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Talamaska

by Mik Dow

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released June 3, 2017

Produced and recorded by Mikkel McDow summer 2016 to spring 2017. Bad Alchemy recorded summer 2011 with overdubs recorded spring 2017.
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Mik Dow Oroville, California

Mik Dow is co-founder of The Jars, Berkeley's premier old school new wave band. The Jars, active from 1979 to 1982, are remembered for such hits as Jar Wars and Time Of The Assassins from 1981, Start Right Now from 1980 and Boys Night Out from 1982. Mik released an ep with another Jars alum, JD Buhl, in 2011. Mik and his wife Morgan have fronted California's folk / rock band Beltain since 1993. ... more

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Track Name: Dealing Aces
Hey man I've got a deal for you
You're a fast track trucker I can see it's true
You ain't fooled by a hole in the ground
Or a money pit at the lost and found

In comes I not a second too soon
With a free hot lunch at the stroke of noon
I can purr like a cat I can howl at the moon
Don't you wanna deal with me?
I'm Dealing Aces.

I'm Dealing Aces
From the bottom of the deck
I'm Dealing Aces
And I ain't done yet
It's a family tradition
You can play on one condition...

You gotta kick back and let the money roll in
'if I don't see green then you know it's a sin
The money gods reap what the honey gods sow
It's a law of nature don't you know?

So in comes I with a bucket and mop
And a steely voice and the glare of a cop
I can pick back up whatever you drop
So if you wanna deal with me...
I'm Dealing Aces

I'm Dealing Aces
From the bottom of the deck
I'm Dealing Aces
And I ain't done yet
It's a family tradition
You can play on one condition...

You're gonna find out help don't come cheap
Like the cards say read 'em and weep
You pay the ante and you take your place
At the roulette wheel or you buy an ace

From the one man who can save the day
When you're in too deep and you can't pay
So now that I own you here's the play
If you're gonna deal with me
I'm Dealing Aces

I'm Dealing Aces
From the bottom of the deck
I'm Dealing Aces
And I ain't done yet
It's a family tradition
You can play on one condition...
Track Name: How Can We Believe
There is oil on the water
There is acid in the sky
There is poison in our bodies
And in our food supply
The forward march of progress
Has taken leave of sense
It offers no salvation
And gives no recompense

And where goes our love
In a world gone to the glove
How can we believe when...

There are liars in the churches
There are shysters in the mall
There are criminals in the court house
And we're heading for a fall
Our leaders they are fools
And they think we are the same
So they better look around now
Because we know who is to blame

And where goes our love
In a world gone to the glove
How can we believe (you)

There is a light house in the distance
And the foghorn warning sounds
There are monsters in the ocean
And they are quickly gaing ground
And those of you who do not know
How fast it all goes down
Will be shedding tears of outrage
Because we're revolultion bound
Track Name: Dagger Of The Mind
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutchthee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshall’st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools o’ the other senses,
Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,
Which was not so before. There’s no such thing:
It is the bloody business which informs
Thus to mine eyes. Now o’er the one halfworld
Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
The curtain’d sleep; witchcraft celebrates
Pale Hecate’s offerings, and wither’d murder,
Alarum’d by his sentinel, the wolf,
Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace.
With Tarquin’s ravishing strides, towards his design
Moves like a ghost. Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Thy very stones prate of my whereabout,
And take the present horror from the time,
Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives:
Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives.
Track Name: Galaxo Space Army / Universal Robot Mind
Space Spider landing on their haunches
Larger than the missile launchers
Wait until the humans cry...

Run to the light
Trust not the night
Dark is the end
Light is your friend

Don't go to sleep
They come in your sleep
The dreaming is deep
Wake up from your sleep

Shut all the windows
Lock all the doors
Turn off the lights
Crawl on all fours

Keep your back to the walls
Listen for the roars
Of spiders on the move
Put salt on the floors

Galaxo Space Army
Whoa oah oah
How ya gonna help us now?

Space Spider webs and spider venom
Galaxo bites the hands that feed 'em
When you hear the spiders wail....

Space Army...Galaxos at 12 o'clock high
The cities are in peril.
Giant webs have entangled the earth
Come in Space Army
Only you can save us now
From the Universal Robot Mind
That threatens to enslave us all!

Everyone's a robot robot robot
Everyone's a com dot com dot com dot
It's a world wide web wide web wide web
And it's all in your head your head your head

You gotta have an OS
To handle all the excess
You gotta have an address address address
'Cause there isn't any egress egress egress

Space spiders
And the universal robot mind

In the Universal Robot Mind
You never leave the past behind
Loved ones gone are never far
No matter how long and dead they are

In the Universal Robot Mind
You're never deaf you're never blind
You don't need your eyes to see
Your ears to hear or your mouth to speak

In the Universal Robot Mind
You're here with others of your kind
Without emotion fear or hate
Or love that never satiates

In the Universal Robot Mind
There is no want there is no crime
There is no fault there is no blame
There is no pride there is no shame
There is no wild there is no tame
There is no lose there is no game
There is no loss there is no fame
You have no face you have no name
We are one we're all the same
All The Same
All The Same

In the universal robot mind
So many things you will not find
No war disease no poverty
No wanton filth indecency
No churches no apostasy
No one's incompetency
Everyone will have a place
Everyone will have no face
In the univerasal robot mind
Track Name: Bad Alchemy
I was born an alembic in my hand
I have been to where the river turns to sand
I have seen the stars from way up high
There are times I think that I can fly
That's why they call it

Bad Alchemy
The call it bad bad bad bad alchemy

When you find that philosopher's stone
Don't try to tell it to your folks back home
They don't want to know just how you've grown
It's not like anything they've ever known
That's why they call it

Bad Alchemy
The call it bad bad bad bad alchemy

I will become the ever lasting eye
And I will go to where the ocean meets the sky
We can see the stars from overhead
But we're never gonna make any gold from lead
That's why they call it

Bad Alchemy
The call it bad bad bad bad alchemy
Track Name: Time Flies Away
Star light star bright
The first star we see tonight
Make a wish and we might
Be home by Christmastime

I wish I could feel so weightless and free
Airless Careless
Although I know that it never can be
Time flies away

Star light star bright
The first star on the right
Isn't she a pretty sight
A dance in pantomime

I could watch her all night long
Dancing to her silent song
On the globe where I belong
She is my space and time

I wish I could feel so weightless and free
Airless Careless
Although I know that it never can be
Time flies away
Track Name: The Future Is A Mess / Galaxo Space Army (reprise)
Don't you feed me bread and water
Don't you step all over my life
Don't you lead me to the slaughter
Don't you threaten me with a knife

What happens next is hard to tell
It's anybody's guess
The past is gone, the here is now
And the future is a mess

I don't believe in goblins
And I can see through your disguise
Don't you tell me I've got problems
You can't see through my eyes

What happens next is hard to tell
It's anybody's guess
The past is gone, the here is now
And here I must digress
The future is not writ in stone
Or in some ancient book
Track Name: To Kill The Kraken
The clouds were white. The wind was slight
The air was crisp and the fires bright
When they set sail to kill the kraken

The days were old. The nights were cold
Were all the young men brave and bold?

Some gave all for blood and honor
More took care by the rust red tide
Many fell and many stumbled
Onto the banks where luck abides

No one is rock. No one is a stone
No one knows when his days are done
No one stands alone

A storm was brewin'. The sea was stewin'
Waves were foaming and the day was gloaming
There was no chance they'd make it to shore

They set to bailing heavy water
With the night watch screaming, "Can't you see?"

"Can't you see Posiedon's daughters
Swimming on the bloody tide?"
With the kraken came the slaughter
From the hills to the waterside