The Technological Breakthrough

by Derek Senn

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1.
she brings home the bacon she pays all the bills I eat all the bacon I eat all the pills she does all the cooking she does all the chores I'm known for my past athleticism and my generous pours and she could definitely do a lot better than me bless her insecurity yeah she could definitely do a lot better than me bless her insecurity I do all the shouting I throw all the plates she does all the crying the make-up sex is great she guarantees my bail bonds her kid's a goddamn saint except when he's alone with me that's the only time he ain't and she could definitely do a lot better than me bless her insecurity yeah she could definitely do a lot better than me bless her insecurity and I follow all those columns of advice I'm pretty sure we've been featured at least once or twice and they tell her that she could definitely do a lot better than me yeah she could definitely do a lot better than me bless her insecurity bless her insecurity
2.
baby no need to update the kitchen baby no need to upgrade the car baby I'm just fine with our dinette set but we could use a new guitar and baby I'm ok with all the dry rot and baby the roof leaks but we've got buckets and baby we've got just enough money in the jam jar to buy ourselves that new guitar those highfalutin friends of yours are poisoning your mind the house looks just fine and you told me when I took you for my wife I don't want stuff I want an interesting life where in the world is the bohemian girl I fell for I can mow the lawn or write a pop song but you tell me it's not an either or but then you tell me I can either mow or be a true troubadour those highfalutin friends of yours are poisoning your mind the yard looks just fine where in the world is the bohemian girl I fell for did she die with the adventurous guy you fell for
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Downhill 04:30
baby baby you and me we better get some therapy we're going downhill we're going downhill whenever I catch you looking at me you look like you don't like what you see we're going downhill we're going downhill and the only time you touch me is accidentally we're going downhill we're going downhill and every time I try to take you on a date you suddenly don't feel so great we're going downhill we're going downhill and I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us there's a white band where your ring was are you giving it a suntan because we're going downhill we're going downhill and you used to be a sucker for a love scene but now you just say a bunch of cynical things we're going downhill we're going downhill and the money we saved to go to Belize is gonna get blown on attorneys fees we're going downhill we're going downhill and I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us I'm losing hope in us I don't want to lose hope in us but I've still got hope in use I hope you've still got hope in us...
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I'll support the bill to get you a gun and ship you to the invasion to oust the regime we used to embrace I'll miss disco night at the dictator's place and I'll support the bill that will bust your wife for possession and give her life cuz one strike and you're out is the pledge I made to slash the recidivism rate and I trust the war industrial complex to bring the pork that brings the jobs that brings the votes and I trust the jail industrial complex to bring the pork that brings the jobs that brings the votes but healthcares where I draw the line wars and jails I'll get behind because I'm a defense hawk who's cruel on crime and healthcare's where I draw the line and I'll support the bill to get you a position at the brand new prison guarding your wife you'll get good benies or you could clerk at penny's and suck on the socialist tit of affordable care and I trust the jail industrial complex to bring the pork that brings the jobs that brings the votes and I trust the war industrial complex to bring the port that brings the jobs that brings the votes but healthcare's where I draw the line where's the enemy? I need an enemy because I'm a defense hawk who's cruel on crime and healthcare's where I draw the line
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we used to wake up in the morning climb to the summit and take in the valley below and the last time we did that hell if I know We used to wake before the sun grab out guns and our suits and shoot out to the morro and the last time we did that hell if I know and we used to live check to check blissfully unnerved by things economic but now the dow industrial plunge has got us feeling kind of nostalgic for when we used to use bikes instead of a car to get from here to there be it near or far and the last time we did that hell if I know and we used to wake up and kill the alarm and see where things would go and the last time we did that the last time we did that the last time we did that hell if I know
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Whoop de Do 02:54
I found her on a sunday just outside the sault I christened her monday with a bottle of labatt's blue and I tied her atop the grand marquis we put in at the put in on the mississauga we floated to the mouth nothing on the agenda brewed a cup on a gravel bar black and a pack of splenda and with a boulder in the bow she slices through a gale I'll never get why they had her on closeout sale my ADD brother well he's got one of them jet ski things he says he can't get enough of the rush it brings he burns through a tank carving figure 8's he burns through a tank slicing up his wake and the kids all clamor for a joyride with him nobody clamors for her and they're all sitting at the table swapping tales of derring-do whoop de freakin do whoop de freakin do whoop de freakin do whoop de freakin do I love my canoe
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And we agreed that the family needed to head north for a week or a few and we agreed that we also needed to take a break from electronics we read books took the time to cook we slept on the porch through electrical storms I took the canoe on a ride with you through moonlit waters and we agreed that the things we need are few such were the conclusions we came to before getting back to living the way we usually do and you and I used to rely on the postman to bring me your prose from Argentina but it's been quite awhile since we've exchanged anything tactile and I've still got all your perfumed letters stowed safely away and you still write to me albeit electronically but so matter of fact and in a run on paragraph never a salutation slipshod punctuation a pedestrian font when yours is the only font I want I long for your longhand ways so for 50 weeks I'm going to wear my monkey suit in order to canoe the other two and see that the things we need are few and take a break from electronics and go skinny dipping after sipping spirits and harmonize on the porch through electrical storms and take the canoe on a ride with you through moonlit waters and write longhand letters the way we used to do before the technological breakthrough will you write me like you used to before the technological breakthrough before the technological breakthrough
8.
Sun Valley Sally queen of apres ski I met her back in '75 on chair 3 we had a superficial chat about the weather and that and then I tendered an invite to visit my flat and when the lifts closed we sniffed snow and we shut down the pio Sun Valley Sally raised a pole to me at the base of the lift back in 1983 and me 41 wife and two stepsons I said hon I'm gonna sneak in one last run and when the lifts closed we sniffed snow and we shut down the pio and life gets away from you so you do what you've got to do Sun valley Sally grand dame of apres ski fresh off a hysterectomy and me thrice divorced married to my porsche fake hip fake knee just got a colonoscopy yeah but I've got skills and little blue pills cuz you do what you've got to do and Sally's crown has been passed to her heir at last yeah I guess she had a kid a few decades back and I hear she's hot I think I'll give it a shot as soon as I confirm I'm not her daddy and life gets away from you so you do what you've got to do
9.
Deep in my storage locker there is a popcorn popper underneath a box spring I'm saving for the day I get a california king and there's a back up crock pot do I really need aback up? probably not well maybe if I used a crock pot a lot but I don't even use the crock pot I've already got deep in my storage locker there is another popcorn popper and popcorn is not even something I eat it gives my diverticulitis and it sticks in my teeth but I can't pass up a screaming deal and this popcorn popper was a total steal and they even threw in a free crock pot it's the back up to the back up to the one that I've got and I store it next to an old banjo I bought at a garage sale about a decade ago and it came with a banjo for dummies book maybe I will take it home and finally give it a look no on second thought I'll keep it packed away and maybe revisit it when I'm old and gray oh and hey I've got to stop by the office and pay my storage unit rent was due yesterday let's see that's a late fee of twenty five bucks plus a hundred a month for storing my stuff so what's a hundred times a hundred and nineteen months plus fifty late fees at twenty five bucks aw but you can't put a price on memorabilia and that can't add up to much more than 2 or 3 grand for the shit we keep the shit we keep I spent the day with the shit we keep the shit we keep the shit we keep I spent the day with the shit we keep a paint roller a jogging stroller and nobody knows what's in store for their fates and I don't paint jog or procreate but I might one day and on that day I can say I'm gonna go to unit 543 today and I will open up the door and get what I need and maybe grab my vinyl version of let it bleed but then I'll have to grab my turntable too and fix the broken arm with super glue and I'll probably lose gumption but one of these days I might get the gumption so everything stays the ratty teddy bear the fisher price castle the extra long bong and the graduation tassel the old black light the dried boutonniere rose the reptile terrarium the pimp and ho clothes the vcr and the tae-bo tapes billy banks might yet get me in shape oh and hey I've got to stop by the office and pay my storage unit rent was due yesterday oh no wait I set it up so I would just get charged automatically on the credit card APR twenty seven percent but I will never pay a late fee ever again for the shit we keep the shit we keep I spent the day with the shit we keep.....
10.
well yes I'm preoccupied the weight of our state is on my mind I'm not inclined to trouble you with woe so how to put it to you we've had a pretty good run hon' but we can't keep on living like we do cuz darlin' I'm not earnin' enough darlin' I'm not earnin' enough darlin' I'm not earnin' enough we're in arrears dear on the house cars rv jet ski cuz darlin I'm not earnin' enough and I always tuned out grandma when she'd say sock some away for a rainy day and now the rains coming down in torrents and sheets and there's no let up in sight there's no foreseeable relief and when the money was good and the goods were for you you said darlin' I'd live in a mud hit with you well it's moving day my darlin' its moving time my dear cuz darlin' I'm not earnin' enough so yes I'm preoccupied the weight of our state is on my mind I'm not inclined to find the silver lining you're the one who seeks the sun keeps it light and makes it fun help me make it through chapter 7 yeah help me make it through chapter 7 cuz darlin' I'm not earnin' enough darlin' I'm not earnin' enough darlin' I'm not earnin' enough
11.
you don't know how good you've got it no you don't know how good you've got it take my word my word for it you don't know how good you've got it there's nothing out there past the horizon that could top what you already have so find a way to make it all work don't be beguiled by a new locale cuz you don't know how good you've got it no you don't know how good you've got it yeah take my word my word for it you don't know how good you've got it well didn't you hear the one about the one who had it all then tossed it aside to see the unknown he never made it home his whereabouts are still unknown he probably died high up in the andes they say the air up there it mummifies if you roll the dice well then at what price if you stumble home a broken man cuz you don't know how good you've got it no you don't know how good you've got it take my word my word for it you don't know how good you've got it
12.
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released July 1, 2014

Recorded April 12-17, 2014 at Tiny Telephone Studios, San Francisco, CA
Produced by John Vanderslice
Mixed by James Riotto

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Derek Senn San Luis Obispo, California

I learned how to play guitar late in life. Then I decided to write songs and record them. For years I worked in the lo-fi tradition of home recording, which means I basically did everything myself & all songs were certified 100% free range, non-GMO, free trade, sustainably recorded organic. YUM! But now I record in proper studios and the music tastes even better! ... more

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