The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III

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The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III features 18 new tracks from southeastern CT-affiliated artists, most of whom will be releasing, or have just released, new music (albums, EPs, etc.) in 2015.

Produced by Ben Parent, Carl Franklin & Vince Tuckwood

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released 31 January 2015

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Track Name: John Fries & The Elements - On The Inside
ON THE INSIDE

Like a train that’s run off the tracks,
Just a split second to react.
Your head is spinning above it all.
Any minute you could fall.

Footsteps in the back of your mind,
Getting louder all the time.
Try to drown them out you will,
But in the light of dawn they’re with you still.

Seems that everyone knows,
How your story is going to end.
Stuff in your own mind,
Drowning in the sands of time.

Early morning birds will sing.
Have you ever thought of joining in?
Oh, for just once won’t you try.
And sing with them into the sky.

Seems that everyone knows,
How your story is going to end.
Stuck in your own mind,
Drowning in the sands of time.

Felt so lost, could not be found.
Time and time you’ve fallen down.
Tried so hard to find a way.
To make some sense of what you feel today.
Track Name: Vincent Tuckwood - Sheep (One of Those Days)
SHEEP (ONE OF THOSE DAYS)

They're telling you what to do
They're telling you what to day
They're telling you not to do thing your own way

They're telling you where to go
They're telling you who to know
They're telling you not to be such a so and so

They're telling you what to think
They're telling you what to eat and drink
They're telling you not to kick up such a stink

They're telling you where to go
They're telling you who to know
They're telling you not to be such a so and so

They're telling you what to say
They're telling you what songs to play
They're telling you not to sing them your own way

Have you ever had one of those days
The smile seems nailed to your face
And everything aches with the effort it takes
Have you ever had one of those times
You feel like you're learning your lines
Time after time you tell them you're fine

Don't be a sheep

Ba-ba-baaaaaa!
Track Name: Carl Franklin - Underground
UNDERGROUND

I flew into Chicago on a Hellcat 33
We saw no light the entire ride
Down the escalator to Cafe Mystery
That's where I met her, my new sweet city guide

The IT crashed that day and was now running late
Figured we'd be grounded there for a while
With the sweetest smile she whisper, "don't worry, mate"
Two tenths later we're screaming away in style, singing.

Whoa, gonna bury it underground
Whoa, gonna lay it down
Whoa, gonna bury it underground
Whoa, gonna lay it down

I unpack my bags in my new spacious digs
Refreshing sweetness in the air
She says to me it's a 3-tiered purifier
The best in homeopathic care

Hard to believe most people live like this now
A population underground
It's 81 Celsius today, December 5th
So good to be down here safe and sound

Whoa, gonna bury it underground
Whoa, gonna lay it down
Whoa, gonna bury it underground
Whoa, gonna lay it down
Track Name: Nancy Parent - Lock and Key
LOCK AND KEY

Spread your wings and fly with me
For all the world to see
No longer under lock and key
Let our love go free

Pain and past wounds when they come
Knockin’ at the door
Turn the key and rise above
Heal the world once more

One door closes
Another opens wide
Unlock your heart with me
Let your light shine

Spread your wings and fly with me
For all the world to see
No longer under lock and key
Let our love go free

Breaking down walls
Building up again
Forgive what is past
Learn to trust again

Breaking down walls
Build it up again
Release from the past
Learn to live again

Spread your wings and fly with me
For all the world to see
No longer under lock and key
Let our love go free

Abridged quotes from Thomas Merton, Lao-tzu, Marianne Williamson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Track Name: Dogbite - Señor el Diablo
SEÑOR EL DIABLO

Riding east across the western plains

Back in the saddle again, hands on the reins

Looking to the future like a light that shined

Knowin’ I was yours and you were mine.

Uh uh hunh, Oh yeah…

Robbin’ banks with 45’s like Jesse James

Love like ours, forever true, just can’t be feigned

Wild as the West, oh no, we can’t be tamed

On the trail of Fortune and of Fame

Years passed by, we lived a life of crime

Guess I shoulda known that we’d run out of time

Signs were everywhere but I could not see

Blind and deaf and dumb as a man could be

Uh uh hunh, Oh yeah…

Then the dark-haired stranger joined our outlaw band

Fun and fast and fearless like some hoodoo man

First he turned your head and then he took your hand

You both lit out across the Rio Grande.

Lying still as death on barren ground
Searchin’ for a reason that can’t be found.


Shot through the heart and left for dead
Thinkin’ ‘bout all the things you said.

Uh uh hunh, Oh yeah…

Never had the slightest notion you’d be untrue

That was the one thing I thought you’d never do

But Señor el Diablo knows a trick or two

He worked his charms and ended up with you.
Track Name: Ravens in the Woods with Dave Rave - Keep Waving On
KEEP WAVING ON

I saw you dancing by the ledge
You saw me swimming on a powder keg
The shorebirds soared with a knowing eye
The beach was empty and the tide was high

It’s ten years later, we meet again
Your knees, bandaged, like my aching hands
The carousel by the ocean shore
It’s boarded up and it goes no more

And you wave like a goodbye / And you take my heart to ride

So little changes down in my heart
Sometimes I think, then the teardrops start
You seem so peaceful, so graceful and sure
I thank the heavens, I’m with you once more

CHORUS

Wave to say hi /Wave for Goodbye

CHORUS

By the ledge / We made our pledge

I saw you dancing on the edge
We’ve seen the seasons, and empty nests
But now it’s winter and the birds are gone
And in the storm’s eye, it is all calm

CHORUS
Track Name: Jeff Slate - She Was a Princess (remix)
SHE WAS A PRINCESS (REMIX)
Track Name: The Rivergods - Fall Where They Fall
FALL WHERE THEY FALL

If I get stuck here
Won't you please move me along
And if I lose my way
Please just turn me around

'Cause I'm a dreamer
I'm still chasing down a dream
Though I haven't pinned it down
I'm still trying to find the meaning

If I get nervous
Don't you let me ramble on
If I forget the words
Please just finish my song

'Cause I'm a dreamer
I'm still hung up on a dream
Though I haven't pinned it down
I'm still trying to find the meaning

So deal the cards out
Let 'em fall where they fall
Remember me
Should you need someone to call
If you get backed against the wall

If my fire goes out
Won't you please give me a light
And when the darkness comes
Won't you keep me warm at night

'Cause I'm a dreamer
I'm still hung up on a dream
Though I haven't pinned it down
I'm still trying to grasp the meaning

So deal the cards out
Let 'em fall where they fall
Remember me
Should you need someone to call
If you get backed against the wall
Track Name: Ebin-Rose Trio - Pottery
POTTERY

It’s a crazy kind of rhythm, this rise and rush and go
You could spend your lifetime dreaming and still may never know
How the wheel turns
How the wheel turns

Laughing down the hillside, lost among the trees
If the spirits truly love us, why do they keep us on our knees
How the wheel turns
How the wheel turns

Constant as the stars that shine the path across the sea
Everything else changing, it’s an endless mystery
How the wheel turns
How the wheel turns
Track Name: Dave Rave with Ravens in the Woods - Better Than Zero
BETTER THAN ZERO

It’s better than zero
Something from nothin’
Better than zero:
So they say

“It’s Better than zero!”
Some guy was yellin’
Outta his window:
Send him away!

I asked for cash, they gave me fame
Went to the bank with my good name
It’s better than stick poked in the eye
Everywhere I see strange fingers in my pie

What could be better?
Running on empty
Take a vacation
Far far away!

Frying pan into the fire
Feeding flames, they’re getting’ higher
Count the chicks that didn’t hatch
Here you are with your eggs in the basket/eggs in the basket!/eggs in the basket!

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

I’m countin’ the zeroes
Something from Nothin’
But zero + zero
Don’t add up
Track Name: SheSaidHeSaid - Your Worst Friend
It’s mystifying
How we get on
Seems death defying
How I wander through your day
I breathe the same air as everybody else does
I traveled all the places where everybody else was

You say I’m dying
But I live on
It’s not for want of trying
I been to hell and gone
Your unkind remarks don’t matter to me
You think you can run but you’ll never be free

Chorus:
I am your own worst friend
I’m so unreal but let’s pretend
And I’ll be with you up until the end
You’ll have to make the best of it till then

There’s no denying You’re confused
And no amount of lying Will be of any use
And nothing you say Seems to get through I just turn around
Put it all back on you

Chorus:
I am your own worst friend
I’m so unreal but let’s pretend
And I’ll be with you up until the end You’ll have to make the best of it till then You’ll have to make the best of it till then
You’ll have to make the best of it till then
Track Name: Ear Candy for the Soul - Si No Me Quieres
SI NO ME QUIERES

SI NO ME QUIERES
EL MUNDO SIGUE LLENDO
AUNQUE YO SE QUE NO LO ENTIENDO

SI NO ME QUIERES
NI POR UN DIA MAS
LA LUNA Y EL MAR VIVEN SIN TI

VOY CAMINANDO
BAJO LAS ESTRELLAS
EL MUNDO ESTRAÑO
VOY CAMINANDO
NO PUEDO PENSAR EN MAS QUE TI
COMO PUEDE SER

NO HAY RAZON
NO HAY RAZON
NO HAY RAZON

SI NO ME QUIERES
EL MUNDO SIGUE LLENDO
AUNQUE YO SE QUE NO LO ENTIENDO

SI NO ME QUIERES
NI POR UN DIA MAS
LA LUNA Y EL MAR VIVEN SIN TI

BAJO LAS ESTRELLAS
VOY CAMINANDO
EL MUNDO ESTRAÑO
PERDIDA SONANDO
ME SIENTO TAN SOLA AQUI
SI TODO FUE MENTIRA
ME DA DOLOR
ME DA DOLOR

SI NO ME QUIERES
EL MUNDO SIGUE LLENDO
AUNQUE YO SE QUE NO LO ENTIENDO
SI NO ME QUIERES
NI POR UN DIA MAS
LA LUNA Ni EL MAR PUEDEN SENTIR

QUE NADA ES IGUAL
QUE COMO DEBE ESTAR
ESTOY CON EL CORAZON
HOGADO EN EL MAR

AY…
SI NO ME QUIERES
AY….
SI NO ME QUIERES
AY...
Track Name: Anne Castellano & The Smoke - Denial
DENIAL

Tell me it isn't so
I don't want to know
This can't be good news
When things are going well
You can never tell
What you are in for

What you don't know
Just might hurt you
What you don't see
Still might reach you

What will it be today
Trouble's on the way
It's always something
Maybe I'll stay inside
I just want to hide
'Til this is over

What you don't know
Just might hurt you
What you don't see
Still might reach you

Nothing that I can do
I don't have a clue
And I don't want to
I'll close my eyes and pray
That it goes away
I'll just do nothing

What you don't know
Just might hurt you
What you don't see
Still might reach you
Track Name: Chris Mackay & the Toneshifters - Blue Collar Happy Hour
BLUE COLLAR HAPPY HOUR

Well if you’re ever hangin’ round in the Nutmeg state, head on down for the shore.
Theres a tiny little place that leans to the right with a car grille over the door.
And for a couple of hours you’ll forget your sorrows and hear the finest music under the sun.
They got ice cold beer and a warm atmosphere so come on lets have us some fun.

W’ere talking ‘bout the Blue Collar Happy Hour, Talking ‘bout the Blue Collar Happy Hour.

Well the Honky Tonk Kind is sounding fine, the smell of BBQ in the air.
Musicians and friends all bucking the trends, spreading love for all to share.
You know we can’t “Two Step” like they do in Texas but w’ere damn sure gonna try.
So get up off of your seat and try to shuffle your feet, grab a partner and don’t be shy.

W’ere talking ‘bout the Blue Collar Happy Hour, Talking ‘bout the Blue Collar Happy Hour.

So start your weekend right on a Friday night, with something that’s good for the soul.
From the sweet melody of a pedal steel to some roots flavored rock and roll.
And for a couple of hours you’ll forget your sorrows and hear the finest music under the sun.
They got ice cold beer and a warm atmosphere so come on lets have us some fun.

W’ere talking ‘bout the Blue Collar Happy Hour, Talking ‘bout the Blue Collar Happy Hour.