This Side of the Green Arrow (2005)

The Festival



performed by Daniel Rogers; vocals by Noelle Shearer; guitar by John Morgan; percussion by Ed Davis; drums by Keith Hanlon; hand claps by Lisa Gerald Rogers

written, produced, recorded, mixed by Daniel Rogers at The Vinecatcher; drums recorded by Joe Viers at John Schwab Recording, Columbus

mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston

sound effects recorded by Daniel Rogers; additional effects from Sounddogs



The pin lights wind through branches, torches illuminate

Anticipation gathers, what better than the wait?

Once in the gate, the scope begins for harlequins in hats

For floral dragons dancing, for golden brickyard paths

The Festival, extending as far as eyes can see

Leaves not a thought for troubles, turns not a soul away

The Festival, as precious as all the joy it brings

Not even once will ask a solitary thing

The lovers hide in corners, the shoppers swing their bags

The girls with yellow ribbons chase after boys with flags

The colors in the fountains cover the spectrum full

And dewdrops rain upon all comers as they lull

Come one, come all to the greatest place on earth

Where you’ll kiss pretty people, eat chocolate covered snowflakes, sail rivers of flowing wine

Ride glowing solar trains to cafes made of beads

Take baths in lemon whirlpools, nap under mile-high trees

But you better hurry over, ‘cause if you choose to wait you might run out of time

Life’s hard, there’s tragedy and sorrow, too many stresses leaving burdens to bear

So take a break, come and join the party, The Festival will extinguish your cares

Life’s short, it’s gone before you know it, why waste time on anything less than thrills?

So come and visit, or come and stay forever, The Festival is the cure for your ills

Life’s hard, with difficult dilemmas, too many handles for too few of our hands

So get away, your pleasure is awaiting, The Festival is your wonderland

Life’s cold, too many people lonely, too many people trying to fend for themselves

So take a trip that you can ride forever, The Festival will make you feel well

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