The Curiosity Shop

by Vincent Gargiulo National Park

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1.
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)
2.
03:31
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.
3.
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.
4.
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’m 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
5.
03:44
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.
6.
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.
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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?
11.
04:04
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
12.
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
13.
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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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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Vincent Gargiulo National Park Oakland, California

VGNP incorporates funk, pop, rock, and humor into its own brand of theatrical indie rock, often sited as a modern day Talking Heads or B52s. The group puts on a high energy show and are known for their unique comedic music videos. VGNP is from Oakland and is the brainchild of filmmaker/musician Vincent Gargiulo. They have two albums with their latest, The Curiosity Shop, out in Feb. 2019. ... more

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