United Shapes: Luxury Collection (2004 - 2015)

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A gravy-dripped musicopia of only the very listenablest songs from our first eight demo albums. Yes. They still sound like garbage. But it's remastered garbage!


released May 12, 2020

Joseph Devens - keyboards, piano, drums, vocals, additional guitar
Drew Cave - guitars, trombone, drums, vocals

All songs recorded between 2004 and 2015 at home in Austin, Texas on high-tech computer machines using the free software machines. Whichever one of us is singing the song, that's who wrote the lyrics. The original recordings have undergone rudimentary re-mixing and mastering to usher the gravy comfortably into your holes. Goodnite, Doctors.


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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 drops

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Track Name: Raw Honey
I can feel my heart beat in my chest
When my mouth is pressed against your neck
I can feel my hairs standing on end
When we are becoming more than friends

I can feel the goose bumps on my arms
When I am succumbing to your charms
I can feel you breathing honey breath
When your mouth is pressed against my neck

Don’t need to buy it by the side of the road
Cause honey we can make our own
Raw honey
Smear it on your body in place of clothes
It’s OK if just the two of us know
Raw honey

Alls I ever wanna do is make raw honey with just you
And if you dig this metaphor then you know what raw honey’s for

We can drink it until we get sick
We can both stick out our tongues and lick
Raw honey
We got something only you’s and me’s
Straight from the hardest working worker bees
Raw honey

I can feel the blood rush to my head
When you drag me by my hair to bed
We can put it on our breakfast toast
And if you want I’ll lick it from your toes

We don’t need to go to work today
We can stay inside all day and play
Drinking honey’s all I want to do
You can call me your Winnie-the-Pooh

People selling honey on the street
At the farmer’s market we can eat
Raw honey
We can dip our fingers in the jar
Do it with me baby it’s not hard
Raw honey

We should get a natural sugar high
Then love each other ‘til honey runs dry
Raw honey
When we’re done we’ll smoke a cigarette
Then come inside and start to make it again
Raw honey
Track Name: Can't Can't Can't
No one should have to be
A stranger in their own skin
Nor play the walk-on role
In lives their friends are starring in
This is a human game, so first make sure that you are one of those

People are made for people
I did not make the rules
Some people fit together like puzzle pieces
And some have to use
Blunt instruments to fly into a temporary fit
And I can't can't can't get used to it

These hands are lion's hands
And I've got a lion's tail
And I'm walkin all around
Inside my padded lion cell
And wouldn't it be nice to pick the kids up from their mom's and bring em here
On this fine afternoon?
See me walk all around
Take pleasure in my presence
Delight in this rare treat you found
But when you leave I'm still a lion walking all around
And I can't can't can't get used to it

If I fell in my apartment
Would it even make a sound?
Would I hear the upstairs neighbor
Shout that I should keep the noise down?
This is a lion thing, so don't come round or you could lose your head

And that's not something that comes back
No matter how you try it
Cause no mind that gets out of its head
Would come back in its right it
And things that never happen never ever will because they
Can't can't can't
Track Name: Muddy Wendy
Muddy Wendy
Once a Bottlecappa Kappa Pi
I was underwhelmed
Until I saw her with her guy friend

Eating fudge from the jar like she was starving
Making out in her car while she was driving
I was underwhelmed
Til I had her for myself

Muddy Wendy gets clean before she
Goes to bed in the evening, but
Wendy gets muddy in between getting clean
And going to bed in the e-vuh-ning

Wendy grabbing my arm
Dragging me to every show
Wendy double shot of whiskey
Me a cup o' joe

With the Hindenburg tattooed on her lower back
And some kind of steam punk motif above her rack
Every time her bell rings
An angel gets a nosebleed

Muddy Wendy gets clean before she
Goes to bed in the evening, but
Wendy gets muddy in between getting clean
And going to bed in the e-vuh-ning

Wendy gets around
And around
And around

W the wondering
If she likes me at all
E-N-D the ending
That her Xs all foretold of

Y the question I ask when I look back on you
? cuz it amplifies the W
I was overwhelmed
Til I lost her for myself

Muddy Wendy gets clean before she
Goes to bed in the evening, but
Wendy gets muddy in between getting clean
And going to bed in the e-vuh-ning
Track Name: Arrows Are Honest
This is not a metaphor
And I am not fucking around
I am pushing wind up my neck
And out my mouth to make this sound
Designers made them simple and right
And traffic made us see what they do
I'm a line, but I'm more than a line
I've got direction and style
And I cannot tell a lie

Arrows are honest
Arrows are honest
I mean what I say
And I point where I mean
Arrows are honest
Arrows are honest
I mean what I say
And I point where I mean

This is telling, and there's no need to ask
This is knowing, this is not a surprise
Here's the thing, won't you look at the thing?
This is looking, this is open your eyes
On the plane on the safety belt sign
At the market in the checkout line
There's a service that I'm drawn to provide
And if you look at me nice I'll tell you when where and why

I mean what I say and I point where I mean
Which means I'm gonna say what I would like you to see
I mean what I say and I point where I mean
I've got something to say, and I hope that you'll agree with me

That this is not a metaphor
And I am not fucking around
I am showing at the speed of look
And I am telling at the speed of sound
And if you think that I am playing a game,
If you think that I am playing a song,
I've got a way to make it easy for you
To understand the subtle ways in which you got it all wrong
Track Name: Whisper My Name
ASMR girl
Whisper my name
Say something to me
I won’t understand
ASMR girl
Role play with me
Shampoo my hair yeah
And then talk me to sleep

ASMR girl
Tap fingernails
On a glass makeup bottle
My hair stands on end
Shiver me tingles
Massage my brain
All I want from you
Is to know your real name

ASMR girl
Where did you go?
Why haven’t you posted
Any new videos?
ASMR girl
Inaudible sound
Crinkle some paper
But try not to be loud
Track Name: Cats Broke In
When it's nice outside I like to keep the windows open
Let the night roll in and smell the overlapping seasons
Now it's dark inside, can't see the things in my apartment
But I know they're there and I think something is crawlin on em

Cats broke in my house
I tried, I couldn't keep them out
They wanted it so bad
They wanted in

Get home late from work, take comfort knowing I'm alone
Greet my furniture like normal "honey I am home"
Then across my path, hey what the hell is hap'nin
Then right out the door, them crazy cats was back again

Now I'm all alone again and that's the way I like it
Patched the hole in the screen where the cats made their unlawful entry
Now it's straight to bed or I won't get any Christmas presents
But guess what I find more of as soon as I turn down the covers

All the cats in the town want something that I have.
Track Name: Voodoo Doll
Undo the evil spell
That has me sweating in my sleep
Stop telling everyone
All of the secrets that I keep
Who drove the pins deep in
My little voodoo doll?
I know you are up to
Not any good at all
Hold my head to the flames
Make me remove my woolen cap
Twist my spine all around
Until you’ve made me a hunchback
Who drove the pins deep in
My little voodoo doll?
I know you are up to
Not any good at all
My skin of cloth and thread
The better to manipulate
The vice around my head
To squeeze my brains into a paste
Who drove the pins deep in
My little voodoo doll?
I know you are up to
Not any good at all
Tie my legs up in knots
So that I’m sitting Indian style
Then place me on the tracks
And make me wait there for a while
Who drove the pins deep in
My little voodoo doll?
I know you are up to
Not any good at all
Finally bury me
Under the flowers in your bed
And leave me there for weeks
Until my friends all think I’m dead
Who drove the pins deep in
My little voodoo doll?
I know you are up to
Not any good at all
Track Name: Shake Ground
some day you'll see the ground shake me
a romantic necromancy

now that i'm back from the dead
what would you have me do
i'm waiting for orders from you
the one that i'm indebted to

you seem so surprised
that your crazy ritual actually worked
by bringing me back around
you might have seen some change, but i'm still the same though i've decayed
i've spent some time underground

for ten long years
the worms chowed down on my remains
not too much left of me now
but your incantations made my old bones a home again
and called my spirit back home
Track Name: Calculations
A guy came by here today
said he was from some kind of bureau
Wanted to know if I was OK
my lucky number and my brand of smokes

Told me to wait in the car for a while
taught me to drive around in perfect circles
He had number that I'd never seen
scratched problems in the dirt at his feet
then scrubbed them clean

Said he could fix me up
and make me happy again
Let's do some calculations
Let's build you a nice new friend

Some guys came by here today
and one of them looked like he could've been
you from a different life
His hair was longer and he wore nice pants

He showed me how to separate the light
Wanted to know if I knew what made airplanes fly
He took some measurements and wrote things down
Tore off long sheets of paper
let them float to the ground

Said he could fix me up
and take me back into time
to the year it was soft and cold
for months on end and the sun barely shined

We can fix you up
and make you good as new
Let's do some calculations
Run our hands all over you.
Track Name: Hummingbird
What’s that sound?
Is this happening now?
In my hand
I’m all around you now
You can call me on the telephone
Or write me a note

Little thing
Sort of like her now
But not quite
So much more life now
You can take me out to lunch
Or buy me a drink

Aren’t you like
Electronic or
Wound up tight
Are you dangerous?
You can say a bunch of Hail Marys
And really think of the words

On the ground
Why on the ground now?
You’re not so fast
Call the witch doctor
You can think of what you’ve done to me
Then get out of town
Yeah get out of town
Get the hell out of town
Track Name: Subtraction
That girl is a liar and she knows too much
About the thing and another thing is this what
I thought it was I guess it’s not
Black lights like cobra strikes all night long
That burn like fighting words in a song
I’d never write it would be wrong
Like throwing up when you turn me on
Just kick me out and put your clothes back on

Hey wait hey hey

Subtraction! My captain!
Are the bones in the mouth are the xylophone sounds
That they make
When they shake
Are the bleed in the nose are the tooth in the ache

Wear hot pants do a dance just for me
Or if not gimme tea and sympathy
Another Christmas on TV
You gave me your black mirror for our art class
But then got married and wanted it back
Are you for real I have to ask
Or just a ghost from my art class past?
I thought we would but we didn't last

Headaches like rattlesnakes in a sack
That girl’s a liar when she says she has
A kiss for me for the plane ride back
These pants don’t fit because I’m not the same
As I was when she drove me to the plane
I’ll never wear these pants again
You said I looked like a dead salesman
Comic relief with shaky hands
Track Name: Half A Book
I've been thinkin bout the pages in this book
I've been thinkin bout the letters on this page
I've been thinkin bout the shelf in my library
but I do not think that this book came from there
but I'm reading this book anyway
I am at the beginning now

Someone told me that this book was very good
but that there was a part he could not read past
There must be a scary monster in this book
but I can't be sure cause I forgot to ask
why it was that he couldn't read anymore
I'm almost to the middle now

This book is so good I cannot put it down
The characters are well-rounded and the plot is deep
Every chapter is suspenseful and profound
I'm reading faster cause I cannot wait to see
what happens next is anybody's guess
I'm at the middle now

But when I turn the page to read what happens next
I can't believe what I see
The second half is blank
There's nothing left

I've been thinkin bout this stupid book I read
I've been trying to get the story out of my head
All I wish is that the second half was done
All I wish is that I never had begun
to read this book with half blank pages
now everybody

Why is this book half a book?
Track Name: Dangerous Shapes
I know, I know
How it goes
Dangerous shapes never know their place
In the world, make a home in a junk drawer
A dangerous space
For a tender place

Somebody better come
And turn these lights back on
And file the edges down so we don't cut our fingers off when
We try to touch each other in each other's sleep
Sleep safe
Dangerous shapes
Are always on the make

Until they find
A friendly face
To make them feel
Make them feel less dangerous

It's a lonely and a sad affair
That wonderful and rare
Are words that have become synonymous to you and me and
The time we spend together
Rubbing up against each other with our
Dangerous shapes
We're in a ragged state

So we'll stand perfectly still
Like chickens with our heads still on
But not for long
Cuz we can only do wrong
In the nighttime, broken glass rattles in the sack like
Dangerous shapes
We gotta watch our backs

Until we find
A friendly face
To make us feel
Make us feel less dangerous

Well look what we did!
A play-related injury
There's body parts for picking up and picking the ones to save
You're a train wreck
And I suspect
That things are dangerously close again to shaping up that way

Until we find
A friendly face
To make us feel
Make us fell less dangerous
Track Name: Marches
of all the ways we have to get down to B from A
the organized walk in time creeps me out
the protest the funeral the municipal "come one come all"
and speaking of funerals
i hope i never have to ever carry your pall
i hope i never have to ever carry your pall

so line up the lost toys in endless columns of rows
and send them down to first and main with the band
when we are numerous in our discontent
we will sick in and we will walk out
and we will circle the block until you meet our demands
we will circle the block until you meet our demands
Track Name: Hydroxyzine
X-Y-Z Hydroxyzine
Cutest little pill I’ve ever seen
Not afraid to go to bed not afraid of anything

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

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


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

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

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

Track Name: I Love New York
I've never lived here but I've always been here
like the guy in the black and white picture
at the end of the movie it turned out he'd been there
his whole life but he'd never lived there

except for the once and it didn't work out right
He died outside, had a fight with his wife
and he ran all around in the maze of the mind
of the ghost of the love that was trapped in his heart

And speaking of love there's a heart on my sleeve
not the sleeve but the front of this white t-shirt
not a shirt but a mug not a mug but a glove
not a glove but a No. 2 pencil

When it's sharp and I hold it straight up on the desk
it's a relative I know from pictures
But a picture's enough to rekindle the love
Like a sister you see just at Christmas

And the people who aren't from here wish that they were
And the people who are know they're smarter
than the people who dream of New York cuz they know
that the grass isn't greener it's harder

And it grows to incredible heights and it turns
into metal and glass and burnt coffee
And the light from the sun is that guy from the maze
with the axe trying to hack through the city

They thought that they knew us
Well how could they know us?
They read in the shape of a cloud we'd been bad
So they blew into town and they took souvenirs
from a place that I had never seen though I had

But instead of a snow globe they took the whole thing
leaving only the snow and a hole in the globe
By the time that I got there I got there too late
to do anything
even say that I'd been there.

I love New York
I love New York
I love New York
It's written on my shirt.
Track Name: False Point
When I get back from where I'm going
I expect to see your fancy luggage
Packed and by the door
Take your piggy banks
And snow globes with the skylines
Cuz I don't want to shake those anymore

I hope I'm making myself clear
I'm going back on the pills
You drove me off of

I've heard about a place
I've seen some photographs
That made me feel like when I was a child
I know that I'll fit in there
I've got a matching hat
I'll sign the breakup papers that you filed

I hope I'm making myself clear
You'll never see me again
Unless you come on down to False Point

Your welcome in False Point
Where nothing's for sale
No circular treadmills for chasing your tail
Evolve at your leisure
Hold on to your wings
Don't busy your pretty head with material things

The mayor is a bird
The D.A. is a bird
The warden is a bird

You think about the future
I'll think about a hole
You always said that I would die alone
You're right about the one thing
I'm probly gonna die
But how and when you couldn't be more wrong

I hope I'm making myself clear
I've got no business here
Track Name: Emotion Vacation
I want to feel like a rock
I want to feel like a tree
Nothing’s bothering me
Nothing’s anything me

Don’t want to be a ghost
Or a helpless baby
Please stop bothering me
Please stop everything me

You wanna go someplace
You can forget your cares?
I will make you aware
That you're already there

Now stop your sobbin’ yeah
And you can follow me
I know a place we can be
Where we can feel like a tree

Pack a bag and get into the cab
It’s an emotion vacation
Emotion vacation
Nothing hurts no more crying at work
It’s an emotion vacation
Emotion vacation
No tears today because now you’re OK
It’s an emotion vacation
Emotion vacation
Where we’ll go you don’t care you don’t know
It’s an emotion vacation
Emotion vacation

Dry your eyes ‘cause I’ve got a surprise!
It’s an emotion vacation
Emotion vacation
Lift your head and get out of your bed
It’s an emotion vacation
Emotion vacation
No more pouting it’s time for and outing
An emotion vacation
Emotion vacation
We can do anything me and you
On our emotion vacation
Emotion vacation