Heavy Petting

by El Gato Roboto

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released February 15, 2019

El Gato Roboto:
Brian Demski - drums, percussion, piano, acoustic guitar, Moog synthesizer, glockenspiel, Farfisa organ
Brian Stout - guitar
Jennifer Thornbury - vocals
Patrick Thornbury - bass, 12-string acoustic guitar

Debbie Frantisak - flute on Soft Rock '71
Chuck Sansone - Rhodes and piano on Soft Rock '71

All songs written by Jennifer Thornbury & Brian Stout except
Soft Rock '71 & Lost In Space written by Jennifer Thornbury, Brian Stout, and Michael Conroy
Attic Fire written by Jennifer Thornbury & Michael Conroy

Recorded at Organ Wolf Studio by Brian Stout and at
Flatts & Sharpe Music by Andrew Arbetter in Chicago, IL

Produced by El Gato Roboto & Andrew Arbetter

Mixed by Andrew Arbetter

Cover design by Richelle Albrecht

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El Gato Roboto Chicago, Illinois

El Gato Roboto is a Garage Rock, Power Pop, Space Rock band from Chicago. Bowie meets Nico with songs about nostalgia, space and cats.

Drums, Piano, Organ, Moog: Brian Demski
Guitar: Brian Stout
Vocals: “Jenn of Furr” (Jennifer Thornbury)
Bass: Patrick Thornbury
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Track Name: Don't Seem Right
You always tend to worry 'bout money
You rant, but you can't complain
You always are in such a big hurry
Where is the fire, can't it wait?
You're in such a dark, dark place
Change the look upon your face

It don't seem right
Uptight
In the clouds

And now you rise, another day's loomin'
Each day is just like the last
The war is won, a battle's still brewing
You just gave birth to the past
You insist it's not the case
It's the whole damn human race

It don't seem right
Uptight
In the clouds

Race you to the wall
To the wall tumblin' down

Race you to the...
The things that hurt you
The worst that you do
All those things are not the true you
It doesn't matter
The endless chatter
What really counts will not desert you

Race you to the wall
To the wall tumblin' down

Your prison cell is of your own making
Your thinking makes it so
You don't have to keep telling your story
Why can't you just let it go
Any choice you make's okay
It will turn out anyway

It don't seem right
Uptight
In the clouds
It don't seem right
Uptight

The things that hurt you
The worst that you do
All those things are not the true you
It doesn't matter
The endless chatter
What really counts will not desert you
Track Name: Icicle
The icicle's melting in the sun, my dear
And when it is done it will come crashing to the ground
Still I am hoping, if we both stand clear
We can avoid the crash, but still get to hear the sound

To see it through, to see it through
Though I'll never know that, never know the truth

Your friends and relations are all gathered here
For a celebration of your genius
They're raising a glass and they all seem sincere
Their expressions are gay and without meanness

Because it's true
Because it's true
Though I'll never know that, never know the truth
Truth

The kind of truth I've been thinking of
Can you accept what's been offered you
Are you worthy to receive the love?
Or do you think it's too good for you?

Truth

The icicle's melting in the sun, my dear
And when it is done it will come crashing
Track Name: Sleestak
Why?
Because the Sleestak's coming
Why?
Because the Sleestak's coming
Feel me, heal me
Why?

I'm in the land of the lost without you
Stumbling on pylons, I haven't a clue
Marshall, Will, Holly or Chaka won't do
'Cause I need your love, baby, you know it's true

Why?
Because the Sleestak's coming
Why?
Because the Sleestak's coming
Feel me, heal me
Why?

The Zarn may forsake me, the lost city take me
Time may defy me, but your love won't bind me
Your love is freedom, we share a reason
Which world we abide in's no difference to me

Why?
Because the Sleestak's coming
Why?
Because the Sleestak's coming

You put me under a spell like the thunder
Heart like a T. Rex, you're savage and reckless
You set the scene, you set the scene
The Pleistocene, the Pleistocene
We're on the brink, we're on the brink
The missing link, the missing link

You put me under a spell like the thunder
You set the scene, you set the scene
The Pleistocene, the Pleistocene
We're on the brink, we're on the brink
The missing link, the missing link
Track Name: We Were Five
We liked to play in the park
We were afraid of the dark
We watched Little House on the Prairie
We believed in the tooth fairy

We were five, we were five, we were five
We were five, we were five, we were five
We were five, we were five, we were five

We didn't want to eat our dinner
At church they said everyone's a sinner
We said our bedtime prayers
We had some heavy cares

We were five, we were five
We were five, we were five

We had no one to play with
We cried when someone shamed us
We wanted your affection
You were our sole protection

Five - we were five
We were five, we were five

We thought our parents were god
Don't let a stranger touch your bod
Played with dolls and dressed up cats
We had to be babysat

We were five, we were five
We were five, we were five

We had no one to play with
We cried when someone shamed us
We wanted your affection
You were our sole protection
Track Name: Soft Rock '71 (One of the Ones)
I drove past your old street the other day
And of course I thought of you
How your house was haunted by a man
Who lived there long before you

You always were one of the ones for me
Was it wrong of me to try and keep you here?
Lonely again I will be
Just songs and ghosts for company
Trying not to cry
Trying not to cry

Remember sitting on your bedroom floor
Listening to records all afternoon?
The Raspberries, ELO, The Carpenters
Endless summers, endless tunes

We were so young when we began
Back then, you were my biggest fan
Love was a new discovery
But now it's just a memory
Time enough to cry
Time enough to cry

Don't be afraid of things that change
Cuz nothing's ever gonna stay the same
Not me, and never you
Places that we used to go aren't there
This town has lost all of its flair
Wish you were here

Nostalgia magnifies the loss of you
And paints us in rosy hues
Farewell friend; it's time for me to see
What life is without you

We were so young when we began
Meeting me wasn't what you had planned
So many things to seek and find
But keep in mind, I'll be moving on
Living in the now
Living in the now

Don't be afraid of things that change
Cuz nothing's ever gonna stay the same
Not me, and never you
Places that we used to go aren't there
Sometimes it's more than I can bear
Wish you were here

Don't be afraid of things that change
Cuz nothing's ever gonna stay the same
Not me, and never you
Places that we used to go aren't there
This town has lost all of its flair
Wish you were here
Track Name: Attic Fire
In a dark and lofty floor
Is where it starts and then it’s licking at the door
The family sleeps
No alarm beeps
And through the vents the acrid smoke begins to seep

Pumpkin orange and whorish red
The flames do dance and quickly they begin to spread
The Christmas tree, it catches too
And now the flames also take on a bluish hue

And when the family wakes
They realize it is too late
But still they will not see
This attic fire was meant to be

The neighbors wake to shouts so dire
They run with teacups to extinguish the fire
Handkerchiefs to smother flames
A nameless evil is saddled with the blame

And the stars they burn so hot
Hot and icy blue
And the stars they do care not
What ‘ere the fire consumes

The children’s screams are clearly heard
They leap from windows like some kind of injured birds
Their shouts of fright pierce the night
As they descend the fledglings fail to take flight

All witnesses lose heart
The lesson now begins to smart
For all can clearly see
This attic fire was meant to be
Track Name: Look At All The Ways
Look at all the ways he steals my heart
Look at all the ways he keeps the faith when we're apart
Look at all the things he does
Hear the words he says
Look at all the ways that he has been my friend

Some other girls they like the type
Who'll break their hearts and prove their cynicism right
What's the reason for it?
The pattern that they choose
Those girls are the kind that always lose

He's not the kind of guy who tells your secrets to
All of his friends, cuz he's got character, it's true
He doesn't gossip
He doesn't lie
He'll never give me cause to say goodbye

I want to be the kind of girl - yeah
Worthy of trust and who can trust somebody else
I don't want to seek control
Try to manipulate
I'm all grown up; it's time to quit the game

He's not the kind to be acting out a part
He's just the kind that only does what's in his heart
I took the time to get to know him well
The more I knew him, the deeper that I fell
I was afraid to be alone
Now my own heart is my home

Some other girls they like the type - yeah
Who'll break their hearts and prove their cynicism right

Look at all the ways
Look at all the ways
Look at all the ways
Look at all the ways
Track Name: Self Pity
Well, I’ve been having a real hard time
My boyfriend left me
Gee, I can’t imagine why
Now I’m feeling sorry for myself
I’ve got some issues with my mental health

I’m feeling lonely and awful blue
I’d like to drag you down with me too
Poor, poor me I feel unwell
Can I tell you all about my personal hell

I don’t care if I live or die
So I'm gonna wallow in my
Yes I’m gonna wallow in my self pity

I’m something special, but I’m misunderstood
I’d like to tell you all about my victimhood
Will you please manage my life for me?
Cuz I don’t like to take responsibility

I’d rather watch you suffer
Make you feel guilty
So please, please, please will you do it for me
See how I suffer, see how much I've lost
Will you love me if I climb onto this cross?

You don't care if I live or die
So I'm gonna wallow in my
Yes I'm gonna wallow in my self pity

I'm really angry, but I won't say why
Cuz I'm a martyr, so I'll just deny
I'm gonna punish you for trying to help
I'm gonna hit you right below the belt - hey!

See how I suffer, see how much I've lost
Will you love me if I climb onto this cross

I don't care if I live or die
So I'm gonna wallow in my
Yes I'm gonna wallow in my self pity

Ain't I pretty in my self pity?
Track Name: Lost In Space
The bell has tolled
The saucer has flown
And you are renown for stalling till the clock has run down
Sometimes, we fools must rush in
Create quite a din
Screw the fear and take our chances

Don’t say that you’re okay
It’s not the case
You know I love you, you must endure this
Right now it seems so bad
Tragically sad
You know us humans, we’ll just keep plodding on

The cord is cut, the bridge has burnt down
They’ve sent in the clowns to mop up all the blood and ashes
Sleep with tears, but wake with a kiss
Or is it remiss to set aside your own self loathing?

Just say that you’re okay
We’re lost in space
Drifting, turning, tumbling over
When will we return?
When will we learn?
You know I love you, you won’t be all alone

In the silence, in the darkness, drifting far away
In the vastness, nothing of our past can still remain

The start of another ice age
You’re frozen with rage
But what’s inside the block you’ve carved out?
When it melts, all will be revealed
Mayhaps even healed
Can you embrace your hidden monster?

We dream of the stars out there
Why should we care?
In space no one can hear us screaming
When will we return?
When will we learn?
You know I love you, you won’t be all alone
Track Name: Alchemy
What you are, you can't see
But I see you vividly
You become a brilliant sun
Like a diamond in the dung

Nothing matters

It's like a shifting of your gaze
Turn the dial through the haze
Through the static, until it's clear
Another world that's present here

In my memories
Dreams unthread me
Recreating scenes again
In my homespun dreams, unwholesome
Turn my threads to gold
Alchemy

Nothing matters

When I travel to the past
I tell the young one
The pain won't last
Everything will be alright
And then I hold her
Through the night

In my memories
Dreams unthread me
Recreating scenes again
In my homespun dreams, unwholesome
Turn my threads to gold
Alchemy

Nothing matters

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