Third Story Congress

Third Story Congress

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Third Story Congress is a rock and roll dance band playing origional, high energy dance tunes and covers of King Floyd, Mavis Staples, The Talking Heads

Biography

Third Story Congress has been together in varios incarnations for a few years now. While previously exploring a more folky rock and roll thing they have recently forayed into dance music because it feels great to make people dance.

Jake Haller is a great blues piano player. He and Chris Monti have been playing for years as the blues duo the Killdevils.

Edward DeMille and Chris have been playing together for eight years now in varyous folk and hippie music groups.

Fran Brennan recently moved from thumpin upright to some pretty great electric funk bass.

Third Story Congress has played at The Black Repertory Theater, AS220, The Call, The Water Street Cafe, and parties all over RI and Mass.

If you are looking for a great live dance band, this is it!

Lyrics

Leaving in the Morning

Written By: Chris Monti

I’m leaving in the morning/I’m gonna take that early train
I’m leaving in the morning/I’m gonna take that early train
I won’t say I’m tired of you but I will say I’m tired of all that rain

One more cup of coffee and then I’ll hit the road
One more cup of coffee and then I’ll hit the road
You left me with nothing, but still I carry this heavy load

I say to this woman will you be my woman
She says, “I am a woman of my own”
I say to this woman will you be my woman
She says, “I am a woman of my own”
“Oh Lord!” I say, “There go my plans for a happy home”

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I’m leaving in the morning/I’m gonna take that early train
I won’t say I’m tired of you but I will say I’m tired of all that rain

Long in the Tooth

Written By: Chris Monti

Springtime open window
Same old foul-mouthed pop song
And the cawing of crows
Come to pick our bones

And in the back-yard
That old broken-toothed graveyard
It rolls and moans

It’s a good reminder of where we’re going
And in the smooth, polished marble of some long-dead’s headstone
You might catch of the state you’re in
What kind of shape are you in?

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Young manI know, young manI know
I should let him go

You gettin long in the tooth boy!
When you gonna know enough to let it go?

Country Boy in the City

Written By: Chris Monti

This town was founded on secret sad thoughts and stolen drugs
I find old aged both fascinating and disintegrating
And then there is beauty

But I digress…

Time is not so much spread out before me as it seems to be arranged in little boxed in which I wait claustrophobically until time is up! and I climb into the next box

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Rigorously going from field to field
Absent of passion, principles, love
Sadness graying the faces of virgins aching
The innocence of childhood is not genuine
It shines forth from their faces littered with soup, cigarette buts
Mud on the first day, and in truth how could they not know?

So send me away to anyone, anywhere
And threaten me my darling, we’re at a loss,
With a scissors or something else sharp
If you still adore me

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It is a human universe and I can show you teeth you’ve never dreamed
But all you ever do is go back to ancestral comforts
Baffling combustion everywhere and hardly any arc of love
Only heartily materialistic fears

So how can we begin again?
Know that perfection does not exist in isolation
In fact, it does not exist at all
And what just poked you in the eye was your umbrella

So get up, get out of bed
because there might just be a few little songs to be sung
before the decimation of the race

Set List

We can play a short 45 minute set or do a three hour performance with a set break.

Some of the origional songs in our set:
Long in the Tooth
Leaving in the Morning
Papa C

Some of the covers:

Feel like Dynamite (King Floyd)
You've Got to Serve Somebody (Bob Dylan via Mavis Staples)
Cities (The Talking Heads)
Papa Was a Rolling Stone (The Temptations)
I Am The Slime (Frank Zappa)