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in which we explore "twisted roots & cast-iron croonin'," raucous song by HAL HUGHES (fiddle, guitar, harmonica, kazoo &al), BOB ERNST (blues harp, percussion) & G. P. SKRATZ (rhythm guitar). You can also check us out at www.myspace.com/smoothtoad


KC MOAN
(Memphis Jug Band)

Here we are, playing on G. P. Skratzís back porch, joined by ED HOLMES on tweezed toy percussion & 2010 California Gubernatorial Candidate, LOWELL DARLING, on jug.

A nice meditation on this 1929 tune can be found at: www.celestialmonochord.org/2005/05/black_jug_bands.html


WAR SONG
(Quechua traditional, adaptation & music by G. P. Skratz)

some bones make flutes
some bones make bows strung by gut

recycle yr enemies
recycle yr enemies & dance

some teeth make beads
some teeth make rattles inside skulls

recycle yr enemies
recycle yr enemies & dance

some skulls make cups
some skulls make drums topped with skin

recycle yr enemies
recycle yr enemies & dance

& dance

& dance

Hear this piece performed (from the CD, Drunken Dumbshow):

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TAKES ALL KINDS
(Bob Ernst)

Takes all kinds to make a species.
Takes just a thought to create a race.
Takes all kinds to make a gender.
Takes but a thought to create out-of-place.

Out of place creates paranoia,
& thatís all I feel our leaders need
to drive a good sized wedge between us,
taking up all the space in-between.

Clear I see the hope for one world.
Blinded rage makes the atom bomb:
itís always up to us, canít get out of it,
figure out whether weíre right or wrong.

Now our species ainít doing well:
canít see the forest or the trees.
Endless greed & fear of each other
could be what brings us to our knees.

Hear this piece performed (from the CD, Drunken Dumbshow):

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VENLO* DAWN
(Hal Hughes)

Sit on the corner
Do what you wanna
     Clear blue sky
     Get you high

Smile at your neighbor
Laugh at your labor
     Clear blue sky
     Get you high

Sun go down and the
Moon come up and you
     Sing, sing till the
     Sun come up again
     Light up the sky
     And you still high
     No time to sleep
     Until the dawn
     In Venlo town
     Wake up and
Sit on the corner . . .

* Venlo, a city in the Netherlands, was a happy stop along a European tour Hal joined some years ago with the Tumbleweed Dance Collective.

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