Dream of Flying

Photo: Dream of Flying CD cover

Our CD was nominated for Best Fan Music for the Aurora Award, which is a Canadian award for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. This is an amazing honour, and we are delighted!

After some years of recording, mixing, begging, consulting, more mixing, fussing, worrying, and even more mixing, we have our CD (October 20, 2014). Thanks to all the wonderful people who pitched in to help, and thanks to all those who would have helped if "life" hadn't stood in their way.

Here are the lyrics (they would not fit on the liner) and the rest of the liner notes.

1. Our Fair City
2. Out in the Darkness
3. The Big One
4. Mars
5. Tiny Stars
6. Spellbound
7. Chosen
8. Tea At Four
9. Silbury Hill
10. The Kid and the Dog
11. Medusa
12. Daffodil the Highwayfairy
13. Stone Dragons
14. John Aubrey’s Ghost
15. A Bard’s Tale
16. Train of Thought
17. Shepherd Moon
18. Board and Twine
19. April’s Lament
20. Simple Words
21. Decadent Dave’s Guitar

 

1.  Our Fair City
This song was based on a vivid mental picture of an elderly man offering strips of paper to a small whirlwind, inspired by R. A. Heinlein’s short story.
Lyrics and Music: Sue Jeffers

Chorus:
“Here kitten, kitten”
The old man called out
As he held out the bright strip of paper
“Come to me girl”
He sang it aloud
And he laughed as she danced and she capered.

The winds spun in circles
The paper took flight
The whirlwind climbed ever higher
She joyously took
Her bright treasures aloft
The flickering colours like fire
Newspapers hustled past
Bustled past rustled past
Kitten spun faster and faster
She ran off to play
With her toys in the street
A whirlwind has never a master.

Chorus

Some of her papers
Were older than you
She lovingly juggled her stash
She best loved the comics
With bright coloured hues
And a ribbon she’d found on the grass.
The old man stood smiling
As she played in the street
Spinning her toys in delight
He smiled for he knew
That her life was as real
As anyone else’s that night.

Chorus x2

Sue lead vocals. Tom, backing vocals,12-string, bass, cittern, bohdran, harmonica. Dave Clement backin vocals.Amy McNally fiddle.

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2.  Out In the Darkness
Farscape!
Lyrics and Music: Sue Jeffers

Space is dark and cold and empty
When you’re lost and all alone
I miss my friends, my home, my father
The points of light don’t point me home.
Sliding through the twisting passage
Like a leaf drawn down a drain
I felt elation at my journey
It was later that I felt the pain.

I’ve made friends out in the darkness
Learned to trust them with my life
Learned respect for those around me
I could take one for my wife

We used to wonder was there life there
Out beyond the space we knew
Now I know, but I can’t tell them
That our wildest dreams were true

I’ve made friends out in the darkness
Learned to trust them with my life
Learned respect for those around me
I could take one for my wife

As I slip between the stars here
I will make this life my own
New worlds full of light and wonder
But how I long to go back home
I may never find my home.

Sue lead vocals.  Tom backing vocals, 12-string, bass guitar, mandolin.
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3.  The Big One
Tom adored a popular television program called Meteorite Men. The guys were always hoping to find “the big one”.
Lyrics and Music: Tom Jeffers

Metal detectors humming
Dragged across the ground
Checking all the strewn fields
Listening for a sound.
We search the earth wide over
For treasures large and small
Carbonaceous chondrites
Iron and nickel balls

Seeds from distant planets
Time travellers from space
Ancient impact craters
A faint magnetic trace

Cosmic stained glass window
Shades of olivine
Stardust’s oldest matter
Think of where they’ve been
Someday we’ll find the big one
A signal loud and strong
Still we’ll keep on digging
For meteorites not meteor wrongs.

Seeds from distant planets
Time travellers from space
Ancient impact craters
A faint magnetic trace

Tom lead vocals, backing vocals, bass guitar, virtual theremin, congas, resonator guitar, baritone guitar. Sue backing vocals.
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4.  Mars
A few years ago Mars was at its closest approach to earth in 67,000 years. This couple is even more distant.
Music and Lyric: Stewart Fay
http://baltimoreroad.com/index.html

Sixty-seven hundred head of cattle
Strung out across their summer run
Saddled up again with the boys in the foothills
Won’t be home until the roundup’s done.
Night time leaves some room for thinking
Is it these damn cows or maybe my drinkin’
Sets our worlds apart
There’s just nothing in between.
And Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been

Horses getting tired and so am I
Boys pushin’ hard but the herd is slow
Two more valleys to the stockyard pens
Figure on another couple days or so
Bedroll resting near the fire’s last ember
Starin’ at the stars tryin’ to remember
What I could have done different
Hard to replay the scene.
And Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been

The god of war is on the rise
You can see it crystal clear
The closest that it’s been to Earth
In sixty thousand years
Angry red god in the cold night sky
Exclamation point for a love’s goodbye
Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been

Sixty-seven hundred head of cattle
Pushin’ through the squeeze at the stockyard gate
Hopin’ I might get to see you one more time
Knowin’ in my heart that you wouldn’t wait
Guess that it was hard keepin’ home fires burning
When empty nights are filled with a whole lot of yearnin
Runnin’ on empty,
Knowin’ what lonely means.
Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been

The god of war is on the rise
You can see it crystal clear
The closest that it’s been to Earth
In sixty thousand years
Angry red god in the cold night sky
Exclamation point for a love’s goodbye
And Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been
Yes Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been
Mars just feels a whole lot closer
Than you and I have been.

Tom lead and backing vocals, 12-string, bass, mandolin, banjo, congas. Sue backing vocals.
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5.  Tiny Stars
Craig Werth’s song hit an instant home run with Sue and Tom, and with almost everyone who hears it.
Lyrics and Music: Craig Werth
http://www.craigwerth.com/index.html
Sue and Tom lead vocals,12-string, bass, cittern, congas. Phil Mills guitar.
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6.  Spellbound
Myths, fairy tales and legends combined.
Lyrics: Sue Jeffers. Music: Tom Jeffers

The girl stood on the beach
Spellbound by the blue
The ocean lapping at the shore
Her heart cried out anew.

Once there’d been a family - three children, all were girls
The eldest was the brightest and had gone to see the world.
The youngest was the darling, the sweetest babe on earth
She’d married young, a prince I’m told, and thereby proved her worth.
Rebecca was the middle child, her duty it was clear
She’d stay at home and help her folks from year to year to year.
No love for her, no joy, no bliss, but duty always paid.
A life of freedom near the sea was something that she craved.
But as she stood upon the beach a dragon landed near
He asked her of her solitude and why she shed a tear
She told him of her family and of her sadness now
The dragon, like a crocodile, he gave a little bow.

The dragon shed a tear
He offered her a gift
One shining golden scale
Rebecca made a wish.

Rebecca did not have in mind a plan or any thought
She only hoped there was a way to change her life and lot
She held the scale and made a wish her heart began to beat
The scale glowed bright, she fainted to the water at her feet.
As water touched her skin and hair the scale grew to her side
And rippled and expanded and there was no way to hide
The dragon’s scale became the scaly tail of some great fish
Rebecca was a mermaid now, the answer to her wish.
She had her freedom now, and she would always have the sea
Her brief delight was darkened as she still would not be free
Never would she go back home, and never walk the land
Or feel the sand between her toes or hold a lover’s hand.

The sea is full of salt
It’s been that way for years
The briny depths below      
Are full of mermaid’s tears.
Sue and Tom lead vocals. Tom 12-string, bass, cittern, bohdran.
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7.  Chosen
Inspired by the book Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Lyrics: Sue Jeffers. Music: Tom Jeffers

I did not know that I was chosen
Only that my life was hell
Fallen from a former glory
Shamed and tortured as I fell
Bruised and bleeding I returned home
They saw my scars they thought they knew
Thought me evil, hateful lecher
Hated me but never knew
That the Goddess tests her creatures
To destruction and beyond.
Brings them back to suffer worse pain
Till they swear they can’t go on
But I did her every bidding
And I passed her every test
So she used me as her vessel
And I served her to my best
Was I lucky, was I honoured
That she chose me for her tool
If she needs another champion
She can choose another fool.

Sue lead vocals, tambourine.  Tom backing vocals, 12-string, sitar/harp guitar, electric guitar, congas.
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8. Tea at Four
Phil Mills wrote this peaceful song of life long after the battles are done.
Lyrics and Music: Phil Mills. Lyrics used with permission. http://filk.philmills.ca/index.html

After all, I hear the song of the old kitchen kettle
While dusting the elf-sword that hangs near the clock
After all, In between meals, I prefer to sit writing
But I’ll welcome my guests if a wizard should knock.
Come in old friends, there’s a chill to the autumn air
Sit by the fire, while I close the door
You’ve got your schemes to make this a better world
My only plan is to serve tea at four.

After all, When he brings dwarves to their place at the table
We’ll start with a toast to brave Thorin at rest
After all, Peace in the hills, flowing wealth on the river
Are the legacies bought with the stone on his breast.
Come in old friends, there’s a chill to the autumn air
Sit by the fire, while I close the door
You’ve got your schemes to make this a better world
My only plan is to serve tea at four.

After all, Gandalf be sure there’ll be no more adventure
Your eye gleams with hints of the road and the fire
After all, I know my place, being quite a small fellow
When you next need a hero look far from this Shire.

I’ve had enough magic, I’ve spent enough treasure,
I’ve seen enough fighters but few reasons why
I’ve done enough walking, I’ve felt enough hunger
I’ve met enough Goblins to last till I die. 

Come in old friends, there’s a chill to the autumn air
Sit by the fire, while I close the door
You’ve got your schemes to make this a better world
My only plan is to serve tea at four.
My only plan is to serve tea at four. 

Sue lead vocals. Tom backing vocals, 12-string, bass guitar. Dave Clement backing vocals. Peggi Warner-Lalonde backing vocals.
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9.  Silbury Hill
Tom’s wrote this during FAWM 2014, based on his visits to England.
Lyrics and Music: Tom Jeffers

In Wiltshire County
Sits a monument to King Zel
Four-thousand year old mount
They call Silbury Hill.
Neolithic site
Made of flint, chalk and shells
Pagan beliefs
Cast in magical spells.

On a moonlit night
Rides old King Zel
Clothed in golden armor
They say he’s buried there still
Deep inside Silbury Hill
Deep inside Silbury Hill.

Conical in shape
Hundred and thirty feet high
Constructed in steps
Reaching up to the sky
Creator of myths
The origin of mankind
Earth Mother, sundial
Ancient measure of time.

Chorus
Half a million tons of earth
Devil’s load by the road,
Lies the souls of Devizes
Mysteries and ancient codes.
The king on his golden steed
Alone and silent still
Deep inside a golden box
Beneath Silbury Hill.
Chorus
Tom lead vocals, backing vocals, baritone guitar, cittern, bass guitar, button accordion, bohdran. Sue backing vocals.
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10.  The Kid and the Dog
Norma McPhee penned this poem with a nod to a disaster movie tropes, and Tom added music and Sue threw in a chorus.
Lyrics: Norma McPhee. Music: Tom Jeffers

We’ve come up with a brilliant plan
to take the bad guys down
Those evil rotten bastards who have terrorized this town.
It’s time for us to split up into teams one, two and three
And I have just, one request;
the kid and the dog are with me. 

We have to fight those villains and save our families
But to be safe, the kid and the dog are with me.

Team one can have the cowboy
with his lasso and his gun
The barbarian with his broadsword
and his backup band of Huns
The navy seals, the green berets –
Special forces and marines
You can have the ninjas,
but the kid and the dog are with me.

Gather our resources, pursue relentlessly
Just make sure, the kid and the dog are with me.

Team two can have the pirates and those
techno-genius guys
The interstellar smugglers  and the
licensed-to-kill spies
The shield maids, the amazons,
and all the Valkyries
Take the virgin farm boy, please!
But the kid and the dog are with me.

Personnel’s important to every victory
Just make sure, the kid and the dog are with me.

These bastards hold the town in thrall
and something has to give
I surely want to help out,
but I also want to live.
I’m very glad to do my part
and lead good team three
As long as I make damn sure
that the kid and the dog are with me.

Some of us will not return, but here’s my guarantee
I’ll come back, ‘cause the kid and the dog are with me.
Some of us will not return, but here’s my guarantee
I’ll come back, ‘cause the kid and the dog are with me.
Tom and Sue lead vocals, Peggi Warner Lalonde baking vocals, Kaypo and Tipper barking vocals, Tom 12-string, baritone guitar, bass guitar.
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11.  Medusa
The haunting and tragic tale of Medusa.
Lyrics and Music: Eileen McGann, www.eileenmcgann.com/
Sue lead vocals, Tom backing vocals, 12-string, cittern.
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12. Daffodil the Highwayfairy
We stole this song from Lord Landless from Germany. What a  delightfully evil fairy.
Lyrics and Music: Thesilée: http://www.lordlandless.de/songs/daffodil.php
Sue, lead vocals, glockenspiel. Tom backing vocals, 12-string, bohdran.
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13. Stone Dragons
One possible explanation for dragons - ensorcelled into stone. 
Lyrics: Tom and Sue Jeffers, Music: Tom Jeffers
Spoken: The mystery of Stonehenge captivates us all. The stones lie fallen and broken on the ground. What is their destiny?

Circle temple, ancient symbol
Sarson, Blue stone, site so rare
Withered landscape, magic secrets
Dragons lie in their lair

From our graves now forgotten
- No one knows where we are now
No longer stretch frozen wings
- Trapped in bodies made of stone
Boast of heraldry, pomp of power
-Desolate we lie beneath you
Lives were once a wondrous thing
- Now the earth becomes our home.

Silent are the stone dragons
We were all laid asleep
Watching every cloud that passes
We dream of flying on the breeze

Dreams of danger, knight’s awaking
- How we loved to fight and win
Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking
-Dreams are all we have for now
Silent are the stone dragons
- Locked in stone we have no voices
Some day we’ll arise and join the weyr
- This evil curse we’ll break somehow

Wings unseen, crouching, bending
- We are waiting for release
Fairy strains of music fall
- Is this the key to our return
Fly again the stars are waning
- Fury courses through our veins
Dawn creeps down the shadowed wall
- Breaking free to rise again.

Silent are the stone dragons
Silence comes from peace within
Paths of glory led to our grave
Music freed us to take flight

Ancient tales, ancient stories
- Now our spirits rise again
We are strong, we are brave.  
- Flying o’er the lands of men.
Silent are the Stone Dragons
- A beating heart, a flap of wings
The only sounds we make are whispers
- While inside our wild hearts sing.

Silent are the Stone Dragons
A beating heart, a flap of wings
The only sounds we make are whispers
While inside our wild hearts sing.
Oh, oh the Stone Dragons
Oh, oh the Stone Dragons
Tom and Sue lead vocals, tom 12-string, bass, bohdran.
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14. John Aubrey’s Ghost
John Aubrey was a seventeenth century writer, philosopher and archaeologist. The Aubrey holes around Stonehenge were named after him.
Lyrics and Music: Tom Jeffers

Step inside the circle of stone
Ancient temple of the sun
Come step inside the circle of stone
Druids gather everyone
Step inside the circle of stone
A portal to the earth
Come step inside the circle of stone
Spirit and rebirth

Circle majestic in the moonlight
Magic temple to the sun
Spirit of place, power and might
Druids at solstice gather as one
John Aubrey’s ghost walks its girth
Gown of limestone and dolerite
Sarson caps of tertiary stone
He strolls on a midsummer’s night

Chorus

Weathered rocks stand in circles
Plotting movements for the dance
Megaliths of pitted stone
Plan their serpentine advance
Dance among the standing stones
Join together to make a ring
Tread the maze and pace the earth
Clap hands together and sing

Chorus
Tom lead vocals, backing vocals, baritone, bass guitar, cello synth, drum synth. Sue backing vocals. Jane Garthson backing vocals.
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15. A Bard’s Tale
This song was inspired by Tanya Huff’s Quarter novels. When a world gives you that much pleasure, you ought to write a song about it.
Lyrics and Music: Sue Jeffers

Strolling along
As dawn brings the day
A road to be walked
A song to be sung
A tune to be played

But listen the breezes guide my way
And lead me to where I cannot tay
Yes, and tomorrow’s another day
So lead me on ...

Last night I wept for a stillborn child
The heir of a great lord’s clan
I sang their grief and I sang their pain
And helped them carry on.

Another day, another road
And with my pack a simple load
Footsteps lead on, and never slowed
Traveling along...

Who killed a man in an angry brawl
He was only passing by
No one saw or heard the savage fight
And I had to prove the lie.

I will remember all I’ve seen
And if I live to tell the queen
I will report where I’ve been
And all I’ve done.

Strolling along
As dark ends the day
Another road walked
Another song sung
Another tune played.
Sue lead vocals. Tom backing vocals, 12-string, bohdran. Amy McNally on fiddle.
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16. Train of Thought
Tom ‘s father was the train stationmaster in many towns across Canada, so Tom has many vibrant memories of trains rolling past just outside his bedroom.
Lyrics and Music: Tom Jeffers

This train of thought keeps rolling across my mind
Of  places I've been and things I left behind
It's traveling through my life and all my dreams
The Prairies, the Mountains, the Rivers and the Streams.
When I was young I lived beside the trains
From Ontario's giant to the prairie fields of grain
Wooden planks and the lonesome whistle's call
Telegraph key taping messages through my wall

Roll, Roll, Roll across my mind
This train of thought and the places I left behind
Roll, Roll, Roll across my mind
This train of thought and the places I left behind

My room would shake as the train rolled by my door
A hundred cars and a thousand tons of ore
The smell of grease, the Diesel's mighty roar
This train of rock would be coming back for more.

Chorus
And now I sit and think of all these days gone by
The Canadian Dream and my homes by the railroad side
Of things I've seen and places I've left behind
This train of thought keeps rolling across my mind.

Chorus x4
Tom lead vocals, backing vocals, baritone, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, bass guitar. Sue backing vocals.
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17. Shepherd Moon
A NASA picture of Saturn’s rings and the moon that holds them in place was the seed for this song.
Lyrics and Music: Sue Jeffers

Shepherd moon
Like a watchdog round the flock
You guide the course
Of the rings forever changing
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon

Sparkling rings
Bits of ice too vast to count.
A mystery
Where you came from why you stayed
Sparkling rings
Sparkling rings
Sparkling rings

We sent a tiny ship around
The dark side of the planet
To answer all our questions
But it found us even more.

Saturn calls
Beauty in the starlit heavens
We will come
To search for frozen clues
Saturn calls
Saturn calls
Saturn calls.

Shepherd moon
Like a watchdog round the flock
You guide the course
Of the rings forever changing
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon
Shepherd moon
Sue lead vocals, Tom backing vocals, 12-string, mandolin, bass guitar. Peggi Warner-Lalonde backing vocals.
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18. Board and Twine
Tom wrote a follower of sorts to his own Circles in the Grain (the title track from the Dandelion Wine CD).
Lyrics and Music: Tom Jeffers

Well Cousin Bob and I
Loaded up the truck
With boards, beer and twine
And lamps to light things up.
We headed down the road
Just as the sun went down
We thought we’d have some fun
And bring attention to our town.

Chorus: Circles in the grain
Don’t look up in the air
We’ll stomp those suckers down
Without any care.
Circles in the grain
We’ll be famous in our town
When all our kin folk see
All those circles on the ground.

We drove for thirteen miles
In the dark late that night
Bob pointed to a field
Glowing in the blue moonlight
So we parked the truck, drank some beer
And loaded up our things
And headed to the field that night
To make concentric rings.

Chorus
We flopped our boards on to the ground
Tied up with binder twine
And walked around in circles
While listening to John Prine.
The morning sun was rising
As we pulled back into town
We laughed about the fun we’d had
And those circles on the ground.

Chorus
Ma an Pa awoke us
With news they had heard
Something happened late last night
It seemed quite absurd
Something had made circles
It was marvelous  to see
But beer had had the best of us
Cause we’d spelled out  “B" "O" "B"!
Chorus x2
Tom lead vocals, 12-string, banjo, bass guitar. Sue backing vocals.
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19. April’s Lament
Phil Mills wrote a beautiful bittersweet love song call Frozen April. So, what might have happened next?
Lyrics and Music: Sue

We set off from earth in a cold sleep berth and dreamed of life to come
We’d find ourselves at our journey’s end with a distant different sun
And down we lay to sleep away the endless days and nights
To wake once more on a virgin shore with a thousand virgin sights.

So many slept while a few still kept a guard over our sleep
But something happened, I don’t know what, and we’re lost in the blackest deeps
The few awake knew that things were wrong, so they woke us to learn more
But we cannot tell why we’re going to hell, and I’m sick down to my core.

My dear old friend, you came to spend your days in guarding me
Though you’re ancient now, I can’t say how we’ll ever be set free
I can’t save you and I can’t save me and no one here knows why
There is no force that can change our course; there’s nothing left to try.

I wish I’d known ‘for I left my home what I know now that I’m here
Hopelessness was just a word, not something I could fear
When I see death’s face and feel his embrace I’ll give a happy sigh.
As I grow old in the cruel cold, how I wish you’d let me die.
Sue lead vocals. Tom 12-string, mandolin, button accordion.
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20. Simple Words
Tom wrote this before he met Sue, but she knows he was writing it for her. 
From the depths of memory
All these words come back to me
Music soothes the pain I found
Love buries it underground.
All these lines that ebb and flow
A blooming rose in winter’s snow
My simple words will fall like rain
Till I am by your side again
All these words both soft and strong
I send to you in this song. 

Then your love appeared to me
The only planet in my galaxy
In those wild and silly times
I liked to put your name in rhyme.

Chorus
All these words both sweet and low
Where they come from I don’t know
I think of precious days, with you
How our love stayed fresh and new.

Chorus
All these words that flow like wine
Across the borders of space and time
All our dreams will soon come true
And I’ll be lying next to you. 

Chorus
Da da da da da,
Da da da, da da da, da da da, da,
Tom lead vocals, baritone guitar, button accordion. Sue backing vocals.
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21. Decadent Dave’s Guitar
Sam Baardman wrote this to help Dave get over the feeling of loss after his guitar was stolen.
Lyrics and Music: Sam Baardman

Back in 1972 a hundred dollars went a long way
And when Dave Clement bought that old guitar
You know he gave up all his pay
And he had that thing for over 20 years ‘till one September day
He turned his back for just a minute too long
Near the San Francisco Bay.

Now don’t you play Stan Rogers
On Decadent Dave’s guitar
I’d be surprised if you could even tune the thing
Why’d you take it from his car
You can play some John Denver
You can play the Beatles too
And if you’re life’s as shitty as I suspect
You can even play the blues
But don’t you play Stan Rogers
Don’t you play Stan Rogers
No don’t you play Stan Rogers
On Decadent Dave’s guitar.

Well Dave can play those maritime songs
Near as well as Stan himself
And he plays them all for the love of it
Not for fame or wealth
From Fogarty’s Cove to the Jeanie-C
To the Eastern Fisherman’s Plight
Well Dave can play it so you’d almost believe
That the giant could rise tonight.

Now don’t you play Stan Rogers
On Decadent Dave’s guitar
I’d be surprised if you could even tune the thing
Why’d you take it from his car
You can play some John Denver
You can play the Beatles too
And if you’re life’s as shitty as I suspect
You can even play the blues
But don’t you play Stan Rogers
Don’t you play Stan Rogers
No don’t you play Stan Rogers
On Decadent Dave’s guitar.

Tom lead and backing vocals, baritone, banjo, bass and harmonica. Sue backing vocals.
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