Stranded Songs

by annie bacon & her OSHEN

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about

These songs are here to help you feel good. There is darkness, death, loss and suffering in them, pitted against the playful levity of my Oscar Schmidt (by Washburn) concert uke. In this dual dance, we are left with a sense of humanity and goodness.

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releases 04 March 2015

Annie Bacon - vocals, ukulele, u-bass
Omar Cuellar - drums, percussion, vocals
Tal Ariel - piano, electric organ, guitar
Jeremy Mulder - u-bass, vocals
Miles Gordon - saxophone, vocals

Recorded by Toan Pham in Oakland, CA
Mixed by Robert Shelton in San Francisco, CA
Mastered by Ruairi O'Flaherty

All songs written by Annie Bacon except Flower Duet by Leó Delibes from his opera Lakmé. (c) 2015 Annie Bacon/oshen music All rights reserved, but if you wanna use this music, just ask!

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Track Name: Tennyson & The Tugboat
I feel like a flower in a crannied wall
I don't want to admit that I'm stuck
But I've gotta
I feel like a tugboat leaving Coronado
I don't want to look back at The Del
But I oughta

Oh root and all, and all in all
Pluck me from my crannied wall
I guess I'm happy after all

I feel like a palm tree in a hurricane
I don't want to stand up straight
But I've gotta
And I feel like a cumulous cloud in a sunny sky
I don't want to make you think of the rain
But I oughta

Oh root and all, and all in all
Pluck me from my crannied wall
I guess I'm happy after all

I feel like a plastic bag on a windy day
I don't want to just blow where I will
But I've gotta
And I feel like a geranium in a rose garden
I don't want to think you're here to see me
But I oughta

Oh root and all, and all in all
Pluck me from my crannied wall
I guess I'm happy after all
Track Name: The Baby Suite
I think I see
Your iris in the sonogram
I think I see
I can't believe that you're a part of me

You are he
Plus me and love that makes the three of us
Little seed
I can't believe that you're a part of me

Take what you need
I'll have more in store for when the winter comes
And when you're free
I will be your biggest fan

I can't believe
I can't believe that you're a part of me
I can't believe
I can't believe that you're a part of me
Track Name: The Flower Duet (from Lakmé)
Sous le dôme épais
Où le blanc jasmin
À la rose s’assemble

Sur la rive en fleurs,
Riant au matin
Viens, descendons ensemble.

Doucement glissons de son flot charmant
Suivons le courant fuyant
Dans l’onde frémissante
D’une main nonchalante
Viens, gagnons le bord,
Où la source dort et
L’oiseau, l’oiseau chante.

Sous le dôme épais
Où le blanc jasmin,
Ah! descendons
Ensemble!
Track Name: A Mid-Autumn's Eve
A mid-autumn's eve we wander in
The woods to hear a pleasured din.
Leaning towards and back again,
But now the hiding harmonies must end.

Mark not steps upon the ground
Clothed in leaves, while Autumn's sound
Coos a mighty wind around
This enchanted wood and canyon.
Track Name: You Better Be Set
A painter he told me
"Do not discount your dreams
Cause there's something to learn
From ripping at the seams
And peering inside the subconscious mind
Where gravity's a woman who is
Asking the time
Where gravity's a woman who is
Asking the time"

There is a woman I know
From a trip on a train
I call her up every now and again
The last time I called, she said
"My son is dying"
And I could tell that she was crying but I don't know
How she'll survive this
I could tell that she was crying but I don't know
How she'll survive this

A statesman he said
"Oh I would not be so grand
If war weren't raging all across the land
So I'll be Grand In Life and Humble In Death
When the Reaper makes equal, oh,
Our worst and our best
When the Reaper makes equal, oh,
Our worst and our best"

Oh the Reaper's gonna equalize
So you better be set!
Track Name: When Anybody Laughs
I've been
Wallowing in loss for a long time
Oh oh, oh oh
I'm not trying to wallow
It just happens that way
When everything around you breaks and mends
Comes and goes, ebbs and flows, starts and ends

When the wind blows through the trees
You can't imagine what that does to me
Oh oh, oh oh
And if a pair of Lilac Rollers
Turn their beaks into the wind
And Their green throats strike like lightning
Well I'm done

And when anybody laughs
It's my Beloved's laugh I hear
And when anybody cries
I feel my life pass in their tears

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

It's all so fragile and enduring
I grow strong when I feel weak
And by wallowing in loss
It's life I get to keep

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh