Conscious Contact – Lyrics

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Jerry Joseph & Jackmormons

Conscious ContactTerminus Records – 2002

Coliseum, Kind of Place, Ching-A-Ling, Conscious Contact, Pure Life, Fastest Horse, Ten Killer Fairies, Little Boos Fireworks, Muscle, Glass Eye, Easter


Coliseum

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

I think I’m gonna take my baby down to the coliseum

See all the lions crawl outta the ground

Yeah it’d be cool to see ’em

Maybe she’d be better off with a gladiator

‘Cause glory’s just another phase

I thought I’d save for later

Chorus:

And I’d like to be your

‘your man of steel

I’d thrill to be your something real’something strong.

I think I’d gonna take my baby down to the Eiffel Tower

Sixty stories off the ground

Yeah she could feel the power

Maybe she’d be better off in the foreign legion

‘Cause we’re all dyin’ to get off in the Age of Reason

Chorus:

You know the rules by now my friend

It makes no difference in the end

I think I’m gonna take my baby down to the institution

Hear the roaring of the crowds for the revolution

Maybe she’d be better off with a freedom fighter

‘Cause I just haven’t got the nerve

To stand and die beside her

Chorus:

Well I’d like to be your your man of steel

And I’d thrill to be your something real

Yeah I’d kill to be your

Something strong, I’ll never be strong enough

I think I’m gonna take my baby down


Kind of Place

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

Take a run round the cannery

Smells like death and fish today

What’s left of humanity floats lifeless out here in the bay

Maybe I’ll get a place round here

Two bedrooms and a sunset deck

Food is good, the ocean’s near, enough to keep my soul in check

But I won’t have a telephone

So no one can tell me how you are

Thousand miles from your home

Local bus won’t go that far, that far

Chorus:

This could be the kind of place

Where I pretend that I fit in

No one asks me who I am

What I’ve done

Where I’ve been

Hang around for a couple of years

‘Til the coast is clear, movin’ ‘long

You’ll never find me here

We’ll let the bygones be gone, be gone

Take a run to the Canyon Bridge

People living in a river bed

Dogs bark on the ridge

In a mockery of the things I said

Maybe I’ll get a job ’round here

Run the lights in a discotech

Food is good and the girls are clear

Enough to keep my heart in check

But I won’t have a stereo

So I can’t play your favorite song

Burn the book where I keep my notes

About the way that I did you wrong, you wrong

(Chorus)

Head down to the local bar

Wish that I could drink that bottle there

Hang around with the movie stars

But the movie stars said I drank my share

Maybe I could find a girl who doesn’t know what I put you through

Treat her like the queen of the world

Forget the way I treated you

Late at night when I call your name

She won’t have to understand

About the ropes and all my hopes

Just how sorry that I am, that I am

(Chorus x2)


Ching-A-Ling

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

You’re red pistol

Such a fine accessory

Chinese missiles

Rally the confederacy

Graveyard statues say the South will rise again

Right back at you

And your Italian tailored friends

And I’ve got sugar

I’ve got ice and Darjeeling

Tastes like murder

When the bells of freedom ring

Chorus:

Ching-a-Ling, Ching-a-Ling’I’m allright

Ching-a-Ling, Ching-a-Ling’I’m allright

Ching-a-Ling, Ching-a-Ling’I’m allright

Ching-a-Ling, Ching-a-Ling’I’m allright

You got stardust

You got piss and Gatorade

And you’ve got more trust in the enemies you made

I’ve got puzzles

We can solve between the sheets

Ain’t no trouble to wash the blood off of my feet

Chorus:

Ching-a-Ling, Ching-a-Ling’I’m allright (8X)

I will take you

In the Shangri La Suite

I will melt you

Like ice sculpture in the heart

I’ll forget you

But they’ll still worship at your feet

Horns of light

Like a Moses by Chagall

You look just right

The way you’re nailed up on my wall

Now I hear you ringing

Like a Summer ice cream truck

Gifts you’re bringing

Leave me high and out of luck

Chorus:


Conscious Contact

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

In your eyes it’s Halloween

Leaves me scared as hell

Of all the things I might have seen

I only saw myself

Voices stirring up emotions

That I thought I shot

Left for dead

Silence like an ocean

Like a pillow covering my head

Never stopped to see your grave

Aztec, New Mexico

We’ll send your coffin south one day

We know you hate the cold

Walk like Superman

Across the planet

Then you go and spin your luck

One thing, don’t understand

I never thought I’d miss you quite this much

Chorus:

And your conscious contact

We’re kicking up some ghosts

Baby, conscious contact

Leave me conscious with you now

Never stop to shed a tear

And that’s what I’ve been told

But you’ve been dead for 18 years

And left me to get old

I wake up in the morning

And find that everyone I love has turned to dust

I hate to break it to myself

I think I’ve got to learn to trust

Chorus:

My conscious contact

Yeah spittin’ up some ghosts

Baby, conscious contact

Leave me conscious with you now

Leave me conscious with you now

I hear you’re coming back again

Hell I say just give it up

Hand over the wheel

When I get finished throwing up

I’ll tell how I feel

Voices stirring up emotions

That I thought I shot

Left for dead

Silence like an ocean

Like a pillow covering my head

Chorus:

With your conscious contact

We’re kicking up some ghosts

Baby, conscious contact

With the ones I fear the most

Conscious Contact, Conscious Contact


Pure Life

Music by Jerry Joseph, Brad Rosen, JR Ruppel

Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

Taste the whiskey on your breath

It’s as much as I can drink these days

And I haven’t finished yet

Just keep breathing in my face

Taste the poison on your tongue

It tastes like sacrament to me

Like a genuflecting reptile with St. Michael

I am starting to believe

Chorus:

Here I am now in your heaven right

It’s everything you promised me

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure life

Come to me

Pour the tonic down my throat

Throw the water in my eyes

Like Romulus and Remus

Stick your fang into my thigh

Whisper softly now in Farsi

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Something about another glass of wine

A loaf of bread and thee.

Chorus:

Here I am now in your Heaven, right

It means everything to me

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure

It’s your paradise

It’s your world

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure life

Come to me

Hold very still now baby

There’s something by the bed

A viper or a butterfly

An angel or the magic of the dead

Taste the poison on your tongue

Tastes like ecstasy to me

Baby we ain’t making love

I think we’re making history

Chorus:

Here I am now in your heaven

It’s everything you promised me

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure

It’s your paradise

A beautiful world

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure life.

Here I am now in your heaven

It’s pretty good for me

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure

It’s your paradise

A beautiful world

It’s your paradise

It’s your pure life.


Fastest Horse

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

Finally healing

So slow at learning

Should have expected

Some itching and burning baby

The look that you’re wearing

Short of ecstatic

I guess I disappoint you

Seems there’s no cure

Automatic

Chorus:

Got your wish

It got you down

Saddle up now baby

I’m on the fastest horse in town

How do you like me now

Naked & cold

How do you like me now

Washed up and old

Gonna run my course

I’m gonna run around

I’ve got the fastest horse

In this one horse town

Erotic and gentle

Still I’m not amused

The angels and devils

They come through

The wounds

Here I am

Scrubbed and clean

Hold my hand

And ride with me

How do you like me now

Naked & cold

How do you like me now

Washed up and old

How do you like me now

Scared and weak

How do you like me now

I can barely speak

No harmony

No peace of mind

Out of control

I’m out of time

Gonna run my course

Gonna run around

I’ve got the fastest horse

In this one horse town

How do you like it

How do you like me

How do you like me

How do you like me now?


Ten Killer Fairies

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

She took his hand

Said apologies aren’t necessary

You’ve been a faithful man

Love and Honor are your legacy

Like to fix my hair

And put on my pretty Sunday dress

Cook you breakfast

It’s a shame to leave the house a mess

And the baby’s crying

And I push his face into my breast’and

Sing to him softly

This is for the best

But it’s hard to face the older children

They know enough to understand

They soon will be delivered

Into Jesus’ waiting hands

And the ten killer fairies

Won’t pull us apart

And I will hold you here forever

Here in my sacred heart

And if the neighbors would just stop screaming

And accept this as their fate

The comforts in the dreaming

Of the paradise that waits

So let’s gather up the family

And let’s cover up their eyes

This is only temporary

And no need to say goodbye

And the ten killer fairies

Won’t pull us apart

And I will hold you here forever baby

Here in my sacred heart

Well out here in the courtyard

The reflection of the sun

Off emotionless sunglasses

And the barrel of the gun

And I can hear the people laughing

Down at the carnival

And I wonder if they’ll remember

How we lined against this wall

With dignity like soldiers

And forgiveness like the saints

Giving comfort to our children

With a silence like the martyrs and examples we’ve been made

And the ten killer fairies

Won’t pull us apart

And I will hold you here

Here in my sacred heart

And our father who art in Heaven

Hallowed by thy name

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done

Today’today

Take my hand now baby

Let’s look out to the sea

To the tuna boats and dolphins

Let’s taste the ocean breeze

And I will not stop weeping

I promised I’d be strong

Just tell me that you love me

Hold me in your arms

And it’s funny I remember

When I was a little girl

How easy came the laughter

At the wonders of the world

And how one day I would marry

With a family of my own

But the time has come now baby

To take my family home

And the ten killer fairies

Won’t pull us apart

And I will hold you here forever darling

Here in my sacred heart


Little Boos Fireworks

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

Why should I get up?

There’s a note here

A document, a statement for the time’s pageantry

To the invisible

Irreversible – a hero redefined

Why should I put up with my reflection?

It never gives the justice I deserve

It’s criminal, my failure

A time to throw the world a fucking curve

Got a vision

A lyrical calling

Gonna see the world through brighter eyes

Got a box of little boos fireworks

Gonna light up the sky

Why don’t I shut up?

It doesn’t matter

Your attention’s clearly not for me

Patriarchal blessings calling

A time to burn my mark on history

Why don’t I give up

And say I’m sorry?

Well then again apologies can wait

Need to live up

To anything, something

A glorious redemption for my fate

Got a mission

A spiritual calling

Gonna see the world through cleaner eyes

Got a box of little boos fireworks

Gonna light up the sky

Why don’t you give up

And say you love me?

It’s all I ever wanted in this life

If you can hear me

Know I miss you

Look out your window

Kiss the world goodbye

Got a vision

A lyrical calling

Gonna see the world through brighter eyes

Got a box of little boos fireworks

Gonna light up the sky

Got a mission

A spiritual calling

Gonna see the world through cleaner eyes

Got a box of little boos fireworks

Gonna light up the sky


Muscle

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

Matters of conscience

Matters of flesh

It’s muscle

No one can deny you

You’re doing your best

You got muscle

Once in a while

They give you a glimpse

Of the light

Glimpse of the light

Spread yourself out across my back

Feel your muscle

Promise me baby

You’ll never pull back your muscle

Sing it again child

Gently in my ear

I feel the blood running under your skin

Like muscle

Yeah you’ve got muscle

It’s everything to you

Sex and redemption

New school of thought

It’s muscle

You say these moments bring you closer to God

You’ve got muscle

I see in your eyes

You’re being born again

It’s easy to see

When you’re holding my heart

It’s muscle

It’s muscle

It’s everything

A reading from the book of Marvin Gaye

Sexual Healing for the souls we have saved

We remain in light

Or remain in clay

I remain with you baby

Show me the way

Show a little muscle

You’ve got muscle

Muscle it’s everything to me

Well early this morning I could feel you breathe

Muscle

And though you’re miles from me

Brings the strength I need

Muscle

Once in a while they give you a glimpse of the light


Prince of Denmark

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

Disregard the architecture

Astrophysics leaves me cold

Science can be my protector

From the force that makes me old

Catalytic converters

Hatha Yoga silicon

The Siren calls I know I heard her

I wish she’d just leave me alone

I need something real to worship

To kneel before, to die to breathe

A battle cry of deep emotion

Leap of faith into the sea

You could be my Prince of Denmark

Overlook the occupation

Can’t hold what they cannot see

We all could use a brief vacation

From the toll of history

I haven’t got the nerve for conquest

Happy here right by your side

Table scraps are all I request

You pat my head I’m satisfied

I could be your Guinevere

You could be my cannonball

Toast the ones who brought us here

All for one and one for all

You could be my Prince of Denmark

I see you swing down from the rafters

I see the saber in your teeth

Still not sure just what you’re after

I trust that it’s good for me

And I will be your willing slave

And I will kneel before your throne

I will join you in your grave

You will never lie alone

I will bear you sons and daughters

And I will join your great crusade

Like a lamb led to the slaughter

I lie in the bed you made

You could be my Prince of Denmark

You could be my Prince of Denmark

You could be my Prince of Denmark


Glass Eye

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

From here on the breakwater

We stare at the seals stretched like Labradors out in the sand

And I talk about times here learning to swim

While the waves crash around these old bricks where we stand

We could talk about love but we’re scared to get hurt

I could use your perspective from down in the dirt

Well it’s been fifteen years since you went in the ground

And I can’t imagine much of you left layin’ around

Except that beautiful marble of crystal blue glass

That you’d pull out for substitute teachers in class

And on wet nights like these still feeling you near

And the one thing that’s left is a vision that’s clear

Out of your glass eye

Your glass eye

Watch over me now

You were my best friend, my idol and my blueprint for cool

Taught me how to be callous and how to be cruel

Now some say you’re nothing but memories and bones

I think we both know that you’re never alone

Because here I am asking for guidance and light

That can only be granted by your line of sight

Out of your glass eye

Your glass eye

Watch over me now

All I ever wanted

Was for you to love me like I loved you

And all I ever wanted

Was girls to love me like they loved you

All I ever wanted was people to love me like they loved you

Like I know you can get them to love me too

Now I’m getting old

Still a failure in love

Not looking for answers to fall from above

I’d rather lie down with my ear to the earth

With your voice is a yardstick for just what I’m worth

‘Cause I’ll never see all the things that you see

But I trust you’re still willing

To see them for me

Out of your glass eye

Your glass eye

Over me now

Well here on the breakwater

I look in her eyes

And I’m scared of what they may reveal

We may only have one shot of love in this life

So I better just say what I feel

Or else after I die

For thousands of years

All that I’ll leave behind is one dusty tear

Out of your glass eye

Your glass eye

Over me now


Easter

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Joseph

I’ve got coffee in

In my coffee cup

It’s instant but still obliged to perk me up

And I’ve got plenty of American cigarettes

They kill me but I’m not afraid to die just yet

Look over in the corner

And Easter’s looking back

The aluminum messiah or an angry big black cat

And dawn breaks on the city

No one out there that I know

Three million strangers here

It’s good to be alone’to be alone

And all your letters

I said I’d respond

My intentions are sound

It just my timing is wrong

So I just push you back’maybe for a little while

Procrastination luckily remaining in style

I think I’ll go and find a graveyard,

A palace or a church

I’ve got no obligations and the exercise can’t hurt

And Miss Communication

She’s easier on me

If we keep it out of focus we’ll see what we want to see

What we want to see

What we want to see

What we want to see

What we want to see

I’ll see anything baby

Yeah I’ll see anything

I’ll see blue skies’anything you tell me to

Look over in the corner

And Easter’s looking back

The millennium messiah or an angry big black cat

And dawn breaks over Paris

No one out there that I know

Three million strangers here

It’s good to be alone’to be alone

It’s good to be alone

It’s good to be alone

Why does it take so long till we get it

Caught the wrong track, stuck back in it

Why does it take so long till we get it