Low Cool (2008)

by Mark Lesseraux

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The Thing and the Other Thing This is the thing And this is the other thing This is the thing (There is a gap between the man I think I am and who I really am) And this is the other thing (I’m taking the liberty of speaking on behalf of both of us) This is the thing (There I am across the main divider) And this is the other thing (Singing to myself again, la da dum)
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Wunderkind The miasma got redirected Into the headlights of complacency Where the coddled tyrant wept Into a handkerchief of memories Beneath an onion flavored sky Breathing down on Custer’s cavalry Who though legless and half conscious Drank to better days and victory In the morning they ate lunch So as not to underestimate The precision with which minutes Outrun those who would procrastinate While their daughters and their sons Sip mimosas out at Wimbledon Cuz the children who dig ditches Bring bag lunches with sandwiches Contrary to opinion He was something like his sister Who decapitated penguins From a distance just with scissors Cutting through the dead of winter Like a fighter plane messiah In a silver spoon airliner Across France and Asia Minor The pontificating orphan Preached to throngs in Central Africa With his mother taking notes For his dad the dues ex machine Who is caring for the kid With big ideas and no direction home As annoying as he is He’s still our kid, he’s still our kid
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The Common Denominator Japanese riflemen sip ceremonial tea Amidst thunder bolts of silence Mixing the sacred with science The cocoa butter sonata In the background at Camp Grenada Makes the natives dance and sing As the camera records everything The American-Americanizer Never look direct into the light He wanna see how they rise and they fall from the highs to the floors tonight Sweet Scent of magnolia from late 1934 Wafts through the space station floor Where they keep two of every animal Everyone’s welcome here We’ve got a common denominator For every vulgar fraction To begin interaction The American-Americanizer Never look direct into the light He wanna see how they rise and they fall from the highs to the floors tonight The American-Americanizer Never look direct-out from within He wanna see how they rise and they fall from the highs to the floors tonight
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Caterpillar Wishes Chip on my shoulder Its just the weight of the world (Balanced on a boney blade) I hear a symphony Been keeping a back beat (As the melody is played) Hit on the three and five Bird to nest bee to hive I’m making my way up Been climbing the food chain (He’s been being very good) I’ve been waiting patiently With other species (Caterpillars Wish they could) Turn into butterflies And take to the sky blue sky - Can I get a witness, got to get a witness Caterpillar Wishes he was blind - Can I get a witness, got to get a witness Making up his caterpillar mind - Can I get a witness, got to get a witness To drink from the nectar of the caterpillar gods From the bottle of butterfly wine I’ve been thinking it over I’ve been thinking it over And I believe it can be done I’ve been testing the water I’ve been taking readings And I believe it can be done
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Everyone Here is Going to Die Everyone Here is Going to Die So at least have the decency to wave as you walk by We're dropping like flies Every hello and goodbye Means something Everyone Here is Going to Die I'm as cynical as the next person But Jesus Christ I'm looking in your eyes And right now you are alive Yes it all really is...something All your pretty flowers And all of your friends Will be coming to an end So let's not pretend Or act all cool about it Everyone Here is Going to Die And thats reason enough To look'm in the eye With the minutes moving by This is no time to be bashful or aloof
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The Nonsequiturist All the clues that you will need to transcend the body are in the body Mazel tov said the Jew pilgrim, not meaning it The bravest people shit their pants and proceed anyway He was always a fan of disco For fifty francs I’ll give you a fake compliment For a hundred francs, a real one And for a thousand francs I’ll … Fret not my love Tony Levin is in here In the house One man’s gargantuan error is another man’s measle shot I’m forcing now Use the Ford Luke The endless potentiality of childhood Makes a moron of death Who though a moron Is infinitely patient... Unlike you
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Barry Got a Bum Deal Barry Got a Bum Deal in the end He was fucking off as usual Daydreaming with his headphones on in the toilet Alarms going off, whistles and sirens Smoke plumes in the hallway But all he heard was… And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last When all is one and one is all Barry Got a Bum Deal in the End He was fucking off as usual
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The Breakdown Everything is bleeding together Clock on the wall has stopped Everything is bleeding together Cant tell the difference between the bottom and the top Everything is bleeding together The sky and the tree and the you and the me Everything is bleeding together The length and the width and the stick you measure with The Breakdown The Breakdown of left right and up down No more parts or sections No sense of direction Everything is bleeding together I had it all colored by the numbers And now its all going over the lines The Breakdown the breakdown of left right and up down No sense of direction No more parts or sections The Breakdown The Breakdown The Breakdown The Breakdown of left right and up down No sense of direction No more parts or sections
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Fits and Starts The sun came up slowly For a thousand years it was dark And the ocean is melting again Fits and Starts I lost all sense of direction Spent a thousand years finding one I spent another thousand getting lost again Fits and Starts In the wreckage I have found you Impossible and yet here you are In the wreckage we move forward In Fits and Starts
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BEING AND TIME After the fact comes the interpretation of the fact After the feeling comes the recognition of the feeling How can I know If I've ever been here At all How can I know If I've ever been here At all After the present comes the identification of the present After the future becomes present its past How can I know If I've ever been here At all How can I know if I am here at all
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01:39
14 Girls Dahlia in a dress, Madelyn cleaning up the mess Grace can barely see over the head of Stephanie Sarah’s pointing to the sky at Lorelei Who’s hovering above the sea with Emily Lollipops and Lace Open Face Sheetrock and pearls 14 Girls Bridget’s in her prime, Jane retires sipping wine A toast to Laura-Joe, she and Cheryl have to go To Barbara’s in Bowling Green with Kathleen Stopping once along the way to meet Renee
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They all seemed so courageous Like Farah Fawcett Majors All that talk about bionics And nowadays 6 million don’t even buy a catcher They took you to a basement To teach you about physics But you ended up reading comics on a dryer in New Brunswick With a classmate in 77 He kept his cardboard gods in the back of his parents’ van Shazam I believed in you And I guess that I still do in a way Despite all of the proof
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The Sod Is Always Greener Than the Grass on the Other Side The Sod Is Always Greener Than The Grass on the Other Side As the monkey flings his dinner plate And flaunts his family pride What your neighbor’s got The thing you so desire Isn’t half as good As what the people down the block have The Sod Is Always Greener Than the Grass On the Other Side An ape is waving to a fish Across the great divide What you think you want Is simply not as good As the other things you’ll want Once you’ve got it
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Full-length CD (originally released 1/2008). Low Cool combines high and low fidelity recording approaches. Indie rock/pop with some comedy.
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released February 7, 2008

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Mark Lesseraux New York

Mark’s mother is Irish Catholic. His father was a Russian Jew. In the 2nd grade, Mark veered “off course”… secretly. It is not clear how the "thread" was lost, but it had to do with a botched reading assignment; a chapter in a blue and yellow book left unread. Later, there were 2 nervous system glitches and at least 2 ecstatic dot connecting sessions. Finally, a Need… to sing. ... more

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