Kuhzoo

by Bella Ruse

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"It pains me to imagine a world where Kuhzoo wouldn't be a huge album. It really puts Bella Ruse up there with the likes She & Him, The Weepies, and KaiserCartel as one of the elite indie pop duos."

-Peter Kearns, Snobs Music

"This whole album finds a way to warm your ears faster than they can freeze in the recent Minnesota blizzard...you can't deny its brilliance."

-Music That Isn't Bad

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released 01 January 2011

An infectious blend of charming pop and introspective folk, Kuhzoo was written and recorded in fleeting moments between tours in bedrooms, churches, basements, and cold hallways around the midwest. It was made possible by Bella Ruse's generous fans, who pre-ordered the record on Kickstarter.com

All songs by Joseph Barker except:
Sea Love - by Joseph Barker and Kay Gillette
Gumption and Guts - by Kay Gillette
Dislocating - by Peter Jurmu
Darling - by Jeff Bodkins
Like Spinning Plates - by the good folks at Radiohead

vocals and various keyboard instruments - Kay Gillette
guitars, keyboards, percussion, programming, and one little vocal part - Joseph Barker
bass - Nathan Eliot
drums - Alexander Young
trumpet - Sten Johnson
whistling - Adam Grimm
additional vocals - Isaiah Custer, Heather Craven, Sarah Fisher, Austin McCombs, Aubrey Poppen

mixed and mastered by Joseph Barker
art by Kay Gillette

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Track Name: The Kazoo Song
I know you're mine but I can't help thinking
It's not alright when you're all out drinking
You're leaving me all alone
Consistently blowing smoke
I want you back in the bed while I'm sleeping
I can't lay down when my mind is eating
My heart with the things I think
You might be doing late

My mind is made up
You're not gonna like
The conclusions I've come to
Cause they point to your move
Out on the street
Baby don't come to me anymore

When I'm at home it's you I'm ringing
It's the same old words to the same old singing
I heard it all yesterday
blah blah blah blah blah blah

I shake my ice with a tall glass of liquor
It tastes just fine but my head's getting thicker
I'm leaving it all behind
Hoping that you don't mind

My heart is heavy
Cause I know you're not gonna like
The conclusions I've come to
Cause they point to your move
Out on the street
If you're dragging your feet
When you're begging me please
Baby don't come to me
And you're leaving loose ends
When you're out with your friends
If you're down on your knees
Baby don't come to me anymore.
Track Name: An Animal A Natural
Light a fire, light a flame
Make em run and run again
Try it out, let it go
It's not like I don't wanna know
It's not as if you ever even wondered
Why I spread my arms
Why I fought so hard

Close your eyes and come outside
Tell me I
Am a natural, an animal

Don't even catch my breathing
Hard after midday
Cry sweetly like a morning dove
A tiger love
An animal a natural to you
Track Name: Sea Love
What if the current won't subside
When I try
Giving you all my heart
What if our boat begins to list
And our lips
Lose their salty taste

Love, cruel love
New love
Blue love
Love, mean love,
Sweet love
Sea love

When the ocean and its whale
Grow pale
In the northern light
I'll be a seahorse to your coral
You are my world
Under the deep blue night

And when we are dead and gone
And fish still swimming in the sea
They will hold each other tight
And do our dance eternally
Track Name: Complicated Rhythm
Don't look for a lover when you only need a friend
The furrows in your eyes are evidence you don't pretend
Like an actor out on stage you don't need an invitation
Your heart's a bombardier with a personal invasion
Uh huh

I'm your lover, you're my friend
And we're both wrapped up in a complicated rhythm

Remember when we climbed the dune and pitched our tent and slept till nighttime
I don't recall if you were after me but I loved you
This retrospection only deepens my conviction
That we're both under the spell of unattainable affection
Uh huh

Don't look for a friend when you only need a lover
The dimples on your cheeks are evidence we're getting stronger
Your face is lovely, your eyes so cozy
I'm falling into your love.
Track Name: Gumption & Guts
It's only just the morning
But I wish this day were done
They tell me keep on fighting
But why's the stupid battle never won

I am just so tired of getting kicked around and never left alone

Trying to stay above the water
But I'm sinking fast
I don't mind never winning
But I hate always coming last

I am just so tired of giving all I got and not getting back

I am never gonna make something more of my life
I am never gonna come out on top if I try
I am never gonna be something else in your eyes
I am never gonna
You are never gonna
We are never gonna be

Trying to be patient
It's hard when there's no end in sight
I know it's a virtue
But I'll hurt you if you say it one more time

I am just so tired of waiting round for things that never turn out right

I am never gonna make something more of my life
I am never gonna come out on top if I try
I am never gonna be something else in your eyes
I am never gonna
You are never gonna
We are never gonna be

Be together, but I still am gonna try
It may never work out for you and I
But this hell I'm living
Is not much worse than knowing
That I just didn't have
The gumption or the guts to try
Track Name: Black & Flowers
I never heard you cry until the day your father died
It was a sad affair with black and flowers everywhere
People filled the room
Waiting for dead men to rise and meet them in the gloom
But baby that's not you

I never heard you laugh until the day that I came back
It was an early dawn and I came home with fetters on
Chained to your heart
Well babe I'll wait here until the year withers with the fall
And you know that's not all

I never wanted you until the day I heard the news
It was a tragedy that I could not be torn in three
That I could not have followed you
Well now we're moving on and crying through our teeth
Come have your drink with me

I never heard you breathe until the world turned under me
And when it did it wasn't bad, it wasn't good; it was just
Me as close as I could get to you
And now we're old men all again looking for the past to guide us
And now we're old men all again looking for the past to hide us
Track Name: Dislocating
Form in November
Home with no members
Capturing rain in a tarp
Air full of leaving
Walls just for leaning
Lamp shades and shapes in the dark
Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive

Boxes and bags
That chair from your dad
One anxious cat on the sill
The truck will be fine
Don't wait and don't whine
All fabrics turn into sails
Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive

Worn shaggy carpet
Two bedrooms no heart
It was always headed to pain
Time trips on past
So empty your glass
It'll hurt but it's always the same
Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive

Coffee stains, bed sheets
Gravel roads, John Keats,
Car in the driveway again
Remodeled kitchen
Keys in the ignition
When did now become then
Put your mouth next to mine and keep me alive
Track Name: Heart of Everyone
I know what you are my friend
And where you're going to
I see the light in you
Whispered out into the gloom
It changes the heart of everyone

I want you to stay with me
We'll fall into a sleep
That cannot dream away
The pieces of the day because
It changes the heart of everyone

You turn a tune and take the time from me
I trip so deep into a love I can't believe
It changes me

Everything I have
I give it all to you
Cause everything you are
You give to me
Track Name: Darling
Sometimes it's smart to be stupid
Always you caught my eye
I lost my guard more than you did
Again and again
Where have you been

Where'd you go darling, darling
I'm in pieces
Darling, darling I am strong
Darling, darling I never laid like this before

It's in my blood to be risky
What seeds would logic choke
I nearly drowned in your mystery
Again and again
Where have you been
Track Name: Where We Started
He came to visit one pretty day in summertime
Held my hand and kissed me in the baggage line
We were together in the heat
A small adventure close to home
Our bodies touched, we grew apart and in the end I was alone

I'm alive, telling you why
Making it alright baby

Why don't you marry me
We'll run away
We could be happy there
In some other place

No matter what we do, we can't go back to where we started from
Though it might be nice if I could change my mind and turn the time back some
You painted pictures for me then and left them in the sun
I sang you songs to make you cry but you laughed at me when I was done
Track Name: Like Spinning Plates
While you make pretty speeches
I'm being cut to shreds
You feed me to the lions
A delicate balance

And this just feels like spinning plates
I'm living in cloud cuckoo land
And this just feels like spinning plates
Our bodies floating down the muddy river