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House of Love

by New Middle Class

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1.
Lazy Me 03:53
LAZY ME When I grow up I want to be a child Don't want to work, I just want to play Carefree as a juvenile Useless, and happy to be that way I spend the day in my easy chair Where I stare into space In my head I replay your voice And on the ceiling I see your face Lazy me, lazy me I don't know what I want to be Lazy me, through and through I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you Don't want to have to think too much I just want to live in ignorant bliss Sun myself like a frog on a log Until you break my spell with your kiss Lazy me, lazy me I don't know what I want to be Lazy me, through and through I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you I rub my eyes and crawl out of bed Look out the window to see what's new I check the mirror and comb my hair Go back to bed and dream of you Go back to bed and dream of you I rub my eyes and fall out of bed Heat up a frozen snack or two I brush my teeth and wash my face Go back to bed and dream of you Go back to bed and dream of you I want to make you so proud of me There's almost nothing I wouldn't do I tend to be like a sloth in a tree But I could change if I wanted to Yes, I could get out of bed by noon I'm not as bad as they say I am But I'll just lay here and wait for you Because I know you love me the way I am Lazy me, lazy me I don't know what'll become of me Lazy me, through and through I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy… Lazy me, lazy me I don't know what I want to be Lazy me, through and through I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy when I'm with you I'm only happy… I'm only happy… I'm only happy… I'm only happy…
2.
IT AIN’T WHAT IT AIN’T This fragile world is like that blow-up thing On my next-door neighbor’s lawn Put a hole or two in it No, you won’t see it no more And that’s what they’ve done to the actual world See it going, going, gone I feel the same way that sucker’s gonna feel When he opens his door And it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t You can speak your mind in bright red spray paint Just takes a pin to burst a bubble Tell the truth, it’s gonna land you in trouble The time is past to exercise restraint Because it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t I guess they know what they think they know Because somebody told ‘em so When a fact is a fact, it’s a fact But they just dismiss it And when the idiots tip this precarious world Into the bottomless abyss It’s sure gonna make me sad, now I think I’m gonna miss it ‘Cause it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t You can speak your mind signed in bright red spray paint Just takes a pin to burst a bubble Tell the truth, it’s gonna land you in trouble The time is past to exercise restraint Because it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t All secrets are witnessed, all motives exposed I don’t know why they try to deny what everybody knows And it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t In times like these you don’t get to be a saint Just takes a pin to burst a bubble Stick it in, you cause a whole lot of trouble The time is past to exercise restraint Because it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t Yes, it is what it is, but it ain’t what it ain’t
3.
Human 03:02
HUMAN Birds of a feather flirt and flock together I guess you never learned that rule And it’s true throughout Creation Is this miscommunication? No beast would ever act so cool Don’t you know that I’m only human? And you know that words only go so far Baby, if you want me in the way that humans do Touch me, touch me Show me that you’re human too What is your preoccupation? Do you need an invitation To find what’s behind my door? What’s in my imagination needs your participation So what could you be waiting for? Don’t you know that I’m only human? Don’t you know a girl only waits so long? Baby, if you want me in the way that humans do Touch me, touch me Show me that you’re human too Oh, why can’t you see that your distraction’s Sure to delay our satisfaction? What will it take for you to take some action soon? Don’t you know that I’m only human? And it almost hurts ‘cause it feels so strong Baby, if you want me in the way that humans do Touch me, touch me Show me that you’re human too Feel me, hold me, take me, know me Show me that you’re human too
4.
Second Best 02:46
SECOND BEST (Borok/Garcia) You say I let you down before And it's true, I might have one or two flaws Though I tried and tried You were not impressed If I can't be your perfect guy Let me be your second best I never give you what you need Yes I try, but I know I won’t succeed I see in your eyes That I did not pass the test If I can't be your perfect guy Let me be your second best You spent the night with Mister Right Yes, I know where you’ve been I wouldn’t mind the pain I’m in If you’d love me half as much as him You spent the night with Mister Right Yes, I know where you’ve been He’ll leave today and that’s OK I could see you when he’s gone away You say we’re better off apart If that’s true, it’s bound to break my heart Why would you deny Such a practical request? If I can't be your perfect guy Let me be your second best
5.
LIVING IN SONGLAND I saw my ex-boyfriend By the fountain in the park He was dressed in the same clothes Still playing the same guitar I said, "I've been thinking about you So, tell me how you are" And he said, "La la la la la la la La la la la la" He was living in Songland Didn't hear a word I said He was living in Songland Music filled his head We used to live together One bedroom, up four flights But I got tired of a thousand bugs running When I turned on the kitchenette light So I packed up my suitcase Got a job downtown I think it took him two or three days To notice I was gone He was living in Songland Didn't hear a word I said He was living in Songland Music filled his head Now I listen to the radio As they play one of his songs I used to think the words were dumb But now I sing along Guess I'm living in Songland Didn't hear a word he said I'm living in Songland Music fills my head We're living in Songland We should be working but instead We're all living in Songland Music fills our heads We're living in Songland
6.
If I Ever 02:04
IF I EVER If I ever get another chance To be with you once more I will show how much I love you And never hurt you like before I will say I’m truly sorry For what I did or didn’t do I will make it up to you If I ever get another chance If I ever get another job I will show up every day Put my back into the work I won’t spend all my pay And if there’s anything left over I will give it all to you That’s what I will do If I ever get another job Though I know my circumstances Rarely favor second chances I can still imagine that they do If I ever get another life I won’t throw it all away Next time I will take time To appreciate each day If I could ask for anything To take back or re-do I’d want another chance with you If I ever get another life If I ever get another job If I ever get another chance
7.
TEN ROOMS IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE There must be ten rooms in the House of Love What was the architect thinking of? Rain leaks through from the roof above Into ten rooms in the House of Love Ten rooms in the House of Love We were an innocent pair of doves When we moved into the House of Love It's easy to enter but it's hard to leave And from the outside you'd never believe That there are ten rooms... There's a beautiful entrance with a chandelier The basement's flooded with our tears There's an eat-in kitchen, modern and bright Where we eat leftovers every night And the bed is soft, but there's monsters underneath With tender lips and razor teeth Look out the window, enjoy the view 'Cause there'll be hell to pay when the rent comes due For those ten rooms in the House of Love What was the architect thinking of When he built these twisting stairs and dead-end halls Broken doors and paper-thin walls? Rain leaks through from the roof above Into ten rooms in the House of Love Ten rooms in the House of Love Love fades, grows dim With wear and tear and disrepair From blueprint to disappointment Dream home to nightmare We're all right - we get along fine You in your room and me in mine It's zoned for double occupancy We're both at home but there's a vacancy But there's still hope - it's not too late To rebuild this marriage of love and hate We could liquidate and redecorate We could renovate or relocate From the ten rooms in the House of Love What was the architect thinking of When he built these dimly lighted corridors Fun-house mirrors and slanted floors Twisting stairs and dead-end halls Broken doors and paper-thin walls? Rain leaks through from the roof above Into ten rooms in the House of Love Ten rooms in the House of Love
8.
Quark 03:10
QUARK C’mon, let’s do the quark It’s the latest dance craze Baby, me and you Dance like the smart kids do In a subatomic daze Let’s do the quantum dance Here at the Physicists’ Ball Don’t worry, you won’t fall ‘Cause the steps are so small You hardly move at all Oooh, you offer no resistance Oooh, don’t need no peer reviews to prove your existence Partners meet by chance I did not select you First we all collide Then you’re by my side And now I detect you I love the way you quark The way you charm and spin From the bottom to the top Baby please don’t stop Keep going out and in Oooh, do you feel the attraction? Oooh, won’t take a Nobel prize to quantify our interaction Side step closer to me bit by bit Slip your lab coat off and dip your hip Have you heard about the cat? I don’t know where that cat’s at Did the cat survive? Is it dead or alive? We may never know that Everybody do the quark Do that quirky little quark Let’s see what we can see Experimentally We’re gonna glow in the dark
9.
MONSTERS FROM PLANET EARTH Watch the sky Someone is out there, they come by night Their robot eyes Can see in the dark and shoot laser light Will they bring disease and radiation Will they steal our souls? Do they want our land? Do they want our women? Have they come to take control? Hide your children, head for the hills Run for all you're worth We're being invaded By monsters from planet Earth They come in peace They come with weapons, so do what they say They speak English They give orders - we obey But we have sticks And we have stones and we have faith And we have time And we have God to give us strength So hide your children... We have no white coat scientists To find the monsters' weaknesses We have no secret weapon In this war of the worlds Beneath their mighty metal claws Our homes are turned to dust because There is no secret weapon In this war of the worlds This is a war of the worlds This is a war of the worlds When they come tonight Will they bring a rain of food or fire? Or seductive words To make us want what they desire? And when they're gone When they have flown back into space We will go on But what new monsters will take their place? Hide your children...
10.
Radio 04:12
RADIO I staggered into my car, looked at the road, too tired to drive But I drove it anyway; thank God I made it home alive And the only thing that kept me going was singin' that song I played it over and over, pretending you were singin' along I pulled into the driveway, heard the brakes squeal Turned off the lights, put my head down on the wheel Killed the wipers, shut down the heat Rolled up the window, pushed back the seat and then I turned off my radio I turned off my radio I turned off my radio But the music kept playing in my head Yes, the music kept playing I was home in my bed, heard the alarm, too tired to rise Put the pillow on my face again, refused to open my eyes And the only thing that got me going was hearing that song And the music of your voice in the next room singin' along Not asleep or awake, I was somewhere in between I tried to remember – what a crazy dream Rubbed my eyes and tried to touch my toes Looked on the floor for yesterday's clothes and then (repeat chorus) Turned it off, and the music kept playing (3x) Longer and longer, louder and stronger Now I’m in tune with something else instead No buds in my ears, no headphones on my head Now I see it’s always in the air You're here with me and that song is everywhere since (repeat chorus)
11.
ANATOMY OF LOVE When I'm with you, I look at you through the eyes of love And when we part, I dream at night of the thighs of love Forever more I will love you with the heart of love And all the rest of the body parts of love When we kiss, I taste the taste of the lips of love I pull you close, and get a grip on the hips of love Call me a fool - I can't resist the mystique of love And I can't resist squeezing the dimpled cheeks of love It's like a vision from heaven above When you reveal to me the anatomy of love When we make love, I'm lifted on the wings of love As I reach in my dresser drawer, where I keep the things of love I can't refuse - you know how to use the tongue of love And when you do, I call your name with the lungs of love I can't explain, you seem to have the knack of love And when I itch, you know how to scratch the back of love You're so passionate that you leave marks on the throat of love But you're civilized - you don't need the sheep or the goats of love It's like a message from heaven above When you speak to me with the anatomy of love I took Biology, Physiology That's right - I'm a Bachelor of Arts But I didn't understand ‘til you explained to me That the (w)hole is greater than some of the parts That's why I'm aroused each time you enter the zone of love It curls my toes, and my nose knows the eau de cologne of love Sometimes we fight, but we'd never break the bones of love And then the bad times pass, like the gas or the stones of love 'Cause the love within is deeper than the skin of love Your kiss so wet, it dribbles down the chin of love Yes, I confess, I love the original sin of love You've infiltrated me like the Ho Chi Minh of love It's like a song born in heaven above In the poetry of the anatomy of love
12.
OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC LOVE I dreamed that I was Adam in a fantasy you starred in You are Eve, and you embrace and place my serpent in your Garden But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine your extremes Of overly enthusiastic love Despite my inexperience, ineptness and incompetence My innocence and reticence and occasional incontinence You hold my hand and other parts and assure me of your confidence With overly enthusiastic love No, not again, my bunny rabbit Not so soon, my turtle dove I’m not used to your enthusiastic love Just a kiss to break the ice, a little foreplay would be nice I’m more Sleepless in Seattle; you adore Miami Vice You say anything that feels good once feels even better twice Or thrice: that’s overly enthusiastic love I’m content to be the object of your pouncing and your trouncing But my throat and back are sore from all that hollering and bouncing And it’s up and down and all around ‘til all the neighbors hear the sound Of overly enthusiastic love No, not right now, my bunny rabbit Not so hard, my turtle dove I’m unprepared for your enthusiastic love Your loving is so passionate and sensual Although it’s strenuously unconventional We do erotic variations of the Lotus and Half-Frog Then the Cat, the Cow, the Camel and the Downward-Facing Dog It feels so good when you unroll me and unknot me and unfold me From your overly enthusiastic love Hold me in a sweet Half-Nelson, crush me with your scissor thighs You practice all your wrestling moves; I get my exercise And when you’ve pinned me down you want to go another round You win with overly enthusiastic love Please not so fast, my bunny rabbit Gentle now, my turtle dove I’m overwhelmed by your enthusiastic love You love me ‘til I’m crazy, you love me half to death I’m droopy, drained and dizzy, won’t you let me catch my breath? I’m concerned about my heart rate and my aggravated prostate Due to overly enthusiastic love You surprise me in the closet and against the basement door On the railing of the balcony and on the kitchen floor Let’s relax here on the tile, can we just stop and snack a while? Then back to overly enthusiastic It’s amazingly elastic Pyrotechnically fantastic (Sometimes rubber, rope or plastic) Your excessively gymnastic Overly enthusiastic love
13.
Another Life 03:56
ANOTHER LIFE The world is in another everyday man-made mess But we can fix it with technology, I guess And you and me, we might disagree on a couple of things That may be so, but you never know What a brave new world tomorrow brings And it’ll be all right It’ll be all right It’ll be all right in another life We drive so fast, ignoring the danger signs All good things come undone again, in time And you and I, we can only try; give the wheel a spin Take it on the chin, find the strength within Like the polar bears we can swim and swim And it’ll be all right It’ll be all right It’ll be all right in another life In the future I can see a rainbow Floating slickly on the water, from sea to shining sea And that rainbow is the echo of a promise It might be fire or it might be ice But the world won’t end the same way twice There’s a happy herd of independent minds And it’s best to just ignore them all, I find ‘Cause me and you, we can see what’s true, we can watch it go down If they throw the fight, let’s kiss and say good night Try to get it right the next time around And it’ll be all right It’ll be all right It’ll be all right (in another life) It’ll be all right It’ll be all right It’ll be all right in another life

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released May 21, 2021

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New Middle Class is Barbara Borok (lead vocal) and Mike Borok (guitar/vocal). Their many songwriter awards include Grand Prize in the 2003 MTL Songwriting Contest at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and, most recently, finalist in the 2019 S. Florida FolkFest Songwriting Contest. They sing about relationships and current events gone awry, the origin of the universe, and desserts. ... more

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