54 Strange Words

by The Bipeds

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Jude Casseday
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Jude Casseday Dressful of Dreams is inspired - I dig the banjo as melody carrier. Classic Americana tradition - I am not a fan of this genre and I really LOVE this song! Great sonic effects, Oh, and watch the music video
John Cuellar
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John Cuellar Cannot get over seeing you guys live. 10/10 would tech again, just for Hypnagogiacs and Dressful. Needs to be seen in the flesh with the movement. Favorite track: Hypnagogiacs.
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Hypnagogiacs 06:43
Hypnagogiacs In the key of C Confusion as I open my eyes Have mercy, what has happened here? Sirens in the city streets And the money's all gone I'm a guilty man But my conscience is clear Strange words A breath in my ear Mmm...what has happened here? Who told the cops where to find me? I don't even know what I've done Fear in the humid air And blood on my hands You want murder? Man, this is one A strange heart A memory undone Mmm...there ain't nowhere to run Don't you know... gravity Is a slow and certain collapse Let go...memory The graceful decay of the past (Instrumental Break) I've been here before with these people But this is not how I remember the place There's a strange light It don't fall right Another hollow amnesiac's face Don't you know... gravity Is a slow and certain collapse Let go... memory The graceful decay of the past Don't you know... gravity Gravity can't last Let go... memory A shadow that will never be cast Let go... memory Ooo...
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A Ragged Sayonara In the key of G The steam rises up from the pavement And dissipates into the blue And the shadows recede every evening There’s nothing you can do Nothing you can do Every song fades away in an instant No matter how strong or how true Like the snow we remember from December Come spring there was nothing left of you Nothing left of you Sayonara, I'm falling Falling like every dreamer does Through the dark haze of the aether A barely perceptible pause Sayonara! Like poison... ...a shadow grows into my face The mercury passes right through me Translucent and fragile as lace OPERATIC ARIA Sayonara, alone and forsaken A silence you can never reverse Exposed to the lightning On the hollow crust of the Earth Sayonara, the light does something (Something here) That shelters us from fear Hallelujah, the light shines through ya Sayonara, we were never here Sayonara, we were never here Sayonara…
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The Ranson Note (Lyrics to be recited backwards) Confusion on the factory floor Have mercy, this is not what we planned No steam in the turbine And the money's all gone A ransom note in the shop steward's hand Strange words, a list of demands We don't understand Who brought this plague to my people Who pulled this family apart Fear in the humid air South Carolina If war comes this is where it will start We don't recognize the shape of this heart This mercury heart
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Giant Skeleton House In the key of G There's no shelter in the sockets of this empty face There ain’t a bone in the frame that you can trust And that hollow place in the rib cage? That's where the heart once was There are birds in these bones and they’re singin’ A warnin’ as the day turns to dusk There's no reason to glance at the vacant sky Overcast where the heart once was Blood blood in the bottle Wine wine in the vein Pour pour that secret Down down down the drain The harmony was true but it's forgotten As if it was never sung And the silence hangin’ in the rib cage? That's where the song once hung You can still feel a tremor in the collarbone The shoulder blade seems to buzz And the echo you hear at the keyhole? That's just what the music does Blood blood in the bottle Wine wine in the vein Pour pour that secret Down down down the drain
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Dressful of Dreams In the key of Dm Amnesia sets in At the moment of birth Like the smell of the rain When it hits dry earth The seeds of forgetfulness Like a face in the steam A bowlful of lightning And a dressful of dreams And you can hear... Your blood moving The shadow of confusion A brittle heart exposed You can feel the insects moving In the fibers of your clothes So you pull it from the shoulder And you hold it down with pins And there's a static charge in the atmosphere Just before the storm begins And you can hear... Your blood moving You can hear... Your blood Suspended for a moment In the silver light Something flickers briefly At the edge of your sight In that instant of silence As you leave the ground And you can hear your blood Moving through you But that's the only sound SILENT BRIDGE We opened up the windows To the winter air Sorting through the ashes But there's nothing there We set the place on fire Even though it was our home Sifting through the ashes The kind of work you do when you're alone And you can hear... Your blood moving You can hear... Your blood moving You can hear.... Your blood, your blood Your blood, your blood That's the only sound
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A Surgical Solution In the key of Am There's a mysterious procedure… A crooked thought uncurled... A surgical solution from the ancient world Strange words are carved into the tongues of the people And they carry the message through their days The language is savage… With a purpose unclear Suspended in the silence of the place
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54 New Words In the key of Am Nobody knows why there's a crack in the weather Nobody even has a clue There's a human heart beating in the silence The only thing a human heart can do I have a faint recollection of the feeling And a pattern on the skin beneath my sleeve When the lightning strikes it stays here forever When the lightning strikes here it don't leave Don't you understand me? Don't you understand? Don't you have understand these Strange words? With a promise of redemption The language falls apart Don't you recognize this strange heart? Strange...so strange BRIDGE CHANT When the flashes light up this blue corner They leave another stone in the field And I suppose the sunken earth before them Must be where the people kneeled, where they kneeled When the darkness comes we'll be ready for it next time Eventually we know it will return When the ashes form the shape of a body That's the only language we learn, strange words Don't you understand me? Don't you understand? Don't you have understand these Strange words? With a promise of redemption The language falls apart Don't you recognize this strange heart? Strange...so strange OUTRO Strange...so strange
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Amnesiac's Grace in the Key of C I've been here before with these people But it's an unfamiliar face A nightmare dissolves into the body the calcium will be displaced Like a blank dream In the bloodstream Amnesia spreads its grace Gravity, memory Everything has been erased Gravity, memory Everything has been erased Gravity, memory Everything...

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The Bipeds is a dance-theater company and rock & roll band lead by banjo player/songwriter, Curtis Eller, and dancer/choreographer, Stacy Wolfson.

"54 Strange Words" is the soundtrack album to The Bipeds sepia-tinged, psychedelic song and dance spectacle of the same name.

Learn more about The Bipeds here:
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released June 15, 2018

Curtis Eller: banjo, drums, vocals
Stacy Wolfson: vocals
Dana Marks: vocals, operatic arias
Jessi Knight & William Commander: harmony vocals
Jack Fleishman: drums, guitar, bass VI
Joseph Dejarnette: electric and upright bass, baritone guitar, 78 loops
Gabriel Anderson: drums

Produced and engineered by Joseph Dejarnette at Studio 808a
Mastered by Mike Monseur

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Curtis Eller Durham, North Carolina

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer who's songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller has developed a devoted international following with his band, The American Circus. ... more

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