SPEAR IN THE CITY

Dark Water

There is a water so heavy
It rises up, dark, from the ocean
And arches up over the shoreline
And crashes down onto the sand
Ripping the boardwalk
From its foundations

Know that I, who have loved you
Climbed to the top of a cedar
And watched as the branches below me
Were sheared by the bodies of dolphins
The cars and the light poles
That were swept by the water

All the schools and the churches
The parking lot where I had met you
Where carried away from the city
And washed to the foot of the mountains
To where the ocean ran up against them

There is a water so heavy
It rises up, dark, from the ocean
Arches up over the shoreline
And crashes down onto the sand
Ripping the boardwalk
From its foundations
 
And the hospitals and piano bars            
And the nursing homes and their denizens
And the body shoppes were washed away
And the discotheques all disappeared


Here Among You

When his cousin came around
He stood amazed, he dropped his shades
Then together they went down
Into the stream, beyond the reeds

Then the heavens broke
Then somebody spoke
Here He is, the one I love
Then the voice became a dove

Then he rose into the air
Hovering soaked in linen cloak
Light shone from his face and hair
For therein lay eternal day

Then the clouds went red
Then somebody said
Here among you is the Word
Then the voice became a bird

Then he rose into the air
Hovering soaked in linen cloak
Light shone from his face and hair
For therein lay eternal day

Then the clouds went red
Then somebody said
Here among you is the Word
Then the voice became a bird

When the world's on fire
When it's ceased to turn
You and I will never burn
You and I will never burn

And when the world's on fire
We will rise up singing
And all the white hot bells
They will start to ringing
Buried in embers,  
I Will join that heavenly choir
And we will never die
And we will never tire

When the world's on fire
When it's ceased to turn
You and I will never burn
You and I will never burn


I’m Set Free

I'm set free, I am truly free
From the screens I gaze into
From their cold glow
I am free, I am very free
I even threw my credit cards into the sea

Under the moonlight, over the ocean
While you ride in a plane
Over your shoulders, freedom is flowing  
Running off them like rain

When I say you and I are free
I mean even from our minds
Our bodies our selves
Yes, I'm free, I am very free
Free from everything
From almost everything

Late in the office, way after hours
While you type and you yawn
Out from the shadows
Freedom is calling
You remember its song

Free from the jungle, Free from the ambient
Free from the NRG, Free from the house
Free from the techno, Free from the disco
Free from the acid jazz, Free from the trance
Free from the jungle, Free from the ambient
From the Hi-NRG, Free from the house
Free from the techno, Free from the dubstep
Free from the vapor wave, Free from the grime
Free from the techno, Free from the disco
Free from the NRG, Free from the house


Hold Me Closer

He woke up all the women and kids
They took their belongings and crossed in the night
But he stayed behind them and lay
Down by the river and stared at the sky

Then I crept
Over from out of the bushes into the fire light
Then I leapt
And set upon him while they watched us from the other side

Draw me closer
Hold me through the night
And at daybreak
Let a little light
Fall from my hand to the cords of your hip
Til the head from the socket is wrenched by the force of it
We can tussle
’Til somebody dies
Or in rhythm
We can improvise
In the gravel and mud
A majestic détente
Ere we're are ‘Auf ihrem Weg zum horizont’

I will paint your name on the rocky ground
I will lay my right hand of blessing down

When it was finished, I knelt
And lifted him softly up from the ground
The children were crying, but his wives
Were torpidly smoking and milling around

When he’d limped
Halfway cross the water he turned back and waved goodbye
Then I flexed
Blew him a kiss and then vanished from the riverside


Teachers

Who taught the birds to fly, who taught them to sing
Who taught the snake to glide and bite everything
Who taught the whale to live down in the deep
Who taught the horse to run, the spider to creep

Who sought me out before my life began
Who brought me into Canaan's land
Who taught me to wander through the earth alone
Surviving on brie and sauvignon

Who taught the crocodile to crawl through the mud
Who taught the flea to fill his guts up with blood
Who taught the fawn to cleave so near to the doe
Who taught the lion to roar, the rooster to crow

Who sought me out before my life began
Who brought me to the promised land
Who taught me to wander through the earth alone
Surviving on brie and sauvignon

Who taught the lonesome owl to glide through the night
Who taught the moth to press it's way to the light
Who taught the eagle's eyes to glimmer and glint
Who taught the bee to work, the cheetah to sprint

Who sought me out before my life began
Who brought me into Canaan's land
Who taught me to wander through the earth alone
Surviving on brie and sauvignon

I hear them living all around me now
Who showed them to, who taught them how
Who laid out the architecture of my bones
Who made it such a stately home

Who taught me to wander through the earth alone
Surviving on brie and sauvignon
Who sought me out before my life began
Who brought me to the promised land


Spear in the City

Spear in the city, the quiet flight
Passing underneath the lights
Spear from nowhere
A gift from the night

Spear in the city, moving through
Darkened streets and avenues
Through the plate glass
Of the bistro it flew

Spear from nowhere, can it be?
Passed between you and me
Plates and wine flew everywhere
It grazed the maitre'd

Spear that traveled through the land
Found a handsome older man
And as he passed, his phone
Slipped from his hand

Spear from nowhere, was it's fate
To bear away what could not wait
To become a gift
From where it was made

Spear from nowhere, never falls
Through the people and the walls
Leaving only
Space in them all


Heartbeating

Have you seen their faces
Veils of eyeless fire
Leaning from the ledges and the parapets
Whispering to us from the branches
Nestled in oaken boughs

There is a language only we can hear
There is a world that only we are near
And only we know the song that never dies away
And how to sing it out, and watch it fly away
Up above my head
There’s music in the air

Can you see them teeming underneath the water
Checking out our cigarette boat from below
Towering above us was the wave
Ocean had mixed with light

There is a prayer that only we can pray
And there are words that only we can say
And only we know the song that never dies away
And how to sing it out, and watch it fly away
Up above my head
There’s music in the air

There is a language only we can hear
There is a world that only we are near
And only we know the song that never dies away
And how to sing it out, and watch it fly away
Please don’t leave me now
Do anything but go


Echoes

Echoes of the candles
Echoes of the feta
Echoes of the Beaujolais

Echoes of the stemware
Echoes of the tussle
Echoes of the soiled duvet

We are an echo of the quiet flight
We are an echo of the living light

Echoes of the island
Echoes of the time-share
Echoes of the fey resort

Echoes of the hurricane
Echoes of the carnage
Echoes of the mangled skort

We are an echo of the quiet flight
We are an echo of the living light

We are an echo of the second sight
We are an echo of the living light

We are an echo of the longest night
We are an echo of the living light


The Garden

In the garden a wandering river flows
And the moss all hangs from the burls and boughs
After I almost broke your back, we lay
Soaked in the firelight's flickering golden glow

O'er the river where we're treading  
Where the branches all are spreading
The civets lined up on the mossy bank
On the evening of the wedding
While the twilight was begetting -
The cool of day, we heard a voice

Where the bird songs rain from the rustling leaves
And the scent of the orchids fill the breeze
We stumbled out from the underbrush, and blinked
And opened up our thermos of chablis

When the rats and ravens start to stir
And the feral cats begin to purr
I chewed the braces off your teeth, and sealed
The metal in an envelope of fur


New World

I looked up from the Jordan
What did I see?
A band of angels came for me
They pulled me from the water
We floated through the trees
Clad in shimmering polar fleece

And we floated over all the fields and the bridge
And we almost scraped our naked heels on the ridge

The angels drew their knives, and alighted from the hills
In the slumbering town below, all was still
As the ghosts of the people were given away
A black-sailed ship left the quay

I said “hoppla, hoppla, hoppla” alles die ganze nachte
I said“hoppla, hoppla, hoppla” as we sailed off

Now we are far away
Gone to other worlds that your hands have made
Where everything is new
Everything is new
All the world is new
All the world is new

When we started over, the air just as still
A night train rolled through brown hills
And down to the valley, like an iron spear, hurled
By a shapeless hand into a new world

And the tracks ran over all the fields and the bridge
All the night was silent, calm, and bright along the ridge

Now we can begin again
We get born, and enter in
To a world that's new
Everything is new
All the world is new
All the world is new


Visions of the Mountain

Visions of the mountain out beyond the sky
Glimpses from the window of a chopper
Stashing all our stolen copper pipes away
Everywhere are visions of the mountain

Waking up the neighbors with our moans and yells
We are met with visions of the mountain
Visions of the mountain out beyond the sky
We are met with visions of the mountain

Out beyond the sky, and the air
I can see it everywhere

Watching ravens bicker from the office roof
Setting up a trust in case we die
Finding out career day is postponed again
There are visions of that faraway mountain

Wondering if it may be time to pull the plug
Reading up on history's greatest battles

Those visions, far away
Looming out beyond the grey
That far away mountainside
Out beyond the sky

Visions through the smoke and ash
Visions through the blood-flecked glass
Visions through the lonesome night
Visions of the mountainside

Mountain visions, far away
Glances through the window of our tent
Visions, they’re out beyond the air
Watching ravens from the office

Here they are, out beyond the air
Visions, beyond the air, out everywhere
Glances through the window of our tent
Washing all the errant sunblock from our eyes