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6:05am   Civilized?   7:11am   Glimpse of Eternity   10:15am   Your System Brings Me Down 12:51pm   Need2Lie  
2:33 pm   Funky Logic  4:20pm
Normal 1   Normal 2   5:13pm   Hope@Last  6:17pm   People Wouldn't Fight...   7:04pm   Elect...Not Re-Elect!   10:51pm   Bending The World   12:39am   Find Hidden Hercules  2:47am  
OPUS 1: Echoes Part 1   Part 2   Part 3
Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   4:56 am  
All of My Friends Are Asleep   6:05am?


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Civilized?

Civilized? Simpatico? Humanize... It's possible! Civilized. Why can't we be responsible? Humanize: Why can't this dream be possible? Anesthetized. How sad, we seem disposable... You and I, why can't we be simpatico? Terrorized. Deplorable. Patronized. Unstoppable. Hypnotized. Remarkable. Recognize what's honorable! Turning all around (Got to free your mind) Turning upside down (Got to free your mind) Turning inside out (Got to free your mind) Turning yourself around (Got to free your mind) Turn it all around (Got to free your mind) Turn it upside down (Got to free your mind) Turn it all around (Got to free your mind) Turn it inside out (Got to free your mind) Civilized... why can't we be responsible?

Glimpse of Eternity

Smile! She tries to hide... I sense inside she feels like a little girl. Her pride, her mother's ties, her practiced lies, she's trapped in a simple world. I'm kind... The kind with eyes, the kind who tries, who paints such a pretty tale. I'm kind... My tender side, my practiced lines, just might save her from herself. If I was a painter, I would be Michelangelo... But oh lucky us tonight 'cause I have decided to change YOU and the world. Now, if you follow closely the light in my eyes... And if you study carefully the lines on my face... Wouldn't you like to know the depths of God's mind? Wouldn't you like to see and feel a glimpse of eternity? People like us need (want!) to be sold. Or we might just miss out on life, if the truth is to be told. If I was a painter, I would be Michelangelo... But oh lucky us tonight 'cause I have decided to save YOU and the world. Wouldn't you like to know the depths of God's mind? Won't you recognize this love on my face? Now if you follow closely the light in my eyes. You will feel my love and see a glimpse of eternity! Oh, It's real....Now it's real, as you hold me... as you're holding me. Baby can't you feel, how real, ...as you hold me. We're as one mind's-eye. So, forget all I've said, and just hold me, please hold me! Baby, don't you know... If I loved to cry, loved to die, I'd be just a Romeo. But I don't wanna pry, would never try to take over your controls. Surprised? Our backward lies! This thing inside just might save us from ourselves!

Your System Brings Me Down>
(...but that anger brings me energy!)

It's da' way its always been, The bed was made before my life. Any chance to be set free: Used up, abused up, confused... All I've got to say is... Your system brings me down. That anger brings me energy. Your system brings me down. I choose to refuse to let you take my life without a fight so I'll: Set fire to your cancer, rip-out all its roots, yah! Trash all your stupid laws and hypocritic rules, yah Your capital idea is bankrupt at the core, man. To build us up we got to tear the whole thing down, now! ...Oh, tear it down. ...Start again, yah! Just da' way I've always dreamed. We change da' world before my eyes. Our only chance to be set free: Get up, stand up. Demand your rights like Marley tells ya, yeah. Your system brings me down. That anger brings me energy. Your system brings me down. I choose to refuse to let you keep me down without a fight so I'll: Trash all your stupid laws and hypocritic rules. Your capital idea is bankrupt at the core, man! Catch da new wave of da balanced spirituality. Nap da dream of time for family, accept no war, no! End your ignorance and cruelty systematically. To build us up we got to tear the whole thing down, now! ...Oh, tear it down. ...Start again, Ja yeh yah Your system brings me down. That anger brings me energy!

Need2Lie

It's far too much to fight my anger back...so I just scream out how I feel, feel tonight, feel tonight. Some selfish people make my stomach wretch. Some worthless, hypocritic bits of trash need to lie. Need to lie! Since introspection might betray your innocence, flow denial's way... To be a hero, savior avoid honesty: Sleaze the day! Each power-hungry, pig-faced bureaucrat... Each rich bitch, bond clip, greedy fatty cat needs to lie. Each money-hungry jerk-off businessman protecting bullshit elite technocrats needs to lie. Needs to lie! While most religions will proclaim their innocence do what's right, I pray. Recognize your sins, convert yourself today. Don't delay! While we will never say we're fans of violence, still the war games play. Why face your own behavior? Lie with a straight face! Each mute, complacent proletariat... each dealing, pimping, scheming sewer rat needs to lie. Needs to lie! Each lazy ignorant baby machine spewing out irresponsibility needs to lie. Needs to lie! While you may never understand these arguments, let's get one thing straight: The world is just our mirror. Your reflection makes judgment day!

Funky Logic!

What's on the tube nearly every night? The gods of war and the glory of the fight, while making love is kept out of sight. I may be wrong... but it seems we've lost our minds! We need a world where we teach what's kind. The kind of world where we make love every night. Love needs to dominate every mind. Preach healthy sex and leave violence behind. Playboy we brown-bag here, Rambo we gladly cheer. Is it just me or is that funky logic? Our tragic history: The kids must memorize the dates and places of mass human carnage. But never let us dare to make kids sex aware. This topic best belongs in back seats and darkened halls! Still we are so surprised... Petunia blooms with child! Debate abortion and condoms and STDs. Blame corporations' greed? Church and Bureaucracies? Go check the mirror: The blame rests with you and me! It's in the news nearly every night. The gods of war and the glory of the fight. While making love is kept out of sight. I may be wrong but it seems we've lost our minds!

Normal 1

I understand it's a river, wide . I understand I'm a long way from a waterfall. On the banks of the other side lies the promise of Freedom in a Golden Valley. I wonder: "When will the winter come?" I wonder: "When will the foxes take the things I love?" In many ways I'm a prisoner. In many ways I'm a sheep led off toward the slaughter. Lord, I feel like a criminal. Lord, I speak as I've never ever spoken before let the bath of the water save me. Rescue me 'cause I'm down by this river drownin'. I understand it's the longest road. Walked all my life but never've seen the place I'm going. Maybe that's why I'm a little odd... Maybe that's why I'm confused and so always searchin'

Normal 2

Shy & Frightened, Narrow-minded, Mass Addictions, Jealousies? Ignorant, Praise excuses, Selfish, Lazy, Lie-to-me? Swear allegiance, Greed & Prophets, Manipulate, Conformity? A company man? Kill-on-command? Is that the plan? SHOULD I BE NORMAL?!!!!! Power-hungry, Ego-centric, Selling dreams, Buy slavery? Ashamed of sex, Aroused by violence, Deny / Defend Hypocrisy? Testify for institutions, abandon your community? Pardon me, go back to sleep... But if that's your life WHY SHOULD I BE NORMAL?!!!!!

Hope@Last

You've been jumpin' night freights searchin' for your life. You duck away each time your feelings start to clash. There ain't nothin' greener than money there. Make no commitments and never care, besides there's never time. You live fast, your freedom is self-contained, but let's not dwell on the past. When at last you find you've got nothing but pain, you look inside and say: "Maybe there's hope at last! There's hope at last... hope at last... yeah, there's hope at last!" Well, the "old school"'s out so let's just close the book... Plenty ' ideas 'round if we'd dare take a look. We've got soy, hemp, solar and internets, soul, permaculture, dance and music. Besides, our love's inspired! We lived fast, our feelings were masquerades, but why dwell on the past? When at last we decide we're the agent of change we look around and pray: "Maybe there's hope at last! There's hope at last... hope at last... yeah, there's hope at last!" We lived fast, our planet is scarred and raped, but why dwell on the past? We've the got the power to move, we've got the power to save, how can we let it pass? If we miss this chance we'll have no one to blame, so let's just get off our ass... When at last we decide we're the agent of change we hug a child and say: "Baby there's hope at last! There's hope at last... hope at last... yeah, there's hope at last!"

People Wouldn't Fight
(...if they boogied to Rock'n'Roll)

People wouldn't fight if they boogied to Rock-n-Roll. The music pacifies and the rhythm, it grooves your soul. Gotta get the bangers all to party to the radio. Never time for gangin' when there's dancin' out in the streets. It's hard to get a shot off when you're clappin' out that fancy beat. Come on everybody start a Party of the "Happy Feet". Well when I was a young man thought I's bad as can be. Got tired of terrorizing neighbors so I joined the M.C. My master sergeant had a guitar so I said he was gay. Then challenged all the other officers to see what they'd say. They said: "The major (who's a woman) thinks you've got it all wrong." So I'd of had to take a beating or rock her all night long! People wouldn't fight if they boogied to Rock-n-Roll. People wouldn't battle if they boogied to Rock-n-Roll. Gotta get the generals to listen to the radio. Never time for bombin' when there's dancin' out in the streets. It's hard to make an army march in cadence with that fancy beat. Come on everybody start a party of the "Happy Feet". I had to understand, its LOVE that makes the man. Head-butts are for the animals, raw meat is for the cannibals. Come on all you tough guys what's the choice, now, do we fight or do we play? I'll take be-boppin' with the ladies over bopping on your sweet face any day. People wouldn't fight if they boogied to Rock-n-Roll. People wouldn't battle if they boogied to Rock-n-Roll. Gotta get the politicians dancing to the radio. People wouldn't fight. No, people wouldn't fight. People wouldn't fight, now. People wouldn't fight. If you wanna Change the System gotta shout it on the radio!

It's Elect ...Not Re-Elect!

Round one: Jefferson over Hamilton. One chance for freedom from usury. But don't count out "Ignorant Lazy Greed." Bell two: Gold's manifest destiny. Settled souls, "We" define right so cleverly...Pioneer progress, protect stolen property. Only anarchy saves democracy, so... It's elect! Not re-elect! Replace the status quo. Re-cycle power. Yeah, it's elect! Not re-elect! Or tell the children that we've got no right to be free. Scene three: Aristocratic tag team dream machine. Oil, steel, rails perfect the new monopolies. Tax acts, Fed Reserve feeds World War factories. New deal pyramid schemes social (in)security. Divide and conquer: 1 - 9 - 8 - 4 reality. Cynical praise of political hypocrisy. Complicit salesmen. How can you protest on your knees. Only anarchy saves democracy, so.. It's elect! Not re-elect! Replace the status quo. Re-cycle power. Yeah, it's elect! Not re-elect! Or tell the children that we've got no right to be free. Down in four: Educated stupidity justifies institutional slavery. You'll win the most when you bet these teams. ("The winner and new low-blow champion...) Success creates the American Dream. (...godless, omnipotent, 'free-market' capital!") It's elect! Not re-elect! Now tell me, what the hell did you expect? Yeah, it's elect! Not re-elect! Or tell the children that we've lost our right to be free.

Bending The World
(...unto our own will)

Tonight, again, I'm thinking. Question the sky, repeating: "What gives the planet powers? Winds, earthquakes and showers? Which grows and which devours? Cycles that spiral through the ages..." How can we tell what matters? Science - A looking-glass which flatters? ...and tries to discern the patterns for bending the world unto our own will. Wrong answer! Inanimate god... smarter than we are. Clever technologies... the cure or disease? So who gave these people power which grows uncontrolled like cancer? Arrogantly...bending the world unto their own will! Faux control! Winter makes us want a light to shine to find an honest man. Then day becomes the night, the night turns day... all wrong and right we obfuscate as Merlin's power to fascinate replaces truth 'til we're all blind. Religion doesn't know, with modern miracles, what to say as "Third Waves" sweep the innocent away! Blind profits drive technology without an ethical debate. New gods at play! Winter makes us want a light to shine to find an honest man. Then day becomes the night, the night turns day... all wrong and right we obfuscate as Merlin's power to fascinate replaces truth 'til we're all blind. What science doesn't know of ancient wisdom it obviates as "Third Waves" sweep the innocent away! Corruption drives the juggernaut of ignorance without debate. New gods at play! Just wake up!

Find Hidden Hercules

You talk, talk just a little...you walk, walk down the middle... you soft, scared, puny man. Your head down in your master's lap, swallow, the same old crap, weak smile -- just try to forget it all. No Popeye 'cause you won't eat yer spinach. 98-pound image. Got sand-in-your-face. It's the taste of your place. Embarrassed to look in a mirror. Confess your sins to deaf ears. Circumcise your manhood in hand. Hide! Hide! You ditch outta real education. Suck up the indoctrination. Mixed up? Huh, whaddya know? Your stooges call out the latest fad. You go where they say to go. 'Sup bro', no minda' ya own? Lies! Blind your eyes. Lies! Run and hide! Hercules: Strength through hope. "To battle! Awaken!" I'm back in now... just to mess with ya balls... just to pay for your sins. You hear alarm bell's ringin'? Feel my punches stingin'? Even wettin' your bed don't make you awake. Lies! Blind your eyes. Lies! Run and hide! Hercules: Strength through hope. " To battle! Awaken from thy sleep!" Magically dreams unfold. Sweet freedom seeds scatter 'cross our mind... in time. Hercules: Strength through hope. " To battle! Awaken from thy sleep!" Magically dreams unfold. Sweet freedom seeds scatter 'cross our mind...find hidden Hercules. Hey.. Hey!!! Whatcha think you're doin'? You'd better sit it on down, sucka! You gonna lose punk! You ain't no Popeye 'cause you won't eat yer spinach! You gotta 98-pound image! Jus' sit your ass down! "Fly... find Hercules!" (Do not panic! Remain calm! There is no danger! You can go back to sleep now! There is no danger! Do not panic! Remain calm! Go back to sleep! Do not panic! Remain calm! There is no danger! Go back to sleep! Go back to sleep!)

Opus I: Echoes

(Part I: Prefazione - Adagio mistico)
Echoes...past to future over noise. Echoes of wisdom. Echoed wisdom. Shadows cast through prisms across the void. Will you see and will you listen? Ideas are all you need to be set free. Can you receive them? Can you believe in love? Will knowledge change anything...in ME?

(Part 2: Trama Canzone - Rondo Molto)
So now its past June. I'm past 22. Now what should I do when I look all around and see this mission was all a game? When I add it all up I see believing is so insane. I've worked hard at control. I've learned to do as I'm told. Put my questions on hold... accepted your roles... accepted your God...accepted your goals. Now where do I go? Sancto Deo! Figlio follow blind. Sancto Deo! Figlio fall in line. Man is extremely corrupt... Just check the math of biology and then trace it through history. We mock the "life" we speak of... Is that the life of the victims of faith or life of hypocrisy? We make it dangerous to trust... You think I'm paranoid now, just wait 'til they have "discovered" me! Suspicion.... Conclusion? Submission! Pent-up and petrified. I'm tired of thie streets and I can't make believe I'm sold. Set-up and pacified. They lied through their teeth: I got a "degree" but no more! Now what will become of me? I'm caught in between what's right and what green controls! Time to make time for relief... yeah, get up off my knees, make 'em pay, find a way to EXPLODE! ("Not so loud...") Hey, who cares! EXPLODE! Its better now to return the fight with all, all that I've learned. My body's primed. I speak from my soul. My vision's clear...but what do I know?...and what about LOVE?...I'm alone!...all alone!

(Part 3: saggiamento misto ma staccato)
"The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his listeners of his own assertions."
- Socrates

"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way find their way into the inward places of the soul...
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader... Has he not also another object which is that they [the people] may be impoverished by payment of taxes, and thus compelled to devote themselves to their daily wants and therefore [be] less likely to conspire against him?...
Oligarchy: A government resting on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it...
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant."
- Plato

"The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than by reverence, and to refrain from evil because of the punishment that it brings, rather than because of its own foulness."
- Aristotle

"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
- Shakespeare

"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in irons...
The strongest is never strong enough to always be master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty...
Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited...
What wisdom can you find that is greater than love?"
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil [for each] one who is striking at the root...
Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts, of life are not only NOT indispensible, but are positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind....
That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."
- Henry David Thoreau

"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
-Proverbs 22:7

(Part 4: Riflettere - Adagio ma non troppo)
Echoes...past to future over noise. Echoes of wisdom. Echoed wisdom.. Shadows cast through prisms across the void. Will you see and will you listen? Ideas are all you need to be set free. Can you receive them? Can you believe in love? Will this gift change anything?

(Part 5: Trama Canzone - con arrabbia assai)
I Don't know! I've seen their faces watched disappointment get buried by pride. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" Each time this happened, I've wished that we could all just rise above. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" Thought I could make it, but I've failed now I'm sorry I've tried. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" Thought I was different that I could change minds and wake everyone. I never realized that no one was prepared to pay. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" I did not expect that everyone wants it this way. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" I should have known this since it's been just like this for all time. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" I should have stopped this but my hope stays addicted to life. "You've lived this, you've learned this time after time after time!" I need to end this, but I've told myself this... TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME!

(Part 6: Dopo - Adagio e tristemente)
Echoes...past to future over noise. Echoes of wisdom, echoed wisdom. Shadows crash through prisms across the void. Will you see and will you listen? Ideas are all you need (to be set free).


4:56 a.m.
["Nightmares or Dreams?"]

It is time for Americans to join with us in the Congress who believe that this system must go - pull it out by its roots... We need to build a new political movement at the grassroots to take America back... What about ourselves? We need change! We need to tax the rich and not the poor... Which brings us to you and me. What are we gonna do?... This country does not belong to the billionaires - although they act like it does. It belongs to you and me, and sooner or later we will take it back!... We gotta VOTE!!!


All of My Friends Are Asleep

Say do you have the time? Something just slipped, now I'm not sure of anyone. Imagine my surprise: Asked me to settle down... what was that famous line? Studied my lessons too hard: Practiced the golden rule, fought for the underdog. Took the Good Book at it's word. No one suggested I dine with a grain of salt. Now, I'm awake! Now, I'm awake! "Quiet, you'll disturb the peace." Commonly recognized as how we must get along. All the good men are asleep. Comfort is all we want. Don't bother anyone." But now, I'm awake! Now, I'm awake! The light... The light... Shines! The light... The light... Streaming into my mind. Everything's different now. How did we get these beliefs? Cast like a magic spell, TV & Radio. All of my friends are asleep. Comfort is all they want. Won't bother anyone. Now, it's time to wake! Now, it's time to wake! Quiet, you'll disturb the peace..." Commonly recognized as how we must get along. All of my friends are asleep. Comfort is all they want. Won't bother anyone.


All lyrics copyright 1999 - 2001 Dean DiSandro, all rights reserved.

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