The Karaoke Fallback Plan

by Aaron Bowen

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released July 1, 2012

All Songs Written, Produced & Recorded By: Aaron Bowen
Drums By: Jake Najor
All Other Instruments & Volcals By: Aaron Bowen except strings on "So Well" By: Michael Tagart & Aaron Bowen
Album Cover Art By: James Musselman AKA: "Longsleeves"

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Aaron Bowen San Diego, California

When you think about 'art' your mind is probably led toward canvasses of oily classics or undecipherable works of modern elitism. The music and creative energy of Aaron Bowen likely won't feature near the top of your list; that is, until you've spent an hour or so in his company where you'll find that for once, the term 'true original' is deserved and appropriately applied. ... more

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Track Name: Blood
Morning comes with the squawking of the walking birds
Your up with the sky and say your off to work
Well I will hold a place here warm here where you lie

At night we drink up all the rain
Listen to those same songs over and over again
And you would dance a clowns iig insane
With you heart in mine

Chorus

And I said it didn't mean nothing
As the blood spills from my lips
And the river that pours runs straight to your door
Where the welcome sign that hung is no longer there

A patched work heart as hard as stone
Walls built high with the door left wide open you let
me in and lead me right out again

Chorus

And I said it didn't mean nothing
As the blood spills from my lips
And the river that pours runs straight to your door
Where the welcome sign that hung is no longer there
Where the welcome sign that hung is no longer there
Morning comes with the squawking of the walking birds
Track Name: Strange
Outside these city walls I feel every bit a fool
Self prescribed dark medicine that keeps it coming true
Until its my only truth
Only I hold the key to lock me out
Red faced lady leads parades of paper clowns
And they’re all around me now

Chorus

Isn’t it strange that we can convince ourselves on anything
Like the rain that falls is only meant for me
Or the sound of bell that has never rung
Is the most beautiful one

Love and life have now become a series of calculated moves
Well rehearsed we act it out until the curtain calls
And now the curtain falls

Chorus

Isn’t it strange that we can convince ourselves on anything
Like the rain that falls is only meant for me
Or the sound of bell that has never rung
Is the most beautiful one
Track Name: Oh Edith
A golden band
Split the seams dividing line
An empty hand
Don’t know where began the end of you and I
Cold shackles break
Setting free the bird inside
Don’t look back in hate
Spread your wings you’re free to fly


An open door
Angry words that were not meant
The fading light
Of a thousand sons that said goodbye
A million miles
Traveled on with hardened heart
Sink like a stone
Into the stream that brings them home


A cold old man
Hand in hand this is no time to cry
He’s free at last
His withered skin was far too tight
A million miles
When it’s your time he’ll guide you home
Up towards the sun
Into the dream that we all are one
Track Name: Failing Light
I must admit I miss your face your eyes displaced
Living behind a fish-eye lens
No regrets everything good must end

Soul devoured by a shining smile in a stunning style
You walk the streets in your own parade
But I'm afraid nobody cares anymore

Chorus

This to must pass
Nothing will last
Even loves fades
Turns to gray and blows away

A night not unlike tonight
In the failing light of a northern town
Your heart gave out and the walls came down

Voice I still hear your voice
But it was my choice to turn and run
You were not the one so it is as they say

Chorus

This to must pass
Nothing will last
Even loves fades
Turns to gray and blows away
Track Name: Mechanical Bird
Come out of the rain or you'll rust all your feathers
Your not well prepared for that sort of storm
Tomorrow will bring more favorable weather
Until then you'll stay right here where you belong

Your failed design was the fault of your maker
She never considered you ever take flight
Try as you might to find birds of a feather
They only exist somewhere in the back of your mind

Chorus

Mechanical Bird you know you can not fly
Why even try your forever grounded

Strange bones your all alone
Paralyzed by your fear of the weather
or not you'll make it home again
you'll make it home again

Chorus

Mechanical Bird you know you can not fly
Why even try your forever grounded


Stay in you cage or you'll ruffle your feathers
Your not well prepared for this sort of world
tomorrow will bring more favorable weather
until then you'll stay right here right here at home
Track Name: Mama
Mama you aint missing nothing
I just witnessed the end of the American dream
All the patrons clutch there tickets tight in their teeth
As if they had a chance at winning anything


Mama your angel sleeps by a stream
A shot out army tent with his dog and second wife to be
Stumbling in daydream slumber boy scout fantasy
Buried in an old tin jar is where he left his wings


Mama the end is set to begin
All the wicked holy rollers started cashing in
Now I have a front row seat for the rising sea
And when we meet again will you remember me?
Track Name: Borders
A lonely one of a kind hearted soul survivor
Landed here upon her shore
Won’t you follow me wont you follow me my love?
Raging sea her a growing flower
Despite the lack of April showers she came
Inside she came inside me now

CHORUS

Trying to draw a line between your heart and mine
Between your heart and mine


On and off the deep end of the world
Borders crossed arms guarding our hearts
Both in fear of love too
Put my candle to her flame
And light away all the dark
Now we two are one now we two are one

CHORUS

Tracing a line around your heart and mine
Around your heart and mine

All the queens’ armies and all the queens’ men
Could not keep me there
By gods own crooked grace
Led me to this affair of the heart shaped boxed me inside of you
Track Name: So Well
Out of my front door
On to the subway
Into the city
Out to the ocean
Where are you going

It was only last Monday
You told me that you loved me
And we spoke of all our hopes and our wishes

Chorus

Oh you say you know me oh so well
When I don’t even know myself

I went to your best friend’s
She showed me the photo
Attached to the letter
That you had sent her
Parlez-vous Fracais

So I ran to the harbor
And told the captain about my lover
And we set off on our overseas adventure

Chorus

Oh you say you know me oh so well
When I don’t even know myself

Bridge

The streets are filled with dancing girls
And the world is spinning on inside
Beside a garden wall I walk
But I’m unphased by its beauty
I stumble crumbling cobble walkways
And hear a faint familiar voice
Light cracks the tattered shutters
As the sound of loving laughter fades away
I know I’ve come a long way in vain

Out of the city
Where no one speaks to me
Into a taxi
Out to the ocean
Where am I going
Track Name: Abstract Logic
This time we will discover
All things to be uncovered
And they will be shot and stuffed
Dusty mantle hangs above

huddled in the forest
All join in the chorus
singing songs of
A love we lost that never was

Chorus

So how can we make sense of this
All this abstract logic

For the people by the people
Gone in a obsolescent dream
Along with the ways of old
To usher in unseen enemies

That send all their sheep to slaughter
Cheered on by cannon fodder
Wile over the seas a wells sprung
And from it's waters change will come

Chorus

So how can we make sense of this
All this abstract logic
We must awaken from it's dream
Or we will succumb to this abstract logic

Gandhi:
"There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything, I feel it though I do not see it I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates"
Track Name: Beauty
In the shadows of cathedrals
The guilded guard watches over
Heads of state conferring with their generals
Commanding all their ragged armies of the field to rage on

Chorus

And this is where I find my beauty
Cause you have found your way inside to love me

A killer leads the congregation
To late to tread light
Oh and now the tide is rising
A bride left holding nothing but a picture of the past
And now we’re all stained by the waters receding

Chorus

And this is where we find our beauty
Cause you have found your way inside to love me
Track Name: Beast
This time I will find a place to hide
Faraway from the things of man
Turn around we're headed for the shore
I hope we make port before the creature swallows us alive

Chorus

And we'll return to the trees
That's where we will survive
That's where we will survive

The city spires cast their silhouette
In the funeral pyres of the weak
Greed has made these beasts out of men
Who dawn their suits and their sharp shinny teeth
they feed upon our dreams

Chorus

And when there's nothing left we'll watch
The beasts feed on the beasts
And we'll return to the trees
That's where we'll run and hide
That's where we'll run and hide


When we make port
I'll do my best to keep you warm
And build a home on the forest
A place of peace of peace where we dwell within
Till we wear thin and the creature rears it's ugly head again

Chorus

Then we'll return to the sea
That's where we'll run and hide
We'll return to the sea
That's where we'll live our lie
That's where we'll live our lie