You And What Army?

by Thaddeus Spae

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1.
01:48
Standin on the corner just tryin to stay awake they’re handin me a story but I know that it’s a fake it’s always jam tomorrow never jam today and all the while the future turns a darker shade of gray I wanna scream bloody murder Politician talkin on the television set his words are real pretty but they’re easy to forget he says he wants to help but there’s been a slight delay but if you reelect him he’ll get on it right away Businessmen and lawyers don’t know what to do they hear it’s getting heavy but they hope it isn’t true they wanna save their butts but they’re running outta time and they’re squeezing all the action for the last thin dime
2.
03:01
Good girls like bad boys that do what they please good girls like bad boys that flatter and tease good girls wear ruffles for bad boys to see good girls like bad boys but bad girls like me Bad boys like good girls with money to spend bad boys like good girls that know how to bend bad boys say bad things to good girls at tea bad boys like good girls but bad girls like me Bad boys got no prospects bad boys got no sense all they got is free time and lots of confidence Good girls and bad boys are peas in a shell good girls and bad boys they kiss and they tell good girls and bad boys don’t need no sympathy good girls like bad boys but bad girls like me Good girls love their mothers good girls plot and scheme good girls go to parties to make the good boys scream Good girls like bad boys while good boys despair good boys like good girls but good girls don’t care good girls use good boys to raise a family good girls like bad boys but bad girls like me
3.
I used to be a actor but now I’m just a liar going down to the crossroads to set myself on fire I’m naked as a baby they took all they could steal going down to the crossroads to cut myself a deal Well I got me an appointment with a man all dressed in black going down to the crossroads and I ain’t coming back I done things I can’t remember I got bills I’ll never pay going down to the crossroads to take myself away
4.
There is endless strife in the holy land and death is life in the holy land and war is your wife in the holy land in the holy land Your friend is foe In the holy land and glee is woe in the holy land and yes means no in the holy land in the holy land All the laws are lies and the saints draw flies laughter cries and innocence dies in the holy land Trees have no leaves In the holy land and priests are thieves in the holy land and justice grieves in the holy land in the holy land Every child is old in the holy land and love is sold in the holy land and lead is gold in the holy land in the holy land All the wise are fools and the kings are ghouls guns are tools and chaos rules in the holy land Listen listen there is no god but god the lord is one They build on sand In the holy land permission is banned in the holy land your fist is your hand in the holy land in the holy land All the goods are ills In the holy land and fire chills in the holy land and kindness kills in the holy land in the holy land There is blood in the street there is no retreat every triumph is defeat and the crimes repeat in the holy land
5.
The unemployment line’s so short you feel a vague suspicion good times is bad times for the blues the clerks are always so polite with gobs of job positions good times is bad times for the blues they tell you things are looking up they freshen up your coffee cup and then they send you out for interviews you get a job and break your back And then you get to pay your taxes good times is bad times for the blues The ladies have their pick of all the wealthy men around them good times is bad times for the blues they look at you and wait for your abundance to astound them good times is bad times for the blues they laugh at all your tales of woe and then they tell you where to go with hints about which highway you should use but talk about your bank amount they’ll smile n sigh and help you count it good times is bad times for the blues And ain’t it strange how times have changed You hear it every day cause all them sins you wallowed in got swallowed in have all been washed away They give away so many clothes you think you’re gonna swelter good times is bad times for the blues you try to sleep beneath a bridge they’ll drag you to a shelter good times is bad times for the blues they nurse your wounds and cure your jones and give you food and cheap cell phones and set you up with public housing too and if you don’t watch out some fool’ll try to put you back in school Good times is bad times for the blues
6.
04:06
You’ve heard of that old money river that carries the wealth of the world and bears up the weight of the great ships of state that sail with their banners unfurled but for all the great vessels that plough her yet few are the charts or the maps and fewer still know where her currents may flow nor all of her snags or her traps Ch: She’s wide and she’s green and she’s rollin she flows through the heart of the land so take me down to that money river and put a big straw in my hand There are other streams running beside her some swifter some fairer by far but none of them leap so full and so deep nor hold all her strength and her power for the stocks and the bonds are but freshets and the goods and the services too for she is the flood that brings fortune like blood to cities the whole nation thru (ch) Oh oh that old money river reach me a straw teach me to draw oh oh money river put a big straw in my hand Now those who have conquered this river won’t willingly tell what they’ve found and they do as they like with the dam drain and dyke leaving deserts and settlements drowned but speak kindly and one may approach you motion silence and beckon you near then hand you a straw and say fill up your craw but don’t slurp or the poor folks might hear (ch)
7.
04:19
Well the cool kids they got tinted hair and the cool kids they act like they don’t care well I don’t care what the cool kids do no I don’t care what the cool kids do Well the cool kids they got expensive shoes and the cool kids they never get the blues well I don’t care what the cool kids do no I don’t care what the cool kids do Well the cool kids they do what they please and the cool kids got money up to their knees well I don’t care what the cool kids do (boop boop be do) no I don’t care what the cool kids do
8.
Charley he got a nickel Eddie he got a dime Jimmy cashed in some pennies we got some mad dog wine take it down under the freeway rollers won’t find us there pass it around knock it right down have us a party for fair Ch: we’re drinkin the wine of the century under this bridge in the rain sharin the spirit in the bottle like a genie that’s gone insane and we’re screamin at noone and nothing laughin too loud and too long we’re drinkin the wine of the century till it’s gone Charley he used to be someone had him a girl on the street Eddie gets hit with a shovel sometimes but he always lands on his feet Jimmy he’ll sell you most anything steal it right back again too I don’t know why I hang out with these fools got nothing better to do Ch Charley sez here’s to the president he ain’t no better than me Eddie sez here’s to the country here’s to the land of the free Jimmy sez here’s to this bridge here holding together the road so many cars runnin round up there how does it carry the load Charlie’s passed out in the bushes Eddie he’s tryin to sing Jimmy he’s swingin the bottle around sweatin like anything sorry but I must be goin got to get out of here quick if I start thinkin bout what I been drinkin it’s gonna make me get sick (ch)
9.
The power of the driving wheel the song of the screaming steel here comes the train the glory of the gleaming track the engineer dressed in black here comes the train Here comes the train here comes the train here comes the train here comes the train The signal light flashing red the passengers staring ahead here comes the train the gun metal diesel smell the tolling of the crossing bell here comes the train The owner in his fancy suit the robbers counting up the loot here comes the train the echo of the whistle blast the station walls standing fast here comes the train
10.
Welcome to my shelter there’s room for just one more the bed’s already taken you can sleep there on the floor I went and scraped off “public” from the sign above the door welcome welcome to my shelter Welcome to my shelter it’s a cozy place to hide just play the game my way And we will both be satisfied unless you’d rather play In the apocalypse outside welcome welcome to my shelter The rules are very elegant and clear just do whatever I say or your ass is out of here I’m sure there’s nothing else I need define unless you miss the message of a loaded AK-9 Welcome to my shelter I’ll have steak and escargot for wine a nice chianti or perhaps the good merlot I hear your gruel’s delicious but I really wouldn’t know welcome welcome to my shelter This small reverse of fortune cannot last we’ll hide out in my hideout until what’s passed is past you seem to be an entertaining jack and if supplies run low you’ll make a tasty little snack Welcome to my shelter secure from the unknown you’ll have to make the best of it so please don’t piss and moan you’re always free to go and find a shelter of your own welcome welcome to my shelter

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A panoply of soft, loud, acoustic, electric, sad, angry, funny, morbid, shouty, grunty, utterly self-indulgent songs, from an artist who has a hard time specializing.

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released May 25, 2015

Thaddeus Spae played and sang everything and designed the cover. If he could, he'd grind his own ink. Stunning cover portrait by Paul Brunelle.

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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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