Hippopotamus

by The Pizza Thieves

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released October 25, 2011

The Pizza Thieves are:
Wade Best
Robbie Fetter

Garrett Holt - Additional vocals on "Gurlz Eyes" and "Real American Boy", whistling, shakers.

Michael Grassi - Violin on "Way Out West!" and "Vitrification/Pt.2"

Michael Slemmons - Trumpet on "Way Out West!"

Recorded, produced, and mastered by Chris Harris at Hook Echo Sound, Norman, OK.

Album art by Bella Siewert.

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Track Name: White Flag
I’ll surrender, if you’ll surrender, we’ll meet each other half way.
I found a lover, I know I love her, sometimes I have a hard time saving face.

Remember when you called me Hitler and I told you I don’t shave that way?
Take off your lipstick, cause it don’t mean shit, I like your lips to be bare anyway.

Now this body’s a mausoleum hiding the place where a man used to be.
Gotten to the point where I would rather be six feet under than here in my seat.

Nobody’s perfect under the surface, maybe I’ve been thinking too much when I should just sing.
And they’ll say: What’s all the commotion? Showing your emotion? Maybe that brain of yours has finally sprung a leak.

But I’ll surrender, if you’ll surrender, we’ll meet each other half way.

Melodramatic, stupid antics, my eyes look like I’ve been dead for three days.
I found a lover, I know I love her, sometimes I deserve a swift punch in the face.

Being nihilistic feels so intrinsic; I had it mastered by the age of eight.
Got pocket aces, managed to waste it, overplayed my hand with my staunch poker face.

Why am I always so fucking tired? And why can’t I get up today?
I bought some cookies to keep from crying, they’re Double Stuf and I’m stuffing my face.

And I’ll surrender, if you’ll surrender, we’ll meet each other half way.
Track Name: Untitled 9
Drive down sad streets,
Push the pedals beneath my feet
To make this car go faster,
At a higher velocity.

Something about locomotion lends itself to emotion.
And I tell my eyes, my eyes, to open
So I can think about
What'd you mean, what the hell did you mean?

Tires touch the pavement, tires touch the pavement.
My heart's your empty basement, my heart's your empty basement.

What did you mean, what the hell did you mean?
Track Name: ¡Run, Run, Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Rabbit Run!
Run, run Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Rabbit run.
Catch up to Little Bunny Foo Foo, cause I know that you two are in love.

Run, run, run rabbit, run.

Diffident and stupid, don't be so stupid, just do like I said, herein above.
Insecure and useless, don't be so toothless, why are you so afraid to fall in love.

Run, run Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Rabbit run.

Run, run, run rabbit, run. Alright.
Track Name: Real American Boy
I don't wanna have kids, only to have them find out
That daddy's not a real man, no daddy's not a real man.

What kind of loving girl could ever respect me,
I don't respect myself, so why should anybody else?

Cause I'm not a real man and I'll never be.
I'm not a real man and will I ever be?
I'm not a real man and I'll never be.
I'm not a real man and will I ever be?

What is a real man and who is he?
What is a real man and where is he?
What is a real man and where has he been hiding all this time?

So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
It's okay to feel frightened all the time.
Someone tell me that I'm alright,
It's okay to not know what to do with your life.

So, lie with my limbs in a knot,
And cover my face and head,
Think about all the shit I only think about in bed.

Cry but don't fall asleep,
Numb myself so I can't think,
Pull the covers off, and come back from the dead.

So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
It's okay to feel stupid all the time.
Someone tell me that I'm alright,
It's okay to not know what to do with your life.

So keep your chin up, kid,
We don't want you kicking the bucket,
It's to hard live but it's easy to die.

So keep your chin up, kid,
We don't want you kicking the bucket,
It's hard to be happy, but it's easy to lie.

Cause I'm not a real man and I'll never be.
I'm not a real man and will I ever be?
I'm not a real man and I'll never be.
I'm not a real man and will I ever be?

What is a real man and who is he?
What is a real man and where is he?
What is a real man and where has he been hiding all this time?

So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill you, but it likes to take its time.
So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill the real American boy.

So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill you, but it likes to take its time.
So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill the real American boy.

So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill you, but it likes to take its time.
So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill the real American boy.

So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill you, but it likes to take its time.
So, someone tell me that I'm alright,
Fatigue will kill the real American boy.
Track Name: Gurlz Eyes
Girls' eyes, they sucker me in and then they cut the line.
Girls' eyes, they sucker me in and then they cut the line.

Falling, drunken and free,
I might say that I feel fine, but I'm not.

Your eyes, they control me.
What are they saying?
Your lips are moving but your eyes do all the talking.
Always watching, turning me inside out.
Control my distance - two steps forward, two steps back.
I might look like I've got
Nerves of steel, but my nerves, they are shot,

Your eyes, they dismember me, you hide my body in your heart.
And your eyes, they dismember me, you hide my body in your heart.

Girls' eyes, they sucker me in, and then they cut the line.
But girl maybe you'll, yes, girl maybe you'll be so nice,
And cut all these hooks girl, yes, cut all these hooks out of my tired, tired eyes.

Round, happy eyes meet with mine.
And I feel so happy, happy all the time.
Your eyes, they play games with mine, I let you win last time.
And I feel so happy, happy all the time.
Track Name: Waco, April 19, 1993
Sons and daughters, sons and daughters,
can't you see that he thinks he's your father.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters,
can't you see that he thinks he's your father.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters, open your eyes while dips your heads in the water.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters, can't you see these baptismal piranhas?

My mother knew that his mind was gone,
So she told me to sing my own song,
So long...

My mother knew, but she couldn't help sing his song,
No matter how wrong.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters,
can't you see that he thinks he's your father.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters,
can't you see that he thinks he's your father.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters, open your eyes while dips your heads in the water.

Sons and daughters, sons and daughters, can't you see these baptismal piranhas?

He said "Hallelujiah", she said "Hallelujiah, he said "Hallelujiah", light the match and watch the fire -

He said "Hallelujiah", she said "Hallelujiah, he said "Hallelujiah", light the match and watch the fire burn.

Dad's eyes are burning out, your messiah is burning, your messiah is burning.

Their earth is burning to the ground, are they still breathing, are they still breathing?

The sun is shining through the clouds, the smoke and mirrors, the smoke and mirrors.

Their farce is fast flaming, your father is dead, boy, your father is dead, boy.

My mother is frantic now, she says, "Keep running, promise you'll keep running?"

She pleads, she screams so loud, the walls are caving, the walls are caving in.
Track Name: Way Out West!
Way out west, where he was born,
He is torn, pierced by a thorn.
And in the morning he'll show the world his horns,
And the world, it will ignore him.

And "I'm so worn out", said the man to his wife,
Clutching a poultry knife,
His face is snaking with strife.

And he told her that if he'd been older,
He might've been colder, maybe bolder,
But he sees what she's worth to him now,
Yes, he sees what she's worth to him now.

And he starts to cry on her shoulder,
And she, she pulls him closer,
And tells him that it's alright.
And as he cries is eyes grow colder,
And his pupils begin to smolder,
Cause the flame in them had died down,
Yes, the flame in them had died down.

And she, she pulls him closer,
And tells him that it's alright.
And she, she pulls him closer,
Closing his mouth with her lips.

And her eyes bloomed like roses,
And she touched his hands to her rose hips,
And spoke softly through halcyon rose lips,
Reassuring him of his wits.

And she told him they'd both be gone by morning.
They'd drive into the west,
And when they got to the top of the crest,
There together they'd rest,
Yes, there together they'd rest.

And the poor panicked boy is snoring,
Eased by the wind's constant roaring.
And the girl, she is sorting
The expressions on his face.

And I'm so worn out,
I believe in this fairy tale.
And I'm so worn out,
I believe her even if she isn't real.

And I know I'm a sucker for such bullshit,
Believe anything with love written on it.

And I'm so broken down,
Like flesh left on the edge of town,
Forgotten, festering, and frowned,
Forever unfound.
Track Name: Privatized
Someone tell me why I'm not a private eye?

Cause I can see it, I can see right through you and things that you make me do.
I can see it, I can see right through you, like a prism when the light shines through.

Someone tell me why, I'm not a private eye?
Someone tell me why, everything's so privatized?


Cause I can see it, I can see right through you and things that you make me do.
I can see it, I can see right through you, like a prism when the light shines through.

And you're high on the wild with Hemingway,
And you'll make me pay for all those things that I never say.

And I still don't know how the old man and the sea met.

Someone tell me why, I'm not a private eye?
Someone tell me why, everything's so privatized?


Cause I can see it, I can see right through you and things that you make me do.
I can see it, I can see right through you, like a prism when the light shines through.
Track Name: Bird Song
Be my lovebird, be my lovebird, won't you dear?
I'm a chicken, and I've been listening to all my fears.
I'm a bluejay, cock-eyed you say, pigeonholed.
I know two can, if you say you can, let's grow old.

And I can't wait to spend my summer
Twirling feathers of my crazy cross-eyed lover.
But, I'm afraid this bird couldn't be sadder,
Tears sew lines like lazy silkworm spinners.

Wish to tell my summery sparrow,
But my cold feet are on the fence, straight and narrow.
You pecked a hole to my heart and my blood felt thinner.
Wish to be your saccharine sarsaparilla sinner.

Be my lovebird, be my lovebird, won't you dear?
Before we fly our separate skies for the year.
Track Name: Skeleton Bride
These weary bones would feel just right buried alive in the garden tonight.
Flowers bloom in the eyes of the groom as he eyes his future wife, his skeleton bride.

Under a harvest moon souls are tucked in tight,
Silently slumbering under a soft yellow light.

These weary bones would feel just right buried alive in the garden tonight.
Flowers bloom in the eyes of the groom as he eyes his future wife, his skeleton bride.

Under a harvest moon souls are tucked in tight,
Silently slumbering under a soft yellow light.

I cannot wait to lie beside age-old graves and forgotten lives.
View the world from its underside, I cannot wait to kiss my skeleton bride.

I cannot wait, I cannot wait, to kiss my skeleton bride.
I cannot wait, I cannot wait, to kiss my skeleton bride.
Track Name: The City
She asked my in the city and I said no, no no no no no no.
She asked me if I was in love and I said no, no no no no.
Cause I'm okay now, this summer I was in love.
But now I'm okay, okay? I used to be so dumb.

She asked my in the city and I said no, no no no no no no.
She asked me if I was in love and I said no, no no no no.
Cause I'm okay now, this summer I was in love.
But now I'm okay, okay? I used to be so dumb.

She asked my in the city and I said no, no no no no no no.
She asked me if I was in love and I said no, no no no no.
Cause I'm okay now, this summer I was in love.
But now I'm okay, okay? I used to be so dumb.

She asked my in the city and I said no, no no no no no no.
She asked me if I was in love and I said no, no no no no.
Cause I'm okay now, this summer I was in love.
But now I'm okay, okay? Cupid pulled a hit and run.
Track Name: Vitrification/Pt.2
My heart of glass is warped and cracked,
It's on its last legs and I'm afraid.

I'm afraid that if I venture too far into this cave, my wick'll burn out and I will be enslaved in this tomb of black for the rest of my days, with no way out, and no way back.

But could you be so kind as to leave the light on?

I do not know when my heart of sand began to vitrify into a heart of glass, but now I wish that it'd just smash.

I was afraid, but then your eyes met mine and I realized that I was not alone in this cave.
And if I died right now then that's just okay, cause my heart of glass would remain intact for you to find.

Do with it as you please, use it as a coaster or put it on your mantlepiece, but please, please don't ever break it.


Pt. 2

Once I loved a girl who told me that she wasn't the girl for me, and I wanted to tell her that she was wrong even though I knew that she was right.

Would you call me lonely? Or just a bit unsuccessful? I know what you're thinking, it's alright.

But is it so wrong to love someone that you can't ever have when you know that it's right?

Is it so wrong to love someone who makes you cry?

Is it so wrong, when you know that it's right?