Singles & Besides

by Restaurnaut

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Ladies, Gentlemen, and Horses,

The album you are about to listen to is something of a hidden treasure. This collection of songs was written years ago and hidden in bookshelves, boxes and brains until this very moment. Now they are released into the world to roam free. And while these songs may seem wild (and they are wild), they are also sweet and lonely and they just want to be petted and played with. Or at least fed. Feed them and they will feed you.

Concerning the artist Nicholas Dolezal (aka “Restaurnaut”), I would like to say this: at some point in your life you will cross paths with a person who for some reason will take a liking to you and will inspire you and visa versa. Nick is that person for me. Even if he is never famous (which he surely will be), he is famous to me. He is the most famous person I have ever known. He is also a very very hard worker. I guess most famous people are.

Please enjoy this album now. And then let Nick know how famous he is.

Thank you.

John Spriggs, 2012

Singles & Besides, originally titled "Singles & B-sides" but altered for cleverness, is a collection of songs I wrote and recorded in the early days of Restaurnaut, well over three years ago now. Songs I wrote in between the cracks and didn't know what to do with. When you embark on this listening journey, you will be hearing Restaurnaut in it's rawest, most fetal form. You will be visiting a time when I strummed guitars more than I plucked ukuleles, a time when I still lived under my mother's roof, and a time when I couldn't of graduated high school any sooner. You will witness my dearest friends perform with me in our innocent youth, creating music as a means to keep our hearts and spirits alive and up and at 'em. Writing songs about the lives we lived was vital; essential. On this day, my twentieth birthday, I hope that you will travel back in time with me as we enjoy these unburied treasures. If Restaurnaut has always been anything he has always been a nostalgic basterd, and I do not plan to change. These songs are the roots of what I am as a musician, and the rosetta stone for the songs I write today. Please listen to them with the greatness within you, and milk them for what they are worth.
And don't you ever forget to "keep on keepin' on".

Nick Dolezal of Restaurnaut

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released November 13, 2012

Restaurnaut would like to thank all his fantastic friends who helped him with Singles & Besides. Dan, Damaris, Forrest, Justin, Zaq. His mother for giving birth to him and letting him live in her house. Mom! And the one and only John Spriggs for doing such radass album art that some claimed it "Satanic", and helping motivate me to actually put this stuff out. You really are a giant John!

www.spriggsisagiant.com

Restaurnaut would also like to thank you, yes YOU, the listener,
for keeping your ears peeled and your eyes shut sticky sticky tight
through out the program! We couldn't of done it without you, yes YOU!

Happy Birthday to you too and to all a wonderful night!

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"His music is playful and simple, but most importantly portable - ukelele strums, glockenspiel plunks, kiddie-Casio key strokes, flutes toots, and small cymbals make up the core pallet of sounds, all of it contributing to the miniature, hand-held feel of the tape."
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Track Name: Darlin' Don't You Know?
Darlin' don't you know? It's something deep inside your soul
It starts down in your toes and makes it's way up to your nose
Father don't you know? That's just how the story goes
The gentle east wind blows and you head out to the coast

I'll just keep keepin' on
Singing an empty song
When day breaks the sun belongs
And then
And then and then and then

Brother can't you see? That it's just the way to be
Always keep it free, set your mind and your body
Sister play it cool, don't end up looking like a fool
Make your own golden rule, put it on a pedistool

Bodies of water
Sands of time
Their sons and daughters
Nursery rhymes

Tired of feeling old
Stuck in a rigmarole
Crawled down into a hole
Again
Again again again

Mother don't you know? I have sunken way down low
The crew abondoned ship while the waves rocked to and fro
Darlin' don't you know? That my heart has turned to stone
It happened long ago, it got left out in the cold

But today I'm breakin' it
Oh so tired of fakin' it
I want to feel what you feel
Is it righteous? Is it real?
My friend
My friend my friend my friend

Let's put this story to an end!
Track Name: Did I Kill You?
I must be a magician somehow
The way I made you disappear
I look in all the wrong places
Can't ever find you there
And if I do it's just a shell
Some kind of voodoo doll
I scream because the message is lost
And this ghost don't care at all

I'm biting all my nails and grinding all my teeth
I stay awake all night because I'm too scared to sleep
You always haunt me in my dreams and when I wake up it all seems
Like it really happened but it never really happened

Now I'm walking down all these halls
And looking behind doors
I'm marching down the street
And counting all the whores
And I'm thinking that I've seen you here before
Yes I recall us being here before
But now your bones are in the ground
Your soul is in the hole
They tore down the lost and found
The city turned to gold

And all the money and all the time
And all the gods we made will die
As the human race begins to finally really realize
We never really were alive and I begin to wonder am I?

Did I kill you or did you decide to die?
Did I kill you or did you decide to die?
Did I kill you or did you decide to die?
Did I kill you or did you decide to die?
Track Name: No Longer Pure
I carry all your desperate measures in the bags under my eyes
Yeah you know you're the reason why I used to stay up all night
And when I begin to doze off I'm reminded of your claws
Scratching at my sanity spinning my head like a top

Yeah I've tried counting sheep to catch some Z's
But happy thoughts don't insure happy dreams
The underlying message in between
Means nothing's ever really what it seems
Now I'm not who I used to be

Sometimes I break under the pressure of this false reality
You ask: How can someone be conquered by something they don't believe?
I'll admit I have no answer, maybe I've just been deceived
It's something I see everyday killing me slow like a disease

Yeah I've taken drugs and medicine trying to find a cure
But no potion or elixer can cure lost love for sure
I've given up forgot about but it hurts worse than before
It's a neverending nightmare I can not ignore
I am no longer pure

I am no longer pure
Track Name: Forever In The Light
I never knew I never knew honey
But now I know now I know honey
And if you stay if you stay honey
We could go on forever in the light

When I say when I say baby
You better stay you better stay baby
Cuz if you stay if you stay baby
We could go on forever in the light

And I don't know how to tell you
But I've been in love with you since the moment I first felt you
And if this could wash it all away
I know we'll live to see another day

And I say ah

When I say when I say baby
Please stay please stay baby
Cuz don't you know that you drive me crazy
And we could go on forever in the light

Oh yes we could go on forever in the light
We could go on forever in the light
We could go on forever in the light
Baby we could go on forever in the light
Track Name: Soul In A Grave
I never thought I'd be so gray
I never thought it'd turn out this way
Like a soul in a grave
makes it so hard to behave
Like a soul in a grave

How could you be such a fool?
How could you be such a fool?
How could you be so cruel?

I never thought it would concave
Like a nasal conchae
Like an arctic monkey
makes it so hard to be funkey
Like an arctic monkey

How could you be such a fool?
How could you be such a fool?
How could you be so cruel

I never thought I'd be so gray
Mama I never thought it'd turn out this way
Like a soul in a grave
Makes it so hard to behave
Like a lion in a cave*

How could you be such a fool?
How could you be such a fool?
How could you be so cruel
Track Name: Maybe Baby
She's sweet as spring and gold as summer
When we're not together it's quite a bummer
When I'm alone it's just not the same
I need my baby to keep me sane
At least that's what the doctors say
Yeah that's what the doctors say

We eat an apple a day just to keep them away
Cuz you know things always change
But for now I just can't complain
This groovy feeling washing over me I can't explain

Maybe baby it'll drive us crazy but I'm too lazy for love
Maybe baby it'll drive us crazy but I'm too lazy for love

She's sweet as spring and gold as summer
When I get side-tracked she is my runner
Watermelon sugar pink lemonade
Like an ocean topsy turvy makes me misbehave
We just lay around all day
We just lay around all day

Maybe baby it'll drive us crazy but I'm too lazy for love
Maybe baby it'll drive us crazy but I'm too lazy for love
(sing this line forever and ever and ever)
Track Name: Do You Wanna Bang?
Do you wanna bang on a drum all day?
Do you wanna work do you wanna get paid?
Do you wanna fall in love do you wanna get laid?
Do you regret all the choices that you made?

Do you wanna go downtown and join the parade?
Drive up and down the streets in your escalade?
Or sit on the porch drinking lemonade?
Under the hot sun on a summer day

And all the smiles, I can't hide them
Oh the frowns they bring me down
When I'm wanted I feel haunted by you

Do you wanna walk home after school?
All by yourself feelin' like you're cool
Or hang with your friends and act afool
Skinny dip in your swimming pool

Do you have the guts do you got what it takes?
To prove that you're real that you're not a fake
Do you wanna put your life at stake?
Do you wanna grow up for Pete's sake?

All the smiles, I can't hide them
Oh the frowns they bring me down
When I'm wanted I feel haunted by you

Do you wanna bang on a drum all day?
Do you wanna work do you just seek fame?
Do you wanna fall in love but you're scared of heartbreak?
Could you forget all the mistakes that you made?
Would you forget all the mistakes that you made?
Won't you forget all the mistakes that you made?
Track Name: Julie's Comin' Home
Julie's comin' home
She doesn't know I'm not alone
I try to play it cool
I try not to act a fool
Hide you under my bed
Hide you up inside my head
Creeping down the stairs
Got to make sure she's unaware

She turns on the lights
I'm pretty sure she smells the fright
Lingerin' in the night
I go ahead and grab a knife
She hears the blade shinkin'
And she gets scared, scared for her life
She crawls under the bed
She gets underneath my skin

Two whores in one night
And one's my awfully wedded wife
I turn invisible
Trying to remain calm
But they're both screaming now
And I can't tell right from wrong
But I can't let her know
I sold my soul to the devil!!

I sold my soul to the devil
But I can't let sweet Julie know
I sould my soul to the devil
But I can't let sweet Julie know
I sold my soul to the devil
But I can't let sweet Julie know
I sold my soul to the devil
Sing it with me again I say
Track Name: Let 'Em Go
I washed my sheets and poured my head inside a jar I told you so
I watched my life fade in and out of tv screens but shame will show
They peeked their heads up and found the strength to speak it loud
Memories of when they all lived up in a big black cloud

Rose petal toes he walks so swiftly to his pomegranate home
Laps up his tongue and pushes thoughts behind a stained glass jesus dome
White pixie dust they're out to bust the blessed holy shroud
Gears turn to rust against the gust making mom and dad proud

Take it easy take it slow
Fuck 'em all let it go

Fish and maggoty worms bloody bull horns born of a bad omen
Mothrider burns we're taking turns and now the stomach's torn
Everyone got up to run and fell back to the ground
Ears opened wide against the door arms crossed safe and sound

Take it easy take it slow
Fuck 'em all and let it go
Track Name: Break Through
She is like the water flowing over riverbeds
Left and right and crazy like the thoughts up in your head
She is like the daughter that you always wish you had
Treat her nice and kindly don't let her drive you mad

She tells you little stories that ring pleasant in your ears
Sharing all the glory with the force that keeps you here
She bleeds your favorite colors and relishes your fears
Never let your baby go, always keep her near

Keep, keep on keepin' on
Don't look back
The past ain't nothing but the past
Oh no the past ain't nothing but the past

Where does all the smoke go?
Why do the ghosts stay at home?
When will the sun explode?
Do other animals fall in love?