Inappropriate On Purpose

by The Extraordinary Contraptions

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Inappropriate on Purpose, our self-produced debut album, touches on universal themes of love, passion and betrayal before careening into pieces about malevolent alien invasions and failed mathematical romances. As the steampunk movement grows, we offer our quirky, guitar-driven vision of this alternate reality.

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released December 20, 2008

Alex Stadler as Aelus von Stadberg: guitars, vocals, and mad songwriting skills
David Tyberg as Dmitri von Stadberg: basses, vocals, and The Funk
Sharon Burdick as Ms. Sephora Bostwick: keyboards, vocals, and personal growth
Kevin Guthrie as Corbin Abel Welch: percussion, good beer, and enough calm for all of us

Recording, mixing, and mastering by Alex Stadler.
Yes, we are a fully DIY outfit.

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Part lover's caress, part pugilist’s fist, songs of THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRAPTIONS are sonic space-time adventures. This patent-medicine man, time-traveler, gentleman explorer, and madman advance the steampunk rock movement with 2012 album The Time Traveler's Constant, employing danceable prog rock and Victorian aesthetics in genre-bending, aggressive-waltzing stories of steam and strife. ... more

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Track Name: Breathe
Breathe

Well I do believe I've waited here
Well I've wait here long enough
Why don't you just tell me what you've brought me here for

I've wasted all my precious time
And still your mouth is shut
I don't understand these games you play, I'm not playing them anymore

I've been holding my breath so long that I'm not even sure I'm still alive
I've given you every benefit and still you sit and engineer another lie

No I don't believe there's any way
There's no reason to stay
I've been had and I've had enough of it

I'm not holding my breath, why don't you go ahead and give it a try yourself
I'm not washing away your sins, I can't even possibly begin to comprehend your filth

I'm just a simple man you see, or at least I try to be
But maybe I got lost somewhere down the road
Oh, please, please just save
Save me

No, I don't believe it's over yet
I'm all covered in sweat
Did you say that you loved me, say again I didn't hear

I'll keep holding my breath until you tell me what it is you want to hear
So they say you'll be my death, but I'm young in love and I don't hear
And I don't care

Won't you let me breathe?
(Breathe for me)
Track Name: Kiss From A Girl
Kiss From A Girl

She sits on a stone all by her lonesome
The most perilous girl that I've ever known, son
I give her my heart while she sits in the dark
I wouldn't say evil, but she plays the part well
She's not the girl that her parents raised
I think that something she's quite proud to say
I don't quite know how it is I'll begin
But I know for sure it's her heart I'll win

Tell me now exactly what it is that I should do
Tell me how to win a kiss from you
It's not all that obvious, I don't know what to do
Tell me how to win a kiss from you
How can I win a kiss from you, girl

Get straight your facts, son, you don't have a fraction
Of what it takes to ride this attraction
She smiles and she winks like she thinks she knows me now
But I've got a few tricks up my sleeves, oh and how
And how I will so soon show her
On, in between, above and below her
I can't lie, I can't lie, and I won't try
I long to hear her cries and her sighs

Tell me now exactly what it is that I should do
Tell me how to win a kiss from you
It's not all that obvious, I don't know what to do
Tell me how to win a kiss from you
How can I win a kiss from you

Tell me exactly, exactly what it is
I don't want to rain on your
Tell me exactly, exactly what it is
I don't want to rain on your parade

It's her heart I'm crashin', but I'm all out of fashion
She's got curious ways, I've got furious passion
Now I'm cashin' in on this painful desire
It's consuming my thoughts and it burns like fire
Liar, liar with pants in flames
I just can't seem to get enough of this dame
She's under my skin, and though she pretends
Bit by bit my words are sinking in

Tell me now exactly what it is that I should do
Tell me how to win a kiss from you
It's not all that obvious, I don't know what to do
Tell me how to win a kiss from you
How can I win a kiss from you
Track Name: Light Feet (Do First Impressions Make)
Light Feet (Do First Impressions Make)

What exactly is it that you want from me
I think you make a pitiful joke
And you think you’re some sort of celebrity
Ah, you talk and talk, it just grows old

What’s that I hear you say
About the way I am
You’re treading on thin ice
As thin as you can stand

Now you’ve conjured up, oh, the will to smile
With all the tact of a cancerous growth
And your confusions on themselves do pile
Ah, it’s your gall that I loathe

What’s that I hear you say
About the way I am
You’re treading on thin ice
As thin as you can stand

One of these days you’re gonna break

Now it’s plain to see you’ve clearly lost your mind
Trying to change the world with wit
Gears and politics do slowly grind
Man from dust and dust from shit

What’s that I hear you say
About the way I am
You’re treading on thin ice
As thin as you can stand

One of these days you’re gonna break
One of these days you’re gonna break
Track Name: The Lights
The Lights

Hands are shaking, palms are sweating
I can’t get that image off my mind
When I think of all the advantages you’ve taken
How could I be so painfully blind

Well, the lights are on
And I’m coming home
And it just don’t feel like
I belong no more
But you’ve taken your time
And a piece of my heart
Now I’m taking back my life
Gonna make a new start

Get your greasy hands off of me
I’m don’t want you here no more
I didn’t come here to discuss your 'facts'
To hear any more about that whore

Well, the lights are on
And I’m coming home
And it just don’t feel like
I belong no more
But you’ve taken your time
And a piece of my heart
Now I’m taking back my life
Gonna make a new start

Well, it’s raining outside and I’m feeling like I should
All alone and broken, but I know somehow that’s good
I just can’t imagine sitting here with your cold, lying face
I guess I’ve got to take and make my own chances
And some pride that I put you in your place

Well, the lights are on
And I’m coming home
And it just don’t feel like
I belong no more
But you’ve taken your time
And a piece of my heart
Now I’m taking back my life
Gonna make a new start
Track Name: Fine
Fine

So you think you're fine
And everything's all right
But you don't open your eyes
And you're so misguided
You don't know what's going on
And you don't know what to do, oh
You don't know what's going on
You don't even know you

So you think you're going to
Figure it all out alone
But every turn you turn to
It turns out to be wrong
You don't know what's going on
And you don't know what to do, oh
You don't know what's going on
You don't even know you

I've wasted love on you
You are this man that
Just won't, just won't, just won't understand

So you think you're fine
And everything's all right
But you don't open your eyes
And you're so misguided
You don't know what's going on
And you don't know what to do, oh
You don't know what's going on
You don't even know you

I've wasted love on you
You are this man that
Just won't, just won't, just won't understand

So you think you're fine...
Track Name: This Kind Of Love
This Kind Of Love

I hate myself
And want to die
You hang your head
And roll your eyes
I’ve been this way
For so damned long
You don't get up
Same old damned song

I just don’t need
This kind of love
Of love
Love, always…

You come right in
And dominate
You always do
I feel prostrate
The world it spins
All up around
I don’t get up
I feel so down

I just don’t need
This kind of love
Of love
Love, always…

Can you be my
One and only
Can you please try
To tear away this pain
Can you be my
Undying hope
Forget this rope
It’s just a joke
Track Name: Policy of Honesty
Policy of Honesty

You walk in with that abominable look all across your face
This policy of frustrating me is getting us no place
A warm look here, a cold smile there, manipulate with ease
Another one of your little outbursts and I've lost control of my faculties

I've been wasted, love's been squandered, that's just how I feel
And this ramshackle sort of love you bring is nothing but purest evil
You've got your ways to bend, and to break
And I'm going through withdrawal so bad I start to, I start to, I start to shake

This policy of honesty is killing me
It's killing, killing me

I'm wasting away...

This policy of honesty is killing me
It's killing me
Track Name: Ms. Intangible
Ms. Intangible

Wake up, she says
Rub my eyes and roll out of bed
It's time to go
Where and why she don't know

She's just a fraction of herself
There's too many factors for me to tell

Cold hands, wet eyes
Problems just multiply
Too late to change
Endlessly rearrange

She thinks it's all summed up but
Things just don't seem to quite add up

You carry it over
Every feeling enumerated
If it doesn't fit, she gets frustrated
You call me your lover
But you always seek emancipation
I don't factor into your equation

Don't touch me there
Kisses like gems, all too rare
Please don't leave yet
Her conclusions contrived and repressed

She thinks she's got it all figured out
But her rambling theories leave me in doubt

You carry it over
Even the way you walk is measured
Are you even able to feel pleasure
I don't even know her
I'm circumscribed inside a cage now
Information only that you'll allow

Okay, fix me
Reach to infinity
Please don't give in
Answers here deep within

And so I enter into this maze
To solve the puzzle of the part she plays

You carry it over
To get the answer that's meant to be
I've had enough of your philosophy
We love one another
I don't understand the things you say
I only know it's better this way
Track Name: Burn
Burn

Mrs. Meek and Mr. Wimpleton
Have a little house up on the sun
The sun, the sun, the sun, the sun
They keep it oh so clean and neat
It’s the neatest place you’ll never see

In their house they have no need of sight
It’s never day, it’s never night
No night, no night, no night, no night
They chase away pain, hatred and fear
In a little while they’ll disappear

I-
Cry-
Try-
Why-
BURN!

Mrs. Meek sees us all as a plague
Mr. Wimpleton will now erase
Erase, erase, erase, erase
The likes of me and you and our kind
A more heinous pair you’ll never find

I-
Cry-
Try-
Why-
BURN!

I try so hard to show, to demonstrate
That we are worthy of the right to live
He only smiles, she only gets irate
They have no sympathy to give

If she, if she only knew
If she, if she only knew

They comprise the sum of all pain
From their evil deeds there’s no refrain
Refrain, refrain, refrain, refrain
I wrap my covers around me so tight
And take my solace in the night
In the night, in the night

I-
Cry-
Try-
Why-
BURN!
Track Name: Smote
Smote

Pleading with my senses to dismiss this myth
It's open-handedly strangling me and avails me to no end
Since the close of summer's come, and leaves begin to fall
Sounds of sin ring upon the wind, and you never, ever call

Underhanded love
You've throttled and you've jaded me
My mind's bent thinking of your lovers yet to be

I can hear you laughing, and I can't believe my lot
The emptiness is sinking in, and you're filling up my thoughts
My logic has abandoned me, and in its place, regret
I can only think of holding you, but I should surely wish you dead

And though I swear it seems
I've realized my worst fears
I should spurn your name, still, I only want you near

Won't you come and help me, rid me of this pain
Tie her up and doctor her under subtle veil of rain
Oh brew a brew, concoct a brew, and put her hate to sleep
And put her somewhere deep below where my secrets surely keep

Underhanded love
You've throttled and you've jaded me
My mind's bent thinking of your lovers yet to be
Track Name: Never Halfway Only
Never Halfway Only

It's been a while since I've seen you
You haven't changed much
If I could only find a way to be with you
But we've grown so out of touch
So out of touch, yeah

I hear you've got a new man
And he makes you oh so glad
I'll just be sitting right here, right here waiting
If that's just what you'd have
If that's what you'd have

That's what I'd do for you
That's what I'd do for you, she said

Until the end of time you see
That's the way I'll always be
I have never been about these things so halfway
And I will be there for you 'til my dying day
I will be there for you 'til my
Dying day

I hear things are changing now
In your life and mine
I'm so sorry to hear all about
All your pain and all your strife

I've been giving my love away now
Don't know what to say
You just smile as if you knew, knew somehow
And say it's just your turn to wait
Your turn to wait

That's what I'd do for you
That's what I'd do for you, she said

Until the end of time, that's right
Until the day turns into night
I have never been about these things so halfway
And I will be there for you 'til my dying day

Until the end of time you see
That's the way I'll always be
And I have never been about these things so halfway
And I will be there for you 'til my dying day
I will be there for you 'til my
Dying day