Evil Zen

by Harrison Colby

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recorded from Jan - May 2012, during the same time as "Harrison Colby and the Zenith Mountain Band." the two albums were supposed to form a double quasi-concept album but the second half, "Evil Zen," was sat on for almost a year.

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released March 17, 2013

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Track Name: My Rock and Roll (lives on Zenith Mountain)
On my way to Zenith Mountain
With a suitcase in my hand
I got hopes and dreams of joining the Zenith Mountain Band
It ain't just a place
It's a place in time
Where I'll spend all of my days and leave my painful past behind

On the rock that sits on Zenith Mountaintop

On my way to Zenith Mountain
I got picked up by a van
That was sho 'nuff driven by a Zenith Mountain Man
He offered me his bread and he offered me some wine
Told me of a place I couldn't imagine even if I really tried

On the rock that sits on Zenith Mountaintop
Track Name: Skeletons
Soft pink feathers tingle to the touch
My feather boa constrictor
Only thing she wants is to be let out of her cage
You know it's so hard to resist her

It ain't no sin
Just let it in
It's alright, yes m'am
Sure not the bane
Pure sugarcane
Come on I wanna see your demons

Scared straight face so electric white
You look so pretty by soft candlelight
Put on a record while I put on my face
My pink plastic transistor

It ain't no sin
Just let it in
It's alright, yes m'am
Sure not the bane
Pure sugarcane
Come on I wanna see those skeletons

It's ain't no sin
It's alright
Sure not the bane
pure sugarcane
Yes I wanna see them skeletons
Track Name: Holding Hands with Midnight
At a cozy garden party
In the middle of the afternoon
She made quite the royal entrance
With her majestic red balloon
Took everything I could
Just to ease out of my chair
Before I took another step
I felt the coldest icy glare
Two eyes that seemed to swirl
With all the wisdom of the world
All man's greed and all his self inflicted pain
Took another step and I felt my heart begin to give
Is he the master or the ruler of the game

Something just don't sit right
The sun is shining overhead
But she's holding hands with Midnight
Sure is a sharp dressed man

I slipped in between the patrons
Next to that girl with the balloon
"Let me buy you a drink little honey...
I insist. Anything for you."
She said, "Listen here man...
I don't know who you think you are.
I came here with Midnight.
You better turn heel and hit the tar."
It seemed we had an eavesdropper
A sound came to my my surprise
A cackle from that owner of that icy set of eyes
"Have a seat, son." He said "Come join us at our table...
Let me hear your story. What makes your dreams unattainable?"

Something just don't sit right
The sun is shining overhead
But she's holding hands with Midnight
Sure is a sharp dressed man

(Look out!)
Pleased to meet you Mr. Midnight
You know, I think I've heard your name
All I want in the room is the girl with the red balloon
"That depends, son. What've you got to trade?"
Track Name: Face Down on the Tiles
Telephone call in the A.M.
About an incident last night
Man on the phone says I was involved
But that just don't seem right

Woah, now! Hey, man!
When you gonna realize?
That it ain't too good that you can't remember anything that happens after
9 o'clock

Face down
Face down
Face down on the tiles
9 to 5 is a good long while
And by 9 pm, I'm black out face down on the tiles

Telephone call in the A.M.
About a scuffle that happened around 10
"Man that fits your description kicked a store front window in."

Don't sound like me
Don't seem like nuthin I would do
But maybe after 8-10 Pabst Blue Ribbons

Telephone call in the A.M.
About an arrest that happened around midnight
"Man that looks just like you resisted and put up a pretty good fight."

Woah, now! Hey, man!
I don't do that kinda shit
But maybe after I've had a good deal of Schlitz
Track Name: Gold Honey
How many times
How many times
They've got those big dollar signs in the whites of their eyes
Shakin and twirlin
Shakin and twirlin
Now they're all on board now that the ships overturning

It makes a poor man cry
That nobody's gonna turn their heads when we lay down and die

If you've got the money
I've got the fever
Let's sell all our clothes
And get the hell outta here

Alligator claws
Their Ma's and their Pa's
Buy up their records
Give a new set of laws

Lookin for a sign
I'm lookin for a sign
One things for sure
This sure ain't a goldmine

If you've got the fever
I've got the money
Let's sell all our clothes
And shoot the gold honey

It's a new decade
Don't you know, man
I wish that I stayed in the last one
You know, the past one?

If you've got the money
I've got the fever
Let's sell all our clothes
And get the fuck outta here
Track Name: Sham
Twist up your hair, little darlin
Into a fiendish lock
The water keeps on rising
Keeps on risin too high
Crashes down onto the rolling rocks

Transistor radios on
I can hear our single lie
It's just a product of our fascination
And we sure hope that you buy

(da, da, da)

Give it time
Give it a little time
We'll make it all back and more
And then we'll leave this behind

Soldiers of delusion
We're just living off religion
It's a hard egg to crack
We're gonna rip it open
Like it's our goddamn mission

Give it time
Give it a little time
We'll make it all back and more
And then we'll be just fine
Track Name: Fire (Jukebox Blues)
Killing time
Killing it with you
It's just the only thing that I wanna do
And if it's killing me
Then it's killing you
They've got the green
And we've got the jukebox blues

And when it's time for the season to turn
We're gonna burn it down, everything
Before it grows back the following spring

My my mama nature
Satisfy my soul's on fire
My my mama nature
Satisfy my one true desire

Teen Jockey's on the radio
And they just keep spinning for the millionth mile
And if it's killing me
Then it's killing you
We've got the green
And we ain't got the jukebox blues

My soul's on fire
Track Name: Houndstooth
You will be my eyes and ears
As I drift into the tall dark pine
Close your eyes and pray
I'll never stumble
I came of age into the strangest of times

You and I
We're asking why
The sun never shines anymore
We'll hang our heads and weep
While she's sound asleep
And my blood boils red down to my core

I stare into the face of a hound of hell
He's just a wretch with a mother like me
But if I fault or waiver I'll be six feet under
I'll be brave but afraid I'll be pleased
Track Name: Evil Zen
He's the bringer of light
And he's dressed all in white
Right on
She's red light and baked
And he sure wants a taste
Right on

One hand on the ivories
One hand over your eyes
Don't worry baby
I'm sure it sounds alright (just fine)

Evil Zen
(and she whispers in my ear)
Evil Zen
(have I made myself clear?)
Evil Zen

Got a southern boy grin
He's drunk off big city gin
Right on
And he's tried lord he's tried
But she's all bound and tied
Right on

One hand on the ebonies
One hand over your eyes
Don't worry baby
I'm sure it sounds alright (just fine)