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POEMS/SONGS/RHIZOMES

 

 

 

 

For Sharing

by Karl Blau 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please feel free to use these lyrics as you wish.  They are ready to be enjoyed as is, and I hereby give you permission that you could seed a song of your own or integrate them with lyrics you already are working on.   Possibly you could use these words with a melody you're thinking of.   Let me know if anything comes out of it.

There is a tradition near as old as the human race that is sharing songs and using song to communicate.  Some schools of thought share the notion that when a song stops changing, it dies.  We live in a world where songs are caged up as if they were animals on display.   Even though it's probably one of my favorite things to do -- record music -- I want the creatures that I help to genetically engineer have their own lives, to explore new voices and new bodies.  

QQUUEESSTTIIOONNSS//CCOOMMEENNTTSS

For a truly unique listening experience, copy and paste the following lyrics into a program on your computer such as TextEdit and let the computer read them to you in a robot voice of your choice and perhaps to this backing instrumental tracklist.   You will likely have to adjust the volume controls to mix properly.

enjoy!

~k





here are other related rooms:

-- My subscription label known as  KLAPS where there are lots of things to listen to,

--  BLAUG - music blog showcasing recordings of bands I have shared shows with. 

-- here are the lyrics to a recent album "Zebra"

-- Bandcamp page where you may listen to many, many Karl Blau albums


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

updated February 19th 2014   





Lookin' at the mesh

We got ourselves onto

Learnin' quickly under the gun

 

If you're upset

Turn yourself around

No one is waiting

To do things for you

 

The Way - we like it

And when we liken The Way

Nothing tends to brighten our day

More

The state is mind over material

If it comes to you - it may be sadder

Go! To the source!

If it's too busy

Well then source it out

(I headed South!)

 

 

I headed down like a southbound boomerang

Comin' from my mouth

A pout won't fly

And not a sigh

It's gotta ring - like a rainbow horse shoe in the sky

 

 

I flipped a-leaner

And felt my jeans loosen up over time

I'll take the 2 points

To a shoe in the bush

Your partner's still off the green

And huntin' for a mate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I catch the reigns

When I catch the reigns

And when I catch the rains - it pours

 

Pours down on me - down on you

Let's bring everything down a notch

See what we may see and do

 

I felt poor

When I couldn't even see the door

Let alone wait for the Son

 

Now my back is to the house

And I'm giving her all she's got

What is the use of feeling no pain?

It must be all in my brain - oh!

 

When I catch the rains

When I catch the rains

When I catch the reigns - it poors

 

I've got every cup, bowl and saucer, and shoe

Out on the lawn

If but only for the mornin' dew

When "When it rains, it pours" comes again

- I'll be red-eyed and ready

When I catch the rains - it pours down on me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Fish, young lady

You're not gonna find a bite here

You want to taste what I've got

You're gonna have to take some

Trips around the sun

Maybe some

One will

Honor your wish

For fish


 

 

 

 

 

I'm mixing the salt-y with the sign

I'm matching a color with your sight

You're mixing a color with the light

and soon it may pretend to be alright

 

Connecting us all is the Divine

In this light it appears that we rhyme

I won't ask that you see what I find

I don't feel the need to contrive

 

This harmony I see in we - the people

Is not bound in country nor to steeple

 

Reflecting the Sun appears my face

Directly connecting in this place

Yet - we know no indirect way

Every direction leads the same

 

Harmonically, we each pick a path to state
"This branch is our custom leap of fate"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Aren't you expecting

A drink still tonight?

don't you think

That's over for a spell?

It will work itself out

When your little snail bursts from its shell



Took a chance on a night

That changed your light

You've never seen

Such a blinding brightness


 

And now you feel

It's taken o'er

I won't be

Changing your mind

This late in the lobby

Of a Brussels hotel

You ask for help with cab fare

Former friends have moved on

Didn't tell you when

And I couldn't help myself either

Let it slip that it wasn't just you

Getting drunk that night


It's not that I cared

You just paved the way

For me to temporarily

Turn mad and lose myself

Down your miserable way



 

 

 

 

 

 

Midnight bird - you caught me cryin' out on yer turn

I know now why you do it

I feel the weight of the silence pressin' down on me

I got to turn around

And look into the eyes

The eyes, I fear, can really see me

Can you see me? Or is this but a dream?

Are those your eyese there? Is this also your dream?

Is this message really beaming from another time?

I think you know what rhymes with time.

 

Just a freezer door -

I've opened your ears to place some food for later

Just don't forget it's in there

Just don't forget it's there

 

 

 

 

 

 








The world - divided - turns itself in two

A puzzle for me and for you

Peace - it back together -

With our wonder and our time

For now may it make sense

Ah, but then again,

That comes and leaves as it sees fit


The piper brings us it's song of the day

We busy ourselves dancing and hard at play

The night falls cold soon enough

And just as the piper told us he would

Collect the fee we promised to pay

But we've nothing but the clothes on our back

So, it's off with our children he dances away











I'm wearing my father's suit

When I come to see you

Put it on special to start with a shine


Cactus flower

Have you been in the dark?

How do we stay in the darkness this way?

I believe what you do

Is make me feel      real       fine


We know where one another fear

I see you from afar as clearly as near

Bright flower, just knowing isn't good enough

Cactus girl, let me get close enough and stay

Why you stay in the darkness this way

Is how come your colors are so bright












Well it won't be long now (won't be long!)

'Til I hear your horn

Time to calm the song down (calm the song!)

Take respite from the storm












Nothing on Anyone

Nothing to be done

Nothing to be won

At the foot of the Sun


Born on the day

Nothing was in the way

Nothing can be repeated

Nothing ad infinitum


Never been aware

Nothing for me to care for

Nothing inside my core

Keeps me moving for    ward


Marching ever sky-ward

Starting to understand

No where to land

On this wild Earth


Nothing to Anyone

Nothing to Anyone

Nothing to Anyone











Love is a steady stream, a babbling brook

Of a winter scene

Molecules have some place to be

Many gather to pour forth

In motion, never freeze
















Hold it right there

Stay back

No

Well

Some one

Maybe

Please

Come closer




















Just because you think it

Doesn't mean I think it of you

Tonight I'm taking your place

In this light

The looking glass

Pictures your face

Parallel lines once

Now lines are crossed and lined with velvet













Life imitates life as it loves to do

There's a little chain of volcanoes inside me and you




















Bare bones

Showing

In your brain

Your heart was pounded thin

Just the one impulse remains

Is the only way out

To cross the threshold

Never to return

Do you have to cover your tracks?

Or is it possible some new way

Blaze a trail to learn


For such a young man

The weight of the world pressing down

The pride of your passion

It's a wonder

You haven't yet drowned

But the wonder has

Done wandered off


Nothing but respect at the base of the trough

If only you knew

If only someone had said

The burden of business lived only in the head

It was not alive in truth

But everyday, in the same way

You give the demons the power

To be hostile

You gave it a name and a face

And a place in your heart

Like the gospel

















Nothing is more frustrating

Than feeling like you don't have a voice

It makes you feel like

You have to speak louder

Or even take to yelling


Inevitably, those you want

To pay you mind

Just use their minds

To shut you off


I don't want to be left behind

But it's hard to take


This building cries itself to sleep in the evening

This town carries a morning tear

On its cheek well after noon


I've been thinking about moving

Just so I may return again some day

Lord knows it's a great town

To be way down


I don't actually think I'll be left behind

If I get the heck out of Dodge

It may be the first step in coming

To terms with where

I should actually be

I just want to be who I am

Don't want you or anyone

To tell me differently


You don't want to get to know me

So I'm alright with saying "goodbye"

And how should I say it?:   here's mud in your eye














Knockin' on the gates of space

And I don't want to know this place just yet

I've changed my mind a million times

And each new start

Has opened some door

I was in the mood for more

Now the wilderness wonders

What have I really come for

I huff and I puff

And I whistle and wait

Shave and a haircut again and again

I guess I hope I'm not too late

Could it be that nobody's home?

I don't think so















Can't have light of Sun without the darkness as a trade

Echoes of the sunlight;   I can hear those babies screamin'


To lie at night

is easy, right?

The moon will keep your secret tight


To face the Sun

Make water run

From your eyes

Just try and lie


Out of the shade

Your shadow - bright

Can hold a form, a shape, a size


A lie, a lie, I tell a lie

Each time I rise, a fresh disguise


Stars above, Earth below

Listen close - collective sigh

















Like a gift horse in the mouth

I head south then I ask

The sun to shine on me


Like a twist of lemon in my mouth

I make a face

To face the music of the spheres


Smear the queer long gone and yet

The strangeness is strong and tangles the net


















Camera with feelings

Camera with feelings

Video postcard - solar recharge

Ritard dor me vous


Camera with feelings

Camera with feelings

Seriously, what's in it for me?

For freedom rings eternally


I turn a leaf

For to leave the change un-nerved

Camera with feelings

Smell the sound of the breeze

Wind is the music of the dancing trees

Heart bursting with brains


May we sing ourselves to seek

A place in our minds for a meekness

May we find the refrain

That casts a shadow

And then lasts all weak - ness

And fall, oh! Fall,

Fall on our hands and knees


















Walk to the edge of the lake

and let it swallow you in

And when it spits you out

You'll feel no doubts

that you're back to normal


Did you fall asleep at the gate?

Did all the cows go home?

Should you follow, should you roam?

The tail unfurls

Just to swallow it's own















Telephone pole - ancient crucifix

I sold my soul to you back in the day


Wooden clones

Marching in rows

You criss-crossed through pearly gates

Now be on your way


When you show

The sugar cane patch the the monkeys

Will they ever let it grow again?


If you let the toddler see you open the latch

Will it ever close again?

















You came whipping out of the Jesus Center in reverse

As if from a call of duty

Under some kind of curse


















I - I - I

in your

eye - eye - eye


My - my - my

in your

mind - mind - mind
















Hoot, hoot

You are a hoot

Always out

In your suit

Of shadow


















Ceremonial cleansing

Gonna push through this moon

Through the white hole

Into a clearer picture

Of how my soul likes to be


Soul pleasure

I'll take with me

Across the threshold

Through beat one


Build a shrine from the deadwood

Collected as you dance around its base

Take it down the next day 

And throw it in the compost


But instead of burning the effigy

Toss it onto a truck bed

Beeline to the recycling station





 

 











 

May we park here and walk it out

 Just a gentle glide that we might buy ourselves some time

 To come to and talk it out

 The way that only time can unwind tangled balls of twine

 

For you I am available, reachable, beseechable  - for you

Leave the car here let's leave this kind

 Juxtaposed inside you fear losing your life

 Let mend all mind let fruit and leaves drop

Tell me what you want, what you really, truly, need

 

For you I am repairable, wearable, comparable - for you

 This is just a gentle reminder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back off the beaten path
 The last time that I hit the road
It turned the other cheek and left me no choice 

 
He who knocked up the pregnant sky
Gave the promise of rain to fall
Was he who found me without coat nor dry face

 Now I'm countin' all the ways that I've paid for my stay
Countin' all the crows baked in this pie
I'm changing all the leaves to colors unseen
I'm keepin' all the kids happy and dry

 
 I felt the blows of waves goodbye
Struck the chords that made them cry
All the hits unheard stacked high on the curb

 Now I'm countin' all the ways that I've paid for my stay
Countin' all the crows baked in this pie
 I'm changing all the leaves to colors unseen
 I'm keepin' all the kids happy and dry
 Finding all the ways to feed
 Two birds with one seed

 Yeah, I felt the blows of your waves goodbye
But not before I strike your heart(harp?)strings and make you cry

 I delt the punch of drums absurd
Kicked the habit -- flipped the bird
 Choked the gas and flooded streets with exhaust

Now I'm countin' all the ways that I've paid for my stay
Countin' all the crows baked in this pie
 I'm changing all the leaves to colors unseen
 I'm keepin' all the kids happy and dry
 Finding all the ways to feed
 Two birds with one seed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stray --
 wandering hill and dale to your

 Gate --
 begging for bread and bed for it's

 Late --
As surely as wolves may bite they'll turn around and sing under moonlight

 No slave --
to any one or place

 No way --
 to compromise this state

 No hate --
 Nothing to give away, not Wine of violence nor Devil's Bread

 Bathe
 in the milky way,
 Get you back on par
 with your new belt of star

Make a State --
 Meant for the kids, but who's to

 Say --
 Who is not a child in her own

 Way --
Pictures of olden days where nobody smiles coming back again

 Today --
 gold embers glow but they won't

 Stay --
 Howling child grows and goes

 Away --
Echoing wind strengthens - pivotal point at your face ...

 

Bathe in the Milky Way
Get you back on par
 With your new belt of star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 




 

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Not willing to give
 Away the things that weigh
So aweigh the anchor and stray

 
 One who stays among friends
May never know the means to ammend
And make wrong into rite of passage

The open door of darkness
 The eerie beckoning of light unseen
 Some individual beam, a thread and I with my need...  

 Sew,
Quilt of experience

 Slow 
and sometimes serious

Over time,  fumbling blind,  turning squares into seamless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It never was your space
Then you changed your name
And changed your face

Your place has always been out of town
 Where who knows where and what goes down
 All around you
Wild flowers grew

 And I picked them and threw them at your feet
That’s when you gave me the eye – as if to say

That ain’t right
 While I was looking for your other cheek 

Now we sing together:
“It was never our space
 We never had the time
The furniture never found its place
 It just moved from side to side"

 
The width of the band
The breadth of this land
 Measured by a concrete tape
 Milestones placed teetering
 Upwards to the sky

 May crash and fall in the blink of an eye
The cat is blind
 The blind is drawn

 I drew an illustration to prove
 The dotted lines run across the lawn
 In a zig-zag like a drunk on the move
 If the iron would just heat up
 I’m sure this dress would smooth

 
And I sing
“It was never my space
I gave away my time
 Gave into money
 Got stuck in the sickening sweetness of honey
 Like a bear with its snout in the barrel
When I should be in the wilderness...

...feral"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If we went to church it would be
 Right before we fall asleep
We awaken in the garden  - untouched, unkempt
Then we begin to remember – the screws turn
 Head back where we left off

Beggin, just beggin' our way back
Through the green gates
 Was it the cherry tree, George?

 Turn a blind third eye
Turn a blind third eye

 
 Before that sacred hour
Relinquishes its power
 Before our dreams come true
 Let’s make our vows
 This very moment
 In this very hue

How it’s colored here
 Like the wind that winds
 -- the mixing of our minds
 Let no thought eclipse
 The gentle sips
 Of sweet honey in our hive
 

As in the work of bees,
What this buzzing needs
 Is some action from our queen

I know a man who’s tired of fighting
Whose armor is weathered and poor
 Is it whom who wants to know
 The same who shows
 And lays down his shield and swor’d

 What was he fighting for?
If not this sacred hour
 The ring of the steeple
 Forget about all the people

 What am I fighting for?
If this mess is a war
See me lay down my sword
 And untangle the net
 So the fish come again
 And fill my very core

 With molten mass
A tank full of gas,
Let me cook you something sweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slow Children,
 Slow Men

 Slow down the
 Time when  -- you

 Know your place like the
 Back of your hand from the
 Front of your mind to the
 Back of your head

 

 Peace out
 In heat

 All directions
 All greedy

 Tidal swing
 Hanging low
Heavy shoulders  - from
 Hammering hot crow
 From the cold earth

 
 Go slow for the cats come out at night and they’ll never understand about cars

 Empty shapes we fit into
Into sizes we can relate to

We're been watching from ditches - 'neath streetlights
Exposed demons springin' from the nightlife

 Go slow for the cats come out at night and they’ll never understand about cars

Sacred ways
 Celebrate
 Something lost as something gained

Sacred ways
 Celebrate
 Something lost as something gained

Sacred ways
 Celebrate
 Something lost as something gained


Go slow for the cats come out at night and they’ll never understand about cars

 

 




 

 

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 I still walk in fear's shadow 
Still so fresh to leave, you know

I just told her late last week that she had to go

Let me lessen all the guessin'
Let me know the score
Let me settle in the nettle
Let me hope for more

Make me holler
Make me call her
Make me feel my way
Make me tend her on a bender
Lady Liberty


At the roots we shared our boots
Now we choose our shoes
Now we make the bed we lie in
Now we lie in our sleep
 
Wake me, brother, from my senses
Help me come to terms
Across the desert of our dreams
We count our chickens and burns

Unconscious since 1996                         -
Just trippin' on 4-track tape cassettes
Six of one on mind, one half dozen million rhymes                          -
All tied to the tide's grasp of my hide                           -
Tap on the bruises it's the ego that cries                              -
Just don't look into my eyes                              -
Hey wait a minute that doesn't sound fun to hear                              -

I should probably sing  about my muscles instead of my tears, hmmm...
Well, there is one muscle...

My heart's still in fear's shadow
Still so fresh to leave, ya know
I just told her late last week
That I had to go...
I still walk in fear's shadow
Still so fresh to leave, ya know
I just told her late last week
That I had to go,

  I just left today

Get ready
Get ready
Get ready with confetti
Pick your Ro Sham Bo
Get your honey while its sunny
Golden rivers flow

Lose your crown and pass it round
Crowded losers frown
List your piss among the vinegar
Off the lost and found

Canceled my bars and canceled my reception                                    --                   
Extend my life by extending my perception                                       --                    
To include those around me -- even those in the cracks                                     --                   
Between worlds I let them slip, so I pass over some slack                                    --                    
Pass me the box with the ancient inscription,                                      --                    

Like in the pyramid's incryption                                     --                   
Will you take this long distance call?                                   --                    
The phones been ringing off the hook

Why erect structures that fall?    

And when we peer amid the questions we raise:

Why is war?  
Why is poor?                                                       

We find, lying, a sly paralyzer                                      --                 
With a sign anyone can see -- at least for a buck                                --                   
After "good riddance" is written "good luck"

 

Why is there this war today

 
Why is all this war today

 
Why is there this war today

 
Poor the war away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courses keeping

 

Constant castles

 

Flowing to the sea

 

Propped up baby

 

Is that your family?

 

Someone is coming for you

 

 

 

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Surface hurts us, surface hurts us

If we stay on the crust

We will surely burst us 

From the festering thirst to share

 
What's way down in there? 

-- declare

"My Zipper's broken"
 

"My filter's shot!"

Let it all out -- Give what you've got

The dike is tired

The ocean swells are massive -- it's been on your mind

It's your time to cry

 
These molten memories that anger your core

Make you a monster if they don't go explore

Come a little closer to the person you know

The salt in your eyes will make them shine!

The sparkling ocean is waving to you

 

 

 

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

 

 

 

Mansion of bubbles

Did I mention my troubles?

Cause I meant to reach out to you 

Obstaintion of cuddles

Has left me sensative

Though skin is thickening

 And sand is quickening

Beneath a crab walk race

Can't see it, but we know

There's a line drawn for us

 

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Split personalities in me all agree

 

Together we fall for the theories that keep this country guilt free
 

Waxen casts of ancestors -- yellow puss-filled cavities

translate Stars and Bars in my mind and comes this dream:

Stars and Bars

And futuristic cars

The gas mileage hasn't changed

The flow of funds

Is to the ones

Who won't feel any shame

The reason I live

In this country

I want to know and feel

I want to drop

what I'm doing

And plunder and pillage

And steal

And F with the Man

His F'ed up plan

To send us all to Hell

I've read too much Ghandi

Though it was not much

And I believe the things I've learned

Though I'd ne'er hurt anyone

In fact, give them anything

I have this dream to tell...

 

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Mama, wave your magic broom

And dust it away

Mama, show us the work the children may do

So the children may play

 

 

 

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You make me feel like a raincloud

 

No, I can't do you...

 

Powder Blue

 

 

 

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I know a cat named Max,

In fact, he's in the room with me

he's lookin' at me like "you are a crazy fool"

Maybe that's true

I know a lot of cats

sitting pretty and fat

My tire is changed,

And now it's hanging from my eyes

Maybe it's true, I am seeing things

I'm seeing through my disguise

And asking the mirror

For something clearer

Something dryer than

Watering I's wondering why's

 

Max asks why.

"What's with your hat of fur?"

"Why are you always moving things around?"

 

(His full name is Maximum Meower)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have I not listened to the rain on the water enough?

Has the message not sunk into my skull yet?

I have slowed down this much and still - I have yet to read the sign...


The storm sets in:  as an old friend

The wind:  it blows my name

The sleet and snow drive the message hard -  I go

And I hold myself to blame

For losing what we had

Blame myself for losing

What we had was a deal

That I let go drive down in the ditch

The deal was for me to stop my driving

And I would be rich

With blessings, rich with deep and sleepy sleeps

Rich with family 

Rich with friends

 

 

 

 

 

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I came to the conclusion

the world was getting flatter

So I sailed off the edge

Out where the whether you do or don't is all so true

And there's no matter

But I could hold myself there

Until you came along --the siren that sailed

off the edge, looking for me

You found me in distress

Toothless and doubly anxious for you to notice me

I saw you in this dress

The one you're wearing tonight at the edge of the universe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm going to fill this cup and bring it to you

It's only water, it's only water

I'm going to fill this cup and I want nothing from you

But if you should choose to...

Yes, I know where there is water

Yes, I know where distant spring flows

Yes, I know that I may be pouring this cupful into the sand, the sand, the sand

No, I won't ask you to take my hand, my hand, my hand

No, I won't ask anything of you

Know that I would do most anything, anything

Know that I would do most anything, anything

 
But I know to trust in nothing

I will be wrong again

I will write this song again and again

My will is strong again

And again it's for you that I do

Yes, I do have a wish that I let go softly

In stillness and darkness alone

 

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If you feel as though you were blown

By winds unseen

Come home, sailor, come home

The storm will never cease

As long as you are sailing

 You with the flashlight

moving through the crowd

Trading your amp in

for something smaller

You may have something to say yet

 

Break into the chapel

Here its too dark to film

Stacked up by the hand of glory

Pieces of darkness placed one by one

 

 

 

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Dimebag didn't break the Band
It was the guitar tech some say -- but he was the first to break

If you boost the mids pre
You gotta cut them post

And I for one have been cutting
A lot out after the fact




What happened was someone had a dream

To manufacture dinosaurs

And, upon waking

“For cheap, for everyone,” finally the dino-dealers declared

Long ago I heard myself say:

That’s not my rock to roll

Go ahead and push it on down the road

That’s not my rock to roll

I don’t want it anywhere near my home



But somehow I ended up owning one,

renting one, and borrowing another still

Even at the cost of going against will

At least one dinosaur for every man, woman and child

 
At least One dinosaur for every creature in the wild

Now these beasts have taken over the earth

What with their paths, what with their girth

And these beasts -- they run hungry each way that they do

While I struggle to feed them

Haunted by echoes of:

 

That’s not my rock to roll

Go ahead and push it on down the road

That’s not my rock to roll

I don’t want it anywhere near my home

 

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Consume 8

 

At a time, think you can?

 

Consume 8

 

--All the legs of an octopus at one sitting

 

Consume 8