Folk​-​O​-​Rama: Volume Two

by Folk-O-Rama

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about

After the resounding success of the first Folk-O-Rama (i.e. my mom said it was cool), I figured I should go ahead and put out a second one. I think it's got a little bit of a different vibe from the first one, which is good. They're definitely distinct compilations and I'm pretty thrilled with the variety on here. I hope you find some new favorite bands or maybe get inspired to write some songs of your own.

As always, visit the artists' pages and buy some stuff from them if you like their music. And it's super easy to do that - just click on the track name and all their info and relevant links will be right there! You can also see a nice list of artists and links right here: folk-o-rama.tumblr.com/vol2

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released 12 February 2013
All songs used with permission from the artists

Cover art by Wes Harbison (heswarbison.tumblr.com)

Thanks to everyone who listens, downloads, shares, etc. This wouldn't be possible without you.

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Track Name: (Person) (Noun) - A Punk Song About How Law Enforcement Ruins Everything
I must commend my dear friend the mosquito
For making my toilet bowl his humble home
He taught me in the face of hardship you can never sink too low
I would never jeopardize anything's survival
So long as that same thing stayed the hell away from mine
I've probably killed a thousand bugs plus countless more I stepped on Accidentally

That makes me a hypocrite
But everything is relative
If we always sweat the small stuff we will dry up
I'm just another human being
Oblivious to everything
Another evolutionary miracle

I'd like to think that there's at least one thing redeemable
In each and every one of our seven billion souls
I've logged 20 years and counting in the field of people watching Regrettably I haven't quite found out the things I wanted
Cause for everything that moves me there are ten things that confuse me
But I'm no saint myself

That makes me a hypocrite
But everything is relative
With the world up on our shoulders it will crush us
I'm just another human being
Oblivious to everything
Another evolutionary miracle
The only public place that I've ever seen true love

Was the baggage claim at the Baltimore airport
A father reunited with his two excited children
I probably would have cried but right then a cop rode by on a Segway And he looked ridiculous so I laughed instead

That makes me a hypocrite
But everything is relative
If we don't pull together now, we may never get the chance
Because all of use are human beings
Oblivious to everything
Together and remarkable
Disdainful and despicable
Another evolutionary miracle
Track Name: Billy Mack Collector - The Sunflower Field
oh, i came to in a basement in wyoming
i wondered whose eyes were staring back at me
oh, i had fallen asleep in front of a mirror
and i don't need anyone,
i don't need anyone; that's what i said.

oh, i drove around for a couple of days,
and went and sat out on the beach all by myself.
a little seagull stole the sandwich i had been eating
and i don't need anyone.
i don't need anyone; that's what i said.

when my little bones brought me to carolina,
the ants in the sunflower field bit my feet.
i went to the piggly wiggly and bought some bread.
and i don't need anyone.
i don't need anyone; that's what i said.
Track Name: Steve Layman - Highway Lines
The blood red moon is gonna bleed me dry
As the stars watch over from the patchy sky
With the help of the planets and comets combined
They'll spill my crimson paint on these highway lines

A cup of hot black coffee sitting by my side
A small warm bed is all that's on my mind
When a rest on the shoulder could end my life
I am stuck in between these highway lines.

The pain in my throat is singing sharp tonight
My hands are shaking and my eyes are dry
My brain's in a fog, but my heart is alive
As it spills more blood on these highway lines.

They say the engine could burn up at any time.
When I've seen it all I will end my drive.
No matter how old you get there is something to find
There will always be blood on these highway lines.
Track Name: Daniel West - Bad Seeds
Oh I am the last leaf left on the tree,
On the tree there I sit.
When you were golden and you fell
I just sat cold and green, cold and green
Cold and green.
And you fell to that muddy ground,
And your spine got dirty,
Now I’m waiting for my colors to change,
I can’t make it all year long.
But when it’s time,
I won’t go willingly,
I will stand with my hands in my pockets.
And why must we lose,
The best part of our souls?
Sometimes this world it weeds us out like bad seeds,
Like bad seeds, like bad seeds,
But when our time comes,
We all grow.
But when my time comes,
I won’t go willingly,
I will stand with my hands in my pockets.
Track Name: Dorian Finch & The Amataurs - The Birth of Twins
Tell me, tell me when the end will come and I'll be fine
Tell me why the colors are now running from my eyes

There will be no end tonight
And the colors will be new and bright
But until the sky turns light
I'll hold you tight

Are your fingers clutching with the cold, or are they mine?
There is such a rushing in my bones, I think I'm flying

I can feel your fingers tense
and your heart pounding with violence
but all pain, no matter how immense,
it must relent
relent

And we mustn't be afraid of the choices that we made
And we mustn't have regrets for the love we give and get
And we'll open up our lungs and scream the things we should have sung but never tried
Track Name: Amy Bruce Spaceshow - Shitty Friend
I have no idea why, but I can't get this scent out of my nose. It smells like my old friend's uncle's swimming pool. The one I used to visit those years ago. But I don't go there anymore because I don't have the same friends I did before. I was always bad at making amends and I'm always wrong at predicting lifelong friends. (I'm a shitty friend) (I hope I'm not wrong about you.)
Track Name: Bogsey and the Argonauts - Sci Fi Movie Night!
Lets all go to our friends house
And sit around a tv
And pop in the poorest excuse we can find
Of a science fiction movie
Rummage through the thrift stores
Until you find a VHS labeled
Revenge of the Japanese Voodoo neo Nazis part 3
Satan's final resurrection

Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night! Its movie night!

Giant clams, super jesus,
Is a fight I’d love to see
Never played in a movie theater
It went straight to DVD
Is she supposed to be hot?
Is that supposed to be blood?
Is that an old school rap star (Woo-ha!)
Fighting monsters in the hood

Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night! Its movie night!

Im not talking quality films
Like Star Wars, or the Wrath of Kahn
I mean Troma Movies
Any Troma Movie
Originals are great
But good things come in fours
So if the first was good
It’ll only get better with more

Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night! Its movie night!

Lets all go to our friends house
With the cheapest food we can find
I'm gonna talk through the whole damn movie
I hope that you all don’t mind
If you’re feeling bad
Everything will be all right
You’re here with friends

Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night!
Its sci fi movie night! Its movie night!
Track Name: Marco Polio - Falling Song #2
I am coming to your house
I am walking down the street
I am standing in your doorway
I am coming up the stairs
I am walking down the hall
I am opening the door
I am looking at the floor
I am looking at the...
oh...

I am walking through the doorway
I am yelling at you now
I am walking out the door
I am going down the stairs
I am falling down the stairwell
I am hurting all my teeth
I am looking at the ceiling
I am looking at the...
oh...
Track Name: Akira Flip - It's Nothing, Really
A woman screams as a life slips out her legs
They place him, soft, inside a crib

A man shudders as his soul slips out his mouth
They sink his body to the ground

A baby boy, does he know that he will live
A million fists slammed into walls?

A grown up girl, is she thankful for each choice?
Or resent the fate that brought her here?

Oh, my life, my life
has come
and gone

My life,
has come
and gone

A business woman 20 years at the firm
She's gotta work to feed her kids

A character on the TV her children watch, alone, asks
Is it the world or is it me?

Is it me?

Why, why why,
do I live
this way?

"They told us we could be
anything that we want
A gardener or even president"

"Then they throw us into schools
Sort our classes by our age
And tell us all to get
Straight As"

Hear us, Hear us!
There's not much we want!

Tell us Tell us!
It's not much at all!

Answer, answer!
Do we have some control?

Now she's staring in a mirror
in a bathroom down the hall
The picture blurs as her eyes feel wet and hot

A colleague walks in and asks
"How are are you?"
She turns her head and replies,
"I'm fine"

I'm FINE

I'M FINE
Track Name: American Rifle - Stuff's Good
When you let control slip through your fingers
You learn a few important things
like how much you can learn
when you let control slip through your fingers
or how much there is in life to live for
outside of your life plan and thats just the start
there is an entire world of stuff waiting to be messed with

I'm so sick of waiting
for the same old nothing to happen
just like it did before
so instead of starting at the beginning
I'm writing a brand new book this time
and i feel kinda weird saying it
but i think things are gonna be alright

When you let control slip through your fingers
You learn a few important things
like how much you can learn
when you let control slip through your fingers
Track Name: Arroyo Deathmatch - Royal Flesh
I wrote an evil song,
but you didn’t know the words yet.
Couldn’t sing along,
but your hands were slick with blood.
The hesitant were gone,
left with the genuine and fervent.
Spoke in secret tongues to communicate as a forest.

Tonight is the last night they’ll leave either of us alive,
onwards toward a clear-cut, manslaughter, bunker-busting bribe,
blacklisted barbarians beyond the bosom of the borders.
we’re out here alone.

I wrote an evil song,
but you didn’t know the words yet,
Put your hands together if you know how this ends.
Tonight we’re sliding blades,
into our hungry hearts.
They make claim to my life,
I’d rather tear myself apart.

Pray tell, officer. Where’s the medicine?
Under lock and key and dead like skeletons.
This is the sacred rite, my religion of incidence,
there are no rules, only experience.
Track Name: Turncoat Collective - Living By Example
I once said I'd teach the children all the things they shouldn't hear, but I guess that I was lying because I was living in fear. See, our world is changing right before our very eyes. These kids, they are our future; we should protect their lives. Instead, you buy them clothes with peace signs sold in corporate shops which are made by other children. man, this shit has got to stop. 'Cause while your kid's fat from McDonald's, there are kids bloated from white rice, and ya know they're still starving because it's bleached of nutrients. so, maybe we should teach the kids to grow their own food, and share it with the people that help in their neighborhoods. See, I woke up on a school bus in Lafayette, TN after pouring my guts into a cooking pot; dopesickness killing me, but I got help from some dirty kids I barely knew. The best thing that they taught me was I should shut up and do. So, then I went off traveling, hitching across the south, and I'm disgusted by the ignorance which spews from people's mouths. They may say that there's no class war, but they're lying through their teeth. I've seen kids go to jail for having nowhere to sleep. I may wake up tomorrow lying beneath another bridge, but I'll still give you anything if I've anything to give because we can still set examples, even when we've nothing left, maybe then we can start building a new world, and if we can stand together as the role models we should be, maybe all the kids will start to learn...and maybe we can learn from children things they can't learn from us like how to trust each other and unconditional love. Take what we can from that, and instead of teaching through fear, we can make sure to remind them that there's no danger near. I've taken rides from strangers way more times than I can count, and ya that if I hadn't I probably wouldn't be around to tell the stories that I tell you that are all so very true and something tells me there's something that I am meant to do. Maybe that's just that i'm still living while these kids I know are dying off, and it saddens me so much that life takes the best of us. so, maybe we should stop selling drugs to all these kids, and start showing them we can change things if we change how we live, and ya know that we're all guilty of nihilistic thoughts, but maybe right now's the time for more positive plots. Maybe we can make the future a much simpler life, if we could all just pitch in to be the guiding light.