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Fiesta Red

by Scotty Houston

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1.
Cut the Deck 03:17
It's a week old now and it hasn't aged well We're back inside the den We’re getting crazy stirred and days are getting blurry Until we start it back up again Do you ever wish the sun would hurry rise Do you feel a chaffing in your eyes Will it be Hearts or Rummy Gin We’ve got to shuffle it up again You gotta cut the deck These last two years they took my tongue All my language words are gone I can't diagram or lay it down at the slam I'm all tangled up and woebegone Do you ever wish the sun would hurry rise Do you feel a knocking in your eyes Will it be Hearts or Rummy Gin We gotta shuffle it up again Shuffle it up again Shuffle it up again You gotta cut the deck That's how the calendar crumbled And your cookies all got burned It's been a bad baking fumble it's the jive in your jungle But all the same it's now your turn Do you ever wish the sun would never rise Do you feel like you’ve been dancing in disguise Will it be Hearts or Rummy Gin We gotta shuffle it up again You got to cut the deck You better to cut the deck
2.
Albion 04:13
Sitting on the porch up in Albion Kicking back with the music on There was a storm brew-hooing Coffee cup with the tea a' stewing But the moment was only skin deep Relentless tug of the office creep Pulling the balance off She couldn't feel the rain fall Sometimes I'm lifting off and Sometimes the bell starts ringing on Sometimes I miss you when you're gone Sometimes the air is too thin Sometimes the static gets so deep Sometimes I hurt you when it's wrong When it's wrong Got to get back from the missing Back to all the weights in need of lifting A big figure eight we keep slogging Every day we're back again groundhogging The water looks bluer than blue Listen to the workplace ballyhoo It only hurts when you hit landfall Sometimes she couldn't even feel the rain at all Sometimes I'm lifting off and Sometimes the bell starts ringing on I always I miss you when you're gone Sometimes the air is too thin Sometimes the static gets so deep Sometimes I hurt you when it's wrong When it's wrong It's like breathing out (Sometimes I'm breathing in)
3.
Bird telephone Bird telephone If you hear somebody go chuffing And you're tired of the old up and down Maybe make them old feathers go fluffing It's the only game in town Only game in town Only game in town now Bird telephone Got to make all my friends aware Bird Telephone Lots of tweets going wrong around here If you've lost somebody you love Look around If you've lost somebody you love Look around Lots of love to be found Bird telephone Bird teleph one If you find that you wire's too tight Because your sweet little friend is gone You better slacken that pitch just a slight You're the only game in town Only game in town Only game in town now Bird telephone So much garbage going on around here Bird telephone How I miss my little nesting dear
4.
The Walls 04:22
No one expected the Spanish Inquisition But that was not what was happening here A woman inflamed with pure determination Set sail toward the enemy the stakes were never clearer Three ships abreast With modest stores and sailing west Named Certainty, Confidence and Doubt Under the RADAR of the state Nobody was sure if it was possibly too late Beatrice had abandoned A box of fear she'd left behind And those who understood the power of her mission Hoisted sails and ran the rigging, pushed her right up to the line Could three ships abreast Be enough to sail the crest? Would the old men she confronted be smart enough to heed her Or would they just pretend to listen and watch everybody bleed Stand by and watch them bleed We build walls to make us stronger But these walls will make us weak If we can't see the fires coming for us now It won't matter to the forest if we can't see for the trees Well there's been a change in the weather There's been a change to the seas Turns out that every year or so Is the hottest year ever to be broadcast on TV Three ships have gone You can still like them on your phone The last ones to survive Do you think it will be you or me How long should we even dare to stay alive We scan the ocean's edge at nighttime for the lights of passing ships
5.
Walking down the road of life That funky messed up little road That we call our lives Tripping over yesterdays And stumbling on the maybes Calculating miles and the moments of delight I add one moment here Where the stars are shining brighter because my love is near For right now I've got a ticket to wait Going to sit on the bench for awhile I’ve got a ticket to wait Take the temperature of any given day And I know it isn't always right Summer brings the winter But let's not skip over fall cause when I met you and found I had it all Time to take a break Here's a message from our sponsors To keep you all awake Hold me now I've got a ticket to wait Going to flop on a cloud for awhile Got a ticket to wait I've got a ticket to wait I lost my transit card Got a ticket to wait Day after day Loving all this rain The jungle here's insane For right now I've got a ticket to wait Going to sit on the bench for awhile Got a ticket to wait I've got a ticket to wait Going to rest on the cloud for awhile Got a ticket to wait
6.
Well it seems like that thug has showed up at your party Yeah you know the one I mean, the one who wasn't invited You turned him away but he's so damn persistent He keeps coming back dinosaur of insistence All this time he keeps chipping away Got to stand up and make him pay All this time keeps dragging on He’s used to getting his way but this time he’s bombed The Bombardier of Love She's raining red hearts down from up above The Bombardier of Love You got to put the dog down When push comes to shovin'-o Seems like everybody here is sniffing the same glue But you took to the sky to get to doing what you gotta do Flying through the air in an old Mig-29 You didn't want to have to do it but now you do it all the time All this time that keeps slipping away Push him back and make him pay Every day it keeps dragging on Got to get in his face to teach him this song The Bombardier of Love She's raining red hearts down from up above The Bombardier of Love You got to put the dog down When push comes to shovin'-o
7.
Ryznar's big idea Set loose upon the streaming Inspired everyone who heard About the boomer's escaping The captain took the wheel Thinking he was so groovy It was a Yacht Rock Day With Saint Christoper's Cross Glistening across the water Telling the same old jokes again Just like our fathers We all played our parts He chose Bertie Higgins I grabbed another cooler Because I sure could use one It was a Yacht Rock Day The captain spinning the wheel We thought he was pretty groovy But he was numb to the world Reprising his own movie It was a Yacht Rock Day
8.
Firewood 01:56
That's an interesting phrase That you used to describe my past It throws a bit of shade on the truth Because it misses almost all the facts Did this have to be a campfire conversation Yeah, I thought it would All this time I've been thinking it's true That your face looks like firewood It seems a little strange You chose to put on that dress You're suited for a prom, maybe worse Because you seem out of breath Did you have to start a vampire conversation Or are you misunderstood Let's think awhile and chew on that While I light up some firewood Time wont give me time Like my friend George told me when I was 17 But you and me you know we've got nothing but time So pack the car and let's leave Dodge Grab the garlic, grab the cross You made the map, we can't get lost With a trunk full of firewood
9.
Yesterday my sister called And she asked if I heard the news She had found another match and apparently This time she had lit the fuse While we wait for the bomb like nothing’s wrong Tell me where you got those shoes Wake me up when the movie stops Because I can't stand watching yet another flop We've been here before and we've seen the hack When you chop off the head another one grows back Yes it always grows back Always grows back Every film I've ever seen Pales to the world that's inside of me Seems like I'm always daydreaming of another time Black and white grainy celluloid dream I’ve come back to report that nothing has changed History always backs up downstream Wake me up when the movie stops Because I can't stand watching yet another flop We've been here before and we've seen the hack When you chop off the head another one grows back Yes it always grows back Yes it always grows back Every film that I’ve ever seen Every film I’ve ever seen Every film that I’ve ever seen
10.
Steel Away 01:38
Meet me by the car We can get out of here Wear that old tee shirt With Johnny Rotten's vicious face We can drive to Montreal or farther if we can Maybe buy a pack of cigarettes Pretend we're living in Japan Pretty Girls can Handle it Potato Gravy Hands Polly Got a Hacker in the iron land Penguins Getting Hat tricks Pickles Going Hard Possibly Go Hungry eating from our tiny back yard

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Jumping bridge to bridge.

Fiesta Red is a bridge of bridges, a farewell to the Golden Gate and hello to Pittsburgh, PA. The songs are all about social and personal transitions... home, work, social media, war, COVID, and our collective penchant for self destruction. But in a catchy, summer-sizzle way.

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released August 1, 2022

I did all the bits. Written during FAWM 2022, recorded at The Acorn.

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Scotty Houston Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“In the dark times. Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.”

- Bertolt Brecht

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