Sane as the Sun

by The Vertigo Swirl

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"Manik" Myk Thompson and Brian Andrew Marek team up with the rhythm section of Robert Hedges and Karate Bikini's Tim McAvin to produce another juicy earful of psychedelic psounds. It's the fourth chapter in the Vertigo Swirl saga, forty minutes of lunar lunacy and solar sanity for the cosmic wanderer in everyone.

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released February 18, 2014

"Manik" Myk Thompson - guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals
Brian Andrew Marek - guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals
Robert Hedges - drums and percussion
Tim McAvin - bass and harmony vocals
Robert C. Shirley, Jr. - bass on Mystery Ship
Kate Marek - harmony vocals on Not Actual Size and Ginger Jake

engineered and produced by The Vertigo Swirl
in the Bargain Basement, January 2012 - October 2013
cover art by BaM, Kate & Myk
special thanks to Kjle Risch

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Brian Andrew Marek St Louis, Missouri

Brian Andrew Marek has been playing and singing his way in and out of a variety of bands (including Angus Tweed, Not Actual Size, Lemonade, Popcorn, Rocket Park, Bargain Basement and The Vertigo Swirl) for over 25 years and has, in recent years, carved out a low-key, low-fidelity niche with his Bargain Basement recording studio and Rubberstamp Records label. ... more

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Track Name: Sane
I scorched my feet on burning sands
To place the secret in your hands
But only to hear you complain
I’d failed at something more mundane
I wish that I could part the clouds
To make the children laugh out loud
A thimble of me weighs a ton
And I’m as sane as the sun

I traveled through the darkest night
To place the secret in your sight
But all you did was close your eyes
Your disappointment undisguised
I wish I could command the tide
In union with my water bride
Another phase is coming soon
And I’m as sane as the moon

I crossed the sky for half a year
To place the secret in your ear
But you did not retain a word
You didn’t listen, you just heard
I wish to perpetrate my stunts
For light years in all ways at once
I seem so tiny when I’m far
And I’m as sane as the stars
Track Name: Mystery Ship
It’s all here in my mystery ship
It’s all there in my mystery ship

A flower in a book
A portrait of a crook
A heart hung on a hook

The latest batch of dope
Cologne, mouthwash and soap
A frayed but sturdy rope

When solid citizens
Start laying down the law
A freakshow feature
Has no choice but to withdraw
When pencil pushers
Start to calculate the cost
A freakshow feature
Has no choice but to get lost

A book of broken rules
A box of broken tools
A life for broken fools
Track Name: I Want You
I'm not a knight in shining armor
but I'm the snake and you're the charmer, baby
bow string drawn, I take good aim
I am the hunter and you're the game, baby

I want you! got my head in a cloud
I want you! hear your voice in the crowd
I want you! I've kneeled and bowed
I want you, baby, for crying out loud

like a wild horse that no one could tame
three red candles burn in your name, baby
you explode like a land mine
I long to taste your magic wine, baby

I want you! got my head in a cloud
I want you! hear your voice in the crowd
I want you! I've kneeled and bowed
I want you, baby, for crying out loud

your image burns driving me insane
like a traffic jam bottled up in my brain, baby
like a leopard you stalk, like a snake I slither
forget the talk, come hither, baby

I want you! got my head in a cloud
I want you! hear your voice in the crowd
I want you! I've kneeled and bowed
I want you, baby, for crying out loud
Track Name: Place in the Sun
perhaps I strike you as a little aloof
I’m only here to earn the right to a roof
I have ambitions but they’re not too refined
I have ambitions but they’re all in the mind

don’t want for nothing but a place in the sun
don’t want for nothing but a place in the sun
don’t want for nothing but a place in the sun
don’t want for nothing
but I’m chasing a place in the sun

perhaps I strike you as a bundle of rage
I’m sorry we’re not always on the same page
I have ambitions but they’re nothing like yours
I have ambitions that would blow off your doors

perhaps I strike you as a little insane
a village idiot abusing his brain
I have ambitions but you know what they’re worth
I have ambitions but they’re not of this earth
Track Name: Deep Space
every time that you start talking
I take my head and I go walking
got black holes and silk stockings
more deep space than Stephen Hawking
my war stories are worth swapping
I hit the floor and it needs mopping
hints and pants I start dropping
gently used while you go shopping

who's my game face
what's the safe word
where's the big bash
where's my swipe pass
why me

one more thing did I happen to mention
one more thing did I happen to mention
one more thing did I happen to mention
I'm too damn broke to pay attention

every time that you start walking
I take my head and I go talking
got black holes and silk stockings
more deep space than Stephen Hawking

who's my game face
what's the safe word
where's the big bash
where's my swipe pass
why me
Track Name: Watson 349
(instrumental)
Track Name: Silent Revolution
the only way out is within
the only way out is within
but you don't know where to begin
the only way out is within

it's the right time, it's the right place
for all us riders on this big ball in space
love's the missing link in this evolution
talkin' about a silent revolution
talkin' about a silent revolution

the only way in is without
the only way in is without
but you're in perpetual doubt
the only way in is without

it's the right time, it's the right place
for all us riders on this big ball in space
love's the missing link in this evolution
talkin' about a silent revolution
talkin' about a silent revolution

the kingdom has already come
the kingdom has already come
but you're oblivious and numb
the kingdom has already come

it's the right time, it's the right place
for all us riders on this big ball in space
love's the missing link in this evolution
talkin' about a silent revolution
talkin' about a silent revolution
talkin' about a silent revolution
talkin' about a silent revolution
Track Name: Not Actual Size
riding the riff with bones and the plural girl
riding the riff down the vertical swirl
down the vertical swirl

she's got the people in her head
she's got electric eyes
she may be closer than you think
she isn't actual size

riding the riff, adventures will abound
riding the riff, hear the succulent sound
hear the succulent sound

she's got the people in her head
she's got electric eyes
she may be closer than you think
she isn't actual size

riding the riff, lost in a hazy maze
riding the riff, the world's a passing phase
the world's a passing phase

she's got the people in her head
she's got electric eyes
she may be closer than you think
she isn't actual size
Track Name: Fly So Hi
I have made a big decision, fly so hi again
Turned the key in the ignition, fly so hi again
Struck a match to start a smolder, fly so hi again
Made myself five minutes older, fly so hi again

I enjoy a new sensation, fly so hi again
With each measured inhalation, fly so hi again
I’ve been overcome by vapors, fly so hi again
See you in the funny papers, fly so hi again

Mama Mama don’t be frightened, fly so hi again
Keep it light and be enlightened, fly so hi again
Papa Papa don’t you worry, fly so hi again
Get yourself hip in a hurry, fly so hi again
Track Name: Turn Me On
I was so down, so down ‘til I met you
I fell in love with everything you do
you brought me sunlight after 40 days of rain
you healed my heart you cured my inner pain
I want the best for everything you do
no earthbound woman could compare to you
I was so down, so down ‘til I met you
Diamond in a heap of coal
turn me on, don’t turn on me
She is stalked by miracles
turn me on, don’t turn on me
you can see how far it’s gone
don’t turn on me, just turn me on
Her words are birds that take flight
turn me on, don’t turn on me
Inside sat the speed of light
turn me on, don’t turn on me
you can see how far it’s gone
Don’t turn on me, just turn me on
Round and round, she dances in the ashes
future in her eyes, the fire licks her feet
Round and round, she’s a revolution
she will sow the seed and she will reap the wheat
Violence is not her vibe
turn me on, don’t turn on me
she is not of any tribe
turn me on, don’t turn on me
You can see how far it’s gone
don’t turn on me, just turn me on
Track Name: Ginger Jake
Ginger Jake will slap you silly
Ginger Jake will put you wise
Ginger Jake will get you dancing
Ginger Jake will paralyze

Ginger Jake will sweep the nation
Ginger Jake will make it cry
Ginger Jake will cure what ails you
Ginger Jake will get you high

Make no mistake with Ginger Jake
Make no mistake with Ginger Jake

Ginger Jake will offer solace
Ginger Jake will see you through
Ginger Jake will jump the loopholes
Ginger Jake will have to do

Make no mistake with Ginger Jake
Make no mistake with Ginger Jake