Just Passing Through

by Don Campau

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Solo and collaboration recordings done between 2010-2013 by Don Campau and others.

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released April 22, 2013

Don Campau, Bryan Baker, Greg Gray, Joe Menichetti, Barry Phillips, Al Scheller, Arzathon, Chris Campau and Robin O'Brien. Mastered by Blair Hardman at Zone Music,Cotati CA.

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Track Name: I'm Here
Well, I’m here to bug you, do you want me to bug you?I’m here to touch you, Do you want me to get real close?
I’m here, you’re lucky, That I only want to touch you, I’m still here to love you, Please remain real still while I love you, That’s how it feels when I touch you, It won’t do any good to yell, I know it feels kind of sticky when I touch you, I’m here in the corner, I’m watching, Do you want me to watch?, I’m on the phone when there’s no one
You think it’s no one but listen to me breathe, I’m here in the shadows, You can’t see me but I can see you
I’m still here when you’re certain that you’re really alone, You’re not really alone, That’s how it feels when I love you, It won’t do any good to scream, I know it feels kind of sticky when I love you
Track Name: Come On, Do This
Come on, do this, forget it and it just might fade, come on now, just shake it , this habit’s got to go away,
you might need it, you might want it, you might like it but it always goes astray, you might crave it, the more it hurts then, what should I say , when it doesn’t go your way, come on, do this, forget it and it just might fade, come on now, just shake it, this habit’s got to go away, you might grab it, you might squeeze it, you might milk it, yeah it’s such a treat , you might feel it, you might taste it, but you know what happens to that ice in this pure heat,
come on, do this , forget it and it just might fade , come on now, just shake it, this habit’s got to go away...boom
Track Name: The Kids Gotta Play
a disguise, made of silk your highness, painted rice, that of milky kindness , it’s over, it’s over, it’s complete, the cycle is complete, its a strange new world, bent back time evolving, me and you, a blurry line dissolving, it’s over, it’s over, it’s complete, the cycle is complete, some people say there’s no chance, i say there’s hope for us yet, some may say the tipping point is here, i say there’s hope for us yet, out on the coast one day, when the tide washed in an object astray, it was some metal parts and some plastic toys, And although radioactive, the girls and boys gotta play, They gotta play, left on the beach with a glowing foam, from the plume of Fukushima so far from home, how did it find its way to our shore?, the warning signs we chose to ignore, we just stood by and let it go, our tacit approval, indifference and so, our planets hot, way to go folks, yeah, way to go...you did a real good job
Track Name: Holy Water
I had a rough day at my job and my head was hurting good, so I thought I might drown my sorrows but was this idea any good? A couple of guys in the office next door said “we’ll meet you for some drinks”, so I turned off the power, jumped out of my chair before I had time to think about it, It was cool, it was so smooth, it was like nectar, not alcoholic or carbonated but with something extra, it tasted like holy water, so I got home late and the wife was worried and said “honey are you OK”? I replied with a yawn and a sheepish grin and said “it’s just a hell of a day”, so I jumped in the shower to wash it off and opened my mouth a tad, well the water went in , I settled down and things were not so bad, pour it over, let it flow, drink it in then let it go, turning wine to water now that’s a switch, the rain starts falling and I feel rich, well, the next time it doesn’t go so well here’s my two cents of advice, run the tap, grab a glass and maybe get a little ice, here’s to you and you and you and all you do today, just drink it down, let it out and flush your troubles away like this, it was cool, it so smooth, it was like nectar, it tasted like holy water.
Track Name: What Can I Do?
Quit saying that you want me, stop muttering “its alright baby tonight”, you’re a liar if you want me, you’re just saying it to calm me down, what can I do? what can I say? Is there some meaning to my fear today? I’m not afraid, Please refrain from all this nonsense, please have mercy on my soul tonight for god’s sake, just resist this temptation, just tell me in a facebook post, you know I hate all those emotions, I’d rather be a robot any time, any happy nature is just a program, if you delete me then I don’t exist, what can I do? what can I say? Is there some meaning to my fear today, I’m not afraid
Track Name: Tangiers
It didn’t take too long to test me, A couple dollars got me arrested that night, I remember that purple dress then
It was a lesson like spicy food is, Like the desert at night needs cooling, I didn’t stay too long at the hotel
I traveled the back streets where the smoke was that night, Why does trouble always seem to find me?
I got lost by the mosque, I got lost in your eyes, You had me in Tangiers, Like tangerine seed tears, You took me in Tangiers
Track Name: Secret Shoes
You call me up and ask me if i like them, i say they’re great and fit just right then, I stop myself and turn about
how can i say i just can’t wear them out? the colors fine, the style neat, calling attention to my shy feet, with calfskin top and pinking sewn, a chelsea boot with algonquin toe, thanking you for those nice secret shoes, happy to have my own secret shoes, since i was young i’ve tried and tried, but there’s just nowhere for my feet to hide, yeah, you might think that shoes would take some pressure, off my ridiculous self conscious nature, that ain’t the case, the reverse is true, can’t take a walk, what can i do? well i got lucky, in fact i’m blessed, i’ve got a job with a covering desk, but I’ll still be wearing my secret shoes, alone i’ll be wearing my secret shoes, on friday night my buddies all get loose, invite me out, “hey what’s the excuse this time”?“We want to know just how you feel” I answer “like some toes without a heel”, i say without contempt you know, a worn lapped seam with a beaten insole, i’m just an arch without some lift
but you know i’ll still be wearing your gift, happy you gave me those secret shoes, i’ll always wear them, my secret shoes
Track Name: Innocent Man
Come on now, can you feel it? when you touch it does it seem real? I’m going to tell you the story of an innocent man, although he’s made of plastic he’s doing the best that he can, come on now, what does it mean? Investigate it and come clean, he’s got a problem, he’s got nothing new to say, and when he turns his back they call him Mr. Cliche, he plays some southern rock like Gregg and the Allman boys, there’s a twang in his talk even though he’s from Illinois, Tied to the whipping post, i been tied to the whipping post...let’s do it, let’s expose him, humiliate him without his clothes on, I’m going to tell you the story of a typical man, let’s celebrate him, he’s just like us, he wants to fit in and not be frightened, this is the tale of an everyday average joe, look in the mirror, does he look like someone you know? He’s part of a movement and he’s giving back to the land, his mission statement , to be as mediocre as he can be, how can you blame him? He wants a title, he wants to be on American Idol, come on now, just concentrate on, was this some honest participation? I want to tell you about the story of a person you know, take away commercials and the ominous, luminous glow, you might just recognize him from being on the tv, take away the lighting and make up and he looks just like me
Track Name: Adult
Right in the place that i wanted, I was right there standing where I wanted to be, And its time to take my full advantage, of my age and experience and what I have seen, Every time I notice that bad stuff has happened, Every time I blame somebody but me, Maybe it takes a big man to admit it, and maybe I’ve finally grown up enough to see, Now that I am an adult, Although I’m still kind of short in stature but hey, Why the heck am I thinking these blues, If I can’t reach the top shelf I’ve always got a ladder, Use it or lose it, thats what I will do, I think I’ve used up every excuse, I am right in the place that I wanted, I’m right there standing in the glare of the moon, Right in the place that I wanted, I was right there standing where I wanted to be, Now that I am an adult, Now I’m standing there and it ain’t a dream, I am right there in the place that I wanted, I was right there standing where I wanted to be, And now that I am a grown up, I don’t have to piss on your leg or be mean
Track Name: The Man Who Turned Into A Giraffe
I made a big mistake I guess by telling you, you had to tell it to your friends, you had to brag it to them all, now all of them know of it, they say my neck is stretched a bit, will they come visit me when I’m at the zoo? I made a big old goof you know by asking you, you told my parents and they gasped, you told the press and they came by, with cameras rolling oh, the reporters are asking how, how could a guy like me turn out this way? Not a monkey, No, not an antelope, ain’t a hippo eating a cantaloupe, not a zebra, please don’t laugh now that this short guy is a giraffe, I made a large faux pas thats right by shushing you, I should have used my megaphone but maybe its not as loud as your big mouth shooting off when my back was turned, I guess it doesn’t matter now I only want the high leaves, and all the cameras rolling oh, the reporters are asking now, how could a guy like me turn out this way? Now everyone knows of it, they say my neck is stretched a lot, will they come visit me when I;’m at the zoo, and will you?
Track Name: Sinking Down
I was thinking about the sea, all the life in the sea, it’s all just food I thought, but how can that be, oh there’s whales and dolphins and things that are smart, But where are the books, the passion for art? sinking down then floating up
the bottoms brown, undercurrent rough, From single cell amoebas to mammals so huge, Except for the largest is everything just food? Sure, how could I understand what goes on below, It’s like the desert understanding the snow storm, but is everything just random without meaning and such, or is it like an Eskimo not reacting to Dutch? sinking down then floating up, the bottoms brown, undercurrent rough, and tough enough, I was thinking about the sea, all the life in the sea, it’s all just food I thought, but how can that be? That thought kind of got me down as I pondered and moped, but from within this darkness a beacon of hope, a kernel so small and maybe too late, glump, oorg, grr....i just got ate, sinking down then floating up, the bottoms brown, undercurrent rough, and tough enough, first he’s hungry, then I’m gone
Track Name: Too Long
Well, its been too long since I had a good time, It’s been too long, I think I forgot how to have a good time, Its been too long since I made my way there, Its been so long, Don’t think I recall how to find my way there, Christ, its hot in my private little hell tonight, Man, its dark and there isn’t any sound, Christ, what a trip! Did I die or was I only unconscious, Man, I guess I slipped and then I hit the ground, When I went too far you always pulled me back then
When I went too far, I can’t ever repay the way you saved my ass, When I went so low I even broke my arm then
When I went real low, I mean I went so low, I went off the scale, I flailed my self, And fell to the floor, you gave me some sugar and CPR, The medics showed up and helped me back, But when I woke up there I had a tube down my throat, Well its been so long since I had a good time, Its been so long I think I forgot how to breathe, Man, its dark and there isn’t any sound, Christ, its hot in my private little hell tonight, I know it just seems forever, Really its the lack of light and, Darkness makes my own sweet weather, And when there’s light theres life, When I think of times I took for granted, You can slap my face and shake me up, It might be best to have that seed be planted, Our time is dwindling day by day, You, its you, I belong to you, And thats what I call a good time, Well, its been so long since I had a good time, It’s been too long, I think I forgot how to have a good time, Its been too long since I made my way there, Well Its been so long, Don’t think I recall how to find my way there
Track Name: Prepare This Heart ( For Reaping)
I turned around, was no sound, There was no sound but my eyes were still twinkling, You came to town, and showed me how, You showed how to stop thinking about it, You, have a voice of remarkable clarity, I want to bathe in it, You, place a mark in the steel that is forged,and I’ll be a slave for it, You, shining bright like a gem behind glass
You know I will steal it, You, had a massive appeal for me then, And the days haven’t changed that, Prepare this heart for reaping, Prepare, prepare
Track Name: Just Passing Through
So low you found me, So low you found me, Then I first told you, I’m just passing through, So deep I’m buried, So deep I’m buried, But my dreams came true, I married you, What else could I do? In love with your voice, You’re the one that I choose, It wasn’t really a choice, It may be sad but true, I’m just passing through, So far we traveled, So far we traveled, And enjoyed the view, We’re just passing through, So glad I’ve had you, So glad I’ve known you, Forever me and you, Together passing through, What else could I do? In love with your voice, You’re the one that I choose, It wasn’t really a choice, But that damn clock had to move, I’m just passing through