ERGONOPOLY cultropolis

by Stefan Jecusco

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Undertaken August 2006

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released February 22, 2008

Recorded once again with two mics live to emac, this time with tube pre-amps for heat. Some overdubbing was allowed where two banjos were needed. Oh, and the synth lead and guest stars... I say too much.

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Track Name: First light
over the curving highway
below the guiding lights
driving for the ocean
awake for three long nights
gliding through the sleeping town
where no one seems to see
a silent spirit whispers
"it's just you and me"

now my feet are humming
so strangely on the ground
while the rolling of the river
is still the only sound
by the rocks and reeds it seems
that now a journeys done
but the sun will soon be rising
I know it's just begun

windows are glowing embers
then fire ignites the sky
venus and the moon
together riding high
there's movement in the distance
a half remembered dream
people filling up the streets
I step into the stream
Track Name: Valley of princes
can you wait a lifetime
or just as long as it takes
which ever couch I sleep on
it's always been this way

(prince)
"I thought the devil had you
how did you get here?"
(quoting satan)
"heaven how you rob me!
stolen by one tear"

beware the ides of march
what was hat you say?
I should have learned the last time
dishwashing's not my fate

go and thank your lucky
shooting, shining stars
but you can recognize me
by missing teeth and scars

the way your sleeping baby
your back and shoulder's tight
why don't you turn over
try it on this side
Track Name: Pride
I always knew it might come down to this
now I'm ready to make a deal
I don't have a chance the way that it stands
and it never mattered less how I feel
was I lucky to be so broken
no shame left to hesitate
well it's something that I wondered
at the closing of the gate

"keep hauling in the line
until there is no more slack
for if you really love me
there is no turning back"

I was proud to work harder
for just the glory of the fight
I was proud to burn my bridges down
always knew I was right
but now so early in the morning
with all the people bent and sore
where even the eyes of the strongest seem to say
I can no more

"in the waning hours
when you most want to be free
pass by all the others
if we are ever to be"

I'll hold you like a baby
more than I know how to care
even when you lash out
I'll stand before you bare
but when I face a mirror
all I know is vanity
and when I see my lover
is she looking back at me

burn like a candle
until there's nothing left of you
maybe in that darkness
we'll know what is true
Track Name: Evil eye
look up and down that nighttime street
where people come to shake their feet
put on my shoes and then my hat
shake them up and roll them flat
but with out this disguise they don't know me
well it's clear I've missed more than on boat
and you now these concrete shoes don't float
still you might do good to listen well
I'll tell you how I've been through hell
and it ain't half as bad as what goes on here

I'll tell you my mind
go drink and carry on
now listen to my heart
I've come not to praise but to bury

There was a market and a little square
what was made we took it there
until there came the mall just north of town
before too long no one came around
no matter what or how you pandered
now how long can you lay and bleed
curse the life you'd rather lead
"I don't want you to have what I can't get"
has anyone ever told you yet
that no one is more bitter than a failed artist

I'll tell you mind
then drink it all away
now listen to my heart
I've come not to praise but to bury

now all you girls who salt my eyes
your hope's the very reason why
it seems my very soul's at stake
cause all I've got is what i make
there is no home for me to go back to
so is it still charming I persist
though no one knows I even exist
that I must just like it so rough
I'll tell you the stars aren't high enough
I'm trying to rise above this

I'll tell you my mind
it's useless anyway
now listen to my heart
I've come not to praise but to bury
Track Name: Angel of mercy
looking out the window
the traffic down below
the rooms and halls are empty
of all my things
first one then other
the towers will burn

oh angel of mercy
there was a woman and a man
now more divided
than I can understand
fly away with old crew
just one last time
some debts will be settled
others can never be paid
first one then the other
the towers will burn

oh angel of mercy
she came home alone
the whispers in the darkness
were only the ghosts
until there was no more crying
just a cold hard stone

looking out the window
the traffic down below
the distant fire
trails of smoke
Track Name: Moo heaven
somehow I got older
somehow I fell asleep
somehow I look like
all the rest of the sheep

A little bit of meaven
say it's all that I need
just a bed to lie down in
and somewhere to feed

it was only a bad dream
it was only youth
it was only feelings
only the truth

a little bit of meaven
tell me that's all that I need
just a bed to lie down in
and somewhere to feed

worn down by resistance
worn down 'till it's smooth
worn down with hoof prints
in the ruts and the grooves

a little bit of meaven
they say it's all that I need
just a bed to lay down in
and somewhere to feed

welcome to moo heaven!
with barbecue and beer
and we saved something special
just till you got here

tell me that it all works out
tell me to my face
tell me I can't remember
why I joined the human race
Track Name: the Contract
I see just one choice before me
quit pretending that I am free
do anything to make some money
quit pretending that I am free

everybody owns a house here
fortunes are made with fast talk and gear
everybody owns a house here
I'll buy myself back someday free and clear

middle men and agents line the roadway
who could ever trust what they say
making deals with them every workday
middle men and agents line the roadway

ignorance attacks me with such fury
but there's no time left to worry
now that I'm both the judge and jury
ignorance attacks me with such fury

I set my sails out for the temple
there is a contract to fulfill
I set my greedy sails against the temple
there is a contract I must fulfill
Track Name: New titanic
I've lived like a hermit and starved myself
seen visions of the end
I've looked to the skies with dark and hollow eyes
alone in the world without a friend
but now I'm captain of a sinking ship
and how you may ask why
well if I've never really lived then how could I forgive
all of us condemned to die

climb aboard the new titanic
where the bands play all night long
we don't know when it will all have to end
but we want just one more song

through the waves we plow ahead
the din it echos away
with nothing in sight, just the silence of the night
turn back I'll never say
musicians are all doing time
the poets are all damned
artists have a curse while writers make a hearse
of the lifeboats they have crammed

climb aboard the new titanic
and put one on my bill
we don't know when it will all have to end
but you know it surely will

oh have you tried the eels my friend
or have you had your fill
well out on the deck there's a man quite a wreck
who's purging of them still
from where we've sailed I don't recall
or to what distant shore
but all of my plans or any other mans
may rest on the ocean floor

climb aboard the new titanic
enjoy it if you can
we don't know when it all have to end
but I don't give a damn
Track Name: Sacrifice
you bring the tequila
and upstairs we'll creep
let me black out the stars
while the rest of them sleep

for every cold night
that chilled the warmth of my heart
for every secret spark
that turned my eyes down in shame
for that innocent love
that i never dared name
I'll take you tonight
in sacrifice

you smell like a woman
but you act like a child
but your some kind of mammal
feral and wild

for every cold night
that chilled the warmth of my heart
for every secret spark
that turned my eyes down in shame
for that innocent love
that i never dared name
I'll take you tonight
in sacrifice

witch goddess on fire
I have not found you in vain
you body is an altar
where i must be slain

for every cold night
that chilled the warmth of my heart
for every secret spark
that turned my eyes down in shame
for that innocent love
that i never dared name
take me tonight
in sacrifice
Track Name: the Garden
the soft light of the morning
distant waters sound
in the shade of the garden
on fertile ground
I can almost remember
what I've never known
on the breeze there was a voice
before the seeds were blown

in the eye of the storm
we'll take long slow sips
when you open up your eyes
and you touch my lips
in the unreal light
just after the rain
if only for this moment
we would live again


you can have all but what you want most
or that and nothing else
here is a sword to make to make you weep
even when the angels cry for mercy
"it's only right that you should grieve"

did I hear my name
what lured me became hateful
for such an accusation must be joined
by a confession
though you might need eyes to hear

where the oak lies fallen
by the riverside
dreams and warnings could never guide me through
another age
only love may pay the way across