Songs for Mara

by The Red Plastic Buddha

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Songs for Mara is the third album by Chicago's The Red Plastic Buddha. The name refers to Prince Siddhartha's struggle to overcome the demon of his own ego on the path to becoming the Buddha. The songs on this record make a break from the flower power psychedelia of All Out Revolution, with darker themes addressing addiction, obsession and madness. Although Songs for Mara reveals a darker side of the band, the songs still feature the melodic catchiness The Red Plastic Buddha have become known for.

Soon to be available on limited CD and vinyl via Space Cat Records.

credits

released 01 August 2014

Timothy Ferguson - lead vocals, bass guitar, backing vocals
Dav Kling - drums, percussion
Eric Ahlgren - keyboards
Aaron Barber - guitars

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Gregory Curvey - guitars, effects, tanpura, sitar
Pamela Richardson - guitars, backing vocals, tambourine
Brian Leach - guitars, additional keyboards
Todd Lazar - lead guitar
Phil Angotti - lead guitar
Lindsey Snyder - flute

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The Red Plastic Buddha Chicago, Illinois

Formed in late 2005, Chicago's Red Plastic Buddha developed a sound that blends the best elements of late 60s British psychedelia with modern dynamics, alternating between swirling sonic landscapes and catchy, melody driven pop.

The Red Plastic Buddha draw frequent comparisons to Barrett-era Pink Floyd, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, as well as neo-psychedelic masters Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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Track Name: She's an Alien
She came down from the sky one night
she came down from the stars
She came to save the human race
but she just gets drunk in bars

No Plan 9 from this girl
She left it all behind
she looks at me through silver eyes
and I just lose my mind

She's so high, she's an alien

She wanted to fit in she said
so she learned to play the drums
She got into my LSD
but it just left her numb

I wanted to get into her
but things just don't match up
Me, I got the bottle
but she don't have the cup

She's so high, she's an alien
She's so high, she's an alien to me.
Track Name: Little White Pills
You dropped in from the ceiling once again
I never know quite how or why or when
You come with melting ice cream or a song
You come around baby, but you never stay for long

Those melting water colors never change
Those little white pills always made you go so strange

We were lovers once or twice before
but every time we do, I wake up on the floor
with everything uncertain, rearranged
Those little white pills always made you go so strange

Those melting water colors never change
Those little white pills always made you go so strange

You dropped in from the ceiling once again
Track Name: Being Human
some people are good at making money
some people are good at making rules
some people are good at taking orders
some people are always willing fools

some people are good at Revolution
some people are good at being hard
some people are good at drawing borders
some people take everything too far

But I'm no good at being human

Some people are born to be
always on the outside looking in
Some pieces don't fit
Some people are really just
born in the wrong place at the wrong time
there's no sense in it

some people are good with big decisions
some people are staring at the sky
some people are running out of answers
some people can only wonder why

But I'm no good at being human
Track Name: Go
Everyone's a dinosaur, but they don't know
supersonic minotaurs that never grow
Nothing gaining traction
reason no reaction
Second hand is a nervous tic as the poison flows

Slouching into Bethlehem, now comes the night
out of place as Nephilim slip out of sight
chaos is the passion
mercy out of fashion
All at once the bottom drops, it's a go.

Ghost dancing in the boardroom, the CEOs
still making plans for the Viet Kong
they've lost control
Better angels falling fast
better choices didn't last
And now the madness comes - it's a go.
Track Name: Trip Inside This House
Flash and steady, always ready
the first one on the scene
step inside
open your mind
all are welcome

Lights are flashing, cymbals crashing
A place for everyone
nothing to hide
gather the tribe
as we step into the sun

We're gonna trip inside this house
come on and trip inside this house.

All for one and one for all it's
the only way to be
no more sides
no one divides
and here everyone is fee

All the birds of a feather
have spoken
All the dreamers of the dream
have woken
And all the children of now and then
will show the lost the way again
and if you feel it come on let it out
Come on and trip inside this house

Colors shifting image drifting
brothers take my hand
I am yours, you are mine
and this is the promised land

Lights are flashing, cymbals crashing
a place for everyone
come inside
stay for the ride
and we all will have some fun

We're gonna trip inside this house
come one and trip inside this house
Track Name: Girlfriend
Can I call you my girlfriend
I'd like to call you my girlfriend
but I don't have what it takes
to win your love

I wrote you twenty-five letters
I guess i should have known better
now your friends are laughing at me
from above

A girl like you is awfully hard to find

I really would like to know you
There's lots of things I could show you
Don't you know there's more to me
than meets the eye

But I know you detest me
you'd like to see them arrest me
I feel so much for you inside
that I could die

A girl like you is awfully hard to find

There's a man who lives inside my head
and he wants to know your name
He asks about you while I sleep and
he wants to play a game
but oh, I will protect you
I won't let him get through
Whatever else may happen now I hope you know
how much I really love you

I thought that I was much stronger
I thought that I would last longer
but now I'm looking through his eyes
and feeling ill

I feel so bad for your family
so innocent and so happy
until they met me here tonight
with time to kill

A girl like you is awfully hard to find
Track Name: Cosmonaut
I am the cosmonaut
I'm taking all I've got
and if you're feeling free
come take a ride with me

I think that maybe you know
I'm more than ready to go

I got the Kremlin behind me
I've got a map to the stars
and with Natasha beside me
we'll make a home on Mars

I think that maybe you know
I'm more than ready to go

All the groovers and NASA
they're really digging on me
and pretty soon we'll be surfing
the Sea of Tranquility

I think that maybe you know
I'm more than ready to go
Track Name: Girl Like You
I don't want to be with another girl like you
I don't want to go through the things that you
put me through
You tease and you're cruel
You make a man feel a fool
And I don't want to be with another girl like you

You're bangs and you're boots and you've
got a certain groovy style
You knock me on my heels when you flash
your million dollar smile
When you breathe you turn me on
but I know you're going to do me wrong
And I don't want to be with another girl like you

Ooh oh, I can't stop it
ooh oh, I can't stop it
I can't help myself

I'm gonna pack my gear and then I'm gonna
put you down
You're going to feel bad when you notice that I'm
not around
But I run into a wall
and I come a little when you call
I don't want to be with another girl like you.

Ooh oh, I can't stop it
Ooh oh, I can't stop it
I can't help myself

Ooh oh, with a girl like
Ooh oh, with a girl like
with a girl like you
Track Name: Stuck on Zero
When I come back from the dead
I ain't messing around
Get on the wrong side of me
I'm gonna run you down

When I come back from the dead
I ain't coming alone
Fifty million strong
you'd better get back home

When I come back from the dead

When I come back from the dead
I'll bring my zombie girl
She loves me for my brains
Yeah man, she's my world

When I come back from the dead
I wont' be moving slow
I'll dig your daddy up
and steal his GTO

When I come back from the dead

I got a call into George Ramiro
my hypodermic super-hero
He's gonna give me heaven or hell
all depends what he's got to sell
either way,
I'm stuck on zero

When I come back from the dead
won't work no 9 to 5
My new full time gig
is being un-alive

When I come back from the dead
won't be no room for doubt
Zombie superstar
I got it wall worked out

When I come back from the dead
When I come back from the dead
When I come back from the dead