Compound Shapes

by United Shapes

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Compound Shapes is United Shapes' ninth album. A concept album all about compound words and the fussbudgets who love them.

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released December 20, 2018

Drew Cave - guitar, trombone, vocals
Joseph Devens - piano, keyboard, beats, bass, vocals

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United Shapes Austin, Texas

United Shapes are an alt rock duo formed in 2004 by Joseph Devens and Drew Cave. Help yourself to our handmade demos. They sound like garbage. Maybe you help us make them sound good and we all get paid?

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Track Name: Fractalvision
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

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 stoppin that thought
sucker that's what it says
Razor glint in my eyes
for the infiniteth 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
Track Name: Peppermint
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
Track Name: Buttercup
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'll 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
Track Name: Pushbutton
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

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?
Track Name: Tractorbeam
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
Track Name: Clockwise
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