Art Plunk

by Toy Shop Ghost

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released April 1, 2015

Peter Buck/drums, Jim Connolly/moog, banjo, voice
Robinson Eikenberry/ Co-Produced, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered.
Jaco Connolly/ Art

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Toy Shop Ghost Santa Barbara, California

Art/Plunk, Surrealist Americana driven songs about homesick astronauts, Aliens posing as Pilgrims, and WW1 flying aces.
Jim Connolly's previous projects include The Gove County Philharmonic, The Gove County String Quartet, and writing/performing with The Lit Moon Theatre Company
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Track Name: Tempest
We're not on the map, We're slipping sideways
In between the cracks, of what is known
When we're in this place, it's called an island,
we could patch the seams, or let it sink

Don't want to be here alone, I want to take a trip with everyone
…everyone I know

Waterfalls and caves, made by no one
There was balance here , before they came
They will leave us soon, the weather will get better
we will live in trees, and change our names

This is the song of our catch, played by the picture of no-body
…no one at all

We don't need a map, to find an island
If you close your eyes, it starts to float
When you patch the seams, it floats higher
We'll go home soon, and change our names

Don't want to be here alone, I want to take a trip with everyone
…everyone I know
Track Name: Tea Cups
Come down from hiding up in the tree
Get free of what holds you to the ground
We can see you.

Where teacups tumble 'round three by three
When homesick astronauts wait in line
I will be …..there

Standing on my head, Hoping to be seen
Making up lost time.

Can mirrors in a house turn back time ?
I have five tickets left, let me try
There is hope.

Real race cars seldom run in a line
True rockets burn the ground left behind
They can't hurt…..you

Standing on your head, Hoping to be seen
Making up lost time.
Track Name: Shark
When you are in the neighborhood
Even the dogs cry at night
Fearing and hoping to catch a glance
Night time is the right time to dance

Shark !

When you were small we all said cute
Why aren't you like that any more ?
We saw your movie and it was cool
Ten thousand years of prep for your role

Shark !

Could you hold your own against the Hulk ?
We need our heroes to be strong
The world around you has moved on
You have not worked in film (or TV) for so long

Shark !

I hope you leave the dolphins alone
We do not eat them so why would you
Do you have hobbies or need friends ?
Lets meet for coffee or seal

Shark!

When you are in the neighborhood
We see the balance of life
A world without you would be sad
I hope things work out well for you

Shark !
Track Name: Loud
On my way to heaven someone tripped me and I fell
I landed on my knees there. I did not land in Hell

I fell into a dreaming. I dropped into a spell
I saw there was another way that I could ring the bell…

Loud…and almost in tune…with you
with me…with you

Thank you for no dreaming. Thanks for no more hope
I expect to love the rest of climbing up the slope

Free of wanting flowers. Free of what to sell
Now there are ten other ways that make the bell ring…

Loud…and almost in tune…with you
with me…with you

Sound…for no other reason why
Loud…Now…with you…with me...
Track Name: Polka Dot
Once, you where my favorite
star in the night sky
we, we spun together
we hardly fought, polka dot, better not

Soon, you where my answer
light shaped from inside
I, I learned to burn too
1,000 watt, polka dot, you're all we've got

Now , you are exploding
light burning my eyes
I learned to aim low
no one taught, polka dot, no clear shot

Where, where is your shadow
Your dust shines in the night
I came from a dark place
almost caught, polka dot, maybe not...
Track Name: Turtle
It's blowing, it's blowing
Time will raise the tide
Wood splitting, it's spliting
We should change our minds (now)

Yeah……….

It's ticking, it's ticking
and tocking, and ticking
I can't breath this air
There is something…there…(now)

Yeah........
Track Name: The Ox
It starts with a paper bag, make sure it's an old one
all crumpled up like a hundred dollar bill
gonna cut it down to size, you got to find a shape that suits you
that says just who you are.

it tells the world to watch
your not gonna fly all straight
That's what makes you great

And now you might need a spine, you might want to have two spines
one to use and one just for good luck
I recommend a strong one, one that can take a bend
and stand up to the wind

it tells the world to stop
your not gonna fly all straight
That's what makes you great

A Horse might need a bridle
an Ox might need a fence
theres a lot to be said for holding
why are we holding ?

a little bit of string might work
a little bit of string is strong enough
to hold us back for now
to hold us to the task

to tell the world at last
we're not gonna fly all straight
That's what makes you great

We're ripping up strips of cloth, and tying them end to end now
where gonna have a tale to tell
And if I had a tail to tell, I'd make sure it's a long one
make sure it's a strong one, like a hundred dollar bill

I'll through it up to the sky
I'll give it to the wind
It seems to have it's own way to fly
it leans and then it spins

I tells the world to watch
It's not gonna fly all straight
who can say whats great ?
You're never gonna fly all straight
That's what makes you great
Track Name: Bird Song
Today I lost my way, the sun was in my eyes

Blinded by bird songs
Learned from birds of prey
Gold in the garden
Dust in the brain

Today I lost my way, the sun was in my eyes

Rescued by sunshine
Painted on a stage
Sound as big as mountains
Small as every day

Today I lost my way, the sun was in my eyes

Lifted on colored rope
Free from seven years
Food on the table
Life in the game

Today I lost my way, the sun was in my eyes

Captured in mid flight
Blue birds will seem tame
trapped in a warm place
birds will not stay

Today I lost my way, the sun was in my eyes

Running the longest race
Changing all the rules
Sing a different bird's song
Run with sun in your eyes
Track Name: Carnival
Why can't I forget you ? I forgot me
Scared to ride the Zipper, awkward times three

I am leaning forward, backwards is a game
I loved you like a snow cone, melting in the rain

Going to join the show, Carnival
I can paint my face, let me go, let me go

I'm still learning music, isn't that the same ?
Some of us chose real jobs, are you kidding !

Where went all the promise ? who's to say it went
Will you sing my story, who will care ?

(Chorus)

I will not forget you, I'll forget me
The world is like a snow cone, covered in love !

(Chorus)
Track Name: 18 Ladies
(I've) been forced in a new direction
(I) am driving a brand new car
Does everybody have my number ?
I'm burnin' like a cheap cigar

My Mommy gave up on the East Coast
(You) won't find her in a late night bar
(She) was in a band with 18 ladies
(Now) she doesn't even have a ca

GET WITH THE TEAM !
GET WITH THE TEAM !

My daughter has a dog that bites us
She keeps it in a big black box
(When she) gets crazy with the knives and fire
(We) have culinary talks

I have a son that plays with puppets
(He climbs) in dumpsters just to get some food
(He went) to Philly and he lived by the river
(He made) some art with an attitude

GET WITH THE TEAM !
GET WITH THE TEAM !
Track Name: The Story Of The World
Tell the ocean, you can tell the wall
Let your daddy know it, you should tell the law
Send it in a message, paint it on your arm
Drink it with your tea, find your good luck charm.

The Moons not in the sky, it's still a plan
Whales are walking, up on dry land
My head is thick and boney, my brain is small
(Where's the ocean, some rain must fall)
The World is full of wonder, full of play
It's not downside up today

I saw it in a movie, I heard it in a song
A book for colored crayons had the facts but they where wrong
We caught it in La Brea, we painted in a cave
Barney Rubble showed us how we used to behave.

(CHORUS)

Kick it when it stumbles, love it when it falls
There was never any time without some storms or squalls
Cover it with plastic, cover it with clay
You can't hide the crazy 'cause the crazy's here to stay.

(CHORUS)
Track Name: Wing Suit
6,5,4,3,2,1, zer-ro
Jump, you know that you want to
pretend it's a game
let the first seconds surprise you
this is no mistake

6,5,4,3,2,1, zer-ro
Blast, off all the confusion
it's never too late
you're going to feel good now
you don't have to be great

6,5,4,3,2,1, zer-ro
Count, on things going backwards
you might like it that way
Spin, for your own amusement
you are fanning the flame

6,5,4,3,2,1, zer-ro
Fall, like falling is flying
like flying's a game
Play, with all that you're made of
we're made of mistakes

…Jump.
Track Name: Twelve Tone
Twelve Tones, they know why words lie
Birds with big wings sure fly high

I stole your shoes and hid them in a tiger's cage
I have your hat. You know it always should have been mine.
Your teeth… MY teeth. Well, people say they like the smile.
Your pets love me. It didn't even take a while.

Like birds afraid of heights. They're still in love with flight.

Twelve Tones, they know why words lie
Birds with big wings sure fly high

If all our thoughts could fit into a paper bag.
We'd tie them tight and make holes so that they can breath.
Lets find a cave and hide them for a thousand years.
Forget the place, but hear the ringing in our ears.

Like birds afraid of heights. We're still in love with flight.

Twelve Tones, they know why words lie
Birds with big wings sure fly high