Tracks and Lyrics

Surely You Will Not Die

Feel-good movie in my mind
Droning Amazon dot prime
Ascend, Paris to Dubai
Oh you surely will not die

Transcend bloodline nano
Got the whole world in my hands
Oh happy living bye and bye

Kurzweil rainbow of the sky
Connected human race wifi
It’s you, me myself and I
Oh you surely will not die

Got my supply demand
Oh grab life by the handle
Hey what a day to be alive

Tunnel Visions

Take a break from indecision
Last call, maybe tunnel vision could suit me well
Sabotage a life idyllic
Back on board the apocalyptic carousel
True, I already knew
I know not why I do what I do

Another ride on the wagon
Choices, noises feast or famine, just follow me
Helpless, hapless once again
Kick myself in the shin, naturally
Blew, hot air under you
I know not why I do what I do

Quarter Life Crises

Living life a quarter high
Watching all the passersby
Leave us all behind
Hey, can you believe
They just give, and we receive
Hang onto your mind

Come on kids we’re all unsettled
What’s the plan, let’s get together
What’s your latest move?
Jump on in and fall to pieces
The wind now blows where it pleases
Play it like you knew

Say you, say me
Fall together unnaturally
I’m one of your kind
Yes, I once was you
Walked in like I always do
Two steps at a time

Halflife

Sweat and salt
Soaking sheets
Time again for your retreat
Weeping willow washout
Insides turning inside out

Half life, half life winding down
Bloodstream traitor bearing down

Shaking hands with dizzy shame
Family portrait in the frame
1981 or 2
Kiddo, what’s become of you?
Half life, half life winding down
Bloodstream traitor bearing down

What’s to stop this free-for-all?
Just a taste, you’re just enthralled
Timeworn neural trodden path
Am I a dog, is this your staff?
Half life, half life, slay her down

Half life, half life winding down
Bloodstream traitor bearing down

Circles in Eugene

Half a world away
Spinning like a dream in Portland
This must the saddest dusk I’ve ever seen
You came to me posing, making your picture scenes
I held you still, we laughed until I flew away

Now I just drive in my blue car
Circles in Eugene
Now I send you little notes
And wonder what they mean

All mixed up” again
As if I never noticed her walk
See, you left some fragments in my head
I lost my keys, I lost my mind
In this tangled mess
You make me guess your email address
That you never check

Now I just drive in my blue car
Circles in Eugene
I send unanswered notes
And wonder what that means

 

Daydreaming Monday

Daydreaming Monday
Of her quirky phrases
See her look of pouty mock surprise
Daydreaming Monday
The girls’ earnest faces
That’s your smile, but she has my eyes

Cycles turning, impatient warnings
Keep me warm on these cloudy mornings

I never thought time would pass so quickly
Sometimes the wheels spin much too fast
Don’t appreciate the time you’re with me
Sometimes the wheels spin much too fast

Daydreaming Monday
Of nondescript places
Some foggy way to pause this time
Daydreaming Monday
Before the day races
An autopilot undefined

You’ve Got Me Singing

Fall asleep or move around
These are your choices now
Step into the old routine
No need to intervene
Pick your favorite song to sing
You’ve got me
You’ve got me singing

Better is the time I spend
Peering through the rosy lens
Keeping cable news away
Don’t think of election day
Pick your favorite song to play
You’ve got me
You’ve got me singing

Turn down all of your defenses
Can I get a witness now?

Spaces in My Mind

Hero on the sidewalk window
Take in what you see
You’ll see what you like eventually
Find a way to occupy
These spaces in your mind
They stay empty most of the time

Seems it’s never quiet
Maybe that is true
My thoughts stay loud
But they never reach you

My intention is staying safely in place

You could walk in through my front door
Wave to all inside
Some say hello, others will hide
Find a space and state your case
The answer’s coming soon
Once they know your thoughts, they will change their tune

It’s just never quiet
Maybe that is true
My thoughts stay loud
But they never reach you

My position is staying safely in place

 

Cable News Network Blues

I pull my collar up, as the sneering wind erupts
It’s winter once more
But I guess it’s only one of four
And as the clouds move in, I’m taken once again
By the tremors in my hands, and the nasty voices in my head
See the jurors’ troubled stares when I take the stand
But should I testify? Is it worth a try?
In Salem once again

Every star that shines, and every grain of sand,
They’re meaningless if numbered, but mostly unencumbered
And here am I with words that all amount to nothing
Just dead skin cell particles, and libelous articles
And William Griggs was right, even when he’s wrong
The scales on my eyes were there all along

See the man onstage gleeful in his rage
He’ll make this country great again by walling us all in
Evangelicals rise as one united front
They’ll turn the other cheek until they find their guns
And maybe Mr. Trump is right even if he’s wrong
The scales on my eyes were here all along

Central Nervous Fire Machine

Sail on, reward stimuli
Scan your universe with those pinpoint eyes
Taking just a taste, oh Clementine
Bleaching out the black spots in my mind
Turning it too loud so I can’t hear
Sun sees itself not till heaven clears
Mister, seek and ye shall find

Hoping that I will never die
Chasing future butterflies
Dimming look daggers, dopamine
Central nervous station fire machine
Feeling so strong, I was so weak
Hear my Symphonie Fantastique
Those who see may become blind

Sail on, reward stimuli
Scan the universe with your pinpoint eyes

I Slept All Winter

I peeled off all the faces that gave you shame
I cut through all the layers, selfish prayers, so tired and vain
I gave up all the vices, that kept me sane
I got rid of all the traces, choice disgraces, dulled my pain

What made me sleep all winter
And tattoo holes all on my brain?
A sign said “do not enter”
That yellowed portrait in the frame

I stumbled through my phases, obsessed and wasted everyday
I filled my bookshelf cases, pretentious phrases and unknown names
I hear the same old voices, ignoring what they say
But I’m none the wiser, there’s no prize here, there’s just blame

Better Again

Fingers tapping like a patient
Waiting for the next news
Sometimes the screen shines through me
I sit here tightening the screws

Oh, I should know better
Sometimes I think that it’s true

I hold my face to the mirror
Five years of good luck to sort through
If I could frame you like a picture
I’d try to tell you I once knew

Oh, if I knew better
Then I could tell you what is true

The alarm keeps sounding
Some madness humming through my head
My memories form a perfect tangle
I smile and chew at the threads

Oh, it’s going to get better
Sometimes I think that it’s true