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Test Tones

by Mikel Rouse

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1.
JC LOVE FIELD Where was your silent night arranged? Sleeping in towns that never change Miracle fabric, fattening foods Liquor and guns and desperate moods Hunting and fishing jamboree Didn’t you hear invest in me? Bringin’ it to the lightning round Sending it through the underground If you think you’re on your own or not Remember baby it’s just alright You can make it with a love field outa sight Get yourself together baby it’s just alright Any other kind of love field’s gonna bite Something that’s lazy makes you act crazy Born out of wedlock, that’s when you deadlock Magical crop yield that’s JC Love Field When was the moment time ran out? Left over lives, what’s that about? Up over head the sky so blue Somewhere someone is watching you Huntin’ and fishin’ jamboree Didn’t you hear invest in me? Bringin’ it to the lightning round Sending it through the underground If may think your on your own or not, remember…
2.
ONLY YOU CAN FORGIVE ME When I find the words that fail Is it any wonder thery’re for sale? Please believe me completely When I’ve gotten what I gave Can I have it written on my grave: Regrets deeply, completely I didn’t bother to learn How to sink or to swim Time can’t forgive me, the sky can’t forgive me Only you can forgive me Friends can’t forgive me, the end can’t forgive me Only you can forgive me He can’t forgive me or She can’t forgive me Only you can forgive me
3.
THIS IS THE BEST This is the best that we can do This is the best that we can do Caught up in a world right in front of me Maybe I go South, meet my destiny Make believe I drive, kick it into gear Make a mental note ‘til the coast is clear No one is to blame, I just don’t agree Please let me explain my philosophy Give it to the poor, give it to the rich Maybe I’m confused as to which is which This is the best, this is the best The best we can do Every now and then everything I do Mixes me a drink and I think of you If it’s in the air and it gets around Might as well believe that it’s homeward bound No one is to blame, I just can’t agree Please let me explain my philosophy I give it to you, you give it to me No one will complain as long as it is free This is the best, this is the best The best we can do
4.
Poor God 03:21
POOR GOD Look what you have done I have to start all over Poor God Poor God Now I have to start all over again Poor God Poor God
5.
Grace Lynn 03:42
POOR GOD Look what you have done I have to start all over Poor God Poor God Now I have to start all over again Poor God Poor God
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Pawn And Gun 02:51
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DADDY’S MONEY In my wealth, in my mind and my faith in my kind I believe in a town with enough to go ‘round In the left over light where you stay for the night There’s a smile and a breeze and a quiet disease Daddy’s money, daddy’s money Daddy look down, look down daddy look down It keeps pace with the times and it welcomes odd rhymes Call it hope or relief in this state of belief It makes sense in my head as I’m lying in bed You don’t ask, you don’t get if you live in regret Daddy’s money, daddy’s money Daddy look down, look down daddy look down
8.
SARAH AND ERIN Sarah and Erin out for a spin Wearing life able and where have they been? In focus forever and diving for pearls Unsettling times for a couple of girls And what did we leave you? I’m sorry for that And what did we leave you? I’m sorry for that Sarah and Erin out for a spin Wearing life able and some kind of kin
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Sunsations 03:27
SUNSATIONS If you come around I will be in clover Even up and over, what I wouldn’t do If you come around even for a short while I’ll turn off my mobile just to be with you If you come around I’ll give up the drinkin’ Even give up thinkin’ what I wouldn’t do If you come around I’ll stay home on Sunday I’ll make it the one day just to be with you If you come around with your summer sound Memories abound I will be the love you have forever When the world is done and there’s no more fun Love is on the run I will be the one to leave you never Sunsations Sunsations
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Test Tones 03:52
TEST TONES Take my Ruston days Take my gentle ways Take my boring pains Take my rotting veins Take my Ruston days Take my Ruston days Take my gentle ways Take my boring pains Take my rotting veins Take my Ruston days
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BEFORE AND AFTER Before there was beauty and afterward too Before there was me, before there was you Before we were through Before there was sadness and afterward too A missing belief still missing for two And what can you do? Before and after I looked to the skies I saw it just as I was closing my eyes Before and after the tears that I cried I saw for an instant the soul I denied Before there was poverty, afterward too Depends where you look, depends what you do A room with a view Before there was sadness and afterward too A missing belief still missing for two Well, what can you do? Before and after I looked to the skies I saw it just as I was closing my eyes Before and after the tears that I cried I saw for an instant the soul I denied Before and after before Before and after
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AMERICA’S BELIEF And the sleepy town, what goes up goes down Everybody wipe your feet And you’re all alone with your magic phone Everybody’s got the beat If it’s sink or swim with your new best friend Who’s the prophet, who’s the thief? And the falling stars and the whiskey bars Of America’s belief I know I’ll always love you ‘til the end of time I know I’ll always love you ‘til the end of time See the magic shoes watch them dance the blues As they tumble out of sight And if freedom rings and religion sings Then I won’t know wrong from right And the sleepy town, what goes up goes down Who’s the prophet, who’s the thief? And the falling stars and the whiskey bars Of America’s belief I know I’ll always love you ‘til the end of time I know I’ll always love you ’til the end of time

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Test Tones is a collection of song written and recorded in rural Louisiana during Rouse’s three year residency. While in Louisiana, he spent considerable time in the Delta meeting and playing with regional artists, most influential of which were Henry Dorsey and Wayne “Tookie” Cullum. Playing “cane cuttter blues” with Henry and Tookie would influence the multi-media piece Music For Minorities. But with Test Tones, Rouse explores his new studio environment and sets the tone for the next recording. Test Tones is dedicated to Steve Reich and Brian Wilson, once again highlighting Rouse’s interest in classical structure applied to vernacular music.

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released June 29, 2005

© 2005 Mikel Rouse
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Published by Club Soda Music (ASCAP)

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Mikel Rouse New York, New York

Mikel Rouse is a New York-based composer, director, performer and recording artist hailed as “a composer many believe to be the best of his generation.” (NY Times 2002) His works include 25 records, 7 films (including Funding and Music For Minorities), and a trilogy of media operas: Failing Kansas, Dennis Cleveland and The End Of Cinematics. ... more

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