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Dark Songs Vol. 9 : The Taking of the Tower of Song

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1.
Everything’s fine It’s a beautiful day Everything’s fine in every way Children are playing without a care Everything’s fine, don’t look over there Everything’s fine It’s a beautiful day Everything’s fine in every way Follow my clowns, they’re leading you down To one hell of a show Welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys, and girls, step right up, to the greatest joke on Earth. SEE the amazing man eating chicken. See the house of smoke and mirrors where nothing is as it appears. Jumping through hoops It’s all just a ruse Jumping through hoops Now the joke Is on you Everything’s fine It’s a beautiful day Follow the clowns, they’re leading the way Hurry, hurry, hurry. Watch breathlessly as Johnny Cannoli, the human cannonball, gets shot across the bay at yet another historic structure. Ooh. Well, at least I don’t have to pay his overtime. Step right up, be astounded, be dumbfounded, stand aghast as elected officials place your entire family on a high wire without a safety net. Jumping through hoops It’s all just a ruse Jumping through hoops Now the joke Is on you Is on you Is on you Is on you
2.
In a sleepy bayside town Stirring in the air In a cryptic tale of a lighthouse And a steel bridge who’s been there Taking the tower of song Taking the tower of song We find that time is running out As the devil runs this town But Ellie Vador finds her voice As the ravens circle ‘round Taking the tower of song Taking the tower of song Taking the tower of song Taking the tower of song Taking the tower of song Taking the tower of song
3.
Don’t go into the granary There’s cats and bats and horrible things Creepy crawly scratchy things To cut your skin and spread disease So why is this old thing still around Condemn it now and tear it down A tragedy could easily happen to you Spiders snakes and rusty rakes And nails and blades it’s so unsafe Ring around the granary 127 feet Don’t step inside the circled line Because you’ll be crushed to pieces sweet So why is this old thing still around Condemn it now and tear it down A tragedy could easily happen to you A tragedy could easily happen to you
4.
Hellevator 02:54
Don’t let ‘em fool you With the preservation fairy tales ‘Cause it’s not true And if you think it is Well, I got a bridge to sell you The city of sin That we’re livin’ in Where do you think temptation is coming from? Fire, and brimstone, and everything hot A grain elevator you think, but it’s not It’s a gateway to hell right here in the middle of town And it’s going down It’s the hellevator And the only way is down It’s why you never, ever mess around With the hellevator ‘cause the only way is down Listen children I know it’s hard to take But there’s a lot at stake And these villains Are deadly as long they stay hidden I have no doubt (have no doubt) We gotta flush ‘em out (flush ‘em out now?!!?!) Yes, ‘cause our precious time is running out A beacon of hope in the county of Door Sinks lower and lower than ever before To the negative six hundred sixty-sixth floor Look around ‘Cause it’s going down It’s the hellevator And the only way is down It’s why you never, ever, ever mess around ‘Cause the hellevator’s only way is down The hellevator And the only way is down And the only way is down Only way is down If you wanna save this town Then the only way is down And the only way is down [ding]
5.
Inferno Someone call the Coast Guard Someone ring the alarm Better call up Missus Brandeis out on her farm We got a towering inferno So you better beware With fifty feet of flames shootin’ up in the air Mamas and their babies running out of the Door And Papa couldn’t save us ‘cause he’s fighting the war We’re kicking through the ashes on the frozen ground We got a four-alarm fire in this one horse town She gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn Gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn If you didn’t come to save us, then this ain’t your concern We got a towering inferno, with nowhere to turn A fire on a winter day in ‘44 Like a modern-day Gomorrah on the icy shore Twenty-seven minutes and the stars went black And people ‘cross the water said, “We under attack!” Soot and flaming embers raining down from the sky Fifty thousand gallons and the flames won’t die But we couldn’t hook the hydrant ‘til the flames went down We got a four-alarm fire in this one horse town It gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn It gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn If you didn’t come to save us, this ain’t your concern When you’re dealing with the devil, there’s nothing to learn More Than a Wrecking Ball Early Thursday morning Out on Sawyer wharf the ground was smokin’ And I spoke with old Chief Jensen He could barely keep himself from chokin’ And he said, “Son, you’re a lucky one, It’s a miracle you’re still alive.” And he said, “It’s insane that this grain elevator Could survive.” And I said, “No, my man, you don’t understand What this girl means to my town. And it’ll take more than a wrecking ball More than a wrecking ball To bring her down It’ll take more than a wrecking ball More than a wrecking ball To bring her down It takes more than a wrecking ball More than a wrecking ball To bring her down”
6.
I long for the night Long for the days I had something to give Had something to say I long for a light Like the stars in the sky Sailors would see me As their ships passed by Do you see me? They would see me They would love me They would come from miles around They would know that I’d be watching Even when the sun goes down Standing in the dark With such bitter bones Abandoned and broken For years on my own People in this town All they do is condemn Tearing down history Starting over again Leaving me empty Leaving me lonely Oh if I could only Start over again They would see me They would love me They would come from miles around They would know that I’d be watching Even when the sun goes down They would see me They would love me They would come from miles around They would know that I’d be watching Even when the sun goes down Standing in the dark Songs gone unheard No one to listen Except for these birds Do you hear me?
7.
Call me, softly Call me from the line of fire. You know, you need me And I know these skies. Wake me, you’re dreamin’ We don’t have time to spare. If something’s worth saving I’ll come in on a wing and a prayer. I’ve been spinning ‘round your fortress Turning circles in the night. I’ve been trying to warn ya, this is it You fall or you can fight. I’d fly for miles, I believe your song is true. I’ll do, whatever it takes to get to you. Tell me your troubles, Tell me what they’ve done to you. Show me your scars, love. I’ve been broken, too. Now that we’re face to face, And your walls are coming down. I’ve seen your greatness But your time is running out. And the world is closing in But the song you sing is true, I’ll do – Whatever it takes to get to you I’ll do – Whatever it takes to get to you Get to you Get to you, get to you Get to you, get to you I’ll do Whatever it takes to get to you Get to you, get to you I’ll do. To get to you, get to you I’ll do Whatever it takes I’ll keep spinning ‘round your fortress Be your watchman in the night And when they’re coming for ya I will fall or give my life. I am faithful, I am willing I know your song is true, I am faithful, I am willing I know your song is true And I’ll do Whatever it takes to get to you.
8.
Sleepy little town, my home I got to be strong, although I’m alone Well I’ve been around, you all seem to know My days are long and my nights are hollow Seasons have changed, all through my eyes Sunshine and rain, ain’t no big surprise So come what may, no stoppin’ time Just wash it away, cuz the season has changed Now water and grain, just let it be Don’t stoke the fire or they’ll crucify me You got to be strong, if you want to be free Que sera sera, whatever will be will be OH… The seasons have changed, all through my eyes Sunshine and rain, ain’t no big surprise So come what may, no stoppin’ time Just wash it away, cuz the season has changed You’ve got to remember, nothing’s forever Things won’t ever be the same Oh, you’ve got to remember, nothing’s forever And that’s why I say, the season has changed
9.
True Love 03:23
Beauty sleeping on the shore She may sleep there evermore Unless the curse be broken soon By wrecking ball or lover’s swoon Time is running out so fast The secret lies within the past A nightmare in a fairytale It’s up to us to break the spell True love (true love) will set you free True love (true love) from the heart of the city True love (true love) will set you free True love will wake Sleeping Beauty Days have left when she was loved Ships now pass by what once was So long forgotten in plain sight But now a war brings her to light She’s the center, and the seed Selfless in her time of need A nightmare in a fairytale It’s up to us to break the spell True love (true love) will set you free True love (true love) from the heart of the city True love (true love) will set you free True love will wake Sleeping Beauty True love (true love) will set you free True love (true love) from the heart of the city True love (true love) will set you free True love will wake Sleeping Beauty True love (true love) will set you free True love (true love) from the heart of the city True love (true love) will set you free True love will wake Sleeping Beauty
10.
The Grain 02:14
Grainy vision blurs the mind Though half as much as blurs the brain Hourglasses filled with time And time passes by the grain With/against the grain With/against the grain With/against the grain Save the grain Hundred thousand grains of rice Selected from the greenest grass Count them all and count them twice Lest the next grain be your last With/against the grain With/against the grain With/against the grain Save the grain Ahhhhhh Ahhhhhh If you go against the grain, the things you save are made to last Though if you go with the grain, all will change and come to pass With/against the grain With/against the grain With/against the grain Save the grain Ahhhhhh Ahhhhhh With/against the grain With/against the grain With/against the grain Save the grain
11.
Witness 03:13
I am a witness! And I won’t lie Cuz it’s my turn To testify When I see something broken I won’t just walk on by When trouble goes unspoken I just gotta speak my mind I see what you’re doing And I am not amused And the folks you’re foolin’ They don’t know they’re being used You do what you want Sit this party out But I’ll be standing up When the shit goes down Cuz I’m a witness (witness!) and I won’t lie And it’s my turn to testify I’m a witness (witness) and I’ve seen the light (Let it shine!) And honey you know I gotta make things right Yes, I know I’m stubborn It’s hard to get by me Cuz when my heart takes over I’m all in and I can’t leave You do what you want Sit this party out But I’ll be standing up When the shit goes down Cuz I’m a witness (witness!) and I ain’t shy And it’s my turn to testify I’m a witness (witness) and I’ve seen the light (Let it shine!) And honey you know I gotta make things right I – I – I got something to say I – I – I gotta make a change Gonna make a change Cuz I’m a witness (witness!) and I ain’t shy And it’s my turn to testify I’m a witness (witness) and I’ve seen the light (Let it shine!) And honey you know I gotta make things right Cuz I’m a witness (witness!) and I ain’t shy And it’s my turn to testify I’m a witness (witness) and I’ve seen the light (Let it shine!) And honey you know I gotta make things right And honey you know I gotta make things right
12.
Cats out of the bag again You’ve played your hand The deed is done Now it’s time to take the stand When you face the music For the things that you have done Remember there are records Of every single one Everything Everything you do Everything you do comes back to haunt you Oooooh x4 When you step in shit The shit gets on your shoe You try to walk away But the shit will follow you Try to say it’s roses It’s useless to pretend Cuz everybody gets what they deserve In the end Yes, everything Everything you do Everything you do comes back to haunt you Shady backroom deals You think no one will know But you can hear the heartbeat Like Edgar Allan Poe The rhythm drives you crazy Cuz you think the world can hear But if you’d kept it honest You’d have nothing to fear Cats out of the bag again You’ve played your hand The deed is done Now it’s time to take the stand When you face the music For the things that you have done Remember there are records Of every single one Everything Everything you do Everything you do comes back to haunt you Everything Everything you do Everything you do comes back to haunt you Everything you say or do can come back to haunt you
13.
They’re tryin’ to tell me I can’t sling my oats anymore (ahhh) You can’t tell me not to be a full-grown man anymore (ahhhhh) But I’m so big and tall (big and tall) If you’re lost, just give me a call ‘cause I’m the star of the show (let the good times roll) When you see me, you will know Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Step into the light of the night Know it feels right I know I’m better than anyone else in this screwed up town (Sturgeon Bay) All the ladies will think of me when the sun goes down (think of me) Got to tear that oat house down (oat house down) Gonna run it into the ground Shut your stupid mouth (stupid mouth) The condition of this building is going south Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Step into the light of the night Know it feels right You know you’ve got to Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Step into the light of the night (oh yeah) Know it feels right Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Step into the light of the night Know it feels right Ahhhhhhh
14.
One Shot 02:34
Steel Bridge Radio Introducin’ the hottest **** in the world right now We runnin’ this, let’s go Door County on my team, now, whoa You only get one chance You only get one shot Gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball drop Only get one chance Only get one shot You gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball ‘Cause they’re coming for us No, don’t get left behind Do you have the balls To cross that caution line Their despicable actions Must be answered for Don’t drag your feet, don’t hesitate Just open that dark door Meet the monsters out there With your monster inside I know you have the power baby Show ‘em your dark side Take action Take a stand You only get a single shot To take at the man So drop the manners Grab a weapon of your liking Bare your teeth, battle cry Fight ‘em like a Viking ‘Cause they’re coming for us No don’t you run and hide Do you have the balls to Cross that caution line? Only get one chance You only get one shot Gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball drop Only get one chance Only get one shot You gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball Let me invite you into this mist of the darkness. You only get one chance to go to the top. Now, it’s a long way up, just one short step to drop. Enter the darkest spot. Are you prepare to meet the creatures with the freaky features? You gotta stand for somethin’, not to fall for nothin’. Enough is enough, and we the people, we fed up. We can’t go give up the fight no matter how frightenin’ it get. We only get one chance. You only get one chance You only get one shot Gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball drop Only get one chance Only get one shot You gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball Only get one chance You only get one shot Gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball drop Only get one chance Only get one shot You gotta move fast ‘Fore that wrecking ball
15.
No Answer 03:45
As a witness To both sides I been called in To testify Now my demon Walks a lonely mile And I’m dreamin’ I’m the one on trial Wave your flags and pray for peace Send your soldiers overseas Ask your questions to the breeze You’ll get No answer You’ll get No answer From me When you wake up She’ll be gone Cry your teardrops In the dawn Take her picture Off the wall ‘Cause she won’t be back No, she won’t be back, no Bow your head on bended knee Save your deepest sympathies Ask your questions to the breeze You’ll get No answer You’ll get No answer From me Bow your head on bended knee Save your deepest sympathies Ask your questions to the breeze You’ll get No answer You’ll get No answer You’ll get No answer From me
16.
High Noon 02:34
Set to be razed in a town which has risen, Gone like a memory that nobody’s missin’, Time’s came and went and they left me in ruin, Somebody send me an angel soon, So many things that I have yet to be, I’ve stood for so long now they say, “Take a knee,” The past it has passed and the future it looms, Somebody send me an angel soon, Fighting for survival, Come recheck my vitals, Standing long too idle, Time will take its toll, I ain’t done with livin’, Where is my second opinion, The sun in my sky is approaching high noon, Somebody send me an angel soon, Somebody send me an angel soon.
17.
Dark Song 03:03
The devil’s in the details, and the details are in the dark And the demons wait around for us to drown like drooling sharks And the denizens that dwell around their shady backroom deals They dare us to redefine and reinvent the broken wheel And as long as all ye demons and ye devils do your wrong I’m-a sing a dark, dark song, I’m-a sing a dark, dark song The devils and the demons try to dress in their denial And they demonize the damaged and distressed at their desire The doorway to destruction, it is just across the room And our dreams are turned to nightmares and our nightmares turn to doom And as long as all ye demons and ye devils do your wrong I’m-a sing a dark, dark song, I’m-a sing a dark, dark song Doctoring these demons, dare to dodge the darkness The Pied Piper get the rats dancing in the darkest corner known to man All is welcome, all is damned Jumping to the jubilee and joining hands Moving to the jamboree, the jet black to the pitch black The paradigm just begins, let me cast a shadow upon your sins As you do the devious deeds Politics, politricks, plotting, planning, like poltergeists they’re here Misdirecting with diversions and illusions Diverting our minds, dousing us with delusions As I’m consumed in a room, like a drum that go boom, boom, boom I’m the bell that rung, singing dark songs There’s nowhere left for you to run And as long as all ye demons and ye devils do your wrong I’m-a sing a dark, dark song, I’m-a sing a dark, dark song I’m singing and I’m humming to the distant sound of stomp And through the danger I am drumming ‘til the draining of the swamp Though, as long as all ye demons and ye devils do your wrong I’m-a sing a dark, dark song And as long as all ye demons and ye devils do your wrong I’m-a sing a dark, dark song, I’m-a sing a dark, dark song I’m-a sing a dark, dark song.
18.
Everything’s fine Another beautiful day Everything’s fine in most every way Jumping through hoops It’s all just a ruse Jumping through hoops Now the joke Is on you Is on you Is on you Is on you So prepare, attend, and admit me, horribilius, to this history: Who prolong-like your humble patience pray, unpleasantly to hear, blindly to judge, one hell of a show!
19.
This is not a test. Attention residents of Door County: There have been multiple reports of a highly evolved and rapidly spreading virus in the area. Symptoms include high fever of over 104 degrees, erratic, sometimes aggressive, behavior, and large, weeping skin lacerations. If you or a loved one is currently experiencing any of these symptoms, report immediately to the temporary army medical facility located at 120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Stay in your homes. Minimize contact with anyone demonstrating these symptoms. This is not a test. The Center for Disease Control has increased the alert level to red. A complete curfew and quarantine of the Door County area has been issued. Stay in your home. I repeat, stay in your home. Do not attempt to reproach or apprehend the bodies of the infected. Barricade all ground-level doors and windows to protect against forced entry of the inflicted. Arm yourself and aim for the head. They are infected The death rejected Contaminated Reanimated They are infected The death rejected Contaminated Reanimated This is not a test. Due to the irreparable contamination, the Army has declared northern Door County unmanageable and are pulling all forces and resources from the area. In order to prevent further contamination, all bridges will be detonated tomorrow at 3 pm Central Standard Time. Including the Maple-Oregon Street, Route 57/42, and the Michigan Street Bridge. This is a mandatory evacuation. All residents who have not crossed over will be left behind. They are infected The death rejected Contaminated Reanimated They are infected The death rejected Contaminated Reanimated Hey guys, I think it’s working. Hel- hello? Is anyone out there? We have food, water, and weapons. We made it to the granary.
20.
Undead 02:26
Undead undead da da da da Undead undead da da da da Are you really undead? Is it true what they said? About you being undead? Skin is falling off in the cold autumn rain Limping all day now you’re hungry for brains Tell me am I insane? I can see it as plain as day You gave your soul away Is there anybody else who knows What you’re doing when your coffin’s closed? Undead undead da da da da Undead undead da da da da Is there someone I can call Cause I’ve seen ‘em at the mall And down at city hall How come people never get away? Cause I really really have to say, You’re pretty slow as zombies go Are you really undead? Is it true what they said? About you being undead?
21.
Dust to Dust 03:03
I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe With all these flames surrounding me I’ve been cut down like grain With the elevator constantly loading I hear the screams, I hear the screams The fire came for everything I drown them out in vain I watch them fail to escape Ashes to ashes Dust to dust, explosion Ashes to ashes Dust to dust The only walls, the only walls Left standing were the metal ones I found my home, my safe ‘Til the devil comes around To take my safe house down Ashes to ashes Dust to dust, explosion Ashes to ashes Dust to dust to dust to dust Ashes to ashes Dust to dust
22.
Earthquake at the crack of dawn The paper said San Francisco’s gone And they needed us To lend a helping hand We loaded trains with dry provisions We sent grain to the farthest regions Of our motherland To show that we understand We know we’re not heroes But we’re willing to risk everything for each other We know it’s no game show There’s a time to get down on our knees as sisters and brothers To lift one another We can show them that This is who we are Let ‘em know that This is who we are When one of us gets left behind And Mother Nature is so unkind Things get dangerous It gets the best of us Somebody shows up all skin and bones We take ‘em in as one of our own It’s not glamorous But this is the best of us We know we’re not heroes But we’re willing to risk everything for each other We know it’s no game show There’s a time to get down on our knees as sisters and brothers To lift one another We can show them that This is who we are Let ‘em know that This is who we are We can show them that This is who we are Let ‘em know that This is who we are We can show them that This is who we are Let ’em know that This is who we are
23.
Don’t go into the granary There’s cats and bats and horrible things Creepy crawly scratchy things To cut your skin and spread disease So why is this old thing still around Condemn it now and tear it down A tragedy could easily happen to you The drudgery of the granary Is a century behind our lives now Still you stand there curmudgeonly Not budging an eighth of an inch Give or take a sixteenth or so So why is this old thing still around Condemn it now and tear it down A tragedy could easily happen to you A tragedy could easily happen to you
24.
He had twenty years of service Working on the bay In that elevator Loadin’ up the grain They gave his final notice They’re gonna shut her down She’s too old and outdated For this lighthouse town Oh what’s a man to do When the bottom drops Cast aside by men in suits Sittin’ at the top With a belly full of liquor And hands clenched like a fist He climbed that elevator head To take a piss Take a fucking piss Take a fucking piss He climbed that elevator head To take a fucking piss He felt the rail shift One eighth of an inch Enough to make him lose His grip and he fell in One eighth of an inch Strange as it sounds One eighth of an inch Is what took him down He went down down down Deep into the grain He tried to scream for help But no one ever came He went down down down And no one ever came There was no salvation Just a mouth full of grain Drowning in the grain Drowning in the grain There was no salvation Just a mouth full of grain Drowning in the grain Drowning in the grain There was no salvation Just a mouth full of grain
25.
Bad Seed 03:31
Aaahs He was a bad seed Workin’ every day He was a bad seed Just to get that pay It started so simple Just trying to get ahead And now he’s on auto Bringing home the bread Aaahs He was a bad seed The beginning of the end He was a bad seed The devil drew him in And now we’re all drowning We’re never getting out These bad seeds are leaving A bad taste in my mouth You wake up You shake off You try to push ‘em down You climb up that ladder And do it all again You wake up You shake off You try to push ‘em down You climb up that ladder And do it all again Another day Bad seeds aaah x4 Aaahs
26.
Got me so distracted I can hardly speak Everything got heavy, now I’m losing sleep I know you may come easy but you don’t come cheap And I’ve put my last dollar down I’ve been scrambling and clambering for every dime Even though I know it’s quittin’ time And I don’t want to give another minute of mine It’s down to the wire now Don’t knock me down I feel you pound by pound Every time you come around You’re the anchor dragging me down down down Don’t knock me down Talking to the clock, can’t give it a rest And the tick-tick-tock is a weight on my chest Remember when I said I wouldn’t settle for less Well here I am, empty-handed I’ve been wandering in circles 50 years and a day Getting dizzy with the shit that I wish I could say And all you have to offer is a new way to slay me I’ll never understand it Don’t knock me down I feel you pound by pound Every time you come around You’re the anchor dragging me down down down Don’t knock me down I feel you pound by pound Every time you come around You’re the anchor dragging me down down down Don’t knock me down You’re so heavy, you’re so heavy, you’re so heavy It’s breaking my heart Don’t knock me down You’re so heavy, you’re so heavy, you’re so heavy It’s breaking my heart Don’t knock me down You’re so heavy, you’re so heavy, you’re so heavy It’s breaking my heart Don’t knock me down You’re so heavy, you’re so heavy, you’re so heavy Don’t knock me down I feel you pound by pound Every time you come around You’re the anchor dragging me down down down Don’t knock me down I feel you pound by pound Every time you come around You’re the anchor dragging me down down down Don’t knock me down
27.
Hey little sister, dry those eyes Cuz I’ve been there and I know what it feels like to try Don’t get knocked down, you stand up tall You know I’ll be there to pick up the pieces if you should fall It’s a funny time, in a funny world If we stick together we’ll make it through Changes are coming, no sense in running From the chance to be something new Hey little sister, don’t give up yet Just remember that I love you and you are my friend I’ll be your strength, I am right here You have my shoulder, you have my heart and there’s nothing to fear It’s a funny time, in a funny world If we stick together we’ll make it through Changes are coming, no sense in running From the chance to be something new
28.
Sunday morning, confession Two young children at granddad’s new construction There’s a structure requirin’ demolition, To develop his new acquisition. These blessed babes, they crossed a line Their curiosity, led them to a vision. They climbed the flight, on step 13 they saw the light. Graced by the lady in white. Mama I can’t explain but I know there’s a God above. Supernatural, it’s a miracle, whose only law is Love. That was the words, that we heard, from the Lady in White. By Monday morning, the apparition Caught the attention of the Vatican. That ground is sacred, stop demolition We’re on a mission to bring peace and harmony. They climbed the flight, on step 13 they saw the light. Graced by the lady in white. Mama, I can’t explain but I know there’s a God above. Supernatural, it’s a miracle, whose only law is Love. Those were the words, that we heard, from the Lady in White. ‘Til the end of days, elevator remains Two blessed babes, proved mother Mary saves. Now they travel from far away, as Jerusalem, To see the apparition by the bay.
29.
I’ll take you down Catch you with your skin off Gonna wipe that grin off Toss you right to the ground I’m gonna crush you Bulldoze you down We are people We are fighting Love, community Don’t take what we treasure Don’t erase our history We are people We are fighting Love, community Don’t take what we treasure Don’t erase our history Save the grain (We should stand up for what’s right) Make the chain (We have to be willing to fight) Save the grain (We should stand up for what’s right) Make the chain You better step right back You can stop your squakin’ No use in a-talkin’ Gonna crush it all to ash And if you fight me Baby, you can kiss my Kiss my Kiss my dust Kiss my Kiss my dust What you say? Kiss my Kiss my dust See, it all started at the steel bridge The saga just begin We rallied around and we called all our friends To put this villainy to an end. Then with their vicious act Coming at us with this big hotel deal We took ‘em to court for that And we won We got our land back See, it’s like peas to a pod Beat to a pulse What you fail to realize This is the standoff Kiss my Kiss my dust What you say? Save (Kiss my) The (Kiss my dust) Grain Save (Kiss my) The (Kiss my dust) Grain It started right here Make (Kiss my) The (Kiss my dust) Chain I’ll take you down It started right here
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Yes Men 02:37
He’s the big daddy Got the pockets real fatty And the people all around go Yes man Yes man Yes man What you say? Kissing that ass, kissing that ass He’s the big daddy Got the pockets real fatty And the people all around go Yes man Yes man Yes man What you say? Kissing that ass, kissing that ass Up early in the morning Before the birds start chirping And the serpents start lying (Echoes of cries of somebody dies) Companions of evil They will Flock together They will Lock together They will Walk together No matter the weather No matter the weather No matter the weather He’s the big daddy Got the pockets real fatty And the people all around go Yes man Yes man Yes man What you say? Kissing that ass, kissing that ass Hell is on the up rise Slicker than oil Piles of soil Treachery and turmoil Smiling in your face Stabbing in the back Now go tell the devil where the yes man at Smiling in your face Stabbing in the back Go tell the devil where the yes man at Smiling in your face Stabbing in the back Go tell the devil where the yes man at Smiling in your face Stabbing in the back Go tell the devil where the yes man at Smiling in your face Stabbing in the back Go tell the devil where the yes man at The yes man, never disagree They’re bending at the knee Heeding his majesty Slick and wet, Damp to the touch Slither in the sludge Blend in with the mud Show no love Death is his cousin Death is his cousin Taking over the mill That is the real subject
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Cut the trees now they’re gone Curse the ground you planted on Sowing seeds more than your need Preacher says we got mouths to feed Mouths to feed Hand to fist Build it up high Heaven can’t resist Mouths to feed Hand to fist Build it up high Heaven can’t resist We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) What do you have to fear when there’s nothing left to lose (condemn) What good’s a beat up shack that doesn’t have a use (condemn) You must confess this eminent threat is real (condemn) The bridges had their turn but progress never yields In a hundred years who’s gonna care about an eighth of an inch when it never mattered before In a hundred years who’s gonna care about an eighth of an inch when it never mattered before We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) We must condemn (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) We must preserve (condemn condemn) Forked tongues and anglers lights To lure the weak into losing fights (condemn) We’re gonna lie to hypnotize and tell you what is real (condemn) If we’re to grow you must let go There’s no time for appeals (condemn) The bridges had their turn but progress never yields In a hundred years who’s gonna care about an eighth of an inch when it never mattered before In a thousand years who’s gonna care about an eighth of an inch when it never mattered before In a million years who’s gonna care about an eighth of an inch when it never mattered before In a billion years who’s gonna care about an eighth of an inch when it never mattered before
32.
Xerotica 04:52
You can’t see how much I’m cryin’, now my tears have all gone dry You can’t see how much I’m cryin’, now my tears have all gone dry I’ve got no more pain to give ya… just this dust here in my eyes I can hear ya’ll fighting, see you out the corner of my eye I can hear you people fighting, see you out the corner of my eye I don’t need none your attention, make me feel satisfied If you or someone you know suffers from loneliness, isolation, depression, peeling paint, guano, feral cats, immeasurable structural integrity irregularities, pesticide residues, or propagandistic piles of dirt, Xerotiphan may be right for you. Please consult your doctor before using Xerotiphan. Side effects may include… Xenophobia, migraines, dizziness, psoriasis, male-pattern racism, mild narcisstic rage, silly walks, nosebleeds, riding on sailboats, sore-throat, poverty, loss of appetite, diabetes, reincarnation, alcoholism, nausea, infection, muscle tremors, flair, achy sideburns, GUESS WHAT?, fatigue, broken homes, high fructosiosis, moist lips, persistent rash, bromance, romance, nomance, slow-dance, severe psychosis, impotence, Extra gloves, shattered dreams, a case of the blues, uncontrollable dryness, jaundice, daydreams, partially hydrogenated night sweats, eyebrow palpitations, aspirations, fuzzy grundles, abdominal decay, nightmares, nocturnal emissions, and generalized douchebaggery. Ask your doctor if you notice extraneous bouts of flatulation, moral depravity, T.P.S. Reports, phototoxicity, souvenirs, snow globes, knick-knacks, tchotchkes, documentia, inconsistency, persistent painful erection, dimpled fluvial lacerations, stiff dimensions, obstructions of justice, chronic undulations, bone fractures, send mode, open sores, bedworms, increased heartbeats, living the high life, liver failure, stuff, snuff, dementia, rheumatoid spatoliosis, tall tales, projectile tears, apples and banay-nayZ, voluntary blackout, dry mouth, red eyes, muchies, FOMO, YOLO, BOLO, BONO, SLOW-MO, SLOPPY JOE’S, Sweet’n Low, Anna Jo, LYFAO, crack-rocks, pop-rocks, glam-rock, shamrocks, anaphylactic shock, chronic jazz-hands, and even death. Guess it’s time to call the doctor, come and fix all my disease Guess it’s time to call the doctor, come and fix all this here disease If I have to beg you darlin’, I’ll get on my god damn knees Ask your doctor if Xerotiphan is right for you.
33.
They say there’s ghosts in the granary Givin’ people a fright Ghosts in the granary Let’s check it out tonight Everyone get in the tour bus McIver, don’t forget the keys We’re a power-pop band and we solve mysteries Pull into the parking lot There’s not a single soul Piles of dirt everywhere Like they’ve been digging holes Spatol threw the bottle at Danimal Which accidentally opened the door Wooooohoo, what’re we waiting for? Look at all the space inside Kind of smells like someone died But there’s really no place For a ghost to hide That sounds like a mystery And if you’ve got a problem We’ll solve it, we’ll solve it If you’ve got a problem We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll If you’ve got a problem We’ll solve it, we’ll solve it If you’ve got a problem We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll Yeah! Fuck Gee, it’s really dark in here And lots of creepy sounds I think we better split up So we can cover more ground A rattle of chains by the barrel of grains I wonder what it could be We’re a power-pop band and we’re solving a mystery Then we heard somebody call Whoooa Andrea found the revolving wall With a secret passageway That led straight to city hall What the fuck is that about? If you’ve got a problem We’ll solve it, we’ll solve it If you’ve got a problem We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll If you’ve got a problem We’ll solve it, we’ll solve it If you’ve got a problem We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll Fix it with rock ‘n roll And then a figure dressed in white Came out of nowhere and gave us a fright Ghostly howls and flashing lights What a crazy mystery He tried to run but we grabbed his sheet Pulled it off, it was the fire chief! There we stood in disbelief ‘Cause he was caught red-handed We had him surrounded And then we said “We know what you did.” He said, “I would have gotten away with it too, If it wasn’t for you meddlin’ kids.” Oh, if you’ve got a problem We’ll solve it, we’ll solve it If you’ve got a problem We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll And if you’ve got a granary We’ll save it, when we solve it If you’ve got a disembodied hand in your bag We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll If you’ve got a problem We’ll solve it, we’ll solve it HOTT TTARGET’s on it We’re gonna fix it with rock ‘n roll Fix it with rock ‘n roll Yeah!
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Once upon a midnight dreary While I pondered conspiracy theory Breaking it down for judge or jury Who’s looking after our precious Door? Well, certainly not the elected Or they would not have neglected The history that our fathers erected On our city’s public shore And remember The town draws deeply From its natural charms of yore, Once it’s gone there’s nothing more. And if it’s gone how will we remember How blessed we were every September When all the grain needed would be rendered And shipped by vessel to our door Before the days of the gas station Trucks, planes, mass transportation Factory farms and automation Before lust for oil became need for war Back when it was still A day and a half trip To the nearest convenience store Only ships and nothing more But surely I must be mistaken There’s more than a shipyard on this lake And even lighthouses that are fake Can still bring money in the door. But that’s not what folks will come to see Because it lacks authenticity They love the big ships and rich history Without that, this place would be a bore It’s time for us To keep an eye on what really Keeps people coming back for more. Only this and nothing more.

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released October 26, 2018

Recorded at The Holiday Music Motel and Tambourine Collaboratory in Sturgeon Bay, WI during Dark Songs 2017 by Steve Hamilton, Dan O Stoffels, Steve Smith, Barrett Tasky and Liam Hall.

Thanks to Marcus Trana for studio assistance at Painted Recordings.
Produced by pat mAcdonald.
Admin by melaniejane (air traffic controller) with help from Teresa Young.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI).

Cover Art by Carley Baer with pat mAcdonald (design and layout).

Special thanks to Third Avenue Playhouse for their undying support. www.HolidayMusicMotel.com

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A 1952 motel taken over by musicians in 2007 for the purpose of creating and hosting collaborative songwriting events, The Holiday Music Motel is the world's only motel with its own internet radio station that plays 100% self-generated content 24/7.

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