Sentimental Vanity

by Terry Eason

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released October 9, 2007

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Track Name: Megalomaniac
MEGALOMANIAC

Sentimental vanity
Everywhere insanity
Embarrassed by humanity
Always can’t wait
Hurry up eternity
How we gonna turn the key?
Someone get a tourniquet
Or a band-aid

Human race gunny sack
All the moral fiber’s in decay
All the megalomaniacs
All your laurel’s gonna suffocate
‘cause you’ve been resting on them
Too long now they’re getting smothered
You always sing the same old song
Don’t you know any others?
How ‘bout that one that has words and a melody?

Always saying that we’re doomed
From the womb to the tomb
Can only fit so much gloom
In a hand basket
Everybody’s gonna die
Feel helpless terrified
Cars are falling from the sky
Blowing gaskets

Fiction over throne
Now you’re gonna have to face the fact
Your ego’s overblown
Now you’re gonna need a bigger hat
You think so highly of yourself
You don’t need any lover
You always paint the same old picture
Like to see another
How ‘bout one that’s in black and white and color?

Sentimental vanity
Everywhere insanity
Embarrassed by humanity
Always can’t wait
Hurry up eternity
How we gonna turn the key
Someone get a tourniquet
Or a band-aid

Human race gunny sack
All the moral fiber’s in decay
All the megalomaniacs
All your laurel’s gonna suffocate
And you’ve been bragging ‘bout old glories
Like some banner oh brother
You always tell the same old story
Don’t know any other
How ‘bout the one with the beginning, middle and ending?
Track Name: Miracle Man
MIRACLE MAN

It’s time to get up
It’s time to get moving
Get out of bed and wake your head
We should be leaving
Forget about going to school today
And get to the hospital
Dad’s still alive but closed his eyes
And barely breathing

In your eyes in your eyes it’s impossible
Miracle man and you don’t understand
How his eyes white and blue can be so clear and true
See them open up wide see the heavenly light

Gather around what turns out to be
His last breathing deathbed
Chaplain last night
Read his last rites
Salvation assured
Hang on for a bit longer now
Son’s at the airport
If you can squeeze my hand
If you understand
Last strength last resort

In your eyes in your eyes it’s impossible
Miracle man and you don’t understand
How his eyes white and blue can be so clear and true
See them open up wide see the heavenly light

In your eyes in your eyes in your eyes
it’s impossible miracle man still just don’t understand
How that radiant room we can only assume
It was almighty shining was holy divine

If the answer is maybe then there may be hope for you
Track Name: Karma Bull
KARMA BULL

Better lay your money down
Put it where your mouth is
Better know your way around
Where north or south is

Better be fairly darn certain
Practice what you preach
So that when it’s time for curtains
You’ve prepared a good speech

Don’t tell me all about your luck
Don’t want to hear about your life
Don’t tell me all about your love
Don’t care about all you’ve given up

Don’t tell me your karma ran over my bull
Everybody knows your dogma is full

On top of the world let me down
On top of everything around
On top of the world don’t let me down
Underneath everything the ground

Better know you lines and verses
Quote them all the time
Utter them between your curses
Every paradigm

Don’t tell me all about your luck
Don’t want to hear about your life
Don’t tell me all about your love
Don’t care about
All you’ve given up
Track Name: Miss Egmont
MISS EGMONT

Miss Egmont what will you do
When the sun stops shining on you?
When your come-uppance is due
And your cup of tea’s no longer for you?
And you wish that you could forget
Disappointments made you a wreck
And a life that’s full of regret
Is a full life indeed yeah that’s what I heard

You can’t change history now
And you can’t just throw in the towel
The die’s already been cast
Why don’t you relax, here sniff on a flower
It’s all in the past, dear, late is the hour

So just keep thumping that bible
Just let tumbling dice roll

Miss Egmont what will you do
When the sun starts setting on you?
When your little room with a view
And the clock on the wall ticking drives you cuckoo?
Got a keepsake souvenir box
Forget the snapshot treasury tossed
Down by the wayside memory lane
Can’t get all the stains out
To erase all the pain

You can’t make history change
You can’t just take all the blame
Here your credit is good
Please let it be, would you just let it go?
You’ve done a good job, more than you know

So just keep thumping that bible
We’ll just keep stumbling by though
Lightning and thunder is liable
To strike us down at any time

Miss Egmont don’t you know you should be proud
You’ve done the best you can and you’re allowed
To look back and fondly remember the days
Of winery, rosary and fine bouquets
You deserve praise
Miss Egmont you’ve done a good job,
Much more than you know
Track Name: Bucky and the Foregone Conclusion
BUCKY AND THE FOREGONE CONCLUSION MEAT

When he was a young boy and going to school
The other boys would taunt him and make fun of his drool
They’d give him a snuggy remember that time
Was pushed in the sewer all covered in slime

When he got older and much cooler than them
They’d bum cigarettes and would mooch all his hemp
High as a kite he’d show up late for class
Test tried and truant, never fail or pass

When it came time to he started a band
The rhythm was right and a new revolution began
You know we all want to change the world
Un-seeable forces the Forgone Conclusion was born

High horses and pressure of fortune and fame
Unfortunately, some other band had that name
To simply have changed it, that would have been best
Fell in to a funk though, severely depressed

When it came time to, he went to his room
Overcome with grief and too much confusion
There’s only one way to change the whole world
At the end of his rope and the Forgone Conclusion
No more

The letter was brief
Just like his life
Short and sweet
An immortal footnote
Voice of a mute generation)
Track Name: Cartwheels
CARTWHEELS AND COTILLIONS

Oh ain’t it great to be alive
In summertime on Sunday
And I can’t wait ‘til I survive
Just one more time and I pray
That I’ll wake up and you’re right near me
You’ll still endear me
And hear me when I say I’m happy
To be with you, to hold and kiss you
Right on through the day we die

Dumb squirrels that feast on mountain ash
Don’t count on cash, they’ve no fear
Miraculous the monarch tree
Migration year after year
So let’s celebrate just one more
Chance for fun or slam this door on
Happiness to be together
And mean forever
Right on ‘til the day we die

We could be one in a million
Doing cartwheels at cotillions
Drinking, dancing, acting silly and
Where there’s a way there is a will yeah

My heart is weak my blood is thick
My tears flow like bad plumbing
If I should sleep and it stops to tick
Don’t fear that day is coming
I never meant to hurt your feelings
Should fix that ceiling, please be happy
You know I love you, I’ll always love you
Right on ‘til the day we die
Track Name: Never Knew You
I NEVER KNEW YOU

Your generation rarely talked about
Sentimental things or cried out loud
Just tacitly provide for kids and wife
But once you asked if I knew Mack the Knife

Had a speed boat, trailer in our yard
And cabin lake trips in a new used car
And I always will remember that
The hornet’s nest at Lake Shetteck

But I never knew you like my mother did
Or like the guys down at Eli’s
I never knew you, I was just a kid
I knew I had plenty of time

When you were laid up in that hospital
You said, “When I get out of here, I will
Take mom and you kids to California
To see your uncle Winn and cousins and it’s warm there.”

I never knew you like my brothers did
Who were old enough to know
About the film show and Marlon Brando
When I was much too young to go

Then there was the time when you brought home
The ocelot, hey yeah that was a good one
Mom still talks bout those letters you wrote
Signed them “all my love” she’s fond to quote

Procession at your funeral, miles on end
I never knew you had so many friends
Local luminaries, football stars
Always knew where they could buy a good car

I never knew you like my mother did
Or like the guys down at Eli’s
I never knew you, I was just a kid
I guess I never realized
What you were going through
The feelings that you hid
Much too proud to say I love you
Track Name: Beginning of the Sun
THE BEGINNING OF THE SUN

You hear people talk about
How everyone’s chilled with doubt
About where the world is headin’
Right into Armageddon
A solider soldier boy
Disposable tots for toys
From cradle straight to the grave
To fatal from home of brave
God bless America
C’mon give us a miracle
No need for hysteria
Everyone’s trying to scare ya
It’s a battlefield you know

Casualties take their toll
Let’s go for a casual stroll
Forget what you think you know
Sure is a heck of a show

I haven’t heard the word, man
About who holds the winning gun
It’s not the end of the world, man
It’s the beginning of the sun

Here in the land of the free
We’re slaves to democracy
We look on the brighter side
If it’s dark we just close our eyes
Can’t always see straight
Can’t always control your fate
Just give me the fullest plate
It’s not about love and hate, no
It’s a battlefield you know

Forever the optimist
It’s clever to coexist
Whatever the catalyst
With love on the shorter list

Have you heard the word, man
Winning is half the fun
It’s not the end of the world, man
It’s the beginning of the sun
Track Name: Kohlrabi Dreams
KOHLARABI DREAMS

Well I guess I never really gave it a thought
But I’m really glad that you were born
The barking ocelot must have cost a lot
Still hear the stadium mascot blowing his horn
And all the guinea pigs with wings in the sky
Something funny said when I was a child
Seen from the window of a boring classroom
Thank God for caterpillars and for cocoons

Kohlrabi dreams
Always come back to me
The wind blows the trees
And the apples fall and rot
Rivers and streams
Flow where they please
The burden of bees
Better to have lived than not
Track Name: Ballad of Shoulda Coulda Woulda
BALLAD OF THE SHOULDA COULDA WOULDA

My dad was a car salesman
Provided like a father can
Day and night he’d wheel and deal
From down at Eli’s bar
Or the back trunk in a parking lot
Pick up a hi-fi that was hot
1201 Harmon place
Top hatter plaque on wall
Sometimes he’d come home late
Worry mom sick, once he broke an ashtray
Cold dinner waiting, she had a full plate
Should’ve called home and said he’d be after eight

Mom she was a housekeeper
Vacuumer and floor sweeper
Made a mean can of soup
Sent kids off to school
Sometimes she would use the belt
Couldn’t control the way she felt
Still it was home sweet home
At Portland Avenue
Yeah well we’re all finding our way
Keepin’ pretty busy not much time to play
Sit around and worry ‘bout all this doomsday
So please keep us in your hearts everyday when you pray
Should’ve done this and should’ve done that
Should’ve said I love you more than I did
Could’ve been a better parent to my kids
But now it’s just apparent I failed God forbid

Don’t be so hard on yourself
I’ll take the card that I’m dealt
If the sky were to fall I won’t blame you at all
I’ll remember to call and I’ll tell you it’s alright
And those were the best days I had

Brother snuck out after dark
Tripping down to Augsburg Park
Flowers on the window sill
Fluffing up the pillows
Went into the navy and

At the airport shaking hands
With dad for the very last time
He didn’t know it then though
On a little island out in the sea
Sold a little Thai stick a little big D
Got a little discharge prematurely
At least you could say it was honorably
Should’ve done this and should’ve done that
Should’ve been a better less difficult kid
Always getting into things that are hid
Could’ve said I loved you more than I did

Don’t be so hard on yourself
Just quote from that book off the shelf
If the sky were to fal, well we gave it our all
I’ll remember to call and I’ll tell you it’s alright
And those were the best days I had

Really ain’t got no complaint
Though not a pretty picture paint
Chipped and peeling middle class
Suburban house was quaint
Had the first push button phone on the block
That was pretty neat Formica countertop
Bumper pool table, pair of red chandeliers
Rabbit ear color TV picture was clear
Could’ve been better could’ve been worse
Could’ve been a blessing, could be a curse
I could’ve said I love you more than I did
Could have meant it more and been a better kid

Just want to say that I’m grateful
I know that you had your plate full
If the sky were to fall, drop the bomb on us all
I’ll remember to call and I’ll tell you it’s alright
And those were the best days I had