BAN the BOMB

by Silas B. Ritchie

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Ten years ago I joined hundreds of thousands of people around the world to protest the impending U.S. invasion of Iraq to no avail. A few years prior to that, after being inspired by singer-songwriters, I asked for an acoustic guitar from my father. Freshly engaged with the power of music, I took to writing my own anti-war ballads, along with songs about other important things in my life, ie; Love, Awareness, Gnomes, Aliens. After performing at several anti-war rallies and open mic poetry readings I decided to pursue music further. For my 18th birthday a family friend, Jane Lukic, graciously financed the recording sessions required to put these polished tracks into solid existence.
Thus was birthed BAN the BOMB. (June, 2003.)

Although the album was never officially released, the Iraq war is over, and George Bush is no longer the president, the themes still ring true today. With the ever present nature of nuclear war, and the recent saber rattling from North Korea, I thought it aprapos to finally resurrect BAN the BOMB digitally, at the very least.

I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed conceiving of and recording these beloved tracks that are as close to my real soul as anything will probably ever be.

Peace,
Silas Be

“All the pain we carry in our hearts and in our bodies
it must end with us”

-Japanese atomic bomb survivor-

There are now enough nuclear bombs
in the world to equal 400,000 Hiroshimas.

BAN the BOMB

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released March 31, 2013

All songs written and performed by Silas Ritchie, except the download exclusive "When I'm Gone" which is written by Phil Ochs

Producer : Robin De L'eau
Recording Engineer : Joe Gorman - Sonic Treat Music
Album Art/Photography : Dan De L'eau

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Wisconsin Native, Silas B. Ritchie : Singer Songwriter, producer, Audio-sculpture, Sound experimenter, music appreciator. Also a visual artist, DJ, philosopher, Double Lung transplant recipient, Natural Blonde, Nature Worshipper, Seeker of knowledge and Lover of Life. ... more

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Track Name: March of the Puttymen
It’s the million-man march
of the puttymen
Shout out, “It’s time again...
for another revolution!”
‘nother revolution.

There is somethin’ to be said
about the amount of people
who open their heads
and let them be fed this drivel shit
all cozy home in their boob tube pit

I’m drownin’ in a media shower
I’m drownin’ in a media downpour

It’s the million-man march
of the puttymen
Shout out, “It’s time again!”
for another revolution,
‘nother revolution
‘nother revolution...

Another revolution is on it’s way
we gotta stop this nation’s inspiration decay
Pick up your brain and get outside
it’s the only place that you can survive from

drowning in a media shower
I feel like I’m drowning in a media downpour

Kill your T.V.
Put it to the curb
Just have a conversation
Or read a book,
that’s not so absurd
Try and shed your skin
for every new thought
Create your own reality,
Don’t get bought.
Freshen your eyes
to this crude illusion
under the veil of W’s
foolproof confusion.

I’m drownin’ in a media shower
I feel like I’m drownin’ in a media downpour

It’s the one million man march
of the puttymen
Shout out: “It’s time!”
Time again for another revolution
‘nother revolution,
‘nother revolution,
‘nother revolution!
Track Name: Secret Soviet Chimpanzees
The world’s been hurtin’ hard
Everyone’s scared and scarred
It’s time to appease
the secret soviet chimpanzees

So that’s what’s been happenin’
No longer threats from bin Laden
Oh won’tcha please
stop the secret soviet chimpanzees

They hide in our trees
-chimpanzees-
On top of bus stops
-chimpanzees-
Can’t be stopped by the cops
- -
Oh won’tcha please
stop the secret soviet chimpanzees

Get your plastic and duct tape
This world is bent out of shape
We gotta freeze
the secret soviet chimpanzees

Get the vaccine for the plague
Aren’t politicians vague?
Fear the sneezing
secret soviet chimpanzees

They hide in our trees
-chimpanzees-
On top of bus stops
-chimpanzees-
Can’t be stopped by the cops
- -
Oh won’tcha please
stop the secret soviet chimpanzees
I wanna live in a world
where we don’t have to fear
what the TV tells us to fear

If we don’t ban the bomb
the world will be a tomb
Oh won’tcha please
stop the secret soviet chimpanzees

They hide in our trees
-chimpanzees-
On top of bus stops
-chimpanzees-
Can’t be stopped by the cops
- -
Oh won’tcha please
stop the secret soviet chimpanzees

I wanna live in a world
where we don’t have to kill
just to pay for oil

If we don’t BAN THE BOMB
the world will be a tomb
Oh won’tcha please
stop the secret soviet chimpanzees
Track Name: Impending DOOM
-The showdown with Iraq
is comin’ to you
from pay per view
They’re people too
-It ain’t no boxin’ match
Shit
They’re people too
-Saddam ain’t hungry
It’s the children
and their mothers
people too
-It’s the people
we’re about to blow
our whole arsenal
onto
-It’s like a fuckin’ festival
I can’t take it
This impending doom
-On the media,
the showdown
with the people too
on pay per view
-I ain’t buyin’ it
ain’t buyin’ it
are you?

-Sure Saddam is crazy
but Bush is too
What are we supposed to do?
-Maybe we should put ‘em
in a boxing ring
and let ‘em duke it out
on pay per view
-I would buy that
Would you?
-It’s better than letting them
duke it out
over acres of land
where there are people too
-’Cuz there is one thing about war
that you have got to know
The numbers in the death tolls
are people too
-It’s like a fuckin’ festival
I can’t take it
This impending doom
-I ain’t buyin’ it
are you?
-I ain’t buying this
impending doom

-There’s a place somewhere in time that
I want to go to when all of this is over
-It’s a calmly place with daffodils
and all the lakes are frozen over
-But it’s still warm outside. Oh yes
that means ice skating in the summer
-But the oceans are still wetter than ever
so good luck to all you surfers
-There are chips and salsa trees
China cola streams
Chapstick caterpillars
-The giraffes wear bell bottoms
and serve cocktails to you and your lover
-And you favorite music plays all day long
and fluxes with your mood meter
-Maybe these aren’t your favorite things
but it is my utopia..............it’s my utopia

-’Cuz there is one thing about war
that you have got to know
The numbers in the death tolls
are people too
-It’s like a fuckin’ festival
I can’t take it
This impending doom
-I ain’t buyin’ it
-I ain’t buyin’ it
ain’t buyin’ it
are you?
-I ain’t buyin’ it
ain’t buyin’ this
ain’t buyin’ this
impending doom
Track Name: Stay Awake
Like a hangnail denial grows
Waiting for results that never show
the answer to the question you haven’t asked
You can’t find solice in the past

Everyone wants to sedate sometimes
Numbing out isn’t a crime
But it’d be a shame if you lost your mind

Get with it
I can’t even say
how important it is
to stay awake

Foolish grins and puffy eyes
A couple of tokes and the time just flies
Skip school and come with me
This one’ll be a freebee

Unmotivated, tired and high
Ignoring life, just getting by
till the next fix.....But why?

Get with it
I can’t even say
how important it is
to stay awake

Get with it
Gotta stay awake
Gotta stay clear
‘cuz your mind’s at stake
Track Name: GNOME
-I was walking around through out the woods
and I saw a little gnome
-He was prophesizin’ about the future and past
and then he took me to his home
-I said, “Gimme a glass of tea little gnome.
I know you got lots to share.”
-He looked at me and gave me a wink
Then commenced to fix his hair

-He went on for days
about the future’s destruction
-and how all the tall men
will die by their own guns
-“The time is comin’ soon
so we better prepare for this strife.
-Gotta run and hide from death
and start to worship life.”

-I was walkin’ around the urban jungle
and I saw a little girl
-She was holding a pink ragdolly
I believe her name was Pearl
-She asked me, “Um, sir....
Why do people kill?”
-I didn’t really have an answer. I just said,
“Well, they do what they will.”

-So that made me really upset
I had to take a nap
-I wish I had a good answer
but any would be crap
-There’d be no will to kill
if we were all doves
-We could chirp songs of peace
and whistle tunes of love



-I was walking around a stinky swamp
and I saw a little toad
-He was sittin’ there, king of the trash
It seems there was a load
-He said, “I got five legs and one eye
‘cuz your people dumped this here.”
-I don’t understand why we pollute the Earth
and why we don’t even care

-So I listened to his dying words
They weren’t very nice
-He said, “You’ve messed up your planet
Now you’re gonna pay the price
-Mother Gaia will heal her wounds
and get rid of the human race
-Unless you get your acts together
and clean up this place.”
Track Name: Gelato MAN
This is a story of a man
He eats gelato as fast as he can
He’s the belly floppin’ king of the town
At all the chile cookouts he get the golden crown

This is a story of a man
His favorite game is kick the can
He’s the coolest dude on the beach
and he’s been in school so long I bet he could teach

This is a story of a man
He spends half his life sittin’ on the can
He moons the cars as they pass
Everyone in town knows this guy’s ass

This is a story of a man
......His name is George

He’s about 36, soon he’ll probably get hitched
“No way man, marriage is a bitch.”

This is a story of a man
He eats gelato as fast as he can
He’s the belly floppin’ king of the town
At all the chile cookouts he get the golden crown
Track Name: Alien Fingers
I find it relatively difficult....
....to manage the small object of Earth....
....with the enormous digits of my Alien anatomy........

If I had Alien Fingers
More time to linger
Reasoning for figures
Less addiction to sugar
-I’d be happier-

Don’t be a polluter
or a constant rager
Treat all life with care
and always be fair

We shouldn’t judge one another
Spend less time in fear
Look more in the mirror
and tell her you love her
-You’ll be happier-

If everyone shares
Then everyone will prosper
and the world will be better
and we’ll all be....Happier!

(-refrain-)
Track Name: Eva
I was layin’ on your bed
You had just left for work
Your soft lips flutter through my head
Twas my morning perk

I grabbed a cup of green tea
and smoked a bowl
Then I got weak in the knees
‘cuz I know....
....that last night....
...............................
Meant as much to you as it did to me
I could tell by the feel of your heart beat
It put me into a dream state

(-chorus-)

I couldn’t shelter my soul no longer
I couldn’t sweat the darkness no more
I wouldn’t change this constant feeling
I can now feel the feeling of........love

Then I awoke
and you were back in bed
I felt your gentle poke
then you said,

“Don’t ever leave me,
please baby.”
I said, “Don’t worry
I’ll always be....
....here....
...................................
when you need a shoulder to cry on
or just a toy to pounce on.
Who else could turn you on like I do?”

I’ve got a confession
You’ve been on my mind
It’s my new obsession
to be with you all the time

I looked into your eyes
and said I loved you
You blinked and sighed
“I love you too.”

Train wrecked and basking on an Island
hasn’t trained me to build a fire
I’ve built a two legged chair though
Been balancing on a silver wire

(-chorus-)
Track Name: The Dog Song
With the money that I make
off of my musical career
I’ll take an airplane all the way to Texas
While I’m in Texas I’ll strike some oil
and with the money from the oil
I’ll buy a dog to kill George Bush!
They’ll never know when I’ll do it
Maybe during the inauguration
of the year two thousand and four

In order to complete this evil plan
I’ll buy some bio-chemicals
from Iraq to mutate my dog
Then my dog will become a super dog
and my super dog will get super dog powers
and I’ll ride on his back and we’ll fly to the white house
and at the white house he’ll kill the president
!NO! he won’t ‘cuz killing is wrong
Everyone knows that killing is wrong
Everyone knows that

So why do we kill the people who kill people
to show that killing people shouldn’t be done
Perhaps instead of killing those people
we should just set a good example
by not continuing this killing cycle
because if we keep on killing
....and killing
our youth will have to live in a world of dead bodies
No one wants to live in a world of dead bodies
But if we promote PEACE....
But if we promote PEACE....
....maybe our youth won’t have to live
in a world filled with dead bodies
Perhaps instead of a world filled with dead bodies
it will be a world of roses....
....and pretty singing birds all of the day
with no exposure to our violent past
Violence is not the answer so stop the war
and do not ever start no more
Stop the war and start no more
Stop the war and start no more
Stop the war !NOW!
and start no more !EVER AGAIN!
Stop the war and start no more......

Kill or not to kill these are the choices
You know what I’d choose
You know what I’d choose
I would choose not to kill
‘cuz killing is wrong. Everyone knows that
Every one knows that killing is wrong
and I’d much rather live
I’d much rather live....
I’d much rather live....
....in a world...
....not blown to smithereens
I’d much rather live
I’d much, much, much rather live....
....in a world
I’d much rather live in a world of roses
Track Name: BAN the BOMB
"BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH"
Track Name: When I'm Gone demo (Phil Ochs Cover)
There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone
And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone
And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't feel the flowing of the time when I'm gone
All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I'm gone
My pen won't pour a lyric line when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't breathe the bracing air when I'm gone
And I can't even worry 'bout my cares when I'm gone
Won't be asked to do my share when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't be running from the rain when I'm gone
And I can't even suffer from the pain when I'm gone
Can't say who's to praise and who's to blame when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

Won't see the golden of the sun when I'm gone
And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I'm gone
Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

All my days won't be dances of delight when I'm gone
And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I'm gone
Can't add my name into the fight while I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone
And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone
Can't live proud enough to die when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone
And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone
And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it, I guess I'll have to do it
Guess I'll have to do it while I'm here