Mind Games

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released July 14, 2017

Hank Peppe - Guitar, Vocals
Alex Steinke - Drums
Katja Duerig - Bass
Ben Fox - Keys
Alexis Nachtigal - Violin

Recorded and mixed by Sapien Sounds
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering

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Track Name: Tendrils
There’s a little bit of something fillin up every empty space
Just like a newborn thought that’s only beginning to formulate
And it’s rising up to the surface of everything we perceive, in all that we are and everything we create, alright
And it makes me wonder if it was all hidden there all along
Below the surface waiting for the perfect poking and prodding from which point on
It’s spreading its influence out like a vine, its ever-inquisitive tendrils probing and gathering energy from the sun, uh huh

Well maybe we sapiens we do have a soul. You’d think that something’s gotta tell all these thoughts where to go when they go, but then again maybe they just drift and flow, with no purposeful direction at all. I guess I don’t think I know.

Where does it come from, and where does it all go?
And is there something there right now, just out of sight?
A billion bits and pieces that never managed to escape, forever waiting to be realized.
But now that I’m here, I’m not going anywhere, oh no
And now that I’m here, I swear I’m not going anywhere anytime soooooon

Got a little something outta nothing pushing me around from within
Guiding my decisions all the while filling me up with questions
Where do these thoughts come from?
What should I do with em?
And certainly not least of all, where do they go when I’m gone?
I guess a little bit of something outta nothing isn’t nothing to be taken lightly
Still I’d gladly put all this behind me if you just remind me how it came to be
Thank you kindly, and along those lines I find it’s nice to think that when I cease to be I still got pieces of me burning infinitely… as they slowly drift away.
Track Name: The Day (Across the Way)
After waking up for the day, me and Andy J took a walk down the creek, all the way, bare feet it’s all the same to me... Anyway, Andy J, he was working at the prison farm, way out. Always had something good to say, like the inmates shitting out these fucked up ways to get fucked up and stay a little longer. Anyway, we decided to walk across the way to the place where the other two would stay. We was bangin on their camper with our sticks shouting “Hey, what ya doin in there?” and “Are you yet awake? Do you have anything to say? What do you think you’re doing for the day? What ya doin for the day?”
Track Name: Mind Games
What’s that yer lookin at?
What’s that ya said?
What’s that you’re feeling now and what’s that you read about?
Where’s that yer coming from?
What’s up ahead?
What happens before you’re born and then after you are dead?
What’s that you’re listening to?
What’s blue and what’s red?
Do we really have a choice in it at all and who’s to blame for this?
The past in your memory
The future you dread
A subtle reminder to you that it’s all in your heeeaaaaaaaaaad.
I’m in your head, you’re in my head
He’s in hers and she’s in yours and you’re in his and he’s in mine
And all the boundaries you put up
What you think of everyone
Illusions of space and time but you’ll be fine it’s all in your head!
Track Name: Ape Quest
We should move a little bit faster
Where you trying to go?
I dunno, we should get there though
We should move a little bit faster
Where you trying to go?
I dunno, but I gotta fill this hole

Not eat, not sleep, not nothing gonna fill it
So you’d best to quit your runnin in circles and get to chillin
You can say it’s what you want and you can tell me it’s fulfilling
But I know you better than that, it’s never enough it’s killing you

It’s like pouring empty space into a bucket it’s the pits
Because the more you try to fill it up, the emptier it gets
You can set your bucket out under the rain and let it sit
And try filling up your empty mind with your time instead leggo now

We should move a little bit faster
Where you trying to go?
I dunno, but we’re falling behind, leggo now
We should move a little bit faster
Where you trying to go?
I dunno, quit yer talkin and leggo

You know I guess we’re all just headed to the same spot
I suggest we take it slow cuz it’s a pretty long walk
Ape quest to find the very tallest tree and reach the top
But brother getting there first just means there’s nowhere left to walk and you’re lost
It’s like running after something moving twice as fast as you
You know you’re never gonna ketch it up, no matter what you do
But if you take a step back, collect your act, enjoy the view
Next thing you know the thing you’re trying to ketch is ketchin up with you leggo now

Leggo, leggo, leggo, leggo, let go…
Track Name: Human Interactions
Human interactions, and reactions I'm talking to you, you are not listening it's maddening
But when you wanna talk I am a brick wall, sadly, I do not understand why this is happening, have to be happily ever after in the aftermath of every conversation I find myself frantically replaying it back inside my brain, ruminating, did I convey what I'm feeling? Do you understand what I'm saying? Ahh fuggin a forget it.

But it's alright I guess, alright I guess, the good outweighs all of the bad in the end.
It's alright I guess, alright i guess, I guess I'll just forget it.

(I keep frantically replaying it, I can’t stop now)

I'm getting tired of these rules, all these unwritten rules and regulations, adding complications to the best of my relationships. Like it's ok to say that, but never this, how could I ever keep it all straight in my head? It's fergin madness! I have half a mind inside to find the nearest book of matches and burn it all to the ground and start over from the ashes I swear that I'm not joking, I'll do it, I'm fackin crazy. Just kidding I ain't no maniac, i won't do that, believe me, I jest.

Because it's alright I guess…

(I keep frantically replaying it, make it stop now!)

Ahh fuckin A forget it
Track Name: Swallowing Everything
Everybody hands in the air, shake your hips, wave your hair
Do your thing, if you need any help I’ll be there
I will wear what you want me to wear, do or say anything for your viewing pleasure
Because my mind keeps on telling me to do things
I listen but if you think I should try something else who am I to argue?
Could it be I am you and you are me?
Gonna get it together if we can hook it up right
See I know you’re getting down to the Sapien Sounds
Coming at you through the air got ya moving around
And then they’re spreading out and swallowing everything
The sounds coming at ya got ya moving around, might as well get down
Might as well get down

Time is a cold black hole, swallowing everything, everything and everyone
The world is a cesspool, quicksand swallowing everything, everything and everyone

I’m threefold, fourteen billion years old, I take five and I thrive though my blood runs cold
I unfold in the stars and the wind as it blows
Been born and died so many times don’t even know if I’m alive
But I remember when I opened my eyes, when I crawled up out the ocean, when I took to the skies
I can fly now, I’ve started a fire now
Ain't nothing stopping me from going higher but my arms are getting tired
So from here on out I’m an animal, walking around with my head down, sniffing the ground
Keeping an eye out for sights and sounds, all the while swallowing everything that I can get down
And then using its energy to move me around, with my head down, swallowing the sights and sounds all around, now get down
Might as well get down

Time is a cold black hole, swallowing everything, everything and everyone
The world is a cesspool, quicksand swallowing everything, everything and everyone

Everything and everyone the same
Track Name: A Subtle Reminder
A subtle reminder to you that it's all in your head
Track Name: Kooma Looma
Coming at me wit ya eyes locking in, talking
What you gonna say wit yo mouth right now?
I admit that all this walking-talking business, I’m getting kinda sick of it, I’m hoping we can work something out like...

Kooma Looma no talk, no talk now...

Kooma Looma justa coming with the waves, justa coming with the waves, justa coming with the waves, No talk, no talk now...

All around the room no talk
Lights down music up loud, in the middle of a crowd
All making noises with their mouths now
But I just keep my head down, drown it all out no talk..

Kooma Looma no talk, no talk

Kooma Looma justa chewin on da fat...

No talk, no talk now...

Talk
Hello how do you do?
Couldn’t help but notice you were walking all around the room not talking
And don’t you think it’s kinda rude to listen in without ever reciprocating?
That’s what she was sayin..

Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk...

She said “I do not mean to pry I am just asking
besides I know that making conversation is a little bit taxing”
But all of those were words just heard in passing
Then she said “Instead would you like to take a walk?” no talk, no talk

Kooma Looma justa rollin in da mud...

No talk, no talk now...

Ok.
A mind is a brilliant thing,so use it
Abuse it, diffuse it, or listen to some music
It doesn't really matter what you do with it, but do it
What better way to find it than to lose it?
Think... ok talk
I said a mind is a brilliant thing, i think, and therefore i am, and will always be
And if i think once, i think twice, and three times, thinky thinky rhyme, what was that last line?
It goes a mind is a brilliant thing, i think, and therefore i am and will always be
And if I think once, I think twice, and three times, inside, outside, live, think, die, no talk!
Track Name: Chicken
Well I was up in the kitchen makin chicken
Sippin on some fresh lemonade with my homeboys and listenin to Led Zeppelin that's when I noticed that my friends were gettin jealous of the chicken i was makin
Cuz I was wrappin up my chicken with bacon, had some stuffed jalapeños and mushrooms get ya porta-bellyachin, and all the people come to town from miles around just to get a taste of all this chicken that I'm makin.
And they ask me how i do it
I say there's nothing to it
Just throw it in the mix, give it a twist and keep it movin
They ask me how i do it
I say there's nothing to it
Just let your little nose sniff a bit and do a twist and keep it moving

Just go with it, go with it
Just go with the flow man listen to your nose and then just go with it
Go with the flow man, let your little eyes close and then just go with it
Throw it in the mix and then do a little twist and then...

But not only am i good up in the kitchen...
I never miss a beat when the beat is kickin
my tongue's quick and it's never stickin
And I'm a carpenter, an engineer, and I do my own hunting and fishing, so do you understand when I say that I'm making chicken?
Now you've got to admit that it's gettin better all of the time, this chicken that I'm makin has got me feelin fine, sublime, divine, even! And i can't believe that it's mine, but there's not a doubt in my mind, I'll be making chicken until the day that I die
And when they ask me how I do it....

You think that I'm here and you're not cuz you can't do what i do, well I think you could but you were too scared to try, so the point's moot
You just sit in your room crying about the obstacles put in front of you, why don't you get up on your feet with me and make some chicken too!

I'm telling you, you could probably get here too, if you wanted to
all it really takes is a couple little moves
Yeah, you could probably get here too, if you wanted to
All it really takes is aaaa…….
Track Name: Cowdoo
As I recall we were all just sittin and talkin circles when I noticed things were starting to get weird
For it seemed to me that everything around us had a purpose, yet our own was still remarkably unclear
So I took a step outside to ensure I was alive, but I couldn’t keep my eyes out of the skies
For they had shrunk me down to size and I became preoccupied with the colors of the animals

They could have been pooches from the circus but they too served a purpose, we were gathered around like cows in a herd
Oh but who would ever paint their doggies blue? Given the state of the world outside it seemed quite absurd
I couldn’t stomach what I had chewed, next thing you know we were all just doin like the cows do

Little provider’s getting lost in the skies too, and little brothers were feeling a little blue
Little sister was hangin out thinking it was a little underwhelming when she caught the flu
Little flames in the fire were dancing all the while as I was playing guitar with big Drew
We talked about life on the riverside and spent some time watching the grass as it grew

Hoo dee hoo and little hey diddle diddle the cat could sure fiddle but the cow jumped over the moon, ahh yeah
The little doggies were laughing at the sight of it, what a ridiculous thing for a c-c-c-c-cow to do!
But he stole the whole show, next thing you know we were all just doin like the cows do!

We were searching for a hot spot to stop and take root somewhere the fungus hadn’t already grown
The ground beneath our feet provided for us a beat to march to wherever we were goin
We were bullshittin, halfwittin, chickenpickin, fingerlickin, making our way across the bridge!
But we stopped in the middle when we realized we didn’t really care what was at the other end, and we checked in

Just like a little fish gets eaten by a bigger fish, someday we’ll all be somebody’s food
We spend our whole lives trying to justify our dying but I guess we’re all just doing like the cows do
Track Name: Memphis
Mindless, selfless, soulless, helpless, and that’s alright with me…

The kids are all trying to sleep, trying to sleep
You gotta get that shit outta their dreams, outta their dreams…
It’s not as bad as it seems

Mindless, selfless, soulless, helpless, and that’s alright with me…

But the kids are all climbing the trees, climbing the trees
It get to carry them away with the seeds, away with the seeds…
It’s not as bad as it seems

Mindless, selfless, soulless, helpless, and that’s alright with me…

The kids are all swimming the seas, swimming the seas
They get to floating there after the streams, after the streams
It’s not as bad as it seems!

Don’t forget to breathe, while you still can
Because the kids are all floatin the breeze, go on breathe ‘em in

Just mindless, selfless, soulless, helpless…

Now the kids are all floatin away….