Zen Riddles

by Brother Toaster

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Zen Riddles is the third album by Brother Toaster.

Recorded by Brother Toaster between December 2016 and May 2017 in a bedroom outside Waltham, MA.

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released June 2, 2017

Brother Toaster: vocals, 6-string electric guitar, 12-string electric guitar, 6-string acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass, samples, programming, effects, tape machine, tambourine. Recording, mixing, mastering engineer.

Cover photo and design by Matt Marsden.

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Brother Toaster Boston, Massachusetts

Pseudo-psychedelic guitar pop with a heavy dose of self-hatred and historical inaccuracy.

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Track Name: Zen Riddles
can you answer for me?
cause I don't wanna
these zen riddles please
cause I'm not gonna
it's hot and it's gross
a vile sauna
when you're old and you're stoned
on marijuana
you're in too deep
and you're all alone
you're driving asleep
just trying to get home
you're counting your trips
around that big sun
one dollar a day
but you ain't got none
you're looking for love
a deep connection
you smear some around
and get infections
you're building a dream
a nice invention
but it's not what it seems
despite intentions
you try to be dumb
a healthy habit
you're chewing on gum
you filthy addict
one day you will get
your great reward it's
a bucket of death
you can't avoid it
so answer for me
cause I don't wanna
these zen riddles please
cause I'm not gonna
I'm not gonna
I'm not gonna
I'm not gonna
woo
Track Name: Too Old to Get Stoned
these kids in the park
said I'm too old to get stoned
then they ripped me off
and then they scootered on home
I used to be cool
I don't know where I went wrong
I used to be hip
I guess that never lasts long

sing me a song
tell me I'm wrong
send me a way
to where I belong
get on your knees
pray for disease
I once met a dog
with the same name as me
ok

sometimes I feel like
I'm too old to get stoned
but what would I do
when I'm just sitting at home?
could lecture myself
on all the things I've done wrong
but it's just not the same
and I don't write drinking songs

sing me a song
tell me I'm wrong
send me a way
to where I belong
get on your knees
pray for disease
I once met a dog
with the same name as me
take me away
help me to pray
I am too old
to get stoned anyway
call me a bore
show me the door
I am too old
to get stoned anymore
alright
Track Name: Asleep at the Wheel
my life's been rolling along
at a phenomenal speed
when I'm not quick enough
I always ending tripping on my feet
I try to slow down
and take it at a slower pace
but lately I've been thinking
I might just drop out of this race

I'm asleep at the wheel
I've got my hands at 10 and 2
but I'm not sure exactly
where this vehicle is heading to
but if you want to dig in
then you can come for a ride
and you can wonder why
we ever even wasted all that time

now I'm rolling along
in my electric wheel chair
I don't worry much about
the things I eat or what I wear
I'm feeling content
I got my feet up in the air
people look at me but
I don't see them, I don't even care


I'm asleep at the wheel
I've got my hands at 10 and 2
but I'm not sure exactly
where this vehicle is heading to
but if you want to dig in
then you can come for a ride
and you can wonder why
we ever even wasted all that time

now my life's passing by
I'm trying to open up my eyes
but I'm fatigued and tired
I don't have the energy to try
when I think about it
it's what I wanted for my self
kinda funny how the things we seek
become our prison cells

I'm asleep at the wheel
I've got my hands at 10 and 2
but I'm not sure exactly
where this vehicle is heading to
but if you want to dig in
then you can come for a ride
and you can wonder why
we ever even wasted all that time
I'm asleep at the wheel
I've got my hands on my knees
cause I'm content to let the universe
just do what it will please
if I ever wake up
I'll probably go for a walk
where I can wonder if I
ever even wanted this at all
Track Name: One Dollar a Day
my girlfriend only blinks with one eye
when she's drinking, she only talks to other guys
I've been thinking, is this house we built a home?
or could it be that I'm better off out on my own

I think I'll stay
she costs me
one dollar a day

my girlfriend says she'll never go far
then she comes home and she steals the keys to my car
I've been trying, but I just can't leave her alone
I'm her dog and I'm begging her to throw me a bone

I think I'll stay
she costs me
one dollar a day
Track Name: Smear Me Around
communication is just something
that we've gotta work on
'cause I'm confused about
how I should act when you're gone
am I someone who can confide in you
or am I someone
who's spoke of
in harsh tones
on your cellular phone

you can smear me around if you wanna
I don't mind
you can rearrange the letters of my name
and make it say something unkind
you can smear me around if you gotta
you could tell everyone
that I'm stupid, filthy, worthless and pathetic
but it still doesn't bother me none
because
I know you too well
and I know you've got
no truth to tell
I know you
and I can see straight through
when you smear me around

my reputation isn't something
that I brag much about
cause I've a history of getting high
and freaking folks out
I don't mean any harm
even when I scream and shout
so I don't mind if you feel the need to
you can just pout

you can smear me around if you wanna
I don't mind
you can rearrange the letters of my name
and make it say something unkind
you can smear me around if you gotta
you could tell everyone
that I'm stupid, filthy, worthless and pathetic
but it still doesn't bother me none
because
I know you too well
and I know you've got
no truth to tell
I know you
and I can see straight through
when you smear me around
Track Name: Build You a Dream
I wish I could get inside
that head of yours
and make things right
I wish I could make it all clean

I wish I could take a ride
on a ferris wheel
on a ferris wheel highway
I wish I could build you a dream

I wish I could read your mind
that crystal ball
behind your eyes
I wish I could see what you see

I wish I could climb inside
that bed of yours
and stay all night
I think that you know what I mean
Track Name: Nicotine Gum
I don't know what I'm gonna do
you don't know what I'm going through
and I can never tell if it smells
when I'm lying to you

but I can't change for me
so how could I change for you?

I keep chewing that, chewing that
nicotine gum
and it ain't that fun
I keep chewing that, chewing that
nicotine gum
and it ain't that fun

I hate the way it tastes in the morning
ruins my day while I'm still yawning
need another piece like a hole in the brain
it hurts my jaw and I'm going insane

aw, it hurts my jaw
and I can never tell if it smells when I'm lying to you

I keep chewing that, chewing that
nicotine gum
and it ain't that fun
I keep chewing that, chewing that
nicotine gum
and it ain't that fun

I can never tell if it smells when I'm lying
I can never tell if it smells when I'm lying
I can never tell if it smells when I'm lying to you
Track Name: The Bucket of Death
I went running out the door in the back
and I went running down the railroad tracks
when the sky turned red with blood
and the water turned black

I was feeling for a hole in my head
and I was hiding trying to catch my breath
I was just trying to stay two steps ahead
of the bucket of death

I was hauling all my things in a sack
I was never gonna make it back
the road froze cold with snow
and covered my tracks

I was remembering the things that you said
when I caught you trying to smother my head
I was just trying to stay two steps ahead
of the bucket of death

trying to stay two steps ahead
trying to stay two steps ahead
trying to stay two steps ahead of the bucket of death