The Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III

by Good Sponge

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Stephen Reed Blue Collar Happy Hour has become the 'theme song' for the popular weekly event. Favorite track: Chris Mackay & the Toneshifters - Blue Collar Happy Hour.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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SHE WAS A PRINCESS (REMIX)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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.

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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 January 31, 2015

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