Down to the Wire

by Group Du Jour

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"I haven’t listened to an album as often as this one since Fairport’s Gladys’ Leap or Brian Eno’s Before and After Science. The band is an unusual blend of pop/rock, ethnic and ambient music with plenty of synthesizers, electric guitars and the driving percussion that make up most rock bands. The difference with this group is the obvious talent each member has, the complex but never boring arrangements and rhythms that keep your feet tapping." - Dirty Linen 1990

"Please excuse me, But I need to rave about a unique band from deepest Portland." - Grant Alden The Rocket (Seattle)

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released June 3, 1990

Recorded live between June 17th and August 5th 1989 at Saknussemm Studio. Engineered by Jamie Haggerty. Produced by Group Du Jour. Pre-production engineered by Daniel Crommie at The Living Room. A DIRECT DIGITAL RECORDING.

Daniel Crommie: vocals, synthesizers, drum & percussion programming, flutes, harmonica & melodica.
Paul Parker: electric guitar and bass guitar.
Bo Parker: vocals, tongue drums, xylimbas, bells, sundry percussion and rhythm guitar.

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Daniel Crommie Portland, Oregon

Daniel Crommie is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (mandolins, buche, balalaika, recorders, flutes, synthesizers, etc.) and producer (Janie Mitchell, Kaitlyn ni Donovan, Lew Jones, Karen Searcy) who has released over two dozen solo albums, numerous albums with Group Du Jour, four with Echo System and five with Saturnalia Trio over the last 25 years on the New Weave label. ... more

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Track Name: Ride to the Top
Ride to the Top (Crommie)

I’m putting myself on the line
Out on a limb
To get the best in life
You have to swim
Water was getting cloudy
At the bottom of the stream
Ever since I learned to walk
I’ve danced on the balance beam

I’m moving up
Taking the ride to the top
Grab the monkey wrench
Pull out all the stops
I’ll turn the golden key
Twist the carving knife
No time for feeling topsy-turvy
In this volatile life

Thought you had me figured out
But I changed again
There’s no sense handing me the bomb
Because I’ll pull the pin
Money stories used to make me snore
Now I love the game
My old friends all agree I’ve changed
Things will never be the same

Since I’m moving up…
Track Name: A Quiet Pandemonium
A Quiet Pandemonium (Crommie)

Thought I saw her
Walking by the garden pool
A single rose in hand
Thought I saw her
Walking by the garden pool
If it’s winter
I must be dreaming

I can hear her footsteps
Burning like the wings
Of moths to the naked flame
I can hear her feathers
Beating like blackbird wings
On wire cages
But I must be dreaming

She speaks to me
In her quiet pandemonium
In the middle of nowhere
She’s grown tired of walking
Down this trail of tears
Inhabited by cries
She must be dreaming

I’m waiting for something
I can’t live without
Waiting for her, waiting for her
I’m waiting for something
I can’t live without
Waiting for her
Track Name: Predictable Heart
Predictable Heart (P. Parker)

Walking alone
Thinking of you
Your thoughts are
Your own
Particular view
I must admit that
For a while
It seemed to fit
We shared a smile

You danced
Swirling circles
Flashing laughter
Just for me

I never knew
What happened or why
Twisting me through
Your dragonfly eye
Walking with you
Thinking apart
Falling in two
Predictable heart

You danced
Swirling circles
Flashing laughter
Just for me

Holding you hand
Catching your eye
Dropping it all
And waving goodbye
Track Name: Under a Spell
(instrumental)
Track Name: Great Big Soul
Great Big Soul (Crommie)

Go ahead and shake a leg
Go ahead and stomp the floor
Go ahead and let your feet fall
Like a ball-peen hammer
On a four by four

Great big soul
Gonna pick you up
Great big soul
Gonna put you back down

Great big soul
What makes the world go ‘round
Throw my voice way across the sea
Wanna get sun in my big wide eyes
Wanna rub elbows with the big hot stars

Great big soul
Be sure to swallow me up
Great big soul
Be sure to follow me home
Track Name: That Familiar Scream
That Familiar Scream (Crommie)

Pray hear my bad foot dragging
Scraping slowly down the hall
You pull at your security blanket
Wind whistles, the nightwings call

Should have gone to bed
Before midnight
Wouldn’t have to to witness
My creep and crawl

Look around you, nothing seems normal
Try to phone, the neighbors are gone
Little sounds are growing much louder
Dead of August right on the front lawn

Should have gone to bed
Before midnight
Wouldn’t have to witness
The wrath of…
Should have gone to bed
Before midnight
Wouldn’t have to witness
That familiar scream

Turn on lights, close the screen windows
Beads of sweat drip down the bolt lock
Maybe this will stop my intrusion
Another night to try the long shot
Track Name: Soft Focus
Soft Focus (Crommie)

Walk through the grass
Long days so quiet pass
Tall trees gentle sway
Tell true passions play
Birds pattern the sky
Seduce the naked eye
With news of May
To turn green from grey

Oh, in my eyes – soft focus
You’re in my mind – soft focus

Look through the glass
Still life from the past
So much has changed
That time will rearrange
Yet one thing inside
That I cannot hide
Your eyes so warm
Set off my heart’s alarm

There was a time
I couldn’t find you
Didn’t read between the lines
Now we’ve agreed
To plant the seed
Of future mysteries
Track Name: Shaky House
Shaky House (Crommie)

We live in a shaky house
Situated on a busy street
When the big trucks roll on by
The drums begin to beat
Begin to beat

Roll a marble across the floor
Peeling pink from wall to wall
Sunlight streaks through ceiling tiles
Until rain begins to fall
Begins to fall

How can we love each other
When the sky keeps tumbling down?
Why do my knees keep forever shaking
And your uncertain heartbeat pound?

Can’t sleep in a shaky house
Too many noises in the night
Wake up in an empty bed
To turn on the lonely light
Lonely light

I hear the rattling door
Tattle on nocturnal ways
Seems that our struggling love
Has seen its better days
Better days

How can we love each other…
Track Name: Where Will I Sleep
Where will I Sleep (Crommie)

Where will I sleep
That shadows don’t frighten me
No imagined beast
Nor real mortal from the world
Of the daytime
That I escape in pursuit
Of a dark and quiet night

Where will I sleep
That my surroundings won’t rob me
Of the past
Nor the future of this mind
In dreamlands
Moist, dark, mysterious
Only to enter by design of passage
Track Name: Afraid of Heights
Afraid of Heights (Crommie)

Tennis courts in the desert
Sno-cone stands in the hills
Brutal beat of the city
Sweltering heat on dirty streets
So far from home

They speak another tongue up here
And I am afraid of heights
It’s a small world you know
And this is a strange kind of life
So far from home

A half moon is laughing outside
Too many steps to climb upstairs
They speak another tongue up here
And I am afraid of heights
So far from home

Two ships in the same port
Our looks are deceiving
So far from home
Track Name: We Built the Machines (bonus track)
We Built the Machines (Crommie)

We built the machines
That roll across the earth
With clenched-steel jaws
Witnessed the creature’s birth

We built the machines
To be bigger, better
And bring us convenience
On an iron platter

We built the machines
To cut, crush and blast
And by enslaving the wheel
Became the true boss at last

We built the machines
To be smaller, smarter
To calculate the numbers
That were made to barter

Deep in the darkness
Where our extinction lurked
We threw the monkey wrench
Into the greasy works