Songles

by Karl Blau

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Songles is a collection of singles more or less. With enough songs laying around that something more coherent could be made of it I began putting the pieces back together from a tape release I made for What The Heck Fest in 2011 also entitled "Songles." Coming back to it to make the KLAPS release, I had to re-record many of the tracks just to get the feeling right of the record it wanted to be.

Recorded in a Stevie Wonder style, that is to say by multi-tracking by my lonesome, Songles is mostly 4 track reel to reel recordings from here at Hot Soup, Anacortes.

After a lot of love, "Songles" came together nicely with 10 tracks - it's concise and fun and stands on its own as a proper album as well as a collection. Many of these songs have already been recorded again for the freshly started label Space Bomb out of Richmond, VA. The Space Bomb release (2014) will be a cousin to Matt White's "Big Inner" which came out in Spring 2013 as it was recorded at the same time with the same backing band - the Spacebomb crew.

Any questions, feel free to write to me through my website kelplunacy.com or karlblau.com

Thanks for checking this out!

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released September 1, 2012

Theo Hilton, Jared Gandy, and Clyde Petersen jam chopped and screwed for "I Can't Get Your Lovin'"

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Karl Blau Anacortes, Washington

In search of the sounds of joy and expressions that feel true to life. Like happiness with sadness. More and more songs about love and life and death. Experiments with sound, abundance, other kinds of dance, enthusiasm, vocals warming up.

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Track Name: If I've Died On You
If I've died on you,
Most certainly shove me off
If I've died on you
Most certainly

There's not much time
Most certainly
If I've died on you
Shove me - off

"Not much time for what?" she asks
"Not much time for what? she asks
"Not much time for what? she asks
she asks...
Track Name: Blue As My Name
Baby's in the crow's nest, can Baby read the signs
I'm asked to test the water by pickling in the brine
Though I like the smell of ocean, see me plug my nose in time

Take one breath for my darlin' and another for my muse
There's the cake and then the eating - I must have a sense to choose
Bought some candy for my baby - coax her down from up on high
Just to strap her to a rocket, point my baby to the sky

Blue as my name - drunk with wonder again
Taking the day off from imagining when
My baby will drop down, my baby will drop down
My baby will drop down, dow- wow - wow

When I'm finished folding paper 1,000 thousand cranes in all
It's enough to fill the pool, is it enough to break her fall?

Now my baby's on the corner of ascent and transcend
Now she takes the time to breathe, see her take the time to mend
She takes the time to breathe, see her take the time to mend

Blue as my name - drunk with wonder again
Taking the day off from imagining when

My baby will drop down, my baby will drop down
My baby will drop down, my baby will drop down
(But I'll be ready with open arms)
Track Name: Poor The War Away
Why is there this War today?
Why is there this War today?
Why is there this War today?
Why is there this War?

Let me lessen all the guessin'
Let me know the score
Let me settle in the nettle
Let me hope for more
Make me taller, make me cooler
Make me hold the door
Make me pretty in the city
Make me work my core

Loosen my tongue - get ready, set, speak
On the things in life that make my weaknesses
Sizzle and sup on my mind, my time is tied
To the tidal grasp of my hide
Tap on your bruises, it's the ego that cries
Just don't look into its eyes
Hey, why don't you talk about your muscles instead of your fears?

Why is there this war today, why is there this war today?
Why is there this war today, why is there this war?

Get ready, get ready, get ready for the steady
Get your Ro Sham Bo,
Get your honey while it's sunny, get your golden flow
Lose your crown and pass it round
Crowded losers frown,
list your piss among the vinegar off the lost and found
Cancel the bars and cancel the reception
Extend your life by extending your perception
To include those around you, even those in the cracks,
Between worlds they slipped, so pass over some slack
Pass the box with the ancient inscription,
like in the pyramids prescriptions
I'll take this long distance call
And when we peer amid the questions we'll raise
Why is War? Why is poor?
We find lying a sly paralyze-r
With a sign anyone can see at least for a buck
After good riddance is written good luck

Why is there this War today?
Why is there this War today?
Why is there this War today?
Poor the War away
Poor the War away
Poor the War away
Track Name: Theo Zumm, Clyde Petersen, Jared Gandy - Uh-I Can't Get Your Lovin'
Oh-Uh-I can't get yer lovin' out of my head
No-uh-I can't get yer lovin' out of my head

Don't you know I need your love
I knead the bread each day
The wine I do without

If I can get my hands into it now - I surely would, no doubt
But-uh-I can't get yer lovin' - I can't get yer lovin'
Bwo-uh-I can't get yer lovin' out of my head

Look at you're so far away
And on the road is now where I stay
Make it take its course, of course
It's coursing through my ve-he-he-heins!
This different colored horse I ride
It will not fit inside its reigns

My kitchen is so far away where I would work the bread each day
My kitchen is the only place
My kitchen is the only place
Where uh-I can get your lovin' out of my head