Songs from Requiem for the Rogue

by The Dan Kaufman Band

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A modern western opera influenced by the music and politics of Bob Marley & Johnny Cash.
This is the album of songs only. For the complete opera with dialog please check out dankaufmanband.bandcamp.com/album/the-complete-requiem-for-the-rogue-a-modern-western-opera

What would happen if a modern day Sheriff of Nottingham were in cahoots with a fossil fuel company? Dan Kaufman's western opera, Requiem of the Rogue, tells the tale.

Requiem of the Rogue is in humble honor of the Rogue Indians of Southern Oregon. This is a protest against Jordan Cove LNG Project and the Pacific Connector Pipeline as well as all new fossil fuel development projects in the Pacific Northwest.

This album is the full collection of songs from the Opera recorded by The Dan Kaufman Band - www.dankaufmanband.com - at figure8sound Studios in Portland, Oregon in the winter and spring of 2019.

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released May 21, 2019

Produced by Dan Kaufman
Co-produced and engineered by Pyata Penedo at figure8sound
Mastered by Pyata Penedo at figure8sound
Drums: David Nuding
Mandolin: Tim Connell
Percussion (and much more): Pyata Penedo
Backup vocals: Jen Forti, Elisabeth 2d Stropparo, Pyata Penedo
Orchestration: Christopher Thomas
Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Vocals: Dan Kaufman
(See individual tracks for more details)

Album Artwork and website: Gavin Mahaley
Photographs: Mirifoto
Consulting: my sisters Marcy and Jenny (and their beaus), and my other sisters Kristina Jones, Amanda Richards, Nina Yates, Rachelle Dixon (THANK YOU!)

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Dan Kaufman uses his baritone voice, rhythm guitar, and harmonica to deliver western-style rock with a message.

The band is about making rebel music that connects people.

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Track Name: Ballad of Benedict Cove
Lo, the Ballad of Benedict cove
And it’s low, so low (go low on vocal)

In Benedict cove is a guild of thieves

Their treachery beyond belief
Gas Corp profiteers bought the sheriff
Their pipeline enforcement team
They poison the water the air the land
Filthy lucre is what they seek

Lo, the Ballad of Benedict Cove
And it’s low, so low

This is just one story from the many of folk
Who fought the wicked Gas Corp
Of one flawed man and the stolen land
Of that he was fighting for
And the deputy, who once his bride to be
Could not protect him from the storm

Lo, the Battle for Benedict Cove
We must go, must go
Track Name: I Shot The Sheriff
I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy
I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy

All around in my hometown
They're tryin' to track me down
They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the killing of a deputy
For the life of a deputy, but I say

I shot the sheriff
But I swear it was in self defense
Yeah, I say, I shot the sheriff and they say it is a capital offense

Sheriff John Brown always hated me
For what, I don't know
Every time I plant a seed
He said kill it before it grow
He said kill them before they grow, and so

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah
All of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown
Aiming to gun me down
So I shot, I shot, I shot him down

Chorus

Reflexes had got the better of me
And what is to be must be
Every day the bucket a-go a well
One day the bottom a-go drop out
One day the bottom a-go drop out,

If I am guilty I will pay
Track Name: The Tough Get Going
There's a mountain lion on your tail
In the sky the turkey buzzards sail
and your water's starting to run low
and you're not sure which way to go
oh no!

The tough get goin'
You'd better get goin'

Seems a thousand years since yesterday
and the Devil is coming for his pay
Your troubles can not be undone
By that bullet left inside your Gun
oh, oh!

The tough get goin'
You'd better get goin'
If you could turn back time you know you would
A wish like that won't do you any good
You know you could have took the other path
Instead you face the posse's dreadful wrath

At last you've had some time to clear you mind
You left that tired horse along behind
And the posse boys fell dropped in your lap
Just in time to spring that deadly trap
Track Name: Double Crossing Me
I work this land and don’t you know that it’s mine
You want a piece well bud you’d better get yourself in line
You got one speed and don’t you think that you’re fast
But the race is long and yeah I’m still built to last

Why you double crossin’ me?
Why are you double crossin’ me?

You grab that chain you’d better hang on hard
And leave that bag of tricks where you found em on the ol’ schoolyard
You’re bringing trouble it’s gonna dump on your head
And in the morning you’ll wake up and wish you were dead

We had a deal now that’s all down the drain
You burnt me twice but that won’t happen again
I see your friends and don’t you think you’re so tight
When the chips are down they’re gonna fly off at night
Track Name: The Harder They Come
Well they tell me of a pie up in the sky
Waiting for me when I die
But between the day you're born and when you die
They never seem to hear even your cry

So as sure as the sun will shine
I'm going to hang on hard to this world of mine
And then the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all
Ooh the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all

Well this guild of thieves is trying to bring me down
Trying to drive me in to the ground
And they think that they have got the battle won
I say forgive them Lord
They know not what they've done

And I’ll keep on fighting for this land were on
Even though I know that when im dead im gone
But I'd rather be a free man in my grave
Than living as a puppet or a slave
Track Name: If You Wanna Go to Mars
If you wanna go to Mars
You gotta take a little trip
If you wanna go to Mars
You’re gonna need a rocket ship
If you wanna go to Mars

If you wanna go to Mars
You’re gonna have to fly
If you wanna go to Mars
You might just have to die

So, why would you mess around
Yes and mess around and yes around with me

If you wanna go to Mars
Don’t you really know
If you gotta go to Mars
I don’t wanna go
If you gotta go to Mars

So You hadda go to Mars I tried to tell ya not to go
But you hadda to go to Mars and it's a real shit show

You hadda go to Mars
And the story's getting old
You hadda go to Mars
And things are going cold
Track Name: Rusty Cage
You wired me awake And hit me with a hand of broken nails
You tied my lead and pulled my chain to watch my blood begin to boil

But I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Too cold to start a fire I'm burning diesel, burning dinosaur bones
I'll take the river down to still waters And ride a pack of dogs

When the forest burns along the road
Like God's eyes in your headlights
And you put it in cruise control
Cause you're barely in control

And the rain beats down like icepicks on your steel shore
And the dogs are looking for them bones
Homeless looking for their homes
Track Name: Your Land
You claim it's your land
But you don't own the air
You don't own the water
But you don't own the air
You don't own the water

You claim it's your land
But you don't own the sun
you don't own the daughter
you don't own the sun
you don't own the daughter

You want to take and wreck this land
Then this you've got to understand
We know just what you want to do
We're gonna stand in front of you

We're gonna stand, we're gonna stand
In front of you.

They say it's our land
But we don't own the air
We don't own the water
We don't own the air
We don't own the water

They say it's our land
But we don't own the air
We don't own the sun
We don't own the daughter
We don't own the daughter

We want to keep and heal this land
Then this we gotta understand
It’s the most important thing we do
And to the people we’ll be true

To the people for the people well we must be true
Track Name: The Greenwash
I got a new car
I run it on Nuclear Power
They say it’s so clean and so green
It feels like taking a shower

In the greewash Jump in with me
In the greenwash So refreshing

We’ll pave the whole planet cause who needs the dirt
And I got a new detergent for this stain on my shirt
And the Greenwash
And the Greenwash

I got a new job
In clean burning natural gas
You’ll love what it does to the water
Let’s see if you can swallow a glass

Of the greenwash, have one on me
Of the greenwash, so refreshing

We’ll light up the nighttime
‘til the darkness is gone
And you can put that in the bowl
of your electronic bong
With the greenwash
Yup the greenwash

We’ll conquer the planet
There’s no stopping that
And when the good is all gone
We’ll have a feather for our cap
And some greewash
Yeah some greenwash

We’re expanding all the freeways
We gotta make room for more cars
And when we clog ‘em up again
We’ll at least we’ll have room left on Mars

And some greenwash, go there with me
And some greenwash, so refreshing

We’ll pave the whole planet
‘Cause who needs the dirt
When you start to get hungry
You can have a little squirt
Of some greenwash
Like a whitewash
Or a brainwash
It’s Soylent Greenwash

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