It's Okay to Carrot

by Billy Mack Collector

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released 16 May 2014

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Track Name: Until This All Blows Over
I Know that I've been gone for a while
but tell me who's that guy selling acid in my bedroom?
and tell me why his friend is bringing home a shotgun
on this lazy sunny afternoon.
there's black mold in the shower
a stranger yelling at me
and three of us sleeping in the garage!
i guess i'll go and stay with a friend on the other side of town until this all blows over.
Track Name: Do You Have A Cup Of Coffee?
Do You Have a cup of coffee?
i would love a cup of coffee
and i'm sorry that i slept until noon on that couch in yr living room
are you hungry for some breakfast?
i would love to cook you breakfast
i could walk to the corner store and give you a chance to wake up some more.
are you hungry for potatoes?
i could fry up some potatoes!
olive oil, salt and then maybe some eggs and toast.

then i'll walk to the bus stop
and you can go to work.
but first sit and chat with me
and drink a little bit of coffee
thanks for yourself
thanks for your couch
and seeya later pal.
Track Name: New Front Porch
standing on my new front porch
staring at my new neighbors
i don't know what they're doing
i don't know what i'm doing

i swear that i am leaving soon
even though i just came home
i don't know where i'm going
i don't know what i'm doing

woke early feeling restless
to the sound of people screaming,
don't know why they're angry
i wish they weren't angry.

the coffee pot sang hello to me
now i'm craving company
i'm not sure who to call now,
caffinated anxious soul!

nestled in the corner
of northeast pennsylvania
i'm just waiting for the day
that they poison the tap water
by blowing up the mountains
putting chemicals in the water
Track Name: Have A Nice Day and Stay Alert!
A Guy Comes up besides me while i'm walking down the street
and he says to me that i should carry a gun
he says he was a cop in new york city
til he shot a guy in the knee
he says he's got an AK and a 45
and i should do the same
he says he knows the guy from the walmart parking lot
that shot the guy that shot at him
he says he doesn't want to hurt anybody
that's why he shot him in the knees.
have a nice day and stay alert!
Track Name: Mouse In A Cupboard
've got no reason to yell
im like a mouse in a cupboard
i'm concerned, but baby
i'm not mad

i've been avoiding my brother
like he'd never been born
and i'm so sad
that i'll never meet him

all of the apple pies
i never learned how to bake
are rotting now
in a dusty landfill
in a part of the country
that i'll never see

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walking up 9th street alone
eating my own breath
i shield my face
and try to hide
but the car dealerships
remind me where i am

out on the neighbor's back porch,
i see the light
little ants walk away with their food
and no one will ever be hungry again

~

above the trembling skyline
i feel no heat
and that's how i know that
i've been here too long.

the winter sky is bright
and feels alright
and everyone knows that
i've been here too long.
Track Name: Should I Take a Selfie?
should i take a selfie with an alligator?
should i take a selfie with this depressed skater?
should i call this girl that i hardly know?
should i call this allergies or a cold?
should i think about what i think i should?
or should i just stop sitting on my foot?
oh, should i go to mardi gras
or should i just not party, no not at all?

i'm feeling dehydrated
so i'll chug this water, i suppose
i've got my mouth so full that
i can feel that water enter my nose

i was sitting on the docks of the missippi
waiting for the bus when i saw the lighting crash

oh, i couldn't see the end times coming
'cause i didn't get a window seat.
oh, i couldn't see the end times coming
'cause i didn't get a window seat.
Track Name: Bake Yr Own Bread
oh you've been to maine
and oh you've been to chicago
and once i saw your face at a bus stop in cleveland

but i don't know where you are these days

maybe you're swimming in the ocean playing your viola
or you moved up to the mountains with a bunch of friendly anarchists.

but i don't know where you are these days

maybe it almost kinda sorta just about almost works out
that some people settle down
and other people disappear

maybe they're swimming in the ocean
playing their violas
or they moved up to the mountains with a bunch of friendly anarchists;
bought a one way ticket out to rural california
where they went of the grid
and they bake their own bread

but i don't know where you are these days
Track Name: Onto The Turnpike
out here on the turnpike
i've been eating carrots and i quit my job
out here in ohio
i can see real far and i feel the time
a clock and a stopwatch
broken odometer
call all your friends.
they will understand.
Track Name: The People You Don't Know
riding my bike on a county road
i heard a gunshot in the distance
and i thought that i might be in danger
so i turned around and rode home

wanted to try and learn how to speak
to my neighbors and politicians
but i just walked by with my head hung low
no i didn't even speak a whisper

but nothing's quite so simple
when it comes to meeting people
you don't know

oh i ask myself what's next if i move out to the woods
will i still come to town?
will i keep to myself
and learn to grown my own food?

if i never go back to the supermarket
will i still be a common person
sometimes i worry that life is so simple
that the answers are all dumb

but nothing's quite so simple
when it comes to meeting people
you don't know
Track Name: Microwave Burrito!
Microwave Burrito in the whole foods cafe
the microwave is broken so it's always frozen in the middle
i use hot sauce to compensate or make up the difference
i never really fool myself though
cause it's chunky in the middle.
frozen bits of icy beans
but that's alright
i take off my hat i take off my gloves
and i read a book.

i'll spend an hour trying to eat the damn thing
just waiting for it to thaw out.

Microwave Burrito in the whole foods cafe
there's a guy microwaving water
to brew the coffee grounds that he bought
oh im impressed it's like being in a cafe
where 20 cups of coffee only costs five bucks.
there's someone else eating a ten cent bag of popcorn
dousing it in condiments
like soy sauce and sriracha
and nutritional yeast
it doesnt look that good
but that's alright
we'll all just sit there for a long time
just doing whatever it is that we're doing.
Track Name: CrashSmash!
what if the megabus goes crash smash
and i never find my way back home to the mountains?
what if all of the people that i love
have gone and left when i'm done with all this leaving?!
will i feel alive or will i feel alone?
it's hard to feel anything when you can't find your home!
Track Name: Where Am I Gonna Sleep In Texas?
as i travel through the bayou
and the dollar stores with armed cops
i feel as though i'm forgetting
something like a loved ones birthday
then my stomach let's out a gurgle
that muffin didn't fill me up at all
but the bus stop doesn't have a kitchen,
no the bus stop doesn't have a kitchen.

i've got a savior complex
that's become a lifelong project
i've tried to save my lovers
and i've tried to save my scene

and as the ground rolls out
and the sky grows big
i notice little questions i ignored
where am i gonna sleep in texas
and i left my friends behind,
so who's gonna cut my hair

i was standing on the oregon coast
amognst the piles of starfish and whale bones
i was whispering to a ghost,
and i was climbing rocks
free from the constraints of sound and logic,
i was was humming a dirge
drowned out by the waves yelling
"i remember you!"
i'm here in the banana belt
and you've gone somewhere else,
yeah i'm here on the oregon coast
pensively whispering to a ghost.

and as the waves roll in
and the sun beats down
i notice little questions i ignored
where am i gonna sleep in texas
and i left my friends behind,
so who's gonna cut my hair
Track Name: It's Okay To Carrot!
hot chocolate in my highway coffee
i don't believe anybody can stop me now
waking up with bug bites on my back,
hoping that it doesn't get too bad.
staring out the window at the snowy flat
wishing for somebuddy to rub my back,
i'm tense and i'm leaving,
the bus is taking me to cleveland

the sadness that i feel
is blank and distant
5 hours to go, 5 hours to go
and it's okay to care
and i hope that you come visit
i don't know where i'll be,
but i'd be there in a minute

there's a groundhog in your garden
there's a ringing in my ears
i've got a vague sense that i'm running late
these days i can't tell a river from a lake
i'm sorry if i fall asleep early,
if it messes up this perfect party
but i'm not sure if i'm still awake
but some undefined part of me aches

the sadness that i feel
is blank and distant
5 hours to go, 5 hours to go
and it's okay to care
and i hope that you come visit
i don't know where i'll be,
but i'd be there in a minute
Track Name: The Press!
oh i don't wanna be oppressed
and i don't wanna be depressed

oh i've been eating all the deep fried complex carbs that i can find
oh i've been shoving in my maw, yes i've been living like a slob
crumbs around that computer chair i never dare to leave
crumbs around that computer chair i never dare to leave

there was a hotel back on 8th street where the drunkards used to live
a millionaire did burn it down
and sent them to the ol' AA
now they stand across the street staring at their good ol' homes
and no amount of cigarettes could ever bring it back
LORD O!

these roads all used to lead to a very specific sort of nowhere
now they've got a this or that all almost sorta all attached
and no one ever seems to know how to get to a very good nowhere
oh it gets all sorts of lonely with all these everywheres!