THE OPERATORS



SYNOPSES

  • BOTTLE
    Step 1: Empty the Bottle, Step 2: Spinning the Bottle, Step 3: Spinning My Head, Step 4: I wish I was dead.

  • CITIZENS BAND
    Lady trucker seeks long-lost flame over CB waves while the evil FCC is hot on her trail.

  • INSIDE OUT
    I want to taste you from the inside out.

  • ROCK CITY
    You can never go back, but you sure as hell can't stay.

  • ANGIE
    Another installment in our girlfriends-of-rockstars trilogy. Bianca, you're next.

  • RUNNING LATE
    Everyone is always late...except me.

  • THE TARPIT
    Exile from the Isle of X.

  • THE OLD MAN DOESN'T LIKE IT
    Inspired by Heyerdahl's Kontiki.

  • XXER
    A Leopold and Loebesque tale of sex, murder, and betrayal.

  • IRON WILL
    Mary Timony rip-off #1: Witches

  • PARASITE REX
    Mary Timony rip-off #2: Vampires
    Inspired by the NY Times bestseller.
    "As the author of the book by the same name, I was most pleased [to discover the song]"--Carl Zimmer(!)

  • VICTORIA
    Fact: Andy Gibb died of a broken heart. Whether it was Victoria Principal or a decade of unrelenting cocaine abuse that put him under, only his coroner can say for sure...



    CITIZENS BAND: THE SHORT STORY
    Read a short story that was originally going to be in the liner notes.
  • CITIZENS BAND LYRICS

    Bottle BOTTLE
    lyrics by jen

    starts out so sweetly, we drink tequila and champagne
    winds up at sunrise, I'm drinking hemlock and nightshade

    your lips were so sour, I did not need a lime
    you dangled fruit before me,I'm left sucking on the rind

    your neck was so salty, I did not need a shaker
    can't say what I'm thinking, so I'll just sing D'yer Maker
    oh, oh-oh oh oh oh

    Step 1: Empty the bottle
    Step 2: Spinning the bottle
    Step 3: Spinning my head
    Step 4: Wish I was dead

    Citizens Band CITIZENS BAND
    lyrics by emily (parenthetical lyrics by jen)

    Hollering out on the Citizens Band (Bring it back)
    Running on rags from the Candy Man (Panic in the streets)
    Slag heaps and hag feasts, a flash in the pan (Lights green)
    Knock the stack out and get with the band (Bring on the machine)

    [Fox] Charlie Charlie, he's a good friend of mine (Rubber down)
    Bustin me down; it's just a matter of time (Metal up)
    Ghetto down 9 with the wind in my eyes (Dixie Cup)
    Flying on trout with the bees over pie (On the side)

    Calling you out on the Citizens Band (Wall-to-wall)
    Pinning the needle, lollipop in my hand (Treetop tall)
    Kicker times 10, lady breaker's last stand (Blowing smoke)
    Running you down, tighten that rubberband (Wear your bumper out)

    QRV, 10-18, at full-speed, Answer me!
    Woo! (alright!) Yeah! (alright!) Whoa! (alright!)
    I see nothing (I hear nothing)
    I hear nothing (I see nothing)
    I see nothing, hear nothing, feel nothing (I hear nothing)
    I need something...Where are you?

    INSIDE OUT
    lyrics by jen
    Dying of hunger, feeding on doubt
    I'm eating myself from the inside out
    I want to get inside your big strong thighs
    I wanna die inside your dark dark eyes
    dark dark eyes, baby, dark dark eyes
    let me die inside your dark dark eyes

    Cthulu I'm dying of thirst, I've weathered the drought
    now I'm drying up from the inside out
    I want you to feel me, I want you right near
    my lips on your face, your breath in my ear
    I'm feeling the sickness, feeling the need
    I'm feeling the hunger I want you to bleed
    I'm feeling the sickness, I'm coming undone,
    I want you to tell me baby, you are the one
    you're the one, baby, you're the one,
    c'mon and tell me baby you are the one

    I'm dying of hunger, feeding on doubt
    I'm eating myself from the inside out
    a taste of the sweetness, what I wouldn't do
    I'd swallow me whole for a taste of you
    a taste of you, baby, taste of you
    I'd swallow me whole for a taste of you
    dying of hunger, ready to shout
    I wanna taste you from the inside out
    inside out baby, inside out, inside out baby

    Rock City ROCK CITY
    lyrics by jen (parenthetical lyrics by emily)

    Drivin in a trashed out car
    Lookin for a townie bar
    Your wheels are spinnin
    Yeah your wheels are spinnin

    (Get out) Leave Rock City
    (Outta town) Get outta Rock City
    (Get out) I'm telling you now
    That you've gotta get out of this dead end town

    You were at the top of your class
    Now your glories are in the past
    That's what's wrong with you, sir
    You gave up on the future

    Your brother used to break dance
    Now he's got a job in finance
    Well maybe you missed your chance
    Now listen to the sounds of science

    (Get out) Leave Rock City
    (Outta town) Get outta Rock City
    (Get out) I'm telling you now
    That you've gotta get out of this dead end town

    (Get out) Leave Rock City
    (Outta town) Get outta Rock City
    (Get out) You gotta get out
    Before the Rock City grind starts to grind you down

    You're living out the high school dream
    Your girlfriend's seventeen
    Well maybe you should leave the kids alone
    You're pushing 30 and you're living at home

    (Get out) Leave Rock City
    (Outta town) Get outta Rock City
    (Get out) I'm telling you now
    That it's never too late to leave this dead end town

    (Get out) Leave Rock City
    (Outta town) Get outta Rock City
    (Get out) You gotta get out
    Before the Rock City grind starts to grind you down

    Drinking in a townie bar
    Dousing your burned out star
    Tragic it's not even
    It's time that you were leavin

    Angie ANGIE
    lyrics by jen (parenthetical lyrics by emily)

    You fell to earth from a distant star
    Way beyond the stratosphere
    You're a god in cellophane (We're the same)
    I've made a whole new man of you and made my name (Meant for fame)

    You are the one who can make this be
    I'll be the prettiest star in your galaxy
    I know that you're a chosen one
    I've chosen you to be the one
    I'll sow the seeds while you play guitar
    And when you're king, then I'm a star

    We create a new regime In the palace, I'm the queen
    I'm the queen and you're the king And I cannot do anything (anything)
    Oh my god, I'm so ashamed (Our new reign)
    We've made a whole new man of you
    And I'm to blame (It's down the drain)

    You are the one who can make this be
    I'll be the prettiest star in your galaxy
    I know that you're a chosen one
    I've chosen you to be the one
    I'll sow my seeds while you play guitar
    And when you're king, then I'm a star

    I hear you say: can't believe she's gone away, He's just six days
    But I'm too unstable To rock the cradle (Rock the cradle)
    You're a god, in cellophane (We're the same)
    I've made a whole new man of you
    and made my name (Meant for fame)

    I should have seen what would come to be
    There's only one star in this galaxy
    I've become The forgotten one
    I sow new seeds while you play guitar
    And make my home on a distant star

    Running Late RUNNING LATE
    lyrics by paul (parenthetical lyrics by emily)

    Silent, standing, somewhat demanding (tic toc)
    I'd trade it all for something intangible (You're cold. I shouldn't stay)
    You're cold. I shouldn't stay
    but I strained to see you, see you for days

    Up on the hill where time can't go on...
    I strike a balance, but not for long (time can't go on)
    that's where you told me everything grows,
    grows tired, grows old. (tired and old)

    In the corner, the crowded room, (tic toc)
    I clung to your hands with foolish intensity (It must be getting late)
    It must be getting late
    My eyes grow tired as I stand and wait.

    Out in the square, where time won't slow down
    Looking out at the town (time won't slow down)
    That's where you told me everything stops
    stops silent, stops cold. (silent and cold)

    Got there in the nick of time
    Everything should work out fine.
    (one o'clock two o'clock
    three four five o'clock six o'clock
    seven eight o'clock nine o'clock
    ten eleven twelve one two three o'clock)

    Everyone's always running late
    I can't bear it.
    I'm always early; it's my worst trait
    I'll stop and stare at....you.
    (there you go, on time)/(here we are, in time)

    Tarpit THE TARPIT
    lyrics by emily (parenthetical lyrics by paul)

    Faraway... (That's where you left me)
    Tripped me up, Caught in the quagmire
    Strip me down, Down to the wire
    Swept away, Under the carpet
    Suck me down, Into the tarpit

    Went astray... (I went off the trail)
    Sent away... (I'm over the guardrail)
    Misled me, Bird in the foxhole
    Miss Pretend, Wrapped in her mink stole
    Mystery, Lamb to the slaughter
    Mr. X and the prodigal daughter

    The Old Man Doesn't Like It THE OLD MAN DOESN'T LIKE IT
    lyrics by paul (inspired by heyerdahl's "kontiki")

    Six men sat on their boxes
    on board, and followed the tug with their eyes
    for as long as they could see her,
    until the black column of smoke had dissolved
    and vanished over the horizon
    did we laugh and look at one another
    good-bye, good-bye, now we'll have to start the engine
    and we laughed and felt the wind
    we hoisted the bamboo yard, with it's big square sail it hung down slack
    it gave him a wrinkled discontented appearance
    and the old man doesn't like it
    there were fresher breezes when he was young
    and it looks as if we're losing ground
    1,2,3,39,40,41 [ad infinitum]
    the old man doesn't like it, the old man doesn't like it
    there were fresher breezes when he was young

    XXer XXER
    lyrics by emily

    Barely awake when I heard the alarm
    (Sleepwalk Murders)
    Fairly unsure til you twisted my arm
    (Solved them Backwards)

    And then you were looking my way
    (I didn't ask, it fell into my lap)
    I know I should have done it that day
    (Without a clue, I walked into yr trap)

    Early bird up and all over the worm
    (Party Crashers)
    Lately I'm warming up to a slow burn
    (Locking Antlers)

    Stayed where I should never have gone
    (If I had known, I'd take a different tack)
    Played out to a familiar song
    (I take you on, you stab me in the back)

    Crap shots, Wipeouts
    (in fact) Whitewashed, Kaiboshed
    (hacked) Blackmailed, Blueballed
    Searing White-Hot (you doublecrosser)
    (In the end, it's all the same
    you're not to blame in the end)

    Slowly warm up to the idea at last
    (Striking Matches)
    Maybe at first, but then I fell fast
    (Fire Crackers)

    What I knew, I never could say
    (You'd hold me to it, make me take it back)
    So til things are going my way
    (I'll play along, until the next attack)

    Then when I looked, you were coming undone
    (Chipping Plaster)
    Fall apart if you want after I'm gone
    (Falling Faster)

    Then when you were turning away
    (I looked at you, and knew it wasn't right)
    I know I should have done it that day
    (But I was stuck there, sleeping through the knife)

    Crap shots, Wipeouts
    (the slice) Whitewashed, Kaiboshed
    (nice) Blackmailed, Blueballed
    Searing White-Hot (you doublecrosser)
    (In the end, it all makes sense
    there's no defense in the end)

    Iron Will IRON WILL
    lyrics by emily

    Very well, What fresh hell is this?
    Cast yr spell...Which one is the witch?
    (I'll grant your wish Without a hitch)
    Iron Will Steadfast until You've had your fill
    I know you won't but you hope I will

    Check your list til every frog is kissed
    Cast your net Til every pond is fished
    (I'll scratch your itch And I won't miss)
    Iron Will Steadfast until You've had your fill
    You know I won't but I hope you will

    Do your worst Until we lift the curse
    Cast down, burnt; We crash into The Earth
    (I'll get there first You bring the hearse)
    Iron Will Until the kill Steadfast, standstill
    Don't think I won't... Do you really hope I will?

    Parasite Rex PARASITE REX
    lyrics by jen

    Vampire parasite, you will make me strong
    I will fight you as the night creeps along
    you bloom, I fade, I'm bowed but I will not lose my ground
    alive, I'll steel myself for the next round

    all the poison I can drink, the magic i can turn
    still you gnaw at my heart, my eyes still burn
    i'll change my hide, i'll reinvent my face
    estranged, you still give me chase

    keep your scars in a jar
    I know who you are
    can you wear me down
    you can steal my soul
    you can hound me 'til I'm old
    you can't wear me down

    accidental vampire, I have made you strong
    I fought, you won but we're nowhere near the dawn
    just a shell of myself but there's a trick you haven't seen
    when I fade away, you'll fade soon after me

    keep your scars in a jar
    I know where you are
    can you wear me down
    you can steal my soul
    you can hound me 'til I fold
    you will tear me down
    keep your heart in a jar
    I know just who you are

    Victoria VICTORIA
    lyrics by jen
    I have been a golden boy since my early hours
    I have been a golden boy for too long
    I'm a sad, sad man...Victoria
    My heart has grown thin....Victoria

    I will be your golden boy, I will be your flower
    You will be my light, I'll sing your song
    I'm a sad, sad man...Victoria
    My heart has grown thin...Victoria

    If I can't be your golden boy, if this love's not everlasting
    My heart must stop beating, I am gone
    I'm a sad, sad man...Victoria
    My heart has grown thin...Victoria

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