Monday, June 19, 2017

A Star Fell Down on Indiana


A star fell down on Indiana
Just like it did in the beginning of time
We all turned out to see what happened
Some of us laughed
Some of us cried
And together we held onto each other's hands
Until the last of us had died

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Juste Milieu


We could be oceans
Never drifting apart
We could be endless
Flow through my heart
If you want to ride my waves

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wishing Chair


These are daunting times
That much is certain
History in the making
From the man behind the curtain
No don't put the brakes on
Let us all run riot
When they hand you their deal
Just say you won't buy it

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sincerely, Samantha Fuller


Before she passed away late last year, Samantha and I managed to lay down dozens of vocal tracks that I have now assembled into an album that, hopefully, pays tribute to her unique talent. Here, then, is the first - and last - Samantha Fuller record. Rest in peace, Sam.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Barbaric Poems


The day it veers toward twilight
But it's not like you could tell
Snow's crunching under sneakers
In the distance rings a bell
A crow is winging overhead
Hello and farewell

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

L'Avventura


And what happened to us
Is what happens to everyone
Sooner or later
And later is sooner than we think

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Songs for a Blue Girl


One day you are on top of the world. You are young, you are strong, you are beautiful. But then, slowly and almost imperceptively, your youth fades, your strength slackens and the person you see in the mirror no longer glows the way it once did. "Where did your long hair go / Where is the girl I used to know," Brian Wilson sang, mournfully. Eventually, life plays a cruel trick on us: just when we think we've got the world by the tail, it all gets taken away. No one is exempted, no one is immune.

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Snow Day





What Astrid and I did on her snow day.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bandcamp and the ACLU



Today (Feb. 3), Bandcamp is donating 100% of its proceeds from purchases made on its site to benefit the ACLU, which is working to oppose Trump's ban on immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the U.S. If you would like to contribute, and get some music in return for your efforts, you can visit my page by clicking the link below. You can choose from any or all of my albums. Read more about what Bandcamp is doing here. Peace!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Eliot Wilder's America


We drank ourselves sick with lust
We spit into the brown southern night
We made a pact sealed with a prick
Somehow that black blood felt so right

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Past Imperfect


It's been this way
For more than 60 years
And it's highly likely
That it will always be
So I'm putting a stop
To this pointless charade
I'm telling you
That you are dead to me


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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

This Lonesome Road


Sometimes you're lucky
Through all your hard work
Sometimes you're not
And you go berserk
You hope for the best
But the weary don't rest

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Absalom


He asked us all to follow him
And follow him we did
We let the devil out of his box
And we can't put back the lid

It appears that someone (or several someones) has downloaded my entire Bandcamp catalog, which means that my free downloads are just about used up for the month. If you are thinking about downloading at this point, please make a cash contribution (even a small amount). It will keep from kicking my albums into automatic pay mode, it will help support my music, and it might do your conscience a world of good. Peace.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Diary of a Plague Year


We think we're at our peak
We look at how high we can reach
But like Sisyphus
We go a-tumbling down
We go to church
And we pray for our souls to be saved
The water's rising
And we're scared we'll drown
Can you see Him
God is sleeping


On an unrelated note, check out the 20th Anniversary Edition of DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing." It features lots of bonuses, including liner notes by yours truly.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Elsewhere


They fuck you up, your mum and dad
They may not mean to, but they do
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Very Soul of Me II


This record is a sequel to "The Very Soul of Me," which can be found here.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Very Soul of Me


You shut the door
You turned the key
Never looked back into that darkened room
Never looked back at me
You left a note
You left it blank
No explanation given, no final words
Not even, I have you to thank

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Breathe


Do you feel a certain pressure at night
Like something big pushing down on you
What do you think that it could be
Is it just this old wandering Jew
Oh I whisper in your ear
All the words you long to hear

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stations of the Elevated


I wish there were some crazy cure
But all I can offer are these words
Write it all down, every detail
'Cause it will fly away like birds

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Higgledy Piggledy


The world it is a frightening place
Gettin' scarier by the second
Hate is blown' up all around
More than anyone could have reckoned
Who can understand it, yeah
Don't wanna participate
Rather live in my tiny bubble of love
Than to live in a world of hate

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quartet


An all-instro album based on "The Alexandria Quartet" tetralogy by Lawrence Durrell. Best heard in a single sitting with the lights off and the headphones cranked.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Witness


The key to life
Or so I've found
Is being wide awake and at the ready
Pulling your head
Out of your ass
So your vision's clear
And your hands are steady

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Devil You Know


And the bleached sun it does not flatter
All them babies getting fatter
And the moms and the dads
They waltz around grotesque
As they dance this strange burlesque

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

What a Way to Go!


I saw you fall into a black hole
When I reached out to you
You let go
After such a long trip
You simply lost your grip
And now I can't find you

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mercy


The quality of mercy is not strained
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath
It is twice blest
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Incidentally Yours


Angry words in an angry time
What will we remember
What will we forget
When the story is written
Just how will it look
Will it be a future of regret

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Man With the Glass Head


The infection was spread so easily
From one clammy hand to the next
It'd gone viral all around the world
Just like some scandalous text
And we were astonished and we were amazed
And we were perplexed

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Harpo's Blues


This girl of mine
Has blue-y blue eyes
She pulls at my heart
Each time she cries
I never knew
I wouldn’t have guessed
She holds my hand
And I feel blessed

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Crashing


He was saving his best lines for last
Just like money in the bank
He stood before us in his Sunday best
And said, I have you to thank
We took pictures
Of the people taking pictures
And posted them on the internet
And we believed like we always believed
But mostly we were all wet

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bandcamp


I've spent the better part of a year remixing and remastering my entire catalog. Now's your chance to catch up. Here, then, is the whole shebang (so far).

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Younger Than Today


When I look back on my 60 years
It all seems like a blur
It all seems like it was here and now it's gone
And when I think about all the stuff I've done
And the stuff I've yet to do
I can't believe that my time ain't that long

Cover boy: Larry Kusnitt, whereabouts unknown

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tomorrow


To the lonely and invincible of the earth
To endure and then endure
Tomorrow and tomorrow
Dear God

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Los Feliz


Consider time
It comes and goes
And you're left wondering just where it went
You're its slave
You're its prisoner
It leaves you in forever torment

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Low Down


I can laugh and I can cry
I can ask myself why, why, why
I can live a life that's as real as it gets
Pick myself up when I'm blown to bits
I can be good as good as can be
But will that be better
Better for me

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Beautiful People


There goes the past
Receding and not always redeemable
And here comes the future
Waiting to churn us up

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