Stereolithic Lyrics

  • EBB AND FLOW

    In the basement waiting for a statement
    but station’s frequency is vacant
    why don’t we go outside
    in the break room waiting for a big boom
    smoke haze rising in a big plume
    everyone’s dissatisfied   

    The pools have dried the trial’s been tried  
    but the leak’s still spilling they don’t know what to do
    the flow won’t stop pressure still won’t drop
    tanks are overfilling

    Forward we crawl backwards we fall through the ebb and the flow
    living within a dream wading through the stream beyond the ebb and flow

    Up late to earn the proceeds
    all stressed out, working until your eyes bleed
    overtime to buy things we don’t need

    Always on the go and you’re thirty thirty
    gotta make the ends and get dirty dirty
    will it ever stop will it ever end
    is it worthy

    Reality of this is you go loco loco
    and too much of this way and you’ll go postal postal
    happens all the time just get in line
    and go comatose

    The moms and pops have all closed up shop
    and who can blame them? I don’t know anyone
    the  kids just hide scared to go outside
    and just who can blame them?

    At times it seems unreal
    we can see but we can’t feel
    and no one’s at the wheel
    born here all alone
    growing old with hearts of stone
    the lights are on but no one’s home



    FIVE OF EVERYTHING

    No matter what I try there’s no room in my mind
    No way to go round that, that’s just the way it is must I remind
    I don’t pick up the phone but you still try to call
    There’s nothing left to say you’ve already gotta know we’ve said it all

    The story never ends, in search of something
    But once we arrive it all starts again
    Reaching for higher ground, the river’s rising
    It keeps on flowing forever no matter what we have found

    Sometimes it seems insane
    To just keep pressing on
    As if it will put out the flame
    But still the thirst remains
    Drink another drink
    And somehow I still feel the same

    Step off, head out, take flight, and just run
    Got five of everything but I just need one
    My brain telling me what I want, I need
    Got five of everything but I still proceed

    Help me fill up this hole
    It’s gaping and out of control
    It feels like I’m losing touch and it’s taking its toll
    When this wall isn’t moving
    State of things not improving
    And no satisfaction in the distraction of the day

    Sometimes it seems insane
    To just keep pressing on
    As if it will put out the flame
    But still the thirst remains
    Drink another drink
    And somehow I still feel the same

    Step off, head out, take flight, and just run
    Got five of everything but I just need one
    My brain telling me what I want, I need
    Got five of everything but I still proceed

    Living in this culture can be a drag
    It’s just a commercial what we have
    A one track mind we grab, grab, grab
    We’re past being crazy, call us mad
    Gone is the golden egg and the goose
    And the bullshit of all hell breaking loose
    We gotta hit the boost
    Sip on the thick juice
    Disregard the bad cards
    And wake the truth

    Step off, head out, take flight, and just run
    Got five of everything but I just need one
    My brain telling me what I want, I need
    Got five of everything but I still proceed

    The story never ends, in search of something
    But once we arrive it all starts again
    Reaching for higher ground, the river’s rising
    It keeps on flowing forever



    SHOWDOWN

    So ya been kicked in the shin
    took one on the chin
    sometimes you lose before you win
    just smile in the meanwhile
    at the bottom of the pile
    third down and a mile
    buckle up and try again

    Keep pushin’, keep pushin’
    and never never stop

    I feel that something’s gonna go down
    don’t say I didn’t warn ya
    looks like we’re headed for a showdown
    gonna get it on yeah

    Champions soon will be named
    kings of the domain
    all the pain and all the gain
    worth more than fortune and fame now
    my oh my  the stakes are high
    win or say goodbye
    now it all comes to this game

    Chorus

    Play that game like a neighborhood side street
    anywhere you want it I don’t care where we meet
    school yard, front yard, back yard, town park
    I don’t think that you bite, all I hear is you bark
    to the body one shot
    wrecking ball can’t be stopped
    in the lane, yeah we got this game
    play through pain that’s why we came

    When it’s all laid on the line
    I can’t settle for less than
    everything that should be mine



    REVELATION OF THE YEAR

    We are not so different, you and I
    no matter what we think
    we’re kicking against the traces, bludgeoning
    trying to make it sink

    We’re stepping into the unknown
    peeling layers of the onion right down
    cuz that is part of my style to
    risk to be left with nothing
    in pursuit of chasing something
    out of hand
    I know, I know don’t tell me

    I’ve been on this earth
    I know the moon like a friend
    I hear a tune or someone sing
    feel the beauty in them
    these words woman
    we have some children
    I got memories with you
    I wonder how it ends
    it’s beautiful yes
    what we have chosen
    with love in our hands
    we have made this garden
    & I think I can ride
    although I’m not a horseman
    but I have a patient mind
    & it’s open

    We don’t want to walk into the gray
    solo rolling with no map in hand
    so we reach out for someone to grasp
    keep from sinking into the sand

    Pick it up now brother help another pick it up
    don’t get stuck in the destruction looming near
    pick it up now brother help another pick it up
    this is the revelation of the year

    Picking up all the pieces here and there
    to see if one might fit
    spinning them around and sideways and up and down
    it kinda stings a bit

    Digging through all the ditches just unwinding all the stitches into thread
    then hang it out to dry so
    what was I expecting just collecting balls of lint up in my head?
    I know I know don’t yell at me

    I know you’re tired of the same routine
    you have that look on your face
    I think I know what it means
    out of sorts in a vast machine
    a worker bee up in the scene
    never will be the queen
    & yes sometimes you have to sting
    expose the schemes to unlock the dreams
    ignite quicker than the gasoline
    to mask everything again in a smokescreen

    We don’t want to walk into the gray
    solo rolling with no map in hand
    so we reach out for someone to grasp
    keep from sinking into the sand



    SAND DOLLARS

    I’ve been humming a high note
    maybe something that I wrote
    out sailing in my boat
    I’m not really sure

    I’m still singing the same tune
    I’ve been kicking around since June
    all morning and afternoon
    now it’s all a blur

    I’ve been listening to sea shells
    to hear the stories that they tell
    of high times and tide swells
    that have yet to occur

    Backsliding down the drain
    partially taking all the blame

    Chasing coins to fill the purse
     is it really better or for worse
     is it a blessing or a curse
    to pass the buck
     
    Is it a bounty or a bust
    is it precious metal or just rust
    well it seems it’s up to us
    so wish us luck

    I kept making a U-turn
    ended up with a sunburn
    but the lesson that I learned
    was worth the skin that peeled

    I climbed so many mountains
    it’s not even worth counting
    all the drinks in the fountain
    before it was revealed 

    From the copper to the kettle
    the stamen to the petal
    we watch the value of sand dollars crumble



    BOOM SHANKA

    Transmission, beaming out from the sun
    collision, no use in running from
    my senses picking up the pulse
    the silence said a mouthful
    intuition, didn’t know what I was waiting for

    Can’t go very far, gonna notice where you are
    got a love for you so large, fixed to you like a star
    can’t go very far, gonna notice where you are
    got a love for you so large, fixed to you like a star

    Every time I think I got it figured
    something bigger always jumps in the frame
    something gets in the way

    Now I’m ready to turn the page on yesterdays and forgive them
    now I’m willing to disengage to seize the day and move on

    Wanna swing you higher
    wanna swing you higher

    Vibration, coming up from the ground
    translation, something just more than sound
    when I move on to the next world
    I’ll wait for you over there
    rotation, my head the other way around

    Chorus

    If I’m not careful I may
    slip away before I get
    one last look at your face
    you now I’ll see you again
    somewhere in another time and space



    MAKE IT ROUGH

    Never thought it would come easy
    slow as turning soil
    that’s the only way to reach me that much I am sure of
    bring it to a boil

    Just take your time, thoroughly
    let the seasons be the air you
    breathe in and out
    patiently
    wait for spring’s returning

    Try not to think too far ahead
    the pendulum swings soon enough
    we could stay on this side instead
    but we wanna make it rough

    There were times I thought I’d get there
    I know you thought so too
    the days have bled together
    Now anyway will do
    if you’re looking I might have it
    but you have to look to see
    the image you have of me
    is what I’d like to be

    I was so good at pretending
    and denying when things bothered me
    so shut the front door I’ll
    kick in the back
    metaphorically, I’m hoping

    Try not to think too far ahead
    the pendulum swings soon enough
    we could stay on this side instead
    but we wanna make it rough

    Make it rough ’til they put you in the handcuff
    seeking out minds that are not yet corrupt
    woi-oh woi-oh and away you go
    I’m a go on til the god damn juice gone
    far enough into the journey to feel the satisfaction yes
    action speaking louder than bombs
    we just go on and on, on and on, on and on and on

    Try not to think too far ahead
    the pendulum swings soon enough
    we could stay on this side instead
    but we wanna make it rough



    THE GREAT DIVIDE

    It’s like I stepped into a dream
    I think you know what I mean
    a reality break to a place unseen
    things come alive stupefied mind quarantined 
    from sleeping then awaken to somewhere in between
    ay, I’m on a cloud parfait 
    I jump into the valley of the far from mundane
    my knees buckle a chuckle chuckle
    mutha fucka I get back up
    like there never was a scuffle

    Strange like a tale from Brothers Grimm
    they’re watching you we can’t look at them
    living life out here like on a limb
    one or the other sink or swim 
    maximum velocity
    yet speeding up so rapidly
    there’s no where else I’d rather be, for me

    They keep you high, won’t let you come down
    distract the facts ma’am, that’s the plan now
    where you work, where you lurk, what you search
    climb too much get off of that perch
    virtual reality your nightmare
    on the grid, kid, getting nowhere
    get ahead, leave behind
    lose your mind find in time
    a nowhere rhyme

    Chemicals up in the atmosphere
    another meteor is falling near
    buried in the headlines disappear
    I’m not the type to live in fear
    you dream but I know you’re awake
    explaining a nightmare you couldn’t shake
    maybe the kool-aid that you drank today 

    We’re breaking away from the past
    reaching a new plane at last
    regardless of what cards get played
    no one can keep you afraid

    Unless you wanna be
    you make that choice indubitably
    they wanna play my emotions
    but I’m like the ocean
    too calm to get upset by somebody’s notion

    Future makers
    organ takers
    a non-human intelligence is guiding
    worlds colliding
    far away star system
    I string DNA where I need ’em

    What we gonna get with a zero field
    gotta have the one to make it real
    I tell ya that more will be revealed
    the mystery don’t bother me
    everyday masquerade
    there’s always too many plans we laid
    keep going faster down the grade we made

    We’re breaking away from the past
    reaching a new plane at last
    regardless of what cards get played
    no one can keep you afraid

    We’re always beginning
    as sure as we’re spinning
    for it’s never ending from here
    after all this time
    I am sorry I’m not sorry
    hate me later
    something greater
    than the petty here and now

    Venture on
    the sketch is not completely drawn
    travel wide
    it’s not hiding inside
    venture on
    the sketch is not completely drawn
    travel wide
    its out beyond the great divide



    FRIDAY AFTERNOON

    Friday afternoon and all the worries just float into the air
    we’re going to our secret spot and no one else knows how to get there
    the words just poured out of you like a melody
    I just could not believe the things you’re telling me

    Come closer, come closer

    Nothing could be half so compelling
    as you and me, our senses telling us where to go
    you give me quite a show
    we’re stretched out horizontal throttle down 
    upon the ground and always taking it slow
    here we go

    I taste the salt on your skin and then it’s really beginning
    I got the message you’re sending
    Go again and again ’til we’re spent
    I hear somebody coming

    Maybe a year went by
    Could be two lifetimes 
    But I know it’s building up again 



    SIMPLE TRUE

    Lying down on the pavement, so happy
    seeming to be in balance, but how could that be
    really I must be jealous, don’t tell me
    I just gotta leave the broken pieces or it’ll be the death of me

    Six long years and seven heartbreaks
    broken strings and countless outtakes, why?
    never thought that I would follow through
    got a working title somewhere
    and I know one day I’ll get there, I’m
    grasping here

    I’m looking out for a simple kind of true
    don’t know what I am waiting for
    I’m holding out for a simple kind of true
    at least some kind of a metaphor 

    It’s simple, simple and it’s true
    we got much to do
    no excuses they’re just useless
    we’ve got much to do

    I’d say you hung the moon if they ask me
    you help me so the plot won’t get past me
    sometimes the obvious cannot be seen
    at least not by me

    Chorus

    Remember all of the times
    when we couldn’t make up our minds
    hours and years disappear



    FIRST DIMENSION

    Blow you right out of the room
    ringing ears like sonic boom
    miles wide you hear me calling, calling

    Across the ocean cross the sea
    navigating disparity
    miles wide you hear me calling calling

    Now it’s time that we mention
    a further extension
    reality is our intention

    It’s like meditation
    beyond medication
    and striving for the transformation 

    Quantum leaping through science
    to cosmic compliance          
    by ending our fossil reliance         

    Now the miscalculations
    are causing mutations
    here’s your correction, boom! 

    It’s something beyond comprehension
    we come from another dimension
    it is our one true intention
    to change your fate yes I’m telling you

    Beings that once were cetacean
    resonating through earth’s vibration
    want you to solve the equation
    before it’s too late c’mon!

    Power without control
    dig yourself into a hole
    rocketing on the horizon rising

    Philosophy expressed to me
    moments spending silently 
    listening to the horizon rising

    The nuclei dividing before my eyes
    I wonder why how can this be at all
    imagine a time 
    before words made a rhyme
    before clocks to wind 
    before they had the chance to stall

    Across the ocean across the sea
    navigating disparity



    MADE IN THE SHADE

    Sitting by the bedroom window
    looking at a slideshow on a Sunday but it’s Monday
    well how would I know I’d be looking out the same old window
    years later on a Monday thinking something would come from doing the same thing    

    Bout time to give up on the same old stuff I’m stuck on
    just say that it went wrong and move it along
    sayonara till tomorrow it’s just how it goes sometimes. 

    You gotta keep on climbing the hill
    cuz if you think you’ll make it you will
    go swimming quick like a fish and every wish will be fulfilled
    strike up and start the parade
    cutting down the weeds keep slinging the blade      
    when they fire that warning shot
    you’ll have a spot made in the shade
     
    Standing at a side street station
    feeling like a one way on the down low
    flying solo till further delay
    easy blame it on procrastination 
    always hoping somehow that the nonsense this time will make sense
    stuck in circles
    faces in the sunshine they never look at mine
    people just walk by and keep their eyes low 
    sayonara till tomorrow
    that’s how it goes sometimes 



    EXISTENTIAL HERO

    Whole world! From the high country to the bottom of the sea
    I caught a place that I needed to be
    it comes and it goes, the momentary glory
    then, quick as they came they’re down the drain
    another one coming from a shallow place will not remain
    remember when what was possible would never end
    now we abide by limits I cannot defend
    it fits good and yet the best we reject
    you get what you get I guess don’t get upset

    Where is that garden of eden
    under stars and the trees and
    and so far, so far from the heathens
    planets follow patterns, we fall into seasons
    flowing like a river we broaden and deepen 

    Hold on, before we are gone
    got lots to do but time with you
    keeps on sliding
    and I keep on blowing a fuse, there you go
    unseen, your face in the screen
    I feel your attention dividing
    but this is worth more than the news

    Prepare to bare all
    I paint the cave walls
    I am the hobbit 
    with the ring in the forrest
    I am the richest I am the poorest
    a particle I vibe I just keep dancin’
    I move from this world into a mansion
    of light and love as below and above
    I chart the planets and the whales migration
    I’m home everywhere I run the station
    the last light of a dying star
    in every game I am that wild card
    I participate I’m paleolithic
    and geology and astrophysics
    a true cowboy existential hero
    I compiled that deck and named it tarot
    I’m in play I want the ball
    I’m buddha with amnesia then sudden recall 

    Somehow I fell into it all again, it all again
    somehow I fell into it all again, it all makes sense
    somehow I fell into it all again, it all make sense
    somehow it was here all along



    THE CALL

    We could say it’s just how it is
    and how it always will be
    and believe things will never change
    as far as we can see
    it’s a disaster and it doesn’t matter
    well I disagree
    a ray of hope remains if we take the reins we’ll arrive eventually

    Keep all the lights on in the streets of Babylon
    then we’ll just dig for some more
    pull back the curtain cuz one things for certain
    action speaks louder than war

    Look around there’s no time left to stall
    (you’ve got to) stand up while you can don’t miss the call

    Hold on here we go
    where we stop nobody knows
    breath and count to five
    live while you’re still alive
    right before your eyes
    your best laid plan up and dies
    cleverly disguised
    the bounty materialized  

    Now we’re moving fast
    we’re picking up on speed
    we got the energy
    creating fast 
    as we tunnel deep
    & no time to think
    here we just react 
    to the things
    we need 
    hold on to your world

    Look around there’s no time left to stall
    (you’ve got to) stand up while you can don’t miss the call

    To live just in your mind
    is some kind of crime 
    stuck in your station
    in isolation 
    never too late for beginning
    to set your captive free 

    Tonight the moment has arrived
    to live while we’re still alive 

    (wake up and) look around  there’s no time left to stall
    (you’ve got to) stand up while you can don’t miss the call
    (it’s time to) end the debate don’t hesitate this time
    (c’mon on and) take a stance don’t miss your chance
    to stand up right now!



    TRANQUILITY

    Journey in peace now
    You don’t have to be afraid
    Though mistakes, they have been made
    Journey in peace now

    Journey in peace now
    You don’t have to be afraid
    Though mistakes, they will be made
    Journey in peace now my friend.

    No you can’t go around it
    You have to walk right through it
    My father told me that so long ago
    Every time that you ignore it
    It gets a little more
    You just have to walk toward
    The fear to go

    Don’t be afraid, it’s all part of the plan for us
    Don’t be afraid, it’s all part of the plan for us
    All that you hold dear
    Is on the other side of that fear