….Thanksgiving Morning….a fragment

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don’t even have a passport
though I’ve been all over the world
don’t want to go to work today
though I have bills to pay

think of you in the shower
as I often do
what is the nature of time
and what happens when die

nothing much is going on
in my life
other than popcorn girls
who make me sigh

now I worry about how much gas I have
in my car
will I make it to work today
or will I stall
in the middle of the road
for all to gawk

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‘Monster’ — A Lady Gaga Style Dance Track

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This is my attempt at a Lady Gaga style dance track. It would have a booming bass and make you tap your feet. There is a lot more I could do with this song upon reflection (and maybe a collaborator) but I’m fairly pleased with what I’ve managed to come up with.

Monster
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

Monster
Monster
Monster
Monster

You say I’m a delusional jerk with a good heart
(a monster)
but it’s you who made me this away with your twisted ways
we made issues together, the type they read about on the street
that was long ago and now I’m a monster out to get you

(chorus)
I’m something that goes bump
in the night of your mind
you awake to nightmare screams
I’m a monster, hun
I’m a monster, hun
I’m a monster, hun

send me messages saying
I know you love me (no more communication)
I try to have a relationship with you
because of how you changed me
but you think I’m just a monster

(chorus)
I’m something that goes bump
in the night of your mind
you awake to nightmare screams
I’m a monster, hun
I’m a monster, hun
I’m a monster, hun

what am I to do, what am I to say
you it was you and your lies
who made me lose my mind
you only told the truth when I was
between your thighs

(chorus)
I’m something that goes bump
in the night of your mind
you awake to nightmare screams
I’m a monster, hun
I’m a monster, hun
I’m a monster, hun

‘Closure’ — Another Attempt At A Breakup Song

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This would be sung in a slow, sad way like Damien Rice’s “The Blower’s Daughter.” Doesn’t really have a hook, but this is just a first draft. If I could find someone to write with me, I think something could come of this song.

Closure
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

we meet occasionally with no closure in sight
I peer into your soul and we both know
that but for a twist of fate
we would be together for eternity

I lie awake at night thinking of what could have been
I can hear our cries of desire in my head
you’re my guiding light in my mind’s night sky
the brightest thing I see by far

all I need
all I want
is
closure
closure
closure
closure

the last time we met, in was in the village of the free
you had a new lover, one you were in love with
if just for the moment

now you’re barely there, I can feel it with my heart
you no longer think of me I’m afraid
but you’re all my heart desires

(bridge)
just want to hear from you
want to hear your voice
one last time
so I can close that door

all I need
all I want
is
closure
closure
closure
closure

‘The Most Hated Man In Seoul’ — A Dance Track In The Style Of Scissor Sisters

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This is a dance song like Scissor Sisters’ “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing.” It tells a story and yet you’re too busy dancing to really care what the lyrics are about.

The Most Hated Man In Seoul
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

it was a long time ago and nobody cares anymore
that’s what I hear over and over again I fear
now, though, people care again and my name is mud
but am I going to do, but dance my way through

I got what I wanted when I wrote what I wrote
can’t help if the devil is well respected
among the expat crowd
all of that just makes me want to laugh

they call me
the most hated man in Seoul
is that so
is that right
well, fuck you

don’t care what you say about me just spell my name right
I’m on the other side of the world now so what are you to do
I’ve been kicked out of better countries than this
some call me a delusional jerk with a good heart
but so what, so what, that’s through

it’s been three years since I was last in Seoul
and people are still talking about me, I’m afraid
they call me names, play silly games
but my fame is know far and wide, which makes me smile

they call me
the most hated man in Seoul
is that so
is that right
well, fuck you

‘Time & A Half’ — A Song For Rihanna

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This is a song for Rihanna. It’d be an up-tempo R&B fusion song in the style of What’s My Name. It’s about a woman who keeps fucking this dude’s brains out as she is trying to get ready for work on Thanksgiving day. (She gets “time and a half” for doing so.) That’s the story I’m trying to tell, at least.

‘Time & A Half’
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

wake up and I’m still tired
you’ve kept me up all night
but I like the way you work it
so it’s worth it

no Thanksgiving this year
one of my three jobs won’t abide
so I take a shower at 8 a.m. with a sigh
but you join me, make me late

time & a half
time & a half
time & a half
time & a half

you walk around wet and naked
making it hard for me walk out
but there are bills to pay
I can’t delay just to get laid

check my clock with a grin
think I can squeeze one in
before the workday day begins

(bridge)
we come again
I get dressed, my hair’s a mess
no time for coffee
I leave you with a kiss
wondering if the time & a half money
is worth it

time & a half
time & a half
time & a half
time & a half

‘Venus’ — An Attempt At A Song Like Sia’s ‘Diamonds’

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This is my latest attempt to mix-and-match the idea of a woman named Venus with the planet Venus. This is in the style of Sia. It would be an up-tempo R&B pop song. Don’t know who would sing it. I don’t really know any male singers who would be the male version of Rihanna. Anyway, I like what I managed to do with it.

Venus
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

touching Venus
touching Venus
touching Venus

the brightest star in the night sky
only the moon outshines thee
if you were by my side in afterglow
my skin would melt I suppose

your heat and pressure can melt lead
but for me your warm, wet and soft
verdant like the earth
your smell is of life and delight

we should be together in a celestial bed
but fate interfered
so now I have is images of your surface
in my head that flicker in my mind’s eye

now my heart is as dark as the night sky
with only you to guide me into safety
something you Satan but for me your heavenly

touching Venus
touching Venus
touching Venus
touching Venus
touching Venus
touching Venus

‘Three Years’ — A Song In The Style of Sam Smith

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This is just a really fast rough draft. I couldn’t get to sleep and this song demanded to be written.

Three Years
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

I walk the streets of Midlothian
children throw rocks and laugh
at me as I walk past
they don’t know the thoughts in my head

(chorus)
it’s been three years, three years
since I last saw you
what am I to do
three years wasted, three years

but what can I expect
I don’t have closure yet
and all I have for friends
are the stars up on high

Slauson — Another Chill Song For Jhene Aiko

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Here is another really slow “chill” song for Jhene Aiko. It’s also based on what she said in this interview.

Slauson
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

the youngest
I had a temper
I got away with a lot
a starfish with balance

Slauson
Slauson
Slauson
Slauson

I would go to school
and pick on my friends
try to be the leader

Slauson
Slauson
Slauson
Slauson

I’m like an ant
with high hopes
rubber plants fall 1, 3, 4

‘Little Loved One’ A Radiohead-Like Song For Jhene Aiko

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I have been mispronouncing Jhene Aiko’s last name and I feel bad. So, to make it up to her, I have written the following really slow “chill” Radiohead-like song that she might like. She could put a R&B spin on the lyrics and do something really cool with it. This would be the type of music you’d smoke dope to. But at least it would, in fact, make some sense if you understood the story behind it. This interview is where I’m getting my information from.

This song would be sung VERY SLOWLY, so slowly that even though there aren’t really a lot of lyrics, you still would have a four minute song.

Little Loved One
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo
all of my names have a meaning
searched the aether
to discover the sublime
Little Loved One
Little Loved One
Little Loved One

no one ever corrected me
no one ever corrected me
no one ever corrected me

love is everything
pain and suffering is optional
I believe in love
I believe in love
I believe in love

no one ever corrected me
no one ever corrected me
no one ever corrected me

‘Hollywood Ending’ (Second Draft)

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This is just me screwing around, trying to write like Thom Yorke. This song would be sung really, really slowly to a slow, but intense beat. Something like “Go Slowly,” only different.

Hollywood Ending
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner

lights off, music on
I wait to clean up
seen it all before

no Hollywood ending for you
no Hollywood ending for you
no Hollywood ending for you

play the game to waste time
how many more people before
our moment has arrived

no Hollywood ending for you
no Hollywood ending for you
no Hollywood ending for you

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