Spirits Rebellious

by The LoLos

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Of trickster coyotes, liberated songbirds, runaways, scoundrels, wanderers, and Saturnalian celebration.

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released March 18, 2017

Matthew Heyden: Lead Vocals, Keys

Ben Colbeck: Guitars, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Keys

McKenzie Warner: Drums, Percussion, Bottles, Vocals on "Streetlights",

Tom Nasr: Bass Guitar on "Spirits Rebellious", "Parakeet", "Ascension", "Scoundrel"

Caroline Fairchild: Violin on "Streetlights"

Scott "Soars with Doves" Barwick: Organ on "Scoundrel"

"Spirits Rebellious", "Shotgun", "Parakeet", "Ascension", "Scoundrel" and "Streetlights" recorded at Origami Lounge by Scott Barwick

"Tiger" and "Man In Reverse" recorded at Energy Plant by Matt Franklin

"Saturnalia" recorded by The LoLos

All tracks mixed and mastered by Ben Colbeck except "Scoundrel" mixed by Scott Barwick, Mastered at Abbey Road Studios

All songs written, arranged and performed by The LoLos

Album Artwork: Erik Brown at Frisk Creative hello@friskcreative.com

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Track Name: Spirits Rebellious
My father is time eternal
My sister is the wind
My brother rots in jail for something I've done
If I die out on the trail would you please bury me standing
Should they march over me with their boots I'll just sprout roses

Rascals, thieves, and vagabonds
I know that we will never change
We spirits rebellious live by our own rules
We're the least obedient people in the world

They say grandfather made Christ's nails
but hey a blacksmith has got to eat
we all know it's travellers that you blame
You'll raise your fist but we'll have wandered

Come crash of thunder, bang of doom
We'll drop our tools and pick up our tunes
While grey men spread their war and gloom
We'll just spread roses

Rascals, thieves, and vagabonds
I know that we will never change
We spirits rebellious live by our own rules
We're the least obedient people in the world
Track Name: Shotgun
Old Coyote with a brand new gun
is shooting stop signs and dancing in the road
A trail of spent shells lead to the forbidden woods

While Midas touch might of turned things gold
Shotgun blows kisses, makes everything holy
Coyote grins wide
'cause he threatens the shape of this world

With a shotgun

One dog carnival in a borrowed coat
The one that separates the bait from the hook
When men and gods get stiff he's the scheme and the oil can

And the people are restless
The priest is tired
The whole damned town is more dead than alive
because they've known no glory
Enters: The thunderstorm

With a shotgun

Hello, my name is Coyote
I've come with a message
Order has grown boring
Before you know me as the answer to your prayers
You'll know me as entropy
I will undo you

Down goes the courthouse
Down goes the clock
Down goes the church
The priest is running naked in socks,
screaming: Work of the Devil! You righteous better cover your eyes!
but nobody hears him over shotgun fire
The townsfolk are drunk and dancing 'round the pyre
of what they knew to be sacred
The night is long and glows orange
and burns

Morning comes
Coyote is gone
and the dazed wake in the road of the new world
All they've ever known is now crackling rubble
Grown men cry because they don't know what's left to do

When the priest, who is now wearing leather and feathers,
shouts: Fear not! You've been visited by an angel!
Focus your eyes before the dust settles
Through every shotgun hole God's light shines through
Track Name: Parakeet
Parakeet in your cage
left to live out my days
in bright amusement for you bastards
who have no songs of your own to sing
And all I dream of are blue skies

I stare out windows most days
and plan my daring escape
And these fucking finches don't know when to quit
Man I swear I will show them one day
when I find my way to the blue skies

I swear there's nothing left
of that broken heart bird in the mirror
I swear that when I find my chance
I will spread these wings and fly away

Through an open window

I swear there's nothing left
of this broken heart bird in the mirror
I swear that when I find my chance
I will spread these wings and fly away

Through an open window
Track Name: Ascension
Hit snooze 'til it breaks
you're always with the smiling and getting away
Well take your time, love
you set the pace
I'll let you take the lead just don't lead me on

You know you're something else
and there's something in the way that you smile
that says you must be strong, be careful most men fail
You're so damned tough for such a little thing

You know there's only so long my heart can wait before it breaks
'cause I'm so sentimental, I know I fall too fast
This time I'm feeling something from the start
but I feel there's a gravity pulling you away
This ain't the time that I will win your heart

You know it's warmest under here
I'll keep you from the december air
and you could stay all morning, love
stay all day
Let's make believe that there is no other world

You know there's only so long my heart can wait before it breaks
'cause I'm so sentimental, I know I fall too fast
This time I'm feeling something from the start
but I feel there's a gravity pulling you away
This ain't the time that I will win your heart

Goodbye for now
Track Name: Tiger
Let me know when I've had enough
When it comes to you
I've got no words for "No"
I'm a sucker for all the love that you don't give me
'Cause you know it's all I hope for in the end

Tear me up, little tiger

You don't hold my hand
You blink at all the clever things I say
But I'm a sucker for the blindfold
that I'll give you
Damn you for smiling widest when you hold me down

Tear me up, little tiger
Make me whole, little tiger
Track Name: Scoundrel
Please please please forget me
Don't remember the words that I've said
Forget my name when I'm gone
I'm a scoundrel son
and I'm already dead

I was born on the Mississippi
and like that river I've rushed the corners
I've raged free
I had that gold just slipping through my fingers
but so was my woman
and when I found that man in my bed..

I think there's no road left to redemption
unless there's some way to raise the dead
I think I've burned every last one of these bridges
and every lawman alive knows my name
and has seen my face

Please please please forget me
Don't remember the words that I've said
Forget my name when I'm gone
I'm a scoundrel son
and I'm already dead

I was born in New York City
the only son of some country bumpkin millionaire
and I sat high and lively on that saddle
and I was high on more than life when I pulled my gun
Oh I think road left to salvation
unless there's some way to raise the dead
'cause I set fire to oil when I met my match
and every slick-backed gangster alive knows my name
and has seen my face

Please please please forget me
Don't remember the words that I've said
Forget my name when I'm gone
I'm a scoundrel son
and I'm already dead
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I ain't got the time to pay for my sins
I have no means to make amends
so I'll die
change my name, move far away
I'm sorry my son
I'm a scoundrel
so I die
change my name, move far away
I'm sorry my son
I'm a scoundrel
-
Some say I was swept away in the Mississippi River
some say I was rolled up in a rug and tossed in the Hudson Bay
truth is I'll never die 'long as you tell my stories
truth is that when I die it'll say unknown on my grave

Please please please forget me
Don't remember the words that I've said
Forget my name when I'm gone
I'm a scoundrel son
and I'm already dead
Track Name: Streetlights
Stand up straight
It's time you started being a man, son
stop daydreaming, toughen up,
and quit wasting your time with girls

We burn the daylight
and even more when we have fire
Create worlds as we desire
no-one can stop, or slow, or tell us how to be

before
Streetlights come on
To tear us both away
To keep us from what matters
And each-other
Streetlights can never light the dark around our hearts
Or show us which way home is

Never cared much for dolls
or princesses
or fancy dresses
or boys

I want to shoot guns with boys
At boys
Oh boy, the trouble we could get into

when
Streetlights come on
To tear us both away
To keep us from what matters
And each-other
Streetlights can never light the dark around our hearts
Or show us which way home is

In that time before it's dark
When the lights come on too early
We shuffle out of the canal
cut across the fields and take the train tracks
And when the cold blue light
shines against our burning sky
Is it day or night?
And if it's our time, what are we?

When the
Streetlights come on
To tear us both away
To keep us from what matters
And each-other
Streetlights can never light the dark around our hearts
Or show us which way home is
Track Name: Man In Reverse
Here's a man in reverse
He rehearses songs he hasn't sung since he was eight years old
On the stage, Peter Pan, he played the leading role

How he swam out to sea as a young man
Before the war
Before he wore a rifle on his shoulder
Before he sat behind a desk and got older

Now Norman is dying
and finally dying to live after living so many years dead
What's been normal to Norman is blind movement forward
Now moving backward is the only way ahead

To the old days
Does it ever get better than the old days?
And in some way,
Can an old man wake tomorrow in the old days?

Here's a man in reverse
Look how he searches
for memories of color to dress this black and white poem
in a cluttered drawer he found the sand dollar that brought him back to his home

He stood on the beach that next Monday
On the shore of his youth he surely used to swim to the horizon
He sure he could touch the sun just one last time

Norman is dying
and finally dying to live after living so many years dead
What's been normal to Norman is blind movement forward
Now moving backward is the only way ahead

Behind every half-step
Below every compromise
was a voice deep inside Norman's chest
That sang: Fool, old fool! When will you remember that a moment lived is worth a thousand years?

Swim Norman swim to the edge of this world
- - -
Swim Norman swim off the edge of this world
- -

To the old days
Does it ever get better than the old days?
And in some way,
Can an old man wake tomorrow in the old days?
Track Name: Saturnalia
Saturday morning Bugs Bunny always wins
and boys without fathers have to find their own heroes
If I'm going gray, I'm surely going rabbit gray
If all you see is immaturity
well
Na na na na naa naa

Maybe more than a bit lazy
Maybe more than a bit crazy
If you want to save me, help me have my way

I'm a man with a plan
A boy with a crayon
I will draw on your walls with my little abstracts of revolution

And all the pretty little things
that I ever thought to think
While staring blankly into outer space
To find the outer reaches of these inner spaces
Oh how far I've travelled
My the things I've found

There's a season where the leaves jump back on the trees to green
When pondering imponderabilia is the duty of the sane

Saturnalia, I'm in love
I'm in love
Saturnalia, sad to see you go
Don't want to see you go
'cause I could do this everyday
write love songs to oblivion
grab the sweet unknown by it's rosy cheeks to kiss it's mysterious lips
I could spin myself dizzy, like a dervish on the lam
steal the clothes off emperors
I could give a damn

Saturday evening everyone does in their head
They hop off the hamster wheel into suitable vices
And come Monday everything goes back the same
Everyone knows we have to slave for our freedoms

"We know what we are but know not what we may be"
Maybe we're lunatics that think none of this is real
but life is too damned short
Ending too damned soon
What harm has ever come from singing naked to the moon?

Even if it's damn near every single night
and every single time the moon's out in daylight
There's a certain balance to pushing over normal that's necessary
perhaps pre-ordained

For every baron in an armchair, stealing life and starting war
There's a poet in the graveyard, painting flowers on the skulls

Saturnalia, I'm in love
I'm in love
Saturnalia, sad to see you go
Don't want to see you go
I could do this everyday
write love songs to oblivion
grab the sweet unknown by it's rosy cheeks, kiss it's lips
Spin myself dizzy, like a dervish on the lam
steal the clothes off emperors
I could give a damn
'Cause I'm in love

Saturnalia I'm love