Wild Buds

Wild Buds

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We play West Coast Mardi Gras Music blending the celebratory music New Orleans' Mardi Gras with the rock'n'roll music of our own West Coast. Rockin', bluesy, fun and funky, and you're going to want to dance to it.

Biography

We play manny musical styles and cook them all together in one fine musical gumbo that’ll rock your soul and
make the good times roll! Our brand new first album, Positive Voodoo, is full of this feel good music. We’ve taken our music to excellent clubs, fabulous special events, great parties and recently did their first live performance on the internet in the Second Life virtual world. They’ve played Ashkenaz, La Peña, Fat Tuesday/
Mardi Gras and Summer Solstice Celebrations at the Berkeley Farmers' Market; the Peoples Park Anniversary Celebration; the Cajun and
More Festival in MLK Civic Center Park, Berkeley; Benefits for Food Not Bombs at the Humanist Hall, Oakland; benefits for the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH); and many parties.

The members of the Wild Buds have performed in many styles from alternative rock to jazz and from American traditional music to poetry-music fusion. They’ve been in bands that include: Shadow Government, Jazz Sabbath, The Word-Music Continuum, Backstep, DETOUR, Colette Washington’s Naked Soul, Mud Boy and the Pond Scum, The Jammies, etc. With these bands they’ve played an amazing variety of venues: The Last Day Saloon, Stork Club, North Beach Festival, Burning Man, Venue 9, New George’s, Starry Plough, The Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Mill’s College, Ecology Center, Cato’s, Cafe International, Cody’s Books, Above Paradise (Paradise Lounge), The Lord Buckley Festival, Berkeley Square, The Mabuhay, Nevada County Art Center, etc.

Lyrics

Run Wild

Written By: Kirk Lumpkin

Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild

Like a river trapped behind a dam
I need to flow to know what I am
Like culvert creek hidden from the light
I want the sun and the starry night

Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild

On an odyssey like young Huck Finn
Day dreamin’ of the wild within
I knew even then as a child
That in my soul was a river wild

Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild

Run like a river flowin’ to the sea
And see what you are when just let be
Run like a river flowin’ to the sea
And see what you are when just let be

(solo)

My path, my way how could I know
Without a chance to just let go
Maybe if I could run wild and free
Then I could learn what I’m meant to be

Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild like a river
Run wild

Special Sauce

Written By: Kirk Lumpkin

I been cookin’ somethin’ up here for you
Yes it’s sweet and spicy hot
I believe it’s a finer taste treat
Than any sauce you ever bought

And if you would just taste of it
My love would come across

So come on down and try a taste
Of my special sauce
Of my special sauce
Of my special sauce
Come on down and try a taste
Of my special sauce

I just wanta be your love chef
And get somethin’ delish cookin’
Makin’ a fine sauce takes time
Ya can’t just sit around lookin’

And I won’t tell you how to act
Or ask you to bear some cross

CHORUS

Don’t worry yourself into a hurry
I promise you won’t be too late
It just gets more
tasty and juicy
The more we marinate (uh huh)
The more we marinate (oh ohh)
The more we marinate

People say that time is money
It’s the thing of greatest cost
But if you don’t take the time to taste
Then it will be your loss

Now I won’t be your wage slave
And I won’t be your boss

CHORUS

Now, our bass player’s got a groove
That makes its own gravy
It could make you feel so fine
Ya might think that you’re crazy

Take some time, you’ll be cookin’ too
The price of love’s all it cost

And you can learn to make your own
Your own special sauce
Your special sauce
Your special sauce
You can learn to make your own
Your own special sauce

Your own special sauce
Ya know I’m talkin’ ‘bout
your own special sauce
Ya know I’m talkin’ ‘bout
your own special sauce, etc.

Survival Dance

Written By: Kirk Lumpkin

I ain’t got no time for fun
No time to second guess
No time for self-improvement
Or to change the way I dress
Some people want to get ahead
They just seem so obcessed
Me, I’m just tryin’ to learn
How to get strong on less
Seems like I’m just caught up
In this circumstance

And I’m just too busy
Doin’ the survival
Doin’ the survival
Doin’ the survival, doin’ the survival dance,
doin’ the survival dance, doin’ the survival dance

We got a rainbow here
Inside of this city
We got the cultural fabric of
Multi-ethnicity
It could give our options such
Elasticity
But you can’t say what we got here’s
A real community

‘Cause we think we’re too busy
Doin’ the survival
Doin’ the survival
Doin’ the survival, doin’ the survival dance,
doin’ the survival dance, doin’ the survival dance

Modern social movements
Motions I got to make
Seems I gotta move just right
Or my livelihood’s at stake
I’m caught up in the movement
The movement of the mass
I’m downwardly mobile
And can’t get me no class
We’re all goin’ nowhere
Without advance

‘Cause we think we’re too busy
Doin’ the survival
Doin’ the survival
Doin’ the survival, doin’ the survival dance,
doin’ the survival dance, doin’ the survival dance
I’m doin’ the survival dance

House of the Rising Sun (new version)

Written By: Kirk Lumpkin + traditional

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor girl
And God, I know I'm one

My mother she was a factory girl
She sewed those new blue jeans
My father he was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a bottle and a trunk
And the only time that he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

Oh mother, please tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Not to spend their lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun

They're takin' me away now
They're takin' me on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

My heart is sinkin' in my chest
My river is almost run
If only misery would leave me now
With the settin' sun

Discography

Positive Voodoo (2009) is our first album, but all of the members of the Wild Buds also play on Moondog Sessions by Kirk Lumpkin, David Andrews, & Friends

Set List

We don't have a typical set and taylor the length to the situation. We usually play about half covers and about half originals.
Covers

Iko Iko (traditional)
Hey Pocky A-Way(Meters, Wild Tchoupitoulas)
Cissy Strut (Meters)
Baby, Please Don’t Go (traditional)
Big Boss Man (Jimmie Reed)
Jambalaya (Hank Williams)
Green River (Credence Clearwater Revival)
Proud Mary (Credence)
House of the Rising Sun (traditional)
License To Kill (Bob Dylan)
Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
Crossroads (Robert Johnson)
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Sly Stone)
Little Sister (Elvis)
Brother John (Neville Brothers)
Wild Night (Van Morrison)
Black Magic Woman (Santana)
Where Are Gonna Work When The Trees Are Gone?
(Darryl Cherney/Jello Biafra)
Fiyo on the Bayou (Neville Brothers)
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (Allman Brothers)

Originals

Keep On
Maybe Baby
Power
One
Survival Dance
Shadow Man
The Elemental
Here Before Chant
The Chorus Frog Song
Wild Buds Son