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Topsy Turvy World

by The Away Team

"Topsy Turvy World" is an eclectic mix of modern pop songs with overtones of dance, country, jam band, rock, even world music in a searing political and personal reflection of life in the USA 2010 featuring female vocals, electronica, guitars
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What the Birds Say
7:00 album only
2. Life Changes
5:03 album only
3. Another Fish Story
5:47 album only
4. Wild Wild Land
6:05 album only
5. Black Ice
6:45 album only
6. Topsy Turvy World
5:02 album only
7. What Dances Survives
6:22 album only
8. Private War
5:48 album only
9. All the People
5:58 album only
10. Good Times Fly
4:47 album only
11. Bottom Line
5:59 album only
12. Zero Point
1:30 album only


Album Notes

Hold on to Your Dreamin ©2010 The Away Team

Vocals: Penny Little; Music and Words Penny Little; Keyboards and Programming, Penny Little & Nik Green. Guitars by Ben Hurley, Additional Backing Vocals Ben Hurley

"All the People all around the world are sayin' gotta be a better way than this. If we really want to make things different, then we gotta take the risk."

"You know it's crazy, but it's true, there's a better day comin' for me and for you well, maybe, maybe we'll make it through if we hold on, hold on to our dreamin..."

This began as a gentla little ditty on a marimba pattern, thinking about a time when the world might be a better place. It was supposed to be a Christmas song, but songs like children have minds of their own and become what they will.

Bottom Line ©2010 The Away Team

Vocals: Penny Little; Words and music: Penny Little; Keyboards and programming, Nik Green and Penny Little, Guitars by Ben Hurley

"Have we lived up to the promise of the human zoo? Are we still alive, are we better than primordial goo? Could this be random? Is there a plan? What is this tandem between woman and a man?

Extended intro and outtro say what cannot be said in words in music. There is hope in the end rise. This was performed for the first time at the Summer Solstice 1994 Credit must be given to James Fanning our Chapman Stick player at the time for his lead notation which has been adapted for Electric Guitar.

Good Times Fly ©2010 The AWay Team

Music and Words: Penny Little; Vocals: Penny Little; Keyboards & programming - Nik Green& Penny Little. Guitars by Ben Hurley

.... "Nature repeats like the flowers in the spring. What should I say? Why do I sing? Something inside has died. If I could go back I would. I think we're caught between two worlds apart. Goodbye how good times fly.."

A goodbye song for a friend, written one night between midnight and 2 am., The original vocals are the ones you hear in this mix. Just one of those things that came out whole, all at once.

Life Changes 2010 The Away Team

Music and Words: Penny Little; Vocals: Penny Little; Keyboards & Programming - Nik Green & Penny Little; Guitars by Ben Hurley.

"Wish you could be with me here and now, but you never really knew me anyway. Guess I'll have to settle for there and then cause you never know never know when...life changes."

A song about the only constant in life: changes. It was written with someone else in mind -- not anything personal in my life, thinking about how people often are not "present" and then long for what was, what cannot be, what never was. Time and space are only relative.

Topsy Turvy World ©2010 The Away Team

Vocals: Penny Little; Music and Words by Penny Little. One line by David Ray Griffin.Keyboards and programming by Penny Little and Nik Green Penny is playing guitars on this track.

"Someday you'll be sorry, you didn't ask, you didn't question. You didn't even know you were afraid. When I saw the towers falling, I knew then; voices were callin', screamin' in the fallout and the lies..

So I write a little love song, for those who hate. Hope you hear it, we all need to, the world can't wait. We're living in a topsy turvy world. . . . "

What the Birds Say ©2010 The Away Team

Vocals: Penny Little; Music and words by Penny Little completed on 9/11/2001, as demo. Re-arranged and re-recorded in 2010. Keys and programming by Penny Little and Nik Green. Guitars, Ben Hurley

"The rhythm of their feet, walkin' down the empty street. There must be a reason for all their pain. I feel the heat of summer, longin' for a coolin rain. Maybe it's just the season, but I feel there's gonna be a change..."

The first part of this song came from a long time ago, but the verses didn't arrive until 9/11 when the idea coalesced in the eerie silence and horror of that day.

Wild Wild Land ©2010 The Away Team

Vocals: Penny Little; Music and words written by Penny Little while in the UK; Keys and programming by Penny Little and Nik Green. Guitars by Ben Hurley

"I wish I was in the country, in the wild, wild land, where my heart has open spaces and the grass grows out of hand, in the wild wild land, it's my country, it's my home.

I been too long in this city, it's got me hooked, yeah it's so easy . . . ."

Ben Hurley from White Feather played on the original demo, recorded on 4-track. Check out the video demo here.

What Dances Survives 2010 The Away Team

Music and Words: Penny Little; Vocals: Penny Little; Keyboards and programming by Penny Little &Nik Green. Guitars by Ben Hurley.

"Take me with you where ever you go, like a ghost from the past we don't know. In my mind, you're always there. In my time, it's truth or dare. Go away so I can really be with you now. I've had enough to last a lifetime, tell me how. Can we ease your pain? Wish I could ease your pain. Tell me tell me tell me, why can't I? If nothing is impossible, their truth is a lie. It's a lie. What dances survives, what dances . . . ."

In an earthquake, a wooden house will dance but one made of more rigid materials will crack....

Black Ice ©2010 The Away Team

Music and words: Penny Little Vocals: Penny Little; Programming & keyboards, Nik Green & Penny Little; Guitars, Ben Hurley

"I won't let you squeeze my heart.
I won’t slip on your black ice. You can’t drive me off my edge anymoreCause I’m talked out,
I’m walkin’ out that door.

If you wanna know why I don’t return your calls
Every time I do you got me climbing up the walls
Don’t need no more of your melodrama
I’ve had enough of your love hate-o-rama

I’m not your bleedin’ mama
You’re a feeding piranah

Black Ice hidden on the road
I could not scream
Put on the brakes
I’m skiddin in a bad dream..."



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