From Pirate to Pivot: the early recordings of Jon Sonnenberg

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Floydien Slip A must-have for any fan of Jon Sonnenberg's work, be it Pivot Clowj, House of Wires, or Travelogue. There are so many fantastic and great tracks included that it's hard to pick a favorite. Just amazing! Favorite track: Freedom is the edging to the Garden on the RIght.
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This is a collection of early songs recorded by Jon Sonnenberg, most of them recorded between 1990 and 1994. Some of these songs appeared on the cassettes 'Identity Crisis' or 'The Garden of Hill', which were both released under the moniker "Pirate Claug". Jon changed the band name to Pivot Clowj in 1994 when Robert Gutschow joined the ranks.

Some of these songs were taken directly from the original cassette masters. This is because the original multi-track reel to reels tapes from the recording sessions prior to 1994 were on low quality tape and have since deteriorated - some beyond use. After 1994, better quality tape where many of the master recordings are still owned and maintained by Jon Sonnenberg. Many of the tapes that can be played have been transferred to Pro Tools. Stay tuned for other early recordings and live Pivot Clowj albums soon to be released!

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released April 11, 2016

Jon Sonnenberg - recording experiments, tape loops, TV, synthesizers, vocals, kazoo, guitar, percussion, etc., etc.

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Track Name: Drowning in the X-Pool
What you said was a shock
not what I expect or what I wanted to hear
just want you near beside me... beside me
won't forget your laughter won't forget your dreams
maybe someday we will come true
we'll come true
emersion in the X-pool may convince you if you let it
otherwise I can never help you even if I want to more than anything
Track Name: Metamorphosis 1
Shocked as I look at what you've become
and remember what you were
you let them tell you who you were
you let them shape your life
you let them shape your life... your life
maybe it's for the better
it's what you were destine for
the long white fangs that once protruded
replaced by a friendly smile... friendly smile
I know it is for the better
I know it is for the better
I know it is for the better
maybe I'll you in Heaven
I know it is for the better
maybe I'll see you next door
Maybe I'll see you next door
Maybe I'll live next door
Maybe... maybe... maybe.. maybe.
Track Name: Moonlight (original version)
Winter moons were all alone
she'd hang up in the sky wishing she were dry
longing to fry
she raised her arm to cast a stone
and shattered into a million stars
and shattered into a million stars
and as I look into a moonless sky
I find myself waiting for her return
Track Name: So Gullible (original version)
My scattered brain left insane and hurting
my shattered heart unfulfilled and bleeding
you told me it would never be this way
and I believed you
my silence and my screams seem to never leave
as snakes and lizards crawl upon my tongue
the shadows of my past flood my eyes
unwillingly, faithfully I wait in pain
I hide inside the thickened walls around me
keeping in my secrets and my fears
holding back the tears afraid of being alone
wishing to regain control
you told me it would never be this way
and I believed you
my silence and my screams seem to never leave
as snakes and lizards crawl upon my tongue
the shadows of my past flood my eyes
unwillingly, faithfully I wait in pain
what happened to the children and the innocence
who took away my dreams
you told me it would never be this way
it shouldn't have to be this way
you told me that it wasn't going to be this way
and I believed you.
Track Name: Freedom is the edging to the Garden on the RIght
she sits beneath my bed in the night of my dreams
but wakes me up instead even though I just scream
she hides beneath my bed in the night of my dreams
she grows inside my head even though I just scream

and this could be the answer to our lives oh
and this could be the ending of our hope ah
and this could be the starting of our dreams ah
and fear is what she found when she was free
oh and freedom is just the edging to the garden on the right.


ahhhhhh...
Track Name: Alligator Bait
small red rats and alley cats
clench fists and collide in a
never ending shish kabob - a bloody mess
communities anger and tamper with the bats
(they have wings, you know) - "angels - they are"
small red rat bats and alley cat bats
shed blood and tears
Lulu the baboon is slain for getting in the way of this
gruesome play
animal lovers complain on this dreadful day
just send them all away
away.. away... away....
Track Name: Should I Worry
you walk around the block
and whisper at my door
you hide, unsure, surrounded
crying like a child
harmed, abused, and tattered
staggering to regain control
if you need to cry on a shoulder
or tight arms around you
I will be here for you.
Track Name: Blackout (original version)
The sudden shock of the light caused blindness painted in orange
Screaming with the streaming tears, she cried
screaming in the darkness
from orange, brown, black
your sight is lost forever - blindness, blindness
in the blackout
invisible sirens burst your ears - it hurts
the pain is deep you suffer
waiting in the blackout
... from the blackout
... from the blackout
She'll be with you
be with you
be with you
be with you
until the end. Until the end. Until the end. Until the end.
The End.
Track Name: Doubting (piano version)
Your head is shaking
I want to cheer you
I want to take your doubts away
maybe I'll just have to wait.. to wait
It makes me sad to hear you cry
it shakes me up when tears fall
I seek answers, I seek answers, I seek answers
questions are obvious... who's to blame?
(meaningless syllable nonsense) - sawa sava sava ama leyee
Track Name: Farewell Note
Looking through the window pane you seem to want to leave again
I hold you back - I tell you truth
do you believe in lies?
I told you once, I told you twice - "the world is never truly nice"
they always want they always take,
but you aren't like that, are you?
Looking through the window pane, all I feel is pain
you went away and never knew peoples' dreams do not come true
but you will find out when they hack your hair
and you find yourself failing to push pillars.
Track Name: Never Again
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Track Name: Ten Minutes 'til Anger
Ten minutes 'til anger
ten minutes 'til anger
the prank was full of spoiled rotten bliss
as glass crashed shattering into bits
but Sheila is alright - sight is lost in a big blur
she picks up her spectacles with a heart full of rage.
Ten minutes 'til anger
her tongue catches fire as she spits broken words
cooling soothing tears comforts her then disappears
she spits broken words
ten minutes 'til anger
Track Name: A Harmless Drug
Steven felt a little hand pulling him aside
he felt tugged, drawn, attracted
his friends said he is ill, but it's really just a side effect
of the moment
seems withdrawn, looks quite sad
he must feel a bit like you and me
no escape (like you'd want to)
no harm (like you'd care)
perfectly safe is the music we hear
your mind drawn apart with ideas emotions illusions of the art
the sound fills your body with a tremble in your bones
feel the pulse, hear the music
like a drug you want more
no escape (like you'd want to)
no harm (like you'd care)
perfectly safe is the music we hear.
no escape (like you'd want to)
no harm (like you'd care)
As for Steven... well forget it
there is no hope - just the music
wanting more is not enough
you want more
no escape (like you'd want to)
no - no harm (like you'd care)
perfectly safe is the music we hear
we want more
Track Name: Somewhat Charming
Blow a kiss to Natalie, then bash her in the head
Wake up all the mental school then send them all to bed
Give a rose to good ol' Nick, but make sure that it's dead
Give me every scientist, I'll poison them with lead
Here's to the dreams and new ideas now keep them to yourself
I've had enough of your advice - I don't need any help at all
I'm sick of the environment - who cares about the seals?
I'm sure you disagree with me - just ignore what I feel
DON'T MAKE A HUGE COMMOTION
cause it is not a big deal
I'll probably change my mind anyway...

anyway.
Track Name: Your Majesty (original version)
The snake that I had captured got away went to play
didn't say the things that I would like it to
and so I felt like shouting cause I couldn't get the snake to speak
it just would keep on hissing - hissing - bitching
my thoughts go out entirely for snake bites never heal
and that poor unknowing boy who is dead
tried to warn him - tried to keep him from the things of danger
keep him from the things of harm
but he didn't listen - cause they never do (little boys)
and now I sit here wondering why I didn't fry the snake in grease and eat it
I could use the food
and little boys would still be living laughing shouting screaming
when they do not get their way
so maybe it is better to keep the snakes alive
keep them free
let them do just what they want to
and maybe I am glad to see the killing streak continue
it's survival of the fittest of the bravest of the wisest of the law
should have stayed at home, my little boy
and watched your rose and kept your planet clean