The Sound Of Fresno

by Brian Kenney Fresno

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My 3rd solo CD- Recorded live at Polymorph Studios. I invited all of my favorite musicians and friends to the studio for a BBQ concert with lots of beer. It was so much fun. There are more songs to be mixed-

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released July 24, 2007

Featuring Sleepytime Gorilla Museum members, Faun Fables, MoeTar Jesse Quattro, and others.

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Brian Kenney Fresno Fresno, California

My name is Brian Kenney Fresno, and I have this super fun solo ROCK show
where I sing modern TALES of urban legends and epics of the absurd- in a
sing along format, mostly about Fresno Ca, my home town, and everytime I say
"Fresno", everybody eats the raisins and says "WHOOO!" in a group
experience.
It's really fun!
Everybody laughs a lot!
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Track Name: Roach Ev'ry Reefer
ROACH EV’RY REEFER
Roach ev’ry reefer
Ash ev’ry pipe
Pass around some raisins
Grapes that once were ripe

Roach ev’ry reefer
Clear ev’ry bong
Find your way from Fresno
How can that be wrong?

What’s wrong is they banned me from playing in their town
But I’m wearing a smile, no you don’t see a frown

Roach ev’ry reefer
Clear ev’ry bong
Find your way from Fresno
How can that be wrong?

What’s wrong is they banned me from playing in their town
But I’m wearing a smile, no you don’t see a frown
Track Name: Goatsucker
From the ruins of ancient south eastern Mexico
flew the hideous beast with one place left to go-Fresno
run out by a fast encroaching tourist industry
evil winged creature night surgeon hack bloodthirsty

Built just like a panther
hops like a kangaroo
once it sinks it's fangs into you there's nothing you can do
shiny red eyes above
beating leather wings
with a long snake like tongue
mercilessly hunting down
the old the weak and Kenny Young

Chupacabra
you've been so misunderstood
you use your evil for good
you've been hiding out too long
you were right and we were wrong

Chupacabra mutilations quite the thing to see
all the organs missing eaten out internally
not a drop of blood, or shred of skin will there be
it's a cold cruel killer hundreds die thousands flee

Chupacabra
no ensidio entendito
usas do mal pollo bien
asa de maseada tiempo que te escontes
tenias roson enosotros nos equivicamos!

It's got a sharp pointy devil tail
with silky vermin ears
a specialized function sucking organs
evolved over the years
BIG OL!(huge)razor sharp spikes
liberally line the back
leaves a sickening sulfur stench
wherever it goes on all it attacks

I'll just bet
it's an alien pet someone let out to...
Track Name: Generator
Generator
That day we never planned on the power going out
The people got so angry and the crowd began to shout how
“we bought our tickets yesterday!”
but how could we foresee
the way our lives revolve around good ol’ electricity

so we’re gonna run the generator later
gonna run the generator
generator run the

and the people started thinking and they sat around to talk
went outside to ride their bikes, and went on long romantic walks
and the computers got so lonely and the TV’s gathered dust
which is great, but for rock shows, electricity’s a must

so we’re gonna run the generator later
gonna run the generator
generator run the

Hurricane Isabella pooched me in Washington DC (in 03)
When their was just 97 volts, and that’s just not enough AC
By then Vic, the volunteer electrician had tested it right at the wall
Which was a shame, cause I had already set up the whole damn show
Which for lack of electricity was a no-go
And I’d just driven all the way from Fresno
Just to entertain them all

so we’re gonna run the generator later
gonna run the generator
generator run the

So give me photovoltaic solar cells and a big ol battery
I’ll put em up on my rooftop and collect the sun for free
And I’m gonna put windmills in my big back yard
Hangin from every tree
Sell the excess back to Texas, at an outrageous profit to me

Electricity’s been a real good friend to me.
Track Name: FedExy
FedExy

Yes I wanna have sex with the Fed Ex lady
In my big backyard where it's nice and shady

You bring me gifts out of the blue
I don't know why but I'm glad you do
Some special treat I just adore
Sometimes you leave them at the door
I just want you to come inside
Want you to take me for a ride (in your van)

Brought me my second Chapman stick
Put it in my hands super quick
And then she brought this Warr guitar
You know she drove it just as far
Wanna keep you coming with A.R.T.
I just think you're so Fedexy!

She's the one that makes me smile
I'm hopin that she'll take me that extra mile
We can lay a packing blanket down under a tree
On the cool green lawn, the Fedex lady and me

I made you a pillow out of packing peanuts
And a quilted comforter out of bubble wrap
I've got some slick white Styrofoam sheeting
Just wanna lay you down,
tuck you in for a nap
Track Name: Ssshh
She's my secret girlfriend, I only really met her once or twice
But She's my secret girlfriend, soul destroyingly gorgeous and nice

And when I think of her I want to say hi
But my tongue's all tangled when I'm feelin all shy
and I can't forget her no matter how I try, but

Ssshh IT'S A SECRET, Ssshh IT'S A SECRET
Ssshh IT'S A, Ssshh IT'S A

She's my secret girlfriend, and I can't never ever let it show cause
She's my secret girlfriend, but she couldn't be if I ever let her know

And when I'm so close and I can't just stop by
It makes me feel so alone that I cry,
It makes me just want to curl up and die but

Ssshh IT'S A SECRET, Ssshh IT'S A SECRET,
Ssshh IT'S A, Ssshh IT'S A--
It's a secret!
Ssshh IT'S A SECRET
Ssshh IT'S A, Ssshh IT'S A,

Shit hits the fan the day our lovers ever know
The sentiments that we shared that day
It seems like years ago
And I've tried so hard to forget you
But it was just was’nt likely or fair
So I'll just have to know you're out there
And you'll just have to know I care

That I'm your secret boyfriend, it's why you never write me or call that's right your secret boyfriend, it's why I never hear from you at all..
Yes your secret boyfriend, your inseparable absentee
That's right your secret boyfriend, well you know I always hoped I could be

Cause we'd only have the good things and everything'l be all funny
we'll never have to argue about stupid things like money
you'll never have to call me "sugar pie" or "honey" cause
Ssshh IT'S A SECRET, Ssshh IT'S A SECRET!
We'll never have to worry about anniversaries or birthdays
And You'll never have to take me to your parents on holidays
You'll never get sick of me in so many different ways cause
Ssshh IT'S A SECRET,
I heard you love me loud and clear through my secret decoder
But it must be some kinda psychaloalogical disorder
But hey, thanks for lifting that restraining order but

Ssshh IT'S A SECRET, Ssshh IT'S A SECRET,
Ssshh IT'S A, Ssshh IT'S A--
It's a secret!
Ssshh IT'S A SECRET
Ssshh IT'S A, Ssshh IT'S A,

Shame we can't be more open with our feeling in affairs of the heart
But then I guess it wouldn't be a secret-
But at least we wouldn't have to be apart
Just to be our

Ssshh!
Track Name: Lock Up!
Lock up when you go to Fresno, Don't stop! WHOOOO!
Sing the car alarm!
In Fresno- Impressed no
Track Name: Cobras
COBRAS

When I was eight in mid September
Painful experience I still remember
Weather started turning cold
Needed new coat I was told
Mom and I went K mart, see what we could find

Well you know how Kmart is all some unheard of brand?
Slave in sweatshop made in some far away land
“Big Ol” piles a parkas heaped up on the floor
rivers of raincoats halfway out the door

I tried on a coat with these “Big Ol” pockets
And a hood for keeping dry in the rain
A searing flash went through my body
As I pulled my hand back in pain
I looked in the sleeve and saw something slithering
It’s skin glistening all opaque
I jumped up and down in terror when I realized I’d Been bitten by a snake

Cobras in my coat
It was the scream heard through the store
Oh Mommy, don’t make me try on anymore!
THEY’RE LIVING IN THE SLEEVE!
Oh Mommy, why won’t you believe?

My mother would’nt believe me
And she spanked me when I cried
She never believed the coat I tried on had cobra eggs inside
It just made me so frustrated
Cause why would I have lied?
At least I know that everyone
Felt so guilty when I died
And went on through to the other side

Though I was killed by cobras
I was sent back to this plane
To try and warn you all
So this can never happen again
God said “Brian Kenney Fresno, you are my one and only son
I'm sending you back to the earth so the earth can have way more fun
So warn the people of the cobras and other dangers in their coats
Tell em I said to all sing along
feel the magic and the power in their throats.”
Track Name: Slurpees & Pornography
In 1993 The city of Fresno gave to me
A coupla thousand dollars that was supposed to be for me to go and write and play in Fresno But people weren't impressed no
I had to find some inspiration anywhere I could
I knew that I would with Slurpees and pornography

But I never thought I'd be The refugee you see
Prohibited fron performing in my own locality
I can't play anymore in Fresno The council wasn't impressed, no
They hit me with an audit, asked me, "where'd the money go?"
All the receipts showed: Slurpees and pornography!

So I applied to the California Arts Council Touring and Presenting program
They told me they resent me, and frankly didn't give a damn
Said "not now, not never" would they ever try to help me
They told me my art was of poor poor quality
They only saw Fresno, so it couldn't have any class
Well I say they wouldn't know art if it bit em in the ass!

They said my marketing plan relied too much on the internet
To me saying that's about as stupid as you can get
It only shows a mindset in the last century
Now tell me what other medium is as powerful and free?
It's a modern day telephone, and chalk full of pornography!

(NEW VERSE- True Story!)
Then I got Banned from Burning Man For "harshing peoples' mellow" I couldn't understand it, because I'm really a postive fellow
They said they wanted less entertainment
If you can figure out what that meant...
I came all that way, so it was a big 'ol disappointment!
Got to The Playa - saw Nudity - said,"Whoopee!"
I thought they were liberals, but they were just dirty hippies!
Track Name: Porno Dan
Porno Dan, we salute you
When they robbed you last fall I’m glad they did’nt shoot you
Your product fills a need
it helps me spill my seed
that’s why Porno Dan we salute you

Porno Dan, when the bandits gun misfired
We all thought that you’d retired!
Your porno rack are overflowing
Guess that’s why I’m always going to
Porno Dan we salute you!
Track Name: Transitional
TRANSITIONAL

We go through the motions
We go through the lotions
It’s purely sexual we just don’t care

We go through the motions
But there’s no emotion
It’s purely sexual we just don’t care

We go through the motions
But there’s no devotion
We use each other like we just don’t care

Transitional Girlfriend
Track Name: Wells!
WELLS!
Wells! Won’t you put your ass to work one day?
You’re a sittin down lazy mother WELLS!…….. WELLS!

Workin in Fresno with The Local 158
There’s the one guy everybody loves to hate
He’s a sittin down lazyass never-do-nothin kinda slug
Might sneak away take a nap when you’re not looking

WELLS! Won’t you put your ass to work one day?
You’re a sittin down lazy mother WELLS!…….. WELLS!

He spends so much energy to avoid spending energy, you really gotta wonder what the guy could do
If he used his evil for good insteada laziness-used his stupor for clarity insteada haziness
Where’d he go?
WELLS!……….

I think he’s actually proud of himself
The way he truly has no shame
And to his credit he brings us all together against him
And we’ve always got someone to blame
He makes a perfect example of exactly what not to do
A model of failure and frustration
And of not thinking anything through
He’s disappeared again- WELLS!………….WELLS!

He once told me: “You guys need me to set the mark of ineptitude and plumb the depths of bad”
Which is actually me paraphrasing- he would never say that, as he as a vocabulary of about 500 words. He actually said :
“If I was’nt fuckin off makin you guys look good
you have to admit in a way that you’d really all be sad.”
Which is also not true as it turns out.

Cause he’s babbling about something while he’s smokin a cigarette
Be the first one to the donuts to grab all he can get
Drinking coffee and talking to you while you’re toiling away
He’s dangerous to work with, he’s only in the way
He’s disappeared again- WELLS!

Get your ass back over here
Quit slackin off by the pin-rail
Never mind the Pepsi
Take a break once with everybody else
Won’t you show some self respect and pull your own weight on the crew
I’d rather work without you- slowin up the progress
Disregarding everything anyone’s ever said- never use your head
No one would be sad if you woke up dead

Such a sin a waste of perfectly good skin
And not to mention all that food for a big bad dude with a big bad attitude
He’s disappeared again- WELLS!

( Traveling Head of Carpentry assembles crew of 4 locals to wrangle big heavy dangerous box that killed a man in Philadelphia –Build to fit.)

I think he’s actually proud of himself
The way he truly has no shame
And to his credit he brings us all together against him
And we’ve always got someone to blame
He makes a perfect example of exactly what not to do
A model of failure and frustration
And of not thinking anything through

He’s disappeared again- WELLS!
Won’t you put your ass to work one day?
You’re a sittin down lazy mother WELLS!…….. WELLS!