Bedroom Stage

by Eric Funn

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Sounds captured with one mic to one track on cassette with no overdubs.

Recorded in my attic bedroom at Advanced Listening Headquarters on South Mountain in Bethlehem, PA, USA. I recorded all of these songs between December, 2015 and March, 2016.

Transferred to digital from cassette by Jacob Norman Chainsaw Arm at a mysterious radio station somewhere in the Lehigh Valley.

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released March 5, 2016

All songs and album art by Eric Funn
Except King Kong Kitchee Kitchee KItchee owes a very strong debt to Chubby Parker's version of "Froggie Went A-Courting" so I guess that one is sort of by a lot of people, including me but also seriously listen to the Chubby Parker song on the Anthology of American Folk Music because it's way better than mine.

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Eric Funn Minneapolis, Minnesota

Folk outsider.

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Track Name: Space Time Meaning Matter
Outer space is bigger than big
And I am smaller than small
Everything I do is natural

Time has no beginning or end
It goes and it goes and it goes
You live until you die that's how it goes

I keep searching for deeper meaning
But there is no meaning I find
The only meaning I find is in my mind

All of my dreams have been for naught
Did any of it ever really matter if I already forgot?
Track Name: Outer Space
In the graveyard when our thoughts turn dark, we'll eat sandwiches and wait for the haunting
In the blue pool, spring time cool, we'll find all of our new friends calling
Find all of our new friends calling

In the basement with specific intent we'll collect all the moisture in the air
In the Midwest doing our best, we'll find out what it means to prepare
Find out what it means to prepare

It's coming up the hill

In the recent past, moments that last, we'll work until we get to the places
In the segue way too true to obey we'll recall all the smirks off of their faces
Recall all the smirks off of their faces

It's coming up the hill

Outer space
Track Name: I Have To Laugh
Driving down a Pocono mountain.
In the car my ears are popping
So I swallow 'til I feel better
I do it again a little later on
My problems are gone

The universe keeps getting bigger
So do my bills, but I'm not bitter
As long as I've got good food for dinner
And someplace warm during the winter, I'm fine
Nothing's wrong

I cried so many buckets full of tears
Over so many confused years
It's funny now just looking back
I have to laugh

Religions come and then they go
When they leave I am thankful
Families of Holy Ghosts
Are dancing on their tippy toes in time
I'm waving goodbye

There's so much I cannot know
And that fact is always so
I don't mind my limitations
So you can take my frustrations away

So long see ya alright goodbye

I cried so many buckets full of tears
Over so many confused years
It's funny now just looking back
I have to laugh
Track Name: As The Rain Tap-Tap-Tap-Tap-Tap-Tap-Taps
Tippa tippa tap tap on my roof
Here's the truth about Paul Pierce
He played for the Celtics for almost his whole career
He won a championship one year
When Kevin Garnett (KG) and Ray Allen joined him there
The rain is tap tap tap tapping on my roof
Here's the proof
We don't need no proof
About the truth
The mysterious truth
It's a bunny in a bush
You can point and say "Look! Look!"
But you never can sink a hook
Into the truth
The jaw-drop truth
And one time after a game he played against Paul Pierce's Boston Celtics, Shaquille O'Neal (aka Shaq, Shaq Daddy, Shaq Diesel, The Big Aristotle) of the Miami Heat said "I have something I want to say. Paul Pierce is The Truth" and Paul Pierce's nickname became
The Truth.
Track Name: Dry Bones
Dry bones dry bones
Floating up there in the sky
Dry bones dry bones
We all one day must die

Broken rib broken legs
broken neck broken face
Dry bones keep crumbling all around me

I can feel my bones they're drying out
I can feel my bones they're drying out
Let me tell you what the future is all about
The same as the past it's drying drying out

Dry bones dry bones
Floating up there in the sky
Dry bones dry bones
I don't know how or why

Those bones are bleaching in the sun
Those bones are bleaching which side are you on?
Will you miss me when I'm gone?
When I die let my dry bones bleach in the sun
Track Name: Radical Leftist Politics
Radical leftist politics never sold that many cars
Radical leftist politics isn't gonna make TV stars
Come to your show for the interview
On the nightly news. Sorry dude.

Radical leftist politics isn't gonna change that much no-no
Radical leftist politics maybe it's just a crutch
For those of us who are down and out and searching for some kind of hope
We've got nothing to look forward to
Except a bright new future
With radical leftist politics

Radical leftist politics I don't know if they've done me any good
Radical leftist politics but it's not like I'm taking to the streets
So who knows maybe we should try implementing some of these ideas
Maybe we should try to take over the government

And I"m not talking about violence I'm talking about through the polls
Using laws and existing systems to improve our world
With things like universal health care, guaranteed income
No more global military aggression or economic domination

Could our collective existence get better if we used government for that purpose?
Is it possible?
Sometimes I have my doubts
And my friends they have their doubts
But we're figuring it out

Radical leftist politics what have you done for me?
Agitation and class resentment. I'm always worried
About those corporate oppressors, business types
Always pushing people like us around

They treat us like commodities
They treat us like we're worthless
They treat us like we're not even
Humans with a purpose to our lives
Beyond our labor for their dollars an hour
Well I'm worth more than that!

Tell that fat cat, whoever that is
I mean, what's wrong with a fat old cat?
You've gotta love em, you gotta hug em
Maybe put them on a diet, though

No one should eat that much all the time
No one should eat that much all the time

Radical leftist politics what have you done for me?
Radical leftist politics what have I done for you?
Track Name: I Don't Gotta Make No Sense
I don't gotta make no sense
That's just the way it is
I don't gotta make no sense
That's just the way it is

It could be what I'm eating for breakfast
A real good burrito with avocado
It could be what I'm eating for dinner
I'll tell you what I had when I get there

I don't gotta make no sense
That's just the way it is
I don't gotta make no sense
That's just the way it is

It could be the Ramshackle Glory record
on my attic bedroom floor
It could be the Kyle Hall record
leaned against the door

I don't gotta make no sense
That's just the way it is, fellows
(breakdown)

It could be the Hank Williams song stuck inside
It could the way I wake up in my bed
Every morning at 8 AM ready for my coffee
Whatever else I do, that's between infinity and me

I don't gotta make no sense, dawgs
Track Name: Everything Is Beautiful
We met in the springtime when blossoms unfurled
I was her Minneapolis boy, she was my thrift shop girl
Our love was in flower to Hank Williams songs
We'd do it by the hour, then sing it all night long

Either you're gonna change or I'm gonna leave
Either you're gonna change or I'm gonna leave
I guess that I just was made for this world

We filled our cups with dew drops and guzzled it down
Got rowdy every night and scandalized the town
Our friends were getting worried about how different we'd become
But we heard those vibrations deep inside of our ear drums

Either you're gonna change or I'm gonna leave
Either you're gonna change or I'm gonna leave
I guess that I just wasn't made for these times

Everything is beautiful when things are working out
Everything is beautiful when you're not living hand to mouth
Everything is beautiful when you wanna see it through
Everything is beautiful when you love what it is you do

We started losing faith when the debt collectors came
She got a new identity and I chose a new name
Our connection was getting shakier and shakier each day
We only stayed together until we lost the strength to say

Either you're gonna change or I'm gonna leave
Either you're gonna change or I'm gonna leave
I guess that I just wasn't made at all

Everything is beautiful when things are working out
Everything is beautiful when you're not living hand to mouth
Everything is beautiful when you wanna see it through
Everything is beautiful when you love what it is you do
Track Name: Anything
Anything
Anything that doesn't sting or bring me down when I need to sing
Anything at all

Anything
Anything that initiates positive change and establishes constructive patterns in my brain

Hey, here's a proposition
I'll go serve a Mormon mission
If upon it's completion
I am granted X-ray vision
I'm not talking about seeing bones
Or looking through people's clothes
I wanna see through every lie in the world
That's ever been or is being told
Anything

Anything
Anything that doesn't leave me hurting
I'm so tired of almost crying over anything at all

Anything
Anything that can shield my feelings
So I'm not so transparent when I'm thinking
Anything at all

Cuz I never wanted to be an open book
Hey everybody look!
No not at me! Over there!
Now I'm running away totally scared
Oh, well
Oh, well
Lolol

Zekibird heard the words and laughed
Man I must be daft
Feels like I have nothing left
But I can tell I have so much left
So much left to express

Anything
Dammit it can be anything
I don't mind if you go but I hope you stay
Even when I don't have anything left to say
Track Name: Sundance Kids
Sundance Kids greatest truth-telling hits
Sometimes I still reminisce
About that show in Minneapolis
When I saw the Sundance Kids

I kept thinking it was about time to wrap it up
But it kept going, going, going
And it got better as it went on
I was wrong, I liked each and every song
Track Name: Nothin' Goin' On In This Town
There's nothing going on in this town
I think I'm gonna lose my mind, dawgs
Track Name: I'm Wearing Out
It's been so long since I felt whole
There's an emptiness I feel in my soul
I look back at the life I've led
I'm haunted by the thoughts in my head

I'm wearing out

I don't trust the ground on which I'm standing
From one fall or another I'm always landing
I look for hope but it can't be found
Standing on this uneven ground

I'm wearing out

I view the world from behind this mask
There's no answer to any question I'm asked
I look for truth but it can't be seen
I'm always stuck in the in between

I'm wearing out
Track Name: What's A Bivouac?
Wiggledy whack
clickity clack
Clack clack clack
Let's move on to the bivouac
I don't know what that is

I've seen the word so many times
In newspapers and in books and I've never
taken a look into a dictionary to see
What it means

I imagine it's some sort of fortification
I picture that "v" jutting out in defense
But I don't know what it means in reality
What's a bivouac?

Maybe someday I'll look it up
And then I won't be able to say
I don't know what it means
But I kinda prefer not knowing this one
Every once in awhile it's good to enjoy a little mystery
I'm so sick of always looking where I wish I hadn't
Oh, my word! I'm so tired!
I'm always trying to figure it out
It's so stressful tuning in to this channel

But I know other people have it worse, though
So much worse than me
I'm a first world artist, a person of privilege
Whatever exactly that it is I believe it's true
There are options I have that others don't
And some of those options come from places they shouldn't
Track Name: Honey Don't
I was running from the places that I never could get to
I was running down the wall that stands between me and you

Honey don't no no no
Honey don't go leaving now

Life had me so afraid that I panicked and I ran
Life had me so afraid that i ave up before I began

Honey don't no no no
Honey don't go leaving now

It's a mystery to me to be so infinitely small
It's a mystery to me that we exist at all

Honey don't no no no
Honey don't go leaving now
Track Name: King Kong Kitchee Kitchee
Way down yonder in a holler tree
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh
The owl and the bat and the bumble bee
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh

Ky moe key moe ky moe key
Way down yonder in the major key
The owl and the bat and the bumble bee
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh

See the squirrels chase the bears
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh
Chasing all of their bear hairs
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh

Ky moe key moe ky moe key
Way down yonder in the major key
The owl and the bat and the bumble bee
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh

Passing love out all around
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh
Do it with a melodious sound
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh

Ky moe key moe ky moe key
Way down yonder in the major key
The owl and the bat and the bumble bee
King kong kitchee kitchee ky mee oh
Track Name: Living On A Ball (Quit Your Job)
Quit your job we're living on a ball that's floating around in outter space
And if anyone out there thinks it's unusual to quit that job, well, listen to my case
What's the point in wasting your life engaged in meaningless toil?
Wouldn't you be so much happier with your head in the sunshine and your feet on the soil?

Quit your job, we're living on a ball that's floating spinning around in outter space
I mean if you wanna have a job that's totally cool, I'm not gonna give you a federal case
But personally I'd be much happier actually enjoying my life on this planet, dammit
And personally I'd be much happier if each moment of my life was one I felt like I was living for my own personal interests while behaving responsibly towards other beings

Quit your job, we're living on a ball that's floating around somewhere in the vast reaches of space
Humanity will exist for this extended moment, then snuff out with barely a trace
Sometimes I worry how these words might come across to people I haven't met yet
But I gotta get it out before I hit my death bed so I won't feel any regret

Quit your job, we're living on a ball that's just orbiting around somewhere in outer space
And, you know what, that's okay with me and my friends, we're not going to give you a taste
Of our bad medicine and terrible advice disguised as tough love
I'll tell you who I'm thinking of: all of the above who don't belong there. But they don't care because they want the power. Well, you know what?

Quit your job, we're living on a ball that's out there floating around, yes, in the vast reaches of space
And what it means is a complete mystery, seems kinda like it might not mean a thing
In that case it's pretty weird at all that we exist, it doesn't make a lick of sense what any of this is
What the hell's a building, a road, a car, a tree, a TV screen, a nuclear submarine, a socio-economic system, a reason to live? What's anything?

Quit your job
Track Name: Big Time Cowboys
I was eating barbed wire it was scraping up my teeth
When I heard that honky holler and a hoot owl screech
The dirt road it was dusty it was getting up my nose
The dust was messing up my brand new cowboy clothes
I poured some beer down my boots from a 10 gallon hat
That's how we do it in the country so don't stare at me like that

See I'm a big time cowboy, I was born in a barn
Milking cows all my life on the good old family farm
I sing a sad, sad song when the sun goes down
And when it comes back up I ride my horse into town
It ain't that I"m making fun, I'm just being who I am
An outlaw country rebel living life on the lam

Well I held up a few banks with my friend Billy the Kid
Now the deputy sheriff wants to put us down for what we did
So we're hiding out on the range with our pal Jesse James
Pretending to be prospectors just mining our claims
You might think that I'm crazy or a goll derned fool
But I'm just a country boy who likes to kick it old school

I put a shoe on my horse just because I could
But he wouldn't let me near his one bad foot
There were cows in the pasture they were eating lots of hay
A little in the distance, deer and antelope play
Tonight my outlaw posse has plans to rob a train
That's how we do it in the country, we ain't got time to explain

We're cowboys
Big time cowboy outlaw hustlers
Bandanas on our faces cowboys
Train robbers and cattle rustlers
Cowboys
Big time cowboys
Track Name: Standing Nervously At Your Door And Saying Goodbye
I was feeling sweet and a little sentimental and I improvised this. Thanks for listening to my songs and my album.
Love,
Eric