Library Card, Vol. I: Fiction

by Travis Oberg

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Library Card is a three volume EP project, with songs split into 'fiction' , non-fiction' and 'poetry'. Fiction is the first group of songs, which take on a mythic, fabled, fairy tale storytelling.

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released December 7, 2012

Produced by Travis Oberg & Luke David at Perelandra Sound Studio, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Drums performed by Jonathan Sondreal, Violins Performed by Mel Baker. All songs recorded in Santa Cruz, CA except "The Legend of Wandering Spirit" recorded in Hume Lake, CA.

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Track Name: The Eagle and the Boy
The Eagle and the Boy

in the shadow of the sun
an eagle feather fell
fell toward the earth
from an eagle wing
the eagle was
the mother of the egg

in the shadow of the sun

the snake was sinister
looking for the egg
to swallow with his mouth
mouth and forked tongue
the eagle caught the snake
the snake was in her claws
her claws killed the snake
the snake the eagle ate

in the shadow of the sun

on the ancient ground
an eagle feather fell
landed on a stone
was found there by a boy
walking by moon
the moon that rose so full
that day in late september

the five brothers came together with a plan
to kill the bird their brother had
the eagle knew, the eagle had to fly away
she had to go to escape the brothers evil ways
she told the boy his brothers had an evil plan
the boy was very, very sad

in the shadow of the sun
in the shadow of the sun

boy pleaded with the bird
to let him go with her
to fly over the mountain
escape on eagle's wing
so eagle stretched her wings
boy climbed on her back
eagle with the boy
rose up on the wind
never to return
the eagle with the boy
flew up past the moon
landed in the grass
there the eagle changed
into a princess
Track Name: The Legend of the Wandering Spirit
The Legend of Wandering Spirit
by Travis Oberg

He set out on the trail with all his earthly treasure in his pack
He broke the sacred seal with his father, he's never going back
He says, "Now I have these riches in my hand
I don't expect my tribe to understand..."

He met some friendly strangers who helped him find his fantasy and thrills
They granted him their company, as long as he could pay the bills
"I don't care how long my money lasts
As long as I am living, living fast."
It's taken every fiber of his being to put away his past

He is just a prodigal looking for the truth, looking for the truth
Set his feet a-wandering so far away from you, so far away from you
Help him find his way back home

yippie ki yay, yippie ki-yo, yippie ki yey, yo

Well, his friends they took his dignity and left him by this fire here to die
Says "I miss my home and my family I'm tired and I wanna cry."
He hasn't got a penny to his name, he can't go on cause he can't bear the shame
If he returns to his father he'll be a slave and take the blame

Like memory it haunts him, it's the weight of all that's said and done
Like a nightmare in the daylight, his fear chills him to the bone
The anger of his father was so plain, he had brought disgrace upon his name
All these questions and the heartache can make a man insane

He is just a prodigal looking for the truth, looking for the truth
Set his feet a-wandering so far away from you, so far away from you
Help him find his way back home

yippie ki-yay, yippie ki-yo, yippie ki yey, yo

Now the road that he is walkin' is a-winding and his feet move so slow
His body is weary and it's taken him as far as he can go
Will forgiveness be enough to bring in?
He doesn't even know where to begin...

So his father sees him coming down the road just a boy who lost his way
He's running out to meet him and he cries out "Celebrate!"
His father says that he was lost, but now he's found, "He was dead now he's alive safe and sound."
Now he has his family around him, and his feet back on the ground

He is just a prodigal looking for the truth, looking for the truth
Set his feet a-wandering so far away from you, so far away from you
Help him find his way back home

yippie ki-yay, yippie ki-yo, yippie ki yey, yo
Track Name: Jezebel
Jezebel

hey silver moon
i can see you're wide awake
I threw my key into the lake

have you seen me now?
can you see me?

How can we be so blind
one road is wide and leads to death
open up your eyes
one narrow gate
lead us back to life

sweet jezebel
I can see
that you don't respect yourself
don't you dare take that out on me

will you go near her now
have you seen me?

How can we be so blind
one road is wide and leads to death
open up your eyes
one narrow gate
leads us back to life

all these tiny thoughts inside my head, i wish you well
remember when you knew what it was like when you were free, so free

How can we be so blind
one road is wide and leads to death
open up your eyes
one narrow gate
lead us back to life
Track Name: The Secret of Samuel McGee
the Secret of Samuel McGee

This is a story of Samuel McGee
Who murdered his brother Elijah
In a house on a hill at the end of the street
With a bullet made out of steel
Time to head for the hills

When they found the body
They questioned the girl
For they knew that Samuel had loved her
She was the daughter of preacher McGill
And was sharing a bed with Sam's brother
A secret that Samuel discovered

Hey everyone, this is my gun
and my name is Samuel McGee
She broke my heart and I shot my kin with a bullet that buried me

In that fateful house at the end of the street
Was Sam's brother and bride-to-be
Samuel came in at a quarter-to-three
There was a shout
Then a shot rang out

Now Samuel is hanging for murder, you see
They found the gun and came looking
That bullet of steel stole his good name away
And his blood went cold
Now his story's been told...

Hey everyone, this is my gun
And my name is Samuel McGee
She broke my heart and I shot my kin with a bullet that buried me