February Album Writing Month

by Charlie Crane

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'FAWM is my second album of "forced art," as it were. After recording an 8-track album in a day last March entitled "Crap Art," I discovered a group of songwriters looking to write a 14-track album in the shortest month of 2005. I figured that if I had written and recorded a relatively decent album in less than 24 hours, an album written and recorded in 28 days would be, by proxy, brilliant! I'm very satisfied with the results, and many of the songs will be given a treatment on the next Uncontrollable Few album. Until that's released (or even recorded), you can tide yourself over with this product of a hectic 4 weeks.' - the author, aged 17

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released February 28, 2005

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Track Name: Groundhog Day
the cameras are all pointing inside a hole
about 15 minutes till the creature will show
we got an anchorman preening and a-combin his hair
interviewin' some farmer bout the history there

he's sayin

if a groundhog comes and his shadow's there
we've got six more weeks of winter to bear
but if he sees no shadow he sees a spring
he's a remarkable creature for the weather he brings

it's been around in cultures for long
in fact, some would even sing this song

If Groundhog Day be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Groundhog Day brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.

the farmer finished all of his interviews
and we went back to you with the action news
and the director said that's a wrap over here
let's take 5 before that groundhog appears

they finished all their bagels and shakes
a-waiting for that groundhog to wake

If Groundhog Day be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Groundhog Day brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.

and so the lights and the cameras and the news teams are there
about 15 seconds till we're going to air
but when the groundhog came the lights were way too bright
he saw his shadow on the ground and he said goodnight

they tried to broadcast nature's peaks
and gave our winter 6 extra weeks

If Groundhog Day be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Groundhog Day brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.
Track Name: Our Song
when you are around
i always hear a sound on the radio
i do not know its name
and you know that it's a shame i don't know it cuz
we've gotta find a melody
that's only good for you and me
a song that can be our first dance
a song that captures our romance

we need to listen some tunes
and think about me and you while we hear them
though debating isn't fun
we both know there can only be one and so
we'll listen for some time
and then we'll wrack our minds
but every song we've heard
has a couple misplaced words

we have to pick our song tonight
it has to be completely right
it cannot be obscure or trite or sappy
we have to pick it before dawn
and all the ones we've tried are wrong
we've got to find which one song makes us happy

it's so hard to decide
when nothing that is written describes what i feel for you
with just a glance at your face
i'll stumble and i'll lose my place when i'm talking
so i do apologize
sincerely looking in your eyes
but i think that any mortal's pen
couldn't contemplate where we have been

we have to pick our song tonight
it has to be completely right
it cannot be obscure or trite or sappy
we have to pick it before dawn
and all the ones we've tried are wrong
we've got to find which one song makes us happy
Track Name: These Colours Don't Run
i saw a commercial while watching the news
my eyes were almost blinded by the red white and blues
i don't remember but i think they were selling easy chairs
so i went to the market and i had to pause
all they sold were ribbons for this week's cause
your car could use another sticker there
so you can cut someone off and show them that you care

these colours don't run
long as we have fun
we can forget the fight
these colours don't run
just look at our one
it's printed in black and white

we'll complain about the country's swing
but when the chance comes we won't change anything
we shouldn't change our horses in mid-death
we say we shouldn't outstretch our reach
how can we practice if we can't even preach
with every protest you're wasting your breath
let's just stand back until there's nothing left

these colours don't run
ask our machine gun
we'll put you in your place
these colours don't run
look at this foam one
i can point in your face

there's no need to worry, there's no need to fear
because protesting isn't the rage this year
we'll just shrug and say liberty's a drag
so i guess we'll go back to our fuel-safe cars
we'll laugh at politicians and we'll listen to stars
and we'll all keep on wearing american flags
printed on the cloth of a doorag

these colours don't run
terror has not won
and i'm sure we'll drink to that
these colours don't run
we've only begun
we'll prove this world is flat
Track Name: Questions & Damn Good Answers
i was lookin' at the sky today
it really brought me down
the sun never seems to shine round here
it's always in some other town

it was feelin' so slow today
a listless reverie
i almost climbed on an old boxcar
just to see where it would take me

i got as far as the station
when i was stopped in my tracks
and i felt a certain hesitation
and decided to head back

i was searching for a clue
i was searching for something to do
searching for a catalyst or some advancer
searching for questions and finding damn good answers

i was talkin' to a friend today
and i asked him to explain
he said everybody gets bored once in a while
even god on the seventh day

well i know this world is cryptic
and that nothing's as it seems
some say it's post apocolyptic
but i think that's a little extreme

i was searching for a clue
i was searching for something to do
searching for a catalyst or some advancer
searching for questions and finding damn good answers

so i went up to a clergyman
and asked him to give his take
he just compared me to adam and eve
and said ennui was my snake

idle hands are the devil's tool
you've gotta occupy your time
get some exercise out of the way
before you find you're past your prime

i tried to take his words in earnest
though i'm not a religious man
but i don't think the lord would burn us
maybe boredom's part of his plan

i was searching for a clue
i was searching for something to do
searching for a catalyst or some advancer
searching for questions and finding damn good answers

so i went back to my house to stay
and see what was on tv
but all i saw was so frivolous
nothing there could enlighten me

it was then when a voice of reason
suddenly became clear to me
i forgot about the seasons
and i smiled for i was free

i was searching for a clue
i was searching for something to do
searching for a catalyst or some advancer
searching for questions and finding damn good answers
Track Name: Dinner / Show
Let's hit the town again tonight
you look so good in neon lights
breathing the city's frigid air
letting it blow across your hair

take your seat
for dinner and a show
take your seat
dinner and a show
there's a place i know
don't you wanna go and have good times?

i'll hold your door and reserve seats
and recommend which meal to eat
it's gonna be a special night
i hope that it works out alright

take your seat
for dinner and a show
take your seat
dinner and a show
there's a place i know
don't you wanna go and have good times?

let's hit the town again tonight
not gonna leave until midnight
it seems we are a perfect blend
and i don't want this night to end

take your seat
for dinner and a show
take your seat
dinner and a show
there's a place i know
don't you wanna go and have good times?
Track Name: Splitting Hairs
the words the lies the fallen years
i never thought would end but then they did pass
the ones who cried the bitter tears
that poured like holy water in a shot glass

well now that seems so far away from me
i'll breathe the winter air because i'm free to see what i can be
and there'll
come a day
when you'll get to this place
with nothing to say
to the wide empty space
and then
look around
and you'll see me sitting there
when
we have found
there's no need for splitting hairs
there's no need for splitting hairs

it's flooding in my memory
the photos hanging on the clothesline wet and soaked
the mirrors hung strategically
the candles lit to hide the cigarette smoke

well you've got to take the bitter with the sweet
there's nothing that you've done you can delete or people that you meet
and there'll come a day
when you'll get to this place
with nothing to say
to the wide empty space
and then look around
and you'll see me sitting there
when we have found
there's no need for splitting hairs
there's no need for splitting hairs

this world can show us all a lot
you've got to take the wise ones with the loud fools
the ones who don't know what they've got
complaining like a workman blaming his tools

let's kick down every door along the way
although it seems like it is a cliche it's what i want to say
for there'll come a day
when you'll get to this place
with nothing to say
to the wide empty space
and then look around
and you'll see me sitting there
when we have found
there's no need for splitting hairs
there's no need for splitting hairs
there's no need for splitting hairs
(the words the lies the fallen years)
there's no need for splitting hairs
(the ones who cried the bitter tears)
Track Name: Call Girl
there are days when i'll search my memory
and ask whatever happened to suzie v
she always said she'd call me or she'd write
maybe she's working for the epa
or reading poetry in a nice cafe
my search led me to this town and its red lights
in the night

where do you get off
being such a call girl
where did you get off tonight?
one of these days
you know you're gonna fall girl
where did you get off tonight?

you seemed to have it all when we said goodbye
an ivy league school in the corner of your eye
and graduating at the top of your class
you had the brains and right credentials
how did you achieve such lost potential
i thought that all your qualities would last
but alas

where do you get off
being such a call girl
where did you get off tonight?
you used to be proud
you used to be a tall girl
where did you get off tonight?

i still have the letters that you sent to me
but ever since you lost your integrity
i know when i read them they'll never be the same
remember when we talked about literature
your thoughts back then seemed so mature
i wonder if you know you're playing a dangerous game
what's to blame?

where do you get off
being such a call girl
where did you get off tonight?
one of these days
you know you're gonna fall girl
where did you get off tonight?

where do you get off
being such a call girl
where did you get off tonight?
you used to stand proud
you used to be a tall girl
where did you get off tonight?
Track Name: Disarmed
i wish i knew why that whenever i'm near her
the things i mean to tell her evaporate
can things left unsaid or implied be made clearer
or can there really be no other way?

as she walks away, i barely remember
the weight of her body in my arms
all i wished to say, it seems to transcend her
and i myself am rendered disarmed

the speeches i planned and the thoughts that i had
all dissolve into a glance and a kiss
it's all very sad and i know that it's bad
cause it tears me apart just like this

and now i wish only to see her alone
and hope it will not be quite as strange
telling myself that i'll be in the zone
somehow deluded next time things will change

as she walks away, i barely remember
the weight of her body in my arms
all i wished to say, it seems to transcend her
and i myself am rendered disarmed
Track Name: Royal Shyness
i met a girl by a pinball game
she blushes when you say her name
and she was dressed from head to toe in grey
i thought i'd try and catch her eye
but she just avoids my glance and sighs
you know it's hard to court someone so shy

a girl so fine and fair
face covered by her hair
i have plans of being loyal
i do believe she's royal

oh my good lady
i bow down on one knee for you
don't think i'm crazy
your subject now is being true
your royal shyness
i boldly bow before your grace
your humble servant
wants you to come back to his place

i'll sit by her and i'll make small talk
i'll watch her but try not to stalk
hope my sudden attention will not shock
i'll be polite, oh i'll be so kind
i'll drop a hint that i've taken a shine
god save the queen repeating in my mind

a girl pale and demure
i think i've found a cure
i think her purity
can beat insecurity

oh my good lady
i bow down on one knee for you
don't think i'm crazy
your subject now is being true
your royal shyness
i boldly bow before your grace
your humble servant
wants you to come back to his place

she doesn't want to dance
she doesn't want to walk
and now that i've come up to her
she doesn't want to talk
and so i must break through her shell
and i can not back down
i'll honor and present her with a crown

oh my good lady
i bow down on one knee for you
don't think i'm crazy
your subject now is being true
your royal shyness
i boldly bow before your grace
your humble servant
wants you to come back to his place
Track Name: Che Guevara Goes To The Mall
i'm gonna start a revolution
once i decide what i should wear
i've seen no problems or solutions
but my shirt proves we're halfway there

i'm gonna be the second gunman
i'll prove the warren commission wrong
i think the fight has just begun man
the rapture will happen before long

i'm che guevara's biggest fan
shoot, coward, you're only going to kill a man

i think i'll go up to the president
do a nasty on the white house lawn
although i might get a little hesitant
i'll smoke some pot to calm me down

i know the government is after you
i read it in a magazine
outlawing sex and peace and laughter too
control your mind through their caffeine

i'm che guevara's biggest fan
shoot, coward, you're only going to kill a man

i'll have a grande cafe latte
can't start a war when your throat's dry
i'll make a powerpoint to display
the arguments and reasons why

so i'm gonna buy some memorabilia
and wear my heart upon my sleeve
companies profit off necrophilia
nostalgia that we have achieved

i'm che guevara's biggest fan
shoot, coward, you're only going to kill a man
Track Name: Grasping At Straws
she always thought of me
as her enemy
even when the elevator was playing our song

she never wanted to be
the better half of me
she always thought that love would take too long

she can't control her rage
if all the world's a stage
and she's the writer i would be a write-out

cuz i can be replaced
or seemingly erased
i'd be traced over with a dose of white out

if you cannot fix it, don't admit that it's broke
go ahead and laugh, if you think love is a joke
every time she sees me now she'll still wish me well
she's grasping at straws and hoping i cannot tell

i always seemed so nice
she thought i'd break the ice
she thought she'd melt my heart by playing with fire

you know sometimes she thought
i was a lancelot
but reality can't change to suit her desires

i'll get it off my chest
but apathy is best
cuz i know it'd be too easy to hate her

she's running from the truth
searching for a fountain of youth
it's like she's running up the down escalator

if you cannot fix it, don't admit that it's broke
go ahead and laugh, if you think love is a joke
every time she sees me now she'll still wish me well
she's grasping at straws and hoping i cannot tell

and so i guess it's through
there's nothing she can do
and now the both of us can do as we please

and so i'll jump for joy
she'll find another boy
next time she wants someone to feed her disease
and pay all her fees
and bless when she'll sneeze
and laugh when she'll tease
she'll find him with ease

my baby's a picasso with the things that she'll say
they only make sense from a safe distance away
every time she sees me now she'll still wish me well
she's grasping at straws and hoping i cannot tell
Track Name: Diary
lying is a dangerous crime
cuz you get caught every time
oh it's a dangerous crime

trying to forgive and explain
won't make it go away
oh it's always in vain

that's why we should try to be true
knowing what we can't do
oh we should try to be true

but sometimes my curiosity
gets the better of me
oh-oh it must be appeased

i know it's not right for me to want to read
i know it's not right
i know it's not right to read your diary
i hope i'll keep my hands off tonight

lying on the carpeted ground
when there is no one around
a-and it's all leather-bound

maybe i should just read a page
there would not be much rage
if i just read a page

but what if there was something i'd see
that i couldn't unread
something you couldn't tell me

i could not look you in the eye
because it would be a lie
oh what a dangerous crime

i know it's not right for me to want to read
i know it's not right
i know it's not right to read your diary
maybe a peek would be alright

i know it's not right for me to want to read
i know it's not right
i know it's not right to read your diary
i think i'll keep my hands off tonight
Track Name: Propaganda Boogie
we've got all our war bonds and american flags on
it's time to join your country on our silver bandwagon
we've gotta weed out the patriots from all the criminals
and there ain't no better way then to use some subliminals

now
with everywhere you bow
another poster 'nother sign a little propaganda now

there isn't any shelter and there is no real escape
you'll always see a billboard in our cluttered landscape
and when i try to drive alone i don't get very far
there's a silhouette of hitler just a-chillin' in my car

now
with every herr and frau
there's another poster 'nother sign a piece of propaganda now

they load me full of symbols and of fighting hawks and doves
they tell me who to hate before they tell me who to love
they let me know the people it's alright to slander
because they know that every goose has its propa gander

now
there's sweat upon my brow
there's another poster 'nother sign a little propaganda now
Track Name: Fini / Alle / End
bonjour
c'est fini
il est temps pour dormi
merci

grüss dich
das ist alle
es ist zeit für schlaufen
danke

hello
it has ended
it is time for sleeping
thank you