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Soul to Keep

by Speed the Plough

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This song probably had the longest period of gestation of anything in the series, spanning the whole lockdown and well beyond. It started with music by Michael and some of his early guitar ideas. Then a lyric and melody by John and vocal ideas by Toni. And more vocal ideas by Toni. And a few more guitar ideas. And a bit of strings in the studio. And we knew throughout that the family aspect of the song would have to include drums by nephew and cousin John Demeski, Mike’s longest musical cohort.

Plus, it was time for drums and guitar.


Soul to Keep

Take away my devils
I’ll lose my angels too
If not for counting blessings
There’s nothing else to do
Out beyond the breakers
You’ll see a moon so round
If you wait a little while
It lifts you off the ground

It’s pretty hard to go to sleep
Praying for your soul to keep
It isn’t for the feint of heart
Let it all just fall apart

I can’t see that far
Even if I try real hard
I remember you
Hoping all your dreams come true
Something fell apart
Broken from the very start
Life’s a deeper green
Insects scraping on the screen


released March 5, 2021
Michael Baumgartner – guitars
Toni Baumgartner – vocals
John Baumgartner – keys, vocals, bass
John Demeski – drums

Mixed by Don Sternecker at Mix-o-lydian
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound
Written by Michael Baumgartner and John Baumgartner


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Speed the Plough Hackensack, New Jersey

Speed the Plough is a New Jersey-based chamber pop band that has been playing since 1984. The band was formed by John & Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia, the founders of The Trypes, a mainstay of the ’80s Hoboken scene, which included most members of The Feelies. STP has released 9 full-length albums (Coyote, ESD, Dromedary, and Bar-None), a single on French label Acetone, and a self-released EP. ... more

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