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Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made

by Fol Chen

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A Transmission from Fol Chen: "You know that mysterious black object that the creepy family is staring at on the cover of Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album? Fol Chen sound like that. But we don't sound like Led Zeppelin. (We actually do a little.) Instead, we sound like Prince with Amon Duul II and a children's religious revival, not to mention Hot Chip, Pink Floyd, Gwen Stefani, Pere Ubu, Danielson Famile, Scritti Politti, Boards of Canada, The Blow, and Pulp. (Mostly.) We are using secret powers and the guidance of legendary DJ Donna Donna to combat our nemesis, John Shade. We are cryptic and joyful and we would like you to dance."

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released February 3, 2009

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Fol Chen Highland Park, California

Fol Chen makes soundtracks to a future that never was. To listen is to leave the comfort of nostalgia and land with both feet in a bolder 21st century.

Think of it as pop music for people who aren’t sure where or when they are, but who know it’s nowhere they’ve been before.
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Track Name: The Believers
We don't swallow cigarettes
breaking windows, climbing trees
don't follow me, now
don't follow me

in your closet
yes, they're there
oh well, but they believe
yes, they're believers
oh they believe

maybe it's all in my head
when I dream I dream I'm
still in bed
so you see, now
so you see

I kiss you somewhere
in between
all the dark rooms
where we meet
don't follow me, now
don't follow me
Track Name: No Wedding Cake
I could never break your heart
I could never break your, break your heart
again
listen to me

I could never break your heart
I could never break your heart again
listen to this song
listen to this song

I could never break your heart
I could try but never get too far again
you know
listen to me

I could never break your heart
I could try but never get too far
listen to this song
listen to this song

[Chorus]

I could never break your heart
I could never break your, break your heart
again
listen to these words

I could never break your heart
I could try but wouldn't get too far
listen to these words
listen to these words

[Chorus]

You're just a bit too late
you don't get no wedding cake
you're just a bit too late
the undertaker's closed at 8
Track Name: You And Your Sister in Jericho
Fuck your friends
they don't care
smoke too much and
dye your hair
spin a coil around your throat
let them talk

I stole a picture of
you and your sister
in Jericho
Track Name: The Idiot
Everybody here
thinks I'm an idiot
Everybody here
can't stop laughing

(But) how can that be true
if I'm in love with you?

Everybody here
thinks it's a big joke
Everybody here
you all think it's a big joke

(But) how can that be true
if I'm in love with you?
if I'm in love with you?

All these jets and all these trains
wake up shivering again
so far away
so far away

Is it the same for you?
oh, what can I do?

[BREAK]

[VERSES]

[AD LIB]
Track Name: Red Skies Over Garden City (The Ballad of Donna Donna)
Oh, sorry season
"Bedbugs" and "Treason"
don't dare to cry

Goddamn your pity
kick Garden City
until it cries

It's twelve o'clock in the whites
of your eyes

And in your head this song is
oooooooooonnnnnnnnnn.....

And you run too fast
like you want to fall
and you hold your breath
cuz you hate it all
there's a hole inside
where the poison goes
there's a broken dial
where your fingers froze
and the language changed
there's a hole in the sky
there's a hole in the sky
there's a hole
Track Name: Cable TV
Now you been working so hard
running in circles
like a robot shorting circuits
like it's
set to blow

i gotta make an appointment
just to kiss u baby
i'm not complaining
but i
got to know

chorus:

won't u
come away with me
i'm not rich but the first night is on me
You know I just got paid baby
i know a place and they got cable TV

So here we are by the pool
of this motel
getting dizzy from the spritzers and the
desert heat

I'm getting tired of waiting
fuck the hot tub
let's go back to the room
and watch some cable TV

Come away with me
the carpet's filthy but the ice is free
You know I just got paid,
So we could order pay-per-view if nothing good's on TV

It' s getting late
Hit the lights (but leave the TV on)
and put on the dance mix,
Let the boom box boom

I thought that I knew what love was,
then I saw you dancing
In your under wear to
"When I think of you"

When I think of you, baby
When I think of you, baby
Track Name: Please, John, You're Killing Me
John Shade
your fortune's made
you own our brittle bones

by god, it's gone too far
this doesn't feel like home
Track Name: The Longer U Wait
Tried to find you Saturday night
left a note by the stairs (saying)
"never mind that stuff from before
cuz tomorrow I don't care"

And yes the longer you wait
the more you cry

Conversation's gotten so dull
it's the weather one more time
January left me so cold
you can call me in the summertime

And yes the longer you wait
the more you cry

And if it's all the same
I think I'll never change
I think I'll never change
for you
Track Name: If Tuesday Comes
If Tuesday comes
I'll pick you up
we'll watch the cameras watch us
driving around
all dressed for the season's
goodbye

so there you are
six stories up
tapping out Scritti on your
Green coffee cup
and just for the seasons
you'll ride

Tomorrow you'll wake up
you pull back your shades and you'll
look 'round your room for clues

You smoke another cigarette
you dance around, you minuet
you make your debut
too soon
oh, it's just too soon