Songs for the Reaper

by Ultraviolet Hippopotamus

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Dave Bruzza (Greensky Bluegrass) plays acoustic guitar on North Coast, John Snyder (Rootstand) plays harmonica on North Coast & Cocaine Blues, and Tracy Olmsted sings harmony on Two Pigs.

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released 09 February 2008
Brian Samuels: Bass, Lead Vocals
Sam Guidry: Guitar, Vocals
Russell Olmsted: Guitar, Vocals
Joe Phillion: Drums
Nathan Karnes: Keyboards, Synths, and Hammond
Casey Butts: Percussion

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“This Grand Rapids band does the groovy, experimental, jam-rock thing in a way that would make Frank Zappa proud.”

Brian McCollum - Detroit Free Press

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Track Name: Welcome Welcome
Welcome, welcome please sit down and while i speak dont you make a sound
not that any of this will mean a thing

Just let me poke fun at you I swear what I speak I wont do
These words I speak are only words indeed



you can search across the land to find yourself a better man
someone to hold you close so you dont break
I wish you would dry those tears and let go of the last few years
and toughen up that fragile skin of yours

Hon relax cuz you know me and like i said some day you'll see
That it pays to walk the earth more like a man
i'll take you on a moon light ride I'll cut your neck and sell your hide
and I "mean it" from the bottom of my heart

you can search across the land to find yourself a better man
someone to hold you close so you dont break
I wish you would dry those tears and let go of the last few years
and toughen up that fragile skin of yours


Well hon relax and put your little hand in mine
cuz you never know what we might encounter
and if your mirror mirror on the wall is tired of answering true or false
well maybe he just tired of talking to you
Track Name: Head in the Trees
Go if you want to, it's gonna be this way
Go if you want to, I don't feel the same
Go if you want to, there's the door
Go if you want to, but don't complain no more

I know I'm selfish and you are too
I know I'm impolite but you're so aloof
My shield is too small to cover you all
My sword was broken while I watched you fall
So

Go if you want to, it's gonna be this way
Go if you want to, I don't feel the same
Go if you want to, there's the door
Go if you want to, but don't complain no more

Got my head so high up in the trees that i cant see the ground
Got my head so high I just might die. All I see are birds and clouds and sky

Go if you want to, it's gonna be this way
Go if you want to, I don't feel the same
Go if you want to, there's the door
Go if you want to, but don't complain no more

You think it's easy, just a walk in the park
You feel forsaken, left out in the dark
Like I am above you, pitchfork and horns
This is all my fault even though you were warned
So

Go if you want to, it's gonna be this way
Go if you want to, I don't feel the same
Go if you want to, there's the door
Go if you want to, but don't complain no more

Got my head so high up in the trees that i cant see the ground
Got my head so high I just might die. All I see are birds and clouds and sky
Track Name: Cheshire Cat
I hesitate to turn the light
I may fear the other side
Though it exists and I am there
I don't think I came prepared

The light moves while the shadows change
The picture has been rearranged
"What's to fear?" I thought I heard
But where's the voice that spoke the words

I'm not schizophrenic
Don't believe in ghosts
But this peculiar old man
Sat beside the lamp post
With a smile so bright
Like the Cheshire Cat
Made the rest of his face
Disappear behind his hat

Inverse measures of the mind
Have locked us into space and time
When surfing probabilities
There are no doors, there are no keys

Start to look between the light
You never know what you might find
Tricky yet fulfilling
But only for the willing

I'm not schizophrenic
Don't believe in ghosts
But this peculiar old man
Sat beside the lamp post
With a smile so bright
Like the Cheshire Cat
Made the rest of his face
Disappear behind his hat
Track Name: Songs for the Reaper
I read the good book before I used all the paper
I found that I am still confused
If I give my soul to Jesus I get nothing
But if I sell it to the devil he'll show me how to play the blues

I sang that song for the reaper
He said "Boy you ain't got no soul,
I'll come back for you later, til then
Learn how to rock n roll"

All the fundamentalists are putting up there fists
It appears they got a little lost in their pride
Now before you go playing this record backwards
I'm just saying if there's a god he's on everybody's side

I sang that song for the reaper
All he did was laugh
He said "Boy you still don't get it do you?
You gotta learn how to make last!"

The mad man Alice Cooper became a priest
Bob Marley said god was a living man
Jimmy Hendrix said "Music is my religion"
That's the only one I understand

I sang that song for the reaper
right before I asked him "why?"
He said "God is what you make it, boy,
Whatever rules you want to apply"

I caught the reaper dancing
To a song that I wrote
He said "Man you're starting to catch on,
Take my hand, it's your time to go"
Track Name: E.M.D.
A seed is planted, the egg is fertilized
Energy is granted, now begins a new life

Shape-shifter

Slowly growing while all the patience thins
Always flowing the journey begins

Shape-shifter

More eyes awake
Track Name: Two Pigs
Two pigs underneath the linens
A skeleton is crawling into bed
Stretch 'em out cuz he taller then the piggies
An alien is living in his head

The sun seems to be where it all begins
But an outsiders see us as the seventh stone in

Big brother is hiding under the table
Whirlwind is a poetic disguise
Dressed in mythological clothing
But no one can cover up the sky

Two pigs underneath the linens
A skeleton is crawling into bed
Stretch 'em out cuz he taller then the piggies
An alien is living in his head

The sun seems to be where it all begins
But an outsiders see us as the seventh stone in

Run mother get back to your baby
Your folklore is an unpleasant surprise
Big brother is still under the table
Cuz no one can cover up the sky
Track Name: North Coast
3,500 miles of shore
I dont really think we could ask for more
surrounded by fresh water seas
We got dunes, waterfalls, and plenty of trees
We got islands of mystery
The kind of music that will never let you sleep
Everything that would make it seem
Like we're living in a beautiful dream
We're not rubbing it in or trying to boast
We're just speaking of the love coming from the North Coast

North Coast I love you so
And I think of you every where I go

On the back forty were the music sprouts
The roots stand strong while the birds sing out
From motown city up to the bay
Everybody comes to see those players play
The horn section that never stops
Rain or shine they're going to make you drop
The earth works well when your on the farm
You're going to feel the love so don't be alarmed
If you want to dance and feel alive
Then get your ass out to Four Finger Five

We come from, we come from the north
We come from we come from the north

There's a little place we know called Kalamazoo
Where the sky is green and the grass is blue
When it gets late, real late at night
The T-Lo boys will make you feel alright
The best beer comes from Larry Bell
Don't ask him the secret cuz he'll never tell
But he's got the best crew in all the land
Always bringing in the best rock n roll bands
And the penthouse where we kick it downtown
We love you boys and we'll see you around

We come from, we come from the North
we come from, we come from the North

North Coast I love you so
and I think of you everwhere i go
North Coast I love you so
and I think of you everywhere i go
North Coast I love you So.
Track Name: Cocaine Blues
I know this little woman
Her soul is for sale
Her lips are chapped
And her face is pale
Look out momma
Whatcha trying to lose
If you don't be careful
You're gonna catch them cocaine blues

She was always in the bathroom
When we'd go to the shows
"I'll be right back," she'd say,
"I gotta powder my nose,"
C'mon girl, We all saw the clues
Yeah it's sneaking up on her
But she's catching them cocaine blues

When she ran out
She'd get on the phone
Even her dealer said
"Leave it alone"
That's bad y'all
Whatever happened to booze?
She ain't over the edge
but she's got them cocaine blues

When she finally figured out
She'd have to sacrifice
She started dating her dealer
For a discount price
He said "Listen up baby,
you're gonna have to choose.
Do you want me, or do you want them cocaine blues?"

So, she roller skated
Down the road that he paved
And then one night
She got in his way
Oh lord sister,
where'd you get that bruise?
When you gonna leave it woman?
When you gonna drop them cocaine blues?

She got busted
With a couple of rails
She's doing time
In the county jail
That's right y'all
I got some more bad news
She didn't learn her lesson
And she fell back in them cocaine blues