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Ghosts To Ancestors

by Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz

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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
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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
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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
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Wounded Son 03:29
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
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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
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Love Sums 04:13
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
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To The End 03:31
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
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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
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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
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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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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. 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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