Turn Over! Go Under!

by Swimwear Department

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about

​"...a refreshingly frivolous and fun brand of garage/surf rock...It’s proof that you can take subject matter that on the surface level may seem a bit silly and provide emotionally satisfying and even profound experiences."
-Matt Jensen, Divide and Conquer

"Turn Over! Go Under! boasts driving dance-rock songs like “Cool Mall Stroll” and “Houston Needs a Swimming Hole.” The seven originals are brisk and bright, most clocking in at under three minutes. They combine elements of surf rock, ’50s pop and classic Motown."
-Joey Guerra, The Houston Chronicle

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released July 20, 2018

produced by Gus Alvarado and Swimwear Department

mixed by Gus Alvarado
mastered by Paul Cox

shouts, cheers and backing vocals: Gus Alvarado, Ned Gayle, Jack Gordon, Amy Grisbee, Jeremy Grisbee, Lindsay Mistretta, Hannah Oatman, Jupiter Otazo

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Swimwear Department Houston, Texas

Interactive, post-punky songs about swimming pools and shopping malls.

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Track Name: Cool Mall Stroll
It's summertime hot
The airconditioning's broke
Let's get up to the mall and do the cool mall stroll

Whoa
Cool Mall Stroll

Can't buy nothing at all
'Cause all my friends are broke
Let's get up to the mall and do the cool mall stroll

The swimming suit department
Said all the pools are closed
Let's get up to the mall and do the cool mall stroll

Whoa
Cool mall stroll

It's summertime hot
The air conditioning's broke
Let's get up to the mall and do the cool mall stroll
Track Name: Submarine
Joanne is not the gender that her body is
she doesn't like the way her swimsuit doesn't fit
what kind of swimsuit thinks Joanne should I invent
to feel cool at the pool when I go for a swim

it needs a stainless steel tank that covers all my bits
a little extra room for like two or three friends
a periscope, ballast tanks and side-view vents
damn, I want a swimming suit just like Joanne's

submarine
submarine
submarine
it's a swimsuit and a submarine

her gender nonconforming suit defines your confusion
a submarine suit that battles Russian collusion
in the deep, deep sea or in the kiddie pool
Joanne and her swimming suit are deeply cool

she don't take shit off of giant squid
torpedoes of the high dive
she can sink and swim
she parties at the bottom of the deepest end
damn, I want a swimming suit just like Joanne's

submarine
submarine
submarine
it's a swimsuit and a submarine

I want a swimming suit just like Joanne's
I want a swimming suit that is a submarine
I want a swimming suit
a swimsuit and a submarine
Track Name: Houston Needs a Swimming Hole
Houston needs a swimming hole
We ain't got a place like that, so
Houston needs a swimming hole

Houston needs a place to chill
Houston needs a place for real
Houston needs a place to tan
and make the water fresh again
We ain't got a place like that, so
Houston needs a swimming hole

Houston needs a place to cannonball
In Winter, Spring and Summer, Fall
Houston needs to get the cash
To get a place for us to splash
We ain't got a place like that, so
Houston needs a swimming hole
Track Name: Holding On
When I was your age
My friends and I strolled the mall
Got caught shoplifting once, and
It sure pissed off my mom
Yeah, I'll drop you off
Just check back in forty-five
I'll be working all my puzzles in the parking lot
Right Outside

Remember who you are and where you came from
When you're doing all that stupid teenage
Shit I always wish that I had done,
And if you need me I'll be right outside in the Suburban
This is my little way of letting go
And holding on

I low key hope you blow your whole allowance in the arcade
I low key hope a mall cop chases you when you pull a prank
I low key hope you tattoo yourself and you dye your hair
I low key hope you called some punks to meet you there

Meet a cute kid from another school and
sneak into a rated R show
Make out just a little bit
Don't let it goto far though
And if someone picks on you
Sweetie, kick 'em once for me
(You know where)
In case you go to the hospital
Always put on some clean underwear

Remember who you are and where you came from
When you're doing all that stupid teenage
Shit I always wish that I had done,
And if you need me I'll be right outside in the Suburban
This is my little way of letting go
And holding on

I'm holding on to my baby
I'm letting go of my baby
I'm letting go
I'm letting go
I'm letting go
And holding on
Track Name: Get Dirty
Messy hair and cut-offs
She was looking like a dream
If that's your dirty look
I hope you never get clean

She cut me with a side eye
like a chainsaw through a tree
I love your dirty look
I hope it never gets clean

I swore I'd never bathe again
If she would set me free
She said, "I hope you don't mind dirty looks
You're never getting clean."

Sweaty Houston swamp ass
Rubbing on sunscreen
I love your dirty look
I hope you never get clean

And then one day our homies wed
I took her to the scene
She took a shower, makeup on
Hair up and everything
It was more than I could take up
Yeah it almost did me in
If that's your clean look
Let's get dirty again

I hope we never get clean
Track Name: Seventeen Swimsuits
Seventeen suits discounted 99 percent
An offer like this will save a dollar
Makes no sense
You can't refuse a deal like this
You're hoarding all you can, but
Someone's always gotta pay, so
Someone else can win

The department marked it up
And then they dropped it to the bottom
To make the sweatshop bosses think they'd
Get the workers
Get the workers
Get the workers
Got 'em

Who stitched the polyester on that frumpy cover up?
Was it mother?
A Machine?
The Children?
Slaves?
God?
Dammit

(God, damn!)
You got a lifetime supply
(Ooh! Ooh!)
That you might not live to use
(Ooh! Ooh!)
You got that feeling that you're feeling
When you get a good deal on
(Seventeen swimsuits!)

20 years have passed
And now the suits are in the drawer
Six or eight you're saving
Eight or ten you wore
Poolside in Cancun
At the all-inclue resort
You can't pass on a good deal,
But someone had to pay for it

Seventeen suits discounted 99 percent
An offer like this will save a dollar
Makes no sense
You can't refuse a deal like this
You're hoarding all you can, but
Someone's always gotta pay, so
Someone else can win

(God, damn!)
You got a lifetime supply
(Ooh! Ooh!)
That you might not live to use
(Ooh! Ooh!)
You got that feeling that you're feeling
When you get a good deal on
(Seventeen swimsuits!)
Track Name: The Limited, The Gap
Everything changes with all the days that pass
A different ship will sail around
This old vessel's mast
Each nail
Each board
Each sailor replaced
Same colors
Same course
Same figurehead
Same name
Turn over
Go under
Each store where I used to shop
When I was just a little kids
And I hung around this mall
Turn over
Go under
Is this mall still the same
If all the stores
And the shoppers
And the workers have all changed?

Blockbuster
Mars Music
Border's Books and CD World
Hasting's
Hollywood Video
Sam Goody
Tower Records
Babbage's and Game Stop
JC Penny, Macy's, Sears
American Apparel and Guess Jeans
Abercrombie and Payless
American Eagle Outfitters
Circuit City
Radio Shack
Gadzooks and Books-A-Million
The Limited
The Gap

And what about me, myself?
Different cells in seven years
Will I be the same person
Just because I am still here?

Everything changes with all the days that pass
A different ship will sail around
This old vessel's mast
Each nail
Each board
Each sailor replaced
Same colors
Same course
Same figurehead
Same name

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