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COCOON

**ACT 1**

1. MOTHER

Oh, dear Mother, where is your child?

Lost and alone with tear blinded blue eyes

He's gone, I tell you, he's gone

Oh, dear Mother, I tell you he’s gone.

 

Tonight he dreams but dawn carries sin

When he wakes the Devil will dig his heels in

He’ll be gone, I said he’ll be gone

Oh, dear Mother, I said he’ll be gone.

 

He cannot hide, nor run from his mind

His will is no match for the poison inside

He's gone, I tell you, he's gone

Oh, dear Mother, I tell you he’s gone

 

It’s too late to change, he cannot be saved

His past has been salted his fate has been paved

He's gone, I tell you, he's gone

Oh, dear Mother, I tell you he’s gone.

2. INTO THE WOODS / COCOON

Spring Outside; desert in the mind

I weave and wind, veil and blind

Concealing tracks, once naked at the lines

Receding back, left behind...

 

Swaying amid the leaves

Of hollow-fisted forrest trees

Hidden as I loaf and lean

unseen, swaying...

 

Sin outside; penance in the mind

I'll spin their lies, into my own disguise

and I twist my head a final time

Then lay to rest, in the pines

 

Swaying amid the leaves

On hollow fisted forrest trees

Hidden as I loaf and lean

Unseen, swaying

 

In my Cave, in my Cave

I will watch the Shadows play

And I’ll wait

In the shade

They create

In my Cave

 

In my Cave, in my Cave

I’ll hear things I can’t explain

Or contain

All the same

I’ll obey

In my Cave

 

In my Cave, in my Cave

Where no detail can escape

I’m a slave

To the pain

That they paint

In my Cave.

**ACT 2**

3. THE BALLAD OF A BLIND MAN

The room, I observe

Angled and curved

Shaped and preserved

Everything as it should be

That asymmetric chair

Lamp-lit and bare

Undisturbed and rare

Moulded by the last to leave

 

A slew of April showers 

Deafen the dawning hours

Nourish the blooming flowers

Between the sea and me 

 

Cellar door, ajar

Uncoiling from afar

Curious and dark

Toiling in the memory

A distant voice echoes 

In language I don’t know

Fomenting my window

But far too broken up to keep

 

Critics and other cowards 

Litter my dawning hours

Perfume the wilting flowers

Between the sea and me 

 

Cold, I discern

Study and learn

Measure and burn

Mutinous of all I see 

 

Mutinous 

of all

see.

4. DOPPEL

 

At peace and ease amid my friends

In revelry one day

I saw that crooked thief again

With furtive eyes ablaze

 

A surreptitious silhouette

All painted in the shade

Whispering in twisted threats

A curse upon my name

 

Creeping in the corridors

Prowling unopposed 

Stirring every aperture

Disguised behind my clothes

 

Chained up in my head

I lay, each night (my mind decayed)

Body bled and left for dead

While the pendulum swayed

 

It swayed, It swayed, It swayed

The pendulum it swayed

It swayed, It swayed, It swayed

While the pendulum swayed

Body bled and left for dead

I lay, each night (my mind decayed)

Chained up in my head

 

Disguised behind my clothes

Stirring every aperture

Prowling unopposed 

Creeping in the corridor

 

A curse upon my name

Whispering in twisted threats

All painted in the shade

A surreptitious silhouette

 

With furtive eyes ablaze

I saw that crooked thief again

In revelry one day

At peace and ease amid my friends

5. REAR WINDOW

 

Fireflies, high in the alchemy of night falling

Lit the eyes, of lovers tangled up in tomorrow

Gleaming wide, only to wane beneath a blue morning

Where were you, when I needed you?

Only you know

 

And so it goes, hung on the every word of my window

They ebb and flow; a multitude of faces come and go

Both friend and foe, eclipse the clarity of my shadow

Where are you, in this hour of need?

Only you know

 

Late at night, the Spider sidled down by my big toe

Spinning lies (the worst of all the rotten cheats I know)

“Wait!” he cried, “Hate is the left hand of your only hope!”

“Who are you? River Inscrutable

Only you know…”

 

 

 

**ACT 3**

6. THE SPIDER 

“You are so consumed with blame

You cannot recall the way you came?!

 

You wait for your day in vain -

They may never pay the price you've paid

 

Your pride will not bring you peace

The dark you seek will be the void you keep

And don’t speak of defeat, I know

It’s hard to see, but you’re not far from home

 

Go! turn yourself around!

Unburdened by the crowd, you can still be found!

 

Look outside, see how the sun beats down?

Go and wear it like a crown - the time is now!"

7. MIRTAZAPINE

 

I close my eyes and unfold into me

I am an island; I am a hole.

A peaceful coil unspoiled by enemy

Or endless toil that never told

 

The moment opens up in reverie

My head unclips and tumbles down

Emotions ocean rushing over me

Kaleidoscoping / broken sound

 

A million Summers hum a halo in the air

harmonising with the soul

A distant thunder rumbles pale and unaware

A piece of mind, of mine to hold

 

Salvation’s ancient angel turning vividly 

projecting coloured carousels

reluctant lungs succumb beneath infinity 

redemption cradled in a shell.

 

“A close to suffering, at long last is here

I’ve seen the night, i’ve seen the dawn -

A kiss upon your weathered lips will quell your fear

A kiss from me will ease your scorn……”

 

“A close to suffering, at long last is here

I’ve seen your night, i’ve seen your dawn -

A kiss upon your weathered lips will quell your fear

A kiss from me and be reborn.”

(8. SEIZING THE VOID)

**ACT 4**

9. HOMELESS (PATH_1)

Hold me like you’re home

Hold me like you’re whole again

Own me with your harboured soul

and softness of your skin

Keep me from the edge

Keep my head from tumbling

As the fire dies

the wistful eyes 

of night are closing in.

 

Sailing by the light

of a life I’ll never lead

Drifting from the hand 

of the man I’ll never be

on a  promise of relief

that forever retreats

I still believe 

true love can breed

salvation within me....

 

 

10. HOMELESS (PATH_2)

Tell me 

How did you sleep?

Etched in a solitude

Forever won’t keep

I’ve been 

Reading you closely

Envy and loathing

Bleeding from you slowly

Raining 

Entombing weakness

All consuming

Tolling untold secrets

Hear Me!

Elude the misery

Subdue the remedy

And give in completely 

No more 

Dying quietly

In a deep dream

Betrayed by hands you won’t see

Reaping

Every fleeting

Apparition

Thieving while you’re sleeping

Hear me!

Eden is empty

 

Wasted on beauty

Imagine all you could be

Tell me

How will you sleep

 

Inside your silk tomb

That your pride won’t let you keep?

**ACT 5**

11. FEVER

Another fevered heatwave crowns A vibrant sea of disavowed

That beat and drown and overwhelm The hollowness of nowhere towns.

My mind is a troubled mind tonight

 

A choir of birds sing on the roof, a song of polyrhythmic youth

Cloaking a palpitating truth; a masquerading sense of you.

My mind is a troubled mind tonight

 

Time racing through my body at a pace I can’t conceal 

Being chased and chasing faces yet to be revealed 

I plummet through the fog of all it means to be me 

And seconds slip into the season of unending dreams

One moment high on hope only to wilt beneath the heat 

You fill your lungs and swell with fire then exhale inwardly

I sermonise through broken blinds and bleed so bitterly

To be free or fade softly into obscurity...

 

A sudden rain exhales a sigh to soothe this ribbon wrapped insight

Parading in vain the aim to fight the dark in me as dark as night.

My mind is a troubled mind tonight

 

Amid the creaks of a kingdom defined by the lines of such ornate sorrow

I hear the winds of freedom sweeping as your name invades my throat.

My mind is a troubled mind tonight

(12. OPTIMISTIC VOICES)

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Ovum

"Womb"

 

It’s kind of funny how lost you can get

Without ever leaving the solace of your bed

I can’t go out, I can’t stay in

 

Climbing the same four walls every day

Inflicts a wiry twist on your brain

I can’t go out, I can’t stay in

 

Locked up at home your mind can play tricks

Voices in the pipeline sing sorrow through the bricks

I can’t go out, I can’t stay in

 

Tapping my feet to the beat of my heart

Wasting a long day and dying until dark

I can’t go out, I can’t stay in

 

Strung out on nothing going nowhere with my time

Watching the window with love on my mind

I can’t go out, I can’t stay in

"Vernal Interstice"

 

The youth are calling out there

Errant at the seams, sailing elsewhere

I sold myself to the breeze

Lost in all I thought I should be

Bring me an old friend to blame

The inner dialogue won’t be tamed

 

I cannot well repeat the past 

the parts have all been played 

And I cannot speak of a truth

I can't begin to name

My burden weighs heavy

all the same

 

The fire will choke up the air

Hanging high on you low in my chair

My heart skipped out on a beat

The withered optimist beside me bleeds

I need her she’s my best friend

She holds me, this never happened

 

I cannot well repeat the past

the parts have all been played

And I cannot speak of a truth

I couldn't bare to take

My burden weighs heavy

all the same.

"Balloon"

 

I hold in my heart, the day is mine

No more wasted time twisted from clouded eyes

There’s a tone in my heart, it weighs my body down

The beat of summer’s drum will sound and drown it out

 

There'll be peace within my soul,

Fear will shake and fade and die

Love will give where fate had stole

The dark days will pass on

 

I hold in my heart, the day will be saved

Guilty hands will rush pain to an early grave

Feeling-crowded mind, defy me for the last time

Lift the sinking ceiling, shed the crippled light

 

I’ll find peace within my soul,

Fear will shake and fade and die

Love will fill where fate had stole

The dark days will pass on by

"Soliloquy"

 

Upright white eyed barefoot naked by the night

Your pose oblique and soft, numb in all your want weakened thought

Poisoned by the heart you'll steal, shaping all the aching summer feeling

longing died long ago, it took all I could take to keep you faking.

 

Upright tongue tied sulking by the light, a dying fire

My pain low and un-shown, the only words I weep are while you’re sleeping

Pleading with the Womb to weave you through the knee deep dreams and little meaning

Longing died out long ago, it took all I could fake to keep you taking. 

 

You'll bleed me dry

You'll bleed me, my my

You'll bleed me dry

You'll bleed me, my my

"Leaves"

 

My shadow left me - oh my soul

Silence filled my home

Energy left me on my own

This house is not a home

 

The leaves turned brown

The sun met with the ground

A whole new shade of down

 

Loneliness will swallow me whole

Hollow my breast and my home

Emptiness redeemed your role

Fasten my heart with a home

 

Love left this town 

To a broken sound

A whole new shape of ground.

"Wingless"

The light in sunless sky

And sight through blinded plight

A tide of still for the mind

She's lucent rainbow of Night

 

Of Night.

 

You hid the moon from thoughts

And held the wolf from my door

Your psalm was all, I was sure

But form shines from me no more 

 

No More.

 

"Moon"

 

The sun has gone

And time is long

There's a creeping feeling

I don’t belong

 

The weight of night

Weakens my knees

A fear within me

Prayer won’t appease

 

The flaws I hide

Are too strong to fight

The sleeping demons

Show colour at night

 

And the moonlight

Perilous in white

The moon light

Faded pagan eye

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"Wide Eyes"

 

Lights out, lights on

My soul is a fire 

I am one too many things

and none are tired

Peace hides behind my eyes

Captive in my skin and bone

Never can my mind recall

Have I ever felt so unknown

Have I ever felt so unknown

 

People of the world lie still, not a peep

Wrapped up in their dreams and tangled in the sheets

A buttoned down hush covers up the street

Even silence is sulking, everyones asleep

But not me, I’m the last man alive

The only living creature with eyes pinned wide

I see all, so magnified

The burden of the day is the monster of the night

The burden of the day is the monster of the night

 

I can't stop the ringing in my ears

The ringing in my ears

ringing in my ears

ringing in my...

"Sunrise"

I cut my ear on a foreign sound

A chorus of unease on the easy ground

My window gleams and the dark appears

Offset silhouette ominous in the clear

Pale street lights hail and oscillate

Veiling detail of a crooked fate

Their eyes sing to me like infinity

Long and lean, looming at the eaves

My wits are foiled by a longing need to feel

Bound by impulse like a glue underneath my heel

Provoking me, so deliberately in sight

Laid bare and living through the dead of night

Out of reach, I see an owl in the tree

A black tom-cat coiled up in the leaves

No more am I the only lonely man alive

The only creature with it's eyes wide

The wind cries out, hollowing my name

The song resonates against the window pane.....

 

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