Smoke Ghost

by Tadpoles

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1.
05:28
When I feel 
I want to touch 
When I do 
I do too much 
When I go 
I go too far 
What I want 
I want more I'm going to last a lifetime I'm feeling frail 
Dead afraid
 Trapped, earthbound 
Peace flew away
 Arm in a sling 
My broken wing 
This day is gone 
Thistle in my palm I'm going to last a lifetime Greet the new day 
Feel a new way
 Figure time
 With math of mine 
I glow and flow 
I frost the glass
 Feel electric
 Big and blasting Hobo a train 
I can't fail
 Boxcar free 
Chug down the rails 
Ride on wheels 
Learn and yearn 
I'm on fire 
Feel me burn I'm going to last a lifetime
2.
05:57
It's snowing 
Cool out all is fine 
And my eyes are bugging out of my mind 
And my ears are falling out of my head 
And I fear 
Honey, we are dead It's snowing 
Cool out all is fine 
And my eyes are bugging out of my mind
 And my ears are falling out of my head 
And I fear
 Honey, we are dead You see
 Here the weather doesn't change 
It's all you can do to stop and rearrange
 It's snowing
 Cool out all is fine 
And my eyes are bugging out of my mind It's snowing 
Cool out all is fine 
And my eyes are bugging out of my mind
 And my ears are falling out of my head 
And I fear 
Honey, we are dead It's snowing
 Cool out all is fine
3.
03:07
Changing shapes 
Falling apart
 Slowly pull together again 
Amber waves and says goodbye
 The more you kiss 
The more you cry Gliding away 
Changing shapes 
Slowly pull together again 
Amber waves and says goodbye
 The more you kiss
 The more you cry Open your coat 
And follow the boat 
Until the last moment
 The man says... 
Take this
4.
05:21
As I walk down the street 
Cats meow, dogs bark
 My heart beats your name All the clocks that I see 
Don't give me the time of day 
No, no instead they show me your smile As the word is to the flower
 So it is with us 
We are only really talking when we kiss and hug Put your little heart in mine 
I'll shelter you from the storm outside 
You can set your bird free in my sky I put my faith squarely in you
 I put my faith squarely in us
 I put my faith squarely in me
 I put my faith squarely in us Who's going to stop your tears from running? 
Who's going to stop your eyes from burning? 
Who's going to make you smile now? Who's going to walk down your lonely streets? 
Holding your hand in love so sweet? 
Who's going to give you happy feet? Who're you going to save for a rainy day? 
To come and chase your clowds away? 
Oh, please, honey let it be me. Put it on my shoulders baby 
I can carry the load 
I can cover you up like a blanket when you're cold I put my faith squarely in you 
I put my faith squarely in us 
I put my faith squarely in me 
I put my faith squarely in us
5.
03:50
If you could see like jaded jean 
You wouldn't have a need for dreams 
Like jaded jean in her jaded scene 
She's planting seeds 
A garden queen You can find her at home almost every night 
Writing letters on sheets of white 
Or jade green
 From her garden stream 
She's consciously falling asleep 
Jaded jean Would you believe 
Her father's at home 
Watching the clocks
 While mommy's alone 
And would you believe 
In all of these things 
If you could see 
Like jaded jean If you could work out everything 
And fill the holes the ashes bring 
You wouldn't have a need for dreams 
Like jaded jean 
In her jaded scene The stories come before she falls asleep 
She draws the people she wants to meet 
They live in houses filled with schemes 
The sun rises up 
And floods her streams Would you believe 
Her father's at home 
Watching the clocks 
While mommy's alone 
And would you believe 
In all of these things
 If you could see
 Like jaded jean If you could be like jaded jean 
You wouldn't have a need for dreams
6.
05:45
Rainbows have a way of knowing 
And welcoming the light
 Flying its flag Rainbows have a way of showing 
And teaching about light 
Naming all the colors Water with its peace with time
 Can block and bend the light 
I want to be that water I am a rainbow chaser 
I want to get that pot 
Of gold at the end I want to see the way 
I want to know the way 
Sailing on the waves 
Floating in the waves 
Feeling a part of time 
Feeling all of the time I want to be a rainbowmaker 
I want to be a prism-man 
I want to show my colors I want a sky, each star an eye 
Mirroring me back my man
 Shining on me, shining me I want to be, be understood 
And I want, want to be heard 
I want to be cared about I want to be a rainbowmaker 
To refract a tiny piece 
Of all the distance of light I want to be a rainbowmake r
I want to be a prism-man 
Iwant to show you my colors I want to see the way 
I want to know the way 
Sailing on the waves 
Floating in the waves
 Feeling a part of time 
Feeling all of the time
7.
I used to see the truth inside of what you said 
Instead of thinking you're a kid
 But those days seem so far away
 I can only vaguely remember High tides, low tides come and gone 
Two more mooncalves torn asunder
 Save me a whistle in eighteen years
 Or don't; its all the same to me Know your ghosts and you will never be alone 
Never be alone never be alone
 Know your ghosts Know your ghosts and you will never be alone 
Never be alone never be alone 
Know your ghosts
8.
04:08
Thought you had a gun 
And I didn't want to run 
So follow me down to the sea
 Stop along the way at a place that we can hide 
You're the one holding the key A lady gathers grass 
And watches where she's been 
She hopes none of her neighbors will see 
She's stepping inside of a bus thats turning green 
For once in her life she is free
9.
04:44
I believe in colors 
So bright and full 
So extreme I believe in light 
Florescent, candle 
And the sun It's not enough
 To not be afraid of electricity
 You've got to believe 
You've got to believe Give me your hums, your drums 
Your drones and moans and 
All the riches of your Gold Coast Give me your wings, your web 
Give me your heart and head
 Give me your smoke ghost The past is past, the future's best 
I'm standing here
 Ready for anything that comes You and me will not 
Go down in history 
We'll just be disappeared and drowned But, there's a lot of freedom out there 
And I'm just trying for my piece
 Oh, you've got to believe 
You've got to believe Show me your wrist, your lips, your kiss 
Your needs and knees 
Show me what you fear most Show me your ankle, show me your elbow 
Show me your anger
 Show me your smoke ghost 
Show me
10.
09:31
Primo afternoon 
To catch a train and zoom
 Tunnel down to a curve 
Get off before you swerve You're never coming back
 You're on the second track
 You're leaving here you're gone 
Just drive into the sun A candy smile and you
 Slow burning sweet perfume
 Take all the time you need
 Take in the sound of steam You're never coming back 
You're on the second track
 You're leaving here you're gone 
Just drive into the sun You're tired sink down below
 You really need to glow
 Then get behind the wheel 
It's all you've got to feel You're never coming back
 You're on the second track
 You're leaving here you're gone 
Just drive into the sun

about

Smoke Ghost (1998) is the third full length studio album released on CD by Tadpoles and is the first album with Tadpoles' new drummer, Adam Boyette. Upon original release, Bakery Records included a copy of Tadpoles Destroy Terrastock - Live with all mail-orders. The song "Breaking" is a re-recording of the original version which appeared on the group's 1992 cassette-only album, Superwhip. "Know Your Ghosts" is identical to the version which was released on the 1997 Know Your Ghosts E.P.


““★★★★ 1/2” Hard driving and intense, swirling and visceral” –ALL MUSIC GUIDE (July 1998)“dense, swirling layers of guitar noise which owe at least as much to the British shoegazer crowd as
anything from the ‘60’s” –JERSEY BEAT (#63, Falll ‘98) “ten shots of intoxicating symphonies from the stoned underbelly of the space-rock continuum”
–PTOLEMAIC TERRASCOPE (#25, 1998) “Two volumes of fuzzed-out overdrive, droning acid folk and yeah, S3 references.” –MAGNET (#53, 1998)
Terrastock review- “One of the most well-received bands were Hoboken’s Tadpoles..the most classically “psychedelic” of any band at the festival and the the same time, the most polished. “
–JERSEY JOURNAL (Jim Testa, May 3, 1997) Terrastock review- “...Tadpoles succesfully crossed Pink Floyd and My Bloody Valentine.”
–LOS ANGELES FREE TIMES (May, 1997)
“(They have) succeeded yet again in producing a very convincing psychedelic beauty full of hazy, magic rock sounds, journeys through space, adventures in Syd Barrett’s garden and zonked atmospheres, a perfect balance between tripped-out vibes and immaculate acoustics...Recommended.” –CROHINGA WELL (Belgium, #15, May 1999)
“A lot of psych rock bands tend to play the same song over and over. Not these guys. Every track has a new riff and a new feel to it. ” –FRESH COW PIE (#2, Fall 1998)
“Fills a room with swirling smoke and fuzz and dreamy galactic vocals that defy any principle of gravity – you will absolutely float when you play this” –EYE (#17, Aug/Sept ‘98)
“For their classically strange acid pop and surreal poetry, Tadpoles can claim the crown of reigning drug rock kings.”–OUTSIGHT (www.rocklove.com 1998)
“the third studio album from the best American psychedelic band I’ve heard...” –FACE MAGAZINE(Undertones September 13, 1998)
“Tadpoles don’t sound like anyone else, which is not only unusual, but immensely gratifying...indie tinged, psyche spacerock, lovingly crafted and performed stylishly...” –ZEITGEIST(Scotland,Vol 3, #7, 1998)

credits

released May 12, 1998

©1998 Tadpoles/Bakery Records
Smoke Ghost was produced, engineered and mixed by Mark Kramer (Shimmy Disc) at Noise New Jersey Studio in 1997. Additional engineering by Steve Watson. Album artwork and design was created by Ann Manca. Mastered by Todd Parker at dbs digital in Hoboken, NJ.

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Tadpoles Hoboken, New Jersey

Tadpoles, based in Hoboken, NJ, disbanded in 2000 after releasing 4 critically acclaimed studio albums, 1 live album and 1 E.P. all on their own Bakery Records label (except for their last studio album, Whirlaway, which was released on Australia's Camera Obscura Records.) The group was formed by vocalist/guitarist, Todd Parker and original drummer, Michael Kite Audino in New York City in 1990. ... more

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