Excelsior

by Sometimes the Cat

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"Four gold stars and one silver star"
             —Josh (Probehead)

"This album creeps up on the listener quite like a small ghost"
             —Josh (Probehead)

"The least smelly album of 2015 (so far)"
             —Josh (Probehead)

"I haven't even heard this album!"
             —Luke Slomba (also Probehead)

There's a lot to be said about this album, it is true, and most of it is in the lyrics and chords of the songs themselves. Nonetheless, it should perhaps be explained for context: this album is largely a product of my final two years of high school. Coincidentally also two years in the making, Excelsior has been my ever-present self-assigned homework assignment for so long that it feels weird that it could ever even be finished. But there does indeed come a time to let my songs go out into the world, and that time is now. It seems like just a week or two ago that I was struggling to come up with more songs, struggling to make anything sound good, struggling to even have time to work on songs.
Thanks for listening to my album.

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released June 17, 2015

SOMETIMES THE CAT:
April - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, ukulele, bass guitar, banjolele, piano, keyboards, organ, melodica, harmonica, kalimba, drums, etc.

WITH:
Charlie - vocal sample on “Stars & Galaxies”
Lily - keyboards on "Stars & Galaxies"
Luke - piano on “Alpha Bitch”, bongos on “Stopping Time”
Josh - guitar solo on “Guess Who’s Not in the Mood”, guitars on “Hopeless, Obsessed”
Noah - backing vocals on “Could Help It”

SPECIAL THANKS:
Charlie, Daniel, Griffin, Haley, Jordan, Josh, Kelly, Lily, Luke, Seth, Will, Winston, et al.
The Jin brothers, for the generous donation of drumsticks.
The family, the cats. You know who you are.

All music and lyrics by April except:
"Guess Who's Not in the Mood" - music by Brett, lyrics and arrangement by April
"Stars and Galaxies" - music by April, lyrics by someone from Space Email
Luke made up the title for "Late Fees"

Produced and mixed by April, with sequencing help from Charlie, Daniel, Josh, and Lily.
Artwork by Lily.

Dress Dress Dress Recordings
GRR 022

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Sometimes the cat does what she wishes, but sometimes she doesn't. Either way, Sometimes thinks you should live your love through everyone.

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Track Name: Feelin' Sick
I'm not so sure that's really what I think
It's kind of all a new revelation
You keep on telling me to throw up in the sink
But I'm not so sure that's such a great idea

Yesterday I stabbed myself with a plastic butterknife
It figures there would be a complication
The doctors rushed me to the hospital to try to save my life
But I think that they're overreacting

Got my hand stuck in an out-of-order sliding door
Some kids yelled "95" at the gas station
I bought them all some candy, once they let me in the store
And now the kids will only sing my name

You said that you're gonna stop wearing yellow cuz you think that it makes you look gay
The principal sent you another infraction
But you see I think that you look better that way
I'm starting to question who I am

Sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
And sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
And sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
And sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
And sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
And sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
And sometimes I can't help that I don't feel that great today
Track Name: Alpha Bitch
I can't remember how we met
I can't remember how we became friends
We don't seem like we'd get along
But sometimes it always worked out
Though I'm not that friendly, you put in the effort
Invited me places, although I declined
I didn't let you know that I thought you were beautiful
And you really were my top dog

We spent time apart, three months in the summer
And so many things changed between you and I
It seemed in that time, we'd become different people
It was like you were living a lie
First the sarcasm, it crept up quite slowly
I was taken aback; it was quite a surprise
I know that I said that you were my top dog
But now you're just the alpha bitch
Track Name: Guess Who's Not in the Mood
Guess who's not in the mood
I've heard what you've been saying to her
You're lucky I'm a nicer girl
'cause anybody else wouldn't let you go unharmed

And I know that you're really not the person you appear to be
You flash a smile and everything works out for you

You think you're punk rock, but that's just sick
You need to learn when to shut your mouth
Your morals leave something to be desired
People don't exist for you to abuse

And I know that you're really not the person you appear to be
You flash a smile and everything works out for you
But hopefully people will see that you lack redeeming qualities
And hopefully you'll realise what you have done

And I know that you're really not the person you appear to be
You flash a smile and everything works out for you
But hopefully people will see that you lack redeeming qualities
And hopefully you'll realise what you have done
Track Name: Half a Mind
The daytime, the nighttime
Losing track of where you were
Looking up at the light
Keeping track of the time

Don't let yourself go
We know the point is to sit back and enjoy the ride but
Don't let too many seasons pass
We don't want you to leave us behind and tossed aside

We've grown unused, our time has passed and now you're moving on
Your never-cared-for hair hangs like curtains over your eyes
You can't see us anymore, you've convinced yourself that we don't want you too

We can't believe how distant you've become in just a few weeks' time
You think that we've become so far away we can't see through your lies and
Things didn't have to be this way, you've brought this on with your thoughtless decisions

The daytime, the nighttime
Always thought you had half a mind
But you gave up some time ago
Only now, I think that you know

We've grown unused, our time has passed and now you're moving on
Your never-cared-for hair hangs like curtains over your eyes
You can't see us anymore, you've convinced yourself that we don't want you too

We can't believe how distant you've become in just a few weeks' time
You think that we've become so far away we can't see through your lies and
Things didn't have to be this way, you've brought this on with your thoughtless decisions
Track Name: Candy Corn
Candy corn fills the space above my fireplace
Orange, white, and yellow hues seep through the glass
Maybe you can have a few when you come home this afternoon
Before the light drains from the fading autumn sky

Windows fogging over as the rain pounds up above
Darkness settles in the rooms that we're neglectful of

Candy corn, when I'm left alone I tend to hide
The doors are locked, the curtains tied, the windows shut
Days and days without you, time I'd waste on wasting away
I'm isolated and I need your help to break me out

Wrapped between the blankets, holding on to keep us warm
Overhead we hear the crack of thunder in the storm

Candy corn, there's a time of day when there's no sun
The candles flicker in the moonlight
Everything melts around me; walls turn into dripping wax
Please don't wake me 'til the morning
Track Name: Small Ghost
Small ghost, it's time to wake because the moon is overhead
Small ghost, don't ignore me; I know you heard what I said
Small ghost

Climb out from the covers, dress yourself, don't make a sound
Only one night of the year, the monsters are around
Although the costumes of the children try to scare them away
They need a little helping hand, and that's why you're here to save the day

Small ghost, do you remember all the days when we were young?
Small ghost, there isn't time for me to tell you 'bout the sun
Small ghost, you're protector of the Earth on Halloween
I know that you're scared but you are what the people need
Small ghost

Learn to recognise the monsters even in the dark
They have made a hive of sorts at the south of Monroe Park
Make sure that your sword is sharpened, glinting metal blade
Someday many years from now, the people all will say

Small ghost, can you whisper all your secrets in my ear?
Small ghost, we're surrounded by haunts & spooks; nothing to fear!
Small ghost, don't forget to bring the flashlight from the wall
I hope that you know I love you even though you're small
Small ghost
Small ghost
Small ghost
Small ghost
Track Name: Late Fees
I read the book that you asked me to
But I think the plot was lost on me
I put it down and I found it just a day ago
Now I have to pay late fees to the library

I can't keep track of everything
I often feel like a lost cause
I want to hide—can't show my face—pretend I don't exist
I think I'm safe but I'm alone

I went with you to the gallery
But I think the meaning's lost on me
I see the portraits, painters' brushstrokes, sculpted bronze and things
I don't relate, and I'm not there

I don't feel like sometimes that I exist
I can feel my senses numb
I've been unplugged—I've been drifting through the days for years
I'm a ghost you can't see through
Track Name: Continental Drift
January second, the beginning of this year
And your departure would cut short our celebration cheer
I can't believe now that I let you go with just a hug goodbye
I think I caught a tiny glimmer of fear flash through your eyes

And when I was a little kid, I told my dad one night
I said I'd like to be a cartographer as he turned out the light
He looked me over pensively and asked me, "Why that route?"
And now I know it's so that no-one else has gotta map you out

It seems we're growing apart but this time you can blame it on the continental drift
You look at the charts, you look at the graphs, you can see there's an ever-increasing shift
We're growing faster apart and I never should have left you there, alone and far away
I hope I see you again, I'm coming after you; if I'm not eaten by sharks, we'll meet again someday
Track Name: Shaking Knees
There's a sound in my head
It's the sound of nothing, booming still

There's a sound in my head
It's the sound of nothing, booming still
But I can't listen through the lull
I'm nodding off, I shake, I bite
I have to stop

Shaking knees, I fall but I'm still standing
I can't quite remember things that happened
I've gone too far, I've had enough, it's like a dull pain in my gut

Hands are red, fresh with tooth marks
Lurch back & forth; yes, I'm awake
I don't need help, think I'll be fine
And it's my fault that I'm a liar

Everybody in the world takes comfort in the fact that there are people in the world whose lives are more fucked up than theirs
Everybody in the world takes comfort in the fact that there are people in the world whose lives are more fucked up than theirs
Everybody in the world takes comfort in the fact that there are people in the world whose lives are more fucked up than theirs
Everybody in the world takes comfort in the fact that there are people in the world whose lives are more
Track Name: Stopping Time
I'm breaking myself up
I'm taking time off to get myself back together
I'm holding onto things
I'm opening the boxes that I'm not allowed to open now

You're stopping time
And it's not my
fault that I don't understand
I can't believe
The things you see
moving in between the frames

Let's get some fireworks
We can set them off behind the park
The shadows circle 'round
Big hands reach up for us until they flicker out and disappear

You're stopping time
And it's not my
fault that I don't understand
I can't believe
The things you see
moving in between the frames
Track Name: Checking Out
We're bubbly, served and spitting, easy does it, now where was I?
I feel like I just said something that didn't make any sense

Tally marks marking the smart ones on where they are standing
Fun and games passing through hoops until everyone's fallen
I would advise against free-for-all sweet-talking demons
I just don't want to seem like I am very demanding

Oh, how it goes
How it goes
How it goes

It's freezing out here; I can't believe that you're lying on the concrete
There's an ice cube in your mouth, bowl of water on the ground, and the nighttime is uninviting

Dripping and dropping, the faucet is stopping the feeling
Lurching and leering, you find your eyes glued to the ceiling
Hazes and dazes, your body is frightened and helpless
Sipping and sopping, these words both seem way too familiar

Oh, now we know
Now we know
Now we know
Track Name: Hopeless, Obsessed
When I wake up in the morning, the taste of sleep won't leave my throat until I have a bagel and a glass of juice
And every day, it's the same; I wouldn't wish it otherwise, but all the same, what's there left to do?
Sometimes I wonder why I'm here, I'm living, breathing, automating, days go by before I get the chance to blink
Maybe everyone feels the same; it's hard to tell what people think when you're the jailer and you've locked yourself inside your head

I'm hopeless, obsessed
I dance through the curtains
Loops of licorice hung around my neck
But I slide the scissors through
Cutting up my only means of tying myself to the world
I jump up in the air
Nothing holds me back and I start to fly away
But I can only go so high
Before I leave the Earth's embrace and by then I'm too far gone
By then I'm too far gone

Sometime in elementary school, the teachers told us kids were playing in the street and dodging cars and they said it's not okay
I don't know who did it, but now I wonder if those kids knew what would happen if they lost or even if they cared
I find as I get older, I think I'm getting dumber, I doubt myself in every single thing that I do
I wish that I were happy, I wish I didn't feel consumed, I wish I could find something else to write songs about

I'm hopeless, obsessed
I dance through the curtains
Loops of licorice hung around my neck
But I slide the scissors through
Cutting up my only means of tying myself to the world
I jump up in the air
Nothing holds me back and I start to fly away
I'm hopeless, obsessed
I dance through the curtains
Loops of licorice hung around my neck
But I slide the scissors through
Cutting up my only means of tying myself to the world
I jump up in the air
Nothing holds me back and I start to fly away
But I can only go so high
Before I leave the Earth's embrace and by then I'm too far gone
By then I'm too far gone
By then I'm too far gone
By then I'm too far gone
Track Name: Half a Mind (reprise)
The daytime, the nighttime
Always thought you had half a mind
But you gave up some time ago
Only now, I think that you know
Track Name: Æthereal Reverence
Oblivious, consumed, colossal, delirious
Barred within and surrounded by the inside
I swallow, gurgle, thirst lingers in my throat

You hold me in aethereal reverence
Bound by vines, eyes and eyes and eye and eyes
But there's little to watch, half-dry glue drips from my fingertips
With them, I push myself up to my feet, gaze out the window

Hills and skies of grey, grey, grey, grey, grey; gray, gray, gray
On and on to horizons
Little houses peppered throughout the landscape
There's a knock at the door
And you've locked yourself out with your key
With your key
Track Name: Pelagic Crests
I know you harbour him, don't try and tell me otherwise
The skies are dark and overcast, ships can't sail through this storm
Open up the bars and let me look inside the damp and musty cells
I've got to show him that there's nowhere he can hide

But why would he want to?
Sister Sea surrounds upon all sides
And how could he leave her?
Sister's warm embrace is left to waste and she's alone
And where will she go now?
The waves recede into the nooks and crannies of the Earth
And what of the Ocean?
Father pulls together tides until you come apologise

And someday soon, Sister will return
Lapping at the shorelines all around the world
Dip your toes in, feel the water 'round them
Her pelagic crests pass by through waves capped with foamy pearl
Track Name: Empyrean Bliss
Curling up, consumed by the warmth your flames give off
Let them snake up betwixt my arms
Skin peels off, crisp from hours of baking
But I know I'm safe from harm

I melt into you
You burn straight through me

Ashes culminate by your glowing ember form
Breathe them, cough out blackened dust
Burn me up until there's nothing left
And I know I'm magma now

I melt into you
You burn straight through me
Flames engulf my face
Caught in your embrace
Track Name: Chthonic Dreams
I had another dream last night from which I couldn't wake
I found my body buried in loose dirt up to my neck
The void surrounded me; I thought that I had died
And even though I called your name, it didn't feel quite right

I've had another day today from which I want to leave
I wished I'd brought a shovel so someone could bury me
I'd apologise if only it meant something anymore
But now I'm scared of losing you, I'm really scared of losing you
Track Name: Stars & Galaxies
I don't care anymore
I don't care anymore
I want to tell myself that
I don't want to care about my grades or school
People, college, futures, jobs, etcetera

I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me
I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me

I don't care anymore
I don't care anymore
I want to tell myself that
I don't want to care about my grades or school
People, college, futures, jobs, etcetera

I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me
I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me
I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me
I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me

Stars and galaxies don't care about these things
Maybe I shouldn't either
Stars and galaxies don't care about these things
Maybe I shouldn't either
Stars and galaxies don't care about these things
Maybe I shouldn't either
Stars and galaxies don't care about these things
Maybe I shouldn't either

(I'm afraid of the sky at night, because it's so big.
But mostly because, when it yawns over me,
I'm afraid it's going to eat me.)

I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me
I want to sleep and dream
About stars and galaxies
Because they are so much more than me
Track Name: Could Help It
When I grow up, I want to be a hermit
I'll live alone in a cabin in the woods
I'll write to you a letter every few days
But no-one ever comes to take them away

Sometimes I feel like nobody loves me
Other times I feel like you love me too much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside to comfort me
But when I need someone, you're never there

I hope someday you will come to visit
I'd like to show you all about me and my life
"See, here's my living room" is just what I would say to you
But I'll never tell you where I live

Sometimes I feel like nobody loves me
Other times I feel like you love me too much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside to comfort me
But when I need someone, you're never there

Sometimes I feel like nobody loves me
Other times I feel like you love me too much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside to comfort me
But when I need someone, you're never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever there

Sometimes I feel like nobody in this world is in love with me
Other times I feel like you love me way too much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside me ready to comfort me
But when I need someone, you're never never never ever ever ever there

I could help it
Yes, I could help it
But I won't
I won't
Yes, I could help it
Yes, I could help it
But I won't

Sometimes I feel like nobody loves me-e-e-e
Other times I feel like you love me too, way too fucking much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside to comfort me
But when I need someone, you're never ever ever ever never never gonna be there

Yes, I could help it
Yes, I could help it
But I won't
And I never will
Yes, I could help it
Yeah, I could help it
But I won't
Oh, oh, oh

Sometimes I feel like nobody in this world loves me
Other times I feel like you love me way too much, way too, way too much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside me, you're ready to comfort me
But when I need someone, anyone, you're never never never gonna, never gonna be there

Yes, I could help it
Yes, I could help it
But I won't
And I'm never gonna help it
Yes, yes, I could help it
Yes, I could help it
But I won't
And I never will

Sometimes I feel like nobody lo-o-o-o-o-oves me
Other times I feel like you love me way too, way too fucking much
When I want to be alone, you're right beside to comfort me
But when I need someone, you're never ever ever never never never never never never never never never there

And I could help it
But I won't
Yes, I could help it (one)
I could help it (two)
I could help it (three)
But I won't (four)
But I won't