This is off of the classic, “Voyage To Afghanistan,” album and features one of the best Abraham Cloud line-ups . Johnny G on bass, Garwood on guitar and Larry on Drums. ” Everybody’s Doing Better Than Me.” is basically what everybody thinks most of the time Everybody’s doin’ better than me, everybody and their sister Marie. Everybody’s doin’ better than me. Everybody’s got a color TV, a hundred channels and de-coder for free. Everybody’s doin’ better than me. Everybody’s got a colege degree, plans for the future that don’t include me. Everybody’s doin’ better than me. Everybody’s got a modelesque face, life’s an adventure at a super-high pace. Everybody’s doin’ better than me. I try my best to think everything through. I analyze what is what and who is who. While I sit thinking the train leaves the station, I never get where I’m going to. Everybody’s got a beautiful view, high on a hillside with jacuzzi and pool. Everybody’s doin’ better than me. Everybody’s got an Uncle Ramone waiting patiently to give ‘em a loan. Everybody’s doin’ better than me. Even people in the military see the world and get some money for free, yeah everybody’s doin’ better than me. Everybody’s in a rock’n'roll band, making records and touring Japan. Everybody’s got a high set of hopes, matching towels and some good friends who know everybody at the top of the heap. Everybody’s got American Dreamz to stay at home eating peaches and cream. Everybody’s got a stash in the bank, credit cards and an …
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Sit back and enjoy a pleasant little story about a charming little town where no one can afford the food , but somehow they are satisfied with the stories of Good Dr. Woodenhead. Perhaps this is an anthem for Occupy Wall Street because deception is everywhere. It sounds a little like modern day America, The good Doctor is of course the financial establishment who seems to have made off with everything that wasn’t nailed down and the townsfolk are us , buying the story and the hope that the hunger will go away by the light of the campfire. It sounds like a fairy tale , and fairy tales sound like nightmares if you read them at night. Abraham Cloud sounds a bit like Harry Nilsson doing the Point. Simple and effective social commentary. Sad Animal Stories is the deception of the masses by the elite. The fear for survival. The hope , The religion, The quieting , opiates administered by Dr Woodenhead . and lovely animation by Lovely.
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When news about Earthquakes , Tsunamis and Nuclear Fallout fill the air its pretty easy to start thinking about mortality. How long do we really have ? And how should we spend the time we have left, ‘Company of Strangers,’ is about how in the end, life really comes down to a moment or two. How 20 years can pass in a flash. And most of our lives are spent surviving instead of living. I wonder if any of the Japanese Earthquake Victims would have chosen to spend more time working if they had it all to do again ? hi, how are you ? how was your weekend ? and what are we going to do. today ? No. I’m OK. It’s just that this office is starting to feel like a cage. in the distance, it shines like a beacon. offering shelter to the lost and the weakened. but here. in this room. I’ve whiled away hours and planted the flowers of doom, in my life. smiles, like they say, can wipe away sadness, but this little game’s here to stay. FOR AN INSTANT I thought I knew you. That day you broke down and smashed up the cooler. crystal cool water drenched all the carpet. wild nervous laughter filled out department. as you screamed out, ” Hey what you say ? Why don’t we start our own company, and we’ll call it the Company of Strangers.” for twenty-five years I have sat by your side typing letters and memos for people who hide behind doorways with titles in hallways of horrible crime. we never had time for the things that we wanted to do when we saved up enough to be happy. it’s true in the end all …
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If you were raised by two loving parents you can never really understand the unsettling feeling of not knowing one of them. Identity is bestowed on the child of a complete family and it is fought for hard, by the children of broken homes. This is the theme of “The Children of the Milkman,” both song and album. Abraham Cloud, with tongue firmly in cheek, imagines a town gathering where it is revealed to all the townsfolk that they were spawned from the same anonymous “Milkman,” What happens when long held comforting beliefs and pulled out from under you ? What happens your family history seems comical and random ? These and other questions are answered on the full album. THE CHILDREN OF THE MILKMAN Yeah, you gotta’ know who you are, you never quite resembled Ma and Pa, you never really learned to play guitar. All right, It’s time to face all the facts, you’ve always been attracted to the map, you like to see some order on the rack. WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE MILKMAN IN NUMBERS FAR TOO LARGE TO EVER COUNT THEM WE’LL BE LEAVING SOMETHING USEFUL BY YOUR DOOR I found a picture of Daddy, he’s dead now but I bet he died real happy, what would Daddy want you to do? strange desire to wake up in the morning and drive. why else would you look so good? why else would you look so good? why else would you look so good in white? WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE MILKMAN CONCEIVED BETWEEN THE FAUCET AND THE FOUNTAIN WE’RE THE ONES YOU LEFT BEHIND
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