Odes for the Reckless

by Guerilla Zingari

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released January 6, 2013

Songs 1, 4, 7, 8 & 10 - Written and sung by Nicole McIntyre
Songs 2, 3, 5, 6 & 9 - Written and sung by Sarah Letters

Guests:
Emily Wolfe - Violin - songs 3, 4 7 & 10
Jake Long - Percussion - Songs 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 8, 9

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jake Long at Red Planet Studios, Hobart, Tasmania.
Vocals recorded by Slade Gibson, Brisbane Queensland.
Produced by Guerilla Zingari and Jake Long
Artwork by Sarah Letters and Nicole McIntyre
Photo by Sam Fenton: sam.fentonfenton@gmail.com

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Guerilla Zingari Hobart, Australia

Guerilla Zingari fuses many genres from Gypsy, Folk and Roots to Ska, Blues and Jazz.
Sharing common passions for vibrant music, rich vocal harmonies and vintage textures, their lyrically substantial, well crafted original songs, are beautifully infused with Accordion, Harmonica, Double Bass, Violin and Flute, tied together with luscious Vocals, rhythmic Guitars and delivered with a lot of heart. ... more

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Track Name: Dilettante Ball
It's always the same said the girl in the high heeled shoes
If time is a bottle, I am the wine
I could stroke your ego if you could mine
It won't take up your life
just a little of your time
and maybe just a bottle of your finest

I am pushed, pulled, warn
any thread of innocence left now has torn
i was a dreamer
but now life makes no sense at all

Its always the same said the man in the game and the three piece suit
If time is a wall, I am the bricks
but the wall's sure to fall cause it's made out of shit
oh this heart is a hangnail
snagged on loose threads of broken dreams
teasing at the seems of my life
so I'm hanging my hopes now on whisky and dry
Oh it's always the same
said the broken down man in the bar at the end of the road
the premier keeps ignoring my invitations he'll have to go
we could write off our wrongs he said
with some sorry arse songs instead
it's like making fine wine you have to bruise the vine
I could use a taste of your finest this time

I am pushed, pulled, warn
any drop of innocence left now has drawn
I was a schemer
but life to me is a dilettante debutant ball

I am pushed, pulled, warn
any thread of innocence left now has torn
i was a dreamer
but now life makes no sense at all
Track Name: Back to the River
I once knew a man
his legs were weak and frail
but he took a stand
he stood up stood tall
his heart had the strength to
tear down the walls

Lets go back to the banks of the river
back to the river now lets go back

He knew of the earth
he spoke of the vibrations
wisdom in rebirth
heart of a lion
he left this plain behind him
a new life was born

He'll go back to the banks of the river
back to where it had all begun
He'll go back, back to the river
to where he once had sung

Brand new she is born
oh Lailah how she smiles
his old life is gone
now he has passed on
left this plain behind him
Lailah she was born

He'll go back to the banks of the river
back to where it had all begun
He'll go back, back to the river
to where he once had sung
Lets go back to the shores of the ocean
back to where he once had sung
lets go back to where the river meets the ocean
I want to remember him
I want to remember him
Track Name: Lovers Lament
This song's been a long time coming
now this hurt comes out through this guitar strumming
well done you turned my love to resentment
cause all i was to you was short lived entertainment
but it all ended so abruptly
you jumped from my bed into another
now it comes out a volcano erupting
you don't know how to be a lover

All I wanted to say
is thank you for those days
in every moment we spent together
I never ceased to be amazed

It's not about a broken heart
nor is it about those lies you told
dishonesty by that point
was a game that was getting very old
but you see you confided in me
you dressed yourself up in your wit and charm
to hide the darkness underneath
and to avoid raising alarm

Cause all I wanted to say
is thank you for those days
in every moment we spent together
I never ceased to be amazed

Oh that poor girl you
upended mine and her world
and now you say you've done nothing wrong
so let me tell you why I wrote this song
It all ended so abruptly
and now it comes out
like a volcano erupting
Cause all I wanted to say
is thank you for those days
in every moment we spent together
I never ceased to be amazed
Track Name: Ode to the Reckless of Will
My ugly curvy daddy killed our sneaky calls
then whispered in the valley something low and foul
in the misty morning fog, the river still as steel
you will call me sweetheart yet when the dawn breaks o’er the hill
He’ll not come a raging now for his soul no longer wills
and never has my lover slept with such a restless chill

It just went off
he just went down
we just ran off
he hit the ground

His storm raged through the night, he cast an iron fist
now the valley tongues are tight something made them twist.
Where once a village peaceful slept and never knew to thrill
A terror now has silent left, it’s shadow on the mill

It just went off
he just went down
we just ran off
he hit the ground

My sweetheart dare not weep, a stain like wine has spilled
never has my lover crept with such a reckless will
once a village peaceful slept and never knew to thrill
A terror now has silent left, it’s shadow on the mill

It just went off
he just went down
we just ran off
he hit the ground
Track Name: Understand, I Do
Told you before, your heart it seems to be lost and worn down
always needing to settle the score
with your finger on the pulse
and your ear to the door

But I, I understand I do
yeah you, you're just misunderstood
your heart, oh how it longs to be good
but actions speak loudly and words just confuse

So you locked your soul away
neatly wrapped up in layers of lies
and there it will stay
to wilt with your deceit and your wedding bouquet

But I, I understand I do
yeah you, you're just misunderstood
your heart, oh how it longs to be good
but actions speak loudly and words just confuse

Oh how i wish i could say
that your gentle heart looks giant before me
but you keep it hidden away
out of sight and well away from your sleeve

But I, I understand I do
yeah you, you're just misunderstood
your heart, oh how it longs to be good
but actions speak loudly and words just confuse
Track Name: Isle at the Back o' Beyond
The bell tolls out across the deck
he’s at it again this cap-a-tain
he and his bell of oppression and toil
I would long for the soil of land
before I would long for these decks
oh the demands that he makes
as he takes the cat to our maties backs
but this is the least of our woes
oh that screaming bell
he belts it without respite or repose

Yo ho

But we’re heading a course to the isle at the back o’ beyond
Yo ho, yo ho, ho yo


The crew they plan of mutiny
he’s no longer sain this cap-a-tain
bodes harder to bide our time
with every chime of its throat
a walk on the plank it’ll be
oh the plot that we’re planning
fanning the flames his cruelty’s to blame
and that relentless tone
oh that screaming bell
but there’s only a day or maybe two now to go

Yo ho

Cause we’re heading a course to the isle at the back o’ beyond
Yo ho, yo ho, ho yo
Yo ho, yo ho, ho yo


The sun was arising on the horizon
we arose to the barrelmans call of land ho
we readied the long boat before that dog awoke
we ambushed him in his fathomless pride
his blethering cries with kill in his eyes
he swore to revenge every soul there
but when we lowered him down he was beaten and bound
and we sent him adrift by the isle at the back o’ beyond
becalmed now by the wreck of his ruin

So we’ll sail by the wind from the isle at the back o’ beyond..
Yo Ho Yo Ho Ho Yo Ho
Yo Ho Yo Ho Ho Yo Ho
Track Name: Bitch/Brat
You just wanna swoon in perfection of your fantasies
love was too much to take so you faked it
you said you thought the way we were was fine
but if that’s what you saw I think you’re blind
judgements are self made walls &
mirror’s in side show malls, reflections of ourselves that’s all...

It’s tit for tat,
I’m Bitch you’re Brat
but you can’t see the glass house you’re in
so don’t you throw those rocks so hard at me

Suitcase of bullshit that’s sitting in the hall
draws a thick red line
every lover hides their deeper truths behind their eyes
and then forgets the love still trapped inside
beneath salt tears, and cruel veneers
angels wear disguise

It’s tit for tat,
I’m Bitch you’re Brat
but you can’t see the glass house you’re in
so don’t you throw those rocks so hard at me

So I smoke another cigarette
washed down with coffee and fresh regret
as I commit this slow suicide I find
love’s hard to quit and harder to get right
and one unspoken word at a time
I found my dreams were gone and so was I

It’s tit for tat,
I’m Bitch you’re Brat
but you can’t see the glass house you’re standing in
so don’t you throw those rocks so hard at me
Track Name: Burning Diamonds
Feels like quicksand
the more you fight, you lose your grip on the land
like only a fish on hot sand can understand
what the ocean is
caught raw
can’t can’t find your way back home
or what that is anymore
anyway

But dig your heels in hard, hold tight.
raise your eye toward the light
and Don’t look down
never let go your fight
Because a diamond don’t find it’s brilliance with just one...
chip on it’s face
takes a multitude of breaks before
it takes on the shine
and the shine takes time
oh the shine takes time

It’s gettin’ pretty dark these days
there’s no time left to lose
you’re gonna have to make a stand soon
you’re gonna have to choose
what you believe in
all the world loves a diamond
it makes a sparkly ring
for your lover’s finger
but it could cost you everything

Billion year old trees to carbon
crushed by time, from coal to diamonds
but we ride the coal train these days
burning our diamonds before they’re even made

But dig your heels in hard hold tight
raise your heart toward the light
don’t look down
never let go your fight
Because a diamond don’t find it’s brilliance with just one
chip on it’s face
takes a multitude of breaks before
it takes on the shine
and the shine takes time
oh the shine takes time

But dig your heels in hard, hold tight.
raise your arms toward the light
don’t look down
never let go your fight
Because a diamond don’t find it’s brilliance with just one
chip on it’s face
takes a multitude of breaks before
it takes on the shine
and the shine takes time
oh the shine takes time
Track Name: Lift Your Head Up
History's a secret
that we're not supposed to know
cultures have been lost
along the roads that have replaced them
so lift your head up
lift your head up and see the sun
lift your head up
open your eyes and see the ocean

Oh, cause we all grow out of this world
we all, we all , we all grow out of this world

Can these cycles be completed
repeating the same mistakes again
you have been defeated by greed
so you judge your brother and turn your back
but lift your head up
lift your head up and see the sun
lift your head up
open your eyes and see this land where you stand

Oh, cause we all grow out of this world
we all, we all , we all grow out of this world

It's a matter of respect no judgement should be made
but the difference is not race but the intent to separate
cause we all grow out of this world
but lift your head up
lift your head up and see the sun
lift your head up
lift your head up and see the sun
lift your head up
lift your head up and see the sun
the force that binds us
that will always see us as one
Track Name: Fall
Fall is falling
crimson leaves and gold
heralding her warning
that soon the days will cold
Gusty winds are squalling
round corners of my street
whispering the calling
of winter’s icy cheek

And though fall light is faded
the trees are all aflame
brightest leaves adorn them
with the last of Summer’s rays...
Before they’ll stand naked
against a washed out sky
one last blush before the summer
kisses her goodbye

One last brilliant flash of life
before the long goodnight
and the wintertime
shows her pearly whites
Fall is Summertime waving goodbye for a time
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye...
Goodbye