Sins of Commission 2

by Tom Smith

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Another collection of songs written on commission, including romance, fantasy, familial superheroics, gaming silliness, a tribute to the late Jim Baen, a theme for the online journal Anthrozine... and, at last, songs written for some of today's coolest and most popular web comics: Kevin & Kell, Accidental Centaurs, and Something Positive!

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released March 15, 2009

Additional Vocals: Karen Underwood

Partners for this album:
Anthrozine (www.anthrozine.com)
Kevin & Kell (www.kevinandkell.com)
Accidental Centaurs (www.accidentalcentaurs.com)
Something Positive (www.somethingpositive.net)

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Weird Al with more books, JoCo with more jokes, Carlin with more Cthulhu. Since 1985, Tom Smith has been breaking hearts, minds, and laws of propriety and physics with his insane blend of sf/fantasy, Life With Computers, pop culture, politics, and puns. More than twenty albums later, he maintains the best is yet to come. ... more

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Track Name: Brothers Under the Skin
(underchorus:
Scales and feathers, hide and fur,
hiss and shriek and growl and purr,
Fang and claw and hoof and spur,
Not like you? Don't be so sure....)

A hundred thousand years ago
Who can say, who can know?
Man was a beast, or might have been,
Perhaps the beasts were really men.

The fights we fought, the deeds we dared,
The risks and burdens all were shared.
Though each tribe had a different name,
We knew that we were all the same.

We're all brothers under the skin,
We're all brothers under the skin.

And then one day there came a man
Who noticed there was change at hand,
To hold, to seize, to wield tools,
To make new things, to break the rules.

As humans strengthened every grip,
Into the shadows beasts did slip,
Astounded, angry, and afraid,
Confounded that they'd been betrayed.

We're all brothers under the skin,
We're all brothers under the skin.

How quickly our brotherhood was forgotten,
How blithely our differences pushed us apart.
How can we be so cruel to our family?
How dare we hurt those we held in our heart?

A hundred thousand years gone by,
And men no longer question why.
They say the world was always theirs,
And it's a world that no one shares.

But in the shadows, in the night,
In dreams gone wrong and hopes gone right,
The beasts who walked along with men
Await our time to rise again.

And you can never make us kneel,
For, unlike you, we live to feel.
Each pain and passion make us real,
Your deepest secrets, we reveal.

Scales and feathers, hide and fur,
Hiss and shriek and growl and purr,
Fang and claw and hoof and spur,
Not like you? Don't be so sure --

We're all brothers under the skin
We're all brothers under the skin
We're all brothers under the skin
(We are part of the world you're in)
We're all brothers under the skin
(Embodying every strength and sin)
We're all brothers under the skin
(Admitting we're real is how you begin)
We're all brothers under the skin,
We're all brothers under the skin.
Track Name: The Brightest Star In My Sky
When I was young, I knew someday
I'd walk into the fire
I knew I'd see my destiny,
But I dreamed of my heart's desire.

I knew out there, there was magic,
If only I could see,
Who knew that so many years ago
It was right in front of me.

And I will walk beside you,
That's where I've sworn to be,
If you look for the brightest star in my sky,
It's right there next to me.

I'd known you without knowing
That our souls had met before,
We met, we kissed, we left, we missed
The chance for something more.

A shadow fell between our lives,
The darkness chilled my soul,
But now ends the night, I'm sleeping in light,
And now with you I'm whole.

And I will walk beside you,
That's where I need to be,
If you look for the brightest star in my sky,
It's right there next to me.

Life is too brief not to share it with you,
And too beautiful not to make ours.
With our belief we'll make legends come true,
And fight for our place in the stars.

Yours is the passion I touch in the night
And thank God that I answered its call,
Yours is the love that is burning so bright
That around us no shadows can fall.

When I was young, I knew someday
I'd face the fall of night.
Back then, who knew that I'd have you
To lift me towards the light.

And now we make our own magic,
Our dreams have all come true,
At last I see my destiny,
My heart's desire in you.

And I will walk beside you,
That's where I want to be,
If you look for the brightest star in my sky,
It's right there next to me.

And I will walk beside you,
That's where I'm supposed to be,
When I look for the brightest star in my sky,
You're right here next to me.
Track Name: Theme From Accidental Centaurs
I had a vision, I had a dream,
I had a theory go to the extreme,
I had a purpose, I had a place,
But then we got dragged to some otherSpace,

Accidents happen, that's what they say,
But this one keeps changing our DNA,
That's enough story, that's enough plot,
We used to be human and now we're not.

Everything's different, everything's strange,
Everything's nothing like what we knew.
Everything's shifted and slightly deranged,
Everything's different, including you.

I've got the strength of a hundred men,
But I'd like to fit into my genes again.
I've never felt so good, but I really wish
(I had my) Microwave oven and satellite dish.

Of all I imagined when I passed the vale
I never pictured having hooves and a tail,
It's nothing like I ever learned in school,
I wish I could deny this is really cool.

Everything's different, everything's weird,
Everything's changing our point of view,
Everything's nothing like how it appeared,
At least I know I can count on you.

The ones who live here think that we
Have come to fulfill some prophecy.
Not that they told us what we have to do,
So we're out here searching for any clue.

And, for all we know, every day we miss
Increases the chances we'll stay like this.
The most dangerous part of the quest I see
Is the feeling we've found our destiny.

I want to go back to the life I miss,
But can any of that compare with this?
Legends you talk to, myths you can feel,
Everything I ever hoped was real?

I've tried to be everything I could be,
The very best version there is of me,
But what if it turns out the only way
To be everything I can be is stay?

Everything's different, everything's strange,
Or is the fantasy what we knew?
Everything's beautiful, everything's dangerous,
But I can make it if I've got you.

Everything's different, everything's strange,
Worlds uncharted where dreams come true
Both of us livin' it, both of us changed,
Except for the part where I love you.
Except for the part where I love you.
They can't change my heart, and I love you.
Track Name: Believe
The dragons all have gone away,
Well, that's what I've heard people say,
Or else they're all in hiding in
Their caverns underground.

For them, the years rushed on so fast,
They watched the whole world moving past,
And now there is no evidence
They ever were around.

But people once believed in them,
And knew that they were there.
They knew how dragons spread their wings
And floated on the air,
And how the people honored them,
The tribute they'd receive --
The dragons were so real to them,
How could they not believe?

The unicorns were never here,
Although it strikes me very queer
That everyone knows everything
About them just the same.

But all the lands where they might roam,
The forest glades they might call home,
Have long abandoned unicorns
In everything but name.

But people once believed in them,
And knew their hearts were pure.
They knew the magic of that horn,
The poisons it could cure,
And how they'd shine beneath the moon
Upon a summer's eve...
The unicorns were real to them,
How could they not believe?

We're living in the world we made,
So why are people so afraid
That fairy tales and fantasies
Might actually be true?

With brick and mortar, stone and steel,
We've kept ourselves from what we feel,
Forgetting feelings are as real
As anything we do.

The dragons all have gone away,
The unicorns no longer play,
Except along the edges of our
Memories and dreams.

But it doesn't matter where they went,
For everything they ever meant
Is living there inside us, not so
Distant as it seems.

So many things we care about,
So many things we know,
So many were impossible
Not so long ago.
So never stop believing in
The things you only feel.
You must believe in something
If you want to make it real.

No, never stop believing,
For beliefs are also true.
And all that's worth achieving
Must begin and end with you.
Your life is but the tapestry
Of all the threads you weave,
And it cannot unravel just as
Long as you believe.

For unicorns and dragons,
There's no need for you to grieve;
The dreams you dream can all come true,
As long as you remember to...
Believe.
Track Name: Something's Going On
They met at a New Year's party
They didn't know back then
How long they could have known each other,
How long they might have been friends

Maybe the timing wasn't right,
Maybe before they found The One,
Maybe they had to find themselves
Maybe

That's the way the cookie crumbles,
That's the way it looks to me,
That's the way we are together,
That's the way it's supposed to be,

Something's going on,
A bit at a time,
So subtle we didn't
See it coming,
I look at you,
It feels like home.

Keeping body and soul together,
But hungry for something more,
Leaving to find what's missing inside,
That's what a journey's for.

Bicycling on the Natchez Trace,
Studying down Ocho Rios way,
Riding a bus through ancient Greece,
Knowing

That's the way the boo-boo bounces,
That's the way it looks to me,
That's the way we are together,
That's the way it's supposed to be,

Something's going on,
I can't look away,
Everything's building
To a crescendo,
I hold your hand,
It feels like home.

So their souls still wander,
But always side by side,
What they want and what they need
Together they can provide.

Nothing tastes like the wine you make,
Nothing lasts like the house you build,
Nothing feels like the love you share,
Nothing like

The way the cookie crumbles,
That's the way it looks to me,
That's the way we are together,
That's the way it's supposed to be,

Something's going on,
The rest of our lives,
And I'll always be
So glad that you're with me,
Wherever we are
Together is home.
Track Name: Chort Through the Ages
The Post Office has a secret that they try not to flout,
They've got an immortal on a mail delivery route.
He looks so ordinary, with a smile upon his face,
But on weekends he can be anywhere throughout known time and space.

Chort through the ages,
With his Roman Legion sword,
Chort through the ages,
Viking warrior, feudal lord,
If you want a Hottentot or a Mongol from the horde,
Never fear, 'cause Chort is here, near where the beer is poured.

His costumes are legendary, his parties more than that,
He puts on a persona the way some folks put on a hat,
He's a feisty little devil with a dozen coats and pants,
And no matter which one he has on, Chort knows how to dance.

Chort through the ages,
Polka, two-step, heel-toe,
Chort through the ages,
Samba, ballroom, or tango,
He does Russian kicks or a sabre dance like Baryshnikov on blow,
And he claims to be Charleston-challenged, but we've got the video.

Now, Chort is real romantic, there's so much love he has to give,
He told his wife, "Here, peel these potatoes", and she let him live.
His friends and family and everyone from Glen Echo to Newport
All know he's fly, and that is why their go-to guy is Chort.

Chort through the ages,
Singing with a pirate crew,
Chort through the ages,
Lots of gaming in there, too,
So the Postal Service tries to keep their secret, but it's true,
The right folks see that history's more fun when he comes through.
You're a king, old sport, and we're your court, so this one, Chort, 's for you.
Track Name: Werewulf (Master of Momitude)
When the Empty City is dark and cold
We need a hero, extra bold
With hair that's striped with many hues
Hands on her hips and mismatched shoes

By day she's a movie trivia queen
And the friendliest lady you've ever seen
But when danger calls her course is true:
She asks herself, "What would Snake Plisskin do?"

The werewulf (master of momitude)
Greatest hero you'll ever see
The Werewulf (master of momitude)
And she does it stylishly
Wrestling dragons, wrangling cranes,
And on Team Greykell she's the brains
She's the Werewulf (master of momitude)
And never ever forget --
"It's all about me!"

Tomato Eating Girl and Useless Girl
The two best sidekicks in the world
Except of course for her husband Rick
And the most dangerous, black belt Nick

If it weren't enough that she be praised
For all the other kids she's raised
Show up at her house on New Year's Eve
For a costume party you won't believe!

The werewulf (master of momitude)
She doesn't let anything beat her
The Werewulf (master of momitude)
Not even the dumb water heater
With just a glare she'll freeze that damp,
Because she's the world Icebreaker champ
She's The Werewulf (master of momitude)
And never ever forget --
"It's all about me!"

There've been more challenges and more stress
Since she found out she had MS
But she stood up and faced the truth
With the MS Bike Challenge Pirate Booth

She walked fifty miles just 'cause she could,
She watched her weight, and it's all good,
With her family and Team Greykell,
She's got lots more years of raising hell!

She's the Werewulf (master of momitude)
And there's nothin' she can't do
The werewulf (master of momitude)
And her Team Greykell crew
So much to do, so much she's done,
So much to be proud of, and so much fun --
Werewulf (master of momitude)
And never ever forget --
It's all about you.

Hugs and howls!
Track Name: Master of the Multiverse
Young gods are born in ecstacy,
Somewhere in the heart of a star,
They'll stand and stretch and flex to see
Where their limits are.
For it's the job of gods to turn
The void into substance and light,
But even the oldest had to learn
How to do it right.

And he sips the morning coffee,
And he looks up at the skies,
And visions of a thousand worlds
Start dancing in his eyes,
Where the villians always do their worst,
But the hero always wins,
And the master of the multiverse begins.

The flights of wit and whimsy,
The flouting of the rules,
The young gods first make him see
They understand the tools.
They tell him of their grand designs,
They show what they will do,
Then he helps them find what's in their minds,
From atom to A.U.

And he takes up his blue pencil,
And he starts to leave his mark,
Some light and cold, some bright and bold,
Some twisted, vile and dark,
The realities he helps to nurse
Are more than what they were,
With the master of the multiverse to spur.

Some reinterpret legends,
Or tell tales of their Bards,
Some sing of War and Honor,
Some only of its shards.
Some will tell of wars in hell,
Or beyond the furthest stars,
He approves each name and he trues each aim
And he helps us make them ours.

Young gods must learn creation,
It's their purpose and their lore,
And their greatest education
Comes from one who's gone before.
Showing how to shape reality,
How to stand and not to fall.
And how the human heart can help us see
The gods within us all.

And he puts down his blue pencil,
And he says, "I've seen it through,
I did what I could to make things good,
Now I pass the torch to you,
Help the gods be honest with themselves,
And you'll always get their best"....

Now the master of the multiverse can rest.
Track Name: Something Positive
Everywhere you go, from Bedford up to Boston town,
You can't imagine all the action that's goin' down,
And everything is an example of the mess we're in --
It's like you lost the game of life before the game begins.

But every moment can be precious in the Gollum sense,
And this is not the time to play both sides of the fence.
There must be something out there that you can improve --
When life gives you lemons, make stain remover.

I don't know what my life's about
(Not sure about anything anymore)
Just trying to keep the jerkwads out
(I'm wondering who is keeping score)
But I won't go down without a fight
(I'll find my reason to live)
You can't have darkness without light
(I always look for something positive)

No matter who bizarre the situation tries to get,
You've gotta tell yourself the saga isn't over yet.
Like when your boneless cat, who hasn't got any hair,
Goes down a drain and comes back with someone's underwear.

Or when your friend tries to tell herself she's lesbian,
But every morning she's been with three more men.
Or when your girl thinks that foreplay uses chloroform,
Or when you set your boss on fire 'cause you can't keep warm.

I don't know what I'm trying to do
(Eight hours a day at an empty desk)
There's so much bull that I've been through
(The Pretty People think I'm grotesque)
But I won't let it rot my brain
(I know that something's got to give)
You can't have pleasure without pain,
(I always look for something positive)

You like pretending that you're so mature,
But Real Life stuff happens that you can't ignore.
Your best one-liners and a snarky tone
Can't prepare you for having kids of your own.
There ain't a horror movie traumatizing
As your parents gettin' old in front of your eyes.
And you can let the cruel universe have its way
Or you can kick it in the crotch and say, "Not today!"

So if your gaming buddies feed you to a rabid troll,
Keep the toilet paper with you 'cause you're on a roll.
When you're sodomized by the Redneck Trees,
Be grateful you can't get Dutch Elm disease.

If your community theater turns into a Pier Six brawl,
Say it's a production of Fight Club Meets Rollerball.
When a koala tries to touch you in that special way,
Tell your friends you're researching Furry anime.

If all the women in your life do vagina-mancy,
Keep 'em happy with Nerdrotica, nothing fancy.
If your sweetie is talking to your crazy ex,
Just remember good friends are better than sex.

If your true love marries another guy,
Wish 'em well, keep your chin up and don't ask why.
If you feel like you're at the end of your rope,
You are.

I don't know what my life's about
(Not sure about anything anymore)
I'm trying to keep the assholes out
(I don't give a shit who's keeping score)
But I won't go down without a fight
(Right there's my reason to live)
You can't have darkness without light
(I always look for something positive)....
Track Name: Leeann
She is the ember that becomes the fire,
You will remember every heart's desire
When you look into her eyes and take her hand....

Away up in the west lands, twixt the mountains and the sea,
Where the land itself is magic, so they say,
There's a little place called Mapleshire, as lovely as you'll see,
Where the fairies, elves, and pixies holiday.

Up there you'll find a lady, whose smile outshines the sun,
Who did her best but never could fit in,
Until she left the city for a place her heart could run,
Took a look around and knew her real life had begun.

Leeann (She is the ember that becomes the fire)
Leeann (You will remember every heart's desire)
Leeann (When you look into her eyes and take her hand...)
Leeann.

She wanders through the forest, on the edges of a dream,
Where what's real makes room for what is fantasy,
She can close her eyes and hear the sighs of every brook and stream,
She can feel the life in every flower and tree.

And then the forest echoes with her stories and her songs,
The legends that she carries in her heart,
And everything around her hears her voice so clear and strong,
As she conjures with the magic that she's known her whole life long

Leeann (She is the ember that becomes the fire)
Leeann (You will remember every heart's desire)
Leeann (When you look into her eyes and take her hand...)
Leeann.

She can hold a baby animal a trembling in her hand,
And nurture it and raise it till it's strong enough to stand,
Her family and friends are there to catch her should she fall,
But even when she stumbles, still she's walking tall.

So many things she's done so far, so many yet to do,
So many ways her work seems more like play,
She never has to worry that her dreams may not come true,
For she makes them happen every single day.

So many tales within her, her music, art, and more,
just waiting to be shared with all she can,
With only nineteen summers, with all that's gone before,
I tell you, we can't wait to see what else she's got in store --

Leeann (She is the ember that becomes the fire)
Leeann (You will remember every heart's desire)
Leeann (When you look into her eyes and when you take her by the hand)
Leeann (Every day's a new surprise, with so much more to understand)

Leeann (She is the ember that becomes the fire)
Leeann (You will remember every heart's desire)
Leeann (When you look into her eyes and take her hand...)
Leeann.
Track Name: Part Of A Heart
Never been all that good with emotions,
Never learned to make my feelings known,
Always seemed to be going through the motions,
Always thought I'd end up alone.

Never knew how hard it was to manage,
Never knew how hard it was to care,
Until I found myself with one advantage:
The simple fact that you were there.

It's like I had
Part of a heart, I was waiting for the rest,
And I wondered what the problem was, was this some kind of test?
Part of a heart, barely beating on its own,
But if I could find the other parts, I'd never be alone.

Never knew that I'd had no exemption,
Never felt it coming on at all,
Always thought I'd gotten my redemption,
Never guessed that I might take a fall.

Never knew I'd feel such pain inside me,
Never knew the end could be so near,
Always knew you you'd be right there beside me,
Never said how glad I was you were here.

It's like I had
Part of a heart, and how was I to know?
They could heal the broken vessel, but the feelings wouldn't flow.
Part of a heart, I was missing part of me,
And there aren't the words to thank you for your love and loyalty.

I was so scared of losing everything I had,
I realize... that I ain't no saint.
You kept on loving me, though I know I drove you mad,
You never once had... a word of complaint.

Never knew that things could be so different,
Never knew that I could be so blessed,
Always thought the odds were pretty distant,
Never knew I'd end up with the best.

Never knew my life could change completely,
Never knew my dreams could all come true.
With you I knew nothing could defeat me,
You make me feel I'm good enough for you.

It's like I had
Part of a heart, I was waiting for the beat,
When I put my arms around you, then the circle is complete.
Part of a heart, but together we are one,
And I never can give thanks enough for everything you've done.

Part of a heart, I was hollow and in pain,
But you held me and you loved me and you filled me once again.
Part of a heart, now the beat is oh so strong,
When I've got you here beside me, I know that's where I belong.

Part of a heart, I was missing part of me,
And there aren't the words to thank you for your love and loyalty.
Part of a heart, barely beating on its own,
But now I've found the other parts, we'll never be alone.

Part of a heart, and together we are one,
And I never can give thanks enough for everything you've done....
Track Name: Everybody Wants A Barb
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own,
So they don't have to worry 'bout being alone,
The greatest little lady you've ever known,
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.

A tiny terror with a heart of gold,
And lots of fuzzy animals to ward off the cold.
One of the fairie folk, or so I'm told,
Look in her eyes and you'll never grow old.

Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own,
Loves almost everything she's been shown,
Antiques, anime, or authentic scone,
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.

Pound for pound and quid pro quo,
She's the most dangerous woman I know
She can make anything look good, so
When she kicks your ass, it'll steal the show.

Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own,
Wearing the finest costume garb ever sewn,
The perfect blend of texture and tone,
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.

She can steal your heart with only a glance,
And anyone who asks gets at least one dance,
A lotta guys are wantin' to take the chance,
But it's too late, fellas, she's got a romance.

Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own,
But there's just one till we learn how to clone,
And Tom's the lucky guy who gets her alone,
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.

Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own,
Maiden, warrior, mother and crone,
Even when she's Larping as Yoko On-o,
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.

Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own,
The most wonderful woman we've ever known,
A goddess incarnate they'll never dethrone,
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.
Everybody wants to have a Barb of their own.
And Tom's so damn lucky this Barb is his own.
Track Name: Kate and Jaana
Now harken to my story, of ancient days of yore,
Of Dawntreader and Stormwind, both heroes to the core,
They battled every evil, and often saved the world...
But when they let their hair down, they were just two of the girls.

Kate and Jaana, adventurers sublime,
Kate and Jaana, kinda hard to rhyme,
Wait, we're gonna sing it one more time,
Kate and Jaana, kickin' ass and takin' names.

Jaana was a ranger, to the forest like a daughter
She looked like Lily Potter, 'cept the leather made her hotter,
For loyalty to all her friends she always had a knack,
That's why the seven times she died they kept on bringin' her back.

Now, Kate, she was a lovely rogue, thief/acrobat by trades,
Her wardrobe was the finest, and so were both her blades,
Her heart was always happy, her smile was always bright,
She always had a good time, especially in a fight.

Kate and Jaana, and Kate's virgin alarm,
Half-Ork Grmshk, who kept 'em safe from harm,
If you tried to hit on Kate, he'd feed you your own arm,
Kate and Jaana, kinda glad he wasn't tame.

Their party was a large one, a strong and motley troop,
Peregrin and Erac's Cousin, mages of the group,
Arioch and Harald, the clerics most devout,
and Collagin the elfin mage, who had a lovely pout.

There also was Virginia, a lovely fairy dragon,
And one guy whom we can't recall, but still we raise a flagon,
'Cause they were bold adventurers together, what a party!
Like The Fellowship! The Goonies! Bill and Ted! Laurel and Hardy.

No, Kate and Jaana, close as you could get,
Kate and Jaana, think I'll have a cigarette --
Wait, there, bwana, they're just friends! They both were HET!
Not to say we didn't dream it all the same.
Sigh.

One day Kate went to scout out an old forgotten cave,
Came back and said, "The occupant is halfway in his grave!
We can handle one ogre!" Too bad that there were five,
Plus four assassins, twenty orcs -- how'd they get out alive?

Kate and Jaana, the ranger took the fall,
Fate had done a bad turn to them all,
Kate got on her hands and knees to crawl,
Got 'em out before the corpses all were maimed.

Some slavers caught and stripped 'em and said, "We'll leave 'em here",
They managed to escape their cell but didn't have their gear,
They couldn't find a scrap of clothes, not even gloves or boots,
And so they had to fight their way out in their birthday suits.

They came up with a clever plan, and quickly they rehearsed
They'd take each room real quiet, Kate and Jaana went in first,
The occupants were sitting ducks, those bug-eyed staring lugs,
Until our girls ran out of luck -- one room had actual bugs.

Kate and Jaana, bustin' through the door,
White hot mamas settling the score
Till they found insectoid carnivores
After that, the last thing on their minds was shame.
(Oho, coverin' their aspis?)

Then came their greatest battle, against a wizard sleazy,
They thought they had him dead to rights, but nothing is that easy,
He had a lot of fireballs, he had assassins too,
And when the smoke cleared they were helpless, nothin' they could do

Except the fairy dragon, who'd managed to keep clear
She said, "Well, what would Kate and Jaana do if they were here?"
She waited till the wizard got too close and then, ya know,
She stung him in the gizzard and he failed his saving throw.

So everyone has tales and legends of their fighting days,
Of grabbing loot and busting heads in some forgotten maze,
But every time we reminisce about those days long gone...
We think of Kate and Jaana...
... and wish they'd got it on.

Kate and Jaana, partners in crime,
Kate and Jaana, we'll somehow make 'em rhyme,
Wait, we're gonna sing it one more time,
Kate and Jaana, kickin' ass and takin' names.
They kept us well abreast, and don't forget the rest,
With Kate and Jaana, the best of our games!
Track Name: Underneath the Fur
Kell:
I've brought down prey three times my size,
But this mouse has me paralyzed,
If I touch it, I admit that I've moved on.

Just take a chance, you might connect
With someone that you might respect,
It's an online chat room, not the Amazon.

I'm smoothing down my hackles, pulling in my claws,
Shaking off the shackles and the fears that give me pause,
I'm a wolf in designer clothing, but this pretense has to end,
Underneath my fur, I need a friend.

Kevin:
I'm only lurking on this site,
So how come I'm all "fight or flight"?
I'm a rabbit, not a sacrificial lamb.

But I can't stay in the Great Indoors
And cower from all these carnivores,
Somehow, I'm all right with where I am.

I'm fluffing up my tail, folding back my ears,
Knowing I can't fail if I'm facing down my fears,
I may act like a tough guy, but I know it's pretend,
Underneath my fur, I need a friend.

Both:
Everyone has costumes that they put on every day,
People they're supposed to be, or roles they have to play,
I'm so tired of playing, I just want someone to see
Underneath the costume, where all I am is me.

[instrumental]

B: There's a wild part of me I thought no one could tame,
Kl: But you can see the heart of me...
Kv: And you can see the same...
B: Our lives have been so different,
B: But I think you'll agree...
Kl: Underneath your fur, you're a lot like me.
Kv: Really? I concur -- you're a lot like me.
Kv: I saw you smile and I was sure,
Kl: I've been unwell and you're the cure,
B: And I love your fur -- heh! You're the one for me.

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And here's a little insight into the creative/collaborative process -- an early version of Kevin's solo verse:

Face it -- I'm a lonely nerd,
And I'm sick of trying to be herd,
I'll never be who they want me to be.

They cower in the Great Indoors,
Until they're caught by carnivores,
What's being timid ever done for me?

I'm fluffing up my tail, folding back my ears,
Knowing I can't fail if I'm facing down my fears,
I'm a macho bunny rabbit, or so I pretend,
But underneath my fur, I need a friend.

and an alternate version of the same verse by Bill, which had a couple of bits I obviously and delightedly nicked:

My rabbit friends all think I'm weird
Since I find little to be feared
But this new feeling triggers "fight or flight."

Hares cower in the Great Indoors,
Until they're caught by carnivores.
I'm not them; I've found new courage on this site.
Track Name: My Sun, My Moon
All my life, all alone,
That was how I'd feel,
Looking for something more,
Seeking what was real.

I was expected to
Just accept my fate,
Questions I'd asked denied,
But I would not wait.

Day and night brought no light,
None that I could see,
For my sun and my moon,
Hadn't yet found me.

You and I met at school,
Studying tales of yore.
But we both looked beyond a book,
Wanting something more.

Took a breath, took a chance,
And I spoke my mind,
So did you -- as we grew,
My heart was right behind.

Dark at night, dark at noon
Finally fell away,
For my sun and my moon,
Brought me night and day.

You can't possess me for I am my own,
I decide how I should live,
But for however long we have alone,
I give to you all I can give
You can't command me for my heart is free,
But for you I promise to fight,
Yours is the smile each morning I'll see,
Your name I'll cry out in the night.

Just like that, it was done,
And our lives were bound,
We were two, now we're one,
More than what we'd found.

Every hope, dream, and song,
Everything we've planned
All right where they belong
When I take your hand.

Morning can't come too soon,
Neither can the night,
You're my sun, you're my moon,
Burning strong and bright.

You're my words, you're my tune,
You're what makes things right,
You're my sun, you're my moon,
You are all my light.