The Most Fabulous Object in the World

by Expo

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EXPO is...Christian Lipski & John Lane
with guests:

Mary Edwards on "Night-Time Kite-Flying" (vocals)
Deborah Lipski on "One-Third Sol" (vocals)
Chris Mondia on "Six or Seven Continents" (horn arrangement)

recorded between January and December 2012 in Baltimore (MD), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), & Staten Island (NY).

Mastered by Jimmy Ether (jimmyether.com/about/)
Produced by J. Lane, C. Lipski.

John thanks: Hen & Em; Mary Edwards, Mathew Lane, Deb Lipski, Chris Mondia, Liz Phelan, & Ryan Williams.

Christian thanks: Lovely Deborah. Special thanks to the people of Theme Music for reinforcing my love of making music.

Cover illustration/design by John Lane; lettering by Christian Lipski

credits

released February 15, 2013

Lane: vocals lead & back-up, keyboards, some bass, brass/string sounds, light percussion, & drums.
Lipski: vocals lead & back-up, guitars, ukulele, bass, Brazilian percussion.

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Track Name: Temporary Happy Ending
After all this time staging some kind of goodbye together.
After sinking the sun, you'd think that we'd be done,
but you're still hellbent for leather.

And when the wolves come calling,
I might be gone.
You'll want a happy ending,
but you won't find it in this song.

Just like painting a fence when it's gonna rain today.
Can't remember your touch; seems it's just too much to pray.
Seems you've lost your mind when I just found mine, my dear.
You've been losing time, and I can't rewind. It's clear!

And when your heart is breaking,
I might be gone.
You'll want a happy ending,
but you won't find it in this song.

I walk down serpentine roads, just can't carry the load you gave me.
It's a broken-down crutch, sometimes it's just too much.
Please save me.
Is your heart made of stone?
Why don't you throw me a bone or something?
When a heart breaks, it's rhyme;
you think there's something divine, when you're dying.

What can I do?
What can I say?
Can't you see you've thrown it all away?

And when the silence hits you,
you'll ask what's wrong.
You'll want a happy ending,
but you won't find it in this song.
Track Name: M.I.Missing.U.
Time keeps moving like a rolling pin,
rolling across my back.
Have you seen the changes in me?
Will you want me back?

I'm gonna send you a letter!
Or maybe call on the phone!
Baby, I don't wanna be alone!

Time keeps fixing all the wrongs that we once had right.
Will you ever give me a call just to say goodnight?

You know I try to be better.
Am I missing you?
Baby, I don't wanna be alone!

Maybe tomorrow,
Maybe tomorrow,
Maybe tomorrow....
Track Name: In Effigy
Burn me in effigy.
There goes another photograph.
Hey! What are you saving it for?
Not for me.

Burn me in effigy.
I never thought twice anyway.
Hey! Shepherds come 'round
although there's not any sheep.

{Well...never in my wildest dreams. Never...}

You'd burn me if you could
but you'll make do with images of what we were.
And the smoke tastes like regret and tears.
Track Name: Mudfoot's Vacation
Staring at the books along the shelf
Mudfoot don't know where he find himself
He could be along his holiday
Someplace very very far away

Coming or going
Staying or leaving

Pictures in the magazines are real
How do you you believe that Mudfoot feel?
Moving faster than the loudest sound
He is traveling the world around

Coming or going
Staying or leaving

Having such a lovely pleasant time
Standing in the waters of the Rhine
Mudfoot is the happiest to be
Anywhere that he would like to see

"Wake up Mudfoot, wake up!"

Breakfast is ready, seven o'clock
Pick up your briefcase, take a walk
Step on the platform, catch the train,
Dark in the evening, home again.
Track Name: As Far As I Can Reach
Hope is a word that I knew best.
I'd say it outloud.
You were the one that I loved most.
I'd call you in a crowd.

As far as I can reach
even more if I let go -
you have my soul.
With your tender eyes and trust,
each morning will be yours.
This holy road.

Some of these days, they matter most.
Where are you right now?
You have become some kind of ghost.
I'd call you somehow.

As far as I can reach
even more if I let go -
you have my soul.
With your tender eyes and trust,
each morning will be yours.
This holy road.

Sweet sweet days will come again;
I will learn to live again.
Track Name: Suddenly This Spring
When the stars are blinking
just above the roof,
and you're tired from thinking,
I'll be there with you...

Jasmine and jonquil and sweet jacaranda
Floating their color through both of our minds

Under velvet blanket
When the world is still
There is time for being
Anything you will

The truth is elusive and easy to lose
I hold fast like a sailor and tell it to you

In a time of wonder
You are wonderful
On a quiet evening
Feel the planet's pull

I'm sore and I'm sad and too ready to quit
There's a sweet breeze of hope and I know that it's you

When the stars are blinking
just above the roof,
and you're tired from thinking,
I'll be there with you...
Track Name: Crossroad
Sitting at an intersection with a fortune cookie on the passenger side of my seat.
Listen to the turn signal hum, let it drum, let it thrum to the midnight beat.

Right there on the dashboard, there's a ticket I should pay. And I will.
Somewhere there's a sunset, I should really get to paint, but I lack the skill.

In the time, I've sat here,
I've examined every fear.

Pizza guy's leaning on his horn
and he's trying to make me go. No!
Track Name: This Must Be The Red Eye
When the springtime is calling
and the rosebud's in bloom,
I been hearing you calling
all the way from your room!

This must be the red eye
where the rubber meets the road;
if you've got no ticket,
you can't go!

Sometimes the silence is empty;
no use working it out.
You can talk in a whisper,
or you can talk in a shout.

Sometimes there's a gambler
who seems to know your name.
You just nod your head, boy,
and go on your way.

This must be the red eye
where the rubber meets the road;
if you've got no ticket,
you can't go!

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Mrs. Fulton's Son
She taught him how to walk
He taught him how to run.
She used a mother's love
He used the point of a gun.

Mrs. Fulton's son,
Mrs. Fulton's son.

Less than human on the hunt
Spit upon that poor soul
Hate-breeder, hate-machine
Look at that caveman go!

Mrs. Fulton's son,
Mrs. Fulton's son.
Track Name: One-Third Sol
Cuando las hermanas
visitan la playa,
Yo no puedo esperar!

Que es su nombre?
O su hermana?

Es brasileño?
Entonces estoy tambien.

Oye mira
Carmencita
es mi vida
dooodoooodoooo...

Contigo yo no puedo jugar
Tengo un novio de gran tamaño
¿Amas tu vida? Huye su ira.

Qué buen intento
Pero sin juicio
Adiós amigo

dooodoooodoooo...
Track Name: Six or Seven Continents.
There are six or seven little continents -
I'd call to you,
I'd crawl to you!
When the wind is always at your back,
I'll cover you with my heart.

But it gets just a little hotter.
Signs say we can't go much further.
aaah!

There are eight or nine other continents -
that no one knows, where no one goes!
But they speak the language that we both know,
of our minds and our souls.

But it gets just a little hotter.
Signs say we can't go much further.
ooo!

And the Mona Lisa will start to frown
when you're around - it's true.
And the masterpiece I've been working on
will come along for you.

But the moon came up in the morning.
Seems that I am still learning.
aaah!
Track Name: Night-Time Kite-Flying
"I Want To Hold Your Hand" on a GE white transistor radio -
learning your first kiss from the boy next door,
and then there's more!

We are all unfamiliar with night-time kite-flying.

Wanna shoot 'em up like the Quick-Draw Kid,
but hold your fire!
Now the sun's gone down and the bats returned -
no, you're the liar!

We are all unfamiliar with night-time kite-flying.

We've become so familiar with night-time kite-flying.

If you find yourself forgetting
If the battery seems dead
It's not too late
It's still there waiting
You just turn it on
You just turn it on

And it's never cold in the falling dusk
"But take your coat"
Running faster now speeding down the hill
Just watch 'em go

We are all so familiar with night-time kite-flying.
Track Name: Moonbeam Dance (It's Just You)
When I first met you, you had moonbeams in your eyes.
I couldn't believe it; you were the sweetest surprise!
Tell me how I deserved you.

We'll take our time, girl. There's no rush with what we have.
I'll show you kindness, and you'll always make me glad.
Oh no, you'll never do me wrong.

In the days that we've spent
our love just seems so strong;
and if you take my hand,
I know we'll go on and on.

It's just you!

And then the week starts
and it all just seems too much;
can't wait for friday
when I'll be back in your touch.

A holiday made for two again!

It's just you,
It's just you,
It's just you...
Track Name: I Do
When you're all I'm thinking of, dear
What my friends can put me through!
Oh you should see them laugh at me
They do, they do, they do

I've no fear of stormy weather
When the sky is midnight blue
For you've a way to light my day
You do, you do, you do

Time is fleeting
Gone so fast
If this meeting
Is going to be a memory
I've got make it last

When you ask me if I love you
I can only answer true
And give you now my sacred vow
I do, I do, I do
I do, I do, I do