The Whirlaway Sessions (20th Anniversary Alternative Mixes)

by Tadpoles

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1.
A see saw lets you float up 
The water lets you slide
 One after another 
Get in line for the other side And your time is up 
Put away your tin cup 
Breathe in the sweet air
 And take it in and feel it there 
It's alien
 Good times Just teach yourself the subjects 
The moons are in your reach 
Get out your favorite colors
 Give all your sands a beach And your time is up 
Put away your tin cup 
Breathe in the sweet air 
And take it in and feel it there 
It's alien 
Good times The ocean's getting deeper
 From the drains you had to waste 
The desert's just a little colder 
From the nights you tried to chase When you taste the bitter 
Taste that they left behind 
Sip your favorite water
 Refresh whats in your mind
2.
Begging with a borrowed hand again Burning bridges, swimming rivers Building and breaking and fixing things You can never run from the devils in you But you can beat a path to my door When the running gets the better of you Rest yourself a while, sit a spell And you know that tomorrow is a new day It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's up to you, how you harvest me Betting on a borrowed hand again Desert sands in your barren palm Your rivers dried out into the seas Brother, don't you curse my name I haven't made peace with parts of my past Or with those ghosts with halos round their eyes And you hope that tomorrow is a new day It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's up to you, how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's all in how you harvest me It's up to you, how you harvest me
3.
You're driving in your car 
Not going very far
 A sunday sunny drive 
Feels good to be alive Your friends are in the back
 Ask you where you're at 
Some take the wrong turn 
The moonlight tavern burns At the bottom of the hill
 A wooden house is filled
 You've got to climb the stairs
 Your friends are unaware Just make one more call 
To the pictures on the wall
 This dream will come to pass
 You'll sleep in beds of grass
4.
Never thought that you'd feel so sad 
Never wanted anything you had 
And its time that you learned to see 
It's enough to just believe We all will pass this way 
No one makes us stay
 If there's any way to make it good 
I think that you should
5.
From temperate climes, through rain, set sail 
Ribbons of water, they sparkle and spangle 
In the coming sun, falling through liquid streets 
Into the jungle and out of the rain Steal into dreamtiger eyes and slowly leave behind 
Domino days of time, inches of distance
 Slip past the double-edged sword of building 
The cost of building more, or of just maintaining 
Feel the dreamtigers prowling free and easy 
But ribbons of memory still tumble and tangle
 And turn into questions, "Can your friends trust you now?" Only dreamtigers never have a need to change In time, as night declines, fleeting and fading 
Ribbons of laughter, they jingle and jangle 
And all the dream-tigers retreat back into the trees 
With green, smiling eyes, at the coming of the day
6.
When you are feeling low 
Let the juices flow away 
When you are moving slow 
Take a ride down the drain I don't have the time to wait for you 
And I don't care if you stay 
Just don't hang around and blow my brain 
Can't you break the clock today When you are feeling low 
Get down on the grass and lay 
The snake is gold and he follows you
 The poison takes your cares away When you are feeling low 
Let the juices flow away 
When you are moving slow
 Take a ride down the drain 
Down the drain 
Down the drain
 Down the drain
7.
Clouds so swift 
Rain won’t lift 
Gate won’t close 
Railings froze
 Get your mind off wintertime
 You ain’t goin’ nowhere
 Whoo-ee! Ride me high 
Tomorrow’s the day 
My bride’s gonna come
 Oh, oh, are we gonna fly 
Down in the easy chair! I don’t care
How many letters they sent 
Morning came and morning went 
Pick up your money
 And pack up your tent 
You ain’t goin’ nowhere
 Whoo-ee! Ride me high 
Tomorrow’s the day
 My bride’s gonna come 
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly 
Down in the easy chair! Buy me a flute 
And a gun that shoots 
Tailgates and substitutes 
Strap yourself 
To the tree with roots 
You ain’t goin’ nowhere 
Whoo-ee! Ride me high
 Tomorrow’s the day 
My bride’s gonna come
 Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
 Down in the easy chair! Genghis Khan 
He could not keep 
All his kings 
Supplied with sleep
 We’ll climb that hill no matter how steep 
When we get up to it 
Whoo-ee! Ride me high 
Tomorrow’s the day 
My bride’s gonna come
 Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
 Down in the easy chair!
8.
Instrumental
9.
Nothing to believe in 
Nothing worth seeing
 It's ok The dunes are frozen 
Throw rocks in the ocean 
The waves are astounding
 The heart keeps on pounding
 It's ok Your arms are golden 
Your sunlights are broken 
When night is falling
 You hear me calling Can you tell me how to see 
Can you tell me how to look 
I can't find my way inside 
I haven't read the book 
It's ok The sunrise ocean bender
 The sunrise ocean bender
10.
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For the 20th anniversary of the release of Tadpoles' final studio album, "Whirlaway" Bakery Records has released an alternate version of the entire album, complete with previously unheard and unavailable alternate mixes, most of which were mixed by Gene Holder of the seminal 1980's college pop rock band "The dB's" Tadpoles ended up shelving these mixes for a version of the album primarily mixed by Pete Drivere back in the confines of his gritty Youngstown, Ohio warehouse studio "Ampreon Recorder" which is where most of the album was originally tracked. The band preferred the sound of the studio for their vision of "Whirlaway." After 20 years, the alternate mixes of Whirlaway contained here reveal different featured parts and a look at the album from an alternate perspective.

“Aural shimmering starburst music..” ~ Greg Wallace, 2019

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released August 2, 2019

Whirlaway was engineered and mixed by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio in 1998 and 1999.
Additional overdubs and mixes were done at Jolly Roger Studio in Hoboken, NJ by Gene Holder (the dB's).
"Horse and Buggy" was recorded and originally mixed at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan, New York by Kramer
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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