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President Yo La Tengo

1. Barnaby, Hardly Working
2. Drug Test
3. Evil That Men Do (Instrumental)
4. Orange Song
5. Evil That Men Do
5. Alydia
6. I Threw It All Away

Barnaby, Hardly Working (Hubley-Kaplan)

For the moments slip right through it
Combed his hair, combed his hair
In the feeling of contentment
An actor's actor, an actor's actor
Smile his smile uncomprehending
Took his time, took his time
Wore a hat so he'd impress her
To ride, To ride (?)
Since I could wait for hours
I could wait and never fall down, never fall down, never fall down
Face down besde the river (10x)

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Drug Test (Kaplan)

You may have left your mistake with breakfast
Watching the sun go down
I've been lying awake till dawn now
I'm not ready to face that
I'm not ready to face that thing today

chorus: I wish I was high
Brighter than nothing
Smarter than nobody
I've wasted away

I think of the things that matter
And I think of the things that don't
Whatever it is no matter
I hate feeling the way i feel
I hate feeeling the way I eel today


I see myself with headphones on
I'm listening to Wake of the Flood (?) (2x)
now I'm high

chorus (2x)

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Orange Song (Tim Harris-Tara Key)

Wrote a sentence down thought it out I've pasted it on my walls
It's a sentence I can live with
And it goes like this
Ohhh Ahhh Ohhh Ohhhh
After I looked at it
in my sleep, in my sleep
I bought a bag of oranges
With a bad o (?)
I planted oranges all over my bed
Well I'm trying to bite (?)
And I often drink (?)
I'm trying to bite one for a drink (?)
I peel an orange
It's something I can't live with (7x)

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Alyda (Hubley-Kaplan)

(Georgia - Ahhh Ahh Ahhh)
Came the day you made your mind to put you down
Raised your voice and found it made a stronger sound

Chorus: Alyda, what have you done to you

Did confusion make you act that self assured
To take the step that you were not yet ready for


While you whiled away the hour
Do you still the way i knew
Do you dream of something better
Or just something else to do

He said how you hopped until your feet grew corns
Check for some reaction then just hop some more

chorus: Alyda, Alyda, Alyda - what have you done to you, to you, to you

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Evil That Men Do (Kaplan)

It's a lot of time
It's a lot of time for a man who walks on me
For a man who walks on me
That's the way it is (2x)
When a man walks on me (7x)

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I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan)

I once held her in my arms
She said she would always stay
But I was cruel and treated her like a fool
I threw it all away

One side's mountains in the palm of my hand
Rivers that ran through everyday
Now I must've been mad or I never knew what i had
I threw it all away

Love is all there is
And it makes the world go round
Love and only love it can't be denied
No matter what you think about it
You won't be able to live without it
Take a tip from one who's tried

So if you find someone
Who gives you all of their love
Take it to your heart
Don't let it stray
Because one thing is for certain
You'll surely be hurting
if you thow it all away
just don't throw it all away

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