Album One (2009 Release)

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nazmazh There's just an undeniable charm to SPG, and it radiates through all their albums. This one kicks everything off, and starts their style of weaving a narrative into the background of everything. You don't necessarily have to follow along to enjoy their music, but you can get a little extra out if you do. Favorite track: Clockwork Vaudeville (2009 Release).
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prime8ofthequagaars I love this band! Their music can cheer me up in just about any situation while some songs can almost have me in tears. They have so much range, both in that sense and vocal range. The Spine and Rabbit seem to be able to hit any note ever imagined. Favorite track: Brass Goggles (2009 Release).
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We're gonna start the show I'd like you all to know You need to cover your eyes please, please Count to twenty, one is plenty Cue the curtains please, please Open your eyes see the robots singing I present to you the steam man band Especially constructed just for you
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When I was a young boy I went down to the county fair Brought myself a nickel, bought a pickle, had change to spare Thought I'd spend a cent or two to see what the robots could do There were wires all around Electrical sounds Steam from their exhausts Gears and coils all criss-crossed (Ah, ah, ah ha ha, Eay!) Everybody's going to the clockwork vaudeville Everybody wants to see the show People crowd the door and scream and shout for more While music and song fill the air Clockwork vaudeville (Clockwork vaudeville) Clockwork vaudeville (Clockwork vaudeville) A man came up to me after the show, after the show (He had a moustache) And asked me if I'd like to meet the robots up close, the robots up close (Not programmed to bite) Well they greeted me and one shook my hand, one shook my hand (Absolutely cool) And asked me if I'd like to join his robot band, I said oh yeah Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-ah-ah Everybody's going to the clockwork vaudeville Everybody wants to see the show People crowd the door and scream and shout for more While music and song fill the air Clockwork vaudeville (Clockwork vaudeville) Clockwork vaudeville (Clockwork vaudeville) When I was a young boy I went down to the county fair...
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Who am I, who am I but a sound of tomorrow? I'd like to fly across all of the world in a balloon I'd give my pair of socks to a clown who's lost his on the moon I don't know much 'bout anything that you'd have me do I don't care much about anything 'cept for the love in your heart Who am I, who am I but a sound of tomorrow? Who am I, who am I but a sound of tomorrow? I'd like to dance across all of the earth in the nude I'd give the chance I've got n'give all my love to you I don't know much 'bout anything that you'd have me do I don't care much about anything 'cept for the love in your heart Who am I, who am I but a sound of tomorrow (x4)
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I only saw her once But that was all I needed And now I know she's what I've been looking for And only she will do I haven't slept for days Can't focus on anything She's always on my mind And God it'd be so kind If you could let me be For my entire life I never knew what love was like But now I've felt its touch And its far too much For me to hold inside Feels like I'm On top of the universe On a shootin' star Life is so wonderful And everything is by far (So spectacular) Feel like I've never felt Seen things I've never seen Being with her will make me happy And I'm falling in love (Don't catch him) Few girls will offer you A love that feels like this Don't ask for any more Just run and go with it Feels like I'm On top of the universe On a shootin' star Life is so wonderful And everything is by far (So spectacular) On top of the universe On that shootin star Life is so wonderful And everything is by far So spectacular
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(Attune your ears to the grinding gears) Come with me I'll show you how to be a metal man When the gears are turning and the fires are burning When the world ticks around you, voices tocking all the time And you live for sleep you've never slept because you cannot sleep Colonel Walter was shocked when he learned from the Nile Copper African elephants turning hostile So he built these wonderful automaton bloaks And a very big steam powered giraffe what smokes Now the war is passed and over We're left to sit and wonder What is life and what is real? And why do living things need feeling? (One, two, three) Chorus: La-Da-Da-Da-Da (x3) La-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da La-Da-Da-Da-Da (x2) La-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da-Da How'd you like to try pumping lead through your veins Or have a heart so wet and cold it starts rusting When the world ticks around you, voices tocking all the time You live for feelings you've never felt because you cannot feel And what is this leaking affecting my eye? Does the oil that is dripping mean this is a cry? Will I ever be something with feelings to hide? Or am I just a boiler with nothing inside? I want all today Don't want to hear you say You can't do this, you can't do that You're not a living thing with feeling (One, two, three) (Chorus) Wind me up, turn the gears (Brass goggles!) Wind me up, turn the gears (Brass goggles!) Wind me up, turn the gears (Brass goggles, goggles, goggles!) Wind me up, turn the gears (Brass googles!) (Part 1 & 2 together) Part 1: I want all today Don’t want to hear you say I love you, I love you I love-love-love you Part 2: Colonel Walter was shocked when he learned from the Nile Copper African elephants turning hostile So he built these wonderful automaton bloaks And a very big steam powered giraffe what smokes Wind me up, turn the gears (x4) (Chorus)
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Out in the rain, Out in the sun, Out in the rain, Out in the sunshine There is no place I'd rather be Don't give me nothing in between Just give me sun drops in my eye And let the rainshine light the sky, sky Out in the rain, Out in the sun, Out in the rain, Out in the sunshine Do you recall when you were young? You never worried 'bout the sun Now you know better so you say Just don't let sunshine fade away, way People say don't go out to play You might catch your death or a cold People say don't go out today You might get wrinkly and old But if you don't go out at all You'll never feel the rain...fall Out in the rain, Out in the sun, Out in the rain, Out in the sunshine Out in the rain, Out in the sun, Out in the rain, Out in the sunshine Out in the rain, Out in the sun, Out in the rain, Out in the...
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You came home last night and seemed far away I could not believe that you were alright with everything Night is the key that unravels everything When it all comes down And people tend to erupt without a sound I know you don't like how I feed but please try to remember it's natural for a thing like me Electricity is in my soul, soul Electricity is in my soul, soul I snuck outside once you fell asleep and I walked down the road to give my electronics an overload It's easy to be angry at something that you don't understand And people tend to be stubborn with where they stand I know you don't like how I feed but please try to remember it's natural for a thing like me Electricity is in my soul, soul Electricity is in my soul, soul Electricity is in my soul, soul Electricity is in my soul, soul Soul, soul Soul, soul Soul, soul Soul, soul Electricity is in my soul
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Gather around Please pay attention I think they'd like to thank you for your time We're coming to a close But problems have arose Apparently there's parts of me that stick around too long So lucky for the audience they get another song And this one's just for you
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Captain Albert Alexander He went down in the sea Captain Albert Alexander He'll go down in history
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When he was a boy he wanted to play down by the sea At age thirteen everyday after school he would always sail around the lake All the people would stand and stare as he sailed around with precision and care With his bi-corner hat and the way he would stand he looked just like a Navy man All the townsfolk would gather and say, and sing away Captain Albert Alexander He'll be a brave seafarer someday But that Captain Albert Alexander He'll go down in the waves By age twenty four he had left the shore and was sailing for the Queen On a dark starry night Albert awoke to the sound of his Captain screaming as he was drowned The Navy crew was taking a lick pirates had invaded the ship But Albert with one aimed harpoon ignited their rum with a spark and soon flames drove the pirates away the Navy sang Captain Albert Alexander Saved his crew from pirate slaughter But that Captain Albert Alexander He'll go down in the water Now everyone dance Dance. Dance. Twenty some odd years later On his ship The Sea Slater He sailed into a mass of blubber Gazing up to the sky stood a large walrus that was a hundred stories high, it meant no harm The walrus was in a great deal of pain It suffered from a tusk with tooth decay Albert threw his anchor 'round it's tusk with a little bit of pulling it was out by dusk The walrus thanked Albert and sang, as he sailed away Captain Albert Alexander Friend to sea urchin and me But that Captain Albert Alexander He'll go down in the sea At a ripe old age lightning struck from the sky and split Albert's vessel in two One hundred men fled for their lives on rafts across the ocean blue Albert stood at the stern of his ship A giant octopus had him in it's grip A vortex of spiraling death below ripped and sharks and electric eels all made the trip to see Albert sink to the bottom of the sea Just before he went down he called out to his crew It's obvious that my time has come I'll let this ending ensue I've led an exciting nautical life it would seem and there's no better end than a death by the sea His crew sang Captain Albert Alexander He went down in the sea But that Captain Albert Alexander He'll go down in history That Captain Albert Alexander He went down in the sea

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Steam Powered Giraffe's very first album was originally released in 2009. By 2011, founding member Erin Burke (who played the robot Upgrade) had left the band to pursue other opportunities. Since the band only had one album at the time and potential gigs kept asking where the "female robot" was, the band decided to change their album in 2011 to feature just the current robot lineup. This included new cover art, the removal of Erin Burke's octave harmonies, and the replacement of Erin Burke's solo song "I Am Not Alone" with the song "Ice Cream Parade".

This version features the original release of Album One as it was in 2009, with the robot Upgrade, her harmonies, and her song "I Am Not Alone".

If you prefer to hear the 2011 release with all it's changes, we have that version of this album as well, and it is also available for purchase.

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released October 30, 2009

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Steam Powered Giraffe San Diego, California

Steam Powered Giraffe is a musical project from San Diego, California. It was formed in 2008 by twin siblings David Michael Bennett and Isabella “Bunny” Bennett. Together, along with a cast and crew filled with theatrical backgrounds, the group takes on the guise of singing antique automatons and the fictional robotics company that made them. ... more

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