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Chris' lyrics paint a picture of a guy who's been there and back, and now he 's returned with a buzz to give you a piece of his mind. His cynical daggers make you wonder whether he's repenting or bragging. There are eloquent passages, soulful confessions and painful realizations, all sprinkled with wry comments like "you satisfy my need for hunger," and "let me whisper in your eyes - Ezra Waller

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released October 14, 2000

Chris Shepard - vocals, guitars, percussion
Robbie Sinclair - drums
Jeff Hofmann - bass (1,2,5,6,10,11)
Craig Garrett - bass (3,4,8,9)
Chuck Crush - bass (7)
Anastasia Mooney - add. vocals (3), flute (8)

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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."

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Track Name: Happy
I wanna lay down on the river
Float coast or roll, I wanna ride
I wanna ride out to the ocean
And hitch a ride home with the tide

I'm Happy...
What's wrong with that?

You satisfy my need for hunger
You satisfy me in my mind
You satisfy me from a distance
Just looking at you makes me high

I'm Happy... What's wrong with that?

Wide open eyes at the ocean
Wide open eyes...relax
Wide open eyes at your beauty
Wide open mind...

I'm Happy... What's wrong with that?
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: Wine
Met a girl, as fine as she could be
But everything I say sounds so cliché
So I just stare into her eyes
And let her talk…
Until her mouth gets dry
Then I wet it with some wine

On the bed, just inches from the floor
My head is wet with sweat
And still I’m begging her for more
She looks down at me so innocent
And whole-heartedly complies
I time travel trip upon absorption in her eyes

Cool me cool me cool me cool me
Baby take your time
Watch my thirst unravel
Watch my tongue unwind
Take me take me don’t mistake me
For the loving kind
But I’d do about anything
If you let me taste your wine

Lay me gently down and grind me to the floor
And use your heat to fill my sails
Until I’m washed up on your shore
And tell me lies…
Until I’m twice my size
And wet me with your wine

Cool me cool me cool me cool me
Baby take your time
Watch my thirst unravel
Watch my tongue unwind
Take me take me don’t mistake me
For the loving kind
But I’d do about anything
If you let me taste your wine

Through the night, I expand and don’t contract
My eyes affixed and mesmerized
By the arching of her back
She blows my mind so heavenly
With the elegance of lust
A skill on par with those the morning rays would turn to dust

Cool me cool me cool me cool me
Baby take your time
Watch my thirst unravel
Watch my tongue unwind
Take me take me don’t mistake me
For the loving kind
But I’d do about anything
If you let me taste your wine

Cool me cool me cool me cool me
Baby take your time
Watch my tongue unravel
Watch our legs entwine
Take me take me don’t mistake me
For the loving kind
But I’d do about anything
If you let me taste your wine
Track Name: Fucked
I'm hanging on the cross that you made for me
(I want to thank you. I've gotta thank you.)
The next time I see you, I should tell you
What a friend you've been
(I want to thank you. I want to thank you.)

You sold my defenses
Sold my defenses
Sold my defenses for lust
You sold my defenses
Sold my defenses
I'm stoned, blind, defenseless and lost

I'm hanging on your tree of deceit
I'm cold and cursed, stoned and bereaved
I've got this feeling you would not believe
But if you look in my eyes, they will talk to you
And they will tell you I'm fucked

It's too easy to hate the evil that you are
(God bless you. God bless you.)
The worst you can do is turn me to a superstar
(God'll get you. God'll get you.)

You sold my defenses
Sold my defenses
Sold my defenses for lust
You sold my defenses
Sold my defenses
You sold out my message of love

I'm hanging on your tree of deceit
I'm cold and cursed, stoned and bereaved
I've got this feeling you would not believe
But if you look in my eyes, they will talk to you
And they will tell you I'm fucked

You offer up my body and you martyr your soul
(Victory. . . Victory)
You won't know what you've done until my body is cold
(Victory. . . Victory)

I'm caught and dragged it seems for a thousand miles
Blood and sweat stings my eyes as my soul hits the skies
To the joy of your misplaced smiles

I'm hanging on your tree of deceit
I'm cold and cursed, stoned and bereaved
I've got this feeling you would not believe
But if you look in my eyes, they will talk to you
And they will tell you I'm fucked
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: 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: Mean People Suck
Woke up this morning from an incredible dream
Played some Bob Dylan, read some Kerouac
Jumped in my Volvo and smoked some cloves
Went down to the coffee shop for an hour or two
Got some vegetarian take-out and went back home

Groovy...

Kicked back and read the Mother Earth News
I can change the world if they can groove to my views
Fed my vegetarian dog. His name is Jerry Garcia
Put on some Indigo Girls and popped open a Zima

And all my girlfriend's causes become bumper-stickers
Take care of your brothers and your sisters
I want to be a lesbian folk rocker
'Cause men are pigs...
And Mean People Suck

We've got an open-minded, bongo
hackey-sack hemp community
Recycle freedom, all-natural poetry
I've got a world vision, but I don't know what to say
I'd better get crackin', only six weeks 'til Earth Day

And all my girlfriend's causes become bumper-stickers
Take care of your brothers and your sisters
I want to be a lesbian folk rocker
Peace Joy and Love...
And Mean People Suck

And all my girlfriend's causes become bumper-stickers
Take care of your Mother. Protect your sisters
I want to be a well-read lesbian folk singer
God is a woman...
(and oh yeah) Mean People Suck
Track Name: Electrosexual
Lover of fortune waits downstairs for me
She brings with her forces no human eyes can see
Sexual Chameleon, Lust’s Holy Grail
She goes from wet and tan to damp and pale

Boys, eat your heart out
Like she’ll do mine

She says...
I’m magical, I’m mystical
I’m Electrosexual
Your mystery is safe with me
So give it up, boy

Professional seductress
Body on loan
She moves in beside me just to make me feel alone
She pumps me for information
She pumps me full of lies
And when I’d kill or die for her
She says her hands are tied

And I can’t take the waiting anymore

She said
I’m magical, I’m mystical
I’m Electrosexual
Your history begins with me
So give it up, boy

I’m magical, I’m mystical
I’m Electrosexual
Your mystery is safe with me
So give it up, boy

Sweet deadly siren
Break my heart again
Sweet taste of poison
Break my heart again

Sex sells her poison
Lust gives her youth
She beds down the prophet to cover his truth
Eternal temptress
Injected inside
The crowd cheers her on as she sucks out my pride

Forgive me, I know not what I have done

She said
I’m magical, I’m mystical
I’m Electrosexual
Your history begins with me
So give it up, boy

I’m magical, I’m mystical
I’m Electrosexual
Your mystery is safe with me
So give it up, boy

Break my heart again
Break my heart again
Break my heart again
Track Name: How I'd Love To Love You
I see it in your eyes
The way you squint at my white hot sun
The emanation of your purity seeps into me
And fills my black hole

I'm up to my neck in reality
I'm on the inside of insanity

Oh, how I'd love to love you
Oh, do I dare?
Oh, how I'd love to have you
Take me anywhere

You subdue my disdain
And you help me sustain perfect clarity
Dropped down alone and apart
No matter who we think we are
We will always be

My eyes are scanning your skin
Addicted to a drug that comes from within

Oh, how I'd love to love you
Oh, do I dare?
Oh, how I'd love to have you
Take me anywhere
Oh, how I'd love to love you
I think I can
Oh, how I love to need you
Take me as I am

I've got a cancer on my soul, pitting the shallow pursuit of instant gratification against the side of me that loves, and if I could clean my wounds and lift my scars I could save myself and become one with you. But it becomes so easy to fall into temptation and baby, I sin so well. I've been looking for a kindred demon, a temptress, and lying to myself.

I'm swimming in the surreal
My soul's becoming unsealed
I'm living largely unfulfilled

Oh, how I'd love to love you...

How beautiful one looks when they're walking out the door
Track Name: Beautiful
My Daddy told me that he loved me tonight
My Mama tucked me in and she kissed me goodnight
I woke up free of pain in a colorful land
With everything I needed in the palm of my hand

I feel…Beautiful

I took my chances and I did it again
Opened the doors of my mind and went in
Heard her say “I Love You” and it felt so real
Got her head on my shoulders and there’s no one in sight

I feel…Beautiful

Creatures of the Earth and the angels rejoice
All speak as one with an inaudible voice
Come with me, baby to a land of no death
Kiss me forever, let me share your breath

Parted with myself at the top of the stairs
Said “If I don’t come back, don’t cry, take care”
Fell back to Earth by the rainbow light
My Grandma tucked me in and she kissed me goodnight

I feel…Beautiful