Ripe Fruit

by Stephen Paul Smoker

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released April 20, 2012

The musicians on this recording are:
Stephen Paul Smoker Guitars, Voice, Percussion Paul Roots Drums, Melodica Michael Kostal Guitars Bethany Smoker Keyboards, Percussion, Voice, Evan DePue Bass Guitar,Emma Hospelhorn Flute,Gerald Bailey Trumpet, Casimer Baniszewski Curcuit Bending, Voice Zak Baker Amish Graveyard Field Recordings for The Light pt. 1

Album Design by Miles Benjamin, Michael Kostal, and SPS.
Engineered by Evan DePue & Michael Kostal
Mixed by Mitch Cepaitis
Produced by Stephen Paul Smoker
Mastered by Peter Andreadis

Recorded at The Green Dragon Studio in Pilsen,Chicago IL. Salutations and Man Dives Deep recorded by Benjamin Balcom at MIN/BAL Studio, Chicago IL

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Track Name: In Cairo
We filed in to the market square
We set the institutions on fire
Our hands were ready
and our hears were pure

We were the nervous crowd
Strung out, paranoid,
Waiting for the sun to rise
In Cairo

Run from the wolves tonight in Cairo
Oh what a glorious sight, Cairo
Believe all American lies, in Cairo
Who will not sleep tonight?

We protest your vulgar gze
We find your tyranny sickening
Who will stand alone, strung out & paranoid
Or fearing the brave new world
In Cairo?

Run from the wolves tonight in Cairo
Oh what a glorious sight, Cairo
Bleed all American lines, in Cairo
Who will not sleep tonight?

Run from the wolves tonight in Cairo
Oh what a frightening sight, Cairo
They believe we're American spies
in Cairo

Who will not sleep tonight?
Track Name: Green City
The streets were lined
with beautiful houses

All built of green marble
and sparkling emeralds

We walked over pavement
of that same green

Glittering in the brightness,
in the brightness of the sun.

Every window pane reflected in the sky
Over the emerald city
As we blushed red in the sun


Now even the sun
and all you many people here

You look strangely at my,
Strangely at my assorted company

And with wondering eyes
the children ran away

Nobody spoke to me at all

In the Green City
with the purple
moon in the sky

And every star Laid in between
I fear it adds up to absolutely nothing

Yet I feel no division at all
between my happy & my hopeless thoughts

I go wandering in my own brain,
it has been this way since the very start

Yet I see no relationship al all
as I ask each one of you this
simple question:

Are we our brother's keepers?
We are not.

Are we our sister's keepers?
We are not.

Are we humanity's keepers?
We are not.

Are we all damned to hell?

If I'm not my own brother's keeper,
I am damned, damned for sure
If I'm not my own brother's keeper,
I am damned, damned to hell.
Track Name: Salutations
Into the altered gleaming light
Inside of the world out of my mind
I climb the scaffold to the sky
Become the omnipresent eye

Now that I'm open I feel free
To feel the cool breeze on my cheek
To point my finger through the cloud
To say unto the world aloud

Your love is everything I need
You're always somewhere out of reach

I woke this morning
to breathe it in
It smelled so thin

Hallelujah
We fill the earth near and far

The lease is ours

Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Your love is everything I need

Hallelujah
You're always somewhere out of reach
Track Name: I Dreamed I Was
Build yourself up even though you’re
not convinced. Make yourself feel big,
do everything you can. Even if it makes
you feel so helpless in the end
Remember your life has value
Relax, breathe in your value

I dreamed I was the moon,
my life belonged to Set
Now he provoked me constantly
until the very end of it
I dreamed I was the snake,
I swam in the seven seas
Until I swallowed just about everything
in my own selfishness and greed
I dreamed I was the Milky Way,
I watched over planet Earth
Then I reported to God, I
said “La-ti-da-ti-da”

Now I have nothing left to show
for this, but I will not be afraid
to sing it anymore.
Track Name: I Gotta Try
I went walking in the morning light
My tummy turned at the pitiful sight
I saw the abolition of men
Who build me up
to tear me down again
But I spent the last ten years
in outer space
I can't decide if I am ready or not

But I gotta try

I feel this torrent inside of me
I don't know why but I fear I'll die
Its such a mystery I can't explain
I don't wanna spend the rest of my life wondering why

I gotta try
Track Name: Cold As A Stone
Hear me now
I know that I failed you
I know I lied

If love is real, and hope is alive
then Oh, you would leave me now

Please go
The sun will shine anyhow

When you're cold as a stone
Track Name: The Light On The First Day Of Spring, pt 1
You are the light on the
first day of spring
An empty darkness in my head,
and it aches .
Oh how I loved you as I left you
in that mourning light
Oh how I loved you as I left you
in the winter time

Didn't I? Didn't I...

It took so long to realise
what all the hate was for
By then we were the soldiers
marching on to war

If we could only close our eyes then
maybe we might see

Every voice inside our heads aren't you
and they are not me

Oh My God! What now?
Confusion in the cloud

And nobody cares anymore
So why should I care at all?

Why should I care, care at all?

I was the first dawn and the
last dawn of your life

And I saw all hope and love die
in your eyes
Now I thought I had won the game,
you know I did not compromise
I know you think I'm deaf and dumb
but Johnny I'm not blind.

Not today, nor tomorrow,
not at all.

I'm gonna ramble on tonight,
no I do not have to tell you why

Not at all
Track Name: The Light On The First Day Of Spring, pt 2
We are soldiers marching on to war

What for?

On to war

On to war
Track Name: Man Dives Deep
Man dives deep
To the bottom of the sea
All blood and air
To his lungs and brain
He's so free

Man dives deep
He is still and free, yeah
He sinks to the bottom of the sea
To the bottom of it
He's so free
He is still and free
At the bottom of the sea

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