Gentlefication Now!

by The Smittens

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A lime, a purple, a pink will she swim or will she sink a pound puppy paddle a shake and a rattle uh-huh! there's an automatic wave machine a robotic, melodic dream burst of yellow flowers a lemon drop shower uh-huh! 'cos I'm trapped in a 1980's movie scene watching the images on the screen of this aquavescent bubblegum scene aquavescent bubblegum scene birds chirping over my head I hope we're gonna end up in bed yeah, the thunder's getting louder in this picture page hour uh-huh! it's that sweet, sweet valley high a Peppermint Patty sigh tomorrow can't get better in your candy striped sweater na-ah! 'cos I'm trapped in a 1980's movie scene watching the images on the screen of this aquavescent bubblegum scene aquavescent bubblegum scene people moving faster here comes the disaster: life is but a dream life is but a dream life is but a dream life is but a dream life is but a dream life is but a dream life is but a dream
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We woke up in the morning to a hazy sky- I never wanted it to be over drinking day old coffee you told me that you wanted to die I only meant to hold you closer by the afternoon when the rain set in I was thinking of another maybe it was better just being friends- you insisted that we be lovers and I couldnt believe you were so pretty, we used to walk down the street to the same beat, blooming like spring in the city, we were wild for a while I was only being made becasue you made me- crazy to think of all your lies Summertime came you and I were just obligatory- your vacant stare, my dying eyes why does it always have to end this way- I've got a crush on a boy from Memphis its the same old tracks day after day- said goodbye well i never meant this and I couldnt believe you were so pretty, we used to walk down the street to the same beat, blooming like spring in the city, we were wild for a while for a while we were wild we were wild for a while
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I spy, with my little eye an out-of-focus girl who's about to cry I'll buy her a beer or two that she can cry into she says: "isn't it ironic? all you want is gin and platonic" relationships I never wanted relationships I have avoided gin and platonic never gets me down relationships I never wanted relationships I have avoided gin and platonic never lets me down I spy with my little eye a tiny crooked smile as she's about to sigh she'll buy me a beer or two that I can cry into she says: "isn't it ironic? all you want is gin and platonic" relationships I never wanted relationships I have avoided gin and platonic never lets me down relationships I never wanted relationships I have avoided gin and platonic never lets me down relationships he never wanted relationships he has have avoided gin and platonic never lets me down
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Look out my winter window and watch the snow a-blowin' I guess we're never going anywhere the ice build up in the driveway but there's no chance for a snow day it's around this time each year I'm sure that I hate, I hate Vermont there's no good record stores and no good bookstores fifty-five frat bars and one crappy gay bar no all night diners and one crappy gay bar why don't good bands ever come to play? where are they? I'm so fed up with hemp adornments people blathering about star signs can't they see how ugly dreadlocks are? I'm so tired of wool socks with birkenstocks I'm sick of all the yuppies in fleece hats if I walk down Church Street one more time, I'll die she's gonna die hey! let's move to Portland or Portland! at least we'd find an all-night diner where we can sit smoking cigarrettes til dawn and watch the sun come up but we're trapped in, trapped in Vermont can't get out trapped in.trapped in Vermont 'cos we're snowed in go on, take it back you can have it all go on, take it back you can have it all go on, take it back you can have it all
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La-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! White hat boys keep a-walkin' by I want my neighborhood to "gentle-fy" gotta teach these white hat boys to cry tell me now what you think about that Holly's getting a muscle here we think it's from lifting beer she claims it's from hitting the snare tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! Colin's new album is really long his new material's really strong and if he swears, don't tell his mom tell me now what you think about that! White hat boys in the neighborhood Gentlefication could do some good We Smittens, we've done all we could tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that! la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la tell me now what you think about that!
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02:29
I remember that Summer day it was a sunny day you had a stunning way about you I watched you from across the way a girl who made everything so gay a Summer spent playing in the park licking ice cream cones sending flirty Crayola notes back and forth sing songs and kissin' thru the night a three year magic carpet ride I'm swinging in the trees she's flying with the breeze buzzing like the bees in honey my honey! I'm singing this melody you've got me swinging openly I'm down on bended knee, metaphorically, over you over you, my girl over you, my girl over you I remember that Summer day it was a sunny day you had a stunning way about you I watched you from across the way a girl who made everything so gay a Summer spent playing in the park licking ice cream cones sending flirty crayola notes back and forth sing songs and kissin' thru the night a three year magic carpet ride
7.
We went to the back room there you talked about Cordouroy the Bear we were five minus three it was just you and me we were five minus three it was just you and me you blew bubbles in your hand I told everyone "we're in a band" you blew bubbles in your hand I told everyone "we're in a band!" we were five minus three it was just you and me we were five minus three it was just you and me we went to the back room there you talked about Cordouroy the Bear you blew bubbles in your hand I told everyone "we're in a band!" we were five minus three it was just you and me we were five minus three it was just you and me
8.
You told me you'd never kissed a boy before why does everybody have a crush on my girlfriend? said you didn't even know what a boys lips were for when is this madness going to end? then I heard about you two on the dance floor yeah, I see the way you're making eyes at my girlfriend I won't be kissing those lips anymore oh my god, don't even try to pretend so I used you for awhile last Summer just to relate to a pop song you said you didn't care whatsoever as long as the whole thing didn't last too long well, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love yeah, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love you told me you had never kissed a girl before why does everybody have a crush on my boyfriend? said you didn't even know what a girl's lips were for when is this madness going to end? then I saw you and her on the dance floor cos yeah, I see the way you're making eyes at my boyfriend I won't be kissing your lips anymore oh my god, don't even try to pretend yeah, I used you for awhile last Summer just to relate to a pop song you said you didn't care whatsoever as long as the whole thing didn't last too long well, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love yeah, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love well, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love yeah, we're doomed, bourgeois, and in love I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love
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01:18
God bless your little cotton socks my favorite thing you wear better than that fucking sweater or the way you part your hair it doesn't really matter to me I'll always look better than you no matter what you do I'll always look better than you I'll always look better God bless your little cotton socks my favorite thing you wear
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Momus, where are you? I fear we're drifting apart I put you in a box next to the Secret Stars and now it's breaking my heart maroon cordouroy pants the way we used to dance! Seagull, my music maker how I long to feel your grooves instead, you're oceans away and I'm daydreaming a day when I can play with you a dive diner romance just give me one more chance maroon cordouroy pants the way we used to dance! I want a snowflake on the tip of my tongue make me an ice palace escape from the sun let's have a dance party in the living room cowboy hats and purple boas dress up impromptu sale through garages and barns all acroos the land to find the cutest outfits for our five-piece band we'll get lost in the dark under dimly lit stars or drink cheap wine on the porch because we don't do the bars don't do the bars Parker Posey at a glance yeah, a pop culture trance a dive diner romance just give me one more chance so fly me home where I won't be alone got my reasons to go: to see my mom and dad and the friends I had and my lovelorn stereo!
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03:51
I don't have anything right now Dana Kaplan took the wheel headed north across the border with the birthday boy in tow everyone made songs for Dave we got in the car and played the tape Holly had to work that day we drove three hours in a car on the way to Coupe Bizarre drink sangria from a plastic cup now my friends have cool haircuts drink sangria from a plastic cup now my friends have new haircuts and I love my mom so much I'll give my little pony a perfect haircut everytime I don't have anything right now Dana Kaplan took the wheel headed north across the border with the birthday boy in tow everyone made songs for Dave we got in the car and played the tape Holly had to work that day we drove three hours in a car on the way to Coupe Bizarre drink sangria from a plastic cup now my friends have cool haircuts drink sangria from a plastic cup now my friends have new haircuts and I love my mom so much I'll give my little pony a perfect haircut everytime everytime everytime everytime
13.
Shucked corn in Kansas dealt cards in a Vegas casino just to get away just to get away broke bread in boxcars shared beds with boys I never even tried to love never even tried to love together we'll form a pop band and all across the world brothers and sisters will join hands and we'll be free for a minute just for a minute let's dance! let's dance what's the point of singing what's the point of rockin' out when the bombs are all about to fall? 'cos it's Imperial Pleather to shove more crap down everybody else's throats or maybe it's inevitable together we'll form a pop band and all across the world brothers and sisters will join hands and we'll be free for a minute just for a minute let's dance! let's dance bought porn in Kansas lost a bundle at a Vegas casino just to get away from that which is called real life played shows in boxcars got head from boys I never even tried to love don't think we'll ever settle the score together we'll form a pop band and march across the world brothers and sisters will join hands and we'll be free for a minute just for a minute let's dance! let's dance you think it's easy but you couldn't find a way we turn it over but you've got nothing to say we keep it simple, but you miss out anyway we keep it simple but you couldn't find a way we turned it over still you had nothing to say we make it easy, but you'll miss out anyway while the bombs fall down
14.
Would you cry if I die that's how I know if you love me, baby would you go if I let you stay if I kept you, baby would you devote your life to me swim across the deep blue sea? I'm so scared all the time that I'll lose you, baby I'm ashamed at how much I could use you, baby when the writing's on the wall I wonder if you'll call if you feel it inside just say so and don't lie to me, baby would you cry if I die that's how I know if you love me, baby

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"A homespun recipe of primitive naiveté, goodtime sixties sing-alongs and eighties pop, Gentlefication Now! is a not-so-subtle reminder that 'Being nice is a political act.'... The way they sing it, brother, it sounds like a little revolution. " - splendid magazine

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released September 3, 2003

All Songs by the Smittens.
The Smittens are Max, Colin, Dana, Holly and David.
Recorded at Danger Studios By David Zacharis
Mixed by Steven Williams
Mastered by Jason Routhier

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Doomed, Lo-fi & in Love

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