This Way To The Egress

by Thaddeus Spae

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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)
4.
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
5.
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)
6.
03:17
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...
7.
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
8.
04:01
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!
9.
04:07
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
10.
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

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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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