Peace & Information (2017)

Case Study

 

Learning how to know you

Knowing how to be myself

In your city, on TV

At the same time

Knowing how to stay calm

Even when my arms get tired

With my power and your power

At the same time

Wishing you would be mine

This isn't love

Not in the way that I've been looking for

Bet you would destroy me

And be a better friend

After I quit dreaming

I can change your mind

Wish I could erase mine

This isn't love

Not in the way that I've been looking for

Thank you for being

Such a lovely individual.

 

 

Funeral For My Former Self

 

So tired of feeling this way

Feeling like I can't go on

What if I died today

Everything going wrong

And I been thinking

And I been reading

Sorry I got carried away

Looking at it like a story

Though if I could win their love

Everything would fall in place

And I got burned out

Look how the story turned out

Living for somebody else isn't working

I'll be the one going down in the end

I can't be wishing and dreaming my heart out

Forever, into oblivion.

Saw my spirit crumble

Nothing ever stays the same

In an aging body

Glorified by mistake

But I got turned round

Now I'm looking for the light within

Living for something that I can rely on

I'll be the one going down in the end

I can't be wishing and dreaming my heart out

Forever, into oblivion.

I'll go anywhere to find it

I'll go anywhere to seek

I'll go anywhere to find it

I'll go anywhere to seek.

 

 

People

 

It was a bad day on the street, oh

They had a barricade for the angry

It was a good sign that the

People behind it were healthy.

It only takes one generation

To lead them to freedom        

Then lose them, forget            

People in power are just people.

And when you see it repeating

It comes down to you not to be that way

In all of history,

Every little town, and on TV        

There's no one more important    

Than anybody else is.

And especially you.

The trouble with being a hero

You need a place to live 

And good job with a ring to it.        

And in your journey to be righteous

to save us from evil    

to serve and protect

You gotta foster up a mutual respect. 

Like a sage or a poet

For the rest of your days            

Dedicated to understanding.    

And when you see it repeating

It comes down to you not to be that way

In all of history,

Every little town, and on TV        

There's no one more important        

Than anybody else is.

And especially you.

Every little town, and on TV    

There's no one more important        

Than anybody else is.

And especially me.

 

 

Hey Tumbleweed

 

As you were, my darling

In the fine, fair morning

You can turn me on

Don't worry if you wear me out

I'm ready

Like a stone cold miner

Or a long-haul driver

Yeah, pick me up

I'll tell you when to put me down

Don't worry

Hey Tumbleweed I been looking for you

Have you been looking for me?

Hey Tumbleweed I been looking for you

Have you been looking for me?

As the road unravels

You return from your travel

With your tall hat on

Oh mercy, how you look so good

I'm ready

Hey Tumbleweed I been looking for you

Have you been looking for me?

Hey Tumbleweed I been looking for you

Have you been looking for me?

 

 

Trauma Jules

 

Julie was alive on a Monday 

Feeling better than an hour before    

He was tryna get a little idea what

The rest of us want    

Wasn't ever meant to be in the spotlight

It was just the way it happened to fall    

That naturally long physique that

The rest of us want.

In general he had it all

Til he had a terrible experience.

While not afraid of living or dying        

The dust had only settled some        

Old Julie had a lotta resistance        

To anything fun.

In general he had it all

Til the previous year, til the tragedy

(AHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHH)

Blew holes into 

The fabric of everything.

And he can't forget

For any stretch of time, or

Ease into the daily movements            

The rest of us do.

The rest of us want

In general he had it all

Til he had a terrible experience.

 

 

Power + Charm 

 

Today you fly home        

And I'll be on my own    

It's been going on     

Way too long.

I knew better

But you kept me down

Got to changing things around

I've been waiting on                

When you're gone.    

I can find in another place 

What's been locked away     

All the power and charm 

That comes with real desire.

Desire.

I'll buy a ticket too 

I'm leaving the Church of You

I been holding on    

Way too long.

I can find in a couple of days

What's been locked away     

All the power and charm

That comes with real desire.   

Desire.

 

 

Intuition

 

Some of us can't just live in another dimension

Gotta be true to the one in which you appear

And when the grid begins to fall

And your head starts ringing

Have you the courage and confidence

To defend your intuition

Climb out of fable

In favor of experience

Enter the body 

Considering the very life that you are living.

Nobody here, no man knows better than you.

So when the hour comes

And your head and your heart start singing

Summon the virtue and confidence

To defend your intuition

Climb out of story

In favor of experience of you

Enter the body

Accountable for the life that you are living

You are, you are, you are.

 

 

If You're Lonely

 

If you're lonely

Wait until the sun comes up

And get ready

Fix yourself and drink a cup

It gets easier 

In the morning.

Mmmm downtown 

In the early morn

Where the fog

And the shopkeepers reign

You'll catch the light

And some clear insight

On the cause for despair 

Late last night.

If you're lonely

Wait until the sun comes up

And get ready

Fix yourself and drink a cup

It gets easier, lovelier

In the morning.

There was a lover

Once, a friend

But you ain't ever gonna need em again

In a diner by yourself.

If you're lonely

Wait until the sun comes up

And get ready

Fix yourself and drink a up

It gets easier, lovelier. 

 

 

Go Away

 

Big black storm cloud

Creeping up over my shoulder

It's a mystery

Why you come for me

I been plugging my eyes

Trying to keep from crying        

And I just got back    

From the last attack

Why don't you just go away

My heart can't take the hit today

I'm already feeling

Sorry for myself.

You say you wanna be my friend        

But you're on my pillow        

Looking for help 

About somebody else

Now if that's all a lesson    

In peace and perception then        

No thanks!

Don't really need it

Coming from you

Coming for me.

Why don't you just go away

My heart can't take the hit today

I'm already feeling

Sorry for myself

I'll see you in another light,

I will, I will

I'll see you in another way, I do.

Why don't you just go away

My heart can't take the hit today

I'm already feeling

Heavy and unwell.        

Sad news, bad news, not for me

I'm all messed up and I can't see

I just got back and now I bid you

Well well well.

 

 

Seashells

 

I'm gonna throw these seashells I collected

I'm gonna throw these seashells in the trash

I'm gonna throw these seashells I protected

I'm gonna throw these seashells in the trash

Well I hear they gonna end up in the ocean anyway

I'll throw em back again.

I'm gonna pour this oil in my engine        

I'm gonna pour this oil, what's wrong with me

I'm gonna drive my engine up the coastline

I'm going swimming in the sea  

Well I hear it's where we came from

And they say that it's the end

I'm goin back again.

Eternal fork, one lunch

Eternal fork, one lunch    

Woah, I didn't know I was a pharaoh!

Uh huh.

 

 

High Regard

 

In the line of sympathy reserved for anyone  

With the eyes I lay upon a stranger

With the same acceptance            

And the high regard

With the curiosity

And the light that another brings

With the light that the other brings 

As I do for them

As I do for them                      

I will do for me

I will do for me

I will do for me.

With only modest expectation

The untold liberty for a friend       

With the very forgiveness             

And the high regard    

And without apology                   

And a lack of scrutiny     

In the light that a lover brings  

With the light that the lover brings  

With the same affection

As I have for them     

As I have for them

I will have for me

I will have for me   

I will have for me  

I will have for me.

© Jenny O. / The Sleepy Anne Publishing Company

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