Free-Standing Theories

Musicians:
   Joe Pater (guitar, voice, alt. lyrics, audio mixing),
   Eric Baković (drums),
   John Hale (bass, keys)

the arboreal imperative
was wasting all my time
when trees were superannuated
i kinda lost my mind

there are no empirical certainties
at least not theory-free
Galilean science
is good enough for me

i don’t mind you hanging out
and talking about OT
it doesn’t matter what you say
it’s always pretty deep

you always knew to write it well
you sound so fancy i can tell
i don’t mind you hanging out
and talking about OT

You gave me free-standing theories
but my rules counterfeed
You gave us free-standing theories
but our rules counterbleed


Suggested citation:
Pater, Joe, Eric Baković, and John Hale. 2015. Free-Standing Theories. In Short ’schrift for Alan Prince, compiled by Eric Baković. https://princeshortschrift.wordpress.com/music/pater-bakovic-hale/.

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Original song: “Just What I Needed” by The Cars (Ric Ocasek).


Mash-up with Some of Alan’s lesser-known exploits
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