Inferior Wilderness (demos)

by United Shapes

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1.
03:32
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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!
6.
02:08
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
7.
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?
8.
02:11
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
9.
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
10.
04:07
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
11.
03:42
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?

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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. New studio album Compound Shapes drops
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