Protection

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1.
It's not very funny but I think think I'll have a laugh somehow in the sad array I'll empty out my bath isn't that a jumbo jet residin inna fire place in its wake a snappy sermon on somebody's famous face and up thar on the roof spread wide a canopy of sweets makes a woman blush deeper when she knows she's gonna meet off on yon horizon just before the night is done a looker with fame and fortune guaranteed to be the one foremost in the frilly lineage standing at the gate several discouraged bandana sagging cross the freight and they hoped they weren't too late 2. in a station wagon with the latest latest emperor's clothes drivin everybody batty with the speed of a garden hose all laid out with so many coarse unnatural thoughts seems like we're going to be wedded to everything we caught nowhere left to travel since their maps proliferate besides they reached the ocean with no swimming lesson break and they hoped they weren't too late 3. it couldn't happen to a finer hombre of the potted plain with his happenstance of cookery entitled like a hurricane listening line for jitter bugs and eggs droppin in the beer together at last and finally the happy sappy ending near so turning back what could they do but westward steer the crate ol' Mississippi soon stood barrier so they took to questionin fate and they hoped they weren't too late
2.
Porcupine protection from protruding particle titles titillate too tender touching miracle servers sent such saintly spies to soviet pretense pertinent performance patterns probably are spent it could have been an oversight mistaking mockery for sycophantic flowing forth flowered flattery be that as it may we stand on this exalted plane pandering a perfect patron planetary frame pandering a perfect patron planetary frame 2. Patton had a portion of the porridge that was poured tea too was on tap for two tenors from the tour others gave their covers to the mothers to control who naturally need their nightly nip in nuministic patrol it could have been an oversight mistaking mockery for sycophantic flowing forth flowered flattery be that as it may we stand on this exalted plane pandering a perfect patron planetary frame pandering a perfect patron planetary frame 3. Cyndia sent a sailor so semantically sober delivering directions due to dampen Dundee's door received relentless rapping ruling roaring out to run standing sometimes singing seldom certain of the one it could have been an oversight mistaking mockery for sycophantic flowing forth flowered flattery be that as it may we stand on this exalted plane pandering a perfect patron planetary frame pandering a perfect patron planetary frame
3.
03:42
Cobra and Cheetah way in the distance Coyote might come for the pet burglar and vandal sometimes a nuisance occasional mugger disturbing effect but mostly the gates keep'em off site the streets well patrolled especially at night we got us protection pristine and safe we got us protection secure in our faith 2. the national borders guarded but porous enemy agents creep by they aim to abuse us more or less confuse us sowing discord, disruption and lies they're out of their home zone out of their depth our strategy's canny certain to intercept we got us protection pristine and safe we got us protection secure in our place 3. the light is slow in coming this dawn the night seems like it will stay all notions of order suddenly gone the executioner's hour just before day a concept as needed arises in time to keep us from slippin into decline we got us protection pristine and safe we got us protection secure in our faith
4.
03:27
Melissa asks clever elevator questions designed to nudge a re-think outside habitual orbit she hands out printer's ink how's your health sez the turkey she sez how's the earth sez the goat she sez how're the farm animals today she sez and she sez the hospital is visited less frequently when your lunch comes not from critter sufferin earth is fouled with feces methane released hogs pollute the water table that needs to be leashed calves interned where they cannot turn and cows pigs ducks chickens birds fish rudely torn outta their comfort zone outta their comfort zone conscience seems absent animals on their own and soil is blown away she sez and sky is sourly filled she sez what goes around comes around sez she what needs to stay inna ground she sez is pumped and sold and burnt she sez the way of thinking here she sez is somewhere below dysfunctional seeing us selves as separate is fear at odds and so desperate reason speaks interconnection the heart even more in that direction proof truth proof truth
5.
What would you think if I visited your neighborhood tonight we'd head out for the pub and tip a few while lookin for a fight well I know you know I'm not serious what a kidder I can be you know I'd rather do coffee and listen to your poetry but ever once in awhile I have a fantasy out in the western badlands pot-shotting at posse or wading in jungle bog bayonet in my teeth stalking another person designated enemy scoping from a tower random rifle fire plant plastic explosive tied tight to trip wire there's something awfully dreadful running through our age lingering from last century ferocious karmic rage 2. what if someone galloped up on rearing quarter horse to escort you in mode arrest to dungeon fascist force and in that dark damp dreary cell you'd wonder wherefore art precious habeas corpus and the right to chase your star ever once in awhile I have a fantasy laying serious siege to entrenched authority across moat ladder climb swingin singin sword against a shield so greater than even the mighty word strutting as the victor prisoners envy dead survey conquered land arrogance wraps my head there's something awfully dreadful running through our age lingering from last century ferocious karmic rage you know I'd rather do coffee and listen to your poetry
6.
03:42
Down a blacktop road to Orwell's farm tryin to persuade them to do no harm clouds of pesticides always in the air poisoning the valley and the live things there hope they leave their shotgun pegged above the shelf they're know to be impatient with persons like myself they didn't reach the shotgun but somethin just as rough that damnable attorney who really knows his stuff he stood there without empathy and read us to the law I would have preferred anger to what it is I saw we backed away in conference we stood against the wall a firing squad might have been an easier way to fall the county is a dead zone ever since they came they bought the politicians who smooth and grease their way whatever you wanna call it ya know the wealthy rule let's put our heads together we are many they are few 2. steppin up the stair to judge Hoffman's court didn't have much hope for our cause of course maneuvers in the court room tricksters at their art we pleaded for the life but we didn't reach the heart the judge didn't look said justice is blind the creatures in the valley they thought that was unkind an elder tale is what I tell thoughout our history the demons of hell hypnotize the people loot integrity deliver a scapegoat seduce selectively that twisted oppressive ignoble occupation lashes at a rising tide resents the competition the county is a dead zone ever since they came they bought the politicians who smooth and grease their way whatever you wanna call it ya know the wealthy rule let's put our heads together we are many they are few
7.
03:25
I wanna say somethin child may not apply to you may not even be true but as I see it all passin sweet 'n sour and passion fading into the sunset like a movie cowpoke fading into the sunset like a movie cowpoke jus like your lap yeah take your lap where it goes when ya stand up thas where it be a long time thas where it stay thas right well, actually not in time outta that someplace else hard to say oh someplace else hard to say oh thas a fact yet and still there's good times to be had here in the nowhere place yas and bad there's music gots to be music singin dancin that's just gotta be happenin else whatta we for oh whatta we for and helpin make equal yas wattya think and sane and safe food security shelter edgecashun and health all the same no special treatment here well ALL special treatment ya hear oh oh
8.
05:43
Had a lotta hits alotta RBIs had alotta coach flights most of'em red eyes ran out for the fly ball few of them got by hopin for a shutout to retire the other side 2. made alotta movies had a lotta fun made alotta money laid out in the sun saw the greatest cities eloquent hotels mingled with VIPs pushin some hard sell the pool was cool and we all had a gas a coalition brimmin with ambition verve and class before I could notice the whole enchilada passed 3. sat me in an office takin makin calls chasin that money tryin so hard to get it all on occasion I knew to compromise bendin over backwards tellin a few white lies the pool was cool and we all had a gas a coalition brimmin with ambition verve and class before I could notice the whole enchilada passed 4. Afghanistan needs burly patriots like me guns willl make the peace last long past enemies and since we're here so busy may as well make the best skim off some stuffed bundles warlord cash 5. they're lined up unsuspecting moo-ing they're so dumb sometimes ya have to nudge'em with a stun gun so many per minute cut and stripped and ground translates into plenty profit per pound the pool was cool and we all had a gas a coalition brimmin with ambition verve and class before we could notice the whole enchilada passed 6. made alotta slick ads sold alotta product patented a method guaranteed to turn your luck Manhattan loft in Soho a place down in Rio flight crew on retainer ah mama mio the pool was cool and we all had a gas a coalition brimmin with ambition verve and class before we could notice the whole enchilada passed
9.
03:44
It's just me ain't it obvious this ol' gambler ain't that devious gossip takes it all so serious but when it comes to dealing I'm oblivious in the town in my packard I used to be a gent got the attention of who to impress had some foldin money enough to seem like more spent it all by payday usually well before had to exit early a little trouble with the law hid out on the south side 'till the winter had its thaw slipped back in one summer night feelin out the climate all was well the sheriff retired clicked my heels and said It's just me ain't it obvious this ol' gambler ain't that devious gossip takes it all so serious but when it comes to dealing I'm oblivious at the airport I'm dropped off my driver knows the way off to convention on the circus that they say is comin to town tired humorless clowns ridiculous numbers in a volkswagon lost not found the info was outdated the clowns already left filled up bags and pockets with a practice known as theft didn't seem to matter we surely got away nothin left but home to wait for payback day It's just me ain't it obvious this ol' gambler ain't that devious gossip takes it all so serious but when it comes to dealing I'm oblivious
10.
02:50
If you want to outlast and never go past no way for it but forget it and laugh ya wanna be noticed stand out in the crowd if ya wanna be POTUS ya gotta be loud when ya finally get it guilt and regret you walked right over victims stepped on and left they simmer and steam out there lookin for a fight leavin you wonderin maybe stones are in flight whatever ya did when ya did it somehow didn't matter then doesn't matter now 2. If you want long life with no end on the end no way for it but drop it or pretend at the height of hypocrisy wallow in your power lord it all over those lower in the order forks in the road this is a forkfull how much can you shovel how much can you pull as far out as it seems we might manage to survive make nice with the others the strangers who arrive whatever ya did when ya did it somehow didn't matter then doesn't matter now

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A good bit, but not all, of the lyrics in these compositions would be comfortable in the company of Surrealists painters like Magritte and de Chirico... other lines seek companions resisting militarism and greed like Sue Coe, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Daumier. The cover is an oil pastel, White Missionary.

and I got this feedback from a very clever young man.... name of Joe Ruesing: I had to renew my membership with Professional Parsing Associates of America in order to paddle my pram through the watershed of words in the first two selections. Somewhat like engaging with two doormen before entering the nightclub. That snarled snowfall of semantics, those whitewashed words of wily wisdoms.
I suddenly felt like I was sitting in the 1966 NMU cafeteria with fellow hinterland commuters when disturbed once again by that strange guy somebody kept playing on the jukebox, later identified by a credible witness as B. Dylan.

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released April 19, 2019

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Thinkspeak Atlanta, Georgia

Tom Ferguson has been writing songs since 1969, all of which are collected in Songs, 1969-2018. It's coil-bound to nicely fit a music stand, available at lulu.com just search tom ferguson there.

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