Outside on the Inside

by Aaron Ackerson

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This is a concept album about Japan and my experiences living there for three years.

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released May 11, 2014

All words and music written and performed by Aaron Ackerson, except where otherwise noted. Produced by Aaron Ackerson. Mastered by Shawn Hatfield. Art and design by Aaron Ackerson. All songs copyright Spacecat Music (ASCAP)

I want to thank my family and friends, Bruce Hall, Mark Yoshizumi, Corey Prasek, The Music Department of Columbia College Chicago, Matthew Kaufman, Jon Levitt, David Hunter, Tomomi Kataoka, and Kanan Junior High School. But most of all, I would like to thank Matthew C, who did not treat me at all rudely or discouragingly.

Since 2014
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Track Name: Live It
Live your life
while you are still living
and take a step
This is just the beginning
and don't hold back
Y'know life is an airplane, so fly it

Take a chance
while you can still take it
and give your heart
but try not to break it
and strip yourself
until you are naked and try it

Live it
Love it
Know it
Give it
Free it
Lose it, be it

Don't sleep now
This is no time for dozing
just jump outside
'cause the window is closing
The time is now
and the spotlight is yours, so don't waste it

Get your fill
while the getting is good
and just make that call
'cause you know that you should
you'll find life is sweet
when you stick out your tongue and just taste it

Live it
Love it
Know it
Give it
Free it
Lose it, be it

I, I can feel the sun
I can feel the rain
Do you wanna feel what I feel?

Make your choice
It's now or never
and don't look back
You know it's for the better
And make mistakes
It's good experience. Do it

Don't ever tell yourself that what you want is not for you
or that living dreams is only something other people do
When you look back will you say that you enjoyed life
or just that you go through it?

Live it, love it, know it, give it
Free it, lose it, be it, see it
You can't know for sure that it won't work
until you try it for yourself
Track Name: The Ninja Song
In my line of work, you never get bored
doing espionage for a feudal lord
My suit is black, not pink or violet
I like renaissance art, can't stand pirates!
Watch your back when you're on my turf
I play electric guitar and or course I can surf
I look forward to committing your murder
I like to flip out and I make great burgers

When I take you by surprise, there is no chance to flee.
(So don't even try!)
Dude, are you bad enough to save the president from me?
(I really don't think so)

People love ninjas 'cause we are so neat
Everything we do is totally sweet
Everyone knows ninjas cannot be beat
Mess with us, it will lead to your defeat
Ninja, ninja, ninja. We're so elite

When I carry out my mission I'm stealthy and quick
just like Alice Johnson's brother Rick
There really is a spoon and you better not drop it
And watch your head, 'cause I might just chop it
Ask a ninja what you'd like to know.
(If you're cornered at river, where do you go?)
I can run across the water like Jesus
(Where does a ninja sleep?)
Wherever he pleases!

I am one skilled in the art of remaining unperceived
(I'm right behind you now!)
To be confused with samurai is one of my pet peeves.
(It gets on my nerves)

People love ninjas 'cause we are so neat
Everything we do is totally sweet
Everyone knows ninjas cannot be beat
Mess with us, it will lead to your defeat
Ninja, ninja, ninja. We're so elite

(What are ninjas?)
(Killers.)

When I take you by surprise, there is no chance to flee.
(What are ninjas?)
Dude, are you bad enough to save the president from me?
(Killers.)

People love ninjas 'cause we are so neat
Everything we do is totally sweet
Everyone knows ninjas cannot be beat
Mess with us, it will lead to your defeat
Ninja, ninja, ninja. We're so elite
Track Name: LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
You become pretty when you draw near love.
Let's throw away a can & bottle here!
As for such a teacher, it loved it very much
who can't endure it any more!!!!

review lady, you good star...
get the hardware, non-step bus

LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
Care your hand
STOP THE MY CAR
That's our wishness
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
Good time with the games in this
LET'S GET ALONG WITH ME!

It is a mama's being asked and coming to usage
Let's try homeparty fashionbly
My enthusiastic heart feeling seasons.
you may eat ice cream secretly.

I care of you. My favorite Gut
This Kitchenware is full of device

LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
Care your hand
STOP THE MY CAR
That's our wishness
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
Good time with the games in this
LET'S GET ALONG WITH ME!

together with John of the my friends's dog today.
Dusts & bugs border us a lot!
Relieve the relief and listen to the Angel's whisper.
It's burned to a crisp with all our heart.

It's boogie style. taste of relax
Imagine house for spicy girls

LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
Care your hand
STOP THE MY CAR
That's our wishness
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
LET'S HAVE SUCH A COFFEE
Good time with the games in this
LET'S GET ALONG WITH ME!

PLEASE BE MUCH NOTICE
LET'S GET ALONG WITH ME!
Where should we this article?
LET'S GET ALONG WITH ME!
Track Name: Hokku
あたたかに
冬の陽の
寒き哉

A warm day,
But there's a chill
In the Winter sun

-Ueshima Onitsura (1661-1738)

見し夢の
さめても色の
燕子花

Even after waking
From the dream
I'll see the colors of irises

-Ogawa Shushiki (1669-1725)

忘れ草は
避けど忘れぬ
昔かな

The "forget-me" has bloomed, but ah!
I can not forget old days together.

-Yagi Shokyu-ni (1713-1781)

青柳の
眉かく岸の
額かな

The green willow tree
Paints an eyebrow on the face
Of an embankment.

-Arakida Moritake (1473-1549)

秋風に
折れて悲しき
桑の杖

in the autumn wind
it lies, sadly broken—
a mulberry stick

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

なでしこの
なぜ折たぞよ
おれたぞよ

Why did the pink break, oh why did it break?

-Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

染かねて
片山紅葉
かたおもひ

one mountain-slope retinged
with maple leaves;
unilateral love

-Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703-1775)

苦の娑婆や
花が開けば
ひらくとて

world of pain—
and blossoms blooming add to it!

-Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

麦の穂を
力につかむ
別れ哉

clutching wheat ears
to support myself, I bid
farewell

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

蕣や
是も又我が
友ならず

the morning glory—
that, too, now turns out to be
no friend of mine

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

牡丹散って
心もおかず
別れけり

The peony flowers having fallen,
We part without regrets

-Tachibana Hokushi (1665-1718)

物事に
老いは心の
後も無し

everything that was
has vanished from my aged heart
leaving not a trace

-Iio Sogi (1421-1502)

落書に
恋しき君が
名もありて

Among the graffiti
The name of
Beloved you

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

数ならぬ
身とな思ひそ
玉祭

do not think
you did not count:
Festival of Spirits

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

旅に病で
夢は枯野を
かけ廻る

Taken ill on a journey
my dreams wander
over withered moors.

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

草臥れて
宿借るころや
藤の花

just as I am so tired
and look for a lodging -
wisteria flowers

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

我と来て
あそべよおやの
ない雀

Come! With each other
let's play—little sparrow
without any mother!

-Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

こいこいと
いえどほたるが
飛んでゆく

Even though I say "come, come!"
the firefly
flies away

-Ueshima Onitsura (1661-1738)

こちらむけ
我も寂しき
秋の暮

Turn to me
this autumn eve:
I, too, am a stranger

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

うき我を
さびしがらせよ
閑古鳥

Not this human sadness,
cuckoo,
but your solitary cry.

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

そのあとは
途できかん
郭公

Ah, hototogisu !
I will hear the rest of the song
In the land of the dead.

-Anonymous (of Basho's era)

行く年や
親に白髪を
かくしけり 越人

year's end--
I hide my gray hair
from my parents.

-Ochi Etsujin (1655-1739)

いなづまや
きのふは東
けふは西

lightning –
flashing in the east yesterday
and today in the west

-Takarai Kikaku (1661-1707)

時雨るや
我も古人の
夜に似たる

overcome by this cold falling rain:
how very similar, my life
to my old friend

-Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

そこもとは涼しそうなり峰の松

Even though afar
a feeling of coolness comes
from those mountain pines

-Kagami Shiko (1665-1731)

死にもせぬ
旅寝の果てよ
秋の暮

not dead yet
at journey's end -
autumn evening

-Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
Track Name: Inside
There, there's where I want to be
Here, here there's stability
Love guaranteed
look what I've got
How could I go?
How could I not?

Am I pursuing my dreams? Really?
Or am I just running away
On the other side, the grass looks so green
But this is not the first time
or the last the last time I will feel this way

You, you are a fantasy
I, I have no destiny
Go with the flow
nothing to say
Stuck in a rut
I need a change

That, that is what i will choose
This, this is what I will lose
Leave it behind
Try to forget
Starting from scratch
Is this regret?

Inside on the Outside
I don't know what I'm doing here
Track Name: Jibun no ketsudan
あいつらは君に自分達の一人になって欲しい
それでも無理なものは絶対無理
自分の決断で生きろ
自分の決断で生きろ

あいつらは君に自分達のようにして欲しい
それでも、いつでも外側にずっといる感じ
自分の決断で生きろ
自分の決断で生きろ

あいつらは君に不快にして欲しくないらしい
それは尚更不快にする理由じゃない?
自分の決断で生きろ
自分の決断で生きろ
Track Name: SHC
When he enters, he's sure to be
everyone's topic of conversation
If he listens, he's sure to hear
everyone's low expectations

Set alight
In the night sky,
burning bright

When he's present, he's sure to be
the source of everybody's tension
And if he joins in, he's going to be
everyone's object of condescension

Set alight
In the night sky,
burning bright

Today like every other, he will be faced
with all the same old baseless assumptions
One of these days, he's sure to become
a victim of spontaneous combustion

They will say he should have stayed at home
Track Name: Was there something more before?
I set out to find myself
and in the process lost myself
When I looked into the mirror
there was nothing there to see

When I asked them where to find myself
they told me where to look
When I finally glimpsed myself
I didn't like the self I saw
Was there something more before?
it doesn't matter anymore

All we can do is look for meaning where we thought there was none.
Track Name: Taiko no yatsu
What's gotten a hold o' ya?
Ridin' in the rodeo
Hangin' in Cambodia
Feels like a blow to the head
I can sleep when I'm dead

what the hell?
rather disturbing
almost.
know
just so many
lyrics
incredibly creepy
guy has trouble getting
since he is obviously very attractive
yeah,
he seems far too
lol

I can whip you with a Calpis tied to a stick and some Rogain
Insane in the train like old flame cookin' with propane.
No pain, no gain. The duck is lame.

Framed like a picture dictionary, quite contrary
Richard Scarry. Cousin Larry had a mishap
napsack, flap-jack, with a stop gap
measure. Watchin' Frasier

Malaysia, got to praise ya. Shoot like a laser gun.
Fun, got you on the run like a stun gun.
I can't believe what you done to me.
like you wanna unglue me

Bill Mumy, very roomy, rappin' like Schoolly D
Set me free like a bird that heard that
sing-song with Seňior Ding-Dong
King Kong, mah-jong!

Gonna bring it to ya, Mountain Dew ya like a baluga whale.
Hell yeah, when I get this
I just can't believe what I found here
reset by peer

Fear is somethin' in a box. Fox in Socks.
Natty dread locks, like smallpox kickin' out jams
I don't eat Christmas ham,.bam, thank you Sam.

It's a shamrock, shakin' like a meat hook, slam dunk,
I can fly like Michael Moore, eatin' s'mores in a dumpster
So let me be Frank Gorshin
Abortion Party

Marty McFly lyin' like a dog in heat. Lick feet like a スケベ。
Playin' fair square, rockin' like a Care Bear
I don't care, I blare my sounds
ragin' like a contagion!
Track Name: Did you forget why we CAME?
(Tell me, why did we come
Don't tell me you forgot)
To medicate my fever
To see if the stories are true

(Tell me, why did we come
Don't tell me you forgot)
To prove I'm not what I almost was
To have my cake and eat it to

(Tell me, why did we come
Don't tell me you forgot)
To make up for lost time
To get some wellbeing delivered to me

(Tell me, why did we come
Don't tell me you forgot)
To get back what I lost
To rematch and win against Mr. B

Yes, that's my first question, and it isn't wrong

自由にタクシーに乗るぞ

I'll take advantage of the obsolescence now

Back where he began
He's not who he was before
Where to go from here?
Make some music before you die

Outside on the Inside
Inside on the Outside
Outside on the Inside
Outside on the Outside

I'll be a freak on my own terms