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The Antiphony

by Revolutionary Hydra

YOU know it's never a problem to ask If you can borrow any of Those speakers and wires you see on the floor Instead of sneaking like a rear-view mirror No one will attempt to drive because it's out of style There is a certain shift You know it will never come back in style Until you put it on in public
I'M not afraid of operating by the warps and bleeps of yon canal. This living room it needs straightening, as it is it's mostly kind of dead and banal. (I'm thinking of the time you threw me into the cold Rhine. Evince how you shone, drinking from the dirty old Rhone). This river life is so prostrating, I'm always at the beck and call of this lousy little barge. The Cabin windows penetrating, Curtains are mostly made of thrift store jeans from Calvin Klein… (I'm sick of tho sickly cell, divided in hell we are so fine am I such a boob, sailing down the dear old blue Danube). So we met this American in Amsterdam, He claimed he knew all the waterways of Europe, But all he did was talk about the utter desolation Of a French railway station at 4am, in the countryside… It's time to sail the sea, sailing so Mediterraneanly, on cheap wine. Look over there my mattes, it's the blessed Tigris and Euphrates.
IF you're looking for fault, I can give you the character If you're looking for blame, I can give you his name… It's that darn apothecary If you need a plot device, the bedroom trick is rather nice If you're looking for Gloucester, just run your eye down the roster… It's that darn sea food monger. If you need a moral compass, may I suggest a pointed cutlass An Oldsmobile sedan is worth two in the Sedan.
HE won't subscribe to those modern details and what that entails He thought he should be alone for a while To learn how to dance in the narrative form He needs his water to breathe and his time to regret His decision not to attend a foreign academy He'll make it over there on his own someday He starts a book that is too long to read It is the third one this week He thought he should stick around for a while To learn how to write in the narrative form He needs a city to breathe And his time to regret his decision to be alone Near his former academy He'll learn to make it on his own someday
THERE are times when I'm thinking I might be losing hope, in regard to chances. Chances are that you've been thinking along the same lines, we are diminishing. Tell me is there potential, to make amends and still be friends. Timing you know is key, for both you and for me, we've had plenty of practice, and we might get it right, on the nose this time three feet short of sublime, I'm zigging while you zag, let's put this puppy in the bag… Tell me is there potential, to make amends and still be friends.
HEY where did you go, Crazy Mike's Video? I do not see how you could give way to that new Hollywood. (It's a matter of taste, it depends on what you're after, is it chemical intake for the sound of nervous laughter — let's rent Slacker.) With all these DVDs, why won't anybody love me? And if we need more, there's plenty down at the new video store. Bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah. (Ye of little faith, you will become an actor, a parody of grace or a paragon of laughter — or William Shatner.)
WITH their velvet ties we call them freemasons They're trying to acquire the fifty-first state But somebody forgot the secret handshake So they rose up in arms and tried to overtake With their private jets We call them freemasons They issue shinplaster to organize their wealth But somebody forgot to cut the interest rates So they rose up in arms and tried to overtake You say that the second time you met me was at the Pickford I was making fun of vinyl You say that the first time you met me was on the radio I was making fun of cinema "I will never run for office" "Under assumed names like Hansel or Gretel"
WHEN angles become turning points shakers and liars last forever. We met when we were eight and your parents threw a patio party I said it to you then everybody finger-paints but no one communicates Quite like you do with your sarcastic slough You don't try too hard to make your history heard And they listen even to the less exciting parts When angles become turning points memories engage in selective behavior We ran into each other at the train station in Boston Do you remember how?
WE'RE taking a trip to Texas, we're going to see a show. My favorite director's in Texas, and I hope you can go! Now we're on our way to Texas, and we're not coming back, from Texas. We're taking a trip to Jersey, we're going to play a show. Visit Paterson, New Jersey, and I hope you can go! We're on our way to Jersey, and we're not coming back from Jersey. And how the snow route goes, and goes it goes, it goes inchoate. And the potential potentate gets plum, and plum plum plum. No man is an island nation! No ideas but in things! He cannot overextend to sublimation! There has always been a bridge to the artistic side, There will always be a coincide.
Phalanx 01:13
I HAVE many skills and talents, It's the nature of the beast, victory hangs in the balance! Would you like me to marshall your forces in a posture of defense? All that counts is appearance! I'm not your Joan of Arc, I'm not your Charles DeGaulle, I'm not your Alexander, I'm not your Hannibal.
"HOW dare you climb into my garden like a thief" He became distracted by a longing, cannot eat The pull of the wind promised everything but He wandered several years in desert place before going home The river flowed between him and her so he thought, "Semaphore should be sufficient," but it just confused her So she drowned herself caught up, on the spot He wandered several years in misery before going home
LET'S go driving in your Toyota. We'll drive all night long to Oregon. We'll rent a winter rates seaside motel, and we'll do pushups… Let's wake up to the sound of foghorns! We'll breakfast at the perky Pig & Pancake. And while you're working on a modified Denver omelette, I'll remark to myself that this is the moment, ideal for portraiture. Especially if it had been painted by John Singer Sargent.
WE sat and talked for hours about how we knew in school, And how you hid your face so that they would not see you. You function at the speed of egg toss frequency. I tried to understand how you could be the one to terrify. Spend all your time out west where it's easy to get lost, And no one asks questions about simultaneous thoughts. You function at the speed of egg toss frequency.
Dunkirk 02:26
SOLDIERS sitting in the sun, it's my last good breath, Aeroplanes overhead, encroaching with stereo bombs… That lemon tree was so effulgent, and your smile it was sweet, and indulgent. So let's go walking hand-in-hand down the boulevard of better times and better places.
Bunny Parade 03:09
WHAT is it about today I just can't seem to find my way My memory seems reluctant like an unlucky elephant How would my dear friends concur? My plight just gets funnier Missing out on fun, missing the bright sun Missing rendezvous, means I'm missing you I am stuck behind this long parade of bunnies We met in a library you were a dusty visionary My memory may be hazy, but I thought you were silly crazy How could my dear friends disturb? My plans, I'm stuck on this darn old curb Missing out on fun, missing the bright sun Missing goochy-goo means I'm missing you I am stuck behind this long parade of bunnies
IT'S unpleasant you're a peasant with an old TV life, and a chip on your shoulder Try to invest in Mork & Mindy but you find it kind of spend, and so you stick with Mulder… Oh the landslide, it's just a nasty avalanche. Oh the landslide Love endeavor, you're so clever with your new TV wife, I hear she's really built, Don't you dare stick that fishstick in the wrong fishstick place, the songs will start to s-p-i-l-l. On your backside, hight denominator rush, on your backside You're just a pinball wizard, Dairy Queen blizzard now testify!
LOOK at me, can't you see, I am free, don't you know that I'm alright?


Originally released by Elsinor Records (ELS031) in 2000.

O! never more for me shall winds intone,
With all your tops, a vast antiphony.
- R. Browning.


released August 1, 2000

Recorded and produced by Chris Walla and C.H.I.P. at The Hall of Justice during May and during July 2000.

Design Illustration by Ryin Kobza.

Agnes, High Quality
Bergel, Herbert
Chilcote, Jay
Chilcote, Joseph
Gibbard, Benjamin
Good, Nathan
Herbst, Rob
Levy, Allisyn
Sharp, Barton
Walla, Chris


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