Thank You

by Arthur Yoria

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Have you ever been at a coffee shop and seen a squeaky clean singer-songwriter rhyming “love” and “up above” and generally being unrealistically sappy? Then you wonder, “What is this guy really thinking?” What if he just got sick of pandering and started using his gorgeous guitar chords and soothing voice to sing about his neuroses and violent impulses instead?
What you would get is Arthur Yoria. The Houston native is the id of the singer-songwriter world, a status cemented by his 2009 album 281 and its songs with colorful titles like “Drunk Piss” and “No Messin’ With My Rectum If You Like My Erection.” Despite the subject matter, Yoria’s instrumentation and voice is rather poppy and catchy.
Now, Yoria is back with his highly entertaining stream-of-consciousness musings. Thank You is one of two EPs he released this week (get the other here). It contains two songs, neither of which pulls punches with the titles “I’m Gonna Take a Swing at Your Head With an Aluminum Bat” and “In Case the Words are Shitty (Jeffrey Lewis).” Aside from the abrasive synthesizer intro, both songs are rather delicate and, well, pretty. That is, if you can get past grotesque lyrics.
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released September 5, 2011

Written and performed by Arthur Yoria
Recorded by Forrest Hart in Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Steve Christensen
Mastered by Allen Corneau

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Arthur Yoria Houston, Texas

Arthur has had songs placed on the TV shows: The OC, Felicity, Camp Jim, Laguna Beach and the major films, National Lampoon's Adam and Eve and Breaking Dawn. His songs have also been used in commercials: Domino's Pizza, Arizona Jeans, Cheapbooks.com and Zig Zag. ... more

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Track Name: i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat
money's in the room/paper's in the trey
i ain't got no symptoms and you ain't got no rules
siamese sister two tell siamese sister one that i just see a man in a neat suit

i can tell by the way that you make your case
that someone's gotta wake your lazy brain
i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat
yeah i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat

you are young and strong but maybe not for long
watch your language, big mouth and watch yourself below
craniums can swell and they can't even tell when it's time to feed and when it's time to feast

i can tell by the way that you make your case
that someone's gotta wake your lazy brain
i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat
yeah i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat

craniums can swell and they can't even tell when it's time to feed and when it's time to feast

i can tell by the way that you make your case
that someone's gotta wake your lazy brain
i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat
yeah i'm gonna take a swing at your head with an aluminum bat
Track Name: in case the words are shitty(jeffrey lewis)
jeffrey lewis i'm not smart enough or brave enough to do it
and in fact now i feel stupid
it's a coincidence that i got all these stickers around my strings
but there's no way that i can prove it

and i'll need one more chord to make my point before we both get bored
and i'll use this chord to make this pretty in case the words are shitty

joseph arthur you're much bigger but you're still no jeffrey lewis
only stickers got you in this
and i wonder if in a three-way fight who'd be the one to pull a knife
and make off with all the stickers

and i'll need one more chord to make my point before i start looping it
and i'll use this chord to make this pretty in case the words are shitty