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released March 28, 2017

All songs composed by Nick Prol.
Produced by Ian Beabout & Ben Spees.
© Copyright 2017 Daba Da Recordings

The Proletarians are:

Nick Prol - Vocals, Guitar, Misc. Cacophonous Calamity
Ben Spees - Bass, Misc. Aural Alchemy
Connor Reilly - Drums
Dave Newhouse - Woodwinds

Guest Players (in order of appearance):
Evyenia Karapolous, Charlie Cawood, Moe Staiano, Dave Willey, Paul Sears, Bob Drake, Mohadev, Thymme Jones, Oliver Grant Campbell, Michael Dawson, Carla Diratz, Matt Lebofsky, Dominique D'Avanzo, Emanuele Sterbini, Nathan James, Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth, Anthony Garone, Rob Crow, R Stevie Moore

FULL TRACK CREDITS
1) Main Titles
Ben - Piano, Bass, Chimes, Accordion
Dave - Woodwinds
Nick - Voice of "Filligrew"

2) Welcome
Nick - Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Ben - Bouzouki
Feat. Evyenia Karapolous - Lead Vocals

3.) Carvings on the Wall
Nick - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Sax
Dave - Woodwinds
Connor - Drums
Feat. Charlie Cawood - Bass, Guitar
Moe Staiano - Glockenspiel, Marimba
Evyenia Karapolous & Nathan James - Backing Vocals

4) 8th Wonder
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Feat. Dave Willey - Accordion, Bass, "Cruddy Mandolin"
Paul Sears - Drums
Mo Ha Dev - Guitar Solo

5) Treacle
Nick - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Ben - Bass
Dave - Woodwinds
Connor - Drums
Feat. Moe Staiano - Percussion

6) Shiny and Round
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Feat. Thymme Jones - Drums, Trumpet, Moog
Oliver Campbell - Bass

7) Box of Flies
Nick - Piano, Guitar, Sax, Backing Vocals
Dave - Woodwinds
Ben - Toy Piano, Fretless Bass
Connor - Drums
Feat. Bob Drake - Lead Vocals, Voice of "Filligrew"
Mo Ha Dev - Guitar Solo

8) Marry Annette
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Ben - Bass
Connor - Drums
Feat. Michael Dawson - Flute

9) Thumbs
Nick - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Dave - Woodwinds
Connor - Drums

10) Madame Spider
Nick - Guitar, Piano, Various Cacophony
Dave - Woodwinds
Ben - Microtonal guitar, Dulcimer
Connor - Misc. Percussion
Feat. Carla Diratz - Lead Vocals
Paul Sears - Percussion

11) Reprise
Dave - Baritone Sax
Ben - Electric Piano, Chimes, Bass, "Spy Guitar"

12) Bubble & Squeak
Nick - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dave - Woodwinds
Ben - Fretless Bass, Backing Vocals
Connor - drums

13) A Myriad
Nick - Vocals, Piano
Ben - Bass
Connor - Drums
Feat. Emanuele Sterbini -
Backing Vocals
Dominique D'avanzo -
Backing Vocals,
Bass Clarinet
Additonal Mixing - Nathan James

14) Magazine Reader
Nick - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Ben - Fretless Bass, Backing Vocals
Connor - Drums
Feat. Evyenia Karapolous - Backing Vocals

15) Nameless
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Ben - Bass
Connor - Drums
Feat. Matt Lebofsky - Keyboard

16) Under The Bed
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Wojciech Has - Inspiration

17) Cheesecake
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Ben - Bass
Connor - Drums
Feat. Matt Lebofsky - Mellotron, Piano

18) Another Groan
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Ben - Bass
Feat. Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth - Drums
Anthony Garone - Guitar Solo

19) Wastebin
Nick - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Xylophone,
Drums
Dave - Woodwinds

20) It Bodes Well
Nick - Vocals, Guitar
Ben - Fretless bass, Backing vocals, Bells
Connor - Drums
Feat. Oliver Campbell - Screams

21) Saturnine Showers
Nick - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Dave - Woodwinds
Connor - Drums

22) Beekeeper’s Suit
Nick - Lead Vocals
Ben - Backing Vocals
Feat. R. Stevie Moore - Acoustic Guitar
(Chords by Tim Burgess)
Humming, Sad Trumpet, Harpsichord, Scatting
Rob Crow - Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

23) O Merry Land
Nick - Lead Vocals, Piano, Sax
Dave - Woodwinds, Recorder, Keyboard
Ben - Piano, Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals, Chimes, Harmonica
Connor - Drums

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Blending the catchy hooks of pop with the experimental sounds of avant-prog and "RIO", Nick Prol & The Proletarians serve to you their own psychedelic bowl of art rock soup they call "Pop in Opposition". Don't mind the flies.

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Track Name: Main Titles
(instrumental)
Track Name: Welcome
Piles of old shrunken heads warmly welcome you
A taxidermied owl whispers "Welcome", too
The Loon Attic
The place where all broken strings go but still remain so
Stubbornly out of tune and all askew
Kind of just like me and you
Loon Attic is calling to
All the broken little shrews
Track Name: Carvings on the Wall
I didn't know
The carvings on the wall were from so long ago
They seem to show
Some kind of language I can see it in the glow
Of my torchlight
I think I might fail if I read it though.

We always knew the day would come
When we would shrivel in the sun
And crumble like a stone

It seems to me
The language on the wall was written urgently
To warn our kind
That we will share the fate of people left behind
That time chewed up and spit them out of the mouth like slime
Track Name: 8th Wonder
Making a sound previously unheard by any human being
Moving at speeds previously unseen by any research team
Wonders of the world
Legends of the age
There once was seven but she is the eighth.

Climb every ocean
Swim every mountain
Just to guarantee you next to me


The way she talks not unlike Jack's beanstalk is something magical.
Her piercing eyes not unlike blackbird pies are a sight to behold
Wonders of the world
Rare and ornate
There once was seven but she is the eighth

Dodge every stairway
Ascend every obstacle
Just to guarantee you next to me
Track Name: Treacle
Should I be scared of voices in my head filling me with dread?
Or is it just old "witch anxiety" with a hex on me?

Wish that I could tell what I shouldn't feel from what's really real
Am I mad or just a gentle soul in a brutal world?

Take a cup of treacle
Poor it on the people who give me a dead stare
When I try to explain what's happening with my brain
But I'm not even sure if it's there
Track Name: Shiny and Round
Peace of mind can be yours
If you put a few of these in your mouth
(They're shiny and round)

We can be harmony
If we spread all of these little seeds on our bodies
(Put them in your mouth)

Wait! There's more! Don't change that dial
I've got something else to tell you about
So don't leave that couch
Track Name: Box of Flies
In my room there is a box of flies with a lock on it
Everyone knows not to touch my insects

Everyone knows not to touch my friends
They're insects
Track Name: Marry Annette
Why do strings mean I can't marry her?
I want to marry a marionette

What a strange thing that I cannot marry a marionette
She's made of wood and she's so good
She's made of strings and other things
What a strange thing that I cannot marry a marionette

I want a marionette wedding
Track Name: Thumbs
In her dreams she sees a thumb
A really big, big one
I wonder why she dreams of thumbs

It comes towards her face
A very scary pace
I wonder why she dreams of thumbs

She's seeing thumbs and I know it sounds dumb
But I fear every thumb that I do see now

I think the digits of giants and midgets
are conspiring to bring our world down

In her dreams she sees a thumb
It's a big one
I wonder why

Now I am always seeing thumbs
Time after time
It makes me cry
Track Name: Madame Spider
Her fingernails are longer than her life expectancy
Which is not very long

Yet still she breathes in and dwells within her cobwebs in the attic
The Loon Attic
What put me here?

Through a peephole she watches with envy and sadness
She cannot fathom our lives of luxury and hope

The rats her liasons
The ants her spies
She controls the town like puppets on strings

She is the Madame Spider

We are all the larvae and puppies of the Madame Spider

They don't know that she's up there in the attic
The Loon Attic

The Madame Spider
Track Name: Reprise
(instrumental)
Track Name: Bubble and Squeak
Locked up in a cell
Road-based ne'er-do-well
Never thought that things would go
This way for Mr. Toad

He always followed
Fads that come and go
Probably should have stayed at home
And messed about in boats

No sweets until you eat all of your bubble and squeak

Our friend in the wood
Uncommonly good
But the others in there though
Sharp teeth and eyes that glow

Their deceit and crime
So different from my comfortable hidey hole
Under the dirt and soil
Track Name: A Myriad
Everybody thinks I'm dumb
But I've got ravens and worms in my brain
I'm full of a myriad of smart things

Fill me up with mud and leaves
But don't forget the centipedes (They sing)
I'm full of a myriad of pretty things

I may look like a pile of garbage
But my strengths and assets get a lot of mileage

I'm a sewn up trash man and I've got something to say

Myriad of things inside of me
Like a dog from head to toe with fleas
I'm a bag of magic and nothing to sneeze at, baby
Track Name: Nameless
Woke up in Sigil
On a mortuary slab
To the wisecracking skull
And tattoos on my back

What can change the nature of a man?
Track Name: Under the Bed
I'm gonna take a train
To the Hourglass Sanatorium
Where is time is not like time is right here
Track Name: Magazine Reader
Sign your name on the dotted line
Agreeing not to waste my time
I thought I was paralyzed
When you read your prose to me that time

You are not Walt Whitman
You're a literary hitman
Murdering all nuance
Syllables as weapons
I cannot sit by and abide

Sign your name on the dotted line

The isotopes will flow together
And I should I know
I faired the weather

(Poems are not tools of destruction)
(Language is not word reproduction)

"Wasn't Beethoven the one who's blind?"
Isn't that what you replied
When I tried to imply Ludwig was my favorite guy

Like Babydoll you're eager
And a magazine reader
A face in every crowd
On the waterfront I'm seethin'

I can't believe that you replied,
"Wasn't Beethoven the one who's blind?"
Track Name: Cheesecake
Wait for it to come up in conversation
Don't interject that you would enjoy some cheesecake

Excuse my table manners but, gentlemen, I see a spanner
With the right of way. Hey.
All day I watch TV with ovaltine and plastic gloves
The birds in suits with purple boots will take me away

Wait for the peacock's feathers to expand
Track Name: Another Groan
He dusts statues of wood from the competition
Up in his private floor

Down in the kitchen sweltering heat
Down in the kitchen hooks hang with meat

How can a worm become a winged beast?
Scheming and plotting will work at least

The slender watchman steps out
To check on everyone's movements
His footsteps clomp on the floor

She has so many birds within her bedroom
And the girl with the heart-shaped face from before

They are twins of the exact mind
They get a visit from young Steerpike

He imagines the baby's face
Another Groan. Another disgrace.
Track Name: Wastebin
I have no cares at all
Threw them all away in the wastebin
They're still there if you want some
You can have some because I don't need them anymore

In this new day and age
You can't have it all
And you soon will find
If you have it all
You're not quite as happy as you thought you'd be
Track Name: It Bodes Well
Could have been anyone else
Under this sun of ours
Under the clouds and stars
Loudly they chime the bells
Loudly they chime over time and that's why
It bodes well

Could have loved anything more
From the tall mountains and treacherous valleys
On down to the saltiest shore
Down to the saltiest shore I assure
It bodes well

IT BODES WELL!!!

Why did you go and choose me?
It's so confusing
To you it's amusing but I hardly feel so worthy
I hardly feel so worthy to appeal to a star such as you
And the bells they approve
And the beaches will swoon
And the mountains will move
It bodes well
Track Name: Saturnine Showers
Pitter patter on tin roof
A dog barks
Echoes through the moors

Saturnine showers fall onto all of us all
Why do they fall onto us all?
Track Name: Beekeeper's Suit
I know why you feel shy sometimes
Know how to fix it
I'll certainly try

Every single time I see your eyes
I feel like I'm
Going far away and I'm no longer who I even I

I bought you a beekeeper's suit
For your birthday
I hope that you enjoy it and wear it a lot
Track Name: O Merry Land
O Merry Land
Shore that I come from
Does it even matter where somebody comes from?

If it does
I'm glad I'm from there
Frank Z was from there before he moved to California

Skipjacks at sea
Blue crabs at "Stony's"
Driving to Prince Frederick
Maybe see a movie

O Chesapeake
Harmonica melodies
Late in life discovery
Of a bunch of Muffins