Engine of Destruction all details have been exaggerated to defame the innocent
You Little Victim don't worry, it's not about you. probably.
Bark Along with Cody based on true-life experience
Goodnight, Rabbit an uphill climb, worth it for the view.
Getting Ahead of Myself i'm a recognized world leader in the field
All in All an anniversary present for Melinda
Muffin insensitive maternity song
Soul Destroyer a bit of healthy venting about the ol' day job
All in the Family you could be next.
Time To Leave a special good-bye song for the big rooms
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2003 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. INTRO: A F#m E (Esus4 E) D-D-D E A VERSE: A5 B5 (two note pickup at top of each verse) i was F#m running cool and humming D Dmaj7 Dmaj7-D Dmaj7 Dmaj7-D i just never saw it coming E Esus4 E must have missed the warning patter D-D-D E A of those dangerous feet F#m in my wildest imagination D Dmaj7 Dmaj7-D Dmaj7 Dmaj7-D never dreamt such devastation E Esus4 E bulldozer or wrecking ball D-D-D-D E A the competition's beat CHORUS: A she's an engine of destruction F#m little mistress of disruption E Esus4 E though i truly love to wind her up D E A stand back and watch her go A she's a tiny blonde tornado F#m she’s a three foot tall volcano E Esus4 E and I’ve got to find a way to rein her D-D-D-D E A in before she blows no one wants to do the dishes so, we'll grant mother's dearest wishes to go eating at a restaurant with the family she adores well, the staff aren't washing either but the table looks much cleaner while the busboy's sweeping shards of broken china from the floor she's an engine of destruction tiny atom bomb eruption she's a little teapot short and stout and way beyond the boil waging preschool insurrection raining chaos all directions sugar, spice and all things nice they’ve found the perfect foil well, today has been a long one but at last the PJs go on and she wants her favorite Beatles song before she goes to bed i concede and ask her which one she suggests a demonstration just as bang, bang! Megan’s plastic hammer comes down upon my head ow! guitar SOLO over CHORUS BRIDGE (light & airy) A Amaj7 my darling, my cherub D E so small & so sweet A Amaj7 D E sharpens her weapons while i am asleep A Amaj7 my innocent, lovely D E sweet baby divine A Amaj7 who rips down the safety net D E every time over- pay the babysitter The poor thing never knew what hit her 'Cause she looks so calm and peaceful when she's planning her attack and we watch Godzilla movies it's so hard to find role models for my golden-haloed angel with the pitchfork behind her back she's an engine of destruction little mistress of disruption she keeps her daddy guessing yeah, she keeps me on my toes she's a charmer and she’s clever and this stage won’t last forever but she’ll prob’ly spark another thousand shocks before she goes
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. G our neighbors are such kindly folk D friendly to the last D7 but calm and peaceful living here G has vanished in the past G G7 since the day that they brought home C A7 a shepherd dog to keep D he doesn't wake us up G because we never get to sleep CHORUS: oh, bark along with Cody howl with all your might bark along at nothing do it day and night the song is neverending join anytime you like bark along with Cody step up to the mic recording in my studio i work here everyday he lives outside my window without much room to play my clientele is shrinking it's hard to win them back with this uninvited guest on all my drum and vocal tracks oh, bark along with Cody howl with all your might bark along at nothing do it day and night we've found no way to stop him his owners never try bark along, bark along bark until you die his family's inattentive it drives him barking mad and if his bark is worse his bite could still be pretty bad while every thundering bow wow and each unholy woof puts gray into my hair and shakes the shingles from the roof [solo here, or another chorus] sometimes i imagine that he does it out of spite a devil dog to hound me and fill my soul with fright in reality he's just a lonely oafish pup i would love him all to bits if i could only shut him up oh, bark along with Cody howl with all your might bark along at nothing do it day and night there's no way you can stop him he's going to have his say bark along, bark along let Cody have his day Cody! Shaddup!
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2003 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. INTRO: F#m – uncomfortably similar to “Money For Nothing” or "Paper in Fire" F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5 pickup) VERSE: F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5) always lived with the feeling F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5) the end could be coming soon F#m B2 A F#m A B2 learned to live with the pa-ra—-noi-a C#2 (lick: B-B-A-C-B-A) learned to run on the fumes F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5) it's tempered by realization F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5) it's no good to live in fear F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (at least) I'm taking nothing for granted E D and so far, I'm still here PRE-CHORUS: A E Maybe someday I'll slow down D A And won't have to push so hard A E Watch my sunshine girl turn gray D A and chase her kids in the yard CHORUS: B But there C#aug5 D5 A E I'm getting ahead of myself again B C#aug5 D So I hope I see to------morrow C# And I thank you for to- F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5 pickup) / F#m B2 F#m day The climb today so uncertain Who's gonna prick the balloon? and I can be high strung to begin with so I'm hardly immune Fear sketches Death in a turban Hate tucks a bomb in a shoe Justice ignites, but the fire burns more than the guilty few Maybe someday we'll wake up With sorrow swept away Gather rainbow colors 'round and teach ourselves to play But there I'm getting ahead of myself again So I hope I see tomorrow And I thank you for today REPEAT INTRO “Money For Nothing” FIGURE: 8 bars SOLO (like verse, but with different turnaround) F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5 pickup) F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5 pickup) F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5 pickup) E D And the success that I strive for It's nothing to another man We've never played on the main stage or put a Dove in the can But we'll keep on chasing the shiver Bury it deep in red Until it’s locked in your brainwaves Can't pull it from your head I've still got some big ideas And I'm gonna see them through I can't help but think that one Could make that dream come true B But there C#aug5 D5 A E I'm getting ahead of myself again A E Shine a light into the dark D F#m And try to find my way B C#aug5 D I hope I see to------morrow C# And I thank you E D B I thank you for today OUTRO: F#m B2 A F#m F#m F#m (E5 pickup) Thank you (domo arigato, arigato) Thank you, thank you (domo arigato, arigato) I wanna thank you (domo arigato, arigato) Please, thank you (domo arigato)
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. VERSE: A C D A C D A C D A C D Walking through a sunny day; it only rains on you A C D A C D E E7 Everybody's gum is on the bottom of your shoe A c D A C D A C D A C D All the feathered friends in town are gathered overhead A C D A C D E E7 You think you know what's coming, and it's better left unsaid CHORUS: D A C G A C G Hey, you little victim with your hands up in the air D A C G A C G Bagman got the drop on you, he's come to claim his share D A C G A C G Lie within that chalk line, paint that target on your chest F E7 Self-inflicted misery - is that what you do best A C D A [4x] pick-up: G5, G#5 You little victim You're sure that God's abandoned you; you're sure He loves you least Fallen from His favor like a common, filthy beast In dreams you hung beside Him; man, He wasn't very nice and He said, "Today, I'll kick your tail straight out of Paradise" Hey, you little victim, throwing up your pleading hands Walking under ladders, foiling all the best-laid plans Tie that noose around your neck and jump into that lake Following that millstone down - so, tell me where it takes you, A C D A [4x] pick-up: G5, F#5 Little victim BRIDGE: E F#m D Reprieves are always fleeting and hope glimmers just to fade E F#m D Life gave you the lemons, but you don't like lemonade E B Lie in peaceful meadows, where serenity surrounds [c#] D E and you'll still look up at the sky and scream "It's falling down!" SOLO A/A/AACD/AACD A/A/AACD/AACD D/D/AACG/AACG F/F/E/E7 Any platform, any stage; quick to sing those blues and fond of wishing other folks a mile in your shoes You think a little walk might earn a sympathetic tone but everybody else is nursing blisters of their own Hey, you little victim, throwing up your victim hands Live your life believing that nobody understands Cry for every burden, all the shame you've ever felt When all the people 'round you know you do it to yourself You little victim
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. E Esus4 E E Esus4 E Hey - I've got to find a way to say F#m the things that your mean to me A E Esus4 E Amaj7 'cause little things matter Say - I do again the way I did and you did Small words fill the air We welcome the chatter C#m C#maj7sus4 C#m7th Bmaj7sus4 Line by line and stone by stone A5 E5 we laid down a path 'cross the A B E years and miles up to our door C#m C#maj7sus4 C#m7th Bmaj7sus4 Home is where my heart finds you E Esus4 E Amaj7 (soli) May it seem that the sun should fail to shine It's just the hibiscus in bloom; it's blocking our window Shake, rattle, and shiver though you might remember that it's been ten years since we've seen a snowplow Gray by gray and line by line I've made my mistakes and I've lost us a fortune or two but my treasure's where my heart finds you (repeat soli) E A B C#m F#m A E All in all, it's a good life.
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. Intro: A / F#7 / B7 E / A E9 / Verse: [singer addresses audience] A You've got a muffin in the oven E E7 stork's gonna visit any day A A Ab7 F#7 you'd better sleep now while you can B7 E A 'cause you're in a family way Walk-Up: [singer turns to Kim] A Bb Ab7 A7 oh, don't just howl and scream Dmaj7 demand your epidural D Ebdim E B7 you just might curse your husband's name E E9 that blessed day Chorus: A F#9 you've got a muffin in the oven B7 E A E (walk …) yeah, you're in a family way you've got an appetite for two now you've got a passenger on board don't complain how your back aches 'cause children are a blessing from the Lord get used to barf and drool and mounds of dirty diapers get used to feeding on demand both night and day you've got a muffin in the oven yeah, you're in a family way jazz guitar SOLO A/A chromatic walk/F#7/F#7 D Ebdimº/A Ab7 F#7/B7 E/A Walk-Up: (but say) hello to baby's breath calm sighs and gentle kisses welcome the special love that only mothers know you've got a muffin in the oven yeah, you've got a month to go [Half-Time / Kick-Line finish] A (triplets. ritard & crescendo) we were glad when you D Ebdimº beat that morning sickness A Ab7 G7 F#7 don't you wanna feel that baby kick Bm7 those hips open wide F#dimº and say "hey, mama! A Ab7 G7 F#7 mama, I've arrived!" D Ebdimº you'll have a lot to shout about A when she's makin' like a baby Ab7 G7 F#7 and heading out B 'cause you're ... E in a fam ... E7 A C#maug5 D Ebdimº E E7 -'ly waaaay! [bass notes: E F# G#] A7 (flurry) Hello mama, I'm coming out to meetcha! -------------------- Verse: Ab7: 4-6-4-5-4-4 F#7: 2-4-2-3-2-2 B7: 7-9-7-8-7-7 B7: x-2-1-2-0-2 Walk-Up: A: x-0-2-2-2-0 Bb: x-x-3-3-3-x Ab7: x-x-1-1-1-2 A7: x-0-2-2-2-3 B7: x-x-4-4-4-5 Dmaj7: x-x-0-2-2-2 Ebdim: x-x-1-2-1-2 E9: x-7-6-7-7-7 Chorus: F#9: x-9-8-9-9-9 B7: 7-9-7-8-7-7 E: 7-7-9-9-9-7 Kick-Line: Bm7: x-2-4-2-3-2 F#dim: x-3-4-5-3-x F#dim: x-x-4-5-4-5 C#maug5: x-4-2-2-2-x
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Rideout lyrics by David Byrne. Jeff Elbel lyrics copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. VERSE 1: Em G many people envy me Cadd9 Asus2 i've got the ways and means Em G they say it takes the pressure off Asus2 Cadd9 if the sultans miss the scene Em G yeah, harry's got a day job, too Cadd9 Asus2 i guess he's doing all right Em G i wonder, does he toss and turn? Asus2 does harry sleep at night? CHORUS: C G is it a soul destroyer D Em oh yeah, all right C G is it the road to nowhere D Em oh yeah, all right C G is it a life stealer, a death dealer D Em yeah, all right C G is it a soul destroyer D oh yeah VERSE 2: i haven't been a ditch digger i haven't worked the docks i haven't worked a chain gang by the railroad breaking rocks but i have been a janitor swathed in toxic human mist and i found more inspiration there than a dozen years of this CHORUS: it's a soul destroyer oh yeah, all right it's the road to nowhere oh yeah, all right it's a life stealer, death dealer yeah, all right it's a soul destroyer oh yeah BRIDGE: Am where misery keeps company C we drive the vermin lanes G and we're practiced at the art F C of stabbing backs and laying blame Am clawing through your thickest skin C to peel it from your bones G but no matter how hard you try C D you always take it home LAST VERSE: i'm glad to have my guitar and a place to lay my head i like to buy my baby's shoes and keep my family fed i'm grateful for provision but the price sometimes seems high 'cause every time i punch that clock a little something dies CHORUS: it's a soul destroyer oh yeah, all right it's the road to nowhere oh yeah, all right it's a life stealer, death dealer yeah, all right it's a soul destroyer oh yeah ... yeah C G we’re on a road to nowhere D Em come on inside C G takin' that ride to nowhere D Em we'll take that ride
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. INTRO: (see Bridge) VERSE: A5 Ano5 D5 the leaves were coarse and fallen A5 B5 D5 the roots were brown and dry A5 it's stupid Ano5 D5 how long the flowers de - cayed D5 Ano5 B5 A5 before we noticed that they'd died the cord had come unravelled the knot almost untied it's lucky if it's not too late to find that you care enough to fight CHORUS: D A when peace is only pretense D A and love a cartoon heart D A we tiptoe between the nightstands F#maug5 E wielding mallets in the dark D A when a kiss is only reflex D A and tenderness a sham D B asleep with six-guns beneath the pillows D A goodnight, rabbit E A tag: D A E A goodnight, sam travel carries uphill my back's still pretty sore but tell me the angle of our ascent is it less steep than before? there are moments of tranquility and the view can be sublime it's stunning when i turn back to gaze and see how far we've climbed the peace is sometimes fragile still, i like the cartoon hearts we trip between the nightstands colliding in the dark and i'll give an E for effort to that kiss, but listen ma'am we could surely use some practice goodnight, rabbit goodnight, sam BRIDGE: Asus2 this is how i mix my metaphors Asus2/G stop me if i used this one before Asus2/F# F#m7 any nimble tongue can stumble F5 G5 that's the way the cliche crumbles SOLO: perhaps in the beginning it wasn't the perfect match young people as much as anything else can fear living unattached but she knows i am faithful as she is to that vow together we'll form a beautiful thing from the fragments we have now the peace continues healing and i'll keep the cartoon hearts we dance between the nightstands embracing in the dark when the kiss regains its feeling and the laughter isn't canned holding hands beneath the covers goodnight, rabbit goodnight, sam A5: x-x-7-9-x-x A5: x-0-2-2-x-x Ano5: x-x-7-6-x-x Asus2: x-0-2-2-0-0 D5: x-x-7-7-x-x B5: x-x-9-11-x-x F5: 1-2-2-x-x-x F#mAug5: 2-0-0-2-3-x F#m7: 2-0-2-2-2-0 G5: 3-5-5-x-x-x
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2004 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. G Bmaug5 [drum kit, rhyth gtr] Terrence the drummer C D is always in time G Bmaug5 he's quick with the count-off C G D he keeps us in line G Bmaug5 his thundering kick C D is too big for this room G C his talent is wasted Bmaug5 D G [bass walk F#] on my little tune Em D but listen to him play C G man, look at him go C G like he's reaching for the back seats C Bmaug5 D [Ebdimº ?] of the sold out show Em D he leaves me so humble C G he makes me so proud C G i'll write him his own verse C Bmaug5 D and sing it out loud [drum fill, straight beat] Clint is our bassist [add bass, acoustic guitar] as sure as a clock he's faithful and steadfast and ready to rock and like Montezuma when taking revenge Clint puts the rumble in Ping's bottom end listen to him play man, look at him go like he's reaching for the bench seats at the Hollywood Bowl he leaves me so humble he makes me so proud i'll write him his own verse and sing it out loud John and Andy on the guitars they're simply the best they both should be big stars they outshine the rest they're so easygoing and guick with a smile i'm lucky i've known them for such a long while listen to them play man, look at them go like we're at Budokan Arena domo arigato they leave me so humble they make me so proud i'll write them their own verse and sing it out loud kim on the vocal she's saving my day she's having a baby but came anyway she sings like an angel all girly and high then belts it out like The Great Gig in the Sky listen to her sing man, look at her go they'd be swooning in the cheap seats to the very last row she leaves me so humble she makes me so proud i'll write her her own verse and sing it out loud SOLO so many others they come and they go they're all here in spirit if not at the show they keep pouring into my overflown cup i lean on such good friends while they prop me up so listen to us play man, look at us go rockin' in your lawn chairs to the seventh row so come back to see us to join us and sing you're part of the family ... all in the family we like to call Ping Pause. Drum fill, rideout w/solo: G/Bmaug5/C/D | Em/D/C/D [repeat]
words and music by Jeff Elbel. Copyright 2003 Marathon Records. Published by Zimbalon (ASCAP). Tuning: (E-A-D-G-B-E) Use "Courier" or “Courier New” font to align text. Verse 1: D It’s time to say goodbye and thanks for showing A7 It’s time to pack the bags and hit the road G So don’t forget to write D Time to raise the lights A7 D So here’s a final thought before you go Chorus 1: G Your mama loves you (yeah yeah) D And Jesus loves you (yeah yeah) A7 But save a little room D D7 inside your heart for me G So now we’re leaving D Bm But don’t be grieving A G D No band can love you half as much as Ping Verse 2: It’s time to change our clothes and take a shower The order’s wrong, but you know what I mean The time is done for getting down and dirty The time has come for getting squeaky clean Chorus 2: Your mama loves you (yeah yeah) And Jesus loves you (yeah yeah) But save a little shampoo and some soap for me So now we’re leaving But don’t be grieving No band can love you half as much as Ping Verse 3: The time has come for final introductions Kim is to my left with perfect pitch Hi, I’m Jeff, I pull it all together Or tear it all apart, I don’t know which Chad’s behind me shaking his percussion That’s Andrew on the drums and Stace on keys The time has come for John to take a solo The time has come for you to clap and scream Alternate Verse 3: The time has come for final introductions To give you all our names in perfect pitch Hi, I’m Jeff, I pull it all together Or tear it all apart, I don’t know which Terrence drums and shakes the sweet percussion That’s Andrew on guitar and Clint on bass The time has come for Andy's guitar solo The time has come for Ping to rock your face MONSTROUS ROCK SOLO Verse 4: So if you parked and sadly left your lights on Or if you locked your keys inside your car You can always come back here And help us load our gear And marvel at us glamorous rock stars Chorus 4: C’mon, I’m joking! (yeah yeah) What are you smoking? (he’s really joking) We’ll grouse about our day jobs ‘til you fall asleep So now we’re leaving But don’t be grieving No band can love you half as much as Ping We’ve worn our welcome out, it’s time to leave!
All lyrics copyright (C) 2005 by Marathon Records. ASCAP.