Tropical Depression

by Zap Dragon

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released October 1, 2016

"Tropical Depression" by Zap Dragon

additional musicians:
Adam Goodrich- trombone
Jim Ivy- saxophone

everything else- Zap Dragon

album artwork by Adeline Day

rhythm tracks recorded and engineered by Aaron Gandia & Jay Yerkes at Phat Planet Studios in Orlando, Florida

everything else recorded in Jay's bedroom and living room...it's quite nice, you should check it out sometime

mixed by Jay Yerkes

mastered by Aaron Gandia

...and most importantly, this album wouldn't be possible without all of the continuous love and support from our friends and family members over these past six years. We love you and cannot thank you enough. Now watch this drive ;)

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Track Name: Unwritten Rules
Our hearts are artificial as a drumming machine
But no one tends to notice if you keep up with the beat
Yeah, I'm trying, yeah, I'm trying, I tend to repeat
Just to get my pointless points across

No matter who's in office, their job is to lie
When neither of the parties can keep up with the times
We'll keep shooting up strangers whose skin is not as white
Until we have no more ground to stand

Unwritten rules, someone should write them down
Some things you do will never make a sound
But they'll keep you up until you have to come down
Your pointless points are pointing nowhere now

Our talks are superficial as an absent president
And no one wants a war unless you got some wealthy friends
But a promise is a promise unless it's just not meant
Yeah, anything to get your pointless points across


Unwritten rules, someone should write them down
Some things you do will never make a sound
But they'll keep you up until you have to come down
Your pointless points are pointing nowhere now

I just thought I would know what to do...didn't YOU?!


Unwritten rules, someone should write them down
Some things you do will never make a sound
But they'll keep you up until you have to come down
Your pointless points are pointing nowhere now
Yeah, your pointless points belong beneath the ground
Oh, your pointless points are pointing nowhere...

NOW
NOW
NOW
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!
Track Name: Things That You Do
Is this a business or is this an art
I find it difficult to tell them apart
When one is finished, well the other one starts
So, I'll stay on stage til' they close up the bar
Can someone pull up the car

Because there's things that you do that you might not want to do
But you do just to do the things you want to do
Yeah, there's people you see that you might not want to see
But you see if they're interested in buying your CD
Come see us after the show

Is this an act or is this actually you
I hope the latter but it's easy to confuse
When one is natural, well the other is abuse
So, how many handshakes does it take to get the truth
Can someone give me a clue


Because there's things that you do that you might not want to do
But you do just to do the things you want to do
Yeah, there's people you see that you might not want to see
But you see if they're interested in buying your CD
We're starving artists, you know

So sell your soul for a bag of gold just like you've always wanted to
I won't blame you, no, I'd do it too


Because there's things that you do that you might not want to do
But you do just to do the things you want to do
Yeah, there's people you see that you might not want to see
But you see if they're interested in buying your CD
Because there's things that you do that you might not want to do
But you do just to do the things you want to do
Yeah, there's things that you do that you hate to fucking do
But it proves that you truly love the things you want to do
To be a rock and not to roll
Track Name: Blue Tupperware
You think I'm selfish but I've never been the one to pass the blame
To someone else without a claim
You had a choice to make so you did the best that you could
You never meant to do us any good

It seems you're only after your own dreams
And I know there's no space

I know you know it but I also know I'll say it anyway
I guess there was no reason to stay

It seems you're only after your own dreams
And I know there's no space
I know there's no space for us to have a place

It seems you're only after your own dreams
And I know there's no space
I know there's no space
I know there's no space for us to have a place

Please excuse me if you feel I've spoken out of turn
I guess we both have things we need to learn
Track Name: Black Slacks
You were holding onto a big book of poetry
And I was holding onto a Coca-Cola probably
You know me, yeah you know me

But I can hold off on holding onto anything
Besides you and me, besides you and me

You were holding nobody's hand from what I could see
And I was holding my tongue but you were the first to speak
Lucky me, oh lucky me

There used to be days that I wished I was dead
Now all of those days have gone from my head
Now all that I want sleeps in my bed
What else can be said

We were holding our breath the first night we went to sleep

But I can hold off on holding onto anything
Besides you and me, besides you and me
Besides you and me, besides you and me
Besides you and me, besides you and me
Track Name: Night Before/Morning After
The night before and the morning after
What a perfect pair of enemies
One is filled with periodic laughter
The other will claim your destiny

So where will you find yourself tonight
Where will you find yourself tonight
Somewhere between all the sex and panicking
The ghosts of all your fears will come alive

The night before and the morning after
The difference between the two is everything
The combination leads unto disaster
But you won't know until the sun is seen

So where will you find yourself tonight
How will you find yourself tonight
Somewhere between all the cocaine and nicotine
The ghosts of all your fears will come alive

So where will you find yourself tonight
How will you die inside tonight
Somewhere between all the joy and misery
The ghosts of all your fears will come alive
The ghosts of all your fears will come alive
The ghosts of all your fears will come alive
Track Name: Ego Trippin'
Ego trippin' again I see, yeah, yeah
No sense of sincerity, where, where

When it comes to the offering
It's dick in hand for the measuring
Nobody forgets the truth

Ego trippin' again I see, yeah, yeah
Maxed out on modesty, who cares

When it comes to the offering
It's dick in hand for the measuring
Nobody forgets the truth
Oh, no, not even you
You just get better at...(massive jam indicates an arrogance of sorts)

Ego trippin' again I see, yeah, yeah
Ego trippin' again I see, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, oh, shit yeah

Ego trippin'
Ego trippin'
Ego trippin'
Ego trippin'
Track Name: Jokes
I showed up in plastic as to say that it was through
You seemed so ecstatic but what else were you to do
Oh, where was the sadness that I tried to make of you

I picked up a habit that I haven't tried to lose
I laid in the casket as I wrinkled my best suit
It's only as tragic as you want to make the truth

What are these conversations even about, anyway
I thought they had a purpose but all they have are some jokes to say
What are these conversations even about, anyway
I thought they had a purpose but all they have are some jokes to say

And if thinking before speaking was a full-time job
You'd be standing at the unemployment line
Begging for change while you try to say what's wrong and what's right

What are these conversations even about, anyway
I thought they had a purpose but all they have are some jokes to say
What are these conversations even about, anyway
You think you've got the answer but all you have is nothing

It's only as tragic as you want to make the truth
Track Name: Suburb Bound
A developer bought some land on the outside of town
A place to live safely and start to settle down
Where we can raise our children, I'm suburb bound, lord willin'

I came across just the other day
A well-dressed man who knew just what to say
About a new housing opportunity
Get away from the pressures of this dirty city
If you're trying to escape all the violence
A place where you can run and hide
Bring all your drug addicted children
Lock your bedroom doors from the outside
All lawns will be perfectly cut
Or the H.O.A. will come after you
They'll charge you with a fine if you dare cross that line
Just to show they have the use

A developer bought some land on the outside of town
A place to live safely and start to settle down
Where we can raise our children, I'm suburb bound, lord willin'

You can see the ninth hole from your backyard fence
The gate at the entrance makes a good defense
To keep out the unwanted lower class
Security at the gate will have to validate your pass
If you'd like to gain entry
To the housing of the elite
Community picnic's next Sunday
There's still lots of neighbors left to meet
They'll smile right to your face
As they stab you right in the back
They'll stand around and gaw as they watch you fall
Make fun of how you painted your door black

A developer bought some land on the outside of town
A place to live safely and start to settle down
Where we can raise our children, I'm suburb bound, lord willin'

I thought I knew what I was getting myself into
Won't you please stop in and check out my two car garage, three bedroom, two bath, forty year mortgage coffin

A developer bought some land on the outside of town
A place to live safely and start to settle down
Where we can raise our children, I'm suburb bound, lord willin'
Where we can raise our children, I'm suburb bound, lord willin'
Track Name: Overtly Happy
Overtly happy, no sense of pain
Yet sort of sappy but can't complain
Please don't distract me with petty words
And if you ask me it's understood

I want my epitaph to read he was happy as can be
I want a tattoo on my face to read overtly happy

Overtly happy, no sense of fear
As great as Gatsby and pretty queer

I want those wedding bells to ring for me in perfect harmony
I don't want drugs that I have to make me overtly happy

So when you see it going down do your best to keep it around
Oh, what I wouldn't give to me most naturally overtly happy

Overtly happy, I'm in control
But who knows exactly when it will go


I want my epitaph to read he was happy as can be
I want to sing all of my songs in key
And I want the final line for this to read overtly happy

Overtly Happy
Overtly Happy
Overtly Happy (you get the point)
Track Name: High School Dropout
I'm a high school dropout, does that change how you feel about me
Nothing I can do, all I could ever be is me

I see your sideways glances, I hear you talk behind my back
Is it that you're jealous or is it something that you lack
Like a backbone

Nothing in life is set, try to live without regret
If it would do me any good, if I could change I would

I think I found my calling, you're still waiting by the phone
Hope your piece of paper should keep you from feeling alone
You should hope so

All the choices I've made I know with time will fade
'Cause time will heal all wounds
You only get one chance regardless of circumstance
But time will heal all wounds and you know it'll make some too
If you just give it the chance, please don't give it the chance again

I'm a high school dropout, does that change how you feel about me
Nothing I can do, all I could ever be is me
Track Name: Darling Nicky
Oh, my Darling Nicky
It's been so long since I let you near me
But I can't say that I am sorry
But I sure miss your tar-filled kisses

Oh, I was a fool for ever wanting to know you
I was a fool for holding you in my hands
I was a fool for Darling Nicky

Oh, my Darling Nicky
Deep down inside I know you tried to kill me
But I can't say there were no warnings
But you still talk to both my parents

Oh, I was a fool for ever wanting to know you
I was a fool for holding you in my hands
I was a fool for Darling Nicky

I had to have you every day, I had to use you every night
When I was drinking, when I was high
Now look at me trying to quit you
Well, I, I, IIIIIIIIII

Oh, I was a fool for ever wanting to know you
I was a fool for holding you in my hands
I was a fool for Darling Nicky
I'm just a fool for Darling Nicky (Lookout!)
I'm just an addict for Nicky
Track Name: Cellophane
Cellophane fills up my time
I say I'm going to quit, yeah, I tell myself some lies
Walking down to the corner store
After every exit I feel like such a whore

Cellophane fills up my ride
The frequency increases like a station on a drive
One for every hour, every day
You think I would of learned something from my father's decay

Cellophane fills up my life
I cut the coldest turkey up with the sharpest knife
Bored as hell with nothing to do
I might as well just kill some time by killing myself too

So this is what you'll get
From a faithless hypocrite
I'm not saying that I'm wrong or right
But every morning I wake up I feel like I just took a year off of my life

Cellophane, sweet cellophane
Track Name: Let It Go
How many times can I apologize
Before you'll look me in the eyes...again
What did I do to you that was so wrong
You felt the need to keep your feelings so strong

Let it go

Tell me what more can I say
You don't have to be that way...this time
I'm not going to go looking in your mind
I'm always afraid of what I could find

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go

How many more times can I apologize

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go