Dumb Angel

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A Journey of Giraffes is John Lane.

Album cover by Jon Hunt.

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released January 15, 2016

This album is dedicated to my wife, my kids, my brother, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, The Beach Boys, The Wrecking Crew, Jon Hunt, Christian Lipski, Darian Sahanaja, Domenic Priore, Bill Tobelman, and God. In addition, I especially dedicate this album to the late Paul Williams, *the* pioneering rock journalist/editor of Crawdaddy, whose writings on The Beach Boys sent me to the moon every time; I had the honor of having a piece of writing (or two?) placed in the last issues of Crawdaddy, and it was a dream to actually correspond with him and to discover that one of my heroes is/was as kind & big-hearted as their works.

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Track Name: The Angelus
Please watch our fields.
Keep us safe from harm.
When nighttime comes
keep us from the dark.

Amen.
Track Name: Wow
...I love you!
Track Name: By Hook or By Crook
I was stuck in El Paso
when a horse snapped my lasso
and I traded my boots for the truth
and a room with a view.

With your heart on your sleeve,
well, I couldn't believe
that I'd come full circle to find you!

Twice a day the mayor would say
you look much happier since
you found your one true love.

Well, there's no disagreein',
she's constantly pleasin',
she's been making a home, not alone,
and I've hung my hat up.

By hook, by crook...
By hook, by crook...

At least once a night
I keep it mind
to thank the Lord that I found you.

Now the tumbleweed's gone
since I've been singing this song
and there's a fence needing paint 'fore it rains
so I best be pushin' on.

Find yourself a good woman
'cause there's no sense in lookin'
when it rains wooden nickels and all,
well, you'll both be cozy.

In the old saloon
there's our favorite needlepoint,
there's our favorite needlepoint,
it's the perfect sampler!
Track Name: Fresh Zen Air
Fresh zen air doo-waa!
(I don't wanna get out of bed.)
Fresh zen air doo-wa!
(I don't wanna get out of bed.)
Track Name: The Old Farmers Almanac
Barnyard Billy loves his chickens-
spends the day just pickin' and grinnin'.

Crackin' some eggs
then crackin' some jokes-
baking a pie for the lonely folks.
Track Name: Proper Passage
Proper passage
now we're home-
we're so cozy.
Proper passage
say hello-
it's so rosy.
Now the evening brings its charms;
we're so tired, oh so tired, we're so tired.

Who laid the tracks down?

Proper passage
morning comes
with a halo.
Proper passage
now we're done
in the meadow.
Now the evening brings its charms;
we're so tired, oh so tired, we're so tired.

Who laid the tracks down?

Sneak a kiss-
I know you're there
like the tulip.
Sweetly comes the air around
like mint julep.
Just to hold you in my arms
when we're tired, oh so tired, we're so tired.

Who laid the tracks down?

Over and over, the moon rise...
Track Name: She Paints Wonderlands
She paints wonderlands
when I'm asleep.
She paints wonderlands
when I'm awake.

And now she's picking up her paintbrush.
Outside the stars are shining, calling your name.

She paints wonderlands
in my dreams.
She paints wonderlands
in my head.

And now she's picking up her paintbrush.
Outside the stars are shining, calling your name.
Track Name: Son & Daughter
Son and daughter!
Track Name: And Then, Hope
A man at a concert
playing his role.
Dressed up so fancy
so far away.

Who marks the day light?
It's all a dream now.

The music's so gone now
that's where it really is.
I'm making this dream now
for eternal bliss.

Who marks the day light?
It's all a dream now.

There's only bricks and mortar
there's only kings and castles
there's only lords and vassals
there's only love.

And then, hope! And then hope!...
Track Name: Potatoes
I like to eat them with a knife and fork-
they're potatoes, oh potatoes!
Put aside your beans and pork-
they're potatoes, oh potatoes!

They've been the downfall of many a man;
who can resist them?
I sure can't.
They're superb; you'll agree.
Just one bite- you'll see.

I like to mash them with my hand-
they're potatoes, oh potatoes!
You can get them all across this land-
they're potatoes, oh potatoes!

They've been the downfall of many a man;
who can resist them?
I sure can't.
They're superb; you'll agree.
Just one bite- you'll see.

Get up; take a walk around the block.

I'd rather eat them than bread or meat-
they're potatoes, oh potatoes!
I really think they're the tastiest treat-
they're potatoes, oh potatoes!

Idaho! Idaho! Idaho!....

Get up; take a walk around the block.
Track Name: Dusker
Nowhere as close to you
nowhere

Dusker! (Dusker!)
Track Name: Clean Cleansing Rain
Rain...here (here) rain (rain) (here)....

...Amen!
Track Name: Keep On The Wavelength
Oh! She's smiling now
she's staring straight at me.
Ah! She's giving me
a look of certainty.

Keep on the wavelength!

Ah! She's coming home
with the flowers that she brings.
We'll share the song
that only we can sing.

Keep on the wavelength!