Caller Number 9

by Chris Shepard

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The 1st full-length "album" by Chris Shepard - originally available only on cassette.

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released October 14, 1997

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Chris Shepard Roanoke, Virginia

"Chris Shepard ... an uncompromising original artist with a unique, darkly comic vision. He is also able to write affecting lyrics and memorable melodies in conventional song format. As a performer, he has a powerful and rhythmic guitar technique, and sings with exceptional strength and range. He deserves widespread recognition."

Randy Walker, Roanoke Times
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Track Name: Do What You Say
As good as can be expected, pretty hectic
I'm right in the middle of it
As soon as things start rollin'
We'll be rockin'
And this time I mean it

Who loves ya' baby?
Stick around and maybe I'll free up some time
Star light, star bright
You're half my star tonight
Boy, make damn sure you shine

How can you hate me if you love me
Pull me up close so you can shove me
Keep me down low so you can love me?
Do what you say, you're all talk
How can tell me with a straight face
All of my time's not a complete waste?
I'm in the right time but the wrong place
Do what you say, you're all talk

You know you excite me
I'm your number one fan
You're my comic book hero
You're the New Rock and Roll Messiah

Bloodsucking liar...two-faced pariah

I love your brave new sound
Power pop, angst-driven rock, acoustic underground
Gotta go, I've got to take this call
Keep doing what you're doing
You're glory-bound
Track Name: Private Hell
Anniversary baby
Take your curse off me, baby
And it hurts me forever
For our time spent together

Part of you and me floatin' on down the river
And the river, she's on fire

I've got a tale to tell
I'm living in her private hell...

Anniversary baby
Take your curse off me, baby
Calendar to remind me
It's your ghost that's behind me

Part of you and me burned up toward the sky
It's your pain that shows in my eyes

I've got a tale to tell
I'm living in her private hell...

Anniversary baby
Take your hurt off me, baby
Constant cold wind blowing
Only you and me knowing

Part of you and me floatin' on down the river
And the river, she's on fire

I've got a tale to tell
I'm living in her private hell...
Track Name: Aspartame
Got something coursing through my veins
I've got a feeling in my bones
Got something tapping on my shoulder
I've started feeling all alone

Every time I feel I'm missing out
Every time I feel like I won't do
Every time I don't hear "I Love You"

I get angry...

Got something eating at my brain
My scars control my life today
I'm seeing red and looking worse
Don't want to hear what you're gonna say

Every time I feel you're drifting off
Every time you tell me what you want
Every time the past comes back to haunt me

I get angry...

Something has cursed me from within
Your integrity is on the stand
Something has made me feel unstable
My blood won't help me understand

Every time I stand outside the door
Every time you turn out all the lights
Every time you tell me I'm not right

I get angry...
Track Name: Landmine
Let me whisper in your eyes
Before everyone gets here
Lay down low and out of sight
Don't think too much how this appears

I've got everything he wants
Big words for such a tiny man
It all gets right back to me
Look around before you speak, man
Watch your step...

'Cause I'm a landmine...

Let me whisper in your eyes
Unzip your ribcage and crawl inside
A nice safe place for me to hide
From the pounding rain of lies

I am everything he's not
He's bluffing, I've seen his hand
Know who you talk to when you talk
You're barking up the wrong tree, man
Watch your step...

'Cause I'm a landmine...

Brush his eyes out of your hair
Take that grain of salt and run
Brush your hair out of your eyes
And send a signal to your only one

Let me whisper in your eyes
So you can see what I'm trying to say
He's on the prowl, and talk is cheap
Indiscretion is his only way
Watch your step...

'Cause I'm a landmine......Antichrist
Track Name: The Plan
At my alter, I pay homage to myself
They say my ego's second only to my wealth
But listen to me
All I've told you are not lies
It's time to make the public
Take a closer look inside

I'm your plan of action
Your walking suicide
Just tell the people I have been crucified

This messiah business is
Easier than I had thought
Just take a look around
At what my good fortune has bought
But listen to me
All I've taught you are not lies
We'll own the world if we can
Pull the wool over their eyes

I'm your New World Order
Your Rock & Roll Messiah
Tell the people I have been crucified

It's such a great idea
I'm glad it crossed my mind
Tell the people I have been crucified

I'm your plan of action
Your walking suicide
Tell the people I have been crucified
Track Name: Don't Ask Me Why
A young girl unblemished throws a prayer to the sky
In form of a question: “Why do we have to die?”
The answer came floating on the wings of a tear
It said “Little angel, your answer waits here”

I know it hurts you inside...

But don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why...

It ran in the family and was practiced at home
She screamed bloody murder as she suffered alone
They pleaded her question as they lost their grip on life
And tears streamed down her face like the blood on her knife

I know it hurts you inside...

But don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why...

I stood on the corner of a world gone insane
I saw a red dragon laying eggs in her veins
She hunched in the darkness overshadowed by shame
And Saturday morning...
Her answer came.

I know it hurts you inside...

But don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why
Don’t ask me why...
Track Name: Down From The Sky
I’ve got a picture
I’ve got a sign
I’ll go the distance
I’ve got the time

Come down from Heaven
Into your room
Lovin’ the mistress
Bleeding the groom

I want it
I need it
I want you

I’ve got to
I’m gonna
Come down from the sky

Sift through the ashes
Find light and stone
Wait here for hours
Never go home

Buy me some buying
Sell me a soul
I’ll be there in seconds
Love on a roll

Fine tune my offer
Take where it stings
Backwards or forward
My favorite things

End every day
FaithHopeLove and Time
Bite off the darkness
I’ve seen the sign
Track Name: I'd Sell My Soul For You
I can’t explain the burning inside
I can’t convey to you the sorrow
I’ve got the truth wrapped up, it’s yours for the asking
The truth is hard to swallow

I say I’d sell my soul for you…I would
I swear I’d sell my soul to you…

I’ve seen it all before
It’s Love and sex and death and drugs
Faith and sex and hope and Love
Sex and crime, “Poor Me” and drugs
I wake up disappointed at my saturation
And find my dream’s been swept under the rug

I’m getting tired of the inconsistency
And the damn complacency
I’m getting tired of the double standard talk
And the standard double talk

Can’t pull the strings on anybody’s heart anyway
Desire’s such a strange two-way illusion
All I need is an intoxicating naked angel
To fly to me and calm all my confusion

I come off sounding like an eternal victim
But success is something I don’t understand
You’re so in Love with me, so sad you’ll never know it
There’s too much space between our hands

I’m getting tired of the inconsistency
And the damn complacency
I’m getting tired of the double standard talk
And the standard double talk

I’m getting tired of the immobility
Of the mass enslavery
I’m getting tired of the cool pretentious crowd
And they’re getting much too loud

I’m getting tired of the insincerity
And my insecurity
I’m getting tired of not knowing where to go
Come on, baby let me know