Champions Vs Shadows #1: Shadows

by Various Artists

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Building Bridges - Write a song about building something. The only thing off limits is going meta. So no songs about making music or writing a song. (2 minute minimum length) (they had a little more than 9 days)

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released July 28, 2015

Album art by Matt Schubbe

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I run a songwriting contest called SpinTunes. Most of the material hosted on this account is a result of that contest. You can follow the contest on Twitter (@SpinTunes) or my personal account (@Spintown).

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Track Name: Zoe Gray - Satisfaction Guaranteed
I’m gonna build the perfect girl
A sparkling eye, a golden curl
She’ll never lie, or fight, or slack
And, best of all, she won’t talk back
She’ll be the talk of all the town
And she’ll pick me up when I feel down
And she’ll be pretty, not too smart
My precious little metal sweetheart

To see a girl so operational
It’s truly something inspirational
She’s tailored to your every need
Her model’s destined to succeed

Oh, just wait until you see her
Everyone will love her or want to be her
She’s something different, something grand
Satisfaction guaranteed because your wish is her command

Practically perfect in any given way
She’ll always remember to ask about your day
Who needs intelligence when you’re artificial
Who does it hurt to be a little superficial?

To see a woman so sensational
Is truly something motivational
The perfect blend, the perfect breed
Her model’s destined to succeed

Oh, just wait until you see her
Everyone will love her or want to be her
She’s something different, something grand
Satisfaction guaranteed because your wish is her command

She doesn’t need to know what it means to talk
She doesn’t need to know she’s not common stock
Keep her in her place another pretty face
Keep her under lock
Cause if she doesn’t know then she’ll be at ease
She’s doesn’t know there’s a lock, she’s not looking for the keys
She’s all alone and all she’s known
Is she’s made to please

To have a wife so operational
Is truly something inspirational
She doesn’t age or cry or bleed
Her model’s destined to succeed

Oh, just wait until you see her
Everyone will love her or want to be her
She’s something different, something grand
Satisfaction guaranteed because your wish is her command
With every kiss you’re falling deeper
In love, you bet that she’s a keeper
Don’t let her go on unmanned
Satisfaction guaranteed because your wish is her command
Track Name: James Young - Sandcastles
Building castles with your hands
Icecream melts into the sand
Endless days spent on the beach
Childish thoughts drift out of reach

A perfect picture never shows
All the sadness and the pain that lurks below
You smile but really want to scream
Build a castle to imprison all your dreams

Building castles out of sand
They won't ever understand
Waves will wash this all away
You've no reason left to stay

A perfect picture never shows
All the sadness and the pain that lurks below
You smile but really want to scream
Build a castle to imprison all your dreams
Track Name: Bubba & The Amiable Kraken - Bluebird
you've been flying
around for three
months and you look so
beautiful up in that tree
your morning song is just the perfect song for me

i'd love it so
if you would stay
your bright blue feathers
they always make my day
so id like to send a little gift your way

i'm gonna build a
bright blue - with a yellow roof
a bird house for two - with a southern view
of the woods for you - so you see natures call

i'm gonna make it
twice the size - that it needs to be
so these birds can lay - and breathe easily
i'll use the spare lumber - from the fence we built last fall

my bluebird has it all

i grab the wood & paint
and head out back
i need some nails, a hammer
& my handyman's sack
if i start right away you can sleep inside tonight

would you sing a song before bedtime?

i'm gonna build a
bright blue - with a yellow roof
a bird house for two - with a southern view
of the woods for you - so you see natures call

i'm gonna make it
twice the size - that it needs to be
so these birds can lay - and breathe easily
i'll use the spare lumber - from the fence we built last fall

my bluebird has it all

i'm gonna build a
bright blue - with a yellow roof
a bird house for two - with a southern view
of the woods for you - so you see natures call

i'm gonna make it
twice the size - that it needs to be
so these birds can lay - and breathe easily
i'll use the spare lumber - from the fence we built last fall

my bluebird has it all
my bluebird has it all
Track Name: Brian Gray - I'll Do It Myself
What the hell? How could you think that that was going to work?
Can’t you tell? Get a clue. Now the system’s gone berserk.
Put it down, walk away, go and sit over there.
See the spring that’s askew? It’s installed in reverse.
Everything that you do makes the world a little worse.
Take a nap, eat some cheese, just get out of my hair.
Why must I be burdened by such lazy, dense incompetence?
That’s delicate; Just leave it on the shelf.
So now it’s my job to ensure that your stuff is fitting.
Temples throb, must endure freaking babysitting.
Tell you what: nevermind, I’ll just do it myself.

One could not rearrange that and judge it benign.
Here’s a thought: for a change, maybe follow a design?
I’m all ears, lay it out, let me hear your intent.
O(log n)? Not so fast. I mean surely you jest.
Say again how that passed for an automated test.
There go more perfect wheels for you to reinvent!
So you choose what no one uses; what the hell, you might as well
Just target MIX and log it out with GELF.
If coding a link or a span is above your station,
Who could think you can handle the integration?
Try rethinking your life, while I do it myself.

I remember a time when all Septembers had an end
So elite so sweet, how complete the world was then

Really now, listen up, I don’t mean to be rude,
But holy cow, I’m thinking, yup, one could only conclude
That you’re pulling my leg, only fooling around.
If you ought to have flunked on the Person Exam,
And I’m not being punked on a secret hidden cam,
Then the only way out starts with dumbing it down.
I need to ask a simple task, so here you go, some pre-made dough
For hotting like some arboreal elf.
Then again, let’s pretend that you’re playing hooky.
What I most recommend, for a decent cookie:
Steps 1-n are let me do it myself.
Track Name: Dr. Lindyke - Day After Day
Deep in my heart where your memory lies
There's a handful of dreams of a summer gone by
And we're a long, long way away from that warm night in July
It's like yesterday is pulling me back to your side

Day after day we build castles in the sand
Night after night the tide comes rushing in
Flags that flew on high are knocked down by the wind
Until we pick them up and build it all again

Often things we love become things we revile
So despite our love we split for a while
My heart was standing still as my soul was standing trial
Hoping to recall -- why did we walk down the aisle?

Day after day we build castles in the sand
Night after night the tide comes rushing in
Flags that flew on high are knocked down by the wind
Until we pick them up and build it all again

Here on the strand, years drifted away
Now here we stand with nothing to say
You hold out your hand... who needs talk anyway?
And we pretend it was all just a long midsummer day

Day after day we build castles in the sand
Night after night the tide comes rushing in
Flags that flew on high are knocked down by the wind
Until we pick them up and build it all again

...We'll build it all again.
Track Name: Rob From Amersfoort - Dream House
when I was young
I build castles
made of little wooden blocks
but now I am older
I can't afford much
but in my dreams I'm rich

I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a beautiful house
a home sweet home

a butterfly garden
a balcony with lake view
a fireplace, a pool room
(anything more)
a cool swimming pool

I buy a brick
and a brick
and brick by brick

I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a beautiful house
a home sweet home

it will protect us
from the storm
it shields us
from the rain
it keeps us warm
in the winter
it even survives
a hurricane

I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a house in the sun
a home sweet home
I'm gonna build me a house
build us a house
a beautiful house
a home sweet home

and then we can have
a slumber party
a slumber party
all night long
Track Name: Pigfarmer Jr - River Of Tears
I kissed your lips
As sweet as strawberries
And I knew I was in love
Three short years
That we were married
Doesn't seem like quite enough

I never said
That I was sorry
For all the stupid things I've done
Now it's too late
To tell you I'm sorry
Or how much I miss you now you've gone

Won't you build me a bridge
Across the river
Filled with all the tears I've cried
Build me a bridge
Across the river
And help me get to the other side

I visit your grave
And tell you I love you
As I try not to break down
Your headstone is stained
With tears from the river
Won't you help me before I drown

Build me a bridge
Across the river
Filled with all the tears I've cried
Build me a bridge
Across the river
And help me get to the other side
And help me get to the other side
Track Name: Hotel Rex - Bridge
I quit my job today
work was way too tough
mopping floors and stocking shelves
they didn't pay enough

your eyes won't look at me
you're trembling to the car
quiet and you can't take anymore

now I'm finding my way back to your heart
but this river is keeping us a part
i'm still in love with you
I hope you are too
now i'm building this bridge back to your heart

the day started anew
with slamming of the door
how rude of you
i'm so tired from a night out at the bar

the note said find a job
this wasn't on my list
i'm catching up on the cooking shows i missed

now I'm finding my way back to your heart
but this river is keeping us apart
i'm still in love with you
I hope you are too
now i'm building this bridge back to your heart
Track Name: The Boffo Yux Dudes - My Tiny House Is Too Tiny
MY TINY HOUSE IS TOO TINY

So, what do you think?
(laughs) Wow
Yeah?
It's really coz… OW!

My life turned upside down when my spouse
Decided she wanted a tiny house
So we built a house on a trailer
And now I ply the roads like a sailor

There’s no kitchen, there’s no hall
Just one small space to hold them all
Sit on the toilet, put your feet on the bed
And remember please to mind your head

I don’t mean to sound too whiny
but my tiny house is too tiny
You can check out this awesome groove
But you’ll have no room to move

Stand real still and I’ll give you the tour
But then you saw it all when you walked in the door
No storage, so it’s all easy to find
You gotta go outside to change your mind

Some people think it looks so cute
It’s like wearing a giant wooden suit
I’m not getting used to this shrinkage
The only guest that we can have is Peter Dinklage

I’d like to sail the sea so briny
Because my tiny house is too tiny
No peanut butter, there’s no doubt
Because there’s no room to spread out

(squeezing in the solo)

I have nowhere left to hoard
Just two t-shirts and an ironing board
Some gym shorts and a pair of jeans
Instant coffee and a can of beans

That is all that I still own
Cause that’s all that can fit in my home
So if you decide you want to live in a kiosk
Remember, nothing rhymes with kiosk.
Track Name: Trader Jack - Building
You draw a circle.
Then go ahead and draw 3 more circles
with the same diameter, centered anywhere on the circumference of the first circle.
Put lines from the first circle's center to each other center.
Put lines from the new circles' centers to where they intersect with the other 2 new circles.
A 5th circle begs to be drawn.
Connect the new circle's center to the a fore mentioned intersection points.
Lo and behold.
5 2 dimensional shapes have manifested a 3 dimensional object.
2 alludes to 3.
Could 3 allude to 4?
Existence is a room.
Maybe there's a door.
I want more. I want more. I want more.
Track Name: Jutze - Ballad Of The Emperor
I know what I’m looking for
Don’t need the Senate anymore
For the plan that’s in my head
I need engineers instead

You better get ready, here it comes

I’m gonna build a Death Star
I’m gonna build a Death Star
I’m gonna build a Death Star

With my giant laser gun
Chasing rebels will be fun
If they get too close to me
I’ll catch them with my tractor beam

Call me crazy, I don’t care

I’m gonna build a Death Star
I’m gonna build a Death Star
I’m gonna build a Death Star

Let’s get rid of democracy
‘Cos I want to rule the galaxy
My victory is on its way
This weapon is too big to fail

With five septillion tons of steel

I’m gonna build a Death Star
I’m gonna build a Death Star
Cute, little Death Star
Track Name: Ben Taggart - Building Me (Shadow)
My grandpa could make anything,
So it seems at ten years old.
We made plans to build so many things,
So ambitious, so bold.

Summer after summer,
Plan after plan,
I had no idea
we were building a man.

Summer after summer,
Plan after plan,
Now it’s plain to see,
We were building me.

My father taught me patiently
When to work and when to play.
We don’t stop until the work is through,
And when we’re through, we’re on our way.

Weekend after weekend,
Plan after plan,
I had no idea
we were building a man.

Weekend after weekend,
Plan after plan,
Now it’s plain to see,
We were building me.

Now the man that they were building
Is moving on with life.
Building cribs and beds and strollers,
Fixing toys and bikes and life.

Day after day,
Child after child,
I hope that I’m building
Three new lives.

But day after day,
Child after child
Now it’s plain to see,
They were building me.