Retrospective 2

by Kito Peters

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1.
03:31
Shrinking in my tiny shrinking world i mostly sit alone i won’t venture from the house or pick up any phone in full flight from everything with sheets pulled overhead i want no disturbances no more hard things said but it can get deadly all hunkered down and safe locked within an airless vault flesh begins to chafe 2X in my tiny shrinking world my heart went cold and numb i try not to think about the hurts i’m hiding from in full flight from everything the time just inches by soon perhaps i’ll disappear grown too removed to try chorus (yes it can get deadly) in my tiny shrinking world i keep them all at bay something begs me to bust out and crawl back to the fray
2.
All The Little Egos all the little egos barking in the night canines aiming for revenge and each one’s always right all the little egos with so much to defend waving claws with angry words we’d rather die than bend yeah you see it clearly but still you can’t let go slipping deeper down the hole with every jab you throw all the little egos since every man’s a king all the other selves should bow to magic gifts they bring all the little egos so battered and alert limping through this life cut off and feeding on the hurt chorus all the little egos some twist the daggers in poking at the weakest points so proud to never win chorus chords all the little egos now how could they exist just a bunch of fool ideas so sure they’re the gist
3.
02:47
Fjord like a vulture who can wait until well past the use by date a stench no other nose can stand rotten morsels rightly banned i consume my own heart best with every beat i seem obsessed i watch and sniff and gauge the meat and then when finally bored i eat diving down my private fjord all the outer chaff ignored i am my own picture show analyzing feel and flow high above the hills i soar i watch myself then i watch more a distant thunder like some god whose puppet s battle for the sod diving down my private fjord all the outer chaff ignored i am my own picture show analyzing feel and flow so i’ll never stoop to choose once you declare you are the blues the bloody spectacle i claim embodiment’s a loser’s game diving down my private fjord all the outer chaff ignored i am my own picture show analyzing feel and flow
4.
The Nudist of New York she said i was buttoned up that all too much was hid time to let yourself hang out and that’s just what i did that old bee hive hustle had never suited me i was sick of floral ties and cloaked mendacity you must be decisive once you reach the fork and i saw i must become the nudist of new york isn’t that the current rage we all long to be known no one stays anonymous parading what they own and people sure took notice gawkers stopped to stare some they called me horrid names but still i chose to share chorus i might blog my inner life if there were one to write but only some can take it off and hightail through the night you must be decisive once you reach the fork and i saw i must become the nudist of new york
5.
Don’t Know Much don’t know much but it feels like this don’t know much but it went like that too many things got so confused and when i tried it all fell flat don’t know much but a point of view don’t know much but the same refrain the complex things get so confused until we find the crux again i hold onto what i gathered though the struggles i forget out beyond the gates of wisdom open wide and waiting yet don’t know much but i do go on don’t know much but i still believe the humdrum things get so confused til sweet lightning i receive i hold onto what i gathered though the struggles i forget out beyond the gates of wisdom open wide and waiting yet don’t know much and i never did don’t know much and i never will the lesser things get so confused but there’s a chime here sounding still i hold onto what i gathered though the struggles i forget out beyond the gates of wisdom open wide and waiting yet
6.
I’m Gonna Miss Me i was thinking about ways to die drive off the cliff and let things fly a calculus of love and pain when we’re finished down the drain it can’t go on without me here the flowing screen will disappear i can’t imagine what could be without the everything that’s me i’m gonna miss me when i’m gone all the subtle twists withdrawn i wish i could stay here to grieve i’m gonna miss me when i leave so earth will spin from night to day even though i’ve flown away how could i close down my eyes and not catch every strange surprise i’m gonna miss me when i’m gone all the subtle twists withdrawn i wish i could stay here to grieve i’m gonna miss me when i leave sometimes i think it’s time to go but secretly i like it so as long as i still choose to feel despite the aches i’ll take the deal i’m gonna miss me when i’m gone all the subtle twists withdrawn i wish i could stay here to grieve i’m gonna miss me when i leave i’m gonna miss me when i leave
7.
Plain Of Smoke i heard a voice from a nearby world i watched the setting of twin suns i spoke of nights i’d never known i felt the tremor of the guns i walked along a howling lake i saw dark specters wheel and dive i hid inside a giant shell i pinched myself was i still alive they said what’s real is stone and blood with all i knew swept in the flood 2x i sat atop a wall of wire i trembled as the storms blew through i wriggled from an old cocoon i danced between quick blades to you they said what’s real is stone and blood with all i knew swept in the flood 2X i shouted words that broke like glass was it goliath i awoke i clutched a pillow filled with dreams i strode across a plain of smoke they said what’s real is stone and blood with all i knew swept in the flood 3X
8.
03:01
Dark Rain we’d become an arsenal the rabid hounds of state all the shames of daily life compacted into hate speeches praising freedom while our legions shot em down we fed the dogs on promises then smoke consumed the town all the while we stroked ourselves evolved and good and sane how were we responsible the sky spat forth dark rain we hid behind petitions my ilk so proudly signed we thought the world resembled us those mirrors in our minds our leaders named new enemies at home and out abroad and we went screaming as we fell from that big branch we sawed chorus i awoke this morning new snow lay soft and pure and i knew something radical was blowing here for sure all the while we stroked ourselves evolved and good and sane how were we responsible the sky spat forth dark rain
9.
Rock The Next World we gonna rock the next world this one doesn’t look so great we’re gonna cash in all our chips and schedule the date we gonna rock the next world all those graveyards can’t be wrong dancing on the zombie shift the love vibe growing strong oh hey hey and na na na slipping through a hole in space oh na na and hey hey hey heading for a better place we gonna rock the next world ain’t gonna study war no more we’re gonna party for a year and never mind the store we gonna rock the next world this one’s such a bloody mess maybe they will buy a clue and learn from our success chorus we gonna rock the next world this one could get so much worse time to take our chances gang and try to slip the curse we gonna rock the next world no more bottom line to fear bugaloo for president the time is drawing near chorus
10.
03:26
Jubilee i loved the castle such thick walls outside the peasants swore and stank i’d slapped a few when they got drunk and disrespected higher rank i was proud to be a prince some born to rule and some to follow that the rabble had their rights was something i could barely swallow then came the year of the jubilee the debts all cleared the prisoners free some danced with joy when they heard the horn the common ground again reborn i saw how they watched our girls lusting for them from the mud their bestial natures bursting forth how i longed to spill their blood then came the year of the jubilee the debts all cleared the prisoners free some danced with joy when they heard the horn the common ground again reborn we were the chosen ones of god all the grain stored in our tower i’d rather die like a cringing cur than see those villains grab more power then came the year of the jubilee the debts all cleared the prisoners free some danced with joy when they heard the horn the common ground again reborn
11.
04:36
I Am Burning i am burning in a lake of flames i am burning on a tree-lined street i am burning on the showroom floor i am burning in the blistering heat i am burning down the avenue i am burning like a silent bomb no one seems to sense a thing til i blow up this brutal calm more compassion less contempt an open heart is heaven sent more compassion less contempt that’s the way the wise ones went i am burning in the airport lounge i am burning on a wooden pew i am burning in the central bank i am burning where the shadows grew i am burning with a secret glow i am burning while the sun slips down i am burning in my attic room i am burning to ignite this town chorus i am burning while the fear rides high i am burning though the powder’s wet i am burning cause i had enough i am burning cause i can’t forget more compassion less contempt an open heart is heaven sent more compassion less contempt that’s the way the wise ones went 2X
12.
02:48
Choice it was hard to quit but you couldn’t stay still you feared the blind highway your hometown got way too small still so tough to leave them all and they say please just stay in touch but you suspect it won’t be much cause once you walk out that front door nothing’s like it was before you made a choice you pay the price every choice is a sacrifice 2X so you smile wide and wave goodbye you act cool but you want to cry yet you can’t wait for what’s ahead gain and loss each place we’re led you made a choice you rolled the dice every choice is a sacrifice 2X brought in touch by circumstance each new gang’s a different dance til you’re severed by the flow drawn in close then letting go you made a choice it will suffice every choice is a sacrifice 2X
13.
02:45
Fixing Cars i felt so inspired you just tagged along but it was the moment to try a brand new song you had been my best friend but maybe that was done i looked for epiphany you just wanted fun god made us all different or maybe its the stars some go seeking spirit world while some love fixing cars yeah i like quixote and you’re more in the stuff soaring after stardust when bread is rich enough sometimes we can help each other balance out the poles sometimes there’s a synergy playing out the roles chorus i went by to see you and you laid down some bass that day nothing could wipe off the smile upon my face god made us all different or maybe its the stars some go seeking spirit world while some love fixing cars 2X
14.
04:04
Long Plateau this is how it happened this is how it went whatever was intended whatever course was meant i cannot remember the ways it all began and yes there was big laughter when they announced the plan i’m staring down a long plateau where every breathing one must go 2X there was quite a struggle to implement design all the sudden breezes none of it was mine so much caged desire for conquest and for fame now it doesn’t matter much the outcomes of the game i’m walking down a long plateau where every breathing one must go 2X it all feels so quiet no more signs portend i’m sitting with a candle waiting on the end yeah this is how it happened this is how it went whatever was intended whatever course was meant i’m lying on a long plateau where every breathing one must go 2X

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A compilation of songs from six CDs. Two co-produced with John Kurzweg, two co-produced with Jono Manson, and two co-produced with both John and Jono. All available on Bandcamp.

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released August 11, 2018

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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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