Jump to a Song: BEGINNING/INTRODUCTION - DISNEYLAND - I LOVE YOU - AN EMPTY GLASS - G-D BLESS US ALL - A POLISH BULLFIGHT - GINGER - THE FIGHT AGAINST V.D. - PEW SONG #2 - A TRASHCAN FOR YOUR BRAIN - THE TELEPHONE IS RINGING - WHEN YOU SLEEP DO YOU HAVE DREAMS - Studio Notes


LIVE AT HARRY'S LOFT (2009)
Four Sides of Music by Ethan Persoff, http://www.ep.tc
Sides One and Two released March 15, 2009. Sides Three and Four forthcoming. Visit http://www.ep.tc/music.

LYRICS - SIDE ONE

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01 - Beginning / Introduction
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(static, click) "Radio Dot Com ..."

ANNOUNCER: "This presentation has been previously broadcast. This is your hour of the Inner Life on Relevant Radio. Thank you for joining us, everyone. Nice to have all of you to--" (click)

Lyric: SEE THE U.S.A., SEE THE U.S.A., SEE THE U.S.A., SEE THE U.S.A., SEE THE U.S.A...

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02 - Disneyland
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Sounds: Plate Crash, and Drums.

Loop: "Baby Don't Drop Out Baby Don't Drop Out Baby Don't Drop Out..."

Lyric: "Seems Like I've Been Loving You My Whole Life Through. But I never dared ... to dream you'd want me too. But tonight you whispered, 'You Cared' ... And it's more than I can bear. If this is just a dream. Then please don't wake me. Please don't wake me."

Lyric: "Tonight you took Mary to the dance.
Oh gee, I'd give just anything for that chance.."

--Carnival--

... "What if I should die tonight?"
... "Oh it wouldn't be a very great loss."

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03 - I Love You
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Announcer: "TIRED OF INTERIOR LATEX PAINT THAT DOESN'T LIVE UP TO ITS CLAIMS? HERE'S A PAINT THAT REALLY DOES COVER QUICKLY. REALLY DOES FLOW ON EASILY. AND REALLY DOES LET YOU CLEAN UP ROLLERS AND BRUSHES IN PLAIN WATER. IT'S LITTLE WONDER WE CALL IT WONDER TONES ..."WONDER TONES..."

Lyric: "Oooh ooh. I would. You'd like me too."

Medical Doctor: (Such explains) an individual with his life experience. And how he is able to manages things.

Other Medical Doctor: Thank you Doctor Kaufman. Now, Doctor Frader, when a person doesn't know...?

Lyric: "A love like ours. Could never die. As long as I have you near me. Bright are the stars that shine. Dark is the sky. I know this love of mine. Will never die. I love you.

Loud Ding Interruption:

Man #3: THAT'S A LIE. THAT'S NOT HIS CHILD!
Man #2: Shut up Shut up Shut Up. Shut up Shut up Shut Up. Shut up Shut up Shut Up. Shut up Shut up Shut Up.
Man #1: Children of locks with no bowties
Man #3: No, no, no.
Man #2: No?
Man #1: No. I said--
Man #2: Two Years Later. She presented me.
Man #1: ah ha!
Man #2: With a beautiful bouncing baby girl.
Man #1: Bouncing baby girl.
Man #2: And I know this.
Man #1: And you know that.
Man #3: That's a LIE.
Man #2: Don't tell me that.
Man #3: THAT'S NOT HIS CHILD.
Man #2: Shut up Shut up Shut Up. Shut up Shut up Shut Up. Shut up Shut Up. Shut up Shut up Shut Up.

(Animals)

Announcer: "NOW SAY YOU WANT TO INCORPORATE JUST SOME OF THE COPY POINTS ON THIS RECORD. BUT BASICALLY YOU WANT TO WRITE YOUR OWN COMMERCIAL. FOR A SPECIAL SALE OR SOMETHING. BUT IT'S STILL NEEDS A LITTLE SPARK."

"OKAY. (donkey bray) USE OUR THREE SELECTIONS OF BACKGROUND MUSIC FOR YOUR STATION ANNOUNCER TO READ OVER. EACH IS TIMED TO THIRTY SECONDS. AND EACH ONE USES A DIFFERENT TEMPO OR MOOD."

"THESE THREE MUSICAL SELECTIONS FOLLOW. REMEMBER: YOUR LOCAL STATION IS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP YOU WITH THE PRODUCTION OF YOUR COMMERCIALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ASK THEM. OR ASK US AT...
"

"MEANWHILE. GOOD SELLING ON THAT WONDERFUL MOBILE MEDIUM" (bzzt!) "RADIO."

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04 - An Empty Glass
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Intro: Polka moment, Ding. Train on tracks.

Lyric: "Close the door and pour the wine. Fill your glass but don't fill mine. Here's to you for the last time. Here's to me your sometime pastime. Honk. Here's to love."

"An Empty Glass. Feeling Low. But it will pass. Bzzt. With some coffee demitasse. Black and strong and very bitter. I can think of nothing fitter. For a lover second class."

"Deep inside I always knew. You were too good to be true. Still it rocked me to discover. You could kiss and run for cover. When I started wanting you. Nothing could have made it last."

"Say good bye and say it fast."

"Here's to you for the last time. Here's to me your sometime pastime. Here's to love. An Empty Glass. Here's to love. An Empty Glass."

Mrs Jones: "Stop that, stop that. Stop that"

Closing Lyric: "An Empty Glass...."

Mrs Jones: "But what's that to you?"

Salesman:
"Because Mrs Jones, you're never going to have to defrost a refrigerator again. I'm here to Prove that to you. At my own expense. Without one penny's cost or obligation. Now let's look at your refrigerator please"

God #3: "In the salesman walks. Plugs in his device..."

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Refrain: (If this is just a dream, then please don't wake me)
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05 - G-D BLESS US ALL
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God #1: "This is doctor Howard Brennis. President of the Council on Family Health with an accident prevention tip for your family. Late meal times can lead to accidents. Little children who are hungry are more likely to eat non-food items."

"FEED SMALL CHILDREN ON TIME."

Prayer chant: "Ga Ga God God God Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga ...... our soww sehhh lp nooooowwwww."

God #7: "EXCUSE ME FOR POINTING."

Prayer chant: "blah naw soooo-opt-opt"

God #7: "BUT IS THAT SPILLED MILK DRYING ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR." (disapproving thunder)

Prayer rests: "Who Brings the Mail."

God #7: "IT SHOULD BE WIPED UP BEFORE SOMEONE SLIPS AND HAS AN ACCIDENT."

Full prayer: "God Bless the postman.
Who brings the mail.
And 'bless the cow boys. Out on the trail.

"Bless the man who waves to me."

(whistle)

"When the train goes by.

Bless all the pilots
Riding in through the sky."

"Bless every space man.
On my T.V. set."

"And bless our service men.
Please don't forget."

"Bless the circus acrobats.
Never let them fall."

(acrobat falls on cement, screams from crowd)


"God bless the books I love."

Female witness: "I saw and If you don't get away from here I'm gonna yell my head off.

Irate man, to woman: "Well if that aint somethin. And your old man's gonna come home doped! A woman don't have the facts to know what their brains tell em about NOTHIN!!!!!"

"God Bless Us All."

End of Side One.


LYRICS - SIDE TWO:

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06 - A POLISH BULLFIGHT
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(groan sound)

Announcer:
"Ladies and Gentlemen.
We're on a motion picture sound stage with Barbra Streisand."

Director: "Scene Three, Take One."

(bed noises, porn set)

Barbra Streisand: "CHILDREN. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN EACH YEAR ARE BORN MENTALLY RETARDED. THEY'RE OFTEN QUITE HELPLESS. BUT WITH HELP WONDERFUL THINGS CAN HAPPEN. LIKE A LITTLE RETARDED BOY PUTTING ON HIS OWN HAT AND COAT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE--"

(glass break, music begins)

Lyric: "Oh dancing dream. Oh wild flower.
They sure can make you cry.
That kind of walk. That certain smile.
Designed for hungry eyes."

(pensive inhale)

"You say your heart will be broken.
Because you've got a heart of steel."

Man in bedroom: "Yeah babe, you'll do just fine..." (tears)

Lyric: "You used to live. Now you survive.
A child of dark affair.
Memories.
Of 'Daddy Please',
'Oh please don't touch me there.'
Now you use your body like a weapon.
Shot from the heart of steel.
But a heart too hard to be broken
Is a heart that's too hard to heal."

(clarinet)

"Til you find a love that's real. You'll carry a heart of steel."

COMEDIAN: "No sir, the word was Bull Fuck."

Lyric: Pain was too much.
Oh the fear and the shame
Of that dreaded touch.
Help this child under attack.
Well you're older now,
So you're fighting back.
Though you try to forget but you find you can't.

(guitar)

COMEDIAN: "Passionate Poland!"

"If you've never been to a Polish Bullfight, you're missing quite an event! Ever seen a Polish Bullfight? No. Did you ever seen a fairy dock? No, nurse."

(audience laughter)

"Anyway! We are playing for you now ladies and gentlemen, the soundtrack of The Polish Bullfight."

Lyric: Oh Dancing Dream.
Oh Wild Flower.
Come hear me if you can.
I've seen your shape.
I've engraved your name.
Right here upon my ass. (pants?)(hands?)

So I call your name, can you hear me. Give me a heart of steel. Because a heart too hard to be broken. Is a heart that's too hard to heal. So give me your heart of steel. I'll give you a love that's real.

Give you a love that's real.

C
losing scene:

Student #9: "Yes, uh, but what about pigeon holing?" (slang, with ranch)
Professor: "I'm not prepared to discuss ... pigeon ... holing."

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07 - GINGER
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Announcer: Ginger. Hand picked to work undercover.
Her weapon is her body.
She can cut you, kill you, or cure you.

Ginger:
"Relax. Just relax and tell me what you want."

Announcer: Ginger. She's got a new way of doing it.

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08 - THE FIGHT AGAINST V.D.
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Announcer: "This is one girl's story. But the danger to her life was also just as dangerous to the lives of the men she knew. And it's important to all of us. Because it's happening to boys and girls, men and women, throughout the country, every day."

(cue filmstrip)

Anne: "I knew Jim about a year and a half. He was supposed to be getting a divorce during that time to marry me. Meanwhile we were seeing each other quite a lot. Finally we began living together."

"There were lots of things I liked about Jim, including the way he kept himself so neat and clean. Then I heard he was running around with other girls. We broke up over that. And I moved out."

Announcer: "This is the story of a girl named Anne. Age 22. When she came to us here at the adult health bureau she had at least one thing in common with TENS of THOUSANDS of people across the COUNTRY. She had V.D. (thunder and monkeys) Venereal Disease." (mad laughing)

"Today V.D. can be cured by an easy (zap) painless treatment (torturous lab sounds) in any clinic or doctor's office (guns to head and screams). Yet this crippler and killer in on the rampage. That's why Anne's story has INTEREST for all of us."

(filmstrip ends)

Anne: "A little after I was on my own again I met Henry at a party, and I became his girl." (real soul music) "I guess I was hurt by Jim - you know, on the rebound. But I thought I could depend on Henry. He wasn't married and it looked like things might work out better this time. But we weren't even two weeks when I noticed the sore. It wasn't really big and it didn't hurt. But it worried me the same because of where it was."

"I figured I'd made another mistake. I mean Henry ran around worse than Jim. I was afraid to tell anyone what was wrong. I was even ashamed to go to a doctor because maybe he'd take me for a tramp or something..."

(Scene of cold 1950's doctors office, Anne slapped in face by physician.)

Anne: "Anyway, I didn't want him getting in touch with my folks. Or putting me in a hospital. But my friend Jenny saw how upset I was and got me to tell her about it."

Flashback #1:
"I DON'T USUALLY TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF IN A GUY'S APARTMENT. THE VERY FIRST TIME...."

Anne: "Jenny knew I could be treated in this ... clinic? nearby without anybody finding out ..."

Flashback concludes:
"SO IF YOU NOTICE ME TAKING OFF MY SHOES AND STOCKINGS ... I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND."

Anne: "And she told me she once had problems herself (pipes dripping) with Gonorrhea. She didn't do anything about it because she thought it was a simple infection. After a while it seemed to go away on it's own ... Then her baby was born ... with his eyes all inflamed ... so he nearly became blind.

"She learned about VD the hard way."


"Well the doctor told me I was in the early stages of syphilis..."

Anne: "I mean, look at my pussy, doctor."
Doctor: "Oh, I'm a doctor, look at that."
Anne: "Do you see how it's dripping?"

"He treated me just like an ordinary patient..."

Anne: "Doctor!"
Doctor: "Oh I'm stiff, and my nuts feel like they're goin' to ready to explode!"

Anne: "And the treatment was over almost before I knew it."
(editor's note: she was misdiagnosed!)

"I'm sure glad Jenny took me there. I'm ready to do anything I can to help people who don't know enough or are too scared to go in for treatment."

(cue filmstrip)

Announcer: "We're glad you're willing to help, Anne, but first let me tell you that you're wrong in blaming Henry for your sickness. It takes me than two weeks for the first signs of syphilis to appear. Sometimes as long as two months. Jim is the one who infected you." (sounds of audience reaction) "His personal neatness was no protection. You see no amount of CLEANLINESS CAN STOP V.D.

(Announcer rolls out visual display of props)

(Demonstrating) "You don't get the disease from dirty spoons, or dishes, or door knobs, that lots of people touch. You don't even get it from the toilets in public bathrooms. Syphilis and Gonorrhea can only be gotten through direct sexual contact."

(Becoming adamant) "It's important you tell me where Jim lives. He might have infected others by now. Also, you might have infected Henry. We'll have to get ahold of everyone who might need treatment. (cops drive up to Jim's house and shoot him) That's the only way we can prevent a large scale outbreak (zombies eating uninfected brains) and a lot of suffering later on.

(more props) Unfortunately, syphilis isn't just a simple matter of a sore or some hair falling out. That clears up. HONK. Which is really a bad thing. Since people who might have gone in for treatment think they're all right. But years later ... the disease comes back on them much worse."

(in a fatherly tone) "We have lots of cases on record where syphilis was ignored and the victims eventually suffered disfigurement, blindness, insanity, paralysis and even death."

(now your friend) "So people like you who come to talk to public health advisors like us do themselves and their friends and everybody else a very good turn. None of us wants that to happen. It's simply not worth it."

Conclusion:

Anne: "If you have any reason to suspect that you have V.D. don't delay. Go to your doctor or public health clinic now. Don't wait. Until it's too late.

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09 - PEW SONG #2
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(correspondence with Ix, see album notes)

Announcer: "This is a test. It's a test, it's a test. This is a test."

Computer: "John Lennon, Elvis Presley. Yes daddy-o. Come in, See Mohammed Ali!"

Scientist: Those words were spoken by an electronic digital computer which was programmed to simulate a speaking machine. The machine is fed punched cards containing the names of speech sounds. It combines them into intelligible speech. For example: When the speech sounds of the sentence, 'He Saw The Cat' are fed into the computer in sequence, it says..

Computer: "He Saw The Cat."

Scientist: To obtain natural phrasing, it is necessary to add timing information to the cards. Then the computer will say:

Computer: "He Saw The Cat."

Scientist: To Obtain Voice Inflection, It Is Necessary To Add Pitch Information, As Well. "He Saw The Cat." The Present Quality Of Speech Synthesized By The Machine Is Demonstrated In The Following Recitation And Song....

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10 - A TRASHCAN FOR YOUR BRAIN

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Receptionist: "Yes, ma'am. Just come in and the doctor can perform your abortion right away. Thank you for calling."

Doctor:
"Nurse, prepare the coat hanger."

Bookie: "Get your bets down ladies and gentlemen."

Singer: "She claimed, it was her woman's right. It was her body. That's what she said. But she forgot about your little life. She thought you'd be better dead."

Jesus Christ: Blasphemer!
Disciple: Traitor!
Disciple: Blasphemer!
Disciple: Who shit on my hand?
Disciple: Can you see who it is, father?
Jesus Christ: Not yet, my son....

Singer: "If only, you had your chance for them to hear your plea."

Baby: "Waaaaaa!!!!!!!!"

Singer: "But there was no stay of execution, and so, (POP! Drain of fluid....) you ceased to be. Baby I'll remember you. And the father will too."

"A trashcan for your brain. How can that be?"

"There's millions just like you, in the home of the free and the brave. Baby I'll remember you."

(Clucking Chicken Solo)

Singer: "How long until your blood's avenged? I know, child, it won't be long. You see the party's almost over now, and there comes another song. And this country that I hold so dear, has a greater debt to pay (sneezing) And we'll never meet the deficit for all the lives we've thrown away. Baby I'll remember you. And the father will too."

"A trashcan for your brain. How can that be?"

"There's millions just like you, in the home of the free and the brave."

"Baby I'll remember you."

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11 - THE TELEPHONE IS RINGING
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RING RING

(indecipherable)

RING RING


(indecipherable)

RING RING

Now. Pay attention.
To your buttocks and thighs.

RING RING

Tighten your buttocks and thighs.
Now relax, and feel the difference.

"Hello and Welcome."

RING RING

(indecipherable)

RING RING


(indecipherable)

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12 - WHEN YOU SLEEP DO YOU HAVE DREAMS
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When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams When you sleep, do you have dreams?

End.

 

STUDIO NOTES:

Mixed and Recorded from 2005-2009 at Harry's Loft, Austin TX.

Pre-Recorded: 78 records, two cassette tapes, three VHS recordings. a/m radio, live field recordings. Various TV. One 8-track tape.

In Studio: Seventeen broken plates and glass, Six Eggs, boiling teapot, block of wood, aluminum sheeting and a wind machine. Various wind-up gears. Other unaccredited items broken, scraped, dinged, wobbled and popped.

Electronic: Two Korg Synths, Vocoder, Vestax Mixer with Mackie Board, two Lexicon reverbs, Shure mic, Red Gakken theremin, Bumblebee shortwave, Malfunctioning Harmonizer, Five stacks of EQ equipment, two Technics 1200s. Borrowed guitar. Drum and toy instruments. Plastic clarinet. Warmed and colored with Sansui 5000 Amplifier. Recorded through analog cabling to CD-R. Edited with SoundStudio. No ProTools or GarageBand etc used. Many vocals with trusted Olympus DS-2.

"Disneyland" first presented as an acetate-pressed single, October 2007, see http://www.ep.tc/music/dsnylnd

Certain demo versions of "Beginning", "Disneyland", "I Love You" and "An Empty Glass" appeared on our myspace player from February-September, 2008. They differ widely from the final versions presented here.

"Pew Song #2" was produced through cassette tape correspondence with friend named Ix during 2006, each person equally contributing tracks to a four minute recording. Side Four of Harry's Loft will contain an additional section from this correspondence.

Side One Dedicated to Sara. Thank you - Ethan Persoff, March 09

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