Pinball Windfall


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All snare drums in this song are recorded from real life pinball flippers that I personally sampled.


Grippin’ the flippers. Man, I’m hittin’ the kickers.
Achievin’ the high score while colored strobe lights
flicker on the board. I’m playin’ a pinball game
at the bowling alley on a rainy day.

Insert two coins for one play. Pull the plunger.
Strike the ball with the force of wind and thunder.
Shoot it up into the playfield.
Hit your target like Baker Mayfield.

On a six-and-a-half-degree incline.
React properly to keep the ball alive.
Use the flippers. Catch the ball, turn ’em into grippers.
Fling that thing, hit your target with a ripper.

Redirect the ball. Never, ever let it fall
to the bottom of the board. Choose a different protocol.
Hit the pop bumpers, give the ball a couple jumpers.
The kickers and the slingshots always make you wonder where the

ball is gonna go! Where’s the pinball gonna go?
Down the middle of the lane or in a rollover zone?
A drop target hole or a saucer?
Explode when you insert the coins, give the plunger a throw!
Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
In a scoop, in a moat? Head to head, toe to toe?
In a tournament, playin’ for the glory and the prize.
Maybe in your basement, Banzai Run from ’89.

Avoid a tilt, but hit a nudge, just because
you’d like to keep your game goin’, havin’ so much fun.
Have a ton of quarters in pocket. Now, time to rock it.
Hit a stationary target or a multiball socket.

How many points can you attain in the pinball game?
Can you process all the action in your brain?
Can you make the ball behave when it’s time to play?
When you walk in the arcade at the end of the day?

A whirlwind spinner. Yes, this gimmick is a winner.
If you’re a beginner you’ll wish your skills were much bigger.
Gates block your ball from going a certain way.
A stopper between the flippers keeps defeat at bay.

Activate a special mission or a bonus game.
Never let random chance have the final say.
Hit a quick tilt when your ball’s in the outlane.
Get it in, get a tournament win; celebrate!

Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
Down the middle of the lane or in a rollover zone?
A drop target hole or a saucer?
Explode when you insert the coins, give the plunger a throw!
Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
In a scoop, in a moat? Head to head, toe to toe?
In a tournament, playin’ for the glory and the prize.
Maybe in your basement, Frankenstein from ’95.

Man, you’re doin’ your best, but you just let
the ball fall between the flippers once again.
If you wanna win first or second in the tournament,
better turn around and get points like a savage.

Get a free game. Match the numbers on the display.
Active bumpers shoot you every which way.
Solenoid sends me into the void.
When I return, I get burned to my opponent’s joy.

Interactive backglass. Catchy graphics.
Eye-popping design, ’89, Bad Cats.
Theatre of Magic.
Super tragic outcome if I don’t learn the angles real fast.

Been playin’ on the same coin for a long time.
Onlookers multiply as my score climbs.
Catch the ball in the flipper at the drop of a dime.
And now I hit a prime line, and my score is enshrined.

Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
Down the middle of the lane or in a rollover zone?
A drop target hole or a saucer?
Explode when you insert the coins, give the plunger a throw!
Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
In a scoop, in a moat? Head to head, toe to toe?
In a tournament, playin’ for the glory and the prize.
Maybe in your basement, Banzai Run from ’89.
Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
Down the middle of the lane or in a rollover zone?
A drop target hole or a saucer?
Explode when you insert the coins, give the plunger a throw!
Where’s it gonna go? Where’s the pinball gonna go?
In a scoop, in a moat? Head to head, toe to toe?
In a tournament, playin’ for the glory and the prize.
Maybe in your basement, Frankenstein from ’95.

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