The Outer Reach

by Thinkspeak

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free listening: The 20th in a series of ten-song "albums" that gather the songs I've written since 1969. I've enough songs for one more. Outer Reach deals with the usual issues: self-reflection, power, class, environment,… the challenges we face as a species, our survival dependent on resolving them.

Musically there's a strain of grunge. These are among the latest songs & they surprise me in the form they take, unusual for me though they have trended gradually in this direction.

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released April 2, 2014

All tracks except the drum loop, played by the author as well as vocals. The cover art is an acrylic drawing in the gray scale I sometimes like to play with.

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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: Out of the Bosom
from the bosom of the family to the bosom of the army
to the bosom of the factory to the bosom of the art school
to the bosom of the system which involves a lot of bosom
mandatory adventure

2.
played the system some become a privileged one
even in confusion made my time my own
even some resistance offered to domination

3.
the day begins at sunrise wherever you may stand
relentlessly is pushing an avalanche of change
it will leave behind you whatever you might do
rusting in the pasture in the morning dew
in the bosom
mandatory adventure
Track Name: The Kingdom of God
You can say ten hail marys bow to the east
stand at the wailing wall grinding your teeth
sit in a lotus never breaking your fast

or whenever you think to take a breath
let it out here you are
the kingdom of god is not a monarchy

2.
you can hold up your symbol promise never to lie
open the window sing to the sky
prostrate yourself a whip on your back

or whenever you think to take a breath
let it out here you are
the kingdom of god is not a monarchy

3.
you can lay down for allah or maybe yaweh
burn up some incense or a bush on the way
vow you to poverty suffer the rack

or whenever you think to take a breath
let it out here you are
the kingdom of god is not a monarchy

4.
you can stand at the alter preach to the mass
baptize an infant or read the rites last
lent starting wednesday forehead of ash

or whenever you think to take a breath
let it out here you are
the kingdom of god is not a monarchy

the kingdom of god is not a monarchy
Track Name: See What Be
got up this mornin things to do
started into doin'em solo crew
worked on through wrestling that spark
looked up it was dark

i'm sad the day is done ol' tomorrow yet begun
goin to sleep on it see what be
transpose what's in my mind into me
transpose what's in my mind into we

2.
stagger in confusion crooked corridors
careen in panic up-ended floors
slow motion bog mud waist-deep
woke up out of sleep

i'm glad the dream is done ol' tomorrow just begun
goin to think on it see what be
transpose what's in my mind into me
transpose what's in my mind into we

break

i'm sad the day is done ol' tomorrow yet begun
goin to sleep on it see what be
transpose what's in my mind into me
transpose what's in my mind into we
Track Name: Without Conscience
the sociopath and the psychopath
when they claw their way to power
where they then when they get there
serve themselves from that tower

2.
and we who're inclined to their charm
convinced they're where they should be
eventually stand disillusioned
misapplied trust now to see

3.
so they without conscience command
and ruin from that will come
of our fortune health even life
regret no solace nor thing to be done

4.
they gather as allies to plot their advance
you see them through history appear
their end is in their beginning
their reign drags dreadful for years

without conscience without conscience without conscience
Track Name: Communicables
seems like it would be fun to sleep with a different partner each night
take it from someone who's been there from that
notion you might want to take flight

there's the complication that another person's body fluids are involved
along with gonorrhea, herpes and aids and other communicables

2.
the Hollywood glow can titter and roll down the slope in a hospital bed
romance grows thin when your oxygen
reads zero like the hair on your head

there's the complication that another person's body fluids are involved
along with gonorrhea, herpes and aids and other communicables

3.
so if you meet a hot one and your health you want to keep
a little hug's ok but I must say any kissin's gotta be on the cheek

there's the complication that another person's body fluids are involved
along with gonorrhea, herpes and aids and other communicables
Track Name: The Outer Reach
The women are bringin the children in
some of them wishin they were thin again
nothing to be gained

over the tree tops and the building's roof
hazy horizon and the gilded proof
another day at birth

down in the holler high up on the ridge
we name our kids Chester we name our kids Midge
on the banks of the river on the flat of the land
even in the city even where we work our tan
we sense somethin comin somethin we don't understand
in the depth of the barrrio in the tower of the man

2. the sun don't burn nor shade freeze me
without this balance where might we be
somewheres else maybe here

ain't no way to travel to the outer reach
save to note interconnect
bonding all as ONE

down in the holler high up on the ridge
we name our kids Chester we name our kids Midge
on the banks of the river on the flat of the land
even in the city even where we work our tan
we sense somethin comin somethin we don't understand
in the depth of the barrrio in the tower of the man
Track Name: Crazy Nukes
I'd like to live in Paris yah, or down along the coast
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy France has 60 nukes

2.
I'd like to live in New York City or up the rolling Hudson
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy New York's got nukes

3.
i'd like to live in Carolina or down in the Keys
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy southeast got nukes

4.
i'd like to live in Illinois or over in Detroit
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy midwest's got nukes

5.
i'd like to live in Tokyo or maybe Fukushima
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy Japan's got nukes

6.
i'd like to live in California despite the earth quake faults
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy California's got nukes

7.
i'd like to live in Beijing or over in Shanghai
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy Asia's got nukes

8.
i'd like to live in New Delhi or possibly Karachi
the only thing it's just a fluke crazy countries both got nukes

9.
i'd like to live on an airy planet green land blue skies
the only thing it's just a fluke wouldn't want no crazy nukes

wouldn't want no crazy nukes wouldn't want no crazy nukes
Track Name: All Is Well
There's a comical side to this human thing
maintaining dignity while stumbling
wobbling on a road tail wiggling
hearing underneath a peaceful ring

all is well all is well all is well all is well

2.
there are words i've said embarrassing
sentences that don't quite sing
I grab the money and I cling
I trade it for that peaceful ring

all is well all is well all is well all is well

3.
I judge the peasant and I judge the king
I judge myself with a pitiless sting
that I let go so it don't bring
silence to that peaceful ring

all is well all is well all is well all is well
Track Name: Into the Safe
Out of the clouds come hawk on the ground come cat
into the thicket safe just can't stay
push off space flight exhilaration state
another branch watch that snake
hold that thought savor fate
the face of all-one-now-here

so consequential chasing balls
so accomplished writing walls
so so lofty deciphering text
self-important immortally blessed

2.
Out of the clouds come hawk on the ground come cat
into the thicket safe just can't stay
push off space flight exhilaration state
another branch watch that snake
hold that thought savor fate
the face of all-one-now-here

so so smoothly dealing cards
so sycophantic in the presence of stars
so so clever comment on line
so effective you've arrived

Out of the clouds come hawk on the ground come cat
into the thicket safe just can't stay
push off space flight exhilaration state
another branch watch that snake
hold that thought savor fate
the face of all-one-now-here

3.
so confidently measuring distance
so precisely failing to listen
so so sorry so out of pocket
certain to short-circuit socket

Out of the clouds come hawk on the ground come cat
into the thicket safe just can't stay
push off space flight exhilaration state
another branch watch that snake
hold that thought savor fate
the face of all-one-now-here
Track Name: We/They
We black they white we thick they bright
we chink they spade we honky they slave

we new they old we bought they sold
we gay they not we move they stop

Van Gogh same as John Doe when you get to the heart of it
that's what he meant

2.
we think they won't we care they don't
we change they stand we act they plan

we in they out we speak they shout
we purge they seek we straight they freak

Rosa Parks same as Karl Marx when you get to the heart of it
that's what they meant

refrain
glamorous amorous sinking inside of us certain salubrious
caring and curious mighty magnificent sort of significant
starry-eyed incident starting an accident involving a past event
trouble that won't foment dissing the president sifting the evidence

3.
we immodest they notorious we coherent they victorious
we incorrrigible they impossible we uncanny they unstoppable

we uncharitable they transparent we defendant they complainant
we irascible they resistant we incalculable they insistent

Eckhart Tolle same as John Doey when you get to the heart of it
that's what he meant