The Winter Project (2005)

1. In These Passing Days
Music, Vocals, and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp
Spoken Word Performance by LeighAnn Gould

Woman: I miss you so much. It seems like a lifetime has passed since we last talked. We sure were different people back then weren’t we? We were lost in ourselves, I know that now. But I still think of you from time to time, especially in the months of Winter. Do you ever think of me?

Man: In these passing days, Winter brings her snow with her, drifting along, telling the story of her death and her loneliness …

Man: Do you ever think of me? I bet you’re busy with your new life now. I’m just sitting here alone, by myself, thinking of you.

Woman & Man: Do you ever think of me? I bet you’re busy with your new life. I’m just sitting here alone, by myself, thinking of you.

2. Winter
Music by John Paul Sharp
Vocals & Lyrics by Tiffani Marsing
Backup Vocals by John Paul Sharp

K … here we go Never ever want to go Never ever never ever please don’t make me ever go
Never ever never ever please don’t make me ever go It’s cold it’s very cold it’s too damn cold
Even my coat can’t keep me warm ’cause it’s so cold Have you looked outside today?
The snow is deep the sky is grey There’s no way I’m walking out this door no way I wanna stay

I told you never ever want to go Let’s stay inside I never ever I’ll never ever want to go
If I had a car it wouldn’t be a fight But I wrecked it on a slick and snowy night
Now I ride the bus to work And I must walk to catch the train
It’s not the life of glamour, glitz or even fame. No one knows my name … I just wanna’ stay home

It’s so cold Look at all the snow Grab my scarf This moment … F*&# the bus … I’m staying home.

3. End of Days / Carol of the Bells
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells, All seem to say, “Throw your cares away.”
Though, I can’t help but to think to myself What about the End of Days? What about the End of Days?
Ding dong ding dong End of Days?

Going to war with nothing to fight for Killing everyone We just keep on keep on People die in vain
Dying everywhere Nothing seems to change

Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells, All seem to say Throw your cares away
Though I can’t help but to think to myself What about the End of Days? What about the End of Days?
Ding dong ding dong End of Days?

All we can do, live the best we can Try and forget how to be sad Listen to the trees, listen to the wind
Get down on my knees, pray for Him to bring Bring about the End of Days … Bring about The Revelations …

What about the End of Days? What about the End of Days? Ding dong ding dong End of Days? 

4. The Messenger
Music, Vocals, and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp
Spoken Word performance by LeighAnn Gould

Woman on Loudspeaker: Attention, Attention It is now 05:00 hours
Attention, Attention It is now 05:00 hours Rise and greet my voice. Good morning:
Sector 4: Now we shall give our thanks to the Ministry of Truth
Who have shown us the way after the Days of Terror
Now we live our peaceful lives under the watchful care of the Ministry of Truth.
The following are instructions for workers in Sector 4, Sunday, March 18th, 2084.
All persons with the red-marked indicator, report to the Communications laboratory by 07:00 hours.
All persons with the blue-marked indicator, report to the Weapons Factory by 07:00 hours.
All persons with the green-marked indicator, report to the Accountability Center by 06:30 for jury selection.

Man: Here I go to deliver this old message, though I don’t know the meanings of the words, for the message is encrypted, the directions have been scripted, I’ve enlisted for the underground.
Make a song, make a thought and you will get busted by the cops with the sonar instruments who are dropping in on your mind just to see that your thoughts are kind, so I’m going to the other side …

Judge: Excuse me sir, but I will have your attention! Order in this court! Order in this Court!
Let us proceed with the hearing. Now here this:
Do you understand the charges that are being filed against you? Ha! Then I say, Then how do you plead?
Order in this court! Order in this court!! So then .. do you have any last words before the jury convicts you?

5. Legend
Music by John Paul Sharp

 6. Mercurial Delight
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp
Spoken Word performed by LeighAnn Gould

Frightened, Angry, Happy, Sad – One to Next in Nothing Flat – Mercurial Delight!

7. Broke Christmas
Music by Paul Escalante
Vocals and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Yo, I’ve been thumbing through all the bills And I don’t think I’ve gotta dime to spill
Shizzats – what am I supposed to do? It’s another broke Christmas
Errr.. paid my rent on December 3rd Don’t need to tell you that that’s not so good
What am I supposed to do? It’s another broke christmas

 

Tell ya’ honey what I want to do Is spread some money out for me and you
Tell ya honey, what I want want Tell ya honey, what I want want

I’m workin’ hard just to please the man He says he does just the best that he can
but Shizzats – what is he supposed to do? Another Broke Christmas
Everybody runnin’ to those shoppin’ malls Always seem to slip when they begin to tip ya’lls
What am I supposed to do? Another broke Christmas ..

Tell ya’ honey what I want to do Is spread some money out for me and you
Tell ya honey, what I want want Tell ya honey, what I want want

Cash … cash … cash … I’m so broke!

8.  I Read It In The Paper
Music by John Paul Sharp
Spoken Word Performance by The Squirrel

So sad to me that people get that bleeped up – What does the brown mean?
There were these people and they had way too many animals And the animals were all dying.
There were bones under the bed! And I swear this is true because I Read It In The Paper
And the paper tells you everything – Especially in the United States

I love the United States Media I love America, America’s Media? So accurate … adequate
Thank God for TV Thank God for TV Thank God for TV I love to watch the evening news.
The weather man is the one that matters most Because he can be like,
“Ahh it’s that crazy, Colorado weather.” And I’ve heard it said, I’ve heard it said many, many times before.

It’s true.

OK, so these people They lived in a trailer And this is true, I swear to God They lived in a trailer
And uhh they probably had — I don’t even know – I can’t even name a number
I can’t even make up my own number As to the number of cats they had And this is true that –
There was probably four feet of shizzats Dude – and the dude that checked it out
Thought that ceiling was really low But it was the four feet of shizzats that made the ceiling look really low
And it’s true because I Read It In The Paper!

So there was an intact cat skeleton, laying on the bed Sometimes, they’ll do!
They get up there and they just go to sleep forever And it’s true … 150 Schnauzers – what?
I couldn’t handle 2 Schnauzers let alone 150, Jesus. Dude – dude- and the dude
The dude that got most busted He was talkin’ to the reporter when he’s in an assisted living facility,
An assisted care facility And he said that the — OH –
And I forget to tell you that they found a mama cat and 8 baby cats in the freezer.
And the dude said – he’s like 77 and all screwed up And he said that because it was Winter
He couldn’t bury them So he wrapped them in plastic And he put them in the freezer He said And
“It was just an honest mistake and the lady at the state made a big deal out of it”
And that’s what that muther focker said.

So sad to me that people get that fucked up.

9. Winter
Music by John Paul Sharp
Vocals and Lyrics by David Budke
Backup Vocals by John Paul Sharp

I feel the call of winter’s chill, I feel the softness of the snow
Trees are lifeless, stripped and bare, Call to God when no one’s there
When I was a child here, I’d cry, There’s no more places left to hide
Hearts are beating where nobody knows, Life is breathing beneath every stone

In a place where nobody goes, In a place where the light turns to cold
I pull up roots for something green, I cannot bear this white serene
When I was a child here, I’d cry, There’s no more footprints left to hide
Hearts are beating where nobody goes, Life is breathing beneath every stone

In a place where nobody knows, In a place where the life turns to gold
In a place where no one knows, Making angels in the snow

10. Abandon
Music, Vocals, and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp
Spoken Word performance by LeighAnn Gould

Woman: I’m sorry I never meant to hurt you, Things just happened so quickly,
I’ve got a lot of things going on right now, Things on my plate – I just – I just don’t have the room right now
Really, it’s my problem not yours, I’m sorry I don’t have much time now, I have to go but
Don’t worry so much, we’ll both be fine, you’ll see …

Man: You’ve been breaking my heart with my mind And I’ve mistaken you for a real good time
And I’m so embarrassed; I can’t believe that I fell for you, You and my love of Abandon.
Don’t you see I tried to love you? But instead I ran away from you!
And everybody knows that life goes on and so, I’m singin’ you this song, help to move along the time
‘Till another thing comes by …

Maybe in the next life, I will treat you kind, Maybe start tomorrow, Maybe never mind
Maybe if you knew me when I needed a friend Maybe if you knew me when the shit hit the fan
Maybe if you knew me again and again, Abandon – Don’t you see I tried to love you?
But instead I ran away from you! And everybody knows that life goes on and so
I’m singin’ you this song, help to move along the time ‘Till another thing comes by …

je taime, mon cheri

11. Snowed In
Music by Paul Escalante
Vocals by John Paul Sharp

12. Interruptions
Music by John Paul Sharp

13. Balm in Gilead
Traditional Gospel Song
Arrangement and Vocals by John Paul Sharp

There is a Balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole
There is a Balm in Gilead To heal the sin-sick soul.

If you can pray like Peter If you can preach like Paul
Go home and tell your loved ones He died to save us all

14. Sunflower
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Winter is just about over And it seems Spring is right ’round that corner
It has been so dry and cold And lonely to the bone And I’m so glad it’s good and
Gone for about one more year Only sunshine and friends from point here
No more moping around Or feeling sorry for myself It’s good to see the see the sun come up!

Just seems like every Winter I get so depressed, Devoid of happiness Without some one to call own …
But don’t you tell me that I won’t find someone – You could fall in love Any day Now

So if you need me, I’ll be waiting at the place where all things have beginnings …
Where the light meets the dark There’s a little spark That is where I start, La da da da la dad deed ah

(in these passing days, Winter brings her snow with her)

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