by The White Tornado

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Last Scene 04:36
The plate glass window splintered like smoke but a thousand razor reflections would not let me go I hit the bricks bleeding and shredded and it occurred to me that you can't play your cards based on what you believe just what you know all of our lives are spent reviewing scenes / and action we shout but all of those things really happened it seems / it's tragic somehow the camera keeps rolling; the script is a lie / go on with the show there's no curtain call; there's no victory cry / this is all we know the steering wheel tore from my fingers, I howled in despair the wheels were screaming above me “nobody cares!” I walked away laughing with tears in my eyes It was just stupid luck that I made it, but still I survived to drive somewhere you, face red and twisted, standing so small me, like a backhand, knuckles and all and we fell, wrecked and whirling, I came to alone tasting the grit of the only road I'd ever known I'll be a rock, rolling downhill; I'll be a mindless automaton I'll be the worst night of your life; I'll drink and drink until it's gone This will be the end of all things; this will be my meteor but when the denoument is over we'll be so shocked that there's still more and we'll keep going on
Halloween 05:26
looks like I'm back again, and I'm feeling older the leaves are cackling, so I think it's getting colder my keys are lonely; just car, front door and spare tonight my pillow is a crate of silverware hit the corner for a box of mac and cheese this neighborhood doesn't need a guy like me thank the cashier, try to wear a normal face like I do this without thinking every day No one I know has got my number all the regulars have found a different crowd seems like I'm in love with starting over and this time of year is great for breaking down Halloween, candles watch the sidewalk Halloween, a sweaty plastic mask Halloween, a few good kinds of candy Halloween, nobody else knows who I am The little zombies rode home in minivans Their chaperones are making weekend plans I'm in the kitchen, left my porch light off Eating Kit-Kats, writing down my stupid thoughts the neighbor's house is standing empty no way to find out where they went to my disgust each day I feel a little better now that I can trick-or-treat again just let me say the candy's good as I remember it sadly, I know eventually I will get used to it This jawbreaker is easier to bite now The pumpkin skulls are crumbling away this is the street I've always lived on and I keep taking off costumes every day
Here's the monster moan and shout I'm the one you've heard about I'm the one who broke her heart better run or get torn apart I'm the monster here I come ruthless pile of callous scum fires and floods are brutal too but the monster knows what he do oh, they say that her tears amused him his heart is made of stone he murdered her love and swallowed him whole and left her bleeding alone Now I haunt the streets at night giving maidens fair a fright pointy teeth and coal-black eyes oh, my dear you'd best run and hide I'm the monster, cruel and vile come and sit with me a while I'll teach you all love's silly tricks give you heartbreak you can't fix You who think love conquers all stick with me we're gonna have a ball I'll take you someplace worse than heck and gently smile as I snap your neck oh, emotions are for puny humans! ambivalence is for the weak just because he does what has to be done we call the monster a freak so get your torches get your rake lock your doors for goodness' sake but if he gets you don't resist because the monster will make it quick you might even call me noble misunderstood, it's true because I became the monster, my dear you didn't have to be one, too so don't give me a second thought cherish what small joy you've got as for me, night is falling, it's time to dine yes, the monster will be just fine
I tried to write a love song but I couldn't find the words I tried to be a good man but I never seem to learn I tried to do your bidding but I couldn't stand myself did this ever make me happy? I'm too petrified to tell bad love song, day one it all went wrong bad love song, too much to keep going on I just can't seem to fake it, this bad love song is all I've got I said I'd be your hero but I kept breaking the rules I said that I was sorry but it wasn't any use I went to see a doctor but she couldn't make me right so I grabbed my hat and toothbrush and lit off in the night maybe I'll be an old man heart shriveled like my skin lips foaming with curses on the hearts I couldn't win but if I can't be Cassanova singing from a shining heart at least I'll be a wrecking ball that can't be smashed apart So I pretend that I don't feel it, but it stings just like a sore maybe I've been ruined and I can't love right anymore still I have to keep on living so I learn how not to cry so when bad love comes to find me I can look it in the eye


Here is a quintet of straight-out keyboard-centric rock tunes by The White Tornado. Sentimental yet unabashedly vicious, these are good tunes to listen to after a major life swerve.


released November 5, 2013

Keyboards, vocals - The White Tornado
Drums - Chris Wood
Bass - Mitch Fischels

The White Tornado played a Nord Electro 3 keyboard
Moog Theremin, Jaymar toy piano, and celery provided by Luke Tweedy
Accordion provided by Drew Fischels
Wind chimes provided by Carl Boudreau
Dirty upright piano provided by the Saddlebrook Neighborhood Clubhouse

Engineered by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black STudios (flatblackstudios.com)
Mastered by Carl Saff (saffmastering.com)
All music and lyrics copyright © 2013 by Bill Peterson (white2rnado.com)
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The White Tornado Davenport, Iowa

Combine a bluesy, coffee-drinking piano roller and a straightedge synthesizer geek with a Doctor Who penchant and you get the White Tornado - a mean power-piano-trio-backed songwriter who writes songs about life, love, science, and robots.

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