Quarantine

by Kito Peters

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1.
02:56
Bursting underneath the numbers and colors clever words pictures of a burning house how many dreams deferred capital held sacred bright cross against the sky all the rest expendable indentured then you die something here is bursting the fault lines show so clear need to stop the power now big darkness drawing near tanks continue rolling the sacrifices mount they no longer taste or smell but all know how to count deep below the surface a bunker made of gold orders sent to suffocate exert their thug control chorus we live in a class war that long has hinged on race futile to resist they shout now back into your place out here in the suburbs those looters on tv thank god for our sprawling house and troops to keep us free chorus
2.
02:58
Maybe maybe you were sitting in the kitchen by the clock waiting on the kettle the line gone round the block maybe you were listening to that battered radio only there’s no traffic now but still you feel the glow you miss aunt virginia the one voice always kind you pull out her autoharp to hear what’s on your mind maybe you were faithful to the drum beat in your head thumbing through procedurals the pile of those you read maybe you remember your baseball through the glass you caught that one pretty good velocity and mass chorus maybe there’s tomorrow some bright rays shining through you lie under blankets now more fictional than true you miss aunt virginia the one voice always kind you pull out her autoharp to hear what’s on your mind
3.
03:47
Tiny Love i am lying in the darkness there’s so little i can do i remember how you held me skin to skin right next to you i am walking on the pathway once again out here alone i get sad and sometimes lonely aching solo to the bone still we’re lucky in our blessings see the mountains soar above so we nod and praise creation offer up some tiny love i am reading now with horror how can this be really true screw the people save the profits greed indifferent muscles through i forget when i get busy focus helps me to avoid otherwise each minor symptom stuns me into paranoid chorus i look back before sequester now that life seems dead and gone what will greet us when it’s over waiting quiet on the dawn still we’re lucky in our blessings see the mountains soar above so we nod and praise creation offer up some tiny love
4.
Empress Of The Dow the law was stacked against her but she could trump the law no one stopped her iron will just pretty girl they saw she sat with her lawyers a bummer to get caught but she’d fixed the proper judge just like her daddy taught you must flaunt your fortune it doesn’t matter how that’s the only way to win my empress of the dow there is no clear purpose so bank accounts must do novices parade their wealth to wow the big time crew she had bought some paintings but no one seemed to care now she meant to own the sea and maybe soon the air chorus she had nixed the baby too cumbersome a deal as the titans greeted her the rush felt so unreal you must flaunt your fortune it doesn’t matter how that’s the only way to win my empress of the dow
5.
03:09
Judge burnt out wagon on a mountain trail mob screams hang em the law might fail desperados gallop into town soon more bodies scattered on the ground they asked me to help the posse search but i said no then i walked to church we’re all sinners on this mortal spin caught between poles where the pulls begin i tried hard to do what’s right and laid awake too many nights what was just and what was fair mocking moonlight trapped me there i’m no devil and i’m sure no saint like all the rest i come from adam’s taint i pray for mercy to a metal sky a brief fandango then like flies we die he tried to teach me right and wrong a skillet steak and a lonesome song so when i had to condemn a man i felt the weight of the good lord’s plan chorus truly no man’s got the right to say still i passed sentence every day may the lord look kindly on my soul on the day they drop me down that hole i tried hard to do what’s right and laid awake too many nights what was just and what was fair mocking moonlight trapped me there
6.
02:52
7.
03:13
Travelers i’m not really ready it’s never up to you i just hope my time’s not yet still got some things to do everything is changing but then it’s always so pilgrims in the mystery where perils come and go even as we’re separate we’re also deeply one a motley crew of travelers circling round the sun such a world of madness of beauty and of care soon enough we disappear all vanish into air we are ever dying it’s just a question when let us open up our hearts and open them again chorus bless you on your journey i pray you will be well pestilence rings clearly that meditation bell even as we’re separate we’re also deeply one a motley crew of travelers circling round the sun
8.
03:02
Nation it was not a nation that wanted much to know looking inward wasted time just make the bank book grow it had been a nation that took things with the gun false high minded rhetoric god’s plundering be done all controlled with violence distraction and the lie were the tides now turning or would the nation die it was retro nation split wide by race and class top dogs only wanting more cold mandate to amass it was not a nation that ever valued peace lock em up and lock em out grim soldiers and police all controlled with violence distraction and the lie were the tides now turning or would the nation die still the myth endured there those golden streets of hope precincts of illusion now going up in smoke it was not a nation that cared about real need worshipping the bottom line so people had to bleed it was a failing nation big freedom for a few corporate sharks could smell the blood come swimming after you all controlled with violence distraction and the lie were the tides now turning or would the nation die
9.
03:48
We Know we know change is constant but we want to hold on quick the river rushes down and soon enough we’re gone we know we know pieces just tatters we were taught walls against the endless winds that whistle through each thought knowledge grants us little just facts atop a theme each of us ineffable fragile as a dream we know we have nothing but mystery and time filled to overflowing with riffs upon a rhyme we know truth is precious but still we juke and hide we can’t even let us know the labyrinth inside chorus we know we are shambles but what would be success opening our burdened hearts and every day we bless knowledge grants us little just facts atop a theme each of us ineffable fragile as a dream
10.
02:09
Atone body in the forest the matrons turned away there’ll be no more picnic now and nothing they will say microphones invaded his trophy wife shot down she had screamed her prejudice since first she came to town fear can make you quiet too wary to speak out then you could surprise yourself that grace when god’s about we all knew who did it my lips of course were sealed they could find you pretty quick if people said you’d squealed i’d grown up in warsaw and still respect the pope tried to keep my big mouth shut no waves the way to cope chorus i had heard that violence here’s their thing like apple pie you had better watch your step and let what’s done pass by but i just called the hotline then ditched the burner phone yes she was despicable still someone must atone chorus
11.
Going Down To Wuhan i’m going down to wuhan to see my baby there i hear that she coughs and coughs but i don’t really care i’m going down to wuhan can’t wait another day once i hold her in my arms these blues will fly away call me mad romantic but love is all we’ve got this world’s just too crazy boss we’re suffering a lot i’m going down to wuhan though people tell me wait have to take my chances now and leave it up to fate i’m going down to wuhan my heart will risk it all i can’t stand this disconnect so painful when i call chorus i’m going down to wuhan i’ll see you when i do this is sure the toughest test but my love’s deep and true call me mad romantic but love is all we’ve got this world’s just too crazy boss we’re suffering a lot
12.
02:37
Touch he ate at the table the masked ones brought his food he tried hard to sit up straight with regal attitude sure he’d heard the stories he’d even glimpsed a hug though of course he had been born in year three of the bug touch a crucial factor he knew it from its lack life sure looked so good before and now no going back he’d heard other children but always played alone if this plague would ever end his teachers hadn’t known so he watched the sitcoms and old games on tv he had his own point of view what it means being free chorus he had a recurring dream he almost couldn’t wait after his game winning blast they mob him at the plate touch a crucial factor he knew it from its lack life sure looked so good before and now no going back
13.
02:30
Detention did anyone less have my back than you still hassled me to back the crap you do always was a hustler playing fools scheming to skate quick around the rules you had sealed the doorway for a spell staying home and trying to solo well all the normal pastimes torn away ducking from the mirror every day looks like something pretty big with no one to atone fingering the worry beads you walk the sky alone valley soon black clouds and yet the sun you believed you’re fine like everyone when the big man grades you out at last you’ll pray your detention will go fast what a clash of innocence and guile too damn cool for school a knowing smile when you sang you sounded like a child when you spoke each utterance so styled chorus it was on a may night that you died venomous you fought the final ride now you’re watching dramas spin below past the fear all open where you go looks like something pretty big with no one to atone fingering the worry beads you walk the sky alone
14.
02:53
Crux got too old to tussle got too old to lie might as well be what you are before it’s time to die got too old to slam them got too old to doubt had to tell it like it is here’s what this dude’s about i’m not saying that i’m right we’re each so small and blind but this is my little view the crux of heart and mind got too old to bullshit got too old to hope one day you’re in clover pal the next day up in smoke got too old to copy got too old to climb ready to forget it all for crazy nights of rhyme chorus we agreed to disagree the lord of all and me of course he had the upper hand who writes this mystery got too old to argue got too old to blame people trying to get through in that way each the same chorus

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Garageband and me. 13 original solo song productions from Covid time.

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released June 17, 2020

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Kito Peters Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kito Peters has released (like doves!) quite a few CDs, has received a number of awards (including twice winning Best CD Of The Year from the New Mexico Music Awards), and has garnered his share of esoteric radio airplay. He is a big fan of Harry Bosch, Al Kaline, and Laura Nyro. ... more

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