Flower Plower

by Poster Children

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1.
I gotta get me a gun, guns make everything right The right is all we have left, the left is turning us red I tear out all of my walls, walls can hold hidden wires Wires that tap all my thoughts, thoughts that tell me there is... Danger, dangerous life, dangerous life... People are made of stares, stairs that I cannot climb I climb back into my hole, the whole world's losing their mind I can't be seen on the street, how did you find out my name? I gotta get me a gun, guns protect me from the... Danger, dangerous life, dangerous life I lead a dangerous life
2.
02:38
Do you feel a little strange, strangers often feel that way Time to make a couple new friends, tie the knot a couple loose ends Do you find that everything hurts, the pain is sharp and getting worse Do you find it hard to relax, hard to think and keep on track Do you wanna, do you wanna, do you wanna stay? Do you feel a little strange, strangers often feel that way Now that you've got all that you want, better hope that all is enough, Do you wanna, Do you wanna, do you wanna stay?
3.
03:50
I can't seem to kill myself I can't seem to get anything done Can't get anything done I've got to much time to think My mind has always got Something to think about Something to think about Give me a week another week to get it right Get it working No time to cheat, cheat complete I'll get it straight, nothing's working When I'm asleep I am awake When I wake up, this is when I start to dream This is all a dream I don't want to go outside Inside's enough to keep me occupied Gotta keep occupied No time to cheat, cheat complete I'll get it right, get it working, Give me a week another week I'll get it right, get it working Get it done tomorrow, get it done today Even it it takes my life I'll get it done today, Get it done tomorrow, get it done today, Even it it takes all year I'll get it done today Well I can't seem to kill myself I can't seem to get anything done, can't get anything done No time to cheat, cheat complete I'll get it right, get it working, Give me a week another week I'll get it straight, get it working And this life will outlive me
4.
02:54
I see the world through open eyes and every eye's on me I see a world years from now, and everyone will pay I I have to speak, defend myself, everyone must know Actions speak for themselves, possession is the law I I'll take your life, I'll take your name, I'll never take the blame I see the world through open eyes and every eye's on me I
5.
01:39
Hollywood U.S.A. place your dreams and watch them fade away Marilyn, Baby Jane once they're here, they'll never be the same We'll give you forever just trade in whatever Hollywood USA place to dream place to stay Hollywood USA never been a bit like yesterday Rodeo is a rodeo, the cowgirl say, take the cowboy home Take him home, take him home It's all lies in my eyes each time I get fooled by Hollywood USA place of dreams place to stay Hollywood USA never been a bit like yesterday
6.
02:32
They're all hanging in museums everybody wants to see them, yeah Modern art and modern artists, modern means there is no difference Maybe I'm Louis Wain painting cats and half insane First there was Marilyn Monroe then she was Andy Warhol People hated Vinnie Van Gogh, changed his name to Picasso Maybe I'm the great DaVinci or perhaps the Mona Lisa Maybe I'm George Seurat speaking French and painting dots Everybody wants their fifteen, I just want to be a machine Dada and MOMA married their only child's monetary Salvador Dali Lama Hari Hari Rama Rama Maybe I'm Louis Wain painting cats and half insane Maybe I'm the great DaVinci or perhaps the Mona Lisa
7.
03:11
We are the evidence here This is the light at the end of the tunnel There are dried flowers and plastic flowers Telephone numbers and maiden names It starts with two And it ends with one The cycle repeats in well-formed rows The cycle repeats, repeats, repeats Your personality, her personality It's inside of me, it's a part of me Your personality, it's infected me Take it away and there's nothing left to be What is wrong with us Is what's wrong with our parents Is what's wrong with our parent's parent's parents Your personality, her personality It's inside of me, it's a part of me Your personality, it's infected me Take it away and there's nothing left to be Nothing left but this but this disease We are the evidence here I see it in the mirror There too many g-damn reruns reruns reruns A mistake one hundred years ago lives inside my mind Takes apart the images of the past and passes through The degenerations and generations of the evidence We are the evidence We are the evidence of love
8.
03:32
She walks on hollow ground I will echo every step She walks on open hearts I will follow every step Two eyes overflowing Two eyes overwhelming The way that I feel She weaves a modern life What is old now is new She weaves with every thought Every thought I never had Two eyes overflowing Two eyes overwhelming The way that I feel No one receiving, no way of sleeping nightly No one receiving, no one is dreaming nightly She talks without a sound And now she's gone Two eyes overflowing Two eyes overwhelming The way that I feel
9.
Every image she's ever had Every moment she's ever lived We were watching The room is filled with all her thoughts They stain the carpet, they stain the walls I saw everything 10,000 pieces of her life There are no edits, there are no cuts The film is short, just one shot And we were watching Every frame flickers past Every frame holds the past And I was watching 10,000 pieces of her life 10,000 people in her life Room is filled with all her thoughts They stain the carpet and stain the walls And I was watching Every image she ever had Every moment she ever lived And we were watching
10.
03:15
I've got a question I've got a question in my mind I have a question I have a question in my mind I have a function I have one function in my life I have a function What is the function of my life? Black light, white noise I've got a question I've got a function in my life I have a function My function is the question here Black light, white noise He sits and stares, he looks at me He judges all, the light and depth(?)
11.
My hair gets longer every day I don't talk to you Reading books won't help, I don't know what to do I tie my ties so much tighter since I saw you I polished up my teeth, I polished up my shoes It's just a matter of time before you notice me It's just a matter of time before you fall in love with me The shadows stretch out of shape as each day goes by The shadow of my self gets longer in time I got a story that I want to tell to you I keep on talking but nothing comes out It's just a matter of time before you talk to me It's just a matter of time before you notice me We'll be in love, the stars above, the birds will sing, I'll give you a ring My hair gets longer every day I won't talk to you Reading books won't help, I don't know what to do I got a story that I want to tell to you I keep on talking but nothing comes out It's just a matter of time before you notice me It's just a matter of time before you talk to me
12.
Detective Tracy is the dragon lady's man Detective Tracy plays catch you if I can He knows when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake He knows when you're playing, when you're playing with yourself Detective Tracy's got the big red book Detective Tracy only needs 10 rules He thinks he is better but he sleeps as late as me He is always praying, always praying with himself Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost, God save all your souls from this unholy coax Detective Tracy's checking all the doors Detective Tracy, he is a holy war He is always checking, checking on the given law Someday I hope to catch him, catch him praying to himself Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost I will testify, there is truth in fire.
13.
02:13
Waiting for a solution, I could wait for 20 years Sitting here in solution for just another year I don't know if I can take it anymore I don't know why I say that anymore Days are years and the years seem to turn into a day Have another, stay a while, have a drink and have a stay Hit me once, hit me once and twice again Hit me once, hit me until I feel... I heard someone say, this is my heartache I heard someone speak, yeah this is my life Simple thoughts are easy, what you want is what you need Problem is these thoughts are never the thoughts that you need Hit me once, hit me once and twice again Hit me once, hit me until I feel a Little better, little bitter, little better I heard someone say, this is my heartache I heard someone speak, yeah this is my life Life, death, life, death.
14.
Jeremy Straight is starting to hate the system he supports His support systems are breaking down to take a natural course His security in insecurity has played out on the market He has sold off all his assets and failed to make a profit Ride the train, Meet the bus, Jeremy Ride the secretary, meet the boss Jeremy Straight is starting to hate the life that he was led to lead He has come to realize he doesn't care about anything He wants to heal all the broken hearts he's made to bleed But he doesn't have the time to operate and succeed
15.
03:36
Drifting through this summer day, looking for a place to stay That's within the proper range for the way I feel today Feeling sorry for myself doesn't work, it used to help Am I better, it's hard to tell I wish I knew how I felt Claiming that my life is fine is just another empty line I seem to say it all the time still I'm not convinced in my mind, For 2 years I've tried to hide all the fears I've had inside So shot up I almost cry when faced with life, my lie I'm finally walking in the sun waiting for the rain to come There was no reason for me to run, waiting for the rain to come to come.

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released December 1, 1989

Tracks 01-04 Recorded in the summer of 1989 by Steve Albini in the basement. Tracks 05-15 Recorded in the summer of 1988 by Iain Burgess at Chicago Recording Company.

Rick: Guitar and Vocals.
Rose: Bass and Vocals.
Brendan: Drums (01-04).
Shannon: Drums (05-15).

Released on Limited Potential Records 1989.
Re-released on Frontier Records 1991.
Re-re-released on Twelve Inch Records 1999.

Thank you to Chris for doing everything, Mike P. for doing everything else, Iain for putting up with us, Steve for the bratwurst and advice, and Andy for being our roommate. Also, thanks to bad flannel, The Bishops, The Hollowmen, Full Fathom Five, Lonely Trailer, The Bowery Boys, Bad Toad, Sound Seen, No Cover, Rick Didjit, Rick R., Ellen, Barry, Ward, Tom, Software, Math Modeling, Hardware, Paul L., our parents and families, everyone who let us sleep on their floor, everyone we forgot, and, of course, you.

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Poster Children Champaign, Illinois

Poster Children was formed in 1987 by Rick Valentin (guitar, vocals) and Rose Marshack (bass, vocals). Jim Valentin joined on guitar in 1991 and Matt Friscia (drummer #7) joined in 2001. Known for a strong DIY ethic and relentless touring, the band has released ten albums, eleven videos, and a DVD and were pioneers in the use of the web, blogs, podcasts and enhanced CDs for promoting their music. ... more

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