* PoP-GuN
 

  1. JennA SayS
  2. Don’T LeT TheM RidE
  3. InterludE 1 (LegendarY PlaiD)
  4. ThE Devil’S LittlE RemindeR
  5. InterludE 2 (RubY SisteR)
  6. HalF A ChancE
  7. YoU MakE IT SO EasY
  8. LoverS AmonG ThE RuinS
  9. DeaD Valentine’S DaY
10. InterludE 3 (MY FirsT PeT)
11. AS YoU DO
12. InterludE 4 (MY SeconD PeT)
13. NothinG BuT TimE
14. GeneriC SonG
15. YoU Don’T HavE TO TelL HeR
16. InterludE 5 (ReD HearT)
17. HundreD HaiR-DO GirL
18. I LovE YoU MorE
19. InterludE 6 (VegetatioN)
20. WheN LovE BlowS AwaY
21. InterludE 7 (ThemE MusiC)
22. You’rE GonnA BE SorrY
23. AlwayS LookinG ON ThE BlacK SidE
24. WheN LovE IS ThE LaW
25. YoU Don'T HavE TO TelL HeR (BiG VersioN) (CD OnlY)
26. HeY HeY (ThE SwingseT SonG) (CD OnlY)
27. LighT AS A FeatheR (CD OnlY)
28. CountinG BackwardS FroM TeN (CD OnlY)
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* JennA SayS 12/88
the solutions to your adolescent fears are right in front of you
in the color of your eyes - the color of your hair
your worries have parties in the background of your life
in the cotton in your ears - the ribbon in your hair
    Jenna says “don’t listen to what they say
    love comes in a thousand flavors”
    Jenna says “ they don’t know what they say
    don’t do them any favors”
your passion for laconic conversation will not be denied
in the language of her voice - the language of her lips
your visions of resuscitation are all blind
you can see them in her hands - see them in her lap
    Jenna says “don’t listen to what they say
    love comes in a thousand flavors”
    Jenna says “ they don’t know what they say
    don’t do them any favors”
        Jenna says “don’t listen” Jenna says “they don’t know!”
    Jenna says “don’t listen to what they say
    love comes in at least a hundred flavors”
    Jenna says “ they don’t know what they say
    don’t do them any favors”

* Don’T LeT TheM RidE  6/90
white flowers - it is deliverance day
white flowers - it is their evil day
and in the future you can say you saw the clouds today
black flowers - it is repentance day
black flowers - it is their holy day
and if there’s a future we will play
in the flowers of this day
    the land and the sea belong to you and me
    don’t sit and watch them burn
    just because they never learn
    the land and the sea belong to you and me
    don’t let it all burn just because they never learn
        don’t let them ride

* ThE Devil’S LIttlE RemindeR  7/93
he’s everything a gentleman shouldn’t be
- vain and greedy and cold
he’s everything you’d want in an enemy
with a wickedness so controlled
he’ll stab your back with a smile on his face
and tell you to trust his every whim
but you might as well rely on stars in space
because there’s only one person he cares about
and it’s him.
    he’s the devil’s little reminder
    of what we all could be
    if we don’t live our lives carefully
he’s everything an angel couldn’t be
- dishonest, selfish, and cruel
he defies all laws of common decency
yeah, you know he plays by his own rules.
he’ll walk right over you without batting an eye
and tell you it’s for your own good.
you feel guilty for wishing he would die
but you know you never should!
    he’s the devil’s little reminder
    of what we all could be
    if we don’t live our lives carefully
he’ll stab your back with a smile on his face
and tell you to trust his every whim
but you might as well rely on stars in space
because there’s only one person he cares about
and it’s him.
he’ll walk right over you without batting an eye
and tell you it’s for your own good
you feel guilty for wishing he would die
but you know you never should!
    he’s the devil’s little reminder
    of what we all could be
    if we don’t live our lives carefully

* YoU MakE IT SO EasY  5/90
my mother tells me I should get a job
but I just want to sit here and love you.
my father tells I should do something
but I’m happy just to sit here and love you.
    you make it so easy
    you make it so darn easy to do
my friends all tell me I’m being a bum
but I just want to sit here and love you.
they sweat and struggle, then they tell me I’m dumb
but I’m happy just to sit here and love you.
outside is a rat race I don’t want to be in.
your love is the best thing that I could hope to win.
    you make it so easy
    you make it so darn easy to do
my mother tells me I should get a job.
my father says I should do something.
my friends all tell me I’m being a bum
but I just want to sit here and love you.
    you make it so easy
    you make it so darn easy to do

* LoverS AmonG ThE RuinS  5/90
while the eastern world is warming
let’s sit and watch America burn.
they’ve had sufficient warning
but, you know, they never seem to learn.
when it all goes under in a heap of garbage and lies
we’ll kiss each other - oh, so wicked and wise!
    by the rocket’s red glare we’ll hold each other
    we’ll pledge to the white flag while they run for cover
    we’ll be lovers among the ruins - just you and me
while the Japanese out-bid us
lets sit and watch America burn.
they've tried hard to forbid us
from having any fun at all.
when it all goes under
in land fills and foreign real estate
we’ll kiss each other and feverishly copulate.
    by the rocket’s red glare we’ll hold each other
    we’ll pledge to the white flag while they run for cover
    we’ll be lovers among the ruins - just you and me
        if one of their filthy weapons
        should ever touch my hand
        please quickly take it from me and bury it in the sand.
        scrub my hands until they are raw
        then cut them off at the wrists with a chain saw!
    by the rocket’s red glare we’ll hold each other
    we’ll pledge to the white flag
    while they run for cover
    we’ll be lovers among the ruins - just you and me

* DeaD Valentine’S DaY  7/93
waking up at six in the morning
- see you lying on the floor.
I give you my last warning
as you shut the bathroom door.
you primp and preen like you’re in a movie
but you still look a shade of grey.
your apologies don’t move me
    this is dead valentine’s day.
crawl to the tape recorder
to hear what you said last night.
try to get your thoughts in order
but nothing seems to come out right.
you “hmm & haw” like a politician
- but you still have nothing to say.
I have made my decision
    this is dead valentine’s day.
        smile at me while I shut the door.
        let me remember how I wish you were.
        my heart’s not the only thing that’s sore
        but it’s certainly the only thing you left pure!
hot coffee & a cold shoulder
make a person feel so much older.
bad dreams and good riddance
- I’m throwing you out and I’m getting a kitten
who’s claws won’t dig as deep as yours
and like you won’t obey.  don’t think of this as divorce
    it’s just dead valentine’s day.

* AS YoU DO  2/91
She said “pop stars are such hypocrites.”
I said “that’s why I strive for obscurity.”
She said “oh, you’re so full of shit!”
I said “I know, it’s my one security.”
    even with my hands tied behind my back
    I could still be as inept as you.
    with both hands free
    I still couldn’t have as much success as you do.
She said “you’re such a lazy bum.”
I said “no, I’m just... waiting.”
She said “sometimes you seem so dumb.”
I said “quiet, can’t you see I’m concentrating!”
    even with my tongue tied in knots
    I could make more sense than you do.
    with my mouth open wide
    I could never have as much confidence as you do.
        the masses want mannequins groomed to perfection
        - I’m clumsy and plain.
        the people want plastic programmed performers
        but I don’t even have an initial in my name.
    even with my hands tied behind my back
    I could still be as inept as you.
    with both hands free
    I still couldn’t have as much success as you do.

* HalF A ChancE  9/89
    Just give me, just give me, joust give me half a chance
you see me and I see you
- we’re playing all the party games.
you know me and I know you
- we’re not even past first names.
it’s all the same tricks-new lines and tongue trips
in the end we’ll both pretend
but I know something better.
    Just give me, just give me, joust give me half a chance
you feel me and I feel you
- we both have the same thing in mind.
you want me and I want you
- we’re two of the flirting kind.
it’s all old news - afterwards we both feel used.
a quick release won’t bring us peace
but I know something better.
    Just give me, just give me, joust give me half a chance
        it may fall apart, it may never work
        but we’ll never find out if we don’t try.
you’ll love me and I’ll love you
- it happens every now and then.
you’ll hold me and I’ll hold you
- we’ll say “it’s till the end.”
it’s nothing too extreme
- it’s not what it might seem.
you can doubt what I’m about
but I know something better.
    Just give me, just give me, joust give me half a chance

* NothinG BuT TimE  9/89
so you say you’re lonely
& the days are passing you by.
you’re your one and only
and it makes you want to cry.
watching all the younger boys
getting all the action.
fantasies and patience
don’t give you satisfaction.
    you have nothing but time.
so you say you’re lonely
and the days keep racing by.
you’re your one and only
and it makes you want to cry.
21 seems so long ago,
more than a couple of years.
as the seconds tick past
they confirm your worst fears.
    you have nothing but time.
        nothing we can say will comfort you at night
        as you curl up with your pillow
        and you know that isn’t right.
    you have nothing but time.

* GeneriC SonG  7/93
hey, when you turn on your radio
what do you hear?
is it the same old noise
you’ve been hearing for years -
unhappy men & unhappy women
singing about unhappy love?
 you’ve got your choice
between crying or dancing
choose one of the above.
    this is the chorus to this song.
    if you like you can sing along.
    you don’t have to know the words
    cause it’s nothing you haven’t already heard.
    it goes “baby baby yes, baby baby no
    I’m sorry baby but I don’t know!
    baby baby yes, baby baby no
    I’m sorry baby but I gotta go!”
there’s nothing wrong with a love song
- I’ve written my fair share.
but sometimes I have to wonder
if they’re singing “I love you” to their hair.
you’ve got pretty girls & pretty boys
they’re singing about pretty lives.
they’re turning you into a zombie right before your eyes
    this is the chorus to this song.
    if you like you can sing along.
    you don’t have to know the words
    cause it’s nothing you haven’t already heard.
    it goes “baby baby yes, baby baby no
    I’m sorry baby but I don’t know!
    baby baby yes, baby baby no
    I’m sorry baby but I gotta go!”
        it’s a radio rodeo, let the clowns out of the barrel.
        it’s a radio rodeo, see who gets thrown off first.
        mediocrity breeds contempt.
        familiarity and quality don’t walk hand in hand
        but broken hearts always make the charts
        with the radio on.
    this is the chorus to this song.
    if you like you can sing along.
    you don’t have to know the words
    cause it’s nothing you haven’t already heard.
    it goes “baby baby yes, baby baby no
    I’m sorry baby but I don’t know!
    baby baby yes, baby baby no
    I’m sorry baby but I gotta go!”

* YoU Don’T HavE TO TelL HeR  12/89
here’s the girl on the front porch
dreaming of first love.
she’s read the stories in the magazines
and even saw a picture once.
she wears the lipstick
that her mother once forbade her
like a neon sign saying
    “ I know what love is about. I know it all!
    I know what love is about.
    you don’t have to tell me!”
here’s the girl on the telephone,
he lied to her too many times.
she say’s to her friend
“I’ll get even, how could I be so blind?”
she rips up the letters
that he once sent her
and says to herself
“well I deserve better” because...
    “ I know what love is about. I know it all!
    I know what love is about.
    you don’t have to tell me!”
        and she keeps holding on
        thinking she will know it when it happens
        but she’s been waiting so long
        she wouldn’t know unless it came up and slapped her.
here’s the girl on the front porch
dreaming of first love - how it was all she could think of
when she was younger.
she wears the ring that a lover once sent to her.
she wrote him
“thank you but I can not give you my hand, because...”
    “ I know what love is about. I know it all!
    I know what love is about.
    you don’t have to tell me!”

* HundreD HaiR-DO GirL  4/89
    here she comes - the hundred hair-do girl
    all alone - in her hundred hair-do world
    she’s the hundred hair-do girl
fashion is second best to a curling iron and comb.
passion comes far less from a man than
from being alone in front of the mirror.
    here she comes - the hundred hair-do girl
    all alone - in her hundred hair-do world
    she’s the hundred hair-do girl
boyfriends are only in the way
they take up “ko-fure” time.
new trends are changing everyday;
variety is priority in the life of a hair-do queen.
    here she comes - the hundred hair-do girl
    all alone - in her hundred hair-do world
    she’s the hundred hair-do girl
        don’t bother to talk to her - she has a one track mind.
        don’t try to ask her out - she never has the time.
        don’t think you can give her love
        ‘cause there’s only one thing she wants from you
        and that’s to hear how much you love her new hair-do!
    here she comes - the hundred hair-do girl
    all alone - in her hundred hair-do world
    she’s the hundred hair-do girl

* I LovE YoU MorE  11/89
I’m singing this to you
with all the sentiment that I can muster -
it’s a tricky line that I don’t like to cross.
you showed up out of nowhere
when my future was all fantasy - my past an albatross.
so I’m slowly breaking out; shedding fearful skin.
every layer stripped away reveals more love within.
    I love you more.
I’m playing this for you
with all the heart that is not frozen -
it’s still an ice age inside of me.
your hand touched my face,
felt the blindness that I look through
- in your eyes I can finally see.
    I love you more.
I’m singing this to you
with all the sentiment that I can muster.

* WheN LovE BlowS AwaY  10/89
he tells her it will be forever
but he knows it will never last.
he says “I will always be there with you”
he says “I will always be there for you”
but he knows forever goes by fast.
    someone will be crying in their coffee tonight.
    someone will feel the chill
    when love blows away (with the autumn leaves)
    when love blows away (you don’t know what to believe)
    when love blows away with the autumn leaves
he reads the letter with shaking hands
and sits there waiting for retribution.
he doesn’t believe his eyes,
he shakes his head and wonders why;
spends the next three years searching for a solution
    someone will be crying in their coffee tonight.
    someone will feel the chill
    when love blows away (with the autumn leaves)
    when love blows away (you don’t know what to believe)
    when love blows away with the autumn leaves
        he tells her it will be forever
        but he knows it will never last.
    someone will be crying in their coffee tonight.
    someone will feel the chill
    when love blows away (with the autumn leaves)
    when love blows away (you don’t know what to believe)
    when love blows away with the autumn leaves

* You’rE GonnA BE SorrY  5/90
    you’re gonna be sorry.
    you’re gonna be sorry that you put me down,
    sorry that you ran around,
    sorry that you treated me bad,
    cause I’m the best thing you ever had.
you’ve been telling all of our friends
how happy you are we’ve come to an end
but somewhere down the line
you’re gonna wish you were still mine.
    you’re gonna be sorry.
    you’re gonna be sorry that you put me down,
    sorry that you ran around,
    sorry that you treated me bad,
    cause I’m the best thing you ever had.
it hurts but I’ll carry on
I’m a big man and I’ll get along
as for you, well there’ll come a day
when you’ll scare everyone away.
    you’re gonna be sorry.
    you’re gonna be sorry that you put me down,
    sorry that you ran around,
    sorry that you treated me bad,
    cause I’m the best thing you ever had.
        and when you’re crying
        remember these words I say
        'cause darling
        you’re gonna miss me someday
you’ve been telling all of our friends
how happy you are we’ve come to an end
but somewhere down the line
you’re gonna wish you were still mine.
    you’re gonna be sorry.
    you’re gonna be sorry that that you put me down,
    sorry that you played around,
    sorry that you made me sad,
    ‘cause I’m the best thing you’ve ever had.

* AlwayS LookinG ON ThE BlacK SidE  7/91
you say you’ll always care for me.
you say you’ll always kill for me.
I’m flattered - but the answer’s still no!
you say you’ll make me happy,
well, I can’t stop from laughing.
that shows how little about me you really know.
    if I could turn off my mind for just one day
    I might see things in a brighter way.
    if could smile and say I like things this way...
    but I’m always looking on the black side.
the truth - it always hurts.
you’ve seen me at my worst
- it doesn’t get much better.
you say you’ll do anything -
hello! - aren’t you listening;
nothing you do could ever matter.
    if I could turn off my mind for just one day
    I might see things in a brighter way.
    if I could smile and say I like things this way...
    but I’m always looking on the black side.
you say you’ll always care for me.
I’m flattered - but the answer’s still no.

* WheN LovE IS ThE LaW  2/90
I want to go to sleep
wake up and find this is a bad dream.
I want to go to sleep
- wake up when love is the law.
- wake me when love is the law.
‘cause love is all we need.

* HeY HeY (ThE SwingseT SonG)  10/89
hey hey - the nights are getting longer
hey hey - my love is getting stronger
the dust is finally clearing
i never knew happiness could be so endearing
hey hey - the leaves are falling on the ground
hey hey - i hear love calling from all around
my eyes are finally open
loving you is better than i was hoping
    i'm in love with this world
hey hey - now you've got me singing
hey hey - now my heart is swinging
i'm looking through clear eyes
my joy makes me feel like i can fly
    i'm in love with this world
hey hey - i'm in love in autumn
hey hey - i'm in love from the top to the bottom

* LighT AS A FeatheR  9/89
    light as a feather - keep floatin' around
    ever since i met ya - can't stay on the ground
    i'm light as a feather - keep floatin' around
    ever since i met ya - can't stay on the ground
    i'm light as a feather
life used to be such a heavy thing - felt like a ton
i didn't like to face it - i wanted to run
but now that you're with me it's nothing but fun
    i'm light as a feather - keep floatin' around
    ever since i met ya - can't stay on the ground
    i'm light as a feather - keep floatin' around
    ever since i met ya - can't stay on the ground
    i'm light as a feather
i used to drag myself through endless days
i saw it as losing game that we all must play
now i'm seeing that patience pays
   i'm light as a feather - keep floatin' around
    ever since i met ya - can't stay on the ground
    i'm light as a feather - keep floatin' around
    ever since i met ya - can't stay on the ground
    i'm light as a feather

* CountinG BackwardS FroM TeN  3/90
she said "i don't think there's anything at the end of the rainbow.
what was there has all been used up or taken away."
she said "i don't mean to be pessimistic, i don't mean to be grim,
but when you look at the big picture it's pretty dim."
she undressed an orange and laughed as she bit into a piece
she raised the back of her hand to wipe away the juice
and for a moment she was beautiful
and for a moment she was young
she sings song about far away places
someday she's gonna go there and she's never coming back
when she was younger she tried to fly
she was up there for a second but gravity's too stubborn
from that day on she's had the wings of an angel,
she's just waiting to try them out
she said "i don't mean to sound unhappy, I don't mean to sound ungrateful,
but when it comes down to the wire i'll be counting backwards from ten."



NoteS: - all songs written by Geoff Kessell except “Dead Valentine’s Day” by Andy Driscoll and Geoff Kessell
- Copyright © 1995 Fiendish Musical Thingys
- all sounds made by GK except
  drums on “The Devil’s Little Reminder”, “Dead Valentine’s Day” & “Generic Song” by Mark Easter.
  bass guitar on “The Devil’s Little Reminder”, “Dead Valentine’s Day” & “Generic Song”/ violin and mandolin on “Dead Valentine’s Day” by Andy Driscoll.
  assistant vocals on “You Make It So Easy” by Gary Sudin.
  cat sounds by Schroeder (r.i.p.) & Lucy
  dreaming dog sounds by Criswell
- all songs recorded & mixed by GK on 4-track cassette at Sandhurst Sandbox except - “Don’t Let Them Ride” and "You Don't Have To Tell Her (Big Version)" recorded & mixed by GK on 8-track 1/2” tape at GSI & “You Make It So Easy” recorded & mixed by Michael Kessell on 8-track 1/2” tape at GSI.
- cover painting by John Rutledge.
- Thanks to Mark Easter, Andy Driscoll, Gary Sudin, Mike Godfrey, Rick Sanford, Michael Kessell, Kelly McDonald, Ma & Pa Kessell.
- Special thanks to John, who never fails to give me happy thoughts.
- These recordings employed very little of the “modern technology” in their creation. Please pardon the crudeness.
- The songs on this tape/cd are culled from a strangely over-productive spate in my songwriting from 1988 to 1993.  They were recorded with a wide variety of equipment, objectives and frames of mind; which may explain some things. They are definitely not polished.  This collection is an attempt to summarize some of the more ‘pop’ excursions of the period.  There are more to be excavated and hopefully more to be written as I have time. We’ll see... Enjoy.

- Thanks for listening. G.K. 10/95

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