Love, Death & Vegetables

by Flavia Faas

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released 22 September 2013

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefan Osadzinski at Future Sound Amsterdam, 2013.
(except "Lief": recorded by Flavia Faas)
Produced and arranged by Stefan Osadzinski and Flavia Faas
Music and lyrics written and performed by Flavia Faas
except:
Bass - Joav Richartz
Trombone - Niek Melchers
Violin - Ute Apfelstedt

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Track Name: Happiness Blues
could someone hit me in the face
i've seen so many happy days of laughter
don't know what to cry about
what to sing out loud

'cause happy songs don't make you cry
don't make you want to curl up and die
or sigh with sympathy
which probably means they're meaningless
maybe it's best not to sing at all

i have no man who beats me repeatedly
i have no painful childhood memories
i'm not on drugs
i've not been raped,
or murdered seven times
i feel just fine

maybe if i speak in metaphors that don't make sense-
the cat will open up the door for me instead
and you'll believe it's art
and scratch your chin
Track Name: Your Daughter
good morning, mister
did you have a good night?
was the pillow all right?
did the minions chase away your bad dreams?
that must have been a hell of a fight

you'd better poach them some eggs
and make the most exquisite breakfast-
you'll ever make

and then you can tell me, mister benedict,
how's your daughter doing?

is she dancing in the sun, with the wind in her back
or is she dancing in an alley to score some crack
she is so blessed to have another seven mouths to feed
isn't breeding on her nest all she'll really need
how long does she have left to live
is she still in school
or did she run away from home
did she run away from home yet
tell me, mister benedict,
how's your daughter doing?

good morning, mister
did you sleep well as well?
are you still under the spell you're doing a good job?
i don't think every boy and girl finds it equally swell,
if you ask them,
but, oh well, you can just lock them up

and after you've done that
you can tell me, mister president,
how's your daughter doing?

as they say in Russia
"Mary, Mary, become a feminist"
Mary, Mary, make them remember this
do they not have a clue what they are doing to you
go ahead and call their bluff
and scream your head off "off with their heads"
before we run away from home
we didn't run away from home (yet)

tell me, mother Mary,
how are your daughters doing (now)?
Track Name: Wake Me Up
wake me up
before i make a bed of concrete
and let the walls consume me
just dreams don't do the trick
so wake me up

wake me up
before the sun sets in the deep sea
i let the walls consume me
just dreams don't do the trick
so wake me up

i want to be close to you
but could the walls be a little thicker-
i'm getting bigger all the time
this side is mine

i want to be near to you
but don't want to hear you,
you're queer
just put some sugar in my cup,
but don't wake me up

my love is not in a picture
my love is not in a word
my love is in your face
and in voices that can be heard

wireless kisses
don't make wireless babies
what do we need the most?
well, let me make a toast
to real, warm loving

why is this
elementary business
so far away from home?
hang on, i'm on the phone,
can you shut up?
come on, wake up
Track Name: Fish Fight
you make me feel like i'm a bad person
you make me feel like i do nothing right
your voice, it resonates in my bowels
do we have to fight like this?

i have known long before
this was a match made by dada
i am a fish and you're an animal
don't try to squeeze me so tight

romance in concrete
laughter in hate
show me your sweetness
before it's too late

i'm addicted

you make me feel like i'm a bad person
you make me feel like i do nothing right
your voice, it resonates in my bowels
do we have to fight like this?
Track Name: Just In Case
no time to worry about the present
who knows what's up next

in case of fire
in case of rain
in case there'll be a future
in case i'll grow old
in case i'll die young
i'll triple my efforts
and minimise my time

just in case
Track Name: Children's Menu
children's menu, children's menu
what shall we put on the children's menu?
children's menu, children's menu
which one shall we eat today?

Tim and Hans are naughty little boys
they fight over sweets and they cry over toys
their shrilly high voices send chills down my spine
i'd know what to do with them, if they were mine

children's menu, children's menu
who shall we put on the children's menu?
children's menu, children's menu
which one shall we eat today?

rosie is sad and can not stop to whine
just because she is six doesn't make that fine
if she has some sense, she'll grow up very soon
or i'll have her for lunch at noon

oh, poor mothers, i know you feel it too
do not be ashamed, it's perfectly natural
let's open up our hearts and speak of this taboo
i'm sure we will agree on what is best for all to do

children's menu, children's menu
who shall we put on the children's menu?
children's menu, children's menu
which one shall we eat today?
Track Name: Moon
there's a little house outside the city
outside of your mind
there's no place you'd rather go to
i can tell
by the angle of your nose

there's a secret in the corner
you've seen it in your dreams
are you awake now
or are you asleep?
it's all the same here
all your dreams are true
on the dark side of the moon

spinning circles, spiralling in
no answers on the floor
no handle on the door
quit staring at the light,
you'll go blind
i'll take you to the dark side of the moon

twinkle, twinkle, little eyes
don't ever give up hope
don't ever lose your twinkle
Track Name: Wrong
i wish there was a god
to blame for your sorrow
i'd kill it for you

i wish there were some bones to break
to ease your pain
but no revenge could be sweet enough
to soothe this bitterness

so just cry tonight
and hope for tomorrow


karma, speak to me
explain yourself
why don't you go punish someone else
because you've got it wrong
you've got it wrong

Jesus, or whoever claims the prize
watch out for me,
you'd better sleep with open eyes
Track Name: Hijs De Gieren
hijs de gieren tot we zwieren
en nooit meer naar huis gaan
valt er hier nog wat te vieren
wachtend op de nieuwe maan

ver van onder komt de donder
ingewanden trekken krom
vlijtig hopen op een wonder
alle kinderen waaien om

the end is near, or so i hear
over and over again
but never clear if we should fear
gods or men

beschuitje varen, theetje drinken
het einde van de wereld rond
met een drijfveer kan je niet zinken
vogels blijven aan de grond

home
i can't wait to come home

krijg de hik, het is een valstrik
spinnen lopen niet meer
het regent hoedjes van de schrik
natte voeten in de weer
Track Name: Stront
we denken aan morgen zonder zorgen
en voelen ons geborgen
in een weiland vol met stront
sluiten wij nu een verbond
om te blijven zitten op ons kont

(poep en blubber)
Track Name: Taste Of Madness
you should have gone by now
there's no one else around
they will keep you safe
you should have gone by now

the old soy sauce stain on your shirt
is shaped like an airplane
they're calling out my name
you should go now

one step, one step, one step
come outside to play
one step, one step, one step
feel free to stay
for as long as you like
come on, move your feet
one step, one step, one step
the smell's so sweet

and soon you'll taste the taste of madness
a bloody tear in your mouth is telling you to stop
but is it worth the risk to let your bubble pop...?

these creatures are my friends, at least that's what they claim
maybe it's time for me to take the blame myself
for messing up this perfectly fine day
with songs of facial hair that's swimming in the Spree

i'll try to fight them
with Cassie's kick and stab and then i'll bite them
i can not feel my feet
i should've gone by now

one step, one step, one step
come outside to play
one step, one step, one step
feel free to stay
for as long as you like
come on, move your feet
one step, one step, one step
the smell's so sweet

and soon you'll taste the taste of madness
a bloody tear in your mouth is telling you to stop
but is it worth the risk to let your bubble pop...?
Track Name: Statues Break
keep on smiling, you're number one
no need to worry, no harm done
time we've got plenty and it heals all wounds
so i tell you to keep on smiling

so i swallow my pride and down your mess
put my mask back on
clench my fists and bury my feet
must keep standing in the storm

but even statues break, you know
even statues fall

come a little closer to this side
do i need to be a bitch
to be taken into consideration?
no rules apply
i'll be all right
come a little closer to this side
come a little closer

but i swallow my pride and down your mess
put my mask back on
clench my fists and bury my feet
must keep standing in the storm

but even statues break, you know
even statues fall

little steps across the line
trying to bend it
little steps can be no crime
just keep on stretching
keep on stretching
keep on stretching

but even rubber breaks, you know

got rid of my pride
i want out of your mess
put my coat back on
inflate myself and get some rest
sail out of the storm
so long
Track Name: I Am Useful
sometimes i wish i'd be more useful
without perception of what is use
sometimes i wish i'd be more beautiful
but then, without knowing just what i would choose

the grass is always greener on the other side,
but honestly, i prefer blue
and i haven't seen that with you, yet
so i take a trip to the ocean,
where the seagulls cry
i like to think they're cries of joy-
for getting to hang around in the sky
all the time

sometimes i think i'm very useful
so good that i can do nothing at all
i couldn't think of a thing more beautiful
than staying here with you
and watch the stars fall

and climb back up
and fall

do you feel superiorly useful
going to work every day
and saving up for tomorrow?
i happen to think you're very beautiful
so let's take a stroll

the grass is pretty green on this side
so each time i feel blue
i should go swimming with you
we'll take a trip to the ocean,
where the seagulls cry
i know that they're cries of joy
for getting to hang around in the sky
all the time

oh yes, i feel so useful
so good that i can do nothing at all
i couldn't think of a thing more beautiful
than staying here with you
and watch the stars fall

and climb back up
and fall
Track Name: Cassie
Cassie is insane
but i love her all the same
the way she moves improves the solar system

she teaches tang su hok
to ferocious old socks
because you never know what comes around the next corner

it's kick, two three, stab, five six
-don't forget to smile-
jump, eight nine, bat your eyes
wait

carefully, viciously
always a surprise
i hope it isn't too late
for the medicine

Cassie has a taste
for ocean bottom waste
she could eat at least a two-master for breakfast

the way that her hair
shimmers in the light
as she chews, it makes me melt inside

it's kick, two three, stab, five six
-don't forget to smile-
jump, eight nine, bat your eyes
wait

carefully, viciously
always a surprise
i hope it isn't too late
for the medicine

one night i asked her out
to question her about
where she got that pretty smile of hers
and she said-

...

"all right then" i replied
"that makes perfect sense,
i never knew it was really all that simple"

she took me by the hand
and threw me in the air
and that is how we started our five hours dancing

it's kick, two three, stab, five six
-don't forget to smile-
jump, eight nine, bat your eyes
wait

carefully, viciously
always a surprise
i hope it isn't too late
for the medicine

Cassie is insane
but i love her all the same
the way she moves improves the solar system