Perfection At It's Best

by Illiteratty

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After the war my limbs were sore I couldn't dance to the fiddle My father lay down in his bed and didn't rise for thirteen years til he died All the crops were stunted and brown, we couldn't drink from the wells We had to go down to the gorge and carry up our buckets from the riverside And is that enough? Do you want some more? Do you remember what all the anger was for? We have lost the stars while keeping score Can I convince you we don't need another war? Our son was born without any eyes, we took the train to the city And waited in line with a thousand families grieving out the door The doctor's eyes were tired and grey, she said they poisoned the bombs And every day I see a hundred children broken like yours And is that enough? Do you want some more? Do you remember what all the anger was for? We have lost the stars while keeping score Can I convince you we don't need another war? Some day, some day, some day we'll know You will touch your bow to the fiddle string And our child will know how to dance and sing Now November rolls around, we wear our coats in the kitchen We walled off a room and abandoned the rest of the house to winter tides Hassan plays the violin, he has the voice of an angel And sings with a group of traditional musicians from both sides And is that enough? Do you want some more? Do you remember what all the anger was for? We have lost the stars while keeping score Can I convince you we don't need another war? Can I convince you we don't want another war?
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Cornflower 04:51
As I stepped in the river I turned around and what did I see I saw the black hole of my suspicion I saw the monster of my own jealousy Coming in after me Cornflower you protect me from myself Cornflower I don't trust nobody else I am mean and unpredictable I can bite the hand that's feeding me I can even hurt you my friend Because I can't seem to let things be There's a demon inside of me Cornflower you make me humble to my bones Cornflower I'm afraid to be alone I can't ask you to be my friend I don't expect you to be there till the end 'Cause I can't guarantee my love wont hurt you All the trouble I've been through It's a wall between me and you Even though it kills me to desert you Cornflower I just want to do what's right Cornflower I'll be leaving here tonight
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For Mikis 03:51
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I'm doing better than ever before Thanks to my diet of rattler gall I have to duck when I walk through in door I've sprouted wings and I'm seven feet tall I'm exercising every day Sleeping like a baby every night Don't really need anyone anyway I feel good so it's gotta be right I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I'm so in love with me I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I'm so in love with me Sometimes you just know something's right when you try it Failing that there's always Dr So-and-so and his miracle diet I hear the planet is going to hell But that doesn't really concern me at all As long as someone has something to sell I'm immortal and the world is small I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I'm so in love with me I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I'm so in love with me I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I can't help myself (I can't help myself) I'm so in love with me I can't help myself
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Well I can't find my sweetheart because she's gone away Because she's gone away No I can't find my sweetheart because she's gone away I don't want no strangers in this life I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers in this life I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers in this life And she left me no blessing before she went away Before she went away And she left me no blessing before she went away I don't want no strangers in this life I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers in this life I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers in this life And my days have been empty ever since she went away Ever since she went away And my days have been empty ever since she went away I don't want no strangers in this life I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers in this life I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers I don't want no strangers in this life
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Heraclitus said The river twice You may not step within It will not be the same But I began to think like Parmenides Who said that nothing moves Except perhaps in name because I see the changes They cannot reach us I see that change has Nothing to teach us But that we are like the river You and I we’ve seen so much in our time It almost boggles the mind How could we be the same But when I look at you I see the true shining identity That lies beyond a name I see the changes They cannot touch us I see that change shows Nothing so much as That we are like the river We are like the river We are like the river in our continuity Nothing can deliver us from flowing to the sea I see the changes They cause confusion I see that change is Just an illusion because
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I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head I have to walk super carefully Or else that little bird will be an omelette instead I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head Everybody asks me why I’m this way I don’t know what to say It’s not because I’m blue, not because I’m grey It’s not because I’m sad, not because I’m gay I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head I have to walk super carefully Or else that little bird will be an omelette instead I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head It’s not because someone was mean to me It’s not because my shirt is as green as the sea It’s not because I’m Larry, Moe, Curly, or Fred It’s not because I’m a genius I got an egg on my head I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head I have to walk super carefully Or else that little bird will be an omelette instead I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head It’s not because I’m messy, not because I’m neat Not because I’m looking for a word that rhymes with paraclete It’s not because I’m dull, not because I’m bright Although it’s true I have trouble sleeping at night I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head I have to walk super carefully Or else that little bird will be an omelette instead because I’ve got a robin’s egg on my I’ve got a robin’s egg on my I’ve got a robin’s egg on my head
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Knot Reel 02:08
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My sense of sin has done me in My life of crime hurts me all the time I yell at other drivers and I curse myself I eat way more sugar than is good for my health I put library books back on the wrong shelf I'm a nickel plated jerk I'm a regular piece of work That's how I'm built Manifest in guilt My sense of sin has done me in And it gets much worse in the second verse I was rude to a waitress the other day When she came to take my dishes away I said "What's the matter honey, do you think i won't pay?" She responded with a frown So I bolted my coffee down I left no tip What a selfish drip I dream of redemption or of grace Some days I can even clean my place But the misery of life is written deep on my face And every day (every day) I'm as grey (I'm as grey) As a rat in some race Oh tell me please the cause of my disease Who deserves the thanks for my pain and angst I can never relax and look up to the sky I struggle to be just a regular guy I'd like to lie in the sun and watch the world go by With the good earth under my head But I'm under the earth instead Buried within My sense of sin
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Polska Samba 04:03
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She had cheeks like a rose but everybody knows That Sonia was a wild child Sonia was a wild child So her transgressions were compiled You know she had to make amends cause when she hugged her friends She didn’t want to let em go No she didn’t want to let em go Until her mama told her no She said look at Richard he’s the perfect little picture Of the way a child ought to be Yeah he’s the way a child ought to be And he doesn’t make trouble for me She said Sonia oh Sonia can’t you see You gotta learn to act decently Or they’re never gonna let you be And Sonia why do you do these things to yourself? Why can’t you act like everybody else? What’s the matter with you? What’s the matter with you? So then Sonia was cool til she saw him after school Then she threw Richard in the bay Yeah she threw Richard in the bay Now Sonia has to go away The judge said “I understand she’s completely out of hand So we got to do what we should Yeah we gotta do what we should Cause she’s a danger to the public good” So then Sonia was in juve but she made an angry move So they threw her in a padded cell Yeah they threw her in a padded cell It was a tiny perfect hell They said Sonia oh Sonia can’t you see You got to learn to act decently Or they’re never gonna set you free Sonia, why do you do these things to yourself? Why can’t you act like everybody else? What’s the matter with you? What’s the matter with you? Everybody said when they found her dead That Sonia was a wild child Yeah Sonia was a wild child So her transgressions were compiled And they said Sonia oh Sonia can’t you see You got to learn to act decently Or they’re never gonna let you be Sonia why do you do these things to yourself? Why can’t you act like everybody else? What’s the matter with you? What’s the matter with you? What’s the matter with you?

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album release Aug 18 2019...a fine collection!

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released July 27, 2019

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Illiteratty Vancouver, British Columbia

We play metafolk… meaning, original swing, European cabaret, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, with sharp lyrics and up to five-part vocals.

Our instrumentation is for three to six musicians, and our full complement includes guitar, mandolin, violin, keys/accordion, upright bass and small percussion. Our music is funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied.
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