COLLECTED SONGS

COLLECTED SONGS

BY

MARTIN HOLSINGER

copyright 2011

COMPOSER’S PREFACE

There are two parts to this work. The first is songs that I have completed as of March, 2011, and the second is fragments that are not yet finished songs. I am not the world’s most proficient musician by any means, and possibly someone who reads this may come up with a melody and set of chord changes to some of my lyrics that both of us like better than my own idea. If this happens to you, dear reader, please get in touch. I’m flexible!

All finished songs are “published by” Amoghasiddhi Music, BMI

You can hear these songs at the following online locations:

Dmusic–free downloads, plus free downloads of my covers of Grateful Dead, Kate Wolf, and Richard Thompson songs

Facebook–99 cent downloads, originals only

Reverbnation  99 cent downloads, originals only

Soundclick  99 cent downloads, originals only
Music Dealers for commercial licensing

Enjoy!

Martin Holsinger

Rabbit Hole Hollow

Tennessee

April 27, 201

   

Passage

Dream I’m running and laughing,

Long hair blowing free;

Wake feeling weak.

No-more than weak-

I try to move, I cannot

Catch my breath.  I try to

Speak-I cannot catch my breath. So this is it?  –

Maybe not, my Lover says, maybe only

Blood or water, at the

Hospital they can suck it out. –

No, don’t take me there. I’m home, I feel safe here.

Don’t move me.


And now the short winter

Day is ending, and it’s harder to

Breathe, even if I lie still and
Say nothing.  -OK, maybe hospital

Will help, buy me time, completion

Of my sweet new house, a few more

Comforting nights With my lover, a few more

Good times with my family,

One more chance To heal old wounds.

To the hospital, to sweet, strong

Oxygen-that almost feels OK–That’s all you can give me?

Maybe I can pull out of this, Maybe go back home tomorrow.
So into the mouth of a fearsome

Machine, to tell what’s with my

Lungs.  It blinks and hums

And I gasp for breath

Drowning on dry land

Then back to blessed oxygen

And feeling better, waiting

For results so I can go home again,

Happy to see my father here
With  Carrie and Bill, now

Brother Abner arrives also.

We wait and hope.


The doctor comes in,

Small, neat, undynamic.

“It’s not blood or fluid. It’s tumor growth..”

I look at Carrie,

She looks at me.

So this is it, then-

Nothing we can do- this is it. 

Now I am going to die-

Soon-but meanwhile,

Please massage my aching

Shoulders, get me

Something to drink,

Slip off the oxygen for

Precious seconds

For soda or a bite of sandwich.

Joke a little to ease tension.


And so a night and a day

And another night slip by,

Time stolen from approaching
Emptiness-time for distant

Family to arrive, time

For one last night feeling

My lover beside me-yes, Here in the ICU.

More and more I only want to rest, eyes

Closed.  It’s so hard

To do anything else.

I  hear they’re moving me

Soon.  There’s nothin’ they can do In the ICU.
Maybe the oxygen is Insufficient because it’s

Really the IV cord?

Or vice-versa? 

Why Is this mask on my face?

Carrie, you try it-here,

Take it!?  I’m not confused,

You all are…moving

Now, to another room?

Faster, please, faster,

I’m drowning without

Oxygen-this little bottle Is no help at all…
Too exhausted to speak or move,

Even back on the mask that

Once nearly revived me. 

Off with it, dammit, and

Let’s get it over with–

One last struggle, met

With calming hands and

Encouraging voices.

But the words lose meaning

As I listen

And I think I know whose face

I think I see a face

Eyes out there burning into mine,

Until I cannot think, but only

Ride my breath

Ride my breath

It’s so hard

I wish I could stop

Or somehow get enough air

I can’t do either.

Pain and the warmth of hands

On my body both fade,

There is only ride

The breath,

Ride the breath

Till a gentle energy

Merges with my struggle

And leads me to calm

And now I can let go-

A long fall through emptiness

Into infinite light–

Free at last…

Flowers

The (E)flowers explode by my (A)altar

In (E)fireworks of purple and (B)red

I (A)know this slow-motion explo(G#m)sion

Is (B)bursting some(A)where in my (E)head

B/A/E

These flowers are cut off sex organs

DNA’s attempt to make more of itself

These flowers will not be successful

This DNA will become something else

Breeze or bees may move their pollen

Their nectar may feed a stray fly

But that is as far as it’s going

These flowers will wither and die

And you, you were just like these flowers

You bloomed, you were cut off, you fell

Leaving so little behind you

What did it mean? Who can tell?

Though your seed was more subtle than flowers

Still your seed grows love like a vine a

nd far stronger than memories of flowers

Your heart ever blooms in my mind

Yes far stronger than memories of flowers

Your heart ever blooms in my mind

ALMOST TALKED ABOUT IT

(Gm/Bb/C/F]

I brought you bags of groceries

On a (Em) winter afternoon

And though (F)I was in a hurry

And said [Dm]I’d be leaving soon

You [F]shared a cup of tea with me

And [C]asked me what was [F]new

[F/C/F]

We [F]talked about the weather

And the [Em]kids and ‘bout your ma

We [F]talked about the government

And [Dm]‘bout our gardens too

But [F]as I rose to leave you there

Deep[C] in my heart I knew

That [Bb]once again we [C]hadn’t talked

The [Bb]way we used to [F]do

Chor:

And I [Bb]almost talked about it

I [Am]almost talked about it

Almost [Gm]talked about the thing

That we don’t [F] talk about no more

But I didn’t [Bb]talk about it

No I didn’t[Am] talk about it

Just said [Gm]goodbye and kept my [Bb]smile on

As I [C]walked on out your [F]door

(Gm/Bb/C/F]

Now we don’t[F] get together

Quite the [Em]way we used to do

And [F]I’ve been there with someone else

Since [Dm] I was there with you

I’m [F]not the man you used to know

That[C] kind of makes me glad

But[Bb] something’s lost [C]between us

I [Bb]feel it, and feel [F]sad

Chor.

I [Bb]almost talked about it

Will I [Am]ever open up?

And [Gm]would you open if I did

Or [F]would you just stay [C]shut?

I’m [Bb]afraid to lose what’s left of us

If [Am]I speak from my heart

I’m [Gm]afraid you’ll smile at [Bb]me and say

Let’s [C]make a brand-new [F]start.”

Chor.

Will I [Bb]ever talk about it?

Well you[Am] know I kind of doubt it

The feeling[Gm] fades a little further

Every [F]time that I say [C]“no”

Will I [Bb]ever talk about it?

Well you [Am]know I kind of doubt it

My heart just [Gm]grows a little colder

Every[C] time that I say [F]“no”

My heart just[Gm] grows a little [Bb]colder

Every [C]time that I say[F] “no”

and then she slapped my face

(vamp on C7)

You got a right to feel so proud

You’re such a pretty cloud

Sailin’’ through the blue sky of my life

Although you seem a solid being

Your appearance is deceiving

You’re evaporating everywhere you go

I feel so glad to see you

and when I get close to you

Your most delightful scent pervades my mind

Your sweat’s evaporation

Sends out an invitation

Attracts me in a very basic way

Your chemical allure

Makes me want to explore

The myriad subtleties of your femininity

I’d love for you to have a few on me

I’d love for my caress to set you free

You electrical concrescense

I’d love to touch your essence

I’d love to mix my molecules with yours

Let’s take a long, slow

Afternoon world tour

(break)

But you remain evasive

How can I be persuasive?

Just thinking of you makes my pulse run higher

With the squirrelly thrill of unfulfilled desire

How can we get from frying pan to fire?

So I’m hoping this vibration

This musical sensation

Will realign your electricity

But I bet this little stunt

Is way, way, way too blunt

I’ll never taste your other word that rhymes with that

Come on baby, let me pet your cat

If you want me I will gladly wear a hat

(break)

even if I never drive your car

I still love you as you are

And I guess you’re just the one that got away

At least in this particular act of the play

The sight of you just brightens up my day

Although I know your body’s only mortal clay

And that is all that I have got to say

Bag of skin

(Bm)Had your voice in my (Am)head

Instead of (Bm)His

Filling me with your (Am)view

Of how it (Bm)is

Your view of the (C#m)facts

Your view of the (Dm)plan

Your view of (Em)me

As only half a (Bm)man

You’re (Em)just a bag

of (Dm)skin” you sneered

All (C#m)blood and pus and bone”

No (Dm)lovelight sparkled in your eyes

No (Em)spark of love at (Am)all

No (Em)spark of love at (Am)all

No (Em)spark of love at (Bm)all

I followed your foot(Am)steps

Instead of (Bm)Hers

down a lonely (Am)path

that only led from bad to(Bm) worse

you always wanted (C#m)more

Never satis(Dm)fied

Never cared at (Em)all

How much I (Bm)cried

Then (E)one crazy magic day

I (D)found a door in the wall

I (C#m)stepped outside

I (D)saw the sky

I (E)heard the sweet birds (A)call

I (E)heard the sweet birds (A)call

I (E)heard the sweet birds (B)call

She (E)came to me

(D)so did He

And (C#m) they taught me

What I could (B)be

Still hear your (A)voice

Whispering in my (B)head

But I don’t (A)feel

That same old (B)dread

I know what you (C#m)are

I know your (D)place

In the balance I (E)keep

Behind my (B)face

I walk the walk with(A)Her

Talk the talk with (B)Him

’bout what it (A)means to be a bag of (B)skin

bout who to (C#m)be in this bag of (D)skin

about how it (E)feels to be a bag of (B)skin

about the spark of (E) love in this bag of (D)skin

about the spark of (C#m) love in this bag of (D)skin

about the spark of (A) love in this bag of (E)skin

about the spark of (A) love in this bag of (E)skin

about the spark of (B) love in this bag of (E6/9)skin(E)

(better than) the best you ever had

I remember (E)New Year’s Day

Nineteen(A)eighty(E)two

I was alone and far from home

And (B)cryin’ to be with you

I (E)will be with you again”

I (A)heard the singer say

And (E)I meant every tear I cried

That (B)lonely New(A) Year’s (E)Day

Chor:

But deep (C#m)in my (G#m)heart

I could (C#m)feel something (B)missing

From the (C#m)light in my (G#m)eyes

From the (C#m)warmth of my (B)kissing

I was the (A)best you ever had,

You said, and (C#m)honey I believe that’s (B)true

But the (C#m)better man you (B)never had

Was hidden from (A)me as (F#m)well as (E)you

Sure we’d had a rough beginning

I’d almost been on my way

Until you told me about our child

And I swallowed my pride and stayed

So the years sailed by

And our family grew

And the work was pretty good

And the sound of happy laughter rang

In our cabin in the woods

We grew to adore each other

As lovers do adore

But I never had the nerve to tell you

Bout the times when I felt bored

Chor

Then times got hard and my luck ran out

I didn’t know what to do

Dropped one ball after another

I didn’t have a clue

You were overworked and angry

And me I hardly knew

That you were lookin’ to me to lead the way

While I was followin’ you

Chor.

We’d always been nice to each other

Never talked mean or been cruel

Until those days when the lightning flew

Up on our hill with its fool

And when all the smoke had cleared away

And fire no longer filled the air

I was sittin’ here all alone

And you were far away somewhere

(inst. Chor.)

I knew I never wanted

To hurt like that again

So I’ve done just like the old cliché

And got to be my own best friend

I’m learning how to speak my mind

How to laugh at myself

When a man’s got to be a man

And when to leave it on the shelf

Chor:

Now deep in my heart

There’s no longer something missing

I smile when I smile

I kiss when I’m kissin’

It may take another lifetime

To come around again with you

But there’s a better man waitin’ here for you now

Bettter than the best you ever had

BIG SKY COUNTRY

(Em)City dust blowin’ in my window

(Am)City air greasin’ up my skin

(Em)Where’s the trail

That’ll (Am)take me to the river

(Em)Where’s the earth

That (Bm)ain’t fenced (Em)in

(Em)City sounds eating up the silence

(Am)Freeway whinin’ all day and night

(Em)City minds fill me (Am)up with chatter

(Em)No way to stay here and (Bm)make it (Em)right

chor:

(Am)Take me back to big sky country

(Em)Where the air is cool and clean

(Am)Take me back to big sky country

(Em)I need the smell of the (Bm)falling (Em)rain

City lights glow all night around me

City rooms make it dark at noon

When’s a day in the great wide open

When’s a night by the light of the moon

Take me back to big sky country

Mountains glowing in the sundown light

Take me back to big sky country

Let the stars fill up my mind

Once I lived in big sky country

Watched the clouds roll across the sky

Once I walked the fields of heaven

Once I heard the angels cry

(Am)The city came to big sky country

(Em)The city sucked the country dry

(Am)The city sucked me

(Em)Into its belly

The city sucks! The (Bm)city (Em)sucks!

(Bm)I don’t care how good they treat me

(Am)I don’t care how much they pay

(Bm)I don’t care if the girls are pretty

(Am)I don’t care if I have a nice (Em)day

(Em)Gotta get back my big sky country

(Am)Warm wind blowin’ through the tall night trees

(Em)Gotta get back my (Am)big sky country

(Em)Back my liberty and (Bm)back my (Em)peace

BRIGHT EYES

(E)watching for your sails on the hori(A)zon

list(E)ening for a whisper on the (Bm)wind

look(E)ing for a sign from your direc(A)tion

wait(E)ing for my lone(A)liness to end

E/A/Bm/E

dreaming of a glance from your (A)bright eyes

re(E)membering the touch of your(Bm) hand

wish(E)ing you were here so i could (A)show you

all the (E)love(A) that I feel in my heart

E/A/Bm/E

bridge:

but you won’t (Em7)come back

and i’m (Am7)going crazy

though when you were (Em7)with me

you made me (Am7)mad as hell

you treat me (Em7)so mean

just ’cause you (Am7)know i love you

you clueless bitch i’d ought to spank you (Bm7)but…

i love you (E)too much

i could (A)never hurt you

just want to (E)hold you

and keep you (A)safe from harm

you’ve had a (E)hard life

girl i’m the (A)one can heal you

you can (E)trust me

i’ll be (A)there for you

so baby (E)come home

your (A)lover’s waiting

baby (E)come home

back in (A)to my arms

so baby (E)come home

your man (A)is waiting

baby (E)come home

back in(A)to my arms

E/A/Bm/E

BUNGEE JUMP

(vamp on C7)

I love to daily bungee jump

The blazing bath of otherworld

Plunge into reality

Through worlds where gods and demons play

Swing from my pineal gland

Into shining emptiness

OM AH HUNG, OM AH HUNG HRI

OM AH HUNG, OM AH HUNG HRI

I love to sit and speak the words

That open up the magic door

To taste the sweetly cooking foods

That help me know what life is for

And then return into this world

Knowing in my heart there’s so much more

OM AH HUNG, OM AH HUNG HRI

OM AH HUNG, OM AH HUNG HRI

I know someday the strap will break

And leave me plunging on and on

I’ll thrill to find what path I take

In life’s last great adventure gone

OM AH HUNG, OM AH HUNG HRI

OM AH HUNG, OM AH HUNG HRI

BURNING WOMAN

[C]I love a woman she’s a [F]burning wo[C]man
I’m gonna love her just as [F]long as I [C]can
And she loves me, my [F]burning wo[C]man
She loves me, I’m her [F]burn[G]ing man

[C]I love her body though her [F]body’s burn[C]ing
I love her soul though it’s only [F]passin’ [C]through
I love her heart, love her [F]heart that holds [C] me
I love to hear her say “[F] I[G]love you”

[C]Some days the heat just [F]drive us cra[C]zy
Some days it’s a [F]white-hot [C]glow
We love to mingle  in the [F]heat of the mo[C]ment
Catch a little fire and [F]let [G]it go

(break)

[C]Some days the heat just [F]drive us craz[C]y
Some day we gonna[F] lie so [C]cold
Dance in the fire, in the [F]embers in the ash[C]es
Dance the slowin’ rhythm of [F]grow[G]in’ old

[C]Bye, bye, bye, my [F]burnin’ wo[C]man
We’re here together and we’re [F]already [C]gone
Bless your, bless your, heart for [F]holdin’ [C]me
Bless the fire for [F]burn[G]in’ strong


Flesh gonna sag, gonna [F]fold, gonna [C]wrinkle
Flesh gonna melt in the [F]twinkle of an [C]eye
Bones gonna shatter, gonna [F]burn down to [C]ashes
Ashes gonna scatter in the [F]wind, in the [G]sky

CFC

CFC

(timed as in first two lines of verse)

CHEWING SANSKRIT BUBBLE GUM

C/Bb/F/C/Bb/F

Time was I could make no sense

(Bb)of the world around (F)me

Unexpected accidents

and (Bb)troubles would confound(F) me

til I (Bb)found a brighter (F)sun

(C)CHEWING SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

C/Bb/F

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)helps me keep from (F)feeling glum

I’m (C)happy when the (F)time has come

to (Bb)chew my (F)Sanskrit Bubble Gum

’cause nothing’s better, no, (F)not none, than

(C)CHEWING SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM(3X)

Time was I could never trust

my (Bb)lovers and (F)relations

They’d blow me off without a thought

to (Bb)chase some new sensa(F)tion

But I made all the (F)phonies run

(C)CHEWING SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

C/Bb/F

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)chase my flakey (F)friends away

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)better people (F)come to stay

So I (C)do it ev(F)ery day–

(C)Chew my San(Bb)skrit (F)Bubble Gum (3X)

Old age, death and sickness

(Bb)had me in a (F)tizzy

Couldn’t just ignore them

Couldn’t (Bb) stay that (F)busy

But it all rolls into (F)one

(C)CHEWING SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

C/Bb/F

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)ain’t no pana(F)cea

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)it’s still a good (F)idea

(C)life’s tough choices are (F)more fun

(C)CHEWING SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM(3X)

Life still ain’t easy, that’s for sure

And (Bb)as for fair, for(F)get it

What must happen, surely will

what (Bb)can I do but (F)let it

(bridge)

(Ebm7)Don’t get me wrong

I feel the pain

I’ll do all I can

again and again

to stop this world’s slide into hell

but if it slides, i’ll sigh

and say,”oh well”

and, down there with the world,

in hell, I’ll sweat, and grin

and start right in and

(C)CHEW MY SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM (3X)

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)adds to life’s di(F)mensions

(C)Blowing Sanskrit bubbles al(F)ways

(Bb)eases all my (F)tensions

I (C)bow to the Mother-Father, (F)Daughter and Son and

(C)Chew my Sans(Bb)krit (F)Bubble Gum (3X)

The satisfactions of this world

are (Bb)always tempo(F)rary

Trying to hold on to them

(Bb)only makes life (F)scary

So, unplug your misplaced thumb

and (C)Chew some San(Bb)skrit (F)Bubble Gum

C/Bb/F

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)mind and mouth feel (F)fresh and sweet

(C)CHEWING SANSKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM

(Bb)flavor that cannot (F)be beat

(C)Melts my habits, not my (F) teeth

(C)CHEWING SAN(Bb)SKRIT (F)BUBBLE GUM (7X)

DOIN’ THE THING

E/A

Imagine (A)waking up and being Michael (D)Jackson

(A)Imagine waking up (E)him

Imagine (A)bein’ a lost little (D)rich boy

Who (E)don’t like the colour of his (A)skin

(A)imagine being some(D)body

Who got (A)treated like him as a (E)kid

I (A)shudder when I think a(D)bout it,

The (E)awful things that somebody (A)did to him

chor:

And now he’s (D)doin’ the thing that was (A)done to him

Not even (E)thinkin’ twice ’bout why it (A)come to him

He’s (D)passin’ his pain on (A)down through time

Like (E)you do yours and(A) I do mine

E/A

Imagine waking up and (A)being the former White House (D)resident

The (A)man who once was our (E)President

Your (A)coked-out brain makes it (D)hard to think

Of (E)anything except how bad you (A)want a drink

(A)You’re all bottled (D)up inside

From(A) all the years your parents (E)hurt your pride

But (A)still you stand tall you won’t ad(D)mit you lied

You don’t (E)care how many people (A)have to die

You think you’re (D)winnin’ the game but you don’t (A)understand

Why it (E)all turns to dust and slips (A)through your hands

You (D)think you gonna (A)get what you want

But you (E)ain’t gonna like what you (A)get

chor.

(A)You got your problems and (D)I got mine

But we (A)do alright, yeah (E)most of the time

And (A)here and there I’ve (D)taken a fall

But I (E)never drove the whole world (A)into a wall

I (A)done some things I wish I (D)never did

But (A)none of ’em was messin’ with (E)little kids

And (A)I have been in (D)denial before

But (E)never bad enough to set the (A)world to war

And the only thing I can (D)think to do

Is, if we want (E)them to stop, we (A)all got to

stop (D)doin’ the things that was (A)done to us

Start (E)thinkin’ twice ’bout why it (A)come to us

Stop (D)passin’ our pain on (A)down through time

Yours, (E)Michael’s, Georgie’s, every(A)body’s, and mine (3X)

Stop (D)passin’ our pain on down through (A)time

DROUGHT SONG

C/FC/C/G/F/C

When the forest’s (C)gone, then the water goes

The willows die when the creek don’t flow

Thunder rolls, but the rain don’t fall

The country’s quiet, no birds call

Chor:

It’s gonna get (F)dry, dry, dry, (C)dry

It’s gonna get (G)dry, (F) dry,(C) dry

Flowers (C)bloom, but the bees don’t buzz

Why is this so? Because, because

This world’s been bent to the ways of men

Something’s gonna give, it ain’t if but when

Chor.

I can’t tell you just what’s gonna be(F)(Bb)(F)

But it’s (C) gonna get tougher, just (G)wait and (C) see

(F)(Bb)(F)

Or better (C) yet, don’t wait at all

Start listening for your inner call

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

And when you can, help out yourself

Chor.

Maybe this (C)earth will be green again

Maybe we’ll learn to live as friends

Maybe we’ll just hit the wall

I think it’s way too close to call

Whatever happens, let it feed your soul

Work on your part, remember the whole

Chor 2x

THE FIRE SERMON

(vamp on F7)

After the fire of youth,
The fire of age:
Flesh withers and sags,
Joint-grease melts away
Dark hair burns through grey
To white ash.

Still, a subtler fire shines in your eyes:
Alchemical, inviting:
Solve et coagulo;
Distill, if we dare, a gem
That will gleam undiminished
When time has had its way
With our transient bones.

II.
We meet
And however close we become, for however long
We’re going to be apart again so very soon, for so very long.
That’s why I’m learning to love the pain
Of letting you go

over and over and over again

III..

These bodies we think we are–
I can’t tell if they’re melting or burning
Or just drying up and blowing away.
And still–surprise and delight
To feel so healed
In the shelter of your crumbling arms

IV.
Making love
by the dying bonfire of our youth–
embers glowing, hot,
but not to be rekindled:
it’s all to ashes from here.

You stand before me
strong, naked and beautiful–
as I watch with loving lust
you fade from maiden
to crone, and I remember:
All too soon our eyes
will grow dull, our flesh
rot and sag from crumbling bones.

Let us drink deep from our pleasure
while we can, even as
every joy tastes of pain,
every gentle touch burns
and freezes, each
tender kiss, the kiss of death.

And when death does come
as my lover and yours, we shall
shrink the less from his embrace,
having yielded with such vision
and loving grace
to each other.

FREE FROM YOU

(Bm7)You won every argument You won every fight

Always had the last word In the middle of the night

You so sure of yourself You come on so strong

You always had an answer But your answers was wrong

You knew all the faults Of everything and everybody

Always had a good reason To put em all on the shelf

You knew what was wrong With everything and everybody

Everybody that is, Except yourself

Now I’m (E)free from you And I (B)don’t regret it

(E)Free from you And my (B)heart’s my own

(E)Free from you And the (B)fog has lifted

Gonna (F#)roll down the road Just to (E)see where it (B)goes

You said I’d be a (E)fool to leave you

never (B)find nobody That would (E)treat me like you(B)

Well baby, I’ve had (E)enough of your treatment

Some (F#)other kinda treatment’s Gonna (E)have to (B)do

Now I’m (E)free from you And I (B)don’t mind dyin’

(E)Free from you And I’m (B)glad to be alive

(E)Free from you And I (B)feel like dancing

(F#)Strike up the band boys I’m (E)ready to (B)fly

I know I’ll be missin Our (E)tender moments

But I’ve (B)had enough of (E)love in vain

Times we lay all night (E)enraptured together

But there (F#)wan’t enough love And there was (E)too much (B)pain

Now I’m(E)Free from you And I ain’t comin back again

(E)Free from you and I’m (B)on my way

(E)Free from you And the (B)sun is risin’

(F#)Glory hallelujah It’s a (E)brand new (B)day

Free from you And I (E)ain’t comin back again

(B)Free from you and I’m (E)on my way

(B)Free from you And the (E)sun is risin’

(F#)Glory hallelujah It’s a (E)brand new (B)day

(F#)Glory hallelujah

It’s a (E)brand new (B)day

GREAT OPENNESS

(co-written with Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, who suggested that the Sanskrit word gate, usually translated as “gone,” should rather be understood as “open,” and uttered the words “open, completely open, not closing down,” which I heard second-hand and put to music, first in a symphonic arrangement, and then as a reggae song.)

[A]Inconceivable, inexpressible Great Openness

Unborn, unceasing, by nature like the sky

Experienced by self-reflexive awareness’ discerning, pristine cognition

Mother of the victorious ones of the three times

I pay homage to you

Bhagavati Prajnaparamita Hrirdaya

Chomden Dewa Sherab Chipa Roltu Chinpe Nyingpo

Homage to the Great Openness, Mother of us all


[A]Once I [E]came to a[A] mountain [D] top
With [A]you, our [D]Lord, and the [E]rest
and [A]while we [E] sat so [A]still with [D]him
in [A]bliss on that [D]high [E]crest
he [A]opened
he [E]opened
so [A]completely [D]opened
so [A]far beyond [D]closing [E]down
he [A]opened
he [D]opened
so [A]far beyond [D]open
he could [A]never close [D]down [A]again

and [A]I could [E]see
that [A]you could [D]see
just[A] what it [D]was he [E]saw
so [A]I begged [E]you
to [A]tell me [D]true
how [A]I could [D]see it [A]too

you [A]told me  “[E]form is [A]empti[D]ness
and [A]empti[D]ness is [E]form
they [A]are not se[E]parate [A]in any [D]way
their[A] union [D]is the [A]norm

All [A]feeling, [E]too is [A]empti[D]ness
and [A]empty [D]is per[E]ception
[A]men[E]tality is [A]empty, [D]too
and [A]empty is [D]conscious[A]ness

no [A]thing is [E]born
and [A]no thing [D]dies
no [A]purity, no [D]impuri[E]ty
[A]no thing [E]shrinks
and [A]no thing [D]grows
and [A]yet, things [D]seem to [A]be

there [A]are no [E]forms in [A]empti[D]ness,
no [A]feelings, per[D]ceptions, or [E]thoughts
no [A]conscious[E]ness, no [A]eye, no [D]ear
no[A] nose, no tongue, no [D]body, no [A]mind

no[A] appearance, no [E]sound, no [A]smell
no [A]taste, no [D]touch, no laws of [E]form

no [A] ignor[E]ance, no [A]end of [D]it
no [A]death, no [D]end of [E]death
there[A] is no [E]pain,

and [A] yet there’s [D]pain,

without [A]beginning, [D]without [A]end

there [A]is no [E]way a[A]way from [D]pain
nor [A]wisdom [D]to im[E]part
there’s [A]not a [E]thing that [A]we can [D]do
and [A]yet, we’ve [D]done it [A]all

since [A]there is no[E]thing [A]you can [D]do
be [A]open [D]to your [E]life
[A] Do not [E]cling to or fear what [A]comes to [D]you
be it [A]bliss or [D]be it [A]strife

and [A]that is [E]what our [A]Master’s [D]done
that’s [A]made him [D]Lord of [E]all
he’s [A]given [E]us a [A]simple [D]prayer
To [A]open[D] up our [E]hearts
it’s [A]always been [E]true
it’s [A]true right [D]now
it’ll [A]be true for[D]ever [A]more


“May I be [A]open so [E]open
so [A]completely [D]open
may I [A]never close [D]down a[E]gain
May I be [A]open
so [E]open
so [A]far beyond [D]open
May I [A]never close [D]down [A]again”

and [A]then our [E]Lord a[A]rose from [D]bliss
and [A]smiled at [D]one and [E]all
“good, [A]good,” he [E]said, “for [A]thus it [D]is
ex[A]actly [D]as you [E]spoke
o[A]pen your [E]heart to [A]all that [D]is
and the [A]whole world [D]will re[A]joice”

and [A]when he [E]smiled and [A]spoke to [D]us
it [A]made our [D]hearts so [E]glad
in[A]spired us [E]all to [A]open [D]up
and [A]give the [D]best we [A]had

May I be [A]open so [E]open
so [A]completely [D]open
may I [A]never close [D]down a[E]gain
May I be [A]open
so [E]open
so [A]far beyond [D]open
May I [A]never close [D]down [A]again
(repeat chorus 7x)

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

(G7)Get up wash and feed my face

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(G7)work to fill day’s empty space

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(C)ah-ah-ah-ah (G7)stayin’ alive

(G7)wonderin’ if it means a thing

((F)goin’ through the motions)

(G7)tryin’ to buy the joy only love can bring

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(C)ah-ah-ah-ah (G7)stayin’ alive

(G7)being polite or being rude

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(G7)no one shakes my attitude

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(C)ah-ah-ah-ah (G7)stayin’ alive

(C)been so long since I’ve seen your face

(Am)am I still human or out of the (G7)race?

(G7)Not quite happy, not quite sad

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(G7)don’t feel much, it ain’t that bad

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(C)why-why-why-why am I (G7)stayin’ alive?

(G7)Will I ever break this spell?

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(G7)Or die here in my private hell?

(F)(goin’ through the motions)

(C)why-why-why-am I (G7)stayin’ alive?

(G7)One more thrill, gimme one more thrill

(C)why-why-why-why am I (F)stayin’ alive?

(G7)Longer thrill, a little longer thrill

(C)why-why-why-why am I (F)stayin’ alive?

(G7)Stronger thrill, a little stronger thrill

(C)why-why-why-why am I (F)stayin’ alive?

(G7)Gimme, gimme, gimme gimme one more thrill

why-why-why-why am I (F)stayin’ alive?

(G7)Gimmie gimmie gimmie gi-

IN ’77

EmCD 2x

In (D)77 (C)life was good

we were (D)sure it was gonna get (C)better

(G)communes and(D) kids

(G)acid and (D)herb

and the (Em)law was barely a (C)let(D)ter

EmCD 2x

we (D)loved to dance to the (C)Grateful Dead

let that (D)sweet, wild music rear-(C)range our heads

and (G)nowadays it may (D)sound absurd

but the (G)music brought us wisdom be(D)yond all words

EmCD 2x

then Garcia went from (C)shrooms to smack

now he’s (D)gone, gone, gone, ain’t (C)comin’ back

and (G)so many of my friends have grown (D)old and scared

their (G)bodies live on but their (D)hearts ain’t there

they say hey! we ain’t (G)innocent no (C)more

we mind the (Am) store, we’re keepin’ (D)score

we ain’t (Em)innocent(C) no (D)more

EmCD 2x

no more (D)communes, (C)no more blotter

(D)herb will run you way (C)more than it oughta

they (G)test you here, pro(D)file you there

(G)tryin’ to make the (D)whole world square

EmCD 2x

but (D)something does not(C) love a wall

and (D)though they try hard (C)to recall

the (G)free wild spirit (D)we released

the (G)world is shifting—the (D)way is greased

and (Em)nothing they can (C)do or (D)say

will turn (Em)back the dawn of the (C)coming (D)day

EmCD 2x

we know each other way too (G)well not to(C) care

care way too (Am)much not to (D)share

(Em)77 ain’t (C)comin (D)back

but (Em)we’re still rolling (C)down that (D)track

EmCD 2x

(D)wealthy in com(C)munity

(D)wealthy in (C)our love

(G)wealthy in the (D)way we touch

the earth (G)below and the sky a(D)bove

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(the wheel’s still turnin’ and it ain’t slowed down)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(we can’t let go and we can’t hold on)

it’s a (Em)higher (C)vibra(D)tion

(we can’t go backwards and we can’t stand still)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(if the thunder don’t get us then the lightning will)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(c’mon let’s try a little bit harder)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(c’mon let’s try just a little bit more)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(c’mon let’s try a little bit harder)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(little bit further than we gone before)

the (Em)law can’t stop lib(C)era(D)tion

(that wheel’s still turnin’ (G)round)

I WISH I WAS A ROCK N’ ROLL STAR

(F)I wish I was a rock n’roll star

Not for the mansion, not for the car

Not for the groupies, I just want your ear

To give you a message that’ll make your way clear

And a rhythm that’ll make ya feel good

Something I can’t say although it’s well understood

‘Cause when we all sang

(Bb)“Everybody get together gonna love one another”

And when we all sang

(F)“All you need is love’

And when we all sang

(Bb)“Positive Vibration, (C)Yeah!”

You know we (F)made the world a better place

With open hearts and a smile on our face

Lonely and separate no more

No need to take sides, no need to keep score

And I wanna see us all there again

No way to lose and nothin’ to win

We could all be (Bb)dancin, dancin, dancin in the s(C)treets, yeah

(Bb)It don’t hafta be about me

I’m just an (Eb)old guy who sings off key

But some(Bb)body’s gotta show the way

Cause we (Eb)all need a better day

And there’s (F)nothin’ like rock n’ roll

To get that (Bb)feelin’ movin’ in your (C)soul

So it’s (F)all been said before?

(Who cares!)

Get up, get(Bb) down and do it some more

Come on, (F)come on come on, come on

Come on, (Bb)come on come on, come on

Come on, (C)come on come on, come on (f7)

LEAKY SHIP

G/G7/G6/G4

(G7)Picture yourself in a (G6)boat on the o(G4)cean

(G)Nothing a(G7)round you but (G6)sea and sky(Gm7)

(G7)Suddenly you no(G6)tice you’re being quite (G4)foolish

(Gm7)You’re kicking a hole in the boat!

(Gm7)We cheer about sports and we worry ‘bout crime

(C7)Look to the economy for peace of mind

Lay (Gm7)up a lot of treasure that will only rot

We’ve (C7)heard about the Truth, we just don’t give it much thought

We’re on a (C)leaky ship with no (G)lifeboats

(F)Playing such foolish (C)games

We’re all (F)winners or we’re all(Em) losers

We’re (Dm)all in it just the (C)same C7/Gm7

It’s (Gm7)dryin’ up here and it’s meltin’ down there

(C7)Used to be a forest but now it’s bare

(Gm7)Industry burnin’ a hole in the sky

(C7)Put the pedal to the metal till the tank runs dry!

We’re on a (C)leaky ship with no(G) lifeboats

Wa(F)ter is pourin’ (C)in

If (F)we don’t get it to(Em)gether

Soon (Dm)it could be sink or (C)swim C7/Gm7

(Gm7)We’re cryin out to the stars but they ain’t talking back

(C7)Ain’t no planet ‘round here that’ll cut us any slack

(Gm7)Where will we go when we use up earth?

(C7)C’mon, who’s gonna give me the answer first?

We’re on a (C)leaky ship with no (G)lifeboats

Don’t (F)know where there’s any (C)land

Ain’t even (F)got a life pre(Em)server

How (Dm)long ‘til we under(C)stand? C7/Gm7

(Gm7)Who built the boat? It’s a mystery

(C7)Maybe worth a little inquiry

Is there a (Gm7)where that we’re going and a why that we’re here?

Let’s (C7)plug up the leaks and get it clear!

We’re on a (C)leaky ship with no (G)lifeboats

Could be (F)sailing to glory (C)land

(F)Together we can Em)make it

Every (Dm)woman, child and (C)man

F/Em/Dm/C

LIGHT UP MY LIFE

(E7)I was just a ball of rock and ice

Plunging on through (C#m)space

(E7)Till I crossed a beam of light

Shining from your(C#m) face

You (E7)pulled me in

You spun me round

Gave me a sense of (C#m)place

(E7)Time began and you became

The focus of my (C#m)days

(E7)The lightning of creation

Crackled in our (C#m)gaze

Light (A)up my life

And (D)warm me with your sunshine

Light (A)up my life

And (D)show me night from day

Light (A)up my life

Your(D) love is always with me

Light (A)up my life

You (E7)make my way so plain

(E7)Now I am no longer

Only lonely ice and (C#m)snow

(E7)Your light has sparked such life in me

I grow evolve and (C#m) know

(E7)Your loving is the holy spark

That helps me (C#m)understand

The (E7)subtle dancing interplay

That bridges God and (C#m)man

And(E7) lets me know the steps I take

Are all part of your (C#m)plan

Light (A)up my life

And (D)set my feet to dancing

Light (A)up my life

And (D)fill my heart with song

Light (A)up my life

I (D)love your love your lovelight

Light (A)up my life

Shine (E7)on and on and on

:

And it’s (B)true

There’s no one else can (A)do

What you (F#m)do

What you (E7)do

When you thrill me (C#m)through and through

Light (A)up my life (D) (4x) (E7) (A)

LOCANA

music:  funky vamp on m7 chord
locana lady queen of cups
lady scarcely seen
floats in water, is the water
shades of blue and green

so soft and moist
that all that’s hard
swears she don’t exist
but when i slow and float with her
what i find is this

changing levels, rising clouds
a higher view appears
letting go of all desire,
of all my hopes and fears

this shadow play’s a shadow play
you are reality
i’m just an actor on your stage
there is no one who’s me

lady on your lotus throne
shine your light through me
purify me, don’t deny me
let me, let me see

may all that i do be for you
do what you will with me
bless me to be one with you
and bring this world to peace

MAGIC REVOLUTIONARY

E. Indian drone on Em7

look what’s happenin’ on the street
got the revolution, got the revolution
1968 was great
got the revolution, got the revolution
i was there ashberry and haight
got the revolution, got the revolution
and it will come as no surprise
got the revolution, got the revolution
I learned to see the world through magic eyes
got the revolution, got the revolution
got to see behind the scenes
got the revolution, got the revolution
got to glimpse what meaning means
got the revolution, got the revolution
saw where greed and anger led
got the revolution, got the revolution
took another road instead
got the revolution, got the revolution
like so many of my kind
got the revolution, got the revolution
touched the heart of wisdom mind
got the revolution, got the revolution
made a vow i’d always be
got the revolution, got the revolution
a magic revolutionary

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG….

we walked right in
we sat right down
we let our minds roll on
turned the angels and the demons loose

we let them have their fun

we took on all comers in our youthful pride

tryin’ to break on through to the other side

we did magic in the hills

we did magic in the city

we were stormin’ heaven

we were shown no pity

many fell dead or wounded from within

years sped by, our ranks grew thin

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

when I set out to save the world

victory seemed so certain

nothing between here and paradise

but the flimsiest of curtains

now we’re rockin’ on the edge of hell

but I have learned my lessons well
i will not give up what i know
no matter what wind may blow
i pledge that i will always be
a magic revolutionary

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

MAKIN’ THEM NOISES AGAIN

well…

(F)let me tell you ’bout my baby

(Bb)i just love to drive her crazy

(F)drive her till she’s

makin’ them noises (C)again

(F)any time of day or weather

(Bb)we slow down

and breathe together

(F)by and by she’s

(C)makin’ them noises (F)again

chor:

(F)makin’ them noises again,

yeah, (Bb)makin’ them noises again

always (F)good times when she’s

makin’ them noises (C)again

I(F) don’t come, I just foller

(Bb)her on down to the holler

give the little (C)lady a hand

(Bb)makin’ them noises (F)again

(F)sometimes bare,

(Bb)sometimes covered

lettin’ her know i love her

(F)love her ’till

she’s makin’ them noises (C)again

(F)i get down on my knees

(Bb)doin’ all i can to please her

(F)please her ’till she’s

(C)makin’ them noises (F)again

chor:

(“please her ’till she’s…)

(F)sometimes she laughs

sometimes she cries

(Bb)sometimes she moans

sometimes she sighs

(F)sighs until she’s

makin’ those noises (C)again

(F)it ain’t what you think i’m sayin’

(Bb)just our crazy way of prayin’

(F) prayin’ while she’s

(C)makin’ them noises (F)again

chor.

(prayin’ ‘while she’s….)

I’m (Bb)glad the Lord gave us a way

to (C)make each day a better day

that’s (Bb)bout all I’ve got to say

‘cept I (F)love to hear her

(Bb)makin’ them noises (F)again

((Bb)makin’ them noises again,

yeah, (F)makin’ them noises again

always (Bb)good times when she’s

makin’ them noises again

I(Bb) don’t come, I just foller

(F)her on down to the holler

(Bb)give the little lady a hand

(F)makin’ them noises

(Bb)please her till she’s (F)makin’ them noises

l(Bb)aughin’ while she’s (F)makin’ the;m noises

(Bb)prayin’ while she’s (F)makin’ them noises

(Bb)always good times when

(C)she’s(Bb)makin’ them noises (F)again

MOLECULES

(A)When does air turn in(D)to me?

(A)When is my breath (D)not my own?

(A)Molecules binding and (E)loosening

(D)Molecules always at (A)home

(A)Deep in me I suck the (D) outside

(A)Outside turns into in(D)

(A)Molecules binding and (E) loosening

(D) In me or in air all the(A) same

(A) Molecules may come to(D)gether

(A) Molecules may break a(D)part

(A) Molecules made out of (E)atoms

(D)Down beyond light and (A) dark

(A)Atoms the same for(AD)ever

(A)Atoms don’t care where(D) they are

(A)Atoms in someone’s (E)saliva

(D)Atoms in the heart of a (A)star

(A)This body is made out of (D)atoms

(A)Atoms always come and (D)go

(A)What forms the framework they (E)move through?

(D)That’s something nobody(A) knows

(A)What is it, what is it (D)makes me

(A)What is it makes me (D)me?

(A)What am I, what am I, what (E)am I?

(D)Where do I see what I (A)see?

(A)Who am I, who am I, who (D)am I?

(A)Who am I to ask (D)who am I?

(A)How can molecules moving make (E)thinking?

How can (D)thinking see mind is like (A)sky?

MONEY FOR POISON

(E7)I was sittin’ on my front porch

When they came to me last week

Offerin’ money in my pocket

to put poison in my creek(2X)

(D)Money fo-

Money fo-

Money for poison (3X)

Offerin’ money in my pocket

to put poison in my creek (2X)

(E7)They walked right up to me

And put money in my hand

And they said that I could keep it

For them poisoning my land

Chor.

(E7)They offered me a job

And they asked if I would care

If they put money in my pocket

And put poison in my air

Chor.

(E7)They’re wavin’ lotsa money

Say they’ll gladly pay a fee

And all they’re gonna do

Is put their poison into me

Chor.

(ends w/ “NO!”)

No Green Blues

G/C/G/C

If everything (G)green all (C)changed to blue(G)

And all the (C)photographs all changed too(G)

How (G)much would your (C)memory mean(G)

Could you (C)prove there had (D)once been (G)green?

G/C/G/C

If you were (G)blind and (C)never had seen(G)

What it(C) is to be blue or green(G)

Just how (G)much would (C)this news mean(G)

Even if you (C)saw colors (D)in your (G)dreams

G/C/G/C

(D)“The grass was green,” I cried

and he squinted at me

looked and spied

a lawn lush and blue,

plain to see

I don’t understand you

at all,” he replied

If you had no (G)idea you (C)could be inside(G)

Someone (C)else’s body and mind(G)

If it never (G)occurred to you(C) to go there(G)

If it never (G)happened, (C)would you(D) know to care?(G)

Would you be (C)afraid if your life (D)took you there?(G)

G/C/G/C

NO PASARAN

Am

No pasaran”

Am7

we vowed in Spain

F#m

But still, but still

the fascists came

Am

and now, and now

Em7

they come again

Am Dm7 Am7

no pasaran no pasaran no pasaran

Am

I speak in warning not in threat

F#m7

for i wish harm to none

Am

no pasaran,” don’t cross that line, relax

Em7

put down your gun

Am

for if you don’t you’ll rouse the Earth

F#m

and she’ll do what she must

Am

she’ll shed our kind like dinosaurs

Em7

she’ll shake us off like dust

Am Dm7 Em7

no pasaran no pasaran no pasaran

Dm7

they always judge by short-term gain by what it’s worth to them

Bm7

but short-term gain means long-term pain

Am7

so much, so much depends

Bm7

upon this fragile web of life

Em7

how shall it heal again?

Am Dm7 Am7

no pasaran no pasaran no pasaran

Not Satisfied

I (E)knew that you were special when I (A)met you

I (E)didn’t really understand (B)how

I (A) wanted you to be my (G#m)girlfriend

But I’m (A)mighty mighty glad you’re not (B)now

cause no (A)matter how you’re treated,

no (G#m)matter what you try

you (E)never (A)feel (B)satisfied(E)

You’re not (A)satisfied

(E)Watcha gonna do?

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)cool enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

No (E)matter whatcha do

(B)Baby watcha (A)gonna do now(E)?

You cried on my (E)shoulder ‘bout your crazy (A)mother

And the (E)things your father made you (B)do

And you (A)told me ‘bout your older (G#m)brother

who (A)still won’t talk to (B)you

and how they (A)bent you so bad from the very (G#m)very start

you’ve (A)never (B)felt satis(E)fied

Chor: kind enough

(E)Trapped in a sexless (A)marriage

‘Till you (E)came between a man and his (B)wife

You were(A) livin’ in the land of milk and (G#m)honey

But it (A)still didn’t change your (B)life

You (A)never quite got what a (G#m)woman’s gotta have

You (E)never (A)felt (B)satisfied(E)

Chor: hip enough

You did a (E)thousand trips with Phil and (A)Jerry

Rubbed (E)elbows with all the other (B)stars

(A)Sat with the gurus and the(G#m) teachers

(A)Did all the weekend semi(B)nars

You’ve (A)heard it all and now you’d (G#m)rather

(E)Drink (A)fancy beer in (B)fancy bars(E)

Chor: rich enough

So what can I say? I know you (A)know it

I know you know it all so very (B)well

And (A)baby, you could wake up if you (G#m)wanted

But there’s (A)no way I can break your (B)spell

You’re all (A)alone ’cause you won’t lift a (G#m)finger

To (E)get (A)yourself (B)out of hell(E)

You’re not (A)satisfied

(E)Watcha gonna do?

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)cool enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

No (E)matter what you do

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)hot enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

(E)Watcha gonna do?

You can’t(A) find a man

Who’s (E)kind enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

No (E)matter whatcha do

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)hip enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

(E)Watcha gonna do?

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)rich enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

No (E)matter whatcha do

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)hung enough for you

You’re not (A)satisfied

(E)Watcha gonna do?

You can’t (A)find a man

Who’s (E)fool enough to do ya

(B)Baby watcha (A)gonna do now?(E)

(B)Baby watcha (A)gonna do now?(E)

(B)Baby watcha (A)gonna do now?(E)

NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET

(Cm7)Precious and fleeting

Pressure increasing

I’m weeding my garden

With a gun to my head

I’m weeding my garden

With a gun to my head

Joyful and gentle

Angry elementals

I’m playing a song

With a gun to my head

I’m playing a song

With a gun to my head

Smelling the flowers

Counting down hours

I protest the war

With a gun to my head

I protest the war

With a gun to my head

(Gm)Breathing deep and letting go

Taking every pleasure slow

Every minute means so much

Every smile and every touch

Any moment could be interrupted

By this crazy blue-eyed clown

With his gun to my head

By this crazy blue-eyed clown

With his gun to my head

By this crazy blue-eyed clown

(Fm7)With his gun

To my (Cm7)head

Rising in silence

While the world sinks in violence

I’m sitting zazen

With a gun to my head

I’m sitting zazen

With a gun to my head

Caressing and sighing

While children are dying

I make love to you

With a gun to my head

I make love to you

With a gun to my head

Loving and caring

Angry, despairing

I’m praying for peace

With a gun to my head

I’m praying for peace

With a gun to my head

I’m praying for peace

With a (Fm7)gun

(Gm7)To my (Cm7)head

OLD DOG

AmFC

(as in end of chor.)

I [C]turn to you

like a [F]tree to the sun

before i [C]even think about it

girl, it’s [F]how I’m built to [C]run

You light up my days

with your [F]shining, happy beams

But I’m [G]nothing to you,

I’m just [F]part of the [C]scene

‘Cause you’re [G]young enough

you could be my [C]daughter

what do i [G]think,

you’re gonna look my [C]way?

well i’m[G] old enough

i oughta know [C]better

[Am]this old dog

[F]already had his [C]day

when a man my age

chase a [F]girl like you

they [C]call him a fool

and I [F]suppose it’s [C]true

but darlin’, i still dream

[F]day and night

that a [G]change is gonna come

and [F]turn on your love[C]light

Cause if you got [G]loose enough

to get experi[C]mental

i might re[G]sist your eyes

but just for [C]show

i’m still [G]young enough

I can get full [C]frontal

and i [Am]know all kinda things

yer young [F]boys don’t [C]know

Yeah if you got [G]loose enough

to get experi[C]mental

i could [G]teach you things

i could take you[C] there

know how to [G]rev you up

and keep you [C]rollin’

[Am]slippin” my sneaky snake

[F]through your short [C]hair

youth ran through my fingers

and [F]now it’s gone

it’ll [C]happen to you, girl

don’t [F]get me wrong

have mercy on a man

whose [F]time has gone by

someday a [G]mirror gonna show you

[F]something’ll make you [C]cry

but i’m [G]old enough

i could be your [C]daddy

not that [G]my tailbrain

really gives a [C]whup

‘sides the [G]thought o’me

probly make your [C]flesh crawl

so I [Am]hope I’ve got the sense

to [F]just shut [C]up

yeah, you’re [G]young enough

you could be my [C]daughter

what do i [G]think,

you’re gonna look my [C]way?

well i’m [G]old enough

i oughta know [C]better

this [Am]old dog

already [F]had his [C]day

well i’m [G]old enough

i oughta know [C]better

this [Am]old dog

already [F]had his [C]day

this [Am]old dog

just wants [F]another [C]day

PART TIME LOVE

I’d (G)known her so long and she looked so fine

I told her I’d like to make her mine

She said “I still love my ex but I think that you

Are (D)kind of all right and you(G7) just might (G)do.”

Chor:

(C)Part-time love, (G)part-time love

(D)Better stay away from (G)part-time love

(C)Pray to the Lord in (D)heaven up above

(C)Keep you from fallin’ into (G7)part-time (G)love

On a Saturday night she took me in

It felt so right, well it wasn’t no sin

She told me I was her tender man

But (D)next time I saw her she was (G7)holdin’ his (G)hand

Chor.

On a Tuesday she said, “Let’s kiss some more,

I like you a lot.” Well, you know the score

No sooner had I let her go to my head

Than (G)Wednesday morning she was(G7) in his (G)bed

Some days she (D)loves me

Some days she (G)don’t

Some days she (Am)will

Some days she (D)won’t

I’ve (G)always been an open-minded guy

But part-time love is makin’ me cry

I can never tell whether to stop or go

I (D)can’t even tell how I’m sup(G7)posed to (G)know

Chor.

SAM AND TABADRA’S LOVE SONG

(G)I was making love with you

Your (Am)hair was fair, your eyes were blue

And (G)in that rain of bliss I knew

That (Dm)that was what was really true

And (Am)then I fell asleep and dreamed

An(Bm)other, slightly different scene

Where (Am)I was making love with you

Your (Bm)hair was black, your eyes were blue

It (Am)seemed just like reality

It (Em)meant so very much to me

And (Bm)then I fell asleep and dreamed

An(C#m)other, slightly different scene

Where(Bm) I was making love with you

Your (C#m)hair was red, your eyes were green

And (F#m)that was real and not a dream

And(C) then I fell asleep and dreamed

An(Dm)other, slightly different scene

Where (C)I was making love with you

Your (Dm)eyes were red, your hair was green

It(G) felt so real I had to scream

And (Dm)then I fell asleep and dreamed

That (Em)I was making love with you

Your (Dm)hair was fair, your eyes were blue

And(Em) in that rain of bliss I knew

That (Am)that was what was really true

And (Em)then I fell asleep and dreamed

Another (F#m)slightly different scene…

(Phishy jam-type instrumental break centered on Em)

(F)You and I were making love

A (Bm)storm was raging far above

But (F)in the calm below the storm

(Em)We were mating, wet and warm

And (F)as our tentacles entwined

I (Em)knew the essence of my mind

And (F)then I fell asleep and dreamed

An(G)other, very different scene

You (F)danced above me, wrapped in flames

I (C)knew, but dared not speak, your name

I (G)was a corpse, you were a queen

And (F)this was what had always been

And(G) then I fell asleep and dreamed

Your (Am)eyes were black, your skin was green

And (G)we were making love again,

For(Dm)ever free from all our pain

And (Am)then I fell asleep and dreamed

That (Bb)we were old and full of dreams

Ex(Am)hausted passions, fruitless schemes

And (Em)all the many things we’d done

We (Bm)were forgetting, one by one

But (Am)I could still remember this

To (Bb)fall asleep, and dream your kiss

In (C)any form that we assume

(Bb)sperm and egg or sun and moon

(G)From the dance of our embrace

(Am)Spring all of form and

All….of (C)space

Sometimes

(A)Sometimes I’m neuro(A7)tic

And (A)sometimes I’m psycho(A7)tic

And (A)sometimes I’m as nor(A7)mal as(A6) can (E)be

(A7)Sometimes I am manic

And (D7)there are times I panic

Cause I’m (A7)sure there’s someone out there af(E)ter (A)me

Chor:

And (D)sometimes I sit and watch myself

Watch(A)ing myself watch myself

And (D)sometimes I just sit and watch my(E)self

And (A)sometimes I’m the (A7)one

Who’s (D7)watching me watch myself

And (E7)sometimes I’m the one who’s (D7)watching (A)me

(A)Sometimes I get a (A7)great idea

(A)Sometimes I get (A7)lost

And (A)sometimes I completely disap(E)pear

(A7)Sometimes I feel like making love

Some(D7)times my body hurts

And (A7)sometimes I feel really re(E)ally (A)weird

Chor.

(A)Sometimes I know I’m (A7)not the one

(A)Living through all these (A7)trials

(A)Sometimes that’s who I really seem to(E) be

And (A7)sometimes I remember

What (D7)I came here to do

And (A7)that is when I feel so (E)clear and (A)free

Chor., then

And (D)sometimes I sit and watch myself

Watch(A)ing myself watch myself

And (D)sometimes I just sit and watch my(E)self

And (D)sometimes I’m the (A)one

Who (A7)knows he ain’t no (D7)one

But (A)how can (D)no one

(E)Know they ain’t no (A)one?

Yeah, how can (D)no one

(E)Know they ain’t no (A)one?

TERRORISTS IN THE HEARTLAND

Chorus:

(Am)TERRORISTS IN THE HEARTLAND

(G)Pledged to a crazy creed

(Am)TERRORISTS IN THE HEARTLAND

(G)Doin’ crazy deeds

(Am)TERRORISTS IN THE HEARTLAND

(G)They ain’t playin’ fair

(Am)Poison in our water

(Em)Denial in the (Am)air

Gotta tell you ’bout some terrorists

(G)Done some nasty stuff

Poured (Am)poison in our water

As (G)if that weren’t enough

Left (Am)heavy metal sludge

In (G)peoples’ yards and homes

(Am)Tore up an ecosystem

(G)From the mountains to the sea

(Am)Claimed it was nobody’s fault

(G)Claimed it was a natural thing

When I(Am) see their pasty faces,

(G)I just have to (Am)sing:

Chor.

(Am)Then the terrorists issued a communique

Said, (G)“Hey, y’all we’re the TVA

And (Am)all that we have got to say

Is don’t worry ’bout a thing–

It’s (Am)just that ol’ clean coal ash,

It (G)won’t hurt you none

It (Am) couldn’t be what makes you sick

We (G) didn’t spread it all THAT thick

So (Am)any disease is in your head

And (G)ignore the mountains we’ve removed–

No (Am)problem there that can be proved”

And (G)that’s what the terrorists said

(Em)TVA: (D)Terrorists Violating Americans

(Em)TVA: (D)Terrorists Violating Americans

(Em)TVA: (D)Terrorists Violating Americans

(Em)spreadin’ arsenic, uranium, mercury, lead

spreadin’ arsenic, uranium, mercury, lead

spreadin’ arsenic, uranium, mercury, lead

(D)every single one of them will kill you (Am)dead

chor.

(Am)Who’ll chase down these terrorists?

(G)Who, I wonder, who?

These (Am)terrorists are the people

Ruling (G)over me and you

They’re the (Am)ones who own the papers,

Choose what’s (G)broadcast on TV

They’re the (Am)ones in public office

It don’t (G)matter which party

And they’ll all (Am)pardon each other

Or just (G)look the other way

And they’ll (Am)pocket every penny

And they (G)don’t care what we say

chor.

coda:

(Am)They spell “profit” with an “f”

So I say, “f ’em all….

the trees are dying

(heavy drumbeat, vamp on your favorite m7 chord)

the trees are dying, dying
the trees are dying, dying
the trees are dying, dying, dying
they die for lumber
they die for firewood
they die for paper to fill landfills

they die for pasture
they die for highways
they die for stripmalls
and trailer parks

they die from acid
that eats their leaves off
they die from insects beneath their bark

they die from dryness
they die from ozone
they die ’cause goats strip them bare

when too many trees die
we can all say goodbye
without them we won’t last long

TURNING DOWN YOUR LIGHT

F Bb F

Every day I start to pray for You to shine on me

Gm F

I ask for You to show me the best that I can be

F Bb F

I feel Your light begin to shine, but then next thing I know

Dm C Bb F

I’m tellin’ myself about somewhere else that I’ve just got to go

F Bb F

Turning down Your light, Lord, turning down Your light

Dm Bb C F

There I go again, Lord, turning down Your light

DmBbCF

F Bb F

I’m thinking ’bout my job, Lord, I’m thinking ’bout my wife

Gm F

I’m thinking ’bout a friend of mine and how he wrecked his life

F Bb F

I think about how Your light shines and how it feels so strong

Dm C Bb F

And then instead of givin’ in I think about this song

F Bb F

Turning down Your light, Lord, turning down Your light

Dm Bb C F

Seems all I ever do to You, is turn down Your light

DmBbCF

F Bb F

I long for You to touch me the way You have before

Gm F

I long to let go and float through Your open door

F Bb F

I long to dissolve in You ’till I am me no more

Dm C Bb F

And what was me, is wholly You when I’m in the world once more

F Bb F

Turning down Your light, Lord, turning down Your light

Dm Bb C F

Obey my will, be still my soul, quit turning down Your light

DmBbCF

Bb F

Lord, I will wait patiently with my heart open wide

Gm F

I’ll do my best to turn away from anger, greed, and pride

F Bb F

I’ll do my best to realize that I am You, inside

Dm C Bb F

Lord, please reach me, teach me to turn up Your light

F Bb F

Turn up Your light, Lord, turn up Your light

Dm C Bb F

Lord, please reach me, teach me to turn up Your light

WALKING IN MY TOWN

(modal, any key, with a raga feel)

I was walking in my town

On a lovely summer day

Cars were cruisin’ all around

Homes of wood and brick and stone

And then I saw an Indian

Hunting bow stretched in his hands

Taking aim at a buffalo

Grazing in the forest deep

Next moment walked at glacier’s edge

Then left footprints on the beach

Next breath I swam in open sea

Then through swamp dodged dinosaur

And then I strode o’er dry, bare land

Til’ rocks melted beneath my feet

Feet then flailed in empty space

I blinked, and found familiar street

OM AMI DEWA RHI…….

As I was walking in my town

I thought about my grocery list

I thought about the ones I love

Who I would and wouldn’t kiss

I thought about what joins us all

The mysteries of death and birth

I thought of glimpses I have had

Of why I came down to this earth

My heart opened with gratitude

To all of those who’ve gone before

I made a promise to myself

To leave this world a better place

Then I remembered margarine

OM AMI DEWA RHI

I was walking in my town

Greed and ignorance all around

I saw the future they’d create

Sun beat down on cracked concrete

Abandoned houses, burned out cars

Grass and trees all dry and dying

I saw no squirrels, I heard no birds

Just the rat and the cockaroach

Then the sun exploded in the sky

Bye-bye used up world, bye bye

Then I saw another way

On that pleasant summer day

Saw the path of love and caring

Saw the path of bliss and sharing

Gone city smells, gone city sounds

Homes and gardens scattered ‘round

Clear running streams and leafy groves

A human race of loving friends

A sweet, green planet ‘till the end

When, of course, the sun explodes

There are two paths we can take

What choice do we daily make?

OM AMI DEWA RHI….

WARNING LABEL

(it’s a rap…in any key you’re comfy with)

What does television tell ya

What does television tell ya

What does telteleteletelevision tell ya

there’s things in life you got to have

there’s things in life you want

lotsa things that you want money for

more money than you got

so what do ya do

why ya get a little credit

but what do you do

when the credit comes due?

You gotta get a credit card

loans, loans loans are slavery

you sell your soul just to get a bank roll

you sell your soul just to get a bank roll

you sell your soul just to get a bank roll

i loan you the money

make you walk my way

tell you just when and how much to pay

and for just how long

why the rest of your days

yeah you’d better believe i’m in your life to stay

You gotta get a credit card

loans, loans loans are slavery

you’re on a treadmill and it saps your will

you’re on a treadmill and it saps your will

you’re on a treadmill and it saps your will

i loan you the money you belong to me

make you cut your hear

make you test your pee

you can’t go where you wanna go

you can’t know what you wanna know

you can’t screw when you wanna screw

cause another monthly payment’s due!

You gotta get a credit card

loans, loans loans are slavery

gotta pick up the pace just to stay in the race

gotta pick up the pace just to stay in the race

gotta pick up the pace just to stay in the race

what does television tell ya

what does television tell ya

what does teleteleteletelevision tell ya

television gonna fill you full of fear

television gonna make you run, run run

make you think bein’ drunk is fun

television tell ya what to think and say

make you think that you like it that way

You gotta get a credit carda

loans, loans loans are slavery

it’s a drug with a voice it’s my weapon of choice

it’s a drug with a voice it’s my weapon of choice

it’s a drug with a voice it’s my weapon of choice

You gotta get a credit card

loans, loans loans are slavery

shut up with your opinion

i got world dominion

shut up with your opinion

i got world dominion

shut up with your opinion

i got world dominion

You gotta get a credit card

(plastic, fantastic credit card)

loans, loans loans are slavery

money forgives all my sins

whoever dies with the most toys wins

whoever dies with the most toys wins

whoever dies with the most toys wins

WE ARE WATER

(A4)We are water mostly water

All the water in us is a(E)live

(E7)Every hour every moment

Water always passing through us

Without water we could not sur(A)vive

(A4)See the water in the river

Water in the river is a(E)live

(E7)From the spring down to the ocean

Up the sky down in the ground

All the water on the planet is a(A)live

(A4)Trees are growing by the river

Joined together by the water

We need trees and river to sur(E)vive

(E7)Before we were there was river

Who are we to tell the river it must (A)die?

(A4)Factories make pretty bangles

Make us think we need them to sur(E)vive

(E7)Waste from factories poisons river

Poisoned water then becomes us

As poisoned water how can we sur(A)vive?

(A4)We are water mostly water

All the water in us is a(E)live

(E7)Every hour every moment

Water always passing through us

As poisoned water how can we sur(A)vive?

YOU N’ ME

(Em7)Fill the kids’ heads full of factoids(Am7)

((Em7)Fill the kids’ heads(Am7) full of pills

(Em7)Keep ‘em moving, keep ‘em busy(Am7)

(Em7)Never give ‘em (Am7)time to breathe

(Em7)Teach obedience from the get-go (Am7)

(Em7)Wonder why they (Am7)go insane (Em7)

Chor:

The education situation (Am7)

(Em7)Based on games of(Am7) domination

(Em7)Cannot function (Am7)honestly

(Em7)The wheels turn round

A (Am7)number crunches

(Em7)Who pays the bill?

It’s (Bm7)you and (Em7)me

(Em7)Give the people easy answers(Am7)

(Em7)Tell ‘em what they (Am7)want to hear

(Em7)No need to change your way of living(Am7)

The (Em7)problem’s somewhere (Am7)over there

(Em7)Give ‘em freedom to make money(Am7)

(Em7)That’s the only (Am7) kind they need(Em7)

Chor. governmental situation

(Em7)Line your pockets line your bankbooks (Am7)

(Em7)Grab everything that (Am7)ain’t nailed down

(Em7)the poor deserve their poverty, yeah,(Am7)

God loves the rich this(Am7) time around

The(Em7) bottom line is all that’s holy(Am7)

No (Em7)need to care who (Am7)hits the ground(Em7)

Chor. Economic situation

(Em7)You can buy all kinds of poison(Am7)

(Em7)Eat smoke and drink it (Am7)every day

(Em7)Grow the wrong herb in your garden (Am7)

(Em7)The cops’ll come, blow (Am7)you away

(Em7)Don’t confuse ’em with the truth, no(Am7)

(Em7)Prohibition’s (Am7)here to stay (Em7)

Chor: legalization situation

(Em7)We don’t rise up and smash the system(Am7)

(Em7)It’s how we live and (Am7)see our friends

(Em7)We pledge allegiance to the Dark Lord (Am7)

with (Em7)every dollar (Am7)that we spend

(Em7)So round and round the spiral rumbles (Am7)

(Em7)Down and down un(Am7)til the end (Em7)

(Em7)The civilization situation(Am7)

(Em7)Based on games of(Am7) domination

(Em7)Cannot function (Am7)honestly

(Em7)The wheels turn round

A (Am7)number crunches

(Em7)Who makes the change?

It’s (Bm7)you and (Em7)me, baby, you and me

Can’t nobody make the change but you and me!

PART TWO—FRAGMENTS

These are incomplete songs. Some of them just need a final tweak and some chords to go with the melody, others are just a few lines, a hook, or a chorus. If any of them inspire you to complete them, I am open to co-writing. Get in touch!

ALL FALL DOWN

want to see it all fall down

see it hit the ground

hope i’m still around

when it all falls down

ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO LIGHT

It starts with a feeling

I can hardly describe

When I see you before me

And feel you inside

Your smile is so joyful

Your eyes open wide

And ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO LIGHT

I love to be near you

You nourish my soul

I give myself to you

Your warm heart of gold

I’m feeling so willing

My eyes open wide

And ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO LIGHT

Never ever knew

Anyone else like you

I just love what you do

To me

We’re so happy together

Wish the whole world could know

This same loving feeling

That never grows cold

There’s nothing else like when

Your arms open wide

And ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO LIGHT

All the doors that wouldn’t open

All the doors that wouldn’t open

all the girls that wouldn’t do

all the times I didn’t get it

all that brought me here to you

I often tasted bitter failure

growing up was just no good

lacking in all social graces

rejected in my neighborhood

didn’t fit among the misfits

clashed with all the kids with class

couldn’t hold a job to save myself

I just gave up and let it pass

no one but my mother loved me

as I wandered in the world

all my thoughts were of myself

and why I couldn’t keep a girl

you could feel the heart within me

trace the path my footsteps trod

you knew the tortured road I traveled

was the way that leads to God

bless you girl, for steppin with me

bless the ways you ease my pain

join my broken parts together,

cure me, make me whole again

if not for pain, would I

have met you?

Would another door

have brought me here?

If some other woman loved me

would I even know your name?

All the doors that wouldn’t open

all the girls that wouldn’t do

all the times I didn’t get it

all that brought me here to you

ALMOST SUPERMAN

I was right and you were wrong

you were here but now you’re gone

why should I give a damn?

Safe in my fortress of solitude

I’m almost superman

A WOMAN, A WORLD

I see your smile as bright as sunlight

Look into your eyes as blue as rain

Feels like there’s a chance that we could

Share each other’s joy and pain

chor:

I look at you and see a world I don’t know

I look at you you and see a place we could go

You look at me and I think you know

We could be another world

your laugh delights my waking hours

i’m glad that i can make you smile

o won’t you dance with me a moment

entwine our souls for just a while

chor.

some live in worlds of peace and plenty

some live in worlds of toil and snares

whatever world we might live in

i’d be happy with you there

chor.

but to join your planet’s motion

i’d have to leave the earth i’m on

creating sorrow and bereavement

lord, they’d miss me when i’s gone

chor.

so, pretty world, spin on without me

best wishes to you as you go

may the goddess in you flower

blessing power from you flow

chor.

BIG GREEN

Some folks like to vote

for big red

wanna get theirs,

don’t care

whose blood gets shed

other folks gonna vote for big blue

but big blue blows

and you know it’s true

makes a lotta promises it don’t keep

big blue dreams

of a nation of sheep

so big red bleeds

and big blue blows

and all they really wanna do

is grab ya by the nose

me, I just gotta go for the green

and I ain’t talkin’ money, dontcha know what I mean

it’s the go-ahead color

it’s the color of trees

it’s the color of a future

that’s a real cool scene

it’s the color of peace

it’s the color of smart

it’s the popular color

it’s the color with a heart

big green

big green

big green

CHAINS

Time was these woods rolled endless;
We rambled hill and hollow, seeking
secret pools and sweet berries, secure
in our endless sweet youth.

And all the while we were forging
and fastening chains: chains of family,
chains of failure, chains of financial
obligation.  And chain saws and poison
and bulldozers ripped at our
neighbors the trees while our
chains distracted us.  Perhaps
there was nothing we could have done.
“You don’t stand a chance against
My prayers” the Ghostdancer sang,
and daily we prayed, while logskidders
Growled at the edge of our meditation
And asphalt covered the country lanes.
The trees died just the same.
A few acres here and there,
we bought and saved.
Working to pay for them, we forged
More chains,  but what else to do?

There remains this persimmon tree,
that berry patch; one secret,
unpolluted pool.  We walk
our few familiar paths
and bless what freedom remains
between the links of our chains.

Christian Demons

demons stalk the land

demons stalk the land

demons stalk the land

they don’t like uppity women

they don’t like kinky sex

they say they like unborn babies

they just don’t care what happens next

they say they don’t want sick people

to die and go to heaven

now what kind of christian is that?

christian demons perverting jesus

christian demons sanctify paul

christian demons got tight asses

christian demons ain’t no good at all

they don’t care about pollution

they cheer deforestation

Christian demons

building megachurches

Christian demons

running politics

Christian demons

ripping up the social fabric

Christian demons

playing dirty tricks

Christian demons

won’t let you die and go to heaven

christian demons

make your life a living hell

christian demons

know what you need better

christian demons

better than you know yourself

christian demons

make feeling good a crime

Christian demons

bridge about their greedy friends

corporate demons

law streets them like people

corporate demons

don’t grow old and die

corporate demons

born to make money

corporate demons

suck blood from you and me

christian demons/corporate demons

over and over

CLEAN UP MY NERVES

Clean up my nerves, boys, clean up my nerves

A little hit and a little sit

Every day I shut my face and

Clean up my nerves

THE COLLAPSE OF THE STATE VECTOR

the collapse of the state vector could be catastrophic 3x

the visionary life begins

where the sine waves on

it could all begin with a chemical spin

the tattered web of life just blowin in the wind

it would take a long time to begin it all again

could be sundown time for the brotherhood of man

DIZZY LITTLE LIZZIE

Let me tell ya ’bout a girl I used to know

Lizzie was her name

Lizzie, Lizzie she was only passin’ through

she didn’t come to stay

some say her daddy did her

and it spun her for a whirl

well, I don’t know for sure

but what was that grown man doin’ naked in the tub

with his teenage girl?

Chor:

You so dizzy miss lizzie

you can barely walk straight

you so dizzy miss lizzie

gonna meet your fate

she used to be polite and pretty

then she went fat and mean

wouldn’t listen to no one, no way

smokin’ drinkin’ screwin’

all the boys and girls

thirteen and out of control

her momma couldn’t stop her

though she got down on her knees

prayed for lizzie’s soul

and all of us who knew her just

felt so sad and blue

couldn’t slow her down

she had a little wisdom

liked to look at the sky

watch the clouds roll on

but she wouldn’t listen to nobody

so she ran out of luck

and got squashed flat by a big Mack truck

chor..

Now every day I pass the spot

where Lizzie met her fate

used to be some plastic flowers there

but now they’re gone

nothin’ marks the spot

her folks split up and moved away

her daddy never paid the price

her momma just denies it all

so do her brothers—they try to act brave

but when I can I slip away

and sit at the lonely spot

that’s dizzy little Lizzy’s grave

chor.

DON’T FORGET TO ROCK IT

Chopping wood, hauling water

ain’t the only thing that matters

Watching clouds, picking flowers

important ways to spend your hours

put your nose to the grindstone

it’ll just get flat

tell me,

who’s gonna get turned on by that?

Go on now, get you busy

twirling ’round until you’re dizzy

lay on the grass and let the world spin

just enjoy the shape that you’re in

sometimes you gotta work your ass off

other times you gotta blast off

always workin

never playin

is as bad

as never prayin’

but prayin is another topic

for now, just don’t forget to rock it

DRIFTING APART

my kids and i have grown apart step by step

we started out “ in agreement”

on the farm, we agreed about everything, or talked about it till we did

but have had to agree t disagree about more and more as time goes on

you love me

and I love you

but we’re driftin’ apart

and i don’t know what to do

Everybody knows (what they say ain’t so)

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

I’m just tellin’ what everybody knows

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Bush and Cheney have got to go

I’m just tellin’ what everybody knows

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows ‘bout the ‘lection they stole

I’m just tellin’ what everybody knows

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows where they got their gold

I’m just tellin’ what everybody knows

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Bush and Cheney have got to go

I’m just tellin’ what everybody knows

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

Everybody knows what they say ain’t so

I’m just tellin’ what everybody knows

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE HAPPY

everybody wants to be happy

everybody wants to be loved

sometimes if you want to be happy

you have got to change your mind’

(example?)

chor: change your mind

sometimes you have to change the world

(example)

EYEBALL BLUES

Wanna jump into your eyeball

baby you jump into mine

we’ll both get all eyebally, baby,

it’ll be just fine

i’ll be deep in you

and you’ll be deep in me

people come lookin’ for us

what they gonna see?

a couple o’happy eyeballs

rollin’ around

she said my eye is single

and my body is filled with light

so i whipped out ol’ one eye

and filled her up alright

i said deep down in my nature

i neither come nor go nor stay

she said not comin’ or goin’s fine

but baby please, please stay

FADING FLOWERS

It’s easy to be a pretty young flower

it takes the right attitude

for a bloom to fade gracefully

FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT

Fight for the right

to be exploited

fight for the right

to be exploited

fight for the right

fight for the right

fight for the right

rich folks robbin’ the poor folks blind

limbum says don’t pay it no mind

chor.

Fight for the right to a good bottom line

fight for the right of the rich to say

i got mine”

fight for your right

to be treated like scum

GET USED TO IT

you better just

get used to it

don’t go and throw yourself

a hissy fit

quit fussin’ cause

you took a hit

go on, get used to it

you wanted all the girls

and all the gold

but those weren’t the cards

you got to hold

and the whole darn table knows

so go on, let go and fold

A HANDFUL OF HONEY

Give me a handful of honey. Honey

Can I finger your ring?

Can I kiss the goddess in you

Can I hear you sing?

You know I’m devoted, darling

Devoted to you

Let me know you’ll let me

Get to the depths of you

When I put your ring on my finger

Love starts pourin’ though

Almost more than I can balance

Slippin’ in your dew

So come on and trust me babe

To put my hands on you

Just ten little fingers sweetie

And then the big one too

GIVE WHAT YOU WANT TO RECEIVE

You gotta treat other people

like you wanna be treated

give your neighbors

what you like to receive

now that’s the thing we’re always doin’

whether or not you want to believe

‘spose tanks were rumblin’ out on your street

jet fighters screamin’ overhead?

soldiers come from another country

don’t care if they shoot you dead?

well they’re treatin’ you

like they wanna be treated

givin’ you

what they want to receive

but they don’t know that’s what they’re doin’

that ain’t the thing they believe

you might want to rise and strike them

but slow down baby, you don’t have to

you’ll just get back what you’re givin’

somebody else will do the job for you

GOLIATH

goliath makes me nervous

goliath gets me shy

goliath has nailed a lot of friends of mine

and majorly messed up their lives

now surenuff he’s goliath

but there ain’t no david in sight

could it be that i am him?

should i quit dodging the fight?

altho i’m a likely loser

i just might give it a try

it ain’t no fun fearing goliath

if i can’t stop him

i might as well die

GOMORRAH

I live in Gomorrah and I hate it..

I live in Gomorrah and I fear it

I live in Gomorrah and I love it

I can’t leave it

’cause there’s nowhere else to go

cept for maybe sodom

and we all know

that ain’t no place for a man to go

we all live in sodom and gomorrah

they’ve taken over the world

in every corner i search in

their evil tentacles are curled

been lookin’ hard for a just few just folks

jes’ folks is getting’ hard to find

money and power have gone everywhere

stolen everyone’s minds

GRATEFUL TO HER?

Grateful to her? For what?

Oh–she represents some aspect of me

That I reject? Yeah, right.We’re not alike at all

.Found that out the hard way.

When I showed her all the deep,

Scary stuff I’d hidden from everyone

Else, when I trusted her with my heart

Of hearts, she made a face

And an ugly noise, and took a big step

Back. Left me feeling like a fool.

(Not that our friends hadn’t warned me. Not

That she hadn’t warned me.)

And we’d had such good times

Leading up to that awful moment.

(Sometimes, sometimes not–honestly.)

Funny how much alike our fathers seemed—

We joked about them playing golf

Together, never talking about us,

Their prodigal children–why, if

Our fathers are alike, we might be, too!

No–I’m not cold and distant

And cutting, like her, I mean

,I’m no longer the guy

Who walked away from

The fifteen-year old runaway

Who depended on him–that was

Thirty years ago. (Where is she now?)

I’m not the guy

Who left his kids home alone

To go be with his girlfriend.

That was ten years ago.

(Why don’t my kids ever call?)

And I’m not the guy

Who told his wife of

Twenty years he’d never loved her-

-Stood and watched while she shuddered

And twisted and hardened her heart—

That was eight years ago.

(Did I really mean it? I still

Don’t know.) And I’m definitely

Not the guy who got pissed at

His best friends and gave away

All their secrets–sure, it’s only

Been five years, but aren’t we

Over that already? Aren’t we

Adults? Haven’t we

Reincarnated several times

Since then? No, I’m not

Heartless, selfish and rejecting

Like she is. Why be grateful to her?

HAVEN’T HEARD FROM YOU

haven’t heard from you in a while
trust you are just having too damn much fun to go fool with a computer
hope your dad’s doing ok
hope to see you again some day
life’s soap opera here
continues with its humdrum
and its flashes of illumination
that let me see that we seem to be
spiralling slowly upwards
not down
or round and round

hell is for other people

rich amerikan christians

sending poor people to hell

jesus loves me this i know

the suv im drivin tells me so

Hooked on what’s happening

I’m hooked on what’s happening

Hooked on what’s happening

Hooked on what’s happening

Anger, greed and ignorance

Make the world go ’round

Anger, greed and ignorance

Keep on draggin’ me down

to that crazy, blue-eyed clown

‘Cause I’m hooked on what’s happening

Hooked on what’s happening

Hooked on what’s happening

hope for the future

we sat on a porch

in the summer dark

laughed and sang,

watched fireflies spark

chor:

and tho there was a war

life was good

and there might be a bomb

life was good

there was hope for the future

hope for the future

there was hope for the future

life was good

we had a dream that made us glad

could see a new world where none was sad

chor.

we marched, protested, politicked

went to jail, did well, got sick

chor.

and if it seemed some folks were scared

truth would set them free—why should we care?

chor.

until the day they grabbed the reins

turned the wagon ’round, erased our gains

now there is a war

is life good?

now there is a bomb

is life good?

and there is fear for the future, fear for the future, fear for the future

there is fear

now fear is ruler everywhere

bright lights disrupt the summer night

no more our songs, and dreams we share

will we ever get back there?

to our hope for the future

hope for the future\

hope for the future

hope for the future

hope for the future

hope for the future

ahh….

i can’t tell you

i can’t tell you

to do the thing i’m doing

even tho i really

wish you would

i can’t ask you

to come and go with me

even tho i really

think you should

sometimes this way is full of honey

sometimes this way is full of fire

you don’t hardly get what

you thought you asked for

but you always get

your heart’s desire

i can’t tell you

to do the thing i’m doing

even tho i really

wish you would

i can’t ask you

to come and go with me

even tho i really

think you should

if you do the thing i’m doing

it might drive you crazy

if you come go with me

it might make you sad

if you do the thing i’m doing

you might lose all your money

and every single friend

you ever had

i’d rather be me

i’d rather be me

and wish i had money

than have a lotta money

and wish i was me

verses inspired by b’s office scene—overweight, diseased, etc.

i’m not sorry

i’m not sorry i took your wife away from you

i’m not sorry i left you feeling blue

it was something i just had to do

i’m not sorry i took your wife away from you

you never seemed to understand her moods

i tried to teach you something that i knew

but she learned the lesson better than you

so i’m not sorry i took your wife away from you

you yelled at her ’cause she wouldn’t talk to you

and when that didn’t work you left her black and blue

i guess she just had better things to do

i’m not sorry i took your wife away from you

i’m proud to be the man who wrecked your home

you’re such a jerk, you’re better off alone

your kids may understand you when they’re grown

i’m proud to be the man who wrecked your home

she really loved you once, i know it’s true

she cried when she knew you and her were through

but you mistreated her i know you know it’s true

i’m not sorry i took your wife away from you

Inherent Luminosity

Male voice: Inherent Luminosity

Female voice: The Word Made Flesh

I am always dwelling in the light, in the light

I am always dwelling in the light

The shadow is a shadow of the light, in the light

The shadow is a shadow in the light

The shadow is a shadow in the light, of the light

The shadow is a shadow of the light

insert and squirt (the facts of life)

Chor:

insert and squirt

insert and squirt

God made me to insert and squirt

Gonna feel frustrated, gonna feel hurt

if I don’t get to insert and squirt

It’s been the way of evolution

But now it’s time for a new solution

Time for a sexual revolution

Time to flip the energy

Say, “it’s about you, girl

not about me”

chor.

Too many women feelin’ used

too many women been abused

too many women turnin’ tricks

so guys can get their jizzy fix

too many kids havin’ kids

hardly knowin’ what they did

bringing unwanted children to this earth

’cause daddy had to insert and squirt

chor.

I tried to sell my soul but they weren’t buying

I tried to sell my soul but they weren’t buying

the devil said i didn’t have a prayer

now i’m alone in heaven

cause my friends all went to hell

i wish i was with them down there

all day i fly about and rest on cloudbanks

i join in choirs that sing eternal praise

i feel eternal bliss but my heart’s not in it

i wish i’d raised more hell back in the day

i loved to dream of wine and pretty women

i longed for the curses wealth can bring

i asked the devil what i could do for him to get them

and all the devil said was, “not a thing.”

yes the devil told me that he didn’t want me

he said to quit wasting his time

muttered something about the way

my folks had raised me

and to him i was not worth a dime

IT’S POISON

europe australia
america too
the poisons run rampant
and come home to roost
anger is no excuse
it’s poison
desire is no excuse
it’s poison

ignorance is no excuse
it’s poison

I WISH I COULD STILL GET STONED/IT’S BEEN TOO LONG SINCE I BLEW MY MIND

Used to stand outside in the rain

for the fun of it

used to live outside the law

never even flinch a bit

used to swear I’d learn to live

by wavin’ a magic wand

now I’m livin’ with a 401K,

buyin stocks and bonds

chor:

And I can still breathe a little,

though the noose is tight

sometimes I wish I could still get stoned

hoot and holler on a saturday night

And me and the missus,

yeah we’re doin’ fine

ain’t been down to the swingers’ club

in a long, long time

but I love her and she loves me

and the pills we both take

help set us free

thank god for insurance

from the company

chor.

I used to pray it would all go away

Leave me alone and free

But now I guess I’ve got to admit

That ol’ system’s takin’ care of me

I give them everything they want

and they give something back to me

I wish I was still in love with you

chor:

I wish I was still in love with you

I hate to see you all alone and blue

wishin’ ain’t enough to make it true

but i wish I was still in love with you

We loved each other for such a long time

House and kids and all

then we woke one morning in a different world

our life together seemed way to small

chor.

So we went off to find ourselves

and after a while i found

i knew what it meant to be me, alright

but you were noplace around

chor.

then someone grew into my heart

till she filled the space you fled

and tho i know i’m happy with her now

sometimes i wish for you instead

chor.

it’s funny the way things happen

the changes we make to be whole

so now i’m doin’ alright, I guess–

or is your sorrow a stain on my soul?

chor.

Jimi, Jerry, Janis

Jimi, Jerry, Janis

I’m listening to your music

In a corporate superstore

We were gonna make a revolution

Now you’re all gone

And I’m a corporate superwhore

LIFE ON EARTH

Suddenly in late night headlights

Over on the side of the road

Possum writhing on his back

Death agonies, no car in sight ahead

How long drawn out his torture?

Reverse, run him over again,

Mercy killing? Too far back

Possum in pain, dying alone

Falls away into the night

How he saw it?

Fast approaching, in the night

Incomprehensible speed, noise, light

And pain. Overwhelming pain

Seeking sex, seeking food

Or just looking for a home

Interrupted, ends in death,

Death from out of nowhere

And it isn’t only possums

So many of us, deep in the grip

Of whatever drives us

Crushed by the incomprehensible

Rambling down the road of life

Spine shattered, guts busted,

heart still beating , nerves too keen,

nothing there to give us comfort

as we breath our painful last

This is life on Earth

LONG-GONE LOVE

One bright day I stopped by

The lonely old shack

that you left to find Jesus

and you ain’t been back

it’s so long abandoned

about to fall down

but I felt your memory

still hangin’ around

amid all the trash

that littered the floor

I found your old diary

from a long time before

before you had met me

when you still loved your man

back before he hurt you

and you up and ran

I stood there and read it

I read it clear through

it was simple and open

just like talkin’ to you

then I stood there thinkin’

’bout the love that we shared

rememberin’ you cryin

cause your man didn’t care

LITTLE BY LITTLE

i went up the hill

and looked down at myself

and I said, “Self,

you’re a mess”

so i got on my knees

and i prayed,”Lord, please

please help me–

I been a bad boy, I confess.”

then the Lord came to me

in a blaze of white lights

and she showed me another way

but she said, “looky here,

I gotta make it clear–

I can’t do this every day.

but every day of your life

i can whisper to you

if you’ll just take the time

to tune in

so do what you must

to do what you can–

ready?! set?! begin!

so now I call her up

every chance that I get

and I let her heart

guide me along

Thanks to her I do right

more and more of the time.

and i’m praising her grace

with this song

now, thanks to her

i am growing wiser

i am growing wiser

i am growing wiser

little by little and day by day

little by little and day by day

my heart’s opening wider (same)

my love’s growing stronger (same)

LOVIN’ LUST

i like your pretty shoes

i like the way your feet move

i like your pretty shoes

i wanna dance with you

the way you touch your hair

i know you know i care

i know you trust me girl

trust me to take you there

clothes—hold close

breath—kiss

scent—do you deep and make you shriek

MEDICAL VAMPIRES

medical vampires

suckin’ blood from sick folks

grown’ fat from our disease

A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE

No mind/your mind/an open mind

is a terrible thing to waste

verses about distractions: money, food, sex…

Missing You
to K.M. (Kali Ma)

I can’t recall the pressure
of your fingers on
my cheek anymore,
or the scent of your hair
moist under moonlight.
The rhythm of our life together
is gone from my mind.
My heart sits like a rock
in my muddy chest.

Your brother and all our other
friends talk to me endlessly of
emptiness, joy, release–
but this emptiness without you
is no joy and no release.
How could it be,
without your emptiness
calling me to fill it?

What face will you wear
when I see you again?
Young and blue-eyed?
Shining dark eyes set
in kind wrinkles?
Or will you laugh,
let back your hood,
reveal empty sockets
and lipless teeth?
Even so, I will welcome you.
Please come soon.

NATURAL WISDOM

Well I shoulda been a preacher

But tthere’s no church for what I preach

Or I shoulda been a teacher

But there’s no school for what I teach

Or I shoulda been a politician

But I wouldn’t be corrupted

So there’s no place for me

In a political niche

So I sell you your food

And I take out the garbage

And sometimes you see me

Pushin’ a broom

And I’m helpful and I’m kind

And sometimes I’m even funny

Till I walk out of the store

And go back to my room

And work and pray for a way

To overturn the powers

That create the system

That I live inside

That keep me well-fed and warm

And give me toys to play with

Phones to call on and a car to ride

You might ask why

I’m tryin to bite the hand that feeds me

But the guy’s other hand is around my neck

And I’m tryin’ to get that crazy man’s attention

Cause while he’s choking me

He’s headin’ for a wreck

Thinkin’ he can save himself

If I only pay the check

I can’t say I know

How this game is gonna play out

I can’t say I know

If the lottery will pay out

I just keep doin’ what I can

And lettin’ go of what I can’t

I’ll write and I’ll vote

And I’ll march and I’ll rant

Babylon, Babylon, your throne is gonna go down

Just like they always say in the Rasta chant

You think you’re mighty clever

But I bet we will outlast you

Cause nature bats last and

We’re in her camp

Yeah nature bats last and we’re in her camp

Yeah nature bats last and we’re in her camp

Natural wisdom keeps on risin’ and it always find a champ

Natural wisdom keeps on risin’ and it always finds a champ

Natural wisdom keeps on risin’ and it always finds a champ

Alternate version:

Well I shoulda been a preacher

But there’s no church for what I preach

Or I shoulda been a teacher

But there’s no school for what I teach

Or I shoulda been a politician

But I wouldn’t be corrupted

So there’s no place for me

In a political niche

So I bring you your food

And I take out your garbage

And sometimes you see me

Pushin’ a broom

And I’m helpful and I’m kind

And sometimes I’m even funny

Till I leave the store at night

And go back to my room

At home I’m writing letters and I’m signing petitions

On my day off you might find me on the street

Bearing witness to the murder

That supports our wealth and power

And when I get a private moment

Then I’m on my knees

Prayin’ hard, prayin’ daily

Every morning and night

For a lightning bolt to strike

And make things right

Cause the country is asleep and

The president’s a dolt

I pray you Lord make me a lightning bolt

May I be roused from my slumber

May I rouse all around me

May the roused all rise and take back our lives

May those who rape the earth

see the shame in what they’re doin’

May those who grind the poor give their wealth away

Don’t need no MTV ORV SUV ROTC

They’re all just a form of WMD

I feel a little crazy ‘cause I’m livin’

On a corporate paycheck

And the corporation pays me well

But the president is stealin’ from all the employees

And if we don’t stop him we’ll all go to hell

So that’s why I’m tryin’ hard

To bite the hand that feeds me

cause the bastard’s other hand

Is around my neck

He thinks he can kill us all

And get away with murder

He’s too crazy to know

He can’t escape the wreck

So ladylord please send down a lightning jolt

Ladylord please make me a lightning bolt

Ladylord dear ladylord put us all at ease

Ladylord dear ladylord save the dolphins and the trees

So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’ and I’m hopin’ for the best

Lord let’s find a way to end this trouble comin’ every day

Lord let’s find a way to end this trouble comin’ every day

Lord let’s find a way to end this trouble comin’ every day

NO CLUE

you haven’t got a clue that you haven’t got a clue

watchyou gonna, watchyou gonna, watchyou gonna do?

watchyou gonna, watchyou gonna, watchyou gonna do?

OLD WOUNDS

it’s time to heal old wounds

they’ve been bleeding far too long

let our hearts open together

let our voices join in song

let us listen while our deep souls speak

ask forgiveness for old wrongs

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

May the purifying fire of your mind

Cleanse my mind

May I always be fully aware

Of my connection with Wisdom.

Keep me from thinking of myself

As a separate individual.

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG
may the purifying fire of your gaze

Cleanse my vision.

May I always see clearly

The world and my place in it

May my perceptions never be clouded

By selfish desire, anger, or ignorance.

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

May the purifying fire of your mantra

Cleanse my speech.

May my communication always be loving

And helpful to others.

May my speech be free

From selfish desire, anger, and ignorance.

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

My the purifying fire of your love

Cleanse my heart

May I know the Buddha-nature of everyone I meet

And treat them with love and respect.

May my heart shine with your light

Free from selfish desire, anger, and ignorance.

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

May your purifying power

Cleanse my hara

Make my intelligence clear and loving,

And helpful to all beings.

May my self-sense be that of a Buddha,

Free from selfish desire, anger, and ignorance.

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

Become one with me

And purify my emotions.

May I always be happy

And fully satisfy everyone I encounter.

May I always be loving towards others

Free from selfish desire, anger, and ignorance.

OM VAJRAPANI HUNG

Absorb me in the ground of your being

And purify my basic awareness.

May I always feel at home

And appreciate the world as your teaching display.

Even when the time of my death is at hand,

May I be free from selfish desire, anger, and ignorance.

OM AH HUNG HRI

ONE TOUCH

one touch is worth a thousand words


OTHER PEOPLES’ PROBLEMS

it’s so easy to solve

other people’s problems

you look at them and know

just what to do

but no one knows me

half as well as i do

so don’t be givin’ me

your point of view

O THESE MAUDLIN EMOTIONS

So now it’s over.
We never hiked that battlefield.
I never brought you jewlery
or even took you out to dinner.
We never swayed slow entwined
on a dance floor, never
spent a gentle night
listening to the rain
on my tin roof porch.

You’d asked for another
evening of those long,
long kisses, kisses
with no destination
beyond sweet kissing.
I guess you don’t want that
anymore.

And I guess you never
let me in to your
heart of hearts–how
could you, since I never slew
your deepest fears?
No, I was never quite
your knight in shining armor.

And I guess
I’m sorry if I scared you
with this me I so
take for granted….

Now all the magical possibilities
have faded like the flowers I
bring you no longer; now
you go your way, I go mine
and all the dreams and plans
of our joined lives
fade stillborn into impossibility.

So now it’s over?
We never even fought and made up…
Some other lifetime, again, perhaps….

(SINCE I JUMPED INTO YOUR) PUMPKIN PATCH

since I jumped in your pumpkin patch

my room’s a mess my socks don’t match

i’m not quite sure what state i’m in

i quit my job i’m growing thin

2x

down here in your pumpkin patch (my room’s a mess)

down here in your pumpkin patch (my socks don’t match)

since i jumped in your pumpkin patch

i itch in places i can’t scratch

i cannot seem to light a match

the light inside my mind’s too bright

sometimes it keeps me up at night

2X

down here in your pumpkin patch (the light inside my mind’s too bright)

down here in your pumpkin patch (sometimes it keeps me up at night )

but all in all, it seems to me

i’ve never before felt this free

and, altho i’ve lost some weight

i happily accept my fate

2X

down here in your pumpkin patch (i happily accept my fate)

down here in your pumpkin patch (i happily accept my fate)

to live here going sane with you

is all i ever want to do

to tote the wood, to feed the fire

and slowly spiral ever higher

2x

from down here in your pumpkin patch (and slowly spiral ever higher)

from down here in your pumpkin patch (and slowly spiral ever higher)

and somehow, sometime we will know

a place where there’s no place to go

we’ll gaze upon no room and then

we’ll know it’s where we’ve always been

2x

down here in your pumpkin patch (we’ll know it’s where we’ve always been)

down here in your pumpkin patch (we’ll know it’s where we’ve always been)

REMODELLING TIME

guess who’s comin’ your way today 4x

2x

i’m gonna swing my hammer in your house

make you happy with the way i knock it out

you gonna love the way i swing it

gonna swing it till you sing it

i’m gonna swing my hammer in your house

2x girl you makin’ me a happy man

and i’m treatin’ you the best that i can

girl you fill my heart with joy

make me glad that i’m your boy

girl you makin’ me a happy man

2x

girl you know i got to come and stay

don’t think that it could be some other way

let’s make our home together

let’s see how it gets better

girl, you know I got to come and stay.

Shake the west awake

Shake the west awake

Shake the west awake

How many shocks will it take

To shake the west awake

Liars in high places

And fools on the hill

Hands on their crotches

And hands in the till

Fingers on the button

Fingers in their ears

Fingers in all the pies

And fingers up their arse

Thumbs on their noses

And thumbs on the poor

Thumbs on scales

Just to squeeze a little more

Shake the west awake

Shake the west awake

How many shocks will it take

To shake the west awake

Poison in the rivers

And poison in the fields

Poison in our bodies

SIREN SOUND

when i first moved to town

siren sound brought me down

then it came to me

siren sound

means someone’s goin’ down

SITTIN’ HERE THINKIN

I let you in my door

you sat down in my mind

we talked a long, long time

I opened up my heart to you

what else was I supposed to do

you thrilled me through and through and through

you took me home

(back up and out?)

I’m just sittin here thinkin

about how i shouldn’t be thinkin

about you

I’m just sittin here thinkin

about how I shouldn’t be thinkin

at all

SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM

Hiking in the San Juans
where once high meadows rolled,
verdant with flowers,
we found deep, barren
snowfields–returned to a
home hotter and drier than ever,
save occasional tornadoes
and torrential thunderstorms:
forests fall beneath their blows.

The news: Florida and Mexico
on fire: evacuations, closed
roads, burned towns.

In the mail, solicitation
from a local politician:
he’ll give the police more power
to combat sex and drug offenders,
build more prisons, purge
the welfare rolls.  His
opponent only promises
to do a better job of this.

I meet too many people
gone ignorantly mad from
lack of initiation, unfulfillable
promises, loveless lives,
their understandable anger
subdued by physicians’
pills as if the hopelessness
at hand were what has always
been there.

Daily, I pray
for compassion and understanding;
the howl from the void ahead
grows only louder.

This heart of mine–
broken many times,
scarred now–it might
break easily, but
it hardly opens.
Shopworn–
offered so many times–
refused, returned,
or taken back–
bits of it scattered
through the past, its
finish dull and tarnished.

I’m not so ashamed
of its appearance
that I will only hide it–
but I now resolve
to give up hoping
for someone else to heal it
and do the job myself–
not that I couldn’t be
talked into sharing….

And how to heal this tattered
artifact,so unattractive, yet
still so full of fire and longing?
Damn all fear of looking foolish!
I’ll stoke these passions
‘till they glow white, go clear,
illuminate the world, and draw
Who comes when a lamp is lit
upon a hill.

song for the martyrs

the jails are full of martyrs

from my church

tho the government denies

that’s what they are

3x

the government denies it

the government denies that’s what they are

people who took too much liberty

for the guardians of the land of the free

they all thought the right to be happy

was enshrined in our nation’s laws

but they got just a little

too happy for the Eagle

now he’s got them in his claws.

SUCH A BLESSING

my problems are such a blessing

i live in a place that i love

my problems are such a blessing

i’ve got a happy family

my problems are such a blessing

my wife she loves me so

my problems are such a blessing

we’ve all got plenty to eat

my problems are such a blessing

nobody’s shooting at me

SYMPTOMS

you can try to deny it

close your eyes and pretend

but civilization

is coming to an end

enough stubborn people

enough selfishness

gets everyone in trouble

the fabric is rent

tbe fabric unravels

there’s no safety net

wherever you flee to

it all comes undone

the money dries up

the food doesn’t come

law and order depend

on the power of guns

(more verses on culture/civilization/humanity coming to an end)

TALKING

yeah, we’re talking about

how to talk about

what we’re talking about

THE DEVIL’S MORALS

It’s the devil’s morals that make pleasure a vice and clever greed and selfishness a virtue.

Alas, to see the devil’s morals loose in the land!

May those who are currently running (away with) our country live a good long time, the better to have a chance to see the error of their ways and repent; for were they to die soon they would surely be damned. I would not care to see them damned, but I would rejoice to see them indicted. As it is, they have largely seized control of the courts and so their indictment is unlikely—and so, having used their clever greedy selfishness to assure their material success, they may well have condemned themselves to damnation. Nevertheless, I pledge to do whatever I can to save their souls.

May the light of truth

Shine out of my mouth

May it enlighten and illuminate

Everything and everyone

May the fire of truth

Blaze out of my mouth

May it warm every heart it touches

And finish cooking

The half-baked.

May the roar of the blazing fire of truth

From my mouth

Be sweet rockin’ music

To all who love truth and honesty

And provide solid direction

To all who have not yet found

Their way in life.

And may the smoke

From the fire of truth

Billow out my mouth

In sweet incense clouds

Bringing joy, laughter,

And inspiration

To every madcap monk

And sweet, sexy nun

On this hopeless, inevitable,

Inconceivable, unstoppable crusade.

THE LAUGHING PLAGUE

Not so many years ago

though it seems another age

a fate befell the human race

we call “the laughing plague”

And no one knows what started it

or from where it came

it happened everywhere at once

from Malibu to Mumbai

no one was completely immune

from the bug that ate mankind

but that was ok with everyone

’cause it made us feel so fine

it brought no flush of fever

no aching in the bones

just a rush of understanding

of who we are, and why

and what the times were demanding

and it didn’t feel grim

when the bug kicked in

it made everything seem so funny

I was one of those

who had a very light dose

but I laughed for days

with my nose all runny

So most folks knew it was their time to die

and found they could accept it

and they found death came

not with a spasm of pain

but a flood of bliss and light

now we who survived

we’re all glad we’re alive

though we miss so many of our loved ones

but we and they know

that a lot of people had to go

and for sure they all died happy

with so many fewer folks

there’s a lot more room

for the natural world to recover

more fish in the seas

more monkeys in the trees

cleaner air, land and water all over

and us humans who remain

won’t make the same mistakes again

we treasure the world and one another

’cause that laughin’ disease

left our minds at ease

and lovin’ all creatures as our brothers

the happy plague

what the world needs nowhere

is a happy plague

one that fills you with so much joy

that you could die

and you do

o for death to be

such ecstasy

that i wouldn’t care

if it happened to me

or even my best friend’s

we need a plague of pleasure

so lots and lots of people

could die happy

and relieve our Mother of the

burden of humanity

quickly and easily

without a nasty legacy

of pain and agony

some kind of cosmic lottery

so no one’s pulling triggers

no one’s withholding aid

so several billion people

could go quick and happy

to their graves

could be me, could be you

could be no one that we knew

no way to be sure

till it’s done and over

THE MISTS OF AVALON

I long for the mists of Avalon

I’d love to fade away

From the world of push and jangle,

The world of bought and sold

I long for a world of loving friends

A world of balance and grace

A world where there’s plenty of time

A world with a heart of gold

O where are the mists of Avalon

That will draw us away from this race (madness?)

Into another dimension

Where we can be who (what?) we truly are

But there’s no escape from this madness

There’s nowhere else we can go

There’s only our hearts to hold the treasure

of Avalon’s embrace

So please, divine ones

Enter my heart, be my heart

So I may meet all madness

With the calm of the misty mornings

of avalon long ago

the road not taken

once i walked with you down a country lane

now i’m drivin’ alone on the superhighway

once we swore our love would never die

don’t know where love went and i don’t know why

i turned left where you turned right

down the road not taken

chor:

the road not taken

still haunts my dreams

the road not taken

still calls to me

(the road not taken)

but i can’t turn back

(the road not taken)

it’s not there any more

the road not taken

bridge:

did we know each other a little too well?

did pride and anger cast a spell?

why did heaven start to look like hell?

but i still hear the echo of temple bells

from the road not taken

chor.

once i stood on the killing floor

angry, but sure’ i knew the score

i said, “i’m not gonna take it any more

i’m alright, thank you jack

and I slammed the gate

and i turned my back

on the road not taken

chor.

TOGETHER WE’RE GONE

sit in my lap

let’s meditate on energy

we can pass it ’round

right through our clothes

gonna light you up

just like electricity

and why we do it,

Goodness knows!

snakes are coiling

crawling up

around my spine

waterfalls are flowing

down my chest

I pray time finds me

twined with you like this

the moment after cardiac arrest!

your best friend’s meditating

in the upper room

praying loud and clear without a sound

she understands that none of this

is what it seems

that’s why we both like

having her around

bridge:

and i’m the king

and you’re the queen

together we

are such a scene

you are the void

i am the form

together we

are gone, gone, gone, gone, gone….

conclusion?

TO MY GRANDCHILDREN

This old world is such a mess

And I feel so powerless

Sometimes I just want to scream and cry

And break things

Here comes another generation

Sorry we’re leaving such a mess

Lord knows, we tried our very best

Didn’t meet with much success

Forgive us

All across the world

So much suffering and pain

People rise in protest,

Get beaten down,

And rise, and get beaten down again

So many of us saw the truth

Did what we could, and spent our youth

Not much to show for it, I guess

Sorry we’ve left you such a mess

Please forgive us

Please forgive us

Please forgive us

TOO MANY MEM’RIES

I’ve got too many mem’ries

To remember them all

Done too many things

That I’d like to forget

Had a lot of good times

I can’t quite recall

I’ve got too many mem’ries

To remember

We were out for dinner

At our favorite club

Celebrating our anniversary

Twas the place where we met

you told me about it all

I was glad to hear it,

It was all news to me

Chor.

I’ve traveled far

And I’ve traveled wide

I’ve traveled high

And I’ve traveled deep

Sometimes it seems

Like it all was a dream

I can’t remember

When I wake from sleep

Chor.

WALTZING WITH GOD

Is this all there is?

Dear Lord I want to know

So God please give me a call

Or at least a wink and a nod

Are we nothing but toys?

Is there a reason we’re here?

Dear God, please make it clear

I want to live my life right

Dear God,

If you’ve nothing to say

Well I guess that’s OK

My life’s the blink of an eye

And I guess you move slow

But I’d sure like to know

What it’s all about down here

Is this life just a game?

Or is there an aim?

Was Jesus the the only one?

Are we all your daughters and sons?

You don’t have to send no heavenly hosts

Or angels in flight

Don’t need to see no Holy Ghost

Just want to know I’m livin’ life right

WE’RE ALL STILL HERE

all the moving movies

all the stirring songs

all the demonstrations

all the revelations

all the meditations

and female ejaculations

and in spite of all our hopes

and in spite of all our fears

and in spite of prophecy

We’re all still here

barreling towards oblivion

we’re all still here

evolving into supermen

none of it seems to matter

nothing makes a difference

nothing even slows us down

repeat:

going one way or another

going nowhere at all

we were gonna fly free forever

we were gonna fly free forever

it was gonna be easy skanking

only gonna love ruby tuesdays

we could live in a tent

now we gotta go see the doctor

take out the garbage

pay down the mortgage

or treadmill the rent

why does the whole world spin?

Atoms stars planets galaxies life

all goes ’round in circles

why?

what sets the world to spinnni’

why does the whole world spin?

When first we met

When first we met, at your urging
I tore the ragged bedsheets
From my previous marriage

Into strips, to mark what trees
We’d cut for your new house.
“How auspicious,” I thought,
Electricity surging
Through our minds, our hearts,
Our bellies.  We would merge, it seemed,
Until the oily scum of fear
Oozed between us:
You wondered if my feet
Were really on the ground;
I questioned your willingness
To go to the far limit.

We plunge down and away from each other,
Swearing all the while we’re soaring higher alone.

WOUNDED WOMEN

you better be careful, boy,

around wounded women

yeah you better be careful, boy,

around wounded women

she gave me my first kiss

when i was just sixteen

all it was was just a kiss,

but i remembered

and when the maze of years

again brought us together

if what she said about her folks was true

she sure needed healin’

but if what she said was lies

she needed healin’ too

you’re just a heartache waiting to happen

you’re just a

heartache waiting to happen

here i go

playin’ the fool

you’re just a

heartache waiting to happen

here i go

breakin’ all the rules

you’re just a

heartache waiting to happen

it’s too late to stop and think

you’re just a

heartache waiting to happen

why am i buyin’ you a drink

you’re just a

heartache waiting to happen

i wonder how you’ll finally make me cry

you’re just a

heartache waiting to happen

is that a smile or a sneer in your eye?

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