Forest Fire

by Instigator22

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All songs written by Eric Clifford Graf, except for significant aspects of two: "Bron-Yr-Aur" by Jimmy Page; "Shining boy" lyrics by Jeffrey Grosfeld. Recorded at: Back 40 Studios, Good Danny's, Estuary, and Mix House, all in Austin, TX. Produced by Hunter Dryden. Mixing, engineering, and mastering by Jim Halfpenny, Grant Johnson, Andrew Hernández, and Jeff Moore.

"Way out over yonder" is an instrumental in a weird time signature about getting at something deep and hidden. "Thank God for Lou Reed" is in memory of the great lead singer of The Velvet Underground. "Paris" imagines a different beginning to the Trojan War. "Lava song" is a brief summary of Dante's Inferno, although from a less divine perspective. "New Zealand" is about how silly the green movement can be. "Bron-Yr-Aur" is this Led Zeppelin fan's attempt at bona fides. "The moon and the trees" addresses the dangers of oppression and victimhood once upon a time in the Wild West. "New York City Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid" is about New York City Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid, and someone else. "Shining boy" involves, well, either becoming gay or coming across a strange sprite in the woods, or perhaps both. And finally, "Plato's Republic" summarizes Plato's Republic. That's right, this album is about Lou Reed, Homer, Dante, Al Gore, Jimmy Page, Sergio Leone, Dick Wolf, Jill Hennessy, Socrates, and Plato. Oh, and a few others as well, mostly wonderful, wonderful women.

For more, see other professional websites:

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released April 18, 2015

"Instigator Two Two" are:

Eric Clifford Graf - rhythm guitars, arpeggio guitars, and vocals
Hunter Dryden - rhythm, lead, and bass guitars
Christopher Cox - bass guitars
Matthew Shepherd - drums
Rob Schilz - drums
Aisha Burns - violins
Jim Halfpenny - rhythm guitars, harmonica

Cover art: “What about starting all over again?” - Julián Castillo Holzheu
Photo of artist: Johnathan R. Watts Hull

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Instigator22 Guatemala City, Guatemala

Eric Clifford Graf (formerly of bigme) is lead singer, guitarist, and writer and composer for "Instigator22." He was born in Dallas, TX in 1967, and "forest fire" is his first album. He is an extreme ex-patriot who currently lives in Ciudad de Guatemala, where he teaches writing. He is also author of a book, CERVANTES AND MODERNITY, as well as numerous essays on great works of Hispanic literature. ... more

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Track Name: Way out over yonder
INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: Thank God for Lou Reed
“Thank God For Lou Reed”

Once there was a girl who knew just where she had to be:
Up in that dark tower above the city that’s by the sea.
Many still remember, many still call her name,
But up in that dark tower she has gone and there she will remain.

Up in that dark tower for me?
Or up in that dark tower to get away from me?
Up in that dark tower for me?
Or up in that dark tower to get away from me?

And now you see how it ends for me...
Pretty badly, pretty darn badly, as I should have foreseen.

Once there was a girl who knew just where she had to go:
Up in that dark tower above the city below the snow.
Many still remember, many still call her name,
But up in that dark tower she has gone and there she will remain.

Up in that dark tower for me?
Or up in that dark tower to get away from me?
Up in that dark tower for me?
Or up in that dark tower to get away from me?

And now you see, why I thank the good Lord above for Lou Reed.
Track Name: Paris (Forget the Greeks)
“Paris" ("Forget the Greeks")

They can launch all the ships they want,
They can mount up and hunt me down,
They can circle the town and burn the whole thing down,
When they see you, they lose.

Cause when you choose,
It’s they who lose.

I like your stuff, yeah I like it a lot,
I take it all, I think I’ll take the lot,
Take my last red cent, take every dollar I got,
I’ll take that brass looking ring, I’ll take that funny looking knot.

Cause when you do,
It’s they who lose.

I like your stuff and I want you near.
Let’s take a walk on down the peer and...
Right here.
But let’s get one thing clear,
Just one thing clear,
And I want you near,
I want you near.

Cause when you choose,
It’s they who lose.

Let’s get one thing clear,
I want you near.
Let’s get one thing clear,
I want you near.

Cause when you choose,
It’s they who lose.
Cause when you choose,
They lose.
Track Name: Lava song
“Lava song”

If you ever wonder,
When you find yourself alone,
And you find you’re under,
And maybe you’re never going home,
Come down,
Come down from the mountainside.
You know,
You know where I’ll be.
And watch the ocean,
Yeah, watch the ocean
Crash onto the beach.

If you ever wander,
And you find yourself alone,
And maybe you’re under,
And you know you’re never going home,
Come down,
Come down from the mountainside,
And watch the lava flow into me.
Ain’t it something?
Yeah, ain’t it something?
Ain’t it something to see?
Track Name: New Zealand
“New Zealand”

I’d like to go where the earth is greener, and
I’d like to go where everything is cleaner, and
I’d like to go where no one has seen her with you, with you, with you, yeah with you.

I’d like to go where the ocean is deeper, and
I’d like to go where everything is cheaper, and
I’d like to go where no one can keep her with you, with you, with you, yeah with you.

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.

I wanna go where the people still have souls,
Yeah and I wanna go where there are no ozone holes.

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.

I’d like to go where the sky is bluer, and
I’d like to go where everything is newer, and
I’d like to go where everyone knew her but you.

I’d like to go where the people still have souls,
Yeah, and I wanna go where there are no ozone holes...
With you.

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.
Track Name: Bron-Yr-Aur
INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: The moon and the trees
“The moon and the trees”

Here, I'll tell you the tale
About a man one night he throw himself over the rail
While out at sea,
And then he dreamed...
That he was free,
Just like you or me, just like you... or me.

Here, I'll tell you a story
About a man with an axe and some moral authority over me,
Is that the way...
It's gonna be?
Just like you or me,
Just like you or me, or me?

If you go far enough down that road,
The darkness'll come and it will never go away.

Here, I'll tell you a scary one:
No woman with a gun nor more anger to bury than Annie Lee.
And then she dreamed...
That she was free,
Just like you or me, you or me.

If you go far enough down that road,
The darkness'll come and it will never go away.

She kills her man and her sons and some woman who flees,
Now she's running for the one she thinks she really needs.
Annie? Annie, please!
Annie? Annie?
Track Name: New York City Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid
“New York City Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid”

She’s working hard for the city,
And looking sharp but feeling pretty,
And last I hear she’s had her doubts,
But somehow she’s startin’ to figure it out.

She finds eyeliner running through his head
Justifying everything she said,
Like a spider finds him in her web.
He thought he’d finally find her in his bed.

Just doing her job for the city,
Still looking sharp and feeling pretty,
Oh, Miss Kincaid you take my breath away,
Claire do you think, do you think that someday...?

She finds a liner running through his head
Justifying everything she said,
Like a spider finds him in her web.
He thought he’d finally find her in bed.

She’s working hard for the city,
She’s looking sharp and feeling pretty,
And last I hear she has her doubts,
But somehow she’s startin’ to figure it out.

That’s it.
Track Name: Shining boy
“Shining boy”

The other night,
As I was stumbling home,
I saw a gleaming, gleaming, gleaming little boy
Lighting up the road,
And he pointed his little finger at me and said,
"I’ve chosen, I’ve chosen you,
And there’s nothing you can do,

Cause now you’re a shining boy, too,
You’re a shining boy, too,
You’re a shining boy, too,
Such a shining boy, too.

Some other night,
When you are stumbling home,
I’ll be that gleaming, gleaming, gleaming little boy,
Lighting up your road.
Your days of darkness and opaqueness are through.
I’ve chosen you,
And now there’s nothing you can do,

Cause now I’m a shining boy, too,
I’m a shining boy, too,
I’m a shining boy, through and through,
Such a shining boy, too."
Track Name: Plato's Republic
“Plato’s Republic”

Dogs at my door,
Dogs on the floor,
Dogs in the halls,
Dogs on the walls of my brain...
Dogs on the walls of my brain.

Dogs in the skies,
Dogs in the streets,
Dogs in my eyes,
Dogs at my feets with sticks...
All these dogs do is chase and bring me sticks.

Dogs in the trees,
Dogs with hats,
Dogs driving cars,
Dogs chasing cats and I see them...
They ain’t foolin’ me: they’re goddammed dogs!

Dogs, dogs, dogs, dogs, dogs,
Dogs, dogs, dogs, dogs, dogs...

Never give a dog as a gift; you are making a commitment for another person and that’s completely inappropriate. Hunter!

Dogs reading books,
Dogs give me looks,
Dogs on top,
Dogs never stop.
Now, “STOP!”