There is Not a Snake

by Nick Teehan

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credits

released April 20, 2012

Nick Teehan - lead vocals, keyboards (2,3,5,7)
Rob Teehan - sousaphone, arrangements (4,9)
Philip Miles - guitar (except 4,9,10)
Neil MacIntosh - drums (except 4,9,10)
Kelsey McNulty - accordian (1,2,6,8,10), piano (6,9)
background vocals (2)
Nicolas Buligan - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, stankophone (1,2,5,6,7)
Patric McGroarty - cornet, flugelhorn, stankophone (1,2,3,5,7)
John Williams - clarinet (1,2,8)

Tanya Charles - 1st violin
Jessica Deutsch - 2nd violin
Aleksa Toskov - viola
Alex McMaster - cello

Greg Samek - marimba (4)

The Say Hello Singers
Megan Thomas, Edward Haberer, Joe Ernewein, Laura Bates, Chloe Spears, Anna Diemert

All songs written by Nick Teehan
Produced by Joe Ernewein
Engineered by Greg Dawson at BWC Studios
Mixed by John JK Kanakis
Mastered at the ‘E’ Room by Peter J Moore

all music and lyrics Nicholas Teehan
copyright 2012 (SOCAN)

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Track Name: Racoon
If I were a racoon I would dance beside the moon
on the fence by the shed in your yard
all the things you discard line my stomach clog my heart
but for you darling darling I would starve

so many of us here tonight you left us all behind
since davey crockett’s genocide
we racoons only come out late at night

furry hands and rotting teeth I can’t spit but I can weep
from the hedge I can see you while you sleep
and maybe one moonless night open window turned out light
we could dance I would never tell a soul

strong-armed men took my friends
skinned their backs and left their ends
I don’t see beauty in their stale disguise
I’m the last to survive but if I’m to stay alive
darling you must let me come inside

this is my last time here tonight I won’t leave you behind
goddamn if you’re davey crockett’s wife
but he sleeps through most the night
this is my last time here tonight I won’t leave you behind
and davey crockett’s hats are nice
but If I come home and old davey’s there
and he must kill me I don’t care
but if you must skin me
please don’t wear my hide
Track Name: Say Hello
you’re feeling lonely but its no real big deal
cause happiness is more than just about how you feel you stay in bed shut the blinds and lock the door
you threw your bed out now you’re sleeping on the floor
these feelings come and these feelings go
cause life’ll never be just so

sometimes it looks like the roof is caving in you stand up and the whole world starts to spin counter-clockwise you’re going back in time remember all the love you left behind these feelings come and these feelings go cause life’ll never be just so

so just say hello say hello strangers love you more than your or me could ever know
say hello say hello strangers love you more than you or me could ever know
say hello say hello oh yeah I love you more than you could ever ever know
say hello say hello you and me are apple trees in wintertime we freeze in the snow

I think I know what it’s like to be you and baby if I’m right I know just what to do just get out on the street and do anything and in a while it’ll be ok

you’re always bracing against the next attack
you freak out and you just come running back
to all the things you said were never good
I know you can but do you really think you should?
these feelings come and these feelings go
cause life’ll never be just so
Track Name: Four Seasons Cut in Two
On sunday first three months after june
sunflower hinted frost upon its bloom
and as I walked home that sharpened night
I saw four seasons cut in two

the snow comes fast the birds come much to slow
cause each time they fly there’s further south to go
and we all dig holes deep enough to hide
when we’ll come out no one knows

no one prepared for when the sun went lame
computers froze with no one left to blame
and as we burned their bodies in a warming flame
the snow and ashes looked the same
Track Name: Mom Song
Sitting cross-legged with our birthstones in our fingers we both knew from the start that we had met before
as we listened to the gods murmur loudly form within they hinted once you were my daughter
we were maiden of the shield
and we marched through beltaine fires noble horses of the field
but this time you’re my mother and this time I’m your son

so how much has changed
everything’s changed I guess
and our old bones are deep underground
but once and a while we remember it all
when we hear that familiar sound
and your back doesn’t hurt and I can see your smile with my roguish eye
and the wind on the leaves sounds like waves on the shore of the ocean
we were born there we lived there were died there
and we remember it all by that cardinals call
come dance with me mother I know you remember how
promise me always that we’ll be together somehow come dance with me mother I know you remember how
through all of these centuries always I’ll find you somehow

walking in trilliums freshly bloomed
the lilac breeze entices golden maple keys to drop and spin
through your flowing hair you told me there are spirits in the trees
and they’ll tell you every story from the moment of your birth
with their roots they’re scratching history on the center of the earth
and it reads this time I’m your mother and this time I’m your son

so how much has changed
everything’s changed I guess
and our old bones are deep underground
but once and a while we remember it all
when we hear that familiar sound
and your back doesn’t hurt and I can see your smile with my roguish eye
and the wind on the leaves sounds like waves on the shore of the ocean
we were born there we lived there were died there
and we remember it all by that scarlet bird's call
come dance with me mother I know you remember how
promise me always that we’ll be together somehow come dance with me mother I know you remember how
through all of these centuries always I’ll find you somehow
Track Name: There is Not a Snake
There is Not a Snake

there’s a lonely cabin on a lonely hill where my problems wait patiently until until I can deal until I’m off these pills no one waits for me on the hill

I’ve been waiting so long so long
for the devil’s worship song
there is not a cloven hoof there is not a snake
that makes any of my mistakes

take my tired hands take me tired feet
just don’t take my money while I sleep
I’ve been thinking hard at what to old man said
listen to the voices in your head

I’ve been waiting so long so long
for the devil’s worship song
there is not a cloven hoof there is not a snake
that makes any of my mistakes
Track Name: Isobella Morris
well there’s a name on my arm etched in ink for all to see
she is Isobella Morris and she once was sworn to me but that was so long ago that for now I can’t be sure
if I come home will she be there
like those hundred times before
and how can I get there from this the ocean floor?

she was the fairest lady that I had ever seen
when I first drowned I swore we’d meet again
on pastures rolling green
but when I go to the hilltop all the salt beneath my feet burned the grass crushed the mountains
there was no one there but me
before I knew the ground sank back into the sea

Isobella Morris dear
don’t you ever go off-shore
if I ever find you here
I will drag you to the floor

oh how I hope that you still walk along the beach on brighter days
I send you gifts each time the tide rolls in
some pitiful some great
but Isobella all your weepin is what keeps your love from me
all your tears sank the ocean send me farther out to sea
I’ve lost all hope of pastures rolling green
Track Name: False Love
False Love

Well I met my false love
in an old department store
she wore a portuguese gown
a statue on the sales floor

I bought her from the shopkeep
took her home to my apartment
put my grandmothers ring on her plastic finger
and whispered in the darkness

say you love me just once
darling you know it’s true
I’ll change your clothes every season the things I’ll do for you
I’ll buy all fluorescent lights
cause I know you like them best
say it once it’s alright
say you love me just once say you love me just once

and I’ve never been so scared as when
that army of old mannequins
with pale skin and body parts
and dead eyes made from middle eastern oil

they stood you in a window case
an armless plastic venus
perfect porcelain removed from love
and all of my diseases

now I’m digging a hole
to hell or china
I need a new grandmothers ring
where else could I find such a thing?

and I dug down so deep
no sun will shine here
only way out is down
till then I’ll disappear

digging a hole
digging a hole
one day I’ll be free
free from the hole
by the boneyard tree
Track Name: Disneyland
Disneyland

when walt disney froze his brain to save the future
was it just to leave his awful past behind?
so in his grave an empty shell he’d feel much purer
no need to work so hard with so much less to hide

I love jesus but I’ve only seen his movies
I love satan every time I close my eyes
all these years he’s been at sea out peddling rubies
for the kings who use the stones to sell their lies

at the mansion there’s a shadow from the future
falling faster than the pundits ever thought
and while yeah we could have change with blood thats newer
there’s a virus fed from centuries of rot

so take your ipods from your assholes
and your bluetoothes from your ear
come down from your ivory castles where the foods all disappeared
watch the starving crumbling lepers covet the water from your spit
cause we’ve pumped this world so hard its gushing oil from every slit

we’re all doomed
the worlds a tomb
where the doves choke on the new popes icy plume we’re all doomed
the worlds a tomb
mummifying children fresh out of the womb

and while music videos
are annexing your bedroom walls
the only place to get some quiet
are disabled bathroom stalls
move your couch in move your dresser
keep your feet warm by the dryer
we can all hole up in here until the empires final spire

tumbles down
in a sparkling mound
so falls the crown spewing jewellery all
around tumbles down
in such a mound
and watch the fools collecting treasure from the ground

and while thunder dome may happen soon
old tina turner will be dead
and in place of smoke and leather
there’ll be skeletons instead
and while the chimps collect our bones
to build the second comings shrine
all the sky will open up with rain
that burns your eyes like brine
Track Name: Broken Window
there was a glow in the sky
when I looked up on that broken church on old westmoreland avenue
all the windows were cracked and I caught a whiff of incense
and did something I thought I’d never do
now this is where I go for questions and answers though I never once knocked on that padlocked door but that broken window tempts me in ways that stained glass and guilt and shame
had never tempted me before

I run a route past all the empty buildings that I love wondering dreaming what it was and what if anything it’ll be
for a town they call so dense
there’s a thousand empty spaces
that I’d gladly move into if I could only stay for free
the city stripped away all their symbols
now it’s just stone and brick to the sky
I never cared to much about angels
but they haunt me every time that I pass by they haunt me every time that I pass by

there’s a mural out my window showing chubby children of all colours with instruments
they’re trying to learn my song
but right behind it there’s an icon
emblazoned in orange floodlights
the stars are black they’re playing it all wrong
I’ve never been so scared of a graveyard
but it’s this whole town we’re living in
I’m in the palm of dying churches
their boney fingers scratching at my window-frame of tin their boney fingers scratching at my window-frame of tin

and the subway station bustles with figures darkened by their high lapels
like soldiers with no shelter from the rain
and their eyes are on the floor when once man jumps they all shrug change direction
mutter suicide I’m late again
another funeral procession marches above the subway line
a boy asks his mother what happened
she says dress in black I promise you’ll be fine
just always dress in black and you’ll be fine

there’s plague that spreads like shopping malls
the minstrels lost their instruments
they beg put never look you in the face
and when they do you feel unlucky
cause no matter how you empathize
you know that they can never take your place

and the garbage overflows
you can smell it every summer
in the winter you’re inhaling sewer gas
and at the bar each time you go
there’s a different ancient crackhead shaking hands
and coughing shards of broken glass
he’s shaking hands and coughing shards of broken glass

so thank god we’re all so bohemian
with our dwellings cracked and cold and spare
I only use the finest of shampoos
but that stockyard smell won’t wash out of my hair thank go we’re all so bohemian with out dwellings cracked and cold and spare
I only use the finest of shampoos but that stockyard smell won’t wash out of my hair
I can’t wash this godless town from my brown hair
Track Name: In The Morning...
In the Morning...
so softly my love my love awakes
she mumbles sweetly could you fix me some eggs
step lightly the floor is old it creaks
trip to the kitchen sit down fall back asleep
my love wakes me up with a cup of tea
look in the fridge and there’s nothing left to eat

I won’t be held accountable
for things that I said I would do
I just woke up I’m still dreamin of you in the morning...

get dressed in the clothes from yesterday
trip to the store and buy half a dozen eggs
walking back a dachshund growls at me
i startle easy the eggs falls in the street
go back to the store to buy more
but my bank card is empty
go home to explain but my love’s gone back asleep

I won’t be held accountable for things that I said I would do I just woke up I’m still dreamin of you in the morning...