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Ghosts To Ancestors

by Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz

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This is the sophomore release for Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz as a duo. They released Of All These Things in 2018 and Mark collaborated with Eric on all of Eric's eight prior solo releases.

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released July 2, 2019

All songs written by Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz
Produced by Mark O’Bitz
Additional production by Jeff Peters, Randy Ray Mitchell, and William Snyder.
Mostly recorded by Jeff Peters at The Pie Studios, Pasadena.
Jeff Peters was assisted by Beau Floch
Additional recording done at Akadak Studios and at Eric’s home studio.
Mixed by Randy Ray Mitchell
Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound.
Ileana Hernandez and Eric Anders - Cover Art

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Singer-songwriter Eric Anders (right) and guitarist-composer Mark O'Bitz (left) both hail from California. Ghosts To Ancestors (2019) is their sophomore release as a duo but they have collaborated on all of Eric's eight releases since 2003, writing most of the songs together on these releases. Of All These Things (2018) was their debut release as a duo. The duo working on their third album now. ... more

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Track Name: Lopsided Gyre
Lopsided Gyre
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Seen enough, it’s not okay
Comin’ around again today
The simple minds are easily afraid
Keep it stupid simple … their way

How do we live a lopsided gyre
How do we hope as the seas get higher
Where do we turn all the rot turns strange
Nowhere to go if we cannot change
Can’t change

Seen before but not the same
Headed down from down, no game
The simplest minds say what count as sane
Keep it stupid simple … their way

How do we live a lopsided gyre
How do we hope as the seas get higher
Where do we turn all the rot turns strange
Nowhere to go if we cannot change
Can’t change

Ooh, ooh oh, ooh, ooh

How do we live a lopsided gyre
How do we hope as the seas get higher
Where do we turn all the rot turns strange
Nowhere to go if we cannot change
Can’t change
Track Name: Wonder A Time
Wonder A Time
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Turn to you cannot speak
Wonder a time not for tomorrow
Feelings are hard to keep
Time doesn’t wait for what we wanted, we wanted

Hopes they will rise and fall
Don’t look to the others for all they should be
Take a stand not to break
Again to find how much we are haunted, we’re haunted

You hold me, it tears me up
I helped you forget our love
I’ve held you, a place above
I hold you, but you are gone

Turn in toward powers that be
Wonder a time not full of sorrow
Feelings aren’t ours to lead
Time it will come for all that haunts us, that haunts us

You hold me, it tears me up
I helped you forget our love
I’ve held you, a place above
I hold you, but you are gone

You hold me, it tears me up
I helped you forget our love
I’ve held you, a place above
I hold you, but you are gone
I hold you, but you are gone
Track Name: See The Blight
See The Blight
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Ooh
Miss the signs
As you drive
Through the blight

Ooh
Leave your car
Walk on through
City blight
See the blight

Gone
Signs
Of love
Oh
See
What comes

Ooh
Blind on high
As you fly
Over blight
Blind to blight

Ooh
Leave your plane
Walk on through
Country blight
See the blight

Gone
Signs
Of love
Oh
See
What comes
For the blind

Ooh oh
Ooh oh

Ooh
See it all
Haunted by
Nation blight
See the blight

Gone
Signs
Of love
Oh
See
What comes
For the blind
For the blind
Track Name: Wounded Son
Wounded Son
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Again in tatters
Burning crosses
Civil war dead
Haunting us

Roots on both sides
Such old matters
Hard to let go
Violent home

Hey
Don’t relive that “great again”
Way down low
Wounded son

Old fractures
Like we have
Go right through the bone
These ghosts they’re hauntin’ us
Again, again

Seen what matters
Seen the losses
All this hate that’s
Haunting us

Roots on all sides
Such old matters
Hard to let go
Violent home

Hey
Don’t relive that “great again”
Way down low
Wounded son

Old fractures
Like we have
Go right through the bone
These ghosts they’re hauntin’ us
Again, again, again, again

These lives matter
Mounting losses
Racist war dead
Haunting us

Can’t root both sides
When hate matters
Try to let go
Violent home

Hey
Don’t relive that “great again”
Way down low
Wounded son

Old fractures
Like we have
Go right through the bone
These ghosts they’re hauntin’ us
Again

Don’t relive that “great again”
Way down low
Wounded son
Hey
Don’t relive that “great again”
Wounded son
Track Name: The Meaning In Life
The Meaning In Life
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

A long time ago
I wore the weird hat
I worked some long hours
For those slaps on my back

The speaker stood up
And spoke to my class
Said life is a story
And to live it like that

But life has a real end
My friend

And I don’t see it that way
Life ain’t a story
Or some commencement cliché
I try to see the real end
And accept that meaning
On which we depend
In life, in life

A long time has gone
I’ve walked my weird path
I worked some long hours
For those slaps on my back

In the eyes of my loves
And not through my wits
I find meaning that’s strong
But no narrative fits

And I’m getting nearer the end
My friend

And I don’t see it that way
Life ain’t a story
Or some commencement cliché
I try to see the real end
And accept/Not cast off that meaning
On which we depend
In life, in life

Ooh ah ...

And I don’t see it that way
Life ain’t a story
Or some commencement cliché
I try to see the real end
Not cast off that meaning
On which we depend

And I don’t see it that way
Life ain’t a story
Or some commencement cliché
I try to see the real end
Not cast off that meaning
On which we depend
In life, in life
Track Name: Love Sums
Love Sums
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Love
Seems wrong for sums
This is math for life

One
Needs to come from love
At the start of life

The love of the one
Creates the two
Creates her outside

Sums
One and two is one
Inside makes outside

Love sums
First two are one
And three is home
No love
Prevents the one
Can’t become
Haunted from
Inside

Love
Later on it comes
If all started right

Sums
Need two wholes as one
Must equal two in time

Time
Won’t heal no love
Won’t make one whole or right

Love
On time must come
Outside makes inside

Love sums
First two are one
And three is home
No love
Prevents the one
Can’t become
Haunted from
Inside

Break

Love sums
First two are one
And three is home
No love
Prevents the one
Can’t become
Haunted from
Can’t become
Haunted from
Can’t find love
Inside, or outside
Track Name: To The End
To The End
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Fitful eyes try to deny
We overlook the end

Thought we knew us low to high
We could love but couldn’t stay a friend

Our love to the end
Try and let depend
Hard to know when you’re out of time

Fitful lives hard to ask why
Can’t help deny in the end

Lose each other low to high
Mostly we lose meaning in the end

Our love to the end
Try and not defend
Hard to know when you’re out of time
We stood by as we lost the will to try
We stood by and we’re still standin’ by
The end, the end

How long to the end
Try and not descend
Hard to know when you’re out of time
We stood by but we fall in the end
The end, ooh
Track Name: Make The Time
Make the Time
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

Alone with photos I’m killing time
I see but I don’t know this guy
Only a few years before
Five, ten, I don’t know
All I know is it was a different time
Oh

Make the time
Don’t leave til tomorrow
All that you set aside

No more alone, no more killing time
These photos show them all at different times
Only a few years to go
Before they leave out that door
All I know is I wish I could go back in time, oh

Make the time
Don’t take them granted
Time will never be on your side

Ooh oh ah, ooh oh ah, oh

Make the time
Don’t leave til tomorrow
All that you set aside
Make the time, more time
Don’t take them granted
Time will never be on your side
Or mine, or mine
Track Name: More Than Love
More Than Love
(Anders, O’Bitz 2017)

We fall in love
Starts out so strong
Talks are so long
Becoming one from two

Kids come along
Family song
Our love grows on
Stronger when more than two

Steadfast our love

Hey had more than love for you
Hey hard to be one when two

Hope we stay strong
Both have been wrong
Grudges too long
Hard to be one when two

Fantasies gone
Truth has just won
Our love’s not done
I can be strong with you

Steadfast our love

Hey had more than love for you
Hey hard to be one when two

Love is not a sum
Or parts assembled from
It can be shaken
Even when it’s strong
And lasted so long

Hey had more than love for you
Hey hard to be one when two

Hey I am in love with you … with you
Track Name: Internal Fire
Internal Fire
(©2018 Anders/O’Bitz)

It’s a space that has to be filled
For heart and soul
It’s a pull that can’t be willed
From the hearts of old
Burns an internal fire
Gets doused by love
It’s more than full dire
Burns too long

I’m tired and that’s all
I’ve been burned by this fire
My healing’s been slow
It’s been making me tired
I’m fine

It’s a time that has to be spent
Healing heart and soul
It’s a mine that cannot be lit
Find a heart of gold
Burns an internal fire
Gets doused by love
It’s more than full dire
Burns too long

I’m tired and that’s all
I’ve been burned by this fire
My healing’s been slow
It’s been making me tired
I’m fine

Ooh, ooh, ooh

I’m tired and that’s all
I’ve been burned by this fire
My healing’s been slow
It’s been making me tired
I’m tired and that’s all
I’ve been burned by this fire
My healing’s been slow
It’s been making me tired
I’m fine

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