The Invisible Girl

by Greg McLeod

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This is Greg's fourth full length album.

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released April 5, 2013

Greg McLeod - vocals, guitar, bass, drums, violin, trombone
Sarah Jickling - vocals on tracks 1-5, 7

Thanks to Lewis Samuel, the kids of Division 14 at Cougar Creek Elementary, Dave McLeod for clarinet on track 10, and the rest of my family.

All songs written, recorded and produced by Greg McLeod in his bedroom in Vancouver, BC, between January and April 2013.

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Track Name: The Invisible Girl
Jules is acting strange
For one thing
Making us call him Jules
When that's not his name

I'm at his place
With the invisible girl
We paint her face
'Til she can face the world

Jules and I get along
When she's not here
But she's bored with him now
Scared she'll disappear

If she doesn't keep moving
And my worth needs proving, so

Blue, cold and cruel
Twin narcissus pools
Your eyes are open
I want so badly to be chosen

Cuz this is something new
A girl you can see through
A girl who takes your shape
A girl you can't escape

The invisible girl
The invisible girl
The invisible girl

Jules gets me alone
Then he tells me
I shoud be moving on
But my worth needs proving, so

Blue, cold and cruel
Twin narcissus pools
My eyes are open
I want so badly to be chosen

Cuz this is something new
A girl you can see through
A girl who takes your shape
A girl you can't escape

This is something new
A girl you can see through
A girl who takes your shape
A girl you can't escape

The invisible girl
The invisible girl
The invisible girl
Track Name: Brakes Are Hot
I can see the light is red
It reflects in your eyes
They scare me every time

I can't seem to rest my head
And my neck won't comply
So I glare down at the line

Green, go
Your foot on the gas again
My insides are lead
They press in the seating

Yellow
Make good on the pass again
We try to retread
There's less in repeating

We start, we stop
The brakes are hot
We're freezing
We're freezing

My hands are on the heater
Bracing me in prayer
I don't fear the reaper but
I hate being unprepared

I'd stop and I'd walk
Just as slow as I want
But it's colder still out there
So I fake and I feign
And it keeps me awake
If I check the brakes for wear

Green, go
Your foot on the gas again
My insides are lead
They press on the seating

Yellow
Made good on the past again
We tried to retread
The lesson's repeating

We start, we stop
The brakes are hot
We're freezing
We're freezing
Track Name: See Me Tick
Your teeth were white, full of fluoride like sharks'
I wondered if they would glow in the dark
Like those Life-Savers Wint-O-Green sparks

I want to ask if I'll get to find out
But when I talk that's never what it's about
It's just inane garbage in my brain

Like did you know life savers
Light up like lightbulbs
If you chew them in the dark
It's crystal collapsing
Not fire catching

And I hope you'll find my facts interesting
So I never have to tell you my thoughts
So I never have to show you enough
To see me tick

I read it only works with Wint-O-Green
They're pretty cheap right after Hallowe'en
But you told me that you'd already seen

So like a kid whose best joke has been told
I lost my cool, swallowed one of them whole
I could have died but I'm breathing right through the hole

Now, did you know life savers
Look just like life buoys
And their inventor had a son
Who drowned himself at sea
Before he turned thirty three

I hope you'll find my facts interesting
So I never have to tell you my thoughts
So I never have to show you enough
To see me tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
Track Name: Rubber And Glue
Na na na na na

Liar, liar, pants on fire
Heard you on the telephone wire
Missed me, missed me
Now you gotta kiss me

Bang bang, choo-choo train
Wind me up I'll do my thang
Peace, punch, Captain Crunch
I got something you can touch but

You're rubber, I'm glue
Bounce off of me
I'm stuck on you

Your rubber, my glue's
Too slippery
It won't hold true
It won't hold you

Hi ho, silverware
Behind the bed there's underwear
That's not mine, that's fine
I can't be here all the time

Peter, peter, pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn't keep her
Reese's pieces, 7up
Someone else will fill her cup

Someone else will buy her candy
Handy spandy jack-a-dandy
Someone else is in her tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G

You're rubber, I'm glue
Bounce off of me
I'm stuck on you, well

Your rubber, my glue's
Too slippery
'Cause It won't hold true
And it won't hold you

Loser, loser, we're double losers
As if, whatever, won't you get the picture
Loser, loser, we're double losers
As if, whatever, won't you get the picture
Get the picture

Brickwall, waterfall
Girl you think you know it all
You don't I do
So boom with that attitude

Brickwall, waterfall
Boy you think you know it all
You don't I do
So boom with that attitude

You're rubber, I'm glue
Bounce off of me
I'm stuck on you, well

Your rubber, my glue's
Too slippery
'Cause It won't hold true
And it won't hold you
Track Name: Just Desserts
Man can't live on bread alone
Imagine living on mascarpone
And always denied the meat of life
He got some sugar and the sugar's nice

Keep that taste gotta make his breaks
Or it's a long time between the cakes
The more he has the more it takes
His teeth fall out and his belly aches

Sweet, but
Sweet's not enough

Now they're saying:
Send him back if he misbehaves
Leg irons and belly chains
The way they were oh when they came
Thinking: his blood doesn't share my veins

Saying: his blood is not my blood
Give him no supper if he can't be good
Take all the ones we can't convert
Give them back their just desserts
These givers back are just the worst

Sweet, but
Sweet's not enough

When you're on the bottom and you want it all
Long way you still can fall

Why's it called a ticket home
When it's an island that he's barely known
With a suitcase full of shredded clothes
The customs agents say hello

Never tried the meat of life
Then his friend had got a knife
Saying: don't be scared it'll be alright
We'll just take a little slice
We'll just take a little slice
We'll just take a little slice

Sweet, but
Sweet's not enough

He could tell she was really hurt
As he left the Just Desserts
He could tell she was really hurt
When he left it just got worse
Track Name: Giants
Pretty tall, with child's eyes
I know the ankles, shins, and thighs
Of giants
Giants

Shrinking back from your touch
Worried that I must be crushed
By giants
You're giant

You, with all your solidity
How dare you need my sympathy
Not fair, don't be as frail as me
Pick on your own damn size

You can't say you're not so great
Prick your thumb and then deflate
Not fair to leave me without shade
In a spate of cloudless skies

Hey, dry the scales on my eyes
Say I smell kippers
Hey, dry the scales on my eyes
Say I feel different

My mistake, my biggest flaw
Trying to pull the thorns from paws
Of lions
Lions

Shrinking back from your ma, you're
Worried you will get her claws
A lion
You're lying

I see your hurt, I hear your yelp
How dare you act like I can't help
If you'd be still, ungrateful whelp
Then I could save your life

But I'll want you glad, I want you tame
For you to come when I say your name
And even if I end up maimed
I will know I tried

Hey, rip the scales from my eyes
Say, I smell kippers
Say, rip the scales from my eyes
Say, I feel different

I want you glad, I want you tame
For you to come when I say your name
You to be my claws and fangs
I the one who holds the strings

I want you tall, I want you strong
So you won't feel me do you wrong
More and more I can't deny
I've watched your body atrophy

So pick me up
For just one last time
Won't you hold my body to the sky

Hey, rip the scales from my eyes
Say I smell kippers
Hey, rip the scales from my eyes
Say I feel different

Then you say I feel different
You just say I smell kippers
Track Name: Your Turn
It was crazy today
The boss asked me to stay
My bike broke down again
I ran into an old friend

We lost track of the time
I hope you don't mind
But don't just say it's fine
Don't just say it's fine

I should be in bed
You can go ahead
But I might be asleep
By the time you eat

There's food in the fridge
In a week we switch
I'll have time to burn
It'll be your turn

We pay rent to stay away
Play catch up at the end of the day
Barely stay awake

We pay rent to stay away
Plate of ketchup at the end of the day
Barely stay awake

You just get home first
I would make dessert
But you're already grateful
When I set the table

Or even do the dishes
So screw being efficient
I'll float them in the sink
Until they start to sink

We pay rent to stay away
Play catch up at the end of the day
Barely stay awake

We pay rent to stay away
Plate of ketchup at the end of the day
Barely stay awake

I know we're best friends
But we used to have other friends
Now we're fast asleep
Before they brush their teeth
Track Name: Goodbye #2
When you wake up
We will figure out what to do
Was that make up?
Does that mean you and him are through?
Back to me
Me and you

When you wake up
We can talk about what this means
Now I'll stay up
Let you walk me through your dreams
They're not of me
They're just things you've gotta do
And people you knew
Yeah, mine are too

All my plans, all my thoughts
And this is as far as I got
So what now?
Should I keep it down?

When you wake up
We will figure out what to do
Probably break up
Call this goodbye #2
Must be me
It's never you

It's true I like these sights and sounds
And the situation
Cause I like imagining I'm in a prime location

And for all our careful words
And double meanings
I've find that I prefer just staring at your ceiling

Hoping all the cracks reverse
With paint unpeeling
And every time we both get hurt is just annealing

I'm trying to make it work
Without doing work
Worrying what it's worth
Watching it get worse

When you wake up
We will figure out what this means
For now I'll stay up
Watch the light move through the trees
Over me
Over you
Track Name: Quarter Life
I want to go back in time
We will share a knowing glance
He'll say "not this one"
This time I'll listen

Like I could read your mind
Like I saw it in advance
We've already done that dance
And it ends badly

In this quarter life or less
There are things that I regret
And if I could prevent them
I would
You bet

So when I go back
I'll go to Jules's place
Invisible girl will paint her face
Preparing for the war

But I'll be brave, this time
I'll be a non-combatant
Now that I'm sure
That it takes a whole lot more

Courage to have compassion
Without passion
And if I still feel an attraction
I'll tell you exactly what will happen

And then you will never fall for me
And you and I will hardly ever speak
Which is how we are now anyway
Comic or ironic, it's a shame

Only having been to where it leads
Can I be the friend you need

In this quarter life and change
There are things I'd rearrange
But if I had to forget them
I'd say forget it
Forget it
Just forget it
Track Name: I Want To Break Even
I put your heart to my lips
With a jar out for tips
The change I believe in
Comes to 3.50 even

Almost as much as the beer
That dragged me down here
My voice is ragged and raw
But I'll do one more song

I want to break even
Won't you help me break even
I'll make you feel feelings
I'll bedevil your demons

I want to break even
As long as I'm breathing
Fill my lungs, hold it in
Feel it come out again

I put your heart to my ear
To make sure you're still here
The change I believe in
Is both of them beating

I want a couple of babies
More than that would be crazy
One for you, one for me
A tall and thin family tree

I want to break even
Won't you help me break even
I'll make you feel feelings
I'll bedevil your demons

I want to break even
As long as I'm breathing
Fill my lungs, hold it in
Feel it come out again

I keep your heart in my mind
Every time that you're kind
The change I believe in
Is you making me decent

Before that I leave
All I hope to achieve
Is to make you as happy
As you've always made me

I want to break even
Won't you help me break even
I'll make you feel feelings
I'll bedevil your demons

I want to break even
As long as I'm breathing
Fill my lungs, hold it in
Feel it come out again