Basic Funn

by Eric Funn

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This is a tour disc I recorded so I could have something to sell at my shows that sounds like me. Some of these songs were released in different form on previous albums and some of them will be re-recorded with a band and other vocalists for the final Eric Funn album.

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released October 13, 2016

Recorded by Jesse Miller at Colorwheel Studios in Minneapolis, MN.

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Eric Funn Minneapolis, Minnesota

Folk outsider.

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Here's my band: sunlandsingers.bandcamp.com

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Track Name: Ordinary Basic Human Importance
Ordinary
I am so ordinary
The most ordinary person you'll ever not notice at all

Nobody
An invisible nobody
The kind of person whose name you're never quite sure you correctly remember

I barely exist - that's just how it is
So listen up kids
You may as well start forgetting what's already destined to be forgotten

What a relief to disappear
And just enjoy what's happening here
I don't need it - any special recognition
I'm just enjoying existing, that's all

Tell me what does it does it matter
What does any of it matter?
I am matter I exist I am real
I am matter I exist I am real
I have all these emotions that I feel
I have all these emotions, remembering my life's moments
All of it has true importance
Everyday ordinary importance
Normal importance
Typical, average, BASIC human importance
Track Name: Do You Wanna Go To Trigger Town?
Haunted by unwanted thoughts, I'm curled up on the floor
No one can see what happens behind my locked bedroom door
My eyes are closed, I'm falling in, depression has me in a spin
I'm a broken person, weak and worn so thin

I shave my beard I cut my hair
None of it can make life fair
I feel so weird I forgot how to care

Flashbacks have me under attack, reality becomes unclear
Fight or flight has taken hold, I'm no longer present here
I can't calm down, I can't relax, I lash out at family and friends
They know something's wrong but no one understands

I shave my beard I cut my hair
None of it can make life fair
I feel so weird I forgot how to care

Triggered by everyday conversation now I"m lost in tunnel vision
How could they have known that the thing they mentioned would put my mind in suspension?
I'm lashing out, I'm acting mean, shaking saying crazy things
My brain can't handle these painful feelings

I shave my beard I cut my hair
None of it can make life fair
I feel so weird I forgot how to care
Track Name: I Matter I Am Real
Mostly ghostly holy holy I am overcome
Birds are singing in the alley "Which side are you on?"
Old time cowboys killed by asteroids to their extingtion
Dusty Sprinkle's star did twinkle like a distant sun

Patched up punks with broken hearts
Trauma survivors healing through the arts
These are my friends
Marginalized and labeled misfits
Prosperity withheld at an impossible distance
These are my friends

Gender smashers keyboard bashers on the internet
Nature lovers on their own terms yet they humbly submit
I have all these thoughts and feelings I matter I am real
I have all these thoughts and feelings I matter I am real
Track Name: My Way Back Home
Killing time like I do
Honey please see this whole thing through
I don't know how I don't know why
But that business fair is floating around somewhere way up in the sky

Someday I'll find my way back home

Evergreen trees, they always survive
I mean they survive the wintertime
Tunnels of blood, see how they connect
If the surface breaks then everything's wrecked

Someday I'll find my way back hom

I was born so far from where I belong
Growing up, everything I did seemed totally wrong
Now I'm out on the road like a rolling stone
Just another Midwestern complete unknown

Someday I'll find my way back home

There's just one more thing that I want to ask
Will you be there, too? Will you be there, too?
Okay there's one other thing that I need to ask
Will I be there, too? Will I be there, too?

Someday I'll find my way back home
Track Name: A Lazy Way
This is a place I never thought I'd go
This is a window I've never looked out of
Into a space beyond what I already know
Give me your hand but first let me take off my glove

I was planting pansies in my yard one summer's day
You walked by in your yellow sundress
We said "Hello" then you continued on your way
Could you tell that I was doing my best to impress?

It's a lazy way to get by
It's a lazy way to avoid the do or die
Maybe I"m lazy maybe I'm just saving up
For something good for something good for something good

I went to the fortune tellers, here is what they said
They said the false front will be crumbling
I ruminated on the ideas in my head
It all had to add up to something

It's a lazy way to get by
It's a lazy way to avoid the do or die
Maybe I"m lazy maybe I'm just saving up
For something good for something good for something good
Track Name: Cool Guy
I'm not a cool guy anymore
In fact, I never was
I'm not a cool guy anymore
In fact, I never was

I've got problems
Social problems
Weird quirks
Inside I'm often convinced I'm probably a huge jerk
But I don't mean to be that way
I'm just dealing with the lingering affects of... ( )
Hey hey hey hey
Let's move on

I'm not a cool guy anymore
In fact, I never was
I'm not a cool guy anymore
In fact, I never was

I've got problems
That I'm trying to resolve
I've got problems
That I hope one day will dissolve
Through determination and consistent intent
To become a healthy person before my time is spent

I'm not a cool guy anymore
In fact, I never was
I'm not a cool guy anymore
In fact, I never was

But that's okay
cuz other people have their problems, too
Most people have their problems, too
Everybody's got their problems
And the ones who act like they don't definitely do
Track Name: Radical Leftist Politics
Radical leftist politics never sold that many cars
Radical leftist politics isn't gonna make TV stars
Come to your show for the interview
On the nightly news. Sorry dude.

Radical leftist politics isn't gonna change that much no-no
Radical leftist politics maybe it's just a crutch
For those of us who are down and out and searching for some kind of hope
We've got nothing to look forward to
Except a bright new future
With radical leftist politics

Radical leftist politics I don't know if they've done me any good
Radical leftist politics but it's not like I'm taking to the streets
So who knows maybe we should try implementing some of these ideas
Maybe we should try to take over the government

And I"m not talking about violence I'm talking about through the polls
Using laws and existing systems to improve our world
With things like universal health care, guaranteed income
No more global military aggression or economic domination

Could our collective existence get better if we used government for that purpose?
Is it possible?
Sometimes I have my doubts
And my friends they have their doubts
But we're figuring it out

Radical leftist politics what have you done for me?
Agitation and class resentment. I'm always worried
About those corporate oppressors, business types
Always pushing people like us around

They treat us like commodities
They treat us like we're worthless
They treat us like we're not even
Humans with a purpose to our lives
Beyond our labor for their dollars an hour
Well I'm worth more than that!

Tell that fat cat, whoever that is
I mean, what's wrong with a fat old cat?
You've gotta love em, you gotta hug em
Maybe put them on a diet, though

No one should eat that much all the time
No one should eat that much all the time

Radical leftist politics what have you done for me?
Radical leftist politics what have I done for you?
Track Name: Anything
Anything
Anything that doesn't sting or bring me down when I need to sing
Anything at all

Anything
Anything that initiates positive change and establishes constructive patterns in my brain

Hey, here's a proposition
I'll go serve a Mormon mission
If upon it's completion
I am granted X-ray vision
I'm not talking about seeing bones
Or looking through people's clothes
I wanna see through every lie in the world
That's ever been or is being told
Anything

Anything
Anything that doesn't leave me hurting
I'm so tired of almost crying over anything at all

Anything
Anything that can shield my feelings
So I'm not so transparent when I'm thinking
Anything at all

Cuz I never wanted to be an open book
Hey everybody look!
No not at me! Look over there!
Now I'm running away totally scared
Oh, well
Oh, well
Lolol

Zekibird heard the words and laughed
Man I must be daft
Feels like I have nothing left
But I can tell I have so much left
So much left to express

Anything
Dammit it can be anything
I don't mind if you go but I hope you stay
Even when I don't have anything left to say
Track Name: Bake Yr Own Bread (Billy Mack Collector cover)
Oh you've been to Maine
And oh you've been to Chicago
And once I saw your face
At a bus stop in Cleveland

But I don't know where you are these days
I don't know where you are
I don't know where you are these days
I don't know where you are

Maybe you're swimming in the ocean
Playing your viola
Or you moved up to the mountains with a bunch of friendly anarchists

I don't know where you are these days
I don't know where you are

Maybe it almost kind of sort of just about almost works out
That some people settle down
And other people disappear

Maybe you're swimming in the ocean
Playing your viola
Or you moved up to the mountains with a bunch of friendly anarchists
Bought a one way ticket out to rural California
Where you went off the grid and you bake your own bread

I don't know where you are these days
I don't know where you are
Track Name: I'm Not A Loser
You think that I'm a loser
Cuz I don't have a car
You think that I'm a loser
Cuz my money don't stretch that far
You think that I'm a loser
Cuz my clothes don't fit quite right
You think that I'm a loser
Cuz I'm sitting at home alone pretty much every night
Well okay maybe you got me on that one - oh well, oh well, lolol shoutout to my pal Zekibird back in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania let's move on
You think that I"m a loser
Cuz I'm losing all my hair
And look at me I'm thirty-four and I'm totally poor
I haven't made it that far in my folk singing career at all
Oh well oh well lololololol

You think that I'm a loser
Cuz I'm wearing these stupid NIke Air shoes
You think that I'm a loser
Cuz my life serves no quantifiable use
So what/ So what?
I've got
Pockets full of Kleenez and lint and holes where everything important to me just seems to fall right down my leg and onto the floor
My closest friend, Linoleum

well you think that I'm a loser
Cuz my comebacks don't come that quick
You think I'm a loser
Cuz my rock 'n' roll ain't played that slick
Well I keep moving along even when I stumble in plain sight
It gets so hard to explain all the awful thoughts that pass through my head pretty much everyday and every night
Oh well oh well

You think that I'm a loser?
You think that I"m a loser"
There's an outdated way of viewing people that is still dominant in our society where people are judged "winners" and "losers" based on their ability to generate profits but really it has more to do with their ability to siphon as much profit as possible into one's own pocket while sharing as little with others as possible. Those who leech the most profit are considered winners while those who don't are relegated to the role of losers. Fuck that! I don't want to waste my life obsessed with profit and I don't want to be part of a system that treats people that way. Existence is short and I don't want to spend mine either fucking people over or getting fucked over. Fuck that! We should treat one another with dignity and respect. I strive to extend compassion, dignity, and respect to all and I will accept nothing less in return. I won't be your loser!

I'm not a loser
No no no
I'm not a loser
Anymore
I'm not a loser
no no no
I'm not a loser
Anymore
I never was a loser
Can't you tell?
I've never been a loser
I've been in pain
I never was a loser
Sometimes I don't believe in myself
But tonight I'm gonna win
Tonight I'm bound to win
Tonight I'm born to win
You know what? Fuck it. There's nothing to win.
Lolololololololololololololololololololololololololol