Nighty Night

by 8in8

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eforenigma Just the right mix of geeky and emotional and sardonic. I'm really starting to believe that every member of this, the only supergroup I'll really ever need in my life can do no wrong. I'm just glad I'm not the only one with a bit of a crush on Nicola Tesla... Favorite track: Nikola Tesla.
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Sven B. Schreiber Some time after the first - most remarkable - collaboration of Amanda Palmer with Ben Folds on her debut album, both joined forces again spontaneously to write and record 8 songs in 8 hours - hence "8in8". Aided by Damian "OK Go" Kulash, and featuring lyrics by Amanda Palmer's husband Neil Gaiman, 6 songs were finished eventually. Maybe they aren't as super as would have been expected from "tomorrow's supergroup today" - but still it's a pleasure to listen to a bunch of unconventional songs conceived by some of today's most creative songwriters. Favorite track: Because the Origami.
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Quinn the Eskimo Jesus christ! look at the lineup!!! How are you going to go wrong??? Favorite track: Nikola Tesla.
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1.
Nikola Tesla 02:50
I met Nikola Tesla in a diner in New York He was eating cotton candy in the dark I sat down at his table and I asked him for a light When his eyes met mine I thought I felt a spark His glance was like an X-Ray and he looked me to the bone A touch from him my blood began to boil It was the 24th of March he had a really cute moustache and then he kissed me in an alley and I felt my insides coil Nikola Tesla I wish you’d invent a Current that could activate my heart Mysterious Gesture I do not expect you Come back from 1932 I’ll always burn a light for you Sweetheart… I’d dreamed of someone like you ever since I was a girl A mystery man inventing something new Just a guy with a transformer who could make me something warmer Who could open up my circuitry and make me someone new When Edison got angry my Nikola only grinned And explained that wireless power was the way He’d overturn the system there was no way to resist him And he kissed me one more time and told me he’d come back one day Nikola Tesla I wish you’d invent a Current that could activate my heart Mysterious Jester I do not expect you Come back from 1932 I’ll always burn a light for you Sweetheart… Edison’s enemy, Man who gave us AC, He’ll always be to me My little Serb Voice on the radio I’m looking high and low Here in the afterglow Send me a word… So I waited while the valves inside my heart all dimmed and chilled He had secrets that he stored inside eight chests And he took his many mysteries and walked off into history And he left me with a fading sort of feeling in my breast I’ve been waiting here for decades, just a dusty afterthought I’ve been waiting for Nikola to come back It is painful and ironic not to mention electronic That he’d vanish in a crackle, into air and fade to black Nikola Tesla I wish you’d invent a Current that could activate my heart Mysterious Jester I do not expect you Come back from 1932 I’ll always burn a light for you Sweetheart…
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Because the Origami didn’t work We gave you dancing lessons Because the dancing lessons made you bored We bought you a guitar Because you said it made your fingers sore We found you a pony Because the pony broke your leg and ran away We got you drums But the drums annoyed our neighbours so We gave you cooking lessons And the cooking lessons made you fat We bought you running shoes If you hear this please We love you Tommy We know it never was about Origami Because you took the shoes and ran away We gave them your description Now we haven’t heard a thing in weeks Because we don’t know where you are We’re putting out this song Because we think that you might hear And know where you belong So what did we do wrong? If you hear this please we love you Tommy Please come home we’ve left your room Exactly Exactly And if you ever hear this song Know we send our love Take your origami skills And make a paper dove Send a message home We promise not to teach you We don’t care what you’ve done We hope that this will reach you.. If you hear this, please We love you Tommy We won’t ask you anything We won’t be angry
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One Tiny Thing out of place One Tiny Thing out of place Things come so quickly to an end one tiny stone in the pond one tiny stone in the pond Something so small but it’s all changed And is this really where it ends? Is this really where it ends, my darling? One Thing One Thing Out of Place One tiny spark in the soup One tiny spark in the soup Things come to life and they begin One tiny crack in the wall One tiny crack in the wall Something so fragile and so small And is this really where it ends? Is this really where it ends, my darling? One thing One tiny Thing Out of Place One tiny thing that isn’t there One tiny thing that isn’t there Things fade so quickly out of sight One tiny lie that told the truth One tiny lie that told the truth One tiny movement in the night And is this really where it ends? Oh, is this really where it ends, my darling? One Thing One Thing Out of Place And is this really where it ends? And is this really who you are, my darling? One thing One Tiny Thing out of place
4.
I saw a squirrel kill himself He drowned in my bath A tiny furry tragedy I didn’t mean to laugh Some things are more or less like that: Sad, funny, dumb and brave like that. I don’t know why he had to die I wonder who was saved. I think the squirrel suicide Took nerve and skill and guts He planned it like a robbery I don’t think he was nuts Some things are more or less like that: Sad, funny, dumb and brave like that. I don’t know why he had to die I wonder who was saved.
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(There was a) tiny asian woman screaming in the street today And she was screaming at a person that she obviously hates (She was so) Loud we heard the screaming with our windows all rolled up And we all looked down the street to see who she was screaming at - (but there was) no one on the sidewalk so we all looked back at her (and we saw) in her homeless hands she held a 1960s mirror a pretty plastic girly one framed in a purple case and she was screaming at herself and she was spitting in her face. And we were scared and we were shaken waiting at the intersection Looking at each other’s faces, and each one a shocked reflection And we laugh with nervous laughter at the crazies in the street But it’s only cos we know its how we kind of want to be And there’s a fraction of a brain cell chain that makes us what we are One false move you’re in the mirror, someone’s laughing from the car Casey said she’d seen that woman half a dozen times And that she has a bunch of mirrors, she has lots of different kinds And I wondered what she’d shouted and I wondered what she’d done The light turned green, and someone said we ought to put her in a song I feel sorry for that woman as she stormed off in the day With a bitter frozen enemy who will never go away And so many of us hate ourselves but never shout in rage We never get to hold a mirror, we never turn the page And I’m lucky I’ve got people who will hold me in the night And I’m lucky that you love me, and I’m glad we never fight And I’m lucky that I like myself, but late at night I doubt, So I’m scared to look at mirrors, just in case I start to shout.
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I wish that Joan of Arc wouldn’t hang around the park Pronouncing that she won’t get burned again Her armour’s very shiny and her message is divine But I wish she’d take a day off now and then She said it clears your head when you come back from the dead With your sword as sharp as anything that cuts And to prove it she bisected three young tourists from Utrecht Which rapidly displayed a lot of guts She says we need to raise a brand new army And the flag of France so proudly she unfurled And the people that she hated will be neatly bifurcated And the British will no longer rule the world (She says) it was a mistake to let them burn her at the stake And she learned a lesson back there in the flames So she’s going to kill the queen and then she’ll rescue Old Orleans And it’s really hard to hang around with saints I think I ought to tell her that the English left in failure And they don’t go back to France except on hols But I saw her vivisect a man who wanted to correct her -- And the playground soon resembled grand guignol She says we need to raise a brand new army And she marched us round until we couldn’t stand She says the nation she abhors will soon be writhing on the floor And the British will no longer rule her land And she’s waiting for the dauphin who will come across the ocean, And knows that God agrees with her complaints So I’m hoping that she’ll ignore my English accent in her war ‘Cause it’s really hard to hang around with saints She says we need to raise a brand new army And the flag of France so proudly she unfurled And the people that she hated will be neatly bifurcated And the British will no longer rule the British will no longer rule the British will no longer rule the world!

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released April 26, 2011

8in8 is Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, and Damian Kulash
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Produced by Sean Slade
Recorded and mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA
Assisted by J. Saliba and Adam Hand

Artwork by Cassandra Long
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"Nikola Tesla"
Vocals & Piano: Amanda Palmer
Drums: Ben Folds
Bass & Synth: Damian Kulash

"Because the Origami"
Vocals: Ben Folds & Amanda Palmer
Piano: Ben Folds

"One Tiny Thing"
Vocals, iPad, and Tambourine: Damian Kulash
Mellotron & Additional Acoustic Piano: Ben Folds
Handclaps & Stomping: Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash, Sean Francis, Super Kate, and Hayley Rosenblum

"Twelve Line Song" (aka "The Squirrel Song")
Vocals, Piano, and drums: Ben Folds
Acoustic Guitar & Tambourine: Damian Kulash
Backup Vocals: Damian Kulash & Amanda Palmer

"I'll Be My Mirror"
Vocals & Piano: Amanda Palmer
Omnichord & Guitar: Damian Kulash
Drums: Ben Folds

"The Problem With Saints"
Vocals: Neil Gaiman
Piano: Ben Folds
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