STAY CALM

by Open Kimono

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1.
Stay Calm 04:20
Gotta stay calm, try not to freak No one’s doing you harm, gotta keep it in perspective Gotta take down the heat, try to be cool The word on the street is you’re overreactive I know the pressure’s on I seen the atom bomb I’ve seen the Bible belt The product that it sells They pushing tv news to fit your fear into A tiny little hole to buy and sell your soul They’re turning all the groovy ladies and all the funky dudes Into a pack of killer robots who are wired for the rules I know the spirit’s gone I’ve seen the honky tonks Turned into parking lots Outside the supermart Selling repackaged art Designed to sterilize I’ve seen the glassy eyes of all the girls and guys Sitting side by side Their faces in the screens As if they’d never seen How sexy life can be When you reach out and dream Man have you seen the way they drive like they just cannot wait to die Like they’re inflicting suicide on every man woman and child And what’s with all the racket, my nerves can barely hack it If there’s a code to staying mellow kid I need to crack it That’s just the circus on the streets, the beauty’s buried deep So just try not to freak Just stand up straight and breathe Gotta stay calm, try not to freak No one’s doing you harm, gotta keep it in perspective
2.
Two By Two 02:23
We’re barely even three feet tall But the planet earth is a big ball We wanna bounce And dance around Just waking up is so much fun One hug and kiss for everyone So many friends Real and pretend Hey looking glass what do you see I see you looking back at me Laughing or crying Always on time Isn’t it great There’s two of us Someone who knows me Someone I trust You’re always there We’re always two Everything’s better when it’s with you I can count two by two Did you see us on the jungle gym Like a monkey with a funny grin Running around Till we fall down But we always get back up again There’s a million things to understand So much to do When we are two Cause we’re barely even thirty pounds But the planet earth is big and round We wanna bounce And dance around it Two by two
3.
NRA-hole 04:10
I knew a lot of tough guys when I was growing up Men who knew how to work hard and how to have some fun They knew their place in the big world and knew their wrong from right But not a single one would dare bring guns into a fight Respect was treasured above all and didn’t involve violence A show of strength meant doing what you had to do to in silence And knowing how to walk away was just as good as fighting And guns were only for the weak or criminally minded These guys would rather take a bullet than to shoot someone They knew that we are all connected underneath the sun And to resort to weaponry to make you feel secure Is giving up the part of you that makes you real and pure Ladies know Gentlemen know So can we go? Can we go to the future now? The so-called tough guys of today are all just little boys They play war in the shadows and they hide behind their toys I know it’s hard to grow up and to put away your guns But don’t be scared we’re all connected underneath the sun
4.
Follow the drone over the mountaintops Through all the zones, the lovers and the cops Follow the gently humming helicopter blades The futuristic spying watching bombing robot plane Out past the cities, the innocent abodes Over the green hills, away from all the roads There’s no one piloting this ship It won’t stop ill it’s drained of all its power I’ve seen it all before And I will see it all again But the land is so quiet Only from this perfect height See all the people doing, doing what they do best Loving laughing hating killing and the rest See humans showing their humanity to one another See brother lend a helping hand to harm another brother Follow the drone…
5.
Top of the food chain learning the best way to fly Bucking the penchant for self destruction Dropping your weapons Floating away Into the sunshine
6.
Just pull em up I know you can do it You’re a big boy There’ s nothing to it Just pull em down Right to your shoes All the way down Like the grownups do Just pull em up Over the crack Like a big boy To your lower back Just roll em down I know they reach Right past your calves Almost to your feet Look at you now You’re good to go Just like a grown up Wearing your clothes Congratulations You wear it well Like grownups do All by yourself Just pull em up And push em down
7.
I’m not putting on mittens I’m not wearing my hat I won’t put on my jacket I’m not wearing my boots I won’t put on my scarf I’m not wearing any pants You can’t make me get dressed Ill fall on the floor and scream Ill act like I’m possessed Even though I don’t know what that means I want to go outside I want to touch the snow I want to go outside I want to touch the snow I want to go outside Come on come on let’s go I want to go outside and touch the snow Help me put on my mittens Help me zip up my coat I need to put on my hat I want to go outside and touch the snow
8.
Threedom 03:03
Totally free Born under arches of triumph and light Into the ocean, into the night Totally free to fail or succeed Totally free to embrace love and greed Totally free, totally lost Building a base, becoming a ghost
9.
My mama said you should eat what you take and if you don’t need it then give it away My papa said you should eat what you kill and if you don’t want it then let it live The big man steals his apple pie and and then chucks it in the bucket after just one bite It’s like giving the finger to the appetite of the rest of the guests at dinner time Get off your high horse Get on your llama Think for yourself cause I don’t wanna (eat what you kill) Time’s running out it’s getting late, We’re not gonna make it at this rate We’re shoving creation into our face leaving behind a world of waste My llama said you should eat what you kill
10.
All of my comforts were bathed in ice I couldn’t feel my poor heart Face in the mirror was some other guy’s And man, he was falling apart Don’t go shopping for a new life Turn a sharp eye on the one you’ve got My feast of pleasures was a dead duck The situation was drastic My fortune cookie said “Don’t give up!” But all I could eat was the plastic Don’t go shopping for a new life Take a sharp knife to the one you’ve got Fly baby fly Try baby try I took my turn on the chopping block Trying to dig up the matter “What’s wrong with my wings?” I asked the doc He replied “They’ve been sewn on backwards.” Don’t go shopping for a new life Turn a sharp eye Take a step and fly baby fly baby Try baby try baby Fly baby fly baby

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released November 8, 2016

OPEN KIMONO – STAY CALM

All songs by Pierre de Gaillande
Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, drum programming, percussion, bells, trumpet, synths, samples, piano, and vocals by Pierre de Gaillande
Additional engineering and mixing by Devin Greenwood at the Honey Jar, Brooklyn
Mastered by Rachel Alina
Album artwork by Peter Kellers

Additional musicians:
Christian Bongers - Bass on Note For Note
Fred Cassidy – Piano on Touch the Snow
Dorit Chrysler – Theremin on Top of the Food Chain and Lepidoptera
Hilary Downes – Vocals on Top of the Food Chain and Eat What You Kill
Devin Greenwood - Glockenspiel and cymbals on Follow the Drone and Dead Duck. Background vocals, casio keyboard, tambourine and sleigh bells on Follow The Drone.
Bass on Dead Duck. Hand claps on Two by Two and Follow the Drone.
Frank Heer – Harmonica on Top of the Food Chain
Quentin Jennings – Clavichord on Top of the Food Chain
Dan Menke – Drums on You Wear It Well, Threebase, and Touch the Snow, On Porpoise
Gerald Menke – Pedal Steel on Stay Calm
Jeff Schaeffer – Drums on Two by Two, Note For Note, Follow the Drone
David Spinley – Clarinet on Touch the Snow
Ken Thomson – Baritone saxophone on NRA-hole, Pull Ups, Threedom,
Autopsy of a Dead Duck, On Porpoise

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Open Kimono New York, New York

Pierre de Gaillande is a Paris-born musician and producer living in New York. Pierre plays guitar and sings in New York bands Open Kimono and Bad Reputation, and composes music for film and TV. Pierre’s groups have toured Europe, Canada, Russia and the U.S.A. regularly, as well as performing frequently in New York.
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