Not a Functional Zebra

by Soldiers of Fortune

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Recorded April 17-20, 2013 at
Kraken Studios at the Octopus Lounge - Surfside Beach, SC

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released 20 April 2013

Mixed and Mastered by The Man Himself, Austin Perry

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Soldiers of Fortune Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Soldiers of Fortune was formed in 2012 by Davy Stone and Matt Parris. They are an acoustic duo who love making music together just for fun, and consider themselves lucky to be able to share it with friends, family, and all others who happen to stumble upon their music. They can be found during the summer at Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ... more

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Track Name: Caballero Andante
I call myself don Quijote, My real name I've forgotten long ago
I spent too much time cooped up so I armored up and hit the road
I found my lady love, she doesn't know me but she's always on my mind
I call her Dulcinea, and for her honor and favor I will always fight
They say I'm crazy, they call me crazy

I'm just a caballero andante, wandering the south of Spain on a ragged old steed
They all say that I'm tilting at windmills and things aren't as they seem
I see giants to be slain and damsels to rescue
I see armies on the plains; I guess they're all in my head too

Mi compañero Sancho Panza sticks by my side even though he has his doubts
He cries out to me that those aren't armies stirring up those dust clouds
But I won't listen; I haven't heard a single word he's said
I'll never quit, never give up, I'll fight for what's right like the heroes in the books I've read
And you can say I'm crazy, just call me crazy

I'm just a caballero andante wandering the south of Spain on a ragged old horse
They all say that I'm tilting at windmills, but I'll maintain my course
I see giants to be slain and damsels to rescue
Armies advance across the plains; I'm told they're all in my head,
But I don't care what anyone else says
They don't understand, they don't see what I see
Come what may, We'll keep on keeping on, Rocinante and me
They want me to come home, to return to sanity
But I'm committed to this path; there's no end in sight for me

I call myself don Quijote, my real name I've forgotten long ago

© David Stone, 2012
Track Name: Songwriter's Parade
I carry the world in both my pockets
As I'm sure so many do
I carry my heart on both my shoulders
Precious love have a chosen few
I wear my watch on my right-hand side
Unless I'm playin songs for you
But inside me a song is always flowin
So I guess that's never true

I just wanna sing but I can't
Drowning in lines that came and went
You think we've all got this down pat
I thought I did but now I'm not so sure about that

We all sign up thinking we're gonna be big stars
But we all end up wishing we remembered who we are
It was the road we thought less traveled but we ended up the same
Now I'm the bass drum player in the back of the line
At the Songwriter's Parade

I could sit here for hours and never write a word
It's just the songwriter's parade
Cause for every song I sing for you
There's ten more pages I hate

I just wanna sing but I can't
Drowning in lines that came and went
You think we've all got this down pat
I thought I did but now I'm not so sure about that

We all sign up thinking we're gonna be big stars
But we all end up wishing we remembered who we are
It was the road we thought less traveled but we ended up the same
Now I'm the bass drum player at the back of the line
At the Songwriter's Parade

© Matt Parris 2010
Track Name: Iris (Goo Goo Dolls Cover)
And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
When sooner or later it's over
I just don't want to miss you tonight

And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything feels like the movies
Yeah, you'd bleed just to know you're alive

And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am

And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am

© John Rzeznik 1998
Track Name: Why?
You know I dream of you some nights
Funny how, even in my head, you don't ever treat me right
All I want to do is talk to you
But you don't want to hear me
I know that I should give up, but I can't
I know that I should take the hint, but I'd rather take the chance
And risk getting hurt again
Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Tell me, why do I do this to myself?
And why can't I be hung up on someone else?
And why don't you have to feel this too?
Tell me, what can I do?
Because I'm tired of sitting here pining for you

I reminisce about that August night
It's stuck on repeat in my head, though I try with all my might
To push it out of my mind
The memory won't let me go
Do you ever think of that night too?
Can you remember any of the sweet things I said to you?
Because though it pains me to admit it,
I still mean every word

Tell me, why do I do this to myself?
And why can't I be hung up on someone else?
And why don't you have to feel this too?
Tell me, what can I do?
Because I'm tired of sitting here pining for you

Why don't you have to share this pain?
Why can't you just feel the same?
Why am I the only one
Who has to carry this unbearable weight?

I dreamt about you again last night
You'd think that by now I'd have thrown in the towel on this fight
But I'm just too damn dumb to quit
So here I remain
You won't even hear this anyway
I wrote yet another song to you, but you're deaf to all I say
I know that, but I still have to ask
These questions or they'll drive me insane

So tell me, why do I do this to myself?
And why can't I be hung up on someone else?
Tell me, why can't I let go and start anew?
And will you miss me too
When I'm finally able to stop pining for you?

© David Stone, 2012
Track Name: Unrequited
I wanted to write a letter asking why you did me wrong,
But the words brought out a melody, so I wrote you this song.
And with the words came pain; I'm bleeding out on the page,
Though it hurts more to let my heart sing than to lock it in a cage.

My lyrics will never reach your ears; they never have before,
So you won't hear me say, "I hope you hurt a little bit more."
I lie awake at night in a mood less than constructive
While you're somewhere far away, sleeping cozy and tucked in.

I saw you just the other day, walking in the rain.
I couldn't shake the feeling of how everything has changed.
Now I'm just another stranger you pass without a word.
I whispered my "goodbye" and again went unheard.

'Cause you're long gone
And I'm barely hanging on.
Yeah, you're long gone
And I'm barely hanging on.

I want to know why you let me get so close,
Then vanished with no goodbye.
Won't you tell me please how you're still okay,
When it's plain to see that this is killing me.

You're long gone
And I'm barely hanging on.
Yeah, you're long gone
And I'm barely hanging on.

I wanted to write a letter asking why you did me wrong,
But the words brought out a melody, so I wrote you this song.

© David Stone 2013
Track Name: Sleeping Through Earthquakes
I sit and stare at a half-blank page
Waitin for a song to come my way
Cause words without a melody are enough to drive me crazy
I try to show the way I felt
But sometime's mines a little hard to tell

This might seem easy
Half the time it's hell
Your ears hanging on me
So many stories to tell

All the songs I make wanna make
The whole earth shake
As I come down
All they ever wanted to do was to
Make it through to you
And stay by your side
I try to hold on so tight
For my soul's sake
And not get caught sleeping through earthquakes

I sit and stare at a memory
Waitin for a song to come to me
I try to play the way I felt
But I can't tonight and it's just as well

(Chorus)

Shout it to the earth like it was your very last breath
Give it all you've got till there's nothing in your lungs left
Sing it with me
Shot it to the earth like it was your very last breath
Give it all you've got till there's nothing in your lungs left
Don't you fall asleep

(Chorus)

© Matt Parris 2010
Track Name: Who Asked the Sun To Come Up
The dark cloud hanging over my head has always been my best friend
When I get hopeful, it reminds me, "Boy, you know how this ends."
I've tried over and over to escape it, always to no avail
So now I'm hanging around, hoping that someone will drag me out of this hell

Because it's day after day of the same old thing
And my only release is to write, play, and sing
Now I don't need to hear you tell me to be thankful for today
Who asked the sun to come up, anyway?

I thought I'd finally found someone to give me shelter from the rain
But all I ended up getting from her was just a different kind of pain
She pushes me away and pulls me back in, and it wears me out
So now I'm right back where I started; it's just me and my cloud

It's still day after day of the same old thing
And my only escape is to write, play, and sing
Now I don't want to hear you tell me to be grateful for today
Who asked the sun to come up anyway?

I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired
I say I'm doing fine because I'm a liar
I thought it might be nice to have you around
But you just brought me down

Yeah, it's day after day of the same old thing
And now all I can do is write, play, and sing
So don't you dare tell me I should be thankful for today
Who asked the sun to come up anyway?

© David Stone, 2013
Track Name: I'll Be Fine
I used to think that you pushed me away to make sure I'd fight to get closer
I thought that this radio silence was just a phase you'd soon get over
I thought that all of this was a test to make sure I was worth your time
But for all of my persistence, I've gained no ground and lost my mind

I sleep fitfully, if you can even call it sleep
I wake up exhausted, and I'm dead on my feet
I wonder why I'm still here, because it seems I'm wasting my time
If you don't want me around, just say it; I'll be fine

I know that friendships come and sometimes they go away
But I thought that, maybe just this once, I got lucky and this one would stay
Now I can feel it fading out no matter how much I kick and scream
Is this a joke? I'm so broken 'cause you've stolen yourself from me

I sleep fitfully, if you can even call it sleep
I wake up exhausted, and I'm dead on my feet
I wonder why I'm still here, because it seems I'm wasting my time
If you don't want me around, just say it; I'll be fine.

I've got a smart mouth, but I'm dumb where it counts
I'm moving on with my life, no more waiting around
You're the reason these eyes are blue, but you'll never see me cry
I'm done wasting my time on you, but I'm not worried;
You'll be fine.....


© Matthew Parris and David Stone, 2013
Track Name: Yo No Te Quiero Perder (Lápiz Conciente Cover)
Yo
no te quiero perder
tú eres mi linda mujer
la que yo amo en la vida
Por eso mami

Yo
no te quiero perder
tú eres mi linda mujer
la que yo amo en la vida.

Si las estrellas del cielo se pudieran comprar
yo compraría el sol para un ser tan especial
como tú tan linda y bella, doncella preciosa
tú eres una rosa que nunca se marchita.

Tú eres bonita, tan cariñosa, tan coquetica,
tan amorosa; tú, mi cosita,
mi bella esposa, tan tiernesita,
tú eres una diosa

La osa mayor de la constelación, te adoro.
amo mi relacion contigo porque vales oro
Tú mi vaquita mami; yo soy tu toro
Soy el pirata y tú eres el tesoro que

Yo encontré tal vez porque te merecía
encontré el amor que no encontraba ni la CIA
llégale a la armonía musica con melodía
mira como tú conviertes un tíguere con bujía.

Te amo tanto negra tú ni te imagina
quiero tu corazón; no me interesa tu vagina
por ti yo pago doble y dejo propina
por ti yo seco el mar y enderezo las esquinas porque

Antes de ti yo no era nadie
tal vez un simple vagabundo
tú le das paz a mi interior y mi alma
como tú, nadie en este mundo,bebe.

Yo
no te quiero perder
tú eres mi linda mujer
la que yo amo en la vida
Por eso mami

Yo
no te quiero perder
tú eres mi linda mujer
la que yo amo en la vida
Por eso mami

Yo
no te quiero perder
tú eres mi linda mujer
la que yo amo en la vida
Por eso mami

Yo
no te quiero perder
tú eres mi linda mujer
la que yo amo en la vida.

© Lápiz Conciente 2011