Light Switch/ Song of the Week

The perils of a long distance relationship.

Light Switch

And when the heart cracks A joke in half
Such an empty laugh Comes barreling back
And when you can’t sleep
Without the strangest dreaming
And when I find you hiding
My soul won’t keep

Fly me now
Back to your town
I’m homesick
In my own home now
It’s a light switch turning off
Where’d you go?

When the sun filters Between the leaves
No one could believe How much I miss you
Until night drops
Like the other shoe
And I’m still missing you

Fly me now
Back to your town
I’m homesick
In my own home now
Like a light switch turning off
Where’d you go?

Fly me now
Back to your town
I’m homesick
In my own home now
It’s a light switch turning off
Where’d you go?
Where’d you go?

Fly me now
Back to your town
Like a switch turning off
Where’d you go?

Words and Music by Marc Teamaker Copyright 2019 BMI

Song of the Week/ KT

For my love.

KT

KT
Talk to me, girl
You’re my lady
Of this and that world
So many words left
Swirling around
I still hear your voice now
Just like the first time
It knocks me out
Slow and sweet child
KT
Talk to me, girl
You’re my lady
of this and that world
All of the things said
come echoing back
It’s your string of pearls
I could not undo them
As I trace your neck
Asleep and awake
My love
My KT

Song of the Week/ Hole in the Sun

Apt for the times? What say you?

Hole In The Sun

Oh look what they’ve done
They put a hole in the sun
The warmth has been turned down It’s colder than cold now
But the bill has gone up
I Have a hole in my head
From what has been said
Your stomach’s been shot through ‘Cause the moonshine they sold you Is all full of lead
Hungover and lost
I walked out to the frost
And you know it’s bad enough The days are getting shorter And on top of that
We get the high hat
From charlatan fiends
Who’ve stolen our dreams
In short order
Oh see what they do
They try to tell you it’s true
That he is a bad man
While they steal all your freedom From right under you
Hungover and lost
I walked out to the frost
And you know it’s bad enough The days are getting shorter And on top of that
We get the high hat
From charlatan fiends
Who’ve stolen our dreams
In short order
Oh look what they’ve done
They put a hole in the sun
The warmth has been turned down It’s colder than cold now
But the bill has gone up

Song of the Week/ First Floor

First Floor is from The Sky…She Sleeps With One Eye Open, a collaboration with my dear friend, Iain Clarke. This also features orchestration from another dear friend, Robert Baird.

Iain came up with the piano, bass and drums structure for this, which Marc pounded on with great enthusiasm, creating a moving lyric and layered vocal, before the pair handed over to their friend Robert Baird for some ‘candy coating’. A summery, jazzy pop feeling track.

I packed some things, I sold some things,
Then I bought a case of brandy
And she really got a hold of me.
Now I’m thinking of that love,
That circled me with flames.

It was all up top,
Just below the sky,
But it cost so much, it hurt so much,
To let her go to let her fly.
Now I’m drinking to that love
And I won’t be the same.

I fell before-
But not this fast
And not that hard.

Hey, I’m coming down.
I’ve been up town so long-
Higher than that wire
And that girl?
Well she’s not around anymore
Now we’re living on the first floor
Once again.

The neighbours? They’re all in their phones.
I pass them at the elevator, but they never say hello.
Now I’m winking at that girl.
She reminds me of the days…

We were at the top, we were looking out,
The lake was like an ocean, I said,
“Hey, we’ll have another round!”
We were drinking to a world
That had no end.

I’ve been moved before-
But not as much
And not that sure.

Hey, I’m coming down.
I’ve been up town so long-
Higher than that wire
And that girl?
Well she’s not around anymore
Now we’re living on the first floor
Once again.

First floor,
Fell before,
But not that fast
And not that hard.

I fell before,
But not as fast
And not that hard.

Hey, I’m coming down.
I’ve been up town so long-
Higher than that wire
And that girl?
Well she’s not around anymore
Now we’re living on the first floor
Once again.

Hey, I’m coming down.
I’ve been up town so long-
Higher than that wire
And that girl?
Well she’s not around anymore
Now we’re living on the first floor
Once again.

I’m coming down.
credits
from The Sky​.​.​.​She Sleeps With One Eye Open, released July 27, 2021
Marc: Vocals
Iain: Piano, bass, drums
Orchestration by Robert Baird.
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Rabbit Ears/Song of the Week

Rabbit Ears was written in 2008 for one of my beautiful daughters, Eve, when she was 9. I think as a band we really hit our stride here.

Rabbit Ears

Listen up my darling Don’t you listen to their jeers Everyone inside that crowd Knows that you have rabbit ears They’ll want to sway you to their side And if you won’t go then they’ll taunt you darling Why? Put up your antenna for that kind? Tune yourself to somewhere else inside It’s time to find Just how beautiful you are Beautiful you are on your own You say the bully in the playground Has caught you off your guard And he towers over you At the bottom of the slide Yeah he’ll want to steal your change But let him be denied my darling Why? Put up your antenna for that kind? Tune yourself to somewhere else inside It’s time to find Just how beautiful you are Beautiful you are on your baby Why? (Why time?) Put up your antenna for that kind? (Your time) Tune yourself to somewhere else inside It’s time to find Just how beautiful you are Beautiful you are on your own

Words and Music by Marc Teamaker – Copyright 2008 Oolong Songs (ASCAP)

The first E.P. from Marc Teamaker and the Soulshop on the Fair Square Label

released April 17, 2008

Marc Teamaker and the Soul Shop are:

Ray Herrman – Drums
Jared Nixon – Bass and Backing Vocals
Marc Teamaker – Lead Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards

All songs written by Marc Teamaker copyright 2008 Oolong Songs (ASCAP)
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by The Soul Shop
Special thanks to Sir Robert Baird

Worried Mind Melt Away/ Song of the Week

From the new album, Leaf Day Boys.

Worried Mind Melt Away

I get a worried mind
From time to time
It just gets away
It falls back in line
Falls right back in line
When I think of you again

You’re somewhere in the clouds
Or maybe somewhere else
And my worried mind
It just melts away

We use to sit outside
Watch the planes go by
Dream the day away
Yeah, we would laugh a lot
And make love a lot
Sweet memory I’ve got

And now you’re in the clouds
Or maybe somewhere else
And my worried mind
It just melts away

It’s been fractured
I’ve been tortured
But I’m trying to get around it
And I get traction
It’s my fortune
With your light and love
Surrounding me

Now you’re in the clouds
Or maybe somewhere else
And my worried mind
It just melts away

We would walk the streets
Put our world at peace
Spend the day this way
Yeah, we would laugh a lot
And make love a lot
Sweet memory I’ve got

You’re somewhere in the clouds
Or maybe somewhere else
Making my worried mind
Melt away
Making my worried mind
Melt away

Words and Music – Marc Teamaker ©2020

Pyongyang Town/ Song Of The Week

This week it’s Pyongyang Town from the 2017 release Random Acts Of Commandment by Albany Park Wirephoto. APW is my side project started with my writing partner and wife, Kathleen White. Sadly KT is no longer with us physically but her spirit lives on in the work. This particular song is an ode to Dennis Rodman.

I’m going down to Pyongyang Town The devil may care But I can’t say why I’m going down To Pyongyang Town I’m going down To Pyongyang Town The little man called for a Soju toast So I packed my rings and a wedding gown Cuz I’m going down To Pyongyang Town I’m going down From Chicago off the ground Called up the Chief but he never calls me back No, No But a player’s gotta play and the man he pays in cash It’s my backboard to crash You can’t cry foul if you’ve never been hacked Oh no And it ain’t your party and it ain’t your crown I’m going down To Pyongyang Town I’m going down yeah From Chicago off the ground I’m going down To Pyongyang Town

Words and Music written by Marc Teamaker and Kathleen White Copyright 2017

http://www.albanyparkwirephoto.bandcamp.com

One Little Spark/ Song of the Week

Check out One Little Spark from the new album Leaf Day Boys

Oh my sister said
I can’t make any sense of it

One little spark now
And they’re burning the house down

Turning like dogs
On command
By the junk show darling
Talking heads

One little bark now
And the copy cats cry
And we all start

Trading in lies for the truth in disguise
Is no truth at all
It’s no surprise
How we’ve come to despise
The excuse to fall in line

Get up, mother said
Before you come down
You’ll have made your bed

One little spark now
And they’re burning the town down
Turning to

Trading in lies for the truth in disguise
Is no truth at all
It’s no surprise
How we’ve come to despise
The excuse to fall in line

And there’s no looking back
Over your shoulder
To the playground
In the swing of the drummer’s sound
How freely you danced around

Trading in lies for the truth in disguise
Is no truth at all
It’s no surprise
How we’ve come to despise
The excuse to fall in line

Repeat

Words and Music by Marc Teamaker ©2021