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All of the Above

by Joe Blossom

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1.
Tyger Tyger 03:59
And of eternal light In recurring dreams In verse, the seers did divine Read the waters moving Heard the cosmos yawning and The Sea’s hexameter beating on. Who holds the key? Who is king of thee? Why the questions in your mind? Who wants to be? Who owns these memories? History repeats in rhyme. Tyger Tyger Tyger burning bright Tyger Tyger Tyger burning bright In the forests of the night And rage rage rage Against the dying of the light Rage on the page, Dylan Thomas Oh love, it is our sonnet And here we are in rhyme We’re dancing through this sonnet And here we are in rhyme. And the blessings from the stereo roll forth The beat goes on On dead leaves fallen The sun has shone in time. And who is king of you? Who is king of me?
2.
The Breaking (free) 04:29
Hey ho… In the glory tides Swelling… That swell in fair July Beneath… Beneath the astral blaze Through New… Through the New York shade Drink in… We drink the urban dew Down there… Pleasure’s long avenues We’re reeling in these memories They’re cascading ever on Their perfect weight has our hearts breaking… into song Thousands… Nine thousand miles of sway Our new… Our new zenith plays Seeking … Seeking out where Oh where… This pendulum’s nadir Hey ho… In the glory tides Nearing… East River in dawn light So why lament things now gone? Give thanks and praise for that heart That’s breaking into song.
3.
Oh you’ve got a lot of choices And this something that is not lost on me. Mine is a faint whisper amidst louder voices. And something suspends me As you animate a room There’s a risk I have not taken How should I presume? Oh and I – I am weighing out my words Using them kinda like sonar Because I wonder if you wondering What this boy thinks? So then tell me what of this cost? I cannot rest Love is lost that’s never confessed. For I hold a light I hold a flame And I suffer the sweetest complaint, ever. And we carry these disguises So deftly that no one has observed This midnight confluence ¬– Our river runs its course, yeah Oh and I, if I might be bold I want you to have and to hold Babin’, dancing ‘neath the streetlight gold – Where we’ll be the only voices. The only voices. Wall to wall… Cacophony Splendid and full… Enchanting Melodies light… And chiming Records spinning… Around and round Toe to toe… We should be dancing We should be… Just come and ask me Dancing… And I would given the chance Cheek-to-cheek… And I’m thinking… Tell me what of this cost? I cannot rest Love is lost if it’s never expressed.
4.
Something shook me Took my mind for a moment – An unbridled brilliant cascade. Where the traffic intertwines In the pulsing – The to and fro of the mundane. Something swayed Something shimmered And oh! On my mind it played. In a mountain town, On neutral ground, I was stolen by the glimpse of something great. Hearts quake. Dreams escape. Something real has changed. I saw the rays of dappled light moving over If that velocity were mine I’d sidle by a beam of light Freeze its moment and Read its hieroglyphs to the blind Hearts quake Dreams escape Something real has changed Vibration of our sweet nothings Essence of the strands and strings The compass turns, the mind enquires From this and all of the above – The future of the wounded doves – We must never retire Hearts quake Dreams escape Something real must change To you the car, the caviar and the champagne To you the eye of your hurricane They tell me boy you are employed in a dead end Their words are both a sentence and a cage Hearts quake Dreams escape Something real has changed
5.
She rolls with rhythms underneath Finding peace in the dead of night. As cool as ice to all but some She’ll burn down all that you think that you’ve become. Never bows before a plinth – A glimpse of her rebel side. Ponytail swish and flail; Khaki coat and the Doc’s done up tight (So uptight). Such a sensitive boy Elegance destroyed Yet never seen so alive And the push and the shove We make no sense of it all Am I enemy or friend of you? She roused the Southland Golden Fleece Sacked Troy near Gore Smashed the fashion police – Bronze torso shining timeless. Fish for Friday TV Saturday Sunday boredom reigns and reigns and Monday… Invercargill – no sacred thing. Apologies to no one, babe – Apologies are last resorts. You’ve never suffered fools These city limits were never yours, never yours, never yours Such a sensitive boy Elegance destroyed Yet never seen so alive And the push and the shove We make no sense of it all Am I enemy or friend of you? She’s such a sensitive boy Elegance destroyed Yet never seen so alive And in the push and the shove We're making sense of it all But must all our enemies be friends like you?
6.
Autumn Rain 03:47
“What does it mean?” – Einstein “Nothing” – Chaplain Yeah belly-up these times have gone Traces of beauty shimmer in a yielding sun And she found herself so statuesque As dusk assailed us and the shadows kissed Did some dream her love away? All summer drunk, she laid it all to waste Rendered every page to amber flame And the harvest moon began to wane The circle drawn The line we trace With charcoaled bone We call and wait For autumn rain, for autumn rain, for autumn rain Amid that heavy dew embers glowed All memory did dissolve Ten thousand years just fell away. It could have been anytime, anywhere… who could say? We lost the presence of our minds. What are the rituals of our time? Lightly falls the rain Lightly falls the reign
7.
Here & Now 04:11
By Terror of the Deep The crooked streets of life’s bitter reason Make no sense when you’re in the moment Take a step back Try to figure it out… And all those people I’d like to be knowing better But there is only so much that I can take on Better alone, but somehow more useless… And years from now I will be growing Into someone worth knowing But in the here and now And I believe in time travel I’m already some place else in time Better alone, but somehow more useless And years from now I will be growing Into someone worth knowing But I’m lost in confusion Of directionless movement In the garden of my mind It is blooming You’ve got to push out That negative vibe But in the here and now
8.
Slow Jam 03:40
There’s a slow jam going on Near the edge of oblivion Where all the soon-to-be’s Cower away from our moving feet Slow jam going on In the thrall of it’s rhythm Surrender – give away And let it come – what will, what may What takes your breath away? What heals our souls? But a slow jam going on Oh the feeling’s been so long It moves right through me Push the prow of these memories. How can I stay? What takes your breath away? What heals our souls? What takes our breath away? Beauty unsolved? Have I not dreamed this moment Seen it from afar? There’s a slow jam going on And it’s healing all the wrongs We see all our defeats Now return as our victories.
9.
Orion's View 04:19
I see Orion on his rise Inverted upended ascending over foreign skies No constellation I recognise I’m removed – abstracted The stars are all scattered to my eyes And I wonder what tomorrow brings Action, reaction, chaos the order of all things And we gather thoughts Assume sentiments And continue to drive No companions, Just you and I The Mississippi is as low as it ever runs high Caught in August heat time expires Forwards and backwards we’re shaped in desire Chance it adores us – The dreamers, the blind. Love goes before us Let love be our guide And I wonder what tomorrow brings Action, reaction, chaos – the algebra of dreams.

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released June 17, 2016

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