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by Letter Seventeen

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RPM Challenge 2010

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released March 1, 2010

Tim Alexander - guitars, voices, and other noises
with special guests Andy Samford (guitar on Action Figure, Donkey Jockey, and Shoot The Nuge), Clarke McMurray (backing vocals on Forty Days) and Sam Wrinkle (backing vocals on Action Figure)

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Letter Seventeen Norcross

Whimsical indie pop from a one-man band. Except when other people help. Which is quite often. So it's not like a one-man band at all.
Oh. And there are songs about donkeys.

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Track Name: Carnival
Welcome to the carnival
Come enjoy the show
Step right up, get your tickets here
It's nearly time to go
And don't forget the sideshow
Plenty there to see
Just step right up, get your ticket now
And then you'll follow me


Welcome to the carnival
Please enjoy the rides
And children, now, please take care
Keep your hands and arms inside
You just need a gold ticket
To come enjoy the fun
Come enjoy the carnival
Your day out in the sun


Welcome to the carnival
The freaks are all around
The geek show starts at half past two
He will not let you down
It's time to get things started
It's time for us to go
Step right through the gate right here
It's time to start the show
Track Name: Action Figure
GI Joe went off to several foreign wars
Fought to serve his country
Ended up in a Barbie dream house, living that life
You call that some kind of party?

He's not a doll
He's an action figure
This ain't no doll
This is an action figure

For six million dollars we rebuilt the man
Made him better, faster, stronger
Think he needs a bionic arm to guard Raggedy Ann?
Think he's happy at a tea party?

He's not a doll
He's an action figure
This ain't no doll
This is an action figure

Save the girl, save the world
Save the girl, save the world
Track Name: Donkey Jockey
What do you do when the donkey won't show?
What do you do when the donkey won't show?
Sometimes you just have to make due.
The show must go on they say.
Bring me the rabbit.


People are here and it's time for the show
Nothing to do and it's time for the show
But now the donkey won't show
What can we do?
Bring me the rabbit.


My donkey
That's MY donkey
Get off my donkey!
You know, you're not some super-star donkey jockey


The show must go on.
The show must go on.
If the donkey won't show.
Bring me the rabbit.
Bring me the rabbit.


My donkey
That's MY donkey
Get off my donkey!
You know, you're not some super-star donkey jockey
Track Name: Riding With The Captain
(So let me get this straight…)
There's a nun, a dwarf
And a treasure map
And you don't want to know where the map is at
The captain guides the ship
Across the sea
In search of some pirate booty

I've signed on
To be the first mate
And to try to keep this story straight
I'm still a bit confused
About the nun
But I'll do
What has to be done


Okay, I guess I'll do what you say
As long as I get paid


I swab the deck
Then sleep below
Until I'm called on
To be part of the show
I'll follow the dwarf and the nun
And we'll do
What has to be done


Okay, I guess I'll do what you say
As long as I get paid
Oh, and by the way
How exactly will I be paid?
What a long, strange trip
What a strange, strange ship
Track Name: Party Trust Fund
So here's the deal
I'll make it quite clear
If you want your inheritance
You'll party each year
I'll pay for the travel
And all of the costs
But you'll come for each birthday
Or all will be lost

I made several million
Long before I did pass
But you'll play by my rules
If you want any cash
Come down to Florida
In August each year
Come to the party
And share in the cheer

It's a party trust fund
Party trust fund

So why would you do this?
Why parties, you say
Are you watching us somehow
From beyond the grave?
The answer is simple
My message is clear
Come to the party
And share in the cheer

We have enough problems
To face in our lives
So why not enjoy it
When good times arrive?
So come to the party
And share in the cheer
Come to my party
We're here every year

It's a party trust fund
Party trust fund
Track Name: Forty Days
I wonder if it will ever stop raining
Feel like it's been forty days
I wonder if it will ever stop raining
I swear that it's been forty days

And when it ends I swear that I'll walk
If it ever ends I'm telling you I'll walk
And when it ends I swear that I'll walk
Back to you

Next time I swear I'll do no complaining
And I can take all the blame
Next time I swear I'll do no complaining
I promise that I'll take all the blame
I swear I'll be a better man for you
Next time

And when it ends I swear that I'll run
If it ever ends I'm telling you I'll run
And when it ends I swear that I'll run
Back to you


I wonder if it will ever stop raining
Feel like it's been forty days
I wonder if it will ever stop raining
I swear that it's been forty days

And when it ends I swear that I'll talk
If it ever ends I'm telling you we'll talk
And when it ends I hope you will talk
Back to me
Track Name: Safe From The Flood
I hear the water flow just out the window
Look out, here comes the flood
No levy here to hold back the next tide
Nothing to keep me from drowning in mud

You think the water knows just where to find me?
You think the water all that I've done?
I think the water knows just where to find me
I think the water know I've nowhere to run

If I come to you, will you try to hide me?
Will you keep me safe from the flood?
I think the water knows just where to find me
I know the water knows just what I've done

All my belongings are all six feet under
All my possessions have been washed away
I'll try to hide again, but the water will find me
Pull me under, my own judgement day
Track Name: Shoot The Nuge
Word is there's been a shooting tonight
Outside a bar, south of town
No sign of scuffle, no sign of a fight
But there's at least one man down

Our man was found out in the street
He tried to run when he could
But the shooter, he took dead aim
And put him down where he stood

He only take a shot to the leg
The doctor says he should heal
He tried to name the shooter Ny-gen
But that name can't be real

With the commotion and all of the smoke
Mr. Nyguen got away
And if our friend can ever find him
There'll be hell to pay

How many ways can you get the name wrong?
Is it Ny-gen or Nuge?
You'd think you'd remember the name
Of the man who shot you

So if you head to a bar south of town
And someone cops attitude
Tell them you're looking for Mr. Ny-gen
Tell them you're looking for The Nuge
Track Name: Day To Day
If you look into these eyes
What will you see?
Will you see eyes full of regret?
What could have been?

Could I have chosen a simpler path?
Things done differently?
Would that have made things easier?
Made a better me?

You ask me how I'm doing
And I say "I don't know"
But I'll smile my way through it
Put on a brave show
Look to the papers
See what they have to say
And you'll find me on the back page
Listed as day-to-day

Are there scars?
I have a few
Some from good, some bad
I like to think I've learned from them
They make me who I am

You ask me how I'm doing
And I say "I don't know"
But I'll smile my way through it
Put on a brave show
Look to the papers
See what they have to say
And you'll find me on the back page
Listed as day-to-day

As for mistakes
I've made a few
But I've lived a life
I've seen things you'll never see
And I've earned my right

You ask me how I'm doing
And I say "I don't know"
But I'll smile my way through it
Put on a brave show
Look to the papers
See what they have to say
And you'll find me on the back page
Listed as day-to-day
Track Name: Reprise
Goodbye from the carnival
We hope you enjoyed your stay
Please make sure to tell your friends
And come back again to play
We thank you for your time here
And all the fun we had
So goodbye from the carnival
Please come back again