The Fall and Rise of John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeams No Mas!

by MoonbeamsNoMas

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We Waited Five Years: John: We waited five years for the world to go bust To explode into space and scatter as dust I tried to hold on -- wasn't sure who to trust I didn't know about love yet We waited five years, what a grueling routine The assholes acted nice, The sweethearts got mean Mom shooed us outside, said, "Run play while you can" The Old Man grabbed our necks, shoved shovels in our hands Said, "We're perfectly safe, we'll dig halfway to Japan" Oh man, I didn't know about love yet I ran away, straight to the record store I charged in singing that song about "Hate and War" When, who were you, all alone by the used-vinyl bin? Danielle: I was trying to choose between Molly Hatchet and Ringo Starr when you stumbled in John: Stumbled in? You wore an eye patch, what could you see? Danielle: Even with lazy eye, I could tell you were three inches shorter than me John: The record store's record stopped just as I said out loud, "World please, don't end now!" We waited five years for the world to shut off To go still and dark with a whimper and cough We waited five years and a day My sis marked the calendar, said, "No freaking way!" At five years and a week Mom opened our hatch, took a peek When five years became six and seven, The Old Man paced the yard grumbling, "Same hell, same heaven" I grew at least a foot hanging by the used-vinyl bin Waiting for a certain someone to walk back in I didn't know about love yet
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Messy Down Below: John: Well, here we are Danielle: With bumps and scars John: We've come so far! Danielle: But true love, don't you know, gets messy down below We're here to tear it up, Even if nobody shows We're aiming high 'cause it's messy down below John: I can dance the Watusi And the Moray Eel Danielle: Try the Nae Name John: I got no fear We're here to tear it up, Even if nobody knows We're aiming high 'cause it's messy down below Blow, Levon, blow! John: What's your dance? Danielle: I shake like a rattlesnake Adam: I do the Americano Robito: I dance the Shing-A-Ling Paul: The Rickshaw Caroline: The Pistol Pete Phil: I like the Blue Loafer Bruce: I do the Calzone
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Song For David Bowie Why do you run? Where do you hide? What secret sun lights your half of the sky? Where it glows, it glows, it glows George Clinton battled with Sir Nose The Carpenters welcomed UFOs What explains what rock stars know? Are you ears to the tracks, palms towards the 'om'? Were you alone when you cracked the astral code? Oh you know we know you know Desmond Dekker calls from outer space Sun Ra quit the human race What explains a rock star's grace? Hey David Bowie, I wrote this song for you Hey David Bowie, you and Mick Ronson, too I say David Bowie, ancient prophets got nothing on you With your voice so true, like Marcel Marceau sniffing glue
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Gather Your Strength: John: Where can I find a pair of Beatle boots? Eyeliner and Nudie suit? I know just the look the spotlight wants When can I git off? Play to your strengths --_gather your strength Danielle: Let's write our names way up in the sky Then watch the wind blow Let's sail a boat to the horizon line Then feel the wind blow Gather our friends -- play for our friends John: What can I pawn for a new guitar? The loudest and brightest Where can I cop a hot set of wheels? Let's turn some heads now Daniele: Let's close our eyes and take a breath Let's make our work play Take my wrist, find my pulse Let's be here now, okay?
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Don't Look Right at the Sun: Everybody wants the same thing every summer And everyone gets all burned up by the sun Go sing songs about the sun Roll on the grass under the sun Build a temple to the sun But man, don't look right at the sun When the winter comes we all want to wrap up Everyone hopes the fire stays lit through the night Sing songs around the fire Snuggle up next to the fire Rub your hands over the fire But man, don't jump into the fire If everyone could hear the same song at the same time If we could hang a sign that everyone could see To shine a light bright as the sun To build a fire that won't expire That's our plan, man That's what needs to be done
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Keep It Down: The whole world is always sleeping in They say keep it down, down I can keep it down But in the still morning hush, I hear trouble Want me to keep it down, down? I can keep it down Here comes the sound of keeping it down...
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Get Back in the Van: John: It's fucking cold, even for Sioux City My beer won't pour out of the can I'll load the gear, settle up with the man You all go warm up in the van Yeah, let's get back in the van We swore an oath, we spit in the same cup We're volunteers, we raised our hands It's been six months, okay a year Time means nothing in the van Right, let's get back in the van The band: We wanna weigh in, and we want a way out John: Why don't we sing Let's all join in as one: la-la-la, la-la-la-la We will be heard, spring will thaw our toes We'll laugh we almost quit the plan Please, let's get back in the van The band: We wanna weigh in, and we want a way out John: Help me work it out!
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You Got Sick: You got sick and we didn't know why You got sick and we didn't know why The sky was shining, our words were rhyming You got sick and we don't know how long You got sick and we don't know how long The sky was shining, we honed our timing I saw you smile, I watched you laugh, I turned my head, I didn't cry I saw you smile, I watched you laugh, I turned my head up to the sky We got stoned and we wrote our own song We got stoned and we wrote our own song The sky was shining, all silver lining I saw you smile, I watched you laugh, I turned my head, I didn't cry I saw you smile, I watched you laugh, I turned my head up to the sky
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Danielle, Long Gone: Danielle: I count the miles and months gone I search around on Google Earth When I sing, you're with me I track the moon between us -- can we see it the same time? When I sing, you're with me I know you tried hard as me I slept through a tsunami, I felt an earthquake on the street When I sing, you're with me I went to hear The National, they called out a song for you When I sing, you're with me I know you tried hard as me Every town we played was a factory town They all churned out broken hearts I'm not saying that's why I got sick I'm just saying I want a new start, even if this is the end
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Fat Levon on Acid Levon: Hey, man. You know how Marty got all fucked up and passed out on that futon? I came in, I thought he was my sweet baby. I took off all my clothes. I snuggled up. I felt him up. Partiers: Fat Levon on acid Levon: Life is not so bad! Levon: Hey, man. I saw your cousin Freddy over at the gas station. He had that nasty axle grease all over this fingers and I watched him stick his hands down his pants and start feeling around down there. It freaked me out. Partiers: Fat Levon on acid Levon: Life is not so bad! Levon: Hey man. It kills me to see you so bummed out. You can't shut yourself away. I won't let you. I tell you what -- my mom sent me a big, orange birthday cake. That thing is profound. I mean, there could be girls inside that thing. Come here, man. I'm gonna toss you right in the middle and let you eat your way out. Partiers: Fat Levon on acid Levon: Life is not so bad!
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Megaphone on the Moon: Off to the moon Here we come, moon First thing in the morning, crank up the internet Download instructions, we'll build a rocket Construction site lumber, hammers and ladders Correct attitude, to haul this megaphone Off to the moon Here we come, moon By early evening, swab up the flight deck Run down the checklist -- test lift, drag, weight, and thrust Lunches in Tupperware, map in my back pocket Just you and me, Levon Let's haul this megaphone Off to the moon Here we come, moon This ain't rocket science
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Sore Afraid: I am sore afraid of what comes next Of losing you, of keeping you I'm a shepherd in a field, I work nights Silent nights, gigantic nights I am sore afraid of leaving here The work of man, the work of God Oh, fantastic light -- did we hear it right? I am sore afraid of what comes next Of losing you, of keeping you
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Give Me Your Hands: Snuff out that cigarette Tie those cinderblocks to your shoes, tight We'll set up on that ridge, right there Where the dark side meets the light Friends, can everyone hear? Friends, look up, look way up here! Blue ocean fills our eyes Our bloody canteens ran dry These jet packs on our backs, they won't get us home Friends, we carry rough news And friends, you'll have to shoulder it, too I wrote a rally cry and promised not to cry But friends, holy cow, up here you can't believe the size of the sky I wish I could reach out and give you my hands I wish I could reach down there and wrap you up and give you my hands Can you give me your hands? Give me your hands while I tell you that...

about

This album is the long-awaited sequel to "Ziggy Stardust."

The world didn't end in five years, as Ziggy promised, but we're not in the clear just yet. ¡Moonbeams No Mas! -- a collection of North Carolina musicians -- has received an important message from the cosmos about the fate of humanity. To learn more about our story, enjoy this:
www.moonbeamsnomas.com.

Praise for John Elderkin's songwriting:

"Rocks—hard. Like the Who and the Clash, one of us. A champion of the underdog." - The Independent (NC)

"Spontaneous, unpretentious, witty, hard-edged pop." - Cashbox

"Deserves attention." - SPIN

"Songwriting with a cracked wit and scruffy Westerbergian self-deprecation." - The Spectator

"I want you on my radio show." - Mike Watt

"It’d be easy to put John Elderkin in the realm of John Darnielle (of the Mountain Goats)...there’s a slight similarity in vocals and they both take on the literary approach to songwriting. But, once that’s removed, I think I find Elderkin much more endearing and playful." - Austin Town Hall 

"This is an under-the-radar wild ride that'll blow the mind of anyone that really sits down and listens to it. Rock hasn't seen this much focused but unbridled creativity in a long time. Hot stuff." - Midwest Record

“John Elderkin and ¡Moonbeams No Mas! are are storytellers and musicians of the first order.” - Vents Magazine 

"An earth-shattering message." - CREATIVE LOAFING -- http://clclt.com/charlotte/john-elderkin-picks-up-david-bowies-ziggy-stardust-45-years-on/Content?oid=3944258

"'We Waited Five Years' is an oddball anthem, simple and sweet." - Magnet Magazine 

"Elderkin opens his heart without worrying in the least about what people think." - MP3 Hugger

credits

released July 15, 2017

all songs (c) John Elderkin -- except track 15 by Joe Meek (used by permission)

Produced by Chris Garges

Album artwork by Shaun McCarthy at number 09 design
Cover photo by Lucy Collins

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