Thought World

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free listening - guest singer Willie Oliver (willEYE) on this one. The songs are more stream of consciousness play this time, channeling the muse,... what social commentary arises is just part of what comes up. Four of the songs (or five if you count Thought World as two) were written before my bout with cancer and reflect some on that mortality-inducing awareness. The other six were written since, mostly in a single burst 2017. The cover art is a detail of an oil painting called The Elder. more paintings at www.thinkspeak.net

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released August 8, 2017

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Thinkspeak Atlanta, Georgia

Tom Ferguson has been writing songs since 1969, all of which are collected in Songs, 1969-2014. It's coil-bound to nicely fit a music stand, available at lulu.com just search tom ferguson there. With Too Much Trouble, the recording of those songs and bunching them in albums of ten songs each is complete. More may come but for now the project is finito. ... more

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Track Name: Never the Less
Never the less not withstanding
this is a mess no alien landing comin home

it fell on us all unexpected stumbling dizzy too dyslexic
dissatisfied with mere maligning desperate search for silver lining
Never the less not withstanding
this is a mess no alien landing comin home

retreat to repair an inner broken repeat that chanting mantra notion
come out of rest an eager energy applied with focused sensitivity
Never the less not withstanding
this is a mess no alien landing comin home

Never the less not withstanding
this is a mess no alien landing comin home
coming onto some daft conclusion thinking thinking is no solution
re-releasing airy wishes accepting it is what it is then
Never the less not withstanding
this is a mess no alien landing comin home

Never the less not withstanding
this is a mess no alien landing comin home
Track Name: Karma Karma
I threw my lot with criminals thought they were the police
took me to the cleaners that's where I was fleeced
nothing left for me gots to start again
their income took a bump what does it profit them to gain
stuff that's quickly gone traded for a sweet song

karma karma karma karma karma gonna git ya
karma karma karma karma karma gonna git ya

2.
happened on kind folks kind a hard to find
someone who'll risk it someone color blind
who'll take your bag put their arm around ya
guide ya to the guest room and sing ya halleluja

a note like that is rare something for your ear

karma karma karma karma karma gonna git ya
karma karma karma karma karma gonna git ya

3.
el sol en el cielo how did it get there?
and all this star stuff come to gather here
some sort of uncanny magic trick in there
brought out of a hat world out of thin air

beauty and abundance between waves of pain
forgetfulness bookends us nothingness both ends

karma karma karma karma karma gonna git ya
karma karma karma karma karma gonna git ya
Track Name: The Twain Shall Meet
there are strange and wild beliefs more than you might need
the right ones and the wrongs ones survives the one you feed
in your pumpkin head

and when they're factored down what is revealed is shown
the orange beside the violet the sunrise or the sunny set
the thoughtless side of your pumpkin head

across the street alcoholic tee-totalers
never the twain shall meet never the twain shall meet

2.
you might not find the right one on the day that you might want it
it might not serve the purpose for which you think you bought it
in your pumpkin head

and when it's boiled down what remains is shown
the gentle touch the message sent the sunrise or the sunny set
the thoughtless side of your pumpkin head

across the street alcoholic tee-totalers
never the twain shall meet never the twain shall meet

3.
and if you're ready to believe in nonsense or the truth
they are equivalent you know fantasy or proof
in your pumpkin head

and when it dissipates what is revealed is shown
as something that is worse than less
is worth far more than you can guess
the thoughtless side of your pumpkin head

across the street alcoholic tee-totalers
never the twain shall meet never the twain shall meet
Track Name: Every Other
Fame and fortune will slip away
meetup on some morrow no matter what you say
friends and neighbors memories
passin right through ya like taters and peas

stumble into failure blow that bloody test
repair that tire have a modest success
run you right off with the overflow
pack up everything everything you know

dancing is the word that comes to mind
swing around a rhythm and sing yourself a line

2.
love and marriage beauty and the brute
kiddies in the kitchen and sugar on the fruit
pizza in the parlor take out on the roof
ferry in the harbor flawed method in the proof

every other opposite every other twin
entertain the question if they ever have to win
certain of the circle cycles satisfy the need
to have a fine acquaintance with ol' primordial seed

dancing is the word that comes to mind
swing around a rhythm and sing yourself a line

3.
several of the inmates vandalize the wall
some will make it over some will have to fall
make off with the hermit hidden in the wood
find a city limit friends and work and place and food

manuscripts and finger prints docents in the school
teachin and a preachin on about the ones who rule
standin in the courtyard memorize the text
it will come so easily you won't have to guess

dancing is the word that comes to mind
swing around a rhythm and sing yourself a line
Track Name: Curvature
balance on a ledger and run rain on a parade
signal with your lingo so you have your lemonade
mortify opponents and proceed to profit share
stagger into fortune so you will be prepared

many of the incidents happen by themselves
tumbling down the narrow streets faring very well
selling everything in sight money with both hands
standing on the curvature which separates the land

what if we were witnesses to wondrous weekly working walkers willing to be wedded what if we went waddling winters without withering wit nor washington's wiley weeds washington's wiley weeds

2.
listen to the lecture and note that it has said
that we are pleasant pleading portraits of the head
for most of the afternoon clicking on the links
stumbling cross the river of my infant instinct
lifting on the corner pry-bar in my hand
opening the curvature which separates the land

what if we were witnesses to wondrous weekly working walkers willing to be wedded what if we went waddling winters without withering wit nor washington's wiley weeds washington's wiley weeds

3.
survey every landyard and produce a minimal
lean into the effort to embrace the animal
several of the afterwords ring out lofty claims
clergy all insist upon eminent domain
lifting up one of my eyes the other straight ahead
sipping on excelsior alchemical lead

what if we were witnesses to wondrous weekly working walkers willing to be wedded what if we went waddling winters without withering wit nor washington's wiley weeds washington's wiley weeds
Track Name: Cest la Meme Chose
you call it heaven she calls it nirvana
Tolle calls it presence it's all the same thing

you call it sacred she calls it holy
Tolle calls it Now it's all the same thing

different words but pointers illuminate what's pointed at
bring it into focus ain't it such a fine purty place

only thing missin one major component
justice is lacking for many this moment
we might need a committee to wrestle with that
a special committee to wrestle with that

something really certain is lowering the curtain
knowing we are now all the same thing

you call it oligarchy they call it democracy
Tolle says it's thought/emotion all the same thing

they call it patriotic you call it alcoholic
Tolle says dysfunction it's all the same thing

different words but pointers illuminate what's pointed at
bring it into focus ain't it such a fine purty place

only thing missin one major component
justice is lacking for many this moment
we might need a committee to wrestle with that
a special committee to wrestle with that
Track Name: Swarming
swarming 'round my breathing corpse old indictments still in force
nettle me really nettle myself dysfunction ruins my health

the Kaiser told the people we can win so quick
they'll know before they know it who has the bigger dick

and every generation who doesn't learn this con
will ly down in their grieving lost another son

and every generation who doesn't learn this con
will ly down in their grieving lost another son

2.
their damage is collateral their damage is at heart
a psychopathic yearning to play the central part

and I am that in miniature so long as I am ruled
by ego-driven vanity use me as a tool

and I am that in miniature so long as I am ruled
by ego-driven vanity use me as a tool

mix it with a key change and jack that tempo up
jinx it with a me-first or shout it non-corrupt
bring it to a free fest overflow our cup
sing it with a fee-less volcano non-erupt

3.
so if you want to breath free listen to your self
your self is not the ego that's not going to help

the ego is a construct that's all in your head
will lead you to the junkyard a sad and soiled bed

the ego is a construct that's all in your head
will lead you to the junkyard a sad and soiled bed

mix it with a key change and jack that tempo up
jinx it with a me-first or shout it non-corrupt
bring it to a free fest overflow our cup
sing it with a fee-less volcano non-erupt
Track Name: Trauma, Drama & Peace
Drama as the speculator acts out in fear
trauma as the rainforest disappears
peace is way beyond the enterprising entrepreneur
peace a comfort zone beneath the fleeting hour
a comfort zone beneath the fleeting hours

what arises in the pathway what happens in audio array
what is felt in the hallway what is thought in the brain wave
is what flows in the breezeway is what lands with the gamma ray

is what crosses in the headline and the details of the story line
rock and lava as the backdrop rock and lava as the backdrop
and dancing frequencies music vibrant strings
bridges and buildings and aero planes whoa in our element
socks scissors but atomic bombs? whoa are we intelligent?

2.
Drama as the war machine locks in another magazine
trauma as the sociopath acts out another ruthless scheme
peace is way beyond the enterprising entrepreneur
peace a comfort zone beneath the fleeting hour
a comfort zone beneath the fleeting hours

what arises in the new day what happens in the bomb bay
what is felt in the middle way what is thought in the hurricane
is what stands in the damned way is what sounds in the first wave

is what crosses the high line and spirals down the long line
brain and breath as the backdrop brain and breath as the backdrop
and dancing frequencies music vibrant strings
coffee shops and carriers and fast trains whoa in our element
tophats sweaters but nuclear waste? whoa are we intelligent?

Drama as the war machine locks in another magazine
trauma as the sociopath acts out another ruthless scheme
peace is way beyond the enterprising entrepreneur
peace a comfort zone beneath the fleeting hour
a comfort zone beneath the fleeting hours
Track Name: Thought World
Drivin the coastline north in the sun
suitcase in the back seat only the one
fleein something wherever I'm from

knowin now future is draggin me on that I can stop here or further along
but I am not I in the sense of that line that I am not bound
by the strictures of time

in thought world otherwise most of the way
no memory of bridge or river or bay
in thought world otherwise most of the day
delighted to look up suddenly awake

2.
the color of iron weed delicate and bright
even of the billboard breathtaking sight
the people on Craig street vibrate like Christ
their gestures Shakespearean elegant and right

the lapping of ocean babbling stream
aching beauty a musical dream
the commonplace enchanted like nothin I've seen

in thought world otherwise most of the way
no memory of bridge or river or bay
in thought world otherwise most of the day
delighted to look up suddenly awake

to many widows too many scars
songs in the teacup songs in the stars
something is a lurking out beyond the clouds
arrival after sunset laid out in a shroud

but there will be a morning like there always has
being in the heartland that is what we have

a wave of despair rolls across the bow we let it slip on by
an old trick we know don't work no more

when bank mistake puts your sofa in the rain
does his honor judge money lender just the same
does sheriff come with handcuffs subdue the CEO
billy club and pepper spray concussion bloody flow?

you can buy my startup I will with the cash
buy myself a horse farm run it with a lash
a million at the auction all that for a stamp
my chauffeur will deliver straight up to the ramp

armed security always at my side
even at the gallery collecting is my pride
even at my breakfast taters that are fried
even at the conference looking at the slides

there are my competitors and those that I have fired
await an opportunity to take me for a ride

in thought world otherwise most of the way
no memory of bridge or river or bay
in thought world otherwise most of the day
delighted to look up suddenly awake
Track Name: Begone
breakfast in the mornin out before first light
workin as a stevedore don't leave me time to write
seems like only yesterday my first day at school
hangin in around 70 like a rocket it all flew

we're good as good as good as good as gone
good as good as good good as good as gone

2.
we'll go on without you not to say we won't miss you
like those we leave behind will miss us for awhile
left me my possessions not needed where I'm going
gotta seize the day imagination reachin long

the flight of the jet goes right on through
cumulous clouds and the molecule
meets the runway tires pitchin smoke
a sigh of relief among the travelin folk

3.
might come back as a cockroach that might be my fate
or just go deep unconscious and never come awake
or settle in some heaven tormented in some hell
diminish into the woodwork fade like an old church bell

we're good as good as good as good as gone
good as good as good good as good as gone

4.
even the Mona Lisa will turn to dust one day
and the sun will rise some morning as one gigantic bang
but it's all right all is well we are beyond harm
ultimately underneath at the heartbeat bottom essence we are

we're good as good as good as good as gone
good as good as good good as good as gone