And Other Stories

by What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

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Fisher King 03:21
fisher king he's got eyes like jesus and a smile like the devil lord, how he teases - make an old soul tremble don't walk away babe, don't talk that all the time fisher king, if you give me just one thing better give me peace of mind you come thundering like horses red fire coursing through your blood then you shower me with roses i lie naked in the thorns of your love you say your love is god can turn my water into wine well, fisher king, if you give me just one thing better give me peace of mind you've come to tempt my faith come to grind me down to something pure you've come to drink my grace until i'm crawling on the bedroom floor a tongue so sweet can turn so bitter and unkind fisher king, if you give me just one thing better give me peace of mind so you've come to show me the sun but when you're done you're gonna leave me blind fisher king, you give me just one thing better give me peace of mind
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THE GOSPEL OF BEAUTY Such tender grace Such a sad and handsome face Devastates the room It’s a cruel reminder If I open any wider I’m sure to be consumed Chorus: It’s the gospel of beauty All your sins melt away And I’ll forget how you almost killed me I’ll forget the price I’ve had to pay Such nobility Brings us to our knees And humbles our scheming minds Now you re-appear As if we’ve sleepwalked the years We rush to form a line Repeat Chorus And everyone imagines That with you they share some Secret connection But you’re not here To offer us redemption No you’re just a Lovely fire We feed With our desire
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Horror Cartoon Little boy gets all that he wishes for Little boy, his eyes are like open sores Gazing for days at the television screen Big brilliant colors make his little heart scream The dogs that beat him up Machines that spit him out Fun-filled fantasies that he cannot live without Explosions from a hydrogen balloon Life inside a horror cartoon Mother buys books for Johnny to read Mother tries, but she cannot succeed Johnny won’t sleep, or eat, or go to class Little boy trapped inside the TV glass The cakes that explode The upside down carousel Johnny cannot escape this hanna-barbera hell Tonight a huge talking baboon Life within a horror cartoon Jumping from windows Landing splat on the ground With a soft squishy sound Walking on water No worry, no pain Inside your disney brain Little boy gets just what he wishes for Little boy is a boy no more Liquid skin and painted eyes Now won’t his mom be real surprised The shapes that he can be! The things that he can do! Now don’t you wish That rubberband boy was you? Day and night, morning and noon Life is but a horror cartoon
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The Fog 04:01
THE FOG It’s ringing and ringing And there’s no one home And your stinger’s still stinging And I’m all alone Streetlights flashing And I can’t sleep And all your eggs are hatching I try to count sheep One too many times I thought your love would keep You are the fog I’m blind when you speak The air becomes heavy And think with heat I laugh to myself You’ll never let me through You become lost to me Like I’m lost on you
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Hanging in a tree Hanging in a tree Waiting for the search party Oh, the price you pay is time When you’re arrogant like me And you think that you can fly So I’m hanging in a tree And I’m waiting to be found Oh, the way they’ll talk to me When I’m finally cut down Oh, you rescued me From my last disaster You gave me a reason To fuck up faster Oh, you carried me From the burning debris And proved your love to me In the soft green pasture Lots of light I think they’re coming Almost in sight The dogs are running Helicopters Megaphones When they find me They should leave me alone And turn back for home Leave me Hanging in a tree
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Fruitless 03:32
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April Pearl 03:14
APRIL PEARL Lay down your opera glass On the table at your feet Close your stinging eyes And hold back a heartbeat Pushing pulling tides whitewash many a girl But never the insides of our April Pearl Crouched in a pantomime corner The rabbit’s hole appears on the ground It’s so easy to dive in one more time and fall down… Tumbling the stairs A glass ball reflects the light Her eyes are like curtains That rise on opening night They tear and they scream at ribbons and curls But only we dream of our April Pearl Cigarette smoke in the darkness Like dragons all grasping for air It’s so sad for those who cannot be heartless And cry an unspoken prayer Another shell opened to let in the world How easily broken is our April Pearl? And you blush as we run for cover You save the rush for Hamlet’s mother Hamlet’s mother
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So Mean 03:24
So Mean You're so mean to me Oh, you make me feel so sad You're so mean to me Why you treat me so bad Everybody knows that love is cruel And everybody knows that I'm your fool But you're so mean to me I can be mean too
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Derailed 05:04
Derailed You got on this train again, my friend Now you’ve got to stay till the end I went under that kitchen table recommended by you Then you pushed me off like an uncomfortable shoe You made a floor creak and suddenly I’m bearing your shame I knew from beginning that I didn’t like this game But you got on this train again, my friend Now you’ve got to stay till the very end I fell hard for that serenade you used to do A clever charade, Rimbaud and Verlaine (Who shot who?) You heard a door creak and suddenly, I’m Captain Hook Well, I knew all along you were playing that rook CHORUS: I guess you got a little derailed, yes Off that straight train track trail, yes I think you got a little derailed, yes Found you like the taste of puppy dog tail You stretched out on your brother’s bed and smiled like a cat Little army men running down your back Now if we examine this, are there any details you care to list? I can feel your eyes glaring at me like fists Should I say any more about this? REPEAT CHORUS That beanbag got between us Our hands played hide-n-seek I found your Mount of Venus Your heart line’s looking weak Ask 50 Magdelenes And try to be discreet Is this a secret I should keep? Complete discretion… All the tension… I’ll testify to my own resurrection REPEAT CHORUS till end
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The Tower 05:38

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The first full length album by What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? with special bonus tracks, "So Mean (live)", "April Pearl (live)", and "The Tower (instrumental)."

"Mr. Fox deserves your attention. When I listen to their album, I feel like I’m hearing a soundtrack of musical theater. Clever, outre, cool strings, hot vocals…" - Michele Kort, music reviewer for The Advocate, editor for Ms. Magazine, and author of "Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro"

"Think of the otherworldly pipes of Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, take away the Tiny Tim twinge, fuse it with the urgent phrasing of a slam poet and you’ve got Brian King of What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? King’s ethereal voice helps define the sound of eclectic cabaret kings, and with strong musical support from gifted, poly-instrumental partner-in-the-sublime Nathan Cohen, the Boston-based duo turns their debut album, "...And Other Stories," into something great.

King (guitar, piano, Rhodes) and Cohen (violin, viola, trumpet, glock) split playing duties, backed up by a whole host of talented supporting players, including Mike Leggio on upright bass and electric bass, Kristin Miller on cello and drummers Nate Greenslit (HUMANWINE) and Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio).

From the kinetic and haunting opening track, "Fisher King," to the Psycho-styled, all-string capper, "March Of The Hares," this follow-up to their live 2005 EP "Songs For The Tin Man" is a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.

Other highlights in the beautifully orchestrated, mostly minor-key mix include the manic "Horror Cartoon," a clever musical and lyrical patchwork, a la Oingo Boingo in a smoking jacket. "So Mean" is a ballad for the ages, and "Derailed" is easily the catchiest of the whole lot. However, while it is easy to extol the joys of each track, this work, like Mr. Fox’s live shows, is best experienced as one marathon groove. The album is a glorious addition to any collection." - Robert Newton, Edge Boston


“And Other Stories”/What Time Is It Mr. Fox? (Poison Peach) – Bostonian acoustic-noir collective What Time Is It Mr. Fox? is on its way to you. Led by out ‘n proud singer/songwriter Brian King, the Fox’s striking music melds elements of soul, chamber-pop and cabaret with a sense of international flair. King’s sometimes harrowing dissertation on truth and beauty reads like an inspired collaboration between Maurice Sendak and Mother Goose… with a forward by Stephen Merritt and an epilogue from Tori Amos. And yet, the disc remains accessible, complete with memorable characters, well-placed hooks and rib-sticking melodies." - Gay Chicago Magazine

"'and other stories' by the Boston band What Time is it, Mr. Fox? is a great collection of well-crafted, carefully polished and tastefully restrained pop/rock songs that just happens to contain liberal doses of violin, trumpet, accordion and cello.

Vocalist Brian King has a strong, rich voice that you can imagine fronting a band any time during the last 50 years or so. His vocals are always full and emotive, helping the band wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Honestly the only reason I can see that you don't hear this on the radio is that it is too heartfelt and and not plastic enough to be sold as a simple product.

Stand out track: the full-blossomed soul of 'Fruitless'"

- Sepiachord.com

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released April 14, 2009

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What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? Boston, Massachusetts

Baroque pop meets neo-soul in a steamer trunk.


"Time has come for Mr. Fox" Boston Herald
"Catch him as his star rises" Time Out NYC


Members:
Brian King - voice, guitar, keys
Nathan Cohen - violin, trumpet
Mike Leggio - upright bass
Lori Perkins - hammond organ, piano
Nate Greenslit - drums
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