SpinTunes #7: Round 1

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This album is made up of songs from the "SpinTunes" songwriting competiton.

spintunes.blogspot.com

The Challenge:
Child's Play - Write a song to a childhood toy. (2 minute minimum) (they had 12 days)

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released January 9, 2013

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: Blimp Exhaust - My Nerf Gun And I
They got my teddy bear in lockdown, and the situation's tense,
I can see what they got planned through the gaps in this fence,
I can see that they're armed, (I can see that they're armed)
But they don't know what I got. (But they don't know what I got)
They say a conquest like this is too hard for us to do,
But we're not gonna stop till we see this thing through,
I can see that they're armed, (I can see that they're armed)
But they don't know what I got. (But they don't know what we got)

I got my bin lid shield, and my tennis ball grenades,
But nothing compares to you, my friend,
I feel safer when I'm with you, my friend,
And nothing's gonna hold us back this time,
My nerf gun and I.

I go inside to stock up, and I grab some foam darts,
I got a twix in my pocket, and a fire in my heart,
I'm getting ready to fight, (gettin' ready to fight)
I'm sending out the recon kite.
Run though the bushes, cause we're on a crusade,
I'm keeping down low as we stick to the shade,
I'm getting ready to fight, (gettin' ready to fight)
Til' mum calls me in tonight...

I got my bin lid shield, and my tennis ball grenades,
But nothing compares to you, my friend,
I feel safer when I'm with you, my friend,
And nothing's gonna hold us back this time,
My nerf gun and I.
My nerf gun and I.
Track Name: Mariah Mercedes - This One's For Blankie
Let's see, when I was a kid
Circa 2003
I played with no other toy
To this degree
Really it was just a piece of cloth
And some creativity

This one's for Blankie
This one's for Blankie

Maybe it's unconventional
But you cannot deny
The power of imagination
And I bet you've never tried
Tying a blanket around your neck
And then pretending to fly

This one's for Blankie
This one's for Blankie

Oh how could this happen?
An object that I loved for years is under my mattress
Is this some kind of twisted Toy Story movie?
I swore that this would never happen to me

This one's for Blankie
This one's for Blankie
This one's for Blankie
This one's for Blankie
Track Name: RC - Pong Song
my only childhood friend
was a little box with two knobs
my obsession was such
that I ignored my every other job
I got in a lot of trouble, but

pong, I love you pong
for you I write this song
for you and your square ball
I bounced you off the wall
when I was on my own
I did not feel so alone
oh, pong, you were with me all along

sometimes my brothers would play
but mostly it was me and you
and a little black and white TV
and oh, so many hours flew
you might think that they were wasted, but

pong, I love you pong
for you I write this song
for you and your square ball
I bounced you off the wall
when I was on my own
I did not feel so alone
oh, pong, you were with me all along

nowadays you're retro
but I was with you from the get go
you were just... the... thing
games got much more complicated
but for me they never rated
you got everything... just right

you might think that I was wasted, but

pong, I love you pong
for you I write this song
for you and your square ball
I bounced you off the wall
when I was on my own
I did not feel so alone
oh, pong, you were with me all along
Track Name: Menage A Tune - Perfect Place
Mommy said to go outside
And find some friends to play with
While I can
Summer won’t last for long you see
Fresh air and sunshine is good for me!

<cord sound> “Please take me with you”
(spoken) “Of course I will!”

You and me Cathy, and all the kids here
Playing hide and seek till we get the all clear

>sfx< “Where are we going?”

I know the perfect place to hide –in here!
We’ll get inside this box and disappear!
While Tommy hides his eyes, he’ll never know we’re
Inside this place!
I’m the best hider in hide and seek
I bet they won’t find us if they look all week!
But we’ll be here, Cathy, waiting cheek to cheek
Until somebody opens
The fridgerator door…

<sfx> What can we do now?
I don’t know
<sfx> where are we going?
I don’t know!
<sfx> I’m so tired
I am too, I hope they find us soon…
>sfx<Tell me a story
Don’t worry Cathy
>sfx< I love you
Mommy will find us
>sfx< I’m so tired!
I am too, I hope they find us soon…

I know the perfect place to hide –in here!
We’ll get inside this box and disappear!
While Tommy hides his eyes, he’ll never know we’re
Inside this place!
I’m the best hider in hide and seek
I bet they won’t find us if they look all week!
But we’ll be here, Cathy, waiting cheek to cheek
Until somebody opens
The fridgerator door…

[suspense]
Track Name: Edric Haleen - Twenty Years On
Look at him, Hobbes.
Lying there sleeping.
Look at him there --
Quiet and tiny and new.

Hard not to see
Boundless potential,
Looking at him,
Thinking of all that he’ll do.

Will he like music?
Will he build snowmen?
Will he like dinosaurs?
Will he like you?

Will he go sledding?
Will he fear monsters?
Will he play “Brianball”
Like we used to do?

Will he ride wagons down hills
And through forests?
Will he fight grisly duels with his food?
Will he take plain cardboard boxes
And use them to reforge his world?

Or will he be different?
I guess we’ll see
How he’ll be him.
Him, and not me . . .

We’ll watch, and help him grow.
We’ll teach him what we know.
And then we’ll let him ... go . . .

A new life.
A fresh clean start.
I love you, Son.
Go explore . . .
Track Name: MC Ohm-I - Furby Life
Everybody in the place. Yeah, the nerd is back.
MC Ohm-I is spittin' Furby raps

Dear Furby, there's something that I must address
So I'm writing you this letter cause I must confess
That you're the favorite toy that I love the best
It's the truth, I wouldn't touch the rest

Of them toys that the girl and boys always enjoy, see
I love the random words you say. They never annoy me
I may not understand all your Furbish talk
But for 500 miles this nerd would walk

Just to find you so you're always at my side
I'm not ashamed to have you. I react with pride
Every time a girl walks up and asks if I
Think that holding you makes me an attractive guy.

But I don't care what they think
They keep can criticizing my nerdiest kinks
I'mma love you forever although you're purple and pink
And your colors stand out like a turd in a sink

I need you Furby
I'll never leave you Furby
F U R B Y, it's the Furby life
For the nerdy life

Dear Furby, back in 2012
They upgraded you and put you on the aisles on the shelves
Of the toy store. And that's when I
Realized that I needed you at my side

My favorite toy that's an animate object
If people don't like you I'm demanding the logic
That makes them not realize how awesome you are
Guess they've never seen you dance while taking shots at a bar

I'm not looking far for my favorite friend
You put me at ease like Asian Zen
I see these other toys around and I'm not cravin' them
Cause they're not as cool as you. It's amazing when

I'm rapping and singing and you're dancing along
You make everybody want to dance to the song
As you read this letter and the words I write
Let it known that I'm gonna spread the Furby life

They say that my passion is strange
But Furby, I love the way that you're dancing for days
It's the Furby life. I'm not passing a phase
You walk and you talk and your actions amaze

Don't listen to what the haters have to say
Cause Furby, I love it when you laugh and play
Leaving you alone would be a sad mistake
I'll play with you from Sunday to Saturday

You're playful and cheerful. Forever too funny.
I'll be around to feed you whenever you're hungry.
I'll make sure your food is never too crummy
Imaginary eggs are never too runny

We'll do whatever two best friends could try
Friends that won't part unless either die
This letter is the truth. There's affection inside
Signed, your best friend. MC Ohm-I
Track Name: Ominous Ride - Teddy
It seems so long ago
The world of a little boy
What did I know?
(After all), it was just a toy
Teddy, where did you go?
You were everything to me
They said it was time,
I was too grown
And they took Teddy away

They only wanted me to play
with my GI Joes
But all I could think of
was your marble eyes
And your button nose
And every jagged stitch
that I took the pains to sew
To keep you together
(to keep us together)
And they made me let Teddy go

Mommy says I’m codependent
Damaging my adolescence
Nothing could be farther from the truth

You didn’t care that I’d drool on you in my sleep
It wasn’t fair, the security taken from me...

(I miss you)
Your pouting mouth
(I feel you)
Your stuffing lost
(I see you)
Your tattered ears
(I dream of)
Your padded paws
Teddy, Where did you go
I’m still having trouble letting go
Teddy, Come back to me
It’s essential to my sanity
Teddy, don’t shut the door
I don’t want to grow up anymore
Teddy, what can I do
I will never get over losing you
Track Name: Riker's Island - Play Doh
A solitary lonely boy
An only child; the only toy
That let little hands create
Left marks on my blank slate

Vivid colors; carpet stains
Minor damage; major gains

You molded my imagination
As I exercised clay causation

A racecar making rounds
I'll make the engine sounds
A stop sign; a traffic cone
With you I'm never ever alone
A spaceship dodging planets
The rocks my foe inhabits

And if in time I change my mind
I'll mash you all down and start over again

A busybody bratty girl
All the toys make my head swirl
But one stands above the rest
In little tubs, all compressed

It makes me appreciate
All the things I create

White knight with his sword drawn
Slaying dragons on the lawn
I'll be watching from my throne
With you I'm never ever alone
Purple cookies; orange cakes
To give me a bellyache

And if in time I change my mind
I'll mash you all down and start over again

A racecar making rounds
I'll make the engine sounds
A stop sign; a traffic cone
With you I'm never ever alone
A spaceship dodging planets
The rocks my foe inhabits

And if in time I change my mind
I'll mash you all down and start over again

Oh oh, my play doh
Oh oh, my play doh
Oh oh, my play doh
Can't say no to my play doh

Oh oh, let's play doh
Oh oh, let's play doh
Oh oh, my play doh
Oh oh, my play doh
Track Name: TurboShandy - (The Mandatory Retirement Of) Action Man
The look in your dead eyes says that you've seen a lot of war
A veteran of the great unrest of 1994
On my bedroom floor
On my bedroom floor
Your cold, unyeilding hands wrap tightly 'round your M16
You've only got three bullets 'til you change your magazine
At least in my dreams
At least in my dreams

If I tell you that it's over it's not something that you said
You just got this nasty habit of losing your head
If I tell you that you're finished don't you try to make a stand
I'll replace you with another Action Man
Action Man

We've had all of the meetings and we've seen all of the breifs
You're too old to fight in the conflict in the Middle East
Near the carpet crease
Near the carpet crease
You've won a lot of medals and you've killed a thousand men
Now your joints are getting stiffer, paint is fading from your skin
How you gonna win?
You're not gonna win

If I tell you that it's over it's not something that you said
You just got this nasty habit of losing your head
If I tell you that you're finished don't you try to make a stand
I'll replace you with another Action Man
Action Man

Since you were moulded there's been seven reissues
But you insist you've got another fight in you
Well I implore you, don't do anything drastic
'Cause you're only made of plastic
Track Name: The Orion Sound - Turn You On
I came across you at the age of 3,
Thought: “lets make some history”
You were the first boy I ever turned on; its not gay, its just pokemon
You had a black and white display,
as hot as 50 shades of grey
love at first sight- ignore the cliche
You hooked me in with you pocket sized charm; your body locked to my arm;
Baby, link your cable up to me
We can make an 8 bit symphony /
Turn the volume up so I can hear you scream
Your circuits shine, its so divine
2 batteries can make a good time
Just push the switch, we’ll be hitched, I turn you on, you turn me on

I shove my cartridge in, you ding with delight
See you lying there, don’t need no backlight
Your d-pad only goes eight ways
But babe, one inputs good to play with you for days
Although these newer gens have a million pixels
You’ve got the right amount of holes for me to fit ma dixel

So honey lets hit the road; ill push your buttons, watch you explode

Baby, link your cable up to me
We can make an 8 bit symphony /
Turn the volume up so I can hear you scream
Your circuits shine, its so divine
2 batteries can make a good time
Just push the switch, we’ll be hitched, I turn you on, you turn me on

But when a generations dying
Modern consoles steal the show
Better graphics, Better systems
Its time for them to go
But if you keep them
in your heart
You can keep this love alive
Nostalgias like love making
Go head-first, saddle up and dive

Baby, link your cable up to me
We can make an 8 bit symphony /
Turn the volume up so I can hear you scream
Your circuits shine, its so divine
2 batteries can make a good time
Just push the switch, we’ll be hitched, I turn you on, you turn me on
Track Name: Steve Durand - Fireball XL5
The year is 1964
And I am the birthday boy
Hoping against hope
That I will get that special toy

One by one I open gifts
Attacking them with zeal
'Till finally I tear off the wrapping paper
To reveal

Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
We're gonna cruise the galaxy
With your nutomic drive

Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
We're heading for adventure
You and I

The table in the dining room
Is our forward base
For launching expeditions
Into interstellar space

When Steve Zodiac and Doctor Venus
Get into a scrape
Fireball Junior's close at hand
To make a quick escape

Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
We're cruising through the galaxy
With your nutomic drive

Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
We're heading for adventure
You and I

When you're only eight years old
And given to extremes
There's nothing better than a rocket ship
To fuel your dreams

Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
We're cruising through the galaxy
With your nutomic drive

Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
We're heading for adventure
You and I
Track Name: Boffo Yux Dudes - Super-Elastic Bubble-Plastic Fabulous Rubber-Stretch Man
You stretch and twist and there's nothing you've missed
In keeping my childhood fun
But you still teach me things that are keeping me
Safe now those days are done

I've learned how to be flexible to fit in with other boys
Playtime is so much better when you add a few more toys

You're my super-elastic bubble-plastic fabulous rubber-stretch man
My super-elastic bubble-plastic fabulous rubber-stretch man

Well, I could bend you over and you wouldn't make a peep
You'd come out on top of every situation, no matter how deep

In your skin-tight costume you still fill me with a thrill
You always spring back when they try to bend you to their will

You're my super-elastic bubble-plastic fabulous rubber-stretch man
My super-elastic bubble-plastic fabulous rubber-stretch man

My motto is “be flexible”, cause it's better than being scared
You never know who's coming, so you'd better be prepared

I dress up just like you when I play my grown-up games
To recreate the feeling, and it's almost just the same

Now I'm a super-elastic bubble-plastic fabulous rubber-stretch man
A super-elastic bubble-plastic fabulous rubber-stretch man
Track Name: Governing Dynamics - You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
Six hundred feet per second
Concentrated will set free
Reaching out, casting down
Imaginary enemies

Breathing in the smell of clipped grass
And nothing but the sight picture exists
Hold my breath, still my hands
Breathing out, I make a fist

We did this together
I could not reach alone

I could be a hero
If I had force to match ambition
I would keep you ever at my side
My head gets full of dreams
Great things I need you to accomplish
And if it's great
Who can say that it's not right?

We took a bird out of the sky
I was not wronged, I was not needing
My first taste of power awoke some devil
Just grows faster if you keep feeding
You were there so why is this on me?
You couldn't take a little responsibility?
Authority will make anyone a fool
And a killer's just as good as that killer's tools

I could be a hero
iI I had force to match ambition
I would keep you ever at my side
My head gets full of dreams
Great things I need you to accomplish
If it's great then who's to say
That it's not right?

I could be a hero
And this world could use a couple
I would keep your lessons at my side
Without everything at stake
Not like I'd try to hurt somebody
So what's the hurt in knowing how to fight?
And knowing how will tell me when it's right..?

Guns are not toys, but kids have them anyway
Track Name: Emperor Gum - Guardian
Sleep tight, dreams will never hurt you
Rest and night will soon be done
Nightmares, no matter how they scare you
They'll scatter in the morning sun

But its not dreams I fear
I'm afraid to even open my eyes
A monster lurks here I'm sure
When its dark it will arise

Guardian, they say you're just a toy
What you do it so much more than to bring me joy
Guardian, you must be brave
When I sleep its me you save

Each night, knocking at my window
When I look there's nothing there
I fear, there's always something hiding
You're here to protect me, Teddy Bear

The monster creeps here I'm sure
I know its waiting till I close my eyes
Holding you I've nothing to fear
When I sleep you will arise

Guardian, you're more than just a toy
Standing ever watchful over every girl and boy
Guardian, I know its true
I will always trust in you
Track Name: Sid Brown - 8-Bit Skies
You're running fast but then you fall
You couldn't dodge that fire ball
Do you remember just how this all began?
We go back
To the start
Once again.

Woah, Mario
Come on bro
No need to go
Outside at all today

Oh no, Mario
You're dead my friend
We'll meet again
Under 8-bit skies

Chasing princess' till no end
The red knight has lost again
I'm counting 99 time it must've been
We go back
To the start
Once again.

Woah, Mario
Come on bro
No need to go
Outside at all today

Oh no, Mario
You're dead my friend
We'll meet again
Under 8-bit skies

Woah, Mario
Come on bro
No need to go
Outside at all to play

Oh no, Mario
You're dead my friend
We'll meet again
Under 8-bit skies
Under 8-bit skies
Under 8-bit skies

You're not so super, super Mario
You're not so super, super Mario
You're not so super, Mario.
Track Name: Glen Raphael - I Like Pong
Toys these days are too fast
Old ones never last
This is the one from the past
I'm longing to play
On this toy we'd pounce
Smiles and all of the bounce in our step
Lights and the sounds we remember
To lighten our day:
What is the point of this song?
I like Pong!
Yes there are board games
Like checkers and chess
Physical markers can make quite a mess
When we play all of the day
Some parents find it a terrible sin
They prefer toys you don't even...plug in!
Here's where my efforts belong:
Nolan Bushnell's not wrong
What's the point of this song?
I like Pong.
I like Pong!
Track Name: Jasper Lewis - Slinky
I wish I was a subway
roaring underground
I wish I was a subway
roaring underground
I can never be a subway
but i don't really care
I'm a slinky
and I love falling down the stairs

I wish I was a greyhound
driving down the road
I wish I was a greyhound
driving down the road
I can never be a greyhound
not even on a dare
I'm a slinky
and I love falling down the stairs

I wish I was a seatbelt
holding you so tight
I wish I was a seatbelt
holding you so tight
I can never be a seatbelt
a seatbelt that you wear
I'm a slinky
and I love falling down the stairs

I wish I was a black hole
sucking the universe in
I wish I was a black hole
sucking the universe in
I can never be a black hole
I don't really care
I'm a slinky
and I love falling down the stairs
Track Name: Army Defense - Stretch Armstrong
So hung up on your baby
what's going to make him good
spoiled or sunburnt
tan or overlooked
I just want Stretch Armstrong

Do you hear the children humming?
that's how bad dreams are born
Mouth breathing
Milk spilling
love unconditional

From the store on sale
to my bedroom shelf
I prick your skin every day
but you return to your shape

From my bed to the door
the ceiling top to the floor
The hammer swings your way
but you return to your shape

Bandage up the holes
the poison's in your pores
I take a little taste
and I return to my shape
Track Name: Trader Jack - Baseball Cards
When I was a boy, I started a baseball card collection
with the explicit promise that someday they would be worth something
I remember spending a lot of time looking at them, wondering
what do you do with baseball cards?
20 years later, I found them in the attic
and I'm excited. Maybe now they're worth something.
Maybe I can retire on my baseball card fortune.
Maybe I'm rich.
So I'm checking the prices
And I bet they're gonna be worth so much money
(a bunch of low monetary values)
I'm never gonna retire.
I'm gonna work forever.
I'll die on the job, die on the job, die on the job..
No no no no no no no no
I'm rechecking the prices
I hope there's at least one that's worth some money.
(low monetary values)
I'm never gonna retire.
I'm gonna work forever.
Die on the job, die on the job...
Cause they're not worth the shipping; they're not worth a thing...
Not even the rookie cards.
Not even the rookie cards.
Why are these guys on cards?
I don't even like baseball.
Track Name: Niveous - Eat Your Hair
I was living in a box
Because I was born with nothing
Just a child in a field
Abandoned as an orphan
You gave me a name
Gifts of love and shelter
I thought the story was
Happily ever after (but no...)

Take me where you go (I don't care)
Anything you want (I don't care)
And, baby, while you sleep
I'll eat your hair...

You would dress me up
Put me in your fantasies
But I was born ugly
With a smile of crooked teeth
I could never be perfect
Or live up to the hype
Cause I hold a secret
That comes out at night

Take me where you go (I don't care)
Anything you want (I don't care)
And, baby, while you sleep
I'll eat your hair...

This is who I am
I have a disorder
But I'm the same kid
You took in as an orphan
You wanna throw me away
Leave me on the shelf
You loved me for the moment
Now you play with someone else

Take me where you go (I don't care)
Anything you want (I don't care)
And, baby, while you sleep
I'll eat your hair...
Track Name: Jailhouse Payback - WillieTalk
a tap tap tap on the window
a groan from under my floor
mom said the house is shifting
into what I wasnt sure

sitting on your dresser
mouth in a fixed smile
willie talk?
or will he just look at me all night?
your hair perfectly parted
your eyes that could not move
now who's the dummy?
for believing in you

i came home from college
his outline in the dust
sold at a garage sale
to raise money for the church
Track Name: Wait What - Stick (Shadow)
Stick, you were my first boat,
In the gutters you would float,
I'd race my friends on days it rained,
The winner would go down the drain.
If I lost you down the gutter
I would just go find another,
Maybe it was your twin brother.
You were my sister poker, fake cigar,
The capo for my air guitar.
Stick, I loved you good.
You brightened up my life
Like I knew you always would.

Stick, you were my first baton
For all the shows that I put on,
Leading my big orchestra.
It was imaginary, duh.
One, two, three, four,
Clarinets and tubas soar,
Hey, cowbell player, I need more cowbell.
You were my telescope, my microphone,
My stale, disgusting ice cream cone.
Stick, I loved you good.
You became my favorite toy.
I knew you always would.

You were my drinking straw, my drumming stick,
My amputated Ewok dick.

Why is it that people say that crabby people
Have a stick up their butt?
Well, guess what,
That's not right.
You shouldn't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Stick, you were my laser gun.
I remember so much fun
Shooting all the stupid rabbits coming to our neighborhood.
Zapping rabbits all day long,
You stupid rabbits don't belong.
(Rabbits was my code word for the Lebanese).
You were my drinking straw, my surgeon tool,
The fake poop in the public pool.
Stick , I loved you good.
You became my best friend.
I knew you always W-O-O-D wood.
You brightened up my life
Like only a stick could.
Track Name: glennny - My Zorlon Cannon (Shadow)
I located a wormhole
it was while I was surfing E-bay
I found an item I had to have
because i had it 3 decades ago

Dig if you will the scene back in 1982
I was free for the whole summer
but there was only one thing
that I ever really wanted to do

There was one game in particular
that occupied that summer
the ultimate quest for justice
It was up to me

There's really no way to ignore it
I think I will have to score it
I have to relive that glory of when I was nine

There's really no way to ignore it
My mother she always abhorred it
but I had to live that glory back when I was nine

I've got to kill that goddamn Qotile
he destoyed my planet: Razak IV
I've got my cannon: my Zorlon cannon
to destroy that Qotile, that goddamn Qotile

I will never love another
I'll be a shut-in for the summer
Never spend another quarter
'cuz I'm in my quarters with you

I will never love another
I'll be a shut-in for the summer
I'll be alone in my quarters
not spending quarters on the likes of you

I will never love another
I'll be a shut-in for the summer
I'll never spend another quarter on you

Coda
Yar's Revenge!