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The true story of a man who falls in love with a mermaid.

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released June 11, 2015

for the realization of this project, BB Gun were:
MALCOLM TENT: guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, percussion, sound effects
BEBE GUNN: vocals
BART McCLEARY: drums (tracks 2, 4, 7)
CHRIS MITCHELL: drums (track 8)

Conceived, written, arranged, engineered, recorded, produced, birthed, dropped, stepped on, fixed, mixed, remixed, almost ruined, salvaged, and finally abandoned by Malcolm Tent at Salon TPOS between the years 2007- 2015. Tom Scholz, eat your heart out.

Tracks 2 and 8 were mixed by Tom Boudreau at Bonehead Studios in 2014. Ms. Gunn contributed numerous ideas for musical arrangements and vocal parts. Bart and Chris killed it on the drums. Without them this album would not be as good as it is.

Cover art by Malcolm Tent.

Special thanks to the three Muses, without whom....

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Malcolm Tent Danbury, Connecticut

TRU MALCOLM TENT BIO
I've been bashing away at one form of music or another since 1983. I'm a founding member of Broken Talent (known to punk record collectors the world over), Bunnybrains (globally recognized noisemongers), and Ultrabunny (a better version of Bunnybrains), I've been slinging my punk rock acoustic guitar full time since 2008. ... more

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Track Name: Take Care
Have you heard the siren music in the blackness of the night?
Did you follow it to find a mermaid trembling with fright?
Did you pluck her from the shore and try to make her breathe the air?

My friend, if you've been tempted, listen!
Heed my warning.... and take care....
Track Name: August (Introductory)
Well, my brain is kapounding and my heart is kapounding
All I can taste is fear!
My heart is a- pumping and my paranoids are jumping
I cannot believe that we're here

Well my logic is suspended
My emotions are distended
I’m thinking I can’t even think

Our paths have intersected
And it seems that we’ve connected
I can’t think of a single thing!

Are you thinking of me like I’m thinking of you?
Are you thinking of the things that we just might do?
Are you thinking of the future like I’m thinking of the future?
76% uncertain
24% sure

Well it isn't my fault
And it isn't your your fault
Just a matter of circumstance

Today might be another day
Where I don’t fall in love
But I’ll meet someone I like by chance

Are you thinking of me like I’m thinking of you?
Are you thinking of the things that we just might do?
Are you thinking of the future like I’m thinking of the future?
76% uncertain
24% sure

Somehow I knew
Somehow I knew
Somehow I knew that you’d like me, too
Somehow I knew
Somehow I knew
Somehow I knew that you’d like me, too
Track Name: A Reasonable Dream
I had a dream.
A beautiful dream.
A reasonable dream!
A dream that would harm no one
A dream that helped me through my days
A dream to take on my travels
A portable dream.
There was nothing wrong with it.
It was a good dream!
The best dream ever.
Sometimes it seemed so real...
It was with me for a long time.
Sometimes it was better than reality
But unfortunately, I have to live in reality
So I always kept my dream.

The odds seemed totally impossible
But one night my dream came true.
Yep! It came true!
A real living dream.
It’s beautiful and it makes me feel reasonable.
It makes me charge into my days.
It comes with me on my travels.
It’s a good dream!
The best dream ever.
Yes, my dream has come true.

But how long can a dream last?
I think it will last forever.
Track Name: Share
Me and my sister and the other mermaids were by the shore and we were singing. We didn't know if anyone was listening but we didn't care because, you know, we were just singing. We were always singing!

Well anyway, my mom took a picture of us and when it was developed she took it home and put it in a frame
This frame had all kinds of seashells and stuff all over it and sometimes I'd find myself staring at the frame and think I saw some jellyfish on it, too. But I'm glad there weren't any jellyfish on it because jellyfish are kind of scary, don't you think?

Anyway, this was the happiest day of my mom's life and that’s why she likes to show the picture to people if they come over. Well, now it’s my turn and I made a copy of the picture and I want to show you the picture.

Sometimes I think about my senior picture. I mean, I don’t have a senior picture because I was on the land and I couldn’t deal with it so they took me out of high school and instead they put me in heo drool school. But sometimes I picture myself staring into nowhere with this big smile on my face and I’m wearing a mortarboard and it looks totally queer and that’s why I’m glad I don’t have a senior picture
But maybe if I had one I’d show it to you.

I was looking in the mirror which is funny because I don’t like to do that. Not since I landed and I was in the air and everything was so different for me. But anyway, sometimes I have to do that and then I have to take a picture of myself looking into the mirror.
Sometimes I take a lot of pictures of myself but I don’t like to do it, you know? I mean, I don’t like looking at them but I like taking the pictures.
And well, now I'm thinking that since I took them all, now I have to show you the pictures.

I’ll share with the outside when I become a recluse
I’ll share with the watcher who suffers from the muse
I’ll share with the world to the tune of 20 views
I’ll share as much of me as I want to share with you
I’ll never share enough for you
Track Name: Siren's Complaint
If I had wings
I would fly
Lord, I would fly

I would fly from the mountain
I would fly from the sky
Lord, I would fly

I would fly from possession
I would fly from obsession
I would fly
Lord, I would fly

I would fly toward redemption
I would fly toward perfection
I would fly
Fly...
Lord, I would fly

I would fly toward the ocean
The great boundless ocean
I would fly
I would fly
Lord, I would fly

I would drop like a pebble
I would sink like a stone
Track Name: Veil
Focus every brilliance
Upon the closed veil
Use the wish, the hope, and prayer

Focus
Brilliance
On the veil
Hope
Wish
Pray
To no avail!
Track Name: In A Hell/ Inside The Shell
She lives in a shell without the “s”
How is she doing? She’ll give you a guess
Haunted by spirits, hunted by bears
Tired from reading, worried with care
Building a wall, invaded by bats
On the endless commute, she is needing a rest
Warm by the hearth, not going out
Baptized in water, she’s expressing a doubt
Correcting her brother
Scolding the cat
Defending her daughters
Evading the past
She’s practicing doctor
And learning to teach
A bit overworked
A bit over reached
Her mind’s full of thoughts
Nut none are of you
Don’t figure her out
She does what she do
She’s very polite
Ignoring the phone
She don’t want to talk
So just leave her alone!
Track Name: When I Fell
When I fell for you
My dream came true
It saw me through
And I loved you

Dream of peace
And dream of happiness
And dream of love
And dream of you
I will always dream of you.....
Track Name: We Are Nowhere
So I heard the siren music in the blackness of the night
I followed it to find a mermaid trembling with fright
I plucked her from the shore and tried to make her breathe the air
And I ignored the voice that tried to warn me to take care

There were times when we would sit and talk until the end of night
Laughter rang out through the air to measure our delight
She even introduced me to another from her school
Time with them was better than the final day of school

Nature has a way of showing up the pride of man
The animal takes over when he’s done the best he can
It was a hard learned lesson but I finally understand
Mermaids congregate deep in the sea, not on the land

I sing this song to them from somewhere far above the waves
I sing it with the air they cannot breath beneath the waves
I sing it bathed in sunlight, then in moonlight clean and clear
I sing it to the ocean dwellers who will never hear

We are nowhere in their hearts as they look within themselves
We are nowhere in their eyes as they look toward the sea
We are nowhere in their arms as they turn away from us
We are nowhere in their thoughts as they turn beneath the waves

We travel not beneath the waves
The waves
The waves I am watching
Track Name: Subject To Change
The way she walks
The way she acts
The way she looks
The way she thinks

The way she speaks
The way she feels
The way she moves
The way she loves


Everything about her is subject to change

The way she thinks
The way she likes
The way she knows
The way she does

What she has to say
How she spends her day
What's wrong and right
How she spends her night

What you know about her is subject to change
She does not lie
She's subject to change
Forever true
She's subject to change

She once was mine
She changed her mind
Her mind is subject to change
Track Name: Vexation
I stand by the sea. They come to me unbidden. I don’t want them here! I can wrestle them back into their hole; but oh, the effort it takes. I am spent after the struggle. How can I know the good things when they are afoot? They prick, prod, and poke. They disturb the better angels of my nature. I can get no satisfaction from them. They are useless to me, useless!

Yet, I’ve been known to invite them back. Oh, yes. I conjure them of my own will sometimes. Is this part of the process? All agree that it is. But one can’t see the picture if one is in the frame, hmm?

It's vexatious. I am steered to distraction. I, the captain of my own destiny, driven from the wheel in pursuit of phantoms!

Vexations flit and dart before my mind’s eye. I devote all attention to them. My muse flies before them. My reason falters. When they appear, I clutch my head and groan with melancholy. They return again! Again to torment me and remind me of subjects best left unstudied.

Yet every time they bid me open the book, I open the book. I turn every page. I read avidly. I study the photographs. I read the footnotes.

They applaud. I wither!
Track Name: The D.B. Blues
I was not looking for the bottom
She showed the way and I went down
I was not looking for the bottom
She showed the way and I went down
I got the D.B. Blues
And I am learning my way around

When she loved me I was up there
Floating high upon a cloud
When she loved me I was up there
Floating high upon a cloud
Now I am burdened by her fondness
One more face down in the crowd

Meet me in the bottom
Bring your dancing shoes
I said meet me in the bottom
Bring your dancing shoes
I'll pick up my starvation box
Play you a chorus of the D. B. Blues

The Desolate Bottom Blues
Worst blues I ever had
I got the Desolate Bottom Blues
Worst blues I ever had
The Desolate Bottom Blues
Ain't nothing but a drowning man feelin' bad
Track Name: August (Recessional)
Once we had the spirit
Now you have a ghost
Say hello to the person
Who loved you the most

Once we had a vision
Now the image fades
There's no looking at picture books
Not in this world we've made
Track Name: I Read Too Much
Information mis- gathered
Intuitive data mis- decoded
History's ignored
I read too much and I'm sorry

Information misfiled
Intuition in control
History repeats itself
I read too much and I'm sorry

Information in the database
Intuition in check
History is history
I read too much
And it won't happen again