Gentlefication Now!

by The Smittens

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"A homespun recipe of primitive naiveté, goodtime sixties sing-alongs and eighties pop, Gentlefication Now! is a not-so-subtle reminder that 'Being nice is a political act.'... The way they sing it, brother, it sounds like a little revolution. " - splendid magazine

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released September 3, 2003

All Songs by the Smittens.
The Smittens are Max, Colin, Dana, Holly and David.
Recorded at Danger Studios By David Zacharis
Mixed by Steven Williams
Mastered by Jason Routhier

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Track Name: Twee Valley High
A lime, a purple, a pink
will she swim or will she sink
a pound puppy paddle
a shake and a rattle
uh-huh!

there's an automatic wave machine
a robotic, melodic dream
burst of yellow flowers
a lemon drop shower
uh-huh!

'cos I'm trapped in a 1980's movie scene
watching the images on the screen
of this aquavescent bubblegum scene
aquavescent bubblegum scene

birds chirping over my head
I hope we're gonna end up in bed
yeah, the thunder's getting louder
in this picture page hour
uh-huh!

it's that sweet, sweet valley high
a Peppermint Patty sigh
tomorrow can't get better
in your candy striped sweater
na-ah!

'cos I'm trapped in a 1980's movie scene
watching the images on the screen
of this aquavescent bubblegum scene
aquavescent bubblegum scene

people moving faster
here comes the disaster:

life is but a dream
life is but a dream
life is but a dream
life is but a dream
life is but a dream
life is but a dream
life is but a dream
Track Name: Obligatory Sad Love Song
We woke up in the morning to a hazy sky-
I never wanted it to be over

drinking day old coffee you told me that you wanted to die
I only meant to hold you closer

by the afternoon when the rain set in
I was thinking of another

maybe it was better just being friends-
you insisted that we be lovers

and I couldnt believe you were so pretty,
we used to walk down the street to the same beat,
blooming like spring in the city,
we were wild for a while

I was only being made becasue you made me-
crazy to think of all your lies

Summertime came you and I were just obligatory-
your vacant stare, my dying eyes

why does it always have to end this way-
I've got a crush on a boy from Memphis

its the same old tracks day after day-
said goodbye well i never meant this

and I couldnt believe you were so pretty,
we used to walk down the street to the same beat,
blooming like spring in the city,
we were wild for a while

for a while we were wild
we were wild for a while
Track Name: Gin And Platonic
I spy, with my little eye
an out-of-focus girl who's about to cry
I'll buy her a beer or two
that she can cry into

she says: "isn't it ironic?
all you want is gin and platonic"

relationships I never wanted
relationships I have avoided
gin and platonic never gets me down

relationships I never wanted
relationships I have avoided
gin and platonic never lets me down

I spy with my little eye
a tiny crooked smile as she's about to sigh
she'll buy me a beer or two
that I can cry into

she says: "isn't it ironic?
all you want is gin and platonic"

relationships I never wanted
relationships I have avoided
gin and platonic never lets me down

relationships I never wanted
relationships I have avoided
gin and platonic never lets me down

relationships he never wanted
relationships he has have avoided

gin and platonic never lets me down
Track Name: I Hate Vermont
Look out my winter window
and watch the snow a-blowin'
I guess we're never going anywhere

the ice build up in the driveway
but there's no chance for a snow day
it's around this time each year I'm sure

that I hate, I hate Vermont
there's no good record stores and no good bookstores
fifty-five frat bars and one crappy gay bar
no all night diners and one crappy gay bar

why don't good bands ever come to play?
where are they?

I'm so fed up with hemp adornments
people blathering about star signs
can't they see how ugly dreadlocks are?

I'm so tired of wool socks with birkenstocks
I'm sick of all the yuppies in fleece hats
if I walk down Church Street one more time, I'll die
she's gonna die

hey! let's move to Portland or Portland!
at least we'd find an all-night diner
where we can sit smoking cigarrettes til dawn
and watch the sun come up

but we're trapped in, trapped in Vermont
can't get out
trapped in.trapped in Vermont
'cos we're snowed in

go on, take it back
you can have it all

go on, take it back
you can have it all

go on, take it back
you can have it all
Track Name: Gentlefication Now! (The La La La Song)
La-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

White hat boys keep a-walkin' by
I want my neighborhood to "gentle-fy"
gotta teach these white hat boys to cry
tell me now what you think about that

Holly's getting a muscle here
we think it's from lifting beer
she claims it's from hitting the snare
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

Colin's new album is really long
his new material's really strong
and if he swears, don't tell his mom
tell me now what you think about that!

White hat boys in the neighborhood
Gentlefication could do some good
We Smittens, we've done all we could
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!

la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la
tell me now what you think about that!
Track Name: My Girl
I remember that Summer day
it was a sunny day
you had a stunning way about you
I watched you from across the way
a girl who made everything so gay

a Summer spent playing in the park
licking ice cream cones
sending flirty Crayola notes back and forth
sing songs and kissin' thru the night
a three year magic carpet ride

I'm swinging in the trees
she's flying with the breeze
buzzing like the bees in honey
my honey!

I'm singing this melody
you've got me swinging openly
I'm down on bended knee, metaphorically,
over you

over you, my girl
over you, my girl
over you

I remember that Summer day
it was a sunny day
you had a stunning way about you
I watched you from across the way
a girl who made everything so gay

a Summer spent playing in the park
licking ice cream cones
sending flirty crayola notes back and forth
sing songs and kissin' thru the night
a three year magic carpet ride
Track Name: Champagne Room
We went to the back room there
you talked about Cordouroy the Bear

we were five minus three
it was just you and me

we were five minus three
it was just you and me

you blew bubbles in your hand
I told everyone "we're in a band"

you blew bubbles in your hand
I told everyone "we're in a band!"

we were five minus three
it was just you and me

we were five minus three
it was just you and me

we went to the back room there
you talked about Cordouroy the Bear

you blew bubbles in your hand
I told everyone "we're in a band!"

we were five minus three
it was just you and me

we were five minus three
it was just you and me
Track Name: Doomed, Lo-Fi and in Love
You told me you'd never kissed a boy before
why does everybody have a crush on my girlfriend?
said you didn't even know what a boys lips were for
when is this madness going to end?
then I heard about you two on the dance floor
yeah, I see the way you're making eyes at my girlfriend
I won't be kissing those lips anymore
oh my god, don't even try to pretend

so I used you for awhile last Summer
just to relate to a pop song
you said you didn't care whatsoever
as long as the whole thing didn't last too long

well, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love
yeah, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love

you told me you had never kissed a girl before
why does everybody have a crush on my boyfriend?
said you didn't even know what a girl's lips were for
when is this madness going to end?
then I saw you and her on the dance floor
cos yeah, I see the way you're making eyes at my boyfriend
I won't be kissing your lips anymore
oh my god, don't even try to pretend

yeah, I used you for awhile last Summer
just to relate to a pop song
you said you didn't care whatsoever
as long as the whole thing didn't last too long

well, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love
yeah, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love

well, we're doomed, lo-fi, and in love
yeah, we're doomed, bourgeois, and in love

I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love
Track Name: Cotton Sox
God bless your little cotton socks
my favorite thing you wear
better than that fucking sweater
or the way you part your hair

it doesn't really matter to me
I'll always look better than you
no matter what you do
I'll always look better than you

I'll always look better

God bless your little cotton socks
my favorite thing you wear
Track Name: Momus, Where Are You?
Momus, where are you?
I fear we're drifting apart
I put you in a box
next to the Secret Stars
and now it's breaking my heart

maroon cordouroy pants
the way we used to dance!

Seagull, my music maker
how I long to feel your grooves
instead, you're oceans away
and I'm daydreaming a day
when I can play with you

a dive diner romance
just give me one more chance

maroon cordouroy pants
the way we used to dance!

I want a snowflake on the tip of my tongue
make me an ice palace escape from the sun
let's have a dance party in the living room
cowboy hats and purple boas
dress up impromptu
sale through garages and barns all acroos the land
to find the cutest outfits for our five-piece band
we'll get lost in the dark under dimly lit stars
or drink cheap wine on the porch
because we don't do the bars

don't do the bars

Parker Posey at a glance
yeah, a pop culture trance

a dive diner romance
just give me one more chance

so fly me home
where I won't be alone
got my reasons to go:

to see my mom and dad
and the friends I had

and my lovelorn stereo!
Track Name: Capucine
I don't have anything right now
Dana Kaplan took the wheel
headed north across the border
with the birthday boy in tow

everyone made songs for Dave
we got in the car and played the tape
Holly had to work that day

we drove three hours in a car
on the way to Coupe Bizarre

drink sangria from a plastic cup
now my friends have cool haircuts
drink sangria from a plastic cup
now my friends have new haircuts

and I love my mom so much
I'll give my little pony a perfect haircut
everytime

I don't have anything right now
Dana Kaplan took the wheel
headed north across the border
with the birthday boy in tow

everyone made songs for Dave
we got in the car and played the tape
Holly had to work that day

we drove three hours in a car
on the way to Coupe Bizarre

drink sangria from a plastic cup
now my friends have cool haircuts
drink sangria from a plastic cup
now my friends have new haircuts

and I love my mom so much
I'll give my little pony a perfect haircut
everytime

everytime
everytime
everytime
Track Name: Army of Pop Kids
Shucked corn in Kansas
dealt cards in a Vegas casino
just to get away
just to get away

broke bread in boxcars
shared beds with boys I never even tried to love
never even tried to love

together we'll form a pop band
and all across the world
brothers and sisters will join hands
and we'll be free for a minute
just for a minute
let's dance!
let's dance

what's the point of singing
what's the point of rockin' out
when the bombs are all
about to fall?

'cos it's Imperial Pleather
to shove more crap down everybody else's throats
or maybe it's inevitable

together we'll form a pop band
and all across the world
brothers and sisters will join hands
and we'll be free for a minute
just for a minute
let's dance!
let's dance

bought porn in Kansas
lost a bundle at a Vegas casino
just to get away
from that which is called real life

played shows in boxcars
got head from boys I never even tried to love
don't think we'll ever settle the score

together we'll form a pop band
and march across the world
brothers and sisters will join hands
and we'll be free for a minute
just for a minute
let's dance!
let's dance

you think it's easy but you couldn't find a way
we turn it over but you've got nothing to say
we keep it simple, but you miss out anyway

we keep it simple but you couldn't find a way
we turned it over still you had nothing to say
we make it easy, but you'll miss out anyway

while the bombs fall down
Track Name: Deep Blue Sea
Would you cry if I die
that's how I know if you love me, baby

would you go if I let you
stay if I kept you, baby

would you devote your life to me
swim across the deep blue sea?

I'm so scared all the time
that I'll lose you, baby

I'm ashamed at how much I could use you, baby

when the writing's on the wall
I wonder if you'll call

if you feel it inside
just say so and don't lie to me, baby

would you cry if I die
that's how I know if you love me, baby