RAGTAG SONGBOOK

[Lyrics by - Conny - Mojo - peacefeather - Song - Sunrise - Thomas]

Peace Park is often a festive place -- a place to sing a heart-song or let loose in dance. Many musicians come down to the park to play by themselves. In the late 1980's, they came to jam with vigiling musicians Sunrise, Philip, and Song. Other folks drop by to enjoy the easy vibes and festive spirit. When these moments occur, the Ragtag Band is in session. These are a few of their songs.

REGGAE RAP

Prison Lyrics
by Thomas
music by Song
C F
Security for the beastly kingdom
C F
Mindlessly raped delicate freedom
C F
Liberty suffers when fear reigns
C F
In abuse of others only evil gains

Chorus:
D G
Logos spoke Reality
D G
Deceit spawned Insanity
D G
Life lives on Eternally
G D G G7
So we gotta get back to the Truth.

Justicewasrobbedby thebaronsof wealth
King Oppression destroys common health
Greed was stealing the peace of harmony
While industrialists worship the economy

(Chorus)

Equality was murdered for a jug of liquor
Pride, Self and Ego squeezed the trigger
Ignorance slays what it don't understand
But what goes must come around in the end

(Chorus)

WORLD ON FIRE
by Song
Em \ C7
No escape - from this life I'm in.
Em \ C7
No getting around - the fences hold me in.
Em \ C \ D \ G \ D
No escape - from this playground on fire --

No escape - from the children's aggression.
Born into my parents oppression.
No escape - from this house on fire --

E \ C
Life goes on, but the fire remains.
G \ C
The child in me remains the same.
E \ C
All we can do is do our best.
G \ D
It's hard to say just who's to blame --
\ Em7 \ C7
We're all so blown away --
\ Em7 \ G \ Em \ C7
We're all so blown away -- ay -- hey, hey, hey, hey, hey --

No escape - from the man with the knife.
This narrow alley - contains his life.
No escape from these streets on fire --

Far away, in a foreign land
These streets of fire reach out its hand
To unfold its twisted plan --
Far away, in a foreign land --
They're getting blown away --
They're getting blown away -- ay, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey --

No escape - from the guns that kill.
No talking to the folks up on the hill.
No escape - from this world on fire --

In - the mids of all this madness
I feel my anger turn to sadness.
If I could only show a way --
I hope we all learn how to pray --
Before we're blown away --
Before we're blown away -- ay -- hey - hey --

Give me strength to keep me moving --
There's lots of things I needs be doing --
Give me strength -- to make the solution real.

We see children starving on TV --
We can't deny the things we see --
You can't fool me -- we can't be free
When there's children starving on T-V --
They look so blown away ---
They look so blown away -- ay, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.

Give me strength to make it understood
How it feels - to feel "good" --
Give me strength - to make the solution real --

We were given this world to live in.
I feel so blessed just to be breathing.
I feel so rich - when I'm giving.
So start giving if ye be as wheat --
Or just blow away --
Or just blow away -- ay - ay - ay - ay.


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(Song2)
BEFORE I DIE
by Song
C
I have all I need
Am
You cannot own me
Fmaj7
I will give you what you need
Em/G G6
You cannot use me
C
My feet are on the ground
You cannot move me
There's a way I'm going
You cannot confuse me
C (bar 3)
My spirit is with you
You cannot lose me
Be like the butterfly
Come dance with me

Fm
Don't lie in the shadows
C C7
Come out and face the sun
Fm
Shine upon yourself
Shine upon everyone

Fm
We cannot stop the time
Em/G G6
But we can make it run

G6 C
So let us live
Am
Before we die
Fmaj7
Let us sing
Em/G G6
Before we cry

C
Let us see
Before we're blind
Let us leave
Our troubles far behind

C (bar 3)
Let us feel
Am (bar 5)
While there's still time
Dm
Let us give
G7
Before we die.....
C-Am-Fmaj7-Em/G-G6-C

MA, I'LL BE ALL RIGHT

by Sunrise and Mojo

Woke up this morning with a bible in my hand.

I heard enough "talking" from the preacher man.

I had to find out on my own.

For some reason, Ma, I felt so alone.

I headed down the highway, bag on my shoulder,
Ma, headed for the mountain, got to find the answer.
Came to Kansas City, some questions on my mind.
"What makes the heart beat?" "Why are we so blind?"

Now I'm one step away, two jumps aside.
I've seen some things, Ma, (I'm) headed for the light.
Yes, I'm one step away, two jumps aside.
She said "Stick to the Rule, son, you'll be all right."

I sat on the mountain top, asked myself why.
"What makes me different?" I feel a song inside.
Deep down I know something is wrong.
When I find it, Ma, I'm gonna fight it, 'cause I'm strong.

Came to Washington on a summer's day. [Washington, D.C.]
Had a funny feeling everything's gonna be okay.
Living a new way, but the idea's the same,
Loving my neighbor, ain't looking for blame.

Some people I see just don't seem to understand.
To them I might as well just be damned.
But looking on the bright side, I've got my song.
If I keep on singing, I know I can't go wrong.

WHO CAN SEE?

by Mojo

Am C G D
Who can see the whole of God's plan?
Am C G D
With limited sight we strive to understand,
Am C G D
While we do the wrong to know the right,
Am C G D
A process of knowledge to receive our sight.

From times we were weak and fell to the ground,
It taught us how to stand and be strong all around.
God is love and love is all of "we" --
All of we are helping us to see --
If it weren't for the problems that seem to be,
Would we search for solutions to set ourselves free --
Set you free --

Am - C - G - D

We learn to talk before we walk,
Reach for love, the mighty rock,
Have peace of mind and love in our heart
And know we are all God's children and we all play a part --
Play your part --

Am - C - G - D

So discount no one and no thing,
'Cause highs and lows all are used, when we come to sing,
If it weren't for the problems that seem to be,
Would we search for solutions to set ourselves free --
Set you free --

Am - C - G - D

We are all one family.
We send this song of prayer to you, we live in harmony.
Have peace of mind and love in our heart,
And know we are all God's children and we all play a part --
Play your part --

(phil2)

MAKE LOVE ABIDE

by Mojo
G Em
So you're rich, you're rich so you say!
C D
Tellin' you babies, you better give it away.
G Em
Oh, you're rich, give us your poor,
C D
Look 'round the corner, and here come some more,
G Em
Give us your naked, your crippled, your blind,
C D
But we can't live where love don't abide,
G - Em - C - D
Where love don't abide.

G Em
You tell us to stand, while you show us how to fall,
C D
And we can't live, divided at all,
G Em
So give it away, and leave none behind,
C D
'Cause we can't live, where love don't abide,

G Em
Oh, make love abide, make love abide,
C D
'Cause love will take you, upon this ride --

G - Em - C - D -

They ask us for bread, we throw them a stone,
We choke on our riches, while we feel so alone,
We measure a life, whether it has breath,
But lack of love, is the only death,

Oh, make love abide, make love abide,
`Cause love will take you upon this ride --

G - Em - C - D -

You tell us to stand, while you show us how to fall,
And we can't live that way at all,

G - Em - C - D -

So you're rich, you're recih so you say!
Tellin' you babies, you better give it away,
Give it away --

I FOLLOW LOVE

bySunriseS. Harmony
Am7 - Dm7 - Em7

Am7
I follow love,
Dm7 Am7
I know my heart will show me the way,
Am7
I follow love,
Dm7 Am7
I know my heart will show me the way.

Dm7
Turn around kid, you gotta watch out,
Am7
You only have life, don't live it in doubt,
Dm7
Help out your brothers, sisters and friends,
Am7
Ask lots of questions, it's on you they depend.

Fmaj7
I'll go with you,
Em7
If you go with me,
Fmaj7 Gmaj7
Together we will see.

I follow love,
I know my heart will show me the way,
I follow love,
I know my heart will show me the way,

People are starving all over the World,
And there's plenty of food to feed them all today,
People go talking 'bout the great big wars,
As if they could make it, they don't know what they say,

I'll go with you,
If you go with me,
Together we will see,

I follow love,
I know my heart will show me the way,
I follow love,
I know my heart will show me the way,

Peace on earth, it won't happen easy,
We have to work hard, just to keep our love alive,
People everywhere have got to get together,
Put their minds, hearts, and souls above all the lies,

I'll go with you,
If you go with me,
Together we will see.

(sun2)

YOU COULD NEVER SEE THE RAIN

bySunriseS. Harmony
A F#m
Iron fences surround you,
A F#m
Your guns and laws define you,
A F#m
Your mistakes defeat you,
D E F#m
You should seek to know the truth,

It's a shame the times we've tried to tell you,
You're still the ones who cause the pain,
If only you would know yourselves,
There's nothing else you need to gain,

D E F#m
But you could never see the rain,
D E F#m
You could never be to blame,
D E F#m
You could never see the rain,

The people, they love freedom,
You take it away from them,
Why don't you see the answers,
From where do your problems stem?

You could never see the rain,
You could never be to blame,
You could never see the rain,
You could never be to blame.


(Sun3)
DON'T LOOK FOR A WAY OUT

by Sunrise S. Harmony
D D/C# D/B D/A
Love is like a child you know,
D D/C# D/B D A7
Every day you watch it grow, and grow,

Life is like a river that flows,
Every day it goes, goes, and goes,

(Bridge)
bm G
Don't look for a way out,
bm G A
Just find a way in, for love.

Truth is what we need to know,
And every day our love will grow, and grow,

Don't look for a way out,
Just find a way in, for love.

Sometimes you feel you can't go on,
Just keep on trying to write a song, to sing.

(Sun4)
COLORS OF THE CIRCLE

by Sunrise S. Harmony
Gmaj7/D
Turning around in circles
(5 fret)
Colors all around
Gmaj7/D
Seeing love, hearing good
(5 fret)
Music in the sounds

Angels coming over
Looking in the wind
See the changes coming
Looking for within
D7
am7 sus4 D7
Love will overcome the sadness
am7 D7sus4 / D7
Truth will open all the doors
am7 D7sus4/D7 am7 D7sus4 / D7
The power of the creation is all your good and more

Feel the air you breathe
Take the time to care
Listen to the children
It's for them that you are there

Love will overcome the sadness
Truth will open all the doors
The power of the creation is all your good and more

Let peace be in your heart
Let the God you know be love
Let your lifetime be forever
Have your freedom like the dove's

(Sun5)
LOVE FROM THE HEART

by Sunrise S. Harmony
em7 D
So long have we searched for love,
C D
So long have we waited,
em7 D
Truth is for everyone,
C D
Why have we hesitated,

Who could be waiting,
What good is it for,
We've already found it,
Just open all the doors,

em7 D
Love from the heart,
C
has got to be
D
What we wanted from the start,

People don't spend life pretending,
Give your life in trusting good,
Make your loved ones strong,
Just like you know you should...

(Sun6)
WHAT ABOUT THE WAR

by Sunrise S. Harmony

A G A G
Hey, what about the war? Hey, do we need any more?
A G A G
Hey, what about the war? Hey, do we need any more?

A G A G
I've seen it in their faces, I feel it in their hearts,
A G A G
I know about the places, Why did it ever start,

A G A G
They die, they wait, They have no plans,
A G A G
They love, they try, They love the land,

A G
Oh, there's so much tension,
C
The chords they play don't blend,
G
They surround themselves with fences,
C
And kill people who won't defend,

Hey, what about the war? Hey, do we need any more?
Hey, what about the war? Hey, do we need any more?

They don't want the sun to rise,
Or love to fill the air,
They just sit and count their money,
They don't seem to really care,

Hey, what about the war?
Hey, do we need any more?
Hey, what about the war?
Hey, do we need any more?

Do you need any more?
Do you need any more?
Do you need any more?
Do you need any more?

(Sun7)
IF I WERE A MILLION

by Sunrise S. Harmony

If I were a million,

What would you want me to be?

If I were a billion,

What would you like to see?

If time were for ever,
How long would you like to be free?
If love could be better,
How much better should it be?

I thought I told you that I know for sure,

I thought I told you that there is a whole lot more,

I thought I told you that my love is true,

Maybe you should have heard me through,

If I were a trillion,
What would you want to know?
If love were a zillion,
How would you like it to show?

I thought I told you that I know for sure,
I thought I told you that there is a whole lot more,
I thought I told you that my love is true,
Maybe you should have heard me through,

They cast their stones at them as if they knew,
They'll keep on killing till they're shown for sure
That peace and Love will always endure,
For a time will come when they'll find out the score.

(Sun8)
DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE?

by Sunrise S. Harmony

D D/C D/B
You know my mind is set on you,
D
And everything you do,
D/C D/B
I spend my time waiting for you,
D
And you know it's true,

C9 G6 add D D
'Cause I know, that we believe in love, (x 2)

You know I'll always do my best for you,
And you know it's true,
You know I've got nothing to hide from you,
And I never will,

'Cause I know, that we believe in love, (x 2)

bm f#m
I know my time passes,
bm f#m
So quick and easy,
bm f#m
But I know I'll stay with you,
em A7
Just as long as I can,
D C9
Forever, and ever,
G6 add D
'Cause we believe in love,

You know I'll always do my best for you,
And you know it's true,
You know I've got nothing to hide from you,
And I never will,

'Cause I know, that we believe in love, (x 2)

'Do you believe in love, (x 4)

(Sun9)
WHISPERING WIND

by Sunrise S. Harmony

Fmaj7 am
Whispering wind, please tell us again / the stories of old.
Fmaj7
Please sing us the song, the new, new song
an
'Bout peace on earth; goodwill to all!

Fmaj7 am
An old man said that I would never change
G am
He said that I would always be a whispering wind

Fmaj7 am
Friend of mine, you're so kind, you told us the Truth.
Fmaj7 am
I look inside and see the darkness in my soul.

Fmaj7 am
You gave up your life to show us how to find the light.
G am
You said that you would come again to us one day.

F G am
Whispering wind, I'm so glad to see you free again.
G F am
The love you give will surely make us whole.
G em
The words you speak, the things you do,
dm G
You could never fail.
F G am
Sometimes we just don't see beyond ourselves.

Fmaj7
Whispering wind, I love you again.
am
For all the world will know you well.
Fmaj7 am
You sing to us through bird and harp(sichord) and human voice.

Fmaj7 am
You speak to us through wind and rain and thunder roll.
G am
The time will come when all will hear the silent sound.

(Sun10)
LOVE IS THE WAY

by Sunrise S. Harmony

G D em C
You are the love that you're looking for.
G D C D
You hold the key to open the door.
G D em C
Just shine your light from up on a hill,
G D C D
And when you do this your cup will be filled.

You are the feeling that you're trying to find
And everything, you see, is yours and mine.
There is a song that we all can sing
To open up the never-ending spring.

Chorus:
G D em C
Oh love, love, love is the way,
G D C D
And you know we can make it today.
G D em C
Oh yes, love, love, love is the key,
G D C D
Don't you know only love set us free.

You are the riches that you work for so hard.
Deep in our souls there's enough for us all.
You are the one who can change the world
When you convince them to throw away the sword.

You are the Master of your love
When you're wise as a serpent, and harmless as a dove.
You can give good or bad.
You can make the children happy or sad.

(Chorus)

There is a time when everything is revealed
For only illusion keeps them sealed.
You are the way, the truth, and the life
When with your faith you overcome the strife.

(Sun11)
THE ROCKIN' ROLL SOUND
by Sunrise S. Harmony
A E
Do you believe in the rock'n roll sound
G D
Do you know what's goin' down
A E
It sure seems strange, the games people play
G D
But there is a time when love comes to stay
A
When love comes to stay
E G D
Hey, ay, ay, ay, Hey, ay, ay, ay, would you please come to stay

Do you believe in the still small voice
What do you choose with your freedom of choice
Every day people been workin' so hard
Still it seems like we live in the dark
Like we live in the dark
Whoa, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, why can't we sleep in a park

Do you believe in the rock'n roll sound
There is a time when we all come 'round
We all come round to the beautiful sound
It lifts you up when you're feeling down
When you're feeling down
Whoa, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, it brings you 'round

Do you remember when we were young
Don't you know that we've just begun
We've just begun to make the change
It's up to us all and not just to one
We're all one
under the sun, whoa, oh, oh, truth makes us one

A E
Do you know the song in your heart
G D
I like the way that you play your part
A E
We can bring the kingdom here
G D
When we put aside all our doubts and fears

Do you remember the days of old
Do you know what it's like to be hungry, dirty, and cold
How do you feel when the day is done
Please don't hurt anyone when you're having your fun
When you're having fun,
whoa, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, no more sticks and guns

When you wake up one morning feeling good
Then you will know that you've understood
It's the rockin' sound that's comin' round
C'mon everybody you know what we've found
You know what we've found
The sweet, sweet sound, rockin' sound, goin' round

FREE
by Conny Henschel

Mighty works, mighty trees
both start out as little seeds,
different forms from different fruits.
Everything has its roots - like a tree.
Grows for many, many years,
not always strong and without fears,
striving toward its perfect form
yet not uprooted in the storm - like strong trees.
Carefully expends its leaves,
reaching out to catch a breeze.
How can you ever think it's wrong
when a bird sings its song - in the tree.
The form might seem not always right,
but ever-growing towards the light
with no illusion to cloud the eye.
Broken branches drop and die - from a tree.
Living tree.
Giving place of shade and rest
for all life to build a nest.
But a tree with casual mind
will cause void and not divine - fruit of a tree.


SPIRIT OF LOVE
by Conny

Spirit of love
that flows in our blood
Spirit that hears
singing from every heart,
this is a prayer I sing,
this is a prayer I sing:
save our perishing earth.
Save our perishing earth.

We can hear it in water, in wood and in stone.
We are the earth of this earth and bone of its bone.
This is a prayer I sing, for we have forgotten to sing.

(Pray, this earth....)

Teach us again to listen and talk.
Teach us again to smell and to walk.
Teach us again to laugh and to sing.
Teach us again to pray and to see.

Spirit of love, you show us your face.
Spirit of love, every new day.
Spirit of love, show us the way.
Spirit of love, each one of us.
Inspire us now, inspire us now.
This is a prayer I sing

... for us.

A REFLECTION OF OUR MINDS
by Conny

One day ahead we gonna wake up and be free.
We're all gonna realize where we wanna be.
Living on our earth - creatively.
It's gonna be a reflection of our minds.

(repeat four times)

Trying to enjoy life and grabbing white sand.
Words of love and action of dissatisfaction.
Waiting for somebody who is bringing your share.
It's gotta be a reflection of my mind.

(repeat four times)

Deep down in your hearts we know what's right and wrong.
Don't tell me what it should do.
People are ruling to look for the bad.
You better watch out cause it comes right back.
It's gotta be a reflection of your mind.

(repeat four times)

Think about the time to come.

(repeat)

(back to beginning)


PEACEFUL GROUND
by Conny Henschel, 1989

Deep down lonely soul
tired of phones, same old games,
same old roles.
I want to find a new way of life - of life to unfold.
I want to change my style, change my ways.
Do what it takes to be worthwhile.
I want to look in the mirror and see myself smile.

Chorus:

Get myself on down, make myself some time to get around.
Get myself on down to the peaceful ground.
Don't know which way I'm bound.
I really need some time to get around.
Take that journey down to see what's lost and what's found.

Gonna find some friends, gonna go within.
Giving all I've got - going to begin.
Searching for my dreams, forget where I've been.
One of these days, don't know when,
given all I have - going to begin
having that peace, the peace that's within.

(Chorus)



peacefeather 1

Human*, Do You Hear Me?


(l) REFRAIN:
am em
Human, do you hear me?
God's calling you.
Come back to heaven.
It's your right to do.

(2)
G em
Just look around you.
When will you see
This Earth is heaven?
CAN YOU HEAR ME?

(3) (REFRAIN)

(4)
G em
Human, my sister.
Angel of light.
Give up the darkness.
Give up your pride.

(5) (REFRAIN)

(6)
G em
Human, my brother,
Prodigal son,
Come back to heaven.
Come back home.

(7) (REFRAIN)

(8)
G em
Enter with kindness.
Let go your fear.
Heaven is waiting.
Heaven's right here.

(9) (REFRAIN)


peacefeathers 2

RADIATION BLUES

Verse 1:

D A
It's the 6th of August. The sky is overcast.
D A
Each breath a gift, I pray won't be the last.
E A
I'm counting breaths since l945.
E A
I'm wondering if we'll let us stay alive.

Verse 2 (first refrain)

D A
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini,
E A
When, oh when will Mother Earth be free?
D A
Chernobyl, Nevada, Europe too,
E A
We're suffering from radiation blues.

Verse 3:

D A
Evolution seems impossibly slow.
D A
Peace through "strength" is not the way to grow.
E A
Some build a better bomb for judgment day,
E A
Some hide and hope that Rapture's on its way.

Verse 4 (second refrain)

D A
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini,
E A
When, oh when will Mother Earth be free?
D A
Africa, Australia, Asia too,
E A
We're suffering from radiation blues.

Verse 5

D A
Babies are born, no limbs, no hearts, no eyes.
D A
Missiles own the ground, sea, air, and skies.
E A
Still thirty thousand bombs, devil-sent,
E A
Poised for computer accident.

Verse 6 (third refrain)

D A
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini,
E A
When, oh when will Mother Earth be free?
D A
Chernobyl, Tokai, and Pokhran too,
E A
We're suffering from radiation blues.

ADD AFTER LAST REFRAIN:

D A E A
Radiation, radiation blues. Pretty soon you'll sing them too.
D A E A
Radiation, radiation blues. It only takes a little rad in you.
D A E A
Radiation, radiation blues. Who knows, you may have them too.

D A E (no guitar?)
Radiation, radiation blues. I think I got those ... I got those...
deep down, deep down inside of me to the bone,
hair fallin' out, glow in the dark,

A
radiation blues!

peacefeathers 3
a MONEY song

A E
When is bread / not really bread?
A E
(Use your head / use your God-given head.)
D E
When it's green / you know what I mean:
A
When it's money.

A E
It eats up your days / and worries your nights.
A E
It's the number one reason / we get into fights.
D E
It's the human race / at a suicide pace
A
After money.

G D
Money, honey, what an awful thought!
G D
How can you stand to be sold or bought
E A
By money ... for money?

A E
In seeking our Fortune / we're trapped in its chains,
A E
Fears oozing off us / like sweat in the rain.
D E
We die for our toys / our drugs, and our pain ...
A
All for money.

A E
One day, on a whim, I thought / give it a try,
A E
Stretch out your wings / and learn how to fly!
D E
Now I live without bills / without worries, without lies ...
A
Without money.

G D
Money, honey, what a silly device!
G D
When will we learn how to bury the dice?
E
No more money.
A
Funny.
E A
Funny ... funny, funny, funny, funny ... money.


peacefeathers 4

Momma, What?


Momma, what are you teaching your children?
Don't you know that you reap what you sow?
If you sow a bad seed, like ego or greed,
It'll come back to haunt you, you know?

Momma, what are you teaching your children?
Do you teach 'em to pray and to play?
Momma, what are you teaching your children?
Momma, where are your children today?

Momma, where is the reason for living?
Whose is the hand that you hold?
Don't teach us to hate. Be forgiving.
Momma, bring us in out of the cold.

Momma, help us to sing our own heartsongs.
Show us to paint what we see.
Teach us to share, to be trusting,
To listen, to think, to be free.

Momma, turn off that TV, that violence.
Don't you know that you reap what you sow?
Momma, what are you teaching your children?
Momma, teach us to heal, and to grow.

peacefeathers 5

a WAITING song

G F C G
It's the hour / of the drunks / driving home / to their wives
am G em7 am
who are waiting for them. / We must be careful.

G F C G

It's the night / of the cops / with the clubs / and the guns
am G em7 am
who are waiting for us. / We must be peaceful.

G - am - G - G - em7 - am

G F C G
It's the day / of the bomb. / It's been here / sixty years.
am G em7 am
We're still paying for it. / We must be crazy.

G F C G

It's the time / that the kids / learn to scream / and to dream

am G em7 am
God is waiting for us. We must be patient.

G - am - G - G - em7 - am

G F C G

It's the scope / of our hope / that will free / us to see
am G em7 am
our salvation. / We must be loving.

G F C G

It's the house / of the Lord / we will dwell in / for sure
am G em7 am
when we unlock the door. / When we surrender.

em7 am
We must be patient.
em7 am
We must be loving.
em7 am
We must be peaceful.

G - am - G - G - em7 - am - D7 - G


peacefeathers 6

No Secrets

A G D E
The secret to a good life is just around the bend.
A E D E
There are ills and spills a'plenty, and visions still to mend.
D A D A
But the secret light is beckoning, the bad life's soon to end,
D E A
And soon we'll have no secrets any more.

D E D E D E A

No secrets. No secrets. (Soon we'll have) no secrets any more.

A E D E
Presidents and their minions are trying hard to hide
A E D E
Their choices made in ignorance, greed, fear and pride.
D A D A
But winds of truth are airing their monumental lies,
D E A
and soon we'll have no secrets any more.

D E D E D E A

No secrets. No secrets. (Soon we'll have) no secrets any more.

A E D E
In Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and South Seas
A E D E
People are in the streets, determined to be free.
D A D A
Sick of wars and weapons brought on by boundaries,
D E A
We're calling for no secrets any more.

D E D E D E A

No secrets. No secrets. (Soon we'll have) no secrets any more.


peacefeathers 7

The Choice Is Ours

E A
Hey, little boys with nasty toys
E A
hear the warning:
E A
we get what we give.
E A
We get what we give.

E A
Hey, little seeds with crushing needs
E A
A last warning:
E A
God wants us to live.
E A
God wants us to live.

REFRAIN:
E A
The choice is ours.
E A
We know the way.
E A
The choice is ours.
E A
We know the way.

peacefeathers 8

Consider the Wisdom

G D7 am D7 am D7
Minerals, vegetables, animals, all: consider the wisdom.
G D7 am D7 am D7
Sunlight, oxygen, spring, summer, fall: consider the wisdom.

(add verses)
G D7 am D7
Mosquitos, hyenas, pirrhanas too:
am D7 am D7
We can see, me and you,
am D7 am D7 G
We can fly, you and I,
am D7 am D7
Swimming through space, in ever-present place,
am D7 am D7
Wherever we are, as near as a star,
am D7 am D7
As far as a kiss, an eye's wink from bliss:
am D7 G
Consider the wisdom.


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Midnight at the Signs

G (add B)
Ants with a burden twelve times their size
D (add A)
Debate the best way to tackle their prize
C (add G)
Watched by the watchful coffee-brown eyes
G D G
Of Midnight at the signs.

G (add B)
Her chin on the pavement, nose to the sky,
D (add A)
She sniffs at the feet of all passersby.
C (add G)
She's love to the loving; she barks at the sly.
G D G
Midnight at the signs.

REFRAIN:
D G
Look out! Karmic check! Midnight's about!
D G
Psychic dog is checking you out.
C G
She's love to the loving; she shouts if you shout:
G D G
Midnight at the signs.

G (add B)
She sleeps with ear lifted for park melodies.
D (add A)
She floats in black silk, completely at ease.
C (add G)
She's the best known dog on the streets of D.C.,
G D G
Our Midnight at the signs.

G (add B)
She runs, tail feathered, a black semiphore.
D (add A)
She laughs here beside my bike wheel as we soar
C (add G)
Through shade-rippled alleys, past l5th Street whores,
G D G
Midnight from the signs.

(REFRAIN)

peacefeather l0
No Indeedy
E A
No, indeedy, I'm not feeling fine.
E A
The sunshine is hanging 'hind mushrooming vines.
E D
The clouds painting heaven, a stormbrewing heaven,
E A
where dish bangs away at a spoon.

REFRAIN:
D A
No, I never wanted it to be like this!
D A
Hell no, I never dreamed it would be like this!
D A
D'you think we'd choose life if we knew what was in store?
D A
D'you think you'll be ready when God evens the score?

(break music)
D A
Though I never wanted it to be like this
E A
I love life. I want more.
E A
I love life. I want more.

Yes, indeedy, there are some folks
with eyes twisted backward on barbheaded spokes
who pander man's heaven like 7-eleven,
spoonin' the till in their dish.

(REFRAIN)

Yes, indeedy, the Executive Branch
herds us all into its government ranch
with "judicious" heaven -- picturetube heaven --
where spoons shovel 'hind-the-scenes shit.

(REFRAIN)

Yes, indeedy, the facts are all in.
With 42 wars, when do we begin
to replay God's heaven - a practical heaven,
where dish learns to tolerate spoon?

(REFRAIN)


peacefeather odds & ends

(To the tune of Mr. Bojangles)

Came a man, soft-spoken,
with frightened eyes.
"Trade shoes with you!"

"Brother, sister,
can you spare some time?
Trade shoes with you!"

Looked so tight,
wrinkled his eyes,
an old hard-shoe frown.

Two days, two days
it took to see
those old cloth shoes

hurtin', pinchin',
rubbin' his toes
red white and blue.

Felt so bad,
felt so damn bad
I had to cry.

Gave him my shoes,
my hoarded shoes.
See how he fly.


peacefeather odds & ends

Thou art beautiful,
and all thy children ...
Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, King, (name everyone you know)

et l/l9/90


D A E
Come out, Barbara. Come out and play.
D A E
You can be who saves the day.
D A E
You can stroll out your grey-white door,
D E A
Drop your fears on the planning-room floor,
E A E
Step outside your gates with trust
A E D
Enough to sweep away the dust.


et 4/25/89

peacefeather odds & ends

Song to a Misguided Cop

Oh Berkowitz, oh Berkowitz, we love you Michelle Berkowitz.
Though you weren't taught to use your wits
We love you anyhow.
And if one dark and stormy night
Your poor heart beats in painful fright,
Berkowitz, oh Berkowitz, we'll try to treat you kindly.

We'll show you how to make a bed
On grass with nothing for your head.
We'll feed you from our dumpster bread
And learn to laugh together.
And when some brightly blessed day
You give your guns and fears away,
Berkowitz, oh Berkowitz, we'll gladly call you sister.

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