Songs and Poems by  Dan Brudnak

 

 

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Arena Divine chords

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> The roof was in tatters  The walls left the ground out of line

 

--G----------------------D---------F-------------C-----G
> But all parts of this building  Created an arena Divine


 

--Am----------------------Bm

> No contractor would touch it

---------C-------------D

> They said tear it down

 

 

------Am-------------Bm
> It's not worth the saving

 

 

-----------C--------------D
> It's not worthy of the ground
>
>
>
> But the master himself appeared with a smile in his eyes
>
> I know it's so broken but I will save my arena Divine
>
> With the blood from his hands

and the love in his heart
> Over and over

the repair did he start
>
> And six times he started in marvelous ways to repair
>
> His arena Divine but so broken the weight it could not
> bear
>
>
> With love not understood

>the nails could not hold
> But raising himself up 

>was such beauty to behold
>
> The seventh time the dogwood would support all the weight
> of the work
>
> Into the walls the master he himself he would insert
>
> United together

>forever to stand
> A shelter to all

> from each and every land
>


> The arena Divine is perfect and scarred all in one
>
> And all stand in it's shelter under the dominion of the
> son
>
> Adam Noah Abraham

>Jacob Moses David
> Covenants that we've broken

>and they just couldn't save us
>
> So God kept the bargain and paid for both sides of the
> deal
>
> We sealed the agreement over the Passover meal
>
>
> The seventh time the dogwood would support all the weight
> of the work
>
> Into the walls the master he himself he would insert
>
> United together

> forever to stand
 > A shelter to all

> from each and every land
>


> The arena Divine is perfect and scarred all in one
>
> And all stand in it's shelter under the dominion of the
> son
>
> Thank you God
>
> > My Boss can do anything

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 TALITHA COUMI

CHORUS

G Em C D
TALITHA COUMI TALITHA COUMI RISE UP LITTLE GIRL FROM YOUR
G
SLEEP
G Em C D
TALITHA COUMI TALITHA COUMI HUSH NOW LITTLE DARLIN' DON'T YOU
G
WEEP

VERSE
C D G
NOW MOM AND DAD DON'T YOU TELL NO-ONE WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED
Em C D G
HERE TODAY, GO NOW AND GIVE HER SOMETHING TO EAT
C D G Em
GO NOW AND LOVE EACHOTHER AS MUCH AS I LOVE YOU
C D G
AND YOU KNOW WHO'S CALLIN' WHEN YOU HERE TALITHA COUMI


C
LAZARUS MY FRIEND THEY SAY ITS TOO LATE FOR YOU
FOR YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN TOO LONG IN THE TOMB
BUT MY DADDY LIVES FOR EVER, AND ITS SUMTHIN HE WANTS TO
SHARE
SO YOU KNOW WHO'S CALLIN WHEN YOU HEAR TALITHA COUMI
C
NOW DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT THE TASSELS, OR THE FIFTY THOUSAND
LOAVES
YOUR TURN WILL COME WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT
JUST GET YOUR OIL JARS READY, MAKE 'EM FULL AND READY TO GO
FOR WHEN THE BRIDE GROOM COMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
--------------------------
BENDING IN THE WIND

Dm7 Em Dm7
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE TREES BENDIN IN THE WIND
Dm7 Em Dm7
THEY SHOW THEIR STRENGTH BY HOW MUCH THEY CAN BEND
A
THAT'S THE WAY THAT FRIENDS CAN BE
D
THAT'S THE WAY I WANT IT WITH YOU AND ME
G A D
BENDIN TOGETHER BUT NOT BREAKIN', IN THE WIND


//CHORUS OR BRIDGE//
G A D
BUT IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE SO FAR FAR AWAY
G A D
IT SEEMS WE JUST CAN'T MAKE THE TIME TO STAY
G A
'CAUSE GOOD FRIENDS DON'T GROW ON TREES
D
AND TRY TO FIND A COMBO LIKE YOU AND ME
G A D
SO REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND



REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND
'CAUSE WHEN THE STRONG WINDS BLOW YOU CAN TELL WHO'S REALLY
YOUR FRIEND
THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE ONE IS JUST TO BE ONE
FRIENDSHIP AIN'T WORTH A DIME UNLESS ITS A FREE ONE
SO REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND

WELL THERE'S JUST ONE THING YOU CAN NEVER ASK OF A FRIEND
THAT'S THAT THE TIME TOGETHER WILL NEVER END
'CAUSE IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING YOU GOTTA LET IT GO
IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY YOU GOTTA LET THEM KNOW [GROW]
SO REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE TREES BENDIN IN THE WIND
IF THE ROOTS ARE STRONG YOU CAN FEEL THE PEACE WITHIN
PEOPLE HAVE ROOTS AND WINDS THEY SAY
THE STRONG ONES STAY THE OTHERS BLOW AWAY
SO REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND

YOU GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO PUSH AND WHEN TO GIVE WAY
...GOTTA KNOW WHEN YOU'RE STANDIN IN YOUR OWN WAY
LISTEN TO THE ROOTS THAT YOU CALL YOUR HEART
BEND WITH YOUR PRIDE OR YOU'LL BREAK APART
SO REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT I'M REALLY WANTIN TO SAY
ALL I KNOW IS THAT I WISH THAT YOU COULD STAY
'CAUSE ITS NO FUN STANDIN HERE ALL ALONE
BUT IF I LET MYSELF DOWN, YOU'LL PACK UP AND GO
SO REMEMBER ME WHEN THE TREES ARE BENDIN IN THE WIND
 
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BIG 'NUFF FOR TWO


C
WELL I FEEL SORRY FOR ANY CHILD
F
THAT WEREN'T AN UGLY DUCKLIN' AT LEAST A LITTLE WHILE
G C
ITS NICE TO FIT IN BUT IF YOU DON'T IT MAKES YOU STRONG
C
YOU DON'T GOTTA BE LIKE NOBODY ELSE
F
YOU JUSS GOTTA BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
G
IF YOU KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT YOU'RE RIGHT
G C
SO DON'T BE DOIN NO WRONG



F
AND CHILLEN LET ME TELL YOU A STORY
G
A TALE JUSS TO HELP YOU THROUGH
C
A WAY TO HELP EACHOTHER
F G
WHEN Y'ALL ARE FEELIN BLUE
F
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WITHOUT A SMILE
C
GIVE HIM THE ONE THAT BELONGS TO YOU
F G
AND TOGETHER YOU CAN WATCH IT GROW UNTIL
F C
IT'S BIG ENOUGH FOR TWO



NOW I FEEL SORRY FOR GROWN UPS TOO
WHO'VE FORGOTTEN HOW TO DO WHAT LIL' CHILDREN CAN DO
HAVE IMAGINARY FRIENDS AND CASTLES FLOATIN' IN THE AIR
'CAUSE CHILLEN DON'T YOU KNOW THAT LIFE IS A TRIAL
AND WE'RE ONLY ON EARTH FOR SUCH A LITTLE WHILE
LETS DO WHAT'S IMPORTANT, SHOW FRIENDS AND FAMBLY THAT WE
CARE



AND SOME START WITH FIVE HUNDRED TALENTS
AND THE REST OF US START WITH TWO
BUT WHEN YOU INVEST YOURSELF IN LIFE
ITS GONNA DOUIBLE FOR YOU
AND WE CAN DO EVERYTHING WE NEED TO DO
JUST HAVE FAITH IN THE SON OF MAN
AND HE'LL HELP US LIKE THAT LITTLE CHOO CHOO TRAIN
WHO SAID I THINK I CAN I KNOW I CAN
HE SAID I THINK I CAN I KNOW I CAN



LOTSA BITTER PEOPLE SAY THEY'VE HAD A BAD SHAKE
THAT THEIR NEIGHBOR'S LOT IS A PIECE OF CAKE
THEY MOAN AND GROAN AND COMPLAIN THAT LIFE JUSS AIN'T FAIR

SOME FOLKS HAVE A HEAD START I KNOW IT'S TRUE
BUT HARD WORK WILL CROWN THE WINNER WHEN THE RACE IS THROUGH
REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

AND WE CAN DO EVERYTHING WE NEED TO DO
JUSS HAVE FAITH IN THE SON OF MAN
AND HE'LL HELP US LIKE THAT LIL' CHOO CHOO TRAIN
WHO SAID I THINK I CAN I KNOW I CAN

AND IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WITH OUT A SMILE
GIVE'M THE ONE THAT BELONGED TO YOU
AND TOGETHER YOU CAN WATH IT GROW UNTIL
IT'S BIG 'NUFF FER TWO

NOW I FEEL SORRY FOR ANY CHILD
THAT WEREN'T AN UGLY DUCKLING FOR A LITTLE WHILE
IT'S NICE TO FIT IN BUT IF YOU DON'T IT MAKES YOU STRONG

YOU DON'T GOTTA BE LIKE NOBODY ELSE
YOU JUSS GOTTA BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
IF YOU KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT YOU'RE RIGHT
SO DON'T BE DOIN' NO WRONG
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C'MON HOME



E D
WELL, IT DOESN'T MATER WHERE YOU BEEN
E A7 E
AND I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DONE
E D
BUT CHILDREN IF YOU WANNA LIVE IN THE LIGHT
E A7 E
YOU KNOW YOU GOTTA LIVE UNDER THE SON

CHORUS:

E D
COME ON HOME DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU BEEN
E A7
C'MON HOME I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DONE
E D
C'MON HOME MAKE A LIVIN' IN THE LIGHT
E A7
C'MON HOME LIVE UNDER THJE SON


WELL I KNEW ONE DAY YOU HAD TO GO AWAY
BUT I ALSO SAW YOU RETURN
I KNEW YOU HAD TO PLAY WITH FIRE
BUT IT HURT ME WHEN YOU HAD TO GET BURNED
I KNEW IF I TRIED TO FORCE YOU TO STAY
IT'LD ONLY DRIVE YOU EVEN FURTHER AWAY
THAT'S WHY I MADE A LIFE LINE THE VERY SAME DAY
THAT'S HOW IT CAME THAT I TAUGHT YOU TO PRAY


WELL, IT DOESN'T MATER WHERE YOU BEEN
AND I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DONE
BUT BABY IF YOU WANNA LIVE IN THE LIGHT
YOU GOTTA LIVE UNDER THE SON
CHORUS



NO MATTER WHERE EVER YOU GO
I'M GONNA BE YOUR HELPIN' HAND
NO MATTER WHAT EVER YOU DO
YOU KNOW I'M GONNA UNDERSTAND
NO MATTER WHATEVER YOU SAY
I'LL KNOW JUST WHAT YOU MEAN
NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU CHANGE
IT'S GONNA BE THE SAME OL' YOU AND ME


WELL, IT DOESN'T MATER WHERE YOU BEEN ...
---------------------------
ST. FRANKIE
G
WELL ST. FRANKIE WAS A MANDOLIN PLAYER
G D
'FORE HE GAVE 'WAY EVERYTHING HE HAD
D
WISH I COULDA HEARD HIM PLAY
D
MAYBE I WILL SOMEDAY
D G
HE'S UP THAR IN HEAVEN'S BLUEGRASS BAND
G
WHERE THOSE LITTLE HARPS THEY SOUND JUSS LIKE BANJOS
G C
AND THEM ANGELS THEY YODEL REAL GOOD TOO
C Em
AND FRANKIE PLAYS THAT MANDOLIN FAST AS WHITE LIGHTNIN'
A D G
JUSS LIKE OL' FRANKIE USED TO DO


G
NOW FRANKIE HE WAS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
G D
WE SURE DID HATE TO SEE HIM GO
D
BUT HE ENLISTED IN THE CRUSADES ARMY
D G
WENT OFF TO FIGHT THAT HOLY WAR
G
BUT FRANKIE HE WENT AND HE CAUGHT A FEVER
G C
CAUGHT A VISION UPSIDE HIS HEAD
C Em
'SAID REBUILD MY CHURCH, SON, IT'S FALLIN' DOWN
A D G
AND WHEN HE COME HOME HERE'S WHAT FRANKIE DID



EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ALONE, HE PUT HIS HAND TO STONE
HE TOOK TO MASONRY WITH A FERVER
HE HELPED OL' FATHER DAMION AND ALL THE OTHERS TOO
AND HE WANTED TO GO ON EVEN FURTHER
'TILL THE BOSS HAD A TALK WITH OL' FRANKIE
HE SAID SON, I THINK YOU MISUNDERSTOOD
MY CHURCH AIN'T NO BUILDIN' THAT'S MADE OUTTA STONE
IT'S THE PEOPLE, GO HELP 'EM IF YOU WOULD

'CAUSE OL' FRANKIE WAS A MANDOLIN PLAYER
AFORE HE GAVE AWAY EVERYTHING HE OWNED
NOW HE'S UP THERE IN HEAVENS BLUEGRASS BAND
WHERE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC ABOUNDS
AND THOSE LITTLE HARPS THEY SOUND JUSS LIKE BANJOS
AND JESSIE PLAYS THE BASS AND CALLS THE TUNES
AND FRANKIE PLAYS THAT MANDOLIN FAST AS WHITE LIGHTNIN'
JUSS LIKE OL' FRANKIE USED TO DO

NOW HE TALKED TO THE WOLF AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR
AND EVEN THE FISH OF THE SEA
HE'D SPREAD THAT GOOD NEWS WHEREVER HE'D GO
NOT IN WHAT HE'D SAY BUT WHAT IN HE'D BE
AND SOME FOLKS COULDN'T UNDERSTAND HIM
BUT THE CHILDREN HAD NO PROBLEM AT ALL
ALL HE SAID WAS TO SHARE, BUT EVEN MORE TO CARE
'CAUSE JESSE HE DONE TOOK CARE OF OUR FALL


NOW ONE DAY FRANKIE SAT THERE
A PRAYIN' AND A THINKIN'
WONDERIN' 'BOUT WHAT JESSIE WENT THROUGH
BEIN' LYNCHED LIKE A CROOK AND NAILED TO A TREE
AIN'T SUMTHIN' THAT'S PLEASANT TO DO
AND THEN OL' FRANKIE REALIZED
JESSIE HAD TO DO IT
TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT JUSTICE WAS DONE
[or T'BE HOLY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE]
AND JESSIE CAME RIGHT TO HIM THAT VERY SAME MOMENT
SAID C'MON BOY, TIME FOR YOU TO JOIN THE FUN
(AND THEN HE MADE FRANKIE HOLY TOO)
 
--------------------------
UHMMMM GOOD MEMORY

WHEN I WAS A KID ...ABOUT YESTERDAY
I USED TO GRAB MY GUITAR AND PLAY
I LOVED THEM BLUES AND THEM COUNTRY SONGS
BUT THE PEOPLE COULDN'T LISTEN TO ME VERY LONG

THEY SAID
I COULDN'T SING
BUT YOU KNOW I GOT ONE THING
IT'S A WORKING FOR ME EVERY DAY
I CALL IT..... UHMM... GOOD MEMORY

LIKE I REMEMBER OL' WHAT'S HIS NAME
HIM AND ME WENT A TRAVELIN' ON THE TRAINS
GOIN' SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH OF SPAIN
FUNNY NOW I CAIN'T REMEMBER HIS NAME

OH WELL,
I FORGET
BUT IT AIN'T OUTA MY HEAD YET
I STILL GOT ONE THING GOIN' FOR ME
I CALL IT.... UHMM... GOOD MEMORY

NOW YOU MIGHT THINK THERE'S SUMTHIN WRONG WITH THIS SONG
BUT I DON'T THINK YOU'LL THINK THAT FOR VERY LONG
I ONLY MESSED UP ONE WORD YOU SEE
THAT WAS GOOD MEMORY FOR ... GOOD MEMORIES

OH YEAH
THAT'S THE CASE
BUT I DON'T THINK ITS NO DISGRACE
IF I ONLY HAVE ONE THING GOIN' FOR ME, I WANT
GOOD MEMORIES
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WE BETTER NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE [GUNNER'S SONG]
[PRONOUNCED GOONER'S SONG]



E
WE CAUGHT A MILK TRAIN IN BARCELONA
E
THE SIGN SAID SEMI DIRECT
A7
AFTER EIGHT HOURS OF A TWO HOUR TRIP
E
WE SAID HEY AIN'T WE THERE YET
B7
SO WE OPENED OUR LUNCH JUST TO PASS THE TIME
A7
THAT'S WHEN THE TRAIN ARRIVED
E
HUSTLIN' OFF A TRAIN WITH AN OPEN CAN OF FISH
B7
MAN WE BARELY MADE IT OUT OF THERE ALIVE
E
WELL WE BETTER NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE




BY THE TIME WE GOT TO VALENCIA
MR. SUN HAD ALREADY GONE DOWN
SO WE CHECKED INTO A NEARBY PENSION
TO CATCH A MORNING TRAIN OUT OF TOWN
PATRONA SHE ONLY HAD FOUR KIDS
BUT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOURTY FOUR
'CAUSE THEY WERE DRINKIN' OUR BRANDY
AND SMOKIN' OUR CIGARETTES
AND THROWIN' OUR STUFF ON THE FLOOR

NEXT MORNIN AT STATION INFORMATION
ALL THE SOUTH BOUNDS HAD LEFT TOWN
THEN A LADY WITH SOME BABIES DROVE UP IN A MERCEDES
SHE BEGGED OUR MONEY AND THEN SHE WAS GONE
SO WE WENT OUT TO THE PARK
AND DRANK OUR LUNCH IN THE SUN
AND WE DRANK OUR BRANDY AND SMOKED OUR CIGARETTES
AND TALKED TILL THREE FIFTY ONE

WELL ITS THREE FIFTY ONE AND THE TRAIN LEAVES AT FOUR
MAN YOU BETTER HUSTLE GET IN THAT TRAIN DOOR
JUST INSIDE AND WE THINK WE'RE SAFE
THEN WE FIND OUT WE'RE ON A STATIONARY TRAIN WELL WE BETTER
NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE.

[CHORUS]
E
WELL WE BETTER NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE
E
LIKE THE ONE THAT CAME BEFORE
A7
IT'LL BE COMIN' 'ROUND IN TWO HOURS
E
BY THEN MY HEAD WILL BE MIGHTY SORE
B7
WELL WE SHOULDN'T HAVE MISSED THE LAST ONE
A7
BUT WE WALKED INTO THE WRONG DOOR
E
TELL ME WHO'S TO TELL WITH TWO TRAINS ON ONE TRACK
B7E E
WHICH ONE WILL BE THE LAST MOVIN' FLOOR

WELL THE NEXT ONE LEAVES IN AN HOUR OR TWO
WE'RE STANDIN' OUTSIDE WONDERIN' WHAT TO DO
A NATIVE OFFERS COFFEE AND WE SAY GREAT
BUT WE TALK MTO LONG AND AGAIN WE'RE LATE
WELL WE BETTER NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE
THE INFORMATION LADY IS LAUGHING AS WE ASK FOR OUR NEXT TRAIN
THIS TIME WE'RE FOURTY MINUTES EARLY
THE TRAIN'S FOURTY MINUTES LATE
STANDIN' ROOM ONLY NOW AINT THAT GREAT

NOW WE'RE STANDIN' ON THE WAY TO MALAGA
NOW MY STORY IS SAD BUT TRUE
STANDIN' 'TWEEN THE CARS WITH SOME ORANGES THAT WE PILFERED
I THINK THE SONG IS THROUGH

AND THEY THINK I'M PLAYING FLAMICO GUITAR BUT I'M JUST
PLAYIN' HEARTBREAK HOTEL
CALL UP SARTE CAUSE THERE AIN'T NO EXIT
I THINK WE CAUGHT THE TRAIN TO HELL
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LOYAL IRREVERENCE

Em D or B7 Em
GENTLE MIST ESCAPING, BRUSHES SOFTLY AGAINST MY CHEEK
Em D/B7 Em
WISDOM THROUGH SWEET SORROW, GIVES ME BALANCE AND MAKES ME MEEK
A
THE MATERIAL EXISTS IN YOUNG MEN'S HEARTS, STRIVING BEYOND THEIR
A Em....
BOUNDS AND MEANS
A
ETHERIALLY EXISTANT IN OLD MEN'S HEARTS, WHO SEARCH BEYOND THEIR
Em
DREAMS

STILLNESS IS THE FOUNTAIN'S DANCE, GENTLE TRICKLING OF CRYSTAL
PRISMS
THEY JOIN TOGETHER AS THEY SHIMMER AGAIN, DISSOLVING ANY SCHISM
FOR THE POOL OF SILENCE IS THIS SOUND, ALL VIBRATIONS TOGETHER
MUST CANCEL
ALL MOTION HAS CEASED BUT THE DANCE ABOUNDS, CHAOS HAS ABANDONED
HIS CASTLE

MEMORIES OF OUR DISTANT PAST, THEY GROW IN THEIR PERFECTION
SWEETENED BY TIME WITH REALITY LOST, THEIR ROLE IS MERE
CONFECTION
FOR IDEALS ARE GROWN IN THIS SWEET SOIL, AND PRESERVED IS JUST
WHAT SHINES
LIKE THE BEE IN AMBER THE STING IS LOST, AND PRESERVED IS JUST
WHAT'S KIND.

MAY KINDNESS AND WISDOM BE YOUR SOFT GLOW, LET PASSION BE YOUR
FLAME
LOYAL IRREVERENCE LET IT BE OUR CALL TO SAVE OUR COLLECTIVE NAME
FOR WE ARE NOT AT ALL WHAT WE SAY, WE ARE BUT WHAT WE DO
MAY ALL YOUR ACTIONS BE KIND AND WISE, AND MAY THEY BOUNCE BACK
UNTO YOU.
-------------------------------
MI MIMI

Cm Gm
LA PRIMERA VEZ NOS HABLIMOS, NO PUDE DEJAR DE PENSAR DE TI
Cm Gm
LA PRIMERA VEZ NOS BESIMOS, SUPE QUE TE QUERERIA
Fm Gm
Y CUANDO, TU ME DEJASTE DE TEMER MI CORAZON
Fm Gm Cm
QUISE NADA MENOS QUE AMARTE


Cm Gm
ME ENCANTA, CADA VEZ TE MIRO
Cm Gm
ME ENCANTA, CADA VEZ TU ME HABLAS
Fm Gm Cm
NO HAY NADA, LIBRARME DEL HECHIZO
Fm Gm Cm
Y TUYO, ES TODO QUIERO SER


PIENSO DE TI TODA EL DIA, TE ANSIO
CIERO MIS OJOS Y CADA VEZ, TE VEO
YA NO OIGO LA VOZ QUE ME ENCANTA
ESPERO QUE TU TAMBIEN, ME ESPERAS

THE FIRST TIME THAT WE SPOKE, I COULD NOT STOP THINKING OF YOU
THE FIRST TIME THAT WE KISSED, I KNEW THAT I WOULD LOVE YOU
AND WHEN YOU STOPPED ME FROM FEARING MY OWN HEART
I WANTED NOTHING LESS THAN TO LOVE YOU

I'M ENCHANTED, EVERY TIME I LOOK AT YOU
I'M ENCHANTED, EVERY TIME YOU SPEAK TO ME
THERE IS NOTHING TO FREE ME FROM THIS SPELL YOU HAVE OVER ME
AND YOURS IS ALL I WANT TO BE

ALL DAY LONG I THINK OF YOU, I MISS YOU
EACH TIME I CLOSE MY EYES, I SEE YOU
NO LONGER DO I HEAR THE VOICE THAT HAD ENCHANTED ME
AND I HOPE THAT YOU ALSO ARE WAITING FOR ME
 
--------------------------------
MIKISTERO


Am Em
SO LONG I HAVE SEARCHED FOR THE CAUSES OF ALL CAUSES
Am Em
FOR THE RHYME AND THE REASON OF ALL THINGS
Am Em
ELLUDING ME THROUGH SIMPLICITY
Am Em Am
MY CHASE WAS AN END NOT A MEANS

Dm Em
AND MY HEROS ALL CARRIED TEST TUBES IN THEIR HANDS
Dm Em
SCIENTISTS WOULD SAVE US FROM THE PROBLEMS OF THIS LAND
Am Em
THE SON AND THE EVERGREEN APPEARED TO ME THAT DAY
Am Em Am
TO TAKE MY ATTENTION AWAY


AT FIRST TOWARD MAGIC AND BEAUTY I CHARGED
THEN I TEMPERED MY GATE THROUGH SCHOOL
FORMAL LEARNING CAN CLOSE ALL THE DOORS
IF YOU DON'T DISBELIEVE SOME OF THE RULES

AND THE SHAMON'S POWER JUST COMES FROM YOU AND ME
SWEET PLACEBA IS FLAVORING MY TEA
LET'S NOT CLOSE THE DOOR ON DEAR HIPPOCRATES
LETS UNITE TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN

THE DAYS OF THE BARBER AND SURGEON ARE GONE
GYPSIE CURES MELT IN THE SETTING SUN
BUT MY MEDICINE AND MY MAGIC AND MY SCIENCE STILL REMAIN
SEARCHING FOR THE CURES TO PAIN

THOUGH WEATHERED AND BATTERED I'M FILLED WITH DELIGHT
BEEN SEARCHING SO LONG, MY HORIZON'S IN SIGHT
THE STORMS HAVE BEEN MANY, BUT THE CALMS HAVE BEEN MILD
AND I'M THANKFUL FOR EVERY SINGLE MILE
---------------------
MERMAID BLUES [MMM]

MERMAID MAMA WHAT YA DOIN' IN MY WASHING MACHINE

DIZZY HEADED MAMA SPINNIN' 'ROUND IN MY WASHING MACHINE

WELL I WORK ALL DAY JUSS TO BUY YOU A DRESS

THEN YOU THROW IT AWAY SAY "BABY, LETS GET WET"

MERMAID MAMA YOU'RE GONNA TAKE A BATH WITH ME

I WATCH YOU IN THE BATHTUB IT GIVES ME A THRILL

LORDY YOU'RE SO CUTE 'SPECIALLY 'ROUND THE GILLS

MERMAID MAMA YOU'RE GONNA TAKE A BATH WITH ME

NOW IF YOU'RE GONNA FOOL AROUND WITH A MERMAID MAMA

YOU BETTER WATCH HER CLOSE, SHE'LL NEVER DO WHAT YOU WANNA

LISTEN COUSIN, TO ONE WHO KNOWS,

LAST WEEK SHE RAN OFF WITH A HORNEY TOAD

MERMAID MAMA WHAT YOU TRYIN' TO DO TO ME

MERMAID MAMA DON'T YOU PULL NO SCHEME

TELL ME PRETTY MAMA, WHY YOU BE SO CLEAN

.....GET OUT...GET OUTA MY WASHIN' MACHINE


WELL YESTERDAY MERMAID MAMA [MMM] MADE ME CRY
WELL YESTERDAY SHE RAN OFF WITH A CROCADILE
HE HAD LOTSA TEETH AND HE WAS LONG AND GREEN
AND IF YOU ASKED ME THEN, I'LD SAY HE LOOKED REAL MEAN
MMM WHATCHA TRYIN' TO DO TO ME

WELL NOW I'M ALL DONE MESSIN' 'ROUND WITH MY MMM
AND TO FORGET I VACATIONED TO GUATAMALA
OH WHAT A SHOCK AS I LOOKED OVER THE ROCK
SHE ENTRANCED ME THERE WITH HER STEADY STARE
I LOVE MY NEW BABY, MY LUSCIOUS LITTLE LIZARD LADY

...I MUST HAVE A THING FOR SCALES AND COLD BLOOD
-------------------------
STAND AT OPPOSITE POLES

E A
I AWAKE IN THE MORNING TO SEE THE SUN AS IT SHINES
{B BB B B B B B B B B B B# B }ALT
E A
ACROSS THE CAVERNOUS MEMORIES THAT FURNISH MY MIND
Am B7
AND FLICKERINGS OF HOPE SHINE OUT IN LUMINOUS RAYS
Am E
COSTUMED AS MUNDANE THEY PLAY OUT THEIR MASQUERADE


D [with some 7th] E
THE FUSION OF TWO WORLDS CARING ONLY TO DIFFER
D E
THEIR POLAR SYMMETRY IS ADJUXTAPOSED
D E
TRY TO CHOOSE BOTH AND THEY CRY "THEN YOU MUST CHOOSE NEITHER"
A E
STAND IN THE MIDDLE AND YOU STAND AT OPPOSITE POLES



I KNOW THE OLD MUST FADE, MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW
BUT WHY MUST THE FUTURE INVADE BEFORE THE PRESENT IS THROUGH
AND WHY MUST THE CHANGE BE DONE... BY REVOLUTION
CONTEMPLATE WITH ME TO FIND... A SOLUTION

AND THESE YEARS OF TRANSITION... WE CALL THEM HARD TIMES
DEATH PAINS AND BIRTH PAINS BOTH FELT AS ONE
SEEKING PERSPECTIVE WE TRY, BUT WE FIND NO RHYME
THE ANSWER IS PRESENT AS ALWAYS, UNDER THE SON
----------------------
STREET CORNER MUSICIAN/MAGICIAN



A E
NOW HE'S THE LAST OF THE STREET CORNER MUSICIANS
A B
HE'S PLAYIN' HIS BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES
A E
HE'S THE LAST OF THE STREET CORNER MAGICIANS
G A E
JUST AS LONG AS HIS MELODY IS TRUE
G A E
JUST AS LONG AS HIS MELODY RINGS TRUE



NOW HE WALKS ALONG THEM LONESOME ROADS AND BY WAYS
DON'T YOU KNOW HE LIVES TO SING HIS SONG
BUT WHO IS THERE THAT'S LEFT FOR HIM TO FOLLOW
AND WHO WILL FOLLOW HIM ONCE HE IS GONE
AND WHO WILL FOLLOW HIM ONCE HE IS GONE



IF BY CHANCE YOU MIGHT COME TO MEET HIM
WON'T YOU TRY TO LISTEN TO HIS SONG
HE'S GOT ALOT TO SAY WITH HIDDEN MEANINGS
HE'LL SAY HIS PIECE AND THEN BE MOVIN' ON
HE'LL SAY HIS PEACE AND THEN HE'LL SOON BE GONE
---------------
Poems by Dan Brudnak
ACETICAL ESTHETICS

THE ESTHETICS OF AN ACETIC CALL TO HIS ULTIMATE SITUATION IN
PARADOX (1)

THE CLOAKED ESTHETICS AND HIDDEN BEAUTY SEARCHED FOR AND
OBVIOUSLY FOUND (2) IN THE SPARTAN LIFE OF THIS FOOL ON THE HILL
(3), ARE SAVOROUSLY GARNISHED WITH BARELY PERCIEVED HARDSHIP.
INDEED HE MAY HAVE INADVERTANTLY SLIPPED INTO ACETICISM VIA SELF NEGLECT
AS HE WAS DISTRACTED BY THE SHINING LIGHTS NEVER SEEN BY OTHERS.
I CALL THIS THE DIFFERENCE OF INDIFFERENCE.
THE ACETIC WITHOUT THE APPRECIATION OF THE ESTHETIC END WILL
BE FRUITLESS NO MATTER HOW DEVOUT. HE WILL ALWAYS CHASE AS
A MEANS INSTEAD OF AS AN END.


(1)...OR IS THAT PARADISE...(2)...OR OBLIVIOUSLY...(3) FRANCIS
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ATLAS

LOVE IS NOT AN EMOTION THAT CAN BE WORN ON ONE'S SLEEVE LIKE
ROMANCE.
LOVE RUNS DEEP
IT IS CALM, SWEET, AND QUIET.
IT IS ETERNAL AND STRONG
LOVE'S EMBRACE IS THE SUPPORT OF ALL MANKIND...
EVEN OF LIFE ITSELF.
IT BORE ATLAS AS HE BORE THE WORLD.
IT INSPIRED THE DEVOTION OF A BATTERED PILLAR ATTENDING ONLY TO
HIS LABOR.
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BEING

IS BEING ... STATIC?
THE LACK OF WORDS CAN BE THE OVERFLOW OF IDEAS
THAT DISTANT DIFFERENT DRUMMER HAS A RHYTHM AKIN TO THE SEASONS
HE BELIEVES, I IMAGINE, ALL KEEP TIME TO HIS STEPS...
IN MY NARROW WINDOW, HOWEVER, I SEE FEW FOLLOWING... MY WAY
AM I ALONE?
I WILL KEEP TO MY PACE...
AND MEET AT THE END WITH ALL TRUE SEARCHERS
I ANTICIPATE A GRAND CULMONATION WITH THE ABSORBTION OF MY
RHYTHMIC HARMONY ARTICULATELY DISPLAYED IN
THE FINAL CHORIOGRAPHY


1987
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DUST

TO DROWN IN DUST?...
IS THIS THE FATE OF MANKIND
TO RECYCLE STALE IDEAS UNINSPIRED BY IDEALS?
I FEEL AFLOUNDER...
FRANTICALLY CLUTCHING THE CRUSHED AND WATERLOGGED REED...
CALLED TRUTH


1987
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HEARTACHE

HEARTACHE IS THE FIRE AND FUEL OF CREATIVE MOTION
HOW ELSE WOULD MAN'S HEART RACE?
HOW ELSE, I ASK, WERE IT NOT FOR THE FLAIL OF PASSION'S SPUR
'TIS A SHAME THAT COMFORT AND BEAUTY CANNOT RECLINE UPON THE SAME
COUCH
... AND THAT IT TAKES A HEART ON FIRE
TO RECALL THE GENTLE BEAUTY OF THE COOL STREAMING
OF A STONEY BROOK.


1987
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INDIFFERENCE

COLD GLOOM OF INDIFFERENCE
BE MELTED BY MY SWORD OF UTILITY
I LOOK FOR PATRINS NOT FOR THOSE WHO WOULD PATRONISE ME
MY DRIVE SHOWS ME GREAT BEAUTY
WHY DOES EVERYONE TURN AWAY AS IF THEY DID NOT SEE?
THE GARNISH MUST BE WRONG!
MY FACADE! MY FACADE!
BUT WAIT... I DO NOT MEAN TO PATRONIZE, BUT TO PRACTICE PATIENCE.
IT IS SUCH A FINE AND VASCILLATING LINE...
THAT MAKES ME FEEL SUCH A HIPPOCRIT

1988
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INNOCENCE?
WHAT IS THIS STRANGE CREATURE THAT IS SO EASILY LOST?
AKIN TO NAIVETY?
PERHAPS,...
BUT LIFE IS NOT CONTROLLED BUT THE WORLDLY WISE...
MUCH LESS BY THOSE WHO BELIEVE THEMSELVES TO BE SO
IS IT IGNORANCE?
MORE ACCURATELY, THE IGNORANCE OF IGNORANCE
HOW THEN, CAN OUR INNOCENT BEAST ACCOMPLISH SUCH SIMPLE AND
COMPLETE ADEPTNESS
IS IT WISDOM?...
THE ENDS OF THE CIRCLE MEET
EXTREME RESEMBLES EXTREME...
POLARITY IS LOST BY FAITH... AND INNOCENCE IS RETURNED...
BY FULL CIRCLE
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INTENT IS ALL (UNDER REPAIR) (STILL WAITING)done97

TO LOOSE GOD'S LIGHT BUT KEEP HIS BREATH
TO BOTH HOLD AND FLING HIS BIDDING
THIS IS THE MUNDANE OF EVERYDAY

TRUTH!
THE GRANDEUR OF GREAT DAYS

IT IS UNIMPRESSIVE IF ITS MEANING IS NOT FED WITH THE TINDER OF NEED ...
AND UNSEEN IF NOT PROJECTED AGAINST NECESSITY'S CONTRAST

CONTENTMENT BREEDS A CONTINENCE OF COMPLACENCY AND NEGLECT
...HOWEVER PLEASANT AT FIRST,
THE EXCREMENT OF VILE ATROPHY EXPOSES ITS TRUE NATURE
THIS MIDAS CARRION IS CARELESS WELL BEING, LUXURIOUS GRANDEUR
SIMPLICITY'S GOLD IS WHITE ELEGANT
PIETY OF ACTIONS IS THE SAME
INTENT IS ALL
ACTIONS AND AFTERMATH ARE ONE
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I see you

As the second set of foot prints vanish, I cannot miss the
warmth of your embrace as you carry me.
I see your hand that often grants my every wish within a day.
I only have to look to see that someone who loves me is really
taking care of me.
I'm so glad you are there for me to talk to every day... mostly
for me to say THANK YOU i see you there...and here...and hear
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REBEKA

TWO NEEDY SOULS SEEKING MUTUAL SOLACE WITHOUT MEANS OR ADEPTNESS
I EMPTY MYSELF AND YOU LEAVE ME EMPTY AND PARCHED
COMPLIMENTS ARE RARELY ABLE TO BE PRYED FROM COLD RUSTED LIPS
WORN FROM IMAGINED INJURY
NEGLECT FOR NEGLECT LEADS TO SHADOW'S REIGN WITHOUT FOOT HOLD OR
SUBSTANCE.
WET WOOD WILL NOT LIGHT EVEN IN THE MOST PASSIONATE OR
COMPASSIONATE FLAME.
THEREFORE I LEAVE YOU TO DRY... FOR THE TIME IS NOT RIGHT.



I FEEL THE DETACHMENT YOU'VE COMPLAINED ABOUT. I GUESS ITS ALL
RELATIVE YET RELEVANT
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RHYMES OF TRUTH

MANY TIMES THE RHYMES OF TRUTH DISTRACT MY ATTENTION FROM THIS
WORLDS REALITY
I IGNORE THE INCONGRUITIES IN HOPES OF SEEING A GRAND
CULMONATION...
A FINAL CHORIOGRAPHY...
WITH HARMONY DANCING AS SMOKE BEFORE MY EYES
 
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ROMANCE

ROMANCE? 'TIS JUST A FANCY
AYE, A FANCY...NAY A FANTASY IF NOT FOR LOVE'S REALITY THAT MAKES
IT WHOLE
HOW EASY IT IS TO CREATE ONE'S OWN DESIRES...FROM NOTHING.
SEE? THE FINEST POTTER'S CLAY CANNOT RIVAL THE STUFF OF A
LONESOME EMPTY HEART
LET IT FADE...
LET IT FADE...
REMEMBER, THE SNOW OF FALSE HOPE BLUNTS REALITY'S SHARP BLADE JUST AS
GLACIERS EASILY GOUGE THE EARTH'S SURFACE INTO CANYONS
AND AS THEY FADE AND RECEDE...
THEY BOTH SURRENDER THE TREASURES BENEATH
 
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TIME

ALL THIS TIME I WAS UNDER THE DELUSION THAT OUR CORPORAL PRISON
CONFINED OUR UNDERSTANDING AS WELL AS OUR TEMPORAL TRAVEL.
BELIEVING OUR COUSINS, THE ETHEREAL WINDS, WERE FREE FROM
DIMENSIONAL BONDS AND INERTIAL RAILS DUE TO THEIR FREEDOM FROM
FREEDOM, I OPEN MY EYES TO ANOTHER POSSIBILITY....

MAYBE THE ANGELS ARE FREE OF TIME'S BARS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT
UNDERSTAND TIME...MAYBE WE ACTUALLY DO UNDERSTAND INTUITIVELY MORE THAN
CONSCIOUSLY THE WORKINGS OF THIS TEMPORAL ORGANIZATION.
THIS IS OPPOSED TO MY ORIGINAL HYPOTHESIS WHICH POSTULATED THAT
OUR NARROW CHRONOLOGICAL VISTA WAS SECONDARY TO A LACK OF
UNDERSTANDING. IT MAY BE THE CONVERSE.
AFTER ALL, THE "T" DIMENSION, ALONG WITH THE X,Y, AND Z, ARE
ARBITRARILY ASSIGNED AND ARE NONEXISTANT WITHOUT REFERENCE.
OUR PROVERBIAL ZEN VEHICLE TRAVELLING IN REVERSE THROUGH TIME IS ONLY
TRAVELLING FORWARD BECAUSE WE NAME THAT DIRECTION FORWARD.
WE SEEM TO HAVE NO IDEA OF THE VALUE OF THE VECTOR WE ARE
FOLLOWING.
A CHANGE OF COURSE, I BELIEVE, WOULD BE AS INCONSEQUENTIAL AS
AN INSTANTANEOUS REVERSAL OF THE ELECTRICAL POLES
... OR FOR THAT MATTER, ANY OTHER POLAR VALUE SYSTEM AS WELL.
FOR THAT REASON, I BELIEVE, ARBITRARY AND SUBJECTIVE
SYSTEMS, INCLUDING "GOOD AND BAD," ARE ONLY VALID IN PROPER
CONTEXT.
STYLE AND EDICATE ARE IMPORTANT FACTORS OF OUR LIVES CRUCIAL FOR
OUR EFFECTING COMMUNICATION, HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOT ABSOLOUTE OR
EVEN LONG LASTING...MUCH LESS PERMANENT. THE RULES ARE MUTUALLY
AGREED UPON, AND, LIKE IN BOATING, THE ONE WITH THE LEAST
CONTROL... OR IN THIS CASE LEAST ADAPTABILITY AND INSIGHT
GLOBALLY... IS ALLOWED THE MORE LIBERAL REIGN.
THAT MAY BE WHY WE ARE SHACKLED BY TIME, BECAUSE WE ATE OF THE
TREE.
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DAN2

TO EMPTY ONE'S SELF COMPLETELY IS NOT LIKE THE DUMPING OF THE
CONTENTS OF A BUCKET.
CERTAIN THINGS MUST BE RETAINED UNTIL LAST OR THERE WILL BE THAT
WHICH CANNOT BE EXTRACTED.
YOU MUST NOT FIRST GIVE AWAY YOUR TOOLS AND THEN YOUR WARES.
IT MUST BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND
IN SUCH A WAY IS THE ORDER TO ACHIEVE PERFECT POVERTY...WILLINGLY
AND LOVINGLY POLISHING THE PERFECT GIFT OF NOTHING.

[funny though, the less you have, the less you need...like bees
and their honey]
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VESTURE, IMAGINATION

THE VESTURE, IMAGINATION, ADORNS THOSE IN THE GRACE OF LONELY HEARTS
BEAUTY UNEQUALLED AND FLAWLESSLY UNBLEMISHED RADIATE FROM ITS
VOLUMINOUSLY PLEATED FOLDS
BEWARE, ONE SO ADORNED SUFFERS ONE OF TWO DISTINCT FATES:
FIRST...
THROUGH NEGLECT AND FOOLISHNESS, ONE MAY STEP OUT OF ROBED IMPUNITY
TO AN IMMERSION OF COLD REALITY AND BECOME AS AN EMPEROR...
OR...
AS IS WITH ONE WISE AND CARING, THE ROBE WILL RECIPROCATE.
ONE WILL EMERGE, ALSO UNCLOTHED
SYMBIOTICALLY BEING LESS MAGESTIC THAN THE ROBE YET MORE THAN THE ROBED,
WATER WILL SEEK ITS OWN LEVEL

I SAY, IDEALS WEAR REALITY ALL TOO POORLY
FORTUNATE THAT THE CONVERSE IS NOT AS ACCURATE
DON QUIJOTE WORE HIS MANTLE AND THE TWO BECAME INSPIRATION AND LEGEND

DAILY, EACH OF US DON OUR MANTLE AND SINCERITY IS THE SOLVENT
THAT DIGESTS THE NOBILITY PROJECTED UPON US
WE NEED NOT SAY WE ARE NOT, FOR WITH PROPER SOLVENT WE SECURE A
BALM THAT MAKES US SO... IT IS OUR CHOICE...
NOBILITY IS OFFERED AS A TREASURED PRIZE.
THE ONLY PRICE IS TO BEND DOWN AND RAISE IT UP
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VISTA
THE FREEDOM OF THE FAR VISTA
SENDS ITS TUNDRA CHALLENGE TO THOSE OF HOT PASSIONS
WARMTH WILL NEVER MELT THE COLD
NOR CAN IT SMOTHER ITS PURE, PLAYFUL, CLARITY
"OUR ENCOUNTER" THEY CRY
"IS THE SWIRLING OF WINDS AT A GLANCING BLOW"
"IT CREATES A LANGUAGE FOR ALL DIVERSITY"
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WENDI

NOT ONLY DOES SPRING MELT THE FROST OF SEASONS PAST,
BUT IT IGNITES A FLORAL FLAME.
KINDLED BY RAIN, IT BIDS THE BREATH OF BLOOMS TO RIDE THE
WARM SUNNY BREEZE
POOR BLOSSOMS
THEY AWAKE INTO THEIR GRANDEUR...
ONLY TO BLANCHE...
TO YOUR COMPARISON.

1988
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