God Shuffled His Feet Album

Artist(s): Crash Test Dummies

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Tracklist

God Shuffled His Feet

length: 5:11
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
assistant engineer: Trevor Sadler
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
guest guitar: Adrian Belew
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts

After seven days
He was quite tired so God said:
"Let there be a day
Just for picnics, with wine and bread"
He gathered up some people he had made
Created blanket and laid back in the shade

The people sipped their wine
And what with God there, they asked him questions
Like: do you have to eat
Or get your hair cut in heaven?
And if your eye got poked out in this life
Would it be waiting up in heaven with your wife?

God shuffled his feet and glanced around at them;
The people cleared their throats and stared right back at him

So he said:"Once there was a boy
Who woke up with blue hair
To him it was a joy
Until he ran out into the warm air
He thought of how his friend would come to see;
And would they laugh, or had he got some strange disease?

God shuffled his feet and glanced around at them;
The people cleared their throats and stared right back at him

The people sat waiting
Out on their blankets in the garden
But God said nothing
So someone asked him:"I beg your pardon:
I'm not quite clear about what you just spoke
What that a parable, or a very subtle joke?"

God shuffled his feet and glanced around at them;
The people cleared their throats and stared right back at him

Afternoons & Coffeespoons

length: 3:57
producer: Jerry Harrison and Crash Test Dummies
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
chorus master: Dan Roberts
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
guest drums (drum set): Larry Beers
additional guest background vocals: Kerry Nation
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
What is it that makes me just a little bit queasy?
There's a breeze that makes my breathing not so easy
I've had my lungs checked out with x rays
I've smelled the hospital hallways

[Chorus]
Someday I'll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I'll wear pajamas in the daytime

Times when the day is like a play by Sartre
When it seems a book burning's in perfect order,
I gave the doctor my description
I tried to stick to my prescriptions

[Chorus]

Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffee spoons and t.s. Eliot

Maybe if I could do a play-by-playback
I could change the test results that I will get back
I've watched the summer evenings pass by
I've heard the rattle in my bronchi

[Chorus]

[Repeat: x2]
Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffee spoons and t.s. Eliot

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

length: 3:54
producer: Jerry Harrison and Crash Test Dummies
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
additional recording engineer: David Vartanian
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
Once there was this kid who
Got into an accident and couldn't come to school
But when he finally came back
His hair had turned from black into bright white
He said that it was from when
The cars had smashed him so hard

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Once there was this girl who
Wouldn't go and change with the girls in the change room
But when they finally made her
They saw birthmarks all over her body
She couldn't quite explain it
They'd always just been there

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

But both the girl and boy were glad
Cause one kid had it worse than that

Cause then there was this boy whose
Parents made him come directly home right after school
And when they went to their church
They shook and lurched all over the church floor
He couldn't quite explain it
They'd always just gone there

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

In the Days of the Caveman

length: 3:43
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
guest drums (drum set): Larry Beers
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
When you go on camping trips you're stuck right out in nature
Foraging the forests like a primate
Using sharpened tools instead of hotplates

Your thumb and forefinger supposed to show you're not a wild beast
You can hear their noises at night time
They don't have to keep a certain bedtime

See in the shapes of my body
Leftover parts from apes and monkeys

Sometimes when I lie awake I hear the rainfall on my tent fly
I think of all the insects that are sleeping
And wonder if the animals are dreaming

See in the shapes of my body
Leftover parts from apes and monkeys

In the days of the caveman and mammoths and glaciers
Bugs and trees were your food then; no pajamas or doctors

And when I finally get to sleep, I dream in technicolor
I see creatures come back from the Ice Age
Alive and being fed inside a zoo cage

See in the shapes of my body
Leftover parts from apes and monkeys

[Repeat x2]
In the days of the caveman and mammoths and glaciers
Bugs and trees were your food then; no pajamas or doctors

Swimming in Your Ocean

length: 3:50
producer: Jerry Harrison and Crash Test Dummies
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
additional recording engineer: David Vartanian
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
When I'm sampling from your bosom
Sometimes I suffer from distractions like
Why does God cause things like tornadoes and train wrecks?

[CHORUS]
When I'm swimming in
When I'm swimming in your ocean
Floating aloft on creams
An scented lotions
I can get pretty side-tracked
I hope you'll understand

When I kneel before your bounty
Sometimes I wonder if there could be really
UFO's that come from other planets

And when you let me taste your fingers
I take them like fruit and as I linger I
Wonder if my seed will find purchase in your soil ...

Here I Stand Before Me

length: 3:07
producer: Jerry Harrison and Crash Test Dummies
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
My doctgor told me that if was time for me to have my x ray
Of course, I had many nightmares about that fatal day
The room was dark and my skeleton was floating on the wall
My voice trembles inside me
I

I Think I’ll Disappear Now

length: 4:53
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
Running into you like this without warning
It like catching a sniff of tequila in the morning
But I'll try, I'll try to keep my food down
That's quite and after-taste that yopu've left now that you're not around
You can just pretend we're not in the same room
Well, alright, I'll just mosey to the bathroom
You flew by like a summer vacation
And you left me with TV-movies amd a messy kitchen
I think I'll disappear now, slip out sideways
Just for a while- but until then I'll stay in a sleep late, excuse me
I'll buy a fast car, I'll drive fast from here
There's a beach I haven't seen since last year-
It's far, but I like night drives;
If just makes it nicer where I do arrive
Aren't you going to miss me?
Aren't you goint to even say one thing to me anymore?
Well, you can bet that I'll forget how it was then:
All the drives to your farm for the weekend...
But I've seen the swimsuit magazines
And I've smelled the tequila first thing in the morning

How Does a Duck Know?

length: 3:43
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
How does a duck know what direction south is?
And how to tell his wife from all the other ducks?
You can cut a chicken's head off
and it will keep on running and twitching

[CHORUS]
When everything seems planned out
when everything seems nicely planned out
well the human race will come and smack your face

How come all my body parts so nicely fit together?
All my organs doing their jobs, no help from me!
A person pulls a spider's leg out
To watch it keep on moving and twitching.

Satan lives here: on grain and earth, rain and air.

How come I just smoke and smoke and smoke
and curse every butt I spit out?
All night long I grind my teeth and I wake up when I cough
You can put me in and iron lung
and I will keep on breathing and twitching

When I Go Out With Artists

length: 3:44
producer: Jerry Harrison and Crash Test Dummies
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
guest drums (drum set): Larry Beers
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
When I go out with artists
They talk about language and the cubists and the dadaist
And I try to catch their meanings
And keep up with all the martinis
I don't know which should be my favorite paintings

If I could see, if I could see, if I could
See all the symbols, unlock what they mean
Maybe I could, maybe I could, maybe I
Could meet the artists, and get to know them personally

If I were David Byrne
I'd go to galleries and not be too concerned
Well I would have a cup of coffee
And I'd find my surroundings quite amusing and
People would ask me which were my favorite paintings

What if the artists ran the TV?
All the ads would be for fine scotch whiskey:
Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, the whole single malt family

The artists of the future
Will make up new things and different nomenclatures
And they'll stand amongst their pictures
And they'll sing and laugh and quote from scriptures and
When they go home they'll dream of brilliant paintings

The Psychic

length: 3:48
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
She knows the future like the palm in your hand
She knows your past like the lay of the land
The first time she met me she saw right through me
Some cards and a cane in her hand - and she said:

All the years that have come to pass
And all the years that shall be
I see here right before me

She said her visions were a bane in her life
She could not control them, they kept her up nights
I know what you're thinking, I haven't been drinking
She knew things that cut like a knife - and she said:

All the years that have come to pass
And all the years that shall be
I see here right before me

Will there be earthquakes and great tidal waves?
Can she see back to the dinosaur days?
How can she foresee just by squinting at me and
Can she see me naked in her mind's eye?

What does she think when she foretells a disease?
Would she keep it a secret if death stood before me?
What could some cards hold, where is her foothold
Can I escape what she sees? And she said:

All the years that have come to pass
And all the years that shall be
I see here right before me
I see here before me

Two Knights and Maidens

length: 3:25
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
Once there were two knights and maidens
They'd walk together
Out in the gardens
In all kinds of weather

The knights always pestered the maidens
To love them together
Out in the gardens
And they could watch each other

The maidens had other plans for the two knights
They'd give them potions
And make them see dreams and lights

The knights took the potions gladly
They laughed at their visions
But outside the garden
Tigers smelled them together

The maidens had other plans for the two knights
They'd give them potions
And make them see dreams and lights

The knights only laughed at the tigers
They thought they were visions
Out in the garden
The maidens watched them together

Ah, but for the two knights
Ah, but for maidens
Who gave to them dreams and lights

Untitled

length: 1:44
producer: Crash Test Dummies and Jerry Harrison
piano: Ellen Reid
mixer: Tom Lord‐Alge
engineer: Dan Harjung
recording engineer: Tommy Lipnick
accordion: Ellen Reid
editor: Patrick Murphy
keyboard: Ellen Reid
background vocals: Ellen Reid
composer: Brad Roberts
lyricist: Brad Roberts
So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's DOA
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year, but

I'll be there for you
When the rain starts to pour
I'll be there for you
Like I've been there before
I'll be there for you
'Cause you're there for me too

You're still in bed at ten, though work begins at eight
You burned your breakfast, so far things are going great
Your mother warned you there'd be days like these
But she didn't tell you
When the world was brought down to your knees
That

I'll be there for you
When the rain starts to pour
I'll be there for you
Like I've been there before
I'll be there for you
'Cause you're there for me too

No one could ever know me. No one could ever see me
Seems your the only one who knows what it's like to be me
Someone to face the day with
Make it through all the mess with
Someone I'll always laugh with
Even at my worst, I'm best with
You, yeah
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year, but

I'll be there for you
When the rain starts to pour
I'll be there for you
Like I've been there before
I'll be there for you
'Cause you're there for me too