Carousel !

by Benny Koziol

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released June 12, 2016

25:44
cover art by John Quinnies

mastering and creative direction from Warren Hildebrand (www.warrenhildebrand.com)

Benny - vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, synths, percussion, recorder / pan flute, ukelele
Grace - vocals
Jason - drums

all songs composed by Benny Koziol except track 1 by the Sherman Brothers, track 5 by Jimmy Cox, and track 9 by Stephen Foster.

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Track Name: Jolly Holiday
Oh it's a jolly holiday with Mary. Mary makes your heart so light. When the day is grey and ordinary Mary makes the sun shine bright. Happiness is blooming all around her. The daffodils are smiling at the dove.

When Mary holds my hand I feel so grand. My heart starts beating like a big brass band. Oh its a jolly holiday with Mary. No wonder that it's Mary that I love.

I pawned everything I've ever earned for tickets to the county fair. I wanna ride the carousel, watch the wind push Mary's hair. "Haven't you ever seen the grass so green?" she said, "or a bluebird sky?"

When Mary holds my hand I feel so grand. My heart starts beating like a big brass band. Oh its a jolly holiday with Mary. No wonder that it's Mary that I love.

"it's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious"
Track Name: Mary and the Choir of Stars
Mary, my sweet, we'll meet at the end of the world in the heart of the sun that glows like a child. Mary, flowers are following us. As we walk on the ground the crocus pops up. Mary, for us, we'd reinvent the earth for all the glory of the land. Just me and Mary.

Mary, my sweet, the universe is your shawl and your basket of seeds. You're counting each one. Mary, we intersect like crossfire from two guns with two names in a war of peace. Mary, for us, why not reinvent the earth for all the glory of the land? Just me and Mary.

You look across the lake. You see the ends of the earth. And when you're holding me close I am there too. It's fine, fine, fine.

Mary, you know sometimes I get down on myself and I long to fall into the pond and drown. But like a mother you restore order to this world and to my troubled brain and love me just the same.
Track Name: The Laughing Man
Sleeping in the trench of a haunted subway, serpent sadie by my side. Green Gene Kelly and the Holy Ghost captaining a fallen kite. Gazed in the distance to the Marlin Shack while plastic statutes littered the floor. The waiter boy Pedro with the cactus juice pistol ain't calling on me anymore. He ain't calling on me anymore.

She dreamed last night that a diamond sunset ended all humanity. The papers dropped out with the blue-beard trout and the world was just a block party. A thousand pink horseman from the west singing "am me, am me, am me." Snow melted on the gravel and the riders did travel till they reached the old birch tree. Till they reached the old birch tree.
Track Name: Elise on the Beach
Elise on the beach. As close to paradise as I'll ever be. Elise on the beach. The skies have never seen one like she. Someday I'll be a fossil and I'll lay dead in the ground but today I am a songbird and I swear I could touch the clouds. Elise and I, we're flying high, transcending space and time.

Elise on the beach. The gods are rivaled by her majesty. Elise on the beach. I was no one till she looked at me. Someday I'll be a fossil and I'll lay dead in the ground but today I am a songbird and I swear I could touch the clouds. Elise and I, we're flying high, transcending space and time.

Elise on the beach. She shines in the sun so radiantly. Elise on the beach. She talks of love so beautifully.
Track Name: Baby, Will You Still Love Me?
"We had . . . there was a restaurant in town . . . this is how small my town was, there was a restaurant in town that on Saturday nights became the dance hall."

"Oh ok!"

They say I'm a pretty fair gentleman but there's times when I fall below par. Now some are put back or turned off by this and I want to know if you are. When I'm rude and sad and I smell real bad I just have to ask: baby, will you still love me?

I don't wanna brag but when I'm on my game I'm the finest gent around. But those are good days when I'm acting that way and there's less than great ones abound. "Hair uncombed, grass unmowed, sinister scowl!" Look to the future: baby, will you still love me?

They say I'm a pretty fair gentleman but they don't really know me too well. I may look like heaven but I smell like 7-Eleven and I'll leave you down in Hell. When I'm callous and cold, immobile and old way down the road: baby, will you still love me?

I don't wanna brag but I think I've found my part as an old-fashioned ladies man. But the minute that they know me, when I really start to show me, they're sprinting as fast as they can. "Stained paints, sweaty hands, stubborn mind!" Look to the future: baby, will you still love me? Look to the future: baby, will you still love me? Think about your future: baby, will you still love me?

Based on the past and the current trends, I just gotta know: baby, will you still love me?
Track Name: Beautiful Dreamer
Beautiful dreamer, wake onto me. Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee. Sounds of the rude world heard in the day, lulled by the moonlight, have all passed away. Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song, list while I woo thee with soft melody. Gone are the cares of life's busy throng. Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me. Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me.

Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me. Sea kings and caldrons are waiting for thee. I'm undyingly blessed to look up at the stars and know there's a beautiful dreamer asleep in my arms. Gone are the burdens, gone all the sorrow. Wake onto me, sweet dreamer, by the light of tomorrow. Wake onto me.

Gone are the cares of life's busy throng. Beautiful dreamer, embrace the dawn. Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me.
Track Name: White Swans in B Minor
Seagull bones and two, two friends. Bury them in this land where the lilies bloom. Two . . . two friends decaying into the sand. Hold my hand. Water is calling. We have been summoned. Water is calling. We have been summoned.

Seagull bones and two, two friends. Bury them in this land where the lilies bloom. Seagull bones and two . . . two friends decaying into the sand. Hold my hand. Water is calling. We have been summoned. Water is calling. We have been summoned.

"I had a dream when I was five. I was naked. And there's this river that flows both ways and like you would walk in the river and go either left or right."
Track Name: Carousel ! (Finale)
There's no reason why we can't reverse the orbit of our moon. When I awoke the grim reaper spoke but we can kill him with a song. Just sing loud children, the big dipper dippin' will keep you off the ledge. So preserve that notion that everything's lovely and stay by wishing wells.

And you may notice, amidst all the emotion, that your life is a carousel. That your life is a carousel. Yes, life is a carousel.
Track Name: Koi Pond / Thunderstorm
"Thank you so much for all your help today. Listening, figuring out all those sounds. See ya, bye."