The Vulture and the Sun

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1.
Death Woke On Saturday (Vulture of Man) I woke up today Came off my cloud I rose up through the flames You’re all like a rooster Crows so loud I get the best motels I get the best bouquets I get the best motels I get the best of everyone and everything… No bed of roses No take your hand I am the vulture of man I’ll steal your love And then I’ll steal your plans I am the vulture of man How you wanna go? Fast or slow? Do you wanna meet with the angels? Play chess with devils? Hope someone understands? Do you wish things were different? Always “more time” Always “more time” They say they wish they had…. Okay, okay…. How about one more minute? How about one more hour? How about one more moment? How about right now? Right now? No bed of roses No take your hand I am the vulture of man I’ll steal your love And then I’ll steal your plans I am the vulture of man
2.
Wait a Minute To be there Be there when it hurts To be there Be there when it hurts To be there…. An honest accounting The more you learn the walk The more that you keep talking Wait a minute A minute gone Wait a minute It won’t come back Wait a minute A minute gone Wait a minute It won’t come back Wait a minute A minute gone Another…. I promise now and through today that I will never let you go I promise now and through this hour that I will never let you go I promise now…. To be there Be there when it hurts To be there Be there when it hurts To be there……. Wait a minute A minute gone Wait a minute It won’t come back Wait a minute A minute gone Wait a minute It won’t come back Wait a minute A minute gone Another…. It won’t come back It won’t come back
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Mesa Town 03:27
Mesa Town I walked through the front door and saw a Time machine It’s best if you don’t ask too many questions About these things.. To nineteen-ninety-whatever There’s the church where I kissed the girl Who told me to put my hand somewhere else There’s the morgue where we laid the dead Cancer, choking on a belt, I know What methods I know What methods I know Here we go Lost and Found Treasure precious lessons now Cake for cake and Pound for pound The fat kid rides on his own this round Water it drown Dry up in Mesa Town Water it drown Dry up in Mesa Town My god, my friends They were the best there is So pale, always inside Oh yes, and someone’s speeches Oh yes, and Someone’s speeches… Of how we’re all gonna die We’re all gonna die The Anti-Christ coming The Apocalypse nigh Heard gin blossomed on the radio Jimmy went and ate up the world Refreshing time on some TV show Take me time machine somewhere else Here we go Lost and Found Treasure precious lessons now Cake for cake and Pound for pound The fat kid rides on his own this round Water it drown Dry up in Mesa Town Water it drown Dry up in Mesa Town
4.
Singapore in the Rain Once upon a time When whatever was All life was dead and gone All sailors lost in the storm Glitter smoke and fortune Under a light Smooth words Built on lies Say anything to get by.. It’s an old man’s story Broken heart No glory Singapore in the Rain Do you want to be with me After the money is all gone? Do you want to be with me After the money is all gone? No. It’s an old man’s story Broken heart No glory Singapore in the Rain
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Who Bought the Sun Well it’s not like I can complain Shiver Red Cold Blue To Green Again Words are hollow Sound is close but Now as ever Truth Escapes Gripping water Trying harder Struggle Effort, effort, effort, effort, effort effort…end Who bought the Sun? Who gets the rain? Did you trade time for Somewhere in space? And who’s got a deal On the stars these days? Watercolors Bells and hollers Oil and Six and simple strings Jewels and eyelash makeup powders Never rich but Always vein I don’t know but See the clouds? Yeah? Where’s the Effort, effort, effort, effort, effort effort…yeah and… Who bought the Sun? Who gets the rain? Did you trade time for Somewhere in space? And who’s got a deal On the stars these days?

about

The Vulture and the Sun or what I did with my summer 2013 vacation.

In the middle of grad school I made a paramount decision. I was not, in any way, shape or form going to go to school in the summer of 2013. No way. I had been working 40 hours a week plus taking on a full course load through my master’s program.

I was going to have the summer off and I was determined to complete a musical project.

The oldest track that I decided to put on the EP was “Who Bought the Sun” from April of 2013. I originally had a version that I recorded in my car like the tracks off of the Roma EP. But while I liked the song, the drums really bothered me. They weren’t real (they were programmed midi files) and it slowly drove me crazy. In addition, I’ve always felt weird about putting a bunch of instruments into my recordings. The reason is that when I perform live it’s just me and the guitar.
I could’ve gone the laptop-looping route, but it’s just not my thing. Some people can really pull it off but I’m not one of them.

I was also just too busy to get a band going. Not too busy to write, but definitely too busy to coordinate with other people and conform to varying time schedules and demands.

After going back and forth, bothering all of my friends, doubting myself and going crazy, I made my decision. I was just going to be as accurate as possible to my one man, one guitar, live performance.
So that was it. This recoding was only going to contain vocals and guitar. Vocals, guitar, satanic click tracks, spite and a healthy sense of self-loathing.

Equipment list:
Tascam DP-24, a Shure 58 mic for vocals, an R144 on the guitar and a DI from the guitar into the Tascam. Oh yes, and a cloud lifter to help boost the levels from the dynamic mics.

There were originally ten tracks that were going to go onto the album but I decided to just take the five favorites and put them out on an EP.

My idiot resolve to record, mix and master everything myself led to a cheap yet intensely frustrating experience. I won’t lie. Tantrums were thrown. Luckily I was the only witness. Still, at the end of the day, I’m pretty proud of this thing. I learned a lot and now I’m ready to shamelessly promote the music to others.

I hope you get as much out of these 17 minutes of music and lyrics as I got out of the summer trying to create them.

All the best-
Richard Guinn

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released August 31, 2013

music, lyrics, production, performance and mistakes all by Richard Guinn

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Niacin Library Ajo, Arizona

Niacin Library is the songwriting outlet
for Arizona singer-songwriter
Richard Vine.
e-mail at niacinlibrary@gmail.com

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