An Elephant

by Fishboy

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  • Record/Vinyl

    12" Vinyl- Choice of yellow, brown or black while quantities last. Comes with 160 page PDF comic and lyrics.

    Includes unlimited streaming of An Elephant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around 15 October 2014

     $13 USD or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    this 160 page 5.5" mini comic tells the story of the album + CD in a paper sleeve (the book is the artwork!)

    The story is told with no dialog and is broken up into a chapter per song making it possible to read along (slowly) as you listen!

    Also! the pattern from the book matches up with the pattern from the LP, when you lay one on top of the other, the ghost magically appears!

    book comes with mp3s and PDF to read while you wait for your copy.

    Includes unlimited streaming of An Elephant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around 15 October 2014

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  • this 160 page 5.5" mini comic tells the story of the album.

    The Story:

    Based on the horrific true events of 1903 in which Thomas Edison publicly electrocuted Topsy the elephant, the album tells the story of how the ghost of Topsy attempts to avenge her death and pass into the afterlife.

    The story is told with no dialog and is broken up into a chapter per song making it possible to read along (slowly) as you listen!

    Also! the pattern from the book matches up with the pattern from the LP, when you lay one on top of the other, the ghost magically appears!

    book comes with mp3s and PDF to read while you wait for your copy.
    ... more
    shipping out on or around 15 October 2014

     $12 USD or more

     

  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The album comes with a 160 page comic book + hand written lyrics PDF available with download or for sale as a square 5.5" limited run physical copy.

     $9 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl

    all of the above plus a t-shirt featuring Topsy the ghost elephant!

    Includes unlimited streaming of An Elephant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around 15 October 2014

     $30 USD or more

     

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The album comes with a 160 page comic book + hand written lyrics PDF available with download or for sale as a square 5.5" limited run physical copy.

The Story:

Based on the horrific true events of 1903 in which Thomas Edison publicly electrocuted Topsy the elephant, the album tells the story of how the ghost of Topsy attempts to avenge her death and pass into the afterlife.

The story is told with no dialog and is broken up into a chapter per song making it possible to read along (slowly) as you listen!

credits

released 01 October 2014

An Elephant was recorded in February of 2014 by Matthew Barnhart at the Echolab in Argyle, TX


Eric Michener - Guitar, Vocals, and other small parts

Scarlett Wright- Bass

Grahm Robinson- Drums and guitar solo

Adam Avramescu- Keyboards, Piano, and Horns

Mastered by Doug Van Sloun in Omaha, NE

All songs written by Eric Michener (Eric Edward Fishboy) copyright 2014

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Track Name: Electrical Elephant
Edison’s electrical elephant finds it hard to understand the experiment
what exactly are they tryin to do?
what exactly are they tryin to prove?
perplexing as the pachyderm harassment
passes points of only being embarrassment
the outcome of the testing is clear,
the end of her life is near
“she's too dumb to know too dumb to care, too dumb to know too dumb to care”

but the underestimated intelligence
of this five hundred pound living filament
sparked an afterlife agenda that day,
to haunt Edison to his grave
now Edison's electrical elephant
paranormally displays diligence
giving Edison the scare of his life,
singing the same song every night

“I’ll haunt your nights, haunt your days, your dinner lunch breakfast.
an elephant never forgets, oh an elephant never forgets”

“I can remember fire, I can remember smoke.
I can remember every single word you ever spoke
every word you spoke”

“I’ll haunt your nights, haunt your days, your dinner lunch breakfast.
an elephant never forgets, oh an elephant never forgets” x4
Track Name: Thomas Alva Waiting
when you’re dead when your ghost leaves your head
when your head leaves your body
I'll be there I'll be lighter than air
I'll be some how applauding
lately by your grave I sit and wait
waiting for that very special day,
that you pass away
when you die when the spark leaves your eye
when your eye leaves your socket
I'll be there I'll be lighter than air pulling pride from my pocket
creeping in the evening while you sleep
singing while you’re breathing in the deep
hoping you decease
Thomas Alva waiting...for your expiration…
your final resignation...Thomas Alva waiting

and while I wait I contemplate all the weeks and days all the time I've wasted worryin, when I could've been, with my elefriends
having all the greatest times…
were I alive, I wouldn’t kill any more time,
I'd savor every single moment at least I'd try

Thomas Alva waiting...for your expiration…
your final resignation...Thomas Alva waiting x2
Track Name: Elephant in the Room
Tell me Thomas can you hear for almost 30 somethin years
I tried to blanket you in fear each night and day
and yet you stubbornly insist I somehow simply don’t exist
but in due time you won resist your final fate
you won't resist your finale fate your final doom
both of which are coming soon

elephant in the room elephant in the room elephant in the room
elephant in the room elephant in the room elephant in the room
you can't ignore the elephant in the room

do you believe the things you see
or do you tend to disagree
when I say purgatorily I can’t escape
the only way that I foree
that I can finally be set free
is to drag you kicking, screaming, drag you kicking screaming to the grave
drag you kickin screaming to the tomb
drag you there tomorrow afternoon

elephant in the room elephant in the room elephant in the room
elephant in the room elephant in the room elephant in the room
You can’t ignore the elephant...

in the room you now lay dying, an entire lifetime trying
oh is now a lifetime ending
years and years I’ve waited for it
now I can’t believe it, I’ll finally receive it
I can finally live an afterlife, after I watch you die

elephant in the room (repeat)

all the time that I wasted
all the years obliterated
all the songs I could be singing
all the joy I could bringing
oh and now that its over I can finally recover
I can finally retire from the gloom
say goodbye to the elephant in the room
adios dear elephant in the room
goodbye to the elephant in the room
Track Name: Can't Fade Away
when I was just a baby calf, I’d always make my mother laugh
by blowing bubbles in the bath, or imitating every tall giraffe
infront of human beings, and every now and then it seems
they’d turn the focus back and me, they’d poke and prod and proudly taunt and
tease me like I wouldn’t mind, it would hurt, I wouldn’t cry
they didn’t know but didn’t try, to understand, to empathize
my mother sat me down and she explained,
bad days will come but they’ll always fade away

when I was older then I knew, the rotten things a man can do
and though I tried to curb my fears, they struck me down, erased my final
years and years have passed me by, a couple decades since I died
I thought my resting place was tied to one who took away my little life
and now, I’m finding out, theres nothing in the sky but only
clouds and sun and birds and air, not a shred of heaven any
where I’ll go I do not know, back to earth to maybe wait some more
and when my time it ends, I’ll wear an everlasting grin
I don’t know where to go but I do not want to stay
bad days will come but they’ll always fade away

and maybe in a future time, children will repeat how I
lived long past the day I died, sum it up inside a nursery
rhyme the end of every verse, sing it til their throats are horse
and when they can’t sing anymore, scream until their tiny tonsils
burst in air, the atmosphere, you will find, find me there
trying hard to disappear, but never ever going any--
where it ends I do not know, I do not have a way to go
I do not have a resting home, I do not have a way that I can
say the words that haunt me to this day
bad days will come but they’ll always fade away
my days are gone but I still can’t fade away
Track Name: Totes Part 1
totes. totally gross I can’t believe it
totally broken and I’m finding out
totally bogus emotion, aroma of toast burning, bones that are broken no
only a ghost not even breathin
stronger than most but I am weakened now
glowing and floating in motion
totally bloated with growing explosion
don’t you even know, I would never hurt a soul
but the one who dealt this blow
is totally open to bone breaking motions
the force of an ocean approaching toward your nose

totes. totally closed totally open
totally froze but I am heating now
demotion by clone mechination
compositing notes to your total destruction
dont you even know
I was born to rock and roll
but to those who dealt this blow
your alone in the zone of your own retribution
totally open to mass execution
devoted to coma inducing contusions
the force of an ocean approaching towards your nose
Track Name: Totes Part 2
and I came back from the clouds, could not believe what I found
a man inside my body, performing math equations
on the boardwalk to a crowd, hundreds gathered round
I was angry and sad, then someone tapped my back
a tiny little man, we walked across the sand
and we spoke at the tide.
Track Name: Dig a Grave
Awake dear friend no this isn’t the end no it’s not quiet beginning to start
though I know you’ve been wronged well it will not be long
till your problems are deep in the yard
so bury all you carry and let by gone burdens go
sink them in summery sand or wintery snow

and you’re wondering why I am qualified
how can I give a ghost such advice
well I’ve been mistreated too treated too
treated just like you, I wanted vengeance for all of my life
but I came to conclusions my illusions were just that
I dug down deep and threw the heap in the black

but the stakes are raised so you dig a grave
and you bury everything around

and if you have your doubts let me spell it out
let me make myself perfectly clean
you’ve got to dig a hole and rest your soul
and soon you will see what I mean
but meanings may arrive at later times than we would like
they’re not always obvious no and they’re not always nice

and mistakes are made, every single day
but we pick them up and put them down
but the stakes are raised, so you’ll dig a grave
and you bury everything around
Track Name: Bury My Body
when I was young I never talked to nobody
when I was young I’d never go no where
when I was young I didn’t have no problems
no tribulation in the atmosphere
they’re gonna bury me six feet under
they’re gonna bury me six feet down
they’re gonna bury me six feet under
they’re gonna bury me six feet down
they’re gonna bury my body six feet down

and when I died I didn’t have a funeral
although a hundred people gathered round
no one gave me a proper burial
a single shovel didn’t break the ground
and decades later I have found the answer
my mortal coil I have finally found
I’ll make them bury me six feet under
they’re gonna bury me six feet down

they’re gonna bury my body six feet down
Track Name: I'm a Ghost
you have taken my face, now you gotta pay
and I won’t hesitate again
there are a number of ways, to put you in the grave
but I will list my favorite ten
hide a bomb in your sink I could poison your peanut stash
put a bullet through your head, pump you full of lead
gas you in your bed at night
I could burn down your house, stop your heart with a mouse,
and without any doubt you won’t see me around
cause a ghost ain’t ever seen

and this is the way that I brush my teeth: I don’t brush my teeth
this is the way that I bend my knees: I don’t bend my knees
I don’t have teeth and I don’t have knees, I don’t stand I float
I’m a ghost, I’m a ghost, I’m a ghost

I could poke through your eyes as you sleep late at night
or an acid surprise it could be very nice
it could be so very nice

and this is the way that I take you down, here’s my final blow
I’ll shock you till your on the ground and take the life you stole
and forever you will know you lost to one that lost the most
to a ghost, I’m a ghost, I’m a ghost

and this is the way that I brush my teeth: I don’t brush my teeth
this is the way that I bend my knees: I don’t even bend my knees
I don’t have teeth and I don’t have knees, I don’t stand I float
I’m a ghost, I’m a ghost, I’m a ghost
Track Name: Neverever
stand up, look down, breath in as you find out
theres a part blood, part machine
my old self on the floor asleep
and its plugged into the outlet on the wall
so there won’t be a struggle here at all
all in, bend down, step back as you hear a sound
its a wheezing breath that is running out
and its causing me to have my doubts
if I can’t take life that used to be my own
then I’ll probably never ever ever go home

so I’ll leave you sleeping on the floor alone
and I’ll leave a blanket so you aren’t cold
but I’ll probably never ever ever go
never ever ever go home

all this time and all this waiting
I tried and tried but never faded
I filled the room and totally lost it
I dug my grave but buried no bodies
but buried all my long lost grudges
I bent my knees and wiped my smudges
and realized letting go is really all thats left to this
an elephant never forgets
but an elephant it can forgive
the life I’m taking is a life I don’t wanna live

so I’ll leave you sleeping on the floor alone
and I’ll grab a blanket so you aren’t cold
but I’ll probably never ever ever go
never ever ever go home
Track Name: Floating Away
As the gravity bends I prepare to ascend
to the far great beyond
floating away, floating away I am gone

I lift off the ground, I don't know where I’m bound
but I’m far better off
floating away, floating away I am gone

the moments the seconds the minutes compile
the inches, the feet, the yards, the miles
in a while my sorrows will be far gone


the sirens they wail, they bid me farewell
to the new rising dawn
floating away, floating away I am gone

its over, I’m frozen, locked in the light
farewell to the darkness farewell to the night
its brighter much brighter than the morning sun

if this is truly the end I will never again
sing a sorrowful song
floating away, floating away I am gone
Track Name: Finale
I didn’t know what I was doin, I didn’t know if I could do it no

all the wrinkles upon my body tell me its time for a grand finale
they’re always on the, on the, money
a single wrinkle is holdin steady, tells me we may not be ready
but we can’t wait any longer

and the time that got away
is the time that won’t come back
you can mourn your wasted days
or you can live for the days that have not passed away quite yet

I didn’t know what I was doin, I didn’t know if I could do it no
and everything that I had gathered, in the end it didn’t matter, no

and the time that slipped away
is the time you wont get back
you can mourn your wasted days
or you can live for the days that have not passed away quite yet
Track Name: When You're Alone
when you’re alone you’re not the only the one around
it’s just a feeling that you’re having
you can’t tell youre up from down
and in a moment you will look and you’ll realize that you have found
when you’re alone you’re not the only one around

when you’re in bed and oh you wake up in the morn
and you can’t hear a single person
you can’t hear a single word
you room it hasn’t been transported to a far off distant world
when you’re in bed and oh you wake up in the morn

when you’re alone you’re not the only the one around
it’s just a feeling that you’re having
we all feel it then and now
and in a moment you will look and you’ll realize that you have found
you’re only lonely not the only one around
when you’re alone you’re not the only one around