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released June 18, 2011

Judy F., Erin H., Dan M., Dave C.

Mastered by Matt J.

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so+so Somerville, Massachusetts

so+so (so and so): judy and erin each write lyrics/music and from there everybody backs one another up, and adds wonder. original band members: judy, erin, dan, and dave. a local band in the cambridge/somerville area since 2001.

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Track Name: Clean
Clean

My room feels like a mausoleum, mausoleum.
Voices on the outside, whispering “carpe diem.”
But every moon has a dark side,
Every cloud is unlined,
It’s a sign of an unhealthy mind.
Cars splash on the wet streets,
there’s sexualized women on the tv screen,
for a change, I’ll change the sheets and
feel clean, feel clean, feel clean.
Do you ever suspect what you want is taboo?
Doesn’t matter what but the rules they apply to you,
chiding deriding reproof on their faces and
just where the hell do you think that your place is?
Just where would you get off?
if you could stop the world?
All its buzzing and shifting stimulation but
your very heartbeat disturbs the creation.
Its crazy pattern is just a distraction, a sinner transgressed
for even asking, you better repress what you need,
til you’re feeling half-empty, some seasonal confection
there’s so many roads to dejection, there’s so many roads to dejection,
there’s so many roads... but only the one to pure perfection,
there’s only the one to pure perfection, there’s only the one
where the bones have been picked clean.
Track Name: ESP
ESP

Even when you’re inside out, you miss the meaning sometimes.
Especially when you’re inside out, you skid over things sometimes.
ESP abandoned me, even as I live and breathe
so I lose myself in small details, I love a deathlike sleep until I’m free
or I would be, if I were skidding over some things
cause that’s as free as I will ever be.
Must have been a reason, must have been a reason,
Must have been a reason for the change.
Now that’s not even true, but we could use it anyway,
or lose it in the small details, let’s throw it all away
until we’re saved, or just depraved,
because we miss the meaning sometimes, it’s so hard to tell the difference
though someday
we may.
Track Name: Strange Place
Strange Place

Pretending, pretending
performing, intending
then fading, chameleon, while waiting for someone.
Ostending, teaching by ostension,
pretension, pretension.
So seamlessly hermetic, I get it, I get it.
Somewhere, someone could point us, invent us.
Coining terms, coining terms, coining terms
for declension,
Used and mentioned, used and mentioned, used and mentioned,
Used and mentioned.
I wanna go someplace strange
I wanna go someplace strange
I wanna go someplace strange
I wanna go someplace.
Track Name: Tourist Rickshaw
Tourist Rickshaw

Used to take walks
Along the railroad tracks
On a school night
When your friends were sleepin’
You’d resurface in a beat-down one-horse town
Get some Little Debbie snack cakes from the all-night convenience store
A hotdog at the steakhouse and then turn around
Do we want to be ugly
Do we want to be raw
Do we want to just once
Travel in style on a tourist rickshaw?
By now you’ve done so many things
So many times it should be easy
But it’s not that easy
Still find yourself wandering home on autopilot
Still buying groceries with the change in your pocket
Track Name: Gum
Gum

i had the worst dream about you this morning
you were playing tennis in our bedroom
with that girl you’ve got a crush on
and it was love
and i lay on the bed
watching,
waiting for my turn
but i didn’t get one
(of course i didn’t get one)
cause it was
love
you said you were getting in shape—
you said the outside of your body
must be tougher than a Chiclet!
but i knew
the inside was gum
gum
and i woke up choking.
Track Name: Pretty Lights
Pretty Lights

Put it all in God’s hands
He just up and ran.
He’s got bigger problems, to ignore
Ah but “what’s a heaven for”?
And it’s good to be the King, I am sure.
Every time I look at you
I’m reminded of my youth,
Hold my breath, are you through?
Cross my fingers and lie to you.
And the pretty lights make it beautiful
The pretty lights make it so beautiful, it is true.
I’m still living in a dream
It’s why you’re leaving, it’s obscene
that I just never did learn how to be.
And I prefer to look at it now historically.
Held my breath until I died
Crossed my heart and still I lied
but I never prayed at all til he took flight
the game is dead, long live your pride
so just get used, just get used to it
all right, all right, all right.
Track Name: Sorry
Sorry

I analyzed that time til it was fine grained
I lived my life a million times in five days
and in the end, I just got up and walked away
“Sorry about your luck.”
You and Scarface, two really tough guys:
the way you lived was the way you died.
Who’s on the ins? Who’s on the outs?
A man like you can’t have any doubts
But a girl like me has gotta figure it out
A girl like me has gotta second guess
Should she keep her mouth shut
or confess?
So I put it in a jar,
I left it out in the rain...
And if it’s there tomorrow count me a lucky dame,
But happy kid, that’s something else again
I said happy kid, that’s something else again
If you’re happy kid, that’s something else again
Are ya happy kid? That’s something else again
Track Name: Kiss Goodbye
Kiss Goodbye

If you’d like to kiss goodbye we can
I am your biggest fan, you don’t need to stand so far away.
And if I get jealous of your toys
You can share, attaboy, I never said
I didn’t wanna play with your gocarts
and your pedal cars.
I know it’s too heavy for us to be just friends
I guess it’s too heavy for us to be just friends
We’ll never be only friends.
So if you’d rather just shake my hand
That’d be grand, I’m your man
Just please don’t stand so far away.
And if you’re laughing cause I’m shaving my legs
That’s OK, well you can, I just don’t think that it’s so funny
that you’re not shaving your face yet.
Track Name: Wandering Eye
Wandering Eye

Well I forgot your face (blocked it out)
But it’s said I still speak your name, in sleep
And I don’t think that should be held against me
Should not give/take anything away,
Should not reveal or hide me
If in a wakin’ state you’re not still in my way
And in a dream you’re still beside me
Everyone looks great in the photo
Everyone looks fine in 2D
And everyone seems kind, till you know ’em
Everyone used to look good, to me
Well I’d be on the bus
Checking out the shoes
Never looking at the faces
Cause I…
I was too shy
Well I’ve been happier
Since I shut my wandering eye.
Track Name: Suge
Suge

Well I’m gonna get you back, but it won’t be into my arms.
I can feel it in my legs when I kick.
Eternal recurrence is nothing to sneeze at,
it’s gonna hit you like a slap.
And that’s gonna leave a mark.
And I know you’ll carry it with you “for a long, long time”
And that’s too bad, you should get it looked at.
That’s too bad, you should get it checked out.
Cause it don’t look good, you should get it looked at Suge.
Cause I’m gonna get you back, and I don’t mean into my arms.
Won’t even have to waste my charms on you.
I got the long arm of the law on you.
And that’s gonna leave a mark, a recognitional spark that you broke my heart
But don’t you think too hard on it, don’t you think too hard.
Don’t you think too hard on it, just play your part.
Cause everybody’s got their bible, and mine’s proved most reliable
I’ll recite it, a chapter and a verse:
Eternal recurrence is no bullshit it’s gonna hit you hard, gonna leave a mark,
And that’s too bad, you should get it looked at.
That’s too bad, you should get it checked out.
Cause it don’t look good, you should get it looked at Suge.
Track Name: Jujube
Jujube

Oh you are a starling with a jujube
Oh you are a sparrow with a crumb
Oh I like this song that they’ve got playin’
Too bad when I'm with you I feel numb

Oh I think it’s time to feed the meter
Oh I think it’s time that we broke down
OH! You're such a go-getter, go-meet-her
You’d say that it's either drink or drown
Track Name: Chicken Is Thinking
Chicken is Thinking

My heart is lifting, growing stronger
My soul is rising from under my feet.
Spirits are shifting, somewhere yonder
a chicken is thinking of crossing a street.
So please god have mercy on me
Please god have mercy on me
Please god have mercy on species
Not yet flying.
My tears are drying not unsuccessfully
My arms open wider to embrace the sea
My shakes break the plates, I’m lost in the reeds
A siren is singing, so sweetly, I’m sleepy, so
Please god have mercy on me
Please god have mercy on me
Please god have mercy on me,
I am trying.
Track Name: Slowest Boat
Slowest Boat

well i’m the slowest boat on the river
somebody’s pulling something
see, you’re not looking where you’re going
you’ll get away with it
and you can’t let go of the day
can’t let go of the day
can’t let go of the day
you’ll get away with it
these were your eyeglasses
dropped them, by mistake, on the dance floor
thought they were a couple of ice cubes
till you stepped on them
and you can’t let go of the day
can’t let go of the day
can’t let go of the day
you’ll get away with it
if it makes you feel that much better
i cannot bear to reread your letters
i’m out on the town
and i look down to find i’m
wearing one of your old sweaters
and you can’t let go of the day
can’t let go of the day
can’t let go of the day
you’ll get away with it
Track Name: Bunny Suit
Bunny Suit

You think you look so cute in your bunny suit but you’re just a grownup
Juvenile delinquent, and remiss
And now get this —
You cut the inside of your mouth on a cookie
Sit there in your high chair and you look and listen
The stutter of the outside
Makes you shudder inside
You’ve got empathy, and fear, like me
And like the next guy (and like the next guy)
You lurch along in life, like anybody else.
But don’t hook your hopes in me
I’ll snap the line; I’m gone tomorrow
And hide under the bed (and even with that said)
It’s so unclear; it’s still unclear
I’m just a murky jerk out to squander my resources on something futile
And so are you (and so are you)
And sore, soar headlong into the blue
And I get carried away and when I hit the ground I’m just a pawn — I’m just a peon!
I know I am…
If I’m the one that got away, then what are you?
Track Name: Shrink
Shrink

Don’t ask me how I am, you are not near enough to hear
Don’t ask me where I am, it makes me disappear
Don’t ask me why I’m just describing how it feels.
Words are overrated, ones and zeroes are clean
Stars are noncommittal; people are mean
My dog is loyal and my boss is a dream.
No matter how I say it, my shrink don’t know what I mean.
And anyways, I say we’re not alone
She’s got her robot lady, lives in her phone!
I got my television, I got my great mission,
To forget my latest real-life sit-com star.
I can watch her closely on the screen
I can watch her closely, a girl can dream
I can watch her closely but keep it clean
No matter how I say it my shrink don’t know what I mean
Track Name: Bottleneck
Bottleneck

Too late to turn over,
Too sad to care
Too precariously balanced
To even know where
The party is
And I’m a magpie person
With a spangly eye
We’re too worn down to notice
And too lackluster to try
And I’ll sleep in silver
You’ll risk your neck
And in the morning
We’ll wake up
Dim, dumb, and derelict
Fearless and helpless
You love it
Your little catalyst
For contradiction
And hapless
Couldn’t care less
Don’t be such a fool
There’s no time to get angry
We might be stuck here for a while, my dear
Because a bottleneck is hopeless
A bottleneck is HOPELESS
Bottleneck is hopeless dear, and fearless helpless hapless careless
Bottleneck is hopeless, anyway.
Track Name: Clues In the Woods
Clues in the Woods

clues in the woods by their house in the sticks
way back when…
deluded
dizzy
stretched out to breaking
under the pretense of keeping
busy
i was not stalling
(i wanted you to get with it)
i wouldn’t have to police you
if we were friends
having a friendly visit
you want to patch it up
you think it’s on the mend
we’re going to back it up
clues woods house sticks
way…
way back when
Track Name: (If You Ever Get) So Drunk
(If you ever get) So Drunk

I fell off the world that night. You were such a sight
For my sore eyes, but maybe a little too bright.
Yes I knew you were my cosmic mate.
Such a tragic fate for something like that, to be such a one-way street.
But that was a joke you know
I was just messing,
If I ain’t your goddess, I
do have a lesson to learn....
So if you ever get so drunk
That you dare not even stand up
You can call me you know, I miss you,
Miss you so much.
And that is no joke you know, I really mean it,
You’re not from Mars and I sure ain’t from Venus,
I look at the stars you know, I think they’re bluffing,
and how I could go for some earthly loving for once...
So if you ever get so drunk
that you dare not even stand up,
you can call me I’ll come pick you up,
my sweet fluffernutter!
If you ever get so drunk,
that you dare not even stand up
you can call me I’ll come pick you up
out of any gutter!
If you ever get so drunk
that you dare not even stand up
you can call me you know,
I miss you, you know,
miss you that much.
Track Name: Late Last Night
Late Last Night

late last night amidst the black
i took a wrong turn and i’m not going back
found a lightweight child’s ball
glowing orange in the dim,
and saw a glimmer shooting star —
cause i was moving away from him
night place
right time
runs deep and deeper still
the sound of water underground
must be sneakers running silly
and already
fearing run-ins with big dogs
the grass was wet
and i slipped and tripped and rose
heard the birdlike animals
chitchatter
up late last night, like me,
i suppose
Track Name: Old Bean
Old Bean

You’ve had your coffee and your speed
Still you can go right back asleep.
No need to lock the flipping door
Leave it wide open anymore
Doesn’t anyone wanna fool with me
Is there anything a person takes personally,
I guess not, so they tell me.
So welcome back, hello old bean
Lie back, relax, it’s just a string disappearing.
You never learn you drama queen,
Letting go’s a wonderful thing
You are the sad part of god
Your life must be shoddy so that somewhere
There are parties, and love, it’s zero-sum
That’s just silly but you say it so that
others may be strong...
you know it’s just a few years longer now
hold on, hold on hold on
You know it’s just a few years longer now,
hold on.
Track Name: Astroturf Porch
Astroturf Porch

muggy august afternoon
on your astroturf porch
with the porch swing swaying
and a congregation of
faded jigsaw puzzle parts
in rows, and your forehead furrows
[a summer scene, restoring order
just across the connecticut border]
a piece apiece is hard to find
and i would not
and i would not
and i would not
mind
put all the patterns close together
sweating out the summer weather
and the steam is rising from some grey surface
from the things we do with no purpose
but i
[i’d like to come across
as if by chance on some great chase]
and i
i’d like to see
i’d like to see
i’d like to see
your jigsaw-puzzled, furrowed, faithful face!
Track Name: Time Zone
Time Zone

The sky is upside down when you fly
Wherever you sit it’s the right side up
Funny where you end up on a jet
If the world should bust in half then I’m all set
to die.
“The streets are filled with water please advise.”
I waved to you when I was in your time zone.
Squashed you like a bug upon the screen.
I wonder did I leave a finger print?
Now the ramps for handicapped all hold a new meaning for me
The money of all countries is just funny money
I wonder will they read my diaries?
Are there any traces left of Jesus?
The sky is upside down when you fly above the clouds around,
Would tunneling to China make it right, bring you around around,
I’m locating my flotating device, as I try
to see beyond the floaters in my eyes.
Track Name: I Am
I Am

Shouldn’t be so nervous-making, to tell you what I did today
It’s not as if you’ve got a stake in what I’m doing anyway.
I’m a weird and lonely creature, looking inside your lit-up home.
I’m a weird and lonely creature, won’t you please leave me to die alone.
You only like me cause you’re lonely, you only like me cause you’re sad.
So if I make you happy, lord, where you going with that?
I think you must be crazy, I think you wanna let me in
I think you must be crazy, and you’re only with me out of desperation
And once you get to know me, you will see I’m on the verge
Of sucking the life out of anything that might do me some good.
You only like me cause I’m sad? Where you going with that?
We are no more than our bodies, we are only trying to score.
Wouldn’t know what we were missing, lord, if only there were nothing more.
If only there were nothing more.
I’m not quite all there, but I don’t know where I am, I am
Not quite all there, but I don’t know where I am, I am
Not quite all there, but I don’t know where I am, I am
Not quite all there, but I don’t know where I am, I am
I am,
I am,
I am.
Track Name: Girl Friday
Girl Friday

I was dressed to the nines
You were left far behind
Oh, what a pretty picture
Oh how I feel deified,
And oh, how gone are the times
when you and I cared enough to fight,
and say petty mean things, just for spite
and just to savor the sting and the bite,
of how our vessels would fill up with light
if ever our ships should pass in the night.
You say that your ship is well manned,
but that look in your eyes says you’re standing on land,
without much help from your shiny gold band
that look in your eyes says you’re standing on land.
And sometimes, it feels like you’re stranded
And poor Girl Friday just can’t understand
Cause she didn’t love you, when you were scrawny like I did.
No she didn’t love you when you were scrawny like I did, like I did.
Track Name: 1 or 2 Things
1 or 2 Things

1 or 2 things, I wish you could know
how far I’d go, to win you over
how far I’d go, if I were a hero
I’d cross the world, just to make you my girl
And how I choke up, when I hear the Stones, cuz
I can’t ever get what I need either.
And you were so close, that evening, I almost had you to myself.
But the sun will rise,
I will be alone,
I can’t prove it
But still, I know
Track Name: Statue
Statue

When you want attention, where do you go?
“Well sir why are you so small?”
I saw you write your name in ink on the wall
with a ballpoint pen.
Did your daddy understand your motives?
Did your daddy understand?
Saw you walking up the pool hill with your mom
With a suntan on your arms
Now you’re in the big pool with the big kids
But not it’s an adult swim
Did your mommy let you in with her?
Did your mommy let you in?
All my recreation, where has it gone?
When did I get so tall?
All of my possessions are over the wall
I’ll take them out and dust them off,
I’ll take them out and dust them,
I will take them out today and dust them off,
I will take them out today, one by one.
All my inspiration, where is it gone?
There really is nothing, at all.
Know there was a statue here someplace
Roaches of love at her base
She’s too tall and they’re too small
To ever glimpse the other’s face.
I would take her out today and dust her off
I would put her on display on my front lawn
I would take her out today and show her off.
All my inspiration, where are you gone? There really is nothing at all.
All my inspiration, where are you gone? There really is nothing at all.
All my inspiration, where are you gone? There really is nothing at all.
All my inspiration, where are you gone? I long to hear the voices of
the gods, the gods. 
Track Name: Drew the Dress
Drew the Dress

six odd hours behind a sleeping mask
and you love that enforced darkness of nylon
ten strange days in a rented room
and you wish your life you had someone to cry on
why did i ever say that
all i wanted was to go away
and i drew the dress that didn’t fit
just so i’d remember it
i did the right thing, don’t you think?
it was grey, and white, and pink
and i am far removed from all that, now
if what i do is make you
green with ‘e’ [nvy]
and blue with ‘s’ [orrow]
and seeing red
then i’ve got more to understand
cause what i know is we’ve got strings and strands
of hope but i don’t know
why the shit still hits the fan
and i’m holding onto things in bed
and i’ll hug an animal or two
and think it’s you
and why did i ever say i wanted more
than this small circumstance could afford?
the air, unsteady, rushes in
and car lights fly over the wall
and i’m ready (for something)
words spill out onto the paper
and i’m afraid
that might be all.