Music by David Archer

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Shattered City Blues

If you’re lost in the shattered city
You can always sing the blues
If you’re lost in the shattered city
You can always sing the blues
There is no better way, nothing else will do
When you’ve got the blues
Like I’ve got the blues for you

If you’re alone in the drowning city
You better sing the blues
If you’re alone in the drowning city
You better sing the blues
There is no other way, nothing else will do
When you’ve got the blues
Like I’ve got the blues for you

I’m coming home
Coming home to the blues
Well I’m finally coming home
Finally coming home to the blues
I’ve tried every other way
Nothing else lets me through
When you’ve got the blues
Like I’ve got the blues for you

Music and Lyrics by David Archer
All rights reserved

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Even Cross Eyed Snake Oil Salesmen
Sometimes Get The Blues

Could be illusion, or maybe it’s real
In the back of your mind it’s not what you feel
Deliberate confusion, fail by design
An infinite jest or a storm warning sign

Live through the moment, thrill to give in
Double or nothing, you lose if you win

Even Cross Eyed Snake Oil Salesmen
Sometimes Get The Blues (x2)

Prisoner’s dilemma, zero sum deal
Glance in the mirror and you’re under the wheel
Strike out on balance, shift out of time
Labor distortion for a dollar and a dime

The wages of progress, so much for so few
But the deal of a lifetime is waiting for you
On the stages of history,  they’ll mark what we do
When stories are told, none will be true

Middle of nowhere, remains to be seen
Double or nothing, lay it down on a dream

Even Cross Eyed Snake Oil Salesmen
Sometimes Get The Blues (x2)

Risk is reward, a means and an end
We’re all standing in line with our psychotic friends
On the magnetic river, micro trade winds blow
Middle ground disappears, there’s nowhere to go

Power times privilege, who would lead us astray?
Count all the toys at the end of the day
Your none structured future, gravitational words
Logic is tortured, extreme and absurd

Caught on a floodplain, wholesale fear
Double or nothing, the reasons are clear

Even Cross Eyed Snake Oil Salesmen
Sometimes Get The Blues (x2)

Trust no one at all, trust two even less
We’ll externalize costs for this unholy mess
Let cities lie fallow, in the heart of ambition
Til we market a cure for the human condition

Steal from the moment, cast on the wind
Double or nothing, you lose if you win

Even Cross Eyed Snake Oil Salesmen
Sometimes Get The Blues (x4)

Music and Lyrics by David Archer
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You Won’t Find Us There


UPDATE:These are demos recorded on my computer for “You Won’t Find Us There” – a Rock Opera about the human costs of anarchism, socialism and capitalism existing together against a backdrop of events at the Toronto G20 demonstration.
Obviously, “You Won’t Find Us There”  has gone no further since I posted this – there are about 15 songs written and partially demo-ed – I hope to come back to this in the near future after some Blues music that is coming soon………

If you would like to leave a comment regarding these track or are interested in more information about the politics behind the project please click here: “You Won’t Find Us There”

Lyrics:

(Track 1):

You Won’t Find Us There

You can follow a trail of broken glass
But you won’t find us there
You can capture the faces that pass
Then dissolve in the air
You can fall on your knees before the towers of mammon
You can whisper a ghost of a prayer
You can smash though the smoke and the mirrors
Still you won’t find us there

(Media Voices)

[You want for nothing, you want it all
Nothing to fear, nowhere to fall]

- It won’t make any difference
We’ll be running the walls down by then
It won’t make any difference
We’ll be running the walls down by then -

[These are your iconic dreams
You can't change the picture on the screen
You can't unsee the things you've seen]

(Media Voices)

Will you wait in the night for the ice to break
Or will you ride through the streets on a wave
Will you hide all alone in your basement
Just counting the coins that you’ve saved
Will you run with wolves
Will you fight from the rooftops
Or retreat to the mountains and caves
Well, whatever you do
Break the mirror in two
Or watch the Joker run away with game

(Track 2):

Fox Free

You never see them coming
They leave without a trace
There’s no use in running
From that mystified smile on your face

It’s a timeless story
What fool would take the bet?
The joker makes the rules here
And he lights your cigarette

So you break all the mirrors
Hanging in the hall
And you smash all the windows
Run from the sirens call
Lost in all those numbers
Down the endless gilded hall

(Seems so long)
Well it seems so long
(I’ve been in your arms)
I’ve been in your arms
(Did I drift off?)
Til I drift off
(Did I drift off?)
Til I drift off

Well it always goes like that
Til the numbness fades away
Then we’re back to stealing fire
And bleeding through the day

And all those broken mirrors
They only multiply the pain
And all those shattered windows
Well they just let in the rain
Lost in all those numbers
On that endless gilded chain

There’s nothing left …

I’ve got nothing left here
I’m just a dog without a home
Sometimes I get to thinking
That I’m out here all alone

We always see through those games
As we breath the teargas rage
Lost in endless circles
Still pacing ’round the cage

(Seems so long)
Well it seems so long
(I’ve been in your arms)
I’ve been in your arms
(Did I drift off?)
Til I drift off
(Did I drift off?)
Til I drift off

(Track 3):

No Turning Back

We both know
This won’t go down easy
And we both know
Some people are going to get hurt
But this is the big show
It’s going to get ugly

If we let it go
There’ll be no turning back
If we let it go
There’ll be no turning back

I think you’re like me
You can turn with the big wheels
And if you want to be free
You know what needs to be done
And I think you can see
We’re all out of options

If we let it go
There’ll be no turning back
If we let it go
There’ll be no turning back

My plans, my plans are all in place
We’re so close, so close to the end of the race
I’ll lift that shadow off your face
Now let’s go, go (go go go)

From this place in the sun
We can watch all the puppets dance
When what’s done is done
There’s nothing left to say
So look in my eyes
Let’s give it a chance now

If you’re caught up in the fight
You can’t see the light
If you stand back from the ledge
You can push ‘em all off the edge
If you let it go
There’ll be no turning back
If we let it go
There’ll be no turning back

Music & Lyrics by David Archer
Toronto, 2011
© David Archer All Rights Reserved

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Blue/Red Archon

Acoustic guitar improv with live and pre-recorded loops

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Crooked Jack


A traditional Irish folk song

Crooked Jack – (4:11)
Traditional – by Dominic Behan – Arranged and performed by David Archer, Toronto, 2010

I’m not Irish but I heard this song 25 years ago in a Toronto pub and I’ve never forgotten it. The performer played it slow and deliberate as opposed to the more common faster tempo, so that is the way I learned it and then recorded it all these years later. I only hope I have in someway lived up to and honoured the song, the writer and all the amazing music that comes from the island.

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What’s Done Is Done (New Reality)
WDID
A Neo Con Swan Song What’s Done Is Done (New Reality) – (4:47)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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Bombs Falling/Nowhere To Go
A Gaza Bombing Sound Collage

Bombs Falling/Nowhere To Go is set in Gaza but it could be anywhere  – I take a neutral political position on Israel/Palestine and honour all civilian victims of war.

Music by David Archer – (unauthorized) text by Jawad Harb

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Bombs Falling/Nowhere To Go

A Gaza Bombing Sound Collage
Bombs Falling/Nowhere To Go – (4:01)
Music by David Archer. (Unauthorized) text by Jawad Harb

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Midnight Silver Bullet

“You follow a pale white angel through
the deserted streets of Toronto to a
room in the King Edward Hotel….”


Midnight Silver Bullet – (4:45)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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In The Waves
In The Waves
This one is for Leah. She knows all about the waves.

In The Waves – (3:57)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer 
 

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The Rose and Crown


The Rose and Crown – (5:02)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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The Tides of Europa
The Tides of Europa

The Tides of Europa – (3:43)
Music by David Archer

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When The Gods All Come Out To Play
When The Gods All Come Out To Play
When The Gods All Come Out To Play – (4:47)
Music by David Archer Lyrics by Andrew White

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The Last Parade
The Last Parade
Such a memory, not here, but never gone.

The Last Parade (5:31) Underground Sun (2004)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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Pangaea
Pangaea from The Tides of Europa

Pangaea – (3:56)
Music by David Archer
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Something From Nothing
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Something From Nothing – (4:29)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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My Favourite Orbiting Object


My Favourite Orbiting Object
David Archer Band (6:39)

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Underground Sun

Underground Sun by David Archer (5:27)
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But Still… Somehow…

Part 3 of “The Tides of Europa” But Still… Somehow.. – (3:16)
Music by David Archer

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Sacred Tree

Written during the Iraq invasion.

Sacred Tree (2:37) – Underground Sun 2004
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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Iron Radiator

A strange, stormy night of recording in a deserted one hundred fifty year old building…..

 Iron Radiator (1:59) – Underground Sun 2004
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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Any Way You Want To
A very slow love song Any Way You Want To – (3:39)
Music and Lyrics by David Archer

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Contact David Archer: davearchermusic@yahoo.ca

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