Mechanical Royalty

by Spookey Ruben

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1.
01:53
Don’t ask why, I’m not going to cry. But mostly, I can see that there are peculiar things along the horizon. You make it fun, make me run upstairs and dance around the house pretending we are cat and mouse. What I’m tryin’ to say…what I’m tryin’ to say…No matter how they twist it ‘round or spin it: Don’t you know that we will always, be like cat and mouse! .................................................................
2.
02:56
Hey! What are you looking for? Knockin’ on my front door? I need to understand what’s going on inside your crazy head You’re the needle in the haystack Dream of the day when I will be the one to miss you Kiss you when there’s no one else around It’s up to you - We like to chill sometimes and make up rhymes But where do we go? What do I know? heh heh Rachel What are you here for? With no explanation You take me away Hey! Am I just your wind-up toy? Or is there a chance that I could be the one to take you down the aisle and up the Rosary Hill? You know that I won’t let go (eh-oh) You like to spin me round, watch me drown But maybe one night? maybe some day? Rachel What are you here for? With no explanation you take me away Rachel What are you here for? Tell me your secrets Is this just a game? ......................................................................
3.
It’s just another way (yeah yeah) I feel. And I’m calling all the girls in other worlds, in outerspace And yeah, something you should do: just call my number ‘cause I changed the living room back to how we used to have it Wanna make a difference? Can I make a difference? Does it make a difference? Does it make a difference? Wanna make a difference? Can I make a difference? Does it make a difference? Does it make a difference? Hey It’s just another day (day day day) alone on the freeway And I call up every girl – in other words I need some company If I could only swallow all the guilt and pain and the lies Then maybe I could survive Wanna make a difference? Can I make a difference? Does it make a difference? Does it make a difference? Wanna make a difference? Can I make a difference? Does it make a difference? Does it make a difference? Hey, It’s just another way (yeah yeah) I feel. Wanna make a difference? Can I make a difference? Does it make a difference? Does it make a difference? .........................................................................
4.
WHO CARES TO WONDER WHY HOW YOU AND I COULD SLOWLY DISBAND AND FIZZLE AWAY? WHO DARES TO UNDERSTAND HOW YOU AND I COULD SLOWLY UNTIE AND SEPARATE? IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT’S WRONG JUST LOOK AROUND THE ROOM CAUSE I REALLY MISS WHO’S GONE I’M HOLDING ON, YES I’M HOLDING ON TO YOU WHO STARES INTO THE NIGHT WITH TEARY EYES AND CALLS ME? (TELLS ME SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT - OH OH) WHO’S THERE TO HEAR THE WORDS I’VE LOCKED INSIDE MY HEART CAGE? (ONLY YOU’VE GOT THE KEY TO MY HEART – MY HEART) IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT’S WRONG JUST LOOK AROUND THE ROOM CAUSE I REALLY MISS WHO’S GONE I’M HOLDING ON, YES I’M HOLDING ON TO YOU CAUSE I’M HOLDING ON TO WHO YOU WERE AND YES I’M HOLDING ON TO WHAT WE HAD HOLDING ON TO WHO YOU ALWAYS ARE IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT’S WRONG CAUSE I REALLY MISS WHO’S GONE (I’M ALONE, ALONE AT HOME) IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT’S WRONG (NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY CARES) CAUSE I REALLY MISS WHO’S GONE (I’M ALONE, ALONE AT HOME) NEEDY EYES HAVE LEFT A HOLE IN THE NIGHT COME TO TERMS WITH ALL THE TEARS I’VE HELD INSIDE ...................................................................
5.
Blowin' off yesterday Maybe she’ll call you tomorrow? Sitting in a car that you borrowed Do you really know what you are after? Happily ever after? Another bleak empty month in the trash <you don’t know what – what you’re missing> <you don’t know what> An old ass claim to fame Champion of a video game Don’t ever hit the gas instead of the brakes Twenty thousand miles with no mistakes It’s yet another chapter filled with A whole lotta nothin’ goin on I don’t want to be the one who’s missing all the fun Why so lonely? You so scared - you run, you run, you run <you don’t know what – what you’re missing> <you don’t know what – what you’re missing> hanging on to the short end of the stick hanging to the things that make you sick you only get one chance to live Is this the last exit to Brooklyn? Is this the last exit to Berlin? Is this the last exit to Ca-na-da? I don’t want to be the one who’s missing all the fun Why so lonely? You so scared - you run, you run, you run <I’m afraid to leave the house ‘cause I might just meet someone and I really I really can’t stand anybody, anbody getting near me – I’m paranoid, I’m paranoid , I’m freaking out, I’m paranoid, I’m paranoid ,I’m so annoyed that I’m paranoid, I’m freaking out, I’m paranoid> I don’t want to be the one who’s missing all the fun Why so lonely? You so scared - you run, you run, you run You can wake up maybe? Can’t be lazy - sleeping all day long Even Mary Mary, quite contrary, wants to come long ............................................................................
6.
SMILE...SAY CHEESE! ..............................................................
7.
(free) 04:20
Across the street I see a friend I say hello if I want to With my ups and downs, smiles and frowns My head’s stuck in a cloud I’m gonna lose who I used to be In the eyes of man - I am breaking up the band In the hour of passion – Is it me I understand? When the eagle clips its wing and hits the ground Then either I will die or go around Are we in the quest of who should get what’s better? Cause we’re gonna get it right once and for all – ahh Across the street I see a friend I say hello ‘cause I want to Coming closer, eye to eye If you take it slow, we can open doors In the eyes of man - I am changing all our plans Something I oughtta do - Gotta get to who I am When freedom clips its wing and hits the ground Then either I will die or go around Are we living it up so much I’ve lost what’s real? Is there anyone here who wants to feel alive? Broke and down I cry out loud I can see my open shell Warning signs showing me How to free the pain in my heart In the eyes of man - I am breaking up the band In the hour of passion – Is it me I understand? Only I can be the one to find a reason And I’m gonna get it right once and for all In the eyes of man – I cry out loud In the eyes of man – My open shell In the eyes of man – Showing me… Can you see it too? ........................................................................
8.
................................................................................ i) Agent Steele ii) Attack at Krankshaft Castle iii) And Thus He Rusts (King’s Lament) “All was clear until the accident Gone red-handed motherboard Soon revealed was the masterplan Making robots out of mortal men Sitting in his throne, calls his mother on the phone What the future holds, no one ever knows” “So the kingdom falls, broken circuits, broken walls Casualties of reaching for a life that never ends” iv) The Quirks of Queen of Quartz and Quarks v) Don Silicon vi) Triumph on Magnetic Hill “Drawing circles in the sand with open-minded hands The magic castle in your eye touches the sky New companions mark the triumph on Magnetic Hill Another chapter in our lives passes us by Drawing circles in the sand with open-minded hands The magic castle in your eye touches the sky New companions mark the triumph on Magnetic Hill Another chapter in our lives passes us by Drawing circles in the sand with open-minded hands The magic castle in your eye touches the sky New companions mark the triumph on Magnetic Hill Another chapter in our lives passes us by" ................................................................................
9.
04:28
Here goes everything Call her up, let it ring Hope it’s not a joke Take a chance - superpoke Speak your mind, look alive Old Spice, suit and tie Do you hear my heart beating? (This is the day, this is the day) I can hear my heart beating (This is the day, a new day) I can hear my heart beating One day, piggy back Next day, heart attack Loves me, loves me not Tie my tummy into knots No matter what I do Never gonna be enough for you Do you hear my heart beating? (This is the day, this is the day) I can hear my heart beating (This is the day, a new day) I can hear my heart beating She only wants me as someone to lean on I’m not the one who she dreams of to make love It isn’t my fault – it’s my fault, it’s my fault It makes me sick inside how she leads me on ........................................................................
10.
04:25
I, I would really like to live inside, inside your clothes and in your tree Oh you and me, yeah lying there Something tells me you don’t care I, I would really like to be alive, inside your head and in your dreams Just you and me yeah lying there Something tells me you don’t care I, I’ve been working hard this year To show, show you that I’m still here With open arms, kettle’s on Something tells me you do care ................................................................

about

SPOOKEY RUBEN - MECHANICAL ROYALTY

Spookey, back at the helm of good ship Ruben, delights us once again with his knack for colouring outside current musical trends: anchored by a seven-chapter prog rock epic located smack dab in the middle of the album, Mechanical Royalty skips merrily through the garden of musical genres, playing tribute to everything from Yacht Rock to death metal. But this is not Joke Rock à la Ween. Spookey consistently dishes up his excitement for music in his own special heartfelt way.

Tackling a genre forever riddled with ridicule, with its 12-keyboards-and-a-robe-with-a-30-ft-dragon-on-stage guise, Spookey, historically attracted to projects that absolutely don't fit in the hipster category, manages to surprise us once again with his latest pièce de résistance. MR is something Spookey had always wanted to do, and since Royalty falls into the category of all that you're "not supposed to do," says Spook ("like a 16-minute song that won't get on the radio"), he was naturally inclined.

"You can't help but recognize Spookey Ruben as eccentricity in its purest form." - allmusic guide

This new work is the culminating, tantalizing dish—the result of three and a half years of dragon slaying and never giving up, none of which could have been possible without the amazing contributions from a variety of musician friends, ranging from Ariel Pink to Alaina Beaton (Porcelain and the Tramps).

Mechanical Royalty (a pun, alluding not only to the album cover and storyline of the title track, but also to a music business term) is an intense 70s/80s rollercoaster ride, but it’s Spookey's point of view that makes it feel inviting and brand new. The album kicks off with ‘Cat and Mouse’ a retro-futuristic balls-to-the-wall 80s rock stomp complete with DX7 keyboard sounds and Shins-like vocal acrobatics. At the other end of the spectrum there’s death metal absurdo-freak out, ‘American Processed Cheese,’ a song title stumbled upon while re-interpreting the ‘American Idol’ logo. An example of how Spookey often tailors a song’s genre to its title, SR sees A.P.C. as S.O.D. (an old metal fave of his) crossed with Greg Ginn guitar theory. Spookey’s modus operandi revolves around his addiction to an important story or a song title then taking it to the limit, expressing its theme, no holds barred.

"Pop Fantasia Genius" - Mojo Magazine

Express from Spookey’s bedroom studio we have ‘Rachel,’ basically the 2009 incarnation of ‘Shauna’ from yesteryear (and from Spookey’s 2003 hit album, Breakfast). Poppy as fuck. It makes me think, who is this new girl Rachel, and where has Shauna gone? Is this the lost follow up single to ‘Never Ending Story’? Then there's a fresh nod to Facebook with 'Superpoke', an indie pop classic whose sax solo (Joseph Shabason) throws it into Joni Mitchell gear. Finally, the title track of the album is a 15 and a half minute epic tribute to prog rock & metal influences from Spookey's youth (Saga, Rush, Watchtower, Voivod…) In seven chapters it tells the story of a kingdom of robots who are attacked by humans because they possess a magnetic force; a code in the motherboard that keeps harmony in society. The humans who originally created the robots, now seek to get it back for themselves.

‘I recall Spookey saying if you love the Mechanical Royalty track you're probably a guy because girls don't like prog rock. After just one listen I was hooked. Guess that means I'm a dude.’ -Kathryn McBride

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released June 28, 2009

Written and Produced by Spookey Ruben
cover art: Dave McCaig

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