Get Ancient

by Johnny Houx

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released August 7, 2012

Produced by Jason Quever & Johnny Houx

Bass: Vince Gutierrez
Drums: Ben McConnell
with Cello by Emily Hope Price

Recorded by Jason Quever
Mixed by Jason Quever and Johnny Houx
Additional recording and mixing by James Frazee
Mastered by Warren Russell-Smith at The Magic Shop, NYC

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Track Name: We Got Dirt!
Nurtured dirt helps sprouts to spurt
Fresh berries make the faeries feel like hikin' up their skirts
Hit us in the wallet and we'll hit you where it hurts —
Who needs a supermarket? We got dirt!

Green, green, green far as eyes've ever seen
See sprouts stickin' out where a parking lot had been
I heard that vinegar makes a great suncreen
Now here comes the chorus, all the daffodils scream!

Who needs a supermarket? We don't need no supermarket!
Who needs a supermarket? We got dirt!
Track Name: That's Why
That's why fish stay in the ocean
Safe and wet within the wave
That's why man shows such devotion
To the shadows of his cave
That's why I'm climbing for the surface—
I never mattered much to me
I never really knew just where i was going to
But now that i am blind i see

That's why the train stays on a steel rail
Restrained to never run astray
That's why, if even should her wheel fail, ever forward is her way
That's why, tho engine goes where chosen,
My word and will and world are free
I would much rather make the very greatest of mistakes
Than let my mind be made for me

That's why salvation just sounds crazy
What's the world need saving from?
That's why the satisfied get lazy
Forgetting what they could become
That's why, when death comes i'll be drumming
Humming my spirit's melody
I will not really care, when or why or how or where
Only who i can claim to be
Track Name: Little Words
Hey thou, lay down that heavy dictionary
Say just what you mean
Lay away your made-up play — is fiction necessary?
Say what you have seen
Little words got big importance to be so easy
Bigger words get so uncertain
Little words go free

One, two, sun, moon, these are easy saying
Little words we know
Live and let and give and get, just as easy saying
Harder words to show
Little words must be important to be so easy
Bigger words get so uncertain
Little words speak honestly

Little words got big importance
Little words for honest girls and boys
We need words like horses need pianos
Just for making noise
So i won't say a thing...
Track Name: River Is Dead
Late last nite I dreamed a dream
Ten thousand cars in a mountain stream
Rusting shells that seem to sing "River is dead"

Who's gonna be first to see River is dead?
Who's gonna let your mother know River is dead?
Who's gonna tell your ancient ones?
Their heirloom of ten thousand suns
Was shattered in some drunken fun and River is dead

Who's gonna turn the watermill?
Who's gonna clean the landfill?
Who's gonna keep any respect for the powers of an intellect
That forgets waters all connect? River is dead

Who's gonna hold the heat down?
Who's gonna cut your meat cow?
Who's gonna make your easy life
When you gotta sharpen your own knife?
Who's gonna be your god's wife when River is dead?

Who's gonna try to hit the road?
Who's gonna keep a moral code?
How far do you think you'll get before you'll need a drink so wet?
You'll find no running sink i'll bet when River is dead

Late last nite i dreamed a dream, River is dead
Late last nite i woke and cried, for on that mountain's other side
An ocean opened ever wide, its washing waves and tumbling tide
Indifferent to human pride
For any problem we create will be solved by the ocean great
But only at the ocean's rate, and who's got that long to wait?
It'll be enough but way too late when River is dead.
Track Name: Be As In Boy
Love comes disguised as a rose
Serving a scent for the sake of my nose
"O no, it's a trick" i suppose
"You'd have my heart, leave my corpse to the crows"
Then you reveal your luxurious curls
I have insulted an innocent girl
O my mistrust is the bitterest grape
O she was just sh-sh-shifting her shape

Then you transform like a true horse of Troy
I'm only trying to be as in boy
O how i cussed when you cast off your cape
O she was just sh-sh-shifting her shape

Now, love, i got my desserts
Carnage was cruel but this karma's much worse
O no, i'll pay the whole purse
If i can convince you to cancel your curse
O what i must do to fix my mistake!
O she was just sh-sh-shifting her shape
I cannot offer you much on this Earth
But i'm on your side for whatever it's worth
Track Name: A Simple Lover
If i could be a simple lover
And fall asleep beneath the sky
If i could feel a little flutter
Without a modern alibi
When i need three or four more dollars
I steal a songbird's melody
To sell it for a few more dollars
So i may die expensively

A natural man, a simple lover
A natural man without a name
A natural man, no shame to cover
The very same as when i came

Some men have no imagination
They even think that makes them men
To speak of dreams makes them impatient
They haven't dreamed since they were ten
So i can't wait 'til i get ancient
With no ambition left in me
Without belief, without opinion,
Without conviction, i'd be free

A natural man, a simple lover
A natural man without a name
A natural man, no shame to cover
The very same as when i came
The same as i came
The same as i came
Track Name: The Tall-Tree Cathedral
To the Tall-tree cathedral, to the wood, to the wood
To the tall-tree cathedral, or at least to where it stood
Before the call of "timber" hollowed out the halls
To the tall-tree cathedral before the steeple falls

May the forest be a fortress, one and one and one are we
May the forest be a fortress, more and more and more will be
The pouring of the raindrop, the roaring of the sea
May the forest be a fortress for the growing of a tree

May the garden be a guardian, up and up and up it grows
May the garden be a guardian to oppose those hacking hoes
The poison oak and ivy, the thistle, thorn and rose
May the garden be a guardian against the big bulldoze

To the tall-tree cathedral, to the wood, to the wood
To the tall-tree cathedral, or at least to where it stood
The temple of the toadstool, the chapel of the ferns
To the tall-tree cathedral before the steeple burns