New Folks

by Hal Guitarist

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1.
We're just delusional fools Living by delusional rules Wondering why we can't Get where we're going Living unusual lives Surrounded by guns and by knives Yet we all wonder Just why there is bloodshed We're just delusional fools Hungry for money and jewels Yet we can't eat them and now we are starving Famished and skewed by belief Tarnished and tainted by grief For lives that we don't know We even are mourning We're just delusional fools Learning in lunatic schools Teaching you all about Much about nothing We didn't learn how to hate Until they made everything great Which really is a word That is so overrated We're just delusional fools Frightened by strangers and ghouls Ignorant of things We just don't know about of Nothing that we ever learn Can undo the pain we have spurned Upon our world And all of its people We're just delusional fools Living by delusional rules Wondering why, don't know why Wondering why, don't know why Wondering why, don't know why We're just delusional fools Tricked by a prick in a duel Like a man in a suit Walking 'round in a sleeping bag Buying a bone for three score Then turning and begging for more Jet lagged and burning Apart at the seams We're just delusional fools Whining out samples of stools And wondering why Nobody will listen We just ramble and rhyme Out some false made-up lines: Alternative facts That we just wish were true We're just delusional fools Star-struck and covered in drool Falling in love With the child of the sun It's some societal ruse Meant to make us pick and choose Flustering why we can't Conform to the construct We're just delusional fools Convinced into thinking we're cool Running about In some big commotion Dismissing all science and fact As soon as we get to act So why don't we all Just fall in the ocean We're just delusional fools Living by delusional rules Wondering why, don't know why Wondering why, don't know why Wondering why we can't Get where we're going
2.
The shape of society Is not how it should be We've got so many problems Why can't you see We got racism, intolerance, And hatred all around Even the lies the president screams Tend to offend me now Got ignorant ignoramuses Spreading all their hate I've got one thing to tell to you This change it cannot wait We got racism, intolerance, And hatred all around It's time to do something about it It's time to change things now Now all these privileged people Sayin', "It ain't me!" Causin' all these problems That you have to see We got racism, intolerance, And hatred all around If you ain't doing something about it, You're the problem now Now you might be asking yerself, "Where did I go wrong? I only live in a society That's been biased all along" We got racism, intolerance, And hatred all around We live in a messed-up country We've got to change somehow Now you should be asking yourself, "What now can I do?" It's time to have a stern talk Straight from me to you We got racism, intolerance, And hatred all around It's time to open up your mind And face these problems now The shape of society Is not how it should be It's time to change these problems It starts with you and me We got racism, intolerance, And hatred all around Every single insensitive thing We've got to end it Now.
3.
Went down to the river On an August day Never really left from there Until the ides of May Moved on from my hometown To another place Traveling back and forth from there Wide big open space When I'm in the country I feel there's something wrong There's many many people here That feel they don't belong Many many people here That feel they don't belong Went up to Alaska And down to Tennessee There's people living over there Just like you and me Working longer hours Little to no pay When the market sours Things don't go their way When I'm in the country I feel there's something wrong There's many many people there That feel they don't belong Many many people there That feel they don't belong Now I know there's problems That we can't seem to solve Let's not let hate divide us Let's work now to resolve Now I never really know When I will be home Hope to never go back If some luck I'm shown But I know I will be back And problems I will face Dealing with those people Who hate ya cause of race When I'm in the country I know there's something wrong There's many many people there That feel they don't belong Many many people there That feel they don't belong
4.
03:47
Glassy eyes staring out a window Looking out within the frame of the world When they look out, what do they see? Do they see you? Do they see me? What do you think, when they blink A single tear of sorrow, that drops into a sea Of madness, and sadness With its waves, splashing at our souls? Kits of eardrums, hearing out of context Hearing words that I'm about to say Was it okay, what was said today Do you want to dance, and be romanced? What do I fear, when I hear A simple "no" answer, said from you to me Why can't you see, that this could be I really want to be here with you Broken hearts splintered into pieces Strewn about for all the world to see When we look in, when do we begin To realize, it's all a lie? What do you know, when you go Far, far from here, away from me dear Why must you go, I have to know Is this the way it must be?
5.
02:45
Does it matter if you're a girl or boy Does it matter if you're social or coy Does it matter if you're black or white Does it matter if you're left or right We share this world together Let's work to make it better Does it matter if you're this or that Does it matter if you're thin or you're fat Does it matter if you're gay or straight Does it matter if you're early or late We share this world together Let's work to make it better Does it matter if you're east or west Does it matter if you're the worst or the best Does it matter if you're Christian or Jew Does it matter if you're Muslim or Hindu We share this world together Let's work to make it better Does it matter if you're happy or sad Does it matter if you're good or you're bad Does it matter if you're rich or poor Does it really matter at all anymore We share this world together Let's work to make it better Does it matter if you're young or old Does it matter if you're hot or you're cold Does it matter if you're silly or smart Doesn't everybody have a heart? We share this world together Let's work to make it better We share this world together Let's work to make it better
6.
America is for Everyone It's meant for you and me Whether you're gay, straight, or asexual Or trans or bi you see And even if you're biracial Or black or white or brown America is here for you No matter what your pronoun And even if you're disabled Or able bodied too No matter what your religion America is here for you It's for each and every person To celebrate and sing Regardless of what you have to bring You can be a senator And you can be a priest And you can be a veteran Who fought in the mideast You can be an accountant And you can be a fool And you can be indigenous And lost your lands in a bloody duel Each and every non-binary And each and every son And each and every daughter America is for everyone It's for each and every person To celebrate and sing Regardless of what you have to bring But there's no reason to be racist There's no need to be stuck up now All you really need to do Is not be so quite holier-than-thou America can't be exclusive It can't be some closed door It must always be inclusive Or else, what the hell is it for? Each and every black man And each and every jew Also black and brown women America is for you too It's for each and every person To celebrate and sing Regardless of what you have to bring America is for everyone It's meant for you and me It's even meant for coastal liberals Who drink their shady tea And conservatives in the country Who make whiskey out of dew And even if you're not aforementioned It's also meant for you America is for everyone It's meant for you and me And everybody on this Earth From sea to rising sea It's for each and every person To celebrate and sing Regardless of what you have to bring Regardless of what you have to bring Oh yeah Oh yeah America is for you and you and you and you... And maybe me too [hoo] [yee-haw]
7.
What shall we do with a drunken sailor (x3) Early in the morning Way hey and up she rises (x3) Early in the morning Shave his belly with a rusty razor (x3) Early in the morning Way hey and up she rises (x3) Early in the morning Stick him in the bed with the captain's daughter (x3) Early in the morning Way hey and up she rises (x3) Early in the morning Stick him in a long boat 'till he's sober (x3) Early in the morning Way hey and up she rises (x3) Early in the morning Stick him in a barrel with a hose pipe on him (x3) Early in the morning Way hey and up she rises (x3) Early in the morning That's what we'll do with a drunken sailor (x3) Early in the morning Way hey and up she rises (x3) Early in the morning

about

Hal Guitarist is a folk singer-songwriter from New York. Inspired by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Pete Seeger, Hal’s ballads are full of stone-cold truth and hope. Traveling all around the country, Hal has been able to see folks of all walks of life and identify with them in his songwriting. Hal’s tunes have entertained many a crowd willing to listen to his songs.

New Folks came about one day as Hal was playing his banjo on the quad at Ithaca College. It was there he met bassist Addy Siegler. After discussing Phil Ochs and folk music, they ended up forming a folk duo and playing many shows together. Later on they jammed with Tyler Bage, a fine fiddle player and the ensemble presented on this album was born. We hope you enjoy the tunes presented on this album today and come see us at an upcoming show!

credits

released July 14, 2018

All songs written by Hal Guitarist except track 7 (traditional).

New Folks ensemble personnel:

Hal Guitarist - vocals, 6 and 12-string guitars, harmonica
Addy Siegler - vocals, upright bass, percussion
Tyler Bage - violin/fiddle (on all tracks except track 6)

Recorded at the Chedda Feta Bleu Cheese Appreciation and Frat House
Recordings engineered and mixed by Adam Siegler
Recordings mastered by Hal Guitarist
Album photos by Renee Comings
Album graphic design by Hal Guitarist
Produced by Adam Siegler and Hal Guitarist

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