Red Hot

Hurricane Irene
threw a tantrum in the yard
She shook us from our dreams
On the day that marks
ten years of heavy fog
tree limbs ripped off at the seams
Then the sun came out
Red wine and flood in the streets
Count the cash in a pair of heels
Looked out the window
The current swallowed a couch
It swept away everything

My toes are curled, my whole wide world
The dance is fast, the first is last
It turns me upside down, I gravitate
to what is lost, not found
My ribcage is your ribcage
Out among the rubble we are one
and free from want, free from division
So blue, so white, Red Hot…

There’s a bug on the screen
and it’s dying to get in
beating its own body
And the plane overhead
I don’t know where it’s going
Every passenger has a plan
Crawl, walk or fly
A few steps or a thousand miles
Hurry when we get hungry
A toast to the revolution
The landlord counts the walls
Scrubs ‘em down and swings the wrecking ball

My toes are curled, my whole wide world
The dance is fast, the first is last
It turns me upside down, I gravitate
to what is lost, not found
My ribcage is your ribcage, out
among the rubble we are one
and free from want, free from division
So blue, so white, Red Hot…

Decade anniversary
Forty seasons rebuilding
Now a fresh catastrophe
How loud can you scream?
Can you still hear me?
Wrap that flag ‘round your waist and sing

My toes are curled, my whole wide world
The dance is fast, the first is last
It turns me upside down, I gravitate
to what is lost, not found
My ribcage is your ribcage
Out among the rubble we are one
and free from want, free from division
So blue, so white, Red Hot…

Sarah

Sarah, lifting off the ground
Sarah, barely touching down
Wheels like waves
don’t purge but roll away
Sarah, you like it that way

And when they ask you
to come home
you say, “There’s
no such thing”
and then you just roll away

Sarah, trust the camera lens
Sarah, you radiate and then
Love makes you again
see sculptures in cement
Sarah, you make good amends

When I tell you
to look up
you say, “That’s my
favorite way”
and then you just float away

Rolling stones
gather no one
Gravity is
on the run
You know the ropes that
hold your swing and
I understand tired wings
So hold your nose and
take the plunge
The cold is only temporary

Oh Sarah
Sarah, unlikely sorcerer
You’re the keeper of the word
Oh, my Sarah
My Sarah
You’re the storm inside the home
You’re a blanket in the cold
Oh, my Sarah

You’re a prism to look through
Sarah, I believe in you
You’re a prism to look through
Sarah, I believe in you
I believe in you...

Abida's Roll

I am capable
of much more than you thought
Not quite as gullible
There’s one I never bought
For a while I left it up to you
to lock up and rake the walk
I cooked your food
I stoked your fire
I complimented all you caught

Don’t feel the upper hand
once it’s branded on your head
 but a trainer, a leader, a deity
shouldn’t reach for you in bed
There’s a catalogue a mile long
of codes that I misread
Now I’m cursing the time I followed the road
when all the signs read DETOUR AHEAD

But this is not a game
This is not a game
I don’t want to play
I don’t want to play

You rendered a shelter
Soldered the idea of me on top
And if I was prey and your trap sure,
you’d get just what you want
But prey’s just food
and prey I’m not
I’m my closet I keep rocks
And I saved them for a rainy day
Now I need the clouds to pop

But this is not a game
This is not a game
I don’t want to play
I am not your prey

They taught me silence,
obedience by violence
Cover my face but it’s hot in here
Light is the root of your selfish fear
I’m learning, I’m driving
I’m moving, you’re dying

This is not a game
I don’t want to play

Song for Sal

Earn calluses
Crane your neck
Wake up before your time
Brew the coffee
Keep it black
Your pulse could use the slap
Florescent lights
The whir of traffic
passing on the right
Shape shift, night shift
Marathon
What thing still drives you on?

And I could only come to one
word to describe it all
(the motivation, discovery
evolution, recovery)
We are all built of Love

Sal says, “Good friends
are hard to find.
Lived here since ’73.”
A home built in a tiny crowd
keeps the lonely heart busy
Doctor in a midnight lab
divides cells in a dish
Father needs a new liver
The sleepless nights
wear her thin

And I could only come to one
word to describe it all
(the motivation, discovery
evolution, recovery)
We are all built of love

Believe in love
I believe in you
Believe in love
I believe in you
Believe in love
I believe in you
Believe in love
I believe in love

Animals

Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals

Apple pie, baseball, fireworks,
fourth of July, Marilyn and I'm
dreamin' in Coco Cola
I'm dreaming
Bred to feel guilty
We're born into bubble gum
strong handshakes
I'd rather kiss your cheek

Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals

Nature, nurture
Past and future
No heart is devoid of all culture
My heart is not aligned only
with vultures

Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals

Bouncing rubber balls inside a concrete room
Trying to catch them every time they fall
But Bingo cards and skipping stones won't change the tune
Gotta work to show and get love

Bouncing rubber balls inside a concrete room
Trying to catch them every time they fall
But Bingo cards and skipping stones won't change the tune
Gotta work to show and get love
You know it's worse to throw away love
Gotta work to show and get love

Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals
We're all animals
Animals, animals, animals (I'm an animal, you're an animal)
We're all animals (I'm an animal, you're an animal)

Animal State

True enough, there are reasons why
I watch the fire as it starts to die
Tihink of you when you’re by my side
I hear your boot tap right in time

Flip the page another, another year gone by
Laundry lists but no assembly line
The day’s as new as if it wasn’t mine
Scan the ground for change just to stay alive

I face you when there’s no stage
You see me in my animal state
But I’ll to meet your more than halfway
Still a lifetime of things to say

You stay level like a Kansas mile
As for me, I’m a real live wire
Reach for you after dreams of fire
Safer with you than they are inside

You bloom through cracks when the wells run dry
Harvest your hunger to help feed mine
Mean well by you when I lose my mind
Only angels and fools would rush the fault line

I face you when there’s no stage
You see me in my animal state
But I’ll to meet your more than halfway
Still a lifetime of things to say

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