the hotelkeepers' friend

by The Bureaucrats

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released February 28, 2008

robbie jalapeno - guitars, vox
Dave Porch - guitars
Alfonse Lorde - bass
Grant McCracken - drums

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Track Name: Spread the Word
The grass on the ground forms a blanket for the dirt
Its downy layers warm the cold and dusty earth
The summer breeze wakes the leaves
And carries the tune of the birds singing in the trees
Spread the word we’ve got to share all this magic around
The secret to this paradise we’ve found

A grey traveller returns from a day
Asleep amongst the mulch and the lilies lying in the shade
Nostrils flared he sniffs the air
A sigh relieves the world of its troubles and all its cares
Spread the word we’ve got to share all this magic around
The secret to this paradise we’ve found

A mother stoops to give a kiss to her child
The child looks up and sees her lovely happy smile
Her sparkling eyes will never lie
Her love is a love that lasts forever no matter what she does
Spread the word we’ve got to share all this magic around
The secret to this paradise we’ve found
Track Name: The Revelator Song
I heard a sound I could not hear
I saw a vision I could not see
The dark cloud hanging over me
Disappeared. Insecurity.

The Revelator assumes the stand
He cuts a lonely figure with a guiding hand
But he obscures his vision with some fat lump of a ham
Asking for money, holding out his hand

Oh yeah.
Come on.
To think that money will buy you whatever you want

The crowd shuffles and nervously waits
Shifting their bums on their plush cushioned seats
The hush can be heard and damn nearly seen
The Revelator makes his way in

This preening peacock, this one man band
Points his finger and the crowd goes mad
The black and the white, the good and the bad
Made painfully clear with a wave of his hand

Oh yeah.
Come on.
To think that money will buy you whatever you want

What is this game they play
Laughing and crying their feelings away
Can one say what they feel and mean what they say
If the words don't exist at the end of the day

Can one lie with another and yet be alone
Or work for a lifetime for someone else
Won't you please tell me which path is the best
To find fame and fortune or to find success

Oh yeah.
Come on.
To think that money will buy you whatever you want
Track Name: A Day
A day. A lonesome vigil

A day. So cold and frigid.
So much unspoken. A spirit broken.
Whiplashed bodies snapped apart.
Tried so very hard to hide that part from you.

A day. A sadness fathered.
A day when lovers parted.
Feelings forgotten. State of heart gone rotten
Can’t remember when you cared
A thousand years since I was there

Remember this day so lonesome
Remember this day so bad
Remember two hearts broken
Remember …….. those two hearts so sad.

A day that’s in the past
A day whose memory won’t last
One week now since then. So long it has been
Forget the pain. Forget the crime. All the wounds will heal with time.

Remember this day so lonesome
Remember this day so bad
Remember two hearts broken
Remember …….. those two hearts so sad.
Track Name: Sling
Could you stand there with your heart in a sling or
Would you suffer in silence and not dare say a thing or
Would you stand up and shout or
Take the easy way out
That’s to scream, complain
But not do a thing
It’s not the best way

The folly is silence faced with lies or
Living through a life as if in some sort of paradise
While others suffer and they die
Governments wallow in crime
Killing blacks and whites and
Those not of the same religion ….

A feeling of unknown
Sweeps over a home
Be it two, seven, nine or ten?
Elsewhere gunfire cracks overhead
She looks down, her loved one is dead
She holds her in her arms ….
Track Name: You Are Gone
A vacuum. A bleakness
Lingering shadow of lone
Time to face all my weaknesses
Now that you are gone

Nowehere to lay the blame
Naked with nowhere to hide
Nothing goals that I can claim
I achieved alone

Dream away my pain
Dream away my fear
But when I awake
I will be wrapped within them
The pain and the fear will comfort me
Now that you are gone
Track Name: Alone Alone
Alone the feeling swept over him
Alone that feeling so grim
Alone alone
Waiting by the phone
For the call for him to go
And leave his happy home

Stoned he was to take the pain
Stranded in time and space again
Alone alone
Smoking shit getting stoned
No place to call his own
No happy home

Alone the feeling swept over him
Alone that feeling so grim
Alone alone
Waiting by the phone
For the call for him to go
And leave his happy home


They never saw how hard he fought.
They never cared about what he thought.
Alone alone
Smoking shit getting stoned
No place to call his own
No happy home