FOUR SONGS WITH ALEX A

Four Songs With Alex A
EP, Download
area1234/Not Silent, 2007

  1. Great
  2. Dead Aid
  3. I’m Living My Lie
  4. Love Is Pain
  5. Fata Morgana

GUEST PLAYER:

Alex A: drums (1, 2, 3, 5)

Five alternate mixes released ahead of Understand The Words. More all about it at the blog.

GREAT

Ooh you keep me great
Keep the vegetables on my plate
You could be early I could be late
But you’re there

And oh I feel so straight
In the sun and in the pain
My smile runs back to my face
Which you chased

And I do think I love you more than ever after all these years
And if you weren’t around there’d be no one to end my tears
You keep me great

If you weren’t around there’d be no one to end my tears
I need you to keep me dry ’til we run out of years
You keep me great

DEAD AID (THE DAY THE MUSIC LIED)

The liberal party line is as faulty as the right
To be true to your own politic
And to be untrue to the people, it
Is a tragic mistake
All those people did make
And the rock and roll stars
Want pride with their money and guitars

They still down’t know about Christmas
Nobody there’s got any iPod
But they know about what electricity is
From their 9,000 volt kisses
No dancing in the streets
Just dying in the streets
Leaving bodies of children for the hyenas to eat
I guess we did get fooled again
But nobody’s facing up to it

I think back to the summer of ’85
And it’s worse than the day that the music died
Because it was the day that the music lied
Not the first but the very worst time
Rock was supposed to tear down the walls
But this fortified the government armor in militant halls
The musical notes are just blowing in the wind
And the food is diverted and there’s no stairway to heaven

And this country’s gotten all aided-out
With all the problems still around
The CDs sell the bank accounts grow
And everywhere downward spiral the souls
Anarchy never exists where it’s really needed
And the devil’s power goes uncontested
But I’m not surprised that it was a lie
Because in this world there’s but one Truth left to find

I’M LIVING MY LIE

Wake up in the morning
And it’s raining outside
I can hear her breathing
As she’s dreaming inside
Drinking last night’s coffee
And then I take my keys
Pause before I go
To kiss her on the cheek

I’m paying the price
Of the things I have bought
I’m living my lie
Took away everything that I’ve got

Two aspirin
Chasing two Tums
Waiting for the email
That will not come
Numbers on the screen
Stare me back in the face
And the sun is running
Running in place

I want to dance with you
I want to hold you through the night
I want to feel your kiss
As you sleep in the starlight

LOVE IS PAIN

Every time I think of you
A tear comes to my eye
Thinking about
What made you be so far away

My heart aches inside me
This love just overrides me
Oh Lord, bring on the rain
Because love, love is pain

I lie down before I sleep
Learn my lessons well
I’ll be happy with this pain
Because it’s something I know well

I know what could have been
I know near-perfection
Even if it didn’t call my name
Even if love, even if love is pain and

Maybe I can escape into a dream
Where I can see you smiling and holding me
And autumn walks and secret places and things
I can love you ’til my alarm rings

Yes the Lord, he’s got his plans for me
I’m on his mind
I hope that this reality
Means there is more to find

And if it’s another me and you
I’ll be more than glad, it will do
But for now I’ll stay this way
And stay with the love, with the love is pain, and

Maybe I can escape into a dream
Where I can see you smiling and holding me
And autumn walks and secret places and things
I can love you ’til my alarm rings

FATA MORGANA

I have held my newborn the first minute of her life
And kissed the warm faces of loved ones that just died
Known closeness and trust that I thought would never break
And betrayals in which I guess I sometimes did partake

They gave me honor rolls and medals with my head in the clouds
But the playground humiliations were what life was truly about
I used to pull my covers over my eyes in case there were ghosts
I waited for signs that never came and that never needed to show

What’s there to do in the end?
Emerald cities fade away
No promises were truly made
Should have kept them to myself anyway

Call my life what you will except for one of faith
No tradition or revelation augmenting the words on a page
Everything must pass everything will wave goodbye
Making way for the new lessons deployed into my life

The things that I have faced I’ve deserved them all and more
As I walk through the hours and approach each unknown door
And try to stay on good terms with the Deity that pulls me through
I could tire of learning but then what would I do?

Nothing to do in the end
Emerald cities fade away
No promises were truly made
Should have kept them to myself anyway

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s