters the bike path from another dimension Just dodging a buzzing swarm of flying road bikes through benign intervention Likewise, the peleton faces a narrow escape at the very next crossing Some asshole in an Escalade runs the light, but the cyclists swerve just in time To remain alive, Just scraping by C-L-A-C-K-A… más o menos Hey, are you doing Okay? Más o menos Are you okay? ¿Estás bien? Más o menos C-L-A-C-K-A… más o menos It’s hard to tell some days, más o menos Are we okay? ¿Estamos bien? Más o menos Best to stay behind steel and glass, these roads and paths are no place for frail human bodies Concrete cascades through the trees, wraps the fields and the hillsides in motorized moats Spending all day in a cubicle, spending all day in the strip mall making food slop for strangers, Gazing so longingly across the freeway At beautiful mountains, Close, as the crow flies into the windshield C-L-A-C-K-A… más o menos Hey, are you doing Okay? Más o menos Are you okay? ¿Estás bien? Más o menos C-L-A-C-K-A… más o menos It’s hard to tell some days, más o menos Are we okay? ¿Estamos bien? Más o menos So we'll take what we can get Lower expectations till they're met Subsistence levels of joy and human contact C-L-A-C-K-A… más o menos Hey, are you doing Okay? Más o menos Are you okay? ¿Estás bien? Más o menos C-L-A-C-K-A… más o menos It’s hard to tell some days, más o menos Are we okay? ¿Estamos bien? Más o menos
4.
My phone's been dead for days, Got no calls anyway, And nothing to say There is no silence here, Not like when I'm home, But still I feel just as alone It's so crowded and desolate Crying in a Cubicle Keep it soft and respectable Bleed out with no mess The patter of clicking keys And glow of computer screens Brings solitude without solace And since I have to stay, I'll just pull through the day As muted tears fall There's so much work to do, Guess I'll just make do Cloaked by these modular walls It's so crowded and desolate Crying in a Cubicle Keep it soft and respectable Bleed out with no mess The patter of clicking keys And glow of computer screens Brings solitude without solace
5.
I love you the way only a fool could love you You haunt me as only a fresh apparition could do You tear out of meat swaddling Still green and segmented And no one knows or gives a shit why Crawl around, hug the ground, Where you'll go, where you're from Sometimes nothing changes your life, Sometimes nothing changes your life You trace silhouettes so your world won't be invisible I silence myself so I may covertly observe Leaning translucent bristles Bundle tight but that doesn't Mean our lives will ever be so aligned Just a brush and a brush, Side by side, nothing more Sometimes nothing changes your life Sometimes nothing changes my life I love you the way only a fool could love you
6.
Life is good when you have an accordion In your arms to hold and squeeze Life is good when you've got a grand piano To play all day, to tinkle and tease Give us some keys, if you please, Hammers and reeds, oh yes indeed! Come sing along, squeeze and tinkle this song Spread it everywhere like an infectious disease Ooooh ooooh aaaah Ooooh ooooh aaaah Ooooh ooooh aaaah Ooooh ooooh aaaah Life is good when you have an accordion In your arms to hold and squeeze Life is good when you've got a grand piano To play all day, to tinkle and tease
7.
The cat’s in the cold cuts, she’s resourceful that way There is nothing I can do, the world is her footpath The brakes on my bike just gave out in the rain, So I decided to hold on for dear death, ‘Cause the best minds have been bought, Then destroyed, then laid off, Then replaced with less expensive models. The best we can do now Is watch waters rise and then Laugh at our obsolete goals The cat’s in the pantry, and the fish are on their own, Adrift in this world, with no corporate sponsor The stakes got so high that they toppled to the ground, Now we’re alone in our fight to stick together. ‘Cause the best minds have been bought, Then destroyed, then laid off, Then replaced with less expensive models. The best we can do now Is watch waters rise and then Laugh at our obsolete goals I bet we’ll miss being human, Miss our power of language, But some DNA must linger As life carries on
8.
Not Amused 04:17
I can’t keep bending this way, I’m gonna break, And I’m already feeling sore Your stage directions are wearing me down, Can’t play this part anymore ‘Cause I’m not a muse, and I’m not amused, I’m not gonna wait here all night long There’s no use in molding me to fit where I don’t belong I’m bowing out; this is the end, I’m done reading this script you’ve penned It’s not like I’ve no other choice, I’ve got my own words and my own voice, I’ve got my own words and my own voice I’m weary of this Pygmalion trope It will do little to change my taste Now I’ve got plans that you won’t appreciate, And I won’t let them go to waste ‘Cause I’m not a muse, and I’m not amused, I’m not gonna wait here all night long, You won't mold me to fit where I don’t belong I’m bowing out; this is the end, I’m done reading this script you’ve penned It’s not like I’ve no other choice, I’ve got my own words and my own voice, I’ve got my own words and my own voice I can’t keep bending this way, I’m gonna break, And I’m already feeling sore
9.
Puppies are nature's rainbows And kittens are gifts from evolution And otters with dripping whiskers Can calm your heart, please your brain Why not dream through the pain? When you are barfing and groaning and sore, Just think of things that you adore It might not make you feel better, but it could, So dream of blithe contrivances galore Cute fuzzy creatures and visions of love, A placid lake, or roaring waterfall, That which is calm or exciting and fun Can soothe you when you're in illness's thrall 'Cause puppies are nature's rainbows And kittens are gifts from evolution And otters with dripping whiskers Can calm your heart, please your brain Why not dream through the pain? Popsicle sunsets precede lollipop moons And cotton candy clouds that taste so fine There is so much celestial crap That you can cram with sugar in your mind But I suppose if nausea's your curse, These images won't seem so sweet Let's turn our focus to other glad thoughts With positivity we can't be beat What's that you say? My advice is null, 'Cause phantom jackhammers Keep pounding your skull, That my platitudes Incite rage and not hope, This isn't helping you to cope, But puppies are nature's rainbows And kittens are gifts from evolution And otters with dripping whiskers Can calm your heart, please your brain Why not dream through the pain?
10.
Should not have eaten spurious leftovers, But that’s hard to remedy now I caught the westbound MAX at an inopportune time, And now I’d better think fast lest I shit my pants I wish we hadn’t just left Hollywood, There’s a grocery store right near there We were headed downtown, where public restrooms are so scarce, But at the Lloyd Center stop, I knew I had my chance It was gonna be a shitsplosion at the Lloyd Center Macy’s Gotta look nonchalant and make a beeline to the bathroom It was the first sign I saw in this god-forsaken mall, May I please my salvation in its waste disposal station, I prayed to the void! So I bolted ‘cross the grass of the dingy park With an awkward and penguin-like gait Toward that red-labeled concrete slab just to the North, And then I entered that box of bright lights, perfume and socks It was gonna be a shitsplosion at the Lloyd Center Macy’s Gotta look nonchalant and make a beeline to the bathroom It was the first sign I saw in this god-forsaken mall, May I please my salvation in its waste disposal station, I prayed to the void! Tried to downplay my sweat and my urgency, Feigned some interest in the housewares, I caught the escalator while avoiding strangers’ stares Then in the corner I saw the loveliest sight of all It was time for a shitsplosion at the Lloyd Center Macy’s Gotta look nonchalant and make a beeline to the bathroom I made it just in time to save these lucky pants of mine I truly found salvation in this waste disposal station And there I reached a place of sweet relief, Where my previous worries were expelled from my soul Sure, there was pain, but it mercifully subsided When I’d cleansed my body and accomplished my goal

credits

released December 2, 2014

All songs written, produced, recorded and mixed by Alison Dennis in a bedroom and a garage, with drum recording assistance from Mike Chastain
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion Mastering

Alison Dennis: vocals, piano/keyboards, clarinet, tenor saxophone, bass, acoustic guitar, accordion, programmed drums, and cover art

Mike Chastain: Drums

Special thanks to Jason Ferris for letting me use his garage, and to Jake, Jason, Joanie, Kevin, Martin, and Mike for songwriting and recording advice and encouragement.

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The project of longtime Portland songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alison Dennis, Dr. Something uses imaginative instrumental and vocal textures alongside humorous, emotionally trenchant lyrics to create engaging chamber pop that blurs the line between art and novelty. ... more

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