In Socks Mode

by The Visible Men

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1.
Dial Tone 03:44
It's not the kind of thing that you'd say to a stranger It could mean anything Implying comfort or danger The words play hide and seek inside his head While he just lays in bed It's not an injury, but it could be an insult Given the history it'll end up as his fault "There's no redemption round" Someone said into the pay phone Now all the lines are down and he just talks to the dial tone
2.
Down to the core of the planet we inhabit You didn't say a word And I enjoyed the ride There in a room made of granite, I panicked Even though there was no cause And you just turned away But that was only make believe And sometimes that's just what I need You were real enough for me More so than TV My imagination's better than reality Daydreaming seems almost tragic There's no magic when you disappear like smoke And I sleep on a couch I wear a mask made of plastic and elastic To hide the freezer burn When I can't play your game 'Cause I'm so sick of make believe In dreams there's nothing to achieve And you're not real enough for me Neither is TV Especially when it doesn't show the shows I want to see
3.
Blow Shit Up 03:28
This is a prayer for the broken ones I know we'll make it through The cracker jack and token ones Will always step on you Don't let the bastards make you think you're the one who's insane They're like cattails on windy days And when the wind dies down The dirt and the rocks will remain Most of the ones we aspire to be Would be lucky if they were us 'Cause once you get past all their status and cash There's not really much to discuss
4.
$90 03:20
I can't relax It's a mental problem I can't afford the therapy that I need 'Cause it costs ninety dollars It's getting worse I'm lucky if I get Four hours of sleep in a row Now I'm beat And it's still ninety dollars It makes me laugh There's not even any irony Just my old brain being forced to do more So I'll have ninety dollars
5.
Hall Of Fame 03:09
I am your man You're not my girl And that's okay 'Cause by the time you awake I'll be ten thousand miles away My self-esteem is so low it appears I don't have any Which insecurity could you have appealed to? I've got so many I'm not the one I think that you've made that abundantly plain And I take my place in the loser's hall of fame I wish you wanted to talk on a semi-regular basis It's okay I've been around the block And I've seen all of these faces
6.
Strange Hash 04:35
Forgive me if I was lazy It's just because I was crazy about finding out Why I should be good But every time I explained it Nobody once entertained it They tried to deny my view When they knew I was right and they might be to blame
7.
Poker Face 02:33
It can't be true No I won't listen to you You're a liar And your poker face is bad You act so fake As if there's nothing at stake But the ante is all I ever had But I'm not so gullible anymore I lost a fortune on you The eggs and basket are a meaningless cliche 'Cause I dropped them in aisle nine back at the store Each time I make some kind of stupid mistake You blame it on the fact that I'm focused on my work My back's well built From carrying three years of guilt And I still make myself feel like I'm a jerk We should have known the introductory tone Was volatile enough that it'd make it hard to cope I'm still in love My face reads "property of" And it won't wash off 'cause I can't afford the soap
8.
We're just friends And that's alright with me But if you want a family call on me We're just friends As happy as can be Avoiding sexuality is fine with me 'Cause if I really needed sex I could pay for it Or if I was a teenage Christian I might pray for it I don't care what anyone thinks I pound my pud like Leon Spinks We're just friends And I'm a semen factory So when you want a family Call on me 'Cause if I really needed sex I could beg for it Or if I were your German shepherd I'd hump leg for it I don't care what anyone thinks I pound my pud like Leon Spinks In kitchen sinks
9.
I wait patiently on the sidelines by the field Everybody's scrambling to get their hands on you Don't let them fool you Don't let them tool you I'll be here It seems you see me as another stupid boy In time, when you know me you'll find I'm not the mean You still ignore me You must deplore me I'm still here
10.
King Shit 04:04
No one is here to receive The gifts that I've made for them Why am I always the guest at the party Who doesn't know anyone? You might have thought you recognized me But you were wrong We've never met We're not introduced I just look familiar But at least I'm the master of my own rat hole That's right I'm king shit down in turdland Everyone worships me Yeah right Yeah right How did I used to be so insecure But still remain generous? Now I'm an asshole And I've only begun I'm just getting started I am the king I wear the pants I walk the grounds There is no royal robe but certainly a crown That stinky ring of brown You never did really quite comprehend All that was asked of you You carried out all my orders as if I were the enemy

about

Executive Producer - J. Scott McLean
Produced by The Visible Men, J. Scott McLean, Bill Barnett
Mixed by Bill Barnett, J. Scott McLean, The Visible Men
Recorded by Bill Barnett at Gung-Ho studios, Eugene, OR., except:
Track 3 recorded by Don Latarski at Crescent studios, Eugene, OR.
Track 5 recorded by Glenn Bonney at Glenn Bonney Recording, Eugene, OR.

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released April 26, 2002

Dan Schmid - Bass
Dustin Lanker - Vocals, Keyboards

Also Featuring:
Jordan Glenn - Drums (6,10)
Ryan Sumner - Drums (7)
Tim Donahue - Drums (1,5,8)
Tony Figoli - Drums (2,4)

All songs written by Dustin Lanker, except 3 and 6, written by Lanker/Schmid

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