Low ~ Cracker

Cracker is an American alternative rock band featuring singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman.

Shortly after Lowery’s former group Camper Van Beethoven called it quits in 1990, he began demoing material along with guitarist Johnny Hickman and bassist Davey Faragher, eventually going by the name Cracker. A brief tour with Virginia drummer Greg Weatherford followed. The band recorded a demo tape, later nicknamed Dirty Yellow Demos by the group’s fan base, which included early versions of songs that would appear on later albums.

By 1991, the newly formed band had signed a recording contract with Virgin Records and enlisted the help of several drummers/percussionists (Jim Keltner, Michael Urbano and Phil Jones), issuing their self-titled debut in 1992. The album featured the radio hit “Teen Angst”, which peaked at #1 on Modern Rock Tracks, and a second single entitled “Happy Birthday to Me”.

A year later, Cracker issued their best-selling album, Kerosene Hat, which featured the hits “Low” and “Get Off This”, as well as a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Loser”. The album sold close to half a million copies.  Urbano performed on Kerosene Hat and toured with Cracker before leaving the band, along with Faragher. After a short stint with Bruce Hughes, the group added Bob Rupe as bassist. In 1993, Cracker contributed the song “Good Times Bad Times” to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin (which was recorded after their rendition of “When the Levee Breaks” was deemed “too weird”).

Three years later, The Golden Age was released, with “I Hate My Generation” as the lead single. However, the music scene was shifting away from guitar-driven alternative rock, and the single and album did poorly. Following the long-term additions of drummer Frank Funaro and keyboardist Kenny Margolis, the band tried again in 1998 with Gentleman’s Blues, featuring “The Good Life” as the lead single, to a lukewarm critical response and further poor sales.

Camper Van Beethoven unexpectedly re-formed in 1999. Since that time, Lowery has performed in both bands.

Low

Low” is a song by American alternative rock band Cracker. It appears on their 1993 album Kerosene Hat.

A number 64 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1994, its biggest success was on the rock charts, where the song reached number three on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in November 1993 and number five on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in March 1994. The music video portrayed lead singer David Lowery badly losing a boxing match with actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard.

In 2012, the song was featured in the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and its accompanying soundtrack.



Low - Lowery, Hickman, Faragher

Sometimes I wanna take you down.
Sometimes I wanna get you low.
Brush your hair back from your eyes.
Take you down let the river flow.

Sometimes I go and walk the street
Behind the green sheet of glass.
A million miles below their feet
A million miles, a million miles

I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.
I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.

A million poppies gonna make me sleep.
Just one rose and knows your name
The fruit is rusting on the vine
The fruit is calling from the trees

Hey don’t you wanna go down
Like some junkie cosmonaut
A million miles below their feet
A million miles a million miles

I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.
I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.

Blue blue is the sun.
Brown brown is the sky.
Green green of her eyes.
A million miles a million miles

Hey hey don’t you wanna go down
Like some disgraced cosmonaut
A million miles below their feet
A million miles a million miles

I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.
I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.

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Magic Arrow ~ Timber Tibre

timber-timbreTimber Timbre is a Canadian folk music project, featuring Mika Posen, Simon Trottier and Taylor Kirk. The moniker refers to an early series of recordings made in a timber-framed cabin set in the wooded outskirts of Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

Timber Timbre’s sound has been described as “an aesthetic rooted in swampy, ragged blues”  and “beautifully restrained blues from an alternate universe”, which creates an atmosphere that is cinematic and spooky.

Magic Arrow

The band’s song “Magic Arrow” was featured in the television show Breaking Bad, in the episode “Caballo Sin Nombre”, as well as in the TV series The Good Wife, in the episode “Bitcoin for Dummies”.



Magic Arrow – Timber Tibre

Mystic palm, gem and tarot
A few escape your magic arrow
I saw you reel them in for miles
Each captivated crooked smile
And you know you can heal them all
Your double diamond disposition
Refractions of your center prism
Your magic arrow flies precision

And you saw it from that vantage point
Perimeter scratched on the nation’s native hide
And we saw those christian clippers glide
Over white caps and white sails hide
Over white knuckles
And I was fine till I saw the pale horse ride
And open up it’s gape across the ocean floor
You were fine till you saw the white rider take
And take some more

Our mother’s milk double faro
A few escape your magic arrow
And with a Christ as bayonet
Oh you siphoned off the hellion’s threats
And even in your ghastly visions
Your magic arrow flies precision
Whistles fly like a boiling potion
Charges like a locomotive

And you saw it from that vantage point
Perimeter scratched on the nation’s native hide
And we saw those christian clippers glide
Over white caps and white sails and hide
Over white knuckles
And you were fine till you saw the pale horse ride
Open up it’s gape across the ocean floor
You were fine till you saw the white rider take
And take some more

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Hank Williams Guitar ~ Paul Sachs

Paul_Sachs-1rr2Paul Sachs is an American folk song writer and musician.

Paul Sachs writes lyrical and gritty songs.  Born and raised in New York City. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Springsteen are the songwriters that influenced him, and pushed him into the folk music circles of the city. Chosen as one of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artists in 2011.

Sachs still lives in NYC, performing in various venues around the city. He has recorded five independent albums, featuring raw and seeringly personal songs of life and love on the mean streets. His fingerstyle guitar work and powerful voice combine to create mesmerizing vignettes. His CD, “Oil Town” was named one of the top folk albums in 2011 on both the Folk DJ list and Roots Music Report. Sing Out magazine states: “Song after song he creates some lovely melodies. The cuts on “Oil Town” involve those challenged by love, by work, and the struggles created by economic imbalance…This is a keeper, and its excellence grows on you.”

In 2013 he won the prestigious New Folk Songwriter’s contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Hank Williams Guitar

Hank Williams Guitar” is the second track off of Paul Sach’s 2014 album, Survival Is The New Success. It has a limited release in June 2014 and is currently available only on his website.

I don’t currently have the lyrics but when I do, I will post them here.  If you enjoy this song, check out his other works at Amazon or CD Baby, and be sure to purchase a copy of this CD from his website.



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Punk Rock Girl ~ The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen were a satirical punk band formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consisted of Joe Genaro (“Joe Jack Talcum”; guitar, vocals), Dave Schulthise (“Dave Blood”; bass), Dean Sabatino (“Dean Clean”; drums), and Rodney Linderman (“Rodney Anonymous”; vocals, synth).

The band has claimed that the name comes from a character in Toni Morrison’s book Song of Solomon (“Milkman Dead”), as well as from one of Genaro’s high school projects.

The band’s musical style could be described as jangly, driving punk rock with a steady supply of irreverent humor as evident from the song titles “My Many Smells”, “Taking Retards to the Zoo” and “If You Love Someone, Set Them On Fire.” Anonymous and Talcum both sang with heavy Philadelphia accents often sounding exaggeratedly snotty.

Punk Rock Girl

Punk Rock Girl” is the best known song from The Dead Milkmen and first appeared on their 1988 album, Beelzebubba.  The song’s video won heavy rotation on MTV.

The song is featured in the video game Tony Hawk’s Project 8 and is covered by MxPx in On the Cover II. It was also covered by Streetlight Manifesto in their cover-project 99 Songs of Revolution. The song was also briefly heard in the pilot episode to the Fox series Raising Hope. “Punk Rock Girl” was also covered by Diesel Boy on the 1999 album Sofa King Cool. The music videos for “Punk Rock Girl” and “Smokin’ Banana Peels” were shown on episodes of Beavis and Butt-head.

Punk Rock Girl – Sabatino, Genaro, Shulthise

One Saturday I took a walk to Zipperhead
I met a girl there and she almost knocked me dead

Punk rock girl
Please look at me
Punk rock girl
What do you see?
Let’s travel round the world
Just you and me punk rock girl

I tapped her on the shoulder
And said do you have a beau?
She looked at me and smiled and said she did not know

Punk rock girl
Give me a chance
Punk rock girl
Let’s go slam dance
We’ll dress like Minnie Pearl
Just you and me punk rock girl

We went to the Philly Pizza Company
And ordered some hot tea
The waitress said well no, we only have it iced
So we jumped up on the table and shouted anarchy
And someone played a Beach Boys song on the jukebox
It it was “California Dreamin”
So we started screamin
On such a winter’s day

She took me to her parents for a Sunday meal
Her father took one look at me and he began to squeal

Punk rock girl
It makes no sense
Punk rock girl
Your dad is vice president
Just like the Duke of Earl
Yeah you’re for me punk rock girl

We went to a shopping mall
And laughed at all the shoppers
And security guards trailed us to a record shop
We asked for Mojo Nixon
They said he don’t work here
We said if you don’t got Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin

We got into her car away we started rollin
I said how much you pay for this
Said nothin man it’s stolen

Punk rock girl
You look so wild
Punk rock girl
Let’s have a child
We’ll name her Minnie Pearl
Just you and me
Eat fudge banana swirl
Just you and me
We’ll travel round the world
Just you and me
Punk rock girl

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Kongos ~ Come With Me Now

kongosKongos (sometimes styled as KONGOS) is a South African alternative rock band consisting of four brothers: Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel Kongos. They spent their childhoods in the city of London and in South Africa. They compose, record and perform in Phoenix, Arizona. The four men are the sons of John Kongos. They are of Greek origin and have attended the Greek Saheti school in Gauteng, South Africa. The film Holy Motors used their song “Come with Me Now” in the official trailer.

The band’s debut album Lunatic was released in 2012. Kongos’ single “I’m Only Joking”, from their album Lunatic topped various South African charts including all three of Tuks FM’s charts and received copious airtime on 5FM and on many other stations in South Africa. The music video for the song debuted on TV 5 on SABC 3 and was in rotation on MKTV. Their second single “Come with Me Now” was in rotation on both 5FM and Tuks FM. The song appeared on the 5FM Top 40 and the Tuks FM Top 30 charts.

In late October 2013, the band self-released Lunatic in the United States. In 2014, both “I’m Only Joking” and “Come with Me Now” began receiving noticeable exposure in the United States, gaining momentum in airplay on radio and being featured in television commercials there. As a result, the band was signed by Epic Records in late January 2014 and the band re-releasedLunatic. “Come with Me Now” has sold more than 70,000 copies as of March 2014.

Come With Me Now

Come with Me Now” is a song by South African band Kongos. Initially released in 2011 as single from their album Lunatic, “Come with Me Now” found commercial success in the United States in 2014, eventually peaking at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and becoming their first charting single in the United States.

In 2011, Kongos released their album Lunatic, which featured “Come with Me Now” which was released as a single. With the band performing the song live while opening for American band Linkin Park in South Africa, “Come with Me Now” was considered a fan favorite there though it initially struggled to find an audience in the United States. The band admitted that when “it didn’t seem like things were getting along we really lost heart – we were ready to move on to new material”

“Come with Me Now” has been described by Billboard as an “accordion-tinged” rock song. Members of the band themselves say that the song is heavily influenced by Kwaito music, which is described as being a blend of South African jazztownship pop, and Western house music

Come With Me Now – Johnny Kongos

Come with me now
Come with me now

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Afraid to lose control
And caught up in this world
I’ve wasted time, I’ve wasted breath
I think I’ve thought myself to death

I was born without this fear
Now only this seems clear
I need to move, I need to fight
I need to lose myself tonight

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

I think with my heart and I move with my head
I open my mouth and it’s something I’ve read
I stood at this door before, I’m told
But a part of me knows that I’m growing too old

Confused what I thought with something I felt
Confuse what I feel with something that’s real
I tried to sell my soul last night
Funny, he wouldn’t even take a bite

Far away
I heard him say (Come with me now)
Don’t delay
I heard him say (Come with me now)

Far away
I heard him say (Come with me now)
Don’t delay
I heard him say (Come with me now)

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna show you how

Afraid to lose control
And caught up in this world
I’ve wasted time, I’ve wasted breath
I think I’ve thought myself to death

I was born without this fear
Now only this seems clear
I need to move, I need to fight
I need to lose myself tonight

Whoa, come with me now

Whoa, come with me now
I’m gonna take you down
Whoa, come with me now

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Ænema ~ Tool

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1990. Since their inception, the band’s line-up has included drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Since 1995, Justin Chancellor has been the band’s bassist, replacing their original bassist Paul D’Amour. Tool is known to have rigorous touring schedules in support of their albums, they have performed well on charts worldwide, and have sold an estimated 9.25 million records in the United States alone.

Tool emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow, at a time when the genre was dominated by thrash metal; and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second effort, Ænima, in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with their third album, Lateralus, in 2001; and their most recent album, 10,000 Days, released in 2006, gained the band critical acclaim and success around the world.

Due to Tool’s incorporation of visual arts and relatively long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock and art rock. The relationship between the band and today’s music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members’ insistence on privacy.

Ænema

Ænema” is a song by rock band Tool, released as the third single from their second album Ænima. Adam Jones made a video for the song using stop-motion animation that appears on Salival. The song reached number twenty-five on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in August 1997.

The song makes extensive use of hemiola, a musical technique in which the emphasis in a triple meter is changed to give the illusion that both a duple and a triple meter occur in the song. For example, during the first verse, the beat appears to be in 12/8 timing, while toward the middle of the song when the lyrics from the first verse are repeated, the beat can be perceived as being in 6/8 timing. The double bass drums are played in a triplet using the floor tom in the middle of the song making them seem twice the speed.

Keenan incorporates into the lyrics part of comedian Bill Hicks’ sketch “Arizona Bay” routine (from Hicks’ comedy segment album of the same name) by stating the line “learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay.” Hicks appears in the liner notes/sleeve as a doctor, and a lenticular image below the case tray illustrates a large portion of California disappearing leaving only the Pacific Ocean, as is mentioned in the song. California falling into the sea is a prediction made by Edgar Cayce, also known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” about the end of days in which California and New York are to sink into the ocean among a plethora of other devastating weather changes.

It also refers to the Church of Scientology with the line “Fuck L. Ron Hubbard and fuck all his clones”; this is because the band members of Tool are opposed to Scientology.

Ænema – Tool

Some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this
bull-shit, three brained, circus, side-show of freaks
here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time, any fucking day.
Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay.

Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your hair-piece and
Fret for your prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car.

It’s a bull-shit, three-ring, circus, side-show of freaks
here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time, any fucking day.
Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay.

Some say a comet will fall from the sky,
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves,
Followed by fault lines that can not sit still,
Followed by millions of dumb-founded dipshits.

And some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this,
Stupid shit.
Silly shit.
Stupid shit.

One great big festering neon distraction,
I’ve a suggestion to keep you all occupied.
Learn to swim. Learn to swim. Learn to swim.

Mom’s gonna fix it all soon.
Mom’s coming round to put it back the way it oughta be.

Fuck L. Ron Hubbard,
And fuck all his clones.
Fuck all these gun toting,
Hip-gangster wannabies.

Fuck retro anything,
Fuck your tattoos.
Fuck all you junkies and
Fuck your short memory.

Fuck smiley glad-hands, with hidden agendas.
Fuck these dysfunctional, insecure actresses.

I’m praying for rain,
I’m praying for tidal waves,
I wanna see the ground give way,
I wanna watch it all go down,
Mom please flush it all away,
I wanna see it go right in and down,
I wanna watch it go right in,
Watch you flush it all away.

Time to bring it down again.
Don’t just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.

I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t
welcome any change my friend.

I wanna see it come down,
plug it down,
suck it down,
flush it down.

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