Songs From the North Country

by Funkyfreddy

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released April 21, 2012

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Funkyfreddy West Chazy, New York

Fred's songwriting, slide guitar and unique ambient guitar stylings have dazzled audiences. His voice and songwriting remind one of artists such as Neil Young, Elliott Smith, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd. Fred is also well known as the guitarist for Neighbors + Allies; one of David Bowie's favorite NY bands. ... more

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Track Name: Waiting For Grace
Waiting For Grace

we watched the sun go down again
over the mountains from the border
of Quebec and NY
that day Lake Champlain was glowing

and sometimes sunset makes me wonder
about the many who worked these fields
or made their livings in the forest
all those who drank from these waters

were they waiting
waiting for grace?
all of the living
waiting for grace?

sometimes I feel like extra freight
getting older and gaining weight
what seemed to matter matters little anymore
and I don't feel I'm so important

the flapping wings and the gnashing teeth
all the ads that say "hey look at me"
all those pushers and their products
and all those wishing for the end of the world

do you think they're waiting
waiting for grace?
that all of us living
are waiting for grace?
but what are you giving
while you wait you for grace?

all of these creatures are my brethren
and all of those who wonder
about the way things might have been
for all historians are dreamers

and I'm still waiting
waiting for grace
watching and waiting
waiting for grace
yes I'm still waiting
waiting for grace

we watch the sun go down again

c 2011 Frederick Reed
Track Name: What Buddhas We Are
What Buddhas We Are

it's only dawn at the border
bringing her light and wind like the waves
on the wheat fields blowing
the amber glowing

I guess you think it's funny
even though it's true
what Buddhas we are

the wheels of Maya turn round and round
confusing us all and bringing us down
to a place on the mirror
in every chosen circus
I try to escape from this hand of fate
falling again I fear it's too late
while the wheel keeps spinning

but I guess you think it's funny
even though it's true
what Buddhas we are

c 2010 Frederick Reed
Track Name: Under An August Moon
UNDER AN AUGUST MOON

The Moon is always full in my mind
these days when I think of you
time by the lake was magic
when summer camp was our home

these days I think of you
under an August moon

smiles like ripples on water
graced the notes we played
but some had a thing about broken strings
and all the mistakes we made

these days I think of you
under an August moon
these days i think of you ......

the moon is always full in my mind

think of an old piano
stashed in a musty hall
lives like broken ivory
haunted themes fill the wood

these days when I think of you
under an August moon
these days when I think of you

c2011 Frederick Reed
Track Name: The Years Pt. 1
The Years, The Tears, and the Fears

Grandfather, where did I go wrong?
Grandfather, where did I go wrong?
sitting in a one room flat with
roaches running across the floor
Grandfather, where did I go wrong?

grandfather, where did we go wrong?
grandfather, where did we go wrong?
living in poverty in America
grandfather, where did we go wrong?

all the wasted time
Lord it seems a crime
all the wasted years

all the wasted time
Lord it blows my mind
all those wasted years
the years, the tears, and the fears

looking back on all those wasted nights
nowadays the survivors are a sight
who drove their party off the road
the wreckage of their lives a load
and now they cry for strength to carry on

all the wasted time
Lord it seems a crime
all the wasted years

all the wasted time
oh it blows my mind
all those wasted years
the years, the tears, and the fears

c 2012 Frederick Reed
Track Name: When The Cats Away
When The Cat's Away

don't you worry about tomorrow
forget about yesterday
cause we've got bread and circuses today

but the banks have sold their junk bonds
and now they're selling you
cause you know that might is right and greed is good

oo when the cat's away
the rats will play

say hello to the third world
in your backyard
say hello to the third world at your door

make money in foreclosures
while mama's on the dole
does the path of least resistance eat your soul?

uh oh when the cat's away
the rats will play

big brother is watching
while the bankers bleed us dry
big brother is always standing by

taxing your income
for the war on drugs and oil
as your jobs are all downsized to foreign soil

uh oh when the cat's away
the rats will play

lobbyists are killing
while you work the dollar stores
making sure we buy our free trade from china

tear out the regulations
set the corporations free
don't you worry honey wealth will trickle down

uh oh when the cat's away
the rats will play

tear out the regulations
set the corporations free
don't you worry honey wealth will trickle down

c2012 Frederick Reed
Track Name: Ghosts of Saratoga
Ghosts of Saratoga

some say that earth is a battlefield
we lost the war a long time ago

the trenches are empty
the soldiers have gone home
their blood's been washed away by the rain

we lost the war along time ago

Now the Ghosts of Saratoga
wander the mists of dawn

where armies roamed the mountains
victims of natures scorn
their time's been washed away by the rains

so let us pray for unknown soldiers
and the ghosts of green mountain boys
they lost the war a long time ago
they lost the war a long time ago

some say that earth is a battlefield

c2011 Frederick Reed
Track Name: Do You Think It's True (Heroes)
Do you think it's true that all men would love to be heros?

did you hear of a plane that crashed upon the Hudson
and all aboard were saved from the freezing winter waters

the toast of all NY the captain was a hero
not a talking head nor flashbulb hungry starlet

and all your angry young men are just sheep in wolves clothing
bound to old cliches and petty manipulations

do you think it's true that all men would love to be heros

it's takes sacrifice to break the downward spiral
first you must get out of bed and work to check you ego

wish I could tell you more but I've never been a hero
running from shams and scams rushing down this digital highway

do you think it's true that all men would love to be heros
do you think it's true that all men would love to be heros

Would you stand apart, dodging falsehood like bullets?
be sure to guard your head and your heart!

do you think it's true that all men would love to be heros
do you think it's true that all men would love to be heros

c2010 Frederick Reed
Track Name: Wreckage of Dreams
the wreckage of dreams

retreat to a trailer in vermont
at night hear the wind and coyotes howl
sunset makes a lovely autumn scene
where a bonfire of self help books might keep you warm

staring at the wreckage of dreams

automobiles rusting in the field
muddy streams and trash filled cellar holes
tombstones with engravings worn off
ghost towns tell a tale of shattered stone

have you seen the wreckage of dreams?
have you seen the wreckage of your dreams?

would you sell your soul for security
would you sell your soul to roll the dice again

ruins hidden in these haunted woods
once were homes folks lived in long ago
forgotten sagas never to be told
line this road with the wreckage of dreams

C2011 Frederick Reed
Track Name: In An Empty House
IN AN EMPTY HOUSE

let us wander round
in a basement full of memories
there are ghosts in the attic
between the photos and the picture frames

and I could cry forever
when I see how life abandons us
and an old man and his memories
in an empty house

there's a trail of tears
that is left by every family
as the years roll on

and I could cry forever
in an empty house

so shed a tear for father
shed a tear for mom
shed a tear for loved ones
who made us as we are

there's a tale that's told
between the dust and broken furniture
where the children played
but have since moved on

and I could cry forever
when I see how life abandons us
in an empty house

c2012 Frederick Reed
Track Name: I Don't Want To Dream This Anymore
C Am Em7 repeat

I don't want to dream this anymore
i don't want to fall asleep and wake up on your floor
I don't want to dream this anymore

Instrumental section between verses

F G
F Em7 G

C Am Em7
we don't want your night mares anymore
we don't want your TV news and we don't need your wars
we don't want your nightmares anymore

but you think it's just another day
one more sleazy move in the BS games you play
and I wish to God you'd go away

we don't want your drama anymore
we don't need the stress you cause, your lie's are just a bore
we don't want your drama anymore

I don't want to dream this anymore
i don't want to fall asleep and wake up on your floor
I don't want to dream this anymore

c2011 Frederick Reed
Track Name: The Years, Pt. 2
The Years, Pt. 2

You won't have to bury me
throw my ashes in the sea
You won't have to bury me

Don't need no tombstone on the hill
let the flesh go as it will
You won't have to bury me

all the wasted time
Lord it seems a crime
all the wasted years

all the wasted time
oh it blows my mind
all those wasted years

spent some time on planet Earth
had some pleasure and some hurt
and you don't have to bury me
you won't have to bury me

c 2012 Frederick Reed
Track Name: Say Goodbye
SAY GOODBYE

VERSE 1:
Em Am Em
I see leaves of summer falling
Cmaj7 Em
and I know they will soon be gone
Am Em
I see clouds of autumn warning
Cmaj7 Em
that's the way of all things

CHORUS:
G Em G Em
so say goodbye to your summer
G Em Am D
time to sing your winter song x2
Em
your winter song

BRIDGE 1:
Am
hold on tightly and let go lightly
Em
the old ones say
Cmaj7 B7 Em
for if you live your time will surely come

VERSE 2
see the way the stream meanders
through dark woods and muddy fields
can you feel the weather changing
earth abides through every thing

CHORUS:
so say goodbye to your summer
time to sing your winter song x2

BRIDGE 2:
Em
Have you heard birds calling on the evening road?
Have you heard them calling?
Have you heard them calling?

CHORUS:
so say goodbye to your summer
time to sing your winter song x2

c2011 frederick Reed
Track Name: North Country Blues
North Country Blues

north country blues
got those north country blues
cause the leaves all are gone
got those north country blues

my baby left a long time ago
my baby left me for a warmer climate
baby left me broke and lonely

got those north country blues
cause the green is all gone
got those north country blues

hear the howling winter winds
i hear those howling winter winds
and I know the ice is coming
and I know a storm is calling

north country blues
got those north country blues
and all I see is gray and white
got those north country blues

got a head ache
a run of bad luck
a chain saw and a pickup truck

trapped inside
been six days
since we've seen the sunshine

north country blues
got those north country blues
cause the leaves all are gone
got those north country blues

c2010 Frederick Reed