Bubblegum Romance

by Marc With a C

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    **TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF "BUBBLEGUM ROMANCE". ISSUED ON LIMITED VINYL FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME (bubblegum pink with bonus track!)**

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An album two years in the making was scrapped and re-recorded in one day. These are the results.

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released August 28, 2004

drums/production/cover art: chris zabriskie
most everything else: marc with a c

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Marc With a C Orlando, Florida

Marc With a C was born at a very young age. He's been making lo-fi nerdy pop jams for about fifteen years now, and his latest album is called Unicorns Get More Bacon. He's been featured in Wired magazine, has won the Orlando Weekly award for Best Indie Act in 2003, 2010 and 2011, has played major festivals such as Athens PopFest and Nerdapalooza, and his live shows are sweaty pop workouts. ... more

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Track Name: I'm In Love With Everyone I Know
In case there's ever any questions
Of if I'm nice
Or if I'm mean
Well, the truth is
I'm really a pterodactyl
In a human body
Cause otherwise
I'd be extinct
I live on plants and vegetables
I love my girlfriend
And I love
The occasional B movie
Now I like From Justin To Kelly
But I hate American Idol
What the hell is wrong with
Marc with a C?

I know I'm in love
With everyone I know
But I just cut my hair off
So don't you dare call me a hippie
I'm in love
With everyone I know
But I can't seem to figure out anything about myself
So what'd I do?

I went out
And I took an on-line personality quiz
Where it turns out
I'm Veronica Sawyer
From the late eighties movie Heathers
And I don't stand

For bullshit conformity
And the quiz said I've got me a wicked thing for
Christian Slater
But that's not right
I don't swing that way
I just wasn't cut
From that bolt of cloth
Even though I like Pump Up the Volume
I hated his movie Kuffs
You can't even find that movie down at
Stardust

But I know I'm in love
With everyone I know
Except for Christian Slater
I don't know him
He's exempt
Otherwise, I'm in love
With everyone I know
And I can see the good
In everyone I've ever met
Except my dad
We've had a bad relationship
And all the people that cut me off on the way to work
Nobody's perfect
I mean, look at yourself in the mirror
And ask yourself
Honestly
"When was the last time
I called my mom?"

My mom, my mom
Got beat up
At a monster truck rally
And if I was there
I woulda kicked some ass
Cause for a guy that wears glasses
I can really serve some shit
You'd be surprised
But afterwards
I would've had to tell them

That I'm in love
With everyone I know
Even if you go to monster truck rallies
Drink Busch beer
And beat up moms
I'm still in love
With everyone I know
And that's just not PC to say
In this day and age
If you said
"Marc, why are you in love
With everyone you know?"
I'd say, "It's cause the Pixies are goin' on tour for the first time in over ten years!"
And that's why I'm in love
With everyone I know
And I can see the good
In everyone I've ever met
Even you
Track Name: The Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World
Well, this girl is so pretty that I wanna yell out loud
And if one day I make her mine my mom'll be so proud
She's got a voice that's sweet as honey
She's got lips like cherry pie
And she's wholesome like a loaf of Wonderbread
Oh me, oh my

Well, she eats whole tomatoes
And she likes chocolate
I've only known her for a few weeks
But I think of her a lot
And if I play my cards right
One day she could be my girl
She'll be the prettiest girl in the whole wide world

Well, I guessed her favorite letter off the top of my head
We both even sleep with pillows coverin' our beds
We both like the Beatles
We both like John Cusack
And just like that song
That Beck used to sing
That girl is where it's at

I know that she likes whole tomatoes
And she likes chocolate
I've only known her for a few weeks
But I think of her a lot
And if I play my cards right
One day she could be my girl
She'll be the prettiest girl in the whole wide world
In the world

Well, I don't know where
This is goin' but
Time will tell
Other girls wear blue jeans but they don't wear them as well

And just when you think a crush
Couldn't get so bad
I imported her silk napkins that I found in Leningrad
And if I play my cards right
One day she could be my girl
She'll be the prettiest girl in the whole wide world
Oh-oh-oh
The prettiest girl in the whole wide world
Track Name: Just A Few Words
Well, she's one of the last free spirits
Goes where her heart tells her to go
And you won't learn a thing about her
That she doesn't want you to know
Her eyes were the same shade of blue as mine
And when she watched me get sick on cheap red wine
She made it all better with just a few words
Uh-huh

Just a few words
Please and thank you and alright, okay
Are some of the words she often says
But she ain't gonna talk your ear off
No, she mostly keeps to herself
When I can't get to sleep at night
She's still the silent type but
She made it all better with just a few words
Uh-huh

Just a few words
My girlfriend didn't babble mindlessly like some I've had
She says that her quiet streak genetically came from her dad
Singing quietly along to the Mates of State
She doesn't find a need to be loud
Instead she gets her point across silently
No, she doesn't have to make a sound
But when I don't have food to eat
Or when the whole music scene is just hating me
She makes it all better with just her voice
Her voice

Just her voice
She makes it all better with just a few words
Track Name: Nerdy Girls
Well, uh...
I've seen a lot of girls
Out along the way
And I've checked 'em out
Back and forth, to and fro, hither, thither, near and far
All the live long day, but
Marc with a C just loves him a girl with glasses
And they don't always accept my sexual passes
But it's true that I love girls with glasses best
That might just make me prejudiced
So I wrote a song about it
Here it goes...

I raised my eye just to inspect her
While she adjusted her pocket protector
There ain't nothin' wrong with a nerdy girl
She's the kinda chick that I'd like to mate
But she's busy thinkin' 'bout anime
Lord, there's nothin' like a nerdy girl

One, two
A-one, two, three, four

She's a fan of Tori Amos
I'm tryin' to be cool just like John Stamos
Lord, there's nothin' wrong with a nerdy girl
She don't drink no gin and juice
But I imagine her in her Underoo's
Oh lord, there's nothin' like a nerdy girl

Oh and nerdy girls are sweet
And nerdy girls are hot
A nerdy girl knows what kind of ice cream that I want

Oh and she reads books I can't pronounce
But either way I'd like to announce that
Lord, there's nothin' wrong with a nerdy girl
She could bring out the best in me
But I'm busy checkin' out her pair of B's
Lord, there's nothin' like a nerdy girl

Oh and nerdy girls are cute
And nerdy girls are smart
A nerdy girl can straighten out the wheels on my mental shopping cart
Rock!

Well, a regular gal just ain't gonna do
And I guess it sounds dumb unless it's happened to you
And you've never been in love with a nerdy girl
Girls, put away those contact lenses
Climb over those tired fences
Put on your glasses, be a nerdy girl

Oh and nerdy girls are sweet
And nerdy girls are hot
A nerdy girl knows what kind of ice cream that I want
Oh and nerdy girls are cute
And nerdy girls are smart
A nerdy girl can straighten out the wheels on my mental shopping cart

But she don't drink no gin & juice
And I imagine her in her Underoo's
Cause, Lord, there's nothin' like a nerdy girl
Track Name: Honda Civic Paint Rocket
I made some sea monkeys fried chicken
Brine shrimp just don't like meat
Their instrumental in nuclear fission
They're genetically altered seafood treats
Fed on cornbread and black eyed peas
Choco Charm and collard greens
They wanna be boilin' up their masters
Playin' thier anthem on a ghetto blaster

In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp
In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp

Now the shrimp are the world's most harshest cynics
And they boarded their rocket plane
They designed it just like a Honda Civic
And they covered it with paint
They painted it gold and they painted it green
The sea monkeys had taken flight
If they hadn't thought of it before me
I could've flown with them tonight

In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp
In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp

In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp
In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp

I'm a shrimp, and here's my shrimp guitar solo

<insert shrimpy guitar solo here>

All the girl shrimps are drinkin' beer
The boy shrimps are tryin' to catch their ears
There's two girls to every guy
So, guess where they sleep at night?

In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp
In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp

In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp
In their
Honda Civic paint rocket of shrimp
Track Name: I Need A Hug
Lately I've been too paranoid to keep my friends
Everyone including my mom is rippin' off my ends, yo
All I wanna do is take pills and drink booze
But I even freak out if I'm droppin' ludes

And people are sayin' I should go and see the doctor
They're sayin', "Marc with a C, you've finally gone off your rocker"
It seems I've lost my marbles, leave me alone
I'm a couple grandmas short of a retirement home

Where I can lock my door and unplug the phone
I'd board up the windows but the AC's broke
I got things to do, I think I'm gonna
Exchange my lithium for marijuana
Won't someone give me a hug?

I don't have a girl cause they still don't like me all that much
I'm drinkin' Robitussin cause everybody needs a crutch
I'll drink the whole damn bottle if it gets much worse
I'm like Winona Ryder fillin' up her purse

And I can lock my door and unplug the phone
I'd board up the windows but the AC's broke
I got things to do, I think I'm gonna
Exchange my lithium for marijuana
Won't someone give me a hug?

It's nothing that some Percocet can't fix
Throw a little Valium and self-loathing in the mix

I wanna change my life, but first I better change my socks
Your heart, mind, and soul, they can never have too many locks
Cause now my cable's out, the screen stays blue
I'm more strung out than Motley Crue

And I can lock my door and unplug the phone
I'd board up the windows but the AC's broke
I got things to do, I think I'm gonna
Exchange my lithium for marijuana
Won't someone give me a hug?

Won't someone give me a hug?
Track Name: Freezing In Florida
Well, it's freezing in Florida
God how I miss you
It's freezing in Florida tonight
Oh, it's freezing in Florida
God I wish I could
Just sleep next to you tonight

Well, there's frost on the window
Right next to the pillow
That smells just like your hair
Oh, it's freezing in Florida
Right next to Georgia
But it can't be much colder up there

I don't mind if it
Rains or it freezes
When you're under the blanket with me
The thermostat's reading
About 30 degrees
If you were here I could probably sleep

But it's colder than kissin'
A pissed off ex-girlfriend
With an empty space next to me
Oh, it's freezing in Florida
And I can't find slumber
Without you next to me

This bed's totally different
When your body's in it
Even when there's frost on the ground
Oh, it's freezing in Florida
The heater is broken
And you are nowhere to be found

I don't mind if it
Rains or it freezes
When you're under the blanket with me
The thermostat's reading
About 30 degrees
If you were here I could probably sleep

But it's freezing in Florida
God how I miss you
It's freezing in Florida tonight
Oh, it's freezing in Florida

God I wish I could
Just sleep next to you tonight
Track Name: RetroLowFi
There's five bucks in my pocket now
What can I do?
I'll find the nearest thrift store and I'll
Start to peruse
Through their used records, all of those
Vinyl memories
Well, they might be all scratched up
But they still sound good to me
Now you might want

The latest Eminem CD
But I'm gonna settle for King of Rock
By Run DMC
It'll run ya twenty dollars for some
Avril Lavigne
But for a dollar I'll take Tapestry
By Carole King

And I like music on records the best
Yeah, and once you get that fever, it's a never-ending quest
I like music on vinyl the most
Let's go retro low-fi from coast to coast
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh oh

Now CDs can be convenient
Yeah I guess that's true
But it's not the way that I prefer to
Jam out to The Who
You take that live Nirvana record for instance
It even comes with an extra track
Cause Kurdt knew rock 'n' roll sounds better
On 12 inches of wax

And I like music on records the best
Yeah, and once you get that fever, it's a never-ending quest
I like music on vinyl the most
Let's go retro low-fi from coast to coast
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh oh

You say you don't have a record player?
That's no excuse
Marc With A C just happens to know where you can find one of those used
Pretty cheaply too
So, if you're sittin' at home and you're all alone
And you've got that certain itch
Don't forget the other kind of
Hard and black 12 inch

Cause I like music on records the best
Yeah, and once you get that fever, it's a never-ending quest
I like music on vinyl the most
Let's go retro low-fi from coast to coast
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Ba-dip ba-dip
Whoa-oh oh-oh oh
Track Name: No London In Brazil
She's not addicted to drugs
She's addicted to ice water
She could drink it all day
It's how she chooses to bathe
Rinses out cups
And leaves a little bit of soap behind
It's anti-bacterial
It's cleanin' out her insides

What have I become?
Now I'm feeding her chicken
This has gotta stop
We've gotta think of the children
Her feet barely work
She can't pedal her bike
We watched movies under
The blanket that night

She had her eyes closed
And her face hidden
She'd laugh before the jokes were even written
She don't like coffee
She chugs the cream
She buys Slurpees for the undercover police

And it's true I ran away
From your button face
I was hoping that your type was just a phase
There's no London in Brazil
I think you're mentally ill
Please forget you love me, go away
Please forget you love me, go away

She braids her hair
By tyin' it in knots
Left her first husband
Cause she hated doin' the dishes
Pours ice water
Into small plastic coolers
Stays up late
Just to memorize the Simpsons

Add a zero to her age
And then
You'll realize how well she knows men
She don't like coffee
She chugs the cream
She buys Slurpees for the undercover police

And it's true I ran away
From your button face
I was hoping that your type was just a phase
There's no London in Brazil
I think you're mentally ill
Please forget you love me, go away
Please forget you love me, go away

She buys Slurpees for the undercover police

And it's true I ran away
From your button face
I was hoping that your type was just a phase
There's no London in Brazil
I think you're mentally ill
Please forget you love me, go away
Please forget you love me, go away

It's true I ran away
From your button face
I was hoping that your type was just a phase
There's no London in Brazil
I think you're mentally ill
Please forget you love me, go away
Please forget you love me, go away
Please forget you love me, go away
Track Name: Bounce Bounce Bounce
Oh, that girl just loves
Winnie The Pooh
One time that girl
Threw up on my shoe
She thinks that the moon is
Shaped just like an apple
But when you try to lay her
Down to take a nap, oh

As soon as you
Take off her socks
She don't wanna sleep
She don't wanna talk

She wants to bounce bounce bounce
Bounce bounce bounce
Just like Tigger
And just like Mickey Mouse
She wants to bounce bounce bounce
Bounce bounce bounce
And if you make her stop, well
She's just gonna sit and pout

Oh, she's got an old school Popple
Sittin' in her bedroom
When she eats pizza, yeah
She eats it with a spoon
And she's my best friend
I'm her biggest fan
If she's happy and she knows it
She'll always clap her hands

But as soon as you
Lay her down to sleep
She cannot resist
Taking that leap

To start to bounce bounce bounce
Bounce bounce bounce
Not like the Wicked Witch
Not like Oscar The Grouch
She wants to bounce bounce bounce
Bounce bounce bounce
And if you make her stop, well
She's just gonna sit and pout

When she says, "I love you"
She does it in sign language
She's only 4 years old
With no emotional baggage
When she's around
Just try and be sad
The only reason I haven't shot myself is
To be her dad

And watch her bounce bounce bounce
Bounce bounce bounce
Just like Tigger
And just like Mickey Mouse
She wants to bounce bounce bounce
Bounce bounce bounce
If you make her stop, well
She's just gonna sit and pout
Track Name: When You're Not Around
Well, sometimes I need time just to be alone
Just to write and play guitar and ignore the phone
But all the inspiration can't be found
I miss you so much when you're not around

Well every TV show seems to lack its plot
And every fish lets go before it's even caught
And all our playful innuendos can't abound
I miss you so much when you're not around

And I try to give you money
In case you get hungry
But you never wanna take it from me
And even though we're just beginners
You still cook me dinner
And you taught how to decoupage in paint to me

Well, sometimes I just wanna surf the Internet
I wanna cruise and look at porn like your average gent
But I lose interest in their moany little sounds
I miss you so much when you're not around

And I try to give you money
In case you get hungry
But you never wanna take it from me
But even though we're just beginners
You still cook me dinner
And you taught how to decoupage in paint to me

"What if another girl tried to raise her skirt?"
It happened in The Back Booth once but she didn't get hurt
Cause I'm behaved when I go downtown
And that's what happens when you're not around
Track Name: The Real Story
Heavy metal music's just modern blues
If I had hair like that I'd probably be mad too
I once thought I had my depression kicked
Until the power was off due to bills unsent

I'm afraid this song won't make much sense
To anyone except for my friends
I should shut up but I'm just too dense
For the real story go and ask my ex

She keeps detailed forensics on-line
Of how she says I toyed with her mind
I pull away from those that know
Suck it up

Braille is a language, so is ASL
I speak English but not all that well
Revenge is a weapon but so is sex
But for the real story go and ask my ex

She's got therapists in on the joke
And replays all the words that I spoke
I pull away from those that know
Suck it up

I'm feelin' pretty miserable today
Spent all night cold and arguing
And LiveJournal can get you in so much trouble
Gonna have to make it "friends only"

I can't keep all my anger in check
But I didn't know 'til I hit twenty-six
I know the pattern but not what comes next
So for the real story go and ask my ex
She'll tell you 'til she's blue in the mouth
And annoy you like Gwen from No Doubt
I pull away from those that know
Suck it up
Well it's cloggin' my message board
Write a letter
I pull away from those that know
Suck it up
She's got therapists in on the joke
And replays all the words that I spoke
I pull away from those that know
Suck it up
She keeps detailed forensics on-line
Of how she says I toyed with her mind
I pull away from those that know
Suck it up
Track Name: Hot Topic Kids
There's a safety pin in your Evian
You wonder where the spirit's gone
When everyone gets old and they start to sing flat
That's when they cash in to make their wallets fat
You can't make fun of a uniform
Or draw caricatures if you've got one on
That kinda statement is pretty bold

Sid Vicious shot himself in the arm
The Sex Pistols became disarmed
Sid wasn't a punk, he was just annoyin'
Due to all the drugs that he liked to enjoy
You can't make fun of a uniform
Or draw caricatures if you've got one on
That kinda statement is really bold

Punks make fun of emo kids
Emo kids make fun of themselves
You don't need a statement
When the attitude's cranked to twelve

I had me a vision
There wasn't any television
There wasn't no atmosphere
We gotta get ourselves some beer
From starin' at the sun

You can't make fun of a uniform
Or draw caricatures if you've got one on
That kinda statement is really bold

You can't make fun of a uniform
Or draw caricatures if you've got one on
That kinda statement is really bold

You can't make fun of a uniform
Or draw caricatures if you've got one on
That kinda statement is really bold

Who wants to watch a punk rocker grow old?
Track Name: I Really Wanna Be Your Friend
Hope you had a good time
Well, I had a good time, too
And I'll bet you like mixtapes
Well, guess what? I like you
Even if you kissed someone, that kissed someone
That kissed Winona Ryder
Even if your friends say that makes you a whore
Well, I tell you, I think it's cool, yeah

I like your pants
But I'm not tryin' to take them off
I just think you're somethin' else, you're somethin' else
Provin' that all innocence isn't lost
We can go to a playground and play on the slides
And drink carbonated soda
We'll split a pack of bubblegum
And rot our teeth right out

I just really wanna be your friend
(Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo)
I just really wanna be your friend
(Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo)

I'd make anybody a mixtape
If they asked me to
I can promise to each and every one of you listening
I wouldn't have made fun of any of you in high school
I hope you had a good time
I had a good time
I hope to see you around again real soon
And if you walk away remembering just one thing from this album
Remember this

I just really wanna be your friend
(Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo)
I just really wanna be your friend
(Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo)