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Sagewood

by So Soaked

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1.
Everywhere I look It’s greed and desperation (greed and desperation) The true morality of this dumb nation It ain’t red or blue, black or white Educated or not It should be wrong against right You eat and feed Way beyond your means (beyond your means) Pile it high till it blocks the sun outta the sky Taking favors like a table for two When there's plenty of room at the bar for you Everywhere I look (everywhere I look) It’s greed and desperation (greed and desperation) The true morality of this dumb nation It ain’t red or blue, black or white Educated or not It should be wrong against right Parodies and satire? Well, go on with those antics (semantics) Sure evil loses to win Isn’t it so romantic? (aww) Boxed up regrets To avoid another disaster (whoa) Stopped placing bets With the mystery of their canned laughter (ha-ha-ha-ha) Thirsty for a chance To say, “everything’s gonna be okay” yay! This emptiness is a wagon Left in the night and not in the day Clutching fists for a positive light To invest in a new hope Passions underwhelmed And choked up from the folk Break Pause *coughing* Everywhere I look (everywhere I look) It’s greed and desperation (greed and desperation) The true duality Of this fucked up nation It ain’t red or blue, black or white We shouldn’t have to be wrong Just so y’all can be right, well.. You’ll scrape for scraps After the next big collapse (collapsed by scraps) There ain’t no praise after the guillotine’s raised Your acclamation for the woes in the air Will find you guilty of encouraged despair, now Everywhere I look It’s greed and desperation (x8) Everywhere I look I’m greeting desperation (x2) Everywhere I look I’m green with desperation
2.
Holding back with what I wish to express Cryptic is layered, sidesteps to confess How to convey redundant dismay Financial pressures Nope, I’m not a beggar Do you ever fall for doubt way too fast Close calling terrors You don’t want ‘em to last Testing the trust, affection is rushed Emotional addiction Story is nonfiction Looking behind My shoulder of devotion Will it dine and ditch past my pitch OR DO WE CALL IT QUITS?! This hot heart of gold turns people cold Burning up ambition Empathy condition You aim to spy on lives that don’t satisfy That bougie clout, how will this play out? Enchanting discord Neglect what wasn’t spoken Certainty and apathy Have you ever had dreams that linger on Longer than they should Past the break of dawn? Then the next night, you can’t help but weep That awful feeling in the spot you sleep Ooooo Oooooo Lean in real hard Through the turbulent drifts Amounts to mistrust Truths that’s stacked to convince Placed in the void, trending annoyed There was a secret and you couldn’t keep it Holding back with what I wish to express Cryptic suggested to shirk off the stress Adrift and astray, afraid and betrayed Writing you this letter Addressed return to sender Ooooo Oooooo Return to sender Your bids to cry, absent decades go aside That bougie clout, how did this play out? Chanting voices Misbehaving choices Certainty...
3.
No formula to generalize Harvest the tricks that spark decline Courage to cope the tragedy Doom and fright hits this family Spirits keep secrets in keepsakes Can’t rest to grieve or have a wake And I’ll never have to worry about Losing you or losing me And I’ll never have to live without The fear of losing you to the sea And I’ll never have to worry about Losing you over losing me And I’ll never have fear left out Thinking how you set yourself free That’s no way to leave [x3] Coastal wind chimes made a tangled crown When the shooting stars fell to the ground We’ll mourn the moon and count the stars We’ll mourn the moon and count the stars We’ll mourn the moon and count those stars Remedies to restore Nostalgic moments Bittersweet Uncared-for Our lonely dim souls wander shores Shortfalls of embraced reverence
4.
Most efforts that I make End up being more mistakes But I’m finding my own personal stride I may stumble from the gate I know my arrows will fly straight I buckle up and enjoy the ride All that I have brung Builds a ladder rung To get me where I think I belong Fate is due to hindsight’s perspective And time is more a concept subjective Though time is what brings about clarity Despite the space This visage of your face Pulls me up when I start drifting down (ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya) Separated we may be This place is hauntingly Giving me weird sentimentality (ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya) WHOOOAAAAAA All that we will bring Are choruses to sing In the songs we write so genuinely HA HA HA Once we reach that “fateful” elation We’ll know it’s of our own creation Because all that we need is the time That it takes to provide The purest transparent quality of being Most efforts that I make End up being more mistakes And I’m learning that they all end up fine (ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya) SHABAM!
5.
H.A H.A H.A Demand excellence I’ll be damned if I don’t submit So many settle In the first stage Can’t push the cage H.A H.A H.A H.A BASS! H.A H.A H.A H.A Bleating perseverance I’ll be damned with The incoherence So many rattle In the first stage Can’t push the cage H.A H.A H.A H.A Recant the relevance We’ll be damned if We become hypocrites So many ramble In the first stage Set to stay in the cage H.A
6.
As I peer out my window At the people walking As the wind blows They’re exposed In their new clothes When we do go outside Everybody’s face tries to abide It’s implied, we’re denied A change in the season, it’s the reason To get out from behind our own minds The ocean sirens call to us A temptation so superfluous It’s treasonous, but what’s the fuss? Pinning for an Autumn breeze Golden leaves fall from These sacred trees Well it seems so serene We crave a change of season Ain’t it pleasin’? To get out from behind our own minds When feelings cease — We know they may They’ll lose the peace — The selfish way We want this — They want it too A vow that — This won’t come true They want this — We want it too A love that — All can pursue We wanted — And they wanted A change that we know is due As I peer out my window All the people walking as the wind blows The status quo left to limbo When times do get better All the people gonna want to get together How’s the weather? Ain’t it clever? Perceive a change of season in our region Let’s get out from behind our own minds All for all and one for one We want this — This love for all All for all — And one for one We want this — This love for all All for all — And one for one We want this — This love for all All for all — And one for one We want this — This love for all All for all — And one for one We want this — This love for all All for all — And one for one We want this — This love for all
7.
Dangerous deserter Thatch headed devil Distraction Better than it may sound Eyes truly averted Masked–high–heel turn on Not fashion Worse than it may sound Tropical tropes Palm tree panic news In the globe Tropical tropes Palm tree panic blues In the globe Waltz on water Sugar on ice Deflecting for lust Defecting for love Collecting the dust The socially Awkward heroes crushed Concepts by a builder Shrugging off a god Word is bond Carnage conducting Heartless maturing Karma is stalling The darkness is storming, oh-ohh Nothing but bad apples Spoiled to the touch Abuse is hushed Better than it may sound Worse than you know it sounds Tropical tropes Palm tree panic news In the globe Tropical Tropes Palm tree panic blues In the globe Waltz on water Sugar on ice Waltz on water Sugar on ice Waltz on water Sugar on ice Waltz on water Sugar on ice How is this paradise?
8.
Peaks of kindness tempting hate Arch the spineless for a deeper escape Reunion to relate or abrogate? Miss being that safe place You called home base Fabricated treasures Trivial pursuits too good to ignore Altercations clash meager skills Good-for-nothing Bullshit, ill at ease Novelty Novelty Flip them floating bird grins Please don’t excuse the french This buried hatchet burns at both ends HAS BEEN! Reconciled pasts permeate With the ones who choose to expiate Quite enough to appear relieved They’ve all gone absent Left without leave Novelty Novelty Novelty (x3) Bullshit, ill at ease Let’s cut each other some slack Can we pretend? Oo-la-la — Oo-la-la (x3) That safe place You called home base Let’s speak with no drawbacks Can we amend? Oo-la-la — Oo-la-la (x3) Bullshit, ill at ease Let’s retreat attitudes Skewed in the feud What safe place You called home base?
9.
Through all the thunder of life’s navigation They’ll tackle any turbulation Tales spin in the northwest Confess to the leaf on her chest Marvelous admiration Turns away temptations He wants to forgive everything He wants to give her the world He wants to shake off what’s lost Lost, they’ll fade to the coast and wait He wants to be a constant worth saving No one gets left behind, out of the blue But if they do They’ll have to always remember you He knows that she will never fail To provide a greater press of sail Chasing a new floatation Following relocation So, the distance grows fond of tall telltales Soaking in the plights Left beyond the reach of the vale She wants to sacrifice everything She works to give them the world She wants the love to revive Revived sides rush, support collides She wants to be a constant in this life Countenance divine invested in delights Responsive, fend off conflicts Shine on as a beacon searchlight They can’t give you anything They could never give you the world They can make it and survive Survive, no lies, there’s no surprise They want a partner in their long lost lives, oh They’re gonna be a constant
10.
Shawna: “What are you going to wish?” Dusty: “I’m going… high up there!” My grandfather once told me, “son (ooooooOOOOOOO) Life is for the living ones And death can be so unforgiving (ooooooOOOOOOO) We gotta learn to live it and forgive them” Buried success Milestones sink into lore Concerned with content? Strive daily, be wary for more White lightning drink Bourbon pours for the weak Sage wisdom thrives While we’re alive living meek Dusty: “That’s what they taught me to do.” Mother Dearest: HA HA HA HA HA My friend’s father once told me, “son (ooooooOOOOOOO) Be proud for what your good heart’s won Impressions from the loss and sadness (ooooooOOOOOOO) The healing frees you to live and accept less” Grams: “You guys are so silly! This is Kenny drinking beer... after a few of ‘em” Gramps: “There’s the 10 most wanted guys” Uncle Curt: “Yup.. HA-HA-HA-HA” Grams: “Old man tired?” Shawna: HA HEH HEH HA HEH HA HA Shawna: Well, uh… lemme get me, too Grams: “Can you wave?” Shawna: “Get me, too.” Gramps: “Don’t be selfish.” Gramps: “Can you wave at me, Dusty?” My stunt father once told me, “son (ooooooOOOOOOO) We may fumble but we’re not alone Beached waves harness hues of grief’s defeat (ooooooOOOOOOO) Compete, an ace, lose sight, that’s love No gravestone suite” As I gently age Into my shadow below A fair share of pain Giving in, emotions will grow Bless be the beasts And the children they sow Feasts for the fools To tip their cups for the show Dusty: “Um…” Dusty: “Uncle Kenny, so far you only got one…” Uncle Kenny: “I only have one? Well... thank you, Dusty.” Dusty: “Yup!” Dusty: “Oh… and it’s my mom.” Shawna: “No wonder!” Mother Dearest: “Hi… ok.” Dadski: “He likes music… When I brought him home, I had the radio on... and he’s sitting there rocking back and forth and trying to snap his fingers and stuff.” My own father once told me, “son Treat them as if they already are And they’ll become what they want to emit (ooooooOOOOOOO) Conceive, believe, goodwill Home run, kid” My grandfather once told me, “son Life is for the living ones And death can be so unforgiving Gotta learn to live it and not forget them” (ooooooOOOOOOO) Dusty: “Welp… my picture’s not working?” Grams: “It isn’t? Why?” Dusty: “Well, buh-bye”
11.
Come high tide Can you picture the forest through the trees Slumbering themes Good things come to forgotten black sheep On the fence With gifts of reckless commonsense Piece of cake Clueless to the methods of madness we view Well begun Is half done Dive in the deep end Foundations fabricated Have now grown far outdated Rebuilt from held on fragments Despite the absence Ships have sailed Through thick and thin Oh, honey, can you swim? Under the bridge Breeding contempt for posterity Oh my dear Let’s conquer All of OUR FEARS Potions were formed broken Slogans and omens stolen The faults can’t be proven Amnesia wasn’t chosen Right as rain Heady cloud silver lining leaks down the drain To lift up the crowd Stealing someone else’s thunder out loud Knock on wood Let the sleeping dog days of summer die Tongue-in-cheek Barking after the hook in the eye Cut the chase Live and learn until you lose the grace Seeking advice Before Dawn’s darkest encore Noble crimes Riddled in a whisper Scripted dead Written in the winter Oh my dear They’ve found dread Trapped in your breath Foundations fabricated Have now grown far outdated Rebuilt from held on fragments Despite the absence Potions were formed broken Slogans and omens stolen The faults can’t be proven Amnesia Left hidden and scarred

about

Sagewood is about adjusting focus on the pursuit of good efforts that helps release us from the past and prepares us to arrive in a better future. This music is best listened to when under or around wet conditions. Immerse yourself in water with the sounds made by So Soaked.

Lyrics:
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Greed and desperation goes past the pitch by losing worries over concepts subjective and the harmonic actions in our own minds form tropical tropes of burnt hatchets being a constant before the forgiving living ones become eulogies on the marquee.

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“Greed and Desperation” by So Soaked is about how capitalism keeps pushing the human condition to grow selfishly in the excess of privilege without the consideration for others. The blatant systemic inequalities dividing our world continues to degrade the effort needed to resolve the issues from a selfless position. Pull up a seat at the bar next time you’re alone and feel free to sing along.

“Past My Pitch” by So Soaked is about the current state of relationships intertwined with technology and how we all continue to pitch a false reality of ourselves to the apathetic eyes that like to spy and meddle online. We often feel an obligation to humor the frauds that will never show the same attention and empathetic efforts in return. Wake up from the clout chasing fever dream and end engagements with the ones who feign interest for false connections. When was the last time you made an effort to reach out?

“Losing Worries” by So Soaked was written in honor of DUSTWEST’s mother who unexpectedly passed away early November 2019. Her voice can be heard at the beginning and ending of the song. It’s a song about coping with grief and accepting the sudden loss of someone you always worried about losing.

“Concepts Subjective” by So Soaked is about being okay with where you are and not focusing on where you aren't. We need to recognize that everyone experiences things differently and our opinions aren’t always received from a welcomed perspective. Be happy with being you in this moment and let go of the things out of your control.

“Harmonic Actions” by So Soaked is about the comfort zone we are all accustomed to and we choose to avoid the little effort it takes for our ideas and desires to come to full fruition. We all have the ability to exceed our potential and expectations, but most of us are too uncomfortable to laugh at ourselves if we try and fail. Put purpose behind your attempts and always try to do your best!

“Our Own Minds” by So Soaked is about the inner peace that comes through accepting change and the desire for all of us to find a love that lasts through all the weather of the seasons.

“Tropical Tropes” by So Soaked is about climate change and how the people in power, despite it literally saving us from mass extinctions, work against any meaningful action to remove us from this dystopia future. Get your sugar on the rim before the water levels rise.

“A Burnt Hatchet” by So Soaked is about the trivial divide that keeps our grudges burning inside and how they prevent us from burying the hatchet to move on. Put that burnt hatchet in the ground!

“Be a Constant” by So Soaked is a tribute to the television series Lost — especially the love/relationship between Desmond and Penny. The main message behind the song is the importance of wanting people you can rely on, but realizing you’re the only person who can make a difference in the world around you. Will you try to be someone’s constant?

“Forgiving Living Ones” by So Soaked uses a collection of audio clips from DUSTWEST’s family tapes recorded during the 1980s, 1990s, and even some from the 2000s. The song was inspired by advice and words of wisdom adapted from his family and other people he looked up to over the years. It’s important that we give an effort to forgive ourselves and others while we’re still living. Don’t be selfish — share.

“Eulogies on the Marquee” by So Soaked is about accepting mortality through the use of idioms and how we all have life lessons to learn and share before the last curtain call. Remember to be true to your moral compass and always strive to be a good human.

credits

released January 21, 2021

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So Soaked 💦
Bourbon Weather [ bourbonweatherproductions.bandcamp.com ]
DUSTWEST [ dustwest.bandcamp.com ]

Written, Recorded, and Produced by So Soaked
Edward Norwood and Dustin Erickson

EDWARD 💦 Vocals, Electric Bass, Fretless Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Slide Guitar, Acoustic Banjo, Electric Banjo, QChord, Whistle, and Keys. Percussion: Cajon, Cabasa, Shaker, Snaps, and Claps.

DUSTIN 💦 Vocals, Drums, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Bass, Keys, Melodica, Glockenspiel, Kazoo, Harmonica, Boatswain Whistle, Native American Flute, Violin, Kalimba, and Wind Chimes. Percussion: Maracas, Tambourine, Triangle, Claves, Cowbell, Snaps, and Claps.

Additional Vocals by
Todd Brabander, Stuart Tranter, Malinda Buckles, Asa Wardle, Vida Wang, Bridget O'Brien, Carly Taylor, Jason Paris

Mixed and Mastered by
Jason Paris - soundcloud.com/parisinstereo

Album Design by
Dustin Erickson

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