Heavy Petting

by El Gato Roboto

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1.
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
2.
Icicle 03:25
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
3.
Sleestak 02:50
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
4.
We Were Five 02:40
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
5.
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
6.
Attic Fire 02:34
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
7.
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
8.
Self Pity 02:23
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?
9.
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
10.
Alchemy 03:46
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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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: Zack Kritzer
Vocals: “Jenn of Furr” (Jennifer Thornbury)
Bass: Patrick Thornbury
Backup Vocals: Robin Wallace Jennings
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