FAWM 2018

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I Am Houdini 02:19
verse 1: Straight-jacket holdin' me tight The crowd stare cuts through the night Break free with both hands tied (spoken) How did I do it? chorus: Mystery man with his Appleton roots He comes with a plan in his stranglehold boots A slick lock-picker with a trick up his sleeve that no-one can believe verse 2: Cool smile; I tour the town The crowd cheers and fear it drowns The whole world will know my name (spoken) I am Houdini! chorus: Mystery man with his Appleton roots He comes with a plan in his stranglehold boots A slick lock-picker with a trick up his sleeve that no-one can believe, oh yeah! that no-one can believe, don't ya know! that no-one can believe!
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[intro] verse 1: I know that you keep it inside. The fear of being square unfolds the stories that you hide. Take off from the world you hold tight. The weight of the city keeps you up in a plight. pre-chorus: Let's forget all the days we're living in lies. Take your spaceship to Mars and the everyday dies. chorus: Let's hop the soul train to the good town tonight. Livin' like everything's alright. Take me out where the lights don't sleep. Feel the beat! pre-chorus: Let's forget all the time we're wasting away. Tune straight into yourself for one more day. chorus: Let's hop the soul train to the good town tonight. Livin' like everything's alright. Take me out where the lights don't sleep. Feel the beat! [guit solo] [intro] verse 2: All and all, it's just another fleeting hour. The stars won't shine out brighter if the night begins to flounder. Something came to me that I can not avoid, that time is meant for more than what we do and who we are. pre-chorus: Let's forget all the time we're wasting away. Tune straight into yourself for one more day. chorus: Let's hop the soul train to the good town tonight. Livin' like everything's alright. Take me out where the lights don't sleep. Feel the beat! [guit solo] [intro] [inst verse] [synth solo] chorus: Let's hop the soul train to the good town tonight. Livin' like everything's alright. Take me out where the lights don't sleep. Feel the beat! [guit solo]
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verse 1: Don't you worry about the internet It's all fake anyways Social media; it turns us all to freaks Put on a fake smile and cry ourselves to sleep chorus: Ev'rybody is more human than they seem Don't you worry; take it from me verse 2: Don't you worry about the twitter google or facebook too All these websites they don't mean anything Fill you with non-sense; Compell you in the ring chorus: Ev'rybody is more human than they seem Don't you worry; take it from me, Oh no-oh! Don't you worry; take it from me. skaoutro: (spoken) Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up now! Don't you worry; take it from me, Oh no! Don't you worry; take it from me. Don't you worry; take it from me, Oh no! Don't you worry; take it from me.
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I'm a child to men, and man to young. It's the state of authority feeling dumb. When I wake, I know the sluggish drone. Take the day, feeling useless, a novice tone. .. But the music keeps me grounded in my meditation .. And the choices I make leave for no exemption .. What of man would I be to turn and walk away? .. What of child am I to fall into the day? Today... Today...
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When your old friend sends the invite We’re dead sure it’s just the right night Drive out of the city crazy far Until the sky’s a million billion stars People swimming like in Eden It’s a paradise for heathens Faces dance in mirrors everywhere Your old friend wears a garden in her hair I see arachnids run from geckos In a house that’s pure Art Deco And has paintings by El Greco Can you hear the evening echo? Can you hear the evening echo? Can you hear the echo ring? Can you hear the evening echo? Can you hear the songs I sing? He goes walking in the desert Dressed in nothing but a nightshirt He disappears behind some jumbo rocks Later on, the cops will find his socks I see arachnids run from geckos In a house that’s pure Art Deco And has paintings by El Greco Can you hear the evening echo? Can you hear the evening echo? Can you hear the evening ring? Can you hear the evening echo? Can you hear the song I sing? I’m thinking that the party is so cool And then we find the body in the pool I can hear the evening echo! I can hear the evening ring! I can hear the evening echo! I can hear the songs you sing! I can hear the evening echo! I can hear the songs you sing! I can hear the evening echo! I can hear the evening ring!
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Hot sun melts ice, that’s our front-page story When we met I couldn’t stay away Every friend of ours could read the headline Be afraid, be very afraid You find nuance on the blankest canvas Drawing your distinctions with a blade I suffer from a kind of color blindness I don’t like white and can’t see shades of gray And it’s all coming down to what you say you want And it’s all coming down to what I can give You want tenderness and truth, I offer darkness Now we know it’s no way to live You put in mahogany and teakwood I’ll put in obsidian and chrome We could build a house for the ages But, baby, we could never build a home And it’s all coming down to what you say you want And it’s all coming down to what I can give You want tenderness and truth, I offer darkness Now we know it’s no way to live In spite of all the odds, we put this thing together But the pieces are finally breaking loose What once united now divides We could keep on trying but… What’s… the… use? And it’s all coming down to what you say you want And it’s all coming down to what I can give You want tenderness and truth, I offer darkness Now we know it’s no way to live
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Zoned Out 02:35
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Uncertainty 01:15
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We're winding down and there's no way to come back up And use the time not better spent The ducks don't know the way back home for them, you see. A product of the pond they chose. And it's o- k that we've wasted our childhood and know not what's ahead, And it's o- k that our way out is left to our own hands and nothing more. Cause leaning on the leader is doomed before it starts. to give 'em taste superior is grave beyond our hearts. I remember younger days, when I was free in spirit. Anything was possible today; how times have changed.
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(just a)nother day to me; I'm waking to calamity and Every braincell drains itself a bit. Fucking up the poignant urge to save my fleeting nerve, but I'm indifferent to the bells that toll. Oh how my little brain wants to live in yesterday coz the present needs it's shaping and the future brand new roads. here's to you, our little talks keep me laughing at it all but we're sitting here with nowhere left to go. and the podium we'll take here uncertain of our fate. our dreams caught in red tape and piles of debt. NH- S is up my ass 'bout the way I act and dress. just be- cause they say we're smart don't make them healthy. [chorus]
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(I'll) play the keys like it's nobody's business, and jam out to songs that I want to play coz I'm in my own world, they say; I don't care if nobody's listening (from) Vulfpeck to Sir Elton John to tunes of my own from the heart and soul coz music is my life, you see. and no one can take that away from me. Years have gone by, and the fire hasn't left me this is the ode to the art that exudes me tappin' my toes to the rhythm inside of my heart and I've only begun to start

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February Album Writing Month (FAWM) is an internet challenge where the objective is to write 14 original songs within the shortest month of the year (February). As per tradition, I successfully completed this challenge for the third year in a row. Without further adieu, here's my result from this year!

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released February 25, 2018

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