I Don't Know How To Talk Anymore

by felsen

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released 04 September 2013

Andrew Griffin: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards.
Dylan Brock: Guitar
Cristian Hernandez: Bass, Vocals, Keyboards.
Art McConnell: Drums

with:
Jacob Hansen-Joseph: Viola (string arrangement)
Michael “Pie Face” Fiorentino: Violin
Laela Peterson-Stolen: Viola
Lewis Patzner: Cello
Brad Brooks: Backing Vocals

Words: Andrew Griffin. Music: Felsen. All Songs Copyright 2013.

Produced by Felsen, Recorded and Mixed by Cristian Hernandez at his house, San Lorenzo, CA March- May 2013. Strings recorded by Adam Rossi at AR | Audio, San Francisco, CA . Mastered by Ruairi O'Flaherty at Whisper & Shout Los Angeles, CA.

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felsen Oakland, California

Felsen's recently completed fourth album, ‘I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore’ is slated for national release on 9-4-13. Songs were written collectively by the band—guitarist Dylan Brock, singer/guitarist Andrew Griffin, bassist Christian Hernandez, and drummer Art McConnell. Felsen has toured throughout the West and are now about to embark on their largest national tour to date. ... more

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Track Name: Rock and Roll's Not Dead
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workers working in a catacomb
but i’ve gone electric
can you hear your ear drums blow
im an ordinary worker
working in a catacomb

but wait there’s an aparition
a ghost in your head
and though its in grave conditon
rock and rolls not dead
rock and rolls not dead

tympai drums clatter
do you feel the tempo slow
backstage a drummer relaxes
and waits between blows
but i’ve gone electric
do you feel your eardrums blown?
i’m an ordinary worker
working in a catacomb

but wait there’s an aparition
a ghost in your head
and though its in grave conditon
rock and rolls not dead
rock and rolls not dead
Track Name: All You Gotta Do is Smile
some people got way too much confidence
some people got way too much charm
when they smile their teeth shine like blood diamonds
when they laugh and tell jokes, people applaud

but i’m just a loner adrift in the commerce
wading in a sea of melancholy dreams
i’ve taken the plunge unplugged the life support
gave up my wrist watch, nothings easy

in an exponential way
i get more expert every day that i’m alive, that i’m alive
when all i gotta do is keep it chambered up inside and shut my mouth
for a little while and learn to smile, learn to smile

i feel like an astronaut
confused on a subway train
i’m at my best in line at the plasma bank
exchanging blood---inhaling the oxygen
requiring a signature
do you know how I am?

i’m just a recluse addicted 2 green Tea
late night guitar watching soundless TV
broadcasting signal---the signal a smoke screen
the smoke screen my lifeboat
is it your lifeboat too?

in an exponential way
i get more expert every day that i’m alive, that i’m alive
when all i gotta do is keep it chambered up inside and shut my mouth
for a little while and learn to smile, learn to smile

do do do do do do
Track Name: I Don't Know How to Talk Anymore
i dont know how to talk anymore
i keep my doors shut
i keep my mouth shut
i’ need to be hide behind something
feel the blue lights glow and flicker across the screen

be brave
talk a walk downtown
check reflection
mirrored window
find out whats for sale
avoid all eye contact with persons unknown

fill my lungs with muddy waters
coughing up borrowed refrains
i’m afraid of conversation
i’ll text you and try to explain
I’m afraid to know you
I’m afraid you might want to know me too!

access random memory bank overflow
we’re like checked luggage
we’re like lost baggage
or abandoned shopping carts
dream the distance between us humans disappear
dream the distance between us humans disappear

fill my lungs with muddy waters
coughing up borrowed refrains
i’m afraid of conversation
i’ll text you and try to explain
I’m afraid to know you
I’m afraid you might want to know me too!
Track Name: Better Thoughts
save the world USE mind control
save yourself, save your soul
visualize success call your doctor loose 10 pounds
if you click and drag it, then you can have it.
better thoughts will keep your airplane in the sky
better thoughts slow your heart rate on the highway when you drive
i’ve got a plan
i know you’d understand
better thoughts will keep you happy and alive


rest assured breathe in then out
going clear now, that’s a mantra
always look your best
pay with credit if you must
remember represent! you’re here on business
use better thoughts----- you’ll gradually come to treasure them
better thoughts will show you patience, better thoughts are your dear friends
all that you need
is a mental remedy
better thoughts will keep you
satisfaction guaranteed
Track Name: Gimme Shelter For The Devil
god i need patience
cause i cant wait around idly
i wanna hold your hand
i wanna understand
what it takes to live life easily
i may be staring at a last sunset
oh yes
and when the devil comes
he appears
perfectly ordinary

give me shelter from the storm
bring me in where it’s safe and warm
perched upon a narrow too high
let me sleep where its cool and dry
lend a hand give another try
gimme shelter for the devil
gimme some sympathy too

i don’t wanna think anymore
i wanna watch something flicker on the screen
my days are piling up just like old magazines
there’s a ghost living now inside of me
and i swear he drew the last breath from my chest--oh yes
and when the devil comes he appears
perfectly ordinary

give me shelter from the storm
bring me in where it’s safe and warm
perched upon a narrow too high
let me sleep where its cool and dry
lend a hand give another try
gimme shelter for the devil
gimme some sympathy too
Track Name: Tokyo Electric
rise and shine
rising sun
say good morning everyone
another day has just begun
sing Ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba

a billion
atoms
you can have ‘em
in total safety total peace
smell the cherry blossom trees
and sing Ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba

Science will brighten tomorrow
there’s kilowatts for everyone
we’ve got the magic
‘cuz when carbon monoxide is choking you outside
there’s Tokyo Electric Power

now it’s clear
the time has come
to forget about the past
because the future is here right now
sing Ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba

Science will brighten tomorrow
there’s kilowatts for everyone
we’ve got the magic
‘cuz when carbon monoxide is choking you outside
there’s Tokyo Electric Power

it’s a gift from god
it’s for our own good
were a force for hope in the 21st century Now
Ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba

Science will brighten tomorrow
there’s kilowatts for everyone
we’ve got the magic
‘cuz when carbon monoxide is choking you outside
there’s Tokyo Electric Power
Track Name: Dr. Fujimoto Speaks
does anybody have some extra airmiles?
the good doctor’s waiting at Charles Degaulle
he’s got a cure for the new pandemic
if you wire funds, betcha he could send it
is there anybody out there that you could call?

cuz when dr fujimoto speaks
you better really listen
to dr fujimoto
he’s the man with the million dollar plan

dial 900, pick up your phone
connect to the bank of sierre leone
we’re building a team of future thinkers
were selling the dream now how do you drink it
it’s a goldmine for those who act right now

when dr fujimoto speaks
you dont know what you’re missing
til dr fujimoto
he’s the man with the million dollar plan

rest assured you’re not alone
don’t delay pick up the phone
the anthoplogy of bees
the autobiography of tress
looking for answers
seeking the cure
he’s open for business
his motives are pure

he’s found the cure for the for affluenza
the new model sickness sweeping the globe
there’s unlimited reward potential
transactions are all confidential
is there anybody out there who could call? oooh oooh

cuz when dr fujimoto speaks
you better really listen to
dr fujimoto
he’s the man with the million dollar plan

dr fujimoto speaks (dr. fujimoto)
you dont know what you’re missing
til dr fujimoto
he’s the man with the million dollar plan you better follow

hoo hoo hoo
Track Name: Lorazepam
i’ve got a new girlfriend
she makes me feel alright--yeah
her name’s Lorazepam
and she helps me get to sleep at night
when she crawls into my bed
then she crawls into my head YEAH
and i didnt give a damn
until i found my girl lorazepam

Lorazepam, you know i’m hooked on you---oooh
Lorazepam

i used to date her friend
her name was Vicodin--yeah
she made feel so good
you know she kept me alive OK?
But I put her on the shelf
when i sensed i lost myself
but i didn’t give a damn--oh yeah
since i found my girl Lorazepam

Lorazepam, you know i’m hooked on you---oooh
Lorazepam

the girls gonna be
the sleeply angel death of me yeah
but i dont give a damn--oh yeah!
when i’m with my girl lorazapam

(Lorazepam, you know i’m hooked on you)3x
Lorazepam
Track Name: Gunfighting At Dawn
the devil appered
he appeaed ordinary
wearing a canary colored rose in his lapel
he’s telling a joke
and people applaud
he hands you his gun and he’s laughing out loud

you learn the secret handshake
and wear the old school tie
board private airplanes the drift through the night
underneath the flood water stage
they’re stranded on the bridge like a cage
tsunami siren punctures the night like it’s judgement day

church bells blow in the breeze
bullets rain down on me
gun fighting at dawn
daggers ready, pistols drawn
meanwhile tonight i pray on my knees
if you’ve got a weapon to use dear jesus use it on your enemies

now the phone lines are down
brittish petroleum and waters up to my knees
survillance cameras only see what they want to see
barges broke adrift on the waves
meanwhile i’m stranded on this bridge now 3 days
across the overpass
a well armed milita’s---waiting for me

church bells blow in the breeze
bullets rain down on me
gun fighting at dawn
daggers ready, pistols drawn
meanwhile tonight i pray on my knees
if you’ve got a weapon to use dear jesus use it on your enemie
Track Name: Better Thoughts (Version 2.0)
save the world USE thought control
save yourself, save your soul
visualize success call your doctor loose 10 pounds
if you click and drag it, then you can have it.
better thoughts will keep your airplane in the sky
better thoughts will slow your heart rate on the highway when you drive

i’ve got a plan
i hope you’ll understand
better thoughts will keep you happy and alive
cuz all that you need
is a mental remedy
and better thoughts will keep you happy and alive

rest assured breathe in then out
going clear now, that’s a mantra
always look your best
pay with credit if you must
remember represent! you’re here on business
use better thoughts, you'll gradually come to treasure them
better thoughts will show you patience,
better thoughts are your dear friends.

i’ve got a plan
i hope you’ll understand
better thoughts will keep you happy and alive
cuz all that you need
is a mental remedy
and better thoughts will keep you happy and alive
better thoughts will keep you happy and alive
Track Name: Greetings From The Ghost of Heavy Metal Rock and Roll
greetings from the ghost of heavy metal rock and roll
we’re here to free your souls from blunt headphone trauma
chronic insomnia
rotting away at your core

greetings from the ghost
I love you
I’m here to free your mortal soul
from chronic insomnia
pacing the night on the floor
greetings from the ghost of heavy metal rock and roll

the beautiful people scare me
do they scare you too?
i’m here to show you love
like when we were younger
you swept me under
we were the best of friends

greetings from the ghost
I love you
I’m here to free your mortal soul
from chronic insomnia
pacing the night on the floor
greetings from the ghost of heavy metal rock and roll

I”m a true believer in the worst way
I’m a true believer

beware despair lurks around every corner
do you realitze with your mother’s prayers tonight
you’re still alive
know I’ll be here until the end of time

greetings from the ghost
I love you
I’m here to free your mortal soul
from chronic insomnia
pacing the night on the floor
greetings from the ghost of heavy metal rock and roll

I”m a true believer in the worst way
I’m a true believer