Priest = Aura

Aura

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

We all came back from the war
I wish somebody would tell me the score
We raked old Poseidon over the coals
Shook his shells, shaved his shoals

Where can a soldier fix himself a drink
Forget the noise, forget the stink
And the opium is running pretty low
'Cause when the pain comes back, I don't want to know

Across yonder ocean the natives are fierce
Their ears are filled their teeth are pierced
But it's not their spears that spill your breath
They kill their enemies by loving them to death

We were on some battlefield
I felt something soft go through my shield
I felt something warm enter my guts
I was bleeding bad but there were no cuts

They captured three of us, took us back to their village
After a long long time I could decipher their language
They worshipped Baal, they worshipped the sun
They worshipped the son of the evil one

They were more than voracious, they sucked our ambition
They let me go on one condition
That was when I came back to my native shore
I tell you they don't want to play with us anymore

But a part of me will never be free
And the part that's free will never be me
But a thing of love and beauty is in my head
A message from our enemies, and here's what they said

They said that love = hate
And death = fate
An enemy always equals an adorer
But priest = aura

And life = time
And time = space
And space = sublime
And human = race

Oh and woman = man
And pot = pan
The fauna ought to equal the flora
But priest = aura

And beginning = the end
The end always = the start
But straight = bent
The mind sometimes equals the heart

And you = me
The land = the sea
Richer = poorer
And priest = aura

 

Ripple

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

Tiny baby, so naive
I can't believe what you believe
You were once so happy here

It may not be Eden or summer in Greece
You may not even find the Golden Fleece
In the drag of this atmosphere

Now I don't want to bring up a delicate matter
No I'd much rather bribe or flatter you
'Cause flattery gets me everywhere

But you've punctured my tyres, you've crossed all my wires
I brand your acolytes as a pack of liars
And the fire's singing everywhere

(Ripple) Buckle like a wreck in a cold green sea
(Ripple) Like you were a ripple in my memory

I leant you some collateral to buy new clothes
It went out the window and up your nose
And that's the end of the honeymoon

Yeah we walked down the aisle for another mile
I'd walk a million miles for one of your smiles
And you can have all the money soon

(Ripple) Buckle like a wreck in a cold green sea
(Ripple) Like you were a ripple in my memory

You're so deluxe, you're so divine
You're so fifty light years ahead of your time
You're a metal, you're a ripple

You're a human sacrifice to the goddess of vice
Your hairdo is full of diamonds and lice
And you're hardly off the nipple

(Ripple) Buckle like a wreck in a cold green sea
(Ripple) Like you were a ripple in my memory
(Ripple) Another little glitch in continuity
(Ripple) Like you were a ripple in my memory

 

Paradox

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

You are a paradox to me, a senseless maze
I run around, I'm looking for you all of my days

The more that you want it, the more that you need it
(You are a paradox)
The less that it does
Run out it's rough, too much is enough
(You are a paradox)
And that's what it was

I cannot bear to share you, we can't be alone
You make me drift up and float, and fall like a stone

The more that I see you, the more that I miss you
(You are a paradox)
The less that I care
I know I should try to kiss you goodbye, but
(You are a paradox)
You're never there

(You are a paradox)
(You are a paradox)

I've got a nickname for you, I call you weakness
I get a little strength out too, or is it meekness

The more that you want it, the more that you need it
(You are a paradox)
The less that it does
Run out it's rough, too much is enough
(You are a paradox)
And that's what it was

You are a paradox to me, a contradiction
You're a predicament for me, and a prediction

The more that I see you, the more that I miss you
(You are a paradox)
The less that I care
I know I should try to kiss you goodbye, but
(You are a paradox)
You're never there

The more that you want it, the more that you need it
(You are a paradox)
The less that it does
Run out it's rough, too much is enough
(You are a paradox)
And that's what it was

(You are a paradox)
And that's what it was
(You are a paradox)
And that's what it was
(You are a paradox)

 

Lustre

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

Well we had just begun
When the night came down
Sweating rain on everyone
Anyone who was hanging around
You say there's something strange going on
I cannot see a thing
And pretty soon then we'll be drenched to the bone
And my soul is freezing

And we really should decide
Who's taking who for this
Ride the bandwagon into the ditch
Smile for the money shot
Bless my soul and drop a stitch
Strike while the irony is hot

And I don't have much time
There's so much left to take
It's hard to know what's genuine
And what's a genuine fake
I think there's something weird going on
Something unforeseen
The best impression of a succubus
That I have ever seen

Before we get too fried
Let's get on with the
Ride the ghost train out into the dark
Ride it right into the ground
Up through the suburbs, graveyards and parks
Going around and around

If I never see you again
That will be way too soon
And if I ever get over this
I will be over the moon
I hope that something new comes along
Something more my style
I hope that someone else comes along
And makes it worth my while

And it's lust and sloth and pride
That makes me want to
Ride the roller coaster for all that it's worth
Live it all up to the hilt
If you can't take it with you away from this earth
Might as well take it full tilt

Ride the old horse through gold rush town
If that's the kind of company you keep
You're getting very tired and you need to lie down
See you in your sleep

See you in your sleep

See you in your sleep

 

Swan Lake

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

Oh my ugly ducklings, nobody loves you
Daddy said he'll buy you some ballet shoes
But he spent all he had on hash
And avoiding another crash
Now who will look after you

One night your shoulders will ache
But next day when you wake
You'll sprout wild wings, and fly
Just like in Swan Lake

Oh you helpless birdlings, nobody wants you
How will you ever survive out of the nest
And the wolf will put his nose in
And the water is so frozen
You'll have to swim like all the rest

One night your shoulders will ache
But next day when you wake
You'll sprout wild wings, and fly
Just like in Swan Lake

 

Feel

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

For all time
Looking for something to remind me
Something out the corner of my eye
Why can't I feel it
Why should I try

Bump into a stranger
But that stranger is strangely familiar
How could I let it slip by
Why can't I feel it
Can you tell me why

When I nearly had the connection sussed
It slips right off my tongue
And time veers off, things get jumbled up
In a fever when you are young
But I know who's in there behind those eyes

So say goodbye
There can never be an ending
We are endless like the sky
Why can't I feel it
Is it just a lie

Why can't I feel it

For all time
For all time

 

Mistress

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

You're shivering again
After all that we've been through
Is that all you can do
I didn't wanna come here
Now I don't wanna go
Is there some trick involved in this
As if you would tell me so

Everything is going wrong
All my songs are coming true
And another thing, that halo you wear on your head
I haven't seen one of those for years
Where have you been
In bed you're dead

You're vanishing again
After everything we've said
It's all too much for your poor little, little head
I've never ever been here
I'll never ever leave
Is there some string attached to this
Well I can well believe

Everything is going wrong
All my songs are coming true
And another thing, that halo you wear on your head
I haven't seen one of those for years
Where have you been
In bed you're dead

You're shivering again
After all that we've been through
Is that all you can do
I didn't wanna come here
Now I don't wanna go
Is there some trick involved in this
As if you would tell me so

Everything is going wrong
All my songs are coming true
And another thing, yeah, that halo you wear on your head
I haven't seen one of those for years
Where have you been
In bed you're dead

 

Kings

[rev. Aug. 31, 2015]

See history fade, it's crystal clear
Aurora what you doing here
Buttering the mouths of thieves
Shutter speed it bleeding leaves

In gardens in the orient
Likelihood is good and spent
Herod nods beneath the palms
Holds poor baby in his arms

Tunis and Sardinia
The ocean growing hungrier
Beneath these walls we'll sleep tonight
Beneath this sky we'll glide so bright

And kings will come, years will pass
Stars burn cold beneath the glass
And days will glow in distant times
In distorted haze the zebras graze

In deserts where the dust storm blows
And lush black swamps where mandrake grows
We're marching, laughing to the drum
Waiting for those kings to come

And kings will come and years will pass
Stars burn cold beneath the glass
And days will glow in distant times
In distorted haze the zebras graze

An infant with the voice of a crone
In Nebuchadnezzar's parking zone
Calls out my lord your end is nigh
I didn't mean to make you cry

In deserts where the dust storm blows
And lush black swamps where mandrake grows
We're marching, laughing to the drum
Waiting for those kings to come

The circus sun in Nero eyes
The lions and the Christians rise
Software sings and hardware hears
They're destined baby to live these years

 

Dome

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

I saw this film about some people who lived in a dome
In a beautiful field next to a river of foam
I fell asleep before it was over
I must have dreamt of the end

They'd be young forever as long as they stayed in the dome
But barbarians came and set fire to their home
Exposed the dome dwellers to the outside
They must have known it was the end

All of their wealth couldn't save them
All died inside the flames
Destined to make that same old mistake
God that's such a shame

The barbarians picked through the ashes of the dome
Then went on their way, yeah, continued to Rome
But a curse was laid upon them
They must have known it was the end

All of their strength couldn't save them
All died inside the flood
Destined to make that same old mistake
The way of all flesh and blood

I saw this film about some people who lived in a dome

 

Witch Hunt

People 'round here say you're a witch
They're intrigued in seeing you roast
They really intend to burn you my friend
I think that's the bit they like most

Wake up baby, the mob are on their way
Howling and growling, they want your blood
They're out to get it today

You had to go and cure the Mayor's itch
Then you took care of his clerk
You fixed up John Green and the old Bishop's spleen
Put everyone out of work

Wake up baby, oh baby open your eyes
Look around you, this may be your last sunrise

 

The Disillusionist

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

In autumn he comes to this town
When the people's guard is down
On a day like today
Overcast and grey
Bells were all ringing
The birds stopped their singing
The wind caught in the trees
Screaming to be free

He alights from the platform
In his usual uniform
His skin looks like he slept in it
Or had something rotten kept in it
And snakes stir in the thistles
Back of cat's neck bristles
'Round vicious lips the fur is stained
The Disillusionist is back again

They say that he's famous from the waist down
But the top half of his body is a corpse
His gold won't buy him sleep
His poverty runs so deep
In winter he cracks, in summer he warps

Hang around the backstage door
But he knows what you're waiting for
You rub yourself against his fame
Already ready to bear the blame
He asks you, "Did you like my show?"
As if he really wants to know
Then doesn't wait for your reply
He just pulls you back inside

You started feeling dizzy
It isn't you or is he
Persuade you mentally
Undresses you incidentally
Down the swaying corridor
People you feel sorry for
But when he puts the gaze on you
You're amazed at what you'll let him do

They say that he's famous from the waist down
But the top half of his body is a corpse
His gold won't buy him sleep
His poverty runs so deep
In winter he cracks, in summer he warps

He can turn wine into water
Mother against daughter
Juggles busy deadlines
Gets himself off headlines
Surrounded by his minions
Who never have opinions
Performing little tricks for you
Puts it in a fix for you

Smashes your watch with a hammer
Caresses you off camera
And says the magic words
That nobody's ever heard
Now his spell is fading
Reality all-pervading
It only makes you want him more
It only makes you haunt him more

They say that he's famous from the waist down
But the top half of his body is a corpse
His gold won't buy him sleep
His poverty runs so deep
In winter he cracks, in summer he warps

And he does the Indian rope trick
The one that makes you seasick
And he keeps on filling up your cup
But you keep on filling up
And some of it's done with mirrors
And some of it's done with scissors
And some of it's done with cables
And his hands under the table

It doesn't matter you want to believe
It doesn't matter if you have to leave
You won't escape his orbit
And the things that you must forfeit
And the audience seemed familiar
Some of them in particular
Bet you they are his plants
When he plays the games of chance

And he reads the minds of the jilted girls
And the story really unfurls
Cost a fortune for the man in the suit
Whose suffering is very acute
There's a rabbit in his hat
But I thought I smelled a rat....

[Remainder of song when sung live]
The fire is just cellophane
The Disillusionist is back again

 

Old Flame

[rev. Jan. 8, 2011]

Naomi will not be consoled by your blues
She calls down the crows then she pulls on her shoes
Out into the empty street she walks
Past the little piles of smouldering leaves

Beware, an old flame is still burning there
Don't stare, shadows in the smoke whispering everywhere
Everywhere, anywhere is nowhere when you don't care
So beware, an old flame is still burning there

 

Chaos

[rev. May 5, 2006]

I wasn't expecting this
Now everything is destroyed
Underneath us are the nothings
Underneath them is a void
Beyond that void there's a place
Where figments from bad dreams are banished
Childhood nightmares all come seeping
And adult logic nearly vanished

Chaos (chaos)
  [L](sensing you're high, fall in the flame, faster and down)
  [R](dance in desire, fall in the flames, faster and down)
Chaos (chaos)
  [L](dance in desire, fall in the flames, faster and down)
  [R](sensing you're high, out of the flames, buckle it down)

None of this is what I wanted
I truly asked for what I got
Bang the gavel, it's lawlessness
I can't unravel the knot

Chaos (chaos)
  [L](dance in the sea, following flames, buckle it down)
  [R](sensing you're high, out of the flame, faster and down)
Chaos (chaos)
  [L](sensing that high, falling away)
  [R](dance in desire, falling away)

Half this wretched town is starving
While the other half are bloated
Everybody hates the bastards in power
But their pill is sugar coated

Chaos (chaos)
  [L](sensing that high, fall in the flame, fasten it down)
  [R](dance in desire, fall in the breeze, flatten it down)
Chaos (chaos)
  [L](dance in the sea, following flames, faster and down)
  [R](sensing that high, out of the flame, flatten it down)

I didn't need any of this
I feel anxiety in my neck
The consequences now apparent
Feeding back unchecked
Incessant loop in spiral coils
Fingers underneath the skin
Adrenaline is not my mistress
But she always knows just where I've been

Chaos (chaos)
  [L](dance in desire, fall in the flames, faster and down)
  [R](sensing that high, out of the flame, flatten it down)
Chaos (chaos)
  [L](sensing that high, falling away)
  [R](dance in the sea, floating away)

 

Film

Instrumental

 

Tracks from the Ripple CD Single

Nightmare

[rev. Aug. 22, 2013]

I wanna consume, I wanna eat up a mountain
Drink up an ocean, dream of a world
I wanna consume, I wanna smoke up a forest
Shoot up a river, run up the bill
I want women and men
And when the whole damn thing is over
I want it all back again
Yeah maybe I'll be happy then

We'll ride the nightmare every night
We'll skin our dreams
And then we'll fall from such a height
We'll split our seams

I wanna devour
I wanna suck up your power
I wanna smell all the flowers
I wanna use up my useless hours

We'll ride the nightmare every night
(We'll ride the nightmare every night)
We'll skin our dreams
And then we'll fall from such a height
We'll split our seams

I wanna absorb, I wanna absorb your spirit
Feed off your soul, drain out your youth
I wanna absorb, I wanna become your lover
Erase your master, live out your life
I want your time, and your thoughts
I want the things your sugar daddy bought you
What the alchemists and magicians sought
I want starboard, I want port

We'll ride the nightmare every night
(We'll ride the nightmare every night)
We'll skin our dreams
And then we'll fall from such a height
We'll split our seams

We'll ride the nightmare every night
(We'll ride the nightmare every night)
We'll skin our dreams
And then we'll fall from such a height
We'll split our seams

We'll ride the nightmare every night
(We'll ride the nightmare every night)
We'll skin our dreams...

 

Fog

[rev. Aug. 22, 2013]

Don't even try reading my mind again
It's the second time I've caught you
Rummaging around in my head
I know what you're after yeah
And I've hidden it where you will never look
I know you like to remember things that never happened

I don't like driving in this fog
I don't like struggling in this web
And if I ever wake up
As if you'll ever wake up

The people in here are getting hungry again
They hunger for something intangible
Something even you can't provide
It hurts to think that in a hundred years
We'll all just be microfiche
Our names and the names of our songs
Cataloged and filed away

I don't like driving in this fog
I don't like struggling in this web
And if I ever wake up
As if you'll ever wake up

Didn't think I felt so empty
Emptiness can feel so good
I see the perfect life is the life of a tree
Yeah the life of a tree is the life for me
But you chop me up for wood

Don't ever try reading my mind again
It's the second time I've caught you
Rummaging around in my head

I don't like driving in this fog
I don't like struggling in this web
And if I ever wake up
As if you'll ever wake up again