The Motion Sick – Lyrics

SONG TITLE: Thundarr

TIME SIGNATURE: 6/8
KEY: A#
Notes: Capo 3

A# Gm D# F

A# Gm

And I keep in my pocket some radioactive waste

D# F A#

that way I know, that way I know this won’t happen again

and I keep in my locket a picture of perfect confined to a face

that way I know, that way I know she’s who she claims

and my concept of beauty is not just the standard names

none of the painted, none of the ossified, none of the fame

A#

it’s not like something that matters

Gm

like a comet entering your space

D# F A#

causing extinction, splitting the moon on its way

A# Gm

when I close my eyes, motionless and safe

F D# A#

I make up a smell, I make up a voice, I make up a name

I keep in my stomach, an ulcer of hope dripping with rage

that way I know, that way I feel you enter my veins

I follow the pathways, but they always converge at the same place

the road not taken is just the same as the usual way

my eyes in their sockets see all of these things that wrinkle my brain

and that’s why I feel, that’s why I act so out place

it’s not like something that matters

like a comet entering your space

causing extinction, splitting the moon on its way

when I close my eyes, motionless and safe

I make up a smell, I make up a voice, I make up a name

SONG TITLE: Satellite
TIME SIGNATURE: 4/4
KEY: F – cap5 – C G Am C

F C Dm

Even if I had a satellite

Bb F

I could never reach your brain

even if I had a Marshall stack

I couldn’t amplify your name

and even if I had a time machine

I could never get it right

sometimes there’s just no possibility

of having someone in your life

F C Dm

every depressing song rings so true (down)

F C Dm

every depressing song rings so true (up)

F C F

it’ll never be the same without you (2xspeed) (pushing)

even if I had a flamethrower

I could never start a fire

and even with a couple atom bombs

you won’t be burning with desire

but if I could find my UFO

you know I’d fly so far away

and if I knew what else to do

I wouldn’t sleep away the day

every depressing song rings so true

every depressing song rings so true

it’ll never be the same without you (2xspeed)

F C

the bigger they are the harder they fall

Dm Bb F

but size never matters at the end of it all

the bigger they are the harder they fall

but size never matters at the end of it all

the bigger they are the harder they fall

but size never matters at the end of it all

the bigger they are the harder they fall

but nothing ever matters at the end of it all

Even if I had a satellite, I could never get it right

SONG TITLE: Pre-existing Condition

TIME SIGNATURE: 4/4
KEY: F – cap 5

F C(add F?) A#

let’s go for a walk in the moonlight

so I can fail to say what I feel

cause your green eyes make everything

Dm C(add F?) F

too difficult to reveal

I wrote you a thousand letters

and you said every word made sense

but I know that you haven’t gotten around

to reading a single one yet

Dm A# F

I learned to run away before I could crawl

Dm A# C(add F??)

I used to play third base and then I dropped the ball

Dm A# C(add F??)

everyone only remembers your mistakes

I lost half of my lovers by telling the truth

lost the other half telling them lies

now you roll back your eyes and fall asleep

like my grandmother did when she died

Sit back and just paint me a nervous smile

and sigh with every muscle taut

and I’ll never stop thinking about the way

you were too scared to say what you thought

I learned to run away before I could crawl

I used to play third base and then I dropped the ball

everyone only remembers your mistakes

everyone only remembers your mistakes

SONG TITLE: Dead Letter Officer

TIME SIGNATURE: ¾
TEMPO: 200 BPM
KEY: D / E

(1/2 instr space)

D G A

I hold more unfulfilled dreams than a dead letter officer

So many it seems that can never come true

I still believe no matter how stupid

that everything will work out with you (quick end)

and my only hope is the dead letter officer

delivering what I am too scared to do

if I rely on my own hope and courage

then none of these dreams will ever come true (hold ev)

(1 step up)

E A B

but I don’t believe in love

‘cause I watch too much TV

I don’t believe in anything

but I believe that you’ll be here with me

so I just rely on my dead letter officer

to send all my unaddresssed thoughts on their way

and when there’s some chance that one of them reaches you

There’s enough hope to go on for one day

so I wait every day for that dead letter officer

to bring all my secrets up to your door

I know that you’ll thank that dead letter officer

for bringing the one thing that you’ve been praying for

but I don’t believe in love

‘cause I watch too much TV

I don’t believe in anything

but I believe that you’ll be here with me

And I should become a dead letter officer

read about things that the other half do

spending my time as a dead letter officer

I’ll learn the secrets to winning you

SONG TITLE: Driving in England

TIME SIGNATURE: 4/4
KEY: E – capo4

E B

she’s a pillar of medicine and society

A B

but last night she woke up frozen

all 36 blankets still crushing her

she lost all the feeling in her toes again

C#m E

she clings to the past and the future she dreams

B C#m

keeps turning around as she flees

she screams toward the sky the words she used to leak

now they echo as she cries in her sleep

E B

Just take 2 of these, don’t call me

A B

‘cause I really don’t have the time

we Hippocratic hypocrites are just practicing
E

‘til someone gets it right (‘til someone gets it right)

The cracks slip through her breaking everything

Sold her body cheaper than her mind

but back when she was older and wiser

she was only a little bit behind

now ashes to ashes and dust to dust

are the words whispered on the street

the epitaph rattles with authority

for detaching from humility

just take 2 of these, don’t call me

‘cause I really don’t have the time

we Hippocratic hypocrites are just practicing

‘til someone gets it right (‘til someone gets it…)

E B A

and as lilies fall

E B A

and they wilt to salt

E B

no one remembers anything

E B A

and the snow is all

E B

the silence itself speaks

take 2 of these, don’t call me

‘cause I really don’t have the time

we Hippocratic hypocrites are just practicing

‘til someone gets it right (‘til someone gets it…)

SONG TITLE: The Day After

TIME SIGNATURE: 4/4
TEMPO: 130
KEY: A

C# A E B

it was the day after atonement when I set myself so free

it was the first time, the only time, I stopped feeling guilty

the skies flooded like a monument, seas dried up like a storm

and everyone I’d ever known was casting their remorse

try to hold back, try to fall back

but my lips will be leaking

try to roll back try to claw back

but my lips will be speaking

try to crush that try to crush that

but my lips will be shrieking

it was the day after atonement when I gave up honesty

it was the first time, the only time, I stopped feeling guilty

starved this sickness to stay innocent, fed this dragon to keep warm

microscopic swirl, macroscopic world, just a drone inside the swarm

try to hold back, try to fall back

but my lips will be leaking

try to roll back try to claw back

but my lips will be speaking

try to crush that try to crush that

but my lips will be shrieking

it was the day after atonement when I set myself so free

it was the first time, the only time, I stopped feeling guilty

Please grant pardons, find parlance, stare into the sun

No more fear, no more confidence, now the war, now the war is won

try to hold back, try to fall back

but my lips will be leaking

try to roll back try to claw back

but my lips will be speaking

try to crush that try to crush that

but my lips will be shrieking

SONG TITLE: What I Get

TIME SIGNATURE: 6/8
TEMPO: 105

KEY: D – Low E is drop D

D(Open) F# D(barre) A5

I deserve every bit of what I get

I deserve every bit of what I get

and I feel freer and safer than ever before

without any plastic wrap or duct tape covering my door

and I see you living in the germ-free quarantine of war

D(open) A(open) D(open)

and the fumes they just knock me to the floor

You burn your bridges down to the ground

I detonate mine and watch them come tumbling down

And you kill only the slowest people around

D(open) A(open) D(open)

And I take thousands of innocent lives and I feel proud

Now I deserve every bit of what I get

I deserve every bit of what I get

‘cause I am neurotically, despotically taking without regret

D(open) A(open) D(open)

now I deserve every bit of what I get

you fly your airplane down into the sea

while mine cruises on to Washington DC

you kill all the jellyfish in a three-mile vicinity

D(open) A(open) D(open)

and I take down federal buildings with me

but you’re still a beautiful, beautiful shining star

and I’m still a beautiful, beautiful nothing at all

but somehow, like napalm, I keep burning you down

D(open) A(open) D(open)

and now I wish that I never came around

D(open) A(open) D(open)

yeah, now I wish that I never came around

Now I deserve every bit of what I get

I deserve every bit of what I get

‘cause I am neurotically, despotically taking without regret

D(open) A(open) D(open)

now I deserve every bit of what I get

now I deserve every bit of what I get

now I deserve every bit of what I get

SONG TITLE: My Country

TIME SIGNATURE: 6/8
KEY: C

C F

I’ll line up in order of rank or of stature

if you’ll paint me a rainbow to hide my true colors

don’t ship me to front lines, don’t ask me to bother

to lace up my boots or to wear something leather

don’t buy me some clothing to impress all the HRs

don’t tell me that it will look good on my CV

don’t put me up, clean me up, sell my bad habits

sit me down to relax in front of a TV

G F C F C F

cause I, I will not die for my country

So I’ll put up a scarecrow to scare off my neighbors

and to have something for birds to light down upon

‘cause in school I learned not to talk to strangers

and that’s why I’m scared now to meet anyone

so forget my name like a tied up and knotted string

it’s just my way, you know it’s how I’m grappling

with hurtling through space in an orbit unending

thinking I matter, yeah I know it’s pretending

G F C F C F

but I, I will not die for my country

G F C F C F

no I, I will not die for my country

So I put up a colored cloth that represents borders

so the angel of death knows not to deport me

my neighbor’s the enemy cause he can’t afford one

they’ve slaughtered his family, now they’re taking his first born

You can scare me with smart bombs

And scare me with anthrax

And scare me with vague threats of foreign attacks

mandate allegiance and increase income tax

G F C F

but I, I will not die for my country

G F C F

no I, I will not die for my country

G F C F C F C(end on C)

no I, I will not die for my country

SONG TITLE: God Hates Kansas

TIME SIGNATURE: 4/4
KEY: C

C G F G

I’m going back to Kansas

but it’s never going to be the same again

ever since I fell in love

with this heartless and cold tin man

and I know that it’s lonely without me

and I know that you won’t know just what to do

but I’m here in this Technicolor violence

and I can’t wait to go on without every single one of you

and you’re wicked if you look Jewish

‘cause that’s where the chilling tales they all come from

eating all the children of the Christians

and killing off the savior before he could save anyone

(C)

and there’s no such thing as magic in your slippers

or in that blonde, attractive woman’s wand

and all the small and worthless people whisper

while the real magicians hide the aces in their palms and the poor are reading psalms

but be careful what you wish for

because disappointment’s twice as full of hate

and it burns like antiseptic when you realize

who is out there, who is out there, who is out there, listening to you pray

(C)

and the modern state of technology

it does nothing, but keep my mind off of things

and a thousand angels lose their wings

every time, every time a cell phone rings

but I’m never going back to Kansas

I’m never turning back to see its starving face

and there’s no time for going back to Kansas

and I’m never gonna set foot in that worthless and oppressive place

SONG TITLE: Grace Kelly Falling
TIME SIGNATURE: 6/8

KEY:

capo 2

F#m D E F#m

It’s opening night in a town so quaint and serene

The clock drips away for each of her brilliant fifteen

The bleachers are silent, clowns painting off their frowns

The routine’s the same; the sun rises up and then comes tumbling down

F#m D

She wants a war so there’s something to cry about

F#m D

She wants a death so that all of the tears can flow

F#m D E F#m

She wants the credits so everyone can go home

F#m D

Grace Kelly, Grace Kelly

E F#m

as she falls that’s all she sees

Grace Kelly, Grace Kelly

That’s who she has always wanted to be

She stares in the mirror reflecting a face from the screen

She remembers her past and it plays like a Rear Window scene

The circus is no place, for a princess or a lady

She wants to be a country girl or part of high society

She closes her eyes to help keep the music down

She closes her mouth to stop truth from leaking out

She watches the credits so everyone can go home

Grace Kelly, Grace Kelly

as she falls that’s all she sees

Grace Kelly, Grace Kelly

That’s who she has always wanted to be

The ringmaster twirls his mustache and bows to the crowd

The calliope clamors, the spotlight lifts up to the clouds

The girl leaps from the platform, glides gracefully to her doom

At least graceful is what’s perceived by everyone in the room

Opening curtains to thousands of children’s screams

Opening credits crescendo to title themes

Start the projector so nobody can go home

F#m D E F#m

Because she wants to be remembered in traumatic, haunting dreams

F#m D E A F#m

of Boy Scouts and field trips; watching midgets and madmen rush onto the scene 2x

(chorus repeat out…)

SONG TITLE: Dead Girl

TIME SIGNATURE: 4/4
KEY: Capo 5 – D

D A

I’m not a lover I’m not a fighter

G A

I’m just like everyone else, lacking desires

the things I do just make the outcome worse

with every breath I help her cells disperse

but she’s an upside down girl in an upside down world

so she’s perfect in my flipped retinal field

she makes a lovely chorus to my verse

D A G D

the most (beautiful dead girl) to walk the Earth

D A G D

the most beautiful dead girl to walk the Earth

You slit your wrist while you slipped my mind

and the blood flowed out while the synapses cried

stimuli in myelinated nerves

you rearrange the order of the universe

you let smell the moon and hear the sun

I can think about you with my brain turned off

that’s how deeply in me you’ve traversed

the most beautiful dead girl to walk the Earth

the most beautiful dead girl to walk the Earth

I smelled your pillow all night long and wrote for you five thousand songs

hoping one’d compress the brakes in your hearse

the most beautiful dead girl to walk the Earth

the most beautiful dead girl to walk the Earth

the most beautiful dead girl

Jean-Paul
Verse: Em D Em Chorus: G D Em
138 BPM

Got a few demons that keep me up at night
got a few reasons why I couldn’t fight
got a few ghosts I’m promising not to love
got some hope I’m trying to get rid of

The gun was warm against her sweaty hands
the rain fell, thought I could understand

She keeps her cross right next to her white, red, and blue
he keeps his lies cozy right next to the truth
he doesn’t know what he wants, but that hasn’t stopped him yet
I got a peacemaker and I am a patriot

The gun was cold against her practiced hand
She took her shot just as history demands
she didn’t do it for me, didn’t do it for love, did it for the money
she didn’t do it for me, didn’t do it for love, did it for the country

no sir, I don’t know her, at least not since she left my bed
no sir, I haven’t seen her, at least not since she left my head
no sir, you won’t find her, I have been trying for years
no sir, you can’t catch her, she hasn’t got any fears

got a few demons that keep me up at night
got a few reasons to avoid the light
got a few ghosts I’m promising not to love
got some hope I’m trying to grab hold of.

The gun was hot against her lowered hand
The shaking was entirely unplanned
she didn’t do it for me, didn’t do it for love, did it for the money
she didn’t do it for me, didn’t do it for love, did it for the country

30 Lives
Capo 6 Verse/chorus: C Am F G
Transposed: F# D#m B C#
144 BPM

What if I were born again
and my Zen didn’t kick me up a notch
and I won’t know what to do without you
so I’ll just sit back and watch as

the days turn into nights turn into weeks turn into years
and the stars go ’round and they cut the ground
and the lights all disappear

no matter what I do, it’s true, I long to spend another 30 lives with you
yes it’s true; I’d love to spend another 30 lives with you
ba ba ba…

As my mood ring turns dark blue
I accrue these yearnings not to die
and I won’t know what to do without you
if I’m spawned back up to life

and the days turn into nights turn into weeks turn into years
and the boredom comes and there’s no one else who can wipe away the tears

no matter what I do, it’s true, I long to spend another 30 lives with you
yes it’s true; I’d love to spend another 30 lives with you
ba ba ba…

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Select Start
Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Select Start

no matter what I do, it’s true, I long to spend another 30 lives with you
yes it’s true; I’d love to spend another 30 lives with you
ba ba ba…
no matter what I do, it’s true, I long to spend another 30 lives with you
yes it’s true; I’d love to spend another 30 lives with you

Some Lonely Day
Capo 6 Verse: Am C G Am Chorus/intro: Am G F Am
Transposed: D#m F# C# D#m / D#m C# B D#m
126 BPM

I will take the stage and read from the pages
of an ancient text of truth
Secret plots with a cardboard backdrop
and there’s nothing left to lose
and they call your name to accuse and shame
and to tear your costumes off
and failure comes and failure stalks
through the breathing holes in the top

but some, some lonely day
they will break you down and then your mind will sway
some, some will betray
they will mark you out and cut it all away

the opening scene reads like a magazine
full of gossip, lies, and death
as you turn the page, well don’t be afraid
’cause you can never cheat what’s left
as you near the end
and the glass jar bends
then they’re looking for relief
the politician’s gone, the magician’s run
and the strongman is in grief

but some, some lonely day
they will break you down and throw it all away
some, some cold embrace
it will crush you up and then your bones will splay

so you learn your part and you play it well
but don’t improvise or sleep
when the curtains close and you can’t go home
you might earn the role of the thief

but some, some lonely day
they will paint you up and put you on display
some, some fallen rays
down from heaven come and melt it all away

Walk on Water
Capo 6 Verse: F C G Am / F C G G Chorus: CGFC
Transposed: B F# C# D#m B F# C# C# / F# C# B F#
100 BPM

I think about when I was young scared and sad as kids can come hiding there under the
table and I wonder what I’ve done as I turn 21 and I still hide whenever I am able

And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen

I can fly so high if I get in an airplane but the buzzing and humming is driving me insane I could climb any mountain if I start out at the top and I could easily survive this massive drop

And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen
And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen

I was cursed from the start my brain glows in the dark like some star consuming its core
Shaking, cold, and blue as I find out that truth just doesn’t exist anymore

And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen
And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen

SOLO

And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen
And I can walk on water like I’m one of the chosen
I can walk on water as long as it’s frozen

Losing Altitude
Capo 6 Verse: G C9 Em7 Dsus4 Chorus: G Em C D
Bridge: G / C D11 C D11/…/C D
Transposed: C# F#9 A#m7 G#sus4 / C# A#m F# G#
D F# G#11 F# G#11…F# G#
85 BPM -> Glide to 90 at end

I feel like a planet that hasn’t got a moon
come orbit me and light night skies with everything you do
but I won’t give up gravity or tides or anything for you
I feel like a pilot who’s lost the nerve to fly
I still look up every day and dream of ruling the sky
but I won’t give up gravity or tides or anything for you

I’m losing I’m Losing I’m Losing
I’m losing I’m Losing I’m Losing

I feel like a comet that hasn’t got a tail
come follow me and cut the sky with your luminescent trail
but I won’t give up gravity or tides or anything for you
tonight I’m slowly, but surely losing altitude

I’m losing I’m Losing I’m Losing
I’m losing I’m Losing I’m Losing

like a hypernova that can’t explode, I suck you into my black hole
and rip you up and send you back in time to places that have haunted you
and hurt you all of your life

I’m losing I’m Losing I’m Losing
I’m losing I’m Losing I’m Losing
Altitude

The Owls Are Not What They Seem
Capo 2
Verse: Bass plays F# – A – G# – G
(The chords are roughly F#minor, A minor, G# minor, G/G#minor)
Chorus: G D G D G D Em G D G D G D C
Transposed Chorus: A E A E A E F#m A E A E A E D
130 intro/chor 120 verse BPM

Cross your arms child and kneel
don’t believe what you feel
because the truth will catch you just wait
born to learn death by rote
with a silver knife to your throat
and the incisions are already made

I won’t let you run (fast) I won’t let you run
no one can help you escape
I won’t let you run (fast) there’s nowhere left to run
there is no escape (add a syllable)

I keep my hands in my pockets
and like Goddard’s failed rockets
I bring shame in a blaze of fire
and even the songs of the angels blindfolded
call us to rocks to retire

I won’t let you run (fast) I won’t let you run
no one can help you escape
I won’t let you run (fast) there’s nowhere left to run
there is no escape

Cut yourself from the ties
and the code of behavior
because no one survives there’s only the saviors
but don’t be afraid
don’t be afraid don’t be afraid

I won’t let you run (slow) I won’t let you run
no one can help you escape
I won’t let you run (slow) there’s nowhere left to run
there is no escape

I won’t let you run I won’t let you run
no one can help you escape
I won’t let you run there’s nowhere left to run
there is never an escape

Tiny Dog
C G
Nobody listens to a word you say anymore
C G
Nobody’s got the time to pray anymore
F C
And you look to the sky and fall on your back to the floor
G C
Nobody cries when you pack up and walk out the door

Nobody writes you letters, makes phone calls, sings you a song
Your instincts are going, you forgot what it’s like to be strong
And you stare in the mirror wondering if you belong
Nobody will tell you where it was you went wrong

F C G C
And nobody listens
And nobody cares
Nobody stalks you
And blogs your affairs
You want more attention
You’re begging for more

G C
Nobody cries when you pack up and walk out the door X 2

You’re so very lonely, paparazzi don’t wait on your street
You check the magazine stand for your picture week after week
F C
As you reach for the sky you just fall on your back to the floor
G C
Nobody cries when you pack up and walk out the door

F C G C
And nobody listens
And nobody cares
Nobody stalks you
And blogs your affairs
You want more attention
You’re begging for more

G C
Nobody cries when you pack up and walk out the door X 2

Love Will Tear Us Apart
Capo 4 Dm C Am G (G C)
Transposed: F#m E C#m B
143 BPM