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Keep on the Sunny Side

by Fast Heart Mart

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This album is sort of a current “best of” Fast Heart Mart compilation. It is a unique album in that it features mostly banjo with bass and drums. The songs are some of Fast Heart Mart’s most requested material these days.

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released September 20, 2019

“Fast Heart” Martin Stamper: vocals, banjo, guitar
Tom Warner: backing vocals, electric upright bass
Joe Schwab: brushed snare
“Sita Rose” Anderson: backing vocals
Jamie Shadowlight: fiddle
Saki Chan: accordion

tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13 recorded by "Fast Heart" Martin Stamper in various locations throughout San Diego, CA
tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 12 recorded by Roy Silverstein at Rarefied Recording in San Diego, CA
All songs mixed by “Fast Heart” Martin Stamper
All songs mastered by Paul Abbott at Zen Mastering in Encinitas, CA
CD cover photo by Kevin Gillette
back cover band photo by Norma Yates

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Track Name: Keep on the Sunny Side
there's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side too
But if you meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Oh, the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
Clouds and storms will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior always
To keep us, every one, in His care

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life
Track Name: Hearts and Dreams
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: Wish You Were Here
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
And how we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here
Track Name: San Francsico
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 round like I seen a ghost
I tried 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 this long journey
of self discovery

It's really hard we're so far apart
with only words to convey our hearts
We're left standing in the dark
Looking for a flame to protect a spark
The universe is very smart
only you could open my heart

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 this long journey
of self discovery
Track Name: I'm An Alien and I Want to go Home
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
from 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 missed a meal before
and we thought we might pass out

I sat down on a couch
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 had forgotten
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 down the street
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
So I got a job mopping floors
that lasted for a day
But I had no watch, so I was late
and 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
Track Name: Hippie Valentine
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: Norwegian Wood
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me...
She showed me her room, isn't it good, norwegian wood?

She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere,
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair.

I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said, "It's time for bed"

She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.
I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath

And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown
So I lit a fire, isn't it good, norwegian wood?

I once had a girl or should I say, she once had me?
Track Name: Haunting
My thoughts are haunting me again
They woke me up this mornin'
I did not want to leave my bed
My thoughts are haunting me again
Like demons they are possessing
I wish they'd let me be

My heart can hardly catch a breath
My life seems like such a mess
since I left you My Princess
My heart can hardly catch a breath
One foot out and one foot in
I need resolution

Grandfather took to drinking
His thoughts must have been haunting
He must have been suffering
So Grandfather took to drinking
And now the whole family
Is still recovering

A Great Force made everything
and I still have my faith
Her Universe is providing
and I still have my faith
Track Name: Crazy Train
Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate

Mental wounds still healing
Who and what's to blame
We're going off the rails on a crazy train
We're going off the rails on a crazy train

I've listened to preachers
I've listened to fools
I've watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role

Mental wounds still healing
Who and what's to blame
We're going off the rails on a crazy train
We're going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words
Yeah

Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate

Mental wounds still healing
Who and what's to blame
We're going off the rails on a crazy train
We're going off the rails on a crazy train
Track Name: Crappy Holidays
Please excuse my negativity
but last year just ended terribly for me
Alone with a flu for Christmas good grief
dumped by a girl 3 days before New Year’s Eve

People ask me about my resolution
mine is to stay out of a mental institution
I say that half jokingly
all I really want is to be healthy and happy

Valentine’s Day came and went
But I don’t regret that text that I sent
professing my love to my exgirlfriend
though she told me her new man got her pregnant

St Patrick’s Day I was sad again
A girl I really like came out to hear my band
People drunk and screaming you couldn’t hear a thing
Then she introduced me to her Irish boyfriend

And 4th of July I was a lonely guy
I asked a girl out, that I also like
She told me unless I’ve make up my mind
to leave her alone and to go eat poop and die

Now I’m so depressed and wondering
if I should quit all this songwriting
Bob Dylan’s depressed and so is Kurt Cobain
Should I learn another trade before I go insane?

I called my family who live so far away
Sounds like they all had a great Thanksgiving Day
With or without me their lives are moving on
I can’t help but wonder if I’ve done something wrong

Now here is a mildly happy ending
I just paid my bills and I’m making a living
Life is magical when I let it be
Thank God I’m alive and still breathing
Track Name: Carbird
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 am Flying
I am Flying
I am Flying

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"

I am Flying
I am Flying
I am Flying
Track Name: Everything's Alright
Everything’s gonna be alright
Everything’s gonna be just fine
Everything’s gonna be alright

Just Hold on
Just Hold on

If you can just still your mind
Less is wrong than is right
If you can just still your mind

Just hold on
Just hold on

Sometimes you drift in life
It’s hard work just getting by
Sometimes you drift in life

Just hold on
Just hold on
Then Just let go
Track Name: I'll Fly Away
Some bright morning
when this life is over
I’ll Fly Away
To that place
on God’s celestial shores
I’ll Fly Away

Fly Away
Fly Away O Glory
I’ll Fly Away
When I die
hallelujah by and by
I’ll Fly Away

When the shadows
of this life have gone
I’ll Fly Away
Like a bird
from the prison walls I’ve flown
I’ll Fly Away

Even if I never get right
in my lifetime
I'll Fly Away
'Cause I'll be soaring
on the otherside
I'll Fly Away

Just a few more weary days
and then
I’ll Fly Away
To that place where the joy will
never end
I’ll Fly Away

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