Songs About Gardening

by Veneer

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Veneer is the project for Wishnefsky's piano based music. Songs About Gardening is the third full album by Veneer. It contains ten songs that tell stories about real people and actual events.

Wishnefsky composed, performed, and produced this album. He was fortunate enough to receive much needed help from a small cast of very talented persons:

Michael James mixed the album and played guitar solos on We Are The Bitch Brigade, Down The Garden Path, and I Am Watching.

Sophie Wellen wrote the lyrics to I Am Watching and sang back up vocals on So Long and Handbasket.

Ruby Wellen co-wrote the music to So Long.

Ed Nahin took the cover photograph at the ghost town in Bodie, California.

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released 11 November 2011

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Veneer South Pasadena

What would happen if Ben Folds had a sex change operation and mated with Elvis Costello - only to have their orphan love child raised by Elton John?

Veneer.

Veneer is the brainchild of ex-Jabberwock member Wishnefsky as a vehicle for his piano based music. Melodic and sophisticated, Wishnefsky's writing takes on a whole new dimension when he sits down at his first musical love, the piano.
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Track Name: Uplifting Downfall
The hollow empty feeling
Starts with a kiss
And blossoms into something
That’s the opposite of bliss
Yes I have beheld
Many finest treasures
Frolicked in the garden
Of exotic pleasures

(chorus)
You pull me up
You knock me down
Touch the sky
Hit the ground
You’re an uplifting downfall
An unexpected phone call
A deflated beach ball
An old, tattered dream doll
You’re a bone-chilling downpour
A tantalizing green door
A habit-forming coke whore
Who knows what comes next?

You’re a bipolar freak
With a capital “B”
A shining example
From abnormal psychology
Whose great grandfather
Must have been Sigmund Freud
It’s so bleeding hard
Not to get annoyed

Chorus

The agony
And the ecstasy
We’ll have to see
What the next five minutes brings
Track Name: We Are The Bitch Brigade
Go, everything has got to go
Everything you think you know
No one else would tell you so
Say, everything we have to say
Everything is going astray
Time to get down and flay

So long
So strong
So wrong

Hey, we’re the bitch brigade
It’s the only way, we know
Hey, we complain a lot
Put you on the spot
Oh no

You, everything you’d like to do
Everyone you’d like to screw
Well, we can do it for you, too
Love, everyone is making love
Getting down and giving hugs
Acting like a bunch of thugs

So long
So strong
So wrong

Hey, we’re the bitch brigade
We could get you laid, but we won’t
Hey, you can beg and plead
For us to agree
But we don’t

No, we don’t

Hey, we’re the bitch brigade
It’s the only way, we know
Hey, we complain a lot
Put you on the spot
Oh no
Track Name: All I Need
I’ve been over the world and back
Searching for the things I lack
I’ve been over the far and wide
I’ve been looking deep inside

All I need
All I need
All I need
Is sitting next to me

I’ve been searching the skies at night
Grasping for the smallest light
I’ve been staring at the sun
Can’t tell what I’ve begun

All I need
All I need
All I need
Is sitting next to me

All I need
All I need
All I need
Is sitting next to me

All I need
All I need
All I need
Is sitting next to me

I’ve been over the world and back
Searching for the things I lack
I’ve done all a man can do
Except turn and look at you
Track Name: Mr. Cullen Does What He Wants To
It’s okay, you can speak
Though you must be tired and weak
No one knows what you’ve been through
No one sees your point of view
Though it hurts, you know you must
You have to find someone to trust
Because if you keep this pain locked up
It will finally erupt

All that you can handle is so much
The only place you feel, it can’t be touched

All the kids love Mr. Cullen
When he calls, they all come running
He’s so smart, he’s no one’s fool
Master of the middle school
Mr. Cullen knows all the answers

When he called, you had to come
Marching to a beating drum
He locked the door and closed the blinds
You didn’t know what he had in mind
He told you things you never knew
He touched a sacred part of you
When you asked him to desist
He acted like you don’t exist

All that you can handle is so much
The only place you feel, it has been crushed

All the kids love Mr. Cullen
You don’t have to be so sullen
“It’s okay,” he said to you
“I do what I want to do.”
Mr. Cullen does what he wants to

All the kids hate Mr. Cullen
He don’t know what he’s got coming
Never see the school again
Master of the county pen
Mr. Cullen does what he wants to

Mr. Cullen does what he wants to

Mr. Cullen does what he wants to
Track Name: Handbasket
Handbasket
Handbasket

The poet wants to swing from a chandelier
He only gets sober on a mug of beer
He tried to be strange, but it felt kind of weird
He tried to be cool, but he couldn't grow a beard

Handbasket
Handbasket

He sits in the corner of the cocktail hour
Watches as events unfold, sweet and sour
He tries to make sense of human nature
But all that he gets is a bill from waiter

Handbasket
Handbasket
Handbasket
Handbasket

The songwriter paints with pretty words
He only acts ironic when it's not absurd
He tries to find melodies you've never heard
But it's hard to be happy on minor third

Handbasket
(We're going to Hell)
Handbasket
(It's gonna be swell)
Handbasket
(I'll see you there as well)
Handbasket
(We're going to Hell)
Track Name: The Continuing Adventures Of Motor Mouth
Beautiful cruelty is pretty callous
Who threw the rocks at your crystal meth palace?
Living for the glory of inebriation
Your chassis couldn’t handle the acceleration

Kill the ignition, the motor is running
Lowering the bar for your flights of cunning
Better shut down before you blow a gasket
And park your motor mouth in the parking casket

Motor mouth, motor mouth
Give us all a sign that you’re going to stop
Before we put your body in the body shop
Your contentions are ruthless and rank
From breathing all the fumes in your empty tank

Each new collision is never your fault
Your foul emissions screeching to a halt
The plastered minions sunbathe in your vault
Chopping down tress in the forest of Gestault

You're Jesus in reverse, Lucifer on hot wheels
Cornering the market in malice and bad deals
Caught with your fingers in the cookie jar
Picking up diseases in the nookie bar

Motor mouth, motor mouth
Give us all a sign that you’re going to stop
Before we put your body in the body shop
Your contentions are ruthless and rank
From breathing all the fumes in your empty tank

Your mind is spinning off the track
Totally senseless, out of whack
Fantastic road rage off of the map
You better shut down before they shut your trap

Motor mouth, motor mouth
Give us all a sign that you’re going to stop
Before we put your naughty in the body shop
Your contentions are ruthless and rank
From breathing all the fumes in your empty tank

Motor mouth
Motor mouth
Motor mouth
Motor mouth
Track Name: Down The Garden Path
Down the garden path
Snakes lie in the grass
The dogs of misery
Barking up the wrong tree

Without great pretense
You are my last defense
To save me from the rats
Who sneak behind my naked back

You plant the seeds in the fields of my fertile mind
You pull the weeds from the dirt that I left behind
You mine the gold from the depths of my buried heart
You heal the wounds in my dreams that were blown apart
Track Name: Lying Lisa
Lying Lisa
Lying Lisa is gone
I know that you want her
I know what you feel is strong

I know that you want to play her pawn
I know that you want to try
But every word that her lips pass on
Eventually is a lie

Lying Lisa

You want to believe her
Want to believe it’s true
But the pretty deceiver
Will leave her tread marks on you

I know that you want to fill your sails
And float away in the sky
But the wind that she whispers never fails
It turns out to be a lie

Lying Lisa
Lying Lisa is gone
Lying Lisa
Lying Lisa is wrong

I know that you want to play her pawn
I know that you want to try
But every word her lips pass on
Eventually is a lie

Lying Lisa
Lying Lisa
Track Name: I Am Watching
I am watching, looking, listening
I feel the pain in my mother’s every heartbeat
The sorrow and the lost burrowing inside me
My father’s secret weeping
My sister’s blank page
Why would he do this to my family?
We are good people
I am a good person

(chorus)
I cry sometimes
I cry sometimes
I cry sometimes
I cry

Every drop of rain is one of my tears
Every lightning bolt is my wanting for revenge
Every thunderclap is my scream for help
Wanting to be with my loved ones
Nobody can hear me
I’m all alone in a world of emptiness

Chorus

I call for my mother
I call for my father

Fields of roses and violets
Fields of roses and orchids
Fields of roses and violets
Fields of roses and orchids
Track Name: So Long
When I look into your face
And try to see what’s out of place
You took the flowers from the vase
And you threw them away

I thought I loved you yesterday
But that was just the Cabernet
Now we’ll go our separate ways
We’re so far apart

It was nice to have you here
Now it’s time to disappear

So Long
Until we meet again
So Long
To make it to the end

When I look into your eyes
And see departure crystallize
Now it’s time for our goodbyes
It’s a bientot

I hope I haven’t set you back
Please don’t bother to unpack

So Long
Until we meet again
So Long
To make it to the end

I would trek around the globe
For the glimpse of your smile
I’ll keep you in my sweetest dreams
If only for a while

So Long
(I’m already gone)
So Long

So Long
(I’m already gone)
Until we meet again
(I’m already gone)
So Long
To make it to the end