Supercalifragile

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Completed in 2017, "Supercalifragile" collects material Scott Miller was working on at the time of his passing for a reimagining of Game Theory. The Posies/Big Star's Ken Stringfellow and Scott's wife Kristine Chambers Miller joined forces with Ken's Posies/Big Star partner Jon Auer, Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Camper Van Beethoven's Jonathan Segel, Mitch Easter, The Orange Peels' Allen Clapp, The Loud Family's Alison Faith Levy, Game Theory members Nan Becker, Fred Juhos, Dave Gill, Jozef Becker, Shelley LaFreniere, Suzi Ziegler, Donnette Thayer and Gil Ray and a large cast of friends and finished Scott's songs.

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released August 24, 2017

Produced by Ken Stringfellow
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Services
Album Art: B.J. West
Executive Producer: Kristine Chambers Miller

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Track Name: All You Need Is White
ALL YOU NEED IS WHITE
Miller/Schück

The summer
The song of the cicada
The streaming of the data
The cutting of grass into a row

The summer
The question is the summer
The answer is the winter
The answer is the freedom of the snow

The summer
The question is the summer
The question

Everyone’s looking, screening the headlines,
Everyone's got something to find

Oh we think about, watching out we’re fine already
Oh we think about, finding out we know already
Oh we think about, getting out we’re there already
Know already
Fine already

The seller
Is paying for the dollar
The number dials the caller
The customers choose the side of right

The color
The walls are every color
Run into burnt sienna together
But all you need is white

The color
The summer is the color
The summer
Everyone’s dealing, buying the headlines,
Trading the one thing they need
Track Name: Time Warner
TIME WARNER
Miller

Life
Why don't you spend that with me?
Time
Come on and waste some in my daydreams
Warner, warn me that there'll be no reprise
Of how good Elektra's asylum seems
Life
What if you just let me live mine for yours
Time
That's what your emerald eyes freeze-frame
Warner, warn me you've got to get love worthy now
Got to burn with the brightest flame
What was Joni
What was Joni Mitchell saying in
1970, 1970
How will the rock critic break it on down?
What was Neil
What was Neil Young saying in
1970, 1970
How will the rock critic break it on down?
What was John
What was John Cale saying in
1970, 1970
How will the rock critic break it on down?
They were saying how sad
How sad if I didn't tell you
How sad if you never knew
How much it means being wit
Track Name: An Overview Of Item Response Theory
AN OVERVIEW OF ITEM RESPONSE THEORY
Miller/Schück

You were right at the time
There was no way to fail
We allowed your jackknife
But now we use a new scale
You were not aware a choice was made
You just surfed the wave that came

I don’t know why
I don’t know why
I don’t know why--the Great Leap Forward
To know is your life worthwhile

And I’m sorry you lose
Listen to the chime
Find the right new excuse
For the place and the time

The inflection points we talked about
Are emotionally ranged
Track Name: No Love
NO LOVE
Miller/Mann

Another con
Another thing to make me long to be the Superman, the man of steel
Who’s always on
A creature strong enough to finally feel the things that you could never feel
And baby you’ve got me there
I want it to be true
That you do it all for me and not for you

No love no love no
You only think you do
No love no love no
You ought to think it through
No love because when it’s gone I’ll be crushed by the light I’ll be drawn into

And now you see that no Valhalla’s
Gonna pay you off in lovers who lose sleep at night
‘Cause you’re with me
You used to say the streets you walked down while in love with me would glow with light
And now they’re just streets again were you the last who knew
That you don’t make it look that easy being you

Show me what you need
You will leave your nature lying on a careless window sill
Cut your hair for when you go
Leave none to deceive themselves they see the one I know.
Show me what you want you do
you want options on what you don’t want left open to you
Track Name: Valerie Tomorrow
VALERIE TOMORROW
Miller/Stringfellow

You better watch your way through the day, you can't will it away
Benefits to aquarian pegs, this concept has no legs
What if the edge you can't persuade will lend you crosses you can borrow
‘Cause oh she's my Valerie today and oh she's my Valerie tomorrow

True to the valor that gave you your name, a strength that carries the pain
Whether she wins or whether she feigns, cut out stars in shapes of flame
She never worries what her pleasure seeking eyes will do with sorrow
‘Cause oh she's my Valerie today and oh she's my Valerie tomorrow

You've got audacity well beyond the average capacity putting you on
You've gotta carry the audience over the limits of reasonable tolerance
When you begin in a war and you end even more in it that's the determinist intimist, man

Oh she's my Valerie today
You better watch it or will it away
You'll never wonder what your pleasure seeking eyes will do with sorrow
‘Cause oh she's my Valerie today and oh she's my Valerie tomorrow

In the equation of the absurd I'm just that much more of a girl
I'm just that much more

Oh she's my Valerie today and oh she's my Valerie tomorrow
Valerie tomorrow
She’s my Valerie
My Valerie
Track Name: Say Goodbye
SAY GOODBYE
Miller/Gillard

You’re in the world that you wanted
And you never say “on second thought” anymore
Who’s turning up on the sidewalk?
Who’s gonna block the sun and ask anymore?

Sorry baby, now you don't have the luxury

Now that you've had a closer look at what you would change, and why
What would you do with your second thought, say goodbye?

What would you say you could have said?
Because second thoughts say you yourself gotta leave

Sorry, baby
You changed your world and don't remember why
Sorry sunshine, now it’s someone else's luxury to cry
Say goodbye
Now that it’s not a wish away, say goodbye.

Sorry sunshine, but now you can't cry and you've got to leave
What if you changed your mind?
Say goodbye

You’re in the world that you wanted
And you never say “on second thought” anymore

(you yourself gotta leave)

Now that you're in the world you asked for,
What would you change and why?
What would you do with your second thoughts, say goodbye?

What would you do with your second thought?
Say goodbye
Track Name: Laurel Canyon
LAUREL CANYON
Miller

Where are they taking you tonight, Julie Ann?
With some inspiring dream of doing better than all your school girlfriends
Photographed on island shores
Breezing in through hotel doors
From which there will be no return

How have they told you things will change, Julie Ann?
That it’s a necessary evil
Leaving me with all of life’s loose ends?
And do they say leave bad and good
With other things from your childhood
They are no longer your concerns?

Everywhere she turns
Laurel Canyon burns and no one ever learns

How many times will you be making your new start?
Editing what you’ve been through line by line ‘til someone thinks it looks like art
It may not have a truthful ring
But one day you’ll give anything
To get away from everything you’ve earned

Maybe you just don’t see that you’re leaving me
You’re leaving me
Don’t you know they got you too easily
Too easily too easily
Track Name: Kristine
KRISTINE
Miller/Sheff

Until you saw me,
another life…
Rain through sunlight.
Tears on me
on our climb,
the sparkle in your eyes…
I know that nothing is forever.
I’m not surprised.

The road to here was hard to miss
I drove it like a long summer kiss.
The way so clear, the earth outspins
that axis where it’s set,
and I can hear them saying,
“Tell me what is really on your mind.”

Kristine –
the road takes what it needs
and we’ll see where it leads
when we’re there.
Kristine,
I’m only lost
when you’re not there.

I want a hit.
I want you, miss.
I want it without knowing
what it is.
Still, you can live,
and you could whisper, off the mic,
to someone who you’d like.

Kristine –
the road takes what it needs
and we’ll see where it leads
when we’re there.
Kristine,
I might lose direction,
though with you I’m not lost anywhere.

Hey,
knowing what you know now,
could you see from another angle?
Though I was re-aligned and self aware –
I was defiant, and self-reliant –
I knew that I would have the final word,
being with you is asylum.
Every year with you is asylum

They’re saying,
“Tell me what is really on your mind.”

Kristine –
the road takes what it needs
and we’ll see where it leads
when we’re there.
Kristine,
I love you altogether.
The road we’re on together
only leads to where we belong.
Track Name: Between The Bottles
BETWEEN THE BOTTLES
Miller/Auer

Girl I remember talking a blue streak
Spinning such a web of predictions
That would turn out all to be fictions to face

And by the light of my former glories
You learned the words to all my shadowy stories
My repentance a slippery sentence to chase

Now I’m between bottles of sunshine
And you’re all that’s making me feel fine
And girl I can last if I know once I’m past it you’re still mine

Clouds don’t part when they’re thundering
Wondering when it’s going to be alright
And the skies won’t clear 'til they’re falling
Calling me, when’s it gonna be alright?

There’s nothing worse than thinking it’s better
Think you’re getting warmer but it’s just wetter
Surfing hard on a straight path to cleverness now
Of all the seas in this solar system
This floating boy’s in yours and only you could enlist him
Rays of hope now, I’d like to kiss them and how

But I’m between bottles of sunshine
And you’re all that’s making me feel fine
And girl I can last if I know once I’m past it you’re still mine

And ain’t it a trip at the iceberg’s trip
When you can’t see the frozen below?
And remember when I couldn’t tell you
And say all the answers to questions you already know?

Clouds don’t part when they’re thundering
Wondering when it’s going to be alright
And the skies won’t clear 'til they’re falling
Calling me, when’s it gonna be alright?

Well I can’t believe we'll never relieve
What’s so hard to perceive
And it won’t be alright

But the skies don’t clear 'til they’re falling
Calling me when’s it gonna be alright?
When’s it gonna be alright?
When’s it gonna be alright?
Yeah, when’s it gonna be alright?
Track Name: Always Julianne
ALWAYS JULIANNE
Miller/Stringfellow

Julianne
In every night there's a day locked in moonlight telling the shore: Julianne
Julianne
Or was it the bit part of daylight flowing like hair through your hands
You'll find us morning if anyone can

Anyone's memory that plays against type is stronger than I deserve
I can't call it anonymous anytime after I finally muster the courage
Julianne
The South Sea islands know waves' Midnight secrets: you know still more
You'll find us morning if anyone can

Of all the theories you gave when I first ordered logic to stand
I'm forming predicate sentences straight from the light brigand

Julianne
Is the ball you dance In my memory lost in the air Julianne
Julianne
Was the introduction that brought you novel to where it began?
Or some indispensable part of your plan?
Was the soldier you coaxed back from battle scars weeping the death of love everlasting
An essential etiquette forming the tension you rode into spring making idiots tremble but thinking they're singing?

Julianne -- a far away cry one day wakes you shaking off laces of sand
Julianne -- the best indentations of grace left by tracing your face with your hand
We're all essential to part of your plan

Julianne Julianne
Some indispensable part of your plan
You'll find us morning if anyone can
Track Name: It's A Wonderful Lie
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE
Miller/Levy

If I’m alit with candles, let them glow
If I’m acast with darkness, let everyone know

I’m bright with ideas that flicker and shine
Dark as the shutters, and dumb as the blinds

You’re not pretty anymore so don’t pray to that particular god
He can’t hear the whoosh of your hair
And he won’t listen to your vanity prayer

Where were the voices when I needed to
Find something fixable in you?

I don’t blow in the wind like an answer
I’m not singing for a-changing the times
I go slow with the truth ‘cause I know
It’s a wonderful lie

I said “Lord do you reward what’s humble and true?”
He said “Man, I don’t know, what would you do?”

I’m afraid of Zen, that’s my pile of things to attach to
That the wise old master is putting a match to

Door to door bible sales to girls in pajamas
As you give me the “Como se llamas”

It’s your stake I take through my vampire religion
You never knew you were its paradise vision

This is only disappointment, God be praised
My prize is noble but my spirit has not been raised
It’s late to chime in, late to wonder how and why
People change every day - you did, so could I

Every time a bell rings
It's just a fallen angel trying to sell me something
Track Name: Oh, Death
OH DEATH
Miller/Leo

Oh, Death, you will have your say
But the place ain't here and the day's not today

Sat at your bed; we spent four days inside
They informed me the white count was high
Late to arrive, I was first to be chided
And latest in wondering why

I'll only tell the children when the children have seen me cry
But you know the look in my eye

Oh, Death, you will have your say
But the place ain't here and the day's not today

An eye on my phone every time you’re alone
Every time you drive down to the sea
Our minds on a light that burned briefly but bright
I should thank you for living with me

Will mutual friends shore your fragments against
Our ruin and their own decline?
And will someone do it with mine?

Oh, Death, you will have your say
But the place ain't here and the day's not today

Oh, Death, you will have your say
Track Name: Exit For An Opening
EXIT FOR AN OPENING
Miller/Schück

I hide and my mother seeks
But I’ll be there when she speaks
I’ll come back under the sky
When she feels the same sun as I on our cheeks

I come and go with the breeze
But I’ll be there when I please
At school, I'm made for this age,
I see the same place on the page as it seems

Down the street
And face down it down it down it
What am I on the street for now?

I hide and somebody seeks
But I’ll be gone when she speaks
I’ll be as glad that she came
Although I have not heard that name now for weeks
Track Name: I Still Dream Of Getting Back To Paris
I STILL DREAM OF GETTING BACK TO PARIS
Miller/Schück/Barbeau

I still dream of getting back to Paris
Don’t let me down cause I’m on the short list
The slider in your head is fading from your iris
I read in you as the book I just want to resist

I don’t want to be a trigger on your fingertip
I don’t want to be the light in your hair
I don't want to ride your lifeless little guilty trip
I don’t want to be the winner and the loser
Cause the writer and the reader are there

Oh no soft reading,
Oh no keep hard seeing
Oh no keep white ceilings
Oh no pills and soaps are dripping down
Running down going down
Let me climb down

I still dream of an escape in Paris
So many years until we get to Rigel five
The balance in your head is leading to Polaris
Cherish the stars and shine like the sun when you drive

I don’t want to be the glitter on your fingernails
I don’t want to be the light in your hair
I don’t want to weigh your life of happiness on scales
I don’t want to be the joker or the dealer
The spinner of the wheel unfair

Oh no soft reading, oh no keep hard seeing
Oh no keep white ceilings
Oh no pills and soaps are dripping down
Running down down going down down
Let me climb down
Down running down down going down down
So sad to say goodbye
So sad to say goodbye

I still dream of an escape in Paris
So many years until we get to Rigel five
The balance in your head is leading to Polaris
Cherish the stars and shine like the sun when you drive

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