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DRILLGAGE:

Working the line, like I’ve been programmed to do.
I’m drilling into bronze and twisting the screws.
I'm a copper robot built for factory fare
On the Cogswallop skyship pumping steam into air.

And over afar through the steam I can see her:
Taffeta Spinwheel, the elegant leader.
Once built for sewing gowns in the swamp sweatshop,
For decades she cranked her way to the top.

My oil pump is older but it works just the same.
It’s beating for someone who doesn’t know my name.

To Taffeta Spinwheel I’m nothing but a bolt-studded laboring thing.
And though it’s true I’m a common bot, at least I can sing.
I may never meet her, but what if I did? What would I say?
Well I’m just a common bot, but I can’t live this way.
I just want someone to hold, someone to cool my boiling fuel.
But I’m stuck here on the line, building filters with my tools.

I’m just a common robot,
And I don’t know a lot
But I know I'm in love
with the boss up above.

I'm just a common robot
and I don't know a lot.
And I don't know what to do
to get closer to you.

Inside the airship boiler room I overheard a word,
A secret that had come from a mechanical messenger bird.
Trouble in the swampland, but who could it be?
Dr. Bennington, the founder of our company.

He was my inventor, the man who made us all,
But he ran his robots down to rust, then doubled the haul.
Though some call him the father of the floating sky mill,
He’s no father of mine, he only fastened on my drills.
Now he’s on the way to reclaim his inventions.
I don’t remember much, but I remember his intentions.

These two bots whispered the doc had built more
(more of his bots).
An army of diesel drones to settle the score.
Yes, he was coming for all of us,
to restore his title as the boss.
He wanted Taffeta melted (and dead)
and spread all across the swamp moss.

I’m just a common robot
And I don’t know a lot.
But I know I'm in love
with the boss up above.

I'm just a common robot
and I don't know a lot.
And I don't know what to do
to get closer to you.

I’m just a common robot
And I don’t know a lot
But I know I’m In love with a gold spun beauty.
So I’m the only one
Who knows what must be done
Warning her must be my duty.

So these robots were spies
Sent under disguise
To be his secret eyes.

And when the time was right
He would unleash the fight
Take the skyship overnight.

Flipped my fist to a blow torch,
welded shut the door,
Sealing in Doctor Bennington’s boars
With the skyship’s boiling core.

TAFFETA:

Have we met?

DRILLGAGE:

Hello Miss Spinwheel.
You don’t know who I am,
but they call me Drillgage.
I'm one of your work bots.
I came here to warn you of Bennington’s return
to overthrow the factory.
We have to evacuate.

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from Boss​-​Out, released January 26, 2017
Written and performed by Benjamin Simon

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Flyaway Frost and the Magic Turtles Omaha, Nebraska

Wonky glampop story songs. Always colorful, often strange, playfully corny. Think Animal Collective crossed with They Might Be Giants.

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