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from Metric System by Robbie Ellis

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When you’re selling your possessions on the internet,
And you’re pretty positive you have a buyer set.
They seem like they’re reliable and yet, and yet
My mistake! They’re a trashflake.

Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
“Oh sorry I didn’t look at my work schedule and forgot I had to work and can’t pick up your lawn chairs.”
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)

A trashflake is someone who says they’ll do a thing,
Oh but then they'll flake on everything they’re offering.
They’re trash and they’re a flake, they’ll never text or ring,
They’re all fake! And a trashflake.

Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
“So I know it’s 11:30 at night, five hours after the time we set for me to pick up your wine cabinet but I’ll be pounding on your door in eight minutes.”
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)

So Dante Alighieri’s seventh ring of hell
Is for those who try to fix their price like some cartel.
Just as they come collect your stuff, they text you
“I just found a sofa which is totally different and inferior to yours, but it’s listed as 80 dollars less. So that means you have to lower your price for me otherwise no one will ever remove this large bulky item of furniture from your apartment,
Yes you will never sell.”
Ooh what a headache!
A clever trashflake!

Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
“Oh sorry bro I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and didn’t realize I’d have to drive to Chicago even though your Facebook Marketplace profile says ‘Chicago’ and the description you wrote very clearly said ‘MUST PICK UP FROM CHICAGO’ in all caps.”
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)

Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)
“I thought my uncle could help me cause he owns a pickup truck but I forgot he retired to Arizona and took the truck with him. Also he died three years ago.”
“Oops! Forgot I had Ultimate Frisbee practice.”
“I can’t come now! Candy Crush just gave me two hours of free lives!”

“Hey, really sorry, can we reschedule? Gotta go to the emergency room, my seven-year-old might have pneumonia.”

Okay, yes, that’s genuine
But the other excuses can get in the bin!
Bup-badup-badup – (Trashflake!)

By the way her daughter had a fever for a day
Then she made a full recovery so everything’s okay,
But as for everybody else,
(Trash! Flake!)


from Metric System, released November 4, 2022
Robbie Ellis · lead vocals, electric piano, bass guitar
Liz Falstreau · additional vocals
Airan Wright · soprano saxophones, E-flat clarinets, bassoons
Tage Larsen · trumpet
Jono Sawyer · drum kit
Chip Aucoin, Ben Auxier, Alyssa Bailey, Keenan Camp, Jack Chylinski, Louie Cordon, Ashlee Hardgrave, Matt Keeley, Joelle Kross, Joelle Mendoza, Will Nicholson, Elizabeth Shuman, Jennifer Stuart, Weston Williams · crowd vocals

Music, lyrics and arrangement © Robbie Ellis (APRA) 2020-2022.

Lead vocals and trumpet recorded by Matt Griffo at Chicago Recording Boutique.
Crowd vocals recorded by Julia A. Miller at Delmark Records, Chicago.
Drums recorded by Louis Bernstone at Ellamy Studios, Auckland.
Edited by Robbie Ellis.
Mixed by Matt Griffo at Chicago Recording Boutique.


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Chicago-based New Zealander Robbie Ellis makes comedy songs. He also composes concert music; is a music director for improv and sketch; and presents classical music radio.

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