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Steam Engenius - Modest Mouse
I was born in a factory far away from the milky teat what's the use? Oh, what's the use? You cheered as I was split in half: a mechanical sacrificial calf for you. Oh, all for you. Steam engenius, you see, steam engenius enough to answer anything you need...but what's the use? Human nature was installed in me; well I did what's right but naturally it wasn't natural. Still not my fault, no. I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot; he'd lost his car, it was sitting there crying out waiting in the parking lot, just for you. What a waste of time, what a waste of words, what a waste of strength. Well, I spoke in binary and you for volume and dizzying length...I was thought up by man to think better than them then revered, admired, and then destroyed by them. (Hell, even all that was my own damn plan.)

Word Disassociation - Lemon Demon
Flight, luminary, uprise, entanglement, broke, unsophisticated, clockwise, holiday, way, smoke, abundant, various, aetaphorically, applause, underneath, hilarious, oxymoron, claws. Rectangular, awkward, hurt, million, controvert, never, undressing, sneer, blue, therapy, fall, inside, father, dethrone, applied, guillotine, apprehensive, engineer.

The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine - Spoon
Every morning I pull on them pants, but I don't get out so much since I acquired St. Vitus' dance. I turn the news on a while, I practice my scene, you think things are straight but they're not what they seem till you know the two sides of Monsieur Valentine. In his coat and his boots and his blackheart machine. Every morning I've got a new chance. I wanna play the part of Eddie in The Stranger Dance: he makes love to the duke, he swordfights the queen, he steals the whole show in his last dying scene. No one sees the two sides of Monsieur Valentine.

The Prayer - Bloc Party
Lord give me grace and dancing feet and the power to impress. Lord give me grace and dancing feet, let me outshine the moon. Is it so wrong to crave recognition? Second best, runner-up. Is it so wrong to want rewarding? To want more than is given to you, than is given to you? Tonight make me unstoppable and I will charm, I will slice, I will dazzle them with my wit. Tonight make me unstoppable and I will charm, I will slice, I will dazzle, I will outshine them all

In The Morning - Razorlight
Wake him up, warm him up, put him on the stage, well. The boy can't help it, it's not his fault, just a dangerous dangerous age but then every night's still so much fun, and you're still out there darling. Clinging on to the wrong ideas but I never regret anything I've done. Remember when you were young you'd lose yourself? In the morning you know he won't remember a thing. In the morning you know it's gonna be alright.

Skullcrusher Mountain - Jonathan Coulton
I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you, but I get the feeling that you don't like it. What's with all the screaming? You like monkeys, you like ponies, maybe you don't like monsters so much. Maybe I used too many monkeys, but isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you? I'm so into you but I'm way too smart for you, even my henchmen think I'm crazy. I'm not surprised that you agree. If you could find some way to be a little bit less afraid of me you'd see the voices that control me from inside my head say I shouldn't kill you yet.

Hang Me Up To Dry - Cold War Kids
Careless in our summer clothes, splashing around in the muck and the mire. Careless in our summer clothes, splashing around in the muck and the mire. Fell asleep with stains caked deep in the knees, what a pain. Now hang me up to dry, you wrung me out too, too, too many times. Now hang me up to dry, I'm pearly like the white the whites of your eyes. All mixed up in the wash hot water bleeding our colors...

When it All Goes Wrong Again - Everclear
Yes I think it's safe to say I feel good about the sins that I inflict on my own skin. I pay money to cut and burn, pictures like the lessons that I need to learn. I see faces on the ceiling I see them move, I hear them singing. I lay back in here by myself, I think about the time that I've spent in hell. When I saw my brother below me I remember the words he said: "When you leave you wake up happy, then you'll sleep right in your own warm bed." I'll be singing in the rain when the bad dreams come and it all goes wrong again.

Dulcimer - Blue Man Group

People As Places As People - Modest Mouse
To answer a question it'll probably take more. If you're already there well then you probably don't know. Well we were the people that we wanted to know, and we're the places that we wanted to go. It's hard to get hold of and hard to let go, always something we look for from the day we were born. Instead we're the people that we wanted to know, and we're the places that we wanted to go. Always asking a question and I don't want to know. Like the wind across strings that had finally let go, and the people you love but you didn't quite know. They're the places that you wanted to go. Bark at the neighbors and then bark at the dog, sniffing the wind whimpering for someone to know. But we were the people that we wanted to know, and we're the places that we wanted go.

Sound And Vision - David Bowie
Don't you wonder sometimes 'bout sound and vision? Blue, blue, electric blue that's the colour of my room where I will live. Blue, blue. Pale blinds drawn all day, nothing to do, nothing to say. Blue, blue. I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision. And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision. Drifting into my solitude, over my head.

Where Is My Mind? - the Pixies
With your feet in the air and your head on the ground try this trick and spin it, yeah. Your head will collapse but there's nothing in it And you'll ask yourself...where is my mind? Way out in the water see it swimmin'. I was swimmin' in the Caribbean, animals were hiding behind the rocks. Except the little fish but they told me, he swears, tryin' to talk to me, coy koi.

Sunny Side of the Street - Benny Goodman
Can't you hear a pitter-pat and that happy tune is your step. Life can be so sweet, on the sunny side of the street. I used to walk in the shade with those blues on parade, but now I'm not afraid, this rover crossed over. If I'd never have a cent I'd be rich as Rockefeller, going to set my feet on the sunny side of the street.

I Came As A Rat (Long Walk Off A Short Dock) - Modest Mouse
Well I ain't sure, but I been told he's baking cakes inside our souls. Stayed awake, took a nap, got myself my bottles back I'm breakin' them out on the street, walkin' around in my own bare feet. I do not need you to tell me that I am not a cat. I caught a ride, we caught some air, he's never gonna cut his hair. It takes more time to make a fake, we night swam down in the lake washed the dirt off our intentions, prattle on 'bout bad inventions. I came as ice, I came as a whore, I came as advice that came too short, I came as gold, I came as crap, I came clean and I came as a Rat.

Modern Way - Kaiser Chiefs
I know 'cos I've seen it, it was great and I want it. There's no point in sitting going crazy on my own. Do you know what I was put here in this world for? Could you tell me in three words or more? It's the only way of getting out of here. Take a lesson from the ones who have been there. My brain is not damaged but in need of some repair. Hold on to the basics but we can change all our tactics, there's no point in sitting going crazy on my own.

The Lark - Russian folk dance

Her Majesty - the Beatles
Her majesty's a pretty nice girl but she doesn't have a lot to say. Her majesty's a pretty mice girl but she changes from day to day. I wanna tell her that I love her a lot, but I gotta get a belly full of wine. Her majesty's a pretty nice girl, some day I'm gonna make her mine, oh yeah. Some day I'm gonna make her mine.

History Sticks To Your Feet - Modest Mouse
At the movies, eyes iced over walking sideways through them gutters, And you realize that the floor sticks to your feet like history. Well, don't you look at me like life don't hold you anymore mystery. Bag of splinters boiling over, on your back, expose your belly. Optimism doesn't change the facts just what you're gonna see. Like it was stated that we're walking salt and coal. Plants solidify sunshine how this start, I don't know. Cars and feet and then tire change, shoe stores, the sun's diary pulled up from deep canary holes. And when we read it our skin it becomes warm...All those red marks on our shoulders, self back-patting, homemade trophies. Well, the past only exist as tiny bricks we burn to release all it's memory. I've had enough with rolling boulders, I want more moss on me. Clocks to splinters, but time goes forward and when them trees drop leaves your feet collect their memories. I guess all us snakes find our tail pretty damn tasty.

Soul To Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers
I've got a bad disease but from my brain is where I bleed. Insanity it seems has got me by my soul to squeeze. Well all the love from thee, with all the dying trees I scream. The angels in my dreams (yeah) have turned to demons of greed that's mean. Where I go I just don't know, I got to got to gotta take it slow. When I find my peace of mind. I'm gonna give you some of my good time...Oh, so polite indeed, well I got everything I need. Oh make my days a breeze and take away my self destruction. It's bitter baby, and it's very sweet. I'm on a rollercoaster but I'm on my feet, take me to the river, lay me on your shore. I'll be coming back baby, I'll be coming back for more.

Senses Working Overtime - XTC
Hey hey, night fights day, there's food for the thinkers and the innocents can all live slowly. My, my, the sky will cry jewels for the thirsty and the guilty one's can all die slowly. And all the world is biscuit-shaped, it's just for me to feed my face. And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste, and I've got one, two, three, four, five, senses working overtime trying to take this all in. I've got one, two, three, four, five senses working overtime, Trying to taste the difference 'tween a lemon and a lime. Pain and the pleasure and the church bells softly chime.

Gin Soaked Boy - the Divine Comedy
I'm the ghost in the machine, I'm the genius in the gene, I'm the beauty in the beast, I'm the sunset in the east. I'm the ruby in the dust, I'm the trust in the mistrust, I'm the Trojan horse in Troy, I'm the gin in the gin-soaked boy, the gin-soaked boy...I'm the world you'll never see, I'm the slave you'll never free, I'm the truth you'll never know, I'm the place you'll never go. I'm the sound you'll never hear, I'm the course you'll never steer, I'm the will you'll not destroy, I'm the gin in the gin-soaked boy.

The Underdog - Spoon
Picture yourself in the living room, your pipe and slippers set out for you. I know you think that it ain't too far but I hear the call of a lifetime ring, felt the need to get up for it. Oh you cut out the middleman, get free from the middleman: You got no time for the messenger, got no regard for the thing that you don't understand, you got no fear of the underdog, that's why you will not survive. I wanna forget how convention fits but can I get out from under it? Can I gut it out of me? It can't all be wedding cake, it can't all be boiled away. I try but I can't let go of it, can't let go of it.

Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand
I'm gonna give my aimless love, my angry heart, my desire. I woke with wings from lucid dreams and knew the reason I felt hollow was that I may never know...if there is some great truth or not.

That's Life - Frank Sinatra (cover by Alan Cumming)
That's life, that's what all the people say. You're riding high in April, shot down in May, but I know I'm gonna change that tune when I'm back on top, back on top in June. I said that's life, and as funny as it may seems aome people get their kicks stompin' on a dream. But I don't let it, let it get me down 'cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin' around. I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing: each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Someday I'll wish upon a star, wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where trouble melts like lemon drops, high above the chimeny tops that's where you'll find me...I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night and I think to my self: "What a wonderful world!"

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