Drop the Bone

by David Gans

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Yes, and life and song have endless variation
So we embrace the possibilities
The groove is what we all create together
With sympathetic synchronicity
Yes, and what we seek is not just entertainment
And what we make is not just rock’n’roll
We’re teaming up for spiritu’l entrainment
To fortify the body and the soul Life is a jam
We live to jam
Our music is a soul collaboration
We sing and dance
At every chance
It’s a righteous conflagration
Of concerted inspiration
Our collective intuition
Brings our wishes to fruition Jamming is a leap into the future
Uncertainty is not a thing to fear
Yes, and when the music’s playing us
No one has to steer the bus
We’re Magellan, Captain Cook, and Marco Polo
What’s next is not a jam – it’s just a solo Yes, and we don’t know where we’re going til we get there
And we don’t know how it ends until it ends
We do our greatest work when we’re not thinking
And no one can remember what played when
‘Cause what we seek is not just entertainment
And what we make is not just rock’n’roll
We’re teaming up for spiritu’l entrainment
To fortify the body and the soul Life is a jam
We jam to live
Our music is a soul collaboration
We sing and dance
At every chance
It’s a righteous conflagration
Of concerted inspiration
Our collective intuition
Brings our wishes to fruition Jamming is a leap into the future
Uncertainty is not a thing to fear
Yes, and when the music’s playing us
No one has to steer the bus
Now, depending on my mood and random factors
We’ll groove, or jam, or segue, or just end.
2.
Be Like Earl 02:53
Earl Crabb was a brilliant man
 A gentle man, and generous
 His Rolodex was heavy
 And his attic was voluminous
 He had a million tales to tell
 And every one was true 
I’m a better man for knowing him 
And a better friend to you Earl Crabb was an easy man 
A laughing man, and sociable 
To stand before his camera
 Was to be well viewed and notable
 He had a million friends, you know 
And every one was real
 A friend of Earl’s is a friend of mine
 That’s just the way I feel Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm 
And practice random kindness all the time
 Treat our customers like neighbors 
Not the other way around 
A little more “Share this planet” 
And a little less “Stand your ground.”
 This world will be a better place
 For every boy and girl 
If we all do our best to be like Earl Earl Crabb was a software man
 When very few were doin’ it
 He made the world a better place
 Enhancing and improvin’ it
 I know I’m not the only one 
Who's benefited thus
 So I’m making it my mission
 To pass on his gifts to us Let’s ignore the dominant paradigm
 And practice random kindness all the time
 Treat our customers like neighbors
 Not the other way around
 A little more “Share this planet”
 And a little less “Stand your ground.” 
This world will be a better place 
For every boy and girl
 If we all do our best to be like Ear l
I will do my very best to be as kind as Earl
3.
Gilman and I-80, I was driving my car Fifty-seven minutes, hadn’t gotten too far Everybody’s headin’ for the beach or the lake A concert or a ballgame or a naked parade It’s summer by the bay, summer by the bay Traffic is a hassle every inch of the way In every direction, every time of the day It’s summer by the bay, summer by the bay Haight and Buena Vista, I was ridin’ my bike Along come Mister Mellow with a strain that I like Annie in the intersection walkin’ her dog I turned around and everyone was lost in the fog It’s summer by the bay, summer by the bay The afternoons are colder than the evenings, they say Be sure to dress in layers and you’ll be okay It’s summer by the bay, summer by the bay Gentrified in Jingletown, sweatin’ the rent Too much month remaining when the money is spent I’m sittin’ here in limbo ’til I make it big I told my dog to drop the bone and find us a gig It’s summer by the bay, summer by the bay I can’t afford to move out and I can’t afford to stay There ain’t no place on Earth I’d rather live anyway It’s summer by the bay, summer by the bay
4.
Cruisin’ down the boulevard of smoke and dreams
Tryin’ not to worry ’bout what it means
It’s not as trivial as it might seem
C’mon down to the river and drown Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown Jonathan’s home life wasn’t too nice
Trapped in a prison of unsound advice
He heard the river callin’ and he didn’t think twice Mary and Elizabeth pitchin’ a tent
A day at the river is a day well spent
They need a miracle to pay their rent
Goin’ down to the river and drown Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown Long tall Sally strummin’ her guitar
She’s got a new tattoo of a moon and a star
Week after next she’s got a gig in a bar Julie took a wrong turn right out of school
Seventeen years in the bed of a fool
Now she’s at the river and everything’s cool Benny’s makin’ big bucks riding the boom
Pushin’ them dot-coms from dawn til doom
Tonight he’ll dance by the light of the shroom
Goin’ down to the river and drown Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown Louie takes a bong hit and lets it fly
Ravin’ like The Raven that the end is nigh
He’s been on this rant since Pigpen died
Goin’ down to the river and drown Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown A day at the river is a dream well dreamed
It can do wonders for your self-esteem
You don’t need a coupon to get redeemed I could go on talkin’ but I’m starting to bore
Next time I see you I will tell you some more
Just remember what a metaphor is for
When you go down to the river and drown Let’s go down to the river and drown
Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ in this old town
Get out on the highway and follow that sound
Come on down to the river and drown
5.
6.
Your Movie 04:18
He spends his whole work day unmanned and unnerved Goes out every night for the fun he deserves Nine times out of ten he is way overserved And then he begins to declaim Of conspiracies, “fake news,” and blame And I say… I don't want to be in your movie today It's a role I'm not prepared to play Don't want to be in your movie today Coyote, there is just no comprehending These metaphors you're trying to put in play And when I start to feel my patience ending That's when I know it's time to step away You run with these preposterous assumptions Demanding I believe it ‘cause you say But I prefer to trust my higher functions And focus on reality today I don't want to be in your movie today It's a role I'm not prepared to play Don't want to be in your movie today Your natterings evince no introspection I find that there’s no reason in your rhyme And standing here reflecting your projections Is not the way I choose to spend my time I don't want to be in your movie today It's a role I'm not prepared to play Don't want to be in your movie today
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Box of Rain 07:53
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credits

released November 29, 2017

Produced by David Gans and Jeremy Goody
“Your Movie” and “Quarter to Five (for Tina Loney)” produced by Jim LeBrecht/Berkeley Sound Artists

Recorded at Megasonic Sound, Oakland CA
Additional recording for “Your Movie” at Berkeley Sound Artists
“Quarter to Five (for Tina Loney)” recorded at home, produced at Berkeley Sound Artists

(most) Vocal arrangements by Joshua Raoul Brody
Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder CO

Cover painting by Vi©kisa | vickisa.com
Package Design: Michael Zipkin | Lucid Design


Special thanks:
Rita Hurault, Ringo and ‘Oli
Tom Baggott, Cara Baggott, and Steven Contreras, Hoplite Music
Ann Blonston, Festivalink

Indiegogo contributors, Facebook followers, word-of-mouth spreaders, fellow musicians (especially all the great players I jam with from coast to coast!), house concert hosts, festival producers, club owners and talent buyers and managers and bar staff and sound people and light people. Especially sound people! People who play my stuff on the radio: thank you!! People who buy my records and books!

Radio: Rich Mahan, Rich Mahan Promotions
Publicity: Rachel Anne, LAC, Inc.

Don McCallister
Rumpke Mountain Boys, Jen French, Jason “Huck” Huckaby, Mike Hornsby, Jason Bram
Erin Scholze, Dreamspider Publicity
Rick Turner and Mario DeSio for making the wonderful guitars I play in the studio and on the road
Blair Jackson, Sandy Choron, Bob Miller
Gary Lambert, Andrew Brass, Ari Fink
Chris Seefried, for suggesting “Your Movie”
Dave Glasser
Brian Hahne, Stew Weis; Stuart Steinhardt and Sandy Sonnenfelt

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