The Yams

by Letter Seventeen

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released September 4, 2016

Letter Seventeen is: Tim Alexander, Clarke McMurray, Grant Muller, and Bob Sorace with Paul Mariz (guitar solo) and Tom Martin (bass) on "Blame Game"

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Whimsical indie pop from a one-man band. Except when other people help. Which is quite often. So it's not like a one-man band at all.
Oh. And there are songs about donkeys.

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Track Name: All About The Abrahams
Countin' dem pennies from youtube clips
As I try to get rich in the music biz
Stream this, click that, a download or two
These days it seems it’s what we all do

Micro pay me in slices of a cent
Hope to get enough so I can pay the rent

A hat tip to you Mr. Franklin, but I’m all about the Abrahams
I’ll try to make it big so I can be all about the Abrahams
You’re gonna get rich slow when you are all about the Abrahams
That’s just the way it goes when you are all about the Abrahams

I put the songs out and I hope for good luck
With 1200 plays I might make a buck
A few thousand more and I'll buy a happy meal
This is what happens when you keep it real

(You’re gonna get rich now someday / You’re gonna be loaded)
Track Name: Blame Game
It’s time to play the blame game
Another chance for calling people names
Ignore the facts, they just get in the way
You see your chance to say what you want to say

Dirty secrets abound
Words said behind closed doors, all around town
Time to unleash some dirt
Without thinking about who you might hurt

So join in on the blame game
Take your turn, calling people names
Don’t worry about the truth
Just say the first thing that comes to you

Keep it all locked up tight
Until it’s time to bring it all to light
It’s not a smear campaign
Omit some facts, it’s part of the game

How’s it feel to take someone down?
Do your hold your head up high when you walk through town?
What if it were to turn around on you?
Would it feel like you’re getting just what you’re due?
Track Name: What's The Yams?
What’s The Yams? The Yams, you say?
What’s The Yams? Am I supposed to know?
What’s The Yams? Is this thing for me?
The Yam is the power that be
What’s The Yams? I’ve heard of it before
What’s The Yams? I don’t know
What’s The Yams? Are you asking me?
The Yam is the power that be

So many new things to understand, get past me as I get old
Words and phrases like “The Yams” mean something or so I’m told
I try to keep up as best I can I try to have a clue
Then I hear someone use a brand new phase and it leaves me so confused

Try to stay relevant and keep up with all my friends
But it’s coming at me oh so fast, I can’t always follow trends
The yam brought it out in Richard Pryor, do you know that means?
If I look it up I’m gonna find out it’s patently obscene

Do I give up trying to understand what the kids mean today?
If I put in the effort to show that I know will they hear what I say?
If they hear will they listen to some old guy spouting out hipster words
I have to tell you when I try it feels quite absurd
Track Name: Red String
Before I knew you I felt the gravity
Something beyond control I knew was pulling me
Binding us together in ways I couldn’t see
And i would come to know there was only you for me (you for me)

There’s a red string of fate between you and me
It tells me what we’ve always known would be
You know that you were meant for me
You always have, you see

Some find it when when they’re young
Others wait till they are old to hear what they were told
And they see they’re intertwined by a tie that binds
two that are one

From near or from far it’s still the same
It remains
The chord it may stretch but it won’t break
it stays the same for you and me
Track Name: This Won't Hurt
Stay still, this won’t hurt a bit
I promise you won’t feel a thing
It’s all in your head, at least that’s what she said
Stay still she said, This won’t hurt a bit

You’re making this out to be bigger than you should
It’s easier if you just let go
You’ll find a way, Out on your own
Stay still she said, This won’t hurt a bit

Easy enough for you to say
You’re the one walking away
While I stand here holding on too tight
Waiting out my time

You need to learn how to let go
You need to learn how to move on
You haven’t even tried, just need to give it some time
Stay still she said, This won’t hurt a bit

Time will come when this will all make sense
Time will come it will be so clear
They say that time heals all wounds
And all I have is time

Stay still, this won’t hurt a bit
I promise you won’t feel a thing
It’s all in your head, at least that’s what she said
Stay still she said, This won’t hurt a bit
Track Name: Behind The Eyes
You stood there center stage
The spotlight full on you
You’d get just what you want
Your dreams would all come true

But I knew where to look
To see through the disguise
I could see the truth
Behind the eyes

You changed from day to day
Kept the people on their heels
Showed them what to see
Told them what to feel

But I knew where to look
To see through the disguise
I could see the truth
Behind the eyes

You’re a scared and wounded little boy
Made up of greasepaint and light
Hoping no one notices
The cracks in your disguise

Through all your many changes
We came along with you
We followed you to the end
It’s what we had to do

You brought us so much joy
While wearing your disguise
Never showing
The truth behind the eyes
Track Name: Asshat Metal Band
Trying out new names and every one is taken
You think this is easy?, Well my friend you’d be mistaken
Every combination ends with the color black
From A Drop Of Joker all the way to Ground Attack

Every time I have a good idea, it’s an asshat metal band
I don’t want to steal from an asshat metal band
I don’t get the appeal of an asshat metal band
I guess I’m not what you’d call an asshat metal fan

I see that Iron Fist is now Bad City Girl
And some guys in France are called Forsaken World
Even Acoustic Crime’s already been used
And I can’t call myself A Mind Confused

I’m ready for a million dollars
I’m writing songs about you
It’s a margarita Monday
I’m a swimming machine. Boo.
Goodbye to the river, we’re waving
Move to Greece, it’s a thing we could do
No matter what I said last night
I’m pretty sure I still like you
Track Name: Wonderful
Falling in love is wonderful, especially when it’s with you
It happens all over every day, seems the right thing to do
Falling in love is wonderful, especially when it’s with you
I can’t think of anything that I’d rather do

I’m reminded how great it is each and every day
And I wouldn’t have it any other way
Falling in love is wonderful
Especially when it’s with you

Falling in love is wonderful, it sounds silly to say
And even after all this time I wouldn’t have it any other way
Falling in love is wonderful, it’s the best thing that you can do
Lean a little closer you’ll find that my aim is true

I’m reminded how great it is each and every day
And I wouldn’t have it any other way
Falling in love is wonderful
Especially when it’s with you (ooh-ooh)
With you (ooh-ooh)
With you