Unidentified Funk Objective

by Rob Coonrod

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All songs were written and performed by Rob Coonrod.

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released 16 May 2013

Unidentified Funk Objective was engineered, mixed and mastered by Jeremy Fogel in May 2013

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Rob Coonrod Los Angeles, California

Rob “Fire” Coonrod is a guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Interlochen, MI. He studied Classical and Jazz guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy and then at CalArts and has taken influences from his many travels abroad to Europe and South America. Rob is currently living in Los Angeles playing acoustic rock shows and rocking out with his band, Three Trees. ... more

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Track Name: The Bus
Take the steering wheel and hold on tight
You'll make it through the night
Just turn on the headlights.

But ask yourself one question
Are you on the bus (or) are you off the bus?
So ask yourself one question
Are you on the bus are you off the bus?
There's a colorful road ahead of us,
Are you on the bus are you off the bus?
You're always welcome if you throw
All your fears out the window
The river keeps on going, flowing,
Showing that all of us is driving this bus.

Ever changing stream of line
Dreams of blue and green and hues
Of tangible flavor our mandibles savor the taste of place.
A blizzard of lizards that change and adapt to the happenings of now
Are how they are swirling out
As they shout to the world of their origin, of their origin.

So ask yourself one question
Are you on the bus are you off the bus?
So ask yourself one question
Are you on the bus? are you off the bus?
Rays of the trumpet call
Waves with the hands of all
Everyone who cares to gesture
At a lonely romantic jester
Take on the task of making the king laugh
All his subjects will know who's really driving this bus.

Tonal side effects lead my hairs
To give a standing ovation
For the facts of life
The act of life
the track of life
The pact of life
Honestly the tea is green
And the limes are sweet
As the heat of sixteen suns.

So take the steering wheel
Just like Neal Cassidy
You'll make it through the night
Just turn on the headlights

And ask yourself one question...
Track Name: Unidentified Funk Objective
What are you without your mask?
What am I without my cage?
What are we to be without our current perspective?
That's the unidentified funk objective.

What are you going to see when your lights go out?
What am I going to do when they try to put my fire out?
How do we agree when the choice is collective?
That's the unidentified funk objective.

What are we doing here, flying around?
Why do we need our shoes when our feet don't touch the ground?
All these windows around me love to live
in the unidentified funk objective.

How can I go on talking like this?
How can I go on singing like this is the last thing I will give?
The world needs the unidentified funk objective.

I don't know what they see in me
I'm just a person with a personality
I'm so sorry if you expected more from me
But if you're tired of standing still,
Just listen to the trees.

How can I go on talking like this?
How can I go on singing like this is the last day I will live?
The world needs the unidentified funk objective.
Track Name: The Train
I find myself running behind the train
That is carrying all of my dreams away from me.
I wish this were a dream, and I wish that I could wake up
To a nice hot meal on the train.

But I'm constantly running behind the train
And I can't stop stepping on the turtle shells
That are slippery from the rain.
I wish I had a chance to help this world advance
But I'm useless if I can't catch up to that train.

My friends all pass me by,
Riding horses of green and white
And I watch them dismount and step onto that train.
And my girl is reaching out to me
From a window that I cannot see
But I slip again and fall
Further behind the train.

I'm desperately running behind the train.
There's a band on the roof but I can't hear what they're playin'
Through the wind and the thunder and the rain
I see a silhouette in a flash of lightning
And it looks an awful lot like a shadow of me.

But I'm frantically running behind the train.
It's too dark to see but I hear them calling my name.
For that I can't give up,
But I know I'm not fast enough,
So now I'm just a fool that jumped off of that train.

And my family is on that train,
They have found their seats
And are out of the rain
And as they wonder where I am,
I'm screaming behind the train.
My future is on that train,
It shot me in the back and ran off with my brain.
But my debt I will collect if I can just get on that train.

But I'm too weak from running behind the train.
Every time I speak I only put myself to shame.
And if there's a god in the skies,
I'd like him to apologize,
But in the end I know it's only me I have to blame.

Here I am, running behind the train.
It feels like my whole life has been lived in vain.
I want my friends, I want my dreams
I want my girl, I want my family
But they're all on a train that my future stole away from me.

I want my friends, I want my dreams
I want my girl, I want my family
But they're all on a train that my future stole away from me.
Track Name: Everyone Will See
Many years later I looked myself up and down
Through the rhythm I had found
And in the memories I will surely come back around.

Because I misplaced my shadow in the dead of the night
I just hope it's alright
I wonder if it remembers how to get back to my light.

Everything in my past is buried deep
I don't know how I can sleep
I stand waiting for my bus in a cold and empty street.

And every distant light I see
I think is coming for me
But when I put my thumb out
It changes its course suddenly.

Suddenly, I change my form
And now I'm living for a sign in a world
With a mind that recognizes timing
In a way that's unseen,
Everyone will see.

You can ask me whatever you want
But don't tell me what I need
I made it all the way out here just to plant a seed.

In the middle of a field beyond the burnt trees
I know that there's a place for me
The dark and light are balanced right
And I won't ever have to leave.

I won't ever have to leave.

At my core I'm alone but when I'm at home
There's a second tone spinning in my bones
And I think they know me well
On the other side.

A double helixical structure
Where history's displayed
On a trillion television screens
My memories got pushed up onto that stage

And I don't care to watch reruns of my mistakes.
I wish I could rip out the page.

Suddenly, I change my form
And now I'm living for a sign in a world
With a mind that recognizes timing
In a way that's unseen,
Everyone will see.
Track Name: Spiders in My Vacuum
I'll do my best to make it quick and painless
So you won't have time to dwell on the stainless necessities
That you'll have to leave behind
In the vacuum you'll get spun around
Reunited with the hurricane of visible sound
In the vacuum you can reach through the eye of the storm,
Between thought and form.

In the vacuum you were given all you need
Like Johnny and his seed knew that growth is guaranteed
Whatever you see, whoever you may be
I'll make it easy to be free but you'll just have to trust me.
I might be crazy but you'll just have to trust me.
I know Im crazy but you'll just have to trust me.

I've got to do it, I've got to go
I've got to send all the spiders back home
I've got to make my own web
I've got to clear my head cause I've got a skin to shed.
Every monkey's got a skin to shed
You know every monkey's got to shed.

In the vacuum you will never be alone,
But you will always be on your own
That's the overall tone of the feeling of home
It's not the ringing of your phone,
Or the flesh on your bone
It's all about the zone right between your eyes
Or rather in the skies, who needs a car when you can fly?
In the vacuum you can see through all the dust
And rearrange it as you must.
Track Name: Bucket Full of Barrels
There is a hill on the other side of the line
One that I'm going to climb
So far it seems, in the darkness her flashlight beams
She's reaching out to me, as far as I see
And I can't even name all the colors she illuminates
In my life, in my life today.

She walked in my room and thought, who could this be?
And why do I feel I've been here previously?
I wish I could be there today, maybe I am on my way,
Soon it will be our day
But I feel so far away from my home that I've known
In so many other ways,
That feeling will be here to stay,
In my life today.

She's like a bucket full of barrels
with waterfalls in each
Falling into an ocean of electrons
That form into a beach
She lights the fireworks hanging out of my ears
And takes my blindfold off
She puts out my cigarette
And motions to call the firing squad off

And I'll say to you, "You are who I am"
And never again will I let it slip through my
Hand in hand, we'll walk this land
and kiss the ground for the hand that we found
But I won't let go, no, no
You emanate a brilliant glow so,
What do you say,
Be in my life today?

She's like a bucket full of barrels
with waterfalls in each
Falling into an ocean of electrons
That form into a beach
She lights the dynamite hanging out of my ears
And takes my blindfold off
She puts out my cigarette
And motions to call the firing squad off

And I'll say to you...
Track Name: Frog or a Fish
Don't look to me for answers
You've got to listen for yourself
You've got to know that there is something else

Frenzy in the classroom
Silence spells respect
there must be diversity in the grades you collect

Why must I fail, when I just set sail?
I will tell a true tale to myself when I was young
We will start to see when we slip on the ice and we bleed our story
But you know that when we're dry
We'll be light enough to fly

What kind of animal are you?
Are you a frog or a fish?
Do you reside in a cage or in a crystal petri dish?

I can almost see you
You're pulling your own tail
You've got to use it to steer while you sail.

Why must I try if all I'm going to do is die?
I'm writing songs to sing to myself when I was young
We will be on the verge of so-called insanity
And we will finally see
All the things we were meant to see

So floating on open water
I get sunburned on my back
I've got my sunglasses but I had no clothes to pack

How can I keep my cool?
I'm burning up all the time
I've got to dive in to the ocean to get some peace of mind.
Peace of mind...

There is no failure but the failure to try
And we will meet again when we are free to fly
But until then, slipping on the ice again
Be your own friend and help yourself up again
You can see your reflection when you look through the end.
Track Name: Not Unarmed
I'd like to sit and watch
As the Earth sets
In the horizon of the sun.
I'd like to run around
With my bare feet
Burning from the sandy ground.
I'd like to sound the fire alarm
So that everyone can hear
That we're not unarmed
There's no reason to be alarmed.
No reason to be alarmed
No reason to be alarmed...

Well I sat down Sunday
Forgot about Monday
Into space I flew away
But that's just what they say
Everything can be summed up
Into one little...
One day we will hear them say
Do you want to come and play?
But something's in the way
Of playing today.
We're playing today.
Playing today...

We've come too far
To give it up now
So live it up somehow...

Moth wings, Buddha balls
Bells ring in elephant halls
The shell sings for ocean walls
Encasing the toothless whale call
Look me straight in the ear
And listen to what I hear
Here and there.
Here and there
Here and there

We've come too far
To give it up now
So live it up somehow...
Track Name: Coonrato
"Coonrato" by Rob Coonrod
(Originally entitled, Makrasticantastico)

Saorento aclimento
Compamaste puataraste
Kisho sa panto
Makrasticantastico
Makrasticantastico

Benat Pentak e mantesecuella
Kirim narta Cabre o peya
Peya peya
Zhisko zhisko leratacanto
Kisko kisko mekracasanto
Zhisko leratacanto
Kisko mekracasanto

There must be a way
In this pivotal current of space.
A way to the next, expectationless
Level of contacting self.
So put the books on the shelf,
Tell yourself to let go of the words,
Send them burning
Turning out the learning of what you have.

Lightning hits as grandma knits
While a camel spits in an abalone garden.
A clever putting together
Of the words that seem to tether
Our minds to the couch of pleather
So turn the mind on.

Spiral on, spiral in, spiral out,
Spin, spiral, spin!
Spiral on, spiral out, spiral in,
Spin, spiral, spin!

Spin spiral spin
Nips larips nips

Sembol e mak
Chefuenya keratanizu
Shuego navitas
correta gambalanizu
Caprigo sero talomas
Tilatnikan so ra
Zhikimi lerotanta
Javetina carenina Sembrosenia
Javetina carenina Sembrosenia
Javetina carenina Sembrosenia
Javetina carenina Sembrosenia.
Track Name: Never Til Now
Trust me I've been there before, but I've never been here til now...

It will always go unsaid, and I don't want to see you shake your head
Or mutter under your breath things you should've said
Let's go to the places we don't know
And leave all this confusion behind
[Behind] your eyelids lie blueprints of the pyramids
Examine them well, while you are out of your cell.

I met an old man who accepts that the further in you go the bigger it gets
He lets the river call his name
[His name] is no matter but the alien voice of this modern mad-hatter
He wore his hat well.
Eloquently defining time, he fearlessly shared his mind
The truth is all about how nature had to take him out.

How can I ever clear my head by thinking of things I should have said
When my thoughts were right and not misled
Into the rabbit hole with a flickering light of self control
I need to shed some light to see my goal
To be the fire inside of me
I only want to be amused by what I see
Is the form of an old man being born
Out of our world, and into a new one.

I'm all mixed up but I'm not confused
By the way I see, by the way I'm used
So help me if you can cause I'm not the best I am
So stop staring at your feet
Because this mountain has no peak.

I've been here, I've been here before
But I've never been here til now.

Finally I've found a page that somehow keeps my mind engaged
And releases the sound of the alpha wave
[Wave] to me and I'll find you across the sea
To see what we can be
[Believe] Leave with me, eternity's where we're free
Out of this time game,
Time frame, ear plane, no one will ever be the same
Trust me I've been there before but I've never been here til now.