All We Need

by The Goat Family

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(PICK YOUR) FRONT LEG UP If you want to move, pick your front leg up If you want to go, pick your front leg up If you want to leave, pick your front leg up And your back leg will follow along Well well well you say that moving’s hard It’s like squeezing blood from a stone You oughta leave that bleeding to a dyin’ man And jump on that stone and roll Hey hey hey you got a heavy heart And your feet are feeling stuck like glue Open up your gut and pull them big blues out And stomp on them little ones too You say say say with your mouth all twist That the only thing you love is dead Well you could kill yourself every day that you alive Or you could love yourself instead If you want to moan, shut your pie hole up If you want to whine, shut your pie hole up If you want to grieve, till your time is up Before you say boo, you’re done Well baby baby baby I wont tell you no lie I wont hide away no truth We didn’t all get beauty no we didn’t all get brains But we’s all given power to move
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SUGAR-COATED NIGHTMARE Sugar-coated nightmare Climbing up the lowdown Rolling out the window Cooling down the hot seat Sleeping in the high low Fretting on a banjo Pushing up the sidewalk Picking on a hambone Lowdown (100 feet wide) Lowdown (90 feet deep) Lowdown, low down, low down Greasing up the gluestick Swimming round the eye land Making love at midnight Call me up a hot dog Poking on a hothead Pushing up gravy Mansion on a tidal wave See ya in the Navy Alligator lollipop Crocadile tic-toc Beetle in a beehive Moray in a red sock Sugar-coated nightmare, climbing up the lowdown Rolling out the window, cooling down the hot seat Sleeping in the high low, fretting on a banjo Pushing up the sidewalk, picking on a hambone
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Love is on the Wing Well I saw it outside my window Well I saw it in that clear blue sky I was looking out my window And it hit me right between the eyes Like a galloping train pounding through the rainstorm Like the ever rising fiery orb or the fall of darkness Love is on the wing And I don’t think I ready, no I know I’m not ready, no Nor am I worthy of the kind of love I need But I’m willing yeah Like the unending ocean chewing on the land Like the wind and the sand, Well I can feel it coming, growing Oh, but I don’t think I ready, no Yes, I know I’m not ready, no Nor am I worthy of the kind of love that I need Well I saw it outside my window Well I saw it in that clear blue sky I was looking out my window And it hit me right between the eyes Like a galloping train pounding through the rainstorm Like the ever rising fiery orb or the fall of darkness But I don’t think I ready, no No, I know I’m not ready, no Nor am I worthy of the kind of love that I need But I’m willing yeah Love is on the wing
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The Old Why Oh Why (free) 04:01
The Old Why-Oh-Why-Oh-Why-Oh-Why Going to the desert man, gonna get a mental tan Need a Garden Eden that's bone-dry No golden apples, honey bees, nothing that might distract me please I guess I need to wonder why-oh-why I wonder why I wander so? I wonder where's my zocalo? I guess its all you'se folks that's here with me To rubberneck my wherewithal, I'll need the help of all y'all To wonder why-oh-why-oh-why-oh-why Oh why-oh-why, oh why am I? Oh why-oh-shy, oh why-oh-cry, oh why the sky A mile high -- why can't be I? In the shadow of no man, I wonder "Why?" Peripheral flat vision-thing makes the earlobes taste and sing A feeling you can't sell nor trade nor buy This booger in my nose is God, this spinning sphere I eas'ly trod Yet still I wonder why-oh-why-oh-why I got apostrophes on my vertebrae, they contribute to my sweat and sway I'd speak the words if they would come to me A punching bag is now my brain, take a swing - I feel no pain! Again (you guessed it) why-oh-why-oh-why? (spoken) Now down amongst the glowing coals, I hope to find some discount souls And one I can afford and I might buy And I won't need no credit card, with sweat and toil, labor hard I'll earn a new soul by the by-and-by If ya'lls to ask what's wrong with mine, ain’t it only needing spit and shine? I mumble "Dust and ashes linger nigh And prob'ly bones and death as well. A spare might keep me warm in hell And that my friends is why-oh-why-oh-why-oh-why" Last Chorus: Oh why-oh-why, oh why am I? Because I'm shy, because I cry, because the sky's A mile high -- and so am I In the shadow of no man, we'll find out "Why" In the shadow of no man, we'll find out "Why...Not?"
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All We Need 03:50
All We Need From first breath to grave’s recess From needing to giving it all From marking time to pushing up daisies Oh all, all we need Yes all, all we need From now on to no way From help us help us help us to leave us alone From keeping it up to laying it all down Oh all, all we need Yes all, all we need From crying out to joyous sustain From the highest highest highest to the very degree From bleeding and burning to resurrected and free Oh all, all we need Yes all, all we need From blue meets gold to fear and bitter fun From the unspoken spoken spoken to the resounding beyond From the tiniest sparkle in a dying daddy’s eye to the trembling bloody bundle of new life itself Oh all, all we need Yes all, all we need (repeat)
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LITTLE RED DEMONS Sick of my mind going black all the time Filling me full of demons The day-to-day dance, I slip in their trance Got no chance to relieve ‘em They’re doubters, haters, liars, and cheats Bring a man down to his knees I don’t need a doctor or a chief of police I gotta find some way to leave em Sick of my brain celebrating ole pain While my face just feigns indifference Round round we go, first fast then slow Give the ole heave ho to resistance They’re truckers, traitors, tough as steel Bullying me and how I oughta feel Holdin me down with a jack booted heel Obliterating all confidence Them little red demons, big headed schemes Keep me from dreaming within my means The big bad monsters, little fries of fear Never leave me alone, so I never leave here I’m sick of this thinking, going south to sinking Dragging down with drinking and drugs Booze and debasement, temporary facelift Leaves a warm heart in mud Well they’re stubborn, solid, thick as a wall Toss banana peels and watch me fall They’re all for none and none for all Polluting my brains and blood Them little red demons, big headed schemes Keep me from dreaming within my means Te big bad monsters, little fries of fear Never leave me alone, so I never leave here Sick of this song, going on so long Its just plain wrong to continue It ain’t like folk, the melody’s broke It needs a good poke in the venue It’s shoddy, sloppy, shaky, and weak No fun to sing let alone to speak The chorus don’t work and the harmony’s meek Leaving me black and blue Well them little red demons, big headed schemes Keep me from dreaming within my means Te big bad monsters, little fries of fear Never leave me alone, so I never leave here
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Leisure Town 03:59
Leisure Town Uptown, Downtown There ain’t no town like Leisure Town Speed up, slow down Tain’t no way you’ll get around Our speed bumps, they’re renown We want you to sit right down And wipe off your frown In our town called Leisure Town I said Uptown, Downtown There ain’t no town like Leisure Town Now I’ve been living a hard life it’s not what I thought it’d be I anticipated life easy but life it rudely shocks me He seeks a new way of being – he drives this road every day Ahead, aglow with a blue light – a sign to show him the way – Hey! Uptown, Downtown There ain’t no town like Leisure Town Why swim? Why drown? Here we seek the middle-ground We’ve no frills, no frown We’re living life a’way stripped down And your clothes – hand me down! We’ll dress you up in Leisure Town I said Uptown, Downtown There ain’t no town like Leisure Town I said Uptown, Downtown There ain’t no town like Leisure Town The walls all seem to be stucco in shades of pastel and beige And well, all seem to be happy each face so like a blank page He just might have a new home here – there’ll be no worry or care He’ll shop, he’ll dine, and he’ll spend here – he’s sold on all this fresh air – Hey!
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Picture 05:39
Picture I know love can’t be froze to be thawed out some day But if I could save this picture of how I feel with you today Well I’d say hold it and I’d say smile And I’d say everything will ok, ok And I know light it can’t be turned, figured down or filed away And what I’ve learned is once it’s burned, remember it and make your way The way we move is ecstasy Without weight or history Sharing air everybody breathes And I know love it can’t be chose like a haircut or a home And if I could choose between here and after, between heat and laughter I’d trade it all And I’d say roll it, I’d say wow I’d say come on, come on, come on The way we move is ecstasy Without weight or history Sharing air everybody breathes
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Earthquake 05:04
EARTHQUAKE I'm just waiting for the big one I'm just waiting for the big one I'm just waiting for the big one We're just waiting for the big one We're just waiting for the big one We're just waiting for the big one SHOCK! SHOCK! SHOCK! AFTERSHOCK!!!! You'd better run and kiss your ass goodbye - EARTHQUAKE! Cause when it comes its gonna liquefy - EARTHQUAKE! You'd better get your last laugh now - EARTHQUAKE! Cause when it comes its gonna hit and how! - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Stop drop and roll because you sure can't stand an - EARTHQUAKE! You'll be flopping in that human frying pan - EARTHQUAKE! Don't stop to pray or you'll be diggin your grave - EARTHQUAKE! Get out your board and ride that seismic wave - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! Run around run around run around - EARTHQUAKE! You'd better run and kiss your ass goodbye - EARTHQUAKE!
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The Lord’s Balloon They built a church in the name of my father Called it “The House Of Heavenly Light” Prayer in the morning for the born-agains And poker for the regulars every night The front door faces God in his glory The side door faces a liquor store The back door opens on the city bank In the basement we got the ammo stored I go there to eat the body of Christ I drink His blood and I’m free from sin Go back home and I beat my wife ‘Cause the Green Bay Packers lost again The front door says “Home Sweet Home,” Side door says “No Peddlers Allowed” Back door’s shut with four deadbolts ‘Cause there’s Puerto Ricans’ living three doors down And I know I am guaranteed a place in the Lord’s Balloon With my entire family, excepting my agnostic son And my brother-in-law, the Jew The Deacon read me my last rites He genuflected and then I died There weren’t no angels or heavenly sights Like I’d expected all of my life The front door’s shut and covered with flowers The side door’s how they lowered me down The back door’s where I lay my head In my eternal bed underground And I know I am guaranteed a place in the Lord’s Balloon With my entire family, excepting my agnostic son And my brother-in-law, the Jew
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Citadel of Love While the world tells you that it’s funny to be cruel And the world laughs with the mean and the crass Do you want to believe it, abandon control? Reward your body, surrender your soul? Well, climb on board and join the rush Straight to the bottom of the merciless crush You should be gathering (gathering) like all the little birds You should be working (working) with deeds not words Forming a circle (like the nesting dove) You could raise up (straw by straw) - Citadel of love Thought by thought (like brick by brick) Word by word (like stick by stick) Step by step (like stone by stone) Friend by friend (no longer alone) You should be gathering (gathering) like all the little birds You should be working (working) with deeds not words Working to build (high above) Guard our hearts (guard our hearts) - Citadel of love When the world tells you that it’s funny to be cruel And the world laughs with the mean and the crass Will you believe it, abandon control? Reward your body to surrender your soul? You gonna climb on board and join the rush? Go straight to the bottom of this merciless crush? Or will you be gathering (gathering) like all the little birds? Will you be working (working) with deeds not words? Forming a circle (like the nesting dove) To raise up (straw by straw) - Citadel of love Thought by thought (like brick by brick) Word by word (like stick by stick) Step by step (like stone by stone) Friend by friend (no longer alone) – Citadel of love
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Topless Bar 03:31
Topless Bar Right in the middle of all these farms There’s a topless bar called “The Empty Arms” Fridays and Saturdays you will find My baby buck-naked in the bright spotlight She loves to move, she wants to act She got nothing to prove She knows that she is attractive There is a truckstop down the road Where the legends are spoken, where the tales get told There’s a girl who dances on the head of a pin You’ll know who she is, the minute you walk in She wants to act, she loves to move As a matter-of-fact I don’t condemn, I approve Despite some nights, she might not feel like working very hard She grins, does knee-bends and jumps in the deep end All for your pleasure, all for your pleasure….all Right in the middle of all these farms There’s a topless bar called “The Empty Arms”
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The Terrible Burden The wind may blow … all across the land The rain may leave … all the trees sparkling new The sun may dawn … on a brighter, cleaner, new day But I’ll never know The sea may clean … all along the sand The moon, the stars, the welcome night … may calm those troubled souls The soft breeze may lift … the uncertain heart of Man But I’ll never know Until this terrible burden Until this terrible burden Until this terrible burden Until this terrible burden is removed Every bird can sing … the promises of Spring And lovers can kiss … each other’s tears away Heart can break and mend … and mend and break again But I’ll never know Rivers can disappear … before they reach the sea Fires can flare up and burn away … or never be And all of our good … may be crowned with brotherhood But I’ll never know Amber grains may wave … across the fruited plains Purple mountains may reign … under spacious skies And even God … may apologize But I’ll never know

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Packed with 16 tunes, clocking in at 70 minutes, ALL WE NEED revels in old-timey exuberance and infectious, butt-shaking sing-a-longs.

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released September 1, 2008

mixed by Kevin Cunningham
mastered by Myles Boisen
dedicated to Bruce Conner

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The Goat Family San Francisco, California

With harmonies storming in from the West and rhythms shaking loose from the American songbook, this band packs folk, country, banda, and blues into a wobbly wagon on a cross-country trip bound for butt-shaking happiness.

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