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Songs from the CD "Electronic Busker"

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Cream Pie

ELECTRONIC BUSKER © Brian Gregg

Electronic Busker, the hat that I pass is my mailbox
You won't find me powerless on the street
I need electricity

Yeah I'm a busker and I won't make any bones about it
I'm asking for a donation please
Send it general delivery Edmonton
Canada T5J 2G8

What you hear may bear some
resemblance to products from the "industry"
But don't be deceived it's not for sale
And I don't mind if you tape yourself
a copy you can have it for free
'cause hey, this is just some music
in songs, for you... from me

Always thought it would be nice to
try and love everybody, even though
you can't do much for them all... just a few
But let's not get too sentimental
this business is finished thank-you
Good bye and good night, Electronic Busker,
If I don't see you later, I'll see you soon. ......................................(back to titles)



OUT TO THE COUNTRY © Brian Gregg

I dig the country and the trees and the fields
I dig the country man and the ways that he feels

City's mad, got to get out to the country
But I know some kind of man is going to charge me a fee
To get out to the country.

Sometimes I feel so amused
By a thought that a word brings,
A word that's well used

Like "city", think "got to get out to the country"
But I know some kind of man is going to charge me a fee
To get out to the country.

Country political, country escape
Country geographical, a rural landscape

City's mad, got to get out to the country
But I know some kind of man is going to charge me a fee
To get out to the country. ...............................................................(back to titles)


ONE WORLD © Brian Gregg

I can see one world. I can see one world

If Caesar,s only desire could have been
"Mag, wheels on his "pick-up
Cleopatra might have said,

"I need a time saving, kitchen appliance
To save time for what ?
"To watch those highly emotional, inter-personal,
mellow dramatical, soap opereticals
Pictured on her video machine,
In her living room, all afternoon.
And so she does, and then she screams,

(Chorus)
I can see one world. I can see mine.
It,s all that I can see,
Cause I,m here all the time.

Meanwhile the robin perched on the microwave tower
Sees not what our Caesar sees in the dust in his headlights.
For it is hours since the north spring sun has set.
The snow is gone and summer,s coming.
Coming from the clearest spring he,s known,
So he sits back
Behind the wheel of his Cadillac
And then he screams,

(Chorus)

We are one world. We are all the time.
But can I see your world
And can you see mine ?
How many hundreds of peoples have wondered
Does it have to be hungry and crying
With young soldiers dying ?
It makes me want to scream !

Chorus............................................................................(back to titles)



MAKE A LOT OF MONEY © Brian Gregg

(Chorus)
Make alot a money, buy alot a hair oil
comb yer jelly roll
Make alot a money, buy alot a hair oil
comb yer jelly roll

Why don't you fly to the moon?
You're young enough, you can train to be an astronaut
Or why don't you be a mechanic
There's still five years of cars left on the road
But you talk gravely of some kingdom of god
In no direction do you plod
Towards positive changes, within ranges in scope of your view

So... (Chorus)

Remember when you were in school?
Teacher was thick... curriculum sick
But the scene was cool
You know you were roudy,
drinkin' and acting like a fool
But now you're level and right on the beam
At least to some folks so it may seem
Though inside you're doubting
Some Sunday school outing
Has decided your values for you

So... (Chorus) ...........................................................(back to titles)


HOT PLASTIC MAN © Brian Gregg

He bends he's the hot plastic man
Who sweats as he drips from the can
It's unknown that he was sick because he flushed it
His face is yellow but his tooth is white because he brushed it
I pity him as he flows down the hall
Halfway stuck to the wall

Who could tell this morning as he slept
That he was hot, let alone plastic
He was awakened by the pressure building in his clock
Hating whoever it was who kept speeding up
these dreary weeks
But his hate was interrupted by the explosion of the alarm
The works were stopped by a blow from his arm

Hot plastic man
Get back to your can
The smog has yellowed your tan
Only if you were straight
Could you mellow the hate
But now you are late
Because you waited for fate
To arrange the affairs of your state. ...............................(back to titles)


WHY DON'T YOU GO TO YOUR ROOM ? © Brian Gregg

Why don't you go to your room?
There you can wish away all of the doom

Why don't you go to your room? Not to be
punished, ooh ooh, ooh, ooh ooh.

And baby am I really mad
To wish away all that is bad?
Then you speak to me of then.
Now is now 'till the end.

So why don't you go to your room?
There you can wish away all of the doom

My life is stupid since she left
It was also stupid before
Yeah it's so stupid since left
It was all so stupid before
Sometimes I wonder
Which stupid life I like more

And I really thought I had control
Untill the day there was a war.
And now my atoms fly through space
The chance is lost for me to save the race.

So why don't you go to your room?
There you can wish away all of the doom
There you can wish away, all ..... of the doom. ..................(back to titles)


BLACKSMITH JOE © Brian Gregg

Iron used to know Blacksmith Joe
He was the one who made the horse shoe glow
Heat it up, pound it round,
Make a gallop give a more metalic sound.

But is it right To hear tires screeching pavement in the night?
And who's to know
If you're sleeping or someone's burning out in low?
Time won't let some stop, won't let some go.
Old time's pushing, new time's on the go.

His hope was strung out on the line
Old Joe said that it was a crime.
The auto car took his job away
Took his life down the road
To gasoline motorway.

But is it right
To hear tires screeching pavement in the night?
And who's to know
If you're screaming or someone's burning out in low?
Time won't let some stop, won't let some go.
Old time's pushing, new time's on the go.

His hope was hung out on the line
To dry up its tears in the sun one more time
It is the spark in the smile in his eyes
Lifts his heart, unclouds his skies.
But who's to say where it's gone when it's gone away
I don't know but those hope gone times drag Joe low

Time used to know Blacksmith Joe
He was the one who made the horse shoe glow
Heat it up, pound it round,
Make a gallop give a more metalic sound.
Make a gallop give a more metalic sound.
Make a gallop give a more metalic sound.
Yeah ... make a gallop give ...
... .... A more metalic sound. .............................................(back to titles)


CHANGES FLY BY © Brian Gregg

Changes fly by some young girl cries that losers never win
She says "see why before you die a new life must begin"

She's made her plans and she's got Dan's heart on a string
Danny's going to buy her a diamond ring
If she's smart she will start to aquire everything
That'll fix her angel's broken wing

'Cause she's always lived with her folks
Though they confiscated her smokes
took a lot, all that they gave
Oh how they taught her to behave

Changes fly by some young girl cries that losers never win
She says "see why before you die a new life must begin" .......................(back to titles)


BLIND DATE BLUES © Brian Gregg

Values screaming in my mind
Worth what worth? While spending time
Judging you and judging me
And judging bad and thinking mean

(Chorus)
Were on a blind date can't you see
Could be a fine date without you and me

Here we are uptight uptown
Seen a bad bad movie now were down
Walking silent, bored and blue
Thinking maybe we are through

(Chorus)

God I hate this awful feeling
Heart so low and stomach reeling
Somehow we can't be in love right now

Were on a blind date can't you see
Could be a fine date without you and me
without you and me without you and me without you, you and me .........(back to titles)


THE WORLD SAYS YES © Brian Gregg

The world says yes. The body feels fine.
The senses look inward. I have a settled mind.

The feelings are easy. The smallness expands.
At rest but alert, completely unbound.

I know I am, my thoughts arise
And I look out at the world

I plan, I do, I build, and I have my fun
I plan, I do, I build, and I get it done
And then I sit dwon and close my eyes
Ah Ah, Ah Ah. ...............................................................(back to titles)


STRANGE LOOPS © Brian Gregg

Strange loops back and forth around,
In my nuclear computer, in the jungles they are found.
Love and hate, laugh to cry,
Go and wait, hello good-bye...to

Strange loops back and forth around,
Cosmic flight together, alone down on the ground
Will and fate, hot to cold,
Cold to hot, young and old...

Strange loops, principle and rate,
In the jungles they are found, go and wait.
Production waste, economy,
One cosmic atom, imprisoned to be free...from those

Strange loops in the changing of the moon,
In my nuclear computer, in the never now of soon
In those strange, strange loops

Strange loops back and forth around,
In her eyes they are found
Always now in this time
Content and fire, a point to line...to

Strange loops back and forth around,
Like the petals of a daisy, tossed upon the ground
Yes or no, do or die,
Odd or even, I don,t know why...

Strange loops go back and forth around,
Television light beams, music in the sound.
Run to end, "A to"Zee,
Atomic cosmos, imprisoned to be free...from those

Strange loops in the changing of the moon,
In my nuclear computer, in the never now of soon
In those strange, strange loops
In those strange, strange loops ........................................................(back to titles)


Spirit of a Stone © Brian Gregg

One day the spirit of a stone

appeared in the image of a man

And that was what I thought that stone to be.

I expected it to love and care like other men I know

But it didn't and my will to make it never came to be.

And I wonder now how I didn't know All that is, is never what we see.

 

I sing this song for people yet to be

Further on in time, five thousand and eighty-three.

 

Frozen heated, smashed and cracked weathered washed and worn,

The Rubble fused together and the stone was born

Now back when I lived in the twenth century

We took for granted that that, that was, was all we see

 

The image for our language, a conglomeration

of technical and academic jargon

against a background of media advertisement slang

But not in silence these bits of many stones fused

Unlike the thoughtless mindless life of geology's rock

In silence these bits of many stones fused.

The Babel of our many sounds left apparently forever

To chatter on from electronic storage.

I wonder what essence will emerge ?

If only you could tell me, people yet to be.

All I can do is sing this song for thee. ........................................................(back to titles)


Take off © Brian Gregg ...

Who said the price of freedom was a broken start ?

Is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end ?

I think I know what's the matter with me

Its a matter of the heart

 

I'd like to take off your underwear

In an appropriate place somewhere

At an appropriate time too

Long long long after we

kiss and kiss

and kiss and kiss

 

A self declared untouchable now

You stand locked in your VIP cage

Not really any closer than if you were back

Back on the other side of the planet

 

I'd like to take off your underwear

Pull it right down past your travelin' toes

So close face to face, nose to nose

that when I look into your eyes I see

One .............(one eye)

 

But I guess I've blown most any chance of that now

Because I just don't want to drop the end of that line

Still just the same for you I'll drop it this time

You'll find me if you change your mind

 

I'd like to take off, please forget I mentioned it

I'll just take off and play my guitar

Still I long long long for you to kiss ................................... (back to titles)


Dumb and cruel © Brian Gregg

We are the masses the majority

We hold the power even though we can't really see

On the surface we like to seem glad

But underneath we are angry and sad

What we know most is what we can buy

We demand market forces supply

They may serve us In a way that's indirect

Trade toil for trinkets What else can we expect

 

Dumb and cruel running wild and free

Dumb and cruel I Know that is the way we're meant

meant to be

 

Go downtown have a drink in a pub

Look for a partner to give us a rub

Too bad we can't get all that we want

Always wanting to have what we caun't

Relaxing on the deck beside the pool

or doing something else that'l make us cool

Deep in our hobbies if we're not at our work

We wonder why somebody else is a jerk

 

Dumb and cruel running wild and free

Dumb and cruel I Know that is the way we're meant

meant to be

 

Now don't be too nervous to introspect

it's not uncommon to find a defect

Dr. Suzuki is sounding his alarm

Claims what we're doing is doing us harm

It is no mystery that we're bound to get mad

and feel like doing something that's bad

In our frustration we're not very nice

We'd wreck a planet and we wouldn't think twice.

 

Dumb and cruel running wild and free

Dumb and cruel I Know that is the way

I Know that is the way

I Know that is the way we're meant meant to be .................. (back to titles)


It's a drag © Brian Gregg

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

 

Late at night and I'm running low

Pretty soon I'll have to go

Down to your corner and find your machine

And empty my pocket like it's always been .. 'cause

 

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

Those advertisers say you love me too

They say you love me too

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

 

You know sometimes you make me feel so good

I forget to wonder if I should

Sometimes when I use you I feel so bad

Your pleasing nasty habit's driving me so mad ..'cause

 

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

Those advertisers say you love me too

They say you love me too

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

 

It's always time to quit

Every time I try to I take a fit

Get so nervous, don't know what to do

I light up another pack of you

 

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do

It's a drag lovin' you, the way I do ...................... ...... ........ ...(back to titles)


Why don't you hang around ? © Brian Gregg

Why don't you hang around ?

You'd think you wern't crazy 'bout me.

Well then I ain't crazy 'bout you neither baby

But why don't you hang around this weekend ?

 

Well I left town last Monday.

You didn't know that I was on the way.

Then I missed when I stopped by in your town

But I'll hang around for the weekend

 

Why don't you hang around ? hang hang, hang around hang around

You'd think you wern't crazy 'bout me. crazeee

Well then I ain't crazy 'bout you neither baby

But why don't you hang around this weekend ?

 

I'll tell you, lately why, I don't

Don't what ? Hang around.

'cause you don't.... hang around too

Why don't you hang around this weekend ?

 

Why don't you hang around ? hang hang, hang around hang around

You'd think you wern't crazy 'bout me. crazeee

Well then I ain't crazy 'bout you neither baby

But why don't you hang around this weekend ?

why don't you hang around this weekend ?

why don't you .....hang around .. .. .. .. ...........

'cause baby ...... you don't want to ....... .......... ...... .......................(back to titles)


My Mother was a Commie © Brian Gregg

My Father was a capitalist. / My Mother was a Commie.

They thought and cried their ideology / Would save us like salvation

Holy market holy worker / Black or white for him and for her

No way could they / no way would they join

 

I'm sure some good must fall between / such opposite positions

There must be more than just one way / Perhaps some combination

Holy Freedom Holy Fairness / Some will fight and some will care less

No way, said they / no way would they join

 

Straight answers, to questions may I have / not simply just suggestions

from those who claim to represent, / and make the laws that rule me

Holy love n Holy hatred / Divorce divest acquire and be wed

No way, said they / no way would they join

 

But that could not explain / the truth of my existence

And now in turn I take a part / In seeing if it makes sense

And we became the reason why they / lived so long together slyly

Even, though they said that no way / no way could they join

My Father was a capitalist. / My Mother was a Commie. ........... .........(back to titles)


Leavin' the Livin' room © Brian Gregg

In a place where the winter noon is nite

And every thing is some shade of white

Old old man, on a cold cold day

Walks off into a blizzard; suicide the Eskimo way

And as his disappearance is going along

It's said he was heard to be singing this song

 

Well I believe I'm leavin' the livin' room

Yes I believe I'm leavin' the livin' room

I believe I am leavin' the livin' room

 

Well since my baby said she ain't comin' back here anymore

I've been losing sleep. I've been cryin' on the floor

But now I'm leaving, leavin' the livin' room

goin' out to the kitchen; dance with the broom

 

Well if I did the suicide blues it would be the Eskimo way

I'd walk off into a blizzard when I'm old and grey

But it's too hot out now and I'm too young and I still want to see the day

When she comes back here; comes back here to stay

 

I'm goin' to get up off this couch. If I don't fall on the floor

I'm goin' to get up on my feet and walk right out that door

Yes I'm leavin' ... leavin' the living room

goin'' out to the kitchen. dance with the broom

 

Yes I believe I'm leavin' the livin' room

Yes I believe I'm leavin' the livin' room

goin'' out to the kitchen. dance with the broom

 

dance dance dance, dance with the broom

Come on now honey

you must be getting tired of sitting there in the closet with the dustpan

Get out here on the floor with me right now

We're going to clean up ..... ........... ............ ............ ..............(back to titles)


Heel © Brian Gregg

Well Heel you've done it again

Stepped on a buddy's toe and hurt a friend

You're so sorry now

You'd say so but you just don't know how

Every time you start to you end up foot in mouth

So worried it will it comes out wrong

 

Well Heel I should've guessed

You're worn out need a rest

Those long roads you've walked alone for years

Left you nowhere close except to tears

Every time you step down hard, turn and walk away

Heel you've done it again

 

Well Heel she can't blame you

She's not the one who nailed you to this shoe

You've been turned around and stepped on now

You'd say you're sorry but you just don't know how

Every time you start to you end up foot in mouth

So worried it will it comes out wrong

So Every time you step down hard, turn and walk away

Heel you've done it again

Yeah Heel you've done it again ... ....... ........... ............. .............(back to titles)


Emma Goldman © Brian Gregg

Emma Goldman, she's the one for me tonight

For me her company will be a great delight

She made a date with me

It's such a rare occurrence for her to be free

I didn't expect her to agree, to see me

 

She will speak and do what she believes is right

And read her precious books in Edgar's jails all night

She spoke to protest war

Just free speech and nothing more.

I don't know what they did it for.... what they did it for

 

She was exiled only to this time despise

The Russian revolution failing in her eyes.

Nowhere were the people free

Not in the church nor in the factory.

I didn't expect her to love me .... love me.

 

Aristotle, Jesus, Galileo .....

Were all too criminals to blind authority.

So far in history

It's been a crime to think so free

But your love Emma made me see what can be.

 

Emma Goldman, she's the one for me tonight

Emma Goldman, she's the one for me tonight .......

note:

Emma Goldman was a Russian Jew who at a young age emigrated to New York City in the early part of the century. She became involved as a labor leader and was jailed numerous times by J. Edgar Hoover and finally exiled back to Russia for her activities. She spent the last part of her life in Canada. This song is written from her lover's point of view.

....................................................................................................(back to titles)

Cream Pie © Brian Gregg

On the governments grounds flippin pancakes and scramblin yolks
Was the king of it all the most grand of blokes
Smilin and laughin and crackin out jokes
Once a year they have free breakfast for the hungry folks
All of a sudden there was pie on his face
He was the leader he had won the race
This was a dishonor this was a disgrace
They sprayed the pie thrower with a can of mace

They took 'im off to jail and court
The sentence was long but the trial was short
He'd only thrown a cream pie tort
You think the king coulda been a better sport

Pilate washed his hands our king washed his face
The protester was wrong but he made his case
A little kindness once a year is not exactly ace
When they force feed development at a blinding pace
This year I won't throw it just walk around
Walk with my pie on the government ground
Goin to walk around with my cream pie
Goin to show everyone I don't like that guy

We don't need to throw it to make our point
Just for carrying pie they can't throw you in the joint
If they won't let us in it'll be a human rights breech
Not throwing pie is a freedom of speech

Won't throw it in his face just walk around
Walk with my pie on the government ground
Goin to walk around with my cream pie
Goin to show everyone I don't like that guy
Goin to show everyone I don't like that guy


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