flesh in the life lane

companion to Life in the Flesh Lane
and Life in the Smith Lane

Flesh in the Life Lane

There’s life before and after
laughter’s led to slaughter

so, gonna drink my coffee
smoke my dope
and go

it’s good to have a plan

can’t feel bad
just cuz bad people do bad things
and I can’t stop em
or teach em
or make em be one

especially with my past

besides, who’s looking who
down here in the zoo?

– Smith, 5.29.2021

my Dylan shuffle

Dylans on my A.I. shuffle list

003 – Everything Is Broken
019 – Like A Rolling Stone
041 – Mozambique
042 – Someday Baby
043 – Things Have Changed
045 – Ballad of a Thin Man
058 – Desolation Row
066 – False Prophet
079 – Crossing the Rubicon
157 – One More Cup Of Coffee
158 – Thunder on the Mountain
161 – Highway 61 Revisited
282 – Lonesome Day Blues

previous Dylans on list

Beyond the Horizon
Beyond Here Lies Nothing
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Down Along the Cove
Goodbye Jimmy Reed
Gotta Serve Somebody
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
Just Like A Woman
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Most of the Time
Mr. Tamborine Man
My Own Version of You
Not Dark Yet
Positively 4th Street
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Spirit on the Water
Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
This Dream of You
To Be Alone With You

Wendy Shaffer / Smith collab #4

Seasons slide side by side
first rain, then snow, then nine below
raising want of warmth, hearth and home
the cat on your lap, the television’s drone
the dribbles and drabs of civilized paths
counting costs of culture
abacus upended, values extended
the weather without whethered within

In the house of the North Americans
the weather remains the comfortable same
while outside
humans lay on their blankets
over the sidewalk grates
hunting some warmth from the waste
and a few table crumbs to taste
before the gong bongs gone

What a luxury!
this clean pillowcase
pillow, lavender and bleach
so many gifts in the drift
of then through now
to hold in future

We’re the lucky ones
born in the U.S. of A.
white, not targeted
to be shot on sight
allowed to drive alive maybe even survive
the safety of our sameness
the smallness of our brain

In moments of madness
there’s lavender and lilac
women of sorrow laughing at the well
while the sun does a dance with bright green leaves
and the butterfly sleeps on Buson’s temple bell

– Wendy Shaffer & Smith collab #4

offworld video

My father’n’law was playing one of his remote-operated flying camera-drone videos (3:46) on which he’d used one of Peter Ball and my songs as soundtrack, and our nigh-five year old niece was dancing to our music. You know you’ve got it when you reach the young.

Optional Gravy

Outside-the-liner slunk from his package
escaping the system as such
proving full well the old-timer’s adage
most helpful avoiding the clutch.

Three parts vermillion four hour twenty
you want it I’ll match you some lies
test your running the con in the cunning
even provide you replies.

Oh jump for joy, employ jubilation
Express all your ritual wry
In laughter leading relaxing nation
Reducing stress levels too high

Ain’t no reason nor season ensuing
these sounds are just wandering wry
tongue torque-type teasing easily slewing
aiming to igloo the lie.

Come sign my mime for more or less legion
returning blue sky to the why
forget foolish fuel fossil religions
let’s earn us some hot apple pie.

Jumping employs the joy jubilation
Expresses your ritual wry
Laughter leads us to relaxing station
Reduces our stress level high

110 songs, recitations, experiments & abominations with music by Peter Ball and Billy Clarksville and vocals/words by me. Free downloads.Some of it is actually good, and some so bad it might be good.


the between of women and men

recent A.I shuffles

Fat Man – Beth Hart
They Come At Night – Marianne Faithful
Sideshow – Mary Gauthier
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
Lay Down (Udder Sounds acoustic edit) – Goat Girl
Wicked Way – Imelda May
Woman – Susheela Raman
Redondo Beach – Patti Smith
Never Say Never – Romeo Void
Kill Your Mama – Alicia Keys
Ain’t Nothin’ In Ramblin’ – Bonnie Raitt & Steve Freund
Fuck and Run – Liz Phair
God & the FBI – Janis Ian
Deep Dish – Ani Diranco
Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Strange Girl – Laura Marling
Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend – Tacy Bonham
Scary Latin Love Song – Mary Margaret O’Hara
Black Caffeine – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Free Man in Paris – Joni Mitchell
Tried to be a Man – Ricki Lee Jones
Hoochie Woman – Tori Amos
4th & Vine – Sinead O’Connor
Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Welcome to Hell – Hen Ogledd

bee patio by Lady

Lady is blossoming amid her bees and bloom.

We picked up 7th hive Tuesday, having lost previous 6 past 6 years.

Day before, Lady built them a used-brick bee patio. We’d hauled half dozen carloads of bricks she’d found on FB marketplace, plus couple carloads slate.

Now she’s landscaping the patio, as well as our large back area, with ferns, hostas, flowers.

Amazing how quickly she’s transforming this place, inside and out. House is 141 years old, we’re in our 8th month here.

the Claypool Conspiracy

1997 Joe Vecchio turned me on to Highball With The Devil by Les Claypool and The Holy Mackerel.

Since then these Claypool collaborations have snuck onto my 300-song A.I. shuffle list.

121 – Mushroom Men – Les Claypool
122 – Holy Mackerel – Les Claypool & The Holy Mackerel
123 – Highball with the Devil – Les Claypool & The Holy Mackerel
124 – Hendershot – Les Claypool & The Holy Mackerel
146 – Wounded Knee – Primus
208 – Hip Shot from the Slab – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains
209 – Shadow of a Man – Oysterhead
210 – Mary the Ice Cube – Primus
211 – Wield the Spade – Oysterhead
212 – Sathington Waltz – Primus
213 – Elephant Ghost – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains
245 – Beezlebub – Beats Antique w/ Les Claypool
271 – Riddles Are Abound Tonight – Sausage
272 – The Ends? – Primus
273 – Hello Wonkites – Primus
274 – Candy Man – Primus
275 – Oompa TV – Primus
276 – Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
277 – Restin’ Bones – Primus
278 – The Chastising of Renegade – Primus

from Wiki –

Leslie Edward Claypool (born September 29, 1963) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, author, director, and actor. He is best known as the founder, lead singer, bassist, primary songwriter, and only continuous member of the American funk metal band Primus. His playing style on the bass is well known for mixing tapping, flamenco-like strumming, whammy bar bends, and slapping.

Claypool has also self-produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio, Rancho Relaxo. In 2006, a full-length feature film, Electric Apricot, written and directed by Claypool, was released, as well as his debut novel South of the Pumphouse. He wrote and performed the theme songs for the adult animated television series Robot Chicken and South Park.

from The Valley of Weird Titles

from The Valley Of The Weird Titles…

Cross Talk IV / Radio Lonelys – Oneohtrix Point Never
Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
I Asked for Water (He Gave Me Gasoline) – Lucinda Williams
Riddles Are Abound Tonight – Sausage
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do – Robyn
Boxes of Armageddon – The Residents
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch – Courtney Barnett
The Chastising of Renegade – Primus
If Jesus Drove a Motor Home – Jim White & Aimee Mann
Blood Makes Noise – Suzanne Vega
Fuck That Guy – The Dirty Knobs
Trailer Trash – carolesdaughter
Glueland – Do Nothing
League Moon Monkey Mix – The Fall
Pass For White – The Residents
Run, The Darkness Will Pass – Shabaka and the Ancestors
Stoner Yodel Number One – Todd Snider
Hip Shot from the Slab – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains
Dry Cleaner from Des Moines – Joni Mitchell
Bat Chain Puller – Captain Beefheart
I Was in the House When the House Burned Down – Warren Zevon
Bywater Bhangra (Improv #1) – The Dead Kenny G’s
Hello Yellow Goose (BurningDog) – Mary Margaret O’Hara
I Ate Lucy – Critters Buggin

plain strange A.I. shuffle on

plain strange A.I. shuffle on . . .

Misterioso – Thelonious Monk Quintet
I’m Clean – The Priests
Give The Drummer Some – Can
Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Is She Weird – Pixies
Prelude from Partita No.3 for Solo Violin – Bela Fleck
Mean Mama Blues – Ernest Tubb
Dolly: Darwin – Steve Reich
Plutonian Nights – Sun Ra
Sathington Waltz – Primus
Tramp – The Steve Miller Band
Grow Mama Grow – Dominique Fils-Aimé
Spit of Love – Bonnie Raitt

sufehfl shuffle

doin’ the A.I. shuffle

I Was in the House When the House Burned Down – Warren Zevon
Money Come and Money Go – Lee Scratch Perry
Elephant Ghost – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains
I’m Waiting for the Man – Velvet Underground
Hello Yellow Goose (Burning Dog) – Mary Margaret O’Hara
I’m a Monkey in a Silo – Jim White
Sure Nuff N Yes I Do (1967 demo) – Captain Beefheart
Fretless Nostril – Critters Buggin
I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major – Johann Sebastian Bach
Atrocity Exhibition – Joy Division
I Asked for Water (He Gave Me Gasoline) – Lucinda WIlliams