Animals are People Too

by We are Jeneric

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All of these songs were written by Jen & Eric. Most of which were recorded in the Parlor & Young Kirk's Room February 12-March 2009, thus completing a We are Jeneric trifecta of RPM Challenges. When the Challenge quit we kept going, and so the rest of these songs were written & recorded in the Parlor after that but most likely sometime before you acquired this album. (The trumpets on track 13 were recorded in the Kitchen of 663 Myrtle).

We would like to thank the B3nson Family for all of their love and support and encouragement and endurance and wit and charm and fashion sense.

These songs are dedicated to our friends the animals who we are so happy live in our backyard. We missed you and we thank you for returning to us (which was part of the reason we had so much trouble finishing this album). You (the animals) were being like children, each of you needing your own song. And we, like spoiling parents, obliged. (Except for Mr. Fox because we like you too much to even know how to write (another) song about you).

Some animals may have been hurt in the process of recording this album (but only just their feelings).

B3nson Records 2009 b3020
Find our new music here:
www.theparlor.bandcamp.com

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released August 4, 2009

We are Jeneric is: Jen O'Connor & Eric Krans on vocals, guitars (including Devon's $5 Flea Market Guitar), Christmas banjo, bass, Sister's violin, The PS'R, drums, mason jar of jasmine rice, clapping hands, Kirk House attic wood, Luther's banister, vocal cuica, Grandma's laundry drain, kitchen faucet, garbage disposal, Mom's old pots and pans, Uncle Carlo (Mr. Rossi), kitchen cabinets, Veggie Mobile keys, Elton Kirby's pepper shaker, rattle(snake), 40 water (RIP), and starring "Guy on a Motorcycle" and The Bells of St. John's (we do not actually play the Bells of St. John's, they were played for us...and are every night at 6:00 if you would like to ever hear them).

with:
Louis Apicello on trumpet: tracks 1, 6, and 8
Alex Muro on tuba: track 1
Donna Baird on French horn: track 3 and first trumpet: track 13
Adam Muro on clarinet: track 10, alto saxophone: track 12, and second trumpet: track 13

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We are Jeneric Altamont, New York

Now known as The Parlor, formerly known as We are Jeneric. Many moons ago Eric met Jen in the elevator of a college dormitory. Now, more than a decade later their music is inspired by the old haunted farmhouse in which they live and the ghosts who occasionally serenade them to sleep. ... more

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Track Name: The March of the Coyote
There's a cold wind and a cold rain, no golden sun today.
There's a fruit tree up behind me
one we can't see from here
but we can hear that you're underneath it.
Coyote, why are you leaving?
Coyote, you only just got here.
Coyote, you're making a fool out of both of us.
Track Name: Turkey Vultures
So... sun chaser...
Up in the blue, we know you, we know you.
Soar like you do, we know you, we know you.
Oh, so you soar..
Up in the blue, we know you, we know you.
Soar like you do, we know you, we know you.

You stretch out and wait.
Up in the blue...up in the blue...
We know you, we know you.

We wait for a wind to take you...
We know you, we know you!
We know you, we know you!
We know you, we know you!

Up in the blue...
Up in the blue...
Soar like you do...
Track Name: Juvenile Bald Eagle
I'm going away, I will see the world in my day.
Spread my wings, they will be what I say.
And in my youth I will be carefree.
Beyond the hill what is there? I will see.
This wanderlust is my inborn right.
I will have the time to rest when my head turns white.
Track Name: A Sister and Brother in the Kitchen Trying to Fly like Eagles by Jumping Off of Counters
You wanna fly, you wanna fly, you wanna fly...
If I wanna fly, I wanna fly I need a kite...
You're good up high, you're good up high, you're good up high...
I heard that he was afraid of heights.
Track Name: Sir Charles the II
Woodchuck Charlie...
I think back fondly to the days when you were just a crazy baby -lazily munching on our grass and weeds. I thought we had an understanding where we would live peacefully -you would eat my weeds I'd let you live comfortably, but you up and undermined my trust and my thoughts about you. You got yourself a lady and too many babies.

Last year you almost died! Do you realize that I tried to hit you over the head with a shovel from my shed, to hit you over the head with a shovel from my shed.

Sir Charles I'm having some second thoughts about you.

Chuck! Charlie, Woodchuck Charlie

I think back fondly to the days when you were a crazy baby lazily grazing. I thought we had an understanding where we would live peacefully, you would eat my weeds I would let you live comfortably, but you up and undermined me, had too many babies, you had too many babies! Too many babies!

This is a fight....to the death, it's a fight to the death over food and a shelter!

Woodchuck Charlie!
Charlie...
Oh Charlie...
Track Name: Crawfish & Frogs
We walk the creek in summer we see crawfish and frogs.
Careful where you're walking -crawfish and frogs.
The frogs are rocks that jump out from underneath you.
We never will go hungry, we have crawfish and frogs.
Crawfish and frogs!
Track Name: Hey Mama Oriole, Over Here it's Me
Today I put on my best shirt for you!
Today I sing my best song for you!
And I will fight off the others to have you!

I sing from the tallest treetops:
"hello hello hello hello hello hello hello!"

I believe you are coming!
I'm exploding inside!
As I wait...in the apples...

And if you don't come home with me I'm gonna cry myself to sleep!
Track Name: Murder of Crows
Were you murdered by friends?
Were you murdered by foes?
We saw you being eaten by a murder of crows...

We collected your feathers.
We collected your feathers.
We have a jar of your feathers.
We collected your feathers.
WE COLLECTED YOUR FEATHERS!

Were you murdered by friends?
Were you murdered by foes?
We saw you being eaten by a murder of crows...
Track Name: Snake in the Woodpile
You crept out from the tall grass before I got to you.
You are not a creature who I'd want to run into.
You slide along on your belly.

I have to apologize for plugging up your hole.
You scared me when I found you curled inside the fold
of the log, you were long and scaly and you're green.

And I would like to watch you dine but I've never had the chance. I would like to watch you rise and do a little dance. Maybe if I play this song to you.

I'd like to watch you dine!
But I've never had the chance!
And I'd like to watch you rise!
And do a little dance!

Oh little snake...
Come out little snake...
Oh little snake...
snake! snake!
Track Name: Nocturnal Animals
After the sun goes down we come out of hiding!
I know a place we can go to get started...
The paths that we know have seen heavy traffic,
but it's the only way we know to go.
Yeah, its the only way we know to go...

In the moonlight, we are only seeking.
In the moonlight, but we are always finding.
In the moonlight, we have nocturnal designs.
In the moonlight...

The candles in your eyes they glow in the moonlight.
It's the only way for me to find you.
Or I can get away from you if I want to.
And in the moonlight, I will do what I please.
Under the cover of night away from prying eyes, we can let our guards down...nocturnal designs, in the moonlight.

After the sun goes down we come out of hiding.
The candles in your eyes glow in the moonlight.

Nocturnal Animals...
Track Name: Woodchuck Charles the II part II
In Nairobi it's the Lion
In Juno it's the bear
Near Yellowstone it's the wolf
and in my own farm it's the woodchuck!

too many woodchuck, too little land!
too many babies, too little land!
too many human, too little land!
too much chuck, too little land!
too little broccoli, too much chuck!
Track Name: Woodpecker on the Larch
I saw you comin'
what a wonderful friend
the way that you flutter and dive
on your way to arrive
on the tree above me
as I sit on my seat
these white wicker chairs
I'm here to inspect
and you're here for insects
and you land on the trunk
you're the color of a skunk
you make your way up
you're after your ants
you can fly and I can't.
You can fly and I can't.
You can fly and I can't.
Track Name: The Squirrel Song
I don't wanna grow up, I wanna stay here.
I don't wanna plan for next year.
I don't wanna build a nest,
I don't wanna collect,
I don't wanna have to do anything!
Don't feel like burying!
I don't wanna have to think about the frozen ground!
I just wanna run around...
I just wanna run around...
I just wanna run around...
I just wanna run around...
Chase my brother up and down...
Track Name: Deer, Oh Dear
A line of you across the field,
laying down or up on your heels.
The headlights of our car confuse,
We wonder where you are as we watch you.