Childish Songs

by Mark Nelsen

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released May 31, 2012

All songs written, produced, and performed by Mark Nelsen

Mark Nelsen - vocals, guitars, bass, keys/piano, drums (tracks 4 and 5), percussion, gibberish
Sonny 'Pancho' Pearce - drums
Zoe Blank - violin, mandolin, backing vocals (track 4), snaps
Nathan Pastor - lead guitar (track 1), drums (track 3)

Recorded between 2010-2012 at The Complex-SF
Mixed & engineered by George Rosenthal
Assistant engineers: Alexi Alexaieff and Ash Clayton
Mastered by Alexi Alexaieff

"Saluka" recorded at Nathan's house, 2010
"English Teacher" recorded at my folks' house, 2009 (from the 'Acoustic Bulk' sessions)

Album Artwork: Tinoshi!
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This record is dedicated to Bill Watterson.

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Track Name: A Clown's Response
Hung on a cross - Admiring the water and blood
A Clown's Response - Allowing him a second chance
Don't hold back from lying awake in the dark

Goodbye wonder, hello vanity
I'm shining a light on everybody's apathy
Where will I go? Where on earth will I be?
I've conquered the loss - Now it's gonna conquer me

Fall back asleep and throw his body into a cave
A Clown disapproved and removed all the colors left on his face
Don't hold back from lying awake in the dark

Goodbye wonder, hello vanity
I'm shining a light on everybody's apathy
Where will I go? Where on earth will I be?
I've conquered the loss - Now it's gonna conquer me
Now it's gonna conquer me
Track Name: Crazy But Gentle
I'm crazy but gentle like the sea

Baby I don't know why the tide ain't right today
But it's gonna be alright, so don't look at me that way

I'm crazy but gentle like the sea

I'm ripping out my hair - Are you still fond of me?
I know it may not sound fair, but maybe one day you'll see:

A hidden beast inside of you and me

I'm crazy but gentle like the sea
I hope you won't think much less of me
Track Name: Saluka & I
Hiding under the bed - Whiskers tickled my head
Little skinny girl messed up the rug
De-evolved her fault - She needs a hug

Yearning for a bath under the sun
Earning foul points just to have fun
Venus waits her turn under the stars
While Saluka and her mom traveled to Mars

Purring, purring...

Asking Mother Iris for a plane (Yes you may)
Asking for the moment to sustain (Yes you may)
Asking for a rain to spark a flame (Yes you may)
Asking for a day that I can stay
So Saluka & I can play

So Saluka & I can play
Track Name: Something Missing
I'm looking for a home - One that feels like this
I'm looking for a soul - One that grants my wish
I'm looking for a girl - One who'll take my kiss
I'm hoping that the world will one day take my shift

There's something missing and I don't know what it is

I'm looking for a ghost - One who'll guide me swift
I'm looking for a host - One who'll take me in
I'm looking for a girl - One not on my list
I'm hoping that the world will one day take my shift

There's something missing and I don't know what it is
What do I do?
Track Name: Oh! Romance
Have you ever stopped to think about the stars?
And if they were the atoms of a creature?
Didn't you once say you were locked behind bars?
Did you get out in time to catch the doube feature?

Growin' up's supposed to only make you strong
But I knew right off the bat that I'd get weaker
Time after time you led me on
And the hill to turn you on only gets steeper

Romance, Oh! Romance
Settle down, go to sleep, and I'll wake you in the morning
Romance, Oh! Romance
You're filled with so many heavy questions

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead
And Hamlet waits and lights a cigarette
I abstain and retreat to my head
I'm a Romeo in need of Juliet

Cobwebs catch me - Is it worth it to break out free?
Romance all around me
Such a lighthearted substance, why on earth does it weep?

Romance on trial!
Such a coldhearted substance, left lone in denial
Romance stuck in me!
So addictive, why don't I ever O.D?
Maybe I should let her breathe
Maybe I should let him breathe
I ought to let both of them breathe

Have you ever stopped to think about the sun?
Is it God? Is it us? Is it a portal?
Should we die today and meet up above
I hope you'll allow me to be most cordial

Romance, Oh! Romance
Settle down, go to sleep, and I'll wake you in the morning
Romance, Oh! Romance
You're filled with so many heavy questions
Track Name: A Pear in the Apple Tree
There she goes again - She is whirling in pretend
And for no apparent reason, she has grown up once again

A template for a humble mind is all I can afford
Embrace it with your lunacy that you and I adore
We'll give, we'll take, we'll share the floor
Then we'll wake up and cry
We'll give the rest, we'll make mistakes
But at least we will never lie

There she goes again - She is whirling in pretend
And for no apparent reason, she has grown up once again

Maybe it was because i was just a little too nice and shy
The anatomy of her homeland doesn't welcome foreign skies
Accustomed to her farm and welcomed by the plow
The dust is now a brewin' and my vision is blurry now

There she goes, There she goes...

There she goes again - She is whirling in pretend
And for no apparent reason, she has grown up once again

There she goes again
There she goes again
Track Name: Rain or Shine
I met a girl who predicted this climate of mine
Right place, right time when predicting this climate of mine

That I foretell and I take pictures of the bad times
Developing slide after slide
Won't lie - If it takes patience then I won't mind
At least I'll feel better inside

I met daylight even when she wasn't so kind
Right place, right time when predicting this climate of mine

Better when better inside
At least I'll feel better inside

I met a girl who predicted this climate of mine
I met daylight even when she wasn't so kind

She finds a man but returns with haste - Ambiguous craze
She come home and then she cry like the rain
When will she stop playing this game? I want it to end
She gained leverage by driving all men insane
It only stops when I'm lost or dead

I met a girl who predicted this climate of mine
Rain or Shine
Track Name: Still Life
Still Life, Still Life - Where are you going?
You've grown older - Comfort in hiding
There you lay low and take part in song
Still Life, Still Life - Deserve to be drawn

Wonder, wonder - All we do best
Same old, same old young dying man
Came like a girl who delivered a nest
Still Life, Still Life - Still, life is fresh
Track Name: English Teacher
Swindle by - Show me your license over the phone
Even if I try, I'll throw your dog a bone
Snoopy were you a sketch or just a score?
Whatever you are, I've placed you in my drawer

Dust is just a memory evolved into a melody

Stretch out my legs - the only work I'll do
The shower is fresh- A certain little something I knew
Steam was nice until it became shallow
Dry off, clothe myself in a whiff - Exit my 3-bedroom condo

The English Teacher reads
My mind and all my dreams
Discreetly he proceeds
Teacher tells me what I need
Arrivederci