RANDOM ACTS OF MUSIC

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released August 12, 2012

track 1, "JERICHO'S CALL"
JOHN BENNER, JR., - lyrics
FRED STESNEY - bass guitar, arrangement
KATHERINE ETZEL - vocals, percussion, arrangement, tracking/production/mixing
ALAN LEE BACKER - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
KAREN DAHLSTROM - vocals
JEN MCDEARMAN - vocals

track 2, "THE BOY KING"
(words/music/arrangement by Karen Dahlstrom / Idalyn Music)
KAREN DAHLSTROM, lead vocals, guitar
KATHERINE ETZEL, backing vocals, accordion, tracking/mixing
JEN MCDEARMAN, backing vocals
GARY KEENAN, octave mandolin, dobro

track 3, "THE TROOPER"
(words & music by Iron Maiden)
JEN MCDEARMAN: backing vocals
KAREN DAHLSTROM: lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar
ALAN LEE BACKER: backing vocals, electric guitars, banjo
FRED STESNEY: backing vocals, bass guitar, arrangement
KATHERINE ETZEL: backing vocals, percussion, arrangement, production/tracking/mixing

BAND PHOTO: Farzana Razak

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Track Name: FIVE MISSING ONE
Guiding horses with able hands
Through valleys and table lands
Another night by the fire
With the freedom we desire

We’re five but we’re missing one
Ride together under moon and sun
We had a friend who wouldn’t run
We’re five but we’re missing one

We thought it was all for fun
And in a moment…gone
A day I won’t forget
But a lifetime to regret

We’re five but we’re missing one
Ride together under moon and sun
We had a friend who wouldn’t run
We’re five but we’re missing one

He knew the risk, he took the chance
And gave us his last dance

So we drink to the family we found
And to the one that’s not around
And we ride on

We’re five but we’re missing one
We ride until the ridin’s done
We had a friend who wouldn’t run
We’re five but we’re missing one

We’re five but we’re missing one
We ride until the ridin’s done
We had a friend who wouldn’t run
We’re five but we’re missing, yeah, we’re missing
We’re five but we’re missing one
Track Name: MR. COFFEE
MR. COFFEE
Words by MARY NELL MURPHY
Music by BOBTOWN

I got a king size bed but no king
got a tuxedo jacket and a white bow tie
and I wear ‘em to the weddings alone in July
and I catch the bouquets and I hang ‘em to dry
but there’s no mister here but the coffee

I got a king size bed but no king
no diamonds on my fingers, no hyphen at all
no honeymoon trip to Niagra Falls
just one name on the mailbox, initials if you call
cuz there’s no mister here but the coffee

I got a king size bed but no king
got all of Joni Mitchell and no Aerosmith
got a long-haired cat with a frou-frou name
it takes ten kinds of brushes to tame our manes
and there’s no mister here but the coffee

I don’t need permission when dinner’s behind
and dressin’ for dinner means closin’ the blinds
in my birthday suit, and that suits me fine
cuz there’s no mister here but the coffee

I got a king size bed but no king
and it hit me hard when I moved away
I was always looking for the right thing to say
but now I’m back and I’m here to stay
and I’m back-in-percolation with Mr. Coffee
my cup runneth over for Mr. Coffee
And there’s no mister here but the coffee
Yeah
Track Name: JERICHO'S CALL
JERICHO'S CALL
(by John Benner, Jr.)

A gentle call was Jericho 

Compared to the atomic flame 

As Fat Man and Little Boy go - 

As scientist and general dare

Compared to the atomic flame 

Politicians' words spook more herds 

As scientist and general dare 

To make of our world potsherds.

Politician's words spook more herds - 

A gentle call was Jericho 

To make of our world potsherds 

As Fat Man and Little Boy go.
Track Name: THE BOY KING
The moon above is bowing low
Through the cedars, the soft winds blow
For you, my child

The stars, they shine with a heav'nly light
Angel voices sing goodnight
And they praise your name
Sing praises to you, the boy king

Hush now, baby
Sleep, little one
In the morning they'll come to kneel at your throne
But tonight you're my own
My love, my only son

That I were wise and dutiful
I'd know why I'm given so beautiful
A gift as this

I have no feathers for your bed
No golden crown to lay on your head
But my hands are strong
And my love is as deep as the sea

Hush now, baby
Sleep, little one
In the morning they'll come to kneel at your throne
But tonight you're my own
My love, my only son
Track Name: THE TROOPER (Iron Maiden Cover)
(WORDS & MUSIC BY IRON MAIDEN)

You take my life, but I'll take yours too
You fire your musket, but I run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand, there's no turning back

The bugle sounds, the charge begins
But on this battlefield, no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses' breath
As I plunge on into certain death,

Oh, oh

The horse, he sweats with fear, we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race towards the human wall
The screams of pain as my comrades fall

We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And the Russians fire another round
We get so near, yet so far away
We won't live to fight another day

Oh, oh

We get so close, near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds take my horse below

And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear, I draw my parting groan