Ode To The Urchin

by Randal Prater

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This was the first proper full-length Creeping Myrtle album that wasn’t merely a collection of songs from E.P.’s. The live band had five people and a full sound. This album was recorded with two people. So, it has a minimalist, garage-type feel to it, intentional or otherwise. A snapshot of a particular point in time that marked a farewell to a century.

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released April 20, 1999

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

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Track Name: Acidophilus
I’ve seen the way the stars all shine
White light makes the colours hide
Then the sun shines and I’m wide awake
Just watching all the colours play

I love the way your eyes tell lies
A tragic comedy delight
Spread your sunshine - spare me your rhetoric
Just tell me where the fun is


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Ebow
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Mab
Fun - give me fun
I want lots of cheer
Can I see the girl, the one who swallowed you
If I set eyes on her, I’d know what to do

I see the girl with hair that holds the sun
Queen of fire - call her sire
Queen of Mab

Call her devil - call her Eve
Don’t you go too far, is what I heard you say
But, I see the fun of Mab
She will fall in love with me and that’s what I say

Bust out - get out of my way - I’ll bust out
I can light her way - she’ll find my way
Follow me - I can’t get more lost than this
But, I see the fun of Mab
I love her, Mab


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Sunnyside
Another brand new day alone - alone in Sunnyside
Not much left to this day
I can’t believe my luck and how the sun keeps shining
It makes the days too blue

Another day in Sunnyside
Where my mind blows
Follow me down to Sunnyside
And watch my love grow

I love to waste this life with the death along the grey
I could lie this still
If another January comes, I’ll just keep on trying
Because grey loves black and white

Another day in Sunnyside
Where my mind blows
Follow me down to Sunnyside
And watch my love grow old


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Ebow
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Ketura
Fear bleeds over me
It’s clear, the flames that you keep
You butterfly - spinning round in party dresses
How high the moon shines
Our love will fly, you wait and see

I’ll sing a lonely chorus
And dream alone and sigh
I’ll cross the world for your love
Just take my hand, Ketura

Tears wash in with Spring
We drown - the floods abound
You butterfly - your wings are buried deep within you
How high the moon shines
Our love will fly, you’ll feel it too

Take my hand, Ketura
Give me your hand and our love will fly


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Ebow
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Step In The Sun
Lady starlight, counting time
Bleeding colours in a lifeless sky

Step in the sun
Are you the one that I need?
Pack all your things
I’ll take you back to the end of the line

How’s your weather?
Dull, said I
I’m searching the cloud coat
For my calico bride

Step in the sun
Are you the one that I need?
Lay here with me
I’ll make you sigh as we float down the stream

Lady starlight, counting time
And bleeding colours in a lifeless sky

Step in the sun
I’ll be the one you need
Lay here with me
I’ll make you sigh as we float down the stream

As we float down the stream
To the end of your dream
As we float down the stream
Bleeding colours to the end

Step in the sun
I’ll be the one you need
Lay here with me
I’ll make you sigh


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass
Peter Sawtell - Piano, Acoustic Guitar
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: A Good Mope
All I wanted was a good place to hide
To have a good mope and then I’d be alright
It’s too bright outside
Inside it’s clear

The sunlight makes me feel so low
The sunlight makes me feel

I kept hiding from the hope shining
All I wanted was to start flying
It’s too late this time
Doldrums are here

The sunlight makes me feel so low
The sunlight makes me feel
The sunlight makes me feel so low
And when it sets, then I just feel so-so


Performer:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Track Name: Valentine
Hey, I’ve got a little tale that’s bound to mystify
About a girl I know - her name is Caroline
I waited a long, long time for her valentine
But it never came

Valentine, I’ve waited a long, long time
But, then there’s Clementine and trouble on my mind
I think I can see the light that wraps around this life of mine
But can you, valentine?

Bet you’re on the phone soon
Clementine, we’re fools
Took you around the neck and then I’d please you, you little fool
Bet your life you can’t fall

Fall - I’ll feel life
Lazy lovers do fall
A wasted life
We’ll come in time
Wasted life
Clementine


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Tape Loops
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Of What May Be
Come take my hand in a magickal union
And fly with me to what may be
A web of our freshly unraveled love
And wonder

Come kiss me sweetly and love me evermore
Come kiss me sweetly and love me evermore
Love is too shy

Rely on all that is backwards and fall with assurance
That you will be by your knight
You feel with daily bliss and love
And fervor

Come kiss me sweetly and love me evermore
Come kiss me sweetly and love me evermore
Our love is too shy


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Ebow
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Flimsy
The lonely face I see
Turns to face the cold
You’ll catch your death
You’ll see
You say no way
Embrace the flames alone


Performer:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars
Track Name: The Shy Reserve
Good day - it’s nice to be here
I’m so pleased to meet you
Have a nice day
Oh, no - where does the time go?
It follows in the light of shadows

I wish that I could stay
But, I must go away
Sure wish that I could stay
But, I can’t and now I must go

I follow shadows through nights of my splendor

Please don’t follow the light in shadows
A long, long time is enough time

By the way, I am sane - I am sane
I wish that I could stay
Sure wish that I could stay
I wish that I could stay
Perhaps another day

I follow shadows through nights of my splendor
I follow shadows

Things that I saw when I was in the light
They draw lines on my shadow in the peace of the night
In the shy reserve
Shy reserve


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Tape Loops
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: The Nether Reaches Of Florid Dandyism
Behold, the classic scene
It’s all the rage
Come swing, yeah
It’s a phase

Jump back - the city’s smiling with fame
Jump back - the city’s smiling - you’re crazed
All I need I can find it
In this scene, yeah, this plastic scene

I recognise the way the city sighs
The swinging dandies own the place
Check out the scene of foppish glee
It’s all the rage
Come swing, yeah
It’s a game


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass
Gary Hunt - Drums
Track Name: Departure Never Leaves
The fever burns you up inside like friendly fire
It’s been a while since paranormal love was dry and free
From fate and endless time
The sunshine blinds your dry lipped smile

Can’t you see the light I’ve left for you behind the sun?
I’ve waited here a hundred years
I guess I’ll wait a hundred more

This lonely apparition aches and mourns the death of love undone
The stars are cold and uninviting and they suck the sound away
The sunshine blinds your dry lipped smile

Behind the sun
Behind the sun


Performers:
Randal Prater - Voices, Guitars, Bass, Moog, Tape Loops
Gary Hunt - Drums