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Tethered to the Ground

by Eric Anders

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1.
Big World Abide (©2005 Anders/O'Bitz) Santa's small world Not just a white lie 'Cause we went to bed So safe inside How hard to say goodnight Big world abide Telling our lies of black and white Safe Inside God's got a list He's checkin' it twice Heaven's the gift For those who are nice But still hard to say goodnight Big world abide Telling our lies of black and white Safe Inside Not innocent fairy tales Red is the sum of this black and white Dealin' in good and evil These believers they terrorize You might hope our lies evolve It seems, hardly at all From the big world we'll ever hide Not abide … say goodnight They said it was just a little white lie We were told before goodnight These lies of black and white Stories for kids to feel safe inside These lies of black and white To which we'll hold and for which we'll die
2.
How Low and Why (©2005 Anders/O'Bitz) How low and why How low before we open our eyes How low and why How low before we can't ask why How low d'we go with slavery then How low our aboriginal sin How low against the Vietminh How low before it ends How low and why How low our wanton luxury ride How low and why How low before we can't ask why How low d'we go with slavery then How low our aboriginal sin How low against the Vietminh How low before it ends So high we started for the times So high the high for men who were white So high these freedoms, and rights So high so many held them up in awe and began the fight Eyes on the prize How low and why How low so we can turn off the fight How low and why How low now that we can't ask why How low d'we go with slavery then How low our aboriginal sin How low against the Vietminh How low before it ends How low before it ends For it ends ... for it ends
3.
Tethered to the Ground (©2004 Anders/O'Bitz) A small redemption to be found And I'm headin' for it Oh the modesty of the ground A body evidenced so sound But I'm reelin' from it 'Cause I know what can't be found Tethered to the ground But I'm reelin' from it 'Cause I know what can't be found As I'm headin' for it Feel it all around See it all around A slow acceptance of it now As I'm headin' for it A restless intellect calms down Tethered to the ground But I'm reelin' from it 'Cause I know what can't be found As I'm headin' for it Tethered to the ground But I'm reelin' from it 'Cause I know what can't be found As I'm eadin' for it Tethered to the ground I'm tethered to the ground We're tethered to the ground But we reel from it 'Cause we know what can't be found 'Cause we know what can't be found 'Cause we know what can't be found
4.
Far Away Land (©2002 Anders/Bohm) Where is far from lonely Far away from the cold I want clear skies above me I want away from it all Take me there Some better day I've been here What makes me stay Yes she keeps me here Holding me close in the rain There's no far away Far away, far away land Not one of my absent beauties No thread in my weave At times she's too real to me Can't help muse how to leave Take me there Some better day I've been here What makes me stay Yes she keeps me here Holding me close in the rain There's no far away Far away, far away land Oh but to confide To trust all in her With a world I can't share And it sets me up To be still lonely It's a world I can't bear While she's holding me close in the rain Ahh Ahh Yes she keeps me here Holding me close in the rain There's no far away Far away, far away land
5.
Blister in the Sun (©1980, 2005 Gorno Music) We've been talking It's not enough Man we're so strung out From high as a kite Now we might Stop and just check out Let us go on Like a blister in the sun Let us go on I know you're the one Our bodies beat Strained by these needs Could we ever know why? You're my girlfriend Are we at the end? No use starting to cry Let us go on Like a blister in the sun Let us go on I know you're the one We've been talking It's not enough Man we're so strung out From high as a kite Now we might Stop and just check out Let us go on Like a blister in the sun Let us go on I know you're the one Let us go on Like a blister in the sun Let us go on I know you're the one … On … On ...
6.
Earth Rise 04:19
Earth Rise (©2005 Anders/Brown/O'Bitz/Watkins) Long flight right above dead satellite Earthrise One chance to get it right Can't take it over Our only ride Oh, Earth rise You know it's time In circles we're goin finite So bright Far beyond Dead satellite Should be able to abide Take with each other This lonely ride Oh, Earth rise You know it's time In circles we're goin finite Is there anything but this ride? Could it ever be alright? We're nothing tonight In circles we're goin finite Hold tight Tethered to Blue satellite We're buffeted side by side Until it's over Enjoy the ride Oh, Earth rise You know it's time In circles we're goin Is there anything but this ride Oh we gotta make it right We're nothing tonight, yeah Oh yeah, Earth rise
7.
Looking Forward to Your Fall (©2005 Anders/O'Bitz) The higher the climbin' The harder the fall Just an old sayin' I hope says it all … says it all Looking forward to your fall So good I bet Looking forward to your fall Your fall You talked about freedom Billions appalled Abu Ghraib prison You didn't care at all So fond of fighting As long as others called Sixty thousand boomers down Now you control the calling Death toll mounting You don't care … at all twice
8.
These People 03:09
These People (©2003 Anders/West) These people who gave me life Lived in color not black and white The unforgettable two are still alive Not true for the four and so on These people who gave me life What debt is owed and who pays the price? What kind of currency could we hope to contrive? How contrived You know I don't know Names of one of the eight of mine Powers of two obscured by time And branching lines If I give someone life How long remembered? Bio memory down the line And how does that matter? The people who saved my life Mostly women but none a wife My sisters mainly have helped me to get by Oh I can't imagine life without them The people who saved my life A debt is owed and the payments mine The currency it is known and older than time And I want to pay it If someone saves a life They will be remembered A type of memory down another line And that seems to matter oh. These people.
9.
Fall Over 03:37
Fall Over (©2003 Anders/Mitchell/O'Bitz/West) In my world denial is the crown Worn 'round my regal hand-me-down This royal racket protects me from All the feelings that seem to come As the world can't help but weigh me down. Fall over I'm feelin' every pound Fall over I know I can't afford to hit the ground Standing tall I'm king of my surround singing "fall" in my background Floating through most dreams I have Looking down on the other half High above them as they walk around Fall over I fear that I'm earthbound Fall over I know I can't afford to miss the ground Abdication of the crown It means fallin', I'm fallin' All these feelings have come 'round No more floating or looking down Fall over I'm feelin' every pound Fall over I know I can't afford to hit the ground Fall over I fear that I'm earthbound Fall over I know I can't afford to miss the ground Fall over, fall over I'm feeling every pound Fall over
10.
So Wrong 04:21
So Wrong (©2005 Anders/O'Bitz) What's wrong With my nation Can only call it mine For so long Our innocence gone No redemption in sight No, not to the right So wrong Swingin' further right So long innocence o' mine How long before we set this right? So wrong Too long Alien nation Left one with this bile So strong But can we take on Our historical trial With so much denial So wrong Swingin' further right So long innocence o' mine How long before we set this right? So wrong They say that they're for you Don't they, they say While they make their fortunes Don't they, they say (Don't believe it Nothing there for you They'll just keep singin' Their false patriot songs) So wrong Swingin' further right So long innocence o' mine How long before we set this right? How long beloved nation of mine? So wrong Swingin' further right So long ignorance o' mine How long before we set this right? Can we set this right? So wrong
11.
Truth Be Told (©2003 Anders/Watkins) You won Yes you fooled them all But who's the fool now That you're alone and so low? Trapped inside Your shades drawn Just the darkness left Is this your home? When you lie The truth gets told You can't let yourself go To survive You claw to keep hold You've hollowed out yourself Truth be told It feels wrong But feeling stripped away Oh can't play the martyr Not today and no way Blindside Though obvious to see She needed someone to trust It wasn't me, not me. When you lie The truth gets told You can't let yourself go To survive You claw to keep hold You've hollowed out yourself Truth be told This hapless world I have made To know now Now it's too late When you lie The truth gets told You can't let yourself go To survive I claw to keep hold I've hollowed out myrself Truth be told
12.
Funeral Time 04:06
Funeral Time (©2005 Anders/O'Bitz) I just thought he'd be here now For a while Did he not feel well? And why? Does that really matter now? No right Not as we say farewell Funeral time For whom they cry Then it's done And after at night It's then when he dies On and on I thought I could say somehow Goodbye But no one could really tell Funeral time For whom they cry Then it's done And after at night It's then when he dies On and on No time to be waiting for life The sudden shows It's always this funeral time Time to go Funeral time For whom they cry Then it's done And after at night It's then when he dies On and on
13.
Walking Cure 05:02
Walking Cure (©2005 Anders/Watanabe/Watkins) Off the well-worn paths Twisting back through our lives No lack Of memories to mine That tear us up inside Let's walk back Walk me back and you guide Me back Together we can find Some of what you've tried to hide To find a new way Walk me back to some place Where you may not really want to be Walk me back to that place And this time we'll try to see Walk me back to that place Where in some way you couldn't be You couldn't be And then you pay These well-worn paths Makin' ruts through our minds Like tracks Carved around all those times No one there to confide Walk me back Walk me back an hour at a time Yes back Though we may only find The sundries of our time To find a new way Walk me back to some place Where you may not really want to be Walk me back to that place And this time we'll try to see Walk me back to that place Where before now you couldn't be You couldn't be And then you pay There's no other way Walk me back to that place Where we know now we want to be Walk me back to that place And this time we'll try to see Walk me back to that place Where before now you couldn't be Walk me back to that place Where you know now you have to be Walk me back to that place And this time I'll help you see And before you leave With no more to say It's then you pay

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This stunning blend of surreal soundscapes, driving bass lines, and aching melodies was produced by Matt Brown of Trespassers William.

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released March 21, 2006

Produced and engineered by Matt Brown.
Mixed by Jeff Peters.

Recorded at the Track Shack, Chromosound, Bear Creek, Hot Pie, LAFX, and The Compound of National Freedom.
Mixed at LAFX with Erich Gobel as assistant engineer.
Mastered by Kris Solemn at Future Disc in Hollywood.
Design and Art Direction by Andrio Abero of 33rpm.
Photograph by Natasha Unkart.
Matt Brown, Ross Simonini, and Anna-Lynne Williams appear courtesy of Nettwerk.

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Eric Anders California

Californian singer-songwriter, Eric Anders, released his anti-Trump album, Eleven Nine, in the spring of 2017. The album was produced and mixed by Matthew Emerson Brown.

See Eric's latest release, released as a duo with Mark O'Bitz in June, 2018: Of All These Things. Eric and Mark are working on their second duo release, Ghosts To Ancestors, which should be out early 2019.
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