Fantoche

by Alacartoona

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What is “Fantoche?” Roughly translated…a puppet. When the French use the word, they are speaking of governments. The same word in Spanish refers to a person controlled by others. While no strangers to the underbelly of life, on this release (their first on the Money Wolf label) Alacartoona has turned down a darker path. The songs on this recording explore the narrow, poorly lit byways of the human experience, featuring characters that are the unwitting puppets of forces beyond their recognition – sex and desire, addiction and bad choices, fear, loneliness, the need for love, and the failure of love. And yet, somehow, Alacartoona lifts the songs above the clouds of despair to find those rare patches of sunlit hope and joy.

Recorded in the famed Money Wolf Music Studio C, “Fantoche” also marks a departure for Alacartoona from the minimalist style of their two previous recordings. The players became puppeteers themselves, manipulating the studio surroundings, their instruments, and voices to create a cast of songs that dance, bow, and contort to their every whim and fancy. Falls, Forge, Marland, and Wooldridge worked in close concert to master these tales of desperation and manipulation into the sound recording presented to you here.

Songs 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Christian Hankel (2 w/ Bishop Hankel), 1 & 4 by Kyle Dahlquist. All songs arranged by Erin McGrane, Christian Hankel, Sergio Moreno, & Kyle Dahlquist. Visit alacartoona.com.

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released September 14, 2012

Performed by Alacartoona. Recorded, produced, mixed by Justin Penney & Tommy Donoho III, with Alacartoona. Mastered by Patrick Meagher at Fuzz Bomb.

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Alacartoona Kansas City, Missouri

Alacartoona's stage show is a visual extension of their all-original songbook. Utilizing a stripped down ensemble of accordion, bass, and drums, with the occasional guitar or brass, they bring to life vivid tales of love and loss, of bedrooms and back alleys, of the solitude and the camaraderie of sex, drugs and cabaret. ... more

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Track Name: Geppetto
this is a dangerous game I'm playing,
where nobody knows they're involved
the strings must remain imperceptibly thin
until all of my plots are resolved

all this requires a most delicate pressure
to ease to the edge of a break
everything has it's own natural timing,
to push it would be a mistake

water does seek to find it's own level
and so it goes with the world
but I have found with the right use of force
that levels can be softly disturbed

just like a chessman I plot out my course,
I think at least six moves ahead
i stay up at night, planning your life,
while you're at home asleep in your beds

you think and you feel and you act just like sheep,
you follow the will of the herd
all you need is that benevolent shepherd
to convince you it isn't absurd

ever so slowly I apply the right tension,
then move you with it's release
lightly, quietly, you lose your position
and don't notice that mine has increased

just as the water will carve out the canyon,
irreversibly I'll wear down your will
you'll welcome the cords I attach to your wrists
and you'll beg me 'til your head is filled

enjoy viewing the world through the lens that you're given,
you see what I want you to see
i'll feed you the truth and you'll swallow it whole,
from your own troubled thoughts you'll be free
Track Name: First Contact
first contact, it's known, is best chanced alone
a brief glance, drop the eyes, then it's done
first contact, they say, is a brave game to play
do you stay, walk away, do you run?

first contact achieved with a knife up one's sleeve
is just luck raining down on a fool
if one draws all is lost at a staggering cost
safe to say, one should play these things cool

no one knows if the morning will come
no one knows if they'll come undone

first contact that's won at the point of a gun
is just fruit rotten through on the tree
first contact that's forced to run a strange course
runs, of course, to a stranger sea

no one knows if the morning will come
no one knows if they'll come undone

be careful as you wind your way
there's no telling how the night will play
there's no guessing just what she might say to you
as you push your point through
Track Name: The Sneakers
we are the sneakers
we're hiding in the night
we're putting out the lights
one by one

we are the sneakers
we watch you live your lives
we're sharpening our knives
just for fun

and when the sun comes up
we rest our heads
'neath the streets of your fair town

we are the sneakers
we're hiding in the night
we're listening as you're whispering
on the phone

we are the sneakers
we slip into your room
you never should assume
that you're alone
for when the sun goes down
if you should close your eyes
you know we'll come for you

then we cut
we cut
we cut, cut, cut, cut, cut

we are the sneakers
we slide beneath your doors
we click across your floors
while you dream

we are the sneakers
we slip into your bed
we kiss your precious head

and when the sun goes down
if you should close your eyes
you know we'll come for you

then we cut
we cut
we cut, cut, cut, cut, cut
Track Name: We All Come Down
i've got a twenty to spare
if you should care
to sit down beside me
you don't have to love me
i know you don't love
just don't stand above me
hook your arm through my arm
put your hand in my hand
let's sway to the band

'cause we all come down in the end, you see?

don't talk of the past
let's make the money last
'cause i'm on a mission
i'll sit here at the bar
and keep shooting stars
'til i have a vision
hook your arm through my arm
put your hand in my hand
and we'll sway to the band

'cause we all come down
we all come down
we all come down in the end, you see?

you don't want to leave
with your head on your sleeve
but your eyes are so heavy
and you don't want to choose
'tween your bed and your booze
when one's cold and one's empty
well, you're having trouble speakin'
and you might start to weaken
but you can't let those bastards see

'cause you know you'll come down
yes, we'll all come down
we all come down...

in the morning
in the morning
when they talk but they never sing
and the sun hides everything
when you wake up on the side of the road
no one see you
as you walk home

we all come down...
we all come down...

yes we all come down
we all come down
we all come down in the end, you see?

oh, we all come down
we all come down
we all come down in the end, you see?
i know you see
Track Name: Sailor Joe
when the white waves crash upon your shore
we cry, "more!"
we cry, "more!"

when the red tides rise within your skin
we begin
we will begin

when the yellowed bones have washed away
then we'll say
"oh, happy day"

when the gray men ask us who we know
we know joe
sailor joe

but sailor joe doesn't know where he's been
so he reads of his deeds on his skin
and sailor joe doesn't know when to rest
so he paints another history on his storybook chest

when the gold moon hangs above our heads
we will wed
and share a bed

and when the green hill meets the ocean floor
you cry, "more!"
i'll give you more

but sailor joe doesn't know where he's been
so he reads of his deeds on his skin
and sailor joe doesn't know when to rest
so he paints another history on his storybook chest

and sailor joe doesn't know where he's been
so he reads of his deeds on his skin
and sailor joe doesn't know where to start
so he carves another mystery on his storybook heart
Track Name: Where'd You Get That?
where'd you get that, baby?
you got any more?
i didn't hear you go out
did you slip down to the corner store?
last night you wanted lovin'
but you said that you were short on cash
wake up this morning
you got yourself a brand new stash

where'd you get that, baby?
how can i make you see
i ain't got nothing but love for you baby
now what you got for me?
i've been such a good little girl
i'm begging you pretty please
do you really want to see me on my knees?
well, that's a silly question

we'll lie around all day
watch the clouds in the sky
i'll keep your lovin' good
if you keep me up top and tight

where'd you get that, baby?
you got any more?
did you go down to st. john
show 'em what that mouth is for?
last night you wanted lovin'
but you swore that you were short on cash
wake up this mornin'
and you're struttin' all stone and flash

we'll lie around all day
watch the clouds in the sky
i'll keep your lovin' good
if you keep me up top and tight
won't you keep me up top and tight?

we'll lie around all day
watch the clouds in the sky
i'll keep your lovin' good
if you keep me up top and tight
Track Name: Drowning All My Sorrows
i'm trying to drown all of my sorrows
but they're learning how to swim
i've tried white poison, tried to shoot them
but i just can't do them in
lately i've begun to think
that there's no way that i can win
i'm trying to drown all of my sorrows
but they're learning how to swim

there are no silver linings if you haven't got the gold
and wishing things and dreaming dreams just leave you empty and cold
calling them the fairer sex doesn't mean that they play fair
you'll bend and twist and ache to be kissed 'til you're tossed out without a care

we're trying to drown all of my sorrows
but they're learning how to swim
we've tried white poison, tried to shoot them
but we just can't do them in
lately we've begun to think
that there's no way that we can win
we're trying to drown all of our sorrows
but they're learning how to swim

that which doesn't kill you can leave you scarred and broken for life
you'll beg for the noose if you survive the abuse and they won't even give you a knife
the men that tell you, 'trust me,' are the ones to never believe
their words will ring hollow as they ask you to swallow their lies and still stay naïve

[chorus]

so i put on the paint and i make you all smile
but you're really just baring your teeth
so hear me sing and watch me dance to forget
that we're shrouded in grief
the stage lights are bright and the room is loud
to keep the dark at the door
suspending our lives as we drown out the cries
and we drink and we dull pain once more

we're trying to drown all of my sorrows
but they're learning how to swim
we've tried white poison, tried to shoot them
but we just can't do them in
lately we've begun to think
that there's no way that we can win
we look down in our glass
there they are floating in the gin
we're trying to drown all of our sorrows
but they're learning how to swim
Track Name: Remark On the Days
the sunsets come in red these days
"i didn't hear what you just said," you say
well, there's nothing here that could ever make me stay
with you
when you haven't got a clue
why the sunsets come in red
why i'm trapped inside my head
while you skip from shore to door to floor
to strange enchanted bed
on the weekends
and our friends remark on the days
when we used to be in love