Try Another Universe

 

Try Another Universe - Lyrics

© 2021 by Bill Crozier

1. Spinning Wheel

Gotta tell you how I feel

Running through the maze

Take one off the spinning wheel

Every seven days

Got no choice we had a deal

I can't control the blaze


Two point five four, an inch exact

Give those guys another star

If you reach around the back

You might find a new guitar

If you reach inside your head

Better meet me at the bar


What the hey, I'll try it out (chorus)

Won't do me any harm

Time to play, time to shout

Third time's the charm


If at first you don't succeed

Chop out the second verse

Try to find another seed

Try another universe

I got all I really need

Remembering December first

(chorus)


Gotta tell you how I feel

Running through the maze

Take one off the spinning wheel


2. Rocket Ship Island

Rocket Ship Island (chorus)

Along the equator

Get in line and

I'll see you later


On Rocket Ship Island I was born

Everyday I watch them soar

I study the motors

I watch the loaders

Drive through the cargo doors


I am a chemical man

High on hydrazine from a can

Eyes open wide, I'll catch a ride

Fly off to some fantasy land

(chorus)


Call up a friend from the ages

And talk about boosters and stages

Did you see Number Five

As she flew down the sky

No, I can't see too much from the cages

(chorus)


Years gone, I'm still on the case

To find my way into space

Now I drive a loader, it gets me closer

But I still can't get off the base


I grew up thinking I had a chance

To fly by the seat of my pants

Here's what I found

I'm stuck to the ground

But I still learned how to dance

(Instrumental)


Come on over to my place

Who needs to go out into space?

Open your eyes, you'll get a surprise

This island's a beautiful place

(chorus)


3. Jesus, Mary, Joseph

Jesus, Mary, Joseph in suburbia

Do you think it's a good idea

14 gauge wire running to His crib

Baby Jesus hooked up to the grid


Holly, golly, fa la la (chorus)

So on and so on

Jesus, Mary, Joseph on the lawn



If you kill a reindeer

Or do something just as bad

Don't plug Him in till after Christmas

Then you will get everything you want

Jesus, Mary, Joseph on the lawn

(repeat chorus twice)


4. January 8 (Another Day)

The sun comes up a little sooner

Shining the same on

The babies and the boomers

Light comes streaming into the room

Keep it up, sun, keep out the gloom


In Turnersville, renew my registration

Get in the fast lane

Get with the situation

I wouldn't have to do it at all

If I had mailed it in the fall


I went to the bank in the same plaza

Got one hundred dollars in cash-a

That reminds me of Kasha and Wang

I miss them, I could miss whole gang


It's another day, do it again (chorus)

Crow like a rooster, lay like a hen

For the sun has gone over

Over and over

Long before we can remember


Taste a new ale, it's good and piney

Red like the sunset, just as shiny

I write it all down and if it's a winner

I'll brew it again and drink it for dinner

(electric piano solo, chorus)


I do what I want, do what I need

I don't get pulled over

I don't have to speed

Up on the hill or down in the hollow

My way is clear for whatever follows


The sun goes down a little later

Because I don't live on the equator

Light still streaming into the room

Keep it up, sun, keep out the gloom

(chorus)


5. Ribbon V 1.0

Take a block of wood you found

Drill it full of holes

Wind a wire round and round

Peel it from your soul


Run a piece of foil thru

Bend that narrow band

You try to make it true

Takes a steady hand


After you take a break

After you blow your nose

Easy like a piece of cake

I want two of those


Plug it in and start to cry

There's something you forgot

Put it in and then you sigh

You made this did you not?


Mikey doesn't know the words

Eat a can of soup

Cut it up and make it curve

Paint it with some goop


Spend a couple dollars

Spend a lot of time

First you get to holler

Then you make it shine


6. Snow Geese

Why are the snow geese

Flying north so early

They should take to the air

In late February

Winter is over, like in my dream

We're in deep shit, man

That's what it means



Flocks of birds flying

As the Earth starts to rumble

Red lava shoots out

As the mountains crumble

The Earth is angry

You should have seen it

We're in deep shit, man

That's what it means


The Earth replies (chorus)

By spewing out dust

There's a big thermostat

Built into the crust

As she gets warmer

She's throwing some rocks

Just as I put on my new fuzzy socks


The dust flies up high and

It blocks out the sun

Airports shut down as I get ready to run

Temperature falling, sunsets in the red

We're in deep shit, man

That's what I said

(chorus, instrumental)


For 3 billion years

The Earth has been breathing

Long time she's alive

She knows how she's feeling

I check my facts get a couple of hits

Are we in deep shit, man

Or am I full of it?

(chorus, first verse)


7. The Elusive Moon

The elusive moon

Falls into shadow

Tried to catch it for you

My cereal, soggy


But it's OK

I saw the best one

At your place

On the side of a hill


I ran outside

When the children

Banged pots and pans

To call back the moon

(Li'l instrumental, repeat first verse)


8. Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo (chorus)

From Ohio

Call me “Skipper”

Put on a slipper


If you knew how I felt

You'd put on a belt

Looks like that sarong

Won't stay there very long


Pull it up to your neck

Before you get arrested

But then I might see

Your ankle or knee

(chorus, instrumental)


I saw you at the fair ground

Before you let your hair down

I believe they got it right

When they named you Aphrodite

(chorus)

How far up your legs go

I don't need to know

I simply froze

Looking at your toes


You're fantastic

Made of thermoplastic

I could plan ahead

For some crackers in my bed

(repeat chorus, fade)



9. Future

I saw the rocket boosters

Land at Canaveral

I had no idea that was gonna happen

Nobody told me how far we have come

I thought it was a movie like 2001

I thought it was a movie like 2001


I may need to give a nod to Elon

Everyone I know has been

Saying for eons

“Where is my flying car?”

There is a red one between Terra and Mars

There is a red one between Terra and Mars


If you didn't see the boosters (chorus)

I got a watch you can borrow

The past becomes the future

We need a new name for tomorrow


They keep building things

They tell us we need

So they can take our money

Grow the economy

If we want to grow every year

We gotta pay

Even if it kills us like it does every day

Even if it kills us like it does every day

(chorus, piano instrumental, chorus)


Now what should we do

You could ask the smartest guy

If he had not just died on the day of pi

“To the planet Mars

Some people we must send

'Cause in six hundred years

Our life on Earth will end

'Cause in six hundred years

Our life on Earth will end”

(chorus)


10. I Got an Idea

I got an idea (chorus)

Idea in my head

Idea on the screen, idea on the bed


Turn up the heat to 60 degrees

The filament sticks, it's hard to release

I slip under the blade of a driver

Pry off the parachute and skydiver

(chorus)


A ballerina, dice I can roll

I print an ocarina with holes

(ocarina instrumental, chorus)


I found a future never imagined

Infinity wishes, take that, Aladdin

I try to sleep, wake up with a jolt

As I was dreaming about nuts and bolts


I got an idea...


11. The Lions of Mars

The lions of Mars

Chase the lambs into April

They run the lambs down

Till they have their fill

The old white pine, tall and majestic

Fell with the wind who said Mxyzptlk

Backwards


The old white pine

Took out the spruce tree

It set the neighbor's chickens free

There's a big stump

Reaching up to the stars

I'd like to cut it up and make a guitar

Sound board


From lemons you make lemon pie (chorus)

Just what you need

When you are feeling blue

But keep your eye upon the sky

You never know when the

Tree's gonna fall on you


I cut up the tree, and what'd I do next?

Play a game fetch

With my old friend Rex

Throw it in the back in a great big pile

I think we got enough for awhile

Firewood

(chorus, first verse)


12. Vapor

What's black and white and

Read all over?

No one gets that joke no longer

All the print has gone to vapor

No one reads the paper


Without request you make a bargain

You are drawn into the margin

They drag you to the market

You become a target


(Every magazine

You have ever seen

You can read for free

If you eat your cookies)


You might as well get behind

The Google Car and get in line

You will never disconnect it

You've been infected


(Every magazine

You have ever seen

You can read for free

If you eat your cookies)




What's black and white and

Read all over?

No one gets that joke no longer


13. Tailgate Revenge

There's a guy behind me, right behind

Horn blows at the gate

He cuts across behind me

He must be running late


I cut left and follow (chorus)

Racing with the swallow

I see your intention

Cruising the Extension


See the deer in the clover

You wanna run them over

Try to count to ten

Before you take tailgate revenge


Now he's behind a Mini Cooper

Runs her off the line

When the guy pulls ahead

The Mini gets behind

(chorus)


See the deer in the clover

You wanna run them over

Try to count to ten

Don't take tailgate revenge

(instrumental)


See the deer in the clover

You wanna run them over

Try to count to ten

Before you take tailgate revenge


14. Pyramid

Go to the shed for the clam-shell digger

I dig a little hole but my brain says it's bigger

Go to the Depot after watching a vid

I plumb a post, start the pyramid

I plumb a post, start the pyramid


Its got four sides and a wide angle

12-foot 4 by 4 ready to wrangle

Stir the cement and the stony red dirt

The end of July stuck to her skirt

The end of July stuck to her skirt


Hail to King Khufu (chorus)

Hail to the goddess Bat

Hail to King Khufu

Hail to the goddess Bat

(Instrumental)


All of the lines start to come together

A saw and a hammer

And some stormy weather

After a beer, after taking a vid

I stand back, look at the pyramid

I stand back, look at the pyramid

(chorus, instrumental fade)


15. I Love Nature

A monarch alights on the chop saw

What a beautiful creature

Sliding 10” compound miter

I love nature


While biking a squirrel dash before me

No need to suture

27-inch 18-speed horsey

I love nature


Go lift your car (chorus)

Go lift your house

Tell me what you wanna do

Born of the Earth

Every machine

From lever to pulley to screw


A hummingbird poses for glamour

While I'm nailing some lumber

16 ounce fiberglass hammer

I love nature


A cat takes a nap 'neath the tractor

To how many lives does that take her?

Twenty horses with a cow catcher

I love nature

(chorus)


While grilling I see a black spider

Red hour glass underneath her

3-burner gas with igniter

I love nature

(chorus, first verse)