Compound Shapes

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1.
Now get moving Now get moving still When you’re stationary You can almost feel Your brain getting larger but Your head getting smaller what The hell’s goin’ on here? Brain fulla blades Gotta brain fulla razor blades Is Fractalvision what it isn’t Isn’t it what Fractalvision is? Was that what always never Fractalvision Never always what that was? I dig the tension and suspense in Buzzing past the shapes and numbers of This Fractalvision but I’m wishing For a mission with a softer buzz Will my bothering brain ever bother to death? “Good luck stopping that thought, sucker” That’s what he says Razor glint in my eye for the infinith time Did just I see you there in Fractalvision Therein you see I just did Your brain gets bigger but your head gets smaller And for all that brain it is Impossible to make it dull Impractical to finish sentences The razor’s edge inside your head Will cut you open like a sardine lid Will my bothering brain ever bother to death? “Good luck stopping that thought, sucker” That’s what he says Razor glint in my eye for the infinith time
2.
The block was crawling with cops the night Ms. Lollipop went out for butterscotch and got her head cut off You’ll find whodunnit slides down licorice alleyways leaving a trail of Icee slush and we all know what they all say When he jellyrolls on the scene all the gumdrops scream “Peppermint!” but cops don’t talk to gumdrops when they buy witnesses “Thank you for your assistance miss now let us handle this” Your honor this snowman is guilty of first-degree murder or I’ll outrun the gingerbread man Ladies and gentlemen of Candyland I think we’ve got our man The fudge fuzz in their sugar coats they work the scene “We’ll lick this sucker” they grunt through Sweet-Tart rotten teeth Then from the back of the crowd a little gumdrop stood and waved her fist around and yelled as loud as she could “We know your man when he rolls by the gumdrops scream his name and run away he is a monster mister mercy make him pay!” When he jellyrolls on the scene all the gumdrops scream “Peppermint!” but cops don’t talk to gumdrops when they buy witnesses Oh how smart he is icicles leave no fingerprints Your honor this snowman is guilty of first-degree murder or I’ll outrun the gingerbread man Ladies and gentlemen of Candyland I think we’ve got our man When he jellyrolls on the scene all the gumdrops scream “Peppermint!” but cops don’t talk to gumdrops when they buy witnesses There must’ve been some malice in that old silk hat they found I guess Your honor this snowman is guilty of first-degree murder or I’ll outrun the gingerbread man Ladies and gentlemen of Candyland I think we’ve got our man
3.
Buttercup 03:59
Remember when each snowflake matched Each pair of shoes each dot and dash They came for me took my right brain To them I leave sincere complaints But to my Buttercup I leave the other stuff Just remember that your left brain is enough Meticulous You are so A buttercup to brighten every broken button hole Meticulous Your are so A fingertip to darken every mitten in the snow Careful planning carefully mismanaged To Buttercup I leave my soul The mockingbirds mock me today They grind their teeth as if to say "Huff as you puff meticulous Your science will not be enough" Being of a sound mind I'll leave this world behind And to buttercup I leave my winking eye Meticulous You are so A handkerchief to soften every winter wonder blow Meticulous You are so A buttercup to leave my handkerchief to when I go Careful planning carefully mismanaged To Buttercup my very soul Undone unglued a plan in ruin My favorite hemisphere removed What's left of me my Buttercup You won't remember any of
4.
Pushbutton 02:53
I wish it was my job to crank a crank or knob a knob See them vanish in smoke puffs They say I'm a joke but It doesn't seem they're laughing that hard Unluckily, slobs, that is exactly my job I push a button and someone's gone I wave a wand with one tiny finger I can play God I wish that I got paid to pull the pullies on the engine of hate And when the cherry trees blossomed I burn and I'd chop 'em blow the ashes in a baby's face Unluckily fate has really had it that way I push a button let me demonstrate the way I play With one tiny finger I dig a grave Hey little girl you want some candy? I wish that I could do what Mr. Jetson did on that old cartoon Except I'd push a nice suit I'd push the media mute and then I'd push to death the rest of youse too Unluckily, fools, that is exactly your due because it's me who pushes buttons through and through it's true And there's nothing, nothing that you can do Ain't there something that you can do?
5.
Moonlighting 04:16
Moonlighting is exciting carefully your radiating skin displayed for me Moonlighting is dividing endlessly the paradox of our dichotomy Take my hand to the hay of this abandoned barn Sink your teeth like the snakes at the reptile farm Blink your eyes on my eyes The butterflies warned us of Moonlighting is ghostwriting us dirty notes and signing our names as if we don't know Moonlighting is deciding our horoscopes and rubbing its hands together when we're close Let your fingers peel the stoking as we stare right back at the voyeuristic lunar aphrodisiac Blink your eyes on my eyes The butterflies warned us that Moonlighting wants our hearts tied in knots 'til they rot and we can't say "no" Moonlighting wants our parts tied in knots 'til they rot and everybody knows Moonlighting wants to watch our sweaty bodies have a party in its dreamy glow
6.
Roundtable 03:00
If you were a flying wizard you could take me by the hand Circumnavigate in seconds through the CG wonderland But you are not a flying wizard and that's all the proof I need to make the world a roundtable but nobody asked me You might end up at the radius or the side where the roots are trees if you were a flying wizard so go to wizard school please One day you'll be a flying wizard and that's all the proof I'll need to make the world a roundtable but nobody asked me
7.
Nightlife 03:52
GOIN’ OUT GOIN’ DOWNTOWN THE NIGHTLIFE GONNA CUT EVERY RUG IN YOUR SIGHTS MIGHT THROW YOUR FITS WITH THE KIDS DOWN AT BARFLY’S MEET A GIRL MEET A GUY GRAB GREASY NIGHT BITE GONNA TOSS EVERY RING TAKE THAT PANDA HOME WITH YOU ONE’LL DO JUST THE RIGHT SIZE NOW YOU’RE LOST TO THE NIGHTLIFE NOW AND A PAIR OF LIGHTS TRAILING YOU MUST BE MINE ON A FOLLOW WE CAN SLEEPWALK IN PERFECT SYNCHRONICITY ON A FOLLOW ONLY ONE OF US KNOWS ON A FOLLOW ONE OF US LEADS THE DANCE AND THE OTHER DOESN’T KNOW I ONLY GO WHERE YOU GO I DON’T KNOW GOIN’ DOWN GOIN’ RIGHT OUTTA TOWN TONITE-NITE PACK A BAG HAVE A DRAG DON’T MIS YOUR FLIGHT RIGHT THEN A LEFT SWING YOUR PARTNER IN DARKER MORNING THAN COFFEE BLACK TAG I’M IT ALRIGHT HOT THE TRAIL WAG THE TAIL IN YOUR REARVIEW DON’T YOU KNOW I ONLY GO WHERE YOU GO SHUTTER SNAPS IT’S A GAS BEING NEAR YOU DON’T YOU KNOW I’M PAID TO BE YOUR GHOST? ON A FOLLOW YELLOW BLINKER LIGHTS MOONLIT GLOW DESERT DARKNESS HOLDING HANDS ME AND YOU ON A FOLLOW WE ARE EQUAL THE NIGHT MAKES IT TRUE ONLY YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOIN ONLY I KNOW I’M GOING TOO GOIN’ OUT GOIN’ DOWNTOWN THE NIGHTLIFE GONNA CUT EVERY RUG IN YOUR SIGHTS MIGHT CHEW THE FAT WITH THE CATS DOWN AT BARFLY’S SOMEONE WINKS OVER DRINKS STARTS A BAR FIGHT GONNA SPIN EVERY PLATE DON’T BE LATE WAIT FOR THE START HOPE MY MARK DON’T GET WISE COULD I PLEASE? WOULD I PLEASE BE YOUR NEIGHBOR? IT’S THE TASTE OF THE CHASE THAT I LIKE
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Brainwash 02:24
My brain is so clean now 'cause I gave it a power wash those folds can be hard to hard to hard to hard to clean out I gotta good clean scream it used to be such a nasty rattle It's a good scream you can barely hear it
9.
Somewhere 02:48
WHERE DO DOGS AND CATS HOLD HANDS AND SIP WINE IN PAJAMA PANTS? WHERE CAN I PLAY BACH WITH ONE HAND? SOMEWHERE WHERE DOES CHOCOLATE FALL LIKE RAIN AND WHERE DOES IT RAIN EVERY DAY? WHERE DO FATCATS HAVE TO PAY? SOMEWHERE WHERE DO SHARKS APOLOGIZE AND SNAKES PLAY RUMMIKUB WITH MICE? WHERE DO LADIES HAVE THE RIGHT? SOMEWHERE WHERE IS WALDO? WHERE’S THE BEEF? AND WHERE THE HELL ARE MY CAR KEYS? WHERE’S OUR ORWELLIAN HELL RELIEVED? SOMEWHERE SOMEWHERE SOMETHING CAN BE SUGAR SWEET AND SMELL LIKE CANDY TWICE THE STORAGE HALF THE SPACE HALF THE FAT WITH TWICE THE TASTE SOMEWHERE THEY ARE THANKFUL MODERN PROBLEMS ARE AS PAINFUL AS A COOL BREEZE THROUGH THEIR HAIR SOMEWHERE WHERE DO ALL THE SLOTS PAY OUT WHOLE CINNABONS FIT IN MY MOUTH AND FAMILIES AREN’T THEIR KIDS WITHOUT? SOMEWHERE WHERE DOES SMOKING CURE DISEASE CAUSE CHISSELED ABS AND WHITER TEETH AND WHERE DOES GLACIAL ICE STILL FREEZE? SOMEWHERE WHERE DO SKUNKS LAY LEMONDROPS AND GIVE BACKRUBS THAT NEVER STOP? WHERE DOESN’T STAYING HEALTHY COST? SOMEWHERE WHERE DOES SHERBET AND CHAMPAGNE GET MAINLINED STRAIGHT INTO MY VEINS? WHERE’D NO ONE GET SHOT TODAY? SOMEWHERE
10.
Masterpiece 03:50
I GOT LOUSY ON THE CREATURE AND STOOD IN FRONT OF THE PIANO AND SLAMMED MY HANDS DOWN ON THE KEYS UNTIL I FELL ASLEEP AND IN MY DREAM I SAW AN ANGEL OR IT MIGHT’VE BEEN THE DOORMAN OF THE BUILDING I WAS STANDING IN FRONT OF SLAMMING MY HANDS ON THE BUZZERS “LET ME IN LET ME IN” WERE THE LYRICS I PENNED I PLAYED A SCALE UP THE WALL WHERE THE MARQUEE HAD BEEN AND WHEN THEY HEARD MY SONG THEY SAID I’D WRITTEN IT WRONG BUT WHEN IT’S COMPLETE THEY’LL THROW DIAMONDS AT MY FEET AW JEEZ WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING? PLEASE! AND THEN I PICKED UP A GUITAR HAVING REACQUAINTED WITH THE CREATURE AND I SLAPPED MY HANDS DOWN ON THE FRETBOARD UNTIL I FELL ASLEEP AND IN MY DREAM I SAW THE DEVIL SIX-PIECE SUIT AND EATING MONEY OR IT MIGHT’VE BEEN THE DOORMAN TRYING NOT TO GET SLAPPED IN THE FACE BY ME “LET ME OUT LET ME OUT” WERE THE LYRICS I SHOUTED AT THE A&R MAN AS HE THREW ME IN THE VAN I’D PLANNED A DOUBLE CHORUS BUT THEY LAUGHED IN MY FACE NOW I’M STUCK BETWEEN A DOC AND A PADDED PLACE HEY WAIT WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING? PLEASE! THIS IS MY MASTERPIECE! I GOT IN THE CAB AND HAD THE DRIVER DRIVE ME TO THE BUILDING WHERE I GLUED MY POSTER ON THE WALL UNTIL I FEL ASLEEP AND IN MY DREAM I SAW YOURS TRULY GLUEING HIS POSTER ON THE DOORMAN OR I MIGHT’VE BEEN AT HOME LYING FACE DOW IN THE CREATURE YOU BETTER TAKE IT FROM ME THIS IS THE BEST IT CAN BE I AM A CERTIFIED GENIUS SO WHY DON’T YOU AGREE? WHY DON’T YOU WANT TO BELIEVE IN MY RIDICULOUS DREAM? WHY CAN’T YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? WHY DON’T YOU HAVE MY DISEASE? WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING? PLEASE! THIS IS MY MATERPIECE!
11.
Tractorbeam 03:52
Juicy pics, mister Money's no problem No thanks, my nose runs where it don't belong "Futile" gets thrown around a lot these days but really we're the ones getting thrown away It's neither quick nor sand but it does the trick so Do as little as you can Quick! Don't do something, quick! I'm a one-piece puzzle but these uneasy pieces can't be counted on one hand Who made you like this If I ever catch the monster If I ever but I never can But light is tricky like that and your brain has to fill the gaps with whatever it can Comes back with a bloody stump but it's doomed to try again I like getting pulled but not my nose or legs and when I say "when" that's what I mean I know I throw my safeword around but not now I'm not screaming "futile" 'cause I like to scream As little flashing lights pull gnash your teeth as little as possible Tractorbeam
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Clockwise 03:43
Didn't I just kiss you goodbye? and didn't I go home? Didn't I just row through the night on the river of time alone? how can you be two places at once when you're really nowheres at all everybody asks me when I've been everybody asks me if I'm gone I feel my time is marching on an indecisive mind a river's flowing price clockwise I feel my time is running out commodities unwind a spectre stopping by clockwise I could've sworn these forking paths weren't here before I'm not touching you but I want to and when I do my hand just passes through how can you be two places at once when you're really nowheres at all Everybody asks me when I've been everybody asks me if I'm gone I never know which way it is it's all the same to my redundancy spacetime clockwise I never want to leave you but when I have, have I? a mirror breaking twice clockwise a different world in each eye can't walk a single line too many arrows fly clockwise I will be in my arms again and yours for the same dime unstuck in time now I'm clockwise

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Compound Shapes is United Shapes' first album to be professionally recorded, mixed, mastered, and released physically. A concept album all about compound words and the fussbudgets who love them.

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released October 16, 2020

Drew Cave - guitars, trombone, vocals, programming
Joseph Devens - keyboards, bass, vocals, programming

mixed by Michael Crow
mastered by Disc Makers Soundlab
produced by Joseph Devens
"Roundtable" produced by Drew Cave

guitars designed and manufactured by Drew Cave
album design by Joseph Devens

recorded and mixed in Austin, TX

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United Shapes are an alt rock duo formed in 2004 by Joseph Devens and Drew Cave. New studio album Compound Shapes now available.

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