Zane Beck

Zane Beck

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandFolkAcoustic

Zane's songs are for listening. He might be a protest singer, he might be waging his own war on humans and their environmental destruction, but his songs are definately thoughtful and sometimes a little amusing.

Biography

In March Zane was interviewed in Vegan Voice magazine in a double page feature where he was asked about his thoughts on veganism, vegetarianism, his songs, some environmental issues and John Howard (also an environmental issue).

Zane has performed at various festivals in Australia and has recieved some national recognition for his songwriting over the past few years.

More recently Friends of the Earth USA posted Zane's "The Song John Suppressed" video clip on their site as have some Greens party members. Check it out...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwiRghDeyLg

Lyrics

NO HIGHER GROUND

Written By: ZANE BECK

Honestly how often do you yearn
To step of the tread mill
Before you crash and burn?
Do you feel like the money fills you up?
Or does it at least buy you time to fill your cup?
When you feel like there’s no end in sight
And thinking about the morning
Makes it hard to sleep that night
Do you wish that it would all just blow away?
So you could build a fire in your soul…
And you could play.

Chorus:
Sometimes I’ve got to believe we can make it
Coz if I don’t I’ll feel like I’m breaking

Who waves the carrot in our face
That’s got us chasing something
Put us all in a race?
Why should you work til your death?
There must be better things
To be doing with your breath
Don’t you think that this life is absurd?
We’re still cutting trees
Killing animals and birds
Let’s just stop and take a look around
The water’s at our knees
Soon there’ll be… No higher ground

Chorus

Half the world without enough to eat
The other half fill freezers
With 6 kinds of meat
And drive around in big thirsty cars
And go into debt to find water on mars
Yes I think that this life is absurd
The cautioning voices
Are still not being heard
Let’s just stop and take a look around
The water’s at our knees
Soon there’ll be…
The water’s at our knees
Soon there’ll be…
The water’s at our knees
Soon there’ll be…
No higher ground

THE BAND IN THE SKY

Written By: ZANE BECK

I will take my hat off to the band
That is playing in the sky
Can-Can girls and tambourines
Like the bands in magazines
Lighting up the sky with their fireworks
With their fireworks

And I will give full credit to the man
Who is playing Air Guitar
He can take it anywhere
The wind is blowing in his hair
Lighting up the world
With his chains of gold
He’s never growing old

It isn’t any business of mine
Coz they’re keeping in time
But the drummer’s a robot
I’m sure they hear it all the time
From the likes of my kind
I brought your records to sign for me
I’m your biggest fan, man

Chorus:
Take your hat off to the band
The Band in the Sky yeah!

“If you must swing your head”
The bass player said
“Hang this air bag around your neck
And if you wanna know the reason why”
Said The Band in the Sky
“We’ve been sued several times before
And we’d rather not again, friend.”

It started raining again
It wasn’t raining on them
Coz the stage was a cloud
And though the thunder did crack
They never held back
It was the best concert ever
We were dancing in the mud

Chorus

I will not forget the greatest band
That was playing in the sky
Smashed guitars and reptilians
Girls from Mars in their millions
No one holding back
We were who we were
Faces in the crowd
Heads up in the clouds

THE TOFU SONG

Written By: ZANE BECK

The kids all turned vegan this year
It's tofu and 3 veg round here
The dogs are all vegans now too
Ma won't put beef in the stew
The cows have grown old
And the cheese has grown mould
The tofu and soy milk
Sit on the top shelf of the fridge

WHAT'S THE WORLD COMIN' TO MA?
THINGS WERE JUST FINE HOW THEY ARE.. ARE.. ARE

The dog don't fetch the paper no more
There's a computer by his bed on the floor
He downloads the paper from the net
And today he printed fact sheets about cigarettes
He won't drink the beer that i put in his bowl
He won't bury bones
It upsets the pH in the soil

WHAT'S THE WORLD COMIN' TO MA?
THINGS WERE JUST FINE HOW THEY ARE.. ARE.. ARE

And the cat stole my pipe and tobacco
C'mon puss bring 'em back
Oooooh this healthy livin's gonna kill me
Tofu and lettuce don't fill me
Why should i change if i aint died yet?
I'll make it to a hundred
On a steak and a cigarette

WHAT'S THE WORLD COMIN' TO MA?
THINGS WERE JUST FINE HOW THEY ARE.. ARE.. ARE

(Trumpet lips)

Everyday there's some new way to be
But your herbal ideas, they aint my cup of tea
How's man to bring home the bacon?
It's a full time job all this change i keep makin
Ma and the kids and the dog and the cat
Are down at the gym
Tryin to lose 99% fat

WHAT'S THE WORLD COMIN' TO MA?
THINGS WERE JUST FINE HOW THEY ARE.. ARE.. ARE

Discography

It's a comin'

Set List

(All originals)

A Vague Tale
A Year and a Day
All You Wanna Do
Bed of Nails
Desensitized by Bliss
Endlessly
Georgie Porgie Puddin’n’Pie
I Think You’ve Lost Your Way
Into the Setting Sun
Last Call
Fighting Over Oil
No Higher Ground
Remember
Stop for a Moment
Tears, Trains & Dancers
The Band in the Sky
The Song John Suppressed
The Tofu Song
Toxic Drums
Well Dressed Warmongers