Cellular Fidelity

by Gabriel Koenig

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This is a continuation of the album Low-Fi. Recorded on my phone.

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released January 23, 2012

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Gabriel Koenig Vancouver, British Columbia

Gabriel Koenig makes music, video games and other various forms of art. His styles are continually evolving but remain thematically focused on the dark absurdity of human existence.

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Track Name: Paranoid on a Good Day
I'm
Having a very good day
But now I'm worried that
They might try to
Take it away from me

Why
I don't know who they might be
But I'm sure that they're
Somewhere out there
Waiting to make their move

Oh they don't give these days
Away for free
Oh so I don't know why it
Happened to me
Oh no they don't give these days
Away for free
So how am I supposed to feel
Happy

I'm
Having a very good day
At least I was until I
Realized that it
Was probably a mistake

I'm
Thinking about running away
And then hiding so that
They can't take back
This very good day I have
Track Name: So Glad I Never Met You
Oh when you say
We could have been laughing long ago
I don't know
Or when you say
We should have been making history
I disagree

Oh I'm so glad
We never met before now
Cause I was such an idiot
I was such a fool until now

Oh when I think
We could have been friends back in school
So glad it isn't true
Or when I think
The times we might have crossed each others path
I did the math

So I'm so glad
We never met before now
Cause I was such an idiot
I was such a fool until now

If you'd known me way back then
I'm sure you'd hate me too
Cause I was just a stupid kid
I didn't know what to do
But as it is you only know
The person I'm today
And I must say I think it's all
Turned out in the best way
Track Name: Spiders in the Corner
There's spiders sitting in the corners there
And I don't care if they just stay
But there's no food in here for them to eat
They should retreat, but they don't move
I get in closer for a second look
That's all it took, to see they're dead
I don't know when it all happened now
Or even how, they'd be such fools

And now I sit so still and wonder
Spiders why did you go under
It's warm in here, but now you've lost it all
And now I sit so still and wonder
Spiders you have gone and blundered
Your dried up legs are all that now remain

I guess I've seen a fly now and then
It happens when we don't shut the door
But it's not much and so far between
I've never seen, much more than two
And there's not even any decent webs
Just a few strands here and there
It was a mission failed right from the start
It breaks my heart, so pitiful

And now I sit so still and wonder
Spiders why did you go under
It's warm in here, but now you've lost it all
And now I sit so still and wonder
Spiders you have gone and blundered
Your dried up legs are all that now remain
Track Name: The Perfect Height
Say I was three feet taller than I am today
I'd probably be in with the NBA
But then I'd need a house that was custom built
Cause it would be like walking around on stilts

Oh but I feel
That this must be just right
Oh yeah I'm sure
That I'm the perfect height

Say I was just as tall as a can of beans
I'd have more food than I could ever believe
But then I doubt I be able to open doors
So how could I ever go back to the store

Say I was taller than all the buildings around
I wouldn't need stairs to get up from the ground
But then I bet the government would go and see
Someone like that could never hope to be free
Track Name: Shower Power
I am up
But not awake
I'm standing here
So cold I shake
And everyday
It's just the same
I stumble out
I feel so lame

Oh shower I need your power
I would love to spend an hour
In your kiss I rinse my soul

Torn away
From blissful sleep
A sharp alarm
Shatters my dream
With eyes half closed
I curse the day
I look outside
The light is grey

When I don't know how I will
Make it through the morning chill
And I just want to be clean
I know you'll be there for me
Track Name: I Heard You Won the Lottery
I heard you won the lottery
I heard it from an acquaintance by family
And when I heard your name
I remembered all the fun we had back then
And so I had to look you up
I found your number in an old book
But when I had the phone in hand
I realized the flaw in my plan

Now what can I do now
With all this new wealth that you've found
Everything feels so contrived
When there's money on the line

I know it wouldn't go to your head
You're not the kind of person those figures could ever turn bad
I worry about how I may seem
I'm sure you've seen some people around you turning green
I'm not trying to get in
I just wonder how you've been
But would you listen to me
After all, you won the lottery

Now what can I do now
With all this new wealth that you've found
Everything feels so contrived
When there's money on the line
I just want to have a talk
Or maybe go for a walk
I know everything has changed
And my timing, must be strange

I'm doing alright by myself
Though I can't deny I could use some help
But all I want from you
Let's have some fun, just like we used to
Track Name: Wind
I'm outside with a kite
Trying to make this thing fly right
When then suddenly
It's ripped from my hands, and tangled in a tree

Oh wind, you don't know what you do
Cause wind, you're just passing through
But wind, I will tell you, you're so rude

Later, on a bench I sat
Saw someone with a very nice hat
Then a gust came in
And took that hat away from them

In some other parts
I know that it gets even worse
A friend told me some news
About some people who lost their roofs

You're not so bad all the time
It's nice when you blow the clouds from the sky
I guess you must have a reason why
But I may never know
Track Name: Double Knot
I had a dream not so long ago
And in that dream my shoes would not stay tied
Although I tried and tried
And fought
With a double knot

And in that dream, I started to think
I should write a song, about how my shoes would not stay tied
Although I tried and tried
And fought
With a double knot

Oh the night before
I'd struggled with my shoes
And I like making songs
So it's no wonder I had this dream

And after I woke up, I thought hey that's not bad
But it's not all that interesting, how my shoes would just not stay tied
Although I tried and tried
And fought
With a double knot

It's a bit complex, the origin of this song
Based on a song idea from a dream based on reality
Inspiration strikes from processes I won't try to understand

Oh, maybe again
I'll dream up a song
It might not be any good
But I could write a song about that song
Track Name: Goose With An Attitude
I know a goose with an attitude
It goes standing out in the street
Oh this goose with an attitude
It go hiss at everyone that it meets
Oh this goose got such attitude
And it will try to bite your feet
But hey you goose with that attitude
Where are your friends? Where are your friends?
That's what I thought

Oh goose, tell me did someone
Do you wrong
Oh goose, you can't hold a grudge
For so long

Hey there you goose
One day you'll find
Your neck in a noose
And you may realize
You've wasted your days
Being a jerk
And being polite
It's not so much work

I knew a goose with an attitude
It used to stand it the street
Oh this goose had such attitude
It thought it just couldn't be beat
But this goose with the attitude
Didn't know when to retreat
And now that goose with an attitude
Isn't here anymore, it was hit by a car
I saw that one coming from the start

Oh goose, I wonder did someone
Do you wrong
Oh goose, you shouldn't have held
That grudge for so long

Poor silly goose
It's too late for you
You thought you were tough
How little you knew
You were a goose
And a mean SOB
You took on the world
But you could not compete
Track Name: How I Ruined Everything
Sitting with you in the living room
Having a perfect time
When suddenly I hear a gasp
I look around to see why

A mouse runs across the floor
I dunno how it got indoors
But I'll make sure it won't be anymore

I get up and chase it around
It's running everywhere
Finally I trap the thing
I've got it cornered there

The mouse has nowhere to go
I dunno how it got indoors
But I'm making sure it won't be anymore

Desperately, one last move
It runs straight at me
I move my foot to trap it again
And then I hear a squeak

The mouse lies still on the floor
I dunno how it got indoors
But now I guess it won't be doing anything anymore

The mouse is dead
I didn't really mean to do it
The mouse is dead
I kinda feel bad about it

And then I turn to look at you
Oh no you're crying
And now I feel like I've ruined everything
Track Name: Bad Culinary Timing
I only meant to make a meal for myself
Nothing fancy, nothing special
And I don't know how it happened
But it turned out really well, to put it mildly
Oh and I knew that you couldn't make it
Cause you were on the otherside of the world
And it's not the kind of thing that I could leave in the freezer
It just wouldn't be the same

Oh why did I decide to
Make the most delicious thing
That I have ever made, today
Hey, I'll have to try again
But there was never a recipe
It happened all so fast

I couldn't bear to witness it alone
So I made calls, to all my friends in town
I said, hurry, come on over, if you're hungry
I made dinner, I think it's pretty good
But everyone was either busy, or they were just too full
Nobody could make it
I tried to tell them they were really missing out
They expressed regret, but that was that

I ran outside, to my neighbour's door
I rang the bell, but they weren't at home
I started shouting in the streets to try to find someone
But people just gave me looks
I even invited, some strangers inside
I told them I had made some really good food
They just ran away, so I went back to the house
And I ate it all, alone
Track Name: Won't Get To Me
I open the door to let in some air
A fly gets inside, it's in my hair
I try for a while to shut it down
But it's too fast it just keeps flying around
Oh I shouldn't have opened that door
But I can't let this kind of thing bother me
No I won't let this fly get to me

I've got some ice cream in a cone
I sit outside in the sun
The ice cream melts way too fast
It slips from my cone now it's in my lap
Oh and it's a bit of a mess
But I can't let this kind of thing bother me
No I won't let this ice cream get to me

I remind myself of the big picture
This is not the end of the world
Getting upset doesn't help me
I've just gotta move on

I do some shopping at the store
I pull out my wallet to pay for it all
I don't remember something happened then
Cause my wallet wasn't there when I checked again
Oh I had a lot of things in there
But I can't let this kind of thing bother me
No I won't let this wallet get to me

The sky turns red, the earth it shakes
Everything around me falls and breaks
The air burns, the waters rise
There's volcanoes and forest fires
Oh I don't know how long I'll survive
But I can't let this kind of thing bother me
No I won't let this disaster get to me

I remind myself of the big picture
This may be the end of the world
Getting upset doesn't help me
I've just gotta move on
Track Name: Undead Fish
I once had a tank of fish
I fed them everyday
But one day I noticed that
They didn't take the food away

So I took a closer look
You wouldn't believe what I saw
The fish had died but they were still
Swimming around and all

Yeah they were swimming
Not just floating
They were swimming

If you wonder how I knew they were dead
Well they were half decomposed
Like zombie fish they wandered still
Circles in the bowl

I wondered how this had happened to them
Was it magic or a disease
Further still just what would I do
With these fish that had deceased

They had deceased
I was pretty sure

I kept them around and in a week
They were nothing left but bones
Still they were swimming
How though nobody knows

I wasn't scared, but I was creeped out
As cool as it may seem
I had to get rid of them
But I wanted to be humane

I wanted to be humane
I couldn't just flush them down the toilet

So I buried them
In the backyard tank and all
And I'll bet they're out there still
Swimming underground
Track Name: To My Future Friend
Five-hundred years from today
You hear this song playing from a tape
I don't know how you found it, but when you hear me sing
It gets into your head and you start to think

What was I like
It's a shame that I died
But you've got technology
So you travel back just to see me

You find me at home before too long
I've been expecting to meet you, I did write this song
We talk about things as I give a tour of the time
We've got so much in common, we're both surprised

You invite me
Back home on your time machine
I'm a bit scared but I can't resist
This isn't something that I want to miss

Everything that you show me I am amazed
The fashion, the food, the music it's all so great
Though I start to miss my life back in my century
But you promise we can go visit whenever we need

You are my future friend