All of This and Everything Else (2015)

HOPE IS A FOOTNOTE

Hope is just a footnote

In yesteryear's notebook

Come crawling on all fours

Come begging in the street

You push and you pull

You push and you pull

You push and you push and

You push and you push

The pressure sets

And you don't know

What to do

You push, you pull

There's nothing to lose

CENTRE OF GRAVITY

Forces of...

Forces of...

Forces of...

Centre of gravity

So spoiled

Eccentricity

Under construction

Over capacity

In this life...

In this life...

In this life.

Forces of...

Forces of...

Forces of...

Centre of this universe

Here you can take us first

In this life...

In this life...

In this life.

Born on an island

Kitchen help environment

Portraits on the window sill

Broke in an instant

All of this...

And everything else

Pigeons on the pavement

Pipes laid in the sand

Fifty-thousand images

But no-one can stand

All of this...

And everything else

BUG

I know what they are

Doing with me

And why, oh why

It's because I keep on

Listening

Oh why, oh why

Because I'm a bug

I know with black

Iron tubs and

High class windows

I know

I've been waiting so long

Because I'm a bug

I'm a bug

Contained by this jug

Contained by this jug

In the trenches

By railway or pipeline

Something just isn't right here

The ground is the colour of steel

And all they ever taught me

Was to say

“Oh well”

MOUNTAINS

All the way up

The mountain

All the way down

The other side

Who will be there

All the way the across

The ocean

All the way back

To the other side

Who will be there

When we come down

Our body is the essence

A soft light on the cloud

Above the mountains

We will never forget this

We shared this

We lived through this

Together

ALWAYS GOLDEN

Always golden

Always cordial

Always

Perfect in time

Always going

But already there

Always

Smiling back like you care

Always holding

Always oh so formal

Always

So popular

Always sending me gifts

Always oh so gorgeous

So sharp and aglow

Always a master

Always a slave

Always irretrievable heart

Always so invincible

Always at every show

Always irretrievable heart

But sometimes

But sometimes

Always dangerous

Always so conscientious

Always

Always paper or plastic

Always 'please sir'

And 'thank you'

So sharp and aglow

Always so invincible

Always at every show

Always irretrievable heart

The bottom line is simple

All of us deserve to make the most

Of our potential as we see fit

To be the masters of our own destinies

Being forced to sell these things off

Is tragic and humiliating

We don't have to live like this

LAKE SUPERIOR

For the ancestors

In the attic

For the passerby, who's in static

For the winter views

For the white and the blues

At the helm

Of a quiet essence

As the ruler

Of impermanence

For the ambiance

For the transience

On the highway through

A stormy vista

We'll drive and drive

And drive and drive

And drive and drive

And drive and drive

On the highway through

A stormy vista

PLATITUDE

An altering heart

Faltered the vista

In plain view of the arc

The measured

The meaning

The opaque and the wax

Dust settles down

Stalling grandeur

Glowing to

Obliterate

Initiate the glowing

No past, no future

Inebriate the balance

The stars, the skies

The wind and blackness

Dust settles down

Stalling grandeur

Glowing to

Obliterate

It's so cold, cold, cold

And I can't feel my fingers

And I can't see your breath

And I can't feel your breath

FROZEN

We are stronger than the clouds

White billows from progress

Onto blackened horizons

We are portraits in the night

With highlights in frost

This winter is different

I'm here still, shivering

Well I guess I'm stuck here

I'm frozen

I hear no reply

I fear no reply

On empty canvas sky

SPIRAL

I thought I heard you breathing

This labyrinth

I thought I heard you cough

I thought I had seen both sides of the knife

Chasing a still face

Turn, turn, turn to the winds

And oh don't step softly

On and on

Through the orchard scene

On and on and on and on

On and on and on and on

Spiral, spiral, spiral

This labyrinth

I thought I could hear you

Through the trees

Spiral, spiral, spiral

Indelible patterns

Turn, turn, turn to the winds

And oh don't step softly

On and on

Through the orchard scene

On and on and on and on

On and on and on and on

You always walk away

You always turn

Turn, turn, turn

SHIPPING LANES

In the shipping lanes

In the shipping lanes

In the shipping lanes

Let's go

Once you put it in a vase

You put it in a vase

You put it in a vase

Don't you expect it to grow

(c) 2015