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by Gabriel Koenig

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These songs are the product of a ongoing process in which I try to write and record a new song in a short period of time to alleviate the stress of being generally unproductive. They are recorded in on one track using the computer's built-in microphone.

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released April 5, 2011

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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: 9am
I got a phone call this morning, at 9am
But I didn’t answer it because I was sleeping

I hope it wasn’t you
Calling to talk to me
Cause I would love to talk to you

I got a phone call this morning, at 9am
So I got up to find out, who was calling

It was the newspaper
Trying to sell me their news
But I didn’t want to buy their news

I got a phone call this morning, at 9am
And I woke up just to stop the ringing

It was you
Yeah it was you
And then I realized it was just a dream

But it was not a dream
And so you called me back
And we had the nicest chat
Track Name: Cardboard Cutout
There's something so unnerving to be
Walking by, you're standing right
Behind the window with a smile
Nothing makes me more beguiled
Catch it from the corner of my eye
Makes me turn, makes me turn
So I guess you got me this time
But now I know that it's all just fine
You don't know it but I know what
You are just a cardboard cutout
You are just a cardboard cutout ad

Everything there is about you
Makes my skin crawl, I don't like to
Think about who you may have been
Or if you knew the ways you'd be seen
You can never change now
You are stuck in the same way oh
You lost all humanity when
Printed in some factory and
You don't know it but I know what
You are just a cardboard cutout
You are just a cardboard cutout ad

I'll admit that I feel sorry
For your life there is no glory
You just stand there sad and soulless
People they don't even notice
Someday I'll take you away
Release you from your misery
I'll set fire to your body
We'll make it into a big party
You don't know it but I know what
You are just a cardboard cutout
You are just a cardboard cutout ad
Track Name: Fred
I had a turtle and his name was Fred
Didn't see him much he always hid his head
Fred was the shyest turtle I ever knew
But he was also the only turtle I ever really knew

He didn't like the water he just sat around
He was only ever happy living on the ground
I wondered if I had maybe done something wrong
But Fred reassured me I had done nothing wrong

Fred, I miss you when I think of you
Fred, last week I briefly thought of you

Everybody says you shouldn't live in shell
Though Fred had no choice, I thought it suited him well
He tried to run away but he didn't get far
While crossing the street he was struck by a car

I had a turtle and his name was Fred
I don't anymore but that's because he is dead
It wasn't the car it was simply old age
You thought it was the car but it was only old age
Track Name: New York
New York
I have never been there myself
But I've had at least four dreams I was there
And that's more than I can say
For most places I've never been
Don't know what it is about New York

New York
It's in every movie I have seen
I exaggerate but I think you know what I mean
People just want to
Be in New York
Don't know what it is about New York

New York
It's got lots of buildings that are tall
If you were climbing one you wouldn't want to fall
But I don't know why
You'd climb one in the first place
And I don't know what it is about New York
No I don't know what it is about New York
There's gotta be something about New York
Maybe one day I'll go to New York
Cause there's gotta be something about New York
Track Name: Not For Myself
Woke up late and you had to rush
Forgot about breakfast your stomach was crushed
And you knew that a coffee couldn't take you all the way

I had a muffin sitting on my desk
Got it that morning, they're always best fresh
And this one was stuffed with bran and berries and nuts

But I didn't bring it for myself
I just brought it for someone else
And I guess that could be you
I give my muffin to you

It started off as a sunny day
You looked outside and you said no way
You had no reason to think that the skies would turn gray

I just so happened to catch the forcast
They hinted at rain so I had to think fast
And so I brought my umbrella along with me

But I didn't bring it for myself
I just brought it for someone else
And I guess that could be you
I give my umbrella to you

On your way home it was difficult to see
The family of ducks that were crossing the street
You only had time to crash yourself into a tree

And you were okay, just a bit shocked
I happened to be parked on that very same block
Your car was wrecked but mine was fully intact

But I didn't bring it for myself
I just brought it for someone else
And I guess that could be you
I give my car to you
Track Name: Nothing Was Wrong
You didn't call for me
But I could clearly see
You struggling to get your bags
In through the front doorway

I didn't think quite fast enough
Or maybe I lacked nerve
So I stood by looking useless
As your bundles tossed and turned

You glanced up in embarrassment
But oh it should be mine
And if you'd still accept it
I'll offer you my time

Oh I didn't do anything
I did nothing wrong
Oh I did nothing
But that nothing was wrong

You took up nail and hammer
To put a picture on the wall
From the second ladder rung
It wasn't far to fall

I sat across the room
And watched your footing as it slipped
You grabbed onto the picture
But it didn't help, it ripped

You glanced up in embarrassment
But oh it should be mine
And if you'd still accept it
I'll offer you my time

You may not blame me but
I'm the only one to blame
Oh I did nothing
And that nothing is my shame
Track Name: Outer Space
One of these days
I’m going into outer space
But I don’t want to go alone
That’s why I’m taking you along
Yeah I’m taking you along
I hope you like outer space

When we get up there
Up into outer space
There’ll be so much to see
There’s stars and galaxies
And planetary debris
I hope you like outer space

To tell the truth
I don’t think space is all that cool
I just want
To spend some time with you
So won’t you climb
Into this rocket dear
We’ll be okay if we don’t burn up
In the atmosphere

One of these days
We’re going into outer space
But if you don’t want to
Then I’ll stay here with you
Yeah I’ll stay here with you
If you don’t like outer space
Track Name: Table for Two
We were supposed to meet for lunch
But when I got to the restaurant
You had food all on your plate
I guess it was too much to ask to wait

I wasn’t even late, you were early
You should have said you were in a hurry
And so I watched you from outside
You should have seen the way I cried

Now I’m hungry
But more than hungry
I am hurt
Oh I am hurt
And I am hungry
But more than hungry
I am hurt
Did you leave room for desert

And I hope you enjoyed your meal
But don’t you know how I feel
I missed the food and I missed you
That’s why I booked a table for two
Track Name: The Hardest Question
Sitting next to you
Watching the TV from the couch
It’s a good time yeah yeah
I look over
And see a smile on your face
You’re so engaged
And that just makes it harder to say
What I’m about to say
Yeah yeah
Do you think that I could
Hold
The remote

It’s not that I don’t like your shows oh no
But there could be something even better, who knows
So do you think that I could hold the remote
Yeah do you think that I could hold the remote control

Sitting next to you
Watching the TV from the couch
There’s nowhere I’d rather be
I hear you sigh
You’re getting tired
And so am I
But then I turn and watch you
And watch your eyelids as they glide
Over your eyes
Now do you think that I could
Hold
The remote
Track Name: Thought of the Hat
Thank you for taking the time to make me a hat
But I’m afraid I could never go outside wearing that
It’s decrepit and it looks bad
But thanks for the thought
After all, that’s what it’s really about

Thank you for taking the time to write me a book
But judging by the cover I will never take a look
You don’t spell well and it’s too thick
But thanks for the thought
After all, that’s what it’s really about

Oooooh, don’t take it the wrong way
Oooooh, I don’t mean to dismay
Oooooh, don’t think I don’t like you
Oooooh, because I really do

Thank you for taking the time to cook me some food
But I’m a vegetarian and I don’t mean to be rude
It’s full of chicken I can’t eat that
But thanks for the thought
After all that’s what it’s really about
Track Name: What I've Got
I am no genious
But I’m proud of the things I’ve done
I am no athlete
But that doesn’t mean I can’t run
I never invented anything
That wasn’t just for fun
I only know one language
But I almost learned another one

It’s what I’ve got
It’s not a lot
I’m trying not to let it get me down
I’ve always found
It doesn’t really matter anyways

I have no relations
To people in a higher place
I don’t do ballet
Because I’m lacking in grace
I’m falling behind
Because I don’t like to race
I may never accomplish much
But I won’t be a disgrace
Track Name: Paper Airplane
I saw you sitting on the other side of room
As soon as I did I knew what I had to do
I picked up a paper and wrote something only I knew
Then I proceeded to fold that paper in two
There was no wind so I knew that my throw would be true

It landed beside you, you jumped just noticeably
You looked around but no one had seen a thing
You picked it up, curiously by the wing
Then you began to rip it into three
I was dismayed but I can't take it personally

You tossed the remains at the garbage can by the door
Your throw fell short and ended up on the floor
Eventually someone passed by and picked up the scraps
Then pieced them together like parts of some ancient map
And I realized the mistake I had made before

I just should have told you
Told you what I wanted to say
Now you'll never know who
Know who threw that paper airplane your way

And I know you'll
Know you'll never think about it again
So I guess I'll have to
Have to explain the whole thing to you someday
Track Name: The Saddest Movie You Ever Saw
As the titles they started to play
You felt something deep down inside you
Your eyes watery, your nose couldn't breath
With the mucous that ran from your face

I had no tissues, neither did you
So I offered you one of my socks
At first you said no, but the flow didn't slow
And you ended up using it gladly

The first act began, the sock in your hand
Was soggy and dripping profusely
I slipped the other off, you took it with a sob
I felt the cold floor with my barefeet

You kept on crying, the while I'm trying
To figure out what to do next
But when sock number two was used through and through
The best I could offer was my shirt

There's one final twist, the tears they persist
A whole new wave of emotion
My soft cotton pants are your only chance
You need them much more than I do

The credits are rolling down the screen
And you've finally let up and just in time
I was getting quite nervous there
Cause I'm down to my underwear
Track Name: A Party in a Haunted House
Laughter and music
A joke is told, it's amusing
I smile even though it's confusing

Drinks and good food
Puts everyone in a great mood
But I'm feeling so left out

I know everybody here
And everybody knows of me but they don't know me

I talk to them
I try to explain
But still nobody knows my name
It's hard to live
More so when you've died
It's parties like this that make me wonder why I'm here

Cameras and flashes
I just want to be captured
And feel like I was there

Empty glasses, I throw them
People get scared they are frozen
But still nobody sees me
Track Name: It'll Never Work
I just wanna be your friend
But you don't even know
I can't get close to you
Oh no
You're so cool
But you're too cold
And you cannot change
Or so I'm told

There's nothing to say
It'll never work
I'll only end up getting hurt
As much as I wish
For any spark
I could never befriend a shark

The way you move
It moves me too
But we can't even be
In the same room
If I gave you my hand
You'd never give it back
And there's no telling
When you might attack

If you were kinder
If you were gentler
If you were smarter
Oh but you're not
Track Name: Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Why did you always fight?
You only had so much time
And now you're gone, gone, gone, gone
Would you have done it different now
Knowing what we know

Dinosaurs
Why did you always roar?
You always seemed so angry and mad
And now you're gone, gone, gone, gone
Would you have done it different now
Knowing what we know

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Why did you always fight?
Why did you always roar?
Track Name: Sunshine
Sunshine
I want you here all the time
Even in the night oh it's true
Sunshine
I can't sleep without you
I curl up in a ball under your touch

I don't care if people are confused
Cause I just want you here all the time

Sunshine
I would lose my roof for you
If I knew you'd never leave again
Sunshine
You give me everything I see
Your beauty is reflected in it all

I could really care much less
If I never saw a cloud again

Sunshine
You travel so far just to be
Here with me to brighten up my day
Sunshine
I want you here all the time
Even in the night of it's true

I don't care if people are confused
Cause I just want you here all the time
Track Name: It seemed so perfect in my head
It started out as a dream
But then it crawled from my bed
And when I got to the kitchen
It was eating from the fridge
It started out as a dream
And now it's running around outside
It might be chasing a squirrel
But I can't be sure

Ooh who knew it could
Grow into so much more
Ooh who knew it would
End up opening doors

It started out as a dream
And now it's rampaging down town
I've lost all control
And I'm embarrassed to say
It started out as my dream
And then it got away somehow
It seemed so perfect in my head
Just like dreams always do

Ooh who knew it could
Ever get so big
Ooh who knew it would
End up so different

It was only a dream
But it's not anymore
It should stayed in my head
And never left the bed

It started out as a dream
Track Name: If I Was Transformed
If I was transformed into a bird
I know that I
Wouldn't want to keep my human mind
Cause I don't know how to fly

And I'd get so tired of eating bugs
And I'd never get any more hugs
From the ones that I love

If I was transformed into a whale
I think I'd need
To have my human thoughts released
Cause I'm afraid of being lost at sea

And I couldn't do a thing about algae bloom
And I'd never fit into the same room
As the ones that I love

As cool as it might be
To try being something else
I know that I can't
No not with this life
As fun as it might seem
To live as another being
I don't think I could
Not with this life

If I was transformed into a cat
I'd hope to forget
The human life that I led
Cause I'd hate to think of myself as a pet

And I'd feel silly going in a box
And I'd never have any great talks
With the ones that I love
Track Name: The Sock
Every step
Didn't help
Though I tried
I could not get back inside

Oh, this sock will not be the death of me
Oh, but it can still drive me crazy

There was no time
To get my shoe untied
Always my way
To double-tie the lace

You saw it in my look
But then you mistook
The hole in my sock
For disinterest in the walk

And so I had to show you
My toes were sticking out through
The holes that were there
No threads to spare

Oh, this sock will not be the death of me
Oh, but it can still drive me crazy
Oh, this sock will not be the death of me
Oh, but now you can see why I couldn't walk
Properly