Maritime Adventure

by Useless Grant

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Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Ananth Batni. October 2014 at Pretty Good Studios, Takoma Park, NW DC.

Artwork by Jasper Saah

Produced by Ananth Batni

Released and distributed by Uno Mas Records

credits

released October 16, 2014

Useless Grant is

Conor James - Guitar, Banjo, Vox
Jasper Saah - Bass, Violin, Banjo, Guitar, Shouting
Isaiah Silvers - Trombone, Melodica, Vox
Molly Beckett - Mandolin, Vox
Kalanzi Kajubi - Piano, Percussion, Vox
Marco Saah - Drums, Percussion

Featuring

Ananth Batni - Cello


Thanks to Dio Cramer, Ben Lickerman, Roseann and Jim Saah, Dani and Craig James, and anyone else who has helped us along the way.

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Track Name: Maritime Adventure
Hoist the anchor
Set sail from shore
There's nothing left here
For me anymore

When I rest, where will I be?
Two hundred miles beneath the sea

The day we left port your eyes were green
The sky was black and the sea in between
Whitecaps and rain flew over the sides
The sun did set and the waves did rise

And the only taste on my tongue

Was the salt of the sea and me
Come what may be
Water and sky eternally
Fierce, free life on the sea
On and on, come what may be

On Calypso's island I didn't stay long
My heart was left on the banks of the lee
I never heard the siren's song
Cause the only woman for me

Was the salt of the sea and me
Come what may be
Water and sky eternally
Fierce, free life on the sea
On and on, come what may be

I'd walk a thousand leagues for you
With an oar on my back and no shoes on my feet
You can't imagine what I would do
For another taste

Of the salt of the sea and me
Come what may be
Water and sky eternally
Fierce, free life on the sea
On and on, come what may be
Track Name: Rivers
well the clock keeps ticking and the days do pass
and we’re all a little older, but not much taller or bolder
there’s a rot in my gut, dunno if it’ll last
but i sure feel like shit, push it down don't let it sit

I’m sittin' on my bed, lying through these dog days
hoping for adventure, and seeking simple pleasure
cause its easier than thinking, just light it all ablaze
don't let the truth sink in, deny it like your sins


well there’s an otter in the sky
and there's a rat in my life
and we’re all sons of bitches
and anxiety’s our mistress

cause the road is long and hard
and the river leaves you scarred
cuts through all your rope
who knows how we can cope


and here’s to those bastards who've held on the whole way
don't know if you can last, they seem to drown real fast
once the ship gets a leak the captain rarely stays
maybe he’s waiting for a bullet, to rupture the wood

he was waiting to jump, maybe the crew never fit
but memories last forever, and the ropes weren't gonna sever
and we’re sitting here, floating on weak shit
but it saves us from the river, that drowns and delivers


well there’s an otter in the sky
and there's a rat in my mind
and we’re all sons of bitches
and anxiety’s our mistress

cause the road is long and hard
and the river leaves you scarred
cuts through all your rope
who knows how we can cope

who knows

how we

can cope
Track Name: Monsters
William was a Wolfman, he lived just right next door
he ate a hundred people and he didn't say what for
he howled at the moon for being just a bit too bright
you could see him looking in your window very late at night

Steven was a Swamp-Thing, he lived down by the creek
I saw him when I wen't a-walking every other week
he was an alright fellow, just a bit misunderstood
he didn't get many visitors down in his neck of the wood

Johnny was the Devil, he went to my school
now he walks the streets alone, eyes cold and cruel

Sally was a Sasquatch, she lived in my backyard
I told her all my problems when my life was getting hard

Vicky was a vampire, she came and stole my heart
she was only in it for my blood, and that tore me apart

Johnny was the Devil, he was a friend of mine
but I grew up, and he grew horns, and now he's doing time

Gary was a Goatman, he scared the life out of me
I thought I saw his eyes a-glowing behind every tree
I could feel his presence watching me on the ground where I would sleep
the fear I felt deep down inside made me start to weep.
Track Name: Tempest
I’m swimming through a sea of faces
Each is more changed than the last
And aren’t you amazed at how birds fly
As the sands blow further from the past

The ripples expand
Distorting as the drift
As they form smiles
Contorting with the winds

The one Sparrow’s truth
Rings in my ears
So I drown it in daffodils
And cry tears for fears

A cannon sounds the end of those days
Filled with scrapes and sticks and stones
Make way for anxiety and money
These delusions of time travel shake my bones

Maybe time travel is what we need
But all it does is create wormholes
Benny boy had it right of course
But I left those thoughts back with the coals

Maybe this way I can fuck up on my own
Only now the carousel horses won't catch me
I am the princess and the knight too
The red one knew people can’t be free

The Devil’s in rose pajamas
He’s serenading me with hopes and lies
Because not all dogs go to heaven
And every living thing dies
Track Name: Oubliette
Well the king he is a dancing at the end of the hall
And if I join him I'll get stuck inside a crystal ball
So I try to keep my distance at the end of the line
And I know that in the mornin', I'll feel just fine

Oh yeah,
My mind is melting again
Oh yeah
My mind is melting again

The gang’s all here, Beowulf and Grendel
Eatin' split pea soup cooked by Gregor Mendel
Calvin's out back giving lessons to Hobbes
But they're both philosophers and neither's a snob

So yeah
I get along with my friends
Oh yeah
I get along with my friends

Oubliettes a fancy word for throw away and forget
and now I'm all alone smoking fake cigarettes
Dungeon master is a bastard but he treats me well
Cause he holds the only key to the gates of hell
I've been driving through the doldrums for a number of years
Just another lethargarian who speaks through his ears
And I know I'm not the only one who still plays the game
My thoughts and my reality are one and the same

Oh yeah
It's time to pretend
Oh yeah
It's always time to pretend

“You only have what you remember” that was what you said
And now a thousand memories are leaking out of my head
Sit and stare for hours at the mirror on the wall
Just to find that it's a painting not a mirror at all

My mind is melting, what can I do
My mind is melting and I'm feeling blue
My mind is melting what can I do
My mind is melting and I'm feeling blue

Oh yeah,
This is the end
Oh yeah,
This is the end

I can remember how it looked just not the way that it felt
And I think that that's the part that makes my mind melt

Oh yeah,
My mind is melting again
Oh yeah
My mind is melting again