Ancient Baby (Home​-​Fi Edition)

by Chris Peck

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  • 26 page book that pairs lyrics for each song with Rose Pearson's poignant and whimsical illustrations. Creatures of the Earth unite and conspire across species to prank the humans, awakening us to the great web of life that surrounds us! Comes with download code for the Home Fi version of the album. Book layout done by Brandon Løberg, of San Francisco's 7th Tangent Press, in his signature style.

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possibilities possibilities possibilities abilities oh why can’t i see it oh why can’t i see it whatever will be whatever will be whatever will be whatever will be will be subterranean terranean resistance subterranean terranean emotions buried under ground where the gold is found so let’s not dig it let’s just leave it there no need to see it just believe it’s there holdin it down no predictions yet predictions if i’ll be saved no predictions yet predictions if i’ll be saved from the spinning wheels stickin out for standin still in their way no nostalgia nostalgia can stop me no nostalgia nostalgia can stop me oh from lookin’ forward sorry jimi hendrix i’m lettin’ you go i’m doin’ it now right now possibilities possibilities possibilities abilities no nostalgia nostalgia can stop me possibilities possibilities
2.
i talk to myself movin’ my mouth no one’s nearby you can see why i talk to my feet out in the street can’t figure it out i do it for me i talk to myself doin’ it more these days it’s more than a phase it’s all of the rage i talk to myself nobody knows why not even I why talk to yourself? except to figure it out i guess that it’s easier when you’re movin’ your mouth do you talk to yourself? out in the street? in the bathroom mirror? in the driver’s seat? who talks to themselves? i mean, really?
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somebody somewhere said something heard it on the wind sent it back again somebody somewhere else'll put a spin on it listen now, it's comin round again forty days and forty nights it's rainin words pictures tag along accompanied by song but who of us remembers when we searched for years just to find that record that you want? hear that record spin around again "pay me and i'll make you rich" i hear them say hear it every day a million different ways "i do not need what i do not have" is what i say and pitch a pail of water on their flames steady now, they're pitchin us again somebody somewhere strung a bow carved a straight arrow wrote a secret note tied the two together, pulled, and let go let'm go into a tornado round and round and where nobody knows round and round it goes where nobody knows straight arrow will it hit the mark find an open heart secret note will it hit the mark? somebody somewhere said something heard it on the wind sent it back again somebody somewhere else'll put a spin on it listen now, its comin round again
4.
skip it or scoop it and honey don't be scared to wear it if the shoe fits sportin such a style sportin such a style make love with one glove because the king of pop is who my pop is talkin of never in a bad way but just the way his every jam can brighten up your day sportin such a style sportin such a style sportin such a style, yeah and it's a good fit, yeah
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what can i do when rock & roll's callin’? rock & roll but let it ring on through let it ring on through to the machine let it ring on through i'm too tired for you caller i.d. says rock & roll's callin' for me why does it always gotta be me? why don't she ever let me be? oh, rock & roll's callin for me who could it be? but rock & roll callin for me so let it ring on through let it ring on through to the machine let it ring on through to the machine let it ring on through i'm too tired for you let it ring on through to the machine
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hear me holla how i need you back gonna love me when i get you back if you really want to lighten my load listen baby, won’t you tell me so? i’m just about ready to throw it away cause i’ve been waitin since half past ten don’t know when your train is coming in and if you’re waitin down the line send me a sign watchin your face breakin my heart wish i could take you back to the start we were strangers there was a spark back to the start do you remember walkin hand in hand? didn’t worry if they’d understand somethin sacred, that was you and i that’s why we still gotta try don’t know who i am without you here hear me holla how i need you back gonna love me when i get you back do you remember when you needed me too? now i don’t know what you’re goin through but i’ll be waitin cause i made up my mind try to turn back the time watchin your face breakin my heart wish I could take you back to the start we were strangers there was a spark back to the start watchin your face breakin my heart wish i could take you back to the start we were strangers there was a spark back to the start
7.
we're all thinkin about you thought you might wanna know hey ship, you left a big wake behind with the words that you spoke how you told a good story how you told a good joke how you called me a liar how you rolled a good smoke we're all thinkin about you i saw you in my audience shootin me with your phone you had a special electricity that's what i'm missin the most we talked of makin modern dance on how the body can learn to break the bookends of the possible and how the pages would burn, burn we're all thinkin about you i saw you at the festival you were with an old friend sayin there was nothing left for you and it was all pretend no we're all thinkin about you
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for so long i walked in a shadowy world death and destruction were my traveling mates and were it not for the grace of something greater than me i would have stayed below there for the rest of my days and all along the choice was mine to sign my name upon the dotted line bruce lee, baby, it's on i can get my kicks with a master he or she will teach with a song love it, do it, without hesi-tation i've started on my quest, even though i am tired i can feel my muscles burn with a serpentine fire i'll be moving with the force of something greater than me won't stop till when i get to where there ain't nothing higher i'm gonna leave behind the heartaches and pain it only takes a lot of courage and strength bruce lee, baby, it's on i can get my kicks with a master he or she will teach with a song love it, do it, without hesitation love it, do it, without hesitation
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i’m not fallin’ apart i’m not losin’ my heart i’m keepin’ it together, keepin’ it together i’m not losin’ my strength i’m not wastin’ away i’ve found another way i’m stronger now than ever, stronger now than ever you know the deal it’s easy to feel when someone means what they’re sayin’ for real and nothin’s changed since the old days least nothin’ worth gettin worried about i’m not losin’ my edge i’m not lost in my head i’m feelin’ foggy sometimes but tell me, ain’t that how I’ve ever been? ain’t that how we all get? i’m livin’ close to my folks sometimes the circle is small but i won’t lower my sight i watch the stars every night i’m surrounded by friends they all know where I stand they’re lookin’ out for my best interests all of the way i hear the siren song and the pull is strong oh, but I’m strapped to the mast won’t let the ship get smashed i’m not killin’ the Earth i’m not spendin’ the land i’m workin’ more with my hands and spendin’ less every day, won’t spend our savin’s away i’m not goin’ away see me goin’ away i’m not goin’ for good i’m comin’ back another day, comin’ back another day
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only meant to have some fun never knew they’d end up sorry wild horses born to run sleeping on their feet and never stalling and when she tells him that he loves her she knows he means it he had some bad ideas justifications for his thieving she invested all her faith needed someone to believe in and when she tells him that she’ll go there he knows she means it started with a simple job burning down an empty building bastards got what they deserved all those horses they were killing never meant to hurt no one found a clear cut in the redwoods where they doused up 20 trucks flicked a match and told’m good luck how could they know about the night watch who burned in his sleep? lovers spent a week in bed taking turns for who could play dead burning logs and laying low only leaving for the woodshed but when the sheriff kicked the door down they knew he meant it morning papers told their deeds course it’s only allegations till some photos surfaced up made our lovers a sensation but they made a solemn pact she would testify against him all those bad ideas were his all those plans and meditations it’s a lovely day to die aid the hangman to the boyfriend don’t suppose you’d tell me why you’re here to meet me at the rope’s end? and when he said it’s for a good cause they laughed in his face
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go girl we know you’re under pressure now’days you’re the world still the same and we hope you’ll never change we’ll float away without a rock to gravitate the weight go girl your wisdom can’t be handled by the mind you’re the world we’ll have to use our hearts this time the time is now, it’s clear as day, so let’s not hesitate we’ll float away without a rock to gravitate the weight winter, summer, spring and fall can’t have one without them all, GO! go girl go girl go girl go we call you girl but also maiden, mother, and a crone to hurt the world you’d think we’d never had a mother of our own we’ll float away, without a rock to gravitate the weight storms and droughts, all about how we gonna work this out? GO! go girl go girl go girl go go girl for you, i’ll jump front a speeding train you’re the world just say the word, I’ll jump for you today we’ll float away, without a rock to gravitate the weight winter, summer, spring and fall can’t have one without them all, GO! storms and droughts, all about how we gonna work this out? GO! we have everything to lose tell yourself “It’s simple” choose! GO! go girl go girl go
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I'm gonna put two sticks together and make a fire put two sticks together and make a fire I'm gonna get somethin started, where there wasn't much happenin put two sticks together and make a fire

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Here it is! The Home Fi version of Ancient Baby, recorded to 1/2" tape by me, at home. All tracks mixed by Tomas delToro-Diaz, in Bakersfield, Ca.

All songs written by Peck, except "Back to the Start", written by Chris Peck, Greg Scott, & Tomas delToro-Diaz.

All songs performed by Peck, with Cameron Snyder playing upright bass, triangle and alto sax on "Good Fit", "Rock and Roll's Callin'" and "Keepin' It Together".

This album is also available as an illustrated 26 page book, pairing the lyrics for each song with whimsical and poignant album Art by Rose Pearson.

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released April 16, 2019

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Ancient Baby / PECK San Rafael, California

Chris Peck has released 16 albums, beginning with his first cassette in 1994. One day they will all be on bandcamp.

His most recent release is 'Ancient Baby', recorded once by Ethan Turner in a fancy analog studio and again by Peck at home.

Later this summer, he will release "Blue Phase", with poet Tongo Eisen-Martin. This duo, LOAN, has already released one album: loan.bandcamp.com

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