Song Fu 2012

by The Doubleclicks

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This album will include tracks from a 12 month, 12 song songwriting challenge called "Song Fu," run by Ken Plume at www.asitecalledfred.com/songfu2012/. Read our blog post about the project: www.thedoubleclicks.com/2012/01/10/song-fu-is-on/

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released December 25, 2012

photo by Cary Young

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The Doubleclicks Portland, Oregon

The Doubleclicks are a pair of Portland-based sisters who sing about Dungeons and Dragons, Mr. Darcy, and Dinosaurs.
The Doubleclicks' clever brand of nerdy folk music has been called "relentlessly likable" and "face-meltingly wry."
Their fans tend to be software developers, writers and their loved ones, as well as anyone who loves Star Trek, grammar, dinosaurs or video games.
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Track Name: The Way I Glow
It's a loud and crowded party
and it's so dark that people find it hard to see
But I can clearly tell
that you're avoiding me

I catch you at last and I finally try
asking why you left without saying goodbye
but you shield your gaze from the light
emitting from my mouth and eyes

I just want to love you but you can't see me for who I am
You'll never look past my appearance and into my soul
I could be there for you and I'd make you proud you were my man
and you might learn to like the way I glow

They call me a failed experiment of science
they say my parents didn't know what they were tryin'
But maybe I'm just more evolved
Think of the problems GFP could solve

You say my DNA's not the issue (it's not)
you pretend this is a regular fight (your'e not listening)
But what does she have that I don't;
except a visage without light

At the end of the night, when I order a drink
People stare at me there and I start to think
That this might be what it was like
to be the missing link

I just want to love you but you can't see me for who I am
You'll never look past my mutations and into my soul
I could be there for you and I'd make you proud you were my man
and you might learn to like the way I glow
Track Name: The Mystery's Gone
The day I found your Twitter was the day I fell in love
You had so many brilliant thoughts that made me say "me, too!"
Plus you had conversations with the people I respect
the best celebrities re-tweeted you
--
The first time that you messaged me, my heart started to bounce
I couldn't believe someone so cool actually read my blog
we had so much in common and our wits were so well-matched!
The world wide web saw chemistry_ in our dialogue
--
But then I met you in real life and now the mystery's gone
I don't want to have your babies anymore
In real life you don't edit and in real life you're not cool
The brilliant mind I thought you had turned out to be a bore
--
Your real voice doesn't sound much like your podcast
And it's clear now you calculate your photo angles well
more than that; you're awkward, and (frankly you're kind of mean)
but through the internet I couldn't tell.
--
In real life, you don't know anyone's name
In real life, you don't say much about pop culture or news
In real life you spend most of your time looking at your phone
Apparently I can't keep you amused.
--
Too bad I met you in real life, cause now the mystery's gone
I don't want to have your babies anymore
In real life you don't edit and in real life you're not cool
The brilliant banter that we had turned out to be a bore
--
The Internet was made for people just like you and me
Real-life conversation is not our specialty.
when we've got time and distance we can act smart and clever
from the comfort of our own computer screens
Track Name: The Final Countdown
For three years you woke up and you went to a job that was boring and hard and lame
Your folks don't explain to their friends what you do cause it's dull and they feel ashamed
But you finally gave your notice. and it's come to your very last day
you've only got 8 more hours to go, and then you can get away

We all want to make a difference and to we want to do something great
But this job was just a series of ones and zeros in-between coffee breaks
You hope you'd at least done the company proud in your eight-hundred-fifteen days
But your value's as clear as the icing that spells the wrong name on your "good-bye" cake!

You had nightmares about being trapped in that office, that room, in that job, that chair
And you daydreamed about being hit by a bus or falling down a set of stairs
but this era is finally ending - there's an end to your pleas and sighs
and your colleagues are looking at you with their sad puppy "please bring me with you" eyes

so long, suckas
Track Name: The Sirens of Treasure Island
The drum beats, and the lights flash and we are all transported
to a time in the past where people sailed across the sea
The epic battle opens with a scared and lost young sailor
passing through a crowd of bachelor parties, drunks and families

There's nothing like a weirdly corporate sexualized pirate battle
As the sun sets over all the gambling, bars and candy shops
why do folks from other countries come to see Las Vegas
Is there a way that we can make them stop?

Because there's nothing more American than pirates
performing to a drunk and sunburned throng
There's nothing more American than scantily-clad women
lip-syncing and stripping to an awful hip-hop song
at Treasure Island

it's a free attraction so you really shouldn't miss it
and if you squint your eyes, you hardly notice that it doesn't have a plot!
The skanky leather outfits and bad accents carry you away
So forget your fears, concerns & money that you lost at slots

Because there's nothing more American than pirates
performing to a drunk and sunburned throng
There's nothing more American than scantily-clad women
lip-syncing and stripping to an awful hip-hop song
at Treasure Island
Track Name: Google Knows Me Better
I cried on the day that you left me
But that heartbreak turned into a blessing
I've found someone new / someone better than you
who knows what I want without asking

Google knows me better than you ever did
It listens, it cares, and it documents it
It stores all my wishes in its giant brains
Where they will always remain.

Real men can be so distant and mean
And are hard to reach, even with texting
But Google's on my phone/Doesn't leave me all alone
Except when I don't charge my battery

You hid and cracked jokes when my friends would get married
You'd find an excuse to take off then
But Google knows my gender, my friends and my age
And offers me wedding rings often
Maybe a little too often

Sure there are problems, like, Google can't see
It can't cuddle, or cook or brew me a cup of tea
But when I am lonely/ or forget what I need
Google will Auto-complete me.

Google knows me better than you ever did
It listens, it cares, and it documents it
It stores all my wishes in its giant brains
Where they will always remain.
Track Name: In His Honor (Don't Be A Dick)
It's not too hard to these days to be a bully or a jerk
And the Internet cuts out most of the time-consuming work
But please consider what you do
when people don't agree with you
Be useful, fun and friendly instead of going berzerk

Don't be a dick!
Don't be a dick today!
there's no need be a prick whenever you don't get your way
communities are better when we all try to be nice!
so even when you're mad
don't be a dick.

In your journey through this life there may someday be a time
when you think that breaking Wheaton's law would not be such a crime
but for today let's take vacation from that malice and from trolling
it's Wil Wheaton's Day today so have a beer and let's get rolling!
Track Name: Imposter
I feel like I have held my breath for hours
And I turn my eyes to find I'm very far away
I'll take account of all my wheels, my arm, and my tiny drill
After all my training, I'll do nothing familiar today

The guys who brought me up for this have such high expectations
And though they shouldn't, they have dared to dream that I can change it all
Thousands watch as I turn on my camera and do my first job
I feel so important and so very very small

all I can think is of the ways I'll disappoint them
I've got the team, I've got the parts, but I'm not ready for my close-up
Everybody trusts me more than I do
And I still don't feel like I've even grown up.

And I am faking it.
I'm just pretending I can do this
I am faking it
I am faking it on Mars.

They're all watching me and I don't know if I can take the next few steps
with every ticking second some of my confidence disappears
And out here it is cold and it is lonely and I am far from home
what would the hubble say if only she were here

And the worst part is not knowing what will greet me
I represent my planet but I'm really not prepared
I hope that there is time to ask for all the help I need
And I hope if I find aliens I won't act too scared

And I am faking it.
I'm just pretending I can do this
I am faking it
I am faking it on Mars.