a Great Love

by Andre Karpov

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Recorded in Oakland Ca 2013, Songs written 2008-2012 by Andre Karpov

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released November 17, 2013

Guitar, ukulele, vocals: Andre Karpov
Stand up bass: Oscar Westesson
Harmony vocals: Rebecca Cross
Drums, electric guitar, pots and pans: Jarod Hermann
The album was produced and recorded by Daniel Torpey
at Jersey Street Studios in Oakland, CA 2013
The album was mastered by Tardon Feathered at Mr. Toad's
in San Francisco, CA.

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Track Name: Day Laborer
Day laborer
F C
Harvested Seaweed up in the north
G C
In Mendocino where I was born
F C
Working the tree crews, Sonoma town
G
Climbing those trees, cut some of them down
F C
Built you a table. Built it so fast
G
Whatever we build, build it to last

Chorus:
F C G C
Day laboring. Lot of laboring in my Day
F C G
Oh Day laboring, laboring for love and play

Up on the hill with Jose and Manuel
We picked those grapes very well
Now I will drink wine and feel just fine
To know that I will contribute my time
To the day, Laboring
Chorus
There’s no job that I’d rather do
With Daniel, Oscar, Jarod, or you
There’s no job that I’d rather bring
Food to the table so we all can sing in the day
Chorus
Alone in my truck alone in my bed
He comes to haunt me in my head
My great great grandfather from the Pyrenees
He said Andre It’s time to be a man
Came to the San Joaquin to farm the land
What anyone says you don’t give a damn
On this part of the earth you will proudly stand in the day
Laboring…Chorus
Track Name: Other People
Other People

chorus      
C                             F C                                                          
Other people like other things
                                G                  
other people dreaming other dreams  
C F C            
all those other nights all those other days.                                  
G                             C
just other people living life another way

other people like red meat
other people like veggies to eat                                            
although other people have different tastes                                
at the table I sit there will always be a place for other people,
other people  

chorus    

other people speak different tongues
other people playing other games for fun
don't let it bother you, don't be upset if the jokes that you tell
other people don't get.
because other people,
they can be cruel. they can cool.

chorus
Other people make other plans,
of your precious time other people demand
Other people are pulling on me
I pull in return, but there is no breaking free from other people,
other people
Chorus

outro:
All those other, other other other other ones,
Latveski, Swedish, Hungarian
All those other, other, other, other other ones
Pomo, Shoshone, Peruvian
All those other other other other other ones.
Eygyptian, Palestine, Ethiopian
All those other other other other ones
like me and you are human.

human
I love you man

human
I love you man
Track Name: Ego
Am#/G
Ego Ego Where in her mind will she go
How to save her body she knows
Ego Ego Where in his mind will he go
How to save his body he knows
Some need more/some need less
some feel entitled to their interest
But only the ego knows what’s best
Ego Ego Where in her mind will she go
How to save his body she knows
Ego Ego Where in his mind will he go
How to save her body he knows
Ride bicycle/drive in fancy car
fight against the current fight in foreign war
find something worth uniting for
Ego Ego where in our minds will we go?
How to save our bodies we know
Ego Ego where in our minds will we go?
How to save our bodies we know
(Transition to major)
How to build a house where children can grow/how to work the land with spade and hoe/save the seed to spread and sew/water those plants and watch them grow/share our harvest with friend and foe/and be happy in a happy home/and be happy in a happy home/and be happy in a happy home
Track Name: Broken Bicycle
D/G
Heavy is what I was
Sinking is what heavy does
That’s why I lighten my load
And rise up to the sky above
With grace gall and lucky love
That’s how I’m going to grow
Heavy is what I was sinking is what heavy does
That’s why I lighten my load
And put on my fine riding shorts when I’m out of my mind
When I’m out of sorts
(slowing down)
I ride my bicycle
Ride my bicycle
Ride my broken bicycle
Down the road
Bridge
Bm/D
How far I go
How fast I roll
as far as I roam I know I’ll be coming home

(speed up, a little louder)
D/G
Heavy is what I was
Sinking is what heavy does
That’s why I lighten my load
And rise up to the sky above
With grace, gall and lucky love
That’s how I’m going to grow
that’s how I’m going to grow
that’s how I’m going to grow
Track Name: Ballad of a Bottom Feeder (a love story)
In the company of urchins, and abalone
It's easy to get lonely.
With their spiny skin, and hardened shells,
whether or not they're feeling, I can't tell.
Let them be angry, let them be sad,
I am a happy hermit crab.
Insignificantly small, on the bottom I feed and crawl.
One evening crawling home after hours,
I came upon a beautiful flower.
I said, "I've never seen a flower bloom, way down here in the dreary gloom."
She quickly attached herself to me and said, "I'm not a flower, I'm an anemone."
I couldn't really complain too much, she had a soft and warm tender touch.
I was just about to tell her how happy she made me feel, when I was rudely interrupted by a Moray Eel. My first instinct was to go in my shell and hide, but I felt more courageous with her on my side.
I stood my ground as he raised her tentacles high, and stung that see monster right between the eyes!
Away he slunk, miserable and defeated. I could not have done alone, what together we did.
Now she stands guard and keeps away, those predators who on us prey.
Food is scarce, but when it's there, a delicious feast, we like to share.
I have few friends and many foes, but I'm never lonely with my anemone close.
As the seaweed gently sways above, we travel below bonded in love.
An anemone is not an enemy.
Track Name: Autonomy
India don't want to be Japan
Iraq don't want to be Pakistan
Germany don't want to be English
Ants don't like to be squished.
Russia don't want to be America
America don't want to be Russia
No matter how big you once grew,
I don't want to be you

Salamander don't want to be a newt
Pansy don't want to be a brute
Drummer don't want to play the flute
Bass player don't want to wear a suit
No matter how many soldiers recruit,
there's no way in hell I'm ever gonna aim and shoot.
Because the dead don't want to be alive
and we the living need each other to survive

Muslim doesn't want to be Jew,
Sikh doesn't want to be hindu
Catholics don't practice Voodoo,
where as a Buddhist will kneel at any pew.
It doesn't matter who you worship to
It doesn't matter who worships you.
But it matters to me what you do,
because its my family your doing it to.
Track Name: Paz
(Slow tempo)
D/G
Wiley wolves in clown clothes
howling out their polished prose
this is how the knowledge grows
into something we always knew

I cannot be that man
I cannot be that woman too
But I can do what I can/somehow get through
staying true true to my ownself and to you

Many lives were lost in all those holocausts
Pray for no more war no mas
Say: "Paz para toda la gente"
'Paz para toda la gente."
Namaste