The West Is The Best (2010​-​2020)

by Todd Parker and The Witches

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A curated compilation of the decade's tunes from Todd Parker, leader/vocalist/guitarist of 90's Neo-Psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles.

"...witchcraft is simply about using the power of the universe and the mind to attract wants and esiires. It's about being in tune with Earth's natural resrouces and using them to mystically quench a spiritual thirst."

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GREG WALLACE - THE ELECTRIC FERRETS, LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 2020:

"Every song is fantastic. Jangles, sparkles, bangles, and beads.Very beautiful at times, moody at others, but always set in a universe ruled by Syd Amazing stuff, Todd. It also has a sound similar to the more far out, less 60s grounded, but still inspired by the 60s, neo psyche bands of the 80s. Loved every track. "

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released June 5, 2020

Produced by Todd Parker

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Todd Parker and The Witches Sacramento, California

Todd Parker, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/founder, of the 1990's Hoboken/NYC psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles returned after a decade off from producing music with Greetings From The Star Chamber in 2010 which has been followed by a series of EPs, singles and 3 more studio albums, the latest being 2018's Futuretripper. More to come. ... more

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Track Name: Squigs
we exist before our essence
but you said i was wrong
and something comes between us
what do you say

thirsting for the arrow
to shoot ourselves again
and time becomes important
when there’s only so much left
the fear of fear is power
to nothings really there
and nothing will come between us
what do you say

we are whirlwinds who wish were were rocks
Track Name: Don't See Me
cushion me
from the gaze of the sun
hide me from your cotton mind
i want to stay down
way under the tow
i want to find out how far i can go

don’t see me
let me drift away

©2010 Todd Parker/BMI
Track Name: Disconnect
since i’ve been gone a long time
you’re waiting around for the sunshine
well i guess i can see that
no one will be like me

since i’ve been gone a long time
i’m waiting ‘round for the sunshine
don’t expect you to be there soon
and i come back to you

don’t expect to be there soon
when i come back
when i come back
when i come back
when i come back to you

©2010 Todd Parker/BMI
Track Name: King Of The Castle
i'm the king of the castle
master of all i survey
look directly into my eyes
and i might just let you stay

king of the castle

waiting in my little world
where all is made of gold
look directly into my eyes
watch yourself explode

king of the castle
Track Name: Malacandra
IN THE HONOR OF THE SON
HIS CONSCIOUSNESS UNDONE
HE SLIPS AND TELLS THE TALE
FROM THE BELLY OF THE WHALE

YOU ARE SUMMONED TO THE HUNT
BUT ITS THE RANSOM THAT THEY WANT
AND ONE JUDGEMENT THAT THEY NEED
ARE YOU LOYAL TO THE SEED

HALF DOUBTS THE TRUTHER FOOL
DEVA SPIRIT SWIMMING POOL
OUR BODIES BOUND TO THE EARTH
BUT UNFALLEN IS OUR BIRTH
Track Name: Martians
NEVER REALLY CARED
IF THE PLANETS WERE ALIGNED
ORBITING THE SUNS
EXISTING IN MY MIND

ITS A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT
SHINING ALL THE WAY

NEVER REALLY COULD
STAND THE TEST OF TIME
SOME ARE FAR AHEAD
SOME ARE FAR BEHIND

ITS A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT
SHINING ALL THE WAY

TRIP BETWEEN THE STARS
TRIP BETWEEN THE MOONS
SEND WAVES INTO THE SEA
CAPTAIN SINGS HIS TUNE

ITS A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT
SHINING ALL THE WAY

NEVER REALLY CARED
IF THE PLANETS WERE ALIGNED
ORBITING THE SUNS
EXISTING IN MY MIND

ITS A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT
SHINING ALL THE WAY
Track Name: Aelita
AELITA
ALIEN QUEEN
TIME TO SEE
BEYOND YOUR DREAMS
TELESCOPING EYES
HIDE THE FEARS YOU KEEP INSIDE

TWO AND TWO
IS ONLY FOUR
EVEN WHEN
YOU HOPE FOR MORE
TELESCOPING EYES
REVEAL NOTHING BUT DISGUISE

AELITA
ALIEN QUEEN
THE ROYAL CROWN
OF EVERYTHING
TELESCOPING EYES
HIDE THE FEARS YOU KEEP INSIDE
Track Name: Another Demon
She’s followed by
A different shadow
Lazy sparkles in her hair

Can you give her
A lantern
To take away her cares

She’s passing through
A glitter snowstorm
See the flakes fall everywhere

All night long
The shadow’s snowing
When she wakes they disappear

Got another demon to fight
Got another demon tonight
Got another demon to light
Got another demon to fight
Got another demon
The fire will burn tall

Sparks light
A glitter rainbow
She’s a thunderstorm delight

Keep your eyes
On her lantern
Reflecting all her light

Got another demon to fight
Got another demon tonight
Got another demon
The fire will burn tall

©2017 Todd Parker / BMI
Track Name: Electric Love Child
Electric Love Child

close the door
electric love child
come back for more
electric love child

there’s no wait

only hate

please don’t tell me what you said
you can’t say you’re dressed in red
people say that this is the end
and all around you is the face of death
all around you is this face of death

close the door
electric love child

come back for more

all falling to earth



electric love child

electric love child

electric love
Track Name: Pareidolia
Time's
Moving fast
It won't last
So get in line
And start feeling fine

And when
You think through
All the things
That you do
You really come alive

And now
Summer's gone
An attack
To the lies
You wanna realize

And when
You see through
All their eyes
All your sighs
You really come alive

And now
Summer’s gone
Just a song
In your mind
For really nobody

And time’s
Moving fast
It won’t last
So get in line
To start feeling fi
Track Name: Slipping Into The Mirror
The door’s ajar
And holds the way
The photo’s light
Shadows at play
The widest lens
Will have a say
Some time to sink
Reflecting clay
Into the mirror

Reflections gone
Not what they seemed
You slip into
A cloud of steam
Can’t see beyond
Fluorescent beam
You wonder why
The sleepless dream
Into the mirror

A broken glass
Will stand all time
You don’t believe
What’s in your mind
Slipping down
Too far to clim=
Sparks delight
What’s left behind
Into the mirror
Track Name: Careful What You Wish
Careful what you wish ‘cause you might get it
Careful what wish because you might see
It comes along the way if you just let it
Might be on the road to Tennessee

Packed up all your memories and took them for a ride
They were all you needed them to be
But the future’s the past so you threw them away
Then you realized that you were finally free

On Halloween you went as a coyote
I saw you on the side of the road
I told you all my dreams and then you scurried
Howling to the sky with all you know

Letting go can bring so much sorrow
But only if you think eternally
You’re with me now, that’s all that matters
The scarlet night becomes another sea
Track Name: Dreamtreat
Sounds like she wants to fly
But she’s wasting away
Calm down her inner voice
Her silhouette starts to fade
She’s in a dream

Ride the tiger through the fire
Crack the sticks of the cage
Dig deeper earthly desire
She gets to star in the play
She’s in a dream

Motionless
The fatal sting
Feel the doubt
Extended wing
Emotional
Ambitionless
Slowly move the line
To elude the rest

Sounds like she wants to fly
But she’s wasting away
Calm down her inner voice
Her silhouette starts to fade
She’s in a dream
She’s in a dream
She’s in a dream
She’s in a dream

Motionless
The fatal sting
Feel the doubt
Extended wing
Emotional
Ambitionless
Slowly move the line
To elude the rest

She’s in a dream
She’s in a dream
She’s in a dream
She’s in a dream