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"So we'll live and pray and sing and tell old tales and laugh .. and take upon us the mystery of things as if we were God's spies ..." - King Lear

"Why revolt? To find beauty" - Mahabharata

"Não sei o que é a Natureza: canto-a" - Alberto Caeiro

"As so often when a man seems to be at the mercy of the winds, he is in reality being blown back upon his own self" - Stefan Zweig

Some Loafing Heroes Lyrics:

O OUTRO LADO (The Baron in the Trees, 2016)

Look at her run into the horizon
everything was burning behind her
but she just kept going, she just kept running
and she just kept looking ahead

and for once I looked straight into your dark eyes
and I wasn’t afraid anymore

you say you want to go
so we die and we dream
and we bring it all on again
hey-ho, the cosmopolitan flow of it all
is shooting down through the lands

and we scream and we cry
and we fall and we rise
everything is bleeding me dry
but I love the way we touch the other side
again and over again

I’ll see you on the other side
we carry men and women
carry men and women
we’re going to let go
I’ll see you on the other side

I'll see you on the other side
beyond the thought that God is a grammar
and all the circles are shadows shadows shadows
dissolving into the plurality of it all

I'll see you on the other side
beyond the mind’s melancholy
and all the borders will dissolve
the self will unfold into another tale told
where everything you know turns to stone

All the shining girls are out there
and they're dancing all around you
and the Sun and the Moon
fuse into one

Well if Life is a parenthesis
then I am a River
and we will flow flow flow flow flow flow flow
dissolving into the plurality of it all

GOD'S SPIES (The Baron in the Trees, 2016)

Living off the highway
be a bum or a king
and always running towards the tornado
we always loved to talk about the afterlife
because we thought it was impossible

We met back in 1999
just young guns with a bunch of confidence
you sang a song called ‘She’s a Rainbow’
it made me smile and then I knew I loved you so

collapsing star is what you are

You sang about loving the ruins of this life
and I sang about loafing and the death
the folly that man does and must suffer
if he woes a cruel ghost that’s not of his soul

collapsing star is what you are

Let’s keep it funky you would say,
let’s do it the Duncker 88 way
look who’s coming around,
it’s Noni, Juice and Sebastian
and Panda Bear I see you shining
Laughing and dancing and crying into the void

collapsing star is what you are

Where have you gone my soul friend?
Big Bear call out and sing to me
how have you gone my soul friend?
I’m trying to hear Big Bear call out to me

So we’ll live and pray and sing and tell old tales
and laugh at all the gilded butterflies
and take upon us the mystery of things
as if we were god’s spies

collapsing star is what you are

Oh soul friend, you’ve just added another scar
you who have become that collapsing star

DREAM OF THE CELT (Crossing the Threshold, 2014)

For Roger Casement (1864-1916)

Once upon a time, there lived in the sea’s roar
A seeker and a poet who sailed from shore to shore
From Peru to the Congo impossible to tame
That enigmatic gentleman who lives beyond his name

The flood-gates of the wonder-world swing open to brave the seas
It will never be the same again in confronting infinity
Forever hovering in between attachment and abandonment
We drown in our own image when we read the judge’s statement

The wide-eyed adventurer did what he had to do
He died upon the gallows but that is nothing new
Dining with the Kaiser and gathering up the guns
He was finally caught in a Kerry fort in the early morning sun

And what gave that roar? That spirit in the sea’s roar
Was it Captain Magellan who sailed around the world?
Killed for magnanimity, and instead a nameless one
Tried to take away his feat, but that is nothing new

And what about those poets who sing of heroes' deeds?
What is madness now? The act or the poet’s needs?
Walking side by side, the nomads are on the move tonight
They’re all stargazing again, waiting for the Muse to step into the light

There’s a ghost ... knocking on the door
There's a ghost ... beating down my door

On the threshold we stand, just you and me trembling
We got an ocean ahead of us, and a dying land behind
But all we ever had were windows, windows of the wanderer
Oh look through my window soul, and we’ll stargaze forever

Hear the wolf howling, listen to the lion’s roar
The wanderers are out tonight, they’re dreaming up the world
Let’s follow them together, I got a secret view from here
And the horizon goes on and on, and it feels so remote from everywhere!

Oh master of the ceremony, they’re gonna cut you down
Eventually all melts away, but that is nothing new
A revolutionary man never needs to ask
For centuries we have been doomed to wear a mask

You’re the dream of the Celt, you’re the dream of the Celt
Oh dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream of the Celt

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD (Crossing the Threshold, 2014)

PART I
I’m just a loafer making my way
Wandering on to the stars and the sun
Sometimes we fly, sometimes we fall
Oh that is life my sweet sugarpie
Whatever is for you will never pass you by
The darkest hour is just before the dawn

PART II
Out of the void with the call to adventure, it’s time to cross the threshold,
The road of trials, the gleam and the signs, all fusing into one
Her voice burns the air when she sings alone as the spirit moves to the south
Oh shapeshifter and warrior, lover and my saviour,
Refuse the call and the heart will die, transform and let’s begin again!

When you’re rushing around and seeing it all and feeding your eyes ...
With the lovely ladies that roll on by, a sadness will come from desire
And anxiety that dizzies your mind, you know that just can’t go on
You’ll die before your time, yes you’ll die before your time
Let yourself breathe, let it all out, feel the magic air, and let yourself go!

PART III
You were the poet of the clouds, until your wings became too heavy
And you came to tell me something about being banished from the towns
Then whisper in my ear, yes whisper in my ear...
Come visit the hero with a thousand masks where life and death are one
Once more I hear you again
And you wanted a thousand things all at the same time
But I could only give you one, two or three
Once more I see you shining in the dark
Once more I need you to leave your haunted mark

PART IV
I came upon a legend, a legend you might know
They all seem alike to most these days, but I just want you to know
that I was eaten whole... I lived inside the belly of a whale
Well I came to a doorway, and I walked and I ran and I swam
I drifted along the river, and I was thrown into the sea
There was a great whale waiting there for me, and he swallowed me up whole
I lived inside the whale for a hundred years or more
We traveled across the oceans and we saw so many things
For a hundred years we lived or for a hundred years we dreamed
I know I’d been here before because I had read it in the ruins
Once upon a time, there were men just like me

There comes a time to return again
And you awake and you find
your self the opposite
of what you thought you were
You’re in a labyrinth, you’re in a labyrinth

PART V
I’m just a loafer making my way
Wandering on to the stars and the sun
Sometimes we fly, sometimes we fall
Oh that is life my sweet sugarpie
Whatever is for you will never pass you by
The darkest hour is just before the dawn

INTO THE NOTHING (Crossing the Threshold, 2014)

We don’t know where we are going
But we can feel that we are growing

Come to the red centre of this Earth
Walkabout now underneath the sun
I dream a boy swimming in the Wicklow river
I feel a girl digging in the Kerry ground

They’ll tell you how to be and they’ll tell you how to feel
But waking up is only anything when something is changing

Into the nothing (that’s everything)

Walk along the songlines and into the heart
Dream the dreamtime and bring us back to the start
Dancing with strangers that rise up at sunset
Remembering the ships that are sailing away

Open up your eyes to the infinite horizon
Listen to the bards who’ve been singing forever

Into the nothing (that’s everything)

We don’t know where we are going
But we can feel that we are growing ...

STARGAZER (Crossing the Threshold, 2014)

This house is empty
There is no one inside
She showed them no mercy at all

She comes out at night
She judges no one
She is no acolyte at all

Stargazer I see you

Shadows of the new sun
Prints on the old table
The people are still gathering

Wreckage of ancient stars
We dream of the chaos
The child blinks and then knows everything

Stargazer I see you

WILD COUNTRY (Crossing the Threshold, 2014)

How can you close the door when you have never opened it?

Boy tumbles down the road see him shine
Girl dreams up a world that one from before
So open up and cry with your shackles and tears
Words of ambivalence, attachment and the fear

Don’t abandon me Yemaja, don’t abandon me Yemaja,
Open up your arms, cut me loose, and give me truth
Don't abandon me oh Oshun, don't abandon me oh Oshun,
Take me from my roots, to where the body moves, and gives me truth

Stories to receive, stories to deceive
Songs to remember and sometimes to forget
We’re all searching for a melody of rhythm and rhyme,
Where old ones are gathering and new ones are born

I’m calling up for the muse now, I’m calling up for the muse now,
In the wild country, I’m in the wild country, it’s where we belong
I’m seeing what needed seeing, I’m opening to what was closing
In the wild country, I’m in the wild country, it’s where we belong

Oh I am crying in the wild country
I am flying through the wild country
From the mountain peaks to the bottom of the sea
It’s where we belong

How can you close the door when you have never opened it?