Head first down the stairs

by sleeping dogs lie

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released January 1, 2006

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sleeping dogs lie Albuquerque, New Mexico

Since 1997, indie rock artist Sleeping Dogs Lie has released 8 cds tenuously balancing dissonance and melody; absurdity and truth; simplicity and sonic atrocity. 100% of the proceeds from cd/download sales from Sleeping Dogs Lie go to various charities. ... more

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Track Name: Quiet please
Would everybody please shut up?
Track Name: Try not to go head first down the stairs
The first to fail is second
So I dove the rail and wrecked it
And now I’m on this cement floor
Layin’ in a stairwell
With my feet up in the air
I can’t get no elevation

I’m so down and broken
I get the feeling that no one cares
And they pass by – They don’t ask why
Try not to go head first down the stairs

To do it is fantastic
To wait for it is tragic
Money’s everything I thought it could be
But, now I’m foraging for Chicklets
And rusty bobby pins
I’ve got to get myself together

CHORUS

Two peppermint knees And femurs made of leaves
I need to weeble to the meeting at three
I’m takin’ every step Except the governmental representative
Has got a thing for me
I made it to the meeting, But the cheating at the greedy feeding
Put a new perspective on the way that I see
The top three percent of America’s wealthiest Individuals
and how they manipulate the financial system

CHORUS
Track Name: Mike fixed my car
Mike fixed my car
It was quite a mess
He says it was the starter
But, I never would have guessed.

But, he don’t like it

Mike fixed my car
And it sounded like this…

Mike fixed my car
But, I had to pay
I wish I was related
It’s cheaper that way
Mike fixed my car
It can’t have no babies
I drive a Honda Civic
It ain’t no damn Mercedes

But, he don’t like it
Mike don’t like to fix the cars, no more
Mike don’t like to fix the cars, no

Mike fixed my car
Track Name: Ray Liotta
I saw Liotta
Before he hit the door
I turned my head
But, still I wasn’t sure
If it was he
The man that put Jeff Daniels on the floor

I had my turkey
Brown mustard with swiss cheese
Ray had a thirteen
His girlfriend didn’t eat
They left the store
And then they disappeared between the corn

Ray Liotta - drove off in his car
Ray Liotta - I’d never seen no star

I thought of all these clever thing I could have said
All of these scenarios spinning in my head
Were all for not
And now I’m sitting here with my regret
“Hey there, Ray… You’re a funny guy” or
“Corrina Corrina brought a man-tear to my eye”
Yes, it was you
The man that put Stallone in Harvey’s shoes

CHORUS
Track Name: Fireworks
Fire works if you’re a pyro
And fire works if you cook a trout
And fire works in Minnesota
Fireworks, they make me shout

Fire works in a forest
Fire works on your house
Fire works in funny ways
Fireworks, look out

I’m not sayin’ that fire works in mysterious way
But, fire works for the flame
Fire works for everything it’s got
There ain’t no shame in that
Fireworks
Track Name: Brainiac
I like a girl who’s gotta
good head on her shoulders
A girl that knows all the facts
She always pulls her hair back
When doing mathematic
My cronies think I’m insane

But I found a pearl
My brainiac girl

You’ll see ‘em hangin’ out at
Bookstores and coffeehouses
Just like a homeless parade
Forget the tits and asses
The girl that in the glasses
I see her squintin’ my way

But I found a pearl
My brainiac girl
She rules the world
My brainiac girl

She’s a brainiac, brainiac I know
And she’s thinkin’
like she’s never thunk before

But I found a pearl
My brainiac girl
She rules the world
My brainiac girl
Track Name: A time and place
After all that’s said and done
She’s still the one
I tried to bring her to her knees
But, she just smiled and winked at me

Then she said to me
There’s a time and place for everything
And I didn’t know that she’d come and go
Welcome to the new world, baby
You better find your way

I thought to make amends
A fine mess I find myself in
If there was a chance to set things straight
I surely wouldn’t hesitate

CHORUS X4
Track Name: Another drunken Santa Claus Christmas
Well ho, ho, ho
It’s a chilly night
And I’ve got a long way to go
So many rooftops
So many toy drops
Must be a billion or more

Well I’m flyin’
And I’m flyin’
I’ve got the toughest gig in the sky
And I’m so high
I’m comin’ by
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas

Well I work
one night a year
but, I’m full of cheer all year round
takes a lot of preparin’
to do all this sharin’
with all of the kiddies in your town

CHORUS
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas


I might have a nip
You might call it a sip
Just tell the kids that it’s milk and cookies
To take me up at night
To make another flight
Man, this sled goes like a shot!
Well, don’t get me wrong
I don’t drink and steer
I’ve got Rudolph
The designated reindeer
So many rooftop
So many toy drops
Must be a billion or more

CHORUS
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas
It’s another drunken Santa Claus Christmas
Track Name: Diatribe
Today it sucks being a Philly fan
It sucks so bad
You have no idea how much it sucks
We’ve got a manager
Who, forty games into the season, announces that
He’s not too familiar with how to pull a double-switch

And we’ve got the future of the organization at second base
And he’s in a silly platoon with Placido Polonco
Who, if I recall, played a pretty admirable third base when he
Holdin’ down the hotseat

But it all ends the same way
That empty, soulless feeling in the pit of your stomach
At the end of the day when they lose because
McNabb threw three picks or because Brian Westbrook
Was hurt and T.O. caught nine catches for 108 yards
But they lost

But I stay true

But, despite all that, McNabb is good people
T.O. can go to hell though – what the fuck is he thinking?

The worst teams in the history of the world
Teams need to be imploded
By my calculation
Track Name: Bang!
This is the story of the world as you know it.

Bang.

So, this big blob blew apart and went in all directions.
It created many stars and planets and moons and such
And after a few hours the Earth cooled off.

Great oceans appeared and soon there were amoebas, Joan Rivers
and great dynofish. The fierce competition among the
soaked beasts drove them to beaches everywhere.

Some grew legs and sharp pointy teeth and they bit everything
until Quinten Tarintino had them all shoot each other in the Middle East.

All that were left were roaches and small furry people. Some waxed
and took off all over the planet. Jesus came and brought his message
of love and peace… so, everyone killed each other.

Some lost souls cried out in vain as people progressed into
kings, pirates and software moguls. Most of the worlds population
ended up working at Wal-Mart until a second great man was born
from common sales associates in the gardening center and rose up
and lead his people to freedom.

Eventually, they went back to work – but, they had finally tasted freedom.

Too much unprotected sex created a planet with so many people that the land sank into the sea and man had succomb to amoeba.

But, the Earth continued to evolve.

Aliens, through their archeological exploration unearthed the remnants of a creature unlike any that they had see before… man.

They beamed one up to the ship and sent it off to the Aliensonian
Many light years away. After careful restoration, there stood the perfect
Image of man for all to see…

David Hasselhoff in gym shorts.

The sun withered and turned a dark cold red and then imploded. The ensuing black hole collapsed everything within reach into a big blob once again.

And we were back to where we started.
There was a big explosion.
The whole thing started over again.

And the only thing that survived from the first time was David Hasselhoff to represent man and all that we have accomplished.

Good work Dave.
Track Name: Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro
The igniter
The Sistine Chapel
Built for the fighter
Consume the pillars
And shit your idols
Fertilizing the new revival

Kilimanjaro
It’s in the hole
We’re all streakin’
Don’t you go changin’
What’d you do now, Ray
Down by the river
Roll em’ up kids
Murmur

Kilimanjaro
We’ll be happy
Wear and tear
Sounds so snappy
Consequential
State to state
Head first down the stairs

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro
Fireworks up
Diatribe
Mike fixed enough
Ray Liotta wants to be normal
Bow to the pillars
Of the revival
Track Name: Lucky
I see the light in her window
She’s there every night
But she don’t know
That I know
That she got every note

And that’s the way
And that’s the way
Of the world
Call me lucky if
I could make it out

I always wanted to ask her
But, she just turned away
No one could love her like I could
She barely knew my name

CHORUS X2

I see the light in her window
She’s there every night
But she don’t know
That I know
That she got every note

CHORUS X4
Track Name: Normal
Did you get one with the gold?
A soft plush residence
Did you wake up in the dirt?
Six feet from the revolution

I just want a normal life
Well, I just want a normal life

All the ‘it’s not fairs’
And greener grasses pale
When you’re trying not to go
Head first down the stairs

I just want a normal life
Well, I just want a normal life

Did you get one in the box
With the leaves falling on your bed
You can run for the roses
But, you can’t run from them

I just want a normal life
Well, I just want a normal life
Track Name: Technology
Technology used to be a part of me
But, now I’m just a cog
And I might never see the sun
Below the solar panel foliage

Technology
Take a look around
Take a look around
Take a look around
All the world’s a Flobee
Take a look around
Take a look around
Take a look around
I’m nursing from it’s honey

I fear the day we’re all autobots
Caught up in web of words
That’s never been invented
And I’d just like to take a minute
Before my space is rented

CHORUS X2

I wish to be at ease
Perfectly sedate
Back to me before the
Buttons and the switches
Old John Henry’s diggin’ ditches
Who’s the man
But, they had a better plan

CHORUS X2

Take a look around
Track Name: Uranium
A more molecular level
Seen to the naked eye
Domination of the flame is the game

Uranium

Nuclear winter
Of our heart’s discontent
With the machine that once made us happy
Go lucky into that goodnight
And sleep into the new one

Uranium

Awake before a momentary
Lapse of reason of insanity
Pled the victim of the victor
Victory is mine, mine, mine

Uranium
Track Name: Pigeon
Pigeon et pigeon
Play upon the square
Pigeon et pigeon
Pooping in my hair
Pigeon, oh pigeon
There is something on your leg
Pigeon, oh pigeon
Please don’t go I beg

Pigeon, Pigeon
You must be from France
Pigeon, Pigeon
Take the stale bread from my hand

Pigeon, Pigeon
You ugly little bird
Pecking at the pavement
Seems to be obsurd
Pigeon, oh Pigeon
Meatsticks in the rain
Fly, fly, fly
We shall meet again
Track Name: 1,000,000
Many a day, many a day pass
And it’s all come to this
I see the promises made
And laid to rest
Many a day, many a day pass
And it’s all come to this
I heard a million times
A million times

One, zero, zero, zero
Zero, zero, zero
All the times
That I believed you

That’s a million to the laymens

Today is the day
I’m gonna quit this game
I’m in the river
Please deliver me
Many a day, many a day pass
And it’s all come to this
Please take me
To where I need to be

CHORUS X2

Many a day, many a day pass
And it’s all come to this
I see the promises made
And laid to rest
Many a day, many a day pass
And it’s all come to this
I heard a million times
A million times

CHORUS X2

That’s a million to the laymens
Track Name: X rated
X-ray Ted
Ninety-nined in bed
But they all said
That it wasn’t X-rated
He was PG instead
XX rated
Track Name: Go to the sto
She told me
She go to the sto
But when she got back
Was a quarter to four
quarter to four

She told me
She ain’t messin’ around
But that ain’t what I heard
From the man downtown
man downtown

Maybe I’m believe her
Maybe I be leavin
Maybe I’m believe her
Maybe I be leavin
Maybe, go to the sto

I seen her face
And she don’t look me in the eye
I knew right then
She put that lie
put that lie

So, I said get out
Don’t come back no more
But, she said she really
I was at the sto
At the sto

CHORUS

So, I let her back in
And she brought the bag
When I looked inside
I got mad
I got mad

She bought that thing
From the sto
I’ma watch her
See where she go
Where she go

CHORUS
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Track Name: Today is the day
Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away

I can only think of lines
To wait or cross or say

But today is the day

Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away

Zo’s back in town
Dave’s hamster sound
They all have their lines to play
But, take away the space between us
The world’s a bigger place

Today is the day
Today is the day

Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away

The lines are down
I can’t get through to you
A distant face
Two-faced we stand
A show of hands
To change the dub’ya way
I can only think of lines
To wait or cross or say
today