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Imperial Teen — On
Release date : Apr. 09, 2002
Label : Merge

We’re immensely proud to get to release “On”-a GREAT pop record from the fabulous Imperial Teen! Produced by the band with assistance from Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), this has got to be the most stunning and fully realized album of the Teens’ career. Hooks that bite, melodies that soar and lyrics that reveal themselves to be much more than pure pop confection. Boy/girl harmonies mask lyrics with a bite, and guitars and keyboards are just as likely to drone as chime.


IVANKA

I’m gonna be the bride for the 100th time
Faded beauty eyes with some worry lines
I’m not gonna crash in the friendly skies
A tall glass of water just to stay alive

(Wanna you wanna you wanna you wanna be the)

A knockout in a sea of faces
She’s a walk-on, see so many places
In a rocket she’s filling up the spaces
A reflection, and she’s in the news again

Backwards, forwards, A through Z
You look for your future in a cup of tea
You’ve made the connection and you’ve seen the light
But you still can’t seem to get it right

A knockout in a sea of faces
She’s a walk-on, I will sing her praises
and it’s our house, we make the rules
It’s a reflection, and she’s in the news again

Climb, climb Caroline, don’t look down
The flying trapeze never hangs with clowns
The basketful of kisses that you pass around
Is like a two car garage in a one horse town

A knockoff in a sea of faces
In a rocket, she’s filling up the spaces
and it’s our house, we make the rules
It’s a reflection

Gonna be a bride for the 100th time
Faded beauty eyes with some worry lines
I’m not gonna crash in the friendly skies
Living on the border just to stay alive

A knockoff in a sea of faces
In a rocket, she’s seen so many phases
and it’s our house, we make the rules

A reflection, she makes the rules
She’s a knockoff, in a sea of faces
In a drive-by, we will sing her praises
In a rocket, she breaks the rules
It’s a reflection, and she’s in the news

A drive-by, all the pretty faces
A knock off, in a sea of faces
going nowhere, she makes the rules
she’s in a movie, she’s not mine,
and I want her
and I wanna be the one

BABY

shake shake, va va voom vis a vis
go go I do you, you do me
take take I’ll call you sugarfree
slow slow, I love you, you love me

shake shake
go go
take take
slow slow

and I can’t take any calls
I’m watching sun spots on the walls
I’ll never be your babydoll
dig a hole
chase a ball

I love Baby, Baby is a dog
what’s up, maybe Baby is a god
I’ve got Baby hot for rabies
yes, no, maybe
to bringing up Baby

twist twist, do si do vis a vis
low low, hold your breath, I can breathe
high high, take a photo of me
Coco keep your head up Baby

who are you I can’t recall
I’d rather be at the mall
in a robe and a platinum fall
I’m so thin, I’m so tall

SUGAR

You can be white
I can be brown again
We have to go hide
Because your mothers in town again

And I wanna take you home
Cause I wanna take you back

I’m on the ground
Your in the air again
Releasing the hounds
You wanted a harlequin
And I wanna take you home

And I wanna take you back
(sugar sugar sugar)
I’m cutting the wire
There’s nobody listening
Slashing the tires
Made you late for the christening

And I wanna take you home
And I wanna take you back
And I wanna take you home
And the screen turns to black

Its hot, its warm, its cool, alright
I kiss you take another bite
You said to stay away from light
Down here I’m not afraid of height

And I wanna take you home
Cause I wanna take you back
And I wanna take you home
And the screen turns to black.

MILLION $ MAN

I am the million dollar man
will somebody catch me while you can?
I’m not afraid to be alone
all I need is water and a bone
why don’t you sink your teeth right in
the story of the hopeful next of kin
and you will want to ride with me
’cause I’m good company

I am the million dollar man
will somebody touch me while you can?
apply powder to my face
anything you see can be replaced
you can be my only heir
if you’re not happy with my hair
if you pay a minor fee
you can ride with me

I am the million dollar man
will somebody show me where to stand?
I’m not afraid to be alone
all I need is water and a phone
I am only half a man
I have only half a plan
if you want to ride with me
I’ll keep you company

can I have a show of hands
to know how much I’m in demand
I will always be on time
I am yours I am not mine
I am the million dollar man
will somebody touch me while you can
I am only here to please
I’ll be on my knees

I’m the second in command
I’m the freshest ever canned
be there on my wedding day
then I’ll have to run away

I am the million dollar man
somebody catch me while you can
now it’s time to cop a plea
I will cut down every tree
yeah

CAPTAIN

A boy and his guitar
A borrowed coat and tie
No smoking in the house
Radio the bar

Oh the possibility
Of us making history
and I want to stay close

Singing in the round
The taming of the crew
Not a thing to wear
To the only game in town
Let the captain choose the teams
I’m not as worried as I seem
And I want to stay close
So that nobody knows

Oh the possibility
Of us making history
Let the captain choose the teams
I’m not as worried as I seem
And I want to stay close
So that nobody knows

OUR TIME

Yeah we are dancing tonight
Under a strawberry light
And its our time

All the girls are dressed in leather
And the boys are wearing feathers
It’s our time

And we will blow
Until it glows
It’s on fire!

We are fighting the fight
A libertarian plight
And its our time

Heavy metal in the sound
And there’s still an underground
it’s our time

And we will blow
Until it glows
It’s on fire!

We’re below
The undertow
We’re for hire!

You can wear what you want
You can say what you want
‘Cause it’s our time

All the little girls sway
It’s a holy holiday
And it’s our time

We are dancing tonight
Under a strawberry light
And its our time

All the girls are wearing feathers
And the boys are dressed in leather
It’s our time

undertow
We’re below
We’re for hire!

We will blow
Until it glows
It’s on fire!

Hey, jump the line!
This is our time
Don’t look behind

We are in time.

UNDONE

Put your ear up to the radio
What you hear is
a miracle
Go the other way
There’s another way

Put your ear up to the radio
You know more than you think you know
Go the other way
There’s another way

To feel undone

Put your ear up to the radio
Now you see where the pieces go
Go the other way
There’s another way

To feel undone

MR & MRS

Mr Come Lately
with Mrs Came Late
they went to theatre
they’re typically late

the curtain was half raised
the plot took a twist
and Mr. Come Lately just stared at his wrist

these whom I speak of are my friends
gentlemen and gentlewomen
can’t wait for their lives to begin
oh so exciting then

the Goose and the Raisin
were painting the town
their quips and their banter
intensely profound
the radio spoon fed them ditties to hum
the Goose and the Raisin just couldn’t have fun

these whom I speak of are my friends
gentlemen and gentlewomen
can’t wait for their lives to begin
oh so exciting then

I’ve waited and waited
for a youth of my own
my hair used to black
it’s white as a bone

these whom I speak of are my friends
gentlemen and gentlewomen
can’t wait for their lives to begin
oh so exciting then

TEACHER’S PET

She’s a mixed up kind of girl
the kind you wish you’d never met
and like a dried up pot of glue
she only sticks when she is wet.

She went to school two days a week
She learned to take what she could get
She took the apple from my desk
and now look she’s teacher’s pet
They took the country from
the girl but there’s a country in her head
She left the country for a boy
It was a boy she’d never met

They bought a matching pair of gloves
and holding hands she lost her head
She learned to sacrifice her love
and now look she’s teacher’s pet.

She’s a magazine
she’s a magazine
she’s a magazine, tonight.

She’s a magazine
she’s a magazine
she’s a magazine, alright.

They took the country from the girl
Under the carpet she was swept
She took the country from the world
and now look she’s teacher’s pet.

CITY SONG

Beating the same drum again and again
There’s nowhere to go
A standing ovation of patriot nations
A traveling show

Go to an ashram
Go back to school
Let’s go undercover where we can be safe from society’s rules

Heavy protection the balcony section
A red velvet rope
My indecision becomes a religion
Wave back to the pope

Go to the convent
They’ll help you stay clean
Ave Maria
Hey wait, aren’t you in Imperial Teen?

Go to an ashram
Go back to school
Let’s go undercover where we can be safe from society’s rules

I’m beating the same drum again and again
Let’s go to the show
The crowd they are turning
the curtain is burning
There’s nowhere to go

I will be happy to save you again
you are my mother, my sister, my friend now
I think this time we’ll stay til the end now
again and again

MY SPY

The German seems to want to make you a spy
You’re dating boys but you have a girlfriend on the side
It’s a Covergirl night
You can go light
One look in your eye

Opens the sky
The Moulin Rouge

In the middle of the living room
Breathe out, breathe in and we like the cars
that go boom
We are partners in crime
You’re always the bride
And I know you don’t mind

When I drop by
We don’t have to decide until its light
You love how I drive

I’ll give you a ride
The German seems to want to make you a spy
You’re dating boys but you have a girlfriend on the side
We are partners in crime
You’re always the bride

One look in your eyes
Opens the skies

THE FIRST

The first
Is the best
And the best
Is a curse
The taste
Of the last

Is sour
But it’s blessed

Yes, it’s blessed
It’s the best that you did

The taste
Of the past
Is a curse
That will last
And the best
When it’s past
Is a curse
It’s a curse
Such a curse

It’s the best that you did

The best
Is a curse
The best