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by Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys

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Some samples from the immeasurably deep Oxford Boys catalog. You'll probably have to do some volume adjustment between songs.

These were recorded here and there, from gen x to this one, for pop fans wherever they are.

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released December 29, 2008

words/music: C. Zak (except where noted)

i did not take that pic, obv.

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Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys Cherry Hill, New Jersey

neo-prog-merseybeat for the people.

music and lyrics by bristol, pennsylvania's currently-in-exile chuck zak, except where noted.

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Track Name: $6000
$6000 is a long time
it'll hit you later at the wrong time
$6000 is a thorn that's digging into your brain
it came out of nowhere
and was gone again

I imagine the things I could do
with no limits on my resources
I'd shame those corrupting forces
by staying simple and true
undeterred by the millions of choices
until awoken by voices
and the voice says

$6000 is a good time
it was over in such a short time
$6000 was just one step on a longer journey
a journey that ended
two steps in

and I can't guarantee
the next time will be a different story
but there won't be a next time

$6000
Track Name: the design
the education of a gray afternoon
it came upon a cold and crystaline moon
I never thought to ask whose breath
was in the balloon
I just assumed...

And everywhere was a puzzling sign
obscure expressions on the face of the design
I'm thinking back before I knew
that someone was lying

before I knew
I didn't know
in any event I'd have lost my soul
if I had waited to find
you can leave the design
but you'll never get home

it's been a long time with the stars in decline
and it means a little more right now
to find a place in the design
I'm thinking back before I knew
that someone was lying
before I knew
Track Name: she will survive
i'm about to be immortalized
my limbs will seize
cast away like a leaf on the tide
but she will survive
she'll be around for those better days
that i cannot provide

i was dumb i guess
i took her love, i left a mess
don't be surprised if i just curl up and die
but she will survive
she'll be around for those better days
that i cannot provide
Track Name: the great living ocean
- lyrics adapted from 'by the shore' by edward carpenter
(1844-1929)

all night by the shore the obscure water
the long white lines of advancing foam, the rustle

i am a bit of the shore
the waves feed upon me
i am not sure anymore
is it pain or joy?
i do not know - my sense numbs

i am a bit of the shore
the waves feed upon me, the desire is over
i am the great living ocean itself
i be everywhere

all night by the ever-beautiful coast-line
take thread from the fingers go on with the work
of all and mine
Track Name: orion (and the lion)
A long road, an empty road
lead us back into the summer
when we made peace with the natives
and drank what they gave us
and they showed us orion
and the lion
so we made peace with the natives
and drank what they gave us

I learned about humility
at the feet of a famous teacher
he led by example
snuffed out my candle
lest the light keep shining
and blind the lion

so we made peace
for a little while at least
briefly released from all our cares

and we climbed trees
clouds parted like the seas
as the lion breathes the midnight air

It's been a long time tryin'
to find that lion
Track Name: danse russe
lyrics adapted/cribbed from "dance russe" by william carlos williams c. 1917

I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!

If I when my wife is sleeping...
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,--
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly...
"I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!"
Track Name: the sybilline
lonely nights are returning
turning into a bad dream
I'm coming face to face
with the sybilline

I'm free of supervision
but I gotta work for my ice cream
I keep the topping hot
in case the sybilline...

the sybilline is so silly really
she's a figment of my mind
when I'm not thinking clearly
she's what I find
and if you want her to smile then she'll smile
but if you just wanna lover for a little while
before you face forever
so you'll face forever and soar
she just can't say for sure

lonely nights are returning
I gotta learn what the signs mean
so I can speak in code
just like the sybilline

lonely nights are returning
unlike the sybilline
so say...
return...
Track Name: beloved cub
no awe, no wonder
just a sense of dim dumb and dumber
cruel detachment
I'll never know where Alice and the rabbit went

Sure there's a sunny side
while I've been alive
it's taken over mine

tied to the tree outside
a flyer says it's alright

trouble came all buttered up
warm like some beloved cub
spilt like urine in a cup
filled like magic from above
no more sir for me i've had enough
Track Name: (the) fat man's ghost
out in the storm
look for a place to stay
anywhere warm
the other way

taken inside
compliments to the host
gracious and wide
the fat man's ghost

tell me your name
did a siren seduce your ear?
when you first came
who was here?

here lies his heart
here's where his hands would play
here we'll be home
Track Name: getaway day
four in the morning
nowhere to go
and it's quiet
on the street below
a flicker
in the window
at four in the morning

and my getaway day is here
gonna getaway free and clear
but not without one more warning

why you do what you do
I don't even want to know
where you go when you go
I don't ever want to go

It's four in the morning
I'm wide awake
in the first throes
of a bellyache
no more red wine
with my cornflakes
at four in the morning

and my getaway day is now
gonna getaway from this house
where I'm a monkey performing

four in the morning
no mystery
is a match for
so much clarity
but it won't last
soon it won't be
four in the morning