This Way To The Egress

by Thaddeus Spae

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Ten extremely heterogeneous songs about the dainty subject of death, presented on an extremely heterogeneous array of instruments.

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released October 15, 2006

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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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Track Name: Tunnel Of Light
All you daydream dancers
with all the answers
don't bother calling me anymore
and you uptight religious
spouters of gibbrish
try to keep it down to a roar
you're gonna have to find your own way
to make it cross the great divide
I'm gonna take a little dive through that tunnel of light
and party on the other side

All you reckless purveyers
and drug soothsayers
go find another market to test
and you curvacious cuties
with your bodacious booties
honey give it a rest
you're welcome to the realm of the senses
it's just another place to hide
I'm gonna catch a fast freight through that tunnel of light
and party on the other side

Hurry hurry hurry hurry hurry
don't be slow
cmon cmon cmon
doncha know we all gotta go

All you lame excuses
for busted cabooses
drop off the gravy train
and you cactus huggers
and reality muggers
don't even try to explain
it's so easy to point your finger
but it's hard to figure out who lied
I'm gonna hop the red eye through that tunnel of light
and party on the other side
Track Name: Going To The Showers
Well it’s great to hit the dugout
with a brand new uniform on
and it’s great to feel that morning breeze
and smell that newmown lawn
and it’s great to razz the batter
and to call the umpire names
but going to the showers
is the best part of the game

This ain’t no rocket science out here
it ain’t hard at all
We just run around the field
and keep our good eye on the ball
but when the shouting’s over
it always ends the same
and going to the showers
is the best part of the game

Now the owners and the managers
they all say that business is good
and the fans all love to watch the show
and they’d watch more if they could
but the owners and the managers
and the fans they all proclaim
that going to the showers
is the best part of the game

Well let me stand with the starting team
on that opening day
and let me make the winning catch
if it should come my way
but let me have a hot one
when it’s time to shave and change
cause going to the showers
is the best part of the game
Track Name: Train To Summerland
Big train on the mainline
Rollin loud and clear
takes your time and it takes your space
And it rolls right out of here

(ch) that southbound freight
Rollin since time began
that train to summerland

People on the platform
Payin all they can afford
big guys steppin on women and children
Tryin to get on board (ch)

There's a hobo tryin to jump her
Waitin just around the bend
he got a good payin job and a beautiful woman
waitin on the other end (ch)

They're smokin in the club car
Sippin from a paper sack
starin out the window watchin the world go
Slippin off down the track (ch)
Track Name: A Cheerful Song
The sands of time fall into the ocean
the leaves and the rain and the shadows fall
felled by the hand of cruel dame fortune
death makes mock of us all

The churl in the field and the lord in his manor
the private at arms and the knight with his banner
the babe in the woods and the king in his grandeur
death makes mock of us all
the maid at her mirror inspecting her beauty
the mother whose child is loved so acutely
the crone in her wisdom freed from all duty
death makes mock of us all

The hawk hunting high and the mousie that cowers
the snake in the grass and the oak tree that towers
the deep seeking whale in the sea's hidden bowers
death makes mock of us all
the sun and the moon and the bright constellations
the earth and the sky and all manifestations
the thoughts and the words and the signs and notations
death makes mock of us all

The children may cry but their cries go unheeded
the lovers they laugh but their laugh is defeated
the old run to hide but their fate is repeated
death makes mock of us all
and you in your pride in your arts and your letters
praising your talents and cursing your fetters
walk gently among all your lessors and betters
death makes mock of us all
Track Name: Immanentize The Eschaton
I met Buddha in the bad part of town
back in an alley with his hat pulled down
he said to me your money or your life
I said this is a koan right?
He said you'll die if you don't pay
I said I'm gonna die anyway
he pulled out a nine held it up high
he was gonna open up my third eye

(ch) I said it's all right go right on
immanentize the eschaton
you can't fight god with a gun
immanentize the eschaton

I saw Moses layin down the law
shinin up his badge and practicing his draw
he makes his living takin down crooks
he says he always goes by the books
he said to me now don't you sin
you cross that line and I'll run you in
I said I'm just tryin to ease the pain
he started practicing his draw again (ch)

Moses and Buddha they had a war
neither one knew what it was for
everybody else made a point to be gone
they cleared off the street and said bring it on
Buddha he took a middle stand
Moses came back with the ten commands
east is east and west is west
they reached for the weapons that they knew best (ch)
Track Name: Here And Now
I won't sing anymore when I'm dead
I won't sing anymore when I'm dead
I won't sing anymore when I'm dead and in the ground
so I'll have to do my singing
here and now
here and now
here and now
here and now

I won't laugh anymore ...

I won't pray anymore...
Track Name: The End Of The Day
And you wake up one morning in the last reel
of a movie you've already seen
with a headful of dreams and delusions
That you cannot distinguish between
on a fast track to the outback with no end in sight
but the one end that keeps us all up late at night
the fat lady's serenade, the monkey that stops every show

And you reach out for the walls of your labyrinth
And the thread that you laid down before
and you flinch at the bite of the north wind
And the distant minotaur's roar
on the corner of nowhere just trying to cope
looking forward to nothing and sideways at hope
with dark stars above you and only the shadows below

And you'll never know
what frames the debate
in the track of your tread in the furrow of your fate
that'll leave you staggering under the weight
of what you threw away
at the end of the day

And you wander through traffic searching
for the bus that you've already missed
trying to get back to the wrong turn you took
Off the paths that no longer exist
all your scheming and screaming are grist for the mill
that'll grind you to ashes if you stand too still
with only the toys in your attic to soften the blow

And you'll never know
who dunnit or how
or the weapon of choice or the shape of the prow
of the dutchman that bears down on you even now
while you're fading to gray
at the end of the day

And you wake up one morning on the last page
of a novel you've already read
and you're only too sure how it turns out
but it's too late to go back to bed
with your prizes and disguises just out of reach
one footprint away from being washed off the beach
another ancient child who wasn't done saying hello

And you'll never know
what frames the debate
in the track of your tread in the furrow of your fate
that'll leave you staggering under the weight
of what you threw away
at the end of the day
Track Name: Hey Rebo
Hey Rebo
last time I saw you
talkin to my neighbor
lookin at his trailer
hey Rebo
I didn't recognize you
bald as an eagle
skinny as a needle
hey Rebo
I never really knew you
but you always looked awesome
in that cowgirl costume
hey Rebo
you sure could get shirty
layin out a j-card in an all night Kinko's

Midnight oil and daylight dark
laugh while the wind blows out the spark
nobody said that it wouldn't get real
everybody dies it's no big deal

Hey Rebo
you made it look so easy
you had a lotta heart
and you finished what you started
hey Rebo
you really took your chances
love and forgiveness
is such a risky business
hey Rebo
you left too early
the party's just poppin
But you just let it drop
hey Rebo
I hear you went camping
don't let me catch you in an all night Kinko's

Woh woh woh

Hey Rebo
my throat's still hurtin
callin out your name
In that healing game
hey Rebo
we tried to make you feel it
whoopee wowie zowie
kiss you on the owie
hey Rebo
you rode into the sunset
happy trails to ya
least noone can sue ya
hey Rebo
drop me a postcard
send it to me care of the all night Kinko's

Roll em and smoke em
round up the herd
pack up your sorrows
and kick em to the curb
lay down your weapons
and give up a yo
for the four-eyed sweetheart of the rodeo
hey Rebo!
Track Name: Way To Go
Oh we dance cross the stage of this world we pass through
and it's all well and good from the audience's view
but the curtain comes down at the end of the show
and we all have to look for a good way to go

(ch) way to go way to go
like the sun on the snow
well we all have it coming
way to go way to go

He wore a t shirt that read "i fish therefore i lie"
and it was the one motto that he lived his life by
he had a smile on his face on the day that he died
with a forty five pound steelhead in the boat by his side (ch)

She was a born-again hippy called herself mama bear
and she sold mophead angels at the local craft fair
she was out in her booth when her heart let her down
with her angels all singing and her friends all around (ch)

In the back of the chapel the old lady lay
like she'd fallen asleep and just drifted away
and they said when they found her what a great time to leave
at the candlelight services on christmas eve (ch)

Oh there's time for all things so the wise people say
but there's never enough at the end of the play
but if we live what we love just as well as we know
then we ought to be given a good way to go (ch)

Way to go way to go
it's a dream don't you know
well we all have it coming
let it go way to go
Track Name: Get It Right The First Time
Get it right the first time
get it right the first time
don't stop don't wait don't hesitate
just get it right the first time

Get it right the first time
get it right the first time
don't mess around on shakey ground
just get it right the first time

Little david never quit even a bit
when he slew goliath's might
and ray davies raved to his brother dave
play it bleedin right

Get it right the first time
get it right the first time
it goes by quick so get on the stick, slick
and get it right the first time

Get it right the first time
get it right the first time
if you can't float don't miss the boat
get it right the first time

Get it right the first time
get it right the first time
There's no undo on this menu
just get it right the first time

Christopher columbus
set out to seek n find
he found the east indies right away
or was it the west indies? Never mind!

Get it right the first time
get it right the first time
Swing it lad or you'll wish you had
just get it right the first time

You get one try and that's it guy
you get one crack and that's it jack
you get onc chance and that's it lance
you get one go and that's it joe
you only get one and then you're done son
so get it right the first time