Strange Animals

by The Toyes

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"On their sophomore effort, the Toyes make a bid for the title of Best American Reggae Band. Okay, maybe there's not that much competition. But this is a great album by any standard: production quality is up significantly from the debut, and bandleader Mawg is writing songs even tighter and hookier than before. One thing that hasn't changed is his wicked sense of humor and his manifest inability to suffer fools gladly-"Whatever That Means" takes on presidential politics, while "Waiting for the Aliens" is a ridiculously catchy take on alien abduction theories. He gets maybe a bit too self-referential on "The Show Biz Food Chain," which bemoans the band's inability to break into the national spotlight. But at least he does it all with a grin, and his homeopathy anthem ("Green Doctor") is so sweetly funny that it more than makes up for the occasional misstep. The band is tighter than ever, thanks partly to the bass playing of Fully Fullwood and partly to guest drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis, a veteran of the Roots Radics band and Bunny Lee's studio. Highly recommended."

~ Rick Anderson of allmusic.com

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released February 23, 1999

“The Toyes’ second release, Strange Animals, makes me happy... direct, rootsy reggae, worthy of the Marley heritage. ...charming, upbeat, eccentric entertainment.” Crossroads Magazine

American counter-culture reggae-rockers The Toyes team up with Jamaican Reggae all-stars Fully Fullwood and Santa Davis from the legendary Peter Tosh Band on this guitar-driven roots reggae album by the band best known for Smoke Two Joints, America’s #1 all-time reggae track. Featured tracks include Waiting For The Aliens, Mr. Dinosaur, and the roots reggae anthem, Pick Yourself Up.

Heavyweight guests include all-star Reggae musicians Tony Chin and Jawge Hughes. Mixed by Grammy Award nominee John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani)

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Track Name: Whatever That Means
He says he's a man of the people (whatever that means)
He's gonna take care of the people (whatever that means)
He'll work hard for the people (what ever that means)
He's gonna listen to the people (whatever that means)

He says he sees a brighter future
But he didn't say who it would be brighter for
He'll make the country more secure
And give everybody more of what we're living in America for
Whatever that means
We've heard it all before

He says he's been there and done that (whatever that means)
He's a scholar and a diplomat (whatever that means)
He had the best education (whatever that means)
And now he's got a plan for the nation (whatever that means)

He says he sees a brighter future
But he didn't say who it would be brighter for
He'll make our country more secure
And give everybody more of what we're living in America for
Whatever that means we've heard it all before
Whatever that means haven't we heard it all before

But he's got such a nice face
And he wears a suit well
He was raised in the right faith
And sources do tell
He's been white all his life and he's faithful to his wife
He's been white all his life and he's faithful to his wife
Must be a good man

He says he's a man of the people (whatever that means)
So he'll be fair to the people (whatever that means)
He'll be there for the people (what ever that means)
Because he cares about the people (whatever that means)

He says he sees a brighter future
But he didn't say who it would be brighter for
He'll make our country more secure
And give everybody more of what we're living in America for
Whatever that means we've heard it all before
Whatever that means haven't we heard it all before

He's been white all his life and he's faithful to his pretty little wife
His pretty white wife
Whatever that means
Track Name: Waiting For The Aliens
Waiting for the aliens, hanging out in Roswell
I sit outside and stare at the sky
And wonder when they're coming

Waiting for the aliens, and according to statistics
A hundred guys might get a ride
Tonight it could be my turn

Beam me up, I want to be abducted tonight
Beam me up, I'm not afraid to fly that high
Beam me up, I want to be abducted tonight
And I was wondering before you take me home again

Could I fly your ship, I wanna fly your ship
Fly your ship, I wanna fly your ship

One time around the sun, one time around the moon
One time around the Earth, stars, Venus and Mars
Baby I'll be home soon

Waiting for the aliens, I've seen all the movies
I'm so prepared to go up there
I know they're gonna choose me

Waiting for the aliens, packing my possessions
When I get my place in outerspace
You can say you knew me

Beam me up, I want to be abducted tonight
Beam me up, I'm not afraid to fly that high
Beam me up, I want to be abducted tonight
And I was wondering before you take me home again

Could I fly your ship, I wanna fly your ship
Fly your ship, I wanna fly your ship

One time around the sun, one time around the moon
One time around the Earth, stars, Venus and Mars
Baby I'll be home soon

I bet they'll have alot of questions & maybe some suggestions
I bet they're gonna ask me about mans's insanity

"You've got a real nice planet here,
But you better watch your atmosphere
And you better clean your waters up, or have none for your cup"

Beam me up
Track Name: Green Doctor
I take my traveling practice far and wide
Don't need no pills to treat the good folks ills
With the laws of nature on my side
I grow me own grass like a homeopath
And write prescriptions up the ass

Chorus:
I'm your Green Doctor
Not a cannabis Kevorkian of Hippocratic hemp
Just your Green Doctor
Don't you think I'm Heaven sent?
I'm your Green Doctor
Smoke two joints and call me in the morning
I'm your Green Doctor
Licensed by the government

I take my little green bag from town to town
I won't stab your veins to ease your pain
The president wants to shut me down
Our leaders are dutiful in supporting pharmaceuticals
But you can't OD on what you get from me

Chorus

(All I wanted was some ganja)
But they made you take morphine
(All I wanted was some ganja)
Then they said try some of this codeine
(All I wanted was some ganja)
Then they sat you on a couch with an old Life magazine
(All I wanted was some ganja)
And while you were waiting they gave you caffeine
(All I wanted was some ganja)
But your pleas they were ignored
(All I wanted was some ganja)
Now you live at Betty Ford
At Betty Ford
At Betty Ford

All you wanted was your Green Doctor

Chorus
Track Name: Mr. Dinosaur
I was digging in the desert I was all alone
When my shovel shoved in to a dinosaur bone
A leg so big I thought it was a log
Then I tripped and slipped on a dinosaur jaw
I bumped my head and the sky went red
And I fell into a dream on a dinosaur bed
Wo!

And in my dream I was having a talk
With a big green dinosaur dancin' on a rock
I said excuse me but I came here lookin for your dead bones
He said leave my bones alone

Mr. Dinosaur, what would you think
If you were still living and we were extinct
Mr. Dinosaur, could you resist
Digging in the dirt for scientists
You'd be digging in the dirt

Well I wonder if the world would be any less strange
If the chain of evolution were rearranged
If man was gone, turn the page
And today was the day of the dinosaur age
If they lived now and we lived then
Would they make scary movies about prehistoric men
(and the women they loved)
Wo!

Can't you see a bunch of dinosaurs diggin' in the dirt
All decked out wearing stone washed jeans, alligator shirts
One T-rex gets excited and he says
Hey I found a humanoid head

Mr. Dinosaur, what would you think
If you were still living and we were extinct
Mr. Dinosaur, could you resist
Digging in the dirt for scientists
You'd be digging in the dirt
(for whatever it's worth)

They'd display us in museums and they study us in schools
And theorize for hours 'bout our customs and our tools
In raging debate as to our fate they'd agree
To dig us up to see

Mr. Dinosaur, what would you think
If you were still living and we were extinct
Mr. Dinosaur, could you resist
Digging in the dirt for scientists

You'd be digging in the dirt
For whatever it's worth
Track Name: She Believes
She believes that she can't talk to me on Tuesdays
'Cause her fortune teller tells her so
Not to mention the stars and the tarot cards
And the psychic on the radio
She believes that I can't take her out on Friday
Cause of something in her horoscope
She saw it in the tea leaves and it was on the 13th
And so she just had to say no

I said oh well there'll be another day and she said knock wood
I said it's really okay and she said knock wood
Then I took her to my place
And you should have see the fear on her superstitious face

When I said come on in under the ladder in the doorway
Thirteen steps will get you straight to the bed
Never mind my black cat
The one who walked across your path
He's just messing with your superstitious head
Your super superstitious head

She said you're crazy takin' chances like that
She said you're crazy don't you know what could happen
You're crazy takin' chances like that
She said you're crazy crazy

She believes I'm unlucky cause I broke a mirror
And the curse takes seven years to pass
And in my logical mind I'm thinking that's some hard time
For breaking a cheap piece of glass
She believes in the power of her prayers' protection
And she's hoping she can help me too
But I'm increasing my odds of pissing off all the gods
And then there's not much she can do

I smiled and said I'll keep my fingers crossed
And she said that's good maybe you're just a little lost
And I said knock wood and as I walked her to the door
I took the opportunity to freak her out some more

So I said watch your step under the ladder in the doorway
Thirteen floors down to the lobby I said
Never mind that full moon,
Never listen to the voice of doom
They're just messin' with your superstitous head
Your super duperstitous head

And she said you're crazy takin' chances like that
She said you're crazy don't you know what could happen
You're crazy takin' chances like that
She said you're crazy crazy
Track Name: Business Trip To Akron
Look now the sun is rising
See how haze turns to fire
Have you ever seen that color before?

Listen can you feel the morning
Hopeful and full of surprises
Have you ever had that feeling before?

So sorry 'bout your business trip to Akron
So sorry 'bout your conference call
So sorry didn't mean to interrupt you
It was nothing at all

'Cause who can see the light
Like a little child?
To the older it seems less bright
And after a while
It disappears from sight

Did you grow up or did you grow old?

Look up there in the night sky
Streaking across our path
Did you see it? I think it was a shooting star

So sorry 'bout the dow and nikei average
So sorry that your taxes are tall
So sorry didn't mean to interrupt you
It was nothing at all

Cause who can see the light
Like a little child?
To the older it seems less bright
And after a while
It disappears from sight

Did you grow up or did you grow old?)

You can see the light
Like a little child
And with practice it glows more bright
And after a while
You're living in the light

Did you grow up or did you grow old?
Track Name: Pick Yourself Up
Pick yourself up and don't look back
Pick yourself up by your own bootstraps
Pick yourself up, it's there for the trying
So live like a lion and don't hold back

Pick yourself up and don't look back
Pick yourself by your own bootstraps
Pick yourself up and start celebrating
'Cause there's glory awaiting when you don't hold back

I have sometimes felt the pain of disappointment
I have sometimes felt the arrows of regret
I have sometimes felt completely overcome with sorrow
But today is not tomorrow and I won't look back

Pick yourself up and don't look back
Pick yourself up by your own bootstraps
Pick yourself up, it's there for the trying
So live like a lion and don't hold back

You say you're down, down
We're talking rock hard times
And you just can't catch a break
You're just about to give up
And say you couldn't give a chuck
About staying in the race

But brother it's time like these you gotta rise up
Brother get off your knees you gotta rise up
If it seems like I'm talking to you then rise up
What else are you gonna do but rise up?
You never know what could happen next
You might be screwed, you might be blessed
But he who rises up has no regrets

I have sometimes been coerced by my own hunger
I have felt the icy cold upon my neck
I have sometimes had to beg and steal and borrow
But today is not tomorrow and I won't look back

Pick yourself up and don't look back
Pick yourself up by your own bootstraps
Pick yourself up, it's there for the trying
So live like a lion and don't hold back
Yes you can live like a lion when you don't hold back
Track Name: House of Song
There's a great big house at the end of a street
Where everyone dances to a different beat
Rhythm and harmony mingle and meet
And everyone gets along
This is the place where the lines are erased
Between contrasting cultures, religion and race
Everyone's welcome and we all belong
And that's why we all come to the House of Song

We come for blues in the basement
Reggae on the roof
Jazz on the jukebox
The rhythms of soul and rock and roll
And everybody dances all night long

Everybody dances all night long
The music is the magic in the House of Song
Like harmony and rhythm we get along
The music is the magic
In the House of Song
Wo wo

Spinning,turning, living , learning
Keeping the beat, keeping the peace
Twist and twirl, one house one world
Different tunes in different rooms
Infinite rhythms, intimate rhymes
A hundred heartbeats keeping time
I'll dance to yours, you dance to mine
Let's open all the doors and erase the lines

We come for blues in the basement
Reggae on the roof
Jazz on the jukebox
The rhythms of soul and rock and roll
And everybody dances all night long

Everybody dances all night long
The music is the magic in the House of Song
Like harmony and rhythm we get along
The music is the magic
In the House of Song
Wo wo

Spinning,turning, living , learning
Keeping the beat, keeping the peace
Twist and twirl, one house one world
Different tunes in different rooms

Infinite rhythms, intimate rhymes
A hundred heartbeats keeping time
I'll dance to yours, you dance to mine
Let's open all the doors and erase the lines

To the Bossa in the Bedroom
Hip-hop on the tabletop
Country in the Kitchen
Rhumba in the restroom
Classics in the closet
Polka in the parlor
Disco in the den
Calypso on the patio
Some old Chuck Berry in the library
Waltzes in the workshop
Rap out back in the garden shack
Big band in the ballroom
Ragtime in the rec room
Opera in the outhouse
Grateful Dead on the waterbed
And reggae, oh we got reggae
Yes we got reggae
In the House of Song
Track Name: What's Your Problem?
Woke up this morning steaming mad
Something was wrong
Though I couldn't put my finger on it right away
But anyway
Pieces of my life were decidedly bad
So I figured I'd focus on feeling
Pissed off at the people I blame

So I stomped out slammed the door
And found myself out in the street
Where everyone was smiling
And everyone was sweet
And every smile enfuriated me
Beyond belief
Don't you losers know that we're all gonna die?

What's your problem? Why you looking at me like that?
What's your problem?

Almost got into at work
Someone said something that pisses me off
Though I can't remember what it was
Or why it does
But we were separated lucky for that jerk
So all of a sudden there's nothing to do
And no one to punch

So I stormed into the bathroom
To slap some water on my face
And I looked into the mirror
And I saw that in my place
Was a snarling cornered animal
Both predator and prey
And I heard him as he locked on to my eyes

What's your problem? Why you looking at me like that?
What's your problem?

I want to stare into the brighter side
And fill my spirit with its light
I will be strong yes I will turn the tide
I 'm tough enough to look inside
What's the problem?

What's your problem? Why you looking at me like that?
What's your problem?
What?

Ok
I'm gonna get a grip on things
From now on I'm gonna give thanks
For my life every day
And let me say
I still see all the things that stink
I've just decided to fight it
In more productive ways

'Cause now I see the bitter faces
Screwed on tight by rage
And I understand the feeling well
'Cause once I was the same
And I know they see me smiling
And they think that I'm insane
And I hear the question churning in their minds

What's your problem? Why you looking at me like that?
What's your problem?
What's your problem?
What's your really really really big problem?
WHAT?
Track Name: Think It Down
I see restlessness I see peace
I see enlightenment and I see insanity
I see hunger I see greed
What's the difference?
What's the breaking point?
Where's the fork in the road
The toss of the coin that decides it?

Think it down
Think it down to the ground

I see hopelessness. I see dreams
I see focus and I see confusion
I see stars. I see debris
Is it timing? Is it stupid luck?
Where's the balance of choices and chance
That affect how it all ends up?

Think it down
Think it down to the ground

Never let a problem
Get bigger than you
In any situation
You can find a way to see it through
Keep your wits about you
And your eyes open wide
Remember what's important
And rely on what you've got inside

I see poverty. I see wealth
I see wisdom and I see ignorance
I see illness. I see health
What's the answer?
What would Buddha say?
He'd say figure it out for yourself
Why you asking me anyway?
He'd say figure it out for yourself
Figure it out for yourself

Is there a formula that we can trust?
Or is it totally, blindingly different
For every one of us?
For every one of us

Think it down
Think it down to the ground
Track Name: The Show Biz Food Chain
At the bottom of the show biz food chain
Lives a little band called The Toy-oy-oyes
At the bottom of the show biz food chain
Oy-oy-oy

No one really listens to reggae music
And the way you play it sounds like noi-oi-oise
What target market demographic gives a rat's ass?
Oy-oy-oy

You're not a pretty picture
With your strange strange mixture
Of pot songs and reggae songs
And trying to be funny
And I hope you're not hurting
'Cause one thing is for certain
You're never ever
Gonna make the slightest bit of money

At the bottom of the show biz food chain
Please don't tell me you're surpri-i-ised
You're at the bottom of the show biz food chain
Aï-aï-aï

You got the short woman in the foliage
And the singer with the weirdo voi-oi-oice
What are you some kind of novelty act?
Oy-oy-oy

Just in case you missed it
You're all show biz misfits
And you're happy so happy
It makes me want to spew
And you are so out of format
That you'll never cross the doormat
And labels aren't signing
Anybody over twenty-two

At the bottom of the show biz food chain
Please don't tell me you're surpri-i-ised
You're at the bottom of the show biz food chain
Aï-aï-aï

At the bottom of the show biz food chain
Lives a little band called The Toy-oy-oyes
At the bottom of the show biz food chain
Oy-oy-oy
Track Name: Love & Laughter
chorus:
Live your life with love and laughter
We don't know what's coming after
Live your life with love and laughter every day
Life is good if you believe it
What you see is how you see it
Live your life with love and laughter
That's the way

I met a sad man
I say man what can I do
To bring your smile back to you
He say life is bad, man
I say you might find it's true
The way you feel is up to you
You can worry and be blue
Or laugh your cares away

But if you cry it won't make the sun shine
And if you smile it could change your world
And not just the world you live in
But my world too
For every smile given
One returns to you

chorus

I met a blue girl
I say what could be so bad
To make someone so young so sad
You know it's true girl
Things don't always go your way
But there is hope in every day
Just because the sky is grey
Don't mean it's gonna rain

But if you cry it won't make the sun shine
And if you smile it could change your world
And not just the world you live in
But my world too
And all the joy you've given
Will return to you

chorus

But if you cry it won't make the sun shine
And if you smile it could change your world
And not just the world you live in
But my world too
For every smile given
One returns to you

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