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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 9

by Holiday Music Motel

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1.
Bound by the shackles of the shadows in the shrouded sound of battles lost shattered through my memory Charred with shrapnel of the battle locked secure within the castle doors those locks ensure you’re never free Build this bridge Build this bridge Released with the painstaken ease by the stalemate that ceased with the steady shape within me Bound narrow wound by the gallows on the hallowed ground with clouds of infinity Build this bridge Build this bridge Build this bridge
2.
The sirens softly sing Calling in the ships It’s time again to come back home And the captain homeward bound Calls, “Anchors to the ground!” Greeted by sweet silence of the bay She said, “It’s been a long, long time.” You’ve got the ocean in your eyes Rusty hands and heart still made of steel And you scream! “Mad, mad world Beyond imagination Every night I saw diamonds in the darkness Sovereign light please bring me home.” “Mad, mad world Beyond imagination Every night I saw diamonds in the darkness Sovereign light please bring me home.” “Mad, mad world Beyond imagination Every night I saw diamonds in the darkness Sovereign light please bring me home.” “Mad, mad world Beyond imagination Every night I saw diamonds in the darkness Sovereign light please bring me home.”
3.
Suspend inside your love, fused and tempered Bend inside your love, twisting turning Send you down my love, yours forever Mend inside my love, made to measure Both sides fall, when we’re drawn together Sun goes up and down forever Meet you out in any weather For you I will bow Fused and tempered, two halves become one Twisting turning, let me be the one Yours forever, steel eye sees all Made to measure, as we rise and fall Over water deep and shallow If I fall I know you’ll follow I know that you always knew That I’d bow down Both sides fall, when we’re drawn together Sun goes up and down forever Meet you out in any weather For you I will bow For you I will bow For you I will bow For you I will bow For you I will bow
4.
Echo 03:07
Water so wide, so full of sorrow Arms joining sides They are not yours They are not mine Gone with the tide, a love I borrowed Moments in time They are not yours They are not mine Calling out into the wind It steals your name And leaves an echo Across the divide, a heart so hollow As hard as I try I’ll never reach The other side Calling out into the wind It steals your name And leaves an echo Calling out into the wind It steals your name And leaves an echo Calling out into the wind It steals your name And leaves an echo
5.
I was building sandcastles right beside the shore Then a big wave crashin’ over My kingdom was no more I was eating ice cream Three scoops on my spoon But it quickly melted on me That’s summertime in June You think I woulda learned back then Fallin’ down the rabbit hole In the end everything works out Deep dark night of the soul No more livin’ in straw houses Dizy on the Wonder Wheel I’m a badass bitch with my shit together Make my bridges out of steel You think I woulda learned back then Fallin’ down the rabbit hole In the end everything works out Deep dark night of the soul
6.
Battle of the bridges, bring it on We got two bridges, only room for one Battle of the bridges, bring it on We got two bridges, only room for one In this corner, built in 2008, still in its prime at six years old, fabricated of pure home-grown concrete. Measuring in at 420 yards, and a half million tons, the Maple-Oregon Bridge Hailing from just two blocks north, built in 1929, an experienced veteran at 84 years, 400 yards, 450 thousand tons of cold hard steel, the last operational rolling bascule bridge in the world, Sturgeon Bay’s own Michigan Street Bridge. This bridge, that bridge, which one to pick? Cold steel or concrete slabs, place your bets Winner takes all in this grudge match Pound for pound for twelve hard rounds It’s going down Are you ready to rumble? Battle of the bridges, bring it on We got two bridges, only room for one Battle of the bridges, bring it on We got two bridges, only room for one You’re cold like ice, I’m a hot potato I’ll crush you just like a rotten tomato You’re an ugly old bridge, tired and sore I bet you can’t even raise it up anymore My span is long, my gears are large Show me what you got, you can hit me with a barge I see your frown, I feel your skepticism Get a load of my bascule mechanism Your metal sucks, concrete is better I watch you rust and fall apart in the weather Battle of the bridges, bring it on We got two bridges, only room for one Battle of the bridges, bring it on We got two bridges, only room for one Bang, bang, ring that bell Rise above the gates of hell Bang, bang, ring that bell Hot white stone vs. cold hard steel You’re older than my gramps, break out the cane We may look alike, but we’re not the same Round and round you turn but people wait in line ‘Cause your rolling bascule is broken all the time Are you on Maple or on Oregon You don’t even know what street you’re on I’m hard like calculus, shine like a jewel I might be old but I still look cool Why fight when we can work in harmony When my bridge is up your peeps can pass for free Got the steel bridge now coming up in view Dropping the beats on the one and the two No need to fight ‘bout which one to chose Bridges unite, that’s what we should do Bang, bang, ring that bell Rise above the gates of hell Bang, bang, ring that bell Hot white stone vs. cold hard steel Bang, bang, ring that bell Rise above the gates of hell Bang, bang, ring that bell Hot white stone vs. cold hard steel
7.
Cross Me 03:17
Lay me down and go to town I’m feelin’ naughty I’ve got grooves that you can use Beneath your body But don’t forget I’m the best And you can never stop me Did you come here for the show, oh baby here we go You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me Won’t let you down or mess around I can take you higher I’ll lift you up cuz I’m strong enough To steal your desire I hold the match and won’t look back When I start the fire As you watch it burn, everyone will learn You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me You can cross me but you can’t, no you can’t walk all over me Can’t walk all over me
8.
Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord When my feet get tired and my knees get weak My eyes get blurry, my tongue can’t speak Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord My heart gets shakin’, I just can’t stop My back is breakin’, I’m ready to drop Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord You drive on my face and you squealin’ the tires Ain’t no holiday and I’ll never retire Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord I got rusty bones, I got skeleton teeth I got clackety clack all underneath Oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord Clackety clack, don’t talk back Clackety clack, don’t talk back Clackety clack, don’t talk back Clackety clack, don’t talk back Friends, sinners, speeders, and slow drivers I would tell you it’s nice to see you this afternoon, okay, but I would be lying Listen here, you don’t have to burn it at every turn, okay And I been muckin’ around this slimy lurch and I been tryin’ real hard not to get bitter, but I must, I must, I must be honest here (say it) My level is disturbed, my back breaks fifteen times a day My oil pressure is risin’, honey, and I don’t feel like compromisin’! But here we are, here we are again and I stand here and you ask me to take you over once again, you ask me to take you across, take you across, take you across Well, here I am and we’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now We’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now, we’ve come too far to turn back now I’m givin’ up the ghost Givin’ up the ghost Givin’ up the ghost Givin’ up the ghost Givin’ up the ghost I’m givin’ up the ghost I’m givin’ up the ghost I’m givin’ up the ghost I’m givin’ up the ghost
9.
Dismantle my finger from hand Army of you marching up and It still stands It still stands It still stands It still stands Taken apart piece by piece Desperation sinking in It still stands It still stands It still stands It still stands Bo bo bo ba It still stands It still stands Bo bo bo ba It still stands It still stands Forces you can’t stop What a punishment of time I hold back the tide It still stands It still stands It still stands It still stands Bo bo bo bo ba It still stands It still stands Bo bo bo bo ba It still stands It still stands Forces you can’t stop and It still stands It still stands Forces you can’t stop and It still stands It still stands It still stands It still stands It still stands It still stands Boo boo ba It still stands It still stands Boo boo ba It still stands It still stands Boo boo ba It still stands It still stands Boo boo ba
10.
I’ve been here a lifetime Since they built the canal In years gone by This was an old quarry town They came here from nowhere Looking for work Digging the limestone Out of the dirt Back in those days I was the talk of this town But time has a way Of wearing you down Some came for the shipyards They worked with their hands So I reached out my arms For the hardworking man They built these great vessels Right here on the shore We all stood there watching As they sailed through the Door Back in those days I was the talk of this town But time has a way Of tearing you down Now it’s all different Time marches on The quarries are closed The ships mostly gone You should have seen me Back in my day I’m an old steel bridge Just in the way
11.
Angel in chains Angel in chains Cold steel baby You’ve forgotten Your name Angel in chains Angel in chains Cold steel baby Leans into A hammering Rain So strange Angels and chains Angels restrained Angels and chains Angels restrained Shadow untamed Shadow untamed Bat shit crazy blind- -folded In shame So strange Angels and chains Angels restrained Angels and chains Angels restrained Angel in chains Angel in chains Cold steel baby You’ve forgotten Your name I said Cold steel baby You’ve forgotten Your name So strange
12.
Postage stamp window Mail won’t make it home Every little piece of sky Infinite inside the eye Gravity will come alive Songs in every space Corners of this place Picture perfect day Translate to the page Every little piece of sky Infinite inside the eye Gravity will come alive
13.
I’ve spent some time On both sides of the river They both seem fine but there’s Another place I never get to Linger it’s the loveliest Place I’ve ever seen The space between, the space between It’s like a crazy dream when I’ve been in The space between I love to hear The words you say but I need More than my ears To understand precisely where to Laugh and listen for the other Half of what you mean The space between, the space between It’s like a crazy dream when I’ve been in The space between We’ll linger in the loveliest Place you’ve ever seen The space between, the space between It’s like a crazy dream when I’ve been in The space between
14.
Two haggard pirates ready for slumber “Cheers,” they say, to one another Years of sunrises unnumbered They’ve seen sunset and its wonders Ahead Aho Settin’ sail from shore to shore Ahead Toward the horizon Fresh outta lifeboats Sinkin’ the ship Grab the raft for our final voyage Raise up that bridge Ooooh On this God forsaken beach, we’re stranded Ahead Aho Settin’ sail from shore to shore Ahead Toward the horizon Ahead Aho Settin’ sail from shore to shore Ahead Toward the horizon Spent our lives pillagin’ our plunder What comes next, they wonder Driftin’ off from the island Under the bridge and toward the horizon Ahead Aho Ahead Aho Ahead Aho Ahead Aho
15.
Don’t let them step on your freedoms We can rise above I can hold your hand In the name of love We can make a stand Party on Party on, rise up in the streets and Party on, get up off the beat and Party on, stand up for your thoughts and Party on, Music never stops and Party on, rise up in the streets and Party on, get up off the beat and Party on, stand up for your thoughts and Party on, Music never stops Naked and liberated and happy you made it The freedom of speech should never be so underrated or overstated We’ve got the right to bare arms but let’s be civilized No need to make bombs Supportin’ our troops, man, they goin’ overseas And when they come home, no guarantee a place to sleep The police search your home, but not without a warrant And if they find something, only then you go to court Imma stand on that fifth like Imma stand on that bridge Can’t afford a lawyer, get the one who doesn’t know shit So sick to contradict all the lives and the souls Who lost just so you and I can cast in the vote Slavery’s abolished, we got the same rights, but that view changes Look through other people’s eyes Capital punishment, politics as usual Government taxes every individual We can rise above I can hold your hand In the name of love We can make a stand Party on Party on, rise up in the streets and Party on, get up off the beat and Party on, stand up for your thoughts and Party on Music never stops and Party on, rise up in the streets and Party on, get up off the beat and Party on, stand up for your thoughts and Party on, Music never stops We can rise above I can hold your hand In the name of love We can make a stand Party on Party on, rise up in the streets and Party on, get up off the beat and Party on, stand up for your thoughts and Party on, Music never stops and We can rise above, rise up in the streets and Party on, get up off the beat and I can hold your hand, stand up for your thoughts and Party on, Music never stops In the name of love Music never stops Music never stops We can make a stand Music never stops.
16.
When you feel you’re running out of time The world can turn on a rhyme Everything will look the same You just stepped on a different plane Only thing that stays the same is change There are places in this life you must go Some are high and some are low So take comfort for when you journey in The bridge will be there to bring you home again The bridge will be there to bring you home again A scent that travels on the breeze A song rustlin’ up old memories Rosy sunset in the sky Love’s light inside your eyes Connections to another space and time There are places in this life you must go Some are high and some are low So take comfort for when you journey in The bridge will be there to bring you home again The bridge will be there to bring you home again Slowly crossing over, the bridge will bring us home Slowly crossing over, the bridge will bring us home
17.
I’m gonna take that old steel bridge back home I’m gonna take that old steel bridge back home I’m gonna take that bridge back home I’m never gonna ramble, never gonna roam I’m gonna take that old steel bridge back home I’m gonna see that silver steel shine I’m gonna see that silver steel shine I’m gonna see that silver shine Shine right into that heart o’ mine I’m gonna see the silver steel shine Back in the spring of ’73 I’ll tell you a story that my dad told me It’s cold and wild and roared like a lion And the wooden lever rose and the people got frightened But the bridge still tolled and sounded like a rock And … like a key in a lock Nothing got wrecked, nobody died, nobody got lost, and nobody cried When the bridge goes up, I’m gonna wait When the bridge goes up, I’m gonna wait When the bridge goes up, I’m gonna wait So don’t make no fuss, ‘cause I’m gonna be late When the bridge goes up, I’m gonna wait I’m goin’ over when that old steel bridge goes down I’m goin’ over when that old steel bridge goes down I’m goin’ over when the bridge goes down …Sturgeon Bay town I’m goin’ over when that old steel bridge goes down Yeah, I’m goin’ over when that old steel bridge goes down

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released June 6, 2014

Sturgeon Bay's Michigan Street Bridge was reopened to traffic in 2011.

After decades of neglect and a long battle for preservation followed by a complete rehab of its historic structure, it is restored to its original glory. We like to think this ongoing collection of songs helped secure this happy ending. While the victory took many voices inside and outside our community, the music created at The Holiday Music Motel fueled the fight.

But the struggle against the onslaught of vacant, disposable culture goes on. And the steel bridge stands as a living reminder of the importance of resistance--what better symbol of connection, purpose, and permanence exists?

So we who write songs, who are inspired by impressive things both old and new, will continue to raise our voices, to create commotions to honor the bridge and commemorate the fight to save her.

All proceeds go to Citizens For Our Bridge, a benevolent organization dedicated to the preservation of our Bridge and the historic character of downtown Sturgeon Bay.

Thanks to all our bridge-hugging friends, fans, and families, and special thanks to the bridge herself for hanging in there all these years!

Recorded June 9-16, 2013 by Billy Triplett, Steve Hamilton, and Dan O Stoffels at The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Studio assistance: Steve Smith, Chris Aaron, and Jon Kanis
Air Traffic Control: melaniejane
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Package design by Greg Welsh
Design with artwork by Arketype, Inc.

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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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