Lyrics from:  2014 Release:  Blue 13      


       Freighter to Seydril

Well I have learned one thing: I don't want to know why
'Cause when it comes together, you've got to realize
There's more than a small chance, you won't be around
When they're hunting the scapegoat, it might be you who'll be found

Oh___, these are dangerous times__ CHORUS


There's a freighter to Seydril, I suggest you be gone
I know Peja the Captain, though not which side that he's on
Your friends there can help you, if you live through the day
It's our futures you carry, it's all our lives you can save


Oh___, these are dangerous times__ CHORUS


I'm not a POLITIC, but I just killed to survive
While you trade in causes, all I want is my life
I've done what I could do, now there's pay on my head
Forget you have seen me, but don't forget what I've said

Oh___, these are dangerous times__ CHORUS





     After-Death Experience


What the hell is going down!
I can see my body on the ground
People gathered around my head
And someone yelled: "Good God he’s dead!"

I stepped, I didn't see
That speeding car, right in front of me
It hit, and I flew
And fell right, into

An after death experience
Suddenly my life's past tense
After death experience
Everything now all makes sense

I feel, so free
Big dark tunnel, right in front of me
I'm gliding up, so high
So this is what it's like, to die

An after death experience!
Suddenly my life's past tense
After death experience!
Everybody ought to try this once

At the end of the tunnel, space I saw the light
Familiar voices just out of sight
And people that I used to know
Callin' me towards the glow
But just before I reach the bright
Dr. said: "We can save his life!”

I felt, so bad
I didn't want to, go back
But back down, I flew
And fell right into

A back to life experience!
Dying once and living twice
Back to life experience!
Everybody ought to try this once
Back to life experience
Dyin' once and living twice
Back to life experience!
Everybody ought to try this once

4th Floor Window

Wide view here, just no scenery
Nothing but asphalt and expectations
Hard people here, all trying to be
Something new where nothing ever changes
Oh, I think I see one coming!

I could stay here, just about forever
Sitting with you on your fourth floor window
Looking down at, the little people that
Scurry round, always on the go
Oh, I think I see one coming!

Time's a monster, when you're running from it
It's like a Repo man in large red shoes
But like a candle man, I burn much slower than
I did before you told me "I-love-you”
Oh, I think I see one coming!

It doesn't take much does it? I mean to rise above it
It feels just like we're cheating, you make it easy for me
Pass that wine dear, I think I see one coming
It's time to look back down at the clueless masses

I could stay here, just about forever
Sitting with you on your fourth floor window
Looking down at, the little people that
Scurry round, always on the go
Oh, I think I see it coming!



  BLUE 13


Blue 13, my lucky number
As only you and several others know
The bet I lay this time -just might make history!
There'll be a hush of expectation when those bones are set to role
Blue 13

In the rec room, I fear there's something brewing
That's where the trouble always starts
With sharpened pencil and flair for the dramatic
No place for weakened conscience once those words begin to roll

I've come to love, the restless dangling of your perfume
As it lingers like a lover's promise made
I hold on lightly, just enough to keep from falling
Is it distance I see hiding in your eyes?

The past is history, we'll cast away its hold upon us
Of everything, you needn't fear these times
Romance is here__, though it burns like no tomorrow
No time for sad predictions dear, just hold on for the ride
Blue 13 
                
      

Sad Little Monkeys

Morning comes early when there is no nighttime
We work around the clock down here
Bright lights and clipboards, rubber gloves and pencils
My situation's never clear

End of your money, another study
They seem to think I hold a cure
But I don't feel good, I have a headache
And I don't like it here in stir

Well I am just a sad little monkey
Another cage up on this wall
Why I'm here and not in the jungle
With several hundred of my friends

I am just a sad little monkey
Another cage up on this wall
Nobody visits, nobody sees me
I have no one at all

Am I control group? Oh boy I hope so!
Those chimps have really got it made
Three squares and popcorn, school tours and keepers
Zoos, are safely from the blade

But if I'm infectious, then heaven help me
There’s no hope, for those who fail the grade
I'll be in pieces, here on a table
If the Diener has his way

I am just a sad little monkey
And I'm stuck here all alone
Won't you come down, just to see me?
Please won't you take me home?

I am just a sad little monkey
I think that you're a bit like me
When we are lonely, we would have each other
Oh what good friends we could be

Is this Tuesday? I don't remember
It's hard to keep a track of time
Haven't felt right, space since this morning
When I got this I V line

I felt a tingle, and now I'm sleepy
I dreamt you came to say hello
I did a trick, I made you smile
But then I woke up all alone

I am just a sad little monkey
I do wish I had a friend
It is an easy, alone and frightened
When you know you near the end

We are all just sad little monkeys
Who are stuck here all alone
Won't you come down, just to see us?
Please won't you come to take us home?

Little Shirl

Little Shirl looked empty, as much as I’ve yet seen
She stirred her drink and coughed for quite a while
As her evening’s sadness leaned in close to plant a gin-soaked kiss
I could see her hope retreat another mile__

Amidst the smoke and hopelessness, drink forces out a smile
Forgotten people try to let wounds heal
Sometimes the very best you can, isn’t near enough
And your left alone to cope with how you feel__

I waited long enough, for even me to know
You hadn’t had a thought of me all day
No one’s quite as foolish, as the lover left behind
When the other’s found, another place to stay__

Relentless are reminders like loneliness and time
The desperate fears that this is all there’ll be
A lifetime is a long time, when the hours spent alone
Carry into days that just repeat__

As Shirl staggered to her feet, she sadly glanced and caught my eye
I saw the sadness only loneliness can bring
Sometimes the very best you can, isn’t near enough
And with that comes the lonely casualties

I waited long enough, for even me to know
You hadn’t had a thought of me all day
No one’s quite as foolish, as the lover left behind
And cut too deep to ever get away__

Not A Clue

Everything’s so different right now, I find it hard to keep
Reality, from what I dream, the moments I’m asleep
Occupied with you-I’m useless, to all that is around
How can just a whisper from you be such a deafening sound?

If I said I found my whole life, when wrapped within your arms
Would you think I lost my senses or smile and say you hoped that all along?

I used to think I knew what love was, but now I’ve not a clue
There’s so much more than everything in what I feel for you
Simple things now seem so desperate, I’m breathless when your near
And all at once I feel complete each moment you are here

If I said I found my whole life, when wrapped within your arms
Would you think I lost my senses or smile and say you hoped that all along__?

This Is Only Real Life


Some things defy quantification
You just accept them as they are
Here what you sell’s your use for living
And lost hope your single guiding star

Some seeds were never meant for daylight
Some feelings never meant to grow
Peace comes when you finally learn to
Keep all your expectations low

This is only real life!
This is only real life!
This is only real life!
This is only real life!

If you took all the things I’ve wanted
And put them next to everything I’ve got
You’d see my fleeting motivation
To try and become everything I’m not

Twilight brings my soul’s undoing
And comes to steal the little peace I find
Bridges behind and so much water up ahead
And I’m alone with just this ringing in my mind

This is only real life!
This is only real life!
This is only real life!
This is only real life!

I Remember Floating

"What the Hell is going on here?"
Daddy screamed and looked my way
And in the panic of the moment
Didn't put my toys away

I remember floating
As the blows began to fall
Then a sudden sense of pleasure
And I knew I'd found my call

I've learned Love's understanding
You needn't fear things that are new
And though Love comes in many colors
All I see is black and blue

All my friends are older women
With scary sounding German names
They're adept at setting standards
Correcting bad boys is their aim

In the day I am a model
A faceless drone among the crowd
I always do all that's required
Forever polite and never loud

Only Mistress understands me!
And when she calls I always come
Another night at Helga's schoolhouse
Strapped to the table having fun

Willie puts up such resistance
He has a strong mind all his own
But Mistress always loves a challenge
There'll be no upstarts in her home

Black is such a pretty color
Against your beautiful, pale skin
We both know that I've been naughty
Please let the discipline begin

Lookout!

Lookout! Another picture. The man is waving from the stairs
Shakin’ hands, beneath the flag
Why not, we buy it every time

Hey there! Need a favor? So he’ll see what he can do
But, big contributions to the campaign
Puts them in line ahead of you

Playin’ with the figures to cover up their tracks
Then a photo op and sound bite, to keep you comin’ back
They have all the answers, but they don’t have them right
You can see right through them, when you hold them to the light

Look out! Another scandal, where’s those “family values” now?
Double talk and__, double standards
At this carny midway show

White collars, just like halos, those little angels rob us blind
If we did half what, they do daily
You know, we’d all be doing time

Playin’ with the figures to cover up their tracks
Then a photo op and sound bite, to keep you comin’ back
You can make a difference, but you’ve got to speak your mind
If you want to see those changes, get out and draw the lines


Hey there! Wall Street’s Happy. Deregulation was the key
No need to worry, about backlash
People have short memories__

White collars, just like halos, those little angels rob us blind
If we did half what, they do daily
You know, we’d all be doing time

Playin’ with the figures to cover up their tracks
Then a photo op and sound bite, to keep you comin’ back
You can make a difference, but you’ve got to speak your mind
If you want to see those changes, get out and draw the lines



lYRICS from 2013 release:  In The Great Hall


                             "Mr. Johnson"

Excuse me Mr. Johnson, but I just have to ask, wherever did your monkey get those blues

Surely things are not so bad that even one so small, has got to be brought down by such bad news

          Tell your monkey I know what he needs, a vacation here with sauna, tub, and pool

          A little dancin', maybe a little hot romance at a place where only artists make the rules

          All work and no play don't figure in this scene, it's showtime at the "Chez Eclecterine"

          He can run 'round naked if he's so inspired and sleep well past the deadlines back at home

Excuse me Mr. Johnson, but I just have to ask, wherever did your monkey get those blues

Surely things are not so bad that even one so small, has got to be brought down by such bad news

Is it just the pressure, or how small the world's become, the pills, the bills, the dissonance, the noise?

          Tell your monkey, I know what he needs, a vacation here with sauna, tub, and pool

          A little dancin', maybe a little hot romance at a place where only artists make the rules

          All work and no play don't figure in this scene, it's showtime at the "Chez Eclecterine"

          He can run 'round naked if he's so inspired and sleep well past the deadlines back at home


                       "In The Great Hall"

Something is wrong here this place is empty  not a subject to be found  

It was so lively before the fallout, now I see no one on my rounds

Why don't they know that it's an honor, to kneel be ore their King?

I am the rightful, heir to greatness it's written here on my ring

     So tell me, what kind of kingdom is this, where the rabble leave for good?

     No sense of duty, their thinking is amiss

     Did father have to suffer though such disrespect as this?

It was festive in the Great Hall when I'd invite them all to dine

I supped on roast lamb , they, boiled millet, while the jester sang his rhymes

Then after dinner,  some entertainment, time to hang a thief or two

Instead of grateful they all were angry, always someone that they knew

     So tell me, what kind of kingdom is this where the rabble leave for good?

     No sense of humor, their outlooks are amiss

     Did father have to suffer through such insolence as this?

From my window I can see them, as they mill about like kine

Squawking of taxes, fees and tribute, but they've gone too far this time

Slow-witted bumpkins can't they see that , we've all a role to play?

I work hard too, maintaining standards, what with the price of silk these days!

    So tell me what kind of kingdom is this, where the rabble leave for good?

     No sense of humor, their outlooks are amiss

     Did father have to suffer through such arrogance as this?



                 "Red Expectation"

When anonymity, turns to second glances

Even sad hearts know, love always gets a second chance

When wine and champagne flow, while dancing close and slow

The heat can lead to fire, that anothers eyes can hold

A tropic breeze blows its warm breath along the beach

Where she walks upon it barefoot, towards the club across the street

Where the rhythm of the band is breathing life into the night

And the dancers all are drawn like spinning months into a light

She slips into the band room and he sees her right away

He watches her intently as her body starts to sway 

     Like a red expectation, it's the passion of the night

     Like a red expectation, the hope you'll find someone tonight

She sees him watching and so, stares into his eyes

There's a sudden rush of passion that neither can deny

She slowly drops her head back, pulls an ice cube from her drink

Then runs it down her neck to try and cool the soaring heat

Her body starts to glisten and he feels his head go light

He stands and walks toward her, a victim of a bright

     Red expectation, it's the rhythm of the night

     Like a red expectation, she may have found someone tonight

He pulls her to the dance floor as the island rhythms play

There's passion in their motion as their bodies start to sway

He holds her ever closer, as the crowd begins to fade

They stop to taste each others' lips, and no pretense is made

He whispers as he holds, then they move toward the door

And it opens wide and quickly, as if to unfold

     Like a red expectation, like a fire in the night

     Like a red expectation, they both have found someone tonight


"I'm Not Sad, Just Blue"

Concern is noted, but I'll be alright

Things happen, you do what you can

     I'm not sad, just blue

A sad smile, one perfect kiss

A tangle of dreams

Fate happens, you do what you can

     I'm not sad, just blue

Words on paper, some sweet some so cruel

The ghosts of lost love

A sudden drifting, now so far apart

      I'm not sad, just blue

Cold moonlight, sharp memories

I seldom get by

Night happens,  the cruelest of times

     I'm not sad, just blue

    

   "Is This Love Again?"

Is it just me or my great imagination?  I've often found it difficult to tell

Well I can only look outside as destiny and luck crawl by

And hope that when the sad kid comes, he doesn't ask for me

I've always dreamed a bit too well and often found it hard to tell

When it was really love of just a game I'd like to play

And I can only look inside at what I think is behind your eyes

And hope that you are waiting with a smile in reply

          Is this love again?  Is this love again?

I lack the witty repartee, I never know quite what to say

But what I feel is what I find out,  when I write it down

I changed my shirt a hundred times,  wrote you a song to speak my mind

A tale of Love that's fond and true, it's what I feel for you

            Is this love again?  Is this love again?

I held my breath, you held my hand and I began to understand

The risks that always lurk inside a quick finality

You looked away-I died, but then you turned around to meet my eyes

And all I saw was all the love that I could ever dream

Now it's just like falling up, like feeling fine and drinking up

While everything around you spins on as it did before

And now we both can look outside as destiny and luck crawl by

And laugh that when the sad kids come, they won't know our names

           Is this love again?  Is this love again?


                       "While We Play"

Yesterday's answers will come 'round tomorrow my friend

If you forget the lessons, in time you'll go through it again

Though you have several changes to rethink the things that you do

You'd better remember that time isn't waiting for you

          One more minute gone as we're playing this song, as we play

There are so few secrets it's all like a big bag of schemes

All choices and chances, romances, and day to day dreams

You win one then slip some, you balance the loss with the gain

You love and loose and next day go through it again

          One more minute gone as you're hearing this song: While We Play

Come take me away, I don't want to stay here no more

Seems the harder I try, the farther behind that I fall

Just not enough time for the tasks in this grind

Some much to do yet before playing my last set, and fading away

Yesterday's answers will come 'round tomorrow my friend

If you forget the lessons in time you'll go through it again

Though you have several chances to rethink the things that you do

You'd better remember that time isn't waiting for you

          One more minute gone as we're playing this song, as we play



                   "Let Me Up"

Let me up!

I can breathe no longer, I can take no more sad feelings from this place.

Let me up!

I have all but lost conviction, any hope for more is down to just a trace.

Let me up!

I have need of some compassion. Is there no one who will stop and lend their heart?

Let me up!

I  have reached my life's undoing and these tangles here are choking my last breath.

What is my crime here?

I have held no hate inside me. Can you not show me there is more than anger left?

Let me up!

Show me lonliness no longer. Surely some one has the faith to love again.

Let me up!

Is there no one here that sees me? Is indifference all we now have left inside?

We have one life, and never any longer. Is this the way you want to burn this precious time?

Let me up!

I must gather all my scraps and look again for those who understand

Let me up!

Too many friends have faded. Am I alone among the silence that has grown?

I can recall, the sound of some one singing that has faded with each step I took from home.

Let me up!

Let me hear a voice that knows me and the sweetness that familiar voices hold.

Let me up! Let me up! Let me up! Let me up! Let me up! Let me up!


  "It Happened at the Airshow"

It happened at the air show, but it didn't spoil the day

I was staring at my program, when she sat down and looked my way

She said: "I've never really liked these things, but I never miss a one."

Then she turned out to the infield where the planes began to run

          As a voice inside a speaker, described the scene we were to see

          Stunts to challenge death herself, defying gravity

I watched her for a moment, as she lit a cigarette

She said: "They say these things will kill me but it hasn't happened yet."

Then she laughed a bit too loudly as she said: "It's almost time."

And I found myself uneasy, with the way she spoke that line

          As the flyers revved the engines, and the crowd began to buzz

          I could feel my heart was climbing to the place where my tongue once was

She asked if I was nervous and I tried hard to not let on

As she told me all the stories of past things that had gone wrong

The chutes that didn't open, and the planes that tumbled down

And the girl who did a wing walk and then fell into the crowd

          I felt afraid to stay there, I was about to leave

          When I noticed she was laughing and I knew it was at me

It happened at the airshow, but it didn't spoil the day