Val Holler Band - EP

by Val Holler

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Recorded and mixed in the summer of 1997 by Vinny Nobile at "SUB2H" studio at 262 Mott St. in Manhattan, NY.

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released September 2, 1997

Credits:
Chris Knudson: vocals and acoustic guitar
Brad Albetta: bass
Adam Chasan: drums
Nate Harrold: cover art
Len Morton: additional bass
Vinny Nobile: recording and mix engineer
Allen Towbin: electric guitar

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Kanude Mendocino, California

File under: Americronica

Chris Knudson is a songwriter, composer, musician, producer, and engineer having lived and worked primarily in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin, Germany, and currently Northern California producing, recording and releasing music on Lightstone Records under the Kanude and Val Holler monikers.

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Track Name: Roundtable
"Roundtable"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
In the midst of learning to walk,
I have stumbled across your message of flight.
Your lesson in soul on the Isle of Wight.
The poet has agreed to submit for the record,
a vision of technique inspired.
Dreams can be learned but the essence is wired.
Under prismatic hues and billows of smoke,
I've inhaled and exhaled listening close through the night:
A fish-eyed lens lying prone in delight.

CHORUS
MAY I SIT AT YOUR TABLE, TONIGHT?

VERSE
In the midst of a suburban fog,
I have stumbled across a pawn-shop guitar.
My family and friends want a larger car.
The poet has agreed to slow it, know it,
Speed it up, slow it down, get it right.
A softly spoken stick o dynamite.
Underwater sunlight and music concrete,
Signs and saws and pulses arranged,
The master tricks himself into feeling deranged.

CHORUS
MAY I SIT AT YOUR ROUNDTABLE?
WE SIT AROUND THE TABLE.

BRIDGE/SOLO

OUTRO In the mess of a sunken, sullen, smoky downtown room...
Track Name: Shadyside
"Shadyside"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

INTRO

VERSE
It's a hot and blistery one today
In the market and the square.
A naked wheelchair - try not to stare.
The acrobats and cool cats play -
Just a stroll from old Broadway.

VERSE
A lone guitar sitting off the fray
Down by the rasta football lovin' blood.
Just a simple pud like Billy Budd,
He journeys into his own way -
Just a stroll from old Broadway.

CHORUS
GET DOWN FOR A RIDE
TAKE ME BACK TO SHADYSIDE.

BRIDGE

VERSE The run is full of sweaty dogs at bay -
A social circle at its best.
Some incense, yoga, books from old East-West
Helps me to sing what I can't say -
Just a stroll from old Broadway. (2x)

CHORUS 2nd line: SHE TAKES ME BACK TO SHADYSIDE

BRIDGE

CHORUS 2nd line: MY HEART GOES BACK TO SHADYSIDE

BRIDGE

OUTRO
Track Name: The Passionless Fruit
"The Passionless Fruit"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

INTRO

VERSE
The passionless fruit
is painful but sweet.
A quarantine of feelings.
An empty old street.
Desire is the keystone
To turn a rusty lock.
Activate the sunshell,
Sugar in the rock.

CHORUS
THE CORE OF ONE...

VERSE
Unbridled emotion is a runaway train.
The high, the low commotion - Jumps the rails now and again.
I see a foot soldier in the trenches of disgust,
Out to liberate a cherry from the dust to dust.

CHORUS

BRIDGE

SOLO

VERSE:
The passionless fruit is old medicine.
The tonic of sages - The closest of kin.

MINI-BRIDGE + REPEAT 1ST VERSE

CHORUS:
(FEEL THE) THE CORE OF ONE...
THE CORE OF ONE...
THE CORE OF ONE...
Track Name: Ol' 69
"Ol '69"
words and music by Chris Knudson
3/4 time
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
I like my salvation
kind of easy, kind of cool.
My dancing temptation waltzes matilda out by the pool.
Them crazy old magpies just dont understand my quiet delight.
They take so much pleasure in razzing each other, come day and
come night.

CHORUS
THE WINDING STAIRCASE UP THE STONY TOWER -
A FLOWER - POWER.

VERSE
I sit around thinking bout all the kings horses and all the kings
whores.
I'm just a salesman peddling dustpans and such door-to-door.
My clock is ticking, her clock is stopped - Oh, what a mess.
I'd wind her back up, but you know, she wont let me take off her
dress.

CHORUS

BRIDGE
(back to 3/4)

VERSE
The weathervanes in my body, well, they never lie -
Just pushing, and pushing, and pushing blood back to my heart
in the sky.

CHORUS

BRIDGE

VERSE
I like my salvation kind of easy, kind of cool.

OUTRO
Track Name: Ten Miles to Bliss
"Ten Miles to Bliss"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

VERSE
Well, allright. Gonna stop my ride in the middle of the road -
lay down look up at the stars.
Hell, allright. Seems there's plenty of space for the entire human race and a pickle or two on Mars.
Well, OK. You know there's nothing wrong and I won't be long looking up at the milky sweet and sour.
Hell, OK. She said I see it in your eye - there's a will to fly and a
turtle-dove loving kind of power.

CHORUS
I FEEL, IT'S TIME. LAY DOWN YOUR GUNS-AND-BUTTER PHILOSOPHY.
I KNOW, IT'S TIME. TEN MILES TO BLISS, 'CROSS THE BORDER OF A KISS.

VERSE
Well, allright. So she's showing me how to milk a sacred cow on a moony Sunday farm.
Hell, allright. But I'm a little bit confused about these Martian blues and
their innocence to harm.
Well, OK. Should I dare to do Rogers and Astaire with a legless alien girl?
Hell, OK. Guess I'll stay for a while, learn the miracle mile, come back and give the Earth a twirl.

CHORUS

BRIDGE

SOLO=BRIDGE

VERSE
Well, allright. So I heard it was bad, some were filthy, some were had.
Some were up to their knees in shit.
Hell, allright. But with a little space magic, we'll heal the tragic - turn dust into silver sand.
Well, OK. Stirred up a little faith from the wren to the wraith to embrace a loverly skit.
Hell, OK. So you see my little spry, there's a time for lullabye, and there's a time to strike up the band.

CHORUS

OUTRO=BRIDGE
Track Name: Sal
"Sal"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved.

INTRO

VERSE
Just a little guy with a mother of a plan
Gonna take a little bit of forest and turn it into sand.
Like paper for the poorest, woe-begotten and down-trodden,
Broken glass - pain in the ass, sucker-punch humanity, clipping coupons for love.

CHORUS
I FEEL THE TEAR OF A GIANT CRY
AS I'M STANDING ON HER TOE,
AND SHE'S WALKING, WALKING REAL SLOW.

VERSE
Sal Divinorum don't come easy on the street.
When you're sick and tired of following - Long for silence in your sleep.
Like a diamond man dollering up a brothel doll, Moth-eaten ball,
silk sash, private stash, blindfold, cakewalk, don't talk - This one here's two for one.

CHORUS "AND SHE'S WALKING" into BRIDGE

BRIDGE
My gentle giant
My giant lady.

SOLO=1/2 INTRO

VERSE
Like paper in the forest, Like a diamond...

OUTRO