Pentapus

by Spiff Wiegand

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released 19 May 2015

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Track Name: Living in a Penthouse
Girl I love lives on the farm
Two strong legs, just one arm
Won't do chores but sure can eat
Fork and spoon held with her feet

I got no money, got no job
I barely feed the hogs their slop
Hunting through the henhouse bottom to the top
Praying for that egg to drop

Gonna move to town, move to the city
I hear that the girls are pretty
Live life without a care a thousand feet up in the air
Smack dab in the middle of town
Living in a penthouse never touch ground, won't touch ground
Living in a penthouse can't touch ground

Ten miles out, ten miles back
Just to till the 'tater patch
I'm so tired when I get home
All I do is sit and moan

Got no time to get bored
Got too many goddamn chores
Only time when I sit down
Is when I milk the goddamn cow

Gonna move to town, move to the city
I hear that the girls are pretty
Live life without a care a thousand feet up in the air
Smack dab in the middle of town
Living in a penthouse never touch ground, won't touch ground
Living in a penthouse can't touch ground

Late at night, nothing to do
Play the banjo, tap my shoe
Only thing to do is sit
Rock my chair, chew and spit

I'm so tired when I get home
All I do is sit and moan
Things get tougher every day
If I don't leave I'll die this way

Gonna move to town, move to the city
I hear that the girls are pretty
Live life without a care a thousand feet up in the air
Smack dab in the middle of town
Living in a penthouse never touch ground, won't touch ground
Living in a penthouse can't touch ground

Smack dab in the middle of town
Living in a penthouse never touch ground
Living in a penthouse can't touch ground
Track Name: Little House, Quiet House
Little house, quiet house
Drooping eyes and a sagging chin
Chilly breeze through the leafless trees
A quilt tucked up where my smile begins

Ticking grampa clock that dulls me
Heart strings pluck a tune that lulls me
Belly fed I climb in bed
Happy as sin

Dishes wait from the food we ate
A mellow mood from the apple wine
I'm a snug little bug
But I'll wake like a butterfly

Water from the faucet dripping
out of sync with grampa's ticking
The cat wants fed but I'm in bed
So some other time

Throw away half a day

All those things to do will keep
Breathe in slow and breathe in deep
Curl up tight and get some sleep

All those things to do will keep
Breathe in slow and breathe in deep
Curl up tight and get some sleep

Curl up tight and get some sleep
Track Name: Hey (Did You Hear)
Hey, did you hear that I died?
Hey, did you hear that I died, old chum?
It was terrible

I saw it coming like a second before
From then until it happened, well I've never lived more
Then the pain came

Songs and books and how I killed that bird
Ketchup and sex and my first dirty word
Moving in, moving out and along with the herd

Then I bleat like a sheep on the slaughterhouse floor
And I winced when I realized I couldn't be alive anymore

Did you hear that I died?
Hey, did you hear that I died, old chum?
It was terrible

I saw it coming like a second before
From then until it happened, well I've never lived more
Then the pain came

So many girls who were out of my reach
Chocolate and dogs and one perfect peach
Learning good, learning wrong and doing a little bit of each

I cried out like a child that no one protects
Might have died with a smile
but was worrying about what comes next

Hey, did you hear that I died?
Hey, did you hear that I died?
Did you hear that I died?
Did you hear that I died?
Did you hear that I died?
Track Name: Bright Ideas
Beetle in the driveway
I dare you to release the brake
I am three years old
Rolling right down the street

Celebration time
Light a sparkler in the kitchen
I won't catch the toss
Blame our brother for the burn mark

Little girl with your bright ideas
Don't listen to a word they say
Little girl with your bright ideas
Keep 'em coming anyway

You won't do your chores
So take my teddy bear in your hands
He sings a song so sad
Until I do the dishes for you

Little girl with your bright ideas
Don't listen to a word they say
Little girl with your bright ideas
Keep 'em coming anyway

Try to build a boat
But will it take the weight?
Little brother can't swim
Just push him out

Little girl with your bright ideas
Don't listen to a thing they say
Little girl with your bright ideas
I love you anyway
Track Name: Pretty Please
You're a double scoop, I'm a cherry pie
You're a double scoop, I'm a cherry pie
Get to know me
A la mode me please

You're a lemon drop, I'm a sweet tooth
You're a lemon drop, I'm a sweet tooth
Sugar treat me
Cavity me please

Pretty please with sugar on top
You're teasing me so but don't ever stop
Shaking me up like I'm soda pop oh girl

You're a hotcake, I'm the maple syrup
You're a hotcake, I'm the maple syrup
Let me coat you
Sticky soak you please

Pretty please, pretty please
Pretty please

with sugar on top
You're teasing me so but don't ever stop
Shaking me up like I'm soda pop oh girl

Pretty please with sugar on top
Mmmmm, don't ever stop
Let me be your soda pop

Pretty please, pretty please
Pretty please
Track Name: It's Okay
It's okay that you don't want to kiss me anymore
I've been through this before
I was nearly out the door anyway
And I don't need to stretch out this goodbye
But if you want to cry then that's okay

And it's alright that you want me to give you back your key
It's not like you and me were for eternity
But please don't fight
I'd rather that you give me one more smile
And store me in your file of what's alright

Years from now we'll wonder at what could've been
Imagine that we should've been much more than we could be
I wish I had the answers now we'll never know
Imagine how are hearts could grow if they had chemistry
Or tenacity

So fare the well, it's hard sometimes to have it come to this
Never more to kiss that's one thing I'll miss
And gee it's swell
that for a little while we had fun
But now it's time to run so fare the well

Years from now we'll wonder at what could've been
Imagine that we should've been much more than we could be
I wish I had the answers now we'll never know
Imagine how are hearts could grow if they had chemistry
Or tenacity

It's okay that you don't want to kiss me anymore
I've been through this before
I was nearly out the door anyway
And I don't need to stretch out this goodbye
But if you want to cry then that's okay

Sometimes we need to cry and that's okay
I think that I might cry is that okay?
Track Name: What Good Is My Body
What good is my body if you're not around?
What purpose worth having, mundane or profound?
I've tried standing up but I keep falling down
What good is my body if you're not around?

My heart isn't pumping, it don't make a sound
When it ought to be thumping as we paint the town
And my legs should be dancing as you twirl in a gown
What good is my body if you're not around?

I can't run my hands down the ridge of your hips
I can't bend my neck to savor your lips
I can't move a muscle to pull you in tight
You've been gone so long that nothing works right

Well we made a good team but now I'm the clown
Who warms up the bench while you run around
And I'd put up a fight but I'd lose the first round
What good is my body if you're not around?
What good is my body if you're not around?

I can't run my hands down the ridge of your hips
I can't bend my neck to savor your lips
I can't move a muscle to pull you in tight
You've been gone so long that nothing works right

So I'll be asleep till the sun goes down
And probably still sleeping when it comes back around
'Cause I can't see one reason to get off the ground
What good is my body if you're not around?
What good is my body if you're not around?
What good is my body if you're not around?
Track Name: Sick & Tired of These Blues
I dropped a ladder in your heart and lowered myself down
Took some measurements in ink to file them in town
But my complaints were never heard 'cause you could not be found
And so I finally gave up on ever settling down

And if you're gonna take my time, give me something that I can use
And if you're gonna take my life, give me one last wish to choose
But if you wanna take my heart, then lie to me with the truth
'Cause I'm sick and tired of these blues

You know you left a little spot in the middle of my bed
And a divot at the top where you used to lay your head
So I thought I'd write a book out of all those things you said
But I finally gave up - it was too long to be read

And if you're gonna take my time, give me something that I can use
And if you're gonna take my life, give me one last wish to choose
But if you're gonna take my heart, then lie to me with the truth
'Cause I'm sick and tired of these blues

You fight back everything you think you shouldn't mention
And grip your fists around the keys to comprehension
'Cause you don't wanna see me stung you keep your masterpiece unsung
But I can see it coiled right there on your tongue

And if you're gonna take my time, give me something that I can use
And if you're gonna take my life, give me one last wish to choose
But if you're gonna take my heart, then lie to me with the truth
'Cause I'm sick and tired of these blues

I let your bird out of its cage and it flew out the door
While I read each crusty page that was lining its cage floor
All your poems, verse, and songs that I'd never heard before
And I was glad your bird had flown - I couldn't listen anymore
Track Name: Up the Hill
Walking up the hill today I never wanted love to stay
Up the hill today was letting go of love
If I go a separate way I'll never live it down no never
Up the hill today was letting go of love

Look at all the tiny houses, tiny little lives
Tiny little voices rising so high
Guess I gotta make my choices
Every single one staring back at me just like a shotgun

Walking up the hill today I never wanted love to stay
Up the hill today was letting go of love
If I go a separate way I'll never live it down no never
Up the hill today was letting go, letting go of love

Look at all the tiny houses, tiny little lives
Tiny little voices rising so high
Guess I gotta take my choices
Every single one staring back at me just like a shotgun
Like a cocked one

Walking up the hill today I never wanted love to stay
Up the hill today was letting go of love
If I go a separate way I'll never live it down no never
Up the hill today was letting go, letting go of love
Love love love love
Letting go of love
Track Name: Back with the Ball & Chain
It's peaches in the summer and apples in fall
It's peaches in the summer and apples in fall
But winter can take so frightfully long
I'm back with the ball and chain

As soon as I'm up I'm going all day
As soon as I'm up I'm going all day
I gotta grunt while she gets to play
I'm back with the ball and chain

If she's staying in, then I'm going down
She's staying in, then I'm going down
When I'm dead asleep then she hits the town
I'm back with the ball and chain

Every time I wake up I'm still at home
Every time I wake up I'm still at home
Well where could I go, how long could I roam
When I've got the shackles on?

The train blows a whistle at four on the clock
The train blows a whistle at four on the clock
But I'll never go 'cause it never stops
And I'm back with

Peaches in the summer and apples in fall
Peaches in the summer and apples in fall
But winter can take so frightfully long
I'm back with the ball and chain

Back with the ball and chain
Back with the ball and chain
Back with the ball and chain
Track Name: So Much
Endless ocean, sunset sky
Cloudy fantasies floating by
Fades to starlight, hanging moon
Lasts forever but it's over soon

I, I miss you so much

Morning subway, strong caffeine
Rainy sidewalk, nicotine
TV dinner, alcohol
Smoking grass can't erase it all

'Cause I, I miss you so much
I, I miss you so much
Miss you so much

We were tigers in the sheets
Overflowing body heat
We were lovers, now we're friends
Please can we be lovers again?

'Cause I, I miss you so much
I, I miss you so much
I, I miss you so much
I miss you so much
Track Name: Itty Bitty Buddha
There's an itty bitty buddha in a glassy case
An itty bitty buddha with a peaceful face
Maybe I should buy it to evoke some calm and quiet
When I set it in a high and righteous place

Will an itty bitty buddha show me how to be
Accepting of my fate of mediocrity?
Maybe meditation would improve my situation
And could fill me with elation, not ennui

'Cause I need to unlearn my way
Find another course to stay or stray
Wind up like a child at play every day
Oh bodhisattva teach the way

That gives me inner wealth
To live in mental health
And choose to be myself
By loosing sense of self
Oh itty bitty buddha show me how
So I can be a great big buddha now

I need to unlearn my way
Find another course to stay or stray
Wind up like a child at play every day
Oh bodhisattva teach the way

That gives me inner wealth
To live in mental health
And choose to be myself
By loosing sense of self
Oh itty bitty buddha show me how
So I can be a great big buddha now

Right now!