TopsyTurvyWorld

by Zru Vogue

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For TopsyTurvyWorld, the existential indie rockers Zru Vogue draw inspiration from early 1970s soul and funk music, and interweave it with their 1980s cold wave roots for an intoxicating blend of baroque indie-soul fusion.

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released June 8, 2016

Zru Vogue TopsyTurvyWorld is performed by Andrew L. Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne. All lyrics by Andrew Lawrence Jackson. All songs produced and arranged by Andrew L. Jackson and Rick Cuevas. Photography/Art/Design by Andrew L. Jackson.

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Zru Vogue San Francisco, California

Avant-Pop, Art-Funk, Surrealist Indie Rock from the San Francisco Bay Area. Zru Vogue's first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is an early post-punk classic. Band members Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne continue to create inspired new music for postmoderns. ... more

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Track Name: Initial Conditions and The Zero Effect
Begin at the beginning
A very good place to start
Back when, back when we were winning
Before we lost heart

Back when we were travelers
And we called home collect
Before we had discovered
The Zero Effect

All was copacetic
Everything was cool
Life was but a dream then
We’d pity the fool

We had no intentions
No plans to resurrect
No one had imagined
The Zero Effect

So much for - first impressions
So much for - first renditions
So much for - lost potential
And all those - initial conditions

Back when we were travelers
And we called home collect
No one had imagined
The Zero Effect
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: The Chaos Theory of You and Me
It’s impossible to say
What may become of us
It’s impossible to say
What may become of me
But because we don’t know
That opens up
An incredible bank of possibilities

We started out small
And inconsequential
But we had big ideas
And even bigger dreams
We fell by the wayside
Unmitigated
‘Till we came on strong
In an unconscious stream

I’m in too deep
To understand the theory
Of Nothing and Everything
But I know what I see
And what I see is topsy-turvy
It’s the chaos theory of you and me

Our countless worries have crashed the scene
It’s the chaos theory of you and me
Our countless worries have crashed the scene
It’s the chaos theory of you and me
It’s the chaos theory of you and me
It’s the chaos theory of you and me
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: Topsy Turvy World
When you get to the edge of reality
You have to keep going
Until you find the topsy-turvy world
About which we’ve been conferring

Where the top of your head
Meets the base of your neck
Where you remember nothing
That you can’t forget
When you get to the edge of reality
You have to keep going

Where the Topsy-Turvy Man
Is in a Gingerbread Town
And all the broken tin men
Wear their smiles like frowns
Where the sun comes up
At the end of the day
And chases all the abstract
Demons away

When you come to the end of circumstance
You have to move forward
Always a situation to circumvent
Pushing us onward

Toward a direction that you might lament
You won’t regret your choices
Once you cross the edge of reality
And begin to hear the voices

Where the Topsy-Turvy Man
Is in a Gingerbread Town
And all the broken tin men
Wear their smiles like frowns
Where the sun comes up
At the end of the day
And chases all the abstract
Demons away

Where the Topsy-Turvy Man
Is in a Gingerbread Town
And all the broken tin men
Wear their smiles like frowns
Where the sun comes up
At the end of the day
And chases all the abstract
Demons away

On the base of your neck sits the top of your head
On the base of your neck sits the top of your head
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: Everything According To The Laws Of Chance
Our flames burn bright
Before we burn out
Our faces glow
In the twilight
Our minds uptight
Till we get loose
Then in the morning
We flip out

You need to feel the burn
If you are ever going to learn
You need to feel the burn
If you are ever going to learn

Wonder at the outset
What should be your stance
Everything according to
The laws of chance

Our lives so long
Until they’re not
So bartender pour me
Another shot

You need to feel the burn
If you’re ever going to learn
You need to feel the burn
If you’re ever going to learn

Wonder at the outset
What should be your stance
Everything according to
The laws of chance
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: Meltdown In The Mirror World
Oh, I’m looking for transcendence
I’m looking for a voice
Oh, I’m searching for answer
To questions not yet voiced

Oh, I’m searching for an answer
In the mirror world
‘Cuz Alice had a meltdown
And her now memories have unfurled

Now, Alice led the way
When she was just a little girl
But Alice had a meltdown
In the Mirror World

Yes, Alice led the way
When she was just a little girl
But Alice had a meltdown
In the Mirror World

Oh, I’m looking for transcendence
Oh, I’m looking for a voice
Oh, I’m searching for answer
To questions not yet voiced

Oh, I’m searching for an answer
In the mirror world
‘Cuz Alice had a meltdown
And her now memories have unfurled

Now, Alice led the way
When she was just a little girl
But Alice had a meltdown
In the Mirror World

Yes, Alice led the way
When she was just a little girl
But Alice had a meltdown
In the Mirror World
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: Random Factors We Can Believe In
I don’t want to get clean
(I should do better)
I want to stay dirty
(You know what I mean)
I’ve been on the lean
(I should do better)
It ain’t too pretty
(You know what I mean)

I’m under the covers
(I should do better)
I’m hiding away
(You know what I mean)
Away from the others
(I should do better)
Shun the light of day
(You know what I mean)

Life can be hard
When you’re a dreamer
Following clues
And chasing up schemes
I been looking for something
Some kind of lead-in
Some random factor
We can believe in

Some follow the course
(Ha! Ha!)
Do just what they’re told
(You know what I mean)
Until they find out
(Ha! Ha!)
One day when they’re old
(You know what I mean)
They never did what
(Ha! Ha!)
They wanted to do
(You know what I mean)
Well don’t )let this be
(Ha! Ha!)
What happens to you

Life can be hard
When you’re a dreamer
Following clues
And chasing up schemes
I been looking for something
Some kind of lead-in
Some random factor
We can believe in

Random Factor One: Furniture Music
Random Factor Two: Moonlit Nights
Random Factor Three: Surrealist Poetry
Random Factor Four: Try As You Might

Life can be hard
When you’re a dreamer
Following clues
And chasing up schemes
I been looking for something
Some kind of lead-in
Some random factor
We can believe in

I should do better
You know what I mean
I should do better
You know what I mean
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: The Disappearance of Odds and Ends
The first things to go
Are the things you don’t know
First things to go amiss
Are the things you won’t miss

The missing ingredients
From what you call a life
Cut out your imperfections
With a whetstone knife

First: Disappearance of some of your friends
Next: Disappearance of how to make amends
Next thing you know, you’re setting the trends
With the disappearance of odds and ends

You think your life’s the same
But something is missing
You get up every day
But nobody is kissing

When what you took for granted
Fails to appear
Then you start to notice
What’s happening here

First: Disappearance of some of your friends
Next: Disappearance of how to make amends
Next thing you know, you’re setting the trends
With the disappearance of odds and ends
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: More Inversions for Mantra Viewing (No More Tears)
Don’t be ordered about
By pigs with ornate snouts

Don’t be ordered about
By pigs with ornate snouts

Your out-of-body expy
Is up for sale at Etsy

Don’t let a riddle and charade
Rain on your parade

No more tears
For you and me

No more tears
For you and me

Maybe it isn’t a pity
Maybe it isn’t so bad

Just paint a picture for me
Paint that picture for me, please

Of how you want it to be
How you want it to be

No more tears
For you and me

Don’t be ordered about
By pigs with ornate snouts

No more tears
For you and me

A house of cards
Is where we live
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: When We Agree To Imagine The Same Things
Something is lost
In the translation
From Nothing comes Everything
From absurdity
Comes something you can count on

When we agree to imagine
The same things

There are a hundred million
Variations
A billion forms of reality
But the infinite world we live in
Comes into focus

When we agree to imagine
The same things

What you see and what you feel
Nothing is real
All that you believe
You have been deceived
Your memories too
Do they belong to you?

Or do we agree to imagine
The same things?

Something is lost
In the translation
From Nothing comes Everything
From absurdity
Comes something you can count on

When we agree to imagine
The same things

When we agree…
What do we see?…
When we agree…
When we agree to imagine
The same things

Something is lost
In the translation
From Nothing comes Everything
From absurdity
Comes something you can count on

When we agree to imagine
The same things

There are a hundred million
Variations
A billion forms of reality
But the infinite world we live in
Comes into focus

When we agree to imagine
The same things
--
Words by Andrew Lawrence Jackson, music by Andrew Jackson and Rick Cuevas
Track Name: The Gondoliers of Utopia
There they go
Youthful and strong
Young maidens, they love them
Stately and long
Not one among them
You would detest
Witty and charming
All pass the test

See the maidens swoon
As they careen across the room
The Gondoliers of Utopia

There they go, the
Young gondoliers
They haven’t a worry
They carry no fears
They skim ‘cross the water
With greatest of ease
And bring the young maidens
Down to their knees

See the maidens swoon
As they careen across the room
The Gondoliers of Utopia

There they go, the
Young gondoliers
They haven’t a worry
They carry no fears
They skim ‘cross the water
With greatest of ease
And bring the young maidens
Down to their knees

See the maidens swoon
As they careen across the room
The Gondoliers of Utopia

There they are
Watch them spar
Maidens watch them
Doors ajar

See the maidens swoon
As they careen across the room
The Gondoliers of Utopia
--
Words by Andrew Lawrence Jackson, music by Andrew Jackson and Rick Cuevas
Track Name: Surrealism Is Where You Find It
Deep in a dark lake, deep in your mind
Rise to the surface, see what you find
Deep in a forest, deep in the sand
Strange as 50’s Disneyland

Under the carpet, behind the door
Locked in a closet, under the floor
Heads and wings, creature hands
Sinking in Titanic Sand

Tinker Bell flies overhead
Dreaming of a feather bed
Clutching her handbag, clutching her head
See her hover overhead

Breaking up like a radio
Princess fingers touch-and-go
Fading in and out like so
Like a CB radio
--
Words by Andrew Lawrence Jackson, music by Andrew Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne