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American Bardo

by Anders/O'Bitz

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Matterbloomlight (©2018 Anders/O’Bitz) Mr. Bevins does not like this matterbloomlight We see this light when others say goodbye Mr. Bevins does not call it the matterbloomlight But how has it mattered for him to say it right We fear a long Eternal night Oh to matterbloomlight I say it wrong Bevins’s right Oh can’t say goodbye Stay too long It ain’t right Mr. Bevins says we cannot become this light He may say this cuz he has too many eyes Mr. Bevins seems to be blind to what is right And this is why he will not say goodbye He fears a long Eternal night Oh to matterbloomlight I say it wrong Bevins’s right Oh can’t say goodbye We’ve stayed too long It ain’t right Ooh, oh … oh, oh Oh to matterbloomlight I say it wrong But see it right Oh please say goodbye Our time is done No more lies Oh to matterbloomlight I help him along We get it right Oh we say goodbye Our time is done Come alive To matterbloomlight
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Bury Me 05:16 video
Bury Me (Willie’s Song) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) I hated to go Your head so low Your love I know Ah to free both our souls You have to let go In time must be so Bury me In that dark box of wood It’s a lie Let that go Bury me With the love that I know It keeps me alive Say goodbye Bury me I know now it’s so Time to let go I’m first to know Ah free both our souls By letting me go By loving me so Bury me In that dark box of wood That’s a lie Let that go Bury me With the love that I know It keeps me alive Say goodbye Bury me Break Bury me In that dark box of wood That’s a lie Let that go Bury me Your love is my soul It keeps me alive Say goodbye Bury me Let me go You keep me alive You’re my soul Bury me With the love I know While you keep me alive Let me go Bury me
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My Love 03:41
My Love (Vollman’s Lament) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) She was young And I was much too old The other side of forty-five What a beauty I was not much so But her heart it could abide My love oh Our love it didn’t last too long My love now won’t say goodbye My love it helped her along Find a love better for her than mine Unrequited Mostly in one way We grew stronger, that was why She felt a duty But I kept her safe Through my kindness not desire Her love oh Our love it didn’t last too long My love now won’t say goodbye My love it helped her along Find a love better for her than mine Oh my love You could have made my life Oh find love So you can say goodbye To love my love To love my love Our love it didn’t last too long My love now won’t say goodbye My love it helped her along Find a love better for her than mine My love, my love My love it won’t say goodbye My love, my love My love it can’t say goodbye
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A Home the I Can’t Know (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) “I”s see from inside I think that I know I hope it’s so My faith is all right Believing I know Bolsters my hope Do I know My way home I turn and I run From a hell I should not know My horror core To see heaven without hope Now I help any to unknow All toward a home the I can’t know “I”s can’t see outside The “I” can’t know It’s only hope My faith in my “I”s Believing I know Believing I’m home No way to know One way home I turn and I run From a hell I should not know My horror core To see heaven without hope And now I help any to unknow All toward a home the I can’t know Ooh, oh Ooh, oh I turn and I run From a hell I should not know My horror core To see heaven without hope And now I help any to unknow All toward a home the I can’t know Ooh, oh
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Old Theory of Love (A Vollman-Bevins Duet) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) It was Aristophanes And his old theory of love Told us how we look to find Our lost half for whole And we never realized ‘Til then the other could As we haunted tall and thin Entered each his soul Ah, Ah, ah ha, ha ha oh It was full astonishment So late for us to know Our extreme sense of empathy Was what made us whole We discovered so much more Than who he was and war We now know that this empathy That is what life’s for Ah, Ah, ha oh Ah, ah ha, ha oh oh Ah, ah ha, ha oh oh Wait! Does this all have to mean A violence starts our world Zeus cuts from our other half Into the void we’re hurled And what hope is there to find And be found before we’re gone And I know we have to be this violence To find be found as one Ah, ah ha, ha oh oh Ah, ah ha, ha oh oh Ah, ah ha, ha oh oh Ah, ah ha, ha oh oh
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Holding Will 04:19
Holding Will (Abe’s Song) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) I take it down Hard to do Open to find No signs of you A body without soul No doubt it’s not you I still hug it close Try to say what’s true Hard alone Hope not the same for you Now you are gone What can I do The worst of it Is over now At least for him I hope that’s true I hope that’s true All joy seems all gone From losin’ you Will hope come around Forget what’s true Never like before When we were graced by you A body with no soul Can’t hold it true Hard alone Hope not the same for you Now you are gone What can I do The worst of it Is over now At least for him I hope that’s true I hope that’s true Ooh ooh oh Ooh ooh oh Hard alone Hope not the same for you All will be gone What can we do The worst of it Is over now At least for them We hope it’s true Hard alone Hope not the same for you Ah well it’s true I can’t say it all to you Ah well it’s true
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Haunting Abraham (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) Get inside tall and ill-formed An explosion of dread can’t cope Oh the sin and the fallen There’s a cause to dash all hope Open and see To follow the free This fall it’s not free oh no no The war there to see Much more is the fee A call to the free The horror to see Who calls allows this oh no no The fallen the free Much more is the fee Heart and head so well-formed So unlike the founding home Plan where free are the fallen Plan where horror has built this home This home Open and see To follow the free This fall it’s not free oh no no The war there to see Much more is the fee A call to the free The horror to see Who calls allows this oh no no The fallen the free Much more is the fee Oh how so war torn Oh not long ago This our home Out of horror born So horror torn and born not long ago Open and see To follow the free This fall it’s not free oh no no The war there to see Much more is the fee A call to the free The horror to see Who calls allows this oh no no The fallen the free Much more is the fee Open and see To follow the free This fall it’s not free oh no no The war there to see Much more is the fee A call to the free Who calls and then allows this oh no no The horror to see This horror of home This horror oh no
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Judgment Day 03:35
Judgment Day (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) Where’s the love Green arrows come How’d I live And why Be His love In time will come Avoid eternity’s fire Ah Can’t run Stay in line Did I love Green arrows come Why’d they come My wife See her leave Green arrows come See her leave, looks tired Ah Can’t run Stay in line How’d I love Green arrows come How’d I love In time The very one Green arrows come The very ones of mine All life lived for the One All life, all time Lived the One Green arrows come Run from the fire Ah
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And One Love 04:23
And One Love (The Reverend’s Warning) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) Would he tarry a while We all want to know Not safe for a child Can’t let time go We should take him by Meet the Traynor girl Meet the Traynor girl She will set his mind Oh to leave this world And one love wants to keep you And it won’t let go And one love won’t complete you And I know it’s so Find her showing signs Violence has its way Not long of one mind During her long stay First just wanted a child Her own baby girl For a baby girl But she was treated vile Force broke her world And one love wants to keep you And it won’t let go And one love won’t complete you And I know it’s so Ooh oh oh yeah Ooh oh Ooh oh yeah, oh yeah And one love wants to keep you And one love won’t complete you And one love will defeat you Before it’s time to go For it’s time, time to go
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Life’s Beauty Won (Bevin’s Lament) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) Such good friends We both were not yet men The world’s beauty Shone through him Our chance at love Life's beauty won Squandered then Lost my friend Is it wrong To love someone To love so strong How can love Ever be wrong I was young Too young to trust Life’s beauty won Lost my trust Lost my love My love for him Meant losing love from them A parent’s love Too much in play My trust in life Was squandered then All beauty lost Nothing gained Is it wrong To love someone To love so strong How can love Ever be wrong I was young Too young to trust Life’s beauty won Lost my trust Lost my love Ooh, ooh, Oh Ooh ooh Oh Ooh Oh, Oh Oh Is it wrong To love someone To love so strong How can love Ever be wrong I was young Too young to trust Life’s beauty won Lost my trust Lost my love I lost my trust I lost my love Life's beauty's gone Oh …
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Bardo Cons 03:55
Bardo Cons (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) Beauty filled They’ll shake you A fake bliss willed On your mind Songs of love They’ll take you No signs of life Beyond time Old life is gone now Let’s keep you home My life was said to be mine I see your new life won’t keep you home Here in time Freedom filled They’ll make you The con is willed On your mind Songs of light Forsake you Can you fight Out of time Old life is gone now Let’s keep you home My life was said to be mine I see your new life won’t keep you home Here in time Here in time Our love is here and it will find you You can’t escape it in time Our love is here to remind you Where you must go out of time Oh, they won’t take you Oh out of time Oh I want to help you Stay a while Want to help you Stay a while Want to help you Stay … I want to help you Stay … I want to help you
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Won’t Live It Down (A Song for Litzie and All Her Kin) (©2019 Anders/O’Bitz) She steps up Litzie Wright What shut her up Up so tight What could be done Cause such a fright What was done So many times Had been done So many times All her life And down her family line I can’t miss the signs How this violence It defines To the bone Home of mine Won’t live it down Her beauty stuns Litzie Wright Her mother’s mothers Feared the night Of violence born All down the line I can’t miss the signs How this violence It defines To the bone Home of mine Won’t live it down Break I can’t miss the signs How this violence It defines Our broken home Ah We are born Defiled She is more American Than any white Ah You’re our home Litzie Wright To the bone Won’t live it down

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George Saunders' novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is an American Buddhist's yurei story that explores American history and many hauntological themes. American Bardo is a concept album where the songs are readings of this great novel's characters and main themes.

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released July 31, 2020

All Songs Written by Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz
Produced and Mixed by Mike Butler
Recorded at The Singing Serpent, San Diego
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe
Cover Art by Ileana Hernandez and Eric Anders

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Singer-songwriter Eric Anders (right) and guitarist-composer Mark O'Bitz (left) both hail from California. Eric and Mark have been working on music together since Eric's 2003 debut release, Not At One--like all of Eric's solo releases it was mostly Anders/O'Bitz. The guys started releasing music as a duo in 2018 with Of All These Things. Ghosts to Ancestors in 2019 and American Bardo in 2020. ... more

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