Utility Project

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17 songs written using methods of chance: tossing coins and referring to the Chinese Book of Changes (The I Ching).

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released June 13, 2010

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Utility Project Potsdam, New York

A lack of career spanning nearly two decades, Utility Project creates its own version of unpopular music

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Track Name: Responding
I'm told to follow another's wise lead
this is what it means to be responding

be silent and take no credit
keep my humility I won't regret it

you've heard this much so let's be honest
I've got no choice but to be modest

just let the work speak for itself
do not depend on anyone else

I'm not sure how long I am able
to keep this up working under the table

I am slogging in the darkness
with vain hopes of future success

just let the work speak for itself
do not depend on anyone else

Doin' my best
to break with convention
You want me to stop?
it'll take an intervention
no idea
if it's good or rotten
forget about the top
it's lonely here at the bottom

(working alone can be depressing
I'm just a turkey without the dressing)

I'm pretty sure no one's out there
I'd threaten to quit if I thought someone would care

don't need help from anyone else
I'm doin' a fine job havin' pity on myself
Track Name: Beginning
did you know
you can hold a redwood tree in your hand?
a tiny kernel
will become a full grown plant
lookin' up
it's impossible to understand

Every living thing must be strong in the beginning
nothing here survives without quality underpinning
Every little thing must be strong in the beginning

It's up to you It's up to you
big thing take care of little things

every seed
ingeniously designed
to withstand
any opposition it might find
an embryo, some food
and a hard seedcoat outside
underground now
with a little luck it will survive
here comes a shoot
poking its head up high

Every living thing must be strong in the beginning
nothing here survives without quality underpinning
Every little thing must be strong in the beginning
Track Name: Great Harvest
one loses by pride and gains by modesty
(do you know who you're talking to?!)

(knees on the ground bending down
you'll work through the night getting it right)

work for the king doin' your thing

great harvest ohhhh
don't over step the throne

(you've got a place to sleep
you've got some clothes to wear
you can feed your family)

you must watch your hide
when you deal with His Majesty

don't keep a thing it all goes to the king
Track Name: Exhausting
I'm stuck in a hole
I'm creepin' thru vines
I can't budge
I'm movin' all the time
I'm freezin' cold
I'm sweatin' thru my eyes
Can't hear a soul
My ears are on fire
A bird in a pool
A fish who wants to fly
I don't wanna live
I don't wanna....

Dive
water will be here soon

Fly
the air will not hold you

Oh it's exhausting

A little regret is o.k.
If we learn from our mistakes
we are honest and standing straight...

-en out your course
Oh it's exhausting

I'm stuck in a hole
I'm climbin' out!
I can't budge
I'm busting free!
I'm freezing cold
Doesn't bother me!
I can't hear a soul
I like the peace!
A bird in a pool
Replenishing!
You gotta set goals
A fish who wants to...

Fly
you're floating aren't you
Dive
water will now hold you

Oh it's exhausting
Oh it's exhausting

Fly you're floating aren't you
Dive
water will now hold you

Oh it's exhausting
Track Name: Establishing the New
Shave your hair
down to the skin
you're starting over
outside and in

think of nothing
have an open heart
listen to your breathing
this is how to start

if you can clean your house
then you can clean your brain
don't be afraid of changing
be afraid of staying the same

you melted the mold
when you abolished the old
now you know what to do
cut a door to go through
we all have faith in you

just look at you
establishing the new

flourishing
and smooth establishing....

you'll be taking
action soon
you're establishing the new

flourishing and smooth
establishing the new
Track Name: Abundance
count your blessings today
can't imagine them taken away
honor be devout
offer your humble thanks right now

abundance fills your soul
abundance makes you whole
so share your love and pleasure
you are a living treasure

decline is coming ---it's just the way
honest and humble ---you will be o.k.
it's all a circle ---haven't you found?
good times and bad times---they come around
be smart with what you have----or it goes away
this is the nature of things----it will never change

count your blessings today
can't imagine them taken away