Ode To The Urchin

by Randal Prater

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1.
Acidophilus 04:42
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
2.
Mab 02:10
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
3.
Sunnyside 03:36
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
4.
Ketura 05:46
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
5.
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
6.
A Good Mope 02:10
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
7.
Valentine 02:30
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
8.
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
9.
Flimsy 01:10
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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

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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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Randal Prater Seattle, Washington

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

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