Give & Take

by erik spooner

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this is a collection of songs containing performances from a variety of musicians who (at one time or another) have lived in the boston area.
there is always something to be learned from working with other people.

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released August 8, 2017

Adrian Emberley
James Force
Jenée Force
Alex Miller
Robert Eugene Miller
Scatterboxx
Liz Anaya Sheils
Adam Sherman
Solei
Jason Ywahu

erik spooner

mixed and automated by erik
(except meness: mixed by Scatterboxx
scatterboxx.bandcamp.com
additional mixing and mastering by Alex Miller
dojorecording.com
[special thanks to Joseph Rotella for providing studio space for recording and for use of ukulele on track 6

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Track Name: 01 oes (an observation of an everyday situation) {feat. Jason Ywahu
in every sequence of events
with all the time that we've spent
it seems as though there'd be a place inside where
all things are grass and leaves and wood
and all is well and life is good
and you and i would just be bears there

into another way of (life)

we've gotta drive to survive
to fight to stay alive
long enough to see it all go down
and where there once stood flowers there will only be towers

what i'm really thinking is we need some changing
rearrange this whole big thing into a pile way down there

what i'm really thinking is we need some changing
rearrange this whole big thing into a pile way down there
Track Name: 02 wrong {feat. Adrian Emberley & Alex Miller
you know it's been so long since i could say that i'm wrong

and i was thinking when i was drinking:
it's just a matter of time 'til you find i'm not wrong
and in the morning my thoughts was forming
and it was calm in the bed 'til you said:

i'm not wrong / but we both know better
i'm not wrong / and then you went and stole my sweater
i guess it's me and my bong; at least i know that you're wrong

oh pretty baby you don't know that you're wrong
it's not a difference in opinion and you know my will is strong

i'm not wrong / can you stop that stupid thinking?
i'm not wrong / it goes better when we're drinking
the whole damn point of the song is just to tell you you're wrong

no future, no past;
i don't know how long it will last
i'm trying hard but i'm fading fast;
i guess it just don't pay

oh pretty baby don't you know that you're wrong?
c'mon baby let me show you you're wrong
won't take a while; not very long
don't get upset cause it's just a stupid song

i'm not wrong / can we please go to dinner?
i'm not wrong / i might let you be the winner
if we could just get along maybe i'll say that i'm wrong
Track Name: 03 oh boy {feat. Alex Miller
sleepwalk into tomorrow
comes with the rhythm, gonna let it go
oh boy
all i've had i've had to borrow
comes with the rhythm gonna let it go;
i'm gonna let it be;
i'm gonna let it shine <yeah>

when it comes time, it will define you;
it's all the same when it's when we die
take time to get away and i don't wanna go and i don't wanna stay
oh boy
oh

make plans, but now we're wasted
kicked with the spur and we'll let it go
and if you want to get away and i don't wanna go and i don't wanna stay
oh boy
oh

in time the ones will find you
it's always best when we do not try
playtime, i don't wanna play and i don't wanna go and i don't wanna stay
oh boy
oh

we make plans, but now we'll break it
and it's time to let it go
and if you want to get away and i don't wanna go and i don't wanna stay
oh boy
oh

backslide into tomorrow
comes with the rhythm; gonna let it go
oh boy
Track Name: 04 buy gold {feat. Jenée Force & Robert Eugene Miller [EXPLICIT]
got fear in your soul? (then) buy up gold
go back to your hole and hide your gold
i know why we're here: surely not to live with hate and in fear
go back to your hole and gaurd your gold

the world didn't end; better find yourself a friend
and if you don't mend, it is where you will spend
so hard to hold; how'd you get so cold?
you best learn the score before you"re too old

it's lost to see, such a hazy/distant memory
it's all inside because we hide that which we cannot see
born in this station 'cause it's all been defined
trapped in this fucked up situation, but it's all in our minds
they start dominating masses; keep the classes in track
you keep digging, keep buying 'til you've got to attack
(and) the end is near (and) you've got no fear because they're dead and your old
you're pretty pretty with your bling; too bad you cannot fuck gold

come out of your hole / we're on the new tip
reclaim your soul / about to get wide
don't care what you're told, you cannot eat gold /
not with a whimper, show you this is how the world ends
we're bought and sold / can't buy a real friend
so take control / the shit's almost over

come out of your hole and leave your gold
Track Name: 05 crawlin' on all 4's {feat. Alex Miller & Adam Sherman
crawlin' on all 4's; i can't take it anymore
and how it seems we're out of the pan and into the fire
the world that you adore is just a part of something much much more
(and) you know that i can take you ever higher

they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be; it's on and on

1 turns into 4 and then we're onto something more before they
infiltrate the mind with sound and with colors
dissonance is evidence: directional indifference
as we'd all fall into what we are

they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be it's on and on

they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be good to you, bad to me
they'll never be it's on and on
Track Name: 06 she was always on my mind... {feat. Solei & Liz Anaya Sheils
she was always on my mind; the way that she smiles when i'm dancing
she's been nothing else but kind
through a silver-distant haze; far far away on a pale green shore
in a million different ways; who needs more?

if i could say the words today; if i could say it all (ooo-ooh)

she was always on my mind; you can't stand a chance when you know what's there
another chance you'll never find
tuesday as a day was just, in this ocean of space we must
take time to plan on me someday

if i could say the words today, if i could say it all (ooo-ooh)
shut off the world inside this song; it's all that we could do
if i could make you want to stay; if i could say the word (ooo-ooh)
i'de make a world inside this song; it's all that I could do

it seems so real, but it's all just a dream
Track Name: 07 (oh my little) lune {feat. James Force, Alex Miller & Liz Anaya Sheils
and they told me that she couldn't leave
but she'd go and it'd show and we'd know that it's a better way
and you know that we are foresaken
gravity, so it seems, pulls apart all the dreams of the day

oh my little lune

and you'd find that you're free when she leaves you
all the lies from the skies hide the world from our eyes all the days
and you know inside you'd see that pretty little lawn in the daytime
numbers cold and prime confine this great grace

oh my little lune
Track Name: 08 recessional {feat. Adam Sherman
i've come to see this could be the one for me
and that one and one and one is three
did i look away from you or did you pull away from me?

i couldn't see you here with me unless you're free
but i couldn't be the one to lead
well i guess sometimes it's just the way it tends to be

that's how we go down to the sea
swim til we grow; maybe find peace

i leave you with flowers
spirals around while it takes you away
shiva not only destroys her

that's how we go down to the sea
swim til we grow maybe find peace
that's how we go down to the sea
swim til we grow maybe find peace

that's how we go down to the sea
swim til we grow maybe find peace
that's how we go down to the sea
swim til we grow maybe find peace
Track Name: 21 meness {feat. Scatterboxx [EXPLICIT]
yo (1,2)
here's a treat
it starts with a beat
(and) in time you know we're gonna rhyme
it's kinda juvenile; think i'm gonna play a while
rockin' with the beats, it'd be like: "1-2-3" <check-it>

seems so strange to me; they tell me how i'm supposed to be
and if i want to see the type of wealth they'd have me need
they'd have me believe that to succeed is the only need
but that trip seems like kind-of-a drag

:$:if you wanna hit the bigtime better listen to this
you'll be hangin' with the girlies and be sippin' the cris
you might be million-to-one; there's seven-million on deck
so you better do exactly when i say:$:

i'm on the scene smoking green; it's like a time machine
and you have never seen this type of me. i mean
it might seem easier to follow with the trends with the rest
but there's only one person that can be you the best

so if you're feeling like i feel, please raise your hands with me
'cause i'm just saying we can stop all this insanity
spend all your time and money just to fake the best
sociopathically/tragically an actor like the rest

:$:but still you wanna win awards and get the girls with the tits
and see your face up on the tv and keep writing the hits
and if the money came from blood you know you still wouldn't give a shit
so make the choice, raise your voice, make some noise:$:
i'm sayin' that it's
meness
the crux of my genius is i'm standing in the glory of my meness

i'm chiming in from within with an apostrophe
and i'm-a-tell-ya with this song it first occurred to me
i'm not a poser or a baller but a poet
so melodic with the rhythm and a beat that's fresh

i'm not sittin spittin' sayin' playin' talking 'bout my mean-ness
frontin' somethin' zippin' trippin' talkin' 'bout my jock
raised in the 90's, you'll find me aligned divinely
ensconced in the warm soft light of my glow

meness
the crux of my genius is i'm standing in the glory of my meness

standing in the glory of my meness,
abnormally keen with sorcery secrets.
floral seeds form into trees right before me.
saturn's true tales sound like unlikely stories.
full swarm of bees orbiting me.
a rusty sword is in my teeth and there's a storm in the sea
so if the chords aren't in key, or there's a war within me,
or the force of the stress begins cornering me,
in order to breathe which seems important to me,
my aura will accordingly contort to the beat.
i re-up with some fresh zephyr in my co2 tank
while i can pull through i still got people to thank.

meness
the crux of my genius is i'm standing in the glory of my meness
Track Name: 22 give and take {feat. Liz Anaya Sheils
give and take (we need a little {now})