Sidekick and Other Songs

by Hello, The Future!

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credits

released May 24, 2011

Thanks to Sidekick affiliates Adam Tannir, Robert C. Roman, Travis Surber, and Mike Knauer!

AND HUGE THANKS to Neil Fein, who recorded the EP in his awesome studio.

Excepting the "kitchen table" track, all audio recording by Neil Fein.

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Hello, The Future! Seattle, Washington

My name is Nicole.

My band is Hello, The Future!

I am the only person in my band.

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Track Name: Sidekick
Do you want to be my sidekick
We could have some fun
Come on won’t you be my sidekick
I wouldn’t take just anyone

And I hope that you say
That you’ll come with me adventuring
I’ll save the world and you’ll save the day
‘Cause I love you

If you were my little sidekick
We could have some fun
In the morning I’d make you omelette
And then you’d help me get work done

You see, I’m kind of a mess
Unless you’re there to galvanize me
Don’t know why; I guess it’s
Cause I love you

And I know
You love me too
I know
You love me too

Do you want to be my sidekick?
We could have some fun
Come on won’t you be my sidekick
I like you the best of everyone

And as soon as you say
That you’ll come with me adventuring
You’ll pack the bags, I’ll take you away
‘Cause I love you
Track Name: That Tractor
I took my tractor
And I took my roomba
And I took my screwdriver
And went out to the back

With my husband waiting upstairs
Playing Xbox
He won’t miss the screwdriver
He won’t know I’m not back

I tried, though
I tried to make a robot
I tried to make a robot
A robot
But

Halfway through the bourbon
When I turned the keys
And started up the tractor
With the roomba parts inside

And my smartphone open
Showing Wikipedia’s
Page for “robotics”
There was nowhere I could hide

When that tractor
That old and rusty tractor
That old familiar tractor
That tractor

My…

I tightened a screw
Its part skipped a beat
I took off my gloves
And put my hands upon the steering wheel
So I could feel it close to me

It started to move
I went for a ride
And somehow I knew what it felt inside
And it was more than I could have ever dreamed of
I thought I built a robot, but
That tractor learned how to love

I took that tractor
And we roamed our fields
And then he said he loved me
With the blinking of his eyes

And we woke my family
And we woke my neighbors
And they saw that tractor
And they blinked back in surprise

They said “Darling
You know you built a monster
What’s worse, a sentient monster
A monster!”

And then that tractor said “I’m not a monster
And this girl is mine.
We belong together;
Yes, our hearts have gone through the combine.”

At least that’s what I think he said
I may have been distracted
By the way the people looked at me
And the way the crowd reacted
To my tractor!

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

When they took my tractor
I might have gone insane
I mean just for a moment
But I guess that’s all it takes.

Now I take the pills
Because they take the pain
Because they make me take them
I guess that everyone makes mistakes.

I’ll rebuild him
Someday I will rebuild him
Some way I will rebuild him
Rebuild…

I will buy a tractor
And I’ll buy a roomba
And I’ll buy a screwdriver
And go out to the back.

With my children playing upstairs
Making messes
They won’t miss their dinner
They don’t know I won’t come back

‘Cause I love him
And though I must remake him
I know that he’ll still love me
He’ll love me
He’ll love me
He’ll love me
And we’ll be together forever
Just me and my tractor

‘Cause I tightened a screw
It’s part skipped a beat
I took off my gloves
And put my hands upon the steering wheel
So I could feel it close to me

It started to move
We went for a ride
And somehow I knew what it felt inside
And it was more than I could have ever dreamed of
I thought I built a robot, but
That tractor learned how to love
Track Name: Life is a LARP
When we were kids we played all kinds of games
Ninja Turtles, anyone that we
Wanted to pretend we were, we’d be
Mom or Dad, or Barbie, or the Red Mage in Final Fantasy

Harry’s got a wand, MegaMan’s blue [and cyan]
Grab the clothes and do what they would do [‘cause we can]
We’d become whatever we wanted to
Life is just the same

You don’t have to go out into the woods to play
You don’t have to make a suit of chain-mail armor to play
I mean if you want to make a suit of chain-mail armor, that’s okay
But here’s my secret to you, the world already works this way
So come along and sing with me!

Life is a LARP!

Just think of all the stuff you did today
Wake up and put on your fancy clothes
Blow the snot out of your fancy nose
Practice punctuality and go where responsible people go

Maybe you don’t have to fight a Slime
But you’d better get to work on time
Make sure that your output better shine
And you are on your way

The other side is that whatever you want to do
You grab the role and suddenly the work comes true
You want to climb a mountain, got to buy the shoes
All you gotta do is just be brave enough to choose
So come along and sing with me!

Life is a LARP!

And I’ve become a rockstar
I’ve become a geek rockstar
Yes, I’ve become a rockstar
And I have the EP to prove it
How about you?

I know you think you’ve rolled and got your stats
You’re already good as you can get
You can’t be what you haven’t been yet
Anything you want to do has some prerequisite you haven’t met

Or you might say that you don’t have enough.
Better roles come to people with better stuff.
I say that it’s time to level up
You work at where you’re at

And every day try on the stats you want to play
Grab the rule book, learn the rules, and start to play
You’ll find that what you want isn’t so far away

As long as you work at it
Consistently and with focus
Watching for opportunities
And learning about the other players
Connecting with the community
And don’t forget to practice
EVERY DAY
So one more time, come sing with me!

Life is a LARP!
Track Name: Monkeys and Robots II: More Monkeys, More Robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots

Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots

Monkeys and robots and monkeys and pirates
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and pirates
Pirates and monkeys and robots and pirates
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots

Monkeys and robots and monkeys and ninjas
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and ninjas
Pirates and monkeys and ninjas and robots and
Pirates and monkeys and ninjas and robots and
Pirates and monkeys and ninjas and robots

One ninja took out a shuriken
I think this story's going to end with someone losing an eye again

One of the pirates took out an eyepatch
One of the pirates put an eyepatch on a monkey
Isn't it nice that there's always someone around to help out a monkey?
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots

Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Monkeys and robots and monkeys and robots
Track Name: Hello, The Future!
A year from now, I’m going to be more famous.
You wait and see.
You’re going to have heard of me.

Picture a day in March 2012.
The world didn’t end.
It’s spring!
And I am in my apartment practicing.
Come take a look into the future with me. I’ll share
With you what life would be like
If I were there
If you were there
What would the world be like if we were there

Every day I’d wear a pair of baggy jeans
The kind they made when I was in high school
With that loop you put your hammer through
And every day I’d wear a shirt with words on it
Or some design
That was made by a friend of mine
And I’d send him an email and say
“I’m gonna do a show
You wanna play along?
We could totally duet on this song”
Hello the future.

And I’d make a little money using Amazon
‘Cause people would care what I liked
And they’d want to go and buy it
But I’d make most of my money selling
T-shirts and concert tickets
And downloads of all my albums and songs
And they’d play on college radio
And wherever I went, people would go
Hello the future.

I’d have my own business
And I would be successful
I would be an entrepreneur
Every other month I’d teach an online course on strategic planning
And every other month I’d go on tour

And you know that I’d get to play at w00tstock
Because I’d rock
And that’s where rocking people play
And I would be invited to make records for
DFTBA
Yes that would be an awesome day
And I’d give back to the world
In every way I could
I would use my powers for good
Hello the future.

I’d man my booth at cons
And I’d meet up with Team Awesome
We’d have Donut Parties for sure
Every other month I’d teach an online course on strategic planning
And every other month I’d go on tour

And then the New York Times would write about me
Because I’d seem
Like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl
And then Chris Guillebeau would ask me to guest post
On his EBK
Because I’d made my own way
A year from now
Please, a year from now
Help me make it happen somehow
Hello the future.

A year from now, I’m going to be more famous.
You wait and see.
Hello the future.
Track Name: Life is a LARP (kitchen table version)
When we were kids we played all kinds of games
Ninja Turtles, anyone that we
Wanted to pretend we were, we’d be
Mom or Dad, or Barbie, or the Red Mage in Final Fantasy

Harry’s got a wand, MegaMan’s blue
Grab the clothes and do what they would do
We’d become whatever we wanted to
Life is just the same

You don’t have to go out into the woods to play
You don’t have to make a suit of chain-mail armor to play
I mean if you want to make a suit of chain-mail armor, that’s okay
But here’s my secret to you, the world already works this way
So come along and sing with me!

Life is a LARP!

Just think of all the stuff you did today
Wake up and put on your fancy clothes
Blow the snot out of your fancy nose
Practice punctuality and go where responsible people go

Maybe you don’t have to fight a Slime
But you’d better get to work on time
Make sure that your output better shine
And you are on your way

The other side is that whatever you want to do
You grab the role and suddenly the work comes true
You want to climb a mountain, got to buy the shoes
All you gotta do is just be brave enough to choose
So come along and sing with me!

Life is a LARP!

And I’ve become a rockstar
I’ve become a geek rockstar
Yes, I’ve become a rockstar
And I have the t-shirt to prove it
How about you?

I know you think you’ve rolled and got your stats
You’re already good as you can get
You can’t be what you haven’t been yet
Anything you want to do has some prerequisite you haven’t met

Or you might say that you don’t have enough.
Better roles come to people with better stuff.
I say that it’s time to level up
You work at where you’re at

And every day try on the stats you want to play
Grab the rule book, learn the rules, and start to play
You’ll find that what you want isn’t so far away

As long as you work at it
Consistently and with focus
Watching for opportunities
And learning about the other players
Connecting with the community
And don’t forget to practice
EVERY DAY
So one more time, come sing with me!

Life is a LARP!