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The songs on this album were written for FAWM (February Album Writing Month) 2015 in collaboration with the credited songwriters who have generously donated their efforts for this compilation. Funds from all sales will be used to assist with medical & living expenses for Daniel Jun Kim, founder/editor of the pop culture website PopMythology.com, who has been fighting to recover from a long-term chronic illness since 2011.

Much like the Pop Mythology website itself, these songs were inspired by myth, popular culture and the perennial struggle to overcome strife and adversity.

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released August 23, 2016

MUSIC:
Meri Amber (www.meriamber.com)
Candle (candle.bandcamp.com)
Valerie Cox (valeriecox.bandcamp.com)
Joanne Gabriel (www.thesixtyone.com/joannegabriel)
Kolton Holbrook (www.koltonholbrook.com/music/)
Leslie Hudson (lesliehudson.com)
Deborah Linden (www.facebook.com/deborahlindenmusic/)
Jim Lundy (www.facebook.com/Jim-Lundy-Music-342903075748865/)
Sean McGaughey (www.ductapeguy.net)
G Slade (gslade.com)
Darci Strutt (soundcloud.com/darci-strutt)
Peter Watkinson (www.facebook.com/Abomnium)

LYRICS:
Pop Mythologist (popmythology.com)

MASTERING:
Rob Cooke (www.mojobat.com)

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Track Name: I Love Lucy
Used to be lost in the terrible darkness
Lived like an animal wandering aimless
You brought life to what used to be barren
Fell into my life like lightning from heaven

Don't know what was in that apple you gave me
But I see things much differently now, Lucy
Don't know what was in that apple you gave me
Now I see my true self so clearly

When I first saw you on the school quad that day
The way you showed up that big bully Dante
I had a boyfriend but I fell in love then
I could never go back to Adam again

Don't know what was in that apple you gave me
But I see things much differently now, Lucy
Don't know what was in that apple you gave me
It even cleared away all of my acne

When they caught us sharing apples they freaked out
The teacher yelled at us, the one who had gout
Sent us to the principal's office that day
And we got expelled from Eden High - hurray!

Don't know what was in that apple you gave me
But I see things much differently now, Lucy
Don't know what was in that apple you gave me
But I will love you forever, my dear Lucy
Track Name: Mega You
This game we play has many adversities
Some are events, some are adversaries
They’ll burn you or leave your heart cold
They’ll cut you and leave you less bold

Some people you meet will be like snakes
They’ll get ahead whatever it takes
Setbacks will spin you like a tornado
But there’s a gift inside each foe so...

Listen to my master plan
You’re gonna be like Mega Man
And you won’t and you won’t have to be so blue
If you become, oh, the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh

For what you believe sometimes you must fight
Follow in the footsteps of Dr. Light
Beware of the Dr. Wilys out there
Who only care about their own welfare

Don’t become what you hate but study it
So that their tactics you can outwit
Absorb what’s good and reject what’s bad
And then fight fire with fire, yeah

Listen to my master plan
You’re gonna be like Mega Man
And you won’t, and you won’t have to be so blue
If you become, oh, the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You

Learn from your enemy
Grow from adversity
Remember your lessons
Use them as your weapons
Learn from your enemy
Grow from adversity
Remember your lessons
Use them as your weapons, yeah eh-yeah

Listen to my master plan
You’re gonna be like Mega Man
And you won’t, and you won’t have to be so blue
If you become, oh, the Mega You

Listen to my master plan
You’re gonna be like Mega Man
And you won’t, and you won’t have to be so blue
If you become, oh, the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Oh oh oh ohh the Mega You
Track Name: Karma Whore
Creationism atheism nihilism tribalism
Feudalism anarchism socialism despotism
Conservatism liberalism nepotism schism

Blame you label you brand you ban you
Hate you fight you break you kill you
I want you I need you I love you I use you

Who am I without my enemy
Who am I without my war
I need you to feed my identity
I just want to be your karma whore

Red states blue states United States a sad state
Agitate aggravate denigrate segregate
It's not our fate to annihilate but maybe it is just too late

You're so stupid you're so wrong you are weak for I am strong
I will shame you and defame you, there is no right without a wrong
We're God's people, they are sheeple (everybody sing-along!)

Who am I without my enemy
Who am I without my war
I need you to feed my identity
I want to be your karma whore

If you left I would be lost
For a better world, it's too great a cost
Villain makes hero in this fantasy
Don't you see?
You need me

Who am I without my enemy
Who am I without my war
I need you to feed my identity
I want to be your karma whore

I said
Who am I without my enemy
Who am I without my war
Without you I cannot truly be
Without you I am no more
Track Name: Antisocial Media
Paint a filthy picture
Of your fellow human
Five seconds, all you need to
Figure out what I think
Don't read what I wrote
Jump to your conclusions
Predict who I am
Assume what I stand for
Put words in my mouth
Grasp at little straw men
Misread between the lines
Addicted to your rage
Makes you feel so good
Jump at any excuse
To one up someone else
Track Name: Problem/Solution
First get you to drink from fear's sweet venom
Then promise the cure from the same cauldron
Keep whispering how you are a victim
And that healing comes from acquisition

Create the problem
Sell the solution
Create the problem
Sell the solution

Broadcast on the TV non-stop bedlam
Mass produce safety dressed up as a gun
Scream that someone is attacking your freedom
Then we'll recruit you to fight a religion

Create the problem
Sell the solution
Create the problem
Sell the solution

Instill loneliness in you that you can't fathom
Offer smartphones that promise constant connection
Nurture a culture of narcissism
Invent new forms of self-beautification

Create the problem
Sell the solution
Create the problem
Sell the solution

Making you believe it's due to the system
A distraction to prevent introspection
Keep you obsessing on the outer symptom
Anything to stop your evolution

Create the problem that this is the problem
Sell the solution that prevents a solution
Create the problem that this is the problem
Sell the solution that prevents a solution

Create the problem that this is the problem
Sell the solution that prevents a solution
Create the problem that this is the problem
Sell the solution that prevents a solution
Track Name: Marco Polo
Marco Polo desired a legendary jewel
Traveled far and wide, by foot, by mule
No matter where he looked it was not there
'Till one day he said, "What a load of hot air!"

Magellan traversed the seven seas and beyond
Look for me that way and you will despond
For I'm not just any ol' kind of jewel
I'm the kind you can't cut no matter the tool

Marco (Polo!)
Marco (Polo!)
Looking everywhere, it will drive you loco!
Marco (Polo!)
Marco (Polo!)
Never find me that way, not even on Pluto!

I hope this song will help you understand
You won't find me if you search the whole land
Like explorers named Lewis & Clark
Wherever they went, they kept missing the mark

Oh polo's a sport I can't understand
You hit a ball with a swing of forehand
Chase me that way, you can call it a day
Whenever I'm close you just whack me away

Marco (Polo!)
Marco (Polo!)
Looking everywhere, it will drive you loco!
Marco (Polo!)
Marco (Polo!)
Never find me that way, not even on Pluto!

Moral of this tale: don't be like Marco
Don't know what I mean? Your brain might be poco
Marco settled for trinkets and lockets
For you can never find what's in your own pockets

Marco (Polo!)
Marco (Polo!)
Looking everywhere, it will drive you loco!
Marco (Polo!)
Marco (Polo!)
Never find me that way, not even on Pluto!
Track Name: Dracula & Frankenstein
(Dracula)
Dr. Frankenstein, may I ask you something?
(Frankenstein)
Of course, Count Dracula. Ask me anything.

(Dracula)
What are we doing in this alley?
You're supposed to come up with a cure
So the smell of blood won't be a lure
It's midnight and I'm getting hungry

(Frankenstein)
Oh, have patience, Drac! Will you cut me some slack?
Please go and find me a dead body
I need one that's fresh and not so smelly
And rather one that has a strong back

(Both)
What a macabre pair are we
Under the cloak of night
Working in harmony
Is our delight

(Dracula)
Are you suggesting that I kill someone?
Just so you can make another monster?
(Frankenstein)
Yes, but can we hurry and just get it done
It's not like this would be your first cadaver

(Both)
What a macabre pair are we
Under the cloak of night
Working in harmony
Is our delight

(Dracula)
I asked for help because I'm sick!
(Frankenstein)
Your blood addiction you can kick!
(Dracula)
But you are feeding my craving!
(Frankenstein)
Will you just do it, man, and stop your complaining?

(Both)
Oh, why is it hard to just find some good help?
Why do I have to do everything myself?

(Dracula)
I should have known that you were just a fraud
(Frankenstein)
Dammit, Drac, I'm a doctor, not a god!

(Both)
What a macabre pair are we
Under the cloak of night
Working in harmony
Is our delight

(Dracula)
So are you curing me or not?
(Frankenstein)
I will cure you but I need more time
(Dracula)
Then all the time in the world shall be thine
(Frankenstein)
By the blazes you are talking rot!

(Both)
What a macabre pair are we
Under the cloak of night
Working in harmony...

(Frankenstein)
Uh, Drac? Drac, what are you doing? No, wait, Drac! Noooooooo!
Track Name: Duh, Do Run Run
Whenever you hear creepy music start to play
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!
Boyfriend says "Let's have a roll in the hay"
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!

Yeah, you're really dumb
Yeah, you're almost done!
Cuz whenever you're in doubt
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!

When someone reads Latin from a dusty book
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!
Anytime, anywhere you see a hook
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!

Yeah, the car won't start
Yeah, you're not so smart
Cuz whenever you're in doubt
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!

Don't ever check the body to make sure it's dead
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!
It ain't dying even if you shoot its head
Duh, do run run run! Duh, do run run!

Yeah, you better not split up
Yeah, don't ever trust your luck
So whenever you're in doubt
Just run run run run! Just run run run!
Track Name: Pac-Man [Explicit]
(Yeah!)
(You know what just happened?)
(You know what this means?!)

Power pellet
I just had one
Now you better run
Run like I'm poison

Better ghost, motherfuckers
Or you're toast, motherfuckers
No more running, no more hiding
I am Pac-Man, motherfuckers

Just when you're thinking that you got me cornered
Just when you're thinking you got me backin' down
That's when you're really gonna feel my hunger
That's when it all gets turned around

Shit is real
You'd better peel
Now you're blue
Now you're screwed
I will eat you!

Try to trap me, motherfuckers
You don't scare me, motherfuckers
Ain't no maze that can hold me
I am free, motherfuckers

Just when you're thinking that you got me cornered
Just when you're thinking you got me backin' down
That's when you're really gonna feel my hunger
That's when it all gets turned around

I'm the P-A-C to the M-A-N
Gonna eat you little bitches
I'm the motherfuckin Pac-Man
Ain't no maze that I can't win
Everybody knows my name
I'm the motherfuckin Pac-Man
Chasin' after me?
Shit, you must be crazy
I'll eat a power pellet
And I'll ghost like Swayze
Bring all your little friends
And you still can't faze me
Even Casper won't try
Since I ate his lady
Dorian Gray?
I'll eat a portrait a day
Just get out of my way
You busters don't want to play
Ghostbusters ain't got shit on me
Who you gonna call?
It's the P-A-C
I know you're not surprised that I'm droppin rhymes
I've been eating lines since Reagan was alive
Now I'll eat you beasts
There is no retreat
I'm the little yellow thing
That you can't compete

Just when you're thinking that you got me cornered
Just when you're thinking you got me backin' down
That's when you're really gonna feel my hunger
That's when it all gets turned around

(And I *ain't* Nuprin!)
(You want it?)
(Bring it!)
Track Name: Ouroboros
Pick the self apart one scale at a time
Feed myself each piece to the rhythm of breath
Burrow through the ground, seek out every false desire, I'm
Not swimming against the current, I'm
Embracing the freedom hidden in this death, I'm
Setting this effigy of myself afire

I feared the loss of everything but I
Must lose everything to gain something, I
Must reclaim my own false creation, I
Am Saturn taking apart his own son

To be filled i must empty the vessel
Pour out every last delusion held inside
And then shatter the container that once kept it
I will tear down the Tower of Babel
Among the loss and ruin I will abide
Until what digs itself out is my freed spirit

I feared the loss of everything but I
Must lose everything to gain something, I
Must reclaim my own false creation, I
Am sacrificing myself to the sun

Who I thought I was must be crucified
So as to peer beyond the fictitious veil
To see the face of Self that cannot be undone
And so I coil around and face my end
Swallow deep, impale my throat upon my tail
And keep spiraling until death and rebirth are one

I feared the loss of everything but I
Must lose everything to gain something, I
Must reclaim my own false creation, I
Am circling the path of the Son
Track Name: The Eternal Return
I feared the loss of everything but I
Must lose everything to gain something, I
Must reclaim my own false creation I
Am Saturn taking apart his own son
Track Name: Wolf Song
We feel you watching us
We who are the nameless
But your thoughts have no place here
Concepts will be your death here

We stay close to the ground
While you hunt the profound
You are looking everywhere
But our sky is always there

Here there is freedom
Freedom at a price
The hunger of wisdom
Demands the sacrifice

Survival cleanses you
The fear liberates you
A thousand scents in the air
Every sense alive, aware

Cut the shackles you wear
Shed the burdens you bear
Be guided by Luna's light
Taste the nectar of the night

Here there is freedom
Freedom at a price
The hunger of wisdom
Demands the sacrifice

Here there is freedom
Freedom at a price
The hunger of wisdom
Demands the sacrifice
Track Name: The Search for Spock
He helped define a generation
The center of calm, the voice of reason
A counterpoint to his friend's passion
His mind was a light and a beacon

We watched him with starry-eyed wonder
Of riddles and answers we'd ponder
Wondered what lied beyond and yonder
As we stood inhaling the night zephyr

So come join me in my search for Spock
Fearless as we open the airlock
Over uncharted lands we will walk
Together we'll start a new epoch

As they went about their starry crusade
Even if danger had others dismayed
And the captain too found himself dazed
When he was there I was not afraid

His logic was the antidote to fear
When combined with love my mind was clear
My heart breached the stratosphere
And I had the will to persevere

So come join me in my search for Spock
Fearless as we open the airlock
Over uncharted lands we will walk
Together we'll start a new epoch

Others dream of sailing the firmament
But my eyes are on the inner descent
Where I will use his steady discernment
Until my soul scales the highest ascent

So come join me in my search for Spock
Fearless as we open the airlock
Over uncharted lands we will walk
Together we'll start a new epoch

Won't you join me in my search for Spock
Fearless as we open the airlock
Over uncharted lands we will walk
Together we'll start a new epoch
Track Name: Talking the Sick Blues
There's a benefit to being chronically ill
And it's better than taking a happy pill
You see, the things that happened yesterday
I will totally forget come today
And all that isn't remembered is well

Well you might as well call me Forrest Gump
My memory is like a garbage dump
Because a bad event in the past
Whatever it is it doesn't last
And life is like a box of chocolates

They say I'm easy to get along with
It's because my brain don't have much bandwidth
Anything you did to me the other day
I sure as hell can't remember today
I take my friendships one day at a time

See, I've got this bacteria in my brain
That makes me feel like I've been hit by a train
And when your body hurts as much as this
Not thinking too much is such sweet bliss
And you can just be thankful for the air

While everyone lives life like it's a race
I only focus on what's in my face
If you do the same you'll be more content
You'll have less things that you want to lament
And I won't have to talk these blues anymore (no, siree)

People have so much to worry about
But future worries I can do without
I have enough trouble hanging on now
So I trust that I'll just make it somehow
And that's how I can live in the moment

Now I got nothing against making plans
But the results are now outta your hands
So even as you are on this little quest
If you can let go then you are truly blessed
And you can just enjoy the experience

So if the road is tough and it feels eternal
Just be more like me and make your intellect dull
Cuz fools survive while kings kill each other
And once they're gone we can all love one another
Just one big dumb and happy family

Now, then...
Where was I?
Oh yes...
[Repeat]