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Quartjar is Randall Brown on vocals and guitar, Tory Flenniken on drums and Malcolm Norman on bass. Randall composed the lyrics and a good portion of the basic song structures. Malcolm composed “Uncanny Valley.” Song arrangements were an equal group effort.
David Dewitt recorded and mixed the album at Shed 55 Studios and added some percussion.
Garrett Haines mastered the album at Tree Lady Studios.
Randall took the cover photo, “The Strange Creature of Happiness That Seems to Say ‘Hurrah!’.”
Executive producers are Jennifer Corum, Rob Howard, Todd Steed and Jon Wells. The associate executive producers are Kristi Bohannan, Dee Dee Constantine, James Green, Rachel Greene, Keith Norris and Brian Williams.
Quartjar’s myriad array of websites incudes:
www.quartjar42.com
quartjar.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/quartjar
www.facebook.com/quartjar
To learn more about the album title, read “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.
Many thanks to our families and all our friends and supporters. That means you, pal.
Copyright 2011, Moot Point Recording Company.

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released April 12, 2011

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Track Name: Waitin' On a Bus
Waitin' on a bus, waitin' on a train.
Standin' in the sun, standin' in the rain.
Thinkin' about good times and times of pain.
Waitin' on a bus, waitin' on a train.

Sittin' on a bus, sittin' on a train.
Waitin' on the sun, waitin' on the rain.
Think about future ground to gain.
Waitin' on the sun, waitin' on the rain.

Thinkin' about good times, thinkin' about pain.
Thinkin' about future ground to gain.
Waitin' on a bus, waitin' on a train.
Waitin' on the sun, waitin' on the rain.

Waitin' on a bus, waitin' on a train.
Waitin' in the sun, waitin' in the rain.
Thinkin' about future ground to gain.
Waitin' on a bus, waitin' on a train.
Track Name: In the Thick of It
My brother lives in the country
On a corner-lot estate
If I could afford to be that far out
Man, life would be great
But I live ...

- Chorus -
In the thick of it
In the thick of it
In the thick of it
In the thick of it
I get around all over this town
In the thick of it

My cousin lives on a 20-acre farm
Surrounded by its own creek
If I had dominion on that much land
Man, I'd feel like a sheik
But I live ...
- Chorus -

My parents live on top
Of a pine-covered ridge
I go to see them whenever I can
Cross the river, over the bridge
Where I live ...
- Chorus -
Track Name: Not a Cowboy
I am not a butcher/baker / Not a candlestick maker
Would you, oh would you / Marry me?
I am not a doctor/lawyer / Not an Indian chief
Would you, oh would you / Marry me?
I am not a rich man/poor man / Not a beggerman/thief
Would you, oh would you / Marry me?

- Chorus -
It’s been such a long time / It’s been such a long, lonely time now
It’s been such a long time / It’s been such a long, lonely time now
It’s been such a long time / It’s been such a long, lonely time now
It’s been such a long time / It’s been such a long-ass time, Yo!

I am not a sailor / but I’m long out to sea
Would you, oh would you / Marry me?
I am not a cowboy / but I play one on TV
Would you, oh would you / Marry me?
I am just a guy, you know? / I wonder how this could be.
If you were to / Marry me

- Chorus -

I am not a cowboy / But I shot one on TV
Would you, oh could you / Marry me?
I am not a cowboy / But I bet that I could be
If you were to marry me?
Track Name: Right Now
Should I only write a love song?
Well, that’s the only thing that’s goin’ on
In my mind ....
Right now ... Right here, right now (etc)

Should I try to make the whole world cry?
I only want to hum a lullaby
And chase away your fears
Right now ... Right here, right now (etc)

- Chorus -
There’s tragedy all over the world.
And not every boy has a girl
Like the one I got
Right now ... Right here, right now (etc)

Shall I try to write a requiem?
I only want to sing a little hymn
And shout it out loud
Right now ... Oh, right now (etc)

I could sing of so many things
But the joy that you bring
Is all that I can feel
Right now ... Right here, right now (etc)

- Chorus-

Should I only write a love song?
Well, that’s the only thing that’s goin’ on
In my mind
right now
Track Name: Someday (I'm Gonna Die)
We all have our own bear to cross
Get to the other side with minimal loss
Everybody hikes their own nature trail
Some get to heaven, some gotta bail
Work all day and have lunch with the boss
Remember which side of the tree has the moss

Chorus
Someday I'm gonna die
Until then I'll be alive
Gonna take every breath I get
Ride life hard and put it up wet
Be prepared to modify my plan
Don’t forget to stick it to the man
Someday I'm gonna die
Until then I'll be alive

The burden of life is some heavy stuff
I'll be around when the goin' gets rough
Like the long-lost cousin of Sisyphus
Who gave his burden stone an extra push
Just like you might have known it will
He rolled that big old rock right over the hill

Chorus
-- interlude --
Double chorus
Track Name: Noble Rhino
Whatcha know about noble Rhino?
Stoic of the African plain
What’s he thinkin’ ‘bout, damned if I know
He ain’t talkin bout things he’s seen
Truth be told he’s a little nearsighted
Needs a closer look before he’ll talk
If you’re worried bout his decision
Just know that he walks the walk

Chorus
Noble Rhino -- on the plain
Noble Rhino -- just sufferin’ a little eye strain
just sufferin’ a little eye strain

Whatcha know about Giant Tortoise?
He’s old but he stands his ground
Movin slow but he’s got purpose
When we're gone, he’ll still be around
Doesn’t worry bout people talkin
Sticks & stones bounce off his shell
Doesn’t worry about tomorrow
Seen it all and he knows it well

Chorus:
Giant Tortoise - on the ground
Giant Tortoise - Dodo’s gone, but he’s stickin ‘round,
Dodo’s gone, but he’s stickin ‘round

-- right about here we jam out big time --

Noble Rhino and Giant Tortoise
Elephant and Crocodile
Thicker skinned than any of us
Long-lived, always in style

Whatcha know about noble Rhino?
Stoic of the African plain
What’s he thinkin’ ‘bout, damned if I know
He ain’t talkin bout things he’s seen
He ain’t talkin bout things he’s seen
He ain’t talkin bout things he’s seen

-- close on massive rhino-charging jam --
Track Name: My Green Heaven
My green heaven
Dirty water nurture me
Elevated by the sight of the world
Lay low my burdens be

I dodged a lot of bullets
to get to where I am
Now my heart is full
And here I am at home

I cringe to think
how bad it could have been
Now my home is a castle
And I’m never alone

Time is the enemy
and time is on my side
Common dichotomy
washed in with the tide

Of my green heaven
Dirty water nurture me
Elevated by the sight of the world
Lay low my burdens be

-- Cosmic interlude led by the bass --

There was something else
I wanted to tell you
But I forgot it
on my way over

It was the smartest thing
that I ever thought
Now it’s lost to me
like a four-leaf clover

In my green heaven
Dirty water nurture me
Elevated by the sight of the world
Lay low my burdens be
-- chorus repeats twice more --
Track Name: 18 Miles to Maryville (What If?)
What if the end of everything was the beginning of everything else?