Gumballs in the Meritocracy

by The Fur Coats

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"Insightful, sardonic, jumpy and funny...wish modern punk was always this evolved." --Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

"Gumballs takes the quality of the band's first album and kicks on to outdo that long player in all aspects. This is a treat, which provides buckets of enjoyment in times of Brexit, Trump, and an arthritic knee. Some real humor and social awareness underpins these catchy, flighty songs." --Rich Cocksedge, Razorcake



Recorded December 2016 by Chico Jones at
MicroMega Studio, Austin, Texas
Mastered by Max Lorenzen
Art by Craig Nichols
Assembled by Richard Heaven
Lyrics by Marc Ruvolo
Music by The Fur Coats

Text quoted at the beginning of "Artificial Reef" is the final paragraph of the novel "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

The Fur Coats:
Marc Ruvolo--Guitars, Vocals
Jake Figallo--Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Craig Nichols--Drums, Percussion

Vinyl Released by Hovercraft Records
www.hovercraftpdx.com

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released June 6, 2017

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Track Name: When Will You Die?
When Will You Die?

I'm a beetle in a tall, tall tree
Plum-iridescent as the oily sea
Climbing higher up into the sky
Composing sonnets for my friend the fly

I pause on branches to admire the view
Survey the houses of the chosen few
They crowd the valley, crooked, brown and wrong
These dragging husks will never make you strong

When will you die?

You know beetle's wings are made of gold
Ebon-black along their pulsing folds
Moist and pink, your skin is much too soft
The winds would freeze you if you went aloft

When will you die?
Track Name: Gorgeous, Just Gorgeous
Gorgeous, Just Gorgeous

Sulfur black and death wish blue
Nothing said, and nothing true
Round and round and round and round
Do it, do it, drooling hound

Make a case for empty sky
Phantom fears, extinction lies
Virus is a man-spoke word
Shared among the dwindling herd

This static is gorgeous, just gorgeous
Your absence is gorgeous, just gorgeous

Fall to ash and fall to dust
Many faces left in trust
Spring is here, so breathe the air
Hands, your hands, you'll find them there--

Sulfur black and death wish blue
Sulfur black and death wish blue
Sulfur black and death wish blue
Sulfur black and death wish blue

This static is gorgeous, just gorgeous
Your absence is gorgeous, just gorgeous

Can't breathe
Can't speak
Track Name: That's a Great Question!
That's a Great Question!

Bark, bark, bark
Bark out your answers
Bark, bark, bark
Bark out your answers

Life won't go?
Moves too slow?
See this thing?
It might sting

That's a great question!
That's a great question!
That's a great question!
That's a great question!
Now go to sleep

Feeling down?
Hate your town?
Does this hurt?
I'm a flirt

That's a great question!
That's a great question!
That's a great question!
That's a great question!
Now go to sleep
Track Name: Ha Ha
Ha Ha

I can see you in your garden
Fast asleep
By the drowning well

I will write this invitation
Finished and flown
By the dinner bell

Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha

Mother calls out from her boudoir
Warning you
Of a lightning storm

I watch you twitch and stir from slumber
The falling rain
Is soft and warm

Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha

Make it real
Make it really real
Make me real
Make me really real
Track Name: Guy De Maupassant, I Ain't
Guy De Maupassant, I Ain't

When you take me in your arms
And tell me that
Your infowars are sanctioned by
Silver ships orbiting the Sun

Click-click-click

Synchronize the great pacific
Garbage patch to
Astral flares of brain
Memetic consequence and solitary spin

We make our murders
We make our murders

Lies are lies are lies are lies
And lies are lies are truth
Messages we cannot read
Embalmed from me to you

Click-click-click

Synchronize the great pacific
Garbage patch to
Astral flares of brain
Memetic consequence and solitary spin?

We make our murders
We make our murders
Track Name: I Pretend That I Know What I'm Doing
I Pretend That I Know What I'm Doing

And so they tell me: try not to feel so sad
One day they're babies, and the next day they are dads
Whole lotta nothin', nothin' here to do
I'll buy a steamship, and sail it home to you

I pretend that I know what I'm doing
And it's usually really enough
Things get done and people go home happy

We pretend that we know what we're doing
And it's usually really enough
Things get done and people go home happy

I like to think on the secret lives of dogs
They live so briefly, yet lay around like logs
These things we're wantin',
they slip right through our hands
There's so much anger; we all have seven bands

I pretend that I know what I'm doing
And it's usually really enough
Things get done and people go home happy

We pretend that we know what we're doing
And it's usually really enough
Things get done and people go home happy
Track Name: Artficial Reef
Artificial Reef

The buildings fall
But I won't go
There is a way
To make them grow
You are here
And I am there
A follicle
Inside your hair

Go
Body go
Go
Body go

Bones
I can see their bones

Bleached and blown
In blood-red light
Walk with me
Through Anthro night

Go
Body go
Go
Body go

Bones
I can see their bones
Track Name: Courage, Mariana
Courage Mariana

Down, down, down, down,
Down, down, down--
Down to the loam we go

We can walk all night
Ignoring all the things
That are always gonna make us blue

Fleeing from the light
Another thousand miles
On banking scrip and Elmer's glue

Courage Mariana
Courage Mariana

Rebels in the hills
Cigarettes and meth
Polemics by the darkened moon

Feel the sudden chill
Conjured by a voice
Singing a familiar tune

Courage Mariana
Courage Mariana

Forward, forward, forward--hey
Take a real swing on the garden gate
Forward, forward, forward--hey
History tells us go

Down, down, down, down,
Down, down, down--
Down to the loam we go
Track Name: Candy Hooks
Candy Hooks

Is love a fleeting figment?
Is pride a useless curse?

Going downtown with Candy Hooks
He's made of steam, he really cooks
The city growls, the city moans
The city offers up its bones

Captain, where's your compass?

A plague of grackles in the sky
Don't speak a word, don't speak the lie
A man of faith, his touch divine
Turning Slurpees into wine

Captain, where's your compass?

Going downtown with Candy Hooks!
Track Name: The Echo Chamber
The Echo Chamber

Nothing ever changed
It all just stayed the same
The days went by

Mothers eat their young
Like bitters on the tongue
It goes both ways

Salesmen waiting in the foyer
Sharpening the words that strike you dumb

Kettledrums announce your party
Cars arrive to whisk your pains away

Passive panting shells
That ride among the swells
At night they pray

Salesmen waiting in the foyer
Sharpening the words that strike you dumb

Science has made us blind

Nothing ever changed
It all just stayed the same
The days went by
Salesmen waiting in the foyer
Sharpening the words that strike you dumb

We bow our heads and say we're sorry