Ibid

by Serious Pilgrim

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Serious Pilgrim:
Peter Bavaro - bass, vocals
Tom McGivney - drums, vocals
Martin Rivas - guitar, vocals
Mick Wieland - guitar, vocals

New York City's Serious Pilgrim released a total of three demo cassettes between Autumn 1989 and Autumn 1991... this second cassette, "Ibid," was released in the Autumn of 1990.

The tracks on Ibid have never been heard with as much fidelity as you're about to hear. Much like Serious Pilgrim's eponymous 1989 cassette, Ibid was never released on anything more than do-it-yourself cassettes with a front cover printed out from a photocopier (so even the cover artwork is sharper). Oftentimes, new fans were hearing these songs on the copy of a copy of a copy of a cassette, with the resultant increase of hiss and decrease of fidelity clouding the sound... but not the passion. Now, for the first time ever, these tracks can be heard as they sounded on the speakers at Laughing Dog studios, or down in Tom's Basement, over the sleepless summer of 1990.

Many people consider Serious Pilgrim to have been a bit ahead of their time... now you can hear their second output as it deserves to be heard.

credits

released 01 October 1990

All songs written by Serious Pilgrim.

Brought to you by the numbers 23, 4, and the letter U. Strong Island in effect!

“Happily Ever After” and “Head and Shoulders” recorded at Laughing Dog, Staten Island, Spring 1990. Produced & Digitally Mixed by the Pilgrim. Engineered by Daniel Friedman and Bill Donnelly.

“Marrying the Metal Sculpture”, “Rubber Man”, “Permanent Part”, “Lifeday”, and “Kissing the Porpoise” recorded in Tom’s Basement, Summer 1990, onto a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder.

Cover art: Mick.

Re-mastered in 2009 from original digital master tapes by Martin Rivas.

All songs ©1990 Mayflower Kingdom Productions. All rights (human and otherwise) reserved.

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Track Name: Happily Ever After
I feel it all the time
And sometimes
Not at all
Here in my creeping silence
I can hear it call
It calls me

Just as I start to move it trips me and I fall
That is all

Here in my speech tonight
My back's against the wall
Sometimes I feel quite huge
In fact I am quite small
It calls me

'Cause I wanna feel
I wanna touch
I try so hard to crawl

But through it all
You're making it easy
Here I go to conquer the world
That is all
You're making it easy
Here I go
I go
I go
Please tell me

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know what keeps me laughing
I wanna wake
Start with a shake
Re-enter my mirthquake

Yes I'm swinging from the rafters
'Cause we're
Happily ever.

Please be there tonight
I need you there tonight
Yes I walk with you, and talk with you
I'm your dimestore messiah yes you know that it's true

That is all
You're making it easy
Here I go to conquer the world
That is all
You're making it easy
Here I go
I go
I go
Please tell me

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know what keeps me laughing
I wanna wake
Start with a shake
Re-enter my mirthquake yeah
I wanna flow
I'm gonna grow
So now look out below

Yes I'm swinging from the rafters
'Cause we're
Happily ever after
Yes I'm dying from my laughter
'Cause we're
Happily ever
Through my endeavor
Yes we're happily ever

After

Please don't be square tonight
'Cause I'm in love with you.
Track Name: Head and Shoulders
Check your conscience at the door
You won't be needing it here
They sent reporters
But their stories won't be aired tonight

It won't be difficult
No dividends or lies exchanged
You'll find it rather simple
My Harley is a rad machine

And you've got one heck of a head on your shoulders

Haphazard means make for haphazard dreams
I've seen it happen
Now the lions and vultures are coming around to her door
The Mystery fell
And the Locksmiths couldn't crack it
Now it's buried in the sand
I don't find the beach too keen anymore

But you've got one heck of a head on your shoulders
Come to think of it

Haphazard means make for haphazard dreams

For all its worth you can leave your questions on the floor
And bundle up your inhibitions
We'll lock up and never see them anymore
Your eyes in mine
And look at them silly humans
What do they know?
There's a beeline we can take
But we'll learn a little more scenic route

And you've got one heck of a head on your shoulders
Come to think of it all
Track Name: Marrying the Metal Sculpture
I don't want to be your maker
I don't want to feel your pain
You're such a pretty undertaker
Please look away so I remain

I said I'll find you
You're running far away

You're such a simple kind of crazy
You're the fool to make the call
'Cause I'm a guy who's kind of crazy
I didn't want this thing at all

I said I'll find you
You're running far away

Marrying the metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a horticulture
Marrying the metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a horticulture

I leave you

I'm tired of your lame suggestions
I'm tired of this empty dream
My thoughts are not for your inspection
My thoughts are pure, my thoughts are clean
I'm a troubled individual, you know what I mean

I'm gonna find you
When you are far away
I said I'll find you
You're running far away

Marrying the metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a horticulture
Marrying the metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a horticulture
dig it
Marrying the metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a horticulture
When you're marrying that metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a whore to culture

I leave you

What are you saying as I'm swaying in a heavenly bliss
Hacking heavy at the cross I kiss
I can dig it and take and talk it and fake it and make it the best
Animated, I can break the test
I'm jerking
Dig it I never said it I can break it down to the dirt
So quick, you won't feel the shirt
Slidin' glidin' from the neck of the bishop to the record I sleeve
Smell the chemical when I leave
I'm the bread, the wine, the joker, the pilgrim, the promise divine
The only color in your dead skyline
You are hopin' and prayin' that I will be stayin'
No time to believe
You're mechanical when I leave
Now you're livin' and dyin' in the blinkin' of the cannibal eye
Tear it open as it starts to fry
Purple egg of pain wrapped in yellow veins
You will annihilate the fantasy by breakin' your brains and cryin'

Marrying the metal sculpture
Comes to mind like a horticulture
Marrying the metal sculpture
I leave you
Only you.
Track Name: Rubber Man
It's a perfect world
And I'm perfectly content
When perfect time is spent in my element

Be it a walk in the park (do it!)
I lose my bearings
But you don't need a book to be taught (you knew it!)
I'm a rubber man

In a rubber land
Take my rubber hand

Oh, give me vision
I'm a box of reason
It's you that I'm playing for
You I'm pleasin'

It's a perfect world

I feel fine
Though I know I'm blind
But ain't it great to feel fine
All that I can see belongs to me
Besides, it's free

Come as you mean to stay
Dance in my rubber light
Laugh in my rubber film
And we'll cut like a rubber knife

Oh, feel the vision
I'm lost indecision
I tunnelvision through the floor
'Cause I'm sure that you'll score
In a perfect world

Come sit next to me
We'll see it all
It's all on me

All that I saw was a box of reason
I spilled it across the floor

I'm a rubber man.
Track Name: Permanent Part
There's a cottage with a stable
And a horse named Marisa
Who is walking to the market every Sunday at the dawn

And there's an old gal in the bakeshop
Who pretends not to notice
As the children sneak her pastries and then lick their fingers clean

I want to make you a permanent part
Of the pictures in my memory and the places in my heart
I want to make you a permanent part
Of the dreams all coming true today

There's an old train on a grey track
He was the King of Locomotion
Now he dreams of roaring motion
As the wind echoes his fame

And there's a good book and a steeple
And a preacher named O'Reilly
Who is looking rather smiley as he opens up the gates

And there's a tavern full of locals that would boast six generations
Giving family occupations a place to lift their cheer
And there's a small girl in a dark room
That is shaking from a nightmare
And her father, now, who sits there and will hold away her fear

I want to make you a permanent part
Of the pictures in my memory and the places in my heart
I want to make you a permanent part
Of the dreams all coming true today

With you
With you
With me

Make you a permanent part
Of the pictures in my memory and the places in my heart
I want to make you a permanent part
Of the dreams all coming true today

With you
With you
With me

If I pray for you, would you pray for me
Track Name: Lifeday
Dreamers dream of days gone away
Baby thinks of things it will say
Boys will play the songs they wrote
While the ferryman drives the ferryboat

Girls will make the days seem sweet
As flowers drop treasure at their feet
The Chevy's at the levy and the levy isn't dry
This is Lifeday
Don't cry

Things that wash ashore are real
And sand is the only thing your feet feel
Holes won't exist, the hole's been fixed
Stops my mind from wandering

Lovers love the one they're with
A poor man revels in his gift
A cloud tastes silver on its lips
And I... I just wish

Give it up
Give it all
Give it now
Give it to me now

Papers write of things gone great
Mother plants her roses straight
For ice cream children never wait
Most of all, no one hates

Lifeday is a day I dream
A day I make when it all seems that the days we live are cold and mean
Most of all, it's just a dream

Dream, dream, on this day dream
On the eighth day
Given by a poet's scheme
On a big wish granted all my thoughts lean
But most of all, we all can dream

On Lifeday.
Track Name: Kissing the Porpoise
I go down to the ocean
To hear the velvet sound of sea
Entrapped by water in motion
A vision starts to come to me

I walk out into the water (this is my destiny)
To call upon an ancient friend
We speak and laugh without order
I hope this friendship never ends

He says, "My friend, I am dying."
He says, "Man, I'm already dead."
He says, "I'm the victim of a tiny little system little system that I never even touched before."
I said, "Just come here and rest your head."

So for now

I am kissing the porpoise
And my bottle-nosed buddy wants to kiss me back
Yes, I am kissing the porpoise
He's black-and-blue 'cause his blue has turned black

Blood is thicker than water, it's true
So when you spill your blood out in the blue
Dig it coming straight back
To you

I'd like to take the president of a popular chemical company
Strap on some heavy boots and drop him in that bay
So the sea creatures could come up to him and say

My gills, they feel your spills
My eyes, they see your lies
My fins, they know your sins
My home is dissed.

Liquidate.

Yes, I am kissing the porpoise
And my bottle-nosed buddy wants to kiss me back
Yes, I am kissing the porpoise
He's black-and-blue 'cause his blue has turned black.