Blimp Rock

by Blimp Rock

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“A straight-ahead smorgasbord of summer jams, skinny dipping, and salacious, wiry drunk rock. The group’s party-rock vibes are truly radical in their sunshine splendor. Sure to please even the more cynical connoisseurs of scrappy garage rock!”

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released May 28, 2013

Performed by: Robyn Letson, Peter Demakos, Claire Whitehead and James Bunton.

With Special Guest: Jess Tollefsen on "Lake Ontario Lifeguards"

Recorded, Mixed & Produced by James Bunton (

Mastered by Andy Magoffin (

Artwork by Sarah Mangle (

Design and Layout by Adam Medley (

Special thanks to Drew Jamieson for his tireless support and encouragement.


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Blimp Rock Toronto, Ontario

Toronto band with one simple task: raise $700K for a concert in a blimp over Lake Ontario.

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Track Name: Blimp Rock Live
Something came in a dream flash today
And I knew what I had to do
Went out back, paced around
And I called all the people I knew
I said “Friends I need to know are you with me?”
I'm gonna empty my bank account
And if you're willing I could use your help
And mom we never get anywhere when you shout that

Blimps are a bad idea! You're gonna blow up everyone you love
Blimps are the way to go when I take us up with helium

Blimp rock is going live by the lake tonight

And when we rise up on a cool summer night
Over Lake Ontario
We'll have a show and serve fancy mix drinks
For you to sip while we calmly float
Dance if ya like, if not there's board games
We'll book the tightest of cover bands
And when the sun peaks up through the clouds
You know the pancakes will be hitting the pans but

Blimps are a bad idea! Don't you know about the Hindenberg
Blimps are the way to be, don't be scaring the guests with that hydrogen mistake!

Track Name: In General
I would like to say for the record that I don't think it's much use to generalize
except for kittens and certain extremist groups
But when it comes to cultures, genders and places, I think discussing the whole is usually baseless
I like Toronto, and I hear Montreal is nice
I think that cultures are groups with some things in common but going beyond that I would suggest is a problem
I don't like hockey unless it is on the street

People are sweet, people are mean
People are in between
But oh...

I think that places are areas with people inside, and the people your with might treat you unkind
Well shame on them, but not shame on the continent
I would like to say a couple things while I can about what makes a woman and/or what makes a man
Oh that's right, I really don't have a clue

But in general
People go through, people go back
People can sing on tracks
But oh...
Track Name: Lake Ontario Lifeguards
You can hear them at half past three, a noise ever so faintly
Traveling across Toronto's Harbourfront until the horizon see's the first hint of sun
They are people of safety: or so you tend to think
When you frequent the beach, they ensure, that you don't sink

They are Lake Ontario Lifeguards
And they own the key's the mystery water cards
Could it be the answer?
To what goes on in the middle?
What goes on in the middle?
What goes on in the middle of Lake Ontario on a Tuesday night?

There are rumours as to what they do, from informants via the Sea-doo
Cocktail parties, video dancing, dominoes, the ultimate lifeguard party boat
There's a race track on the deck, or so that's what I've been told
But betting on horses is only half the fun when you're boat is bound to Buffalo


Lake Ontario Lifeguards
(The answer?)
And they own the keys to secret water cars
Track Name: 401
How did this road? How did it get so long?
I hear you can ride it right to, to the end, end of the world, that's right, I said
The end of the world
End of the world
Southern Ontario
End of the world?

So put your portion on the wall, derive something if anything at all
and we'll take it down the road where the law lets you go
Only one hundred kilometers per hour

And many people go, many people go 120
like my good friend and my driving teacher, who said I needed, said I needed more lessons
when on the last one I drove past an exit
Drove past an exit
There were so many trucks
So many trucks

That's 18 wheels rolling down the road, and that economy has still got to grow
When they get to 24 wheels you know they'll never go
Only one hundred kilometers per hour

Cambridge Kingston Chatam Oshawa
London Napanee Mississauga
Brampton Belleville Brockville Pickering Cornwall

That's not all
Track Name: The Love That Treats You Right
Let's be honest you know I have regrets I've made mistakes
Treated love like it was a paper towel and I had chocolate on my face

But it's the love that treats you right
(that deserves a cheer)
it's the love that treats you nice
(that's worth future tears)
It's the love that treats you right, that is love in the first place

Let's be frank my dear I think it's best we call it quits
I don't think you listen or like me that much but I'll miss your cute sweater jackets

It's the love that treats you right
(that turns me on)
It's the love that treats you nice
(that's going going gone)
You can break up and still be friends

It's the love that treats you well
(that deserves a cheer)
It's the love that gives back
(that's worth future tears)
It's the love that treats you right that's love in the first place
Track Name: First Date On A Full Moon
What's that in the sky? It's a big rock distracting you and I, from our night alone in the town
I heard it broke up with the earth, or maybe the earth gave birth?
But regardless, the old thing never comes down
So now were holding hands and strolling down this promenade plantee
You say “look at the sky it's just for us” and I complain that sounds sort of lame

Beneath the full moon, maybe romantic or maybe it's scary
But no matter which way you choose it's going down tonight

Who's that on the sofa? I don't remember that guy coming over? Oh that's right, it's a full moon
Strange glances are unfolding, I find the silence quite foreboding
The dogs are barking and that cat just rode away on your bike
I should have known this day was coming something like a half a quarter ago
Please tell me why is this awkwardly staring and drooling out our window?

Streetlights flicker while we pass by in perfect time, I read this had something to do with the tide
Now we're climbing trees and you're staring at me but I'm busy staring at the moon

We're picked up by a draft, let's call it a luminescent sky path that leads to the fullest of moons
But it's really quite a drag for it was just some dirt of grey it was the moon just the same only closer than ever before
Track Name: Monogamy Blues
Sometimes we find ourselves sitting around, forgetting who is waiting for who
Lying here and staring at you's made me, forget what I wanted to do
Lately we don't do much, we're lazy and out of touch, we've forgotten who we used to be
cause all we do is watch TV
Other people sure our cute compared to you in the morning
Not to mention that doing the same thing, every date sure can be boring
But who am I to kid, I can remember how I did, when I was on my own
I mostly slept alone

I've got a bad case of the Monogamy Blues, I'm taking suggestions on things that I could do
Cause I'm still with you
You you you Monogamy Blues

Your friends are cool kind of I guess but conversations can be hard
I don't understand the inside jokes or the references to film noir
And when I go and visit my own, the distance does really show, and before we even say hello
They're asking “how is dating so and so”
It used to be when we met my folks you always had the best things to say
Now I don't know if you're even coming to the dinner of my cousins best friends sisters fiance
And when we go and visit your aunts, the ones who go on right wing rants, tell me what you think I should wear, sleeping on the basement couch is unfair


Long ago when ambitions were high we tried to start a band
We thought of names and tried on clothes but no instruments touched our hands
Practices were cold and long, we never even finished a song
We just went on debating and so it faded back to dating

Track Name: Band Breakup
What if we breakup before we start?
Because we're playing the same old parts?
You know the one's that we swore we'd never play again?
The things you don't notice until after the end

Because there's got to be an end,
Yeah there's got to be an end!
And pessimism is a defense mechanism
In case we breakup before we start

What if we worried all of the time?
What if we worried the good from our times?
Will we cry at all the parties where we don't kiss our crush?
Will our friends leave early tired of hearing us fuss?

I guess with time time we will never know
But a good friend won't leave you on your own
And if I think and think and think I'm scared of what I might find
Don't want to worry all of the time, No

What if the band breaks up before we start
Because we're tired of playing the same old parts
You know the ones that we swore we wouldn't practice again?
The mistakes we won't notice until after the end

Because theirs got to be and end
I swear there's got to be an end
And pessimism is a defense mechanism
In case we breakup before we start
Track Name: If My Friends Ran The Government
If my friends ran the government, they'd reward good bellies and laughing fits
Tax adults who are mean and know better, kindly suggest they write apology letters
If my friends did governing, they'd teach kids international financing
Help economics make sense to us all, then quietly destroy it and they'll somehow move on

And when the fat cats come a stumblin' through
my friends will hear them our and make sure they're wrong
Cause their rewarding good behaviour giving baked good to strangers, sharing beers, having times
If my friends ran the government I just might call their country mine

If my friends ran the house of commons you could say goodbye to all your car problems
Split the St. Lawrence down the 401, drift at your own pace to your destination
If my friends ran the cabinet, they'd institute the proper kind of parliament
Bootsy Collins and that fuzzy bass, you know they'd funk away excessive waste


If my friends ran the electorate, they'd pick up the pies and drop the ballots
Let in all with open hearts, and they'd knit newcomers cozy scarves
If my friends ran the government, they'd teach all the babies conflict resolution
And they will grow up kindest of them all, and then my friends' government will finally fall
Track Name: Oh, Baseball
In October of 93' in a city some call T.O
A baseball was hit by good man named Joe
Bottom of the 9th and of course, the World Series Game
And the city some call T.O has never been the same

It was a truly seemly special baseball moment
I wonder if the city has really been so excited since
Even if those leaves with the playoffs or just win a game
Will the city some call T.O ever really be the same?

Probably not, definitely no
But that doesn't mean there can't be another Joe

To make the people come together
And sometimes people come together
Like never before

And the people come together
Like never before

Touch them all Joe
Too bad it's just a game

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