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Beyond the Safe and Sound

by Bay Station

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Money in the bank only goes so far when we take it out it’s going to leave a scar Keep your eyes on what it’s all about What to do when the lights go out Fill a bag with beans and rice Let your cat chase away the mice cast around for a different route What to do when the lights go out Quell your panic walk don’t run Don’t listen to the men who live by the gun Read your list through and through When the lights go out | you’ll know what to do The tanks are full there’s water to drink There’s a box of matches by the sink There’s no room for any more doubt What to do when the lights go out In the dark and feeling lost All your usual signals crossed Lessons learned were for right now No space in the car | for a sacred cow The coffee’s ground and the drag is packed The lies ran out and left the fact You felt your way around the house What to do when the lights go out Sirens wail and buildings burn / Leaders fail and children learn The blind will see / the dumb will shout We’ll all be there / when the lights go out
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103 Degrees 04:43
We drove all day past the trees and lakes Out across the salt flats where everything bakes 103 degrees, that kind of heat will bring you to your knees Got to keep on, got to keep on No surrender driving till dawn I’ve got your back you’ve got the sun right in your face Spinning wheels through time and space The sun grows strong the days stretch long Rolling down the highway to get to the next song The canyon’s deep and the walls are sheer Something you said rings in my ear The waves of heat the blur of trees Time passes by too quickly for us to see Things aren’t always what they seem where we’re going to, to the desert to dream The land won’t care, it will always be there When the highway crumbles dissolves into the air 103 degrees, hat kind of heat will bring you to your knees Got to keep on/got to keep on, no surrender….
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Enough 03:48
A minute each day, don't wait, it goes away so fast A second each minute, has so much in it, if you look close enough Enough, enough An avocado, a potato, a good glass of red A stone floor, an open door, a soft and firm bed Enough, enough Take the dirt road, turn left at the stars Water in the car, oh here we are Enough, enough That sound of the door is so familiar, creak and whine/ wind blowing in, warm sun on skin feels so fine Enough, enough strings some truth is plenty of proof, why ask for more? pick and strum, whistle and hum, four on the floor Take the dirt road, turn left at the stars We’ve come so far, oh here we are Enough, enough
4.
The King Tides were out Pulled back from the rising sea Leaving patterns in the sand We’re puzzling to understand All the red flags come to attention At half mast on high ground All the things I don’t want to mention Beyond the safe and sound Our feet sunk down with each step Still we made it back to the shore Blue skies say we’re all ok Underneath there’s something more All the red flags come to attention At half mast on high ground All the things I don’t want to mention Beyond the safe and sound Headlines calling out our crimes (our crimes) Scandals’ wasting all our time (our time) People standing in line just trying to get home Tossing and turning through the night We leave on the porch light. Here’s hoping that we’ll be alright On our island in the sun All the red flags come to attention At half mast on high ground All the things I don’t want to mention Beyond the safe and sound All the red flags come to attention At half mast on high ground All the things I don’t want to mention Beyond the safe and sound
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Count your blessings and feed the cat, wear a funny face mask Waking up is where it’s at, everything adds up to now Today not tomorrow, this minute not tonight A brand new day to make things all right Grab your hat hold on tight Everything adds up to now Winding road, a running cow, limbs that bend, those that bow Follow the river, following the Tao Everything adds up to now Unprecedented In the meantime And nothing will ever be the same With all you know all that came before The broken vows the slammed door Turn around and say it anyhow Everything adds up to now missing buttons loose shoelace Ruby kinglet a moment of grace Turn around let me see your face Everything adds up to now Everything adds up to now

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released April 9, 2021

All songs Deborah Crooks & Kwame Copeland (ASCAP) except Masked Marauders by Deborah Crooks, Kwame Copeland and Karen Hildebrand.

Kwame Copeland, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica
Deborah Crooks, vocals
Steve Waters, backing vocals and electric guitar
Mike Stevens, drums and percussion
Ben Bernstein, bass

Recorded at K2 Studios, Alameda, CA, Petting Zoo Studio, Oakland and Lost Monkey, Ashford, CT

Mixed by Mike Stevens at Lost Monkey Studio, Ashford, CT
Mastered by Ben Bernstein at Petting Zoo, Oakland, CA

Produced by Kwame Copeland and Deborah Crooks

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Bay Station finds Kwame Copeland and Deborah Crooks combining their talents with several musical friends to create a diverse form of Americana.
"Bay Station delivers its own unique style, incorporating the best parts of Americana, Alt-Country, and just plain good storytelling." — Bob Leggett LA Music Critic
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