MOUTHFEEL

by James Goode

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released February 15, 2017

All songs composed, arranged, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by James Goode in San Francisco and Berkeley. Guest musicians: Christopher Fleeger, Nick Castro, Roger Powell, and Philip Watt.

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Track Name: Trilobites! Eurypterids!!
Trilobites
Eurypterids
(repeat)
Track Name: Don't Bite
Don’t bite
Don’t bite
Bite the hand that feeds the mouth
Don’t bite
The mouth that keeps the belly full

Don’t bite
Don’t bite
Bite the dog that walks the man
Don’t bite
The man without a leash to pull

Let’s not overthink the bestial link
Or undercompensate for all we’ve been given
And let’s not overlook the last page of the book
Starting over again at the beginning

Don’t bite
Don’t bite
Bite the goat to spite the lamb
Don’t bite
The lamb from which you gather wool

Don’t bite
Don’t bite
Bite your lip, your tongue, your cheek
Don’t bite
My face, you wild animal

Let’s not overthink the bestial link
Or undercompensate for all we’ve been given
And let’s not overlook the last page of the book
Starting over again at the beginning
Track Name: Mouthfeel
Musical sandwich – go ahead, take a bite
It was made with your tongue, teeth and taste buds in mind
The toxins are expelled through gelatin chimneys
Conveniently placed in the heel and the arch
There’s no tar or asbestos, carbon, sulfur, or methane
The sultanas are real, the fauxmage – woman-made

Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel

Musical omelet – treat yourself to a plate
Rich blue ink on the menu – notated for bass and treble clef
The eggs come from a factory where they’re grown from seed
Formed in molds extra-utero – pale albumen, bright yolk
The fat, protein and cholesterol have all been removed
All that’s left is a thick starch – layers of gray and orange

Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel

Musical soufflé – feel it rise in your lungs
Fills your heart with despair as it wrings out the sponges
Of moist vocalization, of warm gas in the air
Of shrill, pungent aromas we’re unable to sense
We all rise in the morning and fall late in the day
As a scale, or a single note
Welcomes itself, expresses itself
Welcomes itself, expresses itself
Welcomes itself, expresses itself
Welcomes itself, expresses itself
Track Name: Chew or Choke
The room encroaches, the walls close in
Harsh spotlights slice the smoke
They say that life’s a one-way street
It’s either chew or choke

For the abject lesson, my back is all shivers
Now the birthday cake is hollow
No association, expressed or implied
I said it’s chew or choke, so don’t swallow

What I’ve seen
What I felt
What I’ve heard
Your ears would melt!
(repeat)

For the abject lesson, my back is all shivers
Now the birthday cake is hollow
No association, expressed or implied
I said it’s chew or choke, so don’t swallow
I said it’s chew or choke, so don’t swallow
I said it’s chew or choke, so don’t swallow

What I’ve seen
What I felt
What I’ve heard
Your ears would melt!
(repeat)
Track Name: Instrument
I am your instrument
Your wish is my command
I am your instrument
Guide me firmly with your hand

If you let my quill touch your paper
I will write to your heart’s desire
With your bellows, ignite my embers
And I will warm you with my fire
I will warm you with my fire

I am your instrument
You are the hourglass, I am the sand
I am your instrument
How can I make you understand?
How can I make you understand?
Track Name: Accidental Sunset
Take your hands out of your pockets
Roll your eyes out of their sockets
Take the soap from our restrooms, wash the shipwrecks go down
Easy foam at the mouth line apartment, rabid grins all around
Rabid grins all around
Rabid grins all around

Eyes agog with no vision at horizons askance and askew
Land forms that won’t dissolve, gloaming the silhouette
Looking forward we can’t forget boring Manhattanite schist
Two Earths bulge and morph in the crosshairs
The accidental sunset, rising west, setting east
Not unlike yeast crawling on tempered glass
These moments pass, almost without incident
Track Name: Tubular Monople Canon
Tubular monople canon
The feeling is heavy and deep
Tubular monople canon
Eyes closed, now you’re falling asleep
(repeat)
Tubular monople canon