Stuck in the Gravity Well

by Foot Pound Force

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1.
Saw you in what’s left of the arcade, you so hardcore No groupie are you, just you and the high score Reaching out with a trembling hand to put a quarter down Why are you here where are your friends in this small town I have never seen anyone so alone It’s about time to put up the phone Press start to begin Press start to begin Press start to begin Press start to begin Giving you the last of my attention, do you wanna go It’s nowhere far just downstairs by the studio Maybe we could talk about the old days, of stores far gone Back when we were kids and this place was a castle for everyone We’ll find the places that cameras forgot Cause the things we do, don’t count for a lot Press start to begin Press start to begin Press start to begin Press start to begin Come home and play on my console with me (repeat) Would you rather be left alone Would you rather stay on your phone Would you rather wear a frown Would you rather be beaten down So instead be a spaz So instead take my hand So instead take a chance So instead kick some ass Press start to begin Press start to begin Press start to begin Press start to begin
2.
04:27
Caught myself in line at celebration doing the dance of elation Return of my childhood flow my enthusiasm will grow The preview has spoken and Chewbacca ain’t broken Your link is up to hyperinflate I won’t even click to speculate No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school Every day on newsfeed I see patterns of silly greed Talking this way and that stories with seldom checked facts Pictures of cats and babies and tales about vaccine and rabies A minefield of rabbit holes but I will not mine that coal No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school Excuse me while I sit in the corner and drool in a fit You go ahead and be literate cause I can no longer elaborate A whole generation that was raised by huge expectation Shattered by the age of the Internet giving birth to rage No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school La La La I can’t hear you La La La I can’t hear you I count myself lucky to have seen the trailer but I did not watch the analysis of the trailer I did not attend the after party of the trailer But then on YouTube twenty more watches of the trailer No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school No spoilers for me bro I’m doing it old school
3.
I don’t know high / if there is no up Where seeing the whole Milky Way is enough Each breath is deep / your eyes are loud At twenty five thousand miles an hour I don’t know low / if there is no down When you think of who we are and stick around See the fear / and hear the scream Agree, achieve, and move on to the dream Where are we now? Head wreathed by stars, heels dug in the ground Where do we go? We touch all points simultaneously as we grow It makes you scared / that there is no air But there’s a risk of losing it down here To the deck add your charts And from it comes the arrow to the stars Where are we now? Head wreathed by stars, heels dug in the ground Where do we go? We touch all points simultaneously as we grow Why are we here? We get to choose so figure it out for yourself Why do we care? For everyone (stuck in the gravity well) It’s getting automated, humanity elevated Or at least we have the time With all the technical progress, we’ll find an inward congress We all rise with the tide Where are we now? Head wreathed by stars, heels dug in the ground Where do we go? We touch all points simultaneously as we grow Why are we here? We get to choose so figure it out for yourself Why do we care? For everyone (stuck in the gravity well) When do we sing? We sing right now and for all eternity When do we fly? We start right now and I guess I figured out high
4.
I have a dream and that dream is to be the only root on the earth Viewing the world through an xterm window I could control everything it would never be the same again Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world We could make man woman have an entry in the database If I were curious I could grep your thoughts I'd never be lost With whereis at my fingertips And if I needed something I could always do apt-get Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world It will be lovely when I Linux up the world If you don't think so you will be /dev/nulled It will be lovely when I Linux up the world I'll look at you sudo make love They say power corrupts but it would only be me it wouldn't be... too bad If there were those who would reject our love We’d be alright just rm their C: Drive Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world Wouldn't it be lovely if I could Linux up the world
5.
Common wisdom makes no sense That’s the reason there are labels There’s a look that is so intense Igniting the way before its unstable She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB There ain’t no way to put her out She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB If you set her off just give me a shout If you set her off just give me a shout Pyrophoric looks will cook you In her eyes a flaming green No safe way to douse this stew Like nothing you have ever seen She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB There ain’t no way to put her out She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB If you set her off just give me a shout If you set her off just give me a shout It was you that freed this tempest Now you just gotta let it burn Starving of oxygen would be best Question is, when will you learn She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB There ain’t no way to put her out She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB If you set her off just give me a shout If you set her off just give me a shout She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB There ain’t no way to put her out She's nothing but trouble she's just like TEA/TEB If you set her off just give me a shout If you set her off just give me a shout
6.
I got your Porter and I got your Stout I got your Pale Ale, that’s what it’s about Barrel-aged beauties, Scotch and Old Ales Triple hopped balanced flavors without fail All these brews and their suds One thing is certain, they sure ain’t Bud Pilsner, Lager, Altbier, Trappist, Amber, Red Bitter, Dubbel, Saison, Lambic, Iambic Pentameter Barleywine, ESB, Weisbier, Kolsch, Bock head I’m a craft beer nerd I’m a craft beer nerd Multinational conglomeration Sending their swill across this nation Being pushed aside by the market force Cause we like good beers, of course Do you understand our high gravity? Cause we ain’t saying it with brevity Pilsner, Lager, Altbier, Trappist, Amber, Red Bitter, Dubbel, Saison, Lambic, Iambic Pentameter Barleywine, ESB, Weisbier, Kolsch, Bock head I’m a craft beer nerd I’m a craft beer nerd I will sit and sip and fuss and dissect For taste and smell and foam intersect Let the finish be strong and meander Do I detect a hint of coriander? Yeah I’m a craft beer nerd and I’m here to report That the fermenters are full of good wort We’re brewing it the hard way The small batch is the king We’re brewing it the hard way Beechwood aged, are you kidding? Pilsner, Lager, Altbier, Trappist, Amber, Red Bitter, Dubbel, Saison, Lambic, Iambic Pentameter Barleywine, ESB, Weisbier, Kolsch, Bock head I’m a craft beer nerd I’m a craft beer nerd
7.
02:50
When you lie to me, it feels so good Sell me hope with a real steep bill of goods Here’s all I am worth, to someone like you Count it out and stash it in your shoe Who cares if I don’t get the result I wished for Woah, the price, of laughing at the fool Yeah, it means, that the next one could be you I can’t seem to get you out of my head All I need is some snake oil before bed Thought of life without you fills me with dread Nothing wrong with some snake oil before bed All through the night, I think of the day When you begged me on your knees to stay When I came back in you looked away Coming up with reasons not to stray Will there ever be a time that We don’t get tired Woah, the price, of falling for the babe Yeah, it means, that you never get away I can’t seem to get you out of my head All I need is some snake oil before bed Thought of life without you fills me with dread Nothing wrong with some snake oil before bed
8.
All I have to do is push this little red button, yeah All I want to do is blow up the whole world All I need to do is build a doomsday device Don't have to tell nobody but a little press would be nice I'm gonna put my evil base underneath a volcano When I broadcast my message into space, they will know the name of Dr Insano, Dr Insano, Dr Insano They laughed at all of my evil science experiment They won't be laughing when one day I can tell the president And all I have to do is push this little red button And all I want to do is blow up the whole world All I wanted was a little bit of respect Now I'm bringin down destruction that no shield can deflect When I put my satellites into space I'm the only private venture With my minions on board no one is safe From ever getting injured Cause I'm evil and I'm an evil mad freakin scientist And you will know me, you will scream my name, Dr Insano, Dr Insano, Dr Insano, Dr Insano All I have to do is push this little red button, yeah And all I want to do is blow up the whole world And all I need to do is build a doomsday device And all I want to do is pick up this guitar
9.
I’ve got 40 pounds of TNT In my 1997 Chevy Caprice Don’t ask me how I got ahold of that Cause I keep a lot of secrets in my wide brimmed hat I got snake skin boots and a bolo tie And a huge belt buckle from the WY Metal and leather and a heavy load But I’m all dressed up with no place to explode They call me the fixer ain’t got nothing to fix They don’t want my tools or my dynamite sticks Leftover surplus from the Warsaw Pact Kept in a bunker in case of attack If they track me down I got to go into hiding So they don’t find my rocket with the aluminum siding Got nowhere to be so I stay on the road And I’m all dressed up with no place to explode Got an orange sticker says 1.1 Can’t leave it by the road, can’t tell anyone Can’t fly it out on an aeroplane Gonna try and trade it all for some Mary Jane So if you want a good time with some dynamite I tell you sir (or madam) that it is your night If you’re all dressed up and looking to explode Barter, favor, or cash, come see me after the show
10.
Hey, your friend said I should get to know you He said you’re the wonder of this age So I said why not, look at this big brain I’ve got Maybe we could find we’re on the same page We stayed up all night my mind enraptured Then I looked you up like everyone does Then I saw pages and pages of facts and opinions I found out that no one can get enough (of you, because) You’re up, you’re down, you’re charming and strange From your top to your bottom you’re constantly changing We got so much to do but my only regret Is that I don’t understand you yet You are just so...unpredictable I need some time to think this through It’s not you that’s got me into this spot I need you to fit in my worldview You’re up, you’re down, you’re charming and strange From your top to your bottom you’re constantly changing We got so much to do but my only regret Is that I don’t understand you yet I couldn’t find the hidden meaning behind it all I know you’re disappointed that you could not be solved Someone better than me will come along And he will write you a more understanding song You’re up, you’re down, you’re charming and strange From your top to your bottom you’re constantly changing We got so much to do but my only regret Is that I don’t understand you yet Is that I don’t understand you yet
11.
03:25
Did you get my love memo? I sent it through the limbo My instant messages scroll too slow I need to tell you how I really feel I use my big words so you know it's real My nether tubes / vibrate for you Got a dozen hearts / all beatin' in tune If my words were smooth / like the love between me and you I would never lose / the feeling that comes from you I wish I could write / and read good too Then I could read the memo / that came from you Did you get my love memo? I sent it through the limbo My instant messages scroll too slow I need to tell you how I really feel I use my big words so you know it's real Girl you the most everything / I strain every time I think To compare to your pretty pink / know what I mean, nudge nudge wink wink Good morning baby / feel more good The stuff between me and you / like white oreo goo If only my words were great / like the love you and I make Like that time in the trailer park / best steak I ever ate Did you get my love memo? I sent it through the limbo My instant messages scroll too slow I need to tell you how I really feel I use my big words so you know it's real Oh yeah like tasty chitlins / and chicken wings I wanna eat you up / more than most anything Like the sunrise / on a pretty lake Oh love with you / I want to make But the words / never seem to come I think of something good to say / but it only sounds dumb Only my heart can know / the pretty things that make you so Well, did you get my / did you get my... Did you get my love memo? I sent it through the limbo My instant messages scroll too slow I need to tell you how I really feel I use my big words so you know it's real
12.
(Spoken) Can you taste the wifi? I can feel photons / Movin’ through my hair I see the packets / Flyin’ through the air Don’t need no router / I’m a walkin’ A P Don’t even need / To see it on a screen ‘cause I’m Surfin the signal Surfin the signal Surfin the signal I can feel it in my brain Encryption don’t matter / can’t hide from me WPA 2 AES or TKIP I can straighten out / any elliptic curve Entangled in your quantum keys / don’t need the password cause I’m Surfin the signal Surfin the signal Surfin the signal Ridin’ the carrier wave You might think / you need to fear But there’s one thing / You need to hear You think I sift your bits / in the quantum sea But the only thing on the net / Is pornography Surfin the signal Surfin the signal Surfin the signal I can feel it in my brain
13.
Welcome to class, please have a seat You can stand if you want to if you gotta dance to the beat Welcome to class, we’ll begin in a bit My name is Dave but you can call me Mr Hewitt yeah Get used to it You don’t have to take notes, it’s natural Prove to me that man is the smartest animal Look up and love The stars above Look up and love The stars above Take out your books, we will start on page ten Rip out the copyright and never speak of this again By the end of the course, you will know how to fly We will tear down the walls to get an open view of the sky Soaring so high You don’t have to take notes, it’s natural Prove to me that man is the smartest animal Look up and love The stars above Look up and love The stars above
14.
03:23
I did not believe them when they predicted That my truck would drive itself one day I adopted early and was unrestricted For my new DD was here to stay I'm glad they solved the Trolley Problem Now I can drink and ride around in peace But no driver protection algorithm Could ever really prepare me My truck done left me just like my old lady R-U-N-N-O-F-T that's what it did to me My truck done left me just like my old lady In the parking lot of a shuttered old K-Mart Google's got the AI and lots of gadgets too And Tesla's got a real mean battery I'm waiting for old man Bezos to deliver That Amazon drone delivery Sitting in my rocking chair with my shotgun in the air On the front porch while Prime invades my sky It's just like shooting little clay pigeons But if you hit one you also get a prize My truck done left me just like my old lady R-U-N-N-O-F-T that's what it did to me My truck done left me just like my old lady In the parking lot of a shuttered old K-Mart Elon is shaking things up so they say Hyperloops and drone ships save the day His disruptions won’t ever bring her back This ain’t about my dog, my ex, or my pay With a two tone paint job and a LineX bed She used to recalculate just for me But now she’s on the highway on her own She’s never coming back around for me My truck done left me just like my old lady R-U-N-N-O-F-T that's what it did to me My truck done left me just like my old lady In the parking lot of a shuttered old K-Mart My truck done left me just like my old lady R-U-N-N-O-F-T that's what it did to me My truck done left me just like my old lady In the parking lot of a shuttered old K-Mart

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This album is the culmination of much delayed effort. Foot Pound Force started in 2007 as an avenue for a few engineer musicians to vent some creative steam. We had no idea how many songs would result from this collaboration. It took us a long time to finally get in the studio for a serious project, and the results (we hope) speak for themselves.

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released August 29, 2018

Cover Painting by Chris Wade
Mission Patch Logo and Graphic Layout by Col. Kevin Fritz Fotovich

Special Thanks:
Matt Barron; Mike Lenox; Emily Hewitt; Jenn and Abby Whitworth; Kelly Marlett; Lara Lenox; Ben Jobe, Sharon Singletary and the rest of the crew at Spice Radio Huntsville; Andrew Little; Jason Copeland; The UAH Department of Music; Alexander Abel-Boozer, Daniela Perallon, and the rest of the crew at Arts Huntsville; Tom Patterson, Mark Torstensen, and the rest of the crew at Know Huntsville; Joe Orozco; Jim Schwartz; Chris Wade; Col. Kevin Fritz Fotovich; Guy Streeter; Mary Robinson; Brad Posey with his wonderful public radio show The Invisible City as well as Beth Norwood, Katy Ganaway, and Brett Tannehill at WLRH; Downtown Huntsville, Inc; Larry Jones; NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Jim Stott, Paul Britton, and the rest of 59 Minutes; Geek Out Huntsville; Robby Hilliard, Amber Hansford, Pat DeVareness, Chip Brazell, Walt Hubert and the rest of the volunteers in the DragonCon Filk Track; Stephen Granade, Rachel Pendergrass and the rest of the volunteers in the DragonCon Science Track; Nick Edelstein; Madison “Metricula” Roberts; Mikey Mason; Tom Smith, Filk Hero and early supporter; The Blibbering Humdingers; Andrew McKee; Gray Rinehart; Jared Claxon and Zach Loup of The Gekkos; Teresa Claxon; The Riley Family; Rocket City NerdCon; Con Kasterborous; Jeremy Long and the rest of the crew at Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo; Nathan, Zia, Kevin and Aijalon at Huntsville Comic Con; Chris Bramon, Jeff Peck, and Becky Eller at Mad Malts Brewing; Bruce and Jo Weddendorf, Dave Stanley and the rest at Straight to Ale Brewing; Jay Kissell and Shea Stisher at Salty Nut Brewery; Ethan Couch and Sonya Petroff at Yellowhammer Brewing; Gavin Goodman at Rocket Republic Brewing; Eddie Yessick and the rest of the crew at Sidetracks Music Hall; Shelby Butler; Klayton Hodges; Robert Bijvoet; Evan Helmeid; The UAH College of Engineering for helping to make introductions of all of the band members to each other; Most importantly: You the listener.

In Loving Memory: Brian A. Lee (1981 - 2013)

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Foot Pound Force is a Nerd Rock band based in Huntsville Alabama.We're an alloy of Weezer and MC Front-a-lot, with 80% Geek, 15% Rock, and the remainder a mix of musical styles.We've been heat treated to a hardness of F'n Metal Rockwell

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