I'll Come in a E

by King Everything

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about

I have written and recorded hundreds of songs over the past decade or more as King Everything. These 24 are different though.

Inspired by the Guided By Voices classic "Bee Thousand" album and by "Melencolia I" - a 1514 engraving by the German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer.

I was reading a book about Bee Thousand when I decided to do this album. Inspired primarily by the music and production of Bee Thousand by Guided By Voices, these 24 songs were written, recorded and mixed in just a few sittings during the course of a couple months. Some songs stop suddenly - when they're done. Once a song was "good enough," no further takes were recorded. Freshness is of greater value than perfection. I suppose I've done this throughout all my recordings.

I tried to make the lyrics to the 24 songs on I'll_Come_in_a_E cohesive and flowing, while being more cryptic than the lyrics of past songs. I created a lyric map. I'm honestly not sure that there is such a thing as a "lyric map," but I made one. I plotted my lyrical ideas onto 24 songs. I knew that the first two songs would refer, in some way to January; the next two to February; and so on. I had additional lyrical references that I had plotted out before writing any songs as well. Some of these will be apparent, and others are not so obvious.

Many of the chords and chord combinations came from classic rock songs by artists like the Beatles and Pink Floyd. I mean, some are unique, I suppose.

This is the first album art to not have my self-portrait, stick-figure guy. I thought this was different enough to warrant an artwork change.

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released December 7, 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: The First Drop of Sunlight
The first drop of sunlight
Falls upon her cheek
Inaugurating angels
No floodgates to keep
Plowing down the hillside
Accepting cement
Shovel out the shovels
While our sisters wait for Lent
Now the pain is all I feel
And all the diagrams are real
To me

The first day of summer – Can’t come too soon
How old will they be? – And in which phase of the moon?
The first gang of failure – Bitter with content
Put the bottles in the boxes – Is exactly what I meant
Now the pain is all I feel
And all the diagrams are real
To me
Track Name: See What She Thinks
Could it be good?
I think it could.
Might it be right?
It already might.
I’m gonna give it to her
For a couple of weeks
Give it to her and see what she thinks

Does it have buzz?
I trust that it does
So will it be heard?
Now don’t be absurd
Giants sit in the snow
Isolation in slow-mo
And dig for dirty grass under the white glow

The new year’s already here
But Department Four is bored
And all our peers in the southern tier
Seem larger than before

Could it be good?
I think it could.
Might it be right?
It already might.
I’m gonna give it to her
For a couple of weeks
Track Name: Hey Groundhog
Hey groundhog you failed to notice
Back-to-back births three years apart
Worthy of our admiration
Now back to your hole now; the fun can begin.
Submission to the needs of angels
Submission to the wonders of the world
All our friends
They need a break now
They need a break now
Bored and cold
They need a break now
Before they breakdown
Hey groundhog you failed to notice
That depressed angel but it won’t bring me down
An hourglass half full of hail rocks
Our family smile trademark has been approved
Submission to the needs of angels
Submission to the wonders of the world
All our friends
They need a break now
They need a break now
Bored and cold
They need a break now
Before they breakdown
Track Name: The New Norm
Gazing at the angel; She knows just what to do
Can measure any angle but; She leaves her tools unused
Afraid of where the seventh rung may lead
Afraid of where a leap leads
Turning metal into gold and water into wine
Did you hear me eerie Valentine?
Did you hear me eerie Valentine?
Did you hear me eerie Valent…
I’m lost for words
Will they soon return?
Or is this the new norm?

Rather than do something; Safe as that would be
If she cannot do greatness then; She’d rather do nothing
Apprehension’s bad intentions have their consequence
They prevent her from preventing death
Alchemy comes easily sometimes
Did you hear me eerie Valentine?
Did you hear me eerie Valentine?
Did you hear me eerie Valent…
I’m lost for words
Will they soon return?
Will I do great things again?
Track Name: Ice Patch Fading Moon
The mist sets upon an eerie river
Now fear rests in our depths
Our class is marked with ashes
The staff has rigged the tests
Flowers spring to life
Not knowing that they’re doomed
.temporarily .forgetting the defeat .energy restored .a common enemy
Ice patch fading moon
Track Name: Terror Ave
Rows of satin anarchy
On Terror Ave
BB guns and other things
On Terror Ave
On Terror Avenue
There’s not a lot to do
Awe-struck aw what the hell
Install a wishing well
I wish I wish I wish we could
But avenues like this are this for good
Bags of fat geometry
On Terror Ave
Keep predicting chemistry
On Terror Ave
On Terror Avenue
There’s not a lot to do
Awe struck aw what the hell
Install a wishing well

We miss the energy
On Terror Ave
Let’s make just one more scene
On Terror Ave
Track Name: Leaking in the Sea
Tea-taking fools. Beer-bending rules.
He’s taking everything seriously.
Gift-guiding light. Distracting sight.
He’s taking everything literally.
Ba-bada-baah. Ba-bada-baah.
Ba-bada, Ba-bada, Baah.
Ba-bada-baah. Ba-bada-baah.
Polyhedrons leaking in the sea
Polyhedrons leaking in the sea… yeah.
Polyhedrons leaking in the sea

Pack up and go. What they don't know.
Could only serve to freshen fright. Done.
He’s gone insane. We’ve weighed his brain.
There’s always vagrants by the right. One.
Ba-bada-baah. Ba-bada-baah.
Ba-bada, Ba-bada, Baah.
Ba-bada-baah. Ba-bada-baah.
Polyhedrons leaking in the sea
Polyhedrons leaking in the sea… yeah.
Polyhedrons leaking in the sea
Track Name: Weep
Shake the dog
From his sleep
Plans and plots, might make me weep, might
Might make me weep
A bad surprise might make me weep

Lay awake
From the deep
Lack of action, might make me weep, might
Might make me weep
A bad surprise might make me weep

Skinny dog
Back to sleep
Empty baskets, might make me weep, might
Might make me weep
A bad surprise might make me weep
Track Name: Spring Cyclones
I’m amazed – At decisions
That we’ve made
Tar rings – Laying plastic
Thin sheets

My mom don’t want me leaving home
Her day disapproves spring cyclones

We’ll survive – Juvember
New life
Sacrifice – Bag the ocean
It feels nice

My mom don’t want me leaving home
Her day disapproves spring cyclones
Track Name: Cardinals and Hurricanes
Come on, it’s time, to pack, your mind
Come on, it’s time, to leave
Surround, you down, your peers, are here
Persuade, I will, I think

Cardinals and hurricanes
Await our arrival
Adjust, accept, try on the best
A way to ease survival

My memory of cavalry
Passed down/up, the family tree
The faculty, will welcome me
And beg, I never leave
Track Name: On the Swamp
There is nobody here to help me raise my flag
I’ve been cast to the side like a solitary man
The world’s left me alone on my heels it’s just not fair
Sad from the heat is it this hot and humid there
What if work’s not enough
What if love’s not enough
What if hope is not enough
On the swamp
What if failure’s not enough
But success is not enough
What if neither’s not enough
On the swamp

There is nobody here even you to break my fall
In the shade of the forest I silently pray my call
And a grayscale rainbow outshines no rainbow at all
As I lower the flag at your wake I’ve hit the wall
What if friends aren’t enough
What if family’s not enough
What if God is not enough
On the swamp
What if time’s not enough
What if space is not enough
What if matter’s not enough
On the swamp
On the swamp
Track Name: Boomer And
Boomer and the turtle
Year after year
Suddenly just boomer and a tear
Boomer and the shovel
A turtle box with grief
Cover it with dirt and some relief

Boomer and his father
Neither’s one to wow
Dingbatters nod when they should bow
Boomer and his head
Can take no more
Guilt it ferments into remorse
Guilt it ferments into remorse
Into remorse
Track Name: Are You Bored?
You’re not the same girl I knew
Not the same girl that I drew. Are you
bored? I’m bored. Are you
scared? I’m scared. Are you
this? I’m that. I’m
anything… you want.
Acting so independent
Wondering where my girl went. Are you
bored? I’m bored. Are you
here? I’m here. Are you
sure? I’m sure. I’m
anything… you want.
Track Name: Door Three
Open up the fourth door first
Then you’ll see what others see
Validate my storied thirst
The magic square it reappears
Concentrate on more than dust
Collections from election years
Leave me in my own disgust
Independent from Door Three
Door Three has everything you’ll need
Door Three has every single thing
Door Three has everything you’ll need
Door Three has every single thing

Through the open door, I know what you mean
Leave others on the floor, You’ll see what we see
It’s dust and nothing more, leave me here to die
The square was here before, I know what you think
Then grab a tan, a tan
Track Name: Call the Boys Back Home
Hotter than a frying flame
Lonely like an unused plane
I’m loathing me this mess I’ve made
You gotta call the boys back home
Bidding on a cigarette
The alchemist is not done yet
We cannot help but feel contempt
You gotta call the boys back home


She’s thinkin’ ‘bout swallowin’
The baby on the grindstone then
Gettin’ on with everythin’
And maybe take a summer swim
Another cave another wind
I wonder how my grandma’s been
I miss her but especially when
You gotta call the boys back home
Track Name: Brown, Brown Paper Bag
Brown, brown paper bag
You might lose this fight
All that blinding light, ain’t gonna
make it right, ain’t gonna
make it right
Brown, brown paper bag
Annoyed by the summer heat
All that blinding light, ain’t gonna
make it right, ain’t gonna
make it right, ain’t gonna
make it right, ain’t gonna
make it right
Brown, brown paper bag
Where’s my holy day
Where’s our holy night, would it
make it right, would it
make it right
Track Name: The Holy Rapid Race to Fall
Pretty soon you’re gonna hafta tell the world you’re not the one
I know I know I’m not the one
God forbid you think you‘ll win the holy rapid race to fall
You know you cannot win it all
And in this fishing bowl
You never know it all
A drop of color please
The rotting leaves of fall
Pretty soon you know you’re angrier than angry at your son
You know we know he’s not the one
Now Niagara’s nearing labor and her neighbor is to blame
Our team turned out to be a gang
She’s with her magic square
But she don’t care at all
Just lying on the ground
The lazy hound of fall
Pretty soon you’re gonna hafta tell the world you’re not the one
I know I know I’m not the one
God forbid you think you‘ll win the holy rapid race to fall
You know you cannot win it all
Track Name: Malice, No Lie
If malice had a twin
I’d be trying hard to win the drenches of leaves
It’s anger we need
Malice. No lie.

If rage exists in pairs
I’d expect to see the world cover its things
Its angel-less wings
Malice. No lie.

Tell me you mean what you’re saying
And I’ll accept the anger you’re spraying
Let’s all believe that leaves leave trees
While withering with worthy flings
No lie.

Aggression lost the war
But battles matter more so that’s where she lies
When she has time
Malice. No lie.

Eleven on the nose
When the river overflows to the puddle below
Now rate your shield
Malice. No lie.
Malice. No lie.
Track Name: Let It Show
‘f there’s interest in me, how would I know?
I’ll come in a E
Just keep the ice cold
But before we both grow old
I should do what helps us grow
There’s interest in you, so I let it show

Let’s not rush things lest we crush things even more
Don’t amuse me you’ll confuse me thirty-four

‘f there’s interest in me, what would I do?
Would the helmet on me
match the helmet on you?
But before we both feel trapped
I would wrist before I slapped
There’s interest in you, so I let it show
There’s interest in you, so I let it show
There’s interest in you, so I let it show
Track Name: Decay
The ghosts expect the witches
Anticipate their every move
Fifteen then fourteen layers
Surround the hound-tooth groove
He knows and does it anyway
The wet leaves display decay
The mummies seem disheveled
More so than the years gone by
Another drunken soldier
Offends another passerby
He knows the no’s get in the way
The wet leaves display decay
Track Name: The Optimistic Soldier
‘f you want to be this good, you better pray now
‘f you want to be on top, you’d better pray now
Cuz there’s no doubt in my mind, we’re gonna
make it home and kiss the lines, and there’s
no doubt in my mind, continued
vigilance provides the signs
‘f you want to be this good, you’d better pray now
‘f you want to be on top, you’d better pray now
Track Name: One at a Time Blues
I heard somewhere we’re all gonna die
Not all at once more like one at a time
I’m not one to go on about it
I won’t stand on my roof and shout it
But one by one we’re all gonna die

Peace and serenity will die
Autumn colors blinding tired eyes
Leave empty both sides of the scale
Scatter the floor with tools and nails
Surrounded by their families they’ll die

The good news is we’ll live up in the sky
Don’t ask me where or how or when or why
Thankfully you’re giving me
Everything eventually
I know I’ll be prepared but scared to die
I know I’ll be prepared but scared to die
Track Name: We Brought Joy
I brought joy to her
She brought joy to me
When we finished finding the first flakes
I brought joy

She remembered things
Unspoken, broken things
When we finally felt defeat on the bends
She brought joy

And those shining bells
Ring on through the night
That’s why some smells sell
And others instill fright

I remember her
She brought joy to me
When we finished reading books about noise
I brought joy
Track Name: On Christmas
The sun sets on Christmas and I don’t mind
We all rise tomorrow so it’s fine
Ecstatic love again
Winter swirly snow again
Winter swirly snow again
Ecstatic love again
We all rise tomorrow so it’s fine
The sun sets on Christmas and I don’t mind
I don’t mind