Happier Than Everybody Else

by Suzy Callahan

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released February 1, 2005

Suzy Callahan - Vocals
Scott Tyburski - everything else
Mixed by Scott, all songs by Suzy
Mastered by Emily Lazar

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"With a punk-flavored art-rock children’s rhyme ... It’s deliberately arbitrary and deeply embellished .... Suzy Callahan is indie rock’s own molecular gastronomist" chillfiltr.com/blog/2018/10/7/suzy-callahan-georgia-okeeffe

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Track Name: Ghost of Spite
A slap on the back
You’re giving them that
They’re getting your jokes
Not like when we spoke
Words stuck in your throat
Just stuck in your throat
Why knock on a door when your hand is soar
Just let yourself in
Don’t bother to call or show up at all
Just done on a whim
Finally you made it so wonderful for you
That’s what I was meaning to say but instead what I said
What I said was

You’re living in color and I’m in black and white
You’re a vision to be seen
I’m out of sight
You’re in living color and I’m in black and white
You’re a vision to behold
I’m the ghost of spite

Remember the car
The driving was far
We knew where to go
You read all the words, some were reversed
Some we didn’t know
And then we were stuck just looking them up
That’s cheating and so we go in a rut
And that was enough to just cut and go
Rolling all the windows down, hands wave in the wind
That was then and this is now
Would you say, would you say, would you say

You’re living in color and I’m in black and white
You’re a vision to be seen
I’m out of sight
You’re in living color and I’m in black and white
You’re a vision to behold
I’m the ghost of spite
Track Name: Tough on the Outside
Tough on the outside
but not on the inside
Am I rough on the outside
but not on the inside

Why can’t I forgive and forget by and by
Live and let live On my, my
Need a shoulder to cry on, someone to rely on
You’re tough on the outside
but soft on the inside

Always rough on the outside
but not on the inside
Are you tough on the outside
but soft on the inside?

Why won’t you play in this sweet tug of war
Just let me even the score
I’ll pull you
You pull me
And together we’ll be

Tough on the outside
but soft on the inside
Always rough on the outside
but not on the inside
Are we tough on the outside
but soft on the inside?

Funny asleep you look so sweet

I need you to play in this sweet tug of war…
Track Name: Unreal Conversation
Come out tonight and see a little girl
Would couldn’t stop thinking of the world
And how she fit in to this whole scheme
And why do you fill days of living without dreams

Are you my dad
Or did an alien kidnap you and come back inside your skin
Just to remind me you never, never trust words anymore
What you see says so much more
What you see says so much more
What you see says so much more

Than unreal conversation
Unreal conversation
Unreal conversation
Unreal conversation

(eerie whistling)
Track Name: Paranoia Sets In
You never know what’s there
Til you find out

Put all your important belongings in a bag
This place could blow apart but I don’t mean to nag
You never know when you’re going to hear the signal
For red alert
Keep up the vigilance cause someone you love might get hurt

When paranoia sets in…

You can drive every point your make into my skull
You can keep talking til the point you make is dull
An elevator is always the best way up to the top floor
I keep my eye on emergency buttons
Problem is no door

When paranoia sets in…
Track Name: Brutal Day
Let’s say the sun just disappeared
and filled you with sorrow
Let’s say all was destroyed
and you couldn’t see a tomorrow
Let’s say you lost all hope
cuz everything you knew was gone
Let’s say you couldn’t take another
step or thing of going on

It’s been a brutal day
A brutal day
One brutal day
It’s been a brutal day
But it’ll get better

Let’s say the only faith you held
became a lie
Let’s say you called for help
and no one answers the cry
Let’s say you stumble down
and fall into the wrong hands
Let’s say you’re watched by others
who never seem to really understand

It’s been a brutal day
A brutal day
One brutal day
It’s been a brutal day
But it’ll get better
Track Name: Practice Test
Will you take this practice test before you
come over to my house
Will you take this practice test before you
come over to my house
I need to know just where we stand before you
come over to my house
There are several issues right at hand before you
come over to my house.

You’re allowed to bring your notes
Don’t forget your study guide
You can always take a break
It’s not hard to take

Do you believe in this or that?

Do you believe in the kindness of strangers
ones who can see not blinded by dangers

What do you believe?
Track Name: Happier Than Everybody Else
Do you
Have all the dreams that’ll make me high
Say all the words that’ll reach inside
Know all the ways to keep my alive

How can you make me happy
How can you make me happy
How can you make me
happier than everybody else

Do I
Get all I can while the going’s good
Take a bit more than I know I should
I’d get away with it if I could

But that wouldn’t make me happy
That wouldn’t make me happy
That wouldn’t make me
happier than everybody else

Tell me

Get all you can while the going’s good
Take a lot more than you know you should
Try to get away with it if you could

But that wouldn’t make you happy
That wouldn’t make you happy
That wouldn’t make you
happier than anybody else
Track Name: You Don't Scare Me
Bullets are coming in and out of your mouth
I’m one of your easy targets without a doubt
But you don’t scare me

What have you got to say, better be good today
Hey

Now I’m in danger’s way out on the loose
Giving you one more chance to tell the truth
But you don’t scare me

What have you got to say, better be good today
Hey

She was a younger girl
Much younger than you
All of the things this world
won’t really care
Track Name: Shakespeare and Me
Why doesn’t your mother like me
She’s screwing everything up again
Guess I might deserve it ever so slightly
But her attitude has led me to spend
Several nights without even sleeping
And causing me to change my hair
Styles are different now I say politely
But does she listen or care?

Shakespeare and me have a lot in common here
Soliloquies, I could write a ton of these
To be or not to be with you
To be with you or not

Why doesn’t your sister like me
She’s beating me at every game
Living every minute to spite me
Sorry if I pronounced her name wrong
But I’m not good with hyphens
So why doesn’t she just let it go
Get over yourself and like me
I shouldn’t have said that I know

Shakespeare and me have a lot in common here
Soliloquies, I could write a ton of these
To be or not to be with you
To be with you or not

Aah
Track Name: Until Yesterday
Yesterday I had a sense of humor
Until yesterday I had a sense of humor

Until the roof caved over my head
And the plants I watered were dead
And the dog jumped on my bed
Cuz you chose someone else instead

Before yesterday I had a sense of humor
Until yesterday I had a sense of humor

Until some spit went in my eye
And the dishes wouldn’t dry
And someone let in a fly
And I promised I wouldn’t cry

About yesterday I had a sense of humor
Until yesterday I had a sense of humor
Now my books are all unread
And pencils are out of lead
And all I’ve eaten in bread
Cuz you love someone else instead of me

You loved me until yesterday
You loved me until yesterday

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