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by Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys

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1.
$6000 02:34
$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
2.
the design 02:33
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
danse russe 02:39
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!"
6.
- 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
7.
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...
8.
beloved cub 02:20
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
9.
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
10.
getaway day 03:33
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

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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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