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Featuring:
Betty Cooper • Stefan Runstrom • John Shiurba • Tom Yoder • Danny Allen

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released July 4, 2015

Recorded by David L. Cooper & guests • All lyrics by Cooper
All music composed by Cooper & guests, except
6 by Black Sabbath (and I would plead “transformative”)
7 lyrics by Lawrence Kasdan and David & Betty Cooper
8 bells recorded by David Wessel, Ed Campion & Jeff Davis

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Dropsy Oakland, California

Dropsy has many musical tendrils, emanating from the vicinity of a funky lounge, sometimes snaking into dark caverns. The band sounds friendly enough, but displays its canines at unexpected moments. Cooper's droll lyrics brim with invective, taunts, boasts, disturbing delusions and bad advice. But he seems to be singing on our behalf, to a mutual enemy, in a bar on a tropical island. ... more

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Track Name: Take It Somewhere
The world has never been a friend
Let us not
Pretend

If you survive a single day
You should yell Hip Hip Hooray

The downward vector is the trend
What does that
Portend?

The few who run the fuckin show
Don’t believe you need to know

Take it somewhere
Take it there
Just take it somewhere
Take it somewhere
Take it there

It’s one thing to be still alive
Let alone to thrive

For those who suffer not a bit
You and I do not mean shit

Just take it somewhere
Take it somewhere
Take it there
Just take it somewhere
Take it somewhere
Take it there

Just throw it in the trunk
With all the other junk
And go become a monk

Knock it off a cliff
And let em get a whiff of you

Toss it on the fire
And get a little higher
Ain’t that what you desire?

Drain away the blood
And dunk it in the mud
You’re through

Before we call it all a wash
Try to give
A gosh

If you survive another day
You should yell Hip Hip Hooray
And take it somewhere
Track Name: Fair and Square
You called me
Complaining
I heard you out

You stall me
You’re draining
Your words of doubt

But it’s only a matter of time
Before you show me the bottom line

Give me one
Good reason
Why I should care

I’m freezin
All season
While you’re nowhere

But it’s only a matter of time
Before you throw me a vertical line
Because I earn my share
Fair and square

The ticking
The talking
The time for talk has come and gone
It's sickening
It's exhausting
Exactly whose side are you on?
It doesn't matter what you say
The wait is over either way

But it’s only a matter of time
Before you show me the bottom line
Track Name: Good for the Kind
Below the snow
A frozen crow
Behind his eyes
The fire dies

Beyond the wall
The soldiers fall
Because the king
Knows everything

He knows that what is
Good for the kind
Is good for the mean
And good for everybody in between
What’s good for the wide
Is good for the lean
And everybody in between.

Before the war
A star is born
Beside the road
She drags her load

Between the lines
The wealthy dine
Because the king
Knows everything

He knows that what is
Good for the kind
Is good for the mean
And good for everybody in between
What’s good for the wide
Is good for the lean
And everybody in between.

There’s only so much to go around
So who’s gonna give up
An inch of their ground?

So good for the kind
And good for the mean
And good for everybody in between
Good for the wide
And good for the lean
And everybody in between.
Track Name: Super Scenic
Say you love me like you mean it
This could be our last catastrophe
We won’t know until we’ve seen it
If we’ve reached our full capacity

Did you see that big explosion?
Do they say we should evacuate?
What’s that glowing in the ocean?
Did our future just evaporate?

It defies all comprehension
It’s too horrible to mention
It defies all comprehension
It’s too horrible to mention

Hold me closer. That’s an edict
We can watch it from the balcony
Supersonic, super scenic
Universal abnormality

So say you love me like you mean it
This could be the last catastrophe
We won’t know until you’ve seen it
Just when we’ve seen the last of me

It defies all comprehension
It’s too horrible to mention
It defies all comprehension
It’s too horrible to mention
Track Name: Common Knowledge
In the human equation
As everyone knows
We cannot be replaced by
Clever codes of ones and zeroes

Are we missing the data?
Are we out of our minds?
Does the world we created
Correspond to any design?

Common knowledge

All seven billion of us
Ought to set aside a certain day
To get familiar with a
better kind of common knowledge

From the time of the cavemen
The evidence shows
Information behaves like waves
That grow as long as they flow

In a civilization
We pay what we owe
And we stick to our stations
Till the whole thing finally blows

And it’s over
All our heads
Hangin over
Al our heads

Common knowledge
Track Name: Laugh It Up Fuzzball
Well your Worship
Looks like you managed to keep me around
for a little while longer.
Just a little while longer.

I had nothing to do with it.
General Rieekan thinks it's
dangerous for any ships
to leave the system.

That’s a good story.
I think you just can't bear
to let a gorgeous guy like
me out of your sight.
A gorgeous guy like me.

I don’t know where you get your
delusions, laser brain.
I don't know where you get your delusions.

Laugh it up, fuzzball.
Laugh it up, fuzzball.
Laugh it up, fuzzball.
Laugh it up, fuzzball.

But you didn’t see us alone
in the south passage.
She expressed her
true feelings for me
Her true feelings for me

My...! Why, you stuck up,...
half-witted... scruffy-looking...
nerf-herder!

Who’s scruffy-looking?
I must have hit pretty close to
the mark to get her all riled up
like that, huh, kid?
I got her all riled up.

Why, I guess you don’t know
everything about women yet.
Like there aren’t any others.
Watch me kiss my brother.

Laugh it up, fuzzball.
Laugh it up, fuzzball.
Track Name: Moral Center
Without a moral compass or
A moral telescope
Without a moral microphone or
A moral calculator

Without a moral level or
A moral calipers
Without a moral microscope or
A moral cup of coffee

I mean what I mean
I lean how I lean
I glean what I glean
I’m seen how I’m seen
From machine to machine
To machine to machine
Until my code is clean

I know what I know
I grow how I grow
I show what I show
I flow how I flow
From machine to machine
To machine to machine
Until my code is clean

Without a magic bullet or
A magic hand grenade
Without a magic missile or
A magic neurotoxin

Without a magic A-bomb or
A magic coup d’etat
Without a magic apocalypse or
A magic glass of whiskey
Track Name: You Can't Go Home Again
You can’t go home again
You can’t go home
You can’t go home again
You can’t go home
You really can’t go home
And if you think you can go home again you’ll find that you
Were very wrong

I’m lousy company
I slouch and mumble
If you get drunk with me
I’ll slur and stumble
Until the day
You realize you’d really rather not have
Lunch with me
And keep away

I’ll bum your cigarettes
And spoil the ending
Before it’s over yet
And you’ll be spending
More money on the meal
Which is a lousy deal I understand exactly how
You probly feel

What kind of asshole am I?
Let me spell it out

If you shake hands with me
I’ll fuck your wife
Break up your family
And wreck your life
I’ll even get you fired
Because I’ll burn your office down and then confess and claim
That you conspired

You can’t go home again
Because of me
You can’t go home again
Because of me
You can’t go home
Because I moved in with your former family