bitter herbs

bitter herbs

 Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

drawing inspiration from wordsmiths like bob dylan, phil ochs and elvis costello, the songs of the bitter herbs simmer with a soupcon of wit, bewilderment and hope in the form of three + minute ruminations set to melodies that deliciously linger for days.

Biography

after devouring and digesting the offerings of music's best songwriters, we were hungry for more. in the spirit of consumption and creation, the bitter herbs sprung forth with the hopes of leaving a trail of morsels for those who find meaning in a well turned phrase. richard halprin, the wits behind this operation, had been writing songs for years and saving them under the mattress, waiting for a rainy day. a master of procrastination, rainy days came and went and the songs remained where he left them. seeminlgy, it was always raining too hard or not enough. after countless rounds of friendly cajolery, r.m. was convinced by admirers to leave the comforts of anonymity and begin the task of recording his catalogue. he enlisted a few friends to help and the songs took on lives of their own.

Lyrics

Waiting For The Water To Boil

Written By: Richard Halprin

SIEZE THE DAY, SHE SAID
WHEN ALL I SEE IS DAYLIGHT FADE
PLEASE DON'T LAY IN BED, SHE SAYS
ADORNED WITH THAT THORNED BOUQUET
EVER SINCE
OUR HISTORY'S BEEN RECORDED
WE'VE BEEN INFLUENCED
BY ECLIPSES AND ELIPTICAL ORBITS
DARE WE SHOW TRUE FEELINGS
ARE WE ACTING COY
I'LL JUST PACE THE CEILING
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO BOIL
NO MORE SYMPATHY, SHE DECLARED
UNTIL YOU TRY SOMETHING NEW
THIS EPIPHANY SHE SHARED
WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO DISSOLVE GLUE
THERE'S A CHANCE
YOUR DREAMS WILL BE CASTRATED
WHEN YOU SLOW DANCE
WIT THE MONSTER THAT YOU MATED
FOR THOSE WHO WOULD INHERIT
AND THOSE WHO REAP THE SPOILS
I'LL JUST GRIN AND BEAR IT
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO BOIL
YOU'RE NO PATRIOT, THEY ALLEGED
UNLESS YOU CLOSE BOTH YOUR EYES
THOSE ALLIEGANCES YOU PLEDGED
DON'T ILLUMINATE OR IMMUNIZE
THE CHARADE
WE MARCHED SEEMED NEVER ENDING
NOW I’M AFRAID
TO PRETEND WERE NOT PRETENDING
AND FOR THE HOSTAGES OF HAPPENSTANCE
WHO TRESPASS SACRED SOILS
I'LL BE DOING MY RAINDANCE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO BOIL
CHANGE THE SUBJECT NOW, SHE BEGGED
JUST AS I BEGIN
I DO A PUPPET SHOW, INSTEAD
FOR THE AMUSEMENT OF A MANEQUIN
MIRACLE DRUGS AND WONDER BRAS
MAY FLOOD THIS MORTAL COIL
I'LL BE HOLDING MY APPLAUSE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO BOIL

A SONG ABOUT LOST AND FOUND

Written By: RICHARD HALPRIN

MY MOTHER HAS
THREE JEWELLED CHARMS
SHE WEARS AROUND HER NECK
EACH INDICATE THE MONTH
A CHILD WAS BORN
AND I SPENT A DOZEN YEARS
DIGGING OUT
FROM SOMEONES ELSE'S WRECK
EMERGING TO CELEBRATE THINGS
TIME'S NOT YET TORN
**NOT EVERY LOOPHOLE
HAS A LOOPHOLE
NOT EVERY TRAP HAS ATRAPDOOR
I'VE GONE FORTH
AND I'VE BEEN FRUITFUL
THANKS BUT NO MORE
BIRTHSTONES AND TOMSTONES
AND THINGS
MEANT FOR THE GROUND
GATHERING THE MILESTONES
FOR A BASKET MARKED
LOST AND FOUND
THE DISCOUNT DOLLAR DIPLOMATS
POUND OUT ANTHEMS
ON THEIR CHESTS
WHEN IT COMES
TO POINTING FINGERS
THEY'RE ALL THUMBS
A GOON SQUAD OF GHOST WRITERS
AND THEIR SCARLETT ALPHABET
THEY'VE GOT THE SMOKING JACKETS
BUT NOT THE SMOKING GUNS
**NOT EVERY ANSWER'S
IN THE SCRIPTURES
NOT EVERY PICTURE TELLS A TALE
THEIR MESSAGE IS
A MENACING MIXTURE
OF PASS OR FAIL
BRIMSTONE AND GRINDSTONE
AND THINGS TO KEEP US DOWN
STANDING JUST A STONE THROW
FROM A GLASS HOUSE CALLED
LOST AND FOUND
****MAYBE I'VE LOST MY SENSES
BUT I'VE FOUND SOME VISION
AND FOR THE REST
OF MY SHORTCOMINGS
I'LL BLAME THE METRIC SYSTEM
I'VE LOST MY APPETITE
AND FOUND MY CRAVING
AND I HAVEN'T BEEN ON TIME
SINCE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
SPUN MY CLOCK AROUND
MY SWEETHEART HAS
A BLACK&WHITE PHOTO
SHE KEEPS UPON A SHELF
A REMINDER OF
OUR DEVIL'S NIGHT TIRADE
AT NIGHT I WATCH
THE MERMAIDS SLEEP
TINY REFLECTIONS OF MYSELF
PRECIOUS GEMS SHINING OUT
FROM THE DECAY
**NOT EVERY LOOPHOLE
HAS A LOOPHOLE
NOT EVERY TRAP HAS ATRAPDOOR
I'VE GONE FORTH
AND I'VE BEEN FRUITFUL
THANKS BUT NO MORE
BIRTHSTONES AND TOMSTONES
AND THINGS
MEANT FOR THE GROUND
GATHERING THE MILESTONES
FOR A BASKET MARKED
LOST AND FOUND

Discography

waiting for the water to boil has had some internet radio airplay