still echoes

by westy reflector

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crystal, I was truly blessed by that necklace prism rainbow splashed across your breast. now look at the sky we made and all the stars we named they're just goodbye songs. what you never know never hurts if we never meet again, rest assured. don’t waste time between the lines of everything you learned. what you never know never hurts. that was the best of me back in two thousand three. shelter + safety. i believed we’d have a life beyond the rave. we could curtain the world away. but nothing works that way. what you never know never hurts if we never meet again, rest assured. don’t waste time between the lines of everything you learned. what you never know never hurts.
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summer songs endless skies a lifetime in each other's eyes, but that wave crashed on a midnight drive. time never meditates rivers never hesitate, every choice tempts the fates and opens up a door. she still echoes thru my world but she's an echo of that girl who still echoes thru my world faded paper photographs washed up on the beach we laughed as we ripped them all in half, and traded them for days. i've carried one for all these years the image's all but disappeared faces are just empty spheres and all those shades of gray. she still echoes thru my world but she's an echo of that girl who still echoes thru my world she said, "with you i'd never live a quiet life." but she just couldn't sleep over the marquee light. time never meditates rivers never hesitate, every choice tempts the fates and opens up a door. she still echoes thru my world but she's an echo of that girl who still echoes thru my world
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shirley got electricity back in 1939 kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine just so happened when i drove through shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines normal had its heyday back in 1945 almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive and there was a house or two for every boy and girl they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world and all that government money made it easy to survive the straightest shot became a straighter line when 66 became 55 you can see it every time you go for a drive 66 became 55 mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959 still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road ‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light 66 became 55 they put a cyclone in the center of town they fought for all those parking spots from miles around seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around all that light, all that color, all that sound now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.” and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy you know that story. it's old. ’cause history never changed it. the straightest shot became a straighter line when 66 became 55 you can see it every time you go for a drive hey, 66 became 55 66 is off to the side because it’s the service road of 55 ½ the town is ½ alive
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we’re stronger than this day - that’s all I know all along and your distant night flight voice - is just the prettiest song you left this life for the myth - you’ve been gone a while fall into a trance with me - travel the stars we’re like chords that ache to play and open doors on sunny days we’re like these chords we’re the keepers of the truth - we never tired of the world and now you’re coming back to me - with everything that you’ve learned got the sun on your back - heading east racing clouds fall into a trance with me - under night flight stars we’re like chords that ache to play and open doors on sunny days they’re all I got, when you’re far away we’re like these chords we’re like chords when you’re far away and open doors on sunny days they’re all I got and they ache to play but we’re like these chords we’re like these chords
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sliver of sky where planes streak birds fly guide me to my dreams hvac hum rainfall drum basement guitar practice strum white noise cardboard pillow face flashes in windows, light strobes and mortar shadows in an updown walldance as homework ends, as bills are paid, as security makes rounds, as embraces lead to encounters. orion's belt appears in winter three hours into the night his rodeo champion buckle scrapes across the fire escapes clanks against the risers says farewell disappearing behind the southern cornice. 3rd floor cigarette smoker 7th floor cool down 5th floor dinner burn, crack the window. 2nd floor she always looks down to make make sure i'm safe. she knows i would save her, if i did not need saving. dawn crawls to leave me to the light, to fall from the darkness of my offgrid alleyhome unrooftop white noise sliver of sky.
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I hear noises outside my door. They’re the kinds of noises you can’t always ignore. Drunken lovers stumblin' to their floor. Ain’t it funny when the everyday becomes such a chore... The stairwell speaks of their arrival, creaking slowly up they spiral, held up by one another’s lurch. Mr. Christ himself never had such a church They're openin' up that side door again, and they're crawlin' up those side stairs again. It’s just funny, until one of us walks in to find them trippin' up that 12th step again. I hear the wandering echo of a gull Misjudgin’ the water, scrapin’ itself on a shell. I close my window to cut out its calls, and listen to the drunks as they knock into my walls. They're openin' up that side door again, and they're crawlin' up those side stairs again. It’s just funny, until one of us walks in to find them trippin' up that 12th step again. I light one up and splinter the match in three. And with that window closed, the smoke is all I breathe.
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Lyrics / Chords: (downtune guitar 1/2 step, play in open C form. B=C, F#=G, E=F) B Bsus4 B Bsus4 Walk down the street, it’s easy to see B Bsus4 F# E All those lonely people looking at me B E With envy in their eyes. I’ve ruined their day, G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown) But I think I know why they stare and feel this way. B Bsus4 B Bsus4 Walk down the street, clear my head, B Bsus4 F# E just as those hollow people rise from bed. B E Off to face their groundhog days, G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown) they won’t see me starin’, ’cause i’m always wearin’ shades. B F# C#m E They want what I got. B F# C#m E They fear what I got. B F# [break] C#m E They want what I got. E Em Don’t turn it on its ear – it’s perfectly clear, B B/A# B/G# G#m They would die for what I got. C#7sus2 Emaj7 B Bsus4 I must have love! G#m D#7 G#m D#7 I must have love – don’t know what else this could be G#m D#7 G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown) I must have love – that’s why they all stare at me! Walk down the streets of the living dead, Surrounded by loneliness for blocks ahead. But I don’t worry – I just while away ‘Cos my baby's at home & she sings to me every day! They want what I got. They fear what I got. They want what I got. Don’t turn it on its ear – it’s perfectly clear, They would die for what I got. I must have love! Let’s go!

about

recorded march 2012-january 2013. among the tracks are a few culled from my 2012 work with the disquiet.com junto collaborative music-making space.

the disquiet junto presents weekly composition challenges around constraints, which are met by a vibrant and inspirational collective of musicians and sound artists around the world. the growing junto continues to fascinate and reward, breaking down conventions and genre walls, and this record is a tiny celebration of what the group did for me in 2012. for more details on the junto, head here: soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

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released January 26, 2013

all tracks written, performed and programmed by westy reflector.
(c)2013 sock drawer records

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