You Can't Do That With A Banjo

by David Tyberg

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1.
Cakebutt 04:48
With so many great butts in the world Sometimes it's so hard to choose Big ones, small ones Soft or firm, round or flat But for my taste only one kind will do It's the kind of butt that's made with flour Milk and eggs, butter and lots of sugar Gimme your cakebutt More of you to love, more of you to hold I love you, icing slut Spread it all over me, you're delicious and so sweet And when I eat through all your seven layers, then I'll be ready for dessert When a sugar mama wants to bake you a cake To turn her down, you would be a fool Let her incread your girth With Consumption of desserts You can trust that she knows what to do She don't need a stand mixer or convection oven But never trust a sugar mama that doesn't have her own Gimme your cakebutt More of you to love, more of you to hold I love you, icing slut Spread it all over me, you're delicious and so sweet And when I eat through all your seven layers, then I'll be ready for dessert A delight to cuddle or smack or nip No need to be sad when it all goes to your hips, to your Gimme your cakebutt More of you to love, more of you to hold I love you, icing slut Spread it all over me, you're delicious and so sweet And when I eat through all your seven layers When I eat your lemon meringue pie When I consume all your special brownies When I demolish your delicious peach cobbler Well then, then and only then, will I be ready for dessert
2.
Five foot two and eyes of blue Doesn't even begin to describe you I see the sum of your parts is greater than The space that I long to fill in Your heart that's submissive to your mind I believe I can offer a compromise Give you all that you need to satisfy The urge of the flesh and the ache in your heart Give me some time to get to know your kind of love Give me some time to get to know your kind of love You said that your heart warms slowly Can't keep up with your strong desires But your kiss tells a different story Etched in fire upon my every nerve But don't rush your feelings on my account We could both use the time I can wait for your heart to catch up And then my passion won't be far behind Give me some time to get to know your kind of love Give me some time to get to know your kind of love I know that it's not quite as simple as I want it to be But how hard can it be to Live up to what we both want When we both feel it so strong Close your eyes and take a deep breath Step over the edge, open your arms and embrace me Give me some time to get to know your kind of love Give me some time to get to know your kind of love
3.
Anxiety 05:44
You're the first thing I think of each morning, the last before I sleep My paranoia's hard wired in a generation deep I spend my days in constant turmoil, trying to keep control But like drowning in a tar pit, the more I struggle, the more you hold You waste my precious time and sap my flagging energy So ashamed of you I have to run and hide Anxiety, unwanted life companion Feeding me a steady stream of lies, trying to wreck my life Brain monkeys, ensconced upon my back I'll burn you from my temporal lobes if it's the last thing I do You're the giant knot inside my stomach, the flutter in my chest The sinking rollercoaster feeling, the shortness of my breath The rushing thoughts and mad distractions, that keep me up at night You make me jerk off way too much, and lose my appetite But I still hunger for the day when I will struggle free You are not me or mine, I disown you Anxiety, unwanted life companion Feeding me a steady stream of lies, trying to wreck my life Brain monkeys, ensconced upon my back I'll burn you from my temporal lobes if it's the last thing I do You make good situations bad and make the hard times worse You poison me with whispered lies that I have no self worth You fluster me and make me prone to rushed, careless mistakes You ruin opportunities with your fight-or-flight charade But I won't live in terror like you made my mother do And my father's rage has no place in my heart Anxiety, unwanted life companion Feeding me a steady stream of lies, trying to wreck my life Brain monkeys, ensconced upon my back I'll burn you from my temporal lobes if it's the last thing I do And do you know worst part, the part that makes me sob and scream Is my loved ones, always ask what they've done wrong They see my pain and try to blame themselves My comfort should not depend, on people dancing to your tune I have so much to be happy about So much success to count, if you'd only let me be You cast my friends as enemies, claim my lovers all betray Overwhelm them with intensity and scare them all away You never let me trust a soul and you won't let me relax If anyone's happier than me you want me to attack You tell me people love me just to someday knock me down But I know you're wrong and I've got living proof Anxiety, unwanted life companion Feeding me a steady stream of lies, trying to wreck my life Brain monkeys, ensconced upon my back I'll burn you from my temporal lobes if it's the last thing I do
4.
Walking through this hot summer day, just me and you and the two of them The new objects of your deepest affection, the root from which new love stems And I want so, to just be happy for the three of you, but mostly I feel so cold So selfish and concerned with what I could lose, scared to be left alone And you know mine is, an awkward sort of love A bittersweet sort of passion With the terror of a prophecy self fulfilled That my sun will be eclipsed, again You say I've got nothing to fear, that my place in your heart is secure But I can't shake the way it feels, 'cause I've been replaced before And you tell me, exactly what I need to hear, to understand your heart But still I can't help but feel, that we've grown just a bit apart And you know mine is, an awkward sort of love A bittersweet sort of passion With the terror of a prophecy self fulfilled That my sun will be eclipsed, again Please don't blame yourself You've done everything right But you know that I'm a mess sometimes And I'll beat my demons back, again I'm sorry I can be so weak, that I need to be consoled I think I just need time to get used to it, for this new feeling to take hold And you know mine is, an awkward sort of love A bittersweet sort of passion With the terror of a prophecy self fulfilled That my sun will be eclipsed, again
5.
Kansas Song 04:44
Driving solo across the dark, straight, flat Great Plan countryside Countless Suicidal insects waste their death curse trying to make me blind Red lights on endless, towering windmills , blink in synch across The horizon like some crummy alien invasion movie Blessedly still, with no treacherous wind to push me off course To you So alone without you, I've never been away this long before My companion my first love, adrift and lost without you by side Leave the light on I'll be coming home, as fast as these wheels will go As fast as these wheels will go Started out from parched Utah this morning, making for Salina tonight Then it's on to Kansas City to take a breath and play this show one more time Then behind the wheel to drag myself, across only five more states Barring mishap I'll be back by Friday before you get home from work So many miles, and I've had quite enough of this life on the road Without you So alone without you, I've never been away this long before My companion my first love, adrift and lost without you by side Leave the light on I'll be coming home, as fast as these wheels will go As fast as these wheels will go But for now I resettle my hands, on the steering wheel Golden heat lightning illuminates the storm that scatters in front of me Billy Joel blares out my cheap pair of speakers, just like when I was a kid In the back seat of my parents' Oldsmobile as we drove up to New York We've come so far, and we've stood by each other all the while I love you So alone without you, I've never been away this long before My companion my first love, adrift and lost without you by side Leave the light on I'll be coming home, as fast as these wheels will go As fast as these wheels will go
6.
It's too much for me I just can't believe That this broken sky and blasted land are where our home (where it) Used to be, how can I see The path your mother's murderers have taken you Everyone else is dead, from this grim experiment God knows why I myself was spared, I'm all alone I'm the sole survivor, Left to fend in this wasteland for myself This thing makes my arm itch, but I know its warning click Is all that's keeping me alive, it knows the way So I follow where it leads, desperation guiding me To learn to kill, to stay alive, as I search for you Humanity's a mess, savage monster delinquents Or sheep that hide behind a wall, I don't know who to trust I'm the sole survivor, struggling to bend this wasteland to my will I don't care what it takes, leave a trail of death in my wake I will lie, I will steal, I will torture, kill, and maim If it brings me one step closer to you Make it up as I go along, but don't cry, you must stay strong Your daddy loves you very much, he won't fail you I'm the sole survivor, and nothing will stand in my way
7.
Amicable 05:31
I could list so many things that I missed about you The memory of your smiling eyes is still too fresh to undo Everything, the way you think The way you look, feel, sound, and smell, and move I know there's no point in telling you I miss the past Things have changed so much even I knew we can't look back But I wish I knew what happens next Can you tell that I’d set strict boundaries 'cause I don't know what else to do But whether you’re close or far it felt like a catch 22 We used to be so close, I want be so close But I don't know what would work best for us both I want you to be part of my life I want you there You said that we still had so much sweetness yet to share But tell me how do we begin What do people do when their love transforms When touching skin gives way touching hearts When sharing feelings when no longer sharing beds To love our past without it getting in the away So from the sweetest kitty to the bear of the same temperament I want to be comfortable in the time together that we spend We said that we have time, but we're busy all the time I never thought we'd grow so far apart You know I'm no good at letting things happen how they may I’m always trying to shape the future instead of living for today But I’ll try just this once
8.
Con Crush 03:06
You know I only get to see her once or twice a year But I really wanna get to know her while we're here I see her boppin' up and down in the panel line My desire is the chance to help her pass the time Con crush, you got me weak in the knees Con crush, gimme one chance to please Con crush, you know that you're so fine Say that you’ll be mine, just for the weekend I keep on looking for a way to tell her how I feel But my fear of rejection is oh so real Gotta play it cool when she passes by But on the inside I'm screaming notice me senpai Con crush, you got me weak in the knees Con crush, gimme one chance to please Con crush, you know that you're so fine Say that you’ll be mine, just for the weekend Some folks are satellites you love to see them every night But she's a comet that briefly brightens up my sky We're just too busy the other 355 But thank my lucky stars I get to see her tonight!!! Con crush, you got me weak in the knees Con crush, gimme one chance to please Con crush, you know that you're so fine Say that you’ll be mine, just for the weekend
9.
Stefanie 03:49
She has that special kind of madness The kind a great mind might possess A saner person might avoid a lady like this But I just can't settle for anything less Stefanie, she's my baby With her crooked smile and ripped blue jeans Oh and Stefanie, she's so crazy But I wouldn't have her any, wouldn't have her any other way Unrepentant tomboy who cleans up nice No matter how she likes to dress In a three piece suit skinny jeans or a ball gown dressed to the nines Her wicked glance, it cuts through my defense Stefanie, she's my baby With her crooked smile and ripped blue jeans Oh and Stefanie, she's so crazy But I wouldn't have her any, wouldn't have her any other way Woo-oo, woo-oo it takes one to know one Woo-oo, woo-oo we make a safe space Together we don't have to pretend that we're normal Woo-oo we know we won't scare each other off You know she sings just like an angel When she forgets the devil stole her voice I'll pull an Orpheus and tear down the gates of hell Rescue her song, and never once look back Stefanie, she's my baby With her crooked smile and ripped blue jeans Oh and Stefanie, she's so crazy But I wouldn't have her any, wouldn't have her any other way Stefanie, my baby I love you all the time And Stefanie, I'm crazy But I'm glad to know I'm yours, glad to know I'm yours and you're mine Glad that I'm yours and you are mine
10.
Small Song 01:37
This is a small song Nothing big or bombastic No grandiose gesture, nothing spastic Nothing more than a musical post-it note A reminder, if you will, So don't feel too threatened or alarmed This is a small song Nothing to stress about No creepy expressions to wig you out Just a quick fyi While it was on my mind I just wanted to let you know That I think you're special In fact, you're peachy keen My penguin, the source of all the snuggles, And just delightful company But it's only a small song Don't inflate it overmuch Though I mean it, when I type it And send it to you from me Just take it at face value, When I write you less than three

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"You Can't Do That With A Banjo" is the first solo effort by David Tyberg, singer and bass player for The Extraordinary Contraptions. Over the course of ten original selections, Tyberg offers his quirky, bouncy take on subjects ranging from the uniqueness of romance, to living with mental health differences, to his favorite video games and cute butts. Recorded live, acoustic, and completely solo, these tracks exhibit a rawness and heart rarely found on today's musical landscape. It reflects an intentional what-you-see-is-what-you-get ethic, evoking Tyberg's live solo performances. What you get is an accomplished performer coming into his own as a solo songwriter, using his unique voice and point of view to examine classic themes through the geek gaze as well as tell new stories as yet unheard.

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released January 12, 2018

Vocals and Tenor Banjo: David Tyberg
All songs composed by David Tyberg
Copyright © 2017
Recorded by David Tyberg at von Stadberg Keep,
Terminus, Atlanta, GA
Mixed by Lewis D'Aubin at COG Secret Lab,
Harahan, LA
Photography by David Tatum
Photo Modeling by Bob Bock and Doom
CD Layout and Design by Kevin Miller
Print Media by Micki Silvestros at East Atlanta Copy Center,
Atlanta, GA

Thank Yous
Thanks to Lewis, David, Bob, Doom, Kevin, and Micki for putting a bit of their own artistry into this project and being so easy to work with; to Sharon and Stefanie for believing in me; to my other fellow Contraptions Alex, Tony, and Caitlin for being awesome; to my roommates Jacob and Ashley L for suffering in silence; to the entire Brownie Brothel, for reasons; to Amanda for putting up with my stressing; to the Social Justice Bards for their love and support, to Dan for this amazing coiffure; and to Emily, Tamara, Christine, Michelle, Metricula, Bethesda Softworks, and the Cakebutts for the additional inspiration and invaluable material.

David Tyberg plays Goldtone tenor banjos

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Every once in a while, singer/bass player David Tyberg takes a tiny break from his duties with steam-prog powerhouse The Extraordinary Contraptions to tune his tenor banjo and serve up his melodic musings on life, love, and nerd stuff. From folk to funk, it's Tyberg's unique, geek-rocker gaze that unifies his musical eclecticism. Can't rock on a banjo, you say? Just try and stop him. ... more

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