Songs of Substance

by Sockpuppet

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Feeling lost in an elephant’s dream Caught up in the digital stream Cave of shadows, can’t say what I mean A million miles far from home Best foot forward, take a step back Play defense while on the attack Sowing discord, can’t cut them no slack Everybody so alone If everyone could see Themselves through some other eyes Innocent, caught up in the machinery An algorithmic disguise Making everything great again Forget about your family and friends Looking for a means to an end Just don’t want to be alone Fragile gem, split in two Internal dialogue of them vs. you Find acceptance with nothing to do The voices there are all your own If everyone could see Themselves through some other eyes Innocent, caught up in the machinery An algorithmic disguise A deeper body ache, and make a bad mistake A million jumping on Sharing a bad take, Nobody can quite shake The feeling that you’re gone Feeling lost in an elephant’s dream Getting washed away by the digital stream If it feels better to share another meme Doesn’t make you less alone If everyone could see Themselves through some other eyes Innocent, caught up in the machinery An algorithmic disguise If everyone could see Themselves through some other eyes Innocent, caught up in the machinery An algorithmic disguise
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Meat Grinder 02:18
Hippy likes Hippy snacks. Hippy thinks they taste so good. Hippy likes the Hippy snacks. They're made of whole grain wholesome wood. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better. Yuppie likes Yuppie snacks. Yuppie likes them made of meat. Yuppie likes the Yuppie snacks. Suck them from the Yuppie teat. Yuppie snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Yuppie snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Yuppie snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Yuppie snacks make them better than me, make them better, better, better, better. Hippy don't like Yuppie snacks. They prefer things made of soy. Yuppie don't like hippy snacks. Would rather play with shiny toy. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them better than you. Hippy snacks make them better than me, make them bitter.
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Freak Flag 02:10
Everything you like, anything that gets you high Something there for everyone, something you can try Getting murry with a furry in the simulated leather Bondage in a dungeon where you can do it one better Get your freak flag on Get your freak flag on Everything is good in our carved out sexy spaces From the horniest of normies to the kinkiest of aces Post it on social if you’re into humiliation But remember to use content warnings. It’s just polite. Get your freak flag on Get your freak flag on Everything is good as long as everyone’s consenting Couple with some trans girls who are really into fencing Peg a strapping young lad with your strapping strap-on cock But only if he’s legal though, I’ve been around the block Get your freak flag on Get your freak flag on You can be a top or bottom or an indecisive switch Take them out for breakfast afterwards, if you feel the itch Safety first, remember to wear rubber, use protection And get it nice and shiny so you can see your own reflection mmm, yeah... Get your freak flag on Get your freak flag on Get it on and on Get your freak flag on Safeword to your mother But... not your actual mother 'Cuz that'd be gross I mean, yuck
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it’s inimical inimitable and so predictable not a miracle it’s despicable deliverable get irritable, with a thread to pull, feeling minimal a seeming emptiness encroaching loneliness result of pettiness, try to redress the phoniness acrimonious sanctimonious a former holiness, the brokenness melodious finding time to spare sit in the broken chair being unaware, without a care all thoughts laid bare a tantric suicide already dead inside climb up the hillside, across the divide, smell insecticide there’s a new tomorrow, it’s falling into place there’s a new tomorrow, it’s running out of space there’s a new tomorrow, it’s all fucked up get your new tomorrow, you’re out of luck get a steady job, and another piece of me get a big tv, and another take get a new degree, stuck in the machinery in the new tomorrow, you get what you make it’s inimical counterfactual and so predictable not a miracle it’s despicable deliverable get irritable, with a thread to pull, feeling minimal and you simply cannot see what this all has done to me simply cannot see through the crooked lies simply cannot see everything that’s eating me nobody is looking through each others’ eyes simply cannot see what this all has meant to me simply cannot see through the skin disguise simply cannot see all the greater piece of me walking through the hallway something on the rise feeling critical and irritable analytical parasitical apocalyptical stereotypical it’s predictable, hypocritical, and a miracle
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We’re so happy that you want to stay But our city’s full please go away We don’t want to turn away your kind So come anyway, I guess we won’t mind We know what you’ve seen on the TV How we live our lives totally fancy free But you really ought to know Portlandia is just a show We are passive, and aggressive Sacred bike rights often start fights But we all drive, when you arrive We say you'll never need a car We have hipsters - Silly tricksters We’re ironic - Catatonic Brew our own beer, but please don’t fear ‘Cause there’s always PBR So you live here now, you want a job? I guess that’s cool - you’re not a slob You could work at a restaurant If that is the kind of job you want What’s that you say? You have a degree? A master’s in sustainability? That’s really great, but you oughta know I just got mine an hour ago We are passive, and aggressive Sacred bike rights often start fights But we all drive, when you arrive We say you'll never need a car We have hipsters - Silly tricksters We’re ironic - Catatonic Brew our own beer, but please don’t fear ‘Cause there’s always PBR I guess we can’t talk you out of it So welcome to Portland, We Give A Shit™ What’s that you say, you love the sky so blue? Well I guess I’ve got some news for you… We are passive, and aggressive Sacred bike rights often start fights But we all drive, when you arrive We say you'll never need a car We have hipsters - Silly tricksters We’re ironic - Catatonic Brew our own beer, but please don’t fear ‘Cause there’s always PBR And there’s always PBR And there’s always PBR
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Here is the problem - The way I see you is Colored by all the Things we've been through. Here is the problem - The way you see me is All about the things you Think I did to you. That's how a problem of Perspective seems to work; Gets in the way of love. Once we think we've been hurt We say we've had enough We lose the will to trust; That's what a problem of Perspective does to us. Love keeps no score of Wrongs they tell me But my eyes won't open and My heart won't let go. We make assumptions Despite the things we see, We deny the evidence We trust what we thnk we know. That's how a problem of Perspective seems to work; Gets in the way of love. Once we think we've been hurt We say we've had enough We lose the will to trust; That's what a problem of Perspective does to us. At least two sides to every story. At least one truth for every lie. The optimist afraid to disbelieve, The pessimist afraid to try. That's how a problem of Perspective seems to work; Gets in the way of love. Once we think we've been hurt We say we've had enough We lose the will to trust; That's what a problem of Perspective does to us.
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Falling 01:25
You shouldn't fall For anyone at all Eventually you're gonna hit the ground Everything you do Please do it just for you Because you are so great to have around And if you should fall From something ten feet tall I'll try to catch you and make it okay But everything I do I can't do just for you I won't always be there to save the day And then if I should fall From fifty stories tall I hope that you'll be there right next to me And everything we do We ask each other to Even if we sometimes disagree But you shouldn't fall For anyone at all No matter what you think that you have found And everything you do Please do it just for you Because I don't want you to hit the ground
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Space Cadet 02:59
Space cadet, what can you bring us To bring us together Space cadet, what can you bring us To bring us together Space cadet can you see all of the planets and stars Lifeless and empty but they know who they are He is so alone But we are really alone Fly away, leave us alone, we don't want you anyway I hope you're happy floating free up in space It's so nice up there But it's so rotten down here Space cadet, what can you bring us To bring us together Space cadet, what can you bring us To bring us together You watch the universe go You wishing on the last star What do you think of us now How can you live with us now Hey cadet, where do you think You're going don't float away Take us with you, we'll miss you so Space cadet, what can you bring us To bring us together Space cadet, what can you bring us To bring us together
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20 years ago I knew this guy, you probably know the type. His name was Gary or Greg or something, but everyone knew him as Golfpunk. His whole thing was breaking in windows of expensive cars using a golf club to protest the wealth gap or... somethin' like that. Anyway, he called himself a performance artist, and some rich dude decided it would be funny to give him a Cadillac to drive around, you know, "ironically?" Golfpunk, he changed, man... He changed. (Golfpunk, he drives a Cadillac) (Golfpunk, he drives a Cadillac) (Golfpunk, he drives a Cadillac) (Golfpunk, he drives a Cadillac) Now that he had a Cadillac of his own he suddenly felt a lot of empathy for the other Cadillac owners and stopped smashing windows. He wanted to smash things, though, so... he took his golf club to the golf course and... he started playing. You know, golf. The rich peoples' sport. And he was good at it. (Golfpunk, he drives a nine iron) (Golfpunk, he drives a nine iron) (Golfpunk, he drives a nine iron) (Golfpunk, he's gonna crash and burn) He ended up entering into a tournament and won a lot of money, but then his past caught up with him and all these rich assholes, like, sued him for the windows he broke. And then he had to go on a big ol' apology tour, 'cause it's not like he hurt anyone or said anything racist, but God forbid some windows get smashed up. Anyway, we all kind of lost track of him for a long time, but then a few weeks ago he reached out to me and was like, "Hey, remember me?" And I was like, "Hey, I remember you! Man, Golfpunk! It's been a long heckin' time." Then he kinda went silent. And then he says to me, "So, um, I'm not Golfpunk anymore. I got married, settled down, had kids... now I'm more of a... golf dad." And I was like, "Oh. Huh. Weird." And then he said the most offensive thing to me ever: "And now I drive a Prius." (Golfpunk, he drove a Cadillac) (Golfpunk, he drove a Cadillac) (Golfpunk, he drove a Cadillac) (Golfpunk, he drove a Cadillac) Anyway, I guess the moral of the story is it's okay to grow up sometimes, and maybe you're going to grow apart too. And that's alright. Just don't become an asshole.
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My isle dauphine She'll never come clean What does she mean She'll never go clean Oh, isle dauphine She walks down the aisle All of the while I'm thinking I'll Walk single file Oh, isle dauphine I heard what she said, and She's turning all red Might as well be dead for Everything she said Oh, isle dauphine She's walking the border with everything in order and takes off the garter and Runs a bit harder Oh, isle dauphine My isle dauphine She'll never come clean What does she mean She'll never go clean Oh, isle dauphine
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This thing I found lying in the street Don’t know what it is but it’s pretty neat When I picked it up, it filled me with energy Now everyone’s always lookin’ around Turning their head to see this thing I found Give me a look, I think that it’s jealousy It'll always be my lucky charm Keeping me safe and free from harm I know everything will always be okay Everything all said, I’m good At least long as I’m touching wood My good luck charm will always save the day It looks kind of like a rocket ship Keep it on my belt, held it with a clip And suddenly nobody wants to fight Walking through the village green, Lots of people say "that's keen!" Some of them even cheer and shout "All right!" It'll always be my lucky charm Keeping me safe and free from harm I know everything will always be okay Everything all said, I’m good At least long as I’m touching wood My good luck charm will always save the day A baker must be what I be Because everybody says to me Something about the dough made of dill that I wear I'm not quite sure what they mean But I don't want to make a scene Anyway they said to look out for a bear I walked on by a man in blue He took one look and said “how do you do, I think I’m gonna take you into custody” I wasn’t sure just what he meant But then it was clear this was heaven-sent Because that bear can never get to me It'll always be my lucky charm Keeping me safe and free from harm I know everything will always be okay Everything all said, I’m good At least long as I’m touching wood My good luck charm will always save the day It'll always be my lucky charm Keeping me safe and free from harm I know everything will always be okay Everything all said, I’m good At least long as I’m touching wood My good luck charm will always save the day
12.
This year had its challenges All my flowers dead, my pain got worse, my brain got worse, there’s something wrong with my head What happened to my career, it didn't go my way Things feel bad, and I'm in fear I won't live another day oh, it can only get better oh, I know it will get better we see the rise of fascists who think many lives don’t matter a president who’s on the brink, only cares to be flattered where can our people go from here it all just seems too much famine devastation fear we need a human touch oh, it can only get better oh, I know it will get better but it wasn’t all so bad some of it was swell remember all the good times we had Song Fight! Live went well We take the hand we have been dealt this year's problems were a-plenty 2019 really smelt, so here’s to 2020 oh, it can only get better oh, I know it will get better oh, it can only get better oh, I know it will get better
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Fibromyalgia 01:31
Every day I’m just a little older I feel a little twinge up in my shoulder Icing up my limbs until they’re colder Reduce the burning pain into a smolder I’ve got fibromyalgia I’ve got fibromyalgia I feel a lot of pain but it’s Mostly in my brain I have Fibromyalgia I’ve got Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia There’s something in my brain that makes me Sensitive to pain I’ve got Fibromyalgia Well I think it’s pretty nice To eat turmeric and rice With a spicy Indian curry And I get so much advice And I’ve heard it once or twice About swimming and Pilates and so much yoga (You should swim do Pilates and so much yoga!) Fibromyalgia, I’ve got Fibromyalgia It’s excruciating pain That comes from my defective brain I’ve got fibromyalgia
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You can hide yourself down a deep, dark hole Or hoist yourself on a really tall pole Anything that’ll help you get away You can do heavy drugs to numb the pain, or Ask a surgeon to remove your brain So you can fit right in and start to play Change your face and change your name Hide everything that brings you shame Or go on a preemptive sneak attack Dig deep into the viper’s pit Embroil yourself in petty shit Just commit ‘coz there’s no turning back Oh, I wish I didn’t worry oh so much Oh, I wish I could feel fine Oh, if only all my hopes weren’t out of touch I wish my safety wasn’t on the line If you’re accused of doing a bad crime Want to hide for a very very very long time Consider all the possibilities Make a run for President Convince the people you are heaven sent You might just win and then you are home free Even if you’re caught lying Everyone gives you points for trying It’s not that the bear stakes well, it skates at all Even if you destroy the world It doesn’t matter, you can fuck every girl And then you can go home and take your ball Oh, I wish I didn’t worry oh so much Oh, I wish I could feel fine Oh, if only all my hopes weren’t out of touch I wish my safety wasn’t on the line In the long run everything will be fine It will just be a matter of time, in Twelve billion years this will all be gone In the meantime just try to survive The world is better with you alive Outliving him is a reason to go on

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Most of these songs are things done for Song Fight! or Song Fight!-adjacent contests, and represent a real turning point in Sockpuppet's composition and production without forgetting the roots of where this music came from.

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released October 1, 2021

All songs (c)2011-2021 j "fluffy" shagam except:

A Problem of Perspective (c)2008 Charles A. Wolff
Space Cadet (c)2003 Seth Gibbs

Cover art (c) awkwardstarfluff.tumblr.com

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