Let's Be Happy!

by CelloJoe

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    Let's Be Happy is a CD featuring CelloJoe's lyrics and his band, The Midnight Ramblers. Guitar, violin, drums, vocals and cello. Chris Lynch on violin, Dave Gearheart on guitar, Justin Markovits on drums. Also features CelloJoe on Junk Percussion. Recorded in 2008 in one day at Hypocrite Studios in San Jose, CA.

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released October 1, 2007

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Track Name: Earth is a Garden
the earth is a garden not a grocery store (4x)

we can't afford the rent 'cause our rights have been waived
it's time to unslave call in sick don't behave
why work ourselves to our graves?
foodless despite food for all is a right
these luxuries leave some hungry
look around we're in wage slavery

so unpave restore slave no more
what an eyesore
she's a garden not a store

the earth is a garden not a grocery store (4x)

who owns the forest? who owns the sea?
who owns the land? and who owns me?
we'll sell ourselves into wage slavery just to gain more luxury
we'll wake drive work drive tv sleep
wake drive work drive tv sleep
in a rat race where we buy 'til we die

but why not wake walk harvest and eat?
why not sow plant harvest and reap?

so unpave restore slave no more
what an eyesore
she's a garden not a store
the earth is a garden not a grocery store (4x)
Track Name: It's a Gift
It's a Gift
by CelloJoe

I'd prefer not to sing
About love heartache or sorrow
I'd prefer not to think about
Yesterday or tomorrow

'Cause I'm living
Right now
I don't know why and I don't know how but

It's a gift
Right now this moment
It's a gift
That's why we call it the present

I'd prefer not to love
Things that i don't really need
I'd prefer not to feel so down
When I think about suffering and greed

'Cause I'm living
Right now
I don't know why and I don't know how but

It's a gift
Right now this moment
It's a gift
That's why we call it the present

Live in the now live in the now live in the now live in the now
Live to give Live to give Live to give your love away

I'd prefer not to sing
About love heartache or sorrow
I'd prefer not to think about
Yesterday or tomorrow

'Cause I'm living
Right now
I don't know why and I don't know how but

It's a gift
Right now this moment
It's a gift
That's why we call it the present
Track Name: Fancy Cars
fancy cars we're driving fancy cars
while there's starving kids in lands a far
air's so polluted we'll buy it in jars
or maybe fly a spaceship to colonize mars..

wanna get there faster
we're slaves and cars are master
take it to the shop
there's one for every cop

paved over dreams
for expensive machines
and if you couldn't tell
we're livin in automobile hell

fire and brimstone in every engine
hang on yo could i have your attention
cause here's a little something i'd like to mention
cars'll kill quick so drive with care
speed is a trick the tortoise beats the hare
cars'll kill quick so drive with care
speed is a trick the tortoise beats the hare

i see you in your truck
you don't even give a hoot
stuck in traffic
i take a breath and i feel sick
because of...
fancy cars we're driving fancy cars
while there's starving kids in lands a far
air's so polluted we'll buy it in jars
or maybe fly a spaceship to colonize mars..

every day i almost die
choking on fumes i begin to cry
what happened to this place?
how did I get stuck in this rat race?

we drive to work and work to drive
we drive to work and work to drive
we drive to work and work to drive
we drive to work and work to drive

gotta pay the bills so a lot of oil spills
gotta pay the bills so a lot of oil spills
gotta pay the bills so a lot of oil spills
gotta pay the bills so a lot of oil spills

fancy cars we're driving fancy cars
while there's starving kids in lands a far
air's so polluted we'll buy it in jars
or maybe fly a spaceship to colonize mars..

please drive safely or not at all
don't drive crazy ride a bike
Track Name: Don't Forget
don't forget to laugh
don't forget to smile
don't forget to live
we're only here for a short while

don't forget to sing
don't forget to dance
don't forget to love
this may be your last chance

don't forget to laugh
don't forget to smile
don't forget to live
we're only here for a short while
Track Name: Art is Pollution
breathing in toxic exhaust
we bought convenience
but at what cost
forests are falling
while oceans are rising
people are shopping
while others are dying

keep the economy going
we gotta keep the oil flowing

art is pollution
why do we do it?
if it makes us happy
let's get right to it
why do we do it?
art is pollution
why do we do it?
art is pollution

burning souls moving in metal cages
what are we writing in history's pages
that we burned a lot of coal and stoked up desire
fast food drive thru hell in rain forest fires

keep the economy going
we gotta keep the oil flowing

art is pollution
why do we do it?
if it makes us happy
let's get right to it
why do we do it?
art is pollution
why do we do it?
art is pollution

as we crank up the carbon the oceans are boiling
we're robbing our children of a planet that is living
the earth is dying while cars are multiplying
industry's growing while art is selling out
i'm talking about oops we did it again and bought into that corporate crap

keep the economy going
we gotta keep the oil flowing
Track Name: Song About Nothing
A Song About Nothing
by CelloJoe

I was walking down the street one day
When it occurred to me that I ought to play
A song about nothing at all
A song about how we all fall in love

And it's love that we share
It's love when we care
It's love that we share
And it's love when we dare

I was riding my bike down the street
I saw someone that I thought I would like to meet
I said hello and she smiled at me
She said let's go and explore this city

And it's love that we share
It's love when we care
It's love that we share
And it's love when we dare

I was driving my car talking on my phone
My baby's so far and I feel all alone
I look around and see a sea of clones
Sitting at the wheel staring at the road

And it's love that we share
It's love when we care
It's love that we share
And it's love when we dare
Track Name: Modern Day Fish
Modern Day Fish
by Norman Greenbaum

What can you say about the modern day fish?
What can you say about the modern day fish?
It swims it swims oh how it swims but
That's what it did long ago!

What can you say about the modern day flea
What can you say about the modern day flea
It bites it bites oh how it bites
That's what it did long ago!

do do do do do do

What can you say about the modern day gal?
What can you say about the modern day gal?
she smokes drink she does the hoochy coo
That's what she did long ago!

What can you say about the modern day man?
What can you say about the modern day man?
He's modern, He's modern oh how he's modern
That's what he did long ago!
Track Name: End the War on Nature
end the war on nature

i like my tv i participate in the economy
how else could i get all this luxury
i don't want to leave and i don't want to go
i like my am/fm radio 'cause it's got amplitude modulation
frequency modulation it's a war on nature for
world domination

well i just love civilization it's nature domination
drive around a fat bmw ride and there's nothing i can do to
hold back the tide 'cause mass production is a recipe for
destruction but comin' home to a heated house and a beautiful
lovely spouse is so nice and for my luxuries i'll engage in any vice
i see no reason there's no need to believe in sin or repent for my greed 'cause i'm going to win this getting more stuff game consumerism is it's name and it's so lame

but I want to live sustainably in community in harmony with nature making
life worth living in the future generations our culture needs a fix needs to
switch from manufacturing nature into profits to a brand new station
broadcasting synergistic vibes uniting all the tribes growing gardens far
and wide

righting all the wrongs writing healing songs making things right seeking
the light righting all the wrongs writing healing songs making things right
seeking the light
Track Name: VCR moms DVD dads
VCR moms DVD dads
song form: ABABACA
A: C G C F7
B: C G C F7
C: Em F G
VCR moms whatcha doin'? DVD dads whatcha doin'? VCR moms whatcha doin'? DVD
dads whatcha doin' to our kids?

sit 'em in front of the TV and make 'em watch Disney all day long well you
know that's wrong ignorin' our kids feedin their brains radiation TV dinners
probably give 'em constipation..uh.. uh..and when they say mommy I'm bored
you turn the TV on pop a movie in and your kids begin to wither away their
minds

VCR moms whatcha doin'? DVD dads whatcha doin'? VCR moms whatcha doin'? DVD
dads whatcha doin' to our kids?

it seems nowadays kids are raised by a TV screen and the only way that we
can dream is in animated scenes of tarzan the lion king and the little
mermaid beauty and the beast and Aladdin what ever happened to playin with
them? we've gotta play with the kids

we've gotta love the kids we've gotta love the kids
we've gotta love the kids we've gotta love the kids

and it's gone too far turn off that brainwashing VCR! yeah!

VCR moms whatcha doin'? DVD dads whatcha doin'? VCR moms whatcha doin'? DVD
dads whatcha doin' to our kids?

watcha doin' to our kids?

watcha doin' to our k….i……d……s…
Track Name: Music is a Way of Meditation
music is a way of meditation
music is a path to realization
music is a way of meditation
music is a path to realization
Track Name: Come On in My Kitchen
Come on in my kitchen
by Robert Johnson

when a woman gets in trouble everybody throws her down
lookin' for her good friend none can be found
you better come on in my kitchen 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors

the woman I love I stole from my best friend
some joker got lucky and stole her back again
you better come on in my kitchen 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors

can't you hear the wind howl?
mama, can't you hear the wind howl?
you better come on in my kitchen 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors

the woman I love I crave to see
but she's up in the country and she won't write to me
you better come on in my kitchen 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors

I went up on the mountain far as my eye could see
some other man got my woman lonesome blues got me
you better come on in my kitchen 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors

my mama's dead my papa's well's to be
I ain't got nobody to love and care for me
she better come on in my kitchen 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors
Track Name: Stealin'
stealin' stealin'

stealin' stealin' pretty mama don'tcha tell on me 'cause I'm stealin' back
to my same old used to be.

put your arms 'round me like a circle round the sun
I wantcha to love me mama like my easy rider done
you don't believe I'm sinkin look what a hole  I'm in
you don't believe I love you look what a fool I've been

stealin' stealin' pretty mama don'tcha tell on me 'cause I'm stealin' back
to my same old used to be.

the woman I'm lovin' is my height and my size
she's a married woman come to see me sometimes
you don't believe I'm sinkin look what a hole  I'm in
you don't believe I love you look what a fool I've been

stealin' stealin' pretty mama don'tcha tell on me 'cause I'm stealin' back
to my same old used to be.

I''m going up north just to see my girl
she's the sweetest thing in the whole wide world
you don't believe I'm sinkin look what a hole  I'm in
you don't believe I love you look what a fool I've been

stealin' stealin' pretty mama don'tcha tell on me 'cause I'm stealin' back
to my same old used to be.

stealin' stealin' pretty mama don'tcha tell on me 'cause I'm stealin' back
to my same old used to be. [ending lick end on G7]
Track Name: On Top of the World
on top of the world
by tess reitz

I'm on top of the world looking at the people below
I'm on top of the world I ain't got no place to go

well money is a terrible thing if you're rich or if you're poor the rich are
getting greedy and the poor are getting needy and everybody's wantin' more


you can worry 'bout food on the table you can worry 'bout getting paid
when you've got a lot of money then the tax man comes a'runnin' and
all you got to do is say…

I'm on top of the world looking at the people below
I'm on top of the world I ain't got no place to go

comes love just wandering by it'll get you in trouble again
a good thing comes only once in awhile you better catch it if you can
you can worry 'bout bein' lonely and makin' it through
the day while you're waiting for a honey to come take all your money all you
got to do is say..

I'm on top of the world looking at the people below
I'm on top of the world I ain't got no place to go

time is passing by you can't catch it if you try
we're all getting older and the world's getting colder and one of
these days we'll die
you can worry 'bout getting wrinkles you can worry bout turning grey well we
hurry around but what I have found all you got to do is say…

I'm on top of the world looking at the people below
I'm on top of the world I ain't got no place to go
I ain't got no place I ain't got no place I ain't got no place to go [2x]
Track Name: Applejack's Buckety Buckstrut
drumming!