Two Hands // Songs of Resistance

by Eric George

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1.
Two Hands 03:25
Two Hands Nobody believes the scientist Who's got bad news to tell But everybody believes the salesman Who's got something good to sell Nobody grieves for the ocean But for the city in the sea Lord I hear a sadness After the laughter leaves Singing what have you done You son of a gun You can't defend The live you spend The end is the beginning The beginning the end The bones of this young country Got a long ways to mend Through moments of hopelessness As the road bends You've got one hand to hold on The other one to lend Nobody needs to shoot the breeze Just checking their phones instead Reading about World War Three As we're laying in bed 'Cause when it feels like facts attack All the things that you thought you knew I guess it's easier to believe The things they'll promise you Singing what have you done You son of a gun You can't defend The live you spend The end is the beginning The beginning the end The bones of this young country Got a long ways to mend In every heart there burns a flame For the love of glory and the dread of shame But oh how happy we would be If we understood that There is no safety but in doing good You've got one hand to hold on The other one to lend
2.
Weight Of The Question I know what love is for I can't tell you bout it now But I feel it more every day Strange to revel in this feeling as The Devil's kicking down the door Cause love alone Can't bear the weight of the question If the answer's always more I love for the call My friends all sing each other's songs And try to feel it all every day We're digging up the bones Of feelings of old Digging down to the core Because love alone Can't bear the weight of the question If the answer's always more When you get the notion That the ocean can't hold All the love in your heart it's true Cause they're sweeping up the ocean bottom Like the leaves in the autumn And it ain't to make room for the love Of me and you I give thought to the loom Which to my woven soul is home But this body's on The only home I've known How strange to revel in a heaven never known As we're throwing what we've got out the door Cause love alone Can't bear the weight of the question If the answer's always more
3.
Water When You Wake Like a fortune forgot to be told Like the seasons changing breaking the stones Like a shotgun pointed at the kitchen door Everyone's just blaming their neighbors For the back door open and the dog got loose Chewed straight through the hangman's noose He could hear the hammer just knocking up the new house Cause somebody's gonna live alone like everybody else Even lightning bugs have a way to pray The doors are open for the children on a sunny day The map is backwards and the rooster crows any time The day is in the hands of a man's last dime What moves what moves the motion, we don't What news do you bring from the mountain Is this the world we dreamed? Is this the world we dreamed? Time will tell it through the songs of birds Like leaves rattle and roots spread words Pulling down the limbs trying to feed the ground Nobody's picking except to be the new sound It's an eclipse that's lasted too long A flower falling over 'cause it grew too tall And the stem cracked the grass felt the rainless break Grown so used to water when you wake Shoot the glass through the table Throw the apple through the arrow Empty the contents of your pillows Into rivers and try to sleep And redefine the finer things in life Who sows the clothes and who makes the knives Like lungs breathing air they can't take Grown so used to water when you wake What moves what moves the motion, we don't What news do you bring from the mountain Is this the world we dreamed? Is this the world we dreamed?
4.
Trouble Out Of My Field I'll tell you a story I'll tell it true It ain't so old And it ain't so new The priest told the sheriff Who told it to the judge The farmer she just will not budge Saying get your trouble out of my field Take your shovels and your big iron wheels Get your trouble out of my field The judge held his gavel Like a phallus to be sure He brought it down and now The town's at war The ones who sold They needed the dough And the ones who didn't Had nowhere to go Saying get your trouble out of my field Take your shovels and your big iron wheels Get your trouble out of my field And at the top, like it or not They're sailing in a brand new yacht With the money they made From a special kind of trade Where they take whatever they want And so my friends The problem is plain The politicians and the cops And the banks are the same It's like one big company store If we want our bread We gotta kick in the door And say get your trouble out of my field Take your shovels and your big iron wheels Get your trouble out of my field
5.
Room For More Hold on said the mouse to the cat Got a little more living to do It's true I've been living well Stealing cheese getting fat I suppose I just forgot about you When you don't see danger at your door You make room for more Don't shoot said the rich man to the thief Take what you want he said I'm only taking what I need And though he tried he never found out what was stolen Left him feeling cold let him thinking low When you don't see danger at your door You make room for more Maybe there's a moment before dying when You give it up, you give in Look out said the river to the city As it flows through the streets Some old crazy day everybody's gonna meet Rich man and the mouse, The cat and the thief Singing when you don't see danger at your door You make room for more
6.
Three Days Of Rain The pace of the town Like the face of the clown With his paint running down From three days of rain The path paved in the grove The signs say this way to ramble and rove But you can still buy dry clothes If there's three days of rain Will you let us in Depends on where you've been Will you let us in Depends on the color of your skin Because three days of rain Will bathe some while miles down the road The poor side of town will drown The pace of the change The pipeline laid in a day Displacing the embrace Of any real kind of change And all the while the falling rain is seen As something that will go out of style With a smile to explain Three days of rain Will you let us go Depends on the price of the soul Will you admit what you owe But that was all so long ago Because three days of rain Will bathe some while miles down the road The poor side of town will drown
7.
Gentrification Rag The coffee's better But you don't know your neighbor This old brew's got a mighty good flavor Hey bartender won't you fill my cup They're gonna kick out the riffraff And build it up Long gone the songs and the jokes This old town's outgrown its folks They never can tell when enough is enough They're gonna kick out the riffraff And build it up The streets are cleaner But the people are meaner Trying to make the fake grass look greener The landlord smiles and winks at the cop They're gonna kick out the riffraff And build it up (Chorus) The hotels are bigger But the homeless shiver The cop's finger lives Right on that trigger They figured out a way To make it to the top They're gonna kick out the riffraff And build it up Long gone the songs and the jokes This old town's outgrown its folks They never can tell when enough is enough They're gonna kick out the riffraff And build it up

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This album was made to provide a soundtrack for the decaying structures responsible for the endless violence against human beings and the planet.

Eric George: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Harmonica,
Fiddle, Mandolin, Drums (tracks 3, 5)
Dan Fancher: Drums (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7)
Monique Citro: Cello (track 6)
Megan Rice: Harmonies (track 2)

Production: Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Eric George, Mastered By Jer Coons

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released June 29, 2018

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Eric George Burlington, Vermont

Eric George is a Vermont-based songwriter, sound engineer, and performer of original music and poetry. One of the most prolific folk musicians of the Northeast music scene, he is intent upon maintaining the integrity of American folk music while taking a contemporary approach to songwriting. ... more

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