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Daniel Ouellette and the Shobijin Boston, Massachusetts

Daniel Ouellette & the Shobijin delivers an experiential tour de force that fuses the musical traditions of New Wave, Techno- Pop, New Age, and World Music with lyrics in English, Spanish, and French. An eclectic mélange of electronic music, visuals, props, and traditional (and nontraditional!) instruments, their interactive, high-energy shows blend playful performance art with true musical talent. ... more

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Track Name: I Left a Bowling Ball in the Garden
I am losing again (ooh ooh ooh)
I could go through anything (ooh ooh ooh)
I need to win (ooh ooh ooh)
I am losing again (ooh ooh ooh)

I left a bowling ball in the garden (ooh ooh ooh)
This time I know, I am going to win (ooh ooh ooh)
I left a bowling ball in the garden (ooh ooh ooh)
This time I know, I am going to win (ooh ooh ooh)

I am sure to win this time (I am going to get something)
I am going to win this time (You will feel chagrin)
I am sure to win this time (It will be the shiniest of all)
I am going to win (Love has wings and they will grow up to be Draculas)
Track Name: Leverett (An Ophelia Afternoon)
Sunlight dancing on the wind
With Orange goldfish and jumping frogs
This moment will end but lasting forever is just fine

Sunlight shading the ground
with yellow green grass and hollow reeds
This moment could last but ending is just fine

I am everywhere, one place at a time
Saying nothing means everything
I am everywhere, one place right now
Saying everything means nothing

Sunlight catching the shore
With clear mud water and singing birds
This moment will end, this moment is gone

I am everywhere, one place at a time
Saying nothing means everything
I am everywhere, one place right now
Saying everything means nothing

I am everywhere, one place at a time
Saying nothing means everything
I am everywhere, one place right now
Saying everything means nothing
Track Name: What an Honor It Is to Break into Your Dreams with an Orchestra
With a string section in my pocket
And the brass by my side
I have entered into your conscience
A song to play through the night

With the woodwind blowing a melody
And the timpani booming in twilight
I have broken into your slumber
A song to sing you goodnight

In the corner of the room
I stand gazing and bright
I compose you this sonnet
And hazard the vagaries of half-light

With a conductor’s staff in my hand
And the drummer’s rhythm in my heart
I have danced into your dream world
A song to tremble through the night

Where is my powered wig?
Delightful and erotic
Where is my nightshade tea? Belladonna warming the night

With a string section in my pocket
And the brass by my side
I have entered into your conscience
A song to play through the night

In the corner of the room
I stand gazing and bright
I compose you this overture
Wishing you well, cutting through darkness,
My illuminating stars that will penetrate your repose
I see you! Good Night!
Track Name: Pluck You Is Fantastic
What is your favorite kind of paper money?
And where will you dress in a gown like that?
How often do you point and laugh at others on the train?
Well my car is better than your ugly house and everything that you have ever owned!

And what is your dream for the future of plastics?
Where will you find your next source of magic?
How many love affairs can one have with a water pistol?
that is filled with rock salt to impress a girl like Jodie Foster!

Chorus
Look at me, look at me changing in the green room
Oh just look at me! and ask me about me (just ask me about me)
In the kitchen and on the computer screen
Come on and touch me I will pluck you fantastic for love

Who is your favorite bucolic poet?
When will you sharpen your pocket knife?
How many dictionaries have you used to write love letters?
For everyone who had ever bought you presents and fresh flowers from 7eleven or someone else’s grave?

Chorus (once)

No one, no one loves you more than Jesus but he is busy watching television
No one, no one loves me more and not anymore and never again

Chorus (twice)
Track Name: Loretta (A Toast, Slightly Burnt, to You)
Don’t die, It’s not very healthy!
Don’t die, who will pay the rent?
Don’t die, your mother will find your filthy movies!
Don’t die, who will buy me beverages?

See (See) how important you are?
See (See) just what you mean!
See (See) someone needs you!
It’s (It’s) much too hard to shoplift all alone!

Don’t die, whose clothes will I borrow?
Don’t die, whose test will I cheat from?
Don’t die, we need to see Grace Jones!
Don’t die, It’s really quite selfish

See (See) how important you are?
See (See) just what you mean!
See (See) someone needs you!
It’s much too hard to shoplift all alone!

<<Music Break>>

Just go on You Tube
Watch a video of someone
Singing cover songs and then you will feel so much better!

Don’t die, how will we scare neighbors?
Don’t die, It will be hard to knock down strangers!
Don’t die, who will punch the meanies?
Don’t die, we need to laugh and point!

We need to laugh and point!
We need to laugh and point!
Let’s point! Let’s laugh! At others!
Track Name: Embrújame
Júrame la magia (soy la bruja de tu corazón)
Llévame al bosque (soy el vampiro en cada rincón)
Déjame encantado (soy el mago en el balcón)
Embrújame intoxicado (soy el veneno de tu pasión)

¿Cuántos hechizos has hecho?
¿Cuántas de cristal has leído?
Lo sé que soy el delirio que intentas de capturar

¿Cómo inventas los ensalmos?
¿Cúando echas maldiciones?
Me siento la locura que mezclas en calderas

Júrame la magia (soy la bruja de tu corazón)
Llévame al bosque (soy el vampiro en cada rincón)
Déjame encantado (soy el mago en el balcón)
Embrújame intoxicado (soy el veneno de tu pasión)

La culpa no es mía por la belleza que me dieron los Dioses
La responsibilidad no me pertenece, sino los padres que me hicieron
Con toda la magia que tienes, el encantado de vudu me haces

Júrame la magia (soy la bruja de tu corazón)
Llévame al bosque (soy el vampiro en cada rincón)
Déjame encantado (soy el mago en el balcón)
Embrújame intoxicado (soy el veneno de tu pasión)
Track Name: Have You Lost Again, Candide?
This ship is sinking
the ground is shaking
And now a flogging
There is no way to escape

Chorus
Another series of unfortunate happenings
The clouds have brought the storm all grey
Another collection of disappointment
Will it work out in the end?

Dr. Pangloss has lost me
This life has gotten extreme
I can’t find my Cunégonde
Martin, help me escape

Chorus 1 X

Have you lost? Have you lost again?
Have you lost again, Candide? Will you get it all back?

Chorus 1 X
Track Name: La Nuit de la Tête de Veau
C’est la nuit de quelque chose de magnifique, tres exceptionelle
C’est la nuit de quelque chose de magique, tres amusant

Je voudrais parler avec Tante Georgette
Je voudrais danser avec Mireille
Mais, la chose que j’aime beaucoup
C’est un plat de la tete de veau

C’est la nuit de quelque chose de fantatisque, tres interessant

Je voudrais parler avec Tante Georgette
Je voudrais danser avec Mireille
Mais, la chose que j’aime beaucoup
C’est un plat de la tete de veau

Ou est Marie -Laure ce soir?
Ou est Robert avec ses complexes?
Ou est l'homme en noir ce soir?

Je voudrais parler avec Tante Georgette
Je voudrais danser avec Mireille
Mais, la chose que j’aime beaucoup
C’est un plat de la tete de veau
Track Name: The Dilemma of Devereaux
I am gorgeous, you can see my blinding beauty
And In a day or two, you will have your vision back
I am lovely, never alone on a Saturday night
My bedroom is never cold, not cold like Dorothy’s

I am gorgeous, you will give me your telephone number
You will call me and I may not answer right away
The pressure of wondering if I will respond
Is what you need so that your wife will never know

All my friends are jealous of my ability
All my friends wish they had my popularity

Chorus
They are giving me the eye, they always look at me with lust
When I walk in a room it is a curse and a blessing
They always want the prettiest to add to their little black books
Stalking me at night and watching me undressing
It’s just so tragic to be this stunning

I am gorgeous, you can tell by appearance
In crowded room, you will fight to talk to me
I am the most delicate out of everyone in Miami
No one ever would chose anyone over me

All my friends are jealous of my ability
All my friends wish they had my popularity

Chorus 2X
Track Name: Everything Is Ruined
You always take my things and you break them
You always take my thoughts and rip them apart
You always take my things and you break them
You always take my dreams and smash them apart

Everything is broken and ruined now
Everything has been taken, taken from my heart
Everything is frozen and ripped to pieces
I am left with nothing, nothing at all

You always take my things and you break them
You always take my thoughts and rip them apart
You always take my things and you break them
You always take my dreams and smash them apart

Everything has been dissected and left wasted
Everything is spoiled and so full of mistrust
Everything has been stripped and remains barren
I am left with nothing, nothing at all

You always take my things and you break them
You always take my thoughts and rip them apart
You always take my things and you break them
You always take my dreams and smash them apart

Everything is ruined,
it will never be the same again
Everything is ruined,
it will never be the same again
Everything is ruined,
it will never be the same again