Zebra

by Karl Blau

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Not without the grace of Calvin Johnson, Mariella Luz and K - Olympia, WA.

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released October 6, 2009

Written, performed and recorded by Karl Blau for K.

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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: Waiting For The Wind
It takes waiting for the wind to stop blowing
Then strike the match to light the candle

And I don't care what's been said
One knows in one's heart there is truth

It takes waiting for the wind to stop blowing
Track Name: Crucial Contact
Contact is crucial
Won't you listen to me?
If you can't trust your instincts
You'll never smell freely the scent of the sunrise
Golden light sends for thee
Descended from sensitive skin
With needs to heal so softly

As the buzz words beneath -- lay unconscious and be-e

Sleep catch up on me
Sleep catch up on me
Sleep catch up on me
Sleep catch up on me

Contact is crucial
Won't you listen to me?
You can trust those insects
To at whim fly freely
To at whim fly freely
To at whim fly freely
To at whim fly freely
Track Name: Apology to Pollinateurs
Pollinators know how chemicals flow
Water table rise - cut me down to size
Too small for this shoe - nothing left to do
But get out my brush - help to keep in touch
Go from bush to bush - Nature needs a push
Animals confess - people are the best
At the world of man - no one understands
Scientists try hard - play another card
Still we've come so far - black out nearest star
Focus honey bee - gather nectar please
pardon poisoning - chemicals set free

Chemicals set free

Learning curve so steep - things I learn to keep
First I found a way - to have things today


Les polénisateurs savent comment la chimie lave.
Nappes phréatiques montent pendant que les neiges fondent.
Grand doigt sur mesure, trop petit pour chaussures.
Il n'y a rien d'autre a faire mais brosser mon savoir faire.
De buisson en buisson la nature créée le son.
Limace dans mes orteils, Oh que tout le monde s'eveille.

Focus honey bee - gather nectar please
Pardon poisoning - chemicals set free
Track Name: All Over the Town
It's all over the town
The words in my heart are walking home
And I'm working on losing my place
There's a ghost - that's me
Lost in thought
Holding hands with shadows, not saying a thing
There's a heron - that's me as well
At the edge of the frog swamp
Listening to the coyotes play in their zone
Yes, I know, the forest is overrun with rabbits
Track Name: Free the Bird
See the mudslide showing the way
Down from a higher place
To meet the worms in a love embrace
It's what gets me through the day
This picture that I have in my mind I paint
This was a belief and now it's faith
Pray, medicine wheel will it change my tired eyes?
Change my tire by walking around
Stand by your mouth and hear what can't fit inside

The river swells and brings sediment into town
And begs to break it down- break it all down
Give a break to the limb or take the swim inside

Free the bird and let the word point to the way
To the heavens
Let the sun take back its babies who don't want to believe in you
Let them get lost

Man changed the tide to run down the front of her tied down
Man changed the tide to run down the front of her tied down
Man changed the tide to run down the front of her tied down
Track Name: Goodbye Little Song
Goodbye little song, here comes my headstrong misery
I tell you, my little song carved in this head some melody
So bye, little song, take off into the world so bleak
I prithee, find all along flowers and rain to wash your hands and feet

Give not another glance back into the prisons that enslaved you
May some day you see me as a prism that reflects you
Right little wrong, letting us hear how you have grown
Into your own little song
Give not another glance back into the prison that enslaved you
May some day you see me as a prism that reflects you
Right little wrong, letting us hear how you have grown
Into your own little song
Track Name: Dark Sedan
I must've forgot how the night was coming -
Acoustic guitar, politely strumming
Packs up strings and takes to thumbing
A Dark Sedan pulls up on the shoulder and waits

On a highway feeling low a motorcycle riding my ass
I think I will slow and let it pass

On a highway feeling low I'm diggin' up the past
And reviewing some old crow bones
I remember when I ate that bird long ago

On a highway feeling low to take off these blinders
I have to steer with one knee

On a highway feeling low a motorcycle riding my ass
I think I will slow

On a highway feeling low to take off these blinders
I have to steer with one knee

On a highway feeling low I'm diggin' up the past
And reviewing some old crow bones
I remember when I ate that bird long ago

On a highway feeling low a motorcycle riding my ass
I think I will slow and let it pass
Track Name: Welcome In North Wind
Welcome in North Wind
Frost my pumpkins again
Who that blows and knows
White hooded mountains
Who should toss my hat
(here's) one ancient contract
That I hold whence you waltz
Through my door

You can stay, North Wind
'Til the count of four
1 - November
2 - December
3 - January
4 - February

Now March out that door
(whoosh!)
Oh, no! You can't do that
Gimme back my piece of paper
Oh, no!
It's flying out with North Wind
Now it's ripped to shreds
It flew out with North Wind
And now we sleep in different beds
Tonight we sleep in different beds
Tonight we sleep in different beds

Laughter rings through an equation
Pointing to equal and opposite reaction
Forces at play may prove a point
They're pointing to a resting place at heart
North Wind, please be kind!
North Wind, please be kind!
North Wind, please be kind!
Be kind, North Wind!
Track Name: Tha' Ole Moon Smile
You're makin' tha ole moon smile
And forget all the while
The weighty stare of the sun
Whose gaze from which he can't get away
You're makin' tha ole moon smile
And spread the tidal blanket
Piece of you caught in his eyes
Upstairs, the clouds caught in your hair

You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
And ecstatic, he plummets down to the sea
Then gayly splashes and sings
A song or a giant sea snake held by its golden tail

You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
You're makin' tha' ole moon smile

Thank you for takin' care of yourself
Well, you sure took care of me
I wanna watch you dance all life long
I'm willing and you're free
But that my track circles the world
And mostly you stay home
I'm but a satellite doomed to orbit you and moan

You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
You're makin' tha' ole moon smile
Track Name: MT Handed
In this feral race behind reflective face
Lies a love for the land
Ooh, let's get back to the point
Surrounding beauty as light reflects
We have so much time to lay between
The lion's fur and the lamb's wool
Though the days are full remind me we leave empty handed
Please remind me we leave empty handed
Please remind me we leave empty handed
Track Name: Nothing New
It's Nothing that you haven't heard
It's Nothing that you haven't heard
Who that listens to No One
It's Nothing that you haven't heard

A silent voice must be lying
A silent voice must be lying
When we take apart the words
We'll get out what we put in

They'll show us different worlds you'll see
They'll show us different worlds you'll see
We could choose a place to eat
A place to sleep, a place to be

It's Nothing that you haven't heard
It's Nothing that you haven't heard
It's Nothing that you haven't heard

So many bodies out there
I could spend all day reading how they die
I could go outside
I could do it anytime
Just go outside
I swear I can quit anytime
I could go outside
I can quit anytime