THE SPHINX - Chapter 2 ZOOATHALON PART 1: 'Straw Horses & Paper Tigers'

A presentation of THE SPHINX

Lyrics & Credits:

4) I NEVER KNOW (2:06)

Fade in fade out if that's your fate
Just don't fade away
Save your reflection to carry another day 
And if you're gonna tell somebody tell me
If you're gonna tell somebody tell me
'cause I will take you through the rain 
'cause I never know, I never know with you.

Time comes by and ties your hands
And leaves it with demands
The heart is a fable unless it bleeds when it can
And if you're gonna tell somebody tell me
And if you're gonna tell somebody tell me
And I will take you through the rain
'cause I never know, I never know with you
'cause I never know, I never know with you.

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Piano, Strings, Vocals by Sananda
© + P 2010 Treehouse Publishing 


5) EUPHORIA (4:21)

If all it takes is flowers and flattery
Then the weather's just as fickle as your heart it seems
Then the Taj Mahal is just a structure built to keep the rain from you
because no matter what you do, it always floods my dreams.
Young man, what you gonna do when love gets ahold of you?

'Cause you've had blues so long
that it's become your song
and it will knock you off your feet
until you right your wrong
'cause you've had to take the heat
but still carry on
while the midnight lingers on,
Euphoria.

If all it takes is white wine and sympathy
Someone to listen to you tell them all the little things you need
Then the unemployment line is where you find the man with that kind of time 
I wish you all the best, I wish you all of God's speed.
Young man, what you gonna do when love gets ahold of you?

'Cause you've had blues so long
that it's become your song
and it will knock you off your feet
until you right your wrong 
'cause you've had to take the heat
but still carry on
while the midnight lingers on,
Euphoria.

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Organ, Keyboards, Strings, Vocals by Sananda
© + P 2010 Treehouse Publishing 

 
6) THE BALLAD OF LeBRON & KOBE (3:18)

The ballad of LeBron and Kobe
The ballad of LeBron and Kobe

The ballad of LeBron and Kobe
Don't act like you don't know me
'cause I'm your will to win
No matter what the shape I'm in
I crave the meaning of these minutes
And all the sweat that I've put in it
I'm the King of the hill
And I am because I pay the bills.

The ballad of LeBron and Kobe
The ballad of LeBron and Kobe

I fall in love with epic battles
I fight until I hear bones rattle
I'm your vitamin E
But I'll foul you if you get too mean
I'll shimmy when I need to shake 'ya
And I'll shake 'ya when I need to wake 'ya
I'll raise the top of your game
And I'll thank you if you do the same

The ballad of LeBron and Kobe
The ballad of LeBron and Kobe

I'll take the wind out of your sails
I'll make you bite your fingernails
I'll take you to the hole
And bank it on a finger roll
Pressure keeps me in the zone
Even when I feel alone
And I'll SCREAM at the referee
If he slows my game down on TV
If he slows my game down on TV

The ballad of LeBron and Kobe
Don't act like you don't know me
'Cause I'm your will to win
No matter what the shape I'm in

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals by Sananda 
© + P  2010 Treehouse Publishing 


7) THE BLAME (3:08)

They put the blame on me
but I was never there you see
they put me on the run
I gotta keep 'a movin' on
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away

They put the blame on me
they're living in a fantasy
my profile fits the bill
so I'm living off the time I steal
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away

They put the blame on me
a blemish on my legacy 
the word is “shoot to kill”
I'm living off survival skills 
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away 

They put the blame on me
another little tragedy
my fingerprints were there
she was strangled with her underwear
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away

They put the blame on me
but I was never there you see
they put me on the run
so I gotta keep 'a movin' on
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away
this a way, that a way, either way, I've got to get away

They put the blame on me
but I was never there you see

Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitars, Horns, Vocals by Sananda
© + P 2010 Treehouse Publishing 

 
8) THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE (3:30)

'Said I was there when they picked him up 
And beat him on the Captain's table
I was there when they slapped him up 
And made sure that he was disabled
He played with the band 
And they sucked
Since they left land
Yada yada yada yada ya
I was relieved it wasn't me

I was there when they picked him up
And fed him with a knuckle sandwich
I was there when they wrapped him up
And treated him like extra baggage
They made him walk the plank,
More sharks there than in the bank
Yada yada yada yada ya
I was relieved, he was a thief

'Said I was there when they turned him into 
Entertainment for the pirates
His mouth slipped and he said things
That made the Captain very irate
His tongue, it got him hung 
Just because of a song he sung
Yada yada yada yada ya
As you can see, it wasn't pretty

I was there when they made him wear a dress
And then they called him 'Sally'
They put lipstick on his lips and 
Made him wait for John McNally,
A crew member who 
Likes his women in BIG shoes
Yada yada yada yada ya
You can believe he was a freak

I was there when they
Redirected his ideas about his living
Grabbed him, jabbed him, dragged him, stabbed him
Like a turkey at Thanksgiving
I saved him with my blade
And stole the water from his grave
Yada yada yada yada ya
I was relieved it wasn't me

'Said I was there when they picked him up
And beat him on the Captain's table
I was there when they picked him up 
And beat him on the Captain's table


Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Drums, Bass, Percussion, Acoustic Guitars, Banjo, Keyboards, Vocals by Sananda
© + P 2010 Treehouse Publishing 
www.SanandaMaitreya.com

 

9) SHE'S SAD (2:44)

She's sad
after all the things I've done for her
She's sad
after all the things I've said to her
She's sad
after all the time we made it through
and I only want to know that she'll be happy

She's sad
after all the walks on the sands
She's sad
after all the money and demands
She's sad
after lawyers and their liberties
and I only want to know that she'll be happy

She's sad, sad, sad
after all the lines of poetry
She's sad, sad, sad
after flowers and their flattery
She's sad, sad, sad 
after all the broken memories
She's sad
She's sad

She's sad
and I've seen a waterfall of tears
She's sad
no more Cupid and his arrows here
She's sad
all the valentines have disappeared
and I only want to know that she'll be happy

She's sad, sad, sad
deceivers are not believers
She's sad, sad, sad
I was open like a wide receiver
She's sad, sad, sad
after wasting all my precious time
She's sad
She's sad

She's sad
after all the moments drift away
She's sad
and she's at a loss for what to say
She's sad
and now I look the other way
and I only want to know that she'll be happy 


Words and Music: Sananda Maitreya
Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals by Sananda
© + P 2010 Treehouse Publishing 
www.SanandaMaitreya.com

All songs, written, produced, arranged and performed by Sananda Maitreya for Treehouse Publishing\ SanandaMaitreya.com

All tracks recorded and engineered by Matteo Sandri ('Sergente')
Mixed by Sananda and 'Sergente'
Recorded and mixed over 13 days between April 12-29 2010 in Milan Italy at MONO Studio (near the Chiesa Di San Lorenzo). Thanks to Enea Bardi for Tech support, Matteo Cantaluppi for vibe support and as always my brilliant unassuming collaborator, Matteo 'Sergente' Sandri. A shout out to Nick 'The Sticks' Taccori for loaning me some sticks when I lost mine and to Mattia Pittella for snares and Alessandro Pasini for my new Magneto Amp. Thanks also to Toby the studio dog. 
Thank you our Webmistress\dominatrix Lily. Thank you to my dear Francesca Maitreya. 
To the staff at Treehouse Publishing. And to you for your patience and support.
And another special shout out to my old friend LUTHER MEANS (and Luther means business!).
 

Drums used were Yamaha Studio model, Cymbals were UFIP, Bass was Fender Jazz, Banjo was a Fender 5 string. Keys were Kurzweil and Roland. Guitars, acoustic and electrics were all Gibsons. Bass amp was an ACOUSTIC 220. Guitar amp was MAGNETO. We also used the Crybaby Wah-Wah (for the mojo and the ya-ya).
Most of the percussion was Latin Percussion. All other details escape my memory at this present time.
 

Listen, I could not have done the crime 
I was in the studio at the time, capisce?

 

These songs dedicated to all that we have lost and to the great things we stand to gain.

 

This has been a SPHINX presentation. The ZOOATHALON, PART 1. We return you now to your regularly scheduled programming.

Pronounced: Zoo- a-tha-lon, emphasis on the second syllable

The 'woodpecker' stories may catch you up on the scene.

Time of selections:

I Never Know 2:06

Euphoria 4:21

The Ballad of LeBron & Kobe 3:18

The Blame 3:08

The Captain's Table 3:30

She's Sad 2:44

'Straw Horses & Paper Tigers'