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URBAN COUNTRY... or the postmodern deconstruction of human-nature dualism. Whatever.

This Album was recorded LIVE at André Maquera's wonderful West Street Digital Studio in the summer of 2015 in the very green state of Vermont. It features Will Patton who generously agreed to track on 4 titles, and Jaro who gave us "Earth", which we recorded in France.

Most of the songs deal with the darker aspects of the human animal and its evolution, our dire environmental and social predicaments and other known existential threats. Although the lyrics remain more descriptive than normative, URBAN COUNTRY is a de facto protest album, confessional or even prophetic at times. To quote Anton Chekhov, "Man will become better when you show him what he is." Yeah, they can keep their happy music.

Back Story: The Zookeepers are a multi-national collective of musical heavy hitters in full flagrant creative collaboration with Post-Punk Power and Protest rocker David Rosane... who also has a gentle side.

Before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter, Dave had a career in Ecology and humanitarianism. He toiled in the Amazon for 10 years conducting research and teaching with Cornell University, and working as an outreach coordinator with Ye’kuana and Piaroa indigenous communities. He then moved to New York City as an environmental and social justice advocate in the years building up to the Occupy Movement. He now day jobs as a science writer and splits his time between Paris, France with the European Zookeeper contingent, and Vermont with the American.

We are all Zookeepers :-)

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released August 27, 2016

Tracks 1 thru 10 were Recorded LIVE at West Street Digital by André Maquera in September 2015.

Songs by David Rosane with Lucie Rouits, Denis Jarosinski and Richard Lewis.

On this album the Zookeepers are: Will Patton on Dobro, National Steel and Mando, Don Sinclair on bass and guitar, Jennifer Grossi on backing vocals and keys, Matt Albright on drums, Dave Wallace on lead guitar, Dan Longnecker on guitar-mandolin.

David Rosane sings, plays rhythm acoustic guitar and drinks wine in the evening.

Track 11 by Jaro, recorded in Joeuf, France with Lucie Rouits and Scott Austin. Tracks 2,4,5,7 &9: (c) French Fries Publishing.

Cover art: Guillaume Boitelle. Cover Photo: Fabrice Plas.

A Green Hollow/D&J production.

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers Vermont

Former naturalist and humanitarian worker David Rosane is a protest singer who writes songs and plays them with an international collective of heavy hitters known as the Zookeepers. Members include Toto Ringelstein, Nico Casanova, Less Kerv, Don & Jenn, Dave Wallace, Dan Longnecker. Together, they rattle and electrify with an Americana-infused, post-punk power rock. They also have a gentle side. ... more

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Track Name: Silver Cotton
Give me will and give me wine
Give me the road to hell and time forgotten
Give me silver cotton

Give me meat and give me fire
Give me the world and all my heart desires
Give me silver cotton


And you ask me to be tender to this spaceship in the sky
But I don't know what it is, I never seen it with my own eyes
Just my silver cotton

Give me smoke and the tick of time

Give me a revolution and all will happen

All that silver cotton

Give me love and take my seed
The universe is all I ever wanted
All that silver cotton

Cuz you ask me to be tender to the spaceship in the sky
But I don't know what it is, I never seen it with my own eyes
Just my silver cotton

Gimme knowledge, gimme me brain
Gimme the power to supercede horizons
I’ll meet you there at sundown
Ain’t no other option

Gimme gold and gimme coin
Give me your gods, I will take their place in heaven
That’s just where I’m headed
To all that silver cotton

And you ask me to be tender to this spaceship in the sky
But I don't know what it is, I never seen it with my own eyes
Just that silver cotton

Cuz you ask me to be tender to the spaceship in the sky
But I don't know what it is, I never seen it with my own eyes

Just that silver cotton
Just that silver cotton
Just that silver cotton
Just that silver cotton
Just that silver cotton
Track Name: Are We Mad?
Wouldn’t that be everything
Wouldn’t that be everything

Death to the other side
Death to that other might
Death to that other life...
Are we mad?

Wouldn’t that be everything
Wouldn’t that be everything

Death to the other side
Death to that other might
Death to that other side...
Are we mad?

Wouldn’t that be everything
Wouldn’t that be everything

220 billion galaxies out there
Are you organized? (I hear)
Are you a moral entity? (I try)

Wouldn’t that be everything
Wouldn’t that be everything
Are we mad?

Take me higher....
Track Name: 'Til I Die
When I was young
I listened to too much sonic youth
One half of me was like bob dylan
The other half didn’t know what it was doing

All I want is have more fun
All I want is have more fun
'Til I die

When I was young
I listened to too much sheryl crow
One half of me was like bruce springsteen
The other half was stupid sixteen

All I want is have more fun
All I want is have more fun
'Til I die

When I was young
I listened to too much metallica
One half of me was like the beatles
The other half was completely stoned

All I want is have some fun
All I want is to have more fun
'Til I die
'Til I die

All I want is have more fun
All I want is have more fun
'Til I die
'Til I die
Track Name: Rock 'n Roll Suicide
Don’t believe in angels
Don’t believe in love
Don’t believe in anything
Don’t believe in love

Don’t believe in beauty
Don’t believe in the truth
Don’t believe in evolution
Don’t believe in you

Rock and roll suicide

Don’t believe in darkness
Don’t believe in no higher paw
Don’t believe in tellin’ no lies
Don’t believe in your god

Don’t believe in thank you
Never sang to no genocide
Never gunned no sitting duck
Never said goodbye

Rock and roll suicide

Would you believe it?
Track Name: Ripe - feat. Will Patton
Open your eyes
Let me hear you one last time
Let me see your wisdom shine
Would you open up your eyes?

Give me one more frame of mind
Why it feels so good to cry
Gear you down and let you die

We have come to say goodbye
Kiss your cheek and comb your hair
We have come for one last prayer

We have come to hold your hand
Watch your blood and one last tear
Float away on one last tide

By the pull of harvest moon
By the waxing and the ripe
Here’s a perfect day to die
Track Name: Her
She is so beautiful to me
Beneath her skies of devil green
Within each burning grain of sand
Within each atom of this land

So why ain’t she beautiful to you?
She’s in your water and your food
She’s in your blood and in your lungs
She’s in the man that you love

She is so beautiful to me
Beneath her silver dollar moon
Within each animal I see
Within the ones with venom too

So why ain’t she beautiful to you?
She’s in your water and your food
She’s in your blood and in your lungs
She’s in the man that you love

She is so beautiful to me
Beneath her caps of polar ice
Within each water molecule
A burning snowflake paradise

So why ain’t she beautiful to you?
She’s in your water and your food
She’s in your blood and in your lungs
She’s in the children that you love
Track Name: Paris Is For Love
It’s so easy…
It’s so easy…
It’s so easy, it’s so easy, it’s so easy to believe

Paris is for love
Paris is for love
Paris is for love

It’s so sunny
And it’s so happy
And it’s so friendly
And it’s so nice

It’s so easy, it’s so easy, it’s so easy to lie
It’s so easy, it’s so easy, it’s so easy to deny

Paris is for love
Paris is for love
Paris is for love
Mon amour

It’s so easy, it’s so easy, it’s so easy to believe
It’s so easy, it’s so easy, it’s so easy to deceive, because…

Paris is for love
Paris is for love
Paris is for lovely fools
Track Name: The Wild Wind - feat. Will Patton
The wild wind, she knows me
My window's open wide
Reflections in the mirror
Know better than to lie

The wild wind, she takes me
In the palm of her left hand
Reflections in the river
Mirrored across the land

And the wild wind, she needs me
She got seed in her hair
Are we the heir apparent?
I've come so unprepared

But the wild wind, she loves me
She got water in her heart
She's bleeding tears like raindrops
What a work of art

Oh the wild wind
Oh, wild wind

The wild wind, she knows me
My window's open wide
Reflections in that mirror
Know better than to hide

The wild wind, she talks to me
A secret to my ear
Reflections in those waters
Mirrored across the years

And the wild wind, she feeds me
She brings me bread and wine
Such an ocean of good fortune
And I sold it off for a dime

But the wild wind, she loves me
She got mourning in her heart
And she's bleeding tears like sundrops
What a way to start again

Oh the wild wind
Oh my wild wind
Track Name: Bad Moon
Holy Horizon diseases
Only the living could be so positive

Save for this Bad Moon Rising

I thought the war was all over
I thought my working day was done

Save for this Bad Moon Rising

When I was young it was like yesterday
I believed in magic and I believed in Santa Claus
And I believed in ghosts and UFOs
Government cover-ups, conspiracy theories
And many theories, isn’t that tragic...?!
Oh my…

Bad Moon Rising

We are the Heavens, we are the Gods
We just appointed one is all
And now the heavens are undone

By this Bad Moon Rising
Track Name: Urban Country - feat. Will Patton
Consider me your northern star
Consider me your cross
Consider me in some universe
Consider me as lost
Consider me as lost as I am

Consider me as random
Consider me with awe
Consider me some blossom
Consider me some flaw
Consider I just found out who you are

In this urban country I can’t feel
I’m as good as dumb and numb for real
So many miles and time away
And the wicked waves of memory
Might peel away what’s left of me
I stand
As I am

Consider me as different
Consider me the same
Consider me your teammate
Consider me your maid
Consider you were made just as I am

Consider me as trade-off
Consider me the bomb
Consider me the tenant
Consider me as gone

In this urban country I can’t feel
I’m as good as dumb and numb for real
So many miles and time away
And the wicked waves of memory
Might rip away what’s left of me
I stand
As I am

As I stand
As I am
Track Name: Earth - feat. Jaro, Scott Austin and Lucie Rouits
Wanna tuck my pussy in?
Get stuck in my love?
Wanna see me curl and crawl?
Do me with your iron plow

I’m your mother-lovin’ dirt
I’m the mother-lovin’ dirt
Have you mother lovers heard?

I don’t wanna be no fantasy
I don’t wanna be your majesty
I don’t wanna sing no lullaby
I don’t wanna sing no fast good-night

I’m your mother-lovin’ earth
I’m the mother-lovin’ earth
And you mother lovers hurt

I don’t wanna be no fantasy
I don’t wanna be your majesty
I don’t wanna sing no lullaby
I don’t wanna sing no fast goodnight

I’m the motherfuckin’ earth
I’m your motherfuckin’ earth
Have you mother lovers heard?