Great American Opera (2009, album)

by Worn Out West

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Great American Opera comes in a simple white cardboard sleeve with an info sheet insert. This recording made possible by Rainer Hoffmann. We recorded after touring the Southwestern USA at Sutton Sound in Atascadero, CA.

credits

released November 1, 2009

Paul Sprawl - voice and guitar
Heiko Schramm - bass
Matthias Macht - drums
Leralee Whittle - voice

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Track Name: Criminal Friend
1.
My criminal friend
wants me to rob
his connection with him
He knows a lot about guns
Nine line ID, battery acid
and heroin

~chorus~
Ahh Iii I
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ahh Iii I
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

2.
My criminal friend
talks to me here on the street
I notice his bad teeth
As he takes a call from his Mom
And I head on up the street

~chorus~
Ahh Iii I
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ahh Iii I
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

-bridge-

My criminal friend
My criminal friend
My criminal friend

friend
Track Name: American
1.
She values subtlety
She doesn't understand it
She doesn't know how to command it
She values awareness
But she's got precious little
Her ignorance and hypocrisy
Are devasting

2.
He values wisdom
Doesn't recognize it
Values courage
Acts like such a fool
He just thinks he's being cool
His ignorance and hypocrisy
are horrific

~chorus~
They are American
They are American
They are American
They are American

-instrumental break-

3.
And the lights of the night
Gonna go out
The heat will fail
Food will stop coming to the stores
Winter will be hard
The wind will blow so cold
When that umbrella breaks
We'll be standing in the rain
Just cursing what we were sold

~chorus~
We are American
We are American
We are American
I am American
Track Name: Sam Hall
1.
My name it is Sam Hall
It is Sam Hall
My name it is Sam Hall
It is Sam Hall
My name it is Sam Hall
And I hate you one and all
Goddam your eyes

2.
I killed a man 'tis said
So 'tis said
I killed a man 'tis said
So 'tis said
I killed a man 'tis said
I broke his bloody head
I broke his bloody head
Goddam his eyes

3.
In prison I am bound
I am bound
In prison I am bound
I am bound
In prison I am bound
And the screws are all around
They want me in the ground
Goddam their eyes

4.
The parson he did come
He did come
The parson he did come
He did come
The parson he did come
And he looked so goddam glum
He can kiss my ruddy bum
Goddam his eyes

5.
The sheriff he came too
He came too
The sheriff he came too
He came too
The sheriff he came too
With his little boys in blue
My god what a bloody crew
Goddam their eyes

6.
I saw Molly in the crowd
In the crowd
I saw Molly in the crowd
In the crowd
I saw Molly in the crowd
And I hollered right out loud
Hey Molly, ain't ya proud
Goddam your eyes
Track Name: Übergang
She’s a magnet
That attracts me
Her gravity pulls
On me strongly

And something old is now forgotten
Something new is learned
What was erased is now re-written
What was treasured is burned

Übergang
Übergang
And I know something
Gonna change
Something’s
gonna change
Change
Change

She’s a magnet
That attracts me
Her gravity pulls
On me strongly

And something old is now forgotten
Something new is learned
What was erased is now re-written
What was treasured is burned

Übergang
Übergang
And I know something
Gonna change
I know somethings
They’ll change
Change
Change
Change
Change
Change
Track Name: Ordinary Moment
1.
This is just an ordinary moment
We're living in an everyday world
This is not a spectacle for amusement
So just let the mysteries unfurl

~chorus~
And what does it matter to you
Nothing at all really
What do you really care
Nothing for you and your world
What does it matter to you
Nothing at all really
What do you really care

2.
Why should I want to entertain you
If you celebrate the crude and crass
I would rather have a real frown
Than a Prozac smile at the last

~chorus~
And what does it matter to you
Nothing at all really
What do you really care
Why don't you show me something
What does it matter to you
Nothing at all really
What do you really care

~bridge~

repeat 1.
This is just an ordinary moment
We're living in an everyday world
This is just not a spectacle for amusement
So just let the mysteries unfurl
Track Name: Mt. Madonna Road
This is an instrumental piece
Track Name: Great American Opera
1.
They are wandering
Across the land
On deserted Interstate highways
In a solar paper car
On deserted Interstate highways

~chorus~
Vagabonds in god's diorama
Pack a bag of leaves
And a desert falsetto
Working on this
Great American opera
With a piece of fencewire in the dirt
Write your libretto

2.
He's an old southern swamp ghost
Loser
Whiskey-soaked, chain smoking
Boozer
She is purchasing menthol Kools
at the mini-mart convenience store
Powdered doughnuts and chocolate milk
A consumer

~chorus~
Vagabonds in god's diorama
Pack a bag of leaves
And a desert falsetto
Working on this
Great American opera
With a piece of fencewire in the dirt
You can write your libretto

-bridge-
Bottlecaps spin in the dust
Crow perched on a fencepost
Watches us
I need a grapefruit, says she
Says he, 'twas ever thus

~chorus~
Vagabonds in god's diorama
Pack a bag of leaves
And a desert falsetto
Working on this
Great American opera
With a piece of fencewire in the dirt
You can write your libretto

partial reprise 1.
They are wandering
Across the land
On deserted Interstate highways
Track Name: Confusion
This song contains a bunch of singing, but only one word.
The word is CONFUSION
Track Name: Crude Attraction
1.
When she was in her prime
When her bloom had not yet faded
Not yet
Had not yet faded
And he felt
He could do most anything
Most any
Most anything

And they made
Each other
Feel alright
Feel alright

~chorus~
They had a crude
Crude attraction
Such a crude
Crude attraction

2.
One by one
The doors they closed
When death showed
His face to them
His face
His face to them
And he said
I’ll come back
Come back for you
Come back
Come back for you

Leaving them
Left with nothing
Left to hope for
Left to hope for

~chorus~
They had a crude
Crude attraction
Such a crude
Crude attraction

-bridge-
And they were manipulated
By their own
Own desires
And they were manipulated
By their own
By their own
By their own
Own desires

~chorus~
They had a crude
Crude attraction
Such a crude
Crude attraction

~repeat chorus~
They had a crude
Crude attraction
Such a crude
Crude attraction
Track Name: Pilgrim
1.
I pulled off of the highway
Of the Mexican town
I went walking through
That old plaza downtown
On out past the graveyard
And the outskirts of town
I'll be back when my supplies run down

~chorus~
I'll be back
I'll be back
When my supplies run down

2.
Those dogs are running loose
So I pick up a few stones
And I carry them with me
But the dogs run home
I got some water and food
A bag of goose down
I'll be back when my supplies run down

~chorus~
I'll be back
I'll be back
When my supplies run down

3.
Well my days are numbered
And my race will get run
But these days are eternal
Until my journey's done
I got a one-way ticket
On back to the ground
I'll be back when my supplies run down

~chorus~
I'll be back
I'll be back
When my supplies run down

4.
I'm burning now
A spirit in the dust
I got my life to live
Do the things I must
I'm a wandering pilgrim
They burned my home town
Down to the ground
I'll be back when my supplies run down

~chorus~
I'll be back
I'll be back
When my supplies run down

5.
Now it's late October
October 23
I'm thinking of my ancestors
and what they think of me
I'm headin' westward
Until the sun goes down
I'll be back when my supplies run down

~chorus~
I'll be back
I'll be back
When my supplies run down
Track Name: Vote for George Seaman
This is an instrumental track.