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by Bumblefoot

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I can't believe it - uh - why didn't I ever leave it? The situation went from bad to worse to shit. There was nothing I can do - the power of 1 can only come from 2 But you can't break me - you're fake and you can't handle it Yeah, it doesn't matter - another fly in the batter Ya don't matter - swatting flies… It doesn't matter - I wave my hands and they all scatter Flies in the batter - they take the rise out of my cake It doesn't matter - I've eaten shit that's gone much flatter Flies in the batter - I let them in - it's my mistake Ya circle, then ya come down But once you're in, you can't get out In struggle you cover and can't fly With regret I watch you slowly die... No I ain't cryin' - just cleansin' myself of the lyin' Anger's inspirin' - I greet it when it comes to be Nothing matters except for shiny silver platters Maybe to you but that shit never worked for me Ya circle, then ya come down But once you're in, you can't get out In struggle you cover and can't fly With regret I watch you slowly die... It doesn't matter - I wave my hands and they all scatter Flies in the batter - they take the rise out of my cake It doesn't matter - I've eaten shit that's gone much flatter Flies in the batter - I let them in - it's my mistake It's my mistake…
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Lost 03:34
Somewhere in the forest I took a break to take my sweet time Alone in the forest A man laid himself down to die Don't know if I ever made it out Or if the day just turned to night Had I found up was down So lost I crossed to the other side I dug my name in the dirt Placed below it the date of my birth The Earth wore my epitaph, it read: "We make plans, and God laughs." We make plans - God laughs. God laughs - we ask why Alone in the forest A man laid himself down to die. * 2nd verse - truth is my curse Words carry like the buried from the hearse We make plans - God laughs. Naked on paths that turn to broken glass And God laughs - we ask why But no one hears above the wind as she slips through the trees Footprints in blood behind me A man lays down and he sleeps.
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Raygun 04:11
Gonna shoot ya - with my raygun Comin' at ya - nowhere to run She treads in blindness - shy silhouette hides, and shadows run from ya I'm so loaded - and I, I want ya Gonna shoot ya - yeah I think we're gonna blow - look out... Gonna shoot ya - with my raygun Comin' at ya - nowhere to run - here I come She waits in silence - she invites me On full blast now - can't stop firin' Gonna shoot ya - look out We're gonna blow - gonna get ya good
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Guitars SUCK 03:15
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A little girl up on a ledge Lookin' down from on top of the world Ready to take a step into waiting arms To hold her as her body falls There's a little girl lost Somewhere on top of the world She wants to lay her head on a pillow of clouds And pull a blanket of sky over her head The world spinnin' and crashin' into her all the time But this time (it's her instead) Standin' on the edge Lookin' down from on top of the world SOLO 1 (Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal) She says goodbye to all the beautiful things And closes her eyes and listens To the water passing under the bridge - reminds her Of the whisper of a man she was once missin' Only in the past will time forever last And she's gonna fly (Dweezil now say goodbye...) SOLO 2 (Dweezil Zappa) Little girl up on a ledge Lookin' down from on top of the world She steps forward And her breath connects to the sky as her body curls She smiles as all wishes are granted - to fly Like she does in that recurring dream. Free. Collision. Shock. She shatters, opens, becomes the river. But for a moment, she was on top of the world. She ends. Like a song, we end.
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R2 02:50
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Time 04:48
I thought I could find my reflection off the inside of a blind eye But all I had to go by were the lying images Breaking with the fading ripples of time I can only give what I got But all I have is what I wanna see So you can ask for anything But I can't give an invisible piece of me Like a mask - the inside is the opposite face from the outside And the tougher the skin, or the brighter the grin, The more we shelter from the world - or maybe just from ourselves So when ya pulled the trigger, thought it made ya bigger Only from where you can see Ya think the bitter cold is being bold But all y'are is frightened of your own humanity Half my friends are dead The other half are living off their piece of borrowed time All I can do is pray for you And hope you seek out what ya need to find: Time Ya killed time Ya got time Now it's your time And ya gotta find a way to stop time
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I can't believe it - uh - why didn't I ever leave it? The situation went from bad to worse to s***. There was nothing I can do - the power of 1 can only come from 2 But you can't break me - you're fake and you can't handle it Yeah, it doesn't matter - another fly in the batter Ya don't matter - swatting flies… It doesn't matter - I wave my hands and they all scatter Flies in the batter - they take the rise out of my cake It doesn't matter - I've eaten s*** that's gone much flatter Flies in the batter - I let them in - it's my mistake Ya circle, then ya come down But once you're in, you can't get out In struggle you cover and can't fly With regret I watch you slowly die... No I ain't cryin' - just cleansin' myself of the lyin' Anger's inspirin' - I greet it when it comes to be Nothing matters except for shiny silver platters Maybe to you but that s*** never worked for me Ya circle, then ya come down But once you're in, you can't get out In struggle you cover and can't fly With regret I watch you slowly die... It doesn't matter - I wave my hands and they all scatter Flies in the batter - they take the rise out of my cake It doesn't matter - I've eaten s*** that's gone much flatter Flies in the batter - I let them in - it's my mistake It's my mistake…

about

Half-vocal / half-instrumental album featuring the fretless guitar. Guest appearances by guitarists Mattias Eklundh and Dweezil Zappa.

Originally, this CD was going to be called "Guitars SUCK". But as the tragedies of September 11th 2001 happened toward completion of the album, it was changed to a fundraising album for disaster relief and re-titled as "9.11", with 100% proceeds of the CD donated to the Red Cross.

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TRACK LISTING:
Fly In the Batter
Lost
Raygun
Hole In the Sky
Children Of Sierra Leone
Don Pardo Pimpwagon
Legend Of Van Cleef
Guitars SUCK
Hall Of Souls
Top Of the World
R2
Time

BONUS TRACKS:
Fly In the Batter (Instrumental - with opera vocals)
Lost (Instrumental)
Raygun (Instrumental)
Top Of the World (Instrumental - with backing vocals)
Time (Instrumental)
Fly In the Batter (Clean version - curses muted)

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credits

released November 27, 2001

Most of this album was recorded at an old cultural center built in 1833 as the final resting place for dying naval officers - Thal set up a temporary studio in one of the buildings.

Lafrae Olivia Sci - drums on tracks 5, 6, 7, 10
Mattias Eklundh - guitar solo at 2m45s on “Don Pardo Pimpwagon”
Dweezil Zappa - guitar solo at 2m00s on “Top Of the World”
Jen Bruce - cello on “Legend Of Van Cleef”
Madeline Caspari - cello on “Time”
Joe Bochar - harassing phone call on “Guitars SUCK”

*Thanks to everyone involved for the generosity of their time and talents, and to all of you for your support.

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Bumblefoot New Brunswick, New Jersey

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer and world-renowned guitar virtuoso, with over 25 years of releasing music, playing international festivals and headlining tours, and gracing magazine covers as a solo artist.

Bumblefoot is a member of the bands ASIA and SONS OF APOLLO, and former member of Art Of Anarchy (2011 – 2017) and Guns N' Roses (2006 – 2014).
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