5 Spirits

by Eliot Eidelman

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1.
There's a man and he's a fisherman way out in the Mojave Desert and he pulls giant trout out of the California Aqueduct and fries them up in the hot dry High Desert Now there's a man and he's a mountain man way up in the Colorado Rockies and he pulls every-colored strands of sands from the roadside shelves across the country and he bottles them up in the Colorado Rockies in Ouray And if you don't believe what I'm saying's true just go out West and you'll find them too dreaming away on the edge of the frame They realize reality's just another game that we play in our minds every time Now there's a woman She's a teenage pregnant woman way out in the Val Verde canyon and she writes letters to the nation and God sealed away in time capsules that she buries on down in the Chiquita Canyon Landfill Val Verde! Now there's a guy He's some kind of artist guy way out on ole Mansteinstrasse and he builds a portal to heaven and hell at the end of civilization up on a butte in the Mojave Desert And if you still don't believe what I'm saying's true you can just go out West and you'll find them too dreaming away on the edge of the plain They realize reality's just another game that we play in our earthen minds every time
2.
02:19
Yesterday I was visited by five spirits Yesterday there were spirits in my life Whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, tequila Oh, yesterday there were spirits, beer and wine Then today I woke up with a melody Five spirits on my mind Now I'm on the next train back to New York City Oh, yesterday there were five spirits Yesterday there was tequila Oh, yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away Yesterday love was just another easy game to play Yesterday there was you there was you, my love I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough Yeah, I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough spirits enough tequila enough of you, my love I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough Yeah, I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough spirits
3.
Welcome to El Paso The Safest City in America Welcome to El Paso, Texas The Safest City in America There's not a whole lot that you can do here but if you go across the border, there's not a whole lot that you can do to keep yourself alive there You might run into a red-bearded trick-skiing Swedish drummer here His name is Per Spett and he can appear out of nowhere anywhere even here in El Paso, Texas The Safest City in America You might run into a tall mysterious German author here and if you do you can call him von Archimboldi but he's a writer, so he's everywhere even here in El Paso, Texas The Safest City in America You might see Daniel Day Lewis riding into town naked on a horse here without a single hair on his whole body and when he dances, you'll have seen the Devil right here in El Paso, Texas The Safest City of its Size in All of America You might hear Jesus playing on the radio here on the saxophone on the smooth jazz station of all places as the lights across the border become clear right here in El Paso, Texas The Safest City of its Size in All of America
4.
Sweet Sandra peed in the garden next to me Her eyes were dark as the darkest ravine Her tongue was longer than a millipede I let her pee next to me And after all the heroin and cocaine got the better of her brain everybody wondered if she could ever be the same but I was far away, drowning in the ocean and I'm still hoping that I'll see her again some day So if you happen to hear this song, Alex, it won't be long (in italics) Our streams will be crossing soon, if I'm not wrong so I guess I'll be seeing you on a riverside or along a pond and I'll be singing you into reality in the meantime Sweet Sandra peed in the garden next to me Her hair was darker than the darkest ravine Her dick was longer than a submarine I let her pee next to me
5.
03:50
I wanna love you but I don't know what to do and anyway I just can't keep my mind off you I'm trying hard you know to think of other things but they just don't seem to stick if you know what I mean Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you And if you'd let me stay with you for just tonight I'd give you everything and be gone by the morning light I feel so different now than I did once before but it doesn't keep me from coming back to your door Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you And there is nothing in this world of misery that shines so brightly as a smile from you to me And though I live with you, you feel so far away I wanna tell you everything but I don't know what to say Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you You take me in but you leave me waiting You give me hope but you leave me praying Oh, I hope that love is on our side You suck me in but you push me away and you carry me back and you leave me saying Oh, I hope that love is on our side Laura, oh Laura You leave me waiting outside for you Oh, I hope that love is on our side for you but you leave me waiting outside for you You leave me waiting outside for you, Laura
6.
03:35
Hold on, hold on, it won't be long Our ship is sinking in the ocean but the water's warm and the dolphins swimming will guide us home to a distant shore And when we're there will find some nonocuts and applepines to dine on Hold on, hold on, it won't be long Our car is driving off the cliff side but the waves are soft and the mermaids swimming will lead us back to their grotto home Where we'll be living fine on the electric eel slime we dine on Hold on, hold on, it won't be long Our plane's crash landing in the ocean but the water's calm and the humpbacks swimming will hear the sounds of our violins And then they'll come along joining us in whale song as we ride on Hold on, hold on, it won't be long I know that we are slowly dying but the music notes and the angels flying will guide us home to a distant shore
7.
Sunny day, melt away the snow that fell last night outside my window When the moment's right reflect the light that makes my tent shine from the inside Evaporate the waters running outside, tentside Last night when my lover called reminds me of the good times Sunny days that melt away the snow ***** Sunny days that melt the snow away, snow away
8.
I look into the eyes of a hero and think of all the things I could be if I wasn't so lazy, angsty and chronically meek I look into the eyes of a hero and think of all the things I could do if I wasn't so washed up, burnt out and tangled up in blue I look into the eyes of a hero and think of all the things I could change if I wasn't so damaged, disturbed and self-destructively deranged I look into the eyes of a hero and somehow I always think of you and how you left me and how now there's nothing left to do But be a hero for all the losers in the world they stand beside me, hear my sentiment and maybe wanna hurl I am a hero and you could he my heroine all you have to do is turn the lights out, take your clothes off and let the fun begin again I look into the eyes of a hero and all that I can see is myself and I think it's funny but I try hard, and I'm still trying hard, yes I try really hard to keep it to myself about myself and for myself Eliot E. Eliot E. Whoa, that's me Here we go now!
9.
Well the nights are still cool and the days are still long and I'm still awake here singing this solstice song My love for you has blossomed and grown but I'm still awake here singing this song alone Can you hear me? You've heard it before Well the nights are still long and the days are still blue but I'm still awake here singing this song for you My love for you has fallen and changed but I'm still here singing and the song's still the same ***** Every second of each day fades away into the vastness we call memory And when I dream of you tonight will it be another memory of a parallel life Where we look into each other's eyes Smile and hold your head to mine and tell you I love you Kiss you on your lips and face as you hold me in the longest embrace Longer than memory And every moment of each phase fades a way's away in the vastness we call memory And something's dreaming us tonight I can feel we're getting closer, I can feel your light When we look each other in the eye Smile and see if we can find a way for our love to shine through And even if it never sees the light of day in my heart I'll still be holding you in the longest embrace Longer than memory

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All music and lyrics by Eliot Eidelman,
except "5 Spirits" by Susanna Battin and Eliot Eidelman
All selections published by Eliot Eidelman Music (ASCAP)

Eliot Eidelman - vocals, guitars, bass
Evan Backer - drums, percussion, bass, harmony vocals, harmony guitar on "Sunny Day, Melt Away"
Tyler Nuffer - lap steel guitar, bass, guitar solo on "Sunny Day, Melt Away"

Tracks 1 and 9 recorded at Bobonne Studios in Antwerp, Belgium
engineered by Guido op de Beek and Aäron Koch
Tracks 2-8 recorded at First Take Studios,
Missing Beaver Ranch, Ridgway, Colorado
engineered and mixed by Tyler Nuffer in Santa Monica, CA
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk in Portland, OR
album artwork by Whitney Freedman Photography, Berkeley, CA
an Evan and Eliot on Earth Co-Production

dedicated in loving memory of Susie Allen and Mark Trayle

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released January 6, 2016

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