Transhuman Blues

by Anthony Moser

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    - photos of the guitars used to make the album
    - an interview from the Buddy Guy's Bluesletter (Jan/Feb 2012). (You can see photos of Transhuman Blues being recorded at Legends!)
    - Video (FLV) of a solo acoustic performance of One Percent, recorded for Lightbox Sessions
    - Video of Morning Song being recorded at Legends
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about

Up and coming Chicago musician Anthony Moser makes his debut on the blues scene with Transhuman Blues. It's a fresh collection of nine original tunes (and one T-Bone Walker cover). By turns folksy, funky and jazzy, Anthony plays hard and sings with a powerful unique voice. This record swings, slides and bounces then brings it all back to the blues.

A long time employee of Buddy Guy's Legends, Anthony soaked up blues music by watching great performers while clearing dishes and hauling ice. This album marks his move to the stage. He is joined on the record by veteran blues musicians and fellow employees, including Nik Skilnik on bass (formerly of Nick Moss and the Flip Tops), Pat Seals on drums (currently of Nick Moss and the Flip Tops), and Marty Sammon on piano (currently touring with Buddy Guy).

Transhuman Blues was recorded all over Chicago – some tracks were done live at the Chicago Recording Company, others were laid down late at night in Marty Sammon's living room, and tracks 3-5 were recorded at Legends in the early morning before the club opened for lunch.

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released 31 March 2012
Music / Lyrics by Anthony Moser
Mastered by Pieholden Studios

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Track Name: One Percent
ONE PERCENT by Anthony Moser

Ninety nine percent don’t have the gold you pay the rent
You’re working hard you’re getting stiffed
I ain’t no chump you catch my drift
You know you just got to be that one percent

Ninety nine percent why can’t you save what I have spent
Why can’t you straighten what I’ve bent
Why can’t you cover what I’ve lent
You know you just got to spot me that one percent

Heavy is the wealthy head that wears the golden crown
You don’t know how hard it is to keep you people down

One has got to win some ninety-nine has got to lose
One percent can keep the money
ninety-nine can pay the dues
You just got to be that one percent

You and everybody that you know
and everyone you’ve ever met
all put together still won’t make a dent
You just got to be that one percent
Track Name: Got It All
refrain: I got it all, got it all, got it all, got it all

I don't have food but I do have candy
I don't have shoes but I do have sandals
No light bulbs but I do have candles
I don't have goths but I don't have vandals
Got nothin in the world but I don't have cancer

I don't have whiskey but I do have beer
I don't have anger but I do have fear
No driver's license but I'm fine right here
Today's not Christmas but I'm full of cheer
I got nothin in the world at least not this year

Bridge:
I don't have sugar but I got my baby
I don't have yes but I might have maybe
The road ain't straight but I'm all right with wavy
Got no hard rhymes but I can still be savvy

I don't have sleep but I do have coffee
I don't have many friends but they call fairly often
No mob connections but they also won't off me
No one to listen, but I can sing softly
I got nothin in the world but my plans are lofty
Track Name: Transhuman Blues
I'm trapped in my body
like a fish trapped in mud
give me new eyes to see with
let my heart beat new blood

new eyes new ears new hands new feet
new thoughts to think I want a new shining sun

for my pillow
starry crown for my head
I'm gonna kill all the living
and raise all the dead

new legs to kick new lips to kiss new toes to tap new fists to crush new forms to find new peace of mind new forms of new I want a new make me a new make me anew

build me a new body
and I'll make my own new soul
I'll be a new man
be in control

Oh death might come looking
but he will not find me
I will drink the elixir
eat from the tree
Track Name: Morning Song
and in the morning
before the sun creeps through my window
I sing this song: ba da da da da da
da da da da, da da da, da da da da da

and when I breathe in
breathe in the air that's all around me
the oxygen goes through my heart and down
down da da da, da da da, da da da da da

all through my body
all through my body
all through my ba-da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da da da da dum

and when the light dies
and when the light dies
and when the light dies
I sing this song: ba da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da da da da dum

and when the light dies
and when the light dies
and when the light dies
I sing this song: ba da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da da da da dum
Track Name: Back and Forth
I think I might I ought I don't know what to do
maybe perhaps really I should but then again
maybe I won't I guess I could
I re-decide again and again

Sometimes it's so much trouble I wonder if it's really worth it
I go back and forth
Track Name: Bitter Old Man
You bitter old man
you sorrowful shell
you will drown in a well
full of tears that you shed for yourself
you bitter old man

you slowing machine
you clock winding down
you have a dessicated petrified frown
and nothing else as your gears grind low
you slowing machine

you leaf in the fall
you cloud in the sky
we both see your life
and have to ask why
you leaf in the fall

you float on the wind
descend or move on
going unremembered by
Track Name: Google Is Listening
When you need
When you need
When you need

A sympathetic ear
Google is listening
when you need to talk to someone you hold dear
Google is listening
In the middle of the night
when you have questions with no answers
Google is listening
Google is listening
Google is listening

When you think you're all alone
Google is listening
When there's nobody home
Google is listening
Sharing secrets in the dark
with your lover or your friends
Google is listening
Google is listening
Google is listening

Everybody needs a listener
Who never says a word
and every advertiser wants
to make their message heard

If you need a car or a toy or a girl or a boy
Google is listening
what you like, where you go,
who you call, what you know as Google is listening
When what you need is someone
who knows you better than you know yourself
Google is listening
Google is listening
Google is listening

Listening, listening
They're listening
early in the morning
late in the midnight hour
when I'm talking with my baby
they're listening
I've got em right here in my pocket
listening
listening

[fade out]
Track Name: Test II
I for you
I am like no other lover you know
I for you
I am like no other lover you know
I for you
I am like no other lover you know

Reconvalesce the excess in your dress
Reconstitute your cute little root

Will you take me home with you and wrap me in attire
Will you take me home with you and set me on fire
Will you take me home with you now don't be so defensive
Will you take me home with you I'm not all that expensive
Will you take me home with you oh I'm not one for bragging
Will you take me home with you you know the evening's dragging

Remultiply your crying goodbyes
Resignify the divide between sides

Instr. Break

I for you
I am like no other lover
Will you take me home with you and wrap me in attire
Will you take me home with you and set me on fire
Will you take me home with you now don't be so defensive
Will you take me home with you I'm not all that expensive
Track Name: Blue Darkness
They say there's a moon that glows above me
but no moon have I seen

They say there's a sun that makes the daytime
but no sun have I seen

They say that there's stars that light the heavens
but no stars reach my eyes

They say there is darkness
They say there is darkness
They say there is darkness all around me
But no dark covers my eyes

This world of lights
It shines so brightly
It hurts my eyes
Track Name: That Old Feeling Is Gone
How could you ever worry baby
With a heart that's made of stone?
So grab your hat and hurry
cause you should have been gone

Science is busy makin new things out of old
The love I have for you is slowly turning cold
History has turned on another page
I used to love you baby but this is a different age

I know you don't think I mean it
But I swear to the stars above
I'm through with you forever
So go back to the one you love

The dream that I was building
around you tumbled down
you're always welcome dear
whenever you come around
I've found somebody new
To carry my business on
I used to love you baby
but now that old feeling is gone