Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks

by The Amplifier Heads

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SonOfHermit
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SonOfHermit It's rare to find a CD that is both a pop and concept album full of hooks and oddness that one can play it over and over again without it getting old because it's so musically rich with interesting material. Favorite track: Funhouse Mirrors.
Rob Moss
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Rob Moss Seems wrong to pick a favorite track on MFAAPs. It's obvious Sal intended it to be listened to from start to finish, not pieces of random content for some Spotify playlist.

Starting with Funhouse Mirrors, the listener gets lost in this amusement park, which may not be so abandoned after all.

Take in the sights and sounds and structures and characters. Go for a ride. Skip your diet. Do things you wouldn't normally do. It's why we go to a carnival in the first place. Favorite track: Funhouse Mirrors.
IntenselyNick
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IntenselyNick This album is a beautiful musical fairground ride which reflects on the carnival of life so joyously. It is fantastic from cover to cover... Favorite track: Freaks.
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arise arise today's the day the carnival arrives like the perfect birthday gift unwrapped before our eyes hurry hurry lets all scurry for our favorite rides and at midnight fireworks illuminate the sky if you’re looking for me you know where i’ll be funhouse mirrors looking at you thru funhouse mirrors changing my view oh i saw you for the first time looking at me in funhouse mirrors there we stood at the gate but we just couldn’t wait we jumped over the wall into the carnival and you looked so beautiful and so unusual i saw you standing there in funhouse mirrors looking at you thru funhouse mirrors changing my view oh i saw you for the first time looking at me in funhouse mirrors
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summer is gone september song it’s getting cool get back to school blue jeans and a corduroy jacket summer is gone september song we’ll go to the fair lots of things to do there blue jeans and a corduroy jacket down come all the leaves blue jeans and a corduroy jacket
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at the city fair on saturday night candy apple girl saw her standin’ there with her hair up high candy apple girl so i moved on over in her general direction thought i’d take a whirl oh candy apple girl caught me looking out the corner of her eye now candy apple girl said i got a few tickets wanna go for a ride now candy apple girl took a hold of her hand at the old time dance with a promenade and twirl oh candy apple girl hot damn she took me on a roller coaster candy apple girl learned me real good not to be a big boaster candy apple girl she’s sweet as sugar on a cherry plum pie with an ice cream peppermint swirl oh candy apple girl
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Ghost Song 02:23
there will always be a special place I keep inside of space and time a picture a familiar face a memory of a hand on mine the first note that was ever played has stayed with me like sunshine a song that was written just for me now feels so out of time and when the night is still there inside October's chill like a ghost song you always come back to me there will always be inside my heart a pocket full of memories that are locked there in a world apart from everything that’s seen and seems so meaningful but lost tossed out by the hands of time where the infinite mercy of love watches over me and when the night is still there inside October's chill like a ghost song you always come back to me there will always be a special place i keep inside of space and time like a ghost song you always come back to me
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Addio 01:20
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the house of horrors and the roller coasters bolted gate the pendulum’s no longer swinging for it is late the boys and girls all on the tilt a whirl are ghosts at the funhouse mirrors their shattered slivered hosts the carousel fell into the fortune tellers sacred mound the missing teeth of barkers buried in the ground the scare o plane and bumper cars are still the flying horses are all out of sorts no shrill the laughing lady went quite crazy now lives alone behind the arcade where music played thru a megaphone the matterhorn was torn down just before the plague at the stroke of midnight the last carny ghost dances on a wooden leg
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Midway 00:15 video
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Freaks 02:02
i never cared for people they’re brutal and unreal i like to stay alone in my trailer by the ferris wheel i work as a carny with a girl name of peg she likes to carve her name into my wooden leg just before i’m half past dead hammer a nail into my big block head put me on a stage as a rock n roll clown and send me off to gibson town i prefer the face of strangers if they're quiet and kind those who do not fit been left out and left behind i once tried to fit in all i got was stuck now i’m old and i just don’t give a fuck when i die don’t bury me scatter my ashes neath the dogwood tree sing a song and dance around and send me off to gibson town when i die don’t bury me scatter my ashes neath the dogwood tree salute me with a beer and song leave me here to gibson town
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heed this warning all the trees and birds cry while you were fawning all the rivers ran dry I will come to see you and the price will be high the earth is dying now and you take it all and run reaping what you sow may you be the first to know you don’t when the collector will be down the world is dying now you take it all and run reaping what you sow may you be the first to know may you be the first to know and the last to go
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she wore black mascara it ran down the side of her cheek when she cried “abandon me!” she wore black mascara wiped down the side of her sleeve when she smiled and abandoned me
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Freak 03:54
i worked as a carny with a two headed girl name of peg she used to drink and carve her name into my wooden leg harold was a junkie said he shot dope with jesus christ i said you’re better off alone man you can get off twice he said just before i’m half past dead hammer a nail into my big block head prop me up on a stage like a rock n roll clown and send me off to gibson town i prefer the face of strangers if they’re quiet and kind those who do not fit and have been left out and left behind i once tried to fit in all i got was stuck now i’m old and i just don’t give a fuck when i die don’t bury me drag my ass to that dogwood tree sing a song and dance about and send me off to gibson town when i die don’t bury me drag my ass to that dogwood tree salute me with a beer and song leave my bones here in gibson town
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Arise, arise today's the day the carnival arrives...
Memory, ghosts, abandonment, joy, fear, beauty, loss, blue jeans and a corduroy jacket, Gibtown, Fall...and at midnight the last carny ghost dances on a wooden leg...

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released September 9, 2020

Recorded March-July 2020
Electric Zucchini Studio Boston MA

All instruments and vocals Salvatore Baglio

Kevin “King” Rapillo drums and percussion
Funhouse Mirrors, September Song,
Candy Apple Girl, Ghost Song, Freaks
Welcome To Deathworld
Recorded at The Attic Nashville TN

Bill Mason Mixmaster General
Second Story Studio Boston MA

Kenny Lewis Sonic Madman
Mixed Emotions Music Boston MA

Mastered by Alex McCollough
True East Mastering
Nashville TN
trueeastmastering.com

Artwork: Jim Zaccaria
jimzaccariaart.com

words and music
Salvatore Baglio
SweetBreadSongs ASCAP

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