Fools For Light

by El Cantador

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El Cantador:
Heath Underwood: Vocals, Guitars
Sean Murphy: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Alex Scharr: Bass, Synthesizers, Vocals

We wouldn't have been able to make this album without the help of so many people!

A special thanks to:

Pat and Benita Murphy, Oscar Celso Anez, Travis Scharr, JT, Ritchie (and the folks at Callaghan's), Clay Bates, The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, Johnny Apple-Eyes, and our friends and families for life and their support.

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released 03 May 2011

Recorded and Produced by El Cantador in December 2010 - near the beach.

Additional recording at Glenwood Studios in Mobile, AL.

Mixed by Alex Scharr and Sean Murphy at Glenwood Studios.

Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix, AZ

Artwork and layout by Richard Humphreys and Brent Roche at www.dogonfiredesign.com.

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El Cantador Mobile, Alabama

El Cantador is an American rock band from Mobile, AL who released their new EP "Translation Wave" on Feb.26th, 2013 via Mod Mobilian Records and This Is American Music.

Previously in Dec. of 2010, Heath, Sean, and Alex rented a house near the beach, set-up a studio, and recorded tracks for "Fools For Light," which they released on their own label, Friends Fight Records in 2011.
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Track Name: There's A Hole
There's a hole outside of your mystery
It's a hole that I could never fill
And I want you to know right now, now more than ever
That my wanting is gonna get me killed to get me over your thrills

I tried to write you, write you a new song
But the words were never loud, they didn't sound any clearer
Lately I try and start every day in a new way
To find a place I've never been, find a chord
A chord I can sing in

Ooh, gonna write you a new song

So many keys
I can't even hold the one
When you give a man his choices, man, he act so dumb
And that hole just grows from his heart, down his liver, into his toes
And he push and pull himself back straight until he's done for good

Ooh, gonna write you a new song

Find a place I've never been
With a chord I can sing in
Track Name: The Brakes
I pull the brake but I go anyway
You can't stop a thing that's alive for heaven's sake, it's alive
We turn the wheel of the world on it's guilt
Crying over crumbs from the babies that we've built
With our tongues and our love

We are the head of the class
We are the lost and happy only glove
Was it the sky that we fed?
I think we're moving too fast
Or are we moving on?
I think we're moving too..

I move ahead but my friends they are so far
We all move along to the drums and the stars
Everything that's good takes time in first flight
These are the words that we know we should live by
But we don't, we don't, we don't, we don't

We are the head of the class
We are the lost and happy only glove
Was it the sky that we fed?
I think we're moving too fast
Or are we moving on?
I think we're moving too fast

Who's gonna call the operator?
Can't stop a train without the brakes

We are the head of the class
We are the lost and happy only glove
Was it the sky that we fed?
I think we're moving too fast
Or are we moving on?

I think we're lost and happy all alone
Track Name: If Heaven/Sweet Crimes
If heaven is a long time I can wait
Like a killer in a cannery waiting on a steak
Waiting in a long line
Waiting on your sweet crimes
Waiting for a long time
Waiting on your sweet crimes

If heaven is a sinking ship in moving clouds
I can make it on my own faster than the speed of sound
Heaven is a seeing dog led by the bone
We are blind and on our own
Waiting in a long line
Waiting on your sweet crimes
Waiting for a long time
You're banking on your sweet crimes

If loving it all is the people we lost
Then heaven will never give 'em back
And losing it all it is easy enough
When the people we love, they are leaning
Against a wall so cracked
That I'd have to laugh
If we came back


Now the weight of all my tinkering with time and lust
And love and us is enough
When the world feels like a crazy made-up place
When people let you down
Go on create your own

You're waiting in a long line
You're waiting on your sweet cime
You're waiting for a long time
You're waiting on your sweet crimes
Waiting in a long line
You're waiting on your sweet crimes
Waiting for a long time
You're banking on your sweet crimes
Track Name: Empty Carz
I sit and wait for the train
Counting cars but they don't last
Oh they don't
Red lights flashing
I feel I'm passing on
Any day I would trade
Precious metals for oxygen
But they don't last
Feeling peculiar like something awful has passed

And in the nights I've learned to fold
All these aching suspicions back
At last, for now I hold the cue cards
I recite all the right words
And then the moment will come when I
Meet the love of my life
From this shore it sounds easy, well
I guess I'll count empty cars
Track Name: Allie Mae
Allie Mae, black eyed girl
Everybody knows from the side of the road
You make your money selling newspapers
On Sundays you always spend the most
On the wine
Every time

Allie Mae went to school
Everybodys girl told the joke, broke the rules
Princess smile, some are gone now
Curtsy for the boys you can't marry now
When you're two steps closer to death
And you're one step closer to my door
Stars they shine all day
But at midnight they won't turn to
Allie Mae

Allie Mae sleeps in water paints
This girl is too deep to be out on the streets
Well I remember the card you wrote to me in second grade
Was it Valentines Day?
A heart for two on a life line
Was it me? Was it you?

And Allie Mae in her laced up boots
A john is on the phone, cigarettes, mascara blues
A hotel room, underwater blinds, porno on the tv,
Momma's little girl make up your mind
When you're two steps closer to death
And you're one step closer to my door
Stars they shine all day
But at midnight they won't turn to
Allie Mae
Track Name: Mammoth
Mammoth stole my Baby
She was waxing something crazy
Sun beat down old lunch time light
Was the last I saw of Baby's backside
Mammoth stepped out Baby easy
We all have something we share each
When you talk about family I talk about regret
And when Baby was the best one yet

Mammoth call me crazy
Did I really see you coming?
Swimming with Jodi in the lunch time light
On red sweet flowers up all night
Mammoth you're always with me
In my growing up you give me
Power enough to identify love
Power enough

Mammoth stole my Baby
She was talking something crazy
Sun beat down old light
Was the last I saw of her smile
Mammoth you're always with me
In my growing up you give me
Power enough to forget about her
Power enough

Sooner or later we all meet our maker
I just want more time
Sooner or later we all read the paper
And leave between the line
Track Name: PRP
Time it takes in letting go
When time has stakes
Forgives the soul
From here I will start
From here I will go
With time on my back
Uninvited gull
Immortal mole
When you can't say no

And you're cooking slow
And taking turns
In a world forgotten
Until you see it burn
And I make my mess
To forget yours with wine
We sleep all day destroy the night
We sleep all day destroy the night

Until the peaceful river people rise

And everything that's supposed to fall
Like the waves are gonna take you home
But you're all, you're dried up
And only leaves are gonna help you now
But you don't know when and you don't know how
In a ruined pile of
It's the longest mile of
But when you smile love
The peaceful river people rise
Track Name: Dull Age
Don't blame it on your dull age
Or being stuck like powdered crystal
You need the water from the well just to sting you to life
You need the water from the well just to bring you to fine

Don't blame it on the low life
Or those guarded sick opinions
You keep your money in the bank somewhere you think you can hide
You keep your money in the bank but the bank went dry

Don't blame it on the system
When we're all a part of the system
Even the people in the air, the people outside
The one's closest to your heart
I keep you close in mind

Don't blame it on your old age
Or sticking to a new style
You take the water from the well then you look inside
You took the water from the well before you even knew why

If you don't see me running brother help me out
If you can see it coming brother spell it out
If this is what we get then giving is all we got
You're working for tomorrow but tomorrow never comes
If this is what we get and giving is all we have
I'd rather stick it out then be lying in the grass

We can tell you that it's O.K.
When everything is really not O.K.
We take the water from the well when we know it's right
We take the water from the well because now it's ours
Track Name: Fools For Light
See my guts on the floor
Are my guts enough?
Yeah we're fools for light, fools for life
Much further than we know it
And that four letter word that you call your street
It's why nobody can say it but everybody wants a piece

Some are birds confused by the window crash
You date moths that never leave the front porch
So that nothing lasts
And the bats at night that can only smell the light
Go looking for dinner and they creep us out
Every time they remind us of us and the fools for light

Ooh, got a feeling I've already lost this time

See your guts on the floor
Are your guts enough?
Yeah we're fools for light, fools for life
Much further than we know it
And that four letter word that you call your street
Nobody can say it, nobody can leave
Oh this time, this time I really mean it

Some are birds confused by the window crash and the window pane
You've dated moths that never leave the front porch
So that nothing lasts
And the bats at night that can only smell the light
Diving in for dinner and they miss sometimes
Yeah they creep us out every time
They remind us of us and the fools for light
Every star and rhyme got you thinking you're a criminal

Ooh, got a feeling I've already lost this time
Ooh, got a feeling I've already lost this light
Track Name: Weak Ends
I trust my weak ends to little pieces
These little pieces that get you by
We all want something in foreign places
We all take a turn at the wheel in time
The wheel

If there's some right way I need direction
My map's overdrawn by the shortcuts I live by
Unless some step in the wrong place
I float like butter
Add a little heat and it all boils over
Over