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by Madigan

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All songs & lyrics written, arranged & produced by Madigan Shive

Madigan Shive - cello, guitar, voice
Sheri Ozeki - contra bass, half size cello on The Contortionist's Song
Laura MacFarlane - drums, xylophone on The Contortionist's Song, additional voice on Cornerstore Conspiracies
Deborah Cavallaro - xylophone on Tick Talk, additional voice on Cornerstore Conspiracies

Recorded live to tape at Poop Alley Studio Los Angeles, CA.
Aug-Sept 1996
Engineered & mixed by Tom Grimley
Assistant engineering by Toni Gogin
except basic tracks to Cornerstore Conspiracies recorded by Sheri Ozeki in The Womb, NoHo

Eta Corina "Festival of the Hundred Handed Giants" sampled with permission & was locked grooved (LP) or random shuffle (CD) ending on The Contortionist's Song

Photos on original CD & LP release by Dana Schuerholz, Melanie Rush, Deborah Cavallaro & Madigan
Sheri's f-hole tattoo by Leslie Mah

(c) MoonPuss Music 1996

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released March 28, 1997

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Bonfire Madigan San Diego, California

Singer-composer-vocalist Madigan Shive is Bessie Smith reincarnated as a punk rock cellist, as progressive and liberal as they come. Her powerful voice conveys irresistible emotion and her music creates a new language that is as ancient as the oldest Indian medicine woman and as modern as intergalactic space travel. — Tricia Halloran, "Brave New World" KCRW-FM ... more

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Track Name: Pity Rock
i give it up. give it to me. i give it up.up.up.up.up.
bring her / to me. all she ever wanted was more.
all she ever wanted was more than a ticket /
to your back door. bring her to me. she gives it up.

like punk / it's a parody
like punk rock / we want pity!

i give it up. give it to me. i want more... bring it to me.
i give it up. make me somebody ...

like punk rock / it's a parody
like punk rock / we want pity! (repeat)
give it to me ... i give it up ... make me somebody
Track Name: Cornerstore Conspiracies
Cornerstore Conspiracies (a pirate's song)

duct tape windows and ripped out screens
who ever you didn't want here / has robbed you clean
duct tape windows and ripped out screens
whoever we didn't want here / has robbed us!

hate what you don't know then fear what you hate
just make sure you're listening now i hope it's not too too
fear what you don't know then hate what you fear
just make sure you're listening / now i hear ...

conspiracy theories at the corner store
conspiracy theories / we want more!

conspiracy theories at the corner store
conspiracy theories / i need some more ...

please sir, i want a little more
please sir, we need a little more
please sir, can i have some more ...
pls know sir, we're not leaving / until we have more!
Track Name: Middlenamed
MiddleNamed (peppermint soysauce)

it's where a bomb goes down. come crashing / crashing round.
this one for Satsuki. stomach cancer concubine.

who only wanted a sign. who only / only wanted a little time.
who only only wanted a little time. who only only dared / to try.
who only / only dared

seeking the future
she refuses to seem
middlenamed
someone else's dream

she only wanted to try / she only only dared / to touch the sky
she only / only wanted a fair goodbye / she only wanted a little time /
a little time

crossing continents
demanding the truth
all ruthles is
is a lack of ruth

crossing continents
demanding the truth
all ruthles is
is a lack of Ruth

it's where a bomb goes down. come crashing / crashing round.
this one for Satsuki. day-glo caught crashing round ..

crossing continents
demanding the truth
all ruthles is / is a lack of ...
Track Name: Tick Talk
Tick Talk

hickory dickory spock. he's the demon. gets blamed for your lack of feeling / go ...
tick tock waiting. tick-tock, tick-talk anticipating. tick-talk tick tock, just talk ...
i've got cabin fever. you're not in your chair. you're off your rocker baby /
we can't find you anywhere ... no
tick-tock. saying tick talk. oh ... just talk.
tick-talk tick tock saying .. tick-talk tick tock anticipating ....
tick tock tick talk i'm not relating / tick tock tick talk frustrating ...
what were you sayin'? just say
Q: you know what a real time bomb is?
A: no emotional release.
you know how it's said? i can't watch you
say you're tick- tock and i can't watch you tick tock / can't watch you
tick tock, tick tock ... you tick tock. tick tock... tick - talk?
Track Name: The Girl With Her Foot Behind Her Head (The Contortionist's Song)
The Girl with Her Foot Behind Her Head (The Contortionist's Song)

flying trapeze acts / acrobats / from your back / it's a long way back.
can you walk me home? / then can you find your way / back here alone?
(oh ... can i go?)

Where were you?
where / were / you
were you a witness too?

tightrope / acts / oh / uh oh / accident
acro / acrobat / you're the magician
with hole in your hat / so notorious
for your vanishing act / oh / uh oh /
accident ...

Where were you?
where / were / you

'cuz i'm i'm i'm living here in this circus (poverty/fear) / everyday / so come here tell me
where do you think we / where can we run to / too / runaway?
i'm living hear in this circus / what role do i play?

i am the strongman / who hasn't quite said / i love the girl with her foot behind her head
you're the sword swallower / you haven't yet said / you love the girl / with her foot behind her head
we're the skeptics / who haven't yet said / we love the girl / with her foot behind her head
you're the juggler / who hasn't quite said / you love the girl / with her foot behind her head
i am the fire eater / and i haven't yet said / i am the girl with my foot behind my head