Bill Ward announced today, Sunday, October 27 2002 at 2:00 am PST/Daylight Savings Time that he will release about 2,000 commemorative CD packages, containing one song, “Straws.” The artwork for “Straws” is near completion and roughly 1,000 CD packages will be delivered before December 1.
Since the release of “Straws” on the Internet, the work to release the CD packages has been underway. Each CD will be numbered, it’s a limited edition, and the packages are not for sale. At least 1,000 copies will be sent first to Bill’s family, friends, fellow musicians, producers, engineers, journalists and some radio stations. Further recipients include establishments for humanitarian causes, peace support groups and individuals, and finally governmental heads of state or countries across the world. Following is a quote from Ward, which will appear on the back of the CD package:
In our arrogance, we often feel the desire to beat on our own chests, in celebration of how far, as human beings, we’ve progressed.
However, let us not do that so quickly.
Not as long as continuing wars permeate, destroy and threaten the existence of life itself on our planet.
Instead can we stop briefly and see how utterly archaic we really can be.
Perhaps when the word “war” means nothing to any living souls anywhere.
A time when war has become a thing of the past.
Perhaps then we can give ourselves some polite applause.
For real human progress.
Aston Cross Music, Inc.©
A note from Bill Ward regarding “Straws”:
I wrote “Straws” in September 2002 when I became most fearful of retaliatory response in the U.S.A. if war with Iraq became a reality. I hope this war does not trigger a terrorist response and allow the unimaginable to happen. “Straws” is about my unimaginable.
Peace to all men, women, and children.
How to get Straws
Only 2,200 copies of the “Straws” CD-single have been produced, with the first 1,200 going to governmental heads of state throughout the world, humanitarian organizations, peace support groups, media outlets, musicians and actors. The remaining 1,000 are now available exclusively at billward.com. Each Limited Edition “Straws” CD-single is numbered and autographed by Bill, and all proceeds (after administrative costs) will be donated to charity.
Here is the donation scale:
- Minimum Donation – $35
- Suggested Donation – $50
- You can also donate over $50 if you choose to be more generous.
Additionally, the special signed editions of Numbers #666 & #911 will go for $1,000. If you are interested in purchasing those copies, please drop us a line about them – these two are not available for order online, you must contact us regarding them.
All proceeds from your purchase of “Straws” will be donated to the charity of your choice from the list below. Our preferred method of payment for the donation is through Paypal. If you choose not to pay with Paypal, or cannot pay that way, you can follow the instructions at the bottom of the page for payment with check, money order, or cashier’s check. When paying through Paypal, please use the Paypal link next to the charity and amount of your choice.
You can also read about the various charities by clicking on the links shown in each one.
If you like, you can download this mp3 of Bill Ward speaking on Rock 50 about the various Straws Charities. The song is not in this mp3; it’s Bill talking.
Straws CD donations are currently offline indefinitely.
No Credit Card? No problem!
The links above will work if you want to pay with a credit card through Paypal. If you don’t have those, or don’t want to donate online, it’s not a problem. You can mail in your donation to us with your check, cashier’s check, or money order (please do not send cash). Also, if you send a check, it must be a check drawn on a US Bank or US Funds. The reason for that is the cost involved in converting a foreign check is cost prohibitive. Checks or funds not in US Dollars are likely to be returned to you.
All you need to do is to is to tell us which charity you wish to donate to, and where your CD should go to.Please write clearly! It might help if you print out your address instead of handwriting it. Please make sure to tell us which charity you wish your donation to go to when you mail in your donation. If you do not specify a charity when mailing in a donation, one will be chosen for you.
Checks should be made out to “Aston Cross Music, Inc.”, and NOT the name of the charity you wish your donation to go to. Checks not made out to “Aston Cross Music, Inc” are likely to be returned.
You can mail your donation to:
Aston Cross Music, Inc.
263 Lincoln Blvd, Box #100
Santa Monica, CA 90405-4656
United States of America
If you have any questions regarding the “Straws” CD donations, please email us about it.
- Bill Ward, Drums/vocals, keyboards and piano notes
- Ronnie Ciago, Drums/percussion
- Paul Ill, Bass/effects
- Keith Lynch, Guitar/acoustic guitars
- Produced by Barry Goldberg
- Co-produced by Bill Ward
- Protools, Kevin Keller
- Recorded at Studio A, Rumbo Recorders, Van Nuys, CA
- Mastered by Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA
Due to popular request, we present the lyrics for Straws direct from Bill’s own lyrics sheet:
Aston Cross Music(c) Page 1
VERSE1 I’m sorry to wake you from Your sleep Now baby open up your eyes VERSE2 We have to go downstairs Find some shelter Get some help And stay alive VERSE3 How am I supposed to save you In this chaos Clinging,please don’t die VERSE4 Where are the defenses We were promised, oh I hope that they’ve arrived M8 Bring it on, the misery, tonight Come and tell the story here tonight HOOK 1 We never ever have to even look no no no no no no Turn away, we never have to look no no no no no no Put your eyes on mine forever This will be our last endeavor Baby we won’t ever have to look CHOROUS Daddy’s in the Army, Daddy’s in the Army And, Mommy’s joining too God help all the countries They do know what they do HOOK2 We never ever have to even look no no no no no no Turn away, we never have to look no no no no no no VERSE5 Hell bound in the senses Much too late to point and blame When questioning why VERSE6 Let’s pretend that we’re dancing As in yesterday, when it was stars that filled the sky Yeah, sky M8 Bring it on, the misery, tonight Come and tell the story here tonight HOOK3 We never ever have to even look no no no no no no Turn away, we never have to look no no no no no no Put your eyes on mine forever This will be our last endeavor Baby we won’t ever have to look