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by Fast Heart Mart



Released November 2011

[AZ] = Awkwrdquan Version. Some of these songs were released on other albums and rerecorded for this album.

* previously unreleased song

Back in 2010 I decided to put my guitar down for a while and take up the banjo. This album is what came about when I moved back to Virginia and started a string band of musicians called "The Stompers". My nephew Travis Ferrell started singing and playing guitar with me. Then his friend Davey Hall started singing and playing mandolin with us. Then I met a fellow skateboarder named Daniel Rastatter at the local skatepark and he plays bass. The Stompers play almost exclusively at farmers' markets around Northern Virginia, but we also play a lot in town called Occoquan, Virginia. It's a cute little town and things are known to get a bit awkward there from time to time. Therefore "Awkwrdquan". Furthermore, there are four folk-rock songs at the end with me on guitar along with Daniel Rastatter on bass and his girlfriend Erin Norton on drums.


released November 23, 2011

"Fast Heart" Martin: Sing, banjo (tracks 1-12), guitar (tracks 13-16)
Travis Ferrell: Sing, guitar (tracks 1-12)
Daniel Rastatter: Sing, bass (all tracks)
David Hall: Sing and mandolin (tracks 1-12)
Liz Davies: Sing (tracks 1-12)
Erin Norton: drums (tracks 13-16)

Tracks 1-12: recorded at Stairway West
in Manassas Virginia By Pat Schnider 9/24/2011
thanks Pat :-)

Tracks 13-16 recorded at Martin's parents' house
thanks mom and dad :-)
All tracks mixed and mastered by Martin Stamper

Cover art by Daniel Rastatter:

Thanks to everyone in the world who has ever danced to music, threw money in a musician's tip jar or just smiled at a musician!!!

All songs written by "Fast Heart" Martin
except songs 11 and 12 which
are public domain


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Track Name: Oprah * [AV]
Can you believe
for the winter?

Can You Believe
We were once babies
in our mothers' womb
before this world?

Can you believe
our society
with plenty to eat
and technology?

Still there's broken hearts everywhere
I am just lying here
staring at space and shedding tears
For the broken Hearts everywhere

Can you believe
of social networking
on the internet?

Can you believe
full of people
but where do we learn love?

Can you believe
Oprah Winfrey
Going off the air
after 25 years?

And there's broken hearts everywhere
I am just lying here
Thinking about them and shedding tears
For the broken Hearts everywhere

And those broken hearts everywhere
Why cant they all just find a mate
Like those birds in the air
No broken hearts anywhere
Track Name: Carbird [AV]
I was driving my car down the road
When a little bitty bird hit my window
Oh no, Oh no

There was too much traffic behind to stop
SO I had to keep driving to the store where I shop
and the bird kept hanging on

To my wiper blades on my windshield
Having fun, it was no big deal as he sang this song

I am Flying
I am Flying
I am Flying

In the parking lot I got out of my car
To check on the bird I left my door ajar
and he started talking to me

He said "Thank you sir for teaching me to fly, my parents tried but they didn't know why I could not fly. They must have seen you coming and they pushed me from the tree with the big limb hanging over the street, now if ...they could just see me"

I told the baby bird that he had it wrong, that he wasn't flying he was just hanging on, but he wouldn't believe me

I did some shopping then I drove him to his tree
We were almost there when he flapped his wings
and flew in the air

Up to the branch over the street
He yelled out "mom, look at me, I am flying"
Track Name: Not Gold * [AV]
Not Gold

Well my name is not Gold
And I dont know where I go
And I dont know where I'm from
My name is not gold

But I'm blowing
in the breeze

My van's in need of repair
If I'm ever going to get there (where)
Because the West is (truly)the best
My van's in need of repair

But I'm blowing
in the breeze

Ill be butterfly very soon
Now I 'm in a cacoon
while shedding all of these blues
Ill be butterfly very soon

I traveled alone you cant scare me
cant take this modern life too seriously
Apathy is my worst enemy
Track Name: I'll be Alright * [AV]
I work everyday
to pay this credit card
I work everyday to pat some rich man's greed
what does that leave me?

I have no money
I have no property
these clothes that I wear
this guitar that I play
I guess that's all I'll need

It occurs to me
when I stop to think
the happiest souls among us today
are those who own nothing

so I will quit this job
I will go on the run
I'll wander this world until I'm in the clear
I will see you in 7 years
Track Name: Depression Proof [AV]
I am just a wanderer
I travel town to town
I need time for dreaming
before I settle down
I've had many jobs
and I've worked very hard
but now it is time
to follow my heart

Beggar or a bum
please dont confuse me
If you think I'm a bum
I dont need your money
I'm just a singer
having some fun
singing my songs and chasing the sun

I see all the people and feel their troubles
I sing them a song and to ease their weary souls
songs can make you happy and enchance your mood
songs can make you happy and depression proof
Track Name: San Francisco [AV]
I guess it's how that saying goes
I left my heart in San Francisco
Now I'm out here on the east coast
walking around like I've seen a ghost
I try to call you on the telephone
You don't answer I feel so alone

I'm still in love with you darlin'
are you still in love with me
I hope we'll be together again
when we're off our hard journey

of self discovery

it's very hard to be so far apart
with only words to convey my heart
we're left standing in the dark
looking for a flame to protect a spark
the universe must be very smart
'cause only you could open my heart
Track Name: Hearts and Dreams [AV]
People try to tell you
what you gotta do
don't you listen to them
unless you think it's true

follow your heart
and your dreams

I've been alive for a while now
one thing that I know
you gotta listen to your heart if
you're gonna protect your soul

there's a miracle man
in the hospital
couldn't even walk
now he's walking down the hall
Track Name: Tomorrow * [AV]
I know today is a passing day
I'll feel better tomorrow
I'll understand all my rambling ways
I'll feel better tomorrow

things are bound to change
I won't feel so strange
Track Name: I am a Bear [AV]
I am a Bear
I can go anywhere
Steal honey from a swarm of bees
you better respect me

I am a bear
and I am hungry
drink anything to quench my thirst
eat anything that does'nt eat me first

I am a bear
I can sleep anywhere
without a care I am covered in hair
I have nothin' to fear
I am not affraid of anything

I am a bear
I am beautiful
people stop and stare at my marvel
cause I am so powerful
Track Name: Hippie Valentine * [AV]
One day in February I found a girl so fine
with no doubt I wanted her to be my Valentine
So I went out and bought a box of chocolate candy
I took them to her happily but she was angry

I dont want this box of chocolates that you've brought to me
They are made with Corn syrup and that stuff's unhealthy

I told her I understood and I would make it right
So once more I went to the store later that night
To compensate I bought a dozen roses of red
It was late when I gave them to her and this is what she said

I dont want these pesticide covered flowers
shipped here with fossil fuels and grown with slave labor

I was feelin' so dumb I ran back to my home
When I was there I felt despair and sat all alone
I had no idea pleasing her would be this hard
This time I'd keep it simple and I bought her a card

I dont want this greeting card it's made out of trees
If they all get then we can not breath

I must have been struck by the wrong arrow of that flying cupid
I knew then I had no luck and Valentine's day is stupid
I told the girl that I was sorry that I had bothered her
But then she spoke up happily and gave me this answer

You dont have to spend your money or buy me anything
I just want your company and then she kissed me
Track Name: Rabbit in a Log [AV]
There's a rabbit in a log and I ain't got my dog
how will I get him out
I'll get me a briar and twist it in his hair
that will get him out I know

I'm going down the track with a chicken on my back
my shoes are nearly gone
but up on ahead there's an old farmer's shed
that's where I'll rest my weary bones
Track Name: Ruben's Train [AV]
Old Ruben built a train and put it on a track
running to the Lord knows where
singing oh me and oh my
running to the Lord knows where

I've been to the east and I've been to the west
I'm going where these chilly winds don't blow
singing oh me, oh my
going where these chilly winds don't blow

If this train's running right, I'll see you tomorrow night
running to the Lord knows where
singing oh me, oh my
running to the Lord knows where

You oughta been up town, seen that train go down
hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
oh me, oh my
hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
Track Name: A-Z [AV]
there are things in this life that don't make sense to me like
why is a "w" not just called double v
but oh no, seriously
we've got everything
why can't we just be
happy eternally

I see a man today
he's at the walmart buying plants
I can tell by the way he stands
and the robes that he wears
that he's of the Buddhist nature
I want to ask him
"hey man, what do you know about Zen?"
but before I can ask
he's off to the Monastery in a cadillac

then I see another man
he asks "do you know Jesus Christ"
I say
'no, but I'd like to try"
he says "that's good he's the only way"
and I say "ok, Let me get Baptized today
we can do it in the Rio Grande
you can give me as much love as you can"

now I'm talking
to a
about a
and Yoda
the little green Buddha

oh no seriously
we all need to go tell the Deities
we're all down here suffering
Track Name: Jawbreaker Sky [AV]
at night the moon
cools down the road
the model t ford
sucks on the glow

in jet black nights
jawbreaker sky
southwestern light
cactus moon pie

desert dwellers
escape the sun
changing colors
on the horizon

I'll be alright
just saying goodbye
Track Name: I'm an Alien and I want to go Home [AV]
I was living in the garden of Eden
eating fruit right off the trees
harmony on my mind
Living a life of ease
God spoke to everyone
over an intercom
The speakers were in the clouds
and we all lived in a wigwam
We could speak back to him
through a microphone
that was hanging from the ceiling
dangling precariously
between a wishbone

One Morning God spoke to us
and made a forecast
"You are all getting too fat
so now you must fast"
Breakfast was skipped
and no one really cared
It was not until supper
that people started getting scared
Stomachs were rumbling
louder than the clouds
we had never gone this long without food
and we thought we would pass out

I went and layed down on a coutch
and started watching the tv
There was some guy on the news digging in the dirt plating pinto beans
He called himself a farmer and he was taking control
Of this situation and he went back to digging his holes

I looked over at my friend
who sat in a recliner
and noticed he was eating
when I asked him what
he said " tv dinner"
Maybe he forgot
so I reminded him
"God said not to eat
until further instructions"
"We dont need God anymore
you simple little man
Now the farmer sells us food
from his Taco Stand"

So I walked down the street
toward the smell of the tacos
I went up to the counter
and ordered 5 bean burritos
tHe kid asked "for here or to go?"
I said that I would stay
he pushed some buttons on the register
and said that'll be $6.50
I had never heard of money before
so I asked him for his boss
he looked at me kind of crazy
and told me to go get lost

I was feeling very weak by now
so I went to that microphone
I wanted to talk to God
and ask if the fast could be postponed
When I spoke I could only hear a faint reply
There was too much noise outside
From the people rushing to work and
from all the cars passing by
So I ran to my nearest lawn
to find a fruit tree
lots of green grass
but not a single thing to eat

I sat down on a sidewalk
with a bottle of liquor
People threw some coins at me
but I had no idea what they were
I had a job mopping floors
that lasted for a day
But I had no watch, was late
and was fired without pay
So that night I slept in a park
underneath the stars
When a flying saucer came down
from the planet Mars
"Hop in buddy, we've been looking for you",
the creature said to me
And just like that at the speed of light
we went to another galaxy

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