Migration / The V

by Dave Andrews, Christopher Shotola-Hardt, Mark Andrews

This coupling of tunes was inspired by the painting "Migration" by Christopher. The surreal canvas explores the common plights shared by migrating birds and refugees.  "Migration" features vocal lines; the accordion expresses the geese beating their wings.  "The V" is an ambient piece that takes place above the clouds; Stephen Cohen is our guest performer on slide guitar.

Wind, wind in my hair

No reason, angle of light

Standing in this cloud

geese all around

Hat sits still

hands in pockets

Vapor beneath

caressing my shoes

So far... some will die

Do not sleep

Beat your wings

Continue to fly!

Up here with geese

wearing our overcoats

Standing in this cloud

geese all around

In the middle of the V

wind all around ... migration

Geese all around

Hat sits still

Hands in pockets

Geese all around

Easy

by Mark Andrews

In a Portland pub at 2:00 a.m.

Take it easy on me

I've had rough year

I'm having trouble getting acquainted

with my new enemies

And my hands are busy

untying my tongue

Take it easy on me

I've had a hard time adjusting

My feet embedded in mudslide

My life washed over by the high tide

(Chorus)

And I ... can't get my foot out of my mouth

Can't get the egg off my face

And I'm not hungry, I've had too much humble pie

Take it easy on me

I've had a hard, hard go of it

I'm all messed up and I feel like a chump

And my brain is leaking out through my ears

She said she'd be back, that's what I heard

She said I wouldn't even know that she was gone

When will she be back ...?

And it can't be the worst thing in the world

But it feels like the worst thing in the world

Take it easy on me

I've had a hard, hard year

I'm having trouble getting acquainted with my new enemies

And my hands are busy untying my tongue

Take Heed

by Dave Andrews

Take Heed, it's the picture that gets you down.

Take a stand, it's the feeling that moves you up and out.

Now hear this! It's lonely when you're there

and when you're moving toward.

Take Heed, move your fingers to make it happen again.

Give in, the pain is crossing to the other side.

Give out, let conscience fly out in front of the door.

Now hear this! It's trouble. Check you out!

Lift here, directions will get you where you are.

Give in, lose the moment, but don't feel lost.

If I could be, then you could be, we all could be,

     couldn't we...?

If you would be, then I would be, we all would be,

     wouldn't we...?

Be still, your eyes can move, look around.

Be aware! I am one of the moving ones on the floor.

Now hear this! It's lonely when you're there and when

you're moving toward.

Downtown, the cowboy's taking his last ride.

Be still, it's a moment for all to think.

If I could be, then you could be, we all could be,

    couldn't we...?

If you would be, then I would be, we all would be,

    wouldn't we?

Fire / Susie's Reel  (for Susanne)

by Christopher Shotola-Hardt

An all-out, driving love song followed by a climactic, Celtic-influenced reel.

We are two, and you are mine.

Visible to my eyes, your ultra-violet wave.

Garden of Eden, I'm in your paradise.

Gave me this feeling to love you every day.

Tempt me, I beg you, the room is heating up.

Fire...

I feel compelled to say I love you.

Is it any wonder, you make me feel this way?

You are my fuel, ignite me your way!

Fire...

You are true, I feel your depth.

Looking now straight at me, you see now who I am.

No fear, no never...no insecurity.

I feel you always with me, you fill me to the core.

We are one, you set me on...

Fire...

Sad World

by Dave Andrews

In the corner there's a man

his hands behind his back

Lookin all the time for a place to work

to feed his family

Always holding his head down

thinking of the state that he is in

He never moves his hands

to say hello to me

It's a sad world

It's a sad country

It's a sad world

for people who want to be free

On the sidewalk walks a girl

her face behind her hair

She lives in a state of confusion

the hate, pain, and war

She looks to the sky when she's alone

to watch the freedom of the birds

She never moves her hair

to say hello to me

On the park bench sits a man

memories are all he has

No more social security

his life all behind him now

His only son lost in the war

the one no one had won

He wonders why he was treated this way

he doesn't have anything to say to me

Through the Skies

by Dave Andrews

as I'm driving down this desolate highway

my wishful thoughts are of you

you don't know that you're in my dreams

wearing my favorite color, maroon

you're sitting smiling thinking

of love and your happiness

I'm singing laughing thinking

of how I love your gentle kind kiss

but that's only in my dreams

where I visualize

our bodies close together

floating through the skies

our own worlds were hypnotized

just by staring in each other's eyes

as my thoughts flow back down to earth

the chills stay with me for awhile

I try to think of ways to approach you 

about this feeling that lives inside

I start to fear a negative reaction from you

and you going far away

but I can picture a scene where you tell me

that you love me and you want me every day

You Are God

by Christopher Shotola-Hardt

After the spacey intro with chanting, a hypnotic trance jam.

you are God and you are in me

pie Jesu domini dona eis requiem

Lars

by Dave Andrews

This song about lost love, performed by the Bug Toast trio in 1997. Dave on guitar and lead vocal, Christopher on bouzouki and harmony vocal, Susanne on accordion and harmony vocal.

she told you she loves you with all her heart

you can't understand why she falls apart

and breaks down

when she mentions her other friend's name

and she says that she loves you

and so you live from day to day

you walk with her talk with her

and you make love with her

then at night the other side comes out

and she says that she loves him

did she fantasize about him in her head

for she never saw him and he was far away

and then she mentioned his name

while sitting by the L tracks smoking all your cigarettes

watching the sunset with her in your arms

she's given you so much love

you can't understand why

she said that it's time for you and he is far

the picture is gone but the phone calls live on

It's one of those things you want to hide

and you know that you love her

Bug Toast

by Dave Andrews & Christopher Shotola-Hardt

The surreal poetry speaks of unrequited love between a bug and a nuclear power reactor. This song performed by Bug Toast trio in 1997. Dave on guitar and lead vocal, Christopher on bouzouki and harmony vocal, Susanne on accordion and harmony vocals.

Walking by...

and touching your concrete wall

Makes me feel so small

and I try to hide it

Seeing you

your radioactive heat

A holocaustic treat

and I try to ...

fire!

Ashes below / nuclear snow

Shadows I know / pale green glow

bug toast

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