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Very Little Sleep

by Sam Golden

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1.
In a sizable world Most people choose to catch themselves on purpose Some wish they had more A chance to take a scissors to the taut rope Precious child Doesn't have a place or a calling Precious child Doesn't have a place or a calling Or a calling Or a calling A fly lands in your soup You watch it go away and eat your salad Sitting in your office chair Never wishing you were just relaxing Precious child Doesn't have a place or a calling Precious child Doesn't have a place or a calling Or a calling Or a calling Precious child Doesn't have a place or a calling Precious child Doesn't have a place or a calling Or a calling Or a calling
2.
Rear projection The guy behind you You turn it on then, this guy will unwind you But he's not interested, watching your endowment no He wants the milk of human kindness, and not what the cow meant It may be superficial But he doesn't like it It may be superficial Oh but he doesn't like it Test tube teenagers, looking at each other Wondering about drive, and the role of their mothers But some of them get bored with needless repetition Technology replaces skin, becomes their mental nutrition It may be superficial Oh but he doesn't like it It may be superficial Oh but he doesn't like it (No no no no no no)
3.
Cast 04:00
This party is like dried grape juice, it sticks to me I feel I've known you all my life, good company By grace of heaven what have I done, to wallow in these people's pleasure? Right now I feel so much love, much more than I could ever measure And I'd like to say, thanks to the cast It's been a slice Thanks to the cast Yeah In this exhibit every one of you is a masterpiece On my timeline this has been three short months that will never cease (No they won't) Laurence Olivier and Lee Strasberg never had it so good Let's buy a theater and live there together Lord how I wish we could And I'd like to say, thanks to the cast It's been a slice Thanks to the cast Staring into fresnels makes light a warm cocoon Sheltered place within the real world Daddy, will we be home soon? Drink down that last bit of champagne, eat that last chip I could live like this forever my friends Let's just sit And I'd like to say, thanks to the cast It's been a slice Thanks to the cast
4.
Last night you climbed on my body, executing lascivious things Now you'll be on another body but this one has wings Making last minute reminders, almost all set to go I wish that clock over there ran a bit slow Have fun over in Europe, write me and I'll call you Have you got all your bags? Good, now honey Give me a kiss for the sky Give me a kiss for the sky I smell a rat on the runway Now they're announcing it's here Your eyes are getting distant, and take off is clear Just a second my darling Please put your bags on the floor I'm trying to maintain composure but my coverup is poor Now the doors are all open, and it is time to go Hug me so tight it hurts me, then honey Give me a kiss for the sky Give me a kiss for the sky Give me a kiss for the sky Give me a kiss for the sky Give me a kiss for the sky Give me a kiss for the sky Give me, give me
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I like painful empty stomachs, I like sleeping in the rain I like waiting in line for hours, getting water on the brain A cold and meek existence, does much more for me than sex In fact it makes me cream all over my welfare checks Unemployment makes me come Where's that misery? Give me some I hear apathy's mating call I reach orgasm doing nothing at all Going through the want ads Blood starts rushing to my groin I get such a thrill Living in the tenderloin Looking out my windowless pane Eating cornless cob I watch the yo-pros scurrying by Give me a job! Unemployment makes me come Where's that misery? Give me some I hear apathy's mating call I reach orgasm doing nothing at all Yeah Yeah Unemployment makes me come Where's that misery? Give me some I hear apathy's mating call I reach orgasm doing nothing at all
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If you can still believe in everlasting joy Then life is your wooden box Perception is your toy I have just lost a girl who was inspiration and a friend If I had known this burden, I wouldn't have done it again We had our different ways We had our different ways Not until recently did a sharp division occur My way was right for me, her way was right for her I was sad and angry enough to put a fist through a wall In a while I'll remember her as if discovering an attic doll We had our different ways We had our different ways We had our different ways We had our different ways
9.
Don't know when, but it has to be soon The fleebees are planning a trip to the moon Playing with my sex, they don't give me a choice Crushing my libido and altering my voice Taekwondo and estrogen and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Let me tell yuh bout a fleebee yeah They're clever as hell Alpha and gamma cast a permanent spell Give me a broom and a handle for boys My friend Fee is good to me he, not altering my voice Taekwondo and estrogen and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Taekwondo and estrogen and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees They are very alluring and they're altering my voice Fleebee bruch neebees
10.
He notices her glass is empty He offers to make it full She tells him that she's had plenty Conversation's getting dull, well He doesn't know why he's so drawn to her Maybe it's her jet black dress or her purple socks Vodka martini romance On the rocks hey Vodka martini romance On the rocks It's getting late her eyes are closing Nearing the end of the fuse He's quite upset that she's now dozing One more biological bruise, well He doesn't know why he's still drawn to her Maybe it's the alcohol or her golden locks Vodka martini romance On the rocks hey Vodka martini romance On the rocks Awakened to an empty bottle Once again a lonely man Visions in his mind were all dreams All he's got is his right hand, well He doesn't know why he was drawn to her But their true love was shattered by his alarm clock Vodka martini romance On the rocks hey Vodka martini romance On the rocks
11.
Spark Story 02:38
It's just a rehash of passion and politics, morals and ego Right now she's distracting me She says not to think too quickly She doesn't know what she wants, I do But she can't let herself say "I'll try something new" She doesn't care to think about it, I do You see she needs her pain, I don't, but I have it too It's just a rehash of pleasure and principal Lots of frustration Her face is distracting me I'd better not act too quickly She doesn't know about her destiny, I do Although we can't predict the future that is true She doesn't see her true identity, I do I know that sharing it with her would keep me from being dark blue
12.
Always hated puppy romance Roses and chocolates I despised But you introduced me to these and more Gently but firmly open my eyes Big bright sensations take the spotlight Gushy and mushy and cliché I relish them, I bathe in them You're with me all throughout the day You're with me all throughout the day Always hated playing footsies Just holding hands was unheard of But you just smiled and waited patiently I found myself falling in love Big bright sensations take the spotlight Gushy and mushy and cliché I relish them, I bathe in them You're with me all throughout the day You're with me all throughout the day Big bright sensations take the spotlight Gushy and mushy and cliché I relish them, I bathe in them You're with me all throughout the day You're with me all throughout the day Big bright sensations take the spotlight Gushy and mushy and cliché I relish them, I bathe in them You're with me all throughout the day You're with me all throughout the day Big bright, big bright sensations They're gushy, they're mushy and they're cliché I relish them, I bathe in them You're with me all throughout the day You're with me all throughout the day

about

While surrounding music industry forefronts shifted more towards bread and circuses, it should come as no surprise that this particular record—a total deviation of such—was the doing of a teenaged punk rock participant. Sam Golden's Very Little Sleep was a promptly-abandoned pressing of five hundred LPs that had zero marketing treatment; most copies were actually destroyed. Its bass-baritone lead likens amateur dramatics, a sole protagonist crooning his most private love letters. Despite stage readiness, no song here was ever performed live, as giving this music an audience was not an immediate goal for Sam. Instead, his body of work serves mostly as a token of bereavement, of childhood maternal loss, memorializing the parent whose inheritance funded all production on the album. Crafted in Northern California 36 years ago, copies have since traveled outside the home state and country despite limited availability, all bearing the message "this album is dedicated to the memory of Peggy Golden."

Sam's one-man band developed an unparalleled sound. Punk in nature for its layers of sarcasm and raw performance, but an anomaly above all.

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released February 5, 2021

Originally released October 26, 1984 on Recordlike Records.

╖Produced, composed & written by Sam Golden
─╖Mix & recording engineer: Sam Golden
─╖Cover photos: John Marmysz
──╖Sam Golden: piano (Yamaha CP-80), synthesizer (Roland Juno-106), drums, lead vocals, vibraslap

Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, 2020.

Digitally remastered at hires from vinyl, transferred on a Sony PS-X9 turntable with Soundsmith Strain Gauge cartridge into a JCF Audio LATTE ADC at 96khz

Digital layout by Alex Haught.

©℗ 1984, mmxxi Recordlike Records. All rights reserved.

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