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ALBUM LINER NOTES

All songs written and performed by Rob Herring

Album produced by C.A. Gabriel, Brandon Intelligator & Rob Herring

Engineered by C.A. Gabriel, Gabriel De Sant'anna, Davin Givhan & Michael Harris

 

Bee’s Knees

Produced by Davin Givhan and Rob Herring

 

Don’t Need No Aspartame

Produced by Brandon Intelligator, Gabriel De Sant’anna and Rob Herring

Drums - Sam Kauffman-Skloff

 

Eco-Villain

Produced by C.A. Gabriel and Rob Herring

 

Mercury Free

Produced by C.A. Gabriel and Rob Herring

 

Question What’s Inside

Produced by Brandon Intelligator, Gabriel De Sant’anna and Rob Herring

 

Soil (So ill)

Produced by C.A. Gabriel and Rob Herring

Additional vocals - C. A. Gabriel

 

Toxic World

Produced by C.A. Gabriel and Rob Herring

 

Earth Day

Produced by Brandon Intelligator and Rob Herring

 

Conflict of Interest

Produced by Brandon Intelligator, Michael Harris and Rob Herring

Drums - Dash Hutton

 

Fluoride (Let’s Go For A Ride)

Produced by C.A. Gabriel and Rob Herring

 

 

Special Thanks

Mom and Dad, Regan & Mike Fredo, Ryan & Nicole Herring, C.A. Gabriel, Brandon Intelligator, Gabriel De Sant’anna, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Rudolf Buhler, Cheri Johnson, Ocean Robbins, Joshua Rosenthal, Pamm Larry, Nadine Artemis, Jesse Richardson, Ryan Wirick, Renee Smith, Damon Daunno, Dan Halden, Trish & Roe Sie, Rachel Walker, Marie Maurin, JP Buzio, Danny Belinkie, Alexander Tovar, Dave & Jess Murgittroyd, Tara Lewis, Ricky Racer, Lori Gofaster, Steve Manganaro, Laurie Olson, Rachel Linden, Christine & Cliff Hardesty, Patti & Hank Abderhalden, Rick & Patti Herring, Renelle & Chip Wetzel, Mary & Randy Herring, Monica & Hank Goldberg, Pat Brydon, Kyle Chipman, Nelson & Georgia Franklin, Jeremy Seifert, Lauren & David Collins, Andrew & Nicole Amaducci, Jeff & Katelyn Castellano, George Giosious, Tommy Sykes, Bonnie & Armand Hargett, Sarah Hockaday, Eron Zehavi, Katherine Lawrence, Mike Bronner, Sara Adler, Ross & Megan Hirsch, Kim & Jeff Walker, Eric Quick, Linda & David Laundra, Stephen & Jo Ann Dover, Jeff & Rachel Lipp, Trish Psycha, Aurelia Scheppers, Ally McGillicuddy, Lauren Silvi, Melissa Recalde, Julie Bersani, Juliet Turalski, Rachel Pachivas, Summer Perry

LYRICS

“Bee’s Knees”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

You wanna be the bee’s knees

We gotta meet the bee’s needs

Had we let bees be

They’d be flying fine and free

Finding home was easy

Until something makes you dizzy

 

Now honeycomb your hair

This mess needs the buzz

And if you’re running scared

You’re villainizing them too much

All the world would see its doom

How the heck you think the flowers bloom?

 

CHORUS

We all could be the bee’s knees

If we’d just meet the bee’s needs

Decide what’s important

Pesticides unfortunately 

Take their little lives

While our destinies are intertwined

Behave and we can save ourselves

And some beehives

 

VERSE 2

As those colonies collapse

Chemical companies - they clap

Yeah, they’re giving each other applause

Making up their own awards

I don’t mean to point a finger

But maybe if I had a stinger

I’d sting those fools

 

CHORUS 2

We all could be the bee’s knees

If we’d just meet the bee’s needs

Decide what’s important

Pesticides unfortunately 

Take their little lives

While our destinies are intertwined

Behave and we can save beehives

So let the bees be

 

BRIDGE

These pollinators give us one third

Of what is on our plates at dinner

Choose your side, it’s black and white

For the yellow and black I’d fight

 

CHORUS 3

We all could be the bee’s knees

If we’d just meet the bee’s needs

Decide what’s important

Pesticides unfortunately 

Take their little lives

While our destinies are intertwined

Behave, we’ll save our own behinds

So be kind to bee kind

“Don’t Need No Aspartame”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2014

 

VERSE 1

Artificial sweeteners

It’s official, it’ll do you worse

Than all the sugar

You could ever eat

Neither do good

But one’s made naturally

 

No I don’t need no aspartame

And I don’t believe in poisoning

In the name of making diet drinks

In this day and age, doesn’t anybody stop to think

 

‘Bout what they’re putting in their body

Or is it just all about your wallet

Got news for all the real food haters

You could pay the farmer now, or pay the doctor later

 

CHORUS

I don’t want no more chemicals inside of me

So I sweeten things naturally

No I don’t need no aspartame, thank you anyway

 

Said I don’t want no more toxic crap inside of me

So I stay away from diet drinks

Cuz they’re all full of aspartame, it’s a crooked shame

 

VERSE 2

Aspartame, are you insane

Have you heard what it could do to your brain

FDA said it’s OK, didn’t read the 10,000 complaints

91 different symptoms stated

Means how it hits ya is complicated

All different, can’t anticipate it

Tell ya what, I really hate it 

 

Now these neurotoxins, what they all about?

Your nervous system, now it’s freaking out

Saying “what the hell Rob, what in the world is this here?

You wanna keep us well? You gotta eat what’s real!”

 

CHORUS 2

(same as above)

 

BRIDGE

Start reading the ingredients on all that’s sugar free

Might be surprised, wide eyed at a weird word you see

Some folks pronounce it as-part-‘a-me

But I don’t want that crap as any part of me

 

CHORUS 3

You can stick that nonsense up your aspartame

“Eco Villain”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

Bitter where you stand

When you look at all we’ve done

You’re hanging your head in shame

You turn to blame someone

 

This land is still your land

But it aint what it once was

An atmosphere unnatural 

Is all that’s left for us

 

CHORUS 1

Eco villain why you spilling poison on my home

All arrogant short sighted 

Uninvited, doing harm

Eco villain why you killing our chance to evolve

Now future generations will be hurting

A burden yet to solve

 

VERSE 2

Horrors on the regular

Seems we’ve made our peace with that

Disgusted by evidence

Well, you just turn your back

 

Contamination and radiation 

How long will they last

Soon rainforests and glaciers

Will just be part of the past

 

CHORUS 2

Eco villain why you drilling deep into my heart

When blood is splattered it don’t matter

As long as you hit your mark

Eco villain why you killing us with chemicals

Now future generations must escape

To save themselves 

 

BRIDGE 

Why or why aren’t we marching in the streets

Crying out for some conscious policy

Hide no more, we need you going strong

Rise, this occasion won’t last

 

CHORUS 3

Eco villain why you spilling poison on my home

All arrogant, short sighted

Uninvited, doing harm

Eco villain why you killing our chance to move on

Now future generations have no say

And we keep doing wrong

We keep doing wrong

“Mercury Free”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

I took your name, so take a seat

The dentist will see you very soon

And only once you've waited until the time is right

We'll get you in that uncomfortable chair and you'll open wide

 

If we find cavities, we drill and fill those abnormalities

Is it outdated to use strategies

That were created in the 1820s?

 

PRE CHORUS 1

I'm talk-talk-talking about

Putting tox-tox-toxic metals in your mouth

I’m talk-talk-talking about

A neurotoxin permanently in your mouth

 

CHORUS 1

It’s my right to fight to lower my toxicity

So won’t you, won’t you stay out of my teeth

In a hazard suit’s the only way I’d deal with you

I wanna be be be be be mercury free

 

VERSE 2

First when it comes to amalgam you should know

It’s just a name for a silver and mercury combo

Plenty of problems when heavy metals congregate

It’s your fate to dictate, do you really wanna wait?

 

Now there’s a whole list of things you could do

So why take the risk? Go the holistic route

Do your research and all, find a professional

Who will safely switch your fillings

Fully follow protocol

 

You might think I’m mad, saying ‘mercury’s bad’

And fillings in your mouth release toxic fumes

The term ‘Mad Hatter’ came from people who were

Working with mercury

And suddenly they went looney tunes

Mad as a hatter!

 

PRECHORUS 2

I'm talk-talk-talking about

Putting toxic metal in your child’s mouth

With so many options around

Why would you put a neurotoxin in your child’s mouth?

It seems like the dental industry

Is living in another century

 

CHORUS 2

(same as above)

 

CHORUS 3

(same as above with overlapping PRECHORUS)

“Toxic World”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

I can make you believe you’ve got something wrong

And the only kind of remedy is to take another drug

You see the pills are all you need

That’s the only thing that helps

Don’t you question all that fake food that you eat

That’s got nothing to do with your health

 

Don’t you even think about the side effects 

Or the fine print you can barely read

We’re making billions while you feel so powerless

You’ll listen to anything on your TV screen

 

CHORUS 1

These drugs are doing so much

All my problems seem long gone

But if intercept the symptoms 

I let the real cause linger on

 

What if the problem never was my deficiency

Of some brand new pharmaceutical

But that I am what I eat, drink and breathe and think

And I’m living in a toxic world

Whoa

 

BRIDGE

Drugs and surgery help you in emergency

I’m not denying there’s plenty that they’re good for

Amazing medical advances but my stance is

The dangerous stuff should be a last resort

 

CHORUS 2

These drugs are doing so much

All my problems seem long gone

But if I numb my body from having responses 

Let the real cause linger on

 

What if the problem never was my deficiency

Of some brand new pharmaceutical

But that I am what I eat, drink and breathe and think

And I’m living in a toxic world

Whoa

Oooo

“Soil (So Ill)”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

Where the topsoil going now?

It’s the new black gold, and we’re running out. 

When will we stop depleting the Earth?

There’s a microscopic universe that’s underground.
Solutions all around. 

 

CHORUS

I’m feeling so ill at the thought of losing soil

I’m feeling so hurt. There’s no life left. I’m left in the dirt. 

 

VERSE 2

We’ve been using only chemistry to grow food. 

When we think with biology that’ll be the real break through. 

Cuz there’s 6 billion microbes in a tablespoon. 

And here’s some climate change news - 

Soil will absorb all the excess CO2. 

 

CHORUS 2

Feeling so ill, at the thought of losing soil. 

I’m feeling so hurt. There’s no life left. I’m left in the dirt. 

“Conflict of Interest”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

I think I'm ready for a dietary change

But how in the world do I know who to trust? 

When everybody's making contradictory claims Complicating it all so much

 

So I listen to the source

That the big food companies endorse 

Then of course

I'm in the best of hands

 

But if there's something fishy

With the things they say

At the dieticians' academy

We should question if their opinions are independent

 

CHORUS

What if health authorities

Only recommended what the big food companies 

Said they can, and if we put them to the test

We'd find they've been influenced just like the rest 

It's a conflict of interest

 

VERSE 2

To avoid badmouthing of your products

Just pay the right peoples' bills

Take a hint from the dairy industry

Convince so many they need pasteurized animal milk

 

But when you're teaching dieticians that 

Artificial sweeteners and fluoride 

Are safe for kids, well now you've made it obvious

That you've been influenced

 

Cuz when soda and junk food companies

Are publicly giving you your funds

Now to say anything in defense of them

Is insulting my intelligence

 

Cuz it seems a bit naive

If you really can believe

That after taking their money

They'd ever say those products were unhealthy

Even if it's true 

Are they really looking out for them instead of you?

What would you do...

 

CHORUS 2

(same as above)

 

BRIDGE

Now the organization you turn to 

For nutritional advise

Has got corporate money invested 

To ensure they monopolize

Making recommendations so blatantly

On behalf of sponsoring industries

Got respect for dieticians who think for themselves 

But your organization's doing something else

It's like the inmates running the asylum

 

CHORUS 3

(same as above)

“Earth Day”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

I’ve been living on this rock long enough

To see that there’s too much stuff that’s messed up

Thought I couldn’t do much to help out

I’m not in charge, so I’m waiting around

 

But I’ve been waking up

To all the rights that I’m blindly giving up

And I’m becoming more hip

To the power that I have at my finger tips

 

PRECHORUS 1

I don’t wanna wake up one day and wonder what I coulda done

Now’s a chance to be a part of something

The movement’s already begun

 

CHORUS 1

Everybody celebrate, we’re on a perfect planet together

And together we will make a change, that people of the future remember

So let’s all rise up and take on the challenge of today

Cuz we all are one and everyday is Earth Day

 

VERSE 2

A human life doesn’t need to be tough

Without the greed, then there’s more than enough

But we gotta let illusions fade if

We’re ever gonna get the stress eliminated

 

Cuz we’re all one race

I’m tired of the labels and the categories

Conflicts will continue fuming

Until we recognize that we’re all just human

 

PRECHORUS 2

(same as above)

 

CHORUS 2 

(same as above)

 

BRIDGE

All along we’ve always known 

That we gotta come together cuz we share a home

When we recognize we’re all related

We can finally move into a better age

 

CHORUS 3

(same as above)

(repeat)

“Question What’s Inside”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

I like to eat fruit when it’s ripe, 

And veggies prepared just right. 

But that can be hard to find. 

 

And I know that not everyone is into this as I am, 

But hopefully once in a while, 

You’re buyin from organic sources, 

Oh sure it may cost just a bit more, but it’s all for

 

The future of the world and the farms we need 

What do you think your children are gonna eat?

When all the food is owned by one company, 

Once they’ve patented every single seed? 

 

I’m not making this up, (No he’s not!)

You can look this stuff up (Yes you can)

But don’t pull out your smart phone so soon, (Hold up) 

Cant ya wait till the end of the tune? 

 

All those seeds are modified genetically

It’d be nice if we tested them for safety

Before we start ingesting them thrice daily

But this doesn’t seem to be a priority.

 

Yet I see the seas of disease getting 

Deeper and creeping above my knees. 

It’s freezing all reason to keep from fleeing but 

All I need is whatI‘m eating…

 

CHORUS

And I’d rather eat it whole 

Not refined but natural 

The way you find it how it grows

And I’m aware that there are those

 

Who think that this is so ridiculous,  

But I'ma stick with this, there's so much sickness,  

We can get through this, but only if

We all can take control.

 

VERSE 2

If I had the last word, I'd warn you of all the hazards, 

But these fat cats have mastered getting laws passed faster

Before the evidence is explored and not after,

So science stays hidden and we’re given a disaster. 

 

But if enough folks can uncover this hoax

We might be able to expose the dangers of GMOs.

And who knows, if we reverse the flow of this trend

It might send them a message, help it come to an end.

 

So help us all out and read about this stuff

And we might just stand a chance to stand up to the man 

Where we can all raise our hands and demand some answers 

And when we call their bluff enough they will be peeing in their pantsuits.

 

Cuz not one study proves this stuff safe

And it pains me to face the fact that we won't be able to trace 

Anything back, because the labels will lack 

The fact that it’s not actually what it claims to be.

 

Though it might taste the same to the layman, you see

Don’t you dare say “Amen”, for what you will partake in, 

Or thank God for the blessing, because they’re messing with you it’s made in

A laboratory by a human, your dinner’s fake man.

 

CHORUS 2 

And I’d rather eat it whole (Yeah)

Not refined but natural (All Natch)

The way you find it how it grows

And I’m aware that there are those

 

Who think that this is so ridiculous, (So what?)

But I'ma stick with this, there's so much sickness, (That's right)

We can get through this, but only if

We all can take control

 

VERSE 3

Question what’s inside what you put inside your body

Quit relying on the liars who are smiling from the money

Fattening up their wallets from the 'processed-food-aholics'

Profits keep 'em from speaking bout their products making all of us 

 

Sick of the stuff and I’m sick of their games

Sick of the frickin fake science and fraudulent claims

I wanna shake it all up, cuz surely there’s no team

Or any kind of machine that’s really keeping food clean.

 

Cuz I don’t consider it clean with artificial crap in my food

And while I’m rappin at you, please don’t crap in my food, 

Ew, cuz that would be rude, but ain't it ruder to exclude

Genetic engineering from the labels of your food?

 

Say what could he be talking about, how is it I 

Never found out that GMO's are all around?

Cuz they don’t make a sound, no, they don’t come to your town 

And say, “Listen people, this’ll drop your jaw to the ground!”

 

Wait till you hear about what's in the food's DNA

If you don’t take action to change, the chain reaction remains 

And if we don't demand labels here in the USA

It won't be super powers that we get when we mutate. 

 

CHORUS 3

And I’d rather eat it whole 

Not refined but natural 

The way you find it how it grows

And I’m aware that there are those

 

Who think that this is so ridiculous,  

But I'ma stick with this, there's so much sickness,  

We can get through this, but only when

We all take control

“Fluoride (Let’s Go For A Ride)”

Music and Lyrics by Rob Herring

Copyright 2016

 

VERSE 1

Water, such a part of our lives

We're brought up just expecting it purified

But we live in a nation

After purification

Chemicals they're adding, just ain't adding up

 

CHORUS

Let's go for a ride to a world without common sense

Drugs added to the water supply without any regulations

If I'm a big adult or a baby don't you think

It kinda makes a difference how much I drink

But there's nobody out there keeping an eye

On your dose of fluoride

 

VERSE2

The dentist said it was good for your teeth

Maybe that'd be true, if you, only use it topically

But to ingest it, that's the question

Maybe you like the taste

Of stuff scraped from smoke stalks

That in fact is labeled toxic waste

 

CHORUS 2 (same as above)

 

CHORUS 3 (same as above)