Voice in a Box

by Doron Djerassi

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  • An album I recorded as a birthday present for a friend, based on an improvised vocal session he made without any intention to put music to it.
    Leading vocal was recorded in in Tel Aviv, 2001, everything else was recorded in Prague, 2002.

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about

The album VOICE IN A BOX is an attempt to create a realization of Doron Djerassi's musical vision, by trying to capture and perpetuate his unique sensibilities, as were expressed on one October afternoon.
VOICE IN A BOX was created in a very unorthodox way: the songs were constracted upon old recordings in which vocalist Doron Djerassi improvised lyrics and melodies. Further overdubs of various instruments and additional vocals were added by Nadav Lazar only half a year after the original recordings were made.

Total length of the original unedited recordings: 1:03:45
Total length of the final album: 0:35:51

credits

released May 25, 2002

Lead vocals: Doron Djerassi

Backing vocals, all instruments* and various weird noises throughout the album: Nadav Lazar
* Bass guitar on Stand By Me: Doron Djerassi

All tracks written by Doron Djerassi and composed by Doron Djerassi & Nadav Lazar, except:
Stand By Me – written and composed by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E. King
The Retard Blues – written by Doron Djerassi and Nadav Lazar and composed by alcohol

Original lyrics were improvised live on October 1st, 2001 in HaMagid 3 Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel. Additional recordings were made all throughout March-May 2002 in Eizeketa Studios, Prague, Czech Republic

Arrangements, editing and mixing: Nadav Lazar
Cover & booklet design: Dan Barzel

Produced by Doron Djerassi and Nadav Lazar
© All rights reserved, 2002.

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Track Name: What Am I Gonna Save?
And a-one, two, three, four, Yeah!
Wait a minute! Wait a minute! I wanna say a couple of words.
This is a beginning of a new age, everybody is leaving their shit hole except me, so I’m gonna stay here, guard the mansion, save our... what, what’s the word I’m looking for? What’s the word? You know the word, what am I gonna save for all of us? (Your ass) Gonna save my ass, that’s right. Damn!
Track Name: Subway Town
It’s raining down
The subway town
It’s raining down
The subway town
You’re getting wet
You’re getting soaked
Gotta find a way
Of staying dry

Above the water
Above the wet
I’m here
Drowning in my sweat

It’s raining down
Subway town
It’s raining down
Subway town
Got lost
In the subway town
Yeah!

It’s raining down
Subway town
It’s raining down
Subway town
Gotta find
A place to hide
Gotta find a way
Of staying dry

Above the water
Above the wet
I’m here
Drowning in my sweat

It’s raining down
Subway town
It’s raining down
Subway town
Got lost
In the subway town
Yeah, I got lost
Looking for you

Yeah, I got lost
Yeah, I got lost
I’m losing it, yeah
Gotta help me out here, man
Track Name: Smoke
Yeah, smoke, smoke baby, smoke that.
Smoke that. Fag. Smoke that. Right.

I wanna smoke, I wanna smoke all day and night
I want my lungs, I want my lungs to be filled
With smoke!
Smoke is the one thing that is true, baby
Don’t leave you, don’t hurt you
Just gives you cancer, ha ha! Yeah
Track Name: I'm Dying From Cancer
I’m dying from cancer
Can’t you see?
Dying from cancer
This is the end of me
This was
A comic-tragic story
Of a guy
With no glory
Who's dying
From cancer now
Nothing left of me

Oh baby
Can’t you see?
You’re killing me
I’m dying, I’m dying
It’s not the end of us
'Cause you’re
Gonna die
Gonna get hit by a bus
Up there in heaven
You won’t see me

I’m dying from cancer
Can’t you see?
Dying from cancer
This is the end of me
This was
A comic-tragic story
Of a guy
With no glory
Who’s dying
From cancer now
Nothing left of me

And I’m dying
From cancer
Come on
Let's say that again

I’m dying from cancer
Can’t you see?
Dying from cancer
It’s not the fault of you
Or me
It’s genetic
It’s prosthetic
Dying from cancer
Can’t you see?
Dying from cancer
Track Name: Sex-capade With Darlin
Her name, her name was Darlin, yeah.
I met her in a sleazy pub. Yeah, she had just one eye and a heart full of hate. She was in a car accident, Darlin, she lost her boy and her husband. I met her in this motel at 2:00 AM. She told me: “Joe, d’you wanna make this night special?”

Oh Darlin, oh Darlin!
Oh Darlin, you want this to be special to you?
What is this, yer birthday or your marriage day?
Or the day that your son and husband died too?
I have a tragic story behind this face, I have a scar in the in the back of my neck. I’ve been to a war, where everybody wants to kill everybody else, and this is a war of the hearts.
This is a war of the soul, this is the end of everything that is beautiful.

When you told me you wanna have sex-capade, you went down to the lobby of the motel, asked a dwarf and a nigger to join us

That beautiful night we spent together, I was so drunk and stoned I can’t remember much of the closure. But I know it was there because you left me a note, and you said that it was so beautiful that we were in love for just one night. And I told myself: "Damn, this woman needed a lay!”

Oh Darlin, oh Darlin, oh Darlin!
Isn’t that swell that you are so clean
And you took away 12 bucks from my jeans

From my jeans, she stole that money, bitch!
Track Name: The Beat
Let’s move on,
Let’s move on to something
with more...

Beat
Yeah, beat
I love the beat
Love the beat
The beat
Makes me live
Feel alive
When the beat
Hits my heart
Hits my veins
Hits my brain
Yeah
Give me some of that sweet beat
Bi-bi-bi-bi-bi-beat, yeah!

Beat
Beat
Love the beat
The beat
Makes me live
Feel alive
When the beat
Hits my heart
Hits my veins
Hits my brain
Yeah
Give me some of that sweet beat
Bi-bi-bi-bi-bi-beat, Yeah!

Beat, yeah, beat
I love the beat
Love the beat
Give me some of that groove
Sweet lovin’ groove, yeah!

Yeah, beat
Yeah!
Track Name: Trash, Dirt And Shit (Still True)
Yeah, baby
You’ve gone, gone away
Left me here to guard and stay
But I admit it’s the best thing for you
But why
Da hell
Did you
Break me in two?

He came into my life
Like a bustard, and took you
So what? He ain’t so hot!
Look at me! I’m a piece
Of trash, dirt and shit all rolled into one.
So what?

Me and you, we were meant to be
Like a midnight nightmare just becoming real
In a pub, in a bar, in... nowhere... I see...
She looks like you
But it’s ain’t real
(Trash, dirt and shit all rolled into one)
So baby,
Come on, come on, come on baby
Oh come on baby, come back to me

Yeah, can’t think of anything else.
Everybody’s telling me I’ve gotta hate you
Because you’ve gone away. But I don’t think that.
I don’t think that at all.
If only I feel it
And not you –
It's still true.
Still true.
Still true...
Track Name: Stand By Me
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only
Light you see

No I won’t be afraid
No I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me
And darling, darling

Stand by me
Oh, stand, stand by me
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me
Whenever you’re in trouble
Won’t you stand by me
Oh, stand, stand by me
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me

Darling, darling
Stand by me
Won’t you stand by me
Won’t you stand by me
Oh, darling
Won’t you stand
Stand by me
Oh yeah
Track Name: The Retard Blues
I. Overture
The retard blues... The retard blues...

II. Longing
I want my orange juice. I want my mommy too. Give me... uhhhh... mommy This is The Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! Blues! I want, I want my orange juice. Juice is
tasty, yeah! Retard Blues! Retard Blues! I’m ok, I just don’t feel so good! Mommy! What? Where’s my orange juice? My mommy is not a retard at all

III. Confrontation
Daddy: This is The Retard Blues. Goddamn, boy, you’re a retard. How many times do I gotta tell you - you’re a retard. You're stupid. You’re dumb. No one ain’t gonna love you, never. Yeah. You’re a retard. So why don’t you kill yourself? You’re no good to this world. Can’t you see? You’re a retard.
Boy: But daddy, I love you!
Daddy: Shut up! Shut up! Who d'you think you are? I'm gonna kick your ass.
Boy: I’m your son!
Daddy: You’re a retard! D'ya want me to take off my belt and show you how retard you are?
Boy: But daddy...
Daddy: Goddamn! (Splach!! Splach!)
Boy: Oh no! Daddy! Daddy! No!
Daddy: Shut up boy! Shut up! I’m gonna slap you as hard as I can! Goddamn you! (Skla!!)
Boy: No!

IV. Forgiveness
Boy: Daddy, why did you hit me?
Daddy: I love you. I hit you because I love you. You've gotta learn sometime, this is a tough world. If you ain’t gonna be tough, if you ain’t gonna have an elephant skin, you ain’t gonna get nowhere. You’re gonna be a goddamn librarian. D’ya wanna be a librarian boy?
Boy: What’s a librarian?
Daddy: Goddamn, that’s the guy that takes the books out of the shelves and gives 'em out to people. Do you wanna do that?
Boy: I like books
Daddy: I love you, you know that? Although you’re a retard, I love you. Goddamn, stupid boy.
Boy: I love you too, daddy!
Daddy: Damn. Sing me that good song of yours, The Retard Blues. Can you sing for me? Can you sing for your old man?
Boy: Yes, daddy!
Daddy: Goddamn, boy, sing then!

V. Finale
Boy: The Retard Blues...
Daddy: Yeah!
Boy: The Retard Blues...
Daddy: Yeah!
Boy: The... I don’t remember
The Retard Blues! I’m a retard! Don’t you know? I’m a retard.
I can do anything I want because I’m a retard.

Retards are just like you and me. There aren’t any differences at all
Track Name: I'm Fat!
Baby, you know I’m fat!
Don’t you love me because I’m fat?
Would you like a hairy man instead?
Because you could, you can and you should
Put your head on my tummy. 'Cause I’m fat!
Don’t you like fat men, fat men,
Don’t you like fat men?
Come on baby
Gimme some of that sweet guitar!
(He’s fat also)

Oh yeah, I’m fat, you know I’m so fat
I like to eat junk and I don’t swim and jump
Because I’m fat

Don’t you love me? Don’t you care for me?
You know you can put you sweet head
On my tummy, because I’m fat!

Would you prefer a hairy man
Or a guy with a scar in his eye?
Or maybe you’d prefer a guy with a limp
Or a twitch in his eye? Yeah!
Is it my beard? Don’t you like my beard?
I’m bored. Yeah, I’m bored
With this song and this chord
Guitar man is smiling over here
Come on, give us something
(He’s hairy, yeah!)

You ain’t looking so hot yourself, bitch.
Track Name: Come Sweet Rain
As everybody knows it’s very hot here,
We’re all sweating and wishing for the winter to come.
This is a song… this is a song about the winter.
Yeah...

Come sweet rain
Come sweet rain
Wash my sin away
Take my pain away
Come sweet rain

Wash the filth from my body
Wash my headache from my head
Maybe you’re out there in the rain
Maybe you’re out there thinking of me

Come sweet rain
Come sweet rain
Wash my sin away
Take my pain away
Come sweet rain

Wash the filth from my body
Wash my headache from my head
Maybe you’re out there in the rain
Maybe you’re out there thinking of me

Come sweet rain
Come sweet rain
Come sweet rain
Track Name: Only A Phase In Life
This is only a phase in life
This is gonna be over
Sooner than you know

This is only a phase in life
You’re gonna get through it
Like everything else in life

Be strong
Be brave
Don’t hide away
You’ll show them
Who you are
What you’re capable of
Boy

This is only a phase in life
You’re gonna get through it
Like everything else in life

Be strong
Be brave
Don’t hide away
You’ll show them
Who you are
What you’re capable of
Track Name: Voice In A Box
So I Gave you my voice
In a box as a present
I love you, I love you,
I Love You

(Don’t lose it, that box. My voice is in it)