The Big Parade

by Henry Boy Jenkins

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Produced by Henry Boy Jenkins and Conrad Uno
Engineered and Mixed by Uno and HBJ at Egg Studios, Seattle WA

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released 23 November 2004

All songs written by Henry Boy Jenkins
© 2004 Hank’s House of Donuts (BMI)

Henry Boy Jenkins: Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Percussion, Bass
Mike Bristow: Bass, Ukelele
Jay Weaver: Drums, Percussion

with special guests:
Eric Erickson (track 10): Harmony Vocals, Keys, Bass, Guitar
Greg Luke (track 3): Trumpet
Jessica Lurie (track 7): Sax
Carl Miller (track 10): Harmonica
Brent Pennington (track 2): Slide Guitar
Uno: Occasional Bass, Percussion

Choir (track 10): Erik Brauch; Jane Thornton; Eric, Mela, & Megan Erickson; Connie & Jennifer Going; HBJ; Carl Miller; Brian & Miki Nelson; Marina Snyder; Uno; Jay Weaver

Produced by Henry Boy Jenkins and Conrad Uno
Engineered and Mixed by Uno and HBJ at Egg Studios
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering

Additional recording by HBJ at Toy Town Studios (tracks 9 and 10);
Eric Erickson and HBJ at The Batcave and Play Hear Studios (track 10)

Cover photography: Shirley DeMuth
Toy Wrangler: Hilarie Furnier
Package Design: Alisha Baker
Cover Concept and Artwork: HBJ

℗ 2004 Prehistoric Sounds. All Rights Reserved.

In memory of Eric Erickson (1958 - 1996).

TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME

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Track Name: Just One Kiss
Just One Kiss
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

Oh, yeah--can someone tell me how
Love can take your whole world
And just turn it upside down

Shake it like a tail feather, swing it from a tree
Diving right into incomprehensibility

Oh, yeah--can someone tell me why
Love can take your hopes up
And then hang ‘em out to dry

Park ‘em like a roller derby, ride ‘em like a steed
I’m inclined to drivin’ blind
All I really need is just one kiss

Just one kiss
Just one kiss
Break the spell I’m under

Oh, yeah--can someone tell me please
Where to find the romance
That’ll bring me to my knees

Make me play the backbeat backwards, turn it inside out
I’ve got no use for love-sick blues
The one-and-only cure I’ve found is just one kiss

Just one kiss
Just one kiss
Break the spell I’m under tonight

People say that I’m a dreamer
They laugh and say that I’m a clown
If that’s true then I’m a fool for love
I won’t let ‘em bring me down

The morning sun is shining and I’m bouncing off the wake
The ‘Happy-Ever-Afters’ can be ours
All it takes is just one kiss
Track Name: My Big Hello
My Big Hello
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

Well, she’s as pretty as a picture
In her leopard-skin pillbox hat
In my Bikini Island camera club
I’m Cyrano de Bergerac

Shootin’ fish in barrels
Hoops ‘n’ garters
Singin’ “Tra-la-boom-dee-aye”
While all the shutterbugs are shakin’
She’s paradin’ in her bustier

Well, it ain’t the dance, it’s the dancer
And it ain’t the smoke, it’s the cancer
Let the circumstantial evidence expose

My Big Hello
To you
Big Hello
To you
Big ol’ fine “How-do-you-do”
Big Hello to you

Well, she’s some kind of fine and dandy
In her candy-striped corselet
I’m her electric Don Quixote
My tripod hasn’t failed me yet

Gotcher stiletto telephoto
And my heart is screamin’
“Hold the phone!”
We’re talkin’ Baby Doll pajamas
Spinnin’ platters by the Penningtones

Well, it ain’t the boat, it’s the ocean
And it ain’t the beat, it’s the motion
And my singular devotion’s on the rise...”Surprise!”

Big Hello
To you
Big Hello
To you
Big ol’ fine “How-do-you-do”
Big Hello to you

I heard you all got love for sale
The devil’s barbequed my tail
My heart’s as heavy as a boulder

There ain’t no rest for the wicked
Go on--serve up that Wilson Pickett
I got an angel on my shoulder
“Hello, Baby!”

Well, she’s the classic Teaserama
She’s the naughty little girl next door
The way she shimmies for the jimmies
I forget just what I came here for

I’m gonna mail a little letter:
“Mister Frederick, send your best fishnets”
I’ll catch a tempest in a C-cup
Lord, I love that alphabet!

Well, it ain’t the owl, it’s the hooter
And it ain’t the shot, it’s the shooter
I will be your suitor, baby, hear me howl
Track Name: Summertown
Summertown
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

Holy rollercoaster ride of love
Cotton candy clouds
Pink lemonade skies above

Picture perfect frame of mind today
Onomatoepia gotta see -mmm-
Buzz your big bouquet

Little Cupid played his trumpet sound
And let those arrows quiver down
Into the heart of Summertown

Monkeyshining brighter all the time
Swing a big banana
Polyanna, say that you’ll be mine

Fortune cookie secret rendezvous
Frosting on the beater
Even sweeter on your angel food

Little Cupid played his trumpet sound
And let those arrows quiver down
Into the heart of Summertown
Into the heart of summer
Into the heart of Summertown

Shower one another
With those rosy ruby lips
Tarzan and Jane...

Frosting on the beater
Secret monkey love
Track Name: Every Single Time
Every Single Time
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

All the little children sing
“Can Jack and Jill come out to play?”
Fetch me a couple cans and string
There’s something I just gotta say

Johnny-come-latelys will tell you
You can’t hurry love
Visionaries will say “Love is blind.”
Got to believe in “Love lasts forever”
You can’t see a thing ‘til you open your eyes

Every single time I see you
I don’t know what to say
Every single time I’m near you
My words get in the way

Every single time I’m with you
Each day is Christmas Day
And every single time
The band begins to play

Catch the ocean in a box
Keep your castle made of sand
Everybody’s heart unlocks
You hold the key in your hand
Track Name: Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

I don’t wanna get hurt
I don’t wanna loose my pride
Love is a Wishing Well
But it’s so hard to tell what’s inside

It doesn’t take a genius
To see how others seen us
It’s a story that you know too well
Despite my best intention
I guess I failed to mention
Bitter pill in the candy shell

Carousel kaleidoscope
Pretty pictures in a mirrored pose
Painted ponies in a row
Broken hearts in my kaleidoscope

I just wanna play it safe
I wanna be sure this time
Love is a spinning top
It has been known to stop on a dime

Don’t take a Ph.D.
To see we’re history
I guess it’s just the way the story goes
Blow the first impression
Go in the wrong direction
I’m standing all alone outside your door

Carousel kaleidoscope
Pretty pictures in a mirrored pose
Painted ponies in a row
Broken hearts in my kaleidoscope
Broken hearts in my kaleidoscope

I don’t wanna get
I don’t wanna get lost again
I don’t wanna loose my way

I just wanna come
I just wanna come home again
I need you to light my way

Don’t need to be clairvoyant to see that we avoided
The simple handwriting on the wall
Honey, it’s now or never
There’s no time to be clever
Keep your eye on the bouncing ball
Track Name: Buddha Home
Buddha Home
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

I met the Buddha on the road back home
The skies were cloudy
And we did like people do in Rome
If I were Michelangelo
I’d paint your face across my ceiling
Once more with feeling
So alone

We drove all night long--just the two of us
He said: “It’s alright, son
You’re either on or off The Bus.”
If I were Mario
I’d turn this rig around and race right to your door
I’d come back
For more

Operator, turn on your microphone
Call me a taxi - Hail to the Chief
Tryin’ to get the Buddha home

Operator, silence me with The Cone
‘Cuz I’m down on my luck and I’m out on the street
I’m tryin’ to get the Buddha home
I’m tryin’ to get the Buddha home

Young Love is popular in Outer Space
The cosmonauts declare:
“It’s all the rage!”
If I were Galileo
I’d discover Heaven in your kiss
That’s what I miss
The most

Operator, turn on your microphone
Call me a taxi - Hail to the Chief
Tryin’ to get the Buddha home

Operator, silence me with The Cone
‘Cuz I’m down on my luck and I’m out on the street
I’m tryin’ to get the Buddha home
I’m tryin’ to get the Buddha home


Don’t stop
Don’t tell me to stop
Don’t go
Don’t tell me to go
Don’t wait
Don’t tell me to wait
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-one more time

If I were Deano
I’d croon down the moon
To taste your pizza pie
Oh! That’s amore!
My-oh-my-oh...

Operator, turn on your microphone
Call me a taxi - Hail to the Chief
I’m tryin’ to get the Buddha home

Operator, won’t you silence me with The Cone?
Well, I’m outta my luck and I’m down on the street
I’m outta my mind but I’m flat on my feet
Hot on your trail - I’m poundin’ a beat
I’m tryin’ to get the Buddha home
Track Name: Last Man On The Moon
Last Man On The Moon
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

I met her in the summer rain
She asked if I could fly
I never asked her why, it just turned out that way

I didn’t catch her metaphor
It flew right overhead
She took my hand instead and showed me how to play

It’s a long way down and a long, long time ago...

The first time and the last always come as a surprise
Right before your eyes your world explodes
The last one is the very first to know

I held her through the winter snow
She read her zodiac
I never could look back into the future

I had to turn my collar up
Against a frozen sky
She told me not to cry but to forget her

It’s a long way down and a long, long time ago...

The first time and the last always come as a surprise
Right before your eyes your world explodes
The last one is the very first to know

Your cameo appearances are overdue
The valentines I knew were all belated
The chrysalis is decorating his cocoon
The "Last Man on the Moon" routine
Is over rated - so backdated, yeah

It’s a long way down and a long, long time ago...

The first time and the last always come as a surprise
Right before your eyes your world explodes

The first time and the last time
Like a mirror and a mask
You never have to ask because it shows
The last one is the very first to know
Track Name: Babylon
Babylon
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

[hear no evil / see no evil / speak no evil babble...]

Is that you
Wearing the cheap disguise
Is that you
Hiding behind those eyes

Is it me
Pretending that I can’t see
Your secret identity
How could I be so naive

Is that you
Planning your getaway
Is that you
Running through what to say

Is it me
Perpetural absentee
Afraid of who I might be
If I were the one to leave

It’s all been said a million ways before
But I don’t wannna hear it anymore

Babble on and on and on and on and on and on and babble
On and on and on and on and on and on and babble on

Is that you
Covering your own tracks
Is that you
Lying to save your ass

Is it me
Willing to be deceived
Turn the other cheek
Avoiding impropriety

It’s all been said a million ways before
But I don’t wannna hear it anymore

Babble on and on and on and on and on and on and babble
On and on and on and on and on and on and babble on

Look! Up in the air
A bird, a plane
A written prayer that reads:
“Surrender Dorothy”
Tear down the walls and run with me

It’s all been said a million ways before
And I don’t wannna hear it
I don’t wannna hear it
I just don’t wannna hear it anymore
Track Name: Aeroplanes
Aeroplanes
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

This one went to market
This one stayed home
One flew too near the clear blue sky
With no silver lining or love defining the times
No wonder that they cry

This one made of straw
And this one made of stone
One love to love not fade away
Hear my heart
Keep time when I play

Now it’s raining aeroplanes every day

Fingertips together
Up the water spout
The rains came down and washed away
My heart
Keeps time when I play

And it’s raining aeroplanes
It’s raining aeroplanes
It keeps raining aeroplanes every day
Track Name: The Big Parade
The Big Parade
©2004 Henry Boy Jenkins

I am a laughiing camel
I love to stay up half the night
Just laughing

You are a wild blue angel
A touch of Heaven in the night
Wild thing

Embracing the rhythm
Music in the street
I race with my beloved through the night
To join the Big Parade

Join the Big Parade

We dance like Fred and Ginger
We toss and tumble ‘til the stars fall from our hair
Trembling

The Big Parade is in town
My love, they wear the finest shoes
Parading

Embracing the rhythm
Music in the street
I race with my beloved through the night
To join the Big Parade

Join the Big Parade

Sing the Woman - drum the Man
Celebrate the Boy and Girl
Wear your like Heaven
All around the world

Sing the Woman - drum the Man
Celebrate the Boy and Girl
When two hearts touch
You can taste the world

The Big Parade is in town
Wear your Birthday Suit!

Racing to the rhythm
Music in the street
Embracing my beloved through the night

Join the Big Parade
Come on won’t you
Join the Big Parade

Baby - listen

Listen to your heartbeat
Bangin’ like a drum
Marchin’ to that Love Thing
Lend a hand to everyone

Listen to your heartbeat