TURKUAZ

The Mountain

Out of my bed there's a cloud in my head
Everything seems like a joke
The fog has turned to smoke
Bit dehydrated my memory's faded
I can't quite recall
What went down at all

What was I looking for?
Remind me once again
I know it had something to do with a celebration
Now the mood is setting in
Fill the cup
Drink it up
Till it knocks you out
Then you wake
Now it's time to shake it off
Keep climbing
Keep climbing the mountain

This is the way that we go through the day
Doesn't phase me one bit
I've been taught never to quit
The mountain is tall
If I don't look down then I wont fall
Back to the same old spot
Keep climbing to the top

No reason to get excited
I suppose this could be true
But it's feeling pretty good to me
How does it feel to you?
Fill the cup
Drink it up
Till it knocks you out
Then you wake
Now its time to shake it off
Keep climbing
Keep climbing the mountain

What was I looking for?
Remind me once again
I know it had something to do with a celebration
Now the mood is setting in
Fill the cup
Drink it up
Till it knocks you out
Then you wake
Now it's time to shake it off
Keep climbing
Keep climbing the mountain


Let It Ride

Can't stop it
no I can't stop it
no

(Soaring over
Swimming under
Soaring over
Swimming underneath)

wait just a minute
I might have to quit it
I can't stop I'm in it
there's not time to finish I..
I mean I seen it a million times the only way to..
win it is just to let it ride ride ride ride

(Soaring over
Swimming under
Soaring over
Swimming underneath)

Can't stop it
no I can't stop it
no

20 miles a second
how bout you what do you reckon?
just wanna know
thought i'd check in with you
anyway, I say the day is speeding away
and slowing down and i don't quite understand it man, I said

(hey)
nananana

wait just a minute
i might have to quit it
I can't stop I'm in it
there's not time to finish I..
I mean I seen it a million times the only way to..
win it is just to let it ride ride ride ride

Can't stop it
no I can't stop it
no

Can't stop it
no I can't stop it
no

Can't stop it
I really can't stop it
no

Can't stop it
no I can't stop it
no - oh ooohhhh


Coast to Coast

Ahnanananananonono

Coast to coast
Here we go
Get your things
Pack your clothes
This is all
I wanna do
We're moving down the road

Move around
Play a show
Where we now?
I don't know
Could have sworn
I thought I saw a sign to get us home

Hey-ey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey

Nananananananono

Got the treats
Not to eat
We'll get to that
Put up your feet
Sit back relax
In your seat
We're moving down the road

Crazy man
Drum in hand
Always wants to start a band
Loves to move across the land
We're moving down the road

Hey-ey-ey.........


20 Dollar Bill

Look at how they come and how they go
See these people dance across the floor

20 dollar bill oh man I gotta spill my guts
I must tell I must tell you
Wait I can't tell you now I have trust that I
I won't tell you, I won't tell you
I won't tell you, I won't tell you no

(Look at how they come and how they go
See these people dance across the floor
Look at how they come and how they go
See these people dance across the floor)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(Look at how, look at how they do it)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(See these people, see them handle through it)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(Look at how, look at how they do it)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(See these people, see them handle through it)

20 dollar bill oh man I gotta spill my guts
I must tell I must tell you
Wait I can't tell you now I have trust that I
I won't tell you, I won't tell you
You wanna know just ask a little more and I
I will tell I will tell you
So be sure and I mean sure I said
I'm gonna tell you I'm gonna tell you
Said oh man what do you say
Can you do the job like everyday
It's legend to do but can be shady to say
That if the level's too high, still the vibe is okay I said
Oh no man this is strange
I'm home but I'm living on the shooting range
Someone's got to stay and something's gotta change
Feeling like my body's always ready
And my mind thinks it's a shame it's a shame it's a shame

(Look at how they come and how they go
See these people dance across the floor
Look at how they come and how they go
See these people dance across the floor)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(Look at how, look at how they do it)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(See these people, see them handle through it)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(Look at how, look at how they do it)
I spy with my little eye...
(See these people, see them handle through it)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(Look at how they come and how they go)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(See these people dance across the floor)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(Look at how they come and how they go)
I spy with my little eye a sharpie
(See these people dance across the floor)


Desert Island

we could sail away to a desert island
we could sail away, sail away
sail away to a desert island
sail away, sail away

you seem kinda itchy man, whacha been doin'?
things sound kinda glitchy your life is in ruins
the shoe fits so wear it, it hurts the foot growin'
something smells good man, whacha been brewin?

is it dark out yet? okay now to drink
did the sun come up and can I even think about hittin' the sheets yet?
nope... can't catch a wink
passed out like a sick day... gone in a blink say..

(crazy)

one time too many
twice too few
you've got some pennies
I put em' in a bank account for me and you I said

we could sail away to a desert island
sail away

is it dark out yet okay now to drink
did the sun come up and can I even think about hittin' the sheets yet?
nope... can't catch a wink
passed out like a sick day... gone in a blink say..

one time too many
twice too few
you've got some pennies
put em' in a bank account for me and you I said

or we could sail away to a desert island
or we could sail away to a desert island
or we could sail away to a desert island
(we could sail away, we could sail away, we could sail away....)


Back to Normal

Baa doo ba, doo ba, be doo be doo
Baa doo ba, doo ba

She's talking pretty loud
There's a trace of a doubt in my mind
Should I leave the twisted fantasy behind
She said I need it now
I am sweet don't be sour
Keep it coming coming out
I will be there to receive I said

(oooooohhh)

What do I care?
See the wind in her hair
After a while if I stare
I can see she's the one who...
Don't mean a thing
In the morning I will sing
In the shower 12 hours
I'm going back to normal again

Early in the morning
I receive a warning
My brain is still yawning
My body's got to go
It's no laughing matter
My teeth start to chatter
It's cold but I would rather be playing in the snow I said

(ooooohh)

What do I care?
See the wind in her hair
After a while if I stare
I can see she's the one who...
Don't mean a thing
In the morning I will sing
In the shower 12 hours
I'm going back to normal again

(aaaaaahh)

What do I care?
See the wind in her hair
After a while if I stare
I can see she's the one who...
Don't mean a thing
In the morning I will sing
In the shower 12 hours
I'm going back to normal again


Monkey Fingers

(Heeeeyyy)

From the top of the tree
Everything looks fine to me
Ive got room and board for free
So what could go wrong?
If I fall asleep
Then an enemy may creep
If I rise then he'll retreat
This is what's been going on, I said

Monkey fingers
Gonna snap you into place
Monkey fingers
Gonna slap you in the face
Monkey fingers
Gonna snap you into place

Jungle's pretty warm
In the ocean there's a storm
Yes I'm feeling pretty torn
Perhaps the city's where I'll go
This is how I feel
Let's make a deal, I said

Monkey fingers
Gonna snap you into place
Monkey fingers
Gonna slap you in the face
Monkey fingers
Counting up to ten
Monkey fingers
Let's count down again

hey hey hey hey hey

Monkey fingers
Gonna snap you into place
Monkey fingers
Gonna slap you in the face
Monkey fingers
Counting up to ten
Monkey fingers
Let's count down again
Monkey Fingers

Turkuaz

Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That’s one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn’t address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves. Still, there are so many benefits to having Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James, Parliament and Bohannon in your record collection. With this as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-power groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom. Turkuaz certainly does have sheer size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage, the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements—singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around… well, it’s easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is the performance.