5 Spirits

by Eliot Eidelman

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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 live at Bobonne Studios in Antwerp, Belgium
engineered by Guido op de Beek and Aäron Koch
Tracks 2-8 recorded (mostly) live 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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Track Name: There's a Man
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
Track Name: 5 Spirits
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
Track Name: Welcome to El Paso
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
Track Name: Sweet Sandra Peed
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
Track Name: Laura
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
Track Name: Hold On
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
Track Name: Sunny Day, Melt Away
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
Track Name: Eyes of a Hero
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!
Track Name: Solstice Song
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