Countless Times

by Knock 'Em Alive

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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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Track Name: YOU BETTER BEHAVE YOURSELF
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)
Track Name: MY OWN SCIENTIFIC POLL
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.
Track Name: COUNTERINTUITIVE KAREN AND THE COUNTLESS TIMES
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
Track Name: I CAN'T MISS!
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
Track Name: HE CATCHES ON QUICKLY
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
Track Name: HE CATCHES ON QUICKLY (RUCKUS ROBOTICUS REMIX)
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
Track Name: EVERYBODY'S DIGGING ME
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
Track Name: AMERICAN ROULETTE
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
Track Name: BIG BANG BLAST (RAC MAURY REMIX)
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
Track Name: THAT SUMS IT UP
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