Maybe

by The Stan Laurels

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MAYBE is the third full-length studio album by John Lathrop as The Stan Laurels, containing songs featured in the motion picture MAYBE SHOWER.

With MAYBE, Lathrop has created something special and original: a film soundtrack that is also a pure stand-alone rock record. The lyrics are centered around characters and themes in the fictional MAYBE SHOWER universe, but one does not need to know the movie to appreciate or understand the music. Paying homage to his power-pop and rock heroes, this is Lathrop's heaviest album yet, full of loud, crunchy guitars, big hooks, pounding drums, space-age synths, and melodic guitar solos, while still being as poppy as ever. The LP is also unique in that it's The Stan Laurels' first release on vinyl!

Feedback has been stellar, and the result is a bigger, tighter, more powerful, more accessible sound, while still staying true to The Laurels' signature strong melodic drive, thick beats and bass lines, clever and funny lyrics, splashes of psychedelia, and a few unexpected twists.

The title track, "Maybe," was one of just four finalists for Best Song at L.A. Cinefest in 2018. MAYBE SHOWER was the winner of Best Feature at the 2018 Portland Comedy Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the 2017 Austin Comedy Film Festival.

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released June 29, 2018

All music & lyrics written by John Lathrop

All Vocals/Instrumentation by John Lathrop: bass, drums/percussion, acoustic/electric guitars, synthesizers, lead/harmony vox

Produced by John Lathrop

Mixed & Mastered by Michael Day

Cover art & design by John Lathrop

All songs registered with BMI

The motion picture MAYBE SHOWER written & directed by Lex Lybrand

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The creation of earthling Sound Scientist John Lathrop, The Stan Laurels have a big, lush, multi-layered sound rooted in the melodic pop sensibilities of the 60s (think Beatles/Zombies). Both vintage & modern, The Laurels feature power-pop, psychedelic/progressive rock, folk, & classical styles. The music is the scientifically engineered combination of everything and nothing you’ve ever heard. ... more

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Track Name: Maybe
I never thought I'd know
The beauty of the pleasure in the pain
The decisions will be made
But the questions still remain
No one really knows
The direction of the flow
You can't just "Make it So"

Maybe we'll grow
You may never know
Don't get too down about it;
Just sit back and enjoy the show
Serendipity
Is alright with me
Revel in the randomness of life
And you will be free

Whatever can I do;
There isn't any kind of Superman
There's no angel guardian
And there is no master plan
But we'll all be OK
There is sunshine every day
And there's so much more to say

Maybe we'll grow
You may never know
Don't get too down about it;
Just sit back and enjoy the show
Serendipity
Is alright with me
Revel in the randomness of life
And you will be free
Track Name: Life, Lemons, and an Alien
Years ago, we were happy
We had not a care in the world
(It was straight-up boss)
Life was free and easy
Until we met a girl
(Then shit got cray-cray)

She made everything so complicated
We thought we would be deflated

When life gives you lemons, you know what to do
But when life sends an alien to infiltrate you
There's no evading, there is no debating
You'd better adapt or your life you will rue

Sometimes you walk through a new door
It slams behind you, shut tight
It's not what you ever asked for
That does not mean it's not right

She made our old life antiquated
But we ended up elated

When life gives you lemons, you know what to do
But when life sends an alien to infiltrate you
There's no evading, there is no debating
You'd better adapt or your life you will rue
Things were complicated, old life antiquated
But now we're (r)elated and our love is true
Track Name: I Want to Believe
Remember when they caught an EVP?
A growling, sinister voice said, "GET OUT!"
We fell out of our chairs
But then I recalled how
Nobody spoke English there ...

Dragons, sure, but fairies? Really?
Are you kidding me?

Your universe makes zero sense to me
You can't just introduce a werewolf into
An established vampire world, can you?

Wizards, hell yes, but talking trees?
You've got to be kidding me!
Sasquatch, of course, but Yeti? Please!
I just want to believe ...
Track Name: Where I Want to Be
If you told me that you're in love with me
I'd take a lead pipe to your knee
And if you sent me chocolates and flowers
I'd trap you in a bear's den for hours

Try not to take it personally
I'm certain it's not you, it's me
I sting like a butterfly, float like a bee
That's just how I do
Am I the ship? Are you the sea?
Or is the opposite true for me?
That's the kind of uncertainty I love

I'm not exactly where I want to be
But there's a problem only I can see
She thinks I've gone so far
She thinks I'm a rock star
But I've barely even done a damned thing yet, my friend

If you told me that love is in the air
I'd smile and push you down the stairs
If you asked me if I will marry you
I'd waterboard you 'till you turn blue

I'm not exactly where I want to be
But there's a problem only I can see
She thinks I've gone so far
She thinks I'm a rock star
But I've barely even done a damned thing yet, my friend
Track Name: Sanity
I bet you can tell by looking at my face
I have no more tolerance for this stupid place
My friends try to help;
They say, "DON'T PANIC! It will be OK,"
And I hope so
But I don't know anymore

Sanity
Is what I need
Vanity
Is all I see

I feel like a Hitchhiker on this crazy sphere of blue
Maybe for you the simple answer is 42
But for me it might be 43
How can it be
I still don't know?
I've still got a long way to go

Sanity
Is what I need
Vanity
Is all I see
Track Name: Poly Sigh
Once upon a time we were magic;
Every moment lavished with smiles
I thought you were a hat trick;
You had looks and kindness and style

But then you darkened my day with news
That I could not comprehend
Maybe this is routine for you
But my heart now has to mend
But you'd better stay right here
'Cause I've got an idea

My world was already quite hazy
Just before you dropped an atom bomb
I'd like to say you're making me crazy
But this might just be my new norm

One plus one was just fine for me
But you needed to explore
You thought you'd have a secret jamboree
But now you're getting so much more
You're welcome for my pleasantries
'Cause one plus one plus one is three

If that's how you want to play, I will partake in your dirty little game
But just don't act shocked when I say, "Bring a friend to play!"
Track Name: Maximum Zen
If you ever need a friend
But you're tired of humans
Of the basic garden variety
Prepare your mind to be blown;
There's a gentleman I know
Point of fact, he's more like a deity

Strap on in and try to hold yourself steady
To be honest, I don't know if you're ready
It's a heavy thing you're about to feel

If you want to know just how it feels
To metaphysically heal
From a glance, like the touch of King Midas
Step into the tiger's den
And feel the maximum Zen
Bask in the glow of the aura of Titus

Modern science still doesn't know if he is man or phantasm
But that special feeling you experienced was a full SoulGasm™
And your chi just lost its sweet cherry

He wears a non-ironic mustache
And he smokes a vape pen so he never needs to ash
He knows all the answers to life's mysteries
'Cause he crashed an ACC course in philosophy
He's a little more Chachi than Fonz
But he sleeps with more women than Wilt Chamberlain
Track Name: Radio Reprise Suite
N/A (Instrumental)
Track Name: Door #1
Just today we found out
Life is but a dream, or so they say
We're spinning roundabout
Starry wide eyes beam every which way
Question marks are swirling in our minds tonight
Personified, they're literally walking upright

Tell me: What's behind the curtain?
Who will open Door #1?
Do we even have a clue
How to handle Door #2?

There's a hopeful look in someone's eyes
Contemplating what might be
While others, hesitant, surmise
Terror versus joy; what's it gonna be?
No amount of Titus Juice has an effect
Our new reality is as real as real can get

Tell me: What's behind the curtain?
Who will open Door #1?
Do we even have a clue
How to handle Door #2?
Sighs, laughs, and fun
In Door #1
What can we do
With Door #2?

Friends don't let friends become what they are not
But change happens naturally with real thought
Actions reveal how we want to be known
But sometimes we don't know until we grow

Tell me: What's behind the curtain?
Who will open Door #1?
Do we even have a clue
How to handle Door #2?