Music Perks vol 1 "Plays Well With Others"

by Alter Ego

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    Volume 1 of the perk song payout... songs created/recorded with campaign contributors. Some are parody, some are covers, and others are originals. Most have my involvement in performing & recording, and others are done outside Alter Ego Music Studio and included here just because the contributors are awesome!

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released December 23, 2016

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Track Name: Marc Grossman via Devin Melanson - The Cruise To Mars
The Cruise to Mars
By Marc Grossman [Mithgiladan the Herald]
Ttto “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
[chords from “The Ballad of Apollo 13”, using the same tune,
from the Minus Ten and Counting songbook]

Asus2 Em
The legend comes down from those Florida-bound 
G D Asus2
From their port in northern New Jersey
Asus2 Em
The captain, he said, we can beat out the storm
G D Asus2 / Am
Ere the skies of our passage turn gloomy.
Asus2 Em
Well stocked with supplies, it was hubris come live
G D Asus2
And toward open waters went sailing
Asus2 Em
The passengers, crew and the ship would be chewed
G D Am
when the storm named Mars (tried to claim them) came a-callin.

The ship was the pride of the caribbean line
On a run to canaveral and nassau.
As the big liners go, it was bigger than most
with a crew and good captain well seasoned,
Five thousand aboard, a vacationing horde
when they left for a cruise to adventure.
Til past noon next day, when the ship's bell rang,
could it be an east wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind cross the ship made a tattle-tale sound
and a wave broke over the sixth deck.
And all the crew knew, as the captain did too
'twas a rare winter hurricane (from heck) formin'.
As the day grew late, they steamed into their fate
when the tropical gales came slashin'.
When storm's teeth came, it was openly plain
With the force of a hurricane east wind.

Suppertime came, but the galley was wrecked
And no way in those rough seas to serve food
Yet again to the crew, and the passengers too, 
Captain said, in two hours we’d be good!
But the captain well knew, he was fighting the wind
and the good ship and all were in peril.
And later that night as the winds reached their height
came the damage to systems internal.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The sailors all say we'd have made a clear way
With 200 more sea miles behind us
We could have broke up or we could've capsized;
Or even broke deep and took water.
All that would have remained were the bodies and names
of those lost to the storm winds and waters

By four bells, they knew, it was all they could do
To tread water and look for a clearing.
While burning full steam, fighting failing machines
As the crew felt fate's hand a'closin
Locked in their staterooms, the passengers knew
Few facts, while fear ate at reason
And the honor bars freed, with their soda, candy,
Booze and Pringles weren't ment to keep us from starvin’

{But} the storm finally broke, rewarding the hopes
Of the passengers, crew and the captain
Morning, bells chimed, and the sun, it did shine
And a limited breakfast was servin'
The legend lives on from those Florida-bound
From the big ship they call "royal's anthem."
"the captain," they said, "never gives up his ship
when the hurricane Mars came to claim them!"
Track Name: Jessica Nelson & Devin Melanson featuring Dr. Adam Hill - Yes Or No
Why don't you know it? Why can't you see?
I always show it, Why can't 'we' be?

'Wish I could say it Right to your face
'Wish I could play it So you could keep pace

I FEEL SO ALONE SO LOST AND HURT
CAN'T PICK UP THE PHONE FOR THE WORDS I'D BLURT

I WANT TO TELL YOU JUST HOW I FEEL
(but) I CAN'T COMPEL YOU 'CAUSE THAT'S NOT REAL

You seem to want this Just like I do
I want to flaunt this Be 'me and you'

But then I don't know If you *do* care
'Cause you never show And that's not fair

(Ch)

(Br)
Why can't I let this all go?
And just let you be you?

Why must love always be so?
So harsh and so untrue?

Could I just give you up Not care so much
I fe-el so damn stuck I crave your touch
Give me a sign And then I'll know
One little word Just say yes...
...Or no.

(Ch)

(Out)
That's not real
Not real
Track Name: Devin Melanson and Lee Vickery - She Talks To Ravens
Today I mowed down a ring of mushrooms
Trying to make our lawn clean
She screamed, and threw her gifts of silver
Said I ruined Hallowe'en... she calls it... Samhain

She likes them birds as black as night now
Calls them down from the sky
Yes the plants she grows are poison
And these black cats keep walkin by

SAYS SHE TALKS TO RAVENS
AND THE CROWS KNOW HER NAME
OH YA, SHE TALKS TO RAVENS
THEY CALL HER OUT BY HER NAME

I dream of snakes, and ugly spiders
Then I wake up with a dry mouth
Ya, I found a coil of rope in the garden
With some old broom set at the south. Sorry dear... I threw them out!

NOW SHE TALKS TO RAVENS
TELLIN CROWS ABOUT MY NAME
SHE BEGS, MORRI-Gaaaaa-AN
TO COME MAKE MY LAUNDRY CLEAN

WE DON'T HAVE NO SAVINGS
OUR CAR TURNED 18
BUT WE OBEY MYSTIC FORCES
THAT ONLY SHE... HAS EVER SEEN

She keeps a wand of wood in her pocket
She wears a star around her neck
Yes, the wand is from a Blackthorn
And the star, she burned in our carpet, red & black

SAYS SHE TALKS TO RAVENS
AND THE CROWS KNOW HER NAME
OH YA, SHE TALKS TO RAVENS
THEY CALL HER OUT BY HER NAME

Did Oden mow down a ring of mushrooms?
Track Name: John Argentiero & Devin Melanson - Addicted To You
V1
Let me sing a song for you Princess
Cause you know this rock only spins for you
You run around like it's always recess
Tell the little boys just what they should do
C1
NOW YOU'RE COMING OUT... THEY'RE WATCHING
WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER
THEN BROKE IN TWO
JUST THE WAY YOU WANT
ADDICTED TO YOU
V2
Another dozen pictures for your facebook (SOFT FILTER, SO DREAMY!)
The mouth breathers stalk you till they get sore... thumbs
You call the shots from the oldest playbook
You make them wait their turn to be your only... one
C2
THE FARMER BOUGHT THE COW HE'S WATCHING
YOU GIVE THE MILK TO EVERYONE ELSE FOR FREE
THE BARN IS FULL OF FOOLS
ADDICTED TO YOU
BRIDGE
Set the world on fire
Cultivate desire
Cause if they want to touch you
Then it must mean that they love you
At least that's what I guess you tell yourself
V3
In the shop, you take a lot of maintenance
Your mechanic's kids go to real fine... schools
All your riders are lined up on the eggshells
Nobody sets you off, don't want to lose your... groove
C3
THE FARMER PULLS HIS PLOUGH THE FARMBOYS
SEND YOU SEEDS FROM ALL OVER TOWN
YOUR SHED IS FULL OF TOOLS
They're ADDICTED TO YOU
Track Name: Chris Weber via Devin Melanson - Hear Them Roar Filk
Original words and music by Chris Weber.
This cover version by Devin Melanson

CHORUS:
HEAR THEM ROAR
HEAR THEM ROAR
HEAR THEM MIGHTY ENGINES ROAR
HEAR THEM ROAR

V1:
Birds were meant to fly the skies
Ships were meant to sail the seas
Put that steam engine back in the mines
Mr. Fouton, it will only cause a fire
Hear them roar

CHORUS

V2:
Sure they made one and it ran
But you can't build them for all
Horseless carriages are toys for the rich
Mr Ford why don't you go back to Detroit?
Hear them roar

CHORUS:

V3:
Look it's time to study now
Don't you know you have to read
Something more than that Buck Rodgers stuff
Mr. Armstrong kindly see me after class
Hear them roar

CHORUS

V4:
Birds were meant to fly the skies
Human spirits meant to soar
As we honor those who gave their lives
In their footsteps we'll venture into space
Hear them roar

Chorus x2
Track Name: Chris Weber via Devin Melanson - Hear Them Roar Metal
Original words and music by Chris Weber.
This cover version by Devin Melanson

CHORUS:
HEAR THEM ROAR
HEAR THEM ROAR
HEAR THEM MIGHTY ENGINES ROAR
HEAR THEM ROAR

V1:
Birds were meant to fly the skies
Ships were meant to sail the seas
Put that steam engine back in the mines
Mr. Fouton, it will only cause a fire

CHORUS

V2:
Sure they made one and it ran
But you can't build them for all
Horseless carriages are toys for the rich
Mr Ford why don't you go back to Detroit?

CHORUS:

Bridge:

Look it's time to study now
Don't you know you have to read
Something more than that Buck Rogers stuff
Mr. Armstrong kindly see me after class

CHORUS

V4:
Birds were meant to fly the skies
Human spirits meant to soar
As we honor those who gave their lives
In their footsteps we'll venture into space

Chorus x2
Track Name: Nerds with Guitars - Sympathy For The Daleks
What did the Daleks ever do to you?
What makes us so much badder than that meddling doctor... who?
We're little more than garbage cans that barely reach your knees
With bodies made of tin-foil and some flashing LEDs

We'd like to get to know you better
We think it'd be great
It really means "I love you" when we say *EXTERMINATE*


What is your big problem with the dark lords of the Sith?
Those pesky rebel Jedis like to spread this hurtful myth
The Force Choke and the Deathstar were unfortunate mistakes
And the footage of the Ewok thing was obviously faked

We're really not so bad you know
We're good guys, through and through
And if you search your feelings, you will know it to be true


We Cylons are misunderstood, it's a fact you can't deny
We're just another human scheme gone terribly awry
You built a master-race of robots, for to be your slaves
And somehow you assumed we'd acquiesce and we'd behave

But we're willing to forgive you all
For holding us in thrall
And you can take our word - so say one, so say we all


You hate the Borg collective; have you stopped to question why?
Just 'cause we assimilated some uptight, bald British guy?
Our story-lines made Voyager an unexpected hit
And do we even need to bring up Jeri Ryan's *ahem* ...implants?

We're the best addition to the franchise since Wrath of Khan
Resistance isn't futile, it's just highly frowned upon


Well the Daleks are cool, the Sith are all right, the Cylons are okay and the Borg are pretty tight.
If you take a look around I think that you'll come to see, we really are superior, so sing along with me:


Bow down before the one you serve
You're going to get what you deserve