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LYRICS

WHIRLPOOL

When first you feel the whirlpool it’s a tugging at your heel

A dominance of voices in the streetscape that you feel

It’s nothing like the cloudburst, you realize too late

The whirlpool’s claimed another, it’s an old machine of fate

 

A-ha

 

When next you feel the whirlpool you are certain you are saved

The ceiling bends above you, in the tunnels you’re unscathed

In the cave the water’s rising and your flame it flickers low

That’s the nature of the whirlpool and the way the race runs, so

 

A-ha

 

I have rectified the whirlpool, the last chapter of the book

Forgiven five forefathers for not permitting me to look

In the whirlpool every lover is a life raft and a knife

Both are instrumental to the outcome of the night

 

A-ha

A-ha

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2018)


EVERYBODY WINS

Everybody wins when the targeter is right

Everybody wins in the middle of the night

With tracers incandescent and trajectories green

Everybody wins, do you know what I mean

Everybody wins when the fixer gets it fixed

Everybody wins when the wag-the-dog sticks

When the payoff is un-trackable and the alibi is tight

Everything is plausible, evidence is out of sight

 

Everybody wins 

Darkest ashes blocking up the sky

 

Everybody wins, are you tired of what he’s saying

Everybody wins, even atheists are praying

For the washing floods to thunder down and strip this juke joint clean

Everybody wins, in the purifying stream

 

Everybody wins 

Darkest ashes blocking up the sky

Everybody wins 

Darkest ashes blocking up the sky

 

Now, if your pain it is intolerable, your bill’s too big to pay

Your heart is inconsolable, and your conscience in the way

Just put your bloodstained money on this cool green velvet tray

Because everybody wins in the third act of the play

 

Everybody wins 

Darkest ashes blocking up the sky

Everybody wins, baby

Darkest ashes blocking up the sky

Everybody wins

Everybody wins

Everybody wins

 

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2018)


CAREFUL IN THE FUTURE

Slipped into the time-stream to find you

Tell you, careful in the future

This kind of thing, you’d tell me not to

Do not seek you, give no warning

 

Too late, though, it’s in the waves now

Too late, though, the path’s unwinding

 

One thing

You should know

Is no one 

Will tell you 

In time

 

Found you back there in the time stream

With your t-shirts, tops still sleeveless

You were angry, disbelieving

I was desperate, I was not fawning

 

The secret to your convincing

A whispered name that you were keeping

 

One thing

You should know

Is no one

Will tell you 

In time

 

One thing

You should know

Is no one

Will tell you 

In time

 

Well, what else could I tell you

Yeah, you’ll write more before it’s over

Some words they get hot, like to blow up

Some words stay cold; words are slow growers

But hey, be careful in the future

And hey, stay clear of snowblowers

 

One thing

You should know

Is no one

Will tell you 

In time

 

One thing

You should know

Is no one

Will tell you 

In time

 

One thing

You should know

Is no one will

Tell you 

 

Ha

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2018)


SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE (B. DYLAN)

They sat together in the park

The evening sky grew dark

She looked at him and he felt a spark that tingled to his bones

It was then he felt alone and wished that he’d gone straight

Watched out for a simple twist of …

 

They walked along by the old canal

Little confused, I remember well

Stopped into some strange hotel with the neon burning bright

And he felt the heat of the night; it hit him like a freight train

Moving with a simple twist of fate

 

Now, a saxophone someplace far off played

She walked down by the old arcade

Light bust through a beat-up shade where he was waking up,

She dropped a coin into the cup; another blind man at the gate

Forgot about a simple twist of fate

 

He woke up, the room was bare

He didn’t see her anywhere

He told himself he did not care, and he pushed the window open wide

Felt that emptiness inside to which he just could not relate

Brought on by a simple, a simple twist of fate

 

He hears the ticking of the clocks

He walks along with a bird that talks

He hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailors still come in

Maybe she’ll pick him out again, but how long must he wait

One more time for a simple twist of fate

 

Now, people tell me that it’s a sin

To know and feel too much within

Still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring

Maybe she was born in spring, but I was born too late

Oh, blame it on a simple twist of fate


GO FIRST

Every chance you missed, everything you didn’t do

Every mouth you kissed, every line that you cut through

Every sad song you wrote down, every list, and every look

 

You’ve got to count yourself

Yourself and all your friends

Count your books, count your blessings

You can go first

But you can’t go back again

 

You were born in water, you were born in blood

You were raised in battles, baby, you did the best you could

There’s a wave that’s coming and it’s different than a flood

There’s no absolution but the ride is pretty good 

 

You’ve got to count yourself

Yourself and all your friends

Count your books, count your blessings

You can go first

But you can’t go back again

 

You can go first

But you can’t go back again

 

You’ve got to count yourself

Yourself and all your friends

Count your books and count your blessings

You can go first

But you can’t go back again

 

You can go first

But you can’t go back again

 

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2018)


WHITE LEATHER

John Jacob Desert Rat

Naked, grizzled, gut flap, middle-income, broken-knuckled mother

Stealing cars in Arizona

Hog-fat gasoline intestine

Swollen flanks of insurrection 

Ready, willing, dripping 

Blowing loads like rocket boosters

When stopped he says, that isn’t blood, it’s mustard mister

Your sister’s in the back seat 

High-school dress around her neck

 

White leather

White leather 

White leather

 

In the morning when I’m mean like broken marbles

Like I’ve monstered down six six-packs, Seagrams 7, salt-milk smile

You may find me in the shower

Taking chrome off of hot-water faucets

Trying on pajamas

Smearing Vaseline on apples

Later in the afternoon

I’m rolling taxi driver

Taking tolls 

Picking up passengers

Lifting all

 

White leather

White leather 

White leather

 

It’s a dream

It’s unlike any dream

The coffee tables crawl like spiders

Armchairs rolling like gorillas

Your father’s in the backyard staking Kafka

Mother’s in the kitchen 

Salmon Rushdie tickling with feathers both her thighs

It’s a box

It’s unlike any box

I worry at it daily

Picking splinters from under fingertips

Bloody splotches

All over      

 

White leather

White leather 

White leather

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2001 and 2018)


RABBIT, RUN

Rabbit, run

Nothing once did is ever undone

Whatever you slipped through

Whatever you stole

Whomever you tricked

And all the people you told

However you blistered   

All the months that you healed

Thoughts you were thinking

Locks you thought you unsealed

 

Rabbit, run

 

Rabbit, run

Nothing once woven is ever un-spun

Only careful messiahs

Gather followers first

Only devils in deserts

Offer drink for this thirst

Were you willing to throw down

Good money for bad

In the final equation

Buy back what you had

 

Rabbit, run

 

Rabbit, run

Nothing that’s singing is ever unsung

It’s a hot-wired system

It’s a passworded curse

Path of greatest resistance

And it only gets worse

Did you show up and listen

Did he make you feel good

Well, nothing was offered

You have misunderstood

 

Rabbit, run

Rabbit, run

Rabbit, run

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2018)


I DIDN'T SAVE YOU

I didn’t save you

I didn’t know you

I didn’t save you

Yeah, the demons threw you around

I didn’t save you

Though you said my name

I didn’t save you

 

I didn’t save you

It was arranged upon the phone

I didn’t save you

The ticket was unsold

I didn’t save you

A voice said no one will be saved

I didn’t save you

I didn’t

 

I didn’t save you

It wasn’t written in the book

I didn’t save you

Baby, don’t look, don’t look

I didn’t save you

Though you told them all my name

I didn’t save you

I didn’t save you

 

Save you

Save you

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2018)

 


Take back the words

Take back the news

Take back the facts, theories, and views

Take back the theaters    

Take back the malls

Wash the blood from high-school halls

Take back the marches

If ill wind’s no good

Take back the rallies, white shields and hoods

Take back the churches

Take back the stage

Stop up the barrels of every gauge

 

Millions of voices

Upturned eyes

The sky is silent

We’re weaponized

 

Take back elections

Take back the cash

Take back the loopholes

Tear up the past

Take back the reasons

Take back the rhymes

The clock’s still ticking but we’re out of time

 

Millions of voices

Upturned eyes

The sky is silent

We’re weaponized

 

Millions of voices

Upturned eyes

The sky is silent

We’re weaponized

 

Take all of this thinking  

Take all of these prayers

Take the long hallway

Take the back stairs

Stack magnum apostles, blackboard John Waynes, survivalist bibles 

In a tower of flame

 

Millions of voices

Upturned eyes

The sky is silent

We’re weaponized

 

Millions of voices

Upturned eyes

The sky is silent

We’re weaponized

 

 

(Life Underwater Music 2018)

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