Mirror, Mirror

by The Tragic Tantrum

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about

In 2011, The Tragic Tantrum released their first album Mirror, Mirror.  With influences from The Dresden Dolls to Danny Elfman this Dark Cabaret band has created an album that is equally as dramatic and atmospheric as their live shows.  Capturing a wide range of sounds, from a single toy xylophone to epic orchestral arrangements, Mirror, Mirror whisks away it’s listeners on a journey.  From driving keys and operatic highs to the subtle whisper of a close friend, Mirror, Mirror is a roller coaster ride of climactic emotional fury to soft, intimate reflection.  Humor, sarcasm and silliness also take their place along the ride, reminding the listener not to take things too seriously.  Although packed with drama and personal revelations, the album also stays true to the quirky and theatrical side of the band.  

The Tragic Tantrum has selected their top eleven recordings to be featured on this album.  From their very first song “Excuse Me Mr” to their very recent “When I was Good”  the album chronicles the band’s own journey within the first four years of their career.  From personal insights to sardonic little tales, Mirror, Mirror is sure to usher the listener into a realm where opera, punk, classical, goth and rock co-exist in harmony, creating a deliciously rich playground of passion, drama and dark delight.

Best wishes in all things,
zeph and z0e
(of the Tragic Tantrum Cabaret)

credits

released February 9, 2016

Zoe Tantrum: lead vocals, backing vocals
Zephyrus Tragic: piano, electric guitar, synth, toy xylophone
Darrin Lee: drums

Greg Vaughan plays bass guitar on “Beautiful”

Produced By: Zephyrus Tragic & Zoe Tantrum
Recorded at: Capricorn Records
Additional recordings: Signature Sound
Engineered by: Christian Cummings

All tracks mixed by: Zephyrus Tragic & Christian Cummings
Mastered by: Ron Boustead @
Resolution Mastering
Songs written by: Zephyrus Tragic & Zoe Tantrum

Costuming: Kathryn Elizabeth @ Madame Kate’s
Makeup: Alexia Nunos
Hair: Zoe Tantrum
Photography by: Daniel Arsenault
Cover and Art Direction: Zephyrus Tragic

All songs © 2011 Zephyrus Tragic @ Zoe Tantrum (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Solo Con Te
(Nondescript)
Track Name: Excuse Me Mr.
Excuse Me Mister
I'm new here never been here I don't know here. Which way should I go?

I don't know you.
But you look pretty business-like all dressed up in your tailored clothes

Bet you have a wife
Who gets real jealous when you talk to hippie girls on city streets

Are you tired of life?
Well I'm just like you nauseated with too much anxiety.

Hold on. Hold on. Hold on.
Don't leave me you might need me. I might need you. Don't you want to?
We could find a place that's dark and hot.

Don't run. Don't run. Don't run.
I didn't mean to scare you. You scared me when you looked that way.
I misconstrued your thoughts.

You're looking and I'm looking sun is setting shops are closing
I must find a place to go. Streets begin their breathing.
I am new here. Never been here. I don't know here.
Which way should I go?

Excuse me Mister. Don't lose me Mister.

How did I get here?
I don't know any more then you.
Another hour, another place, another time and I will be brand new.
Brand new. Brand new. This place is new.

I've never been here. Air is thick here. Pretty girls like me get sick here.
You've got money, I've got charm.
Let's take a train to Paradise.

I know that dinner's on the table
And the kids are waiting for you
Please forgive me when I met you
I saw boredom in your eyes

Excuse Me Mister. Don't lose me Mister.
It's getting late let's run away.
Let's go and find another place.
I'm just like you. You're just like me.
We're both searching. We're both hiding.

Please don't leave me. You might need me.
I've got something you can feed me.

Air is thick here, we're getting sick here.
Excuse me Mister, don't lose me Mister.
I bet you're tired. I bet you're tired.

I bet you're tired of the same thing, I'm the same way. Let's arrange things.
Run away. Another hour. Another time. Another place. Another way.

You don't know me but you are me.
Excuse me Mister. Don't lose me Mister.

I'm so new here I don't know here
Let's both leave here we don't need here
Air is thick here getting sick
Bet you're bored and can not fix here

Hold on Mister. Don't run Mister.
You might need me. Please stay Mister.

Sun is setting. No regretting. I'm forgetting where I am.
Track Name: When I Was Good
I wasn't always like this
Cloaked in despairing thoughts
My mind became a chamber
My wings began to rot

Discoloration set in
The scene began to fade
My own distorted images
Came a galloping my way

But there was a time
When I was good
Now I walk these nights
For something that I lost

Then came the day I met her
And with magik in her belt
She swallowed both of us
That's when I killed myself

My mind became invaded
Her song entrapped my heart
My soul became elated
And my body fell apart

But there was a time
When I was good
Now I walk these nights
For something that I lost

Oh there was a time
When I was good
Now I walk these nights
For something that I lost

I wasn't always like this
I wasn't always like this
I wasn't always like this
God knows! I wasn't always like this

This lullaby I sing for the lost ones

This lullaby I sing for the broken

This lullaby I couldn't sing when I was good
I couldn't sing when I was good
I couldn't sing when I was good
When I was good!

Discoloration set in
The scene began to fade
My own distorted images
Came a galloping my way

But there was a time when I was good
Oh there was a time when I was good
I remember the time when I was good
I can think of a time when I was good!
Track Name: The Silent
Oh god
It's so so quiet here
The silence is slipping into my head
When monsters are loud
They're really quite delightful
It's the silent ones that kill you
So please do watch out

We had a monster ball
And they all came out to play
They were dressed to the nines
In their scary monster ways
We had guzzard tea
And lizard skin
And baby legs and rolled around
Merrily and spilled our fluids

God it was so fun!

At the end of the night
We bowed and said "Good Eating!"
And they spilled into the night
Slithering and creeping

I closed my door and hit the lights
And sighed into the frightful night
The chandeliers were creaking
Ah oooh! My little tom's were peeking!

Oh God, what's that?
Could it be my little black cat?
Could it be my shadow playing tricks?
Could it be my flighty candlesticks?

It's time my body go to bed
But who to tend to my dear head?
The night will soothe it's deadly ways
Into the realm of the insane

I lift my covers up
And I close my little eyes
And I listen to the night
With its silent screams and cries

I went to sleep and woke to find
I was being eaten
Which wouldn't be so bad

Except

I never gave permission

Those silent little demons
And their silent little ways
Its the silent ones that kill you
Its the little ones that rage

The big ones will hound you
The loud ones will pound you
But the germs get in you
And eat you inside out

Inside out
Inside out
They'll eat you inside out
Which wouldn't be so bad
Except they eat you Inside out
Inside out
Inside out
They'll eat you inside out
Which wouldn't be so bad
Except they eat you Inside out

Which wouldn't be so bad
Except they don't ask for permission
They just get inside you
And set upon their mission
Or better than that
They'll get into your veins
And seep into your bloodstream
Which causes lots of pain
Or better than that
They'll make you go insane
If the little bugger slimes
Reach into your brain
Or better than that
In your soul they'll lurk
A place to worship
You've become their church

Allellujia (x8)

Inside out
Inside out
They'll eat you inside out
Which wouldn't be so bad
Except they eat you inside out
No it wouldn't be so bad
Except they eat you inside out
Inside out
Inside out
They'll eat you inside out
Which wouldn't be so bad
But then they leave you inside out
Inside out
Track Name: Go
We want you to come out and play
We want you to dress up and play with us
We want you to come out and play
We want you to dress up and play with us

We promise we will be nice
Remember pleasure has a price
We promise we will be good
We'll do all the things we know we should

WE WANT YOU TO COME OUT AND PLAY NOW
WE CAN'T PLAY WITH OUT YOU SO STAY NOW
BRING OUT THE CLOWNS THE MONSTERS THE ANGELS
THE FRIGHTS AND FREAKS THERE'S PLEASURE IN MAYHEM

SO GO AHEAD AND SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO
WE'LL CLICK OUR HEELS AND GO WHERE WE WANT TO
YOUR POT OF DREAMS LIES OVER THE RAINBOW
SO COME WITH US TOGETHER WE'LL ALL GO

We won't stop 'til we hear you scream
Within our world of darkest dreams
Boys and girls and freaks alike
Come dance with us into the night

THE BOYS AND GIRLS THAT MAKE UP OUR PLAY LAND
THE FRIGHTS AND FREAKS THERE'S PLEASURE IN MAYHEM
AND SOME DON'T LAST WHILE OTHERS GROW STRONGER
REALITY CAN TOUCH US NO LONGER

SO GO AHEAD AND SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO
WE'LL CLICK OUR HEELS AND GO WHERE WE WANT TO
YOUR POT OF DREAM LIES OVER THE RAINBOW
SO COME WITH US TOGETHER WE'LL ALL GO

We want you to come out and play
We want you to dress up and play with us
Now it's time to come out and play
We want you to dress up and play with us

Come out come out wherever you are
Come out
Come out come out wherever you are
Come out

BOYS AND GIRLS THAT MAKE UP OUR PLAY LAND
THE FRIGHTS AND FREAKS THERE'S PLEASURE IN MAYHEM
AND SOME DON'T LAST WHILE OTHERS GROW STRONGER
REALITY CAN TOUCH US NO LONGER

SO GO AHEAD AND SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO
WE'LL CLICK OUR HEELS AND GO WHERE WE WANT TO
YOUR POT OF DREAM LIES OVER THE RAINBOW
SO COME WITH US TOGETHER WE'LL ALL GO
WE'LL ALL GO
WE'LL ALL GO
Track Name: Beautiful
Oooh Stay beautiful
Don't squint too hard
It causes wrinkles

Smile
Smile like you mean it
Don't talk too fast
Maintain your demeanor

Laugh
But never too loud
It's rude to interrupt
Mingle with the crowd

And please
Don't forget your duty
You're the hostess use your charm
Don't be scared of your beauty

I spent lots of money on your private education
So don't act so shocked if I have some expectation
If I had what you had while I was growing up
I would be a different woman so appreciate your luck.

You're never too thin
You're never too rich
You're never too vain
As long as you hide it

Ooh Your hips are getting heavy
Here I got something for you
Take one after every meal

And dear
Don't ever be afraid
It ain't easy being perfect
But it's easy when you're made

And please
Don't forget your duty
You're a lady use your charm
Don't be scared of your beauty

Oooh Stay beautiful
You're a woman so act like one
Don't they teach you that in school?

Don't ever show fear
And never show shame
I've invested too much
Better live up to your name

If I had what you had while I was growing up
I would be a stronger woman so appreciate your luck

I spent a lot of money on your private education
So what's your excuse?
I'm losing my patience

Don't talk too fast
Don't think too much
There's not a lot I ask
You've just got to measure up

What have you learned so far?
Don't speak until I'm through
I've invested too much to see nothing come of you

You're never too thin
You're never too vain
You're never too pretty
But it takes a little pain

Oooh It's really simple
I don't ask too much
Just stay beautiful
Track Name: Diego And Arlene
There once was a man named Diego
And a girl named Arlene
Who lived on a street
A beautiful street
And I saw them and sang

Oooh...

Eventually they both got married
And they moved on my street
They had lots of kids
The most beautiful kids
And I saw them and sang

Oooh...

But I try and I try
But I can't relate can't relate
I can't relate
To the way they relate

And I try but I'm lost
I'll never relate
Oh Diego, Arlene
I just can't relate

Diego wears crisp-collared polos
Arlene is a doll
The kids are all playing red rover
And they just bought a dog

Arlene looks nice in canary
The kids look like angels asleep
I'd like to get inside their psyche
But I'm across the street

And I try and I try
But I can't relate can't relate
I can't relate
To the way they relate

And I try but I'm lost
I'll never relate
Oh Diego, Arlene
I just can't relate

Oooh ah!
Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye

Come on now!
Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye

Oooh up up!
Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye

Everybody one more time!
Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye

I just bought a crisp-collared polo
My new dog's a jewel
I want the kids to all come over
Come swim in my pool
I'll build you a pool
I'll dig it just for you Diego, Arlene

I just bought a crisp-collared polo
My new dog's a jewel
I want the kids to all come over
Come swim in my pool
I'll build you a pool
I'll dig it just for you Diego, Arlene

And your kids too!

Diego gets an invitation
For his family and his dog
They're coming on Sunday for swimming
And I'm digging up a hole

The family arrives here at noon sharp
I show them my pool
They ask me "Where is all the water?"
I tell them "It's new."

But go ahead test the dimensions
Everyone get inside
I'd like to take your family portrait
And don't forget the dog
the caterpillar that I rented is waiting
Diego, Arlene

So I get out my cat
And I race to the scene
And I grab all the dirt
Oh Diego, Arlene

I can't relate can't relate
Goodbye! I can't relate
You must say goodbye
I just can't relate

And now I sing

Oooh...
Track Name: Swan Song
Sometimes
I sigh

The river
Can hear me

I listen to their dull roar
Like L.A. traffic and porn

I wanted to be just like them (x3)
But my reflection is not me
Their whispers are not verbal
Sighs release the text
The river she lulls me
To sleep
With her melodies of crowd and pain
And pain
We are a dying city (x3)

Concentrate

It passes
Quickly

Like smeared colors of poison
This poison is leaking all over
The city
Can hear me
The river she lulls me
To sleep

We are a dying city (x3)

Concentrate (x10)

Crack an egg on your head let the yoke run down (x2)
Stab a knife in your back let the blood rush down (x2)
Spiders crawling up you back spiders crawling down (x2)

Concentrate (x4)

Children are crying
This city is dying
The river is sighing
These people are not me

I wanted to be them
It's not my reflection
It's not me (x4)

Concentrate (x4)

Crack an egg on your head let the yoke run down (x2)
Stab a knife in your back let the blood rush down (x2)
Spiders crawling up you back spiders crawling down (x2)

Concentrate (x4)
Track Name: Warrior
You don't have to try and be strong
You don't have to hide your fear
You've held it together for so long
And it's okay to fall apart, to fall apart

I don't want a superhuman
All I want's an honest friend
It really is unfair
With me, don't say it's not
'Cause you don't have to pretend

[CHORUS] (x2)
It's okay to fall apart
It is safe to fall apart
I will hold your hand until your better

It's okay to be angry
You have every right to feel
It's okay if you want to break down
You are safe to do that here

[CHORUS] (x4)
Track Name: Only With You
Only with you… do I find all my pieces
Only with you… do I lose all my senses
I…. Wish I could love you
I…. Know I don’t love you
The way I should

Only with you… do I feel myself breaking
Only with you… do I feel myself waking
I…. wish I could love you
I…. know I don’t love you
The way I should

Don’t (x18)

[CHORUS]
Don’t lose him my head tells me tells me tells me
If I do I am screwed and it’s over over over
I know I love you But I’m not so very good inside
I don’t love you the way I should and I’m undersized

Ah….
Ah…
Ah……

Only with you… do I feel myself breaking
Only with you… do I feel myself waking
I…. wish I could love you
I…. know I don’t love you
The way I should

Don’t (x8)

[CHORUS]

Ah….
Ah…
Ah……

Don’t (x10)

Dear you should know

I’ve never been the best at anything that isn’t slightly mad
I promise many things but many of them I have never had
My mother tried to teach me to be gentle playing with my toys
But I found pleasure breaking things so never lasted with the boys

Excuse me if I curse too much and my mood changes with the light
I tend to lose my senses and I’ve crashed a few times in my life
I bite my lips and taste the blood and feel awakened once again
My silouette has holes in it be careful dear we’re closing in…

[CHORUS]

Ah…
Ah…
Ah…

Ah…
I… Wish I could love you
Ah…
I… know I don't love you
No I don't love you
know I don't love you

No I don't love you
know I don't love you
No I don't love you

Can’t help but love you
No I don't love you
Can’t help but love you
Track Name: Something We’re Not
We both speak
At the same time
Again

You go first
You ask me to
I'm not sure

[CHORUS]
'Cause you're never ever okay when you tell me you're fine
I can see it real clear in your pale pretty eyes
You keep saying it don't matter but I know it's a lie
There is something we're not saying

I don't want to go to bed again not knowing what's up
I can always feel your mood when you're not saying enough
And you think that I don't notice but we're past all that stuff
You go first and I will tell you

You go first
I don't want to
I can't say

You won't speak
But you're shouting
With your eyes

[CHORUS]

You're right there
But you're so far
Away

We're both here
But I miss you
I miss you
Again