Life in a Spiral

by Ross Green

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Recorded on the road on my Mac Book Pro with a Duet audio interface and various mics. Some bassists and guitarists were able to send and receive tracks via file sharing apps. This is a technology that blows my mind.

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released June 4, 2014

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Ross Green Calgary, Alberta

(written in the 3rd person so people think i have a whole team of p.r. people clacking away at computers to promote my soaring musical career)
Ross was in some bar bands back in the 80's that you never heard of. They played Western Canada and wore really embarrassing clothes.
All monies gained from purchases of songs will be donated his charity Music Seeds International.
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Track Name: Sunsets Sell
Sunsets Sell
Life is based on a true story, soon to be a movie
No one knows the ending, but we'd like to make it happy
It's about a man and a woman, a boy and a dog
It's about fear and faith and love and loss
Heroes to heaven, the villains to hell
Hollywood knows; sunsets sell
Scientists are giving us; numbers for revisions
But writers are artists they're not mathematicians
There's a whole lot of ink being spilled over it
Some say its truth; some say it's a myth
Fear is the fuel on the fire that writers throw water from wells
Sunsets sell
Galileo's head, Darwin getting banned, ask yourself what to protect?
There’s no remote control baby this is a live show, so try to pay attention
What do we tell the kids, when they ask about death
The boogie-man is scary, but nothing like that
All of the scribes, from all of the tribes, are doing that Hollywood thing
The stories they all sound the same but the names have been changed
Ring a bell?
Sunsets sell
Ross Green©2006
Track Name: Sing and Dance
Sing and Dance
Let’s celebrate the dance, and it’s impermanence
Sing with me, one more song, we are moving on
You go south, I’ll go west, you know it’s best
Cause when we stop the music, there’s only one chair left
We danced on the desert; we danced on the mountain,
We sang together, our drums were pounding
One more morning, is one more chance,
To celebrate each other, to sing and dance
Too many Romeos, Juliet,
Too many lines, which one did you forget
What you want from me, I cannot be
Even myself, in this scene.
We danced on the desert; we danced on the mountain,
We sang together, our drums were pounding
One more morning, is one more chance,
To celebrate each other, to sing and dance Contd…
I put the quarters in the box I pressed the buttons, couldn’t stop
On the mountain, at the burn, Thanks for asking, me to learn
We danced on the desert; we danced on the mountain,
We sang together, our drums were pounding
One more morning, is one more chance,
To celebrate each other, to sing and dance
Ross Green ©2008
Track Name: Elephant Shoes
Elephant Shoes
You think I’m moving way too fast, saying that I love you
When you see my lips moving, pretend it's elephant shoes
Baby I ain’t no sneaker, I’m trying to be straight with you
You’re Momma said we’ve got to slow down
I put on my elephant shoes, elephant shoes
Elephant shoes, elephant shoes…
These shoes are much more comfortable
But they’re not as wonderful, as those three words I want to say to you
You know I ain’t no runner, my souls walking with you
When you want to go faster, we can take off the elephant shoes
Elephant shoes, elephant shoes, elephant shoes
Repeat first verse
We’ve got to do, the elephant shoe
Ross Green ©2008
Vocals: Ross Green
Guitars: Bob Richard
Bass: Derek N
Track Name: Back To My Own
Back to my Own
I've been away now for too long
Got to get back to my own
What makes the difference, well, it's in my thoughts
I've got to get back to my own
Pictures of puzzles trying to fit
We’re all the same thing vibrating
Though we think were separated
Getting back to my own
I get to decide who I am
Create myself again
Peeling a layer off shed my skin
Back to my own I'm going to get
I'll take a bus, I’ll take a car, I'll take a train
I've taken lots of things to make it go away,
I'll recognize it when I see it again,
Getting back to my own
Ross Green©2007
Track Name: It's All Good
It’s All Good
They see blue, you see red; I’m getting color blinded
Scientists say if you look at the light, every color’s inside
I’m trying to find the truth, it’s hard cause my ego gets bruised
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
Are you with us or against us? Divide and conquer if you must
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
Now I’m bowling with Buddha and Krishna and Christ,
Yahweh and Allah they just got strikes
The Dalai Lama he’s got us in tears,
he just tricked the Devil into buying the beers
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
I used to think that the world was flat. I guess I didn’t know shat
You be the ying and I’ll be the yang. Without the other one’s lame
I’m trying to find the truth, but it’s hard cause my ego gets bruised
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
Are you with us or against us? Divide and conquer yes we must
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
I’m bowling with Buddha and Krishna and Christ,
Yahweh and Allah they just got strikes
The Dalai Lama he’s got us in tears,
he just tricked the Devil into buying the beers
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
It’s all good, it’s all GOD contd…
I try to shoot for the center of the lane. My score is higher that way
I find myself in the gutter again; forgiveness wins
I’m trying to find the truth, it’s hard cause my ego gets bruised
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
Are you with us or against us? Divide and conquer yes we must
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
And I’m bowling with Buddha and Krishna and Christ,
Yahweh and Allah they just got strikes
The Dalai Lama has got us in tears,
he just tricked the Devil into buying the beers
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
It’s all good, it’s all GOD
Ross Green ©2009
Track Name: Talking To Myself
Talking to Myself
I find that I talk to myself much more than I used to
Not just when I'm alone, even outside my home round all the people
I'm much too young to be this eccentric
Socially awkward moments, what have I said?
Sooner or later you know I'm going to be found
Making my observations out loud
Talking to myself
Some people whisper and some people hum but it is looking like I could become
One of the ones I used to think, I've never be when I was young
Like that old man I used to see, walking the streets in Calgary
Muttering sputtering spew, and then he'd yell ‘Eeeeeeeyuuuuuuu’
Sooner or later you know I'm going to be found
Making my observations out loud
Talking to myself
If a word falls in my forest, does anyone hear?
Murmuring’s quite acceptable most people do that
Entire paragraphs you're going to get stared at
Seems I've been flying solo for too long
I've even been known to break into song
Contd…
Sooner or later you know I'm going to be found
Making my observations out loud
Talking to myself

Ross Green ©2002
Track Name: Self Help
Self-help
I've been trying to improve my quality of living
I see a therapist he tells me to engage my passion
I've got designer jeans you should see my ass in them
I feel great
Went back to school I've got a better job and more money
Go to the gym to lose the fat that’s all around my tummy
I'm reading books that will help me find the perfect honey
I feel great
I feel great, on my ultimate self-help super improvement plan
I feel great, on my ultimate self-help super improvement plan
I quit smoking cigarettes because they're bad for me
No drinking alcohol it makes my liver scream
I meditate each day it helps me to feel more at ease
I feel great
Traveling round the world expanding my horizons
Try to be the change I want to see in my environment
Don't want to spread STDs so I wear super thin condoms
They feel great
Contd…
I feel great, on my ultimate self-help super improvement plan
I feel great, on my ultimate self-help super improvement plan
Walking on the street in my hometown and no one’s smiling
Some look angry, some look sad full, of fear what happened
So much opportunity large-screen TVs why don't they feel great
I was traveling in the very poorest countries
Saw families in tin shacks laughing, happy, smiling
Makes me want to know what it is making them feel great
Ross Green ©2007
Track Name: So Long
So Long
You’ve been flying for so long, when are you coming down
I get dizzy when I watch. Watching you go round
You’ve been flying for so long
Won't you come on down, rest on my arm
You’ve been flying for so long
Come on down, rest on my arm
When it’s raining in your clouds, and winds gets heavy
I’ve got silver in my house, all the lining that you could need
You’ve been flying for so long
Won't you come on down, rest on my arm
You’ve been flying for so long
come on down, rest on my arm
If you’re hungry, I’ve got lots to eat
And if you're tired, I've got a place where you can sleep
You’ve been flying for so long
Won't you come on down and rest on my arm
You’ve been flying for so long
Baby come on down and rest on my arm
Won't you come on, come on, come on down…
Ross Green ©2009
Track Name: The Right Fit
The Right Fit
I had to walk a mile in your pants
I’d like to thank you kindly for the chance
Although they didn't fit, we have some lovely parting gifts
Please come again in someone else’s hands
Chorus
Sometimes it’s just like trying on shoes,
Some are tight and some are loose
Don’t give up till you find, the right fit
Sometimes it’s like trying on shoes,
Some are tight and some are loose
Don’t give up till you find, the right fit
It’s hard to be here unlaced on the floor
But someone always comes to try on more
It works both ways I’ve found out
I’ve looked at love from both sides now
Sometimes it’s on the other foot
You’ll be the one leaving for sure
CHORUS
Contd…
It isn’t easy trying to find my size;
I’ve looked under every rock and every sky
My feet are kinda weird you know they don’t really match
If there was a mold I think it must have got smashed.
CHORUS
(he tries on her, she tries on him; this is how the fishy’s swim; in the
ocean of dating; till they find the right fit)
CHORUS
R. Green © 2010
Track Name: Doing The Math
Doing Math
Ross Green©2014


I’m on my way to Katpadi junction, where I’ll receive instructions
Maybe a blessing, and a rest

I’m the train called transition, looking for my next mission
Someone said surrender-it’s best

My guru said I need faith, that song you sung me sounded great
I asked her, do you believe in fate?
She said I’ll tell you one thing, nothings predetermined
what you do today tomorrow brings

Am I on the right path, the stations coming fast
My heart knows where it’s at, but my ego’s doing math

The world’s one big casino, freedom loses it’s glow
You can’t play much if you run out of chips
Follow dreams or common sense, maybe I can manifest
A magic office job that sends me cheques

I’ve heard about them millionaires, the ones who shouldn’t have a care
They found money can’t buy happiness
I’m looking for some middle ground, that tree where Buddha sat around
He ever had to pay the rent

Am I on the right path, the stations coming fast
My heart knows where it’s at, but my ego’s doing math

Well they say it’s all numbers, binary code, just an illusion, quantum gold
Maybe I worry too much about turning 66, standing at the table without any chips

Am I on the right path, the stations coming fast
My heart knows where it’s at, but my ego’s doing math
Track Name: Are You Willing
Are You Willing?
©Ross Green 26/11/2013

Are you willing to be peaceful for peace
Are you willing to be happy for happiness
Are you willing to be lovely for love.
Are you willing to be the change you want.

Are you wiling to be faithful for trust
Are you willing to forgive for forgiveness
Are you willing to be honest for truth
Just what are you willing to do

You tell me you want this
You tell you want that
Are you the source where it’s at?
You tell me you want this
You tell you want that
Sounds like a list of demands

Am I willing to be helpful for help
Am I willing to be out of myself
Am I willing to listen to hear.
Am I willing to live without fear

You tell me you want this
You tell you want that
Are you the source where it’s at
You tell me you want this
You tell you want that
Sounds like a list of demands
Track Name: You've Changed
You’ve Changed

Ross Green ©2015

You’ve changed. Not the person you used to be.
Did you get tired of arguing?
You stopped pissing, long enough to listen.
You’ve changed.

You’ve changed. You don’t seem as angry.
Did you, get out of the city.
Down in the jungle, got to be humble.
You’ve changed.

Have you been talking to an Oracle? Just like Keanue, in the Matrix.
You turned your focus from the horrible, to the adorable, instead.
You’ve changed.

You’ve changed. You’re not the person I heard complain.
Chilled out. Did you meditate?
Quiet your mind? New insight?
You’ve changed.

You’ve changed. Now you fly like a peaceful dove.
Did you fall in love?
New headspace, engaged.
You’ve changed.

Cynical sarcasm was your usual, verbal communicable disease.
Now you’re coming from a place of love. Where did that come from, I can’t believe how,
You’ve changed.
Track Name: The Call
The Call
Ross Green © 6/1/16



On the ball
Spiraling through the stars
Witnessing the wonder of it all
All this calamity – is opportunity?
Evolutionary, imperfect-perfectly

Reframe the situation
My reaction’s my salvation
The choice is always given
Which one are you taking?

Love and fear’s a tricky thing
When you think you have to win
To survive this jungle you are living in

Chorus
This is a call, for all of you still breathing
This miracle of living is for loving
This is a call, for all of you still breathing
This miracle of living is for loving

Drop your guns. Pick up your loved ones
Start building bridges, lots of em.
Change is coming-cant stop it
The old apple is rotten

Plant new seeds; tend the weeds
Chop wood, carry water remember to breathe
Standing at the fork in the earth
A perfect time for rebirth


Chorus
This is a call, for all of you still breathing
This miracle of living is for loving
This is a call, for all of you still breathing
This miracle of living is for loving

The love inside your heart is like a ball
Catch and release it all
Doesn’t need a bill or credit card
United we stand, fearless we are

Chorus
This is a call, for all of you still breathing
This miracle of living is for loving
This is a call, for all of you still breathing
This miracle of living is for loving
Track Name: Some Change
Some Change
R.Green 30/12/15

Caught in competition, who’s winning?
The world’s on fire but I’m still grinning
He who dies with the most toys wins.
How bout new paradigms - the most joy wins

Putting the MOCK in democracy
Tell you what to think on your TV.
They want you pointing fingers at each other
Racism, religion, they aint selling flowers

CHORUS
Given free will, you have choices still
Feed the love, starve the fear
Can’t save the day by looking away
Can you afford some change
Can you afford some change

Forests frying, oceans dying. Superman stopped flying
Shot him down overnight. Drones made out of kryptonite
Mindless stock market decisions. Destructive profits killing
Just want my numbers higher, I don’t want to know who’s dying
He who lies with the most news wins
Whistleblowers demonized, when do we start thinking

CHORUS

Is the solution to rise
Far above what we’ve been trying
Can only change the system I’m in
Is it a personal thing?

People gathering round, in the streets making sounds
Bodies blown apart by multiple rounds
Hospitals, high schools, shopping malls, come y’all
Kids, cops, terrorists, bring yer guns down and vent;
Politicians, war pigs, bankers getting filthy rich
Revolving whores, wont save your shit. You and I are it
They’re addicted power money. Let me know when you’re ready
Could I make this any plainer? You are the savior

CHORUS
Track Name: Coming Out My Mouth
Coming Out My Mouth
Ross Green © 7/1/15

So much power we have. Just a word and we can grab
Someone’s heart, someone’s mind, we can break or bind
I can kill or birth a dream, lift up someone’s being
With what comes out.

Chorus
Out of my mouth, Did I laugh or just complain about
Someone else, or myself, what’s coming, coming out my mouth.

Once it’s out, it’s on its way to make or break my say
I try to keep my filter on but sometimes, it falls off
Saying things I wish I’d never had, l fall off the track,
Can I take that back?

Chorus

If I could stop and take a moment, before I blab
Think about the consequence, how I react
It’s easier said, my heads got plenty of lines
If use it like a knife, please forgive me, I lost my mind…

Pay attention to those words, all of them get heard
Say what you mean, with out the mean, you know what I mean?
Do they love or do they hurt. Just a pause before you blurt?
The power of the word comes…

Chorus