Countless Times

by Knock 'Em Alive

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VERSE 1: Strobe Light dieties Blinged out rosaries JumboTron homilies G-O-D up on the marque CHORUS: You, you better behave yourself You, You Better Behave Yourself Rhinestones in your BibleBelt Oh, you, you better behave yourself VERSE 2: The latest stunt you pulled includes Pills, sex and booze Hide your dragon tatoo Your combat books Pray don't salute CHORUS: You, you better behave yourself You, You Better Behave Yourself You've got the by-the-book, book Oh, you, you better behave yourself OUTRO: You sing glorious anthems With a crowd full of randoms (2x)
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VERSE 1: Your dumb founded, lost stunned, astounded How I managed To hop over obstacle, catch flaming arrows, defuse lighting bolts Cracking the code must be possible, must be possible BRIDGE: Its such an undertaking, a massive undertaking Can't grasp it 'Cause you follow the masses, the masses, the masses CHORUS: I'm taking my own scientific poll Let me know, if you think you're in the starring role I'm taking my own scientific poll Were you told, that is all scripted down to every last syllable. VERSE 2: You were lost, but rebounded Can't recounted it How I managed To knock down dominoes, swim past undertows, Identify those John Does Cracking the code must be possible, must be possible BRIDGE: Its such an undertaking, a massive undertaking Can't grasp it 'Cause you follow the masses, the masses, the masses CHORUS: I'm taking my own scientific poll Let me know, if you think you're in the starring role I'm taking my own scientific poll Were you told, that is all scripted down to every last syllable.
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VERSE 1: I saw you commit a flagrant foul So blatant, I don't know how You thought you'd get away with it Karen, that's counterintuitive No wonder I chased you like I did CHORUS: Countless times to countless people You don't mean to but, you cause upheaval Like the original, check out the sequel Countless times 2, 3, 4 to countless people VERSE 2: I know the spaces you like to carouse You espouse, more than natural laws allow Lulls are something you won't permit Karen, that's counterintuitive No wonder why I find you so addictive CHORUS: Countless times to countless people You don't mean to but, you cause upheaval Valiant attempts to stop seem feeble Countless times 2, 3, 4 to countless people OUTRO: Can't keep track of who or how often You make amends but the list never shortens
4.
VERSE 1: Newburgh you were 60 miles too north cut it short, my synapsis didn't fire up or get support NYC, I sold you short I'm so glad to be back watch my latest tags glide past Quick catch, the king-size letters of my name Embellished with stars and flames CHORUS: From here on in, I'm sticking close to my canvas I shoot because I can't miss, I can't miss It part of my fabric I can't miss VERSE2: They say a Second Avenue line is on its way I'll wait to throw up again Who wants to pimp out a Chevrolet? Under your regeim, people get killed No one screemes, I spray rainbows and laser beams And need a defense team, that's ten deep CHORUS: From here on in, I'm sticking close to my canvas I shoot because I can't miss, I can't miss It part of my fabric I can't miss OUTRO: Go bombing every day Its in my DNA Go bombing every day Its in my DNA
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VERSE 1: The Hells Kitchen psychic says you're on the brink In typical fashion, you don't even blink Blame it all on a deficient gene Have it reaffirmed by a Fifth Avenue Shrink PRE-CHORUS: Messy memories, busy dreams I believe you but I double check every thing VERSE 2: Decades into the same daily routine Rise and Shine, a fag, a few drinks Not a penny in the cash machine Still manage to score well above the mean PRE-CHORUS: Messy memories, busy dreams I believe you but I double check every thing CHORUS: He catches on quickly if he catches on He hoovers on the cusp, but remains adamant He catches on quickly if he catches on At all, at all, all PRE-CHORUS: Messy memories, busy dreams I believe you but I double check every thing VERSE 3: You Greco-Roman Wrestle with the unforeseen But miss several blips on the radar screen Some people seek moments of clarity You prefer a different strategy CHORUS: He catches on quickly if he catches on He hoovers on the cusp, but remains adamant He catches on quickly if he catches on At all, at all, all
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VERSE 1: The Hells Kitchen psychic says you're on the brink In typical fashion, you don't even blink Blame it all on a deficient gene Have it reaffirmed by a Fifth Avenue Shrink PRE-CHORUS: Messy memories, busy dreams I believe you but I double check every thing VERSE 2: Decades into the same daily routine Rise and Shine, a fag, a few drinks Not a penny in the cash machine Still manage to score well above the mean PRE-CHORUS: Messy memories, busy dreams I believe you but I double check every thing CHORUS: He catches on quickly if he catches on He hoovers on the cusp, but remains adamant He catches on quickly if he catches on At all, at all, all PRE-CHORUS: Messy memories, busy dreams I believe you but I double check every thing VERSE 3: You Greco-Roman Wrestle with the unforeseen But miss several blips on the radar screen Some people seek moments of clarity You prefer a different strategy CHORUS: He catches on quickly if he catches on He hoovers on the cusp, but remains adamant He catches on quickly if he catches on At all, at all, all
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INTRO: They're digging me, they're digging me VERSE 1: The cul-de-sac kept the secrete as long as it could But once the buzz grew beyond the neighborhood The kitchen phone was ringing off the hook Billy, knew he was doomed VERSE 2: First big venue, outstanding review He really knew how to work a room Yet had a reluctant star attitude Billy, said a prayer of gratitude CHORUS: Everybody's digging me This won't last more than a week Got no plans for the backlash Just a see what sticks strategy Everybody's digging me BRIDGE: You'll remember my fall from grace I'll remember I sold out the place On consecutive nights VERSE 3: Declared over by the age of 22 Now he's documenting all the rules He said, once everybody's digging you Your heart won't tick for it, like it used to CHORUS: Everybody's digging me This won't last more than a week Got no plans for the backlash Just a see what sticks strategy Everybody's digging me
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VERSE 1: You can keep your three wishes Just grant me three mistakes I don't want to be part of your ticker tape parade You build me up to tear me down just to be entertain I take a three-day weekend trip to the moon Just to get away PRE-CHORUS: I use to puff up my chest and throw in my two-cents Now I sit stedfast on the fence And vote by absentee ballot, absentee ballot CHORUS: American, American, American Roulette Its hard to predict, even harder to admit American, American, American Roulette VERSE 2: I read about the threats in the morning gazette There's a warming trend, are you breaking a sweat I'm flipping coins to see who's the real terrrorist I never thought I'd resort to second guess PRE-CHORUS: I use to puff up my chest and throw in my two-cents Now I sit stedfast on the fence And vote by absentee ballot, absentee ballot CHORUS: American, American, American Roulette Its hard to predict, even harder to admit American, American, American Roulette
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INTRO: They celebrate and vote for you in droves Hoping to score an encore performance Of the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes Or get an extra blessing of well wish But until I'm 100% sure it you I'm not making an presumptions VERSE 1: You make yourself an invited guest Never leave a trail or a spec of trace You're a million mega-pixels of faith You make it easy to pull rank You keep three dots per inch Wipe off all of your finger prints Leak out clue and drop several hints But without overwhelming evidence CHORUS: I'm temped to fly the flag at half-mast You get answers to the questions only if you ask And grab a front row seat at the Big Bang Blast The Big Bang Blast, oh yeah VERSE 2: If it seems like I have to land the Hindenburg In a highly implausible place I would experiment to see if you show up Without me begging first You keep us at arms length No forwarding address to send a card of thanks Was the sea that parted, part of cruel prank Interrogated you still draw a blank PRE-CHORUS: CHORUS: I'm temped to fly the flag at half-mast You get answers to the questions only if you ask And grab a front row seat at the Big Bang Blast The Big Bang Blast, oh yeah
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VERSE 1 When mercury is in retrograde I climb the fire escape To the roof top to sing Like that yesterday's saints We got noise complaints Yeah, the cops came But this time, they let us play CHORUS: Well that sums it up, that sums it up Clearly, clearly VERSE 2: When i undergo a battery of tests The results come back inconclusive They insist, I'm a machine Are you kidding me I got a white picket fence that needs painting And three kids that need an Ivy League education Its a matter of being patient CHORUS: Well that sums it up, that sums it up Clearly, clearly BRIDGE: Its something that you can't fathom Let alone care to image Thats exactly what keeps you in a holding pattern CHORUS: Well that sums it up, that sums it up Clearly, clearly

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released April 23, 2010

CONTACT: John Q. Gruber, Knockemalive@gmail.com

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John Q. Gruber (aka “Knock ‘Em Alive”) will be forever indebted to music. He writes and records songs as a form of pay-back (with interest), hoping to add to the long-term value of the vault. Nothing loaned him more inspiration than New York City between the years 1977 to 1984. It was gritty, grimy and explosively-charged. These were the times of a near-bankrupt city, the reign of Th ... more

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