Songwriting Cycle #2

by Various Artists

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This project was put together by Edric Haleen. You can find out more about Edric by clicking the link:

happinessboard.com/Edric_Haleen.html

Each participant came up with a challenge for someone else, and the challenges were randomly assigned on the evening of March 18th, 2011. All of the participants then had three weeks to finish their recordings.

Well, first, JoAnn Abbott challenged Ross Durand to write a song that retells a fairy tale.

Next, Ross Durand challenged BoffoYuxDudes with the intentionally vague, “Upside-down.”

In retaliation, BoffoYuxDudes challenged Charlie McCarron to write an entirely new song that mashes up the titles of two other well-known songs!

Just to keep things interesting, Charlie McCarron challenged Graham Porter to write a new song for the credits of one of his [Graham’s] favorite movies.

In turn, Graham Porter challenged Dr. Lindyke to write a song about something or someone being haunted.

After that, Dr. Lindyke challenged Bryce Jensen to write a entertaining, military-themed song.

Upping the ante, Bryce Jensen challenged Caleb Hines to write a song (in the first-person) “about an imagined adventure in a place you long to visit.”

As if that weren’t enough, Caleb Hines challenged Duality to write a song that is, in fact, a letter from the future!

In keeping with the spirit of things, Duality challenged Edric Haleen to write a song about any internal organ below the neck except the heart!

Not to be outdone, Edric Haleen challenged Dave Gorbe to write a song that doesn’t use the letter “n” anywhere in the entire lyric!

Finally, Dave Gorbe challenged JoAnn Abbott to write a song in the [fine!] tradition of a drinking song.

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released April 9, 2011

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Track Name: Edric Haleen - Inner Thoughts
Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!
Gather your buddies and head to the bar!
Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!
Ev'ryone come as you are!

There's no cause to argue or bicker,
'Cause ev'ryone's happy and full of good cheer!
So go get a wine or some liquor!
Or, better yet? Go grab a beer!

Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!
Spirits are flowing and spirits are high!
Come hang with the guys as we socialize!
And drink! Drink! Drink!

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Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Let Nature's bounty wash over your tongue!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink while the night is still young!

There's beer from your favorite brewers!
There's bourbon, tequila, and scotch you can try!
There's SoCo, Jack Daniel's, and Dewar's,
And Smirnoff and Svedka and Skyy!

Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Pull out the stopper and don't stop us now!
There's still a whole wall full of alcohol!
So drink! Drink! Drink!

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Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink 'til you vomit, then go back for more!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
Drink!
'Til you're passed-out on the floor!

But make sure that you're a survivor!
Remember how costly a car wreck can be!
So choose someone else as your driver,
And order your next one on me!

Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!
Keep the rounds coming! Let's go 'round again!
Don't care if it's wine or it's turpentine!
Just drink! Drink! Drink!

Just drink!

Drink!

Just drink!

Yeah!!!

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LIVER’S PART

Umm... Excuse me?
Hey -- down here? Uh...
Pardon me?
Just a word?
If I may?
Hey?
I’m suggesting you
Slow it down.
Just a bit.
Not so much!
Thanks!

You’ve been drinking a while now.
It’s been fun and all...
But I’m falling behind.
I can’t process this!

So how ‘bout if you
Take a break
For a while?
Have some food
Huh?
You don’t need to keep drinking!
Please?!?

Seriously! What’s a liver gotta do
To get your attention up there? Huh?!?

That’s enough!
You’re cut off!
Time to go!
Now!!!
Man, I’m tellin’ you...
What the heck?
Even more?!?
Come on, brain,
Help me out!

My last owner was nicer.
What a shame it was
When they put me in you.
You’re abusing me!

Gonna give me cirrhosis!
I’ll look just like the last one!
Did you see that thing?!?
It was horrible!
I don’t wanna end up like that!
Somebody help!!
I don’t deserve this!
Get me outta here!!
You bastard!!!

No! Oh, what a world!

(Incoherent sobs)
Track Name: Ross Durand - Little Bird
Little Bird, I know you've come a long, long way
Little Bird, It's getting cold, here you can stay
Little Bird, so sorry for my tears
But I've been looking at this world too many years
For far too many years

I see a family starvin'
I se their baby crying through the night
But I am cast in bronze with Gilt to give me shimmer
Take the ruby from my hilt to them to make it right

I see soldier dyin'
I see the hope disappear from his eyes
Take the diamond from the ring around my finger
So he can think of his love while he dies

And peel the gold from my body
For the women raising children alone
And pluck the gems from the crown on my brow
What use are they to me standing her alone?

Little Bird, my heart breaks to hear you dyin'
Little Bird, resting there beneath my feet
And I can hear the voices of the Angels
Taking you your maker for to meet

(and they say)

Little Bird, we know you've come a long, long way
Little Bird, It's getting cold, here you can stay
Little Bird, so sorry for our tears
But we've been looking at this world too many years
For far too many years
Track Name: Boffo Yux Dudes - Upside Down
The stars were our symphony
Together floating we were free
But there’s a new first mate now on your bridge
Heard it on your radio, you see
I used to have your frequency
Now I’m colder than the meatloaf in your fridge

Your upside has got me down

My head is spinning round and round
My heart is sinking under your gravity
(Beat) You leave me devoid of breath
I’m drifting closer to my death
Don’t know which way I’ll go to be free

There are no directions in space
But everywhere I see your face
When listening to the silence I hear you talk
I’m going mad trapped in this ship
I can’t get a clue so I’ll get a grip
I think I’ll go outside and take a walk

Your upside has got me down
My head is spinning round and round
I’m like a watch where all the gears have sprung
I miss your voice I miss your touch
I miss your smile oh, so much
But I especially miss that thing you do with your tongue

Upside Down You Vex
Why do you drive me insane?
Vertigo is here.

Upside Down I Cry
Who will save me from my fate?
My voice is alone.

Upside Down is here
Orientation is where?
No One Hears Me Scream.

Upside Down inside
Outer Space is very cruel
The Capsule is cold

Upside Down Outside
The hatch is stuck - Not for Long
Air Slowly Leaves me

Upside down out there
I wonder if it's friendly
The view is awesome

Your upside has got me down
My head is spinning round and round
And now the air is hissing out my suit
Before dementia takes me away
There’s one important thing I must say
(slurs) Toenail doorknob semen who’s a pretty bird? Hahahahahaha....
Track Name: Charlie McCarron - The Ballad Of John And Jesus
You've been working for peanuts man
You've been working to fill your hand
But the currency in this land
Is irrelevant in the end
Cause when all is said and done
Who knows where you'll be in the morning
What on Earth have you learned from me?
I'd have thought you'd have learned to see
That the beauty in life comes free
You're just paying for misery

Would you promise to love yourself
Just imagine you're someone else
Do some good for your mental health
Put the negative words on the shelf
Cause no matter what's been said
You decide who you are in the morning
What on Earth have you learned from me?
I'd have thought you'd have learned to read
Through the lines to the parts where we
Don't take you so seriously

My celebrity is wearing thin each day
They've been twisting my words and attacking everything I say
Who on Earth will stay beside me as I pray
Who on Earth will fall asleep when Judas comes my way
When Judas comes my way

I've made enemies left and right
Just by stepping into the light
Now they're looking to start a fight
Cause they don't want to change their lives
And the fool upon the hill
Will be gone by the light of the morning
What on Earth have you done to me?
You've made everyone start to believe
That I'm more than a guy walking on two feet
All I wanted was love and peace
It was love and peace
Track Name: Graham Porter - Ascend (Pan's Labyrinth)
On a mountain top
Sits a flower too pure
Whomever plucks this rose
Will live forever
And yet the thorns that adorn this crown
Will poisen and kill all who try
And so every day it wilts

Moanna, climb this mount
All mens' fears and doubt
They may cut your hands and feet
But you'll reach your seat by me
On your throne, I will wait patiently

Moanna, watch this world
Shrink beneath you
They would pull you down, away
From the life for which you were
Born to live eternally

Moanna, tear your flesh
On these wicked thorns
Wash these stones with the
Blood of your one inner
Innocence, Immortal

Moana, leave your shell
That broken form
Give up your ghost, the most
You'll ever lose again
Track Name: Dr. Lindyke - Blood Moon
There's a light in the sky
And through the oaken leaves and Spanish moss it shines
And you and I
Once again keep our date with the constellations

On a highway to nowhere
Through a tunnel of oak
A bitter sweet reunion
A past life, a lost soul lingers within me still

And here I stand beneath the Blood Moon
As I have for twenty years
Trembling with the expectation
That I'll find you here.

And I can see you
Pulling the mist like a cloak about you
And I can feel you
As cold as never caring

Do you bring darkness down on me
Or is it just the night?
Will you escape my tender touch
As we relive our dance tonight?

The breath of life escaping
Through my fingers slipping
May the the Earth embrace you
Where I left you 'neath the Blood Moon long ago.

And here I stand beneath the Blood Moon
As I have for twenty years
Trembling with the expectation
That I'll find you here,
Where I left you 'neath the Blood Moon long ago.
Track Name: Caleb Hines - The Life For Me
I won a free trip to spend a week,
On a small island in the sea.
And who could resist that paradise,
A tropical luxury.
So I sat on the beach sipping lemonade,
For that is the life for me.

The next day I found a wooden box,
With an odd-looking paper scrap,
I studied its symbols carefully,
And learned that it was a map.
But right then I was grabbed by some strong-armed men
I'd fallen into their trap.

They told me about a pirate crew,
Who had sailed here in times of old,
They came to this island in a storm,
To bury their stash of gold.
But they never returned to reclaim their loot:
A chest filled with wealth untold.

They needed my help to read the map.
And they told me they had a gun.
We marched through the jungle all day long,
While I sweated in the sun,
Then we came to the edge a rocky cliff,
Our journey was nearly done.

Go twelve paces north from the cliff,
Then twenty paces west to a rock,
Go ten paces north to a giant tree.
X marks the spot.

We went to the place the map had marked,
And they made me dig up the ground,
Eventually I heard a thud,
Of something that I had found,
Then a small squad of men from the CIA,
Emerged from the woods around.

They'd been tracking down these criminals,
With the local authority,
They took all the crooks, but let me go,
With a ten percent Finder's fee.
Now I'm back on the beach, sipping lemonade,
For that is the life for me.

Yes that is the life for me
Track Name: Duality - Letter Of Fire (Frying Pan)
Will it be me …

I wrote the letter
thousands of times
hundreds of chords
millions of rhymes

Situation's not really fine -
so unlikely you'll change your mind.

I look like
I have lots of power
from some some distant future
to give you an answer

I come to your present
preempt your mistake
But people are still going to
make the decisions they make
I already know…
It does no good to remind me…

Still I try
But you've nothing there to pull you out
of the fire back into the future of the frying pan
where you decide

Will it be me?

Change only comes from the pain that you run from
Track Name: JoAnn Abbott - Come Have A Sip Of My Wine
Truth to tell, I’m the daughter of Bacchus, and me mam is the goddess of beer
And with that pedigree why it’s easy to see , the reason that I’m standing here
Like a bottle of spirits unending, I’ve a lot and I’m willing to share
Tis no idle boast, but the drink I love most
If you choose to rise to my dare

So come along love put your lips upon mine
Have a sip of me wine
For the vintage is fine
Come along love while we still have the time
Come put your lips upon mine

You can learn quite a lot from a bottle; if it’s cold, warm it up in your hand
See the fine curving shape, the sweet scent of the grape
Know the contents are bound to be grand
Have a care as you open the vessel- no need to rush something so nice
For with women and wine you should always take time
And always be sure of the price

So come along love put your lips upon mine
Have a sip of me wine
For the vintage is fine
Come along love while we still have the time
Come put your lips upon mine

There’s whisky and wine and there’s brandy; there’s wheat beers and porters and stout
Whatever you brew there is one thing that’s true- what you put in is what will come out
The contents need careful attention, but they will be worth all the work
There is joy in the act, just remember one fact-
A good bottle needs a good cork

So come along love put your lips upon mine
Have a sip of me wine
For the vintage is fine
Come along love while we still have the time
Come put your lips upon mine

Now once you’ve removed the cork slowly, I pray let me breathe for a while
Then go with a will to finish your fill and I’ll wager I’ll give you a smile!
There are many the tastes and the flavors, and there’s many the hard drinking man
And there’s many the pigs after one or two swigs
Who can’t do what they said that they can

So come along love put your lips upon mine
Have a sip of me wine
For the vintage is fine
Come along love while we still have the time
Come put your lips upon mine

There’s a reason why wine has been worshipped, as into it slowly you sink
Be sure that it’s true I know better than you of a liquor that’s quicker than drink
Tis a potion that’s bound to lift spirits, a cordial that’s cordial indeed
A libation of joy for us all to enjoy, a medicine for every need

So come along love put your lips upon mine
Have a sip of me wine
For the vintage is fine
Come along love while we still have the time
Come put your lips upon mine

Now be careful of over indulgence; you can have too much of a good thing!
Your head starts to ache and your body to shake, and you’ll sometimes learn just what storks bring
For there’s life in the yeast as it’s brewing, and there’s love that will grow with a kiss
Don’t pass up the chance though to join in the dance, tis a pleasure you won’t want to miss.

So come along love put your lips upon mine
Have a sip of me wine
For the vintage is fine
Come along love while we still have the time
Come put your lips upon mine