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from Zetacarnosa by Skyscape



The first song Dom and I wrote together, and the first song Skyscape ever played live. Dom turned to me one afternoon in Ms. Swenson's journalism class (from which Dom was ultimately expelled for harassing guest speakers) and mentioned that he wanted to write a song called "Yeah, That's Stupid." I said, "Well, let's finish putting our band together and make that song." Thus Skyscape was born.

"Yeah, That's Stupid" was written that weekend at Skyscape's first rehearsal. Dom's lyric had nothing to do with anything being stupid, so the name was changed to "Clouds" and Skyscape had its first tune.

When I think of "Clouds" it is not only the false promises of the pharmacological world that canvass my mind, it's bad American habits of the 19th century. First of all, to write the song, I made sure I was bareassed on a radiant wool carpet, making it the central tenet of my mission that "the woman is the most dangerous weapon of the apartment."

I'm talking about chewing tobacco, expectorating clouds of all different shades and vileness, and the small disease cowboys that have been hiding in them since the Pullmans took to revolution on the high rails of newly refrigerated carts (Cincinnati-slaughterhouse mechanization of slaughtering, see Titwool for "The ear cloud"). Yeah, sure I doubt things sometimes. I'm not the only Swedish princess playing with herself as Descartes watches her torn skirt fall from a fluffy bit of condensed gas. Does anyone feel slightly embarrassed about the Chia Pet revolution besides me? A little water, you got a bushy budster for life. This was a high-energy song in the vein of "Skewer You," or another Skyscape screed of that ilk. I still like this one. One should always start with "Clouds," or an unbroken egg in water.


I knew who I was at the time
I kept is hushed like a crime
When it rains, I'm all wet
It helps to grow the Chia Pet

Some are high
Some are low
Some are black
Some are gray
That's what they say

It's getting hard, so hard to see
Nature Boy has got the fleas
The sky is dark, it isn't shining
The bastards took the silver lining

Some are high
Some are low
Some are black
Some are gray
That's what they told me


from Zetacarnosa, released December 15, 2009
Words by Dom Maltempi, music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Dom Maltempi: vocals
Jed Davis: keyboards, backing vocals
Steve Friedman: spoken word
Mike Keaney: bass
Sean Gould: guitars
Mike Kearns: drums
Produced by Jed Davis
Mixed and mastered by Dave McNair
Engineered by Sean Gould


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Skyscape Brooklyn, New York

Skyscape was formed long ago by Jed Davis, Dom Maltempi and Rob Hill. Lots of people joined the band. Some quit; most were fired. Skyscape continues.

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