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maggie's delusion - bliss, album coverClear blue sky

across a steppe sweeping vast
over a sea deep and green
into a day made of glass
under a clear blue sky
it filled the room with light
it was everything
it filled the room with light
lit like the sun
If mohammed could break down and cry
if christ would shed mortal tears
If religion could learn to forgive
under a clear blue sky

maryjane

here we are again waiting under this highway sign
christ the car is dead dennis gone off to find a ride
molly runs inside her mind dylan knows the time outside
there’s nothing out here but an empty sky
this is what we should try to feel
this is what we should try to believe
how do you find your way down i don’t find my way around
how do you make yourself feel
i have seen the face of a little baby child
in a timeless place go upstairs and finalize
dreams of kings and dragonflies
shadows run and watch them hide
goddamn how the time just flies
this is what we should try to feel
this is what we should try to believe
how do you find your way down i don’t find my way around
how do you make yourself feel

deep end

on my own in a thousand places
coming home and i see your face
this is what makes me wonder
you cut and run and i feel indifferent
all in all has it been a good day?
its all just a lie
cut in two been a little bleeding
out of view little things you needed
this is what makes me suffer
gotten tough and i’m feeling older
all in all has it been a good day?
its all just a lie
when i walk head on the deep end of unknown
it may just make me wonder
forty four this is enough
when i walk head on the deep end of unknown

it ain’t love

a good day for nothing
spare me the look that comes to your eyes
indifferent anger holding me close saved in your mind
your perfect patience
whisper of things you know you won’t say
in this conversation
we’re starting here and there’s no one to blame
when it all is over and the good day just begun
color surreal and she says this ain’t love
and you’re holding out for the good times
she says this ain’t love
under  a black spell
the color of clouds hanging with rain
but the weather that’s coming
wind through the walls
and nothing’s the same
when it all is over and the good day just half done
color surreal and she says this ain’t love
dangerous spaces
across the sheets where your feelings can’t hide
little maneuvers
carry your secrets safer than lies
when it all is over and the good day just undone
color surreal and she says this ain’t love

new machine

I’m not sure why i call
didn’t think you were home
a habit i had to have
then your voice so clean
on your new machine
what you think you wanted
how does it feel this is love
how does it feel when you talk about it
how does it feel this is love
how does it feel when you walk right out that door
so this is who you are
don’t  i know who you’ve been
it’s dangerous when you think that
all your problems seem
to look a lot like me
what you think you wanted
how does it feel this is love
how does it feel when you talk right through it
how does it feel when you walk right out that door
if i could let it pass
if you could just let it go
but it’s so beyond that
now you’re always seen
with your new machine
how does it feel this is love
how does it feel when you talk right through it
how does it feel this is love
how does it feel when  you just come back for more

next to nothing

wouldn’t say it’s over
never quite begun
always saying
there’s something
Never quite enough
when she hovers
i really don’t mind it
lose my senses
guess she can find them
stayed there for hours
saying next to nothing
and she tries to tell me
through the telephone wire
and I always listen
she says, honey light a fire
when she hovers
i  really don’t mind it
good intentions
guess we can find them
spent the night up
wearing next to nothing
live and learn i’ve said
can cause contention
trusting to a sense
of first impression
left to look after
your own redemption
so fine forget it all
and celebrate

cool water

let’s go dancing race against a fault line in the sky
and  i’d like to watch you move and curl your liquid lines
holy water i see it on your skin
in a rain that turns  your dress to film
let’s go dancing race against a fault line in the sky
far away i know it never ends it’s cool water on my mind
far away i see it from the land it’s cool water on my mind
got to tell you feeling over here there’s something right
on your lips a silhouette of distant thunder sailing by
holy water i see it on your skin
run like fingers subtle touch of sin
let’s go dancing race across a fault line in the sky
sunlight through the rain tease the shadows you create
pull the dress across your legs away leave it revealing
let’s go dancing race against a fault line in the sky
and i’d like to watch you move and curl your liquid lines
holy water i see it on your skin
like seduction lost in your sin
let’s go dancing race against a fault line in the sky

3 sepArate things

walk in the waning moonlight
what do your shadows fear
your hand is made of ether
and I really don’t think you’re here
who spent your better judgement
letting your doubts go free
cold in this pretty winter
and I really don’t think you’re here
last night I told you about 3 separate things
last night I tried to cry but I run out of tears
last night I told you what past and future bring
last night I tried to find the moment where we live
and you’ll see someday when you’ve had your way
why don’t you put the top down
nothing to beat the breeze
we’re in for stormy weather
i think you’d have to agree
and I really don’t think you’re here
last night I told you about 3 separate things
last night I tried to hide what had always been
last night I tell you about 3 separate things
last night I tried to hold the loose ends of your dreams
last night I told you about 3 separate things
last night I tried to walk to where we couldn’t live
and you’ll see someday when you’ve had your way

here

in breaks the day on the american way
domestic consumption the fat man at the luncheon
so wired through for technical use
circuitry was connected
satellite was expected
an arrogant brew an overconfident stew
jesters like spiders spinning webs and they’re liars
it all happened here it’s finally real
order and rule and powerless too
chaos eclectic and no hint of electric
darker at night in the dim candlelight
duly elected wonder what was protected
and we’re behind the wheels of empty automobiles
petroleum lifeline the demand of a lifetime
it all happened here it’s finally real
power and might the great men sleep at night
supremely connected wonder where it’s invested
they all sow the seeds of dependent disease
there is no forethought
it all happened here it’s finally real

Good citizen

he sat inside the dim hotel
sipping tea and watching hell
behind dark glasses and the toupee
looking like mossad or cia
he said, Want to see where you live
it’s somewhere inside
what you take what you give it’s somewhere inside
In a place that looks like witchita or yungabe
tel aviv or the ukraine
in your own heartland how do you pray
enough uranium can change your day
want to see where you live it’s somewhere inside
what you take can you give it’s somewhere inside
you know it takes a lot of shit to keep us well
and the going rate is kind of pale
armies on the borders make for not so nice neighbors
weapons systems hand delivered right to your door
oil in the ground has the look of blood money
inconvenient afterthoughts in your civil war
won’t you look inside the way we live
won’t you be a good citizen
infrastructure avalanche the best of surveillance
drop a big fat laser guided bomb on your door
oil in the ground has the look of blood money
pencil in your data for the new world order
won’t you look inside the way we live
won’t you be a good citizen

yorla 9

hot outside black this morning
bleeding vein yorla 9
film and stain oil on the water
in mangrove weaves
the niger dies
since you come around
near ’55
been hungry at the tap
sipping crude bonny light
where you go don’t interfere where you go
thick smoke rise the flame of prophets
decades lost no justice done
complicity a cost of business
poverty a trigger for your sons
since you come around
and the money you hide
paying for the guns and the sweetest of lies
where you go don’t interfere where you go
the good lord said this place would shine on
the good lord said this river was life
corrupt here and it’s all frustration
the delta fires burn all night
since you come around
and the deals that you make
see the oil flow like the sweetest champagne
where you go don’t interfere where you go

dedicated to Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni 9

zoot

down low somewhere deep in the dark
so far for the fallen
you say lost your lonely spark
i know it’s forgotten
sooner comes to later
now you lost your fight
the fastest road to nowhere still you drove all night
lean back in time I could still see your face
you liked to be present
i will miss your lonely spark
these days seem so hollow
sooner comes to later
now you lost your fight
the fastest road to nowhere still you drove all night
devil on your shoulder
now it’s in free flight half the distance
all infinite space and time
you took it back redeemed it at your source
i had to laugh no deposit
god rest your soul somewhere deep in the dark
i’d like to think it was different