Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

There is no still point in all the Universe, and that is the rock upon which I stand

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nothing left to do


we invented a whole country
we had to fudge the numbers, that's true
we were fighters, we were winners
we were always coming through

we had glory, we had blessings
fields of green and mighty oceans blue
we had harvests and such splendor
now, there's nothing left to do

(chorus)
nothing left to do 
nothing left to do
nothing left for me 
nothing left for you
nothing begets nothing
and that ain't hardly something
nothing, with nothing left to do

we killed natives, we killed soldiers
we burned the forests with our flames
we built a country out of wonder
we never had much time to ponder blame

we built cities full of glory
our country strong, it grew and grew and grew
we barely paused to wonder
now, there's nothing left to do

(repeat chorus)

now, the past is getting anxious
now, a reckoning is near
our stories can no longer
save us from the ravages of fear

now, the boatman wants a dollar
better pay it up, there's more coming through
better go off to greener pastures
now, there's nothing left to do

(repeat chorus)


Sunday, September 10, 2017

In which regret gets a boner


i didn't learn to read the tea leaves
i didn't learn to sanitize
i didn't want nobody to deter me
i didn't want to grammarize

i just wanted to
hold you naked
i just wanted to
kiss your lips
i just wanted 
to trace my lineage
along the borders
of your hips
take you in sips
i just wanted 
my skin in yours

i didn't sing to you in denver
we didn't dance in timbuktu
if i could just have one more hour
i'm sure that i could break on through
break on through

i just wanted
to pulse like krishna
i just wanted
to gain your altar
i wouldn't falter
i would hold on
and you could let it go
when your waves crashed
i would surrender
just like a knave
i am yours

i didn't make you any dinner
i didn't fill your desire
i couldn't swear but
i am no winner
i was always just a guy
always just a guy

i didn't learn to read the tea leaves
i didn't learn to sanitize
i didn't want nobody to deter me
i didn't want to grammarize

i just wanted to
hold you naked
i just wanted to
kiss your lips
i just wanted 
to trace my lineage
along the borders
of your hips
take you in sips
i just wanted 
my skin in yours

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