noplace like nowhere

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This time the Big Ego seriously outdoes itself with an UnPop masterpiece. 11 songs beautifully produced by Jason Schneider, Ducky Carlisle & Jim Infantino. Featuring Jesse Flack on bass & Jesse Vena on Drums - guest performances by Phil Broikos, Dave Crossland, Steve Sadler, Barbara LaRonga, and a host of others. Recorded and mixed at Room 9 from Outer Space.

"While the star of the show is definitely Infantino's absurd, often poignant songwriting, the musical arrangements are what make the words soar. The melodies ultimately deposit the lyrics on your tongue, and can cause embarrassing outbreaks of spontaneous public singing."

Seven Days, Burlington, Vermont

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released November 29, 1999

Jessie Flack - bass, vocals
Jessie Vena - drums, vocals
Jim Infantino - guitar, vocals, keys
Barbara LaRonga - horn
Guest background vocals by Dave Crossland, Catherine Salomone, Ducky Carlisle and others
Recorded by Ducky Carlisle at Room Nine From Outerspace
Produced by Ducky Carlisle and Jason Schneider and Jim Infantino
Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at MWorks

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Perform a Google search for "the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music" and your top result will be none other than Jim's Big Ego. Hailing from the small New England village of Boston, Jim's Big Ego compares itself to such major players as The Great Wall of China, The Grand Canyon, Antarctica, and other things you can see from space. ... more

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Track Name: Stress
I'm addicted to stress that's the way that I get things done
if I'm not under pressure then I sleep too long
and I hang around like a bum
and I think I'm going nowhere and that makes me nervous
Everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's thinking about me.

It's the little things that get you it's the little things that get you,
it's the little things that get you when you weren't paying attention,
It's the little things that get you it's the little things that get you,
it's the little things that get you when you weren't paying attention.

I'm trying to cut down on my caffeine consumption
so when I get up I just have one cup of coffee
and I like to have another cup of coffee with my breakfast
and when I go to work I like to get a cup of coffee
like the kind of cup of coffee that you get with a doughnut
'cept I never get the doughnut I just get the cup of coffee
and when I get to work I like to have a cup of coffee '
cause I like to have a coffee when I'm talking on the phone
but It usually goes cold and I need to get another
cup of coffee and it's lunch and I have an espresso.
And when I get back it's not morning anymore
so I have a diet cola and another diet cola
and by then I'm feeling fine and I'm feeling pretty sharp
and I'm feeling pretty wired and I'm getting things done,
but right about two I get this little tiny migraine
and it starts behind my eyes and it moves to the back of my
neck and it moves to the bottom of my spine
but it doesn't get there until five or six o'clock
which is the end of the day so I'm fine so I'm fine so I'm fine so I'm fine,
except when I have to work late when I have to work late which I usuallydo.

I'm addicted to stress that's the way that I get things done
if I'm not under pressure then I sleep too long
and I hang around like a bum
and I think I'm going nowhere and that makes me nervous
Everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's thinking about me.

I love to work I love to run I love to play real hard
I love to steal little things from the grocery store
like a piece of bubble gum or sometimes I just stick my thumb in a peachand leave it there.
I love to work I love to run I love to waterski, snowboard, jetski, skydive,
parasail, hang-glide, rollerblade, mountainbike, bungy-jump,
well I mean I'd love to do theses things if I ever had the time,
I love to work I love to work, I love to work out after work,
I love to spend a little time with this woman that I'm seeing
'cept we never really get a little time to spend together
so we call each other up and we talk about work.
But what I think I'd really love is to get out by myself
on a little tiny island in the middle of the ocean
with just me and a book and a cellular phone
and a personal computer incase something came up
and I'd eat and I'd drink and I'd run and I'd sleep
and I wouldn't do nothing except swim all day
'cept my beeper doesn't work under water,
where are the sharks? where are the sharks?
and there's this kind of anemone
that sticks in your foot and the poison goes up to your brain and you die
and sand fleas? sand fleas - yuck!
but actually I think it'd be really relaxing
just me by myself in the middle of the ocean
and that's what I'd really love to do more than anything else
except I'd probably hate it.

I'm addicted to stress that's the way that I get things done
if I'm not under pressure then I sleep too long
and I hang around like a bum
and I think I'm going nowhere and that makes me nervous
Everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's out to get me but I feel alright,
everybody's thinking about me.
Track Name: Concrete
I waited in the park but you didn't show
I wanted you to say but you didn't know
it was okay
you were so sweet
and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete

It was late, I couldn't sleep so I took a walk
I walked up to your door but I didn't knock
I didn't know who
I was going to meet
and was that you
with him in the street

and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete
and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete
and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete
and it's you and it's you and it's you and it's you and it's sinking in,
and it's you and it's you and it you and it's you that I'm sticking to.

We could drive by the river in your silver car
just to hear the tires humming on the tar
and then make a fire
in the back seat
if I wasn't afraid
of sinking too deep
and I see fishes in my sleep

and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete
and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete
and you're wrapped around my feet like concrete
and it's you and it's you and it's you and it's you and it's sinking in,
and it's you and it's you and it you and it's you that I'm sticking to.
and it's you and it's you and it's you and it's you and it's sinking in,
and it's you and it's you and it you and it's you that I'm sticking to.
Track Name: After the Tornado
Bad things happen
to the kindest people
God and the Devil
are kind of hard to tell apart

and I feel like my soul's been crippled
slowly
after the tornado
when everything is wrong

and everything means nothing
in this bright green desert
these miles of phone lines
this line of skinny trees

and I feel like my soul's been crippled
slowly
under the grist mill
when everything is wrong

can't fly anymore - I've forgotten my wings
can't fly anymore - it's like I don't know how
can't fly anymore - and I can't rise above
and leave myself behind me
I've grown roots in my own body

my mother loved me
my father loved me
but I was always hungry
it was never enough

and I feel like my soul's been crippled
slowly
after the tornado
when everything is wrong
when everything is wrong
Track Name: Prince Charming
I think you better cut all that hair off
throw it out the window
climb down from that tower
flip the wicked witch the finger
ain't no use to wait for him to get you
he's out chasing his own demons
not like you can really blame him
you've got demons of your own

and I hate to be the one to tell you
cause it don't seem so romantic
but that's the way it really goes
and now you know

you're gonna have to be your own prince charming
gonna have to ride your own stallion
gonna have to find your own castle
gonna have to raise your own sail
and there's gonna be a happy ending
but that's only the beginning
this ain't no fairy tale
it's true
it's real
it's you

Cinderella stepped out of her glass slippers
threw down that new apron
put on a pair of old Doc Martens
and stomped right out the door
the prince was still chewing on his bacon
as he hit the open road
said life is full enough of disappointment
to go kissing any toad

and somewhere a band was playing
"to-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra"
you go out and see the world girl
have yourself a ball

you're gonna have to be your own prince charming
gonna have to ride your own stallion
gonna have to find your own castle
gonna have to raise your own sail
and there's gonna be a happy ending
but that's only the beginning
this ain't no fairy tale

you're gonna have to be your own prince charming
gonna have to ride your own stallion
gonna have to find your own castle
gonna have to raise your own sword
and there's gonna be a happy ending
and there's gonna be a happy ending
and there's gonna be a happy ending
it's true
it's real
it's you
Track Name: Angry White Guy
Angry white guy
biting the bullet
biting his tongue
biding his time
ringing the bell
stacking the deck
throwing the curve
drawing the line
all things being equal
all things being equal
all things being equal
they're not

Angry white guy
pounding the beat
pounding the man
beating the rap
digging the ditch
digging it deep
releasing the dogs
springing the trap
all things being equal
all things being equal
all things being equal
they're not
After all isn't God
an angry white guy?
angry white guy
angry white guy

After digging the gig at the pig we go hit the shindig
out in the burb-claves where the homes are big
and we're mixing it up and we're dancing it up
and a cocktail a cocktail I'm laughing it up
cause everyone there's just a little bit tight
and everybody's white
and they're leaning to the right
and that's when I hear you talking this shite
about those people in the ghetto
how they ain't living right
how they're LAZY down on the scary side of town
how it's their own damn fault
how they keep THEMSELVES down
and my wide smile became a frown
and I had to slip up your trip and lay it down.
This is a land of opportunity not a land of charity
and those who have immunity
wanna broaden this disparity
do you hear me clearly -
got some question about my clarity
am I too light to be so pious -
too white for this analogy?
well the great reverend so and so I know I'm not
but I recognize
all the breaks that I got
cause my skin gets me in
and my skin gets me by
and my skin helps me win
and I don't have to wonder why
there are some people who have to grow up
so much harder than I do
and If I grew up in the project
things might not be so cool
no matter how hard I worked,
no matter how much I did
to keep my language and color and heritage hid
so you ROLL up your windows
and pretend that you don't see them
then you LECTURE us all on equality and freedom
how I wish a dark skin would grow all over YOU
we'd see who's got the same opportunity as who

All things being equal
all things being equal
all things being equal
they're not
After all isn't God
an angry white guy?
Track Name: You Piss Me Off
fist in my hand
tear in my eye
I'm gonna stare you down and not cry
catch in my voice
clench in my jaw
bigger than me like you were before

nothing to say
nothing to say
you piss me off
okay

so I walk in
and there you are
laughing it up with your friends at the bar
and somehow now
I'm eleven years old
there on that hill by the lake in the cold

nothing to say
nothing to say
you piss me off
okay

stomp on the cabin
step on the man
fire shoots out everywhere
I stand
swim in the lake
turn it to steam
and rescue that little boy in my dream

nothing to say
nothing to say
you piss me off
you piss me off
you piss me off
okay
Track Name: Los Angeles
We drive
crazy
although we know the smoke is killing us
because we like to go that way
the 405 to the 10 into

Los Angeles
the meter's on - the freeway into heaven
LA - we're bound away

Years ago
my great great Aunt Boo
drove a yellow Ford
with her husband George
from Signal Hill to Malibu
you had to be
crazy
to live here then
long gone to Standard Oil
Mulholland and the Market Crash

Los Angeles
the meter's on the - freeway into heaven
LA - we're bound away

Before George and Boo lost everything
in '29 and he left her
for a speakeasy girl on Olivera Street
crazy
how things can change
before he called out for her near his death
and she came to hold him in her arms
before
before
before the oil this place once was a desert...

Someday
I may be
some great great something
to someone
and will that child be dreaming about me
and that great brave space that was
crazy
before it changed
before it changed
before it changed

Los Angeles
the meter's on - the freeway into heaven
LA - we're bound away...
Track Name: Boston Band
We're a local Boston Band
another local Boston Band
another local *bleep*ing Boston *bleep*ing Band
and we're here
to rock your world
and we're here
to get you laid
and we're here
to make you boogie all night long
and we're here
and we're here
and we're here
and we're here

My friend Kate says she wants to be a big rock star and her parents just
don't understand
they spent a lot of money on her college education and they'd really like to
see some results
but Kate's got this big fire inside you should see how it burns her up
when something forces you out in front of strangers to sing it's as powerful
as any love

and we're a local Boston Band
another local Boston Band
another local *bleep*ing Boston *bleep*ing Band
and we're here
to help sell beer
and we're here
to fill this club
and we're here
to make you wanna buy our disc
and we're here
and we're here
and we're here
and we're here

My friend Bill says that the Boston Music scene is like two snakes trying to
strangle each other to death
as soon as one snake tries to come out of his hole the other one tightens
its grip
and I like that image but I'd rather live here than in New York or Nashville
or LA
because there's ten thousand writers with axes to grind and you won't find
that in just any old place

and we're a local Boston Band
another local Boston Band
another local *bleep*ing Boston *bleep*ing Band
and we're here
away from home
we call our girls up on the phone
and they say "hey - how's it goin'"
and they're there
and we're here
so drink up
cause we're here
yeah have fun
cause we're here
shake that thing!
cause we're here!
Track Name: Postcard from Cariacou
Verbatim from a postcard.
Track Name: She's Dead
I really liked her but she's dead
and that really kinda blows
I would have liked to kiss her head
her cheek and chin and eyes and nose

and if she woulda stuck around
I think we coulda had some fun
maybe found a little joy
maybe some seasons in the sun

But now she's dead and that's okay
at some point everybody dies
and though her life was kinda short (by the standards of today)
it woulda been long in medieval times.


I really liked her but she's dead
although I don't know how she died
one guy told me it was junk
but someone else said that he lied

Another person said that she
cut her own head off with a knife
I think that would have been too hard
not the best way to end your life

But now she's dead and we are not
she's made it to the other side
I bet Jim Morrisson is there (and Kurt and Jerry and Sid and Spot)
and other people who have died


I really liked her but she's dead
at least I figure that's the case
I haven't seen her since she left
and no one else has seen her face

So she might still be alive
or gone around the world to roam
but to me she'll still be dead
until she calls me on the phone.
Track Name: Stay In Love
If you could have time but no money
money, but no time
which one would you choose
if you think that you're the loser you're the winner
and if you say you have to win, you lose

If you could have pride but no lover
a lover but no pride
which one would it be
caught between the sweet life and nefarious necessity

well we're gonna take some time
until we get enough
you and I
we're gonna stay in love

Why say no when you can say yes
more is better most is best
why say no when you can say yes
more is less

and we're gonna take some time
until we get enough
you and I
we're gonna stay in love

and everything everything everything everything...
Track Name: Slow
Someday we're gonna pay the piper
someday we're gonna knuckle down
someday we're gonna take our coffees all to go
but tonight we're all gonna get slow.

Someday we're gonna meet the maker
someday we're gonna feed the tree
someday we'll pay those parking tickets that we owe
but tonight we're all gonna get slow
yeah, tonight we're all gonna get slow.

I'm slow out in the warm night with my friends
I'm hoping that this moment never ends.

Someday we're gonna meet the maker
someday we're gonna hunker down
someday they'll find our frozen bodies in the snow
but tonight we're all gonna get slow
tonight we're all gonna get slow
yeah tonight we're all gonna get
slow.