The Song Fu Collection

by Hazen Nester/His Name Is Legs

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Before Cameron Accola and Hazen Nester became known as Quiet Desperation, they participated in Fred Entertainment's Masters of Song Fu competition. These six tracks prepresents their body of work before their official debut as QD. Some tracks are okay, some not as much. In any case, it is through Song Fu that they have cut their teeth in regards to their songwriting and recording techniques and, in the interest of posterity, these tracks have been compiled here in their original mixes. Enjoy.

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released March 1, 2010

His Name is Legs is:
Cameron Accola - bass guitar
Hazen Nester - vocals, guitars, Hydrogen sequencing, assorted percussion

Drums on track 1 - Hazen Nester
MIDI bass on track 5 - Hazen Nester

All songs were written by Hazen Nester

Produced and mixed by Hazen Nester

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Quiet Desperation Michigan

Quiet Desperation is the name of what on-again-off-again musician Hazen Nester releases his original, non-songwriting-competition, music under along with his friend and collaborator Cameron Accola.

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Track Name: Hazen Nester - Wide-Eyed Happy
Ain't no gray clouds above me
Got no worries to bug me
'Cause there's nothing out there to stop me
From feeling this great feeling that I have
And there's no way I can be sad
In spite of the demons that well up inside of my soul
And threaten to swallow my sanity whole

'Cause I'm wide-eyed happy, yes I am
And you can be wide-eyed happy if you follow my plan
You gotta grab a new smile and then put it on your face
Start popping Xanax 'till your heart starts to race
Then you won't feel a thing from that dark evil place
Deep inside
And pretty soon you'll see you'll be happy like me.

I'm feeling so elated
My pupils are dialated
You can't feel down when you're medicated
There is no way I feel I can lose
In spite of twenty years of sexual abuse
At the hands of my Dad and my mom and their dog and their cat
Their neighbors and friends but despite all of that

I am wide-eyed happy, yes I am
And you can be wide-eyed happy if you follow my plan
You gotta grab a new smile and then put it on your face
Start popping Paxil 'till your heart starts to race
Then you won't feel a thing from that dark evil place
Deep inside
And pretty soon you'll see you'll be happy like me.

You know there isn't anything that you can't do
If you just put your mind to it
Whenever you're feeling all down and blue
You gotta start repressing some memories
So sing a song when you get right to it

Don't you know I'm wide-eyed happy, yes I am
And you can be wide-eyed happy if you follow my plan
You gotta slam every beer that you have in your place
Pop a million Prozac 'till your heart starts to race
Then you won't feel a thing from that dark evil place
Deep inside
And pretty soon you'll see you'll be happy like me.

And if you can't start to feel the laughter
Or find the end of the pain you are after
You can smile with the knowledge that pain
Won't be in the hereafter
Track Name: Hazen Nester - A Cliché Love Song
I love you, baby
But you don't, me
Won't you forgive me?
I love you, baby

You, baby I love
You, I won't leave
Won't you forgive me?
I love you, baby

Don't leave me, baby
I won't leave you
Forgive me baby
I love

You won't forgive me
I forgive you
Baby, don't leave me
I love you, baby

Don't leave me, baby
I won't leave you
Forgive me baby
I love you

I forgive you, baby
I love you
Track Name: Hazen Nester - It All Makes Sense At The End (Song Fu Version)
The radio alarm went off again
Don't bother reaching for the snooze
Listen to an hour of morning zoo and then
I finally kick the covers loose
I take a shower, eat, and go to work
And my mind is still at the same dead end
I come back home and turn the TV on
Contemplate the day
Repeat the motions again

This life is not what I'd call wonderful
Trapped inside a modern Bedford Falls
Still, Pottersville would be worth paying a call
If it would help me lose this ball and chain
I would run away completely free
Any solace would be a real godsend
But, like George Bailey, I can't leave this place
Clarence, take me away
I need a new happy end

You do your time so you've got it made
But it doesn't quite work that way
They never say there's more dues to pay
Now you're hanging in limbo
Plotting your next escape

Exchange your passions for necessities
Your dreams and wishes put on hold
You wave goodbye to opportunities
And watch yourself keep growing older
If you're the lucky few who do escape
You can do what you want and not pretend
If ever I get out of here someday
Hope that I can say
It all makes sense at the end
Track Name: His Name Is Legs - One of the Team
A 60-cycle hum hangs over the air
A tiny, buzzing B
Hit the tuner and it's gone
A quick adjustment to the strings by the player
The fans begin to scream
He takes a pick and starts the song

The music wafts like incense of the ears
The trance takes listeners near and far
The roadies bob their heads
But as for me, I'm stuck standing here
Without my friend Guitar
Wish I could do more instead

Guitar always says that I'm one of the team
I wish the player could see things the same way
When all you do is give support, it always seems
Appreciation would be nice to have someday

Guitar always says that I'm the best friend around
But it seems to me Guitar has all the fun
What can a stand do when you cannot make a sound?
He has all the talent, I wish that I had some

Guitar says that he loves life in the Limelight
The universal dream
A dream I once did share
When we were new, I used to hang in the backlights
The amp beside me wailed and screamed
How I wish I'd return there

Guitar always says that I'm a unique soul
He doesn't know what my life is and why I fight it
The thing is I know it's only rock and roll
But I like it
Track Name: His Name Is Legs - Swan Song
Goodbye, everybody
We had some fun, but now it's time to go
Goodbye, everybody
We'd like to stick around, but don't you know

We did our very best
To write some clever songs
Now the only thing that we can do
Is say to you all, "So long"

Goodbye, everybody
Not a snowball's chance in Hell of moving on
Goodbye, everybody
Wonder if someone will miss us when we're gone

We did our very best
To write some clever songs
Now the only thing that we can do
Is say to you all, "So long"

So long