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Live at the Annex

by Banned from Eden

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1.
Laura Lee 06:26
I didn’t know where I was going, I only knew where I had been. And every day it kept on snowing, All through a winter I thought would never end. So, I whiled away the time, Holed up in my dingy suite. I couldn’t find the way out of my worried mind ‘Til you found me, you brought the key, my Laura Lee. Before you came to town, I was a loner, Before you came around I was alone. And for oh so long I was so lonely, Before you came to town and turned my world around— And now I find I know how to be happy, And now I find I’m happy to be me, I have finally found what I need to be sound, Since you found me, you brought the key, my Laura Lee. Yeah, your love set me free: you are the key, my Laura Lee. Na-na-na-na-na-na- na now, Na-na-na-na-na, hey hey, Na-na-na-na-na-na- na now, You set me free, now can’t you see—that I love you, yes, I do. I love you, I love you, my Laura Lee Yes, I love you.
2.
She said she loved me, it was a long, long time ago, She said she loved me, and I was lookin' for the door, 'Cause I said Whoa, I think I really oughtta know better. Stick around this town? I'll just write that girl a letter. I went walkin' in the woods one day and I saw this little dog. He was tied up to a tree, he was wrapped down around a log. I said Whoa! I let the little dog go free, Step on the bus, and do the same thing for me. She said she loved me, it was a long, long time ago, She said she loved me, I was lookin' for the door, I said, Whoa! I think I really oughtta know better. Stick around this town? I'll just write that girl a letter.
3.
Industry's gyre is out of control, Sucking us all into a hole, Fueling fire where demons cry: Pucker up, and kiss your ass goodbye. So long, Farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Or not. People are pigs, earth is a sty, Zealotry's blind faith in a lie Is hearding us down the road to hell, So bon voyage and fare thee well. Au revoir, Ciao, Later, Or not.
4.
Living in dystopia we all must be insane, Decades of myopia have built a world of pain. Facing catastrophe, alive without a brain, So goodbye cornucopia going down the drain. It’s got me singing the dystopia blues About all the things we're going to lose And all the shit that’s in the news.
5.
Amoeba 03:54
I'm an amoeba, you're an amoeba too, I'm an amoeba, you're an amoeba too, I am only one cell, but I can become two, I am only one cell, but I can become two. Division by mitosis, division by mitosis. Division by mitosis, division by mitosis. I'm an amoeba, you're an amoeba too, I'm an amoeba, you're an amoeba too. We are pseudopods so we don't need shoes, We are pseudopods so we don't need shoes. I'm an amoeba, you're an ameoba too, I'm an amoeba, you're an amoeba too. Ingestion by osmosis as food passes through, Ingestion by osmosis as food passes through. Ingestion by osmosis, ingestion by osmosis. Ingestion by osmosis, ingestion by osmosis. Two and two and four and four is eight, This is how we amoeba procreate. I might be you, you might be me, Living in our amoeba colony.
6.
Hey there pretty woman, got a little something for you. Hey there pretty woman, got a little something for you. This fruit is nice and ripe now, and it's got the sweetest juice. Just one little bite now, it won't do you no harm. Just one little bite now, it won't do you no harm. I know he told you not to, but he's just trying to keep you down. Come and have a taste now, it will open up your mind. Come and have a taste now, it will open up your mind. Don't believe that shit he told you, he just wants to leave you blind. I know you really want to, I can see it in your eyes. I know you really want to, I can see it in your eyes. That's it just one bite now, oh, you're in for a surprise. That's it just one bite now, oh, you're in for a surprise.
7.
Pizza Boy 05:54
I know a dude wrote a tune, but it wasn't a smash, Now he's out swingin' pizza 'cause he needs the cash, pizza boy. He stopped getting wasted, he's not getting wrecked, Because the pie's in the sky, and he stands corrected, pizza boy. Swing it pizza boy!... He'll fix you up with any kind of topping, The pizza boy delivers it without stopping, pizza boy. Knock, knock, knock, knock on the door, Pizza boy comes and leaves 'em beggin' for more, pizza boy. He's the one with the cheese! Hep hep, he'll fix you up with extra sleaze, pizza boy. When he comes knock knock knockin', All the girls are dreaming of rockin', pizza boy. Special orders don't upset us while we're fixing your treat! Hold the pickle, won't you let us? Now he's holding your meat! Swing it, pizza boy!... Now the boss starts looking, he's a jealous guy, You know, pizza boy's always got his fingers in the pie, pizza boy. So with the sauce in the face, the fist in the pocket, Ditch the smock, punch the clock, grab your ax and rock it! Rock out, pizza boy! Punch the clock, and let...and let your body rock!
8.
Alien Nation 06:41
I look in the mirror, what do I see? A face in the mirror staring at me. Face in the mirror, what do you see? A face the mirror staring at me. I feel like I don’t belong here, Out of place and in the way. Something is terribly wrong here, What it is I can’t say. I don’t really belong here But here I am and here I’ll stay. I look out my window, what do I see? A parade of faces staring at me. Hey all you faces, what do you see? Locked in this cage, no longer free. I really don’t belong here On display and out of place. Something is terribly wrong here, Can’t you see it in my face? I don’t really belong here, Locked away in this space.
9.
Distraction 05:05
Take look around: there’s a lot going down and no one seems to care. The man is back, and he’s got a knack for keeping us unaware While he plunders all that we need to thrive. You know that it can’t last, And it won’t be long before everyone alive is pining for the past. We’re living in distraction, screened off from what really matters, And if we don’t hear the call to action, we’re going to wake up to a world that’s shattered. There’s plastic in the ocean and plastic in our food, It’s poisoning the air we breathe and it’s poisoning our blood, The world is dying but how would you know? When there’s still some wealth to plunder The man throws a tweetstorm to keep us distracted and tear us all asunder. We’re living in distraction, screened off from what really matters, And if we don’t heed the call to action, we’re all going to our graves in tatters. Brothers and sisters let’s get together and help each other out, We are all in this together, but lost sight of what it’s all about. We’re being played by crooks and cons, a bottomless pit of greed Pitting us all against one another and happy to watch us bleed. We’re living in distraction, screened off from what really matters, And if we don’t heed the call to action, we’ll all going to wake up to world that’s shattered. In tatters. Shattered. Distraction…
10.
Media 03:41
The world has led me to believe, That part of living is to grieve. But give me liberty or give me death, For only freedom teaches best, Only freedom teaches best. Now if we are quiet and do as they say, Be mindless, mutate, succumb to their way. Soon we will find out the vicious truth, They really have put our necks in the noose, They really have put our necks in the noose. As I walk out into the blazing sun, I have but just one thing but it's not yet begun, Close your eyes now and look into the night, All your dreams await, you've got to make them right. To make our mark on the world today, Is a goal they have or so they say, The problem is that it seems to be, The world is ruled by TV, The world is ruled by TV. The media controls what it is we think, Dragging humanity into the drink, Causing pestilience, propagating war, It makes one wonder what thinking's for, It makes one wonder what thinking's for. As I walk out into the blazing sun, I have but just one thing but it's not yet begun, Close your eyes now and look into the night, All your dreams await, you've got to make them right.
11.
Driving down the highway with the pedal to the floor, I was feeling kind of down and in a funk about the war. I noticed that my microbus was nearly out of gas, When some jerk in a Hummer came a riding up my ass. I felt my heartbeat pounding and the blood rush to my head, And I stepped on the brakes when I started seeing red. The fool nearly ran me down and blasted on his horn, So I flipped him off and cursed the day that Henry Ford was born. I found a filling station and pulled in to fill my tank, When I saw the price of gasoline I wondered who to thank. After emptying my wallet I fired my motor up again, And as I drove on down the road I thought this ride has got to end. This infernal combustion that makes everything go fast Is burning to the wick and churning out the greenhouse gas. Infernal combustion is what got us where we are, But we may have driven down this road a little too far.... Uh-oh.
12.
Down the road on which I roam, There's a light leading me home: A shining star that's always in my sight, A beacon that guides me through the night, Up a woody mountainside so steep, Into a tunnel dark and deep, I follow the light ahead that leads me home to you, And a love that I know is true. And though at times you seem so far away, I know that there will come a day When I walk into the light, and I get back home to you, And a love that I know is true. It won't be long until I come To the place that is my home, I see your beacon at the end of the road, Callin' me home to release my heavy load. Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh....

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Recorded live at the Annex by Side Street Café in Bar Harbor, Maine, on August 25 (tracks 3, 4, 7, 11), September 15 (track 10), October 6 (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6), and October 20 (tracks 8, 9, 12), 2022.

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released December 21, 2022

Recorded and mixed on a Zoom LiveTrak L-12 Mixer
Mastered by LANDR
Produced by Jim Coffman and Banned from Eden

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Banned from Eden is a rock trio featuring lead vocals by each member of the band, tight ensemble singing of three-part harmonies, and polyphonic instrumental jams.

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