Chris Klippel's Self​-​Proclaimed Greatest Hits

by Chris Klippel

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released July 31, 2014

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Chris Klippel San Francisco, California

"a catchy mishmash of his clarinet, guitar, and loads of falsetto harmonies over toe-tapping rhythms . . . some of the most inventive sounds I’ve heard all year." - The Bay Bridged

Nominated for The Deli SF Magazine's Best New Artist of 2013

"keeping our city funky and colorful, a bright contrast beneath the machine grey cloud of the tech-age." - The Deli Magazine
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Track Name: Man
Im a man, i dont bow
but i stand and it makes me
better than the snakes
see my plan is to exist until
i cant, im about
where i am itll take me
to a better place and maybe youll see
me the way
be the way
see the way that all the snakes say
all the snakes say
me the way
be the way
see the way that all the snakes say
all the snakes say

but snakes: they cant fake their way to fame
they can show you a better way to make
better days. stay the same
youre tailor made to astound
where you dont know how
you wont know how
go back again

(i think you got it on lock)
(you diggin the same things as me)
(bird song, be strong, so long, hold on)
(i think i would like to try again)

now im back
and we wait for the attack
i dont owe you second place
you faked a better fate to play the game
youre tailor made to astound
where you dont know how.
you wont know how go back again.

(i think you got it on lock)
(you diggin the same things as me)
(bird song, be strong, so long, hold on)
(i think i would like to try again)
Track Name: Oaktown
i go back to oaktown
another place to be
in the mirror i see the way back
to the old town
take another look and never gets any nearer
in fact
it gets farther away
in a way it always seems to change

and when i stop it catches me
its safe to walk, and its safe to breathe
i brushed you off so casually
my self has got a hold on me

im on track now a little older
i didnt used to be
but im used to seeing into the cracks
of the old now
take another look and it always gets a bit clearer
its a trap
as it gets further away
in a way it always seems to change

when i stop it fetches me
until its safe to talk and its safe to be
the chords still prop up prophecy
quarter notes stop and the chorus leads
Track Name: Dawn
wake up, wrap your arms around you:
the summer dawn (you the summer dawn)
and nothing yet stirs
on the face of the dirt, no
and the water was dead
and the shadows still camp
on the road ahead (on the road ahead)
and i walk, waking quick oh yeah
and i follow my breath
and the light's making lines through it
light penetrates life and death BOTH
life and death (life and death both life and death)

a flower who told me her name
in a path (in a summer path)
already filled with fresh, pale gleams
and the first venture was
and i laughed at the blond wasserfall
and tousled through the pine
on a summit i recognized the girl (i think i know her)
then, one by one, i lifted her veils
and i was waving my arms, i notified the cock OH
(notified them)
in the city she fled among the steeples
(tried to find her)
and the domes, and running running like a beggar
(running like a)
on the marble quays i chased her.
(running like a)

- Based on "Dawn" from "Les Illuminations" by A. Rimbaud
Track Name: The Chump Aint Real
god is what you find when you get through
to the meaning of you
but maybe your trying but maybe its all wrong.
but maybe its all wrong.
youll know its right it front of you
gotta get behind the thoughts you thought you knew,
and maybe your trying, maybe its too soon.

will you be the one for me who shows some generosity?
could you be the one to see and show just where i outta be?
chorus lines and chords are fine to express what you think of time,
but words express the mind and i dont know what im to do with mine.

lay back, relax.
do what you wanna do.

trying to be kind what words to use?
gotta bear in mind, diffuse, and introduce
ideas you can find: let none confuse.
if youre really so inclined: lay back, relax,
youll get through.

will you be the one for me who shows some generosity?
could you be the one to see and show just where i outta be?
chorus lines and chords are fine to express what you think of time,
but words express the mind and i dont know what im to do with mine.

lay back, relax.
do what you wanna do.

try and what you find is likely to be false,
and maybe youre trying but maybe youre all wrong.

will you be the one for me who shows some generosity?
could you be the one to see and show just where i outta be?
chorus lines and chords are fine to express what you think of time,
but words express the mind and i dont know what im to do with mine.

dwelling in the mind, its likely youll be caught.
but maybe youre trying
and maybe youll be sought

youre killing them with kindness, blindness,
what youve got
and maybe theyre crying
but maybe theyll be taught

youre living on my dime, my tithe, tenth,
work done lost
im saving my diamonds
im changing my whole walk

im filling up my time with mindful,
youthful thoughts
and maybe im dying
but maybe we're all wrong

will you be the one for me who shows some generosity?
could you be the one to see and show just where i outta be
chorus lines and chords are fine to express what you think of time
but words express the mind and i dont know what im to do with mine

but i really wanna try to see behind
the grand design, just then:
i thought a lot of TIMES
absurd, confused.
i brought a couple DIMES
what i thought could be used

you can dig it, trouble time
theres no taboo
or a fleeting feeling grime
that washes over you.
cause maybe im lying
i must conclude, will you?

will you be the one for me who shows some generosity?
could you be the one to see and show just where i outta be
chorus lines and chords are fine to express what you think of time
but words express the mind and i dont know what im to do with mine
Track Name: Jaws
my jaw hurts from all the stress:
i clench, i bite, i press, i fight.
my jaw hurts from all the pills
ive tried to keep my life straight, still
i wander. . .
ive got my own straight and narrow path back at home.
but what if theres a split in the road?
which way should i go? i choose to go

dont look back theres no behind
forward legs go, always forward.
toward the unknown, always forward.

my back hurts from all the shit
i lift to pay my rent, i would quit
if i could conquer
all the way to where the heavens can reach
then id speak what i saw,
and in my speach you couldnt find a flaw.
then i remembered:
i cant complain theres air in my lungs and in my brain
and its too much fun to always change

dont look back, theres no behind
forward legs go always forward.
toward the unknown always forward.
Track Name: Bounce Light Off
wake up with moonlight
the times right
at night my love

dont you want to
wont you be with me

you dont want to play the fool

sunlight
the times right
the sun, my eyes

dont you see youll
burn your being

the sun rays they dont hurt
but the moon might be better

bounce light off,
reflect it back into me

bounce light off,
reflect it back into me

dont you want to
wont you be with me
wont you be with me

you do, but you dont want to play the fool

you do.
times right.

bounce light off,
reflect it back into me

bounce light off,
reflect it back into me

bounce light off,
reflect it back into me

bounce light off,
reflect it back into me
Track Name: Ghosts
who goes there?
not me, oh no.
no, ive seen the photos.
i dont.. i want to say.. i want it to.. to be the truth

a ghost sings,
he wanted to be known i think.
i wanted to be heard.

who goes there?
not you, oh no.
no, ive seen the fog
i dont.. i want to say.. i want to know.. the things you do

a ghost sings,
he wanted to be known i think.
i wanted to be heard.
Track Name: Cats & Dogs
you fly, you walk, you run
you thought you were the only one.
i walk too, and i fly sometimes.
man, fuck you. i never thought you were

the cheetah kind
the lion kind
the cougar kind
the tiger kind

i throw, you run, you run
you know youre not the only one
you come back, like i thought you would
ill be right back and youll sit and youll wait
youre not the:

the cheetah kind
the lion kind
the cougar kind
the tiger kind
Track Name: Why Say Stop (out of step)
why say stop when we say go
we say go we say go
who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes
why say stop when we say go
we say go we say go
who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes

watch the people listen what they say
watch the evil watch the bullets spray

bigger cities different bills to pay
different chills today, different feelings

stop, go

who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes
why say stop when we say go
we say go we say go
who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes

watch the people listen what they say
watch the evil watch the bullets spray

you say what we say has to stop
we say we wont take that shit
"drop the music now,"
abusing powers

why say stop when we say go
we say go we say go
who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes

watch the people listen what they say
watch the evil watch the bullets spray

bigger cities different bills to pay
different chills today, different feelings

stop, go

who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes
why say stop when we say go
we say go we say go
who says what we say goes
we say goes we say goes
Track Name: If You're Going Past
when the moon's hanging heavy in the sky
i gotta run, i gotta fly.
when the moon's hanging low
i gotta go i gotta go.
if youre going past, if you dont
i dont want to know if you dont go.
and if youre going through, if you do
i dont want to be seen in the background
with my pants down,
im trying to get on with my swerve
you dont want to let me.
ive had it about to here.
if i wanna drink, if i wanna smoke/drink with you...
yeah i dont want to get too drunk too.
if you want to dance with me, ill take you to my room
cause i dont want to be chopped and screwed
standing on a corner
with my pants down to my knees
you dont want to see me
ive had it about to here.
someone once told me:
gold grows at the bottom of trees
leaves fall and they die
i see that its life
breaking through the cracks of concrete
that grow into the city streets
i make my home among the trees and leaves of stone
alone ive come to be..
if you want to be if you want to be alone with me too:
ive got some motherfucking tests for you
and if you pass, or if you dont pass
if you dont like you want to
then maybe we can bend the rules some
have a two-some
got me thinking i could use some
Track Name: Life in E
the grass is always greener on the other side
but i dont mind
i see it all the time
and if i thought that you wont mind
i guess ill show you

but grass can find its way outside their borderlines
and into mine
ive seen it all the time
and if i thought that you wont mind
i guess ill show you