Thunder Clap Machine

by Toys and Tiny Instruments

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All songs written by Colin Summers/Alec Betterley.
All arrangements by Toys and Tiny Instruments.
Engineered and produced by Toys and Tiny Instruments.
Mastered by Josh Bonati - bonatimastering.com.
Cover art by C.M. Duffy - duffydrawings.com.

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released 01 March 2013
Toys And Tiny Instruments Are:

Zane Van Dusen: stylophone, korg monotron, vocals
Tom Cryan: percussion, vocals
Michelle Citrin: vocals, omnichord, glock, percussion
Colin Summers: vocals, charango, baritone ukelele, electric thumb piano, casio pt-100, voice disguiser
C.M. Duffy: toy percussion, vocals
Alec Betterley: melodica, toy piano, keyboards, vocals

+ Alumni/partners-in-crime:

Karen Adelman: vocals, Salsa party time percussion
Alessandro Tabora: lead kazoo, baritone ukulele, vocals

Booking including college gigs + parties + oddball gatherings: toysandtinyinstruments@gmail.com.

Official website: www.toysandtinyinstruments.com.

For more from within the Toys family:

Alec Betterley - alecbetterley.bandcamp.com
C.M. Duffy - www.duffydrawings.com
Launchpad - brooklynlaunchpad.org
Michelle Citrin - www.michellecitrin.com
Mind Troll - mindtroll.terribleinformation.org
My Friend Other - myfriendother.bandcamp.com
Nice Fellas - nicefellas.bandcamp.com
Poetry To Music - www.poetrytomusic.com
Susan Hwang and the Relastics - susanhwanglalala.com
"Steve: A Documusical" (Colin Summers) - stevedocumusical.bandcamp.com

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Toys and Tiny Instruments Brooklyn, New York

Toys And Tiny Instruments is a 7-piece experimental folk rock band that has a self explanatory name. High energy shows, plus quirky and catchy songs make this band a must see.

"I wanted to book bands I thought would make people stop and say "hey what is this?" and then say "whoa this is great" Toys And Tiny Instruments was one of the first groups I thought of. " 
-Bill Pearis, brooklynvegan.com
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Track Name: Positively Charged
charged!

don’t go out when it’s raining
don’t go out when it’s raining
because you’re positively charged
and i think you’re amazing

my girl walks down the street
you’d better watch your step
she’s got electric feet
you need a safety net
you’re gonna need a magnet telling her direction
and which way
but I can see there’s sparks coming out of her fingers
today

don’t go out when it’s raining
don’t go out when it’s raining
because you’re positively charged
and i think you’re amazing

my girl’s a lightning rod
my girl attracts desire
is that the light of god
or just st. elmo’s fire?
she’s gonna have the street signs turning her direction
as she goes
and everybody’s gonna get a little static shock
from the touch of her clothes

don’t go out when it’s raining
don’t go out when it’s raining
because you’re positively charged
you're positively charged
you're positively charged
Track Name: Wicked Twin
one tender docile fella
transform like cinderella
down every crooked turn
and passed out by the back bodega
stroke of midnight lose control
while at the bottom of this rabbit hole
i reach to turn out the light
so I can see my wicked twin in the mirror of the night

what if our alter egos
got on like old amigos?
my favorites lust and envy
yours complimenting when we
see this town through devil’s eyes
in shades of red and realize
we’ve gotta find some wrong from this right
i want to see your wicked twin in the mirror of the night

be a narcissist tonight
moon lighting your direction and
kissing your own reflection

how can i tell if you’re you?
who could discern 'tween the two?
is it a scandal to be seen
without your doppelganger?
me i’d try to lose him
but it gets so damn confusing
and I can’t remember which one to fight.
is it me or my wicked twin in the mirror of the night?
Track Name: Lottery Ticket
been out with the witches and thieves
crow like a cuckold, praying on my knees and eating biscuits
with a headful of fleas, shirt full of holes with a skull on the sleeve
well that’s the biz kid

drank about a half a cup of bourbon this morning
from a dancing disney princess tea
set I’ve gotta feeling it’s a sure thing
I’m gonna be on my feet
I bought a lottery ticket cuz i'm optimistic

got a fresh cut daisy press suit
gotta point fingers, i’m acting like a mute in a glee choir
miming the tune you don’t believe in heaven well they don’t believe in you
cuz you’re a liar
but you look pretty cute
so hop into the gutter babe and we can make it two
we got desire
i’ll be a one man chamber of commerce
a golden scepter in my hand
and i don’t care what the theater marquee says
that i can’t take it with me i can

drank about a half a cup of bourbon this morning
from a dancing disney princess’ tea
set i’ve gotta feeling it’s a sure thing
i’m gonna be on my feet
i bought a lottery ticket cuz i’m optimistic

whosayboughtalotteryticketI’moptimistic!

strung like a skinny young bean
barking like a hound and causing a scene like at a drive-in
monster movie
where everybody knows what’s on the other side but me
i'm just green

and you could be the mother of all earth’s envy
and i’m the proud papa standing tall
and we could feed the baby on severed heart strings
for my lottery ticket I crawl

drank about a half a cup of bourbon this morning
from a dancing disney princess’ tea
set i’ve gotta feeling it’s a sure thing
i’m gonna be on my feet
i bought a lottery ticket cuz i'm optimistic

whosayboughtalotteryticketI’moptimistic!
Track Name: Let's Create a Monster
let’s create a monster in the safety of our room
where nobody can see it but ourselves
it’s exciting, it’s disgusting, it’s a little self aware
and it’s much too large to fit upon the shelf
everybody’s got a secret and our secret’s come alive
and it sure was a lot of fun tonight
and nobody will know what we do inside of our room
let’s create a monster right

let’s create a monster we can make it just like that
we just take a little piece of you and me
and we mash it all together with some glue and bits of string
and a great big sense of ownership maybe
and anyone can do it, but maybe not with you
and I would like to try and see the light
so head out to the store and fetch some ingredients
let’s create a monster right

everybody wants to run away
but everybody wants to in their own little special way
everybody’s making all their own little monsters anyway

let’s create a monster and we’ll put it on display
we can make a million on the royalties
we can name it, we can grade it, we can put it in a box
we can make a million more in hidden fees
all the clamor and the glamor that will surely come along
will treat us to the sweet and splendid life
and it’s just a little monster we could finish in a minute
let’s create a monster
let’s create a monster
let’s create a monster right
Track Name: Projecting a Giant
she stands but five feet tall and she can see the shore
don’t need a booster on the floor
her smaller stature firmly heated in debate
is it just irony or fate?

it sounds impossible she’ll never be the same
sounds like a B-movie refrain
her body can’t contain the magnitude inside
while people start to run and hide

she don’t need a tonic to be well worth weighted
and thinks that the physical is over-rated
once she knows she’ll never ever be compliant
crane you’re neck if she’s standing up
now she’s projecting a giant

below they look like little bugs in little cars
below they stand and look in awe
one towering titan will she save us? will she crush
our tiny city into dust?

for though she’s small
her projections on the wall
light the figments of their minds
up a skyscraper she climbs
to the top, damsel in hand
ever up airplanes be damned
feeling surely she will fall
knowing it’s not real at all

she don’t need a tonic to be well worth weighted
and thinks that the physical is over-rated
once she knows she’ll never ever be compliant
crane you’re neck if she’s standing up
now she’s projecting a giant

she’s leaving all her friends, now she’s is leaving earth
out into silent space she’s birthed
10 million light years beyond reason beyond mind
forgotten body left behind

she don’t need a tonic to be well worth weighted
and thinks that the physical is over-rated
once she knows she’ll never ever be compliant
crane you’re neck if she’s standing up
now she’s projecting a giant
Track Name: Let Me Disappoint
let me disappoint you, you know that I can
i’ll dangle you dearly with fruit like a man
I’d cover you up 'til your face was the night
and find all your faults in a month's morning light

fanciful danciful girl
you don’t know what’s wrong, you don’t know a song
of rainmaking doubt and endure
what passes for comfort and words so demure

let me disappoint you again and again.
you never learn, do you? you fuck like a friend
i gobbled up passion and poise for a few
caresses and messes and garbage untrue.

delicate heart on a red ribbon i
see how with a twist i might strangle your life
if she stuck around what a twister i’d be
but if she hurt me first i might love someone better than me.

let me disappoint you, you know that i can
i’ll dangle you dearly with fruit like a man
i’d cover you up 'til your face was the night
and find all your faults in a months morning light

let me disappoint you, you know that i can
i’ll dangle you dearly with fruit like a man
i’d cover you up 'til your face was the night
and find all your faults in a month's morning light
and find all your faults in a month's morning light
Track Name: Who's In The Mood For A Nightmare?
who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood for a nightmare?
who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood for fear?

well you cannot trust the dreams you’re gonna dream
when your cozy bed is looking dark and mean
you could close your eyes and just hope for the best
thinking why can’t something good beat out the rest?

who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood for a nightmare?
who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood for real?

who could be conviced they’re helpless in thier sheets?
when you wanna run you cannot move your feet
when you wanna stay there’s always something weird
going on behind the scenes you’ve got the fear


I had a dream that my teeth fell out
as i crunched on all the bits and the remnants
thinking of ways to fix or piece together the rest

then my feet got froze to the floor
as I stood around getting older and older
everyone else had a race to see who was the best

you were there but you were not you
luring me down to the edge of the water
only to drown me the moment that you had undressed

i got excited and I felt ashamed
all of my clothes dissapeared and you laughed
and my appetites never came back after that day
that’s when I heard you say

who’s in the mood , who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood for a nightmare?
who’s in the mood, who’s in the mood, who’ls in the mood for what?

is it memory, is it fiction, is it from
some sacred intervention is it dumb?
is it full of meaning is it well inspired?
is it fact or funny I don’t know I’m tired
Track Name: Listen To The Cricket
pick up any sunday Times you’ll see
it’s the same for you and he
It’s a shame we all must be
these starving ghosts away from feed
packed in boxes oh so tight
we’ve got a treat for darkened night
a little pleasure mixed with fright
could hold a candle to electric lights

tails up high, heads down low
we could make an ass of you fast or slow
so pick your poison, count to ten
never gonna ever see your mom and dad again
waste it, taste it
back on the island you will have to face it
white snakes crawling in your bed and blankets
spitting in your nightmares coming fast it’s:

we’ve got smiles and we’ve got shocks
we’ve got snarls and doors that lock
sing sing the little ones make no mock
“tra la la la la la”
we’ve got smiles and we’ve got shocks
we’ve got snarls and doors that lock
sing sing the little ones make no mock
“tra la la la la la”

first your ears will go and then your teeth
and bulging eyes aren’t far behind
honk and flap like flocks of geese
and let the bugs into your writhing mind

this is the place of Dionysus
this is the place of golden fleeces
frothy beers and fat cigars
this is the place of broken hearts
runaway, you’ll play
out on the streets for blood someday
listen to the cricket it’s a trap and it’s a trick
and if you’re looking for a lick go somewhere else to sever sick ohhh

we’ve got smiles and we’ve got shocks
we’ve got snarls and doors that lock
sing sing the little ones make no mock
“tra la la la la la”
we’ve got smiles and we’ve got shocks
we’ve got snarls and doors that lock
sing sing the little ones make no mock
“tra la la la la la”

flat and fettered life
is what you leave behind for strife
it’s not temptation it’s a calling
and the fox said it’s for free
and for you and me

we’ve got ears on the ticking clock
we’ve got crates on the far north dock
we’ve got wide eyes whisked away
come again some other day
shaking, breaking
coughing cramped and muscles aching
cut off limbs and spiders in your hair
the carnival is here and everyone and everywhere ohhh

we’ve got smiles and we’ve got shocks
we’ve got snarls and doors that lock
sing sing the little ones make no mock
“tra la la la la la”
we’ve got smiles and we’ve got shocks
we’ve got snarls and doors that lock
sing sing the little ones make no mock
“tra la la la la la”
Track Name: My Postcard
bored in the afternoon
rehashing this old tune
i’m tired, hungover, i’m wired
thinking bout the old days
picturing an old face
go back to a warm place
listen to some shoe gaze
la da dum la da dum

you’re far away from here
meeting people, drinking beer
assuming you’re still all consuming
heart and mind and city
fills me with such pity
write down something witty
sing this stupid ditty

i’m feeling uneasy so why don’t you send me a post card
stamped it and tied up in laces it comes to my front yard
i’m feeling quite ill i confess now that i’d like a post card
all you will need is a pen and a picture it won’t be that hard,
won’t be that hard

Iike waiting for paint to dry
like a watched pot witness guy
i'd tried it
but it felt kind of one sided

heartthrob honey baby
i’m verbose, you’re lazy
and anything you gave me
would have me singing like ray davies
la da dum da da dum

said
i’ma gonna wonder i’ma gonna wonder i’ma gonna wander lust-filled lest i open up my box and find a post card

i’m feeling uneasy so why don’t you send me a post card
stamped it and tied up in laces it comes to my front yard
i’m feeling quite ill i confess now that I’d like a post card
all you will need is a pen and a picture it won’t be that hard, won’t be that hard
Track Name: Make Me a Raft
make me a raft and then muddy your feet
send me along and I hope that we'll meet
where there's no one in sight, no sound at night
no need for fright and it's just firelight for me

make me move fast down a current with green
lilly pads shall be a beautiful scene
there's a reason to go, if you don't know
watch me I'll show you I've been there before

it's the loveliest landscape
I couldn't tell you where we'll land to be in the
loveliest landscape
I could show you so you'll have to see

make me unveil and then join me it seems
I'll sit you down to be closer between us
trust me for this we can exist
it is a blissful of two when there's no one around

in this landscape
I couldn't tell you where we'll land to be in the
loveliest landscape
I could show you so you'll have to see