Campfire Jazz

by Thaddeus Spae

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God got lonely god made mud god made bone and god made blood god made gristle god made fat mud stood up and that was that Ch: mud gets up and walks around mud gets up and walks around boundless spirit in mortal flesh is bound mud gets up and walks around mud gets up and walks around Mud has eyes and mud has ears mud can think mud sees and hears mud can sing and dance and play lucky mud i hear mud say (ch) Mud eats mud that grows on trees mud gets sick from mud disease mud lies down to sleep and then mud turns back to mud again (ch)
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Monday morning like a cliff on your head pound in a piton rappel out of bed yeah it's possible tuesday cleanup hit that rat with a broom wednesday chase the elephant outta the room it's possible Ch: We do what we gotta do with what we got to do it it's the art of the possible we cut a few corners just to get around to it it's the art of the possible Thursday you take her for coffee and then friday ask can i see you again she says it's possible saturday swingin like a gate on a fence never knew good times could be so intense it's possible (ch) Sunday services try to stay awake after the lesson there'll be coffee and cake it's possible (ch)
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He picked me up in Santa Barbara three hours waiting for a ride he was going to Monterey I was just walking outside he told me he was famous I took him at his word we're all what we appear to be no matter what you've heard I told him I was a poet He didn't ask me to read he said you don't need no talent to get yourself up to speed don't waste your time on creation or chasing thoughts in your head just find the people of substance and make em give you the bread And if you're wondering bout the cost of money or the style of the emperor's new clothes just ask the man in the cadillac cause the man in the cadillac knows He said I tried a lot of things that didn't work got all emo acted like a jerk now I know what to do to succeed you can always depend on stupidity and greed He threw me out in the mountains said he had people to meet I had to walk for an hour just to get something to eat but later on I wondered just how our roles had been cast was he a part of my future or was I part of his past And if you're wondering bout the cost of money or the style of the emperor's new clothes just ask the man in the cadillac cause the man in the cadillac knows
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We hold discussions of all kinds give opinions, speak our minds but when the topic is romance we're always trying to avoid Our present circumstance We palaver and dispute voice perceptions so acute but when it comes to you and me we waste our breath on such sophisticated sophistry Now the sun and the moon and the stars up above never fumble for phrases when they talk of love though your wisdom and wit are a bubbling font do i have to draw a picture to get what i want? Conversation without words dissertation's for the birds let's find a subject more sublime and we'll debate these other matters at another time
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Used to stay up all nite long tryin to write a song about the blues hey but that's old news used to worry bout my feet afraid I'd bite em with my teeth my head was down but I'm feelin much better now Used to get so upset I'd have to go into debt just to get high it'd make you cry used to eat fire n ice wouldn't take no one's advice anyhow but I'm feelin much better now I wake up in the morning put my shoes on my feet I open up the door and I just stroll down the street I say hey how's it goin to the people I meet feelin much better now I used to send away to ads promised to cure what I had in nothing flat hey forget about that I used to tell myself be cool don't be such a freakin fool right out loud but I'm feelin much better now
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There's a stranger before you right in front of your eyes I pass among you unnoticed in my clever human being disguise Don't look me over too closely you might just get a surprise you wouldn't like what you'd see behind my clever human being disguise I only hope you appreciate the pains that I take to please and not inflict too much ugly truth on your trembling sensibilities So sleep the sleep of the righteous and dwell on comfortable lies and just ignore me as I creep past in my clever human being disguise If you should get too inquisitive be careful you could be prone to catch a fleeting glimpse of yourself wearing a mask of your own Don't be too quick to dismiss me to disparage distain or despise I'm not the only one walking around in a clever human being disguise
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I got down with the dipper I went wild with the mouse but I never knew what a fun ride could do til the twister hit my house Ch: Whirlwind romance strap in and hold on stay for the romance After the whirlwind's done I got burned by the rocket I just blew off the jet But this here attraction has got enough action to be the fastest one yet (Ch) I barely got through admissions sweatin in line til you drop but that A ticket sure paid its way With that beautiful view from the top I dunno how I got here This sure ain't kansas dude but here she comes walkin them ruby-red sneakers her and her little dog too I spun out on the roundup weathered the hurricane but after that big wheel this tunnel of love'll feel just a little bit tame (Ch)
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I pay my taxes and I mow my lawn I keep my doors locked and my porch light on my bedroom's tidy and my basement's neat I help old ladies get across the street Ch: I'm a good man why am I such a good man? I see my neighbors in their brand new car they sure look happy and I guess they are I ride my bike out to my job each day the road I take is uphill all the way (ch) I played king arthur to her lady gwen she made me better than I'd ever been we say forever but we never know holding on until we have to let go (ch)
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The little old lady sat next to the stage where the eminent mathematician and sage Revealed how the universe, age after age, had advanced to its present location And she said to him sir you are on the wrong track The whole world rests on the Great Turtle's back The speaker replied to this scathing attack Pray what is the turtle's foundation? She said sonny don't pull out that cheap sophistry You may fool all the others but you can't fool me It's Turtles All The Way Down sir It's turtles all the way down Oh you're very smart but I know in my heart that it's turtles all the way down The Christians the Jews and the Muslims They base their beliefs on their book They all stand up and quote em and tell you God wrote em And say that the others got took The Hindus have gods by the millions Each with their own ritual and shrine When offerings come due They all stand in a queue Til they get to the head of the line (ch) The Shintos keep trying to trademark "The Isle of the Gods" in their name but the Balinese skip off and call it a rip off And file a previous claim The Taoists divide down the middle with yang always balancing yin But don't ever mention the camera's invention cause gray scale gets under their skin (ch) And let's not even start on the Romans They're not on the ball you can tell With Romulus and Remus and Mars shtupping Venus no wonder their empire fell And you who are rational realists convinced that your vision is clear you'd better think through it cause when it comes to it can you even prove that you're here? (ch)
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When your music needs some pep it ain't hard to get in step if you want to move some feet just keep it on the beat Fancy chords don't mean a thing if you make that rhythm swing play it hot or play it sweet but keep it on the beat Four beats to the bar will please the crowd keep that bass drum thumpin nice and loud yeah mama Case is closed the problem's solved rocket science ain't involved they'll be dancin in the street if you keep it on the beat

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A potpourri of acoustic jazz, folk, swing, blues and rawk with cool rack harp and allusive, literate lyrics. Includes the award-winning "Turtles All The Way Down."

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released September 15, 2009

Thaddeus Spae plays and sings everything except drums on "Bertha's Boogie" which were played by Andrew "Sketch" Hare.

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Thaddeus Spae Seattle, Washington

A 40-year veteran of the Folk Wars, Thaddeus Spae has played venues from Tipitina's to the EMP. He's an award-winning songwriter whose works range from quirky to literate, guardedly sentimental to outraged and sarcastic, performed on a panoply of instruments acoustic and electric, in a profligate variety of styles encompassing folk, hard rock, jazz, blues, electronic and more. Website: tspae.com. ... more

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