Still Standing

by the Mad Maggies

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_____________________ STILL STANDING After beating the odds After tempting the fates After pushing his luck across a dozen states After changing direction After reading the signs After steering clear of trouble When he hit hard times After all of that? Where’s he at? After rising to the task After being let down After keeping his head while the madness spun around After speaking his mind After suffering fools After feeling the heat But playing it cool After all of that? Yeah He’s still standing, standing. The man’s still standing. Two feet on the ground He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing. As the world goes round He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing. Two feet on the ground He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing. You can’t keep him down After paying the price For holding his own After doing his best And working to the bone After drawing the line After catching a clue After chasing his dreams Now he’s living a few After all of that? Yeah He’s still standing, standing. The man’s still standing. Two feet on the ground He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing. As the world goes round He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing. Two feet on the ground He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing. You can’t keep him down
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_____________________ NOT YET, NOT NOW I’ve been near deepness so dark and still When it reached up to touch me it gave my bones a chill I pulled back away with all of my might cuz I’m not going there yet not yet not now I reach for my cutlass I rise up tall An early demise I intend to forestall My life I’ll parlay with all of my might cuz I’m not leaving just yet not yet not now The waters that move us they rise and fall I float between rage and the wonder of it all to live for today with all of my might cuz I’m not leaving just yet not yet not now
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_________________ Heaven on This Earth Supposin' there's no home on high no great beyond up in the sky no hereafter after all Well then I want this world to be a a paradise, a place of peace I want heaven on this earth I want a band of angels in my backyard singing to the neighborhood, Heavenly shores out my front door milk and honey at the corner store My just rewards might be just this a chance to live, a touch of bliss revelation in a song I don't want war, I don't want greed no more hunger or disease I want heaven on this earth I want a band of angels in my backyard singing to the neighborhood, Heavenly shores out my front door milk and honey at the corner store I don't want war, I don't want greed no more hunger or disease I want heaven on this earth Yes I want this world to be a paradise, a place of peace, I want heaven on this earth I see a band of angels in my backyard singing to the neighborhood, Hallelujah glory be this here's the promised land
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______________________ MUSIC in the BLOOD When Johny was a boy -- Young, Johny he heard a tuba play -- Hey, Johny he marveled then he realized he’d been born to blow that big horn So he began to blow -- Go Johny he blew all night and day -- Hey, Johny he practiced and he improvised a panoply of low melodies He played fast fandangos, jazz and tangos Ska and cabaret Hot calypsos, obscure disco Ragtime and reggae Bebop, doo-wop, hip-hop and pop Klez and boogaloo Johny blew right to the top to the peak of tuba cool -- Go, Johny When Johny plays a show -- Go, Johny fans can’t stay away -- Hey, Johny he dazzles and surprises with his panoply of low melodies He played fast fandangos, jazz and tangos Ska and cabaret Hot calypsos, obscure disco Ragtime and reggae Bebop, doo-wop, hip-hop and pop Klez and boogaloo Hey now Johny, don’t you stop Play us another tune -- Go, Johny
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_____________________ DRIFTING APART If you whisper sweet nothings in my ear I will tell you stories you want to hear In the time it takes to tell a lie We could ask why Why we stay Even though We both want to go We could linger close to what used to be We could hold on to sweet, broken memories As the twilight fades into the dawn We could on On and on Even though the feeling's gone Through the clouds and storm swept seas I found you next to me When the skies clear, when we wake Hold me close and make believe We're not drifting apart If we wait for an unlikely change of heart Could we find our way to a brand new start In the time it takes to wonder why We could go on On and on Even though we’re drifting, drifting Through the clouds and storm swept seas I found you next to me When the skies clear, when we wake Hold me close and make believe We're not drifting apart
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2014 was our 10th anniversary! What started as a one-off recording project in 2004, became a wild, musical adventure spanning genres, criss-crossing musical borders and knocking over a few traditions along the way.

In honor of our resilience and especially for your listening enjoyment we present several new, original "hard to describe, easy to love" tunes.

As always we are all over the musical map -- ska-inspired, rap inspired, balkan/jazz/rock/folk inspired.

We also included four favorites that we felt deserved to be re-recorded as they have morphed considerably from when we first recorded them. And we couldn't resist including the Rumba Tziganeasca which we love to play live but had never recorded.

All in all, another mad musical voyage.


Recorded at Wally Sound, Oakland, California. Thank you, Wally!

All music & lyrics by Maggie Martin except the traditional “Rumba Tziganeasca”

©2014 Media Rare / Squeezin’ Diva Music (BMI)

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released August 8, 2014

Johny Blood: tuba
Ray Fernandez: tenor, soprano & bari saxes
Ian Luke: drums, percussion
Mags: accordion, vocals
Zack Pitt-Smith: clarinet, soprano sax
SepTIMus Sarter: U-bass, bass
Gary "GDub" Wium: guitars

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The Mad Maggies are musicians from Montreal, Quebec and the San Francisco Bay Area who play rowdy ska rock folk fusion with a dash of hot pepper and a swig of slivovitz -- they kick up some dust.

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