Inferior Wilderness

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Inferior Wilderness is United Shapes' eighth album and features songs about mental health, birds, smoking, prescription sleeping pills, prescription anxiety pills, a very popular Canadian band and the dangerous part of the woods.

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released July 12, 2015

written, performed and produced by Joseph Devens

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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: Anhedonia
I’ve got good news
You should feel pretty good about this news
You should smile and maybe jump right out of your shoes
Because this news involves your blues
And how you used to never feel anything
And how a puppy riding on a larger dog would bring
The joy of a bowl of warm ice cream
I know you’ve felt
Like a mannequin or a fake blow-up doll
And that sex makes you feel absolutely nothing at all
Well that’s a wall that’s gonna fall

Because you don’t have anhedonia anymore!
There was some something wrong ya
Ya weren’t just bored ya weren’t just bored

I guess that’s nice
Yeah that kind of sounds like big exciting news
But if you don’t mind I think I’ll stay inside my shoes
Because this news makes me confused
I mean if I am cured just like you said
And that I no longer have to feel like I am dead
Then why’s my pleasure in the red?
I feel the same
As I did the day I told you that I felt
Like the things I like began to feel like something else
Like being in a special Hell

…But wait, you don’t have anhedonia anymore!
I’m not wrong I’m not wrong ya
Ya just bored ya just bored
Track Name: Button's Raven Gloss
Button’s Raven Gloss is always made from real ravens
And you put it on your shoes to impress the lovely maidens
And the maidens use it too to impress the handsome dudes
Anybody who wears shoes knows that that’s the thing to do

Edward Button is the man who knows how to catch the birds
He invites them to a meal and then he woos them with kind words
Then the ravens follow him to his modest gloss shop
Where he cuts off all their heads with a single skillful chop

He puts the feathers in a mortar and he grinds them into soot
Then he takes the raven body and he holds it by the foot
Then he squeezes out the gloss (which is not an easy chore)
And he even sells the heads on necklaces inside his store

Now when all of that is finished, Dr. Button takes a rake
And he stirs the feather dust and gloss into a shiny paste
Then he takes a tiny dropper and he fills up every bottle
Then he puts a label on it and he tops it with a stopper

Then he washes his hands and his shop opens at nine
And by ten AM the people in the town all form a line
And they hand over their money like it means nothing to them
And then every night the doctor does it all over again

Mrs. Shropshire’s a reporter with an exposé to file
Yeah she’s working on a story but it’s taking her a while
Because no one that she talks to will cooperate or hint
At the truth behind the shoe gloss or where all the ravens went
Track Name: Seductive Allure
You’re a rare and a beautiful thing you are
When we’re listening to Marvin Gaye in my car
When we’re parked at the quarry at half past one
Like a couple of high school kids in love

And the quarry coyotes are singing our song
And the snakes and the buzzards are singing along
The seductive allure of my cigarette
Is the only thing better than you that I get

Don’t get jealous now baby ‘cause I’m still your man
But there’s only one you and there’s twenty of them
You’re seductive, alluring and sexy to boot
There’s just something about acrid smoke and black soot

You are rare, beautiful and so much more
When we’re shopping for lingerie at the store
Try on anything sexy that you please
‘Cause I know that you want to look good for me

All the girls at Victoria’s are singing our song
And all of the other customers sing along
But the seductive allure of my cigarette
Which they made me put out is much better than that

Don’t get jealous now baby ‘cause I’m still your man
But there’s only one you and there’s twenty of them
You’re seductive, alluring and sexy to boot
There’s just something about acrid smoke and black soot

Every Tuesday we watch what’s on TV
And on Wednesdays we go to the movies
But on Thursdays we go to our bedroom
And pretend that we’re on our honeymoon

Don’t get jealous now baby ‘cause I’m still your man
But there’s only one you and there’s twenty of them
You’re seductive, alluring and sexy to boot
There’s just something about acrid smoke and black soot
Track Name: Chicken Egg Thing
Everybody loves ‘em because
Everybody wants ‘em because

Chicken egg thing
Were they good or were they popular first?
Chicken egg thing
Did the chicken hatch before its own birth?
Chicken egg thing
David Bowie must have cracked the shell
Chicken egg thing
Because that chick inside swore they could sell

Je nes comprends pas

Everybody loves ‘em because
Everybody wants ‘em because
Track Name: Everything's OK
So you think my lyrics are dark
But my music is bright
I’m not the first to do that
But yes I do it alright
And if you’re wondering why
I’m such a negative guy
I would invite you to take
A closer look at my life

But someone told me today
That people might like it if
I tried to cheer myself up
And be less pessimistic
So that’s exactly what I’m
Gonna do with this song
Because apparently my
Attitude is all wrong

I wanna show the whole world
That I'm pure sunshine
I wanna show the whole world
That I can do more than whine
I hope I’m ready for that
And I hope you’re ready for this
Because I want to be loved
Like Pharrell and Taylor Swift

Oh baby nothing’s wrong with me
And everything’s OK
I love myself and all my friends
Call me every day to say they love me
And they need me too
I’m not psychotic or anxious
Neurotic or blue
And if you think I’m being sarcastic
You should think again
I wouldn’t dream of using sarcasm
To say how happy I am
And I’ve always been
A really positive guy
And so I’ll say it again

Oh baby everything’s OK
And nothing’s wrong with me
The things I want are always happening
I’ve got a record deal and a sweet girlfriend
Who loves me for myself
And she’s my best friend
And every night we share a meal
And laugh until our heads come off
And I can hardly deal
With how great everything
Is always going for me
I am the luckiest guy
That there could ever be

Oh baby baby if I say that word
A hundred times in a song
I can’t be doing it wrong
Because that’s how people
Who are on the charts
Make it there
Baby! Baby! Sing it from the heart!
And speaking of my heart
I think if it were any bigger
It would bust and then I’d be just
An empty shell where a heart
Used to be but baby that won’t happen
‘Cause you love me

Oh baby everything’s OK
And we should take a trip
To Italy where they are equally
As happy as us and we’ll make them see
That we’re the happiest bastards
In wine country
I swear that unicorns and kittens
Couldn’t make me feel any better than I do
I’m not a basket case
And I’m never blue
And baby you love me
And baby I love you too

How did I do?
Did you like my new song?
I bet that some of it had
You all singing along
And I should emphasize
That I meant every word
And that I’ve totally changed
Into gold from a turd

And if you like me the way
That I was before
Well then you’ll just have to get used
To my new happy form
Because now that I have shown
Everything’s OK
They’ll play this song
On the radio everyday
Track Name: Children's Detective Agency
Let’s solve a crime let’s have some fun!
Draw business cards and chew some gum!
Let’s solve a crime we’ll do it today!
If we do a good job we’ll even get paid!

Nobody has to know that we’re children
I’ll take some pictures with suspects in ‘em

You’ve reached the detective agency
"Oh my dear god there’s blood everywhere!"
And how long has your dog been missing?
"No are you crazy this lady’s dead!"
We’ll need her name and a brief description
And we’ll check the pounds for strays as I mentioned

You’ve reached the detective agency
"I think my wife is cheating on me"
And how long has your dog been missing?
"No man, my wife is fucking around
Just take some pictures so I can prove it"
I don’t think that I allowed to do it

Let’s solve a crime let’s have some fun!
Draw business cards and chew some gum!
Let’s solve a crime we’ll do it today!
If we do a good job we’ll even get paid!

Nobody has to know that we’re children
I’ll take some pictures with suspects in ‘em

Let’s find those dogs as fast as we can!
I’ll tape up signs on public trash cans!
When we are done we’ll get our money!
The Children’s Detective Agency!
Track Name: Ambien Melt
It’s not a sandwich so forget about that
It happens to a face that you are looking at

One!

I’ve just seen a face
And it seems like a normal face
Are the edges of the eyeballs moving?
Are the edges of the eyes doing things?

Two!

I’ve just seen a face
And still I think it is just a face
But I get the feeling that it has
Some idea of what it wants to do

(No No No No No)

Three!

I’ve just seen a face
OK now hold on that nose
Just got longer I swear to God
And so did the mouth

Four!

Seen a I’ve just face
Picasso with a bit of Munch
Picasso with a bit of Munch
Picmuncho bit a with asso
Picmuncho bit a with asso
Track Name: Goodness Grapejuice
Goodness grapejuice everybody!
On a snowy summer evening
Shoveling shoveling melting snowman

Doing puzzles with Aunt Judy
Farmhouse puzzles missing chickens
Missing missing missing found one

Meet me on the 32nd
Take the train to Coney Island
Underwater underwater now

Goodness grapejuice everybody!
I won tickets to The Uglies
What’dya mean that they’re all dead now?
Track Name: A To Y
Don’t say I didn’t try because I really did try
I put my absolute best foot and gave a shot at A through Y
But I couldn’t bring myself to try that twenty-sixth thing
So I’m sorry but I failed you and it’s all because of Z

I’ll tell you to your face that I just did my very best
I know you’re hurting and I know that’s rough I also know the alphabet
Somebody did you wrong and so you really needed me
And so I told you that I’d do each single thing from A to Z

To improve your situation and to be a better friend
Than the one who hurt you when he said that he wanted to end
Whatever you guys had, which is neither here nor there
But I couldn’t do this one thing which was more than I could bear

But don’t say I didn’t try because I really did try
I put my absolute best foot and gave a shot at A through Y
But I couldn’t bring myself to try that twenty-sixth thing
So I’m sorry but I failed you and it’s all because of Z
Track Name: Inferior Wilderness
Somewhere there’s a trail
And somewhere there are woods
That someone ill equipped
Erected awfully quick
With stink root, caulibroccoli
Pine trees with giant cones
That stick to whatever
They land on then explode

Burn it down baby now start it again now
Burn it down baby now begin it again now

Cacti skunkamanders
Cacti hairless bears
Cacti ancient sinkholes
Cacti everywhere
Pointy boulders rolling
With great difficulty
Purple underbrush
With purple poison berries

Burn it down baby now start it again now
Burn it down baby now begin it again now

Somewhere there’s a trail
And somewhere there’s a tree
That someone made with jagged
Broken glassy branches
In this inferior wilderness
You have to cling to anything
That’s not made out of snakes

Burn it down baby now start it again now
Burn it down baby now begin it again now

Let’s you and me pack a lunch
And head down to the trail
That’s lined with body parts
And bloody clothing
Babe if I were to go missing
While we’re in there
I hope that you never get
Another boyfriend
Track Name: Hydroxyzine
X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
Cutest little pill I’ve ever seen
Not afraid to go to bed not afraid of anything
Somnus

X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
You’re the only one I really need
That’s not true I need all thirteen
Somnus

X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
What once was hell now’s a dream
Take it for yourself and see what I mean
Somnus

X-Y-Z

X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
Laying on my bed and staring blankly
Beats wanting to strangle everybody I see
Somnus

X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
One does the trick don’t need to take three
Not afraid to talk to people not afraid of anything
Somnus

X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
Cutest little pill I’ve ever seen
Not a wolf in a cage or a ghost in a sheet
Somnus

X-Y-Z
Somnus
Track Name: Parallax
I can see you with my eyes closed
I can sense your body under your clothes
But there’s something blocking you from sight
A tree or a car or a bike

I closed one eye and you were gone
I closed the other one and still you were gone

I remember you from years ago
And I remember that you had to go
I slept myself to cry every night
But I couldn’t even do that right

I closed one eye and you were gone
I closed the other one and still you were gone

I don’t know you anymore
Why don’t I just close both of my eyes?