54 Strange Words

by The Bipeds

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bcmuze 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
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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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    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 stage production of the same name.

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about

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:
thebipedsdance.com

credits

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. Eller's songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and Joe Louis rub shoulders against a backdrop of circus disasters and sweatshop fires. ... more

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Track Name: Hypnagogiacs
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...
Track Name: A Ragged Sayonara
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…
Track Name: The Ransom Note
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
Track Name: Giant Skeleton House
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
Track Name: Dressful of Dreams
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
Track Name: A Surgical Solution
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
Track Name: Strange Words
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
Track Name: Amnesiac's Grace
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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