31 Flavours Volume 2 - Pistachio

by Chris Combs

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about

The idea behind this collection is that the songs have an odd taste, but they end up being good if you like that sort of thing. I picked mostly songs that were intended for an album that was to be an homage to early 80s alternative music (in particular Ralph Records acts like Tuxedomoon, Yello, and Chrome). Then I decided I wanted to do that album later and completely changed the tracklist. Then I circled back about halfway. At that point I noticed I had chosen a lot of songs with the themes of late night, early morning, and dreams. I thought perhaps I had another concept album on my hands, but forbade myself to pursue that idea. So what we have is a collection of songs, and if you find an overall story it's completely unintended.

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released March 31, 2010

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Track Name: Every Night
Every night you come to me
Every night you set me free
Every night you watch me die
Every day you see me fly

And all I ever needed was you
to get me through the night
And all I ever wanted to do
was to get through the night

Every time the stars shine down
I feel your presence all around
You have come to cheer me on
And by dawn you are gone

Every night you're there
Nobody else cares
Every day it's you
And all my dreams too
Track Name: In Morning
It was just before dawn
I awoke with a yawn
and I wrote a song just for you

But I keep it with me
and hum it over tea
if only it could be true

The only thing that I can say
is that your beauty doesn't decay
You're more beautiful than the last day
and I, I love you so much

And in my eyes
you never died
and you stay by my side
and I, I love you too much
Track Name: Madison vs Jefferson
We all know about Madison
Always in opposition
against majority faction
but offers free parking
everyone would go to him

Have you heard about Jefferson?
Arrived at the end of Washington
made a purchase to try to win
the people's favour so they would spend
all their money on him

Starts at lunchtime and all day long
the battle rages on and on
served along with every plate
this furious debate

Madison tried to ratify
all supporters get free pie
but Jefferson then countered with
major parties don't have to tip
Madison versus Jefferson

Starts at lunchtime and all day long
the battle rages on and on
served along with every plate
this furious debate

all the people are torn between
presidential dining
should they be joined by Truman
they'll continue on but no one can win
Madison versus Jefferson
It's the battle of Hoboken
Track Name: Manticore
Out of the blue
it appeared to me
walking down 42nd street

I turned away
but I couldn't escape
the feeling that this was my day

Oh, Manticore

'is it real
or is it a dream?'
the only thing my mind could scream

I did not wish
to take the risk
but my brain could not handle it

Oh, manticore

Manticore, please don't eat me
I've got someplace else to be
I'm sure that you can sympathize
I swear it's true, look in my eyes

I made my first
mistake right there
he hit me with his mesmer glare

came right up
and tore me in two
and within moments I was consumed

Oh, manticore

Manticore, why do I persist
in having my own conciousness?
is this my fate to forever see
your next victim but give no warning?
Track Name: Only A Monster
Welcome to my world.'

If you can survive
through the maze of my mind
I'll let you in on a secret
your best days haven't happened yet

come along
follow me
I'll show you things
you'll never see

you think you had it rough? well, the victim is me
she said 'there are no victims, only opportunities'

Don't you be afraid it's only a monster
coming out from inside your closet
to cut you open and eat your flesh
he'll keep your eyes and he'll sell the rest

If you can survive
the terrors of everyday life
you will be rewarded then
a special knowledge there at the end

you have known
all along
there is no mourning
before the dawn

I know you've had it rough, but listen to this
if you look for disappointment you'll never get it

Don't you be afraid it's only a monster
coming out from inside your closet
to cut you open and eat your flesh
he'll keep your eyes and he'll sell the rest

Just remember that it's not a dream
Track Name: Mama And Dada
When I was just a boy
my mama gave me a Dalí
I did not appreciate it

She tried to interest me
in the Mechanical Ballet
and the Diagonal Symphony

she would read newspaper stories
randomly at bedtime

every morning when we awoke
our beds would have to be readymade

She collected different kinds of currency
so I could go to collage
Track Name: Neon Maniacs
They're gruesome and psychotic
and only come out at night
The unsuspecting are easy prey
to their frightening appetite

Reasoning is beyond them
You cannot sway their minds
Just look at the victims
that they leave behind

Neon Maniacs
Switch on the terror
Neon Maniacs
Just add water

They live in the cities
or one of them at least
They leave only one survivor
or maybe it was three

With every moment that passes
the plot thins ever more
Don't say I didn't warn you
You have been informed

Neon Maniacs
Switch on the terror
Neon Maniacs
Just add water
Track Name: Girl Versus Whale
Whales sing to attract a mate
I sing to reiterate:
If it's not too late to say
I'd like to see you every day

Oh I adore you
and all the things that you do
I love the way that you tell
how you would trash talk a whale

'Whale? More like Fish-Fatty!'

'Big Fat Fish and I do not get along.'


Who but you would take the bait
and put that mammal-fish in his place
I can't begin to speculate



'I challenge any whale. You hear that, whale? I challenge you!'

'Whale: I challenge you!'
Track Name: Zombi
You were my friend once
hear take my things
I do not need them
I've been in the grave.

You see they killed me
opened my tomb
then sold my body
under the moon

I'm a zombi

I angered someone
by what I said
he bought a powder
to bring my death

Nobody around
came to my aid
they just accepted
I could not be saved

I'm a zombi

I remained
fully aware
while I died
and they buried me
My sister weeping
the dirt raining down
then calling out to me
to leave the ground

I was in a field
Within three days
working hard in
a dreamlike haze

I'm a zombi

I have memories
of another life
the man I used to be
before he died

Now I'm just a body
without a will
as long as this heart
is beating still

I'm a zombi
Track Name: Way To Go
Way to go
way to go
What a way to go

Way to go
way to go
What a way to go


When I die
I hope I leave behind
a world that thought of me
as someone worth knowing

if I die
in a tragic light
I hope there's no pain
for those who dig my grave


Way to go
way to go
What a way to go

Way to go
way to go
What a way to go

Surrounded by fire
Surrounded by water
Surrounded by the sun

Who would believe it?
Who could conceive it?
Hardly anyone


When I die
all I leave behind
all that I love
will fit in a glove


Way to go
way to go
What a way to go

Way to go
way to go
What a way to go

Surrounded by fire
Surrounded by water
Surrounded by the sun

Who would believe it?
Who could conceive it?
Hardly anyone