Low Cool (2008)

by Mark Lesseraux

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Full-length CD (originally released 1/2008). Low Cool combines high and low fidelity recording approaches. Indie rock/pop with some comedy.
*LYRICS included here - just click on the word 'lyrics'*

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released December 29, 2013

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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: The Thing And The Other Thing
The Thing and the Other Thing

This is the thing
And this is the other thing
This is the thing
(There is a gap between the man I think I am and who I really am)
And this is the other thing
(I’m taking the liberty of speaking on behalf of both of us)
This is the thing
(There I am across the main divider)
And this is the other thing
(Singing to myself again, la da dum)
Track Name: Wunderkind
Wunderkind

The miasma got redirected
Into the headlights of complacency
Where the coddled tyrant wept
Into a handkerchief of memories
Beneath an onion flavored sky
Breathing down on Custer’s cavalry
Who though legless and half conscious
Drank to better days and victory

In the morning they ate lunch
So as not to underestimate
The precision with which minutes
Outrun those who would procrastinate
While their daughters and their sons
Sip mimosas out at Wimbledon
Cuz the children who dig ditches
Bring bag lunches with sandwiches

Contrary to opinion
He was something like his sister
Who decapitated penguins
From a distance just with scissors

Cutting through the dead of winter
Like a fighter plane messiah
In a silver spoon airliner
Across France and Asia Minor

The pontificating orphan
Preached to throngs in Central Africa
With his mother taking notes
For his dad the dues ex machine

Who is caring for the kid
With big ideas and no direction home
As annoying as he is
He’s still our kid, he’s still our kid
Track Name: The Common Denominator
The Common Denominator

Japanese riflemen sip ceremonial tea
Amidst thunder bolts of silence
Mixing the sacred with science
The cocoa butter sonata
In the background at Camp Grenada
Makes the natives dance and sing
As the camera records everything

The American-Americanizer
Never look direct into the light
He wanna see how they rise and they fall from the highs to the floors tonight

Sweet Scent of magnolia from late 1934
Wafts through the space station floor
Where they keep two of every animal
Everyone’s welcome here
We’ve got a common denominator
For every vulgar fraction
To begin interaction

The American-Americanizer
Never look direct into the light
He wanna see how they rise and they fall from the highs to the floors tonight

The American-Americanizer
Never look direct-out from within
He wanna see how they rise and they fall from the highs to the floors tonight
Track Name: Caterpillar Wishes
Caterpillar Wishes

Chip on my shoulder
Its just the weight of the world
(Balanced on a boney blade)
I hear a symphony
Been keeping a back beat
(As the melody is played)

Hit on the three and five
Bird to nest bee to hive

I’m making my way up
Been climbing the food chain
(He’s been being very good)
I’ve been waiting patiently
With other species
(Caterpillars Wish they could)

Turn into butterflies
And take to the sky blue sky

- Can I get a witness, got to get a witness
Caterpillar Wishes he was blind
- Can I get a witness, got to get a witness
Making up his caterpillar mind
- Can I get a witness, got to get a witness
To drink from the nectar of the caterpillar gods
From the bottle of butterfly wine

I’ve been thinking it over
I’ve been thinking it over
And I believe it can be done
I’ve been testing the water
I’ve been taking readings
And I believe it can be done
Track Name: Everyone Here Is Going To Die
Everyone Here is Going to Die

Everyone Here is Going to Die
So at least have the decency to wave as you walk by
We're dropping like flies
Every hello and goodbye
Means something

Everyone Here is Going to Die
I'm as cynical as the next person
But Jesus Christ
I'm looking in your eyes
And right now you are alive

Yes it all really is...something

All your pretty flowers
And all of your friends
Will be coming to an end
So let's not pretend
Or act all cool about it

Everyone Here is Going to Die
And thats reason enough
To look'm in the eye
With the minutes moving by
This is no time to be bashful or aloof
Track Name: The Nonsequiturist
The Nonsequiturist

All the clues that you will need to transcend the body are in the body
Mazel tov said the Jew pilgrim, not meaning it
The bravest people shit their pants and proceed anyway
He was always a fan of disco
For fifty francs I’ll give you a fake compliment
For a hundred francs, a real one
And for a thousand francs I’ll …

Fret not my love Tony Levin is in here
In the house
One man’s gargantuan error is another man’s measle shot
I’m forcing now
Use the Ford Luke

The endless potentiality of childhood
Makes a moron of death
Who though a moron
Is infinitely patient...
Unlike you
Track Name: Barry Got A Bum Deal
Barry Got a Bum Deal

Barry Got a Bum Deal in the end
He was fucking off as usual
Daydreaming with his headphones on in the toilet

Alarms going off, whistles and sirens
Smoke plumes in the hallway
But all he heard was…
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all

Barry Got a Bum Deal in the End
He was fucking off as usual
Track Name: The Breakdown
The Breakdown

Everything is bleeding together
Clock on the wall has stopped
Everything is bleeding together
Cant tell the difference between the bottom and the top
Everything is bleeding together
The sky and the tree and the you and the me
Everything is bleeding together
The length and the width and the stick you measure with

The Breakdown The Breakdown of left right and up down
No more parts or sections
No sense of direction

Everything is bleeding together
I had it all colored by the numbers
And now its all going over the lines

The Breakdown the breakdown of left right and up down
No sense of direction
No more parts or sections

The Breakdown
The Breakdown

The Breakdown The Breakdown of left right and up down
No sense of direction
No more parts or sections
Track Name: Fits And Starts
Fits and Starts

The sun came up slowly
For a thousand years it was dark
And the ocean is melting again
Fits and Starts

I lost all sense of direction
Spent a thousand years finding one
I spent another thousand getting lost again
Fits and Starts

In the wreckage I have found you
Impossible and yet here you are
In the wreckage we move forward
In Fits and Starts
Track Name: Being And Time
BEING AND TIME

After the fact comes the interpretation of the fact
After the feeling comes the recognition of the feeling

How can I know If I've ever been here
At all
How can I know If I've ever been here
At all

After the present comes the identification of the present
After the future becomes present its past

How can I know If I've ever been here
At all
How can I know if I am here at all
Track Name: 14 Girls
14 Girls

Dahlia in a dress, Madelyn cleaning up the mess
Grace can barely see over the head of Stephanie
Sarah’s pointing to the sky at Lorelei
Who’s hovering above the sea with Emily

Lollipops and Lace
Open Face
Sheetrock and pearls
14 Girls

Bridget’s in her prime, Jane retires sipping wine
A toast to Laura-Joe, she and Cheryl have to go
To Barbara’s in Bowling Green with Kathleen
Stopping once along the way to meet Renee
Track Name: Shazam
They all seemed so courageous
Like Farah Fawcett Majors
All that talk about bionics
And nowadays 6 million don’t even buy a catcher

They took you to a basement
To teach you about physics
But you ended up reading comics on a dryer in New Brunswick
With a classmate in 77

He kept his cardboard gods in the back of his parents’ van
Shazam I believed in you
And I guess that I still do in a way
Despite all of the proof
Track Name: The Sod Is Always Greener Than The Grass On The Other Side
The Sod Is Always Greener Than the Grass on the Other Side -

The Sod Is Always Greener Than
The Grass on the Other Side
As the monkey flings his dinner plate
And flaunts his family pride
What your neighbor’s got
The thing you so desire
Isn’t half as good
As what the people down the block have

The Sod Is Always Greener Than the Grass On the Other Side
An ape is waving to a fish
Across the great divide
What you think you want
Is simply not as good
As the other things you’ll want
Once you’ve got it