near mint

by mint mind

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written, produced, recorded and mixed at the upper room, hamburg germany by richard arthur mcphail. mastered by jörg milling at minyon mastering. vox/guitar/keys - richard arthur mcphail, drums/vox - sven janetzko, guitar/vox - frank stöckling

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released March 16, 2014

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mint mind Hamburg, Germany

mostly fuzzy and sometimes trippy,
always with a foot in the annals of indie

2 guitars and drums from hamburg germany,
with as many folds as a book of origami

middle aged folks who still know how to play,
a good rhyme from mint mind will brighten up your day
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Track Name: in series or parallel?
everyone’s doing things in tandem
they’re always discussing a certain pattern
well i’ve found a way to just add them
i’m talking about doing random, random, random

always someone saying you can’t have that
if everyone did it, there’d be havoc
the things I wish to have, I just grab them
i’m talking about being random, random, random

if you suddenly get the urge for multitasking
a smidgeon of your time is all i’m asking
if there’s ships left to sail, then we’ll man them
the temporary course is set to random, random, random…
Track Name: park and ride
we’d like to ride on motorcycles oh yeah
we’d like to ride on motorcycles oh yeah
but mommy won’t show me the way
mommy won’t show me the way
we’d like to ride on motorcycles oh yeah

we’d like to ride on white ponies oh yeah
we’d like to ride on black ponies oh yeah
but daddy won’t show me the way
daddy won’t show me the way
we’d like to ride on white ponies oh yeah

we’d like to sit on park benches oh yeah
we’d like to sit on park benches oh yeah
and mommy likes to do that too
daddy likes to do that too
and we like to do that too
we like to sit on park benches oh yeah
Track Name: i grew a beard
i grew a beard, to protect me from the cold
but it made me look too old, it made me look too old
i grew my hair, to show that i don’t care
but i guess i really care, i guess i really care

*you can change your postal zip code
you can buy a different car
but it’ll never change the person that you are

moved to berlin, cause i heard that’s really in
but i guess i’m not that in, i guess i’m not that in
that motorhead t-shirt, surely looks quite cool
but i guess i’m not that cool, i guess i’m not that cool
*
skinny jeans and loose ones, never looked quite right
guess i’ll take the middle road and drive it all damn night
don’t know what i’m really striving for
sometimes being hip is such a chore

i am me, i’ve declared it by decree
but who is really me, is it really she?
i could be him, but my prospects look quite dim
so i could be one of them, him, her, those or them
*
Track Name: rat race (pt. I of the leisure trilogy)
those seldom days when i get so bored
i just have to get away
so i head down to the grocery store
and watch the folks in disarray

other times when life is a lull
i just have to get away
on vacation is so stressful
some folks just don’t know how to play
Track Name: the dark side of light
they’ve written words about hoping, and of the little man’s plight
i’m in the dark and just groping, so just lead me to the...

i’m sitting round and just moping, no positive person in sight
i’m in the dark so just lead me to, just lead me to the light

the light so bright it sets things right, yeah right the light, it shines so

feel like a deer when she’s frozen, you’re giving me such a fright
feel like i’m naked and hoping, you’ll take me from the...
it’s as if we got snowed in, when everything is so white
you can’t get me to go in, so take me from the light

the light so bright, it sets things right
yeah right the light, it shines so bright
the light so bright, it sets things right
yeah right the light, it shines so
la la... the light, it sets things right, it shines so

i don’t want gray, i want ochre
or maybe orange, but not white
so many colors to hope for, so just get me from this light

the light so bright, it sets things right
yeah right the light, it shines so bright...
Track Name: i'll move atoms for you
if crossing the street is moving atoms
then i think i’ll move some atoms just for you
if socrates said the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing
then i guess i’m pretty wise too
to you, wise too, oh you

planet earth, betelgeuse, neptune and saturn
planet earth, betelgeuse, neptune and saturn break through
plato, pluto, plateau in a circular pattern
plato, pluto, plateau in a circular pattern that’s new
knew you, that’s new, for you

honey, you and me, e pluribus unum
honey, you and me, e pluribus unum partout
cause crossing the street is moving atoms
and i guess i’ll move some atoms just for you
to you, move too, for you
Track Name: dirty hands
every policeman has dirty hands
i wonder what they’re doing now
are they standing in the kitchen washing pots and pans
or taking bribes from corrupt ceo’s
every politician has dirty hands
i wonder what they’re doing now
are they holding the wheel of a mini van
or writing laws that will kill us somehow

*nanana so dirty

everybody’s mother has dirty hands
i wonder what they’ve done today
have they been on the wheel of a mini van
or touched themselves in an intimate way
everybody’s father has dirty hands
i wonder where they’ve been today
have they been in the kitchen washing pots and pans
or punched the boss on hawaiian shirt day

*

everybody’s doctor has dirty hands
i wonder what they’ve done at all
have they saved the very life of a dying man
or done coke in a bathroom stall
everybody’s daughter has dirty hands
i wonder what they’ve done at all
have they filled in all the answers on a tough exam
or written fuck you on the bathroom wall

*
Track Name: evolution of a w.a.s.p.
i was a marxist, i was a buddhist
i studied hindu with some important guru
as existential as a pencil
philosophical rants and some bellbottom pants
now penny loafers and an oxford
i studied politic at dartmouth and harvard
under my oxford, a punk t-shirt
to cover up the scars from my rowing accident

*ask not what your country will do for you
or they’ll do ya, do ya, do ya, do ya

i led the dea, i led the nsa
i was the manager of c + a and billy ray
you say i’ve changed now, what can i say
when shit rolls down hills you just have to move away
pot smoking days now, mistake of my youth
i get my kicks now on tylenol and prostitutes
and revolution, that was a dream
and a dream’s not a dream if you don’t know what it means

*

i’m doing 20 years for something toxic
they’ll tar and feather you for the smallest bullshit
like selling bunk stocks to the aged
they just don’t understand what this country’s always meant
i’ve been to hollywood, i’ve been to brentwood
i’d sell my mother for a pot of gold
but i can’t do that, she’s just too old
so i’ll sell a bunch of other things that’ve already been sold

*
Track Name: mind over matter
lost and lonely, in exile
i’m stranded out here, just for a while

and i cry, tears from my eyes
and i fade, between love and hate

i’ve been away, far too long
a million years, since i heard a decent song
i’ll go home, at the speed of light
and see my world, again by night
Track Name: ohm alone (pt. II of the leisure trilogy)
she sells sea shells by the shore
oh little one, your task is done
itsy bitsy tiny spider
you’ve won, your net is spun

*turn wax to stone
go home
just ohm alone

peter piper picked a pepper
and phoned up mexico
bright light star lights shine at day
it’s known, someone told me so

*

when infinite numbers are known
where food for our thoughts can be grown
if anyone and everyone can get stoned
we can ohm alone
and we ohm...
Track Name: too many pictures, not enough walls
you can change your position but she’s still gonna go
you can tattoo her number but you’re never gonna call
you can say that you’re climbing mt. everest
but she’ll walk through the valley of death
you may think that you’re welcome but you’ll always be a guest

*she says
this guy, this guy he’s too shy
that guy, that guy will soon cry
i’ll keep waiting for prime time

you can make a suggestion but she’ll only protest
you can tell her you love her, she’ll say surely you jest
if you tell her you’ll be waiting for her
then you know that she’ll probably just stall
because there’s too many pictures and not enough walls

*
Track Name: where's that train?
standing on a platform waiting for you
since when does 10:30 mean quarter to 2?
here on the platform waiting again
since when does 8:30 mean 20 past 10?
guess i’ll hop on the train and try to make our date
it sure isn’t early, but it’s never too late

delay in oklahoma, missed connection in des moines
14 hours in pittsburgh at a 5 and dime
dime....
time.....