The Curiosity Shop

by Vincent Gargiulo National Park

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released February 5, 2019

VINCENT GARGIULO: Vocals, Keys, Melodica
ALISA DAMASO: Vocals, Ukulele, Sleigh Bells
JEREMY GREENE: Saxophone, Additional Keys, Vocals
IAN MESEY:: Bass, Guitars, Vocals
JASPER SKYDECKER:: Drums

Mixed & Engineered by Mark Pistel & Vincent Gargiulo. Mastered by Neato Mastering. Album art by Ryan Brock. All songs by Vincent Gargiulo.

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Track Name: I Woke Up Screaming
I just keep expecting you there
And Jesus unsubscribed to my prayers
I don’t believe you when you say always
Except how you’ve ruined all my days
I fell out of bed. Can’t get you out of my head.
I woke up screaming! (AHHH)

You’ll forget me meeting dumb asses
But I still have your Looney Tunes glasses
I smashed every single one on the wall
Now Porky Pig doesn’t bother me at all
It’s not right how you haunt me every night
I woke up screaming! (AHHH)

I think about suicide a lot
I think about twice on the nights I forgot
And wouldn’t it be nice to have all your problems gone
Wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it?
I woke up screaming! (AHHH)

Some days you want to get on the train
And never go back again
Start a new life anywhere else
Where you can go outside and just be yourself
This isn’t a lark. I’m a crazy dog in the park
I woke up screaming! (AHHH)
Screaming! (AHHH)
Track Name: Jul Hus
Old friends reunite
Would you like to see a sight tonight?
There's a place I know nearby
A place that caught my eye. Here's why:

The houses were built in 1917
Meant to evoke a Swedish winter scene
Prettiest place that I have ever seen
Let's ditch this abusive comedian
This is not the environment that I want to be in
Come with me and I'll show you where the Jul Hus begins

Such excitement on her face
It soon became a race to the place
I have snacks that I can bring
Old songs that we can sing. How's things?

I asked why she thought people don't respond
When you write to them and it's thoughtful and long
She said maybe they just got something else going on

I asked if she remembered an old kids show
Where a mannequin came to life when the store was closed
She thought for a second and then said no

But she ran into the fog and got lost
Hypnotized by light into the Jul Hus

Historical landmark 175
Somewhere in the white, my friend is alive
I can't see in but I know she survived

10 years since that happened
I never saw my friend again
I search now & then
But just see the grin of a penguin

She ran into the fog and got lost
Hypnotized by light into the Jul Hus

She ran into the fog and got lost
And to think, it was me who wanted to show her the Jul Hus.
Track Name: Kenneth Williams
Headlining this Sunday
At the Independent
It's a new sensation
And his name is Kenneth

He's only 22
And a rising talent
So mature for his age
And his name is Kenneth

Born in New York to minor celebrities
Pulls from his hard knock past to get on stage and sing

"Clap your hands. Come on now. Let's take a stand.
Clap your hands. Come on everybody dance."

He's a star. He's a stud.
All the girls (it's Kenneth)
Are in love with Kenneth, Kenneth Williams

His album's out now
3 and a half stars
Listen on Spotify
Search online for Kenneth

He wants to thank the fans
He'd be nothing without them
They say he's so attractive
And his name is Kenneth

Signed to a major label and now just goes by Ken
Disavows all the old songs but forced to play his one true hit

"Clap your hands. Come on now. Let's take a stand.
Clap your hands. Come on everybody dance."

He has sex. He does coke.
Often posts. Others jokes.
Goes on tour. Breaks even.
Yells alot. (it's Kenneth)
He is Kenneth Williams.

And he sailed across the ocean
Now he's playing overseas
Trying to start a big commotion
For his new remix ep

He can't control his alcohol
Lost all inspiration
Got a girl pregnant
And her name is Karen

His side business failed
Moved into a motel
Grows increasingly erratic
And his name is Kenneth

Dropped from the major label and falls into despair
Come and see Ken this weekend at the San Joaquin County Fair
(Singing)
"Clap your hands. Come on now. Let's take a stand.
Clap your hands. Come on everybody dance."

He's washed up. He's ignored.
Gets let press than before.
Goes back home. Buys a gun.
Shoots himself. (it's Kenneth)
That was Kenneth, Kenneth Williams.
Track Name: Come Here For Love
You like that guy but he ain’t free
So girl, come here to me
I ain’t pushy. I won’t shove
So girl, come here for love
Let me take you out to my favorite spot
I’ve taken every girl there and they like it a lot
I’m DTW, down to wait for you
But if you see me doing my dance,
Then girl you’ve lost your chance
You like that guy but he ain’t free
So girl, come here to me
I ain’t pushy. I won’t shove
So girl, come here for love


Look here honey, got something to say
That guy you like? I’m sure he’s gay
He’s looking at me! Not looking at you
And in that dress, it’s hard not to
You need someone nice, someone strong
Here’s some advice: I’ve never wrong
Do I have your attention? Do I have your vote?
Come on baby, let me grab your coat.

You like that guy but he ain’t free
So girl, come here to me
I ain’t pushy. I won’t shove
So girl, come here for love
Let me take you out to my favorite spot
I’ve taken every girl there and they like it a lot
I’m DTW, down to wait for you
But if you see me doing my dance,
Then girl you’ve lost your chance
You like that guy but he ain’t free
So girl, come here to me
I ain’t pushy. I won’t shove
So girl, come here for love

Hey girl, you’re moving too fast
I never said put your hand in my pants
Let’s take it easy, take it slow
Let’s get a drink. Let’s get to know
What are your hobbies? What do you do?
I play music. How about you?
I’m a Weekend Warrior and I like the outdoors
You’re pretty but you sound like a bore

You like that guy but he ain’t free
So girl, come here to me
I ain’t pushy. I won’t shove
So girl, come here for love
Let me take you out to my favorite spot
I’ve taken every girl there and they like it a lot
I’m DTW, down to wait for you
But if you see me doing my dance,
Then girl you’ve lost your chance
Track Name: Five
Another strange bed
Another bathroom I don’t belong in
You try to hold me
But you don’t me know me
And the only thing I wanted to do was boring too
But my hair looks cool

I want to go somewhere and look at my phone
I like to be around people when I want to be alone
I get home late at night
And I’m smelling ripe
And I check my likes
And I got five
Guess it’s enough to be alive

Oooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, say you love me
Say it to me. It doesn’t have to be true
Oooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, say you love me
Say it to me. Please say I love you.

Everywhere I’ve lived has been a cruel city
I won’t kill you bug but you do annoy me
And someone stole my
Political sign
There goes my voice
And a wasted five
Guess it’s enough to be alive

Oooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, say you love me
Say it to me. It doesn’t have to be true
Oooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, say you love me
Say it to me. Please say I love you.

And if I had a time machine
I’d go back to 1915
Take myself to Sutro Baths
Slide down the slide and swim some laps
Everywhere in town is a memory that I’ve had
And you’ll find me chowing down on McDonalds feeling sad
All of life events have brought me to here
So hello new pal, let’s share this beer

Oooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, say you love me
Say it to me. It doesn’t have to be true
Oooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, say you love me
Say it to me. Please say I love you.
Track Name: Fall Off The Map
In a former life, I was a circus bear
I hoped on my unicycle and rode outta there
I tried to spend my fortune with a life in the woods
But I felt more human and struggled more than I should
I wanted to

Fall off the map
Fall off the map
Fall off the map
Maybe I just needed a nap

Have you seen a badly placed bench?
Did history change it’s course or did it never make any sense?
It used to overlook a beautiful vista
But now it sits behind the Foothill Shopping Plaza
When did it

Fall off the map
Fall off the map
Fall off the map
Gonna curl up on it and take a nap

It’s the Post-Apocalypse and I’m at a bar
One more glass of scotch to forget the fallen star
Did you ever get to visit San Francisco?
There was a place called the Tonga Room. They had a band on a boat.
I saw it just

Fall off the map
Fall off the map
Fall off the map
I’ve drank too much and I need a nap

We need to go camping again.
Track Name: Leonard's Tea Emporium of Total Kitten Madness
This is the tale of Leonard Oshiro
Has a crush on his coworker Akiko
But he’s the boss and that’s a no no
Keeping to his work is best

He bought an old Victorian
Got some baristas within the kitchen
Called it Leonard’s Tea Emporium
Of Total Kitten Madness

He’s there every day
It’s a place where people pay
To drink and play and socialize
With 10-15 small felines
Everything was going well for a time

But he broke the health code
And there were backers that he owed
And on Tilly they found some fleas
While Coco Chanel died of disease
And he’s gone on the press and he’s lied and lied

Attendance was poor in those very last days
Despite the addition of a mirror maze
Employees left since there was no raise
And it was only Leonard who stayed

He had to shut the business down
Now he’s looking for dishwashing jobs in town
With friends around, he jokes about
It was he who let the dogs out

Hey there Akiko
Things are not the same
Would you like to grab some pizza
Would you like to watch the game
Thursday night is perfect
Can’t wait for our date
I’ll pick you up at your apartment
I’m unemployed so I won’t be late

They helped an old lady out
Trying to bring a big box up
They just pushed it on the floor
Careful to push but not to pull
She said you don’t want to end up like me one day

Don’t ever get too old
Don’t do what you’re told
Do what you want
Even if you do mess up
Because the fact remains you’ll be remains anyway

This is the story that Leonard tells
He doesn’t say how his business failed
Just that he met Akiko and that was that
All he ever wanted was love and a cat.

MEOW
Track Name: Good Luck With The Music
I wrote a song using her name
I made $20 change for some arcade games
I held the umbrella as we kissed in the rain
But before the next date, everything had changed

It was fate when we saw each other on the train
I didn’t mind when you were really late
It’s not the same when I walk around the lake
Cuz before the next date, everything had changed

She said I think you’re a really cool person
But it’s not exactly what I’m looking for right now
It was great to know you for a little bit
Good luck with the music

I got advice from everyone I know
I didn’t want to see you go
I relented and my heart stays in pain
Cuz before the next date, everything had changed

She said I think you’re a really cool person
But it’s not exactly what I’m looking for right now
It was great to know you for a little bit
Good luck with the music
I used all my best tricks
I made myself sick
And I’m still shit
Good luck

I think you’re a really cool person
But it’s not exactly what I’m looking for right now
It was great to know you for a little bit
Good luck with the music
Good luck
Track Name: Secular Dances & Debauchery
We’re all stuck in the traffic of life
I stopped for gas in the city of hope
You look around and say is this it?
Looking for the perfect place to vomit

I held out my hand and you let me fall
I guess my heart wasn’t worth saving at all

It’s like a whiff of bacon
It’s not getting a thing you want
Somewhere there’s a version of you that cares about me
Doing secular dances and debauchery

A kiss hello. A kiss goodbye.
And all those kisses on the fly
And when I die, what will it mean?
I’m floating in the sky but I can’t feel my wings

I’m name my kids whatever I feel
Their names are Lonely, Depressed, and Worthless. DEAL.

It’s like a whiff of perfume
It’s a scene that takes you back in time
Somewhere there’s a version of you that cares about me
Doing secular dances and debauchery

Let me tell you about last night’s dream
It had everyone I know and my anxieties
I was dressed as Mario in an upscale mall setting
Looking for clues and finding nothing, nothing, nothing

He looks like me with a filter on his face
Using all my things still left at your place
I took a selfie because I forgot who I am
And what I saw back was a tired old man

I never forget like an elephant
There was a time I was labeled important

It’s like a whiff of coffee
It’s the reason you get up each day
Somewhere there’s a version of you that cares about me
Doing secular dances and debauchery
Track Name: Lockeford Life
Gonna move to Lockeford, work at the Dollar General
Make all the money I need to make and come home to the wife
Spend my nights and weekends with the kids
Live not too far from my parents
I’m thinking bout that simple Lockeford Life

Well what will you find when you leave it behind,
The thrill of the big city?
Well I want a home that I can call mine
And Lockeford is that place for me

Gonna move to Lockeford, work at the Dollar General
Make all the money I need to make and come home to the wife
Spend my nights and weekends with the kids
Live not too far from my parents
I’m thinking bout that simple Lockeford Life
I’m considering that simple Lockeford Life
Would I enjoy that?

You’re a ramblin’ man who travels the land
Why would you settle down?
We always want what we don’t have
And Lockeford is my kind of town

Gonna move to Lockeford, work at the Dollar General
Make all the money I need to make and come home to the wife
Spend my nights and weekends with the kids
Live not too far from my parents
I’m thinking bout that simple Lockeford Life
I’m considering that simple Lockeford Life
Would I enjoy that?
Track Name: Retro Signs
Feeling a bit sleepy. Gonna rest in a mall parking lot.
The Sears inside is a bit creepy. How I got here I forgot.
I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t know anybody in this town.
The old people at the hostel are annoying. I guess I’ll just keep driving around

Grocery shopping at 11:30
There’s no crowds and there’s no food
Hanging up above the milk and dairy
Is a cow that’s lost it’s moo

They’re playing XTC’s “King For A Day”
It’s not a song that they usually play

Sitting alone in the car eating a pre-made Cobb salad.
I bought two though I didn’t want to. The discount wouldn’t work without it
I remember laying on my bed when “It’s Not Easy Being Green” came on.
It got to me, sobbed uncontrollably, but I felt fine when the song was done.

My friend said that I look sick
Although she never was very nice
And as I sit freezing in a blanket,
I think Fuck, she might be right.

And will I feel again true love?
Or will I just drive aimlessly looking at stuff
And taking pictures of
Retro Signs

Treat myself to some sushi and sake as I read a book.
The waitress comes up to me. Dessert menu? Sure, I’ll take a look.
I remember Alan Choy at Martuni’s. He played “The Rainbow Connection.”
I sang every line with 20 others beside. I really needed that moment just then.

My childhood home is now a Subway
I don’t know how I feel about this.
The thing that never was is drifting away
As I stare into the abyss.

And I don’t understand how I continue to wake up.
And when you think about me, am I eating donuts
Or taking pictures of
Retro Signs

Long ago, I milked a cow but I don’t know it’s name
Track Name: Depression Era Cartoon
I am a down-on-his-luck bearded man in the snow
Dreaming of a turkey leg and a stove

The toy shop lights are on
There’s a hole in the window
Everything’s come to life
It’s not real I know

I am a down-on-his-luck bearded man in the snow
I used to dance on the moon but that was long ago

There’s one pea in the can
But that was attacked by mice
They all look like Mickey
But not as nice

I am a down-on-his-luck bearded man in the snow
Will the Little King help me? Bring me clothes. Take me home.

Can anybody help me?
My gut’s too hungry to say no
Track Name: As Soon As I'm Gone
Only three feet away is a rat at the train station
He doesn’t squeak. I don’t speak. Another missed connection.
Watching each passing train, feeling my face to see if it’s there,
I never got over the last goodbye and I did not care.

Raelynn, why are you going through my stuff?
As Soon As I’m Gone
And who’s this guy? And she had to come in looking beautiful.

Everybody’s walking towards me wearing jackets, looking down.
The sudden realization that life exists whether or not I’m around
Wave hi but that’s not me. I look like someone you know.
And even if it was me, I’m a ghost who died some time ago.

Raelynn, why are you going through my stuff?
As Soon As I’m Gone
And who’s this guy? And she had to come in looking beautiful.

Only three feet away is the rat at the train station
We’re still not talking but I’ve come to see him as a friend
He falls on the tracks, gets hit by a train, and dies
His soul crawls on my lap. I pat his back and say “Sorry, little guy.”

Raelynn, why are you going through my stuff?
As Soon As I’m Gone
And who’s this guy? And she had to come in looking beautiful.
She’s so beautiful.

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