The History and the Mystery of ANIMAL CAMERA vol. 1: First Steps

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released April 20, 2017

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Track Name: Manatees
2011
the oldest surviving animal camera song
daydreams of the carefree life of a manatee interrupted by the harsh reality of a true manatee

"flying around
through the sea
i wish i was
a manatee

floating all around
fatter than the sun
no one gives a care
about what can be done
when you
you're a manatee"

"yo, i'm a manatee
don't mess with me
you don't know what i got
you can't be boss
when you're a manatee
you're fat as the sun
no one knows what can be done"

"living your life
with ease
no work to do
in the sea

expectation
a thing of the past
no more history
no more math
when you
you're a manatee"

"stop
i'm a manatee
you can't be me
life ain't that great
you'll see soon
when you're trapped in a bottle
you can't get out"

(together)
"i'm a manatee
deep down inside
the grass is greener
on the other side
when you

you're a manatee"
Track Name: Image Control Sux
2013
from the "Image Control Sux EP"
later heard in "introduction" on "Friends"
a song dedicated to peer band Image Control, who did not actually sux.
see also - Hello I'm Sorry, Animal Backwards, Blood Capsules

i ain't got no time for this
i ain't got no time
i ain't got no time for this
i ain't got no time

am i losing my mind?
am i just losing control?
am i wasting my time?
tell me before i explode

ooh image control
ooh image control sux

i ain't got no time for this
i ain't got no time
i ain't got no time for this
i ain't got no time

am i wasting my time?
am i just already dead?
am i living to die?
am i just losing my head?
when will i really see?
who is abandoning me?

eee?

image control sux
Track Name: I Ain't Gonna Hold You
2013
from "Magic Dancerz"
diving further into production with vocal delays and reverse things
a convoluted monologue with mixed messages of friendship and holding hands

i know you want to be my friend
but i don't know you very well
so until i can see you again
you can just
go to hell

i ain't gonna call you
i ain't gonna be your friend
i ain't gonna miss you
when you leave me
i'll never see you again

i uhh want to be my friend
i know you want to see me
i know you want to hold my hand
i know i can't deceive you

but i'm not gonna be your friend
i'm not gonna call you again
i'm not gonna hold your hand
and you won't see me ever again

i know that you are
so alone
i know that you are
lookin for someone
someone to hold

i want to hold you
Track Name: Lady Love
2013
the first version of lady love, later appearing on "Friends"
a positive song about love and recycling

they're just two ladies
who love recycling
they love all the things
that recycling brings

lady love is the best kind of love
they're just two ladies who love each other

they are two ladies
who love the earth
yea they're two ladies
who love each other and wanna save the earth

lady love is the best kind of love

they're just two ladies who are doing their thing
they're just two ladies who want to do recycling
they're just two ladies who are doing their thing
yea they love each other and they love the earth

lady love

is the best kind of love
Track Name: You Can't See Me/You're The Only Thing
2013
the first song to be recorded for "Wild Aniimals"
also the first appearance of "you can't see me" later found in two versions on "Friends" and referenced in "Oh No!"
comprised of two songs, "you can't see me" slammed into the middle of "you're the only thing", an instrumental electronic dance floor tune interrupted by a surfy song of disappearing

tried to get away from here
tried to show you that my problems aren't the problems that you made
tried my best to disappear
tried to show you that i'm capable of living on my own

you can't see me

every day is just a matter of minutes
running in circles again and again
every day is just a matter of hours
saying the same thing again and again

every day
every day
every day i wait for you

tried to get away from here
tried to show you that my problems weren't the problems that you made
tried my best to disappear
tried to show you that i'm capable of living on my own

you can't see me
Track Name: 4 Dimensional Surfboard, pt. IV
i give up before i start

i tried to see what's on my mind
went too far and slipped
now everything is blue and yellow
i need to pull on my lifeline

but who can save a man who's
trapped above the summer sun
positive and negative and polaroid fun
floating up and down
the plastic man is in the hall

i tried to get away from here
tried to show you that i'm capable of living on my own
don't let me see you in the dark

i'm just a lonely mind
searching for a place to call my own
to call my home
i'm just the one who cries
when you're not around
i'm sure you are braver, i am braver than them all

these are the words of Gharidahl

"this band is really tight
i can't even see it
wow"

tried to get away from you

i can't
i just know that i'm stuck
there's no point in trying to...
fuck

floating up and down
the plastic man
he doesn't know where we are
we can ride forever
photographs
let me laugh

i'm riding all around on my 4 dimensional surfboard
i can remember how we laughed
we laughed about it
we sang about it
i can just ride all around on my 4 dimensional surfboard
can't see how much i've really changed
can't remember how it felt that i'm the only one

playing the same thing again and again
i can't even see my way
cause i'm made of plastic
made of plastic
made of plastic
plastic funny man

every day is just a photograph
going very fast
cause i am
made of plastic
made of plastic
made of plastic
plastic funny man

tomorrow
i'll be gone
not for long
not for long
that's right
we know
i'lll stick around see the
next day
next day

"here we go, this is the next part of the song"

positive and negative and polaroid control
floating up and down
the plastic man is in the hall
these are the words of Warigal
there some sent to save there some inside the gall

when you can find a way
when you can't find a way
to be alone
Track Name: We're All Wild Aniimals
2014
from "Wild Aniimals"
first appearance of "wild aniimals" theme
also contains some parts later found in "simulation" on "Friends"

the day began
like any day the sun would rise on
the morning air
the blades of glass which we would ride on

let me know
time just flows too slow
the air is clean
but don't rely on me to fly away

and on the wind
a song for you was carried to me
a sun so hot
it burned away the words before me
now is now
i don't want to know how
and this isn't real
but nothing's real so don't tell me to stay

i'm lost and
i want to know if you are more than a dream
and if there's something i could learn it would be
one more way to spin the wheel of life
Track Name: Moai Moai
2014
from "Wild Aniimals"
originally titled "let's all talk shit about nathan rencher" - it became a lesson that words carry power even when not reflective of true intentions
later featured on "Party Aniimals"
features a bridge later/earlier used on "billy"

fig tins

how can you know that you're safe?
never!
when do you know? when do you know?
how can you know that you're home?
never!
how can you know? how can you know?

tell me now
about your car
tell me now about your trip to shanghai
tell me now
about your life
i want to know how you live

how can you know you're alone?
never!
how can you know? how can you know?
how can you know this is real?
never!
how can you know? how can you know?
how can you ever be sure?
ehwe
how can you be? how can you be?
when you are gone i can feel
very!
very alive so very alive

tell me now
about your car
tell me now about your trip to shanghai
tell me now
about your life
i wanna know how you live

every day i wait until you're gone
just cannot wait till i move on
let's all talk shit about
nathan rencher
Track Name: I Don't Want You Not To Tell Me Not To Write A Love Song
2014
from "Wild Aniimals"
the longest title of an animal camera song

you told me in a dream
things aren't quite what they seem
that's not the real way

there's something in your smile that's not quite right...
i think it's mashed potatoes

i don't want you not to tell me not to write a love song
cause when i don't i won't be not ok

i wait for yesterday
that is a nonsense phrase
i blow my mind sometimes

there's no shame in just walking away...
unless you have a weird butt

i don't want you not to tell me not to write a love song
cause when i don't i won't be not ok
Track Name: 2000 Funk
2014
from "Party Aniimals"
a synth-funk jam about other-worldly robot love
a departure from the old acoustic guitar style
with lyrical contribution from dylan "shrinehead" shreiner

i used to be so independent and alone
there wasn't a man who could save me from my safety zone
but then one day came a shiny woman from above
she reached her silver hand to hold me
and taught me how to love!
(like this)

what? what? 2000 what? 2000 funk!

the day then came when that robo-girl was my robo-bride
but one metallic romeo challenged me to a robo-fight
so a back-to-back then a step then a turn-back
to start this deadly game
i had that cow-bot in my sights
but i just misplaced my aim!
(and i was like)

what? what? 2000 what? 2000 funk!

i drew my gun
and i pulled the trigger
but the shot that rang out
it made me quiver
"you left a hole in my heart," she said
"and only your love can fill it..."

"i can only love a robot like me. circuitry and silicon, my greatest gift, so we may be free. now rise and let our robot lives begin!"
Track Name: Time, Revisited
2014
from "Party Aniimals"
the most psychedelic of the songs from "Party Aniimals" to balance out the disco of "2000 funk"
the first appearance of the rainbow machine on an animal camera recording

in this story which i'm going to tell
you could believe or you could see for yourself
i'd rather not go through it again
but if you leave i might fall back in my brain

to turn with the earth
like a butterfly circling a leaf on which it's going to land
the mind is filled with heaps of intangible things which i don't understand

it all began inside of a dream
but then that might just be how it seemed
and though it was the end of the day
i was content with what i wanted to say

colors are only a manifestation of the contrasts in the world
but as all blended to one i began to notice that things weren't quite as different as i thought they were
i am in a river, and crawling toward the shore
but every inch i move brings me deeper into the sand

inside was all i knew
and time kept pushing through
i can't wait another day
to realize what i'm trying to say
falling through the floor
Track Name: Billy
2014
from "Party Aniimals"
an animal camera version of a song once recorded with Meteor vs. Dinosaur
a song about a superhero who can jump very high, but is misunderstood by a majority of the population
it takes its intro and bridge from moai moai

long ago there was a man
his name was billy
billy could jump so very high
he jumped from city to city
people thought that he was bad
they thought he was a crook
but i believe
billy meant no harm
he jumped on crooks
he jumped on thieves

billy came down every week or two
to talk to the people and save them too
he jumped on crooks, he jumped on thieves
and in his spare time he was raking leaves

then one day there was a problem
billy was nowhere to be seen
so i went on a magical journey
to see where he had been
billy said that he was sad
he said he was alone and he needed a friend
i said to billy, i said to him
"i'm gonna love you till the very end"

billy came down every week or two
to talk to the people and save them too
he jumped on thieves, he jumped on crooks
and in his spare time he was reading books

go billy!


billy came down every week or two
to talk to the people and save them too
he jumped on crooks, he jumped on thieves
and in his spare time he was raking leaves
Track Name: Tomorrow
2015
from "Moon Temple EP"
a much older song recorded with subtle tempo changes and a weird fade out ending

was it last night?
or will it be tomorrow
when the sun is gone
will you still remember my name?
i am lost again
in the rain i have no friends
everything is disappearing
where should i begin?

oh you're gonna be in my life
tomorrow
oh you're gonna be my wife
tomorrow
oh i am alone tonight
but not tomorrow

where were you last night?
were you out skipping town?
or were you at your friends house just like the night before?
where will you be tomorrow?
right here inside my mind?
or will you be away again just like the night before?

oh you're gonna be in my life
tomorrow
oh you're gonna be my wife
tomorrow
oh i am alone tonight
but not tomorrow
Track Name: Introduction/Simulation
2015
from "Friends"
an updated version of "image control sux" and a rocker which borrows from "we're all wild aniimals"
"almost content" is a song by Meteor vs. Dinosaur

i ain't got no time for this
i ain't got no time
i ain't got no time for this
i ain't got no time

am i losing my mind?
am i just losing my head?
am i living to die?
am i just almost content?
when will i really see?
who is the master in me?

i've worn this face for many years too long
now it's changing and there's something going on
walls are closing in on empty space
a new impression of the human race

i never thought that it would end like this
a million memories trapped inside a kiss
i never thought that i would see your face
the sweet destruction of the human race

let
me know
time just flows too slow
and this isn't real
but nothing's real so don't tell me to stay

a rearrangement of the water and the land
broken puzzle pieces scattered in the sand
gone and back again without a trace
a simulation of the human race
Track Name: You Can't See Me (Reprise)
2015
from "Friends"
an updated version of the reprise on "Wild Aniimals"

tried to get away from here
every day is just the same
there is something in the sky that's falling down on me
i will let it be my name


tried to stay away from here
i don't even know my name
tried to get away from here
everything is just the same
Track Name: Crash!
2015
from "Aniimal Crackers"
solo section later featured in "we're alone" by naked giants

turn the dial and set the time control
hurry toward the wheel and close the door

crash!
and the sun turns into the moon
crash!
and the heat spills into the room
crash!
and the windows are shaking around
crash!
ahh

slow illumination of your face
quickly closing in the space

crash!
and i can't remember your name
crash!
and there's nothing that stays the same
crash!
and our bodies are shaking around
crash!
ahh

crash!
it's getting harder and harder to stay
crash!
and we're millions of light years away
crash!
and the windows are shaking around
crash!
ahh
Track Name: Church
2015
from "Aniimal Crackers"
an attempt to imitate keith moon on computer drums

the other day i saw myself taking flowers from my father's grave
i didn't know if i could trust myself because i never even knew his name
now and then when the time is right, carolina comes to me
but nothing ever makes me feel all right so i cry until i cannot see

oh, see my way
you saw me yesterday
but now you're blowing smoke rings in the air

i'd never raise my voice
as if i had the choice
you make me feel so sick
you're making all this noise
why are you wasting my time?
and being so unkind?
you make me so upset
i'm gonna lose my mind

i used to think that i would kill myself but now i've gotten much less brave
i've drawn the curtains and i've cleared the shelves and now there's nothing left to say
and now there's nothing left to save
i'm getting tired and i hate myself but now there's nothing left to say


oh, see my way
you saw me yesterday
but now you're blowing smoke rings in the air

i'd never raise my voice
as if i had the choice
you make me feel so sick
you're making all this noise
why are you wasting my time?
and being so unkind?
you make me so upset
i'm gonna lose my mind

they had a name for the things we do
when nobody can hear us sing
but i've forgotten what they call that now
cause i can't even hear a thing


oh, see my way
you saw me yesterday
but now you're blowing smoke rings in the air

i'd never raise my voice
as if i had the choice
you make me feel so sick
you're making all this noise
why are you wasting my time?
and being so unkind?
you make me so upset
i'm gonna lose my mind
Track Name: Diane
2015
from "Aniimal Crackers"
dedicated to Diane
alternate titles: food man, birds can

1... 2... 3... 4

i get a whiff and i'm on the hunt
i need a man and i know you're one
the road to you will take a thousand days
but my heart is strong and i know the way

diane!
breaking the night for another day
diane!
giving us light with the words you say

i see the path and my body shakes
the thought alone could make a giant quake
i gather strength and continue on
my heart is fueled by this lonely song


diane!
breaking the night for another day
diane!
giving us light with the words you say