Organs and Love and Failure

by Michael Graham

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released June 4, 2013

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All music and words by Michael Graham, except tracks 1, 2 and 3 by MG and Alex Spencer, track 4 by MG and Dana Cittadino, and track 5 by MG and Mahima Madhava.

All sounds and voices by MG, except drums which were found in a box.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Alex Spencer and MG. Artwork and Design by Alex Spencer

Thanks to Angus Barlow, Hector Catre, Lily Cheng, Dana Cittadino, Kristen T. Clark, Elizabeth Davidson, Heidi Evans, Peter Graham, Melissa Lawrence, Michael Nasir, Toby Orr, all the great supportive songwriters at Song Crib and SongStudio and the SongStudio faculty, Tempus Fugit (Davey Bee, Dario Brancato, Darrin Cappe, Phil Shoore), all the talented musicians I've played with in basements, garages, rehearsal spaces, bars and cottages over the years. Thanks to Lawrie Ingles and Jeff Alan Greenway for getting met the git
that convinced me to finish the album, Special thanks to my other two Human Pianopede segments Kevin Thom and Steph Sheri for being two thirds of my improv brain, to my lovely wife Mahima for being there and for putting up with the noise and late nights, and to my lovely and supportive parents Robert and Denise Graham.

Extra special thanks to Alex Spencer for making everything happen at the 13th hour!

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Track Name: Doctor, Doctor!
I woke up trussed up tied down good with my head opened up on a concrete slab.
Last thing I knew I think I fell asleep slightly drunk underneath my desk at the party in the doctor's lab.

Doctor doctor, what's your plan?
Will you destroy me or will you make me a man?
Doctor doctor, here's the deal: I think I like the way you make me feel:
Alive, Alive, Alive, Alive

I think it feels good when you prod with your probes right there on my lobes ah Christ, Doctor don't stop now!
If this is all there is - God - this is all I need - just a little electroshock and a gluco-saline feed and thou.

Doctor doctor, tell me plain:
Is this for real or is it in my brain?

Doctor doctor, here's the deal:
I think I like the way you make me feel:
Alive, Alive, Alive

Oh but then I see on the slab next to me:
Another brain another body.
And I say why? Doctor -
I thought we were meant to be!
But you're a two-timing double-dealing scientist playing
Games with a brain that's in pain
And you done me wrong
Doctor -
I thought I was your only one

So if you could just unclamp us
And unhand my hippocampus
I'll say goodbye.
I never will forgive you
'Cos I never could forget - wait
Where was I?
Where am I?
Who am I?

I think it's all right that you stay out late playing cards with the boys in the land mine lab next door;
Just as long as when you come home you'll put your sweet hands, oh your sweet sweet hands on my left amygdala once more.

Doctor doctor, tell me plain: Is this forever or is it just a game?

Doctor doctor, here's the deal:
I think I like the way you make me feel
I think I love the way you make me feel
I love the way you make me think I feel:
Alive, Alive, Alive, Alive, Alive
Track Name: As Good as it Gets
Some days are good,
Some days are bad,
But she's the best you've ever had.

And still you're terrified
That it's all a lie
and you'll end up alone.

And you'll ask yourself
“Why did I try
I should have known”

This is as good as it gets
This is as good as it gets
This is as good as it gets
And just maybe
You'll live through another regret

Because she's good you want to leave her
Because you're you you don't believe her

Because you're terrified
That deep inside
Your wounds are scabbing over

But she surprises you
By loving all you feared to show her

This is as good as it gets
This is as good as it gets
This is as good as it gets
And just maybe
You'll learn to live without your regrets

Back when the drugs worked
And the feelings hurt
And a brighter lights were on you -

Back in your hometown
You were the hero
And the headlines were about you -

When you were hungry,
When you were hungry -
But now you're full.

This is as good as it gets
This is as good as it gets
This is as good as it gets
And just maybe
You'll get by without your regrets
Track Name: Organs and Love and Failure
In the morning I have a cup of tea
And think about the people who aren't me or you:
How they all will burn in hell.
The moral fiber's fraying!
I watch them all parade on my TV.

When we go shopping it's comforting to know
A thousand eyes watch us wherever we do go
And they help me sleep at night
You know I trust you most.
But just in case I like to keep you close.

People always seem to worry
About the things they keep inside
Me I never need to worry, baby
Cos I've got nothing to hide
Yeah, I've got nothing inside
But organs and love and failure
I've got nothing to hide.

The world is crazy except of course us two
And honestly I'm not completely sold on you
There's the company you keep,
And you talk in your sleep
It's safer to record you all the time.

People always seem to worry
About the things they keep inside
But you, you don't need to worry, baby
Cos I've got nothing decided
Yeah, I've got nothing to hide

Nothing to hide
Nothing to hide
Nothing to hide

People always seem to worry
About the things they keep inside
Me I never need to worry, baby
Cos I've got nothing to hide
I've got nothing inside
But dreams and meat and good intentions
I've got nothing to hide.
Track Name: It's Late
He put her on the pedestal
away from the clouds below
she asked him for the key to his heart
instead he just turned to go

He put his heart on her table
next to her wine
He asked her for the key to her car
Instead she just drew the line

Chorus:
Why can't we both just face the truth
that we can never be
Our stroies are getting older
And our tongues are tired
The party is over and it's late
So late
The party is over and it's late

She put him on the carousel
spinning him round and round
he asked her for the key to his heart
Instead she just let him down
To the ground

Chorus:
Why can't we both just face the truth
that we can never be
Our stroies are getting older
And our tongues are tired
The party is over and it's late
So late
The party is over and it's late

Bridge:
Can she have this dance tonight
Will he take the chance if given
Can he even say what's on his mind

Why can't we both just face the truth
that we can never be
Our stroies are getting older
And our tongues are tired
The party is over and it's late
Too late
The party is over and it's late
The party is over and it's late
Track Name: Friends with Benefits
I got a friend, and she's good to me
She knows just what a poor boy needs.
She doesn't make me beg or plead.

'Cos she's my friend
She's my friend with benefits
I'm talking optical and dental
You can depend
On your friend with benefits
She'll keep you covered
With life and accidental

My girl works hard every day
I guess one of us has got to.
I get stressed out when she's away
She holds the card that pays and pays and pays

'Cos she's my friend
She's my friend with benefits
With free massages for my tension.
You can depend
On a friend with benefits
You know I think I even have a pension.

I gotta say she takes my breath away
But my inhaler's free so I'm okay.
Her drug plan keeps my blues away.

Cos she's my friend
She's my friend with benefits
She's got the money making talents.
You can depend
On your friend with benefits
She'll give you work-life bI got a friend, and she's good to me
She knows just what a poor boy needs.
She doesn't make me beg or plead.

'Cos she's my friend
She's my friend with benefits
I'm talking optical and dental
You can depend
On your friend with benefits
She'll keep you covered
With life and accidental

My girl works hard every day
I guess one of us has got to.
I get stressed out when she's away
She holds the card that pays and pays and pays

'Cos she's my friend
She's my friend with benefits
With free massages for my tension.
You can depend
On a friend with benefits
You know I think I even have a pension.

I gotta say she takes my breath away
But my inhaler's free so I'm okay.
Her drug plan keeps my blues away.

Cos she's my friend
She's my friend with benefits
She's got the money making talents.
You can depend
On your friend with benefits
She'll give you work-life balance
Track Name: Snowbank
Look at me I'm drunk in a snowbank
Feeling lonely, feeling sorry, feeling fine
I tried calling back but you won't answer
I think it's over, but I don't mind

I wish I could feel the things that I think
The things I think that I feel about you
But I'm sobering up the more that I drink

And I can't catch this buzz I'm chasing
The more I try the more it's fading

Look at me I'm nodding and smiling
While you keep talking all about yourself I guess
I'm so fucking lonely I don't mind waiting
To get inside your pretty dress

I wish I could feel the things that I think
The things I think that I feel about you
But I'm sobering up the more that I drink

And I try to laugh but it feels like faking
Desperate like this love we're making
And why can't I just find my faith
By following all the rules you gave me?

And I can't catch this buzz I'm chasing
The more I try the more it's fading
And why can't I just find my faith
By following all the rules you gave me?

Look at me I'm drunk in a snowbank
Feeling older, feeling colder, feeling fine
Track Name: Dreaming of Me
There is a photo of her as a child
Trusting and stubborn and solemn and wild
And she can't yet know
What the future holds.

Out in the garden,
She is asleep beneath the trees.
And I know, yeah I know
She's dreaming of me -
Dreaming of me.

Fifty years go by in no time at all,
There's a child in her eyes as she speaks to me now,
And I won't let her go
But I can't let her in

High in the treetops,
There is a whisper on the breeze
And I know, yeah I know
She's dreaming of me.

Rock a bye baby
In the tree tops
When the wind blows the
Cradle will rock
You to sleep

Out in the garden,
she is asleep beneath the trees.
And I know, yeah I know
She's dreaming of me -
Dreaming of me.

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