An Hour of Songs from 1994 to 2011

by King Everything

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released November 11, 2011

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King Everything Lockport, New York

Loud & quiet; odd & ordinary; mysterious & straightforward; vague & clear; joyous & angry; fast & slow; messy & organized; simple & complicated; succinct & wordy; energetic & lackadaisical; continuous & disjointed; hopeless & rosy; new & familiar.

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Track Name: By Ten
every day there's always something new
there is nothing more that we can do

i'm not gonna be home, my lover
no, i'm not gonna be home by ten
i'm not gonna be home, my lover
no, i'm not gonna be home again

i always try to see things through your eyes
never works out something always dies
Track Name: The History Channel
the one at home's not the one away
you're sittin' home alone
while i'm out at play
and i know you're gonna be a friend
you'll be around through the bitter end
and if i ever said you're one - one of a kind
i wanna let you know i lied
and if you ever say, "i'd love to say 'i do' "
i wanna let you know i'd miss you

it's the history channel's special day
they're showing dinosaurs in a special way
and i know it's true cuz i've seen it before
on another show
so that's how i know
Track Name: A Simpler Time
in a simpler time
in a safer place
i've got your back you've got my back
we're both so safe

and you still dream in blue and green
yellow and red in your head
and all i see
every night
shades of grey
black and white

i take a sip of my tea
and ask my wife
if everything's alright
she seems a bit uptight
i take a walk 'til ten
then join her in bed
and ask her again "are you okay?
"have you had a bad day?"

in a simpler time
in a similar place
you've got my back against the wall
a simpler time
and we still dream
every night
side by side
of a simpler time
Track Name: Nothing Left To Eat
with everybody pushing us, c'mon it's time to go
the kids they come and visit us
how much longer i don't know

let's go down and feed the pigs again
they won't stop until they fall asleep
they start when they wake back up again
until there's nothing left to eat

how long could we go on like this?
how long until our place is sold?
we have to get on out of here before it gets too cold
jeanette she checks the messages
did any strangers call?
me i'd rather lie in bed and dream that i've escaped the fall

we gave bubba to our neighbors
just a mile down the road
him and jay visit us
it's sad to see him go
he jumps up in the pickup truck
right by jay's side
he doesn't seem so sad leaving jeanette and i behind

the kids they come to visit us
just how often i don't know
jeanette adds another memory
mine fade while her book grows
Track Name: Tangent Box
i'm playing the tangents
you're cranking my wheel
you're lighting the fire
i can't help but feel
how do i walk on water
tie your stomach in knots
come on now honey mustard
stay out of my tangent box

a crack in the armor
a hole in the wall
it's all they're looking for
i disappoint them all
you can't slip one by me
you can't get one past
this last one's your last
come on now honey mustard

you're losing me
my loyalty's much too much
for you to overcome
i cannot be touched
how do i walk on water
and let nothing through
come on now honey mustard
do what you do
you can't slip one by me
i've seen all you got
come on now honey mustard
stay out of my tangent box
Track Name: Stuck
got no reason
to be leavin' him
got no reason
to believe in anything
i'm down on my luck
it's stuck
i'm down on my luck
i'm stuck here
got good reason
to be leavin'
Track Name: What Special Smelled Like
i wanna make my getaway
and i wanna make christmas day smell special again
but i can't remember what special smelled like
Track Name: The Simple Weblog Theme Song
she's got something to share
she's gonna share it
whether or not you care
he's got something to say
probably doesn't matter
but he's gonna say it anyway

it's a simple weblog
and it deserves a simple song
it's a simple weblog
it's a simple weblog

i kept a diary
it wasn't enough
if no one's gonna read it
what's the point of writing all that stuff?
Track Name: Ghosts
if i'm gonna try
then you'd better try
but if you're gonna lie
then i might as well lie
if you wanna say goodbye
well then i'll say goodbye
and i'll say it first
and faster i'll fly

you're not supposed to bother a ghost, oh no

if i'm gonna cry
then you're gonna cry
your'e not as sad as me
and i don't know why
so come so close
so i could poke you in the eye
if i'm gonna cry
then you're sure gonna cry
Track Name: Let's Get Along
she's leaving things unspoken
he's smiling through their pain
they're pretending nothing's broken
foreseeing rainbows in the rain

let's get along
what do you say?
she smiles again and whispers
ok, ok, ok

you hurt me, so now i'll hurt you
we'll tell everyone we're mad
i took your things and you took my things
i think it's funny, but you get sad
Track Name: You're So Okay
boy
you're breaking apart my back
and breathing down my neck
i'm looking for ways to say
you're so okay

you're so okay

girl
you're trying my every nerve
and going straight when you ought to swerve
i'm looking for ways to say
you're so okay

love
try seeing you eye-to-eye
try noticing when you cry
i'm looking for ways to say
every day is a precious day
can
we honor and forget the past?
enough to make these good times last?
i'm looking for ways to say
you're so okay
Track Name: Real Friends, Old Friends
things you've given vague thought to
come clear the more that you stare
faces that you barely knew then
suddenly appear from thin air

the real friends, old friends
all in the night we play

i waited my whole life to tell you this
now it seems like triviality
we are neighbors to our neighbors
and we're strangers to the strangers we see

did you know everything back then?
no, no, no
no, no, no
Track Name: You Weren't With Me Again
well i dream of a world where a boy and a girl won't fight
though i'm not even sure if i know where you were last night

well, you weren't with me again
no, you weren't with me again

it was a heck of a ride, but i don't like upside-down
if we stop and the top, maybe you can help me down

but, you weren't with me again
no, you weren't with me again

i still dream of a world where a boy and a girl won't fight
though i'm certainly sure that we certainly were not right

and, you weren't with me again
no, you weren't with me again
Track Name: One-Way Ticket
here's the one-way ticket i was talking about
you should put it in your pocket
'til it's time to ship out
look how the green grass grows
like you wouldn't believe
i guess we're not gonna talk 'til it's time to leave
you got your one-way ticket and you got your free lunch
i won't question your questions with my questions and such
you taught me so much
you taught my feelings to hide
you won't know nothing without working your way inside
you wont' know nothing without working your way inside
Track Name: So Far From My Right Mind
i’m a losing streak away from being broke
and a winning streak away from i don’t know
i guess i’m doing fine
she says i’m doing fine
but i’ve never felt so far from my right mind
no i’ve never felt so far from my right mind

i’m a phone call away from doing wrong
a moment so short has never felt so long
i guess I’m doing fine
she says I’m doing fine
but I’ve never felt so far from my right mind
no I’ve never felt so far from my right mind
Track Name: Like Magic
it never felt quite like she thought it would
well she thought it would
feel like magic

well can’t they give her a little pill?
then she’s sure it will
feel like magic

a strange thing happened on her way back home
she was all alone
and it felt like magic

now she’s living by herself
she’s with no one else
and it feels like magic
Track Name: Missy
i've had my eye on you
from day one
i knew someday soon
you'd be lots of fun
please please tonight you might
crawl into my bed
please please hold me tight
missy, you're the best

i head off to work
all day long
you do what you do
all day long
i head home from work
we're both a mess
smiling at the door
missy, you're the best
Track Name: Running With Energetic
do you wanna talk to the treads at the train tracks
or be with the boys in their best blacks
do you wanna go with the girls where the grass grows
or hang with the hunks at the hill's hose

i know you don’t
cuz that would change your plight
i know you don’t
cuz things would not be right

you’re runnin’ with energetic
you’re not runnin’ with them

do you wanna score a silly touchdown
or jump Jimi Brightfrown
do you wanna wilt away all alone
surrounded with the megaphone
Track Name: I Won't Quit
don’t need a home run
we just need a hit
but this pitcher’s been giving me fits
but i won’t, no i won't
no i won’t quit

my sister she’s been snake-bit
but I’m bound to find a man
that she can settle down with
see i won’t, no i won't quit
no i won’t quit

this puzzle piece
it just won’t fit
i got a Florida-shaped space
and this is more like an oven mitt
but i won’t, no i won't quit
no i won’t quit
Track Name: She's Pretty
she's pretty
you should see her in the sun
extraordinary
i think my life has begun

she wanted to be here with me today
however things did not work out that way

she's pretty
the way she lights up a room
she'll light up this one
just not today, but soon
she's busy
you have to understand
she's pretty
and really in demand

she wanted to be here with me today
however things did not work out that way

she's pretty
you should see her in the sun
so pretty
i'm sure my life has begun
Track Name: Wilting Alone
grandpa was a real man
brave and proud and strong
he lived his life with vigor
and life for him was long
today he lay alone
far from his old place
waiting for his time
deep lines on his face

as the sun sets, some get lost
the leafy parts are wilting, and the barky parts are soft
as the sun sets, some get lost
doo-doo-doo-da-doo-doo-doo

alone he slept
no one by his side
can we not remind him
that grandmother had died?

when we wilt, we wilt alone
the leaf is to a stick, as our skin is to a bone
when we wilt, we wilt alone
doo-doo-doo-da-doo-doo-doo
Track Name: I Wasn't Raised That Way
mommy, where do babies go?
lie to me if you don’t know
i’d much prefer a lie to silence
and silence is much better than the truth
i’m afraid that if my innocence is Lincoln
then the world’s become my John Wilkes Booth
and i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to what they try to say
but it’s difficult ‘cause i wasn’t raised that way

on garbage day, my world always feels lighter
though i know the world outside mine knows it’s not
and you may say the planet’s like a blanket on your soul
but from where i stand, the globe seems not so hot
i know they say their proof comes from their science
but science can’t replace the truth
one of us is like the old, wise prophet
and the other is the wide-eyed naïve youth
and i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to whatever words they say
but it’s difficult ‘cause i wasn’t raised that way

i’ve often heard that anything is possible
now i’m afraid that anything really is
i’m ducking under branches, and dodging bullets in the sun
he wants what’s mine, and i – i want his
and as i run, my heart drowns out the sirens
but the sirens they drown out my ringing ears
one of us is like that wide-eyed child
and the other is old and filled with fears
and i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to anything they say
but it’s difficult ‘cause i wasn’t raised that way

mommy, where do babies go?
lie to me if you don’t know
i’ve lost teeth of all sizes
and it’s hard digesting meals without a tooth
if i represent the New York Yankees
then my tooth’s become the world’s Babe Ruth
and i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to what they say
i’m trying not to listen to what they try to say
but it’s difficult ‘cause i wasn’t raised that way
Track Name: Stacks of Black Vinyl
i’m listening to stacks of black vinyl
i know you’re in the room when i’m here
and, although you’ve been gone quite a while
as far as you are, you feel near

you know why I cry…
every night
you know why I cry…
every night

it’s cuz you’re gone
and i can’t go on
it feels like a day
it’s been so long…
so long

the records amass in a pile
the songs speak the truth, yeah it’s true
i’m stuck with plan b – that’s survival
but i love thinking of me and you

i’m listening to stacks of black vinyl
i know you’re in the room when i’m here
i’m stuck with plan b – that’s survival
as far as you are, you feel near
Track Name: Electric Railway (demo)
10/12 hours a day, electric railway
the motorcar i operate is under my control
with a baby on the way,
should i laugh and celebrate?
or should i be afraid?
i’m told i’m far too old
what was i thinking of?
oh, Anna, no… i’m still in love
just scared
and ill-prepared

--- lyrics added to final version, not on demo ---
I need a little break
I’m pulling on the brake
Slow down for goodness sake
Get under my control
Give me some time to think
Maybe something to drink
You’re due in just a week
I’m told I’m far too old
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i’m old enough to be her grandpa
i’m old enough to be her grandpa
i’m old enough to be her grandpa
but i’ll be her dad
i’m old enough to be her grandpa
i’m old enough to be her grandpa
i’m old enough to be her grandpa
someday she’ll be sad

what was i thinking of?
oh, Anna, no… i’m still in love
just scared
and ill-prepared
with a baby on the way
should i laugh and celebrate
10/12 times a day
i’m told i’m far too old
Track Name: When The Flies Fly
when the flies fly
the eagles understand
when the flies land
when the flies land

when the flies fly
no one acts surprised
when the flies land
when the flies land

when the rain comes
you better take my hand
when the flies land
when the flies land
Track Name: Throwaway vs Masterpiece
is it a throwaway?
or a masterpiece?
is it like everything?
or is it so unique?
i wanna know
i wanna know

did you fall asleep
in your mother’s arms?
will she throw away
all your good luck charms?
i wanna know
i wanna know

is this a memory?
or is it happening?
i see we’ve mastered war
now can we master peace?
i wanna know
i wanna know
Track Name: Teach Myself To Fly
before i die i'm gonna teach myself to fly
before i die i'm gonna teach myself to fly
i realize these arms aren't wings
and that, among some other things,
gonna make it hard to teach myself to fly
it's gonna make it hard to teach myself to fly
but before i die i'm gonna teach myself to fly
yeah before i die i'm gonna teach myself to fly

i'm tweaking my technique
a little bit each day
gotta get it all just right
before i fly away
i have my favorite birds on video
i'm learning all there is to know
before i die i'm gonna teach myself to fly

flap for thrust
fight that drag
lift is an issue
and my weight just makes me sag
but i'm pretty sure success is near
and i hope the thrill will outweigh my fear
cuz before i die i'm gonna teach myself to fly
Track Name: The Good Fight
i'm off to fight the good fight tonight
i'm off to fight the good fight tonight
i'm too old some might say
well they can have it their own way
i'm off to fight the good fight tonight
i need to give these bones a rest
i need a good seven hours to be my best
i'm too old some might say
well they can have it their own way
i'm off to fight the good fight tonight