It's Always Morning

by La Mano

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April, 1993, Accra, Ghana, at a disco called "Picadilly":
It's too early for crowds. Bob Marley comes on the sound system, and two or three Rastas take to the dance floor, in what appears to be something close to biblical rapture. We're stoned on the local weed, fish as out of water as we could possibly be, laughing a bit too loud. Someone convinces me to slip a cassette of my band to the DJ, and he plays it, intoning the word "Rock!" over every quarter note rest. The dance floor clears immediately. A few months later, I'm in Tábor, CZ, getting the band together again.

Lloyd, bass player from SF, agrees to drop everything and join me. Dalek, a crazy guy from the Ukraine who happens to be a passionate, conservatory-trained percussionist, joins up as drummer. For around 3 years we toured the four corners of Europe as La Mano. I could tell you stories, boy.

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released January 11, 1994

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Track Name: Cop
I'm a priest I'm a saviour
And I used to be a man
I'm swine
I'm a snake in the grass
And I used to be a man
I'm blind
Behind this badge
And I'm dangerous

I'm a fucking perfect
Cop

I'm deaf
And I'm dead
And I used to be a man
I'm dumb
And I'm paid
And I used to be a man
I'm blind
Behind this badge
And I'm dangerous

I'm a fucking perfect
Cop


I'm a fucking perfect
Cop
Track Name: Barefoot
Morning's gift a new color of ink
I scribbled little hearts so I wouldn't have to think
I was ten feet tall
Frankenstein is barefoot and it hurts him to walk

I'm blind and I'm naked and I'm stupid and I'll kill you, you
I'm sick and I'm lost and I wish I was dead give me respite
From these diseases

I will break out of this paper bag
I will break out of this jelly doughnut
If I can break out of this skin for a moment

I'm blind and I'm naked and I'm stupid and I'll kill you, you
I'm sick and I'm lost and I wish I was dead give me respite
From these diseases

Morning's gift a new color of ink
I scribbled little hearts so I wouldn't have to think
I was ten feet tall
Frankenstein is barefoot and it hurts him to walk
Track Name: Folk Song
When the sun came out this morning,
Little did it warm my bones
All the trees have started turning
And all the birds have flown

All the leaves are coming down now
And the fields are going brown
All the streets are quiet these days
And the curtains in the windows, drawn

I remember leaves stuck in your hair
And the hills we tumbled down
I remember splash and sunlight
And the way you looked around

It wasn't history we were making
Underneath the stars at night
The simple pleasure we were taking
God in heaven, how can that be denied?

We had some crazy, crazy ways
Crazy ways around the town
Now it's time to prepare for winter
And shut the summer down
You were free and easy baby
I was free and easy too
Now the breeze is blowing colder
And I'm afraid I won't see you

I suppose that's just the way things are
I wonder why I'm still wondering why
Why everything that lives
Will one day up and die

Let the wind blow through me now
Let my flesh be stripped from me
Let my soul be shaken down now
And let me freeze in my memories

We had some crazy, crazy --
--
Now it's time to prepare for winter
And shut the summer down
You were free and easy baby
I was free and easy too
Now the breeze is blowing colder
And I'm afraid I won't see you