Kindergarten

by Randal Prater

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1.
Weed all the lies and the truth does shine Bleed all the daytimes into night Free from the chains of the king and his charm See no cause for alarm Breathe all your sighs into a frown Through a grey sky the sun goes down He’ll never loosen up his reign Hope and pain In the night I can hear your sighs I see your auburn hair and feel your smile I dream away until we remain And dooms of love come calling I see you and love spins me round Wings of flight have touched the ground Reality shackles joy Your father’s ploy A-ha, true love’s plight Ha-ha, so claim your birthright Abandon royal blood for now A peasant’s love is quite endowed The sunrise lifts above the land Ha-ha, dear king, you’ve just been banned Count yourself high - you’ll just fall down Another head bears your crown — Performer: Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Drums
2.
Waveform 06:07
The tide comes in It leaves the air so sweet I’m feeling chilled The kind that makes me sleep Falling into a dream I’m so tired Floating out to sea I’m free Sailing high on a waveform made for me It’s okay I ride the breeze ’til I’m beached in ecstasy Replete The sun is black The clouds all follow suit The flashes fade And rain comes crashing down A walrus smiles And dances as I laugh Am I awake My consciousness still plays Life at sea suits me fine Waves of comfort form the years Isolation is my friend Falling Into a dream I’m so tired So tired — Performers: Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Drums Erin Claussen - Backing Voice
3.
Burn bright those days behind me Bask in their rays - ooh I’m mesmerized by how time flies Look inside these eyes and tell me Are they blue or brown? They’re green but won’t you take me down Sometimes I feel… Sometimes Slowing down I’m barely moving now Slowly slower Becoming very still Oh, won’t you come and save me? And tell me why these fires are burning I’m thirsty and my mind is numb Someone tell me something And make it a myth — Performers: Randal Prater - Voices, Guitar Peter Sawtell - Guitar Brian Willett - Bass Gary Hunt - Drums
4.
She Wanders 03:50
She doesn’t like the way her hair flows around her face She doesn’t like the way her feelings always slip away She doesn’t like the way her pain rolls up in her head She doesn’t like the feelings it brings Tears flow down her face It always seems the blackest falling down, hands around your neck I’m safe and sick - I don’t like this pain It doesn’t go away - I don’t like to feel It interferes with my day She doesn’t look to see the world go by She just drives and drives - And looking like I’m feeling too I just want to pack my bags and go far away and stay I’ll save up all my cash and find the girl who doesn’t like to feel I’ll roam the world until her hair flows around my face It doesn’t feel so bad I roam and she wanders away — Performer: Randal Prater - Voices, Guitar
5.
Hallowed 05:44
Our distant spirits yearn This emptiness can’t last The years don’t get me clean My mourning is my bath Dear, the ghost of you remains in frozen time Unchanged, but withered in decay You left me behind Tears are fickle and refrained The past is mine Our time was hallowed The winter air brings chills I walk the open roads Your hazy breath I feel The spirit flower unfolds My journey brings me here This river flows with life I kiss your ring and toss To bid you sweet good-bye Dear, I’m crippled and afraid of losing time I’m lame I can’t seem to contain the loss inside Tears are flowing I’m amazed that angels die Our time was hallowed — Performers: Erin Claussen - Voices Randal Prater - Guitars, Backing Voice, Bass, Drums
6.
Iris Ingenue 03:43
Creaking back and forth She rocks in time I stare unseen The sunlight bleeds from her pores Iris Ingenue Bundled in her chair Stares into the frosted grey covered day She sighs in tune I shiver with cold Warm thoughts make me stay Others dance on by and birds fill the sky The day is getting old I close my eyes and hide from dull, dark days To find a smile between the sun and rain Dusk breaches dreams of her on cue I pine for Iris Ingenue The empty chair stands cold I hear a sigh - I spin And with those emerald fire orbed eyes, she stares Into my soul — Performer: Randal Prater - Voices, Bass, Ebow
7.
How about a game of truth or dare? Oh yeah, okay, I’ll play What were you like a hundred years ago? Oh, yeah, okay Tell the truth You gave my song a little twist Give it back - I need it My beautiful, sweet, wild aquarian The Texas winds are blowing And I’m falling, falling down The scent of you just lingers And I’ve still got you on my pillow Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss Oh, yeah, okay? The Texas winds are blowing me down Watch me come back for more Up, down, rise Venus smiles as I fry for you — Performers: Randal Prater - Voice, Guitar Peter Sawtell - Guitar Brian Willett - Bass Gary Hunt - Drums
8.
Cherry Maple 05:50
Seems you say Dim things today Lover, lover, lover Come see upstairs, ooh It’s our secret Yeah, yeah, yeah Let’s sleep and dream a while See, breathe and play Lover, lover, lover I see heaven, ooh It’s our secret Yeah, yeah, yeah — Performers: Randal Prater - Voices, Guitar Peter Sawtell - Guitar Brian Willett - Bass Gary Hunt - Drums
9.
Spectator 04:13
High breeze Red leaves fall Onlooking stars So clear I dream I’m falling down I see I’m free Low flying clouds I see the breeze It flies under me — Performer: Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
10.
Auralsoak 03:54
This song said what it needed to say without lyrics. — Performer: Randal Prater - Guitars, Voices, Tape Loops

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This album contains all of the songs from Creeping Myrtle's first three E.P.’s entitled “Bead” (1994), “Peculiar” (1995), and “Corduroy” (1997).

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released October 24, 1997

All songs written and recorded by Randal Prater (BMI). Mastered by Ray Muirwood. Published by Doldrum (BMI).

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Randal Prater Seattle, Washington

Singer-songwriter with four solo albums. Former frontman for Creeping Myrtle and The Pagan States.

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