Wild Woman of the Woods

This is another song that I started by the creek in lower Bidwell Park. The muse has a strong presence there. I was just strumming Gm and C on my ukulele, and I started singing about the wild woman of the woods. I wrote the verses at home one morning about a week later, and I wasn’t sure at first if they were part of the same song. But soon I realized it all went together.

I love alliteration, and there’s a lot of it in this song. I just love singing “Crona the creatrix lives by the creek, crafting treasures for children to seek…” It’s such fun to play with words and feel their shapes in your mouth as you sing them…

This song celebrates the mystery, power, and beauty of the divine feminine. I hope you enjoy it!

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/wild-woman-of-the-woods

Wild Woman of the Woods

Lily the litter lady lives by the lake                                      Gm       Bb        C
Picking up the messes that other people make               Gm       Bb        C
She may seem harmless, but make no mistake      Gm       Bb        C
She’s a wild woman, wild woman of the woods               Gm       Bb        C
Wild woman of the woods                                                  C          Gm        C

The wild woman of the woods                                          Gm        C
Lives just around the bend from you                              Gm        C
The wild woman of the woods                                         Gm        C
Will keep it going till the end for you                               Gm        C
Wild woman of the woods, she’s a wild one                   Gm        C
Wild woman of the woods                                               Gm        C        Gm        C

Suzanne the seamstress sews for a song
She’s mending and stitching all the day long
You might think she’s simple, but you would be wrong
She’s a wild woman of the woods
Wild woman of the woods

The wild woman of the woods lives just across the road from you
The wild woman of the woods will always find the motherlode for you
Wild woman of the woods, she’s a wild one
Wild woman of the woods

Crona the creatrix lives by the creek
Crafting treasures for children to seek
You might think she’s crazy, but wait till she speaks
She’s a wild woman of the woods
Wild woman of the woods

The wild woman of the woods wanders wild right beside you
The wild woman of the woods will even get right inside you
Wild woman of the woods, she’s a wild one
Wild woman of the woods

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Awakening

The idea for this song and some of the lyrics came to me while I was riding my bike one day. It plays with “awakening” in three senses of the word: awakening from sleep in the morning, the awakening of nature in springtime, and the societal awakening that I feel is happening in our time. We’re realizing that our present “civilization” isn’t good for people or the planet, and we’re responding with astounding creative energy, inventing new ways of life, and reclaiming traditional ways as well, learning how to build a world of peace and plenty for all. We’re recognizing that much of our trouble comes from believing what we think, and we’re learning to integrate the wonderful powers of the mind into a larger consciousness. I believe we’re beginning to transform our world into a much more beautiful place.

We may call it a spiritual awakening, and that’s what I think is happening. I wrote a book about this, and have just published it as an ebook. It’s called Stage 3: A Vision of Human Evolution, and it’s on a great do-it-yourself ebook publishing site called Smashwords. If you’re interested, the book is available as a free download. Here’s a link:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/337135

And here’s the song I wrote. Hope you enjoy it. I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have!

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/awakening

Awakening

The morning light is growing                         D
The birds are getting going                            A6
It sounds like they’re making it up                 Bm
And we are waking it up                                 G

Nighttime fears fade into day
Bad dreams have gone away
Sunshine’s lighting up our eyes
Feel that kundalini rise

It’s happening                                                 D
We are awakening                                          A
You know it’s happening                                Bm
We are awakening                                          G

Blossoms in the almond trees
Release their scent into the breeze
Seeds are sprouting in the earth
Another spring is taking birth

Sun peeks through the clouds above
And all our fancies turn to love
Ice is melting, creeks are flowing
We’re feeling all the new life growing

It’s happening
We are awakening
You know it’s happening
We are awakening

All across the country
All across the planet
Everywhere you look
It’s shining in our eyes

It’s time to leave the fear behind us
Time to let the bad dreams cease
Time to let our love run free
Time to live a life of peace

It’s happening
We are awakening
You know it’s happening
We are awakening

The Milk of Human Kindness

This song started with the “hook” – the line “I’m drunk on the milk of human kindness.” I was thinking about how almost everyone I run into is friendly and kind-hearted, and the line popped into my head. Perhaps it’s a bit of a cliché, but lots of songs use well-worn sayings for the hook, right? And I like the sound of the line, especially the repetition of the “k” sound in “drunk” and “milk.”

So I just wrote the lyrics around the hook, and it flowed out pretty easily. I didn’t really plan it this way, but I like the progression from the first two verses, where I’m out wandering around, to the last verse, where I’m coming home to my ever-loving sweetheart in our geodesic dome. This one’s for you, Theresa!

It’s a very simple tune, using the same simple chord progression in the verse and the chorus. It’s nice to have a few songs like that; for one thing, it makes it easy for other musicians to play along. And it sure is fun to play songs with other people…

Here’s wishing you plenty of the milk of human kindness!

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/the-milk-of-human-kindness

The Milk of Human Kindness

I was walking on a cold and lonely evening             G       C
And I made it to the house of good cheer                G       D
A roomful of friendly faces turned to greet me         G       G7     C     C7
And the barman offered me a beer                           G       D      G

I said no, thanks, ‘cause…

I’m drunk on the milk of human kindness                G       C
I’m high on the perfume of delight                           G       D
I’m under the influence of the love you give to me    G      G7    C    C7
And I don’t plan to sober up tonight                           G       D      G

I was wandering on a path through the forest
And I came to the meadow of happy folk
There were hobbit children dancing, and elf-maids singing,
And a kind wizard offered me a toke

I said no, thanks, ‘cause…

I’m drunk on the milk of human kindness
I’m high on the perfume of delight
I’m under the influence of the love you give to me
And I don’t plan to sober up tonight

I went biking down the streets of my hometown
And I came back to our geodesic dome
My ever-loving sweetheart took me in her arms
Asked me how does it feel to be home

I said well, darling…

I’m drunk on the milk of human kindness
I’m high on the perfume of delight
I’m under the influence of the love you give to me
And I don’t plan to sober up tonight

I’m under the influence of the love you give to me
And I don’t plan to sober up tonight

In the Afternoon

The standard ukulele tuning is G4-C4-E4-A4, with the G on the 4th string an octave higher than you might expect. I like the low-G tuning, G3-C4-E4-A4, because it gives you some bass notes to play with. I have to say I love the Aquila strings, partly because they are made in Italy: http://www.aquilacorde.com/

Anyway, on this song I tune the low string down to F3, which gives me a nice F bass note for the F major chord, and then I let that low F keep droning through the Gm chord. And that’s most of the song, just F and Gm/f. There’s a C/g in the bridge, and then a C/f at the end that was an accident when I recorded this, but I liked the way it sounded so I kept it.

Another song I wrote sitting by the creek, just feeling good. The words and music pretty much came together, though I fiddled with the words for a while. Listen to it here:

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-afternoon

Chords and lyrics:

In the Afternoon

I like to sing a song or two in the afternoon, in the afternoon     F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
I like to sing a song for you in the afternoon, in the afternoon     F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
No way to know what song I’ll sing in the afternoon                     F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
No way to know what tomorrow will bring in the afternoon       F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
In the afternoon, in the afternoon                                                      F   Gm/f

I know I’ll come here once again in the afternoon             C    Gm/f     F  Gm/f
I know I’ll come and find a friend in the afternoon           C    Gm/f     F   Gm/f
In the afternoon, in the afternoon                                         F    Gm/f

I like to see your smiling face in the afternoon, in the afternoon
That’s how I know this is a holy place in the afternoon, in the afternoon
No way to know what games we’ll play in the afternoon
No way to know how long we’ll stay in the afternoon
In the afternoon, in the afternoon

I know I’ll come here once again in the afternoon
I know I’ll come and find a friend in the afternoon
In the afternoon, in the afternoon

I Can’t Believe

At my house we’ve been watching a fair number of French movies. They make some lovely little comedies in France. We’ve noticed that the songs on the soundtracks usually seem to be in English. It’s strange, because there’s no shortage of great French music. In fact we just saw the amazing Jessica Fichot and her band here at Cafe Coda in Chico a few days ago. Check her out at http://www.jessicasongs.com/.

Anyway, recently we were watching a movie called Romantics Anonymous (Les émotifs anonymes) which we really enjoyed, and the song during the closing credits was this great song called “Big Jet Plane.” It turned out that the song is written and performed by a brother and sister duo from Australia, Angus and Julia Stone. Here is the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYoyXK13Iyc

The chorus is just the line “Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane” repeated over and over, and it really hooked me. I decided I wanted to write a song with a repeating line like that, so I did. In the end, I even stole their chord progression, although I changed the key.

The resulting song does not much resemble “Big Jet Plane” as far as I can tell. This song has a bit of an angry edge to it, and even contains the F-word – sorry, but it was the best rhyme for “stuck.” The lyrics express the feeling you get when you find yourself stuck in a repeating pattern that you’re not enjoying. It could be in your individual life or in a relationship; it could be the whole civilization you’re part of. You’re doing the same thing over and over again, even though the result is not pleasant. Can you wake up and change the pattern?

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/i-cant-believe

I Can’t Believe

I can’t believe we’re here again                     E   C#m   G#m
I can’t believe it’s true                                    E   C#m   G#m
I can’t believe we’re here again                     E   C#m   G#m
Up the creek with no canoe                           E   C#m   G#m

I can’t believe this is happening again
I can’t believe my eyes
I can’t believe this is happening again
Are we so unwise?

Can we wise up, can we change it?              A      G#m
Can we wake up, and rearrange it?              A       B

I can’t believe that we’re here again             E        C#m       G#m
I can’t believe that we’re here again             E        C#m       G#m

I can’t believe we’re doing this again
I can’t believe my ears
I can’t believe we’re screwing up again
Living out our fears

I can’t believe we’re stuck in it again
I can’t believe it’s real
I can’t believe we’re fucking up again
Ain’t it time to heal?

Can we heal it, can we change it?
Can we feel it, and rearrange it?

I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again
I can’t believe that we’re here again

Treehugger

Three months ago I began a six-month sabbatical with the intention of devoting myself to writing songs. I started going through my notebooks, looking at songs I had started, and doing my best to finish them. One thing I found was just four lines about hugging a tree. I wrote a few more lines, and pretty soon I had this song.

In the first verse I used the expression “by Jove” without thinking. But when I wrote the rest of the verses, I followed the pattern, using the ancient Roman names for the Earth and Venus (and the associated goddesses). In the last verse, I added a new sky-god to the pantheon.

The sexual imagery in the lyrics is not meant to be taken literally, though whatever floats your boat is cool with me. I think the song is suggesting that the world around us is alive and in some way conscious, not just the animals and trees, but even the rocks, the water, the air and sunlight. And that we will enjoy life much more when we learn to live in harmony with our fellow sentient beings. To say that consciousness is a basic feature of the universe may sound strange, but that is the conclusion of many of the most profound scientific thinkers in recent years. And it’s how most of us humans have always understood things, other than during the past few hundred years of untethered rationality in Western thought. I think we are waking up from the trance of reason and reclaiming our original awareness of our connection with the natural world. And this means better times for us individually, for the human race as a whole, and for Terra and all her creatures.

Or maybe it’s just a song about getting it on with trees and rocks. What do you think?

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/treehugger

Treehugger

I hugged a tree today                                                  F#m       B
It was a lascivious act                                                 A            F#m
You know I gave that tree some love                       F#m       B
And by Jove it loved me back                                    A            F#m

I fondled a stone today
It was an erotic encounter
I needed a stone to touch
And by Terra you know I found her

Yeah I found that love I needed                                 B         C#m
It was waitin’ just for me                                             E         F#m
I always find the love I’m needin’                              B         C#
And it’s given to me free                                              A         B
It’s given free                                                                  F#m

I dove in the creek today
Felt the water on my naked skin
I needed some liquid love
And by Venus she let me in

I kissed the sky today
We shared a sweet caress
I asked the sky to hold me
And by Jimi he said yes

Yeah I found that love I needed
It was waitin’ just for me
I always find the love I’m needin’
And it’s given to me free

They call me treehugger
They call me treehugger
Oh yeah

Everyone Is Beautiful

As the old saying has it, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and like most old sayings, there’s a lot of truth in it. Whether by divine grace or through the patient application of pints of ale, we have all known moments in which we saw the infinite beauty of everything and everyone around us. But we live in a culture and often in a state of consciousness that insists on measuring, comparing, and evaluating everything, even (and especially) the beauty of the people we see. So we have beauty contests, the 100 sexiest people, who is hot and who is not. What a load of hooey!

So, here’s a song to remind myself that when I remember how to see, I find that every single person is beautiful.

I just recorded this today at home, so it’s not the same sound quality as the other recordings currently on my Bandcamp site. I’d be interested to know what you think of the sound quality, and also what you think of the song.

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/everyone-is-beautiful

Everyone Is Beautiful

Maybe the top of your head just touches the sky                    D      A     D
Maybe your feet just barely reach the ground                          G      A     D
Maybe you move like a willow tree swaying in the breeze       Bm    A     G     D
Maybe you’re just the cutest thing in town                               G       A

The hair on your head might be red or green or purple
It might be long or short or just a memory
Your hands might be soft as silk, or warm like Spanish leather
Your voice might be Jerry or jubilee

But everyone is beautiful don’t you know               G     A    D
Everyone is beautiful through and through             G     A    D
I’m finally learning, although I’m learning slow       G     D     G     D
That everyone is beautiful like you                         G     A     D

Some of us are new to the planet
Some of us have been here many years
Some of us are feeling fresh as a daisy
Some of us just need another beer

Some folks like to use a cane for walking
Some folks like to dance across the floor
Some folks keep you laughing with a wink and a smile
Some folks leave you always wanting more

But everyone is beautiful don’t you know
Everyone is beautiful through and through
I’m finally learning, although I’m learning slow
That everyone is beautiful like you

Yes everyone is beautiful when you learn to see
Everyone is beautiful it’s true
Look around with eyes of love and I guarantee
That everyone is beautiful like you
Look around with eyes of love and you’ll see it’s true
Everyone is beautiful like you