Album One (2009 Release)

by Steam Powered Giraffe

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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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Track Name: Steam Man Band (2009 Release)
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
Track Name: Clockwork Vaudeville (2009 Release)
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...
Track Name: Sound of Tomorrow (2009 Release)
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)
Track Name: On Top of the Universe (2009 Release)
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
Track Name: Brass Goggles (2009 Release)
(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)
Track Name: Out in the Rain (2009 Release)
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...
Track Name: Electricity is in My Soul (2009 Release)
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
Track Name: Steam Man Band (Reprise) (2009 Release)
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
Track Name: Blind Minstrel's Ballad (2009 Release)
Captain Albert Alexander
He went down in the sea
Captain Albert Alexander
He'll go down in history
Track Name: Captain Albert Alexander (2009 Release)
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