Genetically Modified

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Up in the Air's 9th CD is a diverse mix of musical styles and themes that include love, communication, and some political commentary mixed in. All done in their unique upbeat way.

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released March 1, 2007

John Beccia- nylon string guitar, keyboards, lead vocals on trks 1,3,5,8,9,& 12....Tom Bruner- trombone (solos-trk 1 9,&10), piccolo (solos-trk 6), bass flute (trk 2).....Rich Daulton-trap drums.....Larry Hoffmann-sax (trks 3, 6, 8,9,&10) flute (solos-trk 1, trk 2 first solo) harmonica -trk 4....Victor Rocha (congas, timbales, and hand percussion)....
David Singer- electric guitar (solos on trk 1,4 & 6) , flute (solos on track 2- second solo, trk 3, trk 7)....Bobbie Smith- harmony vocals (lead on trk 2)....Brian Stark - bass, lead vocal on trk 4.....Geof Land - trumpet (trk 2 and 3, solos on trk 6 and 12).....Tyson Leonard - violin on trks 2, 5,9,and 11

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Up in the Air Santa Margarita, California

Up in the Air blends elements of structure and improvisation into musical styles as varied as folk, pop, dixieland, bluegrass, latin, and worldbeat. The result is a fresh and ultimately dancable musical experience with a conspicuously multi-cultural sound. Their original songs center on themes of social equity and justice, environmental consciousness, love, and respect for others. ... more

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Track Name: The Lines
The Lines
by John Beccia

Please , don't you tie up the lines
Please, please, please won't you give me some time
Somebody might be trying, trying to call direct
Somewhere there's someone for me. Please call collect

So please, don't you tie up the lines
Please, please, please give me some kind of sign
Somebody might be calling, trying to break on thru
Somewhere there's someone for me. Could it be you ?

Once we were so lost in love, till it all fell thru
Strugglin' to say good-bye to love so true
This world's so cruel

So please, don't you tie up the lines
Please, please, please now I'm searchin' to find
Somebody to connect with. Communication, please
Somewhere there's someone out there waiting for me
Don't you tie up the lines


Please, don't you tie up the lines
Please, please, please, I'm goin' out of my mind
Reachin' out for somebody.Placing an urgent call
Somewhere there's someone for me, holding it all

Please, don't you tie up the lines
Please, please, please, this hurt is drivin' me blind
Searchin' for new tomorrows. See what the future brings
Somewhere there's someone for me, trying to ring
Don't you tie up the lines
Track Name: Color of Love
The Color of Love
by Geof Land

There’s a soldier on the sand in a faraway land, and he cries for the wounded and the dead
As he tries to recall if there’s a reason for all, as the sand turns a deeper shade of red
There’s a woman on her knees saying, “Please, God please, don’t you steal my man from me.
“Don’t let him die,” is her she plea to the sky, eyes as wet and as blue as the sea

Chorus
The Color of Love, the Color of Love.
Full as the earth and the sky above
The Color of Love, the Color of Love.
Oh, . . . . . The Color of Love

Out by a prison where the sun’s barely risen, an old man wipes a tear away
His son is standing with his love in his hand, in the magic of his wedding day
Down by the water stands the preacher’s daughter, and she whispers that “You are the one.”.
As her man slides a ring on her trembling finger, and it glimmers in the golden sun
REPEAT CHORUS

At the edge of the city, out of hope and of pity, a child plants a humblin’ seed
She knows no machine that can make such green, so she knows her purpose fills a need
Years from now, ‘neath the battered plow, we’ll hear death’s steady pace
We may be shattered but we’ll know what mattered was the color of our love’s embrace
REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Crazy Times
Crazy Times
by John Beccia

Just when you’re thinkin’ .......you’ve got it figured out
This feeling’s sinkin’..... as sureness turns to doubt
Are we crazy, or do you feel sane
It don’t much matter, we commit the same old crimes
Caught in these crazy times (these crazy time...these crazy times)

The ice is melting,,,,,the ocean’s on the rise
A hole is open.........so high above the skies
We study things that we can never know
We see a mountain and our need to conquer climbs
Caught in these crazy times (these crazy time...these crazy times)

There’s evolution...................in every living thing
No real solutions......about most anything
We’re just a speck here in this universe
Exixtence is the blessing, and the curse that binds
Caught in these crazy times (these crazy time...these crazy times)

Too many people.....who want so many things
Destruction’s real.............. it’s what this life style brings
We take so much more than we ever give
Is this the way that we are doomed to live our lives
Caught in these crazy times (these crazy time...these crazy times)
Track Name: For a Friend
For a Friend
by Brian Stark

Well, I don't know what to say to you
Still I pick up the phone and I dial your number
You'll pick up and say hello and though I don't know what to say I'll say it anyway
And I hope you understand that I don't hold the answers in my hand
I'm just reaching out for a friend

On the day that I met you, you were the sunshine in the rain
As you shined upon me I never thought I see smiles look so strained
But then maybe I don't have it right and maybe I can't see the dark from light
I'm just reaching out for a friend

I made a promise I intend to keeo
I made a promise for all to see
Now I;m standing behind you because that's what friends are supposed to do
I'm just reaching out for a friend
I'm just reaching out for a friend
Track Name: I Stand Inside
I Stand Inside
by John Beccia

I see the sun in the mornin’
Break thru the peaks high above
I stand and stare at the beauty over there
I stand inside of your love

The brightness shines here before me
A warmth that fits like a glove
On to my hand, though I never understand
I stand inside of your love

The sun keeps shining through all the changing time and
I stand inside of your love
I stand inside of your love


Now as the new day is breakin’
You’re what I’m still thinkin’ of
Times that we spent, how they simply came and went
I stand inside of your love

The clouds are spread out and liftin’
White like the wings of a dove
They’re passing by, and though everything must die
I stand inside of your love

The sun keeps shining through all the changing time and
I stand inside of your love
I stand inside of your love
Track Name: Con Fuego
Con Fuego
lyrics by Victor Rocha
music by John Beccia

Este ritmo no tocamos Este ritmo para usted
Este ritmo no tocamos Este ritmo para usted
Este ritmo no tocamos Este ritmo para usted
Este ritmo no tocamos Este ritmo para usted
Con fuego tocamos Con fuego tocamos
Con fuego tocamos Con fuego tocamos
Track Name: The Freeze
The Freeze
by John Beccia

There's a coldnesss in the air
And you can feel it everywhere
You wish that someone warm was here
There's just the welling of your tears
Cause when your life's left behind you
And the love cannot find you
Then you're lost in the freeze
That's when you're lost in the freeze

There's a dead place in your heart
And how it's tearing you apart
You'd like to have a brand new start
Yeah,just to find out who you are
Cause when your life's left behind you
And the love cannot find you
Then you're lost in the freeze
That's when you're lost in the freeze

Repeat first verse and chorus
Track Name: What's What
What’s What
by John Beccia

Everytime I look around, I wonder where it’s goin’
Things are always speeding up and never ever slowin’
Every new election’s like a punch into the gut
Will someone please come and tell me what is what

CHORUS - What’s what?
What’s your number? What’s your name?
What’s what?
What’s your angle? What’s your game?
Every answer that I get is if, or and, or but
Will someone please come and tell me what is what

We used to be a country free, built on immigration
Now it seems our policies are based on domination
Politicians passing out each favor for a buck
Will someone please come and tell me what is what

REPEAT CHORUS

The rich stay rich, the poor stay poor by whose determination
We pass our laws and fight our wars to help the corporations
Social and enviromental programs just get cut
Will someone please come and tell me what is what

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Father
Father
by John Beccia
Where's the man who was beside me, growing young to old
Where there always was an ear to hear, a hand to hold
And he drove you mad, he made you laugh, and leave you cryin'
And the gift he gave, you will always have inside

Oh Father, Oh Father, how I miss you so
Our son and our daughter, they will never know
Your laughter, and your manner, just a memory
Father you will always
Father you will always
Father, you will always be a living part of me

Where's the graying hair that was almost gone with the passing years
Where's the outstretched arms, and the shoulder catching all these tears
We would argue long into the night, could not agree
But love outlasts any ideology

Oh Father, Oh Father, how I miss you so
Our son and our daughter, they will never know
Your laughter, and your manner, just a memory
Father you will always
Father you will always
Father, you will always be a living part of me
Track Name: Genetically Modified World
Genetically Modified World
by Brian Stark


Well DNA is natural. It’s the buiding block of life,
And when the good Lord put it together, you know, I think he did it up right.
He made lots of different organisms, a complex web of life
Each one depending on another and so the circle, it closed up tight
And then along came a man and a microscope, and he seperated the gene
When he put ‘em all back together, he made lots of strange un-natural things
And now food crops grow on the ocean floor. Cows, they grow on trees.
Now the ranchers gaze while their oysters graze
On grass that depends on a hormone spray
In our genetically modified world, In our genetically modified world

Well now the corporations they will tell you it’s about feeding people in need
But it isn’t really very hard to see that it’s really just about corporate greed
They patent the food in the third world and then they watch their profits grow
But the third world people can’t say no because they’re economic slaves of the WTO
And now their food crops grow on the ocean floor. Cows, they grow on trees.
Now the ranchers gaze while their oysters graze
On grass that depends on a hormone spray
In our genetically modified world, In our genetically modified world

Now when the corporations own creation, with who shall we worship then
With the First United Church of Syngenta, or Monsanto of the Nazarene
Of course, we’ll always have the Daoist, but they’re now D,O,W, DOW
They’ll be popular with all except the population of Bhopal
Because their chickens now only lay export crops. The sacred cows grow on trees.
Now the ranchers gaze while their oysters graze
On grass that depends on a hormone spray
That travels down the river into the bay
Where it bio-accumulates everyday
Till our ecosystem’s in decay
In our genetically modified world, In our genetically modified world (repeated)
Track Name: Something More
Somethin’ More
by John Beccia

In the evening
There’s a strange mysterious feeling
That can strengthen your belief in what we’re seeing’s
Somethin’ more than we can know

Not quite darkness
But a slowly fading sharpness
That can fill the soul and heart of what we are is
Somethin’ more than we can know

Some men will spend their whole life tryin’
Trying to find what will explain
Our reason to be is simple to see
In this mystery is where we remain

Dusk is falling
In a world where beauty’s haunting
Day is done and night is calling to us all in
Somethin’ more than we can know

Light is fading
Into dreams that are cascading
Time is slipping on it’s way in all the changin’
Somethin’ more than we can know

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

Somethin’ more than we can know - (3 times)
Somethin’ more than we can know

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