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The one and only, King Minty Philosophers!

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released February 4, 2010

King Minty Philosophers is:

Eric Elliott:
Vocals, Mountain Dulcimer, Electric Mountain Dulcimer, Acoustic Bass, Pennywhistle, Percussion

Scott Riggle:
Mandolin, Guitar, Percussion

Adan Gonzalez:
Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Percussion

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Quintin Stephens:
Electric Bass on Sing the Hills to Sleep and JackKnife
Produced by:
Quintin Stephens and Eric Elliott
Recorded and Mastered at Dragonspan Studios, Katy TX.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by:
Quintin Stephens
Cover art by:
Lindsay Marrotta, Melia Parsole, and Mac Collins
Cover design by:
Eric Elliott and Clayton Phillips
Thanks to:
The “Scrabble” family, the Elliott family, Quintin Stephens, the Gonzalez family, the Riggle family, Scott Plant, Lindsay Marrotta, Melia Parsole, Mac Collins, Clayton Phillips, Washburn Mandolins, Blue Lion Instruments, Remo Drumheads, Fender Guitars, Whataburger, and the good people at Trinity University.

© 2010, 3 Strings Records

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Eric Elliott Boulder, Colorado

Eric Elliott is a songwriter and mountain dulcimer player currently living and playing in Seattle, WA.

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Track Name: Sing the Hills to Sleep
Well there’s a slight chance of rain
A slight chance that the hills will take away all this pain
I’m on a unicycle in the Tour de France
There’s a chance that all these judges can’t be bought
And all the judges happen to be
All the elements of nature that we can’t see
Oh the sun goes down like the moon goes up
There’s a chance that I may not know when enough is enough

There goes a door I shut with a girl I lost
That I don’t regret with exception of the cost
I’m on a unicycle in the tour de France
Painting pictures with my eyes completely shut

Where we hang our coats can’t we hang our fears?
Let our dreams catch a cold in the pouring rain
All the stars are falling like a masterpiece
Of a symphony that plays on a busy highway
You let the forest burn they let your oceans part
They’re gonna’ take your leader away on the ides of March

There goes a door I shut with a girl I lost
That I don’t regret with exception of the cost
I’m on a unicycle in the Tour de France
Painting pictures with my eyes completely shut
Track Name: Hypochondriac
There's a melon in the field I will steal with my eyes
To keep the bellies of the voices in my head all satisfied
The mandolin is playing and there's an echo slowly saying
"There's a message from the optic nerve, the symptom's to be paying,
For the cold that I'm to have, with Arthritis coming early,
And the stomach aches to come ruin the fun of all the wordy
Doctor talk that I will miss, when I'm deaf and start to hiss,
At the darkness and the darker coming dusk with a new lisp..."
(And I can't say my S's without sounding like a snake)
Track Name: JackKnife
My sign says the end is nigh
Because when you forsake your heroes they forsake you (they forsake you)
My fists have got the answers to questions you have
Concerning mercy maybe lurking behind my ink blot mask (my ink blot mask)
Satisfaction comes from knowing that criminals died maybe then I will sleep tonight (I will sleep tonight)

Don’t jackknife the possibility
(the possibility)
That Rorschach was right
Don’t blame me
If we are unable to set things right
For you and me
And all of the world
The world is going to end one way or another
(your way or mine)
The clock is still ticking
We’re running out of time
Midnight is getting closer
Doomsday is ticking closer


Two riders were approaching, only one would return
And never to a place called home again
A pirate ship on the horizon got to weather the storm
A storm of our own makin’
He once was a crusader went off to fight a war
Watching over a world gone wrong
Relives his old days of glory wondering where they’ve gone
And then there’s a knock at the door

Don’t jackknife the possibility
(the possibility)
That Rorschach was right
Don’t blame me
If we are unable to set things right
For you and me
And all of the world
The world is going to end one way or another
(your way or mine)
The clock is still ticking
We’re running out of time
Midnight is getting closer
Doomsday is ticking closer
Track Name: Steel Crazy
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
I’m walkin’ while I’m thinkin’
And my mind is set on you
We always have the best of times
When the sun is sinkin’
But now the sky is blue
I remember last night when we stayed up late just talkin’
We both had other plans and nothing ever happened

I’ve got a cold cup of coffee
As I’m headed out the door
And I’ve got myself a headache
Left over from the night before
And I’m steel crazy
Steel crazy over you

And still there’s just one thought
In all of this confusion
I can’t help but think about you
I thought it funny
How you’d never seen the ocean
From the view above the dunes
And I’m just still not sure where all this is goin’
But I woke up with you in my mind this mornin’

And so I don’t know where we’re goin’
But there’s plenty to explore
And I feel like time is wastin’
I just wish that we had more
And I’m steel crazy
Steel crazy over you
I’m still crazy
Still crazy over you
Track Name: German Mountain Ballad
Nietzsche was a philosopher who said that God had died
People told him he was nuts and it was just his foolish pride
I had to write a paper on his views on morality
But all that I could really tell is that he had two legs and knees
And a head of hair and eyes like beads and a beard that tangled up like weeds and a garden of flowers and birds and bees, but he didn’t like gardens he preferred to think about his... morals. yeah...

Read about him once in a magazine and all his major claims
Read about him once in a magazine but I couldn’t even say his name

Gotta write a paper on Nietzsche
And I don’t know what to say
Gotta write a paper on Nietzsche
Should have started yesterday
Gotta write a paper on Nietzsche
And I don’t know what to do
Gotta write a paper on Nietzsche
And I’m not even halfway through
I had to read a book and write a paper that’s three pages long
But I didn’t want to read or plead for an extension so instead I just wrote this song
Track Name: Set Your Sails High
You’d better set your sails high boys
You’d better hope that the wind is strong
Pray to the moon for a shifting tide
Or else you won’t be sailing long

The fleet’ll be here in the morning
The greatest ships of the Admiralty
Sent here on the highest orders
To protect the Trade Company

But the tides have turned against us
As the Royal Fleet draws near
So draw swords and load your muskets
We’ll make our final stand right here

I guess this battle’s the first of many
Better get used to the life at sea
Cause I know I’ll keep on running
As long as they’ll keep on chasing me
Track Name: Robin Hood
Where sat the fire expired the killers
Hired then to finish the job
"Not a moment to spare! Not a moment to spare!"
Cried the flames that touched the musket

There is no epidemic here, no epidemic here
Just a law to keep the richest alive

A rain of bullets from the sky went toe-to-toe
With arrows straight from the woods

And then would fall a snow that would grow and
Surely know that these wars come like the sun

The lesson's depression became the mention
That the thieves passed on
Of the fires they would train and
Stamp out in the early dawn

If there's a war at our front door, what makes
The castle any harder to storm?
Track Name: Iorek pt 3 : New Gods
Have you seen your new gods lately?
They’re just as strong as the older ones
More than ten million sacraments daily
And their reign has just begun

and it’s for them
we learn to run
it’s for them
our work is never done
it’s for them
no body’s ever won
it’s for them
it’s for them

Here we Americans brought gods from homelands
Don’t think they’ve forgotten you
They’ve grown older and we’ve replaced them
Won’t they feel a little used?

it’s for them
these seeds are sown
it’s for them
this is all I’ve ever known
it’s for them
we’re not alone
it’s for them
it’s for them

Have you seen your new gods lately?
They’re just as strong as the older ones
More than ten million sacraments daily
And their reign has just begun