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released July 11, 2011

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Teenage Octopus Ann Arbor, Michigan

After lead guitarist Bobby Lewis formed Teenage Octopus in 2009, the band wasted no time hitting the Ann Arbor music scene with their fresh, unique sound. Influenced by alternative-rock bands such as Radiohead, Wilco and Spoon as well as jam-band pioneers Phish, the four-piece from University of Michigan's goal is to intertwine smart melodies and explorative jams. ... more

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Track Name: Walking on Eggshells
She says it’s liquid gold
And turns her back to me
She rubs it in my face
As far as I can see
And though we’re talking slow
It doesn’t change a thing, no
She smiles as she cries
I see bullets in her eyes

In the middle of a “how now, brown cow"
There goes that lady that we're told we have care about
It’s a joke and I know no one likes to think about it
But we know I’ll be the one to say what I’m thinking out loud
But after seeing what it’s like
We could have had ourselves a night
But it slipped between your fingers, your fingers, your fingers

I know that the way her heart spills
Couldn’t be much profounder
Couldn’t be much profounder
I know I’m walking on eggshells
Every time I’m around her
Every time I’m around her
I know that things ain’t getting easier
What if I don’t surround her?
Wouldn’t that astound her?
But what do I know?
What do I know?
What do I know?
Not much

The truth is to behold
There’s nothing new to say, no
It was played out in my head
in a different way, So
Even though you’re on the floor
You need to know what friends are for
When’s enough enough for you?
When’s enough enough?

I know that the way her heart spills
Couldn’t be much profounder
Couldn’t be much profounder
I know I’m walking on eggshells
Every time I’m around her
Every time I’m around her

I know that the way her heart spills
Couldn’t be much profounder
Couldn’t be much profounder
I know I’m walking on eggshells
Every time I’m around her
Every time I’m around her
I know that things ain’t getting easier
What if I don’t surround her?
Wouldn’t that astound her?
But what do I know?
What do I know?
What do I know?
Not much
Track Name: Ceilings
I packed my dreams in boxes
Crammed some hopes in duffle bags
I tied my aspirations up in a coil knot

My ideas are stuck in jars
I've got my visions on my closet floor
My principles are dangling from the front door's mail slot

But if we ignore the ceilings
We may finally be able to get some breathing room
If we ignore the ceilings
We'll awaken our long-lost feelings from their tomb

I have innovation up in the attic
Understanding in the safe on the wall
There's optimism hiding behind the curtains

There's ambition in the backyard
I keep my goals inside the drawers
Promises are currently en route to the furnace

Seeing is believing
And our view's constrained to tiles and paint
But that makes no difference if we propagate

'Cause if we ignore the ceilings
We may finally be able to get some breathing room
If we ignore the ceilings
We'll awaken our long-lost feelings from their tomb

If we ignore the ceilings
We may finally be able to get some breathing room
If we ignore the ceilings
We'll awaken our long-lost feelings from their tomb
Track Name: She's An Island
She’s an island
She’s a quack
She’s slipping through the cracks
She’s thin air
She’s hard to detect
But she’s breathing down my neck

She’s an island

She’s backwards
She’s lost focus
The only words she wants to hear are hocus pocus
She’s a steel trap
She’s a locked door
She’s an island and so much more

She’s an island
No one comes or goes
She’s an island

She’s loose change
She’s a sitting duck
She’s lost in my pockets and down on her luck

She’s an island
No one comes or goes
She’s an island
And no one knows
Track Name: Splashed!
You’re always smiling like there’s nothing wrong here
You’re always moving like you don’t belong here
But here’s some news for you
I won’t honor blank tattoos

You’re always losing track of time you spent here
You touch my chest and tell me “There’s room to rent here”
But here’s some news for you
Eye lash wishes don’t come true
No one could leave their untied shoes

I got splashed
By a puddle on the side of the road
If it was up to me I would certainly hold on to all of this coal
I got splashed
And it’s taking its toll
An epiphany occurred to me
What if I don’t like the destiny I’ve been shown?

You’re losing touch but you still got your fingers
You play my games but I should be the ringer
You spit me out and left me for dead
I’m getting sick of my life when it’s stuck in my head

I got splashed
By a puddle on the side of the road
If it was up to me I would certainly hold on to all of this coal
I got splashed
And it’s taking its toll
An epiphany occurred to me
What if I don’t like the destiny I’ve been shown?

I got splashed
By a puddle on the side of the road
If it was up to me I would certainly hold on to all of this coal
I got splashed
And it’s taking its toll
An epiphany occurred to me
What if I don’t like what I’ve been shown?
Track Name: An Iffy Character
I was just blowing off some steam
But the ends will justify the means
Things are gonna change in this town and you’ll have me to blame

I’m the one who will change the status quo
You need to know that life is just a joke
If you can’t already tell by the smile on my face

I was just getting ahead of the curve
People like me never get what we deserve
By the time you catch up to me, nothing will ever be the same

If you had that switchblade in your mouth
Then you would see what I’ve been preaching about
Soon you’ll run away from my name up in lights

Lickin’ my lips
‘Cause I’m gonna tear this town apart
I have no problems except caped-figures in the dark
Bustin’ my chops
‘Cause I’ve got crashing parties down to an art
No one will say a thing ‘cause they don’t have the heart

I was just waiting for my turn
‘Cause men like me want to watch the world burn
Soon all of my friends will be face-down on the floor

If you had these rings around your eyes
The way that I am wouldn’t be such a surprise
Who needs a mask when you sport a face such as this?

No matches in the bank
Though I applaud you for your rank
The blanks in your files remain unfilled
Chomp down on silver spoons
‘Cause those days are ending soon
How many men like you have I killed?

Lickin’ my lips
‘Cause I’m gonna tear this town apart
I have no problems except caped-figures in the dark
Bustin’ my chops
‘Cause I’ve got crashing parties down to an art
No one will say a thing ‘cause they don’t have the heart

Lickin’ my lips
‘Cause I’m gonna tear this apart
I have no problems except caped-figures in the dark
Bustin’ my chops
‘Cause I’ve got crashing parties down to an art
No one will say a thing ‘cause they don’t have the heart