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Variant Blues

by Anders/O'Bitz

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1.
Far Gone 04:14
Far Gone (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) Such a showman More pathetic every time Lacks a soul Yet believers stand in line So very old Yet such new times Oh believe that we’re so Far gone Oh believe that it’s so Hate’s the strongest Fuel for this fire And we know Delusions blow it higher So very old Yet such new times Oh believe that we’re so Far gone Oh believe that it’s so I need to go I need to go Can’t stay here anymore No Believin’ these lies Will keep us down It keeps these grifters Up off the ground Why keep them up Off of the ground Off of the ground Oh believe that we’re so Far gone Oh believe that it’s so Oh believe that we’re so Far gone Oh believe that it’s so I need to go I need to go Can’t stay here anymore There’s nowhere to go
2.
Oh to Leave Here (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) Don’t wanna leave here This room’s all mine If I leave here Lose my crown as a bride I want to go on as I am And write Never leave here Where it’s not mine Never leave here Where it’s not mine Hah oh oh Hah oh ho ho Wanna leave here Wear my crown outside Oh to leave here And wear it with pride I will go on writing My desire Oh to leave here And make it all mine Oh to leave here And make it all mine Hah oh oh Hah oh ho ho Hah oh oh Hah ho ho Break Ha oh oh Ha oh oh Ha oh oh Ha oh oh
3.
We’ll Get There Soon (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) Soon We’ll get there soon No, I’d never lie To those I love Ah I know you’re tired Nothing so hard As sayin’ goodbye Headin’ home Can’t see with my Tears about to flow What kind of home After goodbye Sure Can we be sure These lies are white And based on love Ah We’ll know in time After she’s gone For a while Headin’ home Can’t see with my Tears about to flow What kind of home After goodbye Headin’ home Can’t see with my Tears about to flow What kind of home After goodbye What kind of home After goodbye What makes a home a home What kind of home After goodbye What makes a home a home Headin’ home Can’t see with my Tears about to flow What kind of home After goodbye After goodbye Headin’ home Can’t see with my Tears about to flow What kind of home After goodbye What kind of home Soon We’ll get there soon After goodbye Soon We’ll get there soon What kind of home Soon We’ll get there soon After goodbye
4.
Err on the Side of Love (Anders, O’Bitz 2020) Pursuing them further My dreams oh and my loves I can’t stop because I’m older I err on the side of love And I know there’s this something I don’t know when it’ll come It’s more real than my time was And it’s more real only once I know that it will come For my own, everyone I know that it will come Whether or not we’re done Pursuing them further Their dreams oh and their loves They won’t stop when they’re older They’ll err on the side of love I know that it will come For my own, everyone I know that it will come I err on the side of love Ooh, oh, ooh Ooh, oh, ooh I know that it will come For my own, everyone I know that it will come Whether or not we’re done I know that it will come For my own, everyone I know that it will come We’ll err on the side of love
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Bang Goes The Gun (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) A loaded gun And some doe stood still in light How calm she could be Unknowing Her plight Bang goes Goes the gun The doe rests in peace Bang keeps What kind of law What kind of deafening peace Is there a gun Or just some metaphors on fire How fired up she could be Still unknowing What’s denied her Bang goes Goes the gun The doe rests in peace Bang keeps What kind of law What kind of deafening peace Mmm So hard to let go The master’s gun Kills for peace What destiny Load it up Aim it so Bang goes Goes the gun The doe rests in peace Bang keeps What kind of law What kind of deafening peace Bang goes Goes the gun The doe rests in peace Bang keeps What kind of law What kind of deafening peace
6.
Beyond Silence (©2020 Anders/O’Bitz) Hard to face it How much was granted Unaware of Livin’ well Now we fear for What our kids are All heir to Some new hell Oh numb to violence Then the hard times We all felt Oh beyond silence Was an aching We now know well We got older Achin’ got stronger Started seeing More needin’ help All the stakes changed For our past crimes Against others Against ourselves Oh numb to violence Then the hard times We all felt Oh beyond silence Was an aching We now know well Oh, I’m not sure we can I’m not sure we can I’m not sure, I’m not sure I’m not sure we can Oh numb to violence Then the hard times We all felt Oh beyond silence Was an aching We now know well Ooh violence We all felt Ooh achin’ Now know well Well, well, well We now know well Well, well, well We now know well
7.
Just a Game 03:57
Just a Game (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) How fragile we came Into this place How long we stay What’s our breakdown rate How much just a game Should we see it that way How can anyone play Such a serious and high stakes game And still keep a smile on their face And continue to play How fragile we stay While we play this game How high the stakes Breakin’ down is our fate How high just a game Best to see it that way How can anyone play Such a serious and high stakes game And still keep a smile on their face And continue to play Keep on playin’ Stakes gettin’ higher Just keep playin’ Higher and higher Don’t throw it away It seems too high To find a new way How can anyone play Such a serious and high stakes game And then keep a smile on their face And continue to play
8.
Dusk Comes Too Soon (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) I don’t know What’s the truth All I know Believin’ don’t make true Gets me closer so All I know Is I’m not someone who thinks he’ll find it All we know Faith don’t make true Don’t we know That’s the sun on the horizon Yes, and dusk comes too soon Socrates knew His only truth He didn’t know Questioning their truth Got him closer so All I know Is I’m not someone who thinks he’ll find it All we know Faith don’t make true Don’t we know That’s the sun on the horizon Yes, and dusk comes too soon Ooh, ooh All we know Believin’ is not findin’ All I know Is I’m not someone who thinks he’ll find it All we know Faith don’t make true Don’t we know That’s the sun on the horizon Yes, and dusk comes too soon Too soon
9.
Tired Love 05:01
Tired Love (©2021 Anders/O’Bitz) We used to be on fire On a tear was our love It was love all the time It was love on the go Now I’m with you most every day and night And the kids, well, they sometimes fight There’s really nothing wrong, you see No, nothing I see No Oh our love will tire Left alone it won’t get any higher What love can wait and see What a love needs to be Tired love We used to be entire We were oh-only whole Now the parts that we hide And the parts we let go They’re gettin’ busy most every day and night But the kids they somehow turned out right Was there something really wrong to see There was nothing to see No Oh our love will tire Left alone it won’t get any higher What love can wait and see What a love needs to be Tired love Used up borrowed time Waiting for What our love can be So late we got tired For our love to be Oh our love will tire Left alone it won’t get any higher What love can wait and see What a love needs to be Tired love Tired love
10.
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 counts 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, 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

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Variant Blues is the fourth installment of the Anders/O'Bitz collection "music in the time of coronavirus." For more on this album, see www.AndersObitz.com.

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released December 20, 2021

All Songs Written by Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz
Produced and Mixed by Mike Butler
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe
Cover Design by Ileana Hernandez and Eric Anders

Eric Anders - Vocals
Mark O’Bitz - Guitars, Piano, Keys
Mike Butler - Producer, Guitars, Bass, Keys, Harmonica
Jenn Grinels - Backing Vocals
Matt Lynott - Drums
Bill Terry - Pedal Steel
Tim McNally - Strings

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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 and have released at least an album every year after that. ... more

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