31 Flavours Volume 1 - Vanilla

by Chris Combs

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Vanilla is the first in a series of releases known collectively as 31 Flavours. The project is basically a way to release songs and demos that don't belong to any other project, and would otherwise never see the light of day. They will come out on the the 31st of every month that has 31 days. Vanilla was released on 31 January 2010.

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released January 31, 2010

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Track Name: First Snow
First snow of the year
you caught me off guard
one minute my path is clear
then you're in my yard

making up for lost time
coming on so strong
and I forget the last time
when you done me wrong


You're only lovely for a while
Before the sludge starts to show
I always fall for your smile
But soon enough everybody knows

You show the marks of everyone
who has stepped on you
but instead of moving on
you make a badge of the abuse

'Look at me,' you say 'I'm dirty'
'And that deserves attention'
you ask to be forgiven
but you're not pure as the driven

first snow of the year
you took me by surprise
I thought my mind was clear
but now I can't decide
Track Name: That Night
Remember that night
when the house burned down
and you wore a frown
because it was all gone

all that we'd built
together for years
and then your tears
came flowing on strong

Flammable
you thought it was
inflammable
And you were right

I said it's okay
we still have us
but you would not trust
this optimist

I tried and I tried
to make it okay
you walked away
without a kiss

Unravel
my heartstrings
and ravel
them again

All your words mean
the same thing to me

A visit with my friends
proved that they'd been
hardly mistaken
in sussing you out

valuable
you said they were
invaluable
well you were right
Track Name: Horatia
I look into your face
and I'm not sure what I see
is there some place I should be at now
or an appointment to keep?

You get me so confused
when all I want to know
is should we go on tocking?
or is it time for me to go?

You hold your hand
up to meet the other one
and swing around
to hit me with the other one

You're always stuck in the present
though you always forge ahead
you never seem to notice when
the past comes around again

You hold your hands
up in front of your face
doing everything you can
to keep me away

I wish I could take you back
to a time before
I invested so much of you in you
but I can't remember the store
Track Name: Always Cursing
I don't want to be
the one you're always cursing
I don't want to be
the one you cast aside
now I understand that
I may not come first, but

I still don't know why
no I still don't know why


I'm always friendly
I never am rude
my jokes are simply silly
and never are crude

I'm aware of the feelings
of everyone in the room
I try to be the best man
but I guess I'll never be a groom


I don't want to be
a less than standard person
I don't want to be
looking from the outside
I wonder why you to me
are someone who brings yearning

I have got to know why
oh I have got to know why


Now I can win you
I know that this will work
all I have to do
is act like a total jerk


Now I want to be
the one you're always cursing
Now I want to be
always on your mind
I hope that I can be
your most thought-of person, because
now I can see why
now I can see why
Track Name: Valentine's Day Mascara
everything was covered in red
just like a warzone when the enemy fled

I was there for the
Valentine's Day Mascara
I was there for the
Valentine's Day Mascara

She wanted to go dancing but I told her no
I had a funny feeling that we should not go
My worst fears were confirmed when it started to rain
Right before my eyes her face began to change

I wanted to run
but it could run faster
the entire evening was such a disaster

I couldn't bring myself
to spoil her night
so I let it slip despite what was right

She bought new makeup with a Valentine's theme
it was the most hideous thing I've ever seen
The reds of passion like the crimson of blood
drowned out her eyeballs and their sincere look of love

I was there for the
Valentine's Day Mascara
I was there for the
Valentine's Day Mascara

I was there for the
Valentine's Day Mascara
I was there for the
Valentine's Day Mascara

everything was covered in red
just like a warzone when the enemy fled
Track Name: Have A Good Day
I say that you deserve everything
that you need to make this the most perfect day
A group of friends, family members, sunshine rays
Anything that you hold dear in any way

Have a good day
Have a good day

A leisurely stroll along the lake
And you can't go wrong with a tasty cake

Have a good day
Have a good day

You say it's your birthday but there's no
reason not to celebrate
every day that comes along
in which you can participate


I say that you deserve everything
that you need to make this the most perfect day
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy happy happy birthday
Happy happy happy birthday
Happy happy happy birthday
Happy happy
Track Name: Broken A Record
it's been said by the ubiquitous They
'make sure somebody remembers your name'
'the best way to do that is get some fame'
so I bought in and played their game

so many lonely nights turned out to be
contemplating the Guinness in front of me
I'd wonder 'how did they do it, or why indeed?
Is the fame of this book really all that I need?'

but when I look back to the
things I have done
the challenges faced and conquered

none of them stick
but winning your love
feels like I've broken a record
a record

I tried to be the first at that or this
but there's a reason there have been no attempts
I tried the be the most, least or youngest
but every chance I'd get was another chance I'd miss

but I became the happiest when we met
so what if Guinness won't put that in print?
I can't imagine anyone trying to attempt
to outdo our relationship

when I look back to the
things I have done
the challenges faced and conquered

none of them stick
but winning your love
feels like I've broken a record
a record

when I look back to the
things I have done
the challenges faced and conquered

none of them stick
but winning your love
feels like I've broken a record
a record
a record
a record
a record
a record
a record
a record
Track Name: You Need A Woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman to be complete

They say you need
They say you need a woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman to be complete

what do they know?
what do they know?
what do they know?

They say you need
They say you need a woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman
They say you need
They say you need a woman to be complete
to be complete
to be...
Track Name: Likely Late Today
Busses seem to have stopped picking up passengers
I have been standing here for thirty minutes
Oh look now another one but it drives on by
I wonder how they justify leaving us behind

I can't believe they fail to see that we are standing here
considering what we pay to ride it just isn't fair
I wanted to get to work on time but now there is no way
I guess I should call my boss I'm likely late today

It used to be I could depend on the bus schedule
now all that I can predict is yet another group grumble
If only they could see that we don't need this pain
to relieve all my complaints I just may take the train

I can't believe they fail to see that we are standing here
considering what we pay to ride it just isn't fair
I wanted to get to work on time but now there is no way
I guess I should call my boss I'm likely late today

But I'm not really that bold
so I'll stand out here in the cold
Still...

I can't believe they fail to see that we are standing here
considering what we pay to ride it just isn't fair
I wanted to get to work on time but now there is no way
I guess I should call my boss I'm likely late today
Track Name: Highway Chili
Driving down the road
haulin' a heavy load
so lonely on the interstate
can't remember when I last ate

I need something to eat

now I'm feeling lucky
I just found a Stuckey's

Gonna get me some chili

Highway Chili
Highway Chili
Highway Chili

The waitress flashes a smile at me
I must admit I think she's pretty
I place my order for takeout
but she suggests that I hang around

anyone can see that she wants me

She asks if I will be her lover
I tell her that I'll think it over

if she gives me that recipe

Highway Chili
Highway Chili
Highway Chili


she says she's sorry but it's a secret
and I reply 'well you can forget it'
I take my chili walk out the door
won't be seeing her no more

now I'm speeding down Route 16

but I think maybe I should turn around
there's an empty place where my heart is found

I need to get me some more chili

Highway Chili
Highway Chili
Highway Chili
Track Name: Normal Alarm
After the show we had to go to the hotel
We wanted to eat we wanted to sleep so here's the deal:
Carlin and I will take this car, Joe and Evan that
follow us out he knows the way and don't you get off track

Immediately out of the parking lot their car was gone
the hotel is only two blocks away they can't be long
will our parking be validated let's ask the girl
she shooed us along we drove on in and then a light twirled

A yellow strobe a howling alarm so we stopped
we froze, prepared, a little bit scared, but there were no cops
the girl seemed oblivious so I ventured a guess
'does that alarm mean nothing's wrong?' and she nodded yes


Please pay no attention to that alarm
That alarm means everything is normal
You can go on about your business
That alarm is there to tell us there's no trouble


We walked to the hotel under a normal spell and tried to check in
the front desk clerk didn't do his work on my reservation
I'd booked two rooms but they only had one - they gave the other one away
but to a film crew it so happened we knew, so that was okay

Carlin said let's split up then, to find our entourage
he'll take a jaunt to the restaurant, I'll check the garage
just as we split I could hear it and see the light
someone had sounded the normal alarm, my second one tonight


Please pay no attention to that alarm
That alarm means everything is normal
You can go on about your business
That alarm is there to tell us there's no trouble


It wasn't them but I noticed then the headlights were on
Carlin would be sunk if he needed a jump to get back home
I caught up with him he had a pizza in hand I told him then
we raced on toward the parking garge and set off the alarm again


Please pay no attention to that alarm
That alarm means everything is normal
You can go on about your business
That alarm is there to tell us there's no trouble


Finally Joe with Evan in tow in the car arrived
He was determined to open the lid with the pizza inside
With a hungry stare and little care he reached for the treat
but Carlin swung it away and said 'I'm just kidding mate, I found this on the street'

And with that prank I had Carlin to thank for such fun
'but we'd better get some real food quick so come along'
just a bunch of friends at the pizza place nothing formal
But first one more chance just to make sure everything is normal


Please pay no attention to that alarm
That alarm means everything is normal
You can go on about your business
That alarm is there to tell us there's no trouble
Track Name: Wrap Yourself Up Inside A Dream
Wrap yourself up inside a dream
The world is not always what it seems
Put away your doubts and fears
And make room for happier years

Sleep now, rest well
Tomorrow will still come
Dream of how the best shall
call sorrow to succumb

Wrap yourself up inside a dream
with whistling robins and sunbeams
The day is closing to an end
but it will be back soon again

Sleep now, rest well
Tomorrow will still come
Dream of how the best shall
call sorrow to succumb

The things some people say to you
Would not be so if they only knew
that the world is not always what it seems
so wrap yourself up inside a dream