Basement Tapes

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EASY WAY OUT (composed 1983) Sin appears before your eyes. Before ya know it, you’re hypnotized. You better stop, catch yer breath The next move you make may bring the kiss of death Ya take the easy way out! He will say, “Out! I don’t know you.” You hear of kids in other lands You see their ribs and their outstretched hands You turn away, say “Nothin’ doin’” What do you think Jesus will say to you? Blessed are those who mourn. Blessed are those whose lives are bruised and torn But damned are those who wished ya well And bought themselves a one-way ticket to hell Easy way out! Jesus will say, “Get out! I’m so sorry, but I don’t know you.”
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Your motivational mantra comes off soundin’ like Payday when I hear you say Hey C’mon stand tall after you fall all in all There’s room at the top- don’t stop – it’s OK I got a different way to be In all I do and all that I see In this stand-up comic kind of world If we sit-down but we disagree You can look down on me (look down) You can look down on me. You decide to ride on pride After you slide and you lose your stride But you’re not that cat who’ll cut and run to hide- And that’s OK I looked around til I found some sound ground And incredulously it contains a plea I can oversee magnanimously and say- Look down on me (look down) You can look down on me. All things must pass the die-cast system comin’ fast You’ll find your place at last to be- In the great society- and that’s OK All I can say is “Lord, have your way” - Anyway I’m convinced on the last day The card in play - It’s a King on the top of the pile In the meanwhile… The Ace is layin’ low – so You can look down on me. © 2014 j-poika music
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The sun goes down on the day and my life I feel no pain but a sense of strife What's the use in fighting I need you I'm dying Save me from this hell I'm trying so to forget It's so hard to forget When I was younger I had so much time Now I'm grown into a man out of my mind What's the use in lying I need you I'm dying Save me from this hell I'm trying so hard to forget It's so hard to forget When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you I have so much to say so many dreams Life is funny in a way it's not all that it seems What's the use in crying I need you I'm dying Save me from this hell I'm trying so hard to forget It's so hard to forget But when I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you with you When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you With you ooh ooh ooh
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Maybe it's the weight of the world On my shoulders Maybe it's the crushing hand of God Maybe it's the fact that I'm getting older And every second ticks away closer to the end CHORUS And there's something more than gravity Bringing me down, down, down Maybe it's the lies that you told me Maybe it's the way I don't forget Maybe it's the troubled times we had before That in my mind I always relive Well I try to walk upright It gets harder every day Is it me or my surroundings that Bring me to my knees
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HAVE YOU BEEN FORSAKEN LATELY? Squeezing out every ounce I have left inside, Blood or tears scary fears I can no longer hide Face down on the pavement with my hands held toward the sky But have u been 4saken lately? Shipwrecked and stoned, all those broken bones – scars of another day The work that screams is a smoky screen that throws us from the Way Flowers have their splendor and the birds are all dressed to kill But have u been 4saken lately? Have u been 4saken lately? I can’t stand the lies or moments of weakness and compromises Beat my chest and close my eyes His sacrifice justifies Anytime the shadow finds the guilty won’t be blind The debt redeemed on Calvary for all of human kind Image of the Father His Spirit of the Son The race cannot be over until it has been run and won But have u been 4saken lately? Have u been 4saken lately? Have u been 4saken lately, Have u ever felt it greatly? But have u been 4saken lately?
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One day you reached out I gave you a hand At that moment Time erased a line in the sand And when the waves roll in and crash Here I am here I am Here I am here I am One day you woke up And couldn't remember All of your nights All your memories were splinters And when the world around you closes in Here I am here I am Here I am here I am When you're broken Thoughts unspoken Hold on tight as you can Here I am here I am Here I am here I am
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Here's my heart in a million pieces It's my humble offering Here's my heart in a million pieces I can't give you everything Here's my body it's a broken vessel It ain't much but it's all I got Here's my body it's a broken vessel I can't give you what I'm not I will give you everything I have but not yet I'm not done being the chief of sinners
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When you're walking in the rain See you through the windowpane Just got out early on good behavior And I think that you could be my savior Things like you are such a mystery Get to thinking everyday How this life can be so strange Take my brush out try to give it some color Momma said I was an artistic failure Pretty things are such a mystery And I was here Waiting for you And you were there waiting for me My guitar Is so out of tune Please don't hate me When I sing When you're walking in the rain See you through the windowpane Just got out early on good behavior And I think that you could be my savior Things like you are such a mystery
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ONLY FOR A MOMENT As I walk alone in this land - I realize all the treasures we had When I look back I see the touch of your hand The things I took for granted are the memories that leave me sad Only For A Moment we shared a life Only For A Moment I called you my wife Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn Only For A Moment…now the moment is gone It’s been some time since you have been here, I look at all your pictures and I’ll cry I’m forever grateful for the time that we shared Alone I’ll sit and wonder Oh Why, Dear God Why? Only For A Moment we shared a life Only For A Moment I called you my wife Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn Only For A Moment…now the moment is gone A moment of time is all but a moment we’ll be apart For I know one day soon we shall meet again I must go on with this aching in my heart I miss my wife, my lover…and my best friend Only For A Moment we shared a life Only For A Moment I called you my wife Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn Only For A Moment… Only For A Moment we shared a life Only For A Moment I called you my wife Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn Only For A Moment…now the moment is gone
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She wandered away with her eyes cast down The last brunette in this bleach-blonde town With a last name that she had been given at birth Consorting with the victims although they don’t know it And those that do have the skills to not show it She’s trying to dodge that bullet, for all that its worth (She says) if this is what forever is like, then I’m worried about forever How many hopes can you fit in a jar And collect them up by the front door Though they never seem to amount to much at all? How many moments you tag and save And how many rights did you waive Hope in the end for that graceful withdrawal that comes with the fall? (She says) if this is what forever is like, then I’m worried about forever
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The end of the beginning Begins with no end No gravity on this path No ink in this pen Existence and persistence Ruled by mechanations Ethereal trees in a Stream of emulations CHORUS There's a diamond in the honey In the dandelion's mouth Invisible to the senses Until someone pulls it out Leaning against suns and Crying in the gloom Seeking in the many the One eternal truth Galaxies spin dervishes in Hurricane whirl Where is found the mind Behind the world (3rd verse same as the 3rd) To wonder of wonders No other may invent Dust displays fear only Love will relent Twist the dial, crack the code Turn the key and lock One second of love is Eternal Paradox Laughing in sorrow in Groves Gethsemane Leading us away From our enemy Nothing's the smallest part of Creation entire In this Gardenverse your Eternal Empire FINAL CHORUS In the dandelion's mouth we Encounter father and reason In your quiet words Is the one thing to believe in The end of the beginning Begins with no end
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If I only had one time To get out of my bed I’d be up in the morning As two by two- the geese fly overhead If I only had one day Just one face to see You’d be there in the morning Looking back at me Maybe just a little while - I don’t know Maybe just a little while - I can’t see If I only had one time in one day- I’d step out early in the morning - find a place to pray If I only had one time. ..Maybe just a little while - I don’t know- Maybe just a little while - I can’t see If I only had one time – in one day I’d step out early in the morning… …If I only had one time. © 2014 j-poika music
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SHAKE ME; WAKE ME (composed 1990) Father, take me, shake me, wake me up Father, take me, shake me, wake me up Father, take and make my little light shine Father, take me, shake me, wake me up Jesus, take me, shake me, wake me up Jesus, take me, shake me, wake me up Jesus, take and make my little light shine Jesus, take me, shake me, wake me up Spirit, take me, shake me, wake me up Spirit, take me, shake me, wake me up Spirit, take and make my little light shine Spirit, take me, shake me, wake me up
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Basement Tapes Compilation To Prove Indie Music Alive And Well In May 2014

Music, it turns out, is half creativity and half compulsory. That was a lesson mutually learned by Mike Indest, Matt Crosslin, and Steve Ruff. Indest, an independent musician based in New Orleans, hosted the podcast Basement Tapes which was in conjunction with Crosslin and Ruff’s magazine Down The Line (DTL). Again and again, members of this triumvirate would ask interviewees why they do what they do, and again and again were told that the music chose them more often than they chose it.

“The Basement Tapes idea was to showcase new indie artist that have been influenced by the artists that DTL covers,” Indest explained. Those artists have come together to write and record a compilation of original music, also titled Basement Tapes, to be released in May 2014 on Bandcamp.com. Owing to the compulsion/creation factor that fueled the album, the collection will be offered for free. It is, according to Indest, Crosslin, and Ruff, all about spreading the music of these individuals, and not for making a quick buck.

“In some ways the artists on the comp are the second or third generation of ‘Alternative Christian Music.’ The bloodline has been hijacked and this was a way to keep the thread going,” Indest said. Those artists include And How, The Radiant Dregs, Western Grace, Jim Wiita, Jeff Elbel (of Ping), John Piccari, and many more.

In all, fourteen artists delivered twenty five tracks. The album art was painted by another figure that looms large over this “second or third generation,” Michael Gerard Knott of L.S.U./Lifesavers and Aunt Bettys, and bassist for the most current iteration of Lifesavers, Joshua Lory, is also a contributor to the project.

Contributor Dw Dunphy said of the project, “I’ve followed half of the artists here for a long time, and I’m confident I will follow the rest in the future. It’s both thrilling and anxiety-provoking to be in such company.” When asked what his perspective was on why the compilation was being offered for free, Dunphy reflected upon his personal philosophy. “Maybe we are a weird type. I certainly know that when I tell people I have to make music, no matter what, they think that’s strange. But if you feel this is somehow a gift, you just go for it and hope people enjoy what you do. Judging by the folks I’m included with, it’s not that odd a position to take.”

The Basement Tapes collection is now available via Bandcamp at this web address: downthelinecollective.bandcamp.com/album/basement-tapes It features contributions from: Human 2.7, Theo Obrastoff, Jon Jordan, Jim Wiita, Eddie Parrino, And How, Straighteners & Fasteners, Jeff Elbel (of Ping), the b-attitudes, Western Grace, John Piccari, The Radiant Dregs, Mike Indest, and Dw Dunphy.

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released May 1, 2014

Executive Producers - Matt Crosslin, Steve Ruff
Produced by Mike Indest for Down The Line
Cover Painting - Michael Knott
Cover layout and design - Matt Crosslin
PDF insert design and layout - DW Dunphy
Song order - Big Dork aka Carl Spacone
Special thanks to The Radiant Dregs and the b-attitudes for their support.

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