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In 2005 Clutchbone opened a browser, went to the then fresh wikipedia and clicked 'random article' 20 times. Over the next 3 years they wrote and recorded 20 songs based on the results. The genres of the resulting tunes are sometimes just as random as the results. Some are instrumentals, some are explicit explanations of the topics. Some still defy categorization.

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released June 28, 2008

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Track Name: Ruby Character
She sits above me
to provide context and clarify meaning
without her I might be misunderstood
she prevents me from being deceiving
and should I be a technical term
she'll define me
and if I'm hard to say
she'll provide pronunciation
Thank you Ruby, Thank you
She's a logographic dream
when you've got a meaning to gleam
my dainty
agate adorns me where I'm unknown
and to tell the truth
I feel naked when I'm on my own
furigana don't leave
I need you
by myself
I'll be miss-communicated
Thank you Ruby, Thank you
She's a logographic dream
when you've got a meaning to gleam
Track Name: Abel
I’m defined by what I’m not
Oh, I get it, that’s my “lot”
Should I be the first to admit?
What did you expect
It’s the first, don’t forget
Second son doesn’t become me
What bleeds leads, give you more
Anticipate you want the gore
Hot ass jaw in my cool palm
I’m not my brother’s keeper
Close your eyes nod sleeper
Keep your mark
And I’ll keep my pride

Lester Bangs of the biblical set
More cowbell less corvette
Don’t you blow your load in the first verse
Guess who get’s top billing
Of course the guy who does the killing
All this fame just might get me wet
It’s younger brother down the line
Spoiled lineage turned so fine
Maybe we can get a drink instead
It all depends who your trying to please
It’s the lord everyone on their knees
It happened long before any rules were set
Track Name: Kill Switch
Dangerous is how I think of you
You never pay attention to anything that you do
Maybe it's time you got yourself another act
before you end up flat on your back

just in case there's a fail safe don't make me have to go and -flip -it -on -you

perilous chains exposed and sharp
ravenous hazards make me carp
lean back let the voltage arc
love the scars always leave your mark

just in case there's a fail safe don't make me have to go and -flip -it -on –you
Track Name: Zanamivir
It's a neuraminidase inhibitor
for influenzzza virus A & B
from a little company biota

Glaxo Smith Kline
attached a writ you will find
sank relenza intentionaly
hurting profits annually

it's strategy relies on the availibility
of crystal structure in the influenza neuraminidase
acheived by crystalography
DANA's been known since 1974

Glaxo Smith Kline
attached a writ you will find
sank relenza intentionaly
hurting profits annually

Biota sued GSK for fail;ing to support relenza
stuck with it's crap ass proprietary disk inhaler

Glaxo Smith Kline
attached a writ you will find
sank relenza intentionaly
hurting profits annually

Zanamivir was the first of neuarminidase inhibitors
it had no commercial success but led the way for future something or others
Track Name: Leonard Feeney
extra ecclesiam nulla salus
I hate to be the one to bring ya bad news
but that Pius the twelfths just jerkin youse
extra ecclesiam, nulla salus

yeah heaven’s the club everyone wants in
so watch yer p’s ‘n q’s ‘n try not to sin
but the guest lists closed up without baptizin’
since the 1302 Papal Bull unam sanctam

extra ecclesiam nulla salus
I hate to be the one to bring ya bad news
but that Pius the twelfths just jerkin youse
extra ecclesiam nulla salus

so they’re gonna throw me out but keep blood and desire
I ain’t gonna go to rome just to call that pope sire
excommunicate me but I’ll never retire
I know who’s gonna be a roastin in the hell fire

extra ecclesiam nulla salus
I hate to be the one to bring ya bad news
but that Pius the twelfths just jerkin youse
extra ecclesiam nulla salus
Track Name: Drayton
Drayton incline
drag me further down
just another village
like so many come around
this hills stole the life
of one good donkey and one bad son
and may take many others
after my time tillings done

while my back is good and willing, in Drayton I’ll be tilling (rolling down his time)

Drayton fields
steal my day away
since my wife went and died
I sleep alone in your hay
I’ve still one bad donkey
and I’ve still got one good son
I’d wish it were the other way
while there’s tilling to be done

while my back is good and willing, in Drayton I’ll be tilling (rolling down his time)
Track Name: Uvedale Price
Some men care not
They leave their estates to chance
be it overgrown or oversown
It's inside that they dance
Some men sit around their estates like bores
then pay a fool to swing a tool
and dress them up like whores

I'm Uvedale Fucking Price
Don't you dare call it nice
it's the sweet between
never seen
the picturesque I mean

Damn these lords foreveer
who cannot understand
that with the deed comes a need
to moisturize the land
and pity these poor parcels
overdrenched in decor
betray the trust if you must
plant it evermore

I'm Uvedale Fucking Price
Don't you dare call it nice
it's the sweet between
never seen
the picturesque I mean

forgive this visonary
this seer of the land
who cannot stop and let them top
their soil so bland

NO!
I'm Uvedale Fucking Price
Don't you dare call it nice
it's the sweet between
never seen
the picturesque I mean
and I just won't stop!
Track Name: Kiyomizu-dera
I stand on the stage
wind, water, earth
wish and jump
Track Name: Apposition
My friend Alice, a nurse by training, met the singer Dean Martin while attending a wedding.
John and Bob, both friends of mine, have plans to start a band in their spare time.

and I'll remain a figure of discord
'cause that's the way I always roll

We went to The Parkway, a movie theater, and saw a matinee about a Persian conqueror.
I tried to use a restrictrive clause by stating explicitly "she's breaking the law".
Track Name: Oranges and Lemons
Oranges and lemons say the bells of Saint Clemens,
you owe three farthings say the bells of Saint Martins,

Here comes the candle to light you to bed,
here comes the chopper to chop off your head.
Track Name: Thorkell
If you know me
then you know
I can never let you hold me
and I can never say
how sorry I am
that I'll just walk away some day

these names
they never change
while your still alive to say
I was wrong and this really isn't me

and I try to find another way to get inside
but what's the point
I know why I'm so lonely
I've no child to say
I'm moving on and you can play
there's no way to redeem me
goddanm this beard
goddamn this beard
I hate these horns and this beard
Track Name: Transcendental Function
sine
cosine
tangent
cotangent
secant
cosecant

transcendental functions
Track Name: USS Pintado
May 16th, 1943
Pilotfish, the shark & me
leave the port that started it all
following the sonar call
The worlds bigger at this depth
where you have to pack your own breath
a crew trained away from eyes
into the dark thick she flies
we sleep in shifts and shift in wait
learn to live as one rolled fate
tight and dry in the sea
meet our pack as one we be
two weeks out the itch it kills
watch the dot sink and thrill
empty now the hunger screams
harvest is fresh away we swim

far and far and far away
everything cut from us
your eyes on this paper
and you leave us here
for all the loved ones
for all the lost ones
all this isolation
lets us take it back for you

June 6th and we're far from beach
but we've better within reach
eighty-four hundred tons to drop
torn asunder bow to prop
every ship sent to protect
can't avenge after they're wrecked
Pintado is too quick a fish
fifty depth charges but all miss

we can add each precious pound
and count for all intent we've drowned
and each fills our hope some more
we'll be the ones to end this war
the longer we're away from home
stronger grows the need to show
the sacrifices we've made
for fear what worse the world will make

other men drop from the sky
just as willing to die
to the surface we must be
we scoop them all from the sea
and take on more for the trip
new but same on this ship
more boys, more men, more aching hearts
take them to Guam and we depart

but there was no killing left to do
our last mission was saving you
and the sun was bright and bold and cruel
to men unused to the jewel
decommissioned in '46
the skin we used to inflict
the pride, the fear, the last, the hope
of a world lost in scope
Track Name: Jack Starbright
Alex, I'm not in love with you
I resent all the things you do
You waited too long to make a move
Now your Red Rider's off to Pompidou

Remember when pickpocketed that Dutch dude in Waterloo
The only words I wanted were the only ones you never used
I am 32 and still I'm picking up your things
so you can call me Jacqueline when you're ready to

This is goodbye, Alex
Your dinner is getting cool
I don't need ten minutes
if it only takes two
Track Name: Eye of the Storm (Album)
one,
two,
three,
four,
five,
six,
six mustaches.
Track Name: Cal McVey
Troy been catchin balls since 1853
but I ain’t sittin down with him next to me
and I say drop that ball now
We gone 72, we got a dozen more
I might be tired but I ain’t gonna hit the floor
drop that ball now
I hit 362 and been damn proud
no haymakers gonna catch me fouled
Drop that ball now
drop that ball now
drop that ball now
Troy yeah drop that ball
17 to 17 for 4 innings now
I’m outta power but I’ll finish this somehow
and I say drop that ball now
I reach out were I shouldn’t fishin’ just a bit
swinging just to stay alive not really to get a hit
drop that ball now
A little bitty snort kickin up some dust
“Troy” underneath my breathe and I’m gonna make him bust
Drop that ball now
Drop that ball now
Drop that ball now
Troy yeah drop that ball
Chest to chest breathe to breath he’s up in my face
pushin me I stand firm, yeah I hold my place
Drop that ball now
I made sure troy could see but the umps back was turned
I winked and nodded and Troy spun round sure that he was burned
drop that ball now
He storms off swearin that blue away
the ump throws up his arms and we call it a day
I don’t think he dropped that ball
Track Name: 63 (a number)
Do you remember the night when I first walked you home
the headlights swirled all around us in our brave new world
they were young and free, similies for you and me
as the night ran beside us so breathlessly

you grew to hate new years- you grew to hate fourth of July
you grew to stay out later and later every night
you never once felt ashamed, of all of these and other things
in the nine years it took me to wear down your puppy dog heart

Ooohh, we had a good run
who said our running days are done

Now on this long dark road a couple of miles below the limit
I drive and I drive but I can't keep up with you
you live seven years for every one of mine
so I drive and I drive and I hope that I make it home safe tonight

Ooohh, we had a good run
well who said our running days are done
Ooohh, we had a good run
well who said, who said our running days are done

standing on the platform a voice crackles over the speaker
as the last train for melborne departs
give uncle jimmy all my love, and little lupe a great big hug and
I'll see you when my own days of runinng are done.

Ooohh, we had a good run
well who said our running days are done
Ooohh, we had a good run
well who said, who said our running days are done