Test Phase 5

by Tony Mentzer

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Singer, songwriter, multi-instumentalist, Tony Mentzer, a native of West Middlesex, PA, was a founding member of regionally successful rock band, The Infidels, before leaving in 1985. It was around this time that Tony began to experiment with the wonders of home 4-track recording and though the equipment has changed over the years, the mission has remained the same. And its a secret mission.

This is the second release in the 2013 Bakery/Crabapple Records joint project to reissue all or most of Tony's home-recorded solo work spanning the late 80's through 2013.

We started our reissue series with Tony's oldest full album release, 1989's Varicose Brains and now book-end that with Tony's brand new, fresh out of the oven 2013 offering TEST PHASE 5.

REVIEWS
2-21-2013 SUNRISE OCEAN BENDER/MR ATAVIST BLOG
mratavist.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/tony-mentzervaricose-brains/

Keeping in line with his prolific condition, Mentzer already has something new out, bringing his catalog full circle to the now without (thankfully) taking the shortest path…don’t take the straightest line and certainly don’t color within them. He doesn’t. Swell on…

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released February 16, 2013

Produced, Recorded, Mixed, Written and Performed by Tony Mentzer
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Dan Sebastian - Drums (My Green Shirt)
Jay Koborie - Guitar (In durch...)
Bill Presgay - Drums (In durch...)

All Songs © 2013 Seven Songs Music, BMI

Release # BCDD02
Released FEBRUARY 2013
Digital Release a 2013 co-production of Crabapple Records and Bakery Records

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Singer, songwriter, multi-instumentalist, Tony Mentzer, a native of West Middlesex, PA, was a founding member of regionally successful rock band, The Infidels, before leaving in 1985. It was around this time that Tony began to experiment with the wonders of home 4-track recording and though the equipment has changed over the years, the mission has remained the same. And its a secret mission. ... more

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Track Name: Little Green Pill
THE LITTLE GREEN PILL (Mentzer)

The little green pill found it’s way into my pocket
On an evening just like this
The moon grinned slyly behind a big black cloud
And the pipes let out a little hiss
I wondered to my self “now, what the hell
Is this little green pill doing there,
In my pocket with all of my spare change,
A knife and a lock of your hair?”

Now the little green pill was in the palm of my hand
With a promise I meant to keep
The moon laughed out loud from behind his old cloud
And the floors began to creak
I wondered to myself “now what would happen if I had a little sip of diet coke?”
Then all of a sudden that pill was gone
I felt a little lump in the back of my throat

Solo

Little green pill
Track Name: Outta My Skin (and Into Your Arms)
OUTTA MY SKIN (and Into Your Arms) (Mentzer)

Outta my skin
And into your arms
Like a vampire girl
With a devil’s charms
Like a slithering snake
On a tombstone warms
Outta my skin
And into your arms
Track Name: Robots vs. My Soul
ROBOTS vs. MY SOUL (Mentzer)

I’m workin’ so hard at growin’ up
I’ve lost control of my kids
I better go buy me a brand new truck
Just like the Jones’ did
My wife is starvin’ so she can stay thin
But she’s bustin’ outta her pants
Then Wal-Mart puts Twinkies out at half price
So we do the junk food dance

I’m never gonna get up again
Pass the remote control
The man on the screen says to vote for him
The robots vs. my soul

We go to the polls and vote for the guy
With the biggest and shiniest hair
I don’t even have the slightest idea
Of who he is I don’t care
I spend my welfare at the corner store
For gas to fill up my tank
There ain’t nothin’ left by the time I get through
I ain’t never been to a bank

There ain’t no sense in getting a job
My government pays my toll
The man on the TV will take care of me
The robots vs. my soul
Track Name: Dream In Her Head
DREAM IN HER HEAD (Mentzer)

She dreams of the man that he used to be
When they were so young long ago
They grew apart together
Like two folks who are strangers
Instead of together you know

She wonders if he feels the same way as she
Was that his voice that she just heard?
He works in the field
And she cooks his meals
And they never share a kind word

There’s a dream in her head
As she lies in her bed
And the hair on her head’s
Wet with tears

Because the dream in her head
As the sun’s setting red
The moon rises instead
Go the years
Track Name: Rain Falls
RAIN FALLS (Mentzer)

Lone crow is perching
Old car is lurching
The steeple churching
The rain falls

Grey cat is soaking
The preacher cloaking
Smoke stack is smoking
Car stalls

Old woman is crying
Memories are dying
Lone crow is flying
Death calls

Two pm bells toll
Grey cat mouse hole
Child chokes, mouth full
The rain falls

Two men graveyard
Digging holes, work hard
Ace of spades, death’s card
Car stalls

Umbrella mutes rain storm
rain mutes car horn
mouse twitch , throat torn
death calls
Track Name: High on the Hill
HIGH ON THE HILL (Mentzer)


Little bird
On the wing
You touch the sky
And it makes me want to sing
Until tomorrow

Little girl
Hold my hand
You smile at me
And I feel like superman
Until tomorrow

Did you ever wonder?
It comes as no surprise
Did you ever take a look,
Through someone else’s eyes
Did you ever wonder,
When time is standing still
Have you ever spent the day
High on the hill?

Little bird
In the tree
You sound the word
And it makes no sense to me
Until tomorrow

Little girl
In the sun
We count the graves
And it makes me want to run
Until tomorrow

CHORUS
SOLO (verse)
CHORUS
High on the hill (3X)
Track Name: My Green Shirt
MY GREEN SHIRT (Mentzer)


My green shirt
My green shirt

Well I don’t know when I might wear it
I never try to compare it
I sure hope I don’t tear it
My green shirt
My green shirt

Well I could never find another
It was a gift from my mother
I like it more than any other
My green shirt
My green shirt

I put it on when I feel rotten
All my woe is soon forgotten
My green shirt is made of cotton

My green shirt
My green shirt
Track Name: So Long
SO LONG by Mentzer

I’ll sit here by the fire, love
And hold your pale white hand
I’ll sit here by the fire love
But I’ll no more be your man

We sit together, look away
No longer are we one
We sit together, look away
Ashamed at what we have done

Turn away, turn away
Listen to my song
Turn away your milky white face
Our love has gone so wrong
So long