Overview & Credits


Uncle Steve's feast for the soul of Canajun gospel classics.


Musicians

vox, guitar, percussion - Steve McPhail
drums, keys, strings - Andrew Beddoes
bass - Dave Campbell
backup vox - Ahava Shira, Kaia Mitchell, Debbi Neher

Production

engineered by - Andrew Beddoes
recorded at - Monks's Music, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
mastered by Dan Rudick
mastered at - JacknLefty's Multimedia Services
JacknLefty@saltspring.com
photos - Geoffrey Butcher (cover & tray insert) & Stephen McPhail (insert)
grafx (CD face) - Dagny Sellorin
artwork - Keith Ryan
manufactured at - Accudub Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
produced by - Derek Stephen McPhail
a Beer Weazl Production
published by - Float Street Music, Silver City, NM, U.S.A.
EdTeja@gilanet.com
all songs ©2007 D. S. McPhail - SOCAN

Me & Buddy

lyric & music by Stephen McPhail

Me & Buddy, driving downtown
Following directions to the 'lost & found'...
Somewhere there's a party...
Somewhere there's a party where we'll do our part...
Somewhere there's a party...
To satisfy the hunger & the thirst of the heart...
To satisfy the hunger...
To satisfy the hunger & the thirst of the heart...
To satisfy the hunger...

Me & Buddy, driving all around
Reading the signs, listening for the sound...
Somewhere there's a party
Its ready to start...
We just can't find it
Even where to park...
Me & Buddy, got it all figured out

The babes are waiting, feast's laid out...
Somewhere there's a party
Where we'll do our part...
To satisfy the hunger
& The thirst of the heart...

The Abyss

lyric by Stephen McPhail
music by Aaron Bewza

Driving downtown
Cruising a desert highway...
Tumble weed homeless
Curled up on the sidewalk...
Strip malls & billboards
Like cactus & sagebrush...
Far as the mountains
Along the horizon...

Desert highway...
Sun going down...
Desert highway...
Lunar eclipse...
Desert highway...
I'm going down..
That highway...
Into the night...

Trying to avoid
Armadillo roadkill...
Honking at buzzards
Circling overhead...
Coyote dj
Howling ads & news bites...
Bug music droning
In between...

Stalking a jaguar
Who's stalking me...
Weaving through canyons
Of concrete & steel...
Wind devil in the alley
Blowing garbage about...
Chopper ghost rider
Giving a traffic report...

This Gift

lyric by Ralph Blum & Stephen McPhail
music by Stephen McPhail

We are true partners
Though separate & whole...
Without losing ourselves
We've reached our goal...

The winds of heaven
Dance between me & you...
This gift of freedom
Divine is the view...

This gift of grace
Source of all giving...
On this path with heart
In this song we're singing...

On this day of sharing
There's no reason to cry...
As we gaze at each other
Through each other's eye...

The winds of heaven
Dance between me & you...
This gift of freedom
Divine is the view...

This gift of grace
Source of all giving...
On this path with heart
In this song we're singing...

Raccoons

lyric by Stephen McPhail
music by Jay Poyser & Stephen McPhail

Raccoons dancing in the attic...
Squirrels chatting in the eaves...
Rats gambling in the basement...
Roaches' parties are a peeve...
Not my pets...

Raccoons...
Raccoons in the attic...
Raccoons...
Raccoons in the attic...

Weazls drinking at the bar...
Bears singing rock opera...
Wolves preaching at the door...
Crows circling overhead...
Creeped out, you bet...

Raccoons...
Raccoons in the attic...
Raccoons...
Raccoons in the attic...

Alligator playing slide guitar...
Shark chewing on harp...
Monkey banging on the bongos...
Human bean on bass...
Cd's on the net...

Businessman's Lunch

lyric & music by Stephen McPhail

Pick up the phone...
Please, be my guest...
Make a reservation...
At the place you think best...
I've got a hunch...
You've got an appetite...
A businessman's lunch...
Would be just about right...

Hustling our butts...
Hacking through the jungle...
Wading through shit...
While the critics watch us stumble...

We owe it to ourselves...
Take off the afternoon...
Spend the time together...
It better be soon...
A businessman's lunch...

It's only just a hunch...
A businessman's lunch...
Could use a nice munch...

Talk to me, walk with me...
Tell me its time...
At mid-day...
See the sun shine...
I've got a hunch...
You've got an appetite...
A businessman's lunch...
Would be just about right...

The Body of Grief

lyric by Diana Hayes
music by Stephen McPhail

Body of grief has no shame...
Body of grief tears back the sheets
Lays her weight on your chest...
Body of grief knows no limits...
Takes a bite out of your heart...
Is all fingers & teeth...
Body of grief always tells the truth...
Won't let you sleep for weeks...
Body of grief, takes your breath away...
Speaks from the gut
In low persistent groans...

Body of grief is a five o'clock shadow
Makes your chin raw with kissing...
Body of grief walks in your boots
Licks your toes...
Body of grief gets in your jeans...
Won't leave you alone,
Follows you home...
Takes up the whole bed,
Sleeps with her head on your thigh...
Fucks you in your dreams...
Fucks you...

Body of grief rocks you on the dance floor...
Pours another drink,
Body of grief puts her tongue in your ear
Sweats in your eye, stings...
Body of grief has no shame...
Licks your tears, drinks your eyes...
Leads you to water...
Makes you crazy with life again...
Makes you crazy...
Makes you crazy with life...

Subterranean Charm

lyric by Mark Easton & Stephen McPhail
music by Stephen McPhail

Why did you cross that
Roomfull of people
Just to flirt with me...
Could it be my cheesy
Toothpaste grin
Supposed to hide the beast...
Or, piles of cash
I got stashed away
In my filthy walk-in closet?...

Racked my brain
Drove me insane
Sent me to the funny farm...
I may be dense
Only thing makes sense
Is my subterranean charm...

Why did my heart melt
Into chicken soup
As my tongue tied sailor knots...
Could it be yr wild
Hurricane hair
Yr stylish sensible shoes...
Or, falling into
Yr twinkly eyes
As you danced into my life?...

Racked my brain
Till it caused me pain
Why you woke up in my arms...
In my defense
Only thing makes sense
Is yr subterranean charm...

Come On

lyric by Ann Lindberg & Stephen McPhail
music by Stephen McPhail

Here you come again...
Down the street towards me...
Baby, you are so fine...
Wind dancing in yr hair...
Sun smiling on yr face...
Want to make you mine...

Come on, baby,
Come on, baby, let's talk...
Come on, baby...
Walk with me...

Just looking at you...
Drives me crazy...
Baby, you are so fine...
Like rumbling surf...
Rolling up the beach...
Making you mine...

Come on, baby...
Come on, baby, let's rock...
Come on, baby...
Roll on over me...

Yr one in a million...
My girl/guy for life...
Baby, you are so fine...
When yr smiling at me...
Birds sing in the sky...
I'm glad yr mine...

Come on, baby...
Come on, baby, let's twist...
Come on, baby...
Shake all over this...

Refugee Highway

lyric by stephen mcphail
music by eduardo teja & stephen mcphail

Dreaming of a dream
Of shelter from the storming...
Sturdy grove of trees
Birds chirping in the morning...

Shut out the horror
Exploding nightmare overhead...
Sudden blasts of gunfire
Newborn orphans in their bed...

Refugee highway...

Widows flee with other strangers
Survivors take what can be carried...
Avoid the soldiers, bribe the smugglers
Homes & belongings now all buried...

Searching for this night to end
Leaning weary to the light of day...
Seems half the world is struggling
Down this refugee highway...

Coconuts

lyric & music by stephen mcphail

Till all sad songs are sung
Clowns all laugh till we're free...
Birds freeze from fear of flying
Fish forget how to swim in the sea...

Put yrself to it...
Yr heart & yr soul...
Till coconuts fall off the tree...

Till soldiers are all wreathed in glory
Terrorists have all sold their story...
Politicians all live up to their press
Homeless have all become homey...

hen you put yr arms around me
Dancing a torrid fandango...
Cherish the moment of bliss in a kiss
& Wild monkey love all a tango...

Deed to Paradise

lyric by ann lindberg & stephen mcphail
music by eduardo teja & stephen mcphail

With you I had everything
Sharing the deed to paradise...
Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh
Through the power of love...
We were blessed ones,
Sharing the deed to paradise...

Think I know what love is
Love has given me strength...
Think I know what love is
Love has given me hope...
Think I know what love is
The deed to paradise...

Played a trick on my self
Losing the deed to paradise...
Tempted by forbidden fruit
Squandered our precious love...
Losing my faith, naked & ashamed,
Losing the deed to paradise...

I received my just reward
Finding the deed to paradise...
Taught me I was not alone
Forgiving others, I forgave myself...
We are blessed ones,
Finding the deed to paradise...

Here I Am

lyric by Ann Lindberg & Stephen McPhail
music by Stephen McPhail

Here I am, waiting for an answer...
Far away, but, so close...
Give me fire, you give attraction...
Give me love, ohhh...
Here I am... Here I am...

What will life show us, riding the moonlight...
Holding each other close...
Wind in yr hair...
Eyes shining bright...
Holding me tight...
Feeling yr love...

There you are, light of my life...
Far away, but, so close...
Time together, I'm so happy...
Life is strange, wohhh...
There you are... There you are...

Hugging yr pillow, riding the moonlight...
Holding each other close...
Wind in yr face...
Kisses I've sent...
Holding you tight...
Feeling yr love...

Here I am, waiting for an answer...
Far away, but, so close...
Give me fire, you give attraction...
Give me love, ohhh...
Here I am... Here I am...

Tiny Stars

lyric by Ann Lindberg & Stephen McPhail
music by Stephen McPhail

Tiny stars shining bright
Time for me to say good night...
Close my eyes & snuggle tight
Wishing you sweet dreams tonight...

Flying high over the sky
I'm not timid, i'm not shy...
Other kids play on the ground
Forgetting that the earth is round...

Tiny stars shining bright
Time for me to say good night...
Close your eyes & snuggle tight
Wishing you sweet dreams tonight...

I am warm & feel so cozy
A little tired & kind of dozy...
Sleep is now taking me over
Like a cloud drifting closer...

Tiny stars shining bright
Time for me to say good night...
Close my eyes & snuggle tight
Wishing you sweet dreams tonight...

Sailor's Valentine

lyric & music by stephen mcphail

Punchdrunk fighter
numb to the pounding...
This ship careens from wave to the next...
Walking dead crew stagger their watch...
Convinced of our doom
the captain's been hexed...

Grinding their teeth
& cracking their knuckles...
Banshees weep & wail...
Cannibal combers
chew 'round the edges...
What's left of our tattered sail...

Might say it's just a mirage...
Delusion of the sleep deprived...
Rapture that comes diving too deep...
Or, I'm just simply out of my mind...

My compass rose
through dangerous seas...
Sailor's valentine...
My only abiding destination
Sailor's valentine...

Up in the rigging, happy as pie...
Dancing with frozen fingers & feet...
Safe in my heart, the memory of you...
Food for my soul, all that I need...

Might say it's just a mirage...
Delusion of the sleep deprived...
Rapture that comes diving too deep...
Or, I'm just simply out of my mind...

Anyway, you want to look at it...
Makes me feel just fine...
The joy just thinking of you...
My sailor's valentine...

My morning star in a clearing sky...
Sailor's valentine...
My only abiding destination
Sailor's valentine...

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