Verbal Tan

by John Ralston

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Wanted to be a part of what Bandcamp is doing today, so I found these tracks and made an EP: "Verbal Tan" (which is an anagram for Travel Ban" - if you were wondering what a verbal tan was). All proceeds that I receive from the sale of this EP from now until I take it down from this site will be donated to ACLU.

In addition, here is what Bandcamp is doing today 2/3/17:

"Today, Stand with Bandcamp in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values
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Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.

Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.

And so all day today (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.

As another way of showing solidarity with the immigrants and refugees from the seven banned countries—as well as those impacted by the construction of the Mexican border wall—we’ve compiled a list of albums made by artists from the affected countries (Bandcamp may be incorporated in the United States, but we host artists from every corner of the world). We believe that knowledge and empathy are crucial weapons against fear and intolerance. We hope that, as you listen to these albums, you’ll not only discover some great new artists, but will also gain a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us.

— Ethan Diamond, Bandcamp Founder & CEO"

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released February 3, 2017

Track 1:
Andrew McAusland: Gtr/Vox
JR: Gtr/Vox

Track 2:
JR

Track 3:
Chris Wood: Bass/Electric Gtr
Elliot Shaw: Vocals
Eleonore Shaw: Vocals
Jesse Dalton: Drums
Andrew McAusland: Slide Gtrs/Lead

Track 4:
Mastered by Andrew Schaap

Track 5:
Drums: Jeff Snow

Track 6:
JR

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Track Name: Eternal Jackpot
I got blessed with the Eternal Jackpot
I've been winning so long
I forgot what losing felt like, so I put it in this song
(This won't take long)

Good goddamn this Eternal Jackpot
I win it every night
I put on my fair face, my powdered hairpiece and I watch my river turn to rice
Yeah that's right (you heard me right)

I was born like a sweatshop, baby, 1979
I got tired of looking up, so I fell a little ways behind
But I don't mind
Track Name: What Was I Thinking?
I just wasn't feeling good
I felt like my my mind was blown
I couldn't get off the couch
Sinking in a twilight zone
Hey, what was I thinking when I tried it all alone?
Hey, what was I thinking living in a stranger's home?

Left the coast and I don't really know what's left to do.
Overboard, miss the shore, thunderstorms, and the fennec fox babies at the Dreher Park Zoo.

I was feeling dim and slow
My friend was on the telephone talking about Northern Soul - a record that I really should have known.
Hey, what was I thinking when I tried it all alone?
Hey, what was I thinking living in a stranger's home?

Left the coast and I don't really know what's left to do.
Overboard, miss the shore, thunderstorms, and the fennec fox babies at the Dreher Park Zoo.

Sometimes you gotta break your own heart
Take a chance / Make a new start
Sometimes you gotta break your own heart

Nothing is forever, no. Except for AM Country Radio...
Del is singing soft and low
I turn him up and let it roll.
Hey, what was I thinking when I tried it all alone?
Hey, what was I thinking living in a stranger's home?

Sometimes you gotta break your own heart
Take a chance / Make a new start
Sometimes you gotta break your own heart
Track Name: Dark Bird
Chorus Lyrics:
If I could be there for you 
With or without words
Just someone to be by your side

Rest of lyrics:
Dark was the bird in the air tonight
Close overhead
Feathers bristling song in flight
If I could be there for you 
With or without words
Just someone to be by your side
What kind of world…am I dreaming in real time?
Nightmarish wrongs, so debased and void of life.
If I could be there for you 
With or without words
Just someone to be by your side
It's a short-sighted blade where the gravest games are played
And the "why"'s in the shade in a maze of the human heart
We looked on and we prayed / Our appeals to gods were made
And those echoes replayed - the irony played on and on.

If I could be there for you 
With or without words
Just someone to be by your side

Talking heads prey on a feast of what's gone wrong
But their broken, off-key song, it just doesn't interest me
Cause there's real people out there meeting the cries for help they hear
And they'll be tuning out the fear
Real people like you and me
Real people like you and me
Track Name: Everybody Live Forever
Everybody is gonna live forever
Everybody is gonna live forever
What else could there be?
I looked around. I let myself see that everybody is gonna live forever.
Everybody is gonna live forever
Everybody is gonna live forever
Multiple dimensions destroying my conventions
Is this my opinion? Or even my invention?
Maybe, but...oh did I mention that everybody is gonna live forever?
Everybody is gonna live forever
Everybody is gonna live forever
Not trying to be funny
Not trying to be clever, but
Everybody is gonna live forever