Wasteland Salvage Co.

by Peter Hazen

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This album represents the cream of the crop, the songs that have lasted through my various attempts to write a coherent rock opera. Set in the pre-apocalypse, these songs explore various human responses to the end of the world, the emotions that come when it feels like everything is falling apart.

This collection of songs comes from two different rock bands no longer in existence, along with a few of my own basement projects. Salvage what you've got and throw it together. "Wasteland Salvage Co." is more than just a catchy title, it's a strategy for life. After the apocalypse we will all have to remember how to use all parts of the buffalo.

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released October 31, 2010

Special thanks to:
Travis Ranta (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7), Asa Korsen (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7), Charles Brodeur (tracks 1 & 2), Mat Miller (tracks 4, 5, 10), Joe Schumacher (tracks 4, 5, 10), Jon Mossberg (tracks 4, 5, 10), Hugh Laughlin (track 4), Jordan Kramer (tracks 5 & 10)

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Peter Hazen Portland, Maine

Keeper of stories and songs. Blues, rock & folk in the American tradition. Sprouted & grown in New York State, hardened through many lake-effect winters, tempered by several season on the Maine coast, dazzled by the brilliance of nature & the cultures of man, amidst the dizzying phantasmagorical spectacle of life, Peter Hazen cannot help but burst into song! ... more

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Track Name: Private Helicopter
The thrill of the rushing sound
as I step onto my launch pad
This one is the Big One

In the Pilot's seat
of my private helicopter ~
climb aboard!
and make yourself at home

My body feels so strange
As our vessel leaves the ground
Take a look around
From up here the buildings look so small
and you can't see the people at all

I've never met someone
who made me quite so curious as you
the things you say are so astute
As the world falls down
We have a private seat to watch it from
Oh, I never want to come back down!

This may be the end
where we fly into the sunset
And if we never land
I don't mind if I can die holding your hand

My body feels so strange
as our vessels leave the ground
take a look around
from up here our bodies look so small
from up here everything looks so small

as the world falls down
as the world falls down
Track Name: House On the Sun
You and I were riding across the sky
when we decided to try to build a house on the sun
You and I were seeing eye to eye
when I confided that I had come undone
but we can still have fun

Well tell me what do you want, do you want, baby
I want to put you on, put you on, baby
I want to turn you up, turn you up loudly
I want to see your gods

Me and you were breaking animals out of the zoo
when we realized that all the blues are true
together we grew, and the cockatoos looked like they knew
and when I slept I dreamt of hunting caribou
and I was deeply moved

Tell me where do you go, do you go lately?
And can I come with you, come with you, baby
Show me what you know, what you know, baby
This time we'll take it slow, take it slow

You and me were meandering towards the sea
when we saw what we had seen many times before
we were green, and the wind rattled through the trees
and years and years of dreams washed up on the seashore
who could ask for more?

Tell me what do you want, do you want
I want to put you on, put you on
I want to turn you up, turn you up
I want to see your gods, see your gods
Tell me what do you want, do you want
I want come with you, come with you
I want to turn you up, turn you up
I want to see your gods, see your gods

You and I
were riding across the sky
When we decided to try
to build a house on the sun
to build a house on the sun
Track Name: The Hitchhiker
12.THE HITCHHIKER words and music by Peter Hazen
(D major. spacey, fun, yearning. Boppy circus melodic intro.)

A
Circus wheel is still in spin
G
Don't know how to get off of it
A Em
Over the gallery the sun-set
D
Nights and days start blending
Em A
I.... need to hitch a ride home
Em Bm A
Somebody show me... the way to the road

Carnival candy traffic propels me
I may not be clean, but I'm ready
Grassy field telescope, antennae extending
Reception radio, transmission pending
I need to hitch a ride home
If I could jump high enough I could escape this whole globe

(Instrumental on D – same as intro)

Calliope lights red & blue out in the distance
Fireflies line the edge the forest
For the fires I want, there aren't jars big enough
Ships appear darting in and out of dusk
I need to hitch a ride home
If you can see me out there, come on open your doors!

F# Em F# Em
I am not afraid... Take me to space...
F# G Bm A
I need a change... I've never belonged anywhere and I'm just trying to find my home

Circus globe is still in spin
Don't know how to get off of it
Flickering twinkles in the sunset
Open your doors and let me in!

G F# G F#
The fair is closing... The fair is closing
Em A
I... need to hitch a ride home
Em Bm A
Somebody show me... the way to the road
Track Name: Green Tea
sitting on the back porch of a bus station in berlington
sipping green tea as the hours fly by
killing time with my girl and guitar
the sun sets in the blink of an eye

what to do?

lost my job that I had at the circus today
and I ain't got nowhere to go
so as night falls I relax and kick it back
might as well go with the flow

look around and have a drink
got nothing but time to sit and think

sliding on fruit rinds towards the back of my mind
wondering what I'll find there
staring at skies that lie behind my eyes
can't decide if I'm happy or scared
wondering about the nature of the universe
and just why I'm in it
there's a DJ looking down from a hole in the sky
and damn does he know how to spin it!

what to do?

life goes on just like it always has
and it shows no signs of stopping with me
it's the little moments that matter in the end
finding peace in a cup of green tea
Track Name: Scaley Hands of the Crocodile
Crocodile - Listen to me
We can talk things out and maybe you'll see
Crocodile - I got places to be!
Maybe you could forget about this and set me free

HEY! Maybe you should brush your teeth
HEY! Maybe I could have some peace
HEY! Maybe you could let me be
And then you'll have no rare human meat for dinner

I'm the Crocodile, I got what you need
I've got swatches galoshes watches and hash-hish
Call the Crocodile when you need
I got the remedies that'll get you back on your feet

HEY! Maybe you should give it up now
HEY! You won't get much outta me anyhow
HEY! Maybe you should put me down
Crocodile, I ain't got time to just be hangin' around!

There's always someone on the sidelines, to watch as both sides fall
to see where the profit lies, to try and make a buck
There's always someone on the sidelines, to watch as both sides fall
to see where the profit lies, to try and make a buck
CROCODILE SCALES WEIGH YOU TO MAKE A BUCK

HEY! Maybe you should brush your teeth
HEY! Try out these guitars and speakers
HEY! Maybe I'll buy these new sneakers
Then I can run & you won't eat me for dinner
Track Name: C'est La Vie
C'EST LA VIE (THAT'S LIFE)

B C D C
Are you scared, lad? Is it more than you can handle
just to be alive and breathing, would you like to change the channel?
Are you frightened, when you step outside your door?
It's a freakish horror-show out there, you never can be sure
G F Bb
Are you tired out? Are you thin and weak and weary?
G F B
Your figure's bent your eyes are bleary, wish you could just lay down and die
B C D C
Are you scared, lass? By the certainty of death
by his cold and icy hand that takes your spirit from your flesh
G A B

E D C B
Well that's life, baby, c'est la vie
We all get it sometime, in the meantime we are free
Well that's life, baby, c'est la vie
Here and then it's gone, what will be will be
(E D C B C B G A)

B C D C
Are you fed up, with the hand that you were dealt?
Wish you could be somebody else? You could choose at any time
Are you frightened, by the possibilities?
Is your spirit ill at ease, are you scared to make a move?
Can't believe it, wonder what does it all mean?
Can't believe the things I've seen, who is writing this weird dream?
Can't believe it, that life could be so cruel?
Look in the mirror – you're the fool, but the punchline is lost amidst the noise

That's life, baby, c'est la vie
enjoy it while it lasts, you don't know where the end could be
Well that's life, baby, c'est la vie
here and then it's gone, what will be will be

que sera sera, what will be will be
We all get it sometime, in the meantime we are free
Track Name: Radical Dude
LAST WORD: RADICAL DUDE

You’re a Radical Dude, but you can’t see what’s in front of you
You’re views are too skewed, and I can't believe that you
would do the things you do, you are blind and you're a fool

You're a Radical Dude, your beliefs they have stunted you
You're manners are crude, and it's easy to see that you
haven't learned from what you do, you are blind to what is true


Oh all your views are so radical, but the look in your eyes is fanatical
And it’s chilling me...
Oh all your views are so radical, but the results that they yield are irrational
And you're losing me...

You're a Radical Dude, but your logic has come unglued
your choices have proved, that you're in a sadistic mood
You think you can pull something over on me, after all that we've been through

You're a Radical Dude, but you can't see what's in front of you
Your views are too skewed, and I can't believe that you
would do the things you do, you are blind and you're a fool
Track Name: Call Me Yours
Now things are different than they were before we came
Now we have realized this is a different game we are playing

Call me yours and I won't complain
Call me yours and I won't complain

Now we can see that we can work together as one
We don't need anguish we can dance beneath the sun

Call me yours and I won't complain
Call me yours and I won't complain

Now we've reached a mastery of all things that are fine
Now we can come closer to walking with the divine

Call me yours and I won't complain
Call me yours and I won't complain
Track Name: Winter Psalm
Winter glow & country road,
my eyes shine with reflections of the snow
Ice below makes me slide slide
with my broken heart to and fro
Summer days & autumn flings
lead me to long nights of winter dreams
Give me some time to consider things
that have gone by too quickly

Years go by and seasons change
we're not getting older we're just getting strange
Are you more surprised at who we've become
or how we've stayed the same?

Look at what we had my eyes still shine
I know I want something that isn't mine
Remember when it was easier
to blur the lines

Remember when we played all day,
whatever happens I'll remember you that way
Days drift on and on,
but my memories still do what I say
Busy day, forgot to call
all the chatter doesn't matter much at all
Busy summer months are so full
Maybe I'll catch you this fall

Look at what we had my eyes still shine
I know I want something that isn't mine
Remember when it was easier
to blur the lines

Winter glow & country road,
my eyes shine with reflections of the snow
Ice below makes me slide slide
with my broken heart to and fro
Summer days & autumn flings
lead me to long nights of winter dreams
Give me some time to consider things
that have gone by too quickly
Give me some time to consider things
Give me some time to consider things
that have gone by too quickly