Opening Soon Under New Management

by Trakan

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Chicago indie rocker Trakan’s debut record is a dynamic mix of stories that meander from love lost and workplace oppression to exploration of the supernatural. Throaty passionate vocals and poetic complexity remind some of Frank Black or Nick Cave.

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released September 11, 2007

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Trakan Chicago, Illinois

Trakan (pr. 'TRAY-kin') is a community-oriented songwriter from Chicago. A multi-instrumentalist with an obsessive DIY "indie" sprit, his songs are a dynamic mix of stories that wander from love lost and workplace oppression, to innocent observations on the weather - all forged with deep supernatural and psychological curiosity. Female vocals regularly sweeten his impassioned and agitated growl. ... more

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Track Name: Summer
Summer

The south side smells like toxic waste.
The north side simmers in decay.
Cherished season of life, city dying again.
Diseased bugs dance a waltz in the moonlight.

Some big fat building sweats on me.
A population boom of cars out in the street.
And I am the world's largest trash can.
Some kid tosses a plastic bag into the sunlight.
Summer.
Well, everyone loves summer.

The air is my heavy burden to bear.
The jackhammers cut right through me.
They don't care.
And my buddy, the alley, smells like piss today.
A tourist steps on my head to rush back into line
Summer.
Well, everyone loves summer.

Mother Nature menstruates.
I'm downstream.
Scary death riders try to kill everyone.
Smell the ass of the city swimming on the water
And just be happy you're back on the beach again
This summer.
Well, everyone loves summer.

I will lie on the curb and drink it in.
I'll spend another day with all my homeless friends.
Cherished season that hates black won't go away.
The devil raises his glass and makes a toast
To the summer.
Well, everyone loves summer.
Track Name: Emotional Genocide
Emotional Genocide

I need a vacation, need some explanation
How to put my next step forward in my life.
I've been on my hands screaming.
I've been on my knees pleading
The Fifth Amendment to my declaration I'll be fine.
Well I'll be fine.

There ain't no more use complaining,
No matter what they say I'm staying
True to myself, forever in my dream.
Soothed back to sleep, sirens on the street,
Night train, Paris. Dream haunts me.
I'll sleep all day, catch another ride.
And I'll be fine.

I'll rest in peace tonight.
I'll succeed some time
And figure out what's fucking with my feeble mind.
Government? Big business? Or just me?

I'd bring this whole world to its knees
If the credit card people'd stop bugging me.
That's the truth, I don't lie.
Small man, big town.
Try to be a big man, small town clown.
Like a bottle with a meaningless message,
Isolated and forgotten at sea.

I'll rest in peace tonight.
I'll succeed some time.
And figure out what's fucking with my feeble mind.
Government? Big business? Or just me?

I need an explanation, I need a long vacation,
Or one small step forward in my life.
I'd bring this whole world to its knees
If the infomercial people'd stop bugging me.
That's the truth, I don't lie.

I got my pride.
Emotional Genocide,
These demons inside.
I got my pride.
Emotional Genocide.
Track Name: Fisher Song
Fisher Song

I've cancelled my subscription
So I don't have to read into you anymore.
And I forgot to call you again last night
To remind you you mean nothing more to me.

So if you hit me it won't hurt me.
If you hate me I don't care.
What you tell me I won't listen to anyway.
Cry for me I won't drown in your tears.
Pull me apart, I won't break.
What you give me I won’t take from you. Go away.

Well, I've changed my mind completely now
So I don't even have to think about you anymore.
And I forgot to call you again last night
To remind you you mean nothing more to me.

So if you touch me I won't feel it.
If you hate me I don't care.
What you tell me I won't listen to anyway.
Cry for me I won't drown in your tears.
Pull me apart, I won't break.
What you give me I won’t take from you. Go away.

I've been playing with a new deck now
So I don't have to deal with you anymore.
And I forgot to call you again last night
To remind you you mean nothing more to me.

So if you hit me it won't hurt me.
If you hate me I don't care.
What you tell me I won't listen to anyway.
Cry for me I won't drown in your beer.
Pull me apart, I won't break.
What you give me I won’t take from you. Go away.

You can touch me I won't feel it.
You can hate me I don't care.
What you tell me I won't listen to anyway.
Cry for me I won't drown in your tears.
Pull me apart, I won't break.
What you give me I won’t take from you. Go away.
Track Name: Here Comes Julie
Here comes Julie,
Diamonds a-shinin'.
That mink jacket must cost a lot.
Here comes her highness,
Stunning mere mortals
With the rack and the face she just bought.

And at night when Daddy's home sleeping,
She lets her hair down and fixes a drink.
Oh yeah, at night when Daddy's not looking,
Daddy's little girl gets down out on the streets.

Here Comes Julie.

Here comes Julie.
Avert your eyes girls.
Drop to the floor boys and bow to her feet.
Here comes her highness,
Born into glory.
Never worked a day, but still owns everything.

But then at night when Daddy's home sleeping,
Julie's out slumming with servants and thieves.
Oh yeah, at night when Daddy's not looking,
Daddy's little girl gets down on her knees.

Here Comes Julie.
Track Name: A Fool's Lament
A Fool’s Lament

There she goes, my fading star
A ghost wrapped in his arms. What can I do?
She'll come back some time tonight,
Promise her heart to mine, Say her love is true.

I wish I was a sparrow.
Fly across the field.
And release me from everything.

But I hope (You're that bird) and I pray (Fly away)
That her heart (You're alone) finds a way (She won't change)
To keep dreaming with me.

I need to fight my jealous heart when we drift apart.
We'll be together someday.

I need to tame my jealous mind and keep my dream alive
We'll be happy some day.

There she goes, his rising star
My ghost wrapped in his arms. I'm such a fool.
She'll come back some time tonight,
I know her heart's not mine. And her love's untrue.

I wish I was a sparrow.
Fly across the field.
And just release me from everything.

Still I hope (You're that bird) and I pray (Fly away)
That her heart (You're alone) finds a way (She won't change)
To keep dreaming with me.

I need to fight my jealous heart when we drift apart
We'll be together someday.

I need to tame my jealous mind And keep my dream alive
And we'll be happy some day.
Track Name: Rue St. Jean
Rue St Jean

Privateers. The Northern skies
Return me to the place I died.
The mind's a trap, walls fortified.
My soul still haunts the country side.

Draw your cape, preserve your warmth.
The birch trees stick the dying Earth.
The city gates spread open arms.
The ramparts smile, memories recharged.

Then Claudie smiled, says something like,
"We all belong, don't leave tonight."
Well I must go. I need to find
My soul's been lost. I died outside
on Rue St. Jean.

Heart pounding at the cobblestones.
I've found the path, I'm finally home.
The moon defies each flake of snow.
Familiar past, chilled to the bone.

Now I'm staring at sourire canine,
Misguided beast cries, eyes sublime.
No I'm not scared. No thoughts of "why."
I'm standing at the place I died.

Then Lili smiled, says something like,
"We're all the same. Don't leave tonight."
Well I believe in some past life I was a wolf
I died outside on Rue St. Jean.

I'm not a man no more divine.
I'm the fire in your nights.
I can see myself in everything.
We're everywhere, we're all the same.

Then Annie smiled, said something like,
"I'll protect you with my life.”
Well I never left.
Always close by,
I am that wolf.
I'll die outside on Rue St. Jean.
Track Name: Jackknifed Truck
Jackknifed Truck

They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the ground.
I have a woman I love her, we'll be forever bound.
See that cloud up ahead? The dog drinking?
Well the cloud up above that one is me.
Chained by this ugly misfortune 'till she gets here and rescues me.

The road was all bent and icy,
Static filling my head on that day.
With all of the grace of a Jackknifed Truck,
I couldn't get out of the way.

The noise is all gone. It's ironic.
Now it's me that can't make a sound.
I sit with my lover in the silence, trying to tell her I'm still around.
Who'd have known when you pass from the static,
There could still be so much jealousy?
Her friends telling her to go out now and find a new lover,
'Cuz get this! I'd "want it that way."

Well I scream, "Hey! I can hear what you're saying
And I don't in fact want it this way."
And with all of the grace of a Jackknifed Truck,
I'm stuck as they drag her away.

Well you can't control the static
And you can't predict a damned thing.
As soon as I just stop trying, I'll be able to rest peacefully.
She'll move on and she’ll find a new lover.
That bastard, yeah, he'll soon replace me.
Well I'll deal with that punk and her backstabbing friends
When time brings 'em all crawling to me.

Well, the road was all bent and icy,
Static filling my head on that day.
With all of the grace of a Jackknifed Truck,
I couldn't get out of the way.

I scream, "Hey! I can hear what you're saying
And I don't in fact want it this way."
With all of the strength of a Jackknifed Truck,
I'm stuck and I can't get away.
Track Name: Anne-Marie
Anne Marie

Anne-Marie, je cherche, qui êtes-vous?
MonAnne-Marie, je me grise de vous.
Anne-Marie, je cherche, qui êtes-vous?
Mon Anne-Marie, je me grise de vous.

Et mes yeux sont allumés
Sans lumiere et sans soleil
Mes yeux seront toujours allumés
et c'est seulement l'idée Anne-Marie.

Anne-Marie, au plaisir de vous revoir.
Mon Anne-Marie, je chante son nom ce soir.
Et Anne-Marie, au plaisir de vous revoir.
Mon Anne-Marie, je chante son nom ce soir.

Et autant que j'en puisse juger
En somme, en resumé,
Mes yeux seront toujours allumés
et c'est seulement l'idée Anne-Marie.

Et autant que j'en puisse juger
En somme, en resumé,
Mes yeux seront toujours allumés
et c'est seulement l'idée Anne-Marie.
Track Name: Chronic Dylsexia
Chronic Dylsexia

I'm dumb. I used to not be.
Always needed glasses to see
Destruction caused by the vices in my life.
I'm not drinking anymore or any less.
I've put my future in the past.
So I don't have to worry about Monday.

Been looking toward the future.
Been looking for my shoes.
Been looking for a metaphor to make some sense of you.
Been working on an accent to make myself distinct.
Must be chronic dylsexia making no sense of what I think.

I wish someone'd take down that goddamned christmas tree.
All the snow gone now, it's 65 degrees.
Someone please call a doctor I need help with Jeopardy.

Been looking for redemption.
I’ve been looking for a smoke.
Been looking for the laughter somewhere within this joke.
Been working on a fortune to buy my fatigue away.
Must be chronic dylsexia making no sense of what I say.

With a degree of sarcasm I need to say
I missed you friends since you been away
And as a friend I thought about it, you been fired.
As a manager of my hopes, I've retired.

Been looking for a big car to speed away from here,
Justification for now why you all still care,
Organization in my busy, busy week.
Must be chronic dylsexia making no sense of what you think.
Track Name: Kiss My Ass
Kiss My Ass

To you I really must explain
This stranglehold I don't appreciate.
In my busy life, I just can't allocate
Any more time for your petty little games.

And I'm so through,
All I can do.
Won't reconcile relations with you.
I'm black and blue,
Repeatedly screwed,
And now I'm puckered up for you.
Kiss my ass.

My blood's boiling, my patience way past tried.
Puppet strings jerking twisting pulling at my pride.
Spirit was broken, I learned how to survive.
You wanna know my secret? (Laugh)

I'll be alright.
I'll sleep tonight.
Decision made, quick and ready insight.
I’ll stumble on, I wasn’t wrong.
Can't hold this bent-over position for too long.

For you I'm puckered up, now kiss my ass.
You’d better hurry this opportunity won't last.
I don't mean to come off bitter, mean, or crass.
But just for you, I'm puckered up now kiss my ass.

I'll be alright.
I'll sleep tonight.
Decision made, quick and ready insight.
I’ll stumble on, I wasn’t wrong.
Can't hold this bent-over position for too long.

I'm so through.
All I can do.
Won't reconcile relations with you.
I'm black and blue,
Repeatedly screwed,
And now I'm puckered up for you.
Kiss my ass.
Track Name: High In The Bathroom
High in the Bathroom

Let's all go get high in the bathroom.
Let's all go get high in the bathroom.
In the bathroom, getting high.
In the bathroom, getting high.

Let's talk about our lives in the bathroom.
Let's compare wallet size in the bathroom.
Getting high in the bathroom.
Getting high, getting high.

I’m getting sick of all your lies in the bathroom.
Are your eyes as red as mine in the bathroom?
Getting high in the bathroom.
Getting high in the bathroom.
In the bathroom, getting high.
In the bathroom, getting high.

Mike Graham poured me a free shot while you were in the bathroom.
It was tequila with Tabasco while you were in the bathroom.
We didn't miss you at all
While you were getting high.
In the bathroom, getting high.
We didn't miss you at all
While you were in the bathroom
Getting high, getting high.

Let's all go get high in the bathroom.
Let's all go get high in the bathroom.
In the bathroom, getting high.
In the bathroom, getting high.
Getting high in the bathroom.
Getting high.