Song Trek

by Adam Sakellarides

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A vessel is a body Like a big well-oiled machine And all its parts must be present To function optimally She invaded with out warning For reasons so unknown Rendered us unconscious, came to— where'd my number one go? I found my dear friend on the doctor's bio-bed With the last thing he needed: a hole in his head We got heart and soul, but you are the brains Together we compensate for him We chart the trail, find anomalies Talk to the natives surrounded By sophisticated machinery No-one down here knows what's going on Which kinda prompts the question: How'd these dummies survive this long? We got heart and soul, but you are the brains Their library of knowledge is effusive Too bad they never really seem to use it Made you controller, took your brain when they got ya They exploit your medulla oblongata We followed your voice's echoes And the doc crammed for the test Connected your speech centers first That part we kinda regret The prime directive says don't mess with other kinds But I needed my friend back, I hope they do not mind We got heart and soul, but you are the brains
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A simple tailor— that is my trade classified are my dossiers You accuse me of giving away secrets of the state My mind's sharp like / obsidian So's my tongue / thus the trouble I'm in But I always / wear a big grin While sinister plans begin I’m not a bad guy But I’m not quite who you think Doing some recon Getting back in the swing Pull on threads of lies I’ve woven What do we find / at journey's end? My assassin, also my friend With a handshake— I’m back in My first gig: info extraction As soon as I push this button Friend I’ll have you under my thumb I give good interrogation I’m not a bad guy But I’m not quite who you think Doing some recon Getting back in the swing Pull on threads it all comes apart A sleeve's no place to wear one's heart We don’t want a rumor to start Sew our mouths shut as we part The boy who cried wolf wasn’t so nice He told the town’s people his lies His flock’s dead so here’s the advice: Never tell the same lie twice Never tell the same lie twice Never tell the same lie twice
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He said “Your skill would be of use to me— I desire you” But he’ll say that to any woman / thinkin' he’s so smooth He doesn’t know that "no means no,” / your distaste is just details So he’s just going to kidnap you / that's how he deals with “females” Mamma don’t dig you Stop your askin’ / no sense tryin’ Mamma don’t want you What your selling / she ain’t buying’ He says that she is so exotic / she’d make a perfect bride But he doesn’t know that there are things / Latinum just can’t buy Mamma don’t dig you She’s not talkin' / not conversin’ Mamma don’t want you She’s no prize / She’s a person He offers her a proposition with which she can't agree: He'll give her anything except / R E S P E C T Mamma don't dig you Not your profits / not your groomin’ Mamma don't want you She's no "female" / she's a Woman Mamma don't dig you Not your profits / not your groomin’ Mamma don't want you She's no "female" / she's a Woman
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Now is the time for me to rise up These friends of mine I do assist I cannot bring myself to side with you I know in time you will forgive I was born of two worlds and not home at either place The war within me caused great loss ’Till I found friends in deeper space We painted with broad strokes My friends and I, a better home Different but not alone My friends and I, a better home Allow me to paint a picture for you About the world for which I long I have friends from all over space This is the place where I belong You continue marching How much fight can you afford? War loses sheen / when we all agree to put down our swords We painted with broad strokes My friends and I, a better home Different but not alone My friends and I, a better home
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We had sent you off to observe a whole new world We arrived to find genocide and hate We investigated this new second third reich You’d become their puppet of the state One race oppressing another is not a peace Why are we seeing history repeat? We revived you and you told us how you helped them rise From anarchy to an efficient reign You tried to bring them order while preventing sadism But your underling took charge and war was waged One man taking charge of others is not peace You thought you could stop history's repeat You had come out with the truth and cancelled invasion Your rival lashed out but he had been beat In his absence we’ll create a partnership of worlds Your words will lead us to a broader peace Absolute power corrupts absolutely And so we’ll witness history’s re- Absolute power corrupts absolutely And so we’ll witness history’s re- History's re- History's repeat
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You’d be innefectual If you lost your pinciples I arrived at this conclusion with logical thoughts I took things into my hands I sold out to his demands So I am making the wrong choice ‘cause you cannot The worst punishment I’ve found Is knowing that I let you down Erred on the wrong side But I will do better next time We are victims of our rules This scenario: We’re fools But their hesitance to intrude you can’t decry Your authority, userped And it’s not what you deserve Your knowledge of back-channel schemes- you can deny The worst punishment I’ve found Is knowing that I let you down Erred on the wrong side But I will do better next time We have to get back to Home for our stellar crew Keep your conscience clean Ends justify my means Well the irony is just The directive aimed at us My logic was not in error but I was Indeed I broke your trust And this operation bust You’ll see you can count on me to be your compass The worst punishment I’ve found Is knowing that I let you down Erred on the wrong side But I will do better next time
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Blank as a slate You’re waiting to be filled in Flirt with ideas Who you are changes on a whim Eager to please Everyone else except your self You can read minds Know me a little to well There’s gotta be more to you than this It blows your mind to have your wish Please just sit back, enjoy the view There’s gotta be more to you When she comes ‘round Try to deny what I feel Wants to know me But I am putting up shields But she still knows All the rules I use to govern I'll bend them, too Even a captain needs a lover She said “There's more to you than this Try putting up all walls as you wish Please just sit back, enjoy the view There’s gotta be more to you We both can learn From each others’ points of view When to discern And what we’ve gotta do There’s gotta be more to you than this Do whatever as you like it I didn't mean to tame this shrew There’s gotta be more to you
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She will take you in / you’ll put ink to paper Write what comes to mind / you'll edit later You’re getting so much done / but be careful how much you do Or some sort of alien / will suck the energy out of you I guess this is a metaphor for writing yourself to death? I don’t get it Feed the Muse Or else you’ll get a really weird episode like this Feed the Muse Nothing happens, this episode should not exist She leaves her husband’s grasp / to raise her own baby You marry her today / so that jerk loses custody So here’s a pro tip / you can always win Just find a nice guy / who will wed you for fake reasons That’s the moral of the story: Marriage solves all you problems. Feed the Muse Or else you’ll get a really weird episode like this Feed the Muse Nothing happens, this episode should not exist Feed the Muse These sub plots some how got their own show Feed the Muse Even the best series have an episode
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came to this Eden and I can’t even believe what I see, could it be? yes, it’s a place of flora that’s got it’s own autonomy they're orphans of fate they’re in a sad state you take my friend, uncertain ends, so you can make the master race and he will be your template you kidnapped him because you think you got some big ideas but there are more important things to do you got some big ideas but there are more important things to do he loves to play with D.N.A. don’t want to harm, but we’re armed, with a new kind of weaponry we have got some weed spray you took his genome and made a huge clone and then you copied all his thoughts and now his mind has been blown you’re killing him for your own you’ve enlarged and cloned him just because you got some big ideas but there are more important things to do you got some big ideas but there are more important things to do please hear my pleas, son there is no reason there is no need, need to breed some sort of master race when peace is agreed upon I tell you why: the I.D.I.C.’s your guide the clone will live, first he gives my friend back his own mind now you two can help them thrive these giants of science will stay behind you got some big ideas but there are more important things to do you got some big ideas but there are more important things to do
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The tale begins with a merchant man He sold the finest goods in town Accumulating such great wealth But Falor knew wealth would not last And took his his leave from selling things So he began his journey Through storms he crossed the Voroth Sea To reach the clouded shores of Raal Where old T'Para offered truth. He traveled through the windswept hills And crossed the barren Fire Plains To find the silent monks of Kir. Falor entered the temple of Kir Certain that at last his journey Had brought him to this place of peace So that his burdens and sorrows Could be lifted from his weary mind But all that greeted his newfound hope Was silence, only silence. Still unfulfilled, he journeyed home Told stories of the lessons learned And gained true wisdom by the giving
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l thought you were just a library But you’re making me look like a fool I thought you were just an artifact But you’re messing with our molecules You leave letters I don’t understand So cryptic are the glyphs you leave Strewn about, your icons all around I don’t get your ceremonies You love the thrill of chase ’Twas your turn, now it is mine We will always give and take It’s how we spend our time You strike fear into a young one’s soul Your reputation precedes you You are not very understood So I guess I’ll have to deceive you We wear masks and we do this dance We’re each playing our part you see You realize your time to rule is done And so you hand the reigns to me You love the thrill of chase ’Twas your turn, now it is mine We will always give and take It’s how we spend our time
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The odds were a million to one And I was that one The beast would swallow up things whole and I was left stunned It swallows up entire worlds— it must be destroyed anything left in its path becomes part of the void So I have got a new mission— I'll command this crew the beast must be defeated if it’s the last thing I do With great abandon it attacked my ship Was left with battered sails The monster’s skin: neutronium The beast was quite a whale Left my crew on a class M— so they would stay alive Was to go down with the ship, but only I survived So I have got a new mission— I'll command this crew the beast must be defeated if it’s the last thing I do And so I must, sing my last hurrah I have lost my crew I take this launch as a loss I bid goodbye to you Cannot pierce it from outside— got too thick a skin I’ll ram this ship down the gullet, destroy it from within I have got a new mission— I will command this crew the beast must be defeated if it’s the last thing I do
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Oh, when she walked in I knew she was trouble Yes, she was an explorer after my own heart Yes seasons passed, but she did return to me Or maybe she just wanted to study my charts She wandered through my world and made herself home Oh she was brash, but I found it hard to mind She made herself known amongst my cohorts Yes, there was no way I could just leave her behind She had a tender touch / So full of passion She hitched a ride with me / in the same direction But then all my plans got interrupted An unexpected visit from a dear old friend Insisted that we take a little detour Gave me a quest to rescue my dearest maiden She had a tender touch / yes she could make me grin But after all we’ve been through / she’s running off with him He’s devious, amoral, unreliable Irresponsible, and not to be trusted at all Which kind of reminds me about a girl I know Between us two I guess I was the one to fall
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At almost every turn— Well, you are one to challenge me We are both warriors But you’ve got longer history And there are certain things That I will get distracted by But I must tell you that I think she’s glorious a sight Unexpected love Or infatuation Unexpected love I may be posturing And what she sees in him I do not think I understand Well we have trained him well She’s falling for this other man Unexpected love You’re fickle and so fine Unexpected love Not easy to find You took me by surprised Reciting prose while you pounce The love of my life Was right there when I turned around Unexpected love You put your hands on mine Unexpected love You knock me on my behind Unexpected love Our fight is poetry Unexpected love May cause injuries
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well, we were on our way to the academy droppin' off my nephew so he could join the fleet and if I happen to stop on our way back I’ll sell these minerals for some decent cash but we crashed in a time we did not know in 1947 New Mexico now we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out bustin’ out of Area 51 well these primitive humans must be pretty dumb ‘cause they’ll put some poison in their lungs and you can tell they’re primates through and through they will imitate exactly what you do they use nuclear bombs in their own atmosphere you could see why we want to just leave here 'cause we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out bustin’ out of Area 51 well they threaten us, try to make us talk we know this deal's bad, so away we'll walk well, we told them lies, we were pleaded and yellin' but they just don’t seem to want what we’re selling well we make our move, these two help us flee these scientists are just fine by me 'cause we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out of Area 51 we’re bustin’ out bustin’ out of Area 51
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You’re always / my right-hand man Trust in you / and I know where you stand Follow protocols, you do implore But you and I both know that they will simply be ignored My number one as we travel. Remember what you said: I have been, and always shall be, your friend I have been, and always shall be, your friend Needs of many / outweigh the needs of few But the cost / may be losing you Don’t believe in situations you can’t win he'll Never really be gone as long as we remember him My number one as we travel. Remember what you said: I have been, and always shall be, your friend I have been, and always shall be, your friend My number one as we travel. Remember what you said: I have been, and always shall be, your friend I have been, and always shall be, your friend
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Greeting a new day Life throws things your way And suddenly you wake up to a life you didn’t make They get you on your feet Embrace those that you meet But now that you are here you will join them in the streets What will you leave behind? What will you leave behind? Charting of the sky Pursuing how and why You look up to the stars to help fellow that are blind The time that you will seize You raise a family It never crossed your mind but now it makes you feel complete What will you leave behind? What will you leave behind? You take a different stand You do all that you can But no matter what you do the world won’t listen to your plans You won’t be deterred Your stories more than words You'll send a beacon beyond so our stories can be heard What will you leave behind? What will you leave behind?
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You are lonesome and quiet In dire straights, do not deny it You made a kind gesture Your intentions may be pure If you can do what you promise, I will buy it We are on the up-and-up, yes I vouch for you I know that you and I are just like kin For me you’d risk your life Good thing you’re the fix-it type ‘cause the things around me tend to be broken You are quiet and useful You like to tinker with tools You’re faithful and your smart Fulfilling your new part You keep me plausibly deniable We are on the up-and-up, yes, I vouch for you I know that you and I are just like kin For me you’d risk your life Good thing you’re the fix-it type ‘cause the things around me tend to be broken You pull the rug from under Trusting you was my blunder You double-crossed this list Sold me for bigger fish You turned ‘round though I treated you like a brother We are on the up-and-up, yes, I vouch for you I know that you and I are just like kin For me you’d risk your life Good thing you’re the fix-it type ‘cause the things around me tend to be broken
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I was a big shot Yeah they would stop and stare I played the big part Until I realized that no one really cares but then they found me into the chair I’m thrust enjoy the wonder and I decide to bring my friends with us this is the role for which I was born I’m no pretender This is who I am Never surrender Never give up, never, never, never, give a damn so we may stumble and take a few scratches we’ll take some tumbles and don’t mind us if we have to be evasive we are resourceful but growing pains can hurt we’ll take control and we may just happen to lose our shirts but I’m dedicated to this craft I’m no pretender This is who I am Never surrender Never give up- never, never, give a damn I must tell the truth how I usually don’t do this sort of thing in fact we’re usually pretending but I’m not pretending right now we’ll never give up yeah, we will persevere we conquer monsters yeah, but most of them are our own fears I take a moment before it fades to black I use my hindsight and suddenly I am taken right back we’re a pretty damn good crew I’m no pretender This is who I am Never surrender Never give up- never, never, give a damn
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It was a calculated risk, and I took it A decision that had to be made ‘Twas an outcome I neither wanted nor chose But it stayed Yes it stayed And now we are left with the pieces The people, not pieces, that strayed And all of us together are traveling as one On our way On our way Every day I worry if we make the right choices Or I wonder when we’ll cross our own line Every day I know that I command all the decisions That the choices we all make are mostly mine Every day I must listen to a chorus of voices The shoulders they rest on are mine Every day I must lead us all to find life, not destroy it We must not cross our own lines Our own lines. He was a captain like me and I promised him I would offer a place to his crew I would give them the honor he took from his ship Which he knew Yes, he knew In the end he made his decision One I don’t know if I could do He offered his life for the lives that he took As he flew They all flew Every day I worry if we make the right choices Or I wonder when we’ll cross our own line Every day I know that I command all the decisions That the choices we all make are mostly mine Every day I must listen to a chorus of voices The shoulders they rest on are mine Every day I must lead us all to find life, not destroy it We must not cross our own lines Our own lines. So we hang up a sign in remembrance So we share a meal and we move on So we set our new course and we try to forget That it’s gone Yes, it’s gone And Equinox isn’t that different ‘Cept I have more voices as guides I promise that there will be a way home That we’ll find We shall find Every day I worry if we make the right choices Or I wonder when we’ll cross our own line Every day I know that I command all the decisions That the choices we all make are mostly mine Every day I must listen to a chorus of voices The shoulders they rest on are mine Every day I must lead us all to find life, not destroy it We must not cross our own lines Our own lines. And I know that whatever awaits us I will act by the vows I have made With the promises guiding my choices and Showing the way Our own way Home
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They tell me / Bad thing’s beginning They tell me / to shut the door They tell me / I can trust no one They tell me / they can’t say more They are scared and I can’t blame them They’re prepared for what’s the worst Something’s wrong they’re acting strangely No memories there are no words CHORUS You can’t take away the progress we have made I’ll expose your crimes I can add it up I have had enough On your dark plans I will shed a light They tell me / it can’t be believed They tell me / it don’t make sense But we find / there are strange patterns There’s too much / coincidence We find the messenger has been killed We must find who mad this mess You say things could not be better But you bring more uninvited guests You tell me / to have a meal But I’ve lost / my appetite If you think / I put on great shows You should see / just how I fight You tell me of coexistence But peacefulness you do not know We aren’t free as long as you’re here With your claws around our throats
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You must be without a doubt guilty If you are whom I’ve been lead to believe You elude But I’ll find the truth I’ll follow past your lies where they may lead I will execute what is just I will execute what is just Hope you don’t mind If I start to pry There's inconsistencies in what you say You seem guilty But you cannot be My team tells me you are not who you claim I will execute what is just I will execute what is just You are free Not who you claim to be You framed yourself to receive punishment You had to deal The machine would not yield I can't denounce a man who’s innocent I will execute what is just I will execute what is just I can’t execute / it’s not just I will execute what is just
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from our trip we came back I’m surprised to find that you’ve changed and grown a goatee you’re cut-throat and ruthless we realize the truth is this universe's hostilities when you don’t like what you see in the mirror that’s when you know it’s time to change tantrums they are expecting I bide time deflecting avoiding unnecessary kills they're suspect I’m restrained I’m lucky I’ve been trained they’ve got people but no skills when you don’t like what you see in the mirror that’s when you know it’s time to change we’ll fight you if we need but healing is our creed peace is no contradiction this empire It will fall the waste is illogical but revolution starts with vision when you don’t like what you see in the mirror that’s when you know it’s time to change when you don’t like what you see in the mirror that’s when you know it’s time to change
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I traverse other regions to whence a message came the father that I never had needed help again imprisoned by authority for nothing that I’d done now by your side I come to find you’re losing your vision these walls are closing in you chastise and you blame me I work, you see diligently these walls cannot contain me some men occupy their time with fights and proving worth but it’d be great just to escape from this barren earth these walls are closing in you chastise and you blame me I work, you see diligently these walls cannot contain me you and I, we had good times you wish to avenged the father that I never had but this is the end these walls are closing in you chastise and you blame me I work, you see diligently these walls cannot contain me
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you interrupt and we’ve had enough you act just like an ass you drag us away make us play your game make us do your tasks take this job and shove it take this job and shove it take this job and shove it where the sun don’t shine you make me a God omnipotence feels odd our rescue’s up to me I spend my day pretending I’m the same but I've got a duty so you can take this job and shove it take this job and shove it take this job and shove it where the sun don’t shine then I think about doing what is best I could have saved a girl from certain death I could make the world a better place just by waving my hand in front of your face I could make you, able to see I could give you, a bride to be I could make you old enough to employ I could give feelings to the wooden boy but you say “no" you want to grow you'd rather get there on your own I have no need for the powers that be he knew I’d want to stay it’s not the goal you see it’s all about the journey so we’ll be on our way take this job and shove it take this job and shove it take this job and shove it where the sun don’t shine
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poorly fashioned props and dreamed-up future tech they budget’s kinda small they must reuse the same sets can’t turn off the switch and we do not know why through these giant plot holes you could drive a semi My hope for the future is high-minded and naive It is more than just a sci-fi show to me with our silly outfits and fake guns we will strut I tell you of the fandom but I sound kind of nuts heroes of the cosmos civilization someday though you roll your eyes you join me in my cosplay My hope for the future is high-minded and naive It is more than just a sci-fi show to me every episode this I must confess has got me riveted despite the sexist B.S. you’re no damsel, no you shoot him and destroy it if I did not know better, I’d say you enjoyed it My hope for the future is high-minded and naive It is more than just a sci-fi show to me My hope for the future is high-minded and naive It is more than just a goofy /cheesy so sublime aspirational / product of it’s time more than just a sci-fi show to me
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you do not feel at all but you are sentient you’re artificial but your needs must be met you take me on a trip I don’t need a valet you act like a robot you don’t communicate don’t do me— don’t do me— don’t do me— any favors you call me dangerous don’t want me on the block turn us into slaves by satiating every want you tempt us with desires every tool we may need every impulse we may feel or just immortality don’t do me— don’t do me— don’t do me— any favors you could never understand happiness or fun your need to give us order can’t work in the long run this you can’t compute this you’ll never know more important than happiness the ability to grow don’t do me— don’t do me— don’t do me— any favors
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I was born a wolf but raised humans and rescued You will laugh at me because I like to drink my juice You accuse me of taking honor for a laugh but I can’t take away what you do not have The way of the warrior To be an honored son The way of the warrior Is not an easy one Hear my battle cry ’Tis a good day to die To do a deed worthy of being sung She may be impressed how I handle my sword so wise You must think me a fool to make such transparent lies Plans that you have made are ill-begotten and conceived But I recognize the same brashness lies within me The way of the warrior To be an honored son The way of the warrior Is not an easy one Hear my battle cry: ’Tis a good day to die To do a deed worthy of being sung You ask my favor This foolish errand I won't help ’Tis not what I owe them It is what I owe myself Though I have no mate My son is far, safe and sound The way to rid the pain Suiting up to stand your ground The way of the warrior To be an honored son The way of the warrior Is not an easy one Hear my battle cry: ’Tis a good day to die To do a deed worthy of being sung

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"Song Trek" is a weekly YouTube series where I write a song inspired by a specific episode of Star Trek that I pick (often randomly). Enjoy Song Trek videos here— www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK8a1_DqsYQ&list=PL9G_HlZULxqAVKHykWruZezVjTMIKTVrZ

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released October 22, 2014

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Adam Sakellarides Los Angeles, California

A native southern-Californian, Adam started writing songs on an old guitar from the 70s that his parents won in a raffle. He sings about love, science, politics, socially awkward people, and things like that. Now armed with witty lyrics, catchy melodies, and a bunch of mediocre jokes, he's ready to entertain you. ... more

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