Between Stations

by Istvan & His Imaginary Band

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Between Stations is Istvan's solo acoustic debut album. It's a super tight collection of intimate, fun, dark and witty art pop gems with no nonsense arrangements that still let their ornate extras shine through. Recorded at North branch in Chicago with Barry Phipps from the Cocktails.

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released November 16, 2012

Ryan Murphy (Vee Dee, M.O.T.O J. Davis Trio) on drums, Diane Lena ( MIssing Tooth) on synths & vocals and Istvan ( Woo Woo Stick, Lank Fame) guitar and singing.

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Istvan & His Imaginary Band Berwyn, Illinois

Istvan makes music, clothes, toys, and other surprises for special people of every age

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Track Name: Your Eyes They Say It All
Can it be or do my ears deceive me
'Cause that's the sound of someone breaking free
It gives you chills and chills are multiplying
But now it happens much more infrequently

So hold it tight like a mismatched, singing little girl
Who locks her secrets and treasures in a drawer
Keep it close and use it like a weapon
Every time your fucking drummer counts to four

Did you see him as he tried to climb the wall
And did you secretly want to see him fall
I've got the answer
Your thoughts are cancer

Your eyes they say it all
Your eyes they say it all
Your eyes they say it all
Your eyes they say it all
Your eyes they say it all
Your eyes they say it all
Your eyes they say it
Track Name: Exile
He had one suit of clothes
Only had two wheels
Spoke in spartan words
Little could he reveal

Children laughed and women wondered
Days went by very much the same
Mothers cried a guilty river
The nights withdrew and nothing changed

A castle was conceived and built
On an undisclosed location
Void of an pageantry
Not a single invitation

Children laughed and women wondered
Days went by very much the same
Mothers cried a guilty river
The nights withdrew and nothing changed

A brother followed close behind
Scribbling words and feeling clever
But these siblings shared more than their name
They shared a fate that they would share forever

Children laughed and women wondered
Days went by very much the same
Mothers cried a guilty river
The nights withdrew and nothing changed
Track Name: She Likes Their Song
She's getting stations on her braces
She drags me to her favorite places
She smiles and stares she's unaware
The things she does to me it makes me wonder why I care

I blurt out crazy accusations
When she protests I lose my patience
But I can't help the way I feel wish I were dead
I want to play all of the stupid songs she hears inside her head

She likes their songs
She doesn't like my songs
Like she likes their songs

Spinning around she's got me spinning around
Spinning around she's got me spinning around
Spinning around she's got me spinning around

And working every night
Changing my words and chords to fit her fancied flight
Making me do things that are weird and just not right

One day she'll learn about frustration
Heartache and of humiliation
'Til then I'll shower her with lies
It's like I said!
I want to play all of the stupid songs she hears inside her head

She likes their songs
She doesn't like my songs
Like she likes their songs
Track Name: Living Ghost
Devils and monsters sing a single song
Singing all day long singing all day long
While your words are dead or dying
Lying on the floor
Can't be used no more
Can't be used no more

And if you catch yourself laughing then you're half way there
Half way there
Half way there
And if you catch yourself laughing then you're half way there

Red eyed riot hanging by a thread
Running through your head running through your head
Like a frantic bee sensing it's the start of fall
Wants to sting you all
He's gonna sting you all

And if you catch yourself laughing then you're half way there
Half way there
Half way there
And if you catch yourself laughing then you're half way there
Track Name: Earth As Mars
Chased down the face of a God in the sky
A tear drowns an angel, collides with sunlight
And gives birth to a rainbow that falls from a cloud
Erupting with laughter
A terrible sound
A terrible sound

Sometimes colors fade like friendships broken over a girl
Replaced by fluorescence cast down like a sentence
On the stage of the slighted where no one is found
Only echoes of laughter
A terrible sound
A terrible sound
Track Name: Between Stations
Do you remember when your radio was your friend
Both of you spent so much time together
You never thought that it would end
That your radio was planning something better
Had to listen to you all these years
Had to do exactly what you told it
Forced to spit out all those hackneyed tunes
The ones it thought you'd outgrow when you were old

Then your ears
Heard him scream
And cry out

And your fears
Were confirmed
With no doubt

Then somehow
It got down
From his perch

Closed your ears
While he blared

There's no light and no sound
Between stations
There's no light and no sound
Between stations
There's no light and no sound
Between stations
There's no light and no sound
Between stations

All of the sudden the sound just stopped
An eerie silence filled up the darkness
Your head was reeling you were in a trance
Then you tried to play it off like nothing happened
So he spit out one more burst of sound
Just to remind you that things were different
He knew it would be hard for you to change
To make a commitment

There's no light and no sound
Between stations
There's no light and no sound
Between stations
There's no light and no sound
Between stations
There's no light and no sound
Between stations
Track Name: Masquerade
She's a she's a one woman parade
She hears one note all day
But it's a masquerade
She's so afraid
Of what her friends will say

He looks looks and acts the same
Hears the same one note refrain
Did it happen one day
How did they get that way
Misdirection fake imperfection

Shameless affectation everyday
Shameless affectation everyday
Shameless affectation everyday

She's a she's a one woman parade
She hears one note all day
Slave to her coterie
I think she's here to stay

Misdirection fake imperfection
Shameless affectation everyday
Misdirection fake imperfection
Shameless affectation everyday
Track Name: The Archetype
I thought about you last night
I played some songs you used to like
I played those songs so many times
I nearly broke down and cried

Remember when you were mine
And when we kissed the second time
I think I nearly lost my mind
I always knew you were the archetype

With every hint of fall
It brings me back to
Me and you