Return To Zooathalon / Chapter 3 - The Further Adventures of Stagger Lee

Song Selection:

STAGGER LEE - PART 1
STAGGER LEE - PART 2
WHERE DO TEARDROPS FALL?
RETURN TO ZOOATHALON
WALKAWAY (GHOST SONG)
FREE TO BE 
KANGAROO


All Songs Written, Arranged, Produced and Performed by Sananda Maitreya for Treehouse Publishing.
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed between 24 Sept-9 Oct 2012 over 14 working days in Milano Italia at MONO Studio with MATTEO ‘Sergente’ SANDRI Recording and Engineering. Mixed at MONO Studio by Matteo and Sananda. 
 

Chapter 3 - THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF STAGGER LEE


13) Stagger Lee - Part 1 (01:49)

I was doing fine until
I ran into your overkill 
Stagger Lee
If you still remember me
I thought I really had it made
Until I ran into your blade
Stagger Lee
Now I’m a ghost in misery
Stagger Lee

I was in my finest clothes
My Sunday best I suppose
For Stagger Lee
Who owed money to me
All the whiskey on his tongue
And still they found the jury hung
For Stagger Lee
Who got away with killing me
Stagger Lee

I will be haunting you
Until your last breath is due
O Stagger Lee
And I know you want to be free
It don’t work that way
You will suffer until I say
You done me wrong
So I wrote another song
You done me wrong
So I’ve done another song
About Stagger Lee
Stagger Lee

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitars, Vocals and Backing Vocals 
by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing 

14) Stagger Lee - Part 2 (02:31)

Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Walk with me
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Walk with me
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Walk with me

Keep your eyes open and look from side to side
For Stagger Lee, for Stagger Lee
And keep your mind open and keep it open wide
For Stagger Lee, for Stagger Lee
Might just be me.

Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Talk with me
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee; Talk with me
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Talk with me

Keep your eyes open and look from side to side 
For Stagger Lee, for Stagger Lee
And keep your mind open and keep it open wide
For Stagger Lee, for Stagger Lee
Might just be me

Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Suffer me
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Suffer me
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee, Suffer me

Keep your gun ready and keep your aim steady
Stagger Lee, but not for me
Lose the trigger finger; I’m just a wedding singer
Stagger Lee, O can’t you see?
Keep your eyes open and look from side to side
For Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee
Keep your mind open and keep it open wide
For Stagger Lee, for Stagger Lee
Might just be me

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards (Mellotron, Strings, Sax, Horns, Farfisa)
Kazoo, Vocals, and Backing Vocals by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing 


15) Where Do Teardrops Fall? (04:37)

Where Do Teardrops Fall
When they reach the top of their mountain?
Where Do Teardrops Fall
When they reach the top of their climb?
Do they fall until they fade into the rain?
Do they fall until they lessen all your pain?

Where Do Teardrops Fall
When they reach the end of their journey?
Where Do Teardrops Fall
Do they wet the heart that’s burning?
Do they fall until they fade into the rain?
Do they fall until they lessen all your pain?

Mona Lisa
Was an innocent
So they had her framed!
That’s why we know her name
That’s why she has her fame

Where Do Teardrops Fall
When they reach the end of the river?
And Where Does Daylight Fall
When the night has stumbled in shame?
Does it fall until it fades into the rain?
Does it fall until it lessens all your pain?
Does it fall until it fades into the rain?

Where Do Teardrops Fall?

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer
Vocals and Backing vocals by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing 


16) Return To Zooathalon (04:10)

You Made The Music Go Away
You Made The Music Go Away

Return To Zooathalon
You will never bleed
Return To Zooathalon
You’ll have what you need
You’ll have what you need

You Took My Family Life Away
You Took My Family Life Away

Return To Zooathalon
Where the milk is free
Return To Zooathalon
To your family tree
To your family tree

I feel it in my hands
I feel it in my feet
Consider that:
Ooh, I guess that’s why I left you
I feel it in my hands
I feel it in my feet
Consider this: 
Ooh, I guess that’s why I left you

You Took My Avatar Away
You Took My Avatar Away

Return To Zooathalon
Where the air is clean
Return To Zooathalon
Where your love has been
You Will Be Horsing Around
With Helen Of Troy
Return To Zooathalon
You Will Find Your Joy
You Will Find Your Joy

I feel it in my hands
I feel it in my feet
Consider that:
Ooh, I guess that’s why I left you
I feel it in my hands
I feel it in my feet
Consider this:
Ooh, I guess that’s why I left you
Ooh, I guess that’s why I left you

You Made The Music Go Away
You Made The Music Go Away

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer
Vocals and Backing Vocals by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing


17) Walkaway (Ghost Song) (03:03)

I Can’t Believe That You Would Walk Away
And Leave Me Here To Die
I Can’t Believe That You Would Walk Away
And Leave Me Here To Die
And Leave My Woman To Cry

Born to Gamble
And I was so prosperous and stable
Now I’m just a ghost 
That’s haunted by another fable
So when I go
I’ll let you know

I Can’t Believe That You Would Walk Away
And Leave The Knife Inside
I Can’t Believe That You Would Walk Away
And Leave The Knife Inside
In A Pool Of Blood I Lie

Born to Succeed
I would not take no for an answer
But we were born to bleed
And you took all my blood indeed
So when I go
I’ll let you know

I Can’t Believe That You Would Walk Away
And Leave Me Here Alone
I Can’t Believe That You Would Walk Away
And Leave Me Here Alone
Beneath The Seeds I’ve Sown

Born to Suffer
So you traded one life for another
And now I’m just a shadow
Of the graveyard where I’m covered
So when I go
I’ll let you know

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Marching BAss Drum, Percussion, Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards
Vocals and Backing Vocals by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing 


18) Free To Be (04:46)

There she goes on her road again
The one that she travels on
When I tried to follow her
She is rolling her stone again
Writing another book
And I had an open look

And you can’t say too many good things about it
And you can’t take too many footsteps around it

‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
Under the sun and under the sea
Under the sun and under the sea

There she goes on her hands and knees
Taking it day to day
Making the hours pay
She is writing from where she’s been
She’s seen and done it all
And eats the apple before it falls

And you can’t say too many good things about it
And you can’t take too many footsteps around it

‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
Under the sun and under the sea
Under the sun and under the sea

There she goes with my memory
Ready to raise a child
From Adam to Stagger Lee
There she goes bearing all my name
Encouraging on and on
Return to Zooathalon

And you can’t say too many good things about it
And you can’t take too many footsteps around it
And you can’t say too many good things about it

‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
‘Cause I’m free to be whatever I want to be
Under the sun and under the sea
Under the sun and under the sea
Under the sun and under the sea

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ
Vocals and Backing Vocals by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing 


19) Kangaroo (04:00)

I’ve got a woman I can’t explain
But I can’t complain
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?
I’ve got some pains that I can’t explain
But I can’t complain
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?

(And Kangaroo says):
And all those roads that do not lead to Rome
Still they lead you safely back home
And all those millions that you left behind
Still there are many millions to find

I’ve got a feeling I can’t explain
But I can’t complain
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?
I gave it all and I gave it well
But it went to hell
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?

(And Kangaroo says):
And all those roads that do not lead to Rome
Still they lead you safely back home
And all those ladies whose faith you broke apart
They left you with a soft spot in your heart

I’ve got a son who breaks my balls
But I’d give him all
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?
I’ve got a life I can’t explain
But I can’t complain
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?
Kangaroo
Will I ever learn to jump like you?

I’ve got a woman I can’t explain
I’ve got a woman I can’t explain
I’ve got a woman I can’t explain

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Electric Guitars, Organ
Vocals and Backing Vocals by Sananda Maitreya
© + P 2012 Treehouse Publishing 

Footnotes.
For song 1 used: Gibson Firebird and Red Flying V, both Magneto Amps, small and large.
For song 2 used: Gibson Firebird
For song 3 used: Gibson Dove acoustic and White Custom SG and small Magneto amp
For song 4 used: Gibson Jumbo Acoustic, Red Flying V, White Custom SG, and both Magneto amps
For song 5 used: Gibson Jumbo and Dove Acoustics
For song 6 used: Gibson Cherry SG, Red Flying V and both Magneto Amps
For song 7 used: Gibson Custom White SG, Red Flying V and both Magneto Amps

Song 1: 24-25 September Monday-Tuesday
Song 2: 26-27 September Wednesday-Thursday
Song 3: 28-29 September Friday-Saturday
Song 4: 1-2 October Monday-Tuesday
Song 5: 3-4 October Wednesday-Thursday
Song 6: 5-6 October Friday-Saturday
Song 7: 8-9 October Monday-Tuesday

 

Notes pertaining to Chapter 3: 'THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF STAGGER LEE'

All songs recorded in Mono Studio, Milano Italia (Milan Italy) between 24 September – 9 October 2012 over the course of 14 days. All songs Recorded and Engineered by MATTEO ‘Sergente’ SANDRI. All songs Written, Produced, Arranged and Performed by Sananda Maitreya for Treehouse Publishing. All songs Mixed by Matteo and Sananda.

Stagger Lee Was A BAD MAN, A LEGEND, AN OUTLAW, A MYTH. IN BOLD CAPS! He had a gold tooth; silver toed boots and a pearl handled pistol. In another life I knew him. How close were we? We could only be separated by a blade. Once we became political opponents, our lives spun out of control and in one swift plunge, a knife in the least fortunate of circumstances took my life. And just like that, a ghost I became. Vowing revenge upon the mind of my killer, Stagger Lee, for as long as it took for me to get my satisfaction and more of the same. There is much to be read about the tale of Stagger Lee, who once told me; “When a man no longer has work, all he has left to do is posture”(then he threw a temper tantrum, the worthy of an Oscar, and then sung an anthem that would place his name higher on the roster). Meanwhile, these are my sagas to be screened, as seen through the eyes of a spirit haunting our good friend and bad man, Stagger Lee, dancing to his own ragas. For a while, he was a friend, but that was before I became a spectral ghost, barking at the roots and fraying ropes of Stagger Lee, who I have known since meeting at the CROSSROADS, all those years ago, though sooner than I’d hoped. Enjoy these 7 songs as echoes of my testimony concerning Chapter 3 of, RETURN TO ZOOATHALON: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF STAGGER LEE.

Dedicated to my family and to the legends of my youth and to those still carrying on, sniffing the fumes of Prometheus’s flame. Also dedicated to you and to respect for your journey.

Special thanks to Matteo Sandri for his patience, expertise and calming spirit. Rock on, Sergente!

Thanks also to our small staff at Treehouse Publishing for their dedication and positive attitude.

We also thank Alessandro at Magneto, and Musicology for looking after my guitar needs. All songs are in Pre-mastered form. We apologize in advance that the music is free of corporate content. We are also at this point legally obliged to warn; ‘WARNING, THIS MUSIC CONTAINS LIVE HUMAN DRUMMING AND REAL INSTRUMENTS- PROCEED AT YOUR OWN CAUTION!’ No bankers or small animals were hurt or held hostage, nor were any virgins sacrificed during the making of this chapter 3: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF STAGGER LEE.

We used Magneto Amplifiers, Ampeg Classic Bass Amplifier, Drum Sound drums, UFiP Cymbals, Fender Jazz Bass, Gibson Firebird, Flying V (Red, with Seymour Duncan Invader pickups) and SG guitars, Gibson Jumbo and Dove Acoustic guitars, Percussion Village and Latin Percussion, Roland and Kurzweil Keyboards and some cool outboard and microphone secrets that you DO NOT need to know about at this time. We are by trade law not allowed to mention the Chinese manufacturer of the Kazoo we used for the session (we believe it to be a European knockoff of an imitation Chinese knockoff of an American Kazoo, made in India). 
Remember: RETURN TO ZOOATHALON. You are missing it, and it is missing you! What are you waiting for?

Sananda Maitreya!

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