Live at Cricket Engine Gallery (Feb 2012)

by Mana Maddy Band

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I used to burn copies of this recording to sell to folks before I had Another Trip Around the Sun released, and then abandoned that once the studio album was released. But listening back to these recordings now I really like them, warts and all. It was a really fun show, performing without much amplification in a beautiful little gallery space, invited by glass artist Kelly Keegan, and playing to just a handful of people, mostly residents and artists of the neighbouring workshops. A great opportunity to test out some new material on live subjects :)
I hope you enjoy the results.
With love,
Madeline Tasquin.

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released February 19, 2012

Recorded live live live on a Zoom H4N recorder at Cricket Engine Gallery in oakland California -- February 19 2012

Guitar: Mateo Lugo
Bass: Paul Martian
Cello: Lewis Patzner
Drums: Chris Lauf
Ukulele & vocals: Madeline Tasquin

Composed by Madeline Tasquin

Thanks from the bottom to the top of me to Mateo, Paul, Lewis & Chris... for helping me bring these songs to life!

Special thanks to Kelly Keegan for hosting the show and to Joe Hiner for providing the cover artwork (a photo of Kelly's beautiful glass work that was created as we played). kellylkeegan.com

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Madeline Tasquin Oakland, California

Madeline Tasquin was born and raised in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada, on a healthy diet of Maria Callas, Joni Mitchell and rivertime. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Track Name: Awake (The Queen is in Town)
Awake to a glorious sky
These bandages make me want to die
Although I am old and although I'm afraid,
I'm alive in my skin. Oh it's grown so thin, it's barely there.

Asleep all day, I'm wasting away
Touch glass, turn away.. it's another day
I know where I was born
and I know where I will die
At the end of the hall my children call "when will you heal for real? when will you come out to play?"

Come out to play
the Queen is town
Lean up your crutch
Life wants your light
Kick out your devil
Call in your clown
and come out to play

There's grass on my knees
there's blood in my mouth
I'm scarring up, I'm molting out.
If Life wants me to be, surely Time will set me free
and the end of the hall won't seem so far
maybe I'll awake and rise, maybe I'll go outside

Go out and play
the Queen is in Town
Lean up my crutch
Life wants my light
Kick out my devil
Call in my clown
and come out to play
Track Name: l'Hibou
I've been following you for weeks now
as you ride towards the golden sun.
I drop a feather down now and then
in the hope that you'll pick them up.
All the dark of all the nights
can't pull me from this Love...

J'aimerais être un hibou
à la fenêtre de mon amour

I see you down in the meadow
riding on a proud Caribou.
The trail is covered in brambles,
let me be your eyes I'll guide you.
All the dark of all the nights
can't pull me from this Love...

J'aimerais être un hibou
à la fenêtre de mon amour

It's dark, I cannot see you but oh how I can feel your heart as it beats against the forest floor

J'aimerais être un hibou
à la fenêtre de mon amour
Track Name: Papa
Keep on pourin papa
you've got a long ways to go
from nowhere to somewhere
in the biting cold
The wine it keeps you warm
but the wine makes you slow
Keep on pourin papa
you've got a long ways to go

There's water on the wheel
The creek is running high
Daddy your luck is like a lady
Don't leave her in the night

Keep on pourin papa
you've got a long ways to go
from nowhere to somewhere
in the biting cold
The wine it keeps you warm
but the wine makes you slow
Keep on pourin papa
you've got a long ways to go

There's a tremor in the mountain
a shimmer in your sluice
Daddy your dream is tremblin
3 feet underground
don't let the landslide loose

Keep on pourin papa
you've got a long ways to go
from nowhere to somewhere
in the biting cold
The wine it keeps you warm
but the wine makes you slow
Keep on pourin papa
you've got a long ways to go
Track Name: Daffodils (Keep it easy)
Here I lay on your couch
listening to your records play.
I've been running for so long,
I'd like to stay.

He killed the bees right in front of me
and hung the bloody washing on the line.
Oh, leave me ghost!

I'll walk alone
Taste the salt out where lay your bones.
I once was lost but now I'm found
belly up out in the sound.
I had sold all my gold, not 1 ounce did I still hold.
Lord give me my alchemy, make light this leaden weight in me.

Gonna keep it easy this time around
I'm gonna keep my ghosts planted int he ground
Aint's gonna listen when my mind spins around
Gonna keep it easy this time around

Earthquake deep in the belly of the beast
out of the chasm, Daffodils.
Tie this broken uncertainty to feathers
and loose them on the wind.

He lured the jay, then stole its nest
and then he laughed at his cleverness,
while the jay was left to wander homeless.
He killed the bees right in front of me
and hung the bloody washing on the line.
Oh, leave me ghost!

I'll walk alone
Taste the blood out where tide is low.
I once was lost but now I'm found
belly up out in the sound.
I had sold all my gold, not 1 ounce did I still hold.
Lord give me my alchemy, make light this leaden weight in me.

Gonna keep it easy this time around
I'm gonna keep my ghosts planted int he ground
Aint's gonna listen when my mind spins around
Gonna keep it easy this time around
Track Name: Blue Nightingale
See http://manamaddy.bandcamp.com/track/blue-nightingale
Track Name: Full Belly (Simple is all I need)
Well the streets are about to burst
Take me away from here
The sky couldn't get much worse
I've lost all control, I fear
No inflection in this text, every day into the next, a story with no plot, What's the point? I forgot.
Take my away from here.

All I need is good food in my belly
and dirt on my feet from a path that leads to a stream
There ain't no such thing as asking for too much
and Simple is all I need

The people around here don't care
what's all this mess about?
They don't smile, they don't even stare
our time is running out.
Pretty sure I ain't afraid
but I'm surrounded by it every day
It's become the norm, a perpetual storm
Take me away from here

All I need is a lover who is happy
and a good book to read
the shade of an oak tree
There ain't no such thing as asking for too much
and Simple is all I need

The birds on my block have gone
tweet tweet tweet tweedle-dee-dee
My cellular telephone is always on -
it goes Ring ring ring ring-a-ling
Always something new to do
some great thing I cannot miss
but my mind's bent out of shape
and my body's a mess
Take me away from here

Cuz all I need is good food in my belly
and dirt on my feet from a path that leads to a stream
There ain't no such thing as asking for too much
and Simple is all I need
Give me a lover who is happy
and a good book to read
the shade of an oak tree
There ain't no such thing as asking for too much
and Simple is all I need

Simple is all I need!
Track Name: Carry You Down (Conversation)
How can I know you dear?
Yur whispers are sweet
but I can't draw you near
with this wild, wild heart

Come to me my sweet child
feel my waves
slow your pace
hold your hand to your heart and know

But I can I know it's real,
when time won't stand still?
It keeps runnin round in my head, my weary head...
will it ever stop before I'm dead?
It keeps running away with my wild, wild heart.

When, child, will you let go?
Be carried away, with the river flowin
she wants to carry you down
down where love is real
down where love is all

How can I know you dear?
Yur whispers are sweet
but I can't draw you near
with this wild, wild heart

You are the golden sun
and all is well
all is Love
all is Love
all is Love
hold your hand to your heart, and know.