The Algebro Album

by Algebro

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    Thom Cathcart is Algebro.
    He writes toe- tapping, dark, funny songs;
    Folk-noir mysteries;
    Songs of suicides and private eyes…
    all with a southern gentleman's acid-wit.

    “a subtly clever lyricist” Chicago Reader
    “worst band names” The Onion/ AV Club
    Raised in Gainesville, Georgia.
    Currently residing in Chicago.
    Algebro is King.



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All songs by Thom Cathcart
Produced by Eddie Dixon
Recorded and mixed by Eddie Dixon at Spider Sound
Mastered by All City Mastering
Cover photo and album layout by Annie Floisvik

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released July 31, 2010

Algebro- guitars, lead vocals
Chris Merrill- bowed bass, 5
Jeremy Cox- bass clarinet, 6
Ryan Suzuka- harmonica, 8
Dan Salyers- drums, 8 & 11
Adam Fitz- backing vocals, 9
Gerald Bailey- trumpet, 5
Eddie Dixon- all other instruments

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Track Name: The Strangest Girl I've Ever Known
How else could I arrive
A puff of smoke in black and white
Three days without a razor
And a breath that catches fire

How else could I survive
The shadows of the city night
Will they embrace me like
The strangest girl I've ever known

My old man walked a beat
Before you pushed a button to cross the street
Back then you just moved your feet
After you looked both ways

She was three when I was five
When I was one she wasn't alive
Now she's grown - she's caught my eye
She's the strangest girl I've ever known

How she screamed and she cursed
When I claimed to be her's
Then she swore that she was mine too
Track Name: Tangent
To the sore thumb sticking out for all to see
The reason to doubt you were ever meant to be
Apples and oranges, you and me
You got the makings, but it's my recipe

No, I never saw your place cause your place was a mess
The next sight of your face and I must confess
My nights spent there were made in distress
Last time I left, I forgot the address
A hundred to one that you could survive
All those dollar signs flashing in your eyes
The point is gone on a tangent

Like disappearing ink
Why did you go along
You should write what you think
You should right what you wrong

But still you don't quite fit like your choice of words
Your arts and crafts they are so absurd
All you e-kids thought you knew the word
You polish your shit 'til it becomes a turd
Think tank long sucked dry
With a vacuum-sealed look in your eye
The point is gone on a tangent

Like disappearing ink
Why did you go along
You should write what you think
You should right what you wrong
Track Name: Meddling Italian Neighbors
I don't know when to say when
I can't say no to my friends
When they'd like to have a drink or two
Don't mind if I do
And I've had no complaints
On my lack of restraint
When it comes to propping up a bar
And another pull from the jar
And a smoke in the alleyway
Everyday is a getaway

I don't know when to say when
I can't say no to my friends
When they'd like to have a drink or two
Don't mind if I do
And I've had no complaints
On my lack of restraint
When it comes to propping up a bar
And another pull from the jar
And a smoke in the alleyway
Everyday is a getaway

So let all the meddling Italian neighbors say...

That damn dog broke off it's chain
That damn dog's got shit for brains
That damn dog is way too old to train
So keep him on a leash
That damn dog broke off his chain
That damn dog's got shit for brains
That damn dog is way too old to train
So let's keep him on a leash
Capice? Capice.
Track Name: The Lion and The Colorado
Walking the plank
Down in the hull it stank
Working with all the men
Rowing the oar again
I'm dying to meet you
The Lion and The Colorado

Dodging a shark
There's a mutiny on the ark
Backstroke to dry land
Feeling the fins again
I'm trying to see you
The Lion and The Colorado

You work to eat
And then you eat to stay alive
The mightiest survive
All the mightiest arrive
And they're all dying to meet you
The Lion and The Colorado
Track Name: A Good Gumshoe
You were so convinced when you slit your wrists
That you were doing the right thing
Like when the evangelist left his fingerprints
Where he never should've been in the first place
And you had to take the case.
You were wearing a wire.
You were singing in the choir.
You had us all thinking you were going right wing,
But you never retired. You were always for hire. Undercover in the congregation.
You're on the prowl for some salvation
And like a good gumshoe, you always come through. Like a good gumshoe, no one can lose you.

Songs of suicide, songs of private eyes,
A little strange but it's got a nice ring
Like the alibi that poor preacher tried saying
I never could've touched your daughter
I was way too busy blessing holy water.
But he was caught red-handed
And he was reprimanded,
But you were down despite everything.
It's not the way you planned it.
You couldn't understand it,
And the note read - That's the way it goes.
First your money, then your clothes.
But I like a good gumshoe, you always come through.
Like a good gumshoe, no one could lose you.

So, I made a few mistakes
Since I tried to take your place,
But I learned alot since then.
The old man had a face
From another time and place,
And that's the memory of the mystery.
You two had a history,
And like a good gumshoe, you always come through.
Like a good gumshoe, no one can lose.
A good gumshoe who always comes through.
Like a good gumshoe, no one could lose you,
But we all did today.
Track Name: A Christmas Carol
It wasn't long ago, I was waiting on Santa Claus.
It wasn't long ago, I'd ask you why
And you'd just say because
I said so

I don't have long to go before my
Better half hits menopause,
And I don't have long to go until I'm
Wondering where that friend was
Who's been six feet below
Without that much to say.

Make peace with the ones you lost,
So if you run across them in town,
You won't be met with a frown.
Track Name: Playground of Hard Knocks
Broken glass and sharp rocks
Make a trap out of the sandbox.
I know you want to play,
So we'll watch, and we'll wait
For that guinea pig of a playmate
To try and I hop he makes it.
Then, a scream and he's clutching his hand.
There's blood all over the sand.
Broken glass and sharp rocks
It's the playground of hard knocks.

Love and kisses and all your mama misses
Hot dogs and hugs and all your daddy loves

I coulda, I woulda, I shoulda been your man, hey
I coulda, I woulda, I shoulda stuck to Plan A
Plan B always leaves me so lonely

Love and kisses and all your mama misses
Hot dogs and hugs and all your daddy loves

Love and kisses and all your mama misses
Hot dogs and hugs and all your daddy loves

Broken glass and sharp rocks
Make a trap out of the sandbox.
I know you want to play,
So we'll watch, and we'll wait
For that guinea pig of a playmate
To try and I hop he makes it.
Then, a scream and he's clutching his hand.
There's blood all over the sand.
Broken glass and sharp rocks
It's the playground of hard knocks.
Track Name: 9 or 10
I know it's been nine or ten
Years since I saw you last.
My plans have changed; I act my age,
And I take the blades to the grass,
But you know how it goes,
Just as soon as I've mowed,
The grass starts to grow again.

So I've got this girl. She's back in my world.
You know, she thinks I've got it made.
She's never ill, but better still
She's gonna leave as soon as she's paid.
And so how've you been?
What state, what state have you been living in?
Me, I'm living in sin, Cincinnati.
Track Name: Miracle Lipstick
Miracle lipstick
With a tricky striptease
All the magical words
Are never please, oh please
Strike the first offense
The judge she dug my face
But in my fair defense
She picked the time and place
Baby boomers are fucking up the plan
Made by the man no one can understand

Miracle lipstick
On the dot, on the scene,
Off the hook and all the things
Keeping me from keeping clean
The magical words
A pretty cherry on top
You better watch your mouth
The edges are sharp, they are so sharp
Baby boomers are fucking up the plan
Made by the man George Washington
Fucking fascists are screwing up the plan
Made by the man no one can understand

Miracle lipstick
With a tricky striptease
All the magical words
Are never please, oh please
Track Name: Money Spends, Jesus Saves
Moon's running circles 'round us
Kicking up trails of stardust
Quite a sight to see
We come and go the same way
You're better looking each day
You should walk with me

No practice, no rehearsals
Sunday morning churches
Wine and water waves
This man loves the mountains
Pennies all lost in fountains
Money spends and Jesus saves
Track Name: Algebro is King
There I go again
To the dreamland where I'm perfect
There I go again
To the world where Algebro is king
But I can't stand the fame
I can't stand making songs rhyme
Someone's always there
Eyeing me the whole time
Blue ribbon baby
Another mother's envy
Can you cross your eyes
Roll your tongue
And turn the globe
To where you're from
I could be a stranger with candy palms
Watching from my van when your shadow's long
So long shadow so long

But what's around the corner
Is it bad or good
Does it mean what it should
Or will it stand in the corner

But there I go again
To the dreamland where I'm perfect
There I go again
To the world where Algebro is king
But I can't stand the fame
I can't stand making songs rhyme
Someone's always there
Eyeing me the whole time
Blue ribbon baby
Let's throw a party
With a homeless clown
Carnival glass
And pin the tail on the ass' ass
I could be a stranger with candy palms
Watching from my van when your shadow's long
So long shadow so long