The Lowly Carpenter (Bonus Track - Acoustic Mix)

from Smash The Windows (2016 Reissue) by Mischief Brew

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"The Lowly Carpenter," despite being one of the most stripped-down songs on the record, was one of the harder ones to produce. Everything from a full-on electric version to just a simple acoustic version recorded on a tape player was discussed. In the end, I thought it should be a simple arrangement with bass, electric guitar accents, and choral backing vocals. We recorded it all. The choral backing vocals didn't work so we wiped them off right away. Tamir (engineer) stated that he didn't think the song needed anything: just the way it was tracked, with me playing is acoustically and singing in a big room. I thought it needed bass and electric guitar, at least. We mixed both versions, and since I got the final say, I opted for the version that's on the record. But, we're still left with this alternative acoustic mix. This is what it sounded like when I recorded it at Vibromonk, with a few mics. I don't know if it's better, but it's definitely worth considering.

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Come labor, get ready to dance for your bread
My son, I was once where you stand
There's a beast with insatiable hunger
Its minions need crafters and skilled working hands
Needs a fortress high in the hilltops
And we are the great chosen crew
But I am a lowly carpenter
So what have I power to do?

Oh misery, call us to rise up at dawn
To turn 'way as fast as we can
We may be the mortar that cradles the brick
But I am just one grain of sand
And don't tell me of tossing the wrenches
It only brings pleasure and pain
And we are all lowly carpenters
So where we're taken is where we'll remain

And the masters shall govern with unbroken backs
Look down from the top of the hills
You can cry through the night just as much as you like
There will always be towers to build
I coulda been more than some stone-dragging vassal
I could be more than their wood-cutting slave
But we are all lowly carpenters
So what have we power to change?

And if you can't take no more then get out of the way
For we have a day to get through
We wire their castles, their prisons and banks
Know their mansions from cellar to roof
We've got hammers and wrenches and chisels
We could destroy any great wall we come to
But I am a lowly carpenter
So what have I power to do?

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from Smash The Windows (2016 Reissue), released March 22, 2016

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Mischief Brew Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules! ... more

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