Pet Theories

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released May 24, 2015

All songs by Pet Theories
"Pictures of Famous Criminals" by Tony/music by Pet Theories

Recorded February 28 and March 1, 2015 at Uphill Recording Services in Chicago, Illinois

Recording engineer: Kevin Tabisz

Artwork and design: Amara Leipzig

Band photo: Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
Liner notes photos: Tony and Allison

Thank you: Wayne, Rich, and Jack at Midwest Buy & Sell; John Wator/Daredevil Pedals; Ben Frye at Rock & Roll Vintage; Vic's Drum Shop; Jim Cash; Terry Felus for the Kawai X120; Kate Merena at Sacred Art; Dave Robinson; Liz Shulman; Michael Trigilio.

Special thanks to Cati Porter and everyone at POEMELEON for publishing the poem "Pictures of Famous Criminals."

Thanks also to Rocky, Rosie, Simon, and Schuster.

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Pet Theories Chicago, Illinois

Pet Theories is Tony Trigilio on drums, Brian Cremins on guitar and vocals, and Allison Felus on keyboard and vocals. They live, play, and create in Chicago.

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Track Name: Barcelona
going to barcelona
this september
going to barcelona
this september

I don’t where I’m
going to now
have to go down
underground now

going to barcelona
this september
barcelona
we’ll be all alone there
I don’t know where I’m going to now
must be rapt now
it’s my destiny now

it will be so good to be back here now
I haven’t been around here for so long
one whole year later
one year to the day
I guess this is my last big hurrah

going to barcelona
this september
barcelona
find a room there

let’s all go hang out
dressed to play
ocean deep now
play the high-wheeling day
Track Name: Caroline
ok here’s the deal
I’ll be working late
but if you got a car you should drop on by
up north it’s not so bad
take 94 all the way to Lake Avenue
past Green Bay Road
across the Metra Tracks
I work the restaurant behind the liquor store

well, I understand
do what you need to
I can see you tomorrow
I got plans but I’ll be home by 8
so if that works I’d love to see you

if the rain don’t touch you
if the moon don’t see you
if you don’t remember your name
don’t cry, Caroline
don’t even stray
but keep your heart as wide
as the world outside you tonight

it’s really coming down
don’t know when it will stop
scooters slide past in the rain
so like I was saying
I’ve never seen Spokane
but I’d like to someday

(chorus)
Track Name: All I Could Do
by the evening
catch me turning
always learning
in time
from fall river
to dresden
always descending
in time

it was all I could do
to let you know
it was all I could do
to try
it was all I could do
to let you know
it was all I could do
in time

a lifetime
spent in motion
in the direction
of return
I don’t listen
and I don’t remember
the shape of december
and decline

(chorus)

it goes on and on and on and on and on and on
and on and on and on and on and on and on

baby
turn the lights down
by redwoods
and time
catch me turning
we’re always learning
by new roads
and time

(chorus)

and it goes on and on and on and on and on and on
and on and on and on and on and on and on
Track Name: Gary's Song
Gary leave the lights on
I want to hear the sound
of a two drink minimum
in a ten cent town
but I’m dreaming of the lake shore
and the pitch of the waves
illumination
of our better days

chorus:
so when I’m leaving
you’ll be the first to know
with the daughters of the frontier
I’ll be dancing slow

Gary pull the shades down
I think it might be time
cigarette trails
and green green eyes
but I’m dreaming of the sunrise
and the pull of home
I’m Champaign-bound
and pushin’ on

(chorus)

so roll up the windows
and open the door
on rusty hinges
and sticky floors
I’m dreaming of the ocean
I won’t settle for less
cruising Belmont
in my Sunday best

so when I’m leaving
you’ll be the first to know
with the daughters of the frontier
I’ll be dancing slow
and if you call me
be sure to say hello
from the other side
take me home
oh take me home
Track Name: Ghost Town
I’m riding
to the Black Hills
all the way from Omaha
I got your picture
in my pocket
and like a lamp that’s been switched on
I’m left to burn
I’ve got a lot left to learn

(chorus)
so won’t you take me
to the ghost town?
it’s just us
there’ll be no one else around
keep driving
to the daylight
and leave your troubles to the July sun

sunflowers
in my rearview
rows and rows and rows and rows
I hear your voice
are you calling?
no it’s only the radio
steve singing
“thirty days in the hole”

(chorus)

turn around
I’m leaving
I’ve got it all written down
all the highways
and all the rivers
all the engines in the sun
I’ll call you
I’ll send a card direct from the sun

(chorus)
Track Name: Geraldine
geraldine
you and me
we don’t seem
to agree

with no way up
and one way down
I don’t recall
and you don’t allow

that’s the way it ought to be
you and me, geraldine

I’ve seen you stay
and I’ve seen you go
one above
and one below

I’ve heard you crying
how could it be?
it ain’t nothing
leave it up to me

(chorus)

I’ve seen the moon
and I’ve seen the sun
I don’t need nothing
don’t need anyone

I’m one day out
and moving slow
one behind
and one to go

(chorus)
Track Name: Bloomington Gal
bloomington gal
where have you been?
we’re a long way from home
and there’s no sun shining in
today
I’d like to see you anyway

I must admit
I didn’t mean to stay
but the sound of your voice
and the Indiana rain’s got me thinking
it doesn’t matter anyway

darling I can’t see
too far ahead of me
and nothing seems to matter much anyway
today

so bloomington gal
I guess I’ll never learn
as the sun’s coming up
the wheels start to turn
outside
it’s just another morning
Track Name: Deep River
I saw the deep river
on my left
I know I stayed too long
I know what I said

it’s not too late to go
it’s not too late to go

I traced an outline
in the snow
I feel what’s missing
I want to know

it’s not too late to go
deep river in the snow

(vocal break)

I waited a long time
I spent it all
in the back of a buick
on 84

I know you had to go
I know you had to go

so deep river
it’s just you & me
on the horizon
on the sea

it’s not too late to go
deep river in the snow

(vocal break)

(loudness)
Track Name: July
july’s waiting
for days & days
in the sun
in the shade
when I’ll go
I cannot say
july’s waiting
for days & days

july, tell me
is it time to go?
close to the sun
follow the road
I saw a shadow
I thought it was me
july, tell me
what it will be

when you’re leaving
don’t hesitate
don’t worry
and don’t be late
I think I know
what you’d say
july’s been waiting
for days & days

july’s waiting
for days & days
in the sun
in the shade
when I’ll go
I cannot say
july’s waiting
for days & days
Track Name: Theme from Man-Bat
Kirk Langstrom, gonna drink a serum
Become Man-Bat, hangin’ in the museum
The evil jewel thieves are gonna jam the sonar
But here comes Man-Bat, so nobody's gonna go far.

Cuz he’s a Man-Bat, baby
Cuz he’s a Man-Bat, oh yeah

Man-Bat only lasted for 2 issues
Neil Adams got the kids cryin’ in their tissues
In his room in Pennsylvania, a little kid named Tony
Wasn’t done with Man-Bat
Thought there’s be more stories.

Cuz he’s a Man-Bat, baby
Cuz he’s a Man-Bat, oh yeah

Last night I dreamed I saw Man-Bat
on the side of the road, on a prison
work detail. He was, of course, winged
and naked (and furry) down to his belly,
wore nothing but the bottom of an orange
penitentiary jumpsuit belted at the waist.
Man-Bat and his fellow prisoners were
building a lung on the road shoulder
to inhale all the world’s air pollution . . .
Leave the man who is a bat alone.

Now Kirk is in Chicago, livin’ in a high rise
Gonna fight the bad guy, whose hands have got 10 eyes
He’s also got a wife now, a She-Bat named Francine
They’re wearin’ capes and muumuus; it’s a really heavy scene

Cuz he’s a Man-Bat, baby
Cuz he’s a Man-Bat, oh yeah
(x2)

Skree skree (etc.)