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NARRATOR:

Years ago things were rather green.
Not from moss or patina, but clean.
Till a mad inventor made steam machines
And the salt of the earth drained the streams.

The Lutz corporation, led by a fiend,
Took these inventions, turned them obscene,
Gave Smotestack City a rust-ruddy sheen,
Filled Cogswallop Swamp with unspeakable things.

We need a mechanism to spread our wings,
Fly from the chasm to where winged things sing.
This pit needs a hero made of boilers and springs
With purity bolted to a floating golden ring.

Let me take you to a place
Where men are made from earthenware.
Powered by steam and passion
and greed pollutes the air.

Two rival survivalists rose to the top.
An automaton tom cat and his tommy gun chop shop.
And a Venus of genius cranking crankshaft cash-crops:
Crystal Clearie and Crockery. Their duels never stop.

Well Lutz drank up the profit, every cup and drop.
cleaned up the bloodstains with a hydraulic mop.
Treated humanity like a scrap metal prop.
And at the top of the pyramid sat that fat cat fop.

We need these industrial blimps to pop.
We need this over-funded freak show to flop.
This pit needs a hero to rise out of the slop,
To save us from these legal crooks and all these crooked cops.

Let me take you to a place
Where men are made from earthenware.
Powered by steam and passion
and greed pollutes the air.

But out of the algae came a gold-plated pioneer.
Built from a loom that spun thread and silk sheer,
Taffeta Spinwheel the airship buccaneer
Could save Cogswallop and the whole fetid frontier.

And with her came Drillgage her metal handyman.
Who was right by her side since their adventure began.
There’s water in the tank and oil in the can.
Batten down the patchwork, Taffeta’s got a plan. (Follow me)

Let me take you to a place
Where men are made from earthenware.
Powered by steam and passion
and greed pollutes the air.

TAFFETA:

Tri-Lite, Volume Three.

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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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