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When I Feel

from Nine Rays Of Moonshine by Tadpoles



Track 6 is When I Feel, the opening track on 1998’s Smoke Ghost. We worked on Nick’s demo for this one over a year, but it finally came together once Adam Boyette joined us as our new drummer. Adam propelled it to the energy level where it needed to be. We were so happy to have Adam in the band that we wanted to feature a drum-heavy middle section on the song, not a drum solo per se, but close….and make it the first track of the album. We also performed this for the first time live, before the album came out, at the first Terrastock festival in 1997.

from Smoke Ghost, released May 12, 1998


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


from Nine Rays Of Moonshine, released June 4, 2021
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Kramer at Noise New Jersey Studio
Todd Parker - Guitars, Effects
Nick Kramer - Vocals and Guitars, Effects
David Max - Bass, Effects
Adam Boyette - Drums, Percussion

©1998 N. Kramer, BMI


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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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