Still Standing

by The Mad Maggies

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2014 is our anniversary! What started as a one-off recording project in 2004, became a wild, musical adventure spanning genres, criss-crossing musical borders and knocking over a few traditions along the way.

In honor of our resilience and especially for your listening enjoyment we present several new, original "hard to describe, easy to love" tunes.

As always we are all over the musical map -- ska-inspired, rap inspired, balkan/jazz/rock/folk inspired.

We also included four favorites that we felt deserved to be re-recorded as they have morphed considerably from when we first recorded them. And we couldn't resist including the Rumba Tziganeasca which we love to play live but had never recorded.

All in all, another mad musical voyage.


Recorded at Wally Sound, Oakland, California. Thank you, Wally!

All music & lyrics by Maggie Martin except the traditional “Rumba Tziganeasca”

©2014 Media Rare / Squeezin’ Diva Music (BMI)

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released August 8, 2014

Johny Blood: tuba
Ray Fernandez: tenor, soprano & bari saxes
Ian Luke: drums, percussion
Mags: accordion, vocals
Zack Pitt-Smith: clarinet, soprano sax
SepTIMus Sarter: U-bass, bass
Gary "GDub" Wium: guitars

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The Mad Maggies San Francisco, California

The Mad Maggies are musicians from Montreal, Quebec and the San Francisco Bay Area who play rowdy ska rock folk fusion with a dash of hot pepper and a swig of slivovitz -- they kick up some dust.

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Track Name: Still Standing
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STILL STANDING

After beating the odds
After tempting the fates
After pushing his luck
across a dozen states

After changing direction
After reading the signs
After steering clear of trouble
When he hit hard times
After all of that?
Where’s he at?


After rising to the task
After being let down
After keeping his head
while the madness spun around

After speaking his mind
After suffering fools
After feeling the heat
But playing it cool
After all of that?
Yeah


He’s still standing, standing. The man’s still standing.
Two feet on the ground
He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing.
As the world goes round
He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing.
Two feet on the ground
He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing.
You can’t keep him down


After paying the price
For holding his own
After doing his best
And working to the bone

After drawing the line
After catching a clue
After chasing his dreams
Now he’s living a few
After all of that?
Yeah

He’s still standing, standing. The man’s still standing.
Two feet on the ground
He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing.
As the world goes round
He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing.
Two feet on the ground
He’s still standing, standing The man’s still standing.
You can’t keep him down
Track Name: Not Yet, Not Now
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NOT YET, NOT NOW

I’ve been near deepness
so dark and still
When it reached up to touch me
it gave my bones a chill
I pulled back away
with all of my might
cuz I’m not going there yet
not yet
not now


I reach for my cutlass
I rise up tall
An early demise
I intend to forestall
My life I’ll parlay
with all of my might
cuz I’m not leaving just yet
not yet
not now

The waters that move us
they rise and fall
I float between rage and
the wonder of it all
to live for today
with all of my might
cuz I’m not leaving just yet
not yet
not now
Track Name: Heaven on This Earth
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Heaven on This Earth

Supposin' there's no home on high
no great beyond up in the sky
no hereafter after all

Well then I want this world to be a
a paradise, a place of peace
I want heaven on this earth

I want a band of angels in my backyard
singing to the neighborhood,
Heavenly shores out my front door
milk and honey at the corner store

My just rewards might be just this
a chance to live, a touch of bliss
revelation in a song

I don't want war, I don't want greed
no more hunger or disease
I want heaven on this earth

I want a band of angels in my backyard
singing to the neighborhood,
Heavenly shores out my front door
milk and honey at the corner store

I don't want war, I don't want greed
no more hunger or disease
I want heaven on this earth

Yes I want this world to be
a paradise, a place of peace,
I want heaven on this earth

I see a band of angels in my backyard
singing to the neighborhood,
Hallelujah glory be
this here's the promised land
Track Name: Music in the Blood
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MUSIC in the BLOOD

When Johny was a boy -- Young, Johny
he heard a tuba play -- Hey, Johny
he marveled then he realized
he’d been born to blow that big horn

So he began to blow -- Go Johny
he blew all night and day -- Hey, Johny
he practiced and he improvised
a panoply of low melodies


He played fast fandangos, jazz and tangos
Ska and cabaret
Hot calypsos, obscure disco
Ragtime and reggae

Bebop, doo-wop, hip-hop and pop
Klez and boogaloo
Johny blew right to the top
to the peak of tuba cool -- Go, Johny


When Johny plays a show -- Go, Johny
fans can’t stay away -- Hey, Johny
he dazzles and surprises with
his panoply of low melodies


He played fast fandangos, jazz and tangos
Ska and cabaret
Hot calypsos, obscure disco
Ragtime and reggae

Bebop, doo-wop, hip-hop and pop
Klez and boogaloo
Hey now Johny, don’t you stop
Play us another tune -- Go, Johny
Track Name: Drifting Apart
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DRIFTING APART

If you whisper
sweet nothings in my ear
I will tell you
stories you want to hear
In the time it
takes to tell a lie
We could ask why
Why we stay
Even though
We both want to go

We could linger close to what used to be
We could hold on to sweet, broken memories
As the twilight fades into the dawn
We could on
On and on
Even though
the feeling's gone

Through the clouds and storm swept seas
I found you next to me
When the skies clear, when we wake
Hold me close and make believe
We're not drifting apart

If we wait for an unlikely change of heart
Could we find our way to a brand new start
In the time it takes to wonder why
We could go on
On and on
Even though we’re drifting, drifting

Through the clouds and storm swept seas
I found you next to me
When the skies clear, when we wake
Hold me close and make believe
We're not drifting apart