LYRICS

Here are the ‘zines (with lyrics) that accompany the records. Please help yourself:

Up From The Bitterroot booklet for download (small)

Glorious Sunshine zine for download (small)

Red Wild Eye zine for download (small)

 

Here are the lyrics themselves.

 

~Up From The Bitterroot~

 

  1.  The People Make The Music

I drink my coffee in Brooklyn, so when I get to Manhattan I’ll be ready

to go, yea I’ll be good to go On and On.

Make my money in motion, I’m a true man of action I don’t ever slow

down, cause this world keeps spinning Round and round.

I found my path underground, life laid my track underground, don’t

know where it’s gonna lead, but there’s a light that I See so clear.

Though I put my hands into it The people shape the music

And I put my heart into it, The people make the music

I put my soul in there so, The people feel my melody,

I’ve got this song, I’ve got to sing.

I swing my drum sing my song, my voice my arm my will’s strong

enough to carry me on, enough to carry me On and on.

I keep this fire in my heart it keeps me warm when I start to feel the

cold wind of doubt, alone forgotten and Down and Out.

Though I put my hands into it The people shape the music

And I put my heart into it, The people make the music

I put my soul in there so, The people feel my melody,

I’ve got this song, I’ve got to sing.

‘cause

You don’t know just how long you’re gonna have that voice.

The air’s there longing to hold your music, but you’ve gotta take it and shape it, it’s your choice.

Though I put my hands into it The people shape the music

And I put my heart into it, The people make the music

I put my soul in there so, The people feel my melody,

I’ve got this song, I’ve got to sing.

people move like the ocean and I watch them go by and I remember

my home, I think of all that I left behind.

  1. Hiromitsu & Yuko

for Lisa Deiner

 

The Earthquake came at a quarter to six

gave no notice like a jilted mistress

walked in throwing plates and pictures

setting off all those bombs we built and buried

to keep within our midst.

I ran to you you’re my doorway

you held me till the shaking stopped

then the wave came crashing down upon us

so we ran outside and climbed up on the rooftop

to watch our whole world get washed away.

Now this house is a shipwreck  drifting with no mast

and I sit upon the ruins  and contemplate the massive face

of the water, of the world, upon which we ride

with no compass and no rudder and no time for pride.

I don’t know anything of any use in this madness

All I have to offer you is questions and patience

And I wish I could say, at least there’s a song for you in all of this

but then I’d have to leave you crying and go away and write it.

The day ends and I know I mustn’t sleep

there’s a glowing from below at night.  

Is it the ocean’s incandescent life,

or the god of great darkness come to claim

the one who wasn’t meant to get away?

I rolled away like a stone when they took me on the third day

and let you slip the sea’s cold grasp.

still I write you letters that I carry in my chest.

Now this life is a shipwreck, drifting with no home

And I’m clinging to the ruins, to contemplate your absent face

just like water, all around, while thirst chokes me dry

in the darkness, in the waves, I hear you sigh(ing)

 

I don’t know anything of any use in this madness

all I have to offer you is questions and patience

and wish I could say, at least there’s a song for you in all of this

but then I’d have to leave you crying and go away and write it

well I can’t leave, got nowhere to go

you and me, we’ll sit out this storm

and if the only good thing about this time is that it’s gonna end

that’s where we’ll begin.

****

I’ll only sleep to wait for you.

 

 

  1. No Matter Love

She said, “Why don’t you lie with me?

I can’t sleep in peace with you moving to and fro about the home.

Don’t you wanna drift away with me?

And return early dawn together, never alone.”

How could explain—could I describe

How I long for that peace of solitude,

how I covet those quiet times

For my nocturnal ramblings and beatitudes.

Oh, how jealous I defend that dominion,

My borderland of waking and gone.

No matter love, I begrudge my companion

That new mind of morning who births my song.

***

When we were new and awesome

We’d lie entwined and shameless strangling a day

Just to see the spectrum pendule

And fathom the still transformation as light falls away.

How can I explain my despair

And relish and tumult to see those days

Racing over, laying bare

My precious resolve corrupted so many ways

Gone now that ardent joy for surrender,

as I backslide to old lonsesome song

No matter, love makes time tender

And she’ll settle accounts before long.

 

 

  1. Wild We’ve Been

This coat still carries a trace of your scent,

though days go by and I’m turning within

I reach for your face in the dark of my bed.

But shadows won’t fill the palm of my hand.

When I was a child I was haunted by blood

in my ears in the dark like an onrushing flood

now a man, my blood seems cooler at last.

But the waters of memory are rising fast.

Deep in the sound of the woods in the night,

I heard your voice and the way we fight

The wild we’ve been, the hurt we’ve done.

All those animal things we call love.

Will I see you again in the city of stone?

Will our eyes meet and pass, has it been so long?

My face and my hands seem the same to me,

but you might not recognize this heart, I’m sorry.

Now the ice is melting down from the roof

and the path in the snow’s showing patches of earth.

My time’s not long in this place of peace

so I’m wringing my pen for every last drop of her ink.

 

  1. Wild Mind

I awoke in a wild mind with no memory of my dream,

My heart beating in time to a terror I could not see.

I arose and I fell

as my strength failed

And I tumbled like I’d been bound and tied.

Shadows disturbed the quiet as my morning hours bled by,

A nagging premonition hidden from my waking eyes.

Though I walked through my day

Unimpeded unafraid

I could sense this presence biding time.

Oh, evening sitting alone,

dark rushing fast

Through memory’s creaking door

that dream I saw at last.

And there I laid a prisoner, and my captor over me,

His face obscure but his figure I knew intimately.

Now he turned and I saw

Grim visage, visions tool,

Both the jailed and jailor wore and that face was mine.

 

 

  1. New Mind/Old Mind

New Mind never knew Old Mind was his master.

New Mind played the riddle game well, but Old Mind played it meaner.

New Mind always trusted in himself at least.

Old Mind sniffs the wind— he knows when to flee.

New Mind, Old Mind were twins in the end.

New Mind, Old Mind loved the same thing.

They both know the power of wearing the ring.

Snowfall in the pines on a blue-sky day,

If it’s sharp and cool you don’t need clouds—the wind works in many ways.

New Mind knows the tracks he sees, he can read them like a code.

Old Mind don’t care what’s ahead, he just knows which way to go.

New Mind, Old Mind were twins in the end.

New Mind, Old Mind loved the same thing.

And they ran down the day, circling away

From the prize they both longed to hold—

They’ve touched it, but never seen the face before.

And they don’t know the price of wearing the ring.

As night fell they made camp, and their fire lit the dark.

New Mind curled up to sleep, with Old Mind standing guard.

New Mind suffered fit-full dreams, he woke up feeling pretty weird.

Old Mind whispered the night away, pouring thoughts into New Mind’s ear.

New Mind, Old Mind were twins in the end

New Mind, Old Mind loved the same thing

*****

And if you want to find love

You better love the right stuff.

 

 

  1. My Mountainside

Got up early

Blue snow morning

Something from my dream lingered

Around the corner

But hidden from my eyes

Were the secrets of my mind

Walked out early

Lofted burdens

Hoisting them to my spine—

Testudine.

In the shadows of my head

Something moved, something fled

Though I turned to face full

Our shared axis turned too.

*****

Onward upland,

I malea,

Snowfield feathered and serpentine

Over falling stream.

As water builds a storm

My blood was transformed

In the mountain’s shady thigh

Each step stranger grew I

On the mountain’s dizzy heights

I brought my old ways to die.

Man’s fall echoes mountain trembles crystal to stone

Man falls echoes mountain trembles crystal to stone

Mountain echoes man’s fall trembles crystal to stone

To stone

To stone

***

Up mountainward through the snow

My tracks will remain until the thaw

And in green times you’ll think of me

Wherever you climb there I’ll be

As water rolls, Earth set your speed

Choose not the path, stay by the creek

Youll know the place when you arrive

Clouds circumflex where I lie

But stay with me an hour not more

Return before dark to the valley floor

And carry me back home to lie

Just in your breast

On my mountainside

Leave me to rest.

 

  1. You Be Yours

Another long night disagreeing and we’re both lying awake.

I feel it in my neck and shoulders, this body needs a break

From tussling trying to make sense of how we got here from where we’ve been.

Let’s close our eyes for now and take a little rest.

All the light is gone

And everything’s wrong

And we’re both trapped in our minds

But we’ll see by day

Another way

You go yours and I’ll go mine.

I hope the neighbors didn’t hear us crying and what we said,

But the walls are thin in this house—it’s not much but we did our best

At hustling trying to make a go, this town’s hard on you I know.

Just lay it down for now—we’ll pick it up tomorrow.

When the morning comes

We’ll be gone

But you’ll be yours and I’ll be mine

And we’ll see by day

Another way

You go yours and I’ll go mine.

When we swore forever we both meant it, didn’t we.

All those beautiful things we said, I’m trying to believe,

But what you did, high that night, brought the cold truth home,

And I cried myself to sleep on our wedding bed all alone.

***

I’m not your savior now,

But you’ll be fine—

You be yours

And I’ll be mine.

 

  1. In The Sun

Like snow clings to the trees,

Then falls in the slightest breeze–

One moment in the sun,

Bright shining and then it’s gone–

For that moment in the sun,

For a moment in the sun,

We were born.

Just frozen bits of sky

That gather on boughs of pine—

From formlessness lended shape,

Then light and warmth evaporate—

For a moment in the sun,

For that moment in the sun,

We were more.

***

Unnumbered and multiform

Issue of same birthing storm

Arms outreach and interwov’n,

Join bodies dissolve into snow

For a moment in the sun,

For that moment in the sun,

We were one.  We were one.

 

 

  1. Your Silence

Today I get up early make the coffee and go back to bed

For a while

Get back up delete some email drink the coffee and think about the groceries

I need to buy.

I’m doing all the things I do

On all the days when I don’t hear from you.

And wonder when waiting ceases,

When a day is just what it is—

Life I live, your silence.

Life I live, your silence.

Check my phone, check the mail, check the laundry, check my hair—

Nothing’s changing.

Walk a circle, take a breath, tell myself to stop and then

Start again.

I’m doing all the things I do

On all the days when I don’t hear from you

And  wonder when waiting ceases.  

When a day is just what it is—

Life I live, your silence.

Life I live, your silence.

That was another time,

you and I like two trees falling

I envied you your twisted roots,

you coveted my poise.

We felled each other time and again,

took to it like a calling

we two, alone in the woods,

no one there to hear our noise.

 

So I’m doing all the things I do

On all the days when I don’t hear from you.

And I’m saying all these thing I say,

And only I know I said them all yesterday.

And I wonder when waiting ceases.  

When a day is just what it is.

Another day of empty spaces.  

Maybe that’s all that a day is.

Life I live, your silence.

Life I live, your silence.

 

 

  1. Growing Song

Creation comes

like blood around in circles, so we’re one

becoming two my little you

will dance upon this holy loop

and stretch it out into a wire

you walk along above the burning lights

your shadow hurled into the

sky lands upside down against a

cloud so soft that even shadows

wouldn’t break upon it so you

reach the other side to find the

line you crossed you cannot leave

behind, connects right to your heart. The

shadow joins you once again, these

two constant companions, in the

end when you’re alone, you see are

one so take the rope in hand and

coil it gently… as you go

Crying aloud, into the future where you’ll be

Crying again, tied to a world unraveling

Crying aloud, into the future where you’ll be

Crying again, into the future

Faces betray

a longitude an attitude

that brings me over from my side

the line I, stumbling, obscure

and set the hook in like a jerk

your hands, a reel, move in a

circle I feel and watch my world stand

still while I fly waterborn, we

are all fishes till eviction hurls us headlong into what we

are all fishes till eviction hurls us headlong into what we

are all fiction till existence hurls us headlong… and we roll

Crying aloud, into the future where we breathe

Crying again, drowning and blind until we scream

Crying aloud, into the future where we breathe

Crying again, into the future…

Places we’ve been

like songs forgotten still I sing

into a new old melody

that loops around too short in my sleep

I see a crowd of lovers, a stage

where everybody sings and

stomps, a circle breathes and breaks

apart, the song is all us singing

not a code a map pierced with a

pin together but not in the

same place so the melody is

orbiting– velocity or

else location– never at the

same time never at the same time

never at the same time never

at the same time never at the

same time never and forever

to the same place… where we roll

Crying aloud, into the future and we sing

Crying again, for all the voices that we dreamed

Crying aloud, into the future and we’ll be

Crying again, into the future….

 

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~Glorious Sunshine~

 

     1. BREATHE IN

I looked at you this morning with no memory of your name

the sheets and pillows piled between us curled into a question

as light and birds did chirp and trickle us into today

I beheld you blue and turning ruddy

and I watched in silence.

 

Breathe in.  What’s your name?

Breathe in.  Do you want to know me.

 

Last night moving into you I saw your face gone far away

and no slow gentle angle I found brought us any closer

our thighs and sex and bellies joined in distant communion

I beheld you blue and darkening into dream

and I in silence

 

Breathe in.  What’s your name?

Breathe in.  Do you want to know me.

 

I see you this morning on your way to catch a plane you’re taking (ahhhh)

all the way across forgetting to some place you’ll name

when you arrive with shades upon your eyes and (ahhhhh)

one obedient bag behind

you’ll look upon each living day and disregard the silence.

 

Breathe in.  What’s your name?

Breathe in.  Do you want to know me.

Breathe in.  What’s your name?

Breathe in.  Do you want to know me.

Breathe in.  What’s your name?

Breathe in.  Do you want to know me.

 

 

2. SINGING IN THE STREET

A Man wants a roof above his head when he sings.

The beams might be tattered, in the rain it might leak

but if there is no roof above his head, guess he’s singing in the street.

Guess I’m singing in the street.

 

A man wants a lover to hold his hand when he weeps.

She might not understand, he might not even speak,

but if there is nobody to hold his hand, guess he’ll cry himself to sleep.

Guess I’m crying myself to sleep.

 

A man grows so tired of the sound of his own voice

trying to rise above the din, the noise,

trying to recapture the faith he’s lost.

tonight I am awake, though my body is so sore for sleep.

The ghosts in my room just won’t let me be.

They circle around me.

Their voices surround me.

They confuse they confound me.

 

A man needs a friend to tell to stop and just let go

of a bottle or a memory, or some foolish hope

but if there is nobody to send him home, he might keep drinking till he chokes,

might be gone before you know

might end up swinging from his own bitter rope.

 

 

3.OH MY HEART

Oh my Angel, do you hear?

Someone’s lead the soldiers here.

Oh my Angel, do you hear the boots upon the stoney stair?

 

Who gave up our secret place?

Who, my Angel, did betray?

Heartless who betrayed for silver just to glance at her own face?

 

Quiet, Angel, may they pass if we can stop our living breath?

And our hearts.

Oh my Heart.  

oh my heart.

 

Teach me, Angel, that dark art.

Show me and I’ll do it now and hide away without a sound.

All these nights I’ve listened at your breast, you have the secret.

 

Silent Angel do you mock my wild devotion

Silence only as they close in

I search your eyes and find no hope.

Angel, have you brought me here to face my enemies and to be torn apart?

Oh, my heart.

Oh, my heart.

 

Angel as you strike me down

Never did I falter in faith

But was this my fatal error?  Midnight Angel, are you human in the day?

And who first called you by that name?

Was it I?

Was it I?

 

Ruined, I lay at your feet.

Have you saved yourself from

All those things I needed you to be?

 

 

4. LATER ON

Later on

Later on I’ll be fine.  But not tonight.

You’ve done wrong.

You’ve done wrong and you’ve set my heart amiss,

But not like this.

In the past it was alright

but not this time.

 

When you’re gone

When you’re gone and your scent and sound and your body leave my dreams

Then I’ll sleep.

Later on I’ll be fine.

Later on I’ll be fine

but not tonight

 

 

5. Hiromitsu & Yuko

The Earthquake came at a quarter to six

gave no notice like a jilted mistress

walked in throwing plates and pictures

setting off all those bombs we built and buried

to keep within our midst.

I ran to you you’re my doorway

you held me till the shaking stopped

then the wave came crashing down upon us

so we ran outside and climbed up on the rooftop

to watch our whole world get washed away.

Now this house is a shipwreck  drifting with no mast

and I sit upon the ruins  and contemplate the massive face

of the water, of the world, upon which we ride

with no compass and no rudder and no time for pride.

I don’t know anything of any use in this madness

All I have to offer you is questions and patience

And I wish I could say, at least there’s a song for you in all of this

but then I’d have to leave you crying and go away and write it.

The day ends and I know I mustn’t sleep

there’s a glowing from below at night.  

Is it the ocean’s incandescent life,

or the god of great darkness come to claim

the one who wasn’t meant to get away?

I rolled away like a stone when they took me on the third day

and let you slip the sea’s cold grasp.

still I write you letters that I carry in my chest.

Now this life is a shipwreck, drifting with no home

And I’m clinging to the ruins, to contemplate your absent face

just like water, all around, while thirst chokes me dry

in the darkness, in the waves, I hear you sigh(ing)

 

I don’t know anything of any use in this madness

all I have to offer you is questions and patience

and wish I could say, at least there’s a song for you in all of this

but then I’d have to leave you crying and go away and write it

well I can’t leave, got nowhere to go

you and me, we’ll sit out this storm

and if the only good thing about this time is that it’s gonna end

that’s where we’ll begin.

****

I’ll only sleep to wait for you.

 

 

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~Red Wild Eye~

[by The Hot Holy Mess]

1.Long Ride Down

How many lights to leave burning for you?

One before the door, one beside the bed

How many nights to repeat this ritual?

Till it’s impossible, then a thousand more

 

Should I know what I’m singing about?

are you listening are you listening

If I don’t but you do does that count?

are you listening are you listening

 

How many flights to the dreams you’re waking from?

one in the morning, take two at night

will the puff of smoke that you leave outlast them all?

which one remains when you close your eyes

 

Do you know what you’re singing about?

are you listening are you listening

does it turn true if you shout it out?

are you listening are you listening

 

Hope you’re enjoying the long ride down.

I’m just enjoying the long ride down.

 

I asked what price to have love in my land

your soul sighing in my arms tonight

so we closed the deal and he gave me his hand

we’ll meet again when I collect what’s mine

 

I see his grin in the face of the moon

is he listening is he listening

piper’s turn to dance while the rat plays the tune

I am listening I am listening

 

I guess it’s time for my long ride down

Come on inside it’s a long ride down

Come on with me it’s a long ride down

Please take your seat this is a long ride down

Just look around it’s a long ride down

 

 

2. Focus/Focus

Come inside stay warm by blue glow

Take your place with all those humming

sightless flightless birds

so stylishly absurd

who wink away the day invade your

mind and sing away your cares so

thoughtless with their words

those sightless flightless birds

Filling up the margins

Using up the oxygen

 

Look!

Look at me now, now focus

Focus!

I need your eyes on my eyes

Look!

Look at me now, now focus

Focus!

I need your mind on my mind

Look!

look at the crowd, power found a

Focus!

they’re fighting lies on their lives

Look!

Look away, look again, focus

Focus!

you’re in the storm’s red wild eye

 

Eyes so wide but still unseeing

will and optic nerve so lacking

floating on a fantasy

fiction of what used to be

 

Look!

Look at me now, now focus

Focus!

I need your eyes on my eyes

Look!

Look at me now, now focus

Focus!

I need your mind on my mind

Look!

look at the crowd, power found a

Focus!

they’re fighting lies on their lives

Look!

Look away, look again, focus

Focus!

you’re in the storm’s red wild eye

 

She won’t show her face

She comes in the night

She burns in cyberspace

She floats along the breadline

They won’t know the place

They won’t know the time

They’ve outrun her all these years

But now, history arrives.

  • photo by Sebnem Tasci
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