Shoot it at the Sun

by The Porchistas

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Inspired by and dedicated to Luca Parmitano, the Italian astronaut who nearly drowned in space, and all humans, past, present and future, who explore the universe in machines made by our own hands. We salute you.

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released November 1, 2014

Alan Smith - Guitar/ Vocals
Adam Falzer - Guitar/ Vocals
Gerry Griffin - Bass
Jon Riordan - Drums
Sam Weller - Keys

The Defending Champions horn section "Radio Balls & Moon Saloon"

Joe Makoviecki & Ed Fritz - Trombone & Squeezebox "Its a no Fit"

Kelly Heneberry - vox - "A Piece a Junk"

Catie Friel & Kelly backup vox "Moon Saloon"

Lyrics by: Alan Smith and Adam Falzer
Recorded by Gerry Griffin @ The Temple of Tunage (Verona, NJ)
Produced By Adam Falzer w/ Gerry Griffin

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The Porchistas Montclair, New Jersey

The Porchistas, born on a porch in Montclair, NJ. Lyrically driven Folk, Hippy, Space Rock & Roll.

Influences include Ween, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen & The Electric Mayhem.

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Track Name: The Garbage Corridor
Bought a little place down by the Garbage Corridor
House was nice, the yard was big, it was all we could afford
Couldn’t see the rubbish. Couldn’t smell it rot
And when we saw that picket fence, we thought we reached the top


Poison, plastic islands rolling up to every shore
Marshlands turned to wastelands by 2034
Pools of precious metals in contaminated parks
Why pile it in corners? Just aim it at the mark!

(Chorus)

Shoot it at the Sun. Shoot it at the Sun
When you don’t know what to do with it, just, shoot it at the Sun
Shoot it at the Sun. Shoot it at the Sun
Ohhh, when you got a problem, just, shoot it at the sun


Carbon fiber cables pulling shit up into space
Momentum kept it moving till it hit the sun right in the face
Machines they got faster. That shit kept piling up
And then I smelled the rubbish even with the windows shut

Another great idea by the brilliant human race
Keep them big ones coming. Never learn from your mistakes
Always need a quick fix. Only thinking about today
Relatively speaking, you can’t just make it go away!

(Chorus 2x)

It was beautiful, that solar flare, that breath of fire
I hid in the basement, like Vonnegut in Dresden
And when I came up nothing but ashes and melted steel.

Oh what a mess we left again! (3x)
Track Name: Grand Lilliputian
There is space then theres the universe
theyre no the same thing though we think they are when we are young
we're just a trace like an old photograph
but in our place we crave significance and wonder why


There is the earth, then theres the world we have
Theyr’e not the same thing though we think they are
when time seems scarce

She gave us birth. She gave us things to fear
brought us happiness with loe to give and metaphor

(chorus)

Stars do their time. Where do they go when they die?
What do you fear? We're lucky to be here.
And then its gone, and it moves on. The future's past. The shadow’s left beyond


There is life, then theres the world we have
Theyre not the same thing though we think they are while we're online
But we compose, we make discoveries,
mathematics, alphabets, formalities
Track Name: A Piece A Junk
Floating and spinning, in silence, I’m speeding.
Useful I once was
Lost my way so long ago, searching for the stars you know,
I’m floating.

Hoping and waiting for presence of passing
Useless and drifting,
Gravity gets in the way, an old friend getting pulled away
I’m hoping.

If I fall into the ocean or break off into space
I would rather harbor parasites then help the human race
Taken all the photographs of your islands and your seas
Used me up, got what you needed, now you don’t care about me

Don’t care about me.
Track Name: Radio Balls
Radio Balls, Radio Balls, Ahhhhhh!!
Track Name: The Moon Saloon
Scanned by a robot bosses daughter in tow
Gave me back my lazer blaster, they didn't know
that I'm the fastest, freelance, freight-runner.

Gonna Warm you up baby with some whiskey and tea.
This is why they come here, soon you'll agree,
When that hot tot hits the back of your throat!! Woooo-eeeey!

(chorus)

Hot Toddy - Warm your body,
cause its cold out there,
where there ain't no air

Ya got a hot, oh Toddy,
Ya gotta moooove your body,
Ohhh, Dock your tin, and come on in,
Get a thrill and a room, at The Moon Saloon.

Joint is really jumpin and the bands outta site.
Take my hand let's hit the floor get dancin tonight -

Intergallactic, Space, Hop!

My buddy Franky's mackin on a couple a borgs,
Tina's doin shots with the Moon Saloon whores,
Another round of Toddies for all of my friends

Then Fly home

(chorus)
Track Name: Spacehead
SpaceHead

I can touch my nose. Moonwalk a straight line.
Give me back my keys. I can fly home fine.
You better move on over to the cockpit side
Take a nap on my lap. Lets go for a ride.

We can see a black hole. Hop from star to star.
Get in a high speed chase. Let’s go for a ride.
You better slide on over to the captain’s side.
Have a seat on my lap, let’s go for a ride.

(chorus)

I wanna fly high with you.
Interstellar traveling with you.
Asteroids and stars. Cosmic dust and mars.
Trippin in space with you.

Trippin in space with you.
Track Name: Apolitical Science
I am a rocket ship right now.
I show the future through a different set of eyes.
I see the pyramids below.
Low orbit planetary probe.

I am a water bear right now.
I see the future with a different set of eyes.
I am alive in moss and ice.
I survived in outer space.

(bridge)

You took me to another place, you held me hand made me feel safe.
Opened up my eyes and mind, First time I knew I did not know
This room is dark I have to go, the world is bigger than my own.
I’m not the only pea in the pod.

I’m the immortal HELA cell.
Henrietta’s fighting, farming, feeding playful soul.
I survived in outer space.
I help heal the human race.
Track Name: Awesome Solar Rocketship
She wore a black veil on our very first trip
As we neared a little star aboard our awesome solar rocket ship
Didn’t need a stearing wheel just pointed and it went
Two hearts in one direction for us that star was meant.
Now I ride alone on hybrid busses in the rain
Driver, leave me at the next train
To a place where I can smile again

(bridge_
On that star we held hands, skipped across black sands, climbed magenta cliffs.
If I only knew then what I know now,
That she was Kali who came to kill that side of me
That smelled like damp comfort, oblivion, bad habits and old ways.

She did the job laughing on her way out the door
With a sickle in one hand, my head in her left,
The blood of my heart half eaten, dribbling, down her chin
With fire in her Pollock gotcha last eyes.

She wore a black veil on our very first trip
As we neared a little star aboard our awesome solar rocket ship
Didn’t need a steering wheel just pointed and it went
Two hearts in one direction for us that star was meant. (3x)
Track Name: Stranger
It was a cloudy day - I saw the writing on the wall
And when you came to me - I made no fuss at all – I made no fuss at all.

Scars for all to see – You smiling, laughing at the bar
And when you came for me – I made no fuss at all – I made no fuss at all

Violin and Drum – A coiled dollar bill.
Secrets you shared with me – I saw the writing on the wall (3x)

(chorus)

Stranger Stranger, lets fly to outer space –
These wings are on fire and I need a cooler place,
Where I can see colors and learn a thing or two about you.

Stranger, Stranger, I just robbed a bank –
The drugs are in the car and there's gas in the tank
Lets go on a ride to the planetary side of you …

Wings of orange & black, sprawl out of a cocoon
How can it happen like that? Maybe you can too …
I feel you everywhere – The bloody writing on the wall -

The bed we shake and share – Apologies when you're not there (3x)

Stranger, Stranger, Have another drink –
Cause when you get pourin, I like how you think
About Howl and songs during moonlight walks with you.

Stranger, Stranger, I didn't hear your words –
or maybe you were talkin and I put down the phone
I'd rather stay blind and keep taking magic rides with you.

Stranger, Stranger lets fly to outer space –
These wings are on fire and I need a cooler place
Where I can see colors and learn a thing or two about you
Track Name: Cosmic Jelly
(spoken word)

One day in the not so distant future, human beings will send all of their bad habits in the direction of the sun. And it will be both spectacular and meaningless.

Just like two robotisized beings, best friends yet drifting in opposite directions, saying goodbye like we all must do.

Meanwhile, a minotaur with Vladamir Putin's head and giant testicles, teamed up with Lance Armstrong and flew into orbit to retrieve earth shifting data from a dying satellite, where they fried a young american astronaut vying for the same bounty.

Not far away the party raged on at a night club, where two lovers at the top of their game who had just met, stopped off for a drink and a dance before continuing their road trip fueled by space dust, liquor and passion.

Just down the road, the doors opened on a vessel exposing various earthly organisms to solar radiation so humans could see if those tardigrades and cancer cells would live or die.

And that couple said goodbye while another group of earthlings expanded their domain, sending to the sun those things that they could not bring.
Track Name: White Balloon
White balloon falls in front of me
I cover it with glue
It sticks to me as it comes up off the ground
Headin towards the moon
(Chorus)
Don’t look back. I’m headin to outer space
Never look back, I’m goin somewhere new today
Don’t look back I’m headin to outer space
Never look back I’m goin somewhere new today…

I just realized there are some places I cant breath,
Like outside our atmosphere
It hurts inside as my ribs cave in on me
But I am free of fear
(Chorus)
(Instrumental)
(Repeat chorus)
Track Name: These Things
Once I saw a ball of fire Shoot across the night sky
The most beautiful thing But I never knew why
Was it September or was it July
I don't remember we were really high


I had a girl back then She was pretty and scared
I knew nothing And she barely cared
We drank, he drove real fast We went on a tear
I don't know her now but I'm glad she was there

(chorus)

Oh, these things
Oh, these things. They don't know that they be
Oh, these things
Oh, these things. They don't know that they be


Jolted by a static charge Passing through my hands
Positive and negative Bonding in the air
Everything is random Nothing can truly be planned
Each story has to end as the universe expands

(chorus)

Once I saw a ball of fire Shoot across the night sky
Moments burned to memories Etched in my mind
we're aiming for the stars But we can't travel through time
I don't remember we were really high
Brainwaves transferring Electric charge
Particles and theories We were really far

Particles and theories We were really high
Track Name: Its A No Fit
From Columbus to stuffed peppers
we've always been the first
Not the Greeks and Vikings?
No! It was Italia!

We built a place in outer space
right next to the moon
Its big and round, Its our new town
Mundo Spaziale!

It may not be on earth
But its part of Italy
We'll bring our favorite artifacts
Like Tore' Di Piza!

We knocked it over and brought it down
to the garbage corridor
They let us try
It was too damn wide
So we threw it in a pit!

(chorus)

Its a no fit. Its a no fit
We tried to get it on but its a no fit
Itsa no fit - its a no fit
A shame she couldnt handle
Its a no fit

Broccoli Rabe, homemade wine, culture identity,
Tiramisu, Pavarotti tunes and a couple Ferraris.
We needed the Coliseum there
so we brought it bit by bit.
Couldn't put it back together
so we sent it in orbit

Its a no fit. Its a no fit
We tried to get it on but its a no fit
Itsa no fit - its a no fit
A shame she couldnt handle
Its a no fit

Its a no fit. Its a no fit
We tried to get it on but its a no fit
Itsa no fit - its a no fit
We brought a Stratavaria, Georgio Cinaglia,
Luca Parmitano but Capella Sistina,
Its a no Fit!