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The Finite Nature of Things

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Like we said on the last page Claude Hopper's second CD The Finite Nature of Things is some kinda' special.
It has twelve songs on it. Here is the lyrics and credits for these songs

Song Lyrics and Credits

Reality is Tough
Junk Drawer
Surely Follow
Coyote's Call
Instant Gratification

The Other Side
Stout Dinner
Alabama Rose
Bee Song
Montecito White Trash BBQ
Fifteen Days
Moment in Time

Reality is Tough

I was walking down the street
I swear the sidewalk was clear
Next thing I knew
I walked right into her
She was carrying a mocha
With two shots of espresso
Her fancy chocolate beverage
Landed right on her sweater
I tried to fix the situation
I offered up a helping hand
She said get on outa' here
You silly daydreaming man

I shoulda' paid attention
I shoulda' watched where I was walking
But my mind was a driftin'
Inside my head there was a talking
A scene playing out
In the movie in my head
A scene playing out
In the movie in my head

Reality is tough (for a daydreamer)
Reality is tough

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Bass
Andy Cowan | Electric Lead Guitar
Chris Ulep | Organ
Michael Rivers | Drums
Nicola Gordon | Backing Vocal

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Junk Drawer

Snooping around in my big brother's junk drawer
I found nine packs of Black Cat firecrackers
Coins of many nations and an old Buck knife
Shop class pipes and a half smoked sack of weed
Topped it off with some dog eared girlie magazines

Snooping around in my big brother's junk drawer
Curled up rusted old used guitar strings
Half struck match packs from some clubs downtown
A worn torn ticket from a band called The Cream
All the while Jimi Hendrix was looking down at me

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic 12 String Guitar
Alastair Greene | Electric Lead Guitar
John McInnes | Bass
D. Malcolm Anderson | Piano
Michael Rivers | Drums
Robinson Eikenberry | Backing Vocal & Percussion

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Surely Follow

The sky is black over there
Winter chill fills my soul
Banana shack is boarded for a reason
Darker than I have ever known
I should have stopped on in
When the light still filled the room
But I chose to walk on by
Brother Tom you're leaving us too soon

Have I just felt the feeling
Of you'll know it when it comes
And I can't let you pass on through
When I'm ready to exchange it all for you
I never know what I am searching for
Until it looks me in the eye
And I sit here drawing conclusions
Knowing full well you are going to fly

I'm starting to gain appreciation
Of the finite nature of things
And you warned me of the situation
But I wasn't really listening
Can't imagine what you're dreaming
In the soundness that you keep
If I were simply guided by temptation
I would surely follow

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass
D. Malcolm Anderson | Piano
Bryan Smitty Smith | Drums
Robinson Eikenberry | Backing Vocal & Percussion

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Coyote's Call

Tell me how I'm supposed to feel
I can't seem to get there by myself anymore
I've got a tired heart encased in rusted steel
So rub the steel wool right across my chest
I think my tired heart needs a rest

Tell me what I'm supposed to do
I'd like to forget about this daily grind for a while
I want to sit under the sun and think it over
And leave behind the zombie at the door
I don't want to feel this way no more
And I'm pretty good at starting over
Though I haven't been there for some time
This comfort zone has me drifting in my chair and
Driving home to the coyote's call

Driving home to the coyote's call

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Andy Cowan | Electric Lead Guitar
Alastair Greene | National Steel Slide Guitar
D. Malcolm Anderson | Piano
Bryan Smitty Smith | Drums
Anastasia Gonzales | Backing Vocal

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Instant Gratification


Living in a plastic nation
I buy my things without the means
Wish I had a solid foundation
A coat rack and a row of beans
Not this house of cards of which I'm building
I move too fast to put the brakes on
Think too slow to realize the damage
Pay it off or don't pass go
Instant gratification, damn the consequences
Get it now, pay later
I want it now, I need it now

Living in a plastic nation
I buy my things without the means
Wish I had a solid foundation
A coat rack and a row of beans
Now I'm maxed out above my limit
A sea of debt too wide to swim it
A nightmare I chose to live it
I'll pay it off, I won't forgive it
Instant gratification, damn the consequences
Get it now, pay later
I need it now
Instant gratification

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass
D. Malcolm Anderson | Organ
Michael Rivers | Drums
Mari Martin | Backing Vocal
Robinson Eikenberry | Percussion & Programming

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The Other Side

Here I am on the other side
Looking back on the other side
And there you are on the other side
Wondering who's taken who for a ride
Thinking back to yesterday
I ran out of things to say
Didn't want it to end so slow
Watch the curtains drag to a close

And I can't endure the letting go
For very much longer now
Though opposites attract
It's difficult to further that

So I say fare thee well
I guess only time will tell
If we're heading for better days
Or further away
Here I am on the other side
Looking back on the other side
And there you are on the other side
Wondering who's taken who for a ride

And I can't endure the letting go
For very much longer now
Though opposites attract
It's difficult to further that

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic Guitars
Jim Connolly | Stand-up Bass
Bill Flores | Pedal Steel
D. Malcolm Anderson | Piano
Michael Rivers | Drums
Anastasia Gonzales | Backing Vocal

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Stout Dinner

I ain't no beginner
When it comes to my dinner
I don't want me no fish
Or no chips or no greens
Just pour me a hearty Guinness please
It gives me a milky mustache
Puts a curve in my walking shoes
It's what I'm choosing for dinner
Don't you call me a sinner
Just pour me a hearty Guinness please

It's the stout for my dinner
Just pour me a hearty Guinness please
All good things take time
Like that dinner of mine
Let the foamy top settle
A true test of my mettle
Just pour me a hearty Guinness please
A balanced meal just right
So thick you can cut with a knife
I'm all done with that one
So what's on the dessert menu?
Just pour me a hearty Guinness please

(Chorus)

It's a lovely stout night

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Jim Connolly | Stand-up Bass
Alastair Greene | National Steel Slide Guitar
Brett Larsen | Accordion
Jay Shobe | Banjo
Michael Rivers | Drums
Jeff Mills | Backing Vocal
Silly Drunken Bastards | Group Backing Vocals

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Alabama Rose

I was thinking about what this life is all about
And I was thinking of you
I love to hear you talk, speak your mind
With that Decatur
Meets California sensibility
And no matter what the time of year your garden grows
Soft and sweet, Alabama Rose, Alabama Rose

I was thinking today of all this life has brought my way
And I was thinking of you
As time goes by I've come to realize
What good fortune
To have you stand by my side
And no matter what the seasons bring your garden grows
Strong and sturdy, Alabama Rose, Alabama Rose

I was walking down, by the water side
And I was thinking of you
I can hear your voice encouraging me
It washes over me
Like these waves upon the rocks
And no matter what the time of year your garden grows
Slow and steady, Alabama Rose, Alabama Rose

And no matter what the time of year your garden grows
Soft and sweet, Alabama Rose, Alabama Rose

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Bass
Bill Flores | Pedal Steel
Chris Ulep | Piano
Bryan Smitty Smith | Drums
Robinson Eikenberry | Percussion
Anastasia Gonzales | Backing Vocal

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Bee Song


I went walking in the woods
Up ahead in a clearing stretched a hammock
Inviting me to climb in and take a load off

I lay there staring up at the sky
And the sunlight streaks between the leaves
When I noticed something that piqued my interest
Up above me in an oak tree was a honey hole
And I lay there...
Watching the honey drip from the honey hole

And the bees came buzzing around my head
I took off down to the water's edge
And threw myself below... until...
The bees went buzzing back to the honey hole

And my advice to you
Is you'd better be careful if you choose
To watch the honey drip from the honey hole
Watching the honey drip from the honey hole

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Slide Guitar
John McInnes | Bass
Chris Ulep | Mellotron
Michael Rivers | Drums
Robinson Eikenberry | Backing Vocal, Mellotron

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Montecito White Trash Barbecue


So here I am on a perfectly foggy Sunday afternoon
Surrounded by the targets of the paparazzi
Hidden back in the hedgerow firing up the barbecue
Getting ready for Mammy's Mashed Pee-taters

I haven't tidied up since I can't say when
If it could this old rug would get up and walk away
Am I lazy or overworked and underpaid
It don't matter tonight because we are all the same
So come on down to my Montecito white trash barbecue
Just up the road at the top of the hill linger remnants of the ages
JFK and Jackie honeymooned there
And right next door Oprah's kicking back in the grandest of places
I'd like to welcome her to the neighborhood

Close to the shore I hear ghosts laughing
at the ghost of Charley Chaplin
Pulling pranks in the halls of his funky hotel
But down here I am just flipping through these
white trash cookbook pages
And I'm gonna' have me a big ol' barbecue
So come on down to my Montecito white trash barbecue

So here I am on a perfectly foggy Sunday afternoon
Surrounded by the targets of the paparazzi

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Jim Connolly | Stand-up Bass
Chris Ulep | Piano
Brett Larsen | Accordion
Bryan Smitty Smith | Drums
Tina Schlieske | Backing Vocal

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Fifteen Days

In fifteen days I must respond
In fifteen days I may be moving on
Seen it coming for so long
Now in fifteen days it could all be gone

In fifteen days things will change
In fifteen days life will rearrange
It took eight years to get this high
Now it all falls down in fifteen days

I've got this feeling Johnny Angel
Has been looking up at me from below
He said, "Hey brother what were you thinking
You know you can't walk away from this show"

In fifteen days Miss Bird will sing
In fifteen days will come my reckoning
They say what doesn't kill you
Makes you stronger in the end
I guess I'll take that test in fifteen days
I'll take that test in fifteen days

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass
Chris Ulep | Organ
Michael Rivers | Drums
Mari Martin | Backing Vocal

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Moment in Time


A moment captured in time
A simple pause between the vines
A summer night beneath the wide open valley sky
As the sunset makes way for stars
It's good to be with you tonight
The more time passes I know I'll get it right

A moment captured in time
A simple pause between the vines
Now I have yours and you have mine
As much as you have yours and I have mine
It's good to be with you tonight
The more time passes I know I'll get it right

A moment captured in time
A simple pause between the vines
A photograph a memory
First of many nights to be
It's good to be with you tonight
The more time passes I know I'll get it right
This time

David Cowan | Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Jim Connolly | Stand-up Bass
Bill Flores | Pedal Steel
Robinson Eikenberry | Mountain Dulcimer
Anastasia Gonzales | Backing Vocal

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