Topsy Turvy World

by Zru Vogue

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
9.
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
10.
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
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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

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For Topsy Turvy World, 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 Topsy Turvy World 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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Official website of ZRU VOGUE. // 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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