Artichoke Perfume

by Zoe Boekbinder

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Zoe is a lounge singer performing at fraggle rock. In need of a relationship manual, Zoe writes mostly of love gone awry. The album is haunted by a New Orleans brass band, and the unconventional percussion is as clever as Zoe's love-sick rhymes.

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released September 4, 2010

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Zoe Boekbinder New Orleans, Louisiana

"Zoe Boekbinder opens her mouth, and the voice that comes out is ageless, beautiful, heartbreaking and wise." - Neil Gaiman

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Track Name: Paralyzing
When you go you don't look back... don't, don't, don't look back.
When you go you dont look back... back, back, back, don't look back.
How do you know know know when its time to go?

Those eyes and that face, its frightening.
Doesn't matter what you say, we're all listening.
You make me want to stop
and measure up to what you've got.

Everything about you is paralyzing.
Your whispered words speak louder than my screaming.
Your honesty makes me feel like im lying,
and listening to you is much like dreaming, dreaming.

Paint on my clown face and I can say anything.
Doesn't matter what im saying, it don't mean a thing.
When your lips part and the words fall out
they crawl across the floor and follow me.

When you go you dont look back... don't don't don't look back.
When you go you dont look back... back back back you don't look back.
How do you know know know when its time to go?

Everything about you is paralyzing.
Your whispered words speak louder than my screaming.
Your honesty makes me feel like im lying,
and listening to you is much like dreaming, dreaming.

Paint on my clown face and I can say anything.
Doesn't matter what im saying, it don't mean a thing.
When your lips part and the words fall out
they crawl across the floor and follow me.
When your lips part and the words fall out
they crawl across the floor and follow me.
Track Name: Wooden Spoon
I know you better than I now myself
You know me better than anybody else
Floating hot balloon, good brown leather shoes, rubber bands and glue
Dirty sticky filth, lemons in your milk, worms to sew your silk

Pin the tail on the donkey
Dance the two step while i play honky-tonky
Sip a whisky baby when you're cranky
I think about somebody else when we hanky-panky

I need you more than I need anybody else
You need me more than you'll admit to yourself
Purple maroon and teal, turn right at the wagon wheel, is any of this really real?
Pinch you 'til you swoon, out comes the wooden spoon, what am i gonna do?

I'm the tail on the donkey
Dance the two step while i play honky-tonky
Sip a whisky baby when you're cranky
I think about somebody else when we hanky-panky

I know you better than I know myself
You know me better than anybody else
If I hated you and you hated me would that mean that neither of us was worth anything?
You're sweet like pink sugar cotton candy, and I only wish you were less like me.

I know you better than I know myself
You know me better than anybody else
If I hated you and you hated me would that mean that neither of us was worth anything?
You're sweet like pink sugar cotton candy, and I only wish you were less like me.
Track Name: The Adventures of Turtle and Seahorse
there was a turtle living in a little pond
he dreamed of the ocean his whole life long
he went to the doctor to see what could be done
he took some salt water tablets to help with his transition

he met his seahorse girlfriend on the internet
all he wanted to do was swim with her neck and neck
so he went to the doctor to see what could be done
he took some salt water tablets to help with his transition

he promised to Seahorse that she was the only one
all he wanted to do was swim with her in the ocean

he was a nervous turtle hiding in his shell
he'd lived in this pond his whole life, it wasn't hard to tell
he went to the doctor to see what she would say
she said you gotta leave this place, it is the only way

he asked his seahorse girlfriend if she would visit first
with the promise he would one day someday visit her
so she went to the pharmacy to get supplies to bring along
she boarded the first ferry headed for the turtle pond

he promised to the seahorse that she was the only one
all he wanted to do was swim with her in the ocean

Turtle and Seahorse were together at last
they kissed at the drive in movie on the lily pad
their tails entwined together as they dreamed of a new life
he would be her turtle groom and she his seahorse bride

after seven days Seahorse returned to the sea
and Turtle said he'd meet her when his transition was complete
he swam around his turtle pond but couldnt get the nerve
Turtle never left his pond and lost his seahorse love
Track Name: Funeral
i walked across a tight rope a thousand miles high
i see it all so clear now that im on the other side
the rope was fraying under my feet as i made my way across
i thought for sure i'd fall and break my body on the rocks
then seagulls would devour me until I was all gone
and i'd never get to tell you that i think you are the one

just because im dead
doesn't mean that i can't love,
just because

i knew at once when you walked in that i'd never be the same
for better or for worse, you'd be to credit or to blame
but since i'm dead i'll never get to whisper in your ear
these things ill never say and so you will never hear
isn't it true that we are all mostly alone,
when we listen to the pre recorded tracks on our casiotones?

just because im dead
doesn't mean that i can't love,
just because

i will not be drunk and all over you this time
i'll behave much better now that i am not alive
i just love you that is all so I hope you come to my funeral
i'll be the one in the wooden box laying there alone
i have saved a space for you, we'll hum a tune about a tomb for two
as they lower our bodies we will rise to that tight rope in the sky

just because im dead
doesn't mean that i can't love,
just because
Track Name: December
in december we were young
not a year ago and now we're old.
january brought cold nights
warmed by your body next to mine.
february was colder still
i lost you in the middle.
march is when i lost my youth
i realized that i loved you.
then came april followed by may
i realized you had changed my ways.
in june we met by the sea
you told me that you loved me.
in july i took your puzzled heart
and broke it into small parts.
august was the saddest month i'd known
i kept someone else in my home.
september i assumed your heart still ached
you told me that was my mistake.
october i spent convincing you
that this time my love was true.
now november is almost gone
you are far away and holding strong.
oh june, where are you?
it'll be cold again so soon.
Track Name: Chocolate Chips
If you lie to me I'll know
You better not try because you'll show it all... you'll show it all
You might think you're a good liar
but I can see your pants are on fire oh, on fire oh
Trick is to leave me wanting more
you must have found out. How did you know, ohoh how did you know?
I've played this game with three or four, you're better than me you must have played it before, you've played it before

(CHORUS)
When it all comes falling down, can I knock down all your walls, oh all your walls?
For i'd really like to see what you look like underneath it all, underneath it all, underneath it all, underneath it all.

When I was 23 there was nothing that could bother me, that could bother me.
24 was about to start, thats when you waltzed in looking really smart, you looked so smart.
Right underneath my nose, kissing fingers, kissing toes,
and as I turned my head, thats when you fled, to her bed.

(CHORUS)

It ain't never felt like this
there's razor blades behind your lips, behind your lips
Your like thumb tacks in a dish
that look just like chocolate chips, like chocolate chips
If there's one thing that i'll miss its the way that you kiss, the way that you kiss
Counting days 'til the apocalypse
when we touch I clench my fists, I clench my fists
You look my way I lose my wits, it comes back in little bits, little broken bits.
I'm making a list
I'll walk in the mist
Or will I just sit?
So far from bliss
We're an awkward fit
Antidisestablishmentarianist

(CHORUS)
Track Name: Inexorably
the headlights through the window from the car that turned the corner
we watched them on the ceiling overhead in bed together
only i was all alone, you didn't know what you were missing
we could have missed it together if only we had been there kissing
i pedaled with no hands tonight on my way home from the festival
i flew over the speed bumps and i felt so damn inexorable
i thought of different words that i think go nicely together
ill write them down a hundred times and sound out every letter
i am I-N-E-X-O-R-A-B-L-Y E-N-A-M-O-R-E-D with you (x3)
Do we love each other cause were equal amounts of ugly?
there's a narcissistic pleasure knowing that you're so fond of me
i thought that this and you and us would feel so very heavy
but I carry like a feather lovely thoughts of you 'round with me
is it in your stalk or in your plume or in your downey tufts?
i wonder where your love is and if it is enough
i am I-N-E-X-O-R-A-B-L-Y E-N-A-M-O-R-E-D with you (x3)
is it in your stalk or in your plume or in your downey tufts?
i wonder where your love is and if it is enough
Track Name: Typewriter Girl
in the old San Francisco bay
there's a girl a typewriter girl born on the first day of summer in 1928
this girl the typewriter girl rides into work on her bicycle every day
she types out every letter of every word that everybody did say
this girl the typewriter girl waves to the drum major leading the ticker tape parade
the ink on her dress leaves a stain in the shape of a blade

in the old san francisco bay
there's a girl a typewriter girl riding to work on her bicycle everyday
on the first day of summer in 1948
this girl the typewriter girl under the wheels of a cable car did break

such innocent innocent innocent innocent eyes
in an innocent innocent innocent innocent face
its a cruel cruel cruel typewriter world
gave her a cruel cruel cruel machinery fate

in the old san francisco bay
there's a girl a typewriter girl died on the first day of summer in 1948
Track Name: Skeletons
If you hide skeletons in your closet, then I would give you mine so you could hide it.
If you keep bodies in your freezer then I would die so you could keep me.
Sweet hereafter is a little far to go looking for you, and you don't know me so just forget it.
I'm not so hard to get so if you're lookin' for fun then you should pick a harder target.
I'm not so hard to get so if you're lookin' for fun then you should pick a harder target.

You might wonder if I mean what I say but I can show you the proof.
I will say I'm not a fool for you but I don't always tell the truth.

You are the apple of my eye, and the plum, and the pear, and the tangerine.
Honestly I'd be happy with anything, everything or nothing or something in between.
I'd rather pine and pine alone, OH stormy weather, then find a happy life and then regret it.
Sabotage is not a strategy I like, but you better keep a close watch on the contents of your closet.
I'm not so hard to get so if you're looking for fun then you should pick a harder target.
I'm not so hard to get so if you're looking for fun then you should pick a harder target.

You might wonder if I mean what I say but I can show you the proof.
I will say I'm not a fool for you but I don't always tell the truth.

I'm not so hard to get so if you're lookin' for fun then you should pick a harder target.
You might wonder if I mean what I say but I can show you the proof.
I will say I'm not a fool for you but I will most certainly not be telling you the truth.
Track Name: Going Home
Its not what you did or didn't do
You made mistakes and I did too
Its not the lies
Though I told a few

(CHORUS)
I'm going home
Where its cold and grey I'm going home
Where the jobs don't pay I'm going home
In the wind and the rain I'm going home
Ain't no other way I'm going home

You don't know what you think that you know about me
Like did you know I always go before it gets ugly?

(CHORUS)

You can say what you think or you can lie to me
It won't change a thing, it won't make a difference
I've made up my mind

(variation on CHORUS)
Track Name: Mean
I'm sorry baby if I've been mean, but look how it turned out your seams
You know I'm right, please don't lose me baby this time
I love you baby, thats why I've been mean
I love you baby and you got all that I need
You love me too, until you realize, I will be waiting here for you

I told you I want all or none, I just won't settle for some
Sugar you have come undone, please don't lose me baby, you are the one
I love you baby and thats why I have been mean
I love you baby and I got all that you need
You best be true, until you are dear, I will be waiting for you

I told you I loved you and you ran away, now you're telling me and you want me stay
You better mean what you say, please don't lose me this way
I love you baby thats why I've been mean
I love you baby and I got all that you need
You will be home soon, when you are dear I'll be waiting for you

I love you baby if you know what I mean
I love you baby and you got all that I need
You best watch what you do
If you leave me I won't be waiting for you (x3)