The Why Album

by CHEER-ACCIDENT

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C-A's first pop album

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released October 14, 1994

Thymme Jones- vocals, piano, drums; Jeff Libersher- guitar; Phil Bonnet- guitar, vocals; Dan Forden- bass; and others!

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CHEER-ACCIDENT Chicago, Illinois

Born during the first few seconds of 1981; many decades later: still here.

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Track Name: Sub Herbs
cut it
cut the grass
it won't grow back
ignore the birds
or at least drown them out
with the mower
trim the shrubs
a clean cut
to match the grass

put the
leaves and sticks
in nice even piles
and then put them in bags
by the curb
every 90 feet
there's a group
of another's plastic bags

practicing eugenics on the gras
(and the trees)
must keep all life in line
to make room
for the cement

but they're still growing people there
I'm amazed
at how I still (go to the door)
can see your
beautiful face
Track Name: Learning How To Fly
learning how to fly is easy
but then you realize
you haven't left the ground

recreate lightness and atmosphere
elevate untruth immaculate

life's initial misconception
overtaken from the outside
by these minute deviations
as birth's defect sends us falling

learning how to fly is easy
but then you realize
you haven't left the ground

caught up in lightness and misery
suffering the gravity of faith

buried alive in the hollow crucifixion
fills up with light suffocating
eyes turned upward to the blinding
vision resides in this nowhere

history is ours
all that we achieve
all that we believe - in

transcendence becomes
law above the law
bind us one and all - fall
Track Name: Today Today Today
today, today, today
I found out something that you'll never...

today, today, today
I found out what it takes me to do anything

T: I can't believe
P: you always will
please leave me "lone inside my lonesome

T: and when you wait
P: it will then take a little while

alone, alone, alone, alone, alone
alone, alone with you by my side
I feel you will not open the trap
so that I can chew off my leg

today, today, today
I found out something that you'll never...

today, today, today
I found out what it takes me to do anything

T: and when you break
P: me of my will I'll take a step
inside my vacuum
T: without a sound
P: and the I'll do it all again
and I know you
Track Name: Facialization
facial display
redundancy
streamers, icons
cancel all contradictions

campaign rallies
hide behind their face
captures the crowd
converging lines draw us together

the script disappears begind these
photographs
which we call our lives which recall our lives
without a word
as the story is no longer told
but is projected as the images which make
up a face

totalizing
face fills the screen
organizes
the party line

political contraptions dreaming up the
common denominator that will get them
elected
leaders echo anti-climactic
slogans engulfed in crowds forcing the
dictatorial style

images fade
from popular view
as a team of
miraculous engineers save face

the grand canyon backdrop drops out of the sky
as they attempt to prop it up with their
demographics
from these numbers they fashion a mask
millions of people cast their single vote for
the face value
Track Name: Driving A Nail With A Clock
everything is seen
through a frame turned outward
and fills the world

to think of space as infinite
is a waster of time

a sea of dark washes
over a face breates in
and fills the lungs

these limitations
pumping the inside out
these limitations
Track Name: Man Of The House
photographs of the offender hang on the wall
and terrorize the family with a smile
fragments of privacy in a frame

builds a circle around himself in the garage
and manufactures emptiness with secrets
the distance threatening to explode

he strengthens the fear in his wife and children
bound under the law of private property
the hostage room is filled with ammunition
he sits with his back to the wall loading guns

barricades himself in the house with his machines
and practices the doctrine of confinement
as fast as he can pull the trigger
he runs from the house firing into the sky
a rain of bullets cut him down on the lawn
the white-lined contour of the husband/father
has just made out his final mortgage payment
Track Name: Transposition
the difference between
an umbrella and a
parachute is critical
when falling from a cloud

the distance between
continuous and nothing
this endless error is
not reconciled by time

a piece of ocean
torn from the
car blue sky

a piece of ocean
passing through an
empty graveyard

the difference between
a smokestack and a
crucifix is frightening
when kneeling before god

the distance between
devotion and sacrifice
collapses into prayer
spreads terror far and wide

a piece of ocean
torn from the car blue sky

a piece of ocean
passing through an
empty graveyard

from the flower
we follow
the stem down
to the roots
Track Name: Where You Are
breathing a vacuum
too weak to rise
pulse polyrhythmic
heart keeping time
scent like a drug
voice is the timbre
the pitch is perfect
to melt me limber

I'm where you are
are you where I'm?

tongue in a bow
lose all my grammar
words tremolo
thoughts are a clamor
well-met in dreams
syntax is clear
but near you only
stutters and fear

I'm where you are
are you where I'm?

breathing a vacuum
too weak to rise
pulse polyrhythmic
heart keeping time
tongue in a bow
lose all my grammar
words tremolo
thoughts are a clamor

I'm where you are
are you where I'm?

closer close
further far
nearer near
never nor
closer close
further for
I'm where you are
Track Name: Pockets
Pockets says, "It's very customary. Why don't
you and your disease just tag along?"

Look here, Chief, I'm only here to help you. As
your personal director, I make sure nothing
goes wrong.

Pockets says, "You can't have any dairy. And while you're at it, get those things out of my way."

What a pal! He's reinvented friendship! When the thumb's pressed down firmly, everything will be OK.
Track Name: The Answer
these politics will separate from the crowd
for they do not pretend they're the answer

we have become the slaves of our social codes
whose problems are defined by answers

consciousness internalized misery
as our happiness depends on answers

this is the one thing we cannot acquire
for there is not a god who can answer

our paradox is that we hope to find truth
while we look around for the answer

judeo-christian ethics lead us astray
for we've wrapped ourselves in their answers

here is our god as he sits on my knee
with my hand up his back he will answer

you never look at my lips as they move
for your eyes are focused on the answer

determine world problems with accuracy
there is nothing of value in answers

true freedom lies in the power to decide
as it pushes aside all the answers

it really seems like we're running away
when we're running headlong into answers

our truth has become a sick parody
when we come to depend on the answers
Track Name: Dead Man's Float
carefree careless
I want more
but much less
than life would demand
if I had lived it

someone to change my water
someone to drain all the tears
and the excrement away
so I can breathe again

I feel your smell
before I see you
it rings a bell
that makes the floods come
and sweep me away
Track Name: How Do You Like Your Eggs?
you're such a part of me
you can take away from me
would you cauterize that part of me?

oh, I'm sorry once again
guess that I will turn and
walk away

you come to me with
charges that stick
that could never compete
with the pain you inflict

oh, I'm sorry once again
guess that I will turn and
walk away

two or three more layers of
gauze should help deaden
the applause
as you pulled the ground away,
I guess I fell