Testa Rosa III

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1.
Bad Wolf 04:44
Bad Wolf, red river, turning over what what he's eating Down here, there's an island, sort of an inlet with deer feeding He cries, closes his eyes, for miles around they hear Look high, up towards the sky, as far as the eye can see Trees and eagles even At once he wants a great divide We fall to our knees and cry This poor old river was Bad Wolf came biting, rewriting and deleting Up here it's a hard life, sort of a bad life we're leading The blame a moth to flame. A farmer can’t tame a beast. Dead game, you feel the shame. He’s lying it at your feet, You need it, but you won't eat it At once he wants a great divide We fall to our knees and cry This poor old river dries It’s poison to the river It pours into the river
2.
Turned upon us all, she sees her face on the other side Once a model wife and mother, now she is certified You'll come upon a clear wall that once was opaque You'll wake up and think of a million reasons why it has to break Talking loud for the benefit of everyone in the crowd At the window pane to finally see it smash into pieces It all came down What is wrong? What seizes her? Just a sudden craze? Once a model wife and mother, now in her manic phase. You'll come upon a clear wall that was opaque You'll wake up and think of a million reasons why it has to break Talking loud for the benefit of everyone in the crowd And you feel my pain to finally see it smash into pieces it all came down
3.
Back in summer we were bored Working at the record store Staring at the door Like nothing would ever change That’s when he came wandering in A parka with a safety pin And flipping through the bin Singing I could have written that He always put his hand on mine I would take it back in time Obviously then he stole my heart But I thought something more Said he could play guitar and sing Always kept me wondering And he never bought a thing Cuz he could have written that He always put his hand on mine I could feel him breathe in time Always put his head against my heart Just to hear the sound (Solo) He always put his hand on mine Momentary frozen time Always put his head against my heart Just to hear the sound We can’t go there anymore Cuz there are no more record stores Well maybe three or four But that took a little while I wondered what became if him As the lights inside the mall grew dim And so it was the end Of I could have written that He could have written that Wonder where he is now
4.
Irvine 03:47
Oh before the day we left the place was quite amazing Oh many ways we had to get our dancing days in We're gonna ride a platinum plane in the sky Get ready get on now The future looks so bright.. for you and me Oh laying on the the lawn the colors of the day floating like a swan Oh we hear the geese crow at dawn Waking up alone in the morning of a fawn Uh oh, oh we don't know What they left us here for Long looks and now it's time to go We ought to be careful We're gonna ride a platinum plane in the sky You'll never believe it The future looks so bright Yeah, we're gonna ride a shiny silver tram Get ready and get on now Taking off for Tomorrowland, whee!



5.
Golden Boat 06:10
Groaning, slowly as she leaves the shore Getting smaller, until she is seen no more A north wind is stirring up the foam And the sun is lowing like an ever burning dome Oh the glow setting slow to rise no more Growing more than just an overload With stones and silver, will it then be stolen or sold? And knowing as the clouds begin to roll That she's tipping like an un-footed bowl All aboard, with your horde to rise no more to be sure, here's your cure to rise no more The story goes, that it only left her wanting more so heavy with ice into the night she would go A golden boat, ever-longing it would overflow then giving her pearls back to the world below She's waiting.. the ocean is her darkened home And sparkling fishes now delighted with their own
6.
Castaway 04:19
“Visit Ohana!” I saw pictures in a magazine Flora and fauna, everyday here is a happening Winter or summer, sitting, sunning in covered chair On Kanapaali, I would meet you there I'm here at the Castaway Lounge Let the ocean sounds wash away your deepest blues How can it be over now? I'm still waiting for you by the swimming pool Coconut, Dolphin, Banyan, Emerald, Aloha When you arrive in, it’s better diving from the rock Out on the ocean I could take you on a dinner cruise Or we could go dancing, how could you refuse? I'm here at the Castaway Lounge Let the ocean sound wash away your deepest blues How can it be over now? I’m still waiting for you by the swimming pool
7.
And so I feel this way again alone in a crowd wondering out loud “why?” I hardly can believe it there's strange grey cloud but you'll stand proud We might be doing it just cause we disagree sounds like work to me And introducing you with an apology, sounds like work to me I'll say it again I know where you've been nowhere you've been Oh no, we’re getting along now the feeling is right even when it's wrong, ohhh No, I've really been thinking Ships pass in the night even if they're both sinking We might be doing it just cause we disagree sounds like work to me Introducing you with an apology, sounds like work to me I'll never be who you think that I ought to be sounds like work to me and overthinking whatever you say to me sounds like work too The firemen kneeling at the well No stone unturned, no tale to tell the sound of someone falling never landing the silent dimming of the lights when all the creatures of the night strain their ears for words they never hear
8.
I can hear you saying repeatedly love is a game for fools and you're not gonna play it. That there's no one person meant for you but then you always do look at me when you say it Oh baby don’t you know How to me it seems so obvious the two of us are putting on a show Baby don’t you know If there’s something this reminds you of it feels a lot like what I've heard is love I'd be just a friend until infinity if it made you just a little happy to be watching you from afar just waiting for the day the bell will ring When just one tiny thing would make you realize how perfect that we are Oh baby don't you know It’s something bigger than the two of us It's time for you to learn to trust me Oh baby don't you know Baby don't you know. Whoah. Oh When you're down I'd be there too through everything right next to you And when you fall I'll prop you up against the wall oh I can carry you so lean on me why can't you see how it will be tomorrow And where you go I'll follow forever I'm telling you I know we could make it together and one day you will know
9.
I'll tell you now it was like this the clouds were red and amethyst and in your gremlin we did ride between the bluffs and Riverside they came here in the night dark as black wool the missiles fell in line I had to leave it on the side of the road into the ditch, into the mud the Mississippi, turned to blood they opened up their metal skin colors all were were alien they came here in the night dark as black wool the missiles fell in line had to leave it on the side of the road and then the sky filled with bright light a hope from far away and in a flash it was gone
10.
My love, my love, my love he was saying with his arms wide I fell to my knees and cried as something hit his side Oh no, oh no, oh no There's nothing for you to see here But my eye caught something I fear I tried to disappear So like flames on the water Wine stains on the altar Gold chains on a beggar I didn’t belong there So afraid to get caught there I stayed too long Said I like to play the victim In denial of what was to come He said you're different one-on-one You treat me different one-on-one You better finish what you’ve begun Cuz you already should have run And when I see you out there having lots of fun Are you're ignoring me ? and if I had a gun no court, I bet no court would convict me Then he died right here a grave marker wasn't right for us left behind cuz of the time, he'll be right here with his trademark, a strange darkness, parted by the light of a dove the summer of we three
11.
Lost Loon 06:00
It's sounding different – the echoes now. We never really know. One day you see them all, and turn around, another's gone away It's like they're giving up before they even try And it all happens under and ordinary sky Ooh ooh ooh oooh You hear the boats now under a silver sun they look for the loon all day A sad and sorry sound it looks as if the eagle had a good day It's like we're giving up before we even try And it all happened under an ordinary sky Ooh ooh ooh oooh

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Testa Rosa's "sophomore album, aptly titled "II," was the best local album of 2011. And with thoughtfully written songs like the subtly unsettling "Bad Wolf" and the glistening "Golden Boat," anchored by Betty Blexrud-Strigens stunning vocals, follow-up "III" is every bit as good."

Piet Levy - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/milwaukee-album-reviews-testa-rosa-pharoah-mac-and-dmt-phylums-and-more-b99557162z1-322420521.html

"As with its predecessors, Testa Rosa III’s well of influences runs deep, recalling the lush harmonics of The Carpenters, the studio-perfected pop of Big Star and the cheerful release of power-pop contemporaries like The New Pornographers. It’s the band’s prettiest record yet, emphasizing dreamy ballads even more than its predecessors, though it’s got a playful side as well."

Evan Rytlewski - Shepherd Express

shepherdexpress.com/article-26339-testa-rosa-work-at-their-own-pace.html

"Testa Rosa excels at creating a sound that subtly defies categorization yet remains instantly familiar."

Matt Wild - Milwaukee Record

milwaukeerecord.com/music/exclusive-listen-to-testa-rosas-shapeshifting-third-album-iii/

"If you have fond memories of the music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the “golden age of studio recording,” you will find much to like in the music of Testa Rosa. However, fans of contemporary alternative rock should also find themselves enthralled by the rich textures of the band’s sound on III."

Bill Lamb - Wisconsin Gazette

www.wisconsingazette.com/music/3rd-time-charms-again-for-testa-rosa.html

"The Milwaukee quintet led by Betty Blexrud-Strigens and seconded by her husband Damian continues to make convincing proof(s) that indie-pop and indie-rock songs can blossom most beautifully when allowed to blossom most thoughtfully."

Jon Gilbertson - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/new-albums-in-stores-this-week-b99562098z1-323168411.html

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released August 21, 2015

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Testa Rosa Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ever glance down at the speedometer and realize those cherries in the rear view really are for you? How could they know that heart-crushing pop music was to blame. Testa Rosa writes songs to make you remember love and forget the speed limit.

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