You And What Army?

by Thaddeus Spae

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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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Track Name: Scream
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
Track Name: Good Girls
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
Track Name: Down To The Crossroads
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
Track Name: The Holy Land
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
Track Name: Good Times Is Bad Times (For The Blues)
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
Track Name: Money River
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)
Track Name: Kool Kids
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
Track Name: Wine Of The Century
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)
Track Name: Here Comes The Train
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
Track Name: Welcome To My Shelter
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