Gadzooks

by Doctor Ew

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"the dark pop of Dr. Ew's debut record, which is really melancholy but has this ambitious, orchestral aura about it. In places, it reminds me of Brian Wilson, fighting his demons to make a Beach Boys masterpiece that no one else understands. There's an endearing, gentle cheeriness about this whole affair, with plenty of special guests onhand to push the Doctor on through his pain in peppy bursts of driving rock, tender ballads, and timeless pop jams."
-- (CBC R3) Vish Khanna

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released 04 November 2010

Fuzzy Logic Recordings FLR-013


All songs written by Doctor Ew except "Dance All Over My Grave" written by Doctor Ew and Matt Beckett, and "No More Space" written by Doctor Ew and Andrew Scott

Mastered by Mike Kuehn
Mixed by Sandro Perri
Photos by David Waldman
Layout and design by Scott McFayden

Thanks to my family, friends, the Bicycles, the Elwins, lenders of equipment, all of the musicians who played on the record, Maria Bui, Sandro Perri, David Waldman, Mike Kuehn, Scott McFayden.

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Track Name: The House Of Many Mansions
The house of many mansions
has been put up for sale
I'm told of all the parties
I go through the garbage pails

A bloody minded moon on high
is all alone in a blackened sky
ends will come and ends will go
but our hands remain around each other's throats

The captain jumped ship last night
some say it was suicide

A bloody minded moon on high
is all alone in a blackened sky
ends will come and ends will go
but our hands remain around each other's throats
Track Name: Dance All Over My Grave
There's a grey voice sounding 'round me
Pressing on my shoulders
But I don't believe it anymore
I heard a whimper in its roar
Yeah I'm gonna do it
Dancing on top of my grave
Gonna kick over my headstone
Gonna goose ya on my walk home

Don't care if I live or I die
Just want to walk in the light
Gonna dance all over my grave

Felt it sit there at my bedside
mocking all my heavy tears
Now I see I let it in
I won't make that mistake again

Don't care if I live or I die
Just want to walk in the light
Gonna dance all over my grave

You know, I've always kept my problems bottled up inside, alone
one day I said "you can't really die of embarrassment"
so if life leaves you behind - fuck it

Gonna dance all over my grave
Track Name: Be A Dreamer
The city makes the stars so hard
to see from my window
but my heart, my heart can see them shining there
they'll ask you to keep a special place in your heart
be a dreamer
a sky full of dreamers

I'm always reaching out
and when I start to doubt my choices
and doubt myself
I need some help
Oh star of Bethlehem
That's guided many lost men
to the cradle
to the graceful
Track Name: To Be Your Man
Oh for years I fought through with a jealous mind
and wouldn't give a second thought to leaving them behind
my way to paradise
is looking in your eyes

Now I know what I must do to be a man
it's to help you when you're down
and understand
my way to paradise
is looking in your eyes
to be your man
Track Name: I'm Not Mad At You Anymore
I'm not mad at you anymore
You did what you had to do
I'd be wise to do it too
I'm not mad at you anymore
You forgive but not forget
your eyes convey a heavy debt

I've played my last hand in this waiting game

I'm not mad at you anymore
You didn't mean to hurt me too
you were doing what you knew
I'm not mad at you anymore
I know you really tried your best
I know we all need forgiveness

I've played my last hand in this waiting game
Track Name: Do As The Lord Tells Me
God said things will come in plenty
if you take good care of business and take care to live
and I don't want to speak to job
or take a peak beneath his robes
I just do as the lord tells me
I just do as the lord tells me

The river is raging like a drunkard
It'll over-take this land and drag it to the sea
but I don't bother stocking up
I always give the lord a cut
I just do as the lord tells me
I just do as the lord tells me

One night, a ghost came by my bedside
and said "You'll wake one morning
and all you'll see is sand
get out of this deal while you can".

But I won't listen
to a disgruntled ex-employee
who goes round shaking chains and giving a hell of a scare
maybe its a test of faith
from now on I won't hesitate
I just do as the lord tells me
Track Name: Stay In Place
You must be tired by now
of playing this game
of watching yourself
of chasing some future that won't stay in place
stay in place
stay in place

Pain is the flight from pain
We're running around and making our sounds
we desire to catch what won't stay
stay in place
stay in place
Track Name: If You're Happy
Clap your hands
if you're happy and you know it clap your hands
I know you really want to show it
if you're happy and you know it clap your hands

Cry boo-hoo
if you want to cry, cry boo-hoo
oh cry out, boo-hoo
if you want to cry, cry boo-hoo

These are just feelings that we go through

Give a shake
if you're happy and you know it, give a shake
shout hooray
if you want to shout, shout hooray
oh shout out hooray
if you're gonna shout, shout hooray

These are just feelings that we go through
Track Name: I'm Getting Fat
There's riots in the street
they want my head
they say I've failed to secure
their daily bread

I raise up my perfumed sleeve
can hardly bear this indignity
they say I'm getting fat
Boom bah bah, boom bah bah
Hey chubba bubba, hey chubba bubba

I open up my robe
piss on the flames
I got my divine right
people to blame
I'm not going to read that writ
there's people paid here to give a shit

They say I'm getting...
I'm not my daddy
and I'm not going ride in front
so, the only rumblings I want to hear
is one telling me that lunch is near
they say I'm getting fat
Hey chubba bubba, hey chubba bubba
Track Name: Oh Human History
Oh, human history
has taught one thing to me
the codes of civility
don't apply when dealing with the enemy
we cower from the light
and run into the night

Job went to the desert to see
why god was giving him such misery
god said "Idiot, you created me"
Job started crying hysterically
a bad moon or a golden dawn
we gotta keep keepin' on
Track Name: No More Space
Where did all those good times go?
there's blood around your doorstep
seems that all those great ideas
have twisted around our legs like vines
and tripped us up and choked our minds

Now there's no more space
it's just face to face to face face to face face
don't fear the reaper, I'm your man
I'll take you to that burning sand

Never thought I'd wind up here
as official executioner
please don't take it personal friend
a job is a job, pay is pay
and you're attached to what is going to roll away

Now there's no more space
It's just face face face face to face face
though we may be far apart
a bluebird sings in every heart
Track Name: Miles Away
Sometimes I'm miles away
when I should be close to you
and when we're that, that far away
we can't hear each other say
those tender words like I still love you
and I do, I still love you

I want to meet you dear
way up on some lonely hill
and hold you dear
just let time do what it will
please meet me here
I'm calling out to you
I do, I still love you

Please meet me here
I'm calling out to you
I do, I still love you
Track Name: Bitter Fruit
I did not want the apple for the apple's sake
if it had been forbidden, I would've bit the snake

A choice between two roads but that won't make me budge
If there's one thing that you taught me
It's how to hold a grudge

All along you've sewn these lies you told as truth
now kindly would you reach down and reap this bitter fruit

Ladies, gentlemen, I have nothing to hide
Track Name: Let's Make It Legitimate
Got a date at the city hall
scheduled just after 4
don't forget your photo I.D.
They'll know you're you, they'll know I'm me

Yeah we made it
now let's make it
Let's make it legitimate

Your mom don't want some bastard born
now I'm waking up in the early morning
it's getting tough and I'm getting scared
but my dad told me you're never really prepared

Yeah we made it
now let's make it
let's make it legitimate

No one's going to throw rice at us
they say the road that lies ahead is really tough
but I love my baby
and I love you baby