Faux P-Funk Honky Chorale on Family Values
Ann Lang, Mary Lou Arnold, Tom Nicholson, Jesse Gress, John Ferenzik, Ed Bishop
Release Date: 1995
Label: Digital Entertainment
Catalog Number: DEE-6000
Water, water everywhere and not a place to stand My foundation rests on bedrock But the bedrock rests on shifting sand Once the mighty jungle gave way to the streets Now the city's a jungle again Every time the cycle completes It's like nothing ever had changed Tables will turn, tables will turn, tables will turn Tables can turn When will I learn that tables will turn Tables can turn It was always my hope to repay All those favors that you would endow Though I took what I could yesterday Where are the crumbs when I'm so hungry now? And the wind cries "Merry Christmas, Happy 4th of July" When will I see you again? Sometimes it's not safe to fly 'til Tables have turned This is the law and we didn't make it But daily we twist it and bend it and brake it And to prove just how little we understand it We act as if it's just like we planned it We're in a state of constant revolution 'Cause we got a small problem with our distribution And if the balance of power needs arranging Then the situation's got to keep changing And if you start messin' 'round with the ratio It's like tryin' to ride a seesaw solo 'Cause the further you get from the middle You throw the balance off little by little "Class distinctions come naturally" You think that that can justify the inequity And the sky grows black while the cities burn And round and round and round, tables will turn Tables will turn, tables will turn, tables will turn Tables can turn When will we learn? Tables will turn Tables can turn Tables have turned, tables have turned, tables have turned Tables are turned, don't be concerned when Tables have turned Round and round and round, tables will turn
Someone stuck me on the losing side Everything is someone else's fault We're not good enough for me to care And the mantra is "Too much effort, there's never time" And your sole solution is a high pitched whine It's not red-hot coals, it's not busted glass There's no Mau-Maus after your sweet pink ass So if not now when, if not now when, if not now when? If not you, who then? No one wants to be the first to fail I won't play unless you guard my back And the mantra is "Change the system, and please arrange it To change some way that I feel no change" It's not flaming necklaces, household spies There's no market bombings, no bullets fly Bosnia, Bosnia Try spelling "Herzegovina" Where money talks and bullshit walks The bullet or the ballet box Babylon, oh Babylon We babble on in Babylon The TV blows, the music sucks The bullet or the ballot box We're not good enough for me to care And the mantra is "Leave the gun on the table loaded The first to grab it's as good as voted in"
"It doesn't help matters when prime time TV has Murphy Brown. I know it's not fashionable to talk about moral values, but we need to do it..." It started on a Labor Day A chance for us to get away Everyone in the house And year by year things moved around But everybody still got down in the house And seldom do we have a plan But everybody lends a hand Everyone in the house Making sure we have our fun While gettin' done what must be done in the house Pardon me, did you say something? What are you looking at? Tell me, what's your problem? Are you counting heads? Are you counting things? What are you looking for? Listen there's no problem 'Cause we got them, we already got them We got family values "Some people say Judeo-Christian values are code words. Well they are code words. Code words for..." Politics and money scams Endless verbal traffic jams Keep it out of the house 'Cause you'll get what you give to me A little r-e-s-p-e-c-t in the house 'Cause you know some of us have been around And some of us still get around But we all in the house So don't get on our evil side 'Cause we like it rough and we're nationwide Pardon me, did you say something? We're all entitled to have our own opinion And you're standing there like you smelled something But you're entitled to even bad opinions "Many of our generation glamorize casual sex and drug use, evaded responsibility, and trashed authority." We gonna have a good time everybody Because the family is all in the house! "Our policy must be premised on, it must reinforce values such as family, hard work, integrity, personal responsibility..." Made him love mom Saw what that did to him Made him love dad Saw what that did to him Made him love god Saw what that did to him Made him love death Saw what that did to him "I know it's not fashionable to talk about moral values..." Shut up!
I'm unfit for jury duty I know policemen lie like me But to tell... tell the truth I'm just not up to the responsibility 'Cause in my day to day life The ultimate crime is to live in discontent Looking at bad design and wasting my time Growing too corpulent The extent of the ultimate crime Was driving incompetent And the ultimate crime could pass for an accident The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime I am standing in the gallery When they lead the client in And they shave off all his hair Until there's nothing left, but shining skull and skin And I wake up sweating bullets And the ultimate crime is to think it's just a dream It happens all the time, out of sight, out of mind No one can hear you scream We invented the ultimate crime For the ultimate punishment And the ultimate crime was our greatest accomplishment The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime The ultimate crime was being irreverent And the ultimate crime was Dropping the sacrament The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime The ultimate crime was being too lenient And the ultimate crime was being too ignorant The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime Is not to care
We're on the road again Leavin' our load behind us Put a new message on the answer phone That they can't find us The tickets are in my pocket The shuttle is right on time Everyone meets at the departure lounge Half an hour we leave the ground Let's go get a hot espresso Or maybe a cappuccino Say get me a cafe latte Make it with lots of chocalattay in the middle of it Let's pull over I need some magazines There's an attendant in the ladies room If you're not squeamish Which side of the road to drive on? Here everyone eats so fast And what was that language that we spoke yesterday? I made some change so I can pay To get us some hot espresso Or maybe a cappuccino Would you like a cafe latte Make it with lots of chocalattay in the middle of it Irish coffee Sweet and sticky English toffee Plain and simple Tea with honey Top it off with ginseng royal jelly In the morning it's a bus to Barcelona Fly a little side trip over to Roma Then we all meet in Cannes, Nice, and Monaco Then it's Venice, Munich, London, San Francisco Then we drive to Sante Fe and Austin New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, Boston Philadelphia, Cleveland Ohio Columbus, Detroit, coffee stop Chicago Then it's L.A., Honolulu Sidney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Katmandu And at the end of it all if god is willing We're sipping Turkish coffee in Greenwich Village I need a hot espresso, I'm all jacked up! I need a double espresso, I'm all jacked up! Hot espresso Fix me a cappuccino How about a cafe latte Make it one with lots of chocalattay in the middle of it Gimme one more hot espresso Have another cappuccino Fire me up a cafe latte Sprinkle on that lots of chocalattay in the middle of it Hot espresso, I'm all jacked up!
Gather 'round children, I got a tale to tell ya There was a time when I couldn't bust a rhyme Had yet to hit my prime 'Cause my mind was such a young mind And first you got to unwind The mystery of your soul, it's like a black hole The gravity is too thick You got to learn to lighten up a bit It's such a frightening thing to realize Every time you close your eyes You been cut down to size 'Cause you're stuck with yourself Ain't nobody else to compare yourself to It's just you And then you ask yourself, "What's it all about?" So you try to figure it out And that's when you'll be tempted to believe foolish things And deceive yourself by lettin' someone else Do your thinkin' for you When they haven't got a clue But you can't relive the hype, don't ya see? 'Cause I got a special answer meant just for me Somewhere in my immediate vicinity And if there's time enough to get it Then in time I'm gonna get it 'Cause I am the Individualist Check my references Wherever you are now you know I been there, done that Don't need to sling the scat 'cause my resume' is too fat Change my name to some funky fresh dingbat Like "the artist formerly known as TR-i" I got to laugh when they try to figure out what it's all about And they doubt that I'm so devout But it's something I can do without I got to know why I wanna know what I wanna know Why do I go where the others won't go? My eye is on the prize that's in disguise That you can only theorize, but I can utilize To rise above the lies about reality 'Cause you can't relive the hype don't ya see? 'Cause I got a special answer meant just for me Somewhere in my immediate vicinity And if there's time enough to find it Then in time I'm gonna find it 'Cause I am the Individualist Here comes the Individualist Yes I am, the Individualist
I had a vicious thought, a vicious thought Like you never had a vicious thought before Like you never in your life had a vicious thought before Not once in your life Cast the first stone, cast the first stone Let the righteous among you cast the first stone I told a pointless lie, a pointless lie Like you never told a pointless lie before To make yourself look good, you never told a pointless lie before Not once in your life I did a half-assed job, a half-assed job Like you never in your life did a half-assed job I was a fool for a kiss, a fool for a kiss Like you never in your life was a fool for a kiss Please do not complain to me of moral relativity Spitefulness induces me to go on with the litany Please do not complain to me of moral relativity The crimes of others you deplore But of yourself, you don't keep score I did a sickening thing, a sickening thing Like you never did a sickening thing before Like your body never made you do a sickening thing before I cursed an evil god, an evil god Like you never cursed an evil god before Like you never in your life cursed an evil god before I screwed over a friend, I screwed over a friend Like you never in your life screwed over a friend I had a pompous attitude, a pompous attitude Like you never in your life had a pompous attitude
Beloved infidel, where are you hiding now? Will you return to me once you've been disavowed? All the many battles you fought on my behalf Now your memory fades like a photograph False gods they will erect offerings they will burn I am lost in meditation and awaiting your return Beloved infidel, do I beseech in vain? Since you departed here, the pendulum swings again Now the weak are vilified and the wicked glorified And still you hide away inside a fool such as I And it is money that they worship and Lies are what they sell And fear is their obsession Ring the liberation bell, beloved infidel Beloved infidel
I had such great expectations of the world's benevolence Of benevolence I prefer hallucinations 'cause they tend to make more sense Than experience But it was just another sneak attack of temporary sanity It was a pleasant stay, but now I'm back from temporary sanity My temporary sanity I began to grow dependent on a thing called common sense It was common sense But my world grew too resplendent that the strain was too intense Without self-defense The pool spreads 'cross the pavement where the sniper made him lie And he looks just like my youngest, and I'm watching him die I must remind myself I've seen this, it's all ancient history One long trail of twisted bodies as the strong crush the weak We must be crazy, we are crazy, this is our natural state As our children die around us, we just sit here and wait For a little temporary sanity Some temporary sanity There's a chance that we would still get the picture If reality just came up and bit ya But the news team would never report it Because there's too much evidence to support it If we was stupider the problem would vanish But our brains are much more than we can manage We say we want something so bad we can taste it But once we get it, then we turn 'round and waste it We got a twisted fixation with the marketplace And every sufferin' soul is just another face We think we're bein' manipulated from outer space It's the collective guilty conscience of the human race We get joyful when we look upon a lesser man A specimen we can be sure that we're better than There is no shortage of supply of pride and vanity There is no explanation but INSANITY You're listening to Prozac while the message goes unheard It's the final word We must be crazy, we must be crazy There's no explanation so we must be crazy
It's a woman's world It's a woman's world, a woman's world She was the doe who mothered Bambi I was the brave and magnificent stag Let's not pretend I'm more than handy Now that the pussy cat's out of the bag 'Cause it's a woman's world I was not asked, I was not confronted But I must admit In most ways it's the thing that I wanted Now it's a woman's world, don't get excited It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was It's a woman's world, don't fight the feeling It's a woman's world, a woman's world She will outlive me, that's for certain It's a statistical fait accompli And when I make that final curtain She'll write an embarrassing book about me 'Cause it's a woman's world It's been declared, just lower your weapon And I must admit It crossed my mind this finally would happen Now it's a woman's world, nobody panic It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was It's a woman's world, and you're gonna love it It's a woman's world, a woman's world Every eye gets a little wetter in a woman's world And every child gets fed much better in a woman's world We may hold our grudges a little longer in a woman's world But when we break down the love's so much stronger in a woman's world And white boy, you come around here With nothin' but a handful of cash You need a big black mamma to teach you some manners And a little blonde to wash your ass 'Cause don't you know that it's a woman's world It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was It's a woman's world, take me, I'm ready It's a woman's world, a woman's world It's a woman's world The masquerade is finally over And I must admit I fell for it You just have to love her It's a woman's world It's been declared, just lower your weapon And I must admit It crossed my mind this finally would happen It's a woman's world I was not asked, I was not confronted But I must admit In most ways it's the thing that I wanted It's a woman's world I'm ready now, I'm into the program And I must admit I'm trying my best at being a ladies man In a woman's world, calm down everybody It's a woman's world, and it always was It's a woman's world It's a woman's world, a woman's world Now it's a woman's world, don't get excited It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was It's a woman's world, don't fight that feeling It's a woman's world, a woman's world Everybody it's a woman's world, don't nobody freak out It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was It's a woman's world, and you're sure gonna love it It's a woman's world, a woman's world No surprises, it's a woman's world It's a woman's world It's absolutely fabulous