Asuka

by Free Parking!

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"catharsis" n.
The release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).

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released 22 August 2011

Free Parking! album 02: "Asuka"

starring:
Cody Gunther - drums and percussion
Trevor Gilleece - guitar 1
Jesse Nebling - guitar 2, vocals
Bogdon Niemoczynski - piano and keyboards
Brendan Steere - lead vocals, bass, some guitars

Collectively they are Free Parking!


All lyrics and music copyright 2011 by Free Parking!

Composed and recorded in Brendan's basement during the summer of 2011, except for "My Girlfriend is a Robot" and "I Hate Vampires", which were composed/recorded in winter 2010, and "I'll Replace You", which was composed in 2009, but re-recorded in 2011 for this release.

Lyrics by Brendan Steere, except for
"This Voyage" by Jesse Nebling and
"My Girlfriend is a Robot", which we all wrote together.


The character Asuka was designed by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto in 1995 for Studio GAINAX’s groundbreaking anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. All likenesses of her belong solely to them.

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Track Name: Every Monster
I hate a lot of people the first time that I meet them
Hated my mother and my father
I screamed at the world and cried
And as the years went on, I twisted up my feelings
“The world is beautiful!”
A smile on my face as I spit lies

You’re a bitch, you’re a cunt
You’re a lot of words I wouldn’t use in mixed company
When you look into my eyes I want to strangle you
But I know every monster deserves a home

I’ve almost killed myself a half a dozen times
I’ve stared into the void, but got so fucking scared I'd pussy out
I’d punch myself across the face until I bleed
I’d weep until I fall asleep, pathetic helpless and alone

You hold the world at arm’s length, cuz you’re a coward, too
You’ll never know my name, but I’m in love with you
Because we are the same
Bite your tongue and absorb the blow
Every monster deserves a home
Every monster deserves

When did I become the kind of person that I hate?
I hate a lot of people the first time that I meet them
I’ve known myself so long, eventually I will get better
I’ve known myself too long, my mood is changing like the weather now

My mood is changing like the weather
Track Name: Life on Earth
Bored all summer long
I’ll stay inside, I’ll leave the air on high
There’s nothing out there for a lump like I’ve become

Go, go to the beach
Put on your trunks, get sand inside your shoes
Smile for Facebook and pretend you’re having the time
The time of your life

Try, try to keep up
Call your friends, make some dinner plans
Talk for an hour and reminisce about your high school

Find a menial job
Make someone’s lunch, make someone a buck
Wait for the paycheck so you can tuck it away
For a rainy day

What’s the point? I need a point!
I need proof there’s life on earth
If it’s true, we’re stuck in a zoo
I need youth, I need youth

Take it slow, play some Halo
On your TV, across the internet
Pull the right trigger and kill people you’ll never meet

Oh, this is dumb. I need some fun!
Maybe someone? A foot out of my door
I need an escape before I melt through the floor
Until the end of summer
Track Name: My Girlfriend is a Robot
When I wake up I wonder where you get your energy
Then one day you showed me your battery

I found you in a trash can in Japan
One whirr of your drive and I knew I’d be your man
Just help me understand! Why can’t you see?

Why? Why why why...?
Why do you feel so cold when I hold you close?
You’ll never die, die die die...
You’ll remain seventeen forever as I go

You know that she can fly, fights like a samurai
I see her soaring through the midnight sky
She’s leaving me behind

I want to hold her arm-cannon, if I can and
Take her away when she’s treated like a weapon
I don’t want her to go through that again

My girlfriend is a robot
I know she’ll never get caught by the Gestapo

Will you take care of me when I am dying of cancer inside the retirement home?
Track Name: Stuntman
You don’t really want to be a stuntman, baby
You just want to be DOPE-ASS BIGFOOT

You don’t really want to be a stuntman, baby
You don’t really want to be a stuntman, kid
They’ll use you up and throw you out the dope-ass window
Stuntmen weren’t made for love, or giving a shit

So hold me close tonight
Keep me warm inside
I will be your crutch
If you lay by my side

Let me wash your hair at night
Let me hold your hand when you’re sad
Kiss your face when you’re mad
Let me be your _________

You don’t really want to be a stuntman, baby
You don’t really want to be a stuntman, kid
They’ll use you up and throw you out the dope-ass window
Stuntmen weren’t made for love, or giving a shit

You don’t really want to be a stuntman, kiddo
You don’t really want to be a stuntman, girl
Nod your head and let me be your dope-ass boyfriend
Come to bed and let me take away your world

You will orgasm.
Dope-ass bigfoot.
Track Name: Asuka
Oh, I am tired, but awake again
Cup in hand, it’s three am
But I’m terrified that I will hold you down.

The specters all around my bed
Will comfort me and hold my head
But everything is cold here in the night

And if you’ve got wings, you should use them
If you’ve got wings, spread them and take flight
To me, tonight

Tonight, Asuka
Tonight, take flight

I’m like a man who is paralyzed
Ten feet might as well be a mile
And a mile might as well be eternity

Let’s call each other on the phone
Whisper how much we’re alone
And pretend that a voice can make your warm inside

If you’ve got wings, you should use them
If you’ve got wings, spread them and take flight

If you’ve got wings...
Track Name: Ghost & Child
All of the women I’ve adored
Revealed themselves as feudal lords
And in a land I’ll never see

They would reveal themselves to me
Invite me in and let me know
I am a child, she’s a ghost

All of the women that I’ve loved
Came on to me from up above
And in a language I can’t speak

They wouldn’t turn the other cheek
Without the warmth of her caress
I won’t deny her paper flesh
She has no skin upon her bones
I am a child, she’s a ghost

All of the women that I trust
I’ve used for baser needs of lust
In fantasies they’ll never know

I would remove all of their clothes
Reveal myself as what I’m not:
Lothario and polyglot
I need a friend to hold my hand
To comfort me and understand
I’m no great man, I’m flesh and bone
I am a child, she’s a ghost
Track Name: I Hate Vampires
I’m despising all their eyes upon your body
Those capricious monsters need somewhere to dwell
I remember all your curves just like a monument
But I’m wondering if they all do as well

I hate vampires, in my head
I hate vampires, in your bed

They’ll feast upon your blood just like Lugosi
The biting and the scratches leave their marks
A hand upon your back will get me spitting fire and cooking garlic
They only target young and pure of heart
And you’re both

I hate vampires, in my head
I hate vampires, in your bed

GET CHER GARLIK NOW

Everybody’s out to get me!
Track Name: I'll Replace You
I don’t know, I don’t know just what to do
But I think, but I think I’m eying you
And I think that you think I think you’re easy
Yes, I do.

Maybe we, maybe we could take a turn
Grab a match, light a fire, let’s watch this burn
We could be you and me:
Something un-special

I don’t think I like, I don’t like your attitude
The way you sound so rude
And I don’t want to feel I’m trapped in a minefield again
I’ve lost another friend
I’ll replace you, soon

Who are you, who are you, are you to judge?
Who am I, who am I to hold a grudge?
I did this whole thing to myself
Don’t you know?

None to point the finger at, to blame
I’ll just let this dark lust rot away
Atrophied, it’s arrived, it is an awful disgrace

I don’t think you’re worth half of what I spent on you
I hope I hurt you, too
And I don’t think I’ll heal, I need something real again
I lost another friend
I’ll replace you, soon

I’ll replace you.
Track Name: This Voyage
On this vessel we call our Odyssey
Don’t forget that, don’t forget that you’ll always be here with me
Through those whirlpools and other run-down ships
On my radar you’ll always be the only active blip

Across the hydrographic we’ll find drifters here and there
We’ll pick them up, party it up, and help them without a care
The grief of goodbyes will only be short-term
Cuz there’ll be more new friends out there
And that I can confirm! I can confirm...

So please don’t drift away
No, please don’t drift away

This voyage is a lifetime where you and I just kill time
And make it the absolutely best
Better than the rest of everyone out on this sea
It’s perfect that it’s only you and me

On this course that we call our own journey
There will be some, there will be some rough waters in the sea
They will breeze by, just listen to my voice
Don’t be scared, it’s all over, now we can rejoice!

We can party every second and have the best of times
Living to the max, damn it’s so divine
With no worries and no need for a cure
There will be no more sorrow
And that I can assure! I can assure

So please don’t drift away
No, please don’t drift away

I see you walking, please step up: start talking
And take my hand
We’ll get through anything that’s out there
Let’s take a stand!
Track Name: Black Hole
In my youth, I was promised life of adventure
Played as Link, Master Chief, and I saved Spira
Got the keyblade and killed Metal Gear
But in high school I just killed time

Life goes on and you learn how to accept it
Get a job, study hard, pick a career and
Race right to the finish line
Where those promises go to die, in time

Ooooo. Oh no...
Ooooo. Oh no!
Disappointment starts to take its toll
I wasn’t born to die in a black hole
I promise you

Later on, I would learn I was no different
There’s no town waiting for a verbose redhead
To appear with a sword in hand
And a heroine at his side

But it’s really okay. It’s really okay!
I’ve learned to treasure my hourly wage
If I get killed, I can’t load up a save!
I’m not the ‘hero’ type

Ooooo. Oh no...
Ooooo. I’ll grow old
Disappointment starts to take its toll
I wasn’t born to die in a black hole
I promise you

The truth is I’m nothing, I am a coward
I don’t leave my dorm room unless I have showered
I don’t smoke or drink, I don’t go to parties
I lock my door and I stay inside

I miss when I was a child and my whole life was ahead of me
I realize I’m young, I’ll learn to have fun
But till then I will soak in misery

Disappointment starts to take its toll
I wasn’t born to live in a black hole
But I do
Track Name: White Flag
Never thought I would get you here at all
Seventeen, it was right before the fall
Ten-to-one, and I needed to run
Away from here

They said your chest was the best thing about you
It’s kind of sad, cuz I think it might have been true
I’d never met a human shell
So hollowed out

If you’re so wise, why are you so alone?
If you’re still mine, would you please just take me home?
I don’t buy you for a second, but I’d sell you for a dime

I wasn’t ready for prom night
I am so alone
White flag, white flag

Looking back, should have left you at the door
I don’t know if you could have stolen more
Oh you were hip, but I don’t give a shit
You’re also scum!

I am not a toy for your amusement
I’m a Montague and you’re a Capulet
We were doomed to die before we met

I am the patron saint of bad decisions
You’re the Lois Lane of malcontent
I’m a Guy Fawkes mask, you’re Natalie Portman
And I’m blowing up your parliament
I don’t buy you for a second, but I’d sell you anytime

Please don’t buy it, I am such a liar
I’m not telling the truth
Track Name: Asuka, continued
If I was a boxer and you were a thief
I’d follow you around till you became my belief
We’d roll in the gutters, we’d scour the sea
I’d find the cure
You would lose the battle, and I the war

If you could appear and be here in my life
You’d rape me and leave me and render me blind
Oh I’d be your victim, and you’d be my crime
So self-assured
You have cost me friends, I give my word

In my dreams there’s a house in the country, and
You wait with a child
You're lovelier than I could have hoped
Bliss is chosen, time is frozen tonight
I spread my wings and take flight

When the morning arrives I can’t get to my feet
I wallow in visions of idolatry
I cover my head and I pray for more sleep
But the night is gone
I waste away until the setting sun

I’ll play your puppet, my favorite part
I’ll memorize lines till I know them by heart
When Asuka strikes, she will tear you apart
Limb from limb
I’m shocked to find my heart is paper thin

In my mind there’s a house in the country, and
You wait with a smile
Your beauty is beyond belief
Love is chosen, we lie softly entwined
But it will not last this time

You deserve to discover where you can be happy
Spread your wings and fly away free
Find some arms that will hold you close for me

You’re only a dream, and sad as it seems
Your emptiness makes my heart die
I need to escape, to abandon this place
Need reality, not your blue eyes
Consider this a victory! Raise your flag up high!

Asuka, my friend, this is goodbye.