Holy Whole

by Thinkspeak

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Free listening: the 18th releece of my project to record songs I've written since 1969. These are from the early to mid 2000s, ever more electric so bar chords open up new keys, hints of grunge, self-reflection-being-awareness and the mechanisms of power maintaining its privilege.

The cover is an oil painting (by author), Night Fish at Antibes, the mood reminding me of Picasso's, Night Fishing at Antibes.

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released December 15, 2013

all instruments played by the author save drum loops.

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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: Holy Whole
adrift on a board in a flood and a storm
lightning then nothin to see
black river roaring bumps in the night
animal screams scary
the moon rises like hope on me
the moon rises like hope on me

take in the little now take in the big now
take in the little tomorrow take in the big tomorrow
take in the little past take in the big past
take in the near other take in the far far other
take in the total other

take in the holy whole take in the holy whole take in the holy whole

2.
on knees on the shore gators and boar
moccasin canopy green
melodic calling birds of variety
sunlight's new morning they greet
the day rises like hope on me
the day rises like hope on me

take in the little now take in the big now
take in the little tomorrow take in the big tomorrow
take in the little past take in the big past
take in the near other take in the far far other
take in the total other

take in the holy whole take in the holy whole take in the holy whole
Track Name: Ain't That Classy
the general in combat who dies
gets listed in the war book but not the private I
ain't that classy

the low-paid scrubber woman
is not a scrubber man
ain't that classy

the CEO disappears Caribbean island fun
gone with the pension fund
ain't that classy ain't that classy

2.
the dishwasher is different than her
dining in luxury
ain't that classy

the doctor and lawyer give you a minute
for a week's pay
ain't that classy

the billionaire pulling out his hair
yearning to breath free and end poverty
and collect a fee
ain't that classy ain't that classy
Track Name: The Harder You Laugh
The harder you laugh the harder you fast
the harder you live the more you can carry
the more you can give

halloween horror holiday pitch
hold up to question authority whip
phobic encounter flatulent wit
orbit encircled excellent fit

the marker you miss the health that you risk
the to-do you list the proceeds you gift
mercantile misery and monumental mischief

daytime night time seasons in space/time in dance time

wherefore and whatfor wingnuts and hardware
munitions and warfare monstrous encore
demonize someone bring on the corps
computerized funeral crude on the shore

the sibling you miss the fortune you risk
the enemies you list the spirits you lift
academic discourse temporary bliss

The harder you laugh the harder you fast
the harder you live the more you can carry
the more you can give
Track Name: Before Our Eyes
Before our eyes pass the pretty play of days
before our span and after one spiral circle way
light follows dark follows light follows me
seasons cycle sleep and wake and sleep and waken me

and out of electromagnetic array
I tweak an understanding
and out of understanding I recognize
the fear behind violence

and know reverence

the root the center the base the heart
the source of knowledge the place to start

it's the place we sink or swim
the place we're always in
the stage on which we always shine
the stage on which we know our lines

before our eyes pass the pretty play of days
Track Name: Paradisio
Paradise is spread across the Universe would we see it
Paradise is spread upon the face of the earth would we see it

oh how she gifts us soil and water and breath
oh how she suffers effects of our separate fear of death

Paradise is spread across the Universe would we see it
Paradise is spread upon the face of the earth would we see it

the ocean rolls soft upon our shore west and east
as we reach out to other lands in peace

Paradise is spread across the Universe would we see it
Paradise is spread upon the face of the earth would we see it
Track Name: Cascading Stream
We came in across the water islands obscured by clouds
reminded me of a cauldron wind blowin coils of smoke

scared-y cat I called me and scar-ed is what I were
not of the killer or bandit nor marauding soldiers of war
vulnerable as a baby nocturnal wolf at the door

went deep into the interior wild as the cells in my blood
drank from a dream the color blue-green
cascading stream
Track Name: Perfectly
Our time among the flowers might be sweet or not but brief
there are entire other mountains beyond the peak of these
we don't have to win elections though I know that would be fine
we just have to make selections minute to minute low or high

there's a line across the median it rises or it falls
it brings the voice to singing or it smothers earth and all

everything I think of as this or other frequency
that way I can see it flowin perfectly
if I choose it low I can't see it not like if I choose it high
that way I can see it flowin perfectly

2.
as I observe emotion coursin in and out of me
I take up the pearly notion that that at root is energy
all the other ways to say it say it just another way
we just have to make our choices minute to minute high or low

there's a light on the horizon it draws me to its glow
it brings the voice to singin it soothes my weary soul

3.
I scan the many faces various they shine
reflecting both the moment and total other time
we don't have to run to safety it circles us in love
we just have to choose our choices minute to minute high or low

there's some travel in the makin some mileage in our dust
it brings the voice to singin it brings to be what must

everything I think of as this or other frequency
that way I can see it flowin perfectly
if I choose it low I can't see it not like if I choose it high
that way I can see it flowin perfectly
Track Name: Philosophical Thief
There's a ball of fire where I call the east
that means it's early morning take we now our feast - oh

half way through a meeting put it up a chart
I feel like i'm bleeding circling as shark - oh

scratching on a lottery drop it in the trash
is this to be my destiny watching my dreams crash - oh

underneath a gas light European street
longing for an insight philosophic thief - oh oh

in a sector of my brain a vague and smokey thought
nudging me to look again at where and how i'm caught - oh

somewhere other where than here nothing happens fast
something in the spinning spheres generates the past - oh

the nature of reality at which we cast words
such as this: frequency love the only verb - oh oh
Track Name: Rocky Terrain
I was wanderin destination not known
sleepin at night under the sky and alone
visible only to those who roam this rocky terrain

2.

I was travelin I think I was travelin east
it was early mornin I think on the island of Crete
I asked the first farmer where do I put down a seed
in this rocky terrain

3.

I was wonderin which of the roads leads to where
and should I take one or should I enchanted stay here
options shimmer light filling air here and beyond
this rocky terrain
Track Name: I Been Nothin
all along the blue ridge turkey buzzards fly
down among the foliage teeming there with life
so along the highway leading to the city
you have to turn sideways it really is that busy

i've been nothin then I awoke
goin back to nothin somethin I can't stop

2.

inching into history joining in events
being part of herstory we came then we went
at first it seemed it'd never end we'd always be this youth
and then we lost our early friend which shook us to the root

i've been nothin then I awoke
goin back to nothin somethin I can't stop