Ghosts Of The Living, Vol. I

by The Vermeers

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about

A small disclaimer: This is not a "new album", per se, but a compilation of rare and unreleased tracks from over the years (2006-2011), in celebration of our fifth anniversary. These songs were recorded in various places and under different circumstances with multiple line-ups. (And yep, the "Volume I" indicates that there's still more in the vault...)

The majority of these tracks come from the sessions for the aborted concept album "Enoch Vermeer & The Reckless Abandonment's Therapy"; track 4 comes from our unfinished opera "Gavrilo", written with lyricist Aaron Barsy; track 10 was our entry in the Boyne City song contest back in '08 (we didn't win); tracks 8 and 19 are earlier alternate versions of songs that later appeared on the "Giant Love" EP; and track 20 was our only (to date) live radio appearance from February 2009 when we were promoting "Samson & Delilah". The remainder of the tracks range from comedy to tragedy. In short, somethin' for everyone... Enjoy!

credits

released November 29, 2011

Matt Rasch - vocals, guitar, keyboard, percussion, bass, ukulele, harmonica, jew's harp
Holly Keller - vocals
Nik McLane - vocals, guitar
Jenny Bousquet - vocals, guitar, mandolin
Cody Ferrier - guitar, bass, synthesizer, sound effects
Ryan Cole - percussion
Kevin Paul - guitar
Eric Jaqua - bass
Brad Winkler - banjo, guitar
Chris Boris - stand-up bass
Mary Lake - vocals
Dale Owen - guitar, mandolin
Lee Dyer - trumpet

All songs written by M. Rasch; except 2 by M. Rasch, H. Keller, J. Bousquet; 4 by A. Barsy, M. Rasch; 6 by M. Rasch, J. Tisron; 11 by M. Rasch, J. Bousquet; 10, 18 by N. McLane; and 8, 12, 15 traditional.

Recorded at Plattdeutsch Studios (and elsewhere)
Mixed and engineered by Matt Rasch
Produced by Vermeers, Ltd.

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Track Name: Algorhythm, No. 2
Where are you running to
What do you think you'll find?
Don't you ever think you could
Lose what you left behind?
The answer isn't always far away
But sometimes it can come in disguise
The thing that you are looking for
May be right under your eyes

I know you've got your own life to lead
And I guess I kinda got mine
And I suppose I'll eke my way through
But you'll be doin' twice as fine
Hope you make a lot of new friends
You won't even have to try
All that I can ask from you
Is please remember to drop me a line
Track Name: Nashville Fairy
She's no angel, she's a Nashville fairy
Honky tonkin' all the time
She ain't no saint, she ain't no Virgin Mary
But who said honky tonkin' was a crime?

Well, I went out last night to have a round or two
Bartender sat me down, said, "How do you do?"
Say, who is that girl who's out there dancin' wild and free?
He said, "you better stay away from that, just take it from me"

'Cause
She's no angel, she's a Nashville fairy
Honky tonkin' all the time
She ain't no saint, she ain't no Virgin Mary
But who said honky tonkin' was a crime

I don't know what I did to catch her Wanderin' eye
I'm just your average tractor drivin corn fed kinda guy
She saddled up this pony and she took me for a ride
Last thing I remember I was slappin' her behind

Wooo!
She's no angel, she's a Nashville fairy
Honky tonkin' all the time
She ain't no saint, she ain't no Virgin Mary
But who said honky tonkin' was a crime

Early the next morning, I woke up to a train
Rattlin' 'round inside of this big ol' empty brain
Much to my surprise when I took a look around
My money and my clothes were gone and nowhere to be found

But
She's no angel, she's a Nashville fairy
Honky tonkin' all the time
She ain't no saint, she ain't no Virgin Mary
But who said honky tonkin' was a crime
Who said honky tonkin' was a crime
Honky tonkin' ain't no crime
Track Name: Nothin' Personal
Wish I could take back all the bad things I said about you
'Cause I don't really like you, but I don't want you
To know that I don't really like you
And I don't want G-d to know that I don't really like you

It's nothin' personal, I guess I've just jealous of you
Wish I had some of your moves
So I could get all the girls like you do
Well, maybe not all, just that one, that one, just that one
Track Name: The Assassin's Ballad
There's a hole in my cell
That they call a window
And it lets all the insects crawl in
There's a hole in my soul
That they call a sickness
And it lets all the insects crawl in

Maybe these insects have twisted my thinkin'
Or maybe it's just funny 'cause I'm bored
But you kill a rich man
They say you're an assassin
But you kill a million poor men
They say you're winning the war
Winning the war

There is mold on my bread
They say is what I deserve
And it fills me up 'til I'm sick
There is mold in my heart
They say is what I deserve
And it fills me up 'til I'm sick

Maybe this mold has eaten my spirit
Or maybe it's just funny 'cause I'm bored
But you level a building
They say you're a terrorist
You level a nation
They say you've evened the score
Evened the score

There's a chill in my cell
That they say is the winter
And it slowly forms ice in my blood.
There's a chill through my veins
That they say is an evil
And it slowly forms ice in my blood

Maybe this ice has frozen my reason
Or maybe it's just funny 'cause I'm bored
But you kill a tyrant
They say you're a villain
But you kill a hundred oppressed men
They say it's upholding the law
Upholding the law
Track Name: Wax Nostalgia
Once upon a time I had two loves
They were as different as below and above
One drove me to the drink
The other sent me to the shrink
Now, talk about your push comes to shove

You can't teach a hammer to love nails
Or the wind to love the sails
I must be confessin'
I'll probably never learn my lesson
Now the train's a-comin' loose from the rails

Can't even go out in my home town
Seems like I'm a lost without a found
I sure was feeling great
But then a phone call sealed my fate
Now my smile has turned right upside down

So I'm searching in the book to call a friend
When I get to Z, I realize it's the end
So help me, Dalai Lama
To escape from all this drama
Do you have some knowledge you can lend?

At the tunnel's end, I think see a light
So maybe I should stick around and fight
Every note rings true
But what good can it do?
You win, it's over, goodnight
You win, it's over, goodnight
Track Name: Come On, Fromm
Relatedness, relationships
Transcendence, and rootedness

Come on, Fromm
I need an answer and I need it now
Come on, Fromm
I wanna know why and how

Socialist, humanist
Philosopher, ya get the gist

Come on, Fromm
I need an answer and I need it now
Come on, Fromm
I wanna know why and how

He's got a frame of orientation
And a need for stimulation

Come on, Fromm
I need an answer and I need it now
Come on, Fromm
I wanna know why and how

He called Freud a fraud
Said his work was all flawed

Come on, Fromm
I need an answer and I need it now
Come on, Fromm
I wanna know why and how
Come on, Fromm
I need an answer and I need it now
Come on, Fromm
I wanna know why and how
Track Name: Zoom Zoom/Houndstooth Jacket
I love it when you zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
Take up thy dustpan and broom
And zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
Forever and anon doesn't come too soon
When you zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom

I love it when you zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
If she's nice, take her back to your room
And zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
Forever and anon doesn't come too soon
When you zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom

She wore a houndstooth jacket
In the month of December
What happened to her after
I cannot remember
Wish I knew her name
Wish I knew her name
Track Name: All The Pretty Little Horses (Alternate Version)
Hush-a-bye, don't you cry
Go to sleep little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little horses

Blacks and bays, dapples and greys
A coach and six white horses
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
Go to sleep little baby

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry
Go to sleep little baby
Way down yonder, in the meadow
Lies a poor little lamby

Birds and butterflies, all flying by
Poor little lamb crying, "mammy"
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
Go to sleep little baby

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry
Go to sleep you little baby
When you wake, you'll have cake
And all the pretty little horses
Track Name: What Goes On...
What goes on
At a lesbian bachelorette party?
Do they get to have two seperate ones?
And what's the cake shaped like?
I don't mean any malace
I only know there'll be an absence of phallus

What goes on
At a lesbian bachelorette party?
If they hire an exotic dancer
Does she actually have to be into chicks?
I'm not bein' unfair
They really dig Justin Bieber's hair

Oh, tell me now...

How can you blame me?
I didn't know I'd wind up Chasing Amy

What goes on
At a lesbian bachelorette party?
Listen to some empowering music?
Four Non Blondes really know what's up!
I don't know
I kinda wanna go

Oh, tell me now...

What goes on
What goes on
Please tell me
I wanna know
Track Name: It's Where We All Call Home
Way up north where you think ice and snow
There's this little place that people like to go
When the time is right for taking a break
To spend some family time down by the lake
There's hiking and biking and so much to do
You won't ever want the fun times to be through
Why don’t you come and join us up in Boyne City

Up in Boyne City
Where the streets are nice and pretty
There's shopping to do and the outdoors too
Folks round here are as nice as you
You can go outside every single day
It's just the nicest place to play
It's where we all call home
It's Boyne City

Down on the river where the fishing's good
The trout run big just like they should
Casting and rowing till it's getting late
Kinda hard not to appreciate
All the wonderful things there are to do
Especially with that fantastic view
Why don't you come and join us up in Boyne City

Up in Boyne City
Where the streets are nice and pretty
There's shopping to do and the outdoors too
Folks round here are as nice as you
You can go outside every single day
It's just the nicest place to play
It's where we all call home
It's Boyne City

Why don't you come and join us here?
Wouldn’t it be nice to call this home?
It's the greatest place anytime of year
Come on home

With snow in the winter and leaves in the fall
There's so much to do you can't do it all
Skiing on the lake and up in the hills
No wonder it's home to some million dollar thrills
With a view of the lake on a nice summer day
I wouldn't want to spend it any other way
Why don’t you come and join us up in Boyne City

Up in Boyne City
Where the streets are nice and pretty
There's shopping to do and the outdoors too
Folks round here are as nice as you
You can go outside every single day
It's just the nicest place to play
It's where we all call home
It's Boyne City
It's where we all call home
It's Boyne City
It's where we all call home
Track Name: Neither Hair Nor There
He may look funny
But he sure is smart
If I wanted to kiss him
I wouldn't know where to start
On his face he's got so much hair
I'm dyin' to know what's under there

It's all natural
Can't you see
I save money on sweaters
When it's chilly
On my face I've got so much hair
I'm dying to show ya what's under there

Don't you wonder
How it would be
If I took my scissors
And set you free
On his face he's got so much hair
I'm dyin' to know what's under there

Don't want no shears or razors
Don't wanna put up a fight
'Cause you know, darlin'
That's my kryptonite
On my face I've got so much hair
I'm dying to show ya what's under there

Unleash the mystery
But it's part of my history
I just gotta see
Babe, I thought you already knew me
You might think it's strange
But why should I/you have to change?
I guess I/you should love you/me anyway

Long as we both agree
What only matters is underneath
We could make history
Livin' so happily
On his/my face, he's/I've got so much hair
But baby, I don't really care
Track Name: Long Lost John
Well, it's a-long, long lost John
Long, long lost John

Well, a-lost John standin' by the railroad track
A-waitin' for the freight train to come back
Freight train come back it didn't make no stop
Lost John thought he'd have to ride the top

Well, it's a-long, long lost John
Long, long lost John

Woman say don't have no fear
I'm going to the corner to get some beer
Lost John say don't buy no beer
Sheriff's on my trail and he'll soon be here

Well, it's a-long, long lost John
Long, long lost John

If anyone asked you who sang this song
Just tell him that Matt Rasch has done been here and gone

Well, it's a-long, long lost John
Long, long lost John
Track Name: There Will Always Be An Israel
There will always be an Israel
As far as I can tell
So here's to those who wish us well
And all the rest can go to...
Track Name: You Should Be So Lucky!
Some say that love is a noun
Some say that love is a verb
Some say that love is an adjective
But for me, love's just a word

I could say
Take good care of yourself
But it would be just like
A blind man telling another blind man
What a rainbow's like

Love can make you climb mountains
Love can make you go insane
Love can make you an idiot
Or make you leave town on a train

I could say
We need each other
Just like a floor needs a ceiling
To be a floor
Like a knob needs a door
Like the Jersey needs the Shore

My veins bleed loneliness
My veins bleed loneliness
My veins bleed loneliness
My veins
My veins bleed loneliness
Track Name: Too Many Guns!
Too many guns!
Too many guns!
There's just too many guns!
Oh, my G-d, there's too many guns!
Too many guns!
Somebody stop, there's too many guns!
Oh, my G-d, d'ooof!
Track Name: Ladies In Love Suite
You know the ladies love lots of things
Store-bought flowers and blood diamond rings
But there are ladies who love somethin' else
What these ladies love, they love themselves

Oh, ladies in love
Don't need no man to be proud of
Ladies in love
Sent from Heaven above

Ole'!
Track Name: Untitled Jam #2
(Instrumental)
Track Name: The Whole World Runs On New York Time (Benediction)
The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
If I could change
Your pretty mind
Wouldn't be a crime
If you changed your mind

Life was much better once I taught myself not to love
No heartbreak, no jealousy, no push, and no shove
'Cause when you can't love, then you can't hate
The world still spins by in an eternal figure eight

When I was young
Was a sight to behold
Always did what I's told
Was a site to behold
Now the autumn winds blow
And the weather's gone cold
And I feel pretty old
Now the weather's gone cold

The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
The whole world runs
On New York time
Yeah, life is fine
On New York time
Track Name: The Fatal Mallet (Live On Air) [bonus track]
I've wrestled with lions, defeated an army
But for some reason you still astound me
Tell me your secret, honey pie
What makes you such a super guy?

Bound me with bowstring, good and tight
Then just maybe I'll lose all my might
Give me the truth, tell me no lies
You know I can see it in your eyes

No razor should ever touch my head
I'll lose my strength, the angel said
I'll wait until you fall asleep
Then into your quarters I shall creep

I gotta say that you're pretty mean
Even for a Philistine
With scissors in hand, to hair say goodbye
You're gonna be a regular guy

Now I'm surrounded, I see they've come for me
Delilah, I thought that you adored me