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  1. LuvzOldSweetSong (Lucas/Brooks)  words
  2. Chime On (Lucas)  words
  3. Swamp T'ing (Lucas)  words
  4. Climb the Highest Mountain (Lucas)  words
  5. Hot and Cold Everything (Lucas)  
  6. Lady of Shalott (Lucas/Dalton)  words
  7. Peep Show Bible (Lucas)  words
  8. Whirlygig (Lucas)  
  9. Depression (Lucas)  words
  10. Lazy Flowers (Lucas)  
  11. Jedwabne (Lucas)  words
Gods and Monsters are
Gary Lucas - guitars, lead vocals
Ernie Brooks - bass, vocals
Billy Ficca - drums
Jason Candler - sax, vocals
Joe Hendel - keyboards, trombone, vocals

Special Guests:
Jerry Harrison - keyboards, vocals
Jenni Muldaur - vocals
Alva Rogers - vocals
Jack McKeever - vocals
Frank London - trumpet

Words and music by Gary Lucas
Except Track 1 lyrics by Gary Lucas and Ernie Brooks.
Track 6 lyrics by David Dalton.

All songs copyright Gary Lucas Music BMI

Produced by Jerry Harrison

Engineered by Jay Mark, Jason Candler, and Jack McKeever

Mixed by Jerry Harrison with ET Thorngren

Savior Mixes by Matt "The World's Most Patient (Jewish) Engineer" Cohen

Recorded at Chung King Studios NYC, Loho Studios NYC, The Maid's Room NYC, and at Sausalito Sound

Mixed at Sausalito Sound and The Maid's Room

Mastered by Jason Candler

Cover Painting by Paul McGowan
Booklet deawing by Cheyenne Schiavone
Back cover and booklet group photo copyright Michel Delsol
Layout by Zach Jaeger

Special Thanks to Steve Hendel, Victor Luke, and all the folks at Knitting Factory Records

Knitting Factory Records KFR-1111, 2011


 
LUVZOLDSWEETSONG

You fell under the spell of a water-lord
You took notes at the foot of the first born
Coming round hard, not easily torn
Baring on bodies so perfectly warm

Now in the race of time and space
You follow wallow where to go
Another lover leads the pace
You canít go back you canít go slow
So now you follow hollow swallowing
Your pride itís good to know

That youíre alive again
And you can feel again
A loveís too real my friend
You canít conceal it

And you will love her
How much you love her
And you will want her
So much you want her

You came alive at the first crow of morning
Brain dead no more didnít need any warning
You came in from a view of the distance
A beautiful draught off the well of existence

Now is the time to act in fact
Itís later than you think itís here
And at your back you always hear
Timeís winged chariot drawing near
So pick it up ad get it up to speed
Thereís nothing more to fear

And you will love her
And you will miss her
How much you love her
How much you miss her

And you will wonder
Oh how you wander
And you will love her
So much you love her
Trying so hard to play catch up with her
Itís a crying shame
She ran away on the day that you left
On another plane
Now you draw close and you whisper to her
Hold my hand and weíre never coming back
Hold my hand and weíre never coming back

She came on like the queen of the night school
You thought that she was the pick of the gene pool
Mingling sweetness and salts of the new earth
Dying each day
But already to give birth

A fecund few will force the view
A feline beeline for the door
Once more into her breach my friend
Will make amends and raise the score
So final rally tally up
Her cup is full so drink some more

And you will wander
And you will wonder
How much you want her
So much you want her

And you will find her
How much you love her
So much you want her
So much you wander

Words copyright Gary Lucas and Ernie Brooks
Music copyright Gary Lucas

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CHIME ON

Chime on till the night is done
Chime on till you feel it come
Chime on till the race is won
Chime on like the risiní sun

Whenever youíre cold 
Or youíre feeling too old
Chime on,
Donít ever fold
Itís all part of the load
Chime on
Kick up your heels 
Do whatever you feel
Chime on 
Open your eyes 
And you can make the sun rise

Chime on till your day has come
Chime on till your spring has sprung
Rhyme on till the song is sung
Climb on to the highest rung
Kick off your shoes 
And step outta your blues,
Chime on,
Pay all your dues 
You got nothiní to lose,
Chime on
Whatever your age 
Break outta your cage
Chime on, chime on
Turniní a page
ĎCause this is now a new age

Mamaís in the kitchen 
Makiní shortniní shortniní
Daddyís in the alley 
Talkiní out of his head
Gettiní it together
In the brand new morning
Pulliní off the covers 
Jumpiní out of the bed
RiseÖ
Now you hear what I said!

Chime on chime on chime on chime on

Well the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Well the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Get yr ticket at the station
Number oneís your destination
You know you can make it if you really try
Flyó
now reach for the sky!

Chime on chime on chime on chime on

Words and music copyright Gary Lucas

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SWAMP TíING

Chilly scenes of winter
The price of love comes
Aí tumbling down
Like a play by Pinter
You think you know her
But sheís nowhere around
Her words a sharpened dagger
One thrust will drop you right
Straight to the ground

And thatís the way
Thatís the way that it is 

A frosty blue horizon
An arctic wind descends 
To billow and blow
Around the corner something
Might be a savior 
But uh you never know
And in the distance calling
Another lover, man
How low can you go?

And thatís the way
Thatís just the way that it is 

Come on and dance the tango
Come on and join me
In this sick pas de deux
Come on now choose your partner
Give her a tumble
Before she tumbles you
And if youíre feeling frisky
Well Ernie Brooks will make you
Sadder than blue!

And thatís the way
Thatís the way that it is

Words and music copyright Gary Lucas

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CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

To reach the highest mountain 
Gotta keep on and climb
To make it other ways 
Is just a waste of your time
To move it over here
You gotta burn till you shine
Oh you gotta keep on pushiní
Till the end of the line

The cryiní of the dyiní
Reaches our city streets
The places of the heart 
Where you never want to meet
So set your sights on higher 
Even when you taste defeat
And donít you dare stoppiní 
Even when you get beat

You better
Climb the highest mountain
You Gotta 
Drink from the fountain 
You better
Climb the highest mountain
You gotta
Climb the highest mountain
So you can stand tall

Repeat chorus

To swim the widest river
It takes nothing at all
To forge the raging currents
Well you canít afford to fall
So keep your heart right 
When your backís to the wall
You gotta keep on moviní
Until you can stand tall

Repeat chorus

Words and music copyright Gary Lucas

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THE LADY OF SHALOTT

I was once in Samarkand, a girl who loves me understands
Look how the water on the sand, waves at me like little hands
Should I tell you what I did? Or would you rather keep it hid?
Shall we meet and have a drink? I need a day or two to think.

The days go by, I donít complain. Was it in Greece we met or Spain?
Will it snow or will it rain. And will we ever meet again?
Itís hard to say just what it was, that made it all so strange because
You are the Lady of Shalott. Just what is real and what is not

And all along the river lie
Long fields of barley and rye.

I kept waiting for the bus, but when it came it wasnít us
Had I forgot the time you said, or was it someone else instead? 
Remember when the moon turned red, when you and I lay there in bed
You are the Lady of Shalott, Just what is real and what is not

And all along the river lie
Long fields of barley and rye

The beasts they cry, have crossed the moat, our boat is sinking will not float.
But I doubt they mean today, I should be going anyway
Whose play is this, and what the plot? Whose lines are theseóI just forgot.
You are the Lady of Shalott. Just what is real and what is not.

And all along the river lie
Long fields of barley and rye

Words copyright David Dalton
Music copyright Gary Lucas

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PEEP SHOW BIBLE

Now put your hands together and make the sign of the cross
You know that Jesus died for your sins so you could be your own sweet boss
You heard that Jonah shook the whale from his tail right 
And that Moses in the rushes came and turned that party on out

Chorus:          No need to libel itís a peep show bible
                 Say a prayer light a candle and dive into the scandal
                 Donít think you're liable itís a peep show bible
                 The worldís in a tangle go ahead and let it dangle

Roll it back again now put your hands on the handle
You know youíll never get to heaven weariní only one sandal
Lifeís just a peep show bible, in the beginning chapter one
From Genesis to Revelation there ainít a thing that ainít been tried and done

                                         Chorus

                                         Bridge

Cast off your Lot in life, no tears no blame and no fault
And donít look back lest you turn into a pillar of salt
You heard that Job had a bad day, well you ainít seen nothiní yet
Lifeís just a peep show bible and there ainít no time for regret

                                         Chorus

Words and music copyright Gary Lucas

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DEPRESSION

My motherís in the pokey
My sisterís in jail
And Iím in bed
Smoking a 
Chesterfield!

Well I just clocked another lesson
In a country in recession
Itís so funny so in fashion
Just another deep depression

A wholly seasonal disorder
Just a step across the border
Affecting my success secession
Just another dark depression

So here I come now where do I go
So go get the boards and watch me get nailed
Now hang me for show as someone who failed
As someone who tried to grasp the nettles
And got crushed beneath the petals

A cessation of rotation
A sensation of frustration
In the face of torn 

In the gutter with my putter
And my perfect pitch and stutter
Milking sputter butter butter
Iím talkiní bout my dark depression

So here I come now where do I go 
Treading the boards or is it a  no-show
One for the money
Two for the blow
So know that
The more you race the devil
Try and seek another level
Iím talkiní bout my dark depression

Ooh la la la never fear
Ooh la la la crystal clear
Ooh la la la 
Watch it
Another day older 
And another day deeper in
Depression

Well I just sold all my possessions
To a world in deep recession
Fare thee well my dear depression
Fare thee well my dark depression

Cíesr degoulasse

Words and music copyright Gary Lucas

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JEDWABNE

O the streets of Jedwabne were silent and cold
The wind whistled lonely those stories of old
How the Jews of the town
Were slaughtered and sold
O Jedwabne your past lies in ruins
O Jedwabne what future for you
The spires of the city still ring with the crying
The voices of children still can be heard
Take heed of our past it lies waiting 
From deep in the earth here our cries
Take heed of our fate itís before you
The blood of the innocent now streams in the skies

O the streets of Jedwabne were covered with snow
Nowhere to hide and nowhere to go
When neighbor killed neighbor
And friend became foe
O Jedwabne your ghosts are all flying
O Jedwabne your cityís laid bare
The earth now gives up all its hideous secrets
The wreath that we laid canít stifle your shame
Take heed of our past it confronts you
From now and forever who gains?
Watch out for the future in front of you
When only the bones and the stones still remain

Words and music copyright Gary Lucas 

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