1. Sedona

From the recording Sedona



Polyester chapel in the canyon wall.
We can see dead people says the sign in the hall.
Purchase an adventure, its five dollars a day.
You dont get emanations if you dont pay.

How it ever came to this, I cant explain.
Humanity is gonna drive creation insane.
Rainbows try to push on through the acid rain.
Hummers line the astral plain.

Time-share gypsy asking where you from?
Step right on up. Its an easy sum.
2 2 condo with a vortex view.
Hot tub, carport, crystal BBQ.

Pay the painted lady to relive your youth.
Cough up a little more if you want the truth.
I can see the spirits I can hear them too.
Just take a number, and well pull one through.


When I first visited Sedona, Arizona in the early 1990s, I was struck by the purity, natural beauty and spiritual nature of the place. I always wanted to return to write a song.

I returned in 2006 to a different Sedona. . timeshare hawkers everywhere, take-a-number aural readings, chapels carved into the canyonsI climbed a butte in one of the canyons that was reportedly under a vortex to meditate. Then came the roaring Harleys and Hummers. Then came the cops with a citation to punish me for not buying a five dollar Adventure Pass parking validation.

For Sale: small, peaceful and artistic hamlet located two hours north of Phoenix, reported to be a vortex of metaphysical energy that can enhance the creative human spirit.

Written and sung by Smitty West
Guitars, Bass Jim Monahan
Drums Larry Aberman
Piano, Hammond Organ, Synth Scott Smith
Backup Vocals Jim Monahan
Produced by Jim Monahan
Recording Engineer Brad Dawson
Mixing Engineer Scott Luedke