Are We There Yet? (The Citizens, 2004)

by Mark Lesseraux

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released June 1, 2004

Mark Lesseraux - vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, sound effects, production
Thom Loubet - electric guitars
Jason DiMatteo - bass
John Bollinger - drums percussion
Mike Caffrey - engineer tracks - 2,3,4,5,6,10,11,13
Pete Keppler - engineer tracks - 7,8,13
Mario McNulty - engineer - "Blusher"
Ivan Pokorny - engineer - "You Might Be Right"
Hector Castillo - engineer - "Thing For You"
Trevor Holder - drums on "Clementine"
Ivan Katz - drums on "You Might Be Right"
Amanda Dora - cello on "You Might Be Right and "Are We There Yet?" .. guitar shreaks on "A Thing For You"
Felicity Fenton - vocals on "You Might Be Right"
Nancy Chang - all violin playing

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Mark Lesseraux New York

Mark’s mother was Irish Catholic. His father, a Russian Jew. In the 2nd grade, Mark veered “off course”… secretly. It is not clear how the "thread" was lost, but it had to do with an unfinished reading assignment; a chapter in a blue and yellow book left unread. Later, there were 2 nervous system glitches and at least 2 ecstatic dot connecting sessions. Finally, a Need… to sing. ... more

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Track Name: Blusher
Blusher

Virgin bride, nearly twenty-five
Spends her time manning the front line
The whites of their eyes
The delicate way she mowed them down

Bathroom eyes
Shower curtain thighs
Ah you guys
Young naked and shy

Sally got smacked with a blue nap-sack
Just before she passed out from blood loss and boredom
She had just packed and was about to go back
When she opened the boys bathroom door and saw them

Unbuttoning their flies
To piss into holes cut in the ground
Such sensitive guys
To red faced and shy to turn around
Blusher

Mother Theresa dancing
On the head of a pushpin
Penetrating your moist skin
Caught you blushing
Blusher
Track Name: Kaleidoscope (Do You Recall?)
Kaleidoscope (Do You Recall?)

Did we just go south?
Don't feel like sleep
Did I go under?
Warm wind on skin
Here I have been
All so familiar

Under big yellow sun
Instead of walking we run
All the way to the sunday school bus

This is where I lived
This was my house
These were the colors
Orange, sky-blue, green
Smell of gasoline
And grass from a distance

Under big yellow sun
Instead of walking we run
All the way to the end of summer

Do You Recall no fear at all?
Stained-glass windows
And puppet shows
Rows of houses
Mother's blouse

All the things that we've done
And everything we'll become
Present, future and past move as one

Do You Recall no fear at all?
Stained-glass windows
And puppet shows
Rows of houses
Mother's blouse
Track Name: Mussolini's First Crush
It isn't anything in particular
She just has this way about her
On her bicycle ... in summer
She's from the better part of town for certain
Sometimes i dream this dream that she and me ... that she and i
are living off in some little villa
Sometimes i go to church just to watch her pray
She isn't overly pretty, just... there's something
Sometimes i go to church just to watch her
Kneeling there all devoutly
Kneeling there all devoutly

Gimme some of you attention
Before I loose all sense of proportion
There isn't anything I wouldn't do
Look at me !
When i'm thinking of you

And so things'd go on like this
Her passing by on cobblestone streets in summer
On hot days
Before there was air conditioning
Sometimes i'd go to church just to watch her pray
Kneeling there all devoutly

Ah but i'm not convinced of your conviction
Give me more than just a genuflection
I'm waiting on your undivided attention
Look at me !
When i'm thinking of you
Track Name: Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet?
I've been in the back seat
Can't see for the sights
Blocking everything behind them
Things like my ship coming in
On the cluttered horizon
Girl in the boat baked me a fruit cake
"It's your favorite"
she'd say

Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet?
I'm not feeling sad
It's just the wind in my eyes
We must be doing 50 easy
Is the Portugal?
We aimed for Spain
Close in every way
But still wrong
Where's the finale?
Thirty year intro

Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet?
Been driving and driving
Been passing things twice
But I'm not worried cuz
In the end they arrived
Remember in the movie?
In the end they arrived
Remember in the movie?
In the end they arrived
Remember in the movie?
In the end we arrive
... somewhere
Are We There Yet?