Grasshopper

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Grasshopper formed after Evan's solo release, Wind Comes Down. Ted, Evan and Skwerl previously played together as members of the jam-band Dr. Spanky's Weatherbed. With the addition of Lael and then Brian, they formed a quintet to play hopeful, transformational music filled with tasty guitar licks and rich vocal harmonies. This is their self-titled debut.

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released October 10, 2012

Grasshopper is:
Evan Hazen Kimble: voice, acoustic guitar, grand piano,
bamboo flute, bells
Lael: voice, rainstick, bells
Ted Ford: acoustic lead guitar, voice
Brian Couch: bass guitar, voice
Skwerl (Greg DeSimone): percussion and atmospherics: congas, djembe, kick drum, snare, hi-hat, cymbals, high E piano note
Cosmic Love Freak: vibraslap
Scott Elnes: Fretless bass on Angel and Lo Quiero

All words and music by Evan Hazen Kimble, except "Lo Quiero," words by Lael Kimble, music by Evan Kimble. copyright Free Tree Music 1997

Arrangements by Grasshopper
Produced by Grasshopper
Recorded by David Lange, David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
Mixed by David Lange and Grasshopper
Mastered by Mell Dettmer, Hanzsek Audio
Graphics by: Bob Meador, Infinity Design
Grasshopper art by Frank Woll, Lunart,
based on a napkin sketch by Evan

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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: Angel
ANGEL
Angel looked down from the sky to the ground
She could see what was going on
Whole lot of people were rocking and a-reeling
Shaking in the body zone
Something asleep inside her deep
Woke to want that groove
So she clothed her soul in an old silk robe
and descended down the stairway
into the world

Her brand new body so strangely rearranged
She could hardly feel the wings on her back
But the beat of the blood in her feet and the flood
Of the emotional heart-attack
Said she'd arrived and in holy grand style
And she thought her disguise was complete
But as she bent her knees to the groove that pleased
I saw her light shine
into the world
my angel!

Well I knew right away, what it was I can say
For the light fell from her like rain
And everyone she touched as she danced through the crush
Ceased to feel their pain
As she lent to the groove her inimical moves
I'd never felt so high
To serve the muse I never refuse
I pray she will stay
in the world
my angel!

Ray beam
Star light
Earth glow
Long night...

composed 6.1994
Evan--Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Bells
Lael--Voice, Rainstick, Bells
Ted--Acoustic Lead Guitar, Voice
Skwerl--Percussion
Scott Elnes--Fretless Bass Guitar
Track Name: How Long
HOW LONG
Dad finds my pipe in the pocket of my coat
Three days after I promised that I wouldn't take another toke
He leaves the words unspoken that his trust in me is broken
An' I feel invaded inside of me 'cause he read from my own diaries
Yet behind two silent doors we both sing in separate harmonies
How long, how long must I wait for your love?
How long for your love?
How long, how long must I wait for your love?
How long for your love?

The bread of faith was stale when he brought it to the table
And she knew then that he had been untrue
She cried, "Ed, why'd you do it?"
And he said, "There's nothing to it."
But he longed to search her eyes for the forgiveness that he craved
But they kept the walls between them and their hearts continued bleeding
Crying to say:
How long, how long must I wait for your love?
How long for your love?...

And in the street all eyes are searching
And in the halls our hearts are burning
Sacred fire is whipped to sparks, scattered by the wind
Some of us are lost on the inside
Some of us are lost on the outside
But all of us know right where we belong
Crying:
How long, how long must we wait for our love?
How long for our love?
How long, how long must we wait for our love?
How long, for our love?

Composed 2.24.1994

Evan Kimble--Voice, Acoustic Guitar
Lael--Voice, Rainstick
Ted Ford--Acoustic Lead Guitar, Harmony Voice
Skwerl--Drums, Percussion
Brian Couch--Bass, Harmony Voice
Track Name: Lo Quiero
Quiero oir las palabras del amor. I want to hear the words of love.
Las sabes-tu? Do you know them?
Quiero oirlas. I want to hear them.
Me las puedes decir? Can you tell them to me?
Hablame. Hablame. Talk to me. Talk to me.

Quiero bailar completamente I want to dance completely
Con todo mi corazon. With all my heart.
Puedes bailar asi, Can you dance like that,
profesor, profesor? teacher, teacher?
Eso es lo que quiero. That's what I want.
Eso es lo que deseo. That's what I desire.

En las manos In your hands
la sabiduria, (is) wisdom,
En los ojos, In your eyes,
el sol the sun,
En el dia, todo lo In the day, all we
que sabemos del amor. know of love.

Lael--Voice
Evan Kimble--Acoustic Guitar, Voice
Ted Ford--Classical Guitar
Skwerl--Congas
Scott Elnes--Fretless Bass Guitar
Cosmic Love Freak--Vibraslap
Track Name: Eagle of the Sun
EAGLE OF THE SUN
my long shadow keeps a-walking me a-home
yes my long shadow keeps a-walking me a-home
sun is behind my shoulder
I'm a day older
and my long shadow keeps a-walking me a-home
yes my long shadow keeps a-walking me a-home

can I call you my lover?
can I call you my lover?
sun is behind my shoulder
I'm a day older
and my long shadow keeps a-walking me a-home
yes my long shadow keeps a-walking me a-home

woke up this morning
yes I woke up this morning
sun was smiling through my window
you smiled at me
and my heart flew out through the window
my heart flew out like an eagle to the sun

well it flew up above the city
flew up above the clouds
sun was grinning like some all-creatin' fool
I knew I loved you
cause my heart flew up like an eagle
my heart flew up like an eagle to the sun

it flew up into the blue blue blue
through to the other side of the sky
sailed around the mountains of the moon
sun was singing his celestial tune
I could still see your smile lighting up my room
and my heart flew on like an eagle
my heart flew on like an eagle to the sun

eagle of the sun--am I the only one
who hears your heart a-beating
when we're alone and sleeping
in the palm of the sun
in the palm of the sun

only for so long can you fly with the sun
he folds up his wings when the day is done
night extends her silver-black wings
speckled with stars and songs of distant things
you seem to know songs that she sings
and I found myself back on the ground
a long way from town
and wond'ring how I ever got down

and my long shadow keeps a-walking me a home...

composed 3.1987

Evan Kimble--Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Bells
Lael--Voice, Rainstick, Bells
Ted Ford--Acoustic Lead Guitar, Harmony Voice
Skwerl--Percussion
Brian Couch--Bass Guitar, Harmony Voice
Track Name: The Water Song
THE WATER SONG
i'm so glad to find this water
the sun was sinking fast
if i hadn't found this water
my life no more would last

i'm so glad to drink this water
i have no wish to die
if my hands can fill this alter
no more my love must try

knives in my heart
life wasted from the start
no more my love to burn
in an empty stone

i'm so glad to find this water
a stream that sings in key
if i hadn't found this water
my eyes no day would see

composed 9.2.1995, directly awake from a dream

Evan--Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Grand Piano
Lael--Voice
Ted--Acoustic Lead Guitar
Skwerl--Percussion, Piano High E note
Track Name: Thuja
THUJA
Thuja, child of Cedar
You don't have to run
You don't have to hide
The wild wolf penned inside your ribcage
Has been set free
Has been let free

Thuja, child of Cedar
Gathered oils from her friends
The trees in the old old forest
Mixed them with cool clear water from the stream
And took them inside of her

Thuja, child of Cedar
Thuja, child of Cedar
If you're the only one who can do it
You know you will do it
And I love you (I love you)

A golden ball grew inside her belly
A glow so everyone could see
And words she spoke
And the light she passed through her hands
To those deeper in need
For those whose life we feared
And for me, standing here
Thuja, I am renewed, I love you

Composed 5.2.1994

Evan Kimble--Voice, Acoustic Guitar
Lael--Voice
Ted Ford--Voice, Acoustic Lead Guitar
Skwerl--Percussion
Brian Couch--Bass
Track Name: Fill It Up
FILL IT UP
Empty clothes
Lying on the floor
Empty clothes
Waiting for your energy
To fill it up - fill it up - fill it up - fill it up --breathe into this life
Fill it up - fill it up - fill it up - fill it up --breathe into this life

Empty body
Lying on the floor
Empty body
Sleeps behind the door
Please breathe - breathe please
Please breathe - breathe please
Fill it up - fill it up - fill it up - fill it up --breathe into this life
Fill it up - fill it up - fill it up - fill it up --breathe until there's life

Empty instruments
Waiting in their cases
Empty instruments
Like Empty faces
Please breathe - breathe please
Please breathe - breathe please
Fill it up - fill it up - fill it up - fill it up --breathe into this life
Fill it up - fill it up - fill it up - fill it up --breathe into this life

don't leave me--don't leave me there
don't leave me--don't leave me there
I can see me--I can see me lying there
I can see me--maybe sleeping, barely breathing
I can feel my body dying while I'm--waiting for your energy!

To fill me up -fill me up a--fill me up - fill me up --breathe into this life
To fill me up -fill me up a--fill me up - fill me up --breathe until there's life

composed 7.28.1995

Evan Kimble--Voices, Acoustic Guitar, Bells
Lael--Voices, Bells
Ted Ford--Acoustic Lead Guitar,
Skwerl--Percussion
Brian Couch--Bass, Harmony Voice
Track Name: Grace
MY FRIEND GRACE
at long last
i lay down my pain
closed the wound
buried the ashes
and aired out my room

i had been chasing away
my best friend
but one morning i opened my door
and grace walked in

no one else would have come around
my black cloud
when i saw him on my door step
i laughed and i wept out loud

with a rag he washed the blood from my face
how did i deserve my friend grace?

he said to me
"by these eyes i see
high on your forehead
the sickness of dread

"two old friends have gone away
— they have changed—
they will not come back
this bitterness must fall from you
come in to me"

with a hand he touched my face
how i did embrace my friend grace

Composed 1.12.1992

Evan Kimble--Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Killer Bees Sitar
Lael--Voice
Ted Ford-- Acoustic Lead Raga Guitar
Skwerl--Percussion, Tablatic Conga
Brian Couch--Bass
Track Name: Long Lush Night
LONG LUSH NIGHT
Shooting stars falling down all around a long lush night
For loving you laying down on the ground a long lush night
with you (with you)
I sweep the hair from your eyes, they're the prize I'm seeking
Diamonds try to compare, but your eyes are brighter
to view (to view)

I cross the border of your skin there is no returning
Stars and mists and planets spin here within your
secret wind

Secret spirit wind
I walk a path dusted with stars
My body is scattered to ashes
And spirals down to the origin
Blown by your secret spirit wind

Let my heart lull your sleep the night is deep and dawn is coming
I am not who I was and your secret wind is the cause
My hands are light, my road is right, my joy is bright
as a long lush night with you
as a long lush night with you
as a long lush night with you...

Composed 10.6.1994

Evan Kimble--Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Bamboo Flute
Lael--Voice
Ted Ford-- Acoustic Lead Guitar, Voice
Skwerl--Percussion
Brian Couch--Bass
Track Name: Take No Prisoners
10. TAKE NO PRISONERS (time)
The clouds broke in half and at last appeared the sun — or the moon
I don't know who it finally was
And the three dear sisters of legend and lore
whispered, here we are, come to hurt you once more
I said, thank you, thank you
for I'm deep in my lessons
deep in my lessons
and I needed one more

To forgive you (forgive you)
To forgive me (forgive me)
My jealousy, guilty, will rob me no more

The bite of my bitterness bit me before, like a rabies shot and a kick at the door
and I hated you and longed for your failure
But the three dear sisters of legend and lore
whispered, here we are, weren't we here before?
I said, yes, thank you
for I've no wish to stay here
no wish to stay here
and you remind me i must rise

To forgive you (forgive you)
To forgive me (please forgive me)
My jealousy, guilty, will rob me no more
I owe nothing to credit, and I am at last my own keeper,
and I'll keep nothing more
and take no prisoners in the war of emotion

I released the resentments of habit and fault,
and I washed from the walls the speeches we wrote to each other
And I tried to meet your eye but the words stuck in my throat
so I buried the rotten egg of fear in the back compost
And I ran over here — to tell you — I'm ready...

The clouds broke in half and at last appeared the sun — or the moon
I don't know who it finally was
And the three dear sisters of legend and lore
whispered, here we are, over there is the door
I said, thank you, thank you
for it's time I was going
time I was going
it's time I was gone

To let you be free (you be free)
To let me be free (me be free)
My sanctity holds me till I sleep like a child
I owe nothing to credit and I am at last my own keeper
and I'll keep nothing more
and take no prisoners in the war of emotion

Composed 6.30.1994

Evan Kimble--Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Grand Piano
Lael--Voice
Ted Ford--Voice, Acoustic Lead Guitar
Skwerl (Greg DeSimone)--Percussion

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