Songs of Peace and War

by Andy Spain

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1.
04:15
Battle Hymn (Spain) Choose your words wisely Have you forgotten how it feels? Are you already on the defensive Reeled back on your heels? Listen to the dying embers Enjoy how they crackle and pop Someday soon we’ll dance on the moon Karma is merely a mop Is it too late to be famous Trotted out like a circus horse? Too late to be someone’s savior Riding down on a collision course? Is it too late to be someone else Destined to be just like you? Get your guns and songs together Every fight we will win true Tell your mother and your father How you love and miss them so Only in exasperation May you truly ever know Providence over persuasion Science will not steal your soul Onward to the new horizon Now we’ve got someplace to go
2.
Not Allowed to Drive (Spain) I used to go outside I used to feel like I was alive Now I’m not allowed to drive No I’m not allowed to drive anymore I don’t remember why I don’t remember that much anymore Something changed, the men came They made a law Now we’re not allowed to drive No we’re not allowed to drive anymore And when they say it’s a bright new day I have to take their word ‘Cos from my eyes, it’s all just lies All distinction’s been blurred And maybe they’ll give us back our rights If we put up a fight Or maybe they’ll just dig bigger holes Bury us in the night I have to stay in here Watch the stream that keeps us in fear And when they knock on my door I can’t pretend I’m not home anymore 'Cos we’re not allowed to drive No we’re not allowed to drive anymore No we’re not allowed to drive No we’re not allowed to do much of anything Anymore Anymore
3.
Piano in a Foxhole (Spain) Everyone’s giving the low down Think it’s time for us to slow down Traffic lights in all directions I could use some more protection But you can make it better for me, my love You can make it better for me All the dust is gonna blow down Set ‘em up, we’ll have a showdown All the things that give us tension Should’ve paid ‘em more attention But you can make it better for me, my love You can make it better for me Looking through the glass I see sidewalks pass And buildings dance their way into the ground Where the road signs meet In the empty street The wind just passes over without a sound See the trees, the way they bow down Life is just a merry-go-round Underneath the dirt and sorrow Don’t know where we’ll be tomorrow Everyone’s giving the low down Think it’s time for us to slow down This piano in a foxhole Playing tunes like it’s a lost soul
4.
04:16
Pure as Gold (Spain) Find yourself a gamblin’ man or find yourself a gun Either way you’ll find yourself as lonesome as they come Put on pretty dresses, baby, put on diamond rings Find out on your wedding day they just don’t mean a thing Love is something made to last If it’s as pure as gold It don’t matter what you have ‘Cos love cannot be sold When your heart’s a buried treasure men will seek its worth Give yourself to those who know the value of your birth Halls are filled with love’s disasters Victims all in line Hearts once full now crack like plaster Blood now spilt like wine Love is something made to last If it’s as pure as gold It don’t matter what you have ‘Cos love cannot be sold Find yourself a preacher man or find yourself a judge If you wait too late for love, Your heart will hold a grudge If you wait too late for love, Your heart will hold a grudge
5.
03:32
I'm Your War (Spain) I’m your battle I’m your war I’m the thing that’s too big to ignore I’m the cause You have to fight I’m the reason you cry all night And everyday You paint your face Remind yourself of the place That you want to be That you aim to be If only you could get rid of me Maybe there’s an art to this Fight your battles enveloped in bliss With a smile on your face as you cut your enemies down And dance in the blood of the ones left on the ground I’m a zeppelin I’m a bomb I’m the last call to your mom As you cry on the kitchen floor Waiting for that knock on the door I’m the beast You have to kill If you can find the will And I’m sleeping in your bed Wond’ring what it was I said Maybe there’s an art to this We can bring the world to peace with just one kiss With a smile on your face as you fall asleep tonight And a flag outside that’s lit by candlelight
6.
04:56
Frienemy (Spain) Each time I touch you it gives me shivers I anticipate it and it always delivers And I don’t know what to do The way you’re staring inside my soul The clothes I’m wearing they don’t keep me whole And I don’t know what to do There’s a feeling I get when I’m with you O should I trust you to do no harm? What’s that sensation crawling up my arm? The blood in my veins is slow like glue It’s like you’re living inside my skin Don’t know where you end and I begin The edge of the world is in view There’s a feeling I get when I’m with you And I don’t know if this dream is coming true There’s a chain around my neck And it’s dragging me behind you You are the one who haunts the darkness Your eyes ignite me like a dried up forest I burn with a pale orange hue Don’t try to tell me ‘bout good intentions There’s always something somebody forgot to mention It’s the part where your heart becomes due There’s a feeling I get when I’m with you And I don’t know if this dream is coming true There’s a chain around my neck And it’s dragging me behind you
7.
Little Red Bombs (Spain) A cure for boredom? A mere distraction? “The time for action is NOW” Find a target, Vilify it Just make sure you make it loud Send your little red bombs to a madman Sail your boats across the sea We’ll just wait from here and see what happens Maybe we’ll make history Killed your brother Killed another Every mother is cryin’ Awesome power Awesome cowards Such an awesome waste of time Send your little red bombs to a madman Sail your boats across the sea We’ll just wait from here and see what happens Maybe we’ll make history Send your little red bombs Send your little red bombs Send your little red bombs to me
8.
04:07
Now What? (Spain) Now what do I do? Been at war for so long Fighting’s all been done And I’m comin’ home Will I feel the same ‘Bout the things that I’ve done? When you call my name Will I smile or will I run? Coming through the gates Everything looks different now What I used to love I’m indifferent to somehow Part of me’s still fighting But the enemy has changed If this is such an honor, Why do I feel so ashamed? Been living in a nightmare Been part of a machine Been fighting this battle Since I was just eighteen How am I supposed to Forget the things I’ve seen? How am I supposed to carry on? Now what do I do? Get a job and get a wife? Soldier camouflaged In an ordinary life What they took from me I’ll never really know I will do my best Not to let the battle show Now what do I do?
9.
05:17
The Runner (Spain) Catch your breath before you get tired Can you even remember why you left? Take a rest, save up your energy For all those things you’ve yet to encounter And you know you gotta run And you know you gotta run Take a look around at what surrounds you How can you run so far without looking back? Wipe the sweat from your eyes You might get blinded Don’t stare right at the sun You’ve been reminded And you know you gotta run And you know you gotta run And you know, you know, you know, you know Lying on the ground, your ankles are broken Bloody knees and hands skint on the road You are all alone, except for the angels And they got mighty wings to carry you home And you know you gotta run And you know you gotta run And you know, you know, you know, you know
10.
03:56
Angel Wings (Spain) We are small And so alone And we are far away from home And we can laugh And we can cry But we don’t know until we die Where we go People come and people go They walk this Earth And think they know The way of things But death still stings We take a ride on angel wings And we’re gone Gone gone gone gone gone gone gone If you should live A hundred years You’ll probably see Your share of tears And some years good And some years bad Be thankful for the ones you had When you go

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Songs of Peace and War, the third release from sci-folk pioneer Andy Spain, explores themes of human conflict, love and existentialism through an eclectic range of styles ranging from fuzzy alt-rock to sweeping folk.

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released October 9, 2013

Songs of Peace and War
by Andy Spain


All songs written and arranged by Andy Spain,
published by Wayward Satellite Music (ASCAP)


Recorded and engineered by Emanual Ellinas at Magnetic Audio Recording Studio, except Piano in a Foxhole, recorded and engineered by Andy Spain at Electric Windmill

Mixed by Machine Men

Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering

Executive Producers: Andy + Anita Spain
Produced by Andy Spain

Special Guests:

Ryan Flynt -- Upright Bass on Pure as Gold
Butch Butler -- Pedal Steel on Pure as Gold

all other instruments -- Andy

Cover photo by Michael Dumas
Album design by Andy Spain


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(p) 2013 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Andy Spain, under exclusive license to Sci-Folk Recordings.

(c) 2013 Andy Spain, under exclusive license to Sci-Folk Recordings.

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Andy Spain Birmingham, Alabama

Singer/songwriter/producer Andy Spain writes songs loaded with meaning and melody.

Blending influences ranging from British psychedelic rock and American folk to electronic artists like Kraftwerk and Wendy Carlos, Spain’s songwriting is lyrically dense and musically surprising.

His latest release is 2020’s ECHOSIS, a concept album about the effects of tribalism and media overload on society.
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