Don't Blink Twice

by Herd of Sherlock

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Written/programmed/recorded/mixed within the month of November 2016, by Randall Payton (of Chez Stadium), fulfilling the National Solo Album Month challenge under the moniker of Herd of Sherlock. #NaSoAlMo

Hear more at chezstadium.bandcamp.com.

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released December 1, 2016

All composed, performed, and produced by Randall Payton. Published by Eating Words and Drinking Songs.

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Herd of Sherlock Portland, Oregon

Randall Payton has recorded and performed most frequently as Chez Stadium, but also as Herd of Sherlock and DJ Random Paydirt, and is a frequent collaborator on others' projects.

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Track Name: State of California
Between the top of the world and the old equator
A native son, no carpetbagging infiltrator
From the valley in the shadow of the mountain in the morning
Born and bred into an earthquake warning

Something in the water, could be gold
A sign of the Times, a chilling story you were told
Empty your pockets but you still complain about the cold

A slow roasted ramble isn’t what you planned
So you try to make over what you don’t understand
Innocents found on a shore downstream
A washed up reference to a boomtown dream

I know the feeling when you hate what you love to hate
Holding onto something long after it’s too late
A seasonal disorder on the magnitude of real estate
I can see it in your license plate

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya
We’re slipping’ into a state of California
...a state of California
Track Name: Working on a Plan
Things are not the way I want them, they’re worse than what they were
I’m working on a plan to save us all
A hiccup in the system and the grid’s gone down for sure
I’m working on a plan to save us all
In our darkest hour, in the middle of the day
I’m working on a plan to save us all
I don’t have all the tools I need but I will find a way
I’m working on a plan to save us all

Every river worth a crossing knows which way to run
I’m working on a plan to save us all
I don’t know what I’m doing but I know what must be done
I’m working on a plan to save us all
Here’s a golden moment to recover from a fall
I’m working on a plan to save us all
Here’s an opportunity where once there was a wall
I’m working on a plan to save us all

It’s raining every time I draw a line into the sand
So I go inside and lock the door and wash my helping hand
I’ve pulled up my own bootstraps since I learned to crawl
But I’m working on a plan to save us, one and all
Track Name: Speechless
First they came for my rotary dial
Then the tangled up cord went away in a while
Now, to pick uptake phone they force me to smile
And I say nothing

Then they came for my VCR
Then they reached for my medicine jar
Then they made fun of my old guitar
But I said nothing

I cried and I cried out: I’m not ready yet
when they came for my old cassettes
You find it for free on the Internets
but I said nothing

I wait for my moment to give ‘em my mind
But my two cents are a day late and a dollar behind
I’m rendered speechless as if by design
My two cents are a day late and a dollar behind

My Macintosh laptop was next on their list
You can always go back to PC they insist
It has a screensaver no one can resist
But I said nothing

They cam and disconnected my cable today
My shows float in the ether but still I must pay
I don’t think I can watch movies that way
But I said nothing

Every few years they show up for my vote
I throw up my hands thinking that’s all she wrote
I can consider if I could live on a boat
But I do nothing

I wait for my moment to give ‘em my mind
But my two cents are a day late and a dollar behind
I’m rendered speechless as if by design
My two cents are a day late and a dollar behind
Track Name: You'd Be Surprised
You'd be surprised at how little I care
You'd be surprised at how little you mean
I’m not in the business of making it clear
You’d be surprised at how often it works
You’d be surprised at how the light might shine
Track Name: Silica Blues
The sands of time get into everything
The sands of time get into everything
Little rocks and stones and grit
Little shells among the plastic shit
The sands of time get into everything

The sands of time get into everything
Soft as mud and hard as glass
It can go on forever but nothing lasts
Like the sands of time get into everything

The sands of time get into everything
Wearing down all the things I built
Polishing the shame and guilt
So abrasive it’ll make you mean
It can drive you back, you won’t get away clean
The sands of time get into everything
The sands of time get into everything
Track Name: Luxury Lap
Aaaaahhhh aaaahh...