Our Minds Are A Zoo

by Alex Tulp

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Put my heart into this one. Hope you dig.

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released November 30, 2016

Fiddle played by Tamara Maluda on tracks 3, 4 and 8.
Mouth harp played by Rick "Reed King" Dropik on tracks 6 and 11.
Guest vocal by Mallory Ruth Johnson on Track 10.
Songs 9 and 10 co-written with Mallory Ruth Johnson.

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Alex Tulp Saint Paul, Minnesota

Alex is a songwriter out of Saint Paul Minnesota. Also a member of the Saint Paul based band The Friendly Beers.

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Track Name: Boys and Girls
The boy I was ten years ago
wouldn't recognize the man that I've become
would he have faith in where Im going?
would He be proud of what I've done?


No telling where I'm headed, but time sure has took it's toll
if theres one thing that I'm certain of, its surely theres something above
and lord knows I need some help

the girl she was ten years ago
wouldn't recognize who she is now
she dug deep and buried the pain of past days, but sometimes it finds its way out
moments when she's all alone, tears well up in her eyes
mistakes she made so long ago, somehow still can make her cry
no telling wheres she's headed now
she oprefers it that way
the common ground in all our lives is the pain we carry around inside
it seems to cut us like a knife

The boy I was ten years ago
wouldn't recognize the man that I've become
would he have faith in where Im going?
would He be proud of what I've done?


No telling where I'm headed, but time sure has took it's toll
if theres one thing that I'm certain of, its surely theres something above
and lord knows I need some help
Track Name: Lord, Take Me
I been banking on an early death
it'd be the perfect way to escape my debts
Im outta whiskey women and cigarettes
my heads been written checks my heart can't cash
lord take me when you need me, I'm ready to go

i been banking on that redirect,
i wanna get these thoughts out of my head
i need a woman that will take my hand
tell me ill be fine as i run through sand

i built a fortress inside my heart
but it peirced my lung and i couldn't thwart
the fluid seeped through my filthy shirt and
it stained my hands and soaked up the dirt

lord take me when you need me, I'm ready to go

i figure time is just a measurement for the inadequate
to shape their ways
and if time is just a gauge of hope
ill use my remaining days to embrace the love
i been trying to put my mind to rest, give my back a break
get shit off my chest
its been harder than i could have guessed,
maybe nows the time that ill divest
lord take me when you need me, I'm ready to go

i been focused on significance
i think ill shift my aim to the indigent
maybe then ill get out of my mind
and reprioritize whats really important

I been banking on an early death
it'd be the perfect way to escape my debts
Im outta whiskey women and cigarettes
my heads been written checks my heart can't cash
lord take me when you need me, I'm ready to go
Track Name: The Whiskey Drinker
the sun went down in a north shore sky
he left the porch light on as he poured that rye

another day done another check been cashed
as he set out to forget it with another glass

the sun rose quicker than it had set
the sledgehammers went to work inside his head
now he picks himself up off the kitchen floor
he made it only three steps before he took one more

just a drink to get by
just one more for the pain
thats what he told himself to start everyday
next week ill run dry and hang it up for a bit
or maybe when the leaves fall ill just downright quit

if he drank to remember he wouldn't drink at all
he liked his memory thick as the morning fog
so he drank to forget all his past mistakes
and that lonely heart self deprecating phase
next week it'd be to late for him to change his ways
he went and crashed his half ton the very next day
the mama of three he took with him that night
she never had a chance in that cold moonlight

just a drink to get by
just one more for the pain
thats what he told himself to start everyday
next week ill run dry and hang it up for a bit
or maybe when the leaves fall ill just downright quit

the whiskey it keeps the drinker numb
he's too ashamed to let on his condition
he held tight to his bottle like the soldier his gun
keeps on writing his own prescriptions
Track Name: With Me, She Sings
The air was cold so the car wouldn't start
it was the third time this week i kicked her back into park
with a chill on my neck and love in my heart
i set out without
thinking too hard

my boots stiffened uo from the frost in the air
the bare skin on my head seemed to long now for hair
the burdens of life
they found me worse for the wear
i may struggle but who said that this life would be fair?

the lessons I've learned, nobody can teach
theres a whole world that doesn't revolve around me
there are people who are willing to die just to see
a day knowing what i means to be truly free

it took me fifteen years just to make it this far
to realize you can't put your faith in them stars
and if your debt went unpaid, and your bellied up to the bar
it may just be time to reassess who you are

fortune lives on the corner beyond, though its just out of reach for my neighbor
still she joins in when i song all my song
cause she knows that loves in her favor

she sings
here i am
a woman of the lord
she took my hand and held it tight
she said boy don't go thinking you're better than most
the only truth comes from whats inside

hallelujah set me free
don't give a damn about the cold cause I'm alive
hallelujah
save my soul, in the end no-one can say that i didn't try
Track Name: It's Better This Way
I could live my life
penniless
but i won't remain a broken mess
i could squander my dreams on love and bets
but I'm done filling my cup up with regrets

cause I've had years of trial and error
i made the same mistakes a lot
but when the time came, it came as no surprise
that i can't even have a drop

i can't even have a drop
i can't even shoot that shot
so ill just sit back, relax and smoke my cigarette
and ill smile to myself as i watch
it aint like i don't still love her
it aint like i want to forget
its just that bottle of gin, takes me for a spin
and she don't care when i want her to stop
Track Name: Some Things, I Like, I Guess
I like donuts, cigarettes and iced tea
i love puppies, but i prefer kitties
i like guitars and riding on two wheels
i love women, the one i gots the real deal

i like fast cars, and sleeping with a fan
i like money, but i hate the word cash
i like steak sauce, but don't put it on my steak
i like notebooks, they keep my thoughts in one place

i like pumpkins carved with a disney theme
i like skateboards, and antenna tv
i like shotguns and head babies laugh
i love walking down that unbeaten path

i like hand tools and peanut butter toast
i like jackets, they're my favorite kinda clothes
i like cartoons, not as much as i once did
i love laughing cause it makes me feel like a kid

i like football bar soup and string cheese
i like big hugs, go on
give me a good squeeze
i like sunshine and a glass of iced cold beer but i quit drankin
now my visions so clear

i like heartfelt notes left on the counter top
i love liquor, but i didn't know when to stop
i like mixed nuts and reclining chairs
i like ball caps and teddy bears

i like antiques, soda and strings
i like work boots and wearing a pinky ring
i like warm gloves and making snowmen
and getting mail sent to me by a friend

i like justice, and i love planned parenthood
i like pencils, and chopping fiorewood
i like sleeping, but i don't get top much
i like oranges, but i don't fuck with trump

i like john wayne, and hogans heroes
i love lucy, but i hate raymond

this song gotta end somewhere and it will be now
Track Name: Her
Her laugh her smile her eyes
the way she dances late at night
the way her hair smells every morning when i wake up at her side

her jokes her gaze her hands
how did i become her man?
she so damn gorgeous that i feel sorry for any woman who dare stand


Her heart her mind her trust
have on another level touched
a part of me that i once knew but it had since become to rust
her lips her touch her love
so deep in me they've dug
the learning curve is far too stteep, but i won't question it too much


her life her pride her ways
seem more perfect everyday
a constant source of motivation though her happenings she radiates
her tears her ache her hurt
anything to damage her self worth
id rather bear a load ten times her pain than have her suffer through a single day


her moods her voice her past
things that made her grow up too fast
made a woman i cast resist, and a love i hope will forever last

her
its her that i want, its her that i love
its her that i need
its just her
Track Name: What Could Have Been?
He was on his own
with only his debts to his name, ut otherwise on his own

he thought he'd head out west
see the mountains for himself
then on to california like the rest

it was 19 years ago that he left home

she
she was on her own
with only her pain to her name yea but otherwise on her own

she thought shed head out east
see the empire state and the lady liberty

he asked will you write me still?
will you keep a place for me inside your heart?
does this change it all, or have i ruined what id never starting was 19 years ago when he walked away
he wondered if she even remembered his name

he had wed and divorced twice
can't seem to keep a steady job
he lost custody of his child

she had success with her career
went and got her PHD in law, while raising her daughter all alone


and she still thinks of him
does he keep a place for her inside his heart?
what could their lives had been, if shed told him from the start?
it was 19 years ago when she gave birth
but she never told him, he was the father...
Track Name: Keep Me close
Keep me close, fight the temptation
to guard both our hearts
no need for hesitation
im not leaving if you're not
ill stay forever if you let me
don't give up on what we've got, don't neglect or forget me

i see so much more than the potential for heartache
i see a life together and the family we could make
i love your faults and all your value
they're a part of ho you are
don't have to worry i won't hurt you
in the black night you're my north star

don't be afraid ill hold you up
i won't let you fall unless its deeper in love
ill help ease your pain and do my best to not cause more
sharing love and happiness is what i am here for
when times get hard we just go the extra mile, to the other side
back to cuddling and smiles
you're worth all that i can give, and even more than that
i waited my whole life to meet you
i know this to be a fact

i feel you in my heart even when you're not around
i see your smile i hear your voice the most beautiful sight and sound
lying in your arms, theres no place id rather be
nothing can compare to the love shared by you and me


Keep me close, fight the temptation
to guard both our hearts
no need for hesitation
im not leaving if you're not
ill stay forever if you let me
don't give up on what we've got, don't neglect or forget me

i see so much more than the potential for heartache
i see a life together and the family we could make
i love your faults and all your value
they're a part of ho you are
don't have to worry i won't hurt you
in the black night you're my north star
Track Name: Mom's
You walked a million miles, carried me on your back
all my life i have searched for a way to pay you back
to provide support and love
you go beyond and above
you're an angel if i ever met one
and I'm so glad that I'm your son

i came from your body you stitched me up piece by piece
i cannot fully express how much you mean to me
you're worth more than gold
and one day when you're old
even if you can't remember my name
ill always love you just the same

Its a shoulder to cry on or a laugh that we share
i know I'm never alone, you will always be there
one day ill have children and they will admire you
your love is the kind ill always try and live up too

you'd give the shirt off your back for a stranger in need
you taught me to love and to always see
the good in the people whose hearts cross our way
lead by example giving love everyday

i came from your body you stitched me up piece by piece
i cannot fully express how much you mean to me
you're worth more than gold
and one day when you're old
even if you can't remember my name
ill always love you just the same
Track Name: The Way She Looks At Me
The breeze Kept the time while i picked my old six string
the wake of that seaworthy craft slapped the shire
i couldn't help feel my cares wash away now
so i lit one up my baby sleeping next door

the weight of my troubles were carried away in the smoke clouds
sweet scent of tobacco it cut through the air
a love in my heart that can't be written on paper
came out in this song that i sit here and share

the way she looks at me would bring any man right to his knees
the way she gave me her heart saved me own
she found the man that i had long forgotten
gave him a chance that saved his soul