Being There Or Nothing

by Vinyl Tigers

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Things get weird indeed! Being There or Nothing is the brilliant new recording by our Vinyl Tigers. It is a halting collection of cosmic obscurities moving through magic and science arriving via pauses and silence at some distinct sound. Stylistically diverse and almost prescient, it, like our times, exists somewhere in-between. It is a short road to oblivion, but it takes time to tell the account fully. Side One is something of a dialogue. Side Two could be called High Noon, this time with a different narrator. Two wolves. Many ghosts. Despair is in the air; yet in the basement-noise we dance with joy. This is our one life after all.

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released March 16, 2017

The Band:
Doreen Kirchner - Gtr, Vox, Drums, Kazoo, Harmonica, "Theremin"
TV Wayne - Gtr, Vox, Drums, Percussion, Recorder, Bass
Jeff Preischel - Bass

Guest Musicians:
Joe Makoviecki of Thomas Wesley Stern - Piano 2, 7, 10, 13, 17 & Banjo 2, 6, 7, 13
James Herdman of Thomas Wesley Stern - Violin 2, 6, 7, 10, 13, 17
Adam Hershberger - Trumpet 6
John Dikeman - Tenor Saxophone 8

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Vinyl Tigers New Jersey

Vinyl Tigers are Doreen Kirchner, TV Wayne, and bassist Jeff Preischel. Comprised of the former members of the band Sudden Ensemble, debut album distributed by Forced Exposure and featured on BBC Radio by DJ John Peel.

Guest vocals by Doreen Kirchner are featured on The Go! Team 2015 release Between The Scenes tracks “Blowtorch” and “Reason Left To Destroy” on the Memphis Industries label.
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Track Name: Things Get Weird
“things get weird” (garcia/kirchner)

almost like a really long story
i keep telling myself
don't like to impose, changes are the worst you know
i usually just don't care

can't run over and over
i know you're not the first to hear

i'd take some time away from it
i'd take some time away from here

can't run over and over
i know you're not the first to hear

yeah
yeah
yeah
things get weird
never know who are friends or foes
thing is, no one ever does

can't run over and over
i know you're not the first to hear
Track Name: Grand Time
“grand time” (garcia/kirchner)

let'z make i remember that night, tonight
if we're gonna do it lets do it right
when the time has come
might just be the one
lets make i remember that night tonight

let'z make i remember that night, tonight
if we're gonna do it lets do it right
sunday's coming round the bend
monday was never my friend
let'z make i remember that night, tonight

having a grand time
feeling good cause your mine

got no doubts clouding up my mind
when the past is yesterday
i'm the one that's gonna stay
hard luck times have died and gone away

let'z make i remember that night, tonight
if we're gonna do it lets do it right
sunday's coming round the bend
monday was never my friend
let'z make i remember that night, tonight
Track Name: Start Slowly
“start slowly” (garcia/kirchner)

the plans of uncertainty
are taking their toll on me
doesn't matter if what they say is true
cause you need me and i need you

we'll start slowly, take our time
this perseverance shouldn't kill us
open up your books and stay in your room
count to twenty honey, i'll be home soon

all alone when i think of you
it's you need me and i need you
whether it's ten minutes or none
imagination does the right thing

we'll start slowly, take our time
this perseverance shouldn't kill us
open up your books and stay in your room
count to twenty honey, i'll be home soon
i'll be home soon
Track Name: Heart For None
“heart for none” (garcia/kirchner)

yeah i know nothing lasts
you went away so fast
usually they get to start
before it all falls apart

when someday its someday
this desolation doesn't sway
you been away so long
nowhere i belong

before the verse you were my friend
but come the chorus you're gone again
you gave away my heart for none
why can't it ever be real? just this once?

oh, will i ever get you back
are ya just gonna make tracks

get through today
and make it to tomorrow
find another way
this is only sorrow

when someday its someday
this desolation doesn't sway
you been away so long
nowhere i belong

before the verse you were my friend
but come the chorus you're gone again
you gave away my heart for none
why can't it ever be real? just this once?
Track Name: The Road
“the road” (garcia/kirchner)

if i walked away from this pit
then walked straight back into it
would you be there waitin' for me?

dark water unnoticeable slopes
third from the right
speechless the road gave no answer

where must we go?
what must we do?
what will it tell me or is this all new to you too?

overloaded brains learn to separate
the support of natural law
so,
drop your sticks
let sensitivity rule
stop and let the rhythm take you.. oh-oh-oh
Track Name: Take The Cup
"take the cup" (garcia/kirchner)

I was doin' fine
but you know how people can
drag you down without tryin'

i was doin' fine
but you know that people can
drag you down when you without tryin'

well take the cup
come on get up
it's not that hard to see
would it make better sense without me?

but i can't give up
that would just
make all the talk blow up
what-ya say when you can
to make me see

i was doin' fine
but you know how people can
drag you down without tryin'

i can't get up, once i'm down
there's not enough
to make me wanna try

oh well.... and it goes...


then you come by
and dance around me
and you smile
once you know you see
and i know i'm gonna be fine

and now we dance and sing our songs
take my hands
whirl me across the floor
and now we're havin' a time


and we sing ....
la da da da da....
Track Name: Wolves Of My Heart
"wolves of my heart" (garcia/kirchner)

there were two wolves in my heart
never really could tell them apart
like a child i ask which way am i going to?
in everything i'd like to tell you
there's a room where you're somebody else real soon
where you won't need to be only lonely

we're all alone together let's destroy all this sorrow
whatcha say?
pay attention now cause i'm slowing down
there's no name
there's no answer
there's no message
to remain unseen
once again
can you tell me where to go?
it's beyond me

you are here now
you are here now
Track Name: Crushed Romantics
“crushed romantics” (garcia/kirchner)

i am slowly losing my mind
want to call you baby, all of the time
just to tell you, that I'm still alive
crushed romantics get hurt, every time

and I can't cry
but I wanna cry
can't the sun shine
for just a little while

i was a homely teenage dream
strawberry quick, marshmallow cream
your shirt smells like, some library books
you know I like the way you look
it's comforting to know you're here
baby, please don't disappear

in a white suit and your dirty meadow hair
something sweet you mumble right up in my ear
pine water gathered in the puddle is so still and clear
crush romantics are drowning in their tears

when you come by
spend a little time
then the sun shines
for just a little while
Track Name: Lookout
"lookout!" (garcia/kirchner)

seen it in a hundred eyes
your back is broke
less heat more smoke
the better the result
when you're burnin'

you can't always be right
and i know i'm not wrong
but whoever wants to fight the challenge
goes on and on and on

the only time
you're likely to
be happy is
when you've nothing to prove

just givin' you a feeling
givin' you a feeling
giving you a feeling

lookout!

lookout, lookout, lookout!
Track Name: Let It Bleed
“let it bleed” (garcia/kirchner)

couldn't really tell you what went wrong
fallin' apart cause everything is gone
would you tell me what i did to you
now there's not a thing that i can do

all alone now i can see
so many things catching up to me
all at once babe? why can't you just stay?

we know that the time has come
and you and i are the only ones
but you're so far away tonight
and i can't seem to make it right

all i want is to be with you
do all things that we used to do
we all bleed for what we need it's true
Track Name: Why Can't It Be Easy
“why can't it be easy” (garcia/kirchner)

so much trouble standing in your way
no matter what you do it doesn't go your way
you got tears, standing in your eyes
just because you've been denied

why can't it be easy
take your arms and squeeze me baby all the time
the taste, it should be pleasin'
or am i losin' oh my mind

good good lovin' makes you lose your pain
feels like sunshine walkin' in the rain
when you got it, better hold on tight
its like sunshine in the middle of the night

why can't it be easy
take your arms and squeeze me baby all the time
the taste, it should be pleasin'
or am i losin' oh my mind

its all blank stares and no one cares its true
our mansion was disgraceland,
we're replacements for replacements, too

why can't it be easy
take your arms and squeeze me baby all the time
the taste, it should be pleasin'
or am i losin' oh my mind
Track Name: Creator
"creator" (garcia/kirchner)

i'm afraid of alligator teeth
i'm afraid of drowning in my sleep
i want sugar in my coffee and honey in my tea
gonna say it 3 times

it don't matter if you get what you need
it don't matter cause you are a seer
it don't matter if you get what you need
it don't matter cause you are a seer
baby be a be a creator
baby be a be a creator
baby be a be a creator
yeah i said it 3 times

perception is such a game
i'm all mixed up, can i call your name?
do you feel the same?
when you're not here -- baby be a be a creator
when you're not here -- baby be a be a creator
baby be a be a creator
Track Name: Listen Up Monks
“listen up monks!” (garcia/kirchner)

listen up monks i can do this
disappointment comes
heartache is bliss
oh no, i think you might be wrong

sweet are your selfish deeds
figure out an angle
seriously, do you
know how often that you get low?

nothing real can ever grow
there's nothing that you'll ever know
it doesn't matter what you do
nothing real can ever grow
there's nothing that you'll ever know
but i could fall in love if you wanted to

i remember all my chores
all useless things that you can live for
you know the responsibility
it's really difficult
if you can't connect without insult
if you're always keepin' score

nothing real can ever grow
there's nothing that you'll ever know
it doesn't matter what you do
nothing real can ever grow
there's nothing that you'll ever know
but i could fall in love if you wanted to
Track Name: No One Needs To Know How I Feel
"no one needs to know how i feel" (garcia/kirchner)

i know just what i got
i know what i'm not
demonstration tape
in a plastic case
vibrating ground
tension all around
VU meter's in the red
its exploding in my head
but no one needs to know how i feel
no one needs to know how i feel
no one needs to know how i feel

i know just what i got
i know what i'm not
like a window in a cell
ya know but never tell
wasn't feeling my disguise
caught a glimpse of light
from the broken glass
maybe it'll pass
but no one needs to know how i feel
no one needs to know how i feel
no one needs to know how i feel
Track Name: Ambulance Driver
“ambulance driver” (garcia/kirchner)

please ambulance driver turn your lights on for me
due to my misadventure at the bottom of the sea
i saw no life there and i saw no light
i don't know if i'll make it this time

the nurse who works there is old, but still pretty
she's worked by the riversides in the towns and the cities
she's seen a lot of pain
and she's seen too much loss
and she wonders why the place is called
holy cross

oh, ambulance driver i did enjoy the view
out the back of this window
i saw a love sweet and true
soon i'll meet her and kiss her
and i'll hear her low sigh
oh, ambulance driver please turn on those lights
Track Name: Grand Time (city version)
“grand time” (garcia/kirchner)

let'z make i remember that night, tonight
if we're gonna do it lets do it right
when the time has come
might just be the one
lets make i remember that night tonight

let'z make i remember that night, tonight
if we're gonna do it lets do it right
sunday's coming round the bend
monday was never my friend
let'z make i remember that night, tonight

having a grand time
feeling good cause your mine

got no doubts clouding up my mind
when the past is yesterday
i'm the one that's gonna stay
hard luck times have died and gone away

let'z make i remember that night, tonight
if we're gonna do it lets do it right
sunday's coming round the bend
monday was never my friend
let'z make i remember that night, tonight