Dream Zoo (2011, album)

by Paul Sprawl

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about

This recording is about the war for human imagination.

Many, many thanks to:
Lois Hambrick 1924-2011
Hank Hambrick 1923-2011

Fond remembrances of:
Steve White 1950-2011
Chris Michalek 1971-2010

credits

released 11 November 2011

Paul Sprawl - voice, guitar, harmonica
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Mixed and Mastered at Sutton Sound, Atascadero, CA by Rick Sutton
Tracking engineer, Adam Munoz
Tracking producer, Lee Townsend

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Track Name: Refugee
1.
I am just a refugee
I have got no place to be
Soldiers killed my family
House shelled by artillery
2.
Bombers and artillery
They destroyed our whole country
My loved ones taken from me
Make an insurgent of me
~chorus~
And the citizens of that far away land
They can never understand
They will never hear about me
Or the four million others who are just like me
Four million refugees
Uhh Umm Ummm in my country
3.
I am just a refugee
Got no electricity
No water or food for me
Soldiers killed my family
4.
You steal oil from our country
Wreck our lives and property
I have got no place to be
I am just a refugee
~chorus~
Track Name: LA 58
1.
Head West
Los Angeles
1958
Birthplace of Sprawl and the orange crate

2.
End of the road
The final frontier
Progress dies
In a drive-by shooting here

~chorus 1~
Wandering
all across the wasteland
Running from the law
of conformity
Yeah

3.
Disappear yourself
From the radar screen
Curious lover of life
Hope fiend

4.
Bring the news
Brave New World Blues
Dig and be dug
William Burroughs and Langston Hughes
(and Ornette Coleman too)

~chorus 2~
Wandering
all across the wasteland
Running from the law
of conformity

Head west
Los Angeles
Track Name: Cold Wind, Warm Sun
1.
Keep the cold wind out
Let the warm sun in
Keep the cold wind out
Let the warm sun in
~chorus~
Uh Uh Uh Uh
Uh Uh Uh Uh
Yeah
2.
I need a low wall
I can get behind
I need a low wall
I can get behind
~chorus~
3.
If there's snow on the ground
I can't stick around
If there's snow on the ground
I can't stick around

~chorus~
4.
Keep the cold wind out
Let the warm sun in
Keep the cold wind out
Let the warm sun in
~chorus~
Track Name: Dream Zoo
1.
Let the moon fall down from the sky
Let the leaves take off from the ground and fly
Something's happening and whatever it is
These steps can never be retraced
~chorus~
In this dream zoo
Dreams are kept in cages
People buy tickets
They come to look and listen
2.
Varieties of childhood dreams
All manner of fascination
Exotic creativities
~chorus~
3.
Let the moon fall down from the sky
Let the leaves take off from the ground and fly
Track Name: Leralee
1.
Leralee
Come away with me
Into the mystery
That's just outside your front door
~chorus~
We'll keep the home fires burning
Wherever we roam
And if they go out
We'll light them up again
2.
Leralee
You give me peace and joy
Let's make some things
We want to nurture not destroy
~chorus~
~Bridge~
We're casting our net
So wide
Throwing our coins
Into the wishing well
3.
Leralee
Strong and free
Come away with me
Into the mystery
~chorus~
Track Name: In Disguise
1.
Sometimes
Love comes in disguise
Looks like something else
In your eyes
~chorus 1~
It's the furthest from the truth
But that's just how it seems
That's just how it seems
2.
Sometimes
Fear comes masquerading too
Looks like such a good friend to you
~chorus 2~
You embrace it with open arms
But it's just poisoning you
Poisoning you
3.
In need
The Devil eats flys
Sometimes
Love comes in disguise
~chorus 3~
It looks like something else
But that's just how it seems
That's just how it seems
Track Name: Prisoner
1.
Umm Umm Ummm Ummm Ummm
The one who killed that man
Acted colder than I can
~chorus 1~
I'm doing life in prison
No chance of parole
The murderer was a young man
But I am old
2.
I pumped tons of rusting pig iron
Ran miles around that track
I have arithritic knees now
My wrists pop and crack
~chorus 2~
I'm doing life in prison
No chance of parole
The world outside doesn't care
If I'm broken or whole
3.
It's ugly and it's stupid
A bad part of childhood never ends here
The pre-emptive strikes and the violence
Preclude having real friends
~chorus 1~
4.
The one who killed that man
Acted way colder than I can
Track Name: In The Night
1.
Swimming through
The ocean by moonlight
Unknown world
Land creature full of fright
~chorus~
Floating, flying
Above the ground
What you know may not work
Until you get down
2.
Flying through
The night sky of your dream
In the night
When so much goes unseen
~chorus~
Track Name: Nothing Like You Thought
~verse~
Oh no, it's nothing like you thought it would be
Oh no, not like it's been in recent history
Oh no
~chorus~
Can you keep your head in it
Can you keep your eyes and your heart
Open
~verse~
~chorus~
Track Name: Not Too Far
1.
I'm here alone
This is where I chose to be
Though I'm alone
I still feel you here with me
~chorus 1~
So far away
But not too far
Just as long as you can
Still feel me where you are
2.
Sitting under the stars
Half moon keeps me company
Sing and play these songs
Crickets sing along with me
~chorus 1~
~Bridge~
Our love (3x)
Long may it last
3.
From Tombstone to Tenessee
Crystal Palace to Old Hickory
They say the west was won
And the south was lost
That just depends on who counts the cost
~chorus 2~
So long ago
But not too long
Just as long as we can
Remember what went on
4.
I'm here alone
This is where I chose to be
Though I'm alone
I still feel you here with me
~chorus 1~
Track Name: Epitaph
1.
After all is said and done
Life's not like a race that's run
It's not a contest
After family and career
All the love and all the fear
Not much real danger
~chorus~
Heaven
Is always mixed with Hell
Blue sky
From the window of a jail cell
2.
Put it in song or carve it in stone
We're more together than alone
Are we a cancerous parasite
Our extinction within sight
~chorus~
3.
After all is said and done
Life's not like a race that's run
It's not a contest
~coda~