Yellow Cake

by Sam Brown

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released September 11, 2015

"While You're Searching for Something (That's Not Even There)"

Lead Guitar - Philippe Blanchette
Cello, Rhythm guitar overdubs - John Reardon

"Drop the Bomb"

Mastering - Wesley Graham

"Sparks Over Hanoi"

Mastering - Wesley Graham


Guitar - Nate Dierk
Guitar - Matthew Booth
Bass - Carter Fourqurean
Drums - Kevin Church
Mastering - Carter Fourqurean

"The King's Death Song"

Trumpet - Evan Atherton
Trombone - Shuhei Tsurumi
Tuba - E.J. Harrison
Drums - Kevin Church
Horn Arrangement - Evan Atherton


Vocals - Mamoudou Nomad Baldé
Mastering - Wesley Graham

"Andrew Leopold '77"

Lead Guitar - Philippe Blanchette
Mridangam - Arjun Raghavan
Cello - John Reardon

"Resurrection (Love)"
Cello - John Reardon
Saxophone - Matthew Booth
Cello Arrangement - John Reardon

"Get Up!"

The Sam Brown Seven
(Bass - Carter Fourqurean
Lead guitar - Philippe Blanchette
Rhythm guitar, Acoustic guitar - John Reardon
Drums, Bells - Trey Howie
Saxophone - Cameron Cook)
Lead Guitar Arrangement: Philippe Blanchette
Mixing/Mastering - Pat Tarpey
Recording, Recording Engineering - Kris Hilbert

Vocals, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ravanahatha, Sitar, Trumpet, Clarinet, Banjo, Xylophone, Drums, Percussion, Whistles, Harmonica, Handclaps, Stomps, Bells, Ghungroos, Maraca, Drum Programming, Moog, Synths, Organ, Computer, Production, Composition, Recording, Arrangements, Lyrics, Mixing, Mastering - Sam Brown

Recorded in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Greensboro, NC, Washington, D.C., the Ganges River in Varanasi, and Delhi, India.

Photography - Jason Wolonick
Album Artwork (Inner Sleeve) - Andrew Dinwiddie
Album Artwork - Sam Brown

Eat the Yellow Cake.

No animals were harmed in the making of this record.

Some tracks are recorded in binaural or ambisonic surround. Listen with headphones for full effect.

Special thanks go to Stewart Engart, Carter Fourqurean, UNC Vinyl Studios, Umashankar, The American Institute of Indian Studies Library, Charles and Sue Mingus, Bhabani Sengupta, Andrew Dinwiddie, Jason Wolonick, Saman Khoujinian, Edaan Brook, Brint Hansen, and all of the musicians and individuals who have contributed to the making of this record, and all those individuals who have fought for the betterment of humankind through means of establishing cooperation and peace.


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Track Name: While You're Searching for Something (That's Not Even There)
You’re so high that you don’t have to confess
to all of the things
that you’ve done

When your term is over, don’t bother with goodbyes,
we’ll say them for you
when you’re gone

And everyone will wait for your time
while you’re searching for something
that’s not even there

Nothing you do can cover your lies,
the things that a high criminal
can decriminalize

Like the elders of Rome, like Nero in Robes,
wearing the clothes that you wear

You’ll need more than that to see you through
more than St. Peter, or Gabriel,
more than the pope could ever do,
while you're searching for something
that's not even there

You’ll serve no sentence for all of your crimes,
you won’t take the blame for

Are you happy, yes are you glad
now that you’re finally king?

And this whole country
will turn to a mess
while you're searching for something
that's not even there

The president laughs,
the senators cry,
the senators retort,
the president laughs

The president has the floor,
the president starts the war

Where have you been?
are you hiding like him?
are you having a drink to yourself?

Do you have a better story to tell
with all the books that you've lined on your shelves?
Track Name: Sparks Over Hanoi
In your eyes,
in your heart,
in your breath,
I can feel my body burn

Holding your hand,
the guns don't bother
us at all

The sparks made
our bodies
turn to flame

You're gone,
taken down by the soldiers
of the Tet
Track Name: Raw
Is everything alright?

Everything's going to be okay
Track Name: The War Machine
It's gonna be a while 'til you find out
It's gonna be a while 'til you know

(The war machine is taking over
is reaping all you have to sow)
Track Name: General
Stop the violence
Let us live in peace
Track Name: Andrew Leopold, '77
The salt
she breathed the air
stung her lips when she was there

As we road
against the sea
the waters washed our feet

The women
beat the drum
singing, "where are you from?"

Singing, "where are you from?"
we'll be singing, "where are you from?"

She trudged the sopped-up sands
black blood ran through her hands

The fisherman heaved their catch
as she felt and struck her match

In mourning, the kites fly
As their ashes filled the sky
As their ashes crossed the sky
As their ashes crossed the sky

The sky began to storm
as all beings flow in their forms

One thousand dying suns caused
the night to erupt and pause

Caused the night
to erupt and pause

The salt
he breathed the air
stung his lips
when he was there

Let them sing it
nine times nine
that now
the world is mine

And now
the world is mine.
Track Name: Resurrection / Love
Love you always and forever

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