Look Both Ways Before You Die

by Team Smile and Nod

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"Their sound is sophisticated, playful, melodic and extremely engaging… they have produced an emotionally compelling sound for the future that is distinctly their own.”

Jon Peterson, Host, "Shakin It" WCBE/ Columbus

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released 08 November 2008
team smile and nod is: kara e. sherman and rich ratvasky

*cover art and logos by jesse smith.
*photos by katie miller.
*design by kara with katie and rich's help.

*all of the lyrics are by kara e. sherman, except "on the road" which is by katie miller.
*all of the musical melodies are by kara e. sherman, except for "scar", "we're all gonna die", "so damn good", "the party", and "swimming" which are co-written by rich ratvasky. the music for "they grow it" was solely written by rich ratvasky.
*"they dub it" is a remix by arch_typ [courtesy of debris du funk/ ASCAP]
*"still stuck REMIX" is a lismore remix.
*"so damn good(er) REMIX" is by rich ratvasky.

©&®2008 Thinkroot Records/ ASCAP TRR01111

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Team Smile and Nod Columbus

Team Smile and Nod is an electro folk pop duo from Columbus, Ohio that formed in 2004. About a week after swapping demo CDs, Rich Ratvasky (artist-producer) surprised Kara E. Sherman (singer-songwriter) with a remix of one of her songs. Inspired by the remix, they merged their musical styles into an upbeat, melody-driven, politically-inspired fusion. ... more

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Track Name: Not About the Weather
i’ve been waiting, i’ve been waiting for you
i’ve been waiting for you to come home
i’ve been waiting, i’ve been waiting for you
i’ve been waiting for you to come home

where ya' been?
you got a story for me?
how was your day?

i’ve been thinkin’, i’ve been thinking about
i’ve been thinking about other things than the weather
like whether or not you will, weather or not you will
whether or not you will stay with me forever

how is that weather?
i been in all day...
it’s really lovely to see ya'.

you hold me tight
you kiss me soft
you make me feel
you give me love
you give me hope
you make me feel...

so-oh-so-oh-so-oh... nice.

i’m glad you’re home
i made ya' dinner.
Track Name: Still Stuck
i pushed the off button on the telephone
disconnecting me from you
i hide my face in my arms
it’s past my bedtime
i work tomorrow early morning
but i held onto your voice
till’ this early morning hour
i feel like a little girl
hoping mom and dad won’t notice
the sleepiness on my face
as i get up for the day
i somehow summon the strength
to crawl out of bed
i hop in the shower
i’m thinking of you
i shampoo my head
i’m thinking of you
i’m feeling the water fall, fall, fall
i’m thinking of, thinking of you
i’m thinking of, thinking of you
i’m still stuck on thing of you...

i dry myself off, dress up for work
put on the sandalwood ya said ya love
i hop in the car hoping it will start
but really, i’m still stuck on thinking of you.
Track Name: They Grow It
they grow it...

they grow it, they sell it...

she buys it
they buy it
he buys it
we buy it...

smoke it...

toke it...
and she laughs
and they laugh
and he laughs
and we laugh...

and our laughter is illegal...

and she feels so good
and they feel so good
and he feels so good
and we feel so good...

anything nonsensical makes sense to me
anything nonsensical makes perfect sense to me
i’m so paranoid, think i’ll go to sleep
no wait, i’m so hungry, think i’ll make a feast...

TO EAT!

etc....
Track Name: Scar
i create new versions, to old old memories
i create new visions, to replace reality
to replace your hate
to replace your screaming and my tears
with dissociation
i’m a champ at blocking out my past
but how long will that last?

i wish i could forget pieces
i wish i could pick and choose the truth
but you said what you said
and i left that night screaming
that i am what i am
and maybe you’ll never understand
cuz i am what i am
and i’m not ashamed anymore.

but how long will that last?

and it can’t be erased
like the tattoo on my arm
and you can’t be erased
like the tattoo on my arm...

you’re my never fading scar.
you’re my never fading scar.
scar.
Track Name: Patriarchy in Print
white men posed in white man money
we fold them in our wallets
finger them in our pockets
they rattle to remind us
the chains that they create
this capitalistic society fueled
by their hate

so we pass them along to buy what we need
and then we pass them along to show off our greed
and then we pass them along with increasing speed
and then we kill for oil overseas
just to control the green
so now who’s got the most
and what does it mean?
and we’re bound to them while we spend each day
filling our piggy bank
wasting our strength
forgetting we prolong injustice
for comfort
we ignore the truth of what these tokens represent
the most dirty thing in this world
patriarchy in print
patriarchy in print
oh no, oh no, oh no.

so we pass them along to buy what we need
and then we pass them along to show off our greed
and then we pass them along with increasing speed
and then we kill for oil overseas
just to control the green
so now who’s got the most
and what does it mean?
what does it mean?

the fall of Rome, our inevitable repeat of history
his-story
his-story
his-story
his-story
his-story
his-story

so we pass them along to buy what we need
and then we pass them along to show off our greed
and then we pass them along with increasing speed
and then we kill for oil overseas
just to control the green
so now who’s got the most
and what does it mean?
what does it mean?

so now so now who’s got the most?
so now who’s got the most?
so now who’s got the most?
the BUSH FAMILY.
Track Name: Consumer Whore
once a consumer whore, always a whore.
once a consumer whore, always a whore.

i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
i could keep blaming how i grew up, the government, or tv
but that’s not what i see in the mirror looking back at me
looking back at me
it’s just me
it’s just me

so i’m tired of my job, working for the man
tired of scheming with all of my plans to make money
fucking paper money
it doesn't grow on trees, it just replaces trees

so i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
whore
whore

so i’m tired of the sky when i look of for some hope
all i see is chem-trail smoke and i choke
what are chem-trails? i don’t know.
that’s the governments show.
we can guess but we don’t know.

so i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
whore
whore
so maybe i should eat right
refrain from refined sugar
stop drinking alcohol
stop smoking marijuana
but i don’t wanna
stop smoking marijuana
no i don’t wanna

i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
so i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
whore
whore

i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
so i’m angry at myself cuz i’m the one thing i control
i’m angry at my life cuz i live it like a consumer whore
whore
Track Name: Kill Myself to Death
my mother died in a movie theater
her favorite place to escape from life
my mother died in a movie theater
and i wish and i wish and i wish and i wish
and i wish, that i could join her

so i planned and i scammed
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i tried, but i cried
so i can’t, so i won’t
if i could, then i would
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i’m here, its so clear
cuz i can’t and i won’t
kill myself to death
kill myself to death.

a gun would make it nice and fast
but i’d need a license and a bunch of cash
i could drive off a cliff and explode with a crash
that’d be shame cuz i almost have my car paid off.

so i planned and i scammed
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i tried, but i cried
so i can’t, so i won’t
if i could, then i would
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i’m here, its so clear
cuz i can’t and i won’t
kill myself to death
kill myself to death.

i could drink and drink and drink and drink and drink
it’s so socially acceptable
drink and drink and drink and drink and drink
it’s so socially acceptable
but then i have to pee
and then i get hungry
and then i eat and eat and eat
and the i pass out asleep
not dead
sound asleep
not dead

so i planned and i scammed
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i tried, but i cried
so i can’t, so i won’t
if i could, then i would
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i’m here, its so clear
cuz i can’t and i won’t
kill myself to death
kill myself to death.

i could overdose like a real rock star
found in a corner with a needle in my arm
then i’d rise the charts of the popular scene
a mega famous rebel idol for preteens
i’d be a star
but i’d be dead
a mega star
and very dead.

so i planned and i scammed
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i tried, but i cried
so i can’t, so i won’t
if i could, then i would
but i can’t, so i won’t
so i’m here, its so clear
cuz i can’t and i won’t
kill myself to death
kill myself to death.

in summary, i don’t really wish to die
it’s just sometimes i feel alone
and i miss oblivion and i miss my mom
so i guess i’ll settle for a slow and miserable
hypocritical, fantastic, beautiful
joyful, mystical, love filled, lyrical
surprising, delighting, exciting, and magical
death called life
i’ll settle for a death called life
every breath closer to death called life
every breath...life.
Track Name: We're All Gonna Die
eventually my heart is gonna stop
eventually they’ll have to burn me up
eventually my heart is gonna stop
eventually they’ll have to burn me up

cuz we’re all gonna die
the one thing certain in this life, yeah
we’re all gonna die
it’s the one thing certain in this life

eventually my heart is gonna stop
eventually my body parts will rot
unless of course my wish fulfilled
and i become an ash filled urn and spread upon the sea

cuz we’re all gonna die
the one thing certain in this life, yeah
we’re all gonna die
it’s the one thing certain in this life

eventually our hearts are gonna stop
so i guess we ought to live it up
take a risk, take a spill
open up, relax and chill
talk about unmentionables
let it rock, let it roll
speak up, speak out, and loose control
be who you want to be
be what you want to be

cuz we’re all gonna die
the one thing certain in this life, yeah
we’re all gonna die
it’s the one thing certain in this life.
Track Name: On the Road
we fly through seasons
falling leaves and silent rains
burn into our existence.

driving past cities
with names i’d like to taste
the soft contours of your body
distract me from
the lazy lines of the road.

but i will wait for darkness.

the bitter october wind rushes over
our summer-stained skin
we shiver out of habit before
a blanket of crescent moon shadows
flicker over us
as we near the black of night.

but i will wait for darkness.

cold coffee breeds your insomnia
you drink methodically
and try to ignore
your kerouac collection shifting restlessly
in the back seat.

but i will wait for darkness.

the urgency of your desire
pulls at my exhaustion
while your hand
hugs the familiarity of my thigh
and releases only long enough to
change the song on the radio
when you can no longer
remember the words.

and i will wait for darkness.

well, all the answers leading back to one
one question, one moment
a thought in time
where do they hide what's always been mine
we’ll go and go and go...
and just drive.
Track Name: Pig Roast
little pig squirming, squirming, squirming
little pig shocked until he’s dead

little pig spinning, spinning, spinning
little pig burning on a stick

little pig burning, spinning, burning
little pig spinning over tall flame

they cut him and they dice him
and they pull him apart
they gnaw on his flesh
they leave his cooked heart.
Track Name: 95 Lives
95 lives, 95 lives
meat eaters take for their appetite
95 lives, 95 lives
all the animals die
95 lives, 95 lives
meat eaters take for their appetite

for just one year, for just one year
for just one carnivore
95 lives

a hamburger is actually a cow who once mooed
bacon was once a pig who liked to roll in the mud
and probably didn’t get to
fried chicken was a bird who wished he could run around
and deli meats had guts and bones
and screamed when they were killed!

95 lives, 95 lives
meat eaters take for their appetite
95 lives, 95 lives
all the animals die
95 lives, 95 lives
meat eaters take for their appetite

for just one year, for just one year
for just one carnivore
95 lives
Track Name: Even Tho
we laugh at ourselves as we
profess all this hate we
possess and can’t help but
express
how we really feel
finally to someone who won’t judge

so i give you my heart as my truth
my words as my definition
persisting that i really am good

even tho...
even tho, you know...

so maybe you really will
stay with me
and maybe you really do
believe
my drunken words
my stoned out ramblings
my freak outs
my curses

even tho...
even tho, you know...

so we smile and we laugh
and we exchange these fears
with lust for freedom from them
and knowledge
that will never impress anyone
except you and me
you and me, babe.

even tho...
even tho, you know...
Track Name: So Damn Good
your hands are so soft
your arms so open
i am lying here hiding
myself in your warmth
you’re concerned
cuz i got this look on my face
i am scared
of what i feel after shutting myself off
but ah... it feels good
it feels so damn good...

maybe i can’t quite
explain myself
but you
had to feel me tremble
when you kissed me
and you
had to see my eyes
fixed so intensely on you
yeah
so
take that clue my baby, yeah
take that clue my katie, yeah
take that clue my lady...

your hands are so soft
your arms so open
i am lying here hiding
myself in your warmth
you’re concerned
cuz i got this look on my face
i am scared
of what i feel after shutting myself off
but ah... it feels good
it feels so damn good...

now i want you trust
that feeling you have
i want you to listen to your
your gut
cuz i’m letting myself feel
i am letting myself fall
i am gonna get out of this rut
i am letting myself feel
i am letting myself fall to the ground
i am gonna get out of this out of this
out of this rut
i am letting myself feel.

cuz your hands are so soft
your arms so open
i am lying here hiding
myself in your warmth
you’re concerned
cuz i got this look on my face
i am scared
of what i feel after shutting myself off
but ah... it feels good
it feels so damn good...
Track Name: Scrooge
i’d rather be a scrooge
and like myself
then pretend for you

i’m not christian
and i’d rather not be
wished merry christmas
and after that
let’s just skip
all that pointless talk of work
and by the way
this girl next to me
is my partner
we’ve been together 6 years
and she’s not my fucking roommate
to make it more clear
we are lesbians
i’m not ashamed
and you really should not
be ashamed either

i’d rather be a scrooge
and like myself
then pretend for you

you may say you’ve never
seen me so selfish
but i say, but i say i’ve never been
so honest to myself
if you’re honest you know
you really don’t like me either
so what’s the point... of us all
so what’s the point of us
hanging around together

i’d rather be a scrooge
and like myself
then pretend for you
Track Name: The Party
we can hardly talk
we can hardly see
each other when family meets
you can hardly look
over my way
i can hardly get myself
to stay

i heard your words
through the grapevine
you heard my words
from my mouth
now i’m tired of being hurt
now i’m tired of being left out
so...
fuck you...

so you thought that we
would cause a scene
so you didn’t invite us to
your big party
but we don’t even know
what you mean
by a scene
unless you mean
unless you mean
unless you are ashamed
that your sister’s
a big lesbian
unless you mean
unless you mean
our existing
unless you mean
unless you mean
our existing
so...
fuck you...
here’s the scene you dreamed.

we can hardly talk
we can hardly see
each other when family meets
you can hardly look
over my way
i can hardly get myself
to stay

fuck you.
Track Name: Swimming
please don’t go
if you go
i’ll be alone
that’s no fun.

your eyes are
the ocean
i know it’s cliché
your eyes are
my ocean
i want to swim
all day.

please don’t go
if you go
i’ll be alone
that’s no fun.

your mind is
the sea
of great mystery
your mind is
my sea
i want to go
swimming.

so please don’t go
instead let’s swim
in a tub
if you go
i’ll have to swim
alone
that’s no fun.

i don’t wanna be
alone
i don’t wanna be
alone
i don’t wanna be
alone
cuz it really isn’t
fun.