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Coming Up feat. S. Hawking

from Tabula Rasa by King Nobody



This was a fun one. Matt Burke on piano and beats. Downtuned the trumpet to sound like trombone. Lyrics written by Jerrold Ridenour and delivered via robot voice


I know that I can never fly
No matter how hard I ever try.
I can practice all day and every night
But I won’t grow wings and I can’t take flight
I could try all the things
But I can’t fly, I can barely sing
I have no feathers or other bird things
I’m not birdlike or a little birdling
I’ve got no beak I can’t squawk
So why try to be that which I’m not
You could give me directions and explain
But I won’t fly today
But if I dream and think I can, I can build a plane
And fly away

You can’t swim like a fish
So don’t think this
Is the way you should be swimming in the sea
You can’t pollenate the flowers
or populate the trees
You’re not the birds
you’re not the bees bzzz bzzzz
So just be
What it was you were meant to be
Be genuine and be true
Be you.
& never forget
To be free too.


from Tabula Rasa, released January 20, 2024
Jerrold Ridenour and Matt Burke having fun with toys.


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King Nobody seeks to allegorize and proselytize the ego by proxy of his characters, strapping in with a giant, howling harmonica that springs from a lo-fi well, nested in Americana and psych folk, with a vocal timbre akin to Damon Albarn and temperament abreast of Les Claypool. ... more

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