MAXEL TOFT


28 (Wilson)

Offshore Excursion
Therapy
Shadow
Wits End
Radio Ready Love
Somewheres
Complaint
Assembly Line
Legal F


 

Offshore Excursion

Although I'm unequipped
For an offshore excursion
From this gospel ship
I need a healthy diversion
An emergency urge
If only just a fraction
Or a step or two beyond
I'm not responsible for my actions

Therapy

Listen to this piece from another tortured artist
Divorced shortly after they lost their new babe
Retreated to a cabin with no running water
But found an old dulcimer and learned how to play

Recorded on a smartphone, the battery was draining
Imagine the session and tell me if I'm wrong
To listen though it's sad 'cause it makes me feel better
Believe in the power of the therapy of song

Shadow

Sandpaper face
What should I do with this sandpaper face
I scrape and I shave
And comes back the next day
What a waste
Make way
For the sandpaper face

Hollywood scruff
What should I do with this Hollywood scruff
I grow and I cut
But it isn't enough
This is tough
No luck
With the Hollywood scruff

Indie-rock beard
What should I do with this indie-rock beard
My facial career
Has taken me years
This is weird
No fear
For my indie-rock beard

Wits End

Why'd I even ever think
That I could bring this up
I should have known it's futile
And that you would soon erupt
I'm at my wits end

Why didn't I seek council
When I knew that you would shout
'Cause when you shout it's then I shout
And then I get kicked out
I'm at my wits end

I can tell by the way that you are looking at me
I'll be on the burner for a century
Lets table this discussion now indefinitely
I'm at my wits end

Radio Ready Love

I'd prefer to lead us in the opposite direction
Where sleep is rest and love is affection
End the innuendo and the lyrical gymnastics
Where doing it is doing it without the italics
Lets make love . . . Love

Somewheres

I thought that I was walking in the door
But there is more
I was with the guys
But looking in her eyes
Now "Somewheres it's my fault"

I thought that I was brushing on my teeth
But underneath
I'm wiping my brow
'Cause it escapes me now
And "Somewheres it's my fault"

I thought that I was getting all undressed
So I attest
Something is askew
And I wish that I knew
'Cause "Somewheres it's my fault"

I thought that I was getting into bed
It's like I said
Everything seemed right
When I kissed her goodnight
But "Somewheres it's my fault"

Complaint

Rich, white, men
Always complaining
Complaining about fairness

Rich, white, men
Often are yelling
Are yelling at the TV

Rich, white, men
Often are sleeping
Are sleeping with the TV

Rich, white, men
Always complaining
Complaining about fairness

Rich, white, men
Have no one to blame but themselves when they fail
We have no one to blame but ourselves when we fail
I have no one to blame but myself when I fail

Assembly Line

 

Legal F

I'm not saying that you're saying that
I'm just saying that if we perhaps
We could work this out as adults
We could resolve this to a cheaper result

You give me legal fees
I freeze and I can't speak
Until I speak to my lawyer
You won't hear a peep
So leave a message at the beep

Adults like kids will pick on the weak
Waiting for the perfect opportunity to cheat
Adults will often add money to the fight
And the one's with the most are most often proven right

They give us legal fees
We freeze and we can't speak
Until I speak to my lawyer
You won't hear a peep
So leave a message at the beep

If on the TV you decline the interview
The viewer can assume the accusations are true
But your lawyer says freeze and you can't speak
They give you legal fees and we don't hear a peep


29 (Harding)

Mastered by Peter Andreadis for All City Mastering

A Few Laborers
Dissed
Offer
Perfect
In Transition
Singing Along
Because We All Are Teachers
The Typist
He Is Instrumental


 

A Few Laborers

Oh, how many laborers, a tell a me Luke?
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy, two and two

How many carry a purse, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do, two and two
Zero do, two and two
Zero carry a purse

How many carry a scrip, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do, two and two
Zero do, two and two
Zero carry a scrip

How many carrying shoes, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do, two and two
Zero do, two and two
Zero carrying shoes

Saluting by the way, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do
Zero do
None salute by the way

And, how many laborers, a tell a me Luke?
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy, two and two

Dissed

Don't you disrespecting me
Don't you disrespect
If you disrespecting me
I disrespect you back

I didn't mean no disrespect
That is your mistake
But now you disrespecting me
And now you gonna pay

Don't you disrespecting me
Don't you disrespect
If you disrespecting me
I disrespect you back

Now I truly disrespect
Disrespect I do
Double disrespect to you
I dare you to refuse

Don't you disrespecting me
Don't you disrespect
If you disrespecting me
I disrespect you back

Offer

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first we need you to
Read this disclosure
At your leisure
For your protection
Initial each section
Sign your "X" on the dotted line
The white copy's yours, the pink and yellow copies are mine

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first I thank you for your patience
Now we'll need some proof of residence
Social Security and picture ID
Birth Certificate and family tree
A written and an oral and a physical examining
The medical history of your extended family

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first please fill out the Scantron with a number two pencil
Included with a phone or utility bill
At least two years of tax statements
All the receipts from last years payments
You'll need to authorize a credit report
And get a certified notary to verify your passport

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first we'll need a list of all your references
And all your dietary preferences
Go next door and stand in line
Pee in a cup and cough three times
Cover one eye and skip to my Lou
Sing the National Anthem backwards to In a Sentimental Mood

And if this is your first time
I'll need a parent/guardian cosign

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help

Perfect

I feel good but I'm scared that it's lasted too long
Yeah I might have to turn this thing over
The fire was warm but it's growing too strong
And I'm tempted to snuff it forever

I'm having a tough time 'cause I'm not having hard times
Going to get in a mess for protection
I'm going to throw this whole game
I'll get tainted and stained
So the devil won't want me in his collection

Lately things have gone well and it's getting me down
I'm nervous I'm forced to take action
We may not all agree if the devil's around
But I'm willing to take this precaution, I'm having a tough time . . .

My bills are all paid and I sleep fine at night
Everything's clean and it doesn't seem right
Somebody break in and steal all my stuff
Everything's perfect and I've had enough, I'm having a tough time . . .

In Transition

I don't want to feel sad
But every time I feel sad
I feel closer later
When I've returned I'm in your favor

But if it lasts too long
It feels like you were always gone
I feel further than ever
And redirect your offer to recover

In these transitions
Of mood
It seems I'm most receptive to you
When I change
I approve
I acknowledge you are present in my deepest senses . . .
But I don't want to meet you only in transition

I don't want to feel pain
But every time I feel pain
I feel comforted and hopeful
When physically returned to normal

But if the suffering stays
And fills every unoccupied space
I feel hurt and deserted
And shield attempts to resuscitate revival

In these transitions
Through pain
It's the easiest connection to maintain
When I hurt
You remain
I acknowledge you are present in my deepest senses . . .
But I don't want to meet you only in transition

It's counter intuitive when I'm impaired
But I acknowledge you are present in my deepest senses . . .
And I don't want to meet you only in transition

Singing Along

It's hard for me to hurt you when I'm singing
Especially if you decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But I'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for me to hurt you when I'm singing

It's hard for you to hurt me when I'm singing
Especially if you decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But I'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for you to hurt me when I'm singing

It's hard for you to hurt me when you're singing
Especially if I decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But you'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for you to hurt me when you're singing

It's hard for me to hurt you when you're singing
Especially if I decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But you'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for me to hurt you when you're singing

Because We All Are Teachers

(Adapted from "Because All Men Are Brothers" by Tom Glazer)

Because we all are students, wherever we may be
The world shall be one classroom, forever proud and free
No truant shall defeat us, no failure keep us down
All teachers then shall greet us, the whole wide world around

My teachers are all others, forever washing feet
Continuing examples, the merciful and meek
My teacher's fears are my fears, with grief and shame weighed down
My teacher's tears are my tears, the whole wide world around

Let every voice be thunder, let every heart be strong
Until all truants join us, our work will not be done
Let every name be spoken, the lost sheep shall be found
Let slavery's chains be broken, the whole wide world around

Because we all are teachers, wherever we may be
The world shall be one classroom, forever proud and free
No truant shall defeat us, no failure keep us down
All students then shall greet us, the whole wide world around

The Typist

Don't look now there's a personal assistant
On her way to an industrial park
Tell me young lady your words per minute
Right pinky down to the question mark

10 words, 20 words, 30 words per minute?
40 words, 50 words, 60 words per minute?
10 words, 20 words, 30 words per minute?
40 words, 50 words, 60 words per minute?

One, two, three, yes
A, S, D, F
Right ring finger to the dot, dot, dot

He Is Instrumental

 

"In Retrospect"


30 (Coolidge)

Janelle LAH vocals: In Passing

Mixed by Andy Deitrich
Mastered by Peter Andreadis for All City Mastering

Retirement
Giving and Receiving
Downstairs
Masterpiece
Prayin' Hands
Bedtime
The Flood
Double-Negative Love
In Passing


 

Retirement

Please stay away from physical labor
It's bringing you quickly nowhere
As long as you're breathing
You'll barely break even
Crunch numbers on spreadsheets
And safely retreat
To a field knit with wires
And retire

Giving and Receiving

Love is there beneath the frost line
Love is there above the tree line
Love is there by your side
Peace unto thee be multiplied

You are a gift to me
A constant epiphany
So I'll give my gifts to you
Communal and in solitude

Love is there . . .

I am a gift to you
A fountain of revenue
So I'll keep your gifts to me
Forgiveness and apologies

Love is there . . .

If we are a gift and God is love
How could we not receive more than enough?

Love is there . . .

Downstairs

The Latchkey Kids say
The Ladies of the Church are
Shouting at The Man Upstairs
They are saying prayers
For enough pots of coffee
Cookies for an army
And kool-aid for The Latchkey Kids

The Ladies of the Church say
The Latchkey Kids are
Shouting at The Man Upstairs
They aren't saying prayers
They are cursing like sailors
Stealing from their neighbors
And singing with the Ladies of the Church

Masterpiece

Stick out your tongue
And show me your teeth
Fold your upper lip
All underneath
Hold onto your breath until
You barely can breathe
Gimme a face

Smile scary wide
And show me your gums
Puff out your cheeks
And suck on your thumb
Bang on your head
Like a bongo drum
Gimme a face

Squinch up your nose
And wiggle your ears
Fill up your eyes
With crocodile tears
Don't move a whisker
For a couple of years
Gimme a face

Find it and fight it
And frame it and freeze
Bend back and breakdance
Spin and say cheese
Stuck on the fridge
You're a masterpiece
Gimme a face

Prayin' Hands

Prayin' hands
Jumping off a rock ledge

Prayin' hands
Chopping through the water

Prayin' hands
Swimming like a shark fin

Prayin' hands
Diving down deep and praying

Bedtime

Open both your eyes and take turns winking at the sky
Peddle both your feet as if you're riding on a bike
Put your hands together while you wave them in the air
But do not fall asleep while in prayer

The world is upside down, it's like your walking on the ceiling
Or lying on your side until your arm has lost all feeling
Roll onto your stomach like you're crawling in a cave
But do not fall asleep while you pray

Whisper like you're yelling and you can't disturb your neighbor
Or use a foreign accent that is iffy to decipher
Mumble like there's marbles if you gather what I'm saying
But do not fall asleep while you are praying

The Flood

God gave Noah that rainbow sign
But everybody died first, everybody died

Saved some animals and I'm not proud
'Cause everybody drownded, everybody drowned

What should we do with a message like this?
Put it on a flannelgraph and teach it to the kids

Double-Negative Love

Don't go telling no one
Don't know not where to begin
I ain't going to not love you again

I don't never need someone
This can't be no way to get by
Man there ain't no way I'll be alright

I shouldn't neither stay here
Nor not go away or give up
Boy this isn't not positively love

In Passing

Every once and a while
Someone comes to mind
I only ever encountered
A couple of times
Reflect on what we did
And somewhat reminisce
I wonder where they are
And if we'll pass again
Or even recognize
That we had shared a bond
This is what remains
And now we're moving on

"In Retrospect"


31 (Hoover)

Janelle LAH vocals: Delivery, Potholes

Mastered by Peter Andreadis for All City Mastering

Lazarus of Bethany
Change
Colic
Delivery
Potholes
Secret Question
Ringtone
Whats for dinner?
Riffles and Currents


 

Lazarus of Bethany

Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Lazarus, wake up
Lazarus, wake up
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
No, He's alive

Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Take away the stone
Take away the stone
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
No, He's alive

Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Lazarus, come out
Lazarus, come out
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
No, He's alive

Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
He's alive
Take the grave clothes off
Take the grave clothes off
Dead, dead, dead
He's really dead
No, He's alive

Change

I got the 'lectric credit or debit blues
I got the 'lectric credit or debit blues
Electric credit or debit blues

Everybody's payin' with the credit or the debit
And nobody's walkin' jinglin' change in their pocket
But I'm still singin' and I won't give up
Sittin' on a milk crate shakin' this cup

I got the 'lectric credit or debit blues
I got the 'lectric credit or debit blues
Electric credit or debit blues

Nobody's walkin' jinglin' change in their pocket
'Cause everybody's payin' with the credit or the debit
But I'm still sittin' and I won't get up
Singin' and a spittin' and a shakin' this cup

Colic

Don't you ever shake and shake and
Don't you shake your baby
Don't you ever shake and shake no
Don't you shake that babe

The baby is crying and you can't get relief
It's been such a spell that you're too tired to sleep
You'd probably sell your kingdom for a single night of peace
But don't you shake your baby

There's nothing on the internet that you haven't tried
The skin time and the swaddle and the stomach and the side
The shushing and the swinging and the sucking till you die
But don't you shake that babe

Don't you ever shake and shake and . . .

If you're feeling angry then you've got to get away
And sing a silly song out loud till everything's okay
And dance a silly dance around or go outside and play
But don't you shake your baby

You've got to shut the door and put in some plugs
It's probably best to limit any alcohol and drugs
So grab your closest partner and receive a decent hug
But don't you shake that babe

Don't you ever shake and shake and . . .

Delivery

I want same day shipping for this garbage
Give me same day shipping for this garbage
Not two weeks, one week, don't tell me
Two business days for an extra fee
Twenty-four hours and it's obsolete
Please
Send it through the air, by the sea, over land
This is my order and I demand it
Same day shipping for this garbage

I want same day shipping for this rubbish
Give me same day shipping for this rubbish
Not two weeks, one week, don't tell me
Two business days for an extra fee
Twenty-four hours and it's obsolete
Please
Send it through the air, by the sea, over land
This is my order and I demand it
Same day shipping for this rubbish

We want same day shipping for this garbage
Give us same day shipping for this garbage
Not two weeks, one week, don't tell me
Two business days for an extra fee
Twenty-four hours and it's obsolete
Please
Send it through the air, by the sea, over land
This is our order and we demand it
Same day shipping for this garbage

Potholes

We were on a Sunday drive
In the city
In the spring
We hit a pothole . . . Bloop!
Hit a pothole . . . Bloop!
We were on a Sunday drive
In the city
In the spring
Bloop!
Almost lost my tooth

We were on a Sunday drive
In the city
In the spring
We hit a pothole . . . Blum!
Hit a pothole . . . Blum!
We were on a Sunday drive
In the city
In the spring
Blum!
Almost bit my tongue

We were on a Sunday drive
In the city
In the spring
We hit a pothole . . . Bloop!
Hit a pothole . . . Bloop!
Hit a pothole . . . Blum!
Hit a pothole . . . Blum!
We missed a pothole . . . Whoop
Missed a pothole . . . Whoop
Still almost lost my tooth

Secret Question

I forgot my stupid password!
I forgot my stupid password!
What's your mother's maiden name?
What's your mother's maiden name?

Ringtone

I was in a class
They were teaching me some math
I'm gonna barely pass
And I feel a little buzz . . .
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle-ding

I was at a church
They were preaching me the Word
A for my soul to search
And I feel a little buzz . . .
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle-ding

Diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle
Diddle-doddle-ding

I was at a show
Where I let trouble corrode
Pretending I don't know
When I feel a little buzz . . .
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle-ding

I was in a stall
Where I get all problems solved
A answerin' nature's call
When I feel a little buzz . . .
And it sang . . .
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle
Ding-a-doddle-diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle-ding

Diddle-doddle, diddle-doddle
Diddle-doddle-ding

Whats for dinner?

I'm out of this

Don't
Hey Cholly
Please, please don't burn the audience, Cholly
Please don't burn the audience
Please, please don't burn the audience, Cholly
Please don't burn the audience

Don't call the cops
An, never call the cops

Please no burning

Hey Cholly, no cooking, that's cool
Your show's cool but no cooking
Hey Cholly, no cooking, that's cool
Your show's cool but no cooking

Don't call the cops
An, never call the cops

Please no burning

Please no burning

Riffles and Currents

We're in the same boat brother and sister but we aren't necessarily rowing in the same direction.
I'll come paddle on your side and you come paddle on my side every little once and a while.
We aren't getting anywhere but we can still have a good time talking about going nowhere and dreaming about going somewhere.
Together.

"In Retrospect"


32 (Roosevelt)

Janelle LAH vocals, Rhodes, piano: Fifty Righteous, Greater Than, Longdistance

Mixed by Jacob Ross
Mastered by Jonathan Schenke

Fifty Righteous
Greater Than
VIP
Polite To Stare
The Loop
src
Dress
Longdistance
Harvestmen


 

Fifty Righteous

What if there are fifty righteous, peradventure there be fifty?
"If I find fifty in that place, I will spare it for their sake"

What if fifty minus five, peradventure forty-five?
"If forty-five are in that place, I will spare it for their sake"

What if there are forty righteous, peradventure there be forty?
"If I find forty in that place, I will spare it for their sake"

What if there are thirty righteous, peradventure there be thirty?
"If I find thirty in that place, I will spare it for their sake"

What if there are twenty righteous, peradventure there be twenty?
"If I find twenty in that place, I will spare it for their sake"

Now that I have been so bold
Though I am not but dust and ashes
Let me ask just one last question
What if there are only ten?
"For the sake of only ten, I will not destroy it then"

Greater Than

We're alone
But we are not alone
We are dust
But we are more than dust
We know
But we will never know
How we are loved
We are more than loved

So be it on the mountain top
So be it on the mountain side
So be it at the bottom if you're going or you're coming
So be it since our Savior died and survived

We're alone
But we are not alone
We are dust
But we are more than dust
We know
But we will never know
How we are loved
We are more than loved

So be it on the mountain top
So be it on the mountain side
So be it at the bottom if you're going or you're coming
So be it since our Savior died and survived

We're alone
But we are not alone
We are dust
But we are more than dust
We know
But we will never know
How we are loved
We are more than loved

We're alone
But we are not alone
We are dust
But we are more than dust
We know
But we will never know
How we are loved
We are more than loved (So be it since our Savior lives)

VIP

Untie the rope and shove
You are loved

Slide down the slope and kneel
You are healed

Unhook the lines and spill
You are filled

Look for the signs and see
You are freed

Turn from this stance and rest
You are blessed

Learn from this dance, be brave
You are saved

Polite To Stare

Go ahead, stare at the baby
What next, stare at the baby
Be my guest, stare at the baby
Baby don't care if you stare

Shh, shh, now baby's sleeping
Never mind, baby's waking up
Hold on, what's this I'm seeing?
Baby's had enough

Go ahead, stare at the baby
What next, stare at the baby
Be my guest, stare at the baby
Baby don't care if you stare

Waa, Waa, now baby's crying
Oh no, what'll mommy do?
Wait a minute, everybody's staring
Baby looks confused

Go ahead, stare at the baby
What next, stare at the baby
Be my guest, stare at the baby
Baby don't care if you stare

Coo, Coo, squealing in falsetto
Oh boy, some lady with her keys
Please baby, baby blow a bubble
Burp or giggle please

Go ahead, stare at the baby
What next, stare at the baby
Be my guest, stare at the baby
Baby don't care if you stare

Laugh or cry or smile or scream or grab a toe or fall asleep
Or suck on something cheerios while bouncing on a knee like a rodeo

Go ahead, stare at the baby
What next, stare at the baby
Be my guest, stare at the baby
Baby don't care if you stare

The Loop

Chicago asymmetric rail system
Takes you everywhere and you only pay one fare
Chi-town asymmetric rail system
Everything is level on that thing they call the elevated
Take me 'round the loop, I will meet you there

Chicago asymmetric rail system
Every fare is fair when you're riding anywhere
Chi-town asymmetric rail system
Capitalists and Socialists forced to make the most of it
Take me 'round the loop and I will meet you there

Chicago asymmetric rail system
First you pay your fare and then you're running down the stairs

Doors closing, all aboard
Use all available doors
There's another train directly behind me
Please stand clear of doors

Doors closing, all aboard
Use all available doors
There's another train directly behind me
Please stand clear of doors

You're on the
Chi-town asymmetric rail system
Homeless on a southbound train gets back on and rides again
Take me 'round the loop and I will meet you there

A buddy of mine said, Hey man, you heard about this other line where you pay based on how far you travel? They call it zones or something...
And I stopped him right there, I said I don't want to hear it, you know there's only one line for me and you know what it is . . .


The Chicago asymmetric rail system
This is Logan Square, this is a blue line train to O'Hare
Chi-town asymmetric rail system
Not including reduced and free but you know what I mean
Take me 'round the loop, I will meet you there
Take me 'round the loop and I will meet you there

src

 

Dress

Take some advice from your dear old mother
Black, black, black is a woman's color
White is reserved for your wedding day
And red for the girl that has gone astray

Longdistance

I tried to call you last night on my tin can telephone
Maybe yours was busy off the hook or you weren't home
Cut off the lid poured out the beans and attached a string
Tried to get a dial tone, dial your number, make it ring
Yelled at it for hours, operator, operator!
Didn't get an answer so I decided I'd call later

Harvestmen

 

"In Retrospect"


33 (Truman)

Janelle LAH vocals, piano: Layers, Sawyerwood, Finished, Calling, Watering

Mixed and Mastered by Jamie Carter

Ailments Part 1 & 2
Get A Witness
Layers
Sawyerwood
Straw Union
Finished
Calling
Watering


 

Ailments Part 1 & 2

To the trees along the highway
Do you long for peace and quiet?
Are you strong enough to keep on standing by?
Would you halt the blurry features of a billion passing travelers?
Fall across a solid yellow line
Here's to the trees along the highway

To the trees beneath the street lamps
I'd appreciate some feedback
Do you feel like you can never realign?
While you're ever reaching skyward, are your branches growing tired?
Fall across a silent power line
Here's to the trees beneath the street lamps

Get A Witness

Why's this word here?
I don't know
But I don't need your worn out paper
I can get a witness on the world wide
I mean it
World wide web

Where's this word from?
I don't know
But I don't need your worn out paper
I can get a witness on the world wide
I mean it
World wide web

Can I get a witness on the world wide web?
I mean it
World wide

What's this word mean?
I don't know
But I don't need your worn out paper
I can get a witness on the world wide
I mean it
World wide web

Can I get a witness on the world wide web?
I mean it
World wide

Layers

In the north woods there's a lumberjack
In a lumber camp with a sharpened ax
And when the weather turns
With a union suit and prayer
He works through the winter
Adding layer after layer

Shantyman, shantyman
Shiver no more
Add another long john to your core

Shantyman, shantyman
Sweating inside
Peel another long john from your hide

In the north woods there's a lumberjack
In a lumber camp with a sharpened ax
And when the river thaws
With a union suit and prayer
He heats a tub of water
And removes the final layer

Sawyerwood

I woke up with a pounding head
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Downside up in a water bed
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Message in a bottle bobbing on a wave
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Will it be delivered or a watery grave
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log

Down in the wildwood leaning on a stick
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Finger on the trigger and an eye on a pig
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Pulled the trigger and the gun said "bam!"
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
All natural organic honey baked ham
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log

The Talking Blues ain't blues per se
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Talkin' and rappin' till you're blue in the face
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Woodrow Wilson is a hip-hop pioneer
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Talkin' and rappin' till the blues disappear
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log

Straw Union

Unions weren't around
So the straw boss told us lies
They burned us to the ground
And then we organized
We got our union
Union has arrived

Now the union's here
And everything is fair
The straw boss walks in fear
The unions have a care
We have our union
Union's everywhere

Straw boss has moved on
Now the company is spent
The union's going strong
We've got retirement
We need our union
Union pays the rent

Union took a seat
And I guess we'll never learn
Unless we can compete
The market won't return
We lost our union
Union's on the curb

Finished

It's always "I'll do that when I finish this"
It's always "I'll do that when I finish this"
"When I finish this I will do that one then"
Then another "this" comes and I still don't know when

Lets go to a show when we finish our chores
Lets go to a show when we finish our chores
When we finish our chores we will go see a show
Then it's "Now I'm too tired and I'd rather stay home"

It's always . . .

I'll eat one more cookie then go for a run
I'll eat one more cookie then go for a run
I will go for run when I finish this snack
Then it's "Still on the couch and I think I've lost track"

It's always . . .

I could pay this bill or else pay down the debt
I could pay this bill or else pay down the debt
Should I pay down this debt or pay that bill instead?
'Cause it's "unplanned expense" and we're back in the red

It's always . . .
It's always . . .

Calling

Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me
I am living, I am living, I am living, I am living, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am living
I am calling, I am calling, I am calling, I am calling, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am calling
I am leading, I am leading, I am leading, I am leading, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am leading
I am smiling, I am smiling, I am smiling, I am smiling, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am smiling
I am I AM, I am I AM, I am I AM, I am I AM, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am I, I AM

Watering

 

"In Retrospect"


34 (Eisenhower)

Janelle LAH vocals, Rhodes, piano: The Economy, Last, Lost, Least, and Lifted, Calling, Making Contact, Late To Work
Maid Marion vocals, guitar: Calling

The Economy
Last, Lost, Least, and Lifted
Calling
Singing Nearby
Executive Decision
Making Contact
Late To Work


 

The Economy

I've been hearing about government, taxes, retirement
Healthcare, interest rates, the state of the market
Tried each and every way I can think of how to spin it
So I'm just going to pretend that money wasn't mine to begin with

I'm not going to get upset, make a fuss, or protest
It's already rather remarkable that I'm even doing this
I could write a letter but I probably wouldn't finish
So I'm just going to pretend that money wasn't mine to begin with

With automatic direct deposit we don't even see it
A fairly good reason it's futile to fight it
I fundamentally feel there is no way to win this
So I'm just going to pretend that money wasn't mine to begin with

Now I've got more pressing things on my list
Like walking the dogs or washing the dishes
Or play a typical white-collar middle-class song sung in English
So I'm just going to pretend that money wasn't mine to begin with

Last, Lost, Least, and Lifted

What about the last
Shall be first
Tell me the lost
Shall be found
One day the least shall be lifted
Set up on high ground

I jumped out of bed
I must have slept late
Repairs to the tracks
And my train was delayed
I need a break
But I'll never quit trying
I'm out here in the rain
At the end of the line

So what about the last
Shall be first
Tell me the lost
Shall be found
One day the least shall be lifted
Set up on high ground

An accident ahead
Rerouted my way
Driving all alone
In an unfamiliar state
I need a break
But I'll never quit trying
I'm out here on the road
Till I recognize a sign

But what about the last
Shall be first
Tell me the lost
Shall be found
One day the least shall be lifted
Set up on high ground

The hurricane arrived...
The waters did rise
And the waters remained
Watching everything sink
And all wash away
I need a break
But I'll never quit trying
I'm stuck here on the roof
Just praying to keep dry

And oh what about the last
Shall be first
Tell me the lost
Shall be found
One day the least shall be lifted
Set up on high ground

Calling

Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me
I am living, I am living, I am living, I am living, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am living
I am calling, I am calling, I am calling, I am calling, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am calling
I am leading, I am leading, I am leading, I am leading, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am leading
I am smiling, I am smiling, I am smiling, I am smiling, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am smiling
I am I AM, I am I AM, I am I AM, I am I AM, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am I, I AM

Singing Nearby

Hey, hey
I'm singing praises and if you're nearby
Don't hesitate to join the choir
If you're not in a praising place
Then stay right there and bathe in grace
And wait, wait
We're singing praises and if you're nearby
Don't hesitate to join our choir
If you're not in a waiting place
Then sing and dance at your own pace
And pray, pray
We're singing praises and if you're nearby
Don't hesitate to join our choir
If you're not in a praying place
Then shout and cry and interface
And say, say
I'm singing praises and if you're nearby
Don't hesitate to join the choir

Executive Decision

From my corner office high above
I see police are blocking off the streets
And while they move like worker bees
I train my seat towards computer screens

Should I march? Should I march?
Or is it better that I'm tethered
In support of mine own interests and I give when I can?

From the steaming pavement far below
A crowd emerges peacefully insured
With banners, flags, and drums and horns
While I return to where my words are heard

Should I march? Should I march?
Or is it better that I'm tethered
In support of mine own interests and I give when I can?

All throughout my hardly weary day
The ants I see are marching three by three
And while their numbers rise and fall
I intercede in comfort as I please

But should I march? Should I march?
Or is it better that I'm tethered
In support of mine own interests and I give when I can?

Making Contact

Such little protection
From a razor so mean
We dodge and defend
But the dagger cuts clean
Our skin is but thin
And gives way to the blade
Piercing ever deep
Till the light starts to fade

The darkness is lifted
Still the wound makes me reel
And two become one
As the hurt starts to heal
The skin closes in
It gets stronger each hour
Underneath the scab
Is a beautiful scar

Late To Work

Ooooh

"In Retrospect"


35 (Kennedy)

Auckland Bach drums: Afraid
Janelle LAH vocals and Rhodes: Beneath The Willow, To Pieces, The Thaw

Abandoned
The Thaw
To Pieces
Afraid
Destination
Beneath The Willow
Canyon


 

Abandoned

Jungle for lawn
Dandelion pond
Tree trunk painted white
Trash can tipped on side
Untouched

Gutters filled with leaves
Helicopter seeds
Tire flower pot
Junk mail shoved in slot
Untouched

Throw a rock

Bird bath cracked in half
Worn out welcome mat
Windows boarded shut
Rusted pick-up truck
Untouched

Throw a rock and run

The Thaw

One single sheet
Holds all the keys
To all I love
All folded up

Sun beats down bright
Snow loses fight
Small rivers float
My paper boat
Away

Gone 'round the bend
Down hills and glens
Through fields unknown
Then safely home
Again
I'm not worried now

I'm not worried now

To Pieces

Broken on arrival
So we gather up what's left of us
And put the pieces where we think they go
This one is heavy, maybe
It goes over here by chance
And that one over there, be careful
It has cut me more than once

Heading off to battle
Or returning from, with either one
We put our pieces where they shouldn't go
This slot is empty, maybe
It got lost along the way
And that one wouldn't go, I'll have to grow
To where it stays in place

Although the sun is in our eyes
We leave the shadows behind
I know it's hard to see, it's hard to see
It's hard to see but I believe

I'll meet you at the table
Where the Father's love will wait on us
And put our pieces where they need to go
And if I'm ready, maybe
This time I will be made whole
Or even more, my soul restored
And everyone made beautiful

Although the sun is in our eyes
We leave the shadows behind
I know it's hard to see, hard to see
It's hard to see but I believe

Afraid

I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need more prayer
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need more prayer

Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer to you

I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need more prayer
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I swear I need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm afraid I need more prayer

Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer to you

Destination

Automobiles and rolling wheels
That stop and go and slowly pull
Their cargo to the next event
Our pilot steers with patience years
Of brake lights, horns, and radios
Have formed like prints on wet cement

Packed inside we play I-Spy
And cheat and cry and duke it out
Till no one speaks and fall asleep
We hum along and wake and yawn
At waysides, pumps, and burger joints
To tumble out and bend our knees

We pile back in while bickering
On who's got dibs and who sits where
And someone's hogging all the grapes
Then settle down without a sound
And come to terms with where we are
And rest in knowing we are on our way

Beneath The Willow

Although your feet don't reach the ground
When you sit beneath the crown
On a throne that throws you out
Because you failed to pass the test

So now you're floating high above
And you feel you've had enough
But your landing gear is stuck
Don't panic, take a deeper breath

'Cause it's a major victory
When you hit that six by three
Without any luxuries
I mean, you're not the only one

Upstairs the people on the street
Gather 'round to laugh and weep
While you're down here counting sheep
Rest up, the journey's just begun

Canyon

 

"In Retrospect"


36 (Johnson)

Beneath The Willow
To Pieces
The Thaw
Abandoned
Destination
Afraid


 

Beneath The Willow

Although your feet don't reach the ground
When you sit beneath the crown
On a throne that throws you out
Because you failed to pass the test

So now you're floating high above
And you feel you've had enough
But your landing gear is stuck
Don't panic, take a deeper breath

'Cause it's a major victory
When you hit that six by three
Without any luxuries
I mean, you're not the only one

Upstairs the people on the street
Gather 'round to laugh and weep
While you're down here counting sheep
Rest up, the journey's just begun

To Pieces

Broken on arrival
So we gather up what's left of us
And put the pieces where we think they go
This one is heavy, maybe
It goes over here by chance
And that one over there, be careful
It has cut me more than once

Heading off to battle
Or returning from, with either one
We put our pieces where they shouldn't go
This slot is empty, maybe
It got lost along the way
And that one wouldn't go, I'll have to grow
To where it stays in place

Although the sun is in our eyes
We leave the shadows behind
I know it's hard to see, it's hard to see
It's hard to see but I believe

I'll meet you at the table
Where the Father's love will wait on us
And put our pieces where they need to go
And if I'm ready, maybe
This time I will be made whole
Or even more, my soul restored
And everyone made beautiful

Although the sun is in our eyes
We leave the shadows behind
I know it's hard to see, hard to see
It's hard to see but I believe

The Thaw

One single sheet
Holds all the keys
To all I love
All folded up

Sun beats down bright
Snow loses fight
Small rivers float
My paper boat
Away

Gone 'round the bend
Down hills and glens
Through fields unknown
Then safely home
Again
I'm not worried now

I'm not worried now

Abandoned

Jungle for lawn
Dandelion pond
Tree trunk painted white
Trash can tipped on side
Untouched

Gutters filled with leaves
Helicopter seeds
Tire flower pot
Junk mail shoved in slot
Untouched

Throw a rock

Bird bath cracked in half
Worn out welcome mat
Windows boarded shut
Rusted pick-up truck
Untouched

Throw a rock and run

Destination

Automobiles and rolling wheels
That stop and go and slowly pull
Their cargo to the next event
Our pilot steers with patience years
Of brake lights, horns, and radios
Have formed like prints on wet cement

Packed inside we play I-Spy
And cheat and cry and duke it out
Till no one speaks and fall asleep
We hum along and wake and yawn
At waysides, pumps, and burger joints
To tumble out and bend our knees

We pile back in while bickering
On who's got dibs and who sits where
And someone's hogging all the grapes
Then settle down without a sound
And come to terms with where we are
And rest in knowing we are on our way

Afraid

I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need more prayer
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need more prayer

Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer to you

I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm scared and need more prayer
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I swear I need repairs
I am unprepared to meet you everywhere
I'm afraid I need more prayer

Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer
Not closed, but closer to you

"In Retrospect"


37 (Nixon)

Auckland Bach drums, bass, guitar, vocals, sequences: Half Full, Doctors Note, The Stranger, The Word, Why, The Firemen's Ball
Janelle LAH vocals: Doctors Note, The Word, The Firemen's Ball
Jane Deitrich vocals: The Stranger, The Word
John Boyd baritone and alto saxophone: Doctors Note, Why
Hans Lindemann tuba, trombone, clarinet: Why
Engineered by Andrew Deitrich at Hidden Wave

The Magnificent Voice
Half Full
Doctors Note
The Stranger
The Word
Why
The Firemen's Ball

Purchase from CD Baby


 

The Magnificent Voice

Ooooh

Half Full

I dug in
Inhaled
Absorption
Then took flight
To reclaim
My fortune

I flew straight
Then figure eight
Unfocused
Touched down
To rethink
My motives

With no wings
At least I
Had purpose
This one wing
Flies me
In circles

I'm worn out
Exhale
Indifference
It's too late
To leave
Unfinished

Somewhere
I swear
There's someone
With one wing
Worn out
Unspoken

We'd link arms
Take off
Together
Two wings
Rise up
Unfettered

Doctors Note

If I don't lose this
I can't lose
If I do choose that
I'm a fool . . .
It's only God punching holes in the walls
And Jesus lending a hand when I fall
It's nothing much
But I won't give this up

It might have mattered
And maybe for your sake
If I could have managed
To stay wide awake
There's a bright light in my rear view
Every time I get near you
The motion behind
Tugs the corner of my eye

Highways and byways
You can tear them all down
Send a postcard to my folks
I'm going to stay in this town
I'm bound to let the dagger linger
Till I'm whittled unfamiliar
Take a stab at that piece
That protects my beliefs

Then take up my trade
On the crest of that wave
With both hands on the shovel
That digs my own grave
I'll divvy out my passion
In an unorderly fashion
Dissolve in the folds
Of the Untainted Soul

I know that each and every one of you has got a grasp on it
I don't care if it's a lot or just a little bit
But one thing that's for sure is it hurts
And what's worse, it shows
So bad you're going to need a doctors note
To move on, study for your next role
And then the second that it's over it goes immediately under the microscope
But if I don't lose this . . .

The Stranger

It's a crude hard life
For the crew in the quarry
Muscles and brawn
Squander wages on whiskey

The men are piling rock
Relying only on brute force
To fill a heavy cart
Pulled by Old Nell the horse

It's another long day
With the sledge and the crowbar
But out on the point
There's a man in the water

On the opposite side you will find what you need
Return to the shore if you find you can't breathe

Out on Fish Head Point
Someone spied a stranger
Trying to cross the bay
He says he wants to go to Pittsburgh

On the opposite side . . .

Take him to the bridge
By the entrance to our road
Show him Baileys Harbor
Tell him that's where he should go

On the opposite side . . .

The next day on the bridge
Still a curious sight
Playing with his vest
He evidently stayed all night

If you get up close
And if he lets you near
Concentrate real hard
You might even hear . . .

On the opposite side . . .

The Word

I'm not ready yet
To break down
Silence

I'm still reading up
Working out
Practice

But if your stakes are found
On this stone
Cancel

And if you'd stick around
I'd be so
Thankful

I like being cursed
Left behind
Crippled

I may be unsure
We'll get by
Simple

'Cause this is my last chance
To remove
Garbage

And with this minor change
We will lose
Our baggage

More Than Once I've
Said The Word Love
Though I Know I
Did Not Mean To
So For Next Time
When I Say Love
Close My Eyes Now
Till I See You

There is no hosanna, no hosanna
Where is my hosanna, no hosanna
Take me to hosanna, no hosanna
Make me hear hosanna, hosanna

Why

I'll do all I can, sir
To get you the answer
But the Father and Son
Don't need no reason
I can't count the days I
Thought I had proof
If people'd unite
We might work this thing through

I knew it'd be tough when on closer inspection
My treasures reside
In the opposite direction
I chased and erased and rewound and retraced
Till I found my way back to the very first page

I'll do all I can . . .

I think I got stuck when I wrote that equation
With all those unknowns
And false information
I plugged and I chugged and I pushed and I shoved
And I lost 30 years as if that weren't enough

I'll do all I can . . .

I almost gave in when I laid up to rest and
Dreamt I had won
Completed the lesson
I tossed and I turned and I lived and I learned
But oh then I woke up and I've never felt worse

I'll do all I can . . .

The worst thing of all is my half-wit confession
The worst thing of all
Is my whole-heart confession
I searched and I searched and I searched and I searched
But I never once looked in the place where it hurts

The Firemen's Ball

I saw the picture
In the Ladies Home Journal
One afternoon
Well the very next minute
I begged my Mama
And Granny too,
"Oh won't you please make me
This pretty pink dress
No don't take long
'Cause I really must wear it
When I go dancing
At the firemen's ball

I'll wash all the dishes
Fold all the linen
Scrub down the floors
I'll beat out the rugs and
Polish the silver
Or any old chore
I'll rise up early
Do all the milking
Fetch all the eggs
I'll fix all the meals and
Take out the garbage
Make all the beds

I'll come home from school and
Do all my homework
And get high marks
I'll put dry pants on
The itty-bitty baby
Lord bless his heart
I'll shine papa's shoes and
Dust off the bookshelf
Or any odd job
I'll even take a toothbrush
And I'll clean the toilet
I'll never stop."

Well it took forever
Till it was finished
I couldn't wait
I tried it on and
Waltzed around and
I danced all day
Then I did my hair up
And I put my face on
And sweet perfume
I took your arm and
Now I'm dancing
Right here with you


38 (Ford)

Mrs. Deitrich double bass: Unlisted
Maid Marion ambient percussion: Enough
Mr. Deitrich drums: The Word

Eyelash
Unlisted
Quick Fix
Longing
Enough
The Word
Busted Me*

*Some may have Band 2: Lesson 37 - Formal Speech instead


 

Eyelash

I'm doing all I can to hold ground
Any second now I'll go down
If there's one thing I can explain
Have you noticed I don't change?

If I don't get involved
It won't be my fault
When I kiss you square in the mouth

There is something I can't ignore
When I find myself on the floor
And the explanation I lend
Is made up of words I invent

If I don't get involved
It won't be my fault
When I kiss you square in the mouth

Please forgive me if I lose my place
It is tough to maintain this pace
And if I can't learn how to behave
You will send me to a early grave

If I don't get involved
It won't be my fault
When I kiss you square in the mouth

Although I'm boiling over inside
When I look you straight in the eye
I've had plenty of time to prepare
For the secret sent in your stare

Unlisted

I'm making a list of things to do
And right at the top is you
But you're crossed out

Then I'll go for an hour at the gym
Instead I'll watch a film
I can't get up

Next is the bill for the credit card
I guess I'll pay at least part
But not today

I'll do all the laundry and clean the house
To help me forget about
My awful state

I really need to find a new job
I'll die I swear to god
If I don't try

Down at the bottom I see your name
How'd you get back on again?
I've lost my mind

Quick Fix

If I could get rid of this debt
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems

If I could get a better paying job
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I'd pay my debts

If I would have gone to college
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

If my mother wasn't so dang poor
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I'd have a degree
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

If my father didn't abandon our family
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
We wouldn't have been poor
I'd have a degree
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

If my parents would have used protection
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I wouldn't hate my dad
We wouldn't have been poor
I'd have a degree
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

And when my numbers line up
I'll be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'll be just tolerable
There'll be no troubles
I'll have no problems
I'll make up with my dad
My kids won't be poor
I won't need a degree
You can stuff this job
I'll pay my debts
I've paid my dues

Longing

History I regret
Persecuted Jew
I can clearly see
Gave his life for me
Why do I forget?
I belong to you

I'm a lifetime member
Love that's always true
No one else around
Eyes faced towards the ground
When I remember
I belong to you

Many times I retreat
Cling to something new
Vacant in my eyes
It is no surprise
I have to repeat
I belong to you

So close to victory
I am almost through
Find me near the fuse
Thinking it's no use
Someone remind me
I belong to you

History I regret
Persecuted Jew
I can clearly see
Gave his life for me
Why do I forget?
I belong to you

Enough

I've already forgotten this war
And I never knew where or what for
But one night while brushing my feelings aside
I thought maybe there's not enough dyin'

I do not know any of the killed
But at this rate I eventually will
Somewhere a family is holding their pride
Thinking maybe there's not enough dyin'

In between weather and sports
Tuned out through daily reports
It's another good reason to help you decide
That maybe there's not enough dyin'

Our leaders are dancing like flies
Won't make the same mistake twice
Toss leftover handouts for us to divide
Because maybe there's not enough dyin'

Maybe there's not enough dyin'
Maybe there's not enough dyin'
I'll say it again 'cause it's not quite sunk in
Maybe there's not enough dyin'

Where have the protesters gone?
And somebody tell me how long
Till experts will say that the numbers have lied
And maybe there's too many dyin'

The Word

I'm not ready yet
To break down
Silence

I'm still reading up
Working out
Practice

But if your stakes are found
On this stone
Cancel

And if you'd stick around
I'd be so
Thankful

I like being cursed
Left behind
Crippled

I may be unsure
We'll get by
Simple

'Cause this is my last chance
To remove
Garbage

And with this minor change
We will lose
Our baggage

More Than Once I've
Said The Word Love
Though I Know I
Did Not Mean To
So For Next Time
When I Say Love
Make Me Eat It
Till I See You

There is no hosanna, no hosanna
Where is my hosanna, no hosanna
Take me to hosanna, no hosanna
Make me hear hosanna, hosanna

Busted Me

My bills are all due and the baby needs shoes and I'm busted
Cotton is down to a quarter a pound, but I'm busted
I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay
A big stack of bills that gets bigger each day
The county will haul my belongings away cause I'm busted

I went to my brother to ask for a loan cause I was busted
I hate to beg like a dog without a bone, but I'm busted
My brother said there ain't a thing I can do
My wife and my kids are all down with the flu
And I was just thinking of calling on you cause I'm busted

Well I am no thief, but a man can go wrong when he's busted
The food that we canned last summer is gone and I'm busted
The fields are all bare and the cotton won't grow
Me and my family got to pack up and go
But I'll make a living, just where I don't know cause I'm busted


The company stock just fell like a rock and I'm busted
My condo was sold, SUVs getting old, and I'm busted
I've got no DVDs and no DSL
Don't bother calling, they canceled my cell
Sometimes I think it'd be better in hell than be busted

"In Retrospect"


39 (Carter)

Maid Marion vocals: Visiting Hours, Background, Unsteady, Humboldt

Visiting Hours
Background
Unsteady
Ending Or Beginning?
Pangs
Humboldt
Old Lovers Having Lunch


 

Visiting Hours

Probably our mother is crying
But you would know nothing about that
Praying that she could resign
From all of the things you said you that wouldn't take back
Maybe there's no one to blame
Or how do we know who's at fault
For a brother that's dirtied our name
And now makes demands from behind a glass wall
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Mama couldn't make any daughters
But that doesn't mean she's ashamed
Of two sons and two different fathers
God knows it's nothing but the American way
And you did you think I'd forgotten?
So full of yourself you don't know
That madness comes every so often
But we always hoped that you wouldn't lose control
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Steps going up may be difficult
And steps going down may lead wrong
Though step dad was always so pitiful
It's not an excuse that you can lean on
I'd offer to help but why bother
When I know you'll just build a new fence
And duck behind walls of desire
Besides the fact you thrive on tragic events
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Remember the speech you gave father
Declared you wouldn't turn out like him
Now it seems I'd beg to differ
Though I have no right to judge anything
It's funny your struggle unending
A shame that it's come down to this
Continuing the fight for independence
But in here you have to get permission to piss
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Background

I don't mind being your backup
It gives me time all to myself
I call it freedom
But who am I fooling
I don't want to lead your queue if I can help

I can tell that I'm your backup plan
I'm afraid you're not my biggest fan
But I'm optimistic towards the women I think I love

Instead I'll see you sometime
Play the victim in this crime
And never be able to tell enough's enough

I don't mind being your backup
It gives me time all to myself
I call it freedom
But who am I fooling
I don't want to lead your queue if I can help

The ones that are available
Are the ones that give me trouble
Because I pessimistic towards the women I think love me

Instead I leave them crying
And I can't quit denying
That I ain't got no aces up my sleeve

I don't mind being your backup
It gives me time all to myself
I call it freedom
But who am I fooling
I don't want to lead your queue if I can help
I don't want to lead your queue if you can help

Unsteady

I want to see results now
You'll just have to wait
And if I don't stick around
That's your mistake
You know it just isn't fair
How can I help?
It's hard to tell if you're there
That's not my fault

Sneeze like comments
Need your blessing
Talk like vomit
Keeps me guessing

Still I'm prostrate
Please get back on your feet
When I'm needy
You're embarrassing me
For your rebate
How much more can I do?
Please redeem me
It's all up to you

Silent answers
That's what you choose to hear
Try my patience
Only twenty-odd years
Often offer
How much more can I say?
Bad translations
I do it my way

On the pavement
Please get back on your feet
We the people
Still embarrassing me
Feel your movement
The only vibration
Read each signal . . . wrong
Is instant gratification

If you think you can take it
I'd really appreciate
A sign of approval, direction, my fate
Meanwhile time changes tempo
And it must be difficult
To get my attention, some patience, my soul
I am weathered by inaction

Ending Or Beginning?

The sun emerged from a cloudy sky
A spectrum was revealed as the clouds ceased to cry
We abandoned our shelters from the east to the west
Amidst a raging storm and a harvest

But when the day sadly came to an end
The sun began to weep
Unfortunately we were weak
The night put us to sleep

The night began to conquer and distribute its mark
While darkness took control of all but one last spark
The clouds returned and resumed their tears
While we awoke to our greatest fears

With all hope resting on that light
To be warmed with a brand new day
And prayers for the sun to shine bright
So that some day our offspring will say
It's great to be alive today

Pangs

Appetite for reduction
Caused by lack of production
Failure and loss of attack
Now it is time to cut back

Appetite for destruction
Caused by an earlier reduction
Boredom controls the mood
Sign says will work for food

Appetite for production
Lacking adequate instruction
Can barely get by alone
With a broken money bone

Humboldt

In the city
The park is the best place to get away
In the city
The park is the worst place to feel safe

I couldn't pay the rent
So I'm sleeping in a tent in the park
I couldn't find a job
So I vandalize and rob in the park
I didn't do well in class
So I kicked some white boy grass in the park
I couldn't drop this fix
So I started turning tricks in the park
I had a hectic day
So I'm going out to play in the park

Lets all have a picnic in the park

I can ride my bike
Skateboard roller blade
Jogging in the rain
Or on a stroll with a blind date
Mom says walk the dog
Take a nap get some sun
I'll meet you at the swing set
Feed the birds shoot my gun

Lets all have a picnic in the park

Old Lovers Having Lunch

Thank you, I'm pleased that you noticed
Yeah, I've been working out
Out raising hell, with a barbell
Miracles never cease

And you? What have you been up to?
Say, you're looking great...
What's that about? Now cut it out
I only aim to please

Oh well, enough with the small talk
Now, what's your deal?
Can I hazard a guess? You're in a mess
Wonders never cease

Well well, you hear what you're saying?
"Damn, life is too short"
This is bad news if that's your excuse
Forget it if you please

Uh uh, I don't know what came over me
Lately, I've been shooting it off
It isn't fun being under the gun
Old habits never cease

Uh huh, I'd completely forgotten
And, I thank you much
I could say more but this is your war
Take it easy won't you please

"In Retrospect"


40 (Reagan)

Maid Marion vocals: Sow, Ring, Reflection

Flight
Sow
Ring
Reflection
Devil Death
Cowboy
Sentences


 

Flight

Airplanes
They soar
Rise and fall
Safely back to earth
Not all

Creatures
Of war
Fly and risk
Safety of the earth
For all

Towers
They soar
Rise and fall
Safely over time
Not all

Towers
In war
Fall and risk
Safety every time
For all

Creatures
Still sore
Rise and fall
Softly in the earth
Not all

Airplanes
Should soar
High and far
Safely from this earth
For now

Sow

I need, I need
Rich soil, rich soil to flow
Then I, then I
Can hold, can help my garden grow

Sometimes, sometimes
Dark sky, dark sky surrounds
But somewhere, somewhere
Sunshine, the sun shines bright above the clouds

I am just a dry tree
Holy Heartthrob water me
You knew me when I was a seed
I need you here sincerely
Tumbleweed

Open eyes, open eyes
See fine, see fine for now
But closed eyes, closed eyes
See beyond, see beneath the ground

Above ground, above ground
I look, I look to see
But I know, I know
The King, the kingdom is within me

I am just a dry tree
Holy Heartthrob water me
You knew me when I was a seed
I need you here sincerely
Tumbleweed

If it's rained once
It's rained a million times
And every time
I cover to stay dry
But even so
In darkness I can't stop
The growth within
Still straining for one single drop

Hold fast, dig in, take root, begin
Logos, feed me, give life, to this tree
Wind blows, takes leaves, snow falls, roots freeze
Sun shines, clouds fade, steadfast, not afraid
Bear fruit, good cry, new seed, bye bye
I stand, I feel, rain's touch, will soon heal
Each day, more pain, each pain, more rain
Each day, more pain, each pain, more rain falls


I am just a dry tree
Holy Heartthrob water me
You knew me when I was a seed
I need you here sincerely
Tumbleweed

young arms
reach wide for sky
but old bones
and roots groan for life inside

Ring

I can feel it in my fillings
The pressure and the tingling
While my ears got a constant ringing
Ooh you want a piece of me

From my estimation
The formative years
Need full documentation
Of laughter and tears
Analysis paralysis
Is my final plea
Compulsive until treacherous
Did a number on me

We run a tight ship here
Finesse all the way
Unpredictable features
And dividends that pay
So forth and so on
(I object) on what grounds
We'd claim ex post facto
If that were allowed

I couldn't have cared more
Before I got involved
That this was all here
Before I was called
Disloyal redundant
Cantankerous fool
You salient pedant
Special interest group tool

I can feel it in my fillings
The pressure and the tingling
While my ears got a constant ringing
Ooh you want a piece of me

Reflection

Hey, have you heard the good news
I can tie my own shoes
And I even double knot them
If I could just learn how to stand
Then I would be your mirror
Please if you'd be mine
That way when we look around
We'll know that we're just fine

Loved is the son of Wanted
Maybe we should all just get adopted
Throw a little salt and pepper on our wounds
And look at me when you need to be groomed
Because I will be your mirror
Please if you'd be mine
That way when we look around
We'll know that we're just fine

Broken, cracked, hit by truck
No need to worry about seven years luck
Together we'll be living in the we
I knew that some day He'd make a man out of me
So that I could be your mirror
Please if you'd be mine
That way when we look around
We'll know that we're just fine

Emphasis, theology, tradition
It's a can of worms I'd rather not open
Because the mirror, mirror, mirror, mirror on the wall
Says J.C. won't let me fall
And I am your mirror
Please if you'd be mine
That way when we look around
We'll know that we're just fine

Alternate ending:
Hey Bush Jr. I wrote you this line
It might ruin the song but I don't mind
The next time you've got something big to decide
Take a look around there is nowhere to hide
When we are your mirror
Please if you'd be ours
That way when we look around
We won't start foolish wars

Devil Death

I'm gonna die with a smile on my face...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, I'm gonna die sometime

I can't wait to leave this place...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, I'm gonna die with a smile on my face

The next world's gonna be bad...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, but I can't wait to leave this place

My savior's gonna be sad...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, 'cause the next world's gonna be bad

I'm going straight to hell...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, and my savior's gonna be sad

I'm gonna kick old satan in the ass...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, 'cause I'm going straight to hell

My mamma's gonna weep and morn...Lord
Sweet Jesus
Great God
Damn, 'cause I'm gonna kick satans ass

Cowboy

Lets go out to the country
Let go and give me your hand
Take me away from the city
To live off the fat of the land
Away to a land called Wisconsin
As if all you people did care
So long it's been good to know you
Soon I will breath in fresh air
This is a perfect new nest home
A plot fit for promising growth
For cows pigs chickens and horses
Barley wheat corn hay and oat
Away from the bright lights and bustle
I've never seen stars shine so bright
I can't wait to be a part of nature
Beautiful peaceful and quiet
I wake up at four in the morning
I hope I get used to it soon
I drink all the time because my back hurts
Under the light of the moon
I pictured me riding a tractor
And you in the garden for hours
Finally being self sufficient
And children to milk all the cows
Lets go back to the city
Away from this farm and its weeds
To stores that contain all necessities
And money is all that we need

Sentences

Paper cuts always cut
On the days that I'm most stressed
I pay for smokes when broke
And drink until more depressed
They all call when I'm busy
But never when I'm flat bored
So I pray when I'm unlucky
Need a favor or last resort

I've got sentences with syllables
And actions based on principles
That don't mean a lick
Most of the time

Bobbing and weaving
And trying to avoid low blows
Fed up and worn out
From using legos to build logos
Construction resumes
Until every piece is used
And a motive is formed
From anonymous tips and clues

I've got sentences with syllables
And actions based on principles
That don't mean a lick
Most of the time

I'm in a bad way
When I weigh out the options
Of a person, place, or thing
Lost in compromise and adoption
But don't count me out
Because I'm an enterprising soul
I can speak matter of factly
With tone and control

I've got sentences with syllables
And actions based on principles
That don't mean a lick
Most of the time

"In Retrospect"


41 (Bush)

Maid Marion vocals: Steps
Steps Produced by Jay Elder at studiochicago

My Auto
Skeleton Key
Steps
Dreamboat
Never Thirsty
Roll On
Cowboy
Long Ago
Buy Me
Remembrance


 

My Auto

An autobiography, written in my favor
Has been deleted from the days of yore
Instead they have shed light upon my downfalls
Now I need shades everywhere I go

I am restless; sleep has become a dream
Noise and distortion are pulsing in my brain
Creating a feedback that helps me redeem
The peace and tranquility that keeps me ingrained

Skeleton Key

She said, "When I was little the world it seemed so big."
He said, "When you were little, I was little too."
She laughed, "You're such a tease, are you hitting on me?"
He cried, "Bartender please, I need another drink."
Each day
That I feel older
I wish that I could sleep a little longer
Either way
I get cold shoulders
I wish that I could sleep

Everyone relaxing in their private compartments
Looking out the window from a stable environment
The silent watchman makes his rounds and rings a silver bell
I've got so many keys but none that unlock this cell

Phone rings in the next apartment
People laugh and talk for hours
Radio sings songs of commitment
Girls and sex and fast cars
A strong wind will blow away this slumber
I try to make it stay
Sunshine, open up the window
Breathe in and fly away
Each day
That I feel older
I wish that I could sleep a little longer
Either way
I get cold shoulders
I wish that I could sleep

What'd you say? Oh nothing
Just talking to my self and mumblin'

Steps

With the back of my hand on your cheek let me speak oh fair maiden. If a gallant young man took your hand while I slept well I'd never sleep again, I said. And I haven't slept since then. You know my name, you stole my girl, but I love you just the same. Well who cares, so I pushed myself back down the stairs. And although, I hit my head on the stairs below I know, I will climb back up again. By the bye. I'm going to need a long time, long enough to hang my self. Stretch it out unwind. Do whatever helps. Mark it in your daily planner, in your diary before you go to bed, that long ago when you were older, you knew my name, you stole my girl, but I love you just the same. But I love you just the same. By the bye. For crying out loud I'm loosing faces. I'm cruising for a bruising and I'm loosing faces. I've got a taste for blood on my lips, stench in my nostrils, and you. But you said who cares. So I pushed myself back down the stairs. And although, I hit my head on the stairs below I know, I will climb back up again. By the bye. Like the carpetbagger in my bed, while I'm still on the linoleum floor. I told him I was getting off at the next stop, but he didn't move so I had to stay on till we made it downtown made a loop and turned around. So I said fellow, you know my name, you stole my girl, but I love you just the same. He said who cares. So I pushed myself back down the stairs. And although, I hit my head on the stairs below I know, I will climb back up again. But I'm going to need a long time, long enough to hang my self. Stretch it out unwind. What ever makes you happy. By the bye.

Dreamboat

Do not provoke me I'm very unstable
When people are drinking
They never think twice
You bitch there I said it
Now are you satisfied
Bitch there I go again
I could never lie
To you

From her apartment I ran like a panty hose
Down the stairs through the hall out the door to the road
I skid to the ground as the garbage truck drove away
Along with my confidence she trashed yesterday

Listen up you boys
Be on your best behavior
Your dreamboat is here
And I wouldn't exchange her for
Another

Just in case you're wondering whom I'm speaking of
She lives in side your phone machine and sleeps in your bed
And when you least expect it she grabs your hand
She beats your beating heart and slaps you upside your head

Listen up you boys
Be on your best behavior
Your dreamboat is here
And I wouldn't exchange her for
Another

I call her once a month just to make sure she's okay
We go out and have some fun then call it a day
If I try to call her more than once I never get my say
So that is why I am giving up and giving her away

Listen up you boys
Be on your best behavior
Your dreamboat is here
And I wouldn't exchange her for
Another

Never Thirsty

The label on my beer said free prize inside
So I put it in my mouth and I sucked the bottle dry
I was happy and content but when I looked in
It said "Sorry not a winner, please try again."
I grabbed another beer and yelled double or nothing
Happy and content I started to sing
About my first love when I kissed her
She tasted just like whiskey
There's something I'm forgetting
Well maybe she wasn't with me

If I didn't happen to have a hole in my throat
I probably wouldn't drink so much
Later when we're married we'll laugh about this
And probably be more drunk

I scratched out your number on the boys washroom stall
So that no on could call you for free
Someday you'll have to tell your boyfriend about us
Please, just leave out the part about me
Sucking face with a shot glass is better than you anyway
I just called to tell you how I'm doing
Sorry not a winner please try again
Happy and content, the world starts to spin

If I didn't happen to have a hole in my throat
I probably wouldn't drink so much
Later when we're married we'll laugh about this
And probably be more drunk

Roll On

The heart defined by poets and songwriters
As of late has been distorted
True love doesn't exist anymore
And maybe it never did
By metaphors we can ignore true feelings
The truth escapes so slow
If love were like a simile
I'd probably never know
Because when the closing credits roll
The lead role is still alone

Cowboy

Lets go out to the country
Let go and give me your hand
Take me away from the city
To live off the fat of the land
Away to a land called Wisconsin
As if all you people did care
So long it's been good to know you
Soon I will breathe in fresh air
This is a perfect new nest home
A plot fit for promising growth
For cows pigs chickens and horses
Barley wheat corn hay and oat
Away from the bright lights and bustle
I've never seen stars shine so bright
I can't wait to be a part of nature
Beautiful peaceful and quiet
I wake up at four in the morning
I hope I get used to it soon
I drink all the time because my back hurts
Under the light of the moon
I pictured me riding a tractor
And you in the garden for hours
Finally being self sufficient
And children to milk all the cows
Lets go back to the city
Away from this farm and its weeds
To stores that contain all necessities
And money is all that we need

Long Ago

Well the clouds were bridesmates and the North Star was the best man
At the marriage of the sun and moon
Seven days later the earth was conceived
When the dish ran away with the spoon

Sadly it ended in divorce
Because the sun got a little too hot
When they made a settlement for the earth
The sun cast the shorter lot

The moon lost its shine when it started to drink
As the sun moved its distance away
With a longing for visitation rights
Lasting longer than half a day

Buy Me

Good byes are cheep and sold to me
Because they are all that I can afford
More or less I sleep in a cold dream
On a bed of lost reward
It has been an eternity with no advance
I'll see you sometime after work
For another miss opportunity to dance
With the duchess of New York
We could talk about apartments work CTA
Movies books or future plans
With my immature comments on lesbians gays
And music you should hear this new band
The phone machine that I hate will tell me your gone
But the ID will leave you a clue
Or I'll talk to your roommate for 30 seconds long
I speak with her more than I do with you
There's nothing for you to proof read I've nothing left to say
I've already told you too much
For now I'll just proceed to practice everyday
And maybe Wendy will shut up
It is still hard to love I don't know why
Maybe I'll change when someone new
Is sent from above or falls from the sky
I won't forget to introduce her to you

Remembrance

Forgive and remember
That I am the great pretender
And I won't be back to rescue you
From coffee, vodka, Mountain Dew
Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man
Have eloped from TV land
They're making whoopee inside your lung
But don't be sad, you're not the only pun
There's more to come

"In Retrospect"


42 (Clinton)

Ship In The Sky
The Clarence Show / Makes Sense / Pirate Garrghl
The H. P. and the C. D.
Wash
Here's Lookin' At You
Gonna Blues
Loveletters / Longdistance
Gettin' Old
Weather Report
Double Negative Love


 

Ship In The Sky

Written by Woody Guthrie

The Clarence Show

The Stage is finally set
And the actor takes his cue
The curtain begins to rise
As the band strikes a tune
The audience claps
Babies take naps
Children cover their ears
Men dry their tears
Women romance
Teenagers dance
They all sing along
As I play the opening song

Makes Sense

I can see thunder pounding
I can hear the sky turn black
I can smell all of the raindrops
Crashing down upon my back

I can feel your scent
Swimming through each drop
As they land upon my skin
Covering me with spots

Pirate Garrghl

I'm in love with a pirate girl
I'm in love with the pirate girl
I know she has scurvy but it's really not that bad
She'll make you walk the plank if you ever make her mad
She looks so sexy with her eye patch on
Skull and bones cap and a hook that screws on
I don't care if her parrot won't be quiet
I'm in love with a wooden legged pirate

The H. P. And The C. D.

I'll have an onion ring for you
Hopefully you'll say I do
As husband and wife
We'll mate for life
And you'll get to kiss the groom

Then we'll cut the wedding cake
You'll stuff some in my face
Then the real groom and bride
Will push us aside
And do more of the same

I don't think the bride will care
When you throw her bouquet in the air
We'll drink lots of wine
Write Just Married on a sign
And get rice in our hair

While the groom is at the bar
We'll tie some cans to his car
Then a motel with low rates
Is where we'll consecrate
This marriage of ours

The next week doesn't go so well
You'll tell me to go to hell
It won't be the same
After the Newlywed Game
You'll file for divorce when I'm sent back to jail

Wash

In a few ticks off the laundry mat clock
And I'll be ready to make my mouth talk
A dollar in quarters will get your wash done
But please don't overload this one

On the walk back home they're soiled again
Faded torn and wearing thin
No need to worry because they just cover up
The beautiful truth of your naked butt

Everyone in their birthday suit, hooray it's your birthday

Here's Lookin' At You

Look at that guy with the long face messy hair and squinty eyes
He has something in his nose crusty lips and teeth of an enormous size
There are pimples on his face and orange stuff in his ear
Oh I must say that there is nothing better than to sit and stare at a mirror

Gonna Blues

Gonna die with a smile on my face...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
Gonna die sometime
I can't wait to leave this place...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
Gonna die with a smile on my face
The next world's gonna be worse...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
But I can't wait to leave this place
My savior's gonna be sad...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
'Cause the next world's gonna be worse
I'm going straight to hell...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
And my savior's gonna be sad
I'm gonna kick ol' satan in the ass...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
'Cause I'm going straight to hell
My mamma's gonna weep and morn...
Lord, sweet jesus great god damn
'Cause I'm gonna kick satans ass

Loveletters

Did I forget to tell you
That I regret the night we met
Because I set my mind
On a girl I'll never get
And yet I bet
If you let yourself fall
I will be your net
Because my heart
Is in debt
To the time that we made love
On the Internet

Longdistance

I tried to call you last night on my tin can telephone
Maybe yours was busy off the hook or you weren't home
I cut off the lid poured out the beans and attached a string
I tried to get a dial tone, dial your number, make it ring
I yelled at it for hours, operator, operator!
But I didn't get an answer so I decided I'd call later

Gettin' Old

My face is falling off
My nose already pealed
My skin is sliding down
Soon my bones will be revealed
My eyes have wandered off
It's hard to see a thing
There goes my second ear
Now I can hardly hear me sing
My cheeks are caving in
My skull is being unwrapped
Now my nose is running
And my lips are getting chapped
At least I have my hair
That's one thing I didn't loose
Wait, nope, there it goes
And I just bought new shampoo
Now the world may observe
What was formerly beneath
Just as long as I don't loose my lips
Because I forgot to brush my teeth
As for my facial features
They all will be greatly missed
And as for my little grandson
Come give your grandpa a kiss

Weather Report

Hey how do you like this weather?
Just put your hands together
For the director of this show
Let's give Him a standing "O"

Double-Negative Love

Don't go telling no one
I don't know not where to begin
I ain't going to not love you again

I don't need no more of your love
There ain't no way for me to treat you right
This can't be no way for our love to take flight

"In Retrospect"