Lyrics
The Quality of Light
 
Track #1: Going Down

Standing on the precipice
below no safety net
I stare across a vast expanse
as others place their bet
Ohhh
I've tried to read between the bars and I'm
pacing to and fro
same old twists at every turn
There's nowhere left to go
so I'm

Going down
I'm Going down
take a look at what's underground
will there be resistance there
just more shit
that I cannot bear

Have they built some city
where I can be at peace
and all the kindred folks I know
will finally be released
Ohhh
will we sing and dance
and play
with no harm from above
in the warmth
of mother's arms
basking in her love
well I'm

Going down
I'm going down
take a look at what's underground
will there be resistance there
just more shit
that I cannot bear
well I'm going down
I'm going down
to learn what's underground
will I find a new home there
where I can finally
breathe the air
Going down
I'm going down
should I start living underground
might just find a new home there
hope for weary soul repair
I'm gonna have a new home there
hope for weary soul repair

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Track #2: Sea Legs

Taking those baby steps wobbly at first
Unable to tell between blessing and curse
Waves always crashing
With hope often dashing
I struggle to stand
Put my feet upon land

Getting my sea legs
To move past the fear
I traveled so far just to see my way clear
Learning to crawl again
Only to fall again
Waiting for signs to appear

Sometimes the contrary winds can be strong
Blurring the edges between right and wrong
And high is the cost when your balance is lost
And you're stuck on the ground
A voice without sound

Getting my sea legs
To move past the fear
I traveled so far just to see my way clear
Learning to crawl again
Only to fall again
Waiting for signs
Getting my sea legs
To move past the fear
I traveled so far just to see my way clear
Learning to crawl again
Only to fall again
Waiting for signs to appear, to appear, to appear
Ohhhh....

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Track #3: The Endeared Ones

The tales that are told
Embossed in the heavens
Embolden not only a few
Are there for the taking
And never forsaking
The oldest or those born anew

Like threads of a tapestry
Woven so patiently
Over and under again
For those gone before us
We join in the chorus
And heartaches are now on the mend

We tread upon lightly
The way the endeared ones
Created so long ago
No secrets they keep
There is no need to weep
For as above so is below

Regaining the senses that seemed to be lost
Cast out and thrown to the sky
Like seeds of intentions
Like scattered inventions
Remembering how they can fly

We tread upon lightly
The way the endeared ones
Created so long ago
No secrets they keep
There is no need to weep
For as above so is below
We tread upon lightly
The way the endeared ones
Created so long ago
And graces they buried
We secretly carried
The beauty is starting to show

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Track #4: Bitter my Sweet

Bitter, my bitter, my bitter, my bitter my sweet
(The rest of the song is sung in vocables and overtones)

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Track #5: Just in Case

Fought over and discounted
Forgotten, recognized
Tossed away and valued
Somehow hypnotized
Cheated on and cherished
Worshiped and exiled
One extreme to another
Adored and then reviled

Should I be sitting this one out
Just in case you come around
In the event
you recall my scent
Digging through
the lost and found
If you climb
the steps to heaven
And you find my imprint there
I'll be waiting half way up
Just in case you care

Sometimes you lurk
in the shadows
On your haunches
ready to pounce upon
A moving target
or a moving memory
That lingers on and on and on and on and

Should I be sitting this one out
Just in case you come around
Regaining your super
sensory sight
Clawing through
the lost and found
When you climb to heaven
the ninth time
And you find my imprint there
I'll be waiting half way up
To stroke your silken hair

Gotta stick around just in case
Think I'll laze around
just in case
Gotta stick around just in case
Just in case you care
Just in case you care
Just in case you care

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Track #6: In Her Nature

How do you keep your sanity
In an insane world
Can you keep it together
Can you keep it together

I hope
I hope you have patience
A millennium or two
Till she gets it together
Till she gets it together

She always does
She always does
It's in her nature
It's in her nature
To start again
ohhh

You did everything you could
But it was too late
This time around
This time around

After this season of doubt
She'll work it out somehow
A scenario
To welcome those who know
A dance or two

She always does
She always does
It's in her nature
It's in her nature
ohh
She always does
It's in her nature
It's in her nature
ohh
She always does
It's in her nature
It's in her nature
To rise again
ohh

I hope
I hope you have patience
A millennium or two

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Track #7: Resurrected

Thank you for this jolt in time
Cruel kindness innocent crime
Broke the threshold
Awoke my mind

Learning to love the blows
I take
At least they're keeping me awake
Amen
For heaven's sake

I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be
Not for reasons previously expected
Resurrected
Oh finally
I've been through the fire
I will arrive
Resurrected
More alive

Times I let my spirit fall
Then silently made my confessions
Oh the lessons
Have come to call

I'm precisely who I'm supposed to be
Not the person previously selected
Resurrected
Oh finally
I've been through the fire
I will arrive
Resurrected
I've been through the fire
I will arrive
Resurrected
Even more alive

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Track #8: Common Thread

There must be way too many mirrors in this house
Bouncing shadows everywhere
Traits of traitors and amnesia are to blame
For why those nasty habits still remain

You are the common thread
You're what's left in the end

Oh and coincidentally
I'm crazy too
Can you imagine what the odds might be
Is it me or you
And your magnetic personality
That gets you through

You are the common thread
You're what's left in the end
You are the common thread
You're what's left in your head

You say you've known this game forever and a day
Oh give or take
When humans are involved
For heaven's sake
All those folks ever seem to do is
Get in your way

You are the common thread
You're what's left in the end
You are the common thread
You're what's left in your head
You are the common thread
How does it feel
To weave through each of life's ordeals
Ahhh

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Track #9: The Opposite of Torture

If someone in your neighborhood
Caused you not to feel so good
There's no need to run or hide
Just pass them
on the other side

And if you find
that special place
Some long forgotten
sacred space
You might just find
a message there
Listen as it fills the air

It's the opposite of torture
It's a real good place to be

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Note: The remaining track 10 consists of vocables and overtone singing
Pulse
 
Track #1: Sanctuary

Fear has life of its own
Cares not where it will go
Careful steering the boat
And second nature will know

All that was and is and will be
Is in this sanctuary

Dip the paddle in
Bring the paddle up….

Feel the rush of the water
Hear the hush of the heart
Farewell to the departed
Love them from afar

All that was and is and will be
Is in this sanctuary

A whisper becomes a choir
A feather falls from the sky
The sea turns into a fire
The air is coming alive

All that was and is and will be
Is in this sanctuary
There’s nothing that you can hide
From the still small voice inside
The still small voice

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Track #2: Donde Soweika  

Donde Soweika
Donde Soweika
Donde Soweika
Acting like it is
Saying that it is so
Acting like it is, that it is
Like it is, that it is so

Donde Soweika
Donde Sowei
Donde Sowei
Acting like it is
Saying that it is so
Acting like it is, that it is
Like it is, that it is
Like it is saying that it is so
Acting like it is, that it is
Like it is, that it is so

Donde Soweika, Soweika
Donde Soweika, Soweika
Donde Sowei
Better than a fight
Better than a fight
Better than a, better than a
Better than a fight...
Better than a fight
Better than a fight
Better than a, better than a
Better than a fight
With what we don’t like

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Track #4: Everything Goes  

Every, every, every, everything goes
Every, every, every, everything goes
How do you think you got where you are
You’re a miracle by far

There is no black and white here
All that matters
all that matters is gray

And God gets a great big grin on His face
‘Cause everything goes

All the jigsaw puzzle pieces
Every wish that’s ever yearned
Played out somehow, somewhere
Something’s leaving not a stone unturned

Every, every, every, everything goes
How do you think you got where you are
You’re a miracle by far

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Note: All the rest of the tracks on Pulse consist of vocables and/ or overtone singing, Tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

 
The Ladder
 
Track #2: Untouchable

You give me no reason
I search for the rhyme
A moment suspended in time
Fades as I open my eyes
The air won’t respond to my cries

It all seems so random
and up in the air
It just doesn’t seem to be fair
I don’t care if it’s right or it’s wrong
I turned around you were gone
so untouchable

I’ll build a fire
For my survival
And burn these pages
Of history
So I won’t have to see
What never was meant to be

It seemed like the world had turned upside down
The last time you blew into town
I vaguely recall it was cold
The day I found out you’d been sold
so untouchable

I cannot defend myself to the wind
The will ‘o the wisp it twists and it bends
It takes away all I hold dear to my heart
And expects me to start all over again

I’ll build a fire
For my survival
And burn these pages
Of history
So I won’t have to see
What never was meant to be

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Track #3: Gone Forever

It wasn’t so long ago
She was around all of the time
So familiar yet so elusive

He gave her an angel to wear
But she didn’t need it
She already was
And she was free now
Wherever free is

She may as well be gone forever
A head full of strange ideas
And what would he say
If she came back today
How could he keep her near

He finds it hard to relate
She loves from a distance
Longer than time
An alien creature
An alien culture

He said she heard a voice
Inside her head
And then the voice got so loud
She obeyed what it said

She may as well be gone forever
A head full of strange ideas
And what would he say
If she came back today
How could he keep her near
She may as well be gone forever
A head full of strange ideas
And what would he say
If she came back today
How could he keep her near
How could he keep her near
How could he keep her near

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Track #4: Seven Years

You look into the mirror and
Don't like what you see
And you smash your fist into it
Just to test the theory
It takes a long time to go away
Seven years they say
And your life has become shattered

You reached the point where boredom
Settled in like the plague
And all the time you wasted
Left you burning with rage
And it takes a long time to understand
Seven years to mend
It's an itch that keeps on scratching

The bars on the window
The marks on the wall
Seven years to ponder
The sense of it all

It takes a long time to understand
Seven years to mend

The vultures couldn't wait until you were dead
They left behind your essence
Hanging by a thread
And it takes a long time to grow it back
Seven years in fact
But the soul's not so elastic

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Track # 5: The Big Picture

One day I wandered into a gallery
It must be my love of art
I sauntered down the hallways
It felt like a maze
And then I found it all by itself

The big picture painted by
Someone who’ll never tell us why
If you’re impatient so am I
Don’t want to wait until I die

I returned many times to the gallery
Paid my admission fee each time
Kept getting lost in the hallways
Forgetting the way
Till I found it again all by itself

The big picture painted by
Someone who’ll never tell us why
If you’re impatient so am I
Don’t want to wait until I die

One day it came to me in a flash of light
All of the pieces seemed to fit
So I lectured to passersby
On the meaning of
The symbolism in the big picture

But they just turned and walked away
Too many opinions they said
And haven’t you heard
The artist is dead

The big picture painted by
Someone who’ll never tell us why
If you’re impatient so am I
Don’t want to wait until I die
Until I die, until I die

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Track #6: Egyptian Eyes

Framed upon my memory
For a split second
You were my eternal lover
Features refined
Egyptian eyes

I take it upon myself
No shifting blame
The animated images
They move too fast
Plagued by indecision
Blurring the field of vision

Could it be more unlikely
Then how am I to explain you

If you have nothing to lose
And you have time to spare
Slip your fingers through the shutters and
Touch my heart
Then disappear
Then disappear
Then disappear

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Track #7: Venus and the Fly

She plays upon the sensitive ones
Who can’t say no
Tries to get you in her clutches
And won’t let go
I believe she’s finally got you
Up against the wall
You could even say that you’ve been
Caught with your fly down

You follow temptation and nothing's the way that it appears
What would you do if you found yourself staring down her throat
Venus and the fly

A word of caution to the wise
If you’re caught off guard
You find yourself in her territory
You best run far
You gotta make your own decisions
A code to live by
This could be another case
Of venus and the fly

You follow temptation and nothing's the way that it appears
What would you do if you found yourself staring down her throat
Venus and the fly
Venus and the fly

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Track #8: Dare to Lose

Why is the grass always greener
Nothing is quite right right here
I long for a land with no fences
A land where there is no fear

I take things for granted like you do
There’s plenty of time where that came from
Why don’t we tie our rafts together
And search for the distant drum

Climbing the walls often feels like
The garden is only for the chosen few
You’ll never know what you’re missing
Only if you dare to lose
Only if you dare to lose
Then maybe love will refuse
But if you dare to lose
Then maybe you’ll gain the world
Only if you dare to lose
Only if you dare to lose
Only if you dare to lose

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Track #10: The Science Project

Chemistry is such that
It can cause a great explosion
Or cure the world of all its ills
Except for love's illusions

You bought up all my theories
A cut and dried transaction
Went somewhere else to use them
Leaving me with calculation

We were experiments gone wrong
Poisonous and flammable
Causing pandemonium
Downright incompatible
Kids
Don't try this at home

When half a brain is damaged
The other will compensate
So where were you when I needed you
When my schemes turned out half baked

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Track #11: Heart Overboard

It’s not so simple
But it’s simple for me
If you risk emotion
Can’t be risk free

I tried to tell you
But you could not see
You had a future
But not with me

Was it Mother Nature
Who caused this stormy sea
Heart overboard

It couldn’t be avoided
I was at the helm
The circumstances
did overwhelm

Was it accidental
Or did you choose to go
Or did you get some help from me
No one will ever know

Was it Mother Nature
Who caused this stormy sea
Heart overboard

Perhaps someday they’ll find you
When you wash up on the shore
As for me I will return
To the life I knew before

Was it Mother Nature
Who caused this stormy sea
Heart overboard
It was Mother Nature
They’ll never suspect me
Heart overboard
Heart overboard

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Track #13: On the Ganges

On the banks of the Ganges
The women are washing
Every day naked wide eyed children play
And the men gather together and pray

On the banks of the Ganges
The weak become strong
The aged are young
In a vast congregation beneath the sun
Where the dead and the dying are one

On the Ganges
Everything has always been this way
On the Ganges
Everything will always be this way, be this way
La la la la la la

Time goes by with invisible motion
Current turns from this river to the ocean
Where the universe unfolds as the Ganges flows

On the Ganges
The cycle ends and is begun
On the Ganges
The cycle ends what you’ve begun
And you’re the one
La la la la la la

On the Ganges
Everything has always been this way
On the Ganges
Everything will always be this way, be this way
La la la la la la
 
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Track #14: Freedom to Go

As vivid as it may seem
In that vaguely familiar dream
The borderlines do bleed
Into the dawn
And gravity pulls you down, down, down

Though sorrowful it may be
A weeping willow tree
Provides us all with shade
Whispering low
It wishes it had somewhere to go

Your patch of land is bare
Not blooming
Fallout is in the air
There’s nothing to hold you here

You have the freedom to go
There’s plenty of room left to grow
You have the freedom to go......oooo

Your patch of land is bare
Not blooming
Fallout is everywhere
And nothing can hold you here

You have the freedom to go
There’s plenty of room left to grow
You have the freedom to go.....oooo

As vivid as it may seem
In that vaguely familiar dream
The borderlines do bleed
Into the dawn
And gravity pulls you down, down, down
And gravity pulls you down, down, down
And gravity pulls you down, down, down

The freedom
The freedom to go

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Track #15: Regret

Charisma is so compelling
Potential for tragedy high
The meek wonder
what they’ll inherit
Is suffering justified

Something is so familiar
A feeling of dread in the air
When is that crucial moment
A failure to recognize

Reason is somewhat cloudy
And errors are made easily
And ages pass by
without warning
And somehow
the guilty remain

Why are we so determined
So eager to learn the hard way
Perhaps if it weren’t
for this lesson
We wouldn’t be here anyway

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Schwing on a Schtar
(hidden track)

I wanna schwing on a schtar with ya honey
Schwinging all day all day
I wanna schwing on a schtar with ya honey
Forever and a day a day

I wanna schwing on a schtar with ya honey
Schwinging all day all day
I wanna schwing on a schtar with ya

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Note: All the rest of the tracks on The Ladder consist of vocables and/ or overtone singing, Tracks 1, 9, 12