Live at Rebel Bite

by zykO

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Live/unplugged recording of 31 May 2014 show at Rebel Bite

Despite all manners of technical difficulties, that night's performance was still every bit the representative recording I was hoping to get for this live album.

The performance also offers an early peak at what you can expect, stylistically, from Sad Man on a Rock (as well as a previously unreleased track written years ago that is being re-fashioned for the new album!). I am excited to share this intimate late Spring evening with you!


released March 9, 2015



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Track Name: .coronado
mary mary why are you so scary
you will always be here with me
still lodged somewhere in between
my weary sense of self and reality

ah. your smile brings me back to when i was
young... and holds me so tightly

mary, baby, are you still there staring
into the vacant hole that's my mind
baby, won't you stay with me, maybe?
i'm still barely holdin on to life

somewhere far away from here is heaven
where i can think clearly and without reprieve
do i have the will to even seek it
or will i remain in obscurity
Track Name: patience in love
baby, why are you lookin at me
like i've done somethin wrong to you
let the song that sings so softly to you
drown the racket that is in your head
and amor, is there even
such a thing as patience in love
and oh amor, will you be patient
just in case, i lose my place

well i was wondering now if i could be
more than a man that i've already set free
you're wondering how i could be so cocky
but no more questions
there is no patience anymore

and a little bit more, you got me to be your
sun delight and song by day
but all the blunders that you litter your life with
will set my patience to an open flame

now you're leaving and the clock is ticking
this awkward silence has us both alarmed
its rather clear that i gave up on the fixing
but once its over, niether one will be harmed
and so i have no reason
to believe there's patience in love
and now it's time to let patience
come again when time is right

well i was wondering now if i could be
more than the man that i've already set free
you're wondering how i could be so cocky
but no more questions, there's no patience
waiting for me
no longer gonna be the man you set free
wondering how you could be so cocky
but no more questions
there's no patience anymore.
Track Name: the dangerous things
i head out on my own
to think outloud in woods that're my home
no one else is here
so it would seem

i listen to the trees
as they speak to me
all the while they say
fall into this dream

so it seems, i'll never learn
that i'm not alone
that i'm never really alone

so i sat on a rock
that couldn't possibly talk
and it didn't tell me a single thing
but laughed at me when i walked away

so it drove me away into a cold creek
which told me to stay till i let it speak

she told me her story and
it was very boring but
i cried when she told me how
she was very lonely, now

so i slowly got
up and started going but
she said "hold me" so
i laid under her surface and

floated down river, sad but i forgive her
and tumbled down with her
into the dark deep hither
Track Name: remember me
in another world, i'm blind
see myself in the bright lights
glowing cuz i want to not because the sun still shines
dreaming with open eyes
only because i'd like to try
to find out once for all who's the smiling boy inside

memory such sweet desire
broken down to feed the fire

forever was a curse
sayin it makes it even worse
still tryin to pry the words out of my broken mind
not sure who you are, my memory bears the scar
of living without really knowing who you are
Track Name: life's a happy song
Everything is great everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect its falling into place
I cant seem to wipe this smile off my face

Life's a happy song when theres someone by my side to sing along

When your alone life can be a little rough
It makes you feel like your 3 feet tall
When its just you times can be tough
When theres no one there to catch your fall

Everything is great everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect its falling into place
I cant seem to wipe this smile off my face
Track Name: panhandler (explicit lyrical method)
Now tell me, good sir, where you headed to?
tell me, is there room enough for two
is it a world served warm with soup and bread
or does it turn the same cold shoulder until you're dead

tell me, stranger, could you spare some change
or will we simply save it for another day

listen here, child, where've you been all day
like the ocean, you remain untamed
unlike the world that's served with smoke and death
fighting til you've spent your very last breath

tell me, stranger, could you spare some change
or will we simply save it for another day

sweet lady of grace - come to me
your face as radiant as the moon in spring
strangely, your world is just as dark and dreary as mine
so give me light or something right, my love, tonight.

tell me, stranger, could you spare some change
or will we simply save it for another day
Track Name: sunlight through trees (explicit lyrical method)
donning the pain miles away
your circumstance crumbles under the weight
only with time can you see
that all of your fears are herded like sheep
remember the dream in which you were me?
shot in the face, shown in disgrace
a falling star fallen from space
the darkness took back whatever we've saved

and when we rise
we'll find
the havoc lies
within the child
laying still and prostrate beneath the tree of life

and drowns it away, makin us stay
under the ground, rearin the sound
that shakes her womb and rattles her bones
wrecks her sleep and mangles her hopes
for a cause that keeps us out,
hides our vote and drowns our shouts
masks our hate and feeds the rage
tightens the cage that keeps you out

there's something different about the sunlight when its comin through a tree
amidst the steel machinery, attention's driftin wit the icy breeze
hold it high, say the word [glory]
its harder now to ignore the hurt
the pigs seen runnin' from this sty, never come out into the light
Track Name: girl
Is there anybody going to listen to my story
All about the girl who came to stay?
She's the kind of girl you want so much
It makes you sorry
Still, you don't regret a single day
Ah girl

When I think of all the times I've tried so hard to leave her
She will turn to me and start to cry
And she promises the earth to me
And I believe her
After all this times I don't know why
Ah, girl

She's the kind of girl who puts you down
When friends are there, you feel a fool
When you say she's looking good
She acts as if it's understood
She's cool, cool, cool, cool

Was she told when she was young that pain
Would lead to pleasure?
Did she understand it when they said
That a man must break his back to earn
His day of leisure?
Will she still believe it when he's dead?
Ah girl

Ah girl
Track Name: rime of the wandering seafarer
borne upon a wave and wind, boy
your sea will only ebb and flow
play me a song, tell me a tale
uncover what secrets i hold

and to another island, we row, boy
seek what terror lurks in stone
to save a girl from a dragon
and aptly reap what you've sown
what we've sown

the legends speak of he
who sets worlds free
a legend speaks for me
who is set free?

so now tell of ghosts and bones
for an ancient world hides below
a faceless foe with an ageless throe
your destiny waits in the fold

now on this new day, a cold wind blows
hence comes and calls you out to go
and save a girl and the world too
and don't you know, that's how it's told

the legends speak of she
who sets hearts free
a legend speaks of he
who'll set her free

set her free...

within the belly of the beast, son
you danced and cut your way through foes
to find that there's so much more
to this destiny you behold

the legend's tale of strength
which sets souls free
the legend speaks of he
who flies with me
Track Name: el viejito
why sit all alone?
in a room full of mirrors
when as a child you were wild and inspired

laid out across the floor
living out your fantasies
you look up at the ceiling, your years are fleeing
outside the boundaries

has it been so long?
since you hung up the phone
since something mattered
your dreams lie battered
back upon the road
so you want another chance?
to paint another portrait
with shaky hands, you'll make it right,
you'll make it last.

the vision's fading now
though that doesn't mean its gone
but you're holding on, yeah, you're holding on,
like you've always done.

what's ripped and wrecked
mirrors that won't reflect
you painted murals on the walls of all that's left