Star, Life and Eagle

self-released LP [2020]

15 songs clocking in at a bit more than 30 minutes. These are great tunes, the culmination of several years of hard labor. As it turned out I wrote more and more songs about specific guys and gals and so finally these coalesced in an album with a yearbook theme. At the same time I cherished the title Star, Life and Eagle, literally found in the novel “The Secret History of Twin Peaks” by Mark Frost. So, the girls and boys got divvied up in scouts of these different ranks. In the end I had to work out the order of the songs and fill in some gaps. A dissonant acoustic gtr instrumental was translated in eclectic electric opening song ‘(let’s bring in the) Star Scouts!’ introducing Diana (in a moon travel story quoting Jules Verne’s “Round the Moon”), Daisy G, Julienne and Barbara as Star scouts. ‘Square Guys in Knitting Circles’ had to be in spot #6 and introduce the Life (and in this case: boy) scouts Michael (a hurricane antropomorphized), a guy doing the whole Charles Atlas thing (thanks “Mindhunter” screenwriters), Everett and probably myself (or at least half-heartedly). #11 had to introduce the Eagle scouts (Anne, Nancy and Pinar) so an unfinished idea replaced ‘aunt Lilith’ (see next EP) and was named ‘Eagle Scout Class of ’21’ fitted with a suitable spaced out coda of the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle” landing on the surface of the moon. ‘Time Travelin’ is a wonderful closing track, I love the lyrics. You can read more about the stories behind each song when streaming the particular song on Bandcamp. I’d like to thank several people for contributing sounds and sights: you are mentioned on page 2 of the booklet (center below).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LYRICS

(LET’S BRING IN THE) STAR SCOUTS

there ain’t no women drawn to the light

well there ain’t no men in town tonight

the boy scouts take you for a ride

and the girl scouts aim for the rank of Life

 

look at all those people

they run around in circles

all the time

the boy scouts take you to the other side

and the girl scouts aim for the rank of Life

 

let’s bring in the girl scouts!

let’s bring in the boy scouts!

let’s bring in the star scouts!

a warm welcome to the star scouts

 

DIANA AND SATELLITE

go to the moon

you won’t be there soon

sad sucker drawn to the light

 

all our telescopes

are hoping to grope

Diana and satellite

will be in the sky tonight

 

panic ensued

when they finally got glued

as they set foot on the darkest side

 

all the anxious souls

at Mission Control

Diana and satellite

will they radio in tonight?

 

we all thought you were an astronaut

but on lunar ground you just drove around

you planted a rag instead of the flag

you didn’t search for rocks but aimlessly walked

I know that you had a different kind of plan in your mind

don’t you know that you won’t make it back in time?

 

meanwhile on Earth

our footage got blurred

we decided to cut the line

 

someone went back here

through the atmosphere

Diana and satellite

made it to the other side

Diana and satellite

Diana and satellite

 

DAISY G

I used to hide out from girls and boys

went up on the roof

and then I’d stare at the moon

 

I used to buy her a soda pop

we would walk in the park

and she would just shake it up

 

CH oh Daisy G. remember me

I know you from upstate

the fading daylight, a graceful smile

from the days we used to spin our 45s

we trashed the worst of them, so happy all the time

 

I used to sign up for baseball camp

but when the summer arrived

I was already on crack

I used to watch her from across the room

she was never noticing me

until I started to drool  CH

 

you and I are in a separate match

together we are a beautiful mess

 

HCO3 from the back of my mind

in chemistry class I saw you for the last time

Daisy G., Bunsen burner in hand

you set us on fire and killed every man

 

JULIENNE

Julienne, why did you go?

she has been to places she dreamed about I know

Julienne, no-one at home

we said goodbye, fighting back the tears and faking a smile

 

me, you and everyone we know

our hearts skip a beat when we find the love we need

but Julienne you wander around the streets

and saw your family sitting around the Christmas tree

 

well, that’s great

two people, a red string of fate

well, that’s great

before you know it, it’s already too late

 

(you gotta face’m all, and if you don’t you will face the wall)

 

BARBARA BASKS IN THE GLOW OF GRATITUDE

Barbara, the sun sets low

oh Barbara, with her pretty eyes closed

oh Barbara, an adventure it seems

Barbara basks in the glow of gratitude

 

she is all I need

her heart beats

faster when I’m around

and tickle her feet

she’s so sad in solitude

oh Barbara basks in the glow of gratitude

 

SQUARE GUYS IN KNITTING CIRCLES

drape the yarn over the tip of the

left-handed …, guys come on

stop smoking weed in class

 

CH  if the truth be known

in parallax

I’d like to go home

and change my sex

back to man

 

square guys in knitting circles

like to jump from the roof

and hit the pavement below

 

knit about 5 stitches

stop to pull …, you must be jokin’ man

I’m into pornograph  CH

 

the serial killer is here

he shows his quilts

his magic skills

a psychopath’s embroidery

impresses Jill

she’s dressed to kill

the asymmetry  CH 

 

square guys in knitting circles

have a life sentence of

needles in hand

 

wearing their scarves, sweaters and more

dancing all night on the prison cell floors

happily clad in knitting circles

inmates in stitches for years to come

squandering time in knitting circles

 

MICHAEL

down in the town where the river flows through

the US marines keep on shining their shoes

and I have to ready his room

breaking news: Michael is coming to Florida                         

 

in the parking lot he totaled my car

and then he blew me away by how strong he was

I hear him pound on paper thin walls

after he got in he wrecked the room, I’ll put a gun to his head

 

you have to go now and never come back

but you’ll keep on finding new ways to attack

I have seen what you did to Nadine

you made her really upset

now she’s moving toward the northwest

 

back over the Atlantic, we saw eye to eye

you would leave me and I was ready to die

shipwrecked for 38 days

the distress flare blew up in my face

but Michael is never coming back!

 

DOING THE WHOLE CHARLES ATLAS

once in a while love will make you blind and then you lose it

you step into the gym, take another spin class cruisin’

 

CH  you better run with your head in the clouds

and never kneel deep down in the dirt

you better take your chances right now

and find a way to get out of the blues

 

once in a while you think about the time that you used to

go to your work, dressed as Captain Kirk, sucking up to   CH

 

all your ideas are madness

doing the whole Charles Atlas

you just have to drop this sad act

doing the whole Charles Atlas

 

once you realize the horse already died you stop floggin’

you plug in your guitar, listen to your heart and write a rock song   CH

 

 

EVERETT ON THE SILENT SCREEN

if you ever need a friend

draw a figure in the sand

and let the ocean take away his feet

 

if you wanna find The One

detonate a fission bomb

and see who is left to meet

 

everything’s alright with me

Everett on the silent screen

 

yeah, I tried to find

some happiness at times

at the Lost and Found

I just circled around

 

through the arrow of time

in a parallel life

the waves were crashing at the beach

 

a separate Being and mind

were being crystallized

and then I spoke on the silent screen

 

and all I’ve got to know

is if you’re waiting when I get home

 

JOHN DOE (SEMI-AUTO)

CH  John is always ill

needles in his back

did you go to work?

or did you catch the fireflies?

 

he drove it uphill

with the Beatles in the back

did you know, John

and did you catch the fireflies?

 

wherever you go

I will follow you

you don’t have to stay inside, all the time

 

please don’t feel low

’cause you can’t let her go

yeah, you tried and tried and tried  CH

 

Jonah wants to stay in the whale, it’s too late

Heaven knows, I tried to hide

from people that will hurt me, or finally desert me

Heaven knows, I’m just a nice guy

and all you said was I shouldn’t be upset

 

did you catch the fireflies?

 

EAGLE SCOUT CLASS OF ’21

here is a shout out to plastic girls

I know you will be there at the end of the world

did you make it? I hope so

will you miss me? I don’t know

 

well here’s a merit badge to make you feel alright

the feeling won’t last, you will cry at night

did you make it? I hope so

will you miss me? I don’t know

 

so long my friend

we’ve made it to the end

and there will be no-one to miss them

 

here’s a message from the Anthropocene

the sarcophagus has cracked, we will set you free

did you make it? I hope so

will you miss me? I don’t know

 

so long my friend

we’ve made it to the end

and we’re so proud, the eagle scouts have landed

 

CHRIST, ANNE

Jeanne had made a call

it was wonderful to see

Anne in town that night

her husband on a leave

 

I didn’t have the balls

to break up with Jeanne

but I still stood tall

and hurt the woman of my dreams

 

CH  Jeanne I love you, everyone should know

Christ Anne, you said your man was in Japan, he saw us hand in hand

Do you have to kick me now? From one man to another:

you don’t really love her, do you?

Do you want to leave her now? Now that you’ve discovered,

Anne can’t be bothered…

 

crashed into a wall

it was awful to see

Anne did hit-and-run

returned to the scene

 

Jeanne said she saw the plates

and the driver’s face

started to shout at Anne

before they took her away CH

 

Anne did fifteen years

Jeanne has disappeared

and now I’m left alone

remorse for what I’ve done

we’re in a house of cards, I know

I should never have called you

never have brought you home  

 

PYRO NANCY

late in the evening

we had a big fight

took the car, drove away

returned at night

now the house is on fire

and they won’t let me in

 

Jesus stay safe,

must be a natural disaster

did lightning strike?

was it a faulty wire?

she set the house on fire

and she won’t let me in

 

through the flames

I screamed your name

I kicked the door

out of its frame

when I heard you laughing

behind my back

I’d set myself ablaze and I was going in

 

Nancy we have no fire insurance

in spite of this place burning down

I love you

the time has come to have a serious talk

about fire

 

and then they came

the fire-fighting men,

you turned them away

you said it was lost

kept a straight face

 

the house is on fire

but she won’t let them in

flames in her eyes

and an evil grin

my burning heart

extinguished it

then Nancy asked, politely

if I could light her cigarette

 

PIN♥R AIRLINES

on the day you fell from the sky

an aeroplane made it back

the pilot said you had to get out

crazy thoughts in your head

 

CH  falling in love, a plane that takes off

just let me take your hand

then being in love, from the sky you will drop

I think you’ll understand, we can’t just be friends

 

on the day we walked in the woods

I wanted to hold your hand

but I think we knew and both understood

no one could hold us back

 

you’re finally here

the end of all fear

the sky is so clear

love is in the air, my dear

 

TIME TRAVELIN

time travelin’ ain’t a whole lot of fun

you start to bleed from your ears and you might date your mum

I know from experience when I crossed that line

I persuaded my dad to take his own life

and when you go backwards to find that girl

you run into a copy at the end of the world

they wanted me to change the past all the time

but I shook hands with ‘the devil’ and he turned out to be a very nice guy

 

John Wilkes Booth still got to shoot when I broke the 4th wall

another suicide note, why did you make Peg jump off of the “H”?

stowed away in Apollo 10, I tried to land it

bet on the Mets in ’86 so I could spend it

 

I went to her parent’s place with a straight face

and I thought “will you remember me?”

her mother opened the door and did not recognize me

she said that Mary Beth was sleeping sound but had to be fed

I said “let’s grab a bite” but then she started pushing me out

 

when I returned you were away

now half the girls are a world away