The Castle is Burning!

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'The Castle is Burning!' is the first album in a new One Dog Clapping series entitled 'Meeting the Changing Landscape.' This album takes stock of the landscape we find upon exiting Entropy House.

All songs are Flipdog, as are all performances. On this album, at least.

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released March 27, 2018

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is Flipdog, who has been home recording since the dark ages (1994), releasing it since 2001

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Track Name: Meatsuit Cheapseats
There was codekill on the verge
I stopped to decipher it
there was codekill on the verge
I stopped to take life from it

I left my skin, I left my bones, I left my footprints in the blood
There were fingerprints knocking at the door they left vibrations I couldn't trust

We make new shapes out of those imposed so the system doesn’t crash
we change these shapes before they enclose that’s how life moves amongst the trash

In the cheapseats try to see whatever you can

Kills 99% of bacteria
kills 99% of life
kills 99% of hysteria
the 99% of your life

In the cheapseats you try to see anything you can

If the boundary is fluid it’s not a boundary
if the boundary is solid you’ve got a quandary

Got the lever on the floor it isn't even hidden
got the fever but I want some more or is it forbidden

In the cheapseats you try to see everything you can

I met the Gods but didn’t know their names
they waved and walked on by
I see new Gods almost every day
I can’t be expected to remember everything!

In the cheapseats you try to see what you can
In the cheapseats you try to see anything you can
In the cheapseats you try to see everything you can

There was codekill on the verge
See the codekill on the verge
always codekill on the verge
I stopped to give life to it
Track Name: Don't Blame the Cuckoo
I'm feeling lucky
as I turn and face events again
staring down the fire in my eyes
that I'd written off as dead
I said I'm feeling lucky
as I turn and face the fates again
updates every hour
shifting sands in real time

And if you die
Don't blame the cuckoo

I said that I'm lucky!
as I'm making my escape again
somewhere impossible
going back further down the thread
I'm tellin you I'm lucky
I never waste my footprints
sirens wailing on message
shifting cycles in a rhyme

And if you die
Don't blame the cuckoo

I feel lucky
watch me build a bigger castle
see how it turns into a city
where even siren songs are cries for help
I said I'm feeling lucky!
in my technicolour dreamcoat
nanoparticles
shifting every which way to fit the pantomime

And if you die
Don't blame the cuckoo
Track Name: Counting Zero Sums
You sweep it under the carpet
until it grows into a mountain
send up your best explorer
wonder why he doesn’t come down

cheap at all the prices
cheating all with prices
keeping all the prizes
can you count the zero sums

You wait until they’re addicted
and then you cast the first stone
You make criminals of victims
Then ride your horses through their homes

cheap at all the prices
cheating all with prices
keeping all the prizes
can you mount the zero sums

Just to gaze upon it gives me sweet release
did I think that out loud?
The trophy’s there on the mantelpiece
now get your picture and get out

cheap at all the prices
cheating all with prices
keeping all the prizes
keep them all
cheap at all the prices
cheating all with prices
cheapen all the prizes
another zero sum
Track Name: No Wheels on My Wagon
No wheels on my wagon, I'm a statue on the road
watching as the vehicles forever come and go
where they think they're going I can only imagine
as I wait here by my unmoving wagon
are you going?

No wheels on my wagon, I stop and look around
I wasn't really moving but I only noticed now
if it’s better to travel than it is to arrive
then look at this wagon - it's in no state to drive

are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
or just jumping up and down

no wheels on my wagon, I'm playing a new game
the object is to be a statue without a name
if you had a memory then what would be your action?
come and play the game with me take the wheels off your wagon

are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
or just spiralling around

the wheels turn around, wheels within wheels
automotion and automation illusions of movement
despite corrosion and abrasion, delusions of improvement
Because you're kicking your heels and jumping up and down
head up in the clouds but nothing on the ground
blinded by the sights and deafened by the sounds
are you going somewhere or just spiralling around?

are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
or just jumping up and down
are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
are you going somewhere?
or just spiralling around
Track Name: Disappointed Fantasist II
I can’t get right today
I lost something when I lost my way
I’d talk if I had something to say that’s not disappointing at me

I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
Listen
I’m missing
My day is lost to wishing
I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
I can’t keep waiting for the world to fall down
I’m a disappointed fantasist
Why does it always turn out like this?

I can’t quite work out why
I think some things and they must be mine
It’s not as if I even try and insults to the winners

I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
Listen
I'm missing
my day is gone to wishing
I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
I can’t keep waiting for the world to fall down
I’m a disappointed fantasist
Why does it always turn out like this?

It just won’t work today
I can’t think where I lost my way
I’m sure I had some things to say or absolutely nothing

I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
Listen
I’m missing
My life is gone to wishing
I can’t keep waiting for the world to come round
I can’t keep waiting for the world to fall down
I’m a disappointed fantasist
I’m a disappointed fantasist
I’m a disappointed fantasist
I’m a disappointed fantasist
Why must it always turn out like this?
Why must it always turn out like this?
Track Name: Rabbit in the Headlight Blues
A little bit of everything is coming in again
a little bit of everything and everything’s remains
a little bit of everything is driving me insane
a little bit of everything and everything again

oh, I don't know whether to laugh or die

You'll never get to heaven when you're hedging your bets
you’ll never get to heaven with your hands out-stretched
you’ll never get to heaven with a secret handshake
you’ll never get to heaven with a tension headache

oh, I don't know whether to laugh or die

you’ll never get to heaven by following fools
you’ll never get to heaven by following the rules

You'll never get to heaven with a feather in your cap
you'll never get to heaven with your mind intact
you’ll never get to heaven without knowing where you’re from
you'll never get to heaven with your pants still on

oh, I don't know whether to laugh or die

You’ll never get to heaven without losing your grip
you’ll never get to heaven without losing your shit
You’ll never get to heaven shouting out your name
you’ll never get to heaven going back the way you came
Track Name: Make Your Own Shadow II
Where's your sense of skullduggery
You'll never fit in these open eyes
Where's your notion of foul play
My advice, oh here's my advice
You can start all over again
Just a scratch you need not itch
It's not as if anyone will know
You can make your own shadow

seems that I'm anaesthetised the sun will rise over my dead body

Caught you walking on the walls
Time to let the brackets go free
had enough, not home again
What if there’s no such thing as eventually?
Before you give in, there's this to consider
When you aim your belief, it sits a bit better
You can take it anywhere you go
You can build your own shadow


seems that I'm anaesthetised the sun will rise over my dead body
(See the light there's magic in your sight
dancing flames make the dancing shadows)

But I didn't like your halo
And it doesn't resolve
It's not hard to envy you
my advice...

seems that I'm anaesthetised the sun will rise over my dead body
(See the light there's magic in your sight
dancing flames make the dancing shadows
See the light dancing with your eyes
dancing flames make the dancing shadows)

Find one that’s real
is this one real?
hide one that’s real
is that one real?
Track Name: Colony 6
She felt it through the buildings
he heard it through his teeth
it was artificial, lazy
it was whispered incomplete
oh they made it to Valhalla
but their timing had no essence
they’re expected to dance
to the echoes of their ransom

So here’s your chance
now you can make us regret
what we never gave to you
and now you’re never gonna get
you’re not the only one who cannot guess
what hid behind the screen
the density, the atmosphere
and all that’s in between

When your mind is doing spirals
then you never stop to think
it’s irreplaceable, this chain of logic
and oblique
you’re paying for it now
what it costs for a parade!
but with the wheels returning
you’ll get it back in spades

And there are monsters in the ashes
you can hear them choking when it’s quiet
a black reservoir of creation
they sell amazement by the campaign
nations rise every sunset
with delusions as limitations
the puppets are sold their strings
the clowns are wearing the crowns

All that wasted disinfectant!
Track Name: New Valhalla
Were you listening in New Valhalla
as the heroine ran off with her clothes
we were dancing around the campfire
hoping that she would come back to one of our shows

Pyramids!
I want me some pyramids!
I want my name to be remembered across the land
Mountains!
I want to move mountains!
I want the world to shake as my legend expands

keeps things in their place
encourages escape
accommodate
watch them change their shape

Footprints!
I want to leave footprints!
I want the children to know these tracks were mine
Monuments!
Statues and monuments
I want to leave proof that I was here behind

Fiddling!
I’m just fiddling
Rome can go to the ashes for all I care
Are you watching in New Valhalla?
Look upon my works – if you can find them – and despair

Worth its weight in dust
Worth its weight in ashes
Worth the time in rust
Worth its weight in trash

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