Growing Up Weird

by The Half Brothers

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1.
03:09
Kevin says he's done Taking crap from anyone He's just tryin to have some fun Playing Rock and Roll But when he sings his song There's notes in there that don't belong Even so it's pretty strong 'Cause he sings with soul It may not go like it should But it's still pretty good We're playing music that nobody knows Songs about dinosaurs, songs about UFOs Playing songs that no-one's ever heard Kevin says it's cool If you make up your own words When his mom comes round She screams "turn that racket down!" Kevin says it proves our sound Is getting pretty close Up and down the block Neighbors they can't help but talk And anyone who wants to rock Will get their daily dose Rehearsal never stops Till someone calls the cops Playing music that nobody knows Songs about dinosaurs, songs about UFOs Playing songs that no-one's ever heard Kevin says it's cool If you make up your own words Playing music that nobody knows Songs about manticores, songs about TV Shows Playing songs that no-one's ever heard Kevin says it's cool If you make up your own words Songs about dinosaurs, songs about UFOs Songs about superstrings, songs about portmanteaus Songs about baby corn, songs about potatoes Kevin says it's cool if you make up your own words
2.
04:11
I’ve been trying so hard just to open this can I throw it down upon the floor, to go get a bandaid for my hand Then it’s open and I’m not prepared for peaches on my feet. And I stumble, and trip on the cat and knock over the bleach. And if that’s what success feels like, great. I’ll take it. ‘Cause I’ve never had it so good. I’ve been trying so hard. just to get my son to poop. Then he’s jumping on my chest and I finally hear the sound of doom. Then explosion, and I'm wiping, but the wipes are almost through. Then my son says, "I'm sorry papa, but I've got more for you." And if that’s what success smells like, great. I’ll take it. ‘Cause I’ve never had it so good. I’ve been trying so hard to be a more professional guy. I wear a button down shirt... with an unbuttoned fly. When I notice, I tell my students I need to go and wash my hands and in the bathroom, I realize that I’m wearing my wife’s pants. And if that’s what success looks like, great. I’ll take it. ‘Cause I’ve never had it so good. Stood up too fast, got dizzy, fell down, and now I’m on the floor. But at least I’m not in that uncomfortable chair no more. So, score. And I can hear the crowds roar: If that’s what success feels like, great. I’ll take it. ‘Cause I’ve never had it so good. If that’s what success feels like, great. I’ll take it. ‘Cause I’ve never had it so good.
3.
All the students and the teachers Sittin up in the bleachers Cheering for every single score And you there in the back Wondering what all this fuss is for There may never come a day when you just blend in You may never come around to where they're at And you may never feel normal But you might feel better Soon as you decide you're okay with that CHORUS Growing up weird, growing up weird Maybe it's not so bad Not as bad as you feared And you're thinking that you're growing up very strangely Every day in school you're Feelin so peculiar Crash-landed from a distant planet Gettin the evil eye Whenever you walk by and who can stand it? Everyone who's anyone stood out like sore thumbs Heroes are weirdos who refuse to quit And you may never feel normal But you might feel alright Soon as you decide just to roll with it CHORUS CHORUS
4.
I built a cardboard house, wallpapered in gay porn, as big as my mom and dad’s garage. I tried to reason with a screaming naked man who chased my friends out of a house I inherited magic. I gave a woman I was dating one of my teeth. And I went to a bar dressed as the Pope. I hosted fencing parties on the roof of my old apartment building I inherited magic. One time I couldn't sleep I couldn't sleep for 2 weeks I felt a dread so deep I was on another plane. The therapist told me it was manic / bipolar And that was grandpa's disorder You might think it was tragic but maybe I inherited.... I inherited magic.
5.
Don’t burn books burn your iPad instead Throw some kindles on the fire ‘till it’s all just twisted melting wire (x2) It’s not uncommon to catch myself having stared at my laptop all day long and I think, Why don’t I read a book or go outside Don’t burn books burn your iPad instead throw some kindles on the fire ‘till it’s all just twisted melting wire Don’t burn books burn your iPhone instead crush your android with some pliers till it’s all just twisted mangled wire Somehow I don’t really feel like checking my e-mail or even my facebook page I’d rather write an old fashioned letter or maybe just go out and play Don’t burn books burn your iPad instead throw some kindles on the fire ‘till it’s all just twisted melting wire Don’t burn books. Smash your laptop instead You can’t punch me in the Facebook when I’m outside riding bikes instead Don’t burn books burn your iPhone instead crush your android with some pliers till it’s all just twisted mangled wire…. Turn it Turn it off (etc.) Sometimes I think that I can't turn it off anymore (x4) Don’t burn books burn your iPad instead Throw some kindles on the fire ‘till it’s all just twisted melting wire (x2)
6.
02:00
I get it. You want to be special. And not just different from everyone else. No no! You want to be CHOSEN. You want Hagrid to knock on your homely lonely meager Homo sapiens -- ADVENTURE! Maybe put you in DANGER. But then you'd save yourself with that thing that makes you SPECIAL. You wanna know you're SPECIAL. And you can't just hear it from you or your mother. But from some credible external other: A CERTIFICATION OF SPECIALNESS You don't even need to be rich or happy. Your luck doesn't have to be good. You just want a role too important to cut from the play. And if you can't be special like that what then? Resign yourself to the consolation of a contribution to a beautiful world before you are forgotten. ooh ooh ooh ooh... We all want to be, something special We all want, we all want to be-- Because you wanna be --
7.
02:14
the dinosaur the dinosaur he didn't know the meteor the meteor would lay them low the burning rock, the aftershock the cloud of dust to block the sun, and everyone could not adjust the end came for the dinosaur upon the Earth. Behold, the noble stegosaur More than just a metaphor Once a real true science fact Before the big rock made impact Into the Gulf of Mexico over 60 million years ago the dinosaur the dinosaur he didn't know the meteor the meteor would lay them low the Big Kaboom, The shroud of Doom the darkened sky The scene went bad And so they had to say goodbye Extinction for the dinosaur Upon the Earth
8.
01:35
go to sleep cause you're driving me crazy close your eyes cause we're done reading stories I don't care if you're tired because I'm tired If you don't get some sleep You'll be a nightmare go to sleep cause you're driving me crazy close your eyes cause we're done reading stories I know this world is too new For you to look away Wait and see It'll be There in the morning go to sleep cause you're driving me crazy
9.
03:01
Finally finally, it's all free! Finally finally all for me There's nobody else around and there isn't gonna be ... all for me shop windows full of smart phones and smart tvs finally. no more traffic no more frantic people crowding me ...all for me shop windows full of sneakers and jewelry finally all for free all for me... for only me only me

about

Let's just say right up front that we really like this album and we want you to have it even if you can't afford to pay for it or just plain don't want to! However, if you DO want to give us money, we also support that choice.

Making these songs was a labor of love, and offered a chance to break new ground; this is our first album to feature drums and bass, for starters.

The songs are about having kids and also about being a kid. And dinosaurs!

Weird doesn't mean bad.

credits

released October 1, 2018

The Half Brothers are:
John Ackermann: Vocals, Mandolin, Bass, Accordion.
Rick Miller: Vocals, Guitars.
David Nixon: Vocals, Banjo, Bass, Drums, Programming.

Ron Carnell played drums on tracks 1,2,3,and 7.
Mike Catts played upright bass on tracks 3 and 9.
David played drums on tracks 4 and 6.

Nathan Mesnard engineered recording for Mr. Catts' bass tracks.
Daniel Spils engineered recording Mr Carnell's drum tracks and David's drums on track 4.
David took the lead in mixing this album, with lots of help from Rick and John.
Digital mastering by Dave Pascal.
Thanks to Pete Remine for production assistance.

Additional vocal on "Kevin Says" by Laura McCabe.
Additional vocal on "Go To Sleep" by Ilsa Ackermann.
Cover photo by David's Mom.
Cover handwriting by Theo Ackermann.

Special thanks to Laura, Jared, Allegra, Sarah, and Jules

Copyright 2018 by the Half Brothers all rights reserved.

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