Escape Velocity

by World Racketeering Squad

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released March 8, 2013

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World Racketeering Squad is

Reed Oliver vocals
Isaac Priestley guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, string arrangements
Hunter Stanford, bass guitar on "Comet Tom"
Ben Gibbs, bass guitar on "Mr Benjamin", "Seventeen Again", "Hey Medusa", "Love Song 4 U"
Aaron Bromberg drums

Katie Holmes fiddle on "Love Song 4 U"
Megan Thompson backing vocals on “The Longest Road", "House of 1000 Tears"

All songs composed by Oliver/Priestley.

Produced by World Racketeering Squad. Recorded at 18ohThree Recordings, engineered by Bruce Chandler, and WRS HQ, engineered by Isaac Priestley.

Mixed by Isaac Priestley. Mastered by Jonny Dub.

Cover illustrations and design by Isaac Priestley.

Special thanks to: Austin Songwriters Anonymous

Copyright 2012 by World Racketeering Squad.

Released under Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.
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World Racketeering Squad plays nerdwave rock and roll--Devo jamming with the Stones on the Millennium Falcon with Doctor Who playing bass.

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Isaac Priestley

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Track Name: Mr Benjamin
Hey Mr Benjamin,
We noticed you’ve cancelled your digital cable service,
At 2067 Park Lane apartment 21.

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And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
With us.

Hi Bgen426,
Sooo....listen,
We miss you,
We know you’re no longer a member of SuicideGirls,
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And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
With us.

You unsubscribed,
Why did you leave?
Will you complete a survey,
To tell us how we could have served you better?

Dear Mr Benjamin,
We at Metro Life offer our condolences,
On the passing of your son …

And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
And we would do most any anything just to get you back,
With us.
Track Name: Seventeen Again
Shining like a diamond as I strut down the hall,
Jump back quickly or you’re taking a fall,
Got a sea of faces and they all know my name,
Can’t keep up with me you’re taking the blame,
Ride that rocket,
I’m high above the ground,
Never coming down.

Everybody bragging how they’re tougher than pain,
Dumb dumb chatter ‘bout to drive me insane,
Can’t quite figure what my future is,
All I know’s it’ll be better than this.
One year longer,
Till I get away,
Praying for the day.

CHORUS:
And I’m flying to the moon on a patchwork balloon,
Everybody’s saying “Hey clean robo, get out of my way!”
Got a thunderbolt of wonder growing under my skin,
That’s what I get for being seventeen again,
That’s what I get for being seventeen again,

Look for Ryan’s Nissan in the usual spot,
Searching for my courage in the parking lot,
Has it been three years since I last said her name,
Duck, run for cover and pretend it’s a game.
Don’t fight think it,
Cause I’m not like them,
Bell rings again.
Track Name: Hey Medusa
You know that it ain’t easy being the Kraken,
Living at the bottom of the sea,
And if I rear my head I get a smackin’,
For following Poseidon’s firm decree.

Long ago my life was not so lonely,
I found a girl to fill my deep dark heart,
But though she swore I was her one and only,
She two-timed with the boss right from the start.

Hey Medusa
I can’t resist your company,
Hey Medusa
But I’m not too blind to see,
Your love’s gonna be the death of me.

Eyes overwhelming in their passion,
We’d laugh while her snakes tickled till I groaned,
Danced to the sweet sound of waves a’crashin,
And she’s the only one who ever got me stoned.

Hey Medusa
I can’t resist your company,
Hey Medusa
But I’m not too blind to see,
Your love’s gonna be the death of me.

Our final date was set up by young Perseus,
You had that old look I recognized,
Blame gods, but it’s your cheatin heart that cursed us,
I fell apart ‘cause I couldn’t face your lies.

Hey Medusa
I can’t resist your company,
Hey Medusa
But I’m not too blind to see,
Your love’s gonna be the death of me.
Track Name: Love Song 4 U
Last night we were making love,
And you made me feel like I was part of heaven above,
But I could tell when we finished,
Something was bothering you.

And you told me it was nothing just to leave it alone,
But I care about you baby and I wanted to know,
So with a tad of tender torture,
You finally told me the truth.

Said you really love my music I should have no doubt,
But just who the hell are all the girls I’m singing about?
And if we fell apart tomorrow,
Would you become one too?

I’ll admit I wrote a song or two ‘bout love on the skids,
And the women I avoided or I wished that I did,
Or the unrequited passion,
That hit me out of the blue.

But if you stick with me long enough, I just might,

Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song about the sweet endearing things you do,
Write myself a happy love song for you.

But the happy songs I write are mostly fantasy,
Or the lovin’ that I’m hoping for eventually,
Or the one week I pretended,
I didn’t know what I knew.

And it’s easier to write about my broken heart,
Or a song about the demons tryin’ to tear me apart,
Cause I’m scared that who I’m holding,
Is just too good to be true.

But when we wake up tomorrow, I just might,

Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song about the trancendental things you do,
Write myself a happy love song for you.

And if you won’t be satisfied,
When I share all the love inside,
And how you’re lighting up my life,
I might ask you you to be my wife!

But first I’ll ..

Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song about the batshit crazy things you do,
Write myself a happy love song for you.

A man always sleeps he can forget how to walk,
If he never says a word he might forget how to talk,
And if he never puts his hand out,
He can forget what is real.

I’m a little out of practice at making things last,
Trying to ignore the train wrecks of my recent past,
If a love can last forever,
I wouldn’t recognize how it feels.

And while we’re on the subject, I think I’ll,

Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song for you,
Write myself a happy love song about the tender kinky things you do,
Write myself a happy love song for you.
Track Name: Comet Tom
Ground control to Freedom,
We see an object on a near-earth vector,
Request investigation,
Since this thing is so clearly
unexpected,

What are you seeing up there?
And should the planet beware?
Can we expect a show?
And where should we go?

Ground control, you listening?
We’ve been exploring this with all our sensors,
Tentative deduction:
It’s one of ours we thought was lost forever.

The crew is hailing it now,
Is he alive? If so how?
Getting transmission, going live,
We’ll see what’s arrived.

I can’t escape velocity,
Though this inertia still might be the
death of me,
My parabolic orbit,
Brought me round the sun in forty years,
Major Tom is finally here.

Years of spinning in the deep,
Praying that I was asleep,
Vacuum wouldn’t take my life,
Fading picture of my wife,
Time
So
Slow.

We read you loud and clear Major,
Do you have jets to steer Major?
If you can’t turn,
Then we can’t catch you.

You can’t escape velocity,
Though this inertia still might be the death of me,
And I’ve gone nearly mad,
Listening to the music of the spheres,
Major Tom is finally here.

Ground control reporting,
You’ve heard the news about our calculations,
Major Tom responding,
Why is there nothing new in any nation?

What happened to the proud cries,
That took man up to the skies?
The dream of every young man,
I don’t understand.

I can’t escape velocity,
Though this inertia still might be the death of me,
And I’ll be seeing you,
Through the cold distortions of my tears,
Major Tom clear.
Track Name: Jane's Gone (Goose Farm)
I was born in Toronto,
The city hard and cold,
Pa moved us to the southlands,
Where he wanted to grow old.

He set us to farming,
Goats, heifers and hogs,
Gray geese for the weeding,
Kept watch with the dogs.

The hogs died from cholera,
First summer, then fall,
Next spring brought the goat pox,
We buried them all.

We scraped by on goose eggs,
Raised goslings by scores,
All we had was a goose farm,
We ate but stayed poor.

Jane’s gone,
The pot’s gone cold,
There’s nothing for you now.

When I met Jane Sauder,
On a horse cart in town,
She said I could come up,
She would not come down.

I fled with my true love,
Abandoned my kin,
They would starve without me,
While I lived in sin.

Jane left me for a sailor,
Stayed barely two years,
Though I had nought to live for,
I swallowed my tears.

My pride kept me distant,
Could not face my shame,
When I left, Pa cursed me,
And the sound of my name.

My brothers and sisters,
Begged me to return,
But I loved the riches,
Their vain hopes I spurned.

Ma died last winter,
Pa he died of grief,
You’ll see me no longer,
On the farm with the geese.
Track Name: The Longest Road to the End is the One That Never Begins
Beautiful girl
By life is just lonely reminders

Of what’s in the world
Let’s go someplace no one can find us

The longest road to the end is the one that never begins, oh no
You break the mold my soul is old I’m somewhere out there searching in the cold

That’s why we’ve got to get out of this place
And find somewhere we can be alone

We’ve got to get out of this place
A new part of town where we’re unknown

We’ve got to get out of this place
We’ve got to get out of this place

We’ve got to get out of this place,
They’re tearing our souls apart.
Track Name: House of 1000 Tears
She's the kind of a girl who makes you do things that you shouldn't.
You'd think I'd know better than to go back again, but I wouldn't.
The songs about love paint an honorable vice,
But the client in love always has to pay twice.
I told myself easy to just walk away but I couldn't.

MADAME:
So watch how you spend,
And mark what you say,
Or you'll be chained here
for a year and a day.
La Dame de Maison
She always gets her way,
So keep playing.
Play! Play! Play!

Ha! Do I keep you entertained?
There on your lofty plane?
Know what rises soon falls again,
Markets hungering for your pain.
What have you to exchange?

It's the kind of a job where a girl take her heart and she hides it,
Cause she knows that some sweet man who really means well might just find it.
And as soon as he does, she knows that they're both doomed,
No man can afford to keep booking her room,
You ask does she love him, she might know the truth but she'll hide it.

MADAME:
So watch what you take,
And mark what you've said,
Your lover chained up
Till he's halfway to dead.
La Dame de Maison
Always ends up ahead.
So keep working.
Earn your bread!

Ha! Don't try to obscure,
You're someone else's belle du jour,
For your lover there is no cure,
Watching you acting so demure,
What else can he endure?

La Maison de Mille Larmes,
Ladies gaily arm in arm,
The House of 1,000 Tears,
She is waiting.
The House of 1,000 Tears,
She is waiting.
Track Name: Look at Yourself
Let’s talk about your life
you got games to play when you’re
waiting for a hero to call

what a shame to say that
you’re the one who’s taking the fall

but I came today to hide away
you know you’re not gonna slide away
from me


Let’s talk about your past
You’ve got names to say when you’re
trying to get the blame up off you (blame up off you)

and there’s the famous way that you’re
gonna fuck your way to the top (to the top)

you’ve been trained this way it’s the world today
you know you’re not gonna slide away from me

but I came today to hide away
you know you’re not gonna slide away from me
from me

So take a good look at yourself
And take a good look at your life
And know that you’ve got what it takes
You’ve got what it takes to survive

Let’s talk about us now
because it seems to me there’s
something we don’t want to be said (what’s not said)

It’s like a dream to me
to finally get you out of my head (into my bed)

you were made this way it’s the world today
you know you’re not gonna slide away from me

and I came today to hide away
you know you’re not gonna slide away from me

So take a good look at yourself
And take a good look at your life
And know that you’ve got what it takes
You’ve got what it takes to survive