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released January 1, 2008

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Spobo and the Sing-A-Longs West Valley City, Utah

I am Spobo. I write angry folk music.

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Track Name: Fed UP (Our Story)
I’m fed up with the things I see, and these things I see mean nothing to me compared to the ones I used to know. I’m done with these people around me. There’s so much more than these blank feelings. I don’t want this apathy they show.

Let’s take the bus out of town today and write the stories of how we ran away from abusive homes to the lives that we once dreamed – without kings or queens, or any royalty. No presidents, no more countries. This is purely our own land of Anarchy!

I’m fed up with what I see today – these young men throwing lives away, the work-solution wanting whatever it can take. Where young women strive to be the best with better hair in a better dress.
Well, who told you life was to be defined this way?

I’m done with the dreams of today – a faster car to win a faster race, where ‘bigger is better’ and only the best survive. Where fashion lies within every heart, and more money gives you a better start, where they tell you, ‘It’s up to you to find what’s right’.

Let’s take this bus out of town today and write the stories of how we ran away from abusive homes to the lives that we once dreamed. Just you and me, and me and you, doing what they tell us not to do, learning what it means to live independently.

I’m fed up with the things I see. This all means nothing to me, it tells me that the future’s lost it’s hope. I’m done with these people around me, I won’t let them tell me who I should be. I’ve found myself and I found my voice inside.

And they can try to take my rights away, they can try to force me to play their games but my voice is something that they can’t withhold. It can only grow stronger the more they try to cease these things I’ve got inside and I’ll make them regret they ever let it show.

So let’s take this bus out of town today and write the story of how we ran away from our abusive lives to the lives that we now see. It’s just you and me, and me and you, doing what they tell us not to do, and we’ll make them regret they every let us go!
Track Name: Coming Home
When one day fades into the next sometimes I can’t tell which one I am coming from. Previous hopes wash up onto the sand, re-used again and again by the children who find them. Lucky for me I picked up a dream not burdened by any other imaginations. It’s a long-shot, I know, but somehow I’ll make it on my own. I’ll make it Home.

Emotions carry on until you can’t tell anger apart from desperation. Does that mean I should be mad because of where I am, or should I be glad because of where I’ve been? Or have I been too upset to see that I’ve got great years in from of me, that it’s time I get up off my feet to leave these fading memories? Forget my past and find my future burning bright in the eyes of who I should be. It’s a long-shot, I know, but somehow I’ll make it on my own. I’ll make it Home.

I’ve got thoughts racing in all directions looking for someone that I can believe in. Have I been left alone to face this world or is there someone that I can put my trust in? That’s when the fire-blazon sunset brings comfort, rushing in from all directions, providing once again the answers that I’ve needed for all of these questions. And it’s been a long ride, I know, but somehow I’ve made it all alone.
So Welcome Home.
Track Name: One Man (The urge for freedom will always be stronger than a column of tanks)
“One man,
standing against MADNESS,
kindles anew the spark of Freedom,
and elevates the Spirit of Man.
How can we not stand with Him?”

Drown all your thoughts like a boat in the ocean,
forget what it means to be unique.
Tune in to the messages we are broadcasting
and then watch our re-runs on the TV.

We’ve got LIES on our brainwaves, lives gone to waste,
radiation’s emitted, agency’s replaced.
Morality is now refused, and loyalty is legally abused,
once again.

Wade out. Forget the shore.
You’re only worthwhile to them
while you’re making their iron-ore.
Wade out.

There’s destroyed connections with lives on the line.
Lack of ambition when the smokes’ in the sky.
And can’t you see the casualties
of idolic standing in this economy?

“While they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving.
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature.
They are made by human beings.”

Estimated endeavors. Underestimated design.
Flawless destruction of the human mind.
While humanity seeks its end,
this planet’s decaying has already begun.
Track Name: Trouble Is The First Step To Comprehension
Sometimes I realize that I am heading nowhere. Others I hold to the fact that I have got nowhere to go. It’s not that it’s disappointment, I’ve no reason for shame for trying to be myself in a cold, cruel world.

And with each new day that comes I feel that I am on the right road. The world can try to pass me by, but why? I don’t know. But I’ve got something inside saying, “I can make it this time!”

Sometimes I give up long before the end’s in sight. Some days I get too far in to quit. Some days bring hope that what’s ahead is bearable, and sometimes fear is all I get.

And it may be the farthest thing from truth, but I’ll make them believe that I am not afraid. When it comes to standing tall I’ll be brave.

Sometimes it feels like I just keep heading down a hill, the hopes seem lost and the trouble will never stop. Sometimes I’ll feel like the flowers on your windowsill, the sun beats down and the good times make me feel so strong. And having both is what I call living decently, enough ups and downs to drive someone to insanity. So how do you keep from falling to the ground below? Just take a breath and realize that sometimes that’s the way it goes.

With each new day that comes I feel I’m on the right road. The world can try to pass me by, but why? I don’t know. But I’ve got something inside saying, “I can make it this time!”

“I can make it this time!”
Track Name: Alarm Clock
I woke up in the morning, it’s a quarter to eight.

By the time I get going I’m already late.

It takes a few minutes to get out of the house

and the sun’s already up when I look around.

I think: Too often things just don’t get done

We’re in such a hurry to get somewhere that the thought never comes

to just slow down, take your time,

take a breath before you run into your old routine tonight.

I passed a man out on the street

trying to catch the bus for he’s got mouths to feed

From early morning when the sun don’t shine

to late at night when you just can’t open up your eyes

Five days, take a break for two.

New things just never happen, what am I supposed to do?

Too often things just don’t get done

We’re in such a hurry to get somewhere that the thought never comes

to just slow down, take your time,

take a breath before you run into your old routine tonight.

I’m back, 10pm, to-do list still untouched

it’s hard enough to do my needs, for the things that I want done

Set the alarm for a time too early to wake up

It’s no surprise when the dreams just never come.
Track Name: The Candy Store Song
Once there was a candy store and business there was bad, so he asked his wife just what to do and this is what she said, “Take ze can of gasoline and spread it ‘cross ze floor. Strike ze match and lay it down. No more candy store!”

Once there was a factory and it was no good, so he asked his workers what to do and this is what they said, “Take ze can of gasoline and spread it ‘cross ze floor. Strike ze match and lay it down. Factory no more!”

Once there was a factory-farm and it was no good, so he asked his cows just what to do and this is what they said, “Moo moo moo moo moo moo moo, moo moo moo moo moo. Moo moo moo moo moo moo moo. BURN IT TO THE GROUND!”

And once there was a government and it was no good, so he asked ‘The People’ what to do and this is what they said, “Take ze can of gasoline and spread it all around. Strike ze match and THROW it down! Burn it to the ground!!!”
Track Name: The Garden
I watched a stone as it rolled into the sea. The wind moved it and it moved me, like two lovers, young and spontaneous, with nowhere else to go but everything to hold onto.
I’ve got a pack and a handful of dice and a fork in the road, and I hope that I can roll them right because time’s a system of control and I hope that it can take my side. I’ve got calluses on my mind and a beating heart to take me to the garden.
I can’t help but notice all of the beautiful people all around me, and it helps to wipe away my fears, but I’ve got to keep moving. I’ve got to get away from here, like the ocean, where my feet are in the sand…but my heads in the bay. And it’s comforting to know you’re next to right here.
I’ve got a pack and a handful of dice and a fork in the road, and I hope that I can roll them right because time’s a system of control and I hope that it can take my side. I’ve got calluses on my mind and a beating heart to take me to the garden.
Track Name: Footless Pajamas
Won’t you lie and sleep till the moon disappears? And I won’t leave. To that you have my word. Tonight might be the best night of my life. In your arms everything felt alright. We never spoke the words but the feeling was always there.
Sleep Tight Tonight.

Let’s rest while the night’s not half over, and forget that tomorrow’s getting closer. It’s okay now, the starry sky won’t let us down.
Please sleep tight tonight…
Track Name: Low Battery
Leave the porch light on, I’m coming Home tonight,
but don’t wait up for me. I think I’ll be alright.
The world out there ain’t what it used to be.
For so long now nothing’s been the way it seemed.

And I just want to close my eyes and feel
that I can make it by and still
be exactly who I am on the inside.

On the other hand, tonight may be a long night.
Don’t wait up for me, I think I’ll be alright.
But I’m coming Home. I’m coming, but I’ll take my time,
and if things work out I’ll be seeing you tonight.

But I just want to close my eyes and feel
that I can make it by and still
be exactly who I am on the inside.

Never before have I felt so far away.
I want nothing more than to find a place to stay.
My lucky stars reflect the holes inside my thoughts.
Is this what it feels like when you know that you’ve been lost?

Now I just want to close my eyes and feel
that I can make it by and still
be exactly who I am on the inside.