Icy Red

by The Zags

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released May 27, 2016

Stanton Hall: voice, bass, acoustic guitar, keys
David Ricardo: voice, guitars, trumpet, keys
Pete Schreiner: voice, drumset, percussion

Recorded by David Ricardo and Pete Schreiner in David’s basement
Mixed by The Zags
Mastered by Mike Bridavsky at Russian Recording
Art by Pete Schreiner



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Track Name: Dada Plan
O let me give you something free
No one will hear it, but maybe
If I plant it inside your hollowed-out ear
This song will blare from a thousand jeeps

O jesus never came to me
But some power compels honey bees
To pollinate minds with strange frequencies
The song will drip oh so sticky sweet

O nothing makes me bleed tears of certainty
Like reproducing alien sounds beamed from deepest sleep

O we're ever close to fantasy
Around the corner we long to see
The multitudes gathered to listen and sway
This song will crawl inside and never leave

O god the frequencies put me so at ease
Sinking further into asphalt, I melt into the street
Don't ever, ever pick me up
Let me lie here just a little longer
Until the song is over
Until the song is through
Track Name: Bedroom Door
D / A / C / G / A

Shadows slipping down my bedroom door
Summer sun is high, I'm on the floor
Yeah, I know life's on the other side
But all I wanna do is hide
D A Bm G A
And my mind is too fucked up to explain it with a metaphor

F#m Bm A G
I can hear you
Em A
Knock, knock, knock on my bedroom door
F#m Bm A G
And I know that you can't stand it
Em A
Em A
I'm sure!

Shadows melt together into one
My day is over before it's begun
I walked up and down the hall
Put the kettle on for tea
Lived my life inside parentheses

I can hear you knock, knock, knock on my bedroom door
And I know that you can't stand it anymore
I'm sure!
Track Name: Action Does It
E / G# / E / A# (x2)

E G# E A#
Nicky slides under the chainlink fence
E G# E A#
Always staying in the present tense
A F#m
Gathers up some peaches from the tree

E G# E A#
Across the creek, tall grass grows undisturbed
E G# E A#
Lots of thistle and some wild herbs, but
A F#m
Nicky knew the way to cut right through
A F#m
Knew just how to recognize the clues

E / G# / E

Sweet tastes even better when you're
C# F#
Laughing at the threat of a fool's vendetta
D# G#m
Just smile, and let the juice spill over
A whole plus a third makes a four-leaf clover

Up a cottonwood to get the view
Nothing's doing but that's nothing new
Action is what does it, so they say
We may not see tomorrow, but we've got today

Sweet tastes even better
When you're laughing at the threat of a fool's vendetta
Just smile, and let the juice spill over
A whole plus a third makes a four-leaf clover

Nicky slides under the chainlink fence
Always staying in the present tense
Gathers up some peaches from the tree
Slides back outside the fence and
Nicky's free!
Track Name: The Shake
The shake throws me out of bed, I’m looking for my baby

The shake fills my heart with dread, I know because

This is the one, the one was to come, oh no-no

For shaking, said be prepared – some cans and jugs of water

The shaking’s so hard, I’m scared

I feel it at 8-point 4-5-6-7-8

Better grab yourself there’s nothing else to take

Don’t smoke man please, the gas is hissing like a snake

In the subduction zone

Someday became today (shaking through)

The bridges collapsed, they say (shaking through)

Has anyone seen my baby?

The shake took the phones all down, I can’t find my baby

Real times have come to town

It’s different since 8-point 4-5, all the way to 9

Tsunami flood the river, bring the ocean up the line

Fires sack the city, make it pay for its crimes

In the seduction zone

Tomorrow’s not yesterday (shaking through)

The shake-shake-shake’s had its say (shaking through)

But did it take my baby?

I know I will find her safe and untorn

And we will grow old and remember the shake, the shake!

I’m looking for my baby

Has anyone seen my baby?
Track Name: Replaced
B B/A# B B/A#

B B/A#
Left my jacket on your kitchen chair
B B/A#
And this sweater's covered with your hair
A A/G#
I'm trying not to think about you, but it's
E F#
Left me feeling cold

B B/A#
I saw you underneath our tree
B B/A#
Heads touching, like you'd sit with me, as we
A A/G#
Stared up at the faded blue, now you're
E F#
Watching clouds with someone new

When I look at your sweet face
It leaves me with no doubt -- I've been replaced

Was it the way I never asked for you to stay?
(I close my eyes and I see you)
I thought that's what you wanted, now I see it's not
(I close my eyes and I see you)
Just leave me alone, delete me from your phone
(I close my eyes and I see you)
Track Name: One Percent
I don’t have to wonder what she does to live

Only what she lives to love

Always has her time free so she comes and finds me

I get a glimpse of what’s above

It doesn’t matter what she has

I know that all of it was passed to my one, she’s my one percent

All I have goes to her

When she was a baby she was shown the kingdom

One day it would all be hers

The trust in her name’s growing, zeros continue showing

Adding to her total worth

But I paid my way to earn her interest

I paid my way, it cost me everything and I’ll pay again

She takes without trying

Now you’re crawling up the stairs

But the top keeps rising, too

She’s up there smiling and she says “I just have different needs than you”

She’s your one, she’s your one percent

All you have goes to her
Track Name: Don't Look Now
Don't look, not now, you won't like what you see

Some things are best left forgot by history

You knew she'd be coming here tonight

It's not your problem, it's not your fight

Not anymore

Don't look, not now, all you need to know, you'll hear

A hard summer's come, you're the thing she went through all last year

Some people need it shoved right in their face

The bitterest dish you'll ask to taste

C'mon, I'll show you the door

Don't look now

Don't look, not now, the scene'll just unravel your nerves

There's a replacement in the role you used to serve

You knew they'd be showing up here tonight

She's so happy and that's her right

So just put your eyes on the floor

And don't look now
Track Name: Nothing You Know
Hidden things stay locked in my head
Nothing you know, nothing anyone knows
Keeping secrets knocks me dead
Pushing me down, now I'm flat on the ground

Concealing all these things from you
To keep an ideal image true
Maybe real isn't real
It's just wishful thinking anyway

Nothing you know, nothing anyone knows
What's the shame in showing this side?
Why not set it free? Should it matter to me?

Never feeling satisfied
Omissions piling into lies
You got to feel something, feel
So they'll know about it anyway

Then I opened up my mouth and let the words escape
You looked surprised, shrugged, and said "OK"

Secrets that were locked in my head
Now that you, now that all of you know
I'm glad that you know, I'm not sorry you know

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