Meanwhile, Back on Earth… Lyrics

FAREWELL TO THE MASTER

One foot off the platform

Another one stepping on

In this game we’re all playing

Everyone’s but a pawn

We move one at a time

Just a verse in a song

We follow the word by ear

But the speaker now is gone

(chorus)

Farewell to the Master

Fare thee well, fare thee well

Farewell to the Master

For you fell, for you fell

To the hands of the blind

Tolls the bell, tolls the bell

Farewell to the Master, farewell

From across the horizon

You came from afar

All this distance traveled

You came from the stars

From across the horizon

The distance now in vain

All these year’s been travelin’s

Been washed out by the rain

It’s not good bye to anyone else

For it’s good bye to myself

Farewell…

I am the Master

ESCAPE THE MAZE

Restless rats

running in an endless maze

We think the cheese will bring release

But we’re still in the cage

Tell me to collect

But none of it is mine

I can’t connect, I can’t connect

When busy is the new fine

Forget to live today to live tomorrow

A never ending cycle of samsara

Time runs swift

Through the hourglass’s neck

Brace yourselves, here it comes

Going down like a shipwreck

Puppet strings tug and tease

We don’t really mind

As long as we get paid

We promise not to look behind

Forget to live today to live tomorrow

A never ending cycle of samsara

slow down

slow down

smell the roses

slow down

No time, no time

We can’t rehearse

We’re just cattle standing 

On the barren pastures of commerce

Swallowing the cud, 

the mirrors and smoke

They tell us to chew some more

But we’re just gonna choke

Forget to live today to live tomorrow

A never ending cycle of samsara

slow down

slow down

smell the roses

slow down

CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE

Sometimes we get caught between

All of our habits and wisdom

We’ve collected along the way

Stupid decisions and big mistakes

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It’s alright

That’s how we learn

It’s alright

We’re children of the universe

Sometimes we think we find

All the answers to life

Sometimes we think we’re right

Then we come to realize

CHORUS

The best lessons are the ones that hurt

The best bridges are the ones we burn

The best stones are the ones still unturned

The best playground the universe

Sometimes I look around

It’s reassuring and humbling

All these people just like me

Scared, confusing, and stumbling

CHORUS

POOR OL’ TREE

Oh stranger please won’t you tell me a tale

One that doesn’t end in tears

It’s been too long since I’ve heard one

A couple hundred years

Too long for me

This poor ol’ tree

Oh rain cloud please won’t you lend a drop

A drink would do me well

It’s been too long since I’ve had one

In this dry, roasting hell

Too hot for me

This poor ol’ tree

Oh winter hare, don’t you care

It’s freezin’ cold out here

It’s been too long since I’ve felt sun

My sap frozen tears

Too cold for me

This poor ol’ tree

I once knew this child, they were free and wild

They’d climb me way up high

Their life flew by and they flew to the sky

Without a good bye

No, none for me

This poor ol’ tree

Oh Mother Earth what is wrong?

You don’t look too hot

The machines and smoke got you choked

And I’m all you got

Ha! Just look at me

This poor ol’ tree

The sky turned black, no looking back

Life reduced to ash

And here I am, all withered and tan

I think I might be the last

Just let me be

This poor ol’ tree

Oh stranger please tell me a tale

One that doesn’t end in tears

It’s been too long since I’ve heard one

A couple thousand years

Too long for me

This poor ol’ tree

AS BEST WE CAN

Hurry now

The world’s end, the world’s end

Is coming soon

Is coming soon

Don’t look back now

There must be something

Something we can do

Something we can do

Quickly now

Come my friends, come my friends

We must try

We must try

We can mend

As best we can, as best we can

The world

The world

It’s not too late

But maybe it is, but maybe it is

We can’t go back

We can’t go back

To the ways before

Move along, move along

The age of innocence

The age of innocence lost

A different world

The world’s end, the world’s end

A new world begins

A new world begins

HEY, AIN’T THAT JUST LIFE

Unjolly Jack Johnson drove a giant jeep

To wake up he drank coffee, but he could not sleep

Got a second job, cuz the debt was too steep

But hey he has a sick ride

Unjolly Jack bought that car because

He needed a way to get to his two jobs

That he got so that car could be paid off

But hey, ain’t that just life

Unjolly Jill lived up on that hill

A seventeen room mansion she could barely fill

She thought all her credit cards would surely pay the bills

But hey, ain’t that just life

And the two will always be climbing that ladder

Building a house of credit cards, and watching them scatter

And they lived for overtime

But hey, ain’t that just life

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch what they were after

When they got to the top, they heard the sound of laughter

And realized with open eyes that they were falling faster

They’ve been living a lie

But hey ain’t that just life

When they came to the bottom of that very tall hill

Unjolly Jack turned and said to Unjolly Jill

I used to lose sleep over a giant jeep

I think I’m ready to sell

And the two realized what really mattered

It’s not the stuff you buy or the money you gather

But what you let go up on top of the hill

That’s what Jolly Jack and Jolly Jill

Learned at the bottom of that hill

Unjolly Jack Johnson drove a giant jeep

To wake up he drank coffee, but he could not sleep

Got a second job, cuz the debt was too steep

But hey he has a sick ride

Unjolly Jack bought that car because

He needed a way to get to his two jobs

That he got so that jeep would be paid off

But hey, ain’t that just life

Unjolly Jill lived up on that hill

A seventeen room mansion she could barely fill

She thought all her credit cards would surely pay the bills

But hey, ain’t that just life

And the two will always be climbing that ladder

Building a house of credit cards, and watching them scatter

And they lived for overtime

But hey, ain’t that just life

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch what they were after

When they got to the top, they heard the sound of laughter

And realized with open eyes that they were falling faster

They’ve been living a lie

But hey ain’t that just life

When they got to the bottom of that very tall hill

Unjolly Jack turned and said to Unjolly Jill

I used to lose sleep over a giant jeep

I think I’m ready to sell

And the two realized what really mattered

It’s not the stuff you buy or the money you gather

But what you let go up on top of the hill

That’s what Jolly Jack and Jolly Jill

Learned at the bottom of that hill

SCARECROW JOE

Scarecrow Joe, what do you know?

Standing here in the field alone.

Scarecrow Joe, what have you done?

Standing here in the hot noon sun.

No ruby-slippered Kansas girl

To pull you off your stake.

You’re condemned to a life alone,

Scaring all your friends away.

A strong wind will blow you ‘part,

And I hear you have no heart.

Oh but Scarecrow Joe, I know that ain’t true,

I know well what you’re going through.

So Scarecrow Joe, with you I’ll stay,

Stuff my shirt full of hay,

Dress me in thrown ‘way clothes

That dangle from my dry, dry bones.

We’ll tip our hats at a circlin’ crow

It’s just me and Scarecrow Joe

We’ll tip our hats at the circlin’ crows

It’s just me and Scarecrow Joe

GOODBYE YESTERDAY, NEVER MIND TOMORROW

Goodbye Yesterday, never mind tomorrow

I just want to be here

I’m too tired of playing all those same old songs

You’re too tired to hear

I will walk this earth as gently as I can

So my feet will kiss the earth

I will shed the stupidity of all I’ve done

With each lesson learned

Cuz in the end that’s all that I can do

Try to be kind

To all my friends and lovers along the way

I may have lost my mind

I will rise in the morning and scratch my head

Not knowing what to do

Surely I will stumble and surely I will fail

Can you tell me how did I do?

Goodbye Yesterday, never mind tomorrow

I just want to be here

I’m too tired of playing all those same old songs

You’re too tired to hear

DARK AUTUMN WIND

Here it comes now

Dark autumn wind

To steal my covers

Tear at my skin

Starts off with colors

So you it might win

Once it starts, no stoppin’

 Dark autumn wind

(chorus)

Here it comes now

Dark autumn wind

Don’t make a sound

Don’t let it in

Stoke the fires

Cover your skin

Here it comes now

Dark Autumn wind

To stay

Dark autumn wind

Boldly it blows

Dark autumn wind

Coldly it knows

We run for cover

We expect snow

There’s no escapin’

Dark autumn wind

Here it comes now

Dark autumn wind

Here it comes now

Don’t let it in

To steal the warmth

Uncover our sins

Here it comes now

Dark Autumn wind

To stay

ARMAGEDDON, RAGNAROK

Some thought it was armageddon

Some thought it was ragnarok

We all ran for our weapons

We didn’t even think to stop

We all heard it on the news

What we do is only right

Hear the war cries from the pews

We can’t lose, God’s on our side

Training children for holy wars

Trade our peace for our pride

Trading children for foreign shores

Win victory with human life

We are the blessed, we are the chosen

To survive the world’s end

Slaughter the foes, they are but demons

That’s what both sides said

That’s what both sides said

That’s what both sides said

When the dust and rubble settled

only ash and blood remained

No one to cry at the gravestones

No tears and no names

Through the rubble and rusted bullets

Stretched an arm green and bright

Reaching up towards the heavens

Reaching up for the light

Over years and mass graves

An ancient forest, it will grow

Shrouding our biggest mistakes

Erasing all we’ve known

Some thought it was armageddon

Some thought it was ragnarok

We all ran for our weapons

We didn’t even think to stop

THE WORLD MOVES ON

(chorus)

World moves on

When we’ve gone

No more songs

The world moves on

Our empty rooms

Strangers’ hands

They comb through

All we’ve ever had

A cardboard box

Full of secrets

Now cast off

Like thrown away trinkets

chorus

What matters most

To a ghost

When they look back

Across the gap

They will see

That yes, the world will mourn

But no waiting,

The world still turns

chorus

All that’s left

Is our bereft

They’ll have to decide

On the day we fly

What to sell

And what to save

What to do with the shadows

And echoes that remain

chorus

But for now

We’ll wait and wonder

As countless souls

Get cast asunder

We’ll wear our suits

And dress in black

We’ll comb their rooms

While they watch from across the gap

chorus

I SHOULDA HAD ANOTHER CUPPA COFFEE

I shoulda had another cup of coffee

I shoulda had another cuppa joe

The day is getting longer

The end is not in sight

And my head is running really, really slow

I shoulda had another cup of coffee

I shoulda had another cup of brew

My cup has long been empty

My thirst cannot be quenched

And I just don’t know what to do

I shoulda had another cup of coffee

I shoulda had another cup of mud

My tank is almost empty

My head it slowly spins

And my body feels just like a dud

I shoulda had another cup of coffee

Another cup of that ol’ dark roast

I’d like some cream and sugar

But I’ll take it either way

Coffee is what I want the most

The coffee pot bubbles and boils

That’s the kinda language I know

It steams and sighs, and I close my eyes

I smell the sweet aroma

And I pour me another cuppa joe

I have myself another cup of coffee

I have myself another cup of mud

The Java runs brown, I drink it down

I feel so alive

And then I pour yet another cup