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Lizard House

by Tyler Kamen

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Lizard House 02:53
Verse 1 There is a story never told of violence and war. Another history to tell of fascination. We’ll heed the lessons of an age that came before, Another mystery of your imagination. Chorus Who is the lizard? I am the lizard. You are the lizard. We are the Lizard House. Verse 2 Go to school and get your engineering degree, Have you never heard of the Spectacular Machine? Swindlebeast is a young man, he has much to see, Another journey full of sounds and sights you’ve never seen. Chorus Who is the lizard? I am the lizard. You are the lizard. We are the Lizard House. Verse 3 The academy awaits your registration, Sell your soul ‘till you have nothing left to give. There is an evil plot from administration, No escape, this is the place you’re always gonna live. Chorus Who is the lizard? I am the lizard. You are the lizard. We are the Lizard House.
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Welcome again, you mysterious lot, and hear of a story that time forgot. It’s a tale of deception all ridden with rot, But familiar faces will thicken the plot. Swindlebeast wanted to master the tool, Applied to a spot at reptilian school, But evil things lurked in a falsity cruel. What did await this unfortunate fool? Reptilian Oath Pledge to The Academy, Raise your colors high. Take up your machinery, for where the birds do fly. Gather one in harmony and Sing our reptile tune. To our school be proud and true, We’ll graduate in June.
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The Academy 03:30
Verse 1 Welcome to initiation day. Open the gates and walk the golden way. Off to assembly, they’ve much to say. Time to get started, enjoy your stay. Chorus All that I am and all that I’ve always wanted to be. We’ll graduate from the academy. Verse 2 Single file, please await your turn. There’s plenty of classes, no need for concern. You’ll meet your teachers when we all adjourn, They’ll teach you the things you have wanted to learn. Chorus All that I am and all that I’ve always wanted to be. We’ll graduate from the academy. Instrumental Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 Verse 3 As headmaster, I have seen some things Where jelly dew droppings make the heavens sing. So maybe one day they will call me king. The students will come and their souls they will bring. Chorus All that I am and all that I’ve always wanted to be. We’ll graduate from the academy.
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Orientation 04:04
Verse 1 I know the logic is there, but I can’t understand. How does an engine compare unto a human hand? Is there a chemical base for metal to expand Or is it simply a change on the inside? Pre-chorus How would I know when the lesson is over? I know it shouldn’t take very long (heavier than lead) How would I know when the lesson is over? Just think it up in your head. Chorus Surrender, Surrender your brain. It’s a coronation Here at Orientation. Verse 2 What is the makeup of mercury and cadmium? What is the purpose of arsenic and chromium? What is the difference between lead and thallium? Is it simply a change on the inside? Pre-chorus How would I know when the lesson is over? I know it shouldn’t take very long (heavier than lead) How would I know when the lesson is over? Just think it up in your head. Chorus Surrender, Surrender your brain. It’s a coronation Here at Orientation.
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Verse 1 Swing high, swing low, Open a window, Over and below, Birds fly so shallow. Apartment, a condo, A bovine, a dingo, A robin, an eagle, A toucan, a seagull. Get up and follow, Gone to tomorrow, Stolen or borrowed, Time is an arrow. Marco, pollo, Coca colo, Sweet dough, a phyllo, Micro, a kilo. Chorus Engine troubles what you got, carry the heavy load. We all know that pro Professor Trinket has the code. Verse 2 You never have seen A flying machine. Shiny and so clean, Silver and chrome green. Somewhere between The crystal and citrine, Pistons so pristine, Enzyme, a protein. Chorus Engine troubles what you got, carry the heavy load. We all know that pro Professor Trinket is the keeper of the access code. Must have seen about a million smiling faces in the trees as she shuffled along the road. You got to tell us the number to the door To open up and activate it. Verse 3 Out in the valley, There lives Monk Key, Find him and tell he Of bad things foreseen. Steal back the machine, Headmaster’s galley. Don’t dilly-dally, A daunting finale. Chorus Engine troubles what you got, carry the heavy load. We all know that pro Professor Trinket is the keeper of the access code. Must have seen about a million smiling faces in the trees as she shuffled along the road. Carrying her baby cassowary as she Wandered around for her new home. (Baby cassowary needs a new home) Engine troubles what you got, carry the heavy load. We all know that pro Professor Trinket is the keeper of the access code. Must have seen about a million smiling faces in the trees as she shuffled along the road. You got to tell us the number to the door To open up and activate it. Outro Ah, berry sweet, an apple rind. The courting toads, a waft of dew. One door closes, Another one opens. Sipping purple-colored cones, The calico cat sees end of time. One door closes, Another one opens.
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Entering a large corridor, Swindlebeast followed Professor Trinket to her office. The echoing halls swallowed them whole as they scurried down a staircase to the cellar below. Upon reaching her office, Professor Trinket removed a small scroll from her left coat pocket. On it read a series of numerals and shapes that would unlock the doors to the Spectacular Machine. Ruffling her brow and raising a flute to her mouth, Trinket played a vaguely familiar tune and with a long deep breath she began to tell Swindlebeast of his fate yet to come. She explained that the machine was locked away in the highest tower of the Headmaster’s quarters. He was keeping it chained and under guard until his grand showcase to the Board of Education. But ye not be fooled by the shallow plans of man unto a sinister plot. It’s the souls of his students he wants to control and for all else to be forgot. Trinket then told Swindlebeast that he must seek out the wise Monk Key and ask him and his lizard men for help. His sanctuary was just beyond the pine groves and muck hills of the yonder Strange Lands. Shocked by her grand tale, Swindlebeast was petrified and frightened. But knowing his peers were in great peril he took the scroll and made his way to see the Headmaster.
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Verse 1 Cold as ice, Headmaster, Sweet talker, Please hold tight, Please hold on. Don’t give up, we’re ready to fight. Chorus I wouldn’t give you something for nothing, I’d only give you something for gold. I wouldn’t give you something for nothing, I’m gonna take it. I wouldn’t give you something for nothing, I’d only give you something for gold. I’m gonna take the hovering can and Steal it from right in front of your nose. Verse 2 This machine, spectacular, Capsule of dreams, I’ve thought of her. Must take flight and find us a cure. Chorus I wouldn’t give you something for nothing, I’d only give you something for gold. I wouldn’t give you something for nothing, I’m gonna take it. I wouldn’t give you something for nothing, I’d only give you something for gold. I’m gonna take the hovering can and Steal it from right in front of your nose.
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Chorus When its high time you found out which way the dominoes will fall. And its high time you realized it was never really there at all. Verse 1 On the wind of a hurricane’s wide eye flies a pelican. Where the sky had torn to a fractal spiral of wind. With a heat from a fine metal turbine tearing through the frost. Swindlebeast turned his head and screamed before all was lost. Chorus When its high time you found out which way the dominoes will fall. And its high time you realized it was never really there at all. Verse 2 Then a monstrous roar from behind him took him by surprise, In the rear-view mirror, a beast with fourteen green eyes. With the head of a black arachnid and wings a flight, Swindlbeast had his tool box, he was ready to fight. Chorus When its high time you found out which way the dominoes will fall. And its high time you realized it was never really there at all. Chorus When its high time you found out which way the dominoes will fall. And its high time you sought out the answers you can’t recall. When its high time you found out which way the dominoes will fall. And its high time you realized it was never really there at all.
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After defeating the airborne creature, Swindlebeast set sail for a magenta sky. Wandering, entwined by the golden rays of autumn, he hovered along on his skyway navigation. Mysterious waves of wonder sunk in as the colors embraced his yearning soul. He could feel the cool breeze lift him higher into a manifestation of every waking dream. Rising above him was a cascade of starshine dust and exploding meteor showers. It stretched from the far side of the melting horizon to the powerful core of the engine below him. Just as the machine reached the apex of a massive crumbling cloud column, a clearing appeared before his tearing eyes to unveil his destination.
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Monk Key 04:38
Verse 1 Call me keeper of the tree. Listen what I’ve got to say. Sweet meat, A vision of your dreams. Find a way to get away. The moon is a crescent, I’ll teach you a lesson. Filling you in on what you don’t understand. Let’s meet, No need to be discreet. Traveled from a far land, You’ve come to see The Monk Key man. Chorus The Monk Key. Verse 2 Help seat an acrobatic feat. Live to see another day. Red heat, A lesson in deceit, Need to pull a double play. The headmaster’s evil, We need an upheaval, Working together, coming up with a plan. Let’s meet, No need to be discreet. Traveled from a far land, You’ve come to see The Monk Key man. Chorus The Monk Key. Verse 3 Call me keeper of the tree. You’re looking for my tegu team. Compete and force them to retreat with your spectacular machine. That school is corrupted, They’re not to be trusted. Going to stop them, we’re making a stand. Let’s meet, No need to be discreet. Traveled from a far land, You’ve come to see The Monk Key man. Chorus The Monk Key.
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Here I lay by waterfall...
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Verse 1 There in the mud they all live together, Born with a purpose to defend. Time is against our lives forever, It’s coming to meet your end. Chorus Reptilian civilian, You’re a dark knight on the hot sand. Reptilian civilian, You’re our soul savior on the harkened wind. Verse 2 The sun is a portal to tomorrow, Them lizards all chanting in poly time. Circle of drums playing in staccato, The rhythm don’t work without rhyme. Monk Key will guide us to better days. Save, save, save, save, our brains. We’ll topple the school ‘till its standing sideways, We’ll fight until nothing remains. Chorus Reptilian civilian, You’re a dark knight on the hot sand. Reptilian civilian, You’re our soul savior on the harkened wind. Verse 3 The flying machine is a Trojan vessel to enter the school under radar gaze. Once we’re inside we’ll have foes to wrestle, And many a scholar to save. Chorus Reptilian civilian, You’re a dark knight on the hot sand. Reptilian civilian, You’re our soul savior on the harkened wind.
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Out of a thick fog came a howling wind taking our travelers by surprise. The lizard men hurried to their positions as the Spectacular Machine prepared for lift off. Swindlebeast and Monkey Key fastened the door to the craft and secured the armory of weapons. And with a sudden jolt and shaking eruption, our crew was blasted into the sky. Hurtling forward through atmospheric pressure, the machine rattled and raged. Swindlebeast took his wrench in hand and stood up to get the crew’s attention. He screamed of their purpose and the evil of the reptilian academy and that they were the ones to destroy the school and end this nasty plot. Death to Lizard House! You’re a break in the rule! You’re a splinter to skin! You’re a fray to the spool!
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Verse 1 Do, do, do, do, That feather weather. When we’re together, baby, We’ll do much better. Do, do, do, do, That feather weather. School is stealing souls to live forever. Do, do, do, do, That feather weather. Pull yourself up from your bootstrap leather. Do, do, do, do, That feather weather. Trinket’s flock will help us do whatever we like. Chorus Hold the line, It’s a massive, Hold the line, Revolution. Hold the line, A storm is raging. Wait a minute, Take a step back and then stand. Hold the line, It’s an evil, Hold the line, Institution. Hold the line, Ready for what we planned. Verse 2 Do, do, do, do, That feather weather. Unclip the tether To your birds so clever. Do, do, do, do, That feather weather. Lounge of lizards help us Overthrow headmaster. Chorus Hold the line, It’s a massive, Hold the line, Revolution. Hold the line, A storm is raging. Wait a minute, Take a step back and then stand. Hold the line, It’s an evil, Hold the line, Institution. Hold the line, On a mission, Wait a minute, Take a step back and then stand. Hold the line, It’s a massive, Hold the line, Revolution. Hold the line, A storm is raging. Wait a minute, Take a step back and then stand. Hold the line, It’s an evil, Hold the line, Institution. Hold the line, Ready for what we planned. Outro Oh, you got that feather weather? You know what we got to do. We’ve got to save those students souls! We’ve got to boogaloo! We’ve got to get to that school!
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Mind to Mold 04:06
Verse 1 I was younger yesterday. I woke up an older man. I can’t remember anything. Except the day that you left. How could I be the only one? So many things that I do regret. Those tired days are a lucid dream of all the years that haven’t come yet. Chorus One heart, One soul, One mind to mold. Verse 2 My head is heavy, my thoughts are low. There is a pressure upon the world. And yet I still have some things to learn, A lesson that I won’t soon forget. Chorus One heart, One soul, One mind to mold.
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The Return 00:50
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Graduation 02:07
Verse 1 Here, you have awakened, one with the flow. All that you wanted and All that you know. Something inside you knows where to go. Now that you’ve made it to the end of the show. Verse 2 No, no need to worry and no need to cry. Spectacular machinery returned to the sky. Graduation’s not the end, We’ve only begun. Now you understand it, The lesson is done. Outro I don’t know what to say to you, you don’t know what to say to me. Evergreen. Gone to paradise lost, now you’ll be lost forever. My favorite season’s when hibiscus bloom.

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A prequel to 'Mr. Loon and His Spectacular Machine' and 'The Cassowary Manifesto', this third installment in the Spectacular Machine series is a psychedelic prog rock adventure that follows a young Swindlebeast who attends engineering school to become a mechanic. As the school year begins, he learns that the Headmaster is stealing the souls of students to power the captured Spectacular Machine. Swindlebeast then steals the machine, goes on an epic adventure to get help from the wise Monk Key and destroys the evil school!

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released December 17, 2021

Written, performed and produced by Tyler Kamen

Cover Artist: Kemal Tafwidh

(c) 2021 Kamen Entertainment Group, Inc.

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Tyler Kamen is a guitarist, singer, song writer, and music producer from New York, NY.

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