Finally

by Artis the Spoonman

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Recorded in April 13-20, May 1-8, June 4-8, 2018 at the Lethe Lounge, NYC

Artis - Vocals, spoons
Mark Ettinger - Basses, electric guitar, Hammond organ, piano
Kenny Wollensen -Drums, conga
Michael Vatcher - Drums, maracas, Chinese block
Peter Apfelbaum - Piano, organ, tenor sax
Steven Bernstein - Trumpet, slide trumpet
Doug Wieselman - Tenor sax, alto sax, baritone sac, clarinet, Hammond organ, electric guitar
Matt Munisteri - Guitar
Toes Tiranoff - Tap
Spirit of Samwise - Eb alto horn

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released September 16, 2018

Composition, melodies and words - Artis
Harmonizations and arrangements - Mark Ettinger
Produced by Artis & Mark
(C)2018 Artis

Sahil Ansari - Engineer
Mixed by Mark Ettinger and Doug Wieselman
Mastered by Mark Dann

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Track Name: Telephone Ear
Telephone Ear

Why am I always yelling out in anger
Instead of singing out with joy?
Could it be it ain’t me but the planet that I’m walking
Polarity and gravity?

Could it be I can’t share these thought I’m talking
Before I know they’re really me?

Information flying at me like a light through the fibers
Of the nerve channels in my spine
Telephone ear got me so far from here
I don’t know my voice until I’m cryin’

Why am I always yelling out in anger
Instead of singing out with joy?
Could it be it ain’t me but the planet that I’m walking
Polarity and gravity?
Track Name: Stay Away From Me
Stay away from me

I wish the caring wouldn’t keep returning
So I could turn my back on you
Forget about all the joy I’ve had
And then caused so much misery

I can’t apologize for everything
I can’t relive all that grief
Yet I live with it anyway
I wish the caring wouldn’t keep returning
So I could just stay away

Stay away from me
Stay away from me
Do yourself a favor
Stay away from me

I never took time to listen
I wouldn’t even walk away
I’d scream and strike out to stop it
‘Cause I didn’t know how to play

I wish the caring wouldn’t keep returning
So I could turn my back on you
Forget about all the joy I’ve had
But then caused so much misery

I can’t apologize for everything
I can’t relive all that grief
Yet I live with it anyway
I wish the caring wouldn’t keep returning
So I could just stay away

Stay away from me
Stay away from me
Do yourself a favor
Stay away from me

Stay away from me
Stay away from me
Do yourself a favor
Track Name: Economic Stardust
Economic Stardust

Do you own it, or do you owe on it
Do you own it, or does it own you?
Let’s get down to the facts of it.
What about the tax on it?
Do you own it, or does it own you?

Is that your car, does it belong to the savings & loan?
Is that your house, or you just calling it home?
Do you own those clothes, have you paid for them yet?
Face it friends, we’re too far in debt.

Do you own it, or does it own you?

Borrow, lend, speculate,
It all breaks down to the interest rate
Is it trust, or lust for the equity
That entices us to live beyond our means?
Fulfilling someone else’s dream
While they’re vamping all our energy
Do you thank the banks for your destiny?

Do you own it, or does it own you?

I was born unto my mother
Not a church, state or nation
I'll strive one way or another
to avoid a warring taxation
I won’t subscribe to intimidation
By technological proliferation
Without responsible dedication

Do you own it, or do you owe on it?
Do you own it, or does it own you?
Let’s get down to the facts of it.
What about the tax on it?
Do you own it?
Track Name: Fraction
Fraction

Hi
My name is fraction

Its’ just a fraction of my identity

You can call me that
But it’s not what I call myself

I don’t need a name to separate me
From somebody else
I think of myself in thoughts
That only sometimes come in words
I know who I am
Without the auspices of a name

Why call you by name
When It’s you I’ll remember
Not a word

Your identity you see
Is as abstract to me
As your image would be
For me to paint

on a canvas of air
With a paintbrush of words
Using colors we can only hear

Hi
My name is fraction
It’s just a fraction of my identity
You can call me that but it’s not what I call myself

I don’t call myself
I’m never that far away
Track Name: Children's Lielabye
Children’s Lielabye

I lie to you
I lie to you
I love you so much
I lie to you

I lie to you
I lie to you
To save you from the truth
I lie to you

I’ll lose my faith
And tell you to believe
In the same damn thing
That’s been deceiving me

I lie to you
I lie to you
I love you so much
I lie to you

When you tell me what you like
I’ll pretend I like it too
Cuz I know you’d fall apart
If you only knew

That I lie to you
I lie to you
To save you from the truth
I lie to you

So don’t tell me the truth
Go ahead and hide it
‘bout your diverse social circle
and your lovers and your diet

Just lie to me
yes lie to me
Prove that you love me
and lie to me

Cuz I lie to you
I lie to you
I love you so much
I lie to you
Track Name: Seditious Citizen
Seditious Citizen

Sedition
Is the condition
the citizen is in
when the state becomes the enemy,
and the citizen becomes
the enemy of the state

Sedition
the condition
the citizen is in
when the state is the enemy,
the citizen is
the enemy of the state

Mohammed was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Jesus was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Harriet Tubman was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Rosa Parks was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Sedition
the condition
the citizen is in
when the state is the enemy,
the citizen is
the enemy of the state

Jean d’Arc was an enemy
An enemy of the state
Malcolm was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Millions of Jews
in Hitler’s Germany
were enemies
all enemies of the state

Sedition
the condition
the citizen is in
when the state is the enemy,
the citizen is
the enemy of the state

Salvadore Allende was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Sitting Bull was an enemy
An enemy of the state

Millions of Soviets
under Stalin’s regime,
were enemies
All enemies of the state

Sedition
the condition
the citizen is in
when the state is the enemy,
the citizen is
the enemy of the state
(twice)

I am an enemy of the state
Track Name: Rocket to God
Rocket to God

I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god

Gonna shoot past mars
Black holes and bright stars
shoot past time
Billion of years
Land in eternity
Internally clear

I won’t need my body
I won’t need my mind
If I’m lost in space
That’ll be just fine
no more me
no more identity
I’ll be free as can be
With no destiny

I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god

gonna go so fast
gonna disappear
no future no past
perfectly clear
gonna keep my faith
that’s all I’ll have left
no above or below
perfectly set

I’m gonna join matter
With ethereal glue
And when I do
I’ll be just like you
Gonna trace autonomy
To it’s subatomic force
like it or not
We share the same source

I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
I’m gonna take a rocket to god
rocket to god
Track Name: Hey Bud
Hey Bud


Hey Bud
I can’t say it excites me
To remember you --
But I can say I remember
Being excited with you
One night

What were we, 12 or 13
as puberty encroached --
watching TV on the couch
pretending the other was a girl?

About the time we got undressed
The housekeeper got up to make a check
And we scattered to the far end of
the house

---------------------------------

I guess I’ve always wondered
If you were gay
Or if you remember
And would even admit it today

You were the first other person
To touch me intimately
However slightly and briefly

The second was 6 years later
However sweetly and completely

I have no regrets
And I can’t help think
If we hadn’t been disturbed
I may have written
My first love song for you.

Hey Bud
I can’t say it excites me
To remember you --
But I can say I remember
Being excited with you
One night
Track Name: Essential Event
Essential Event

Let’s be detached about it
Let the lightness remain
Don’t take it personal
We don’t need the pain
We’re all here dedicated
To keeping things sane
If our friendship is on the line
There’s nothing to gain

Essential event, essential event
Essential event, essential event

You can’t take it home
To a mind that’s never know
An experience that’s quite like this one
The space is so enchanted
The scope is so expanded
The imagery defies definition

Essential event, essential event
Essential event, essential event

But we can take the image
And project it through our thoughts
to the mind of someone
who can receive it
and even if it comes in dreams
and they think it’s fantasy
they’ll have a vision
they can carry it on with
We have a vision we can carry it on with
It’s all a vision that’s been carried on

Essential event, essential event
Essential event, essential event

Essential event, essential event
Essential event, this is an essential event

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