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who are you not to shine in the light | noego

Quintessence

Music
The vital impulse
The fifth classic element
The most perfect embodiment of consciousness and nature

I am a poet I am a musician
A part time magician full time adherent of the Tesla tradition
That evoked the no ego Quintessence out of the ether into existence
a quintessential sing along 50 song repertoire viva la resistance

No audience glare zero fanfare
An in depth analysis on the whys and wherefores of tortoises and hares
Detailing the sonic adventures of a space cadet on a perilous mission
That deals with the aftermath toxic fall out from a great war of attrition
In a 5 album set from just a position

Songs of desolation with nihilistic themes
The flaw of attraction broken down dreams
Cringing scenes selfish genes every rhythm of that virtuosity
Jukebox jive marital strife all points in between

Popular culture organised sound
Messed around with tempo beats and catchy maladies
In search of the profound
Went out to work each day to pay the bills both feet on the ground

Written from the ringside with laughs along the way
The underdog against the odds somehow made the grade
An act of God a Manichean play
A fluke a happy accident some may say
Zippa de do da serendipity day

For general amusement it includes Disney spells looney tunes
Extreme mood swings romantic interludes
And for lovesick individuals a different kind of blues

Tall stories morbid fascinations
Bad vibes good vibrations
The travelogue of a small cog
In an immense musical machination

An antidote some aural relief
A comfort blanket in an empty state of disbelief
To ward off the worst effects of
Chronic loneliness and compassion fatigue
An exit strategy for when your boat has sprung a leak
And you find yourself without a paddle whilst canoeing up shit creek
Orbiting the sun not having much fun
At 66,000 miles per hour as we speak

On the go music chorus and verse
The sublime the ridiculous the downright absurd
Mind over matter the use of will power
To overcome personal problems and spiritual dilemmas

Carl Stipetic awesome repertoire
Cubase in yer face Ziggy played guitar
Out of dark matter an existential noir
From edge of empire a muso’s account of the story thus far
Boney was a warrior Jean Francois

Nowhere to run nowhere to hide
Who are you not to shine in the light?
Rough justice soundtracks for life
A users guide on how to survive the rollercoaster ride
When the eternal universe attempts quantum suicide
Stand well back hold on tight
Just because you’re breathing it don’t mean that you’re alive

Photo: Richard & Shaun Boldison

WHO ARE YOU NOT TO SHINE IN THE LIGHT

  1. Who are you not to shine in the light
  2. Precious times
  3. Guns don’t kill
  4. The drifter
  5. Crisis of faith
  6. Cherry
  7. Apache tears
  8. Die rich die in disgrace
  9. Revere
  10. Duck and Drake

WHO ARE YOU NOT TO SHINE IN THE LIGHT

Have you seen that vigilante man?
Cos I’ve been hearing his name
All over the land

Woke up this morning dogma on my shoes
They say nothing travels faster than bad news
When you got everything you got everything to lose
And far out in the electric universe somebody has blown a fuse

I wish I could say that it’s only a phase
Then I’d pay you lip service if I knew how to praise
Then I would smile back at the strangers when I’m caught in their gaze
I’m so sorry for spilling my guts out like this but there’s no other way

I lost my baby when she took her love to town
I lost my sugar when she spread her love around
With a hoochie coochie man

No expectations just a kind of hush
I lost my chauffeur now I cry on the bus
Love it says so little but it means so much
And its power drives the tidal wave of this adrenalin rush

Time is a healer so I just got to wait
And resist the temptation to retaliate
Love starts with hearts and diamonds but it ends with clubs and spades
And when the music hits you you won’t feel no pain

I lost my baby when she took her love to town
I lost my sugar when she spread her love around
With a hoochie coochie man

I used to live in paradise which became a living hell
I’m on the side of the angels but I ain’t one myself
So I’ll leave it to the coroner to decide on my state of health
Hey hey it’s a bad day I think I’m gonna kill myself

You can run but you cannot hide
From a hoochie coochie man

If you hang around long enough you get respect
Said the hooker to the preacher at the chapel of rest
Lets go to Paris lets go to bed
Cos everybody loves you when you’re dead
May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows that you’re dead

Sitting here considering the cons and the pros
The Tallahatchie bridge and ode to Billy Joe
I recall a conversation with Bo Diddley years ago
When out on the grassy green meadows of the Fforde Grene  public house
10 men went to mow

I turned up the radio to listen to some guy
Who shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
So I waited by the river for the bodies of my enemies to float on by
When the words of a poet told me not to blow it
And guided me back to life she said
Who are you not to shine in the light?

PRECIOUS TIMES

Sometimes I choose nature sometimes I choose grace
In my heart for you there will always be a space
And when I think about you things just seem to fall into place
I walk around dazed in a permanent haze
With a ridiculous grin on my face

Precious times there to remind
that you tried so very hard to please me
Precious times I’m glad I shared them with you
Precious times there to remind
That you tried so very hard to please me
No-one said it was gonna be easy

Hey who taught the unmoving mover how to dance?

It took me a while to figure out the master plan
If you want to say you love someone you best say it while you can
My mother was a woman my father was a man yeah
And I will try to honour them the best way that I can
In all that I do and all that I am

Precious times there to remind
that you tried so very hard to please me
Precious times I’m glad I shared them with you
Precious times there to remind
That you tried so very hard to please me
Loving you is easy

When will it end where did we begin
Questions and answers are the same thing
Still trying to take it all in
Wondering if I’ll ever see you again

GUNS DON’T KILL

Guns don’t kill people do
They settle scores and end disputes
Guns don’t kill assassins do
They track you down their aim is true

Up and down these country roads
Trigger happy lock and load
Itchy fingers fill you with holes
Banality of evil juxtaposed

Revenge is a dish best served cold
Massacres happen without gun control
No particular place to go
Only dead fish go with the flow

Guns don’t kill people do
They load them up and point them at you
Guns don’t kill assailants do
If you disagree with their point of view

I read the stories of the legends and greats
Agonised too long at the spinning of the plates
The winds of change are blowing in my face
I’ve never been to Memphis but I’ve seen altered states

Revenge is a dish that is best served cold
Massacres happen without gun control
Staring down the barrel turning lead into gold
This is how the west was won so I’m told

DRIFTER

They call me the drifter

Everywhere I go they stand and stare
Then pretend that I’m not there
Each road I go down takes me don’t’ know where
Ain’t got no bed don’t share a room
Follow the sun dance to my own tune
I heard the lone wolf howl at the moon

Another life another time
She was always on my mind

When I reach my destination I will settle down
And in the dark of night
I wait for morning light to come around
I’m homeless not hopeless
I ain’t breaking no rules
On Route 66 I’m going back to my roots

Another road another sign
Wish I could see her one last time
No need to treat me unkind
I got Georgia on my mind

They call me the drifter
Free as the breeze to come and go
They call me the drifter
A drifter’s life is a drifter’s wife
Don’t say I didn’t tell you so

I will carry on down that road

Through countryside across state lines
Ain’t got no connections
To other people’s lives
Don’t go with green don’t stop at red
Folsom prison blues I’m one step ahead

I wish I had me a dollar
I wish I had me a dime
I long to see the woman
That I left behind

They call me the drifter
Longer and lonelier is each passing day
They call me the drifter
I long to see the sunrise and I’ll be on my way
They call me the drifter
Drifting from town to town
They call me the drifter
Not wanting to be found

CRISIS OF FAITH

I heard a man on the news say
Good times are back again
And they are here to stay

Green shoots of recovery begin to show
Unemployment never been so low
Credit flows and the economy grows
The banks are recapitalised
They got stars in their eyes
Damned statistics and lies that’s how it goes
We all can prosper we can gain
Austerity is worth the pain
There’s no hiding place for runaway slaves

But it don’t mean a thing if I haven’t got you
It’s all meaningless it’s all emptiness if I haven’t got you
Piece of the action slice of the pie
I still wave the flag on the 4th of July
But if we don’t live to our means then we are living a lie

Crisis of faith

Cruising around without touching the ground in a driverless car
If you don’t want to go to work today stay home and play
Just send in your avatar
The glitterati go to gigs just to hear the big licks
While the new kids get their kicks at seminars
Where the digerati from the cyber universe
Are the new rock’n’roll stars

But it don’t mean a thing if I haven’t got you
It’s all meaningless it’s all emptiness if I haven’t got you
Sitting in the lizard lounge comfortably numb
Getting higher than the sun
Contemplating all there is and all that’s yet to come
Crisis of faith

CHERRY (JJ Cale)

Cherry I’d like to love you
Cherry will you love me too
Someday I will take you away
That’s all I want to do

I’ll love you forever Cherry
Will you love me too

Sweet as a morning sunrise
Fresh as a mountain dew
Someday I will love you Cherry
Will you love me too

I need you forever Cherry
Will you need me too
I’ll love you forever Cherry
Will you love me too
I need you forever
Will you need me too

APACHE TEARS

Sentient beings fragile machines
Spiritual perfection in an imperfect dream
Equally blessed equally cursed
In the great story we all write a verse
What became of all those people
That we used to be?
I heard that good deeds
Echo through eternity

Free to cry Apache tears

The things that define us are
How we cope with tragedy
It is wishful thinking to believe
There’s a point to all of this

Free to cry Apache tears

If at the end of our lives
We came to realise that we had not lived
We’ll know when it’s over
When there’s nothing left to give

Free to cry Apache tears

Can you find it in your heart
To forgive and forget so we can move on?
Free at last our time has passed
We are who we haunt

DIE RICH DIE IN DISGRACE

Can you trust a politician who only read one book
Have you friends in the city or the Bullingdon Club
Don’t blame the exploited when you never had it so good
Don’t blame it on the immigrant or the boyz in the hood

Run out of bombs and forgotten the cause
Sick and tired of fighting somebody else’s wars
No more shall we pour the black milk of dawn
It’s been 25 years since the fall of the wall

Die rich die in disgrace
Fail better fail again

State of the nation corporate style
Internet giants and tax exiles
Benefit cheats Jeremy Kyle
Judge and Jury TV Trials

Method in the madness struggle to explain
Why we crawled out of the water and walk into the flame
Act out your fantasy but not in my name
We all got to try play by the rules of the game

Die rich die in disgrace
Fail better fail again

REVERE

You said I could not show my emotions
Well here goes

To our children you gave birth
Taught them values showed them worth
Thank you they mean the earth
A family you raised and served
Dedication never swerved
Sacrifice is a holy word

The ring of fire burns no more
I’m sorry that I couldn’t stay the course
We are two people who don’t share the same dreams anymore

What would they say if tears had a voice
Would they speak of the heartache and the pure joy
Or warn you that when you fall head over heels
There isn’t a choice

All my troubles that you shared
So many times you showed you cared
You held the line when I got scared
This is how it always ends
It’s too late to make amends
If we can’t be lovers
Can we be friends

What would they say if tears had a voice
Would they speak of the heartache and the pure joy
Or warn you that when you fall head over heels
There isn’t a choice

Before we go our separate ways
There’s one thing I’d like to say
I did not stop loving you today

 DUCK AND DRAKE

Duck and Drake Harper Street
Jimmy Hez Sgt Speed
Duck and Drake grooves and licks
Riffs and spliffs free live music
What’s not to like

Killer lines high times
All the while I was alone the past was close behind
All the bars in this world she had to walk into mine
Old flame I remember her name
It ended in tears it ended in pain
She took away my umbrella threw me out in the rain

She voted leave I to remain
She was delusional I was deranged
I made a vow to myself not to suffer
Them same old blues again woo

The bar staff are a motley crue of Visigoths
Emo types Johnny Vegas lookalikes
Never known to bite if treated right
I’m stood here drinking beer with Chick Corea
Working up an appetite
I ain’t seen Christie Herron for a while

Duck and Drake Va Va Voom
Duck and Drake boom boom boom
Oompah Oompah Oompah
Stick it up yer jumper
Free live music what’s not to like

Skilful musicians other people’s tunes
A thousand bands have played metal soul and blues
Right now I wouldn’t be too surprised to see
The ghost of Lemmy float across the room

Duck and Drake hipsters tricksters
Duck and Drake diamond geezers
Big teasers crowd pleasers
Free live music what’s not to like
Out on the dance floor you should’ve seen us

Close the door it’s cold outside
Leave all your troubles behind
Step inside nobody died
Walk the line feel the vibe
Sure feels good to be alive
I ain’t seen Christie Herron for a while

Free live music
Keeping it real

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