Garagezilla

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released July 7, 2013

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Track Name: Garagezilla
Garagezilla

standing here in Tom's garage with this microphone
can't help but think of all the times the parties and the shows
in artsy spaces pagan places far too smoky bars
singing blues and paying dues in overloaded cars
seems it all comes back to me in shades of hope and fear
meanwhile our society don't even know I'm here
don't even know that the dream come true they call reality
is just some beast with electric breath rising stomping from our sea
Garagezilla Garagezilla Garagezilla

sitting here in this small room writing down these lines
can't help but feel there's just no way to say what's on my mind
I remember stormy weather misty freeway lanes
youth grows old we not so boldly lean upon our canes
I used to think that happiness is something to achieve
I even thought eternal truth is something to believe
I even thought that the dream come true I called reality
was just a dog with a mythic tail till it stomped all over me
Garagezilla Garagezilla Garagezilla

standing here in Tom's garage alone I'm not alone
cause I know what lives upstairs perpetually grows
deeper wider blacker whiter shine these night-blue stars
bidding us to be the driver not to be just cars
seems it all comes back to me in shades of hope and fear
meanwhile our society don't even know I'm here
don't even know that the dream come true they call reality
is just some beast with electric breath rising stomping from our sea
Garagezilla Garagezilla Garagezilla
Track Name: Drunk
Drunk

out on the street ain't got no home
out on the street and you're all alone
just wanna get drunk just wanna get drunk just wanna get drunk
how do you feel if you had no next meal?
how could you do without a mulligan stew?
you'd wanna get drunk you'd wanna get drunk you'd wanna get drunk
Mama hated me she hated Daddy too
I hated Daddy he hated me what a crew!
now I'm all alone I ain't got a telephone ain't got a bedroll
just wanna get drunk just wanna get drunk just wanna get drunk
buddy got a dime? hey you got the time? have you got a match for my misery?
I'm out on the street and I'm feeling rather beat got nothing to eat but my memories
I wanna get drunk I wanna get drunk I wanna get drunk
I'm just a social scum I'm everybody's chum
some people call me bum neuro-chemically
but there's no voices in my brain I am absolutely sane
I am just a mortal stain on your glass house fantasies
I'm gonna get drunk I'm gonna get drunk I'm gonna get drunk
I'm out on the street inside your home yeah
I'm out on the street in the rain and the sun
you oughta get drunk you oughta get drunk you oughta get drunk
get drunk with me yeah
Track Name: Can't See Your Way
Can't See Your Way

sometimes it gets so quiet I can't even hear
sometimes I get so lost you could find me anywhere
sometimes the rippling night is opening my heart and brain
and the ocean's pouring water into seas of pouring rain
it's not really night when darkness is light
it's not really day if you can't see your way
I know you can't imagine the things that I can't say
I'm sure I've got no reason for trying to explain
I thought that maybe I would pick up reasons on the way
instead I'm only mouthing slogans standing line for the right to pay
it's not really night when darkness is light
it's not really day if you can't see your way
heard about the big commotion down at 49th & Main?
seems somebody got the notion suicide is a form of praying
he pulled a pistol from his pocket - pop go pop - and one less brain
and now he's off to see the wizard crash the gate and board the train
it's not really night when darkness is light
it's not really day if you can't see your way
just before he pulled the trigger someone thought he heard him say
"I never seem to get no bigger though each day I eat my weight"
in the wake of each disaster widows orphans swelled with pain
the best may cope though never master either past or the present day
unless their love is o! so strong that even death is scared away
and even then it won't last long because this world is made that way
it's not really night when darkness is light
it's not really day if you can't see your way
lately it appears to me that I'm not really real
and even though it makes no sense it's exactly the way I feel
and all I can do is to write this song
I can't make do with what's totally wrong
I only know for however long
we'll always miss you we'll always miss you we'll always miss you
now it's time to change the station find the mouse cat ears
now it's time to ask the nation "can you face your mortal fears?"
now it's time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin
because there's nothing left to buy to guarantee you'll win
and anyway it's not a game though everybody's playing
the difference is it's all the same to us as it is to them to us as it is to them
it's not really night when darkness is light
it's not really day if you can't see your way
Track Name: A Sunny Way
A Sunny Day

if I could find the words I guess you'd be here now
but all my clever words just miss the mark somehow
I hope you'll understand when I have sung this song
one thing I don't demand's one thing that you think's wrong
at least I see that you can understand the pain
though when you brush my cheek I know it's gonna rain
but the sun is shining yeah it's a sunny day
my friends are smiling as they lazy lay
and I just got the news you're going away
you're hardly ever off my mind you're hardly ever off my mind you're hardly ever off my mind
ending's where we begin to reach a new old friends
a spark of love still glows just banked against the wind
you'll stay a part of me a part of everything
perhaps someday you'll see we're where we've always been
at least I know that I've declared to you my heart
though still inside I see that rain's about to start
but the sun is shining yeah it's a sunny day
my friends all laughing as they lazy lay
and I just got the word you've gone away
you're hardly ever off my mind you're hardly ever off my mind you're hardly ever off my mind
Track Name: Exit 56
Exit 56

father's in the factory and your momma's in her bed
you sure have traded in your misery
but it's taken all you had yes it's taken all you had
all you had all you had all you had all you had
no time for disaster when the bullet's on the run
you could be moving so much faster
but you're having too much fun yes you're having too much fun
too much fun too much fun too much fun too much fun
just keep to the highway until Exit 56
you'll find a dog to keep out company
unless you learn to do new tricks unless you learn to do new tricks
do new tricks do new tricks do new tricks do new tricks
Track Name: Helen/Faust
Helen/Faust

there was a man who walked off the road on to a twisted path
his feet kept stumbling over thickets and stones his flashlight dimming fast
and where he stepped was wavering in the half-light of the moon
the distant dogs were baying all night through the silence of his tomb
he won't play nice he can't sit quiet he wants to lead you to your doom
he knows a secret he'd like to tell you make you a member of his crew
I've got to warn you he might deceive you and give you everything that you desire
he'll be your lawyer write up the papers just sign in blood and take the key
to the silence of your tomb to the silence of your tomb
once a woman crawled from the brush on to a royal road
she had a spirit that the world couldn't crush no matter what its load
and where she stepped was shimmering in the full light of the sun
the brazen bells were ringing a chime for her victories ever won
she don't need cheers cause she can face fears she wants to take you by the hand
she knows the secret she'd like to school you make you member of the band
I've got to warn you she might deceive you and give you everything that you desire
she'll be a warrior goddess of battles just shed your blood and pay the price
for your victories ever one for your victories ever one
you know we live to die
Track Name: Color
Color

every day I'm hearing things and hearing folks agree
to things that anyone who stops and thinks can see can't be
like talking of humanity in terms of black and white
when just one color photograph will show you it's not right
don't call it black when it's not a fact
don't call it white when it's just not right
there's far too many blinders being imposed by what we say
and far too little focus on what should be clear as day
that talking of humanity in terms of black and white
just contradicts reality that's hiding in plain sight
don't call it white cause it's just not right
don't call it black when it's not a fact
I been out in Africa and the funky part of town
and I never saw no black man there who wasn't really brown
and it was bloody English slavers of the sixteenth century
who were first to pin the label 'white' on folks who look like me
don't call it black cause it's not a fact
don't call it white cause it's just not right
salmon chocolate beige cream tan pink-orange mahogany
all colors in a rainbow that we call humanity
the red the brown the yellow can all make their grandkids proud
if they paint a picture where all colors are allowed
don't call it white when it's just not right
don't call it black when it's not a fact
each and every human is a rainbow on their own
the cheek the tongue the feet the bums all have their separate tones
so if you will consider what is true for you and me
it might well be a truth that's fit for all humanity
don't call it black cause it's not a fact
don't call it white cause it's just not right
to tell me it's a black thing which I couldn't understand
just postulates a white thing from which you are likewise banned
I far prefer this human thing wherein we may agree
that anything that I can dream is something I can be
don't call it white it's just not right
don't call it black when it's not a fact
Track Name: Music Lesson Waltz
Music Lesson Waltz

you went looking for a voice but you found this song instead
you keep hoping for a choice but you sing these words in dread
of revealing the feelings you know that you feel of unsealing the dealings of gods with your soul
of repeating the meeting of halves in a whole of decoding the meaning of what you're all for
you keep striving toward your goal but it slips and slides away
till you finally gain control of the lips that silence pays
it's a heartache to wake up and look in the mirror sets you reeling when feelings are suddenly clear
and you're able to open the door without fear of decoding the meaning of what you're all for
you've been working so many years at imbalance in your brain
who can see that all those tears you've been storing up like [g]rain
are for tomorrow's sowing time when you'll start the same new game?
you don't know you can't know exactly who you are
but when you take chances you shine like a star
Track Name: Jurgen's Lotion
Jurgen's Lotion

did you ever see a pride of lions go out hunting?
did you see 'em springing out of the grass like a cloud of white pigeons?
like that time when you were a child and you went out walking
as you plunged in a field of high grass all the birds took wing
together we'll fly together we'll fly together we'll fly into the night
did you ever stick your hand in a hive while the bees were swarming
and snatch out the honeycomb and suck out the syrup?
did you ever fly around the world on a flock of white pigeons?
did you ever see the serpents dance in your wildest visions?
together we'll fly together we'll fly together we'll fly into the night
together we'll fly together we'll fly together we'll fly into the night
I could find it in my heart to believe that it was all the cream of the jest
Track Name: Anthem 77
Anthem 77

sixty stories we're over our head corporate nightmare we'd rather be dead
living only to suck up the dreams of us fools buying get rich quick schemes
we won't go willingly we're not gonna be your commodity
we won't do what we're told we're not afraid of all your gold
we will not be slaves we won't dig the graves
laboratories all porcelain and steel practice tortures in order to heal
while the science of unseemly haste stains the earth with its nuclear waste
we won't go down that road we're not gonna be a dissected toad
we won't do what your numbers say we're not afraid of the games you play
we will not be slaves we won't dig our graves
politicians push spiritual drugs making allies of zealots and thugs
but their power can never destroy true direction or passionate joy
we won't go where you're leading we're not gonna be your diurnal feeding
we won't do what you will we're not afraid of your lust to kill
we will not be slaves we won't dig your graves
you've made gods out of paper and ink read your bible and don't stop to think
that religion's an unconscious fraud bowing down to an image of God
we won't go be sacrificed we're not gonna be making virtue vice
we won't do what your church compels we're not afraid of your endless hells
we will not be slaves we won't dig the graves
Track Name: Jump Down
Jump Down

jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton
jump down turn around pick a bale a day
jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton
jump down turn around pick a bale a day

o lordy! pick a bale of cotton
o lordy! pick a bale a day
o lordy! pick a bale of cotton
o lordy! pick a bale a day

jump down turn around see the bossman coming
jump down turn around think I'll steal away
jump down turn around see the bossman coming
jump down turn around think I'll steal away

o lordy! see the bossman coming
o lordy! think I'll steal away
o lordy! see the bossman coming
o lordy! think I'll steal away

jump down turn around if the deal is rotten
jump down turn around fold and walk away
jump down turn around if the deal is rotten
jump down turn around fold and walk away

o lordy! if the deal is rotten
o lordy! fold and walk away
o lordy! if the deal is rotten
o lordy! fold and walk away

jump down turn around do a dance forgotten
jump down turn around learn a step a day
jump down turn around do a dance forgotten
jump down turn around learn a step a day

o lordy! do a dance forgotten
o lordy! learn a step a day
o lordy! do a dance forgotten
o lordy! learn a step a day

jump down turn around scrape a string of catgut
jump down turn around hear the fiddle play
jump down turn around scrape a string of catgut
jump down turn around hear the fiddle play

o lordy! scrape a string of catgut
o lordy! hear the fiddle play
o lordy! scrape a string of catgut
o lordy! hear the fiddle play

jump down turn around dribble round a nipple
jump down turn around see a mama sway
jump down turn around dribble round a nipple
jump down turn around see a mama sway

o lordy! dribble round a nipple
o lordy! see a mama sway
o lordy! dribble round a nipple
o lordy! see a mama sway

jump down turn around pebble cause a ripple
jump down turn around river wash away
jump down turn around pebble cause a ripple
jump down turn around river wash away

o lordy! pebble cause a ripple
o lordy! river wash away
o lordy! pebble cause a ripple
o lordy! river wash away