Psychoplasty (The Life And Times Of The Late, Great Captain Barnacle)

by Ken Topham

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released April 1, 2010

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released April 1, 2010

Written, arranged, performed, recorded, and produced by Ken Topham at Beef Studio

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Track Name: Captain Barnacle (Pt.1)
Oh my sweet, are you sleeping?
In the belly of the beast I released
I stand in horror, my heart clenched
Between my teeth and my cheek
Oh captain when will this nightmare
End and release the light I’ve kept locked
Up inside this swarming beehive
I clutch my knife, count to five, close my eyes and swan
Dive head first into the fire
Behind my skin on skin again and again
Strange things happen all the time in the eye of the mind
Track Name: Here, Kitty Kitty
At the top of the Ferris wheel
I slipped on your banana peel
And I fell head over heels right into your heart
Now trying to find the right words in my brain
Is like searching for the needle in the hay
And my body gets to feeling like modern art
My arms and legs and head all spread apart

We can do the cha cha cha
Baby we can ooh la la dee da
We can be the best of friends
We can make sweet sounds of romance
We can watch the universe expand

I thought I saw your phalanges twirling a pair of panties
Now I’m out here looking for a real good feel good time
Baby if you play those cards right
I’ll let you pet the bunny all night
And we’ll sip the morning sun all orange juice and wine
And I can’t believe your face tastes so fine

We can do the cha cha cha
Baby we can ooh la la dee da
We can be the best of friends
We can make sweet sounds of romance
We can watch the universe expand

Your hair all done up nice with seashells and bones and fireflies
My sweetheart you look divine. I can see the Heavens in your eyes

(And I’m coming back
Like a big train
Pretty baby
Rolling down the track
Because I’m coming back)

(What’s that scratching at
The back door?
Pretty little kitty cat
Keep coming back
Little kitty cat
Keep coming back)
Track Name: BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)
I am flesh and I am blood
I am bones and I am wood
I am nails and I am mud
I am cud

Power lines and turpentine
Touch your eyes and you’ll go blind
I am Mr. Misunderstood
I am cud

If you think I think you should
It just might do you some good
Chew me up until you’re full
I am cud
Track Name: From Tahoe (With Love)
Daylight has come
After so long
In the dark
You managed to massage my frozen heart
Finally the fire from the spark
And I’m warm again
And the sky will clear
Burn away these cobwebs
All of this for you, my dear
All of this for you

After being picked apart
By the birds
I finally return
To the open arms of the earth
And my mother, the universe
Pick me up
Out of the swamp
Set me down where ever you want
All of this for you, my dear
All of this for you

Way down deep at the bottom of the well
I can hear you sing
Can you hear me yell?
And so far as I can tell
We exist in different chambers of the same shell

So pick me up
Out of the swamp
Set me down where ever you want
All of this for you, my dear
All of this for you
Track Name: The Sound Of Sirens
My good captain, I think this ship is sinking
My good captain, I can’t breathe under water
Oh captain, what were you thinking?
I can feel my life getting shorter.

-Andrew James Topham
Track Name: Feed The Loins To The Lions
I admit it’s true, when I drag my net through you
I never catch nothing and I start to move
Like a caged animal with a taste for blood
Like a man I used to know probably would

You shake that stick like there’s something on your mind
I think that something smells like cheap wine
You want to take me on
Well I hope you like it raw

I’ve been standing in the creek
My pants pulled up to my knees
The little fish swim by
The full moon lights the sky

With one knee on my chest and the other my throat
You tell me it’s a joke, all mirrors and smoke
You can tell a lot about the mind of a man
By the way he shakes your hand
Track Name: Tree (Meet Me)
Meet me in the tree
I think there’s something in there
You really need to see
The way to a new beginning
That could be the end
Of you and me and everything

I’ve been bathing
In a steady stream
Of brilliant electricity
Some say it’s a new beginning
Or the means to the end
Of this spontaneous eternity

Meet me in the tree
I think I found a back door
To another time when we are truly free
And it may be the beginning
And it may be the end
Of you and me and everything

From the ashes to feathers of light
Burning a hole in my mind
And the phoenix passed right over me
Just like the fog that runs its fingers
Through the hair of the mountain

When the past consumes the earth,
Judging all for what it’s worth
Everything will be in focus
Everything in perfect focus

Standing on the shoulders
Of a guy who looks a lot like me
In this living breathing ladder
For what I hope turns out to be
The view I waited my whole life to see

Meet me in the tree
And I’ll kiss you like I mean it
If you promise to do the same for me
Some say it’s a new beginning
Or the means to the end
Of this spontaneous eternity

(You and me in the tree)
Track Name: The Loser
Who knows how long
I’ve been sleeping for
Who knows I’m in here?
I swear sometimes every second feels like a thousand years

Once I stretched and spread my wings
I flew so fast right into the sun and started melting
Now I’m sitting at the cliff, and I confess to the abyss
And the echo sings a song about oh, nothing

I’m not losing ground
Maybe I’m just losing touch
I won’t be around
To lubricate your crutch

I’ll guess I’ll just sit here and wait
Though my boots get so dusty
And these cuts in my hands all bloody and scarred
They look just like the ones my lover carved into my heart

I’m hoping and praying for something to come along
To flip my switch and turn me on
I want you so bad, I’m starting to twitch
Girl I love you so goddam much I make myself sick

I’m not losing ground
Maybe I’m just losing touch
I won’t be around
To lubricate your crutch
Track Name: Prelude To A Fistful Of Prawns
I was awakened by the mermaid’s kiss
Her soft and sweet and salty lips
In the middle of the back of my neck
My ship and my mind are wrecked
Please help me through the storm
Keep my body warm

My heart has been locked away
And she is the keeper of the key
On a chain around her neck
It hangs down between her breasts
Where my battered head now rests
I succumb to her caress

She sings her Siren song
All through the night, until the dawn
I’m never lost at sea
She sings it just for me
She sings me to sleep
I dream as I sink into the deep

Her gills flutter and her cheeks blush
When I tell her I love her so much
She is the red sky at night
The sun always sets in her eyes
And I’ll make another wish and sigh
As she blows me a kiss goodbye