Force of Nature

by Grasshopper

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Grasshopper's second album evolves from folk-rock into psychedelic rock. Percussion became rock-kit as Thad "God of Thunder" joins the band. Guitars stay acoustic but more aggressively rocked out and treated with effects. In addition to Evan's songs, Ted and Brian contribute compositions. Lael writes lyrics in a third language.

credits

released October 29, 2012

Evan Hazen Kimble: voice, acoustic guitar, bamboo flute, keyboards
Ted Ford: acoustic lead guitar, voice, electric guitar on Stonemon
Lael: voice, hand percussion
Brian Couch: voice, electric bass, e-bow electric guitar on Twister
Thad Taylor: drums and percussion
Produced by Grasshopper and Evan H. Kimble
Additional production by Guy Staley
Arrangements by Grasshopper
Recorded by Guy Staley, Audiologic Studios, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Guy and Grasshopper
Mastered by Ross Nyberg, Studio X
Graphic wizardry by Dave Moore, Digital Alchemy
Graphic concept/design by Evan, Lael and Dave
Band photographs by Guy Staley
Other photos by Evan
Weather by God
Words and Music by Evan Hazen Kimble copyright 1999 Free Tree Music, except:
Forecast: Words and Music by Ted Ford copyright 1999 Gonzoala Purple Skies: Words and Music by Brian Couch and Jerry Knight copyright 1999 Minus One Music
Comme La Mer: Words by Lael Kimble, music by Lael and Evan Kimble copyright 1999 Free Tree Music
Bang on Your Drum: Words and Music by Brian Couch, copyright 1999 Mossy Log Music

For some interesting notes on the making of this album, visit
www.grasshopper.net and click on "studio notes" on the left hand column.

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Grasshopper Seattle, Washington

Grasshopper plays original acoustic folk-rock about nature, spirit, and transformation. Lush male and female vocal harmonies, jamming guitar leads.

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Track Name: Hurricane Bob
HURRICANE BOB

Two miles off the coast
wind about forty knots
hoarders are back from the store
and they bought a-plenty lots
stashed their ten-dollar water
and turn their tv’s down low
but everyone’s got their beers
tuned to the transistor radio
‘cause it’s Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob

Weather Channel wonders why the worry
paper said it be okay
but the psychic on the 900-line said
“boy get down to the cellar and stay”
Clouds spin psychedelic colors
and the wind cries Mary too
and the old couples are making love
and the won’t stop the whole night through
‘cause it’s Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob

Bonnie’s got a bone through her nose
she’s running across the fields
left her clothes at the factory
with the scars that she once concealed
Dust and rain on her body
paint a picture of the Virgin Guadeloupe
and the screen door she left open and swinging
is singing “making whoopee”
‘cause it’s Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob
Hurricane Bob
Track Name: Falling Up to Venus
FALLING UP TO VENUS

Somehow I’ve lost my gravity
there’s a hole in my chest cavity
and I’m hollow as a gallery
The paintings turn their face to the wall
the paper wind blows down the hall
and I’m falling up to Venus

The sky is dark and clear
the ground slips, fades, and disappears
nothing I can touch is near
I reach for the horns of the moon
as if her chaos could resolve this swoon
but I keep falling up to Venus
falling up to Venus
falling up to Venus

The earth is spinning down below
I can see it all, see right through the show
empty lives full of misery
left to learn their lessons in exquisite history

The sun grows hot, the sky grows cold
I’m getting younger while I’m growing old
I’m burning out my past life for all to see
Don’t you get too, no don’t get too, close to me!

But oh she is beautiful, a shining ball of light
beautiful and dangerous I better get it right
her clouds burn my skin but she takes me in
the pressure is severe here, I’m under the sea here
swimming in molten rock, giving back all I’ve got
and I keep falling up to Venus
falling up to Venus
falling up to Venus

But there’s something I had not planned on
Love and understanding
the ground that she walk on is the ground that she talk from
it’s the hope and strength I need
to feed the winding driving ball of need
it’s the fruit on which I feed, the truth I cannot help but heed
and I keep falling up to Venus
falling up to Venus
falling up to Venus
Track Name: Purple Skies
PURPLE SKIES

When you’re feelin' tired and sick of all the lies
Take a trip up to the purple sunrise
Climb the mountain to greet the new day
Sure to hear all the people say

CHORUS
The sun and the moon and the purple skies
When you get that picture into your eyes
You know that you can feel a natural high
Living free and easy under purple skies

When you feel a need , you got to unwind
The purple sky is sure to ease your mind
Let the heavens flow into your head
You’ll be glad you did it this way instead (with the sun...)

CHORUS

When you feel confused and you don’t understand
And you’re feelin' out of touch with the land
Then watch the sun come from out of the sea
And watch the moon set all the clouds free (with the sun...)

CHORUS

Tho’ I can deal with life, all the nickels and dimes
It’s good to get away from the hard times
When the pressures of the world start gettin’ to me
Atop the mountain is where I will be (with the sun)

CHORUS
livin' free and easy under purple skies
livin' free and easy under purple skies
livin' free and easy under purple skies
Track Name: Only One In This Life
ONLY ONE IN THIS LIFE

All these things
I cannot hold onto
Forever
They follow me round like a light from a star
from the tomb from the grave of us all

Arabesque, I cannot distill the order to your heart to your heart
with blessings and circles and always entwining
and only one you in this life

Only one in this life
Only one in this life
Only one in this life

Arabesque, you gave me my hands and I made you my wife
And together we dancing through the full heart of life
Oh for our life in the sky and our life in the ground
And our life before we knew life!
Won't you take me back in your heart there's only one place I rest

Only one in this life
Only one in this life
Only one in this life

I bond with trees and I bond with bugs I bond with all
Sometimes I scream but that doesn't matter at all
I'm in for life--and it scares me to death
--and it turns me on--and I can't bear to go on
I'm in love with this life

All is one in this life
one in this life
Only one in this life
Track Name: Forecast
FORECAST

An ocean washed over me
The rainfall emptied the sky
Watching the waves crash in the sea
A girl with a tear in her eye
A girl with a tear in her eye

Melody in my dreams
She comes through fog to stir my memory
In her eyes I see the ebb and flow of time to me

A fountain of certainty
Perpetually clouded form sight
But through the dark rain I see
A new world unfolding in light
A new world unfolding in light
Track Name: Twister
TWISTER

Clouds in motion
like fingers twining
Forces joining
at the edge of sense

I smell the thunderhead
taste with a tongue of lead
feel the wind blow open
wind blow open doors

The child is keening
the mother breathing
Bringing chills up to my neck

Oh she shakes me
Oh she shakes me
Oh she shakes me
But I can't shake her from my core

This is too much for me
this is too much for me
Too much for one soft feather
To see a goddess born
inside a raging storm
and witness death-defying weather

Oh she shakes me...

Black raven hair lift me in the air
Let me look down on the earth
Let the swath of wrath cut through this life
bring me down to wrack and ruin...

The sky comes clear now
Stars appear now
I turn the wheel now
and head for home
But the night-call of the wind-fall
Haunts my soul with life to come

Oh she shakes me...
But I can't shake her from my core
Track Name: Comme La Mer
COMME LA MER ("Like the Sea", Translation below)

Cette nuit sur le sable
je te vois pour la premiere fois
et notre vie ensemble
je la vois qui approche comme la mer

Et je ferme les yeux
pour que la lumiere
disparaisse de ma vue
mais je decouvre que tu es la

Les yex, je les ferme
pour aller ailleurs
mais cette solitude
elle aussi, elle est a nous

C'etait une nuit etoilee
Une seule peau, une mer
tout cela nouse sommes
et les autres, et les autres
en partagent de meme.


"LIKE THE SEA"

This night on the beach
I see you for the first time
And our lives together
I see it come toward me like the sea

And I close my eyes
so that the light
disappears from my sight
but even then I find you with me

I close my eyes
to go somewhere away
but even in this solitude
you are with me

It was a night filled with stars
one skin, one sea
We are all of this-
and everything, everything
is a part of us.
Track Name: Stonemon
STONEMON

Digga digga digga digga!

I live in the mountains
where the air is sweet
drink clear water
and grow trees from my feet
‘cause I’m a stonemon
I’m a stonemon

Now wind don’t bother me
and rain don’t bother me
not even you can bother me
‘cause I’m a stonemon
I’m a stonemon

Now you come to mine my hills
and you come to cut my trees
so I let fall many stones
to crush your greedy bones
and I’m a stonemon
stonemon

Yes you come with your machines
you don’t even ask please
you’ll come to regret your waste
when I wipe you off my face
and I’m a stonemon
stonemon!

instrumental

In the winter I wear white
in the summer I am green
I’m solid as a rock
but my heart is never seen
‘cause I’m a stonemon
rocking as can be
I’m a stonemon
an’ don’t you mess with me
Stonemon

Hoom!
Track Name: Gimme Good Light
GIMME GOOD LIGHT

Once again I been forgetting
Everything’s all right
can’t seem to face the fear
and give in to the light

A crucible of forbidden thoughts
leaves a residue of pain
and the slowly overgrown garden
is full of weeds again

so gimme good light
gimme gimme good light
won’t you give me good light
gimme good light
gimme gimme good light
won’t you give me good light

give me good light
gimme gimme good light
won’t you give me good light
lift of the lid and lift off my life
and give me good light

Everything can’t stay in it’s place
there’ll be chaos on the way
and the trees dig their roots deeper than we can
cause we don’t stand still all day
I got things to see, I got things to say
but I don’t know where to look
and I would follow that tug in my heart
if I just knew which path it took

so gimme good light
gimme gimme good light
won’t you give me good light
gimme good light
gimme gimme good light
won’t you give me good light

give me good light
gimme gimme good light
won’t you give me good light
lift of the lid and lift off my life
and give me good light

Stay, stay by my side
my good friend
and tell me we’ll meet again
after the end
when the sky has fallen and the moon is wrecked
and the sun rises over heavens back deck
tell me we’ll meet again
tell me we’ll meet again
tell me we’ll meet again

and when we do I’m going to
give you good light give you give you good light
give you give you good light
give you good light give you give you good light
give you give you good light

give you good light give you give you good light
give you give you good light
lift off the lid and lift off my life and give you
good light

I’m going to give you good light....
Track Name: Bang On Your Drum
BANG ON YOUR DRUM

Bang on your drum for me
Bang on your drum for me
When the conga rings I will strum on the strings
If you bang on your drum for me

Feel it softly in my eardrum
Then it blankets me all around
Can’t tell it apart from the beat of my heart
Then I’m groovin’, I’m wired for sound

So sing out your song for me
Sing out your song for me
When you improvise, I will harmonize
If you sing out your song for me

Feel it spill out into the air
As the music rolls off your tongue
The melody is simple and free
If we just let the song be sung

So sing out your song for me
Sing out your song for me
When you improvise, I will harmonize
If you sing out your song for me

Bang on your drum for me
Bang on your drum for me
When the conga rings I will strum on the strings
If you bang on your drum for me

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