Rock Laboratory

by Stranger Spirits

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Rock Laboratory was originally released in 2004 with a limited edition CD, and then available on mp3 through the old website. This version is available in higher lossless formats, and several types of mp3 and flac files.

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released November 5, 2004

Produced by Chris Anderson and Chris Wimberley
Recorded at Nightsound Studios - Carrboro, NC
Drums - Chris Anderson
Bass- Sam Ortallono
Guitars/Vocals - Chris Wimberley

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Track Name: Soundcheck
This is the sound check
Don’t let me interrupt your conversations and drinks
This is the sound check
This is not the part where you’ll be singing with me
This is the drum set
Please never mind the music if it’s louder than you
We haven’t started yet
So this is not a first impression that is up for review

And I. . . I . . . I. . . hope you can hear me in the back
So return to the ambiance that we just broke
We’re not officially rockin’ yet

It's still a sound check
It hopefully won’t make you leave for somewhere else
Cuz if you do that
We’d prolly have to rock out here all by ourselves.

And I... hope you can hear me in the back
So return to the ambiance I just broke
We’re not officially rockin’ yet

Oh testing , testing - one - two
One two
Turn me up until it feeds back
Three four
I hope that girl will hear the lyrics
Five six
She makes me nervous
so I’ll pretend I’m somewhere else..
Someone else, not so shy, not so quiet
Break it down.

This was the sound check
This was the part you should ignore
where all the levels are set
We hope you like it.
Cuz if you do I guarantee you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

Oooh-uh-uh-oh
Thank you for lettin’ us play tonight
Oooh-uh-uh-oh
Turn it up turn it up until we don’t feel shy
Oooh-uh-uh-oh
Remember I’m a person not a stereo (tip jar)
Oooh -uh-uh-oh
I hope that you’ll enjoy the show
Track Name: Science
Deep down at the laboratory in your heart
this experiment starts and ends.
Fade out to the tower and the storm outside
To the static I hear in my head

Hey, you’re the one I think I love.
I will - I will - I will - I will
But there are some things you can’t be sure of.

What’s that I can hear you doubt - am I almost there?
Will you say the words to stay?
Can you see the constellations for the starts?
Could this night be ours any other way?

Hey, you’re the one I think I love
I will - I will - I will - I will
But there are some things you can’t be sure of.

I can check the mirror for the weather in my eyes
But there’s clouds in there and I get misled
Going eighty miles an hour with the windows down
And I can’t figure out what’s going round in my head.

Please love make this whole thing whole
Take this heart and soul, heart and soul
Hold on to every now and then,
Until I can’t stand up no more.

Hey, you’re the one I think I love
I will - I will - I will - I will
But there are some things you can’t be sure of.
Track Name: My Brain Created a Thing
And then my brain created a thing
When I hooked it to the machines
Whatever Hell’s doors might open and bring
It was a bad thing.

If you ask me I’ll deny I made that thing

My brain created a thing
When I hooked it to the machine
And it sounded just like a scream
From where the metal in the bars can ring

And when the needle on the meter was pegged
It started moving all its arms and its legs
And it rose up shouted out loud
And it sounded like the roar of a crowd

And if you ask me I’ll deny I made that thing
I’ll deny - DENY I made that thing

And then it asked me to make it a friend
Or my whole brain career would come to an end
It made me turn it loose all over the town
Until the mob came to burn it all down
Until the people were all calling its name
Till the machine didn’t mean anything
They started tryin’ making clones of my brain
It was a bad thang.

And if you ask me I’ll deny I made that thing
And when I sleep it chases me down in my dreams.
I’ll deny - deny I made that thing
But tonight I’ll hook my brain to the machines
again.
Track Name: Tastes Like Burning (That's What You Get For Loving Like You Do)
I'll hide
I'll hide
I won't come out.

There is no cure
for this disease
The only treatment for it is the wanting
I fought like bees
Stuck to my guns
And shot myself with honey for the things undone

That's what you get for loving like you do.
That's what you get for loving.

If my heart had tongue
She would have burned it way too bad
to taste the world again
Or, it might be the case that I like the burning taste
And it numbs my lips with kisses
From the things I hadn't done

That's what you get for loving like you do.
That's what you get for loving.

Don't look now
If you never saw it comin'
Don't look now if you love your eyes
So much gone that if I turned away
You'd find it hiding from the things undone

That's what you get - that's what you get
That's what you get - that's what you get.

I'll hide I'll hide I won't come out.
I'll hide I'll hide I won't come out.
(That's what you get for loving like you do)
Track Name: Volume (FREE!)
The coolness and the coldness
of the surface and the deeper water
The division of the senses
Gives me five more ways to want you

Sometimes I dream the weirdest dreams
Those dreams were quiet, but they’re louder now
So someone somewhere needs some quiet
It might be quiet somewhere else. It's loud right now.

There were voices in the hallway
Even when the fever faded
I could hear them through the bedroom wall
Yeah this is what they said:

“Until the UFOs come landing
And the ghosts come out and sing the blues
Until the night explains the day away
Will the sunlight mean a thing to you?”

Yeah, sometimes I dream the weirdest dreams
Some dreams are quiet, but not right now
Some quiet things are more quiet in the graveyard
We can be quiet in the graveyard (but it’s louder now)

I believed when I was small
That I might end up in your eyes
And to you I was invisible
Sometimes I still feel small but not right now.

Have you tasted lonely whispers?
Can you almost feel the colors?
Yeah the division of the senses
Gives us five more ways to want eachother

Sometimes I live the weirdest dreams
Someday things are quiet, but not right now
So you say you need quiet time
It was quiet early on, it’s louder now.

And I believed when I was quiet
I would end up in your eyes
Yeah, to you I was invisible
Yeah once I was quiet but I’m louder now.
Track Name: Storms
It seemed like a day before the world spun round
We drove out to the lake
We felt the soft shore mud between our toes
The wind blew in, and the trees leaned down like dominoes
Our towels were flags in the dark rolling blue.
These things don’t seem to happen without you.

We watched the summer sky get dark
We waited for the rain to fall
Like every drop held in clouds
I can’t hold back the words at all.

The windshield blades went wild
And the words and the rain poured out for a while
And you listened
And I told myself that’s just the way you smile.

I said,
"It’s days like these I know where I’m supposed to be.
And I love you so. Thank you for putting up with me.”

We watched the summer sky get dark
We waited for the rain to fall
Like every drop held in clouds
Sometimes I can’t hold back at all.
I hadn’t seen a storm like that
Not since the last time we watched a storm together.
I know that you know,
but it feels like I feel like I’ve known you for forever.
Yeah I told you there are nights
Where I don’t know who I am or where I’ve been.
But I know you make me want - want be a better person.

We watched the summer sky get dark
We waited for the rain to fall
Like every drop held in clouds
Sometimes I can’t hold back these words

This is just release
Yes this is just release
Some things might never rest in peace in me
So this is just release for me.
Yes this is just release
This is just release
Some things might never rest in peace for me
This is just release

And I’m sorry if I love you too much.
Track Name: Come on and Surrender
Speak to me, come down from where you are.
Come on down, it’s time for us to play.
Come on down from where you are.

In the afternoon, in the sunlight or the shade
I’ll be waking up from that dream of you again
Yeah someday soon you won’t reject me
There will come a time
Someday you will see me differently
Someday you’ll be mine

Come on, Come on Surrender
Come on, Come and Surrender, Surrender.

And I’m waking up in valley of the shadow of another day
Waking up to the reasons I can’t sleep
I miss you so so much, all the words sound said before
Till the rain makes puddles seem too deep
Swimming in that sinking feeling
Floating’s on my mind
But someday soon you’ll rescue me
Someday you’ll be mine.
Come on Come on Surrender,
Come on, Come on, Surrender, Surrender.

Come on and use me now
If that’s the way it’s gotta be.
Come down from where you are
Come on down and speak through me
Me.
me me me me me.

I am programmed to receive you
I receive in rhyme
Someday you will see me differently
Someday you’ll be mine

Come on, come on surrender.
Come on, come on surrender, surrender.
Come on, come on surrender.
Come on, come on surrender, surrender.
Track Name: Beetle Girl - Virus Idea
Sways her hips as she walks
Jealous eyes make jealous talk
She just wants natural things like sealing wax and plastic rings
She’s a bad idea
And I don’t understand
Just watch her walk away

Finders weepers
Dealers keepers
She just had a cancerous thought
To a needle, like a beetle stuck in the dry snowflakes she bought
She’s a bad idea and I don’t understand
Just watch her walk away

Puncture marks from kitchen knife vampires (underneath her blue bracelets)
She needs more cuz’ she can’t feel it
Lipstick black like beetles shells

She’s an old idea
And I don’t understand
Just watch her crawl away.
Track Name: Everywhere and Nowhere Fast
I was so sure
And now I’m somewhere else
Where trees fall in the forest and nobody hears them
Where stars fall in the day and nobody sees them
Where the popsicles melt with no one to re-freeze them
That’s where I’ll be.
Soaking in the cooling glow of sunlight on a video
Yeah, on summer days her eyes were lemonade

Is there something that I should do?
Anything I do won’t change the past
How could I know that things were going
Everywhere and nowhere fast.
Everywhere and nowhere.

Gone again
Like a beach motel in the wintertime.
Once there were raspberry icee blue lips on mine -
Like a shadow in the headlights on an old stopsign
I’m the dried carnations and the old love notes
Lost somewhere in the pockets of old coats
Living with a headache from the things I said
When the things I meant keep hittin’ me
in the back of the head
I shouldn’t do this to myself
But anything I do won’t change the past
How could I know that things were going
Everywhere and nowhere fast

Everywhere and Nowhere fast
Everywhere and Nowhere fast
So you talk about a bleeding heart
One that drips off of a sleeveless arm
So I talk about the letting go
Yeah I talk about the letting go
But that’s a walk I don’t walk easy - no.

I shouldn’t do this to myself
But anything I do won’t change the past
How could I know that you were going
Everywhere and nowhere fast, everywhere and nowhere ...

Bernadette, Bernadette, Bernadette you were the one
Bernadette, Bernadette, yeah you were the one