Fingers Crossed

by Flavored Cardboard

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about

"When I think of Flavored Cardboard, I think of bad gum."
—birdsinbaskets

"I can play guitar now."
—Luke Slomba

"'Say No to Drums' is the best song on the album, to be honest."
—April Friedman

"That's the name of the band? I like that!"
—April's mom

It's just what you've been waiting for—your favorite non-Jamaican band has come out with a brand new album. Described by some as "the best thing since 'Luke Slomba is Sexi'," this innovative musical venture will help you forget your impending death and the crushing weight of your student loans for approximately 39 sweet minutes.

Exploring such themes as the miracle of cloning, days of the week, and, possibly, even geography, Fingers Crossed will take you on a magical journey through the minds of two possibly brilliant non-Jamaican artists.

Will April and Luke finally reveal their trademarked secrets for flavoring cardboard? Will we drift apart? What's the temperature forecast for tomorrow? There is only one way to find out.

That's right, folks: Fingers Crossed is really the only album that alleviates the responsibility of having to figure out your own feelings.

credits

released March 4, 2016

April - vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, drums, etc
Luke - vocals, guitar, synths, ukulele, bass, drums, Sylophone, etc

"Which Describes How You're Feeling" originally written and performed by They Might Be Giants.

"Wasted Saturdays", "Not Especially Nice", and "Unmemorable" written by April.
"Flavored Cardboard", "Drifting", "Magellan", "32 Degrees", and "Elliptipar" written by Luke.
"Semi-Invested", "Carbon Copy", "Sharks", and "Marigolds" written by April and Luke (or vice versa).

Mixed, produced, performed, etc. by Flavored Cardboard (see track info for more specific credits)

Artwork by Luke.

Dress Dress Dress Recordings
GRR 031

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Flavored Cardboard New Haven, Connecticut

Favored Cardbread is the undead spiritual successor to legendary Scratch band Frozen Coco which ran from 2011-2013 until its death in an automobile accident. Flav Carb re-disbanded after legendary comeback single "Luke Slomba is Sexi",, but came back to life yet again after a botched resurrection spell that was supposed to wake Sir Funky Chunky of Scotland. The second album is named in his memory. ... more

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Track Name: Semi-Invested
And I'm invested in the way you make me feel
I'm not getting over it, the way you make me real
Living in a hurricane is easy in the eye
It's when you spin me 'round and 'round I think I'm going to die

Close the door
Dim the lights
I'm in here
Stay the night

Disinterested in the things we did before
I've been spending too much time just lying on the floor
Can't believe it took so long for both of us to see
That there's no point to all the lies and triviality

Lock your doors
I'll go outside
Sorry I laughed
When you cried
Track Name: Carbon Copy
Duplicate me, you'll be my carbon copy
Always you'll do what I'd do
Replicate me, the both of us will see
When there are two mes and no yous

Every day, I take a piece of you with me
And a piece of me fills the empty space
If we carry on, it won't be long
'Til every single part of you has been replaced

Duplicate me, you'll be my carbon copy
One in a million, but now there's two
Replicate me, the both of us will see
How everybody’s different, 'cept for me and you

At first the changes will come slowly
When your family notices a difference in your ways
But in a few weeks, you'll be unrecognizable
Soon you will be gone, and I'll be here to stay

And I know right now you think that
I'm a bad person in every way
But let's see if you feel differently
When you're living my life every single day

Duplicate me, youll be my carbon copy
Always you'll do what I'd do
Replicate me, the both of us will see
When there are two mes and no yous

Duplicate me, you'll be my carbon copy
One in a million, but now there's two
Replicate me, the both of us will see
How everybody's different, 'cept for me and you
Track Name: Flavored Cardboard
Every Halloween, I dress up in a costume
Walk 'round the neighborhood saying trick or treat
But this year, I must've not done something right
Because nobody at all gave me anything to eat

I wanted candy but all I got was flavored cardboard
It's all I received from everyone in town
If I use my imagination, it tastes just like a chocolate bar but
The brown pulp leaves a bad taste in my mouth

All my friends got M&M's
Snickers and Milky Ways
I wish that I could have some
But no-one wants to give theirs away

But then I saw this guy dressed up in devil horns
He said that he would like to make a trade
All I have to do is give up my soul
And all my cardboard will turn into candy

And I couldn't refuse his offer
I shook a hand; we made a deal
It sure seemed worth it then
But in the long run, it wasn't ideal

Now I'm no more, but my spirit lingers on
I haunt the town on every Halloween
Putting cardboard in the baskets of the children
So that they all will end up like me
Like me
Track Name: Wasted Saturdays
Think fast, but don't take it back
Take your backpack off and your homework out
Sit down at your desk and actually do it
Don't mind in the back your mind
The little voice cries that it wants to do something else
Though you just give in, you know that you're better than this

It feels like another wasted Saturday, when all the time has
Gone away and all that's left is the looming week to come
You feel the seconds pass, their aftertaste is bitter and it
Lingers in the corners of your mouth

Don't look in a book, you're only young once and you need to make the best of it
Otherwise, you'll get old and you'll just find that you had a miserable life
But yet when you think about it, you can't do anything when
You've got homework hanging over your head

It feels like another wasted Saturday, when all the time has
Gone away and all that's left is the looming week to come
You feel the seconds pass, their aftertaste is bitter and it
Lingers in the corners of your mouth

Can't do anything productive if you've got schoolwork 'cause you need to get it done
Proceed to screw around for hours and hours on end
Have to do what really matters: get your priorities straight
You can't complain that you don't ever have any time

It feels like another wasted Saturday, when all the time has
Gone away and all that's left is the looming week to come
You feel the seconds pass, their aftertaste is bitter and it
Lingers in the corners of your mouth

It feels like another wasted Saturday, when all the time has
Gone away and all that's left is the looming week to come
You feel the seconds pass, their aftertaste is bitter and it
Lingers in the corners of your mouth

It feels like another wasted Saturday, when all the time has
Gone away and all that's left is the looming week to come
You feel the seconds pass, their aftertaste is bitter and it
Lingers in the corners of your mouth
Track Name: Drifting
Remember on the fifth of July, after Independence Day
Your family lit up fireworks on the back lawn
We watched all the colors as they moved through the dark sky
I heard them all that night firing off until dawn

Your brother threw a bottle of soda out the second story window
Don't know what his plan was, but it wasn't a success
The contents of the bottle splattered all over the driveway
The kids all ran around while we cleaned up the mess

But now it's been a few weeks and I haven't seen you around
I hope that you'll come back sometime before the summer ends
I'll be waiting here like I always do
Then we can go and do it all again

Blowing bubbles on your front porch in the afternoon
People looked at us confused as they drove by
Sitting in the backyard laughing and wondering
Why the ice cream man plays Christmas carols even though it's July

Later we went swimming in the Long Island Sound
The cool ocean water in the warm summer heat
We let all the waves push us closer to the shore
As we stepped on rocks that left bruises on our feet

But the summer's nearly over and I haven't seen you around
I'm starting to wonder if you know me anymore
But if you decide to come back, you know where to find me
Just give me a knock on the door
Just give me a knock on the door
Just give me a knock on the door
Track Name: Not Especially Nice
I can't figure out why, but you act like I'm the greatest person on Earth
My attention means the whole wide world and then some
Guess I shouldn't be complaining but it's not something I know how to deal with
Yeah, I think you're fine and all, but it's clear that you like me more than I like you

I was never there for you
And I have never cared for you
And I'm not especially nice, not especially nice, not especially nice
I was never there for you
And I have never cared for you
And I'm not especially nice, not especially nice, not especially nice

I don't know how to tell you when enough is enough
Sure, I like to be with you but you tend to lure me in
Now I've found it's easier to not engage you at all
I'm hoping that you'll find someone better than me, someone you deserve

I was never there for you
And I have never cared for you
And I'm not especially nice, not especially nice, not especially nice
I was never there for you
And I have never cared for you
And I'm not especially nice, not especially nice, not especially nice

Though I wish I had the wherewithal
To be there for you and to give my all
And hold you and love you and kiss you and hug you and see you and need you and stay by your side
But we both know that that's not me

I was never there for you
And I have never cared for you
And I'm not especially nice, not especially nice, not especially nice
I was never there for you
And I have never cared for you
And I'm not especially nice, not especially nice, not especially nice
Track Name: Magellan
You've got it all mapped out
You've got the world inside your hand
You'd crush me underneath your palm
If I gave you the chance

But I
I'm not buying what you're sellin'
You're a modern-day Magellan
Sail around the word 'til you turn around and then
You'll end up right where you started again

You want everything to work out
Your shortcuts won't do any good
In fifteen years, you'll be back home
Standing right where you stood

And I
I'm not buying what you're sellin'
You're a modern-day Magellan
Sail around the word 'til you turn around and then
You'll end up right where you started again

I'm not buying what you're sellin'
You're a modern-day Magellan
Sail around the word 'til you turn around and then
You'll end up right where you started again

No I
I'm not buying what you're sellin'
You're a modern-day Magellan
Sail around the word 'til you turn around and then
You'll end up right where you started again
Track Name: Sharks
My friends are the sharks
I really like them for the people they are
But they made a request
And thought as a friend I try to do my best

I fear my parents will judge me
I know they'll say that I'm just throwing away my life
But they don't know how important this is to me
I don't know how I could live with myself
If I didn't follow through

I want to feed myself to the sharks
I want to be there for them
I need to be their human sacrifice
I want to be a good friend
How could I say no?
How could I protest?
What is there for me to do
But let them lay me to rest?

When I was younger
All I did was stare down at the water
They thought there was something wrong with me
But the sharks saw something no one else could see

And now the time has come
For me to repay the sharks for what they've done
They've been such great friends to me
And now I must return to the open sea
From which I first emerged

I want to feed myself to the sharks
I want to be there for them
I need to be their human sacrifice
I want to be a good friend
How could I say no?
How could I protest?
What is there for me to do
But let them lay me to rest?

I went down to the dock
It was high tide when I jumped off
But the end of my life was only the start
Now I'm forever swimming with the sharks
Track Name: Which Describes How You're Feeling
Which describes how you're feeling all the time
Which describes how you're feeling all the
Feeling all the time
There's this guy in the sky and he makes you want to
Want to make you sigh, like the time
When you felt like you're feeling all the time
And you sighed at the cracks in the ceiling all the time
You said "I'm feeling fine" but it didn't really rhyme
It didn't rhyme, overseas
Which describes how you're feeling all the time

It describes how you're feeling

Which describes how you're feeling all the time
When you lie that your life's unappealing all the time
But your lie doesn't rhyme with the word overseas
Overseas there's this guy
Who describes how you're feeling all the time
In his mind he can find how you're feeling all the time
From behind distant lines
Even straighter than his spine
Which is fine
Which is fine
And describes how you're feeling all the time
Track Name: Marigolds
I've been spending time alone
And I'm not gonna lie, it's nothing like I imagined it would be
It's hard just to move on
Not that I want to but they say I'll feel better so we'll see
It feels like, well, nothing
Not that I'm in denial; okay, yeah, denial's what you'd say
I'm crossing my fingers
Maybe it was just a joke or maybe someone made a mistake

Well, that's for sure
Mistakes were made
I hope that you know

It's the butter-yellow marigolds that line your drive
They peek through the windows, you can see them from inside
I walk through your garden, alone, and I ask myself why

I've been spending time just thinking
Watching pages of the calendar move up and up and disappear
I sit down on tile floor
I slump myself against the wall, I duck out of sight of the mirror

And I don't want to see
The face that will look back at me
And I never like to say

It's the butter-yellow marigolds that line your drive
They peek through the windows, you can see them from inside
I walk through your garden, alone, and I ask myself why

I don't know where I stand
But I know it's alone
I don't know how I feel
And I'll never forgive you
No, I'll never forgive you

It's the butter-yellow marigolds that line your drive
They peek through the windows, you can see them from inside
I walk through your garden, alone, and I ask myself why
(And I ask myself why)
Track Name: 32 Degrees
Where did the winter go?
I want to be there in the snow
All I hear is rain
On my rooftop every day
Out in the winter cold
Trudging down the sidewalk all alone
Sound muffled, sky is white
You feel like you're the only man alive

Oh, please
Thirty-two degrees
I don't want anything at all
'Til winter's here to stay
I'm willing to freeze
If that is what it means
I just want the snow to fall
And bury everything away

Walking down the street
Hear the ice crack underneath our feet
The cold air stings and bites
But we know we'll be safe when we're inside
Oh, those were the days
Now they're just a distant memory
Still I hope every night
In the morning everything will be white

Oh, please
Thirty-two degrees
I don't want anything at all
'Til winter's here to stay
I'm willing to freeze
If that is what it means
I just want the snow to fall
And bury everything away

Oh, please
Thirty-two degrees
I don't want anything at all
'Til winter's here to stay
I'm willing to freeze
If that is what it means
I just want the snow to fall
And bury everything away
Track Name: Unmemorable
Making a mental note of the grease spot on your ascot
That way I can point you out in a crowd
You accuse me of not taking you seriously
But I'm clearly doing the best I can

Mmmmmm

You are unmemorable
There's nothing about you that stands out at all
You are unmemorable
There's nothing about you that stands out at all

Yesterday I willed myself out of existence and you missed it
I cut myself out like a cyst from the world
They held a trial and it dragged along for days and days
I fell out of favor with the judge

Mmmmmm

I am unmemorable
There's nothing about me that stands out at all
I am unmemorable
There's nothing about me that stands out at all
Track Name: Elliptipar
instrumental silly