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
 

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