Songs For My Cat

by Grandpa Egg

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I recorded these songs for my cat Mokey. You are of course welcome to listen to them.

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released August 4, 2011

All songs by Jeb Morris
Produced by Bart Morris
Artwork by Grandpa Egg

Players:
Jeb - vocals, acoustic, keys, auxiliary stuff
Bart - bass, ebow, toy piano (track 1), ukulele (track 10)
Inga - keyboard (track 10)

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Track Name: Aria Darling
Red lung my darling Aria
Tread Harley Quinn we, Aria
Oooooh Ooooh Ooooh Oooh Oo-ooh
Stale eyes have torn your heart in two

Now, if you’re freaking out
You should know
Thick as thieves avow

Take my hand
We can wake the ragtime band

Red lung my darling Aria
Dead rung my darling Aria
Oooooh Ooooh Ooooh Oooh Oo-ooh
Cans of coiled worm cavorting through

Now, if you’re freaking out
Don’t be slow
Thick as thieves, we shout

Take my hand
We can wake the ragtime band
Circle and bow
Let you’re hair stream purple now

Oooooh Ooooh Ooooh Oooh Oo-ooh
When the bones in hand don’t feel true

Now, if you’re freaking out
You should know
That I’m freaking out

Take my hand
We can stir the ragtime band
Yielding dawn
Hit the floor headfirst come on
Our brains spill out
And mix like paint together now
We circle and drown
Let your hair stream green and brown
Track Name: Bob
Bob Bob Bob Bob Bob
He’s the creature from my childhood dreams
Long ago
Bob Bob Bob Bob Bob
In the stories that were told

Bob Bob Bob Bob Bob
He’s growing old and you know
Bob Bob Bob Bob Bob
In the stories that unfold

Each notebook leaf, a new adventure
His sidekick Imp, waiting in the wings
Arch nemeses at every turn
He’s unearthly and free

Umbrella cloak in red & black rows
Spectral torso trailing as he goes
Swelt eyes caught cross, or so it seems
Old-time rocker in themes

Find a flame-thrower or machine-gun
Just lying around, glinting in the sun
Take aim and say fuck-all to this
Amassing dismay
Start blasting away
Track Name: Birthday Song
I’m rubbing cake all over my face
I’m rubbing cake all over my face
Mama says it looks a disgrace
I’m rubbing cake all over my face
I’m gonna smash these bottles and plates

I’ve got on lipstick and my swim trunks
I’m gonna take a bath in the punch
I want to take a bath with the girl
Who smiles to herself as I run amuck

[Refrain]
It’s my goddamn birthday
It’s my day to shine
It’s my goddamn birthday
Maybe I could make her mine

I’m gonna take a gun to the bank
I’m gonna have some fun the old-fashioned way
Press the barrel right up against
The bank teller’s forehead and say
“Some for me and some for the girl”
“Who smiles every time I say her name”

[Refrain]

[Bridge]
And when the day is done
Things may feel different
Maybe I’ll hold on
To that wild mane
When tomorrow comes
Lost in the distance
With the Earth it spun
Off and away
Now come and gone
Soft reminiscence
Maybe I’ll hold on
To that smile she gave
Track Name: You've Got The Madness
Mind spun like a top
Shot through the attic
Walls to climb and then some
Thoughts light up across
Midsummer night skies

Mokey I’m afraid
You’ve got the Madness
Call me in the morning
Once you’ve had a chance
To sleep it off

Mind spun like a top
Flung through the front room
Jaws unhinge and claws glint
Gone off like a flash bulb
In the snow

After examining your chart
I can see that you’re suffering
From a severe case of the madness

Twine voices they talk
To you in visions
Tearing flesh and torrents rain
Stood so alone
That fateful day

Mokey I’m afraid
You’ve got the madness
Should you care to join us
Once you’ve slept it off
We could be friends again
Track Name: Catatonic Blue
The music swims around in furry-head
Its monsoon season for my tabby-cat
Well, he’s half siam

The violins shred clouded thoughts.
Light stratifies the shock
And my cat twists and twirls.
To dance deranged
A typhoon ballet

[Refrain]
He’s watching, corner room
Catatonic blue

The music cracks and glistens in furry-head
Refracted whims imprisoned.
What a mad little kitten I have

The blurry mind’s eye dilates
Azure skies dissipate, as Mokey lies in wait
For his typhoon ballet

[Refrain]

Then he jumps up out of position
Whirling around like a gale apparition!
Track Name: Hairball Shimmy
Mokey’s doing the Hairball Shimmy
Doing the Hairball Shimmy all around

Meander along till the feeling comes on
Stealing the rhythm and seething the song
Shrug your shoulders, stick out your tongue
Cough the hairball up with your lungs
And say…

Step out from
Behind the velvet curtain. You’re on
Jive with the spasms as they come along
Shrug your shoulders, stick out your tongue
Cough the hairball up with your lungs
And say…

Mokey’s doing the Hairball Shimmy
Staring me in the eyes all the while
He’s doing the Hairball Shimmy
Carry the hairball up and out in style

If you can
Embrace the demons, you’ll set them free
Clean out your closet. Scream and shout in…
Shrug your shoulders, stick out your tongue
Cough the hairball up with your lungs
And say…
Track Name: Mokey's GloveBall Quest
Mokey woke up late one day
Sun ran through the window pane
Warmth to flood his fuzzy mane
Will it incubate his brain?

In his mind he’ll float along
Waves of golden Siren song
Stirring molten visions up
Careful not to touch the cup

Lift the eyelids drifting black
Sunlight surging cataract
Rack the senses, back-to-the-end
Close your eyes and stretch and then…

Thought’s philosophy and zest
Mokey sets out on his quest
Off to fight the spirits squall
Find the one-and-only Glove Ball!

[Guitar refrain]

Telephone’s a-ringing wild
Swells of sound and vision pile
Up inside a waking dream
Mokey sheds an aching scream

Scamper all along the couch
Swing from claws, hung upside-down
Dart through doorways, slash and stir
Dander dash confetti blur

By the window, finds a clue
A shiny string that he once knew
Tied around the Glove Ball then
Lift the latch and spring from the den

Oh the Glove Ball, gone astray
Mokey’s explorations take
Our blue-eyed hero down the path
Violet darkness falling fast

[Guitar refrain]

All around the crickets chirp
Fireflies flickered mirth
And Mokey moves through sticks and brush
A mystic quest, press on he must

Now the moon is shining bright
Spiny branches split the night
And splintered twigs close in on all sides
Mokey spins and shucks and jives

Then suddenly, Mokey stops!
His claws sink in the soil plot
Off in the distance, shimmered bright
A pair of simmering-yellow eyes

They vanished quick like sinking stones
Mokey sat there all alone
The darkness held unyielding plight (unending doubt)
And Mokey bedded down for the night

[Guitar refrain]

When he awoke, all lay still
No stirring mice or whippoorwills
Mokey turned, to his surprise
He met with simmering-yellow eyes

He leapt back with coursing fright
Another cat as black as night
And in his mouth the Black Cat held
The one-and-only Glove Ball, well…

In that second split so fine
The torrents lit his wintered mind
A glint of Taurean design
And Mokey leapt forth, feral-blind

He sunk his claws deep in the black
Alas, he felt a surge come back
It shot through every bone he had
And brought a vision slow and mad

[Guitar refrain]

He saw a giant purple cube
A perfect monolithic ruse
Comprised in scores of tiny ants
They moved together in a trance

And in the cube, which gleamed so bright
He saw himself, he shimmered white
He saw that he too was comprised
Of tiny ants, to his surprise

These ants were white and black and gray
They moved together in that same way
And they were he and he was they
All one within the cube display

Then Mokey came out of his dream
With smoke and ash all across the scene
The Glove-Ball now was in his mouth
The Black Cat nowhere to be found
Track Name: Monsters By Sea
And if monsters come, they will come by sea
And if monsters come, they will come through walls around you
With terrible eyes rolling, terrible teeth
Gnashing, they cry to the moon and their king the Mongrel

[Refrain]
Bedposts grow branches here
Tangled groves for dance and cheer
They know to find you, dear
Cross the sea over a year

So wildly gone, they will crack their smiles
In spirals and song, they can tap their toes for miles
Now frolicking on, in the moonlight guiles
Like spires at dawn, freely dance in fireside styles

[Refrain]

And if monsters come, they will come by sea
If monsters come, they will come through walls around you
They’ll carry you off on shoulder tops, through trees
Then ferry across in moonlight dreams abounding

[Refrain]

They show their razor-sharp
Brazen claws that clink and spark
Wild Mokey staring stark
Let the wild rumpus start
Track Name: BorderTown Song
In a little border town
South of Chiricahua ground
The lustful seek forgiveness
From old familiar friends

Mariachis cull the sound
The desert sun is going down
Some may search for new lines
In the same old songs they’re sent

Have you nothing to spare for a tired old man?

In a little border town
Sorrows for a quarter drown
In cups of warm Tecate
And mescal-tonic vials

Firecrackers in the wind
The dire thoughts come creeping in
Dark curls on her fair skin
Disarmingly, she smiles

Have you no one to care for you now that she’s gone?
Lavender heavens stare sorrowfully down upon

In a little border town
The dark drifting angels go dancing through you mind
In a little border town
The shadows keep secrets of every sordid kind
In a little border town
The traces are tangled in melodies that wind
Round together lithely bound
To still-born notions of a life now left behind