Still a Real World

by Joanne Rand

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Internationally acclaimed violinist JENNY SHEINMAN is featured on Rand’s new CD. Other instrumentation includes: piano, guitars, percussion, harmonium, synth, electric guitars & Rand’s inimitable voice. Mixed and mastered by STEPHEN HART (David Bowie, Stevie Ray Vaughn, White Stripes, Santana), these songs are an entertaining slice out of the life of every man and woman, from Greyhound Rapture (written on a bus in the heart of the Bible Belt) to John Walter (Rand’s Grandfather born 1890) to Fall of the Kiowa (a tale of the American West). Rand digs deep to express truths both personal and universal with passion, humor, grace, irony and uncompromising honesty. The songs are snapshots of humanity: our potential and foibles. Through it all Rand remains hopeful and “Captivated with the human race.”

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released 13 July 2014

© & P Joanne Rand, Homefire Productions, BMI
Produced by Joanne Rand and Stephen Hart
Recorded by Piet Dalmolen (Universal Balance Studio, Arcata, CA)
and Tim Gray (Myrtletown Records, Eureka, CA)
Mixed and mastered by Stephen Hart ( except Track #5, #10, #11 mixed by Piet Dalmolen, Track #12 produced & mixed by Mike Zaneski) Additional overall mixing and mastering by Piet Dalmolen.
All songs written and arranged by Joanne Rand, except #11 by Sandy Denny (Universal Music Group)
Cover Photo taken by Michele AnneLouise Cohen in Ft Worden Bunkers, Pt. Townsend, WA.
Graphics by Homefire Productions

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“A fixture of the Northern California folk scene, Rand’s life, activism & art are woven seamlessly together. A celebrated musician, composer & teacher. From stripped-down folk songs to lush, textured rock arrangements, she makes consistently engaging, perceptive, universal music.”-SFStation.com 2012. Touring nationally for 25 years, Rand is currently releasing 13th CD of original songs. ... more

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Track Name: Visualize Your Way In
Visualize Your Way In

Visualize your way in
Only way you can begin
From the look in your eyes I can see that it's time
You began to revise your look on life
Come on, sister, begin.

Visualize your way in
Only way you can begin
Don't sit on a dock for a boat that never comes
Come pack up your bags and have some fun
Improve yourself, my friend

Visualize your way in
Only way you can begin
Don't let the bullies tell you there is somewhere you can't go
You can do anything you want, you know
Even this snail can climb my window

Don't let the world make you afraid
Take your personality on parade

It's just you and the people and they want to hear
What you have to share with them, my dear
Don't let the bullies tell you there is somewhere you can't go
You can do anything you want, you know
Don't sit on a dock for a boat that never comes
Come pack up your bags and have some fun

Don't let the world make you afraid
Take your personality on parade
Track Name: Mr. Einstein
Mr. Einstein

Hey, Mr. Einstin
You have granted my deepest wish
With a flick of your wrist
Time does not exist
To the lightwave and me
There is no future no past
Only present
If I can just hold fast

I am a light wave and I shine
Thanks to you, Mr. Einstein
I am a light wave and I shine

Then along comes Quantum Physics
With similar wild ideas
Amazed Feinman says, "It's impossible"
Shocked Bonne says, "Most improbable"
Only in this rhyme can I exist out of time

I am a light wave and I shine
Thanks to you, Mr. Einstein
I am a light wave and I shine
Track Name: Real World
Real World

Still a real world here
In mists rising among these old trees
Still a real world here
In roots pushing to break through the streets
Still a real world here
In plates shifting and rattling bone
Still a real world here
In storms rising and wiping out homes

Seems this world is heating up
Beating out of synch
I won't go speeding up
I'll slow it down I think

Still a real world here
Outside the mesh net of fiber optics
Still a real world here
Away from the blue glow of my computer screen
Still a real world here
In the 20 second interval between satellites passing
Still a real world here
Between the commercials and the motormouth mashing

Seems this world is heating up
Spinning on the brink
I won't go speeding up
I'll slow it down I think

Still a real world
In a river so green my mind can unwind
Still a real world
In the silence between the car engine's whine
Still a real world here
Ocean's thrashing and frothing with life
My body Your body wielding the knife

Seems this world is heating up
Quicker than you think
I won't go speeding up
I'll slow it down I think

Still a real world here
Though insidious shackles are sucking us dry
Still a real world here
Gotta fight the good fight it's a good day to die
Still a real world here
Real people, let's push through the cracks
Old Magic is echoing back

Real magic, old magic, root magic coming back
Real magic, old magic, root magic coming down the track
Still a real world here
Still a real world here
Track Name: Greyhound Rapture
Greyhound Rapture

Today's the day the world's supposed to end
How many days like this one have their been
'Nother rapture 'nother mile guess I'll count them in a while
The day I meet my maker and friend

Thought I'd ride the Greyhound bus to my old home
Disillusioned and footloose I roam
Characters in every seat, I'd like for you to meet
So sit back and I'll bring 'em on.

Lucy, she's a wild one one, can't you see
Floor length sable coat across her knee
Applies her eyes with practiced hands, but her eyeballs dance
You can see the whites around them litterally
She wounded, she's hounded by fear
She'll do anything to make her past disappear

OUT ON THE GREYHOUND, HALFWAY TO NOWHERE
THE RAPTURE ARRIVES
WE'RE A SHIP FULL OF FOOLS AND ONE LITTLE DRIVER DRIVES
AND THE BUSINESS OF LIFE THRIVES

Olga carries carpet bags galore
Lugging dresses that she once wore
She's fussy and sweet to everyone she meets,
But if you don't watch out she'll park at your front door

Here's a guy who really reads his bible
He sits right next to me
For five hours straight he never lifts his face
And he's filling the pages with pink highlight phrases

Pale young couple, Nora and Rex
Nervously sitting in horn-rimmed specs
Artsy-fartsy, almost avante-garde
But life's been hard on their self-respect

OUT ON THE GREYHOUND, HALFWAY TO NOWHERE
THE RAPTURE ARRIVES
WE'RE A SHIP FULL OF FOOLS AND ONE LITTLE DRIVER DRIVES
AND THE BUSINESS OF LIFE THRIVES

And the driver says:
If you're caught smoking
Or drinking booze
Your seat you'll lose

Here's a tall, imposing, elder man
Tribal cheif. Uncle Dan
Scarlet jogging suit and dread-locked hair
And a crown crocheted by his lady friend
This man could be president, he's humble and fair
This man could help us all out of here

OUT ON THE GREYHOUND, HALFWAY TO NOWHERE
THE RAPTURE ARRIVES
WE'RE A SHIP FULL OF FOOLS AND ONE LITTLE DRIVER DRIVES
EACH OF US HOPING ONE SIMPLE PILGRIM SURVIVES
AND THE BUSINESS OF LIFE THRIVES

And the driver says:
If I can hear you
Then you're too loud
So keep it down

At the city station
I swim through bodies
Midnight-colored hooded eyes
I see my sister
She too afraid to step outside
She's hiding in her car
Jesus people!
How we gonna find the Rapture
If this is all we are.

The USA is a strange place
I'm captivated by my human race
I cannot disclaim this land I am from
Or underestimate how far we've come
Track Name: Fall of the Kiowa
Fall of the Kiowa

They came to kill the Kiowa
To kill the spirit of the Kiowa
And it won't be long before they're gone themselves
They laid waste the Buffalo
To kill the spirit of the Buffalo
And it won't be long before they're gone themselves
General Sheridan what shall we do?
This vicious slaughter was started by you
He said: "Let them kill, skin & sell those hides
No longer will the mighty Kiowa ride"

They came to kill the Kiowa
To kill the spirit of the Kiowa
And it won't be long before they're gone themselves
They laid waste the Buffalo
30 million head of Buffalo
And it won't be long before they waste their own head
"Extermination!" he said
"Extermination is the only way
We can drive these savages
From where they hide
No longer will the mighty Kiowa ride"

All they wanted was to live in peace
Palo Verde Canyon in the chinaberry trees
1874 in the Moon the Yellow Leaves
Comanche, Cheyenne & Kiowa
The last heard of the buffalo
A thousand ponies
And a forest of teepees
Sheridan and his Blue Coats came
Bearing down upon them on the plain
And the white man's god rewarded him again
The white man's god rewarded him

I want no part of a society
Where they slaughter people just for being free
And it won't be long before it's you and me
I want no part pf a society
Where they slaughter people just for being free
And it won't be long before it's you and me my friend
No it won't be long before "Turnkey Tyranny"*
It won't be long before it's you and me.

"Turnkey Tyranny"* was a term coined by Edward Snowden
Track Name: John Walter
JOHN WALTER by Joanne Rand, Oct. 24, 2013

Standing in front of that Cross beamed Porch
Looking like a prize
Holding his WWI hat
By his side
I know he was a good man
By the prayer he left behind
“May the world thrive.”

Could have been his consequences,
Could have been his cane
Always placing judgement
And he never took the blame
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who’s the most self-righteous man of all
But I know he was a good man
Just the same

JOHN WALTER, …CAN YOU HELP ME SORT THINGS OUT
I AM STANDING IN A WORLD UNLIKE THE ONE YOU KNEW
JOHN WALTER, I'M STILL HERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO

I was 12 years old when JOHN bought me
My first guitar
Must have noticed I had stars
In my eyes
That old Gibson, she wound up
Smashed to smithereens
‘Cause my first man, was pretty
Who could be ...pretty mean.

John used to quote a poem to me
About a sailor in the dark
“I am the master of my fate,” quoth he
“I am captain of my ark”
Do you think it's true? Are we each alone
with a rudder and a sail?
Master of our destiny
and a wind that dare not fail

JOHN WALTER, …CAN YOU HELP ME SORT THINGS OUT
I AM STANDING IN A WORLD UNLIKE THE ONE YOU KNEW
JOHN WALTER, I'M STILL HERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO

John used to quote a poem to me
About a sailor in the dark
“I am the master of my fate,”
“I am captain of my ark”
Do you think it's true? Are we each alone
with a rudder and a sail?
Master of our destiny
and a wind that dare not fail
Am I the captain of my fate?
Is it too late?

JOHN WALTER, …CAN YOU HELP ME SORT THINGS OUT
I AM STANDING IN A WORLD UNLIKE THE ONE YOU KNEW
JOHN WALTER, I'M STILL HERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO
HEY GRANDPA, CAN YOU HELP ME SORT THINGS
I'M TRYING TO MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD NEW
I'M TRYING TO STEER THIS OLD SHIP
REACH DOWN AND TOUCH ME WON'T YOU?

CAN YOU HELP ME SORT THINGS OUT?
CAN YOU HELP ME SORT THINGS OUT?
Track Name: Baby Loves Me
BABY LOVES ME

I thought my baby loved me but he don't
He just thinks
I want attention
Maybe I do
Just a little
How about you
Don't you want some?

I thought my baby loved me but he don't
He just thinks
I want a handout
Just like those ducks
At our picnic
He'll eat his lunch
Then toss a

I JUST KEEP ON KEEPING ON
I'LL BE OK
YOU CAN'T STOP MY RAMBLING HEART
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY

Where would I be without my loving dad
He's the one that I turn to
When life's a bust
We go to Wendy's
Sit in his truck
And shoot the breeze

Where would I be without my loving dad
You can have all those macho men
My dad's a man I believe in
He's the right stuff for me

WE'LL KEEP ON KEEPING ON
WE'LL BE OK
YOU CAN'T STOP OUR RAMBLING HEARTS
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY:
SEIZE THE DAY
Track Name: All I Got to Say
ALL I GOT TO SAY

Ocean reinvents itself every day
People of the earth got to pray
Don't get caught
Don't get bought
We might get over this or not

Ocean reinvents itself every day
People of the earth got to pray
Don't go manic
Don't panic don't stew
How 'bout you, how do you do?

KEEPING YOUR HEAD OPEN
OPEN AND GROWING
KEEPING YOUR HEART OPEN
OPEN AND FLOWING
I am a human being, you are a human being
Empathy in our DNA
That is how we've survived two million years on Earth
Living together in this way
Living together in this way

Ocean reinvents itself every day
People of the earth got to pray
Life on Earth could be cockroaches someday
Hey, the eductaion's in the journey they say

I am an organism just like you
We could be just a phase that's passing through
I want to live, I want to give, that's true
But. hey, what can I do

KEEPING MY HEAD OPEN
OPEN AND GROWING
KEEPING MY HEART OPEN
OPEN AND FLOWING
I am a human being, you are a human being
Empathy in our DNA
That is how we've survived two million years on Earth
Living together in this way
Living together in this way

I want to live, I want to leave something wild and free
For my child to see
I want to live, I want to leave something wild and free
For my grandchild to see
I want to live, I want to leave something wild and free
For my great-grandchild to see
I want to live, I want to leave something wild and free
For my seven generations to see

Ocean reinvents itself every day
People of the earth got to pray
Don't get caught
Don't get bought
That's all I got to say
Track Name: Fifteenth Anniversary
FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY

Did you ever wonder what your face would look like
If all you ever did was smile
No consternation line between your brow
I can almost see it now

Did you ever wonder what the sun would look like
If there were never any clouds
No silver lining to philosophize about
I can almost see it now

Sometimes I wonder what life would be if we never disagreed
Is it any wonder between you and me discord is harmony
Can you believe today is our fifteenth anniversary, Babe.

Sometimes life is like a lonely island
Keeping everyone at bay
Trying to protect your little piece of paradise
Hoping to hold those clouds away

But I never will live my life like that
Cause I could never stand the pain
So I put up with all your foolish ways, little darlin'
No matter who's to blame

Sometimes I wonder what life would be if we never disagreed
Is it any wonder between you and me discord is harmony
Can you believe today is our fifteenth anniversary, Babe.
Track Name: Mortified by my Mother
MORTIFIED BY MY MOTHER

I'm standing in front of the highschool
Trying to look cool
When along comes my mother
Acting like a fool
I turned my head away
Hoped she wouldn't see
'Cause I'm mortified by my mother, that's me

SHE WEARS HIGH WATER PANTS, ORTHOPEDIC SHOES
AND AT THE DINNER TABLE SHE TALKS WHILE SHE CHEWS
SHE KISSES ME IN PUBLIC, ACTS FAMILIAR WITH MY FRIENDS
THIS EMBARRASSING SITUATION HAS TO END

I was walking dow the street
Jiving with my peeps
When along comes my mother
And she's driving that old heep
I turned my head away
Hoping she would shoo
'Cause I'm mortified by my mother, it's true

SHE WEARS HIGH WATER PANTS, ORTHOPEDIC SHOES
AND AT THE DINNER TABLE SHE TALKS WHILE SHE CHEWS
SHE KISSES ME IN PUBLIC, ACTS FAMILIAR WITH MY FRIENDS
THIS EMBARRASSING SITUATION HAS TO END

Could be when I'm grown
And living on my own
I'll appreciate the fact that she's unique
But now I'm just thirteen
And you'll now what I mean
When I say that I would rather she not speak

SHE WEARS HIGH WATER PANTS, ORTHOPEDIC SHOES
AND AT THE DINNER TABLE SHE TALKS WHILE SHE CHEWS
SHE KISSES ME IN PUBLIC, ACTS FAMILIAR WITH MY FRIENDS
AND SHE SINGS HER LITTLE SONGS
AND SHE RARELY WEARS A BRA
THIS EMBARRASSING SITUATION CANNOT BE
'CAUSE I'M MORTIFIED BY MY MOTHER
MORTIFIED BY MY MOTHER
MORTIFIED BY MY MOTHER
THAT'S ME
Track Name: Chain of Ships
CHAIN OF SHIPS

Last night I dreamed a chain of ships
Your ship was last in line
Through arctic waters black and deep
Your ship began to fall behind
I reached my arm to draw you in
The vessel I was on
You leapt in faith of your own yen
to land onboard, but you were wrong
You hit the deep just inches shy
Of the rail at my left hand
I saw your body slipping down
As time ticked by, I'd understand

I THOUGHT I'D SEE YOU
I STOOD THERE WAITING
MY WHOLE LIFE STOPPING
MY WHOLE HEART BREAKING

Last night I dreamed a chain of ships
Your ship was last in line
Through arctic waters black and deep
Your ship began to fall behind
I reached my arm
To draw you in
You leapt, you went down
Never to be seen again

I STOOD THERE WAITING
TO DRAW YOU FORWARD
BUT ALL I'M SEEING
IS EMPTY WATER

I'm frightened at the loss you
Elated at your choice
To take that simple leap, my friend
I'm frightened at the lack you
Elated at your find
To take that simple leap, friend of mine

Last night I dreamed a friend of mine was
Born into the dust
In times of deepest undermine
I lack a little trust
You are a friend I know so well
And will be gone
I hear the future dreams foretell
And would they were wrong

YOU STAND THERE WAITING
YOU BODY SHAKING
YOUR WHOLE HEART WAKING
YOUR MOMENT BREAKING

I'm frightened at the loss you
Elated at your choice
To take that simple leap, my friend
I'm frightened at the lack you
Elated at your find
To take that simple leap, friend of mine

LOVE IS ALL WE HAVE
TO ABIDE THE CHAIN OF TIME
OUR SPIRITS OVERLAP
YOUR HAND BRUSHES MINE

I STAND HERE WAITING
MY WHOLE HEART WAKING
I STAND HERE WAITING
MY WHOLE HEART WAKING