Retro Sherbet

by Meri Amber

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A 90s inspired concoction of fun and silliness! Retro Sherbet has songs inspired by everything from Tamagotchis, Rom-Coms, Bubble Tape and Pokemon, to Xena, Block Breaker and Dragonball Z.

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released March 2, 2016

All songs written, performed, produced and mastered by Meri Amber. Photography by Patrick Catanzariti. Design by Meri Amber and Patrick Catanzariti.

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Track Name: Back To The 90s
I wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Riding in the park on my bike down the stairs
Cause cool was uncool and it was fine to care
I had flared, blue jeans and a world of opportunities then
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Saying hi to floppy disks and self-cut hair
I didn’t even know of high school then
And life could be anything I dreamed of happening

Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Back to the 90s
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Back to the 90s

I remember when my friends were the kids
Who happened to show up in the park the same day I did
And the leader was the one who survived
The monkey bars for the longest time
I remember in the movie theatre
An extra-large popcorn and three screenings later
My mum still couldn’t stay awake for the Pokémon film/ And I spoke Pikachu fluent

I wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Riding in the park on my bike down the stairs
Cause cool was uncool and it was fine to care
I had flared, blue jeans and a world of opportunities then
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Saying hi to floppy disks and self-cut hair
I didn’t even know of high school then
And life could be anything I dreamed of happening

Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Back to the 90s
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Back to the 90s

I remember braids and twists were in
And Happy Meals were the best dam thing
And girl bands were the only CDs
Worth the space in our boom box players
I remember getting married for the first time
In the dress up room with some cordial wine
And taking claim of the Barbie in the overalls
From the dolly drawers (she’s mine)

I wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Riding in the park on my bike down the stairs
Cause cool was uncool and it was fine to care
I had flared, blue jeans and a world of opportunities then
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Saying hi to floppy disks and self-cut hair
I didn’t even know of high school then
And life could be anything I dreamed of happening

Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Back to the 90s
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Wanna go back to the 90s yeah
Back to the 90s
Back to the 90s
Track Name: Tamagotchi
You used to whip me up from a stupid slump and take me dancing
Show me secret hangouts, kiss me quick when no one’s looking
I swore I won’t forget our flawless road trip up the coast
And I haven’t, but it only makes it worse cause

Now you don’t do anything at all (nothing)
Just sit and whine and talk about yourself (you’re boring)

I don’t know what to do
This problem’s got me (got me)
You’ve turned from my man
To my Tamagotchi
I don’t know what to do
This problem’s got me (got me) good
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi

You used to be the one who gave me strength to ride the coaster
And now you’re chucking up just thinking of a slight adventure
You must be drowned in shit cause you’re always ringing in you’re sick
For a full grown man dam baby, you need help with everything (And I mean everything)

Now you don’t do anything at all (nothing)
Just sit and whine and talk about yourself (you’re boring)

I don’t know what to do
This problem’s got me (got me)
You’ve turned from my man
To my Tamagotchi
I don’t know what to do
This problem’s got me (got me) good
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi

What you want me to clean you?
Getting hungry want me to feed you?
That’s not my deal
What you feeling sleepy too?
Want me to flick the switch for you?
Well that’s not my deal
I don’t know what to do
This problem’s got me (got me)
You’ve turned from my man
To my Tamagotchi
I don’t know what to do
This problem’s got me (got me) good
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi
You turned from my man to my Tamagotchi
Track Name: Don't Blow Up
I’m sneaking around this un-charted ground
One wrong move and you’ll blow up
Don’t wanna die in this field of mines
Gotta read the signs or you’ll blow up
I don’t know how you got so sensitive
Silly little things push you past the edge
Make the right moves, don’t light your fuse
Hold back the truth so you don’t blow up

Blow B-A-M

It’s not easy going through your phases
You’re lucky that I love you and I’ll do what it takes to cope
I’ll play this game of Minesweeper
Hold on tight if I need to
Baby please
Don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow
Don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow

I’m doing my dues but I’m set to lose
Cause you change your views then you blow up
I’ll hide in the trenches, seek intervention
Any prevention but you blow up
Nothing I can do can cure the disease it’s you against you in reality
So I stand by your side as you fight the fight
And pray for my life you won’t blow up

Blow B-A-M

It’s not easy going through your phases
You’re lucky that I love you and I’ll do what it takes to cope
I’ll play this game of Minesweeper
Hold on tight if I need to
Baby please
Don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow
Don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow

(Instrumental)

It’s not easy going through your phases
You’re lucky that I love you and I’ll do what it takes to cope
I’ll play this game of Minesweeper
Hold on tight if I need to
Baby please
Don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow
Don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow up don’t blow
Track Name: The Whole You
Instead of Tetris I got Brick Game
Instead of Thomas I got a toy train
Instead of Trouble I got Ludo/ Instead of Barbie I got a play doll
I said that’s fine
I said I don’t mind

But there’s a difference between the real and fake stuff
And I’m not gonna go cheap on love
If there’s a difference between what I get and what’s enough
I’m not gonna go cheap on love

If you want me you gotta give me what you got
If you love me you gotta show me who you are
I want Tetris not Brick Game, Thomas not a toy train/ Trouble not Ludo, Barbie not a play doll
I want you, the whole you, nothing but you
I want you, the whole you, nothing but you

Instead of Wonka I got Homebrand
Instead of Talkboy I got cassettes
Instead of Furby I got a soft toy
Instead of Poo-Chi I got a yo-yo

But there’s a difference between the real and fake stuff
And I’m not gonna go cheap on love
If there’s a difference between what I get and what’s enough
I’m not gonna go cheap on love

If you want me you gotta give me what you got
If you love me you gotta show me who you are
I want Wonka not Homebrand, Talkboy not cassettes
Furby not a soft toy, Poo-Chi not a yo-yo
I want Tetris not Brick Game, Thomas not a toy train
I want Trouble not Ludo, Barbie not a play doll
I want you, the whole you, nothing but you
I want you, the whole you, nothing but you
I want you, the whole you, nothing but you
Track Name: Block Breaker
Oh my oh no, this you and me thing is stalling
Oh my oh no, this L-O-V-E is failing
Oh my on no, I think that we’re falling out of love
Out of love, out of love
It’s dangerous
Oh my oh no, we built a fort together
Oh my oh no, pinky promised it’s forever
Oh my oh no, I think that we’re both getting bored
Getting bored, yeah I’m bored
This ain’t meant to happen

Falling into bits like block breaker bricks
Like block breaker bricks oh my oh no
We’re losing it, I feel every hit
We’re falling into bits oh my oh no
Smashed like block breaker, block breaker, block breaker
Smashed like block breaker, block breaker, block breaker

Oh my oh no, we’ve trashed the life plans we scripted
Oh my oh no, our perfect little world has shifted
Oh my oh no, I think that we’re close to breaking off
Breaking off, breaking off
It’s all crumbling (down)

Falling into bits like block breaker bricks
Like block breaker bricks oh my oh no
We’re losing it, I feel every hit
We’re falling into bits oh my oh no
Smashed like block breaker, block breaker, block breaker
Smashed like block breaker, block breaker, block breaker

Our hearts could be breaking
Is it worth saving?
It’s not a chance I’m taking
Cause I feel nothing

Falling into bits like block breaker bricks
Like block breaker bricks oh my oh no
We’re losing it, I feel every hit
We’re falling into bits oh my oh no
Smashed like block breaker, block breaker, block breaker
Smashed like block breaker, block breaker, block breaker
Falling into bits like block breaker bricks
Like block breaker bricks oh my oh no
We’re losing it, I feel every hit
We’re falling into bits oh my oh no
Track Name: Catch'Em All
Looking around has taught me that
I’m not moving on boy, I’m moving up
I’ll jiggle and I’ll mingle and I’ll bend and snap
But I’m not moving moving on boy, I’m moving up

I used to be held back, held back
But I’m free of that, I’m free of that
I’m keen to be seen, I’m fresh and I’m mean
And I can book you a slot after Gary, Ash and Brock, cause

I’m gonna catch’em all, catch’em in my poké balls
Never thought I’d be the one, never thought I’d ever fall
Down, dust off, move on, move up
Realise the night is mine
I’m gonna catch’em all, catch’em in my poké balls
I can see that now you’re gone the world has opened up its doors
Wide, so I’ll go in and I’ve
Realised that I’m a pokémaster

Being with you was a drain on my swag
You came up short and I want better than that
I’m glad I didn’t kiss but kick your *ss
You came up short and I want better than that

I used to be held back, held back
But I’m free of that, I’m free of that
I’m keen to be seen, I’m fresh and I’m mean
And I can book you a slot after Gary, Ash and Brock, cause

I’m gonna catch’em all, catch’em in my poké balls
Never thought I’d be the one, never thought I’d ever fall
Down, dust off, move on, move up
Realise the night is mine
I’m gonna catch’em all, catch’em in my poké balls
I can see that now you’re gone the world has opened up its doors
Wide, so I’ll go in and I’ve
Realised that I’m a pokémaster

Let’s dance, it’s easy right, just follow the moves like all the others do
Step right, and clap, turn me around
I’ll keep you thinking that this is gonna happen
Turn me back, tap your feet, bow down
When the final note is done and you look up I’ll be gone (where is she?)

I’m gonna catch’em all, catch’em in my poké balls
Never thought I’d be the one, never thought I’d ever fall
Down, dust off, move on, move up
Realise the night is mine
I’m gonna catch’em all, catch’em in my poké balls
I can see that now you’re gone the world has opened up its doors
Wide, so I’ll go in and I’ve
Realised that I’m a pokémaster
Track Name: What We Were
You left me and at the time
It almost hurt but I was fine
Cause I could hold to everything I had
I focused on the ceiling
In the morning when I woke without you
Then I made my breakfast like I always did
And oh the time you showed me all your Tazos wiped
Just like us, two kids dressing up as adults
And oh I’m lost and better off in denial
Moving on, cause alone has no instruction manual

What we were, what we were
I can’t forget what we were
What we were, what we were
What we were, what we were
I can’t forget what we were
What we were, what we were

You left me and I was fine
But now I’m losing control of my mind
And the blurry shapes of our past are flooding back
And oh I wonder how many sunsets it takes to seal the cut
To stop these sickly sweet memories of us
I don’t need to remember how you felt when I was cold
And I didn’t say a thing but you’d just know and you’d hold me
Take me out, show me off to your friends and be so dam proud of me

What we were, what we were
I can’t forget what we were
What we were, what we were
What we said, what we did
All the things I could forgive
What we were, what we were
What we were, what we were
Track Name: Xena
Cause I’m a warrior
You can’t take me
You can’t take me out
Cause I’m a warrior
This can’t break me
This can’t break me down
You may have thought the memory of your love would be stronger
That you could stab me and leave me to bleed
But I’m gonna take my pride and push past it to patch the puncture
And go back to me, me

Cause I’m, I’m the sort that gets back up
And I’ve, I’ve turned from road kill to Xena
I’m Xena, I’m Xena

Cause I’m a warrior
I don’t need you
I don’t need you now
Cause I’m a warrior
Cause I’m a warrior
I can push the churning feelings that you left me with out

Cause I’m, I’m the sort that gets back up
And I’ve, I’ve turned from road kill to Xena
I’m Xena, I’m Xena

Love can drag me down, but it’s all done now
I’m an Amazon warrior beneath my chest
This ain’t so bad I can take it
This ain’t so bad I can take it
Medieval worlds, lands of beasts and gods
But you’re just a boy and I am strong
I got a Chakram and this ain’t so bad, I can take it

Cause I’m, I’m the sort that gets back up
And I’ve, I’ve turned from road kill to Xena
I’m Xena, I’m Xena
Track Name: Our First Date
You showed up late in a scrambled state
Sweat drenched across your chest, not looking great
Then you almost cried as you told me why
I almost laughed as I said ‘don’t stress it, it’s fine’
You asked me what I wanted
I didn’t drink milk but they only served shakes
I said ‘hey let’s go walking’
When we started to talk, we could talk for days
I figured it would all be over soon
I figured we wouldn’t make it through but

Our first date was the ideal disaster
Our first date was a mess from the start
Our first date couldn’t have been better
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart

You were walking into poles, tripping on your shoes
I was helping you out & laughing up my food
You dressed like an ogre & danced like a boulder
But said that you knew Judo & how to flip pancakes over
I begged you to show me a move
And you gave me a bleeding nose
I held a tissue to my face
And when our eyes met then time froze
This date was as bad as it gets
But I didn’t want it to ever end

Our first date was the ideal disaster
Our first date was a mess from the start
Our first date couldn’t have been better
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart

Sometimes you don’t know what you want
Until it’s right there in front of you
With messy hair & its tie done up wrong

Our first date was the ideal disaster
Our first date was a mess from the start
Our first date couldn’t have been better
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart

Our first date was the ideal disaster
Our first date was a mess from the start
Our first date couldn’t have been better
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart
Cause at the end of the day you won my heart
You won my heart
Track Name: The Little Things
We run run run
We run around this town
We run around this town
It goes so fast
It goes so fast
We can’t make it out before it goes
You hold me down and make me see
One hour chilled passes faster than the rush
Bolting after greyscale dreams
Ain’t make me half as happy as your touch

Don’t leave me please
Let me feel that rough warmth of your hands
As you grab onto mine now

And we’ll be dancing like we’re crazy
Kissing in the street
You’ll almost finish your Bubble Tape
Then leave the last piece for me
We’re not surgeons,
Rock stars or kings
But I couldn’t be happier
It’s all the little things
It’s all the little things
It’s all the little things

You’re Spice Girl bright, you’re Remix Sprite
You’ve made me realise the world’s so very odd
You’re Go-Gurt tubes, you’re candy fruits
I need more of you the moment that you’re gone
You hold me down and make me see
This happiness we’re looking for is already here
I don’t need much when you’re with me
I get a super power boost when our brown eyes meet

Don’t leave me please
Let me feel the wind whip up my hair
As you take me and spin me round

And we’ll be dancing like we’re crazy
Kissing in the street
You’ll almost finish your Bubble Tape
Then leave the last piece for me
We’re not surgeons,
Rock stars or kings
But I couldn’t be happier
It’s all the little things
It’s all the little things
It’s all the little things
Track Name: You Chose Me
I’m consistently the most dressed up but not the best looking
I’m a waste of space with sport & I fail at cooking
But you chose me, you chose me, you chose me
I’m not the jealous type but I’m getting jealous
Cause you’re the perfect sort of guy which makes me nervous
And you chose me, you chose me, you chose me

I want this to be Beauty And The Beast
I want Sense And Sensibility
I want Notting Hill, As Good As It Gets and Sleepless In Seattle
There’s not a thing I Hate About You
I’m Clueless, you’re high IQ
And I’ll never be cast for a romance movie
But after all that baby
You chose me

I tend to over-analyse and take things to heart
You’re always playing the rock while I’m falling apart
But you chose me, you chose me, you chose me

I want the Titanic deck scene
I want While You Were Sleeping
I want She’s All That, The Bodyguard and Something About Mary
I want Groundhog Day, One Fine Day
Dammit I want You’ve Got Mail
But I’d never be cast for a romance movie
And after all that baby
You chose me

With my procrastinations
Me, with my Starbucks addiction
Me with my old laptop that barely stays awake
And my dam chipped nails
Me, with my odd collections
Me, with my irrational spending
Me, with my piles of language books
And apparent lack of multi-lingual ability
Me, you chose me
Track Name: Walkie Talkie
Didn’t you organise this?
Didn’t you choose and set the date?
Didn’t you wanna do this?
Have that pleading look smacked on your face?
Didn’t you ever get taught what it means to meet up?
Didn’t you ever learn to raise your dam eyes up?

Cause I’m over this scene
You’re glued to the screen like it’s your BFF buddy
You’re gonna lose me
If you don’t switch of your your your your walkie talkie

Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie
Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie

Didn’t you organise this?
Didn’t you wanna do this?
Didn’t you ever think to look at someone while you talk?
Didn’t you ever have a conversation with someone that’s not a bot?

Cause I’m over this scene
You’re glued to the screen like it’s your BFF buddy
You’re gonna lose me
If you don’t switch of your your your your walkie talkie

Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie
Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie

Cause I don’t care if it’s the last level of a game and then you’ve won
I don’t care if the message that you just got was from your mum
I don’t care if you found an article on curing cancer
I don’t care if the pope is calling, don’t friggen answer
You bring me out here to decorate your blind spot
I’m not your email cause that can wait and I cannot
And I’m close to throwing the slab of wires into a trough
So pretend it’s a movie theatre and switch it off

Cause I’m over this scene
You’re glued to the screen like it’s your BFF buddy
You’re gonna lose me
If you don’t switch of your your your your walkie talkie
Cause I’m over this scene
You’re gonna lose me

Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie
Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie
Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie
Woah Switch switch off off your your your walkie talkie
Track Name: Forget Serious
I’m gonna cover my breakfast in sprinkles
I’m gonna paint my nails in rainbows
I’m gonna kiss you, keep it simple
We’ll forget the rules and do what we want

Cause why not
Let’s ditch the scene and join the circus
Cause why not
Let’s switch the jeans, dress up as pirates
So dam nuts
Let’s go crazy laughing and make a mess
For real
Let’s forget serious

I’m gonna spray my walls with spray paint
I’m gonna swap my lunch for sorbet
I’m gonna dance with you at the bus stop while we wait
We’ll forget the rules and do what we want

Cause why not
Let’s ditch the scene and join the circus
Cause why not
Let’s switch the jeans, dress up as pirates
So dam nuts
Let’s go crazy laughing and make a mess
For real
Let’s forget serious

Let’s forget work, forget pay
Forget being an important someone
Forget cool, forget lame
Forget pleasing anyone at all
Let’s forget the stupid stuff
Let’s forget serious

Cause why not
Let’s ditch the scene and join the circus
Cause why not
Let’s switch the jeans, dress up as pirates
So dam nuts
Let’s go crazy laughing and make a mess
For real
Let’s forget serious
Track Name: Film Strip
You shot me down, aimed with your lens
I had a slight glisten of our future right then
Just a peep- barely that
The reflection in your eyes of how the memories would come back
And we’d wait at the photo store hours at a time
Half the film would be rubbish and hardly worth the while

We were one shot one time film strip lovers
We kept one shot one time film strips forever
We live one shot one time film strip daydreams
Through our one shot one time film strip memories

You took me round, we saw the world
We captured it in the freeze frames of our hungry, loved-up minds
You filled those snaps of my life
With so many stories, already myths re-written a hundred million times
And we’d wait at the photo store, hours at a time
For the photo lady to lock away just a second of our lives

We were one shot one time film strip lovers
We kept one shot one time film strips forever
We live one shot one time film strip daydreams
Through our one shot one time film strip memories
Through our one shot one time film strip memories
Track Name: Work It Out Like Goku
Working out is hard, you feel it down in your Saiyan heart
You may push up, flop and get up but don't ever drop and give up no
The Earth has its worriers and you can be their warrior
Hit'em like a Spirit Bomb, show'em you're in perfect form

No time is better than now
So grind those extra reps, grind those reps, grind those reps out

Work it out like Goku
Be a Super Saiyan too
Break those mental walls
Grab yourself some Dragon balls
Work it out like Goku
Be a Super Saiyan too
If the Earth needs saving
Be prepared to fight and save it

Be Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Work it out like Goku
Be Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Work it out like Goku
Like Goku
Like Goku

They say there's superfoods, smoosh'em you get super juice
So drop your sugar fat sticks, kick the habit then jump on it
You know that Master Roshi likes it dark, green and leafy
For killer Dragon Throws healthy stuffs the way to go

No time is better than now
So grind those extra reps, grind those reps, grind those reps out

Work it out like Goku
Be a Super Saiyan too
Break those mental walls
Grab yourself some Dragon balls
Work it out like Goku
Be a Super Saiyan too
If the Earth needs saving
Be prepared to fight and save it

Be Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Work it out like Goku
Be Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Work it out like Goku
Like Goku
Like Goku

Run run run run run run run
Run run run run run run run run
Lap the world
Lap the world
Lap the world
Lap the world
Run run run run run run run
Run run run run run run run run
Lap the world
Lap the world
Lap the world
Lap the world

Work it out like Goku
Be a Super Saiyan too
Break those mental walls
Grab yourself some Dragon balls
Work it out like Goku
Be a Super Saiyan too
If the Earth needs saving
Be prepared to fight and save it

Be Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Work it out like Goku
Be Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Krillin it Krillin it like Goku
Work it out like Goku
Like Goku
Like Goku