Diving with Zelda

by Skiprope Opus

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A Fitzgeraldian world tour of intro & extro-spection in lo-fi, monophone-addict sound. Be sure and visit us at SOUNDCLOUD, also:
soundcloud.com/richard-blaine-3

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released July 7, 2015

Special thanks to Todd L and Dan of V electronics. Art by MegSmiley design. Thanks to Atombender, Substance W and Worst Kitchen Records.

“Spanning and blending a variety of genres, from lo-fi indie rock to lounge jazz, from opera to indie-tronica, often in one track, Skiprope Opus knows how to keep things interesting and engaging”
-The Plastic Inevitable (Online Music Magazine)


"Great sound you guys have going on, good and lively a lot different from most of the stuff I've heard on soundcloud, love that organ!"
-Daniel Niblock of Lonesome Astronaut (indie band from Northern Ireland)

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Skiprope Opus - an indie band that consumes books, music,
philosophy, and experiments with low-tech sound equipment between their Central California and Iowa homes. Being formed in 2014, they have recently released their 2nd EP "Riding With Zelda." ... more

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Track Name: Birds
In this land
We fell in audible confusion
We grew bored
Rid the race
Of all that's inferior
Venerate the higher
Or the more amusing

(Chorus)
The only lesson to be learned
Is there's no lesson to be learned
Let's shoot arrows
Without shooting any birds

Here in figured dark
We watch once more
An idle day
Ours when happy endings
Didn't bore
Track Name: This Side of Minnesota
Looking like a flash
Like a ferris wheel spinning in the night
Enthusiasm is distasteful
Someone won't you poison them?
They're fresh

Out of Kansas City
Just an offspring of some Bilphists
Shiny, sparkling, Princeton, prom-girls
Make me think of tans of summers yet to come

Somber tunes from orchestras
With retroactive, melancholy music
Played for acrobats in vaudeville
Mechanical pianos

(big linen handkerchiefs, two dozen bathing suits, carnivals, affection supercilious amusements)

People dress for parties
Just as if like magic, a narcissistic, simple-fest
And once they exit, then they are succeeded by the others

We must keep tradition
That we never will get tired
It's fun spending money
In a foreign city

Ragtime Kids
Flappers
Jazz babies
Baby Vamps

Ragtime Kids
Flappers
Jazz Women
Baby Vamps
Track Name: Old St. Paul
Hibbing gave us Zimmerman
St. Paul produced Francis
More than just iconic highways
More than silly dances
Dropping Princeton
Minneapolis
Risking other chances
Dinky Towns, Bound for Glory
Contingent on their stances

Daniel Chester's upright statue
Guthrie on a train
Summit Avenue, appliance sales
Mr. Jones, or Amory Blaine
A Coward, an Evil Eye
Desolation Row
Father Darcy's triangle
Yields more than you know

All along the watchtower
Spy Babylon revisited
Conceit is a disease
But it's not so beautiful is it?
To live like this is not to live
My death is not a gain
The things I want to do I don't
With no one else to blame

Oak Park bleeds a rising sun
Asbury holiday weekends
When influenza takes out Faye
And Genevre's chances cheapen
Where's a spoiled priest to find
A reference for it all?
When no one saves a waltz for you
Dance back to Old St. Paul

Every time I slip and fall
I'll return to Old St. Paul

Every time I hit the wall
I'll return to Old St. Paul

Every time I sense the call
I'll go back to Old St. Paul
Track Name: High Point
Every light goes on
When I'm in your vicinity

The pageantry and carnival of the misty streets
Makes it seem like a sensate walk of life
Like a half-dream and a string of countless lines
Is the promise of the night and streets and singing

Every light goes on
When I'm in your vicinity

All the crazy qualities which spoil a dozen romances
Dulled by the waves that washed over us
All the time together was just like a breathless hush
And we feared that the paradise like spell would break

(every light goes on when I'm in your vicinity)

The spell became a trance with life transmitted by our love
All ambitions, fell, into the corner sound asleep
And I'm so happy that I'm frightened wouldn't it be awful
If we came to find out this was just the high point?

I'm not his I'm yours I don't belong to him I'm yours
Now I know for the first time what a kiss can mean
Beauty means the end of agony, we're beautiful
So we know that our love is Divine possessed
Track Name: Divers of the Riviera
When we're with them we make time to play
A life of leisure makes things okay
At least that's how it shows for us

Make it up as we go along
Drown our thoughts in dine and song
Tricks of the heart to snow us

We beg your honor
Make room for us
Present our souls
In you we trust

We'll aspire to be (divers of the riviera)
Fan the fires at sea (divers of the riviera)

There's a beach we'll find them on
Just ask Rosemary and Tom
A side-show to spy
With boards and rings

Ignoring what's inside of us
We have diverticulitis
When the phonograph lulls
This is what we sing

We beg your honor
Make room for us
Present our souls
In you we trust

We'll aspire to be (divers of the riviera)
Fan the fires at sea (divers of the riviera)

We'll conspire to be (divers of the riviera)
Fan the fires at sea (divers of the riviera)
Track Name: Minnesota (reprise)
Ragtime Kids
Flappers
Jazz babies
Baby Vamps

Ragtime Kids
Flappers
Jazz Women
Baby Vamps