The City of Lost Children: Rare and Unreleased Tracks

by Ed Hale and The Transcendence

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At first listen The City of Lost Children could be, more than anything else, a testament to how much great talent we have been lucky enough to work with over the last eight years in ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE. From musicians to songwriters, producers, engineers and singers, we have been very lucky and truly honored by all the brilliant hearts and minds that have worked and played with us. ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE has always been more of a community rather than simply a band of five guys. It’s a community of music, about music, founded on music, flowing out of music. Music was from the start the spark that ignited the formation of ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE. We came together as strangers attracted to one another because of our shared love and passion for music. Music of all shapes and sizes and styles. We stay together for the same reason. Over the years we have been blessed almost divinely to be open to anyone who wanted to stop by the studios, say hello and talk shop, and ultimately lay down something of their own on whatever project we happened to be working on. This album perhaps owes more to this idea than anything else we have ever released simply because it pulls together 15 songs from various phases of our working together as a group and spans a period of over 8 years.

Stylistically the Lost Children collection also bears witness to the fact that those pesky critics may be more accurate in their assertion that ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE has been “all over the map” than we ever cared to admit… hence the Nothing Is Cohesive album title… but where has it ever been written that artists — of any medium — are supposed to stick with the same style throughout their careers or even within the context of one work? ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE has always gotten off on exploring different musical territories as a group. In fact the more diverse and eclectic our musical explorations are the more stimulated we as individuals become. Truth be told, writing and recording a song such as Whenever I’m With You, a song which at first listen might appear to be far removed and light years away from “our usual sound,” was no more difficult or challenging than one of our more typical indie rock or brit-pop styled songs. With a few more listens it gets easier and easier to recognize the same five guys in that song. This collection of songs, as disjointed as it may be when gathered all under one roof, does run the gamut from R&B to straight ahead alt-rock to Brasilian pop to avant-garde experiments in sound, and yes it may seem odd that the same group and various other stragglers and fellow explorers found it so appropriate and commonplace to try our hands at so many different styles of music. But luckily for all of us we never questioned this aspect of ourselves. We just forged onwards, critics be damned, and did whatever we wanted to in order to get ourselves off and maintain that high and inspiration that compelled us to come together in the first place.

Because of the general over the top eccentric nature of each member of the band, I have noticed that we have actually found it more difficult to create straight ahead commercially accessible pop and rock at times compared to the more esoteric and experimental stuff that has managed to make its way onto our albums. But that’s TRANSCENDENCE. At times this yearning to branch out and cover as many bases as possible has created problems for the band. With producers, with engineers, with record labels, distributors, DJs especially, critics, other musicians, and perhaps even with fans. Over the years we have had to make sacrifices artistically and cut certain tracks off of albums in order to make them more cohesive and streamlined. Even if we were madly in love with those tracks. At other times it was more of a question of just space or just having too many songs for one disc. And occasionally a single or two has gotten recorded and for whatever reason never found a home and made it to an album.

So more than anything else for us as a group these various reasons make The City of Lost Children a very special album indeed. It was an idea we had been harboring for years and just never had the time to see through. It may seem odd, and perhaps even strategically impractical, to release an album such as this when we have two new albums coming out in the same year. Most artists and labels save projects like this for dormant periods in between recording sessions or when the band is on tour. But as trite as it sounds because so many musicians say the exact same thing about their songs, almost every song we birth and take the time to explore and record as a group does have a very special place in our hearts regardless of whether or not it ever gets released. This makes The City of Lost Children a very very special project to each of us. For the first time we were able to sit down and reflect and reclaim all of our lost children and pool them all together so they had a permanent home and were lost no more. Compiling this album gave us all a sincere feeling of relief and satisfaction and completion. For music fans we hope that some get as much pleasure from being able to have access to all of these rarities for the first time under one roof as we did in putting the album together. As always thank you for listening.


released June 21, 2011



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Ed Hale New York

Singer, songwriter, rockstar, recording artist, author, activist, populist blogger, and occasionally controversial YouTube star Ed Hale is a hard man to keep up with. Affectionately called "The Ambassador" by friends and fans the world over, he is best known now as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock group ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE; or for his latest hit single "Scene In San Francisco." ... more

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Track Name: Whenever I'm With You (Outtake Rise and Shine)
Oh baby you drive me crazy
Wrap your loving legs around me
I want to give it to you
Oh mama, I want to be your papa
I want to make sweet love to you
I'm gonna get you girl

In the morning, I love to see you yawning
The sunlight sparkles on your face
And in the evening, when its time for sleeping
I'm so happy that I'm with you (to see your face)

I know I know I know I know baby
That we’re going crazy
But I want to do right for me and you

We can do it girl

Cause you’re my Angel
My precious Angel
And I want to do it all with you

You help me know heaven, girl you help me see heaven
Whenever I'm with you
Whenever I'm with you
Whenever I'm with you…

I know baby
That this world is crazy
But I, I wanna make it right for you
it feels so good
whenever I'm with you…

ooooo oooooo ooooo
Track Name: Jacquie (Outtake Rise and Shine)
Jacquie’s on the pill (she's my girl)
So I'm back in the pocket
I’ll be getting my thrill from now on
Treat her every night
Gonna eat her like candy
Going to make her my baby
From now on
I sing o-o-o you don't find
This stuff on second avenue
The way she kiss is just right
Lord I love the things she do
Gonna do her like that
Gonna do her like that
I say who’s that girl she says that's Jacquie

Get down girl/Jacquie

I singing aint she sweet
She tastes just like sugar
No aperitif
Has ever done me like that
See her on the street the men's hearts they quiver
They aint never seen
A girl as fine as that
They sing o-o-o
She's morning Angel
I love her in the afternoon
I never like to leave her
Cause I love the things she do
I'm gonna do her like that
I'm gonna do her like that
I say what's that
She says that's Jacquie

You can find most anything if you take your time and look real hard no
But you wont find this diamond ring in any old mine take the rest of your life
Take the rest of your life, cause she is mine….

Oh whose that girl
That's Jacquie, Jacquie oh, Jacquie oh no….
Track Name: Kill The Monkey (Outtake Rise and Shine)
Never has a man been so down and got up from the bottom to achieve his crown
I’ve been round and round with my prejudices
Putting people down and saying they’re the clown
When in fact its me that is the fool thinking I’m so cool fool I never even graduated high school

Kill the monkey
Kill the monkey on your back
Kill the monkey
Get your life back on the track

If you keep doing what you been doing
Your going to keep getting what you been getting
If you keep feeling what you been feeling
Your going to keep getting what you been getting
If you keep thinking what you been thinking
Your going to keep getting what you been getting
If you keep giving what you bee giving
Your going to keep getting what you been getting

Kill the monkey
Kill the monkey on your back
Kill the monkey
Get your life back on the track

I’ve been around and I’ve been to heaven
And this is what I’ve found here
In this old museum of lives that I’ve lived
You can’t deny yourself look fear in the eye
Go to the mountains look up at the clouds
And tell me what you see soul kiss coming down
I’ve got some friends of mine who just sit and wait for life to pass them by oh my
Go to the river and wash yourself clean
Be a clean machine

Kill the monkey
Kill the monkey on your back
Kill the monkey
Get your life back on the track
Track Name: Free Love (Hidden Track Sleep With You)
I look at you and I want to undress you
Caress you
Lick you
Taste you
Wash you
Bath in you
Shower with you
Bless you

I don't wanna wait
I don't wanna pretend
I don't want hold out
Girl I just to …
All over you
Inside of you
I just want to taste you
Girl I want to
I want to make love to you
So bad I can taste it…

Your sex gives me reason
Your sex gives me such pleasure
Your sex takes me on a ride
Your sex sets my spirit free
Your sex is such a treasure
Your sex is my reason for living
Your sex is my salvation
Track Name: All Your Heroes Become Villains Part II: What Machine Are You Raging Against? (Outtake All Your Heroes...)
I thought you had it
You could have had it
But you chose to lose it
After you used it

Who taught you that?
Man I know I didn't.

It was easy
to be a hero
When there wasn't much to do.
Anyone can do it.
Man I counted on you
But you chose to screw us over
And now that its over
You act like my brother
But man you ain't my brother

when the needle hit the record
when the movie hit its climax
and the audience was on the edge of their seat
man that was your shot
but you failed to use it
you chose to lose it

when we were waiting on you
to come and pull through
man we were waiting on you
to come and pull us through
you could’ve saved the day
you could’ve been a hero
or at least have been a friend
but you left us standing there
and you fucking walked in the end

and I couldn’t believe it
no man we couldn’t believe it

all that fucking talk
about saving the world
but at the end of the movie
you didn't get the girl
and you didn't save the world

you never saved the day
you just saved yourself
left me standing there
wondering what happened to you
when you were needed the most
needed like a brother
you just fucking walked
man you just walked

if this were a movie
man you'd be fucking shot
you know that?
but I'm going to let you walk
I'm going to pardon you
I'm going to walk away
And hope I never see your face
But never say that it ain't true
All your heroes do become villains
It’s only a matter of time