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Hello Mississippi, Hello Bob

by Bobbo Staron

Released 01/18/2019
Cretio Opes
Released 01/18/2019
Cretio Opes
Folk Art Songs and Field Recordings
  • 01:53 Lyrics The Touch Of The Goddess Of Memphis

    The Touch of the Goddess of Memphis

    Inasmuch as I am not worthy
    of the touch of the Goddess of Memphis
    or worldly
    nonetheless I have queried
    how good is it really?

    What are the chances
    for someone not me of course
    for someone who has a chance
    to dance with the Goddess of Memphis
    at the Memphis Goddess Dance?

    So graceful if not delighted
    so clean and well lighted
    I’m just a rebel unrequited
    rusticated and disinvited
    Inasmuch as I am not worthy
    of the touch of the Goddess of Memphis
    or worldly
    good night.


    words and music by Bobbo Staron



  • 02:27 Lyrics Below The Disco Volante

    Below The Disco Volante  

    Diving below the Disco Volante
    afforded a view
    through the moon pool
    luxury craft
    say what you want they
    don’t make them
    like they used to.

    Cue the electric guitar
    hardware galore near the mini bar
    glasses and clipboard by the mini sub
    last seen ashore at the Kiss Kiss Club.

    Diving below the Disco Volante
    afforded a view
    through the moon pool
    luxury craft
    say what you want they
    don’t make them
    like they used to.


    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:27 Lyrics I Could Do That Too

    I Could Do That Too

    I could do more
    anything
    you’re thinking
    that would be something
    you know there’s nothing
    I would not do for you
    while I’m doing this, that and the other
    I could do that too.

    I’m good for something
    that’s not quite right
    you’re thinking
    that would be something
    you know there’s nothing
    I would not do for you
    while I’m doing this, that and the other
    I could do that too.


    words and music by Bobbo Staron


  • 02:48 Lyrics I Must Go Back To Cleveland

     I Must Go Back To Cleveland

    If I knew what I was leavin’
    would I be goin’ back to Cleveland
    Baby why don’t you love me more
    I’ve seen it before
    Let’s be perfectly clear
    In Cleveland it was workin’
    Baby it’s workin’ here but
    If this were Cleveland it’d be perfect.

    Location, Location
    worth repeatin’
    the grass is greenest Baby
    I must be dreamin’
    clearly no contest
    Baby not even
    I must go back to Cleveland.


    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 04:04 Lyrics If Nothing Is Solid


    If Nothing Is Solid

    Since nothing is solid
    there is nothing solid here
    I’ve seen everything
    ever was solid disappear.

    x number of angels
    on the head of a pin
    there is no pin.

    If nothing is solid
    nothing is solid here
    Since nothing is solid
    there is nothing solid here.

    At some level there’s nothing
    have I got that right
    lord a blanket of nothing
    will cover me tonight.

    you can look all you want
    there is nothing solid here
    I’ve disappeared.

    If nothing is solid
    nothing is solid here
    since nothing is solid
    there is nothing solid here.



    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:26 Lyrics Hazlet Or Sayreville







    Hazlet Or Sayreville

    (instrumental)


    music by Bobbo Staron

  • 03:15 Lyrics The Awareness Of The Expected Flux

    The Awareness Of The Expected Flux

    I would bet
    a million bucks
    then let it ride
    on the expected flux
    can count on that change
    from plain to deluxe
    the awareness of it
    that’s the crux
    the awareness of
    the expected flux.


    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 03:52 Lyrics Drive-In Vampire Fire Brigade

    Drive-In Vampire Fire Brigade

    The Royal Drive-In
    on Sowashee Street
    across the highway
    from Sowashee Creek
    up the road
    from the no tell motels
    all night vampire
    triple treat
    vampires ahead
    and in the back seat
    the drive-in vampire fire brigade.

    When the fangs come out
    some kind of call goes out
    burning passion
    they will put it out
    drive-in vampires
    dining on the carriage trade
    afraid to look in the rear view mirror
    roll up the windows
    let’s get out of here
    it’s the drive-in vampire fire brigade.



    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 03:01 Lyrics Kiss Your Garden Gnome

    Kiss Your Garden Gnome

    About four-thirty
    latest five
    twelve hours later
    I will arrive
    and I will kiss your garden gnome
    when the cows come home
    I will kiss your garden gnome
    when the cows come home

    Just like clockwork
    over the top
    when the cows come home
    sweet jesus
    it will never stop
    I will kiss your garden gnome
    when the cows come home
    I will kiss your garden gnome
    sweet mama
    when the cows come home


    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:38 Lyrics An Energetic Fact

    An Energetic Fact

    Look
    An energetic fact
    Two steps forward
    One step back
    Two steps forward
    One step back
    See
    An energetic fact.

    repeat

    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:33 Lyrics The Door Was Ajar

    The Door Was Ajar

    In cinematic metaphor
    a door
    is never just a door
    interior boudoir
    soft music
    guitar
    your line was
    what are you waiting for?
    the lighting
    was film noir
    you were abed
    the door was ajar.

    The lush refrain
    champagne
    a shot of the nighttime rain
    interior boudoir
    soft music
    guitar
    your line was
    what are you waiting for?
    the lighting
    was film noir
    you were abed
    the door was ajar.



    words and music by Bobbo Staron

  • 03:30 Lyrics Late Appalachian Diaspora

     Late Appalachian Diaspora

    It is true
    as they say
    everybody moves away
    performative and discursive
    and how
    early america
    late appalachian diaspora
    tell me now

    It is true
    I’m displaced
    dispersed in space    
    the desedimentation
    of the nation
    early america
    late appalachian diaspora
    tell me now

    The truth
    as revealed
    a grouped textual field
    fundamental questioning
    roots of identity
    early america
    late appalachian diaspora
    tell me now

    It is true
    as they say
    everybody moves away



    words and music by Bobbo Staron

NOTES
Credits and Notes
CREDITS

The Touch Of The Goddess Of Memphis
Bobbo Staron - piano, vocal
Mike Stromberg - tricone resonator guitar

Below The Disco Volante
Bobbo Staron - acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocal
Mike Stromberg - dobro

I Could Do That Too
Bobbo Staron - piano, vocal
Mike Stromberg - tricone resonator guitar

I Must Go Back To Cleveland
Bobbo Staron - acoustic guitar, vocal
Mike Stromberg - dobro

If Nothing Is Solid
Bobbo Staron …
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Beaker Culture

by Bobbo Staron

Released 2017
Cretio Opes
Released 2017
Cretio Opes
Twelve Folk Art Songs.

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  • 03:12 Lyrics Nembutal Rocks

     Nembutal Rocks


    We step off the brink
    Put on a stoic face
    Bring all the things we think
    That we can’t replace.
    So many heartfelt knocks
    An open door to all
    But no one cares at all
    So we name the town Nembutal Rocks.

    Caught the commuter train
    Married the one next door
    There’s a lot of time down the drain
    Nothin’ that hasn’t been done before.
    Just outside the box
    Statue of It Could Be stands tall
    But no one cares at all
    This is downtown Nembutal Rocks.

    The sweetest soul who could be
    Out near Route Two Two Four
    Move along there’s nothing to see
    Take a step and you’re out the door.
    A dream and a paradox
    “If thou wilt not, befall what may befall”
    Christ, no one cares at all
    This is goddamned Nembutal Rocks.

    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:42 Lyrics Sally Ann Can

    Sally Ann Can

    Five dollar joint
    No need to holler
    Sally Ann is gonna smoke
      that whole five dollar.
    Sally Ann, man
    Because she can.

    Flamboyant port
    No wine too exotic
    Try to find the bottle
    Sally Ann done got it.
    Sally Ann
    Because she can
    Oh man.

    Yeesh biblioten doten
    Bodote ska deetan daten.

    Thousand dollar coat
    Shoes she don’t walk in
    Sally Ann can smoke you out
    And not stop talkin’.
    Sally Ann
    Because she can, man.

    Ten Grand of coke
    Little artisanal water
    Sally Ann is faster than
       her own grown  daughter.
    Sally Ann
    Yes she can
    Oh man.

    Yeesh biblioten doten
    Bodote ska deetan daten.

    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:58 Lyrics Manalapan Road

    Manalapan Road

    Living cheaper than one
    Some time ago
    Between two Main Streets
    On Manalapan Road.
    You were working with archetypes
    Hey Hosanna
    I was interpreting
    The lower arcana.

    There’s a history of war you know
    So we’ve been told
    There’s The War of Independence, baby
    Right down this road.
    Fire behaving as air
    Lambs to the slaughter
    Lead us to thy peaceful shore
    Earth behaving as water.

    Living quicker than some
    Briefly fate forebode
    Between two Main Streets
    On Manalapan Road
    You were working with archetypes
    Hey Hosanna
    I was interpreting
    The lower arcana.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:52 Lyrics Fainting in Famous Places

    Fainting In Famous Places

    The lovely walk to Milford Sound
    I fainted there
    Route 66 westward bound
    I fainted there
    Fainted in famous places everywhere.

    Green Heart of Europe Park
    I fainted there
    Day Dream Island in the dark
    I fainted there
    Fainted in famous places everywhere.

    The Valley of the Butterflies
    I fainted there
    And Brussels under cloudy skies
    I fainted there
    Fainted in famous places
    Fainted in famous places
    Fainted in famous places everywhere.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:14 Lyrics Bow Tie Boyfriend

    Bow Tie Boyfriend

    There’s a place in Hell
    for a certain kind of hair gel
    well there should be
    hey why lie?
    And a shelf as well as
    a no man’s land around it
    for the sleazy so called bow tie.

    Madam I’m Adam
    said Adam to Eve
    the snake has suggested this tie
    for your guy.
    Adam, said Eve
    one question please
    what kind of guy would wear that kind of tie?

    What kind of guy
    would wear that kind of tie?
    What kind of guy
    would wear that…

    Cleopatra and Antony
    back from their date
    the night on the Nile did not satisfy
    Tony’s romantic
    but she cannot deny
    there’s no romance in that cheesy bow tie.

    There’s a place in Hell
    for a certain kind of hair gel
    well there should be
    hey why lie?
    And a shelf as well as
    a no man’s land around it
    for the sleazy so called bow tie.

    And a shelf as well as
    a no man’s land around it
    for the sleazy so called…


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:48 Lyrics Christ Held by Half Naked Men

    Christ Held By Half Naked Men

    Remember we were modern when
    Marsden Hartley paused and then
    painted Christ Held By Half Naked Men.

    I said it before and I meant it
    Three dimensional form
    I love the way you represent it.

    Playful use of decoration
    Spatial drama
    Historical quotation.

    Remember we were modern when
    Marsden Hartley paused and then
    painted Christ Held By Half Naked Men.

    I said it before and I meant it
    Three dimensional form
    I love the way you represent it.

    Far reaching transformation
    Breaking down conventional
    Formulas of representation.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 01:48 Lyrics Aligned Ritual Shrine
    • Aligned Ritual Shrine

      So like this for instance
      We were doing fine
      We were digging Cincinnati
      Near the Hamilton County Line
      After surveying
      And some overtime excavating
      We were digging up another
      Aligned ritual shrine.

      To err is human
      To forgive divine
      Forgive me if I’m wrong
      But this is obviously by design
      Stellar positioning
      Relations to other disciplines
      We’re looking at another
      Aligned ritual shrine.

      The standing wave
      How we intertwine
      Picture us digging Cincinnati
      Near the Hamilton County Line
      After surveying
      And some overtime excavating
      You’re looking at another aligned ritual
      At another aligned ritual shrine.


      words & music by Bobbo Staron
  • 03:04 Lyrics Geneva-on-the-Lake Riot July 4, 1965

    Geneva-On-The-Lake Riot July 4, 1965

    It was really started by the college kids
    that got out of hand outside The Cove,
    with their “greenest ivy overgrown
    and tufted with an ivy grove.”

    The riot at Geneva-On-The-Lake
    Ohio Nineteen Sixty Five
    was a mob
    and the law
    and a white picket fence
    on the fourth of July.

    Deriving from the Latin mobilis
    this mob was a disorderly crowd
    and the law in this case
    functioned as plural
    before they were done damn it got loud.

    The riot at Geneva-On-The-Lake
    Ohio Nineteen Sixty Five
    was a mob
    and the law
    and a white picket fence
    on the fourth of July.

    Notwithstanding Mr. Wilson,
    the fence has been popular
    since the early colonial era.
    Noisy but blown out of proportion.
    That’s what the locals will tell ya.

    The riot at Geneva-On-The-Lake
    Ohio Nineteen Sixty Five
    was a mob
    and the law
    and a white picket fence
    on the fourth of July.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:38 Lyrics Did Not Know I Was Gone to Reno

    Did Not Know I Was Gone To Reno

    I was gone to Reno
    until I knew I did not know
    did not know
    I was gone to Reno.

    California Ave meets Mayberry Drive
    parallel universe to Reno High
    Play guitar at the coffee house
    Regular guy.
    Every inherent possibility
    in the quantum wavefunction reality
    is possible
    so it is possible.

    I was gone to Reno
    until I knew I did not know
    did not know
    I was gone to Reno.

    There’s the Time hypothesis
    and what is it?
    Because it doesn’t seem to exist.
    We’re In the same place
    at the same time
    but our times are not the same times.
    What does one know
    when one does not know?
    Now I know
    I did not know.
    I know I did not know.

    I was gone to Reno
    until I knew I did not know
    did not know
    I was gone to Reno.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 03:04 Lyrics Verisimilitude Blues

    Verisimilitude Blues

    Oh I have  tried to evolve
    from mimesis into verisimilitude.
    I have been reviewed,
    interviewed and misconstrued.
    I have tried to evolve
    into verisimilitude.

    Y’all I’ve tried to evolve
    from mimesis into verisimilitude.
    I have been reviewed,
    interviewed and misconstrued.
    Yes I have tried to evolve
    into verisimilitude.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 02:49 Lyrics Steel Mill Reel

    Steel Mill Reel

    To get to work
    we walked downtown
    all the way from Austintown.
    All the way from Austintown.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

  • 03:17 Lyrics The Birthplace of Saint Dymphna

     The Birthplace Of Saint Dymphna

    From where do you come?
    The birthplace of Saint Dymphna
    I figure I’m here now
    to address the lacuna
    wondrous as it is
    I wonder
    our father, glory be
    one bad mother.

    I was off on a journey
    And was the stranger come to town
    the image I requested
    was unavailable or
    nowhere around
    I’ll tell you one thing
    everywhere I go
    somebody always knows something
    I don’t know.

    How do we redo
    things we don’t remember?
    Make do and mend
    and thank you
    because some shit lasts forever
    wondrous as it is
    I wonder
    our father, glory be
    one bad mother.


    words & music by Bobbo Staron

NOTES
This is the Beaker Culture album.
All songs words & music by Bobbo Staron
Bobbo Staron - acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals
Mike Stromberg - tricone guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar

references or quotes:

“Paradox and Dream” - John Steinbeck essay

Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare tragedy
Aaron - “If thou wilt not, befall what may befall,”

Battle of Monmouth fought in 1778 on land now part
of Manalapan and Freehold Townships, New Jersey

Tarot Arcana

Marsden Hartley …
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