Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Magnetic engine blues

VERSE
G                  Em                             C                                  D                G
We had this German guy come and stay with us through an ad on Workaway
He had many stories and one of them was about a magnetic engine he'd seen in a house near Munich
It was powering the whole house without any connection the mains
And he seemed a trustworthy guy with no reason to lie
But obviously if it works, then why isn't everyone using one?

CHORUS
I've got the magnetic engine, magnetic engine blues. I'm so confused
I've got the magnetic engine, magnetic engine blues

VERSE
I researched it more on the internet and watched many videos on youtube
And they seem very plausible but they're not perpetual of course
As Youtube is not perpetual yet
So I think probably the best idea is I buy some magnets from the local shop
And try to set up some sort of wheel or fan myslef and give it a go and then I'll know
Sometime, in the future, when I have time, until then

CHORUS

VERSE
Then if it really works I'll spread the news, quietly
Just to friends and family as I don't want to become well known
Because the energy and petroleum companies are paranoid and insecure
And can be extremely violent and I don't want to disappear
In something that looks like an accident but was obviously not

CHORUS

Saturday, 6 December 2014

You are the average

VERSE
Em - G - Am
Careful of the friends you have
Remember you can choose
You may not like their attitudes
But in time you'll share their views

Everything gets past around 
From attributes to vice
If you accept their company
You'll soon take their advice

BRIDGE
F  G
Oh man

CHORUS
C
You are the average
Am
Of the five people
F                                                     C
With whom you spend most of the time

You are the average
You only know what you've been taught
You think your culture's thoughts

VERSE
You look around the place you work
With an expression of disgust
At people who you'll never be 
There's no one you can trust

But take a look from a little bit up
You already look the same
You're blending in quite perfectly
You fit inside the frame
You fit inside the frame

BRIDGE + CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Even you ambitions
What you want from life
Can be enabled or destroyed
By your husband or your wife

Your friends can help you be a better person
Or lead you on the path to sin
You might think you can rise above it
But in time you will sink in
In time you will sink in

BRIDGE + CHORUS

Friday, 5 December 2014

All the time

VERSE
F                  Am
Now this is wasted 
                 Bf
How this is tasted
                        C
It just keeps pushing through
               F
All the time

Serving my senses
Jumping through fences
Building the hoops in
All the time

When I keep pouring
Nobody's scoring
What does it matter then?
All the time

All the time
All the time

CHORUS
Am                                    F
Now somebody ought to say
Am                      F
Something someday
C                           
To keep my head outta the ground

CHORUS (Same chords as verse)
Hearing the sound
Going around
Looping like nothing I've heard before

Caught by
Caught out
Caught like a dear in the headlights

Caught short
Caught dead
Caught up in the crossfire

REPEAT ONCE JUST FOR FUN


Monday, 1 December 2014

We flatter those we scarcely know, and scream at those who love us

VERSE
Praise pictures of people
Who died a long time ago
Hold up their exploits
Think they could do no wrong

CHORUS
While we curse we scream and we shout
At the people who love us

VERSE
Flatter the fleeting stranger
So they'll think the best of us
Show them only our best side
Treat them with the kindest grace

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Celebrate the famous
The glittering life they lead
Hope one day to meet one
Have a story to tell

CHORUS

Are you the master of your mind?

VERSE
G
You can buy an education that's the envy of all
Become an economic mastermind know the workings of the world

BRIDGE
C                                              G
But can you breathe and only breathe
C                                              G
Yes can you breathe and only breathe

CHORUS
Em                                         G
What good is such a powerful force
Em                                                           G
If you can't still your mind and hold it on a course
C                           D
Are you the master of your mind?

VERSE
You could study the languages learn Sanskrit and Greek
Understand the ancient texts and find long forgotten techniques

BRIDGE + CHORUS

VERSE
Or a leader of the military with power over men
Put a country to the sword or show mercy upon them

BRIDGE + CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Or use your life as a politician and be an honest one at that
Make the world a better place or at least a part of it

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Worship them

VERSE
C+                                          C
Most of us choose who will be our life partner
                C+                          C
Based on how they make us feel

       Am+                   Am
But that is based upon many variable factors
   Am+               Am
So it isn't really real

CHORUS
F
Better choose someone with an auspicious nature
         G+                  C+
And then worship them

VERSE
First look at how they treat other people
Ignore how they treat you

Because how they treat you can change in an instant
If they change their point of view

CHORUS

VERSE
Find somebody who's pure in character
Not selfish or unkind

Find somebody who puts others first
Somebody with a balanced mind

CHORUS
And then, worship them

MIDDLE
Am                                 Em
And when you worship someone
Am                                 C
There qualities become yours

Am                           Em
So better worship someone
F                            G
Who's worth fighting for

VERSE
Most of us choose who will be our life partner
Based on how they make us feel

No wonder people break up all the time
And life is such an ordeal

CHORUS

VERSE
First look at how they treat other people
Ignore how they treat you

Because the way they talk about other people
Is one day how they'll talk about you

CHORUS

Amalfi coast

Capo 3rd

VERSE
G                                                C
Amalfi coast I've got my eye on you
I see you every day across the bay
You may have the curves and corners that all men dream about
But we still have the peace you've forever lost

CHORUS
Em
Yes, life is better
D#                   G
Here across the bay

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Amalfi coast I see you lying there
Covered in only a thin and misty veil
And those disgusting tourists come and crawl over you
But I see you in the morning with your lines

CHORUS
Oh, life is better
Here across the bay

INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE
Amalfi coast I'm immune to your charms
Safe inside the real Italy
While you intoxicate them, with your sheer cliffs and views
And the unforgettable taste of your limoncello

Limoncello, limoncello, limoncello, limoncello
Limoncello, limoncello, limoncello, limoncello

VERSE
Amalfi coast you're built up and over crowded
You've become a victim of your own success
Amalfi coast it takes a lot to live on you it's true
Everybody's looking for an angle

At least there's one thing, that we have in common
We both hate Capri, we both hate Capri
Amalfi coast you think you have it all
But there's something here even you'd be jealous of

CHORUS
There's a stunning view
Of you



Sunday, 3 August 2014

Broken (Palestinian Child)

VERSE 1
Bright
Light then
It all went dark - for you

Then you see
Your family
Huddled together - your mother's broken

And there is the school where you won't cause trouble
There is your body buried under the rubble
And every bone - has been broken

BRIDGE
Palestinian child
Palestinian child
Palestinian child
Palestinian child

VERSE 2
Wondering what happened to them
That they'd become such violent men
Have their hearts - all been broken?

Your struggling hard to make sense of it all
As the bombs explode and the buildings fall
The whole city - is being broken

Who's Netanyahu? Why does he attack?
Who is Hamas and why does he fight back?
Why would a ceasefire - ever be broken?

CHORUS
Down in the valley of the cursed and damned
Who'll lead us through to the promised land
Whooooaaa
You are one
You are one

VERSE 3
Float away
From the fighting men
Across the wall - to Jerusalem

[See a people who've only known persecution
Their ancestors all killed by execution
But their spirit - never broken]

And then a missile goes flying by
Launched by your brother into the sky
It falls downwards - you can't stop it

You hover over the fire and smoke
Hear the women cry and the children choke
Then floating up you see an Israeli child

CHORUS
Down in the valley of the cursed and damned
Who'll lead us through to the promised land
Whooooaaa
You are one

Whooooaaa
You are one
You are one

Friday, 18 July 2014

Eve of destruction (updated)

VERSE
Fierce fighting as they're invading Gaza
Preventative action, right? Escalating further
The promised land, it's not for sharing
Kill the oppressed, show you're caring
Protect your home by, killing your neighbours

CHORUS
But you tell me, over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don't believe, we're on the eve of destruction

VERSE
Don't you understand what I'm trying to say?
Can't you feel the fear that I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed there's no running away
The world's insane man, look at the Ukraine
They're taking pot shots at passenger planes

CHORUS

VERSE
My blood's so mad feels like coagulation
I'm sitting here just contemplating
You can twist the truth it knows no regulation
A handful of senators can block legislation
And it's your freedom, that's eroding
Need some proof? Ask Edward Snowden

CHORUS

VERSE
You may leave here for a few months in space
But when you return it's the same old place
The pounding drums, the pride and disgrace
Don't fear the communists, now it's just terrorists
It would be terrifying if it wasn't so hilarious

CHORUS

Monday, 24 March 2014

Pale blue dot

Capo 5th

VERSE (materialism)
C                                                      F
Some thoughts depress you - like what you had and lost
C                                                      F
Like we ever really possess anything - and we even know what we are

BRIDGE
Am                                                                 C
Think of your ancestors do you even know their names?
Am                                                                 C
They've been blown away and are floating with the stars

CHORUS
F                                           G                               C
They are just specks of dust, floating on a pale blue dot
F                                           G                               C
We are a speck of dust, an insignificant pale blue dot

VERSE
Think of everyone through history - everyone who ever was
And of the lives they lived and what they did - how little we know of

BRIDGE
They lived their every moment in this tiny place
And in the universe they left no trace

CHORUS
We are just specks of dust, floating on a pale blue dot


We are a speck of dust, an insignificant pale blue dot

MIDDLE
Am
Rivers of blood spilt in triumph
C
To claim one piece or own one corner
F
Endless cruelties visited out
G
All for the glory of one tiny pixel

BRIDGE
Every creator, every destroyer of civilisations
Every hero, every coward, every king

CHORUS
Lived out their lives, walking on this pale blue dot
They lived and they died, here upon this pale blue dot

BRIDGE
Every saint, every sinner, every son
Every inventor, every explorer, everyone

CHORUS
In the history of our species, crawled around this pale blue dot
They lived and they died, here upon this pale blue dot


Thursday, 20 March 2014

The real world

VERSE 1
C                                F
Waking up with the telephone
C                                                         Am
Need reassuring that I've not been left alone

Seeing the likes and seeking approval
Check the haters bad comment removal

F                                       G      C
I've got to get back to the real world

VERSE 2
Sitting at breakfast but I'm not really here
I'm on a server or somewhere in the stratosphere

With tweets and posts I feel connected
But no reposts and then I feel rejected

I've got to get back to the real world

MIDDLE
F                           C
Time ain't my friend
And I need something          G
And I haven't told you before

VERSE 3
Or on my news feed getting the gossip
It's the world I'm learning about the state of it

I pretend it's important and I'm being kept informed
But I know I'm at the mercy of the cultural norm

I've got to get back to the real world
I've got to get back to the real world
I've got to get back to the real world

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

You are not the voice in your head

VERSE 1
G             F#/D            Em
You are not your story
You are not your memories
You are not the sum
Of all the things you've done
C                        D
You are not your desires
G                            Em
What you dislike or adore
C              F#/D        G
You are something more

VERSE 2
You are not your ideas
You are not your vision
You are not here for a reason
You're not on some special mission

You are not the voice in your head
That asks what it's all for

You are something more

VERSE 3
You are not your cravings
You are not your needs
You are not all your sankharas
All the live or dormant seeds

You are not the reactions
Of hatred or amore

You are something more

MIDDLE
Em                       G
You are the awareness
Em                          C
The watcher sitting inside

Em                  G
You are a passenger
C                     D/F#
Here along for the ride

VERSE 4
You are not your sadness
You are not your pain
You are not the suffering
Or anything in your brain 

You are not the confusion
The closed or open doors

You are something more