Death by Misadventure

by The Green Pajamas

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1.
A storm blows in, the shadows move across your skin No moon again, romance on hold You take the helm and guide me to another realm The sea is calm, golden and cold Jump down into your foxhole As any good soldier would Chorus: Will you pray on this rug Conjure angels, inject the drug Will you stay, please the rook Kneel down for a while Magic circle, secret file You can play but you can’t look You can’t see the midnight sun you lead me to The shooting stars, the angel eyes And you can’t see the beauty that you give to me This perfect sea of pleasure and lies Fall down into this black hole Suck out the light I took Chorus: Dive down into this rabbit’s hole Just like the White Rabbit would Chorus:
2.
Sunshine in May, slowly the summer rolls in What did they say, tomorrow the end will begin Sunshine in May, we won’t see summer again What did they say, she cries at the thought of a Ring around the sun Ring around the sun, ring around the sun There’s a ring around the sun Ring around the sun, ring around the sun There’s a ring around the sun
3.
This household is electric, I like your wig Quadraphonic records, that’s something I could dig Lying to your daddy, sucking on a cig Drinking down my purple wine Making our own bootlegs of the show last night Witches in the garden, writhing in the light Don’t ground a thing baby, everything is fine The universe is full of noise Chorus: I think we could do all right I hope you haven’t had no other boys Dress like Amanda Knight The universe is full of noise Chorus:
4.
Flying, drifting, floating away Sailing along in a dandelion’s wake Flying, drifting, floating away Just Beki and me and the moon High in our sky blue balloon We want you to spy, we need you to betray them You don’t want to die, man it’s going to be mayhem Leave the queen and king, nothing will save them We have no argument with you We just need your sky blue balloon
5.
Now the village is quiet, no hint of the riot to come And the rebels in trees, as silent as the breeze, drink up their rum They steady their nerves and ready their Gatling gun And get ready for the dying that will come before the rising of the sun Now the queen is getting sleepy and thinking of her creepy things And 17 boys, all but one of them named Roy, greet the king And the prince gets high dreaming of flying machines As the Royal Golden Tub is filled up with virgins’ blood for the queen She strips off her girdle, slips off her swastika ring While 17 boys dressed up as dolls and toys blow the king In the opium fog the prince and his dog start to sing And there’s no sense of the sorrow to befall them all tomorrow
6.
Little empty eyes communicate no pain Just a couple of drops in a day of rain Still I know you are alone, I know you are afraid But it’s almost done now It’s almost done now It’s all over now It’s all over now It’s all over now
7.
By now you’ve all heard the Queen Bee is dead That’s what I said, the Queen Bee is dead There’s blood upon the royal bed Where they cut out her tongue They filleted her and fried her in batter like fish Served to the crows on her own golden dish They say it was her dying wish: “Rather ate than hung” Ooh, what are your boys going to do Lost in a world without you Her guards left in a pool of lead, they murdered her in the tower And all the kingdom is up for grabs, we don’t know who’s in power The royal sewer is running red, this is the witching hour Ooh, what are your boys going to do Lost in a world without you True, some of us will remain true True to the memory of you The peasants are taking the palace by storm, moving in a lethal swarm The Queen Bee’s children skate away to meet the prince at his balloon A slave boy pumps the bellows, not a second too soon As on the wind the band begin a melancholy tune The peasants, in their madness, dance in the cold milky light of the moon
8.
Wrong Home 04:09
I just saw several tour buses crash High up on the Eastlake overpass Chorus: You may have your life all set in stone You may have the right key But the wrong home I just heard all these doctors took a pass On a girl who’s heart would soon collapse Chorus: I just saw the twilight come at last On a sunset born but died too fast Did you throw that rock too far Take your wish back from that star Wishes break like dishes that have Shattered into a million parts Chorus:
9.
Busy Busy Busy. Hello Dear Friends – First – welcome to the new Green Pajamas album – Death By Misadventure. I know I am completely prejudiced but I think it very, very good. The album centers around the tawdry tale of the Fall of the Queen Bee and as Mr. Kelly says, any resemblance to real people living, dead or otherwise, is completely true. This is the 4th Green Pajamas/Goblin Market release in less than a year, so I hope you can handle the action. In an age where people release albums slowly, this is more like the Beatles putting out a pile in a year (oops – did I say Beatles?). So dig it. The larder is empty now of any new PJs material and you should have a while to wallow in the year’s fertile soil. Be sure and check out the great video we made for the album. We have some other big changes. First we are in the process of redoing our music player. It is going to be HTML 5, so you will now be able to play it on your iPhone. When you look at the new player, it is a lot more flexible and cool - the biggest difference is the download buttons. You are going to be able to download 128 Kbps MP3’s right off the player for FREE. You can send them to all your friends for FREE. I want you to. If you want a higher quality file or an actual CD, those cost dough. Not FREE. If you are completely happy with the (comparatively) lo-fi download and want to support the artists, there will be a donate button that will take you to PayPal. Now of course, some months the AotM is not our stuff, so it will be up to the artist whether you can download their tunes. We have some more changes coming to the page in the next couple months but you will see them as we go. td -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Green Pajamas - Death By Misadventure THE FALL OF THE QUEEN BEE 1. You Can’t Look 2. Ring Around The Sun 3. The Universe Is Full of Noise 4. Sky Blue Balloon 5. The Queen's Last Tango 6. Silk’s Final Breath 7. The Queen Bee Is Dead 8. Wrong Home CRUEL DREAMS, CRUEL THINGS 9. A Piece of a Dream 10. Carrie 11. 2nd To The Reward 12. Beat Me Sally 13. Supervirgin 14. Christabel 15. In The Moonlight Dim 16. The Spell Produced by Jeff Kelly Mastered at TDS by Tom Dyer Cover Painting by Susanne Kelly All songs written by Jeff Kelly © 2012 St. Brigid Publishing / BMI except Wrong Home and Beat Me Sally written by Eric Lichter, © 2012 Eric Lichter. The Fall Of Queen Bee You Can’t Look A storm blows in, the shadows move across your skin No moon again, romance on hold You take the helm and guide me to another realm The sea is calm, golden and cold Jump down into your foxhole As any good soldier would Chorus: Will you pray on this rug Conjure angels, inject the drug Will you stay, please the rook Kneel down for a while Magic circle, secret file You can play but you can’t look You can’t see the midnight sun you lead me to The shooting stars, the angel eyes And you can’t see the beauty that you give to me This perfect sea of pleasure and lies Fall down into this black hole Suck out the light I took Chorus: Dive down into this rabbit’s hole Just like the White Rabbit would Chorus: Ring Around The Sun Sunshine in May, slowly the summer rolls in What did they say, tomorrow the end will begin Sunshine in May, we won’t see summer again What did they say, she cries at the thought of a Ring around the sun Ring around the sun, ring around the sun There’s a ring around the sun Ring around the sun, ring around the sun There’s a ring around the sun The Universe Is Full Of Noise This household is electric, I like your wig Quadraphonic records, that’s something I could dig Lying to your daddy, sucking on a cig Drinking down my purple wine Making our own bootlegs of the show last night Witches in the garden, writhing in the light Don’t ground a thing baby, everything is fine The universe is full of noise Chorus: I think we could do all right I hope you haven’t had no other boys Dress like Amanda Knight The universe is full of noise Chorus: Sky Blue Balloon Flying, drifting, floating away Sailing along in a dandelion’s wake Flying, drifting, floating away Just Beki and me and the moon High in our sky blue balloon We want you to spy, we need you to betray them You don’t want to die, man it’s going to be mayhem Leave the queen and king, nothing will save them We have no argument with you We just need your sky blue balloon The Queen Bee’s Last Tango Now the village is quiet, no hint of the riot to come And the rebels in trees, as silent as the breeze, drink up their rum They steady their nerves and ready their Gatling gun And get ready for the dying that will come before the rising of the sun Now the queen is getting sleepy and thinking of her creepy things And 17 boys, all but one of them named Roy, greet the king And the prince gets high dreaming of flying machines As the Royal Golden Tub is filled up with virgins’ blood for the queen She strips off her girdle, slips off her swastika ring While 17 boys dressed up as dolls and toys blow the king In the opium fog the prince and his dog start to sing And there’s no sense of the sorrow to befall them all tomorrow Silk’s Last Hour Little empty eyes communicate no pain Just a couple of drops in a day of rain Still I know you are alone, I know you are afraid But it’s almost done now It’s almost done now It’s all over now It’s all over now It’s all over now The Queen Bee Is Dead By now you’ve all heard the Queen Bee is dead That’s what I said, the Queen Bee is dead There’s blood upon the royal bed Where they cut out her tongue They filleted her and fried her in batter like fish Served to the crows on her own golden dish They say it was her dying wish: “Rather ate than hung” Ooh, what are your boys going to do Lost in a world without you Her guards left in a pool of lead, they murdered her in the tower And all the kingdom is up for grabs, we don’t know who’s in power The royal sewer is running red, this is the witching hour Ooh, what are your boys going to do Lost in a world without you True, some of us will remain true True to the memory of you The peasants are taking the palace by storm, moving in a lethal swarm The Queen Bee’s children skate away to meet the prince at his balloon A slave boy pumps the bellows, not a second too soon As on the wind the band begin a melancholy tune The peasants, in their madness, dance in the cold milky light of the moon Wrong Home I just saw several tour buses crash High up on the Eastlake overpass Chorus: You may have your life all set in stone You may have the right key But the wrong home I just heard all these doctors took a pass On a girl who’s heart would soon collapse Chorus: I just saw the twilight come at last On a sunset born but died too fast Did you throw that rock too far Take your wish back from that star Wishes break like dishes that have Shattered into a million parts Chorus: Cruel Dreams, Cruel Things A Piece Of A Dream A fragment of moonlight, a piece of a dream Where some fallen angel falls for me And it’s any other moment in any other day And any other angel might fall this way But she comes quiet, a downy snow A piece of a dream that won’t let go of me A fragment of moonlight, a piece of a dream Where two knees part to catch a beam And the newsreel spins a world between I glimpse the unknown, see the unseen The movie plays, a fledgling falls Reflected in the rain, projected on the walls around me Chorus: When you wake from here I will disappear I will wait behind In your cloudy mind Yes I’ve been there, where I’ll never go Like a warm blood pond in a bed of snow But she’ll never know, she’ll never care I dreamed last night of waterfall hair A little cat smile, a sparrow voice And it wasn’t like I had any choice This fragment of moonlight, piece of a dream Where two knees part to catch a beam But I’ll never touch, won’t ever caress That long white body in that little black dress Chorus:
10.
Carrie 03:30
Know a girl her name is Carrie Hair of gold and face of fairy All wild ideas and flights of fancy Might just change her name to Nancy for the day Know a woman, know a man They’ll die together, hand in hand But though their love’s extraordinary She’d leave him in a minute for Carrie anyway Chorus: The beautiful, the ordinary The devil or the Virgin Mary They all want to be like Carrie Now upon unsuspecting eyes Sets the mistress of disguise From The Bins comes costume, pretty Might just change her name to Kitty for the day You’ll think there is nothing better As she does your hair in fur-necked sweater Then by the winter candle light She disappears into the night like a shade Chorus:
11.
The gulls and their lonesome cries Blend with the bells, fill up the sky And in the cruel wind I see his haunted eyes again Rain runs down his uniform Lust blows through me just like a storm Sorrow is 2nd to the reward Desire runs through me just like a sword The virgin ghosts in the hall Know I’m the shepherd watching over them all But then with one crooked roll of the dice I’m only here for the sacrifice The rain beats down her uniform Lust blowing through me just like a storm Sorrow is 2nd to the reward Desire runs through me just like a sword
12.
When you gonna feel this aroused When you gonna take this New York town When you gonna sell off all your art When you gonna stop this and start Chorus: When you gonna beat me Sally When you gonna trust your wild side When you gonna deepen your valley When you gonna feel for signs of life When you gonna feel so proud When you gonna crack through the crowd When you gonna climb back in your heart When you gonna kindle all those sparks Chorus: When you gonna get more loud When you gonna split apart the clouds When you gonna peel back your sweet heart When you gonna stop this and start Chorus:
13.
Supervirgin 03:07
Supervirgin, pale, unknowing Leans into the morning rain Into my windshield matinee Comes the girl with no name Supervirgin, long, elusive Bends in the wind like a willow I would trade a million dreams For one night on her pillow Chorus: Mystery is all I see and that is only right Still maybe I’ll dream of her tonight Supervirgin, thin, unbroken Leaves fall on her pretty head I wonder who will be the boy To make the blood on her bed Chorus: If I had a thousand wishes I would wish but only one That I might see her secret place Then my life could be done Chorus:
14.
Christabel 02:02
Christabel, I know I love you now but you can’t hear Christabel, I know I love you now but you can’t hear How can you be far away from me and yet so near What is so young yet so old What is so warm yet so cold What is white but dark as night I know Christabel
15.
She from the lake comes creeping Descending down the shore Under the willow, weeping O’er the old path to your door And on and up the path she comes In a steady time but soft Not a weed heard bending No petal fallen off No footprint in the soft black earth Though there indeed she treads Past one lone owl among the birds Save him, all in their beds Chorus: As high on the eastward mountain They watch her progress, grim And Cristabel the phantom Moves in the moonlight, dim The fairy, goblin, witch or ghoul, The animals of night Can only ponder Christabel In their quiet flight And on and up the path she comes And through the bower wades Her swan-like back so common In The Kingdom of The Shades Chorus: And now beneath the apple tree That grows next to your door With soundless ease it opens Her bare foot on your floor The one lone owl, the only one To see her enter there Too late you start and feel her Icy fingers in your hair
16.
The Spell 05:19
Came the night, riding the moon The misty lust of the dusk, descending too soon Came a spell, wild, free And it fell hard over me And it fell with all of its power Like a wave washing over a sand castle tower Like the sun still struggling, bright As it falls away, bringing the night Chorus: Cruel dreams, cruel things Once so clear even now disappear Like cerulean smoke rings But the spell remains Like a drug in my veins In The Realm of the Decadent Kiss You whispered a truth, the black and the bluest of bliss Then time’s tide pulled you in The other side, another skin Chorus:

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I know I am completely prejudiced but I think it very, very good. The album centers around the tawdry tale of the Fall of the Queen Bee and as Mr. Kelly says, any resemblance to real people living, dead or otherwise, is completely true. This is the 4th Green Pajamas/Goblin Market release in less than a year, so I hope you can handle the action. In an age where people release albums slowly, this is more like the Beatles putting out a pile in a year (oops - did I say Beatles?). So dig it. The larder is empty now of any new PJs material and you should have a while to wallow in the year’s fertile soil. Be sure and check out the great video we made for the album.

Link to The Green Pajamas - The Queen Bee Is Dead (Official Music Video) youtu.be/rOyE9ZmOH14
The Spell (Official Music Video) youtu.be/OuLaPm0OscQ
The Queen's Last Tango (Official Music Video) youtu.be/VM4hIMsZmRg

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released July 1, 2012

Produced by Jeff Kelly

Mastered at TDS by Tom Dyer

Cover Painting by Susanne Kelly

All songs written by Jeff Kelly © 2012 St. Brigid Publishing / BMI

except Wrong Home and Beat Me Sally written by Eric Lichter, © 2012 Eric Lichter

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