11​/​09​/​19: Live At Whittier

by Dachshund

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We'll probably never be able to afford the production of a "professional" live album -- but we think there's something compelling about our live shows that our "home-studio" albums don't quite capture.

Therefore, we offer to you this straightforward stereo recording of a lively set we played on November 9, 2019, at Whittier Bar in Tulsa. We were opening for some friends of ours from Austin, and we were excited because we were debuting a new song, Runaways. In fact, there are seven tunes here which you won't find on either of our previous albums. The energy was tight, fun, and raucous.

The lineup was:
Eric Hartley - gtr/vox
Ryan Dannar - gtr/vox
Matt Mayo - bass
Jason Booze - drums

The recording device was a Zoom H4n stereo recorder, which sat just a few feet back from the band. The vocals sound a bit airy because you're hearing them through the P.A. (as someone in the club would have) instead of direct-in. But we still think it sounds pretty good, especially after we did some light mastering.

Have a listen for free. If you like it, purchase a download for the low low price of $5. I mean, that's less than the price of a decent drink, no? The money gets reinvested in the band and helps us with things like the upkeep of equipment, promotion, and the various costs associated with releasing a new album. Either way, we thank you for listening.

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released November 17, 2019

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Dachshund is an adventurous garage-rock band from Tulsa, OK. Like a misguided musical version of Han Solo, we smuggle art-rock ideas into pop-songs.

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Track Name: Phantasmagoria
He was a black boy, taste of candy-apple on his tongue;
She was a white girl, side-by-side they stood in love so young;
They bought the ticket for the ride and stepped into the car;
Crashing through seven doors, they climbed the hill into the deepest dark!

Oh! In the night
Can you see, see the light?
In the dark, hold me tight
And we’ll see, it’s alright!

In spite of the snakes and skeletons that rattle in the dark;
In spite of the sign that warned of swift removal from the park;
They left the track and found a place behind a scene of gore
And traded passions in the halls of this Phantasmagoria!

Oh! In the night
Can you see, see the light?
In the dark, hold me tight
And we’ll see, it’s alright!

Adam and Eve were walking;
They were alone and talking,
Watching a star, so small,
Burning beyond the wall.

And it was a lovely garden,
But Daddy was always watching,
Weighing the bad and good;
He never understood;

Adam and Eve were walking;
They were alone and talking:
In the glade,
There was an

Apple.
Track Name: Runaways
There’s so much I want to see
so take my hand and run away with me
right through the gatekeepers
into the verdant black.
They can wave that fiery sword
— but baby we’re not going back!

Can you hear it sighing in the trees,
beyond these houses and sanctuaries?
We tasted the fruit,
all dripping down,
that juice was sensual.
Now there’s something out there
that I wanna know!

Be my shelter and I’ll be your light
We don’t need no guide
Let our hearts decide, oh
And if judgement fall on where we lie,
let it fall like feathers,
‘cuz here together
We stand.

So let ’em cry
Just let them weep, baby
They talk of angels falling,
but their own paths are steep.
And now they’re staring
as if they’re not wearing
mortal skin!
But there’s something beyond here
That I wanna know!

Be my shelter and I’ll be your light
We don’t need no guide
Let our hearts decide, oh
And if judgement fall on where we lie,
let it fall like feathers,
‘cuz here together
We stand.

(Born in succession:
Love and Transgression.
Born in transgression:
Love is succession.)
Track Name: Hills to Climb
Bang bang go the drum
marking a heart’s time
beneath the morning sun
climbing a bare sky
step to the beat I’m moving
feet got to get me somewhere

Beyond the Eastern rise
upstreet and shimmering
my destination lies
I know it’s got to be
cuz I wear the miles I take while
it lingers farther away

And I’m tired of breakin’ down on the road less taken
How many hills to climb now?
And if I stop, I fall, carve seven words on my stone:
I always thought I’d find my way

Restless I pace around
her patience wearing thin
tie me to solid ground,
turn round I’m gone again
It’s every time I come home,
can’t keep from pushing away

From reaches just beyond
strange music speaks to me
sweet as a siren-song,
cruel as a jagged reef
Always so close ’til I find
it’s ever-farther away

And I’m tired of breakin’ down on the road less taken
How many hills to climb now?
And if I stop, I fall, carve seven words on my stone:
I always thought I’d find my way
Track Name: Wipe Those Tears
It's always something -- It never fails!
Waiting to catch you -- With teeth and nails!
Come out of nowhere -- Ten Times Your Size!
This alligator -- Eat you alive!

Just when you thought you were beyond it and the coast is clear
It sets upon you and it makes you want to disappear!

Wipe those tears away!
They got no use at all!
The weakness you betray
Is the name they're sure to call,
So watch those words you say
And stand up straight and tall
And wipe those tears away!

It always follows you around
You can't escape it -- It's written down.
Come like a postcard -- Right to your door!
Ain't even no surprise no more! Well

Across the town could have been anyone but now it's here
It's such a mess well I suggest you better listen here:

Wipe those tears away!
They got no use at all!
The weakness you betray
Is the name they're sure to call,
So watch those words you say
And stand up straight and tall
And wipe those tears away!
Track Name: She's Gone
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Track Name: I Know
Hold your tongue
don’t let those words come out
your mouth

Hold on to
those thoughts that lay in your head
my child

And I know
how hard it is
I know
how hard it is

I know
that you wanna run
but you’re bound here
I know
that it’s hard
but you can’t say a thing

Stand by
steady your arm
you must take aim

Focus on
the task at hand
you must pull the trigger

And I know
how hard it is
I know
how hard it is

I know
that you wanna run
but you’re bound here
I know
that it’s hard
but you can’t say a thing
Track Name: System Failure
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Track Name: Vices
I may sit quiet
quietly here
but that doesn’t mean I know not
what you do over there.

I let my thoughts go
wander through the shadows
where the imps and the demons play
where your poisons are grown and made.

You will see what you see
and believe what you must
How you react about today
will determine your destiny.

Slyly, silently,
we slip about so secretly
Wily and conniving
We’ll poison and distort everything.

The promises you may have made,
We’ll take their importance away.
We poison minds and destroy weak lives.
We are the liars.

You will see what you see
and believe what you must
How you react about today
will determine your destiny.

You will see what you see
and believe what you must
How you react about today
will determine your destiny.
Track Name: Long History
Time until
you’re laid to rest
Holding out
Another knows best!
So afraid
I’ll be over, oh, if I try!
Fall asleep,
kiss another goodbye.

You got a long history
of being what you are.
Don’t have to wonder why,
Ain’t no river there to cry.
Every word you sing,
It’s the same old song
and it ring so true,
‘cuz it’s what you are.

All the people
down in Hell
watch you tend
your prison cell.
Aye, the key…
is it all of your own design?
Weight of the world,
or the weight of your mind?

You got a long history
of being what you are.
Walk any way you want
you’ll never be what you are not.
Wear the Velvet Chic
or the Feathered Tar,
Gonna show right through
‘Cuz it’s what you are.
Track Name: Landlocked State
Never a choice provided
Straight were the stalks where crooked I grew
Taught of the evils of my way.

Sharp like a bird-call —
Sweet is the ache I sink below
A river of stones I hide away
becomes a lake…

Please tell me how
I’ll make it out
though beaten and
I’m broken —
My long escape
This landlocked state
can’t hold me in
I flood my banks!

Secrets, they move so swiftly
over these undulating hills
just like the whispers of the leaves.

Fences of barbed-wire
crossing my heart lay claim to the land
leaving no country free to roam.
You take my home…

Please tell me how
I’ll make it out
though beaten and
I’m broken —
My long escape
This landlocked state
can’t hold me in
I flood my banks!
Track Name: The Wedding Guest
Come one-by-one,
in ribbons they’re paired and bound
leaving the cynic tied to his time
in solitary,

Each lonely night whisperin’
“You’re not as young as you been.”

Each season’s invitations arrive
in envelopes of white
with a script so nice and
nearly illegible!

And so, it comes to haunt me again:
That piece I know I’m missing.

In black-and-white I stand–
these confining colors
never could be mine,
rigid their design.
Expectation’s friend,
love be in your favor,
and may it long be true
when you say I do / I do.

Come two-by-two,
they’re marching in common-time
held forth before the altar of pride
and ceremony

Already, pictures unfold
of some life that I’ll never know.

In black-and-white I stand–
these confining colors
never could be mine,
rigid their design.
Expectation’s friend,
love be in your favor,
and may it long be true
when you say I do / I–
Track Name: We Fall
Stealing all the gold from the sun
leaving only the red-orange
Wasting once again the entire day
Face emoting rent apathy

Happily we fall
to our doom below
No one would care
even if they’re told…

It’s hard to cope with an ordinary day
Traffic, job, and wife get to me
All I want is to blow away my mind!
If I don’t have to think, I’ll be fine.

And happily we fall
to our doom below.
No one would care
even if they’re told,
“You listen to much
to the TV and radio,”
We’re too drunk and stoned
stuck in our excuses.
Track Name: The Bird and The Lemming
B: I will lead you
L: And I will follow
L: Don’t fly away!
B: Just keep me in sight.

B: I promise you heaven.
L: Is all of it for me?
B: No, you can bring your friends along.
Both: Just wait until they see!

B: It’s not much further.
L: I’ve gathered my friends.
B: Try and keep up!
L: I can’t wait, my friend!

B: Here comes your heaven!
L: It looks just like the sea!
B: So go ahead and dive in…
L: Will it set us free? / B: Let it set you free!
Track Name: Tiny Captains
When your hands are small
and your body slight
And you're just a frag-a-ment
of a mel-o-dee, oh
And your stars align
but you can't take flight,
You're not a little bit like me!

And I am a captain of the universe,
one tiny boat in the sea
No port of call,
no direction at all!
Millions have gone before me!

When I'm battle-scarred,
and when my hands are tired,
take me home.

Vessel be bound in a tourniquet,
send me that wave of relief!
Damage be done --
but we live through this one!
Lifetimes have flashed before me!

May our love be long,
but when I'm dead and gone --
Let me rot.
Track Name: Something Wicked
–And you now remember! You were 12 years old
When you first heard it calling
Like a long steam-train, in the late-late night
When the leaves started falling
And the softness of her skin, when you held her close, Said you’d be with her always
Then the frost blew in, and what Heaven knows
Can’t help heal your heartache!

Don’t matter which way you run
Something wicked this way comes
Bodies, they undress for bed
Words whispered by lips of red
They’re watching you through the fence
The veil of your innocence
The silk, from the spider, spun
Something wicked this way comes!

Were you all alone? Was it on a Sunday?
The sound of you crying
Through the bedroom door, where the growups do
Their living and dying;
The body, the bread, the blood in the cup,
The faith and the maker,
And the guilt you’ll feel, for the wordless joy
Of animal nature!

Don’t matter which way you run
Something wicked this way comes
Bodies, they undress for bed
Words whispered by lips of red
They’re watching you through the fence
The veil of your innocence
The silk, from the spider, spun
Something wicked this way comes!

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