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The Warp And The Weft

by Thaddeus Spae

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Opening Day 02:42
On opening day the clouds roll away the sky's blue as corn the sun is reborn and it shines on the bay on opening day the boats dip and sway like lovers that yearn they lean and they turn and return to the quay on opening day On opening day the world's a bouquet and lavender blows on the breeze and the sounds in your ears are all laughter and cheers and the murmur of birds in the trees On opening day the children at play sing songs as they hide and go seek and the songs that they sing are of peace, hope and spring and life when it reaches its peak On opening day you may do what you may old sins are reprieved old debts are relieved and there's heaven to pay on opening day
Sausage 02:37
I can't bite into a redhot out at the park in the shade ketchup and mustard don't help me i know how sausage is made I back away from salami fresh from the circular blade no kielbasa or bloodwurst i know how sausage is made I've seen the grinder i've seen the skin i've seen the plunger stuffing the stuffing on in You can keep your chorizo your baloney parade i'll stick with my tea and crumpets i know how sausage is made I've seen the chimney i've seen the plume i've seen the butcher herding the herd to their doom Don't bring a braunschweiger sandwich if you want to get paid just keep those carrot sticks coming i know how sausage is made
I know the things that nosiness brings i know the dangers of opening drawers i've seen my share of weird underware i'll show you mine if you show me yours I've been around and generally found every smooth skin is infested with pores pause for the cause don't hide your flaws i'll show you mine if you show me yours Galahad was perfect so the legends say a paragon as well but though he was a hero in his public life what he did in private they don't tell Here in my eyes you're such a prize no one picks nits on the one he adores your faults are fine your warts are divine i'll show you mine if you show me yours Kitty cats may die of curiosity but only now and then for every cat that dies of curiosity lack of satisfaction wipes out ten Come to my aid and burn your stockade living alone is a lifetime of chores my heart is true it's all about you i'll show you mine if you show me yours i'll give you mine if you give me yours
I'm a loser, you're a user We're a team, it's true Misery loves company and that's why I love you I'm a dreamer, you're a screamer we go loop de loo Misery loves company and that's why I love you Heaven must be beaming with pride Couldn't be more lame if we tried dear I'm a pouter you're a doubter What else can we do? Misery loves company and that's why I love you We don't care if raindrops don't fall We don't mind the sunshine at all dear I need plasma you've got asthma I have asthma too Misery loves company and that's why I love you
Miz Opal 04:36
Luna Park 04:00
Luna park amusement park is rising from the bay just outside the window of the luna park cafe defying all the forces That conspired to make it sink be careful where you swim out there it's deeper than you think Luna park amusement park had carousels and rides cotton candy caramel corn and games to win a prize swing the hammer hit the plank and ring the bell on top luna park was so much fun you'd never want to stop And the band music played for the evening promenade dancing 'neith the golden moon to the old familiar tune But luna park amusement park overplayed its hand they shut it down and stripped it bare just piers, a pool and sand and someone was amused to go and burn the rest for spite to watch the flames blot out the stars and fade into the night But we all get confused when we are not amused burn our hearts to ash and air in the dark fire of despair (repeat 1st verse)
Boneman 02:23
I got class i got brass i got length i got strength it's a gas i got move i got groove i got style for a mile you'll approve Cmon baby i'm talkin to you show you what a really horny dude can do I'm a bone man yeah i'm a boneman you don't need no trumpet you don't need no saxophone mama what you need is a slide trombone I got slide i got glide i got slip i got grip i take pride i got feel that's for real i can go i can blow such a deal Down at the session the blue-singin queen said i had the biggest instrument she'd ever seen I'm a bone man...
Are you man enough to wear pink are you really as smart as you think are you positive you don't stink even your best friends won't tell you Does that lipstick really match your wig do you jiggle when you dance a jig does that dress make your booty look big even your best friends won't tell you Friends never choose to impose their own views friends never seek to confront or accuse there's little to gain From being a pain and ever so much more to lose Is there whispering behind your back is your suave facade starting to crack are the aliens about to attack even your best friends won't tell you Friends never rise to the bait of your fear friends never need to be candid or clear recall the admonition of the magician to be nice or just disappear Are you doomed to defeat and decay is your life just a meaningless play are you really going to die someday even your best friends won't tell you
Be Kind 03:00
Waiting on heaven wading thru hell living at the bottom of a wishing well there's rumors aplenty facts are few we do our best at whatever we do Ch: be kind be kind we're only here For a very short time so be kind be kind it don't matter if you don't mind Cast on the waters trying to float refugees in the same leaky boat snakes in the shadows fire in the sky the real miracle is just getting by (ch) You never know what can happen fire burns itself water gets wetter you never know what can happen it can get better Life passes slowly then it's done you can't afford to be a lone gun there's so many faces just one rule like the king said don't be cruel (ch)
Sitting in the treatment chair waiting for my dental care brand new health insurance no mistake this is not my chosen way to celebrate my natal day not a single present and too much cake Ch: Birthdays and x rays showing what's inside you giving you a guide to know your fate birth and death are accidents waiting to happen life is just what happens while you wait Antiseptic in the air muzak crooning by the stair ready to receive my gamma kiss held down by a sheet of lead aim the blaster at my head Nursey lady telling me bite on this (Ch) Soon the kindly dentist comes sinking tools into my gums measuring the bone loss with each gash those two molars have to go hate to have to tell you so you don't need a root canal you need cash (Ch)
Dynamite monkey sits all alone nurses his grievances longs for his home cohort and comfort not in the cards just a short leash and the plunger he guards hands on the handle grip is not tight probably won’t push him he might Please don’t tease dynamite monkey Dynamite monkey sensitive soul don’t like his job but he likes the control never a motion never a twitch biding his timing awake at the switch could be up swinging high in the air show some respect now he’s just sitting there Please don’t sneeze dynamite monkey And at night he sleeps with one eye open dreaming dreams of the final explosion when the world is freed from its disguise and bananas come raining from the skies Dynamite monkey he's not to blame he’s just a pawn in the big monkey game sworn to the service purchased and sold see hear and speak only what he is told for the duration this is his fate sit at attention and wait just wait Please don’t tease please don’t sneeze please don’t squeeze dynamite monkey
If you wanna get along you better listen to this song good or bad or right or wrong Just eat what's put before you your mama told you when you were only 8 or 10 sat you in your chair and then she said eat what's put before you Now don't you go complaining or acting doublecrossed you ain't the one that fixed it you don't know how much it cost Make a smile out of your frown turn that sad face upside down be a happy circus clown and eat what's put before you Now if you feel neglected by the portion on your plate recall those kids in china and commence to masticate As your life goes rolling by you will be served some humble pie look that cook right in the eye and eat what's put before you don't ask how or what or why just eat what's put before you
The eldest of elderly women weaving the world on her loom running the thread on the shuttle sorting the gleam and the gloom the light and the dark the slag and the spark the cliff and the cleft the warp and the weft The wizard in back of the curtain pulling the levers and strings moving the pawns on the chessboard people and prices and things the take and the trade the point and the blade the hilt and the heft the warp and the weft The white coated mathematician tracing events on a graph x's and y's in concordance singing like notes on a staff the quarters of space the time and the place the right and the left the warp and the weft But the sights can't target the sign and the lesson's too simple to learn and the letters slip off of the line and so we return to The eldest of elderly women plaiting the fates in her hair stringing the stars for a necklace her weaving is ready to wear the moon and the sun the lost and the won the gauche and the deft the warp and the weft


A round of strange and wonderful songs on the usual subjects — paranoia, dentistry, weaving, love, nutrition, ghosts, sailboats and simians in charge of high explosives— performed on 6 and 12 string guitar, guitarron, trombone, uke, percussion and more.


released August 15, 2011

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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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