LYRICS

Flipping the Pig - Just This Shy of Happy (2012)


Release date:
April 12, 2012

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All words, music, and sounds heard: Jeff Mansk

Copyright Jeffrey W. Mansk 2012 (BMI)
I like you, most likely. Thanks, and all that.

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Flipping the Pig



T
rack List (all lyrics located below):

1. Stop Until I Stop (2:26)
Acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass, vocals. Warbled paranoid lyrics and a Latin beat of sorts. I was told it sounded like a "freaked out" David Bowie and Beck. I heard Phil Judd. Such is point of reference.
2. Run With Everything (2:06)
Acoustic guitars, drums, bass, vocals. I snap my fingers like Davy Jones when I listen to this. Bouncy, singalongy, near-deathy, lifey.
3. Gently Green (2:57)
Electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals. Sung in a lower register, more guitars, pretty straightforward, except maybe for the chanting-like vocals. Mmmm...envy. Delicious envy.
4. City Behind (3:34)
Acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, vocals. Remedial finger-picking. Thoughts of driving up north and getting away. "Up north" makes sense if you live in Michigan.
5. Just This Shy of Happy (2:40)
Electric guitar, vocals. One of several titles kindly offered by playwright Randy Wyatt, about a fling I may or may not have had. Written and recorded in about two hours, which helps balance the songs that take 10+ years to write and record.
6. Here's a Brain Teaser (4:15)
Loops-a-plenty, vocals. Inspired by day jobs.
7. I Tried (3:06)
Acoustic guitar, vocals. Written initially for my friend Katrina Casmer's short film. No lyrics. Many voices. Dreamy. Sort of the beginning side to the song Brighter, which comes later.
8. Someday Again (3:05)
Acoustic guitar, vocals, keyboard. Lullaby waltz. Piano, guitar, sleep.
9. His Future's Behind Him Now (3:47)
Electric guitar, keyboards, vocals. I had an entirely different approach in mind for this one, but I kept it (for this album, at least) as is, awash in keyboards and guitars, and a little (not much) slower than the version in my head. Inspired by, but not necessarily about, Lost.
10. Entrances and Exits (2:03)
Piano and vocals (with brief digital piano strings underneath). Lyrically about loss and reflection. File another one under "melancholy."
11. Antarctica (7:14)
Electric and acoustic guitar, drums, bass. This might be the longest song I've recorded. I'll have to check. It's primarily three chords, chock full of dissonance, and it gets kind of noisy. Written while watching a documentary about The Peoples' Temple. Title #2 from my friend, Randy.
12. Brighter (2:32)
Acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboard harmonica. The dreamy end to it all. Two lines of lyrics.
13. You Should Always Feel Guilty (Bonus Track) (1:41)
Acoustic guitar, vocals. Written for the Earth Day show by comic Jeff Wozer. Sing along. And feel bad about it. In a fun bad kind of way.
14. Live to See A Better (Bonus Track) (2:11)
Piano, drums, bass, vocals. Also written for the Earth Day show by comic Jeff Wozer. I couldn't not think of Leon Russell when I sang this one, though I've been told it leans more toward Randy Newman.
15. Fiasco (Bonus Track) (2:34)
Acoustic guitar, drums, bass, vocals. Written for the theatrical performance of the comedy sketch show The Night of Things Occurring. Something told me to pretend to be Robin Hitchcock, so I obeyed.

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LYRICS

1 Stop Until I Stop

I wipe my finger across the window sill to keep the ants
from crawling into the kitchen sink
and I don't know what else to do
because I don't like chemicals
externally

'read the beginning of a book about stuff
and the stuff that makes the stuff and where all the stuff goes
It was enough to keep me doubting myself
every time I use anything
for the most part

I won't stop until I stop
when it takes me by surprise
and I look at the moaning mirror
and I poke it in the eyes

I know enough about the food in my fridge to annoy everyone
who doesn't want to hear about it
And so I shut the hell up
and watch us all die
happily

I'm on my back on the floor because I'm afraid of the crap in the tile
getting up through my feet
I'll be ready to meet you for lunch
though I don't like promises
when I have to keep them

I won't stop until I stop
when it takes me by surprise
and I look at the moaning mirror
and I poke it in the eyes


2 Run With Everything
(Play along)

C                                             FBF
I felt like I might never breathe again
C                                             FBF
I felt like I might want to like it
C
No more responsibilities
G
No more endless enemies
F
But something
Someone
Ab
Took a call I never made
B
Frightened me with all it saved

C                             F             
Taken there and back again
  Ab       B
miserable,  persistent friends
C                             F
Life's a fumbled chance to take
Ab          B
Run with everything you make your own

C                             FBF
Rebound to a tranquil hurry
C                             FBF
Cognizant of every worry
C
Something snapped and for the better
G
Jumping over moons to get your
F
Earthly spirit and
Ab
Strength of mind to walk away
B
from reoccurring shit they say

C                             F             
Taken there and back again
Ab          B
miserable,  persistent friends
C                             F
Life's a fumbled chance to take
Ab          B

Run with everything you make your own



3 Gently Green

I can't get back the days
The more I think about them
The more I lose

Another moment in a haze
of  a promised tomorrow
no warranty

And I disappear again
Confusion, a long-time friend
What does it mean?
Gently green

Not resentful or grey
I'll deny it, despite
what you believe

It contradicts my faith
When I feel the right choices were
never made

And I disappear again
Confusion, a long-time friend
What does it mean?

Gently green



4 City Behind

Fire
fade in the western sky
drive
yourself out of time
tails
disappear in the dark
breeze
clear your mind

wind and shadows
moon and silence
you've escaped
you unwind
No more limits
No more fighting
stars ahead
city behind

No
need more to run away
You
are where you need to be
Stay
Give in and let it go
Know
You've found harmony

wind and shadows
moon and silence
you've escaped
you unwind
No more crowding
No charade
stars ahead
city behind



5 Just This Shy of Happy

I almost said, "I love you,"
You almost looked like you would care
We took each other to the bedroom
to share
in hesitation to commit

to a bond we never wanted
a friendly fling to leave us high
And now I'm just this shy of happy
I don't know why

And there's a face and there's a heart
and there's a body
and there's a personality
and there's a mind I can't control
and now it's wandering with thoughts of "we"

And here we lie in sweaty nevers
And so we taste it once again
A little fun all under cover
once again

And I'm just this shy of happy



8 Someday Again

When I lay myself down
I want to wake up
Don’t be mistaken
I haven’t had enough

When I turn the light down
And pull up the sheets
Keep the blinds cracked
So what reflects the street

In the room to illuminate, meditate
Just a little on what covers us now

It’s not a request for attention or lies
You’re leaving tomorrow; it’s not a goodbye

Can you be there when eyes open
Troubles gone?
Onto our older and younger days
No one can tell us we’re wrong

Good night, sleep tight
I’ll see you tomorrow my friend
Good night, sleep tight
You’ll be there someday again



9 His Future's Behind Him Now

Years gone by and faces torn
From memories, never reborn
They said his time would come
Brimming with failure and chances passed
He wanted to believe at last
He thought a time would come
He thought a time would come

But time will not balance your worries with cheer
It never takes over when love disappears
He knew if he held out he’d find something dear
But his future’s behind him now

Wasted pining, days undone
Knowing the reach of everyone
Would soon be in his realm
He said, “Ability to stay behind
Has always been a gift of mine
And now the empty wait
Begins to devastate.”

Time never balances worries with cheer
It keeps moving forward when hope disappears
He’s run out of dreams that he wishes were near
HIs future’s behind him now
His future’s behind him now



10 Entrances and Exits

Emptying a room again
We never want to go
we all go
we all know
we'll all be there

Again it's time to move along
we saw it there, though we denied
and occupied
our better days

I saw your picture
all the good times
all the arguments
and love
I closed my eyes
and I was there again

So cold
with our regrets
the end
It's understood
We are forgiven
And we fumble
through attempts
to right the doubt
among the living

Life is a string
of entrances and exits
and everyone
who gets us through

Every moment
is the culmination of
a lifetime's worth of memories


11 Antarctica

We will
wait until
the cold
covers completely
We will let it do as it shall

Thoughts will
disappear
and dreams
will fill us all
Let those near take us in

Valentine drawn in snow
We are ready to go

Take me, Antarctica
I give in
Take me, Antarctica
You win

Snow white
light to blind
and clear
what we soon will see
No dimension recognized

Warmth to
take the place of flesh
formerly defined
Now the souls will be released

Valentine drawn in snow
They are ready to go

Take me, Antarctica
I give in
Take me, Antarctica
You win



12 Brighter
Is it me

or did the world get a little brighter today?

 


13 You Should Always Feel Guilty

When you wake up in the morning
Remember to feel rotten
If your sheets are not made from
organic cotton
And if you really feel it crucial
to experience the day
Don't let your  ego crumble
If you hear somebody say

You should always feel guilty
About everything you do
You should always feel horrible
the blame is on you
Whatever thought you're thinking
and whatever it is you say
If we all die tomorrow
every finger points your way

Remind yourself each minute
that the whole thing is your doing
And you'll never feel better
and you'll always be a-rueing
Which may or may not be the gerund form of "rue,"
I really don't know
It rhymed and so I used it and if people complain
I'll tell them it's your fault

You should always feel guilty
About everything you do
You should always feel horrible
the blame is on you
Whatever action that you took
you know you've done it wrong
So even though you're unqualified
attempt to sing along

We should always feel guilty
About everything we do
We should always feel horrible
the blame is on...us
Whatever action that we took
We know we've done it wrong
And even though we're unqualified
We try to sing along

14 Live to See a Better

Do I have to wear Birkenstocks?
Know everything about my astrological sign?
Do I need to eat tofu?
Should I get my Chakras aligned?
Do I need to know what the hell my Chakras are?

Do I need to buy a VW van
Do I need to know how to pronounce seitan
Do I need to hug everybody I see every day
 Because, to tell you the truth, some of them get in my way

I guess I could make an effort
I guess I've got to learn something, somehow
I guess I want us to be around
more than I realize
I guess that I could do one thing,
Or two, or three, we'll see
But you still won't get those sandals on me

Do I have to eat hemp seeds? Cause I will
Should I try to take a walk when I could drive?
I guess it won't kill me
I might complain but I'll do it any way
Cause I want us all to live to see a better
Live to see a better
Live to see a better day

 

15 Fiasco

Wishing water mace the mound
Up in yummy shoe loaf ground
Indeterminacy sound
Fiasco

Rightly ice cube foaming grace
Love your elderberry mace
Satchel denim stirrup face
Fiasco

Fiasco
On a messing down
Fiasco
Shower London bound
Fiasco
Feeding Ezra Pound
Fiasco
Woah oh oh

Timely oil finger lift
Waffle steam ciabatta drift
Undercover elfin shift
Fiasco

Lint in never hand out shake
Person fat nose wedding cake
Orange you glad I Fred awake
Fiasco

Fiasco
Susan in a flit
Fiasco
Ginger routing it
Fiasco
Smibby modern jit
Fiasco
Woah oh oh
Suddenly I’m fuller brush
Sentinel a two knee hush
Lift a leaf, Rolando lush
Fiasco

Fiasco
Circle gets a fare
Fiasco
I’m a everywhere
 Fiasco
Sally men in there
Fiasco
Oh woah
Fiasco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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