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Lyrics: Soul Envy

Guardians of the New Frontier
(111 Washington Avenue, March 9, 2008)

Guardians of the New Frontier
Keepers of the Gated Community
In a weak moment I threw away my keys
Can you let me in?

Got no safe place left to hide
Got no offers of immunity
Stained the source of all my joy and pride
Can you let me in?

All my indiscretions
Tawdry Mayflower sessions
Hold no comfort for me now
Hell has got no fury
Like my judge and jury
I know I’ll have to face her soon but how?

What else then could I have done
To sate my morbid curiosity?
Trapped by my own conventions
I had to take my penchants underground

Scholars of the human mind
How about reverse engineering mine?
Find the primordial switch
That drove me into this ditch and turn it off

I see my future growing cold
See myself powerless, old
Slipping through a great divide
Don’t see no one there at all
Reaching out to break my fall
When I come out the other side

Yesterday I was really on my way
Yesterday had it all
Bombs away, the fallout’s never going away
Bombs away, watch it all fall

Leading off the evening news
Number Nine will soon be off the clock
Now the wolves are drawing near
Guardians of the New Frontier
What now?

Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 


Square One
(overheard on Cordova Street, November 14, 2007)

She is home earlier than he expected
His voice was strange on the phone when she called him
And there they were
Covers pulled up to their ears
She saw the future disappear
The body lives but the spirit’s flown

Say goodbye to the one that you trusted
Say goodbye to all the years that you gave him
These are days
For trying not to go insane
For trying to stop the mind replaying
Your childhood friend and your shining knight
Saying ‘This is not what it looks like’

She said ‘Destiny, I don’t believe in destiny
Fate has made a fool of me
I’ve had it with the lie
Oh, all this time, how could I have been so blind?
What a veil I’ve lived behind
I don’t know who I am
In the far recesses of my soul
In the dark, angry corners
In the black holes
Is there anything worth saving here at all?’

In her dream she is halfway to Paris
Looking down on New England from the stratus
Some sweet taste
Is gone before it leaves a trace
What’s indefinable escapes
But she has seen another life
At the end of this dark night
There is a shimmering white light
And this is not what it looks like
 
Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN 


 
Three Steps
(2576 Lombard Street, June 20, 1989)
 
And you’re three steps behind her
And you’re fading with the twilight heat
And she’s all you’ve got looking out for you now
So you follow her from street to street, yeah
All the rhythm in this town
You brought a beat all of your own
But it’s three steps behind her

And you’re a slave to your hunger
And you thought your begging days were done
But you’re losing your sense of direction
Just to keep her rushing in your blood
Got to keep her rushing in your blood
Got to keep her rushing in your blood
This is you at your peak
This is you at lovers’ leap
Three steps behind her
So what is left then to fear?
No one has followed you here
Your destination is clear
You can’t reach it
You can’t reach it
You can’t reach it fast enough
And you’re three steps behind her

And you think you’re in a state of grace
That you’ve found Mother Mary and sanctuary
In a room with a view of the Golden Gate
Shed your sorrow, shed your clothes
And all tomorrow no longer holds
And you’re three steps behind her 
 
Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN


 
Going to Burning Man
(overheard in Petaluma, August 22, 2007) 
 
All of the Deadheads are moving on
See the caravans fading into the mist
She’s sitting on a tailgate blowing a kiss
Down on the beach my mind is quiet now

California, send your gypsies
Got a mind to re-write history
Going to Burning Man for to break these chains
Found a reason to lose myself again

You join a crusade to try and save yourself
And wake up in the Land of Nothing Left
The future and past fight to the death
In the bullet-scarred house the family’s quiet now

California, send your gypsies
Got a mind to re-write history
Going to Burning Man for to break these chains
Found a reason to lose myself again

What is done can’t be undone
Soldier comes home, hero unsung
Holy wars cannot be won
And what is done can’t be undone

California, all that’s left of me
Is in a plan to re-write history
Going to Burning Man to give my mind a feast
Change has come and I am heading east

Music by Id Guinness & Brian Black
Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music
& Brian Black SOCAN

 


Face the Sun
(Chuschi, May 17, 1980)
 
It’s the weight of the fear in her eyes
That’s kept me sleepless for so long
In the dawn I realized she’d given me
Everything I ever thought I’d own . . . but one strand

She said to me ‘You’re the luckiest one
With your winning grin, your killing charm
You could meet everyone’
But I fell to the bottom of the well
Cold and alone, I sank with the stone

She said ‘Don’t look that way, don‘t look, face the sun’

Oh and how I long to be there
In that shining place you see me

She said ‘Don’t look that way, don‘t look, face the sun’

Oh and how I long to be there
In that shining place you see me
And I can’t seem to shake off
This blanket of madness I’ve woven
I struggle in darkness
You say there’s a path
I can’t see it

She said ‘Don’t look that way, don‘t look, face the sun’

Music & Lyrics by Ledenhed
© 2001 Allen Cholach BMI


 

Back of My Hand
(AH25, December 26, 2009)

Drove a crooked highway
To ease my crooked mind
Pulled onto a derelict beach
Where the tsunamis meet the sky
In time to see Andromeda
Spelling out your name
And the epsilon and beta stars
Point me back the way I came

But I know this road like the back of my hand
I hear your voice in the back of my mind
And the way we used to laugh before
I’ve been gone since ‘005
Emptied out, still alive
But it don’t matter anymore
It’s very clear, the view from here
Reflected in my side mirror
Haunts me and you’re always near

Banda Aceh are you weeping
Tears that never dry?
I came looking for the pieces
Of the year that wouldn’t die
While low and cinematic voices
Were formulating plans
I checked out and drove away
To where the bad dreams all began

Once she was mine
Once she was my world
 
Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 


How to Howl
(41 Gransha Road, February 18, 1978)
 
Little survivor
It’s been a bloody war
You know your cause is lost
So what do you keep dying for?
I got caught up in the crossfire
I am down

You’re so rich in ruins
That I can’t repair
I’ve been sheltered, baby
And you make me scared
But it’s too late for me
I have fallen for you now

Now who will save you
From yourself tonight
And let you know that
Everything is gonna be all right?
All the light that I had left in me
I’ve burned for you

Take me to your gutter
When the clock strikes twelve
Watch me become a shadow
Of my former self
I am hungry to try
Something dangerous and new

Let me pick the bones
At your pauper’s feast
Teach me how to howl
Like a wounded beast
And I will worm my way
Into the heart of you

But who will save you
From yourself tonight
And let you know that
Everything is gonna be all right?
All the light that I had left in me
I’ve burned for you

Thought patterns
Take a fateful turn
The heart reacts
To what the mind confirms
These are lessons
That I‘ve never learned
Oh, won’t you take me down with you?
Take me down with you, down with you
 
Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 


In Green and Blue Berets
(E-761, July 11, 1995)
 
Surface tranquility, underground heat
On sidewalk cafés, and cobblestone streets
Whispers of war, victory and defeat
Not so far away
Not so far away

National identity, refugee camps
Police everywhere, and beggar tramps
Young soldiers doing the salvation dance
In green and blue berets
Not so far away

Sitting in the sun, listening to the chatter
Casualties of hope, then nothing else matters
Hyperinflation, economy in tatters
One more cut in pay

Round marble tables, coffee or tea
From where I sit it's impossible to see
Why such a place needs an enemy
No one here can say

There seems more shock than there is blame
In the eyes of those whose homes were in flames
But for the ones in the easy part of the game
It’s just another day
Not so far away
 
Music by Id Guinness
Lyrics by Mookie Brando
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music &
Mookie Brando SOCAN


 
ESMA
(Avenida del Libertador 8200, August 5, 2004)
 
They’ve disappeared
They’ve disappeared
They’ve disappeared 
 
Music by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 


Life As We Know It
(70117, August 29, 2005)
 
Take these broken wings
Oh my fallen angel
A tank of gasoline
For this dead end road
Hang on to them baby
All these useless things
This covenant’s broken
But you know you still want to believe
That life as we know it
Is something that nobody’d dare
Steal away, steal away

Shelter from the storm
The shiny FEMA trailer
The hope we held out for
The promise we fell for
Hang on to it baby
Wear it like a ring
This covenant’s broken
Broken words that don’t mean anything
If life as we know it
Is something that nobody’d care
To steal away, steal away

Take a message to our loved ones
To our friends and daughters and sons
Death it may have silenced our tongues
But we have reached our higher ground
We are here, the souls unburied
The voices that do not carry
In this city we will tarry
Until these streets again have sound
As we know it
 
Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 


Annapurna
(Nawanshahr, December 16, 2009)
 
Take me with you, oh my sister
Fearless lover, immolated bride
I, all others have forsaken
My faith was shaken
It did not survive

Now your spirit haunts this place
In the dark I still see your face
Time, it never will erase what once was

In this sad house heavy with secrets
Still your fragrance fills the air
So long as my heart will keep beating
There will be no peace here, I swear

Now your spirit haunts this place
In the dark I still see your face
Time, it never will erase what once was

I will wander unashamed
In the fields where we would lay
All for honour we have paid
Such a price

Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN


 
Free World
(Milly-la-Forêt/Plascassier, October 11, 1963)
 
It’s all about me again
Now I am free again
Nothing is holding me back
Over the moon am I
High as the bright blue sky
I’m wiping my prints, erasing my tracks
I long for these things when I become unsharpened
I’m in a beautiful cloud as I sink to the carpet
I have taunted this tragedy, dared this disaster
I’ve come to believe
There is just one way out of this cage

Cold in the morning gloom
The one that I scurry from
Well, I’ve taken the bait
Now I’ve only got myself to blame
No cheap sentiment in this poetry filling my head
How strange, the remorse for playing the game
She said ‘I want you to know
That I’m here to support you
You can see all I offer, the doors I can open
I’m a patron of art and your foreign boy beauty’
I felt light as a feather
But I sang like a bird in a cage

Now an Aznavour song’s floating up from the parlour
Wisps of afterglow smoke are lacing the air
I can feel my youth draining away
Here in the free world
Well, I saw my chance
But I couldn’t get there from here

You can try but you can’t get there from here
You can try but you can’t get there from here
And I’ve tried but I can’t get there from here
 
Music by Id Guinness, Duane O’Kane, Graham Mason & Douglas Fitch
Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music, Duane O’Kane,
Graham Mason & Douglas Fitch SOCAN
 


Atlas Drops the Ball
(Dixia Cheng, 1969/2008)
 
Everybody’s going underground
They’re cashing in, they’re digging down
‘Cause it took too long to make them understand
To pull their heads out of the sand

Now I’m going crazy from the heat
But here we are, so cling to me like cellophane
In your room down the hall
While Atlas drops the ball

Everyone pretended to be blind
They wouldn’t see the warning signs
So no one thought to take back all the fighting words they said
The lines are broken, the tribe has spoken

Now being there’s not what it used to be
The will to love, the thrill is gone
And I see ghosts that I never used to see

I used to count the stars
I once believed I was a small piece of the puzzle
A long note held on Ziggy’s red guitar
I used to see through you,
The colours that surround us,
All the energy, (dissolving now)
The unexploded view
I used to dream in blue

Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN


We’ve Been Legend Tripping
(Natchez, September 17, 2005)
 
Take a left turn at the light
Third house on the right
That’s where the waters parted
That’s where I took flight
From worry lines and rosaries
From shuttered minds and stifled needs
And good books filled with cautionary tales
To remind me

That anything can happen
Everything can change
Anything can happen if you go there
So don’t go there

I have fallen for a girl
Who’s seen her share of ghosts
We’ve been legend tripping
Up and down the gulf coast
Now there’s a scar across her mind
A neuron bent and misaligned, untreatable
But I’ve hung in long enough to believe

Anything can happen
Everything can change
Anything can happen

The one I was, the ones I left
Long ago before regret,
Dark rites of passage
Laid the poison on the path
They’ve disappeared
The boy has flown
Into the wild, blue unknown
Blown away, scattered like ash
Never to come back 
 
Music & Lyrics by Id Guinness
© 2010 Id Guinness/Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN
 

Lyrics: Cure for the Common Crush

Rising River

I have crossed a rising river
Many trials I’ve come through
I have burned a bridge behind me
Now what is left for me to do
But love you baby
 
I have lost all of my history
And all the favour I have known
I have come to take you higher
All this way to lay you down
And love you baby
 
In this blue battered memory
I’ve kept little thoughts alive
The sound of a songbird’s grief
The taste of your lips so sweet
These things have survived
 
 Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN
  

The One That Got Away

I’m crazy I’m crazy to let you get to me
I’d be crazy to let you
Be the one that got away

It’s torture
It’s torture to worship from afar
But there’s just something
Something in the way you look away

Oh, I’m not the kind to give up so easily
Running you down makes perfect sense to me
Am I mad to want what you’ve got?
Oh, I can be driven there, but it takes a lot
For someone to drive me crazy

I’m dying
Because I’m spellbound
It’s something in the way you shine
I’m dying to get up and follow you
In a moment
Because there’s something
Something in the way you move away

In a heartbeat I would sell my soul for you
Oh, I have heard you may be crazy too
If that’s the case I only want what’s best for you
I would sign on the dotted line
If I could see inside your mind

You know I must be crazy
I’m crazy to let you get to me
I’d be crazy to let you
Be the one that got away

Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music  SOCAN

 

Jade Garden

She’s been moving under my skin
From the moment I walked in
Sunday at the jade garden

The simple spell, the playful look
I took it all, bait and hook
The oldest trick left in the book

Now I speak like a child, my thoughts are not my own
They run wild, up her stairs, across her floor
Down her hall and through her door

She says trust your intuition
The universe is guiding your life
You’ll get nowhere standing still
Every excess becomes a vice

Your money’s no good here, she said
Lotus flowers filled my head                         
Jasmine leaves were what she read

And she said
I’ll tell you everything you need to know
The beginning of wisdom is to desire it        
I’ll show you all you need to know, everything you need to know

Now I speak like a child, my thoughts are not my own
They run wild, up her stairs, across her floor
Down her hall and through her door

She says trust your intuition
The universe is guiding your life
You’ll get nowhere standing still
Every excess becomes a vice

And all that’s hidden now
Will soon be revealed, you will see
Do not mistake temptation for opportunity

She been moving under my skin
From the moment I walked in
Sunday at the jade garden

 Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 

I Have Seen the Future

Stay with me
You know I’ve never lived a day like this before
You awoke me from the sleep of ages
Stay with me
I’d forgotten I could dream
Until you flashed your crooked smile
And all the monsters disappeared

I have seen the future
And we make a pretty picture
There’s a focal point now in this ordinary mind
So don’t lose faith in tomorrow
I will beg and I will borrow
A future here in these not so ordinary times

Stay with me
I have lost my death perception
But my heyday, well it’s a long time gone
Stay with me
I have fallen like my idols
Had a mental block, lost the will to rock

Oh, but I have seen the future . . .

Don’t let them say it’s not your time
Don’t let them tell you it’s not meant for you
Lonely voices can be unkind
I keep my visions to myself
I play them in my mind’s eye

I have seen the future . . .

In a world without convictions
In an age lost beyond reason
My thoughts are getting clear
And I can tell you without question
Not a moment’s hesitation
It’s no accident that we’ve wound up here
 
Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music  SOCAN    
   

   

Down to This

Sifting through history
This wrecking yard of memory 
Where smoke and mirrors reigned supreme
Now solder and acetylene
Try to fuse together
All my half-lives that I scattered                   
In a rush to become someone else
The superstar, the infidel

I have always known this day
Of reckoning would come my way
And leave me grasping empty air 

But if it all comes down to this
Hanging by my fingertips   
I won’t let go                  
If we survive the big collapse
Can we have our money back?
I want to know
If it all comes down to this

Reluctant terrestrial
I ventured out beyond the pale
To hear the ones who fell to earth
Tell me what the trip was worth
Now you smell the fear on me
Of Icarus and Lockerbie
When all the laws of physics overruled
The willing spirit  

I have always known this day
Of reckoning would come my way
And leave me grasping empty air 

But if it all comes down to this
Hanging by my fingertips   
I won’t let go            

If we survive the big collapse
Can we have our money back?
I want to know

And if they should take me down
I won’t fall without a sound
There must be fifty ways to hit the ground . . .

Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 

Cure for the Common Crush

Your summer fling has come undone
A shadow moved across the sun
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before
Do you feel yourself unravel to the core?

Let this new light shine on you         
Through the dark glass of all you knew
Witness the eclipse of all your sensibilities
Now you’re open to the world, and ready to receive

We are the love brigade
As cool as summer shade
We are perfect harmony
A universal circle unbroken
No, it won’t be one of us                                
To find a cure for the common crush
Nothing remains at the end of the day but love

Soon you’ll forget how to run
You’ll look back to where you’re from
And find that all the signposts have been taken down
Do you feel yourself still missing solid ground?

Find the innocence within
The alien in your own skin
Go on, wrap yourself inside this safety zone
Relax and close your eyes, our work has just begun

Let these words be your comfort
Let this voice be your guide
In your dark hour
We’ll never let you down
We’ll never let you down
We’ll never let you down

 Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music  SOCAN

 

Always Crashing in the Same Car

Every chance, every chance that I take
I take it on the road
Those kilometers and the red lights
I was always looking left and right
Oh, but I'm
Always crashing in the same car
Jasmine, I saw you peeping
As I pushed my foot down to the floor
I was going 'round and 'round
The hotel garage
Must have been touching close to 94
Oh, but I'm
Always crashing in the same car

Lyrics and Music by David Bowie
© 1977 Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc. ASCAP

 

Negative

Inner one
Not the voice of reason
One who whispers in the dark
Satisfied
Only when eclipsing
Not until she’s left her mark

And each time that I begin
Her desire just pulls me in

She’s high on her mother ship
Follows close behind just to watch me trip
Green eyes and a deadly kiss
From the other side, so negative

Takes me in
Leads me to the garden
Where the light and shadows meet
Unafraid
She can charm the serpents
When they circle at my feet

Another dream
One flash and it’s over
When she goes away all the colours seem to fade
Longing for her to return
But make no mistake
She will bend and you will break

Heavy for her

Lyrics and Music by Ledenhed
© 2001 Allen Cholach BMI
 

The Joke 

You were driven by a feeling
That you didn’t understand
A troubled child, impulsive waif
Your crimes were not pre-planned
I wanted to believe
That all your actions were the dance
Of an uncharted subconscious
A blankness on your canvas
But I was the lamb, I was naive
And you played me good
You worked ‘til I suspended disbelief
Oh yeah ...

But I can’t take the joke
I can’t fight this fire with fire
Beam me up, I’m out of here
I will disappear
Into a cloud of smoke
I’ll rise into the sweet thin air
Where your bitterness won’t find me
I will hurt no more, no more

Well I was raised to be content
To turn the other cheek
I was taught the heirs to this earth
Were the humble and the meek
But lately in the dead of night
I’ve been having impure thoughts
Where they come from is a mystery
I guess somewhere in my history
Someone placed a ticking bomb
And I won’t rest ‘til I inflict the wound
You won’t recover from
‘Til you say

I can’t take the joke
I can’t fight this fire with fire
Beam me up, I’m out of here
I will disappear
Into a cloud of smoke
I’ll rise into the sweet thin air
Where your bitterness won’t find me
I will hurt no more, no more

Take it away from me
The slow burn that’s killing me
The hand that I can’t win
The moment that won’t begin

Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 

Beaches

Tales that last forever
Legends that were never
People reaching out for things they’ve had in dreams
Or maybe just were wishing what they might have been
Didn’t seem so far away

Their castle is their island
Rising from the beach sand
Knights all dressing up to play medieval games
It wouldn’t seem so foolish but they look the same
Every day, slaying dragons

Then the tide comes in and you say
Tomorrow shouldn’t come until I’m through today
And you think you’re just as high
When the moon takes the day into night

Memories that weren’t clear
Future looking brighter 
People reaching out for things they’ve had in dreams
And maybe realizing all they could have been
Doesn’t seem so very far away

Then the sun comes up melts the dew
Smooth water looking right back up at you
Unbroken sea and flat silver sand
No castles there got to start again
 
 Lyrics and Music by Donn Tarris
© 1974 Stone Steps Music SOCAN

 

Beautiful Goodbye

Carol Lynley takes her hand
From the DeSoto wheel
She’s checking the mirror again
Appraising her appeal
Shrugs it off and thinks it’s always fear
That keeps you from getting on with life
From going home
From starting over
And the wind whips the curtains
In the old house
But it’s October
And probably to be expected  
Like the shadow in your sigh
And your beautiful goodbye

From the garden I can see you pacing
As you whisper in the phone
You’re steering your universe
Through the collective alone
And autumn clouds will gather
But it seems to take forever              
For worlds to collide
To turn the tide
To tell yourself
This really can’t be happening
No, it’s your imagination running wild
Shifting into drive
Such a beautiful goodbye 

Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 

25 Watts

I get lost between the myth and the revelation
I knew that song but couldn’t follow the translation
I fade in and I tune out
Try to bleed, believe beyond the shadow of a doubt
25 watts and never was

That’s where I live, out of step with the human condition
I found my place between the screen and the apparition
And raised a half empty glass
Inspiration drained away, a footnote to the past
25 watts and never was

But I dreamed
I finally found a way to see
Beyond my candlepower to be
The light that lives behind your eyes             
And I dreamed
Of ecstasy, infinity                             
Machine and man in harmony
Of simple beings that still believe they’re glorious, glorious                                                           
I get lost between the sign and the destination
I’ve done the math but I can’t make the equation
Move me through those gates
Where some kind of grand design survives this day and age
25 watts and never was

Lyrics and Music by Id Guinness
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

 

Wailing Wall

Nothing can come between us
History has shown us what went wrong
Nothing can come between us
But the lines we’ve drawn

Lyrics by Id Guinness
Music by Id Guinness and Leslie Harris
© 2007 Rapid Transformation Music SOCAN

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