Lost Stegosaurus Demos

by Stegosaurus / Jesse Rhodes

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I used to be in a band that rocked it pretty good. We were called Stegosaurus. We had a fun, wacky time, worked hard, learned a lot, made an album with Warner Brothers at the end of the last century, and discovered how crazy the world of major labels really is. Recently I found some rawk oddities that had been lost for a while. Wanted to share them with any remaining fans out there and anyone else who might have an interest. These demos were written and recorded from about 1995-2000 on four-track cassette tapes, 1/2 inch 8 track, and 2 inch reel to reel, analog goodness. Some of the tracks are professionally recorded, most of them are pretty rough, done on a little 4-track in a small stone house in Montecito, California without much care for flawlessness.

It's been a real trip to come across these songs again. Some of them are very weird, others playful. I didn't realize there was a whole lost Stegosaurus album buried in the rubble of my closet, but here it is, excavated and polished up a bit. Hope you enjoy it.

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released January 27, 2012

Photo by Larry Mills Jr

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Track Name: Jesus Athena
i recognize this
tell me what is your name
how did this get so far?
hand me a souvenir
camping on the marble steps
yes i think i recognize you

moon like a headlight
car with one missing
sparks flying off the wheel
it's a many feathered tree
pass me a vitamin
might as well live until you die

jesus athena
hey zeus athena
jesus athena
Track Name: Crazy Afternoon
Call me on the phone
when you don't wanna be alone
and there's nothin on TV
I was talking to a tree

It's a crazy afternoon
and I have to see you soon
All the words that you heard
Hold my hand if you can

It's a crazy afternoon
And the place that you remember in your mind
Hasn't changed with time

I was learning a new language
Come and take me by surprise
Now I'm singing to the storm
That passes through your eyes

On a crazy afternoon
I was howlin with the wolves
In the city, in the desert, at the lake on the moon

It's a crazy afternoon
And the place that you remember in your mind
Hasn't changed with time
Changed with time

Saw you in a movie
And I saw you in the street
It could have been a dream
But I saw you on your feet

It's a crazy afternoon
and I have to see you soon
All the words that you heard
Hold my hand if you can

It's a crazy afternoon
And the place that you remember in your mind
Hasn't changed with time

It's a crazy afternoon
I was howlin at the moon
In the city, in the desert,
Hold my hand if you can

It's a crazy afternoon
And the place that you remember in your mind
Hasn't changed with time
Hasn't it changed with time
Has it changed with time?

Its a crazy afternoon
Track Name: All the Horses
Ask the sun to stay up longer tell the moon to make you strong all the horses know your name here all the faces have been changed

This is where she wants to be wherever this is how she wants to feel however there's a breeze blowing out to sea i'm not asking you to follow me

I know your guides will come to tell you when it's time to burn the house take my things go away all the horses know my name

This is where she wants to be wherever this is how she wants to feel however there's a breeze blowing out to sea i'm not asking you to follow me

Some creating, some destroying..
Track Name: Cloud Five
Some things take years
to figure out
Give me a smile
to think about

I'm on the far side
A room without a roof
With second place champs, gregorious chants
Bourbon for the flowers, tornado ants

When I was a year
they walked on the moon
TV is boring
Nuns sweat in June

I'm on the far side
In a room without a roof
With second place champs' gregorious chants
Bourbon for the flowers, tornado ants

I love you
Track Name: Planetarium
If you test your children they will test you
There's dinosaurs in Kansas haven't met you

Here in the planetarium the sun explodes
While in the hall stuffed animals are greeting the visitors

If you threaten your child he will become fearful
We weigh less on Venus

Here in the planetarium the sun explodes
I'm not alone in halls where animals greet the visitors

Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder where you're at
Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder where you're at
Track Name: Outside
it's up to you
you've got to take the risk
to see if it will grow
if it will explode

i don't wanna spend my life
under artificial lights
the sun is coming up beneath the willow tree
let's go outside

you can't depend on me
for your own sanity
as we grow we learn the wrong way
where'd ya hear those things you say?

i don't wanna spend my life
under artificial light
the sun is coming up beneath the willow tree
let's go outside

take the time to make the time
to be the things you claim to be
the things that you think you are
often aren't like you at all

i don't want to spend my life
under an official

reinvent the wheel
reinvent the machine
is your intention pure?

i don't wanna spend my life
under an official lie
the sun is coming up around the mountain's eye
let's go outside
Track Name: Took Her Rings Off
She took her rings off, threw them in the water
She took her rings and threw them in the water

She took her rings, she threw them in the water
She took her rings off, threw them in the water

There's a fine line between being lost and free
She opened up her eyes, now she could see

A red plane flew beneath the moon
It's up to you, it's always up to you

There's a fine line between being lost and free
She opened up her eyes, now she could see
It's overwhelming the first time that you breathe
I'm the same as you, the air is free
Track Name: Fearless
You say the hill's too steep to climb
Climb it.
You say you'd like to see me try
Climbing.

You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb that hill in my own way.
Just wait a while for the right day.
And as I rise above the tree lines and the clouds
I look down, hear the sound of the things you said today.

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd
Smiling.
Merciless the magistrate turns 'round
Frowning.

And who's the fool who wears the crown?
No doubt in your own way
And every day is the right day
And as you rise above the fear lines in his brow
You look down, hear the sound of the faces in the crowd.