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OUT of the MOMENT

1

The LONGEST WAY

light falls on the rolling field

fragrant nights and stolen days

yeah I know

in the circle of one lifetime

the radius changes

we are in we are up and down
and round again

and should fate leave us here again
in this broad land
free to breathe, unweighed
I will know by the way you take the evening
and wrap it around me
I will know you by the way
you put my soul on display

take the longest way around the mountain

there’s no shame in passing up the climb

we’ll roll love out into the gentle valley

rest at the edge of time

my silence is like mortar now

a foundation

for some eternal building

if I take you everywhere I go from here

there will be no lines or points

for our path to betray

 

take the longest way…

all this stays

life is a show of come and go again

and I love the ways I will remember this

remember this, remember this

when I’m all the way around the mountain

and I’m all the way around

the longest way

 

take the longest way…

2

MOTHERLODE

cold in summertime

inside this new gold mine

deep into earth we go

bed of rock unknown below

 

crumbled walls ‘round me

where strong iron used to be

beautiful mineral show

melt me in this fluid glow

 

let’s go up to the motherlode

and pulverize these veins

I’ve got a full head

and an empty heart

and a cabin full of grain

how were you to know

you’d aim for the forest

fall into my flames?

 

I’d burn it down

I’d burn it down again

I’d burn it down again

just to feel your hot hot rain

may your strong

and steady hand

guide us through the caves

in this last deep stand

our bounty still to grow

you said this spring

would ever flow

 

let’s go up to the motherlode

and pulverize these veins

I’ve got some black art

and a secret code

and a tragic, magic brain

how were you to know

you’d aim for the forest,

fall into my flames?

 

I’d burn it down….

 

and this land will never lie fallow

remember all

of what the wise birds know

though each fall

cold wind may blow

come winter

I’ll heat you

in the driving snow

 

let’s go up to the motherlode….

3

FRONTIER

under the last blue slice

of a purple evening

they climb the trail again

they wander

they take the long way

as a host of stars

begins to light the sky

no end in sight

no end in sight, nowhere

two seagulls soar

in the warm night air

 

he walks her home

along the fault line

she says, “look, we can see

the whole world from here

it’s more than me

it’s more than you

kiss me like the first time

wrap me in your long twine

and cast me to your heart’s frontier”

horizons

there will be new horizons

but tonight

the islands off this coastline

are blinking synchronized

“tell me,” he says,

“will you wait for me?

on the beach near the cove

where you first held me with your eyes”

though they may lose

these soft, long days

remember love

warm and true

always

 

he walks her home along the fault line….

OUT of the MOMENT

4

status change

slowly come over me

feather harness, lift me up

in this light

everything curves into the bending

in this light

grace is a showdown

in this light

everyone stand and pray

 

I am falling out of the moment

receiving every message

and tone sent

and I think I saw the ending

I saw the ending

and it took my breath away

all these chutes and ladders...

is this a trial game?

cast me out there on the rim

and the chase is on

in this light

all that I know is rending

in this light

heaven’s a boom town

in this light

I want to always stay

I am falling out of the moment….

the clouds were empty

and the sun was high

I sent my signal to the big wide sky

they said, "if you jump you will surely fly" 
oh oh oh

give me one more lifetime to break this chain

one more heart to feel all this pain

one more moment to love you, sane

and in the lighting there

everything changed

in this light. . . .

5

SIMPLE SILENT STAR

I’m brave

but I know I’m close to broke again

it’s late in the game

but I’ve still got magic to spend
I don’t understand it all

but I know there’s beauty

in the catch and fall

on days like these

I move the chairs outside

I’ve got all the green leaves in Eden

with nothing left to hide

yeah they can try to sell me anything

but I’m only buying

what time cannot divide

maybe love is just the way you are

when you look past me, so quiet and far

maybe your heart outshines my galaxy

with one simple, silent star

well I measured every heavy atom

between us there

now I’m defending my sight lines

and bracing for

your uranium stare

yeah you could soar like Superman

and I would hold your cape tight

in my two lead hands

maybe love is just the way you are

when you look past me, so quiet and far

maybe your heart outshines my galaxy

with one simple, silent star

 

so I’ll keep tuning in

to every frequency you play

match the atmospheric pressure

of all the storms you send away

and some day soon you’ll find me

near your distant, island shore

surfacing in the breakers

reaching for your golden oar

 

maybe love is just the way you are

when you look past me, so quiet and far

maybe your heart outshines my galaxy

with one simple, silent star

6

SKYLINE

clouds ascending

wind takes the leaves

in a rogue tailspin

there’s a blue line ripping up the sky

storm’s coming in

 

in the cold rain, all the words we bend

everything we mean, and all that we pretend

when the summer’s green again

and I’m long gone, away

they’ll still be here for you

under the ironwood

so you’ll remember all that we didn’t say

 

run⎯rounds and countdowns

and hiding in the margins for another year

I guess losing goes easy

when you wrap the pieces of your heart

like souvenirs

in the cold rain….

 

and oh oh

I’ll keep forgetting

every word

you never gave away

oh oh oh

until I soar back over

that skyline

until I soar back over

that skyline

some day

 

in the cold rain….

FOUR HANDS

cruel spring

the teasing sun

burned out again

and you were there

a soldier at his mountain

guarding, comfortably

rose bush sting

Helvetica in white and red

you came to me

a temple ‘round a fountain

and drank in every drop I bled

only four hands in the world

only the words we say tonight

though I know you’ll never

run away with me

when you cross down the border again

when you cross down the border again

look for my light

stranger, free ranger

wrap your nomad heart around me

lie me here

suspended in the day you found me

across the years I’ll trace

a silver line back to your face

never lose this memory

only four hands….

am I losing everything

to try again with you?

it feels like full moon fishing

in a crowded lake

you’re careful

with what you say

not careful what you do

and I am waiting baby

dare me, dare me, dare me

dare me into love

dare me into love

with you

though I know you’ll never

run away with me

when you cross down the border again

look for my light

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OPEN CIRCUIT - instrumental

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STANDING WAVES

he rolls me down again

like a broken bamboo shade

he comes around again

when his blue shifts back to grey

desiccated

though the clouds are full of rain

inebriated

by a monsoon that never came

 

I   I   I’ve heard about a place like this

where every Barstow gets just one jungle kiss

lead me down there

lead me down there

 

we sped through a moment

in a long last escapade

bargained for delayed atonement

when the trip was never made

suffocated

by the dusty road and range

stranded 

waiting at a lonely interchange

I   I   I’ve heard about a place like this

where every Barstow gets just one jungle kiss

lead me down there

soon soon soon

before we’re just standing waves

come change the phase

holy liquid days

and leave me to drown there

leave me to drown there

brave one, brave one

your fuse breaks on the changing lines

that groove the arid landscape here

save some sand for the only one

who can make your desert flower reappear

 

I can still discard the embers

of a tumbleweed enflamed

a blaze so swift and tender

could never burn me, bone nor brain

 

soon, before we’re just standing waves

oh oh oh change the phase…

in this cool night rain

10

NONSTOP  FLIGHT

caught again, under me, in my bed

did you think I would be easily led?

what kind of arrangement would keep you

on the upper side of the down

an occasional traveler to this outlying town?

 

the time had come to give away

what I could not sell

and you and I, for a moment there

were trading well

craving the deep space

waiting in the shallow end of the sky

Aquarian radar always scans long and high

 

you wanted a nonstop flight

well you flew through the wall right into me

get your nav plan right

I don’t want you to blow the landing

don’t want you to blow the landing

baby don’t blow the landing

come on and bring her down low

crash her in slow tonight

I almost spent a hundred

on this three-token game

guess you were the one I ran to

when I was out of shame

something is broken

I can hear the engine needs a tune

jet me away from this cold little moon

you wanted a nonstop flight….

 

now you’re circling round the bay

in the morning light

can’t see me waving from your altitude

when the flying’s over

and the ground feels right

tell me that you’ll always

keep this long, safe runway

in your range of sight

 

I walked you out the airfield

and right up to the plane

we stood there underneath the wing

kissing goodbye in the rain

and I may never travel far again

 

you wanted a nonstop flight. . . .

11

STRAY PINES

soon they’ll know

about the vapor trails

and the brine

I stole from the sea

 

soon they’ll guess

that the treasure I lost

was a trade

for a skeleton key

 

stray pines

‘round this fluid mending

on the ridge up here

those salt mines

and that vault of seeds unending

are they buried near?

 

birds in early spring

with their wings all on show

scattered songs they sing

only what they want me to know

stray pines

‘round this fluid mending

on the ridge up here

those salt mines

and that vault of seeds

unending

are they buried near?

 

so I trace out on my own

no more ruby red lines

in the snow from me

with all that I own

and all that I hold dear

until I take a new stranger

into this steel⎯bound place

I’ll wait with the wind

in the stray pines

way up here

 

soon they’ll know

12

QUARTER MOON

I’m fine

you found me on Jacob’s last rung

bargaining for time and space

I was blue, bluer than the old wine

in the deep moat around this place

come midnight

she’ll change up the rate again

light us at a slower pace

and every clock we set to be late again

still chime chimes time

that we can’t erase

but in the quarter moon

I still have half a life to love you

the quarter moon

she shades these 30 years away

the starfield cannot hide us

as we scratch, bruise and we stain

but time will always miss you

in the quarter moon wane

hold on

but most of all

believe me when I say

you’re ‘round the old dead bend

and I know

I’ll always have those moments

we spent that lunar dividend

the mourning way

you sang down the sun again

still heats me

to a safe, warm place

I knew some day

you’d take to the run again

restore those silver lines

on your pretty face

but in the quarter moon….

so close your eyes

and dream us back

from the light of day

wander with me

clear of the solar spy array

as the night hawk flies

apogee to zenith

wise may you shine

forever partial

never mine

in the quarter moon….

13

TREEBURST

tree light, hold me up

14

FLOATING BRIDGES

I dreamed of Vita

pale skin, jet black hair

haunting that old house again

she came through me like a locomotive

bells ringing, steam rising

up the river valley

yes, I left the waves

to find some slow, clean water

abandoned a harbor

I could no longer defend

 

oh like fishermen on floating bridges

we flow downstream

with all that we cast away

lines caught again

on those beautiful near misses

‘til we row back up to them

‘til we row back up to them

some day

oh eucalyptus

my sea-bound mountains

still standing proud at every dawn

I traded you

for a southern cross at midnight

and a rage of faith that what I lost

would not be gone for long

now into the dark

rattling my broken armor

awaiting the rumble

of that runaway train

oh like fishermen on floating bridges….

and tell me, do we bloom in winter here?

do we crack up through the ice

and melt the frozen shards away?  

do they soothe the sinners here?

are the doubters welcome by the fireside

on a brutal, short cold day?

 

lines caught again

on those beautiful near misses

‘til we row back up to them

‘til we row back up to them

some day

15

HEADLANDS

a lone bird wings

through the harp

that guards the headlands

winter brings

a sky in sharp blue monochrome

over the line of the floating horizon

a little plane turns to the north

empyrean magnets again

I comb the beach for rings

seeking rubies

finding diamonds

but this treasure brings me no comfort

the prism bright and cold

I narrow my eyes

the kaleidoscope fades down

and then goes away

but I’ll let them bother me

with their colors again

I am stopping here

watch the waves in play

as they wash another heart clear

like the rocky shore

greets the ocean grey

I will always welcome

the swells near

so carve me like these stone cliffs

engraved by the sea lines

and map the only truth I know

‘til the end of my time

guide me safely

through the white splash down below

now, through the gate

I swim with the flow of the tidal return

never too late to spin

with the chariot wheels as they burn

oh universe

of eroding time and grace

how do we love

what we cannot replace?

I’m changed by this

but I’ll hold strong

in this long trace

until I climb, until I climb

to meet her

in that boundless place

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