2004-12-22 02:33:58 ET

It's cold outside
to cold for cryin
cause the tears all freeze
and leave me to die

Why'm I stuck here
shut away from you
locked out from my love
tell me what'd I do?

Locked out from your heart
left out in the cold
shut out from your love
Feelin' like a fool.

Wand'ring down the streets
of a frozen town
no way into to the place
where warmth and love can be found

I've lost the key
that let me in
to your love so warm and true
It's a cold and windy world out there
baby what'd I do to you?

I'm locked out from your heart
left out in the cold
shut out from your love
feelin' like a fool.

I'll find my way back in,
and I'll win your love again
there's no door so strong
that my love won't win.

then I'll be back in your heart
all warm and comfortable
locked out no more
I'm yours forever more

Punky's Dilemma
2004-12-12 06:19:34 ET

Wish I was a Kellogg's Cornflake
Floatin' in my bowl takin' movies,
Relaxin' awhile, livin' in style,
Talkin' to a raisin who 'casion'ly plays L.A.,
Casually glancing at his toupee.

Wish I was an English muffin
'Bout to make the most out of a toaster.

I'd ease myself down,
Comin' up brown.

I prefer boysenberry
More than any ordinary jam.
I'm a "Citizens for Boysenberry Jam" fan.

Ah, South California.

If I become a first lieutenant
Would you put my photo on your piano?
To Maryjane--
Best wishes, Martin.

Old Roger draft-dodger
Leavin' by the basement door,
Everybody knows what he's
Tippy-toeing down there for

- Paul Simon

Working Class Hero
2004-12-06 18:39:30 ET

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.

If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

- John Lennon
1 comment

Just like the Eagles' defense...
2004-12-06 10:27:44 ET

Never a break.


Review - Westbound Train - 5 to 2
2004-12-01 16:08:18 ET

Well, it's about time!
Actually, this album came out back in the summer, but was only available from the band themselves, at shows. And since they never played around here... I had to wait til it was put up for sale on their website. (www.westboundsound.com)
As the liner notes say, about a year after "Searching for a Melody" the band lost 5 of it's 7 members. Left were singer/songwriter Obi Fernandez and bassist Thad Merrit. These two struggled on, and re-grouped with a new bunch of ska-enthusiasts, who've now toured twice across the country, proving that the Westbound Sound don't die easy. (or so they say.)
This album definately shows itself as a worthy follow up to the group's first soulful, harmony-laden album. What I thought was going to be Obi Fernandez and a back-up band was definately not. The album allows all of the new members a chance to shine, and proove that, while their not the original, version 2.0 is nothing to laugh at.
The first few songs are tunes that the band's been doing live since their first year, and are interesting to listen to, especially to those familiar with the first line-up's version. I still think "A New Hope" should have been the name of the album, but they might have wanted to avoid the Star Wars fans. I'm also pleased to hear more non-love songs on this album. For sake of cohesion, the last album was jammed-packed with sap. Which worked, but I would have been tired of it had the follow up followed suit.
"Forever" and "Talk Loud" are two songs WT been doing for years, and they sound well practiced and tight. The new band members aren't quite as noticable in these songs. "Can You Please?" Is a rocking ska song, which ends in a wild three-part round, which I can say really gets the crowd going in concert. "A New Hope" (another old-hat number) allows the new vocalists to get into the act, refreshing those wonderful harmonies from the first album, and showing off the new guitar player.
Having exorcised the older material, Westbound decides to show off the new guys, and present a new mission statement - on "Bigger things in mind," Obi proclaims that, after a tour of the nation, he's determined to take this band to new hieghts.
Following this is the group's first instrumental recording, "Waiting for Tonight," (a song originally with lyrics), lets each horn and each instrument have a solo, showing the doubters that these aren't band-geek ska fans, that they've got some skill.
The next two songs are Westbound standing tall with a nice recommendation - Alex Desert of Hepcat toasts it up on "Soapbox," and adds a soulful duet with Obi on "To Know." The former is Westbound staking a claim for the future of ska - the Slackers' political conscience, nicely mixed with Hepcat hornlines and "Shoop-Shoop"s.
The latter is a throwback to the traditional, with a true rocksteady beat, simple lyrics, and Maytals-esque backing vocals.
"When I Die" breaks off Chris Murray style - solo ska-strumming guitar, with Obi contemplating the end of a relationship, as it relates to the end of it all.
"Lyric Architect" is Westbound paying rent to their landlord and Obi paying dues to the mentor, King Django. King Django chats a storm over a Westbound sound, as it were. I see "Architect" as this album's "Reflections." A great King Django song. Why's it on a Westbound album?
Wrapping it up is "One Day," a song I recently caught in concert, with a bridge not featured in the album. I think the song's lacking with out it, but still is a nice thought to leave on, and calls back to their mission statement - take the future one day at a time.

Out of 10 -

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