MANTRAS

by J Molin

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released December 31, 2018

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Track Name: No More Shitty Gigs
No more sitting in my cube beneath the zombie lights
Where the light is too white and the walls are too tight
I need to go outside and a get a big fresh breath of air
But I can't escape the screen and my butt's glued to the chair

No more standing on a stage beneath the TV screens
No more trying to sing over the coffee steam machine
No more waiting hours just wait for hours more
In some far off remote hope that my foot gets in a door

No more shitty gigs I've played enough for one life
No more shitty years it's high time I decided
To show a little self-respect and have a little pride
'Cause it's my show and I decide where it will go
Yeah it's my show and I decide where it will go

No more playing right behind a big ol concrete pole
No more shitty boxy smelly nasty little holes
No more playing petting zoos for peanuts in a jar
While the badger interlopers are all yelling at the bar

No more making money for some jerk with a bar
I’m singing in the sun and out there underneath the stars
No more precious bullshit from a kid who can’t relax
I’m bustin through the walls of the dungeon with my ax

No more saying Yes to all the shit that comes my way
No less than my heart up on the wire when I play
No more scratching at the surface with a rusty spoon
I'm stabbing at the source trying to kill it with my tune

No more shitty gigs I've played enough for one life
No more shitty years it's high time I decide
Let's go for a walk, I'm gonna take this show outside
'Cause it's my show and I decide where it will go
Yeah it's my show and I can ride where it will go

We're going out on a sunny day
We're gonna find a sweet spot to play
When the weather is feelin fine
We're gonna slow down the hands time

We're gonna dance around the in sun
We're gonna let ourselves have fun
We're gonna open up a bottle of red red wine
We're gonna lay on the grass and stare at the sky

We're gonna gather down by the creek
We're gonna feel the stone beneath our feet
We gonna watch the clouds go by
We gonna slow down for a while
Track Name: Outside
If I'm not getting outside then the sun can't lay its light
like a hand upon my head and bake my spirit bright.
If I'm not getting outside then I can’t open my eyes
past the walls around my mind, and stretch them out upon the sky.
Feel the breeze go still a while, then the rattle of the leaves,
Song upon song from the trees, looping layered choruses.

I need the sun upon my face.
I feed my feet upon the ground.
Get me high on air and space.
Surround me with the open sound.

'Cause if I’m not getting outside then the birds cannot remind me
that the dawn is filled with song and the wildlife goes on.
If I'm not getting outside then the flowers can't confide
Their sensual serenity, the sense of possibility.
Lay upon the lawn with me. Stare up at the sky and see:
There is no philosophy like the branches of a tree.

Mamacita, let’s go talk along the lake,
like we did so long ago, there’s still so much I want to know.
Hija linda, let’s pretend that we just met
for the 1st time in a long time and we fall in love again.

I need the sun upon my face.
I feed my feet upon the ground.
Get me high on air and space.
Surround me with the open sound.

If I'm not getting outside I need to slip out on the sly
Sip a cup and simmer down, circulate around the grounds.
If I'm not getting outside then I'm not really alive.
I’m a part of everything, I feel it in my wiring.
Suddenly it starts to rain, hushing me with everything,
Quieting my busy brain, I’m nothing but a weathervane.

I need the sun upon my face.
I feed my feet upon the ground.
Get me high on air and space.
Surround me with the open sound.
Surround me with the open sound.
Surround me with the open sound.
Track Name: I Have Arrived
No more waiting to be discovered
No more waiting to get signed
Discovered myself, I am surrounded by wealth
I realize how much I've denied

No more waiting for a favor
No more waiting for the stars to align
No more waiting, no more sad stargazing
'Cause now I know, I have arrived

And I know, I've got a long long way to go
But with the wait I am satisfied
And I know that it goes so painfully slow
But that's OK cause I got you by my side

No more waiting for directions
I'll make a map out of the sky
I've waited so long for the muse to deliver this song
I thank my god it has arrived

Now I tell myself, If I only had someone else
While the one I need is right in front of my eyes
No more waiting for love
I love all the crazy stuff that you're made of
Cause I can see you have arrived

No more waiting to be discovered
No more waiting to get signed
Discovered myself, I am surrounded by wealth
And now I know, I have arrived
Track Name: Bright Eyes Shine
You see a star out of the car as we're driving by
You yell out star and point out where each one you find
Stars adorn your avenues and so now mine
My oh my, Anais Sky how your bright eyes shine!

You're my little fox, peeking at the possums
You're my little bear, heeding where the honey's hid
You're my little mouse underneath the table
You're my little fish doing backflips

You always say, Daddy an A! and I see the sign
You see the tower every time it's on the skyline
You spy with your little eye some tricky little find
My oh my, Anais Sky how your bright eyes shine!

Have you never seen a dog wearing pajamas?
Have you never seen a giant squid wearing a bib?
Have you never seen a baby with an umbrella
holding a frog like a little kid?

The world is new and new again for you my friend
And so for me it's new again and again and again
Thank god for what you see in me, through Maile's eyes and mine
My oh my, Anais Sky how your bright eyes shine!
Track Name: This Song Is Done
I don't care if its good
I don't care if it makes any sense
I just don't have the time
to come up with the fancy rhymes

It's just gotta be fast
I'm cranking out the lines
and whatever I do is fine
if it's on time

this song is done
this song is done
it's been fun I got to run
this song is done

I told myself I could do it
a song every goddam day
and there's nothing to it
when all I gotta do is play

and if you want a good one
you gotta write some bad ones first
and the good ones come when you get over feeling dumb
so get up and do your worst

this song is dumb
but this song is done
they can't all be the one
this song is done

this song is for all my artists
who don't know that muse will sing
cause they don't show up for practice
or finish a goddam thing

to all my perfectionists
let go of all that crap
let it sail learn to fail
but don't fall into that trap

this song is done (x 8)
i'm my father's son but I have won
this song is done
Track Name: My System
I use my system to capture information
I use my system to structure inspiration
I use my system to make up my inventions
I use my system to catalog intention
Always planning for a miracle
Always scanning for a miracle

I use my system to connect from a distance
I use my system to fire up the pistons
I use my system to play all day with children
I use my system to listen and re-listen
Always feeling for a miracle
Always appealing for a miracle
So I'm free to make my art and play my part
So I'm free to undertake with all my heart
So I'm free to work out my philosophies
So I'm free from all of these anxieties

I use my system to buy myself some freedom
I use my system to know what to abstain from
I use my system to do and then do nothing
I use my system to amplify the loving
Always tending to a miracle
Always sending for a miracle

So I'm free to be with friends and not my phone
So I'm free to stay at home and be alone
So I'm free to be a fool and not be cool
So I'm free and not a tool of all my tools
So I’m free to let go what I know
So I’m free to appreciate the show
So I’m free to not feel bad bout feeling low
So I’m free to go wherever I can go

I use my system to get up and get busy
I use my system to keep from getting dizzy
Singing reggae hymns and indie spirituals
Snapping pics and scouting out the visuals
Recording lines for all my oddball musicals
I finally learned it's cool to be unusual
I use my emptiness to make a place
I use my denied state to fight the hate
I use my heart to steer into the fear
I feel a miracle is almost here
Track Name: What It's Like
Everything's connected, everything's changing

So pay attention, 'cause this is what it's like right now

This is what it's like... this is what it's like right now

So pay attention, pay attention, this is what it's like right now
Track Name: Keep Your Word
Keep your word and do your best
Don’t take it personal or make assumptions
Track Name: Not Gonna Try
I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm not gonna to try to change you, I'm through
I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm gonna try, I'm gonna choose my truths

believed em when they told me i could do, anything i choose, i put my mind to
now it sounds cruel and funny as i'm runin out of time and money
so much less in within our control than I knew in my youth, but now i know the truth
we don't choose what we believe for a long long time, but when we do it's divine

I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm not gonna to try to change you, I'm through
I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm gonna try, I'm gonna choose my truths

we're all in way over our heads, taking our meds until we're dead
thought that there was something i could say but it doesn't work that way, so i'll save the cliches
i could waste my time trying to change your mind, by why? it's written in the sky
no one wants to hear what you think they should do, we just want someone who's true

I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm not gonna to try to change you, I'm through
I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm gonna try, I'm gonna choose my truths

so, i go out and i sit in the sun, close my eyes, turn my hands up the sky
i sit real still for a while, breath real slow, forget everything i know
i see the world as it will be, without me and my misery
unconsciousness connects me to everything else and for a second i get let go of myself

I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm not gonna to try to change you, I'm through
I'm not gonna to try to change anyone but myself
I'm gonna try, I'm gonna choose my truths

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