Dirt Rose Up

by Sid Johnson

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released 12 June 2012

recorded by Jordan Koop at The Noisefloor in Ladysmith BC, and Zak Cohen The Woodshop in Duncan BC. Produced by Sid Johnson with Zak Cohen. Mixed by Zak Cohen. Mastered by Brad Blackwell at Euphonics Masters

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Track Name: Man In A Boat
Man in a boat
drifting toward
dark waters

Man in a boat
drifting toward
dark waters

You gotta give me some latitude
you gotta point me home
you gotta give me safe harbour
off to starboard, before I sink like a stone

Man in the sky
falling toward live wires
Man in the sky
falling toward live wires

You gotta give me some wings to fly
You gotta help me find some wind
you gotta make me much lighter
than I am, before I sink like a stone

Man in the dirt
Crawling toward
air and sunlight
Man in the dirt
Crawling toward
air and sunlight


You gotta throw me some rope to climb
you gotta help me find my feet
you gotta give me the strength of mind
before I’m buried in the dirt like a stone

Man In A Flame
Man In A Flame
Man In A Flame
Track Name: Leh
Pass the crash scene
and keep your eyes on the road
You’re so close to the edge now
and it’s so far below

We pass through Kargil at midnight
this town feels so cold
I can feel death everywhere
so I just sit here and do as I’m told

Please play that gorgeous song again
the one with the singers and drums
The moon’s just so full up ahead
like it could just swallow us up

We piss out the window
cause there’s no time to stop
to be there by morning
so we climb up to the rooftop
to Leh
Leh

Pass the crash scene
and keep your eyes on the road
you’re so close to the edge now
and it’s so far below
to Leh
Track Name: Satisfied
Satisfied

Oh it’s sad when this world won’t see us through
there seems to be little hope between us two
missiles landing and falling short
and still I’m propped here at your door

‘cause I
I’m satisfied in these pure moments with you

Oh these words well they speak but they never talk
and in the towers of Babel we stay locked
still the blueprint remains and tells me
it’s a pattern worth repeating

‘cause I
I’m satisfied in these pure moments with you

And oh to my delight
they’ll be no rest tonight
I’m gonna climb on the stars
and stoke your fire

‘cause I
I’m satisfied
in these pure moments with you

And oh to my delight
they’ll be no rest tonight
I’m gonna climb on the stars
and stoke your fire
Track Name: Right About The Rain
Right About The Rain

Meteors and comets
dinosaurs and saints
glitter glue and crayons
and water colour paints
stick figures swords at their sides
mounted on fine noble rides
surrounded completely
until your love can greet me
and I’ll look in your eyes
and await your reply
and you say
“You were right about the rain”

Rocket ships and magic
the singing and the sounds
but don’t you miss being on your knees
forehead to the ground
and I know now you don’t feel so free
and you know now that’s not what it means
to be surrounded completely
Oh why won’t you come meet me?
and we’ll open our eyes into paradise skies
And I’ll say
“You were right about the rain”

There’s chaos in the chorus
of drops upon the roof
and runoff from the gutters
and this faith that you call proof
and it’s OK to wake up alone
alive and playing music in the morning
surrounded completely
until my angel meets me
and I’ll close my eyes cause I know your reply
and you say
“You were right about the rain”
Ya you say
“You were right about the rain”
Track Name: Dig It Up
Dig It Up

I could have learned a lot
from last night’s dreams
but they slipped off my pillow
and down through the seams
through the cracks in the floor
into the foundation
they hit the water table where they rest for gestation
in the ground
in the cold, cold ground

you gotta dig it up
anytime you need it now
dig it up

Enter at this point the image of the old man
a wishbone switch of apple tree
in his weathered hands
right behind, as well, is his wife
dangling on a string a wedding ring
a device for divining
the water from the ground
the cold, cold ground

you gotta dig it up
anytime you need it now
dig it up
Track Name: Waiting For The Dirt
Waiting For The Dirt

Outside there’s a waterfall
where there used to run a road
but the road moved on ‘cause it got hungry
It gathered up sharp weapons
to engage those enemies
‘cause when the road don’t flow
then you can’t follow

And you’re waiting for the dirt to fall
waiting for the dirt to fall
spend your time bitchin’ and crying
waiting for the dirt to fall

‘Cause every once in a blue moon
there’s a chance that you might see
a flash of light that cuts through the darkness
And what else is there
Oh what else could set you free
when there ain’t one single thing
here worth saving

And you’re waiting for the dirt to fall
waiting for the dirt to fall
spend your time bitchin’ and crying
waiting for the dirt to fall

Hey if you don’t want this
don’t raise up your hand
cause hey it ain’t no measure
of your life or your worth as a man

Outside there’s a waterfall
where there used to run a road
but the road moved on ‘cause it got hungry
And what else is there
Oh what else could set you free
when there aint one single thing
here worth saving

And you’re waiting for the dirt to fall
waiting for the dirt to fall
spend your time bitchin’ and crying
waiting for the dirt to fall
And you’re waiting for the dirt to fall
waiting for the dirt to fall
spend your time bitchin’ and crying
waiting for the dirt to fall
Track Name: Golden Mean
Golden Mean

As Aristotle counseled Alexander
and said “your only real conquest lies inside”
but Alexander could not fathom Nagarjuna
and so before his time
a broken man he died

and like any child soldier
who’s damaged far beyond repair
sent into the battlefield
and broken there
broken there

Oh Golden Mean
Oh Golden Mean
you’re as elusive
as all our worldly dreams

surrounded there by all your wives and daughters
who cannot shield you from their scorn
where happiness should follow like a shadow
but in your anger
that shadow’s never born

And like any gifted student
who ventures wise beyond her years
pride deceives her
leaves her wide open
devoid of fears
devoid of fears

Oh Golden Mean
Oh Golden Mean
you’re as elusive as our worldly dreams

And Oh
you won’t see that child again
Oh, no you won’t see that child again

It pains you there
to see your charge defeated
like words upon a page that no one reads
but that won’t change the sun that warms the landscape
and that won’t change
imagined histories
like any unfinished story
that lends itself to fantasy so well
a thousand twists
a thousand endings
that you’ll never tell
you’ll never tell

Oh Golden Mean
Oh Golden Mean
You’re as elusive
as all our worldly dreams
Track Name: Northwestern Town
Northwestern Town

You laid down your vows
and laid down your crown
and made your last wishes
in a Northwestern Town
And she’s kissing you softly
as she’s leading you down
and you know you’ve been taken
in a Northwestern town

And you slipped through the border
when the full moon was right
made stealth through the forest
before the first light
and she’s kissing you softly
in an afternoon dream
and you know that she can’t be
at all what she seems

And you’ve been here before
and you know your way ‘round
so you’ll just have to fake it
until one of these nights
you finally figure it out

The bus pulls in slowly
you’ve been turned around
and spits you out coldly
in a Northwestern town
and she’s kissing you softly
as she’s leading you down
and you know you’ve been taken
in a Northwestern town
yeah, you know you’ve been taken
in a Northwestern town
Track Name: Who Have You Become?
Who Have You Become

Mostly I remember your smile
but if I sit and think about it for awhile
I was playing on the sidewalk
just outside the market
when you walked by

And had seen you at the shelter the day before
you blew my mind when you walked through the laundry door
We drank wine in my old sailboat
though the mats were damp and the mast was broke
and we cast adrift

But that was long ago
and the thread’s undone
did you break or did you run?
Oh I’d just like to know
Who have you become?

And I can see our silhouettes down by the point
I kneeled down there for you to anoint
but a wind came up and the mood, it changed
and blew away our sunny day

And that was the night I got kicked off the bill
so we got high and tripped on Beacon Hill
crouched in the bushes while the storm it raged
‘till the morning came
and the sea, it changed
and we cast adrift

Oh and there are other things I remember too
but I won’t drag them up for you
Oh I’d just like to know
who have you become?

Who have you become?
Track Name: Taste These Days
Taste These Days

Downtown buildings with the swastikas
Look so appealing to me now because
I can see the architects standing there before the war
Looking out the window at the ocean view
Gotta wonder what a poor boy’s to do
‘Cause if I grew up here I’d think it was a bore

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Can’t lose those friends we never had
Can’t lose those friends we never had
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
All they ever did was think we’re mad
All they ever did was think we’re mad

So taste these days, they’re perfect
Taste these days, they’re perfect

Chubby little banker heating up the air
With his Superman pyjamas and his thinning hair
Propeller on his head just to help him count the beans
Among the local politicians is a man named Duck
Who loves the microphone and likes to push his luck
They say he works so hard
But then so does a washing machine

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Don’t want to work out on the sketch no more
Don’t want to work out on the sketch no more
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Not really what we came here for
Not really what we came here for

We came to
Taste these days, they’re perfect
Taste these days, they’re perfect

And so the kitchen counter has become the bridge
Like a general about to overtake the ridge
From the shore looking out upon the promise of the seas
Showing up on time and scoring all the goals
taste so good I even ate the bowl
and I liked it so much I had to go and buy the company

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
clouds of pink and shafts of blue
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
and all the colours of my love for you
all the colours of my love for you

Taste these days they’re perfect
taste these days they’re perfect
Track Name: Where We Begin
Where We Begin

In a stripped down life
you’re a constant theme
you’re a clear blue sky
For a scattered mind
catapult through time
like an endless rhyme
brilliantly exploding

And I just can’t pretend
Oh where we began
is close to where we’ll end
yeah and you should know
if it should come to blows
I won’t let you down
I won’t let this go

On the twenty bus
mirrored your face
it was so messed up
with your eyes pinned wide
you were lost inside
you were dead and gone
yeah you’re dead and gone

but I just can’t pretend
Oh were we began
is close to where we’ll end
yeah and you should know
If it should come to blows
I won’t let you down
I won’t let this go

Now here’s the test
do more with less
as we spiral up
now the watchers watched
and the pool goes still
and the voices stop
now and forever

And I just can’t pretend
oh where we begin
is close to where we’ll end
yeah and you should know
if it should come to blows
I won’t let you down
I won’t let this go
I won’t let you down, I won’t let this go
No I won’t let you down
I won’t let this go, go, go...........