Dust Anyway

by Ten Spiders

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1.
She fights the bull it was never her intent to be the only woman in a world full of men beauty school would never quell the thoughts that raced within her head she had these dreams, she had to find out what they meant she fights the bull She fights the bull, she takes a pause but she’s not afraid to wave a little red to get her point across she guides the motion of the bull, she never thinks she’s boss a quick step to the side, or the risk becomes the loss, she fights the bull It’s a dance of beauty some say of shame but none of us will wonder if the two of them are brave born to be together on this longest of days so light may triumph over dark in a ritual display She fights the bull she clears her mind there’s been pain in the past, but she thinks, “Not this time”. since any day might be her last, she doesn’t look for signs but to die in the plaza des toros -- it would not be a crime, she fights the bull It’s a dance of beauty some say of shame but none of us will wonder if the two of them are brave born to be together on this longest of days so light may triumph over dark in a ritual display She fights the bull there’s a moment a joy time becomes suspended in the alchemist’s alloy the fluid of the moment flows to fill up every void she anticipates the message to become the envoy, she fights the bull She fights the bull, for remembering there’s only life or death when she steps into that ring and all the voices of the people blend into a song they sing: a chorus of fear for what the day might bring, she fights the bull It’s a dance of beauty some say of shame but none of us will wonder if the two of them are brave born to be together on this longest of days so light may triumph over dark in a ritual display It’s a dance of beauty some say of shame but none of us will wonder if the two of them are brave born to be together on this longest of days so light may triumph over dark in a ritual display
2.
Float 03:20
I am the man who makes every boat that leaves this town I build them to hold cargo to float on down the long flowing river to the cities by the sea every piece of wood's been shaped by me Another maiden voyage is at hand And when it leaves it won't come back again My brother guides the craft with the help of two or three A 13 days journey to the sea And every 2-bit castle with its men wave you ashore with every quay it costs a little more Unloading all the goods at the docks of grand Bordeaux Pockets filled with golden coins and so There remains a single task in the evening smog, the turning of my boat into logs. Another maiden voyage ends as planned with nothing left to do but walk home again It lightens my heart to see my only brother return a quiet celebration another fire burns Content to build each craft though Though it’s destruction must come anything of worth is surely a labor of love Another maiden voyage is at hand with nothing left to do but float down again
3.
Let’s get fat, it’s October Don’t be sad that summer’s over Harvest time, don’t say no, sir Time of reaping, I concur Candy fills a big white sack Race along a zig zag path Abundance swells, I can tell you feel well enough, go pell mell Let’s get fat, it’s November wine is flowing, why stay sober? A little excess at Thanksgiving thankful for the life we’re living The kitchen’s full of starch and fat we won’t shake a stick at that Abundance swells, I can tell you feel well enough, go pell mell Let’s get fat, it’s December Days of light I can’t remember Our butts get round, as time stands still the bell rings, let’s get our fill Soon the days will get longer Walk the fat off and get stronger Abundance swells, I can tell you feel well enough, go pell mell Abundance swells, I can tell you feel well enough, go pell mell Abundance swells, I can tell you feel well enough, go pell mell
4.
Right here, right now the rivers flow to the sea Right here, right now some are confined and some run free Though the present is full of loss The divide's not so wide we can't get across And the future may never come so why should you come undone Right here, right now Floodplains tell tales we cannot divine Right here, right now Weaving the fabric of geologic time Though the past may be full of pain The sun always shines after the rain And the future may never come so why should you come undone Right here, right now the rivers flow to the sea Right here, right now some are confined and some run free Though the present is full of loss The divide's not so wide we can't get across And the future may never come so why should you, why should you, why should you come undone
5.
I think you’re about to take a giant leap of faith You ask, “Why should it be any different today?” Life’s got its ups and downs, highs and lows, you know how it goes Surprise, round ev’ry bend, moves in time it’s a rollercoaster ride I think you’re about to take a giant leap of faith You ask, “Why should it be any different today?” I think you’re about to take a giant leap of faith You ask, “Why should it be any different today?” Appliance noises aligned? Full moon sky? I can’t tell you why Surprise, round ev’ry bend, moves in time, it’s a rollercoaster ride One day, a feeling flows, soon it’s all warm air and blue sky Surprise, round ev’ry bend, moves in time it’s a rollercoaster, it’s a rollercoaster, it’s a rollercoaster ride I think, you’re about to take a giant leap of faith You say, “I really do feel different today” I think, you’re about to take a giant leap of faith You say, “I really do feel different today” I feel different today Don’t it feel good? Don’t it feel good? Don’t it feel so good? So good? To be a little different today It’s just a rollercoaster ride of life, don’t worry I’m right here by your side It’s just a rollercoaster ride of life, don’t worry I’m right here by your side
6.
What’s the hurry? you’re gonna rush to the red light Ya gotta get to the store With a complete lack of polite You wish I’d play the next chord You run me off the road, run me outta town So wrapped up in your own head You never heard the sound Of the cry of common courtesy As it slowly sunk and drowned What's the hurry? It's a marathon just to stay ahead of the game you say what about the end of the day when peace of mind doesn't place You run me off the road, run me outta town So wrapped up in your own head You never heard the sound Of the cry of common courtesy As it slowly sunk and drowned In a hurry I'm gonna rush to the west side Escape the heart of your game behind the mountain I will hide three thousand miles away You run me off the road, run me outta town So wrapped up in your own head You never heard the sound Of the cry of common courtesy As it slowly sunk and drowned
7.
They tied the knot even though there would be war Freedom was worth sacrificing for But newlyweds deserve so much more They found a second-story one-bedroom flat That’s where she would stay until he got back When they’d move away and never be sad She’s hoping for their will to bend She’s waiting for the war to end To be with the one she loves again Downstairs they can hear the pacing of her feet As if the distance might carry her to meet The love that would fill her veins with heat Now the child at her feet is not her own And the time drags on but how this child has grown! Still the hope in heart has not flown She’s hoping for their will to bend She’s waiting for the war to end To be with the one she loves again Many years on, the child’s child is here And she staves off the aching ‘til they disappear With a drag on her cigarette and nothing to fear Nothing to fear because he never came back And she spent most of her life up there in that flat Thinking," Was freedom really worth all that?" She gave up hope their will would bend Now she’s waiting for her life to end To be with the one she loves again The child’s child stands at her hospital bed Noting how little had ever been said Of the life that she wanted but never was led Illness finally overtakes her Her mind and her body will not again stir But her love and her soul freely endure She gave up hope their will would bend She’s way beyond her life’s end She’s with the one she loves again She’s with the one she loves again She’s with the one she loves
8.
Nothingness 03:58
Living my life trapped in a mall Not feeling anything at all Where does this expression end? As nothingness fills up my head Drive everywhere I need to go Huge companies get all my dough They tell me it is to simplify The simple life I’ll never know Ate my lunch next to a busted TV Most refreshing thing that I have seen Guts spilled out as wires and board Lies on the screen shall burn no more Death and marriage find me in the realm Of faith in god and fear of hell Alter boys fidget and look so bored Pay up your money to receive the lord I do not mean to offend Words can get you when you let them I do not mean to offend Words can kill you in the end
9.
For a Song 02:52
Working each day in any old way giving it up for a song Making your way at the end of the day you're just giving it up for a song For a song, for a song Giving it up for a song For a song, for a song Giving it up for a song Get out and play, try giving away giving away with your all You might just look up and don't get shook up they might start to sing right along Sing along, sing along singing along with your song Sing along, sing along singing along with your song And if it has a good beat then you might move your feet shuffling around to the song And a partner you see just a shuffling like thee dancing around to this song To this song, to this song dancing around to this song To this song, to this song dancing around to this song Then one day we'll be dust anyway and all that remains are some songs Lying around in a vacuum surround Let's hope someone just comes along To hear our song, hear our songs echoes of what once belonged To hear our song, hear our songs echoes of what once belonged
10.
Don’t close your eyes to the truth And then ask why, you can’t do anything that you wanna do The answer is: because we’re here, too I’d like to think of you as someone who thinks of us We’re your community, do I have to make a fuss? So many people in the world we only want it to be just We’re everybody that’s why I'd like to think of you as someone Who thinks of us You worked so hard, you think it’s fine But open your heart to the consequence of your slice of pie Build your dream house while the children die I’d like to think of you as someone who thinks of us We’re your community, do I have to make a fuss? So many people in the world we only want it to be just We’re everybody that’s why I'd like to think of you as someone Who thinks of us I’d like to think of you as someone who thinks of us We’re your community, do I have to make a fuss? So many people in the world we only want it to be just We’re everybody that’s why I'd like to think of you as someone Who thinks of us I’d like to think of you, oh, how I’d like to think of you as someone Who thinks of us
11.
Rain 04:33
When the rain came I finally had something to say As if the blame were wholly on the sun to be laid As if the same could be said of the longest day I guess when the sky, pours out its heart I just like it better that way Liberation, from the rays that stubbornly lit My fascination, with the complexly infinite Jubilation, now’s the time to be deliberate I guess when the sky, pours out its heart Joy flows from that which was rigid I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready for the rain I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready for the rain When the rain comes I can’t see what you whine about As the green sums and leaves receive what they’ve gone without Don’t be so numb to the force of beauty and life all around I guess when the sky, pours out its heart I wanna welcome it with a joyous shout I wanna welcome it with a joyous shout I wanna welcome it with a joyous shout
12.
Everybody's good, everybody's fine Everybody's who they are all of the time Love 'em all the same as if they were your child Love can make the whole world break into a smile Forgive 'em when you can, or don't even feel hurt Most of us don't know when we're acting like a jerk Everybody's good, everybody's fine Everybody's who they are all of the time Some are working hard, some are standing still none of us can know what's coming over the hill Everybody's good, everybody's fine Everybody's who they are all of the time Some are doing good, some are acting bad Lettin' go's the best fun that I ever had Everybody's good, everybody's fine Everybody's who they are all of the time Love 'em all the same, as if they were your child Love can make the whole world break into a smile Forgive 'em when you can, or don't even feel hurt Most of us don't know when we're acting like a jerk Love us all the same, as if we were your child Love can make the whole world break into a smile
13.
There's laundry in the bathroom, and a big pile on the bedroom floor and more dirty clothes by the washer, as you're headed out the back door There's a general clutter, my friends say they don't notice anymore I think they're just saying that to be polite, just to be good sports You should see the jumble of equipment, when we're tired unloading in the morning light Like a terrible explosion all the pieces left to fall where they might We procrastinate making the bed 'til it's just about time to turn out the light There's papers everywhere needing some care Oh what a sight I once was told a story about a woman and her vacuum She never actually used it but kept it in the middle of the living room When friends come by she'd say she was just about to begin If cleanliness is next to godliness, I can't imagine the trouble we're in There's always a better way to spend my time, so my house is always a mess And my Mom thinks I'm so productive she offered to clean my house, I confess I considered taking her up on it even one time a month or less but she spends so much time cleaning her own home, we think she should rest This song wasn’t very hard to write I only had to look around to document the chaos and lament the things I wish I'd found If dust were on the open market and I could sell it by the pound Then I would be a millionaire and my dust would be World Renowned

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01 She Fights the Bull 3:51
02 Float 3:20
03 Shake a Stick 3:44
04 Right Here Right Now 4:14
05 Rollercoaster Ride 3:42
06 What’s the Hurry 4:13
07 Nothing to Fear 4:20
08 Nothingness 3:58
09 For a Song 2:52
10 We’re Everybody 3:41
11 Rain 4:33
12 Everybody’s Good 2:46
13 World Renowned 2:21

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Ten Spiders is based on the stolen land of the Multnomah and Chinook people, in what is today called Portland, Oregon.

Big thanks to Justin Phelps who recorded, engineered, and mastered this record bringing out the best in us along the way. We couldn’t have made this record without John Gannon, who recorded drums for 7 hours straight the first day we went in the studio. Any song you hear with him drumming on it is from that day. Thanks also to our guest stars Mary Sue Tobin, Michele McAffee, Heather Keller, Pat Bohan, Terran Inman, and again John Gannon (on the horns, too!). Bob and Rachel Harris and their friend, Gail and Robin Freidman, and Suzanne and Matt Dixon helped us tweak the final mixes and order the songs.

As we recorded these songs, the next version of Ten Spiders emerged. You can pretty much hear what that sounds like on Tracks 1, 3, 5, 11, and 12. We’re excited to see where we will go musically and literally with Harrison Games and Amos Hart! So grateful for them and the fun we have.

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©2019 Maria & Steven T. Cahill
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released October 22, 2019

All songs by Maria "Rossi" Cahill except “Float” and “For a Song” by Steven T. Cahill
Photos by Steven T. Cahill
Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Justin Phelps at The Hallowed Halls
Initial rough mixes by Perrin Xthona, Intern at The Hallowed Halls

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Ten Spiders Portland, Oregon

Ten Spiders was an acoustic trio in Philly and grew into a regional roots rock jam band in the late 90s and early 00s. Over a decade, they played over 800 gigs in 10 different states. They appeared live on community TV and radio, including in NYC.

Now located in Portland Oregon, they're entertain people along the West Coast.
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