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Cheap and Sunny

by Fast Heart Mart



CHEAP AND SUNNY was recorded in 2008 at Mutant Mariachi Studios in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.


released April 20, 2008

"Fast Heart" Martin sings, plays guitar and harmonica on all tracks.

Roblyn Crawford backing vocals on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, and drums on tracks 1,-7 and tracks 9, and 11

Tanya F. Nunez on upright and bowed bass on tracks 1-7, and tracks 9-11 and backing vocals on tracks 1,5,9

Murdock O'Mooney plays drums tracks 8 and 10 "Prisner of Mind" and "Oh No!"

Michael Whitten played electric bass on "Chinese Restaurant"

Seth S. Scott played keys on "Laughing Snake."

All the songs on this record written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by "Fast Heart" Martin, except "My Sister's Tiny Hands" which is written by The Handsome Family.


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Track Name: Mayan Prophecy
running out of fuel-gone
stuck on a highway- gone gone
stranded nowhere- gone
with roadkill pizza - gone gone

driving my car will be no more
when we all are living poor
'cause civilization shut its door

talking to my boss
about being on time
things I do wrong
I wanna take a vacation

working this job will be no more
when we all are living poor
'cause civilization will be no more

watching pop culture
getting in a stupor
being distracted
by the latest fashion

watching mtv will be no more
when we all are living poor
'cause civilisation
shut its door
Track Name: Chinese Restaurant
Chinese restaurant
eating fried rice
soaking up soy sauce

a Zodiac
for my placemat
gets me wondering

I play guitar and sing
I'm living my dreams
so when
the doctor tells me
I am dying
at least
just maybe
I can die happy
that I have lived

bring me a bill
a fortune cookie
I forget to read

my poor wallet
can't afford it
now I'm washing dishes
Track Name: Good Ol' Girlfriend
I once was married to a lady
who I thought was fascinating
college major of psychology
she was afraid of having a baby
she wanted me to get a vasectomy
I told her maybe "I'll think in the morning"
when she woke up I was gone
now I hear she's a lesbian
we are happier with our new girlfriends

I grew up in a society
that has taught me really bad things
amongst many let me tell you
the one of which I am the taboo
my girlfriend is older than me
she was 13 when I was a baby
now she's in her early 40s
I am in my late 20s

but I am never happier
than when I'm with her
she appreciates me
and thinks I am funny
Track Name: Hardcore Vegan
I think I should'a stayed home
starved to death until I'm just skin and bone
'cause now I have no money
spent it all
on organic groceries / broccoli
my demographic's wrong
I'm shoppin' at a grocery store I probably don't belong

I always but organic
non gmo
I'm a hardcore vegan,
huh, that's why I'm broke
chickens cooped up their feet growing into the cage
cows without mothers
for veal Parmesan steak
pigs with minds smart enough to witness their fates
and flesh like a human's all over their face
fecal matter flushed into the river
where we go get a drink of tap water
don't drink from the sink
unless it's filtered to make it clean

a hardcore vegan can't go out to eat
fast food restaurants got nothing' but meat
wrapped up in corn and wheat
then smothered all over with melted cheese
I'm dining at a restaurant
I ask "what's in the broth"
they want me to get lost
I hope they don't spit in my food
for all this trouble that I have caused
it's un uncomfortable situation
so I get up to leave and to pay them
for the tap water
full of chlorine
then I go home and eat my can of rice and beans
Track Name: Cheap & Sunny
In the southwest of the us
there is a place
where the sky is blue almost everyday
and it hardly ever rains

don't worry
of money
it's cheap and sunny

coyotes howl, snakes rattle and road runners run
nights are cold the days are warm and there's plenty of sun

it's cheap and sunny
in Albuquerque

ancient Egypt on the Nile like the Rio Grande
Albuquerque is such a place with isolation
Track Name: My Sister's Tiny Hands
We came in this world together
Legs wrapped 'round each other
My cheek against my sister's We were born like tangled vine
We lived along the river
Where the black clouds never lingered
The sunlight spread like honey
Through my sister's tiny hands
But while picking sour apples
In the wild waving grasses
Sister stumbled in the brier And was bitten by a snake

Every creature casts a shadow Under the sun's golden finger But when the sun sinks past the waving grass Some shadows are dragged along

Alone, I took to drinking
Bottles of cheap whiskey
And staggering through the back woods
Killing snakes with a sharpened stick
But still I heard her laughing
In the wild waving grasses
Still her tiny hands went splashing At the river's sparkling shore
So I took my rusty gas can
And an old iron shovel
I set the woods to burning And choked the river up with stones

Every creature casts a shadow Under the sun's golden finger But when the sun sinks past the waving grass Some shadows are dragged along
Track Name: Laughing Snake
a fruit tree
I was eating
because my
was demanding

when a snake
slithered down
a tree trunk
he was laughing
he was laughing

the last time
that this sly
snake had eaten

was two weeks
a rodent
in some garden

with no molars
just two fangs
full of poison
full of poison

winter came
as we spoke

I asked him
when he was
almost frozen

"Who's laughing now?
The mammals
or reptiles
without the sun?"
Track Name: Oh No!!!
rock concert
show's over
hands in pocket

tight shoulders
from nodding

we're afraid
of moving
to the music

bad dancing
white people
look like fools

OH NO!!!

the lights are on
it's time to look
at each other

worn glasses
I am a nerd

I was around town before this band
still unknown
starved artist
John Denver

Oh No!!!!
Track Name: Completely Useless
what was I being taught as a kid?
I don't know
learned to read, learned to write
watch tv, sleep at night
now I am an adult
still don'y know anything
completely useless

my college days were a joke
like high school where you smoke
13th grade grammar school was the same
except you paid
professors make you jump through their hoops
for degrees
college dropout

one fine day
we'll make money
and escape
from this place

I do not want to work
at fast food restaurants
I do not want to clean old peoples' underwear
I do not want to hold up a flag on road crews
completely useless
Track Name: Prisner of Mind
give the rent money
to the landlord
if I get hungry
take me to the store

keeping track of time
prisoner of my mind

I'm trapped in by somebody stronger than me
I don't even worry, I'm not competing

keeping track of time
prisoner of my mind
Track Name: Newborn
thanks for leaving
us with this mess
to clean up now
after your death
overpopulation and pollution
polar bears are drowning ice is melting
my life was through
when I was newborn

so thanks for coming
to the party
now it's over
time to clean
cockroaches and evolution
maybe one day they'll find a solution
but my life was through
when I was newborn

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